Claw Trimming

cat_claws_1They serve as hooks, crampons, switchblades and chisels. A cat's claws are the Swiss Army knife of the feline toolbox. They are essential in practically every role that a cat plays.

Claws are indispensable! Yet, in many households, a cat and his claws are separated via surgical declawing -- all for the sake of the sofa. While all cats need to scratch, few need to be declawed.  Would you cut off your entire fingernail?

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Yum! Bake Homemade Kitty Treats

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Fabulous Fishballs

  • 3 baby carrots, cooked until soft
  • 16 oz canned tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 2 oz cooked herring, skin removed
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain bread crumbs or oatmeal
  • 2-3 Tbsp grated cheese
  • 2 Tsp brewer’s yeast
  • 3 pinches of chopped catnip
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste (not ketchup)

 

Preheat oven to 350°.  Mash all ingredients together.  Mold into small balls and put on greased baking tray.  Bake 15-20 minutes, checking frequently (they should be golden brown and feel firm).  Cool thoroughly!

Home, Other Pet Introductions

tiger kitty 2 webWith careful planning, patience, and a common sense approach, a new cat can be introduced into a home where it will be the only animal or in a home that already has a cat or dog, and live in the household peacefully.  Be aware that while some pets become instant and life-long buddies, others may have long term objections and overall intolerance to one another.  Below are some guidelines to assist in a positive introduction.

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Pregnancy and Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that can cause a miscarriage or brain damage in the fetus.

According to microbiologist J.P.Dubey, an expert in toxoplasmosis, "The possibility of transmission to human beings touching or caring for indoor cats is minimal to nonexistent. Pregnant women need not dispose of a beloved indoor cat, because an indoor cat on a commercial diet does not become infected with toxoplasmosis."

A minor danger lies in the possibility that the cat became infected before becoming an indoor cat. Even so, it is improbable that the cat feces will carry toxoplasmosis cysts more than 35 days after the initial infection. A healthy indoor cat will not become infected with toxoplasmosis unless the cat has access to infected feces, infected meat, infected prey, or infected raw milk. The indoor cat who eats a commercial cat food and uses only his own litter box, should not become infected.

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