Tsyumi, friend of My Kitty Care, just returned from Japan. She is a thoughtful, considerate person – she is a cat lover, after all. And she brought a Hello Kitty gift –
Traveling with your cat requires some preparation, and to start, your cat needs a collar or harness. Your cat needs this in case you want to hook a leash onto it (do not keep leash attached to collar or harness when your cat is in a carrier) and also to attach an ID. So for my cat Toby, I saw this harness and it looked comfortable.
I brought it home and tried it on him…
I know he’s a big guy, but this was embarrassing.
Then I noticed that the tag has measurements for your cat’s neck and girth, and general size based on weight, in this case 8-12 lbs.
Now I know, collars and especially harnesses have sizes.
ok Toby, time to take your measurements for your neck and girth.
Toby’s girth is 18″ – I’m going to either exchange this soft harness for a BIGGER one, or just go for a collar.
The other purpose for a collar or harness is to attach an ID tag (contains split ring)
I got this at Petco for $11.00 plus tax, which includes the engraving.
Sad sad news: on Sunday February 22, 2015, we lost our beloved Kitty Bear, the sweetest cat ever. We had to make the awful decision to let her go. She had a sudden and drastic decline, and we felt the loving thing to do was to make the incredibly painful decision to let her go. Bear had CKD (chronic kidney disease) which is a fatal, incurable disease. She survived for 14 months via sub Q fluids, and various other medications. Her sub Q fluids began as an every other day treatment, but it was increased to everyday. Eventually, she received the sub Q fluid injections twice a day, which occurred for the last several months of Bear’s life. During the 14 months of Bear’s illness, she suffered two crashes – the description of how a cat can be abruptly and sometimes fatally effected by CKD. Thanks to Dr.Turetsky and Dr.Katz, and Barbara Grimes, from The Veterinary Clinic of East Hampton, for taking such loving care of her. A special thank you to Bridget Behan, who took care of Bear for a year, coming to our house to give her the life saving injections, and showing up twice a day for months, also from The Veterinary Clinic of East Hampton.
She was such a sweet, loving Bear.
We miss you, sweetheart
My cat Bear has CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease). One of the symptoms is loss of appetite which can become severe enough that they can starve to death, which is why cats, Bear included, are prescribed appetites stimulants. Typically, cats who have CKD suffer from bad indigestion, enough so that they just don’t want to eat. In fact, a year ago when Bear was so sick, we worried she’d starve to death.
But via coaxing, experimenting with different foods and medications, including appetite stimulants (see post about that) she finally ate, albeit not much. So a few months ago, we were thrilled when Bear’s appetite improved. She ate the low salt deli turkey, the treats, and more of the wet cat food. Until, she became ravenous. She ate so much, that it became a concern, Barbara Grimes, from East Hampton Veterinary Clinic suggested a blood test to check her thyroid levels.
The average life expectancy of an indoor cat is between 9 to 15 years –
The world’s oldest cat is currently Tiffany.
Previous Guinness World Records listed the oldest living cat as Pinky, a cat living in Hoyt, Kansas and owned by Linda Anno. Pinky was born on October 31, 1989, but she passed away in 2013 at the age of 24. The title was then handed over to Poppy, from the UK. Poppy, a tortoiseshell, was born in February 1990, the same month Nelson Mandela was released from prison. She lived through five British Prime Ministers and was officially recognized by Guinness but died – just weeks after clinching the title.
Poppy was officially recognised as the world’s oldest cat at the age of 24, by the Guinness World Record on May 19, 2014.
the current Oldest Cat:
Tiffany Two, a tortoiseshell feline from San Diego, was officially named the oldest living cat by Guinness World Records on Friday, February 6, 2015. She was born March 13, 1988, and will be 27 this year.
Go kitty, go!
thanks Bernard Karwick
This past week, New York got a slap from Juno, the blizzard that struck on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. So yesterday, Mike Cohen took a walk in New York City (looks like photo was taken on 5 Ave. side of Central Park) when he saw a snow white cat ON a tree.
Thanks Bobby Shubowitz for submitting your friend’s photo.
A recent online survey conducted by Petplan pet insurance found that more than 78% of respondents vacation with their pets in tow.
traveling with your cat: some tips
It’s important if you’ll be traveling with yours to ensure that he/she is healthy, safe and happy when coming along on any trips. We spoke with Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a staff veterinarian at Petplan, for some advice on how to have a safe trip with cats in tow.
1. Identification is key. While nobody likes to think of their cat going missing, one in three pets actually will get lost during their lifetime, and without identification, a whopping 90% of them never find their way back home. In fact, according to the American Humane Association, only about 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their original owners. (The number is a bit higher for dogs at about 15%.) That’s why it’s so important to always be sure your cat has a collar tag with your cell phone number on it, so if she happens to slip away or is accidentally let outside, you can be immediately reached by phone should someone find her. A microchip with updated contact information can help further increase your chances of a happy reunion, and it’s harmless for your cat to get one.
2. Carriers are your best friend. Use a cat carrier when transporting your cat, and don’t be tempted to let her out once you’re in the car. Having a loose cat in the vehicle could cause a huge distraction to the driver, and could post a serious threat to your cat’s safety in the event of an accident. Be sure to secure the carrier itself, as well — most have a strap or handle where the seatbelt can be looped through — so that if you need to hit the brakes, your kitty will stay safe. As an added bonus, staying in a comfy carrier will also help your furry friend feel safe and secure, and could help reduce her stress.
3. Lower his stress level. As mentioned above, some cats become stressed by travel, and some may even suffer from motion sickness. There are plenty of products designed to naturally help cats settle down, including pheromone sprays and calming treats, as well as medicines that can help relieve stress and curb car sickness. Talk to your vet about what’s best for your cat’s particular needs.
4. Plan ahead. Think of your cat like a child, and always travel prepared. You never know when an overnight trip might turn into an extended stay, so be sure to pack extra cat food, any medication or supplements and kitty litter. Don’t forget to toss a pet first aid kit into the car, too, in case your kitty has an accident or injury while you’re away from home. One other smart thing to bring with you is a health certificate from your veterinarian. Plan ahead for this, since it takes time to get the paperwork, depending on where you’re heading. This could require an office visit, certain vaccines or even blood work.
thanks The Daily Cat by Cheryl Lock