Cat Dental Health – Tooth or Consequences

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month?  Did you also know…

The number one health issue facing cats today is oral careOral care concerns impact almost 70% of cats80% of cats show signs of periodontal disease by the age of 3

Many of these cats will never receive any home dental care, and the condition of their teeth will worsen every year for the rest of their lives.

A cat parent can detect a problem with their pet’s chompers by checking their cat’s breath, looking for red or swollen gums, yellow deposits or pus on their teeth, and watching to see if their cat drools or paws at their face. If infected, the bacteria can ultimately invade the blood stream and lead to damaging consequences to your cat’s kidneys, heart, liver and other organs.

A proper and thorough home dental care routine will go a long way to preserving your cat’s teeth and maintaining his overall health. Following are a few notable feline dental facts:

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Shelter Cat Finds Help for Her Newborn Kittens - a Foster Home Turns Their Lives Around

A scrawny stray cat surprised shelter staff when she gave birth to a litter of five kittens.

Kymmi @lv_fosterkittens

Right before the New Year's Eve, Molly the cat came to a municipal shelter in Las Vegas after she was picked up as a stray.

She was very agitated and didn't allow anyone to touch her. They weren't able to examine her at the time, but staff had a suspicion that she was pregnant.

When they came back to check on her, they were surprised to see Molly tending to five little newborn kittens. She was very protective of them and wouldn't leave their side.

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Wer kommt denn da?

Mein roter Liebling auf seinem Lieblings-Aussichtsplatz … auf der Terrassenbrüstung. Nur lässt er seinen Blick nicht über die Nachbargärten schweifen, sondern muss nachschauen, wer ihn da stört. Und natürlich weiß… Weiterlesen

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Original author: Renate

Stray Kitten Sneaks in Family's Yard for Food and Has Her Life Turned Around

A kitten showed up on a family's doorstep for food. After roaming the neighborhood all her life, she decided it was time for a change.

Ariel Heath

Four little kittens appeared outside Ariel Heath's home a few months ago. They were drinking water from a dog bowl without a cat mother in sight. "They heard us and ran back off the property behind our fence and into some brush," Ariel told Love Meow.

She asked her neighbors about the kittens but no one had seen them or knew anything about them. She began leaving food out, hoping they would return.

"I never saw them eat but the food was always gone within half an hour."

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Natural Disaster Preparedness for Your Cat(s)

The start of a new year is always a good chance to look back and reflect. 2018 was a year of great research in animal health, with some significant new opportunities in products and drugs for our felines.

Cat lovers are a unique, wonderful and close knit community. We share our successes with each other (our failures too) on social media, so we all benefit from the experiences of our fellow cat lovers, be it new healthy foods, great litter, fun toys or important advances in feline health-related issues. We encourage everyone to keep sharing their experiences.

As we look back on 2018, aside from the good, it has also been a year filled with natural disasters from coast to coast. Multiple floods, tornados, hurricanes, storms and perhaps most devastating the recent camp fires. All have affected us and our pets.

The words natural disaster should be coupled with the word “preparedness.” We ask each of you to think about how prepared you are to “move” on a moment’s notice. It is rare that disaster happens without some notice, but the time to think about it is NOT when the water is at your back doorstep, NOT when the trees are falling in your yard, NOT when you have waited so long that you and your pets cannot get out. Preparedness can happen well before a disaster, in fact it can be planned and stored for immediate use.

Looking back at the needs based on disasters this year, we thought it valuable to reflect on the following:

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Man Went for a Work Break and Came Back with a Kitten on His Shoulder

A man stumbled upon a homeless kitten meowing outside all alone. Little did he know that his life was about to change.

Justin LaRose

Justin LaRose from Long Beach, California was on a break from work when he heard a kitten's cries. He followed the sound and spotted a little black kitten scrounging for food near a dumpster.

He called the kitty and the little one meowed right back. Justin was instantly smitten with the sweet bundle of fur and just could't leave him there.

After sniffing his hand, the kitty switched on his purr motor and crawled into his lap for some much-needed cuddles.

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Hissy Feral Kitten Purrs for the First Time Through the Help of Cuddling - It Turns Her Life Around

A rescued feral kitten was cowering in the corner of her kennel, but shelter staff and volunteers refused to let that be her fate.

Kitten Rescue LA

A few weeks ago, a frightened feral kitten was brought in to Kitten Rescue Los Angeles for a chance at a better life. She was a pint-sized kitty at just 2 1/2 pounds, which is the average weight of a 10-week old.

"We got her from a municipal shelter. She was hiding in the back of her cage with her ears flattened and hissing at people," Kitten Rescue told Love Meow.

"Her prospects of being adopted by a member of the public weren't good at all, and that made her a candidate for euthanasia."

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Cat Lovers

Two cats are sitting in a bar sipping tunatinis…

Male cat: ‘Do you have a date for Valentines Day?’
Female cat: ‘Yes, February 14th!’

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we did our usual research to gather and curate a collection of a dozen thoughtful, practical and unique gifts for both cats and their 2-legged servants.

But first, did you know that the roots of  Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was actually celebrated on Feb. 15? For 800 years the Romans dedicated this day to the god Lupercus, and during the festival, young women would place their names in a large urn.

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WIN a Portrait of Your Cat

We’re always finding creative talent in the cat-o-sphere and recently were introduced to a wonderful pet portrait artist named Vicki Liu.

She did this beautiful 5×7 watercolor portrait (w/ gold leaf) of our two boys (photo below).

Always sketching as a small child, Vicki participated in elective art classes in high school, went onto MIAD for a year, with a focus on illustration, and ended up transferring to UW-Oshkosh to attain her BFA in Painting & Drawing.

While in college, Vicki received one of two collaborative research grants given to art students each year. Since then she has been working on many ceramics, paintings, drawings, illustrations, plein air work and much more.

Vicki was kind enough to offer 1 custom water color portrait for a lucky Purrington Post reader to WIN!

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Rescuers Save Orphaned Kitten, Turn His Life Around with Help from Teddy Bear and Their Cat

A kitten who was found at the border of San Diego and Tijuana, survived against all odds.

To help him get better, they gave him a teddy bear and introduced him to a feline friend.

Hannah Shaw

Hannah Shaw, founder of Orphan Kitten Club, took in the little kitty when he was on his last legs. He was very weak but hanging on with all his might. Hannah gave him a teddy bear, so he would not feel alone as he continued to fight through his illness.

He was very vocal despite being just skin and bones. At three weeks old, he weighed about 170 grams. His body had been very cold before he was found. They brought him back from the brink and kept him in an incubator to help regulate his body temperature.

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Hin und wieder führt Rosso seine Pfotiküre auch am Kratzbaum durch. Vorzugsweise benutzt er dazu Sofa und Sessel …

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Original author: Renate

2 Kittens Found Wandering into Workplace Together, Won't Leave Each Other's Side

Earlier this month, two little stray kittens wandered into an industrial area, where many stray animals frequent.

Chatons Orphelins Montréal

A few employees were having an office party when they spotted the two ginger kittens outside, looking for food. They tried to approach them, but the kitties quickly retreated back into the shrubs. They gave them some chicken, and one of the kittens grabbed a piece and went right back to hide.

Turned out, the kittens had been seen with a mother cat. They were the only two survived from their litter, trying to scrounge a meal in the cold (in Montreal, Canada).

Chances of survival are low for kittens in that condition. The employees contacted a local TNR (trap-neuter-return) rescuer, Nadia, who then set up a few humane traps in the area.

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Woman Saves Kitten from Middle of Road When Others Just Keep Driving

A tiny kitten ended up in the middle of the road in Norman, Oklahoma. No one stopped for him until a woman came to his rescue.

Rachael @thechronicfoster

Rachael, a foster volunteer of Bella SPCA, was driving down a busy street with her boyfriend when they spotted a tiny ball of fur in the middle of their lane. The car in front of them drove over it, narrowly missing it between the tires.

A moment later, she realized that it was a kitten, meowing frantically. "When I ran out of the car to check on what I thought I had seen, I didn't know if he was still alive or injured because he was so tiny," Rachael told Love Meow.

"I just snatched him up and pressed him against my chest. Immediately, I felt his frail body relax, this great sense of relief and exhaustion came over him, and I just covered him with my hands."

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Lost Cat? Tail it!

A few years ago the ASPCA undertook a telephone survey of more than 1,000 pet-owning households across the country to get a sense of how many pets have been lost, how many ultimately made it home, and how their guardians found them.

The study involved a random survey of pet guardians to find out if they lost a cat or dog in the past five years – and if they did, did they find that pet – and where did they look? Here’s what they found:

15% had lost a cat or a dog in the past five years – a lower number than had been anecdotally reported85% of those lost cats and dogs were recoveredThe percentage of lost cats compared to lost dogs was quite similar – 15% percent for cats and 14% for dogsCat guardians were less likely to find their cat – only 74% of lost cats were recovered, while 93% of lost dogs were recovered

59% of cat guardians found their cat because it returned home on its own; 30 percent found their cat by searching the neighborhood and only 2% of cat guardians found their lost pets at a shelter.

“This research tells us that there is a possibility that a significant percentage of the stray dogs and cats in the shelters around the country do not have someone looking for them,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of shelter research and development for the ASPCA. It also highlights the importance of ID tags and other forms of identification to ensure the quick return of lost pets.

The IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) shared some interesting statistics on lost cat behaviors and found that 84% of 128 lost outdoor-access cats were found within a five-house radius of their home, and that 92% of 158 cases of displaced, indoor-only cats who’d escaped outside were also found within a five-house radius of their home.

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Katzenstreu-Matte von Pfotenolymp + Ultimativer Katzenstreuvergleich

Die heimliche Heldin des Alltags: Die Katzenstreu-Matte. Während der geschäftigsten Zeiten des Tages liegt sie bereit und rettet uns so manches Mal den Hintern ;). Denn gut aufgefangen ist weniger geputzt und tatsächlich haben wir bereits zahllose Matten getestet, die entweder zu klein, qualitativ eher unterdurchschnittlich waren oder schlichtweg  ihren Zweck nicht erfüllten und es [...]

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Kitten Found Freezing in Park, Brought Back from the Brink and Gets Life-saving Surgery

A tiny kitten was found abandoned in a park. She was brought to a veterinary clinic where they discovered she needed a life-saving operation.

Celia Hammond Animal Trust

The 6-week-old kitten named Rebecca came to Celia Hammond Animal Trust - Canning Town Vet Clinic in London (England) after she was found all alone in Beckton Park on Christmas Day.

Despite a thorough search of the area, they couldn't find a mom cat or any other kittens. The tabby girl was cold to the touch and almost lifeless when she came to the vet. Staff slowly warmed her up and bottle-fed her. A while later, she finally started moving.

"It wasn't till a few hours later that it became clear there was a problem," Celia Hammond Animal Trust wrote on Facebook.

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