As a cat parent, I’ve become accustomed to Smoki’s fastidiousness when it comes to excessive grooming, as well as her refined and well-honed eating preferences. Cats are specific as to what they expect from their human to make certain their culinary needs live up to their expectations. Let’s face it, they are just plain fussy and notoriously picky eaters. We may wonder why they suddenly reject the culinary offerings they have been eating for a long period of time for no good reason. Obviously, they are more attuned to their nutritional needs than we give them credit. Cats are obligate carnivores—they must get most of the nutrients they need from meat. And, if we are not quenching their insatiable appetite for meat, they’ll turn and walk away from the dinner table. Or, on the other hand, they may just be holding out just to see what other tasty offering you have on the menu. It’s characteristic of their genetic makeup to be able to pull off this behavior. And, it’s part of our genetic makeup to go along with their clever ruse. After all, we do live for their existence.
Just like people, some dogs have fears and nervousness that can be as trivial as a noisy vacuum, a thunderstorm, or fireworks. Some pups, on the other hand, suffer from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety can manifest itself through compulsive digging, destruction of items in the home, howling or continuous barking. These things I can understand. However, some dogs have phobias that are, shall we say, down right weird. Cats; we all know have bazaar fears and phobias and ritualistic ways. In fact, their fear of just about any new, inanimate object that is brought into the home that was not previously in the home; brings about some degree of curiosity, anxiety and fear. Thus, the term , “scaredy cat“.
It’s been nearly five months now since this rambunctious, four-pound banchie of a furball named Baylie came into my life. The times I look at her and ask “Baylie, are we going to make it?” after she has gotten into some type of mischief or caused me great strife, have become less frequent. Two, three and four months in, I was still asking myself, “what have I done? Can I really handle this dog” along with, “why can’t she be as fastidious as the cat and I“? As is the case with any relationship, you go through the honeymoon stage and then the harsh reality sets in.
It’s time to leave the nest as you move away from home for the first time to enroll in college. It can be a difficult transition leaving family and friends behind. But, what about Fido or fluffy, the cat, that has been your constant companion since childhood? It has never occurred to me that taking a pet along with you to college would be feasible or even allowed on campus. After some research on the subject, I found that there are schools that offer flexible policies regarding pets.
While bringing a pet from home can ease the transition to college life, there are many other advantages to housing a pet, says Wendy Toth, editor of pet resource site Petside.com. “A lot of students take in a lot of different factors when deciding where they want to go to school, but I know a lot of them worry about the feeling of fitting in,” Toth says. “A huge advantage is that pets provide social support.”
I’ve called this meeting to talk about THE D.O.G.S.
Hi, my name is Smoki. I’m the queen of my domain. I rule the roost. My canine sister, Baylie, has learned to live by rules.
I was born in Mobile, Alabama and was adopted by my human mom when I was very young. I was not yet weaned, so I had to be fed by my human mom from a tiny bottle. I’m 13 years old now, and I love spending time both outdoors and indoors. But now that my sister, Baylie, has come into our family, I prefer spending most days outdoors, but I’m safely tucked into bed with my human mom when night comes. I love being outside in nature where I chase butterflies and lizards and chatter at the birds. In the Summer months, I enjoy watching the hummingbirds that come to our feeders. Indoors, I spend my time playing with my catnip squirrel and other toys. And, I’m always up for a game of hide n’ seek with my mom!
May is Pet Cancer Awareness week. Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs. knowing the symptoms can help you and your vet diagnose and treat your pet sooner. I lost a pet Chihuahua over 30 years ago due to cancer. Cancer treatments were not as advanced and sophisticated as they are today for our pet companions. Surgery was usually the only option with no treatment follow-up available. Cancer treatment has evolved to the degree that your pet’s condition may be resolved or well-managed with surgery, radiation, medication, or other remedies.
Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center, based out of Fort Collins, CO, is renowned for its oncology department. Here are some clues from CSU on signs to watch for. While no one sign purely indicates cancer, a cat or dog displaying two or more of these symptoms should be taken to the veterinarian for an exam so that he or she can be properly diagnosed and treated accordingly. As with any disease, the sooner you or your veterinarian pick it up, the sooner you can diagnose and treat it and the better the potential prognosis. Don’t make the mistake of missing some subtle signs of your pet’s illness.
- Abnormal swelling that persists or continue to grow
- Sores that do not heal
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any orifice of the body
- Offensive odor (which may be due to a tumor in the nose, mouth, or rectal area)
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Exercise intolerance, hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
- Persistent lameness (which may be due to bone, nerve or muscle cancer)
- Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
While no one sign purely indicates cancer, a cat or dog displaying two or more of these symptoms should be taken to the veterinarian for an exam so that he or she can be properly diagnosed and treated accordingly. As with any disease, the sooner you or your veterinarian pick it up, the sooner you can diagnose and treat it and the better the potential prognosis. Don’t make the mistake of missing some subtle signs of your pet’s illness. When in doubt, as your pet ages, talk to your veterinarian about skipping the vaccines. Instead, I recommend doing geriatric blood work, X-rays or even ultrasound to diagnose problems sooner.
“Adopt, Don’t Shop”
LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire -05/08/12)- Mike Wolfe, star of The History Channel’s American Pickers is featured in the latest PSA for Last Chance for Animals’ Adopt, Don’t Shop! campaign. The PSA, created by famed celebrity photographer Christopher Ameruoso, aims to educate viewers about the horror of puppy mills and encourages getting treasured companion animals from shelters. Watch the PSA here.
Sitting next to Bentley, a St. Bernard rescued from death row, Wolfe states, “Four million animals are euthanized because they can’t find a home and a staggering number of them are older animals, just like Bentley. Let’s give them a chance to become an American classic. Help save man’s best friend. Adopt, Don’t Shop!”
In addition to the video, Wolfe joins celebrities such as Maria Menounos, Missi Pyle, Pamela Anderson, Holly Madison, Mike Tyson, Mackenzie Phillips, and Jillian Michaels in the latest of 27 print ads Ameruoso has produced for LCA.
“I encourage everyone to share this PSA far and wide. The more people who see the wonderful work Christopher Ameruoso and Mike Wolfe have created together, the fewer animals will die in shelters,” says Chris DeRose, LCA Founder and President.
For more information about puppy mills and pet stores visit LCA’s Adopt, Don’t Shop! webpage.
To view and share additional LCA PSAs and posters created by Christopher Ameruoso visit LCA’s PSA webpage.
LCA, a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles has been active for nearly three decades. Founded and led by animal expert, author, and actor, Chris DeRose, LCA’s roots began in exposing the inherent cruelty of vivisection. LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty, launching public awareness campaigns, pushing animal friendly legislation and helping prosecute animal abusers. www.LCAnimal.org