Most of you have heard Baylie’s rescue story but may not be aware of how Baylie’s feline sister, Smoki, became a member of our family.
Smoki came into our lives on June 15, 2001. She is a Southern Belle born in Mobile, Alabama, to a cat of a family acquaintance. Obviously, they knew no more about cats than we as they misjudged her age as being much older. When Smoki was brought to us, I knew right away she was very young; probably no more than four weeks old and not yet weaned. We knew she should not have been taken from her mother at such a young age but were determined to make sure she was healthy, well fed and happy.
Cats can become ill with many of the same ailments as humans. However, symptoms can be much different in humans and even dogs. Since our pets can’t tell us what hurts, they depend on us to figure it out.
I realized right away that it is much easier to determine what was ailing Baylie than our cat, Smoki, resulting in me becoming one of those helicopter pet parents to our 14-year-old cat. When Smoki was a young kitten, I took her to the vet because she just wasn’t behaving like her normal self. I was very green in the kitty parenting department and had no clue as to what was wrong. I found out that there is actually an acronym in the world of veterinary medicine for this condition in cats called “DAR” aka, “Doesn’t Act Right“. That pretty much summed it up with Smoki. She had no visible symptoms, but I knew something wasn’t quite right. She was a bit lethargic, didn’t want to play and preferred to hide underneath a living room chair; a place she never goes. If you are a cat parent, I’m sure you have seen this behavior.
Our friends at PetCareRx provided us with this interactive symptom checker for monitoring your cat’s symptoms. Just hover over the red dots on the kitty to display more information
This symptom checker is a good place to begin in identifying symptoms of illness in your cat. However, it is not intended to be a replacement for medical treatment. Always consult your veterinarian if your cat should become ill.
Congratulations to our winner, Sheila K! Thanks to all who entered!
According to the Drake Center for Veterinary Care, while cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include litter box issues, anxiety, eating disorders, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching. Providing an enriched environment can increase activity, decrease mental stagnation and prevent many of these issues.
Good friends are loyal and stick by you no matter what, and that’s true when it comes to man’s best friend. We’ve all read about faithful dogs — from courageous canines who saved their owners’ lives to dedicated dogs who stayed by their loved ones’ sides even after death. There’s a fascinating article in the New York Times by “neuroeconomics” professor Gregory Burns where he describes his latest work studying dogs. After training and scanning the brains of dozens of them, he says he’s left with the inescapable conclusion that “dogs are people, too.” Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children.
Barks, love and lots of kisses to all who followed my journey in 2013!
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy 2014 filled with joy and love. May all your dreams and aspirations come true.
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ― Karen Davison
Congratulations, Britney D. – The Winner of the PawGanics Giveaway!
We hear the words “green”, “organic” and “natural” a lot these days but what does it all really mean? Do we have to be a chemist to clean our home in a safe, natural, non-toxic way? The answer is no. We just need a bit of information to help us out!
Baylie Dog here. The holidays are special in my house. Not only is it a time to pause and give thanks for the blessings of the past year, we celebrate my birthday in the month of December!
Baby it’s cold outside and cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are. Dogs and cats can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia when left in the extreme cold for a prolonged period. Some owners will leave their animals outside for extended periods of time thinking that all animals are adapted to live outdoors. This can put their pets in danger of serious illness. There are things you can do to keep your animal warm and safe.
- Take your animals for a winter check-up before winter kicks in. Your veterinarian can check to make sure they don’t have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.