First foster kitten and I’m in love

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Mutts Comics by Patrick McDonnell, Oct 31, 2016 (http://www.mutts.com/strips-archive)

Last week, I took home my first ever foster kitten. She was  a little bit sick for a while and stuck at the kitty hospital for some time, so coming to my house was the first time she got to run around in a while. She is a beautiful girl and a real lovebug!

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Zipper preparing to pounce…!

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Recognizing hyperthyroidism in cats and critical signs your cat needs emergency care

I recently shared my story of my beloved cat Sidney, who had hyperthyroidism and later suffered from terminal cancer. I thought I would share what I learned about her over-active thyroid with you in hopes of encouraging people to consider adopting special needs cats and being aware of the signs of hyperthyroidism in your cat.

My little Sidney in one of her favourite spots. Sidney led a normal life for years with hyperthyroidism.

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My year with Sidney: a special connection with a senior cat

Sidney, until recently, was my beautiful and beloved senior cat with whom I was lucky to share one very special year. Its taken me some time to be able to write about this because I wish it had been more than a year, because its emotional, close to my heart and a little more personal than I’d like to get on this blog. It devastated me when she passed away in December. Even now, it is difficult to write.

My beautiful Sidney came into my life unexpectedly. I have been a great animal lover my whole life, but there is something so special I love about cats. I always wanted one. But between moving every couple of years and being a student, I was never able to adopt a cat of my own because I believe in forever homes and being financially capable of supporting a pet.

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Why your pet should have ID – especially your indoor cat!

Have you ever seen a cat wandering around a neighborhood and wondered if it might be lost? Have you ever seen a dog wandering a neighborhood and known it was lost?

How is anyone supposed to know whether a wandering cat is lost or not? This is exactly why more lost dogs than lost cats are found and returned home. Here are some facts about lost dogs and cats:

  • In a study comparing the frequency of lost dogs and cats, 93% of lost dogs were found while only 75% of lost cats were found (Source)
  • In a study on lost cats, 53% of lost cats were found. Of the cats found, only 19% had any form of identification and 40% were indoor-only cats. (Source)
  • In a comparable study on lost dogs, 71% of lost dogs were found and 48% of lost dogs had some form of identification (Source)

That is quite a difference between lost dogs and cats and staggeringly low numbers of cats with identification.

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On getting gifts from a cat & river otter spied in the sea

I have been cat sitting for a neighbour recently and she is a bit of a roamer and goes outside. While I would personally never let my own cat outdoors unsupervised, I have to respect the parental choices. This week, we passed a milestone of sorts.

I know now she is getting very fond of us as she brought us home a gift the other day…a spotted towhee. So I feel a little guilty looking at this photo of one I managed to snag the other day, but I do love cats, too, so I can’t be hard on them for doing what I know is only natural instinct. While I love and understand her sentiment, I am not too keen to receive another gift anytime soon.

Spotted Towhee

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Are you prepared for your pet’s care in a disaster or evacuation?

I love animals and pets and I am sometimes more aware of natural hazards as an earth scientist than other people. Combine the two and you get pet emergency preparedness.

I’d been planning a post about this, and in light of our recent Mw 4.8 earthquake in Victoria (which I admit scared me!), I thought it was a good time to post about this. Getting pet first aid certified and living near a plate boundary has definitely made me more aware of what to do for my pet in case of emergency. In fact, I will openly admit my pet first aid kit is better than my human one!

No matter where you live, some kind of natural disaster could hit. Whether its an earthquake, tornado, blizzard, volcanic eruption, flood or a hurricane, you should always be prepared. Prepare an emergency kit and an evacuation plan for yourself and your family. It pays to prepare for these things, and maybe you have.

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