Why Spay and Neuter Your Pets – What To Watch For

I have had three of my cats sterilized. Soxs was neutered at six months. It was a typical surgery with no complications. There was some swelling which is natural. Soxs did not lick his surgery so he did not have to wear a cone around his neck. After a week or so everything was healed and we carried on. Ariel was the same story. He never licked and it did not slow him down a bit. On the way home from the vet he talked to me like he never talked before. He was probably giving me heck for leaving him somewhere for the day. When he came home he went to the cat tree and just relaxed.

When Roxanne came to live with us she was intact and soon after she went into heat. There was some night time howling and Tenzin developed feelings for her. She went to the vet and got spayed. This procedure is invasive and in effect is a hysterectomy. If you go to Wikipedia the are good explanations and pictures. Everything was generally going well. She ate well and good energy, however after a week the surgery was still weeping and there was swelling. I went back to the vet for an examination where she was given an  antibiotic and a cleaning of the surgery by squeezing some fluid out of the stitched area.

This picture shows her shaved belly and the swelling. After the antibiotic she healed quickly with no further problems. Why she got infected is difficult to explain for a layman. For me it means a person has to monitor all surgeries and go back to the vet if necessary. Roxanne is an active cat and was  hard to keep quiet and relaxed after the surgery. A spaying procedure should be healed up in about a week. My vet keeps a cat in the office for the day to monitor for complications both male and females.

That’s my story for today. Hug a kitty and leave a comment for me.

Thanks Trevor

 

 

What Does Cat Care Mean: It means forever

I was going through Kijiji and I was looking at the available cats. What I saw was a vast array of free cats that need homes. The hard part for me was the cats that were being given away because they couldn’t move with the family for various reasons. Especially the older cats. When Lacy moved in with us she cried for a long time because of her new home and people. She also hid in the closet for weeks until she became comfortable with us. Alexis did her share of hiding too. If that cat is living a happy home and get displaced because of a move or new furniture I think its totally unfair. What happens if they don’t get adopted, do they end up at the shelter, or dumped.  In my opinion when a cat, dog or parrot comes into your home it should be forever.

Babies and Cats

I have nine animals in the house. I have lived with these animals for several years and I feel that I understand every one fairly well. I know their quirks and moods. I know when they have had enough attention and when just to leave them be. The point of all this is that even though I trust my cats and dogs a lot I would never leave them unattended with an infant or toddler. When my cats play they can get pretty rough. They will hug your arm and bite while bunny kicking with their back feet. Its all great fun until it hurts and the cat does not want to quite. I can defend my self. An infant can not. So be careful and monitor your infant at all times. I think it is great that a child can grow up with a furry friend around. I think it makes children healthier and with parental guidance a child can be taught to respect living things.  It would be a tragedy if something ugly happened and that cat or dog was severely punished for some thing that could be avoided. When my son was a toddler we adopted a big beautiful Samoyed dog. We monitored closely and that dog lived with us for the rest of his life. His name was Charlie.

Have a nice weekend

Trevor

Cat Health Care

When you get you new kitty home and have done all the vet visits with vaccinations, spay or neuter its time to enjoy the kitty. Kitties like clean litter boxes. In order to keep your stress down keep the litter box clean and filled with litter. Cleaning means every time you see a clump in the box scoop it out and be sure to scrape around to find every thing. Once a week my litter boxes are emptied and washed with hot water and soap. Then a splash of baking soda with 2 – 3 inches of cat litter on top. Good to go. I am using Purina Tidy Cats litter. It absorbs smells and cleans up nice. Be sure to vacuum the litter that comes out with the cats feet and that job is done for the moment. If your cat is scrapping down to the bottom of the box you probably don’t have enough litter in the box. I live in the country so litter disposal is easy. If you live in the city I would think that sealing it in bags and throwing it out with the house hold trash should work. Try not to make the garbage cans to heavy or it might not get picked up. Some folks don’t like clay based litter because of the dust hazard to the cat and dust in the house. This Purina item is quite dust free. There are wood base litters that are environmentally friendly and will not be a health hazard to your cat. It does not hurt to experiment. I tried wood chips. It absorbed smells but the chips went every where. A vacuuming task for sure. The bigger the litter box the better. There is less chance of missing the box. My boy Tenzin is so big that when his nose was touching one end his bum was hanging over the other end of the box. When Tenzin had just moved in  he was quite timid. Because of this he decided to pee in the pantry on some plastic bags. This was hard to find. He only did that once and now he is a regular litter box user. When you come home and the house stinks, it probably means somebody did not cover. This does not mean you keep a dirty house. I have had cats pee on blankets from cat beds and in the mitt and toque box. What can you do? Wash things up sanitize, deodorize and press on.   Then go and hug your kitty!

All the Best , Trevor

 

How to take care of a stray cat ,Part Two

The above picture is of Raymond. He was a stray for about two years. He was an apprehensive cat and it was not until he was live trapped and in the house four about three months did he come around and want to be handled. Patience is the key here. Some cats will never be domesticated. Some times these types of cats can become good barn cats and make their living doing rodent control. A barn cat can have a good life, but they still need human assistance to live a long life. The necessity to go to the vet is still there. This prevents unwanted kittens and the spread of feline diseases. Believe it or not a good mouser still needs to be fed and have a good source of water. Winter shelter is required. This could be an assembled house or some bales stacked together to form a shelter.  Treat them nice and after a few years they might let you pet them.

All the best ,Trevor

How to take care of a stray cat.

Taking care of  stray cats has been easy for me. Of the four stray cats I have taken in three were kittens and one was two years old. The two kittens that were three and four weeks old respectively were of no significant problem. They were eating solid food . Because they were probably still sucking we fed them Purina kitten formula until weaning age. They were kept separate from the rest of the cats when no one was home. When they were free to run around the house we always kept an eye out for their safety from the dogs and adult cats. They socialized easily and now at almost a year old they are doing fine.  They had vet visits soon after being found . Needles and deworming is mandatory. We had the little Tomcat neutered at six months. The little girl is still intact. There is no one to get her pregnant so I am waiting to get her spayed. The two year old female was kept isolated from everyone for three days until her vet visit. I did not know what parasites or diseases she might introduce to the clowder so we took no chances. After the vet visit we brought her into the house and let her loose. She socialized well with only a few fights with the other adult females. Every body used the litter boxes with out any problems. Shortly after her arrival she went into heat. Lots of night time howling and the boys liked her. We got her spayed soon after. My very first cat was found at about four months old. He had to be live trapped as he was to scared to let any one near him. We got him in the house and he adapted to home living easily. My first introduction to cat health care came when he started leaving worms. A call to the vet and a couple of pills and we were  done with that.

My friend had a slightly different experience with her adult male feral cat. This boy was fed outside for a year until he came around sick. Being timid and impossible to catch a live trap was used and he was taken to the vet immediately. Vaccinations, neutering and a discovery of being feline FIV positive resulted. He was taken into the house and he hid for months until he was ready to get social. Now he is a loving and wonderful healthy cat. Socialization come at the cats discretion and everyone has to be patient and let things happen. A FIV cat can live to normal life span but should be kept inside and have regular vet visits to avoid any complications.

Cat Care, My Personal Guide and Experiences Raising Cats.

Welcome to my web site about Cat care. My name is Trevor.

My life with cats started with Soxs. A small four month

old black and white kitten crying in the wood pile. Now I have seven cats all with individual minds and personalities. Along the  journey numerous cat care questions came up. I already had a good veterinarian to go to. The St. Claude Vet Clinic in St. Claude Manitoba. I have had a good 20 year relationship with this institution and they have been a great source of very helpful information.  The information from the vet plus my own study has given me a desire to produce a web site to make cat care easy. Why do I like cats you might ask ? Well the first time I held Soxs it was a moment of awe as I held this fabulous kitten in my hands. All my cats give me a sense of joy and always can make you smile.  Cats are polite, quiet, agile, curious and darn good fun. So lets look at how to care for our felines here at CatCare.