Archive for May, 2011
Feline Health Tips: Helping Your Overweight Cat Lose a Few Pounds
Feline obesity is a threat to the health and lifespan of your cat. This article will help you work with your cat to lose the needed weight with minimal struggle.
Feline health is, in many ways, common sense. Since cats are mammals like us, many of the same basic premises apply.
When a cat is overweight, he or she is at risk for heart problems, diabetes, and the exact same complications obese humans experience. Good feline health practices for reducing obesity are the same tactics used for people who need to shed a few excess pounds.
Essentially your cat needs to take in fewer calories and get a little more exercise. That\’s all there is to it unless there is some genetic setback causing the feline obesity.
You might think it\’s hard to get your cat on a diet and exercise program, but in truth it\’s quite easy. Where you lead, your feline friend will follow.
The first step is to ask your vet what your cat\’s target weight should be. Your veterinarian should be able to give you a good range to shoot for with a basic physical exam.
Fewer Calories In Your Cat\’s Diet
Once you have a target weight goal, you\’ll need to start by adjusting your cat\’s caloric intake. Your vet can recommend a good food with fewer calories.
Also you can adjust the current feeding schedule. If you\’re leaving food in the bowl all day long, start feeding your cat twice a day instead.
Take the bowls up after your cat eats in the morning and set them out again for the evening meal. Again, once the cat has had a good meal, take the food up again until the next morning.
Clearly if you have multiple cats it might not be as easy to manage your obese feline\’s diet. If you don\’t want to put all cats on a reduced schedule just find a food with fewer calories and eliminate treats until the target weight is reached.
And certainly stop giving your cat people food! Especially in cases of feline obesity it is counterproductive to share people food with your cat.
Feline Exercise Program
Chance are your cat is already somewhat active. Even cats who ‘sleep all day’ have at least one activity period during the day.
Felines are polyphasic, meaning they have multiple periods of sleep and activity during the day. You may simply be unaware of when your cat is running and playing.
Your job is to get your cat involved in a period of exercise and brisk physical activity for about ten minutes each day. And you can do this by simply playing with him or her.
Drag a string, throw a catnip ball, or do something else to intrigue your cat into motion. Keep him/her running, jumping, and swatting for ten minutes or longer without stopping.
You can use catnip to stimulate your cat if needed. Many felines get a rush from this herb and will become more active for several minutes after rolling in or eating it.
It takes a little focus on your part to correct a feline obesity problem. But you owe it to your cat to put forth the effort on this because after all, you are the parental figure in this relationship.
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It is amazing to find that even in the worst devastation there are the smallest of miracles that warm the heart.
One such incident relates to a Judy Pugh whose home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was devastated when it was hit by a massive tornado. Mrs Pugh was saved from the tornado when a falling wall pinned her to the ground.
Mrs Pugh owned three cats and although her home was destroyed two of the cats lived to tell the tale, the third cat was not found in the following weeks.
A few weeks later Mrs Pugh returned to what was left of her home and was being interviewed by CBS42. While the cameras were rolling, to the astonishment of the people around, Cadie the missing third cat suddenly made an appearance. Cadie had survived the tornado, the heat and the cold without food or water for nearly a month. Mrs Pugh was delighted to find the ten year old cat alive.
While doing some research I came across an interesting story about a cat that went to sea!
Simon joined HMS Amethyst, which was a British warship in early 1948 when the ship docked at Stonecutters Island, Hong Kong for supplies. Simon was found on the dockyard by a seaman who thinking that Simon needed a good meal smuggled him onto the ship and hid him in his cabin. Simon was only about a year old and being a curious cat was unhappy at being confined to the small cabin and soon began to explore. The captain of the ship was also a cat lover and Simon soon followed the captain on regular inspections, it did not take Simon long to win over the rest of the crew.Rats were a big problem on the ship and created havoc among the food supplies; it was soon found that Simon was in fact a very skilled rat catcher. Simon was that good at his job that the crew considered him more of a fellow crewman than a passenger.
In April 1949 the Amethyst was ordered to relieve HMS Consort which was guarding the British Embassy. The communists were about to capture the town of Nanking and the personnel may have to be evacuated. The HMS Amethyst had sailed about 100 up the Yangtze River when the ship was attacked by heavy gunfire, the ship became ground on a mud bank and suffered heavy casualties.
Simon was among the injured having been hit by shrapnel. As cats do Simon crawled into one of the ship’s crannies to hide. A few days later, probable driven by hunger, he emerged from his hidey-hole very ill and week. As most of the injured crew had been evacuated to land to be treated the ship’s doctor was able to take the time to attend to Simon’s injuries and to feed him, although he didn’t think that he would survive. Simon did survive and he was soon back on his rat-catching duties despite his injuries. Simon was doing an essential job, the ship was still stranded and food supplies were running low and none spare for the rats. Simon caught a least one rat a day, often more, and this proved to be a boost to the morale of the crew.
Simon’s rank was now upgraded to Able Seacat Simon and he now had another duty to perform. As the injured sailor returned to the ship the doctor thought that having Simon to keep them company would help the men’s recovery and morale. Simon divided his duty by spending time on the bunks of injured crewmen where he was a comforting presence and catching rats.
Eventually after 101 days the ship was repaired enough to sail again, and with no further possibility of rescue it was decided to make a run for it. On 30th July 1949 under the cover of darkness and after a brisk firefight the ship made it to open sea.
In August a special presentation was held to acknowledge the brave crew and also honoured was Able Seacat Simon who received the Amethyst campaign ribbon. Simon’s contribution was also rewarded by the PDSA who cave him the PDSA Dickin Medal. The Dickin Medal is the most famous of the charity awards, it was started in 1943 by the founder Maria Dickin to acknowledge outstanding acts of bravery by animals serving with the Armed Forces or Civil Defence units in any war, worldwide. The Medal is recognised as ‘The animals’ Victoria Cross’ for animal bravery in military conflicts.
On Simon’s return to England he still had to be confined to quarantine for six months, but he was probably the most pampered animal there. Simon received a lot of attention from the quarantine staff as well as having frequent visitors from his crew friends.
The PDSA Dickin Medal was due to be presented to Simon on 11th December but sadly three weeks after his arrival in England he became very ill with a viral infection and as he had been weakened by his war injuries his system could not cope with this new disease and he sadly died on 28th November 1949. Simon is buried in the PDSA’s animal cemetery at Ilford, London.
3 ways to look after your cat when you move house
1. Moving crate
When moving the cat to the new house it will probably be moved via the car. Some cats don’t have to go in a car at all and so this experience can be very new to them and not always pleasant. The best way is to use a cat carriers. By using the cat carrier you can put the cat in the carrier in the house and get him nice and secure and then he will be safe and contained when driving to the new house. You can find cat carriers from all online pet supplies retailers.
2. Keep the cat inside
Once you have made the move and arrive at the new house make the cat feel as comfortable as possible. Show them their own cat beds, provide them with water from their own cat bowls and generally make the cat feel settled. It is advised that you keep the cat indoors for a week or so she they are comfortable with the new house. It has been know that when a cat moves house they can go out side and head straight back to the old house.
3. Provide them with a litter tray
For a month before the move get the cat used to using a cat litter tray with cat litter. This will help for when you have moved and have to keep the cat indoors; it will be less stressful if they know the cat litter tray routine. Once the cat has settled you can then start to let the cat outdoors and remove the litter tray.
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