Thursday April 17, 2014
Max Thompson is one of the most popular cats on the Internet. I have even had his blog on my blogroll for several years. Therefore, it is surprising that I found his latest book, Bite Me - a Memoir (of Sorts) strictly by accident. But who could ignore a book called "Bite Me" for long? Especially a book written by a cat.
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It is difficult to write an objective review about a book such as Bite Me. The reader is thrust into the lives of real people and animals, and despite Max's often flippant observations, you can feel the real emotions behind them. I felt a particular affinity toward Max's human Mom, K.A. Thompson. As an "Army brat," I had been moved all over the U.S., and often felt the angst of leaving behind newfound friends, even pets. I guarantee one thing: when you read Bite Me, you'll experience some intensely emotional moments, along with loads of chuckles and LOL memories.
Thursday April 17, 2014
While heartworm disease in dogs has been around for over 100 years, it was first recognized in cats in 1921. In the United states, its prevalence is concentrated mostly in the southeastern
coastal states, although it can be found in every state. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and can be found in many species of mammals, including humans, and is a potentially fatal disease.
Like some other people, I was not particularly worried about heartworm disease in my cats, thinking that it was much more prevalent in dogs. However, cats can indeed get heartworm from mosquito bites. Although the percentages are not available, the American Heartworm Society states that the incidences of heartworms in cats have increased over the years. Heartworm disease in both dogs and cats can be prevented. Coincidentally, yesterday, I picked up a one-month supply of Revolution (selamectin) for our six cats. Although our cats don't have fleas, several of them have ear mites, which are also targeted by Revolution. One of the most disturbing facts that I learned from the American Heartworm Society, is that heartworm is often diagnosed as asthma in cats. My Joey was diagnosed with asthma over three years ago, when we lived in an area with mosquito problems. Even more disturbing is the fact that although there are treatments for heartworm in dogs, there are no such treatments yet for cats. Learn much more about this serious disease from the American Heartworm Society.
Wednesday April 16, 2014
Have your cats become the local fast food hangout for families of fleas? Fleas are not only annoying, but they are nasty little critters that carry any number of "hitch-hikers" such as tapeworms and the Haemobartonellosis microorganism. I'm sure you'll agree with the importance of stopping flea infestations before they occur, for your cats' comfort and your own peace of mind.
With warmer weather, our cats are scratching more lately. But worse, a couple of them have ear mites, which are really bothering them. Although I can't find any evidence of fleas on them, it's past due time to treat them with the Frontline we have on hand.
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I do not personally recommend any flea powders nor flea collars for cats, and definitely not for young kittens. Nor should any flea control product labeled for dogs ever be used on cats of any age. In 2001, hundreds of cat owners lost their cats after using certain flea products containing either permethrin or methoprene. After hearing hundreds of specific consumer complaints, the EPA investigated the Hartz Mountain Corporation, manufacturer of a variety of pet products, including flea control products. Those unnecessary deaths underscored the necessity of reading and understanding labels, not only on food products, but also on flea and tick control products.
Tuesday April 15, 2014
Gimpy is my choice for the second Cat Picture of the Week for April, 2014. After you've read his story, I'm sure you'll agree with my selection.
photo © About.com Member archeologist
It's hard to imagine an inhumane monster who would dump a litter of helpless three week old kittens into a dumpster. But this particular litter was blessed by being rescued by a group of angels in the form of Feral Fanciers, then fostered by another angel called archeologist. Eventually the kittens were old enough to be offered for adoption, however, archeologist decided to keep Gimpy as her own. Gimpy will always need specialized veterinary care as well as constant help at home because of his rare type of rickets, along with megacolon. But he's in the very best home possible for his needs, and even the other cats rally around him. Read more of Gimpy's story, and learn how to submit your own special needs cat story and photos.