Mom has believed in pet health insurance ever since she had Hank, her Yorkshire Terrier, from 1987 - 2003. Pet insurance was not really a thing back then, so Hank wasn’t insured initially. Later when a couple of pet insurance carriers launched, Hank was past the age limit for insurance – which was 5 years at the time.
As I’m sure you all are aware, mom is always on the alert for any individuals and/or companies that are really making a difference in the area of preemptive pet wellness. In honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we want to highlight an organization that mom met two years ago at the Garden State Cat Expo in Edison, NJ.
I think you might take our purrs for granted sometimes, when actually they can have many different meanings depending upon who we are with! Purrs are one of the many sounds we make, yet it is often the least understood.
What is it about February?! Not only is it Pet Dental Month, but it is also National Spay & Neuter Awareness Month AND National Cat Health Month. Such a busy time! Mom says it’s the triumvirate of proactive pet care and overall wellness – first spay and neuter your pets, give them a healthy lifestyle and along the way, take care of their teeth.
February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, it is also National Pet Theft Awareness Day! And since I know how much you love your pet – I would like you to take this topic seriously! This holiday was created to highlight and call attention to the importance of pet identification methods and protections so that you could take the appropriate steps to ensure your pet’s security and your own piece of mind.
A cold and wet winter presents its own series of challenges when it comes to us pets…and mom says this winter has been one of the worst seasons that we have seen. What can you do to ensure your pets stay safe and warm this winter?
Last week we started the conversation regarding your cats and holiday decorations, but mom says there is a lot more to consider this time of year for our safety – and her peace of mind! Cat-proofing your home means taking your whole environment into consideration when planning for our safety and wellbeing. Many of the issues listed below should really be the standard for everyday of the year – not just during the holidays.
Mom is always preaching about keeping us kitties inside to ensure a long and sustainable life for us! We have written before about the many reasons why domesticated cats should only be indoor cats. The threats to cats who are indoor/outdoor kitties are many, however a new predator has emerged – from above rather than the ground…HAWKS!
Between all the wildfires out west and around the world and being a new homeowner, mom says that fire safety in the home has really been on her mind lately. What would we do if a fire broke out in the house? How would she be able to gather up all the cats and evacuate safely together and quickly?
Mom says its time to get serious about having an emergency plan and a supply kit in case of a disaster. She said one only has to watch the news the last few years with all the natural disasters that have and are occurring around the country.
About a year ago, mom discovered Dr. Karen Becker, who is one of the leading veterinarians in the US – she is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Becker is a traditionally educated and practicing vet. She applies a common sense approach to good health for our pets and has a holistic and integrative approach to dealing with disease and overall wellbeing in pets. She is certified in various holistic practices as well as an endangered species specialist.
A few months back, we touched on how it important it is to our overall health and wellness to care for your cat’s teeth, just like you human pet parents! The mouth and the teeth are the gateways to the rest of the body – and their wellness – or the lack thereof – affects the overall health of that person and kitty!
February 14th is the designated National Pet Theft Awareness Day holiday - which coincides with Valentine’s Day! Mom says it makes sense since we should always be hugging our pets and keeping them safe!
As you may know already, mom is always on the alert to keep our home poison-proof and make it as safe as possible for Beau & I!
We have talked about houseplants, flowers and Christmas greenery, but mom says it’s important to also focus on the household everyday items that are also toxic to us kitties – items that you would not even think about!
Cats have to go outdoors – it’s their nature! My kitty sits by the window and longs to go outside! It’s ok if my cat goes outside – it’s safe! Mom says all these statements are from humans who are fantasizing as to what cats are thinking! Cats are only thinking about the wonderful show being put on by the birds and bugs on the other side of the glass.
This week, Mom read an article on Kitten Toob called by Nat Berman 20 Common Cat Diseases to Be On the Outlook For. She was very excited by this article because out of the 20 diseases listed, 11 are generally caused by a low-quality diet for the duration of the cat's life - which can easily be corrected by keeping the cat on a better quality diet, and in 2 cases also being sure the cat gets enough exercise
Talk to a traditional vet and they will advocate for traditional flea and tick protection even for indoor cats and depending on where you live, it could be for just the warm months or all year round. But not every cat parent is okay with the chemicals of traditional protection. Read on to learn the route my mom chose and why.
Earlier this year, Catster Magazine had featured an article from their sister publication, Veterinary Practice News on what kind of things cats had been known to eat and miraculously survive the surgery…with X-rays to prove it! Read on to learn more about the items that you MUST keep away from your kitties.