October is National Pet Wellness Month
Also this month:

National Animal Safety and Protection Month.

1st Full Week: Animal Welfare Week (AVMA)

Oct. 4: World Animal Day

Oct. 12: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Oct. 8-14: National Veterinary Technician Week

Oct. 16: National Feral Cat Day. (See article on the right)

Oct. 29: National Cat Day

Oct. 30: National Black Cat Day in the UK

Coming up next month:
National Pet Awareness Month

Nov. 17: National Black Cat Day
This is the most disturbing story about pet food I've seen in a long time.

Some educational links:
http://catinfo.org/  Basics of feline nutrition (download the report)

Shelter feed links:

Worried about pet food safety? Report Problems to the FDA!
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Interesting and Fun Links
Unusual fur markings:
Kangaroo Kitten
15 Common Cat Behaviours
Cats Don't Get Diarrhea
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Preparing a Pet First Aid Kit
Celebrity Corner
Actor James Mason was was an avid cat fancier and even wrote two books about cats!
October 7, 2017
Storm News

How You Can Help Animals in Puerto Rico Affected by Hurricane Maria
The devastation in Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria is staggering, and the territory will need our help for a long time to come. As with all disasters of this kind, animals are suffering, too. Animal rescue groups from all around the country poured into the areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma relatively quickly after the storms passed, but logistics to help humans, let alone animals, in Puerto Rico have been complicated due to its location.


Animals Moved to Safety

Animals from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico now calling Treasure Coast home


70 dogs and 2 kittens were the first rescues to get moved to Florida. Volunteers plan to return to get more animals out of danger as soon as they can.
Meanwhile, cats that were already in shelters have been moved to the U.S. to help get them adopted. After hundreds of dogs and cats in Puerto Rico were left homeless amid the devastation of Hurricane Maria, shelters quickly became crowded and even overrun by all the animals. But in the wake of the storm, one group has arrived on the island with one mission in mind: fly as many of those shelter animals as possible to the States in hopes of finding them a new home. Volunteer Group Wings of Rescue Flies Homeless Pets Out of Puerto Rico for Free:
News From Alley Cat Allies

National Feral Cat Day is becoming Global Cat Day on October 16, 2017.

"We’ve changed the name to reflect the fact that people from every country and every walk of life show compassion for cats every day, in ways big and small. We think all that kindness deserves worldwide celebration!
"Just as it was for National Feral Cat Day, Global Cat Day will be a day of action and public education. If you’ve hosted or participated in activities like Trap-Neuter-Return workshops, cat food drives, and spay/neuter clinics in honor of National Feral Cat Day in the past, you’ll be glad to know those events will still be part of Global Cat Day."
This is Woody.
Read his story below.
Health and Behavior Issues

Losing Woody
Here’s something many cat owners don’t know about until they hear a heart-stopping scream from their cat — who suddenly can’t walk. It’s called an aortic thromboembolism (ATE), or “saddle thrombus,” and usually occurs in cats with heart disease — something else the owner may not know their cat has.

I lost a very special kitty to this condition last year.  A beautiful, pale orange male kitten, about 9 months old, was apparently abandoned on our property last October. Friendly and affectionate, I named him Woody and got all the necessary vet care...neutered and vaccinated, etc. But three months later, on a Sunday evening in the dead of winter, he collapsed and cried. I could not see what the problem was and called my vet at home. He agreed to meet me at the clinic and I drove the 30 miles into town as fast as I could on snowy roads. He cried for a little while, then was silent. By the time we arrived, it was clear he wasn't going to make it. The vet diagnosed him with this devastating condition pretty quickly. Because it's painful, I agreed to euthanize him immediately. The entire episode took less than two hours...from initial collapse and crying out to being totally paralyzed and then euthanized. I don't know if there is any way to prevent this condition.


Delayed Weaning Reduces Behavior Problems
This should be required reading for anyone giving out kittens. Every year, usually during the so-called "kitten season," thousands, perhaps millions, of kittens are given away in "free to good home" ads. That's an issue in itself, but anyone who does this needs to know that kittens need to be with their mothers for a lot longer than is commonly allowed. If they are taken away too soon, it can result in some bad behaviors that often lead to a bad outcome. Mothers teach their young a lot of things we are not aware of, such as proper behavior in specific situations, how to eat things correctly, how to use the litter box, and how to act with other cats. If these needs are ignored, it's like kicking your children out of your home before they
even get to kindergarten. They'd probably find their way, but they might not become good citizens. My most well-adjusted cat was allowed to nurse for 4 months....16 weeks. But a good goal to aim for is 12 weeks. Please do not take kittens away from their mothers at 4, 5 or 6 weeks!



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Are your kids asking for a kitten? Avoid this mistake:
"The mistake many people make... is assuming cats are essentially small, less needy dogs. The reality is that while kitties are furry and walk on all fours like dogs, they’re different in almost every other way," according to the article below.

As I've said for many years, and posted on my site theproblemcat.com, "A cat is not a dog."

Read this article carefully:


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