Is your cat a potential blood donor?

August 25, 2017

Is your cat a potential blood donor?

As advances in veterinary medicine have increased, so too has the need for blood banks for our pets, as well as pet blood donors. To meet this need, many veterinary professionals are reaching out to educate the public about the importance of blood donation and to find donors. In this audio clip, Kym Marryott, a veterinary technician and manager of the Penn Animal Blood Bank at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, discusses feline blood donation and the importance of feline blood donors. Listen to the interview.

Persistent panting could be a sign of lung, heart disorder in cats

August 24, 2017

Persistent panting could be a sign of lung, heart disorder in cats

Some cats pant infrequently as a cooling mechanism or when they are anxious, but persistent panting can be a sign of congestive heart failure, allergic bronchitis, asthma and other disorders, says veterinarian Aimee Simpson, medical director of VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia. Cats whose panting is persistent should be examined by a veterinarian, who may order chest X-rays or perform an echocardiogram, Dr. Simpson says.

Catster (8/23)

Uterine infection is a serious condition in dogs, cats

August 22, 2017

Uterine infection is a serious condition in dogs, cats

Pyometra, or uterine infection, may become evident two to three months after a dog — or, rarely, a cat — has its last estrus, “and it is a true veterinary emergency,” said veterinarian Gary Brummet, chief of primary care service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Pyometra occurs most frequently in intact dogs between 6 and 10 years old, can result in sepsis if untreated and is prevented only by spaying.

The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (8/21)

Easy home remedies to get rid of cat urine smell

August 14. 2017

Easy home remedies to get rid of cat urine smell

I’m pretty sure there’s no smell as potent — or as long-lasting — as cat pee. I’ve tried all of the home remedies to get rid of the stench and found some winners that will save whatever your cat decided was the litter box that day.

On clothes

Did your cat get ticked off at you and decide your pile of clean laundry was a great place to get revenge? Yeah, I’ve been there.

Wash the laundry as you normally would, but leave it in the washer. Then, add 2 cups of baking soda to the load and set the washer to soak mode with warm water. If your washer doesn’t have a soak mode, turn on your washer, let it fill up with warm water, then pause the load.

Let the load soak overnight and then wash it as you normally would. Everything should come out smelling fresh.

On your mattress

For a while, when my daughter’s cat was stressed, she would go on our mattress. Mattresses are expensive, so I couldn’t toss it, but I just couldn’t get the smell out no matter how much I cleaned it. Finally, I learned the baking soda trick.

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After cleaning the mattress and letting it dry, sprinkle baking soda over the spot that smells. Not just a dusting, either. I mean really layer that baking soda on. Then, put your sheet back on the mattress. Let the baking soda sit on the spot for a few days.

Don’t worry, you can still sleep on your bed. The sheet will prevent the baking soda from getting all over your bedroom.

After the baking soda has had time to do the dirty work, just vacuum the mattress. Is that spot radiant with freshness? You bet it is.

Pro tip: If your cat has an issue with using your bed as a giant litter box, invest in a fabric waterproof mattress cover (the plastic ones are super uncomfortable and hot). It will save your mattress and it’s much easier to clean. Just use the same cleaning technique as with clothing.

Pee-be-gone spray can take care of nasty odors that are hard to find.

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Everywhere else

Boy cats tend to mark their territory and often the area where they sprayed is hard to find. If you can’t identify the spot, shampoo the carpets, mop or whatever you need to do to clean the suspected area, then make a bottle of cat pee-be-gone.

In a spray bottle, mix 16 ounces (about 500 ml) of warm water with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil or two tablespoons of peppermint extract. Spray all of the areas that you think your cat may have urinated or marked. Within a few hours the scent will be gone.

Before you try the pee-be-gone formula on carpets, rugs, furniture or other areas, be sure to test it on a small area to make sure it won’t discolor the material.

Prevention

Typically, when cats tinkle where they aren’t supposed to that means they’re trying to tell you something. Some things they may be trying to say are:

Cat owners experience many health benefits People are increasingly discovering that pets provide them with emotional and physical health benefits, according to former AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros, and it is likely the stereotype of the “crazy cat lady” may soon be a thing of the past. Petting cats releases oxytocin, making people feel less stressed; the sound of a cat’s purr can lower blood pressure; cat owners have less risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke; cats’ companionship can reduce loneliness; and exposure early in life may prevent later pet allergies. NBC News (8/8)

August 10, 2017

Cat owners experience many health benefits

People are increasingly discovering that pets provide them with emotional and physical health benefits, according to former AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros, and it is likely the stereotype of the “crazy cat lady” may soon be a thing of the past. Petting cats releases oxytocin, making people feel less stressed; the sound of a cat’s purr can lower blood pressure; cat owners have less risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke; cats’ companionship can reduce loneliness; and exposure early in life may prevent later pet allergies.

NBC News (8/8)