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July 2014
30

Anonymous asked

what is your opinion on spray bottle training?

It’s ineffective, there are much better ways to train an animal.

-Ry

July 2014
30

Anonymous asked

I really gotta know, I get so many mixed signals, so many people saying different things. Do cats like their stomachs pet or their back ends scratched. Because people are like yeah the cats LOVE IT but my cat, at least violet, will usually attack my hand.

It depends entirely on the cat.

Some enjoy belly rubs, others detest it, others may enjoy it sometimes but not others, and others still may only enjoy it if done by a certain person, or in a certain way, etc.

-Ry

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July 2014
30

scarletsash asked

I have ruled out medical reasons, however I hadn't thought about moving the litterbox/changing the litter. I've used original tidy cats since he was a kitten, and haven't had these problems till we moved into our new home. I'll see if moving the litterbox elsewhere helps, if not, I'll see about taking another trip to the vet. Thanks!

Also make sure the litterbox is large enough, and if it’s covered or uncovered you may want to switch and see if your cat prefers that better. I’d advise against flat out getting rid of the old litterbox, though, if you do take these suggestions because if they don’t work you’re going to want to put the old box back. You can also try something like Feliway, if it’s the same area or object he goes on consistently and not just urinating randomly throughout the house.

-Ry

July 2014
30

terezis-hot-pants asked

Okay so my aunt has pretty much poisoned her dogs by feeding them fast food and other human foods. This includes chocolate and grapes. One of her dogs died recently, and I'm pretty sure it was from his diet. She took in a once beautiful Shiba Inu. Shibas, as I am told, eat only when they want to. My aunt has fattened him up so much that when he lays down his paws are in the air and do not touch the ground. I am worried for them. Any advice will help.

There’s nothing you can do without getting your aunt on board. Try talking to her about the dangers of her dogs diet and weight, then go from there.

-Ry

July 2014
30

elven-changeling asked

I was wondering if you or any followers had any insight/help to offer regarding this? Post 92557793565 on my blog. The vet didn't have anything concrete..

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Have you used this boarding kennel before? It sounds like she had a very bad experience there, which I would look into if possible. I definitely also think you should speak with another vet on the matter, the one you went to sounds a little shady.

I would also suggest trying to crate train her so she has access to an ‘acceptable’ safe space instead of the closet. This doesn’t address the core issue but may make dealing with the symptoms easier on everyone.

-Ry

July 2014
30

scarletsash asked

Hello! I recently moved from Texas to Florida with my 2 y/o Balinese cat. I've moved in with my boyfriend and his very gentle dog! My cat has gotten much more comfortable around his dog friend, but still pees on our clothes whenever he gets a chance. He is neutered and has his litter box cleaned very often! It's been 5 months now and the behavior has not stopped, and I was wondering if you had any advice on how to stop it? I'm not sure what else I could do! Thank you in advance!

Have you ruled out medical reasons? If you’ve ruled out medical reasons you may want to reconsider where the litterbox is located. Have you changed the litterbox or the type of litter used? That could also be a problem.

-Ry

July 2014
30
Fluttergate: The Uproar Over Cats Slaughtering Birds and Wildlife
By Dr. Debora Lichtenberg, VMD
Cat lovers have compassion for all cats, no matter where they live. Indoor, outdoor, feral, stray. But they are split on the issue of letting your house cat wander beyond the house! Why do you think they call it a house cat, stupid?!
Recently, new studies claiming that cats massacre more wildlife than previously estimated are ramping up the controversy between the indoor versus outdoor camps.
Scientists with the Smithsonian and US Fish and Wildlife have concluded that free-ranging domestic cats kill up to 3.7 BILLION birds and 20.7 BILLION mammals annually. This report has received a lot of media coverage.
Scampering sparrows, Batman, that’s a lot of feline feathering!
We’re also talking about hundreds of millions of reptiles and amphibians turning into Eye of Newt Super Supper and Frogs Legs Appetizer.
As if the fear of your cat falling into the abyss of the unknown isn’t enough to force you to keep your cats in, the indoor cat lobbyists are correct to call your cat out as a major assault weapon on wildlife. While the country debates gun control, naturalists and cat owners are debating cat control. But now the bird huggers have some serious statistics to back up their claims that cats are more than just an upsetting menace — Kit and Kaboodle are terrorists on a global scale!
This media coverage of cats killing birds has given birders the evidence they need, but has ruffled the feathers of a number of feline friendly groups. The Humane Society‘s Veterinary Association and many cat adoption groups don’t want this coverage to deter future cat adopters, and stress the point that the majority of wildlife is killed by feral or stray cats.
The feral cat is the true Hannibal Lecter of the neighborhood, according to the feline groups. The studies suggest, however, that Fluff and Muff account for 29 percent of bird homicides and about 11 percent of small mammal deaths.
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On My Homefront…
Did you happen to read my post a few weeks ago about the saga of OG, my cat’s version of The Return of the Native? My sweet 3-year-old cat had been missing for three weeks when he walked back in the cat door one breezy night, skin and bones, but ready to chow down to a deep sleep and keep his story to himself.
I’ve been thrilled to have him back in the bosom of his kitty, canine and human housemates, but I am newly racked with guilt about the dangers of letting my cats go outside since the incident. And now that it’s spring, my cats are dropping birds and rodents in the kitchen on a regular basis. I’m worried about them, and I’m guilt-ridden about the wildlife. It’s time to put the kitties under house arrest.
In terms of your cat’s safety, the “hippy-dippy, live-free, smell-the-roses” folks extoll the enrichment of a cat’s life climbing trees, munching on spring grass and chasing autumn leaves. (But how about hanging out by the bird feeders?)
The “safety first” camp conjures up Stephen King images of Puff being abducted by coyotes, or Muffin caught in the headlights of an old pickup that splatters her body parts across a country road. Time to close the book or stop the movie.
Trap-Neuter-Return
The wildlife supporters want your cats kept inside, and they are rabid about Trap-Neuter-Return programs (TNR), which are gaining huge popularity across the country. TNR programs may be helping to control feral and stray cat populations, but these cats are also the heaviest of hunters. “Fixing” these cats and returning them to the outdoors does anything but fix the wildlife population.
The alternative? Euthanizing the cats. The Wings versus Paws face-off gets really ugly when it comes to TNR issues. This is much more heightened globally, in countries like Australia and New Zealand, and island nations where the cat is certainly not a native and the exotic bird and marsupial collections are at great risk.
Wildlife Is Precious
Last night, just as I was closing the hospital, a frantic woman called, begging us to stay open until she could get to us with an emergency euthanasia. “Who is your pet?” my receptionist asked. “It’s a sparrow,” cried the woman. “My cat just brought it in, and it’s suffering.”
Every spring, my veterinary hospital in Pelham, Massachusetts, is taxed by injured wildlife calls. Many of these birds and baby bunnies are the victims of cat attacks, dropped at owners’ feet as a gift. Some people even bring us mangled field mice, hoping we can save them. (Sometimes we can.)
Although most owners love all animals and are very upset that their sweet fur-face could wreak such havoc on unassuming birds and critters, they think of this as an isolated incident of bird-o-cide. Maybe their cat catches two birds a year, they think. Sad, but no big deal. Circle of life, yadda yadda yadda.
But according to researchers, it IS a big deal. New statistics demonstrate that your cat kills something every 17 hours he’s outside.
Back on the home front, OG won the indoor/outdoor battle last week. He has embraced spring, darting about underneath the deck (his favorite place), climbing the big maple tree and frolicking amid the daffodils. And he brought in a chickadee, a nuthatch and a tufted titmouse. I managed to save the nuthatch and chickadee. If I want to institute a lockdown, the cat doors will have to be removed. They don’t “lock” anymore. Time for some plywood and nails.
I’ll Kill That Cat!
I close with a fond memory of a street cat I adopted in South Philadelphia. When I was in vet school at Penn, I lived in a 12-foot-wide row house. Think Betsy Ross. This very savvy urban feline prowled the cement walls that separated our tiny, 12-by-12-foot attached back yards. The yards were all concrete, or so I thought. (Ours had a built-in Virgin Mary erected by the previous owner, also concrete.)
One day, as Cheesesteak was jumping back into his own little patch of concrete heaven, I saw a stone-cold face peering into my yard over the seven-foot wall. It was the visage of a very angry man.
“The next time I see that cat in my tomato plants, guess what I’m gonna do?”
I suddenly had an image of a kitty decapitation.
“I’m gonna (expletive) kill it.”
From that day forward, “Steaks” was safe and sound inside the row house. The tomatoes flourished, no longer fertilized by cat pee, and the birds and rodents of South Philly were targets for other feline criminals.
The risks to your cat, and to wildlife, are very serious out there in placid suburbia and bucolic rural areas. As far as Philadelphia goes? Fuggedaboutit. The average outdoor cat lives four years; the average indoor house cat, 12. A great compromise is to develop an enclosed outdoor area for your cats that is safe for them, keeps them and their feces out of your neighbor’s garden, and keeps the wildlife population free to be mangled by machinery, other predators and the open road.

Fluttergate: The Uproar Over Cats Slaughtering Birds and Wildlife

Cat lovers have compassion for all cats, no matter where they live. Indoor, outdoor, feral, stray. But they are split on the issue of letting your house cat wander beyond the house! Why do you think they call it a house cat, stupid?!

Recently, new studies claiming that cats massacre more wildlife than previously estimated are ramping up the controversy between the indoor versus outdoor camps.

Scientists with the Smithsonian and US Fish and Wildlife have concluded that free-ranging domestic cats kill up to 3.7 BILLION birds and 20.7 BILLION mammals annually. This report has received a lot of media coverage.

Scampering sparrows, Batman, that’s a lot of feline feathering!

We’re also talking about hundreds of millions of reptiles and amphibians turning into Eye of Newt Super Supper and Frogs Legs Appetizer.

As if the fear of your cat falling into the abyss of the unknown isn’t enough to force you to keep your cats in, the indoor cat lobbyists are correct to call your cat out as a major assault weapon on wildlife. While the country debates gun control, naturalists and cat owners are debating cat control. But now the bird huggers have some serious statistics to back up their claims that cats are more than just an upsetting menace — Kit and Kaboodle are terrorists on a global scale!

This media coverage of cats killing birds has given birders the evidence they need, but has ruffled the feathers of a number of feline friendly groups. The Humane Society‘s Veterinary Association and many cat adoption groups don’t want this coverage to deter future cat adopters, and stress the point that the majority of wildlife is killed by feral or stray cats.

The feral cat is the true Hannibal Lecter of the neighborhood, according to the feline groups. The studies suggest, however, that Fluff and Muff account for 29 percent of bird homicides and about 11 percent of small mammal deaths.

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July 2014
30

toastedpopsicle asked

I have an elderly declawed cat, he was declawed when I was just a baby. (We're both 18.) Is there anything I can do to make sure he's comfortable? (None of our other cats are declawed, just the two oldest ones, who were both delcawed when I was a little kid.)

Keep an eye out for signs of pain and adjust accordingly. Declawed cats may stop using the litterbox because the litter hurts their paws, if this becomes the case you may have to experiment with types of litter until you find something which works for them! Note that this might not be the best for you, as some of the litters declawed cats work can be rather… messy and hard to clean.

Understand that declawing may, eventually, result in behavioral problems or otherwise behavioral changes. If you notice this, try to be understanding and patient when addressing them because it’s not really their fault.

-Ry

July 2014
30
Via   •   Source

queenfattyoftherollpalace:

jewist:

Guys this no-kill animal shelter in Illinois, USA is going to be shut down unless the raise $5,000 by August 1st which is in 3 days. They have raised $3,320 so far but are still not at their goal. PLEASE donate any amount of money to help keep this no-kill shelter alive. And please reblog this post to spread the word.

Here is a link to where you can donate.

They still need to raise $1,000.

Please boost and donate if you can.

This shelter is attempting to place dogs, as of today there are still 4 dogs that need placement. 

July 2014
30
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purplekecleon:

koryos:

If you love Scottish fold cats, I’m going to tell you something you don’t want to hear. Please, please read on anyway. If you are considering adopting a Scottish fold, PLEASE continue reading. This information needs to be more widely known.

In 2008, the Journal of Small Animal practice released a short report on disorders associated with breeds of cats. In this report, the authors mentioned the Scottish fold:

People who own them may be “charmed” by their round faces and open expression (and they may not realise that the reason the cats do not move around too much is because they are variably crippled with arthritis).1

The gene that causes the cute fold in the Scottish fold’s ear also leads to the development of a degenerative disorder called osteochondrodysplasia. ALL Scottish folds have this disorder, whether they show symptoms or not- the fold in their ears is caused by a cartilage deformity that also affects their joints.

Osteochondrodysplasia leads to crippling osteoarthritis, which affects Scottish folds at much younger ages than other breeds of cats. In cats heterozygous for the gene, the disease’s progression can be seen in cats as young as six months. In homozygous cats, it can be seen as early as seven weeks old.

Affected cats may be grossly deformed, with short wide limbs and a short, inflexible tail. They show lameness, swollen wrist (carpal) and ankle (tarsal) joints, have an abnormal gait, and are reluctant to move and jump. Severely affected individuals become crippled and unable to walk.

Many affected cats are euthanased earlier in life due to the profound effects of this disease.2

The breed is often described as “placid” and “calm.” This is due to the fact that they are constantly in pain due to this disorder. Even in mild, ‘asymptomatic’ cases which can occur in heterozygous cats, they may still be experiencing pain due to cats’ tendency to hide their suffering.

Many breeders of Scottish folds claim that not all heterozygous cats have the disorder, because the studies that examined the cats (which were all, heterozygous or not, shown to have it) had small sample sizes.

In 2003, Lorraine Shelton, a specialist in genetic diseases, offered to pay for 300 x-rays of healthy adult Scottish folds to prove that the disorder was not present in some heterozygous cats.

…She has asked a list of 300 Scottish Fold breeders from around the world to go to their vet to get X-rays done. She had offered to pay for these X-rays but not a single breeder had taken up that offer. You could not know whether this problem existed unless an X-ray was taken. If somebody would send her an X-ray of a healthy hind leg of a folded eared cat, she would be grateful as she wanted to see the very first one.3

To date, no one has taken her up on the offer. The breeders’ unwillingness to have their cats examined speaks volumes. The authors of all studies on these cats agree: it ethically wrong to continue breeding these cats.

It disturbs me that any breeder would knowingly continue to create animals that will be in pain throughout their lives. As a cat lover myself, I am begging you, please do not buy Scottish folds. Do not support these unethical breeding practices, or the concept that it is acceptable to intentionally breed unhealthy animals for the sake of how they look.

Citations

Breed-related disorders of cats (discusses issues with other breeds as well)

Genetic welfare problems of companion animals: osteochondrodysplasia (a thorough description of the disease and its prevalence)

FIFe meeting notes (leading to a decision not to recognize Scottish folds as an offical breed due to the disorder)

There was also a follow-up email about Shelton’s offer which can be read here.

Studies on osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Folds

Osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Fold cats

Incomplete dominant osteochondrodysplasia in heterozygous Scottish Fold cats (this is the source of the above x-ray pictures)

Before you buy ANY animal, please do your research. If a breed suffers from high incidences of genetic disorders, don’t use your money to support the creation of more animal suffering.

This is important enough to be posted to my main blog. I know I reblogged this months and months ago, but not enough people know about this.

There is absolutely no way to “cure” the Scottish folds of this. The gene that causes the ear to look so cute and floppy is because of the cartilage not forming properly, which is what causes the health problems — even in cats that are bred Fold x Non Fold.

What’s fucking worse is that they’re cross breeding Scottish folds with other cats. As soon as I saw them crossed with Sphynxes (anyone who follows me is probably aware of the three Sphynxes we have and how much I love them), my heart sank. This is called a “Skinderlop”

Breeding is supposed to be about breeding healthy cats/animals free of defects, and about examining mutations to see what the health risks are, if there are any. It is not supposed to be about creating more cats who are doomed to horrible health problems from birth. That is so cruel it’s unbelievable - and people still defend this breed’s continued existence…

If you know anyone who is looking into getting a kitten from a breeder, PLEASE let them know about the health problems associated with Scottish folds and cross breeds so that they don’t continue to support this sort of thing. It is needlessly cruel.