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Hover Cat - Need I say more

Here is a great commercial to help local viewers of ABC News remember that
June is Adopt-a-Cat Month. 


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I don't blame him for not wanting to let go of that stick.

Just in case you Forgot - June is Adopt a Cat Month


Things to consider before you adopt a cat
  • Cats need to be fed once to twice a day, more often in the case of kittens, and need a constant supply of fresh water.

  • A responsible pet parent should spend at least one hour per day giving direct attention to his or her cat. This may include training, exercising, grooming, and playing or may just be lap time on the couch.

  • A cat with an abundance of energy needs more time to exercise and interactive toys to keep them entertained.

  • Cats with long coats need 20 minutes a day of grooming to prevent matting.

  • Cats with certain medical conditions may need additional attention, including specifically timed injections in the case of diabetic animals.

  • Remember that adopted cats may need additional bonding and reassurance time in the early weeks.

Happy Father's Day

Jason with Cosmo Kramer 

New Guidelines for Pet CPR

Science blog reported new guidelines for pet CPR that every fur family should be aware of.

Recommended Practices:

  • Perform 100-120 chest compressions per minute of one-third to one-half of the chest width, with the animal lying on its side.
  • Ventilate intubated dogs and cats at a rate of 10 breaths per minute, or at a compression to ventilation ratio of 30 to 2 for mouth-to-snout ventilation.
  • Perform CPR in 2-minute cycles, switching the “compressor” each cycle.
  • Administer vasopressors every 3–5 minutes during CPR.

Chest compression techniques for medium, large, and giant breed dogs. (A) For most dogs, it is reasonable to do chest compressions over the widest portion of the chest to maximally employ the thoracic pump theory. Either left or right lateral recumbency are acceptable. (B) In keel-chested (ie, deep, narrow chested) dogs like greyhounds, it is reasonable to do chest compressions with the hands directly over the heart to employ the cardiac pump theory, again in either recumbency. (C) For barrel-chested dogs like English Bulldogs, sternal compressions directly over the heart with the patient in dorsal recumbency may be considered to employ the cardiac pump mechanism.

Chest compression techniques for small dogs and cats. (A) For most cats and small dogs (<10 kg) with compliant chests, the use of a 1-handed technique to accomplish circumferential chest compressions with the hand wrapped around the sternum directly over the heart may be considered. (B) An alternative chest compression method for cats and small dogs is the 2-handed technique directly over the heart to employ the cardiac pump mechanism. This method may be considered in larger cats and small dogs with lower thoracic compliance, or in situations in which the compressor is becoming fatigued while doing 1-handed compressions.

Hopefully you never need to use CPR on your beloved fur kid, but it is good know.  Ask your  veterinarian  for advice to handle this kind of emergency.  To take being prepared to the next level take a pet first aid class.  The American Red Cross offers per first aid training, check their website (RedCross.org) to find a class near you.

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 Office cat answers phone ... I wounder if he works cheap I could use a good assistant.

Can All Dogs Swim?

Most dogs will naturally start paddling when in water.  However, this does not mean they can stay afloat, are good at it or like it.  When growing up our family dog loved going into the water.  He would walk out into the lake and walk and walk until the water was over his head.  We had to stop bring him to the lake because he never could understood when to start paddling.  There are always exceptions to natural instinct.

Typically dog's who struggle with swimming have a large heavy chest in comparison to their hindquarters, often have a short muzzle and short legs.  For example a bulldog may slash around, but typically sinks like a rock.  It is recommended that these types of dogs use life vests.  
Across the Unites Sates thousands of dogs drown a year.  Even when you both are having a fun please remember to be safe.
Here are a few things to remember:
  •  Supervise your pets around the pool, lakes or where you take them swimming.

  • Be sure your dog knows where the steps are in the pool. Teach them repetitively until you are sure she / he will swim there to exit the pool. There are also pool ramps for dogs. The main reason a dog drowns in a pool is from exhaustion due to trying to drag its water logged body out in places along the edge where there are no steps or ramp.

  • Provide a pool alarm system that will alert anyone in the home to the accidental immersion of a dog in the water. These can be found online and are portable, lightweight and easy to operate. The Safety Turtle Child/Pet Immersion Pool/Water Alarm Kit  is inexpensive and can be attached to your pets collar. An alarm will sound on a base station.

    Be safe and keep cool.

June is Adopt a Cat Month

 Thousands of cats will join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country this summer.. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly kittens, mellow, older cats and everything in between.  If you are looking to add a loving pet to your life, think about a cat.  

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The Cat Gardener - Safe Plants for Your Kitty to Enjoy

Warm weather is here and it is time for me to get my herb and vegetable garden started.  I always like to plant a section for my Kitties to enjoy.

The must have is catnip.  I always plant a few, but it is a hardy plant and does spread. You can fill in your garden with a great number of choices.  Wheat or barley grass is an important one to include, it is great or your cat to nibble on to help in digestion. Then add some amazing color, with flowering herbs.  Bee balm, lavender and thyme are safe choices.
Then use some snapdragons and cockscomb to shape an eye appealing garden for you. 

Bee Balm

A helpful tip: Place a litter box behind the plants out of sight.  This will prevent your cat from peeping on the plants, which will kill the plant.

If your kitty lives inside full time, consider planting a container garden for them to enjoy.  You should avoid lilies, azaleas, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, paprika, ivy, chrysanthemums, fig, mistletoe, daffodils, and marigolds.  All can be toxic for your cat. Make sure that you do a little research to be on the safe side.

A helpful tip: Don't use chemical pesticides on the plants for your cat.

Are Your Pets Prepared for a Hurricane? - Guest Blog by Sandra Lindstedt

Hurricane Season is Here!

June 1 – November 30 is hurricane season and this year is expected to be quite active. The evacuation zones were recently updated in Pasco county so if you haven’t already, please be sure to check if your zone has changed. My home went from a non-evacuation zone (color white) to a level C (color green), which is the third zone to evacuate. 

There is only one pet-friendly hurricane shelter in Pasco County, the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, located at 11611 Denton Avenue in Hudson. In order to bring your pet you MUST complete a pre-registration form. Unfortunately, doing so does not guarantee that you will be able to bring your pet in the event of an evacuation. For more information, and to print a pre-registration form, visit the Pasco County website.

If you are unable to get to the pet friendly shelter in the event of an evacuation, do you know what to do with your pets?  Abandoning your pet at home is simply not an option and many vets and boarding facilities may already be at maximum capacity or unable to take in pets in the event of a hurricane. As your pet sitter, I may be unable to visit your home depending on the severity of the hurricane.

Every family should already have an evacuation plan. FEMA provides an excellent source of information in how to prepare.  Please remember to include your pets in your plan. If you plan to travel to a friend or relatives’ home that is in a safe area, make sure they know that your pets will be coming with you. Many hotels either don’t permit pets or limit the number you are allowed in a room.

Here are a few things to remember when it comes to pets and weather related emergencies:
  • Assemble a pet first aid kit. The HSUS provides a great list of items that should be in every pet owner’s first aid kit. And don’t forget a pet first aid book!
  • Post a list of contact numbers near your phone: your vet, an emergency 24-hr vet clinic (including driving directions) and a poison control center. Better yet, store the numbers in your cell phone. In an emergency, minutes may be the difference between life and death.
  • Prepare to care for your pets during emergencies such as hurricanes and tornadoes by creating a pet evacuation kit.