This past Spring, one of my cats, Sissy, began coughing or throwing up a clear foam with mucus. Because it happened so quickly and without warning, I couldn’t tell whether she was coughing or throwing up. Once a vet visit confirmed it was coming from a cough, I went to work finding a way to help her.
This year was my 20th year of taking in cats and dogs that have been dumped and abandoned near me. It’s hard to believe how fast those 20 years have gone by and the number of cats and dogs I’ve saved, just as one person in one little spot in the great big world. While in those twenty years I have learned a lot, I’ve also learned you should never stop trying to learn.
Every winter it seems, I hear stories about pets and even wild animals, falling through ice and being rescued by emergency responders. Sadly, I also hear stories about people drowning while trying to save their pets. After a recent tragedy, I learned firsthand how dangerous a frozen pond is and why it’s so important to have an emergency plan.
Most people probably never think twice about getting a prescription from their vet and administering it to their cat or dog. While I do, I’m still susceptible to learning lessons that I feel are important and want to pass along to help others. My most recent experience with a couple of my dogs serves as a valuable lesson about asking lots of questions before the prescription is written and why I recommend small prescription amounts so you don’t end up with a large private pharmacy collection of expensive, unreturnable medication.
No, I’m not talking about a mate for your cat or dog. I’m talking about a mate for yourself. Finding someone who shares your outlook on animals and their well-being is important. When it comes to pets, I think people often underestimate how important having the support of their partner really is. Read more
Part of being a good pet owner is being observant. While it’s not a glamorous job, being observant of your pets’ output is necessary to ensure you catch any health issues early. Of course, checking output is important, but equally important is lack of it and oddity of it. Let me explain.
While cats are known to be pretty independent and optional obeyers to us humans, there are things you can do and not do, to build a strong bond with your cat. By following these tips, you can build a bond that is just as strong or stronger than the ones normally reserved for dogs. And unlike dogs, who sometimes require food as bribery, cats, who usually are not so easy to manipulate, will choose to obey you without any food enticement.
I know this is a controversial topic and it is not one that I take lightly. My cats and dogs all mean the world to me and I’d never intentionally do anything to bring harm to any of them. Everything I do, I try to do with their best interests in mind. I want them all to live forever and since that’s not possible, I want the time that I do have them to be the best it can be. After weighing the pros and cons, observance, and even discussing it with the animal communicator, who agreed with me, I’ve decided that my cats are all happiest when they are free to come and go outside as they please.
Last year, when my dog Roxie was diagnosed with cancer, I immediately came home and spent hours and hours researching things that would help get her better. A lot of the supplements I read about that were recommended, I’d never heard of. There was one that caught my attention though, because of how it is administered in dire cases and what ailments it can help with in both cats and dogs. It was vitamin C. I never realized how many things vitamin C was good for treating in cats and dogs until I researched further.