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Natural Ways to Treat Your Cat's Upper Respiratory Infection

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Treating Your Cat's URI NaturallyBeing a pet parent would be so much easier if they could tell us exactly what’s wrong, where it hurts and what we can do to make it better.  (We could also finally figure out what the heck they’re up to when we’re not home.)

Every good pet owner knows that having a sick pet is no fun.  Not only do you wish you could take the pain away but you’re also stressing about vet bills, ruined household items and whether or not everything will be okay when you come home each day.

If you suspect that your cat is suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), there’s good news and bad news: 

The good news is that URIs are basically just the feline version of a cold - they go away with time and the cost of treatment isn’t high.

The bad news is that there’s no immediate cure and your pet may have to suffer through one to three weeks of being sick before they finally feel like themselves again. It's also highly contagious, so if you have other animals, you should plan on isolating your cat until they are free from symptoms. 

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PETS Act of 2006: Understanding your pets rights in a disaster

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understanding the pets act of2006 The PETS Act of 2006 was passed to help evacuating owners and pets together. It's a good start - helping to ensure that people can take their pets along with them during evacuation due to a disaster. But, its effectiveness relies largely on your state and their wilingness to make accommodations for pets. It's just not as inclusive as we'd like to see it be. 

For instance, prvate and public shelters can still deny your pets entry. Hotels can still deny entry. In fact, all that the Act really accomplish was to give states incentive (in the form of funding) to accommodate pets.

This means, FEMA or the State may choose to build extra pet-friendly shelters. It also requires them to include pets in emergency planning, for instance in federal evacuation on buses, pets should now be allowed. There are a few things they should do if they choose, and if they do, they can apply for DHS funds. If they don't, no funding.  

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Feline Fix By Five

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In case you missed that February was February was National Prevent A Litter Month, we’re giving you another reminder with a new program called Feline Fix by Five. 

The Feline Fix By Five project was created by Marian’s Dream Foundation. The goal of this program is to help remind folks to make sure their cats are fixed by their first heat. Esther Mechler, Director of Marian’s Dream, created the Fix Felines by Five as a way of engaging and educating the public about this important topic. 

The traditional model of having cats neutered by six months of age results in unwanted litters, particularly in cats that are allowed outdoors. Cat overpopulation is a problem around the world and this simple change focused on alteration by five months instead of six months is a way to prevent unwanted litters. This small change would help decrease the risk of unwanted litters by ensuring that these “tween” kittens will not have that accidental first “whoops” litter.  

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February is National Prevent A Litter Month

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February is “National Prevent A Litter Month” and in the world of cats, there is perhaps no more important month. The reason that this holiday falls in February is because Spring is also known as “kitten season”.  

Each year, there are more than 2.7 million perfectly healthy cats and dogs euthanized in shelters. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We all love kittens, but sadly, there are just far too many homeless cats in the world.

We're helping Feline Fix by Five to help educate cat owners on the reasons why cats should be fixed by five months of age. This is an important issue and I hope you'll help spread the message so we can decrease the euthanization rate of cats and help keep our own cats healthy. 

Here are five more important reasons you should have your cat fixed before they are five months old: 

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5 Ways to Slow Your Cat’s Eating Down

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We have eight cats and one foster, so you know there’s bound to be a few who eat faster than others.

This can create loads of problems, including obesity and behavior problems, not to mention the occasional scuffle. In addition, there’s the dreaded “scarf and barf” condition that plagues so many of our pets. 

That’s why it’s important to stop problems before they start and that means incorporating a few unique solutions. Here’s what we use, and we hope you’ll find a few options you can use as well. Here are our top five ways to slow your cat's eating. 

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