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Winter Caretaking of Feral Cats

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We have long been supporters of feral cats and advocate the use of Trap, Neuter & Release (TNR) as a form of managing feral cat colonies. Caretakers who support these animals are a special breed as they are able to care for an animal that is unable to care back – as far as we’re concerned, that’s the truest type of love.

It makes us very happy when we can introduce new products designed specifically to keep feral cats safe and warm, while making the caretakers job a little bit easier. Today I want to show off a specialty feral cat house and a feral cat feeder that is available for purchase. While it is entirely possible to make a feral cat shelter and feeding platform, we know that many people would prefer to buy one ready-made and Feline Furniture is our “go to” group for these products.

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BPA and why you should be concerned for your pet

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BPA is an easy way of saying Bisphenol A (BPA), which is an organic compound that’s been used to make special resins and polycarbonate plastics since the early 60’s. BPA is primarily found in epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics, which is what many of our pet toys and dishes are made from. It can also be found in water bottles, baby bottles, and pretty much anything we use that’s made from plastic.

Despite it being around for so long, it has many problems. Research has shown that BPA can seep into food and beverages from the containers and in fact, it can get into your body when you just handle the products made with the chemical. Research has also shown that it has “some concern” about the possible health effects of BPA on the brain (among other things, including the prostate, and the concern it may lead to cancer.

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Veterinarians Develop Tool to Evaluate Quality of Life in Pets

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When it comes to making critical care decisions, committed pet parents have asked that dreaded question for years: “When is it time to let my beloved pet pass on?” In an effort to assist you in answering that question, Tufts veterinary school has developed a “Quality of  Life” measurement tool that will guide you through the evaluation process with your veterinarian. Known as “FETCH” (Functional Evaluation of Cardiac Health) and “CATCH” (Cats’ Assessment Tool for Cardiac Health), these surveys ask owners to rank aspects of their dog’s or cat’s health on a scale of 0 to 5. Veterinarians are then able to assess the animal’s perceived quality of life, which may inform decisions and open discussion about treatment, nutrition or possibly euthanasia.

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Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks Naturally – Really!

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Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance, but a serious risk to your pet’s health, and your own. These pests can bring parasitic tapeworms, flea anemia, and Lyme disease—which should be enough to put any of us into action. Thing is, there are a lot of products to choose from out there, and all sorts of opinions on the best ways to deal with the problem. Couple that with the fact that many of the over-the-counter remedies you can find at any department or pet supply store have developed a reputation for doing more harm than good, and a loving pet parent might feel at a loss on what to do.

Before you buy that topical treatment or flea “bomb,” try these all-natural methods we’ve tested and proven below.

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Calming Anxious Rescued Pets

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One of the most common issues that new adoptive pet parents have to overcome is pet anxiety. Animals that have been in rescue for any length of time are often dealing with issues such as abandonment, overcrowding, and instability. This anxiety can often lead to behavioral problems, which more often than not, can result in the pet being sent back to the shelter. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are a number of ways to deal with anxiety and help your pet feel comfortable in their new home.

Pheromones

 

Like humans, dogs and cats release natural pheromones that, depending on the situation, can either excite or calm an animal. Luckily, modern science has found a way to recreate these pheromones. There are several products on the market now, but the two most popular remain the Comfort Zone plug-ins for both cats and dogs. Dog-appeasing pheromones (DAP) is designed to mimic a canine mother’s natural pheromones.

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Feline Behavior

  • Is Mint Safe for Cats?

    Hello Grey Socks, Every time I put toothpaste on my brush, which is mint flavored, my cat wants to lick it. She goes completely banana's over it. Is it okay to let her lick some? Thanks,
    Kathy Easley

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  • Wool-sucking in cats

    Dear Kyra, I have an adopted 5-month-old ginger boy named Barney. He's a very sweet, funny kitty, and I love him to pieces. But...he has some strange quirks. The nice people at the animal shelter told me that he was… Read More +

  • Cats covering feces

    Dear Ghost, Why do cats cover their feces? My two cats are neurotic about covering up everything in their litter box, which is stupid because it's automatic anyway. Is it really necessary? Thanks,
    Kristin

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  • Cats spraying

    Baby, I live with 2 male cats (neutered) and 1 female cat (spayed). All of a sudden they have started spraying (they are 1 year old). They have sprayed my bed, my doors and in my closet (that I know of). I'm… Read More +

  • hypersthesia

    Mama-San, My 1 yr old tabby has developed a fear of its tail! The end twitches and she sometimes lightly attacks it, but most times just runs from it (especially at night) your site mentions anger in connection with tip- twitching.… Read More +

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