How do you know when it is "time"?
No one likes to think about it, but in veterinary medicine, we have the blessing of being able to decide that a patient is suffering and can be humanely euthanized. If you have an older pet, or a pet with a serious or chronic illness and you are having trouble deciding whether or not your friend may benefit from this kind release from suffering, you may want to look into this quality of life scale. For pets with chronic illnesses, it may be worth re-assessing on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to note trends and give your furry friend the most quality of life with the least amount of suffering. The quality of life scale can be found here, and is also downloadable. Generally speaking, most people agree that a score of 35 or more is acceptable quality of life in most circumstances. Uncontrollable pain or a pet who is starving itself trumps the scale, however.
At Coastal Cat, we do not do convenience euthanasia (I'm moving and can't take the cat, the cat peed on the sofa, etc.), and we will not euthanize a pet that we have never seen without the benefit of an exam and consultation that this dire route is the best for your kitty. If you just want a cat euthanized, no questions asked, then you are at the wrong place.
How many calories in that cup of food??!
Unfortunately, the trend in pet obesity is going the same direction as their human caretakers... upwards. This web site is a wonderful resource for both cat and dog foods with calorie counts on most of the major brands. Just for your information, the average 10 pound cat only needs 200 calories (or less) per day!
Does my cat need shots?
In a nutshell, yes. Which shots your cat needs and how frequently will depend on several factors including his/her age and lifestyle. Here is a downloadable brochure from the AAFP about vaccine recommendations for cats, updated just this year. Generally, all cats need rabies due to public health issues and state law. The feline distemper combination vaccine (FVRCP) is highly recommended for all cats, but the frequency may vary for individual cats. Feline leukemia is recommended for young cats who spend any amount of time outdoors or who live with a positive cat. We will be happy to further discuss vaccines and other recommendations for your kitty at your appointment and tailor them to your cat's individual needs. (910)938-4515.
Last Updated (Friday, 23 August 2013 20:25)
What is keeping you from owning a cat?
First off, just to be clear, the cat owns you. You'll see! But if you are patient and wait for the right cat to find you, you will be glad to be your cat's person. Here is a nice WebMD article outlining resolutions for the most common barriers to cat ownership. Enjoy!
Summertime flea product promotions ending soon!
You still have time to take advantage of the summertime promotions from Bayer, Merial and Zoetis(Pfizer). Advantage's and Revolution's buy 6, get 2 free promotions are slated to end as of September 30. Merial has extended its promotions on Frontline buy 6, get 2 free through the end of the year. Advantage and Revolution could follow suit, and they have in the past at times, but so far we have not been informed of that other than the original September 30th deadline. Remember, these buy 6, 2 free promotions are programs that we participate in with the drug companies and are not available through the online pharmacies or pet stores.
Advantage Multi and Revolution are prescription-only products only available to patients seen within the last 12 months, but Advantage 2, Frontline, and the Seresto collars are over-the-counter items available to anyone at all.