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7 Things Vets Want You to Know about Your Cat

Do you share your home with a fluffy and cuddly feline friend? Caring for a cat – or two – is a joyful experience. While cats may be less work than dogs, they still need plenty of care and attention. Like any pet, a cat is a long-term commitment and responsibility, and they provide you with endless love and entertainment. Here are 7 things vets wish people knew about caring for their cats:

1. Your Cat Is a Carnivore Although some people follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, it isn’t the right diet for your cats! People are omnivores, but cats are natural carnivores. They don’t digest plant matter well, and they require an essential protein called taurine that is only found in animal muscle and tissue. Domestic cats get their key nutrients from dry kibble or canned cat foods, both of which contain animal products.
Don’t forget to think about more than just what you feed your cat – portion control is also important! Weight control and management is the #1 thing you can do to lengthen your cat’s life.

2. Cats Hate Dirty Litterboxes and Don’t Want to Share Your cat is a clean freak, which means you should be cleaning the litterbox at least once a day! It’s a good idea to scoop solid waste daily, and replace the litter once a week. Keeping a clean litterbox encourages more frequent urination, which can help reduce the chance of your cat developing a deadly urinary tract condition. Cats are not great at sharing, so if you have more than one cat at home you’ll need to get each one its own litterbox, and the location of the litter boxes should be in a quiet, out of the way location!

3. Some Houseplants Are Toxic to Cats Not sure which plants could be harmful to your cat? Check out this list of hazardous substances from Pet Poison Helpline so you can avoid bringing plants into your house that could be toxic for your cat. If you believe your cat has eaten something poisonous, please call or visit a pet emergency hospital as soon as you can.

4. Cats Need to Have Their Teeth Brushed and Cleaned It’s true! Cats have almost as many teeth as humans do, and their teeth also build up plaque and tarter. Caring for cat teeth is pretty similar to what you would do for your own teeth. You can brush your cats’ teeth at home (but make sure to use a cat-specific toothpaste), and bring them to a veterinarian for a yearly dental checkup.

5. Vomiting Isn’t Normal for Cats It’s a common misconception that vomiting is normal for cats. An occasional and isolated bout of vomiting isn’t usually a cause for concern, but if it’s happening frequently it could be caused by food allergies, parasites, or other more serious health conditions. If your cat is vomiting regularly, it’s a good idea to visit a veterinarian for a check-up.

6. Cats Are Masters at Masking Pain and Illness You likely won’t notice anything is wrong if your cat is developing a health condition, because cats are very good at hiding pain and other symptoms of illness. Please have your cat checked by the vet at the first sign of any change from normal routine. Vets are trained on how to spot changes to a cat’s health before they advance and become more difficult to treat. This is why your cat needs to see a vet for a regular check-up at least once a year!

7. They Need Regular Parasite Prevention Did you know intestinal parasites are one of the most common infections in cats? You may or may not notice signs, so stool testing should be done at least annually for your adult cat.



Womans Club Fundraiser Craft Fair

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Homeless Cats

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Thought for the Day

Irish Cat

  People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life.


A Note from Chemistry Cat

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Help Feed Cats

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and Keep them Out of Shelters!


Do you belong to a club, group or association and want to help keep kitties out of the shelters? If so, encourage your group to hold a cat food drive to benefit the Cat Lovers Club Food Bank. Cat Lovers Club members distribute these donations to families / caregivers who need food for their pet cats / free- roaming/community cat caretakers. We accept both wet and dry cat food (any brand).


Please contact Rita at
info@CatLoversClub.org for more details.

If You Love Your Cats, You'll Want

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Lifetime Care


Don't leave your cat's fate to chance. Plan for those you love by signing up for the Cat Depot's program, Lifetime Care.
It's an insurance policy that provides for your cat's well-being for the rest of their life. Rest assured, knowing your cats will have a long and loving future.
For a free brochure or information,


call Shelley at 941-366-2404 X 306
or email ShelleyT@catdepot.org.

Homemade Cat Treats

Kitty's Moist Morsels (Cat Treats)

Ingredients
1/2 pound ground beef or turkey
1 small carrot, finely grated
1 tablespoon cheese, grated
1 teaspoon brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon dried catnip
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon tomato paste


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

In a medium sized bowl, combine the meat, carrot, cheese, brewer's yeast, catnip and bread crumbs. Add the egg and tomato paste and mix well. Using your hands, roll the mixture into walnut - sized meatballs and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes until the meatballs are brown and firm. Cool the meatballs completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These freeze well...

Cat Lovers Library

The Cat



As Dark As My Fur
  by Clea Simon:

Three figures, shadowy against the light. That’s all I remember from my past life, as I am dragged, dripping and half-drowned, from the flood. My saviour, a strange, pink-haired girl, is little help. She can barely care for herself, let alone the boy she loves. And although she has sworn to avenge the murder of her mentor, she must first escape the clutches of drug dealers, murderers and thieves. I would repay her kindness if I could. But we are alone in this blighted city – and I am a cat.

The past is an enigma to Blackie, the voice of Clea Simon’s dark new mystery. Combining elements of feline fantasy and classic whodunit, The Ninth Life introduces this unusual hero and his companion, Care: two small creatures in a nightmarish urban landscape, fighting for their lives, and for the lives and memories of those they love.

TV Cat

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Cat Tips

Warning heat kills
children and pets

heat-kills

In parked vehicles with windows partially
open even in mild temperatures less
than 70 degrees.

IT’S AGAINST THE LAW


Hillsborough County Animal Ordinance and Fla. State Statute 828.12 Cruelty to Animals Violations are punishable by Criminal Penalty: Up to 5 years Imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine. Civil Penalty: Up to a $500 fine for a first-time offense. Mandatory court appearance for repeated offenses

NOTIFY AUTHORITIES:

If you see an animal in heat distress in a parked car IMMEDIATELY notify law enforcement officer and call
Animal Services at 744-5660

Story Cat

Thinking Cat


Cat's Question of the Month

  • Dear Teddy: How do you handle fleas?
  • Answer  Carefully! Since fleas can jump through screens, my Mom gives me a flea treatment recommended by my Veterinarian. The treatment takes seconds, doesn’t hurt and meets my needs.

Cat World

Cat World

Taco Cat

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