Does Your Cat Sploot?

Recently I learned a new word! I love words and wonder how I ever missed this one after multiple decades on this planet collecting words! It’s never too late to learn about “splooting” which is when a cat or another animal sploots!

The Definition of a Sploot or Splooting:

Splooting is an adorable posture when a cat or any animal rests on their belly with their back legs extended out backwards and their front legs are extended straight forward like they are flying. You might think of a frog. They do it for several reasons, including that the stretch feels good and this position on a hot day is very cooling. On a hot day a cat will sploot on hardwood, tile, cement/concrete or the kitchen floor by the water bowl. Kittens and young cats can sploot easily, while older cats with stiffer joints might do a modified sploot.

I discovered this pose on an Instagram page that I follow called The Daily James. It features photos and videos of one man’s wildlife oasis in Los Angeles, where James and Margaret the crows co-mingle with Mildred the Magnificent. Countless hawks and owls are seen frolicking in the bird baths while other wild animals visit, including squirrely friends and champion splooters Dramatic Darlene and her offspring Crazy Baby. They who love to sploot on a hot LA day to cool off. Their photo is below.

Photo from The Daily James, with permission.
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After becoming a follower of The Daily James on both Instagram (www.instagram.com/thedailyjames/) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/thedailyjameswildlife/ – I can’t get enough!) I discovered humorist Amy Sedaris (www.facebook.com/AmySedarisOfficial/) is equally obsessed with squirrel and bunny splooting, which led me to singer Aimee Mann’s Instagram (www.instagram.com/realaimeemann/), who also loves squirrels and cats, and splooting. Feeling I may not be alone in being late to the splooting-party I had to share this fabulous and fun word with you, my dear readers!

 
 
 
 

Favorite, unique, creative and oddball uses for Anti-Icky-Poo

 

Have you not paid much attention to Anti Icky Poo urine cleaner because your cats are litter box angels? Even if your cats have 100% perfect litter box habits you may not want to overlook Anti Icky Poo! Here are some of our favorite, unique, creative and oddball, but very practical, uses for it:

  • Pre-soak clothes, towels, bedding, rags – anything deeply soiled, oily, greasy, gross or smelly

    Do you find that sometimes your clothes just don’t smell fresh as daisies after washing them? We can relate especially for clothes that are only washed in cold water, nor do they ever go in the drier, as they eventually just don’t feel or smell right. Anti Icky Poo’s specially bred enzymes and friendly bacteria love to gobble up all kinds of icky things including the smells from fabric which accumulate in the fibers, like clothing. Each time I wash my clothes, sheets, towels and kitchen scrubbies I give them a soak in the washing machine using the “soak” setting before they get washed in mild clothes soap. For weekly soakings use a few tablespoons of Anti Icky Poo in cold or warm water – never hot water because it’s too hot and will kill the enzymes/bacteria. For items that are need something more heavy duty which are smelly and otherwise funky use about ¼ cup. Once the washing machine has filled with water open the hood or stop the process to let everything soak longer than what the machine would normally soak for. For these longer soakings give it an hour or two. After soaking let the machine complete its cycle, then proceed with a wash in soap – and you can opt for hot water at that point.

  • Cat barf on your bed and blankets

    Even the most perfectly behaved and healthy kitty will get a fur ball and will decide to up-chuck it someplace where you’ll see it and admire it! And often that’s your bed. Remove the chunky bits from the comforter or blankets then follow with a soaking and washing as described above.

  • Cat barf on your purse or shoes
    Cat barf on other hard objects such as your cell phone or remote control

    If the feline love of your life proudly made the deposit on a hard object like your cell phone, purse or shoes remove the evidence with a rag and give a few sprays to the item keeping it moist for a few hours. You’ll need to use your judgement about how many sprays to apply or for how long to let the item be damp with Anti Icky Poo before using a clean rag to remove any remaining barf bits and traces of Anti Icky Poo.

  • Cat barf on the sofa, your mattress, the carpet and whatever creative place your cat has selected to leave this special gift

    Remove the bits of barf then spray with Anti Icky Poo. You want to keep the surface moist for several house which means repeated light mistings. You are going for damp not soaking wet.

  • Red wine

    There are two things that remove freshly spilled red wine on carpet. One is to pour a bottle of white wine over it step back and watch the red lift up and turn the white wine rose’ color. Science Fun! But if sacrificing a bottle of white is sacrilegious then pour Anti Icky Poo on it. You might want to agitate it with fingers to work it deeper in the carpet pile. Let it soak for an hour or so, then blot with wet rags. If you have an electric carpet cleaner you can pour Anti Icky Poo into it or just use water.

  • This is the one time pouring that your money down the drain is smart and ultimately cost effective!

    Anti Icky Poo loves nothing more than to eat up soap scum and grease, so it makes a fantastic and non-toxic, non-corrosive drain cleaner! Anti Icky Poo can’t dissolve hair but getting the grease and soap scum out could help push any hair through the system. Once a month grad a full bottle and go to all your drains beginning in the kitchen. Pour ¼ bottle down each drain and allow it to sit for an hour without running any water. After an hour run warm water and know that the local plumber will not like you anymore! This is a great use if you’ve got an old/opened bottle of Anti Icky Poo – thank it for cleaning up cat pee then dump it down the kitchen sink or the shower drain.

 
 
 

Cat Food Recall For Potentially Fatal Toxicity – Natural Balance

Recall For Potentially Fatal Toxicity – Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula in Cans

Initially we learned of the recall in this article then did further digging including how to contact the manufacturer and information about J. M. Smucker and its other brands.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/07/04/j-m-smucker-company-recalls-canned-cat-food-causing-potentially-deadly-side-effects/


On July 3, 2020 the J.M. Smucker company issued a voluntary recall of a Natural Balance canned cat food produced by Big Heart Pet Brands a subsidiary of J. M. Smucker. Reports have been received of cats having adverse reactions to due to elevated levels of choline chloride.

Among the health concerns: Nausea with excessive salivation. Constricted pupils and poor vision. Diarrhea or vomiting. Other and more severe symptoms like difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing. Possible cardiac or respiratory failure which could lead to death.

(Cat Faeries’ note: Choline chloride is commonly used to supplement choline in commerical animal food including cat and dog food. Choline is an essential nutrient for animals and humans. Good naturally occurring sources of choline include egg yolks, organ meats and some vegatables. However, the supplement choline chloide is toxic and can be fatal to cats if there is too much in cat food. (from https://www.darwinspet.com/steve-brown-focus-on-nutrients-part2-choline/ and https://www.dsm.com/markets/anh/en_US/Compendium/companion_animals/choline.html))

  • Product Name: Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food
    5.5 oz can
  • Retail UPC Code: 2363353227
  • Lot Code: 9217803
  • Best If Used By Date: 08 04 2021

Company Contact Information

Consumers:
888-569-6828
info@naturalbalanceinc.com

 
 

Hypochlorous Acid – the best sanitizer you may never have heard of – how to make your own

Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI) is nature’s oldest disinfectant and sanitizer, and interestingly, right now it’s walking around in about 7.5 billion people. Yes, that includes you!

Hypochlorous Acid is a substance your neutrophils (white blood cells) produce all the time and which are the first to arrive on the site when an invading pathogen is detected. Your white blood cells will chase down and engulf the pathogen through phagocytosis. Upon contact, neutrophils release a burst of bactericidal chemicals including its most powerful oxidizing agent: Hypochlorous Acid. This kills the pathogen by tearing down its cell membranes and proteins. Hypochlorous Acid is the perfect weapon to fight germs. It hits hard against pathogens like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.

The knowledge that white blood cells contained a substance with this ability is not a new discovery. Early attempts of replicating sanitizing Hypochlorous Acid in laboratories using electricity to charge and change the chemical structure of water and salt began in the early 1900’s just in time for the horrors of World War 1 when it was used for wound irrigation and healing, and equipment sterilization. The problem was that with the technology of the day it couldn’t be stabilized, so after 90 minutes or so the fluid would revert to saltwater.

The good news is that modern scientists and chemists have created machines that can make can electrolyze salt and water to create Hypochlorous Acid which stays stable to effectively kill viruses, bacteria, and to sterilize and heal wounds. And its cost effective! You can now create your own right on your kitchen countertop. All you need is a machine (and we have a recommendation for one), Kosher salt and water.

Better than bleach: Bleach is widely used in hospitals and medical practices and shares the same chlorine family as Hypochlorous Acid. Research shows that they both kill bacteria, fungus, spores, and viruses. Yet bleach is highly irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs—and inhalation over long periods could be carcinogenic. In contrast, Hypochlorous Acid has a temporary and mild chlorine smell that dissipates quickly, it is non-irritating, and it does not have poisonous side effects.

Better than alcohol: Alcohol is a popular disinfectant in clinics for wiping down instruments, furniture, and is a key ingredient in hand sanitizers. Ethyl alcohol (70%) is considered by some to be more effective compared to isopropyl alcohol. Both are bactericidal, fungicidal, and viricidal BUT are not effective against bacterial spores.

Hand sanitizers with alcohol are used daily in many medical offices, but over time repeated use may lead to hand dermatitis. Many daily users become allergic to hand sanitizers after several months. Such reactions are extremely irritating and embarrassing and can take months to resolve. In one study, the prevalence of contact dermatitis related to hand hygiene ranged from 25 to 55 percent. Fortunately, Hypochlorous Acid can also be used in place of hand sanitizer with no irritating side effects. Moreover, the punch it delivers to pathogens is more powerful than the one delivered by alcohol.

We heard about Hypochlorous Acid the night of the day that California’s Shelter In Place took effect when our house-call veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Brown paid one of our cats a visit. While all of us (excluding Clifford the cat) were decked out in gloves and masks we talked about a range of topics including various ways to stop/kill a coronavirus. Being quite a science nerd, Dr. Sarah told us about Hypochlorous Acid and the machine she bought for home use. She carries spray bottles of various sizes, for various uses, in her vehicle. She gave me a gallon jug of it as a gift and I love it.

Hypochlorous Acid:

  • Kills COVID-19
  • Used in hospitals in the US and Japan
  • Safe around all animals, babies, people of any age with any health condition
  • Allergen free
  • No fumes
  • No residues which need rinsing off – just spray it and leave it!
  • “Nature Made” Green, nontoxic
  • Speeds up wound healing
  • Used as an eye wash – ophthalmologists use it!
  • Sanitize entire house, office, laundry room, patio, car
  • Doorknobs, handles, drawers, closet doors
  • Refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen gadgets
  • Floors, walls, windowsills
  • Kills biofilm
  • Soak produce and greens
  • Approved by the USDA for “organic” farming uses!

Some of Auntie Cat Faerie’s favorite uses:

  • Spray face mask while it’s on your face when outside every 20 or 30 minutes to kill anything which may have landed on it
  • When you get home spray the front and back of an N95 mask which is not washable and hang it to dry
  • Spray hands and forearms
  • Spray on shoes starting with the soles and let dry by the front door or in the garage
  • Sprayed on shipping boxes when they leave Cat Faeries
  • Spray boxes and mail that have been delivered
  • Kills biofilm (we’ve written about biofilms before and how bad they are as harbors of disease, bacteria, and parasites)
  • CAT BOXES! And the floor around them (Rinse cat boxes first to remove urine/ammonia)

CAUTION! DO NOT USE HYPOCHLOROUS ACID (HOCL) ON OR WITH OTHER HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS OR SOLVENTS AS SERIOUS CHEMICAL REACTIONS COULD OCCUR

Make Hypochlorous Acid in your own kitchen in 3 minutes!

You can find pre-made bottles of Hypochlorous Acid for sale online but we caution against them as it is unknown how they were made or by who, and if they are truly stable/effective. There are machines that allow you to make your own and you’ll see a variety of machines for sale online but again, we are cautious, especially of the cheap ones (under $50).

We bought this onehttps://store.ecoloxtech.com/ecoone – because it’s the one Dr. Sarah uses and we know how obsessively she researched it. Here’s a brief video about how it quick and easy it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDK9vb8zrE4

Here are two very brief and very impressive videos:

1) How a dental office uses Hypochlorous Acid, as well as how they use masks to protect themselves – excellent video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Iethr6hcA

2) Firefighters using it on equipment and medical devices to kill viruses in seconds!
https://hocl.healthcare/tulsa-firefighters-using-hypochlorous-acid/

 
 
 
 

Financial Aid Support for Animals by State!

It breaks our hearts to hear that many animals are being surrendered during this time because of the financial strain. No one should have to give up something as precious as their furry companions. There is help and Cat Faeries took some time to track down some resources for you!

Everyone’s favorite, Best Friends in Kenab Utah has once again come to the rescue! This link will take you to a page on their website where you can research financial aid to care for your cats or other animal family members if you are needing it.

https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/financial-aid-pets

Another great organization is called Red Rover. Red Rover staff and volunteers provide temporary emergency sheltering, resources, financial assistance, and emotional support when animals and people are in crisis. They also work with educators to help children develop empathy and awareness of animals’ well-being and increase awareness about the importance of the human-animal bond.

https://redrover.org/

This website lists various grants and assistance for animals with specific illnesses or diseases (some of the links don’t work):

http://www.keepyourpet.com/vet-care-assistance/

And because the Bay Area is our neck of the woods here are resources for the SF Bay Area. Thank you, Cheryl Schwartz, DVM and Friend of Cat Faeries for compiling this and being at the forefront of care and compassion, as you always are!

LOCATIONS: Drop-Off/Pick Up sites for 6 Bay Area Counties to pick up cat and dog food.

Alameda County. DONATE – Mail delivery only to Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) 1590 Fortmann Way Alameda CA 94501. PICK UP – Sat. 10:00a.m. – 12 p.m. at same location. (510) 337 8565 for additional information

San Mateo County. DONATE Drop at door or ship to Peninsula-Humane Society & SPCA 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010. PICK-UP – Call first to register at 650 988 5280 for Pet Food Bank.

Marin County. DONATE Marin Humane.org website. Go to the Donate page, then Pet Care Assistance Program to donate cat or dog food. “Gift to Ritter Center”. PICK UP Ritter Center 16 Ritter St. San Rafael, CA 94901 M-W-F-10-12 AM, 1-3 PM. SAN Joaquin County DONATE & PICK UP. Salvation Army 1305 E. Weber Ave. Stockton, CA. Mon-Fri 9-12, 1-3 PM

Santa Clara County. DONATE & PICK UP. San Jose Animal Care Center 2750 Monterey Rd. CA 95111 Attn: Lorrance Gomez 7 days 7AM -7PM

Contra Costa-Solano County. DONATE – CCHS 171 Mayhew Way Suite 101 Pleasant Hill CA 94523. Tues, Thurs 1-5 p.m. PICK UP – Call (925) 676-7543 or email info@foodbankccs.org for Food Bank registration, locations, and hours.

San Francisco County. DONATE – The Animal Connection – 2550 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122 PICK UP – Email info@animalconnectionsf.net for appointment

This link has more Bay Area resources AND A LINK TO A NATIONAL SERVICE

https://badrapconnect.org/resources/

Other ways to find assistance

Being a good internet hunter/gather of information can unearth many treasures. Play around with words and phrases to find what you are looking for. Start with words like the name of your city or county, then add words like financial aid, disaster relief aid, veterinary aid for cats, free cat food during disasters and so on. Try fresh words and try rearranging them until you find what you need. Last year we stopped using Google because they store your searches – we are using www.ecosia.org instead.

Perhaps your local animal supply store can ask their distributors to donate any cat food or other supplies that have old expiration dates – the foods could still be viable and safe.

If you are one of the fortunate ones whose health is vibrant and who are secure financially and if you can donate to any of the organizations, please do! They need both money and supplies. Cat Faeries donates regularly as we have done historically in a time of serious need.

Would you like to donate Cat Faeries items to an animal organization or a friend who is suffering? It’s so easy. Place the order. Put your name and information in Bill To and put the name of the organization with the address in Ship To. If you wish us to include a note or request for a tax form for your donation use COMMENTS to tell us and we’ll do the rest at no extra charge – it is our pleasure to be of service.
 
 
 
 

April Fools Fun!

Let’s have some silly fun on April Fools Day! The first prank comes from cat loving – and very handsome – George Vezilic. In his own words: “ I am a blogger, photographer and cat enthusiast, owner of lifewithcatman.com. Writing about cats and taking photographs of them is something that I am most passionate about. My biggest goal is to show the world what divine creatures the cats are and make them feel appreciated.”

April Fools Prank For your Cat – Create a Maze From Cardboard Boxes, by George Vezilic

Here’s a prank that your cat will actually love because it involves one of their favorite things (besides you of course) and you’ll have fun setting it up! Sequester the cats in another room while you set up your prank Get 10 to 20 cardboard boxes and set them up haphazardly or in a pattern in your living room. Bonus points for putting Cat Faeries toys inside some of them! Once you’ve created your maze let the cats out. Your maze could confuse them at first, but once they figure out that this is a kitty-wonderland of boxes they won’t know which to try first! Perhaps the best of the prank isn’t that you goofed on the cats but when your housemates see your creation they’ll think you’ve gone bonkers and need an intervention!

April Fools Prank for the human cat lover in your home. Yes, Auntie Cat Faerie really did this to Mr. Cat Faerie many years ago!

  • On your best platter serve a sandwich filled with canned cat food. Surround sandwich with cat toys.
  • Quench their thirst: 1 tablespoon of dried Catnip with 1 cup of boiling water poured over it. Let your tea steep 5 minutes. Cool it down then pour it into a wine glass and add some ice. Honey, sugar or vodka are optional.
  • There’s always room for dessert so take two cookies and spread a layer of cat food in between them to create what looks like an ice cream sandwich. Spread a thin layer of more canned cat food and sprinkle kibble on it.
  • Clean the hair out of your hairbrush and wad it up. Dampen with water and leave it on their pillow so they know how much you love them.