The Hidden Risks of Stress in Cats – Become a Zen Kitty!

Newton’s Purrspective – The Hidden Risks of Stress – Become a Zen Kitty!

Most cats prefer a predictable routine. We like our meals on time, favorite napping spots available when needed and toys where we can find them. (Yes, I know sometimes we bat toys under the furniture, but then it is a human’s job to retrieve them. That’s not really too much to ask, is it?) Going to the vet is obviously a high stress activity. But stressors can be much more subtle. A partial list includes: addition of a new family member (human or furry), trimming nails at home, new furniture, different food, weather conditions, and the overall emotional environment in the home.


Isaac Newton

 

A cat’s ability to handle stress can be described as a continuum. At one end Zen Cat takes all change in stride. At the opposite end a new pillow on the couch might have Frazzled Feline hiding under the bed for a week. Cats in the middle are affected by stress, but may not show any outward signs – until they get sick with symptoms of an infectious disease.

How can this happen when Kitty lives inside and has not come in contact with sick cats? Many kittens (particularly those from shelters) have at least a mild upper respiratory infection early in life. Once the symptoms are gone, however, they may be carriers of two potentially serious viruses: Calicivirus (http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/feline-calicivirus-infection/4132 ) and Herpesvirus
(http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/feline-herpesvirus-infection-or-feline-viral-rhinotracheitis/4107). Although usually dormant, the symptoms can reappear under stressful conditions such as those listed above or due to the presence of another disease. All lower the immune response resulting in an outbreak. The hallmark symptoms for Calici and Herpes are sores in the mouth and eye inflammation respectively.

Mycoplasma is a bacteria so it does not lurk in the body once a cat has recovered. However, stressed cats are more susceptible to infection to this bacteria in the environment. Some symptoms are similar to Herpes and Calici, so a veterinarian should be consulted to rule out multiple infections which require different treatments. https://www.vetinfo.com/mycoplasma-in-cats.html

  • Coughing, sniffling and sneezing
  • Frequent urination or problems evacuating the bladder
  • Bloody urine
  • Colitis, which causes mucoid or bloody diarrhea
  • Lethargy, weakness, depression and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Lesions or abscesses on the skin

Viral infections typically require support therapy during the illness followed by supplements that can inhibit viral activity (e.g. L-Lysine, an amino acid). Antibiotics are most commonly prescribed for bacterial infections. There is no vaccine for Mycoplasma.

Your cat can become a Zen Kitty! In addition to all the things you do to keep your cat healthy, reducing stress in the environment can help keep Kitty’s immune system strong to fight off infection. Cat Faeries has a number of products to decrease stress e.g. Calm and Serene, Multi Cat Household, Elder Support, Kidney Kitty, and Convivial House Cat.

Music played for cats also provides a soothing environment with pitches and tones known for calming and health enhancing qualities. I enjoy Ball of Twine and am looking forward to the latest CD Forever a Kitten which Cat Faeries stocks.

 
 

National expo for people who do rescue work – story from an attendee!

When our good friend and Cat Faeries ambassador Angela Giannini White told us about an Expo just for people who do animal rescue we knew we wanted a story for our customers and readers. This year the expo was held in Las Vegas and because of that great location the attendance was the highest ever. So much networking took place and attendees got to see the latest and greatest of supplies to help shelters and rescued animals. We know that you’ll want to go next year, or in the future, if you rescue cats or other animals, of if you plan to. This expo is ideal for anyone who’s involved with fostering or who is passionate about TNR. It’s an annual event so plan now for next year! In 2017 it will be held in Ft. Lauderdale.


Animal Care Expo 2016

by Angela Giannini

Board of Directors – Marketing and Communications

Cats Valley Shelter & Sanctuary

This was my first experience with the Humane Society annual Conference which was held this year at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. This expo is for animal rescues, shelters, foster programs, animal medication, volunteers, sanctuaries, and TNR groups. There was a record attendance of 2,300 animal lovers and their 25th year of this expo. Next year this event will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I and three other board members of Cats Valley Shelter and Sanctuary felt it essential that we attend since we are starting a new nonprofit no kill cat shelter and sanctuary in the Bay Area.

Topics were about horses, dogs & cats. Focus this year was on the following, how to Adoption Welcome (increase adoptions), Animal Rescue, Medical Volunteer Programs, Smart TNR, Cat friendly communities, Engaging Volunteers, Humane Society International, Reaching the Underserved, Leadership & Keeping Pets in Homes.

Each day there was ample time to network with fellow animal lovers and we found many cat rescues, foster only programs and shelters willing to share their knowledge and to be future resources for us. Everyone was happy and eager to learn what innovative ideas are working to help get more animals in homes and removing barriers like requiring people to prove they have permission from their landlord to have a pet in their home.

One day during the lunch we heard a tiny kitten meowing and we all went over to view the bottle babies being fed. It was like bee’s to honey moment. Here is a photo of Nathalie Cowan our Board President of Cats Valley with one of the bottle babies.

In the exhibit hall you could obtain information on cleaning supplies, micro chipping, shelter design, pet insurance, fundraising and grants. We actually got a $1,000 grant at the event and won $2,000 towards a fundraiser. Some of the cat related exhibitors were Alley Cat Allies, Million Cat Challenge, and Tree House Humane.

Here is Bonnie Breaux our CFO winning money towards a future fundraiser, Derby Duck Wheel.

One of the sessions spoke about the importance of design of your shelter, making it open, clean, and inviting. Better visibility for your animals and assigning a volunteer to show them where the animals are, which makes it less confusing for your adopters. Creating comfortable areas for people to fill out paperwork and to obtain more information. Celebrating each adoption by announcing it over a loud speaker and following up with the adopter the next day. All these will ideas will help Cats Valley start out with using best practices to facilitate Cats Valley to be a premier place for people’s cat adoption needs and be a resource for the community.

To learn more about the Animal Care Expo and save the date for next year here is the link – https://www.animalsheltering.org/expo

Here is a photo of Board of Directors Bonnie Breaux, Natalie Cowan & Kory Stendell (Angela Giannini was the photographer)

 
 

Fort McMurray fire hero who fed cats, bunnies, and dogs

Wasn’t that recent fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada just horrible! The photos were heart wrenching, and of course we always think about the plight of the animals. Thousands of people evacuated so quickly that many animals were left behind. Read this story about Lee Ellis, a very brave man who stayed, and using Facebook he was able to communicate with evacuees. They would tell him how to enter their homes and what animals to look for. In turn he’d post photos of the animals and their homes so they could see if there was any damage. In Lee’s charge were cats, bunnies, and dogs. We’ve read that Lee has gotten many marriage proposals! Not surprising! Real men do love cats!

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/kelowna-man-stays-behind-to-feed-pets-in-fort-mcmurray-1.3579610

 
 

Cat Faeries’ Eleven Commandments for Living with Cats

Cats really and truly want nothing more than to be loved. They want our approval and acceptance. They want us to care for them as if they are the most precious thing in our lives. Cats are highly sensitive and emotional. When they are upset or scared, or annoyed, they let us know in many ways including peeing on something. They just don’t know that this action completely freaks a person out and for good reason, the smell is horrible, and there is the worry that it was happen again and again.

We bumped into this “A Cat’s Ten Commandments” on Facebook. It’s good but we wanted to put our own spin and viewpoint on it. We hope you like it. Share it far and wide if you do like it.

Cat Faeries’ Eleven Commandments for Living with Cats

  1. My life time here on Earth will be anywhere from 8 years to over 22 years. During that time I need you to love me and care for me as best you can.
  2. Be patient with me and understand that I am an animal who is trying to live in a home. I’m trying to be well behaved. I am not a child with the perspective of a human. While my brain might be like that of a 3 or 4 year child I have the instincts and temperament of a feline. I may do things that you do not understand, but please try to. I’m my own species.
  3. Should you lose your temper with me and yell at me, hit me, kick me or throw me remember that your brain is much bigger than mine, that you weigh at least 15 times more than I do, and that you have the ability to rationalize and forgive what I did. You can walk away or calmly address it. You can open your mind and heart to see that I am different from you…
  4. I need the respect of all who enter our home, no matter their age, personality, or status. I need the respect of all who dwell in our home – without exception. They don’t have to love me, but to accept me and be kind to me at all times. Do not allow any form of abuse in our home, ever.
  5. Do not abandon me. Do not dump me on the streets or in a shelter. Do not choose me over a baby or boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife. I am family. I am part of your family. I add enrichment to our family.
  6. I will grow old, frail, and weak – as will you. Would you like it if someone “got rid of” you? Promise me you’ll erase the phrase “got rid of” from your vocabulary about me and other animals.
  7. Pay attention to me. Pet me, but not too much – know when I’ve had too much. Keep my nails trim, my fur brushed, my teeth looked at by a veterinarian.
  8. Food is everything to a cat. We may not be rich but please buy me or make me the best food that you can. Do not buy cheap lifeless food because it’s cheap. Do your best. Food is both my pleasure and sustenance.
  9. If you must leave me to spend hours away from home hunting for those green pieces of paper that buy cat food and pay bills, know that I worry about you. You could be pounced on by a bigger animal while you are out hunting. If your hunt means you are gone for a few days please have a kind person come to feed me and talk to me in your absence. It will help my delicate nerves and ultimately my health and well-being.
  10. Provide for me some great toys, warm soft places to sleep, and as much quiet and peace as you can create in our home. Remember, if our home is healthful and safe for me that it is healthful and safe for you too.
  11. The time will come when my body gives out and it’s time for me to go, to cross The Rainbow Bridge. Please be with me up until the end. Stroke my fur. Talk to me. Remind me of our good times together. Remind me of our love for each other. Tell me that you look forward to seeing me again when your time comes. I loved you with all of my heart.
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How to Use Crystals With Flower Essences for Your Cat

Many years ago a few of us flower essence practitioners did an experiment. We wanted to see if we could beam or transmit the vibration from our flower essences to another person or animal by using crystals. We thought that in theory it would work, but we wanted to test it out to make certain. We worked with our own single essences which included flower, tree, mushroom, and gemstone. We selected few people and a few animals – none of who knew that we were using crystals so it could be a “blind test” with zero influence from our test subjects. To create a “double blind” test we took the name of the essence off the bottle so we would know which we were applying to our crystals.

With giddy joy we found that putting a few drops of a flower essence on a crystal and 1) gave it to a person, or 2) put it near a cat or we anointed the tips of ears, or 3) used the power of our minds and intention to transmit the vibration, that all three methods worked! It worked when 1) a person took it in water or under the tongue, or 2) the cat was anointed on the tips of the ears or eat some off a food treat, or 3) we put drops on the crystal and asked it to beam to a person or cat in another location for long distance healing.

Wondering if our success was serendipitous we did this five times over the course of a few months and each time we did it the results were the same – it was working!

We have a very special mine where our crystals come from. The quality is superb, the vibration of these crystals is pure and they await YOU to clear them and to set your intentions so that they may serve you, your cats, and all of those who you love and care for.

Currently we have AAA grade Water Clear quartz, and AAA grade Golden Healer quartz. The Golden Healers are very powerful healing stones. They are special quartz crystals which grew on or near iron hydrate which give them that wonderful color which ranges from a pale wash of yellow, to deep orange with streaks. Right now the collection that we have are a pale yellow and with some specimens being almost water clear. The AAA grade Water Clear quartz crystals are water clear or close to it. All of them have a pointed tip.

We have had them on sale for the past few weeks and plan to continue this sale as the response has been really exciting. Times are a bit rough right now, and we and our cats need all the help, love, and healing we can get, soooooooooooooooooo the sale goes on!

When you order our flower essences your lavender color handout will have all the ways you can use our flower essences including how to work with crystals.

From our website:

Golden Healers Quartz Crystals are themselves master healers, therefore they will help you master your own healing work. They will help you access The Gold Ray. They will help you transform, transmute, grow, change, evolve, find and feel joy, blossom and flourish. They assist you when you need to dissolve negativity and release it. Access your own Christ consciousness, Angelic and Devic energies, and the Goddess within. Golden Healers have a very high vibration or frequency and are very well suited to flower essence work. Welcome to a special clan of healers who work with Golden Healers. Join us in doing your own healing work to benefit those you love and care for, and those in your unique community.

  

Clifford says: “There is a small dish near our food bowls with a few crystals on it. Our Maid puts a few drops of Multi Cat Household or Convivial House Cat on them every day or a few times a week.”

Water Clear Quartz Crystals are powerful and beautiful and will boost the effectiveness of flower essences and of Convivial House Cat. All you need to do is place a few drops of either (or both) products on your crystal and it will beam the vibration to where you’ve directed it. So simple! Detailed instruction will be found in your hand out for Convivial House Cat and our flower essence formulas.

  

Madeline says: “We have several of our cat beds scattered around the house. Each bed has a crystal in it. I think it makes nap time even dreamier!”

 
 

Do you know who makes your cat toys and cat beds?

There’s a slogan going around social media: “Do you know who made your clothes?” It’s to ask you to consider your clothes – who makes them, how they are made, under what conditions are they made, are people dying for your clothes, are you wearing toxic clothing. Fast-fashion has a high price to pay ethically, environmentally, socially and so on. The same question can be asked of cat toys and cat beds: “Do you know who made them?”

At Cat Faeries we can tell you exactly who made our beds and cat toys. For multiple reasons we do not support manufacture in China, including that items are loaded with pesticides from being fumigated on the ship and possibly treated with formaldehyde in the factory, not to mention near slave conditions at many facilities.

Our beds are made in a small factory in California by workers who have worked there and participated in decision making for years. Our toys are made by the person we lovingly refer to as The Toy Elf. The toys and beds are cut and sewn by hand. Everyone works in conditions that are either in their home or in a well-lit and ventilated factory with normal business hours. Everyone makes a living wage. Everyone cares about your cats and cares about you.

This video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHS5zafY0NY) is about clothing and was produced by model and activist Amber Valletta and she gives the opening introduction to set the mood for what’s to come. Christie Turlington Burns, another model and activist also speaks, as do some pioneers in the world of fashion who are saying no to horrific working conditions for clothing. If you wear clothes (and we think that you do!) you need to watch this and share it with friends and children.

We were sent the story of a rescued cat named Hailey submitted by her Foster Cat Mommy, Kim who certainly knows who made their cat toys and their cat beds! We have hidden the photo behind a link because it might be upsetting to sensitive adults and children (link to photo – http://www.catfaeries.com/images/newsletter/2016-04-26/hailey-800.jpg).

Hailey the cat is recovering from a severe burn from the hands of abusers and you can see in the photo the very long wound on her back. She’s shown inside a cat crate for quiet and privacy while she recovers and gets used to her new forever-home in the comfort of one of our beds and with a catnip mouse nearby.

Here’s the story sent to us about Hailey:

I just wanted to send you this pic and thank you for your marvelous beds. Hailey is a feral that someone abused and burned with what the vet thinks may have been hot oil. I am providing her care and know that I will end up adding her to our kitty family as she cannot be returned. She was so frightened when I brought her home but instantly found comfort in the cat faeries’ bed.

Today I put a Cat Faeries mouse in her crate. Hopefully it will be a little treat for her. Also using a bit of the Convivial House Cat Spray around her crate which is still covered.

Thanks again for your products.

Kim in Indiana