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The recent suicide of comic genius Robin Williams has gotten a lot people talking about depression and keeping a closer eye on friends and relations who suffer from depression. But what about our cats, do they sometimes get depressed?
Well, they do. Generally feline depression can be overcome fairly quickly. So many things can trigger it. A death in the family (and that can be family with two feet and no tail, or four feet and a tail) is a big one. Cats can mourn anywhere from a few hours or days, to weeks into months. Any big changes to the home can be a trigger. If your cat feels neglected depression can set in.
Many years ago when we brought Torti home, our other tortoiseshell cat Tasha, let out a cry that was more like a wail a heartbreaking sound that we’d never heard before or ever heard again. It was as if she thought she was being replaced with another cat that looked like her, but was younger. It took loving work, but Tasha snapped out of it a week later and the two girls became inseparable until they both crossed The Rainbow Bridge.
Here are some of the warning signs that Kitty is depressed:
- Not eating at all or eating much less than usual is number one.
- Not grooming is probably the second sign that something is wrong (either depression or illness)
- Hiding. Not engaging with you or the other cats.
- Your cat could start to sleep noticeably more.
- Your cat could become very quiet, not meowing, or purring.
- On the flip side of that your cat could start to yowl which is comparable to us sobbing.
- Walking with tail and head down, whiskers seem to droop,
- They may become aggressive towards you or others in the home. They might hiss or bite, or swat.
- They might stop using the litter box for either pooping or peeing, perhaps even both.
- The cat may use the litter box but might not bury their droppings.
- Loss of interest in toys, and affection from you.
Here is how Cat Faeries can help you to help your depressed cat.
A Ball of Twine, a calming music CD created just for cats to be played while you are not at home. The composer has studied the effects of sound on the brain, heart, and cells of the body so this music is truly medicinal.
Comfort Zone with Feliway – Diffusers can be installed in the room or rooms that this cat spends the most time in. That pheromone was intended to stop cats from peeing outside of the box but when it was created in the late 1990’s it was discovered that it calms cats and snaps them out of funks.
Catnip Mist can be sprayed on your cat’s bedding or favorite resting or hiding places. Most cats find the aroma of catnip hard to resist!
Our flower essence formulas. So many good ones to choose from: Moves and Changes, Calm and Serene, Multi Cat Household, Past Abuse, Forget Me Not (for mourning). One formula can go into the food and/or water bowl while another one is lovingly massaged on the cat’s head and ears.
A few years ago we posted an article about how you can help fire fighters save cats caught in fires by donating specially sized oxygen masks for animals (we’ve posted a link to that at the bottom.
Here’s a photo from our local newspaper featuring a fire in the town of Weed, in Northern California (you can imagine the jokes that town gets!) of a fireman holding a cat he found during the big wildfire several days ago, after one of many homes burnt.
The cat looks a lot like our Madeline who was born in that region and came from a shelter 40 miles away! A cousin? Maybe! A big salute to fire fighters!
(from Fast-moving wildfire ‘the most horrible thing’ to ever hit Weed at SFGate.com)
“That fire was coming in here pretty good,” said Zach Curren, a firefighter from Napa, who worked the blaze near Angel Valley Road. “But we managed to stop it right there,” he said, pointing to a long, white ranch home with a crew of firefighters spraying down a smoldering roof.
In his arms he held a gray cat he had just found hiding under a pile of clothes in a house across the street from the smoking home. The neighborhood was deserted except for fire crews, and as the whoosh of hoses and grinding of engines filled the air, the cat shivered.
“Poor thing’s scared to death,” Curren murmured. “A lot of people were, too.”
About two years ago we posted an article to our blog about how you can help firefighters help cats by donating specially sized oxygen masks for animals.
This photo is from a video that is an extremely moving collage of fire fighters rescuing cats from fires. The music is great! You’ll need much tissue!
You can watch all of the video on our blog post on the oxygen masks.
A customer of ours told us about Mara DiGrazia, a veterinarian on Long Island. “She has donated hundreds of animal-sized oxygen masks to numerous fire departments throughout Long Island so they can dispense oxygen properly to animals who are rescued from fires. Without those masks, sadly many beloved animals die even though firefighters heroically rescue them from the flames of the fire because they couldn’t receive life-saving oxygen properly. This is something that makes perfect sense yet I never thought about until I heard Mara was doing it.”
Last year we donated two of these oxygen masks to our closest fire house. One is cat sized, and one is dog sized.
Here’s a link to where you can buy animal oxygen masks to donate to your local fire department – Wag’N O2 Fur Life® Program – The Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative
We are beyond delighted to tell you that you can turn your cat’s water into something with better flavor and something that’s vibrantly healthy – VitaJuwel Gemstone Wands. We have found hand blown glass vials in the shape of a wand filled with gemstones to vitalize water. Each wand is 7 inches long.
In just 7 to 10 minutes in a water bowl or a drinking glass and you’ll have vitalized water imprinted with the healing properties of amethyst, garnet and lots of quartz crystals. The water will hold the imprint of the gemstones for 2 days!
When you place one of the wands in water it will have the same energetic quality and radiance of pure water from a free flowing spring – what a rare treat that is! The flavor is light and absolutely delicious. I’m not sure if I’m imagining this but my drinking water looks clearer.
You’ll get so much millage out of your wand. You can place it in your cat’s water bowl for 7 to 10 minutes, then remove it, rinse it off, and place it in a 6 to 8 ounce glass of water for yourself.
Masuro Emoto, who is famous for his books on water including The Hidden Messages of Water, tested these wands himself. Here you’ll see a photo of regular tap water – not pretty, actually downright ugly and scary! The photo next to it is a photo of water that was vitalized with a VitaJuwel vial/wand which is beautiful and healthy looking, a lovely snowflake!
More giddy excitement from Cat Faeries: We are the first flower essence producer work to with the VitaJuwel Gemstone Wands to enhance the water we use in every bottle of our flower essences thus taking our work and the effectiveness of our flower essences to new heights!
We’ve already begun using this enhanced water in our unique formulas for cats, and our single essences which allow you to create your own formulas. If you haven’t checked out our single flower essences they are listed below the cat formulas. You’ll get double-duty healing with our flower essences with vitalized water from VitaJuwel wands!
Who doesn’t want to see their cats and themselves live long and very healthy lives?
Cat Faeries are innovation leaders in all things healthy and natural, and we love taking you and your cats to a whole new level of health, longevity, and consciousness. Get your VitaJuwel Gemstone Wand today and transform your water!
Look at those sweet gray muzzles! What cuties! And so very brave. These hero dogs helped search for people in the rubble following 9/11. In 2012 when we first posted this story there were 12.
Only one of these dogs is still alive. Bretagne, a 15 year old golden retriever, still works as a service dog helping special needs kids by listening to them read out loud. For more on Bretagne here’s an excellent article on the Today Show site – “Last known 9/11 Ground Zero search dog still lends a helping paw”. Here’s a current picture taken by her 9/11 handler and current companion, Denise Corliss.
Her she is with Denise working at the World Trade Center site in 2001.
In 2012, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas traveled to nine states to photograph the 12 remaining dogs, then in their golden years, at their homes. She produced a book of the photographs titled “Retrieved.”
Here is the story and their photos. These are from a wonderful article written by Charles Mayfield. Unfortunately, even after much Google searching, we can’t find the original source. Below is the article that includes pictures of 2012’s 12 surviving dogs.
Wishing you a day of reflection on the lives lost, the hearts broken, but the spirit of everyone who was touched by the events on September 11, 2001 remains strong. The rescue dogs who have crossed The Rainbow Bridge are surely held in the highest esteem, and we like to imagine that they are being given lots of love and treats by those who perished on that horrible day.
Nearly 100 dogs worked at the trade center ten years ago; only 12 are left. THESE OLD WONDERFUL FACES SAY IT ALL… These are the surviving dogs that worked the trade center that are still alive but retired, they are heroes too.
Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures. True heroes of 9/11 still with us today.
Moxie, 13, from Winthrop , Massachusetts , arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days.
Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight
Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble.
Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days.
Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the sitewith Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days.
Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days.
Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.
Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm onthe day of attack to start working early the next day.
Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days.
Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors.
During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors. Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled Retrieved.
The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.
Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight days in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11. Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which was published on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted Retrieved to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs. “I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved, “explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam .” They speak to us as a different species, and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.”