I used to thread the seat belt through the handle of a carrier thinking that if I was in an accident the cat in the carrier would be perfectly safe, that it might jerk, but it would stay in place. Was I ever wrong! In this video you’ll see what happens to the seat belt at the moment of impact! It is shocking.
You don’t need to understand German to see what happens in crash tests, the visuals say it all. We could not find an English language video on the subject.
This video shows us that the best way to transport your cat is in a carrier placed on the floor of the back seat. This video is suitable for people of all ages, there isn’t anything scary or tragic, it’s 100% crash tests with dummies and mannequins.
I’m so not fond of housecleaning that I can successfully talk myself out of it nearly every time! And vacuuming? Ugh! The noise offends my delicate nerves and ears, and worse, it scares my cats and rabbits. What better reasons could I possibly have to postpone vacuuming for when the dust bunnies grow into tumbleweeds? My hatred of fleas!
After reading an article (linked below) about how effective a quick vacuuming around the house is at killing fleas in any stage of their development I’ve changed my ways. When I learned that for 96% of yucky fleas who get sucked up by the vacuum cleaner it’s “a one way trip.”
Over the years I had read, as I’m sure you had too, that we should put a flea collar in the vacuum cleaner bag. And, that we need to throw out or otherwise destroy the vacuum bag after each use because it was assumed the fleas were still alive and would escape with vengeance in their evil little minds. All of this misinformation gave us more work to do, gave us more to worry about, and fortunately none of it was ever necessary.
From the article…
“Six tests of vacuuming the adult fleas yielded an average of 96 percent of fleas killed; three tests of vacuumed pupae and one test of vacuumed larvae (in their third stage of development) resulted in 100 percent killed.”
Newton sure is a smart cat and he always has something interesting and compelling to say. We at Cat Faeries do not vaccinate our house cats, ever, so while Newton isn’t quite on the same page as we are, we thought we’d present his viewpoint.
A visit to the vet for an annual checkup is a good idea, although it certainly doesn’t make my top 10 list of fun things to do! The exam is really a team effort involving the veterinarian and the cat caretaker. The caretaker observes activities at home (eating, drinking, playing, cat box use) and is likely to be very familiar with the cat’s body (e.g. lumps, sore areas etc.) Aided with these observations the veterinarian can investigate and recommend any tests needed for a diagnosis, should there be a problem. Many diseases/conditions have a good prognosis for recovery if caught early.
And if there are no problems? Kitty jumps back into the carrier and happily returns home. Wrong. This brings me to the real topic of this column – needles! I hate getting shots. But vaccinations are often part of the annual exam. Are they important for good health? Could they be harmful? Consider these two things the next time Kitty is due for an exam:
Is it necessary to vaccinate every cat for everything every year?
Don’t be afraid to ask about both frequency and brand of vaccine! Consider this true story. In the late 1990’s Ms. A. took Seymour to the vet for an exam and vaccinations. Yearly vaccines were no longer recommended for Seymour so that was good news. But then came the surprise. On previous visits Dr. Y had injected vaccinations in any convenient place. This time he explained that there was a new agreement among vets to give each type of vaccine in the same location (e.g. Rabies in the right rear leg). Occasionally tumors had been discovered at vaccination sites and if a lump developed it could now be tied to a certain vaccine if all vets followed the same protocol. At first this was mildly disturbing, to say the least. Then he said that the vaccines would be given as low on the leg as possible so an amputation could be done if the tumor proved to be cancerous! Yikes!!!
Yes, certain types of vaccines (containing an adjuvant) have been linked to cancerous tumors in cats. (Approximately one in every 10,000 cats will develop this tumor at the vaccination site.) An adjuvant (typically aluminum salt) is added to increase the strength of the immune response. This brings me to question number 2. Vaccines with adjuvant are cheaper, hence their popularity and prevalence despite the quality concern.
Newer, more expensive, vaccines do not require an adjuvant. They confer disease immunity and carry no risk of inducing cancer. One in 10,000 may seem like an acceptable risk to many people. But what if YOUR cat was the ONE?
What can you do to protect Kitty and observe local laws concerning Rabies vaccinations without putting your cat at risk?
Remember that indoor cats require fewer vaccinations than their outdoor counterparts. Be sure your vet plans vaccinations appropriate for Kitty’s lifestyle. (i.e. no over-vaccination).
Rabies vaccinations are important both for cats and to protect their human families. However, you can request that your vet draw blood to run a Rabies titer for antibodies. If your cat has adequate immunity a booster Rabies vaccination may be exempted.
In all cases, if your cat does need vaccinations insist on knowing what type is used. If a) the vet/clinic staff won’t tell you, or b) the vaccines contain adjuvant then refuse the shot(s). Insist on honesty and quality. Your cat will thank you.
We cringe every time we hear that another cat has lost a home because of bad and incorrect warnings from doctors directed at pregnant women.
We finally found a really good article that clears the air about cats, toxoplasmosis and pregnant or nursing women.
Far too many obstetricians attempting to sound smart have given women bad and very wrong advice: “Get rid of your cat to protect your child.”
If your cat stays inside and has never eaten a rodent the chances of your cat carrying this parasite are remote. Concerned about your cat? Have the cat tested!
From the article we’ve linked to below:
Question: Do I have to give up my cat if I’m pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?
Answer: No. You should follow these helpful tips to reduce your risk of environmental exposure to Toxoplasma.
Avoid changing cat litter if possible. If no one else can perform the task, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and warm water afterwards.
Ensure that the cat litter box is changed daily. The Toxoplasma parasite does not become infectious until 1 to 5 days after it is shed in a cat’s feces.
Feed your cat commercial dry or canned food, not raw or undercooked meats.
Keep cats indoors.
Avoid stray cats, especially kittens. Do not get a new cat while you are pregnant.
Keep outdoor sandboxes covered.
Wear gloves when gardening and during contact with soil or sand because it might be contaminated with cat feces that contain Toxoplasma. Wash hands with soap and warm water after gardening or contact with soil or sand.
The ASPCA has a good page about Toxoplasmosis and cats. Here’s something they say:
If you suspect your cat is carrying the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, it’s time to get him tested by your veterinarian. If he tests positive, it means he has been exposed to the disease but is unlikely to be shedding oocysts after an initial two-week period. If he tests negative, it means he has not been exposed and could still become infected and shed oocysts — but again only for two weeks.
Got the travel bug yet? Dreaming of faraway places and adventure? Everyone needs a break to see new things and get a new perspective. But often our cats hate it when we leave. From a cat’s viewpoint our much needed vacation is the end of the world for them.
Many cats barely even notice we are gone! For the rest of them who might stop eating, poop on the floor, cry, fight with the other cats or sulk, Cat Faeries has just the thing! Home Alone Kitty will help calm those cats and assure them that very soon you’ll be home.