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Thanksgiving Safety for Cats

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and while we humans will gorge on all things delicious, our cats will be looking for ways to also enjoy the day. However, not many people know the potential dangers lurking around Thanksgiving. Here are some tips and things to avoid this Turkey Day to keep your cat safe and happy:

Floral Centerpieces:

While bouquets are gorgeous and full of fall flowery goodness most plants and flowers are toxic to cats. Lillies and Poinsettias are extremely toxic and even if the ingestion is a small amount it can be fatal very quickly.The ASPCA has a great list of plants and flowers that are toxic to cats and you can check that out here:  ASPCA Toxic Plant List

Candles, potpourri, and essential oil dispensers:

Most oils are highly toxic to cats. Candles can cause respiratory issues and irritation to their eyes if heavily scented. Potpourri not only has small and dangerous ingestible pieces it also contains oils which, as mentioned above, are extremely toxic to cats. Especially…
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Should I Get An Exotic Cat Breed?

He's gorgeous, isn't he? Loki is my 4.5 year old Bengal and I can tell you he is a lot of work, but I knew that going in before I got him. I did endless hours of research on the breed. Talked with multiple breeders that were familiar with their genetic make up and behaviors. I knew he would require a lot and even though I prepared myself, I was still blown away by how much of commitment these breeds are.

All exotic cat breeds require a lot of time and tons of training for both human and cat. Although, even with the training your exotic cat may still not listen or act out. Remember, these cats are breed down the line starting with their exotic father. This means they do still have wild tendencies depending on the filial generation they fall under. Filial generations for most exotic cat breeds are as follows:

F1 - 1st Generation  Exotic cat + Domestic Mother
F2 - 2nd Generation Domestic Father + F1 Mother
F3 - 3rd Generation Domestic Father +  F2 Mother
F4 - 4th Generation  Dom…

Kitten Season 2018 Comes to and End

Foster kitten season 2018 is coming to a close. My last two kittens will be going to their forever home tomorrow evening and I could not be more excited for them and their new family. These two, their journey was a long one. Especially for Jack who had to overcome a spinal injury half way through his stay with me. He has forever touched my heart and I was blessed to be able to help him and his siblings grow, thrive, and get adopted. These two will always be my special little babies. I love you Jack and Emma.

 Bonnie

Week 1 Post Spinal Surgery

A little video I made of Anthony's first week of recovery/rehabilitation:

I love the strength and will this little dude has. Never underestimate the stubbornness of a Siamese! When every one was doubtful, he decided to prove us all wrong. Foster Mommy is so proud of you, baby boy! Let's keep up the hard work!


Bonnie

Hiatus Over & Why I Was Gone So Long

I am going to sum up my hiatus with one adorable picture:

No, I wasn't just distracted by his cuteness. This little dude suffered a terrible spinal injury while being micro-chipped. No one was at fault. The accident was simply a freak accident. Tragic, but rare and totally a freak thing. Surgery was done and I can say he is recovering well. But, his healing process is a long one and I have never worked with or rehabilitated a partially paralyzed animal before. This is a first for me and I am learning so much.  My shelter is so lucky to have such an amazing and talented vet staff.

I also want to thank the human mom of Waverly McTinybeans for all her advice and taking the time to give it. I know she is a super busy lady and I appreciated every tip.

I have spoken to multiple vets, RVT's and watched every youtube video I could find to help give this guy the best physical therapy I am able. He starts acupuncture sessions next week and little by little he makes progress. His left si…

CatCon 2018

I am currently at CatCon and can't wait to get home and share my experience and everything I learn this weekend!!

Nick Furry

I have been fostering these two adorable house panthers since they were two weeks old. At around four weeks of age I started to noticed something wrong with the little male's left eye.

I contacted my foster coordinator who had me bring him in so our in house vet could take a look at him. She was a bit baffled at what could be causing it so we tested him for various illnesses/cat diseases and they all came back negative. At four weeks old there isn't a lot we could do except wait and see what happened and how the eye developed. After another week I could tell he didn't seem to have vision in that eye and slowly the entire eye globe started to swell. Well, I woke up last Tuesday morning to this:
The vet had me bring him back in and it was apparent the eye would need to be removed. We did not know if it could be a tumor or glaucoma or what the heck the poor little dude had going on. The only issue was that he was tiny and only 1.5 lbs. Typically it isn't that great to do …