Paws is moving on to host a fun Facebook & Blog photo contest. Now that all the shock and hoopla of the elections is over (well kinda), we’re moving on to a much more interesting subject, cats – most notably, a contest of fun photos of you and your cats. Paws spent a grueling day at the polls doing exit interviews from 8 am to closing time at 8pm. Then, we stayed for the results from all those record-breaking numbers of hand ballots. We felt like we’d been through a cat fight at the end of the day, driving with windows open in 32 degree temperatures.
Were those cats ever glad to see their human, or perhaps, we should say, their human was some glad to see them.
Paws picks, fun Facebook & Blog photo contest
We’re asking cat folk to post their most fun photos of them and their cat, This can be your bestest Thanksgiving photo, holiday photo, or just you hanging out with your cat(s). There’s no limit to how many you can post, but let’s not have zillions of the same cat. Kinda like term limits, you know. Paws is betting most of the entries will be Independent cats, though. We’ve been tossing this photo contest idea around for a long time, and last night, the light bulb went on.
Litter box issues are unique for long-haired cats, and if they have health issues, they are even more challenging.
Finding the right litter, litter box placement, and location are one thing, and the cats at the Paws’ household have agreed their human’s decision is OK for now. Cats can be fickle, and the decisions of today, may not be the right ones for tomorrow. Additionally, the manufacturers of cat litter are always trying to improve their products. That doesn’t necessarily always sit well with the felines or their human(s). We all know all too well, cats don’t like change.
Aging can affect litter box use
As cats age, they may develop health issues, and the litter box may become offensive if one cat is putting out too much urine or poop. That change can leave the others to find another box, making it so very important to strategically place one box plus one for the number of cats in the house.
Litter box issues are unique for long-haired cats
While covered boxes keep the poop out of sight, they are intimidating for the cats. Paws has 2 covered boxes, and 3 uncovered. However, 2 of the uncovered ones sit underneath specially made cat furniture, and the cats really like this. They have plenty of head room and the sides do not hem them in. These specially designed store-bought pieces keep the litter out of sight and give the cats ample room to do their business in privacy, but not with the fear of getting ambushed. At Paws, we strongly recommend investing in the furniture.
One in eight cats have asthma, but feline asthma is often overlooked as veterinarians look for more serious diseases.
Paws found this out first hand, as our Little Yellow was first thought to have;
- Congestive heart failure
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), the most common form of heart disease in cats
- Heartworm or lungworm
- A Diaphragmatic hernia where the abdominal organ (such as the stomach, liver, intestine, etc.) moves into an abnormal opening in the animal’s diaphragm, the sheet of muscle separating the abdomen from the rib cage area)
- And finally feline asthma.
When the coughing started to become persistently worse, Paws wrote it off as hairballs.We thought a long-haired orange Maine Coon look-alike could easily have some pretty serious hairballs.
Persistent coughing is a tell-tale sign of feline asthma, but despite one in eight cats having asthma, but it’s often overlooked as veterinarians rule out more serious diseases.
We found out the hard way as Little Yellow has finally diagnosed with asthma. It was misdiagnosed, as we will talk about more in a post detailing our journey through the medical maze. Today, we want to explain what the disease is.
General symptoms of feline asthma include:
• Coughing and wheezing
• Persistent cough
• Squatting with shoulders hunched, neck extended and rapid breathing or gasping for breath
• Gagging up foamy mucus
• Open mouth breathing
• Blue lips and gums
• Labored breath after exertion
• Overall weakness and lethargy
When an asthma attack occurs, the passageways in the lungs thicken and constrict, making it very difficult for the cat to breathe. As Paws reflects, we do believe that fateful day of June 13, 2013. Little Yellow was having a full-blown asthma attack. At only 5 years old, he was too young to have these health issues.
Persistent coughing is a tell-tale sign of feline asthma
A full-blown asthma attack may at first resemble a cat trying to cough up a hairball, or possibly choking on food. However, the body posture is somewhat different. With asthma, the cat’s body will be hunched lower to the ground and his neck, and head will be extended out and down in an effort to clear the airway of mucous. The gagging may also be accompanied by a typical coughing sound, and possibly even sneezing. The cat may or may not expel foamy mucous. Open mouth breathing or panting not associated with exercise in the cat is a sign of severe respiratory distress.
Selfies of people & pets are all the rage, and Selfies are growing in popularity every day. There are Selfies of people by themselves, with friends, celebs and pets by themselves, with other felines & their humans. They are in the news, pop media and just about everywhere. There’s no doubt, Selfies rule.
They are fun and statement and mostly proof (if not Photoshopped) that we were really there. This is reality. Plop that face front and center, and Snap that Selfie.
Even National Geographic featured Selfies in their October 2016 issue featuring ‘Back to Nature, The Selfie Generation Gets Outside’ as their cover story.
But believe it or not, Paws had never done a Selfie till last summer. We knew of them, but yawned, who cares, why bother, and it’s not my thing.
Last spring, New York Times best-selling author Gwen Cooper, of Homer’s Odyssey’s fame, called for entries of Selfies for her online book, Kittenish to raise $$ for the millions of animals that had been injured as a result of the devastating earthquake in Nepal during the Spring of 2015.
What a great way to get involved in a back-handed way of helping cats around the world. Paws for Reflection’s real goal is to spotlight cat issues, from the serious to the frivolous, of cats around the world.