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Cats need to be in a warm place after under anesthesia.

Cats need to stay inside for 24 hours after spay/neuter, not to be safe from harm, but so their bodies can stay warm after undergoing anesthesia.

After going under anesthesia, cats can’t regulate their own body temperature. They need to be in a temperature controlled environment. If put outside, or in a cold place, their lives can be put in jeopardy. They should not go out to a shed. A laundry room or mud room inside the house is ideal. After TNR (Trap Neuter Return), also monitor cats for bleeding, infection or illness, and contact vet immediately if cat not breathing.
This stands true for all cats, except nursing moms, who should be let go to return to their kittens as soon as eyes open and look alert.

That’s the first thing that Paws learned when participating in one of Alley Cat Allies webnars on TNR.

New Zealand cats TNR is indeed controversial. Does it work to have the cats spay/neutered? They says yes, and there’s lots of documentation to prove it. But that’s for another blog post. Here, we want to focus on Alley Cat Allies webnar. Even if you are a skilled, experienced person with TNR, it doesn’t hurt to go through a review.

Paws helps with TNR. We specifically asked the webnar how to ensure we’d be successful when trying to trap a cat. Lots of places give you a specific time to bring in the cat for the spay/neuter.

While there’s no guarantee, you need to develop a time specific feeding schedule, and that means feeding the cat at the same time, and the same place leading up to the trapping. It does no good to feed the cat at 6 am, and then at 9 am. Cats are creatures of habit. They learn when to expect to be fed, and they will arrive at that designated time, not at our time of convenience. It’s beneficial to get the cats coming out and eating while you are there. That way you can find out how many are there, and how many have been neutered (count the ear tips).

Trapping feral cats has its challenges. (Photo courtesy Friends of Feral Felines)

Trapping feral cats has its challenges. (Photo courtesy Friends of Feral Felines)

After 30 minutes, pick up the uneaten food. It’s not appropriate leave out all the time, and it can attract predators like fox, coyotes or fishers.

Suggested food includes smelly tuna in oil to bait the traps. The oil seems to keep the tuna from drying out or freezing. Alley Cat Allies suggest putting 1 tablespoon on back end of the trap and drizzling a little bit zig-zag towards front of the trap. This is so the cats will have a relatively empty stomach for surgery.

Don’t use any full or half cans of tuna.

The small amount of tuna will attract the cat.

It’s not a bad idea to have the traps out, as well, or even putting the food in the trap. That way the cat will get used to the trap. Be sure to secure the trap so that it won’t close though, because it’s unlikely you will ever trap the cat twice.

Withhold food for 24 before you trap, and make sure no one else feeds the cats because you want to make sure they are hungry enough to get lured into the traps. Make sure you take a count of traps at beginning and end and don’t accidentally leave a trap behind, because one of the cats could be starve or be injured.

Put the traps on level ground. Never leave unattended. Even though it’s convenient for us, it’s not appropriate to trap and then leave for 8 hours of work. You want to place the traps where you can see them, but as far away from the house as possible.

Line trap with a few sheets of newspaper to cushion them for the ride, and help with the cleanup. A scared kitty is likely to pee and poop. Cardboard too heavy to trigger trip plate, Squish down the newspapers and shut the trap correctly.

Additionally, label the trap location. so you can return the cat to the exact same location once surgery and recovery is over. That helps the cat regain his sense of where he was before surgery, and go about getting back to his or her normal routine.

Once a cat is trapped, cover trap with sheet or large towel, as soon as possible. The cat will be scared.. As soon as cat is covered, cat will quickly calm down, and this will reduce the potential for injury. You can set them out covered in the field, with 3 sides covered and one open so the cat can get in to get his food. Some think this encourages the cat to come in even more

Before the trapping even occurs, arrange for transportation to the clinic or veterinarian’s office that will be doing the spay/neuter. Never stack the cages on top of one another. And always make sure they are in a temperature controlled environment. Don’t transport them in the bed of a pick-p truck.

Other musts Alley Cat Allies suggests:

  • Consider help.
  • Never do it alone.
  • Bring cell phone.
  • Make sure someone knows what you are doing
  • And bring a partner to help with the trapping

Large cat colonies take even more planning and more help. If there’s 500 ferals, or even 50 to 100, you’ll need help from a lot of people. In that case connect with the local feral cat TNR for loan assistance. Even though vets and clinics want to help out, there will be some cost. You will need lots of trained people, or help getting people trained. With large numbers of cats, you may want to elicit the help of the municipality or county. You will also need to make sure the veterinarian or clinic can handle the large influx of cats.

Later this week, Paws will share some true stories of how feral cats have learned to adjust living with humans.

Paws hopes you’ve found this information helpful. Have you tried to trap cats for TNR? What was your secret to success? What’s the largest number of cats you’ve trapped? How did you learn about TNR? Please share your comments and stories.

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Weight gain can cause our kitty’s lives to be cut short. Overweight cats can deal with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other illnesses caused by extra pounds just like humans. So even though we may really like our chunky kitties, we should take pause and think – are we helping them have a healthy long life?
Are we cutting our lives with them short?

Are we being responsible pet parents by not helping them lose weight?

Are they able to romp and play like kitties their age should?

The issue is, it’s not so easy to get kitty to shed the pounds. They like to eat, just like we humans. They indulge, and like us, they keep adding on the pounds. It’s pretty amazing how much felines are like humans. They share our weight problems. Cat weight loss is not so easy. Overweight cats are every bit as common as overweight humans.Felines also share the fact that weight and metabolism are closely linked. As cats age, they tend to slow down, and their metabolism slows. With the weight gain, they move slower, and their metabolism gets a bit slower, just like with us humans.#HillsPet has come up with a new cat and dog food that combats weight gain by fighting the pets’ metabolism. Some key points about Hill’s Metabolic Cat Food include:

  • While eating Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, an overweight animal’s metabolism changes to act more like that of a lean animal.
  •  Even after weight loss is achieved, the highly efficient energy metabolism profile is maintained.
  •  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution provides clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn calories and regulate appetite.
  • Your pet’s quality of life and relationship with your family is impacted because that extra weight can reduce play time, impact mobility and affect the lifelong general health of your dog
  •  As the pet parent said, “I gained a friend.” When our pets feel good, it’s like getting back our old friend.
  •  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is not a fad because you must be working with your veterinarian to make sure your cat or dog is a candidate for this special diet.

While we understand there are health concerns when our pet carries extra weight, often times it  affects our relationship with our pet. In the video Bear’s Story we see a touching, real life story of dog named Bear and how his excess weight affected his life and his relationship with his family. His pet parents didn’t know what to do. With the help of their veterinarian, they took the brave first step by starting a weight loss program, and feeding Bear Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. The transformation began. Bear started to gain back his energy and his life.

If Bear’s story isn’t enought, let’s look at some of the results for cats. With #Hills Pet Metabolic cat food. Russell, 5 year old, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 11.3 kg (24.9 lbs.) Russell was shown to have 72% body fat and lives in a multi-cat household Body Weight: 10.6 kg (23.3 lbs)

Russell-Before

Russell-Before

Weight Loss: 0.7 kg (1.5 lbs). 6.1% body weight loss over 17 weeks Russell is losing weight despite being on 15 mg of Prednisone for Immune mediated thrombocytopenia and the owners feeding 3/4 cup instead of the recommended 1/2 cup per day.

Russell - After

Russell – After

Presented at 5.95 kg (13.1 lbs.) Body Weight: 5.1 kg (11.2 lbs) Weight Loss: 0.9 kg (1.9 lbs). 14.3% body weight loss Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Tara Edwards, DVM. Toronto Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Day ≈200

Lily -Before

Lily -Before

Day 0 Lily, spayed female, Domestic Short Hair Day ≈ 150

Lily - After

Lily – After

Meg, spayed female, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 7.6 kg (16.7 lbs.) Body Weight: 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs)

Meg - Before

Meg – Before

Day 0 Weight Loss: 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs). 15.8 % body weight loss Presented at 9.5 kg (20.9 lbs.) To see these super obese cats lose weight is really amazing as they’ve typically been the most difficult of all.” Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Day ≈ 170

Meg - After

Meg – After

Day 0 Malakai, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). Bytown Cat Hospital Body Weight: 8.6 kg (18.9 lbs)

Malaka - Before

Malaka – Before

Weight Loss: 0.9 kg (1.9 lbs). 9.1% body weight loss Malakai losing weight despite the owners feeding 3/4 cup instead of the recommended 5/8 cup per day. I look forward to weight management re-evaluations with my patients now. Every cat I have on this food loses weight, so it makes my job that much easier. Day ≈ 150

Malakai - After

Malakai – After

Day 0 Norman, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Presented at 6.5 kg (14.4 lbs.) Body Weight: 5.1 kg (11.4 lbs)

Norman - Before

Norman – Before

Weight Loss: 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs). 19.8 % body weight loss

Norman - After

Norman – After

“More energetic, looks and seems to feel great. What a transformation” MyCal Arseneau, DVM. Jacobson Veterinary Services Lennie, neutered male, Domestic Short Hair Day ≈ 180 Day 0 Presented at 6.6 kg (14.6 lbs.) Lennie is the clinic cat and is notorious for helping himself to the “buffet” available on their food shelves.

Lennie- Before

Lennie- Before

Body Weight: 5.4 kg (11.4 lbs) Weight Loss: 1.2 kg (1.3 lbs). 9.0 % body weight loss in 10 weeks

Lennie - After

Lennie – After

 “Where other diets have failed, Metabolic has worked. He loves the food and has a lot more energy. His success is motivating our clients to start weight loss programs with their pets” Fundy Veterinarian’s Animal Hospital

To check out Hills’ many offering in this new food, visit:

Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution dry food
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution wet food
Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution treats 

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated by the Pets 360 Network for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but www.bjbangs.net (Paws for Reflection)
only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

What do you think about these chunky kitties getting a new lease on life? Have you seen your kitty or doggie, or even yourself, slow down because of weight loss? I know I sure  have. Please share your thoughts. 

If you are interested in learning more about Hill’s Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, contact Paws for Reflection, and we’ll be
glad to share more information.

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Can cats be gay?

Can cats be gay?

Can cats be gay? There’s no scientific evidence, but some cats just have no interest in mating. Does that mean they are gay? And if we trust Wikipedia, we find there’s evidence that the lion and the European Polecat may in fact be gay.

Paws’ does not have the answer to that very thought-provoking question. However, we can share a story of a woman who bought a pedigreed Maine Coon cat to breed. Only thing was, he had no interest in mating.

When at a work related conservation conference, one woman shared her story, of her dreams of making money by having a pedigreed cat. She spent boatloads of money on this cat. He was big, beautiful, and what she thought would be the ideal stud for a dad.

People would want their kittens to look just like him. This was going to be great.

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Wordless Wednesday

Kitties almost as stressed out as their mummy when their backyard view turns into rubble. Thanks, Winter. It’s time for you to go. We’re so over it!

Have your cats ever lived through a disaster in your home? This certainly could have been worse. It could have been the house. But it still leaves us in a state of shock, and we muddle through. There will be some insurance coverage, but sifting through the stuff, the details, and the clean-up will all take time. It certainly puts the BlogPaws Conference in May out of the picture for this year. If you have stories to tell, please share.

Lenny turns his back on the view of the collapsed shed.

Lenny turns his back on the view of the collapsed shed

Shed collapses - a victim of the Winter of 2013-14

Shed collapses -a victim of the Winter of 2013-14

Siamese Linus - shocked as he sees the shed gone

Siamese Linus – shocked as he sees the shed has imploded

Shed - the roof is is gone

Shed – the roof is is gone

Kitty Lenny - the view of the backyard has changed. Shed collapse makes it kind of ugly.

Lenny quickly checks out the collapsed shed

There's a kayak underneath all that shed rubble

There’s a kayak underneath all that shed rubble

Siamese Linus walks away to safety of living room after shed collapses

Siamese Linus walks away to safety of living room after shed collapses

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Category: Cats

Could your kitty stand to lose a few, or perhaps more than a few pounds. Weigh in on the discussion & check out Hills new metabolic cat food give-away below. Paws is extending the deadline to enter till this Wednesday, April 10, at midnight. In addition to the Give-away, please share the photos of your pleasingly plump kitties. Paws would also love to share your photos of your chubby, or sleek and slender kitties this month. Here’s another look at my feline portly girl.

pretty black kitty

Paws has extended the deadline to sign up for our give-away with a deadline of this coming Wednesday, April 10 at midnight, ET
Each Feline Metabolic Starter Kit will include:

  • 1 Weight Loss Success Tote Bag
  • 1 Weight Loss Success Guide
  • 1 4lb bag of Metabolic dry cat food
  • 2 (5.5oz) Metabolic cans
  • 1 (2.5oz) Metabolic treats
  • (2) $25 coupon

PD_T_Fel_Metabolic_AWS_B_FV_TF_smTo enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution. Be sure to include all of the required information below:

  • What is your pet: dog or cat
  • Pet’s age
  • Pet’s current weight or close guess
  • Your name
  • Your email address

Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted.

Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food.

This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only.

Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner. Entries for the give-away will be accepted through midnight on Friday, April 4. To enter fill out the form below with all the necessary information outlined above.

Why not sign up today to win a chance to try this new products. Paws assures you, we’ll only share info to sign you up for the give-away. While we all love our chubby kitties, if they really have a weight problem, weight loss and their health is the best thing we can give them. Sign up today!

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