Have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions?
Have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions? It turns out 25 percent of all New Year’s Resolutions are broken within the first week and over half are broken within 6 months.
New Year’s Resolutions are a way to make us reflect on what we want to change in our lives. At Paws for Reflection, we certainly have some issues we want to tackle in 2017, but we took a new twist this year, one that will help us stay on track and not be doomed to failure.
Setting goals with deadlines gets concrete results
We have set goals with deadlines, hoping this will make us stick to our guns and get concrete results.
The cats, including Lenny, wish for good health and happiness for their New Year’s Resolutions.For the felines, it’s all about health and happiness. We want good health and prosperity for our human, as well. We know we’re going to have challenges as our Pink Collar has progressive arthritis and Clyde’s health is deteriorating as he is over 19 years of age. Just like with humans, age takes a toll on the cats. We know we would be remiss if we did not write about this journey, and share our story to help others who may be dealing with the same issues.
Have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions? Goals keep focus
For their human, we are using 2017 New Year’s Resolutions to succeed, not to fail, and we tuned to Michael Hyatt’s online webinar, ‘7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017’ for some help. He says you’ll only achieve what you intentionally pursue, so if you want to make it happen, you’ve got to clarify your priorities, and make them realistic. He suggest making 7 to 10 priorities as that is all that is realistic.
Feline Arthritis, a silent epidemic, affects most senior cats
Feline arthritis, a silent epidemic, affects 80 to 90%t of all senior cats, and 33% of cats of all ages.
It’s painful, causes decreased mobility, and can be debilitating. Things that were once easy and second nature become difficult, if not impossible to do.
Our Pink Collar has arthritis, and it is progressing. She is in pain, and she’s been telling us it’s not fun, and she hurts. It’s harder for her to get up to the counter with her water bowl. She struggles when she goes up and down stairs, even missing a step, here and there. Some days, she even has a hard time jumping onto the sofa.
Is it in her elbow and the wrist in the front leg; the hip, the knee and the ankle in the back leg; and the smaller joints between vertebrae, both in the neck and the back? It could be in some or all of these.
Her human has arthritis in her knees, so we can well appreciate how painful it can be, say nothing about making you think about getting down on all fours to wash the floor or weed the garden.
Cats are masters at hiding illness and pain
While there’s a lot of talk and research into dogs with arthritis, cats have not gotten that same attention, and it’s only in the past few years that the subject has come to the forefront.
While the majority of dogs with arthritis show some lameness, only about 15 percent of cats appear to be lame. The most common sign your cat has arthritis is their reluctance or inability to jump up or down. We have put out crates and boxes making it easier for Pink Collar to take a small hop, rather than a big leap to the counter, sofa, and even the cat tree.
We all know cats are masters at hiding illness and pain. This well could be hard-wired into survival mode dating back thousands of years. Because of this, responsible cat owners must learn what to look for.
If you think your cat has asthma or any other health issues, schedule a visit with your veterinarian immediately. The contents of this blog post are for informational purposes only, and should not be used in place of professional advise from your veterinarian.
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.