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Taking your cat to the vet can be easy – here’s how

Here’s 10 proven strategies to make taking your cat to the vet a cake walk. Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, Aug. 22, 2017, and we wanted to share how to make taking a trip to the vet easy.

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, Aug. 22

It’s easy to take your cat or cats to the vet if you follow some basic tips that will make the trip less stressful for both you and your cat. Today, we share our 10 proven strategies to make taking your cat to the vet a piece of cake.

  1. Leave the cat carrier out in the open, in your living room or other room where the cats frequent. Let them explore it, take a nap in it, play in it. That way they won’t see it as a threat, and it will be a lot easier for you when it comes to crate them. (This is a good strategy to use for preparing for an emergency exit, as well. If kitty is not afraid of the carrier, it will be much easier to get him into the carrier in a hurry, if needed.)
  2. Put some of your clothes in the carrier with your scent. A towel or shirt would work. Put it in the carrier when the carrier is left out, and leave it in the carrier when you take them to the vet.
  3. Spay Feliway or some other pheromone spay on the towel or piece of clothing a few moments before putting your cat into the carrier. This will help your cat stay calm.
  4. Once in the car, cover your cat carrier with a blanket or jacket. That way your cat won’t get spooked by the scenery that is quickly moving by.
  5. Play soothing music on the car trip to keep kitty calm.
  6. Once at the vet, put the carrier and cat on a chair, not on the floor. This is less threatening for the cat.
  7. Sit next to your cat(s) in the waiting room, and talk to them. Put your fingers through the front of the carrier, so they can reach out to them.
  8. Once in the exam room, have a piece of familiar clothing the cats can sit on, rather than the cold metal table.
  9. Offer assistance to the vet technician in taking your cat out of the carrier.
  10. Pet your cat during the visit, and offer calm, soothing words to your kitty. He’ll know everything is going to be ok, because his human is telling him so.


Pet remedy calmed my cats when going to the vet

Scaredy cat Clyde keeps calm going to vet thanks to pet remedy, a pheromone spray that helps keep him calm.

Taking your cat to the vet can be easy

These cats are at ease at the vet’s office.

Taking your cat to the vet can be easy

Nap time, these cats are totally at ease during their visit to the vet, proving it does not have to be stressful for the cat or their human.

Putting your coat or other piece of clothing on the examination table can help reduce stress when at the vet’s office.

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Do you have some tips you use to make taking your cat to the vet a piece of cake? Please share so we can let our readers know taking your cat to the vet can be easy.


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FIP research hopeful

FIP research hopeful that within the next 10 years feline infectious peritonitis, FIP, will no longer be a death sentence for cats.

FIP research hopeful

FIP research hopeful

For many of us this is fantastic news because the loss of a young cat can be devastating. The Paws family lost our beloved Tubby to FIP almost 10 years ago, and we think about our black Siamese sweetheart every day.

Most recently, the Winn Feline Foundation announced a major breakthrough in FIP research. Over the past 25 years, Winn has granted $675,000 to the cause. In 2015, Morris Animal Foundation pledged $1.2 million to fund research to better understand the disease and find a treatment for it.

FIP, a devastating condition triggered by infection with a feline coronavirus, is difficult to diagnose, and is always fatal, up to now. Once diagnosed, the cat may only live days or weeks or months; however, a few may live for years. While feline coronavirus is common, especially in places with lots of cats, it by itself is of no concern, except for the cats where it mutates into FIP. Paws wrote about Tubby’s battle. Check out:

FIP, fatal with no cure, most common in young cats like Tubby, can affect cats of any age with compromised immune systems

The little known fatal cat disease FIP strikes home

There’s no single test for FIP. Rather diagnosis is made by taking the sum of numerous findings. Experts at the University of Tennessee’s veterinary college estimate that FIP affects as many as 5 percent of cats in shelters and catteries, as well as some smaller proportion of household felines.

Tubby succumbed to the disease about a year and a half after being adopted from a shelter. We had no idea this kitty was harboring such a deadly disease, nor had we ever heard of FIP before. Now our ears perk up with curiosity when we heard the mere mention of FIP.

FIP research hopeful

Vicki Thayer, executive director of the Winn Feline Foundation, says she’s particularly excited about research on reversing the progression of FIP. The work is a collaborative effort between Dr. Niels Pedersen, a veterinary researcher at the University of California Davis, Drs. Yunjeong Kim and Kyeong-Ok Chang of Kansas State University and William Groutas, a medicinal chemist and professor at Wichita State University.

FIP, SARS & MARS linked to corona viruses

She has reason to be excited. Research is centering on the possibility of FIP vaccines being derived from components used to treat human Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Both are caused by corona viruses similar to FIP, and this may help advance therapeutics toward FIP. Dr. Pedersen shared this positive news at the 39th Winn Symposium in Chicago, Ill on June 29, 2017.



Healing Whiskers – Oliver, a pet therapy rat, brings smiles to people’s faces

Healing Whiskers – Oliver, a therapy pet rat, brings smiles on people’s faces

June is Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Month, and Paws for Reflection is devoting several posts to the benefits of pet therapy for those with PTSD, as well as others. At BlogPaws 2017, Paws for Reflection met Oliver, a therapy pet rat, and we reached out to Healing Whiskers for an Q&A interview.

Oliver, a pet therapy rat


The release of the move Meghan Leavy this month highlights the special bond between service dogs and people with PTSD. At Paws for Reflection, we know all animals can be beneficial as therapy pets, including cats. Here, we highlight, how Oliver, a pet rat, is a perfect therapy pet.

Oliver, a pet therapy rat


Tell me about you, Oliver and any other pets you have?

My name is Abby Chesnut, I have two blogs: Healing Whiskers and The Chesnut Mutts. I have two part-time jobs as a merchandiser and a postal carrier, and I’m also a volunteer photographer for our local animal control and rescues.

I live in Rome, Georgia with my boyfriend, Johnny, where we have two small mixed breed dogs, two fancy rats, and an aquatic snail. Jada and Bailey are the dogs, Oliver and Jasper are the rats, and Tyrone is the name of our snail.

Abby Chesnut with her pet therapy rat, Oliver. Abby has two blogs: Healing Whiskers and The Chesnut Mutts.


Oliver, a therapy pet rat

Oliver, a therapy pet rat, brings smiles to those he visits.

Teen and young adults love Oliver

How long have you had Oliver? Did you adopt him? How did you center upon him as a therapy pet? How long has he been a therapy pet? What types of places (hospitals, nursing homes, schools) do you visit?

Oliver just turned one years old in April. I actually got both him and his brother Oliver from a breeder in South Carolina. There isn’t an epidemic of unwanted pet rats so breeders are actually a great asset to the rat community to keep healthy rats in the gene pool for pets.

I was looking for a beautiful color and calm temperamenttraining. Jasper was originally going to be trained, but shortly after getting him he started to get seizures, so I picked up his brother Oliver to start training.

His training started as him being out of his cage, being outside, different environments. If he pottied he went back in, but if he held it he got a really great treat. So we took baby steps and I monitored to see if he could handle being a therapy animal. The environment is one thing, but people would be petting him too. So lots of work went into the rat he is today.

Registered as a therapy team in January

We just got registered as a therapy team in January and started doing a lot of finals week de-stress events at local colleges. Teens and young adults love Oliver! We are hoping to expand more into other venues, but public events and schools seem to work well for us.



Evidence suggests cats help people cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Evidence suggests cats help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

cats help people cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There’s growing evidence that cats can help alleviate anxiety, depression and loneliness associated with PTSD.

Evidence suggests cats help people cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Admittedly, most research has centered on dogs, but there’s no reason other pets, including cats, would not be great companions because the unconditional love factor is huge when it comes to anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

Paws addressed this subject in an article written for a national pet magazine, and we wanted to revisit the subject because it is an important topic, one that impacts the millions dealing with PTSD.

We had first-hand experience with cats helping a dear friend with PTSD, and that’s what lead us to doing the research for the article. It wasn’t all that easy to find anything about cats helping people with PTSD.
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This subject is particularly timely With the release of the movie Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) featuring the bond between Marine Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex. She trains him, and they complete more than 100 missions. An IED explosion injures them and puts their fate in jeopardy.This blog post is for informational and educational purposes, and is not designed to replace medical advise offered by your physician.

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Our research took us to Cheryl A Krause-Parello, associate professor and director, C-P.A.W.W. (Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded  Warriors) at the University of Colorado, Denver, saying while there are numerous studies correlating the benefits of pets to people with PTSD, there is insufficient funding to sponsor well-designed clinically controlled trials needed to provide the hard-core medical scientific evidence to prove it.

She suggested we speak with Nora Mund, a Marine injured while serving in Afghanistan, then working as a research assistant at C.P.A.W.W. as she was one of the hands-on person doing the research. Mund told us that dogs, with their keen sense of smell, are helpful to people with PTSD, because they can be trained much more quickly. They can be trained to tune into when someone is going to have nightmares or a flashback.



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Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers as owning most pets

Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers as owning most pets

Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers as owning most pets. This cat is owned by a Millennial couple.

Cats aren’t just for older people, they’re for everyone, and the Millennials (Generation Y) now outnumber the Baby Boomers as pet owners. Thirty-five percent of all pets are owned by Millennials. With this change, pets are now going everywhere, and doing everything that their owners do. That includes traveling, camping, and even going to the beach.

Spending on pets mushrooming

Spending on pets is mushrooming with pet industry spending in 2016 being a record $66.75 billion, an increase of over $20 billion in just 10 years.

According to 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA)  there are 84.6 million pet-owning households in the US, which puts pet ownership at about 68 percent of total households. This is up from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.

At the 2017 Global Pet Expo, ARPA President Bob Vetere, confirmed the pet industry is experiencing continuous, unprecedented growth.

What’s even more astounding is that pet spending has increased by $20 million in the past 10 years, increasing from $41.2 billion in 2007 to $66.8 billion in 2016, with projection of $69.4 billion in 2017. That could be good news for bloggers like Paws for Reflection, as we reach out to provide quality information to all cat owners, particularly Millennials. Our research has shown the majority of our readers are Millennials with almost an even split between men and women.



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At Paws for Reflection, we're serious about cats, writing about cat health, cat rescue and cat news. We delve into why cats are the absolute best soul mates. We spring in a little humor with lots of travel tips, photos and a few feline tales, making Paws for Reflection a must stop for cat information on the cat crazed Internet. BJ is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional and photographer.

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