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Furry felines (former orphans, rescues and strays) walk a tightrope, scale a pole, push a cart, skateboard, jump through hoops and even play in a rock band, with photo opportunities at the close of each show. A portion of proceeds benefits feline shelter and rescue organizations.
Details: Jan. 23-Feb. 2, Playhouse on the Park, Phoenix, circuscats.com, (773) 391-3357.
Cats wait out tornado warning in a bathtub
No one wants to evacuate their homes, but if you are ever forced to do so, you will need to evacuate your cats too. The American Red Cross says, “Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse.”
The Red Cross will not accept pets at their emergency shelters, so make a list of “pet-friendly” motels in case you need to temporarily relocate with your cats. As an alternative, ask your veterinarian and/or your local animal shelter if they provide emergency care for pets following disasters. Obtain the numbers to several veterinarians outside your immediate area in the event your own veterinarian’s office has to close because of the emergency. Contact a friendly neighbor and make a reciprocal agreement to take charge of each others pets in the event of an emergency when one of you is not home. Exchange cell phone numbers if you both have them, and make sure both of you know the locations of your Pet Emergency Kits. Make a list of all the above phone numbers for your Emergency Kit.
Preparing for Evacuation
All the planning in the world won’t be of much help if your vehicle breaks down, especially when fleeing a flooded area or an area with a wildly spreading fire. Please put these precautions at the top of your planning list:
- Keep Your Cell Phone Charged
- Keep Your Vehicle Running Well
- Keep Your Gas Tank Full at All TimesThe other day my son and I were coming home from a medical appointment and our gas tank was running low. We had plenty to get home, but: On the curvy, hilly, two-lane road, we ran into stopped traffic. The outside temperature was 105, and we had to keep the engine running for the air conditioner to operate. We sat there for over an hour, worrying, because there was a forest fire about 10 miles away, and our home is in the middle of a forest, and we had no idea why the traffic was stopped.
Vehicle Emergency Kit
- Two-Gallon Jug of Water
- Powerful LED Flashlight
- Emergency Roadside Flares
- Emergency Tire Pump Air Kit
- Engine Oil
- Fire Extinguisher
- Red Traffic Cones
Prepare a Pets’ Emergency Supply Kit
Include the following items:
- Extra supplies of medication, medical records, a pet first-aid book and a first-aid kit. Ask your veterinarian for a mild tranquilizer to use in case of emergencies. (Rotate the medication regularly to keep the expiration date fresh.) Here’s a basic list for your first-aid kit:
- cotton batting, gauze bandages and pads
- adhesive tape
- first-aid cream – a triple-antibiotic
- antiseptic spray
- hydrogen peroxide
- rectal thermometer
- Don’t forget other daily supplies, as well as necessary records and photos:
- Food, can opener, water, bowls, litter pan and litter.
- Anti-stress remedies1, such as Bach’s Rescue Remedy can be of invaluable help in calming down frightened cats.
- Cat carrier or portable crate .(A collapsible metal show crate will accommodate more than one cat.)
- Pillow Cases. A pillow case can serve as a replacement for a crate for a frightened cat. If you have several cats, it may be the quickest and safest means of transportation.
- Medical records, pertinent information about your cat and phone number of your veterinarian in the event you have to foster your cat in the interim.
- Comfortable bedding for the crate. A blanket can be used for the dual purpose of bedding and wrapping an injured animal in to prevent shock.
- Nail clippers, comb and/or brush.
- Recent photos of your cats. Hopefully you won’t need them, but if any of your cats is lost in the confusion, you’ll want to place posters around the area without delay.
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Yummy cat treats your feline will love!
More cat owners are feeding natural–or organic–food to their cats. So here’s a quick and easy recipe that you can use to make homemade organic treats:
Things You’ll Need
Greased cookie sheet
½ cup organic whole wheat flour
½ cup non-fat, powdered milk
½ cup cooked and chopped organic chicken
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1 organic egg, beaten
¼ cup water
1 tbs. chopped, fresh organic catnip (optional)
- Gather the ingredients and preheat your oven to 350-degrees. Ensure you have plenty of counter space to work on.
- Combine the flour, milk and chicken in a large bowl and mash and mix them together. Add the water, oil, beaten egg and catnip (if using). Stir well until a sticky dough forms.
- Form the dough into small, dime-sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls into discs with your hand or a spoon. You can adjust the size of the treats based on your cat’s size and needs.
- Bake the organic treats for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and flip each one so they brown on both sides. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until they turn a golden brown color.
- Cool the treats to room temperature and store in an airtight container or bag for future use
Source: www.tica.org written by ddecker
Typically, a friendly cat seeks out human attention, only to turn on his lavisher of attention once the affection seems to have gone on for too long. Owners describe these cats as changing from friendly to feral “like a light switch.”
Despite the perplexing nature of this uniquely feline way of acting out, a couple of possibilities have been proposed to explain why cats might do this:
1.It may be a manifestation of so-called status-induced aggression, in which cats seek to control a situation.
2.There may be some neurologically significant negative stimulus associated with being petted at length that affects these cats in particular.
3.These cats may be especially subtle at letting humans know when they’re unhappy, so that their change in attitude appears more sudden than it truly is.
Whatever the cause, the good news is that this behavior does not necessarily mean you can’t interact with your cat meaningfully. Your veterinarian can coach you to recognize the very subtle warning signs associated with your cat’s displeasure before it reaches the biting point.