As a little tiny seed grows, so does a life. It is watered and fed and loved, It grows and blooms in the warmth of the Sun. And then the day comes that the bloom fades, yet the flower does not die. Her seeds are scattered in the wind to once again grow and bloom in another time and place. You did not die, your spirit lives in another time and place…and in our hearts….Kathy Genuardi
Bowie Reichstein, Molly McBride, Tiger Widelitz, Shelby Dugan, Patches Caruso, Cody Goldfischer, Patches Webb, Clementine Leventhal, Dooley White, Sydney Everidge, Sable Charles, Kiwi Parker, Charlye Schaeffer, Dodger Needleman, Oscar Luhner, Trixie Bryant, Samantha Duff, Brandy Hulting, Snowy Rosenberg, Alix Menkin, Brutus Strunk, Cocoa Toroni, Rocky Praediger, Momma Schilling, Kolby Koppel, Skittles Weber, Jasmine Salvado, Piper Merkel, Sam Wright, Spencer Mason, Maggie Klos, Pogo Reeder, Monet Liebschner, W.Dubby Einhorn, Pebbles Hockaday, annie McConnell, Chica Kelly, Mittens Piasecki, Pinky Stenger, Maxie Davis, G.C. Horvath, Gracie Cooper-Pullan, Lily Selbst, Billy Butler, Jinx Dugan, Pug Rosen, Mike Duff, Raina Burtell, Freaky Gress, Cody Smith, Biggie Rockenbach, Sarah Michnya, Lottie McCarron, Bacchus Lynch, Romeo Krupp, Beanie Steigerwald, BooBoo Lubner, Gabrielle Genuardi, Rosa Daisy Hunter, Taz Melish, Banshee Slawnyk-Scorcelli, Abby Walter, Winnie Lanahan, Shadow Leon, Ghillie Thomas, Sandy DeFrancisco, Cheyanne Scott, Kobie Lamsback, Niko Houck-Bolger, Spooky Lanick, Marly Goodstein, Schmooky Schapfkopf, Montana Hart, Maizey Brown, Chi Rosen, Milo Albee, Princess Jimenez, Izzy Westfall, Skeeter Berman, Jasmine Lawlor, Holly Leonard, Checkers Oppenheimer, Bello Schulke, Reni Langer, Bentley Jones, Pepper Chatman, Tagger Houlahan, Bart Salmieri, Simon Gardner, Angel Peterkin, Teddy Conda, Gracie eberman, Oliver Noga, Chloe Donnelly, Oliver Packett
As we go to web press, summer is over and the school year has begun, so be sure your pets get some extra attention via walks and one on one play time, as they too can suffer from the “empty nest” blues.
RVC officially celebrated our 20th Anniversary with an Open House on Sept. 7th. It was a great success and to all of you that were able to join us, I thank you and hope you had a great time. Check out our Facebook page for pictures and the winners of our raffle prizes. A lot of great rescue groups were in attendance, and with your generosity, we were able to donate the revenue from the raffles to them.
Randi, one of our illustrious technicians, and I will be attending the Fox Chase Paws For the Cause on Sunday Oct. 5th, so please join us at this special event and stop by to say hi! We will have some treats and “stuff” to give away, so don’t miss out and come early to get the good stuff.
In this issue we celebrate the feline in your life: with homage to the traditional Halloween Cat (AKA the Black Cat), some tips from Sarah (another one of our illustrious technicians) on helping your cat to actually enjoy her carrier and some Trick or Treat recipes that your cat will love. (Well, Gert loves them anyway…) I also review The Breeze Litter System for cats.
With Halloween around the corner, accidental candy ingestion by your dog is always a concern (cats seem to be less interested in candy.) Download this handy little Chocolate Toxicity Meter so you know just what symptoms to look for if your pet gets into the goodie bag. If you have any concern, or are not sure if your pet is experiencing a toxic reaction, please call us or one of the emergency facilities located on our website. If you need to reach Poison Control, call (888) 426-4435 to speak with a licensed ASPCA veterinarian. You may be charged for this call, however the fee may be waived if your pet is microchipped with HomeAgain.
Many of you know that my old girl Gabrielle passed away this July, and I thank you for your heartfelt concern. For those that haven’t seen it, here is the link to her album: Gabby's story (you will need to be signed in to Facebook to see it).
And on that note Happy Halloween and a Fun Fall to all!
Did you miss National Black Cat Appreciation day? It's not Halloween, although maybe it should be. This year National Black Cat Appreciation Day was Sunday, August 17th. That was the special day of the year designated to promote the adoption of black cats. Behaviorists have long known that most black cats fall into the general temperament category of gentle, outgoing, and social cats. The other general category of temperament is the shy, quiet and reclusive cats. Kitties from both of these general groups will give you lots of love. But the love and beauty of black cats is not always appreciated.
In shelters, black cats are often not as quickly adopted as cats of other colors. Cats who are brightly colored or who have markings draw the attention of potential adoptees more frequently. At the Los Angeles County shelters, for example, yellow bandanas are often tied around the necks of black animals to make them stand out in the cages. In England, the RSPCA reports the alarming statistic that 70 percent of the cats housed in its shelters are either black or black and white.
Black cats have seen better days. In Egypt around 3000 BC, it is believed cats were revered. The goddess Bast (also spelled Baast or Bastet) was often depicted as a black feline or as a woman with the head of a cat. Killing a cat was considered a horrible deed, punishable by death in some ancient legal systems. Deceased cats were often mummified.
By 1000 BC cats were domesticated as pets. In early Islam, cats received the blessing of Mohammad. A well known legend tells of Mohammad needing to dress for prayer service but upon finding his beloved cat sleeping on the sleeve of his tunic, he chose to cut off the sleeve of the tunic rather than disturb his cat. Was his cat black? Legend doesn't say.
In the Middle Ages in Europe things took a turn for the worse for black cats. Cats were considered the "familiars" of witches. These were the demon companions of witches in animal form. Witches were overwhelmingly old, poor single women. Historians believe the communal guilt over the failure of the social system to care for these individuals led to the persecution of witches. Old, poor, single women living with lots of cats or perhaps feeding feral cats is no longer a stigma for most of us. In fact, some of us greatly respect these women.
In the 14th century, it is believed cats were exterminated in large numbers. The resultant rise in the rat population fueled the bubonic plague, or Black Death, which decimated one third of the population of Europe.
Today we find ourselves somewhere between the two poles of cats as gods and cats as demons. (I know my cats are gods to me.) Pop culture in the last century helped to restore the lovability of black cats. The 1920s gave us the silent cartoon character, Felix. The 1950s brought us the Warner Brothers cartoon kitty, Sylvester. More recently, TV's "The Simpsons" gave us the black kitty, Snowball.
For me, it was vet school that gave me my first black cat, Harry. Harry was my student surgery kitty. As a result he has undergone several unnecessary surgeries. In spite of that, he is still as spritely as a kitten. Since Harry, I have had several black cats and each one was an angel whom I was blessed to know. Each one graced my life with love, beauty and goodness. My black kitties, like all my cats, teach me important life lessons. : how to be patient, how to love in adversity, how to be innocent when surrounded by evil. Thank you black kitties. As you can see, every day is Black Cat Appreciation Day at my house.
David, Dr. Betty's new black cat.
Harry, Dr. Betty's long-time family member
This article was adapted from "A purr-fect day for black cats," by Sally Carpenter, published online at www.theacorn.com/news/2014-08-14.
When I need to take my kitties to the vet there are a few things I do to make the trip easier.
First, I do not keep my carriers hidden away. I keep them tucked in a corner with a cozy blanket inside. This way the carrier becomes a nice spot for kitty to sleep or hide and not a big scary box that means a trip to the vet. You may need to shop around till you find a carrier that works best for your cat. Some cats prefer hard sided carriers while other prefer soft ones.
Second, try feeding your cat in the carrier with the door open, or place treats in the back. Do this often and they will start to associate the carrier with positive things.
Never underestimate the power of catnip. Sprinkling catnip on a few toys or blankets and putting them into the carrier will make it more enticing to kitty. You can also use pheromone sprays like Feliway on a blanket or towel to help calm them. Feliway spray can be found at Amazon or your local pet super store.
On the night before your appointment when you are getting ready for bed and kitty is calm and unsuspecting, confine her to one room so that the next morning you are not searching high and low for her.
To put kitty into the carrier, place the carrier on a table or elevated surface and pick kitty up. Sometimes if the only way to get out of your arms is into the carrier, she will go right in. Placing a few treats may help, but do not put a lot of food in there as she may get carsick. If this does not work, place the carrier on the floor with the door facing up. Hold kitty and use one hand to hold the rear feet together. Most cats employ their rear feet to keep from being placed in the carrier. When their rear feet are held together and your other hand is around their upper body, you can simply lower kitty into the carrier. Also, place a towel or urine pad onto the bottom of the carrier in case she urinates and/or defecates on the ride. She will not be as stinky when she arrives if this should happen.
Once she is in the carrier speak softly and reassure her. Sometimes placing a towel or blanket over the carrier will also help to calm her. Secure the carrier in the car using a seatbelt so it does not jostle or roll over during the drive.
Using these tips you can try to make the trip to the vet, or wherever you are going, less stressful for your feline companions.
In keeping with the cat theme, I want to tell you about my new favorite litter box – The Breeze Litter System from Tidy Cats. I have had cats for close to 30 years, and the litter tracking, especially in the bed, finally got to me. Now I only have one cat at this time, Christopher, and at 17 I did have concerns about trying a new system and a new litter. As cat owners, one of our biggest fears, is cats who think (read eliminate) outside the box – literally!
The Breeze is a simple system consisting of non absorbable pellets in the box, which I change every 6-8 weeks (they recommend changing monthly) and an absorbable pad which I change every 4-5 days. With a young cat, the pad should last a week at least, but with older or ill pets that urinate more, you will need to change it more often. The box is not too big, but suitable for an average sized cat. Of course cost is a concern, but I have found the costs comparable to regular scoopable litter and maybe a little less depending how well you price shop. The initial startup cost was a hindrance anywhere from about $45 to $99 list price, but PetSmart is currently offering them at about half the list price and there is a $10.00 coupon for the system in the box, in 24 ct. Fancy Feast packages, and online. The one I bought was $22 on sale and with the coupon it was really CHEAP!
Angela uses it with her cats, she purchased two, and Randi just started using it also and no complaints so far. Christopher adjusted well to the pellets (following their suggestions, I was able to remove his scoopy box in 5 days) and with the ease of cleaning and no dust I give this 4 Paws Up! I would give it 5 Paws Up, but the litter and pads are not available in some supermarkets, so it means a drive to Petsmart or PetCo, or an online shopping excursion.
Eli is my terrier mix rescue dog that I adopted when he was about 3 years old. Right away he excelled at his beginning obedience class. With his winning "smile" and big personality I knew he was destined to do something special. I began searching the internet and came a across a local group called Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dogs.
I attended one of their orientations and knew immediately this was a great path for Eli and I. After he passed his test, we went on to visit various nursing homes and participate in all kinds of special events for different types of patients. It is an extremely rewarding activity for you, your dog, and the people you visit. I am so glad he led me to this experience and we love our monthly visits! There are also many other places to visit, such as CHOP (Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia), library reading programs, hospice centers, etc. Contact your local facilities to see if they offer pet therapy programs, and if you and your dog (or cat) can help.
It takes a certain kind of dog with a calm temperament and an outgoing personality to become a therapy dog. If you think your dog has what it takes to bring a smile to people’s faces, please visit www.comfortcaringcanines.org.
CCC has orientations right here at Rockledge Veterinary Clinic several times a year (please check the website for dates and times). Your dog must be at least 1 year of age, have completed Basic Obedience or have their Canine Good Citizens Certificate. Your dog can then take the therapy dog test, which entails a temperament test and an obedience test. Once you are a member, you will be covered under the group’s insurance and have access to various places to visit.
Salmon Cat Treat
Combine the salmon and egg in a blender; mix until smooth. Add the oatmeal and blend well. Spray cooking spray on a 9-by-13inch pan and spread the mixture in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool, then cut into bite-sized squares. You can also store it in the freezer.
Liver Cat Treats
You can also make a healthy liver treat for your cat. You'll need:
Combine the flour and margarine in a bowl, blend the livers and water, then add to the mixture. Roll into balls and cut into small pieces. Bake this cat treat at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Recipes courtesy of http://www.mustlovecats.net/
Montgomery County Kennel Club Show
For all things Terrier, the Montgomery County Kennel Club Show is the place to go: https://www.facebook.com/montgomerycountykennelclub
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
1 Susquehanna St.
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Not only is the train at the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway family friendly, but it is also dog friendly, with well-behaved dogs allowed to ride the train for free. The ride lasts about an hour, and when it’s over, you and your pup can go for a walk along the Switchback Railroad Trail, an unused railroad corridor that’s been turned into a trail.
Scarecrow Festival – my favorite https://www.peddlersvillage.com/festivals/scarecrow_festival.aspx
A beautiful hike along the Schuylkill River through a less known part of Valley Forge Park. Very dog friendly.
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