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Urinary problems in cats

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Our cat Tuffy has had urinary issues for the past 10 years. Twice he became blocked which could have killed him (once when he was a kitten… before I knew about this issue and once while we were on vacation).  This condition used to be called FUS but is now called FLUTD. Over the years, we have learned what to give him and what to avoid to prevent flareups. The following is info that could save your cat’s life!

If you notice your cat (typically male cats) straining, trying to urinate in odd places or going in and out of the cat box…get him to the vet right away. Cats can become blocked (which cuts of their ability to pass urine) which could be fatal within 24 hours if not unblocked.  If you are unsure if your cat is passing urine, lock him in a separate room (if you have other cats) and put some paper towel under the litter in his litter box. If your cat is straining but not passing urine GET HIM TO THE VET RIGHT AWAY.

How to prevent urinary problems:

1. Do not feed your cat any dry food. Cats with urinary issues need lots of  moisture. NO DRY FOOD AT ALL.

2. Avoid all foods with ANY fish. Recently the food we feed our cat Tuffy added fish and Tuffy was urinating blood within days. Always double check labels.

3. Add  cosequin and duralactin to your cat’s food on a daily basis or at least during a flare up. These nutrients help reduce any urinary inflammation and have saved our cat many, many times.

4. Avoid stress! Stress brings on urinary issues. If you are having stress due to work, family , money, etc. take a walk and try to leave your stress outside away from your cat. Even house guests can cause cats stress! Of course you can’t always avoid house guests but give your cat extra love and attention during stressful situations which include house guests, construction, moving, visiting animals, bad weather, etc.

5. If you go on vacation, be sure to tell your cat sitter to watch your cat each day and make sure he is not going in and out of the litter box or trying to urinate in strange places.

Farm Animals

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

There has been a lot of attention in the media recently about the cow who was seen by HSUS undercover investigators being dragged to slaughter. It is important that people realize that this is not an isolated incidence and this type of abuse goes on daily. If you are horrified by what you saw you should read more about the treatment of farm animals at www.humanecalifornia.org. You can make a difference every second of the day by the choices you make regarding what you eat and wear. Check out the photos on the web site and make a change in your life and the life of cows, pigs and chickens! You can make the world a more peaceful place…what are you waiting for?

Some of the cats ready for adoption

Monday, February 4th, 2008

We have the first 15 cats from the hoarding situation ready for adoption. They are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and ready to be loved! Once these ones get adopted we will post the next 15! Please view their photos at http://web.mac.com/karenlhartland/iWeb/SCA/Rescue_Winter08.html

Some good news!

Monday, February 4th, 2008

UPDATE VALLEY CAT HOARDING SITUATIONJanuary 30, 11:00PM

Monday morning I went to check the traps knowing that we still had at least 4 cats in the house (these are cats we had seen but had not trapped yet). I walked in the house delighted to see 4 traps with cats…three contained cats we knew about and one was an adorable black cat we had never seen. This meant that for sure a CUTE orange and white kitty was still in the house…possibly all alone. I took the traps outside and loaded them in my car. I just kept thinking that this poor little orange and white kitty may be in that disgusting house and all his friends are now gone…

I decided to set several traps and leave them open day and night (which would mean returning to the Valley a few times a day). I went back in the house and as I was setting the traps I heard a little voice speaking to me from the rafters. Sure enough it was the little orange and white boy. He would not stop meowing at me but would not come down. I could feel in my heart that he was saying “don’t leave me here alone!”. I found an old tall bar stool that I climbed on to be able to reach the rafters. Talking to him the whole time I reached into the rafters to try and convince him to come. When I put my hand out for him to smell he rubbed his sweet face against my hand. He truly wanted to come with me but he was just so scared. I spent some time talking to him and letting him know he could trust me. When the time was right I grabbed him and jumped down from the rafters with him in my arms! Safe at last! I felt in my heart that he was the last cat in the house so I named him… Finale.

Monday and Tuesday night I left a tiny amount of food in a bowl and several traps to see if there were any other cats. No cats in traps and no food gone. I went there again tonight and put baking flour on the floor to be certain that there are no cats in the house. However, I feel VERY confident that Finale will live up to his name!

Animals never fail to amaze me. In the almost 2 weeks I have been going to that house, little Finale never said a peep to me. But, he knew when all his friends were gone that I was his only chance to get out of that horrific situation and he certainly let me know. What a way to end this rescue!

We are DESPERATE for 2 things at this point…permanent homes and volunteers to work with the cats. If you can help with either please let me know!

Thanks!

36 cats rescued so far!

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Saturday 1-26-08 8:00pm

Today we trapped 4 more cats from the hoarding situation in the Valley which brings the count up to 36 cats so far. We know there are at least 4 more cats in the house as we have seen them in the past and have not trapped them yet. However, everyday this week we have trapped cats we had never seen so we really don’t have any idea how many cats are left! Just to put your mind at ease, we will keep trapping until we know there are no cats left. Then, we will cover the filthy floors in baking flour to see if any foot prints appear. This is important because a cat may be sick and not eating but we would see his/her footprints. I promise you we will not leave any cats behind!

The two cats who were in critical condition have pulled through and were brought yesterday to our temporary site. They are HUGE love bugs!!! We still have 2 cats at the vet and hope they pull through as well. One of them has a really bad upper respiratory infection and can barely breath. The other, Matty, a long hair orange tabby, is a very sad story. We had seen him in the house many times and I tried to grab him twice. Both times he slipped through my hands because the matting is so bad there is nothing to grab. Thankfully, my friend Pia and I took the time this week to get him secured in a space he could not escape and we got him. The vet said poor Matty was basically starving to death. He is so fearful of everything (but not feral) that he must not have been able to get any food with all those cats. In addition, he can’t hear so he gets startled very easily. Once his health improves he will be sedated to be shaved and to find out why he can’t hear.

Here is what we still need:

SUPPLIES: Thank you SO much to everyone who has already dropped off blankets, towels, bowls, etc. We could not have set up our temporary site without all these supplies. I and the kitties thank you! We still are in need of small cat beds, litter, jugs of water, wellness canned food (trying to keep the cats on the same food to prevent even more diarrhea than we already have there), treats, etc. We are still in DESPERATE need of large (great Dane size) wire cages. Right now we only have room for one more cat so we need to get cages ASAP. Supplies can be dropped off in either Sherman Oaks, Redondo Beach, Corona or Canyon Lake. Email Jane@janegarrison.com and let me know which address you need for drop off.

VOLUNTEERS: We are scheduling volunteers to go to the temporary site in Malibu and help socialize the cats. So far all but 4 cats are friendly but just scared. Today, many of the cats who were really shy came around and even purred for the first time! We need people who can handle cats and help let the cats know they are safe. If you can volunteer please email Evelyn at Evegan@gmail.com. It would be great if you can take one day/night each week so we know we have that day covered each week. We have someone to feed and do litter boxes each day but the cats REALLY need some TLC. We are also desperate for someone to post all these cats on Craig’s list, Petfinder and 1800saveapet.com. Email Jane@janegarrison.com if you can help with this.

DONATIONS: Please help with vet bills and donate at Straycatalliance.org

HOMES: Last but NOT least. These cats need homes!!! If you can open your home and heart to one or two or even three of these kitties please email EVegan@gmail.com for an application. Put in subject “interested in adopting cat from Valley Hoarding situation”.

We will have photos soon but here is a description of some of the amazing kitties:

Queen Bee – F long hair grey and white. Very friendly and inquisitive. Named Queen Bee because the first day we arrived at the house she just sat still in her box (the only place not covered in feces) like a Queen Bee watching all of us!

Blossom – F Maine Coon-type. Extremely affectionate! Likes other cats, but possibly to boss them around!

Inspector – M large B&W, adorable mask on face, needs to know everything that is going on and say hello to all the new arrivals. We can’t set up a cage without him checking out what we are doing!

Ariana – F black short hair, very sweet and affectionate. One of the kitties who was in critical condition but pulled through. She is a lover!

Abby – F toothless, tiny senior Abyssinian. Very sweet.

Vinnie – M HUGE, long-hair white, black with tabby markings on face. One ear partly gone from??– very, sweet and friendly.

Big D – M large orange tabby, super sweet face and personality. (Named in honor of someone very special!). Big talker!

Lover Boy – mackerel tabby, adorable personality – rolls on his back and gives you a come hither look!

3 bonded Lynx-point short or medium hair- very content and beautiful. These three are SO bonded and sleep in one big pile of cuteness!

Bonded pair of Maine Coons – one seems senior. Must stay together…they LOVE each other!

Thank you all for everything!

3rd day of rescuing from cat hoarding situation

Monday, February 4th, 2008

January 22, 2008 

I have spent the last 3 days in one of the most disgusting and neglectful situations I have EVER seen for cats. A hoarder in the Valley has over 30 cats in a house that looks like it has not been cleaned in years and years. It is not the number of cats that is the problem…it is the conditions they are forced to live. The floors are COVERED in inches of feces and urine, there is not one clean place for the cats (or humans) to even stand/sit and the smell is absolutely unbearable (even with a face mask on). We found one dead cat already and believe there are others hidden in the rafters. Another cat died in a volunteer’s arms when we got her to the vet and 2 others are in critical condition. All the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections, eye infections, worms, etc.. Most of the long hair cats are so matted with feces they will have to be shaved. Words can not even begin to describe the condition of this house. We are getting the cats out and moving them to a temporary location. We took 20 cats so far and hope to get at least 8 more tomorrow. It is an absolute nightmare for these cats.

HERE IS WHAT IS NEEDED RIGHT NOW:

SUPPLIES: We are desperate for large wire cages for our temporary holding site (this is the most important item we need). Other important supplies are cat food, cat treats, towels, cat beds, litter boxes, litter, blankets, bowls, toys, etc. Supplies can be dropped of in Redondo Beach, Sherman Oaks, Corona or Canyon Lake. Email Jane@janegarrison.com for the address of the drop off location close to you. Put in subject of email “drop off in _____”.

HOMES FOR THE CATS: All the cats are extremely sweet but scared. One is so old that she is missing all of her teeth. Her little tongue just hangs out…she was so happy to get wet food…she purred so loudly. I do not know how she even survived in that situation. The other cats include several Maine coons, Siamese, tuxedos, Abyssinians, orange tabby and more…photos to follow soon. If you can adopt one or more of these cats please email Jane@janegarrison.com. We would like to adopt the cats out in pairs as the cats are bonded to each other.

VOLUNTEERS: The cats are being held at a house in Malibu (all in cages). We need volunteers to feed the cats, brush them, love them, etc. I spent two hours with them tonight (while brining 5 more cats to the site) and they were so much more relaxed after this precious time together. These cats are going through post traumatic stress and need to know they are loved and safe. If you can go to Malibu at least one day a week for 2 hours please email Jane@janegarrison.com and put ” volunteer for cats” in subject.

VET CARE: We have 2 cats in critical and all the others need to be seen by the vet, treated for worms, upper respiratory infections, parasites, eye infections, and many other aliments. Donations for vet care should be sent to Stray Cat Alliance. Visit straycatalliance.org

Thank you so much for helping with these kitties!!!

Cat hoarding situation discovered

Monday, February 4th, 2008

January 20, 2008 

I just left the most disgusting hoarding situation in the Valley. At least 20 cats (maybe more) living in the worst conditions I have ever seen (even worse than most of the houses I rescued animals out of in New Orleans!). The cats literally have NO WHERE to even sit that is not COVERED in feces. The smell is so bad that even through a face mask you can’t breath.

More info and photos will follow but here is the URGENT need:

* We need a warehouse, barn or garage where we can set up 20 wire cages to put the cats and monitor their condition. We will need to figure out who needs what and who is adoptable. The cats CAN’T stay in there much longer. We already found one cat dead and three who are in critical condition are at the vet already. The cats will not survive in that situation much longer…we MUST move them.

* We also need wire cages, blankets, cat beds and toys. All supplies can be dropped off in either Redondo Beach or in the Valley. Email for the addresses.

If you know a place we can put the cats or you can help with supplies please email me ASAP at Jane@janegarrison.com

Welcome to my new blog.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Hi everyone, welcome to my new blog! Please check back shortly. – Jane