Some tips shared from the cats protection to help keep your cats safe and calm during the firework season .
Missy is our cat of the month for October. She has been in rescue a while now and would really love a home of her own. If you would like to meet her or want to know more about her please email the rescue firstname.lastname@example.org or look at her profile!# Missy
There have been many cats reunited, sometimes after a long period of time missing, due to having a microchip. However please remember if any details change to update with the chip company or a reunion may not be able to take place.
One year ago, on August 27th 2015 the staff at Birmingham Airport got a little more in the cargo than what was expected, inside was the little kitten that became known as Cairo, she had survived in the hold of a plane on a flight from Cairo via Dubai. She was immediately fed and watered and transferred into quarantine to be observed for rabies and other infectious diseases. After 14 days however her future would be uncertain unless a rescue could offer her a space and fund the remaining 3 1/2 months in quarantine.
Rescues were contacted and Linas cat rescue offered her a space, they were also able to secure the quarantine costs from Emirates airlines. Volunteers from the rescue visited her whilst in kennels and finally the date came when she could be released to go to her foster carer.
Cairo had had a couple of health concerns and investigations whilst in quarantine, noticeably limping and x rays were taken which revealed some damage around the joints and once she was in foster care more investigations and specialist advice was sought. In the meantime Cairo started to settle into her home and wriggle her way into her foster carers heart. Eventually it was decided that the damage had not got any worse, that her muscles needed strengthening but that she may at some point in the future need surgery to fuse her joint. So began an exercise regime which mainly seemed to involve running up and down the stairs chasing balls and playing fetch with toy mice – no real hardship for a kitten! Best of all her foster carer decided to adopt her!
Cairo started to go outside first of all on a harness (which she wasn’t keen on) and then freely with her “mum” watching closely. She now enjoys going outside, playing with leaves and the other cats she lives with.
She has turned into a delightful young cat who will not only steal your heart but your tissues, bread and ham. She will always have a limp, she may need treatment in the future but she is one very lucky, loved and spoilt lady.
Now that summer is here (hopefully) there are a few things that can be done to keep your cat safe, healthy and comfortable.
White and pale cats are vulnerable to sunburn, particularly on ears and noses, where hair is sparse. Just like with humans this can lead to skin cancer which may require surgery. It’s best to try and keep cats indoors when the sun is strongest particularly for cats that like sunbathing! Also use sunblock on vulnerable areas you can buy special animal products of use a non toxic human sunblock.
It is important for your cat to be hydrated so make sure there is access to a fresh bowl at all times, it’s also a good idea to keep one outside.
Cats can get warm quite quickly and you might find them seeking out cooler places to lie such as the hearth or tiled floor. Some cats also like to lie in front of a fan. Please look out for signs of overheating such as lethargy and panting, encourage your cat to go somewhere cooler and have a drink. If you think they are suffering from heatstroke -collapse, lethargy and dribbling you can also help them to cool by damping their fur with cool not cold water and seek veterinary advice. Outside provide areas cats can find shade such as under large leafy plants, bushes or man made structures.
If you like to have your windows open then a curious cat may find this irresistible and you may need to use window restrainers or a screen to prevent an indoor cat escaping or falls from heights.
It is easy for a cat go wander into a shed, garage or greenhouse and get accidently shut in, if your cat goes missing check these first (and your neighbours) as it can have dire consequences.
Please remember alot of plants, especially lilies are toxic to cats. Signs of plant poisoning are difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive drinking, staggering and possibly changes to heart rate. Urgent veterinary care will be needed.
Many thanks to all who supported the rescue today. In total £590 was raised.
The most common intestinal worms in cats are tapeworms and roundworms.
Tapeworms are long flat ribbon like in their appearance and are made up of segments.
Segments are passed in faeces and are sometimes seen looking like grains of rice in the fur around the anus, in faeces and the cats bed. Tapeworms can be transmitted to cats via fleas (immature fleas ingest the eggs of the worm which is then eaten when grooming) or by ingestion of small mammals.
Roundworms as their name suggests are much rounder in shape and are not segmented. They can be passed in faeces and then eaten by other cats or different animals that can act as a host e g small rodents.
Another type of roundworm is passed through a nursing mum via her milk to her kittens who are often infected at birth.
It it important to routinely worm cats and kittens as most cats will not have signs of infection but a major infection(or burden) will make you cat feel very ill, with vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, dull fur, coughing and potbelliedness. Adult worms may be seen in faeces and vomit.
Many worming treatments are now available in tablets, liquids, paste, granules and spot-ons (which can also be combined with flea treatment).
Panacur: can be used in kittens over 2 weeks of age, roundworms, lungworm and some tapeworm (veterinary, shop or online product)
Drontal: round and tapeworms (veterinary, shop or online product)
Drontal spot on: tapeworm only (veterinary, shop or online product)
Stronghold: roundworm only, need a separate tapewormer (veterinary product)
Milbemax: tape and round worms (veterinary product)
Profender: tape, round and hookworm (veterinary product)
Broadline and advocate: monthly spot on for all worms and fleas (veterinary product)
Kittens should be treated at 2,4,6,8 weeks with Panacur, monthly until 6 months of age, and then treated as an adult according to the manufacturers instructions.
It is also important to treat your cat routinely for fleas.