Meet City the Kitty

Author’s Note: I discovered City the Kitty on Instagram and found his facebook page.. not only is an outdoor cat turned indoor but he is a spokescat for the anti-declaw movement. Please follow him and spread the word that declawing is inhumane. Please visit him on his facebook page – City the Kitty , read his bio on his page – City the Kitty (Official) 
Many thanks to his mom Lori for letting me bug her with questions and letting me use pictures with permission. =^..^=
 

City takes his interviews very seriously.
How old are you City?
6 yrs old
Was it hard adjusting to the indoor life?
Yes, but my mom takes me out on daily walks. I get to chase grasshoppers and lizards, stalk birds and just enjoy the outdoors.
Since you’re a polydactyl, do you find it easier to grip things?
I don’t even notice my thumbs since it’s how I was born. They sometimes get in the way when I try to reach in things but mostly they come in handy cleaning myself and catching my feather toys.
City keeps a tight grip on his human’s heart and inspires people to rethink declawing cats
I read you like to model, do you have any tips for other cats or humans trying to take great pictures of their cats?
Well, it takes a lot of patience since I know kitties don’t like to sit still for very long unless we are napping. Get in close and use a high shutter speed to stop the action. Light is important so look for your kitty in good light.
City says never loose your sense of wonder.. or need for mischief
How long did it take for your to adjust to being on a leash when you go outside?
It took me about a day. I realized that when the leash came out, it meant I got to go out. So I embraced it and started my new adventure.
What is the best position to drink from the sink?
The best is when my mom cups her hands, lets the water from the faucet fall into them and then I drink away. She says I’m spoiled. Sometimes if she’s in a hurry she turns the faucet on low and I tilt my head to the side and drink. I also have 3  bowls of water in the house in case I want to drink from those too. Drinking water is very important for a cat especially one like me who is so very active.
Are you able to balance just as well as cats with long tails?
I think I can balance better since my thumbs make up for my tail.
City wants to know if a cat without thumbs look so dramatic?
When did you get involved with the Paw Project and helping spread the word that declawing is cruel?
It started a little less than a year ago when I started hearing about the Paw Project on social media and also from some of my followers like Cassandra.
What suggestions to you have in lieu of declawing?
Lots of different kinds of scratchers and trimming a cat’s nails are the best things. Cat owners can simply take the time to train their kittens and cats to use the scratchers. There are many other options as well, such as clear, sticky strips to apply to the furniture, and other deterrents, as well as a multitude of climbing trees, mats, and other distractions that will protect your possessions. Adequate exercise, especially interactive play sessions, will also help channel the cat’s energy. For aggressive scratching, conscientious nail-trimming or soft vinyl caps for the claws, soft paws, are a good beginning.
City says Love your cat’s claws.. all of them..
What types of complications can cats have due to declawing?
Many cats who have been declawed stop using their litter boxes because of the pain and tend to bite more often because they have lost their primary defense. Pain is a huge factor both short and long term. Many cats are relinquished to shelters because of these issues.
Declawing is considered one of the most painful, routinely-performed surgeries in all of veterinary medicine and yet 30% or more of veterinarians don’t provide any pain medication whatsoever to their declaw patients. Another study showed that declawed cats were still in pain from the surgery at the end of the study, which was 12 days after the operation! Declawed cats can have joint pain, arthritis, lameness, abscesses, and paw pad atrophy which can occur after surgery. In some cases where the veterinarian left part of the bone in the toe, the claw can begin to grow again. However, the claw grows abnormally under the skin and might eventually bust through the skin on top of the paw. In one report that studied cats for only five months after surgery, about 25% of cats developed complications from both declaw and tenectomy surgeries.
 Is there anything your or your girl would like to share? Education is the key in ending declawing. What I’ve found is that many cat owners who declawed their kitties didn’t know that it involved amputating the cat’s toe bones along with the claws. Their veterinarians didn’t tell them how bad it was for the cat. My cause is to help the Paw Project to end declawing in North America like it is in 28 other countries. Anyone interested in joining this important cause, can go to the PawProject.org website and follow me and the Paw Project on our social media sites. It’s such an important part of feline history, so join us and be a part of it! 🙂
City invites everyone to help join the fight to stop declawing

Meet Zandar

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Zandar’s mom for letting me ask questions about him. Pictures were used with permission. You can visit Zandar’s memory page to see what the rest of the family is up to.


Zandar

How old was Zander when you adopted him?

We got Zander as a puppy.  He was about 8 weeks old.


Where did he come from?

My husband and I were just dating at the time and a friend of his gave him Zander.

Did he have any fursiblings he lived with?If so, what are their names?

At first Zander was an only dog.  Grant and I lived separately.  When Zander was almost one Grant and I moved in together.  Shortly after we adopted Zoe.

Zoe
Zoar

About four years later, we adopted Zoar and then two years after that, we adopted Tilly an hour before being euthanized at a local shelter.   We never planned on keeping Tilly.

Tilly

We were just going to foster her for a local pit bull rescue.  We fell in love and decided to keep her.  It’s so strange looking back because we got her about 9 months before Zander was diagnosed and it was almost as if he led us to her.  She’s the silliest dog I’ve ever met and I think he knew we would need the laughter she brings after he left us.

Can you explain a bit about T cell lymphoma?

There are two types of canine lymphoma.  B cell and T cell.  B cell is more common and responds more favorably to palliative treatment and to chemotherapy.  T-cell is a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in the immune system by helping protect the body from disease. Most studies found that dogs with B-cell lymphoma were more likely to achieve a complete remission (81-84%) than dogs with T-cell lymphoma (50-67%).In addition, dogs with B-cell lymphoma have a much longer remission duration and survival than dogs with T-cell lymphoma.  Zander’s lymphoma initially presented much different than the typical lymphoma.  In fact, we were not suspecting lymphoma at all when we took him to the vet.  None of his lymph nodes were enlarged.  Zander was 8 ½ at the time and he always stayed in the house while we were at work with no accidents.  Strangely he started urinating daily in the house.  We also noticed he was drinking an excessive amount of water.  Then, when he would lay down and relax he would have muscle twitches.  I made an appointment thinking maybe he had diabetes or a urinary tract infection.  They ran a bunch of blood work and his calcium levels were off the chart.  It’s called hypercalcemia   Hypercalcemia is a trademark sign of T cell lymphoma.  Signs of hypercalcemia are excessive thirst and urinating and muscle twitching. Basically his vet said it could be one of two things: a benign tumor on his parathyroid gland or lymphoma.  They had to send some blood off to a lab out of state to test and we would have to wait two weeks to find out.

What was your opinion of pit bulls prior to adopting Zander?

It’s no secret from those that follow Zander’s page that before Zander I was not a fan of pit bulls.  In fact, when my now husband told me he was getting him…I tried to convince him not to.  I believed everything I heard in the media.  I had never had an interaction with a pit bull and judge them unfairly.

How has it changed since?

I do everything in my power to educate others of how great pit bulls really are.  I now have three (had four when Zander was alive). I volunteered with a pit bull rescue shortly before Zander got sick.   They truly have won my heart.  They are such amazing dogs.  I’ve seen dogs who have been used as bait and have every reason to hate humans, turn around and want nothing more than to be loved by humans.  It’s truly amazing.

What would you like to say to people who who are still leery of the breed?

Give them a chance.  They will steal your heart and prove you wrong. Zander sure proved me wrong and I’m so glad that he did.  I would have missed out on 9 wonderful years with the best dog ever. All they need is a chance.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience with Zander?

  He is an amazing dog and I was so lucky to have been his mom for 9 wonderful years.  I miss his wiggly butt every single day.


This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Zandar.

Fly free sweetie.

Meet E.B. a lil black house bunny

Author’s Note: yay! Another small pet interview 🙂  Many thanks to E.B. & her mom for letting me ask questions. Pictures were used with permission.  Please follow her adventures on her Facebook page –E.B. a little black house bunny

 


How old is e.b?

EB is about a year old.

Is she the only bunny  and where did the name come from?

She was an Easter gift last year. She’s the only bun, and her name is a variation of “ebony ” and “Easter bunny ” she is also my first bunny,

 

What does E.B. eat normally?

She loves crackers and bread for some reason! She also loves parsley. She won’t eat bananas but likes the peels. Her main diet is pellets.

What else can you tell me about her?

 

She a smart baby, she loves her head petted, but trying to pick her up will gain an enemy of her. She doesn’t forget when someone tries to pick her up, and will avoid them! She likes to hang out under my bed and she steals and collects things under there. She doesn’t bite

 

What advice do you have for first time bunny owners/parents?

My advice to new owners is to make a prepared, informed decision before getting a bunny, because they will bring you lots of love and joy but they need proper care,time, and attention!

Meet Tooga & HRH BlueBelle (revisited)

Author’s Note: I had the wonderful chance to meet the amazing Miss Linda (Tooga & BlueBelle’s mom) in person nearly 2 years ago and she asked me if I wanted to do a follow up interview and I lept at the chance to check on these two. Little did I realize that it was exactly two years ago that I interviewed them (3/19/2013) my how time flies! So here’s an update on how they have been doing and what has been going on.

Here is the original interview in case you would like to read that before this one. Please visit their page – Tooga Tales – to see how they are doing. 

Pictures were used with permission. 

 


How old are Tooga/Bluebelle now?

Tooga is 4 and BlueBelle is 13. Tooga is improving and will lick food sometimes. He most likely will never be able to eat enough on his own to sustain himself.
Have there been any other health issues that have popped up with Tooga or Bluebelle since the last time they were interviewed?
BlueBelle has developed chronic pancreatitis and is in the early stages of kidney disease. It’s a 50/50 chance of being age relayed or Hartz related….

Is Tooga still needing to be syringe fed every four hours?

Tooga still gets syringe fed approximately every 5 hours. BlueBelle does have tummy issues and Tooga still has constipation problems. Poop is a big deal here!!

Have you heard from Hartz about your case?
I did hear from Hartz and a settlement was declined. I will not sign a nondisclosure agreement. It’s more important that people are aware that OTC flea products are classified as insecticide and therefore controlled by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Products from your Vet are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and controlled by the FDA.

Have you met any other pet parents that have experienced the same issues with their pets after using Hartz products ?
We’ve met many friends who were exposed not only by drops but collars too. One friend puts “post-it” notes on the shelf at her local store, warning of the dangers. Our goal has always been and continues to be, save one more pet.

Is she on any meds that help??? 

On Blue…no. She can take Pepcid ½ tablet for nausea but she eats around it. When she starts throwing up…it’s massive. Last time it took 3 bath towels and a mop… The only thing is getting a shot. Cerenia. With a high protein diet hopefully slow down the kidney issue but…. It’s progressive.She’s doing very well with flare ups..

Meet Butterscotch

Author’s Note: I haven’t included any pocket pets in a while and wanted to share Miss Butterscotch with everyone. 🙂 Pictures were used with permission, many thanks to Miss Lyndsey Butterscotch’s mom for little me pester her with questions. You can visit follow the adventures of Butterscotch on her facebook page.

 

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Where did her name come from?

 I think she got her name from her color

 

Is this your first guinea pig?

Yes this is my first ever guinea pig

 

what do you feed her?

Hay and some dry food called purine little wonders and leafy greens

 

what veggies & fruit do you feed her?

I feed her kale and romaine lettuce and some baby carrots and she hate absolutely HATES strawberries

 

how often do you bathe her?

About once a week

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Does she have any toys or things she likes to do?

She loves to hide in my blankets and sweatshirt pockets and pillow cases And she loves to play with book covers

 

Do you have any advice for other guinea pig owners?

Yes I do don’t ever procrastinate to clean their cages that is one thing they are really picky about and always give them fresh washed veggies no moldy or old foods.

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Meet Thor & Jane

Thor

A question for both of you, what type of bunny are you exactly?

Thor is a Holland Lop

Jane is a Harlequin

How did you both find your mom?

Thor: Mom found me on Craigslist from a breeder when I was 8 weeks old. I was the runt of the litter and they said my ears were too long for show quality so they sold me to mama at a “discounted price.” When mom got me she had been dealing with depression. After she got me, people noticed she was happier all around. This is why she named me after a superhero!

Jane: I was also found on Craigslist. My first owner just let me loose into the wild for whatever reason (my guess is cost or they’re just idiots). I was wild for a few weeks until the people who owned the field I sought refuge in managed to catch me. They kept me for awhile, in an aquarium in a barn with cows and chickens, but ultimately decided they were not rabbit people. They said I hated being touched and held and would bite. When I met my new mom she pet me, scooped me up and I licked her neck – I knew why I was there and ever since I’ve been a mommy’s little girl!

Jane

 

Who came to live with her first?
Thor!

What did you two really think of each other upon first meeting?
Thor: I was so excited to have a friend! I did kinda hump her for awhile but that got boring pretty quick so I stopped.

Jane: OMB I was so nervous! He would follow me everywhere and mom would just take pictures!

How long did it take for you to become friends?
About a day

What is your favorite things to do?
Thor: loafing…or eating! I do enjoy eating a nice dandelion leaf.

Jane: Exploring!!

Thor, do you like fruit or veggies better?
Well my favorite food is whatever mom is eating at the moment. I like to climb all over her until I get something! But overall I’m a veggie boy. Carrot tops are sooooo yummy! Jane loves kale but it’s not my favorite dish.

Miss Jane, how are you recovering from your spay surgery?
I’m recovering very quickly thank you! The day after my surgery I was ready to hop around but mom said no so I started bouncing around my cage until she let me out in the small kitchen by myself to stretch my thumpers.

Jane being pampered while she recovers

 

Are you on any meds?
I am on Metacam and Bupropion. I LOVE the Metacam!

 

When will you be able to see Thor again?

The vet said we had to wait two weeks…I’m not happy about this.

 

What will be the first thing you would like to do when you can hop around again?
Playing hide and seek with Thor outside (it should be nice and sunny weather here when I’m healed!)

Is there anything either or you or your mom would like to add about bunnies, their care or advice for first time bunny owners?
Mom suggests thinking of us like another human being.You get bored, we get bored. You get cranky, so do we and we need space just like you do. Not all humans like heights and the same goes for bunnies- Thor hates being held when mommy is standing.

 

Thor can’t wait for Jane to recover

Meet Patchy the Epileptic Dog

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Patchy’s mom for letting me interview her and him about his story. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit Patchy’s Facebook page to follow his story .

First, where did your name come from Patchy? 
The lady who had me when I was born named me Patchy because of the tan patch around my eye.  When mommy came to pick me up I would look at her when she would say Patchy, so mommy did not want to change my name.
 
How old are you? 
6 years old
 
Do you have any fursiblings that you live with? 
yes Bella she is 5 and I have two non fur babies they are bearded dragons named Maui and Lani.
 
Do they treat you any different because of your condition?  
If anything I am spoiled a lot more 🙂  I am so very loved.
 
How did you come to live with your mommy? 
Mommy picked me up from a lady, her doggy had puppies and I was one of them. 
 
For those that don’t know, what is a shih-poo?
 Shih-poo is a Shih-tzu and Poodle mix
 
When did you have your first seizure?
When I was 2, I was in the hallway and fell over and started to shake.
 
Can your mom explain what happens during a seizure?
Patchy will start to act very scared, hide or act very nervous and normally that is when I know a seizure may be coming on.  Sometimes there is no warning and he just falls over to his side or often he tries to run to me when a seizure is coming.  I have to hold him very tight, make sure his neck is stable because his body thrashes all over.  Patchy limbs become very stiff, he will drool a lot and his eyes will be very dilated.  The seizure will last around 1min to 2mins.  Once the seizure is over he can not walk so I carry him to his puppy pads where he always throws up and loses his bowls.  
Cluster seizures are when he has multiple seizures in a short period of time.  The most he has ever had in a short period were 4.
 
Can she also explain a bit with Idiopathic Epilepsy is?  
Idiopathic Epilepsy is a neurological condition in dogs that normally cause seizures between the age of 6months to 6years. 
 
Are you currently on medication?  
Yes phenobarbital twice a day 
 
Do you have a special diet because of your condition?  
Yes, I have to stay away from artificial preservatives, food fillers, just all of the bad un-natural stuff.
What are your favorite things to do?  
Play with my sis Bella, throw my toys around, snuggle with mommy, bite daddys slippers, car rides and look out the window 🙂
 
 

 

Meet Sneakers the 3 legged Cat

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Sneakers for letting me do the interview. Pictures were used with permission. Please follow him on his Facebook page – Sneakers the 3 Legged Cat 

Just me
 
Where did your name come from?
My name was given to me by my human dad because he thought my colors made me look like a shoe worn back in the ’50’s. My brother lucked out by being named by mom.
How old are you?
I am four and a half years old. We celebrate my birthday on September 1st.
How did you find your forever home?
I was at a shelter when mom came in and saw Jasper and I in the same cage and she decided to get not just one of us but both.
Me & Jasper
Do you and Jasper sleep near each other or do you prefer sleeping alone?
My brother and I sleep together the majority of the time though he does love to stay by mom’s side when he can and I do love the heater vent on the floor. But you will find us huddled together on a blanket or in a chair quite often.
How long did it take you to learn to walk on 3 legs?
It surprisingly didn’t take long at all. I was up and about right away. Didn’t slow me down at all.
Are you still able to jump or do you prefer to be lifted?
I do jump still but I do look for easier ways to get up on higher objects. I don’t jump nearly as high as my brother when we play.
Have you caught the red dot yet?
Hah, the elusive red dot. Still evades me. One day though..I will catch that dot.
Is there anything you, your brother or mom would like to say?
From my brother and I, good luck to those still waiting on a forever home. Hope you find one as loving as mine.
Sneakers the Three Legged Cat

5 Things to Consider before getting a pet

I wanted to try to put a list together of the things that people should consider before committing to a pet. This covers canines/felines/birds/fish & pocket pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, etc).

I broke it down to  6 catergories:  Type, Bug, Room, Funds, Time & Commitment

Type: First and foremost think of the type of pet you want… canine, feline, bird, fish, guinea pig, hamster, mouse, rat, sugar glider, rabbit, ferret, gerbil, lizard, snake, spider, etc. There are many different breeds/species of the above listed pets so you may want to do some research on that.

boo
Boo our resident white cat was adopted and flown from OH to FL

Bug: Bug the heck out of  friends and family – they are going to be the most honest with you about the pros and cons of being a pet parent.  Ask about the amount of time they spend with him/her – grooming, feeding, exercise, vet care, training, etc. Obviously some pets don’t need training, but if they do ask how long it took.

Room: Make sure to consider if you have enough room for them, such that kitten/puppy is cute now, but will they have enough room when they get bigger? There are of course pets that don’t get bigger such as guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, rabbits & ferrets will you have a big enough cage for them to be able to get around? What about taking them outside in a run?  If you rent, what is the pet policy? A lot of apartment complexs/houses have management companies that have restrictions on the type of pet, limit to how many, require pet rent and/or a deposit.

Funds: Next is funds, do you have the money to buy their supplies such as the initial set up for a cage for a small pet, food/water dishes, toys, collar/leash, etc? What about getting food on a regular basis? Training (if needed)?

trixie
Trixie has a severe allergy to fleas she had hot spots that took months to heal

Time: Time do you honestly have the time to commit to a pet? Are you often working long hours? Going on trips? Or are you a homebody?

Commitment: The final thing to consider is are you able to make the commitment to a pet. If your living situation changed are you honestly going to take them with you? Because having a pet is like having a child, you’re their protection, provider of food/shelter & love.

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Trixie with all her hair grown back and Buggy who is still wary of her. Buggy was adopted a year after Bubby from the human society

A few other things worth mentioning:

Please, please adopt. There are many shelters that are overflowing with pets.. so if you adopt one you are making a difference for that pet.

Black cats are least likely to be adopted because of superstition, they are really wonderful cats so if you are looking please consider taking a black cat.

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Bubby the eldest at 8, solid black was adopted from the Humane Society

Consider taking a blind, deaf, three legged, FIV+, or otherwise “different” pet. They may seem like extra work (and sometimes they are) but they have so much love to give.

Elderly pets need homes too!

And that’s it! Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

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Miss Bitty, adopted from the humane society had an auto immune disease and passed away before she turned 4.

Thanks!