We are happy to report that our St Elizabeth's foundling has found a "furrever" home. She has been renamed Bitty and recently send us a note. To read more about Bitty when she was Trina click here Hi all! It is me Bitty, (formerly known as Trina). My new mom has been making sure that I am settled and even let's me out on the porch with her sometimes. I like to watch the two cardinals and the occasional mouse that comes to visit us. Mom says I cannot eat them but we will see. I love to play with my laser toy and watch real housewives. I like morning cuddles but mom has a bed for me too that when it is night night it placed next to the bed so I can keep an eye on her. Sometimes I jump up on the bed and watch her sleep or wake her up at 4 am to play. I love my canned food and treats and I get ice cubes in my water bowl. My mom has this thing called a vacuum which I told how come and what for so that it knows I am the princess of the apartment. Hope all is well! Love Bitty
We have other post about traveling on Metro and planes. I just learned that cats are allowed on Amtrak for an additional $25. They must be in a carrier, but the carrier can be soft or hard. The trip cannot be over 7 hours. Your cat is not allowed out of the carrier during the trip. The carrier counts as a carry-on. Only one cat per passenger. Only 5 pets are allowed per train so you need to call and make reservations. The cats are not allowed in the Cafe Car. We have started using Gabapentin to help with anxiety. You should discuss this with your veterinarian. For more information from Amtrak click here.
Easter is upon us. We will all be outside enjoying ourselves and the beautiful weather. Soon we will see the beautiful white trumpet-shaped Easter lilies that appear everywhere this time of year. Unfortunately, for those of us with cats, these flowers are deadly. Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are incredibly poisonous to cats. All lilies are toxic. All parts of the lily plant are dangerous, including the flowers, stamens, stems, leaves and roots – even the pollen. If a cat gets pollen on its coat and then grooms, it could still cause fatal illness. Cats that get pollen on themselves should be thoroughly bathed as soon as possible. Most of the time we figure out that our cat has eaten lilies when we find a piece on the floor. Sometimes it is in a pile of vomit. When it comes to lilies, it is imperative that you seek emergency medical treatment for your cat as soon as possible to ensure proper and effective treatment. In approximately 2-4 days after ingestion of the plant, your cat may begin to show signs of kidney failure. If enough toxin is absorbed to cause acute kidney failure, then the likelihood that your cat will respond to treatment is poor. A cat affected by lily intoxication will initially show signs of an upset stomach, vomiting, a lack of interest in food, and lethargy. These initial signs may appear within 2-12 hours of ingestion and may disappear after 12 hours. The cat may improve briefly or appear to act normal before the condition progresses to serious acute renal failure within 48 to 72 hours. Once a cat’s kidneys have been damaged to the point of failure, they will show a variety of [...]
Everyone who meets Mink falls in love with him. Mink is a handsome gentle giant who wants nothing more than a lap to sit on. If you have a sunbeam and some treats to munch on, so much the better. He's a very friendly, laid-back kitty who purrs up a storm. He loves being carried and being brushed. He qualifies as a senior, but don't tell him that. He thinks he's a lap panther! Fluffy is a beautiful 4-year old girl who hails from Moscow, Russia. Fluffy is a true Russian ballerina-beautiful and graceful. She seems a bit shy at first, but she just wants to give you her attention on her own terms. Once she decides she likes you, she's a total lovebug and can get quite silly and playful. She'll give an adorable little chirp to let you know your attention is required. She'll keep you company all day, either on your lap (she's happy to share it with Mink) or very nearby. She loves being brushed and playing with her feather toys. This pair has been through some hard times, losing their home when their elderly owner suddenly passed away. But their difficulties have not hurt their sweet dispositions one bit, and they're looking forward to a "furrever" home of their own. They are good with other cats. If you have an empty lap in your home, these two would love to fill it! They are being fostered through homewardtrails.org. For more information on adopting these two delightful kitties, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org (their foster mom), or one of their HT [...]
We were hoping to be in a our new space at 3838 Cathedral Lane in mid April. Everything will be in place before mid April, but we will not have power. Dominion is projecting that they will be finished May 5th. There will be a few days of cross over. During those days we will not have boarding or full body x-ray. Everything else will be available. Since the move is delayed, boarding is available in April for the Easter and Passover holidays. We hope to have a move date set soon. We would like to share the progress. Surgery First Floor Outside
With Spring peeking around the corner, we will be seeing mosquitoes. Unfortunately some of these pest like our cats as much as they like us. Heartworm disease is spread from infected dogs to cat via a mosquitoes bite. For every 100 dogs infected there will be 10-20 cats infected. The spreading of Heartworms is similar to Zika or malaria. We have written about heartworm disease in a previous post which you can read here. We have seen some heartworm positive cats in our practices and felt this was a good time to discuss prevention. Did you know more cats are positive for heartworm disease than are positive for either Feline Leukemia or the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)? UPDATES We have learned that the disease is more fatal than once thought. Some cases of asthma are actually secondary lesions to heartworm disease. Heartworm circulating larva cause extensive damage to the lungs - Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD). Heartworm preventatives such as Heartgard and Revolution have retro protection. This means that if your cat was exposed 3 months ago, the preventive will protect them from getting heartworm disease. The treatment used in dogs to eliminate Heartworms is not approved in cats. Using it in cats may result in death. With Heartworm disease, there is a concurrent bacterial infection, Wolbachia. This has been shown in dogs, but the jury is still out for cats. The treatment is Doxycycline. We commonly use this antibiotic in cats with asthma. The current thinking is that it does not hurt and may potentially have benefit to our cats. COST The cost for the topical product, Revolution is $12.50/month or $0.41/day. Revolution also deworms and protects against fleas The cost for the oral product, Heartgard is [...]
Winifred is one of the kittens the Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation (CGMFF) helped to save. She was an extremely small kitten that required extra veterinary nursing care. She is doing very well in her new home in Upstate New York. The kitten season will be upon us soon so please help Ellen and the CGMFF help save orphaned kittens. We will be posting information about the at risk orphans as they arrive. Your donations go a long way to help them and they are tax deductible. Click here to learn more. To see more about Winifred click here.
Thanks to all who entered the contest. I hope you enjoyed the quiz and found it informative. Here are the answers to the questions Cats are carnivores and that is one of the reason their teeth are specially adapted to eat meat This is True 2. How many teeth does an adult cat have? 30 3. How many teeth does a kitten have? 26 4. What is/are important activity(ies) you can do at home to prevent dental disease? A and D - Feeding dental treats and brushing teeth 5. Dental disease is reversible at stage I True 6. Why is it absolutely critical to treat dental disease in our feline friends? All of the above - alleviating pain and suffering - decreases systemic infection and stop the progression of dental disease. 7. What are some of the signs of dental disease in your kitty that you can look for yourself? All of the above - a dark red line at the gum line, bad breath, pawing at the mouth, decreased appetite, and no signs at all 8. What should you insist be included in dental surgery? All of the above - dedicated anesthetist, administration of IV fluids, dental x-rays, monitoring, and pain management. 9. It's okay to leave a broken tooth in place as long as it is not causing pain or is not infected. False- broken teeth expose pulp which will lead to infection and emergency therapy. Root canal is an option for canine teeth 10. [...]
Does My Cat Need Health Insurance? As with any insurance, the need for coverage depends on your risk aversion. I came home one day and my cat was unable to use his rear legs. I took him to the clinic and did the preliminary diagnostics - x-ray and blood work. Everything appeared to be with in normal limits. I took him to a neurologist. They suggested an MRI to help determine why he was paralyzed. I agreed and they found that he two slipped discs. Surgery was suggested to help elevated the pressure on the nerves. The MRI was $2000. The surgery and overnight care was $5000 for a total of $7000. He was a very special part of my life and friend. I could not imagine euthanasia. I was fortunate that he was insured and the company bore much of the cost. Pet insurance does work a little differently than human. Much of that has to do with the fact cats are considered property. So pet insurance has a lot in common with auto insurance. If there is a preexisting condition, it will not usually cover the condition. Most of the companies give you a month to cancel and get a refund. During that month, you can ask for underwriting to find out what is not covered. The premium depends on your cats age and your zip code. Deductible and total coverage will determine the rate. For a 12-24 year old male with $0, the monthly cost would be $48.73. With $200 deductible, it would be $30.79. The companies make it easy to determine rates. Here are couple of pet insurance companies if you would like to investigate. Trupanion or Pet Plan Most insurance is for [...]
Trina is one of the sweetest most loving cats that you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. She has an interesting story. She was found at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC. She was surviving on french fries and other food that strangers kindly gave her. Some good Samaritans took her in and brought her to NOVA Cat in hopes of adopting her. She does have a microchip, but when we called the owner, they did not want her back. When we tested her for Feline Leukemia/FIV, she tested positive for Feline Leukemia. This is a virus that is in the same family of viruses as HIV. The virus does not affect humans, but can be transmitted to other cats. Our good Samaritans had other cats and were not able to take her with them. The virus is more lethal in cats under the age of one. I have seen older cats do well for much longer periods of time. Trina does well with all people. We currently have her separated from other cats. She would do best as the only cat in a household or a household that has other Feline Leukemia positive cats. Please feel free to email or call us for more information.