February 13th 2007 2:33 pm
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BASIC FIRST AID KIT
Every home that has a pet should keep a basic first aid kit
in case of emergency. However, giving first aid to your pet
at home is not, by any means, a substitute for ongoing
veterinary care. Listed below is a basic safety kit for
your cat that should always be kept in a convenient place
and out of the reach of children and pets. Everything on
this list is easy to get from your local supermarket or
First aid cream or antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin)
Absorbent cotton (to help stop bleeding)
Adhesive tape for bandages
Gauze bandage rolls for bandaging or for use as a muzzle
Iodine solution (dilute with water to prevent stinging)
Gauze pads to be used as compresses or bandages
Sharp scissors with safety tips
Tweezers to remove ticks, thorns and splinters
Cotton swabs to clean your pet's ears and to apply ointment
Antihistamine for insect bites
An extra copy of your pet's medical records
A photo of your pet in case they get lost
The phone number of the Poison Control Center (National
Animal Poison Control: (1-800-548-2423)
The phone number and address of the nearest 24-hour
Your veterinarian's name, address, phone number and
emergency hours information
February 13th 2007 9:25 am
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When Good Cats Smell Bad
February 13, 2007
Tuna breath can happen to anyone. But when a cat has a persistent aroma that's downright stinky, it's time for a trip to the vet.
Cats are known for their grooming skills, so if strange smells are emanating from your kitty, do some investigating. Persistent bad breath in a cat is usually due to more than a tangy lunch. It could be her gums need tending to. Also, ear infections, abscesses (which aren't always visible through fur), skin conditions, or encounters with skunks can cause unpleasant odors. If the problem is caught early, your pet will smell like KittyCologne #9 again in no time.
January 2nd 2007 6:12 am
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For those who are owned by cats, those who have ever been so owned, and those who will read these as confirmation on their decision to stay far away from felines:
A Cat's New Year Resolutions
My human will never let me eat her pet hamster, and I am at peace with that.
I will not puff my entire body to twice its size for no reason after my human has finished watching a horror movie.
I will not slurp fish food from the surface of the aquarium.
I must not help myself to Q-tips, and I must certainly not proceed to stuff them down the sink's drain.
I will not eat large numbers of assorted bugs, then come home and puke them up so the humans can see that I'm getting plenty of roughage.
I will not lean way over to drink out of the tub, fall in, and then pelt right for the box of clumping cat litter. (It took FOREVER to get the stuff out of my fur.)
I will not stand on the bathroom counter, stare down the hall, and growl at NOTHING after my human has finished watching The X-Files.
I will not use the bathtub to store live mice or lizards for late-night snacks.
I will not perch on my human's chest in the middle of the night and stare into her eyes until she wakes up.
We will not play Herd of Thundering Wildebeests Stampeding Across the Plains of the Serengeti over any humans' bed while they're trying to sleep.
Screaming at the can of food will not make it open itself.
I cannot leap through closed windows to catch birds outside. If I forget this and bonk my head on the window and fall behind the couch in my attempt, I will not get up and do the same thing again.
I will not assume the patio door is open when I race outside to chase leaves.
I will not intrude on my human's candle-lit bubble bath and singe my bottom.
I will not stick my paw into any container to see if there is something in it. If I do, I will not hiss and scratch when my human has to shave me to get the rubber cement out of my fur.
If I bite the cactus, it will bite back.
When it rains, it will be raining on all sides of the house. It is not necessary to check every door.
Birds do not come from the bird feeder. I will not knock it down and try to open it up to get the birds out.
The dog can see me coming when I stalk her. She can see me and will move out of the way when I pounce, letting me smash into floors and walls. That does not mean I should take it as a personal insult when my humans sit there and laugh.
I will not play "dead cat on the stairs" while people are trying to bring in groceries or laundry, or else one of these days, it will really come true.
When the humans play darts, I will not leap into the air and attempt to catch them.
I will not swat my human's head repeatedly when she's on the family room floor trying to do sit ups.
When my human is typing at the computer, her forearms are *not* a hammock.
Computer and TV screens do not exist to backlight my lovely tail.
I am a walking static generator. My human doesn't need my help installing a new board in her computer.
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