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Service Cats: The Stoic Cat

Animal Pain And Suffering Often Go Unnoticed

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Each week we tackle questions and topics you’ve suggested. If you’ve missed any posts in this series or want to re-read one or more, you can always find them on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. If you have questions or topic suggestions, purrlease leave them in the comments below or send us an email via our Contact page. Last week we started a mini-series on Pet Food Ingredients and what you need to know about the food you’re buying and feeding your pets. You can read it here. It’s unfortunate that this has to be such a confusing topic and that money and not the health of animals are what drive the pet food industry. That being said, mommy’s had a very heavy heart this week and is hijackin’ today’s post fur another very ‘purrtant subject. Me will be back next week with Pt. 2 of our Pet Food Ingredients mini-series.

 

Please understand, this is not a pity me post. The point of this post is to hopefully help you understand how amazing and miraculous our furry family members are.

 

    

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

     Hello everyone, mommy A here. As most of you know by now, Raena’s annual medical appointment didn’t turn out quite like we had planned. Altho’ I am certainly happy that we finally have an answer as to why her eyes have been bothering her for her entire life; I’m furious it took so long. After all, I’ve taken her in several times a year every year trying to find out why they were so irritated and trying to find a way to help her. Yes, I know it’s not my fault and I’ve done the best I could with the information I had. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t blame myself to some extent. That’s on me, but most of you loving pet parents totally understand where I’m coming from.

 

     Raena’s diagnosis is that she has a mild case of Entropion, which can be successfully treated with surgery. That means her lower lids fold inward causing the small hairs to scratch her eyes constantly. This is a very painful condition. I ought to know. I had an eyelash embed in my eyelid once and had to have surgery to remove it. Before it was diagnosed however, the pain was almost unbearable. You can’t stop blinking, which causes the cornea/eyeball to be scratched over and over again and the eyes to water. Wiping the discharge hurts even more, because the hairs are pushed into the cornea even more. I had only 1 eyelash scratching mine and it was found within 2 weeks of it embedding in the lid. But those 2 weeks were miserable. It affected my mood, and everything I did. I could barely see out of the affected eye, and everything hurt, sunshine, lights, sleeping, blinking, etc..

 

Raena in stroller

 

 

 

     Another issue Raena has is a mild case of gingivitis and plaque build up. We won’t know until she has a dental if there are other issues going on such as, tooth resorption or some other periodontal disease. Having been through my own dental issues recently, I know what that kind of pain can be like and how it can affect everything in your life. Both of these conditions are fairly common in both cats and dogs, and can and should be treated. 

 

     Basically, Raena has been in enormous pain her entire life. Why is that so remarkable you ask? Well, I love my girls more than anything in this world, and over the last few days I thought about how much they love me. And then I thought about all the furry family members out there, including the ones who are being abused by their not so loving families. Whether you believe our animals love us because we’re their source for food or because they choose too is irrelevant because the truth is, even when they’re in enormous pain and discomfort, they will still love us and try to please us.

 

Raena lays in mommy's lap

 

 

 

     Over the last 2 1/2 years of Raena’s life, she has endured Service Cat Training while living in constant pain. Never once did she get angry or refuse to train. As always, she’s willing to please and puts forth every effort to complete whatever task she’s given. Even on days when her eyes were so gunky she could barely open them, she was always right beside me doing whatever she could to make my life easier. She’s always there for a snuggle and purr. There have been many days when she couldn’t open one of her eyes at all, and still, she was ever present to alert or massage or whatever might be needed.

 

     It makes me so angry to think about, but an abused animal will show love and devotion to their abuser, the person who hurts them. With halloween approaching my thoughts race to those animals who through no fault of their own may be tortured or killed just because. My thoughts go to those animals who have been rescued from perilous situations and regardless of their physical pain still have the capacity to love and try to please us humans.

 

Dezi lays on scratcher with mouth openBe our voice. Take away our pain.

 

 

 

     Animals are so good at hiding their pain, we humans often take their medical conditions for granted. I’ll be honest and tell you that I feel horrible and disgusting for making Raena continue to suffer so that we can try to raise the money needed for her surgery; because when it happened to me, I wanted it fixed ASAP. I guess the point I’m trying to make today, is to stop thinking of these “common” ailments as trivial. The animal is in an enormous amount of pain. If it were you suffering, you wouldn’t want to wait and see, or put off procedures for weeks, months or years. If you suspect an animal is being abused, don’t keep quiet, please be their voice. And, keep your pets inside during the halloween holidays. You can read our halloween safety tips here. Remember, animals hide their pain, so if you’re given pain meds for them, give them as prescribed, don’t rely on your animals to tell you they need them. Didn’t they suffer enough before the procedure?

 

 

     Part of the reason Raena has these problems are genetic. Backyard breeders care more about the money than they do the animal’s health. But even respectable breeders can sometimes be at fault. Attempts to breed more desirable traits or appearances often come with a cost to the animal’s overall health. Yes, we need help paying for Raena’s surgery and dental. As promised, below you’ll find the vet’s estimate.

 

Raena's surgical estimate for entropion and dental

 

 

     Because Raena has a semi “smashed” face, blood work really isn’t optional, so we need the whole $261.58. This total doesn’t include any possible extractions, and we certainly hope and pray that she doesn’t require any. We also ask that you keep her in your prayers. Anytime anesthesia is used, there are risks. Certainly, those risks increase  for animals with the shorter noses (smashed faces). Her appointment is November 15th. However, if we get the money before then, we’ll schedule her in sooner. I don’t want her to suffer any longer than she has too. You can help by donating to our paypal at: lexi.dezi@yahoo.com. If you’d prefer, you can donate directly to our account by calling Carter County Animal Hospital at: 580-226-1001. The account is under Audra High. Please, hug your fur babies a little longer and tell them how much you love and appreciate them. And if you suspect they may be ill or having problems, see the vet immediately. Just because they don’t act like they’re in pain, doesn’t mean they aren’t. Don’t let them suffer.

 

Fank you mommy. Pain and Suffering come in many forms, and just cuz ya’ don’t see it doesn’t mean it ain’t there. We’re blest to have a mommy who cares and tries to do whatever she can to help us and make sure we stay healthy. We really ‘purreciate all of you and fank you fur your help. Me also wants to remind you that you can ketch up on any post in our Service Cats series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. Don’t furget to ask your questions and post topic suggestions by leaving a comment below or sending us an email via our Contact page. Fanks fur your patience and allowing us to deviate today. This is a topic that deserved attention. Me will be back next week with more food ingredients you need to know ‘bout.

 

Raena sits on cat tree with her carnival mask onPut on your mask and get ready fur sissy’s pawrty!!!

 

 

And don’t furget, Raena’s throwin’ me a Venetian/Rio Carnival Themed Birthday/Gotchaday pawrty on Wednesday November 14, 2018. Put on your masks and send your fotos to our email to be included in the festivities. We’re gonna have a contest fur bestest mask/costume. We’re also joinin’ Comdey plus fur Feline Furiday today. 

 

 

 

Do you know what signs to look for when your pet is in pain?

 

 

 

 

Till the next time………………………………………………..Be Blest!!!

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Mommy A: Black

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Service Cats: Pet Food Ingredients: Pt. 1

What You Should Know About Your Pet’s Food:

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’re workin’ hard on exposin’ the truths behind the ingredients in your pet’s food. Who knew it could take so long to find definitions and reasons fur everythin’ pet food companies put in those bags and cans or pet feed. It’s fur sure nufffin’ like you humans walkin’ up to the butcher and orderin’ a grass fed steak as opposed to grain fed. Anyways, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series you can ketch up by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And don’t furget to submit your own questions or topic suggestions by leavin’ a comment below or sendin’ us a purrivate email via our Contact page.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

     So, we thought we’d break things up a bit. There’s just too many ingredients in most pet feeds to list in one post anyways. We will be covering a lot of ingredients in this mini-series. Not all the ingredients we’ll cover are in every food/feed on the market. These posts are just to make you aware of what you need to look for and/or avoid. More than a few years back, the standard for label reading was to check for the first 3 ingredients listed. The idea was that those 3 ingredients made up the bulk of the contents of the bag or can. The problem with that theory is that you don’t often know where those ingredients come from, the quality of those ingredients or how they were processed.

 

Different meat cuts

 

 

 

Protein:

     Let’s talk about Protein. Protein is required for your pet to live. Cats being obligate carnivores must have Meat. We can’t survive, much less thrive without it. But, what kind of meat or protein is found in most pet foods? The truth is, you can never be completely sure unless you’re preparing it in your kitchen. Pet food companies want to put pretty pictures on their labels to make it appear as if top shelf meat is contained within the packaging. However, often the protein is comprised of meat meals and by products that you would never feed kitty or doggy if you actually knew the truth. Rarely do they contain anything that remotely resembles the photo on the package. Pet food companies are allowed to use not only appropriately sourced and rendered meats, but also diseased, and non slaughtered animals, such as those killed by lethal injection (phenobarbital), road kill, drowned due to acts of God, etc.. Not only are these animals used, but they also throw in the feathers, hooves, beaks and everything else.

 

     It’s then cooked at high temperatures, removing most if not all nutritional values, bleached/sterilized and then dried to be made into pet feed. At this stage it’s no longer called meat, it’s called meat meal. Now, pet food manufacturers would have you believe that meat meal provides a higher quality of protein for your pet than the actual meat does. If that’s the case, why don’t you humans eat meat meal? Why doesn’t the USDA (truthaboutpetfood.com) approve of these meats for human consumption?

 

Raena looks back from her dinner plateFanky fankfully, mine’s dinner is made with human grade meats

processed in a facility overseen by the USDA.

 

 

     Mommy says she remembers a time when all pet foods had a statement on the label that warned against using the same utensils for pet food as one would use for human foods, even though those utensils would be washed between uses. That’s when mommy got serious about looking into the food she fed. After all, if whatever is contained inside that package is so toxic that it can’t even be cleaned off a stainless steel utensil, then how could it possibly be safe for us to eat?.

 

 

Dezi lays on the floorTime fur a nap.

 

 

The reality is, that there are far more deceptive tactics and ingredients in the pet feed industry. However, Not every company or food is bad. The best thing one can do is to educate themselves, and know the products you’re buying and serving to Fluffy and Fido. We’ll delve into more ingredients in the coming posts. Until then, get your questions asked and topic suggestions in. Just leave them in the comments section below or send us an email. And don’t furget to check out the other posts in this series on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu. We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. Our purrayers go out to all affected by the weather and storms.

 

Till the next time……………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

 

Service Cats: Free Or Scheduled Feeding: Should Cats Graze

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We welcome all your “catty” questions. Does your kitty do somethin’ you think is strange and you wanna know why? Maybe kitty is misbehavin’ and you wanna know how to stop them. Do you have questions ‘bout feline health? We’re here to give you answers. Submit your questions or topic suggestions in the comments section below, or write us an email via our Contact page. And don’t furget you can ketch up on any post you may have missed in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

    

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

Free Feeding:

     There’s been a long standing debate about whether or not kitties should Free Feed or have Scheduled mealtimes. We’re on a Schedule around here. Often times Free Feeders worry that kitty may get hungry while they’re away at work or school, or overnight while they sleep. Some think Free Feeding means they can sleep later because kitty won’t be waking them up to eat. Some Free Feed because kitty only nibbles and they worry he/she won’t get enough to eat. So, let’s look at Free Feeding. More often than not, dry kibble is the meal left out. It’s quick, easy and isn’t likely to spoil. We know that kitties don’t typically drink enough water as it is, so feeding kitty a dry food can actually dehydrate them further. Kitty’s hydration should always be a concern. Regardless of what kitty eats, make sure he/she has access to fresh water at all times.

 

     Now let’s look at kitty’s hunger. Will kitty actually starve if he/she misses a meal? Will kitty starve if their meal is a few hours late? The obvious answer is No. So, why then do we think that kitty can’t go without while you’re at work or school? It really isn’t logical. As for sleeping in, there’s a few things you can do here. The first is to train kitty to keep your schedule and sleep when you do. The best way to achieve this is to tire kitty out right before bedtime. An energetic play time is just what the doctor ordered. And, if you look at kitty’s base drives, you’ll understand that kitty’s world is all about the hunt. There’s a lion inside your house kitty just waiting to come out.

 

Dezi eats freeze dried raw food

Me was a kibble kitty till it made me sick.

 

 

     There are some real dangers to Free Feeding. Obesity has become an increasing problem these days. Cats in the wild have to exert energy to hunt and catch their meal before they can consume it. All Fluffy and Fido have to do is walk over to the food dish. They’re not burning up any calories and thus become overweight and lethargic. And we’ve all heard, “My cat turned his/her nose up at _____________.” or “ My kitty’s really finicky.” If kitty’s not hungry because kibble is available all the time, he/she isn’t likely to try something new.

 

     Another real concern with Free Feeding is that kitty’s body stays in the digest mode and never fully coverts their food or empties their stomach. This is very taxing on a cat’s organs. When cats smell food there’s a spike in insulin. If food is available all the time, that spike is constant and can overload kitty’s pancreas resulting in Diabetes. Free Feeding can also result in Urinary problems and Kidney disease. Kitties need to feel hungry, hunt, ketch, kill, eat/gorge and then rest so their bodies can function normally. The good news is that it’s never too late to change kitty to Scheduled Feeding. Check with your V-E-T if kitty has a long term illness and requires special care. Kitty will still do better on a Schedule, but the transition should be done under a doctor’s care.

 

Dezi and Raena eat

I’s never had kibble or been free fed.

 

 

 

    

Scheduled Feeding:

     Scheduled Feeding can be twice a day or more depending on your cat’s individual needs. For those cat’s who are accustomed to Free Feeding, weaning should be done slowly. Put kitty’s food down first thing in the morning and take it up a few hours later or when you leave for work/school. Put kitty’s food down when you get home or at dinner time, and take it up before going to bed. If you’re feeding canned or raw, never leave the food down for over an hour and always throw out any uneaten food. These foods spoil quickly. Remember, kitty is a hunter and the meal is their reward for a successful hunt. Play time before a meal can help kitty adjust to Scheduled Feeding. Playtime with kitty is also a time for bonding. 

 

Dezi lays atop the cat tree selfie

 

 

 

Well, that’s gonna do it fur today. Who would’a thought that meal time could cause confusion or even illness. Mommy says when in doubt ‘bout somethin’ regardin’ us kitties, she likes to look at our what our bigger cousins would do. After all, we’re not that far removed from our wild ancestors. Anyways, check out the other posts in this series by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline from our menu above. And don’t furget to submit your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email. We’re linkin’ up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furidays. And don’t furget to enter our #PranciesPrayer Give Away here

 

 

Do you Free Feed or Schedule Feed?

 

Till the next time…………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

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