Vaccine Conundrum


feline vaccination, feline dentals

You’re gonna do what to me?

Mollie needed a dental and I finally made the appointment. My cats are minimally vaccinated and my vets have respected my wishes.

However, I was told that she needed a rabies vaccine due to the fact that “saliva and fluids” were involved. I asked to double-check with the vet who has seen her most frequently and he confirmed that she needed the shot. It’s also legally required by the state and I’d been able to slip by until now.

I did some scrambling, knowing that I wanted a couple of days before the dental procedure to see if there was any reaction to the vaccine. I knew I wanted the Merial Purevax Non-adjuvanted, but that it’s only good for one year; Connecticut has a three-year rabies requirement. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

We did have a discussion about the process and the vet acknowledged that the frequency is driven by the pharmaceutical companies; he agreed that the duration of the vaccine is probably longer than what’s recommended. He did say that Merial now has a three-year Purevax rabies vaccine, but it’s three times the cost. He did his best to assure me that side effects were few and far between. Read more of this post

Jackson Galaxy: Decoding Cat Behavior


Jackson Galaxy's "My Cat From Hell" is now in its fifth season.

Jackson Galaxy’s “My Cat From Hell” is now in its fifth season.

If you’re like many of us, Saturday nights are spent with Jackson Galaxy as he works his magic with problematic cats. In his annals of cat behavior, our own tiny tigers look like cream puffs.

Several episodes into the fifth season of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” we caught up with him. He’d been shuttling between California and San Antonio and took part in the HSUS Animal Care Expo in Florida. He was the keynote speaker there, describing the experience as a privilege … “standing up in front of rescue and shelter professionals to tell them we’ve in a better place.” He said that fewer cats are dying. “It never gets old… seeing a difference, seeing that pay-off is an incredible gift.”

He confirmed it’s the best thing to come out of four-plus seasons of doing the show.

The challenge this season is seen in cat behavior cases that have crossed from the emotional to the physical. Read more of this post

A Step Back for Feline Nutrition Awareness


A short article in Sunday’s USA Today magazine makes it even harder for pet parents to get the real message about what to feed an obligate carnivore.

“Garden-variety cat foods are joined on store shelves by a large selection of purportedly healthier sustenance such as by-product-free, grain free, human-grade, natural and organic brands, “ writes Marc Selinger. He wonders if the new foods are really necessary. Read more of this post

A Cruise for Cat Lovers


Meow Meow CruiseIt was only a matter of time.

The wildly popular cruise industry offers something for everyone: foodies, wine lovers, rock ‘n roll aficionados, Disney fans, nature lovers. Big sea voyages, river cruises, Caribbean jaunts, Arctic expeditions all satisfy the need to explore, relax, and mingle with like minded vacationers. Read more of this post

More thoughts on Lux


Lux is a prime example of how easily cats can be misuderstood.

Lux is a prime example of how easily cats can be misunderstood.

The saga of Lux, the cat who held his people hostage in their bedroom and forced them to call 911, has been plastered all over the news world wide. It’s been analyzed ad infinitum, as cat experts are collectively rolling their eyes and wringing their hands.

While we can point out what caused the cat to react dramatically – the 7-month-old baby pulled his tail and Lee Palmer, the father, kicked the cat in a knee-jerk reaction – the family is/was woefully lacking in understanding feline dynamics – like many households that adopt a cute fluffy cat, subject it to all sorts of chaos, then wonder why it acts up. Read more of this post

Challenges for kitty caregivers


Tekla chows down!

Tekla chows down!

There’s a lot of news in the wonderful world of felines, much of it confirming my philosophy that less is more. The choices faced by pet caregivers go far beyond which food to feed and the annual checkup with its obligatory “shots.”

Diabetes in cats

Two new articles on diabetes in cats confirm a single take-away: dry food is its biggest culprit. Eliminating it is the single best thing you can do to manage the disease. Read more of this post

CritterZone: A product review


The CritterZone wall unit.

The CritterZone wall unit.

Note: From time to time I receive swell products to review and report my observations (and those of the felines) objectively. I received no compensation for evaluating the CritterZone.

I was skeptical that a device about the size of a pound of butter could dispel the odors in 22-year-old carpeting that had seen the likes of dozen cats. Read more of this post

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