June 2014 – Urination Problems in Cats

Urination Problems in Cats

Urination problems in cats are very common. Whilst this can be a very frustrating problem for both the cats and their owners, it is not a problem you have to live with. There are a number of reasons why cats inappropriately urinate and I must stress that there is always a reason. It is simply a process of elimination to find the reason why this habit started to form and early intervention will save you and your cat a lot of stress in the long run.

Is this a medical problem?

Yes it can be. Cats can get inflammation (irritation) of their bladders ….
In old cats or cats with kidney failure, diabetes or liver disease, owners often notice different urinary habits.

Is this a behavioural problem?

Yes it can be. Some cats will urinate inappropriately because of behavioural issues.

What can I do to avoid these problems?

If your cat is urinating out of the tray, medical problems need to be ruled out first. See your vet.
If there isn’t a medical problem, we need change the behaviour.

If these tips fail, perhaps consider a behaviourist. Don’t give up, the behaviour can be changed and rehoming the cat is not necessarily the best approach to responsible pet ownership. Deb Lowe is a renowned and an exceptionally good behaviourist. Deb offers telephone consultations for as little as $88 per hour. Please call Divine Creatures on 99583363 for more information on Deb services.

This month has been a busy month for Jules as well, as she starts her role as adviser to the Pet Industry Association, re-writing the codes of practice for the pet boarding sector. Naturally this is a huge project although very much needed with outdated codes.
You may also remember Jules hand reared a litter of kittens. Two of the girls went to their forever homes on Mothers’ Day to a lovely family. The other two have been growing fast and a beautiful relationship has been found with Jules’ dogs. A huge family of six rescued animals fill Jules home now!
A special thank you goes out to Margaret and her daughter Katie who came in every week to help socialize our kittens, you did a great job – Thank you!
Lastly, our most exciting news. We are currently in discussions with the Cat Protection Society of NSW about partnering to help more cats and kittens find forever homes. Watch this space!

Urination Problems in Cats

Urination problems in cats are very common. Whilst this can be a very frustrating problem for both the cats and their owners, it is not a problem you have

May 2014 – Indoor v Outdoor Cats

Indoor vs Outdoor Cats

From first time kitten owners to seasoned cat companions, cat owners are divided whether or not cats should be allowed outdoors. Deciding whether or not a cat should be an indoors or outdoors animal is up to individual owners so long as awareness for all the pros and cons are considered.

We are not here to tell you which direction to take, merely provide you with all aspects of both indoor and outdoor life and how you may even be able to get the best of both worlds! … [Click “Read more” button below to read full version]

  • Traffic….[Click below to read full newsletter]…
  • Poisons ….
  • Infectious disease….
  • Parasites …..
  • Dogs and wild animals….[read full newsletter: click link below]
  • Becoming lost…..
  • Neighbours …..
  • Skin cancer…..
  • Cat predation….
  • Benefits of ‘controlled’ outdoor cats, is of coarse getting fresh air, sunlight and acting upon normal cat behaviors……

Compromising:

Hello Pet Parents,

Well it is only the middle of Autumn, we are all feeling the cold and just because your fur family wears a fur coat doesn’t mean they don’t feel the cold as much as we do. We wear cloths and still enjoy the fire or electric blanket! This is particularly important for young or old animals. A coat or electric blanket will keep your adult pets happy and your old pets comfortable.

I might be letting the cat out of the bag too soon (pardon the pun) although just could not wait to share. We are in the middle of planning a Cat Adoption Program! This will mean hundreds, hopefully thousands of orphaned and abandoned kittens and cats will be rescued and re-homed. We shall keep you posted on the progress.

A gentle reminder that we are fully booked for Christmas and so the sooner you place your name on the waiting list the higher the chance of getting in for a Christmas holiday.

Wishing you a warm month of May!

Sincerely,
Jules, Dr Katie and the cat caring team at Divine Creatures

Indoor vs Outdoor Cats

From first time kitten owners to seasoned cat companions, cat owners are divided whether or not cats should be allowed outdoors. Deciding whether or not a cat should be an indoors or outdoors animal is up to individual owners so long as awareness for all the pros and cons are considered.
We are not here to tell you which direction to take, merely provide you with all aspects of both indoor and outdoor life and how you may even be able to get the best of both worlds!

March 2014 – Elderly Cats

Great tips on how to care for your aging older cat.

Just like an older car, aging cats need more maintenance to keep them in good running order. It’s a great idea to start a file on your computer or buy an exercise book to keep track of changes. Things to note:

  1. Weight – when you live with a cat, dog or human(!) and see them every day, we don’t always notice gradual weight changes….. [Click “Read more” button below to read full newsletter]
  2. Diet – it is important to put your cat on an Senior cat diet from 8 years onwards….
  3. Water – is your cat drinking more or less water than usual? ….
  4. Fussy Eating – if Puss’s eating habits change this should be noted….
  5. Movement – is Puss moving around well or getting up slowly? ….
  6. Litter box – any changes? ….

With a little effort, we can give your beloved cat a very happy retirement years and very importantly find any changes early, treat what can be treated and if your cat suffers from a disease, we can make sure we keep Puss pain free and as happy as possible for as possible as humanly possible

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April 2014 – Helping cats settle into Boarding

Easter Dangers and helping cats settle into Cat Boarding

Caution – lets keep our pets safe this Easter

Chocolate – is very poisonous to dogs and cats.

Easter Lillies – every part of these plants are poisonous to cats and causes renal (kidney) failure.

Packing – lots of easter baskets have cellophane string like strips.

First time in going to a Cattery? One of the keys to a good cat hotel holiday is knowing our cats are safe, well cared for and happy. There are things you can do that help the transition from home to holiday cattery home

  1. Preparation – get your vaccinations, de-worming and flea prevention up to date…
  2. Secure travel – cats should always be moved in a secure cat carry cage….
  3. Relax! Your cat can feel your tension! …..[Click “Read more” button below to read full newsletter]
  4. Something from home …
  5. Diet – it is best to keep your cat on the same or familiar foods….
  6. Litter box ….

With years of collective experience, Divine Creatures have some very effective ways of making your cat’s holiday stress free. Here are a few examples which makes us a cut above the rest:

  1. The first of its kind, state of the art, custom engineered ventilation system ….
  2. Feliway happy pheromone infused in the ventilation system ….
  3. Full time cat sitters …[Click “Read more” button below to read full newsletter]….
  4. Individual play time with our cat sitters offering more TLC….
  5. Litter trays checked every hour ….
  6. Cat music & No Dogs on the premises …..

These are just a few points of differences between us and other boarding facilities. It is recommend that you visit the boarding facility, assess the facility with your own eyes and use logical common sense e.g. if they require an appointment – they have something to hide!

Wish us luck – Divine Creatures has reached the Finals for the Business Champions Awards and the awards night is on tonight! – 5th April (View finalists). The winner is awarded for the best in their industry with Divine Creatures being under the Pet Industry Award (This includes Veterinarians and other Boarding facilities). It’s a huge honour to get to this stage and it’s fabulous to see all the hard work of our dedicated staff being recognised.

Easter is a very busy time for Divine creatures. Apparently it’s the time of year when the most people leave Sydney for holidays. We want all our kitties to be happy, so we have included some tip below on how you can help smooth the transition from home to holiday for you cat and we thought you may be interested in what

February 2014 – Avoiding Veterinary Emergencies

Tips to keep your cat out of Veterinary Emergency

Keeping your cat safe from harm is normally just a matter of a little bit of common sense and some good planning. After 10 years working in Veterinary Emergency and seeing hundreds of preventable emergencies, Jules & Divine Creatures’ affiliated Veterinarian, Dr Katie Hankins, talk below about a few tips on how to avoid a trip to ER.

Heat Stress –Heat stress common yet often overlooked.

Fleas – DO NOT USE DOG FLEA PRODUCTS ON CATS – this will poison them very effectively.

Ticks – Warm weather increases tick numbers and left untreated paralysis ticks will kill cats.

Car Accidents – Unfortunately cats are very prone to being hit by cars.

Dog Attacks – Unfortunately some dogs are very aggressive to cats and it’s a horrible way to die.

Holidays Lots of cats get fed by well-meaning neighbours & cat sitters during holidays. Unfortunately neighbours & cat sitters are not veterinary trained & are not always good at noticing when your cat is ill especially in the early stages. Find a reputable Cattery or kennels…

Is it really February already? Christmas and New Year are well and truly behind us. The relos have gone home… The kids are back at school… Fido and Felix have collapsed in a heap!

Most people plan a holiday immediately after their last one. So if you’ve got your calendar out trying to work out where and when, remember to check availability at Divine Creatures for your cat’s holiday as well. We’re already heavily booked for Christmas 2014.
February is of course our humid month and it can become quite unpleasant even on cooler days. Just because it’s overcast or the air temperature is a little lower still be diligent in checking on your pet’s comfort and well-being.
Because dogs and cats can’t release heat by sweating the way humans do, humidity can raise their body temperature. Keep an eye on them and make sure they’ve got fresh clean water and a cool place to rest.
Enjoy our last month of summer. With activity levels starting to normalise and with a little bit more time on our hands, it’s a great opportunity to hang out and spend more time with our divine creatures.

Best wishes from Jules and the team from Divine Creatures

Is your cat a tad eccentric with a unique personality, maybe it sleeps in the dog’s basket or is a bit of a clown with a rebellious but fun loving attitude? Maybe you own an Aquarius cat?

Aquarius cats are really tomboys (regardless of gender) and love to

January 2014 – Avoiding Heat Stress

Important Information to Keep Your Pets Safe From Heat Stroke / Stress This Summer

Heat Stress one of the most common seen conditions in veterinary emergency and the cata strophic effects of the condition are often fatal despite best efforts by veterinarians. The good news is that it also one of the most easily preventable. Dogs and cats can suffer from heat stoke / heat stress and it is not only caused by dehydration. We want to help you stay out of the Emergency Department! Here are our tips to help keep your pet cool this summer.

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Dogs
    • Excessive panting (sometimes rasping sounds)
    • Tongue protruding excessively out of mouth (back of throat can been seen)
    • Thick saliva (sometimes white & frothy foam around lips)
  • Cats
    • Restless behavior as your cat tries to find a cool spot
    • Panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming in an effort to cool off
  • Both cats & dogs
    • Increased heart rate
    • Deep red or purple/red gums
    • Depression or lethargic
    • Unable / unwillingness to walk
    • Loss of appetite
    • Collapse
    • Seizures
    • Coma

 Things to remember:

  • Cats don’t normally pant
  • Brachycephalic breeds (snub nose breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Persians) are more susceptible
  • It isn’t just hot cars in the summer that causes heat stroke
  • Never tie your dog up on a chain
  • Just because your car is nice and cool when you leave, it can heat up rapidly once the air conditioner is off.  Opening a window is never enough. Never leave your pets in the car

First aid for heat stroke:

  • Run cool not cold water onto a large towel & wrap your pet
  • Poor cool water on toes & anus
  • Get your pet to a Vet ASAP. Don’t delay
  • If possible take a rectal temperature

***Do not over cool your pet. You could send your pet into shock if temperature goes below normal body temperature or if you cool too quickly by using cold water or ice***

Prevention of heat stroke is best of all. Provide shade and plenty of water. Be aware of your pet’s environment, both inside and outside. Everything begins with awareness.

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