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May 28, 2020

Emergency Evacuation Pet Tip

09.07.14 Do not leave your pets behind, take them with you. Arrange for a safe place to go if you have to evacuate. Find friends and relatives outside your area willing to provide you and your pets’ shelter. Locate hotels and inns that accept animals. Check out kennels and boarding facilities. Many vet hospitals board pets. Local animal shelters may provide emergency shelters or foster care as well. List contact information for these safe havens and keep it with the emergency supplies.

If forced to evacuate, do not leave pets at home

If forced to evacuate, do not leave pets at home. Photo by Shutterstock

Rescue Alert Stickers for Pets

08.31.14 Emergencies can occur at any time. Let people know you have pets. Stick a rescue alert sticker where rescue workers can see it–on a window or door. List the number of pets in your home, along with the veterinarians name and contact information on it. Also include your pets hiding places. Free rescue alert stickers for pets are available from the ASPCA or purchase them from Petco.

Make a note on the stickers of the cats hiding places

Emergency Preparedness Tips: Make a note on the stickers of the cats hiding places


Grooming Helps Keep Cats Cool

08.24.14 Help your cats keep cool by brushing them every day. In addition to preventing matting, daily grooming helps shed undercoats. Some kitties also enjoy being petted and massaged with a cool damp cloth.

Maulee keeping cool

Maulee keeping cool

Protect Cats from Sunburn and Cancer

08.17.14 Although all cats are at risk for becoming sunburn and developing skin cancer, those who are white and a light color are more at risk. Protect cats from sunburn and cancer by limiting sun exposure: don’t let them outside when the sun is strongest, provide lots of shade and close curtains and drapes.

Protect cats from sunburn and cancer

Protect cats from sunburn and cancer

Cats and Heat Stroke

08.10.14 Cats can quickly overheat on hot days. Watch for panting, drooling, sweating paws and restlessness. Cats will often excessively groom in an effort to cool off. Extreme signs include vomiting, lethargy and stumbling.


Hot Weather Tips for Pets: Cool it Down

Have plenty of fresh water available for your companion animals. Cool the water down with an ice cube. Add water to canned food to help keep them hydrated. Place water bowls in the shade for outside animals. Fill a 1-2 liter bottle with water, freeze it and put it accessible areas to help keep them cool. (TY Tracy P for the suggestion)

Hot weather tips for pets. Add water to the canned food

Hot weather tips for pets. Add water to the canned food

Cars, Children and Animals: Beat the Heat Tip 1

07.27.14  Animals and children should never be left alone in cars. Temperatures inside cars quickly escalate and can have deadly consequences.

Shy Cat Tip: The Power of Food

05.26.13 Encourage the shy cat to overcome shyness by ensuring that fun, positive things always happen when you are around him. Armed with treats the cat adores, give him a small treat whenever you see him. Instead of free-feeding, feed multiple meals a day.

Shy Cat Tip: Encourage Socializing

05.19.13 Don’t approach, corner or force attention on shy cats. Instead, encourage them to socialize with you. Sit or crouch a distance from the cat and invite her to come to you by extending one finger towards the cat at her nose level. If she feels secure, she will approach your finger, touch it with her nose, turn her head and rub her mouth and her cheek on your finger.

Biting the Hand that Pets: Petting Induced Aggression

04.07.13 Cats usually give warnings when they do not want to be petted any more. Learn the signs: tail swishing, skin twitching or rolling, ears back, whiskers flattened against cheeks, vocalizations. When these signs are ignored, cats will typically look at the hand petting them and then in an extreme effort to communicate their wishes–bite.