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September 26, 2020

Cats Sweat through their Paw Pads

10.26.14 Cats sweat through sweat glands that are located on their paw pads. They do not have sweat glands all over their bodies like people do. Hot temperatures, stress and excitement can cause cats to sweat. Sometimes cats who are frightened, stressed or hot leave damp little paw prints where they walk.

Cats sweat through their paws

Cats sweat through their paw pads


Three Theories about Primordial Pouches

10.12.14 Primordial pouches are the loose skin found on cats’ bellies. Three theories about them: they provide extra protection for vulnerable, vital organs during cat fights. Primordial pouches allow cats to be more flexible, extending further when running and jumping. And, they provide a little extra room after eating a large meal—especially important for wild cats who do not know when they will eat again.

Example of a cat's primordial pouch

Example of a cat’s primordial pouch

Brief Cat Fact: Whisker Basics

10.05.14 Whisker basics: They contain nerve endings at their base along with their own blood supply. Whiskers are more than twice as thick as individual cat hairs and they are rooted about three times deeper. They are sensitive, detect changes in air currents and help cats navigate and orient themselves in their environment.

Portrait of Maulee and her whiskers

Portrait of Maulee and her whiskers

Pet Emergency Documents

09.28.14  Be prepared! Add pet emergency documents in the pet supply kits. Important documents include: description of pets; species; sex; age; pictures of you with your pets, diet details, medical information including prescriptions, veterinarian contact information as well as your and a friend’s contact information.

Include important documents to emergency pet supply kits

Include important documents to emergency pet supply kits

Pet Emergency First Aid Kit

09.21.14 Ask your veterinarian for help putting together a pet emergency first aid kit that is appropriate for your companion animals. Mine includes: bandages, bandage tape and scissors, wound dressings, non-toxic antibiotic ointments and disinfectants, e-collars, sterile gloves, pet thermometer, medications, medication instructions.

Emergency First Aid Pet Kits

Emergency First Aid Pet Kits

Prepare Two Emergency Pet Supply Kits

09.14.14 Prepare 2 emergency pet supply kits—one to keep at home if an emergency such as an earthquake occurs and the other to take with you. Kits should include: 3 day supply of food and water, medications and medical records in a water-proof container, pet first aid kit, collars with ID tags, walking jackets for cats, harness and leash, cat box and litter, pet carriers, non-toxic cleaning solutions, important documents.

Cat behaviorist cat sporting her walking jacket

Jenniyha sporting her walking jacket


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


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