I am regularly asked if it is time for a cat to go to the vet.
Here are some tip offs for you to assess whether your cat needs medical intervention.
Cats are very stoic animals and it can be difficult for owners to tell when their beloved kitties are experiencing pain. This is because cats have developed from wild ancestors and in the wild showing any signs of pain could get you exiled and even killed. Even the most involved owners can miss signs of pain in cats, so don’t feel too guilty if you’ve done it before. Just make sure to become knowledgeable with the signs and seek veterinary attention to get your feline friend feeling better in no time.
One of the reasons many cat guardians are so reluctant to take their pet to the vet, or anywhere, is because most kitties fight tooth-and-nail to avoid being placed in a carrier. The reason for crate hate is usually because the cat only sees the evil device once or twice a year, and it represents confinement, a scary ride in a car, and a visit to a place (the veterinary clinic) that feels very threatening. The drama increases your stress levels and in turn increases kitty’s stress levels over and above what they are at the time. Read the rest of this entry
Next in my series of Missing Pet posts, is how to design your own missing pet poster.
It may seem silly, but a lot of posters circulating make common mistakes, having the correct info and sharing it wisely can help you in the search of your missing pet Read the rest of this entry
Many dogs, even dogs that normally are not fearful at home, become terrified when they become lost. While some dogs will ultimately calm down and then approach people, other dogs will continue to run from everyone, including their guardians!
One of the worst things that you can do is call a stray, loose, or stressed dog. That’s because if too many people have already tried to capture the dog, calling him becomes a “trigger” that can cause him to automatically take off in fear when anyone, including his guardian, calls him.
Instead, try to calm the dogs fear and attract him to come to you by remaining calm and possibly some food or a treat. I always suggest to guardians to take a few deep breaths, to try and calm their own anxiety before trying to approach their dogs. Visualising them coming to you or with you is great too. Read the rest of this entry
The following information is specifically for cats, and what to do if they are missing.
If your pet has gone missing please follow the following steps:
I am asked time and again to communicate to an animal to do something. For them to stop misbehaving, to eat their food, to not eat so much food and the list goes on.
I’ve even received correspondence where guardians tell me that they requested the assistance of a communicator, who said that they told a pet to stop a behaviour; that it hasn’t stopped; and that they are at their witts end and ready to rehome their pet.
This nonsense grates me. Instead of ranting I’m rather going to explain to you how communication works.
An animal communicator delivers a message. Yes we are the email delivery service between humans and animals.
A communicator cannot simply tell an animal to do something. Read the rest of this entry
Westville mom, Di Kendall, bared her heart and soul in her first book and built upon its success by launching another two books to help others find healing with their pets.
The 41 year old first put pen to paper in 2008, deciding it was time to find her own sense of healing from a traumatic past.
A good few years back, an author friend of mine encouraged me to write my story for her blog. She was highlighting the healing power of journaling or blogging about experiences with domestic violence.
I wrote an edited version of my experiences and circulated it since then.
In the back of my mind though, I never felt like it was enough, I felt as if I needed to receive justice for myself as well as the animals who graced my life with their presence.