Category: Cat Care

The Road to a Kitten Foster Project

POSTED BY Jennifer P. IN

4 foster kittens

This blog entry is going to be great… it’s about kittens! How can it not be?
Well, I’ll tell you, but stick with me.  Every year in Los Angeles, area shelters are overrun with unweaned  kittens, due in part to Southern California’s mild weather and unsterilized male and female cat  populations.  With limited resources to save animals, even of adoptable age, most of these little ones are euthanized within hours of entering the shelter.  It’s easy for us members of the public to be outraged by this, even skeptical, as to how many ‘resources’ tiny kittens even require.  But believe…

3 Product Review: Yoga Cat Mat

POSTED BY Annie M IN

Yoga Cat 5

Now I know what you’re thinking.  It’s probably the same thing I thought when I first saw the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat.  Cat’s don’t do yoga.  Their morning stretch does resemble downward facing dog, but that is about it.
However, when you look a little closer at the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat, you’ll see it is actually genius!  It is utilitarian in nature and that really appeals to me because I love it when one product has multiple uses!

Here is why I think the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat is a great item:
1. The texture is…

9 Home Cooking for your Cat

POSTED BY Annie M IN

tabby cat showing teeth

A couple of years ago we blogged about home cooking for your dog. Since then, a number of us have started making dog food at home with great results. We received a lot of comments from other pet owners who do the same, or are interested in feeding or supplementing with homemade whole food. We have seen homemade food work wonders in the skin allergy department, and the difference in coat health and energy level is almost immediate.
But what about cats? Take a look inside your cat’s mouth and you will see there are no plant eating teeth in…

4 BAD EATS: Holiday Pet Food Safety Tips

POSTED BY Jessica J IN

BAD EATS: Holiday Pet Food Safety Tips

With the holidays come holiday dinners, which can spell disaster for your pet if they ingest something that can be toxic or harmful to them.
For dogs, rich, fatty foods, such as scraps of fat from the Thanksgiving turkey, gravy or grease, can cause a sudden onset of pancreatitis, which occurs when the pancreas floods the body with digestive enzymes that begin to inflame and deteriorate surrounding organs.  This can result in pain, vomiting, and dehydration, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.  Often hospitalization is required for treatment.  A dog who is suffering from pancreatitis may adopt a…

Product Review: Young Again Pet Food

POSTED BY Found Animals IN

2 cats eating young again cat food

This guest blog was written by Mrs. Amy F. mom to Bonnie (Bonita) and friend of Found Animals.
Happy Pet Diabetes Month, everyone! I’m happy to report our Bonita is doing very well.  I have previously blogged about our experience caring for a diabetic cat, and was asked again to review a new food that a friend of mine made me try.  We’ve had such great results!
I had been feeding Bonnie EVO, a high protein, high carb cat food made in the U.S.A. and we were having pretty decent results.  Over the summer, there were at least two recalls…

11 Cat Chat: Design with Your Cat in Mind

POSTED BY Annie M IN

cat perching on a wall

Since cats are creatures of habit, their environment affects them on the deepest level.  I have watched enough episodes of “My Cat From Hell” (and lived it myself) to know that if you don’t create an environment that pleases them, there will be consequences!
Living in a small space with indoor cats requires a little more effort to keep everyone happy.  Last spring, I dedicated some time to making my place more cat friendly.  I hadn’t anticipated how much my interior design changes would affect them for the better!
“Cat-ifying” my apartment also helped reduce the habits that annoyed me. …

5 Kitten Season Purrs On: Become a Foster Volunteer Today

POSTED BY Jennifer P. IN

brown tabby kitten

I was once at an animal welfare conference where one of the speakers told a joke that I will never forget.  She spoke about her shelter’s experience when their “Kitten Season“ rolled around.  She had casually thrown out the term to an unsuspecting adopter one day.  After seeing the horror on his face she knew she had said something that offended him.  When she asked him why he was so upset he replied, “I didn’t know there was a hunting season for cats.”
She quickly realized that he was right.  We animal welfare people know the term all too well,…

Sun Protection for Cats

POSTED BY Jennifer W. IN

cat lying in the sun in a window

Cats love napping in the sun but too much sunlight can actually be harmful.  Cats, in particular those with white or light colored fur, short fur or no fur, who spend a lot of time in the sun, are at risk for skin cancer.

Skin cancer in cats is rare, but when cats do get skin cancer approximately 50-65% are malignant.  Not all of these cancers are caused by sun exposure, but excessive sun exposure is recognized as a contributing factor.  Cats, like people, will burn when they have been in the sun too long without protection.  Look for redness…

5 Fantastic Reasons to Foster

POSTED BY Teresa IN

3 kittens on a lap

Fostering kittens is a great way to make a difference for animals in your community.  Kittens are adorable, playful and full of happiness and energy from the tip of their baby noses to the toes on their tiny paws. Opening your home to foster kittens may seem like daunting task, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges. If you have ever thought about becoming a foster parent, now is the time when the animal shelters really need you. Here are our top 5 reasons why fostering is fantastic.
1)   Kittens are Therapeutic: Kittens will put a smile on your face.…

Tips for Feeding Your Adult Cats

POSTED BY Dr. Mark IN

garfield on a lasagna

The most famous and popular lasagna-eating cat in the world is Garfield.  Jim Davis gave birth to this cartoon character in an Italian restaurant in 1978. He brilliantly created a lovable feline with many human traits and faults. Garfield’s laziness, obsessive pasta eating, hatred of Mondays and diets made him funny and relatable.  Garfield helped popularize July 29th as National Lasagna Day. The problem is that if our cats eat pasta or too many carbs, it is no laughing matter and can cause serious health problems.
Tips for Feeding Your Adult Cats
1.    Cats are Carnivores
The natural diet of…