Tagged: cat health

Stamping out Suffering: Puppy Mill Awareness Day


Photo courtesy of Julie Wolfson

When you see a cute puppy in the window of a pet store, your first thought is probably not where that puppy came from.  That’s why many people don’t know that puppies offered for sale at a typical pet store, in the classifieds, or online, often come from puppy mills.
Puppy mills are an issue that we at Found Animals care deeply about.  So much so that we have been an integral part of bringing “humane model” pet retail into our Los Angeles communities.  A “humane model” pet store is one that pulls healthy, adoptable pets from local shelters to…

Honoring the Life-Saving Work of FixNation


4 feral cats

If you have ever had an experience with homeless cats you know it can be a very difficult and heartbreaking scenario. It is estimated that there are between 50 and 100 million feral or community cats living in the United States. These cats are fending for themselves, reproducing in record numbers with few on their sides to advocate for them.
While many frustrated property owners consider drastic action, like eradicating the cats, animal-lovers have a hard time with this concept. Simply put, the problem of homeless cat overpopulation is a man-made problem. A cat, whether wild or friendly, is still…

9 Home Cooking for your Cat


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…

6 How to Read a Pet Food Label


Westie with a carrot

Reading cat and dog food labels is confusing and tricky.  Are you sure you are feeding your pet the healthiest and most nutritious food money can buy?  I’m still trying to figure that out for myself and my westie, Yuki, but here are some facts I’ve learned along the way about production and labeling regulations.
Who’s in charge?
Pet food is regulated both federally and at the state level with standards determined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  The AAFCO is responsible for establishing nutritional standards for each species and lifestage (ex: X% of protein for a…

Is My Cat Overweight?

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Is My Cat Overweight?

How can you tell if your cat is overweight?  Like most pet owners, we can be somewhat in denial over the dietary habits of our furry friends.  You may not even think that your kitty is overweight until your friends come over and tell you that they are afraid to sit on the couch with a Yeti.  Because we spend so much time with our animals, it is often difficult to tell if your cat is, in fact, a “fatty.”  Because indoor cats don’t get as much exercise as outdoor cats, and because cat owners tend to “free feed;” that…

Sun Protection for Cats

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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…

Tips for Feeding Your Adult Cats


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…

Keeping Your Cat Safe: Common Household Hazards

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Keeping Your Cat Safe: Common Household Hazards

There are food and common household items that can be a hazard to your new cat.  They should be stored safely out of their reach. This is not a complete list, but a basic list of more common hazardous household items. For a more comprehensive list, check out these additional poison prevention articles.

Food Hazards:  Not all food consumed by humans are safe for pets.  Here is a list of foods that are hazardous:
• Alcoholic beverages
• Caffeine
• Chocolate
• Fatty foods – fried foods, sweet foods
• Chicken and turkey bones
• Grapes and raisins
• Onions…

7 Feline Diabetes: Bonnie’s Story

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long haired black and white cat on a blanket

This guest blog was written by Mrs. Amy F. mom to Bonnie (Bonita) and friend of Found Animals.
Last year I got married. About a month earlier, I had a health scare with my cat Bonnie. Bonnie was about to turn 10. I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old.  She’s a timid cat, but she’s snuggly with those she knows. She hates competition, competition being Owchie, our 3 year old tiger cat. It all began with Bonnie not using her litter-box and having accidents on the carpet. I tried to deny anything was really wrong until she was…

Feline Obesity: Is My Cat Overweight?

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tabby cat in a lounger

Most of us have heard about the obesity epidemic in America, but did you know it’s not just people who are gaining an alarming amount of weight?  Recent studies show that between 40 – 50% of pet cats are overweight.  Just looking around at your cat and at your neighbor’s cats, you might come to believe the percentage is much higher than that.  Think of this, if your cat is “only” 3 pounds overweight, that would be like if you were 30 pounds overweight! Notice, there is no “only” before the 30 pounds, and the same is true of a…