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Wag Street Journal A Q u a r t e r l y N ew s l e t t e r f r o m L a C r e s c e n t A n i m a l Re s c u e Mission Statement: To provide consistent and compassionate care to stray and homeless dogs and cats in the La Crescent area. Primary Goal: To provide care for stray and homeless cats and dogs, spay and neuter them, and find suitable foster and permanent homes for them.

ALLEY CAT ALLIES

La Crescent Animal Rescue President David Fanning:

dandlfanning@charter.net

—————————————————————————Board of Directors Lina Fanning:

dandlfanning@charter.net

Robin Miller:

rockinrobin@acegroup.cc

Jane Mrozek:

jemrozek@acegroup.cc

Mariah Forster Olson:

Mariah1800@hotmail.com

Terry Schleifer:

Catstls@aol.com

By Mariah Forster Olson Alley Cat Allies is an organization that advocates for cats, especially feral and stray cats, and Summer Issue 2011 it was created by Becky Robinson in 1991 to help and protect cats. One way that this organiVolume 2, Issue 2 zation helps cats is by promoting the “Trap-Neuter-Return” approach for stabilizing feral colonies. Generally, Animal Control will use the “catch and kill” method, and although this has been the traditional method, it is inhumane and cruel. Also, it is not effective because it Inside this issue: Dog and Cats of the Season 2 creates a “vacuum effect,” which is when “other cats move into that same area, and they Calendar of Events, Wish List, 3 start using all of the available resources.” Then, they breed and form a new colony. ThereHappy Tails fore, the “catch and kill” approach is a never-ending, costly cycle, and it is more beneficial to Volunteer of the Season 4 use the “Trap-Neuter-Return” approach with the feral cat population. The kittens and the Happy Tails—Jake, 5 cats that are socialized are brought to Shelters for adoption, and the healthy feral cats are General Information spayed/neutered and vaccinated before they are returned to the colony. Many organizaRainbow Bridge, Amazing 6 tions will provide some long-term care for these colonies, such as delivering food, providing Pet Cures vet care if needed, and by vaccinating the feral cats. The “Trap-Neuter-Return” approach Happy Tails—Casey, 7 improves the lives of the cats in the colonies, kittens are no longer born, and the population Zeus’ Story will stabilize. Furthermore, the very noisy yowling and fighting that takes place when the Zeus Story—Conclusion, 8 cats are mating will no longer occur! Feline Separation Anxiety Alley Cat Allies promotes five easy tips for living with feral cats and colonies: - Talk to your neighbors to determine if a cat is a pet, a stray, or if it is feral. Also, check to see if the animal has been neutered or spayed. If they are not, get it done! - Apply non-toxic deterrents around your yard. - Put a tight lid on your trash can. - Block gaps in the foundations of all sheds and outbuildings. - Use a car cover. **Information is from the organization, Alley Cat Allies. Visit www.alleycat.org for more information.

Tips for Caring for Orphan Kittens, Donation Form

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CATS OF THE SEASON—JOSIE and BEAU By Mariah Forster Olson We need a very special owner for two amazing cats that have recently been through an incredible tragedy. Josie, a female tortie, and Beau, an orange and JOSIE white male, are short-haired cats who are 7 years old, and they have been declawed, spayed and neutered, and very well taken care of by their previous owner. However, their owner recently had a stroke and had to be moved into a nursing home, so this poor owner had to give up Josie and Beau. Additionally, these poor cats were uprooted from their only home and owner, and they were brought to La Crescent Animal Rescue. Josie and Beau are kind, sweet, loving and cuddly, but they are having a difficult time adjusting to life at the Shelter with so many other cats, so we need to get them adopted soon! Josie has adjusted quite a bit better than Beau. When you enter the enclosure, Josie is sure to greet you and tell you her life story! She does enjoy being pet, and may follow you around and continue to “talk.” However, her brother, Beau, is having a more difficult time adjusting. If you want to locate him in the enclosure, he is usually sleeping and “hiding” under a crate cover. He will let you pet him, but he seems unhappy being in the Shelter with so many other cats! LAR is insistent that Josie and Beau be adopted together because we cannot separate them! These two cats have been with each other since birth, and BEAU spent 7 years together in a home with a loving owner. They have been through a terrible tragedy when they lost their owner, and then they had to acclimate to the Shelter with so many other cats. That is a shock to the system, and we think that they need one another to get through this transitional period, as well as another one when they get adopted and go to their new home. Remember, we do have a “buy one cat, get one cat for free” special that can be used to adopt Josie and Beau – only $50 will get you both Josie AND Beau! So, please visit the Shelter today and consider opening up your hearts to Josie and Beau, who are really in need of a loving owner to help them through their recent tragedy and heartbreak.

DOG OF THE SEASON—BEAR By Mariah Forster Olson Bear is the Dog of the Season for the Summer issue of the newsletter, and if you would like a “gentle giant” to join your family, he is the dog for you! This beautiful dog came to us as a stray, and he was in very rough shape because he was strictly kept outdoors. Furthermore, he had hardly any socialization or human contact, so Bear was fearful at first, but he never was anything but gentle and sweet. As a result of his former life living outdoors, Bear contracted Lyme Disease, so the Shelter is currently treating him for it. This dog is a 6-7 year old Rottweiler and Husky mix, and even though he is a larger BEAR dog, Bear is very sweet and laid back. Bear enjoys long walks, but he is also happy to just sit or lay by you and rest. Bear responds very well to training and correction, and he is an extremely intelligent dog that would love to be assigned a job or something that he can regularly do for you in his new home! The ideal home for Bear would be a moderately active home, and we prefer that he be the only pet in the home because he gets a bit moody, standoffish, and annoyed with other animals. However, his current foster home does have a cat, and the two animals respect one another’s space and tolerate each other. Therefore, if someone is willing to work with Bear closely and regularly, it may be possible for him to be in a home with additional pets. Please consider making this gorgeous, sweet, and gentle dog a member of your home. Contact the Shelter at 507895-2066 to schedule an appointment to meet Bear!! Page 2


Saturday, June 4, 11, 18 Tuesday, June 7 Saturday, July 2, 16, 30 Tuesday, July 5 Tuesday, August 2 Saturday, August 6, 13, 27 Saturday, September 3, 10, 24 Tuesday, September 6

Adoptions Event at Petco from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (1231 Crossing Meadows Drive in Onalaska, WI) Monthly LAR Meeting at 6:30, La Crescent Public Library Conference Room Adoptions Event at Petco from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monthly LAR Meeting at 6:30, La Crescent Public Library Conference Room Monthly LAR Meeting at 6:30, La Crescent Public Library Conference Room Adoptions Event at Petco from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adoptions Event at Petco from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monthly LAR Meeting at 6:30, La Crescent Public Library Conference Room

WISH LIST La Crescent Animal Rescue is solely operated through fundraisers, donations, and volunteers. Below is a list of items that the organization needs, and any donations from this list would be greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 507-895-2066, or e-mail us at: info@lacrescentanimalrescue.org. Please send or drop off donations to: La Crescent Animal Rescue, 523 South Chestnut Street in La Crescent, MN 55947. In addition, please include your name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number with your donation. If you include this information, we will send you a receipt and a thank you for your kind donation! **Monetary donations ~ Gift cards to Petco, PetSmart, Woodman’s, and Farm & Fleet ~ “Yesterday’s News” cat litter and scoopable cat litter ~ Stainless steel bowls (all sizes) ~ KRM—Kitten Replacement Milk and kitten bottles ~ Cat treats/catnip ~ Dog treats—knuckle beef bones, nyla bones, pigs ears, Kongs (large and extra large), Kong Fillers ~ Cat toys and dog toys (no stuffing for dog toys) ~ Dog leashes (regular only) and dog collars (small to extra-large) ~ Cat beds and large dog beds ~ Heating pads ~ Natural/Organic cat and dog food, both dry and canned ~ Dish soap ~ Laundry detergent and fabric softener sheets ~ Bleach ~ Mops ~ Rubber gloves (latex-free) ~ Paper towels ~ Plastic trash bags ~ Printer paper ~ Kodak printer ink (10b and 10c) ~ 6-Foot Ladder ~ Maytag or Kenmore Top-Loading Commercial Grade Washing Machine and Dryer ~ FOSTER FAMILIES ~ VOLUNTEERS!!!

Thank you to those who adopted the following animals—We wish you the best of luck!!! Cats: Amani ~ Apache ~ BJ ~ Bojangles ~ Checkers and Forest ~ Churchill ~ Cinders ~ Clouds and Annabel ~ Dewey ~ Elmer ~ Emmy ~ Fang (Now Oscar) ~ Han Solo ~ Huey ~ Ice Cream Sandwich (Now Isabelle) ~ Jamaica ~ Maci ~ Magic ~ Mara and Cheetah ~ Marble and Bella ~ Mary Jane ~ Moose ~ Morgan ~ Nala ~ Nelson ~ Oliver and Aaron ~ Pandora ~ Paws ~ Phantom ~ Princess Leia ~ Reeses and Colby ~ Reggie and Triscuit ~ Sammy ~ Sonic ~ Sophie ~ Turkey Anne (Now Lucy) ~ Twinkie ~ Wayne ~ Zorra Dogs: Casey ~ Chance ~ Dodger ~ Ebony ~ Frankie ~ Jake ~ Marley ~ Murphy ~ Sadie ~ Willie ~ Zeus Page 3


VOLUNTEER OF THE SEASON—MARIAH FORSTER OLSON By Gavin Ree The true strength of a volunteer is found not within their hardened muscles, but within their softened heart. Volunteers are a special group of people with an unsurpassed passion for giving. They are unyielding in their selflessness, and are driven by a sincere and deep love for their cause. To truly witness the depth of these statements, we simply need to turn our attention to this issue’s Volunteer of the Season: Mariah Forster Olson. You might recognize Mariah’s name. In addition to her other responsibilities with La Crescent Animal Rescue (LAR), Mariah writes for, compiles, edits, and publishes this very document in which we honor her and share her story! When several of Mariah’s peers requested (actually, insisted) that her story be told, it was quite comical that our ever so humble Mariah responded with “I can’t write that!” (No worries, Mariah – we’ve got this covered.) Mariah is not new to loving and caring deeply for homeless animals. In 2007 and 2008, Mariah volunteered for the Winona Area Humane Society. After moving to La Crosse, she came to LAR where she pampers our animals with affection, works with our cats, compiles our Wag Street Journal, is finalizing our policies and procedures, composes the Pet of the Week articles, and serves on the LAR Board of Directors. Mariah received both her B.S. and Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and she also attended a semester of law school. In her role as a Director, Mariah brings forth numerous ideas for improving the operation of our shelter. It is her desire that she can apply her education, as well as her passion, to the betterment of the shelter’s operations, the care of our animals, and our interaction with the public. While she has many ideas, both in progress and for the future, Mariah is firmly committed to the success of the shelter and its mission of consistent, compassionate care for all animals. Volunteering is difficult work even for the most able bodied person. For Mariah, her work at the shelter is an even greater challenge. At the age of one, Mariah was diagnosed with a Neuroblastoma (a cancer of the nervous system). Having endured two long years of experimental treatments, thankfully, Mariah remains cancer-free today. The treatments, however, have left her with multiple secondary medical effects. Among other devastating effects, Mariah suffers from chronic and severe upper and lower back pain. You won’t hear her complain about it, though. She’ll endure excruciating pain and exhaustion to put other’s needs first. While it would be understandable for one to harden their heart to such a fate, what you see in Mariah is something quite the opposite. Mariah’s strength lies undeniably within her softened heart. Her love for all animals is eternal and immeasurable. You can see it in her eyes, as tears fall for an animal that has been abused. You can notice it in her touch, as she gently strokes a seriously ill animal. You can hear it in her voice, as she comforts an animal that is timid or frightened. Many of us have witnessed this multiple times. Mariah can feel their pain as strongly as she can feel her own. It is quite natural for Mariah to seek out animals that are struggling and need the endless supply of love that she offers. Her reward is seeing animals adopted into a loving family and witnessing the bonds that are formed when animal and human connect. Her favorite adoption story is a heart warming tale of a small boy, his very own money, and a cat named Turkey Ann (now Lucy) who fell in love with this boy, and him with her. The bond was immediate and extraordinary, and a touching reminder of why we do what we do. With such a deep love, comes deep emotional pain. Not long ago, Mariah’s cat of 17 years, Dolce, was laid to rest. This was quite literally the worst day of Mariah’s life. Shortly after, Mariah adopted a small kitten, Dante, who suddenly became ill and subsequently passed within a mere week’s time. There will always be two large pieces of Mariah’s heart missing, but there is plenty of that enormous heart left! Mariah’s life is full, happy and complete as you read this. In addition to the love and support from her family and friends, her own home is filled with the love and understanding of her amazing husband, Troy, and her adorable feline children. Isaac is Mariah’s exceedingly handsome and playful Siamese, and Holly is her very sweet, shy, and beautiful long-haired Maine Coon. Both were adopted from LAR, and with the touch only a real mother can provide, they have been nurtured into the most amazing cats. They are her babies! Just ask her who the cutest cats in the world are. I’m pretty sure she knows! Mariah, we raise our Pepsi cans to yours with a toast: The work you do is not often easy, and there is much to be done. You are the epitome of selfless giving from a pure heart. On behalf of the animals and your LAR family, from our hearts - touched by yours, our sincere appreciation goes out to you for all you do. It is with honor we choose you as our Volunteer of the Season! (Now, please sit down and take a break, will ya?) Page 4


HAPPY TAILS – JAKE By Mariah Forster Olson Jake has a heartbreaking story and has had a difficult journey in his life so far, but there is also a beautiful ending. Originally, Jake came to our Shelter as a 6-month old puppy because his owner was going to euthanize him. A family did adopt Jake, but a tragic accident occurred. (It seems like Jake may have some “cat” in him because he certainly seems to have 9 lives!) Jake had been riding in a truck with his family when he accidentally opened an electric window and fell out of it! As if falling out of the window was not bad enough, he then got ran over by the truck! Jake suffered some minor injuries, but the most devastating injury was to his front leg. The veterinarian said that Jake had severe nerve damage and he would be unable to use that leg. Thus, the veterinarian determined that Jake would need to have the leg amputated, which would be a very expensive and extensive surgery. However, these dogs usually adjust beautifully to having three legs! His owners were unable to pay for the surgery, so Jake was returned to the Shelter. Prior to his surgery, Jake was in such severe pain with his leg that it was not uncommon for him to cry out in pain. However, the fundraising efforts were highly successful, and we are so grateful to the public for their generous donations. We actually received financial help from people throughout the United States, and one of the cutest donations came from a pre-school class who was studying the letter “D” for dog! Luckily for Jake, we received the money needed for the surgery so swiftly that we were able to schedule it immediately so that we could relieve Jake’s pain! Jake had his operation, and the veterinarian had to remove Jake’s front leg all the way up to the shoulder! However, the surgery was a success with no complications! Jake is an incredible and inspirational animal, and he is also a very happy dog who loves everyone and everything!! He loves to cuddle, but he also is highly energetic, bouncy, and just simply happy to be alive. These characteristics helped Jake to recover amazingly well from the amputation, and his foster mother said that he has done beautifully adjusting to not having a front leg. He even is able to go up stairs, and turn around on the stairs to go in the opposite direction! Also, the best possible news is that Jake has a new forever home – his foster family has decided to keep him! We are thrilled that Jake has been adopted by the people that nurtured him back to health, and Jake continues improving and is simply a normal dog…well, a normal dog that has three legs!

La Crescent Animal Rescue-General Information Address:

523 South Chestnut Street, La Crescent, MN 55947 (Across the Highway from Leidel’s Apple Stand)

Phone Number: 507-895-2066 Email:

info@lacrescentanimalrescue.org

Website:

www.LaCrescentAnimalRescue.blogspot.com

Shelter Hours Monday/Wednesday/Friday

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

**All other days and times by appointment only.** Page 5


OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE Author Unknown Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge… and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together… We fondly remember… Lightning * Lily * Molly * Tigger * Ursula

“AMAZING PET CURES” By Mariah Forster Olson

I received a “teaser” in the mail for a book called “Amazing Pet Cures” by Joey Green, and the book consists of 1,130 “wacky pet cures that actually work!” Below are some of the ideas from the book, but you will need to purchase it for even more ideas! Common Pet Ailments: Soothe back pain with Uncle Ben’s Rice and a sock - the heating pad boosts circulation and speeds up the healing process Stop itching with SueBee Honey - it absorbs moisture, smothers mites, and relieves reddened skin. Spritz paws with Pam Cooking Spray to keep snow off the dog’s pads, and to keep the carpet from getting wet. Speed up the healing of cuts and scratches with Bag Balm. Stop Bad Behavior Stop your pet from chewing furniture with Old Spice – pets dislike the smell! Keep your cat from digging up houseplants with Maxwell House Coffee – they dislike the smell! Dealing with Smells Eliminate urine odors on your carpet with Smirnoff Vodka Deodorize your dog with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Carpet stains vanish with Pampers - the diaper’s superabsorbent polymer flakes will suck the stain up. Grooming Tricks If your pet is shedding, wipe them down with a Huggies Baby Wipe. Brush your pets’ teeth using McCormick Garlic Powder with the toothpaste because dog and cats love garlic. Also, Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Rice aids in digestion and keeps breath fresher. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo provides a gentle bath that will not hurt their eyes. Also, add Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing to the rinse water to brighten white pet fur. Give your pet’s coat a stunning shine with Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast. Detangle a cat’s matted hair with Kingsford’s Corn Starch. Add Orville Redenbacher’s Original Popcorn or Post Grape-Nuts Flakes to your dog’s diet for a low-calorie snack with a high fiber intake that will improve digestion and facilitate weight loss.

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HAPPY TAILS – CASEY By Mariah Forster Olson Found on a road in Houston with her two puppies and a male companion, Casey, a purebred English Springer Spaniel around 3 years old, stole the hearts of volunteers with her brown, puppy dog eyes and quiet, sweet demeanor! The owner of these dogs chose to surrender all of them to the Shelter because the two adult dogs tested positive for heartworms, and he could not afford to pay for the treatments. Sadly, Cody, the male dog, suffered tremendously from severe heartworm disease, as well as multiple tick-borne diseases, so he had to be humanely euthanized. Casey, however, had a treatable form of heartworm disease, but the treatments are very expensive and can be extremely difficult for the dog to go through them! Thanks to the generosity of the public, we were able to treat Casey and create “Casey’s Fund,” which was developed to not only raise money to treat her heartworm disease, but also to raise money for future medical expenses for any animal at LAR. Casey was put into a foster home with one of our volunteers, so that she could get her treatments and live in a quiet home to help with her recovery. Although heartworm treatments are typically difficult for a dog, Casey has been a pillar of strength and has responded tremendously to the treatments! There were times when you could hardly tell that she was going through these difficult treatments! The vet clinic kept on top of her pain with the use of pain pills so well, that at times it was difficult to keep Casey still and calm! There have been a few setbacks, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, into the 5th week of her treatment, lines were found on Casey’s lungs, which could indicate the presence of heartworms. She was put back on medication to prevent any further problems! Casey will not be completely out of the woods until she has a blood test in six months to check for heartworms, but she continues to improve daily with her goodnatured, calm, and gentle attitude. The fact that this dog had been so sick and is now doing so much better is such a relief to the Shelter volunteers who fell in love with her. Casey enjoys car rides, short walks, and looking out the window, and her energy level is steadily increasing! We also received some wonderful news – Casey has been adopted and now has a forever home and a new name – Annie. So, this truly is a “Happy Tails” story.

ZEUS’ STORY By Amber Cordes and Mariah Forster Olson During the winter of 2011, a call came in about a dog living in unhealthy conditions on a farm. Members of LAR found a very thin, but a very handsome white and gray husky that was tied to a tree in the backyard of a house. He was whimpering and starving for attention, and he was wagging his tail in excitement. All that Zeus wanted was food, water, and some love and attention. The dog house and living conditions where Zeus resided was not up to code, there was no food or water, and the dog was painfully thin. Zeus’ owner admitted that she did not feed Zeus regularly, she never walked or provided exercise for him, and he was rarely allowed inside the house. His owner said that she loved Zeus, and she signed him over to LAR. Zeus was set up in a kennel at the Shelter, and he was further examined. In addition to being incredibly underweight and having some oral health problems, Zeus was amazingly in good health. We soon learned, however, that Zeus was not too keen on Shelter life in an indoor kennel, which made sense since he had spent the first eight years of his life outdoors. Over the few months that Zeus was at the Shelter, he injured himself trying to break out of the kennel, he chewed on the wood trim, and he even damaged a few door knobs. (Huskies are notorious for their escape skills!) A kind of volunteer, who is a Husky-lover, fostered Zeus a few times a week, and he learned from many new experiences. Zeus was adopted after three months of being at the Shelter, and his new forever home had another dog for him to play with and have as a companion! Karla got a progress report from Zeus’ new mother about how well he was doing. The two dogs were getting along fantastically, and Zeus had finally stopped pacing and being so nervous indoors. He was growing fond of his new, luxurious lifestyle and things could not get any better! Then, not long after the progress report, Karla received a devastating telephone call… Zeus was outside enjoying a nice day in his electronically fenced-in yard when his instincts kicked in. As stated earlier, Huskies are natural escape artists, but they also tend to have a prey drive, and both of these traits contributed to what happened next. Zeus somehow escaped from his yard and ran onto the neighbor’s property toward some chickens that resided there. Unfortunately, the owner was home and he was very upset about Zeus being near his livestock. In the county that Zeus’ family lived in, it is legal to shoot any animal, domestic or wild, if it comes onto your property and kills your livestock. So, the neighbor did just that – he saw Zeus, grabbed his gun, and he shot and killed Zeus with a single bullet. (Zeus was found with feathers in his mouth, but it is unknown to us if he actually killed a chicken.) The neighbor then proceeded to call Zeus’ owner and he informed her that she needed to come get her dog because he had shot him and did not want the dead body in his yard. Naturally, Zeus’ owner was in shock and she felt absolutely Page 7 devastated and extremely guilty. Zeus was killed for following his breed’s instincts. (Continued on Page 8)


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To make this incident even worse is the fact that this type of incident occurs every day. Additionally, the man that shot and killed Zeus cannot even be punished because the law is on his side! We can only hope that with enough support, love, and attention, this is a law that can be changed. There are so many other alternatives to try before going to the extreme of death. For example, the neighbor could have talked to Zeus’ owner and told her that he had come over and bothered his livestock. The owner then could have taken more precautions so that Zeus could not leave the property. Also, why did the neighbor “shoot to kill”? He could have slightly injured Zeus instead, and that certainly would have deterred him in the future. Zeus was an incredible dog with an unbelievable gift of forgiveness. He did not hold a grudge toward humans for how terrible his life was before coming to LAR, and he showed nothing but love and gratitude toward anyone who gave him attention. Zeus’ story will be one that we will remember and if there is a silver lining, it is that Zeus got at least three fantastic months where he was fed, played with, cared for, and loved. Remember that LAR can make a difference in the life of an animal, and those animals possess an amazing ability to forgive and forget. Any act of kindness toward an animal is important. Most importantly, though, remember Zeus and his life, but also remember his death and the part of the law that allowed it. Hopefully, Zeus did not die in vain, and maybe someday we could work toward repealing or amending the law that contributed to Zeus’ death.

FELINE SEPARATION ANXIETY By Mariah Forster Olson It is generally common knowledge that dogs can have separation anxiety, but few people know that this can also occur with cats because they are social creatures and can form strong bonds. According to Cat World1, separation anxiety “occurs in some cats when they have a particularly close bond with their owner. It may be the result of genetics and breed disposition, or their individual personality, or as a result of being hand-reared from an early age.” There are a few signs to look for if you suspect that your cat is suffering from separation anxiety. For example, your cat may follow you from room to room when you are home. If you are leaving, a cat with separation anxiety may either sulk or hide, or will put itself between you and the door. When you are gone, a cat with separation anxiety may not eat if they are alone, they may vomit, or they could excessively groom. There are also additional behaviors that are a bit more severe, and this would include: vocalizing after the owner leaves, inappropriate urination or defecation, and destruction by either chewing or scratching. If you suspect a more severe form of separation anxiety, you should take your cat to the veterinarian. Drs. Foster and Smith suggest the following tips on dealing with feline separation anxiety: 2 Make the time as low key as possible when you are planning on leaving Leave a distracting or a favorite toy for your cat when you leave. Make the cat’s environment as stimulating as possible, by providing, for example: climbing ledges, carpeted towers with attached toys, or a window perch. Anti-anxiety medications can be used in more extreme cases. Drs. Foster and Smith suggest the Feliway Comfort Zone Plug-In, which releases harmless chemicals called friendly pheromones, and some cats naturally calm down around them. Non-Prescription, oral products can also help, such as Rescue Remedy or Serene-Um, which are natural herbal formulas that can calm a cat with separation anxiety for 1-2 hours. However, with these products, as well as the other ideas, you may have to experiment to see what works for your cat! Due to my medical issues, I am home a LOT with my cats, but when I do have to leave, I get the look that says, “Please don’t leave us!” One of my cats will try to leave with me, and there are some other qualities that they will exhibit. I think that my cats have a mild form of separation anxiety, but their mommy also has separation anxiety and feels horrible about leaving! I miss them when I am gone, but it is a wonderful feeling when I come home and both of them are waiting for me, and they are so excited to see me! So, not only dog and cats suffer from separation anxiety, but their human owners may as well! References: 1

Cat World. http://www.cat-world.com.au/separation-anxiety-in-cats Accessed on May 29, 2011.

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Foster, Dr. Race. “Dealing with Your Cats Separation Anxiety.” Drs. Foster and Smith Catalogue.

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TIPS ON CARING FOR ORPHANED KITTENS By Heather Sayers How do you keep them warm: Your first priority is to keep the kittens warm, says Carrie Johnston, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or DVM, who has 16 years of experience in bottle-feeding kitten orphans. She stresses that because kittens cannot shiver for the first seven to 10 days of life, warmth is a kitten's most immediate need, and it is even more critical than food. You can make a warm nursery by placing a box halfway on a heating pad. Cover the nesting area with a towel or a light blanket, which should maintain kittens' body temperatures at 101° F to 102° F. If you put the pad inside the box, make sure the kittens cannot come into direct contact with the pad. The box should be large enough for the kittens to crawl off the pad if they become too warm. Monitor the heat closely! How do you feed kittens?: Orphan kittens need to be bottle fed every two to three hours, both day and night. The kittens should eat a “kitten milk replacement,” which you can buy at a pet store, and you will need at least one small bottle. The product comes in either powder form that you mix with water, or you can buy the liquid form in a can, which is only good for 24 hours after it has been opened. Thus, the powder form is more economical. Never give kittens regular "cow milk" because it makes them sick and it is not rich enough. To feed the kitten, always rest him or her on the stomach (never on the back!), and insert the nipple into the mouth. Slowly pull up and forward on the bottle so that the kitten will nurse with his head extended and slightly elevated. Watch the level of the formula - if the level remains constant, either the nipple is blocked or the hole is too small. Make sure that the neck of the bottle remains filled with milk so that the kitten is not sucking air. Formula spewing out of the kitten's nose means the hole is too big. If this happens, hold the kitten upside down until he stops coughing. When their eyes open, which is around two weeks of age, you can start offering canned kitten food mixed with the milk replacer. They may not eat it right away, but they will start to play in the milk, lick it off each other, and learn that it is food. Keep nursing them through this period of learning. When the kittens are about three and one-half weeks old, I stop feeding them at night, but I do feed them before bed and when they first wake up. When the kittens are five to six weeks old, they should be eating regular kitten food, so the babies should be weaned from milk by this age. How do you help the kitten go to the bathroom?: You have to act like the mama cat, and babies need to be stimulated to go to the bathroom. So, you will need to moisten a cotton ball with warm water and gently stroke the anal and genital areas after feeding. Once they have gone to the bathroom, clean the anal and genital areas. A kitten that is younger than 14 days generally cannot go to the bathroom unless they are stimulated, so you will have to provide this unpleasant, but absolutely necessary, function until you notice that the kittens are going to the bathroom on their own. Overall, the whole process of feeding and caring for orphaned kittens will certainly be very rewarding, and by using these tips, you will be able to comfortably and successfully care for orphaned kittens. 1

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