Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Pumpkin for Cats

In the fall, people are busy baking pumpkin pies and other such treats.  They may never even think of giving pumpkin to a pet, but pumpkin is a fruit and it is one human food that can be good for pets like cats and dogs, too.

Pumpkin is about 90% water, so it can help with hydration for pets who are fed mostly dry kibble.  It contains fiber and can help pets who are dieting to feel full.  It also helps with constipation or diahhrea in pets.

Pumpkin contains nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, plus beta-carotene, calcium, iron, and lutein. Such nutrients promote teeth, bone, skin, and immune system health in pets, just to name a few of the benefits.

Canned pumpkin without additives would be best to feed pets.  Even pumpkin seeds are good for pets in small amounts.

A teaspoon of pumpkin per day may be allowable for your cat.  1/8 teaspoon of pumpkin seed may be allowable also.  If in doubt, ask your veterinarian.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Keeping Your Cat Inside Even In Summer

Even in the summer, it's generally best to keep your cat indoors.

Although the summer months are warmer, there are a lot of good reasons to keep your cat inside. One of the reasons is parasites that cats can pick up outdoors, such as fleas, to name just one. Cats with unfettered access to the great outdoors can pick up diseases from other cats they may meet outside in their travels, too.

As the summer wears on, the days become hotter and hotter.  Cats without adequate water and shade outside can develop heat stroke.  Even indoors on hot days, you need to provide your cat with plenty of cool water.  Your cat would also benefit greatly from being brushed regularly on hot summer days.

Some things you can do to ensure that your cat has an enjoyable summer are:

1.  keep your cat's vaccinations up to date
2.  take your cat on supervised outings
3.  sit your cat by a screen window where he can see what's happening outside
4.  keep your cat groomed
5.  give your cat lots of cool, fresh water

Keep these pointers in mind and you and your cat will have a safe, enjoyable summer.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Larry The Cat, Post Brexit

As everyone may recall, Larry is the resident cat at 10 Downing Street.  His official title is Chief Mouser To The Cabinet Office.  This is a title he has held since 2011.  When Prime Minister David Cameron left 10 Downing Street, Larry stayed on in his official capacity.


Larry's colleague, Palmerston, the Chief Mouser To The Foreign And Commonwealth Office, began his posting in 2016 and resides a short distance away on King Charles Street.

Both Larry and Palmerston are formerly from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in England.

As a sign of the times, Larry now sports a new Union Jack collar in the spirit of Brexit.  Larry, it appears, is "keeping calm and carrying on" in true British fashion.

Larry with Union Jack collar

In addition, three more mousers have been employed at other offices, too.  Gladstone, like Larry and Palmerston before him, is a former resident of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, but now resides at the Treasury Office.  As well, a mother and son team, Evie and Ossie, formerly of Celia Hammond Animal Trust, have taken up residence at the Cabinet Office.

Evie and Ossie

All in all, cats are well represented in Whitehall as Brexit negotiations continue on.