Fram & Sax Cat Care and News June 2017
01 June 2017
Cat homing had been slow this spring as unfortunately we had a number of cats in care who, for various reasons, were not ready to go to a new home. A couple were suffering from gastric trouble; another with pneumonia; one with urinary problems and a pair who were far too traumatised to be handled. Thanks to the care and dedication of our fosterers (and veterinary partners) all were nursed back to health and have now gone on to new homes, where we are sure they will enjoy the comforts of their new lives.
Keeping cats in our care for extended periods of time inevitably increases the financial burden on the branch. We rely solely on donations and money raised through our fundraising events. To help with funds, Fram and Sax CP is launching a 'Sponsor a Cat Cabin' scheme. For just £5 per month a sponsor will be kept up-to-date with residents in a chosen cabin and news of when their tenants are homed. Please contact us or see the website for details of how to start a Sponsorship and help us help more cats.
Cat care: Keeping your cats flea free: If you have pets you will be all too familiar with the problem of fleas. Flea bites cause discomfort and inflame skin. Some pets develop an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva; severe cases can be triggered by just one fleas bite and may require veterinary treatment.
To make sure your cat (and your home) are flea free it is important to keep to a regular treatment regime. There are many safe flea-treatments available in the form or sprays and spot-ons (never use a preparation designed for dogs as these are toxic to cats). Prevention is always best, but if there is already a flea infestation you will need to treat your home as well as the cat. Again, there are many products from which to choose, sprays, powders etc, and regular vacuuming of the areas where your cat sleeps can help. Fleas can also pass on tapeworm infections. It is important to have a regular routine for ensuring your cat is worm free, too. Worming medications come in the form or paste, tablet and spot-on (sometimes combined with a flea preparation). Speak to your vet to get advice on the best preparations and routine for your cat.
Catology: Humans and cats have a similar range of hearing on the low end of the scale, but cats can hear much higher-pitched sounds, up to 64 kHz, which is 1.6 octaves above the range of a human. When listening for something, a cat's ears will swivel in that direction; a cat's ear flaps (pinnae) can independently point backwards as well as forwards and sideways to pinpoint the source of the sound. So, now you know why your feline friend comes dashing from the end of the garden as soon as the food cupboard door is opened!