Archive for October, 2010

National Cat Day – October 29, 2010

Friday, October 29th, 2010

National Cat Day was founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist, Colleen Paige to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.  Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated because they don’t usually have jobs like dogs. But cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship and alert their owner of danger.

Here is the link to http://www.nationalcatday.com/about.htm to see what festivities will be happening.

Quincy and Simon

We ask YOU: Why go Green?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Going green (to me) is using and consuming more natural products that are  free of synthetic chemicals, preservatives and fragrances;  using recyclable or biodegradable products and minimizng the total amount of waste generated in my daily life.  I do this to stay healthier (for me and my family) and to preserve this world for my children, and hopefully, my grandchildren.

Why did you go Green?

Quincy 

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

More… on Death Cap Mushrooms

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Our friend Diana who lost her dog, Donato because of eating Death cap mushrooms  http://www.odorandstainremover.com/wordpress/?p=590 wanted to let dog lovers know that they are spreading.   Mike Davis, a professor in Plant Pathology and Katie Harper, a Graduate Student in Forensic Science at UC Davis created a poster to let people know that Death Caps are spreading into the Sierra Nevada’s and hope this poster will help alert people.  Professor Davis gave Diana permission to scan the poster and send out for anyone to use.  

Profressor Davis also is going to try to find some cooperators in Sonoma who are in an area with lots of Death Caps and conduct some experiments.   Perhaps Diana has stumbled onto someone who can help research some kind of control….but for now….it’s still pick them, bag them and throw them out.  Here’s the his lab’s website.

http://groups.ucanr.org/mikedavislab/index.cfm

Also….Pat McConnell, who wrote  The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, and For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotions in You and Your Best Friend. has just posted Donato’s flier on her blog.  Check out the link on her blog to an NPR story on Death Caps.

http://www.theotherendoftheleash.com/lets-be-careful-out-there-mushrooms-dogs

The rainy season is coming….so keep those pups safe!

Diana and my spirit dogs, Donato and Fidelio

and 

Simon and Quincy

Meow Monday – 60 – 80 million Olfactory Cells

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Ever wonder why your cats can find odors you can’t?  Cats have about 60 – 80 million olfactory cells, while we humans have between 5 and 20 million cells.  

And…cats have a special scent organ found in the roof of their mouths called the Jacobson’s organ that analyzes smells — and is the reason why cats may seem to “sneer” (called flehmening) when they come across a strong odor.  When ‘Flehmening’, cats (and other animals with this organ) appear to sneer as they curl their upper lip to better expose the twin vomeronasal organs for chemical sensing. In cats (and other mammals), Jacobson’s organ is used not simply to identify minute quantities of chemicals, but also for subtle communication between other members of the same species, through the emission and reception of chemical signals called pheromones.

So, now if you have cleaned your litter box, but you see your cats ”sneer” when they come near it, you’ll know more cleaning is needed before they will use the litter box.

Quincy

Friday Funny – Does Your Pet Talk To You?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Ever wonder what your pet would say to you?  These pet owners don’t have to guess!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skE2dq3cm0A

Quincy

We ask YOU: How did you know your pet was “the one”?

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

When our family went to adopt a dog, we had a whole list of qualities we wanted in a dog:  medium size, short hair so no shedding in the house, good with children were just some of the check off points.  Well, Simon came home with us;  a large, long hair (lot’s of shedding) dog who grew another 60 pounds within 6 months.  Why?  He just wouldn’t let us go home without him, and we fell in love.   I believe Simon chose us rather than we chose him.

What is your story?

Quincy and Simon

Wordless Woof Wednesday

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

How To Clean for Pet Allergies

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Do you or someone in your family have pet allergies?  I’ve heard that advice to wash (our pet)  twice a week, steam clean the carpet or treat your pet with sprays or drops to reduce shedding, but does this really help?

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and its allergist members, doctors who are experts at diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma, offer the following research-based environmental changes that can reduce the allergen levels in your home and may help stop symptoms:

  1. Replace carpeting with hard surfaces. Did you know carpeted floors accumulate 100 times more cat allergens than hard floors? Switch to polished surfaces like hardwood floors, polished stone or tile.
  2. Limit or remove fabric upholstered furniture. Research shows that upholstered furniture and curtains contain significant amounts of cat dander and even more than what is found on the floor.
  3. Wash bedding and curtains. To remove dog dander from bedding and curtains, use one of these three techniques: wash in water at least 140°F with one rinse; wash at any temperature with two rinses; or wash in a steam washing machine.
  4. Use tightly woven coverings on all bedding. Protective coverings for mattresses, box springs and pillows are often recommended, and studies show that tightly woven fabric with openings less than 4 microns wide can reduce allergens.
  5. Make multiple changes for best results. Studies show that making multiple indoor environment changes is required to significantly reduce pet allergens.  

According to the ACAAI, there’s little evidence the following control tips work when it comes to pet allergies:

  • Bathing pets with water and special shampoo
  • Steam cleaning carpet and upholstery
  • Giving pet oral agents or topical sprays to reduce shedding
  • Using a HEPA vacuum

The ACAAI also recommend that pet owners with allergies should see an allergist, who will discuss treatment options, including whether allergy shots (immunotherapy) can bring pet allergy symptom relief.

Quincy

Meow Monday – Do Dark Cats Cause More Allergies than Light Ones?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I never thought about it, but does the color of a cat’s coat matter if I am allergic?  A New York Post article  says that it may.  According to a  small study in (the year) 2000 of 300 patients with allergies,  people with dark-colored cats were two to four times as likely to have moderate to severe symptoms as those who either owned cats with lighter coats or did not own a cat.  However, the article also says that the results are inconclusive and that further studies need to be conducted. 

The only thing that the scientists seem to agree on is that that female cats produce less animal allergen than male cats. 

To read the actual article, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/health/24real.html?_r=1&ref=cats

Quincy