Welcome Pet Lovers!
As we head into the Winter Season, we are reminded of the holidays amongst us and the cold rainy days ahead. As we get busy with special events or try to stay warm, let us not forget the homeless animals on the streets, in the shelters or those left outside with little to keep them warm. Consider building our community cats an inexpensive shelter that will protect them from the rain and cold. Inside we’ve provide some tips on how to make an outdoor cat shelter, whether it be for your furry companion or a feral/community cat.
If you were unaware, February marks Pet Dental Health Month, the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s (AVMA) annual effort to remind pet lovers to care for their pets’ teeth like they do their own. Your pets teethe are just as important as your own teeth. Be diligent in caring for them. If you avoid them, it can turn into a costly painful critical problem.
It’s also National Prevent a Litter Month. So, we’d like to remind and encourage people about spay/neuter, the best thing you can do for an animal. Feral cats often go unnoticed and uncared-for in neighborhoods and industrial areas, allowing them to increase wildly in numbers, which can lead to complaints and drastic actions. Practicing TNR and maintaining a well-cared-for colony will keep the cats as happy and healthy as possible. Ensuring they are not creating more cats will keep your neighborhood or business establishments happy too.
Unfixed cats lead to disease. One of the most deadly diseases is FIP. As someone who just lost my beloved cat to FIP, it’s truly a heartbreaking experience. One minute my 1yr old cat was healthy, the next minute we’re in the emergency with a vet bill well into the thousands, trying to understand what’s caused Minnie’s pain and abdominal fluids, ultimately leaving us with no decision but euthanasia. Having to put down my cat while she was purring in my arms for 40 minutes, due to a disease spreadable by unfixed cats is emotional. Do your part, spay neuter your cats, the community cats and save a life! More on FIP inside this issue.
In light of all the tragedy around the world from Hurricane’s to fires, the question you need to ask yourself is “Do I have a disaster prepared plan for myself and pets?“. We’ve inserted a great article that we hope inspires you to plan ahead. We often think, how sad for them, I can’t imagine this happening to me, well, no one is ever expecting the worst to happen. So, plan for the best! Our hearts and prayers go out to those that lost their homes and pets to the Hurricane’s and NorCal wildfires.
In this season of gratitude and at the close of another year, we pause to wish you all a joyous holiday season. We wish your lives to be full of love, happiness and peace. Thank you to our very talented graphic designer, the loving pet community and advertisers that help makes this magazine possible.
I dedicate this issue to our beloved Minnie, Mocha and all the pets that have recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge