Wednesday, December 31, 2014

12/31/2014

Today we are going to discuss blood work done for your cats.   It is imperative when your cat goes in for a checkout that you get blood work done.  At least once a year.

Here are 2 websites that explain the values pretty well.

http://www.assistfeed.com/BloodTestValues.htm

http://www.thecatpracticepc.com/documents/bloodworkmeaningsrevised.pdf

Yearly blood work will give the vet a good idea of what is 
going on in your cats body including with the kidneys and liver.   


Joy watching the birds outside!


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This is Joys blood work from yesterday.  it is an in house panel.  Which 
means we did not send it out to an outside lab.  That would give us a
more comprehensive look at the blood but we wanted to know answers
yesterday and not work.

RBC = 6   These are the red blood cells that carry oxygen,  they contain hemoglobin
(she has improved since 12/15  but came in with 6.54 on 11/27)

Hemotocrit = 21,1   This is the percentage of the blood volume occupied by red blood cells.
(she has improved since 12/15  but was 23.6 on 11/27)  
Many vets will do transfusions when this drops to under 15
 depending on other clinical signs.

Hemoglobin  7.2  The oxygen carry protein pigment in the blood. 
Low hemoglobin suggests an anemia.  
She has had a small change from 12/15  was 8.1 on 11/27

You can read up on most of the other numbers,  they are all pretty much in the
normal range except for the Eosinophils.
Eosinophils measure the number of white blood cells that are active
if you have an allergic reaction or parasitic reaction.   Hers is low
which surprised us because she is absolutely hemobart positive.

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Her numbers here (page 2)  are not that  bad.  Her BUN is showing 
come compromise with the kidneys

Her  GLU is high, but that is from stress

Her Alb/Glob is Albumin and Globulin  This measures the amount and type of protein in your blood.  Globulin is the "antibody" protein important for fighting for disease.  Her's is fighting something

She has an appointment with a specialist in Raleigh on 1/8  That was the earliest they 
could get us in unless we came in under an emergency situation.  Since she is
not doing badly,  we will wait. 



Joy with a curious look!

Here is what is really driving the vet crazy



The X-rays are not supposed to look like this.  You are supposed to be able to see organs.
She has had several more x-rays and they really do not look much different
The sonograms do not give us an idea of what this is either.   The vets have
tried tapping it several times. It is not FIP.  They are not getting anything
I truly think it is lymphoma.   The 2 white circles are pellets from being shot at.

This little girl is a fighter,  I really thought for sure she would be gone by now.
Keep your prayers coming.

Jake is eating some on his own, depending on his mood :)  
Thank goodness for a feeding tube :)   He is also going
to Raleigh on 1/8



Cheryl Block with Natasha!

Cheryl has sponsored Natasha for several years.  She came down to visit her yesterday :)



Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts from our Amazon wish list!!

Cheryl Block petting Natasha and Yoshi!


Amazon often does not put packing slips in the boxes and they never give us your contact info so we are not able to personally contact you to thank you.  Please know that we deeply appreciate your kindness and are very grateful to you for your support!

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Tiffany playing with a new toy!

Thank you Beth Hall for the charcoal filters and kitty collar!
Thank you Brett Cushing for the cat food!
Thank you Brigitte Smith for the cat food and feeding syringe case!
Thank you Cheryl Dennis for the cat litter!
Thank you Cheryl Dennis for the trash bags and cat food!
Thank you Douglas Hayes for the fabris softener!
Thank you Freddie Cheek for the cat food!
Thank you Jennifer Slozat for the cat food!
Thank you Karen Hansmeier for the cat food!
Thank you Karen Riddle for the cat food and cat toy!
Thank you Laura Nelson for the all the cat food!

Scotty watching Kitty open boxes!

Thank you Linda Ashlin for the cat food!
Thank you Lydia High for the cat food!
Thank you Mary Milne for the cat food!
Thank you Michael Smith for the cat litter!
Thank you Neela Deonarine for the feeding syringe case!
Thank you Patricia Honegger for the cat food and cat toys!
Thank you Reese Sanders for the cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the cat toys, litter, foods and beds!




Manxi loves her new box!








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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12/30/2014





Poppy loves her forever home!



           New Year's Resolutions for Cat Owners and Cat Lovers


The New Year is just around the corner. It’s a time for renewal and a time for re-examining our lives and resolving to make positive changes. So, here are some resolutions that you might consider on your cat’s behalf.

Periodic Regular Veterinary Visits

I know that taking your cat to the veterinarian may be a hassle. Still, it’s a necessary hassle. Even if your cat is not due for vaccination and even if you think your cat is perfectly healthy, these visits should still be considered mandatory for your cat.

Cats are masters of hiding symptoms of disease. Your cat could be in pain or sick and you might never even realize it. However, your veterinarian, with the aid of a thorough examination and probably also some routine lab testing, is trained to detect subtle signs and symptoms of disease that might not be readily visible, even to the most astute pet owner.

Your cat should receive an examination by your veterinarian at least once yearly. Middle-aged to older cats may need more frequent examinations and many veterinarians recommend visits every six months for cats in this age range.

Provide a Comfortable Carrier and Allow Your Cat to Acclimate to It

This may seem like a trivial matter but getting your cat used to being in his carrier can make veterinary visits much easier. It can also make the difference in being able to get your cat out of the house in the case of an emergency. This video, provided by CATalyst Council, offers tips for choosing a carrier and acclimating your cat to it.

Feed the Right Diet

The old adage “you are what you eat” is, in some respects, accurate. A quality diet is one of the most important factors in keeping your cat healthy. Remember that your cat’s nutritional needs change over time. The diet you fed your cat when he was a kitten will no longer be appropriate when he is a senior.

There are literally hundreds, maybe even thousands of choices when it comes to cat food. I can’t tell you which food or even which brand is best for your cat. There are many different factors involved in making that choice. However, remember that flavor is not necessarily the best way to choose a food. Texture and smell are actually much stronger motivators for your cat than is taste.

If you are in doubt about what type of food your cat should be eating, discuss the topic with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian is the person most familiar with your pet’s individual nutritional needs and can help you choose an appropriate diet.

Provide Plenty of Exercise and Enrichment for Your Cat

Living indoors is the safest lifestyle for your cat. But indoor life can also create boredom and inactivity. Combat that by providing plenty of toys for your cat and spend ample time playing with your friend. Your cat will remain fit and avoid obesity. At the same time, you’ll be deepening the bond between you and your cat. Don’t forget to provide plenty of perches where your cat can survey his surroundings as well as scratching surfaces where he can sharpen his claws, mark his territory, and stretch his muscles.

Protect Your Cat from Parasites

Fleas, ticks, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms…all of these are parasites which can infect your cat. Even indoor cats are not immune to most of these parasites. Fortunately, there are a number of safe effective medications that can protect your cat from these pests. Check with your veterinarian to determine which is best for your cat. Don’t forget to have your cat’s feces checked periodically as well for intestinal parasites.

Keep Your Cat’s Mouth Healthy

An estimated 85% of cats three years and older have dental disease. That’s a staggering number. And dental disease is, in many cases, a preventable condition. For some cats, brushing is a possibility. For those that don’t allow brushing, there are other alternatives that can help, such as dental chews, specially formulated foods, and oral gels and rinses. Look for the VOHC seal on these products and consult with your veterinarian about how best to care for your cat’s teeth.

These are a few of the resolutions that you can make that will improve the overall quality of your cat’s life and keep your feline friend happy and healthy longer. What resolutions will you be making for your cat?

Dr. Lorie Huston


Thank you so much to everyone for your generous gifts from our Amazon wish list!!

Charity loves all the cat food!

Amazon often does not put packing slips in the boxes and they never give us your contact info so we are not able to personally contact you to thank you.  Please know that we deeply appreciate your kindness and are very grateful to you for your support!

This list is from several days of boxes :)

Garfield loves all the toys from everyone!


Thank you Andrea Florkowski for the cat food!
Thank you Andrea Sabbouh for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Andrew Hatter for the cat food!
Thank you Ann Ryerson for the cat food!
Thank you Anthony O'Dell for the scratcher replacement pads!
Thank you Avery Acosta for the cat food!
Thank you Barbara Wong for the cat food, trash bags,charcoal filters, cat toys, feeding syringe case and cleaner!
Thank you Brigitte Smith for the detergent!
Thank you Carol Bruns for the cat food and feeding/irrigation case!
Thank you Carol Mikeo for the cat food, cat toys and wubba mouse!


Snicker can't wait to open all the boxes of toys and food!

Thank you Dean Brown for the cat food!
Thank you Erine & Nazrana Dixon for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Freddie Cheek for the feeding/irrigation case!
Thank you Gilbert Kloephfer for the cat food!
Thank you Jennifer Goldman for the feeding/irrigation case!
Thank you Jennifer Slozat for the cat toys, feeding syringe case, cat food and detergent!
Thank you Jenny Harvey for the all the cat food!
Thank you Jessica Johnson for the trash bags and cat food!
Thank you Karen Hansmeier for the cat food, paper towels and fortiflora!
Thank you Kathrin Lausch for the cat food!


Oreo loves all the gifts from everyone!

Thank you Kim McCann for the cat food!
Thank you Laura Long for the turbo scratcher!
Thank you LeTran Bui for the trash bags!
Thank you Lisa Mikula for the cat food!
Thank you Lynn Tapella for the cat toys!
Thank you Marci Bork for the cat food!
Thank you Marie Smith for the cat food!
Thank you Mary Milne for the cat toys and cat food!
Thank you Michael Maher for the cat litter!
Thank you Michele Radmer for the ear cleaning solution!


Ray is happy to see all the gifts coming in!

Thank you Michele Tiner for the exam gloves and grooming arch!
Thank you Noelle Peavy for the cat food and detergent!
Thank you Randy Giuffrida for the cat food!
Thank you Richard Von Essen for the cat toys!
Thank you Rose for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Sheila Mullinax for the feeding/irrigation case!
Thank you Sumaya Ramadan for the cat food!
Thank you Suzanne Roush for the cat food!
Thank you T Berry for the charcoal filters and cat toys!
Thank you Unknown for the cat litter!

Earnest loves all the great gifts!

Thank you Unknown for the cat litter!
Thank you Unknown for the cat toys and cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the cat toys!
Thank you Unknown for the cat toys, litter, cat beds and cat food !
Thank you Unknown for the holistic cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the pinnacle cat food!
Thank you Unknown for the pinnacle cat food!
Thank you Yun Chen for the cat food!

Mack is over joyed by all the gifts!

Please stayed tuned in for tomorrow to see the blog and bloodwork, we will be starting with Joy!
Joy!





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