Archive for March, 2006

Talking Cats

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Talking Dogs

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Breeding Woes

Hello Everyone..

Just the other day, I was talking to a fellow animal lover.. and the topic of discussion was about animal breeding..

He had a ‘special’ cat that he wanted to breed..

Now, bear in mind that this friend of mine LOVES animals as well.. more than himself, I sometimes think.

He is as extreme as I am.. and rescues every animal that he sees is suffering.. often discarding any worries of financial, time and emotional issues recklessly aside..

Anyway, he had this SEVEN-toed cat, a polydactyl, that he would like to see give birth to seven-toed polydactyl kittens..

So, I told him of a time when I thought of that myself.. I have a cat that I considered very special as well. He was an all white cat with two different eye colours, one blue and the other green. He was absolutely beautiful with a great temperament to boot.

I had actually considered allowing him to mate with another beautiful female cat and was excited as to how their kittens would turn out..

But after much consideration.. I figured that if I had space for more in my home, I’d like to help the ones in need out there..

It felt wrong to participate in the creation of more lives when so many out there are suffering and homeless..

I realized that I wanted the kittens for selfish personal reasons.. and for a moment, they became potential “limited editions”..

I reasoned with my friend that, even if I found new homes for those kittens.. I would have preferred for those people to adopt animals that truly needed a home..

So, people.. whatever your reason may be to breed an animal.. please realize that there are many more out there desperately in need of your help, care and attention..

Please do not allow unnecessary or unwanted breeding to go unchecked..

Please spay and neuter your household pets..

For there simply are too many stray animals out there..

And if you own even a single un-neutered pet, YOU are partially to be blamed as well..

Too many homeless animals are suffering out there.. and you have the power to do something about it..

Every bit helps..

Think about it..

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Thanks, everyone..

SCCARFS Pet Connection Project
Su

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Nursing And Foster Care

Since we never know when we’ll come across a kitten or puppy in need of foster care, we always have these supplies in our respective homes for such emergencies..

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The most important ‘must have’ is of course, the proper milk for the orphan animal..

We at SCCARFS Pet Connection Project highly recommend Mother’s Helper Milk Replacer from Lambert Kay.

Over the years, we have tried many different brands and Mother’s Helper has the lowest rejection rate and thus the highest acceptance rate by many kittens from barely days old to couple of weeks old. It comes in a ready-to-use solution.. so no worries about the mixture being too thick or too diluted. Excellent when you’re in a panic and need to nurse an orphan animal immediately.

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The vets I work with recommend Milkodog, which is in powdered form. I suppose it’s also for practical reasons since powdered milk keep better and last longer, therefore making it much more economical too.. but personally, I prefer Mother’s Helper and stock up mostly MHs for kittens under my care.

The newborn should have a chance to be nursed by their respective mums before they are separated or fed any man-made formula. This ensures the nutrition, strength and protection that only mother’s milk can provide against some diseases and for that initial spurt of growth.

Generally, very young orphan animals are fed every two to three hours and those older than three weeks every four to five hours. Formula should be at room temperature before feeding. So do remember to do the skin-test before coaxing the little one to suckle. It would be best to allow the milk to cool naturally after heating but when in a hurry, you can run tap water over the side of the milk bottle.

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Bottle feed the animal for three to four weeks or until it can lap the formula from the bowl.. and then slowly wean off to soft food or kitten kibbles soaked in milk or water. There is no need to further provide milk once the kitten is able to take dry kibbles and have started drinking water on its own.

Do not feed kittens, puppies, cats and dogs made-for-human milk as such milk usually contain lactose. Lactose cannot be digested by most cats and dogs and normally upsets their stomach and causes diarrhea, and diarrhea is potentially fatal to the younger ones.

Of course, also stock up on kitten chow.. both the wet and dry sort. If the kitten is already able to take solids, wet or dry.. then you can do without the milk..

Thanks, everyone.. and Good Luck..

SCCARFS Pet Connection Project
Su

Note: Please do bear in mind that the above recommendations are based on personal preference and experience..

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Political Pets

A demonstrator arrives with her pets for a protest in the Thai capital Bangkok calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Photo Source: AP/David Longstreath

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It takes all sorts to make the world go round..

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Human Ability

If you can understand my words..

And if you have access to my writings..

You are able..

So what’s your excuse for doing so little..

How do you justify your inaction?

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Warm and Fuzzy

A dromiciops gliroides, a tiny marsupial found exclusively in the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina, is fed drops in the Chilean city of Chillan, south of Santiago.

Photo Source: Reuters

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Kindness around the world..

Seeing the picture gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling..

I hope the little guy survived..

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