Bachelor of the Week:Gio!

World, meet Gio. I can’t really say Gio, meet world, because I’m not sure Gio’s looking. You see, Gio is so cool, he doesn’t need to look. He just KNOWS. Knows what, you might ask? Pretty much everything.

Gio, doing his thing.

Gio, doing his thing. Which looks like nothing but is really something.

Gio’s got a few years on him. How many? It doesn’t matter, because he’s awesome. With those years comes wisdom, a relaxed attitude, an art for lounging, and a slight bit of constipation. Don’t worry about that last one, though. He takes lactulose daily to keep his insides moving along as smooth as his attitude. Also, it may interest you to know that Gio has FIV, but he doesn’t care, and neither should you.

Gio loves kids, dogs, kittens, other cats, and long walks from the food bowl to the couch. He’ll follow you pretty much wherever you go, like to the ends of the earth, or the kitchen.

If you’d like to meet Gio, he’s stashed away at his bachelor pad in the suburbs of Illinois. I can’t tell you where, though, because I don’t want all his fans to mob his house. Send a shout out to gotfriendliesATferalfixers.org  or visit his Petfinder page here if you want to meet up and hang out for like the next decade or so. Gio’s waiting.

Love,

Crepes.

"Is that a kid? He's cool." - Gio.

“Is that a kid? I’m cool with him.” – Gio.

"Is that a dog? I'm cool with him." - Gio.

“Is that a dog? I’m cool with him.” – Gio.

Gio lounging in a wooden item.

Gio lounging in a wooden item.

Gio lounging all by himself, tummy exposed.

Gio lounging all by himself, tummy exposed.

Gio lounging in a little hat.

Gio lounging in a little hat.

Gio in the middle of teaching lounging to a lounging newcomer.

Gio in the middle of teaching lounging to a lounging newcomer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of the Week: Goldie!

Here it is, Halloween! And our final Halloween edition of the Bachelor of the Week. Today, we have Goldie, a beautiful black cat with yellow eyes   golden eyes, I am now told.  (I am also now told that it should have been obvious because that’s his name. Ok, whatever momFOD.)

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Anyway, Goldie is 8 years old and loves to snuggle! He came to Tabby’s Place through the guardian angel program, along with seven of his brothers and sisters. Sadly, his previous dad passed away, but he made plans in his will for Goldie to move into Tabby’s Place after the fact. Such a kind man, to think of his kitties like that.

Goldie was originally acquired by his dad through TNR, thankfully, because if he’d been left on the street, he may not have made it. Goldie has the unfortunate condition of megacolon. I realize that it sounds as though he’s promoting some sort of old Japanese film. This is not the case. Please refrain from all jokes  about MEGACOLON VS GODZILLA and other nonsense. This is a serious condition that makes it hard for Goldie to, well, drop a deuce, if you will. Goldie’s colon is enlarged, and while he’s on medications to help him, um, pass the time, he may need surgery in the future. Even though one might think such a condition would make Goldie a bit grumpy, his personality has never suffered for it and he’s pleased to love, snuggle, and share his life.

Do you want to share your life with Goldie? Call Tabby’s Place! They would love to hear from you. And speaking of TNR, they’re doing some amazing things there at Tabby’s Place now by expanding their TNR program in a big way! Please drop by to visit Goldie’s Page and also to see what Tabby’s Place has to say about their new plans. We’ll be talking about it more in the near future.

"Yes, my eyes are hypnotic. Bring me a pumpkin latte, stat."

“Yes, my eyes are hypnotic. Bring me a pumpkin latte, stat.”

Preparing to drop a deuce.

Preparing to drop a deuce. It takes him a little while.

Come closer. I will cuddle you, and you will love it.

Come closer. I’ll cuddle you and we’ll watch Megaladon vs. Mothra. It’ll be great.

 

Love,

Crepes.

 

PS. Happy Halloween, everyone!!!!

Awww...cat got your tongue?

Awww…cat got your tongue?

Constipated? Try A Pumpkin Latte!

I know, it sounds awful to think about constipation, but some cats deal with it on a daily basis. Rocky, for instance, is always constipated. He’s seen several doctors for it but it still remains. Recently, he visited a holistic vet here in Chicago named Dr. C  (she’s fabulous, FYI) who suggested that we give him more water and even more pumpkin than we’d been doing, up to a tablespoon daily. Well, we tried, and it seems to be working. He strolled right up to momFOD and pooped in front of her. On the floor. Proudly.

The much happier camper Rocky, thanks to pumpkin.

The much happier camper Rocky, thanks to pumpkin.

Anyway, if your cat is suffering from constipation, first make sure that there aren’t any other problems. I’m not a vet (just a really well-educated cat), but here’s what we learned from our vet during our recent visit:

  • check your cat’s kidney function. If there are any problems there, the kidneys may pull water right out of the body and excrete it, causing your cat’s poop to be too dry and, therefore, difficult to pass.
  • check your cat’s thyroid function. Constipation can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Constipation can also be caused by:

  • dehydration
  • intestinal blockage
  • certain types of medication
  • diets low in fiber

All tests show that, in Rocky’s case, the cause is a low-fiber diet (he eats raw food, 2x per day, plus a dehydrated raw snack in the evening) and is remedied by adding more water and more pumpkin (fiber). MomFOD was giving us an afternoon pumpkin snack with a side of goat’s milk, which we enjoy just fine. However, we just received an email from The Honest Kitchen, the company that sponsors some of our giveaways, that had a wonderful recipe that’s perfect for fall and for helping relieve Rocky’s ailment. We thought it sounded tasty and wanted to share it with you! (We have not received any reimbursement for posting this recipe and do not plan to. You can see our original review of Pro Bloom goat’s milk here)

Cinnamon Pumpkin “Latte”

Recipe:

Mix 1 pack of Pro Bloom with 1 cup of warm water

Wisk in 2 tbsp of pure canned pumpkin

Lightly sprinkle the top with a smidgen of cinnamon*

*Do not use nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to pets, so please keep that in the “people only” cabinet.

 

Sounds tasty, right? This recipe makes a cup, which is usually enough to give to our four cats and dog in two portions. You may need to adjust the amount of pumpkin. Since Rocky is allowed 1 tbsp a day, per his vet’s instructions, we put a little more in his portion. As always, if you have any questions about your cat’s health, please see a veterinarian and rule out anything more serious before trying to change your cat’s diet.

We hope you’re enjoying the fall and our Halloween programming. Stay tuned for more great Halloween fun, all month! And if you’d like to get little thoughts from my kitty head throughout the day, follow me on Twitter @refrigeratorcat

Love,

Creeps.

 

Sources: Constipation in Cats

Hypothyroidism in Cats