A Few Products I Like That Support Rescue

You Guys!

Every once in awhile  I come across a couple of things I enjoy and want to share with you. No reviews, no giveaways, no payments. Just stuff I like. Today’s items and events all support rescue and the health of your kitties. Let’s look!

NO. 1 Purrfectplay Pet Toys

Me with my bag of balls.

Me with my bag of balls.

Number 1 is this fabulous new toy I have. I am super into these right now. They are called “The Wooly Dust Bunnies.” Sounds like a band, I know, but in reality they’re these little puffs made from organic Midwestern wool. If you know anything about the Midwest, it’s that it gets cold and our sheep are required to grow fabulous coats. Sometimes they bedazzle them. True story. Anyway, they lady who makes these, Pamela, told us they are totally natural because she does not want any pets taking anything into their mouths that has plastic, toxins, or lead within. I like her attitude. They also make mice, catnip toys, and dog toys. And, best of all, they donate 5% of EVERY SALE (not just from profits) to rescue. FAB. Purrfectplay toys are as natural as they come, are made by a very small venture in Indiana, and can be found at Purrfectplay.com  

Me taking a real big sniff of sheep ball. Ahhh.

Me taking a real big sniff of sheep ball. Ahhh.

 

There's Louie. As always.

There’s Louie. As always.

No. 2 Goody’s Winebulance Shirt

Next, I’d like to share my friend Goody’s Winebulance t-shirt.

Winebulance Masterpiece

Winebulance Masterpiece

 

Do you love cats? Do you love wine? Then this may be the shirt for you. Monsieur Goody is a cat I met who lives in France with him mama Fro, who rescues kittens and lives the life of an artist, doing cool things like eating baguettes and picking apples.  Goody has his own social media following and is a lovely, interactive little cat with a happy attitude who loves to chat.  (Chat…see what I did there? EH?)  Fro told us that a whopping 50% of all the things she sells from her Winebulance and Bistro items line goes to their local rescues. So generous!

Goody and his Winebulance masterpiece

Goody and his Winebulance masterpiece

You can see Goody’s Winebulance shirt and other items here.  And don’t forget to friend him on Facebook!

(Update: The Winebulance idea was invented by a lovely fellow in the UK named Andy. He has a wine club and actually ships the wine from all over the world straight to you, if you live in England! If you want to check out all the amazing quaffs he has, you can visit him here! And speaking of quaffs…)

 

 No. 3 – Quaff for Cats

And finally… this one’s  for Chicago peeps or peeps willing to travel, though if you don’t live in Illinois, you can definitely still donate or purchase a ticket and give it away!

Cat Guardians in Lombard, IL is having a “Quaff for Cats.” (Read: drink things.)  If you love to quaff, come get in on the action!  Quaff tickets are cheaper when you purchase them prior to the quaff, so plan ahead. A planned quaff is a happy quaff. Also, don’t quaff and drive. Quaff.

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That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this edition of things I think are cool that are helping rescue.

Love,

Crepes.

PS. As a quick update to us, we still haven’t moved. In fact, we are now delayed because good old MomFOD sprained her ankle and couldn’t finish her house projects. Even with three legs, I’m more graceful than her. Anyway, updates coming soon!

**FTC Disclosure: No part of this post was sponsored. These are just things we like.**

Kittens and Heat Stroke: Symptoms and Remedies

You guys! Has it finally warmed up where you are? Or perhaps gotten even hotter? I can’t commiserate with you because I’m in the comfort of my air conditioned little condo, but I look outside and I can just see the flowers wilting. Well, not only do flowers wilt, but kittens can wilt, too!

That time I tried to cool off in Italy using the cat bath.

That time I tried to cool off in Italy using the cat bath.

Back with us today, we have Tammy from Feral Fixers in Lombard, IL. Last time, she gave us some great advice on keeping kittens warm and healthy. This time, she’s here to give us some advice on what to do if you find kittens who might be suffering from the intense heat! Although Tammy is not a vet, she’s a seasoned cat rescuer and has seen this many times and her advice can save some tiny lives in a pinch until you can get your little rescues to a veterinarian. Please note that this advice is not for treating your own cats at home! This is for saving outdoor kittens who wouldn’t make it otherwise. If you have health questions about your own cats, consult your veterinarian.

Kittens can't tell you if they're too hot. Look for symptoms like lethargy and mouth breathing.

Kittens can’t tell you if they’re too hot. Look for symptoms like lethargy and mouth breathing.

Hit it, Tammy! Tell me, how do you know if kittens are suffering from the heat?

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Kittens under heat stress usually stretch out and mouth breathe.  In that case, the first thing to do is bring them in where its cool or at least take something frozen, wrap it well in a towel and set it next to them to start cooling their bodies.  Do not put it over them! Leave them enough room to move away but give them the option.  Syringe water into their mouths – 3mls can make a life or death difference – 10 mls would be great!  If you have the ability to do subQ fluids,  warm the fluids up to normal body temperature – cold subQ is painful to everyone, and do 5 – 10 mls per pound, up to 30 mls total for a 3 – 4 lb kitten – (This is just what has worked for me. I am sure there is a formula that someone could provide but I tend to go on gut instinct.)  10 mls of subQ can also be life-saving.  If they have not been under heat distress for a long time, this can help them bounce back quickly.
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Part of heat stress is upper respiratory symptoms.  If their noses are gummy and they cannot breathe, clean their faces with simple water and a Kleenex or something soft, at the very least loosen the buildup of mucus.  If you can, use a syringe or even a tissue to put a few drops of plain water into their nostrils – same as Little Noses for human children, it loosens everything up and gets the gunk moving out.
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The kittens eyes may be inflamed.  Part of any stress in kittens is that their eyes get inflamed and gunky.  Clean and don’t immediately medicate; give them 24 hours to improve. If no improvement is seen in that time or the are worsening, until you can get to a vet, using Neosporin WITHOUT PAIN RELIEF can keep their eyes lubricated, reducing any damage.  The pain relief can cause damage to the eyes so be very, very careful if you do this.  This is the same stuff the vet dispenses, calling it 3 in 1 or neopolybactin.
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Deworm them for roundworms as soon as possible.  The dehydration can cause the worms to jam up their digestive systems even faster than usual, so along with hydration, those worms need to be kicked out before they can do any more damage.  There is an off-the-shelf roundworm dewormer available at Walgreen’s and Walmart.  Different medication than you would get from the vet, but in most cases does just as good a job.
Thank you, Tammy! Let’s hope that by getting this information out there, some tiny lives can be saved this summer in the heat!  If you live anywhere near the Lombard, Il area, Feral Fixers is looking for FOSTERS. Do you want to fosters? Then get in touch with them stat! They have a influx of tiny kitten lives they’ve just saved and need places to stash them. And if you’ve never fostered, don’t worry! We have plenty of articles here to help you figure out how.
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Love,
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Crepes.
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What To Carry In Your Car For An Unexpected Cat Rescue

You guys!

Have you ever been out and about and, perhaps you see a cat and think, “If only I had the ability to help him right now…”

Well, I’m about to get you ready to do just that! I’ve spoken with three experts in the rescue field and am about to share with your their tips for what to carry with you in your car in case a rescue is needed.

This kit sucks for rescue. Shoes will not help you help a cat. Read on to find out how to pack your kit.

This kit sucks for rescue. A sparkly bathing suit and sunblock will not help you help a cat. Read on to find out how to pack your kit properly.

First up, we have Shawn Simons, the Headmistress at Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats in Los Angeles, a rescue with a heck of a story and a special focus on trapping feral cats in the LA area. Here’s her advice:

I would always carry is a towel.  It is a very good way to grab a sick or injured cat while protecting yourself. Make sure you have a carrier to put the cat in. A humane trap may be useful but I find successful trappings often need a bit more prep, although a hungry cat may not need it. If you are trapping, our kits always include newspaper, tuna, can opener and a trap cover (like a blanket or large towel). We use baby food a lot for semi ferals. For night time, you’ll need a flashlight, of course. Also if you are not able to get straight to a vet, flea meds and clavomox would be good to have on hand.
Towels: A necessity!

Towels: A necessity!

Next up, we have a list of things that you might keep with you, provided by Liz Houtz, the Community Cats Program Manager at Tree House  (who happened to be the person that helped trap Louie and Sprinkle, the two “fosters” here that never seem to want to leave.) Here’s Liz’s list for what to bring with you when you plan to trap a feral kitty:
  • KMR kitten replacement milk
  • Kitten feeding bottle
  • Hot water bottle to keep kittens warm
  • Towels
  • Canned cat food and tuna for trapping
  • Can opener
  • At least one carrier (medium) and one trap
  • Newspaper for traps
  • Wire ties for broken carriers
  • Flashlight
  • Trap covers
  • Tarp to protect car
  • Duct tape
  • Trap divider

And finally, we have Tammy from Feral Fixers, an organization in DuPage County, Illinois that focuses on trap-neuter-return programs and works to support colony caretakers by providing traps and spay/neuter resources to help control the feral cat population. She says:

One of the most frustrating parts of rescue is not being able to go somewhere yourself. But having volunteers who CAN go there and do what needs to be done is priceless! We make it a habit to learn whatever we can about our volunteers so that we can call on them in a pinch and they come thru time and time again! A drop-in carrier, two towels, a small throw, some canned food – stinkier the better and a small sample size bag of dry food that you can shake to stimulate interest in food are the very basics and all can be stored and carried in that carrier. One towel to go in carrier, other towel or throw to drop on top of the cat to wrap and drop in carrier and then the throw to go on top and cover whole carrier to keep it quiet and safe. Just the very basics for cat pickup.

The Can Opener:  A Must Have for Resscues and The Already Rescued, Well-Fed House Cat

The Can Opener: A Must Have for Rescues as well as  The Already Rescued, Well-Fed House Cat

And there you have it! The basics (and then some) of what to carry with you so that you’re prepared in the event of a much-needed rescue! A hearty thanks to all of these wonderful experts in cat rescue. As a follow up to this article, we’ll be talking to Tammy again regarding how to know if kittens really NEED rescue and what exactly to do if you see some out and about.

Stay tuned!

Love,

Crepes.

Rescue Never Takes A Break Even If We Do

UPDATE:  Please see the update to the story at the bottom of page.

Alana here.

Recently, you may have noticed that Crepes and I haven’t been blogging as much as usual. Numerous things in our lives have been taking up a lot of time, but it has just come to my attention that, despite our busy lives, rescue never takes a break.

A few months ago, we bought our very first house. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for  many years. The last few weeks have been absolutely filled with things to do – drywalling, gardening, heavy lifting. I’ve been trying very hard to get this home ready for us and our kitties and dog because we’ve outgrown the one we’re currently in, but this has lead to a lack of time for certain things. I haven’t been fostering this summer yet because I have no where to put the kittens. I haven’t been doing as much volunteering because I’ve been trying to work on the house and keep up our CATastrophes project. Just now, though, I got a wake up call that reminded me that just because I have a new house and a new project, that doesn’t mean that I can put my rescue efforts on hold.

As I was finishing up some gardening, I got a text message from Chicago Cat Rescue saying there was a blind, sick cat lying in someone’s front yard in my neighborhood. A good Samaritan found him there, offered him something to eat, and posted his photo on Facebook. Chicago Cat Rescue knew I lived nearby and asked if there was any way I could help. I had nothing with me – no carrier, no gloves, no supplies – but I ran over there anyway to see what I could do. And there I found a giant orange and white man cat lying beneath a lilac bush on a bed of lavender. His eyes were swollen shut and he seemed unable to walk. While I was coming up with a plan, another CCR volunteer arrived. Luckily, she had a carrier and a blanket. I asked the home owners for some thick gloves and some more tuna. We opened the carrier and put it in front of him and the little fellow tried to climb into the carrier but was unable to do so on his own. While I distracted him with the food, which even in his state he ate with relish, (not real relish, of course. That’s too salty for a kitty.) my partner lifted his back end into the carrier and I closed the lid. We whisked  him to the car and off he went to the safety of Chicago Cat Rescue and the hope of recovery.

I didn't stop to take a pic while trying to help him. This is the post that saved him.

I didn’t stop to take a pic while trying to help him. This is the post that saved him.

Driving home, this experience made me realize a few things. I realized that social networking really does work and that this blogging and online work that so many of us do truly does have an impact. Without the social network of that one post, our friend would have been picked up by animal control and wouldn’t have had much of a chance.

I also realized I should carry a rescue kit in my car at all times. It feels helpless to see someone in need and not be able to offer assistance. As my dad always says, “you can take it off, but you can’t put it on if you don’t have it.” I think we’ll discuss rescue kits in an upcoming post.

And finally, I realized that just because my life is busy, rescue doesn’t need me any less.  Kittens are still being born and abandoned. Cats are still being injured out on the streets. These things do not take a break simply because I did. I need to make time for rescue because without the people who really care, amongst which I count myself one, these creatures wouldn’t have the chances that they do. They need help and they need it now.

Love,

Alana.

PS. I just got word that he’s awaiting medical attention but is currently comfortable, eating, and enjoying some pets. I suspect he’ll have some medical bills, and CCR is a small, volunteer-run organization, so if you have a spare $10 to send his way, it would be appreciated.

Click here to see a little video of him enjoying love.

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Enjoying some pate, fluids, and love with Julie from Chicago Cat Rescue.

I will be speaking at the BlogPaws conference this week in Nashville and may be away from my blog, but I promise to resume regular writing upon my return. I’ve learned my lesson.

UPDATE: As of 5/26/15, our little man has gone OTRB. The doctors determined that he had a several spinal cord, which paralyzed him from the waste down. There was little hope of recovery for him because of the damage and our friend was eased of his suffering. It breaks my heart to know that he’s gone, but I find comfort knowing that I did my part to bring to him an end of comfort. Instead of being alone under a bush, he died peacefully, warm, well fed, and loved, and he will be remembered forever. I’m sorry I couldn’t do more, but if I’d been able, I would have given anything to save you. Rest in peace, little buddy.