Foreclosures and Animal Abandonement

When buying a home you always want to get “more than you bargained for” right? This year I purchased a home and got just that. The home we purchased came with a free cat!!

Missy, or Pissy Missy as she is affectionately known, is about 13 years old according to Vet, she has a spicy personality and hisses at us constantly. She backs down to no man or dog, she meows loudly when she needs to be fed and basically she thinks she rules the world. She was abandoned by the former owners of the home we purchased. The house was in need of repairs so each time (After closing) I went to the house I was greeted by a beautiful long haired calico cat who acted as if she owned the place. It was apparent she felt she belonged there.

After inquiring with the former owners I was told “The neighbor is taking her”. So… of course I introduced myself to each neighbor who informed me that the cat was very mean and they were NOT taking her, one kind neighbor offered to “get rid of her” for me. “No Thank you”.

So… each day while the home was being rehabbed, I came to the house to feed Missy not knowing what to do with her. I knew if I took her to the animal shelter she would be euthanized as with her spicy personality she would not be adoptable. Problem was… I was growing attached to this little schizophrenic cat with a bad attitude. She could be quite lovable and she was ALWAYs there waiting for me.

Being in the real estate business and having sold many repo homes, animal abandonment is nothing new to me. We have been left with horses, cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and most recently a gold fish. There are many laws realtors must follow when they are managing a home that has an abandoned pet. Contrary to popular belief, abandoned pets do not only come from repos, but often times are coming from standard sales where homeowners decide their pet will not be making the move with them. Seemingly nice normal people are leaving their pets behind.

If you are selling a home and you can not take your pet, I can only appeal to your conscience and say “Don’t leave that little animal behind to starve”. At the very least, take the pet to the shelter or call animal control to pick it up. There many no kill organizations you can contact as well. If you are buying a home, you may want to pay attention, if you see animals (cats more common) hanging out near the home each time you visit as they may be abandoned and waiting for their owner to come home. If the home is vacant or semi vacant and the animal is still there, question your real estate agent on the matter. Don’t close until the animal has been removed or at least a commitment made that it will be taken and handled properly. If you are an animal lover like me you will insist that the animal is treated properly.

Why Homemade Dog Food Will Benefit Your Dog

Everybody love their pets correct? We give them homes, groom them and feed them the best way we know how. Many times we buy the products that grocery have stacked up in their shelves; assuming that these will give the most benefits to the dog. That’s not necessarily true. Homemade pet food is a great way to introduce the required nutrients to your beloved canine’s diet.

One thing you have to remember with homemade dog food is that this is not derived from the leftover table scraps of your previous dinner. Some people think that the pieces left on the plates like seed, inedible stems and the like can be fed to the pet – this is not so. Unless your meals comprise of healthy and low sodium sources, it is best to serve your dog a well made food plan you have prepared specially for him.

You will need to remember to stay away from certain food when feeding your canine namely: chocolates, lunch meat and ham, sauces, cheese and spicy food. This will mess up your dog’s digestive system, and in some cases, even prove to be fatal. Include instead grains like rice, barley, oatmeal and buckwheat in the diet. Put in pieces of savory meat and other protein rich sources of food. Ensure that they are all thoroughly cooked and sufficiently cut up.

Also incorporate fresh vegetables and fruits in the mix. Mash and finely shred the slices of vegetables you are putting in. Broccoli, carrots, seaweed, leafy vegetables and bananas are excellent ingredients to homemade pet food. The nutrients they will provide will make for a healthier dog. However, you may also add some specialty supplements to make certain your pet gets all the essential vitamins and minerals that he needs. Check with your vet before administering anything to him.

It is recommended that dog owners do not combine serving homemade and processed meals to their pets. This will oftentimes lead to indigestion. If you have always given him certain pre-packed food but want to try nourishing him with homemade fare – do so slowly. Start by feeding him small bites and light snacks of the healthy nosh in between his regular fare. If the dog seems to have no untoward physical reactions to it; introduce the new food plan gradually. Decrease the amount of regular dog food and increase the volume of fresh food being provided.

The great thing about this is that you do not have to prepare their food daily. In fact, take the healthy leftovers of the dinner the past week and you will have several days’ worth of tasty dog meals you can supply your pet with. It is good to change it up frequently not only to keep him interested, but also to lower the risk of getting food allergy – a likelihood when the animal is given the same kinds of food too often.

Not only is serving homemade dog food more beneficial to your pet; it is more economical for you as well. The savings you incurred can be added to your doggie fund wherein you can dip into for treats and other enjoyable activities. If a satisfied and healthy pet is your goal – then start whipping out those yummy dog recipes and get going!

Pet Food Allergies and How You Can Help Prevent Them

The third most common cause of allergies seen in cats and dogs is food allergies. Those allergies account for about 10% of all the allergies and is only preceded by flea bite allergies and atopy (inhalant allergies). By feeding their pets a lamb and rice diet, many pet owners feel that they are avoiding pet food allergies, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth!

According to the Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster and Smith,

“The entire process of a pet being sensitized to a particular agent in food and the complicated antibody response that occurs in the intestinal tract in pets with food allergies are not very well understood. Despite our lack of understanding of the actual disease process, there are many things that we do know including the symptoms, how to diagnose food allergies, and also how to treat them.”

Food allergies commonly occur between the ages of 2 to 6 years, but have been revealed as early as five months and as late as 11 to 12 years of age. Food allergies have an effect on all animals, whether they are male or female or neutered or intact, in the same way. They affect both cats and dogs. There has been no sturdy link among specific breeds and allergies. Coexisting inhalant allergies or contact allergies can be found in many animals with food allergies.

Food allergies should not be confused with food intolerances. There are differences between the two. Allergies normally cause such symptoms of itching and skin problems connected with canine and feline allergies. Whereas, food intolerances do not produce distinctive allergic response and normally result in diarrhea or vomiting. Similar to the response of diarrhea or an upset stomach people have when eat spicy or fried foods. If you feed your pet a diet free from the bad ingredients, you can get rid of food intolerances and allergies.

3 Important Factors To Take Note Of In Pregnant Cats

If you own a cat, you will realize that once your pet gets pregnant, your responsibility doubles. Pregnant cats require much more care regarding their food, resting place, medication and other necessities. You should be aware of the type of food you will have to provide during this time, the total pregnancy duration as well as other responsibilities during your cat’s pregnancy so that you can make your pet feel more comfortable and effectively reduce her stress level.

Food

Your kitty requires specific care in terms of food while it is pregnant. You should never feed it what you eat as too much fatty, salty and spicy food are never good for cat health. In addition, when your cat is pregnant, you should not suddenly change the brand of cat food especially if you have been feeding it a long time. However, 3-4 weeks prior to her expected delivery date, start feeding it with healthy kitten canned food along with kitten milk replacement and continue to do so for some time even after she has given birth. This will take care of both the mother and her kittens.

If the cat is a stray, you have to immediately start feeding it with a good branded kitten food as it may already be suffering from a lack of nourishment.

Medication

With the first signs of pregnancy in your cat, you should immediately consult a vet for proper medical advice. The vet will be able to guide you with regards to proper medication, if required, during this time according to the medical history and condition of your kitty. There is also the potential danger of eclampsia diseases during this time with pregnant cats. This ailment is caused by calcium deficiency and you should take care to keep your pet safe from this condition.

Other Essentials

Apart from food and medication, you will have to pay some attention to the type of resting place you are providing for your cat along as well as take note of her hygiene. As the cat pregnancy approaches its final stage, your cat will start searching for a proper place to deliver her kittens. Provide a safe place with pile of clean clothes, along with food and water sources ready for her. In addition, you should keep the litter box clean for your pet.

All these tips should help your furry friend deliver her kittens safely without causing any potential cat health problems.