As a cat lover who loves rock music, today’s top story made me smile. CBC News reported that Canadian rock band Trooper came to the aid of a cat in Newfoundland with the same name. The cat almost died after he was found frozen to a driveway in late February. Trooper had to have one of his legs and his tail amputated after he was rescued. The band sent Trooper a care package, including autographed cd’s, pictures and t-shirts in hopes that the money raised from these items could help pay for Trooper’s care. Read the full story on CBC News.
Providing veterinary care throughout a cat’s life is one of the most important responsibilities of being a cat parent. Good veterinary care is expensive, and people often complain about vets charging too much. As a former veterinary hospital manager, I can tell you that neither vets nor their staff get rich from doing what they’re doing. I came across an excellent article by Dr. Marie Haynes, explaining the financial side of veterinary care and answering a lot of questions many cat guardians have when it comes to understanding what goes into veterinary fees. I encourage you to read Dr. Hayne’s entire article titled Why Are Vets So Expensive?
Since we’re getting ready to celebrate Easter tomorrow, I’m going to include a warning about the dangers of Easter lilies for cats. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.” Please read the entire post about why Easter lilies are deadly to cats, and share with your cat loving friends.
And speaking of Easter, the big cats playing with Easter eggs in today’s video are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Trooper from CBC News, photo of cat with vet istockphoto, photo of Easter lily morguefile.com