Pets don’t just make life better. They make it bigger. Together, we can do the same for them while helping to improve their lives, even as they age.
Many of us feel anxious as we think about our pets getting older. Age can bring many factors such as Arthritis and ill health. As our pets get older they become more susceptible to health issues and require more visits to the vet. There are many things we as owners can do to help our pets age gracefully.
Just because your cat is a senior, does not mean they are no longer interested in playing. In fact, playtime is even more important in older cats as it helps cardiovascular health. Keeping you senior cat active can help eliminate things like obesity and depression. Taking time daily to play with your pets, regardless of their age is one of the most important steps in keeping a happy and healthy pet. Health checkups should be done on a regular basis to ensure your senior cat has the best quality of life given their age. Feeding older pets the right foods for their age group is also another important part of keeping them healthy and fit. Keeping our older pets happy and healthy is also important for our younger pets! Ensuring they're playmates and role models are with them for as long as possible.
October is Pet Wellness Month. It is the time for us as owners to be reminded that preventative care is the easiest way to help our pets live longer and healthier lives. This month, Purina wants to celebrate the everyday moments and milestones pet owners have with their older pets and help empower them with information and the advanced nutrition they need to improve the lives of their pets.
* This post has been sponsored by Purina Canada
One of the things I dislike most about leaving home is not being around my cats. Whenever I have to be away for work, on family visits or other occasions that take me away from home, all I can think about are my feline family. When Pawbo contacted me to do a review, I was excited to try their product for these very reasons. Pawbo is an interactive pet camera that includes 720p HD live video, 130° wide-angle lens, and 4x digital zoom. These features help to capture and record your pets directly from your mobile device. Pawbo also includes a microphone feature that allows you to talk to your pets through the speakers included on the device. A handy treat dispenser allows you to treat your pets to tasty morcels with the touch of a button. Pawbo also includes a playground feature that uses various interactive toys as well as a laser feature.
The Pawbo device comes neatly packed in a stylish box that doubles as a stand for the device once plugged in. Activating the Pawbo is easy. Once you download and install the free Pawbo plus app from the app store, it will prompt you with steps to connect the Pawbo to your mobile device. You can connect up to 5 mobile devices to the Pawbo.
Using the Pawbo app is easy even if you are not tech savvy! Within seconds of installation, the fun begins!
Pawbo's integrated treat dispenser includes a rotating treat dish with 9 individual compartments for treats. This is obviously Oreo's favorite feature. It only took moments for him to try and eat the device after realizing that the Pawbo held treats. Both Oreo and Onyx reacted instantly to my voice through the device. They walked right up to it wondering where I was. Again, once I dispensed treats, the two of them sat directly in front of the Pawbo for the next half hour waiting for more!
I did try out the laser feature, but I was a little bit concerned at the fact that both Oreo and Onyx seemed more interested in looking directly at the laser than the spot it makes on the floor. As a result, I decided to avoid this feature. I had stationed my Pawbo low to the ground as I thought it cute to see Oreo and Onyx walk right up to the camera. If you are going to be using the laser feature often, I would suggest stationing the Pawbo high up and away from your pet's eye level. There were a few times where the talk feature as well as the treat dispenser did not work when prompted through the app. This may or may not have been due to a Network connection. All in all however, the features work very well. I really enjoy the fact that you can record video and take snapshots directly from the Pawbo. Once recorded, you can save video and photo directly to your camera roll to share via Social Media.
I also want to mention that having this device in the house while you are away is a great security feature. You can see what is going on in your home with the touch of a button. My husband and I really appreciate the fact that our home feels safer with the Pawbo.
To sum up my review, I give Pawbo 4.5 stars (leaving out a .5 for the laser which I am not crazy about). For anyone who works long hours away from their pets, this device is a must! It is a proven fact that pets help to alleviate stress. Being able to take time out of your work day to interact with your pets, even from a mobile device, can definitely help eliminate a certain amount of stress. The price point for the device is fair ($199) considering the superior quality of the design. All in all, I would definitely recommend the Pawbo to anyone who misses their pets when they are away!
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On August 25th, 2013 Oreo stepped into my life, or rather into my house! Brought through the door Inside of a cardboard box large enough to be his mansion, Oreo was no bigger than the palm of my hand. I have to admit that I was a little nervous as I has never seen a cat so small and disheveled. Along with Oreo came his sister, Patches. The two were complete opposites. Oreo was quiet and shy and Patches was feisty, vocal and very affectionate. The plan had been to bring the two for care at my local shelter. We have an amazing shelter in our City that does wonderful work and has a beautiful space for all the animals they care for. Once I laid eyes on the two of them however, I could not allow myself to bring them to the shelter, no matter how great a place it was. That's where the journey began.
We decided the best thing to do was to foster the two babies until we could find them a forever home. Neither I nor my husband had ever cared for kittens so young, so we had a lot to learn very fast. Even with the lack of immediate knowledge, it was easy to see that the kittens had a parasite. Their bellies were swollen and the amount of waste that came out of them was enough to boggle the mind. The cutest part of all this was feeding time. If you've ever fed a baby kitten with a bottle, you'll know what I mean! It's the cutest thing ever! At first there was no alarm in regards to the kids having a parasite. It's pretty common in stray kittens and is generally easily treatable. Luckily they had no other ailments and seemed otherwise healthy. Patches got over the parasite in no time. She was really tough for such a tiny thing and she steamrollered over everything in her path. At first, Oreo seemed to be doing alright but one morning he took a turn for the worse and shook us up more than we've ever been shook in our whole lives.
One morning when I got up to feed the kittens, Oreo was passed out. My heart sank like never before in my life. Listening carefully through his baby fluff, I could hear a little heartbeat. I knew that I had to do something then and there to help him. So I decided to use my own breath to help him start breathing again. After a few tries, Oreo snorted and then let out a tiny meow. He was breathing again! Once I got him breathing again I packed up the two babies and we headed to the vet. Thankfully, even though it was not yet opening hours, a nurse let us in and immediately began caring for Oreo. Patches and I waited the whole day as the technicians and doctors got Oreo back up on his feet again. Safely back home, we decided Oreo was no longer a foster kitten. He was our kitten and we were his humans. We spent the next 4 weeks caring for him around the clock while he faught the parasite that was ailing him.
During this time, Patches took it upon herself to groom Oreo and became quite the little mother figure. With all of us working together, Oreo got better and started becoming his wacky little self. After six weeks, Patches was adopted by a family friend who fell completely in love with her photo on Facebook. She went to a great home and is still living a happy, loving and healthy life! As for Oreo, you all know what came next!
Oreo has changed my life forever. From the moment he was brought through the door in his box mansion to this very moment today, he makes everyday a new adventure. Oreo is my fluffy son and my best friend. I want to thank him for filling my life with importance, happiness and love. Happy Birthday Oreo!
There are many celebratory days during the year to celebrate those we love. Mother's Day, Father's Day, Sibling's Day and others are on the list. For me, one of the most important celebratory days of the year is International Cat Day. My cats are my best friends. They are always there for me when I need them most and they provide me with the most unconditional love any living creature could offer. All of these things and more combined make it a purrfect reason to celebrate my cats on this special day of the year. All 365 days, our pets are doing something special for us. Whether it's that look they give you when you wake up in the morning helping you to face the day, the cute things that warm your heart and make you smile, the unexpected things that make you laugh, or the excitement they show when you walk in the door after a long day at work. Our pets are always working hard doing things for us and helping our daily mental state. They rise us up when we are down and comfort us like no other can.
For all of these reasons and more, it's important for me to thank my cats on National Cat Day. This day is all about them and everything they do for me all 365 days of the year.
Today is International Cat Day. Thank you to all of the cats for being your wonderfully purrfect little fluffy selves. You make each day of our lives just a little bit brighter and a little more filled with love.
Celebrate YOUR cat(s) today!
I will have to take a trip back to the vet today. This time not for Sunshine, but for Oreo. When I got up this morning he was limping and as I got closer I realized that his left back paw has a bloody claw. I don't know what he did but it must hurt real bad. I tried my best to clean it up a little bit by putting his paw in some lukewarm salt water. Oreo of course freaked out and gave my husband and I his two cents on the whole ordeal by giving us some nice gashes with his front claws. Of course, we don't mind... it builds character.
I am just concerned about the wound being infected. After cleaning it off Oreo sat scrunched up into a corner like a child who got a time-out. I feel so badly for him. I am pretty confident that it will be something that will heal easily. If he has to take anti-biotics I am not too concerned as it's super easy to get Oreo to take pills. Just put them in a spoon with a little olive oil and he eats it right up like a cat treat. Never a dull moment in this house! More updates on my little man once we see the vet! Our appointment is at 2:20pm ❤️
Sunshine and I went back to the vet yesterday for another follow up. She had some blood work done to check the status of the infection. The results show that although the infection is still present, it is getting better. We will continue her antibiotics for another two weeks. Sunshine will also have daily fluids for the next 4 weeks to help completely clear things out. What remains is to try and get her to eat her Kidney Formula once again, however, it has not proved itself to be easy. I have tried every brand and she just won't eat it. Her doctor did say that he is more concerned with having her actually eat at this point, so to keep allowing her what she wants. I bought another bag of Kidney Formula yesterday, one that she has not had in over a year, I will give it a try. Sometimes going back to the old brand after some time works. We will see what the verdict is. I know that she will eventually get tired of the supermarket brand as well and I will have to find something else regardless. Thankfully there is one food that is always fool proof for her. She loves the "Chef's Dinner" Friskies wet food. I know it's not the best choice given her condition, but we'd rather she eats than not eat. I guess if I was in my 90's I might be picky too!
We will be going back for more tests at the end of August to see where we stand at that point. All in all things are better and I am so glad. She is in much better spirits and she is still playing and being her cute self. Last evening she even came and hoped in bed with me and asked for food. That's a great sign. Luckily she does not seem bothered at all by the fluids so continuing should not be a problem. The only thing that worries me in that regard is the fact that she vomits afterwards every time. I spoke to the vet about it and mentioned that if you offer her food right after she vomits, she will eat it. Seeing that she eats again right after, her doctor is not to heavily concerned about that for now. As long as she keeps eating she will be able to keep her strength up to fight off the rest of the infection.
Update on vet costs: Total to date: $662.66
Donations received to date: $2120.21
Funds remaining: $1457.55
Donation Link: www.paypal.me/TModugno
Thank you so much for all your continued support. More updates to follow.
Tina & the cats
I am so glad to say that this past week Sunshine has been doing much better! The antibiotics really seem to be helping and she has slowly been getting back to her old self. She's been playing every evening before dinner and she has been more active and chatty. We're still experiencing a few problems as far as food digestion goes. Sunshine is still throwing up daily, but I have a feeling it may just be a result of the medication. Regardless of the vomiting, she has been eating more normally. The vomiting does not seem to bother her either because if offered food once again right after, she will eat. I am so happy and so relieved that she seems to have pulled through for the time being. I will be going back to the vet for another checkup at the end of next week. Sunshine will have some tests done once again to see if the infection has completely cleared. Since being ill, we've been allowing her to eat whatever she desires, but I imagine she will need to return to her Kidney formula in order to keep her condition stable. We will cross that bridge when we come to it. I am more concerned about her putting on a few more pounds at the moment, so I will continue to allow her to eat what she wants until her next veterinary appointment. Hopefully things will look better and we will move forward with the next steps.
Sunshine and I visited the vet once again today for a quick follow up. She did gain a little bit of weight back in the past few days which is great news. She is still on daily fluids as well as her antibiotic. She has still be very finicky as far as eating goes which makes things a little difficult. She will not touch her kidney formula food so we've been feeding her a supermarket brand that she likes. It's not the best thing, but it's more important that she eats at this point. So we've given her whatever she fancies in the last few days. She will have to go back for more testing in 2 - 3 weeks time.
Although she is still slower than her usual self, she did play a little yesterday evening which is also a great news. Normally she loves to play, so when she turns her nose up at a good round of slapping the toy on the string we know there is something really wrong. You can tell that she is still very tired and very weak, but she did do her best to slap the toy around a few times regardless. She seems happy and she does not seem to be in any pain. She just seems more tired than anything else. Rest is always best when you are ill however, so hopefully the extra sleep will help her to fight the infection. Oreo continues to watch over her and stays close by. He watches while we give Sunshine her fluids and he gets upset when I give her the antibiotic pill. He does not like to see her being handled and will actually sit at my feet and cry while nibbling at my ankles. I've also caught him stealing kisses. Normally Sunshine would not be adamant, but she's allowed Oreo a few smooches and nose boops without hesitation. He is such a good little brother. We will take it one day at a time until her next appointment and see where we stand at that point.
It is times like these that we can see the true magic of the internet and the true kindness of humanity. Since posting about Sunshine earlier this week, I am truly touched by the outpouring of love and generosity from the online community. Losing a pet is probably the single hardest thing a fur parent can go through in their lifetime. I want to thank you all for helping to make Sunshine's final journey a comfortable one. The donations received in the last 2 days have totaled $2120.21. These funds have been set aside and will go to further care for Sunshine during her retirement.
Since starting her treatment of antibiotics, she seems to be slowly feeling slightly better. She has been very talkative even though she does not move around a lot. She has been sitting in her favorite spots in the sun with her brother Oreo always not to far away watching over her. She has stared eating a little bit, not as much as we had hoped, but a little is better than nothing. I will be returning with her to the vet for follow up testing in a few weeks. The most important thing right now is for the infection to clear. If we are able to get that far, then Sunshine will be able to enjoy the rest of her retirement more comfortably. We already know that given the stage of her kidney disease, deterioration is liable to come quite quickly. Having the infection present will speed up that process even more. We are crossing our fingers that she has enough strength to fight the infection. I will say that throughout her lifetime, Sunshine has always been a trooper. Since she was very young, she has overcome many an obstacle and came out the other side with flying colors. I am hoping that she still has some of that fight left in her.
A little about Sunshine:
Sunshine was adopted from the Montreal SPCA in June of 2000. A couple months shy of a year old, Sunshine was badly nourished, bony, small and needed extra special care. I instantly fell in love with her when she sashayed out from her hiding spot behind the litter box. Hiding from everyone that walked up to her cage, except me, I knew right away we were meant to be together.
Sunshine had a rough start when she first came to stay with me. Two weeks after bringing her home, Sunshine had a miscarriage on my bed in the middle of the night. I had no idea that she was even pregnant as she was so tiny. I rushed her to the animal hospital in Ville Saint-Laurent at 3am only to be told that they could not admit her as she was from the SPCA. The two of us were sent home. Scared, disappointed and very tired, I phoned the SPCA and left them a message as to the events that had passed. When they received my message a few hours later, they phoned back and told me to bring her in immediately. The SPCA kept Sunshine for a total of 5 days. They wanted to be sure that the miscarriage was properly handled, and they spayed her afterwards. I visited her every day that she was in care and prayed that she would safely come back home to me. Well... she did! She has been my ray of sunshine since the moment that I met her. Through the years, she has been my very best friend.
Always appreciative of kisses and cuddles and always ready to support me when I am feeling down, Sunshine is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Together we moved from apartment to apartment over 8 times until our final move to our wonderful home with her Cat Daddy. Sunshine adores her dad and welcomes as many cuddles and kisses from him as well. She is the only one in our little cat family that actually gives you a hug back. If you've ever had the privilege of getting a kitty hug, you know that it is one of the most marvelous things in the world!
I do not know how much longer this home will be blessed with her ginger fluff. What I do know if that I will take each day as a gift and be thankful that she has spent 18 years beside me. Thanks to everyone who has offered us a generous donation to help us with her care. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of angels to watch over us. You have all come to my rescue whenever I have needed it and I vow that I will continue to do my best to bring each and every one of you a laugh and a smile daily.
I will continue to update my blog with current events and concerning Sunshine's retirement. My little Granny thanks you all and says "Meow".
We had some bad news yesterday concerning our little granny Sunshine. She has a severe kidney infection and needs to undergo treatment. Seeing as she is 18, I do not want to leave her in intensive care at the veterinary clinic, as they had suggested to do. I fear it would make her extremely stressed out and hinder the situation more than help it. She is at home and we will be doing our best to keep her comfortable. The vet said in all honestly that she should be prescribed many more medications, but at her age it's understood that the most important thing is to keep her comfortable. We know that she is in the final stages of the disease, and we are crossing our fingers hoping the infection clears so she can enjoy what time she has left peacefully. I am heartbroken, of course, but we knew this time was coming. I will do my very best to keep her happy for the remainder of her stay on this planet.
We've started treatment with daily fluids under the skin as well as antibiotics. The course of the treatment is 4 weeks, however we have no idea of knowing if she will make it that far. Our hope is that we will begin to see some improvement in the next few days, enough so that she can remain comfortable for the time she has left. The situation, however, is equally able to deteriorate quite quickly. She was quite talkative last evening as a result of the appetite stimulant. I find it makes her behave strangely. For the time being she is sitting quietly in her spot in the sun. The appetite stimulant has helped her to eat a little so far. We are allowing her to eat whatever she likes at this point. I want to sincerely thank all of those who have donated for Sunshine's final care. I am so grateful to have such wonderful support.
I will be keeping the donation link up (via PayPal) in this blog post if any of you would like to help with ensuring Sunshine's comfort for her final days.
I have no idea what the final cost of all this will be. Yesterday alone was $449.02 and I know we will be back at the vet sooner over later. I will be adding any additional veterinary bills to this blog post as we move forward.
Prayers are equally as appreciated. I will miss her so much ❤️
Thank you all for your continued support,
drawing by Emma Dougherty-Park