COVID-19 and Companion Pets

COVID-19 and Companion Pets

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COVID-19 and Companion Pets

In the wake of the news about a dog from Hong Kong possibly having COVID-19, Dr. Dodds and Hemopet have received many emails asking us if our companion pets are safe. Since then, follow up confirmatory testing on this dog was negative, as predicted.

In times of crisis like this, we beg you to listen to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) regarding companion pets and COVID-19.

Please see the excerpts below from the OIE, AVMA and WSAVA. To review the full statements, please click on the link noted at the bottom of each statements.

OIE Statement as of March 14, 2020

What do we know about COVID-19 virus and companion animals?

The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.

The Veterinary Services of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China reported to OIE evidence that a dog had tested positive to the COVID-19 virus following close exposure to its owners who were sick with COVID-19 – see Immediate Notification (01/03/2020) and Follow-up report no.1 (09/03/2020). The test, conducted by real time PCR, showed the presence of genetic material from the COVID-19 virus, but the dog was not showing and has not shown any clinical signs of the disease.

There is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human disease or that they become sick. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals might be affected by COVID-19 virus. The OIE will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

There is no evidence to support restrictions to movement or trade of companion animals.

What precautionary measures should be taken by owners when companion or other animals have close contact with humans sick or suspected with COVID-19?

There have not been any reports of companion or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 and currently there is no evidence that they play a significant epidemiological role in this human disease. However, because animals and people can sometimes share diseases (known as zoonotic diseases), it is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with other people and companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.

When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing, preferably with hot soapy water, before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.

When possible, people who are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of their household care for their animals. If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices and wear a properly fitted face mask whenever possible.

OIE

AVMA as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Q: Can SARS-CoV-2 infect pets?

A: Currently, there is no evidence that pets can become sick. Infectious disease experts, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OIE, and WHO indicate there is no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people. More investigation is underway and as we learn more, we will update you.

However, because animals can spread other diseases to people and people can also spread diseases to animals, it’s a good idea to always wash your hands as indicated above before and after interacting with animals.

AVMA

AVMA on Veterinary Medications

Potential supply chain effects

The COVID-19 outbreak has raised concern about potential medical supply issues, including both pharmaceuticals and medical products such as personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, gowns) and surgical drapes. No current shortages are reported by any of the 32 animal drug companies that make finished drugs or source active pharmaceutical ingredients in China for the U.S. market, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, six of the firms have indicated that they see supply chain disruptions that soon could lead to shortages.

AVMA

Canine Coronavirus Vaccine – Would it help?

No. No. No.

From the WSAVA Statement on March 7, 2020:

Should veterinarians start to vaccinate dogs against canine coronavirus because of the risk of SARSCov-2?

The canine coronavirus vaccines available in some global markets are intended to protect against enteric coronavirus infection and are NOT licensed for protection against respiratory infections. Veterinarians should NOT use such vaccines in the face of the current outbreak thinking that there may be some form of cross-protection against COVID-19. There is absolutely no evidence that vaccinating dogs with commercially available vaccines will provide cross-protection against the infection by COVID-19, since the enteric and respiratory viruses are distinctly different variants of coronavirus. No vaccines are currently available in any market for respiratory coronavirus infection in the dog. [Information from the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group].

WSAVA

Commentary

Coronaviruses are zoonotic – meaning they jump between species. Scientists are currently racing to find out the animal origin of the novel COVID-19 disease in humans, that is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first we heard was from two species of snakes, the Bungarus multicinctus (the many-banded krait) and Naja atra (the Chinese cobra). This was doubted by virologists around the globe. Virologist Paulo Eduardo Brandão – who has been specifically researching whether or not snakes can become infected with coronaviruses – simply said there is no supportive evidence to date.

In mid-February, we heard that ant-eating pangolins smuggled into China might be the origin. While these animals are considered better contenders as the source by some researchers, the whole genetic match between the coronavirus circulating within the pangolin population is not close enough to that in the human population.

Thus far, the closest match identified came from bats, but the evidence suggests that an intermediate source between the bat and the human is needed. Indeed, research suggests that Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has an intermediate source in camels. The 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak is believed to be bat to civet cat to human transmission.

Clearly, this is a rapidly evolving situation. The best thing to do is keep calm.

Suggestions

We all play a role in personal and community safety. The best approach is to prepare, but not to panic as it raises stress levels that contribute to a reduction in immune function. A healthy immune system is key to recovery against COVID-19.

For a simple and detailed guideline that includes even tips on how to dilute bleach to clean surfaces, please visit the CDC’s page “How to Protect Yourself”.

In the meantime, Hemopet will keep you up-to-date on the latest information regarding companion pets as information about this virus becomes available and verified.

References

Brulliard, Karin. “Dog with ‘Low-Level’ Coronavirus Infection Remains Quarantined after Blood Test, Hong Kong Officials Say.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 13 Mar. 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/03/13/dogs-pets-coronavirus/.

Callaway, Ewen, and David Cyranoski. “Why Snakes Probably Aren’t Spreading the New China Virus.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 23 Jan. 2020, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00180-8.

Coronavirus. World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus.

Cyranoski, David. “Mystery Deepens over Animal Source of Coronavirus.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 26 Feb. 2020, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00548-w.

Dodds, Jean. “How Does Stress Affect a Dog’s Long-Term Health?” Pet Health Resources Blog, Hemopet, 9 Mar. 2020, https://www.hemopet.org/does-stress-affect-a-dog-long-term-health/.

Dodds, Jean. “The Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets.” Pet Health Resources Blog, Hemopet, 26 Jan. 2020, https://www.hemopet.org/the-wuhan-coronavirus-and-companion-pets-2019-ncov/.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). World Health Organization, 11 Mar. 2019, https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-(mers-cov).

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). World Health Organization, 26 Apr. 2012, https://www.who.int/ith/diseases/sars/en/.

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Your cat and the flu

Your cat and the flu

Let’s dive into this subject and find the many common myths and misconceptions out there regarding this very subject.  We want to get down to the nitty-gritty of what our cats can catch from us and what we can give to them.  Because let’s face it, we love to snuggle and stay warm under our cozy blankets when sick.  This is an open invite for our cats to want to come and snuggle in with us.  But, is it really healthy for us to be snuggling with our four-legged friends?  Or could we pass this human flu onto our cat?  That is the very thing we want to explore today, Your cat and the flu.

Studies have shown that you cannot catch a cat’s flu.  A cat’s flu is not actually caused by the influenza virus but is a viral infection.  The flu that humans get is caused by influenza A, B, and C.  However, the cat flu is still a virus, meaning that antibiotics will not help treat it.  Some people don’t understand the difference between a virus and a bacterial infection.  A virus is not treatable by antibiotics.

your cat and the flu

Your cat can catch your flu!

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It is thought that our animals can catch our diseases.  In fact, that is why there are so many mutations of a virus.  While you are down with the flu, you should avoid the cat as much as you avoid other family and friends.  This will help you not spread the virus from you to your cat.

However, there is yet another step that you might consider as well, this is that the cat’s fur could carry the virus to other family members as well.  Think about it, when you sneeze or rub your eyes, you could be picking up the virus and potentially putting it on the cat.  It is important that you are constantly washing your hands and avoiding contact with your cat.  Your cat and the flu are not a good mixture.  However, it is hard sometimes to get the cat to understand.  Especially if you are an on the go person that is now laying there, basically asking for them to lay on you.

Keep hydrated

Typically, your cat’s flu and your flu have pretty much the same symptoms.  For the most part, you will just need to stay in and rest.  Be sure stay hydrated and get plenty of fluids and always have fresh water out for your cat as well.  To get even more fluids into them, you might moisten their food too.  Sometimes the flu can turn into a bacterial infection such as pneumonia or a sinus infection.  This typically is followed up by green phlegm in both you and your cat.  When looking at your cat and the flu, these are some similarities.  If the cat has green phlegm, this is a good indication that you should probably see the vet.  Bacterial infections can be taken care of with antibiotics.

Make sure you know who the cat has been in contact with.  It may not have been with you. In fact, they may not have had contact with anyone but you.  However, we carry germs from the outside in on our clothing and shoes.  These germs can reach your cat, but they simply coexist with you.  This is not to make you paranoid, but just aware.  There are many reasons for a cat to get sick and just because they didn’t seem exposed, they certainly could have been.

american shorthair hydrating

Good Hygiene is important!

cat, hygene, flu

Cat flu comes from other cats.  However, that doesn’t mean that your cat has to be exposed to other cats.  In fact, like all flu cases, the cat could catch it from being around you.  And, some cats that are carriers of the disease have no symptoms at all.  This is important to note so you can further understand your cat and the flu.  Cats release the flu bug in tears, saliva, nasal secretions and even in their urine.  It can survive in most environments for up to a week.  Because it is transmitted by saliva, most cats that are sick will have the virus on their fur.  Be sure to always wash your hands well before touching another cat.   When looking for signs notice there are similarities to spreading the disease.  Always wash the hands well and often.  And, washing clothing is also important.  Good hygiene isn’t just for the vain but it is to keep you and those around you healthy.

To read more about caring for your American Shorthair cat click here.

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The Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets

The Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets

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Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets

The new and novel coronavirus outbreak spreading throughout Wuhan, China – and now internationally due to travelers from there – is prompting Chinese officials to quarantine the city and surrounding areas.

Many of us are wondering why the Chinese Government has literally implemented wartime measures since the overall deaths – while tragic – are relatively low compared to the number of confirmed infections. Even the World Health Organization has not yet declared this new virus a global health emergency.

According to The Washington Post, this particular coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has an incubation period of up to 14 days. It is also known to be passed on for up to at least 4 generations of viral replication – meaning human to human to human to human contact. So, the government is preparing to not only contain the virus, but also the next big wave of people potentially infected. Indeed, they are building a hospital with 1,000 beds specifically for people infected with 2019-nCoV virus.

What are the symptoms in humans?

This particular strain of coronavirus causes respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases of immunocompromised individuals, infection can provoke a secondary bacterial infection like pneumonia, kidney failure and even death. The secondary bacterial infection appears to be antibiotic resistant.

Pharmaceutical companies are working on a antiviral vaccine.

Where did this all begin?

Huanan Seafood Market has been linked as the possible originating area. This market not only sold seafood, but also sold live exotic animals.

How did this virus start?

Many coronaviruses are known to be zoonotic – meaning they can jump between species. For instance, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a different coronavirus strain and was spread from bats to camels to people simply through their interactions.

For the 2019-nCoV, a recent controversial peer-reviewed research paper found that protein codes in the 2019-nCoV are most similar to those found in snakes. The researchers believe that the virus jumped from bats to snakes to humans.

Other virologists are skeptical of the findings for a variety of reasons according to Nature. Paulo Eduardo Brandão is studying if snakes can carry coronaviruses. He says that at this time there is no evidence yet of other animal hosts beyond mammals and birds. David Robertson thinks it is unlikely that 2019-nCoV has infected any secondary animal host for long enough to alter its genome significantly. Overall, they believe more testing of the Huanan Seafood Market should occur.

What we picked up on is that Huanan Seafood Market also sold bats according to the study, which are considered the original source of many major coronaviruses.

Can companion dogs or cats contract the 2019-nCoV?

The focus of Chinese officials has been on human health and finding the animal source that spread it to humans. So, it is unknown if companion pets there can contract the 2019-nCoV strain from the animal source, could be spreading it to humans, or humans are conveying the virus to them. This last sort of spread is complicated and would take time as the researcher noted above.

Chinese markets sell a variety of exotic animals like civet cats and racoon dogs. Bear in mind, these are not felines or canines, respectively.

Civet cats spread Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to humans. It is believed that SARS jumped possibly from bats to civet cats. [SARS is a different member of the coronavirus family.]

We researched and have not determined if the Huanan Seafood Market sold canines or felines for food consumption.

We will update you if there are any changes regarding the spread of this coronavirus to companion cats and dogs.

Current Known Coronaviruses in Companion Dogs

Current strains are canine respiratory coronavirus, canine enteric coronavirus, and pantropic canine coronavirus.

Canine respiratory coronavirus is a part of the kennel cough complex and is spread in kennel-like situations where dogs have high contact with one another or infected surfaces.

Canine enteric virus causes diarrhea. A vaccine is available for this strain. However, Dr. Dodds, Dr. Ron Schultz, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) do not recommend it. As AAHA succinctly puts it, “Canine coronavirus (CCV) vaccination is not recommended on the grounds that infection: (1) causes mild or subclinical disease, (2) generally occurs in dogs 6 wks of age and younger, and (3) is typically self-limiting.”

The symptoms of canine pantropic coronavirus are lethargy, inappetence, vomiting, hemorrhagic diarrhea, and neurologic signs (ataxia, seizures). This strain appears to have not yet spread beyond Europe. There is no evidence that the canine enteric virus vaccine cross-protects against canine pantropic coronavirus, according to the WSAVA.

Current Known Coronaviruses in Companion Cats

Two coronavirus strains in cats are significant at this time: feline enteric coronavirus and feline infectious peritonitis.

Similar to canine enteric coronavirus, feline enteric coronavirus causes mild diarrhea in cats.

Feline infectious peritonitis is an immune-mediated disease triggered by infection with a feline coronavirus. It can be expressed in one of two ways: a “wet” form or a “dry” form. Both forms include fever that include antibiotic-resistant fever, anorexia, weight loss and lethargy. The wet form is further characterized by accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity and/or the chest cavity.

A vaccine is available against feline infectious peritonitis. However, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Dr. Dodds and Dr. Ron Schultz do not recommend it.

References

Callaway, Ewen, and David Cyranoski. “Why Snakes Probably Aren’t Spreading the New China Virus.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 23 Jan. 2020, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00180-8.

Campbell, Charlie. “The West Blames the Wuhan Coronavirus on China’s Love of Eating Wild Animals. The Truth Is More Complex.” Time Magazine, 24 Jan. 2020, https://www.time.com/5770904/wuhan-coronavirus-wild-animals/.

Christensen, Jen, and Meera Senthilingam. “Coronavirus: Should You Be Worried?” CNN, Cable News Network, 22 Jan. 2020, https://cnn.it/2vr75mR.

“Coronavirus.” World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus.

Day, M. J., et al. “WSAVA Guidelines for the Vaccination of Dogs and Cats.” Journal of Small Animal Practice, vol. 57, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 4–8., doi:10.1111/jsap.12431, https://bit.ly/38KwmGV.

Dodds, Jean. “Coronavirus Vaccine for Dogs.” Pet Health Resources Blog, Hemopet, 30 July 2017, https://www.hemopet.org/coronavirus-vaccine-dogs/.

Ford, Richard, et al. 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines. American Animal Hospital Association, Oct. 2017, https://bit.ly/3aMkndu.

Ji, Wei, et al. “Homologous Recombination within the Spike Glycoprotein of the Newly Identified Coronavirus May Boost Cross‐Species Transmission from Snake to Human.” Journal of Medical Virology, 22 Jan. 2020, doi:10.1002/jmv.25682, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jmv.25682.

McKay, Betsy. “What We Know About the Wuhan Coronavirus.” The Wall Street Journal, 23 Jan. 2020, https://on.wsj.com/2O1XrNJ.

Scherk, Margie A, et al. “2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report.” Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, vol. 15, no. 9, 2013, pp. 785–808, doi:10.1177/1098612×13500429, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1098612X13500429.

Scherk, Margie, et al. “Disease Information Fact Sheet” Feline Infectious Peritonitis.” Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, vol. 15, no.9, 2013, pp. 785–808, doi:10.1177/1098612×13500429, https://bit.ly/30WSnzG.

Sun, Lena, and Anna Fifield. “Chinese Cities Cancel New Year Celebrations, Travel Ban Widens in Effort to Stop Coronavirus Outbreak.” The Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2020, https://wapo.st/3aILVkb.

Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM graciously allowed us permission to publish this article.

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Owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke!

Owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke!

american shorthair cat can reduce the risk of heart attack

According to researchers, more than 1/3 of adults can reduce the risk of stroke or heart attacks if they own a cat. Scientists did a study on over 4000 American adults between the ages of 30 and 75 over a period of 10 years of which half owned cats. They discovered that these owners had less anxiety and stress which contributed in reducing the chances or heart failure or stroke. The scientists also discovered that it was also helpful in reducing blood pressure.

This study was presented in a stroke conference in New Orleans at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference. The study took account other factors contributing to heart failure or stroke such as high cholesterol levels, smoking and diabetes. The scientists who carried out the study, Professor Adnan Qureshi, from the University of Minnesota, said he was surprised by the findings. He quoted “the logical explanation may be the fact that cat ownership relieves stress and anxiety and subsequently reduces the risk of heart disease.”

Doctor Qureshi believes that stroking the cat could cut the level of stress related hormones in the blood. Reducing stress is known to help protect against heart disease by lowering the blood pressure and reducing the heart rate. So the news are good, a cat can reduce the risk of heart attack.

Cat owners have less stress!

According to researcher Farhan Siddiq, MD, of the University of Minnesota says he thinks that cat lovers share personality characteristic’s such as low stress and anxiety levels that protect them against heart disease and stroke, he believes that dog owners also share the same characteristics.

Daniel Lackland, MD, a stroke expert of the University of South Carolina in Charleston, agrees that “cats and dogs are good, and they make you feel better.”  Dr. Lackland stresses however “the findings should not detract from the critical value of controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.“

Kathy Cole, a clinical nurse at the University of California Los Angeles Center and School of Nursing said, “she was not surprised by the findings.” Miss Cole has always believed that cat can reduce the risk of heart attack and she presented these results in 2005 to the American Heart Association, and stated, “I would be inclined to think that any animal that is perceived as meaningful to a person in a positive way would have health benefits.”

Miss Cole also mentioned other research that suggested that pets create a calming effect. She stated that, “unfortunately, some of these benefits are not available to some potential heart patients who live-in low-cost apartments or nursing homes.”

It is currently estimated that there are over 72 million pet dogs and over 82 million pet cats in the US, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Veterinary experts believe however that cats can bring more stress relief than dogs; they believe this because cats are for the most part a lap animal that want to be petted which brings a reduction in stress that can lead to low blood pressure.

american shorthair kitten lap cat

Dogs however can increase the stress level of the owner because they require work, they demand attention, they want to be taken for a walk, they need to be fed on a routine while cats practically take care of themselves.

Should you go out and buy a cat or a dog in order to reduce your chances of heart attack?

Of course, researchers believe that more research is needed.

At Milla’s Kats, we go out of our way in raising our American Shorthair kittens to be lap cats. We believe that this is crucial for both the kitten and family and also believe that a cat can reduce the risk of heart attack. The benefits of cat ownership continue to amaze us and we see their benefit all the time.

Beside owning a cat or a dog to reduce stress, there are many other things you can do to reduce your stress, listen to music, read a book, sit on the beach and listen to the waves crashing, snuggle your significant other. Here is a great link A Guide to a Stress Free Day with more suggestions.

SOURCES:
International Stroke Conference 2008, New Orleans.
Farhan Siddiq, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Daniel Lackland, MD, professor of epidemiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.
US News & World Report, ABC News.

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American Shorthair Kittens – The Perfect Combination

American Shorthair Kittens – The Perfect Combination

If you’re ready to add one of our sweeties to your house, please fill out our Online Kitten Application form to submit an application for a kitten. There are about 70 unique forms of cat breeds. Exotic cat breeds may be the answer. Try to remember, you’ll find so many diverse kinds of cats in shelters, that it’s well worth starting there when you’re searching for an American Shorthair. There are essentially three unique forms of Siamese cats. Siamese cats are quite a popular breed on the planet. Because of this a Snowshoe is likewise an acceptable pet for a senior. Their heritage is why the Snowshoe strongly resembles a Siamese, but by means of the distinctive white paws. If you’re ready for the responsibilities a long-haired cat brings, then it will end up being a fantastic pet. If you discover any one of these symptoms in your pet cat, it is necessary to take it to the vet when possible. It has to be stressed again that not all cats are wrongdoers, but if you would like your home to be pristine, bear in mind your cat includes no guarantee that he’ll help himself on the scratching post. The Korat cat has fur that is comparable to the Russian Blue. This is quite a rare cat that’s classified as a domestic cat breed. It’s a robust cat that is extremely simple to look after. It’s a distinctive spotted coat that’s sleek and velvety. If you presently have other pets, then double check they are locked in a room in order for your new pet may get acquainted with his new home undisturbed. They do not need a lot of grooming. Whether there are different cats or dogs in the household you have to take care of all pets and also your residence. Ever since then, Burmese cats with a number of different coats are bred. Cat lovers are abundant throughout the world. Black is perhaps the 2nd most popular good color. If you don’t have genetic records dating back several generations, there’s no way to tell whether you own a precise copy of the original Russian Blue. They are generally confused with British Blues, which look similar as a result of the simple fact that they both have blue-grey coats, but there are several subtil differences between both. It has been created through the past few years in Scandinavia and England. It usually means they are not able to protect themselves on their own, making them impaired. And all this cannot be known overnight. This just makes them even more adorable. I would really like to hear what you’ve got to say! Life After American Shorthair KittensNeedless to say, we don’t know about them all. Below are a few things you need to take into account. They have a tendency to vocalize whenever someone is playing with them or they are attempting to attract attention. You will have the ability to leave comments and even write articles to earn money. Thereas no way I wished to try to list and described every feline breed within this guide. Along with this it has a lovely head, high legs and a very long tail which all go well together, which means that the cat does not have any extremes and although is a really well-rounded cat. Most of us know well how dogs wag their tails when they’re showing happiness. This is definitely the most striking behavioral shift in a dying cat. As soon as the Geoffroy’s cat is combined with a domestic house cat they produce a cat that’s spotted, can be located in a diverse assortment of colors, has an eye spot on the rear of its ears, and that’s very large. Ruthless American Shorthair Kittens Strategies ExploitedThere are advantages to these two options. Occasional visits to the vet and keeping up suitable hygiene would continue to keep this kitty in fantastic form. As an issue of fact, the price hugely is contingent on the veterinarians in your town, since they are very reluctant to act against the law.A little bit of affection and love can work. There isn’t any doubt about the attractiveness of these creatures and the interest they evoke. What’s more, there’s no scientific foundation for those traits frequently used in books on breeds amongst others since they are based on subjective experiences which often leads to anthropomorphising certain traits like jealousy’. Though they are reportedly social animals, they may be choosy about making friends depending upon their personal personalities. There are various kinds of cats on the planet. In the event the mother cat is totally domesticated, she’ll also teach them other behaviors essential to domestic living, including using the litter box. The True Meaning of American Shorthair Kittensamerican shorthair kittensSome advocate feeding your cat home-cooked meals, but if you aren’t experienced in this region, higher quality commercial cat food is usually the best option. It is essential that you thoroughly check your home for items which can be dangerous to cats and remove them immediately. Best spot flea products aren’t necessarily costly. The Russian Blue Cat tends to have an extremely lean, elongated body with shorthair that is supposedly very plush, especially due to the simple fact which they have a blue-grey coat. The main reason for this is because their unusual coat pattern is tough to reproduce. Because of the various breeding programs, they can now be viewed in a number of shades. However this isn’t true with a Snowshoe. A lot of toys are going to keep the pet happy and busy. Here are less common varieties that are only as interesting!Maybe you should adopt a Bengal! Keep in mind, adoption is easily the most humane alternative! This will assist in creating a wholesome relationship between the both of you. Undoubtedly, the main step is adequate vaccinations. Just as you would look after a youngster, you should take precautions linked to the repercussions that plants may have on an inquisitive kitty. However, there are particular symptoms your cat may experience when it’s suffering from the issue of an enlarged heart. As a consequence the left ventricle increases in dimension and becomes thick, making it hard for the heart to pump blood. It may be something as mild as a digestive problem or it may be a severe condition like kidney failure.
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Your Responsibility to your American Shorthair Breeders

Your Responsibility to an American Shorthair Breeders.

We talk a lot about what good American Shorthair breeders are expected to do for you. We require them to health test their breeding American Shorthair cat. We expect them to guarantee the health and temperament of each kitten. We expect them to be there for you 24/7 for up to 18 years or longer — longer than most other relationships you are likely to have in a lifetime.

We haven’t really talked about your responsibilities to your breeder.

I have done a lot of thinking. American Shorthair breeders tend to be very private people. They don’t tell you about the three weeks they spend getting almost no sleep except for quick naps next to the kitten pen because Mother Cat needs some help. Maybe her milk hasn’t come in. Maybe her milk is bad. Maybe she gets Mastitis and can’t feed her babies even if she wants to. Maybe her mothering instincts are a little slow to arrive. Maybe she wants you to show her how to be a mum. Maybe she died. Regardless, those first three weeks with kittens are often more intense than the first three weeks with a human infant.

Feeding six or eight kittens every two hours is exhausting. We haven’t got our mothers-in-laws, husbands or best friends here to help us and babysit so we can take a break. Struggling kittens count on us to be their Intensive Care Unit nurse with a full ICU full of supplies, scopes, syringes, feeding tubes, oxygen, etc.…. It is no surprise that maternal (or paternal) instincts go full bore on us, and we bond to these guys for life.american shorthair breeders, silver tabby kitten with food all over face

Not everything goes well with every kitten in every litter. Losing a kitten is deeply traumatic and emotional. We fight so hard and do and spend what every we need to, so we can save them and often we can’t, even though we have exhausted all resources. Death is ugly, emotional, and traumatic. Death is graphic. It is not peaceful and often violent. It leaves a scar on our soul and no matter how many times this has happened, it never, ever gets easier.

After the American Shorthair Breeders first three weeks…

After an American Shorthair Breeder gets through the first three weeks, we spend nearly every waking moment watching, thinking, analyzing, cuddling, loving and, inevitably, bonding with them. We get high on watching them play and see them develop their individual personalities. Could you hold a baby in your lap and not feel anything? Neither can we. By the time the kitten leaves the cattery, that kitten is as much a part of our heart as it is yours.

Things go wrong. We get that. Best intentions fade through no fault of our own. Maybe a job was lost. Maybe the terms of our rental agreement changed. Maybe someone in the family became sick and needs all our attention. Maybe one of a million things happen but things go wrong.

An American Shothair Breeder gets that. We are people, too. We have lived as much life as you have. We know the world is not a perfect place. We also know that sometimes, despite our best intentions, we mismatched your kitten to you. We know that.

Whatever the reason, we know that not every kitten is going to live its full life with the people we placed it with. Divorce, death, gosh. Anything can happen, anything at all.

But we love our babies more than you know. And we also love you. We want to be here to help. If you can no longer keep the cat, please. Be open and communicative. If your cat has a close relationship with someone else, let us know. That contract you signed with us? The one that guarantees health and our lifetime assistance? That applies to the kitten, no matter who owns him/her.

But more importantly, please be kind to our hearts. If you lost a grandchild — say your son and his wife were divorced and the wife cuts off all communication with you — that would hurt. You would feel sad, lost, a little panicky, so please be kind to us and let us know how and where our baby is.

That’s how an American Shorthair Breeder feels when we lose track of an American Shorthair kitten.

Stay in contact with your American Shorthair Breeders

So, please, stay in contact with your American Shorthair breeder. Send photos occasionally. Send a quick note to let them know how the baby is doing, please, this is how we know our baby is doing well and is having the life it deserves. Let him or her share in your cat’s joys and frustrations. Let them be a shoulder for you. Let them provide a listening ear and support. And please, please, please, let them know where your cat is, and if you can’t keep it, please let them be involved in any placements that may need to occur.

Thank you.

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