Thursday, July 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday - A Little Kiss

Hello, and Happy Thursday Purrsday! Lexy took over the blog for our last three posts on Summer Safety for Cats, but now I'm back! I'm here today with a throwback for Thursday. Today's throwback goes back to 2012, before we started blogging. 

This video was taken on March 22, 2012. I had been living here a little over a year, but this was still a big deal at the time. I let Lexy give me a bath without hissing at her, and she didn't bite my ear (like she always used to do.) (Please ignore the broken blinds. Mommy says some things never change - I think she's blaming us.)




If the video doesn't play, you can watch it on Youtube.

This photo was taken on November 4, 2012. We're sitting in the same exact spot, and we're giving each other a little kiss.



throwback thursday|cats in windows

I'm thinking maybe the neighbors were burning catnip or something. That's the only explanation I can come up with. 

I hope you liked our throwback today!  

Lola

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Safety Tips for Cats: 12 Signs Your Cat May be Overheated

Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in. Today I’m back with the third post in our series about summer safety for cats, and I’m going to be discussing 12 signs your cat may be overheated (and some other info on  heat stroke as well.) 

Disclaimer: we here at Lola The Rescued Cat are not veterinarians. Any time you think your cat needs medical attention you should contact your vet immediately and follow their instructions. This post is for informational purposes only.  Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s dive right in. 




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer Safety for Cats: 6 Signs Your Cat May be Dehydrated

Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in. Today I’m back with the second post in our series about Summer Safety for Cats, and I’m going to be discussing six signs your cat may be dehydrated (and some other info on dehydration as well.) 


six signs your cat may be dehydrated


This photo doesn’t have anything to do with the post… I just thought you’d like to see me. (Was I right?) 

Disclaimer: We here at Lola The Rescued Cat are not veterinarians. Any time you think your cat needs medical attention you should contact your vet immediately and follow their instructions. This post is for informational purposes only. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s dive right in. 



six signs your cat may be dehydrated


Six Signs Your Cat May be Dehydrated


1. Lethargy - Your cat has less energy than usual and is not as active. 

It's important to know your cat’s habits. If I don’t chase the red dot or Lola doesn’t try to kill “Da Bird”, Mother will keep a close eye on us.

2. Loss of Appetite - Not eating the usual amount of food or refusing meals.

Again, it’s important to know your cat. If Lola refuses breakfast or only nibbles at dinner, Mother doesn’t worry. But if I totally refuse a meal, Mother will keep a watchful eye because she knows something may be amiss. 


3. Sunken, Dry Eyes - Eyes are sunken into the sockets and are dull, not shiny.

The lack of fluid causes your cat’s eyes to look more sunken than usual. In addition, they will be very dry and, in cases of severe dehydration, their third eyelid may be visible. 


4. Constipation - Not pooping.

A cat who is dehydrated may experience constipation. Check the litterbox...do you see less stool than usual? You may even notice several small, very hard pieces of stool outside of the litterbox.


5. Poor skin elasticity - Also referred to as “skin tenting”.

This is the classic sign of dehydration. If you take a pinch of skin over the cat's shoulders and pull up gently, the skin should snap back into place when released. As the cat gets more dehydrated, the skin goes back into place more and more slowly. If the pinch of skin stays up (the "tent"), it is a sign of severe dehydration and your cat should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.




6. Slow Capillary Refill Time - Low blood flow to tissue.

In a normal cat the gums should be slick, wet and glistening as opposed to dry and tacky. You can test for capillary refill time by pressing lightly on the gums with your finger. The gums that are pressed will turn whitish but should return to pink in a few seconds on a well-hydrated cat.


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What Should You Do if You Think Your Cat is Dehydrated? 

If you suspect that your cat is dehydrated you should seek veterinary care immediately. Severe dehydration can be life-threatening, and it can also be a sign of an underlying medical issue. Typically, cats will need fluid replenishment subcutaneously or through an IV. 


How Can You Avoid Dehydration?


  • Some cats are picky about how they obtain their water. Some cats only like glass bowls, some like running water rather than standing water, some like tap water, and others prefer bottled. Know your cat’s preference. 
  • Make sure that you clean your cat's water bowl every day to discourage bacteria from growing on its surface.
  • Does your cat have whisker stress? A shallow bowl will help their whiskers from being disturbed while they're drinking, such as this one. 
  • For cats that love running water, you may consider a drinking fountain. This can minimize the need for you to run a faucet constantly and have your cat sitting in your sink all the time. 
  • Feed your cat canned foods as much as possible. They contain up to 80% moisture and can help to compensate for moisture intake.
  • If your cat goes outside, make sure she has access to a cool place in hot weather and shelter in cold weather, with plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
  • Taking your cat to the veterinarian routinely for exams and any recommended testing such as blood work can help you catch and begin treating any underlying problems such as diabetes or kidney disease early before they result in dehydration.


six signs your cat may be dehydrated


I hope you found this information useful to help keep your cat healthy this summer. Stay tuned for the next post in this series where I'll be discussing how you can tell if your cat is overheated. 

What tips do you have to keep your cat hydrated? 


Lexy







Monday, July 9, 2018

Summer Safety for Cats: 6 to Keep Your Cat Happy and Cool in Summer

Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in with some important information regarding summer safety for cats. Summer is upon us, and we’ve had some hot and humid days here in the North East. With two months left of summer, (or more, if you experience Indian Summer where you live),  I thought it would be a good idea to write a series of posts on Summer Safety for Cats. This first post will focus on ways to keep your cat cool and happy during the summer months, and then I will move on to discuss dehydration, and finally how to tell if your cat is overheated.. 

cat summer safety|keep your cat cool

Friday, July 6, 2018

Lola on the Road: El Gato Coffee House (Houston, TX)

Welcome to the fourth post in our series “Lola on the Road”. Throughout the summer I’ll be visiting several cat cafes and sharing my experiences with our readers. Coffee and cats; two of my favorite things! If you missed the last installment in the series, you can read about Rahway Kitty Hall here

As a lover of all things related to cats I knew I would enjoy visiting all of these wonderful cafes, but I am truly amazed by my experiences. I am meeting amazing people who are dedicated to making the world a better place for cats, and I'm gaining invaluable experience from each person I speak to. The impact the cafes have on their immediate communities is remarkable, and the impact on the rescue world is admirable. 

Today I'm happy to share another amazing cafe with you, El Gato Coffee House in Houston, TX. 


el gato coffee house|cat cafe|lola on the road


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday - I'm the Purrfect Nurse!

Hello, and Happy Thursday Purrsday! I decided that since we really haven't been posting a lot of photos of Lexy and me and sharing what we do day to day, I would take charge of the blog today! I thought a little Throwback Thursday would be nice. 


This photo goes back to June of 2011, just a week or so shy of me being here for five months (I wasn't quite a year old yet. Can you believe it?) Mommy had surgery on her hand and this is me being a very good nurse. Actually, I was worried about her, but Lexy told me it would all be okay. Mommy had surgery on the other hand before I moved in and Lexy told me it all worked out well. I was glad I was able to take care of her. 

Mommy does not look her best here but I'll give her a pass. She was still groggy from the anesthesia. 

I hope you liked my Throwback Thursday! 

Lola

Friday, June 29, 2018

PowerPate Chicken and Liver Dinner - #ChewyInfluencer

Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in with another great Chewy review. Last time I allowed Lola to do the review, but now I’m back. (I know how much you all look forward to my reviews.) I will admit, Lola did a good job though. 


only natural pet|chewy influencer|powerpate

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