Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
A Compilation of Recipes for Your Cats
I’ve assembled several recipes that provide the essential ingredients for a home-prepared cooked diet for your cats. It’s best to alternate these meals to ensure your cat gets all the nutrients she needs over a period of time. You may want to start by offering a home-cooked meal once a week, as an alternate to your cat’s normal commercial foods. Since cats are sometimes known to be fussy creatures, they may enjoy some of these recipes more than others. Feel free to experiment with ingredients, but avoid those human foods that are toxic to cats.
- 1 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk
- 3 medium eggs
- 3 Tbsp. cottage cheese
- 2 Tbsp. grated veggies
Mix together the milk powder with a small amount of water; add the eggs and beat well. Pour into a small non-stick frying pan and cook on medium low until done. Flip over and spread the cottage cheese and veggies over half the top. Fold like an omelet. Cool and cut to bite-sized pieces to serve.
By Franny Syufy, About.com Guide
For pet owners receiving public assistance:
The ASPCA offers free and low-cost spay/neuter surgery via five Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics that travel to many New York City neighborhoods! Our mission is to put an end to the tragic euthanasia of adoptable animals within the five boroughs of New York City by addressing the animal crisis at its source—in the heart of the city’s local communities.
Recognizing that many of the most serious overpopulation and animal health crises arise in neighborhoods with limited access to veterinary care and animal care education, the ASPCA brings spay/neuter services directly to such communities.
For more information please call (877) SPAY-NYC, (877) 772-9692. Listen to the prerecorded monthly schedule of Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic dates and locations or choose the option that allows you to speak with a Client Services Representative.
Does my cat or dog qualify for surgery on a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
Low-income pet owners in New York City’s five boroughs with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or public housing qualify for FREE spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. Those on unemployment do not qualify for free service.
If you do not have proof of public assistance, a $99 fee per animal is required.
This is an all-inclusive fee. Clients can choose which services (as described below) their pets need. However, the fee for clients not on public assistance will remain the same regardless of what services are performed.
What services are provided for pets?
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Rabies vaccine (Must be provided according to New York City law unless pet owner provides rabies vaccination certificate signed by Veterinarian. A rabies tag is not sufficient proof.)
- FVRCP vaccine for cats/DA2PPV vaccine for dogs (We do not provide vaccinations or any other services to animals who are NOT being spayed/neutered.)
- Nail trim
- A small tattoo is placed close to the incision site when an animal is spayed/neutered. Tattoos let shelters and Veterinarians easily identify that an animal has already been spayed/neutered. This is especially important for female animals, as presence of a tattoo can help the animal avoid undergoing an unnecessary surgery in the future.
- Microchipping is offered for $20 per animal
How can I make a FREE appointment for my pit bull, pit mix, or large mixed breed dog?
If you are the owner of a pit bull, pit mix, or large mixed breed dog, you are eligible for free spay/neuter surgery, rabies and distemper vaccinations. Regardless of your financial need, an appointment can be made by calling 877-SPAY-NYC, option 1 for English, then option 6 for an appointment. Please call Mon-Fri 3-8pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.
What animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics accept for surgery?
Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics accept:
- healthy dogs and cats.
- puppies and kittens who are at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds.
- female cats in heat.
- pregnant cats and dogs, depending on the health of the animal and term of pregnancy.
- large dogs. (Certain giant breeds may not be accepted.)
What animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics NOT accept for surgery?
Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics will NOT accept:
- ferrets, rabbits, and all other animals.
- unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses. Animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, mange, and/or ringworm.
What patients will Veterinarians examine before deciding whether or not to accept them for spay/neuter surgery aboard Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics?
Veterinarians will examine:
- female dogs in heat. (It is ideal to wait one month after period ends to spay.)
- female dogs and cats who are nursing puppies and kittens. (It is ideal to wait one month after weaning litter before spaying.)
- male animals with only one testicle.
- animals over five years of age.
How many pets can I bring for spay/neuter surgery?
- The ASPCA encourages New York City residents to spay/neuter all household cats and dogs.
- Residents are welcome to bring all pets to a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic location, however, due to high demand for services, a policy of two pets maximum per household per Clinic day MAY be applied.
How should I prepare pets for spay/neuter surgery?
- Animals less than four months old should eat a small meal at about 6:00 A.M. on the morning of surgery.
- Animals older than four months should have food removed at midnight prior to surgery.
- Do not withhold water from any animal at any time prior to leaving for surgery.
- Bring cats in appropriately sized carriers with one cat per carrier.
- Bring dogs on leashes.
What should I bring with me when the animal is admitted to the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
- Bring proof of public assistance and picture identification showing you are 18 years of age or older.
- If transporting a pet for someone who is disabled or elderly, bring that person’s proof of public assistance and picture identification.
- Bring five dollars ($5) to purchase an E-collar to place on the pet after surgery. (An E-collar is a plastic cone that fits around the pet’s neck to prevent him or her from licking stitches and causing infection.)
What occurs when I arrive at the site of a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?
- It is suggested that people arrive at the location before 7:00 A.M. The ASPCA serves an average of 20–25 animals per day on a first-come, first-served basis.
- An ASPCA representative will arrive before 8:00 A.M. to assist with animal sign-in.
- Be prepared to wait approximately two hours for intake of animals.
- While waiting, please be courteous and considerate of neighbors and fellow clients.
How should I care for a pet after surgery?
When your dog or cat is discharged from the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, instructions explaining postoperative care will be provided. You can also download them here: - English Version (pdf) - Spanish Version (pdf)
ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic Calendar
11/01/10: Pathmark/Petland Discounts Parking Lot, Ozone Park Where: Corner of 92nd Street and 95th Avenue – View on Map | Get Directions
By Calling (877) SPAY-NYC, You Can:
Learn how to become eligible for ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic services.
Find out the minimum requirements prior to booking a spay/neuter appointment.
Schedule a TNR spay/neuter appointment. :
Request traps for your TNR project.
Communicate any mobile spay/neuter clinic post-operative issues.
Ask questions or express concerns about ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics.
All information courtesy of: http://www.aspca.org
FRIDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) — Old age seems to sneak up on pets just as it does in people.
Long before you expect it, Fido and Snowball are no longer able to bolt out the door or leap onto the bed. But with routine visits to the vet, regular exercise and good weight control, you can help your beloved pet ward off the onset of age-related disease, one veterinary expert suggests.
“Aging pets are a lot like aging people with respect to diseases,” Susan Nelson, a Kansas State University assistant professor of clinical services, said in a university news release. Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, periodontal disease and heart disease are among the problems pets face as they grow older, she noted.
“Like people, routine exams and tests can help detect some of these problems earlier and make treatment more successful,” Nelson added, making a special reference to heartworm prevention and general vaccinations.
“It’s also important to work closely with your veterinarian,” Nelson said, because “many pets are on more than one type of medication as they age, just like humans.”
Cats between 8 and 11 years (equal to 48 to 60 in human years) are considered “senior,” while those over the age of 12 fall into the category of “geriatric,” Nelson explained.
For dogs it depends on weight: those under 20 pounds are considered senior at 8 years, and geriatric at 11 years. Those 120 pounds and up, however, are considered senior at 4 years and geriatric at 6 years, with a sliding age-scale applied to canines between 20 and 120 pounds.
Nelson said that to catch problems early, older cats and dogs need to be taken in for a semiannual health exam and lab tests. “Diseases such as systemic hypertension and diabetes mellitus are just a few that can occur at a relatively young age and often take owners by surprise. Urinary or fecal incontinence are other issues that may occur as your pet matures,” she added.
“Such actions obviously can’t prevent all diseases, but when caught early, many diseases can be managed” and the good quality of life extended, Nelson said.
Nelson also wants owners to be aware that pet behavior can shift with age if mental problems such as senility, phobias and various anxieties take hold. Disorientation can ensue, alongside changes in eating habits and the tendency to sleep more.
The risk for joint problems also grows with age, and older pets should not be encouraged to run or jump as much as they might have in the past. Swimming and walking are good alternatives, she suggested, and supplements and medications can help keep pain from arthritis at bay.
Overall, Nelson advises owners to “give your senior pets lots of TLC — tender, loving care.” That, she said, can go a long way towards easing the aging process.
For more on aging dogs, visit the ASPCA.
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month! As mom to three “older” cats and one 20-year-old turtle, I consider senior-pet adoption a cause near and dear to my heart.
So this month, I’m challenging everyone to pledge to spread the word by “liking” this post. If you want to do more, we’ve got ways to help after the jump.
And if you have a friend who’s thinking of adopting — or if you’re considering adding a new furry family member yourself — read and share this list:
10 Reasons Senior Pets Rule:
- When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
- A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
- You can teach an old dog (or cat or other pet) new tricks (I do every day with my own cats!): Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
- A senior pet may very well already know basic commands anyway!
- In particular, senior pets are often already housetrained, or can be more easily housetrained than a young pet with a tiny bladder.
- A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much pet you’re getting.
- Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger pets, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
- Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.
- Senior pets know that chew toys (not shoes) are for chewing and scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching.
- Senior pets are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior pet, you’re truly saving a life.
What did we miss? Share your own reasons senior pets rule below.
Want to do more? Here are some other ways you can help senior pets this month:
- E-mail this post to a friend who wants a new pet
- Promote one senior pet on Facebook or Twitter every day this month.
- Add a senior-pet search widget to your Web site or blog.
- Post a photo of your senior pet (and tell us why he or she rules) on our Facebook wall.
- Adopt a senior pet for Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month.
Planning to take action to help senior pets this month? Don’t forget to “Like” this post to share your pledge with others!
You might also like:
Video: Adopting Senior Dogs
Article: A Companion Animal’s Golden Years
Article: The First Days with Your Senior Dog
Article: The Special Needs of the Senior Cat
By Jane, associate producer at Petfinder.com
Posted November 1, 2010 9:32 AM