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National Cat Day

what is national cat day? Here is how the site “NationalCatDay.com” describes it.

National Cat Day was founded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.

Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated because they don’t usually have jobs like dogs. But cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship and alert their owner of danger.

Cats have so many puuuurrrrsonalities and there is so much to love about them! Even if you can’t adopt a cat, offer to volunteer to clean a cage or sit and play with a cat for a while. Who knows? You may just fall in love!

Please visit your local shelter on October 29th, offering love and life by adopting a homeless cat. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide on October 29th.

To put it simply Its a day to remember why we love our cats and how special they are.

National Veterinary Technician Week – For Our Vet Techs and All They Do for Those We Love

Just as any doctor would be lost or useless without his or her nursing staff, so too Veterinarians would be equally so without all Veterinary Technicians do. But who are these masked heros in surgical garb, and what do they do exactly?

They are the pet-lovers’ pet-lover; those you see most when you take your dog, cat, bird or other exotic pet to the Vet. They not only greet and welcome you, they run critically important tests that monitor your pet’s vital signs. They assess your pet’s condition and communicate their critical evaluation directly to the veterinarian, including the administration of anesthesia when necessary. Believe it or not, this occurs most every day, in virtually every veterinary practice. And, while veterinarians know anesthesia is quite routine, pet-owners, and Pet Vet Techs specifically, treat anesthesia like it’s anything but “routine”. In this way, Veterinary technicians are a vital part of the team when pets are under anesthesia, with specially trained technicians monitoring sedation to allow veterinarians to make adjustments quickly and efficiently.

I’ll bet you never thought of Pet Vet Techs as Dentists, did you? But they are, as your Vet Tech is also an essential part of the team when your pet is in for dental care. From the pearly whites you see, to the doggy breath you should never smell, Pet Vet Techs are essential, working right alongside your veterinarian throughout most every procedure to get your pet’s teeth cleaned and polished, including under the gums, and ready for you to maintain at home.

Vet Tech as Surgeon? Vet techs can now be certified—after sufficient experience, training and testing of course—to serve in a wide range of specialized surgical duties. Unlike human medicine, wherein a surgical nurse will likely work in surgery and nowhere else, in veterinary medicine, highly trained technicians will work in many different areas within the clinic on any given day…including surgery itself.

In addition to all the above, Pet Vet Techs serve as Phlebotomists. So, when you hear the words, “We’ll have to run a few tests,” and you’re off to sit in the comfort of the waiting room chair, vet techs will be drawing blood on patients who are often far less cooperative than in human medicine. And, as if that weren’t enough, Pet Vet Techs also work as Radiology Techs, getting the radiographs that are often key to accurate diagnosis. Now think of all the vet techs working in Zoos, aquariums, national parks, even in the military, not to mention those engaging their talents in varied veterinary fields of medical research, or those laboring in organizations such as World Vets, helping animals and people around the globe.

Is it any wonder we choose to take the time during this week from October 14th through the 20th to join in National Veterinary Technician Week; its aim: to celebrate these knowledgeable individuals who have dedicated their professional lives to the service of their animal patients.

In fact, all across the country, people are joining us in taking part in celebrations and recognizing these most valuable of pet-care professionals as, without them, our beloved pets would not receive the high quality care that they need. As they do far more than just hold your pet still while the Veterinarian does all the important stuff.

They are truly the unsung heros! Well, up ‘til now. As, if we all do this as well as they do all that they do, they’ll not be quite as “unsung” as they have been.

So, to each and every Pet Vet Tech utilizing their talents, guided by their hearts, we not only salute you, we honor and celebrate you…and offer a most heartfelt “THANK YOU!”

Why Cats *WAG* (Part One)

It is no surprise to cat-owners/lovers how our better-(cat)-halves enjoy perpetually interrupting our concentration by a variety of methods known only to them. Whether clawing at our favorite chair, begging for attention in any number of cat-tone and dialects, or, perhaps most notably, disrupting me even as I am typing this very sentence by swiping at my keyboard as if it is populated by invisible demon-mice of unknown origin, there are hidden meanings behind much of what’s going on right under your, and even their, noses.

What was new, to me at least, was how the latest addition to our multi-breed family of pets seems to greet me at the door, every single day, with a “wagging tail.” Well, as Johnny Carson used to quip, “I…I did not know that.” And, I for one had never come across such a behavior in any feline that has graced my world. Which got me thinking: “What else did I, the self-professed know-it-all on cats, not know about cats?”

Well, sit back and I’ll tell you a tale about the many interesting cat-facts I rounded up from various sources around the Internet as I increased my inventory of kitty-trivia: 

  • As cats sleep almost two-thirds of every day, one of my other cats (a nine-year-old tabby) has only been awake three years of his entire life! What I also found interesting about this is that it is in direct inverse proportion to human beings.
  • Unlike humans and dogs, cats always keep their heads perfectly level when chasing prey. So, should you ever see this from your cat, it’s best to give her a wide berth.
  • The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.” Say it with me, bee-zore!
  • Believe it or not, cats prefer ‘Right’ or ‘Left’ much as humans do! Literally vs. figuratively or politically. So, if your kitty is a southpaw, chances are it’s a male, as female counterparts are far more likely to be right-pawed than left. In humans, a full 90% of the population is right handed. And, of the remaining 10% of left-handed humans, virtually all are male. 
  • Ever wonder why your cat just seems to “get you?” Well, it could be because your kitty’s brain more closely resembles your own brain than a dog’s does! The region of the brain responsible for emotion is also identical in humans as it is in cats. 
  • While I had always wanted to believe it, I have now confirmed that there are more cat lovers/owners in North America than there are dog owners/lovers with close to 75 million of all pets being in the cat category, while dogs come in at about 65 million. While ten million is close, we kitty-lovers get the bragging rights!
  • Were you aware that cats can jump up to five times their own height in a single bound? This means that you own the feline equivalent of a miniature kitty-Superman! While I was unsuccessful in finding anything on cats acquiring X-Ray Vision or being able to travel faster than a speeding locomotive, I’ll be sure to let you know when I find anything.
  • And lastly, as many of you know, cats were revered in ancient Egypt as highly spiritual beings. But did you know that when one died, the remaining members of Egyptian families would mourn by shaving off their own eyebrows? That’s right! Then elaborate and costly funerals were prepared and held with the beloved cat embalmed with a carefully sculpted wooden mask. This tiny kitty-mummy would then be placed in the family tomb or in a pet cemetery with tiny mummies of mice! Why it’s enough to make one wonder what 3,000-year-old, cat-and-mouse games are taking place this very minute in some otherworldly realm of Egyptian Heaven.

Which leaves us with why my little kitty “wags” its tail. In the next entry, I’ll share everything I discovered about cat tail-wagging, and how such “wags” communicate far more than “I’m happy to see you.”