Friday 27 March 2015

Some cats are allergic to plastic | PoC

Some cats are allergic to plastic | PoC

This is a cross post a to try and ensure that the information gets to a wider audience.  We know, or at least most of us know, that plastic food bowls for pets can cause the condition described as “feline acne".  This is not the acne with which humans are familiar but it is a skin condition.  It may be due to an allergic reaction to the chemicals in the plastic in the feeding bowl.

In addition, and just as serious, is that sometimes specific chemicals in the plastic can leach out into the food poisoning the cat.  This is a slow process as is an allergic reaction.  Sometimes a cat will not be allergic to plastic for a very long time and then suddenly it happens.  In addition, as I understand it, kittens and young adults do not form allergies until they are a little older and therefore a cat owner may be misled into believing that their cat is not allergic to plastic bowls when in fact they are.

I'd throw out plastic food and water bowls immediately. Ceramics are the best and they are still relatively cheap.

If you click on the link above I cover this subject in more detail.  This is simply a short post to direct people to the link above, in essence.

Veterinarians in America are underreporting to the FDA pet health problems due to defective petfood

Veterinarians in America are underreporting to the FDA pet health problems due to defective petfood | PoC

This is a cross-post. I think the subject matter is important. Through veterinarians reporting to the FDA about possible defective commercially produced petfood, the pet owner has a voice on behalf of their cat or dog against big business.  At the moment big business can do what they like, almost, with respect to what they put into and how they manufacturer pet food and we know that not all of it is good quality.

Sometimes pet food manufacturers fail to put in enough of a certain ingredient which is essential to a cat such as taurine.  If you think that your cat, and if your vet thinks that your cat, has suffered health problems because of defective cat food you should ask your veterinarian to submit a report to the FDA, in America. Without it they cannot act.

If you click on the link above, I go into this in more detail.

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Do cat shelters deliberately underestimate cats’ ages?

Do cat shelters deliberately underestimate cats’ ages? | PoC

This is a cross-post because I think this is quite an interesting subject - please click on the above link. It is also quite an important subject. If a shelter cat is considerably older than as advertised by the shelter then the adopting person is liable to encounter more expense because of the increased likelihood of health problems associated with an older cat. Also older cats can contract chronic conditions, which are stressful to deal with for both owner and cat.

If some cat shelters do deliberately underestimate the age of their older cats, I don't really blame them because all they are doing is trying to rehome their cats as soon as possible as this saves lives. There has to be a reasonably speedy turnover otherwise available space dries up at the facility leading to more euthanasia.

Monday 19 January 2015

Muslim terrorists are part of Islamic Faith - President of Muslim Association of Britain

A few minutes ago, on BBC News, the President of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), Omer El-Hamdoon, said that the Muslim terrorists were on the fringes of the Islamic Faith. This means they are part of the faith, the religion of Islam, and not external to it.

We have heard many politicians, including the Prime Minister, imply that the Muslim terrorists are not part of the Islamic faith but a perversion or distortion of it.

But as they are part of Islam then surely we have to discuss all of the Islam faith and therefore all Muslims when we discuss the terrorists. Many Muslims say that the terrorists/extremists are not true Muslims but the President of MAB implies very clearly that they are true Muslims but on the fringes of Islamic beliefs.

I believe this is significant, which is why I am referring to it here on a predominantly cat website! It puts pressure on all Muslims in Britain to quench the rise of fundamentalist terrorist Muslims in the country. The Muslim leaders in the UK need to do much more. Speaking out against it is not enough

Note: I deplore the deaths of innocent lives in Pakistan by US drone attacks. The US needs to be criticised strongly for this. However, they would not be there if there were no terrorists there.


Sunday 18 January 2015

Yanks versus Brits. Inside cats versus outside cats. Who is correct?

Yanks versus Brits. Inside cats versus outside cats. Who is correct? | PoC

I want to spread the word so I am cross-posting. Please click on the link above if you're interested. It's about making decisions based in the particular circumstances of each situation rather than dogmatically deciding cats are okay outside or inside.

Photo: Denis Defreyne
UK cat rescues who insist on their cats being allowed outside without supervision or, in the USA, they might make the opposite demand, should reconsider and refine their policies to one which fits the situations rather then relying on a one-size-fits-all policy.

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