Mews: The Centenarian Cat that Really Has Got the Cream!

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Hi everyone,

We thought you all would like to hear about this story of Misty’s 20th birthday! She really had an amazing surprise. :)

The Centenarian Cat that Really Has Got the Cream!

Misty the cat is about to reach her centenary year (in cat years of course), when she celebrates her 20th birthday this May. She’s made it to this ripe old age after living with her owner Cheryl Bunn in Hampshire since she was a tiny kitten of 6 weeks old. To celebrate this feline feat, leading pet food brand Webbox has given Misty a year’s supply of her favourite treat Lick-e-Lix which was delivered along with a special telegram to make her feel like a Queen!

When Martin, Cheryl’s son, bought Misty some Webbox Lick-e-Lix in Christmas 2013 she went crazy and since then has not settled until she gets her daily dose of the creamy cat treat each day.

Cheryl comments, “Misty’s doing really well and still has all her own teeth! When we got her she was like a little cotton wool ball but she’s still soldiering on. She’s half moggy and half Persian so we do give her a bit of a helping hand with her grooming but she gets the full thumbs up from the vets each year and I’m sure that the Lick-e-Lix has something to do with her being in such good shape!”

Lick-e-Lix has been developed in two variations – yoghurt (available in Chicken or Salmon flavours) or cream (in Liver or Milk & Yoghurt flavours) and is designed to be a tasty treat for cats to enjoy on its own, with dry food or even to disguise pills thanks to its thick liquid texture. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and has added minerals to help with your cat’s health.

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Julie Butcher, marketing manager at Webbox comments: “We were really pleased to hear of Misty’s love of Lick-e-Lix and the great news that she was reaching this milestone birthday. We wanted to give her a prize to remember and we think a year’s supply of her favourite treat fits the bill perfectly.”

For further information on Webbox, please visit www.webbox.co.uk

We hope you enjoyed this story! And isn’t it funny that Misty too loves the same snacks as Oli? :D

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Thanks,

Marc

Guest Post: The 9 Lives of Whiskie

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The 9 Lives of Whiskie: Life 1-2 1/2: Urinary Crystals, A Freak Allergic Reaction to Antibiotics and Loss of about ¼ of a tongue

Whiskie was the sweetest, most dickish cat I ever had. He was cat number 2. We found him downstairs outside my grandma’s building. He was an orange tabby about 6 months old with dirty looking ears. We brought him home in 1990 when I was 10. I carried him everywhere. He was easy going, loved attention and made the perfect air guitar. He was also my most expensive cat that almost died a lot but lived to 19 ½. Till this day we joke he really liked to test his lives out. He used about 7 1/2. This story counts for about 2 ½ lives.

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Life 1

Whiskie was a really healthy cat for 10 years. We brought him to the vet for annuals and everything was fine. One day we find him straining in his litter pan. That was an odd thing for him, never had any issues. He was a sweet, playful, happy go lucky guy that never complained about anything. Since this was odd behavior for him we brought him to his vet.

A check up, blood work, and a urinalysis later, we find out he has urinary crystals. There are two types: Struvite and Oxalate. I don’t remember which one he had, it was a really long time ago. I do remember we followed the vet’s advice, we changed his diet and put him on antibiotics. They advised us to keep an eye out for straining, meowing or howling while peeing. If it looks like it hurts, that could mean he is blocked and you don’t want them to block. A bladder can burst and that is very bad.

One day Whiskie was howling and we raced him to the vet to find that he was blocked. They unblock him, give him back to me and he re-blocks a few days later and they unblock him again. What I didn’t know at the time was that when a pet is blocked, the catheter should stay in them for 24 hours or they will re-block again and that is exactly what happened to Whiskie. I found that out a month and a half later when I went to a new vet after several trips to my old local vet and a stay at the emergency hospital.
I’ve also heard that sometimes when they are blocked and you go in to unblock it, that can also make the bladder burst if it isn’t done correctly. You can read more about it here under Emergency Treatment for Serious Cases. Overall it’s a very informative article on bladder issues. http://yourownvet.com/bladder-problems-in-cats/

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Life 2- 2 1/2

After being on antibiotics for almost 3 weeks he started to breathe funny. Like he was heaving, breathing slower and deeper. I brought him back to his local vet. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. Gave him an antibiotic injection and sent us home. A few hours later Whiskie is breathing with his mouth open and his tongue is swollen. We race to the emergency hospital. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. Several emergency vet specialists look at him and they keep asking over the course of 3 days, “Has he licked anything caustic?” I keep telling them no and I ask if it could be some kind of allergy because he was a pig but only with food. The house cleaners were in a cupboard that he never went near. He was released to my care with more antibiotics, a mouthwash, a hard Elizabethan cone with a Naso-esophageal Tube.

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Since they couldn’t figure out what was going on his tongue, it swelled to the point where it hung out of his mouth and he couldn’t eat. I was told his tongue may sloth off if it dries out and doesn’t shrink back to normal size. If his tongue disappears we can get him a feeding tube but that one will be on his side (gastrostomy tube).

I’m desperate at this point and think my cat is going to die. Phil from Whiskers the Holistic Pet Food Store in the East Village and Anita Frazier from The New Natural Cat Book recommend Dr. Jill Elliot a homeopathic and traditional vet. (After having her as my vet for 10 years, I now work for her. She’s been my boss for the past 5 ½ years. I work with her part time.*)
Years later, Dr. Elliot tells me that Whiskie was her first complicated case after becoming a homeopath. I know not everyone is into homeopathy but I was desperate and thought my cat may die so I figured what the hell I have nothing to lose. So I went with it.
Whiskie was taken off antibiotics after Dr. E really thought about it (conventionally antibiotics should be used to prevent infection and she was worried about taking him off it but she recognized he was allergic to something and he had already been on 3 types (No longer recall which ones). We used a chamomile and goldenseal tea mouth wash we made at home with her supervision, gave him a cranberry supplement called Cranberry Comfort we bought through her (since he had a feeding tube I bought nonalcoholic herbal tinctures of the ingredients in the cranberry supplement.), he was given a homeopathic remedy in the office for an allergic reaction and another remedy to take home. Can’t remember what remedies anymore. The next day he is more relaxed. Tongue is still swollen and eventually ¼ slothed off. Victor suggested Vaseline to keep it most. We used vitamin E oil instead but it was a very good idea Victor had – it saved the rest of his tongue from drying out and slothing off.
Thankfully after a few more weeks of TLC, Whiskie got better with most of his tongue intact and a new “I kicked Death’s ass attitude.” After this whole thing my sweet, easy going cat became a brand new cat. Once he had a tiny “Mew” that became a giant “Mo” and he became more alpha with each brush of death.

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Eating with a bit of tongue missing is a messy business! ;)

General things to keep an eye out for (overall health):
1. Peeing in strange places.
2. Pooping in strange places.
3. Lethargy
4. Hyperactivity
5. Weight loss, especially when it’s sudden weight loss
6. Sudden weight gain
7. Not looking as bright and alert
For this post, we’ll address Urinary Tract Infections and Urinary Crystals.
Things to look for:
1. If you see straining in the litter pan. Like they are straining to pee and little to nothing comes out.
2. If you notice your cat is running to the pan frequently.
3. Peeing in strange places.
4. Blood in urine.
5. If your cat gets vocal while urinating
6. Acting like he/she is constipated in the box.
7. If you notice their urethra is blocked or partially blocked its crystals. (For my cats it looked like a plug at the tip of their penis). GO TO YOUR VET RIGHT AWAY.

* I’m not a vet, not even a vet tech. I’m a holistic assistant/front desk for a 1 person practice. I really love animals and have had 16 cats over the years.

www.jebusmewsandandrea.com

Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 43)

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again. :D

We are now back from our holiday and have caught up with all of your submissions. Don’t forget the easiest way to enter is leave a comment with a link to your cat photo or drop us an email to info@katzenworld.co.uk :)

Please find below the photos for this week:

This cutie comes from Mark Liddel’s Glasgow spring photo collection and is just ADORABLE!.

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This cutie was submitted on Twitter by Jane.

Meet Miles the tiny Panther who just loves to have his tummy rubbed! More of him here.

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And meet Buster! Neigbour to our friend Diavolo. Their own Blog can be found here.

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While not exposing her tummy I am sure you have to agree that she looks adorable against the Flowers! More of Murrli Katzenberger can be found on her blog here.

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And another cute entry from our Twitter friend Mrs P.

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This amazingly cute entry comes from our friend Tori who runs Purr and Roar.

And meet Nigel! More of him, Penny and Hershey (3 black cats :D) can be found here.

Tired little Shrimp is all the more adorable this way! :D More of her here

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

Now we need ALL of you! Do you want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below. :D

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your furfriend on your own Blog and add your post link onto our linky app by clicking here or by leaving a comment with the direct link.

Should you not have an own Blog you can participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source! :)

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better :D

And on next weeks #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.

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Mews: Living Proof – That cats do have nine lives

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Hi everyone,

Today is the day that the book Living Proof – That cats do have nine lives by Janet Hayward is being published in the UK. :D

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The book comes in paperback and has 152 pages.

The book is filled with the various survival stories collected by Jane and will certainly amaze most of us cat owners!

Over-all verdict?

What can we say? It does what it says on the tin! It gives you some of the most amazing survival stories you’ll have heard of! :)

Great for cat owners and lovers alike! Just remember to have a box of tissues at hand as some of these stories are set to make you shed a tear or two (despite happy endings!!!)

More info on the book from the publisher:

Certain to make you both laugh and cry, this delightful book is a celebration of our favourite pet and its amazing ability to survive against all odds. The incredible ‘tails’ include cats who have survived horrendous natural disasters, others who have travelled unbelievable distances to return home, and heart-warming stories of once neglected and abandoned cats who have gone on to become show winners!

Fascinating cat facts and trivia are also included, as well as a cat-alogue of feline-related quotes by famous people.  Living Proof may not have all the scientific explanations for why cats are such remarkable animals, but if you have ever wondered whether cats really do have nine lives, this book contains all the proof you need!

‘From feisty felines who have survived natural disasters to those who have defied medical science, these stories about amazing cats are heart-warming.’ Pet Notes

‘This book is bound to make you both laugh and cry! A carefully researched and lovingly written collection of true stories from around the globe.’ Sunday News

Janet Hayward has worked in the media for many years and was at one time the publicist for Australia’s Cat Adoption Centre Program. This is her first book, inspired by the incredible stories she heard through her work at the Cat Adoption Centre Programme.

If you would like to get the book yourself it is published by Exisle Publishing and is available in the UK for £9.99 through Amazon by clicking here.

For our readers in New Zealand it is available on the publisher website here or for Australia on the same publisher’s website here. ($19.99 on either page)

For other countries please check out Amazon or your local bookshop!

Thanks,

Marc

Oliver & Nubia: Love is in the air…

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You are wondering what our daily kitties are up to today?

They are being extra cuddly and friendly with each other today. :)

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Oliver: Hey Nubia! What are you up to down there. <3

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Nubia: *Sniff, sniff* You smell nice today Oli!

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Nubia: *Kiss* I love you brother

Oliver: Awwww <3 I love you too

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Oliver & Nubia: Time for a nap! <3

Signed by

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His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief

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Her Meowjesty Queen Nubzilla the Disturber of Peace

Infographic: A guide to understanding Catnip

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Hi everyone,

This is a super fun and cute infographic that will help you understand the affect of catnip on your cat companion. :)

Credit goes to Jeanne for locating this infographic! Don’t forget to check out her Blog at the bottom of this post.

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Original post can be found here.

Thanks,

Marc

Guest star: Emily Dickinson aka the Slow Mo Cat!

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Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Emily Dickinson aka Slow Mo Cat.

Born in 1999 and named after a poetic legend, Emily Dickinson has traveled far and wide and had many adventures.

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Though she has now reached an advanced age (almost 15!) her countenance and activities belie her years.

Emily happily spends her days striking regal poses, playing, snacking, napping, running around, looking at things, and generally being a pampered and well-loved cat.

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Rumored to be a direct descendent of the Egyptian Cat-Goddess Bastet herself, Emily has recently taken to the internet where she is known as the Slow Mo Cat. Like a superhero, she has tapped into previously unknown talents and abilities.

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In her time as the Slow Mo Cat, she has engaged in battles wither her nemesis The Rainbow Snake, showed off her acting abilities by impersonating characters from Game of Thrones, and engaged in high-level Inter(cat)tional diplomacy resolving hos(tail)ities that arose between herself and her own tail.

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Don’t forget to check out her Blog here.

We hope you enjoyed her story and are looking forward to many more fun stories here and don’t forget you can also follow us on Bloglovin now by clicking here or sign up to our email newsletter here.

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Mews: What Your Cat Does When You’re Not Home *Video*

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Hi everyone,

Ever wondered what your cat is up while alone at home? Look no further!

Hopefully our little friends don’t actually think of this while we are not at home but I sure thought that this was funny. :D

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Oliver & Nubia: Petface catnip card scratcher (Includes Video) + Worldwide Catnip Kingdom Giveaway!

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Hi everyone,

Today our kitties got a new present! A scratch pad from Petface. :D (They loved it so much that we decided to stock it in our Shop here.)

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Nubia: OMG! Open it up already!!!! :D

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Oliver: Mine! All mine!

Nubia: You wish brother… GET OFF!

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Nubia: Wooohooo i am back on it. :D

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Nubia: Uhm… Hi! How are you. <3 We are just having fun. Yes that’s what we are up to. ;)

Oliver: Just check out our video here:

The scratcher comes with a small bag of catnip and can be purchased here.

Run out of the canip that came with the scratcher? No worries we have tried out some brilliant catnip from Catnip Kingdom! Their catnip is available with free delivery in the UK and worldwide postage options. :D

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As you can see their Canadian catnip is so potent Nubsey didn’t even want to wait for us to unpack :D

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Roll Roll Roll the cat lalalala. ;)

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Yes… This is the bag the catnip came in Oli. Now get your head out of there! LOL

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We received a bag of fine cut and normal cut catnip and also catnip pellets. The pellets can be put into toys as a treat! :)

Both kitties were HIGHLY impressed with the catnip Kingdom and have managed to get the owner to do a giveaway for you all!

Giveaway Details:
Three WORLDWIDE lucky readers can win a selection of fantastic catnip-kingdom catnip: a 1 oz bag of premium catnip, a 1 oz bag of fine cut and a 1 oz bag of pellets. To win one of these simply enter our giveaway by clicking here.

You can gain extra entries as follows:
1. For Tweeting about the event through the GiveawayTool – 3 Entries
2. Sign up for our new newsletter via mail chimp – 5 Entries
3. Follow us or CatnipKingdom on Twitter – 4 Entries
4. Follow us on Pinterest – 2 Entries
5. Follow us on Bloglovin – 2 Entries
6. Make a comment stating you would like to enter and your email address on this post (for those that don’t use social media) – 4 Entries

Also if you want to go ahead and purchase some catnip already now head over to their shop here and enter katz10 during checkout to get 10% off any orders of £5 pounds or more! :)

Thanks,

Marc

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