WDEL loves pets! That's why we've partnered with
the Delaware Humane Association to bring you the Pet Page.
Each week, we'll show you a cat and a dog from the Delaware Humane Association
who need good homes. You can also get answers to your pet health
questions in our new Ask the Vet
feature, plus useful information for any animal lover in our
Tip of the Month
Pets of the week for May 15, 2013
Young adult spayed female Anatolian Shepherd
I am a pretty pup, a gentle giant not much over a year old who is still growing up. I came here from another shelter after my family was no longer able to care for me. I can be a little scared and shy with new people at first, but it just takes a little time and I warm right up. I have tons of energy and love to play, so I would do best with someone who leads an active lifestyle and can make sure I get plenty exercise.
Adult spayed female Domestic Long Hair
I was found outside the DHA shelter in October 2011, pregnant, abandoned in a carrier hidden under a bush. I stayed in a DHA foster home until my kittens were born and old enough to be put up for adoption. All of them found homes, but I am still waiting. I am very sweet and love to be petted, although I may be shy at first until I feel safe and comfortable with you. Recently I was getting so stressed in the shelter environment that I started pulling my hair out, so the staff decided to move me to a quieter place where I will still have a chance for people to meet me. I am now staying at the DHA satellite adoption center in the Concord Pet Foods and Supplies store in Chestnut Run Shopping Center. They hope that by featuring me there I will finally be able to find a good, loving home where I will get the love and attention I deserve.
Last Week's Pets: Party Girl the dog and Flora the cat are both still available for adoption.
If you're interested in adopting one of the Pets of the Week, or seeing
what other pets are available for adoption, contact the
Association, 701 A. Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Or call
Ask the Vet...
Your chance to ask Dr. Mindy Cohan, VMD, our resident pet health
expert, what's on your mind!
Topic: Incompatible Cats
Question from Vernay in Wilmington:
I have an older cat, Lucy. I'm not sure how old Lucy is, but she was already an adult when I got her in 2005. She's been the only pet for the past 7 years. Recently I added a kitten, Emjay, who really needed a home. The kitten was 4 weeks when I got him. In hindsight, I see that it was a horrible idea. Lucy seems stressed out by the kitten, who insists on jumping on her, hitting her tail and running, and just being an overall pain in the butt. It's been four months, and while I've seen some progress, I still worry about Lucy. She's lost weight, doesn't play much, and isolates herself more. She's a totally different cat. I feel so guilty and I didn't know it would be this way. I assumed she would want to mother the cat. They fight often and I feel that the kitten is lonely because he has no one to play with. I try to give them both my attention, but I know I show the kitten more. Is there anything I can do for my Lucy. Getting rid of baby Emjay is not an option, but what else
can I do? HELP!!
Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
Introducing cats is always a risky endeavor. New feline housemates can become slow or fast friends. At times, however, harmony is never established. If finding a new home for Emjay is not feasible, I have a few suggestions.
First, try keeping Emjay isolated when you are not home. This will allow Lucy to regain confidence and comfort in her original domain. Allow Emjay his freedom while you are home to supervise interactions. You can secure Emjay with a harness and leash to ensure he does not physically hurt Lucy. A spray bottle can also be used to deter Emjay from pouncing on Lucy. Secondly, if you do not have climbing perches, add a few to your home to enable Lucy to have a safe place to escape from Emjay. These products are available in pet stores and through Internet companies.
Lastly, I recommend feeding the cats on separate sides of a closed door. This will help Lucy develop a positive association with Emjay. As less hissing or other stressful reactions are observed, you can slowly open the door to eventually allow the cats to see each other while eating. When the cats are together and Lucy is tolerant of Emjay, offer her treats or pieces of kibble as a reward.
Unfortunately, some cats never develop a compatible relationship. I am concerned about the detrimental effects on Lucy such as weight loss and chronic stress. Although Emjay might become less of a nuisance as he matures, you need to ensure that Lucy stays healthy. If the situation fails to improve, you will need to consider permanent separation of the cats within your home or seeking other living arrangements for Emjay. Good luck!
Posted October 15, 2012
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Pet Tip of the Month...
Quick tips to help keep your pets healthy and happy.
After a cold and dismal winter, the blooms and vibrant colors of spring have finally arrived. While we can shed the many protective layers of clothing donned in the past few months, we must prepare to shield ourselves and our pets from warm weather parasites such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. All of these pests pose dangerous risks to dogs and cats.
Lyme disease is the most common illness transmitted by ticks. Although it has not been proven to be a primary concern of cats, Lyme disease can cause severe illness in dogs and humans. Dogs are also at risk for other tick borne diseases such as Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These tick related illnesses present with signs such as lethargy, decreased appetite, fever and swollen joints. Some dogs with Lyme disease can develop life- threatening damage to the kidneys.
Fleas suck blood from pets and can cause anemia, a decrease in the body’s red blood cell count. When a flea takes a blood meal, flea saliva is transferred into the host’s body. It is the flea’s saliva which causes an allergic response and the severe itchiness experienced by dogs and cats. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats and cause feline infectious anemia.
Mosquitoes carry heartworm disease and can infect dogs and cats. If not detected and treated early, infected dogs can die. While cats are not as susceptible as dogs, there is no available safe treatment for cats with heartworm disease. It is much easier and safer to prevent heartworm infection rather than to deal with the consequences of the disease.
It is best to prevent these pests with the use of veterinary approved products. Always consult your veterinarian before administering any product to your pet. Never use a product labeled for dogs on a cat! Year round prevention is recommended.
Please have your pets spayed or neutered!|