Monday, March 28, 2011

I want to share my story with you on how I came to The Cat Practice to be adopted.
I was brought in by an animal shelter that wanted to euthanize me. All because I was sick, and they do not treat sick animals.
The Doctor and technicians examined me, they touched me, opened my mouth, felt my abdomen. All three of them discussing my future. One asked "why is her mouth open & her tongue hanging out?" The Dr replied: "she has so many ulcers on her mouth she does not want to close it."
She was right, my tongue was a giant open sore. I could not eat. I was starving, but it hurt too much to eat. None of them wanted me to suffer anymore. They could not stand that I was in so much pain. I had a terrible cold, and my eyes were so goopy I could not see. It was hard for me to breath as I was so congested. They new I had to be saved, as I am a sweet soul. They loaded me up on all kinds of good pain medications, and started me on antibiotics, and other treatments, and waited to see how I did overnight. I heard them say "We have to give her a chance." I was not going to fail them.
It took two days for me to start eating, but I ate and ate and ate. The technician kept refilling my bowl, she was almost crying because she was so happy I was eating.
"She has turned the corner, she is going to make it" she said out loud to all who was there.
Everyday I improved, my eyes cleared up, I could breath, and thanks to that nebulizer they kept near me all day. It took a long time for mouth sores to go away. Maybe two weeks, but during it all they kept placing a drop on my tongue to numb it, so I did not feel the pain.
I am grateful I was given the chance at life. Now I need a chance at a home. I am all grey, medium length hair, and a lady of course. But I am spayed, up to date on vaccines. I am about 2 years old. I love to be held, but also active. I am young and have a lot to learn and see. Please stop by the office to see me. They treat me really well, but I need a home, like they say "There is no place like home"
Sorry the pictures are not so good, I don't like to hold still

Monday, March 21, 2011

Our new Anni- FUR- sary Mugs

In celebration of our 30th year, we thought it would be nice to establish a charity for less fortunate cats. Those cats who people find on the street that are hit by a car, or the ones we save from the Oakland county shelter who are to be euthanized. There always seems to be a need. We are calling it the Feline Friendship Foundation. We are selling Thermal Mugs to help raise money for this foundation. Please come by and help us with our charity, as well as get a cool mug to drink your favorite hot drink. They are $10.00 each.
We have two different ones to choose from. But the back is the same on both, it has our Ann-fur-sary banner on as well as our new logo.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Traveling Cat-Owen

As part of our celebration of our Anni- FUR- sary

We wanted to tell stories of our clients who have been with us most of those years.

What to do when you are retired and spend the winter in Florida? You bring your kitty along. They are part of the family.

Meet Owen and Carol Petersen.

Owen is fairly new to Carol; he is only 2 years old, and a very handsome brown tabby cat.

He enjoys: long car rides, and sun bathing, as well as his trips to The Cat Practice.

Carol’s son in law has built Owen his own 4-story condo outside! It has 5-carpeted platforms, and real Earth on the bottom for him to dig in. He can get in and out of his condo through her bedroom window. They are so happy to be able to spend our cold Michigan winters in the Florida sunshine ( the condo faces south, so Owen gets plenty of it).

Carol enjoys this time with her daughter and son-in-law, as well as the sun.

Thank you for sharing Carol & Owen.



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March's Anniversary Promotion

Just a reminder, we are celebrating our 30th Anni fur sary this year.
Every month we are offering a special promotion.
For March we are giving away a 30 days supply of Greenies when you come in for a wellness exam. ( 1 bag)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Why we ask for Stool samples

What’s in the Poo? Erin Peterson, LVT

Do you wonder why we ask you to bring in a stool sample when you come in for a visit with your cat or new kitten? Well we want to make sure they are not carrying any type of intestinal parasites. Even though your cat may stay indoors all the time or is supervised outside, it is important to make sure they are not carrying any of these unwanted critters. If your cat goes out and hunts mice or small animals it is imperative that we check a fecal sample twice a year as they tend to be more prone to these parasites. Some of these parasites are found in small rodents and can also be transmitted by fleas.

Kittens especially need their stool checked as most of them are born with “worms”. They get these from their mother usually when they nurse and may need to be dewormed multiple times, and have at least 2-3 fecal samples checked on them. This is because sometimes the parasites are not producing eggs and we want to make sure we rid your little kitty of the adults and the eggs. Even if the fecal is negative or no worms are seen, we may choose to deworm your cat. Deworming is quite easy to do, depending on the type of parasite or as a general deworming. It may come in a liquid, topical application that goes on the back of the neck or in a pill form.

How do we check for parasites? Well we sometimes send the sample to the lab or if it is the weekend, we will run the sample in our in house lab. We take a small amount of stool from the sample you brought in (fresher the better within 12 hrs) and place it is a small cup and mix it with water to make a poo slurry. We then place that sample in a small tube and place it in a machine called a centrifuge which spins the sample down really fast and at a high rate of speed (just think of the amusement park and the ride the gravitron). It spins for 5 mins and then we drain the water and add a special fecal solution that will help draw any possible parasite eggs to the surface. We then spin it down again for 5 mins and then add more fecal solution and place a small glass piece or cover slip over the sample for 10 mins. We then place the cover slip on a glass microscope slide and look at the sample under the microscope. If the eggs are present we will see them.

Some of the most common parasites we see in these fecal samples are roundworms, coccidia (protozoa) and tapeworms. If your cat or kitten is heavily infested with roundworms sometimes they will vomit them up as long spaghetti shaped objects or you may see them in the stool. Other signs of infestation of intestinal worms include diarrhea, sometimes bloody or mucousy. If your cat has tapeworms you may see small rice like segments in the stool, around the rectum or dried up around the house. Tapeworms are passed by fleas and small rodents. For more information of intestinal parasites that may affect your kitty please check out our website at or you can always ask one of your technicians or doctors.