Please Help Stille Find a Home!

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A very special kitty needs a family who will love her, and in return she promises to love you until the end of her days. ECPR is willing to continue to fund her medical needs, if you can provide the love and care! Please spread and share with everyone you know, let’s help Stille find the family she truly deserves!

 

DailyECPR: The Cats in the Cat Room

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The dog playroom is always so full of activity, excitement and commotion. But sometimes all that commotion can be chaotic. There is no better reprieve from the doggy induced chaos than the kitty created calm of the cat room.

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This isn’t to say there is never drama in the cat room! But it is a quicker drama. It escalates lightening fast, then sizzles away just as rapidly. Just the other day, I was spending some time with my kitty pals in the cat room when drama ensued! Cream was sitting on the carpeted ledge. She was content in her absolute ownership of this ledge. But Buddy wanted a piece of this ledge. After all, it was long enough for several cats, and it appeared to be a quite cozy spot. So Buddy leaped up. As soon as his dainty paws touched down on the soft carpet of the ledge, Cream let out a wild hiss! Buddy reciprocated with an anxious yowl! The two cats, startled by the flurry of sounds they created scattered into different directions of the playroom. Once safely away from each other, the Cream and Buddy quickly eased back into their usual state of contentment. Both of them were happy to enjoy their new perches.

Cream may not be a fan of Buddy, but she did make a best pal during her stay at ECPR. She befriended beautiful Jagger. For a short while, Jagger and Cream were the only two cats in the playroom. They had the run of the place! But instead of giving each other a wide girth, the cozied up together. They loved to sit smooshed next to each other in the highest corner of the driftwood jungle gym. Cream and Jagger have since found forever homes, but Buddy, Creams short-lived nemesis, is still looking for his forever home.

Buddy also has a best pal. His best pal is beautiful orange Bridgette. Buddy and Bridgette are a bonded pair which means they will be going to a forever home together because their bond is so strong, they would be heartbroken without the other. Buddy and Bridgette are both very sweet and cuddly cats. Buddy is especially cuddly. Whenever he sees a lap available, he marches over. With a swish of his long and glorious tail and a nudge of his head, he can easily convince any human to start giving him pets. Bridgette is a little less demanding for cuddles and a little more content with solitude, but she too needs her cuddle time. She is gentle and sweet during her cuddle time.

Buddy and Bridgette are not the only bonded pair we have at ECPR. We also have sweet mother and son duo Sunnie and Rico. These two beauties love to snuggle with each other and with their people friends. Both Rico and Sunnie are calm cats. They have an aura of peace that surrounds them and influences those around them.  It is fun to give these two head scratches while contemplating the more peaceful aspects of life together.

Spending time in the cat room is always a great experience. Cats are a rare type than can combine the majestic with the goofy. There is something about the grace in which they move, the proud tilt to their head and confidence in their eyes that gives cats a sense of royalty. When confronted with the beauty of cats, it is impossible not to believe in their utter superiority. But the spell can be broken in an instant when they chase their tail, or roll on their back while exposing their fluffy belly or sometimes just in the way they meow. When in the presence of a cat, I am constantly swayed back and forth between “You are an otherworldly creature of superior everything” to “You are a goofy, rascal of an animal who sends me into fits of laughter with your silliness.” Cats truly are delightful animals and I enjoy every moment I spend with them! If you feel the same way, consider adopting one of Emerald City Pet Rescue’s lovable felines!

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Signs and Symptoms of FIP

sadcatWhen we adopt a pet, our hope is that he or she will live a long, happy and healthy life with us until they are old, grey, and peacefully pass away in their sleep. (Or, ideally, they could just live forever!) With lots of love and diligent preventative care as well as regular visits to your vet, you can increase the quality of your pets life as well as their life expectancy. Part of diligent veterinary care is to recognize the signs of certain illnesses so you can bring your pet to the vet ASAP.

If you are the pet-parent of a feline, this one is for you!

Today, we bring you some information on a very important-to-know-about virus that, ironically, we don’t know much about… Feline Infectious Peritonitis. (FIP.)

FIP can affect many system in a cat’s body, and in most cases, it is fatal :(. BUT the good news is that exposure to the virus does NOT mean your cat will automatically develop symptoms.

There are two types of this virus and unfortunately we can’t distinguish between the two with lab tests. The first type is avirulent (does not cause disease). It is referred to as Feline Enteric Coronavirus Virus (FECV) and often a cat will display no symptoms at all, or at the very worst mild diarrhea. The second type occurs when the FECV mutates and/or if a cat has a weak immune system. That’s when it turns into full-on FIP.

The virus can spread via saliva and feces of infected cats; i.e. sharing a litter box and cat to cat contact (grooming). Shelters and catteries are most at risk for FIP due to the large volume of cats living in close quarters of each other.

Symptoms of possible FIP include fever that does not respond to antibiotics, loss of appetite and lethargy. Sometimes there is a build-up of fluid in the abdominal cavity, the lungs, or both.

Diagnosing FIP is tricky because tests will only indicate exposure, and many exposed cats (carrying the coronavirus; FECV) will test positive even if they do not actually have FIP. Oftentimes, a definitive test can only be done by taking a biopsy of affected organs postmortem.

Would I recommend getting the test done anyway? Personally, if you suspect your cat may have been exposed, or if your cat is displaying symptoms, its good to either know its a possibility or to rule it out. Even though a test that comes back positive doesn’t necessarily mean your cat has FIP, it will at least let you know the corona virus is present and you and your vet can prepare for what type of medical care your feline will need. If it comes back negative, you have at least eliminated one possible cause of your cats illness and you can explore other possibilities and treatments. I would recommend the test if your cat is displaying any type of illness that the vet can’t pinpoint another diagnosis on, especially if you adopted your cat from a shelter or cattery and you know he or she has had high exposure to other cats.

I know this is a scary virus, but an educated kitty-parent is good kitty-parent. The more we know about what could potentially be ailing our pets, the more proactive we can be when our purry little felines aren’t feeling so well.

Hopefully you found this useful, don’t be shy on googling more information about FIP if you have any concerns, or feel free to reach out to ECPR with any questions. We will answer them to the best of our ability or help you find someone who has answers if we do not!

Happy Pawlidays!

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The holidays are upon us! That means celebration, decorations, and so many precious four-legged friends all keyed up and ready to meet new potential parents!

holidaycard+pupsWant a chance to share the adorableness of your pet during the Holidays with the interwebs? Share a picture of your four-legged best friend sitting with our holiday cards on your twitter or Instagram and hashtag it with #HappyPawlidays, we’ll share it on our Facebook! Help celebrate the holidays by sharing the joy of adoption and how wonderful it is to give a deserving critter a forever home.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Don’t forget to fill those stockings with treats, give your pets lots of love and tell them to let you know if Santa sneaks down your chimney! Its their job to guard the house and protect you, after all!

ASMlogoSpecial thanks to Ed Tan of ASM Printing for the beautiful holiday cards!
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