Keeping Your Pet Safe During COVID-19

Keeping Your Pet Safe During COVID-19

Vet's Corner
The information developing around COVID-19 reinforces the need to treat pets as we do our family members: Pets should not be in close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19. If pets are exposed, please ensure you keep those pets from close contact with unexposed people and animals.  As always, practice good hygiene and proper hand washing guidelines when handling pets. Our shelter continues to be guided by the experts who advise that this virus appears to spread most efficiently from human to human. The CDC, American Veterinary Association and international animal rights scientists report that human-to-animal transmission in pets remains limited, and there continues to be no evidence that household pets can infect people or other pets.
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Town Cats Vet’s Corner: Ringworm

Town Cats Vet’s Corner: Ringworm

Cat Blog Articles, News & Happenings, Vet's Corner
Ringworm Ringworm is not actually a worm; it is a fungal disease. It is caused by 3 different species of fungus and can infect any mammal. Cats are commonly infected and the disease can be spread to humans. It is predominantly a skin disease and in humans it appears as a red ring of flaky, itchy skin (hence the name ringworm). In cats, it look like any type of bald spot. Most commonly, cats get it on their face, head, all paws and tail. Young cats are more susceptible but it is also seen in adult cats. Being a fungal disease, it is spread by spores in the air so wherever an infected cat is, the disease is and can be spread. One species of the fungus (Microsporum canis) will…
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Lady Bunny’s New Home

Lady Bunny’s New Home

All Posts, Current "Mews", Happy Tails
When Lady Bunny first arrived at Town Cats at the end of last year, she hid under her blanket in fear and would not let anyone near her. It took weeks for her to even come out from underneath her blanket let alone be touched. We knew she was going to need some time, love, and attention to help her come out of her shell. We started with small gestures, pets, treats, and gentle speaking to get her comfortable with being in her new environment at the shelter. In January, she was adopted by a family who was aware of her shyness and was willing to work with her at her home to socialize her, however, she unfortunately was returned for lack of progress. After 2 months of regimented Cat…
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Jewels Incredible Journey

Jewels Incredible Journey

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews", Meet Our Pets, News & Happenings
Jewels is a cat originally from Kuwait and was part of a mass rescue effort for cats which was spearheaded by our wonderful friends at Nine Lives Rescue in Redwood City, CA. A total of 50 cats were transported from Kuwait to Redwood City by airplane to start their journey in finding forever homes. As a helpless stray cat in Kuwait, Jewels was an amazing momma cat taking care of four small kittens. She fought daily through difficult circumstances to take care of her little ones. It was discovered that Jewels was intentionally injured by a person throwing bleach in her face. The bleach caused major damage to her eyes which eventually led to the removal of both her eyes. Luckily, Jewels and her four babies were rescued. When Jewels…
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Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Amy Hsueh, Town Cats Volunteer Interested in volunteering?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anybody who has ever owned a cat knows that cats cannot be bossed around. Even the friendliest, cuddliest cat in the world comes to you for affection, not vice versa. Cats are aloof, independent free thinkers - and it turns out, there's good reason for that. Pet cats are, essentially, wild animals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] The Wild Cat According to a study published by Nature Ecology & Evolution, domesticated cats - our cute, cuddly pets that sleep with us every night - are almost genetically identical to their wildcat counterparts. There are very few differences in the two species' DNA: one of the main ones being the iconic tabby stripes of the pet cat. They look and act the same, which is why you…
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Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Vomiting in Cats

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Vomiting in Cats

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, News & Happenings
Vomiting in cats is the most common problem seen in adult cats of all breeds and sexes. While it can be easy to think that vomiting is “just” due to hairballs, vomiting and nausea is not normal and should not be ignored--You wouldn’t want to be nauseous all the time, so don’t let your cat feel sick! Vomiting can be a sign of an underlying medical condition and your veterinarian should rule out the common causes during a physical exam or with lab testing. Different age groups of cats are prone to different diseases. In cats over 7 years old, vomiting is often caused by kidney disease, thyroid disease, cancer, or other serious conditions. On the other hand, kittens can have vomiting due to parasites, bacteria, viruses, eating something they…
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