Category Archives: Cats

6 Thanksgiving Tips to Keep Your Pets (and Turkey) Safe

Every Thanksgiving, pets everywhere are popping their cute heads over kitchen counters. It’s hard to resist those cute big eyes begging for a taste. And while we all love to spoil our pets, here are some guidelines to follow to keep your fur babies healthy and happy:

1. Keep Food Away from your Pet’s Reach

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Image Source: Barkpost

Keep food a safe distance away from pets. This enables you to control what and how much they’re eating. If you’d like to throw your pup a slice of turkey breast, sweet potato, and vegetables – go for it! Just make sure that piece of turkey is cooked through and boneless!

But there are foods you’ll want to stay away from. Don’t feed your pets turkey fat and skin, excess fat can cause diarrhea and digestive issues in pets. Also refrain from serving food that has been prepared with onions, garlic, grapes and raisins.

If you’re making bread from scratch, don’t feed your pets the dough! Raw yeasted dough breaks down to alcohol when digested which can cause some serious gas at best, and a trip to the veterinary ER at worst.

 

2. Tell your Guests: Don’t Feed the Animals!

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Image Source: Christian Vieler

Everyone loves to spoil the resident pet(s). Provide your guests with a bucket of dog treats. That way you can monitor how much table scraps are given to your pets to prevent digestive issues. Also, guests might not understand what is safe or toxic for dogs. To eliminate the risk of a sick pet on thanksgiving, leave the table scrap feeding to you.

 

3. Keep Fur Babies Entertained

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Image Source: WishForPets

To prevent disasters like the one pictured, feed your pets before festivities begin. This will ensure their tummies are full and potentially encourage better behavior. Feel free to be generous and add a few teaspoons of drippings, lean meat, and veggies (no onions or garlic!) into their food.

 

3. A Room of Their Own

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Even the friendliest of pets can get overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Move their beds, favorite toys, and a prepared food puzzle toy or rawhide to keep them calm and entertained during the festivities.

 

5. No Sugar for Sweet Fur Babies!

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Image Source: Pinterest

Sugar in large quantities can trigger a sugar high in pets which will cause hyperactive and unfocused behavior – a nightmare when you’re entertaining! Sugar free sweet treats often contain xylitol which is incredibly toxic to pets and can cause life-threatening symptoms. To stay in the clear, opt out of giving your pets sweets during any festivities!

 

6. Know your Emergency Procedures!

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In the unlikely event your dog gets sick, have your emergency procedures handy! Know the nearest full-service animal hospital that will be open. Watch for these signs that indicate your pet needs medical attention:

  • Continuous vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea, stool with blood, or difficult eliminating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Continuous lethargy
  • Uncoordinated movements

Contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you think your pet may have ingested a toxic food. If your pet exhibits any of the signs above go to your nearest animal hospital.

Happy Thanksgiving from all at Seattle Humane!

Leading Teens One Paw at a Time

“If we are to reach [the] world… we shall have to begin with children.” — Mahatma Gandhi

At Seattle Humane, we recognize the importance of fostering and nurturing our community’s youth with lifelong skills. Leadership, advocacy, and compassion are just some of the skills we are looking to support in our youth. That’s why we are excited to unveil our new program geared to young teens 12-17 years old, Teens for Animals!

One of our youth groups after completing their program

Focusing on the unique and profound human-animal bond, Teens for Animals (TFA) strives to teach youth the importance of being an advocate and educator within their community of peers, family and friends.

While exploring the responsibilities of pet ownership and learning of the important role pets play in our community, teens will learn how to be a compassionate civic-minded leader and team player of their own respective communities.

For those who discover a deep passion in animal welfare, TFA will provide an excellent platform for exploring and conceptualizing career opportunities!

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Teens of all ages interacting with our resident pets

TFA will meet 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on designated Saturdays starting November through May. Class sessions are a combination of animal interaction, classroom activities, and welfare advocacy. We cover everything from puppy mills to feline behavior. Learn more about our program and requirements here!

If Teens for Animals sounds like a perfect program for you, or a teen that you know, hurry and apply now!

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Here are some of our teen program graduates supporting us during a marathon!

The extended deadline for this one-of-a-kind program is November 17th. There is a low enrollment fee of $25 per applicant. This fee helps cover costs of running the program, and will include supplies for teens – a teen volunteer t-shirt, name tag and binder.

We are committed to making our programs accessible to all, if you are unable to cover the enrollment fee, please submit a scholarship request at the end of the application.

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In action: the human-animal bond as a vehicle for instilling compassion, leadership, and civic-mindedness

Top 5 Reasons Why Senior Pets are Awesome

Here at Seattle Humane, it’s no secret that our senior pets are hidden gems. Often overlooked by potential adopters, senior furry babies are given the short stick because of misconceptions. But have no fear! We are here to shatter those misconceptions, and spread the word on why senior pets are simply awesome.

 

1. What You See is What You Get

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Image Source // Pibble Life

There’s no surprises with these guys! Senior pets have had time to settle into their personalities – their likes and dislikes are easily known. Also, senior pets who come into our care have a slew of behavioral tests done, so that you will know every detail of what they’re like and what pet parent would make them happiest. We make it a breeze to find your perfect fit!

 

2. House Training? What House Training?

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Image Source // Midwest Animal Rescue & Services

Say goodbye to constant midnight potty breaks! Say goodbye to the dreaded non-clumping litter! Most senior dogs and cats come with oh-so-desired house training skills. A word of advice though – if your senior pet starts having accidents at home, don’t stress. It’s simply time for a veterinary visit to ensure there are no underlying issues.

 

3. They Have Indoor Manners You Can be Proud of

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Image Source // Seattle Humane

Almost all senior pets have history. This means that they’ve lived in a home with other humans before, and understand how to properly behave at home. Most senior dogs know to chew on a bone or rawhide, and to stay clear of your shoes and furniture legs. As for senior cats, they are wise enough to know that scratching posts are much better nail sharpeners than your furniture. Your home (and wallet) are safe when bringing home a senior!

 

4. No Chill Pills Needed Here!

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Image Source // Seattle Humane

Senior pets have no need for chill pills, unlike their younger comrades. By the time cats and dogs turn 6 years old, they will have calmed down significantly from their baby and teen days. This means that they need less exercise and stimulation. But don’t worry – most senior dogs still love a hike and a good game of fetch, while most senior cats still love to play with their cat wands.

 

5. They Make the Best Pets For Kids

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Image Source // Today.com

Because senior pets have are mostly house trained, well-mannered, and calm, they make excellent companions for kids. Don’t fall for the grumpy old senior stereotype. These young-at-heart furry babies are less likely to jump and overwhelm your kids – most of them will curl up and snuggle with your human babies and you! So if you’re looking for a furry companion, don’t forget to give senior pets a second look.

10 Reasons Why Senior Pets Make the Best Companions

Often times senior pets get overlooked when people want to adopt. Everyone thinks the cute little puppy or kitten will be the best addition to the family, but what about the senior pets? Older pets are just as great, if not better for making a wonderful family addition. They make the best companions and truly understand the meaning of getting a second chance at life. In just a short amount of time they will be loyal and loving members of your family. Not convinced? Here are ten more reasons to adopt a senior dog and a senior cat.

 

Spike is a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix who's excited to meet his faithful companion.
Spike, a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix.

Why older dogs make great companions:
1. Older dogs are house trained. There’s no need to stress about going through the stages of teaching a puppy all of the house manners – your older pup has already got it down!
2. Those puppy teeth are long gone and you won’t have to worry about a teething puppy chewing up your shoes or furniture.
3. They’re easier to train because they don’t have as much energy and are more focused.
4. They are much wiser; they know the rules and are aiming to please their owners!
5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
6. Older dogs understand what it means to be rescued and they know that they’ve been given a second chance. They are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be in a loving new home of their own and they will show you every day how much it means to them!
7. What you see, is what you get. The sweet and mellow older dog has already grown into their personality. There won’t be any surprises!
8. Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and any other things you might want to do.
9. They aren’t as demanding. Although older dogs still need exercise, they don’t require as much attention as a younger puppy.
10. Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

 

Oscar is a handsome 11-year-old male kitty who can't wait to charm you with his purrfect personality.
Oscar, a handsome 11-year-old male kitty.

Why older cats make great companions:
1. When a senior cat is adopted, they seem to truly understand the meaning of being rescued and are very thankful for the second chance.
2. Senior kitties already have their CAT-tastic purrsonalities, you’ll know if they are a good fit for your family right away!
3. Older cats are more trainable due to their longer attention span and impulse control.
4. A senior cat most likely already knows the basic household etiquette like not attacking your feet as you walk by!
5. Most likely your senior cat is already litter box trained and is less likely to “forget” where the box is.
6. You know exactly how big your cat is going to get! If you feed your cat the appropriate amount of food, your cat will stay the same size and you’ll know how much cat you’re getting.
7. Senior cats love to relax just as much as you do! They make great couch companions unlike kittens who have a lot of energy and often times get into mischief because of their boredom.
8. Have you ever heard of a cat nap? Senior cats make great napping buddies!
9. Older cats are well aware of what scratching posts and toys are for; they will turn to these things instead of your furniture.
10. Senior cats tend to stay the longest at a shelter – when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life!
Next time you’re thinking about adopting, be sure to take a second look at those amazing senior pets! You won’t regret your new found companionship with a happy senior pet. AND don’t forget to stop by Seattle Humane next weekend – we’re matching our seniors with seniors! The adoption fee is waived for all cats 7 years and up and receive $50 off the adoption fee for all dogs 7 years and up for anyone 60 years or older. Complete your family at Seattle Humane today. View more of our adoptable pets at www.seattlehumane.org.

Fix Your Feline

037Have you spayed or neutered your pet? Did you know that by spaying or neutering your pet you’re actually getting a happy and healthier pet? Seattle Humane offers several different options for spay and neuter procedures.

Coming up on Wednesday, August 19th we are offering $5 male cat neuter surgeries and $15 female cat spay surgeries to low income families. Make an appointment and bring your feline into Seattle Humane to take advantage of these discounts for one day only!

If you can’t make it to our Feline Fix, we offer other affordable spay and neuter services year-round. Learn more about all of our low-cost spay and neuter opportunities.

Spaying and neutering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally, and is the most effective and humane way to save animals lives. If you’re still wondering why you should spay or neuter your pet, here are some reasons:

  • You get a healthier pet. Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to roam away from home, get injured in fights or get lost.  They live twice as long and are less likely to develop breast, uterine, ovarian, prostate or testicular cancers.  This means lower medical bills.
  • You get a happier family member. Spay/neutered pets are freed from the constant need to roam and seek out mates.  Their personalities do not change.  They are calmer because they are more focused on being a loving member of their caregiver family.  And with adequate daily exercise and a reasonable diet, they don’t get fat.
  • Your pet can relax and smell the roses. Spayed females and your family avoid the annoyance of serenading would-be suitors – screaming and howling throughout the day and into the night.  Altered animals are less territorial, less likely to fight and less likely to bite.  Walking your pet becomes a lot safer.
  • Your pet and your house will be cleaner. Spayed females will not have heat cycles that soil your rugs and furniture.  And neutered males are less likely to mark furniture and rugs with urine.  This means less special cleaning bills.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet is a good investment. It will cost you more to care for one litter of puppies or kittens created by your family pet.  Even a responsible breeder rarely breaks even or makes money by selling dogs or cats.  And once you multiply the increased food, basic supplies, veterinarian and advertising costs to find homes for the animals, the cost of altering your pet will look like a very smart investment.
  • Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.The high numbers of pets are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Do your part to help fight the overpopulation of homeless pets and make your furry friend a happier and healthier part of your family!

Make an appointment today for Seattle Humane’s Feline Fix on Wednesday, August 19th!031