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A Fussie Cat Feast!

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Mouthwatering Turkey

It’s the month of the turkey and what better way to celebrate than to eat a lot of delicious food! As we gather around the table to enjoy some grub, family, and maybe a little football, it’s a great opportunity to relax and think about everything that you are thankful for. Before you take that post meal nap, don’t forget that with a little Fussie Cat Chicken and Turkey, you can give your kitty their own little Thanksgiving dinner. Packed with lots of fresh meat, Fussie Cat Chicken and Turkey recipe is a healthy and tasty meal for your feline friend so that they have plenty of energy to help with the holiday rush… or nap with you on the chair.

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Holiday Thanks

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks to everything we hold dear, and everyone here at Pets Global would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy and safe holiday for everyone in our Fussie Cat family. Of course, not everyone gets to go home for the holidays, as thousands of men and woman serving in our military will be working both home and overseas. Pets Global is proud to give back to our veterans and those who have given so much to us, which is why we were thrilled to participate in the Veterans Gala on November 10th, 2017!

 

Veterans Gala

Partnering with The Mission Continues, the Veterans Gala raised money to support programs for Veteran Housing, Healthcare, Education, PTSD Counseling, Employment & Entrepreneurship. The Mission Continues is an important organization that empowers veterans as they face the challenge of adjusting to life back home. Founded by a former Navy SEAL who returned from Iraq and discovered that many wounded veterans in military hospitals wanted to know how they could continue to serve their country outside of the military, Eric Greitens formed The Mission Continues to organize events to help those in communities who need it the most.. The veterans work alongside children, teaching them various skills and life lessons as well as creating strong bonds that set great examples for the youth. As the veterans who work for Pets Global can attest to, it can be extremely difficult learning how to live as a civilian once again. Volunteer work presents a wonderful opportunity to give back while maintaining that sense of comradery that is only found in service. We highly encourage anyone who may be fortunate enough to donate to consider The Mission Continues.

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From left to right: LT Vargas (Navy), COL Michael Corrado (Marines), SFC Peele (Army).

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Scaretober: Kitten Edition

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It’s the puuurfect time to discuss some weird hooman superstitions, after all it’s Halloween and what better way to get in the spooky spirit then to talk about the darker colored kittens of the night?

 


 

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Superstition

Black cats have been scrutinized for centuries from Medieval Europe to the Pilgrims of Plymouth. Fear inducing, hair tingling, beasts they’d have you think! Only they’re not beasts, Bombay’s are one of the most loving breeds of cats you could get.

 

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Medieval Europe had numerous superstitions such as receiving bad luck if one crosses your path from left to right or their presence means you’ll be cursed! Wow, now that’s some scary stuff! If only the people back then realized what loving, adorable, and overall wonderful pets these kitties were… nay are!

 

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On the other hand, the Pilgrims in Plymouth distrusted these cats due to associating them with witchcraft. They truly believed that black cats were minions of these so called “witches”. This cemented their position in popular legend right alongside witches, leading to decorators using them as a popular Halloween symbol of fright!

 

 


 

Modern day still parades these cats as symbols of spook during the October weeks. These lasting superstitions have had lasting effects such as adoption rates for black kitties plummeting during this frightful holiday. Consider adopting one of these fur babies and giving them a loving home, where otherwise they may not find one.

 

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Feline Companionship

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Feline companionship might just be one of the best things you can do for your health. Studies show that cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or any other cardiovascular disease in comparison to people who’ve never owned a pet cat in their life. A study with almost 4,500 men and woman, all free of cardiovascular disease, was started in the 1970s. This study was to determine the effects of pet ownership regarding heart conditions, being aged between 30 and 75, 55% of them reported having a pet cat at some point in their life.

The people who have never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die from a heart attack, in comparison with cat owners, over the 20-year study period. These same people were also 30% more liekly to die of any other cardiovascular disease, including; stroke, heart failure and chronic heart disease. These results still held up when taking into consideration several other risk factors for developing heart disease such as, age, gender, race, blood, pressure and smoking.

Reasearchers were unable to find the same link for owners of dogs. A researcher, Farhan Siddiq, MD, of the University of Minnesota, explains that pet lovers most liely share a personality characteristic such as low stress and anxiety levels that help protect them against heart diseases. People with dogs most likely share these characteristics, however, the data does not reveal that.

Cats and dogs make people feel loved and at ease and it has been shown that a general feeling of well-being is linked to overall health.

With all of this said, feline companionship might be more important than most people might believe. ZenByCat for one, does agree that a cat’s companionship is very important. They believe that the mutual relationship between cats and human is extremely beneficial on both sides of the spectrum. Fussie Cat has teamed up with ZenByCat to help raise awareness and money to find a cure for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a disease that kills 1 in 100 to 1 and 300 cats between the ages 3-5.

If you would like to learn more about FIP or ZenByCat and even donate to the cause you can click ZenByCat’s logo!

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Help us save the lives of our feline friends, you never know when they might save ours.

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Why do Persian Cats Have Short Faces?

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The ‘Doll Face’ of a Persian cat gives this breed their iconic sweet expression. However, the flat faces of these cats is not a result of natural selection, rather it’s a result of artificial selection – or selective breeding. At some point, cat fanciers found that Persian cats generally had slightly shorter snouts and decided that that trait was striking and desirable.

They then took cats with the desired traits and selectively bred them until the traits became more and more exaggerated.

Over time, Persians have been bred to have a round head, short face, snub nose, chubby cheeks, an a shorter body.

Adverse Health Effects Due To Their Flat Faces

Because of their flat faces, Persian cats can have problems with eye drainage, as well as nasal stuffiness. Additionally, the flatter the face of the Persian cat, the more likely they are to experience allergies and colds.

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Celebrity Cats – Alien Cat Matilda

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Celebrity Cats – Alien Cat Matilda

Meet Matilda. A cat with eyes that seem to show you the universe. No, these eyes have not been altered using Photoshop, they are 100% natural. Matilda has a condition that has caused her eyes to become extremely enlarged and glossy.

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Matilda was found by an animal rescue society in a small town hoarder’s house. At only 12 weeks old she found her forever home with ‘The Bearded Man, The Lady, and Dog’. For about a year her eyes seemed to be normal.Picture2

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Shortly after Matilda’s first birthday she began to experience an issue with her right eye in which one pupil would dilate to nearly the size of her eye. The veterinarians diagnosed her with spontaneous lens luxation and soon after her left eye became affected as well.

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Eventually, Matilda’s eyes began to grow. They are unsure as to why her eyes are growing, but they believe it might have something to do with a collagen deficiency. Matilda’s eyes, though large, were not causing pressure or pain, meaning Matilda could live a happy alien cat life, even without the use of her vision.

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In March of 2016 Matilda had to undergo a surgery to remove her eyes. One of them had started increasing in size and causing her a lot of pain. There are updated pictures of this inspiring cat on their Instagram and blog, so be sure to check them out!

 

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7 Facts About Your Cat’s Tail

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1. Your cat’s tail helps them to balance. The tail helps to serve as a counterbalance when cats walk on narrow spaces such as fences or shelves. The tail also aids in balance when a cat is running after or jumping on prey.

2. Tail injuries can cause permanent damage. The tail houses nerves that can affect the tails muscles as well as their control of urination and defecation and pulling on the tail can cause nerve damage. Nerve damage may heal over time, but can often be permanent.

3. Cats can live without tails. Even though cats use their tails for balance, if a cat’s tail needs to be amputated due to an injury, the cat will soon learn to compensate for the loss of their tail. In fact, Manx cats are born without tails and are not any less agile than their tailed friends.

4. The tailless gene is dominant but needs a recessive tail gene. When breeding a Manx cat, breeders will breed a tailless cat with a tailed cat. Having two copies of the tailless gene is semi-lethal and if a tailless cat is bred with another tailless cat, the fetus’ are often spontaneously aborted. In fact, many Manx cats will still have a medical conditioned coined “Manx Syndrome”. Symptoms of which include spina bifida, fused vertebrae, and bowel or bladder problems.

5. Cats use their tails to communicate. As with most animals, cats communicate mostly through body language. The tail is a great indicator of your cat’s mood.

6. When cats put their tail in the air around other cats, it can be seen as an invite for the other cat to smell them.

7. The Domestic cat is the only feline that can hold its tail in a vertical position while walking. Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs.

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Transitioning to Fussie Cat

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Are you ready to make the change to Fussie Cat? If you are, that’s great! Not only is Fussie Cat a healthy option for your pet, but your pet is sure to love it!

However, even if you’re ready to make the change to Fussie Cat, they may not be.

Why You Should Gradually Transition Your Cat

Many cat owners can admit to trying to switch cat foods abruptly. However, not only is it likely your cat will refuse the new food, it can also make them uncomfortable. A sudden change in your cat’s diet can cause gastrointestinal upset which in turn can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if They Are NOT Picky Eaters

Make sure you have enough of their current food to last at least a week so that you can slowly transition them from their current food to Fussie Cat.

The measurements will change based on how much your cat needs to eat daily, but for example;

If you feed your cat 1 cup of dry food every day, you will want to add 1/8 cup of Fussie Cat to 7/8 cup of their normal food. Then each day up the amount of Fussie Cat by 1/8 cup. In 8 days you will have completely transitioned your cat to their new food.

How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if they ARE Picky Eaters

It would be great if cats weren’t such picky eaters, but many are. Many cats will become so accustomed to their diet that they will refuse to eat any new food. Almost all cats can become convinced to eat new food, but it will take some time and patience on your part.

The first step is to start your cat on a feeding schedule, rather than allowing them to free eat. You should plan on feeding your cat 2-3 times each day. Once you put the food out, give them 20-30 minutes to finish it, and if they haven’t finished it you should take it away.

Once your cat has gotten used to eating their meals on a scheduled basis you can start transitioning in the new food. You can try to follow the guidelines above for non-picky eaters, but if they don’t accept this new mixture you many need to take the amount of new food down a notch and consider lengthening the transition phase to a couple of weeks instead of one.

How well the transition goes is ultimately up to your cat. Some may take a week, while others may take much longer. Never try to starve your cat into eating new food as malnourished cats can develop hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) which could become life threatening.

How picky of an eater is your cat? How long does it take to switch out their food? Let us know in the comments below.

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The World’s Longest Domestic Cat

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Meet Ludo the Main Coon.

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Ludo the Maine Coon comes from Wakefield, a city in West Yorkshire England, and measures in at an astounding 3’ 10.59” long from the tip of his nose, to the end of his last tailbone.

The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat, so it’s no surprise that this breed holds the world record for longest domestic cat.

Ludo has brought the record for longest cat back to the UK after a period of 6 years in which the record for longest cat was held on and off by a couple of cats living in the United States. The previous record holder was a Maine Coon named Stewie who measured an astounding 48.5 inches long! Stewie passed away in 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

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Ludo’s owner Kelsey describes him as being just like any other cat; he enjoys playing with his toys, laying around, and cuddling with his humans. The only thing that sets him apart is his giant size and the slight clumsiness that comes with it.

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Why Does My Cat Do This?

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Biting and then Licking You

There are multiple reasons your cat is biting and then licking you, and the particular reason is dependent on the situation. To determine the reason your cat is biting and then licking, pay attention to their body language.

Here are the main reasons your cat could exhibiting the bite/lick behavior;

Grooming

Mother cats will often lick and nip at their babies when they are grooming them. If your cat is doing this to you, it may be their attempt at grooming. Don’t take this the wrong way, they’re not trying to tell you that you smell. On the contrary, their grooming is a sign of affection.

Play

If a kitten has been taken away from their litter mates at a young age, they may not have learned proper kitty etiquette in the form of bite inhibition.

Overstimulation

If you’re a little too rough when you play with your cat, or you continue play too long, she will likely become agitated and may show the bite/lick behavior. If your cat’s ears are back, tail is twitching, or her body has become stiff, it’s time to back off.

Stress

This is most common in younger cats that have been taken away from their mother too soon. The behavior is very close to suckling and is likely comforting to your cat.

Does your cat show the bite/lick behavior? What is the most common reason for it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Seven Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat

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It’s a good thing cats are such picky eaters, because some of the foods we eat aren’t just bad for them, they can be lethal. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so we urge everyone to do their research.

Onions, Chives, and Garlic
While you may love these foods, they can break down a cat’s red blood cells and cause them to become anemic.

Avocados
Great for Guac, not great for your cat. This is because avocados contain Persin, a toxin that’s generally harmless to humans, but can be toxic to cats (and dogs) in large quantities.

Alcohol
Alcohol should never be consumed by pets in any quantity. It has the same effect on your cat as it does on you, but that effect is amplified by the fact that your cat’s body weight is a tenth to a twentieth of yours. As little as two spoonfulls of whiskey can be fatal to a cat.

Dairy
While your cat may drink a saucer of milk, it’s not a good idea. Most cats are lactose intolerant, which can cause discomfort and diarrhea, and dairy products can trigger food allergies.

Chocolate
Many of us have a “problem” with chocolate, but cats have real problems. Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can be fatal to your canine. Never offer your pet anything with chocolate, even icing on a cake.

Caffeine
As it is with dogs, caffeine can be lethal to a cat. Be extra cautious that you don’t leave coffee or tea where your feline can get to them, as there’s no medicinal cure or antidote in case of an overdose.

Dog Food
While a dog can (and likely will) eat cat food, it’s a bad idea for your feline to eat dog food, as cats have higher protein needs than dogs. Eating dog food frequently will lead to malnourishment in your cat.

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