2007-01-10 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

Poster Pets of the Week
by Joanne Anderson

On-line Videos Featuring Home Care for Cats: The Cornell Feline Health Center has developed a series of six live action videos to help owners provide basic home care for their cats. The short programs at www.felinevideos.vet.cornell.edu are free, informative, and have simple to use step by step complete instructions. Much of the scientific detail is illustrated with animation.

Sassy, left and Hamlet, right Sassy, left and Hamlet, right The current topics are: Caring for Your Diabetic Cat; Giving Your Cat a Pill or Capsule; Giving Your Cat Liquid Medications; Trimming Your Cat's Claws; Taking Your Cat's Temperature; Brushing Your Cat's Teeth. Cornell is open to new topic requests to add to their on-line "how to" cat care library.

Cats can be uncooperative patients. That's an understatement. These videos give many practical suggestions for in home medical procedures. Bookmark the site. Even veteran cat owners will get tips. During the cat confusion, owners can forget the obvious- such as putting the cap back on the bottle of medicine so the patient or person doesn't knock it over. The videos offer reminders and also let you in on some vet tech tricks of the trade. The web tapes tell you how to set the stage and how to grip your feline friend.

These videos come from an excellent source. Since 1974 the Cornell Feline Health Center, located in Ithaca, NY, has been devoted to improving the health and well-being of domestic and exotic cats everywhere, by sponsoring breakthrough studies to prevent and cure diseases in cats; educating veterinarians and owners about feline health, nutrition and behavior; and aiding veterinarians when new or unknown feline diseases occur. The Center has played a key role in answering cat owners' concerns about the risks of avian flu.

Cornell has been responsible for many "firsts" in the study of feline disease including establishing the latest vaccine recommendations; developing shots for certain respiratory viruses like feline herpevirus and calcivirus; and clarifying the role of maternal antibodies in kittens against feline panleukopenia (commonly called cat distemper).

Two of the current studies at the Center are investigating the causes of deadly thrombosis in feline heart disease and refining the use of a certain chemotherapy drug with cats. Docetaxel is one of the most effective anti-cancer drugs in humans but seems to have many side effects when given intravenously to cats. The Center is reporting promising clinical results with oral doses of docetaxel in owners' cats stricken with advanced cancer. The Cornell Feline Health Center is one of our cats' best friends.

"Sassy" the poster cat at Oyster Bay Shelter (677-5784) Miller Pl. Syosset is a gorgeous, longhaired gray cat with a white bib. "Sassy" #0005 is mature, super friendly and quite large. "Hamlet" #1024 is a male black Lab mix who has been waiting for a forever home for a long time. See more photos on the shelter's Petfinder site.

+Female: "Dora the Explorer" #1120- the tan Shepherd mix shown last week; a muted calico # 1204; "Kitcha" #1182- a black & white cat.

+Male: "Sebastian" #771- an older large Shepherd mix; "Bob and Company" the tabbies housed in the shelter lobby.

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