Published by The Cat Practice, Birmingham, Michigan.  Open 7 days a week and evenings.

Summer means watch out for pet hazards                                                          June 2011

In this issue:

·         June is adopt a shelter cat month

·         Consider adopting an older cat

·         Profile: Sphynx

·         Avoid these summer hazards

·         Cat Tales: Inky signals for help

·         Cat’s Meow: Protecting cord chewers

·         Trivia contest/win catnip

·         Help for feral cats

News and Events

Adopt a shelter cat sometime in June 2011 and get a free veterinary technician consult.  Call The Cat Practice to make your appointment at 248-540-3390.  Must show adoption papers and adoption date.


Feral Cat Resources

Free feral cat spay/neuter - All About Animals Rescue in Warren and Michigan State University will offer a FREE spay/neuter clinic for feral cats July 4, 2011. Call 248-212-0781.

Free-Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program - Oakland Pet Adoption Center, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and All About Animals Rescue are launching a feral cat spay/neuter program with a $100,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.  Go to


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Recall: Primal Cat Food
(Chicken and Salmon Formula)

Primal Pet Foods has recalled Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "best by" date code of 043112-17 since this product may be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Primal Pet Foods products are affected.  See press release.

Symptoms of salmonella include vomiting, diarrhea, and/or lethargy. If your cat has consumed food associated with this recall, see your veterinarian. 


Save on Wellness Exams for Senior Cats!


Save 10% off all senior wellness exams and get free blood pressure checks, free nail trims and more!  AARC is open to cats 15 years and older.   >>Click here!


Kitty Camp

Cats staying in our Kitty Camp enjoy frequent attention and plenty of play and exercise in our Kitty Playroom.  Boarding your cat is a great alternative while you are away, have guests or are having work done at home. For more information – or to register – go to
or call 248-590-3390.


Looking for Homes /
Official Cat Adoption Site

See the adoptable cats and kittens in our lobby and on our Facebook page. Also, we are now an official adoption outreach center of Oakland Pet Adoption Center in Auburn Hills so we are getting new kitties as often as we can adopt them out!


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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

catincarrier.jpgAdopting a cat from a shelter is always special – but this month it’s extra special because June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

How do you know which cat is right for you?   Choosing a kitty is often more a matter of the heart than the head. Most people go in with a preconceived notion of long or short hair, male or female, young or old – but end up finding a cat or kitten they “click” with that they never expected.  The best thing to do when looking for a cat is to decide on what personality traits matter most to you, and keep an open mind on everything else. True love works in mysterious ways...

To make your search a little easier, check out these pet adoption resources:


                Oakland County Animal Control:

                The Cat Practice:

                Pet Supplies Plus:

                All About Animals:

ASPCA (find a shelter cat in your area):

Consider Adopting an Older Cat

oldercat.jpgOlder cats wind up in shelters too. They may have outlived their person or were unable to join them at a hospital or nursing home.  Some families might surrender a cat due to allergies, a new baby in the family, divorce or a move.

There are many reasons to consider adopting an adult cat.  They are not as mischievous as kittens.  They take less energy since they sleep more, play less.  And most of all, it might be their last chance to find a home.  To see a complete list of why you should consider adopting an older cat >>Click here.

A Cat is Not Just a Cat!

Text Box:  Trouble is a beautiful Sphynx whose person is Marian Collins-Steding.

The Sphynx is an inquisitive, intelligent and extremely friendly cat. Many Sphynx owners describe their cats as elf-like or childlike due to their inquisitive and intelligent nature.

The Sphynx is recognized as being a healthy robust breed.  Warm and soft to the touch, but because of their hairlessness, Sphynx cats have a tendency to get cold.  They are intelligent enough to find a warm place - usually a computer monitor, sunny window, television or under a blanket with their person.  At the same time, a Sphynx should not be left outside as they can develop sunburn and skin damage, and have limited means to conserve body heat. 

Cat Trivia

Spaying a female before her first or second heat will greatly reduce the threat of mammary (breast) cancer and uterine disease. – True or False?

Be the FIRST to email us with the RIGHT answer at and win a free bag of organic catnip!  See next month’s issue for the answer!

Last month’s trivia answer: False. Cats have been domesticated for half as long as dogs.

Marina Sionov correctly answered this question and claims her free catnip!

Cat Tales: Inky the Cat Signals for Help

USA Today Logo.bmpGlen Kruger of New York was in deep trouble following a fall down the basement stairs at his home.  His cat, Inky, rescued from a local SPCA shelter, is credited with alerting Glen’s wife and probably saving Glen’s life.  See the story as reported in USA Today. >>Click here.

Thanks to Maryann Clark for sharing this news story!

Keep Kitty Safe by Avoiding These Summer Hazards

Bug/Yard Spray/Fertilizer: Chemicals used in granules, sprays or fertilizers can contain agents toxic to pets.  Pets can lick chemicals off their paws that could lead to ingestion of dangerous levels of weed- or bug-killer especially in smaller pets.  Check with your lawn company and read labels to make sure what you are using is safe for animals, or if a certain amount of time must elapse before your pet comes in contact with treated areas. If you think your pet may have been exposed to a toxic substance, call ASPCA Poison Control immediately at 888-426-4435.catglasses.jpg

Heat: We all know that our pets need fresh water and shade outside, but what about indoor cats? If you don’t have air conditioning, your cat can become hot and uncomfortable in indoor heat.  Fans can help with air circulation.  Some cats like ice cubes in their water bowls. If your kitty is really hot, run a cool, damp washcloth down his/her coat.  Remember that car heat can kill animals so keep temperatures cool when driving and NEVER leave a pet in a parked car in hot weather, not even with the windows cracked.

Loose Window Screens: Now that it’s window-opening weather, double check that all the screens in your house are secure.  You’d be surprised how many cats accidentally fall out of a window when a loose screen gives way (especially in second floor windows).  The result can be serious injury or the cat becoming lost like Dawn’s cat. (See blog).

Pools: If you are lucky enough to have a pool, there is always the potential for accidental drowning. Check out this link for pool safety tips for pets, including a Skamper Ramp which allows animals to climb out of the pool if they fall in.

The Cat’s Meow: Tip of the Month

hosa-wire-loom-s.jpgOne of my cats has been a lifelong cord-chewer. Over the years, he has destroyed numerous phone cords, speaker wire, electrical cords and even large cables (which Comcast had to come out and replace when our cable internet kept mysteriously going down!). Not only was the behavior destructive, but dangerous, especially with regard to the electrical cords. So I purchased some wire loom to protect exposed cords and wires in the house. Wire loom is corrugated flexible plastic tubing used to bundle cords and wires in vehicles, homes and offices.  It’s available in a variety of diameters and lengths that you cut to size. Not only is it an excellent way to protect wires from chewy kitties, but it also looks nice not to have various exposed cords all over your house. You can purchase it at computer supply stores like MicroCenter and auto parts stores as well. – submitted by Tabitha Owens, Cloud (“The Chewer”), Titus, and Lulu.

How to Help Feral Cats

A lot of people call us about feral cats in their neighborhood and what they should do. The best thing is to trap, neuter and release (TNR). The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; average number of kittens is four to six per litter. If everyone takes in even one feral cat to be spayed or neutered, it will drastically cut down on the potential for more feral cats. These local organizations have low-cost spay/neuter programs:

Oakland Pet Adoption Center  

All About Animals Rescue

For more information about feral cats, the ASPCA has a nice FAQ page.

Chief is Looking for a Home

chief.JPGMany of you know our clinic cat “Chief.”   This large brown tabby pretty much decides when he wants to socialize or not.  Chief has also decided that, at his age (9), he would rather be in a home than in a veterinary hospital.  If you are interested in welcoming Chief into your home, contact The Cat Practice at 248-540-3390.  Read more about Chief here.

The Cat Practice commitment to cats and their people:  

o    Spot health conditions early to avoid more costly care later.

o    Treat the whole patient looking out for physical and emotional wellbeing.

o    Respect each cat as an individual with his/her own distinct personality and heredity.

o    Avoid surgery at all cost.  (The exception: all cats should be spayed or neutered!) 

o    Provide alternatives for care whenever possible.

o    Partner with cat families through knowledge sharing.

o    Make oral hygiene and preventive dental care a priority.

“There is no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.” –Wesley Bates


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