The Purr Company Mews-Letter - August 2007
Hi and welcome to the August Mews-letter
I hope you're enjoying the summer, we certainly are and the cats seem to be making the most of it too. Rags and our newest addition Domino have put their differences aside for today are currently sitting outside together lapping up the sunshine, long may it continue (the sunshine and the truce!)
In this same spirit, we've got a great article this month about keeping the furry ones safe while they're out in the sunshine.
I also wanted to take this opportunity remind everyone about last month's special offer. Any Mews-letter readers that buy some Purr before the end of August can get 25% of the purchase price donated to Bury Stray Cats Fund in Bury St. Edmunds by simply emailing us and telling us they're a reader.
So if you've bought some Purr and forgot to email us make sure you let us know ASAP, and if you're considering buying some Purr make sure to order it before the end of the month, and don't forget to let us know you're a mews-letter reader!
Before getting on with it, I wanted to say hello to our new subscribers, thanks for joining us. I hope you enjoy our Mews-letter but please feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements or future articles.
An abscess is a type of infection in a wound. In many ways it's like any other type of infection one might get and in it's early stages may be confused for a normal infection the immune system can effectively deal with.
However there is a potentially dangerous difference in that an abscess forms a barrier around the infection, which is then difficult for the body's immune system to break through and do it's job of fighting the infection. For this reason you should pay attention when your cat gets injured and look for the signs that an abscess is forming.
Most cat abscesses are caused when cats fight over territory, and receive a bite from another cat. A lot of the time these types of wounds will just heal over and disappear, but in some cases an abscess will form.
After the cat has received a bite it could take a few days for the abscess to get going. Once this is happening you may notice your cat goes off its food and becomes a bit lethargic; the area where the abscess forms will swell and feel warm.
Abscesses can be quite painful for the cat, and should you notice one it would be a wise move to take the cat straight to the vet, who will drain the abscess and prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection.
It may be that the first you are aware of the abscess is when it bursts, leaving an open wound and a pungent smell – which I know from personal experience can be very unpleasant.
Even once an abscess has burst, it is still a good idea to take the cat to the vet to get it cleaned up. An untreated abscess is likely to scab over and get re infected because cats the skin will heal much faster than the tissue below, causing the infection to be sealed in and the abscess to reappear.
Abscesses can be very serious, even life threatening as they can cause blood poisoning. This in turn can affect any of the major organs, so the sooner the abscess is treated the better.
What ever you do – Don't ignore an abscess on your cat!
We all know how much cats love to sunbathe and chase flying insects around the garden, so here are a few tips to help keep your cat safe.
Cats get sunburn too!
I know all of our cats love to lie in the garden all day if it's sunny and who can blame them?
Cats who have pale ears and noses are at risk from getting sunburn just as we are; they can even get skin cancer.
To help prevent this try and keep your cats in during the hottest hours of the day (11am – 2pm), if this is not possible you can put sunscreen on their ears and noses.
Ask your vet which type of sunscreen is safe to put on your cat. You need to obtain a non-toxic brand or buy a specialist brand just for pets, since your cat is likely to lick some of it off. Using it is very straightforward, just apply to the ears and nose a few times a day.
Bee & Wasp stings
They fly, so as far as your cat is concerned, it's potential prey, but if your cat is stung in the mouth or throat it could cause swelling and block the airway.
If your cat is stung in the mouth/throat take it to the vets straight away.
Cats are often stung on the paws, which can be treated at home:
If you suspect your cat has heatstroke you must act quickly, symptoms of heatstroke include:
If your cat displays these symptoms get it into a cool area, and wrap it up in a cold wet towel and phone your vet as soon as possible.
Follow these tips and your cat should be able to play happily out in the sunshine for the rest of the summer.
After last months Stray Cat Special, we received this lovely letter from Anne which I thought was worth sharing with our readers -
Thank you for writing, Anne, and sorry for your loss, but well done for doing the right thing with Bamber - If only there were more people in the world like you.
5. Web Site of the Month
- The Cat Gallery