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All Paws On Deck Campaign



It’s quite obvious that any moment spent with your dog is guaranteed to be a good time, so why not double the fun by bringing your pet on a boat with you!

Like any dog owner out there, we know the #feels all too well, of what it’s like to not be able to include your dog in on the fun!

That’s where Sydney Boat Hire & Pound Paws have come together to run the All Paws on Deck campaign in the lead up to Summer to encourage pet owners to bring their dogs on board for a barkin’ good time!

Don’t leave your pooch on shore, bring them out to sea with you!

For every dog that comes on board, Sydney Boat Hire will donate funds to Pound Paws, an Australian based charity focuses on raising awareness about pet adoption, as well as assisting rescue centres & pounds with the overall rehoming process.

Whether you’re hosting a bbq lunch on board with mates, or looking to tour the Sydney Harbour with your furry friend, there are many ways to get involved on a boating adventure.

Did you know, Sydney Boat Hire provides boats for every man and his dog? If you don’t have a boat license, no worries! They have a variety of vessels which you can take for a spin, after a brief induction.

Safety comes first for our loved ones, with a special doggie lifeguard jacket for each dog to wear on board. You are also welcome to bring snacks & drinks on board, or organise catering with the team!

Sydney Boat Hire provides its customers with an unforgettable way of experiencing Sydney’s beautiful harbour on our self drive and chartered vessels. The team are passionate about being actively involved with our community, and giving back. 

“We are all avid animal lovers, so we are looking forward to helping raise awareness about pet adoption through this fun activation that we hope to get the whole community on board with.” Dan, Directer of Sydney Boat Hire

To book a boat via Sydney Boat Hire, feel free to visit:
https://www.sydneyboathire.com.au

The Joy of Adopting a Senior Cat

THE JOY OF ADOPTING A SENIOR CAT!

LONG-TERM CARE ADVICE

Adopting an elderly cat as an animal companion is very rewarding and can be a wonderful addition to a mature person or a couple. Senior cats need much more TLC in comparison to an adult cat and depend on you to provide ongoing care and comfort.

What Is a Senior Cat?

Like humans, some cats age faster than others, generally speaking older cats can be placed into one of three groups:

  • Mature or middle aged: 7 – 10 years
  • Senior: 11 – 14 years
  • Geriatric: 15+ years

With a wonderful home and a fantastic veterinary health care team, many cats live into their late teens and early twenties. It’s vital to understand your cat is likely to experience physical and cognitive changes with age which will influence their quality of life. Understanding aging changes and attending senior cat wellness visits at your veterinary clinic will enable your vet care team to detect early problems and delay or manage age-related health conditions.

Senior Cat Care Areas of Care:  

  • Nutrition / Feeding – Geriatric cats must be fed high quality protein – protein wasting and loss of muscle strength can result from inadequate protein intake or digestibility at this age. Feeding frequent small portions will improve nutrient absorption. It’s vital to alternate between flavours, textures and offer both wet and dry food depending on your cat’s preference and oral health. Supplementation and dietary modification to include antioxidants and free-radical may aid cats with intellectual dysfunction. Dry foods can be more calorie dense and can be left without spoiling encouraging your cat to graze throughout the day. Strong smelling foods such as fish flavours (i.e. sardines) or warming food in the microwave may be more tempting and would inspire fussy eaters.
  • Water consumption – geriatric cats with diluted urine or chronic kidney disease will need to be stimulated to drink water to reduce risk of de-hydration. Encouraging wet-food in their diet may also increase fluid intake.
  • Weight / Loss of body mass – geriatric cats often become underweight with a low body condition score. Most likely due to underlying or chronic disease, changes in metabolism, hormonal changes and a decrease in the ability to digest and absorb protein. Muscle atrophy is also common and usually secondary to nerve damage or chronic osteoarthritis while muscle wasting is usually associated with poor diet, nonexistence exercise, severe kidney disease or cancer.
  • Dental / Oral care – dental disease can be very painful and will reduce appetite while periodontal disease will cause gingivitis and stomatitis. Oral cavity neoplasia can take place in this age group – consistent dental examinations will encourage prompt treatment and reduction in pain and ongoing treatment.
  • Behavioural – changes in behavioural patterns are very common; cognitive decline and dysfunction is typically on the rise in geriatric cats. Many cats will exhibit altered toileting habits, will be fussier, will want to spend more time inside (less outdoors), may display night-time or inappropriate vocalisation, will not play as much and may experience senility. Dementia and similar human diseases such as Alzheimer may also be unveiled by some geriatric cats. Management techniques such as environmental adjustments to reduce stress and pain is beneficial including avoiding changes to routine and feeding/water stations. Managing concurrent illnesses, mental and physical inducement through gentle playtime, social contact and use of Feliway will be advantageous. Remember an older cat’s world gets smaller, so ensure food, water, bedding and litter are easily accessible, but not too close. 
  • Monitoring and management of diseases – frequent monitoring of weight, urine and blood pressure by the veterinary team are extremely important when monitoring and dealing with chronic diseases especially in cases where regular pain management or the need for subcutaneous fluids is needed. 
  • Enrichment / play time – owners should not stop playing with geriatric cats – movement improves muscle tone and can help avoid obesity.
  • Home nursing – its vital to make a geriatric cat feel more comfortable, warm, dry and stress free especially if they experience reduction in hearing and sight or can’t regulate their body temperature. Avoiding exposure to loud noises, other pets and piercing environments are very important. Grooming and claw care is also of high importance to eliminate claws catching in blankets or the couch.
  • Veterinary visits – regular veterinary visits and repeat examinations (3-6 monthly) are highly recommended as part of a screening program of clinical to non-clinical selection.
  • Worming / Vaccination – geriatric cats are more vulnerable to infectious diseases and should be wormed and vaccinated annually.
  • Going away / Holidays – consider hiring an experienced cat sitter to stay at your home rather than sending your feline companion to a cattery as your cat will be less stressed in their own environment.

When you adopt a senior cat from a cattery or shelter you will be saving a life – Enjoy it!

To learn more about our treatments and services, contact Pet Nurture on 0403 939 202 or Enquiries@PetNurture.com.au

Pet Nurture has kindly provided a discount code for all readers: POUND PAWS

Bibliography

Amy Hoyumpa Vogt, I. R. (2010). Feline Life Stage Guidelines. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 12, 43-54. Retrieved February 04, 2019

CWVET. (2016, December 05). Life Stages In Cats. Retrieved February 08, 2019, from Cat’s Whiskers Veterinary Clinic: https://www.cwvet.co.uk/blog/2016/12/05/life-stages-cats/

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Tottey, H. (2015, September 25). Geriatric Clinics: can you afford not to offer them? Tisbury, Wiltshire, UK: International Cat Care. Retrieved February 11, 2019

Disclaimer

Individual blogs are based upon the opinions of the specific author, who retains full copyright. The material is not intended as medical advice, it’s intended as a sharing of knowledge and information.

We are not veterinarians and do not diagnose any conditions, perform surgery or prescribe medications. We encourage you to make your own pet health care choices in collaboration with a certified pet health care professional.

HarlowHarry Pet Paw-fume

We are so appreciative of the support of pet pawfume brand, HarlowHarry who are kindly donating a % of their sales to Pound Paws.

We love their sophisticated pup paw-fume which has been safely developed for pets, inspired by human fragrance. Everything from the scent to the packaging is premium… to the point where you may even find yourself wearing it 😉

They have two different scents:
Bellevue 162 – a unisex, complex woody fragrance for your pet, with heart notes of violet, and white flowers. The base notes of vanilla, musk, amber sandalwood and nagarmotha provide depth and a long lasting richness to your pets parfum.
Hunter 33 0 is a fresh, bright fragrance with heart notes of Sage, Floral and Marine. The base notes of Musk, Amber and Cedarwood provide depth and a long lasting richness to your pets parfum.

They have also just recently launched a conditioning pet shampoo – which is available now. Developed to perfectly complement their Harlow Harry Pet Parfum. The shampoo gently cleans, softens, protects and conditions your pets fur, whilst delivering on aesthetics and quality. 

Paraben free | Sulphate free | SLS free | Gentle cleanse | Healthy gloss 

If you are looking for pet products that don’t look like pet products visit www.harlowharry.com.au

Feeling plucky? Take the pledge!

Like so many Australians, we’re all actively making the conscious decision to choose cage-free eggs, however despite this shift, battery cages are still responsible for most of Australia’s egg production

Why? Because, the food service industry is where the majority of cage eggs end up.

RSPCA Victoria are asking consumers to show their commitment to cage- free eggs by Taking The Pledge and posting to social media to help spread the message.

Currently, over 10 million layer hens are still suffering in barren battery cages across Australia, crammed in with several other hens and with less space each than the size of an A4 piece of paper.

“Hens are social, curious and intelligent animals, and they need to be able to stretch their wings, scratch, peck and dustbathe, perch and lay their eggs in a nest,” RSPCA Humane Food Manager Hope Bertram said.

Help us speak out for those who can’t and make the pledge today!

Sign up here: www.rspca.org.au/the-pledge