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Looking for Intestinal Parasites: Fecal Exams

2022-01-18T19:57:23-05:00January 18th, 2022|

Intestinal parasites can be wormlike (roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms) or one-celled protozoan organisms (coccidia, giardia, toxoplasmosis). In kittens, they are a common cause of diarrhea.

Fecal exams are very important for kittens with diarrhea, which can be life threatening. Fecal exams are also important when kittens strain to defecate, lack appetite, vomit […]

Messy and Dangerous: Kitten Diarrhea

2022-01-11T18:04:24-05:00January 11th, 2022|

Watery feces, or diarrhea, has many potential causes and is a big concern in kittens. In fact, it can be life threatening.

Overfeeding kittens, especially those who are underweight or malnourished, is a common cause of diarrhea. Therefore, for the first 24 hours of feeding a bottle baby, dilute the kitten milk replacer formula. Use […]

Ringing IN the New Year: Wiping OUT Ringworm

2022-01-04T19:09:36-05:00January 4th, 2022|

Ringworm is the most common infectious skin disease in cats and gets its name from its circular appearance of hair loss and scaling of the skin. Ringworm isn’t a worm at all, and it’s not just an inconvenience. In a shelter, it can spread havoc.

Ringworm is a fungal infection caused by dermatophytes, microscopic fungal […]

In One End, Out the Other: Understanding Kitten Poop

2021-12-28T20:08:09-05:00December 28th, 2021|

Poop, poo, stool, feces and bowel movement are some of the words that describe what kittens deposit, hopefully, in the litter box: solid bodily waste discharged from the large intestine through the anus during defecation.

Kitten stool is a highly useful indicator of an individual’s health. However, kittens can’t defecate (poop) or urinate (pee) before […]

Good to Go: Choosing a Litter Box

2022-01-04T19:09:51-05:00December 21st, 2021|

For as long as there have been cats, they have instinctively been burying their pee and poop – or not. They bury their waste to avoid unwanted attention to themselves or their kittens. On the other hand, if they want to claim territory, they don’t bury their waste, which contains unique chemical scent markers […]

Choosing Litter: Listen to Your Cat

2021-12-21T20:26:19-05:00December 14th, 2021|

Mom cats lick their kittens’ genital areas to stimulate kittens to pee and poop. It’s nature’s way of keeping the nest and kittens clean and not attracting predators. When there is no mom cat, fosters use a soft tissue to stimulate kittens to potty before and after each meal.

It isn’t until kittens are three […]

All I want for the Holidays… A Kitten’s Wish List

2021-12-10T10:56:59-05:00November 30th, 2021|

All I really want for the holidays is my very own home….but here are some other things that will keep me happy, safe and comfortable till my real family finds me.

To keep me feeling safe and loved:

  • A warm, fuzzy cat bed
  • Clean and warm fleecy blankets
  • At least one litter box – please […]

Eat, Drink, Clean: Selecting Food and Water Bowls

2021-12-10T10:57:15-05:00November 30th, 2021|

Kittens can begin transitioning from nursing to food at about four weeks of age. Although choosing food and water bowls seems straightforward, it’s important to consider a few things to keep kittens, and cats, happy and healthy.

Material

  • Stainless steel and ceramic bowls are best, as they can be easily cleaned to prevent the spread […]

Fighting for Kitten Lives in Ontario

2021-12-10T10:58:20-05:00November 30th, 2021|

At the beginning of March 2021, Eliska Meadows, along with other rescues, animal shelters and veterinary clinics, was advised that the deadly Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) was on the rise in Ontario, Canada, and veterinary clinics were advising caution to all rescues and shelters. Almost all rescues and shelter in Ontario this year were […]

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