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November
It's All About the Cat!

Help us keep senior cats happy & healthy in November!  
It's ASPCA's Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

November is the ASPCA's Adopt a Senior Pet Month, but it doesn't stop there! It's also National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and National Pet Diabetes Month! Senior cats (usually considered "senior" starting at ages 7-10) make great companions, as they usually possess more wisdom and cleanliness than younger cats as well as a calmer and loving spirit. Senior cats in shelters deserve loving furrever homes with understanding caretakers and soft beds where they can retire for their golden years. A big part of caring for cats of all ages (but especially during their senior years) is being aware of potential health problems and ensuring that you take them to the veterinarian often enough. November's aim in not only to promote the adoption of cats, but also to promote awareness and prevention of two common ailments: cat cancer and cat diabetes. 

Follow us on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter this month as we share additional content and resources to improve the lives and health of cats.

In This Issue:

CATalysta: Ed Powers
ASPCA's Adopt a Senior Pet Month
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
National Pet Diabetes Month
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week           November 6-12
Get Smart about Antibiotics Week                             November 14-20

What's Happening at CATalyst

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We're Thankful for Cats!
 
Life would certainly be dull without our small pals, their lion-sized personalities, wisdom, hilarity, sneak attacks. and tiny paws. Our love for our cats may seem obvious, but does your cat feel valued? Show how your cats just how much they mean to you with our Happy Valued Cat tips.

Join in on the conversation this month by sharing what you love most about your cats on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #FelineThankful!

Remembering our CATalysta
Edward James (Ed) Powers III
March 15, 1962 - October 28, 2016


A CATalysta is a person or organization that celebrates and champions the cat.

Ed’s kind, gentle and deliberate leadership leaves a legacy of compassion in the animal welfare community. CATalyst Council recognizes his service on our board and his commitment to animal health and welfare with this 2008 interview of Ed by his daughter, Kristen Powers:
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What You Can Do Today

Adopt a Senior Cat!
Often, senior cats (7-10 year olds and up) spend the longest amount of time in shelters and are passed by for more energetic young cats. If you have the space in your home and your heart, give these deserving souls a home! They have so much to offer: usually they are cleaner, calmer, and already litter box trained. They have already-developed personalities and might have come from hard backgrounds to end up in a shelter in their later years. They'll certainly be appreciative of you opening up your heart to give them another shot at a comfortable and loving life. There are endless reasons to adopt a senior cat, and PetFinder has compiled ten of them in Ten Reasons Senior Cats Rule. And if you've already got a senior cat in your life, check out Catster's tips: Eight Ways to Make Your Senior Cat's Golden Years Comfortable

Feline Cancer Awareness
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month is an excellent time to become aware of the risks, symptoms, prevention methods, and treatment options for cancer in cats, as well as finding out ways you can aid in the fight against pet cancer. It's projected that 6 million cats a year are diagnosed with cancer, the most common case being lymphoma. Common signs that a cat has cancer include dramatic increase in hiding, loss of weight, unusual sores/lumps on the mouth, and nosebleeds. It is critical to take your cat in to the veterinarian for annual wellness checks (or more, if you have a senior cat) since cats are excellent hiders of symptoms. Spaying also reduces the risk for some types of cancer in female cats. Other preventive methods include: providing a healthy diet, not overfeeding, and use of caution around household chemicals. Fortunately, many general veterinary practices are equipped for treating many types of cancer.

To join the conversation about cat cancer, use the hashtag #CurePetCancer on social media, and every post will result in a $5 donation to the Animal Cancer Foundation.
Feline Diabetes Awareness
The most common symptom of feline diabetes is a dramatic increase in the amount your cat drinks and urinates. In many cases, the cat may also be overweight or obese. Fortunately, feline diabetes is very treatable, and typical treatments involve a combination of insulin, exercise, and a controlled diet according to your veterinarian's guidance. Be sure to ask about diabetes prevention for your younger cats as well. For more information on Pet Diabetes Month, check out www.petdiabetesmonth.com, where there are stories, informative articles, and other resources regarding diabetes in pets.
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National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
Let’s give a big round of appaws from November 6th to November 12th for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week! During this week, we praise those who have persisted in the mission to give every animal a happy home, including all our lovely felines. Sadly, only about half of shelter animals get adopted, and so shelters need support from their communities in order to care for these wonderful creatures. One big way to help shelters is to choose adoption over breeders/pet stores, and to encourage others to do the same. If your house is already filled with cats, read the Humane Society's guide for Ten Ways to Help Your Local Shelter or contact your local shelter to find out how to help.

Cats enrich our lives and we appreciate the shelter workers who, in turn, enrich theirs. So when you are enjoying relaxing on the couch with your feline companion, consider contributing to the shelters that do so much just to give animals a safe place to be while waiting for their furrever homes.
Get Smart About Antibiotics!
Antibiotics are common life-saving drugs, but how much do we really know about them in conjunction with cats? Get Smart about Antibiotics Week is November 14-20 to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Antibiotics may be prescribed if your cat develops a bacterial or fungal infection. It's always important to give your cat the full prescribed dose of antibiotics, even if they start acting healthy again or don't seem to need more. If they don't get the full dose, they may develop antibiotic resistance and the original infection could become worse and more difficult to treat. To learn about antibiotics for cats, check out this article from VetInfo. 
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CATs About Town!

During the whole month of October at the CATalyst Council we celebrated National Animal Safety and Protection month, dedicated to promoting the safety and care for indoor cats, community cats, and black cats around Halloween! Our newsletter from October's National Animal Safety and Protection Month is available here.

We also have blog posts about indoor cat safety here and here, and a blog post on homeless cat safety for Alley Cat Allies' Feral Cat Day.

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For years veterinary practices, animal shelters and rescue organizations have often operated independently without much collaboration. Catalyst Connection is helping to bridge that gap and develop a sense of community for the betterment of animals.  

If you're interested in developing a strong shelter-veterinary relationship in your community, check out our Catalyst Connection: Forever Homes Forever Health toolkit

Interested in the Catalyst Connection initiative? Sign-up to our mailing list to be informed of program developments!

 
Ask a Veterinarian
You've got questions, and here at CATalyst,
we've got answers! Please submit your
questions to cats@catalystcouncil.org 
and we would love to give you
the info you need!
 
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