Muskogee Phoenix Warns of Bobcat Fever

The Muskogee Phoenix has issued a warning article to residents in the area:

Dr. Larry Hamilton of Honor Heights Veterinary Clinic, 4011 W. Okmulgee Ave., said he normally had seen one or two cases a year. “This past month, I diagnosed 12,” he said.

The disease is a parasite, feline cytauxzoonosis, carried by ticks that have fed on wild bobcats, which are known reservoirs for the disease.

The parasite does not affect humans, dogs, or other animals other than cats, veterinarians say.

Cats with the parasite develop a high fever and become lethargic or anorectic, Hamilton said.

“They do not want to eat,” he said. “Very few survive the disease.”

Hamilton said it takes an hour or two for the tick to infect a cat.

via Muskogee Phoenix

Prevention is key to keeping cats safe. Use Flea/Tick medications for ALL your pets.

“If your cat likes to stay in the yard, try to keep your grass mowed down so it’s not tall,” she said. “The ticks tend to like the taller grasses. Keep the shrubbery trimmed short and remove debris around your house. Do daily tick checks on the cats and remember to look between their toes. If your cat lives with a dog, make sure you are using some type of tick control on the dog as it can bring ticks into your house, which can then feed on your cat.”

via Science Daily


via Science Daily

According to the Companion Animal Council, the disease is most often observed “between March and September, when the tick vectors are active.”

Where is Cytauxzoon felis found?
The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, is considered to be the main vector ofcytauxzoon felis. The disease has been found in the states of:

  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Missouri
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Georgia
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Tennessee

Symptoms of Cytauxzoon felis
While bobcats, the natural hosts, are typically asymptomatic, domestic cats are not so lucky. After being bitten by a tick carrying this protozoan parasite, domestic cats typically show signs within 5-14 days.

Infected cats often present with:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Dehydration

Unfortunately, the disease progresses quickly and affected cats can die within 2-3 days without treatment.

via Pet Health Network



Needed food donations

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At the shelter we have some special kitties, some of which are diabetic or require a better food diet. Because of this, we use these foods daily and run out quick. The baby food brand Beechnut is all meat and doesn’t have cornstarch in it like the Gerber’s brand.  Same way for the Fancy Feast canned classic- it is all meat instead of having grains in it.

We are low on these items and are always in need of them. Please consider donating these foods:

Friskies Shreds Chicken & Salmon Dinner In Gravy
Friskies Shreds With Beef in Gravy
Fancy Feast Classic (any flavor)
Friskies Shreds With Ocean Whitefish & Tuna In Sauce
Beechnut Classics Turkey and Turkey Broth baby food
Beechnut Classics Chicken and Chicken Broth baby food
Beechnut Classics Beef and Beef Broth baby food
Please donate in our bucket at PetSense or take the donations to our Resale Shop. Thank you!!

Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is a problem that is on the rise. It’s hard to resist those sweet eyes that beg for extra treats and human foods. But, it’s a problem that needs to be avoided. It can really hurt the health of your pet. CBS News published this article today regarding this issue.

Veterinary nurse Lindsay Atkinson struggles to hold Ruby, a Jack Russell terrier who needed to lose a third of her body weight. IAN MCCLELLAND


“Just like their human companions, excess weight can bring on a host of health problems for pets. Being overweight can increase risk of osteoarthritis, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cranial cruciate or anterior knee ligament injury, kidney disease and some cancers. It can decrease an animal’s life expectancy by up to 2.5 years.”

Full story:

Slide show of before and after over weight pet photos:


Special Cats with Special Needs

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Special need is sometimes used to describe animals that have certain health concerns beyond the normal. It could be a deaf or blind dog or cat, an animal that has 3 legs but in the case of five wonderful cats at the HSCC shelter it is FIV, thyroid issues, and diabetes.

We have had articles in our newsletters on some of our FIV cats in the past and we certainly want to mention that we have two of the sweetest cats at the shelter now that are FIV positive. Sylvester is such a sweetheart and never meets a stranger. Queenie is one of the most beautiful long hair calicos anyone will ever see but she is shy. They are healthy FIV cats and would be great in a home with other FIV cats or as a single cat.

Then there is Moe who was recently diagnosed with thyroid issues. He is now on daily thyroid meds and is getting healthy again.

But the main reason for this article is to promote two shelter cats that are diabetic. If you frequent Petsense you may have met Mr. Twinkles. He is a beautiful fawn colored long haired boy that has such a loving personality. He was rescued back in the summer from a local dumpster. He was extremely thin, dirty, covered with fleas and scared. But after a few days of TLC from the great HSCC volunteers, he started gaining weight, got rid of the fleas and let his personality shine. Recently however we noticed he was drinking excessively and knew right off that was a sign of
diabetes. A visit to one of our beloved vets confirmed our suspicions.

Continue reading Special Cats with Special Needs

5 Signs your dog is in pain & A Prank of the Good Kind

Dogs and cats can show us a wide array of emotions, but sometimes those can be missed. Sometimes the emotion that is missed could be a very important one. Here’s an article that covers one of those emotions, pain:

And a friend share this awesome video with me today. It’s the best and the most kindhearted prank I’ve ever seen!