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Pets EMERGENGY - CHOKING ( details about how to open a cat's mouth)

Nov 05, 2014 - 0 comments




                   Choking Pet?...Do This
The signs of choking are much the same as a person. Your dog or
cat is struggling to breathe, with their mouth open. They may
be pawing at their mouth. They may be attempting to vomit.
You may hear an unusual sound as they attempt to breathe and
pull air through a foreign object lodged in their throat.

The causes of choking are with anything that can lodge in the
throat. This is fairly exclusive to dogs – cats are usually
more particular. An example would be a dog fetching a ball,
and having it lodge in their throat. A variety of food objects
can lodge in your pet’s airway.


CALL YOUR VET IF NEEDED. Dogs are notorious for trying to
swallow things that are a little too big. The result can be choking where an object lodges in the airway.

REMOVE THE OBJECT. When time is of the essence, you must
act quickly.

Open your pet’s mouth:

For a dog

    * Open your pet’s mouth

    * Grasp the upper jaw with one hand over the muzzle.

    * Press the lips over the upper teeth with your fingers
      on one side and the thumb on the other so that the dog’s
      lips are between its teeth. Firm pressure may be required.

      The dog then can’t close its mouth without biting itself
      and is less able to bite you. Pull his tongue out of the way.

    * Reach deeply in to the back of your pet’s throat and try to
      grasp the object. If it is a ball, and you are unable to move
      it, try using some type of instrument; tweezers, pliers or even
      a spoon shaped tong.

For a cat

    * Grasp the cat’s head so that your palm is over the cat’s eyes
      and ears, and your thumb and index finger are behind the canine
      (eye or fang) teeth.

    * Tilt the cat’s nose upwards. In most cases this causes the cat to
      automatically relax the jaw muscles so that you can open the mouth easily

    * You can then use the index finger of the opposite hand to gently
      open the mouth. Place the fingertip on the lower incisors (the small
      teeth between the canines) and gently push the lower jaw down.

    * An alternative is to push your thumb and index finger of the hand
      holding the cat’s head towards each other. Some cats resent this more
      and it is easier to get bitten but it does hold the mouth open while
      the opposite hand is now completely free to hold tools etc.

    * Examine the mouth and if you can see the object it may be possible to
      remove it with your fingers, tweezers or small pliers immediately. Do
      not attempt to remove a needle embedded in the roof of the mouth but
      take your cat to your veterinarian.

    * It may be possible to gently pull the tongue forward to gain better
      access, but some cats will not allow this.

If this method does not work for extracting the object from your pet’s throat,
try this technique.

Lay your pet on its side. For small pets, place your palms
behind the last rib on both sides of your pet’s abdomen and press your palms together quickly 2 – 3 times.

Repeat if necessary.

For larger dogs, place both hands behind the last rib and push down and slightly forward sharply.

Repeat rapidly until the object is dislodged

If you still can’t remove the object and if your pet can breathe, transport
him to your veterinarian. However, if your pet can’t breathe you must continue to try to dislodge the object either by compression or by using the Heimlich,as your pet is unlikely to survive the delay in reaching veterinary aid.

COMPRESSIONS. Gentle compressions on both sides of the widest point of the chest may help dislodge a ball or other object. Place both hands at the back of your pet over the widest point of the chest while he is standing,
and give 5 firm compressions to dislodge the ball.

HEIMLICH. If after trying to manually remove the object, and after gentle
compressions it won’t move, and your pet is still not breathing, then
proceed with the Heimlich.

TURN your pet upside down, with his back against your chest.

WITH both arms, give sharp thrusts to the abdomen.

AFTER 5 thrusts, stop and check to see if the object is visible
in the airway. If so remove it and give 2 mouth-to-nose rescue
breaths. If the breaths do not go in, repeat HEIMLICH.

In some cases, your dog is too large to pick up. You can lay him
on his side, and make a fist. Put your fist into the hollow
beneath the rib cage, then push firmly inward and upward. Repeat
5 times, and then check to see if the object has been dislodged.

If after a few attempts it is still lodged, but you can still
hear wheezing and some noise when your pet is breathing, then
you have time to rush to your vet.

CPR. If your pet completely stops breathing, then you will have
to know the CPR steps.

After the airway has been opened, you may need to give artificial

CLOSE your pet’s mouth and breathe directly into his nose until
his chest expands. If the chest doesn’t expand then go back to


VENTILATE at 15 breaths per minute. One BREATH every 4 seconds.



In some cases of choking, your pet’s mouth has been injured.
This means feeding a soft food for 7-14 days while the wounds heal

Lolo cat of the week at United cats - interview

Sep 22, 2014 - 3 comments

Loreena Mc Cat
I am 5 years, 3 months, 11 days old female Mixed Breed, my owner is
and I am from Brazil I’m called by lolo,lolouca (= LoCrazy),coisa preta feia (=ugly black thing),gorda(=fat), little darling,miau mingau (=meow pourridge).... I joined United Cats on March 27, 2010.

My birthday is June 11, 2009.

Visiting time: online

I was Cat of the Week:
September 22, 2014 -
September 28, 2014

Publish Edit

Congratulations, lovely Loreena, on becoming Cat of the Week for the very first time! How does it feel to be a celebrity? Will your Mom have a COTW party for you?

I feel very very happy and honoured in being a COTW. Mom was sad and worried for other reasons ( I NEVER cause it, you Know,,,except if Im not feeling ok,what is rare) and this news makes she feel great as well. I have parties all days,so I guess I'll only get more hugs and kisses...

You're our first cat of the Week from Brazil. Can you tell us a bit about the city where you live and is your home right in the city or out in the suburbs? How far do you go when you're outdoors?

Yes me and mom were the first and many times only brazilians in many sites all over the world. We live in an average city near a BIG one ( São Paulo) Touristic city named Atibaia. You guys can google.And we live in the city,central part, but mom would love to be living in the country. I'm a good girl and keep my travels just in the backyard.All I need is there,I have trees and birds, piles of dry leaves... I could be far away - But I dont want it.Thats why mom allows me to be there, kids are not allowed,They dont know about life like me Mom is scared to dead something bad happening to us

When and how did you meet your Mom? Was it instant love or did it take some time for you both to get to know each other?

I addopted her!!! I chose her.She wanted me, but had no conditions at that moment I arrived. She always wanted a cat and never could, I was her first one.She calls me one angel, gift from heaven. I took me more than months to be accepted there and even so I just entered house the day kids were ready to born. I am a persistent girl and I finally get her forever - none can run from loving claws right in the hearth :-)

Mom has given you some nicknames that seem a bit strange. What are these nicknames? Does your Mom only use them when she's angry with you or does she use them as affectionate teasing?

Are all affectionated nicks.All of them have a meaning , that she tried to explain by translating those. Some make no sense anymore,as magrelinha ( I was very thin when I arrived) or gorda (I was pregnant of 6 ! ) Now I have many other nicks. Mom addapted songs for me as well...

Two beautiful grown-up daughters, Joy and Lucky, live with you. Did you have only two kittens in that litter and have you had any more since then? Do you have a good relationship with them? What can you tell us about their Dad? Do you ever see him these days?

I had 6 babies and that was my only litter.I was not supposed to have any litter but I was faster them mom. I fact my pregnancy was a complete surprise to all here, since I was almost a baby myself and did all in silence. 2 of my babies died at 8 /10 days old,2 others grow up was healthy white boys and were addopted at 3 months. Mom still think about those... My boyfriend is way for a long now, last time I saw him I was just spayed and he was with another girl black as me. I dont care,I have mom and my kids - and still care for them as they were babies,even being bigger them me- the keep respecting me :-)

Your Mom is very fond of Irish things and has even given you an Irish name. Does she play Irish music and do you like it? If you could travel to Ireland, what would you most like to see or do? How would you react if you met a leprechaun?

Mom is crazy about Irish legends,folk music and so.My name came from Loreena Mc Kennit and , yes, we listen to a lot of irish music ( all I could get here - if you folks like to sell me more ,we would love) Traveling to Ireland/UK would be great. I would not fear the leprechaun or any other kind of pixie, elf or gnome - mom has a big collection of and - believe - I already saw the real ones! Sometimes they play with me - mom cannot see they so she things Im going crazy Mom says she would buy lots of new stuff and maybe get a tattoo with a black cat, a shamrock and a gnome were in Ireland.

Please tell us about a typical day in your life. Do you spend much time outdoors? What do you like to do when you're indoors? Where do you sleep at night? Do you enjoy being petted and brushed?

I spend my days in the backyard - except when I decided I would prefer stay inside ( if its raining or I feel someone weird is coming) Outside I can sleep in the sun , chase bugs or play and climb trees By the time mom arrive home -about 5pm nowadays-I enter by myself OR Im convinced to.So we eat and stay together -or no.What we do depends on my mood - sometimes we play, sometimes I sleep I enjoy pets, accept to be bushed ( tooth as well) and using clothes for a while - for taking pics. But Lucky enjoys petting more than me, she BEGS for while mom is running after me for!

Loreena, you've been very sweet to answer all these questions and we thank you. There's just one more short one: can you tell us three or four words that best describe you?

I'm a furry angel.Mom is right about!

Sharing the story of my new furry nephwew Nick

Jun 26, 2014 - 1 comments

adopted :-)

Here goes the story of a pretty boy I do wish to be very loved.
Well,the part of the story that includes me,at least :-)
You can see 2 pictures of him in my album.

I had met a perfect big kitten ( 6 mo,so they said...) that weekend.The cat was taken to our adoption fair that weekend and, therefore I cant say people that did are bad fellows ( I avoided talking with them) I do can tell they have few brain, so to speak.
Cat came free in the car, no box at all ( not even a carboard one) and the man pick him from the car fully wrapped in a cloth.Cat arrived acting as mad , climbing cage walls and scaring 2 kittens already there when the poor was suddenly put inside our the cage.
I was really fearful cat could hurt himself ( in fact I thing he did,but just a tiny bloody spot in the face - or it was just kibble glued, I had no courage to check for a long time and when I did it was not there anymore.All his persons said was "he is calm" - sort of "dont worry, he wont scratches you".
I was not worried about scratches, just about the cat...
Mercifully the situation could be managed decently but I started praying for someone to adopts him - I didnt want him back to the place he came from.
2 kittens were adopted.He stayed alone laying in the litter box.
A woman fell in love for him - and her child fell in love for a female tiny kitten arrived later.It was a loooong time of chating, the girl got home upset but DEAR NICK ( or the name we 'll got) must be fine in his forever home now!!! :-)
He was a very sweet big cat ,pet cat I would say and went to a house with many animals,another spayed cat, dog, rabbit.
Last news I had was on saturday,some jealousy around but he had eaten and drank.
I will post more pics of him if tutor send me some or take him there for a visit ( not probable cos its a cat -happy  dog 's parents sometimes do! )

For black cats fans

Jun 25, 2014 - 0 comments

black cats

13 Reasons Cats Are Lucky
13 reasons why black cats crossing your path on Friday the 13th are a blessing and are blessed.

By Melissa Kauffman | June 13, 2014

13 reasons cats are lucky
Photo Courtesy of Gina Cioli/I-5 Publishing
Worrying about black cats crossing your path this Friday the 13th? Well worry, no more. We have 13 reasons cats are considered blessed and blessings. So go hug your cat. And, if a black cat crosses your path, bask in good luck today!

   1. The Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet resembled a cat and was the goddess of joy, love, protection, dance, music and, of course, cats. Cats, which were quite popular in ancient Egypt, were considered her sacred animal.
   2. In Yorkshire, Britain, if you keep a  black cat in your house it will bring good luck, ensuring a safe return of fisherman from the sea.
   3. It is considered good luck to see a black cat or a sneezing cat on your wedding day.
   4. Freyja, the most renowned of the Norse goddesses, was the goddess of fertility, love, battle and death. She rode in a chariot that was drawn by cats, and farmers left out offerings for the cats to ensure a good harvest.
   5. The Prophet Muhammed had a favorite tabby cat named Muezza and, according to Hadith (a report of the deeds and sayings of Muhammad), Muhammad prohibited the killing and persecution of cats.
   6. There is an American superstition that dreaming of a white cat means good luck.
   7. In Scotland, it is believed that a strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity.
   8. An Italian superstition believes that a sneezing cat is a good omen for everyone who hears it.
   9. There is an American superstition about one-eyed cats and wishes. If you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb and stamp it in the palm of your hand. If you then make a wish, it will come true.
  10. A Chinese proverb says a cat assures its owner of good luck. There is also a practical Chinese proverb that says "Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it’s a good cat.”
  11. In France there is a saying that dogs may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
  12. A cat is believed magical and the bringer of good luck in India. One belief is if you kill a cat,  you have to offer a cat in gold to a priest.
  13. The Ancrene Wisse was written in the 13th century as a guide for devout recluses who dedicated their lives to devotional reading, meditation and prayer.  The anchoresses typically lived in enclosures attached to churches. Although allowed minimal to no contact to other people, the book did say that the sisters were allowed a cat.