Contrary to popular belief, dogs do see some colors. They are able to view approximately the same colors as someone who is red/green colorblind. While dogs have excellent night vision and vision for motion detection, they have rather poor vision for detail and distance when compared to people, needing to be within 20 feet to see something the average person can see from a distance of 80 feet.
Cats are carnivores. That’s the most important thing to keep in mind when considering what to feed yours. “Cats are… different from us and from dogs,” says Louise Murray, DVM, vice president of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York. “When it comes to nutrition, they are very inflexible, and owners must realize that.” Compared to what their owners should be eating, cats need to eat a lot of meat for protein and for fat. “If we ate like cats, we’d have heart disease by age 20,” Murray says. “They are not at all the same as humans and they are not little dogs.” She’s explicit about this because it’s not uncommon for owners to treat their cats the same way they treat dogs, which can eat a variety of foods and remain healthy. In fact, Murray notes that dog food can be fatal to cats over time because it doesn’t meet their nutritional needs and it’s often loaded with carbohydrates, which cats can’t process well. “Cats get severe obesity problems from carbs, which can lead to diabetes,” Murray says. “A cat’s system is not designed for carbs. They are to be avoided.” You can ask your vet what name brand food (wet or dry) they recommend for your cat. Once you’ve made your choice, let your cat do a taste test. If your cat likes the food and doesn’t have any gastrointestinal upsets (such as diarrhea) afterward, you’ve chosen well. However, if your cat doesn’t like the food, you need to be prepared to offer options. Cats often will go on hunger strikes rather than eat something they don’t like, and such strikes are dangerous. “A cat that won’t eat can suffer from liver failure and get fatally ill,” she says. “They can get themselves into big trouble.” If you do need to switch from one food to another, introduce the new food gradually, in small amounts over a week. This helps prevent your cat from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach. Cats like to eat small meals throughout the day, so plan to leave food out so your cat can come and graze when they feel the need to nibble. At Peewee’s, we have over 200 loving cats ranging from 4 months to adult in our cat building. They are all fixed, vaccinated, and awaiting loving homes. For $20, you can take one home.
Dingo is a Basset mix that was fished out of a canal in Flour Bluff by a good Samaritan. He was scummy and exhausted from his ordeal, was full of worms, and had skin and ear infections. His owner never showed up to claim him, and he is now healthy and awaiting a home.
Mushu is a Pyrenees mix that was rescued from a kill shelter in Kingsville a few days before her appointment with death. She was introverted and scared, but after a couple of weeks of patient love, she came around and seeks a new beginning with you.
Trapper is a Chihuahua that was seen being attacked by a large dog on Ayers. He had deep lacerations around most of his neck as well as on his underside. Our vet stitched him up nicely and installed 3 drain tubes. X-rays revealed he had a broken tibia and femoral head which required surgery. The little trooper survived and wants a loving family to call his own.
Kix is a little kitten brought to us with a mangled tail. It was so infected and gangrenous that the tail had to be amputated. The now pseudo-Manx is all healed up and awaiting a new home.
Baxter is a black teenage kitten that had a large abdominal hernia the size of a lemon where his intestines were coming through. After our vet repaired it, he is now healthy and awaiting a loving family.