Monday, November 30, 2015

A Thanksgiving Present

The Saturday before Thanksgiving I took our dog Duke for his usual walk and when we got back home, an eight to ten week old black and white kitten appeared on our front porch. He was trying to rub on our eighteen year old cat Chloe, who was on the front porch waiting for our return. Chloe of course, didn't want anything to do with this kitten. My husband and I were scratching our heads wondering where this lone tiny kitten came from. 


The kitten came fairly close because it was very hungry. My husband fed it some can food right away and it devoured the food. Once his belly was full, he wasn't willing to come so close to us again. We noticed he was holding up his right front paw and not using that leg at all. Within half an hour we made a cat house out of a cardboard box complete with soft bedding and set it on the front porch with food and water in front of it. At least for the night he can sleep in a safe place and keep warm, which is what he did. We will have to earn his trust enough to catch him.

The following day the kitten disappeared for awhile but came back to eat and eventually settled in another large cardboard box we had sitting in the driveway, up against the garage. We set up the large cat condo cage that we had stored in the shed. The same one we used when we rescued our cat Emma (who has since passed away) and then Dusty (who is now eight) as well as the foster cats we had for a few months several years ago. This cat condo has come in handy!

Once everything was set up and ready, we held the box closed while the kitten was still inside and carried it in the house and proceeded to transfer him into the cat condo, but he escaped out a hole and ran into another room, ending up in the corner under a piece of furniture. We managed to gently get him into a box again and then delivered him to his new condo. We were trying to be extra gentle as we could tell he was injured and we weren't sure how serious it was.

It only took a day to litter box train him and not much longer for him to accept our pets so we could handle him enough to pick him up. Then off to the vet we went! My husband and I decided we would take care of and keep the kitten.

Weighing in at just a kilogram, it was discovered that he had a puncture wound on his right shoulder and it had become abscessed. He had a fever. An x-ray revealed his right front leg was broken in half, below his shoulder. He was also anemic from all the fleas. This little boy was in bad shape. The good news was he tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV. Everything else can be fixed.

Before he could have surgery, we had to clear up the infection and the fever he had from the abscess. So the vet cleaned up his abscess and then wrapped his leg so it was bound to his body and not just hanging there lose and I took him home with antibiotics and pain medicine. We had to make a decision about his leg and we had to make it pretty fast.

We had a choice; we could take him to the veterinary specialists who could do surgery on his leg which would require a pin to put it back together and would cost several thousands of dollars, or we could have the limb amputated by one of our veterinarians for under a thousand (which included neutering too).

I was assured that three-legged cats (and dogs) do just fine and adapt remarkably well -- of which I am well aware. I walk a three-legged dog five days a week and have cared for several three-legged dogs and cats over the years. I know how amazing animals are; how resilient and adaptable they are. It's still a very difficult position to be in -- to have to make such a serious decision about this little kitten who suddenly appeared out of nowhere, right in front of us on our front porch. Especially considering that we already currently have a dog (13) and two cats (18 and 8); and all that we went through with four of our other pets (3 dogs, 1 cat) who all passed away just two years ago in 2013.

Of course the cost and what the kitten would have to endure either way played a big contributing factor in our decision; a decision we thought about carefully. We decided to have his leg removed. He had surgery today and I'm happy to report that all went well and he is doing so good, he tried taking out his stitches already so he has to wear an e-collar. He will be able to come home this evening.

Yesterday was the first day he felt well enough to actually play, since his fever and infection had cleared up. He has not felt good for some time so it was nice to see him acting like a playful kitten for a change. He had been managing well using only three legs, even jumping up on the shelf in his condo. Even though he has been taking pain medication since we got him to the vet, having a broken leg has got to be painful. We don't know how long he had been in this condition when we discovered him or how he was injured. We just know we had to help him. He is so sweet and just loves affection. Now with the surgeries behind us we are glad to begin the healing process so he can be the happy, healthy kitty he was created to be. 

We named our little Thanksgiving present Kilo (key-low). He only weighed a kilogram when we found him. Click here for an update on his progress.


Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.

~His Holiness The Dali Lama

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Drawing to Win a Free Structured Water Unit!


You now have the chance to enter a drawing to win a FREE Natural Action Technologies Structured Water Unit. How cool is that?! This is something new they just started doing on Clayton's Classroom, the free teleclass given by Clayton Nolte, inventor of the Structured Water Units. These are the classes I have been attending for two and a half years and I still learn something new every time! I look forward to each and every class.


There will be a drawing at each class! Classes are every other Wed. , at 7 PM Central time, and last about two hours. The next class is Dec. 9th. You have to be present (on the call) to win. 

For instructions on how to attend the upcoming teleclasses, as well as listen to previous classes, click here. For instructions on how to enter the drawings, please sign up to receive their newsletter which is located at the bottom of the same page. Once you sign up you will receive an email with information about the upcoming class and the instructions on how to enter the drawing will be at the bottom of it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Structured Water Sale! and New Products!


Just in time for the holidays...check it out! Two new structuring devices from Natural Action Technologies! AND they're on Sale!! The new cobalt blue portable device (still also  available in original white) and the new cobalt blue shower head! All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

This is a special offer for a limited time!! If you have been sitting on the fence about buying one and trying it, now is the time!!! How can you go wrong with a 90 day Satisfaction Guarantee or 100% of your Money Back? If you don't like it or don't want it for any reason in the 90 days, send it back for a full refund. You also get a Lifetime Warranty. There are no moving parts and nothing to replace, EVER! And when you use my links, you get 3 Bonuses including Free Shipping!!



In the two videos below, cancer researcher Ty Bollinger speaks with hydration specialist Paul Baraterrio about what structured water is and why it's beneficial for the body. The full interview with Paul is part of "The Quest For The Cures Continues" docu-series.




The short video below is an important introduction to the nature of crystalline structured water as a living, vital, and enlivening force that is essential to the health of all living organisms. Excerpts from Dr. Emoto, The Water Mystery Movie, and What the Bleep Do We Know?! 

  



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Best and Worst Foods for Pets



It's been five years since my favorite holistic veterinarian posted her list of best to worst pet foods. The pet food industry has changed since then, so here's her new updated list.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pet Allergy Assessment Update

As I wrote about in a previous post, I did an easy in-home allergy assessment test using hair and saliva samples called Immune IQ for our dog Duke. Developed by veterinarians, Immune IQ covers 125 different pet food ingredients and common environmental allergens and sensitivities.

The results were not only interesting but a very helpful tool in guiding me on what foods or ingredients to avoid in his diet because they they were found to be overwhelming to his immune system; as well as finding out what things are helpful and assistive to his immune system and to add more of those items. And we now know that the immune system is the key or basis for health, whether we're talking about people or pets. If the immune system is healthy and functioning properly, the person or pet is healthy. You cannot have dis-ease where there is a healthy immune system. These two things cannot exist simultaneously. So it's important to keep the immune system in good working order and in today's world that can be a great challenge. With all the toxins that we and our pets are bombarded with in the air we breathe, on the ground we walk on, in the foods we eat and products we use, we can use all the help we can get to assist us with this challenge.

After telling my mother about it, she did the same Immune IQ test for one of her dogs, Cody. She just recently received the results of his assessment and shared them with me. In comparing Cody's and Duke's results, I found it interesting that though there were a moderate amount of differences in the columns of items that are okay/assistive and neutral, but when it came to the items in the not okay/overwhelming column, there were only a very few differences and both dogs had most of these items in common.

And though we were both surprised by a few foods that showed up as overwhelming to their immune systems, we were not surprised at all to see the GMO ingredients show up on the list; like corn, soy, cotton seed, canola oil,  and wheat.

Another interesting thing the two dogs' results had in common was out of 23 vegetables tested, they both only had one show up in the overwhelming category, and it was the same vegetable -- green peas! Have you noticed pet food manufacturers now put green peas or green pea protein in almost everything? 


Could you be giving your dog ingredients that put an overwhelming strain on his/her immune system without even knowing it? Chances are, you are. Now with this simple, painless and affordable tool available to us, we can get a "leg up" on what to feed and what not to feed based on the immune response of our own individual pet so they have the longest and healthiest life possible. 

And don't forget, Immune IQ is for cats too! I'm thinking of testing one of our cats next! Stay tuned.