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When it comes to your cat’s health, you probably already have several topics in mind: feeding a healthy diet, keeping up to date with vaccines and more. But one aspect of cat wellness that can be overlooked – and is very important – is cat dental health. Left untreated, dental problems can cause pain and other diseases – no one wants that!

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, today we have for you five tips to keep your cat’s mouth healthy, as well as a few stories from our very own rescue cats showcasing the different ways dental issues can show themselves, and what to do about them. Read on!

5 Tips for Keeping Your Cat’s Mouth Healthy

1. Monitor Your Kitty’s Breath

Let’s be real, cat breath is never exactly minty fresh. However, if you notice your cat’s breath is downright foul, it is time to take kitty to the vet to get checked out. Excessively stinky breath usually is caused by gum disease and/or tooth decay, but a trusted vet will be able to tell you exactly what is going on.

2. Get Checkups

It’s important to take your cat to the vet every year for a checkup. As a part of a routine exam, the vet will evaluate your cat’s mouth. Doing this will help make sure any dental issues are caught before they can become worse.

3. Clean Up

That’s right, it’s a good idea to brush your cat’s teeth. You can purchase cat-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste at your local pet store (do NOT use human toothpaste), and for full instructions on how to clean your kitty’s teeth, click here.

4. Stimulate Gums

Often times, tooth decay begins with irritated gums. To keep your cat’s gums healthy, it’s a good idea to regularly give them a little massage. Doing so will strengthen the gums, which will help prevent gum problems and help kitty heal faster. Also, your cat’s gums should be pink, not red and irritated.

5. Provide a Proper Diet

A varied diet is key! Ideally cats should have a mixture of wet and dry food daily, and it’s also a good idea to mix up proteins (they can eat fish, beef, rabbit and more). Treats are a good “sometimes” food for your cat, and can be used in conjunction with training kitty to have his teeth brushed/gums massaged.

Karma Cat Dental Tales

As you can probably tell by now, cat dental health is no joke. It’s super important to stay mindful of your kitty’s mouth and how to keep it clean. Here are some examples of dental situations from our very own rescue cats:

Cindy

Sweet Cindy was at first misinterpreted as always being scared and on guard. She would swat and scratch at everyone!

However, after a vet check,  it was discovered that she needed a dental exam.

After her exam, the difference was amazing. She had a much sweeter personality, and with that came a successful adoption!

Brooke

Prior to Miss Brooke’s dental appointment, whenever volunteers went to touch the right side of her head, claws would come out swinging, which was strange considering she didn’t mind if you touched the left side of her sweet little noggin.

Fast forward and after her dental procedure of eight extractions (performed by Dr. Slade of Edgebrook Animal Hospital), volunteers could approach both sides of Brooke’s head and pet her! She even nuzzles her head into your hand from both sides of her face now. Our volunteers were overcome with joy seeing how much Brooke changed in such a short time – all thanks to proper dental health.

Samantha, Scout, Jack and Jill

Samantha and Scout

Volunteers began noticing really bad breathe with all of these adorable siblings during Karma Cat’s adoption hours. Soon after, they were brought to Edgebrook Animal Hospital, where it was discovered that their gum lines were inflamed, and they were experiencing a bacterial infection. What was the recommended course of action? To treat them all with antibiotics.

Jack and Jill

Within two weeks, Scout and Samantha saw great improvements, and their gums are healthy and all clear now!

Jack and Jill started taking their antibiotics when they changed foster homes, and now they’re all finished with their treatments and healthy as can be!

All in all, the most important thing you can do for your cat’s dental health is pay attention. If you notice anything abnormal, take kitty to the vet immediately to be checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and it’s so important to catch any issues before they worsen!

Have questions regarding your cat’s dental health? Looking for some more toothy tips, or perhaps a cat to call your own (and a cat whose teeth you want to brush?!) Contact us today or leave a comment below!

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Check out our new t-shirt, tank & sweatshirt from Animal Hearted!

Use our link www.animalhearted.com/products/support-karma-cat-zen-dog-rescue-society and code (KarmaCatZenDog) and we get 25%! There are several styles to choose from for our design choice.

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Picture this …

In front of you is a big pile of jigsaw puzzle pieces, but you have no pretty picture on a box to give you a clue on how to put it together. As you are trying to sort through the pieces, your family says, “Hurry and put it together!”

This is how I see the world of animal welfare and rescue. You know there is a big problem – a big pile of puzzle pieces. But you don’t really know exactly how big or what the solution is going to look like, and meanwhile the community is hoping you will solve the problem quickly.

This month, we at Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue put together another corner section of that big puzzle.

We are very happy with the rescue and adoption corners of our puzzle; in just under eight years we’ve saved almost 1,100 homeless animals. But we’ve struggled with putting together the pieces for a segment of animal welfare we all believe is critical to controlling the population of homeless cats: TNR, or the Trap, Neuter and Return of feral and community cats. We tried doing the trapping ourselves, but with a small rescue, finding volunteers with the time to sit and wait out feral cats was difficult. We just weren’t getting a very good return on the time invested.

Then, one day, during a random conversation having nothing to do with TNR, inspiration struck.

I was talking with one of our volunteers who does double duty with us (KCZD) and North Brunswick Humane Association (NBHA). While talking about how blessed KCZD has been this year with receiving grant funds, both solicited and unsolicited, my fellow volunteer mentioned NBHA’s 50 Feral Fix program and how it would be great to get grant funding for it. Being the grant czar for KCZD, I told her it would be easy enough to write about their program and submit for several grant opportunities. That’s when the inspiration struck …

Since we haven’t been successful trapping, why don’t we sponsor those who are!

I sat down with the Boss Lady and explained my idea (gratefully borrowed from NBHA), and she said let’s do it and add microchipping to the deal. That is how the Snip & Chip event was born. We partnered with NBHA and People for Animals (PFA) to sponsor the fixing and ‘chipping of 60 feral cats in our community.

This was truly a collaboration by local animal welfare groups. People for Animals, a non-profit spay/neuter clinic in Robbinsville, arranged for two doctors and several staff members to come in on a Monday when they are normally closed. NBHA reached out to their contacts in the feral cat caretaker community to advertise the event, and KCZD provided the volunteers and paid the bills. We quickly “sold out” every one of the 60 spots reserved for the day. So many caretakers were interested in the chance to get their community cats fixed, vaccinated, ear-tipped and microchipped.

Are you wondering why we would bother microchipping a feral cat? So did I, so I asked the Boss.

Feral cats by nature can’t be adopted, and hence, rarely make it out of a shelter alive when brought in by Animal Control. But they not only survive, they thrive in a colony that is being cared for by members of the community. If a microchipped feral cat is brought to a shelter, the colony caretaker can be contacted to come in, pick up their cat and return it to the colony. This saves not only the cat’s life, but also municipal shelter time and money.

So we were all set! PFA had their doctors and staff ready, NBHA coordinated and organized the trapper information and reservations, and KCZD had the volunteers ready and the checkbook out. Then the first snowfall of the year came …

On Monday, December 11, animal welfare workers and volunteers got up early and arrived at People For Animals with eager anticipation and bearing coffee, donuts, donated linens, newspapers and feral cats. Because of the snowfall and individual extenuating circumstances, only 38 of our 60 reservations were able to check in. Traps, covered to make the scaredy cats a little calmer, lined the hallways and back room at PFA. It was time to begin!

This was my first experience with feral cats and the TNR process. I looked on with rapt attention at the process of fixing a feral cat. The vet tech first gives the cat a quick injection to sedate it. The cat is then removed from the trap, weighed, and placed on a prep table. Then it’s given vaccinations, microchipped, and shaved in preparation for surgery. Once it’s their turn, the cat is given further anesthesia, and with little pomp and circumstance, sterilized by removing the reproductive organs while the left ear is altered by removing the top quarter inch, letting anyone who encounters it know that it has been fixed. Once the doctor is finished, another tech brings the cat into the recovery area where the ear is cauterized, and then the cat is returned to their trap which has been lined with fresh paper.  Everything was done remarkably quick, but very professionally and with care.

All of the PFA staff were patient with me as I wandered around taking pictures and asking questions. It was while talking to one of the vets as he worked on pretty tabby female that I realized we’d found our niche. He told me this was his part of the puzzle—coming in on his day off to fix these feral cats. The elusive corner piece of the puzzle finally fell into place for KCZD.

Our TNR calling was not to trap, but to sponsor the trappers.

And it was an amazing success! Everyone there that day was excited to have participated in our newest event. We at KCZD are so thrilled at the response that we have decided to make this a quarterly event, and PFA has already agreed to help out each time! We will be soliciting grant funds to help pay for the (hopefully) 240 surgeries, vaccinations, microchips and ear tips. Additionally, prior to each event we will run donation drives for towels, food, and newspapers to be given to both PFA and the trappers. We are already planning our next event, even as the Boss Lady continues to update the microchip information for each cat. Stay tuned to our website and social media for updates on the next Snip & Chip.

Break it down! Snip & Chip by the numbers:
  • 1 Day
  • 3 Animal welfare organizations
  • 6 PFA staff members
  • 4 Animal rescue volunteers
  • 12 trappers/caretakers
  • 37 cats fixed, vaccinated & ‘chipped
  • 20 males
  • 17 females
Estimating that each feral pregnancy results in three kittens surviving to adulthood, we prevented at least 51 cats from being born—that’s just under half of the number of cats & kittens KCZD takes in each year.

Total cost to KCZD: $2,903.92 (not counting the $115 for coffee, donuts & lunch for staff and volunteers) That’s $78 per cat, and it’s worth every penny.

So, now we have three of the four corners of our puzzle filled out: we have animal rescue and adoption in the top left, the top right corner is our strong base of volunteers and supporters, and the bottom left is coming together for TNR with the Snip & Chip. Now all we need is the bottom right corner: a place we can call our own adoption center.

Wait, is that a corner piece I see over there …

~Rebecca, Development Director

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UPDATE: Kelly-O has found her perfect forever home!

Cutie pie Kelly-O is a sweet, gorgeous girl. With her beautiful, dilute tortie colors, big pale green eyes, and adorable grey nose, she’s a real stunner. A chatty little girl, Kelly-O will charm you with chirps, and tell you all about her day! Rescued from a home with too many cats, she’s ready for her own home where she’ll get the love and attention she craves. Kelly adjusts to having other cats around, is good with kids, but we aren’t quite sure she would enjoy life with a dog! Kelly-O is FeLV/FIV negative, up to date with vaccinations, microchipped, and spayed. Her birthday is estimated to be around 5/21/16.

Apply to adopt him (or any of our awesome animals) here: http://karmacatzendog.org/adoption/cat-adoption-application/

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Black Friday.
Cyber Monday.
#GIVINGTUESDAY
November 28, 2017

 
We’re calling all our amazing supporters to join us on #GIVINGTUESDAY!

#GIVINGTUESDAY is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, communities, businesses and organizations like us in all 50 states and in countries around the world! Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

Fast Facts About #GIVINGTUESDAY:
  • #GIVINGTUESDAY debuted in 2012
  • The movement was created by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City
  • In 2015, 98 countries and over 85 community coalitions participated in #GIVINGTUESDAY, resulting in:
    • 2.4 million social media engagements
    • $177 million raised
    • 1.64 million online gifts purchased, with the mean gift being valued at $107.69

There are an estimated 50 million feral cats living in the United States. While that number sounds daunting, there’s a way for everyone to help, regardless of how much time and money you have. Together we can all do one small thing, to do one GREAT BIG THING for our local animals.

Here’s How You Can Help on #GIVINGTUESDAY – and Beyond: Giving Grid

Our GivingGrid allows you to donate AND show off your fur baby! Each donor uploads a photo to their spot on the grid, giving a beautiful “big picture” view of every supporter’s generosity. Add to our GivingGrid today!

Holiday Gifts & Cards

From the initial greeting cards filled with warm wishes that you send out to your loved ones, to the wine shared on your holiday dinner table, to the candles you burn to get in the holiday spirit – we have you covered for all things holiday! And the best part? Portions of each purchase directly help the kitties! It’s a win-win, and who ever said no to some guilt-free shopping? Certainly not us! Shop now!

Volunteer

Time is priceless. There’s no better way to help animals than to volunteer to help care for them, socialize them and foster them. Plus, our team of volunteers is pretty awesome, if we do say so ourselves. Check out our Volunteer webpage to learn more about how you can apply to volunteer or foster with us today.

Spread The Word

Word of mouth is key to our mission. A quick, easy way to help us out is to simply like, share and interact with our social media posts. And if you have a friend or family member searching for a pet, send them our way. Check out the social media buttons on the right side of this blog post (or the bottom, if you’re a mobile user) to follow us today!
 

Thank you for your continuous support – we couldn’t do what we do without you!
We hope you’ll join us in giving on November 28 and in the future, too!

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Leo
Karma Cat Zen Dog Rescue Society by Christie - 3w ago

Lovable Leo is a sweet and adorable boy! With his soft white fur, orange tabby markings, and big inquisitive eyes, he’s very handsome. At around three years old, Leo is still very playful, and enjoys all kinds of toys. He loves human companionship, but can entertain himself independently as well. He’s friendly, and likes to be pet, and brushed. Leo would love an interactive play session with a wand toy, followed by a nice nap in the sunbeams while you read, or watch a movie.

Although sweet Leo is FIV Positive, he is very healthy, and shouldn’t require any special care outside of the normal routine veterinary care you’d provide for any cat. Research shows that FIV positive kitties can live with other non-aggressive FIV negative kitties safely! Leo is non-aggressive, and gets along well with his foster brother; he would be happy as an only cat, or in a home with other non-aggressive resident cats. Leo is FeLV negative, up to date with vaccinations, flea treated, microchipped, and neutered. His birthday is estimated to be around 12/14/2014.

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Join us on February 2, 2018 for our first ever Yoga Mats & Karma Cats fund raising event!

There will be two classes held by certified yoga instructors along side certified adoptable Karma Cats.

Classes will be held at 39 S. Main Street, Milltown, NJ 08850 … the old Honor Yoga East Brunswick Studio! Want to actually attend the Honor Yoga Studio? They have moved into an AWESOME spot in The Shoppes at North Brunswick!

6:00 PM Yoga Class

7:30 PM Yoga Class

Join Sal Macaro for a fun, 1 hr open-level flow class along side some adoptable Karma Cats. Class is limited to 15 people. Children ages 13 to 17 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult (for the duration of the class).




Classes will be:

  • WITH cats in the room (if you are allergic, this is probably not the event for you),
  • appropriate for all yogi levels (beginner to advanced),
  • limited to 15 participants in each class,
  • raising funds for our adoption, medical, & TNR programs,
  • fun!

FAQs:

  • Bring your own mat.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled class time so you can settle in & sign the waiver.
  • Yoga is typically practiced barefoot.
  • Yoga is more than crazy poses – it’s about the breathing.
  • ANYONE can practice yoga.
  • We anticipate having 3 to 6 cats in the room for each yoga class.
  • Participants will be required to sign a waiver.
  • Children (ages 13 to 17) must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

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What a year! Thank you to all our volunteers, adopters, donors, and sponsors!

We look forward to a wonderful 2018 filled with lots of great things … including a big change for us! Don’t miss that announcement coming soon!!

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UPDATE: Rockwell has been adopted!!

This sweet boy can be shy at first but once he gets to know you, he’s an affectionate love-bug, and will reward you with head bonks, and purrs.

Rockwell is loving life off the streets! With his shiny black and white fur, big round inquisitive eyes, and adorable pink nose, he is totally adorable. Happy to be safe and warm inside, Rockwell is in an awesome foster home where he is exploring all the fun things an indoor kitty gets to have – guaranteed meals! pets & cuddles! catnip!! If you have a good napping spot by a sunny window, and are looking for the love of a mellow cat, Rockwell is your man. Ravishing Rockwell is FeLV/FIV negative, up to date with vaccinations & flea treatment, microchipped, and neutered. His birthday is estimated to be around 11/18/16.

Apply to adopt him (or any of our awesome animals) here: http://karmacatzendog.org/adoption/cat-adoption-application/

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