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Hopeful Henry

Dear Henry,

My cat got sap on her fur. Do you have any suggestions for removing it?


Dear Barb,

This is a good question.

It brings to mind a few issues I wanted to cover in regard to outdoor cats.

But first the issue at hand, sap in the fur. If the sap is fresh you can use rubbing alcohol on a washcloth or rag. Rub gently and the sap should come right out.

If the sap has hardened the only solution is to cut it out of the fur. I recommend going to a groomer for this as you don’t want to accidentally cut the skin. Thanks Regan at Best In Show Groomers for helping out with this question. For your grooming needs or if you have questions give Regan a call at 775-901-2671.

Hoping this was Helpful

Hopeful Henry

The above questions brings to mind a very important issue with cats. Cats should be kept indoors. Not only would this have prevented kitty getting sappy, but so many other issues as well.

Many cat owners are savvy to the fact that cats that are indoor cats are safer cats, while others still think that cats deserve the freedom to run around in the great outdoors.

When we humans domesticated cats we took on the responsibility to keep cats safe and in good health.

So if your of the mind-set that your cat should roam free please consider these top reasons to change your mind and keep kitty indoors.

1. Monitoring your cats urinary tract/bowel health. If your cat uses the great outdoors as a litter box you have know way to know if they howl when they go, if there is blood or mucous in the urine or stool, which is a red flag for constipation, bowel blockage or urinary tract infection or blockage.

2. An indoor cat is relatively safe from many diseases such as FeLV (feline Leukemia), FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), Zoonotic diseases and rarely mentioned, but equally serious, is the possibility of skin cancer from overexposure to the sun. And mice, your cat may eat or bring home as a gift that can carry a host of other dangerous diseases.

3. Indoor cats don’t get hit by cars. According to one source more cats are killed by cars, approximately 5.4 million per year, than are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters.

4. Indoor cats are safe from wildlife. In the food chain cats are sitting ducks for owls, raptors, coyotes and native big cats. Your cat, no matter how tough, is no match for an attack from any of these animals.

5. Indoor cats don’t cause problems in your neighborhood. Let’s face it, not everyone is a “cat person” and those who are not don’t appreciate it when your kitty uses their garden as a litter box. Some people will go to extremes to keep your kitty out of their yard, even poison. It’s just not worth the risk so keep kitty inside.

6. Indoor cats are safe from human abuse. As horrific as it sounds, free-roaming cats are easy targets for gangs of youths with time on their hands, for cat-haters, who seek cats out for target practice, and again for neighbors who think nothing of killing a cat for trespassing. Although animal protection laws are getting stricter, prosecution will not bring back your beloved cat. It is also a well-known fact that serial killers often practice first with animals.

7. Indoor cats don’t get lost or stolen. While an indoor cat can sneak outside and still get lost generally speaking they don’t. Collars should be worn by indoor cats but make sure they are a “break-a-way” type of collar so if kitty gets out they will not get caught in a collar. You should also make sure your kitty is microchipped, so if kitty gets lost or loses the collar, a shelter will be able to find you.

If your cat or dog does go missing report it ASAP to Eldorado Animal Services at 530-573-7925. Also call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society 530-542-2857 and let them know, they will post it on their Facebook page, which has a very good success rate for finding missing pets.

Submit questions or letters via email to AskHenry@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe Calif. 96158. Like us on Facebook at http://www.FaceBook.com/LakeTahoeHumaneSocietySPCA. You can also become a Facebook friend of HopefulHenry at http://www.Facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry.

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