Cold Symptoms in Kittens

    Colds in kittens are usually caused by a virus.  Calicivirus and Feline Herpes Virus 1 are usually the culprits.  The most common clinical signs are sneezing, runny eyes, loss of appetite and a runny nose. Ulcers on the nose and lips are also seen with calicivirus.  These symptoms last 7 – 10 days.   Sometimes, the ocular discharge […]

Helping Blind Cats

In my experience, blind cats learn how to ‘see’ with their other senses and live happy lives without much help from people.  In fact, many people don’t even know their cat is blind until I tell them!  This seems unlikely I know but it happens because their cat is doing everything like normal.  Here are three […]

Coati Mundi at Iguazzu Falls

Coati mundi are small omnivores that are cousins of the raccoon.  I met this mother and son pair at a snack bar while hiking at Iquazzu Falls in Brazil.  Unfortunately, these animals have become dependent upon handouts from tourists.  They congregate around food stands begging for food.  The female below tried to grab an ice cream […]

Criollo Horses in Argentina

On my recent trip to Argentina, I was introduced to the Criollo breed of horses. These horses originated from stock brought over by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers.  The breed is now considered native to Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay.  Criollos stand between 13.3 and 14.3 hands tall.  They are compact well muscled horses that are […]

Help For Tazmanian Devils

Tamanian Devils are being decimated by an infectious disease called ‘Devil Facial Tumor Disease.”  This soft tissue carcinoma causes severe disease of the face then spreads throughout the rest of the body.  This non-viral disease is spread through fighting, something Tasmanian Devils like to do.  Sadly, it is estimated to have decreased the population of Tazmanian devils by 70% […]

Comment on Taming Feral Cats

Wow, you have made great progress with all of the cats.  I am sorry to hear about Tuki but happy to hear about Klein.  In my experience, feral cats have a tough time being picked up.  To condition Klein for this, start by lifting one leg off the ground for a few seconds while rubbing […]