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  • 7 Common Diseases that Affect Senior Cats

    Whether it's in cats or in humans, aging significantly increases the chances of suffering disease. Today, cats are living longer and more fruitful lives, mainly thanks to massive improvements in nutrition, veterinary, and home care. Still, once your cat is nearing old age, there are several health complications that you should be aware of.

    Knowing which are the signs and symptoms of common feline diseases will allow you to take your cat to your veterinarian at the right time, therefore treating its health issues before they develop further. Here are 7 common senior cat diseases to keep an eye on:

    1. Chronic Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease is a common illness that affects domestic cats, but it is especially common in older cats and certain breeds. Kidneys play a vital role in your cat's body, as they are tasked with filtering and removing many of the waste produced by your pet's body, which is then expelled through the urine. Once the kidneys have started to fail there is no way to eliminate this waste, so it will start to build in your cat's bloodstream, a process called Azotemia, and cause damage to many organs.

    Although there is no definitive cure for chronic kidney disease, a timely diagnosis and treatment can help your cat live longer and feel more comfortable. Common symptoms of this disease include increased thirst, a spike in urine volumes, weight loss, diminishing appetite, and frequent vomiting. Certain supplements containing spirulina have been shown to be beneficial for maintaining healthy kidneys, but itsuse should be supervised by a veterinarian if your cat already has kidney disease.

    2. Heart Disease

    Heart conditions are a common occurrence among senior cats. Although there are many types of heart disease, the most common one is Cardiomyopathy which weakens the heart's muscles and stops them from performing properly. As the disease progresses, it may lead to heart failure or other complications.

    Other forms of heart disease include Degenerative Valvular Disease, which causes the heart to grow and eventually fail, along with other conditions that can affect the cat's heart as well. Regardless of its origin, the end result of heart disease is Congestive Heart Failure, which means that the heart can no longer pump blood efficiently.

    3. Diabetes Mellitus

    As in humans, feline Diabetes is a condition that creates high sugar levels in the blood over prolonged periods of time. Cats suffering from obesity due to incorrect diet, or leading a sedentary lifestyle have a higher risk of developing this disease. If diagnosed with this condition, your cat will require frequent insulin injections for the rest of his life. However, remission of the disease is possible if it's diagnosed in its early stages. Certain supplements have been shown to be beneficial for diabetic patients.

    Remission of Diabetes focuses on treating the disease before the pancreas has burned itself out trying to keep up producing enough insulin to regulate the abnormal glucose levels. Common symptoms of Diabetes in cats include drinking lots of water, an increase in the frequency of urination, increased appetite, and weight loss. Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections are a common side effect of diabetic pets and can be prevented with a clinically proven supplement like Cranimals Original.

    4. Arthritis

    Arthritis is a degenerative joint condition that affects both middle-aged and older cats. Unfortunately, despite the disease being so common, it's usual for owners to confuse its symptoms with the normal changes brought by aging. Cats who have arthritis are more likely to become sedentary, stop trying to access elevated surfaces any longer, and sleep longer hours. They can also show signs of swelling in the joints, lameness, increase stiffness and decreased flexibility, and feel uncomfortable in certain positions.

    Arthritis can significantly diminish your cat's quality of life if it's left untreated. However, with adequate pain-relief treatment, your cat can go back to enjoy a more comfortable life. Supplements that contain natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients and Omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial in preventing and alleviating arthritis.

    5. Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism is a glandular condition caused by an excessive increase in production of thyroid hormone in the thyroid gland. Cats who suffer this disease display a seemingly contradictory tendency to lose weight despite having a big increase in their appetite. Besides these symptoms, other common signs of hyperthyroidism include vomiting, frequent diarrhea, increased thirst, and urination. Many of these symptoms are shared by some other more serious diseases, such as diabetes or chronic kidney disease, which is why an early diagnosis is necessary to start treatment as soon as possible.

    6. Dental disease

    Dental problems are a common occurrence in cats of all ages. It is estimated that as many as 2/3 of cats over the age of 3 suffer from dental disease. This painful condition is commonly caused by the accumulation of plaque and tartar formation in the cat's teeth as a result of years of poor (if any) dental care. The disease affects both the teeth and the gums around it, inflicting pain on the animal, diminishing its appetite, and causing weight loss. Powdered cranberry supplements when added to a cats daily meals, will help prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque on teeth and resulting dental disease.

    7. Cancer

    As with humans, cancer is a disease that becomes more prevalent as your cat ages. Many types of cancer affect cats, such as the highly common Lymphosarcoma, but not all of them have to be fatal. Many types of cancer can be treated successfully if they are detected at their early stages. A variety of strategies are available to help prevent your cat from getting cancer, including antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic berry supplements, dietary changes (i.e. reducing or eliminating kibble and switching to a whole food, home made diet). Treatment options range from natural therapies such as novel food supplements, specific dietary changes, surgery, chemotherapy, and X ray therapy and depending on your choice, can significantly extend your pet's life. However, symptoms depend on the type of cancer involved, so regular checkups are the best way to track your cats cancer risk as they age.

    AN EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS CRUCIAL FOR YOUR CAT'S HEALTH

    The older a cat gets, the more likely it is that it will suffer more than one of these diseases. That's why taking care of an older cat is especially challenging. Fortunately, veterinary science has come a long way in the past decades, and many of these conditions can be mitigated with an early diagnosis and proper treatment. As well, and perhaps even more importantly, if pet parents take the time to educate themselves regarding the proper diet and supplements for their cats, then the risk of cancer can almost be entirely eliminated. We recommend feeding food that contains as much fresh unprocessed ingredients as possible (fresh/ canned fish, sea greens (spirulina, algae), fish or algae oil (DHA Omega 3), and avoids as far as possible a heavy reliance or eliminated completely a kibble based diet. Kibble diets contain highly processed ingredients, of questionable origin, and frequently contain contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides and Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMOs).

    Your cat should be examined by a veterinarian at least twice a year. Regular veterinary care and preventative health care at home, can save your pet's life and provide him the comfort he deserves during his last years. Keep in mind that the sooner a disease is diagnosed and treated the better. So make sure that you keep your eyes open for any odd behavior or symptom exhibited by your cat, such as increased or diminished appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, etc.

    However, you should never assume that as the cat's owner you'll always be able to tell if there's something wrong with your pet. Cats are famous for their ability to mask their sickness, so you will need an expert to know if your cat has a problem. That's why your regular visits to the veterinarian should include at a minimum a complete physical examination which will reveal the true state of your beloved mascot's health. Any easy way to check your cat at home for some of the most common health issues is to regularly do a urine test at home using the same type of diabetes and kidney failure or urinary tract infection tests as your veterinarian uses in his office.

  • Causes of Seizures in Dogs

    Witnessing a beloved dog experiencing a seizure can be both heartbreaking and frightening. Many pet owners are unprepared for this event and may not know how to handle it. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm and collected. Quickly move any furniture or other objects that may cause injury to your dog out of the way and remove other dogs from the area. Occasionally, other dogs will see the seizure as a sign of weakness and attack the seizing dog. Don't try to interfere with the seizure movements or open your dogs mouth as his jaws can clamp down hard during a seizure and cause injury to you. Be as calm and soothing to your dog as possible during the seizure and immediately report the event to your veterinarian, particularly if its a new onset seizure. Once the seizure is over, its important to determine what caused the seizure to occur in the first place.

    What are the most common causes of dog seizures?

    Brain disorders such as tumours; viral, bacterial or parasitic infections; strokes; head trauma to external causes such as nutritional deficiencies as well as toxins like lead, insecticides, mouldy foods and some human supplements can provoke brain changes that lead to seizures. Additionally, metabolic abnormalities such as liver or kidney disease can cause seizures, and some anaesthetic agents and medications may also trigger them in sensitive animals.

    Your veterinarian will start with a history, including background on vaccinations, diet, exposure to toxins, and a possible relationship between seizures and other activities. Blood chemistry, a complete blood count and urinalysis will help systematically rule out many of the causes not originating from within the brain itself. If no disease is found and the animal is between one and five years of age, idiopathic (cause unknown) epilepsy may be diagnosed. Dogs less than one year of age, are more likely to have a congenital abnormality, while those between five to seven years of age, may have specific disorders of the brain. Once the initial consult is complete further diagnostics may include may include an MRI and cerebral spinal fluid tap.

    Seizures due to toxin ingestion

    If your dog has no prior history of seizures, its important to consider the possibility that your dog has ingested a toxin. This would be of particular concern if your dog were spending time outside before the event where he could have come into contact with a toxic substance in a trash can, pesticides, antifreeze or any of a number of other chemicals that can induce seizures. The most common cause of toxin related seizures is lead poisoning. If you have lead based paint in your house and your dog is prone to chewing pointed surfaces, this could trigger a seizure if your dog ingests high amounts of it. Some chew toys may also contain high amounts of lead. Certain indoor and household plants can cause seizures in dogs as well as some foods, such as chocolate. ​

    Seizures due to infection

    Distemper is one of the most common causes of infection related seizure. This is most commonly seen in puppies who havent been vaccinated against the distemper virus. If your dog has received the distemper vaccination, this is unlikely to be the cause.

    Causes of dog seizures: Vaccinations

    If a dog has a genetic predisposition to seizures, a simple vaccination can sometimes trigger seizure activity. Talk to your veterinarian about spacing your dogs vaccines days or weeks apart if he has a history of seizures in the past. Be sure your dog is only receiving vaccinations that are necessary to preserve his health. Some vaccinations have been associated with health problems in dogs and veterinarians are now following a revised vaccination schedules announced by the The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Task Force to reduce the amount of vaccines administered to dogs as a result. Distemper, parvo and adenovirus vaccinations are now recommended every 3 years as opposed to yearly, and AAHA acknowledges that distemper and parvo vaccines provide immunity for at least 5 years and the adenovirus vaccine for at least 7 years. In many cases you can avoid revaccination for example by having a titer test performed on your dog to gauge their immunity status, as in the case of Rabies.

    Seizures due to metabolic problems

    Two other causes of seizure in a dog include an underactive thyroid and a low blood sugar level. An underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism is not a common cause of seizures in a dog, but it can be successfully treated with thyroid replacement therapy. Certain medications can also lower thyroid hormone levels and should be considered if your dog develops new onset seizures. Low blood sugar can trigger seizure activity, and a full workup will be needed to determine why your dogs blood sugar is low.

    Brain tumors and seizures

    Most veterinarians recommend a workup to rule out a brain tumor in a dog older than five years of age that has a new onset seizure as a seizure can sometimes be the first sign of a brain tumor. Certain breeds are more predisposed to brain tumors such as Boxers and Doberman pinschers, but they can occur in any breed. Early treatment is crucial, because each consecutive seizure causes more nerve cells within the brain to fire randomly, so each seizure actually makes it more likely that another one will occur and makes management of the condition much more difficult. Dogs that have had more than 2 seizures in a 6 month period, should receive appropriate diagnostic workup and treatment as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are critical to a successful outcome.

  • Recognizing and Treating Feline Hyperthyroidism

    What is hyperthyroidism?

    Feline hyperthyroidism is a common disease that affects middle age and senior cats (usually age 8 and older). Hyperthyroidism is a disorder caused by an enlarged thyroid gland which produces too much thyroid hormone (called T3 and T4). An enlarged thyroid is typically due to a tumor affecting one or both lobes of the gland. In the majority of cases, these tumors are benign; however, in 2-5% of cases, they are cancerous.

    What are the symptoms?

    Thyroid hormone affects numerous systems in the body (metabolism, heart, kidneys, and liver), so an unstable thyroid can have disastrous and even fatal consequences. Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include:

    • Excessive thirst and urination
    • Increased appetite
    • Aggressive behavior (or overly energetic)
    • Yowling and panting
    • Weight loss (despite increased appetite)
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Muscle weakness
    • Lethargy
    • Unkempt-looking coat or hair loss

    The majority of cats with this health issue lose weight while simultaneously having an increased appetite and onset is typically between 12-13 years of age.

    Note: Some cats may demonstrate other symptoms not listed above (such as anorexia). It was once thought that these cats exhibited atypical hyperthyroidism. However, it is more widely thought that these animals have other problems in addition to the hyperthyroidism, such as kidney disease or inflammatory bowel disease.

    How is hyperthyroidism diagnosed?

    A veterinarian will perform a physical exam and a CBC (complete blood count) with a special, thyroid-specific test known as the T4 panel. During the physical exam, the veterinarian will feel the cats neck area (where the thyroid is located) and may be able to feel the enlarged gland. The cats heart rate and blood pressure will also be checked. Cats with hyperthyroidism will have an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure.

    The results from the blood test will offer a more complete picture and also rule out other conditions, which can present similar to hyperthyroidism such as chronic renal failure or liver disease.

    What is the treatment?

    There are three basic methods of treating hyperthyroidism: drug therapy, radioactive iodine therapy, and surgery.

    Drug Therapy

    A veterinarian will prescribe one of two medicines usually taken twice daily: tapazole or methimazole. Both medicines are effective in regulating thyroid hormone levels (but do not destroy the tumor) and can be administered in pill form or as a transdermal cream that is rubbed in the ear.

    The advantages of antithyroid drug therapy are that it is a non-invasive, relatively inexpensive treatment. Medication is also the only treatment for cats with hyperthyroidism and underlying kidney disease. Hyperthyroidism tends to mask kidney disease, so a careful balance is required to ensure that thyroid levels return to an acceptable level without leading to renal failure.

    There are some cats, however, that experience side effects to the medication such as nausea, vomiting, fever, anemia, and decreased appetite. Also, the medication will need to be administered for the rest of the cats life, which causes a large amount of stress on both animal and owner.

    Radioactive Iodine Therapy (R131)

    This treatment is permanently effective in up to 95% of cats with hyperthyroidism and no underlying kidney disease. Radioactive iodine is injected under the skin. The thyroid gland metabolizes the iodine, but only the diseased cells of the thyroid gland are destroyed, leaving healthy tissue unaffected. This treatment is performed at a certified veterinary hospital and requires that the cat is hospitalized for 1-2 weeks until its radioactive levels are acceptable. Cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, kidney disease, diabetes, or other serious condition are not candidates for radioactive iodine therapy.

    The advantages of this procedure are that provides a permanent cure, is safe with no serious side effects, and provides the lowest level of stress on the animal. However, this treatment is expensive and requires that the cat is in good health before treatment.

    Surgery

    In some cases, the veterinarian may opt to surgically remove one of the lobes of the thyroid gland, known as a thyroidectomy. This treatment will also permanently cure hyperthyroidism if performed correctly. This is an expensive procedure that carries some risk. In some cases, not all of the damaged thyroid gland is removed, or, damaged is caused to the surrounding tissue in the throat. (Some owners have reported a change in the cats meow.) As with radio iodine treatment, not all cats are candidates for surgery.

    What is the prognosis?

    Cats with hyperthyroidism can lead healthy, happy lives provided that they receive proper, ongoing treatment.

  • When bacteria change - antibiotic failure and the rise of natural pet UTI treatments

    pet UTI treatments

    Now more than ever, the use of clinically tested, natural remedies, are needed to help stem an alarming rise in antibiotic resistance. The WHO (World Health Organization) concluded with their first report in 2014, from data in 114 countries, that antibiotic failure- is happening right now, all over the world. The good news is that even for the most common infections, such as urinary tract infections, there are natural pet UTI treatments available that can sharply reduce the need for antibiotics, thereby slowing down bacterial resistance.

    Why are antibiotics failing ?

    Over the last 30 years, no major new types of antibiotics have been developed (1). In the US alone, > 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths are due to antibiotic resistance each year (2). The main driver of antibiotic resistance is simply put: overuse of antibiotics driven by commercial animal farming and overprescription of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine. Antibiotics are commonly used as a growth promoter and to prevent disease in inhumane, unsanitary and overcrowded living conditions found on commercial Confined AnimalFarming Operations (CAFO's) where chicken and cattle are raised.

    Which infections are currently most at risk for becoming untreatable ?

    The WHO has identified Urinary tract infections as one of the top diseases currently becoming harder to treat with antibiotics. But there are in fact clinically proven natural pet UTI treatments that can help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

    Escherchia coli mediated Urinary Tract infections (UTIs)- arisk for your whole family

    Escherchia coli mediated Urinary Tract infections (UTIs) tops the WHO list of most common antibiotic resistant diseases, ranging from 20-90% from North America to Asia. Acute and recurrent Escherchia coli mediated UTIs are also one of the most common pet diseases. Within-household sharing and transmission of Escherchia coli, including in households where a member has an acute UTI, is the norm, and can involve any combination of humans and pets (3). Preventing infection with these common bacterial strains is therefore important for your pets health but also that of your whole family.

    How can you help ensure the safety of your family ?

    You can reduce antibiotic use to help stem resistance and preserve antibiotic effectiveness at home and by working with your vet. How ? Switch to a natural pet UTI treatment that is clinically proven to work, such asCranimals Original UTi Supplement.

    Published in American Journal Veterinary Research (4), and featured in Veterinary Practise News (6), Integrated Veterinary Care Magazine and Mercola Healthy Pets (5), Cranimals Original is the only independently tested and clinically proven (4)pet UTI treatment made with cranberry extract that effectively prevents adhesion of Escherchia coli to surfaces of the urinary tract in pets. Alongside elimination of antibiotics for reinfections/recurrences, infection related complications (struvite stone formation, incontinence and high urinary pH) are also controlled.

    Need even more reasons to switch to Cranimals Original?

    • Clinically proven both in vitro and in vivo (4)
    • Single ingredient with no known side effects even for sensitive patients.
    • Complete traceability and quality- proprietary extract manufactured by Cranimals
    • Delivers the required therapeutic dose and phytocompounds to ensure maximum antiadhesion
    • Safe for long term use, in fact, performs better the longer it is administered.(4)
    • Offer a natural, organic, non GMO product for petpatients with added antioxidant and dental health benefits.

    Dr. Gary J. Duhr, DVM , Ramapo Valley Animal Hospital, NJ, USA, " Most commonly, I recommend Cranimals for patients with high pH levels, post urinary tract infections, and to decrease incidents of urinary crystals. I am also a fan of the antioxidant properties and the dental benefits. Overall, this product has made many of my clients very happy and I am pleased with the results!"

    Embrace the use of effective natural remedies in ensuring the health and wellness of your whole family, pets and humans included.

    References:

    1.www.who.int/drugresistance

    1. Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. 2015. State of the World’s Antibiotics, 2015. CDDEP: Washington, D.C.
    2. JID 2008:197 (15 January) ● Johnson et al.
    3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27027843
    4. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/09/14/cranberry-extract-uti-treatment.aspx#_edn3
    5. http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/study-backs-cranberries-as-uti-fighter/
  • Why Cranberries work as a natural treatment preventative for pets with UTIs and struvite stones By Dr Wilma Pretorius CEO Cranimals

    CranberriesThe most common signs of a UTI in cats and dogs is straining during urination, blood in the urine, fever, lethargy, unpleasant smell to urine, incontinence and urinating in inappropriate places, particularly for cats. Among the bacteria responsible for UTIs, E. coli was found to be present in most of the cases followed by Stapylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., Klebsiella spp. , Proteus spp. and then Pseudomonas spp.

    Usually UTIs clear up after antibiotic therapy, but sometimes they recur, either due to reinfection with the same or another bacterial species. The appropriate antibiotic to be used is identified via a urine culture. Modern medicine is, however, plagued by a rising incidence of antibacterial resistance and comes with additional costs, such as adverse effects on gut microflora increasing the risk of infection with Clostridium difficile and this in turn may lead to serious colon infections in dogs. The use of a natural plant based preventative for UTIs and struvite stones would clearly help to reduce the risk of antibacterial resistance and disturbances in gut microflora.

    Most struvite stones in dogs are actually infection-induced and female dogs are at the greatest risk for this. The reason for this is likely due to the anatomy of the female urethra, which is short and wide compared with that of the male. When a UTI is caused by Staphylococcus spp. (less commonly Proteus spp. And Ureaplasma) bacteria, a biochemical reaction is put into play which favors the formation of struvite stones in the pets urine/bladder even if the pet is on an acidifying diet.

    Dogs typically develop struvite stones (uroliths) in their lower urinary tracts within 2 weeks of contracting a staphylococcal urinary tract infection. There are, however, other conditions that promote crystallization of magnesium ammonium phosphate (i.e. struvite) including an alkaline urine, diet and genetic predisposition. Breeds especially affected by struvite stones include the Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, and Yorkshire Terrier.  Even factors associated with inbreeding have been reported to increase the frequency of struvite uroliths in Beagles. An increased risk of struvite stones in both sexes of Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels and Labrador Retrievers has also been observed. Specific diets high in fat and salt that are given to dogs to help dissolve struvite stones have their own risks. Pathogenic bacteria trapped within the stones are then constantly released and pose a threat for reinfection and a diet high in fat and salt has its own set of health risks.  Surgical removal is another option for stone removal. Sometimes stones can become bigger than half a kilo (1 lb).

    One of the most effective natural remedies for Urinary tract infections and by association, infection induced struvite stones is cranberries. Cranberries contain tannins called (pro)anthocyanidins or PACs, which are stable plant compounds exhibiting potent in vitro anti-adhesion activity against pathogenic urinary tract bacteria such as both antibiotic-sensitive and -resistant strains of Escherichia coli. While preventing bacteria from sticking to the cell lining of the urinary tract is believed to be the primary mechanism, a direct mild antimicrobial activity against other UTI causing bacteria has also been reported. Pure cranberry extract powders are the most effective way to get the multiple health benefits of cranberries into your pet. Not only is the extract effective for preventing urinary tract infections and by implication infection induced struvite stones, but the phytochemicals in the berries are heart healthy and also good for dental health. Administering cranberry extract in powder form eliminates the excessive sugar found in juices and dried cranberries, as well the powder mixed in food coats the teeth and helps to keep the your pets mouth clean in exactly the same way it keeps their urinary tract “clean”. The powder is also much more palatable to your pet than fresh cranberries and delivers a much more concentrated dose of the needed phytochemicals. Look for a cranberry extract that is not adulterated with fillers, preservatives or colorants and one that is food grade and certified organic.

    References consulted:
    1. Urinary tract infection – a European perspective. B. Gerber,  EJCAP - Vol. 17 - Issue 1 April 2007, 51-54.
    2. Canine urolithiasis: A look at over 16 000 urolith submissions to the Canadian Veterinary Urolith Centre from February 1998 to April 2003 Doreen M. Houston, Andrew E.P. Moore, Michael G. Favrin, Brent Hoff. Can Vet J Volume 45, March 2004,  225-230.

    3. Recurrent urinary tract infections in older people: the role of cranberry products
    DEEPA SUMUKADAS1,∗, PETER DAVEY2, MARION E. T. MCMURDO1
    Age and Ageing 2009; 38: 255–257 C _ The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society.
    All rights doi: 10.1093/ageing/afp034 reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org
    4. Berries: emerging impact on cardiovascular health. Basu, Rhone, Lyons. Nutr Rev. 2010 March ; 68(3): 168–177. doi:10.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00273.x.
    5. Potential oral health benefits of cranberry.
    Bodet CGrenier DChandad FOfek ISteinberg DWeiss EI. . Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2008 Aug;48(7):672-80.

  • My Cat is addicted to Earl Grey - What's yours up to?

    Our Cranimal, Candy Floss is an 8 year old Persian cat. Besides being a male cat, he is a diamond. A precious and multi-faceted delight. When you just look at him, skew tooth included, an involuntarily warm smile would spread from your belly all the way to your heart. Because what you'd see is one of a thousand charming moments. That alone will make your day even better.

    Whenever we arrive home, he comes jogging out of his latest camouflaged garden spot, tail draped with dry leaves, meow-hello-ing loudly before he promptly rolls over onto his back. Paws up and clutching air to reveal an Angora like invitation to tickle his fluffy purring tummy. He is the most agile creature I know. An Agility Cat Championship?  - now that would be spectacular. Like your cat, he can do a tummy- rollover on a dime and not fall off.  Now our Labrador (Candy's best friend), Nala, thinks she should do it too (pic below)!

    Cat addicted to Earl Grey

    Candy, I promise, takes his VB Cranimals with yogurt every day. Despite that he has lately begun to steal sips of my Earl Grey tea. I now just have to walk to my desk - tea in hand and he comes running. He has my routine down to a ‘tea’ - I have to put my saucer on top of my tea cup to prevent him sharing in the left overs of my Earl Grey.  Being a cat of little prediction makes Candy fit perfectly into our slightly chaotic family of 5. Just when you think - ah he has a favorite spot - it changes. For example, whenever we purchase something new - within moment the packaging or empty box momentarily discarded, belongs to Candy. His sacred throne from which he, nestled in, with coy eyes smiling, mouthing inaudible little love meows to all who pass by. Thoroughly enchanted, for days we would walk around his new temporary abode (e.g. IKEA box) and 'meow love'  back until he finally moves off and we can feel free to finally put it in the bin.  And being groomed? Agh he positively loves it. You can brush his back and legs or stand him up on hind to reach his tummy, roll him over and brush to heart’s content. If he used words to talk I know he's be saying - " Excuse me darling, you missed a spot". Nala, our Labrador, taking her queue, helps too - gently pawing Candy down and gnawing  his Persian fur into further disarray. Oh gosh we love our pets don't we? So come on, tell us about your pet’s antiquities?! Submit your stories with a photo before 15 September 2011 on our www.facebook.com/cranimals page or email me at madeleine@cranimal.com and stand to win a Pet Story Cranimal Prize.

    Greetings from Mads

    Cranimals Europe :)

  • Welcome to The Cranberry Bog!

    And we're live!

    Cranimals is thrilled to be launching a new wp, coinciding with the launch of our newest products Cranimals VIBE and Cranimals SPORT! Here we'll be talking to specialists regarding your pet's health, publishing articles and features to help you understand a bit more about us and a lot more about keeping your Cranimal feeling paws-itively awesome!

    Most importantly we want to hear from you! If you've had a great experience with Cranimals, have any questions (either product or general pet health-related) leave a comment or send an e-mail off to steve@cranimal.com. We'd love to incorporate not only your questions and ideas, but our cran-tastic fans as well. Since my puns are getting a little too much (I've counted two so far) I'll leave our introduction wrapped up here... :)

    Cranimal Chupa Hard at work...

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