Thursday, February 15, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS)
The Marshall County Humane Society recently got a call asking why a cat would suddenly start peeing in inappropriate places. There are a lot of possible explanations ranging from the cat being extremely annoyed and expressing it (pun intended) to a physical problem in the bladder or urinary tract. A little research revealed a wealth of material.
One specific problem shortly had personal relevance when I noticed Geronimo, one of my bobtailed yellow tabbies, moving very reluctantly, acting like he was constipated and barking with pain. He’s a very vocal cat, always telling the world what he thinks, but this was definitely a new sound.
It turns out his urethra was blocked and, try as he might, he couldn’t pee. His bladder was getting fuller and fuller, toxins were bulding up in his system and he was miserable. If left untreated he would have died very soon from the poison and/or a ruptured bladder. Thank goodness we got to Dr. David in time.
Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) is aptly named; that cat was fussing up a storm. It is one of the most common medical problems in cats, especially males since their urethras are smaller than females’. The trouble starts when crystals form in the bladder, combine with mucous and plug up the tube leading out of the bladder.
The crystals form from surplus minerals and it all has to do with how acid or alkaline the urine is. Cats are carnivorous by nature and geared to running on raw meat. A lot of commercial cat food is predominantly plant material chock full of crystal-producing minerals.
To avoid this problem with your cats or keep it from recurring, here are a few pointers. Use highprotein, low mineral food. Canned is better than dry since the fiber in the dry absorbs water in the cat’s system and dry usually has a higher mineral content. Feeding two to three specific times a day is better than keeping the bowl full and letting them eat at will. Provide plenty of fresh water at all times; running water is optimal. Keep litter boxes clean to encourage frequent urination. (They hate using a dirty litter box.)
If you notice any symptoms get to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Once the urethra is blocked death may occur in as little as 24 hours. Although this usually happens in male cats, females can have it too. Cats who are overweight or diabetic are more susceptible to this problem.
Once a cat has had this problem it will probably happen again unless you make feeding changes.
If you need an appointment at the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662- 252-6196. We are pretty booked up right now so please plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute.
For information about anything but the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Join us in the backyard this weekend to help count all these birdies. Call the Audubon folks at Strawberry Plains for details on the backyard bird count.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - February 13, 1997
Grant will help courthouse restoration
With the help of a grant from the Department of Archives and History, the Marshall County courthouse will receive $250,000 worth of restoration this summer. In coordination with the restoration project, the county will be installing an elevator to the second floor and moving the tax assessor and collector’s offices across the street to the old Merchants and Farmers Bank building. Although not included in the restoration project, the supervisors are considering replacing the old theater seats with pew-like benches.
Rebekah Martin, 7-year-old, of Potts Camp, recently participated in the Keyboard Festival in Tupelo. She scored superior in all four stages of ratings. She is a piano student of Lola Autry of Ashland and attends Mary Reid Elementary School in Potts Camp.
25 Years Ago - February 18, 1982
308 possible Register buildings here
Holly Springs has been an historic town since its creation in the 1800s, when settlers made camp in a hollow surrounded by springs. The Department of Archives and History in Jackson has an ongoing project to have most of the buildings and homes in Holly Springs placed on the National Register. One of the things this would mean would be the availability of federal funds for the upkeep of a historic building.
Local trucker expresses concerns in Washington
Truckers in north Mississippi have become exceedingly concerned with the new truck weight bill passed last year by the Mississippi Legislature. A local trucker, Don Wilkerson, took his concerns straight to the top, to the nation’s capitol, to the Department of Transportation and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Wilkerson has driven through 46 states. He said the officials were extremely receptive.
Wurlitzer experiencing “production adjustment”
About 80 employees of the Wurlitzer Company in Holly Springs were informed this week that they were being laid off work for an “indefinite” period of time as a result of an adjustment in production.
50 Years Ago - February 14, 1957
The Federal Civil Defense Administration warehouse in Marshall, Michigan, is one of 38 stores of bulk medical supplies in the United States. Each medical stockpile, located 20 to 100 miles from major target cities, is determined by the size of the adjacent target.
Fifth grade elects new officers
Mrs. Hal Moore’s fifth grade class has elected the following new officers for the year: Elizabeth Ann Sigman, president; George Holland, vice president; Patricia Lilly, secretary; Danny McKenzie, treasurer; Yvonne Vizzier, scrapbook chairman; and Mary Ann Whitten, reporter.
Mrs. Harvey McCrosky wins trips to Havana
Mrs. Harvey McCrosky is the delighted winner of an all-expense paid trip for two to Havana, Cuba, in a contest co-sponsored by the local Big Star. Mrs. McCrosky, who teaches junior high school math at Holly Springs, says they will make it a trip for herself, her husband and their son, Harvey Jr., who can hardly wait!
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