FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is a cat disease. It is often confused with Felv (Feline Leukemia Virus). However, they are quite different. FIV cannot be spread to humans or dogs. Cats can live normal, healthy lives by doing for them what a good pet owner would do with their other feline companions. They need high quality food, L-lysine supplements (used by humans for fever blister control) , indoor only homes and yearly vet visits.FIV is spread by deep bite wounds when cats fight, most often unfixed, outside, free roaming cats. Cats once fixed, tend not to fight and their personalities become much calmer.
There was not a test developed for FIV until the mid-1980’s. Up to that point, many FIV cats were placed in homes with the disease, unknown to pet owners. FIV cats get terribly short changed because most people do not even know what FIV is or how it is spread.
St. Louis Pet Rescue fosters and adopts out FIV positive cats. In most cases they are housed with non-FIV cats and co-exist wonderfully. There is a lot of information regarding FIV and veterinarians that feel FIV and non-FIC cats can live together. See below for resources:
Post by Nicole M.
In the excitement of adopting a new furry member of the family, many first-time pet owners (and even second-time pet owners) forget the most basic procedures for keeping their homes fur-friendly. Most of the safety hazards for pets are things you didn’t have to worry about prior to their arrival.
Every pet deserves a habitat that he or she will feel comfortable in, in addition to all of the care and love they can get. Here are a few tips for pet-proofing the house before you bring your companion home for the first time:
Pet proofing your home
Many pets have a tremendous amount of energy and natural curiosity, and they love to explore the world around them. This is part of what makes them so much fun, but it can also lead them into harmful situations. Before you bring your new pet home, make sure you survey your home for potential dangers. In many ways, making your home safe for a pet is similar to making your home safe for a toddler. The following tips are designed to help you keep your pet safe.
- Know which plants are toxic and place them out of reach, or replace them with nontoxic plants. Toxic plants commonly found indoors include dieffenbachia, azalea, Calla lily, and philodendron.
- Keep all medications, including any pet supplements, in a safe area the pet cannot access. Do not leave vitamins or other pills out on the kitchen counter or table. A determined chewer can make short work of a plastic container. Pets are surprisingly quick at pulling things off of end tables or other low surfaces.
- Put bathroom trash cans up high where your pet cannot get into them. Sanitary supplies and used razors are only 2 of the hazards here!
- Full sinks, bathtubs, or toilets with open lids can be a drowning hazard. Avoid automatic toilet bowl cleaners if you cannot keep your pet from drinking out of the toilet.
- Keep household cleaners in high cupboards or use childproof latches to secure lower cupboards. Remove the pet from the area when you are using liquid or spray cleaners. They can get into the eyes of a curious pet, and the vapors can be harmful to lungs and eyes.
- Be careful of your pet around furniture. A rocking chair can harm a pet’s tail or leg, and a curious pet may crawl under an open recliner or sofa bed.
- Any type of fire can be dangerous. Screen off fireplaces and wood stoves. Never leave your pet unattended in a room with an open flame or space heater.
- Swallowed clothing may cause a dangerous intestinal blockage. Keep socks, nylons, underwear, and other clothing put away. Keep laundry baskets off the floor.
- Keep small objects (coins, jewelry, needles and thread, straight pins, yarn, dental floss, rubber bands, paper clips, toys, etc.) out of your pet’s reach. Jewelry and coins are easily swallowed and can contain metals that are toxic.
- Be careful about closing doors as you walk through – your pet may be right behind you and get caught.
Living Room/Dining Room
- Curtains, blinds and electrical cords tied up, preferably hidden out of sight.
Whether you’re bringing home an older pet or a younger pet, some accidents are bound to happen! Purchase non-chemical, enzymatic cleaners. Chemical cleaners contain ammonia, which can make the accident area more appealing for pets to eliminate.
- Toilet seat covered Added Bonus: the women in the house have one less thing to nag the men in the house about.
- Store all of your bathroom cleaning products out of your pet’s reach.
- The garbage can is a very tempting indulgence for a pet. If they manage to get the trash out, they’ll end up rifling through the contents and possibly choking on something.
- Put any sharp cooking utensils in a drawer.
- Fences should have no holes or open spaces for a dog to escape from. With that being said, don’t let your companion be outdoors without their collar and ID tag. All it takes is one rogue squirrel to get their engine revving.
MANY plants are toxic to pets; including some very common flowers Azalea, oleander, and cyclamen can kill a pet if they are consumed. Other plants to look out for: juniper, carnation, hyacinth, tulip, and morning glory
Many of you have requested that I post the Pee Pee Potion:
16 ounces peroxide
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of dish soap
Spray this on the offender’s mark and allow to air dry. There will be a powdery residue, which you can vacuum up or dust off with a cloth. I personally have not tried this on colored fabric, but many say they have not had issues with the solution taking out color – I’d just be cautious!
This solution worked on even a pee spot I had been working on for nearly 3 years. I tried vinegar, plain soap and water, rubbing alcohol, a certain expensive ‘miracle’, peroxide by itself – nothing worked. It was either replace the foam in the chair or throw it out. I priced foam and it was $130 for one cushion!
I decided to give the Internet one last try because while I love the chair, I just can’t spend $130 on foam! I found this recipe and decided to give it a go. I removed the cover, mixed up 2 batches of the recipe to soak the cushion then set it up in front of a fan in the basement. After 3 days, it was dry and pee free! I can’t smell any pee and none of the kitties sniff the cushion like they used to!
St. Louis Pet Rescue would like to kindly remind you of the benefit of supporting local non-profit organizations and charities. Not only do you help do good in your own community, but you probably know some family and friends who volunteer for that group or have been touched by that organization.
Every day all the volunteers with St. Louis Pet Rescue work to bring people and pets together. Sadly, not all pets get to have a loving home from birth, but the ones we, and other organizations like us, are able to help, well, those are the lucky ones. Without the support of our community and volunteers, we could not do what we do every day.
Rescued is our favorite breed. Our volunteers and adopters know it best: rescued pets know they were rescued. They have been lost, scared, and perhaps even cold and hungry with no one to care for them. They are the most appreciative and caring pets. Sure, they still do chew your shoes (or chair!), but they adore their people who rescued them from the alternative.
This holiday season, please remember to hold your pets close, spread the good word about pet adoption, and ask all of your family, friends, and co-workers (and you, too), to consider St. Louis Pet Rescue when planning your end of year contributions.
Onions, Garlic, Chives
Milk and Other Dairy Products
Grapes and Raisins
Candy and Gum
Fat Trimmings and Bones
Raw Meat and Fish
If Your Cat Eats What It Shouldn’t
In December 2011, St. Louis Pet Rescue joined Schnucks’ eScrip program. This program allows customers to basically get “rebates” on their purchases and donate that rebate to a local charity. The rebate ranges between 1-3% – spend $100, STLPR could get $3 and all just for you doing your normal grocery shopping!
In just one year, St. Louis Pet Rescue has gone from receiving $ .18 in December 2011, to receiving $21.83 in December 2012, through the Schnucks eScrip Community Card Program. We started off with only one transaction from an eScrip card-carrier for STLPR in December, 2011, and one year later, in December, 2012, there were 44 transactions, and now STLPR has 74 people registered!
From that same time period, STLPR received a total of $162.99 through the Schnucks eScrip Community Card Program. The donations from the program go directly into the STLPR bank account each month to help us pay for pet supplies and veterinary care.
So, how can you help? First, if you aren’t signed up, please get signed up. Second, if you’re already in our program and carry a card for STLPR, just keep doing what you’re doing. Third, if you know of friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, etc., who shop at Schnucks regularly or even infrequently — and ask people if you’re not sure where they shop — tell them about how it would benefit our group IF they signed up to support us, and be sure to tell them that it won’t cost them even a penny. It’s completely free for them to be able to help us help the animals. All they have to do is shop at Schnucks and show their registered card at the check-out. Most animal-lovers will gladly do this!
The more families who join us in the ongoing fundraiser, the more donations we’ll be getting from Schnucks. There are non-profit groups enrolled in this program who are getting donations of $5,000+ per year just by signing up people they come in contact with to support them. How amazing if we could do that, too!
To get a card or to get someone you know signed up for a card, please e-mail Carol to get started.
Can’t foster, but you want to help out? Wonderful! Go check out the new volunteer form on our Volunteer page.
There are some great flyers on there too to hang at your local coffee shop, favorite deli, gym, office, etc.! – choose either a flyer with small dog Edith or one with a foster kitty crew!
What a population explosion we are experiencing in the St. Louis area! Due to this mild winter, kitten season started early. We have been getting calls non-stop from the community, local animal controls and fellow rescues about kittens or pregnant mamas needing placement.
While the little fuzzy kittens are adorable, we would love to see less of them during kitten season. Please encourage spay and neuter of pets. Here are some resources for you or those you might know that offer low cost spay/neuter programs!
- Benefitting Animals through Responsibility and Compassion (BARC)
- Humane Society of Missouri
- Open Door Animal Sanctuary
- Operation SPOT
Below are some great reasons from metroanimal.org regarding spay/neuter:
- Spaying a female before the first heat greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer, which is usually fatal. It is not beneficial for an animal to go through one heat cycle, or to have one litter.
- Neutering reduces aggression; it does not make an animal fearful or fat or lazy.
- Spayed and neutered animals are less likely to run off and fight.
- Animals that don’t fight don’t get injured – they also don’t get fatal diseases such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – Feline AIDS) which is spread by bites.
- If your female dog or cat is spayed, the neighborhood males and strays won’t park outside your house, barking or yowling.
- Male cats neutered before sexual maturity very rarely spray – a form of territory marking. If your unneutered cat is spraying, neutering provides the best chance of stopping the behavior.
- Neutered males don’t have that stinky tom-cat smell or strong-smelling urine
In order to help the current kitten population get adopted so we can continue to help more, beginning Memorial Day Weekend 2012 through Labor Day 2012, we will run a kitten special! Adopt a kitten, get a cloth carrier (while supplies last).
Interested in a pair, we’ll adopt a second kitten to you for only $100 – that’s $25 off the normal adoption fee.
Brooks – 6 month-old Fox Terrier mix puppy. Needs work on housebreaking and basic training.
Mack – 5 y/o Mastiff mix. Needs to be with submissive dog as he is dominant. He is great with kids.
Spencer – 8 month-old Lab/Terrier mix. Need to be in a positive foster home who can help him with his fear.
Taz – 3 y/o Cattle Dog mix. Loves everyone – cats, dogs and kids!