The Best Gift of All

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The countdown has begun. The Cat Wisdom 101 cats cope with holiday stress by napping. We’re taking a break from our regular Thursday Vet 101 Q & A to focus on what may be the best gift of all: good health. With our Domino falling ill yesterday, we’re comforted by your support. He’s resting comfortably and on antibiotics. FIV+ kitties have weakened immune systems and we’re not taking any chances. Thank-you for your continued purrs for him.

Many of us are shopping for holiday gifts (I’ll be posting our favorite toys and books lists on Sunday) but how a wellness vet visit for your cat? Our vet says the biggest barrier to preventive care is cost. Most vets will work with a budget but I’ve complied a few additional resources for savings. has $4.00 generic drugs for pets.

PetSmart and Banfield have teamed up and are offering a free consult.

The Humane Society has suggestions and links

The ASPCA has low-cost spay/neuter mobile clinics in various cities offer rabies vaccines and nail trimming. Here’s the the NYC area link

If you are in the NYC area, The Low Cost Vet Mobile is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering low cost vet services for low income pet parents. These guys are doing amazing work. Please like them on Facebook.

Low cost vaccinations and other services at Petco in 23 states.

12 thoughts on “The Best Gift of All”

  1. I am glad to hear that Domino is doing better. we will keep him in our purrs and know he will grow better each day. Thank you for the links, we are passing them along to some friends we know who can definitely use the help.

  2. We are sooo happy that Dom is feeling a bit better…those nasty cuts and bites are always scary. We send more Purrs and Kitty Kisses for all the gang! Thanks for all the helpful info that you send us and for all the wonderful pics and stories too. We luv hearing about our breathern felines! Much Luv Skeeter and Izzy >^..^<

  3. Domino is a blessed boy to have an understanding & knowledgeable family. FIV+ is greatly misunderstood. I have known vets that have suggested euthanasia when cats tested positive which is outrageous and due to ignorance. There are many false positives with the current testing methods. I have 2 cats with weakened immune systems and we use Astragalus, Ashwagandha (herbs) and a few other “goodies” in their food to bulk up their immune systems as well as giving them raw goat’s milk a couple times a week. All are a good bonus for the immune system (humans too!). >^..^<

    1. Cynthia, I’ve used astragulus and avurvedic herbs myself but didn’t know about using it on cats.
      @Carolyn, thank-you! He’s improving slowly but surely.
      @Caren, we’ve both been in the same boat this week. I’m so relieved about Cody.
      @Brian, yes to “all better” soon.
      @Fuzzy Tales, we gratefully accept your universal Light and Blessings.
      @Pam & Sam, thanks, I’m keeping a close watch. He’s napping 12 feet away.
      @Thanks Kitcaboodles. The trick is to make no noise and use no flash.
      @Laura & Taffy, purrs of thanks.
      @Oui Oui, thanks, it’s time for him to settle down

  4. Sweet picture! Glad to hear Dom’s on antibiotics – please keep us posted (Sam’s quite concerned about his fellow feral!). Thanks for sharing the information on discounted available vet services too – we know how important it is to keep up with our pets medical needs and regular checkups…it can be a considerable expense (of course they’re more than worth it!) so options are welcome.

    Pam (and Sam)

  5. That is such a cute picture! I’m always trying to get ones of Sookie and Darcy with their paw over their face but they always move at the last second! Continuing to send healing thoughts and purrs to Domino

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