Cat owners and even veterinarians often accept that it is natural for a cat to vomit occasionally, especially in the case of hairballs (furballs) and/or eating food too fast.

Cats spend roughly a quarter of their waking hours grooming themselves. The time spent on grooming combined with the barbed structure of the tongue results in large quantities of fur being ingested daily. Most of the time the hair is passed normally in stool with no unusual consequences. However, if particularly large volumes of hair are ingested, or there is a change in the intestinal movement, the excess fur can also be expelled as hairballs by vomiting. The occasional vomiting of a hairball has generally been considered normal feline behaviour, but due to the fact that many cats never produce hairballs, it is likely that frequent hairballs are a sign of an underlying problem. Therefore, it is important to not ignore this symptom if your cat regularly vomits hairballs. Any type of vomiting, be it food or hairballs is unlikely to be normal if it occurs more than once a week.

The ingestion of excessive hair is a likely cause for hairballs. Long-haired cats suffer from this more than short-haired ones, where the capacity of the stomach to handle all the hair is overwhelmed and hairballs are expelled. Excessive hair loss or grooming can also be due to a skin disease, especially an itchy one, or overgrooming due to pain or anxiety. The vomiting of hairballs can also be caused by a chronic gastrointestinal disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease or dietary intolerance. If your cat is suffering from any form of gastrointestinal upset or weight loss, it is important to mention to your vet if your cat has a history of vomiting hairballs.

If you, as the cat owner are not sure as to the frequency of vomiting (either food, liquid or hairballs), it is beneficial to keep a diary or kitchen calendar and record the time and type of vomit. If your cat has a concurrent diarrhoea or abnormal bowel movements these should also be recorded, as the volume, frequency and character of the stool will help your veterinarian identify which part of the intestine is affected. The causes for acute, frequent vomiting (such as toxins, obstruction, viruses etc., which generally require immediate veterinary intervention) are often very different from intermittent, long-lasting vomiting, which can be more difficult to diagnose, and include problems such as food allergies, kidney and liver diseases, tumors and diabetes, to name a few.

Article by Dr. Laura Wessman

KSPCA Volunteer

 

The KSPCA is devoted to the welfare of donkeys in Kenya. In July we conducted various visits to assess the welfare of donkeys in various areas.

During the Lamu animal welfare clinic which was held in collaboration with the Network for Animals, the teams dewormed and treated over 90 donkeys against rabies. In addition to this we also educated the owners and users on properly feeding their donkeys and the importance of proper vet care since we encountered many injured donkeys during the campaign.

The donkey below had a swollen belly for 2 weeks. The KSPCA team rescued him from Roimen, Ngong and safely brought him to the shelter where our vets attended to him and is now under the good care of the KSPCA.

The KSPCA team also received another heartbreaking report about a donkey being mistreated around Multimedia University. Our inspectors investigated the case and it was established that the donkey was constantly whipped and also pulled an overloaded cart. The owner was educated on the importance of balancing a donkey cart and properly padding it and he was advised against whipping the animal. The team promised to do a follow up visit in future.

So many cats were admitted during the month(64). We have been doing cat trapping which led to the increase.  In July we re-homed 13 dogs and 14 cats and admitted 10 dogs. We treated 49 dogs and 50 cats  and neutered 19 dogs and 35 cats.

Investigation and Rescues.

We received a call from someone reporting that their friendly dog had gone mad and was biting everything and everybody. We brought the dog in and immediately had it put down and the head sent to Mariakani- the results came back positive for rabies.

We also had another incident whereby someone reported a neighbour who had confiscated his goat that had strayed into his property then told a member of his staff to slash it with a panga. Dr. Mwita dealt with the injured goat and the matter was reported to the police.

Finances.

Our Ngutuni Game Count fund raiser held in Memory of Sue Lawrence-Brown, was very successful. All the rooms were booked and it was a very good turn out. We raised Ksh 151,000/= which was double the amount we normally raise. It is a lovely lodge for those who want to have a stop over on their way to the coast.No Game Park fees and it is just a short distance off the main Nairobi-Mombasa road. No other fund raising was done during the month.

In other News…

We have put a new roof (mabati) on our clinic after removing the asbestos roofing.The wiring is a mess and we have an electrician coming to have a look and give a quote on new wiring. Apart from the isolation unit, many of our kennels are in need of repair mostly due to rust.The grounds are lovely and green and its still reasonably cool. The rains seem to have disappeared for good.

We had endless power problems during the month and one power surge messed up our UPS damaging our computer. We had to take the vaccines to Dr. Gitau and all our freezers thawed – big mess!

Our Toyota Hilux has been back in the garage to have some rust patches sorted out and one of the wipers had to be replaced. Some other issues were dealt with at the same time.

No slaughter houses were dealt with during the month.

The staff continue to work well and Dr. Gitau visits twice a week but we are able to take any sick animals to his clinic on the other days.

In July we re-homed 5 dogs. We also admitted 13 dogs, 22 cats and 1 donkey. We are currently providing shelter to 34 dogs, 18 cats and 5 donkeys.

Many thanks to Kentalya Limited and their masons who facilitated the repairs of the dog kennels and catteries. Thanks to their support we managed to finalize on the repairs and now our rescues have a better place to stay.

Dr. James visited from KSPCA Nairobi to sterilize the dogs and cats at the shelter. He managed to spay and neuter 5 dogs and 3 cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also visited and did an assessment about stray dogs reported in Kamere and Banda(Kihoto) beaches in Naivasha. It was established that there was a population of about 100 dogs. The team made plans to intervene and hold a sterilization campaign to control the population.

Rescues and Investigations

A dog that had been abandoned at the Lake Elementaita beach was rescued by Olivia who was visiting a resort near Nakuru. She informed us and opted to take in the poor dog. We assisted her in grooming the dog and referred her to a vet for general check up. We are happy that the dog was lucky to find a permanent and loving new home.

 

Re-homing

When our rescues find forever homes, it makes us happy that we are achieving our mission. Below are some pictures of some of our rescues who are living wonderful lives in their new homes.

Kuchi and her friend who were originally rescues from Morendat are now living happily in their new home in Lakeview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sari and her friend visited the shelter accompanied by a dog she adopted from us and gave him the second chance he needed since he previously suffered from mange, arthritis and old age. We are impressed by the transformation and he is aging gracefully.

Education.

We conducted education on animal welfare and created awareness on humane slaughter to the Dairy Training Institute of Naivasha final year students. We explained the role of KSPCA in promoting animal welfare and had an interactive time with them. They also made a donation of 100 bales of hay to support us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are also sincerely grateful to Livewire Limited for a donation of 200 bales of hay, La Pieve Limited for 30 bales of hay and Oserian Limited for donating 50 bales of Hay. This will go a long way in feeding our donkeys at the shelter.

June has generally been a busy month with many cats coming in. We admitted 76 cats and 17 dogs, and were able to re-home 10 dogs and 10 cats.  We also spayed and neutered 15 dogs and 14 cats. We had no cases of rabies during the month.

Investigations and Rescues

We had a call from someone whose cat had got its’ tail wound round some razor wire.  It was very nasty and we had to call our vet to come and help, as the tail had to be cut in order to release the cat. The cat was then taken to the vet’s clinic to have the tail stitched and taken care of.

We received a report of a half grown calf that had collapsed and had been down for 5 days.  We brought it in and it was checked by our vet who put it down.

A vet in Nyali called us to say that he was going to have to put down a Llama at the Go Kart place and that we could go and collect it. We brought it in and used it for meat for our dogs.   This is the second Llama that we have been given for meat. We are still able to get the leftovers from the hotels which is fantastic.

In other news…

We would like to sincerely appreciate Watu Credit Limited, who are helping us financially by paying the salaries of our kennel and cattery staff for 6 months with effect from April, 2021. 

No fund raising was done during the month but we received some funds from people who were unable to come to our Ngutuni Game Count and one company gave us a donation to get some prizes. We need to try and get some funds to do some repair work in our isolation unit.

Our vehicle is running well and we have managed to pay the last bill.   We have asked Mike Kirkland to look out for a good secondhand Probox for us. We use Mike’s garage at Galu Safaris to do our servicing.

We have been given a medium size freezer which has really saved us, as our very old freezers are slowly packing up.

Our staff continue to work well and our Vet, Dr. Peter Gitau comes every Monday and Friday to work in our Clinic.

 

KSPCA in partnership with Sankara Hotel (Westlands) are hosting a DOG BRUNCH at the Sankara hotel Woodvale garden (which is located in Westlands next to Sarit Centre Mall) and would like to invite you to come join us on the 9th June, 2018 from 12 Noon to 5 pm. Come and let us dine into some delicious barbecue, deserts and dog treats with our favorite fur friends at one of the best five star hotels as we enjoy some amazing ambiance, music plus kids fun activities and dog pool (PAWfect for this weather! :)

The prices are as follows:

  • 4500/- (per person) – Food + Limited Alcoholic beverages
  • 2200/- For ages between 6 years – 12 years
  • FREE for kids below 6 years!
  • and of course all dogs are FREE!

For bookings contact [email protected] or call 0741 743 546.

For payments please use Mpesa Till No. 173509.

All are welcome, you do not need to own a dog to come and enjoy with us. This is a family fun day for all :-)

Please note that:

  • All dogs MUST be on a leash.
  • All dogs MUST have a valid vaccination card.

Please share with your family and friends.

Hope to see you there!

KSPCA in collaboration with Rift Valley Wildlife Clinics (RVWC) visited Lorubai village in Samburu County during the last week of January 2018. The main objective was to carry out spaying, neutering and vaccinations for all animals in Lorubai village and its immediate environ. These services were provided to the community courtesy of RVWC.

The Campaign took a period of 5 days and they were able to spay 22 cats and dogs, neuter 37 cats and dogs and vaccinate 100 animals including 28 donkeys. All these animals also benefited from the deworming treatment.

The KSPCA team was represented by Dr. Ismail Thoka (KSPCA Vet) and Fred Midikila (KSPCA Field officer) while RVCW’s team was represented by Dr. Anne Minihan,Liz Higgins,Lori Donley,Tanya Somerville and Catherine Wood. Also there were veterinary technicians Jesse, Crystal and Kate.

 

 

I know we have heard about so many misconceptions and myths about black cats, but did you know that they are all false?  Some of the questions we should be asking ourselves are:

  1. What makes black cats black? What is the science behind the fur?
  • Both parents have to posses the black fur gene. For a cat to be solid black, he/she must carry a recessive gene known as a non-agouti so that the tabby pattern does not appear.
  • Black coloration might boost cats’ immune systems. Research by the National institutes of health shows that genetic mutations found in black cats seem to make them more resistant to certain illnesses.

       

2. Why then should you adopt a black cat?

  • Black cats are the most fun to play hide and seek with.
  • Black cats are elegant especially when they put on white tuxes.
  • Black cats are just like other color cats except that their fur is black.
  • Black cats are natural ninjas stalking any pests that try to get into the house.
  • Black cats are mini panthers. Having a house panther is so cool!
  • Black cats bring prosperity according to the Scottish.
  • Black cats are also good luck, ask the British and Japanese.
  • Black cats are as warm to cuddle just as any other cat.
  • Black cats don’t care what color you are.
  • Black cats appreciate you; they are half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colors all because of false superstitions.

    

Black is beautiful! Black cats are purr-fect!

Black cats are cats with eyes of pure gold, created for you to love and to hold :)

Following reports from concerned members of the public of dog hawkers at the Ruaka roundabout, KSPCA moved in to ensure this vice comes to an end. KSPCA decide to take the approach of educating the hawkers on the law and on animal welfare instead of raiding the place and confiscating the dogs. In the past, KSPCA staff have been physically assaulted as they were confiscating dogs being sold by hawkers. Thus this time, the society opted to educate the hawkers first before taking legal action.                                        

Fig 1.1 – Some of the puppies being sold at Ruaka

On visiting the location, several dogs were found tethered on chains and in the sun with no food or water. KSPCA educated the hawkers on the laws they were breaking according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act CAP 360. This activity was carried out in collaboration with the Kiambu County Department of Veterinary Services Officers and the Kenya Police. The dog hawkers were advised on alternative and humane ways of doing their business without displaying the dogs out in the open in the sun. They were also warned that any time they are seen selling the dogs in public spaces in this inhumane manner, they will be arrested as they are now fully aware of the laws they are breaking.

Fig 1.2 – Dr. Diana Onyango (KSPCA) addressing the dog hawker.

 

Fig 1.3 – KSPCA Senior officer, Ben Atsiaya and Dr. Njoroge from the county department veterinary services of Kiambu county accompanied by 2 policemen.

The County Vet officer and the police have also committed to be more vigilant of these hawkers and arrest them when they are seen selling dogs in this manner again.

This activity was sponsored by a concerned citizen, Giles Littlewood.

It was reported by some residents at Woodley estate that a Marabou stork had landed on an electric line and suffered an electric shock but luckily two of our field officers got there on time to save the bird. We found him injured and the left toe was broken. The Marabou Stork was being fed by the public on grains, which shouldn’t be the case because the animal feeds on flesh. Thereafter, the field officers rushed him to KSPCA clinic and was attended by the Veterinary Doctor.

Some information about the Marabou Stork.

Marabou storks are scavengers in nature, and mostly feed on animal carcasses. However, they are also known to prey on fish, frogs, eggs, baby crocodiles, snakes, small birds, adult flamingos, and locusts. They are also known to join vultures in searching for food, as vultures are equipped with hooked bills that helps in the tearing of the carcass meat.

Marabou storks practice urohydrosis, which means defecating on the legs. They do this as a cooling mechanism. It helps them regulate their body temperature, and also gives the legs a white appearance.