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Kidney Failure In Cats


One of our two rescue kitties (black Purcilla) manx mix died two weeks ago of kidney failure she was only eight years old. We adopted two feral kitties from PAWS in 2008.

Our Anatolian puppy sat down next to her barked once to alert me something was wrong. She went into shock and then the vet had to put her to sleep. This all happened so fast. Rest in peace sweet Purcilla you had the best life we could give you.

This kitty could not go to the vet ever. She was a feral rescue and refused to be touched or held. 

Lessons learned from rescuing feral kitties?

  1. These cats will not adapt to humans in a way to enjoy being held and loved.
  2. They will show you they appreciate your home and love.
  3. Feral kitties will learn house rules and are smart.
  4. Not all feral kitties should live outside. Our kitties lived indoors 100% of the time and were happy.

Feral:

  • A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is fearful of people and survives on her own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors.
  • Kittens born to feral cats can be socialized at an early age and adopted into homes. Maybe!

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Rest in Peace Sweet Purcilla! Purcilla died three weeks ago it has taken me this long to talk about it on my blog. She was a feral rescue meaning she never really liked people. She loved us we know for sure, she loved our dogs too. Our kitties were indoor only kitties.

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Here is her sister Jasmine. She is doing good but misses her sister. She sleeps with our dogs. Did you know cats can have different dads?

I have learned cats act like donkeys. Cat’s are stoic just like the donkey and will not show sickness or pain until it is too late. Purcilla was playing the night before with her toys. Rest in peace sweet Purcilla.

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Check Your Donkey, Horse or Mule For Shivering


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Please watch your donkey for signs of hypothermia! By origin donkeys are desert animals and yes, they have adapted to many climates out of survival, but when temperatures get below 20 degrees, they may suffer.

Watch for shaking, tucking of the tail, standing off alone and a decrease in activity, appetite and drinking. Should you see any of these signs immediately blanket your donkey, get him/her into a warm shelter and call your veterinarian. Hypothermia can lead to colic and even death.

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Please check the blanket every day for sores etc., remove when the weather is back to raining and or the donkey is not needing stall rest per your vet. No blanket is 100% waterproof. We need to change them out and use common sense. If you have shelter, slow feeder with hay and warm water and your donkey is not shaking their fur works just fine and drys perfectly. Senior equines, donkeys with sickness can and do need our help while living in domestication. As always discuss this with your vet before the freezing wind and snow comes. Additionally remember trainig your donkey to wear a blanket should be done before the cold comes. 

Need help training your donkey check out our Donkey 101 Series – Video On Demand. Select Donkey Training 101.

Please check your equine for shaking as this is a warning sign that your equine is in distress even with shelter.

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Donkey Care – Train The Owner To Train The Donkey


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Perhaps you are just thinking about introducing a couple of donkeys to your farm. Donkeys are most happy when living with the same sex donkey two jennies, two geldings at least. Please never make a donkey live alone.

Or you have donkeys and are wondering what you can do to make the donkey healthier and more willing to be your partner?

The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC is your one stop shopping resource. We are here to help you keep your donkeys living in their forever home. Please do not give up on your donkey until you take our course and purchase our donkey halter.

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If you the owner gives up on your donkey. The donkey is sent to sale, auction or worse the meat buyers. We want to change the lives of donkeys one donkey at a time. It all starts with the owner. If we can teach you how to understand how to be a fair leader 100% of the time. We can train you to train the donkey. It’s all about you! Not the donkey.

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The first thing you need is the Donkey Whisperer Farm rope halter with matching lead line. Why? Our halter is made to fit your donkey and accelerate your training. Please never leave any halter on your donkey, horse or mule when not in attendance to avoid death or self-mutilation. This halter lead line is a training tool. A tool we will teach you how to use. Select DONKEY ROPE HALTER/LEAD LINE FOR SALE MINI, STANDARD AND MAMMOTH.minis-rope-halter

Please never leave any halter on your donkey, horse or mule while not in 100% attendance to avoid self-mutilation or death. Worried you cant catch your donkey? We teach you the owner how to train the donkey to come to you each time you call them on your farm. 

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Thinking About Colic for Donkeys, Horses and Mules


Do you know the signs of colic for your donkey?

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Clean water is a must! Donkeys love clean water and warm water in the winter. Please understand water is the key to keeping the digestive tract moving. The more water your donkey drinks the better. 

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PLEASE CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY! Colic is a symptom rather than a disease, and defined as abdominal pain. Donkeys are stoic will not show pain until it is too late. This means your donkey can die and sadly many donkey do die from the owner not calling the vet. Colic is very painful!

Donkeys are stoic meaning they will never show pain until it is too late! Have your vet out for a physical at least once a year and make sure your vet understands donkeys. Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Everything about a donkey is unique to treat in the vet world. Donkeys digest drugs…

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Natural To Blanket Our Beloved Domesticated Horse, Donkey Or Mule?


Domesticated Equine (donkey, horse or mule) Need Us Humans To Use Common Sense.

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First let me step back in time and share how I came to my inner peace with the natural equine world. When I was a kid with my horse in the 70’s we did not do the teeth, blanket, and we sure as heck did not do our own worming. Guess what folks we now live in the year 2016 things have improved for our beloved domesticated equine.

My husband and I pick up the poop on ten acres in Sequim, WA every day and compost. I take fecal samples to the vet, I do not worm unless I need to. I make sure I have blankets for all of our eight equine in case of an emergency, serious winter or sickness. I prepare before the blanket is needed as we have four new donkeys in training and three of…

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Fall Is Coming, Check The Body Score Of Your Donkey, Horse or Mule


Did you know exercise and diet will help your equine?

Yes, taking a walk with your equine if they are too small to ride or too young is a way to help both physically and emotionally.

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Apples and Pears Are Ripe In Sequim, WA


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PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DONKEYS, HORSES AND MULES BEFORE ASKING THE OWNER. DIET IS IMPERATIVE TO THE HEALTH OF A DOMESTICATED EQUINE. Thank you! Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Donkey and Horse Vital Signs, Health and Hoof


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A donkey’s normal heartbeat or pulse rate is 35-55 per minute, depending on what it is doing, and its normal temperature is very close to a human’s at 35.8 to 37.5 deg C.  The table below, compiled by the Donkey Sanctuary, gives some of the variations.  A donkey seems to regulate temperature in much the same way as a human, too, as a donkey sweats for the same reasons that a human does.  A feverish donkey is therefore quite easy to detect.

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°C  adult donkey

37.1

36.2-37.8

°F

98.8

97.2-100

°C young donkey

37.6

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99.6

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Pulse (beats per minute) adult donkey

44

36-68

young donkey

60

44-80

Respiration

(Inspiration per minute)

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20

12-44

young donkey

28

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Ways of scoring a donkey’s ‘body condition’ for general health have been devised, but as yet there is no general agreement as to the applicability of such a score.  Those who know donkeys can usually judge quite easily one which is in good condition, i.e. with coat shining, ears and eyes alert, movement easy, ribs and hip bones adequately covered with flesh, and no wounds.

There is another score for ‘wound and foot care’, but on the whole it does not offer more than good observation and common sense can provide.

What are the signs of a donkey being unwell ?

Among the signs of health trouble in a donkey are the following:

·           Fever (body sweat; muzzle hot and dry)

·           Loss of appetite

·           Drooping ears and maybe also a drooping head

·           Coat rough and dull looking

·           Dull eyes

·           Lack of energy and response

·           Frequently lying down

·           Liquid droppings (diarrhea, known as ‘scouring’)

·           Passing no droppings (constipation)

·           Wrong colours of droppings (i.e. signs of blood, although colour does vary a lot according to diet).

Donkeys on the whole do not show their feelings of pain in very obvious ways, but behave as a human would who is called ‘stoical’, i.e. tolerating pain without complaint.  They may make an initial violent movement of avoidance, but after that they become silent and as nearly as possible immobile in the face of pain and/or fear.  Therefore it is sometimes difficult to know when they are suffering acutely, and their behavior may look like ‘stubbornness’ rather than stoicism.  One indicator of pain or fear can be diarrhea, just as in humans.  Since this may also dehydrate the donkey, it will be adding to its problems if it persists.

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