When cats do those gargantuan stretches, they're actually improving blood flow and getting their muscles loose and ready to move so they're ready to run, jump, pounce, or play whenever they decide to!
According to Cornell’s Center for Materials Research, a cat’s limber spine is the reason behind those graceful and acrobatic escapades. The ability to easily move, contort, and bend also contributes to a cat’s momentum when running—and regular stretching aids in these phenomenal feline abilities.
And, research shows that regular stretching is beneficials to humans, too. According to an article by Harvard Health Publishing, stretching is a mechanism for protecting independence and mobility, one Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital physical therapist remarked.
Stretching is also a way to keep our muscles strong, flexible, and healthy. And, one way to work stretching into your regular well-being practices is to practice yoga. In addition to improving strength and balance, yoga promotes flexibility, Johns Hopkins Medicine reports. Yoga can also help with anxiety, chronic illness, and depression, Mayo Clinic research shows.
So, the next time you see a cat stretch, think about how a good extension of your limbs could benefit you, too! And, if you would like to learn how to stretch like a cat join Phinney's for MeowMaste: Do Yoga with Cats! on March 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. EDT. This livestream hatha yoga class to benefit pets in need features instructor Tara Barile and cute, cuddly feline yogis.
Space is limited, so if you would like to participate, we urge you to register soon.
Broozer Bob is like any other cat — he likes to play and to be petted and let us not forget sleep! But, he also has feline diabetes, and it can get difficult for a low-income pet parent to manage the frequent medical costs associated with this disease.
Generally, there are two ways to control feline diabetes: One is insulin, which can cost around $150 per bottle and usually needs to be purchased every six to eight weeks. And two, prescription food, which runs around $50 for an 8-pound bag, which may last around six weeks.
This is where Phinney’s Friends can provide support. Through donations from generous people, we are able to help low-income pet parents take the stress out of figuring out how to pay for medical supplies like the insulin and needles Broozer Bob needs to control his feline diabetes.
Ann Marie, Broozer Bob’s pet parent, recently sent a lovely thank you note expressing her gratitude for Phinney’s help in caring for Broozer Bob’s. We’re so happy to play a role in allowing him to live out a happy life alongside Ann Marie.
More on Feline Diabetes
Feline diabetes can affect any cat but risk factors that increase a cat's risk of feline diabetes include obesity and inactivity. Male cats also tend to be at a higher risk. Some warning signs to look for are weight loss, increased appetite, increased thirst, excessive urination, changes in gait, difficulty jumping, vomiting, and lethargy. If you think your cat might be showing signs of feline diabetes, contact your vet.
While a short month, February certainly has a lot going on. It's National Pet Dental Health Month as well as National Cat Health Month. And since cats need a clean mouth as much as any other pet, we are giving our pet’s dental health special attention.
Why Dental Health Is Important
It's so important to be on top of what's going on in your pet’s mouth. In between regular veterinary visits, look out for signs of gum disease. This can include red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath. Any of these could be a sign of serious oral disease that could lead to larger health issues if left untreated.
And the other way around is also true! Improving your pet’s dental hygiene can improve his overall health. So if you are starting later in your pet's life, no problem. Your care will have an impact for the better.
Simple Things You Can Do
Brush your pet’s teeth daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any food particles and prevent tartar buildup and plaque deposits. Only use toothpaste specially formulated for pets.
If you feel brushing your pet’s teeth is impossible, the second best is to provide her with certain treats and food that promote dental cleaning. Starting to get your pet used to brushing slowly and gently is key, so they will love it or not mind it throughout his life.
And hey, even though we are recognizing dental health this month, don’t give up in March! LOL. Do it all year long, and your pet will be healthier and love you for it.
Phinney’s Friends kicked off the holiday season with the 4th annual Paws for the Holidays Festival in November. The historic Pierce House in the quintessential New England town of Lincoln provided the perfect atmosphere for celebrating just before the last of fall’s leaves hit the ground.
This year set a new record – over 75 families took pictures with Santa and the Grinch this year! We heard the Grinch may have even enjoyed having his picture taken.
The Pierce House was filled with the sound of harpist Jaimee Joroff and the Lincoln Traditional Jazz band.
Pro baker and Phinney’s volunteer Alyssa Cohen almost sold out the goodies she prepared for our guests — homemade caramel apples, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate-covered pretzels! Bidding continued for silent auction items like ski tickets, and many started their holiday shopping early in the crafts market.
This year, a very special guest, Carla, shared the positive impact of Phinney’s Friends on her life and the lives of her cats. We are honored that Carla has been one of our clients for several years.
Phinney’s Friends would like to express our gratitude to the volunteers and attendees for a successful festival. Our organization relies heavily on donations to keep caring for pets of low-income families in Massachusetts, and Paws for the Holidays provides a festive opportunity to gather in celebration of our cause! We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.
Photos by volunteers Shannon Murphy and Jay Sullivan.
I’m so excited to tell you we raised $513 for Phinney’s Friends at Buddy Dog’s Woofstock festival on Sept. 21, 2019!
Phinney’s sold new pet items (leashes, collars, jackets, etc.), holiday outfits and toys at bargain prices from our tent. Volunteers enthusiastically helped people sort through bins and try items on their dogs.
They also educated people about Phinney’s and invited them to our Paws for the Holidays Festival on Nov. 10th. The volunteers were delighted when people said they will attend, especially as Santa will be available for pet photos! Ho ho ho!
“There’s always a lot of work to do for this event, and I’m so very grateful that I had your support as I certainly couldn’t have done it myself,” Judy Bell told the Phinney’s volunteers.
“It was a true team effort on a very hot day. You all deserve an award!”
Get ready for the fourth year of fun, celebrating the Holidays for a cause!
Solve your Holiday shopping and take your Santa Pictures at our Holiday Festival!
We’ll have live music, food, silent auction, pet photo contest & shopping for everyone.
All that in a beautiful historic mansion – The Pierce House – in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Hello, Phinney’s supporters!
We are celebrating a huge success as summer starts to wind down. Our Phinney’s Ride bicyclists once more covered 150 miles to New Hampshire and back in two days to raise funds for Phinney’s clients living with HIV and AIDS. So far, they’ve raised $16,000 – and counting!
We are so happy the cyclists were willing to do the ride again this year! They travel the roads of Massachusetts and New Hampshire every other year to make a difference for loving pet owners struggling with illness. Thanks to the bikers’ contributions, we take away one of the worries pet owners living with HIV and AIDS have – the well-being of their furry companions.
We pay the pet owners’ vet bills, send them food and litter, and provide lots of advice and love so they can keep their cats and dogs healthy and safe when they most need them. The pets need their dedicated pet parents as much as the people need their pets!
Coming up, we are looking forward to our tent at Woofstock in Hudson on September 21st, and then gearing up for our Holiday Festival! Please keep an eye out for our emails about our end-of-the-year festivities! We hope to see you there, dear friends.
Phinney’s Friends President
by Kimberly Hobart
Brian’s home is not complete without a cat or two. Linus, an eight-year old white cat, has been with Brian since he was a kitten.
For many years, Phinney’s Friends has been supporting not only Linus, but many of Brian’s other kitty friends. Thanks to our help, Brian can make sure his cats go to the vet regularly and receive the care they need to stay healthy. We also stepped in to help when emergencies struck.
Cammy, a spotted black and white 10-week old kitten, is the newest addition to Brian’s family. Sensing Brian and Linus were ready for another companion, a downstairs neighbor offered the little fluffball. Cammy keeps the shy Linus on his toes, says Brian, and in turn, Linus is teaching the youngster when it’s time to take a rest! We are sure they will be very happy together.
Before Cammy joined the family, Brian had Sandra Deen, a fluffy orange and white striped kitty who lived with Brian her whole life. She passed away at age 12 in December of 2018.
Brian’s story is a sweet reminder that through comfort, monetary support, or some other act of generosity, we all find ways to look out for each other. In turn, we are able to pass that care along to the pets, whether solid, spotted, or striped, who pattern our lives with beauty.
by Maia Wentrop
Ah, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! Beaches, BBQs, hikes, and all other kinds of fun in the sun. Also, fireworks, hot cars, burning pavement, and bugs. Our furry family members love to spend time with us during the summer months, so let’s talk about some ways we can strike a balance to keep them safe and healthy.
Let’s all have a safe, fun and happy summer and enjoy our furry friends!