Welcome to OnMeowaukee Cat Week, a meowsome bunch of articles, photos, videos and an Instagram contest celebrating all aspects of Milwaukee cats. Sponsored by Bark N' Scratch Outpost, these seven days are dedicated to those creatures with nine lives who make our lives more paw-sitive.
My 7-year-old daughter is a big fan of cats, and not coincidentally, she’s a big fan of our veterinarian, Dr. Becky Banks, from the Small Animal Hospital.
Interestingly, I met Becky when I, too, was about 7 – we went to elementary school together, and she’s one of the kindest, smartest vets I’ve ever met. Small Animal Hospital has been taking care of our pets from some 15 years.
Both Becky and I are delighted that little Mara has taken such an interest in animal welfare, raising money for the Wisconsin Humane Society with her own bake sale, and also that she’s connected so strongly with the vets who care for her two cats.
In honor of OnMeowaukee Cat Week – and Becky and Mara’s friendship – my daughter prepared nine questions about cats for Dr. Banks, which I shared with Becky over coffee. Here they are, in Mara’s own words:
OnMilwaukee: Is milk bad for cats’ stomachs?
Becky Banks: I give my cat milk every so often. It shouldn't be a lot. Mara, if you picture Barbie, and two gallons of milk for her size – a gallon in each hand – and that's how much milk I would say is probably OK for most cats, once a week. It should be an infrequent treat.
OnMilwaukee: Is there a such thing as a cat toothbrush?
Banks: In theory, a cat toothbrush would be like a small rodent, because if you have not domesticated them it would be a natural thing, crushing up bones and all that. However, since most of our cats don't have free-range mice, with the exception of mine in my house, I would say that there are a lot of products now that help you to do it. Dental hygiene in cats is super important, and they don't get that with most of their diets, so they have these little finger p…Read more...