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June 2008 Newsletter

Rattlesnake Bites

I recently heard about two separate instances of rattlesnake bites: one involving a dog and another a cat. The dog was bitten by a baby rattlesnake and has survived after receiving treatment. The cat was found on the prison grounds and we (Folsom Feline Rescue) were contacted for help. After receiving treatment and blood transfusions, the “Rattlesnake Sally” is now recovering in foster care and will be available for adoption when she is healed. More about Sally’s story is online:

Here is some basic information about prevention and treatment of rattlesnake bites.

Rattlesnake bites generally occur in the spring and early fall, when the nights are cool and the days are warm. While the majority of bites are to dogs, cats are occasionally bitten.

About ninety percent of the bites that are treated by veterinarians occur in the dog’s nose. This is no doubt caused by its natural inquisitiveness and using its nose to investigate.
Bites that occur from baby rattlesnakes are particularly dangerous due to their lack of control of the venom released and they are more easily provoked.

While out walking or hiking always have your dog on a leash. Don’t allow your pet to explore holes in the ground, or other areas that might conceal a snake. Stay on paths that would offer good visibility of snakes. Try to minimize walking at night, as snakes are nocturnal most of the year.

If you hear the characteristic “rattling” sound of the snake, freeze and locate it. Slowly back away from the snake until you are no longer within striking distance (at least half the snake’s length) and until it stops rattling at you. Do what you can to keep your dog from attacking the snake, but do not put yourself in danger. And whatever you do, DO NOT attempt to handle the snake!

If your lifestyle results in your dog frequently being in high-risk situations (i.e. - hiking, camping, boating, etc.) consider enrolling it in a “Snake Breaking” class. These classes train your dog to avoid contact with rattlesnakes.

Don’t forget that snakes can also be around your house. Keep your dogs and cats indoors when unsupervised. If you locate a rattlesnake in your yard, you can contact Humane Rattlesnake Remove Service at (530) 295-5539 or (530) 391-1477.

If you have either seen or suspect that your pet has been bitten, treat it as a medical emergency! Don't chase the snake. The antivenin treatment for a rattlesnake bite does not require knowing what species of rattlesnake it is. Check for the following symptoms:

  • Sudden significant swelling in the area of the bite
  • Significant pain at the site of the bite
  • A trickle of blood from the bite wound
  • Bruising in the area of the bite

You should keep your pet cool, calm, and immediately take it to your veterinarian or the nearest open veterinary hospital. Do not attempt any home remedies such as applying a tourniquet, making an incision and sucking the venom out, cold packs, or ice. A veterinarian can perform the appropriate medical analysis, treatments, and inject antivenin if needed.

While a bite is a serious event, greater than 80% of most pets survive especially if treated in a timely fashion. They respond best if treated within a few hours of the occurrence of the bite.

Free Feline Health Classes
Each month, The Cat Clinic of Folsom presents a free feline health class, and you’re invited to attend. Each class covers a different topic relating to your cat’s health or behavior. These classes are free to the public, and they are fun as well as educational.

Past class topics have included:

• Parasitology: What’s Living In and On Your Cat?

• Surgery: What’s Necessary for Keeping my Cat Safe?

• Feline Aggression: The Other Side of Fluffy

• Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! A Lifelong Commitment

• Dental Disease: Why My Cat’s Breath Reeks!

Classes are held at the RG Smith Club House, 225 Marchant Street in Folsom.  To learn the topics of upcoming classes, or for more information, please call The Cat Clinic of Folsom at 916-988-7111 or send email to

Pets of the Month




Congratulations to Prince and Princess, our June pets of the month!  Prince and Princess are Burmese cats.  They are very playful and have a strong attraction to water.  They were recently interviewed by their mom, Star, and had this to say.

How we met our family:

We were adopted by mom at 9 weeks from Feline Rescue Society who was visiting PetCo; Princess came home first and Prince came the following week. We were so happy to be reunited (we're from the same litter) in our new home.

What we have to say about the companion human(s) we share our home with:

We really like mom as she spoils us LOTS. We don't like it when she travels.

Our favorite hobbies:

Watching our lizard who lives outside under the AC unit - he comes and visits every afternoon if nice weather and sometimes brings a friend. We also like playing with our toys and chasing each other fast around the house.

Our favorite foods:

TUNA of course. Actually, Princess likes pretty much everything as her favorite place is the food bowl (leftover insecurities from being the runt of the litter).

Our favorite toys:

We like chasing strings the most but are curious so easily entertained. Janet has a cool laser toy we like too.

Our most exciting adventures:

We haven't really had many we can tell mom about but we had a lot of fun the day we knocked the vase of flowers off the table -- mom wasn't too happy when she came home and we showed her all the pottery shreds on the floor.

Our idea of a perfect day:

Mom home all day with the doors/windows open so we can laze in the sun.

What I like most about my pet sitters:

Princess likes all the attention and brushing she gets. Prince doesn't much like mom being gone and tends to reflect that unhappiness at the pet sitters.

Service Announcements

Please remember to contact us when you return home so that we know your pets are safe.  We often feel like their extended family and want to know that they’re okay.

Fourth of July is just around the corner and falls on a Friday this year. If you're thinking about a trip, please contact us as soon as possible so we can get you scheduled.

Cat Haiku

You never feed me.
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will sure show you.

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator butt. 

I need a new toy.
Tail of black dog keeps good time.
Pounce! Good dog! Good dog! 

The rule for today
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow. 

In deep sleep hear sound
cat vomit hairball somewhere
will find in morning. 

Grace personified.
I leap into the window.
I meant to do that. 

Blur of motion, then --
silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny? 

You're always typing.
Well, let's see you ignore my
sitting on your hands.

My small cardboard box.
You cannot see me if I
can just hide my head. 

Terrible battle.
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What's a 'term paper'? 

I want to be close
to you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit? 

Humans are so strange.
Mine lies still in bed, then screams
My claws are not that sharp. 

Cats meow out of angst
"Thumbs! If only we had thumbs!
We could break so much!"

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