Hello Cat Lover,
First, sorry this is running a little late. My computer
crashed last night and I had to run to the public
library to get this sent out. Now to go back home
and see what needs to be fixed! (It's always something,
eh?) I hope your computer is behaving today!
OK, here's what's in this issue:
A TNR project in Missouri is working...
Separation anxiety in cats...
Cat food news...
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
Take action to help...
NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
A Missouri couple have been volunteering for the SNAP
program for more than three and a half years by caring for
four colonies of feral cats that live in Columbia. Best Friends
Animal Society estimates that there are about 33,270 feral
cats living in Columbia. SNAP practices trap-neuter-return,
which keeps the colonies of feral cats from growing, and they
defend their territory keeping other stray cats from forming
new colonies in that area.
This is an older article that I ran last year. Since we have
so many new subscribers to the newsletter now, I thought
it would be helpful to run it again:
Do cats get separation anxiety? Although it's more common
in dogs, cats can feel it, too.
For most cats, aloofness is just a myth. They are extremely
sociable and bond deeply with people and other animals --
which means they can feel just as stressed and uneasy as
dogs do when left alone. Common signs include hiding;
"going" where they shouldn't; meowing or grooming
constantly; and being destructive, clingy, or sullen.
Fortunately, separation anxiety can be treated. If your
cat shows any of these signs, call your vet to rule out
a physical cause (especially if you notice litter-box
problems, which may indicate a urinary tract blockage).
CAT FOOD NEWS
http://bit.ly/4E9bZj (How to report a petfood complaint)
Here are two sites that provide the latest info on what's
(from the American Veterinary Medical Association -
a review of all the latest petfood recalls and alerts.)
(from the US Food and Drug Administration)
Help Feed Shelter Animals
Don't forget to visit these sites as often as you can and
click on the shelter-feed links. There is no cost to you
to do this, but it can only be done once per day.
http://www.freekibblekat.com/ (Answer a trivia question...
even a wrong answer gives a donation.)
You can sign up for their daily reminders, too, if you need
a little nudge, like I do.
STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)
Birth control for cats!
Thanks to Jean for telling me about Equine Pine. It's similar
to Feline Pine, a very effective odor-controlling litter for cats,
but produced for horse stalls... and a whole lot cheaper!
Unfortunately, the feed store here in my neck of the woods
went out of business a few months ago. (Something about this
terrible economy.) Anyway, a new store opened up that carries
livestock and pet feeds, along with a variety of hardware and
other supplies for country life.
They don't carry Equine Pine, but I picked up a product that
seems like it's going to work for me and my 42 cats. It's called
Best Cob. Maybe you've heard of it. It is simply ground corn cobs
and sells for a lot less than kitty litter, too!
It doesn't have that neat pine scent, but having no smell is OK, too.
It absorbs the kitty odors very well, and to help the cats get used
to it, I'm mixing it half and half with their sand/clay litter.
So far, no one has refused to use it.
No, I don't get any commission for telling you about it.
WEB SITES to explore
Flea Control Secrets http://bit.ly/daZr9h
Pet Poison Helpline
A SMILE FOR YOU
In Indonesia, cats are thought to control the rain.
For example, the Korat cat is sprinkled with water
to bring rain for the crops.
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Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
It shows 2 kittens playing in a laundry basket.
TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
This site provides up to date information on abuse situations:
If you're so inclined, it's a good resource to find petitions to
sign, letters to write, or other actions we can take to help.
5 quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW!
Do you have any interesting stories to share about your
cats? Send them in and I'll put them here in
this newsletter. (Include your name and website
if you have one, and I'll give you a "plug" for
your website. Or, anonymous is OK, too. It's
up to you.)
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