Hi Cat Lover!

Here's what's in this issue:

Cat is mayor of his town!
Ten year old boy rescues cat from bullies...
My next book, and you're invited!

Cat food news...
Current recalls...
Pet Obesity on the rise...
Shelter feed links...

Websites to explore...
When a pet dies at home...
How to recognize cruelty...
Animal game on Twitter...

A smile for you...new video

Take action...

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NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
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This story is a little old, but if you haven't
seen it by now, well, now is as good a time to read
it as any. This cat is the Mayor of his town in Alaska!

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/17/us/alaska-cat-mayor

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A 10 year old boy in North Carolina was praised
by a local SPCA for saving a stray cat from a group
of bullies. Though he is young, he was watching out
for the kitty and stood up for his furry friend when
he encountered three boys, ages 5 – 13, doing horrendous
things to the cat.

He courageously stepped in to stop the attack and
brought the kitty home to his mother, who called the
SPCA and wrote about it on Facebook.

http://lovemeow.com/2013/03/10-year-old-boy-courageously-saves-cat-from-abuse/

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My new book is coming along pretty well, but there
is still room for a few more stories, so let me know
if you have a cat or dog story to share. Plans are to
publish by the middle of May, so you still have time
to send in something.

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CAT FOOD NEWS
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Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health Dry
Cat Food Formulas Voluntarily Recalled Due to
Possibility of Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling limited
production codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat
Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball
Management Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Kitten
Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula
dry cat food and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula
dry cat food. Tests conducted by the company indicated
the products might have a low level of thiamine.

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Natura Pet Products is recalling a number of lots
of its dry petfood brands after testing by the Michigan
Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of
Salmonella in one of the petfood products. The recall
applies to a number of lots of California Natural, Evo,
Healthwise and Innova cat and dog food products.

http://www.petfoodindustry.com/48072.html

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US pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012
with the number of overweight cats reaching an
all-time high, according to the National Pet Obesity
Awareness Day survey, conducted by the Association
for Pet Obesity Prevention. The survey found that
52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats are
deemed overweight or obese by their veterinarians.

http://www.petfoodindustry.com/48051.html

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Help Feed Shelter Animals

As always, 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.

http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/

http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/animal-rescue/

http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/big-cats

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

http://www.freekibblekat.com/ (Answer a trivia question...
even a wrong answer gives a donation and you learn some cool
stuff along the way!)

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WEB SITES TO EXPLORE
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When your cat dies at home, there are things to
think about, depending on where you live. Some
cities have very specific regulations about how
to dispose of a deceased pet. Just like family,
since your cat IS your family, it's always useful
to make end-of-life plans before you need them.

http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc/death-of-a-pet.aspx

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Just because a cat cowers when someone approaches
is not a guarantee that they were ever abused. They
might just have a personality issue. However, there
ARE signs of abuse that may easily be missed. Read
this article to learn more:

http://www.aspca.org/Fight-Animal-Cruelty/how-to-recognize-cruelty

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Active on Twitter? Would you like to be more active?
Join Pawfleet, a Twitter-based role playing game,
where you apply for a position as a cadet on the USS
Crusher, go through training, and then graduate! Yes,
and there is a party (or, "pawty") for graduates!

http://pawfleet.com/wtf/

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A SMILE FOR YOU
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-------- LATEST VIDEO -----------

Check out the video on my website, at the top of
the page and see a cat that loves the baby!

http://www.theproblemcat.com

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TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
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How to help the animals:

1. http://www.hipaws.com/help.html
Help feed the ones that never got adopted.

2. Always remember to check with your local shelter
to see what they need. Your donation will go directly
to the animals, in sharp contrast to some of the large
national groups, whose donation income goes toward
large administrative salaries and other expenses, not
necessarily for animals.

3. Buy my book if you haven't yet. Sales are used to
help support all the cats here. Thank you.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480292559

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Watch for your next issue of The Kitty Times in 2 weeks!

Pawhugs and nosetaps,

Roberta, the Cat Lady
mskitty @ theproblemcat.com

Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially
if the well being of a person or animal is at stake.
Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds
we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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