Hi Cat Lover!

Happy Halloween (coming up here in the U.S.)!

Here's what's in this issue:

Ancient Italian burial chamber "discovered" by a cat...
Cat myths...
Shelters are overflowing...
Cat food news...
shelter feed links...
Getting ready for Halloween...
A smile for you...new videos on my web site!
Take action...

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NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
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A couple of guys in Rome, Italy, followed a cat into an
ancient subterranean burial chamber estimated to have been
dug between 1 B.C. and 2 A.D.

The article doesn't say why they were chasing the cat,
nor whether they caught it, but the find excited local
archeologists.

One of the men said he was amazed to wander into a tomb
so close to his house, calling it "the most incredible
experience" of his life.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/18/cat-2000-year-old-roman-catacomb

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Since ancient times, cats have been misunderstood, leading
to many false feline myths. Some are harmless (like cats can't
get along with dogs), but others are serious (like letting a cat have
one litter before being spayed to make her a "better cat," or
that purring always means they are happy).

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/09/28/4297985/cat-myth-busters-replace-unsafe.html#storylink=cpy
And here: http://centralny.ynn.com/content/features/604688/pet-pointers--feline-birth-issues/

Also check my article list for specific questions at:
http://www.theproblemcat.com/faq.html

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Due to a huge influx of new cats and kittens all over the
country, many shelters are having low-cost and free adoption
events this month. Check with shelters in your area to see if
you can help out, and visit these web sites to learn more:

http://alamedasun.com/local-and-hometown/10925-free-feline-adoptions-this-weekend
http://mountainview.patch.com/articles/faced-with-animal-influx-sv-shelters-offer-pets-for-10

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CAT FOOD NEWS
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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.care2.com/click-to-donate/big-cats/

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

http://pets.care2.com/i?p=868775137

http://clicktogive.com/Animal-Care.aspx

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.

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Getting Ready For Halloween
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While a lot of pet owners are already shopping for costumes
for their kids and their dogs, a few will do so for their
kitties, too. This only works for laid back cats who are used
to such things. If they don't like it and you insist on them
dressing up, you might find the best (or only) thing that
works is a colorful collar or small bandana around their neck.

As with dogs, keeping candies out of reach is your best
policy. Most of it is toxic to pets anyway, so don't chance it.

Cats should be kept indoors during Halloween. Not only
is there just too much commotion for a cat, there also could
be mischievous kids (or adults) who enjoy hurting animals.
In particular, black cats are often the target of mean people
who seem to think it's part of the "tradition." After all, a lot
of Halloween decorations include black cats in aggressive poses.

Keep your cats safe!

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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. Watch Maru get his nails clipped.

http://www.theproblemcat.com

I also put a video on the kitten page to learn how
to care for orphans.

http://www.theproblemcat.com/kittens.html

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

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. That said, there is one large
sanctuary I do endorse: http://www.deltarescue.org.

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

Purrs and nosetaps,

Roberta, the Cat Lady
mskitty @ theproblemcat.com


May all who are lost, be found. May all who are ill,
be well. May all in harm's way, be saved. May all
without homes, be loved.
~~Author Unknown

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