Hello,

I sure hope your holidays are going great. With Christmas down and New Year's to go, the pace is still a little hectic. Shopping is over, but returns and exchanges are going strong, and so is the busiest shopping time of the year: just after Christmas, when the best sales are taking place.

There is still time to pick up some freebies on the Internet, too, if you like to collect eBooks on various subjects, or programs on marketing. Just go to:
http://tinyurl.com/alzqa and sign up for The 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza. No strings attached.

Well, there is one: You have to subscribe to a number of lists and newsletters to get the free deals. My suggestion to handle that realistically, so you don't get swamped with junk email down the road, is to use a separate email account just for that. Then you can easily unsubscribe from those you wish to remove, even all of them if you need to, without overburdening your personal email account.

For example, I do not play golf. I hate golf. But I found a great book on the subject which I downloaded (for free) for my son-in-law and put on a CD for him. Now what am I going to do with a subscription to a newsletter that tells me how to improve my golf swing? I'll tell you: I unsubscribed!

But there are plenty of really interesting ones there, too, many of which you will want to keep. It's up to you. No one will twist your arm.

OK, on to cats.

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INTERESTING WEB PAGE DEPARTMENT

On my web page at Cats.AllInfoAbout, I just added an article about handling grief when a pet dies. It's at http://cats.allinfoabout.com/articles/petdeath.html.

And there is a very good book about the subject, too:
http://www.graburl.com/x.php?1oj

But the web page I really wanted to tell you about is this one:
http://www.mycemetery.com. When you get there, click on Virtual Pet Cemetery.
This is a wonderful web site, where you can upload an epitaph and a photo of your pet (or pets) when they pass on, immortalizing them in cyberspace.

It's oddly comforting to go there and read about your own pets whenever you want to, remembering their lives and the love you shared. But it's also interesting and heartwarming to read of everyone else's pets, too. The thing I find heartwarming is that so many people have such warmth and love for their pets, and so many want to keep their memories alive. Hence the popularity of this web site, which has grown astronomically in the last 10 years.

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Now this next web site is a hoot, and I just discovered it - too late for this year - but right here is the best place to save it for next year! I'll at least know where to look for it.

Track Santa Live as he travels around the world Christmas Eve:
http://www.noradsanta.org - the official NORAD Santa site

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TIP OF THE WEEK

Cats have 4 rows of whiskers (count 'em!) and use them primarily as "feelers" to help them gather clues about their surroundings. But you can get a clue, too, by noticing how they are holding their whiskers. If flattened back against their cheeks, they may be afraid of something or feeling insecure. If they are exploring, their curiosity leads them to fan the whiskers forward, reaching out in front of them. When relaxed, the whiskers are in a neutral position. They should never be cut off!

However, I've had several people write in with questions about whiskers. If they DO get cut off, it's not the end of the world. They do grow back. However, if they keep _breaking_ off, you can check with your vet sources to see if there are any nutritional or other issues you need to address. It can be a nutrition problem, or it can be stress.


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TIME TO SMILE


If lights run on electricity and cars run on gas, what do cats run on?


[Their paws, silly.]

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