PET FOOD NEWS
 
The latest recall is for Evanger's Dog Food. The company also makes cat food, so it might be prudent to check them out. The issue is the presence of phenobarbital or pentobarbital, both pretty serious drugs. Pento is far more powerful and may used for euthanasia in many instances and can be fatal if it shows up in the daily food. This recall applies to only a few lots and not all states.
 
 
Worried about pet food safety? Report Problems to the FDA!
 
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Why do cats like to sit inside a circle? This article explores the idea but doesn't really explain it. They must enjoy it, though.
 
 
Black cat rescued outside Dracula's Castle!
 
 
 
Black Cats Tell All, a nonprofit book and initiative to raise black cat awareness, is still struggling with publishing setbacks and has just announced a more likely release this spring.
 
I contributed a story to this book myself, about my black cat, Toledo. He's a good example of the problem, known as "black cat syndrome," which also affects black dogs, and results in more black animals being euthanized than any others.
 
Check out their Facebook page for updates and advisories as well as some highlights from the book:
 

Former Shelter Cat Gets To Spend His Golden Years In A Bookstore:
 
 
 
Feb. 7, 2017
Here are some animal holidays for February:

National Cat Health Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (Humane Society of the United States)
Pet Dental Health Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
National Prevent a Litter Month

Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
Feb. 14: Happy Valentine's Day!
3rd week in Feb.: National Justice for Animals Week.
Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day
Feb. 23, 2016: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February.
Last Tues.: Spay Day USA
 
Update on Peaches

Sadly, Peaches left us and headed to the Rainbow Bridge shortly after I last wrote about him here. It was somewhat sudden and I thought we would have more time together. He was, however, a senior, at 14+ years old. The stress may have been overwhelming, though he kept a positive outlook right up to his last day, when he simply reclined on his mat and went to sleep. Several of the other cats sat with him and seemed to be comforting him. (RIP, Peaches....)
 
This means he did not get to test out his newest wheels, as I had not finished that model yet. I am working on a video to show the four different wheel "chairs" I had worked on. He did pretty well with two of them and was able to enjoy some mobility every day.
 
Here are photos of the two models he was able to use the most.
 
 
 
 

This one is the "3-D printed" version. The green brackets are the printed parts and the struts are metal straps of brass. I obtained the wheels from a toy I picked up at the thrift shop. Sadly, Peaches did not get to test this one out. I am working on convincing one of the other cats here to get strapped in for demo purposes, but I haven't had any luck yet.

 
 
Peaches
 
Health and Behavior
 
Can cats eat peanut butter? We know how much dogs love the stuff, but is it good for our kitties? According to this article, it's not toxic or harmful, per se, but it does not provide proper nutrition for feline needs and should not be a regular part of their diet.
 
http://www.pawculture.com/pet-wellness/nutrition/can-cats-eat-peanut-butter/

Feline Enrichment Ideas:   Is your kitty getting bored and tearing up the house? Here are some helpful ideas from the ASPCA to give them some fun things to do, hopefully to keep their minds more constructively occupied:     
 
 
 
Ten Tips to Help Keep Kitty in Top Shape:  This is a slide show and you can navigate through them by clicking the arrow on the right side of each photo.
 
 
How Does Your Cat Think? Surprisingly, a lot like we do! (Thanks to Paul DeCeglie for sending this in!)
 
 
 
 
 

 
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