June 7, 2012

Hi Cat Lover,

Here's what's in this issue:

Rabbits and cats...
Walking cats on a leash...
"Jarhead" Cat rescued...
Cat food news...
Salmonella testing
Web sites to explore...
Cat IQ test...
A smile for you...a new video on my web page!
Take action...

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NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
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If you also keep rabbits, here's an interesting
question:

Q: Is it is possible for a cat to catch a
respiratory infection from a rabbit?

A: While anything is possible, this is unlikely.
It is true that both cats and rabbits develop
Pasteurella infections. However, Pasteurella
is a normal bacterial inhabitant of rabbits
and cats. Rabbits and cats can develop infection
without ever being exposed to another pet. Most
respiratory infections in cats are caused by
viruses such as herpes virus or rhinotracheitis
virus, although sometimes secondary bacterial
infections also occur. Because most cats are
vaccinated against these viruses, infections
are not seen in most cats. As a rule, it’s
unlikely that your rabbit or cat transmit
anything harmful between them.

By Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM
As seen on www.webvet.com

Thanks to Amy for sending this in.

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A friend and I were discussing walking our cats
on a leash and came up with the idea that a mesh
harness might be the most comfortable and practical.

However, I can't find any specific to cats. I did
find this one for small dogs that should fit a cat:

http://www.wag.com/dog/p/four-paws-comfort-control-harness-blue-xsmall-221073

If you know of any made specifically for cats, let
us know! Thanks!

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Wow, lucky this cat had people looking out for him!
As a feral cat, he was being cared for by a nice person in the
neighborhood, but one day he showed up with his head in a jar!
She could not get him to come close enough to take it off, but if
she didn't do it, he would surely die. Here's the story of how she
and another kind soul were able to help him:

http://www.care2.com/causes/heroes-free-cat-with-head-trapped-in-jar-for-6-days.html


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CAT FOOD NEWS
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Last issue, I mentioned a salmonella testing kit.
Well, I bought one and tested the cat food I have
that is on a recall list. Just when I thought I
had escaped all of the recalls, the last two bags
of Taste of the Wild I bought were on the list.
The company refunded the purchase and said to just
discard the product. Well, I was running short on
cat food and was going to need those bags very soon.

So the first thing I did was order another brand,
but while waiting for that shipment, I also bought
a testing kit for salmonella. Luckily, it arrived
the day before I was completely out of food and I
was able to test the food. It was negative!

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If you want to keep up with the recalls, here are
some sites to watch:

1. http://www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls/default.asp

2. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls

3. http://diamondpetrecall.com/

4. http://www.nestlepurina.com/2012_NeslePurinaRecalls.aspx
This one is not about contamination, but about a thiamine
deficiency. Also note there is a typo in the URL. Don't try
to correct it.

And this one:

http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm255000.htm

Thanks to Maggie for sending this in. I just switched to
Evanger's cat food, so now I'm still looking for a new food
to get for them. If you find anything, let us know!

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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.

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

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

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

http://www.freekibblekat.com/ (Answer a trivia question...
even a wrong answer gives a donation.)

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WEB SITES to explore
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Here's a quick way to get an idea of your cat's IQ:

http://www.webvet.com/main/2012/05/16/what-your-cats-iq?xid=nl_EverydayHealthPetHealth_20120517

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http://www.cedarcidestore.com/best_yet_cats.html

This is the product I'm using now. It's safe, affordable, it really works,
and it's 100% non-toxic!

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Test kits for salmonella: $19.95
http://www.exit15.com/instant-food-test-strip-kit-for-salmonella-and-ecoli-p-1360.html

This will work for anything. It's not just for pet food.
In fact, I think it's designed for human food.

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A SMILE FOR YOU
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Check out the video on my website, at the top of
the page. It's called Synchronized Kittens! Very cute!

http://www.theproblemcat.com

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TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
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How to help 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. The only large rescue I endorse
is 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




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