Greetings!

Wow, what a month! November was a hodge podge of strange weather, unusual animal situations, and some strange people!

It just floors me sometimes to run into people with weird ideas. Part of my mission with animal rescue is to educate people, but I never thought I'd have to tell anyone about this:

Antifreeze is poison. It kills. Usually pretty quickly, too. I guess I thought everyone knew that by now. So imagine my dismay to discover a couple who were mystified about the cats that died in their yard all in one day.

They had been feeding and watering a number of strays that were hanging around their yard all summer. Now, with the weather turning cold, their water dishes were freezing overnight. The wife was a little impatient with the cats because they wouldn't drink the water before it froze. She decided they were "stupid."

So, concerned that they might become dehydrated, she put antifreeze into the water.

Sure enough, the water did not freeze. However, within 24 hours, all the cats were dead.

Her conclusion? They had already become too dehydrated and nothing could help them.

Sigh.

Please be sure to teach others to be careful with antifreeze.

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INTERESTING WEB PAGE DEPARTMENT

I was going to talk about holiday shopping in this issue, but the above story seemed more important. I will try to do another issue in a couple of weeks and will talk about gift-giving ideas then, if it's not too late.

In the meantime, if you want to explore my new website, you may find something really neat for your cat or a friend's cat for a holiday gift. Just go to http://www.thebestcatfurniture.com.

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TIME TO SMILE

Nine Lives

A tom cat and a tabby cat were courting on a back fence at night. The tom leaned over to the tabby with pent up passion and purred... "I'd die for you!" The tabby gazed at him from under lowered eye lids and asked, "How many times?"

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TIP OF THE MONTH

Cats need to scratch. This cannot be trained out of them. They are not "sharpening" their claws, but rather, grooming their toes. The old nail sheath will be removed, and anything that has gotten between the toes can be removed, too. Providing them with a more desirable place to scratch can help protect your furniture - maybe. Some cats can be discouraged from using furniture if you use double-sided tape, aluminum foil, or some sprays with names like "stay-off" or "no scratch" to let them know what is off limits.

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RIDDLE

What did the computer science student say when he was told that the work stations had mice?

Don't you have a cat?

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