Hi Cat Lover,

Here's what's in this issue:

Can You Give Your Cat the Flu?
Cuteness helps you concentrate!
Last call for authors...
Cat food news...
shelter feed links...
Web sites to explore...
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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Can You Give Your Cat the Flu?

According to Christine Loehr, an associate professor
at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary
Medicine, "We worry a lot about zoonoses, the transmission
of diseases from animals to people. But most people don't
realize that humans can also pass diseases to animals..."

Called zoonoses (Zoh Oh NOH Seez), animal-to-human illness
has always been a big worry. But it can work both ways, as
researchers are just finding out. When we give our pets a
disease, it's called reverse zoonosis.

The most common illness seems to be the flu, especially
the H1N1 strains. Studies suggest there is far more exposure
to flu virus in cats (and some dogs), than anyone knew.

Here is the full story:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121003141056.htm

What can you do if your cat gets the flu?
Well, according to holistic vets, using L-Lysine (400 mg a day)
can help them overcome the virus. Antibiotics are useless, as
the flu is a virus, and antibiotics are only effective against
bacteria.

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Researchers in Japan recently discovered that viewing
cute animal pictures, especially kittens, resulted in an
increased ability to focus and concentrate on a task.

So, if your boss sees you smiling and saying Awwwww... at your
desk, be sure to share this article as proof that you're just
tuning up to do your best work!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/cute-cat-photos-article-scientifically-proven-improve-concentration-180910500.html

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Last call for authors!

There's still time to have your story appear in my
next book. Just send me your cat story by Oct. 30
so I have time to look it over and format it to fit,
and we can have this book out in time for holiday shopping!

Guidelines can be found here:
http://www.thumbnailpress.com/invitation-to-authors/

If you know someone who would like to be part of this
project, feel free to send them this invitation.

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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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WEBSITES FOR CAT LOVERS
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Some great ideas to build a "catio" to protect cats
who like to go outdoors, but without the hazards.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/06/17/garden/20100617-catio-slideshow.html?ref=cats

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A SMILE FOR YOU
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This cat lives on a boat and plays with dolphins!
http://www.slothster.com/2352-Cat-On-Boat-Plays-With-Dolphins.html

-------- LATEST VIDEO -----------

Check out the video on my website, at the top of the page.
http://www.theproblemcat.com

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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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