Hello Cat Lover,

Here's what's in this issue:

Shelter stories...
Cat food news...
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
Take action to help animals....

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NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
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I'm going to do things a little differently for this issue.
Since my internet provider has been on again-off again
for the last couple weeks, I haven't been able to search
for the usual news stories. It seems to be on right now,
so I will hurry and write some news from my own cat
shelter so I can get this sent out while there is a signal.
It's probably not as interesting as national stories, but
it's all I have this time, and it will give you some idea of
life here with my rescue kitties.

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Fancy is doing better and it looks like he will survive
his rare blood disorder...at least for now. He's only 5,
and he was on death's doorstep two months ago.
The vet put him on prednisone, and he acts like he's
back to normal. But a follow up blood test showed
he's not out of the woods, nor will this condition go
away. That means medication for the rest of his life.
And a new bill to pay every month. But he's a great
cat and worth it. Every day we can keep him with us
is a treasure.

You can see Fancy at my web site here:
www.hipaws.com/aboutcats2.html

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The weather here has gone quite cold, so I moved the
cats who were in the chicken house into an insulated
room in the garage. We installed one of those sealed
oil heaters in there to keep them warm. It's a lot less
costly than heating a drafty chicken house with space
heaters anyway!

There are too many cats to keep all of them inside
the house, not to mention, it's necessary to divide them
into compatible groups. If you put 40 cats into one
room, there will be fights. And there will be messes.
There are enough of those without added "incentive"
to make more. My daily cat care chores take all
morning, and must be repeated every evening. I really
don't want to spend every waking hour in between
cleaning up after cats. As long as they are happy and
comfortable, I'm happy, too.

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For any new readers who did not know about our loss
of Radar, that story is here:

http://www.hipaws.com/likes/RadarBestCatEver.html

As a sanctuary, though, with cats who are here for
the rest of their lives, it's inevitable that more will die
as they grow old and pass on. Since Radar passed,
I've also lost Twister, Gizmo and Ocicat. They were
all older cats who had comfort and love while they
were here. Twister never knew any other way, since I
got her as a kitten, but the other two were street
rescues, abandoned by owners who no longer had
time for them.

Holly may be next, but who knows? She's 20 years
old now, and is still going strong! Her teeth are gone,
and she can't control her bladder, but she's healthy
and very loving. And we love her back! Her picture
is on the same page as Fancy.

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CAT FOOD NEWS
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http://bit.ly/4E9bZj (How to report a petfood complaint)

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Here are two sites that provide the latest info on what's
being recalled:

1. www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls/default.asp
(from the American Veterinary Medical Association -
a review of all the latest petfood recalls and alerts.)

2. www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls
(from the US Food and Drug Administration)

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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://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.)

You can sign up for their daily reminders, too, if you need
a little nudge, like I do.

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STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)
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* Books:

http://www.theproblemcat.com/misc/catscapades.html

http://www.theproblemcat.com/misc/petpoetry.html

* Cat furniture:

http://www.thebestcatfurniture.com

* Insurance:

http://www.everypetmatters.com

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WEB SITES to explore
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List of FREE or low cost Spay/Neuter by State!
http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Practical/Pets/FreeNeuterByState.htm

Traveling with a pet? Here are some resources and
good info:
http://www.GoPetFriendly.com

Pet Poison Helpline
http://urbanpawsmagazine.com/archives/1137

Moving with a pet? This guide will help.
http://www.theproblemcat.com/letsmove/

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A SMILE FOR YOU
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Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
http://www.theproblemcat.com

Sorry, but last month's video will be there for a little
while longer, until my internet connection allows me
to upload new video information.

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TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
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This is about Tony, the tiger who has been imprisoned
in a chain link cage at a truck stop for ten years. He's
well cared for, physically, but tigers aren't meant to live
in small cages with no social interaction with their own
kind, nor with strangers staring at them and taunting them
every day. Even animals need "mental health" consideration.

http://bit.ly/g4gysB

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You might not want to read this one.
Cat Tortured, Bound With Duct Tape, Left in
Clothes Drier... http://bit.ly/eqHfVA
There are a LOT of sicko's out there in this world.

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These sites provide up to date information on how to help animals:

1. http://www.pet-abuse.org
If you're so inclined, it's a good resource to find petitions to
sign, letters to write, or other actions we can take to help pets in
abuse situations.

2. http://www.dosomething.org/whatsyourthing/Animal+Welfare
A good resource for helping people decide what kinds of help best
fit their own abilities and interests.

3. http://bit.ly/1YfBeo
Five quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW!

4. http://www.hipaws.com/help.html
A list of ways to help animals, including the ones we have here.

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Do you have any interesting stories to share about your
cats? Send them in and I'll put them here in
this newsletter. (Include your name and website
if you have one, and I'll give you a "plug" for
your website. Or, anonymous is OK, too. It's
up to you.)
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Are you on Twitter yet? Anyone want to "follow" me?
Just go here, get an account (free, easy, fast), then
click on the Follow button under my picture of Radar.
http://twitter.com/drbert
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PS - Now for the new Legal Stuff I have to display:

Required by the FTC as of Dec. 1, 2009:
Disclaimer: This email newsletter may contain
affiliate links that may provide compensation to
our shelter if a purchase is made. (We haven't made
much yet, but every little bit helps. We got all of $5 this
past month!)