Hello Cat Lover!



Here's what's in this issue:

Cats in the news...
Kitten survives trans-Pacific journey!
So-called humane society in Georgia...
Cat food news...
My search for the right food...
Recalls...
Shelter feed links...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...a new video on my web page!
Take action...

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CATS IN THE NEWS
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A 3-month-old kitten survived a journey across
the Pacific, traveling from Shanghai, China, to
Los Angeles, without food or water while locked
in a freight container on a ship. Here's the story:

http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-kitten-stows-away-la-bound-freighter-001237231.html

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So-called "humane society" in Georgia promises
they are no-kill, then euthanizes dogs and cats
anyway, often the same day they came in! This
story is totally heartbreaking. All those healthy
dogs and cats...killed, just for the money.

http://bit.ly/Pklyz4

You may have to type that URL yourself. Also, I hope
you have better luck with the video. I can't get it play
on my computer.

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CAT FOOD NEWS
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We've been through some agonizing times here at
my shelter, trying to find the right food. Since
Taste of the Wild ended up on a recall, we had to
abandon it for a while, and we had just gotten used
to it!

We used Evanger's next, but it wasn't popular, and then
we learned the company was in trouble with the FDA for
ingredient dishonesty. So we quit them, too.

Meanwhile, we ran out of food and I was forced to go
back to the Purina for a few days while we regrouped.

Then I found a company called Pugzbrand and ordered some
Meow Organic, but that turned out badly, too. First,
the company is very small and could not supply the
amount we needed, though they tried, and in fact, I'm
still waiting for the rest of the shipment to arrive.
I get the feeling they're still processing it and just
sending it out as they bag it.

But the worst problem is, none of the cats here likes it!
It's weird stuff, I have to say. If you try them out, be
sure to get only a small bag and test it on your pets.
I wish I had done that.

So then I ordered one bag each of these brands:
Avoderm, Felidae, Earthborn and NutriSource. We're in
the middle of testing those now.

I'm leaning toward NutriSource, thanks to a letter from
carol, who reports great success with it. Apparently, it
has not been on any recalls, so that's good. It's not
out the roof expensive, either, so we can afford to buy
it in bulk.

Here is where you can get my latest Petfood Report
and read Carol's letter, too:

ww.theproblemcat.com/misc/PetFoodReport-July2012.pdf

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Here's an affordable dry catfood your kitty
might like. It's organic and the shipping is
free. However, the big disclaimer is that this
deal only applies to people living in the U.S.
in either Virginia or North Carolina. I almost
feel guilty for bringing it up, because most of
us won't be able to get this. But if you live
in that area, this may be for you.

http://www.thepetway.com/ComparePage.htm

To see if your kitties like it, request a sample:

http://godfreydesign.wufoo.com/forms/sample-request/

Just remember, you have to live in Virginia or No. Carolina.

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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
(This site is current as of May, 2012. It will not be updated
until August, 2012, as they are redesigning their website.)

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

3. http://diamondpetrecall.com/

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

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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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Here's a collection of links about petfood
companies from the Petfood Industry site:

http://emailactivity.ecn5.com/engines/publicPreview.aspx?blastID=578996&emailID=89915953/

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WEB SITES to explore
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Just heard from Olga, who found a harness at the site
I recommended in the June issue.

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

She reports that her cat, Clyde, is very comfortable
wearing it and now enjoys his walks!
Thanks for the update, Olga!

And thanks to Amy for finding this site in the first place!

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Here's a neat site with some great products for
anyone who's traveling with their pets this summer:

http://www.dryfur.com/affiliates/a-35

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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. Watch Simon's cat in "Beyond the Fence:"

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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