Hi, Cat Lover!

How is your summer going so far? Hopefully, not too hot,
either for you, or for your cat.

Today's subjects include:

Wrap up of my Chain Off experience a couple weeks ago...
Flea control...
Bathing a cat...
A smile for you...
Federal requirement for declawing cats in public housing...

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CHAIN-OFF 2007
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As you may remember, I participated in the national event,
Chain Off 2007, on July 10. It was a hot, quiet day, and a
few folks came by to see what I was up to. Our local newspaper
did a story and I ended up on the front page the next day.

You can read about it the event here:

http://www.dogsdeservebetter.com/chainoff2007wrap.html

(I'm listed under Nebraska.)

A sad side note:

Just 12 days after the event in Atlanta, Georgia, a 5-year-
old girl was killed by a neighbor's dog... that was on a chain.
She wandered into the yard, got too close to one of 3 large
dogs chained there. Considered a freak accident, no doubt
the dog will be blamed and put down, without considering that
chaining dogs can drive them crazy.

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TIP OF THE MONTH
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Now that we are in the middle of summer here in the northern
hemisphere, warm weather can be a problem... not only because
it's uncomfortable to be hot, but because insects flourish in
it... especially if there is a higher level of humidity, too.

Let's talk about fleas, for example.

Many pet owners nowadays are interested in natural methods
and non-toxic products. There are several companies online
that cater to pet owners who wish to protect their furry kids
from poisonous substances. One of my favorites is Only Natural
Pet. They have something for just about everything. Go here:

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/?click=15867

From this main page, just enter "flea control" into the search
box at the top of the page and you will see a list of 22 products
for this problem.

Then, once you are on the flea control page, click on the
article called "The Natural Approach to Flea Control," located
at the top, just under the title, "Natural Flea Control."

A very thorough, thoughtful and educational article!

And if you have to give your cat a bath, read on:

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WEB SITES
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http://ezinearticles.com/?id=647972 (bathing a cat)

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A SMILE FOR YOU ;-)
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http://www.theproblemcat.com/catbath.html (funny pictures)

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OBSCURE NEWS
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The cats have one friend in Washington, at least.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D - OH) has introduced some language
into a bill in Congress that would remove the requirement
to declaw cats kept as pets in public housing projects
under the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

She has already been criticized by other Congressmembers
for wasting time and effort on something so "unimportant."

If someone has the time to search on this, let me know
which bill this is... It has something to do with govern-
ment funding of HUD. I just don't have time to look for it
right now... a reader sent me a news clipping, but it does
not say what bill it is.

(Thanks, Virginia! We'll see what we can find out.)

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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 site. Or, anonymous is OK, too. It's
up to you.)

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