Flurbiprofen, one of many non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), is used to treat and relieve the symptoms of arthritis and muscle pain, but even small amounts of the drug can be fatal to feline friends. Most troubling, however, is not that owners carelessly left out their medicine and the cats got into it, or that it was applied directly to the cats, but that trace amounts people applied to themselves then came into contact with their pets and proved deadly.
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, as a rule, in sharp contrast to some of the large national groups, whose donation income goes toward large administrative salaries and other expenses, not always for animals. But to be sure, be prepared to check out the shelter. Not all of them are as honorable as they proclaim.
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Pet Holidays in May
National Pet Month (US)
Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
Chip Your Pet Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month
May 3-9, 2015: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week
It's also National Pet Week.
May 3rd: National Disabled Pets Day
May 14th: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May 30th: International Hug Your Cat Day
HOW TO HELP CATS
Kitten Season is killing season at most local animal shelters. Many kittens are killed every spring in shelters because many well-meaning people find little ones outdoors and think they are helping by taking them to their local shelter, where they are instead killed.
Most shelters don't have programs in place to give kittens the extra care they need to be socialized to humans.
Here's some information to help with the problem:
Good News Dept.
Called the The Purrfect Cup Cafe and Cat Room, the latest cat cafe is planning to open in Rhode Island in 2016. Inspired by the cat cafes found around Korea and Japan, the two people behind the project are looking to raise the money through "crowdfunding" with a campaign on Indiegogo.com.
They said their goal is to provide a "safe and happy space for cats and cat lovers" to hang out in. They plan to rescue between 10 to 20 cats from local shelters and hope to provide them with a "forever home" in the cafe.
They are trying to raise $25,000 to put towards purchasing coffee equipment, adopting cats, and renovating a space. So far, they've managed to raise $1,305 and there are 51 days left on the campaign. There is a video about the cafe at this link:
How to donate: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-purrfect-cup-cat-cafe
Flame retardants could contribute to hyperthyroidism in older cats -- ScienceDaily
For years, health advocates have been pushing to ban some flame retardants for their potentially harmful effects, especially on young children and infants. Now scientists report these compounds could play a role in a common health problem for one of our most beloved pets: cats. A new study found that cats with hyperthyroidism had high levels of certain flame retardants, hinting at a possible link.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150422121907.htm
High-pitched sounds cause seizures in old cats: Certain breeds more susceptible -- ScienceDaily
Sharp high-pitched sounds have been found to cause seizures in older cats. The most commonly reported triggers were the sound of crinkling tin foil, a metal spoon clanging in a ceramic feeding bowl, chinking or tapping of glass, crinkling of paper or plastic bags, tapping on a computer keyboard or clicking of a mouse, clinking of coins or keys, hammering of a nail and even the clicking of an owner's tongue.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150427163638.htm
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I finally figured out how to make T-shirts for sale on the internet! This is my first effort. This one is on sale until May 13 at the reduced rate of $17. Of course, my shelter only gets a portion of that, but we need all the help we can get with the costs of caring for many mouths to feed. (Thank you!)
Funny videos department
Parrot annoys the cat.....