Hello Cat Lover!

In this issue:

Weird Cat Laws...
Another petfood recall...
Web Sites to explore...
Animal "CSI's"...
Some neat web sites and humor...

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NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
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Strange laws and ordinances in different areas have always
fascinated me, so I couldn't resist sharing these weird cat
laws with you:

All black cats must wear bells on Friday the 13th in French Lick
Springs, Indiana.

Joint custody of a family pet, including cats, is not allowed when a
couple divorces in Madison, Wisconsin. The feline is legally awarded
to whomever happens to have possession of it at the time of the initial
separation.

Cats in International Falls, Minnesota are not allowed to chase dogs
up telephone poles.

Fights between cats and dogs are prohibited by statute in Barber,
North Carolina.

Pet cats may not run loose without a taillight in Sterling, Colorado.

Ventura County, California cats are not allowed to mate without
a permit.

Cats living in Cresskill, New Jersey must wear three bells to warn
birds of their whereabouts.

Duluth, Minnesota felines may not sleep in a bakery.

California bans cats from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern,
school, or place of worship.

In Zion, Illinois, it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to cats.

Cats may not yowl after 9 pm in Columbus, Georgia.

In Topeka, Kansas, you may not own more than five cats at a time.
In Shorewood, Wisconsin, however, no more than two cats can be
owned by the same family.

You may not keep a pet cat and a pet bird on the same premises
in Reed City, Michigan.

Dogcatchers in Virginia are prohibited from bothering cats while
looking for dogs.

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As we all know, keeping a litter box usually entails some odors
at some point, no matter how diligently we keep the thing clean.

SmartScoop Odor Control Litter Box Spray may help. It has natural
enzymes that the company says break down those bad smells.
You can spray it in a clean litter box, where it remains dormant
until the cat uses the sand. It even has a touch of catnip in it to
attract the cat, unlike some citrus sprays that sometimes act as
a repellent for most cats.

It costs about $6.99 at most pet stores or at smartscoop.com
under "Products." I haven't tried it yet, so if you plan to, or know about
it already, let me know if it works as well as the company says
it does.

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PET FOOD NEWS
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Yet another petfood recall... If you did not get the urgent
email I sent out last week, you can read about it here:

http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/marspetcare09_08.html

If you want some good advice and information about how to
feed your pets with healthy and safe foods, my favorite resource
is Dr. Andrew Jones, a wholistic veterinarian in Canada. I've
referred you to him before, so I'll mention this link to his site
in here again: http://tinyurl.com/y98rup

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WEB SITES to explore
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Take the Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty:
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_home

There is no charge for this pledge. You will be sent to a second
page on their web site to download your "badge," which you can
display on your web site or blog, if you have one. Here's mine:

http://www.everypetmatters.com

If you do not have a web site or blog, you can purchase a
patch from the ASPCA and attach it to an article of clothing, etc.

(Thanks to David for sending info about this web site.)

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Disaster Preparedness for your pets:

http://ccadrt.1hwy.com

Click on the link at the bottom right on that page to get your free
disaster guide. Share it with people you know who may be living
in a disaster-prone area so they can prepare.

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Pet CSI's?
Pets on TV helping to solve crimes:
The Animal Witness series currently airs on Wednesdays at
9PM E/P with half-hour documentaries that showcase amazing
stories of animals helping investigators and forensic scientists
solve high-stakes criminal cases. For more information on the
show and specific episodes, visit

http://animal.discovery.com/tv/animal-witness/index.html

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The largest collection of cat-related products I've seen in one place:

http://www.futurepet.com/cgi-bin/SEARCH.exe?BP=1&RCAT=200

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A SMILE FOR YOU ;-)
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http://home.att.net/~hideaway_today/t125/pet2.htm
Thanks for sharing this, Vicki!

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I changed the video on my web site, for your viewing
pleasure. Scroll to the bottom:

http://www.theproblemcat.com

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A cheery thanks goes out to Paul DeCeglie in Thailand
for his contribution of some cute cat jokes, which I'll put in
here one at a time until we run out of them! Paul is an
American writer based in Thailand and does a newspaper
column called Pattaya Today. He can be reached at
mrwritepdc @ yahoo.com.

Today's joke:

The cat could very well be man's best friend but would
never stoop to admitting it.
-- Doug Larson


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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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