Hi Cat Lover!
Here's what's in this issue:
I Can Has Cheezburger?
Cats more allergenic with dark fur?
Cat food news...
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
I Can Has Cheezburger (From my "I Wish I Had Thought
of That" Department):
Just about anyone who has spent any time on the
Internet has seen these funny cat photos.
It all started out as a fun little blog three years ago,
run by two guys in Hawaii. It caught the attention of
a smart businessman, who bought them out. He now
has a huge Internet empire of 53 sites that provide a
variety of humor on many topics, all fed by pictures
submitted by the public.
Here's the whole story:
Myth or Fact? Cats with dark fur cause more allergies
than cats with light color coats.
So far, this has not yet been settled. One study says yes,
another says no... but one thing they both found is that
female cats produce less allergens than males.
They also found that cats are the most likely pet to cause
allergies. But all is not lost. It can be handled with medication,
or by minimal contact, and bathing the cat more often.
Apartment living can be a challenge for some cat owners,
and more so for their cats, if they ache to get outside.
In response to some cats' need to be outdoors more, a lot
of people are creating protected outdoor spaces, called "catios."
Heck, I live on a farm, and while some of these cats are outside
more than inside, some of them are disabled kitties and not allowed
out. For them, there are window and door cages. They're not
exactly catios, but they do provide some outside exposure without
Also see below, under Stuff For Cats, for more info on enclosures.
Email Note: I have been having more and more trouble
with my email provider at catlover.com. It appears they have
been taken over by AOL, a company notorious for messing
things up. Therefore, I am changing my email contact in
this newsletter to Catsgalore4 @ hotmail.com. I've put
it at the bottom of this newsletter, too, and it will always
be there if you need to get hold of me.
If you forget and use the old address, don't worry. I won't
cancel it just yet. I just may not see your message right
away... but then, what else is new? It gets real busy around
CAT FOOD NEWS
Got a Fat Cat that needs to lose weight?
Here's a relatively new company with a new feeding plan:
Their SimplyFit line of easy-to-digest foods is sold in a
weight management protocol, similar to popular human
weight loss systems using points. You can get free online
meal planners, weight and fitness trackers and scoring tests
at their website, along with counseling if you need it.
You can also call them at 1-888-400-6856.
Well, finally... someone got a brain... or a heart. The Landfill
Diversions Program in Portland, Oregon struck a deal with
three local Walmarts there and they now provide discarded
meat to local rescues, shelters and pet owners who want to
The food is distributed through the Northwest Working Dogs
Everywhere else this food continues to be thrown away, to the
tune of billions of pounds of outdated meat annually. Such a
The American Veterinary Medical Assoc. (AVMA) just posted
some FAQs on their website about the incident rate of
Salmonella contamination in dry pet food.
Here are two sites that provide the latest info on what's
(from the American Veterinary Medical Association -
a review of all the latest petfood recalls and alerts.)
(from the US Food and Drug Administration)
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, but it can only be done once per day.
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.
STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)
Safe outdoor play for cats and small dogs: Kritter Kondo Deluxe
Review and Giveaway (US & Canada):
WEB SITES to explore
List of FREE or low cost Spay/Neuter by State -
Video on pets choking
Flea Control Secrets http://bit.ly/daZr9h
Pet Poison Helpline
(How to move when you have pets)
A SMILE FOR YOU
Which direction is this cat spinning? If you concentrate, you
can mentally change the direction!
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Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
It shows 2 cats just aching to get outside to get closer to a squirrel!
TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
This is an article by a vet about pets who are victims
of abandonment, cruelty and neglect.
It is thought provoking and heartbreaking... we all need to keep
annoying our local authorities to do something, who
typically do nothing because the laws are so vague.
These sites provide up to date information on how to help animals:
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
A good resource for helping people decide what kinds of help best
fit their own abilities and interests.
Five quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW!
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