Hi Cat Lover!

Here's what's in this issue:
Cheetah cubs born at Smithsonian...
Woman rescues kitten found in trash...
Study reveals different lives of pets vs. ferals
Cat food news...Iams recall
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
Take action...

10 Jun 2011
Five cheetah cubs were born May 28 at the Smithsonian
Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. This
litter is particularly significant to the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan for cheetahs because
cheetah births in zoos across the country have dwindled.
The SSP matches animals across the country to ensure
genetic diversity in the population. This is the only litter
of cheetahs born this year in a North American zoo.



Woman rescues kitten from the trash while jogging.



A recent study shows interesting and useful information
about the daily activities of pet cats vs. feral and stray
cats. In summary, they found that pet cats, even strays
that used to be pets, have smaller territories and are
active only 3% of the time. Ferals, on the other hand,
have larger territories and hunt more, being very active
14% of the time. The conclusion is that spaying and
neutering significantly reduces the impact on an environment,
as long as the altered ferals are also "managed," that is,
fed and cared for medically as needed. Just killing them
is not the answer, because more move into the area and
the killing would never end. Where do the new ones come
from? Most often, from owners abandoning pets when they
lose interest in them.


Latest cat food recall: Iams, salmonella warning.
Procter & Gamble has announced a recall of two lots
of Iams' Veterinary Formulas, Feline Renal, a prescription
dry cat food. The lot numbers are 01384174B4 and
01384174B2. Anyone who has this food should stop
using it immediately. No cases of salmonella have been
reported, but that does not mean there have been no cases.


http://bit.ly/4E9bZj (How to report a petfood complaint)

Here are two sites that provide the latest info on what's
being recalled:

1. http://www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls/default.asp
(from the American Veterinary Medical Association -
a review of all the latest petfood recalls and alerts.)

2. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls
(from the US Food and Drug Administration)

And this site alerts people to what the petfood companies
won't tell us:



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://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.


Here's another site that awards monetary grants to
shelters according to votes from website visitors:


Enter the zip code of your favorite shelter.
My vote has gone to East Texas Maine Coon Rescue
They are at Simms, TX 75574

STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)

100 photos of cats for 5 bucks

http://bit.ly/fvz5d7 Latest video on pet food and nutrition.

http://www.theproblemcat.com/3ways2order.html (My book)
http://www.theproblemcat.com/letsmove/ How to Move With Pets
http://bit.ly/daZr9h - Flea Control Secrets


WEB SITES to explore

Helpful information if you're traveling with your pet:

Nationwide veterinarian directory:

Download the ebook, Senior Cat Care Guidelines

ASPCA Guide to Pet-Safe Gardening - Link to full page:

Pet Poison Helpline (Note, this is a new URL. The one
I've listed in previous issues is no longer online.)
Keep this information "on top," that is, don't bury
it in a notebook or on your computer. When (if) you
should need it, you don't want to waste time looking for it.

A SMILE FOR YOU (or several)

Remember Nora, the piano-playing cat? Well, an orchestra
conductor in Lithuania composed and performed a "catcerto"
for Nora:


(Thanks to Fritz for this one! See him at www.OwensStudios.com)


And here's a cat that barks like a dog, until he's been caught
in the act and goes back to meowing:


(Thanks to Bob for this!)

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Check out the latest video on my website:


These sites provide up to date information on how to help animals:

1. http://www.pet-abuse.org
If you're so inclined, this is a good resource to find petitions to
sign, letters to write, or other actions we can take to help pets in
abuse situations.

2. http://www.dosomething.org/whatsyourthing/Animal+Welfare
A good resource for helping people decide what kinds of help best
fit their own abilities and interests.

3. http://bit.ly/1YfBeo
Five quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW!

4. http://www.hipaws.com/help.html
Help feed the kitties that didn't get adopted. There is a secure
PayPal donation button at the bottom of the page.


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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