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Dear Cat Lover,

Here's what's in this issue:

Louisiana truck stop tiger...
Sumatran tigers at risk...
Postal Service to sell new tiger stamp in Sept.
Pet insurance statistics...
Play with your cat!
Cat food news...
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
Take action...


This month I found several articles about tigers, so this issue will
feature the following 3 articles about them....


This truck stop owner has until Dec. 14 to relinquish
Tony the Tiger from his 10-year caged life in Louisiana as a
tourist attraction. His destination is unknown at this time, but
rescue groups are working to find a large-cat sanctuary so
Tony can spend the rest of his life in comfort.
A state district court judge ruled the owner's permit may not
be renewed, but refused to revoke the current permit.



It's been estimated that only about 400 Sumatran tigers are left
in the wild, and even they could be in danger soon, if the forest
they live in is cleared for another paper mill. This video shows
some new cubs playing:


It would be a shame to end their lives just so humans can
build another factory.



Help generate funds to save tigers and their habitat. This
new stamp goes on sale in September in the U.S., but you can
see it and pre-order it here:


You can also use the "Send a Tiger ecard" link from that page!


Would you use pet insurance?

A growing number of pet owners lavish care on their dogs
and cats while tightening their belts in a tough economy, experts say.
They’re expected to spend $50 billion nationwide this year —
double that of a decade ago.

U.S. pet owners comprise nearly 73 million households, or 62
percent of the nation’s total. They will spend $43 million
this year for dog toys, $21 million for cat toys; $70 million
for dog treats, $41 million for cat treats; $73 million for dog
grooming and $34 million for cat grooming, according to the
American Pet Products Association’s pet owners’ survey.

Routine vet care averages $248 a year for dogs and $219 for cats.
But that doesn't count unexpected, and often very expensive,
medical costs.



Play with your cat!

Though some cat owners came to realize long
ago that engaging cats in activity was not only
amusing to watch but reduced kitty boredom and
3 a.m. mischief-making, "it's surprising how many
people don't realize how important this kind of
environmental enrichment is for all cats," says
renowned cat behavior consultant Pam Johnson-
Bennett, author of several cat books. "There's still
a very strong feeling among many people that cats
are no-maintenance."



Vote for Maine Coon Rescue and help them win monetary
prizes to help with sheltering:


East Texas Maine Coon Rescue
Simms, TX 75574


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.

STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)

MY FIVERR GIG: Thanks to everyone who bought my cat
photo pack. I keep looking for ways to pay for their food and
other needs.

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:

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

Pet Poison Helpline
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.

Send a talking cat E-card!
You choose what to say and this site either generates the
audio, or you can phone in your own voice.


This is quite a video. I don't want to spoil it for you,
so I won't say anything yet. If you can't get video, let
me know and I'll tell you what it's about. If you don't
"get it," also let me know, and maybe I can explain it!


-------- LATEST VIDEO -----------

Check out the video on my website, at the top of the page.

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

1. http://www.pet-abuse.org
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
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.

5. How you can help rescued animals - http://dld.bz/gbrM


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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