The Kitty Times
Monitor the latest recalls:
Shelter feed links:
(It's in French, but you can tell where to click to help the animals.)
If you have a new cat or kittens, you may have some questions about how to care for them. Feel free to send in your questions through the email address below and I'll be sure to include an answer here (if I can). If you're having an emergency, please contact someone near you, such as your vet, in case you need to take the animal in to the office. I am not a vet.

This month's tip:
"Meow means woof in cat." (George Carlin)

Funny quote, but it's important to differentiate how cats and dogs vocalize. The difference isn't just the sound, although some cats have been known to imitate barking if they spend a lot of time with a dog in the home.
In general, unless you have a cat known for being vocal, such as the Siamese, most cats don't say much. In the wild (whatever that is nowadays) they don't "speak" to each other, opting for body
language and scents to communicate. Oh, they may growl, hiss or whine when disturbed, but kitty pals tend to
share their space silently.
Therefore, it's important for their person to pay attention to them when they do "speak." Since most cats learn that humans like to hear something, they will make the effort to get your attention with various sounds. Since they learn what works on you, it's helpful if you reciprocate and learn what their different sounds mean so you can meet their needs.

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Every month, I get a number of emails from people requesting information and help regarding their cats. I'm happy to help as I can, but please understand that I am not equipped to run a "hotline" where you can get your questions answered instantly. I work alone, caring for many cats, and some days I am not able to get online at all. If you have an emergency, obviously you will have to rely on a professional, such as your veterinarian or a behaviorist. There are websites that offer these services, too, and they may charge a fee to do so. I don't mind answering some questions for free, but I can't promise I will always be available at the moment you need help or that I will have the answer you need.
June 7, 2016
Holidays and Observances This Month
For the month:

National Pet Preparedness Month. Timed for the first month of hurricane season, people with pets are urged to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster, such as making plans for what you would do with your cat in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month or just Adopt-a-Cat Month

National Microchipping Month

For the week:

Pet Appreciation Week - June 5-11, 2016 (First Full Week in June)

Take Your Pet to Work Week: (Week 3)

Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.

For the day:

June 4 Hug Your Cat Day

June 11 - Just One Day:  shelters pledge not to euthanize any animal for 24 hours.

World Pet Memorial Day: June 12  (second Sun. in June)
Helping Cats Find Homes
3 Awesome Programs That are Helping Unadoptable Cats Thrive by Giving Them Jobs!
Surprise! ?

Cat with permanently surprised look defies odds to live.
Is it a Cat or a Werewolf?
Rare 'werewolf' cat found in South Africa
Remember this? I posted this a month or so ago, but I had to wait for some mosquitoes to show up to test it. Well, here they are, and here are my results:
It doesn't work.
If you've tried it and it did work, let me know.
Maybe I used the wrong brand of beer. ;-)
Here is another remedy to try:
Health Issues
Cognitive Dysfunction in Cats
A 6-minute plan to rid clothes of ticks
Want Safer Cat Food?

Traveling This Summer?
Guide to Pet-Friendly Parks
US State Parks That Allow Pets – Your Guide to Pet Friendly Cabins, Campgrounds, Beaches, and More:

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