Here's what's in this issue:
Charlie the cat, lost in Chicago, goes home...
Kitten rescued from a pipe...
Kitten saves family from gas leak...
Adopting cats with FIV...
Cat food news...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...


Charlie the cat ended up in Chicago a couple weeks ago,
but his owner has no idea how he got there. After all, they
live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Nevertheless, a local businessman heard about Charlie's
predicament and offered to bring him back on his next
business trip.


A cat was rescued from a pipe at a high school in
Ocoee, Florida last week by firefighters, who found it by
using a camera suspended on a string. They said if that
hadn't worked, they would have had to cut into the building
to remove the poor thing. It's being monitored at the local
animal control facility to be sure it's healthy before they
allow it to be adopted.



From the "Amazing Pet Stories" department:
On Saturday, April 10, the Great Falls (Montana) Animal Foundation
held its annual Fur Ball. Honored at this festive occasion by
winning the Purple Paw award was this very special, two and
a half year old kitty named Schnautzie.

Schnautzie saved her family from being overcome by a gas
leak in their home, by sitting on her owner's chest and tapping
her on the nose until she woke up. Full story....


Should cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency viral disease) be
killed? The virus is similar to HIV in humans, who may get AIDS
from it. Thus, FIV is sometimes referred to as "Kitty AIDS," though
that's not an accurate assumption in cats.

The issue is not whether it's like AIDS or not, but whether
these cats can live normal lives. And the answer is yes... however,
they must be isolated from cats that are not infected. The infection
potential is not great, but it's certainly possible.

The bottom line is, they CAN live normal, happy lives. Here is a
good article on the subject:



This might be fun. Click this link and you can read the entire
magazine, Petfood Industry, April edition. Just follow the navigation
buttons along the top.


Vets support canned petfood over raw diet
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Despite the popularity of raw petfood diets, many vets are not
comfortable recommending a raw food diet to their clients,
according to NY Daily News.

Veterinarian Philip Raclyn's concerns about raw diets include
the risk of contamination from Salmonella, E. coli and other
bacteria, not to mention potential dietary imbalances and internal
injuries from sharp bones.



Dr. Edward Moser shares pet nutrition advice
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wellness Natural Pet Food’s veterinary nutritionist Dr. Edward
Moser shared his advice for finding a proper diet for a dog or
cat in honor of National Nutrition Month.

Dr. Moser counseled owners to carefully consider what’s in
their pets’ food bowls, making sure the food is nutritionally
balanced and every ingredient has a purpose. He recommended
feeding petfood made with natural ingredients that owners can identify.


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

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

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


How to report a petfood complaint...


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.

WEB SITES to explore

With warmer weather coming soon, fleas will be more
active, too, depending on where you live. Fleas don't die
during the winter's cold months, but they are less active.
Also, most cats don't like to play outside in the cold, either,
so their exposure during the winter is less, unless there
are fleas inside the house.
Here is a good book that explains flea facts and how to
handle them:
Flea Control Secrets

Pet Poison Helpline

Again, with warmer weather around the corner, many people
are looking at starting gardens. Be sure to consider using
pet-safe gardening methods, even if you don't have pets.
Neighborhood cats don't understand what fences are and
may decide to explore yards they don't belong in. If you are
worried about your cat visiting other yards where they might
be exposed to toxic chemicals, you have two choices:
- share this information with your neighbors, or,
- keep your kitty inside. It's the safest place for them anyway.

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

(How to move when you have pets)

(Because every cat deserves to be comfortable!)

(Information about getting pet insurance)


We know that kittens begin dreaming around 1 week,
but we have no idea what they dream about. And they
won't say, either!

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

Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
It shows a very cute kitten going through some paces with
his owner.


If you want to see more videos, go to my blog:
and then go clear to the bottom of the page, where I have
a "Video Bar" with several cat videos that change out every
so often. So there is always a fresh one there in case
you need a cat video fix and can't wait for the next Kitty Times!


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


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