February 21, 2014
Hi Cat Lover!

Here's what's in this issue:

Cat news...
  Holly's 25th birthday party. You're invited!
  World Spay Day
  Catasaurus Rex!

Cat food news...    
  Click to give...  
  Curbing obesity in cats...
A smile for you...  
  Latest videos...

Take action...
  Donate to worthy causes, sign petitions, etc.


Holly is having a birthday party next month.
She's turning 25 this year! We are all amazed
and tickled at her accomplishment!

We rescued her 10 years ago when she was 15
already! No one expected her to live this long,
so she was never placed on the adoption list.
Besides, it's rare for anyone to be interested in
adopting older animals at shelters. Most of them
are simply put down to make room for new arrivals,
(but not at mine).

Come to Holly's special web page to see what she
has planned for the entire month of March:



February 25 is World Spay Day! The organization is
celebrating 20 years helping people get as many animals
spayed and neutered as possible, affordably. Check out
their web site for ways to help or become involved
in their mission. One thing anyone can do is to
sponsor a spay or neuter for someone in your town
who can't afford it.  Or, donate to your local shelter
to help them do "just one more."

Remember, this is an organization that helps all
over the world, so take a look and see how they
can help in your corner of the globe! (Yes, the world
is full of corners!)

There is a nice slide show of photos from all over
the world, too, showing some happy people and pets
who are now properly cared for.



'Catasaurus Rex,' A 21-lb Cat, Finds a Forever Home

This is one big cat! I have one that weighs 23 lbs, but
this guy is bigger by virtue of longer legs and body.
Mine is a Maine Coon and is just a little overweight...


You can see my big kitty, Mikey, here:


Click to give:




Is Your Cat Obese?

Smaller meals more times per day may curb obesity in cats,
according to an article at Science Daily.

"Just as with people, feline obesity is most often linked to
excessive food intake or not enough physical activity.
Attempts to cut back on calories alone often result in
failed weight loss or weight regain in both people and
their pets. So how do you encourage your cat to get
more exercise?"

This is not a new idea! But it's not working for most people
anymore than it is for our pets. Researchers are looking
for ways to make it practical.

“It all comes down to energy in and energy out. It’s very
simple on paper, but it’s not that easy in real life, especially
in a household where there is more than one pet. That can
be difficult, but I think these two strategies are very practical
ideas that people can use,” according to animal sciences researcher
Kelly Swanson at the University of Illinois.

His studies suggest that your cat's daily food intake be given
in smaller amounts but more often throughout the day and
providing more water. Remember, you're not increasing the
amount of food they eat...just dividing it up into more servings.

One way to increase their activity level, he said, is to set things
up so they are expecting the meal.

"If they know they are going to get fed, that’s when they are really
active, if they can anticipate it,” he said.



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Check out the video on my website, at the top of
the page: Cat dries her face on a towel! So cute!



How to help the animals:

1. Always remember to check with your local shelter
to see what they need. Your donation will go directly
to the animals, in sharp contrast to some of the large
national groups, whose donation income goes toward
large administrative salaries and other expenses - not
necessarily for animals. The only large group I donate
to is http://deltarescue.org. Be sure to visit the site. I
think you will be impressed.

2. Buy my books if you haven't yet. Sales are used to
help support all the cats here, and you can enjoy some
heartwarming stories, too! Thank you.


3. You might like to know about the "Protect Strays In
Olympic Host Cities" Take Action! campaign, sponsored
by The Animal Rescue Site. It appears to be mostly about
dogs, but we can let them know it should apply to cats, too.

Protect Strays In Olympic Host Cities - The Animal Rescue
Site.  Click this link:  http://po.st/jPZ0PL


Watch for your next issue of The Kitty Times in 2 weeks!

Pawhugs and nosetaps,

Roberta, the Cat Lady
mskitty @ theproblemcat.com

Thought for the day:

Never walk barefoot in a house that has cats.
~RJ Peters


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