Petfood News
Petco stops selling China-made pet treats!
Pet obesity is on the rise, 4th straight year!
VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) attributes this to table scraps and excessive treats. (Not sure I can agree with all of it, as certain table scraps are better than some commercial petfoods!)
Do you know what's in your pet's food?  The FDA just issued a warning to Purina:
Thanks again to Maggie for sharing this important information.
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As always, be sure to check with your local shelter(s) to see what they need. It's the surest way to ensure your generosity benefits the animals and not the million-dollar-a-year CEO of a large national organization.

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Visit these sites to donate food to shelter cats. Choose one or all 3 links at the top of the page to donate cat food, dog food and/or kitty litter.
And now for a bit of humor
Well, a lot of humor. I can't stop laughing at these!
These 27 cats are "better at photo bombing than you are!"
Our esteemed Assistant Editor of the Kitty Times, Andrea, left a comment at the site, too. Don't miss this: 
Don't forget, if it's cold where you live, this is good advice:
                     January 21, 2015
Good news! Your cat is not ignoring you!

If your cats seem aloof and not interested in what you're saying, relax. They're probably just playing it cool. It's part of their stoic demeanor, their DNA, their instinct for survival.

My cats, however, pay attention to me and clearly understand certain things. When a crowd of them gathers at a door to ask if they can enter the room I'm in, and I invite only one of them, that's the cat that comes in, even if he has to push through the crowd. The others hold back.

Most of them seem to know their names, too. When I call a specific cat, that's the one who comes to me.
If this seems improbable, it would be if I weren't so closely bonded to them. It's a result of paying attention to them, responding to their efforts to communicate and acknowledging them as individuals.
You can learn to do the same thing if you want this kind of relationship with your "fur-kits!" It's all in my first book, How to Make Your Cat Adore You, available at []
Hero cat saves abandoned baby from freezing to death in Russia

Dogs may get more attention in the news, but cats are quite capable of doing many of the same things. The fact that this cat took good care of the abandoned baby and even called out for help demonstrates they have feelings of compassion, too, just as some dogs do.

Thanks to Maggie and Jean for sending in this story (via different links).
Cat Cafes are catching on in the U.S.
At this New York cat café, you can drink coffee and commune with cats — as long as you have a reservation
Having Pets Benefits Children With Autism, Study Shows

"....[P]ets play an important role in individuals' social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home."

Are You a "Helicopter Parent" For Your Cat?

This style of parenting may not be the best strategy for raising human kids, but a recent study shows that a healthy measure of overprotectiveness could actually be advantageous when raising pets, and correlates being neurotic with better pet care.

And, as I often say, "It's not like our pets are going to grow up and leave home." Our kids do that, so it's important to teach them how to be or become independent. But our pets usually will always be with the end. It's appropriate, then, to be super attentive.  (C)2015