Hi Cat Lover!

Here's what's in this issue:

Cat in Nebraska tests positive for the Plague...
Abandoned cat adopted by neighbors...
Naming cats has changed...
Belgium's plan to neuter all cats...
Cat food news...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
Take action to help animals...

A cat in Nebraska tested positive for the plague earlier
this month. But the veterinarian who found it said there
is nothing to worry about, and state health officials said
there is little risk of it spreading to humans.

Yes, it's the same disease as the Black Death of the
middle ages, but we have ways to handle it now. For one
thing, the cat is in the early stages and is easily treated
with antibiotics, and sanitation is the critical factor to prevent
it. People weren't so clean in the old days. (Some today,
too... or this kitty wouldn't have gotten sick.)

The cat is expected to make a full recovery.

Read more about it here:



This cat got left behind when his humans moved. But this
one got lucky when the neighbors decided to adopt him.



Goodbye Fluffy, Hello Millie, Daisy and Oscar.

A new pet-naming trend has been identified, as a result of a
study done by an insurance company in England, finding that
owners are giving their pets names usually reserved for children.
It coincides with the current trend of humanizing our pets.

Here's the full story:


Personally, I think this is a good thing. First, it indicates
that people care more about their pets now, and second,
it helps people to maintain good feelings about their pets.
I wrote an article on that, here:



Wow, Belgium is the first country I've heard of to attempt a logical
approach to the overpopulation problem.

They hope to begin a program in 2011 to sterilize all cats by
2016. They will begin in shelters and pet shops, then breeders,
and finally, all cats in homes will be required to be sterilized.
They will be entered into a national registry to track them.

However, pedigreed cats will be exempt from the requirement.

[Note: Neutering is the generic term for sterilization and isn't limited
to altering males. Technically, spaying is neutering, too.]

So far, the biggest difficulty to actually implementing this
program is funding. There is no indication that the government
will be involved.


It's an ambitious plan, but so far, just a plan.


How to report a petfood complaint:



Keeping up with recalls:

1. www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls/default.asp

2. www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls


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.

WEB SITES to explore
Video on pets choking



(How to move when you have pets)

(Because every cat deserves to be comfortable!)

(Information about getting pet insurance)


Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
It's a new Simon's Cat video!

This site provides up to date information on abuse situations:
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.
The following links are to sites of a more general nature and
involve action steps we can take, such as signing petitions, or
donating to a local shelter, etc. even when there is no immediate
emergency occurring.
5 quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW! http://bit.ly/1YfBeo

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cats? Send them in and I'll put them here in
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if you have one, and I'll give you a "plug" for
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