Hello Cat Lover!

Here's what's in this issue:
~Survey results
~San Francisco is one of the top 10 cat-friendly cities...
~Passover for cats...
~New section on products for cats...
~Websites to explore...
~Smiles and videos...
~New section on animals in need...

Before I get into the meat of the newsletter, I'd like to share
the results of the survey from last month. Thanks to everyone
who participated in that! Your answers and comments are
truly appreciated and will be used to make changes to this

First, the good news is that the changes will be quite small.
This is a relief to me, as I wasn't sure if I would be able to
do anything very fancy or drastically different. So, thank you
for liking this newsletter just as it is. Most of the requested
"changes" were about information, not style. So, if I find any
neat pictures, I'll just do as I've always done... give you the
link to click on and see it at your convenience.

Here is a link to go see the full results of the survey and
some of the comments sent in. Since this was anonymous,
I have no names, unless someone emailed me on a specific
topic or idea.



The San Francisco SPCA celebrated the designation of the
City of San Francisco as one of the Top 10 Cat-Friendly
Cities in the nation by the recently formed CATalyst Council.


Here's something I never thought about before:
How do Jewish people handle feeding their cats during
Passover? It's against Rabbinical Law to even own certain ingredients,
known as chametz (leavened breads, for example), during the
holiday. So, just owning most common cat food products is
unacceptable, since they contain a lot of grains (part of chametz).

However, since cats are carnivores anyway, this could be a
good opportunity to switch them to their natural diet... meat.

Here is a list of pet foods approved by the Chicago Rabbinical Council:

Passover for 2009 begins at sundown on April 8. The full article is here:
(Note: You don't have to be Jewish to use these high quality
foods for your cats.)

Help Feed Shelter Animals:

Go to this site and click on the purple box: 'fund food
for animals' for free. This doesn't cost you a thing.
Their corporate sponsors and advertisers use the number of
daily visits to donate food to abandoned and neglected animals.

I think this is one of the very few websites of this nature that's
not a scam or a hoax.


In this section I will mention anything new I find that might be
helpful for you and your cat, or is just really interesting or fun.
If you find something, feel free to send it in and I'll share it
with everyone here. I haven't had time to find anything for
this issue, but I'll have something for next time.

WEB SITES to explore

Brand new article here, on Planning For Your Pets:
Thanks to Al, who wrote this one especially for all of us!
Great job on this important subject, too!

A very special, brand new web site from my friend,
Dr. Kary Fournier, a retired holistic vet in Canada:
If you're looking for a daily dose of humor, this is it!
Sign up for her Morning Greetings.

(I just added another page of cats to look at. Click on
About, then Cats Page 2)

(How to move when you have pets)

(Because every cat deserves to be comfortable!)
I'm in the middle of updating this site, as I've had it a long time,
and now many of the links are old and don't work anymore.
Some of the companies have gone out of business, for one

(Information about getting pet insurance)


Last month I made a cat bed from a computer monitor.
This month, I learned how to fold a bowl for a quick, or
emergency container for food or water. This could be
helpful if you hike or travel with pets and space is a
problem. This bowl packs flat! Or, you can make one
in no time from a sheet of paper, cardboard or plastic.
I can't tell you how many times this would have come
in handy when I was rescuing stray cats every day...


How to say "cat" in many other languages.

Be sure to click on some of the links on the right side of
the page, especially the one about cats' eyes, and the
one about cats' tongues. Some really interesting close-ups!

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

Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
A "slinky" cat: http://www.theproblemcat.com

(It's about 30 seconds long, with music. It shows a cat sliding
down the stairs... obviously a game she enjoys. I think
she looks more like a limp dishrag than a slinky. But it's
very cute!)


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!

This section may contain stories that are potentially disturbing,
as they may be about abuse or other sad situations. They are presented
only if there is some action we can take, such as signing a petition.
No stories will be shown that are sad with no way to do something.
If you do not wish to read about these, do not click on the links.

Do you have any interesting stories to share about your
cats? Send them in and I'll put them here in
this newsletter. (Include your name and website
if you have one, and I'll give you a "plug" for
your website. Or, anonymous is OK, too. It's
up to you.)


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