Hi Cat Lover,

Here's what's in this issue:
New delivery service...
New cat coming to our shelter...
Cat food news...
Going green with our pets...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...


New faces at our sanctuary:

We rescued a new cat here at HiPlains Animal Sanctuary,
but we are waiting for her arrival. Generally, we've only rescued
local animals, but a new group here has taken over, so since
we now have more room (out here on the farm), we decided to
accept another kitty in desperate need.

This cat absolutely had to get out of a high-kill shelter in
Georgia this month, or it would have meant curtains for a very
sweet kitty.

She's black, and black pets are usually the first to be
euthanized at pounds and shelters.

She is on her way here now, as she has hitch-hiked a
ride with our "resident truck driver," Ed.

Watch our web site for more about her soon:
She's not on that page just yet, but if you can wait until the
next newsletter, I'll give you the exact URL.

The Reportable Food Registry is now in place, as it recently
became law, in the wake of the petfood recalls in 2007.
Here is how to use it: http://bit.ly/b1Ist

According to PetFoodIndustry.com, Nutro Petfood has now
reintroduced their dry cat food after the recall in May, when
many cats became sick from a mistake in their formula that
resulted in an excess of potassium and zinc.

It's been reformulated and is now assured of being safe.
The company now has stricter guidelines and safety checks
in place, it was reported.

Australia has withdrawn their requirement to irradiate all
imported cat food. A study was conducted at the University
of Sydney and found an association between irradiation and
neurological damage in cats, according to the Sydney
Morning Herald. While cat food will no longer be irradiated,
it's still required for dog food.

Pet Obesity is a "growing" problem!

Royal Canin studies strategies for feline weight loss:

Considered one of the premium pet food companies, Royal
Canin has been studying diets and strategies to help obese
cats to lose weight.

They tested 3 different methods, feeding 3 groups either a high
fiber dry diet, pre-made packs of dry+moist, or a commercial food
that was simply measured for each meal to control portions.

They examined the cats at 4, 12 and 20 weeks to see if there
were any differences. The results were pretty much the same
for the cats using all 3 methods (they all lost weight), but the
OWNERS had different opinions. Almost all of them were
unhappy with the 3rd option and felt that their cats' appetites
were not satisfied with the commercial food.

(They didn't say, but I'll bet there was more barf and poop, too.
Ordinary commercial foods do NOT satisfy, as they are often
largely indigestible and "come up or go out" without providing
much nutrition to the cat. This causes them to eat more and
leads to unnatural weight gain.)



Help Feed Shelter Animals

Don't forget to visit these sites as often as you can
to 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.theanimalrescuesite.com/ (Just click to donate)

http://pets.care2.com/i?p=868775137 (click to donate)

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.

If you would like to "go green" for the planet but still keep your
kitties happy, here are some tips to help you do that:

1. Not all cats will embrace your suggestions, but if you go
slowly, you may be able to switch from that clumping litter
that clogs up landfills, to using shredded newspaper or wood
chips. (Check out Feline Pine or Feline News)

2. Look for toys made from recycled materials, or at least from
renewable resources, like wood. Be on the lookout for poor
quality, too, since pet toys are not required to pass the same
rigorous tests used on children's toys.

3. Look for companies on the Internet that sell "green" pet supplies.

4. Use stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls rather than
plastic, which have chemicals in them from the manufacturing
processes. Metal and ceramic bowls last longer, too.

For more info: http://bit.ly/D7GUp


WEB SITES to explore
Flea Control Secrets

(How to move when you have pets)

(Because every cat deserves to be comfortable!)

(Information about getting pet insurance)

A very heartwarming story about a woman with multiple sclerosis
who found strength to go on with this little kitten who needed her:



Some cat trivia:

Saint Gertrude is known as the Patron Saint of Cats.

The Burmilla breed originated from crossing the Burmese and
the Chinchilla Persian.

"Beware of people who dislike cats" is an Irish proverb.

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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 listed that are sad with no way to handle it.
If you do not wish to read about these, do not click on the links.



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