Hello Cat Lover!

I thought I sent this out yesterday, but I can't find
the confirmation email that it made it, so here it goes
again. Sorry if this is a repeat.

Here's what's in this issue:

Gracey the cat wins $10,000...
Peony the cat will save lives by donating blood...
Cat food news...
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
How to help cats right now...


Well, it pays to enter photo contests with our kitties.
A cat named Gracey just won the Bissell 2010 Most
Valuable Pet title. The $10,000 prize will be donated
to the PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary in Tennessee, where
senior cats and others with special needs are cared for.
Gracey's owner in Ohio heard about the contest on
Story, with Gracey's photo: http://bit.ly/buhnTz
Peony the cat was abandoned in a cardboard box on the
steps of a Louisiana humane society, but she won't be
placed in a home yet... not this year, anyway. She fits
the needs of the Louisiana Veterinary Referral and Emergency
Center, who looks for cats suitable for life-saving blood donations.
Peony will provide blood for veterinary transfusions for a year,
then be returned to the humane society, where hopefully, she
WILL find a new home.
Story, with Peony's photo: http://bit.ly/clsvv1

PetSmart(R) will expand its selection of natural pet foods
with the addition of Wellness(R) brand pet food and snacks
available in stores and online at www.petsmart.com,
beginning in the fall of 2010. Soon to be the newest specialty
pet food line for PetSmart, Wellness is made with only the
finest natural ingredients, including lean meats, whole grains,
fruits and vegetables, in wet and dry recipes for dogs and cats.
Story: http://bit.ly/aSbmty
Free Cat Nutrition Report

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.

STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)
Dr. Jones Feline supplements http://bit.ly/asJmXY



WEB SITES to explore
In case you missed, or didn't get a chance to see it,
this video this might help if you have ticks in your
area. It demonstrates how to remove ticks correctly:

Flea Control Secrets http://bit.ly/daZr9h

Tips for keeping your cat flea-free:
1. Maintain good health. Fleas thrive on less healthy hosts.
2. Shampoo weekly with a safe flea shampoo. Ask your vet.
3. Vacuum often, especially where your cat sleeps.
4. Use herbs. Fleas do not like Pennyroyal, or Catnip.
5. Dust your cat, and sleeping areas, with diatomaceous earth,
also known as Chinchilla Dust. Just be sure to get the safe kind.
Again, ask your vet how to know which is which.

ASPCA Guide to Pet-Safe Gardening

(How to move when you have pets)

"Malia" is a common name for a female cat in Hawaii.
It means "Mary" or "pretty girl."

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Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
This cat opens doors!

Sadly, things have gotten so bad for cats that they are being
euthanized on the spot at most shelters now. No more 3-day
waiting periods, for example.

People are surrendering, or abandoning, cats at such a high
rate that all shelters are overloaded. They've been overcrowded
for years, but at least adoptions kept things rotating, so to speak.
No more.

Now, adoptions are at an all-time low. A lot is due to the economy,
of course, as an unprecedented number of people are losing their
homes to foreclosure, their jobs, and other problems. This means
that pets are being given up, too.

With no room at shelters, there is no choice but to euthanize them
the same day they come in.

How can you help?
1. Be sure your own pets are spayed and neutered. Obviously,
no more animals are needed right now.
2. Help a less fortunate neighbor get one spayed/neutered. If
everyone helped just one pet, it would make a huge impact.
3. Call a local shelter and ask what they need. It's usually
money, of course, as the expenses of running a shelter are
overwhelming. Believe me, I know. I had to close mine to the
public. Now it's all I can do to support the cats I have left (45).
4. Don't ignore stray cats in your neighborhood. Some towns
won't let you feed them, but starvation is a horrible death.
Call animal control and find out what they can do for them,
or ask for advice. Be prepared for frustration, and if possible, you
may want to try to be "resourceful."
5. If at all possible, consider adding one more cat to your family.
6. Be sure your cat(s) can be identified... by wearing a collar
and ID tag. Otherwise, getting lost will mean getting put down.

Related stories:


Here is a site that 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.


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