Hi Cat Lover!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. All the
cats and dogs had a warm and cozy holiday here, too.

Here's what's in this issue:

British cat rides the bus...
Faulty lab work almost killed this cat...
Cat food news...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...a new video on my web page!
Take action...


A cat named Artful Dodger enjoys riding the bus!
At 15, he's a cool kitty and is well mannered,
knows his routes, and is looked after by those who
also ride the bus, along with the drivers who look
out for him as well.

However, as one commenter posted on the page, I, too,
am "torn in many directions" with this story. It's
cool to see such a great cat enjoying such freedom,
but it's also quite risky, allowing him to roam like that.



Faulty Lab Work Nearly Killed This Cat!
But getting a second opinion saved her life.
This story has a valuable lesson: Don't let
only one vet scare you with a dire diagnosis.
They aren't always right! This cat was a rescued
stray with a very sweet personality, but the vet
pronounced her as infected with Feline Leukemia
and demanded that she be put down immediately.
But there are many false positives with the "pop"
test that was done. After a better test, at another
vet's office, she was found completely healthy.
She now lives inside the house, where she belongs,
and adored, as she deserves.



The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently
began taking petfood samples from stores to be
tested for salmonella, since many of the recent
petfood recalls have been for that disease.

Their biggest concern is that people can become
infected from simply handling the food and not
because they would eat it.

If you want to keep up with the recalls, here are
two sites to watch:

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

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


For information about the future of raw feeding:



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, but it can only be done once per day.



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.

NOTICE: Here's a new site to click on to help feed the


Thanks to Lara for finding this one!

WEB SITES to explore

Here again are some neat ideas to help the street kitties:


Visit this link to see examples of other shelters
they built:


Thanks to Judy, who sent this last month and I forgot
to say so!


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

Check out the video on my website, at the top of
the page. This time it's Maru, the Box Jumping Cat!


How to help animals:

1. http://www.hipaws.com/help.html
Help feed the ones that never got adopted.

2. Always remember to check with your local shelter
to see what they need. Your donation will go directly
to the animals, in sharp contrast to some of the large
national groups, whose donation income goes toward
large administrative salaries and other expenses, not
necessarily for animals.


Watch for your next issue of The Kitty Times in 2 weeks!

Purrs and nosetaps,

Roberta, the Cat Lady
mskitty @ theproblemcat.com

May all who are lost, be found. May all who are ill,
be well. May all in harm's way, be saved. May all
without homes, be loved.
~~Author Unknown


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