Hi Cat Lover!
Here's what's in this issue:
Willow the cat found in New York...
Cat food news...
Cats have no sweet taste buds...
Premium petfood report...
How to donate to shelters...
Research on wet vs. dry...
Shape of kibble is important to cats...
Stuff for Cats and Cat Lovers...
Special from Dr. Jones...
Pain control for cats...
Web sites to explore...
Online symptom checker...
Poison Control Center...
A smile for you...
NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
You've probably heard of Willow, the cat that went
missing 5 years ago and then just turned up last week
in New York City. She was found wandering along a
busy street in NY (aren't they all?), was picked up by
animal control, scanned for a chip, and her owners found
....in Colorado. Everyone was stunned, especially her
owners. She was in excellent shape, so she obviously
was not living the life of a stray.
Reporters at a Denver news channel consulted with an
animal behaviorist to learn about the likelihood of her
taking a journey that far on her own. Turns out, it's not
likely for a cat to travel more than about 50 miles, and
then only to look for food. The obvious answer has to be
that someone took her. Later, a woman reportedly admitted
doing just that, claiming the owners had given her the cat.
(This info is not in the story here. I heard it on the live TV
coverage. But all of it is speculation. No one but Willow
knows what really happened.)
And here's another version:
Note that FreeKibble will donate 5,000 meals to the shelter
in NY for taking care of Willow and contacting her owners!
Use the link under Cat Food below to donate some kibble.
In my own experience with more than 1,000 cats, I've never
seen a cat successfully travel very far. I'm not saying it never
happens, but the best stories I've heard involve cats going
HOME, not leaving it.
My own cat, Hazel, did that, but we have no idea how far
she went. She was gone for 4 months and was in terrible
shape when she returned. We surmise that she may have
hitched a ride with a worker or hopped into a delivery
van and ended up some miles away at their next stop.
She obviously went through several layers of Hell to get
back home, where she passed on a few days later, too
weak to be revived. But she got here. She was happy
to be home.
Do you have a story of a cat that came back after a long absence?
CAT FOOD NEWS
Here's a bit of trivia: Cats have no sweet taste buds.
If you did not get my premium pet food report in the last issue,
or this is your first issue, here's that link again:
I'm in the process of switching my cats to a premium food, but it's
not something you can, or should, do overnight. We're making
progress, but some cats take longer than others to accept a new
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. And this week,
they are giving 5,000 meals to the shelter in NY for their
help with Willow and other homeless pets. See above.)
A recent study reported by the American Journal of Veterinary
Research shows that cats eating a wet food diet are more likely
to have normal body weight, as opposed to cats on a dry food
diet, who are more likely to overeat and become overweight, if
not downright obese.
And another study that really surprised me is this one:
AFB International, a research company, has found that the
shape of the kibble you feed your cat has just about everything
to do with how well they like it! Of the 4 most common shapes...
cross, cylinder, triangle or flat disc... the disc wins out every time.
STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)
Here's something you might be interested in if you need or
prefer to take care of your pets at home:
Dr. Jones, our favorite Internet vet, is releasing his BEST
EVER Dog and Cat Home Healing System - as a Digital
Version - for 85% off.
Until Midnight on Tuesday September 27, you can
get his Complete Pet Healing System, for only $97, normally
$688 for all the products he's including.
Here's where you can grab your copy: http://bit.ly/n7f9va
If you want only the book, just close the page and another one
will open automatically, with the information to get it at a much
http://bit.ly/daZr9h - Flea Control Secrets (Excellent book!)
Homeopathic Pain Control - http://bit.ly/n7Xci1
(We get no commission if you buy this. It's just a straight link
to the product page.)
Send a talking cat E-card!
You choose what to say and this site either generates the
audio, or you can phone in your own voice.
WEB SITES to explore
Is Your Cat Sick? —
Diagnose The Problem With "Symptom Checker"
Pet Poison Helpline http://www.pacc911.org/Poison_Control.html
Keep this information "on top," that is, don't bury
it in a notebook or on your computer. When or if you
should need it, you don't want to waste time looking for it.
A SMILE FOR YOU
Latest Video - This cat will get into any box, no matter how small!
Check it out on my website, at the top of the page.
TAKE ACTION TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
These sites provide up to date information on how to help animals:
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 pets in
A good resource for helping people decide what kinds of help best
fit their own abilities and interests.
Help feed the kitties that didn't get adopted. There is a secure
PayPal donation button at the bottom of the page.
Watch for your next issue of The Kitty Times in 2 weeks!
Purrs and nosetaps,
Roberta, the Cat Lady
mskitty @ theproblemcat.com
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