Feb. 7, 2014
Hi Cat Lover!

Here's what's in this issue:

Cat news...
  Advice for winter care...
  Kitten born with backward legs!
  Cat gives owner the plague...
Cat food news...    
  Click to give...  
  Homemade cat treats recipe...

Websites to explore...
  Keeping cats off the counters...
  Cat column...
  Crochet a cat bed...
  Name generator...
  Bathing a cat...serious! Not a joke...
A smile for you...  
  Latest videos...

Take action...
  Donate to worthy causes, sign petitions, etc.


Good advice to help your pets get through this terrible
winter we're having here in the U.S.


1. Best: bring them inside.
2. Good: provide a heated place for them if they
cannot come inside.
3. Minimum: Insulate a space for them so they can
stay dry and possibly share body heat with a companion.
Dry blankets and straw can provide pretty good insulation.

In all situations, be sure they have food and fresh
water. Dehydration is just as difficult when it's cold
as it is in the summer heat.

And, just to be sure no one forgets this: Never ever
use antifreeze to keep water from icing up.


This kitten was born with its legs backward, but was lucky
to receive surgery to fix it and then got adopted!



Cat Gives Owner Bubonic Plague

This disease is still present in our world, so be careful if your
cat spends time outdoors.



Click to give:




Homemade Cat Treats!
Since many of today’s cat treats are full of preservatives
and chemicals, why not make them yourself? It’s relatively
easy and quick, and, best of all, you know what kitty is eating!

• Greased cookie sheet
• ½ c organic whole wheat flour
• ½ c non-fat, powdered milk
• ½ c cooked and chopped organic chicken
• 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 organic egg, beaten
• ¼ c water
• 1 Tbsp chopped, fresh organic catnip (optional)


Step 1
Gather the ingredients and preheat your oven to 350° F.
Ensure you have plenty of counter space to work on.

Step 2
Combine the flour, milk, and chicken in a large bowl
and mash and mix them together. Add the water, oil,
beaten egg, and catnip (if using). Stir well until a sticky
dough forms.

Step 3
Form the dough into small dime-sized balls and place
on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls into discs
with your hand or a spoon. You can adjust the size of
the treats based on your cat’s size and needs.

Step 4
Bake the organic treats for 10 minutes. Remove them
from the oven and flip each one so they brown on both
sides. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until they turn
a golden brown colour.

Step 5
Cool the treats to room temperature and store in an
airtight container or bag.

Recipe courtesy of Snoopy’s Cat Blog:


How to Keep Cats Off the Counters

This an interesing article. However, if you find a method
that actually works, let me know!



Tell me if you recognize anyone here:



Feeling handy or creative? Crochet a new cat bed:



Out of ideas to name a new kitty? Try this site:


Keep clicking on the name generator until you land on one you like!


Comedian Stephen Wright says cats aren't actually clean - they're just
covered with cat spit.

Well, he's right, of course, but it's the healthy way to clean
themselves, as designed by Nature. Still, it doesn't hurt to give them
a nice bath every so often. But there are points you need to think
about so you don't cause them any problems, such as dry skin, etc.

Read some advice here:


If this doesn't make you hug your cat, I don't know
what will:



7 Cats Who Just Can't Seem to Get Along  


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

Check out the video on my website, at the top of
the page: Simon's Cat



How to help the animals:

1. 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. The only large group I donate
to is http://deltarescue.org. Be sure to visit the site. I
think you will be impressed.

2. Buy my books if you haven't yet. Sales are used to
help support all the cats here, and you can enjoy some
heartwarming stories, too! Thank you.


3. How can one person save 100 homeless cats?
Answer: It's easy. Just spay one.


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

Pawhugs and nosetaps,

Roberta, the Cat Lady
mskitty @ theproblemcat.com

Thought for the day:

"I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked
when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when
they have no one to speak up for them and no means
of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals
are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of
their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse
and cruelty go unchallenged."
~Archbishop Desmond Tutu


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