Hello Cat Lover!

Here's what's in this issue:
Northern Tool stopped an offensive radio ad...
How to Remove a Tick...
Pet Door Risks...
Cat Food News...
Websites to explore...
Some trivia, and a new video...

Earlier this month, I wrote to Northern Tool of Dallas, Texas
to complain about a radio advertisement they were airing. I'm
not sure how widespread the ads went, but I heard about it, even
though I never heard the ad itself. Apparently, it was popular
because it was so "clever."

The ad suggested shooting stray cats with the company's new,
powerful nail gun to keep them from tormenting dogs. I told
the company how I feel about promoting cruelty to animals,
whether it's a joke or not, because cat-haters seem to enjoy
getting new ideas on how to hurt them.

I did not expect a reply, but surprise! I got one. (Lesson: keep
trying. Sometimes we DO make a difference.)


Hello Ms. Kitty,

Thank you for your feedback. The ad that you heard is part of a
nationwide campaign for which we have received a few comments
from some concerned parties. We are sorry if this ad has offended
you and our intention of the ad was not to advocate violence toward
animals, and we have received both positive and negative on this ad.
At this point, Northern Tool has removed the spot from airing on the
radio. As of Wednesday, this spot should not be airing.
Thanks again for your comments.

Northern Tool + Equipment
Ecommerce customer contact
customercare1 @northerntool
To Remove a Tick

Spring is here and the ticks will soon be coming out. In fact,
our cat Duke just had his rabies shot last week and the vet
found the "first tick of the season" on him. He removed it with

However, there is a better way to get them off. Feel free to share
this with anyone who has children or pets, or anyone who even
steps outside in summer!!

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick
with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds
(15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the
cotton ball when you lift it away.

People who told me about this said it works every time.
I haven't had an opportunity to test it myself yet.

Pet Doors Can Be Risky

People have been using pet doors, also known as "cat flaps" in
some areas, for years and years. They're pretty convenient, but now
they're considered dangerous, too, because small children have
crawled through the larger ones and gotten into some trouble.
Some have even died because they made their way over to the
backyard swimming pool, for example, without their parents noticing.

Here is the story:


What do you think? Should the companies be sued? Or should
parents be more responsible? I don't remember hearing stories
like this, even 10 years ago.


Freekibble is now played in 133 countries! You can see
where in the WORLD people are playing at

Thanks for your support of freekibble - because of you
playing freekibble, we're feeding over 4,000 nutritious meals
to shelter dogs and cats every day!


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 do this.

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.) They also donate
to dogs on their other page. Hover your mouse over some
of the cartoon cats and they meow! (It drives my cats nuts
as they look behind the speakers for the "other cat.")


If you missed Dr. Jones' pet care teleseminar earlier this month,
you can download the recorded audio replay here, at no charge:
Get it as soon as you can, as I don't know how long he'll leave that link up.
The file is about 31 MB.

WEB SITES to explore
Should You Get a Second Cat? (video, about 2 min. long)

Please visit this page about Lucky Girl:
There is an update on her progress there. Her surgery
was a success. Now we have to pay for it!

(How to move when you have pets)

(Because every cat deserves to be comfortable!)

(Information about getting pet insurance)

Some cat trivia:

The lightest cat ever on record was Tinker Toy, a Himalayan
who weighed only 1.5 pounds!

A group of cats is called a "Clowder." A "Colony" is a group
also, but refers more to them in their location. I see this as
"Family" compared to "Village" (or town).

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

Check out the video on my website, at the bottom of the page.

(This cat likes to swim in the bath tub!)


If you want to see more videos, go to my blog:
and then go clear to the bottom of the page, where I have
a "Video Bar" with several cat videos that change out every
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!

Do you have any interesting stories to share about your
cats? Send them in and I'll put them here in
this newsletter. (Include your name and website
if you have one, and I'll give you a "plug" for
your website. Or, anonymous is OK, too. It's
up to you.)


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