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Hello Cat Lover,
Here's what's in this issue:
Cats with six toes, no longer a mystery...
Good news for owners allergic to their cats...
Cat food news...latest research
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
NEWS FOR CAT LOVERS
You've heard of Hemingway cats, right? They're the ones with
six or even seven toes on the front paws, and occasionally an
extra one or two on the rear paws. It is said they originated at
famous author Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West, Florida
in the 1930s.
He was well known for his love of cats and usually had several
dozen of them living with him. Though Hemingway died 50 years
ago, and his home has become a museum, there still are about
50 cats living on the premises. Most of them have extra toes.
However, recent research has unlocked the mystery and it turns
out that polydactylous cats - the ones with the extra toes - did
not actually orginate with Hemingway. Geneticists have located
the gene that dictates how proteins behave during formation of
limbs in mice, humans.... and cats!
Researchers have discovered new information about allergies to cats
and a new vaccine that offers more hope to cat lovers who don't
want to give up their beloved pets.
CAT FOOD NEWS
If you feed your cat a raw meat diet, here are some tips to
be sure you do so safely. While this article is about the
hairless Sphynx cat, the advice on food preparation applies
to all of us.
Petfood Industry.com just reported the latest research has
shown that drying pet food at a high temperature destroys
nutrients. Does that sound like old information to you?
(Hmmm, makes you wonder what other "studies" they waste
OK, here's another one:
They also reported another study showing that "cats have a
ceiling for carbohydrate intake, which limits ingestion and
constrains them to deficits in protein and fat intake on high
Translation: If they eat too much food made from grains
instead of meat, they'll get full and consequently not get
enough protein. (They needed a study to figure that out?)
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)
CAT PHOTO PACK:
Looking for ways to help feed all the kitties here! Get some
cat pics for your website or blog:
NEW FROM Dr. JONES:
http://bit.ly/fvz5d7 Latest video on pet food and nutrition.
Also, read about his travails with his veterinary licensing
issues and why he closed his practice. It's all on his web
http://www.theproblemcat.com/letsmove/ How to Move With Pets
http://bit.ly/daZr9h - Flea Control Secrets
WEB SITES to explore
My friend Dena's page at the Examiner:
My daughter's column is also at the Examiner:
Helpful information if you're traveling with your pet:
Video on pets choking
Pet Poison Helpline (Note, this is a new URL. The one
I've listed in previous issues is no longer online.)
Keep this information "on top," that is, don't bury
it in a notebook or on your computer. When (if) you
should need it, you don't want to waste time looking for it.
A SMILE FOR YOU
Even if you're sick 'n' tired of hearing about the latest
Charlie Sheen antics, this site will have you giggling
anyway. Someone has put some of Sheen's comments
with hilarious photos of cats! It's called "Cats Quote
Charlie Sheen." http://bit.ly/hjhjux
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Check out the video on my website, at the top of the page.
Another Simon's Cat cartoon!
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.
Five quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW!
Help feed the kitties that didn't get adopted. There is a secure
PayPal donation button at the bottom of the page.
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