Hi Cat Lover,

Here's what's in this issue:
Pets saved from pet store fire...
Tick season: how to remove one...
Cat food news...
Stuff for Cat lovers...
Web sites to explore...
A smile for you...
How to help...

30 cats and small dogs were rescued from a pet store fire in
New York June 1. An unknown number of birds did not make
it, because birds are more susceptible to smoke inhalation,
according to firefighters.

Summer comes officially on June 21, but it's already hot
in many places, and ticks have been active for more than
a month already. (Fleas, too, in most areas.)

During tick season, if your kitty goes outside, be sure to
check daily for any ticks. If you find one, remove it right away.
Here is a video that demonstrates how to do it correctly:


This is focused on dogs, but cats get ticks, too, and the
technique is the same. If you have ticks in your area,
watch the video and learn the best way to remove them
from your pet.

Basically, you do NOT want to yank the tick out with your
fingers, as that may burst the tick's body and cause a huge
release of bacteria, which can be hazardous to your health
as well as your cat's.

Also, these old techniques are now considered useless,
if not harmful:

Do not hold a hot match to the tick.
Do not put alcohol on the tick while it's attached.
Do not twist and pull on the tick. (Use steady pressure
with tweezers until it releases its jaws.)

Once removed, put the tick into alcohol to kill it, or burn it.
Then treat your cat's tick bite wound with an antiseptic product
and keep the area clean.


Here are two sites that provide the latest info on what
pet foods are being recalled:

1. www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls/default.asp
(from the American Veterinary Medical Association -
a review of all the latest petfood recalls and alerts.)

2. www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls
(from the US Food and Drug Administration)


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.

STUFF FOR CATS (and cat lovers)

Want to learn how to write "haiku" for your cat?
My friend, Nancy Dutton, is a freelance writer and has
just published a new article on that topic, here:

If you write one, send it to me and I'll put it here, in the
Kitty Times!

WEB SITES to explore
Interested in pet insurance? This site helps with policy comparisons:

ASPCA Guide to Pet-Safe Gardening - Link to full page:



(How to move when you have pets)

The 16th President of the U.S., Abraham Lincoln, loved cats
and had 4 of them while he lived in the White House.
(He also had dogs, ponies and rabbits.)

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Check out the new video on my website, at the bottom of the page.
Kitten plays with the camera...

This site provides up-to-date information on abuse situations
around the country: http://www.pet-abuse.org

If you're so inclined, it's a good resource for finding petitions to
sign, letters to write, or other actions we can take to help.
5 quick, easy ways to help rescue pets NOW! http://bit.ly/1YfBeo

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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