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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.” 
― Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eeeuuu... Black Fly Larvae Cat Food?

Will food containing insect ingredients soon fill this cat's crystal dish?
Here's something to put at the very top of your Eeeuuu List: black soldier fly larvae as an ingredient in cat food.

If just the thought gives you the creepy-crawlies, the good news is that cat food containing black soldier fly larvae probably won't be showing up on your pet supply retailer's shelves anytime soon.

EnviroFlight, the company that's producing the ingredient, began construction of its plant just last month. It expects production to reach capacity in the first quarter of next year, and the first taste testers will probably be poultry and farmed fish. That gives you some time to get used to the idea of your cat eating fly larvae that came from a factory. Eeeuuu...

In Pet Food, It's All About Sustainability

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It's Adopt A Cat Month!

It's June, Adopt-A-Cat Month
It's June, American Humane's National Adopt-a-Cat-Month!  During June, the animal welfare organization, hopes you'll adopt a cat, or maybe even two, from a local shelter.

Why June for Adopt-a-Cat Month? This is the time of year when spring kittens flood the shelters. Sadly, many of them, and even more adults, won't come out alive.

And during Adopt-a-Cat Month, American Humane hopes to call attention to cats' unique needs.

Although more people live with cats than dogs, American Humane says cats get less veterinary care than dogs do, have less research dedicated to their unique health/behavioral issues and are more likely to die in shelters than dogs are. They're also less understood by the people they live with than dogs are, and that can cause some difficult behavior issues.

Now Is The Time To Adopt

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

"As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind."
-- Cleveland Amory

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

'Smart' Cat Bowl -- Your New 'Purrsonal' Assistant?

The Obe ProBowl monitors your cat's food intake and more
New in the How Much Help Do We Really Need category: "smart" bowls that let you know whether you've already fed your cat and will use Amazon's Dash Replenishment service to order more food for you before you run out.

All you need to make this purrsonal assistant work is an Obe ProBowl or two, WiFi and, of course, your phone. You'll need the ProBowl app, too.

Food For Thought From A Cat Bowl

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Elegant cat face line drawing

"I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through." 
-- Jules Verne

The Daily Cat Quote

Cat face line drawing
There has never been a cat
Who couldn't calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair.

-- Rod McKuen

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Class Action Lawyers See Something Fishy In Prescription Cat Food

Your cat may demand a crystal dish, but she won't want it filled with prescription food.
Class action attorney Mike McGlamry always thought there was something fishy about prescription cat food.

Although you can buy it only from a vet, and it costs a lot more than nonprescription food, some of those nonprescription foods available at pet supply stores seem to have the exact same ingredients.

McGlamry and lawyers in California, North Carolina and Minnesota have filed a class action antitrust complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California alleging that prescription pet food is no more than a marketing scheme designed to boost profits.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

White Cat Line Art
"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."
--Dereke Bruce

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cats Sink Their Claws Into The Donald

Donald Trump cat scratching post
Donald Trump scratching post
One of the really nice things about cats is that they're completely apolitical. Your cats will never call you a sore loser or tell you to "just get over it." But despite their total indifference to human politics, most would love nothing more than taking a few well-placed jabs at our new president, especially if he was covered in sisal rope rubbed with catnip.

Not that Politikats has it in for Donald Trump. Just about any politician is fair game when the online company is designing scratching posts. The Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin posts are sold out. But Hillary Clinton posts may still be available if seeing your cat tear her to shreds would do your heart good.

The scratching posts are 26 inches tall on a stable 26-inch wide base and are made of recyclable ABS plastic wrapped in sisal. The politicians' heads are resin-based and hand painted with lead-free paint.

Sounds like fun for the cats. And if you can't stand the thought of seeing your least-favorite politician in your living room, you could always turn the post so s/he is facing the wall.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Cat Face Line Drawing

"I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul."

-- Jean Cocteau

Sunday, April 16, 2017

ASPCA Joins The Million Cat Challenge

So far, the Million Cat Challenge has saved more than 700,000 lives.
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It's been less than three years since veterinar- ians Julie Levy and Kate Hurley sent out the challenge to North American shelters: Can we save a million cats in five years?

So far, it looks like the answer is "Yes!"

Levy is director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine program at the University of Florida, and Hurley heads the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Since they started the Million Cat Challenge, more than 750,000 lives have been saved, and more than 1,100 shelters in the US and Canada have signed on to help reach that million cat goal.

Soon the number of participating shelters could get a boost from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Earlier this month, the huge nonprofit announced a partnership with the Challenge that will, among other things, bring more attention to the plight of shelter cats. ASPCA statistics show that cats are less likely than dogs to get out of shelters alive.