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This is a guest post from our friend Anthony H..

cat_urine_cleaner.jpgCat urine emits a real foul odor and can make your house stink. It can be a real nuisance if the cat urinates on your carpet because it will just seep through the fibers in the carpet and cause mold. So you are now faced with two foul smelling problems instead of on. But your problems worsen if the cat urinates on a wooden floor, because it will sink right through and cause a stench that will just not go away even after you have rubbed the surface off.

While it is best to clean the wet urine, sometimes you may not notice the 'accident' until the smell hits you. In such an event, you might like to try some of these tried and tested methods that will help you to quickly and easily get rid of the cat urine odor and the ungainly stains.

1. Use absorbent cloths to soak up the urine wet area.

2. If you are trying to clean a wooden floor, wipe away the residue with a slightly damp cloth, and then dab dry.

3. Next, use either a household cleaner to remove the stain. Alternately, you can use:

a. A solution of hydrogen peroxide that is diluted to about 3%. Simply spray this over the stained area. Wait for around 5 minutes and blot dry.

b. A mix of baking soda and hand soap to work out the stains and the smell of cat urine.

c. White vinegar that has been diluted to around 25-30%. Just spray it on the affected area and blot after a few minutes.

d. Baking soda to remove cat urine odors from carpets and upholstery. But it doesn't work on cat urine that has seeped through wooden floors.

e. NOTE: Before even attempting to do this on a large area, it would be best to first test it out on a smaller area to be safe just in case it goes horribly wrong.

If you are not looking for home remedies, you may want to try out cat urine cleaners that available in pet stores. Most such products contain ingredients that destroy the bacteria in the urine, and this helps to get rid of the annoying stains or odors.

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I've been following the growth of the 3 Sumatran Tiger Cubs born at the Auckland Zoo. Yesterday, I posted a video of the cubs at 10 days old. This video is of the cubs at 12 days old by themselves in the den while the mommy, Molek is in another den. They are getting so chubby, their little bellies look very full as they nap and wait for Molek to return.

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Recently, I blogged about the 3 Sumatran Tiger Cubs born at the Auckland Zoo. That video showed the cubs when they were 6 days old. Now they are two weeks old and looking plump and cute. Still no word as to the sex of the cubs. Here is a video of the cubs at 10 days old with their mom, Molek.

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cat_fart_smells.jpgSo I'm working on the computer the other night and my cat Maddy jumps on my lap for loving. Nothing unusual here, this happens every night. So I'm petting her and she's purring and everything seems to be all right. Suddenly, a strong sulphuric scent ruined the moment. My cat farted! I've had Maddy for about six years and she's probably farted a handful of times that I know of. This led me to wonder, why do cats fart? Is this a sign of a greater problem?

Here's what my research turned up:

  • If your cat eats a high grain diet like IAMS, your cat will be more prone to let one loose more often. IAMS isn't exactly the best cat food and is typically loaded with filler like corn that your cat can't digest. In worse situations, your cat can suffer from a bad stomach if he or she can't digest the food correctly. The next time you go to the store or vet, take a look at the ingredients in your cat food. If the ingredients are proportionately high in corn, wheat, soy, By-products, BHA, corn syrup, meat and bone meal (may include anything from road kill to dead pets), artificial colors, Ethoxyquin and beef tallow/lard you might want to start looking at a better brand of cat food.
  • Cat food with Ethoxyquin in particular can be very dangerous to the long term health of your cat. Although I'm not a vet, my research tells me that Ethoxyquin has been linked to leukemia, liver cancer, chronic diarrhea, immune deficiency syndrome, loss of hair, liver damage and kidney damage. Ethoxyquin was initially developed as a herbicide and it's also still being used as stabilizer in rubber production. Sound healthy for your cat? Probably not.
  • Many believe that wet food for cats make them pass gas more than dry food. I'm not so sure about that. My cat has been eating a combination of mostly wet and dry food for six years and she rarely farts.
  • Having said all of this, if your cat is having a consistent issue with passing smelly gas, you might want to take your cat to the vet to have his/her stool examined more closely. My cat rarely farts so I'm not worried about it and I don't think you should be either if it rarely happens. It's always a good idea to talk to the vet just in case though.

    Another way to look at your cat passing gas is that he or she is so comfortable with you that it simply flows out of them without any resistance. I've noticed that my cat has only farted when we've been cuddling. I'm squeezing her gently so that might be the issue too! Either way, I look at it is as a compliment.

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    Picture-34.jpgAnother reason to keep your cats indoors! Residents near the Orlando Airport have reported that their cats have gone missing. A mysterious animal caught on tape could be the reason. The animal looks like a coyote or feral dog. Coyotes have been known to hunt down cats for food.

    Surprisingly, the resident interviewed by Local 6, Leah Smith said she still leaves her kittens outside even though 24 cats in her area have disappeared. "Our older cats stay indoors now," Smith said. "The kittens don't roam around but we do check everyday to make sure we've got everybody back on the front porch."

    What? you check every day? a lot can happen to a kitten in 24 hrs! is she crazy? The last thing I would do if there was a cat eating animal in my neighborhood is leave my cats outside! A kitten is just an appetizer, if the coyote finds more than one in her backyard, well it is just a buffet dinner of furry cuteness! What is she thinking?

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    Christian_WithGeorge_Color.jpgThese two guys, Ace and John bought a lion cub from Herod's of London in the 1960's and named him Christian. But Christian, although quite tame, got too big and British officials would not allow them to keep him. So with the help of George Adamson, the first human to establish the idea of wildlife conservations, they took him to Africa to learn how to live in the wild at Kora National Park.

    Now this story is already pretty interesting, in the 60's apparently you could buy a wild animal at a department store and take him home with you. But the story gets even better, after this lion was taken out to Africa, and was taught how to be a wild cat, Ace and John went back to Africa to see him. They were told by George, the man who trained him to be wild, that he had not been seen for 9 months. Which means that Christian has fully adapted to life in the wild. They were told that Christian won't remember the two men because it had been so long since he saw them last.

    reunion1_t.jpgHere is where it gets really interesting. The night before John and Ace were to arrive at the camp out side the conservation area where Christian now lived, Christian, his lionesses and their cubs all showed up at the camp. Christian was waiting for John and Ace on top of a rock! According to George Adamson, who spent significant time with lions in the wild, he believed that lions have a mysterious, telepathic communication ability with humans. This was proof of that, Christian, who had no reason to come back to camp, returned with his pride to meet with his human friends.

    This video shows Ace and John meeting with Christian and you can actually see Christians face change when he sees his old friends, then he runs to them and embraces them. This video shows the human like emotions that a lion is capable of feeling. Apparently, after the video, the three friends hung out at camp until the middle of the night when Christian returned to his pride leaving Ace and John exhausted.

    Read the full story, complete with quotes and facts Christian, the lion who lived in my London living room. I'm trying to get a copy of the full length DVD - but for now, I've found video clips of the movie. Christian, the lion who thought he was people.

    Look for the part when the lion first spots them at 0:35 secs. He recognizes Ace and John immediately! Then as he runs to them, you can almost feel Christian's excitement!

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    Christian playing with Ace and John (video)

    Interview with Ace and John, July 31, 2008

    Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 1 and 2

    Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 3 and 4

    Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 5 and 6

    Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 7 and 8

    Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 9 and 10

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    Two+Cute+Kittens.jpgA story of three little ferals found by Alma and Nikki, who left a comment here. They found three feral kittens but don't have the time to socialize them properly so they are asking for help.

    I was a little surprised to find out that a number of feral cat organizations don't actually provide shelter to ferals that are found. Their focus is on trap neuter and return, which is very noble and a very important part of feral cat care. But what do you do if you find 3 kittens too small for adoption, but that you can't care for? Where do you take them?

    Most shelters will euthanize them. They get killed just because they are feral. Horrible. Everyone knows that feral kittens can be socialized and they make great companions. Neo, my own cat was a feral kitten and I have never known a more loving cat in my life!

    So what do you do? The first thing, is take precautions, sometimes they carry diseases and if they bite you or break the skin, you will have to see a doctor. But if the kittens are small enough, their hiss is much worse than their bite so you will be safe from any diseases they might be carrying.

    But they have to be checked out by a vet right away. It is easy to get attached to found kittens but if they are sick, you may not be able to tell right away and when the symptoms do show up, it will be a very sad day if you have to euthanize them. Sickness in cats from fleas is a big problem for feral kittens.

    So here is what you do if you find and catch feral kittens.

    1. Handle the kitten with towel. Wrapping a towel around the kitten will keep you from getting scratched and biten.

    2. Keep them contained. They are small and can run and hide far out of your reach if they get scared. A dog cage or cat carrier would work well.

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    3. Groom them using a brush or comb for cats. Their mothers groom them, so if you start, they will transfer their parental dependency onto you which helps them become socialized.

    4. Take the kittens to a vet for a complete check up. Your vet might also be able to suggest families that have just lost cats that would be willing to care for your ferals and keep them.

    5. If you can't keep them or if you are not around much to socialize them, the only thing you can do is find someone who can take them or contact your local shelter. If the local shelter won't take them and care for them until they can be adopted, they will be able to provide information on the nearest feral cat shelter. But before you take them anywhere, ask what their policies are, you might end up taking the kittens to their death!

    Unfortunately there isn't that much support for feral kittens who need shelter. It is up to the people who find them to take charge of their futures. Make sure they are healthy and provide food and shelter and socialize them. And in some cases, find a new home for them. There really is a void out there for people like Alma and Nikki, who find kittens and want to help them, but can't keep them.

    I'll keep you posted on the outcomes of these 3 kittens.

    Figuring out if it makes sense to give your cat cantip or not? Here's a couple of factors to consider:

  • Catnip has a chemical compound that is thought to mimic the effects of a pheromone.
  • The effect catnip has on cats is similar to what LSD does to humans. (without the harmful effects)
  • Catnip is a perennial herb that is now native (originally from the Mediterranean region) to Canada and America.
  • If you live in certain climates, you can actually grow cat nip in your garden. Like Mint, if you're not careful, it will take over your garden.
  • Up to 30% of cats feel no effect from the plant. Some young kittens and senior kittens do not respond to it at all.
  • Although it is said that catnip is chemically related to the cannabis plant, your cats will not be harmed by it and will not become addicted to it.
  • So if you have a young kitten or an older cat, there's a chance that your cat may not feel the effects. The bottom line is that catnip is not harmful to your cat in any way. I'll actually be giving my cat catnip for the first time next week, I'll post the video for you guys to see its effects. In the mean time, check out this YouTube video showing cats on catnip. It's pretty funny actually.

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    It's a good week for tigers in the news! Yesterday, it was revealed that three Sumatran tiger cubs were born at the Auckland Zoo. Today, the Alaska Zoo announced the arrival of two Amur Tigers. They had three Amur tigers that died of old age and received these two 4 year old brothers Korol and Kunali yesterday. Amur Tigers or Siberian Tigers are one of the 12 endangered big cats.

    They were on the "red-eye" from New York to Alaska and arrived in a bit of a grumpy mood as you'll see in the video below. But the zookeepers are confident they will like their new home because it more closely resembles their natural environment of the Russian Far East. Amur or Siberian Tigers are the largest of the wild cats at up to 500 pounds and they live 15 - 20 years. Here's to the long life of Korol and Kunali! Read the full story about Alaska Zoo gets 2 new rare Amur tigers from N.Y.

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    You may have heard that the Sumatran Tiger is on the endangered species list and is expected to become extinct by 2020. But thanks to Molek, the female Sumatran tiger at the Auckland Zoo, the Sumatran Tiger Population increased by 3 cubs less than a week ago. The zoo had 2 Sumatran tigers, Molek and a male named Oz who is the father of the cubs. Now they have 5 healthy and happy Sumatran tigers.

    The keepers have stayed away from Molek and her cubs for the past week so that they will have a chance to bond. But yesterday, the keepers went inside the tiger enclosure to get the first footage of the tiger cubs. Molek is a very confident and content mom as you can see in this video.

    The Auckland Zoo has a Web Camera they call a CubCam so you can watch them grow and interact with each other and their mom. Read more about New Zealand zoo reports birth of 3 rare Sumatran tiger cubs.

    flood_victems_rescuedd_cats.jpgIowa is under many feet of water and the Humane Society of the United States together with local shelters has been working to rescue people and their pets. See a slide show of some of the rescued pets and their people.

    But there is so much more to be done. The animals need your help. Here is a list of donations as of today. But this list will keep changing. Check Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center for updated lists of needed items.

    Donations List: The most urgent need is for large outdoor kennels for dogs, the chain link kind. Please drop kennels off between 12-3 at Barn #1. These don’t have to be new kennels, but in good working condition. Other needs are: medium, large and extra-large dog collars and harnesses; 6 ft. long heavy (1”) nylon dog leashes; cat havens; small (ceramic is best) food and water dishes for inside cat cages; copy paper; photo paper for Kodak Easy-Share camera; hand sanitizer; liquid hand soap; kitchen sponges; towels and sheets to use as bedding/cat cage covers; monetary donations to purchase medications, medical expenses, and care for animals with special needs.rescued_cat.jpg

    Donations can be dropped off at the Fairgrounds between 10:00AM and 5:30 PM daily. Donations to the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation for both regular and emergency animal care can be made online or mail to Friends of the Animal Center Foundation at PO Box 1345, Iowa City, IA 52244-1345.

    Routine Number: 319-356-5295

    Phone Number for Emergency Animal Rescues Only: (612) 219-8510

    It is so important to have an evacuation plan ready before these disasters happen. Find out how you can prepare your cat for evacuation.

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    Be prepared to take your cat with you if you have to evacuate your home. If the area is unsafe for humans, it's unsafe for cats too. It is a myth that animals can take care of themselves in a disaster. I know you hear stories about families being reunited with their pets after a disaster but those stories are rare. No one hears about all the cats that perish in floods, fires and other disasters that you might have to evacuate your home for. Your family will be calmer and happier during this time of crisis if they have their beloved cat with them.

    So what do you do if you have to evacuate?...

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    No animal should be part of a show, I disagree with circuses, and anything where the animal is made to perform unnatural acts for human entertainment. So when Siegfried and Roy stopped performing I thought that was a good thing. And I still do.

    But now that they are in the news again, I did a little digging, I thought I would find evidence that Siegfried and Roy abused their cats, but I could not find one bit, even though PETA claims they abused the tiger that attacked Roy. I couldn't find the evidence they refer to.

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    Attack, that's an interesting word. I believe that if a tiger really wants to attack, the victim would be dead. Tigers are big, strong and have jaws that can crush bones. If Roy was attacked, he would be dead. I have to side with Siegfried on this one, in a CNN interview, he says the cat was moving him like a mother tiger picks up her cub to protect him. Maybe the tiger sensed he was having a stroke and was trying to protect him, I don't know.

    But what I do know is that these guys let tigers walk freely in and out of their homes. Roy kisses these cats on the mouth, cuddles them, rides them, and the cats seem completely fine with it. Apparently, the pregnant tigers let Roy stay with them while they give birth and even drop the cubs in his lap! These cats are so well taken care of that they put some house cat owners to shame. They have a huge yard to play and relax in and they are also welcome inside the home.

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    Siegfried and Roy even have their own breeding program so these cats survive extinction. That's why they are in the news again. They've acquired five new cubs that the duo will hand raise to become part of their breeding program. So far they've increased the world wide Royal White Tiger population to 200 and 38 of them live in Las Vegas.

    So whatever might be said about Siegfried and Roy, you can't dispute the fact that they are helping to preserve the dwindling wild cat populations of the world. The video is a slide show of their 5 new cubs. So cute.

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    This guest post is from our friend Cortney, you can visit her blog at cat secrets revealed...

    cat-training-with-dogs.jpgTraining your cat is very important and for several different reasons. First, a cat that hasn't been trained, doesn't know what behaviors are acceptable and what are not, therefore, they are more likely to misbehave because they don't know they are misbehaving. Having a trained, well behaved cat allows the cat and the owner to bond and have a loving relationship rather than having a misbehaving cat that causes its owner a lot of stress and frustration.

    It is very important, as a cat owner, to understand that cats cannot be trained the same way as dogs. They don't behave the same way and they don't have the same thinking process as dogs. If you are trying to use the same training techniques on your cat that are designed for dogs, you probably aren't going to see results. Forcing training techniques on a cat will not work. They are stubborn by nature and if it's not something that is appealing to them, they are going to ignore you.

    The first step to training your cat should be to learn and understand your cat's personality. There are many aspects to your cat's personality and they should all be taken into account when choosing the right training tactics. Find out what your cat's likes and dislikes are and use that information to help you. There are a few simple tips to keep in mind when training your cat:

  • Keep your training sessions short. If you drag out sessions for a long time, your cat will most likely become bored and will stop listening.
  • Only start training session when your cat is already awake. Don't wake your cat up for a session because he or she will probably just ignore you.
  • Always be sure to reward your cat for obeying you, using treats, food, or showing them affection.
  • You should also only train your cat for one thing at a time. Whether you are teaching them to do tricks or use the human toilet rather than a litter box, you shouldn't try to teach them everything all at once. When you're training your cat, let them master one thing before moving on to another. This will avoid both you and them becoming overwhelmed.

    There are many benefits to having a well trained, well behaved cat. You will have less stress because you won't have to worry about how your house is going to look when you get home. You can enjoy a loving relationship with your cat instead of spending most of the time mad at him for misbehaving. Taking the time to train your cat will definitely pay off in the long run and you and your cat will both be happier.

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    The Wild Sand Cat is found in the deserts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They prefer to live in sand dunes but have been spotted in mountainous regions too.

    During the heat of the day, Sand Cats burrow in sand dunes and come out at night to hunt smaller mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Because they are slightly smaller than a housecat, they stalk their pray and get in really close before striking.

    With their round little heads, large ears and pointy little noses, they look like a cartoon drawing of a cat. They have furry feet to protect against the hot sand and they have thick, dense fur to protect against the blazing sun. I was mesmerized when I saw this video. Check out the very tiny little hiss. Make sure your speakers are on for it!


    CUTEST CAT IN THE WORLD!!! - These bloopers are hilarious

    Excerpts from a Dog's Diary......

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  • 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
  • 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
  • 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
  • 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
  • 1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
  • 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
  • 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
  • 7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
  • 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
  • 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
  • Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary...

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    Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

    They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

    The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

    Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Bastards.

    There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

    Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

    I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

    The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now................

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    cat-meowing-non-stop.jpgI don't know about you but nothing irritates me more than being awoken by a hungry cat. The non stop meows that won't go away until I feed my cat drive me up the wall. I can't think of a crappier way to wake up. My cat actually takes it a bit further if I don't wake up quickly. From running in and out of the bedroom quickly to playing with noisy toys on the stairwell, she'll pretty well find any activity that makes a lot of noise. After five minutes of meowing and noisy games, I'll finally drag myself out of bed. Nice. I can honestly say that this the only draw back of cat ownership. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

    No worries folks, help is on the way. Read on.

    According to many Feline geneticists, one remnant of a cat's wild past is the fact that they prefer to hunt at dawn and dusk. You've been woken up in the morning because your cat is genetically programmed to eat at that time.

    How do you fix this? It all depends on how much your cat eats and if you're feeding them dry or wet food. It's been my experience that cat owners that feed their cats wet food suffer a lot more from the phenonemon than owners that feed their cats dry food. I feed my cat a combination of mostly wet and dry food.apple_cube_cat.jpg

    To fix this problem, I place a small amount of wet food in her dish just before I go to bed around 11:30PM. I only place a little (a third of a can) because I know she won't finish the can overnight and she won't eat stale cat food the next day. For me, this solved the problem immediately.

    This simple yet easy technique has saved me from getting up many mornings to feed Maddy. Now if I could only train Maddy to stop sitting on my Apple Cube (pictured) and resetting it, I'd have all of her problem fixed!

    I've posted this video before but I thought Simon's cat was totally appropriate for this post. Enjoy...

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    Pictures_of_cat_groomed_and_posing.jpg If you've ever thought about traveling with Kitty, but don't want to stay in some of the dumps and dives out there that allow pets, finally, there's an alternative! Hilton Hotels and Resorts are going Pet Friendly this summer. You can plan your trip to include Kitty, rather than leave him at home with a petsitter. If you book you'll have to pay an extra fee, and basically take care of your pet as you normally would at home, feed, clean up, and exercise. It's just that now you get to do it while on vacation.

    (I wonder if the Hiltons decided to become pet friendly to set an example for Paris Hilton, "Ok Paris, this is how you are supposed to treat animals..." They should have done this years ago!)

    It seems like this service is geared more toward dogs than cats, but cats are invited, I even read the fine print to make sure. It's nice to see that hotels are becoming more open to the idea that people love their cats and want to travel with them.

    When I'm away from home, the only thing I really miss is Neo. But I can't imagine what I'd do with him or what he'd be like staying a hotel. Would he like to site-see? He's leash trained so I suppose I could take him for walks, but I imagine I'll end up carrying him most of the way. I guess I could leave him in the hotel room, but then I'd feel guilty that he was there in a strange room all by himself. No, I definitely wouldn't do that, if I was going to leave him alone, I'd leave him at home with a sitter.neo talking.png

    This is what I'd do, we'll go to the beach, he'd have a nice fluffy towel to sleep on, under an umbrella, I'd read a book and scratch him under the chin while he slept right beside me. When we get hot, we'll go for a dip, he's pretty good in the water, he doesn't seem to mind getting wet so a beach vacation would be perfect for us. I'll keep him on a leash and let him walk where it is safe or carry him if the area is too crowded. I think he'd be ok as long as I was with him.

    But I know a lot of cats that might get too stressed out being in that kind of environment. You'll have to make the decision for yourself, if your cat is way too nervous or unpredictable, it might not be a good idea to take him vacationing. Every cat has a different temperament. My thoughts on the subject are, unless you are willing to spend some serious quality time with your cat while on vacation, it's best to leave him at home. While a resort might allow cats, it may not be the best idea for your cat.

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    This cat loves boxing, gizmo starts boxing when there is a fight on TV. Very funny.
    According to YouTube, this video has been viewed over ten millino times. It's a funny video and I can see why. Enjoy.

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    feral-kitten.jpgWith the steady decline in the economy, more and more people are abandoning their cats. Shelters are overflowing with cats that people can no longer care for. That's why June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month at the ASPCA. I can't imagine having to give up Neo for any reason, but the truth of the matter is that many families are having to give up their pets at a time when they need them the most.

    It is in hard times that we turn to others for support, including our furry children. They offer ease from the stresses of life - a purr and a cuddle go a long way to make one feel better - but what if you couldn't afford to pay for your dear little furry friend's food, litter, and vet care? What if you had to take food off of your own plate or the plates of your biological children to feed your cat? What would you do?

    Unfortunately, in these difficult economic times, people are faced with those questions and many of them are leaving their cats behind when the bank forecloses on their house, or abandoning them when they have to move into apartments that don't allow pets. Many of these cats starve to death, or forage for food in unfriendly neighborhoods and become wild.

    pictures_of_wild_cats_domesicated.jpgBut there is an alternative, many food pantries and food banks are stocked with pet food. There are even pet food banks, ask your local animal shelter about pet food programs in your area. You can still get enough food to feed your cat and continue to enjoy his company a little while longer, maybe even until this crisis is over.

    But if you are faced with the horrible decision to have to leave your pet behind, take your cat to your local ASPCA or cat shelter. June is adopt a cat month, so your kitty will surely find a nice home to go to if you are no longer able to care for him. You can rest assured that your cat will not starve to death, nor will it have to scrounge for food, and become a nuisance to the neighbors.

    If you are not faced with this dilemma, you have the power to help others who are not as fortunate, who need your help to keep their cats. You can donate money, supplies or your time to shelters in your area. Just go to Shelter Source and see what their wish-lists are and donate what you can.

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    Swan_lake_picture_of _feral_kitten.jpgSwan Lake in California is home to hundreds of feral cats. Some have been abandoned by their humans and some are feral and have formed a colony there. But this isn't a sad story about feral cats, this story will have a happy ending because of some wonderful cat lovers who have opened their homes to these cats.

    Two teens in California, Elizabeth Lloyd and Devon Powell with the help of their parents and Corona residents Beth Kohler and Ray Deese have taken in dozens of strays and feral cats. They have also paid out of pocket expenses to have the sick ones cared for and all of them spayed or neutered.

    Swan_Lake_pictures_of_orphaned_kitten.jpgThe group has worked tirelessly to trap and rehabilitate kittens and older cats. The kittens and the tame adult cats are available for adoption for a fee of $25.00, which will be returned to you once you show proof you've had your adopted kitten neutered.

    Visit Teens Helping Adopt Needy KatS to see the cats for adoption, fill out an application form and sign the adoption contract. You can donate money, time or supplies to help these good people and their sweet little feral cats. If you would like to make a donation to help cover the costs of spaying and neutering, contact AAA Animal Hospital in Corona at 951-371-7117 and tell them your donation is for the Swan Lake Account. Every little bit helps so donate whatever you can.

    In addition to helping these cats, the group is working with Alley Cat Allies, and the Riverside Department of Animal Services. Their goal is to have a trap neuter, return program for the other wild cats so they will live out their days wild and free at Swan Lake. They are waiting to hear from Swan Lake management - I'm not sure why they didn't already approve. Trap, Neuter, Release programs are the only way to successfully take care of feral cats humanely.

    It makes me so happy to see stories like this about good people making an effort to help cats rather than bulldozing right over feral cats or paying residents to kill feral cats when in fact, feral cats exist because of humans. Keep up the good work, Kudos from FaceKitty!

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    It's that time of year when people start thinking about summer vacations. But what to do about Kitty? Cats are very social, even if your cat keeps to himself, he will still miss you when you are gone. Human contact is essential while you are away. Your cat doesn't know why you are gone, just that he is by himself right now and the days are long and quiet.

    Some vets offer a boarding service and there are advantages to leaving your pet with a vet. Obviously, if anything goes wrong, your cat will have immediate medical care. If your cat is older or has a medical condition, a vet boarding kennel might be perfect. However, some drawbacks of a vet is that your cat could be exposed to illnesses and it could be very stressful for your cat to be away from home in a cage with other animals around.

    So if you don't have a friend or relative who can come over to spend time with kitty and feed him, you might consider getting a petsitter. To find a good petsitter, check out Pet Sitters International, or National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. There are also several private cat sitters that may not belong to either of these organizations but are equally responsible and will take good care of your cat. If you want to hire a pet sitter, here are some tips for selecting the right pet sitter for you and your cat...

    boomer-african-lion-cat-picture-granby-zoo.jpgDennis Day wants to charge the Granby Zoo with theft within ten days according to his statement to the media. "When the 10 Mr. Days is up on this letter, we're going to have them charged with theft," said Dennis Day.

    For those of you who missed it, Boomer (an African Lion cub) gained worldwide exposure for getting loose in a small First Nation Reserve called Maniwaki in Quebec. The lion cub was ultimately found but was not returned to Mr. Day. As we blogged about in a previous post, the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources placed the lion in the Granby Zoo.

    According to what I've read, it seems that Mr. Day is threatening legal action against the wrong principal. His beef should probably be taken up with the Quebec government.

    Boomer is apparently still in quarantine but is doing very well. It's going to be interesting to see how this domesticated lion will adjust to living with real wild lions. Not sure if he's got a shot there but we'll see...

    Just when you thought this story was done, another wrinkle appears. I've contacted the Granby Zoo about possibly getting some pictures and a more recent update on Boomer. Stay tuned!

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