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TABLE of CONTENTS:

AGE OLD STORY
CATS ARE KIDS
TO "FRAY"OR NOT TO "FRAY"
WAS HE YOURS?
DENTAL CARE For Those Who Can't Brush (or floss)
CYSTITIS AND FUS
Making Your Home Safe forYour Cat
INDOORS . . . PLEASE!!!
CAT TIPS FROM A CAT -# 1
CAT TIPS FROM A CAT -# 2
PLEASE NEUTER OR SPAY!
If you love your cat DON'TDECLAW
NUTRITION
PET PRIDE'S List of Common Poisonous Plants
A PRAYER FOR ANIMALS
SPAY YOUR FEMALE FOR HER HEALTH
THREAD : A SILENT KILLER
TRAVELLING SAFELY WITH YOURPET
CAT TIPS FROM A CAT -# 3


AGE OLD STORY

Boy kitty meets girl kitty
Girl kitty gets pregnant
Boy kitty leaves girl kitty
Girl kitty has five baby kitties...

Five boy kitties meet five girl kitties...

If you LOVE your cat, DON'T LITTER.....
Neuter or Spay!

-CAPTAIN P.

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CATS ARE KIDS

I think some people are in need of an attitude adjustmentconcerning our companion animals, particularly cats and dogs. Scientificstudies have shown that these animals function on the intellectual andemotional level of a 3 year-old child, yet people do things to them thatthey would never consider doing to their small children.

For example, good parents would never:
Let their child wander the streets unattended with no identification.
Leave their child alone in the backyard, day and night.
Abandon their child in a strange neighborhood, hoping that some kind personwould take the child in and care for it.
Allow their child to promiscuously have sex with whomever passes by andbecome pregnant.
Fail to teach their child proper manners.
Neglect to provide their child proper medical care.

Yet many people think it's perfectly fine to do all of these things totheir pet dogs and cats. If these creatures are on the same emotional andintellectual level of a 3 year-old human child, then adopting a pet isa much more serious step than people realize. You are actually becomingthe pet's parent and the pet is not something to be tossed aside like astuffed toy if the family tires of the responsibility.

Our pets want and deserve to be a part of our family circles. And for thosewho feel that the world cannot exist without Fifi or Tom's offspring, considerthis: For every person born, 15 dogs and 45 cats are also born. So thereis no danger we will be in short supply if they spay or neuter their pet.Spaying or neutering is your duty and obligation and there are many low-costclinics to assist you. Give the gift of life, adopt a homeless cat or dogand learn and practice responsible pet ownership. You will get so muchmore than you give.

-TERRI KNIGHT

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TO"FRAY" OR NOT TO "FRAY"

While watching a cat so fastidiously groom every inchof his body is a relaxing and intriguing experience, the opposite emotionsare evoked while catching your cat in process of shredding your velvetsofa. But did you know that the cat is simply grooming his claws? The outerworn part of the claw is caught in the fabric and removed to expose thefresh growth underneath. Since cat-frayed furniture is not acceptable tous, there are two steps the cat owner must take. First, provide your catwith a scratching post at an early age when he is most easily trained touse it instead of your favorite chair. Then trim your cats claws everyten days. You can use normal nail clippers or purchase one of many designsavailable. Holding the leg in your hand, place your thumb on top of andyour first finger under the toe pad and gently press to extend each nailin turn. Trim off the tip just below the pink area (the quick). It is difficultto see the quick on black nails, so trim just as the nail curves. If youcut too close, the nail will bleed and although not usually a serious problem,the cat will not forget this the next time. If you have not trimmed yourcats nails before and are a bit reluctant about the procedure, ask youvet to show you how. Remember to trim back feet too. Trimming becomes especiallyimportant in the older, more sedate cat, who often does not energeticallymaul his scratching post. Often the claws, continuing to grow in their"curve" will grow around and penetrate the paw pad making everywalking step painful and necessitating a trip to the vet. Nail trimmingdone properly, is not painful, no matter what your cat tells you aboutthe subject. You may have to begin gradually, a few nails at a time untilyour cat becomes accustomed to it. But do include it as a routine groomingprocedure for the sake of your furniture and your cat.

-PET PRIDE

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WAS HE YOURS?

I saw a dead cat in the road today. Was he yours?My heart cried. You thought he needed his freedom, you think that catsneed to roam. You thought he would never leave your yard or jump the fence.You didn't think about that teasing bird or squirrel he just had to chase.How long will it be until you know he will never be coming home? Will youtry to find him or just assume he found a new home? Will you even grieve?I grieved for him. You may never know that he lay there bloody and stillwith all his life violently wrenched from him in an instant. You say youcared; then why was he outdoors and unprotected? He gave you his all. Nowhe has died for you. I saw a dead cat in the road today. Was he YOURS?

-DUTCH CARRIE

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DENTAL CARE For Those WhoCan't Brush (or floss)

You have heard people say that feeding your cat somedry food is good for his teeth because less tartar may accumulate. Buteven an all dry cat food diet will not prevent tartar build-up and if notattended to can cause your cat to develop gum problems lose teeth and evensuffer pain, weight loss and fever in extreme cases. Routine weekly carecan help this problem. Start by checking your cats teeth and gums. If younotice hard yellow/brown deposits on the teeth, your cat has a tartar build-up.While most cats do not get cavities, this will lead to gum problems andthe loss of teeth. Next examine the gums. They should look pink and anyother color may indicate a gum problem that should be checked by your veterinarian.(Note that black spotted gums are not abnormal.) The removal of tartarbuild-up should be done by your vet and while not a medical emergency,should be attended to as promptly as possible. If you have checked yourcat's teeth and gums and find nothing abnormal or unusual and there isno bad breath odor, future care and prevention is easy for you to do andafter a period of time, most cats get used to it. Take a damp wash cloth, gauze pad or child's toothbrush and rub the gums and teeth once a week.Start out a little at a time so your cat becomes accustomed to this newprocedure It is not necessary to scrub the insides of the teeth. If younote the gums tend to bleed easily, this is another sign gum problems havebegun. While this procedure will not eliminate your cat's tartar, it willlessen the build-up and you will become attentive to your cat's need forprofessional dentistry. Do be sure that when your cat receives his annualbooster shots, you include a dental checkup as well.

-PET PRIDE

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CYSTITIS AND FUS

Have you noticed a recent change in your cat's "litterbox" habits? Is he(she) chosing not to use it, or making many frequentvisits? Are the visits producing only a small quantity of urine, do younotice any blood or is the cat straining and perhaps not able to urinate?If you answer yes to any of these questions, then take your cat to thevet IMMEDIATELY!
Feline urology syndrome (FUS) is characterized by a complex of clinicalsigns and symptoms, the cause of which is still not clear. Although FUSaffects mainly male cats, females are by no means immune. The female hasa larger opening from which her urine is passed, thus she tends to "block"only rarely, but may still have an infection (cystitis) present. The malecat may become partially or totally obstructed due to the formation ofstones. A blockage of this kind is a medical emergency and if not treated,DEATH CAN RESULT in less than 24 hours! Do not ignore these symptoms...yourcats life depends on YOU!

-PET PRIDE

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MakingYour Home Safe for Your Cat

Making your home safe for your cat is very similarto making it safe for a baby or toddler. Just remember that the cat canclimb! Some of these suggestions may seem quite obvious and may be thingsyou are used to doing on a regular basis but it never hurts to remind ourselvesof good safety habits.

1. Keep all garbage in tightly closed containers at all times, indoorsand outdoors. Bones and other refuse can be potentially dangerous if eaten.Do not discard the plastic holders from 6 packs without first cutting througheach ring. Animals going through the trash frequently get their heads caughtin these. This can result in choking or the inability of the animal tofeed or defend itself.

2. Keep all chemicals in secure cabinets in sealed containers. Remember,when using these items that many, such as Lysol and other pine based products,are highly toxic to cats. Photographs and certain types of paper are treatedwith chemicals that are especially appealing to a cats' taste buds andmay potentially KILL!

3. Keep electrical cords as inaccessible as possible. Be sure cords arein good condition, not frayed or breaking. Cover all electrical outletsnot in use with individual safety plugs or a blank faceplate. Cats CANspray into the outlets causing shorts, fire hazards or electrocution. Tryto position large items of furniture in front of the outlets to preventaccess if possible.

4. Keep your home free of all plants that are poisonous. (NOTE: SEE OURLIST OF POISONOUS COMMON PLANTS AND FRUITS WHICH IS INCLUDED ALSO.)

5. Never leave knives, scissors or other sharp objects out where cats canplay with them or cause them to fall on another pet or person. Keep electriccan openers covered and unplugged. One touch can start them up and a tailor rubbing cheek can be badly gashed. Keep the disposal covered so thatnothing can fall into it by the cat which might cause him to search forit with a paw. Stove burners should be covered when not in use. If yourstove does not have controls that are mounted above counter level, findsome way to keep them covered to prevent accidental turning on of the burners.

6. Washing machines, refrigerators and especially warm dryers are wonderfulplaces for cats to crawl into. Do NOT close that door without checkingfor furry occupants first. Keep the toilet lid closed at all times. Neverallow kitty to drink from the toilet. Even though the water is freshlysupplied each time the toilet is flushed, the bowl plays host to thousandsof germs which could easily result in a very sick kitty.

7. Never trust window screens. They can easily be popped out by pressureor ripped by claws. Check them regularly to be sure they are very secureand in good repair. Attach several brads or brackets along the outsideedges for extra protection. Help prevent access to the dangerous outsideworld of dogs, cars, etc. or a serious fall from an upper story.

8. Keep fireplaces blocked and flues closed when not in use. Keep the ashescleaned out to remove the temptation to use this as a potty box. If kittymanages to get up into the sootfilled chimney, call a chimney sweep orprofessional animal rescue person immediately to remove him. That accumulatedsoot is toxic. At best, you'll have a sick kitty, at worst, a dead one.

9. The older cat needs special consideration. Remember, your aging friendcan't react as fast and probably isn't as coordinated as in his youngerdays. If he has trouble reaching his favorite perches and it is safe forhim to be there, a ramp or little "stairway" may be just thething to help him get to these spots with his dignity intact. A littleextra love and thoughtfulness for his advancing years will be most welcome.

10. Keep the name, address and phone number of your veterinarian handyfor ready reference and have an alternate number available in case yourvet is not available in an emergency. Get medical attention calmly butswiftly for your kitty at the first sign of a potential poisoning or seriousinjury. Your reaction time may save your kitty's life.

-Audrey Hutchins-Oliver

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INDOORS . . .PLEASE!!!

The hazards of the outside world are too numerousto mention... they surely are for HUMANS, just think how overwhelming theyare for the CAT! It is not my intention to criticize but I feel CATS DESERVEBETTER! Everyone has felt a lump in his throat and a tear in his eye atseeing a cat in the road dead. You don't dawdle or play in the road, sowhy do you allow your cat to do so? We must all work together to educatethose persons who still feel the outside world fulfills part of a cat'sneeds. I will never forget the cat I had as a child. "Smokey"was allowed to go outside. One evening at dinner time my father and I wentout to find "Smokey" who had wandered across the street. My fathercalled and he came running at the same time a car came speeding aroundthe corner. "Smokey" died in front of me and for years I neverforgave my father. Motor vehicles are not the only danger to cats in theoutdoors. They face real dangers from other animals -- packs of hungrydogs, coyotes, mountain lions and even the rodents whose population theyare "supposed" to control. Cats have built in defenses -- theirclaws. These are of little use to them if surrounded by a pack of dogsor using them to climb a tree to get away from a mountain lion who is usinghis to climb the same tree. And what good are they if your cat caught arodent with them when the rodent has just eaten poison -- cat eats rodent,rodent dies, so does cat. And certainly what good are these defenses ifthe cat has been declawed!

Feline leukemia is to the cat population as AIDS is to the human. And whileFeLV is found in indoor cats, it is much more prevalent in the outdoorsociety. Although it can safely he said that cats are not junkies, theyare if unaltered, promiscuous and not wise to the ways of safe sex. Childrencan be especially cruel to animals sometimes. How many times have you seena small child dragging a cat around by the tail or grabbing it around theneck (which is in fact choking it)..."Oh, isn't that cute?" Catscratches kid, kid cries, cat gets thrown outdoors. Why is it always assumedit was the CAT'S fault? And in these days of weirdness two very real horrorscome to mind. Much attention has been focused on animals used for researchand cats being used as sacrifices. These cats are most generally pickedup off the streets. But the dastardly individual who traps these cats isnot going to care if it is one who lives on the streets or is someone'spet who was let out for his evening tiptoe through the tulips. They allbring the same price. Some of these ideas may seem farfetched or exaggeratedto you who feels your cat is certainly SAFE and NEVER leaves your backyardbut be assured all of these things do and will continue to happen. Anda four or six foot fence, no matter what the construction, will not preventa cat from escape should he decide to pursue a fleeing mouse or teasingbird. If you do LOVE your cat, treat him with the same love and respecthe always treats you. Keep him safe. . . ... INDOORS!!!

-RILEY KENT

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CAT TIPS FROMA CAT -# 1

What's-Her-Name here decided that we had ta shareour thoughts with all you cats out there, so here we are. Cats, tell yourown What's-Their-Names that those jingle balls that the cats are playin'with may be a real hazard ta everyone's health! When I was younger (I'malmost 6 years old, goin' on middle age), I was playin' with one of thosejingle-lattice balls an' I accidentally crunched down on it with my teeth.Anyway, the plastic broke (just like cheap plastic), an' if What's-Her-Namehadn't been supervisin' me, I would have swallowed the ball an' been runnin'around jinglin' for the rest of my life like a Christmas ornament! Also,I used ta get ping-pong balls stuck in my mouth! Yup, if ya could havean accident with it, I found a way! l'd open my mouth real wide an' takethe whole ball in my mouth an' run around the room like I had caught amouse, right? But then when I would try ta spit out the ball, my jaw wouldn'topen any wider an' there l'd be, with the silly thing crammed in my mouthan' What's-Her-Name would have ta pull it out. Anyway, she forgot aboutthat an' gave the kitten, "Tuffy," ping-pong balls ta play withan' sure enough, the kid got one stuck in her mouth an' was runnin' aroundthe house lookin' like a chicken about ta lay an egg from the wrong end!An' talkin' about hazards reminds me ta tell ya ta learn people not taleave the looped venetian blind pulls hangin' down because a cat can hangitself easy by stickin' it's fool head through the loop, then forgettin'it did that an' jumpin' ta the floor. I got myself inta a similar situationan' again, was rescued in time. Now all the blind pulls are tied up outaharms way.

Of course, ya know about cats runnin' across electricstove burners an' roastin' their paws an' cats fallin' inta the toiletbowl (don't flush if this should happen!). But I bet ya don't know thata piano can bite a cat, do ya? Well, let me tell ya what happened ta thekid, "Tuffy," an' it was awful but didn't do any permanent harm,thank the Great Cat. What happened is that whenever What's-Her-Name goesta play the piano, "Tuffy" likes ta watch the hammers insidethe piano go up an' down. We have a big parlor grand piano but What's-her-Namenever opens the top because we all like ta crawl in an' tear up the strings.But the kid wanted ta figure out a way ta get inside so one night she goton the piano. The music rack that the music pieces lean on was up becauseWhat's-Her-Name never thought that could hurt us. So the kitten (she'sabout 9 months old an' should know better) begins ta crawl all over lookin'for an entrance ta the string part an' somehow she has one leg in the slotin back of the music rack an' as she's explorin' the situation, she tipsit over an' it squeezes her leg an' she's caught! She couldn't pull herleg out an' the harder she tried, the more she pushed the rack over an'she's screamin' an' howlin' an' What's-Her-Name comes runnin' outa thebedroom - it's about 3:00 AM- an' saved her. It coulda been much worse...turnsout the kid only gave herself a nasty pinch. She was walkin' fine a halfhour after an' everyone was makin' a fuss over her an tryin' ta comforther an' howlin' about whose fault it was an' worryin' that their littlePrecious had been damaged. The kid's fine now except for a healthy respectfor pianos! I do like the kid though. She's cute an' sweet an' is alwayspurrin' an' trillin' at me an' "Blackie." She can telecommunicatenow that she's older an' keeps tellin' me how handsome I am! The kids gotgood taste in cats, for sure! She an' "Meow-Meow" don't get alongtoo good because "Meow-Meow" hates everyone except "Meow-Meow"an' people who feed her an' pet her. That's one tough old Siamese, I tellya...cross-eyed as she is...her left eye sees over her right shoulder an'her right eye sees over her left shoulder!

Talkin' about health foods, can ya imagine a cat who eats white potatoesan' yams an' bananas an' fresh figs an' potato peel an' fresh peaches?You guessed it-"Tuffy." That kid is weird, I tell ya, Furry pals.It is a never endin' source of surprises watchin' her eat. She's reallygot a few cards missin' from her deck, if ya get my drift. Good thing shecan't reproduce (What's-Her-Name sees ta that)! It could have been a realagricultural disaster! Imagine hundreds of kittens descended from "Tuffy"roamin' the cornfields an' potato fields, eatin' up the crops, ignorin'the mice an' chompin' on leaves an' fruit! Really gives one paws, I mean,pause!

-"JERRY" (The Cat)

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CAT TIPS FROMA CAT -# 2

Gosh, I was flattered that ya wanted me to write forya. I always told What's-Her-Name I was a very talented cat. Most of thetime, she agrees. When she doesn't, I bite her. Then she agrees. Ya gottaconvince some of 'em the hard way! We got a real problem with Princess"Tuffy." The little twit is as dishonest as Al Capone. The otherday, What's-Her-Name left a tub of margarine open on the counter an' wentta answer the phone. When she came back, there was "Tuffy" theTwit, lickin' her whiskers, her muzzle all greased up with margarine. So,What's-Her-Name says, "Tuffy, have you been licking my margarine?"an' "Tuffy" looks up with those perfectly round, innocent idiot-cateyes an' says, "Oh, no. Of course not. I'm not allowed to do that.I'm a good little girl cat!" an' walks away, still lickin' the greaseoff her whiskers. I mean, she lies, steals, cheats, secretly chews up thebedding, grabs anythin' that's not nailed down or is edible an' still theykeep her an' make a whole smoochin' fuss over her. It's enough ta makemy fur stand on end! Whenever I see the kid, I give her my best snarl butthe really annoyin' thing is that the little stupid insists on bein' inlove with me, handsome devil that I am. Ya just can't win with that kindof cat. Makes me feel guilty, snarlin' at her an' she's purrin' at me.But would ya believe her nerve! Here I am, sittin' on the window sill,dictatin' ta What's-Her-Name who is sittin' here typin' it an' What's-Her-Namegets up for a minute an' "Tuffy" grabs the desk chair an' iswashin' up before her nap. So here's my secretary, standin' an' typin'the rest so as not ta disturb the little twit! Well, around here, if acat sits on your lap, ya don't move until the cat feels like gettin' offan' if a cat takes your chair, ya sit on the floor or stand or get a different,less comfortable chair.

What's-Her-Name has a new trick. She lays in wait at the cat food sectionof the supermarket an' when she sees someone buyin' cat food, she beginsa conversation, then she mentions PET PRIDE an' other cat related thingsan' soon she's conned the poor sucker outa his or her name an' addressso she can get new members. Ya might mention ta PET PRIDE supporters thatthis is a good way ta meet people, maybe get married an' at the same timefind new members for PET PRIDE. Ya might also mention ta pick the peoplewho buy the expensive cat food rather than the EI Cheapo types, if possible.That way if your person does marry one of the supermarket finds, ya canbe assured of gettin' well fed by two suckers instead of one! Gotta gonow. I haven't punched "Blackie" out yet today an' he needs theexercise runnin' away from me. He's so fat that when he jumps from a chair,the ground shakes! Just remember folks, ALL CATS ARE BEAUTIFUL AN' PURRFECT!(And I am NO exception!!!...right folks?)

-"JERRY" (The Cat)

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PLEASE NEUTEROR SPAY!

Well, it's true that spring is in the air and as theysay, it's the time when a young man's (or young woman's) fancy turns toaffairs of the heart. Did you know it's the same for cats? Yes, folks,"kitten season" is upon us, when thousands of poor homeless andunwanted kittens will be born and slaughtered across the country. Whilewe operate a "no-kill" shelter, most of the poor babes will beturned in to the many government agencies who have no choice but to euthanizethem, thousands per day. YOU still have time to help. First, be sure yourcats (and DOGS) are spayed or neutered. Then start spreading the word toall your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. This is a WAR weare waging...a war against death and only education will provide the answer.Yes, your voice CAN and WILL make the difference. Let the story be told...let the innocent be spared...spay or neuter TODAY!

-PET PRIDE

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Ifyou love your cat DON'T DECLAW

Many people do not realize how damaging declawingtheir cat can be. When the end digit, including the claw, is removed thesensory and motor nerves are cut, damaged and destroyed. They do not growback or repair themselves for many months and there follows a wooden lackof feeling, then a tingling sensation during the long and often very painful,convalescence while the cat must walk on the stub end of the second digit.There are many instances of the claws growing back in abnormal mannerscreating raw bloody sores. Aside from physical mutilation, this operationmay cause severe emotional and personality changes, from refusal to usethe litter box to feral, wild biting behavior. which has resulted in euthanasiafor totally unmanageable pets. You are assuming a tremendous responsibilitywhen you deprive cat of his defenses. From that moment on, you are to blameshould he slip out an open door. You are to blame should he be attackedby dogs with no possible escape up a tree and no possible way to defendhimself. Is it really worth it? Is there really no other way to preserveyour furniture? The behavior which many call "destructive shredding"is in fact the cats' way of grooming his claws. The outer worn part ofthe claw is caught in fabric and removed to expose the fresh growth underneath.Provide your cat with a scratching post at an early age when he is mosteasily trained to use it and spray it with a light mist of catnip or sprinklefresh catnip on it. Then trim your cat's claws every ten days. You canuse normal nail clippers or purchase one of the many designs available.Ask you vet to teach you how to do it properly. if you don't know how.Be patient and in time your cat will accept the procedure without any argument,If you do love your cat he's certainly worth this time and attention. Thinkabout it!

-PET PRIDE

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NUTRITION

Many articles and books are available which deal withproper nutrition for the cat. While this is not meant to be a lengthy study,we want to share some tips and advice. Many well-cared for and loved catsin your homes today MAY be suffering from vitamin/mineral deficiencies.Often, an owner takes his cat to a vet for a problem and is never questionedabout the cat's diet! Case in point, a spayed female suffering from severebalding taken to two different vets. The owner lives in a "high-risk"flea area, although she takes precautions. Both doctors thought this tobe a flea allergic dermatitis or a hormone imbalance. No treatment helpedthe problem. Hearing the story we asked the owner what she was feeding:the answer - basically a red meat tuna diet. The diet has been changedand the owner is happy to report that the cat is endowed with a fuzzy downcoat which is growing daily. Many owners feed almost exclusively meat diets.This diet, devoid of calcium, will tell its toll in time also. Just givingvitamin supplements is NOT the answer. The cat needs a well-rounded dietcomposed of both dry "kibbles," good quality canned food andsoft/moist used primarily as "treats" if your cat tolerates them.We strongly urge the feeding of "High Quality" types of dry catfood purchased from a "feed store." There are some excellentproducts which, although costing more than the "supermarket"varieties, last longer and are very strictly formulated for the best possiblenutrition without predisposing the cat to "stones," which areoften fatal. There are literally hundreds of canned products from whichto choose. Stick with the well-known brands, include a variety of flavorsand be certain the can states it is 100% nutritionally complete. Avoidthe "brand X" products unless you are SURE the can states itis 100% complete. Sure, we all feed table scraps sometimes, just don'toverdo and make sure you don't cause digestive upsets. Did you know thatmany cats develop diarrhea from milk products due to the high lactose?Try yogurt; lots of cats tolerate it very well and love it. An overwhelmingnumber of people now buy bottled water. If you do, use it for your cattoo. The same reasons you prefer it apply to your furry pal! And many folkswho themselves use tap water buy the bottled at the supermarket just fortheir cats! Take a moment now to reflect on your cat's diet. Remember.his LIFE and HEALTH depend on YOU!!!

-PET PRIDE

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PET PRIDE'S List ofCommon Poisonous Plants

Following is a list of the most common plants andflowers which may be deadly for your cat, if ingested. In some cases, onlycertain parts of these are poisonous, such as the leaves of thetomato plant and not the tomato itself. In general, the pits, leaves and/orfoliage of the vegetables and fruits are dangerous; in many varieties offlowers listed, it is the bulb portion which is poisonous. PRINT and savethis list as a guideline to make your home "safe" and "secure"for your furry companion. If in doubt about a particular item specifiedherein, check with a reliable source or complete reference book beforeallowing your cat access to a potential disaster. Precautions taken todaymay save a life tomorrow. In the event that you think your cat has eatensomething potentially fatal, consult with your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY!

AlmondElderberryMountain Laurel
AnemoneElephant EarMushrooms (toadstools)
AmaryllisEuonymusNightshade
ApricotFlaxNutmeg
ArrowgrassFour O'ClockOleander
AvocadoFoxglovePeach
AzaleaGolden GlowPear
BalsamHenbanePeony
BaneberryHemlockPeriwinkle
Bird of ParadiseHollyPimpernal
BittersweetHoneysucklePoinsettia
Black-Eyed SusanHorse ChestnutPoison Ivy
Bleeding HeartHyacinthPoison Oak
BloodrootHydrangeaPokeweed
BoxwoodIrisPoppy
Burning BushIvyPotato
ButtercupJack-ln-The-PulpitPrivet
CactusJapanese PlumRhododendrom
CaladiumJava BeansRhubarb
Calla LilyJimson WeedScotch Broom
Castor BeanJonquilSkunk Cabbage
Cherry, most formsLantanaStar of Bethlehem
ChrysanthemumLarkspurSweetpea
CornflowerLaurelTobacco
Crocus, AutumnLily-Of-The-ValleyTomato
DaffodilLily, most formsTulip
DaphneLocoweed (marijuana)Virginia Creeper
DelphiniumMistletoeWild Barley
Dumb CaneMonkshoodWisteria
EggplantMorning GloryYew, most forms

-PET PRIDE

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A PRAYER FOR ANIMALS

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for
our friends the animals, especially for
animals who are suffering; for any that are
hunted or lost or destroyed or frightened
or hungry; for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity
and for those who deal with them we ask
a heart of compassion and gentle hands and
kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true
friends to animals and so to share the
blessings of the merciful.

-Albert Schweitzer

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SPAYYOUR FEMALE FOR HER HEALTH

In addition to the deplorable problems of cat overpopulationwhich we face, there is another important, but less mentioned reason tohave your female cat spayed. The unbred, unspayed female risks a potentiallyfatal problem of infection known as pyometritis. This is an infection ofthe uterus, which if not discovered in time, often results in death. Thesymptoms may appear in varying degrees, but at times may be unnoticed!They include an increase in fluid intake, weight loss, vomiting, diarrheaand/or a vaginal discharge, usually resembling pus. This is a medical emergency...RUSHyour cat to your vet!!!!! Usually the only treatment is spaying. Femalesshould be spayed NO LATER than nine months of age and may be spayed whilein season or early pregnancy with minimal risk. You can completely preventthis painful infection and prevent unwanted kittens... have her spayedNOW!

-PET PRIDE

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THREAD : A SILENTKILLER

Cats are often pictured playing with string, depictedduring the holidays amidst bright wrapping and colorful ribbons, seen incommercials adorably entwined in yarn; the caption should read "DANGER- Death." I came close to losing one of my cats, "Laertes,"to this silent killer. Over a period of of two days his symptoms graduatedfrom slight diarrhea, refusal of all food and water, to listlessness andvomiting of a yellowish-brown fluid in minute quantity. A trip to the vetshowed a piece of thread caught under his tongue leading down his throat."Laertes" was anesthetized in hopes that snipping and slightpulling on the exposed thread would bring it all out through his mouth.This was unsuccessful and an Xray showed his intestines to be a mass oftwisted muscle resembling spaghetti. Surgery was imperative and he hadonly a 50-50 chance. The string, swallowed in long pieces, had passed throughthe stomach into the intestine. Here partially digested food is passedthrough and nutrients are absorbed as a result of rhythmic contractionand relaxation of the organ. The string was thus moved along by these movements(peristalsis) initiated as a reflex by internal pressure due to the presenceof food in the intestine. With each movement the string would "catch"on the walls of the intestines and twist the organ. As it passed further,it would catch in another area. Had this thread been coarser with sharperedges, it would have cut through the intestinal walls. The thread was removedby surgically cutting through the intestinal walls at the various pointswhere it was caught. After surviving the surgery we felt he had a fightingchance. "Laertes" was only two years old, strong and healthy.What if this had been my 10 year old cat? "Leartes" is home now,waddling a bit instead of his usual gallop and restricted to strained babyfood and liquid medication. His life is still uncertain as we wait andpray the formation of scar tissue causes no further complications or intestinaladhesions. Had I not been alert to his changes in behavior, feces and vomiting,he would not be home enjoying abundant pampering and TLC every waking hour."Laertes" was lucky. How lucky will your cat be? Thread - DANGER-death...keep it out of reach of curious paws. It is NOT a toy, but a killer.

Note: The same cautions apply to rubber bands, cellophane pull tapes, broomstraws and electric cords...especially for curious kittens!!!

-Marianne Brockhouse

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TRAVELLINGSAFELY WITH YOUR PET

If you love your pet, keep it safe. Most people do lovetheir pets, yet they don't take the simplest precautions. A dog shouldbe on a leash and a cat in a sturdy carrier while travelling anywhere,even if only to the vet, the boarding kennel or the store.

We own a boarding kennel and we have a sign that says, "Dogs shouldbe on leash and cats in carriers." Most people ignore this sign andoccasionally we have to catch dogs that customers have turned loose insideour fence. Cats, however, are even harder to catch and if they get awayaren't as likely to come when you call them. My sister had an interestingexperience with a loose pit bull. He grabbed her arm when she grabbed hiscollar; fortunately he didn't bite down since he knew her. I know thatvets have the same problem. One local vet has a sign that says "DearPatient...Please keep owner on leash!"

We live near a motel, a McDonald's, etc., with woods for animals to disappearinto and two busy highways nearby. Over the years, a number of people havecome to ask that we be on the lookout for their pets. One woman at themotel saw a white poodle in our exercise yard and came over to be sureit was not her escapee. One little girl at McDonald's had her cat on herlap in the car and it jumped out and ran away. None of the people lookingfor their pets have ever found them, as far as I know. They had to returnhome alone, leaving us their names and phone numbers, just in case.

We've travelled from Boston, Massachusetts to Winter Haven, Florida withtwo dogs and five cats. Before the car doors were opened, all dogs wereleashed and the cats were always in their carriers until we got into themotel room. None of our animals were ever lost. You can keep your petssafe too. At home, keep them home, fence your yard and be careful! Whiletravelling, keep them leashed or in a carrier. If you do love your pets,take care of them.

-JOY V. SMITH

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CAT TIPS FROMA CAT -# 3

HI MEOWERS...Well, gang, I've been seeing a lot ofcat product ads on TV lately and it got me thinking about a very important,if somewhat delicate, issue - kitty litter! I have discovered, during my4 years on this planet, that the people who care for us are extremely densewhen it comes to the most important item of all, "THE BOX!" Itgoes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, that you don't get the wrongsize box, right? If you have a cat like my siblings, "Blackie"or "Big Fluff," both of whom look like over-stuffed sofa cushionswith legs, you get the giant bathtub size. On the other paw, a gorgeous,slim, delicate cat like myself doesn't need a big box. I don't even likeone because I have to keep digging and digging and sometimes forget whatI originally went in there to do! But the real problem is those coveredboxes they sell these days... fancy jobs that look like plastic igloos.Some even have charcoal filters and such nonsense. Well, maybe they'recute from a human point of view but a lot of vets say they can be a dangerto a feline. Here's why. When we sit on our potty, we need to be in anupright position, back feet spread a bit and tail raised, head up. That'show we get best results. I'm a bit different. I dig my hole, then perchon the rim of "THE BOX" with my business end over the litter.That way, I keep my paws and tail well out of danger. "What's-Her-Name"says that when I'm perching, I look like some sort of parrot. What an insult!Now, picture this, Meowers. You crawl into "THE BOX" and youhave to scrunch down, you don't know what to do with your tail and you'relocked in with the fumes. You're forced to stand in it even if you feellike perching because there's no rim! The vets say that cats can get allclogged up from scrunching in boxes with lids and this can lead to chronicintestinal disorders. Now, some felines are clever. They refuse to usethe boxes with lids. Take "Munchkin" for instance. His formerowner bought one of those fancy jobs because owner was too lazy to changeit often enough. As "Munchy" told me later, "I ain't gonnado my thing in some dumb-tail sardine can! I'm a biiiiiggggg cat an' Ineed room ta spread out, see?" Anyway, we eventually ended up with"Munchkin," but that's a whole other story. The gist of the storyis that "Munchkin" used a sofa cushion instead of "THE BOX"and got his tail kicked out of the house. If your humans still aren't convincedthat a box-and-lid combination is bad for you, encourage them to lowertheir bathroom ceiling ta about two feet high and then try to do anythingcomfortably in there!

Enough about "THE BOX" itself; onto the litter. I myself likea simple clay litter. It's inexpensive, makes a good dig, dries quicklyand doesn't get stuck between my claws. "What's-Her-Name" oncebrought home a bag of that stuff that feels like confetti. I don't relateto digging around in confetti, so I did my thing outside of "THE BOX."Another time, she decided that changing the litter every day, washing out"THE BOX," drying it and refilling it was a real drag, so shegot some litter with "freshness scent." In my nose, it translatedinto artificial chemical stink and I refused to go anywhere near "THEBOX." I sat outside the bathroom and howled. We're back to the stuffI like and she keeps a Dustbuster handy in the bathroom for when I getcarried away digging.

We were listening to the radio the other night; one of those talk showswhere humans tell their most intimate and embarrassing problems to 250million people who are listening in. Well, this guy called in and complainedthat his cat wouldn't use "THE BOX," and what should he do. Well,the host asked him how often he cleans "THE BOX" and the mansaid once a week. Phew! But the host didn't even say that this is not oftenenough. Instead he recommended that the cat be taken to the vet and givenall sorts of tests and if that didn't help, he should give the cat psychoanalysisand behavior modification. Really! Tell your humans that if you are notusing "THE BOX" to look for simple solutions first, like dailypoopie scooping, regular cleaning before it stinks, getting a differentbox, different litter, taking off the lid, putting "THE BOX"in a different location that's more private, that sort of thing, beforecalling in Dr. Freud.

That's it for now. Furries. Tell them the famous Princess Tuffy of Calicosaid it!

-"TUFFY"- The Cat

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