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Vol. 2, No. 17
Spring Is In The Air
by Garry White
Ah, we do love this warm Spring weather, don't we? Our kitties love Spring too, and so do a host of other nasty little warmth-loving organisms that will have Dear Fluffy upside-down in a hurry, if we aren't careful. No, this isn't about what my son.when he was a toddler.used to call Flicks & Teas. Here, we'll set the stage for Summer and discuss the havoc warm weather wreaks on cat food, and we'll begin by looking at the most common types of bacteria that turn otherwise delicious meals into hellish, and sometimes-fatal, poisons.
Hmmm.did you happen to note that these little killers thrive best at our (and Fluffy's) body temperature? Just asking.
We won't get too involved with the mathematical order of things, but understand that the growth process of Salmonella and E. Coli is exponential: If there are 50 million bacteria living in ideal surroundings, there'll be 100 million twenty minutes later, 200 million twenty minutes after that, and so on. Raise the temperature a few degrees, and multiply those numbers by 20% or so.
Well, I can see that we'll run out of space before I run out of wind, so we'll finish this up next week, okay? Save or print this article: We'll start next week from this point, and I'll assume you have the assumption to assume that I'd assume you would do.Oh, good grief! See you next week, folks!
by Kathy Fatheree
Last week... we learned from Bert's Mom that Bert has already proven to us that the old adage "he'll eat when he gets hungry" is FALSE! Besides, I think his feedings are his favorite part of his day!!
Weekly Bert Update:
Even though Bert is seemingly back to his old self, he is aware of the tube in his side and I know that he still feels very vulnerable. He feels safe in the bedroom and will venture out in due time. I'm sure of it!
Splish! Splash! Kitty's Getting a Bath - Part II
by Dan Malenski
This week, I will get specific with the details of bathing a cat and complete the series, so I can get the girls back to help me. I actually miss Melissa standing on the keyboard attempting to catch Felix the Cat prancing across my monitor and finding me computer options I never new existed.
Some may be wondering why bathe a cat in the first place and risk one's life attempting to do so. Good question! Regarding the average shorthaired cat, nearly all do an adequate job themselves and don't need a bath, but what about mishaps? Suppose kitty gets into something on their coat that will stain it, or worse yet, is toxic if they attempt to clean it themselves. Another reason could be that they no longer are able to groom themselves adequately due to a physical condition or have a tendency to soil themselves. Finally, many longhaired cats do need a bath periodically, as they have a tendency to build up skin oils on their coat and will benefit from a thorough grooming.
Your first act should be to give the cat a thorough combing. If you bathe a cat with mats, they will become dramatically worse after becoming wet and will likely require a professional to remove them. Next, choose either the sink or the bathtub, whichever appears to be the least stressful for the cat. Do insure that a rubber mat is positioned at the bottom of the sink (or in the tub) to prevent the cat from slipping and subsequently panicking due to the lack of stability. If you choose the tub, get right into it with the cat and close the shower doors. Doing so will save you a lot of cleaning. Insure that the shampoo you use specifically states that it is for use on cats. Do not use shampoo formulated for humans as they may contain chemical substances harmful to cats.
In most cases, placing a cat in a sink filled with water will frighten it and possibly cause it to remove your first two skin layers. The shower approach works best, using a gentle spray of lukewarm water and will keep the cat somewhat calm and enhance your chances of survival. You may obtain a handheld showerhead that will adapt to your tub faucet if you don't have one. It is best to work the lather only up to the cat's ears and not over their head to keep the soap away from their eyes and nostrils. If their face needs cleaning, a warm, damp washrag works best; otherwise, leave it up to kitty to clean its own face! When the time comes to rinse the cat, you may turn the spray up a bit to be more forceful and be sure to rinse thoroughly.
It is best to dry the cat with a towel the best you can and allow it to dry thoroughly in a small, warm room, perhaps with a cat bed in it with a dry towel on top of it. Most cats dislike the typical hair dryer because of their noise, but if you must use one, do not use the high setting under any circumstances.
If bathing and drying kitty yourself appears too daunting for you or kitty or you don't have a death wish, consider asking a professional groomer to perform the task. You will find that many will not accept cats, but just as many will. They will perform the task far quicker with less stress for you and kitty and there is no need to fret about the cost, as the fee will still be far less than a visit to the ER. Do take the time to perform some common sense screening to insure that your groomer knows how to handle cats and knows how to keep them comfortable. When inspecting the facility, insure that the cats are not caged in the same room as the dogs; if so, consider this a "red flag". Another item to look for is the number of cats groomed there, or is your cat the only one there time after time? You may very easily determine how well the groomer knows (and likes) cats by entering into a conversation with him/her with cats being the subject. Amanda and Melissa are bathed periodically by a couple who have eight cats of their own, and we know that they not only know how to handle them-they love them.
Each week we are having our own cat food reviews to determine what we, or should I say, our kitties think is the best cat food.
Brand Name: Life's
Dr. Bicks has spent a significant amount of time tweaking the formula so that it's not only healthful for cats, but it's also Yummy-Yummy-Yummy, and cats crave it just like you did! In fact, my own amazing fur ball, Buster, loves it.she purrs while she eats it. Her motor just doesn't stop. Buster feels that Dr. Jane is pretty cool too, and even wants to start the first 'Dr. Jane Fan Club' for Cats! Dr. Jane loves all pets, you know, and she has formulated other kitty products, as well. So stay tuned for the latest, folks; please take a moment to go visit our website and read all about Life's Abundance Cat Food."
Caring for Cats
by Garry White
Hey, we're finally done with Proactive Cat Care Plan, huh. Whew.what a 12-week grind that was! But look; Fluffy sure can't come up with a plan, and the very last thing she needs in a time of crisis is to hear you say Duhhh... So trust me; your efforts will probably pay off in spades one day. Actually, I bet some of you didn't didn't follow the plany anyway (naughty-naughty!), but you should.in your spare time, go back through the past articles and build that manual! Or else!
Speaking of older Newsletters; there's a ton of valuable information archived in them, but how many of you know how to get there? Kathy bless her soul. has placed that little "Back Issues" link in several strategic places that even Wilbur could find, but somehow I always miss it, so I've developed a system that works for me: The Internet address for any newsletter issue is.
Where Vol1 depicts the Volume and No19 is the issue for that volume. Get it? It's pretty easy; just change those two numbers to view any Newsletter. So if you were planning to scam me with, "Gee, Garry, I'd really love to work on that Proactive Plan, but I just can't seem to find Issue so-and so"...SORRREEE!
Great News for those of us with strictly indoor kitties. Soon, I'll be doing an article here about "Organic Cat Grass". We all know that kitties need grass for a number of reasons, one of which is to help them purge those miserable hairballs and other toxic glop that accumulates in the upper digestive region (us lower-class folks call it upchucking). Lynn (you remember Lynn from Michigan, who is supposedly not a pet person, but was here for me when Lewie left us.Gave my Angel Lewie a Star of his very own last Christmas, calls me regularly to see how Clark is doing, and has since taken quite a shine to goofy Wilbur.yeah; that Lynn) also gave us a cat-grass-growing kit last Christmas for Clark & Wilbur, which I've not yet diddled with. But I've just recently run across a company that offers the organic stuff, so we're about to become green around here.probably around the gils, but what the heck.
Summer's almost here: Will you be gone on vacation for an extended period of time? If so, how will you deal with your fur-family in your absence: House sitter? Kennel? Neighbor, friend? Are the kitties going with you? We'd love to hear your story and your plans. Feedback (at) AssistFeed.com
Have a great week, and remember what Steve Martin once said: "I gave my cat a bath last week, but it didn't work out too well; the hair sort of stuck to my tongue."
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