Posts tagged "CATalyst Council"

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing
Summing up twenty years isn’t easy, as I begin my third decade of writing my Tribune Content Agency newspaper column I have a wealth of memories to recall. I was the first journalist to speak with a search and rescue dog handler at the World Trade Center, within 48 hours after September 11, 2001.  Driving... Read more »

Simon's Cat Wants Happier Veterinary Visits

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Cats don’t like veterinarians – or that is the common accepted view. I disagree! Cats, like us, don’t like repeating bad experiences. So, if a previous veterinary visit was perceived as stressful, you bet, the next one will be far more stressful.  When your cat is stressed, then you are stressed….and then the cat becomes... Read more »

Are Cats in Need of a Makeover?

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Cats are like the Rodney Dangerfield of pets – they get no respect. More cats are relinquished to shelters than dogs. Cats are less than half as likely to receive annual medical care than dogs….Pet owners (on average) aren’t willing to spend as much on cat care (compared to dog care)….and sometimes when people get... Read more »
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HomeAgain Heroes, Don't Let Anyone Tear Them Away

HomeAgain Heroes, Don't Let Anyone Tear Them Away
Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, David Bowie and Bonnie Tyler are among many performers who’ve sung the praise of heroes in their songs. Carey’s ballad, “Hero” (1993), written by Walter Afanasieff, includes the lyrics:  ”Lord knows dreams are hard to follow,  But they don’t let anyone tear them away.  Hold on, there will be tomorrow.  In... Read more »

Adopt-A-Cat Month: American Humane Association

Adopt-A-Cat Month: American Humane Association
Cats don’t have much a chance of making it out of animal shelters, which is why the American Humane Association created Adopt-A-Cat Month several years ago. June was chosen because throughout much of the country – this begins “kitten season.” Although cats have often been referred to as America’s “Most Popular Pet,” they receive less veterinary care,... Read more »

Cats and Carriers: You Can Teach an Old Cat New Tricks

Cats and Carriers: You Can Teach an Old Cat New Tricks
Take out the carrier – and now where is your cat? The answer: The next county….maybe even the next state. Veterinary visits for cats are on the decline. In fact, half of all cats didn’t even see a veterinarian last year. As a result, preventive illness in cats is on the rise. Nearly half of... Read more »
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Finally, Good News for Cats

Finally, Good News for Cats
This has been a tough year for cats….as I wrote about in my most recent column for the Cat Channel. News headlines have linked cats to cancer; in Florida (and elsewhere) community cats have been maligned and so are the good people who do TNR; veterinary visits for cats are down; relinquishment to shelters is... Read more »

Can Your Cat Make You Crazy, No! Can You Make Yourself Crazy Thinking About It, Yes!

Can Your Cat Make You Crazy, No! Can You Make Yourself Crazy Thinking About It, Yes!
Just plain stupid – cats don’t make people crazy, as the Atlantic Monthly asserts. “Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?” Here’s the truth: There have been some loose associations between toxoplasmosis (carried in cat stool and other sources) – to determine previous... Read more »

Liver Means Happy Cats at Veterinary Office

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So brilliant, so simple….Doesn’t work with all cats – but liver on one end, an injection on the other. Dr. Sally Foote demonstrates how making practices cat friendlier means s happier cats, which means happier owners. Happy means more likely you will return with your cat to the veterinarian.. CATalyst Council are studying ways practices... Read more »
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CATaylst: If Cats Had Thumbs

CATaylst: If Cats Had Thumbs
You may have missed this – I missed it, March 3 was National If Pets Had Thumbs Day. Who knew? Cat Stanley, the CATalyst Council spokescat commented on what prospect would result in….. 1.       Eat more tuna. I’m embarrassed to even write this since it’s so obvious.  Most cats enjoy fish, but I really, really... Read more »