Archive for the ‘Cats’ Category

Itchmo Reader Cat Pictures

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008




Pictures sent in by Allbetterins.

Moxie loves to dress up like Liberace and in Easter whites.

NEW RECALL: Hartz Recalls Vitamin Care For Cats Because Of Possible Health Risk

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Here is a recall involving Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats:

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling a second specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall. Hartz recalled a specific lot code of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats last November due to similar concerns. Both lot codes were manufactured for Hartz by UFAC (USA) Inc. in 2007, and were removed from distribution last November. However, bottles from the second lot had been shipped to customers prior to their having been removed from distribution.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both cats and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of cats exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.


Idaho Woman Has Found Homes For Over 1500 Stray Cats

Monday, March 10th, 2008

CatBobbette Carlson, an Idaho woman, describes herself as the crazy cat lady.

She is crazy over finding homes for cats in need. Currently, Carlson has 32 cats, and at one point, she had 46 cats in her house and garage.

Five years ago, Carlson found out that many cats were being euthanized at a local animal shelter. She wanted to make a difference and give these cats a second chance and a new home.

During these five years, she has found homes for over 1500 homeless cats.

Her only criteria for someone that wants to adopt a cat from her is that the cat must live indoors. She also spays, neuters, and vaccinates all of her cats.


Residents Donate Pet Food To Animal Shelter After Mars Stop Donations

Monday, March 10th, 2008

South Carolina residents have chipped in to donate hundreds of bags of pet food to the Anderson County animal shelter. Mars, Inc., maker of Pedigree pet food, told the shelter it was ending gifts of pet food to their shelter.

Mars, Inc. was the shelter’s main primary food supplier, and around 300 pets have been affected by this stop in donations.

The shelter was running low on pet food and asked the community for help. Numerous people brought in bags of pet food, and some even braved bad weather to bring in their donations.

The shelter manager said she is uncertain why Mars, Inc. decided to stop donating pet food, and unless the shelter can find another corporate sponsor, the shelter will need to rely on the community for help. She was also told that the decision to cut back on the food donation program was company wide and other shelters were affected.


Cape May Council Compromises On Feral Cat Ordinance

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

CatsIt’s been a year long battle between bird lovers and cat lovers.

Cape May, New Jersey is one of North America’s prime bird-watching spots, and bird lovers have been trying to protect the endangered shore birds like the piping plover from feral cats on the beach. Cat advocates wanted to leave the cats at the beach.

This week the City Council has made a compromise between the bird lovers and the cat lovers and have approved a plan to move the feral cat colonies 1,000 feet away from the beach.

Federal environmental officials had threatened to withhold funds for the beach if the city refused to protect the birds.

Councilwoman Linda Steenrod said, “It’s important to protect our beaches. At the same time, it’s important to protect life. That means all life. I think we have a good compromise.”


Itchmo Reader Cat Picture

Thursday, March 6th, 2008


Picture sent in by Lottie.

17-year-old Jasper. This is what Lottie wrote about Jasper:

He was born in my bedroom and hasn’t known any other home, except the vets. You see, he is quite a hypochondriac. He has asthma, F.U.S. and diabetes.

One day, about a week after getting a cast removed from his left hind leg, (mind you he was still limping) I noticed that he was moving around without the limp. That is until he saw me. The thing is, he was favoring the wrong leg, and he knew he was caught, but we still love him.

Runaway Claw: Regrowth Occurs After Declawing

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008


The story of a claw resurfacing in the top of a declawed cat’s paw sounds like a myth. When we adopted Laverne – a previously declawed cat – this summer, we had no idea she would show us just how real this painful experience can be.

As I write this entry, Vernie is in surgery. I accidentally discovered a problem when I was petting a paw gently with one finger and felt something odd, then saw the claw and realized this was a front foot and the top of the foot at that. She hissed at me for the first time and ran off. By the time I was able to get a really good look, she had pulled the claw out, leaving only an inflamed area barely visible between and above her front toes, under her fur.

I’d been concerned from the time we adopted her after noticing her paw pads did not look as even and balanced as the other declawed cats I had seen. She had probably pulled the claw off many times before; the vet and I both checked her paws on previous occasions and did not find any visible issues.

If my original cat, Kisses, had not arrived declawed 10 years ago, I probably would have declawed her based on the misconception I still hear often: “That’s just what you do with indoor cats.” Since then, I have learned not just about the surgery, which severs toes at the first joint, but also how unnecessary it is. It’s easy to give Kitty a chance at keeping her claws while you keep your furniture intact, and I have additional tips for anyone with an already-clawless kitty.


Amber Alerts For Cats And Dogs Help Reunite Pets With Owners

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Amber Alert

For most people, when a beloved pet goes missing, owners will post up fliers, search around the neighborhood, or offer up rewards.

But now, there are several services that aid pet owners in their search for their missing cat or dog.

For Rebecca Backer, her six-year-old Labrador Mooch went missing for more than two weeks. She called animal shelters, put up fliers, and searched all over the neighborhood with no luck. Backer didn’t think she would ever find Mooch again.

Then Backer found out about, a nationwide Internet-based company that specializes in finding lost pets. helped Backer by calling all of her neighbors with a pre-recorded message of what Mooch looked like and who to call if they found him.

A country club owner had received one of those calls, had seen Mooch around the country club, and contacted Backer. Mooch, hungry and a bit thinner, was finally reunited with Backer.


Nutro Pet Food Plant Protest

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

This past weekend, residents of Victorville, CA organized a protest against Nutro’s pet food plant in the area. Residents have complained about the odors coming from the plant since the plant opened in May 2006 and want the plant to be shut down.

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District gave Nutro another year to get rid of the rotten smell.

Residents have even said that they have to run inside their house to get away from the smell.

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Itchmo Reader Cat Picture

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008


Picture sent in by Emily.

Marley — Emily rescued him off the streets of Brooklyn.

Man Dies When Trying To Rescue Cat In Tree

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

BuehlerScott Buehler had a soft spot for animals, and he was trying to help one when he fell to his death from a tree.

Buehler, a 27-year-old foreman who had received firefighting training, climbed up a tall cypress tree to save a neighbor’s stranded cat. But while rescuing the cat, he fell 35 to 40 feet and died.

Neighbors said the cat had been in the tree for two days meowing.

Buehler was able to grab the cat, but then some branches snapped and he lost his balance and fell off the tree.

Firefighters tried to save his life, but he later died at the hospital.


Update On Menu Foods Mediation

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

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Menu Foods released this statement on their website on February 29, 2008:

Yesterday, the parties in the Multi-District Litigation informed the U.S. District Court as follows:

“The parties are pleased to report that since February 14, 2008, the date of the last status conference, they have made substantial progress in resolving the outstanding matters that existed as of that date. The parties are hopeful that a comprehensive, cross-border settlement can be achieved and, as a result, request an additional two week period in which to work toward such a resolution. The parties respectfully request leave to submit a further status report to the Court in two weeks.”

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Itchmo Reader Cat Pictures

Friday, February 29th, 2008



Pictures sent in by tbacarella.


Los Angeles Passes Pet Sterilization Law

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Dog cat

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday signed into law an ordinance that requires most dogs and cats in the city to be spayed or neutered by the time they are four months old.

The ordinance intends to reduce the number of animals in shelters and eventually eliminate the thousands of euthanizations conducted in Los Angeles’ animal shelters every year, which costs the city about $2 million a year.

Villaraigosa said, “Animal experts agree spay and neutering is the best long-term solution for the problem of pet overpopulation. This is not only the best thing to do, it is the right thing to do.”

Councilman Tony Cardenas added, “We will, sooner rather than later, become a no-kill city and this is the greatest step in that direction.”

Some animals are exempt from the ordinance including animals that have competed in shows or competitions, guide dogs, animals used by police agencies and those belonging to professional breeders.


Itchmo’s Interview With Nathan Winograd

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


Nathan Winograd, author of Redemption and passionate no-kill activist, is a busy man. When he is not touring in support of his book, he might be writing shelter manuals, giving workshops, or answering emails and phone calls from all over. Nathan was recently kind enough to give up some of his time and grant me an interview. I appreciate the time he took. His passion for no-kill is palpable.


Jennifer Moore: Was there a defining moment for you, where you decided animal welfare was where you belonged, or was it a gradual transition from law into animal rescue? In other words, did you just suddenly decide to leave law, or did it take some time for you to change careers?

Nathan Winograd: I was a first year law student living on campus and one morning I heard a woman calling to cats in that high pitched baby voice we often use when talking to animals. I looked out my window and saw all these cats coming out of the bushes, and as a cat lover, I went downstairs to find out what she was doing. She told me about the work faculty, staff, and students were doing to protect the campus cats and the history of how they fought the University’s plans to have the cats killed. Naturally, they turned to the local humane society naively thinking that saving these cats was within their humane mission, but sadly the Humane Society of Santa Clara Valley sided with the University.


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