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"Researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs perform abusive experiments on cats, after their ability to use dogs was defunded. That’s the charge coming from a group called the White Coat Waste Project. It’s working with Congress to get these experiments to stop, and it’s starting to have success. With more, White Coat Waste’s vice president for advocacy and public policy, Justin Goodman, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin."
"Tens of millions of animals are used annually in the United States to test drugs, cosmetics, and other household items. Dozens of species are used in experiments, with the majority of them having been bred for the purpose. Tens of thousands of dogs and cats will be used for such experiments today alone. The majority of these animals are killed at the end of the experiments if they live to the completion of the study. It doesn't have to be this way." - Washington Examiner
"After seeing sickening video of cats also having their skulls drilled into, they've banded together to fight the Department of Veterans Affairs' "painful and outdated" incontinence and constipation tests." "A letter signed by 31 lawmakers, including seven military veterans, calls on the VA to find more humane methods of testing incontinence and constipation treatments." - The Sun
VIDEO: "You might like cats, but you're not a cat person like husband and wife, Shawn Redner and Hilary Siegel-Redner in Menomonee Falls.
They have rescued dozens of cats, adopted 7 and are about to add another to their home, and they just recently turned their home into a cat museum with over 2,000 cat-themed figurines, plates, stuffed animals, paintings, photos, and anything else..."
See the story & video here: - TMJ4
[Doug Hines is the publisher of CatNewsHeadlines.com] "I try to give my cats the best cat food possible – even if I can barely afford it. I’ve been studying cat health and nutrition for the last three years, and I have learned that a cat’s physiology dictates what kind of food a cat needs. Although they can exist for years on poor quality foods, cats thrive on species-appropriate, raw food. Cats are carnivores and they require meat to achieve maximum health." "Providing the best diet for my cats isn’t easy.." - PoC
Publisher's Note (Occasionally an article catches my eye that is so well written that I want to keep it around for awhile. Here's one that I will keep almost permanently posted here. Rachel Sauer pretty much sums up my feelings for cats.
"Generally, I’m on board for the ever-growing slew of holidays and observances that exist simply because someone says so on the internet. Peanut Butter Day? Bring me a spoon! Word Nerd Day? I’m corybantic!" - The Daily Sentinel
[Doug's Note: This goes under the category of having a cat for the wrong reasons. So let me get this straight... Because of this young woman's psychological/emotional problems, her cat has to live a life stuck in a dorm room for the next four years? Is there anyone on this campus who can see this situation from the cat's point of view?]
"Grace Dice’s domestic Siamese short-hair, Jill, is a licensed emotional support animal. Dice said she needed her cat after a traumatic incident in high school." - TheCollegian
"While cats' domestic traits make them an inextricable part of human society, their wild traits keep them outside of our control." "In other words, “they maintain a double identity,” the authors write. “The dual status of the species as both wild predator and domestic companion underpins” an attendant division among people." - Anthropocene Magazine
VIDEO: "Well, a good and generous hoo-man took it upon himself to feed the stray cats outside his office building and it's all sorts of heartwarming. Robi Carillo said he decided to feed the cats because he noticed, no one was feeding them when the ECQ started. It soon became a daily habit, despite the risks it comes with." - GMA News Online
"Anyone who has had to purchase prescription diet food for their pet knows how crazy expensive these products can be. Even if you have pet health insurance, it usually doesn’t cover prescription food. I had a cat with digestive problems, so my vet at the time recommended Royal Canin prescription dry cat food, upwards of $75 per bag." - WindyCityLeagalGeek
"When I popped onto the Colorado General Assembly’s website a few days ago, I noted one of the three most accessed bills highlighted on the page included “Requirements for Dog and Cat Breeders and Sellers” or, more lyrically, the Humane Pet Act." - Montrose Press
"The Litter of the Law - Using estimates from the American Veterinary Medical Association (based on population), there are around 30,000 pet cats in Madison. But only slightly more than 1,000 feline friends — a little over 3 percent — are in compliance with city law, which requires owners pay an annual $15 licensing fee per cat ($20 if it isn’t spayed or neutered). - Isthmus
"With winter now upon us vets are warning owners of cats of the danger of antifreeze poisoning. Your cat may find it sweet and tasty, but anti-freeze is also deadly."
"A Wakefield vet has issued a stark reminder to cat owners of the dangers of antifreeze. The warning from Calder Vets comes in the wake of the death of two cats from the same family. Vets suspect the pair became ill after drinking antifreeze." - Wamiz
Doug's Note: This story is important for anyone who feeds their pet(s) dry food. The HUGE lack-of-moisture fact aside, and the HUGE lack-of-quality-ingredients aside, this story reveals the risks of high temperature processing during the manufacturing of dry pet food.
"About 95% of dry pet food is made by a process called extrusion. A study by Wageningen University in the Netherlands shows that drying pet food between 160°C to 180°C can significantly reduce its nutritional value. Sometimes temperatures can even reach 200°C during commercial pet food manufacturing. The high temperatures cause radical changes to the ingredients." This article shows you the consequences high temperatures have on pet food. - FMT news
"Under lockdown, even good relationships can be strained. Those in bad relationships are truly suffering, and even pets are not immune. A new shelter, Pet Refuge, aims to help women escape. Here, one woman shares her story.
OPINION: I’ve been praying for all the women - and their beloved pets - experiencing violence in lockdown. They’ll feel like they’re just part of this bubble they won’t ever be able to get out of. Like they’ve got a noose around their neck, and no one cares." - stuff
This story is about protecting our cats against the unthinkable. It has to do with the correlation between animal abuse and spousal and child abuse. I hope all of you choose to read this important revelation. - Doug
"Concerned for cat, reader"
"Dear Readers: A great many of you wrote in expressing concern for Whiskers and her owner. Your letters bring up a number of insightful points about the correlation between animal abuse and spousal and child abuse. All of you warned that Tom's behavior should serve as a red flag that he could end up abusing his wife or their future children. I agree with all of you that, for everyone's safety, she must leave with Whiskers, and Tom can seek therapy on his own. Here are just some of your letters..." - thetandd.com
"It became illegal in the United Sates in late 2018 to slaughter and eat dogs and cats. And yes, it did happen while it was legal. In Canada, it's still legal for dogs and cats to be eaten as long as the meat is inspected." "SIGN THIS PETITION CALL FOR DOG AND CAT MEAT CONSUMPTION TO BE ILLEGAL IN CANADA." - OneGreenPlanet
"A device that kills feral cats by spraying them with a lethal gel that they lick off while cleaning themselves is being trialled as a way to save endangered Australian wildlife. Since their introduction to Australia in the 18th century, cats have severely harmed the local ecosystem by preying on native birds and small mammals." - NewScientist
"Hoarders often say it, ‘things got out of control’. They are also the words of a man, Ryan Ross, who has found himself in trouble with the law because he had more than 100 cats at a home in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA. He did not live at the house. Ross inferred in conversations with law enforcement that he took in some cats but did not have them spayed and neutered (‘fixed’) so they bred. This is the root cause of the problems he created for himself. - PoC
"There’s a current story doing the rounds that acts as a genuine word of caution. One woman called Marianna told a story about her own dog, who was acting strangely and unresponsive to his own name. When she turned off her essential oil diffuser, however, her dog got better. Marianna didn’t realise the connection until another day when the pup had to be taken to the vet, where they told her just how common these issues are." - METRO
"Even the most experienced cat owners sometimes make serious mistakes while caring for their pets. In addition, the animals have to endure discomfort because of this and, as a result, our pets might start behaving badly. Bright Side wants to share the 10 most common mistakes we make while caring for cats and hopes that this article will help you resolve any issues and avoid making these mistakes in the future." - Brightside
"Friday marked the start of Catsgiving, an annual event run by the MSPCA-Angell. It’s meant to help feral or outdoors cats survive the long and cold winter. “Probably hundreds of cats who are domestic cats, just like the cats inside our homes, are eking out a living outside in Boston’s alleyways and underneath sheds,” MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin said. Food is hard to come by for these cats, especially went it gets cold." - Kiss108
"It came to me in a flash about two minutes ago. Well, I’ve known about it for years and sometimes cogitated on it. The life of a domestic cat is often too easy. The reason why it is too easy is because they are domestic cats. It’s a dilemma. It is a built-in failure of feline domestication, I’m afraid. Domestic cats are designed to hunt for a living. They are prime predators. They need to be challenged. They need to be stressed sometimes to be alive and happy. They need to be at the sharp end of life not in the back room of life where they are fed cat food, kept warm, petted and loved." - PoC
This article, written by CFI's very own Facebook group Admin, Carolyn North, is titled "What Every Dog Owner Must know about the Pet Food Industry." I include it here as news important to cat-parents/guardians as well. Keep in mind, however, that cats are obligate carnivores and require different diets than dogs. When Carol is describing food ingredients for dogs, the same does not apply to cats. Other than that, you'll get a real pet-education by reading this article. It's published in a blog site called "The Savvy Pet Owner"
Should you not have seen it, here’s an industry story I want to bring to your attention. I ask… is it worth the risk?
The following story at PetfoodIndustry.com caught my eye, and I believe it stinks worse than onions and garlic. The story titled “Onions and garlic offer flavor in the right amounts” puts an industry spin on subject potentially deadly for cats (and maybe for dogs as well). The subtitle is “These herbs have been associated with a number of health benefits for humans and pets, but only at small levels for dogs or cats.”
It is only when their spin machine is in full cycle that the article tells the truth. Four paragraphs into the story the authors finally say… “onions and/or garlic can lead to anemia and ultimately death".
All the evidence I have ever read states that garlic and onions (as well as shallots, leeks, chives, and Chinese onions) can be INCREDIBLY TOXIC to cats and can lead to anemia, organ damage and/or failure, and even death.And unbelievable as it may seem, these are ingredients in cat foods produced today!
I think PetfoodIndustry.com is prostituting itself in spinning such a story. When does a pet food manufacturer cross the line and add too much of a bad ingredient to their product? When it comes to my pet’s health and life, why would I want to take any risk at all - no matter the percentage of risk?
Spinning for pet food manufacturers is a poor use of PetfoodIndustry.com's time.
You can read their story here, but you may need to be a PFI member before you can access it.
It’s not fair to point paws at cats as killers of wildlife: Marsha Labarca. "The point I am making is that if you want to see who is causing the death of millions of wild animals or causing them to be threatened or endangered, just look in the mirror -- it's human beings." - Cleveland.com
The manufacture’s website info and product label design doesn’t matter. Advertising doesn't matter. Internet product reviews and caregiver’s testimonials don't matter. Whether or not your cats’ “like” it doesn’t matter (all kids like junk food). “If you are feeding canned cat food, the ONLY things that matter to your cats’ future and wellbeing are the ingredients in the can and the quality of those ingredients." - Doug Hines Learn more at CatFoodIngredients.com.
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