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Do you ever wish you could just run away from your ordinary routine and live on a quiet island? And then you sit and really think about it: If I ran away, I would never get to see my cats again.

Well, then, do we have a job for you.

God’s Little People Cat Rescue, a feline rehabilitation center and shelter in Syros, Greece, recently posted a job opportunity for a live-in caretaker to help with the shelter’s 55 cats.

In case you didn’t know, Syros is a small island in Greece that is known for its cosmopolitan yet laid-back vibe. It is near the center of the Cyclades in the Aeagean Sea and it’s considered an authentic and vibrant tourist option — without all the commercialization.

So, basically, Syros is a little piece of island paradise. Add in 55 adorable, cuddle-hungry cats, and you have a recipe for purrfection.

However, shortly after the God’s Little People Cat Rescue posted the job opportunity to their Facebook page, they were inundated with applications.

Thousands have applied for the position, and even highly trained professionals like veterinarians and doctors have thrown their hats in the ring. It’s easy to see why: It sounds like rewarding, wholesome work in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Although the job posting has gone viral and spawned lots of funny tweets, it’s important to remember that the real mission behind the God’s Little People Cat Rescue is no laughing matter.

Shelter founder Joan Bowell says she felt compelled to do something to help the island cats of Syros as she saw such suffering among the cats there, including cats being thrown in garbage cans and cats so hungry that their ribs protruded, as well as cats with a variety of painful medical conditions that were left untreated.

Along with her husband, Bowell worked tirelessly to set up the God’s Little People Cat Rescue, even paying for dental operations for strays and holding small burial services for those cats who didn’t make it.

Her efforts have paid off, and the cat rescue is now a flourishing and well-respected shelter that has brought joy, comfort and health back into the lives of so many deserving cats.

“Now you hardly see distressed cats on Syros,” Bowell says. “It all started here.”

And now one lucky applicant will get to help take part in this sacred mission. Eat, pray, meow!

If you’re a true cat lover, you’ll likely be interested in this photo book that captures cats making goofy faces while high on catnip.

“Cats on Catnip” is available in hardcover on Amazon for $13.64, or you can get a Kindle version for $9.99. Here’s a little preview of some of the adorable images from photographer Andrew Marttila. Warning: you may want to run out and adopt a cat after you see these.

Have you gotten your copy of CATS ON CATNIP yet? Link is in my bio! . I’ll also be selling & signing books at @meowfestival in Vancouver, B.C. in less than two weeks! Really looking forward to giving my photo workshop & meeting all of you. 😸

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It’s no secret that cats are picky about their litter boxes. Getting your cat’s litter box situation just right requires Goldilocks-level precision: not too big, but not too small; not too hidden, but not too public; not too covered, but not too open; not too this, and certainly not too that.

Add to your calculation the need to please a large breed or overweight cat, and the task becomes even more challenging. Never fear! We have narrowed down the most important things to consider when setting up a litter box for a large breed or overweight cat.

Why are large cats picky about the litter box?

Cats may love squeezing themselves into boxes or curling up in tight quarters, but when it comes to the litter box, it’s a very different story. Larger cats simply don’t fit comfortably in average-sized litter boxes. They need more space to turn around and stand up. They need to enter and exit without touching walls or ceilings. They simply need a litter box that fits them if we’re to expect them to use it reliably.

When you have a large breed cat—or even just a cat with some extra padding—you’re going to have to pay special attention to his or her litter box needs.

Think Big

When selecting a litter box for a large cat, the general idea is—you guessed it—big cats need big litter boxes. You may have to eke out the space for its larger footprint and possibly pay a little more for a larger kitty-commode, but those minor inconveniences are well worth it to prevent your large cat from avoiding an undersized litter box and choosing to go elsewhere.

How big is big enough? The rule of thumb is that a litter box should be at least one-and-a-half times as long as your largest cat. So, measuring your big cat is a good place to start in determining what you need. Jot down your pet’s measurements before you start shopping. While there are many oversized litter boxes out there, from traditional and online retailers, you can also DIY with a little creativity.

If you have an especially large cat or multiple large cats, you may want to use plastic containers as litter boxes. Large storage bins and under-bed storage containers make for cost-effective litter boxes. If you have a litter-kicking kitty, buy a container with high walls (clear plastic is best) and cut out an entryway; otherwise, choose a large, low-walled container, fill it with litter, and there you have it: a litter box that’s juuust right.

You may prefer a covered litter box to contain smells and keep the clumps out of sight, but your large cat probably doesn’t. Large cats tend to prefer open-feeling litter boxes that don’t have a cover or hood. Enclosed litter boxes force cats to enter and exit through a small doorway, can prevent them from turning around comfortably, and can make them feel vulnerable to ambush by other cats in the household.

If your large cat refuses to use a covered box, try removing the cover to see if that makes your pet more comfortable. You may also want to choose a litter box with low sides to make it more accessible for those overweight kitties with droopy bellies.

Self-Cleaning Solutions

Larger cats make larger messes, so you might hope to use a self-cleaning litter box that does the work for you. The catch? They have to fit! There are only a few automatic or self-cleaning litter boxes out there made to fit large or overweight cats. If you can’t find a solution for your larger breed cat,

In addition to noting your cat’s measurements, shop around until you find a self-cleaning litter box that’s proven to be a successful solution for large cats. Again, choose an option that has an open feel, so your cat doesn’t feel confined and uncomfortable.

Multiple Litter Boxes

Don’t forget the golden rule for multiple cat households: Generally, you want the number of litter boxes to equal the number of cats, plus one. For a three-cat household, for example, you should maintain four litter boxes. If you have a self-cleaning litter box, you can get away with fewer litter boxes since it cleans itself automatically (and is therefore more attractive to use).

When one or more of your cats is larger than average, having enough appropriately-sized litter boxes is even more important. You don’t want to create a situation where all of your larger cats are forced to use one large litter box; give your larger cats plenty of options to keep them happy (and avoid a mess).

Many litter box problems can be solved by providing the right number of the right-sized litter boxes. Give your large cat the right kind of litter box and increase your chances of success!

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https://www.litter-robot.com/blog/2017/07/07/litter-box-solutions-for-large-cats/

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Learn more about 'wobbly cat syndrome' including how a cat develops it, the symptoms, diagnosis and living with a cat with this condition | Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Cats  Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Cats Cerebellar HypoplasiaCerebellar hypoplasia: Two long (and baffling) words. Let’s break them up into something understandable.

First, the cerebellum: The cerebellum is the part of the brain which coordinates movement. Think of keeping your balance on the shifting deck of a ship at sea, and it’s your cerebellum (along with other internal mechanisms) taking up the slack to keep you upright.

The cerebellum also helps with fine motor skills (such as opening a tin of cat food) and coordination (spooning the food into the cat’s bowl.) These are all things we take for granted, indeed much like switching on the TV and expecting to see a picture, the cerebellum does its stuff without us giving conscious thought to how.

Now to tackle the other word: Hypoplasia. The ‘hypo’ part means ‘low’, as in hypothermia, which is what happens if you stand out in the cold without warm clothing. The ‘-plasia’ means to mould or form, so throw the two parts together and you get low. . . or under development.

By now you’ve raced ahead and put together that ‘cerebellar hypoplasia’ is an under-development of the brain’s balance centre, the cerebellum. Ta-dah! That’s exactly what it is. You may also have heard cerebellar hypoplasia cats referred to as ‘wobbly cats’ or the condition referred to as ‘wobbly cat syndrome’.

But what does this mean for a cat?

Symptoms of Cerebellar Hypoplasia

What do we know so far and what clues does this give us about the symptoms?

A cat with cerebellar hypoplasia has a brain that hasn’t fully developed its balance and coordination centres. Picture a cat with a drunken walk. These cats may have tremors or shakes; they stagger around and can have difficulty with muscular coordination. They often have what’s called an ‘intention tremor’, which means the harder they focus on doing something the worse the shake becomes.

They also find it difficult to do basic things like eating or going to the litter box. This is because they can see the food and know what they want to eat, but can’t coordinate their muscles to walk over and put their head in the bowl. Think of this like playing on a computer gaming console but with a broken controller: You want the animated character to pick up an energy pack but you’re unable to move him to the right spot.

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Can any Cat Develop Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

No! Its what’s called a developmental disorder. This means the growth of the brain was interrupted when the kitten was in the womb, and the brain failed to develop properly. So an adult cat that grew normally in the womb and was a healthy kitten is completely in the clear for cerebellar hypoplasia.

Also, an adult cat that was normal but develops a drunken walk doesn’t have cerebellar hypoplasia. The explanation for these symptoms is going to be different, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, , , encephalitis, or a brain tumour.

So yes, this does mean affected kittens are born with the condition. Actually, in a bizarre way, this is good news because this is also a non-progressive disease. This means that things are as bad as they are and won’t deteriorate with time (such as a progressive disease does.)

How Serious is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

The big picture is that cerebellar hypoplasia is disabling to a kitten, but with a caring owner, they can usually cope. But these kittens don’t have the nimbleness and speed necessary to escape from danger, so it’s essential to raise them as indoor cats.

It’s also important to know that this isn’t an all-or-nothing condition. A kitten may be mildly or severely affected, depending on how much damage was done in the womb. So the signs may vary from a slightly wobbly kitten to one that has difficulty standing.

Whilst a slight wobble is something the kitten can cope with, an extreme case may be severely disabled. However, the good news (if that’s the right choice of words) is the condition isn’t going to deteriorate, so a kitten that’s doing fine right now is likely to keep on that way.

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Image: Emily Hall via Kitty Cat Chronicles

Why do Cats get Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

We’ve already mentioned damage to the developing foetus, but how does this damage happen?

The most common cause is the mother cat becomes infected with the feline panleukopaenia virus in the later stages of pregnancy. This virus crosses the placenta to the kittens in the womb and attacks rapidly dividing cells. Unfortunately, late pregnancy is also when the kitten’s brain is growing most rapidly and so the virus hits the equivalent of a jackpot.

However, this isn’t the only cause. Severe malnutrition in the mother will damage her kittens’ development, as will head trauma to new-born kittens.

How is Cerebellar Hypoplasia Diagnosed?

Many vets diagnose this condition based on the clinical signs in a very young kitten. However, when a vet is presented with a stray adult cat that has poor coordination, other health problems causing similar symptoms need to be ruled out. One of these is , where the parasite attacks the brain and interferes with motor function.

Ultimately, a definitive diagnosis is made by taking a picture of the brain with an MRI scanner. This enables the technician to see how small the cerebellum is, making the diagnosis a ‘no-brainer.’

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Helping a Kitten with Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Firstly, prevention is better than cure. If you’re planning on breeding, make sure the mother’s vaccinations are up to date (panleukopaenia is a core constituent of vaccine protocols) before she’s mated. And of course, make sure she’s fed a well-balanced diet.

However, if you already have a kitten with cerebellar hypoplasia, then a few adaptations to your home can make a big difference. Things like making a shallow ramp for the kitty to climb into her litter tray will help. Also, try raising the food bowls slightly off the ground so the kitten doesn’t have to dip her head down quite as much.

So there we have it: Cerebellar hypoplasia: An avoidable condition affecting kittens, but one most kittens are able to live with so long as they stay indoors.

Dr Pippa Elliott BVMS MRCVS is a veterinarian with 27-years’ experience in practice and a special interest in feline medicine and behaviour. Pippa is housekeeping staff to four highly individual cats that conspire to keep her busy opening doors on demand.

PS. Editors note: Whilst many CH ‘wobbly’ cats may be best suited to an indoor lifestyle, there is always an exception. Meet Sophie a very special wobbly kitty. . .  as you can see from the video below, nothing stops her from leading a full and active life.

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Photos used in this article are published with permission from Emily Hall, you can read more about Sophie and cerebellar hypoplasia on the Kitty Cat Chronicles blog.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 08: Mark Blicavs of the Cats celebrates a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on July 8, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Geelong midfielder Mark Blicavs has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Cats, keeping him at the club until 2023.

The veteran is in the midst of his sixth season, seemingly healthy having played all seven games this season for the Cats and says he wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.

“Being a one club player is important to me, and the club has shown a lot of faith in me in providing that opportunity,” Blicavs told geelongcats.com.au.

“I love the club and the people, and from the first time I stepped inside the club I have wanted to be here. Everything here is first class and there is no other group I would want to run out with each week. The focus is on doing everything we can to again be challenging at the end of the season.”

Geelong’s General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd was pivotal in signing off on this agreement between the Cats and Blicavs and says that he is important to the team for many reasons – versatility, leadership and influence being just a few of them.

“His ability to play in so many positions provides us with flexibility in selection and within games. Coupled with his outstanding athletic ability, Mark is unique within the AFL,” Lloyd told geelongcats.com.au.

“Mark has also shown himself to be an exceptional leader who is highly influential within the playing group, and has been a member of the club’s player leadership group.”

Blicavs has played 117 games for the Cats, and has averaged 14.9 disposals, 3.9 marks and 4.6 tackles per game over his six-year career.

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If you’ve frequented enough New York City delis or , then you’ve most likely come across a resident cat or two, either roaming the shop’s aisles or tucked away and sleeping in a corner. The response to these furry shop companions is varied, ranging from affection and appreciation to criticism, disgust, and even penalization. For shop owners and many customers, bodega cats are welcomed for their weird, yet sweet personalities, but also for an invaluable service that they provide. Rats, mice, and other infestations are just a fact of the city — they’re in apartments, offices, classrooms, grocery stores, restaurants, subway stations, streets, and literally everywhere else — but the installation of a bodega cat has proven to be a successful repellent. The practice is not new: cats in shops have been a constant in the city’s deli and bodega culture, but they’re technically illegal to keep in food establishments due to public health concerns.

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The backlash against bodega cats comes from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) and cat-haters alike. The DOH is extremely clear on its pest and animal policy in regard to food service establishments, which includes full-service restaurants, fast-food restaurants, and food carts. The regulations also apply to food retailers like bodegas, Green Carts, produce carts, produce stores, specialty groceries, and grocery stores. In Article 151 of the city’s Health Code, it’s stated that in terms of prevention and pest management, all “[p]roperties shall be free of pests. All premises capable of attracting or supporting rodents, insects and other pests shall be kept free from rodents, insects and other pests, and from any conditions conducive to pests. The person in control of such premises shall take such measures as may be necessary to prevent and control the harborage and free movement of rodents, insects or other pests.”

This is an appropriate and reasonable rule — one that can be appreciated by anyone who has encountered a cockroach or rat unexpectedly running around their kitchen floor — and is intended to prevent the spread of diseases caused by rodent contamination. But this is New York City we’re talking about. We all saw that rat dragging that piece of pizza down the subway stairs; we know what they’re capable of. They’re resilient, and sometimes a sticky trap or an electric trap just won’t do the trick.

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A bodega cat serves not only to catch and kill existing rodents, but also to deter others from entering the establishment, spreading bacteria, and destroying the shop owner’s goods. However, the DOH prohibits the existence of any “live animal other than fish in tank or service animal” on the basis of it being a public health issue. For matters of pest infestation, the violation of any regulation usually results in a penalty fine of $200. Alternatively, adopting a cat to eliminate the rodents can incur a fine anywhere from $200 to $350; in one instance, a shopkeeper was threatened with a $2,000 fine for allowing a cat into his establishment. Ultimately, shopkeepers are faced with rodents (a New York City inevitability) and a fine or a rodent-repelling cat and a fine.

A main point of contention seems to be the threat to public health that a cat could pose within a bodega, particularly in ones that offer food services. It’s a fair enough argument — cats could be carriers of bacteria and potential disease — but if they are properly cared for, meaning that they are provided with vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and clean home environments, then they are far less hazardous than a family of mice or rats.

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The DOH has commented on the issue and indicated its firm stance on keeping cats out of bodegas and delis, citing the regulation’s relationship to the FDA’s Model Food Code. Nonetheless, public opinion might have the power to reform the regulation, as seen in a 2016 Change.org petition to legalize cats in bodegas. The petition garnered nearly 6,000 supporters and, though it was unsuccessful at the time, demonstrated how these neighborhood cats are still common and beloved by both customers and shop-owners.

Though bodega cats may not be entirely legal, they’re still a welcome sight for many New Yorkers. If you’re not convinced, check out this Instagram account entirely dedicated to them, as well as Shop Cats of New York, a book of 36 local cats across the city, written by Tamar Arslanian and photographed by Andrew Marttila.

For more cat love, take a look at 10 of New York City’s most famous cats and read about the hidden cat sanctuary on Roosevelt Island.

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If I have a choice, at kaya ko, kahit tumira ako sa barong-barong kasama ‘tong mga pusa ko.
If I have a choice, and if I am able, I will live in a shanty just so I can be with my cats.

Lolo Rex Jokico is a 64-year old bachelor living with a sick older brother. His only children are his 18 cats, who he loves more than anything. They live in an apartment that relatives are letting them use for free.

Some time ago, however, Lolo Rex was suddenly placed in an impossible situation. His landlord told him the cats had to go. If Lolo Rex decides to make a fuss, he and his brother will have to look for another place to stay. But where can they go? They have no money to pay for rent.

“If I can’t get rid of my cats, my landlord will get rid of me. I had no choice but to let go,” Lolo Rex said, teary-eyed and heartbroken.

But he can appeal for help… and he is begging us to save his cats from being to sleep at the Caloocan City Pound. The animal welfare group, Cats of Manila, was able to capture his last night with his cats… It was heartbreaking. You can see the anguish and desperation on Lolo Rex face.

You can also see a love so deep it will break your heart.

I’m appealing to anyone out there. Please help my cats. I want them to live. They have as much right to live as we all do. In the great scheme of things, they have an important role for humanity.

The day following this video, the city pound personnel came and took Lolo Rex’s children away from him. That was last January 23. The cats have five days before they will be euthanized.

Cats of Manila was able to get 9 cats adopted but that leaves 9 still on death row. To save them, you must go to the Caloocan City Pound and pull out the cats for adoption. A Google search showed that the exact location is along San Vicente Ferrer St. in Camarin, Caloocan, near North Caloocan Elementary School. You can use this landmark for getting driving or commuting directions. My search also came up with this hotline number for the Caloocan City Pound, +632 391 8125–but the news article I got it from is a few years old so let’s just hope it is still active.

Please SHARE Lolo Rex’s story to your networks, please. If you know anyone who’d be willing to open their hearts to a new family member, show them this story.

Please also remind your friends and family to ADOPT, DON’T SHOP and spay or neuter their pets. Do not let them roam the streets or they might get picked up by the city pound. If you surrender your pets to the pound, be aware that you are putting a death sentence on your pets. Let us become part of the solution and not add to the problem of millions of homeless pets in the world because of overbreeding, abandonment, and irresponsibility.

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Bookworm. Animal lover. Tree hugger. Read her book blog at www.artseblis.wordpress. Find her at the Flips Flipping Pages book club on Facebook. Volunteer with her at CARA (animal welfare), ATD Philippines (poverty alleviation), Samahan ng Sining at Kultura ng Pilipinas (heritage preservation), Pandacan Ecology Ministry (environment protection), or Advocate for Environmental and Social Justice (community development).

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    Broadway News   Second Life of Broadway’s Cats Ends RunThe Andrew Lloyd Webber musical plays its final performances December 30 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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    The 2016 revival of Cats plays its final performances December 30 at 2 PM and 8 PM at the Neil Simon Theatre. At the time of its closing, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will have played 16 previews and 593 regular performances.

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    Directed by Trevor Nunn and with choreography by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne), the first-ever Broadway revival of the classic 1982 show opened at the Neil Simon Theatre July 31, 2016.

    A national tour is scheduled to launch in January 2018, officially opening at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island. Additional stops on the tour include Chicago, Durham, North Carolina, and Los Angeles. A full itinerary and cast will be announced later.

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      The current cast of Cats includes Mamie Parris as Grizabella, Ahmad Simmons as Alonzo, Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, Mackenzie Warren as Bombalurina, Jakob Karr as Carbuckety, Emily Pynenburg as Cassandra, Ron Todorowski as Coricopat, Samantha Sturm as Demeter, Lili Froehlich as Electra, Sarah Jane Shanks as Jellylorum, Sarah Marie Jenkins as Jennyanydots, Zachary Downer as Mistoffelees, Zachary Daniel Jones as Mungojerrie, Andy Huntington Jones as Munkustrap, Christopher Gurr as Gus / Bustopher Jones, Daniel Gaymon as Macavity, Sharrod Williams as Pouncival, Haley Fish as Rumpelteazer, Jessica Cohen as Sillabub, Aaron J. Albano as Skimbleshanks, Emily Tate as Tantomile, Andrew Wilson as Tumblebrutus, Quentin Earl Darrington as Old Deuteronomy, and Claire Rathbun as Victoria, along with Richard Todd Adams, Jessica Hendy, Madison Mitchell, Nathan Patrick Morgan, Megan Ort, Corey John Snide, Callan Bergmann, Maria Briggs, Francesca Granell, Harris Milgrim, Jonalyn Saxer, and Tanner Ray Wilson.

      Composed by Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock), where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. The musical was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen and The Shubert Organization.

      The creative team for the new Broadway production also includes John Napier (scenic and costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), and Mick Potter (sound design). This new production of Cats is licensed by The Really Useful Group. Nina Lannan serves as executive producer.

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      http://playbill.com/article/second-life-of-broadways-cats-ends-run

      British shorthair cats and Golden Retriever

      US House passes bill to ban eating dogs and cats

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      British shorthair cats and Golden Retriever

      The bill was sponsored by Florida Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan and co-sponsored by Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings. H.R.6720 prohibits the slaughter, transport, purchase, sale, trade or possession of dogs and cats for human consumption in the United States. It was formally incorporated into the language of the Farm bill, but has now been introduced and passed the House as a stand-alone bipartisan bill.

      The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by Marc Ching in 2011, has been a leader in bringing awareness to the
      international practice of slaughtering dogs and cats for human consumption. H.R.6720 is the Foundation’s first major legislative victory.

      The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation initiated the creation of H.R.1406 originally titled, The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act which was first introduced in March 2017 by Congressman Hastings.  The AHWF has lobbied for the bill, knowing that the United States cannot condemn the practice around the world if it is still legally permissible within its own borders.

      Ching used the footage he has gathered throughout his many rescue trips into slaughterhouses to reveal to legislators the immense cruelty and suffering of the dog and cat victims. He has been steadfast in his commitment to this bill and ensuring critical provisions remained in the final version.

      “I am overjoyed at the passage of H.R.6720. This is a major victory for the animals, and will work to assist those in other countries leading the way to fight against and liberate those victimized by the dog and cat meat trade,” said Ching.

      H.R.6720 will now move to the U.S. Senate for a vote and then on to the President.

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      https://fox2now.com/2018/09/14/us-house-passes-bill-to-ban-eating-dogs-and-cats/

      Can Cats Eat Pineapples?

      It is interesting to note that while both cats and dogs are considered to be members of the Order Carnivora, cats are considered to be carnivores whereas dogs are considered to be omnivores. In other words, cats must eat meat, whereas dogs can survive on plant matter but tend to fare much better when most of their diet is made up of meat. With that said, while cats must eat meat, that doesn’t mean that cats can’t eat plant matter from time to time.

      Can Cats Eat Pineapples?

      For example, some people might wonder whether their cats are capable of eating pineapple. After all, since they enjoy the taste of pineapple, it is natural for them to wonder whether their feline friend will enjoy the taste of pineapple as well. Fortunately, cats are capable of eating pineapple without being poisoned in the process. Unfortunately, cat owners still need to be careful about feeding pineapple to their cats.

      This is because cats are not good at digesting pineapple. Since they are carnivores, they don’t have the kind of digestive system needed to get the most nutrients out of plant matter. Even worse, since their digestive systems are so unsuited for digesting plant matter, cats can experience problems when they eat too much.

      For instance, cats can get diarrhea when they eat too much pineapple. Due to this, even if cat owners want to share their pineapple with their cats, they should be careful about feeding them too much pineapple. This is particularly important because cats have so much less body mass compared to humans, meaning that what seems like a little for humans can turn out to be a lot for cats. As for whether cats can actually get any nutrition from eating pineapple, well, suffice to say that while they might be able to, there are better solutions if they need any of the nutrients that can be found in pineapple.

      Naturally, pineapples are packed full of nutrients, which happen to include a number that can prove useful for cats. For example, a pineapple comes with manganese, which is necessary for a cat’s body to make use of the proteins and carbohydrates that the cat consumes. Likewise, other potentially useful nutrients range from copper to folate and fiber. It is interesting to note that some people suggest feeding a little pineapple to cats if they are constipated because the fiber in pineapple can help their digestive systems in a similar manner to how fiber can help human digestive systems. However, one can’t help but suspect that there might be better alternatives that can be found out there.

      With that said, it is interesting to note that some people have reported their cats chewing on the leaves of pineapples. As a result, there are some people who believe that cats chew said material for the purpose of benefiting from the nutrients locked therein. However, since cats are not good at digesting plant matter, this line of speculation is rather dubious. Instead, it seems probable that cats might chew the leaves of pineapples either because they are curious or because they find the chewing sensation to be pleasing for them for whatever reason. After all, it is not exactly uncommon for cats to chew on things that provide them with no nutritional value whatsoever, as shown by the numerous stories of them chewing on electrical cords of all things.

      Finally, it should be mentioned that while pineapple shouldn’t be dangerous for cats so long as it is consumed in limited quantities, some cats might have worse reactions to it than others. This is because cats can be allergic to the various chemicals that can be found in the various parts of pineapples, which is something that cat owners will want to watch out for. On top of this, the way in which pineapple is prepared can have a potentially negative effect as well. For example, while pineapple isn’t good for cats, canned pineapples tend to be even worse. This is because canned pineapple tends to come with more sugar, which isn’t just useless in the sense that the cat won’t be able to taste the sweetness but also potentially harmful because the cat won’t be able to digest the sugar all that well. Summed up, cat owners might want to avoid feeding their cats pineapple altogether even if it is not particularly dangerous for their beloved animal companions.

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      You are ready to upgrade your floors, and you need to find something that works for you and your pet. So, it stands to reason – finding the best flooring for dogs and cats is important.

      After all, you could never imagine getting rid of your furry friend, or banning him to the backyard.

      Or, perhaps you are a cat lover and you fear the cat will ruin any new floors you choose.

      Fear not. The good news is that there are plenty of options in flooring for pet owners.

      In fact, in 40% of all homes, you’ll find at least one dog. And dog (or cat) lovers have found many pet-friendly options in new floors.

      There are compromises, of course, as is the case with most things.

      The good news is that, depending on your unique situation, with a little research and patience, you can find the right flooring for you home.

      Just keep in mind that the best flooring for dogs, cats, or any other pet should be one that you also enjoy. While it is great to take into consideration your furry friend, you also want to consider your needs and those of any other family members.

      Let’s look at some of the best flooring options when you have pets.

      Tile and Stone Flooring

      If you want to find the best flooring that can hold up to whatever your pet dishes out, then tile and stone are your best options. These floors are water resistant, stain resistant, and easy to clean.

      Tile and stone flooring work well with pets of all ages. So, if you have a new puppy still learning to potty-train or an older dog who has trouble controlling its bowels, these floors are very forgiving.

      And if you forget to trim your pet’s nails, you don’t have to worry about them scratching or damaging your floors.

      Now, the downside is that while tile (including wood-look tile) and stone are convenient for you, they aren’t the most comfortable flooring for your pet.

      These floors are hard and cold.

      Cats can easily find a cozy couch or chair to rest in. But, if you have dogs, make sure that they have a soft rug or dog bed somewhere in the house to lie down on.

      And if you live somewhere that gets cold in the winter, you may also want to consider installing a radiant heating system underneath your tile or stone flooring. Radiant heating will add warmth for both you and your pet.

      Tile and stone are definitely top picks in flooring if you want to preserve your floors and allow pets inside. However, they are not the most comfortable for your pets, so make sure to add softness and warmth to them.

      Cork Flooring

      Cork flooring is an excellent choice of flooring for pet owners. It resembles hardwood flooring and it is microbial.

      What does this mean? If your pet has an accident on the floor, it is less likely to lead to the growth of bacteria, mold, and other harmful allergens.

      So, while you want to clean it up quickly, if you don’t discover the accident right away, you can still remove it safely.

      Another benefit of cork is that it absorbs sound. If you love your pet but are not a fan of the sound of it trapesing noisily through your house, cork is a good option.

      Cork is also scratch-resistant. However, this doesn’t mean it won’t scratch, and keeping your pet’s nails trimmed is still a good idea.

      Choose a lighter shade of cork flooring to minimize the look of scratch marks. And make sure to finish it with a tough, scratch-resistant finishing product.

      While cork flooring is not entirely “pet-proof”, it is an option that provides a natural warmth similar to hardwood flooring, yet resists some of the elements that other floors are vulnerable to when it comes to pets.

      Bamboo Flooring

      Like cork, bamboo flooring is another great option if you want a natural, wood look with pets.

      It is extremely durable, stain resistant, and scratch resistant. So, you can feel at ease as you watch your pet run across your brand-new floors.

      Just make sure to choose the right bamboo flooring. Not all bamboo is created equal.

      Choose one that has a high rating for hardness according to the Janka test. Strand woven bamboo floors hold up the best over other types of bamboo flooring.

      Bamboo flooring is also easy to maintain. So, whatever your pet drags into the house from the outside is easy to clean up.

      Food and water spills or pet accidents won’t damage these floors either if cleaned up properly.

      Plus, bamboo is very sustainable. So, you are also doing something good for the environment when choosing bamboo.

      Overall, bamboo flooring is an excellent choice for a home with pets, as long as you choose one that is hard and durable.

      Luxury Vinyl Flooring

      Luxury vinyl flooring is a great choice if you have pets. It can mimic the look of natural stone tile or hardwood but is much easier on your pets (and your budget).

      Luxury vinyl comes in several forms: luxury vinyl planks (LVP) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT).

      LVP and LVT work well with pets for many reasons. Luxury vinyl is very durable.

      If you use a good quality product and install it correctly, it can withstand many of the challenges that come along with pets. And it won’t scratch or tear.

      It holds up well against accidents and food or water bowl spills. Most luxury vinyl is water resistant and some varieties are even waterproof.

      It is easy to maintain, and easy to clean.

      Plus, it is soft underfoot. So, your pets will be comfortable walking or resting on it.

      So, if you are looking for a budget-friendly flooring that you and your pets will enjoy, luxury vinyl is an excellent choice.

      Engineered Hardwood Flooring

      While any type of hardwood flooring is not really recommended for pets, if you must have hardwood, then go with engineered hardwood.

      Just be sure to choose one that rates high on the Janka test such as Brazilian cherry or white oak.  And you definitely want it to have a tough, scratch-resistant finish on it.

      In case your pet does scratch through the finish, go with planks that have a thick veneer. If the top layer is thick, you can sand and refinish it a few times.

      Another way to help hide the scratch marks is to choose flooring that already has a “rustic” or distressed look. These styles already look worn and any scratch marks will naturally blend in.

      Also, remember to clean up any accidents or spills immediately to protect your floors.

      So, if you don’t mind spending a little more for high-quality engineered hardwood, it is possible for pets and hardwood floors to coexist in your home.

      Flooring to Avoid with Pets

      If you plan to install new flooring, and one of your goals is that it is pet-friendly, there are some flooring types that are best to avoid.

      Now, if you have your heart set on any of these floors, you can still have them. Just keep in mind that you may have to make some compromises, or work a little extra hard to maintain them.

      The first, and probably most obvious of these is carpet. Especially thick, plush carpets. Unless you choose a carpet designed for pet owners.

      Carpet stains easily. Plus, cats like to claw it and dogs like to chew on it.

      Solid hardwoods should also be avoided. Pet accidents or spills can permanently damage and warp them.

      Plus, they can easily get scratched up. So, if you insist on hardwood, you are better off going with engineered hardwood.

      Laminate is not a good choice with pets either. It can warp if it gets wet, unless you manage to get your hands on one of the waterproof laminate options manufactured recently.

      Plus, its texture can be slippery for pets. This can be troublesome, especially for dogs who may be prone to hip injuries.

      Cleaning Your Pet-Friendly Floors

      Whatever type of flooring you choose, keeping it clean is important.

      Animals track dirt and debris inside the house. They also leave pet hair and dander.

      And even if you have a cat who never ventures outside, it may leave a trail of litter that can harm your floors.

      So, here are some tips to help keep your floors clean.

      1. Create a weekly routine schedule to vacuum and sweep often.
      2. Some floors need refinishing every 6 months to a year. Mark your calendars and keep up with this to protect your floors.

      With regular routine maintenance, you can keep your floors in good shape, even with pets.

      Tips to Minimize Pet Accidents

      If you have pets, you can expect the occasional accident. It will happen.

      Dogs may not be able to wait as long as you need them to. Cats can miss the litter box.

      However, there are some ways that you can minimize the frequency of accidents.

      First, if you have a new puppy, make sure to read up on house training. And be patient.

      Or, you can hire professionals to train the puppy for you.

      If your dog is older and starts having accidents, it may be a sign of a medical issue. The best place to start is by having your pet examined by a veterinarian.

      Stress can also cause dogs to have accidents in the house. If there are changes in the home that are stressing your pet out, try to find ways to help it through this time.

      Cats may go outside the litter box for many reasons. If the litter box is too dirty, the cat may avoid it.

      Sometimes behavioral or medical reasons are to blame. If the reason is behavioral, cats will typically go in the same place repeatedly.

      Clean the area thoroughly with an enzyme cleaner so that they cannot detect their new spot anymore. If necessary, rearrange furniture and close doors so they can no longer access it.

      And try cleaning and changing the location of the litter box.

      If your cat goes different places outside the litter box each time, it could be a urinary tract infection or another medical issue. You may need to take the cat to the veterinarian.

      Just remember, if you have pets, you will probably have accidents on your floor. Try to be patient with your pets and figure out the root cause of the accidents.

      And clean your floors up immediately to prevent damage to them.

      Conclusion

      While there is no “perfect” flooring for pets, there are plenty of options that will work.  And some work better than others.

      The flooring you choose should be individualized to your needs and the needs of your pet.

      If you want the easiest, most durable flooring with pets, ceramic or stone tile might be your best bet. Just remember it is hard and cold, so provide a soft rug or pillow for your pet to cuddle up on.

      For green options that can accommodate your pets, cork and bamboo are great choices. But don’t skimp on the materials, cheap versions of these floorings can easily be damaged.

      The most budget-friendly, easy to maintain flooring for pets is definitely luxury vinyl. However, this option may not help you with resale value, so if you plan to move in the near future, keep this in mind.

      Hardwood flooring is considered the best for resale, but it is not the most pet-friendly flooring. So, look for engineered hardwoods that can handle most of the challenges with pets.

      Whichever option you choose, just remember that accidents will happen. And scratches are always a possibility with certain types of floors.

      Try to keep your pets groomed and trim their nails frequently.

      With regular upkeep of your floors and your pets, you can have nice floors in a pet-friendly home.

      The post Best Flooring for Your Dogs & Cats appeared first on Floor Critics.

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      https://floorcritics.com/best-flooring-for-pets/

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