|March 8, 2012
We’ve got a new kitty in the Living with IBD section! Thank you again Cynthia for sharing Murphy’s story!
Reports of possible problems with Kirkland Dog Food
In 2014, Midwestern University will open Arizona's first veterinary school, a move administrators and farmers
hope will resolve a shortage of animal doctors in rural parts of the state. Arizona has one veterinarian per 4,100
animals, while the national average is one per 3,500.
Midwestern University to open veterinary school in Glendale Az, in 2014
I’m sure if you’re in any of the states affected by the tornadoes last week these shelters could all use some help:
Injured, Scared Pets Emerge From Tornado Rubble - Shelters Work To Reunite Pets With Families
Rattlesnake Vaccine Protects Area Pets
Researchers have long suspected a link between the E. coli that causes human urinary tract infections and E.
coli contamination in meat products, and new research gives more credence to the theory.
Study Suggests Chicken Contributes to Urinary Tract Infections
This is too bad, I had posted about this place I think two years ago:
700 Cats Pulled from Florida “Sanctuary” This Week
Poisoned lotion? FDA warns of mercury in cosmetics
(I’m adding this here due to the dangers to our pets as well as small children).
The concern isn’t just for the user, either. “Mercury can vaporize and people breathe it in,” explained FDA
spokesperson Siobhan DeLancey. “That makes it particularly dangerous for infants and small children. They are
likely to be picked up and held close to the face. Also, they are so young, and small, and the mercury will
accumulate over a lifetime.”
This is worrisome but it shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Veterinarians Worried Worst Flea Season About To Begin
Allergies are already crazy! A few days ago here in the Northeast it was 26 degrees, today it’s 70. I’ve been
sneezing all day and my eyes are itchy and red. I’m seeing the same in both of my kitties. Start treating allergy
season symptoms in pets now! Most people know about L-lysine for respiratory issues and it does help a lot. I’ve
always talked about rubbing down their fur once per week with one of the chemical free allergy kitty wipes I
recommend on the grooming page of my site. I do it all the time and it really helps.
One of our members, Renee, wrote to Champion Foods about the spinach in Orijen. The response was very
disappointing as they already know it’s not good for them but basically leave it up to pet owners to decide.
Except most pet owners don’t have any idea about the oxalate levels in spinach so that’s really no help at all.
Here’s the response from them, feel free to write or call them:
We formulate our diets for healthy dogs at maintenance so I would not recommend any of our products for cats
with calcium oxalate crystals for various reasons including the spinach. Our diets do not contain large amounts of
spinach, however it should be avoided in cats that are prone to crystals. In addition, our calcium content may be
high for cats that are prone to developing these crystals. Because urination frequency is one of the most
important components to feeding cats with crystals, moist food is ideal. If dry is fed the sodium content must be
greater than 0.4%, our diets are not that high to encourage water consumption. If you have any other questions
or concerns please feel free to write back.
Customer Care Leader
Champion Petfoods LP
Toll Free 877-939-0006
11403 - 186 Street | Edmonton, AB, Canada | T5S 2W6
March 9, 2012
Hey everybody! I’ve gotten together with my good friend Peggy to find a way to support feline breast cancer
research and to honor her kitty, Queen Tallulah at the same time. I’ve been in contact with a Dr. in the Oncology
Dept at UC Davis who is doing a clinic trial and we have an opportunity to not only support the research but to
help defer the costs to the parents of all the kitties in these trials. They've got a huge amount of vet bills with this
disease and these donations could help make all the difference to many pet parents. It took me a long time to
even find a place that’s doing research for Feline Breast Cancer. This was the ONLY one I found and I had to
write to several universities and animal cancer research facilities. When I started IBDKitties over three years ago,
not much was known about feline IBD. Thankfully we’ve spread awareness and have helped hundreds, if not
more, kitties and parents. Feline breast cancer is picking up speed due to the large amount of ferals, abandoned
animals, etc. Our goal is to do the same; spread awareness and make people understand how important it is to
have their cat spayed! And also to help treat the ones that have unfortunately been afflicted with it. Here's the
Like the canine disease, mammary cancer in cats is preventable (spay early: 4-6 mo). The problem that most
owners run into is that they have adopted an adult cat or a stray and no true age is known. By the second heat
(usually by month 9-12), the propensity for mammary tumor has been set and the development of the tumor does
not occur for 10-12 more years! The fact that spaying is protective against the development of mammary cancer
in the cat has only been known for about 5 years. Unfortunately oncologists have not gotten the word out to
enough general practitioners as of yet. At UC Davis, they are currently investigating the role of Gemcitabine in
feline mammary carcinoma. This drug is good in the human breast clinic but has had a dismal track record in
veterinary medicine. But they believe that they’ve found the optimal (non-toxic but useful) dose in cats and have
a clinical trial investigating the identified dose in feline mammary cancer. Donations would help defer the owner's
costs of therapy for their kitties along with furthering research and development of this drug treatment.
Help spread the word about Feline Breast Cancer awareness and help others at the same time by purchasing a
bracelet in honor of Queen Tallulah, who lost her battle with this disease on August 23, 2010. 100% of the
proceeds go directly to UC Davis for these purposes. To purchase a bracelet please visit: http://ibdkitties.
net/giftshops.html. As with what I did in honoring Alex with my site, we're honoring Queen T's memory in paying it
forward. Please post to your social media sites as well! Hope to see you all with your pretty pink Queen T
Thanks for your continued support to helping animals
Lisa & the furbrats
March 15, 2012
Hello everyone, I’ve got another new Living with IBD case study, you can read about Junior here: http://ibdkitties.
Also she gave me a great new tip that I just included on the tips & tricks page!!! This is a useful tip I learned on
line this week. For those of us who are out of the house all day, when feeding canned food, it can be worrisome
to leave them with food in the morning and then nothing till we get home at night. I am usually gone for 12 hours.
But if you freeze the food and leave it out when you leave, by mid day it is perfect (as the internet article said)
mouse temperature! I have started freezing ½ can squares that I put out in the morning. Works great.
We also have a new Parents Speak article that my friend Michele wrote about her Chiquitita. This is the kitty that
I said in the last newsletter was one year free of seizures:
Facing Unexplained Seizures
Three Main Brands Tied to Chicken Dog Treat Illnesses
Also a great program!
Spay and neuter pets to save lives and reduce expenses
Keep cats away from Easter lilies
The Aging Cat Brain
Epstein Barr-Like Virus Infects and May Cause Cancer in Dogs
This is very serious for your health, your family’s and your animals:
Farming communities facing crisis over nitrate pollution, study says
Thank you to those that have bought some of the feline breast cancer awareness bracelets, sales are going
well. If anyone would like to make a donation directly to the university, please contact me and I’ll be happy to
send you a form.
March 20, 2012
Drug Safety Label changes:
Vasotec (enalapril maleate) Tablets
Famvir (famciclovir) tablets
Uninspected Pork Recalled
Canada Recalls Seven Months Worth of Frozen Ground Beef
Really cool website, thank you Jeannine for this link!
Sudden Onset of Vomiting in Cats
Think before you dispose of old or unused pet medication
Sick pets may feel the pain of drug shortage, veterinarians say
Top 10 Pet Toxins of 2011
Choosing a Pet Sitter
Pet sitters do much more than provide your pet with food and water while you're away
Another really cool link, thanks to Eva for this:
CAT COMMUNICATION - BODY LANGUAGE
March 24, 2012
I want to start this edition with disaster preparedness because clearly this year is starting on a wild ride of
unfortunate weather events. For a lot of you that don’t already know, I have some tips on “must haves” to keep
handy at your home and how to prepare for a natural disaster. If you go to my Tips & Tricks page, scroll down to
“other useful tips” and look at Tip #2, I have a list of things that a lot of members helped me put together along
with some links from the ASPCA and FEMA: http://ibdkitties.net/tipsandtricks.html. No sooner did I send out my
last newsletter when one of our members rode out a 7.4 earthquake in Mexico! All is well and she and her kitty
are fine thank goodness. If you have any tips for disaster preparedness that isn’t on there already, feel free to
send them to me.
Allergies!!! I've added these to the tips & tricks section as well for permanent viewing since it seems allergies will
just get worse every year. If anyone has something to add other than what I have here, again, feel free to email it
This is going to be one heck of a horrible allergy season. Your pet is just as susceptible to pollen allergies as we
humans are, especially when they’ve got a compromised immune system. Keep your window sills clean, wipe
them down with soap and water or a mixture of vinegar and water. Give your kitty a good wipe down with kitty
wipes (preferably the Tropiclean allergy ones, they have no chemicals or bad ingredients: (http://ibdkitties.
net/Groomingoral.html), or even just a soft cloth with water a couple of times a week during high allergy days to
get that pollen off their fur! Dr. Barb wipes her kitties with an electrostatic dust cloth like Swiffer since it will pick
up pollen and dust and it has no chemicals or scents in it. It works great, you can see the yellow pollen on the
cloth afterwards. GREAT tip! I use those often to wipe down my furniture in between cleanings. And it’s true, you
really can see the pollen on them so that makes sense.
Keep their ears clean and free of pollen and mites. If their eyes get red and irritated you can use pure saline to
give them a little moisturizing rinse. Use a furminator to get the extra layer of fur off and brush them OFTEN.
There’s a PetAlive product called the Furball Dr. that’s also on the grooming page. I have not tried it yet but will
be ordering it soon to try instead of using Petromalt. Give them L-lysine daily in their food or at least 3-4 times
per week for respiratory and eye issues. You can also subscribe to a daily email of your local area’s pollen count
and they’ll tell you the numbers and specifically what pollen is active at that time:
www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp. Don’t forget this is only March and seasonal allergies last well
into November! I am suffering BADLY already so that automatically puts me into kitty pollen mode. From what I’m
seeing on the news, the southeastern U.S. is completely covered in pollen already. Not a good sign.
If respiratory/allergies and/or terrible itching of the skin are uncontrollable, ask your vet about Zyrtec. I’ve seen a
lot of good things about it being used in cats, and some have managed to lower their prednisone doses because
of it. These articles are really worth reading, especially if your pet has symptoms of eosinophilic diseases. I know
several of you that should mention this condition to your vet if you haven’t talked with them about it yet. The
more I read about this condition, the more I think in IBD kitties, it can be a side effect of their inflammation in the
Why I Love Zyrtec for Cats
Eosinophilic diseases; Skin Diseases from Allergies in Cats
For insect bites or stings you could use the fractionally distilled clear aloe vera liquid, (I have some on the
digestion page). It works great as a wound cleaner and healing agent. You can also try the Flying Bassett
Organics Aloe Vera Extract on the grooming page. It’s a powder that can be made into a paste for wounds as
well as used internally for digestion.
PLEASE remember that if you have to use pesticides for any reason, remove clothing and shoes immediately
when entering the house, wash yourself up very well (showering would be best, also washing your hair) and
wash your clothing in the laundry. Pesticides are sometimes a necessary evil, especially when you have a
horrible pest infestation that’s doing some major damage. Also remember to close your windows before you
spray or apply anything on your property as the wind can bring it in the house. I know I sound like a crazy,
paranoid pet parent but I have learned so much about pet safety and health. They are just like our kids and their
systems need protecting as much as possible. A lot of those things can cause cancer and we need to be
extremely careful. And don’t forget that so many of your kitties already have compromised immune systems and it
doesn’t take much with a cat to tip the scales with them developing additional conditions. Being on steroids can
also help that along so just be careful. It’s also a good idea when you’re mowing the lawn to shut the windows
until you’re completely done and again, remove your shoes, shower and wash your hair. I have to do that
anyway otherwise I’m very sick afterwards.
Also think about removing the cover from your cat’s litter box as ANY cat litter contains dust, some more than
others. And all that does is contribute to their allergies and respiratory problems. I’ve started using a combination
of Dr. Elsey’s Respiratory Relief cat litter and Sweat Scoop’s new more firm clumping wheat litter. Works great
and I noticed that Finnegan no longer wheezes and he hardly snores anymore either.
Allergy season sours spring for dogs, cats, too
Resurgence of fleas, pollen in the air
Excessive Sneezing and Nasal Discharge
Overview of Allergies - Part 1 of a 3 part series – by Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM
Vet says all dog and cat breeds can get allergies but they are hard to diagnose and treat
Here’s some other great news about a warm winter:
The Downside of a Balmy Winter? Mild winter means longer tick season
Mild Winter Blamed For Canine Parvovirus Outbreak
Again nothing to do with the subject above but SOOOOO funny! I saw this on tv last night and had a great laugh:
And the piece de resistance:
Cat survives fall from 19th-floor window
March 28, 2012
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! By wearing orange in April, you take a stand against animal
cruelty. And by purchasing your orange at the ASPCA Online Store, you support the work the ASPCA does for
animals every month of the year. 25-50% off all go orange products.
So I wrote to Stella & Chewy’s about the spinach in their raw dog & cat foods and I got an immediate answer
then, that was about 2-3 months ago. I got another response yesterday I am not too happy about: Hi Lisa, I’m
sorry for the delay in my reply. I have, of course, forwarded this onto senior management. I know that we will be
looking into this research, further, to see what the best current option for Stella & Chewy’s is. This doesn’t mean
that we plan to change the formulation at this time, but we will be sure to take your feedback into consideration.
I understand that to change their formula for them is a big pain, I do. But you’d think after sending them quite a
lot of info, they’d be taking this more seriously. After this email I sent them the additional info I had about how
cooking barely remove the oxalates even a smidge. Who knows if it’ll make any difference at all. I still would like
everyone to badger these people with emails. Tell them how disappointing this is!
Warm weather brings the threat of heartworm to our pets
Flea Control Product Poisoning
Newly Discovered Virus Linked to Deadly Kidney Disease in Cats
Cats with kidney disease have special needs
I would love to see a lot more vet schools add this on:
Vet school adds acupuncture, herbs, more
I like this site! Some of you who have cats that are constant escapees, you need to read this too:
Keeping Indoor Cats Safe From Harm!
Common Cat Dangers in the House
I’ll have a lot of great stuff coming up in the near future. More case studies, more Parent’s Speak articles, new
products I’ve found that I’ll be recommending, etc. I continue to meet great new people on the web that are doing
wonderful things for kitties and animals and will be sharing some of their stories and projects as well!
March 31, 2012
For those of you that have fish
Fish Food May Be Contaminated With Salmonella
I’m not surprised since these are the same people that said it’s okay to feed us ammonia sprayed pink slime beef
FDA Denies Petition to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Containers
I really can’t understand why these have not been recalled. Is this 2012 or 2007? We already know pets
everywhere are dying from this.
Chicken Jerky Update
We need more signatures to ban those treats!
Ban all poisonous chicken jerky treats imported from China
Make Spring Cleaning Pet Safe Instead of Pet Toxic
In connection with the above story about pet safe cleaning, I have some new, green products on the
http://ibdkitties.net/Miscellaneous.html, Bio bags for picking up dog poop but I use these to scoop the cat litter
box. The bags are biodegradable and I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing out plastic bags every day. Also,
if you scroll down you’ll see this company called Clean + Green, they have carpet, furniture and litter box
cleaners that are for removing stains and odor. I’ve researched the ingredients and these are NOT toxic! It’s
about darned time.
I don’t know how many of you have seen the Thundershirt for dogs but a friend of mine swears by his, he says it
really works! They make them for kitties as well: The Hug That Calms, www.thundershirt.com/cats/.
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