Newsletter Archive
March 2012
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

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.”

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

Really cool website, thank you Jeannine for this link!

Sudden Onset of Vomiting in Cats

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:

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:
(, 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: 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.

Excessive Sneezing and Nasal Discharge

Overview of Allergies - Part 1 of a 3 part series – by Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM

Flea Control Product Poisoning

Newly Discovered Virus Linked to Deadly Kidney Disease in Cats

Cats with kidney disease have special needs

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
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