|October 1, 2011
Hi everyone, day 2 in the search for Ingen in Wisconsin. Thank you all so much for your amazing ideas and help!
Poor Jen had to leave Wisconsin without Ingen because her nephew is with her and they have strict time
constraints due to his flight back home on Sunday for work. They are already running late and she is devastated
she had to leave. However there are literally TONS of us working behind the scenes to get her found! Thank
you to everyone who posted Ingen’s info on your Facebook pages. If you are on ANY other social networking
sites including forums, please post that same info there as well. It doesn’t matter whatsoever if you are from that
area or even if you don’t know anyone from that area. We all know that social networking is now an amazing tool
for finding missing people and pets. Anywhere and everywhere! Ask your friends and family to put it on their
social networking sites as well. Just spread it around!
I spoke yesterday with the head of the Vital Essentials Raw food company located in Green Bay Wisconsin and
they put the word out on their Facebook page and also to all of their stores in that state and the surrounding
ones. Another friend is keeping in close contact with the Super 8 hotel that she was staying at and making sure
they keep looking. If you know of any rescue organizations that are in that area, please feel free to contact them
and provide the information. We’ve already done a lot but we can’t know if we’ve gotten them all. Tasha’s mom
Julie found this great website that tells you all kinds of tips on finding lots pets:
http://catsinthebag.org/. A link you should hold onto if you (heaven forbid) ever need it.
I think that’s it but I wanted to update you all and let you know we are still looking! Please continue your efforts,
we’re all so very worried about her and Jen is beside herself. This is a parent’s worst nightmare.
Thanks again everyone
Big purrs to Jen and to our sweet little Ingen
Purrs & headbonks to you all, hold your kitties tight and close
October 4, 2011
Okay everyone, here's the deal. I have a friend on Catster who lives right outside of Madison, WI who is going to
pick up Ingen tomorrow at the shelter and bring her to her home until we can get her back to Jen. The cost for
this is $105 just to get her out of the shelter. I've put up a chipin widget on the homepage of my website to
donate to help reimburse Cathy for this cost, cost of any food & supplies, and also to help get Ingen home (we're
still figuring out the details on that one). Please go to www.ibdkitties.net and click on the widget to donate if you
would like to help. PLEASE SPECIFY that it's for Ingen when you donate so I know that's what it's for as I also
have a donation button on my site for IBD Kitties that goes to my paypal account, the same account. Let me
know if you have any problems.
October 5, 2011
First let me say I am blown away at the response for helping Ingen. Wow! I’m just amazed at how much we’ve
raised in under 24 hours for getting Ingen home. She is now sprung from the shelter as of today and is resting
comfortably with a wonderful mom from Catster who lives in that area. She’ll stay with her until Jen decides how
she’s going to get her home, which is very soon. I’ll keep you all posted. I’m very happy to be able to help Ingen
and her mom but I’m also thrilled to have so many new visitors to my site. You never know who’s kitty we may be
helping by them seeing it for the first time. And that’s the goal ALWAYS.
I want to mention something that happened to me today. I went to Petsmart, was buying some litter and saw
some toys that they have up front for dogs. They looked like something Finney would like to play with so I bought
it. I realized when I got home that because they were in one of those thick clear plastic packages with the staples
at the top, that it smelled absolutely horrid! I don’t know what kind of chemicals they used on this stuff but oh my
god! I’m actually still not feeling well from it. Seriously. I ended up throwing the entire thing in the garbage
outside and I still have a headache and feel nauseas. The smell was so strong I have been airing out my house
for the last 3 hours. I’m pretty chemical sensitive but never this bad. So I cannot imagine if people are actually
letting their pets play with these toys. This is a good lesson to actually make sure BEFORE you buy a pet toy
that it’s not in one of these packages. Otherwise don’t get it, it’s not worth the risk to any of you, fur or no fur.
Believe it or not this has everything to do with pets.
Thumb Oilseed Recalls Soy Flour (Utilized To Manufacture Human and Animal Food) Due To Salmonella
Soy and soy flour really has no business in pet food: Soy is found in various forms in many products. It contains
compounds called phytoestrogens that may negatively affect cats by interfering with nutrient absorption, normal
growth, thyroid function, and hormonal development. Hyperthyroidism is extremely common in cats so soy should
not be in cat food even in small amounts. Unfortunately, soy is a common ingredient used by pet food
Keep Listeria Out of Your Kitchen
Potential Progress in the Fight Against FIP
If you can, please sign this. It’s really important. Exotic animals are not pets.
Pledge to Keep Exotic Animals In Their Natural Habitats
(campaign is over, link no longer exists)
Pet Connection: Helping your child cope with pet's death
Ollie’s mom Eva sent me this and it is so cute I can hardly stand it! I defy you not to say “AAWWWWWWW”
Kitten Passed Out After Bottle of Noms
October 9, 2011
Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Ingen has been picked up from her temporary home with Cathy by
a professional pet transport company. They picked her up today and she’s on her way now to be with her mom
Jen, in Washington State. All the money we raised went to expenses for Ingen and we cannot thank all of you
enough. I have the receipts for these expenses and will be posting them on my website this week when I get a
chance. Jen, Cathy and I talked it over and decided that because there are so many scams out there and in the
past we’ve all donated to things we had to take at face value and never really know where the funds went to, it’s
the right thing to do to post the information to show it was all legit. Thank you to Carol for showing me the site for
the chipin. It worked great! No problems at all. I’d use it again in a heartbeat. www.chipin.com.
Jen will be emailing everyone who donated personally at some point to thank them herself as she is so
overwhelmed with your kindness. Ingen is such a loving and sweet girl that Cathy is already missing her! I will
keep everyone informed when she arrives home! It will take about 3-4 days for Ingen to arrive due to the stops
for small breaks for the animals and transferring to different drivers each day. Jen has contact with the drivers in
the van so she can call at any time and ask how Ingen is doing. Here’s the site for the company: Precious Pets
Transport Services. http://www.preciouspetstransportservices.com/
The great thing about this was I got a TON of new visitors to the site. Over 1,500 in just 3 days. Hopefully they
were able to peruse the site and learn something that could help them with their pets or someone they know.
Thanks to Catster for letting us run the fundraiser on the site and thanks to JaneA Kelley from Paws and Effects
for running this blog about all of our efforts! Catsters Come Together to Rescue Lost Cat
Unfortunately I do have sad news about another one of our members. Beautiful Sally Maria was helped to the
bridge yesterday after a very long but valiant battle with lymphoma, HCM, IBD, kidney disease and mitral valve
regurgitation. This kitty was given a grim prognosis and a short time of survival awhile back and she survived
with a good quality of life for 41 months! She had become frail and very weak the last few weeks and her loving
and amazing parents could no longer watch her decline. It was her time to leave sadly. Condolences and much
love to my very, very dear friend Kristi. I have not had a chance to update Sally’s page but here is her story thus
far: http://ibdkitties.net/sallyp.html. One of the other catsters wrote a beautiful quote on Sally’s Catster page:
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal;
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."
- Rossiter Worthington Raymond
Also because of the recall of soy I mentioned in my last newsletter, one of our newest members asked if I’d had
any links or information on why soy is bad for cats. I did find this on Shirley’s Wellnes Café, which as most of you
know, is a very reputable site. Soy: The Dark Side of America's Favorite "Health" Food
Should I Keep My Cat Indoors?
I think that’s about it for now. I’ve been very busy with all of this and still nursing a very painful back. Sitting here
is actually not the problem at all. Seems to be the most comfortable position. It’s everything else basically! So it
takes me a lot longer to do anything! But don’t worry, my kitties have been helping to nurse their mom back to
health. Lacey gives GREAT massages! She’s so funny, she’s in a trance while she’s doing it. LOL. Feels great!
Take care everyone and I’ll keep you posted.
Purrs & headbonks
October 12, 2011
Ingen is home! She arrived last night and is now back with her family! Thank you to everyone who helped out
with this. 100% of the funds raised have gone to pay Ingen’s expenses and I’ve provided the receipts on my
website for viewing. Go to my homepage and you’ll see the link to the funding information, plus new pictures of
Ingen with her mom Jen, Novi and Lil Bear. It is so nice to have a happy ending from what could have been such
a tragedy. Jen was pretty impressed with the Precious Pets Transport Services. She was able to stay in contact
with the driver at any time and Ingen even arrived safely almost 2 days earlier than expected. She’s a little
confused because they aren’t in their old house but she’ll be fine! I’m sure she’s thrilled to be back with her
family after 2 weeks of not knowing what the heck was going on.
Massachusetts is considering legislation that would allow judges to extend restraining orders in domestic abuse
cases to protect pets as well! I don’t know if there’s anything like this out there now but I’m thrilled to see so
many new laws at least being proposed to protect animals. We’ve got a long way to go but we have come a long
Animal-protection legislation could factor in domestic disputes
The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has a lot of information on how to report an adverse
reactions to medications. Lots of links to the EPA, FDA, and other different government forms you’d need to fill
out. But also what kind of questions to ask your vet and what to do.
Reporting adverse events
Consumer Reports: Pets can pass diseases on to humans; preventive steps can help
This is about cancer in pets and very encouraging for early detection:
Imaging Agents Offer New View of Inflammation, Cancer
Also: Developing DNA tests to diagnose cancer in cats
Researcher hopes to help veterinarians identify deadly tumors
Partnership launches cat health initiative
Just a Hairball? Or a Sign of Something Worse?
October 18, 2011
Hi everyone, I have a ton of info so I’m going to break up my newsletters into 2 parts. I’ll mail out the 2nd one
tomorrow or Thursday.
Sunday evening one of our members’ cat, Hunter, decided to sneak into a room he was not normally allowed
into. When his mom found him, he was chewing on a Lucky Bamboo plant. Upon checking the web to see if it
was toxic she did find information that it is toxic. When she called the ER they said it wasn’t and the ASPCA
website states that “regular bamboo” is not toxic. However, you have to actually know the latin name of the plant
to find that it is listed as toxic on the ASPCA site. I have written to them and explained that they should correct
this but haven’t heard back yet. Hunter was brought to the ER just in case and when she explained this
information to them, they had no idea it was toxic because it actually belongs to the Lily family. It’s not a true
bamboo. I was not aware of this, she was not aware of this and neither was the ER. SO! Here’s the information
for everyone to keep on hand:
Lucky bamboo is toxic to cats when chewed or eaten. Also known as dragon tree or Dracaena sanderiana, lucky
bamboo belongs to a family of toxic plants that includes Easter lilies and garden lilies. Lucky bamboo contains
botanical substances similar to chemical soap called saponins. When cats eat toxic bamboo, the saponins cause
dilated pupils, vomiting (with or without blood), anorexia and excessive salivation. Cats that exhibit any of these
symptoms should be taken to a vet immediately.
Is Bamboo Leaves or Plant Poisonous To Cats? What Are Their Symptoms?
This is why I don’t have ANY plants at all. It’s not worth taking a chance. Hunter’s mom has since thrown out her
plant and he’s thankfully fine. When she got him home, first thing he did was chase and eat a fly, LOL. He’s been
his normal self ever since but this is a great lesson for all of us. The same night this happened I received this in
one of my newsletters from another site. It’s a different plant but sad and very timely:
Some houseplants deadly to pets - Puppy dies after eating sago palm plant
Be advised that if you call the ASPCA Poison Control it’s a $65 charge!!! Unbelievable!!! Call the ER, it’s free.
On to another product making the rounds listed as “safe”. Purr & Simple cat litter is made from nut-by-products.
Nuts of any kind are harmful. Their high phosphorus content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Effects of
some nuts like macadamia and walnuts can be anything from vomiting and paralysis to death. Pets can start to
develop symptoms such as an inability to stand or walk, vomiting, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature),
weakness, and an elevated heart rate within 12 hours of eating nuts. This is common information found on any
animal control or ASPCA website. Given this information the statements made below by the company itself are
extremely disturbing to me. As nuts are just as toxic, if not more so to dogs, the last sentence that they tested to
see if dogs would eat it, really takes the cake. If you look at this website, the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition, it
clearly states that “Dogs develop a tremor of the skeletal muscles, and weakness or paralysis of the
hindquarters. Affected dogs are often unable to rise and are distressed, usually panting. Some affected dogs
have swollen limbs and show pain when the limbs are manipulated.” They may be stressing the highly toxic nuts
but it does also state “along with most other kinds of nuts” as being unsafe and toxic.
www.pacc911.org/Poison_Control.html. And this is NOT the only website that states this as fact.
Here is a part of the Purr & Simple website info:
Q: Is Purr & Simple safe for animals other than cats?
A: There are no known health effects for other animals, but only shared experiences are known. We have not
performed any formal testing to date.
Q: Is Purr & Simple harmful to cats or other animals if ingested?
A: Purr & Simple™ cat litter is not known to cause harm to animals, including kittens, when ingested in small
amounts. However, if a pet eats a large amount of any litter (e.g., a bowlful), we recommend that you consult a
veterinarian. Fortunately, Purr & Simple has a very bitter taste. We’ve been told that dogs who like to get
samples of kitty waste from a litter box stopped after trying the sample with a side of Purr & Simple.
Yet the homepage of the site states that it has been thoroughly tested. So again this goes back to all of my other
newsletters with the questioning of what kind of testing has been done. And I will state again that products like
this have no way to know what kind of LONG TERM affects ingesting this stuff will have on our pets. I know I am
always anti-grain. But I would rather use a grain based litter any day than use this stuff! At least I know there
wouldn’t be a chance my cat could have a dangerous reaction. Grain allergies are far less life threatening and
don’t usually require a trip to the ER.
That’s all for tonight! I’ll be sending out another jam packed newsletter tomorrow!
October 19, 2011
In one of my recent newsletters I included a petition for anyone interested to sign about having stricter laws for
keeping exotic animals as pets. A few of you emailed me to let me know that not all owners are irresponsible as
some are licensed breeders of reptiles, large spiders (gross, LOL) and such. I want you all to know I was in no
way referring to owners like yourselves. What I was talking about is exactly what happened last night in Ohio. It’s
a travesty to these wild animals and a huge danger to society. Please read the entire story as it explains it all
perfectly and why these laws need to be put into place on a federal level. I watched grown men who have been
working with wild animals their entire lives in tears on tv tonight because this did NOT need to happen. They
agree the authorities absolutely did what was necessary for many reasons. This all falls on the head of the
owner who was a FELON by the way, who opened these gates and set them all loose before killing himself.
There could have been human carnage on a grand scale and it’s bad enough that there was carnage of these
beautiful animals, who were already abused in his care as it was. These animals couldn’t even be tranquilized
they were so aggressive and out to kill. It’s a painful lesson but just shows how some humans can be SO savage
and infuriates me on a scale I can’t even express.
Veterinary Q&A: Why blood work is necessary
This goes along with the link from my last newsletter about domestic abuse:
Animal abuse, domestic violence linked, expert says
YYYYAAYYYYY!!! It’s about time! This is a big step and I hope more states follow suit.
County law targets animal abusers
County legislators unanimously passed a law Tuesday night establishing a registry of those convicted
of abusing animals
Very uplifting story of recovery and of true love between a police dog and his human partner
Madison police dog makes 'phenomenal' recovery
One of our member’s, Shannon, has given me permission to publish her email to me from earlier this week. We
need these encouraging reports on our kitties that suffer from these terrible ailments: Hi Lisa, Haven't talked to
you in a while and wanted to update you on Tonka's progress. My specialty pet food store owner has really been
working w/ me on trying different grain free foods and also raw food. I transitioned them all to grain free and have
now been introducing raw food into the diet as well. We've been using the dehydrated kind right now, hydrating it
w/ water then mixing it in w/ their canned food. There is even a dog food dehydrated that all the cats love as a
dry snack (even my Polly Picky pants!) - it's Stella and Chewy's duck. So I've basically just been trying to sneak
the raw in where ever I can! And for the first time in MONTHS (possibly over a year) Tonka has had solid
poop!!!!! I'm super excited. I'm sure to the average person, getting excited over your cat's pooh is downright
crazy, but anyone who has battled IBD in a cat knows how huge this is! I'm anxious to see how they all do if I can
get them fully transitioned to raw only. Will keep you posted!
Speaking of handsome Tuxies and really PAWSITIVE stories, some of you may remember Artie, who had his leg
amputated this summer. Well his mom graciously wrote all about it and what his recovery has entailed, etc. for
my Parent’s Speak section. It’s a great story. Brace yourself, Artie’s cuteness is at a dangerously high level!
October 28, 2011
Hi everyone! Still making new additions and changes to the site. If you go on the Resources page:
http://ibdkitties.net/Resources.html, you’ll see I’ve now created separate page links for each category as it was
getting to be a very long page. I feel it gets too jumbled and unpleasant to look at so I’ve separated them. As you’
ll see, I’ve created a Travel page and that’s full of links for rescue and transport companies that work with
animals. This was in response to when Ingen was accidentally separated from her mom during travel just a few
weeks ago. If you know of any that are not on this list, please feel free to send it to me. Thanks to Carol for
sending all of that info.
I’ve also begun archiving the newsletters. This will take me some time so I’m going backwards at the moment.
http://ibdkitties.net/Newsletters.html. I’ll be sure and let you all know when a new month has been added. I have
to look at all of my backup discs for this info and then double check everything and make sure the links still work.
It’s time consuming.
This is very important as I’ve been hearing more and more about many of you feeding raw eggs to your kitties for
Salmonella Illnesses Linked To Organic Eggs
Consumers, Food Preparers Reminded To Cook Eggs Thoroughly
American Egg Products Recalls Frozen Egg Product Because Of Possible Health Risk
Gross is all I have to say about this one: Osamu Corporation Recalls Frozen Ground Tuna
Pets 'at risk' from home smoking
Vomiting in Cats
Emergency First Aid for Pets
This is VERY good and has some tips I never thought of
Take the time to find the right veterinarian
It’s about time!!! Now they need to develop a NEW vaccine guideline. They’re doing it for dogs but not yet for
cats (big surprise).
Development of new canine and feline preventive healthcare guidelines designed to improve pet
On that note: What to expect after your pet's vaccination
Paw Prints: Watch cats for weight loss
Pets: Medication doesn’t remove need for fecal testing
Just to prove I am not immune to making mistakes like this, I had a devil’s ivy plant in my hallway for the last 10-
15 years. This plant grew like crazy! When I got Finney and Lacey, I let them play in the hallway at night so they
can run up and down the stairs and get out some of that night time energy. Not realizing how tall Finnegan was
going to get, I had to start cutting the length off of the plant and keeping the trails very short. A few times he
easily pulled down some of the strands and chewed on the leaves a bit. Mind you, that was LAST year so he’s
fine thank goodness. Not a hint of it even bothering him, I was lucky. Since the incident with Kelly’s Hunter where
he chewed on some Lucky Bamboo, I decided to double check the safety of this plant. Shock to me because I
thought it was safe but it is NOT safe at all. I’m so lucky nothing happened to him whatsoever and yes, the plant
is gone! None in the house at all, anywhere. http://growinggrowinggone.blogspot.com/2006/10/filtering-air-with-
Herbs & Plants That Are Poisonous to Cats
The reason I’m still addressing these stories since this incident is that they contain VERY important information
and knowledge as to what is really going on with all of this. It’s not only big cats and exotic animals that are being
kept as pets but endangered species, animals that are banned from being imported here from other countries for
health reasons, the terrible effect it’s having on “legitimate and legal” animal sanctuaries who are almost
bankrupt and can’t keep up with the amount of animals that need to be taken in. There are severe
consequences for all of this. Please, PLEASE read the entire articles. I honestly don’t mind having debates and
discussions, I don’t. But I would like you to be completely informed of the facts before you do so.
Responses to Big Cats’ and Other Exotic Animals’ Fates in Ohio
Animal groups urge action after a tragedy leads to the death of 38 big cats this week.
State Senator to Introduce Exotic Animal Law
Ohio case renews old questions about exotic pets
And finally a reminder to all that if you’re looking to save money when purchasing food, treats, supplements,
toys, etc., if you go through my website by clicking on any of the links OR the advertisements on the sides, you
can still use the coupon codes in addition to any sales the website may be having. I’m sure with the holidays
coming I’ll be able to offer some good deals and new coupons. Even if you don’t buy anything that’s listed on my
site, if you click on the ad and go through my site, I still get a commission for anything you’ve bought and you can
still use the coupon. Still a win-win for both of us.
October 31, 2011
This would be fantastic!
FY 2012 Nationwide Assignment to Collect and Analyze Samples of Pet Foods, Pet Treats, and
Supplements for Pets from Interstate Commerce in the United States for Salmonella - MEMORANDUM
Except for this:
Private companies decide food safety, says report
There is a primary email contact for that assignment so I may contact this person and ask her about this. If I do
and receive any reply, I’ll be sure and let you all know what it is. I’d like to know exactly which companies they’re
going to sample.
This is VERY important because so many of these drugs have been affecting our pets’ well being, treatments
and recovery as well.
Obama orders FDA to help ease drug shortages
Taurine Deficiency in Cats - Deficiency of Amino Acid Taurine in Cats
This is actually about how pet insurance determines costs, illnesses, etc.
Your Pet's Illnesses can be Predicted
This is a GREAT story and shows how advances in human medicine are fast improving the quality and quantity
of life for our pets.
Colorado cat's health improving thanks to pacemaker
Probiotics do ease gut problems, several studies show
Interesting feline fact:
How Do Cats Land on Their Feet When They Fall?
It's amazing to see a cat that falls right herself in midair and land on her feet. But how does she do it? When a
cat falls, the sensitive structures in her inner ear tell her how off-center she is and help her to turn her head until
it's right-side up. Then she bends in the middle and tucks her front legs in and extends her rear legs. This allows
her to rotate her front half as much as 90 degrees while the rear half rotates a very small amount in the opposite
direction. Finally, she extends her front legs and tucks in her back legs so her back half can rotate sharply while
the front half turns very slightly the other way. And voila -- she lands on her feet! Cat expert and animal
communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice
column by cats, for cats and their people.
I found this site with some great cat furniture at decent prices. www.kittymansions.com/
Recently Pookie’s mom Diane asked me about something safe to apply to wounds on her kitty. After some
searching I did find a few that I’ve added to the supplements section, one being the Flying Bassett Aloe Vera
Extract. You can use it on the skin for wounds or you can give it internally for hairball relief, indigestion, all kinds
of things! www.ibdkitties.net/Groomingoral.html. There are a few other new products there as well and also on
the digestion and probiotics pages.
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