The recall by Natura because of salmonella contamination has now expanded to include all Natura dry cat and dog foods with a range of expiration dates. A shocking number of VERY popular dry cat/dog foods which are considered to be superior to others have salmonella. The brands: Evo, California Natural, Health Wise, Innova, and the weirdest one: Karma. It’s bad karma that these corporations are so careless with preparing cat/dog food.
Read the article for specifics & expiration dates.
Also, here’s the first article on the Natura cat and dog food recall.
Susan Thixton is a cat/dog food advocate who we’ve written about several times. Her newsletter is something everyone should subscribe to and read.
She’s presented a list of foods she would feed to her own animals. You must make a donation and buy the list. Why? Because this gal works really hard for us, and she deserves to be compensated.
Here’s how to buy her 2013 list of foods:
(Here’s an amazing story from a customer with yet another use for Anti Icky Poo and its enzyme cleaning power to eliminate odors.)
A couple of years ago we discovered that rats had infiltrated our fireplace around our firebox from outside. They weren’t in the house, and we got rid of them outside, but every time we had a fire there would be a terrible stench of rat urine that would last for days.
We’re remodeling now and the area is open around the fireplace but not accessible to clean because there isn’t enough space between the masonry and the metal firebox to get a brush or sponge in. We asked some cleaning companies and restoration experts and they had no idea what to do. We weren’t very happy about demolishing the masonry and replacing the firebox, that’s for sure!! Since it didn’t bother my husband as much he “tested” it recently and lit the first fire of the season — EWWWWW! I said, “PLEASE!! NO MORE FIRES until you can fix this.”
Just the other day I came home and he had a big smile on his face. He said, “I had a fire this afternoon. Can you tell?” WOW! No, I couldn’t tell at all. Turns out he streamed Anti Icky Poo onto the suspected areas of the firebox with a really good sprayer several days before and let it work its magic. By the time he lit the fire, there was no more rat smell. We’ve had several fires since then and the problem is solved!!
I will order some special treats for the four kitties we have (who are absolutely worthless with the rats, but tons of fun anyway).
Avoid these indoor holiday plants that are toxic or potentially lethal to cats!
Poinsettias, mistletoe and lilies – these are but a few of the indoor house plants that are toxic to cats! Here’s a complete list of cat-unfriendly houseplants.
Bringing flowers to a home with cats? Roses are a good choice BUT they should be grown locally, and better yet, they should be grown organically!
Why is organic important? Most roses sold in the U.S. come from Colombia or Ecuador where they are grown in greenhouses which use a shocking amount of pesticides.
Read more about the toxins in Colombian and Ecuadoran roses here:
Where to find organic or fair trade flowers:
I read a recent article about fire retardants and their effect on humans http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Chemicals-in-furniture-hard-to-avoid-4072857.php.
Arlene Blum who is quoted in this story has written extensively linking fire retardants to Feline Hyperthyroid when her cat Midnight suddenly became ill. While she is quoted in this story there is no mention of exposing the effects on cats. We’ve posted her article on cats before, but with so many new readers of our newsletter we wanted to bring it back, and with additional information.
An excerpt from an article which appeared in the New York Times, September 6, 2012:
The purge happened in 2007, after Blum’s 14-pound cat Midnight began losing weight. The vet diagnosed feline hyperthyroidism, a disease that was unknown until 1979 but is now considered one of the most common endocrine disorders in cats. Blum wondered if there might be a possible link between feline hyperthyroidism and penta, a flame retardant that was withdrawn from the market in 2004, so her vet suggested sending a vial of Midnight’s blood to a researcher in Illinois. Sure enough, Midnight’s blood was 28 parts per million penta. Thinking that flame retardants in her aging sofa might be migrating into her household’s dust, Blum got rid of it. Four years later, the penta levels in her dust had dropped to 3 parts per million from 95 parts per million.
You’ll want to read this article to learn more about the toxins which could be in your furniture, as well as to learn about this fascinating woman who climbs mountains (she was the first woman to attempt Mt Everest), is an environmental health scientist, author, she teaches executives how to work with other cultures, and so much more – and she’s 67 years old! Thank goodness for us she has so much energy and smarts! And she loves cats. We love HER!
Are you just a little worried that holiday guests will detect that “accident” Kitty had awhile back? Or perhaps keeping windows closed for winter has your home smelling a bit like a kennel or musty? You don’t want your friends talking about your home behind your back. So head ‘em off at the pass, and de-stink a multitude of sins with Anti Icky Poo, the urine cleaner that really works.
A few light mistings of Anti Icky Poo twice a day for a few days will do the trick! Invite everyone over for holiday cheer and feel completely secure in knowing that your home only smells of your good cooking!