Feral cat saves woman from depths of depression and homelessness

You are going to need a box of Kleenex for this story. In 2000 electrician Roza Katovitch suddenly lost her fiance to a heart aneurysm. Three days later her father died. This sent Roza into a tailspin which led to depression and eventually homelessness because she was not emotionally able to work.

Every day she would go to the cemetery where both men are buried to tend to their graves. And she would be there all day long. She got to know the animals who came around. There were skunks, birds, raccoons and of course, feral cats. Carolyn Jones staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle will tell you the rest of Roza’s story in this article which ends well for Roza and Miss Tuxedo the cat, with great photos.

And yes, we noticed that her last name is KATovitch! Cats must be her destiny!

San Francisco Chronicle – Homeless woman and cat who met in cemetery save each other

Toxoplasmosis, cats and pregnant women. Is your doctor giving you bad advice?

We cringe every time we hear that another cat has lost a home because of bad and incorrect warnings from doctors directed at pregnant women.

We finally found a really good article that clears the air about cats, toxoplasmosis and pregnant or nursing women.

Far too many obstetricians attempting to sound smart have given women bad and very wrong advice: “Get rid of your cat to protect your child.”

If your cat stays inside and has never eaten a rodent the chances of your cat carrying this parasite are remote. Concerned about your cat? Have the cat tested!

From the article we’ve linked to below:

Question: Do I have to give up my cat if I’m pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant?

Answer: No. You should follow these helpful tips to reduce your risk of environmental exposure to Toxoplasma.

  • Avoid changing cat litter if possible. If no one else can perform the task, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and warm water afterwards.
  • Ensure that the cat litter box is changed daily. The Toxoplasma parasite does not become infectious until 1 to 5 days after it is shed in a cat’s feces.
  • Feed your cat commercial dry or canned food, not raw or undercooked meats.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Avoid stray cats, especially kittens. Do not get a new cat while you are pregnant.
  • Keep outdoor sandboxes covered.
  • Wear gloves when gardening and during contact with soil or sand because it might be contaminated with cat feces that contain Toxoplasma. Wash hands with soap and warm water after gardening or contact with soil or sand.

Read the entire article: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html

The ASPCA has a good page about Toxoplasmosis and cats. Here’s something they say:

If you suspect your cat is carrying the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, it’s time to get him tested by your veterinarian. If he tests positive, it means he has been exposed to the disease but is unlikely to be shedding oocysts after an initial two-week period. If he tests negative, it means he has not been exposed and could still become infected and shed oocysts — but again only for two weeks.

Read more from the ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/toxoplasmosis

From a new mother’s forum, moms and a vet student speak:

http://www.babycenter.com/400_chances-of-toxoplasmosis-with-an-indoor-cat_1505321_868.bc

Spring is here! Home Alone Kitty Flower Essence helps kitties while you travel and it’s 18% off!

Got the travel bug yet? Dreaming of faraway places and adventure? Everyone needs a break to see new things and get a new perspective. But often our cats hate it when we leave. From a cat’s viewpoint our much needed vacation is the end of the world for them.

Many cats barely even notice we are gone! For the rest of them who might stop eating, poop on the floor, cry, fight with the other cats or sulk, Cat Faeries has just the thing! Home Alone Kitty will help calm those cats and assure them that very soon you’ll be home.


On sale right now the flower essence formula: Home Alone Kitty.

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And we’ll include one!

Psychology and the Missing Cat

This is a pretty fascinating article about the psychology of cats who have taken off for parts unknown, and why. Before you read the entire article be sure to find the best cat sitter in town. One who will ensure that your cat won’t escape, and one who will send a full hour in your home keeping your cats company – we can’t stress how important a good cat sitter is. Your vet is a good source for the purrfect referral.

Why would a cat run away?

Most cats do not literally “run away” even if abused — if anything they would prefer to stay put because of their innate territoriality. It is more descriptive to say that a cat was lured by a squirrel, or chased off by a dog or some other frightening event, but then finds itself reluctant to leave the NEW territory out of fear, rather than say the cat intentionally ran away from its old territory.

Click here to read the entire article:

http://sonic.net/~pauline/psych.html

Film maker Morgan Spurlock spends a week at an animal shelter!

Film maker Morgan Spurlock spends a week at an animal shelter!

Didn’t you just love Morgan Spurlock’s film Super Size Me? Currently he has a series on CNN called Inside Man. Just like in Super Size Me he physically dives into the week’s topic. In the episode which just aired called “Pets in America” he works for one week at The Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Reading, PA so he can firsthand experience everything that happens. He nurses a 3 day old kitten who was not expected to live (but did!) to cleaning kennels and witnessing euthanasia.

“Where I worked in Reading, PA is one of thousands of these types of shelters across the country. You see these animals who are so sweet and so nice and a lot of them who won’t get adopted and will end up getting killed. That’s the sad side of the story. But the fact that there are people who every day make them first in their lives is phenomenal.” -Morgan Spurlock

In this short interview Morgan gets interviewed about this episode of “Inside Man” and what he learned about cat and dog over population.

We tried to find a copy of the episode online for those of you who missed it, but we couldn’t find one. If CNN releases it for online viewers we’ll let you know. It will be repeated on CNN so if you have a DVR you’ll find repeats of this show.

Fish Oil is Back! ProNova – guaranteed to be free of mercury and radiation!

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When the evidence was mounting about radiation levels from Fukushima in Pacific Ocean fish we stopped carrying wild caught salmon fish oil. After 3 years of searching we found fish oil which is tested twice for heavy metals like Mercury, and for radiation. It’s tested once in Scotland where the fish is caught, and again in the US. It is guaranteed that this fish oil is free of mercury, other pollutants and heavy metals, and radiation.

You’d need to eat buckets of fish to get a healthful amount of Omega 3. Because of Fukushima we stopped eating fish 3 years ago. But we worried that we and our cats were not getting enough Omega 3 even from grass fed/pastured meats. That was until we found ProNova Fish Oil from Scotland.

Every batch of ProNova Fish Oil is tested for Mercury, other pollutants, and radiation – twice!

To say that Cat Faeries are finicky about quality is an understatement! We spent a huge amount of time seeking out fish oil that we consider to be safe and it wasn’t easy. We looked at fish oils produced just for cats and we looked at fish oils produced for people. But no other brand could or would discuss our concern of heavy metals or radiation.

You’ll find cheaper fish oils – that’s the problem, they are cheap in every way from the questionable quality of the fish, and in production of the oil where it can be oxidized. You and your cats deserve the best which is why you are a Cat Faeries customer in the first place!

Fish oil soft gels may be punctured and oil squeezed into food. For cats ½ to 1 soft gel daily. For people – follow the instructions on the bottle.

Daphne and Madeline both say:

“Ok feline brothers and sisters, get ready for your fur becoming ‘fluff city’ and your body feeling loosey goosey like a kitten again! Madeline’s fur has gone from feeling coarse to feeling like butter. We both feel like spring kittens because of what this fish oil is doing for us. And our “Maid” says she’s feeling years younger, which is good, because we keep her very busy tending to our needs!”

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.