Yikes! Salmonella has been found in some very popular brands of cat food made by Natura including Evo and Innova! Please read the article below for all the brand names, flavors and lot numbers that have been recalled, then forward it to all of the cat and dog parents in your world.
At long last, on Monday March 11, 2013, the European Union has banned the sale of cosmetics which contain ingredients that were tested on animals, regardless of where in the world the tests were conducted. This ban involves the 27 nations which make up the EU. Very impressive!
Here’s a good story from BBC Europe, with several excellent related stories including tight new laws regarding lab animals, and the goal towards animal free laboratories!
The battle for safe food for ourselves and our fur family is never ending. And now the sneaky FDA approved of GMO (genetically modified organism) salmon. And as you know from the crazy defeat of California’s Proposition 37, manufacturers are not required to label GMO foods as such. It defies logic how anyone could be against knowing what they are eating.
Well, Cat Faeries cares. We care about you and we care about your cats. This article does not discuss cat food and GMO salmon (or other GMO’s) but it’s a good read to get you familiar with the reasons why this is so wrong. If they want to feed it to us, then of course they want to feed it to your cats.
Coming soon in The Cat Faeries Companion:
Why we do not eat fish of any kind, ever, including sea salt, sea weed, and fish oil.
Why we don’t like grain of any kind, ever.
Once again Susan Thixton, cat and dog food advocate has found tainted cat food, this time it’s canned, and this time it’s severe mold.
Merrick’s BG is very popular among those who know how harmful grain is and are looking for a good alternative to grain laden cat food. To us this mold problem is quite a breach of trust. We expect better from this company, and frankly any manufacture of food for our beloved furry friends.
Here’s the article with photos, including lot number and expiration dates:
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!