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4/3/2020 "An animal shelter has urged people seeking the comfort of a dog or cat in their social isolation to imagine a life post-virus before adopting a furry new family member. A companion animal might appeal when you're stuck at home and barred from visiting friends and family, but what happens when life returns to normal?" "During times of stress dogs and cats can provide people with happiness and cheer them up," the charity's Suzana Talevski said. "But we don't want them used that way and then suddenly discarded when they're no longer needed." - news.com.au
4/4/2020 "The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations. A day later, a 1 1/2-year-old black lab mix named Nala was nestling in at her home." - 8NewsNow
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3/29/2020 [Doug Hines is the publisher of CatNewsNow.com] "I try to give my cats the best cat food possible – even if I can barely afford it. I’ve been studying cat health and nutrition for the last three years, and I have learned that a cat’s physiology dictates what kind of food a cat needs. Although they can exist for years on poor quality foods, cats thrive on species-appropriate, raw food. Cats are carnivores and they require meat to achieve maximum health." "Providing the best diet for my cats isn’t easy.." - PoC
Publisher's Note (Occasionally an article catches my eye that is so well written that I want to keep it around for awhile. Here's one that I will keep almost permanently posted here. Rachel Sauer pretty much sums up my feelings for cats.
2/23/2020 "Generally, I’m on board for the ever-growing slew of holidays and observances that exist simply because someone says so on the internet. Peanut Butter Day? Bring me a spoon! Word Nerd Day? I’m corybantic!" - The Daily Sentinel
3/14/2020 "During Easter, we get together and celebrate with good food, family time, and Easter egg hunts filled with candy and treats. Our fur babies should be put up during these festivities to avoid a trip to the vet’s office. There is a long list of foods that are unsafe and potentially fatal to your pets. It is important for all pet owners to aware of these items for their pet’s safety and well being." - Victoria Advocate
3/11/2020 "While cats' domestic traits make them an inextricable part of human society, their wild traits keep them outside of our control." "In other words, “they maintain a double identity,” the authors write. “The dual status of the species as both wild predator and domestic companion underpins” an attendant division among people." - Anthropocene Magazine
4/5/2020 VIDEO: "Well, a good and generous hoo-man took it upon himself to feed the stray cats outside his office building and it's all sorts of heartwarming. Robi Carillo said he decided to feed the cats because he noticed, no one was feeding them when the ECQ started. It soon became a daily habit, despite the risks it comes with." - GMA News Online
Stories in this section were posted in the last few days, and will be moved to other pages soon. They are here to enable you to see current stories more quickly than looking through the entire website.
4/7/2020 "Our trivia question this morning asks you to list the following animals in order of life expectancy with the longest living first: dogs, cats, pot-bellied pig, horses, and cows. We're talking about animals basically being treated as pets and cats that are kept indoors." - 13KRCG
4/7/2020 "To stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), people have been asked to “shelter in place” or practice social distancing. While that doesn’t mean you can never go outside (for example, caregivers can continue to feed community cats ), it does mean we’re spending a lot more time at home in the middle of the day…day after day." - Alley Cat Allies
4/7/2020 "Working from home during self-isolation can be hard to begin with. But throw a few pets in there, and well, many more hijinks usually take place. No one quite knows this better than Andrew Stych and his wife, Sheila, who are proud parents of four cats and a pit bull." - Popsugar
4/7/2020 "Senior isolation is an epidemic in America, with more than 40% of seniors regularly experiencing it, according to a University of California, San Francisco study. Research has shown that seniors with pets are 36% less likely to report loneliness than non-pet owners. Pet owners experience reduced stress, have fewer doctor visits, have reduced blood pressure and risk for heart disease, and develop a sense of purpose, research shows." - REVIEW ATLAS
4/7/2020 "Our favorite pooch, Bob, graced another post by @kentforrester, that shameless author that throws in pictures of him, hoping for more “Likes”. He challenged me to write a cat story since he seems to think we cat lovers have been staying in the shadows. Well, that’s where cats prefer to be. But I should begin at the beginning…. and say that I had always been a dog person – no cats. That was until we moved to the North Georgia mountains." - RICOCHET
4/7/2020 "You're home working, and your furbaby decides it's time to play. Time to pay attention to them. Of course this cute distraction can be grating on the nerves as it continues, and you aren't accomplishing what you need to do for work. Rudy does this. Thinks I'm home for him when he wants to play." - mix94.7
4/7/2020 "N Prakash is more than satisfied with the Kerala High Court order which allowed him to travel to the pet hospital in Kochi on Tuesday and buy food for his cats. Without it, his cats would have been down to their last meal today evening. In their order, the judges said they were happy to help avert a “CATastrophe”. Prakash, who lives Maradu in Kochi with his family, takes care of three cats and two kittens on the first floor of his home." - HUFFPOST
4/6/2020 "The picture is amusing. It’s cute but do you know the reason why this cat is siting plumb bang in the middle of the circle on the floor? It is because cats find it makes them feel more secure. There’s been a lot of focus on this on social media because it is amusing. Domestic cats are known to migrate to circles marked with anything that comes to hand, or squares." - PoC
4/5/2020 CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGES: "Like people, cats usually sneeze because their nasal passages are irritated. In most cases, it’s caused by a pollen allergy, chemical fumes associated with various household solvents, inhaled tobacco smoke, perfumes or foreign objects such as pieces of fur or grass. Excessive sneezing, however, may signal a more serious issue." - The Columbian Blogs
4/5/2020 "At the time of this writing, about 100 million people were being asked to stay home because of the coronavirus. If you live with other people and animals, you’ve been spending more time than usual with them. How is that going? Is there a little stress in the home? Are you in each other’s space? Many of us are trying to adjust to being either isolated from others or with more people and pets than normal. Here are some pet tips to help you get by." - Tucson.com
4/5/2020 "Three years ago, the waitress was run ragged by her grey Burmese cat, who would continuously spray in her house. Claire turned to “Cat Whisperer” Anita Kelsey and, following a series of sessions, Chester is cured. The puss was diagnosed with territorial marking, attention-seeking behaviour and over-attachment to Claire." - TheSun
4/4/2020 "Jim Cox and Gary George built their version of the popular sliding barn door at the top of their second-floor stairs after conflict erupted when neighborhood cat Xyler came inside to live. Enid and Eustis weren’t thrilled." - Omaha World-Herald
4/4/2020 VIDEO: "Cats often get a bad rep on the Internet. They may sometimes be associated with selfish behaviour, such as not giving hoomans cuddles when asked for them, delivering live or dead rats as an offering of appreciation, and sometimes suffocating people in their sleep by sitting atop their faces. However, this kitty is here to give the whole feline community a PR makeover!" - hindustantimes
4/4/2020 "A video of a cat named Chonk playing the Red-light game with the owner while making its way back in the house has amused the Reddit community. Posted originally on YouTube by the user named Michael Zimel, the 1 minute 18-second clip portrays a “cute” feline whose moves are so calculated in the “nightly game” that it makes the owner lower his guards" - RepublicWorld
4/4/2020 "Three tons. That’s how much pet food Mitzy’s Morsels Pet Food Pantry handed out during its March distribution. “We went through over 4,000 pounds of dog food and almost 2,000 pounds of cat food,” said Mitzy’s manager Shannon Clark." - The Herald Bulletin
4/3/2020 "The domestic cat’s brain is very similar to ours and they are more intelligent than many people thought. We are learning about the emotions that domestic cats can experience. However, I would like to write a short note on brain processing power based upon my observations over the years." - PoC
4/3/2020 "Samson is an amazing cat. Purrs, he knows how to manipulate our humans getting what he wants when he wants it. Barks, and I didn’t have to teach him anything either! Woof! He has learned to use variations on a theme of “Meows!” The quiet ones usually mean he is trying to get Dad’s attention to either pet him or cuddle. He combines this with a stare too! " - Fairfax County Times
4/2/2020 "New research has led to a practical pain assessment tool for cats. The so-called grimace scale uses facial features combined with head and ear position to determine the relative level of pain a particular cat is experiencing.
Dr. Daniel Pang of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, with colleagues at the University of Montreal, including lead author Marina Evangelista, published the new scale in Scientific Reports in late 2019." - The Western Producer
4/2/2020 "In a year when I lost great love, I also found the power of love in an unexpected place. It’s been a year since we rescued each other. Bonded by sorrow, the kitty and the widow eyed each other through a cage at the animal shelter. It was mere months after my husband had died. I would soon learn it had been six months since her litter of four kittens had all been adopted leaving her depleted and depressed." - Press-Telegram
4/2/2020 "After days of staying home to help flatten the curve of the spread of coronavirus, you may have found a new appreciation for indoor enrichment. Without it, days can be long, boring and stressful. Like humans, cats also need mental and physical stimulation in their daily lives to stay healthy." - Alexandria Times
4/2/2020 VIDEO: "Several years ago, the internet fell in love (Or whatever the internet equivalent of love is — Memefatuation? Viral-yearning? But I digress.) with Purin the beagle goalkeeper. And don’t get me wrong: Purin was a very good dog who featured in some very good videos. But this goalkeeping cat kicks the absolute crap out of her, like Lee Cattermole going in two-footed on some unsuspecting pensioner." - sbnation
4/2/2020 "...it seems Americans are not just stockpiling essentials like toilet paper, bottled water, and food, but many are also taking home new pets." "Animal rescue organizations across the country have reported a spike in interested foster parents over the past month, especially in hard-hit areas like New York City." - meaww
4/2/2020 " With shelter-in-place orders being extended around the San Francisco Bay Area and in other parts of the U.S. during the novel coronavirus pandemic, we're all stuck at home a while longer: kids, parents, couples, and - yes - pets." - abc7NEWS
4/2/2020 "As coronavirus spreads worldwide, more people are anxious about what happens if they need to go to the hospital. One luxury cat hotel in the U.K. wants to make sure their fur babies are taken care of. Hotel Cat, located in the village of Sway, is offering free boarding to cats if their owner needs to stay in the hospital." - FoxCarolina
4/2/2020 "I will hear no more about cats being meanies." - BuzzFeed
4/1/2020 "Covid-19 is scary enough for humans and while pets have largely been unaffected by Coranavirus (Thankfully!) there is still a level of uneasiness surrounding what might happen in the event of an needed evacuation. While it is usually easier for humans to put aside food or pack up quickly, unless you have spare bowls, food, collars, and other accessories, you may worry about how easy it will be to bring along a furry friend in the event of an emergency." - Brightbulb
4/1/2020 "When I say that for the first 19 years of my life I wasn't a cat person. I cannot emphasize how much I truly disliked cats. I thought cats were weird, mean, miserable little things..." "I thought cats were totally the worst and I wanted nothing to do with them. Then one day, everything changed." - Popsugar
4/1/2020 "The coronavirus-induced lockdown is making people stay in their homes, and it’s making them pretty lonely. So lonely, they’re starting to do things they were scared to even think of. Like talking to their neighbors. And what better topic to chat about than cats? After all, not all of us have pets who can keep us company during the quarantine." - boredpanda
4/1/2020 "If you're obsessed with all things cats, then we may have just created your ideal bucket list. That's because there are heaps of brilliant and quirky spots around the world dedicated to all things feline - and we've searched out the best ones for you. We're talking museums filled with artworks and artifacts paying tribute to cats, entire islands doubling up as sanctuaries for strays, and even some quirky cafés and attractions that are well worth leaving space for on the itinerary." - Mirror
4/1/2020 "Fluffy had been silent for the past few weeks as her human, Mark Shannon of Sylvania, had been around the house much more often than he normally is. But now Fluffy has had enough. “Seriously, he needs to get out of here,” Fluffy said in an interview. “I got stuff to do around here. Candles to knock off shelves, boxes to jump into, couch corners to sharpen on. It’s so much harder with this smelly human always around.” - Toledo City Paper
3/31/2020 VIDEO: " As tens of millions of Americans are forced to stay home, a growing number are choosing to adopt or foster a pet. Now Minnesotans, and people around the country, are stepping up to help shelters." - CBSN Minnesota
3/31/2020 "PetSmart Inc. and Simply Nourish Pet Food Company LLC were hit with a proposed class action in a New York federal court alleging their “natural” label on certain foods is deceptive because they contain synthetic ingredients.
Alexa Grossman filed suit on behalf of similarly situated consumers who said they relied on defendants’ representations that the products were “natural” when they purchased them." - Bloomberg Law
3/31/2020 "Cats didn’t used to be overweight back in the day, so that’s why some pet parents might ask themselves how come this has happened. Well, the answer is actually pretty simple. It was the same with us, humans, too. Back in the 70s and 80s, cats didn’t have access to heavily processed foods. Nowadays, almost any cat guardian will feed their feline friend a commercial diet. Unfortunately, not all pet food manufacturing brands make healthy cat food, in that they add several ingredients that shouldn’t be a part of a cat’s diet at all." - knnit
3/31/2020 "Igloo was designed to free users from the unpleasant and time-consuming chore of scooping. It uses a more convenient and sanitary method. The litter box detects and recognizes when the cat is using the box, waits an appropriate time after the deed is done and then initiates an automatic cleaning cycle that scoops the waste and funnels it into a tightly sealed receptacle within the device." - CISION PR Newswire
3/31/2020 "The social organisation of cheetahs is unique among the wild cat species. Females are solitary unless they are looking after their cubs, while males are either solitary or they live in coalitions (functioning groups) of brothers or unrelated males. This pretty well sums it up and the description comes from Wild Cats of the World (see T.M. Caro reference)." - PoC
3/30/2020 "Pets and people share environments, which means they also share parasites and their associated zoonotic diseases. Perhaps the scariest of the blood-sucking hangers-on are ticks. But our understanding of tick parasitism has been sparse thus far." - dvm360
3/30/2020 "People are spending an unprecedented amount of time indoors as self-quarantining and social distancing become the norm to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus worldwide. Naturally, this means more time spent with our beloved animals. It also means quite a bit of light is being shed on what our dogs and cats were really doing all that time while their owners commute into work and spend 8-10 hours away." - Mommyish
3/29/2020 "It’ll be the next innovation in pet food: a food made from bacteria which contains the right balance of proteins. It’ll raise eyebrows. People will question whether strict carnivores such as felines can be sustained by bacteria. I understand the doubts. However, it will happen, I feel, and I am confident that the manufacturers, FeedKind, will ensure that it meets the specialist requirements of our domestic cat companions." - PoC
3/28/2020 "To be more precise the question should refer to domestic cats and how they pick a favourite spot in the home for a while and then choose a different one for no apparent reason because, on the face of it, it’s no better or worse. The tendency to do this varies between cats and circumstance. I’d bet that somebody will say that their cat has a favourite spot and hardly ever moves from it." - PoC
Folks, I'm Doug Hines, publisher of CatNewsNow.com. Like many of you I live in constant fear of what the near future might bring during this virus mess. I am especially on edge because I am in a vulnerable group. I'm old, I've recently had a string of health problems, and I find myself pretty susceptible to further illness. So every time I cough or sneeze or 'think' I might have a slight fever, I'm already planning for the worst and putting nails in the pine box of my mind.
Why am I telling you this? If the stories on the front page of Cat News Now® suddenly fail to change, if the page appears to you as it did several days ago, you can pretty much assume that something has gone wrong. Since I work alone, there is no one who will continue the work of bringing you cat news, and the webpage will cease being current.
And, of course, health problems aren't the only thing that could halt this website's production. I live in a less-than-desirable, stressful financial situation, so the loss of my computer or the loss of my internet service provider, or should I just not be able to keep up with paying the rent, buying food, and caring for my cats, all could bring about my sudden demise. We all know what stress can do.
Anyway, I just thought you would want to know what happened should I stop producing CatNewsNow.com. It's the kind of truth we all must consider nowadays. - Doug Hines
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