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“A Spooky-Boo Halloween”
Announcing my first published children’s book. “A Spooky-Boo Halloween”.
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Spooky & Boo are dumped on Halloween night. They are kittens, barely weened from their mother. They have no food, no shelter and no one to love them. They are cold, alone, hungry and homeless. Everything they see is big, bad and scary.
As if things weren’t bad enough, they are surrounded by monsters.
What will become of them? Will they survive? Could things possibly be any worse?
The answer is somewhere within the pages of A Spooky-Boo Halloween.
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Jeremy McDonald, 34, said the boat overturned May 26 while he was out with his friends, brothers John and Billy Minerva, ages 35 and 25, and John Minerva’s girlfriend’s 30-pound Labrador retriever and terrier mix, Cutie, were out on the Chena River, the Fairbanks News-Miner reported Thursday.
McDonald and the Minerva brothers were able to make it to shore, but they were unable to find Cutie despite hours of searching.
McDonald said he was able to reach the damaged boat May 30 and Cutie revealed herself, alive and still wearing her canine flotation device, when a retrieval crew righted the vessel.
“I was pretty sure we were going to go there and find a dead dog,” McDonald said. It was pretty much a miracle.
John Minerva said he and his girlfriend, Grace Sommer, were overjoyed to have the dog back. He said she is recovering from her ordeal on the river.
“She was sore for a couple of days, but other than that she was fine,” Minerva said.
Copyright 2013 by United Press International
Named ‘Deucy’ Is Doing Well
A rare, two-faced kitten was born in Amity, Oregon this week. Stephanie Durkee, the owner of both the female kitten and its mother, took the two-faced cat to a vet, who say she’s in good health.
The animal, which meows loudly from both mouths, has just one body and set of organs. Owner Stephanie Durkee says she thought her children had made a mistake when they told her a cat with two heads had been born.
Durkee told Portland’s KGW-TV the kitten—named “Deucy”—has been rejected by her mother, so she’s been feeding her warmed kitten formula from a syringe.
“The kids … came in and said, ‘Mom there’s a kitty with two heads,’” Durkee told Portland’s NBC affiliate. “And I said, ‘I think you guys are just tired, you’re crazy, that doesn’t happen.’”
Durkee, who plans to keep Deucy, says the kitten was born at “6:11 a.m. on 6/11 under the ‘Gemini’ astrological sign.” Durkee said she “can’t help but wonder at the ‘double’ coincidences surrounding Deucy’s birth.”
Two-faced cats—known as Janus cats, for the two-faced Roman god who also gave us the word“January”—are unusual but not unprecedented.
Stephanie Durkee told KGW-TV the kitten’s mother had rejected the newborn, refusing to feed it. Durkee, who named the kitten Deucy, said its health deteriorated quickly.
The kitten, who had two healthy littermates with normal faces, suffered from a disorder known as diprosopus. Cats with the disorder are also known as Janus Cats after the two-faced Roman god Janus, who also gave his name to the month of January.
Durkee’s veterinarian told The (Portland) Oregonian most kittens born with two faces die soon after birth, although he has heard of a few surviving to be adults. One lived to be 12 years old.
Copyright 2013 by United Press International
Jerry’s major fear is that Alfred might fly out an open door into the wild blue yonder, never to be seen again.
Disabling a bird’s ability to fly can make training it a more rewarding experience, as the bird is no longer able to escape by taking flight. Birds that cannot fly are less likely to reach areas that may pose some sort of danger. Ceiling fans come to mind, along with hot cooking surfaces. But I prefer to allow my birds to fly.
Flight is an important exercise for aerobic fitness and for the development and maintenance of good muscle tone. Flight can allow a bird to avoid danger or flee from it — think four-legged pets. Obviously, this would not be a factor for all bird households. Birds can be taught to avoid things in the house while flying.
Of course, every situation is unique. Birds that are not handled and that don’t spend much, if any time, out of the cage may need to be clipped. If they were allowed to escape their enclosures, they would fly in an unfamiliar environment while experiencing some degree of panic. This is precisely why I believe it is very important to make your bird a part of your life. Play and interact with it and it will not fear flying in the house. It’s best to start doing so when birds are young, but still can be accomplished with older birds, albeit with more effort.
As for Alfred, I suspect he can be allowed to fly. From Jerry’s description, Alfred is very bonded to Jerry. I imagine he is very secure and should do quite well flying through Jerry’s house. Palm cockatoos are large birds and can knock things over with nothing more than the air movement created by their wings during flight. Jerry’s main concern that Alfred might fly out an open door and disappear would always be a potential concern of mine. I cannot advise testing that theory, but I will tell you that birds well-bonded to humans do not generally fly away, never to return.
I can attest to this from personal experience. One of my birds, Tuki, was outdoors with me on my shoulder while I was working in the yard. She was suddenly spooked by the rotating blades of my windmill and flew off into a Cypress tree, 25 feet off the ground. She was obviously scared and would not leave the tree. I climbed the tree to rescue her, and she came right to me.
I advise discussing the clipping of wings with an avian veterinarian and with other bird owners. If a decision is made to clip your bird’s feathers, make sure it is done properly. Inappropriately clipped feathers can cause problems such as bleeding from the feather shafts and poking of the body wall with the cut feather ends. This can lead to plucking behavior.
Not cutting the proper amount or proper types of feathers is another concern. This may allow the bird to fly or, worse, cause it to fall and potentially be injured.
Jeff Kahler is a veterinarian in Modesto, Calif. Questions can be submitted to Your Pet in care of LifeStyles, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto CA 95352.
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First of all, let it be said that it is not possible to convert every single cat into a “cuddly lap kitty,”though there is no harm in trying. It would be difficult, if not impossible, for example, to take a formerly feral cat and convert her into a feline lap-lover that was fawning on anyone’s lap. Experiments in England have shown that if cats are raised without human company for the first 7 weeks of their lives, they will never be fully accepting of people. The best you could expect from a cat with this kind of background is occasional fleeting visits during which the cat might tolerate a modicum of petting. This level of trust on the part of a cat like this represents something of a psychological breakthrough. Another reason why some cats do not take well to the job of being lap cats is to do with inherited disposition. Some cats, by nature, are more independent and aloof than others; whereas some are just plain fearful. Such traits manifest as an anti-social nature with respect to would-be human companions. Some of these reclusive cats may be coaxed out of their shell by kind and patient treatment, but even the best results that can be achieved in terms of friendliness to people may be a far cry from relaxed lap sitting. You should recognize these “exceptions to the rule” before trying to convert all comers to the noble art of lap sitting and the acceptance of liberal petting and cuddling. Nevertheless, the majority of cats are trainable this way as long as the owner goes about the process in the right way. There are some general rules that owners may want to consider when trying to forge such a close relationship with a cat. The Way Forward
- Where possible, select a cat that is the product of affectionate parents.
- Obtain a very young cat – it’s almost a case of the younger the better (though kittens adopted when they are too young can present the opposite problem of over-bonding or over-attachment).
- Raise kittens with kindness and never physically punish them or yell at them.
- If it is too late for any or all of the above, and the cat is already somewhat wary or reclusive, it is never too late to start trying to repair existing damage.
- The general philosophy for successful rehabilitation is to create circumstances favorable for the cat to approach the owner, rather than the other way around. Striding up to a cat, thus invading her flight distance, apprehending her and placing her on your lap, thus invading her personal space, is exactly the wrong approach.
- Arrange for rehabilitation to occur in quiet circumstances. Position yourself in a large room with the cat, and arm yourself with a good book and a bag of food treats that your cat finds delicious. The procedure will go more swiftly if you arrange for the cat to be slightly hungry at the beginning of the session as this will increase the cat’s motivation to accept the food treats.
- Without moving from your comfortable chair or couch, toss a food treat in your cat’s direction and be patient, until she finds and consumes it. Repeat this procedure at intervals, dropping the food progressively closer to yourself and, finally, beside yourself on the couch or chair.
- Next, arrange for the cat to take a food treat from your hand, gradually moving your hand toward your lap, only releasing the food treat if the cat puts her paws up on your lap.
- Remember that you will certainly not be able to make a reclusive cat into a cuddly lap-sitting cat in one session. The whole process may take several weeks or even as much as a year. Be patient and be grateful for modest improvements. Never attempt hurry things along; never come on too strong; and never try to force the issue. Allow your cat to be drawn into a vacuum of food, affection, and petting that you provide for her.
- Sometimes you can focus a cat on what you are doing more acutely by employing a “click” to signal the delivery of a treat. This focuses the cat’s attention on you, the source of the click, and cues her to the subsequent gift of the food treat from you, i.e. you become the common link. The use of a clicker in this way may help quicken the retraining process. Clicker trained cats seem to have more interest and faith in their owners than untrained cats.
- The person trying to build the relationship with the cat should be the one to feed her regular food. It helps to have the cat ‘meal fed’ and to have the meals put down as obviously as possible by the person wishing to forge the close bond.
- The person trying to draw the reclusive cat out should probably arrange to play games with the cat at least a couple of times a day. Moving toys are best, such as cat dancers and pull toys on a string.If an appropriate combination of such measures is engaged in by a well-meaning cat owner, there is no reason that, over time, a relatively reclusive cat shouldn’t be encouraged to come forward and interact affectionately. In many cases, lap sitting will then occur spontaneously, with its implicit permission to pet and cuddle. One caveat, however, is that if the cat wants to escape from the situation, or has had enough for any reason, she should not be restrained but should be allowed to hop off your lap at her pleasure. Cats are at their best when they are allowed to come and go as they please. In many cases, all it takes to produce the ideal, easily pet-able lap cat is to arrange for all the good things in life to come only and obviously from you. As Konrad Lorenz so aptly put it with respect to training, “art and science aren’t enough, patience is the basic stuff.” And, you may have to be patient for quite some time. I have one cat that was skittish from the time that I rescued her and she only became a completely cuddly lap cat at the age of 12, after years of catering to her and two geographical moves. Actually, I think it was one of these moves into a small temporary lodging that confined her close enough to my family that she had no alternative but to interact with us. The moral here may be that although you don’t want to force your presence on a cat, you also don’t want to provide the cat an opportunity to always be so far away from you that she never has to interact with you. And, for those few cats who never come round to becoming fully conversant with, or accepting of, lap sitting or cuddling, remember that this apparent shortfall does not necessarily mean that they have no affection for you, the owner. It may simply be that they show their affection in other ways.
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For those who do not realize, animal crush video does indeed, exist. The videos generally feature, but do not limit themselves to, small live animals, such as kittens, puppies, mice and bunnies being slowly tortured in the most horrific ways imaginable.
They are burned alive, cut with pruning sheers, nailed to the floor, skinned alive, beaten, stabbed and most often, they have their limbs crushed and broken, just to invoke more screams of agony.
The majority of these videos share a common theme, the animals are incrementally crushed by scantily clad women in high heels. Those who purchase these videos, view them for sexual gratification. Basically speaking, the animal crush interest is an atypical sexual arousal toward the the horrific torture and distress of another life-form. The sick, twisted, prurient animal crush industry has become increasingly popular all over the world. It will continue to escalate the degradation of our society if nothing is done to curtail the sadistic underground industry.
It is not as difficult as one might believe, to find websites that house animal crush video on the internet. Some mask themselves within pornography websites where minors can access these materials with the click of a mouse button. Freedom of speech has its limits when it promotes violent criminal acts and places a society in danger. Please realize that those who are capable of such acts of violent behavior, do not always limit themselves to brutality against animals.
There is nothing socially redeeming about animal crush videos or animal torture videos used for entertainment purposes and the people who produce, buy or distribute them, are simply dangerous. Please read “The Link Between Animal Abuse and Serial Killers” in regard to FBI psychological reports exposing the link between brutality toward animals and humans HERE.
Child pornography is obvious violence against children and it was banned for blatantly promoting heinous, illegal acts. Films that exploit, torture and kill anything for sexual entertainment purposes have absolutely no place in a civilized society. A child can be severely emotionally damaged by these forms of depictions and that can lead to mental disorders or antisocial behavior.
Consider the effect that animal crush video has on both human and nonhuman lives in a society on a global scale. It causes a desensitization toward life, in general and whilst there are many factors that contribute to the generation of the serial killing mind, nearly all serial murderers share a common history of animal abuse, in their youth.
On Thursday, December 9th, 2010, President Obama signed into law, Congressman Elton Gallegly’s initiative to ban animal crush videos in the Unites States of America. Through grass roots efforts, both here and abroad, people united to make a last minute push in order to pressure the United States Senate to pass the Animal Crush Prohibition Act during “Lame Duck” Sessions. This proved to many who had fought for the law, that in unity, we can make a difference.
Now that Animal Crush Prohibition Act is law in the United States, we must turn our attentions globally. It is time that we honor our promise to everyone around the world who supported us during our fight. Stopcrush.org international branches have begun to develop and we need help in every nation. Please visit stopcrush.org to connect with us in the global fight to put an end to animal crush video. We owe you our gratitude.
If you are interested in applying to become an administrator and representing your nation in this fight against animal crush video, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can always communicate by using a translator if we do not speak your language.
Please include your full name, age, location and any information you have regarding the current conditions of the laws against animal cruelty and obscene material, such as animal crush video, where you live.
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Cat Whiskers: Don’t Cut! (And Other Whisker Tips)
Published July 19, 2011
Cat whiskers are important to a cat’s balance.
Q: What happens if a cat’s whiskers are cut? My cat seemed dizzy and disoriented, and started vomiting after his whiskers were accidentally trimmed.
A: Cats may get highly distressed when their whiskers are damaged, since they are important to their equilibrium. They may have difficulty walking or running straight, can become disoriented and can even fall.
Experiments done with cats whose whiskers have been cut short have shown difficulty accurately judging distances while jumping, or occasionally running into objects. The vomiting may have resulted from anxiety.
Q: Do cat whiskers grow back, once cut off?
A: Cat whiskers generally grow back within a few weeks.
Cat whiskers are made from keratin, the key structural component that makes up our hair and nails. In all animals that grows whiskers, the follicles and nerves to which the hair is attached are much larger than normal follicles, thus they grow in thicker that normal hair.
Q: Do cats shed their whiskers?
A: Cats will shed whiskers. Old ones fall out and new ones start growing to replace them. It is not uncommon to find a shed whisker on furniture or carpet, where they are easily visible.
However, if too many whiskers are shed on a regular basis, an do not grow back; it is wise to consult with a veterinarian, since this could indicate a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Q: Would short, broken cat whiskers that have split ends indicate a health issue?
A: Whenever you notice any changes in a cat’s physical condition, it is always wise to consult with a veterinarian.
This may be a sign that the cat has an underlying medical condition requiring treatment. Split, drooping or shriveling ends may indicate that the cat is losing weight too quickly, so a prompt visit to the vet is certainly in order.
Q: My male Persian cat was recently groomed by a highly reputable homegrooming service. Without our knowledge the groomer trimmed his whiskers. Would this trimming episode cause him to start urinating on the bed in the guest room?
A: Cat’s whiskers are extremely sensitive to the touch. Just running a finger on a whisker will cause an immediate reaction. When frightened, cats often need to re-mark their territories, which may have caused this behavior. However, inappropriate elimination is always a red-flag for a vet visit to rule out bladder stones or infections.
Q: My kitten is missing all his whiskers. He has a black mark on his chin so we suspect he may have somehow burned them. Four days have passed and all he does is sleep. He is barely eating and is lethargic. What should I do?
A: If you suspect your kitten was burned, a visit to the vet is urgently needed. While kittens need a lot of sleep, lethargy and not eating are definitely symptoms that must be immediately checked out by a veterinarian. Missing all of his whiskers may also be symptomatic of underlying illness.
In conclusion, never trim cat’s whiskers. But, according to an old wives’ tale, if you are lucky enough to find a precious shed whisker around the house, hold onto it, and make a wish. It will come true!
She sits at her window most of the day
Absorbing the sun, watching rabbits at play
She seldom gets up, Except to eat
Much preferring to sit while I serve at her feet
She seems to think she is the Queen
Demanding I bring her something to eat
I do not know how much more I can take
She doesn’t even wash a plate
And when she is mad, she will cry
While I am wishing, I could hide
She has me trained, the way she wants
So I guess she is here to stay
She’s my kitty and I love her
Oh no! It is time to fetch her toys and play
I’ve got to go, I can’t be late
Bye bye for now, it’s been great!
Previous Animal Updates: March 28, 2010
Glimpses of Soul
This month we feature the work of Minnesota photographer Mandy Dwyer of Glimpses of Soul Photography. Mandy visited Home for Life® in November 2009 to photograph the animals for their sponsors’ update letters. To see more of Mandy’s photos, see her blog entry about the experience.
Musette is a beautiful long-haired tortoiseshell cat who is getting on in years. Musette was named after a dressage horse, and the musical name seemed perfect for this cat, who has a musical meow and feminine charms.
She was found on the doorstep of a kind family in the Twin Cities, pregnant and nearly starved to death. They asked us to help the poor cat, who was skin and bones. Musette was taken to the veterinarian, where she gave birth to four kittens. Two of them died soon after birth, and Musette had no milk and was too ill to nurse her surviving kittens. When the vet staff came in the next morning, Musette was lying on top of the dead kittens to keep them away from the two that were still alive.
Musette and her two kittens then came to Home for Life® . Her surviving son, a long-haired tiger named Schroeder, also struggled to live. Musette seemed to give up on him so that she could focus what little energy she had on the one kitten she somehow knew had a chance to survive: that was Lucy. Musette put Schroeder out of the bed repeatedly; we would find her cuddled with Lucy while poor Schroeder curled up outside the cage, alone and cold.
We bottle-fed Schroeder and pulled him through. He became a fully grown, handsome adult, but he contracted feline leukemia and died before the age of two. Oddly, Lucy and Musette never tested positive for the virus.
As a cat who formerly struggled with starvation, Musette put on a lot of weight with abundant food. Dogs and cats who have experienced severe deprivation in the past often overeat. Lucy has always been chubby too. It’s as if they declare, like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, “I’ll never be hungry again.”
To this day, Musette and Lucy are very close and often spend time lying or resting near one another. We are so glad that Musette can enjoy spending time with the daughter that she tried so desperately to save. She is a good mother