Felicette: A forgotten feline space pioneer

January 27, 2017

Felicette: A forgotten feline space pioneer

French scientists launched Felicette the cat into space in October 1963 for a 15-minute flight that took her 130 miles above Earth. After her safe return, scientists studied the cat’s brain waves to assess whether any changes occurred, but little is known about the findings or her eventual fate.

Gizmodo (1/26)

Gradual introduction, veterinary care will keep new cats healthy

January 17, 2017

Gradual introduction, veterinary care will keep new cats healthy

The stress that accompanies introduction of a new cat to a home with pets can heighten the risk of illness, writes veterinarian Carl Palazzolo, but he says likelihood of respiratory infections can be managed by ensuring pets get the right vaccines on the right schedule. Kittens are particularly vulnerable, and any new cat needs a thorough veterinary exam, Dr. Palazzolo writes, noting gradual introduction of new cats to the household will also reduce the chances of illness.

Long Beach Post (Calif.) (1/12)

 

NYC veterinarians battle H7N2 outbreak in cats

January 13, 2017

NYC veterinarians battle H7N2 outbreak in cats

Officials say 386 New York City shelter cats have tested positive for H7N2 avian influenza as veterinarians work to stem an outbreak among feline residents that appears to have started in October. Some 500 cats have been placed at a makeshift quarantine facility staffed by six veterinarians and eight technicians as well as support staff, and some of the animals will be released in the coming days.

New York Post (1/12)

Under 5 pounds of matted fur, rescuers find loving cat

January 12, 2017

Under 5 pounds of matted fur, rescuers find loving cat

Sinbad the cat was covered with 5 pounds of matted fur and suffering from neglect when animal welfare investigators approached the owner and offered to take the animal. The team removed the matted fur, uncovering an affectionate cat that has since gained needed weight and become an internet star.

People (1/11)

Veterinarian creates cat feeding system that simulates hunting

January 12, 2017

Veterinarian creates cat feeding system that simulates hunting

Veterinarian Liz Bales created the NoBowl Feeding System to let cats satisfy their natural instinct to hunt. Mice-shaped containers can be filled with food by the owner and hide them around the house, allowing cats to search for the devices and then play with them until food pops out.

Business Insider (1/11)

TEXAS, San Antonio, Maybe the Hare Set Him Up

January 12, 2017

MAYBE THE HARE SET HIM UP

KSAT:

“SAN ANTONIO – A 150-pound pet tortoise is being  blamed for a fire that caused heavy damage to the home of a  neighbor on the city’s far Northwest Side. The fire  broke out shortly after midnight Tuesday…Firefighters  said it appears the tortoise knocked over a heat lamp inside  its outdoor cage and started a fire that spread to the home  next door.  The fire then spread moving into the walls  and attic by the time firefighters were able to extinguish  it. They said the fire also caused minimal damage to the pet  owner’s home. The damage was estimated at $150,000.

They said no one was hurt, including the tortoise.”