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SNAPtales, the newsletter of the Spay-Neuter Assistance Prog
 
In This Issue December 1, 2012
- 41,421 -
The number of dogs
and cats helped by
your gifts between
Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2012.
 

SNAP has sterilized over
410,000

dogs and cats since being
founded in 1993.
 
It’s the End of the World
Maybe Not for Us, but Homeless Cats and Dogs Face Annihilation Daily
  
Every day is the end of the world for homeless dogs and cats
The Mayan Apocolypse isn't real for us, but it might as well be for homeless dogs and cats. Their world comes to an end all too soon.
While some wait in rapt anticipation to see if the world will end on December 21st, dogs and cats that are born unwanted face annihilation every day. SNAP believes that saving the world begins by saving one animal at a time, but only you can make that happen. Soon we will be mailing out donation forms for our annual year-end giving campaign. We hope that you will take up the cause of homeless animals by making a generous contribution when you receive it.

Dogs and cats reproduce several times a year and have litter sizes ranging from as few as two to as many as a dozen or more. It is easy to think that these kittens and puppies can be adopted out, but because humans reproduce at a fraction of the rate of cats and dogs, there will simply never be enough homes for all the animals born. This is why our neighborhoods and shelters are filled with homeless animals. These unfortunate creatures have a very short life-expectancy. Those on the streets die from hunger, thirst, exposure, illness, and injury. Those in shelters die because they did not get adopted before their time ran out. These animals did nothing wrong, and many would make a wonderful addition to any home, but there are simply not enough homes to go around.

The only way to end this tragedy is to prevent unwanted animals from being born in the first place. Spaying and neutering is the single best way to accomplish this. SNAP brings mobile spay-neuter clinics to low-income areas so that qualifying households can get their animals sterilized at no charge. Each animal also receives a vaccination to help control the spread of rabies, a deadly disease. Thanks to your previous gifts, 7,581 dogs and cats received these services for free between January 1 and October 31, 2012. Nearly 35,000 more animals were helped through our reduced cost spay-neuter and wellness programs during the same period. With your help, we can do even more next year!

The Mayan calendar does not actually predict the end of the end of the world on December 21st. It merely marks the transition from one era to the next. You can help make this milestone the beginning of a new era for our furry friends by supporting SNAP spay-neuter programs. Don’t forget that the calendar year is drawing to a close and with it your final opportunity to reduce your 2012 tax burden through charitable contributions. Your donation to SNAP may qualify you for a tax deduction. Giving to SNAP also helps cut our  community’s overall tax burden by reducing the amount local governments must spend to round up, house, feed, care for, kill, and dispose of homeless animals.

When you receive our campaign mailer, please give as generously as you can, and remember that you can always donate online. It may not save the world, but it will make a world of difference in the lives of innocent dogs and cats.
 
SNAP Opens Pasadena Clinic

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration Planned for January
 
A new SNAP clinic takes shape in Pasadena, Texas.
The new SNAP clinic in Pasadena, Texas, is now open! Visit the clinic webpage for hours and location.
SNAP is thrilled to announce that its newest SNAP Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic is now open. The new facility is located at 913 Shaw Ave. in Pasadena, Texas 77506 (one block north of state highway 225 and a block west of Pasadena Blvd.). The clinic offers reduced-cost spay-neuter surgery and wellness services for cats and dogs. Surgery is by appointment only. Appointments can be requested using the clinic’s online appointment request system. Wellness services include examinations, vaccinations, heartworm testing and preventative, flea and tick preventative, and microchipping. These services are provided on a walk-in (first-come, first-served) basis on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Pasadena clinic is open to the general public. No qualification is required to receive services.

The clinic provides an affordable solution for area residents who want to have their animals spayed or neutered but cannot afford to have the procedure done at a full-service veterinary clinic. Numerous shelters and rescue organizations in Pasadena and southeast Harris County have also pledged to use the facility to prepare animals for adoption.

The Pasadena clinic would not have been possible without the generous financial and logistical assistance of the city of Pasadena and PetSmart Charities. The success of the project also hinged on the efforts and support of the South East Harris County Alliance for Animals (SEHCAA), many other wonderful corporate and private donors, and the citizens of Pasadena and the surrounding areas. SNAP is grateful to everyone who contributed to make the new clinic a reality. Now let’s get down to the serious business of reducing the population of unwanted animals in Pasadena and Southeast Harris County!
 
PetSmart Charities Community Cat Project Ends
Grant Enabled SNAP to Sterilize 1,841 Animals in a Single Zip Code over Two Years
 
The Community Cat Program, funded by PetSmart Charities, end
SNAP recently completed a two-year effort that saw 1,841 community cats sterilized within the 77011 zip code in Houston, Texas. The work was performed under a grant of $93,700 awarded for the project by PetSmart Charities. The project focused on community cats--which includes stray, feral, and other free-roaming cats. The focus on a single zip code was to study whether spaying and neutering a substantial percentage of the animals in a concentrated geographic area would lead to a long-term reduction in their overall numbers. The 77011 zip code was chosen because it had a very high population of community cats.

The project was kicked off on National Feral Cat Day in October of 2010. The original goal was to sterilize 1,840 community cats. The SNAP mobile clinic was stationed at Ripley House at 4410 Navigation Blvd. an average of twice a month to perform the surgeries. SNAP staff member Judy Barnett and a team of volunteers dedicated their time to the trapping, monitoring, and releasing of the cats. The final day of the project was November 13, 2012. Forty-four felines were spayed and neutered that day, bringing the total for the project to 1,841. Going forward, PetSmart Charities will monitor the population of community cats in the area to determine whether the project succeeded in its population reduction goal.

The project's goal was to sterilize 70 percent of the estimated community cat population within the zip code. Studies suggest that population size may stabilize at that point. It is conservatively estimated that reducing the number of reproducing community cats by 1,841 will prevent more than 700,000 kittens from being born homeless in the next 7-8 years, even accounting for the high mortality rate among these kittens. That is a success by any measure. SNAP is immensely grateful to PetSmart Charities for funding this project and looks forward to working with the foundation in the future to help address the challenges of animal overpopulation.
 
Diane Caplan Brings It Home for SNAP... Again!
Socialite/Entrepreneur Wins Second Charity Contest This Year Netting SNAP $5,000
 
Laura Welch and Diane Caplan with $5,000 award check.
Diane Caplan (r) presents SNAP Director of Development Laura Welch (l) with the $5,000 award she won in J&L Marketing's "Charity of Your Choice" competition. The money will fund SNAP spay-neuter efforts.
Diane Caplan, the Houston socialite and entrepreneur who won $4,000 for SNAP in the Verizon Wireless/Modern Luxury "4G for Charity" contest this past summer, has done it again! This time she upped the ante by winning $5,000 for spay-neuter in J&L Marketing’s "Charity of Your Choice" contest. J&L Marketing describes itself as an "Automotive Owner Marketing" agency. The contest was a competition between marketing personnel at automotive dealerships across the U.S. Ms. Caplan garnered the most votes over the duration of the contest to win. She campaigned tirelessly on Facebook and through her personal and professional networks to earn the votes that brought her victory, so credit for this win is shared with all of you who voted for her.

Ms. Caplan is the eCommerce Marketing Director for the Momentum Jaguar, Volvo, Porsche dealership and the Porsche/Audi West dealership in Houston. The Momentum Motorcars family of dealerships is also a generous supporter of SNAP. In addition to her work at Momentum, Ms. Caplan recently joined forces with Houston stylist Edward Sanchez to launch Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge, an exclusive new spa and salon. Caplan has long been advocate for animals and recently became a member of the SNAP board of directors. SNAP is grateful to her--yet again--for her amazing dedication and passion to helping prevent the birth of unwanted animals. We are also grateful to Momentum Motorcars for supporting Diane in her efforts on behalf of SNAP and J&L Marketing for sponsoring the contest.
 
[art.shop] A Holiday Party & Art Market for SNAP
Event Offers Art Gifts, Entertainment, and Refreshments While Helping Animals
 
 
Don't miss the [art.shop] Holiday Party & Art Market on
The Boy and Her, and Houston arts organization, is presents [art.shop] 2012--a Holiday Party & Art Market tomorrow benefiting SNAP! The event is both a celebration and a perfect opportunity to pick up gifts for your artsy friends! Music and entertainment will be provided by Houston’s one and only Craig "bbc" Long. St. Arnold's Brewery and Deep Eddy Vodka will be on hand with free beverages. Among the drinks available will be an adult hot apple cider and seasonal brews. Two food trucks--The Golden Grill and Good Dog Hot Dog--will be there as well with food to keep you going.

You get all this for an entry fee of just $5, and the event benefits SNAP spay-neuter programs! It all takes place on Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at War'Hous Visual Studios, 4515 Main St., Houston, TX 77002.

The artists and vendors participating in the market include:

  
Urban Izzy
   Hola Dear Deer
   Captivations
   Lotti
   Juice Girl
   Santeria
   Jennifer McCaslin
   Qahwa Coffee Roasters
   Mic McAllister
   Fab Jewelry by Robin Silvers
   Yamin and Sid Rebel
   Stacks on Racks Vintage
   YOKO Vintage
   Maria-Elisa Heg
   Maitreye Williams
   Vida Antigua Vintage
   Nada Christianson
   Brandy Black
   LULART
   Tiffant Recio
   Kelly Kielsmeier
   Victoria's Glass Jewels
 
SNAP will also have a table at [art.shop] 2012, so do stop by and say hello! SNAP is grateful to art.shop and Brandy Black for organizing this event and supporting the SNAP mission to prevent the suffering and death of cats and dogs due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in low-income areas.

Don't miss out on this fun holiday event. We hope to see you there!
 
An Evening at Club Spayed
Festive Event Honored Members of Spayed Club, Our Recurring Donor Program
 
 
Revelers enjoy zany props from the Club Spayed photo booth.
Club Spayed revelers took advantage of zany photo booth props to create fun mementos of the evening. Pictured (l-r): Kathy Bartlett, Jodie Eisenhardt, Ria Van Dright, and Brae Whitehead.
Scores of SNAP supporters converged on the House of Dereon Media Center in Houston last month for the first annual Club Spayed event. The festive event was a celebration to honor members of the Spayed Club, which is our recurring donor program. Non-Spayed Club members were invited as well to learn more about the program and to help us show our gratitude to current members.

Guests were treated to great music, drinks--including adult beverages provided by Tito’s Vodka and Favorite Brands LLC--and nibbles from H-town StrEATs--technically a taco truck--but in reality a restaurant on wheels! Desserts were provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes and Fleming's Steak House. The Houston mobile clinic was on hand for tours, and Momentum Volvo brought one of their vehicles for the car shoppers in the crowd. Inside there was a great prize raffle that included, among other items, goods and services from The Upper Hand salon and Houston artist Kermit Eisenhut. a seriously fun photo booth. Look for photos from it on the SNAP Facebook page! Finally, SNAP goodie bags were there for the taking at the end of the evening.

A good time was had by all, and SNAP got a chance to remind our Houston Spayed Club members how much we appreciate their ongoing contribution to keeping those mobile clinics operating. Many thousands of dogs and cats from qualifying low-income homes are spayed and neutered on those clinics each year. It truly takes the help of everyone to make it happen, but our Spayed Club members are some of the strongest pillars of support we have.

SNAP would like to thank the event committee for its hard work in putting Club Spayed together and all of the generous sponsors who donated so generously to make it a success!
 
CLUB SPAYED EVENT COMMITTEE
 
Kathy Bartlett
Diane Caplan

Jodie Eisenhardt
Paul Pettie
Ria Van Dright

Brae Whitehead
Club Spayed Event Sponsors
 
Body3 Fitness Center Weight Loss Challenge
Start the New Year Right: Lose Weight and Fight Animal Overpopulation!
  
Body3 Fitness Center Your Best Body Challenge benefits SNAP!
Do you start each new year with a resolution to lose weight you put on over the holidays? The Body3 21-day Fitness Weight Loss Challenge is offering to help you lose weight and help SNAP in the process! Body3 Fitness Center is holding the promotion in order to raise much-needed funds for SNAP spay-neuter operations. The 21 Day Fat Loss Challenge will begin on January 11 at 6:30 p.m. with a kick-off meeting. The program will include a detailed nutrition guide, group exercise sessions, and a chance to win $250 Body3 Bucks.

Tom Jackobs, owner and certified fitness coach at Body3 Fitness Center, benefited SNAP with a similar body challenge earlier this year. It was such a great success--both in terms of participants’ meeting their fitness goals and fundraising for SNAP--that he decided to repeat the challenge! Body3 Fitness Center is located at 1987 W. T.C. Jester Blvd in Houston, TX, 77008. To sign up or for more information, visit www.Body3Fit.com/21Day beginning the week of December 3, 2012, or call Body3 Fitness Center at 713-864-1231 today!
 
SNAP Mobile Clinics on the Move
San Antonio and Houston Units Conduct Special Spay-Neuter and Education Events
  
SNAP San Antonio and Houston mobile clinics are on the move!
Clients line up to have their animals taken aboard the Houston mobile clinic. Both the San Antonio and Houston mobile units have conducted special spay-neuter and educational events recently.
The SNAP mobile clinic teams in both San Antonio and Houston have been on the move lately, completing not just their appointed rounds but several special educational and spay-neuter events as well.

We reported last month on the beginning of a series of regular two-day visits by the San Antonio mobile clinic to Laredo, Texas, with funding provided by the City of Laredo and with logistical assistance from Pet Haven of Laredo. The most recent trip took place on November 19 and 20, 2012, and resulted in a total of 81 animals being sterilized. The first day’s total included 25 female cats and 24 male cats. The second day’s total included 13 female dogs, four male dogs, 11 female cats, and 4 male cats. Both days were great successes, and the San Antonio crew, led by Dr. Mary Kate Lawler, is looking forward to their next visit, which takes place in December.

The San Antonio mobile clinic also paid a visit to Linton Elementary School in San Antonio. This event, on November 16, 2012, was not a spay-neuter day. It was a career day for the pupils at the school. Approximately 150 first to third grade students toured the SNAP San Antonio mobile unit. The clinic staff educated them about the benefits of surgery for their dogs and cats as well as other ways to keep their animals healthy. The students were obviously appreciative because when Veterinarian Dr. Naomi Turner and Technician Tonia Floresvega asked who would like to become a doctor or nurse for animals, nearly every hand went up!  If you have a school in the San Antonio area that you would like SNAP to visit, please contact Dr. Turner at nturner@snapus.org.

The Houston mobile clinic got in on the action as well with a special cat-only spay-neuter event to celebrate National Feral Cat Day on Tuesday October 16, 2012. A SNAP client had told clinic staff member Judy Barnett about the high number of feral cats that roamed the public housing complex called Allen Parkway Village near downtown. Judy, along with some of her trapper volunteers, went to take a look and discovered hundreds of feral cats living in the sprawling 34 acre complex. SNAP spoke to the management who were at first hesitant about the whole process but then realized the benefit of the services being offered. The clinic returned to the site on feral cat day and was able to sterilize 36 cats (22 female and 14 males). SNAP is looking for additional funding to spay and neuter the remaining animals on the property.
 
Upcoming SNAP Events
 
Sunday, December 2, 2012 – Houston, TX
  [art.shop] 2012: A Holiday Party & Art Market
SNAP benefits from this holiday art sale and celebration at War’Hous Visual Studios.

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Hello Darlings!


Do your human friends ever seem frustrated or exasperated by your behavior? Sometimes we all do things we shouldn’t, and sometimes these things upset our two-footed family members. Sometimes it can be their fault as well though. Read this month’s letter from Wesley, a Welsh Corgi from West University Place in Houston.

Dear Hedda,

I have a problem, and I am hoping you can help me with it. I live in a house with a wonderful woman named Wanda. She’s very good to me, so I want to be good to her. I try to be. I’m very affectionate, and I try not to mess up the house. Still, sometimes she seems to get really frustrated with me. If I could understand what she was saying, I’m sure it would make things a lot easier, but I can’t. Sometimes I hear her making the same sound over and over again with that sweet soft voice of hers. When this happens I sometimes look around to find that she’s looking at me while doing it. I just don’t know what she’s getting at. Do you have any idea what’s going on here, and what I can do to make Wanda happy?

Sign me,
Really Trying

Dear Trying,

I suspect the problem here is not with you. I think Wanda is trying to give you commands--to get you to do what she wants you to do--but doesn’t quite know how to go about it. The rest of this column, therefore, is addressed to my human readers.

When you are trying to get your canine pal to obey your commands, the first step is to use the animal’s name to get his or her attention. The command should follow as soon as your dog’s attention is focused on you. It should always sound the same. Try not to vary your inflection or the pitch of your voice when you issue a given command. If you always want a consistent result from your dog, you need to be consistent in how you ask for it. Tone of voice is very important as well. Take the word "command" as a hint. Wanda’s "sweet soft voice" may be music to Wesley’s ears, but it does not make him understand that Wanda expects something of him. Use a strong firm voice when giving your dog direction, and lower the pitch of your voice a bit if you can. If the command involves a physical act such as sitting or staying, it doesn’t hurt to use your hand to gently guide the dog’s actions as well. Finally, when your dog does perform the desired action, reward him or her effusively with praise and a treat. Nothing says "you did the right thing" better than approval and yummy nibbles!

Sit, stay, and heal are commands that almost any dog can learn, but don’t forget the one command that involves not doing anything. Teach your dog to understand that he is to stop what he’s doing whenever you say "no," and you will always have a well-behaved dog. Tell ‘em Hedda said so!

Information for this article comes from The Command Voice on the "Dog Facts" website (http://www.dogfacts.org/command-voice-dog-facts.htm)
 
New SNAP Grants
A Monthly Review of New SNAP Grants

 
SNAP would like to express its appreciation to the following foundations, charitable trusts, and corporations for their recent grant awards to SNAP:

    Pit Bull Rescue Central, $1,000
    Huffington Foundation, $2500
    The Brown Foundation, $50,000
    Dr. Scholl Foundation, $2,500
    Pet Hub Rescue of Pearland, $2,500
    Best Friends Animal Society, $7,682
    Castroville Nip & Tuck, $4,600
 
Holiday Gift Giving That Gives Back
Your Holiday Purchases Can Help the Animals without Costing You a Dime
  
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When you shop via iGive, you give back without spending more
 
Meercat t-shirts!
GoodSearch, iGive, and SNAP T-shirts: Three ways you can give back through your holiday shopping!
Holiday gift giving can make December an expensive month, but it also creates opportunities for you to help reduce the number of homeless animals without costing you a dime. Even the searches you perform can produce a donation that will benefit dogs and cats; no purchase is required.

Are you searching the Internet for holiday gifts, travel bargains, or household decorations?  Using GoodSearch.org for these queries generates a donation for SNAP with every search you perform. Goodsearch is an outstanding search engine that is made even more outstanding by the fact that it allows you to specify a charity to benefit from your activity. The first time you visit the GoodSearch website, it will display a page that explains how it works in three easy steps. The first step is to choose the charity that you wish to benefit. To make SNAP your charity of choice, click on the link in Step 1. A window will appear that allows you to search for registered nonprofits. Just enter "SNAP" in the search field and then click the magnifying glass icon. A list of results will appear. Be sure to click on "SNAP - Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (Houston, TX)" in the list. That’s it. From then on, all you do is visit Goodsearch for all your Internet searches, and you will be helping animals by funding SNAP spay-neuter programs. The money comes from advertisers whose ads appear to the right of your search results. Google has similar ads, but it keeps all the money it receives. Why not use a search engine that gives back? GoodSearch is that search engine!

So maybe you’ve searched the Internet and found that perfect gift for a special someone. How can your purchase benefit spay-neuter without costing you anything extra? Just visit the iGive.com website to find out whether the store that sells the gift is one of over 1,200 merchants affiliated with iGive. The online companies you can purchase from include Amazon.com; Barnes & Noble; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Expedia.com; The Home Depot; J.C. Penney; Macy’s; Orbitz; QVC; Staples; and many, many more. Make your holiday purchases through iGive, and a percentage of the price of each purchase will go to SNAP. You have to register for the site, but mailings are rare, and it does not sell or give away your information to anyone else. The iGive website has been around since 1997 and has generated over $6.5 million in donations for registered nonprofits to date. You can trust them and feel good about helping our furry friends with each purchase.

If you’re stumped for the perfect gift for your animal-loving friend, why not buy them a gorgeous SNAP t-shirt? There are six designs, each depicting a dog or cat winner of the 2012 SNAP Tails of Three Cities Contest. The artwork was created by April Murphy--a talented animal artist in Houston, Texas. They cost just $15 each plus $3 shipping and handling ($18 total). You can avoid the latter charge by picking up your purchase at the SNAP administration office at 7155 Old Katy Rd., Suite N290, Houston, TX 77024. Call ahead if you need directions or have trouble finding us once you reach the building. (We are on the second floor in the building closest to Old Katy Rd.) Visit the SNAP e-Store to see the designs, shirt colors, and sizes available.

It really is easy to give back when making your holiday purchases this year, and isn’t giving back what the holidays are really about?
 
SeaWorld Employee Fundraises for Spay-Neuter
Employee LeAnn Longoria Spearheaded Effort via SeaWorld Cares Program
  
LeAnn Longoria of SeaWorld delivers $250 check to SNAP clini
LeeAnn Longoria (center) delivers a check for $250 to Phyllis Gutierrez (left) and Molly Phillips (right) at the SNAP San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic. Ms. Longoria raised the funds through the SeaWorld Cares Program.
LeAnn Longoria, an employee at SeaWorld San Antonio, believes in the value of spay-neuter in reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs. She recently showed the strength of her conviction in that belief by spearheading a fundraising effort for SNAP through the company’s SeaWorld Cares Program. The program puts the financial support of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment behind various conservation and animal-related causes, including some that benefit domestic animals. LeAnn raised a total of $250 through the program and presented it to SNAP during a visit to the San Antonio Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic. She received a tour of the clinic while she was there. Afterwards, she expressed a desire to continue her support of SNAP through the SeaWorld Cares Program in the future.

SNAP is grateful to Ms. Longoria for her efforts on behalf of the animals and to the SeaWorld Cares Program for their support of SNAP spay-neuter programs.
 
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Dear Readers,

We felines are rather fond of you humans. Perhaps you knew that. (If you didn't you should!) Why might this be so? Perhaps it is because you are like us in so many ways. We have discussed many interesting facts about cats in the past, but we have never explored the many ways in which humans are like cats--or cats are like humans if you prefer. The fact is, we are similar enough that cats think of you as big cats! This month, I bring you the top ten things we share in common:

10) Teeth (Part One) - Kittens have baby teeth and they lose them just like humans do. Ours all fall out and are replaced by adult teeth between the ages of three and seven months. The pattern and time period over which this happens can help a veterinarian to estimate a kitten’s age.

9) Afflictions - Asthma is a serious respiratory disease that can afflict humans. Did you know it can also afflict cats? Those who suffer from it are sensitive to airborne irritants just like humans who have it. If your feline friend is diagnosed with asthma, you can help her by keeping the air in her environment as clean as possible.

8) Habits - Like you, we become comfortable with what we are used to, and like you, what we are most familiar with is that which we have been exposed to repeatedly since an early age. If you want a cat to be a good car passenger as an adult, begin taking him on short trips--and not only to the veterinarian--when he is a kitten. This will make him less likely to associate car rides with unpleasant episodes as he gets older.

7) Words - We kitties don’t meow to each other, only to you bipedal primates. We like feedback too. Talk to us more, and we will talk to you more. We actually have a lot to say! Time and thoughtful observation may enable you to understand at least some of it.

6) Nails - Our toes have knuckles just like yours do. Our claws are attached to the last knuckle on each toe. When we are declawed, it is done by amputating each toe at the last knuckle. Do you like the idea of going through life with the ends of all your fingers and toes chopped off? Neither do we. Some of us don’t take to scratching posts very easily, but please bear with us. The alternative is barbaric!

5) Teeth (Part Two) - If you want to have clean healthy teeth, you need to visit a dentist periodically. Cats are no different. We too can suffer from gum disease or dental caries. Left untreated, these can lead to more serious illnesses as we get older. Please have our teeth cleaned at least once a year.

4) Sensitivities - Are you lactose intolerant? Up to 30 million humans in the U.S. are by the age of 20, according to the National Institutes of Health. Some cats are also incapable of digesting cow's milk. Everyone thinks cats love milk, and we may. It may also cause us to have stomach pain and diarrhea. Let’s just skip the milk.

3) Sunburns - Some humans--particularly those with lighter colored skin--are prone to sunburns. Cats with lighter colored skin and fur are as well. Those who have white fur and skin on their ears are particularly susceptible. Just as with humans, repeated sunburns can cause a cat to develop skin cancer, and as with humans, cancerous tissues may have to be surgically removed. If you have such a cat, do her a great favor and let her live her life indoors.

2) Blood Types - Homo sapiens have many blood types. Felines have fewer, but they have them nonetheless. Your cat may have blood type A, blood type B, or blood type AB. There is no blood type O among cats. Cats thus must have tests to determine their blood type before receiving transfusions just as you do.

1) Emotions - Humans have a wide variety of emotional states. Many animals do as well, but cats are more like you in this regard than you might suspect. The regions of cat and human brains that process emotions are virtually identical. So when your cat seems to be happy or sad or frustrated, it may just be that he really is! Try to be sensitive to our emotional states, and we will try to be sensitive to yours. Deal?

Information for this article comes from Fascinating Cat Facts on the "Cats and Kittens" website (http://www.cats.alpha.pl/facts.htm).

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“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
 

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