Category Archives: cats

Homeopathy has gone to the dogs, and cats

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People have been turning to homeopothy and holistic health care for centuries and many are choosing to raise their pets in the same manner. Holistic pet care can be confusing for those of us not familiar with it. I thought I would give a brief intro and define a few key terms. Keep in mind that holistic health does not mean the same thing to everyone. Feel free to leave your comments and experiences below.

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71.1 Million Strong

Dog in woods 

I just received the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association’s (APPMA) National Pet Owners Survey for 2007-2008.   Continue reading

Trap-Neuter-Return

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This morning I read an article concerning feral cats in Pontiac County, Illinois. Feral cats are a huge concern for many communities throughout the U.S. Efforts to help combat exploding feral cat populations are quite costly for local governments and also costly for our environment. Anyone who works for a pet shelter/humane society is usually pretty passionate about this issue.    Continue reading

Bugged by bugs? Manage Fleas & Ticks the GREEN way

Cute as a button 

Sorry it has been a bit since my last post. I had some catching up to do after Memorial Day Weekend (I’m sure many of you were in the same boat), but this entry about fleas and ticks is an important one. So read on…  Continue reading

Animal Feces Disposal Cont.

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Kris, a GREEN Life reader, recently left a comment on a previous post The Green Way to Pick up Doggie Doo-Doo and posed a great question.

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Should we STOP buying Plastic Pet Toys?

Cat Eyes 

The inspiration for this entry came from EnviroWoman. She is my new hero. She has taken a pledge to give up plastic in 2007.  

“I’m giving up plastic in 2007. That means starting January 1st, I’m not buying/accepting products that contain or are packaged in plastic. Sounds simple? Think about it….shampoo/deodorant in plastic bottles, toothpaste with plastic lids, toilet paper wrapped in plastic…and that’s just the morning routine. Read about my adventures in the no-plastic zone.” 

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You could be killing Sea Otters without even knowing it

Stop to smell the flower 

Scientists recently found that the parasite Toxoplasmosis Gondii (TG), commonly found in cat feces, is making its way to the sea otters’ habitat and causing harm to the endangered species.  If you live in a coastal community scientists urge you not to flush cat feces or used flushable cat litter down toilets or drains.  

Cats are the only animals that shed TG through their feces (the same reason why pregnant women should never change the litter box). Since the egg-stage of TG is strong enough to withstand processing in sewage treatment plants, it can pose a threat to sea otters residing near freshwater outflows. Researchers in coastal communities have also called for cat owners to keep their cats indoors. Keeping cats indoors reduces the chance of spreading the disease and indoor cats are also less likely to get the disease by eating infected birds or rodents. Continue reading