Our weekly news round up starts out with another story of a cat who was lost at an airport. George went missing from an Air Canada plane’s cargo hold during a stopover in Edmonton on September 23. The airline says there was a part missing from George’s carrier, which enabled him to escape, and reports that a baggage handler managed to catch George and return him to his carrier, but that he escaped again when being moved from the gate to the baggage room. Read the full story about what happened to George on Live with Cats.
Jack the Cat who was lost at JFK Airport in New York City six weeks ago is still missing. Acccording to a recent update on Jack’s Facebook page, several people have called reporting that they saw a cat who looked like Jack, but none of these cats turned out to be Jack.
In health news, Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently released a new diet for hyperthyroid cats. Reactions from veterinarians appear to be mixed, and are most likely divided along the lines of veterinarians who recommend Hill’s diets in general, and those who don’t.
Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian, writes in her Little Big Cat Newsletter “While Hill’s admits that there is no scientific evidence that excess iodine causes hyperthyroidism in cats (in fact, their staff veterinarian stated that if iodine were actually the problem, every cat would be hyperthyroid), they nevertheless claim that this diet, fed exclusively, will normalize a cat’s thyroid levels in 3 weeks.”
Like Dr. Hofve, I’m concerned about the ingredients in this diet, especially the dry form. Cat parents who feed a species appropriate diets high in quality meat protein and free of grains and carbs will face a difficult decision if their cats are ever diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. If feeding this diet means you can avoid medication or radioactive iodine therapy for your cat, would it be worth compromising on the ingredients?
The heartwarming story of the week comes to us from Marquette, IL. Prudence, an adopted tortie, is providing companionship to a young woman undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumor. Prudence is helping Mandy Stewart, 25, through it all. “I ended up falling in love with her,” Stewart said. “I don’t know much about her other than she was dumped at TAPS (Tazewell Animal Protective Society) with some kittens. She’s mine now and I love her.” Read the full story in The Pekin Daily Times.
Today’s video is a little different from our usual fare. Even though we’re usually a dog-free zone, and this video has a few dogs in it (in addition to a lot of cats!), it’s just so wonderful, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. I gurantee you, you will smile a lot, you will cry a little, and you will walk away happy.
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of George from Life with Cats, photo of cat eating morguefile.com, photo of Prudence from pekintimes.com