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October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, October is a great month to do so since it’s Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. The ASPCA in New York City is inviting people to come out and adopt a dog (or a cat!) next weekend (Oct 23-24) during their special Adopt A Dog Month celebration. Here’s the info:

You’re invited to a very special adoption event! October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and there is no better place to find a great companion—canine or feline—than at the ASPCA. In addition to all the love, you’ll receive a free gift with your adoption during this weekend event. Come meet the dog or cat of your dreams!

Who: Adoptable dogs and cats
What: Weekend adoption event
Where: ASPCA Adoption Center
424 East 92nd Street (between 1st and York)
New York, NY [map]
When: Saturday, Oct. 23, 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Sunday, Oct. 24, 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

Of course, if you can’t make it to the ASPCA Adoption Center, there are plenty of other places in New York City where you can find a cat or dog companion. Here are a few of our favorites:

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New York City pet sitters are scheduling holiday pet sitting visits

New York City pet sitter. Katie's Kitty NYC cat sitters and dog sitters care for pets in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Long Island.If you will be going out of town for the holidays, we encourage you to book your pet sitting or cat boarding as soon as possible. Here at Katie’s Kitty we have a number of host families in New York City who will care for your cat or dog in their own home, so your pet will not need to be left alone during your time away. We also have cat sitters and dog sitters who will come to your home and care for your pet if you would rather they stay in their own environment.

Regardless of the type of care you’d like for your pet during the holidays – staying with one of our pet sitters in his/her home or in your own home – please give us a call as soon as possible. We want you to have the pet sitter of your choice caring for your pets, and the way to ensure that is to book your pet care services as soon as possible.

If this is the first time you’ll be using our services, we offer a complimentary play date or meet and greet. During this meeting you, your pet sitter, and pet will spend time getting to know each other. You will also go over details of your pet’s care, complete necessary paperwork, and have a chance to ask about the pet sitter and Katie’s Kitty.

You’ll find a list of Frequently Asked Questions on our website to help you learn a little more about Katie’s Kitty and how our pet sitting and pet boarding services work.

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Feline’s Pride expands cat food recall

Feline’s Pride has extended an earlier recall of their Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella. Here’s the release that appears on the FDA website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 15, 2010 – Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is expanding its July 1, 2010 voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10 to include the product produced on 6/21/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This expansion of the recall affects those orders placed and shipped from June 21 through June 26, 2010 (produced on 6/21/10).


Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday -Friday from 10 am – 4 pm EDT.

The complete recall can be found on the FDA website: Feline’s Pride Expands Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination.

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Cat sitting and cat boarding tips

NYC cat sitterHiring a cat sitter to care for your pets while you’re away means finding someone who will provide your cat with enough care and attention to keep her happy and satisfied, while minimizing stress. Since cats are quite particular, you’ll want to make sure everything is in order before leaving your cat in someone else’s care.

At Katie’s Kitty, we offer both cat sitting in your home and cat boarding in our host family homes. And, while we have the utmost confidence in our cat sitters, we encourage our clients to get to know their sitter and ask questions before leaving. I this way you will be confident your cat will be well cared for. Here are some of the things to consider when you hire a professional cat sitter to pet sit or board your favorite kitty.

Unless dictated by an unforeseen circumstance (such as a hospital stay), do not wait until the week before your vacation or business trip to make arrangements for boarding your pet.

Be sure that you have a “good feeling” about the sitter before leaving your pet with him/her. Get to know your cat sitter!

Don’t assume you know exactly how your cat will be cared for by your pet sitter. Just because you had someone care for your cat in the past, it doesn’t mean your new pet sitter will do things the same way. Ask specific questions about the pet sitter’s routine and their home (if your cat will be staying in their home while you’re away).

Ask for references. Questions you might want to ask are (1) How many times have you used this particular service or sitter? (2) For how long was your animal boarded? (3) When was the last time you used this sitter (or the sitter’s agency)? (4) Would you use this sitter or service again? and (5) Did your pet seem perfectly okay in every way when s/he was returned to you?

Give your cat sitter good contact numbers – for you, your veterinarian, and emergency clinic. If your cat is being cared for in your home, be sure to let your cat sitter know where you keep your cat’s crate, and other emergency supplies.

For more information on what to look for when hiring a cat sitter, please see our full article, Points to Consider Before Boarding Your Pet.

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Hot weather can be deadly for your pets

It’s important to keep your pets’ health in mind during the hot summer months. When we get hot, we can get some water, go indoors, or crank the air conditioning a little cooler.  Our dogs and cats aren’t able to do those things for themselves, so it’s up to us to be sure they don’t overheat.

With the dog days of summer before us, pet owners should beware of the dangers of heatstroke in pets.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that results when pets cannot adequately rid themselves of excess body heat. Pets rely on panting to cool down. Although panting is a very efficient way to control body heat, it is severely limited in areas with high humidity or low ventilation. The intake of cool, fresh water improves the cooling effects of panting.

Dogs with pug noses are more likely to develop heatstroke because their small nasal passages make it difficult to circulate sufficient air for cooling. Overweight dogs, whose extra layers of fat act as insulation, are also prone to overheating. Age can also be a factor in an animal’s tendency to overheat. Very young pets and elderly pets are likely to develop heatstroke.

Read more about keeping your pets healthy in the summer heat  from the Sonoran News.

For information on the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars, or in other potentially situations, see

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Kitty catios keep NYC kitties safe

New York City cats

Many cats in New York City don’t get out much. With outdoor space being at a minimum for most New Yorkers, it just isn’t an option. Kitty catios, though, are a way for pet owners to let their cats get some fresh air, and keep them safe at the same time.

WHEN it comes to their homes, there are few things New Yorkers prize as much as a little outdoor space — a terrace, perhaps, or a small deck in the backyard.

Their cats feel the same way.

So some cat owners who would never dream of letting their pets roam free outside have come up with a creative compromise: an enclosed space — usually in the form of a screened-in porch or deck — that allows them to share the great outdoors.

Please don’t call it a cage. They prefer the term “catio.”

“The cats, they like to sit out there,” said Stefanie L. Russell, 44, referring to the balcony of her 12th-floor Greenwich Village apartment, where a homemade enclosure keeps her three Burmese cats safe. “Before, we basically didn’t use the balcony at all, because we were afraid that the cats would fall or jump.”

Two years ago, she and her husband, Robert Davidson, who are on the faculty of the N.Y.U. College of Dentistry, fenced off half the balcony, which runs the length of the apartment. They used industrial-grade PVC pipe and heavy black netting, creating a fully enclosed space that they decorated with furniture, plants and carpeting.

Now the couple and their 9-year-old daughter, Sophie, leave the terrace door open for Oliver, Lily and Jackson, who are, as Ms. Russell put it, “the type of cats that love to run out in the hallway.”

The cats seem happier, she said, and there has been an unexpected bonus: “Before, we used to have pigeons nesting on the balcony, and it was just a mess.” These days, the birds keep their distance.

See The New York Times for the rest of ‘Catios’ Bring Cats Outdoors.

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Keep pets safe during the holidays

0121509petspNew York loves a party! And this time of the year seems to be a constant party in some ways – with all of the holiday decorations, the food, and constant coming & going of friends and family. In the midst of it all though, as pet owners, it’s our responsibility to keep our pets safe.

According to Holiday Dangers to Pets, an article provided by Pawprints and Purrs Inc., each year, thousands of pets are seriously injured and/or become ill during the holiday season.

Animals are drawn to music, twinkling lights, decorations and food, which may be hazardous to their health.

“We tend to enjoy lots of rich, fatty foods during the holidays,” said Army Capt. Marion A. Alston, officer in charge, Camp Pendleton Veterinary Treatment Facility.

Avoid feeding pets human food. There are many holiday goodies that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis, he said.

“Food with bone fragments is especially dangerous,” Alston said. “Bones that have sharp points can perforate the animal’s stomach or intestines and cause potentially fatal illness.  Even without sharp edges, bones can become lodged in the digestive tract and require surgical removal”

Along with keeping holidays treats out of reach of the furry family member, pet owners should heed caution to several holiday plants that can also be harmful to animals if nibbled or eaten.

Some of these plants include holly, mistletoe, lilies and pine, said Alston.

While decking the halls with boughs of holly and other holiday décor, there are some things to keep in mind that could help create a safe environment for the family companion.

Some simple guidelines as outlines by include placing candles on high shelves, putting tinsel, ribbon and garland out of reach and anchoring Christmas Trees to the ceiling with a string to prevent it from falling over.

Read the rest of Keeping pets safe for the holidays.

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Recalled Premium Edge cat food sickens 21 cats

Premium Edge Cat Food, manufactured by Diamond Pet Food, was recalled in September, but more information was made available today regarding the problem with the cat food.

WASHINGTON — A Missouri company said Tuesday its recalled dried cat food has sickened 21 cats and the pet food was distributed in multiple states in the South and along the East Coast.

Diamond Pet Foods recalled certain bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat food in September because they could lead to gastrointestinal or neurological problems for cats. They do not contain enough thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats.

If cats fed these foods have no other source of nutrition, they could develop thiamine deficiency. If untreated, this disorder could result in death, said the Meta, Mo., manufacturer.

The company updated information on the recall on Tuesday, saying it has confirmed 21 reports of thiamine deficiency in New York and Pennsylvania and the pet food was distributed in 18 states altogether. These states include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.


For a full refund, consumers can return the recalled cat food to the place it was purchased. For more information, consumers can call 800-977-8797.

Read the rest of Recalled cat food sickens 21 cats from the Associated Press.


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NYC looking for leadership for city animal shelters

New York City is once again looking for someone to head up the city’s animal shelters.

For the third time in six years, the struggling nonprofit group that handles animal control for the city is looking for a new leader.

The search comes as the city Health Department is negotiating a new multi-year contract with New York City Animal Care and Control to continue to run its shelter system.

Activists are seizing the moment, saying it’s a rare chance to focus attention on chronic problems at the shelters.

Queens and the Bronx are still without shelters, despite a city law signed in 2000 mandating them. Old facilities with poor ventilation means more animals get sick, advocates said. And rescuers are taking fewer pets from AC&C because sicker animals mean higher veterinary bills.

As a result, thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized due to illness, behavioral problems, lack of space and the grim fact that no one steps forward to adopt them, advocates said.

“The city has never given [AC&C] the money it needs,” said Esther Koslow, a former volunteer who started a petition drive to get the attention of Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.

“You need shelters that don’t make the animals sick,” Koslow said, adding that AC&C staff “are too quick to deem stressed-out, caged animals as unadoptable.”

But the group won’t be getting any more money from the city. In fact, Farley recently said the annual budget – which has hovered at around $8 million to $9 million in recent years – will be slashed again next year.


“We need a shelter professional who is committed to the idea of managing that place to excellence,” said Jane Hoffman of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a nonprofit group that provides grants to rescuers who pull animals from AC&C shelters.

“I know they have some good candidates. I hope they get it right,” she said.

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Make preparations for traveling pets

If you’re traveling with your pets rather than leaving them with a pet sitter, it’s important to make sure they’re ready to hit the road. Here are some things to have ready before and during your trip…

Water and water bowl
It’s a good idea to bring a few gallons with you, rather than risk your dog getting sick from water he’s not used to. If you run out, bottled water is an option as well.

Take along enough of your pet’s usual food with you. When you’re on the road is no time to run out or try out new foods. Many pets suffer a bit of stomach upset when going on long car rides, and adding a new food on top of that may cause some pretty smelly results!

Up-to-date rabies certificates
Some campgrounds and other accommodations will want to see up to date rabies certificates before allowing you to bring a dog into the campgrounds.

An extra leash and collar
Believe me, it’s a real pain when a dog’s leash breaks and you’re camping 20 miles from any store! Take an extra leash & collar so you won’t have to spend time hunting for a leash when you could be out hiking.

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