Bart the ‘Zombie Cat’ Returns From the Dead

Bart-the-Zombie-CatIt was a scene straight out of “The Walking Dead” when a cat named Bart from Tampa Bay, Fla., rose from the grave, literally, after being hit by a car, declared dead and then coming back to life.

Bart’s owner, Ellis Huston, found the seemingly lifeless 23-month-old kitty lying in a pool of blood in the middle of a road a few weeks ago, and then enlisted a friend to help bury him. But five days later, Bart miraculously showed up on a neighbor’s lawn. Veterinarians from the Humane Society suspect that Bart clawed his way out of the grave, after magically being revived.

Although he was badly injured, had a broken jaw and had to have a severely damaged eye removed, Bart is expected to make a full recovery. A neighbor started a Go Fund Me campaign to help pay for his estimated $2,000 in veterinary bills.

If there’s ever another sequel to the movies based on the Stephen King novel “Pet Sematary,” I hope this kitty gets a starring role.

Photo from ABC News



Manhattan Assemblywoman Proposes Cat Declawing Ban

Linda Rosenthal
Manhattan Assemblywoman and animal welfare advocate Linda Rosenthal wants to ban cat declawing statewide.

In a development that I roundly applaud, Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has proposed a statewide ban on declawing cats, unless performed for medical reasons.

As Linda pointed out in a press statement: “It’s like taking off your first knuckle. (Cats) are born with claws and they are meant to have claws. It’s cruel to remove them for the sake of human convenience and saving your furniture.”

Although the bill has not yet been introduced to the state Senate, it has received the enthusiastic support of the Humane Society of New York and the Paw Project, a California pet welfare group that is dedicated to banning the declawing of cats.

As a long-time anti-declawing advocate, I can attest that this is a major form of animal abuse that can result in any number of health and behavior issues in cats, including lameness, infection, back issues and nerve damage and litter box avoidance, among many others.

The procedure is already banned in Europe, Australia, Brazil and Israel. A number of municipalities in the U.S. have banned this, the first of which was West Hollywood, Ca., with more expected to follow suit.

So let’s hear a big round of “a-paws” for Assemblywoman Rosenthal, and hope that this leads to a nationwide ban of this terrible affront to kitties.

Photo from the New York Daily News

Bruce Springsteen’s Daughter Asks N.J. Gov. Christie to Ban Puppy Mills

Bruce-Springsteen-DaughterBruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica, has personally appealed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to pass legislation that would ban the operation of puppy mills in the state.

The Boss’s lovely offspring, 23, wants Christie to sign a bill that would amend the Pet Purchase Protection Law, which would require that pet stores disclose where the puppies come from and prohibit stores from selling pets from breeders who are not in compliance with state and federal animal care laws.

In a letter released to the public on Tuesday by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Jessica stated: “It is hard to believe, but currently, New Jersey pet shops do not have to tell consumers where the puppies they sell come from. (The bill) S.1870 will change this by requiring pet shops to disclose the identities of the commercial breeders and brokers from which they purchase puppies for resale.”

She added: “This bill will also begin to address the inhumane treatment of puppy mill dogs often resulting in sick puppies being sold in the Garden State by requiring pet shops to screen out those breeders and brokers that fail to comply with state and federal minimum standards of care.”

Jessica, a world-class competitive horsewoman, in 2012 beseeched the governor to sign legislation to make it illegal to slaughter horses for their meat in New Jersey, which he did. The fact that Christie is a huge fan of Jessica’s rock star dad reportedly was a deciding factor.

Meanwhile, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, which advocates for pet retailers, begs to differ. The council released this statement on its website: “For New Jersey pet stores, this would be disastrous. As much as 40 percent of the dogs and cats sold in New Jersey pet stores come from these exempt breeders (who would not meet the requirements of the new law). Many stores would be forced to close.”

As someone who spent several years writing about the pet industry, I am of the opinion that this is absolute nonsense. An increasing number of pet stores refrain from selling live animals, opting instead to partner with animal shelters to host in-store adoption events, which is the prevailing − and highly successful − business model trend.

In addition, a number of municipalities in the U.S. have banned the sales of dogs, cats and other pets for profit, with more getting on board with this on a regular basis. Retailers in these areas focus instead on adoption events and an emphasis on expanding their retail products and pet services.

What do you think? As always, I welcome you to comment in the section below.

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Vending Machines in Istanbul Feed Stray Animals

Turkish company creates vending machine that feeds stray dogs in exchange for recycled bottles, Turkey, August 2014Folks in Istanbul, Turkey can now recycle and feed stray animals at the same time, thanks to an ingenious vending machine that dispenses pet food and water every time someone inserts a plastic bottle or metal can.

The device called Pugedon was the brainchild of Turkish company YCN Yucesan, a long-time supplier of tractor parts, as a solution to helping Istanbul’s population of approximately 150,000 stray cats and dogs. The profits raised from the recyclables help to defray the cost of the pet food.

As people in Istanbul have been known to be less than enthusiastic about recycling and finding humane solutions to managing the large population of strays, this is a win-win for everyone.

Many other countries have expressed keen interest in the machines, which I think is a great idea.

Photos from YCN Yucesan

Oma’s Pride Recalls Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal Due to Salmonella

Omas-Pride-RecallMiller Foods of Avon, Conn., maker of raw and freeze dried pet foods Oma’s Pride and O’Paws, has issued a voluntary recall of Oma’s Pride Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen. It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524. It was manufactured on September 12, 2014 with a use by recommended date of September 12, 2015, and was distributed nationwide.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulting in a positive test for Salmonella.

Oma’s Pride has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company continue an investigation into what may have caused this. No pet or human illnesses have been reported at this time.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Oma’s Pride Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-678-6627.

Photo from the FDA

Natural Ways to Ensure that Your Cats Live Long, Healthy, Happy Lives


Be sure to check out my latest article for Catster: 5 Natural Ways I am Making Sure that My Cats Live Long, Healthy Lives.

You’ll find a number of tips about the best dietary options for kitties; suggestions about vaccinations; recommendations for natural cat litters; holistic home remedies; and more.

Unfortunately, I have learned some very sad lessons the hard way. So I am hoping that my articles will help other cat parents and pet lovers in general to avoid the same mistakes.

Do you have any suggestions about natural health care and wellness practices for pets? As always, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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FDA Sends Warning Letter to Purina About ‘Unsanitary Conditions’ at Pa. Pet Food Plant

The FDA cited Purina for improperly preparing and packaging the above pet foods at its plant in Pennsylvania.
The FDA cited Purina for improperly preparing and packaging the above pet foods at its plant in Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia office of the Food and Drug Administration sent a stern warning letter to the Nestle Purina PetCare Co. plant located in South Whitehall Township, Pa., noting “significant violations” discovered during an inspection of the plant that the FDA conducted between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, 2014.

Specifically, the letter noted that Purina’s low acid dog and cat foods were allegedly prepared and packaged improperly.

The cited products were Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken flavor in Gourmet Gravy, Friskies Mariner’s Catch and Friskies Mixed Grill, all wet food in cans or pouches.

According to news reports, the violations involved:

  • Failure to process each low acid canned food in conformity with an FDA-specified process.
  • Failure to chlorinate or otherwise sanitize cooling water for the cooling canals and recirculated water supplies.
  • Failure to establish a system for product-traffic control. FDA inspectors say can conveyors and the reject chute did not have adequate protection to prevent an unprocessed can from falling into the cooling canal in case of a can jam or other equipment malfunction.

Keith Schopp, a spokesman for Nestle Purina at its North American headquarters in St. Louis, countered that the company is confident that there are no food safety issues or risks to pet health with the company’s products. He said the company was unaware of any product recalls or reports of animals being sickened by these products.

However, the FDA does not agree, and has warned Purina to remedy these alleged issues at the plant.

Photos from Wikimedia Commons