Weekend News Roundup: Cat Edition

Cats, News 2 Comments »
Posted by at 8:34 pm

Fearless MouseWatch it, Tom! Experts find fearless Jerrie’s
In an experiment with mice, researchers have identified and removed certain receptors on the olfactory bulb of their brains — and the result was a batch of fearless rodents.

Cats more prey-full than playful
Toronto Star – Ontario, Canada
My grey-and-white cat has a nasty habit of leaving the remains of the day’s catch lying around. It’s become quite the sport, this game of cat-and-mouse, …

Pet Tales: Indoor or out? Cat debate continues
San Luis Obispo Tribune – San Luis Obispo,CA,USA
Another myth is that well-fed cats will not hunt. Predation is instinctive in cats, and a well-fed cat is a healthy hunter. Cats will hunt and kill, …

Cat DNA secrets may help against human and feline diseases
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
One feline is proving that cats are the spice of life. Scientists have decoded the DNA of a cat named Cinnamon, saying the exciting discovery may help forge new ground in treatments for both feline and human diseases.

Oil Spill in the SF Bay: How You Can Help

Environment, News 4 Comments »
Posted by at 9:01 am

bird covered in oil

The oil spill in San Francisco bay this week has spread from the Bay Bridge to Angel Island and has now reached all the way out to the Farallon Islands.

Dozens of dead and injured birds already have been found around the region, and hundreds more are likely to be spotted before the oil slick is mopped up, officials said.

By late afternoon Thursday, the oil had hit the Farallon Islands, and researchers spotted 20 oiled common murres. At nesting time, in late winter, the Farallones are home to 200,000 common murres, the largest colony south of Alaska, and the seabirds already are starting to arrive.

“This is going to be a mess. We’ll see how big a mess,” said Cheryl Strong, a biologist at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The islands are part of the refuge.

Oil washing up on the beaches in San Francisco, Berkeley, Albany, Novato and along the Pacific coast is covering prime feeding grounds for the dozens of species of shorebirds that forage on the edges of the bay. The disaster will remain a deadly threat for months and perhaps years to come, biologists said.

Fish will die if they eat the oil in the water or it gets in their gills, said biologists with state Fish and Game Department.

You can read more about the spill on the San Francisco Chronicle’s website here.

Update: Forum ran a radio show discussing the San Francisco Bay Oil Spill — Economic Indicators which contains some good information on the impact on birds and other wildlife as well as the bay area as whole. You can find a link to the podcast here.

You can find out how to help with the cleanup and rescue effort here:

Volunteers: The environmental group Baykeeper is soliciting volunteers at www.baykeeper.org.

More info: More information on how to volunteer eventually will be posted online by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at www.owcn.org.

Oil slicks: Help track the spill by reporting oil slicks. Call (985) 781-0804.

Wildlife: Report oiled wildlife at (877) 823-6926. (Do not call this number to volunteer.)

Build Your Own Pet Waste Composter

Health, HowTo 2 Comments »
Posted by at 1:26 pm

boston terrierThere’s an article over at Instructables on how to build a DIY pet waste composter that might be just your thing if you have a lot a poop lying around and no good place to put it.

Keep in mind before taking on this project that Dog poo contains harmful bacteria and some nasty pathogens like round worms and tape worms so you definately don’t want to use the compost in beds with edible plants/vegetables. And you should probably keep it away from kids and pregnant women. In fact, if you really want to compost your pet waste, the safest option would probably be to bury it in a really deep hole far away from water sources and never touch it again. Or just chuck it over the fence into your neighbors yard (kidding!)

America’s Dog Obsession

Dogs, News, TV, Video 1 Comment »
Posted by at 10:20 am

Why is America obsessed with dogs?Reports say that there’s at least 1 dog in 50 million American homes. The Today show tries to explain why “we’re crazy for dogs”. Click on the image to watch their report.

Are you obsessed with your dog or know someone who is (I’m looking at you, mom)? Tell us about it in the comments. Read more…

Holy Humongous Hungry Hippo !

Hippos, Video, Weird 2 Comments »
Posted by at 10:18 pm

Jessica the hippo is living the good life with a family in South Africa – eating from the kitchen table and sleeping in her own bed along side the family’s dog. The man who found her after the then 1-day-old hippo was washed up on shore by flood waters says “I don’t know if she sees me as a hippo or if she sees herself as a human.”

Sitter Charged For Over Feeding Pig

Health, News, Pigs 2 Comments »
Posted by at 8:35 pm

Portly PigIf you’re a pet owner who believes that the path to a happy and affectionate pet means giving them heaping helpings of all their favorite foods, you might want to take a look at this article.

A pet pig whose weight tripled while it was in the care of a sitter has been placed on a diet and an animal cruelty charge has been filed against the caretaker.

Apparently the pig gained so much weight that its collar had to be surgically removed after she ballooned to a portly 150lbs — 100lbs over her ideal weight of 50lbs. Crazy!

Via ABC News

Potential Health Risk Prompts Cat Vitamin Recall

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Posted by at 8:18 pm

Just a quick update to let you know that if you’re using Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, you should check your product to see if your affected by the recall.  The recall was posted on the FDA web site on November 2, 2007.

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that one or more bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

The product involved is 3600 bottles of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, lot code SZ- 1637 1, UPC number 32700-97701, which was manufactured by a third party manufacturer, UFAC (USA), Inc., in Baconton, Georgia.

Read the entire press release after the jump. Read more…

We’d Love To Hear From You: How To Comment

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Posted by at 12:12 pm

bird bullhornIf you’d like to comment on any of the articles here – either to add more info on a topic or just to tell us how great we are (blush), just follow these simple steps: Read more…

Sounds Like “I Scoop Pet Poop”

Humor 4 Comments »
Posted by at 9:30 am

Poop ScoopMaybe it’s just me, but ever since we started iPetScoop.com, I always hear “I scoop pet poop” in my head whenever I think of iPetScoop. But hey, thats gotta be a good thing… I mean it’s kinda catchy, right? I bet you won’t forget the name now! (I know Brian is going to hate me for posting this but I just couldn’t resist!)

Update: iPetScoop.com is now iPetNews.com!  Please update your bookmarks.

Stories of Dogs and Cats and Other Animals

Humor, Stories 2 Comments »
Posted by at 3:54 pm

Armadillo I happened to catch a great pet-worthy episode of This American Life on NPR this past weekend. It’s a re-broadcast of an episode that aired back in 2000, but if you haven’t heard it before then it’s new to you.

You can listen to a podcast of the episode here. I found the story involving the armadillo to be especially touching (yes, i admit it, I got a little choked up).

Stories of dogs and cats and other animals that live in our homes. Exactly how much are they caught up in everyday family dynamics? We answer this question and others.

In Dog We Trust via This American Life

Man Sits In Tub With 87 Snakes, Sets Record

Humor, News, Snakes 3 Comments »
Posted by at 12:01 pm

Texan in a tub with 87 snakesJust when you thought there weren’t any more Guinness records left to break, Jackie Bibby of Texas comes up with this completely random combination: 1 man, a bathtub and 87 snakes.

Come to think of it, maybe I could make Guinness too if I come up with the right combination of completely random elements. But I think I’ll start small like maybe I could just put 1 foot in a bucket with 5 turtles. Think anyone holds that record already?

Another day, another bizarre world record for Jackie Bibby, the “Texas Snake Man.” Bibby spent about 45 minutes in a see-through bathtub with 87 rattlesnakes Monday, fully clothed, shattering his own record by 12 snakes just in time for Guinness World Records Day, which is Thursday.

Read the full article via SFGate.com

Hunter Shot By Own Dog, Recovering

Dogs, Humor, News 1 Comment »
Posted by at 4:31 am

Dog with a shotgunIn a bizarre turn of events, a man in Iowa was actually shot by his own dog while out hunting pheasant.

The dog is currently being held for questioning at the Grinnell County jail and we have not received word yet on weather the shooting was accidental or intentional.

Harris was hunting with a group about three miles north of Grinnell. The group shot a bird, and when Harris went to get it, he put his gun on the ground and crossed a fence. As he crossed the fence, his hunting dog stepped on the gun, Foster said.

Usually getting shot is actually not that funny and I wouldn’t normally poke fun at such a potentially serious subject, but when there’s a dog at the trigger, well… I just had to chuckle. A little. On the inside.

Read the full article from the San Jose Mercury News after the jump… Read more…

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