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12 catster Special Holiday Issue
BY SAMAR KHOURY
Health Monitor Collar
As a pet owner, you’re probably
always worrying about your cat.
This product from PetPace will help
you sleep better at night knowing
that it detects abnormal vitals as
well as monitors physiological and
behavioral patterns in your feline.
The collar tracks your cat’s temperature, pulse, and respiration,
to name just a few, and alerts you
when you should be concerned.
To access this data, download the
PetPace app on your smartphone.
Not only will it give you peace of
mind, but it also will ensure good
health for your cat. $150 with $15/
THEY ATE WHAT?!
When it comes to the weirdest things
chewed and swallowed, dogs almost
always take home top honors. But
cats get into their fair share of trouble, too.
In September, vet trade magazine
Veterinary Practice News announced
the winners of its annual X-ray contest, sponsored by Trupanion pet
Two cats snagged honorable
mention for the crazy things they
devoured, including a female cat from
Great Barrington, Massachusetts,
who ingested $1.18 in coins, and Yogi,
a 1-year-old domestic shorthair who
ate more than 30 rubber hair ties and
other string-like objects.
Read the full stories and see more
photos at veterinarypracticenews.
This just in: Cuddling cats is good for their health!
A study published in October in the journal Preventive
Veterinary Medicine found that the more you pet and play with
your cat, the healthier and more content she will be.
In a nutshell, the study looked at how positive
interaction from humans (including petting,
grooming, and playing) influenced the immune
systems of 96 shelter cats. Those cats who
received the cuddling and interaction got
fewer upper respiratory infections and also
were less anxious and frustrated than
cats who did not receive the cuddle
This is incredible news for adoptable cats. Something as simple
as extra loving from
volunteers might help
shelters keep their
kitties healthier as
they wait for their forever homes.
BY JACKIE BROWN, FREELANCE WRITER SPECIALIZING IN THE PET INDUSTRY