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February 28, 2008

A Wealth of Cat Information and Advice now Available at The Professor's House

Everything you need to know and more about cats and kittens, litter to adulthood, training and beyond.

Press Release: Calgary, AB (PRWEB) February 26, 2008 -- Although a dog is traditionally man's best friend, many cat owners will argue it's actually the feline variety who are the true holders of that title. From being self-sufficient when it comes to exercise and feeding, to not pleading to be taken for a walk in the driving snow, cats have always been the easier of the two animals to maintain. Yet this independence can make them a little "aloof" at times. Now, thanks to Professor's House invaluable cat advice and tips section, learning how to train cats to be less haughty has never been easier.


"Cats and dogs are completely different from each other when it comes to training," says David Beart, founder of Professor's House. "Cats are independent and certainly more headstrong than dogs are and although this means they often need less attention, it also results in cats being harder to train than dogs. This is where this site can help you - from knowing what makes your cat tick and everything in-between."

Take a look around the well-designed and intuitive cat section on the Professor's House website, and it's simple to find all sorts of useful tips, advice and training exercises. With every article written by cat lovers and experts, it's an all-encompassing guide to the feline psyche. It helps cat lovers to understand why a kitten develops its character, and how these early traits can be the same ones its mother had when she was a kitten. This knowledge can help http://www.professorshouse.com/pets/cats/cat-training.aspx [train cats] where to scratch, how to use the litter tray and more...

If there's any concerns about any aspect of a http://www.professorshouse.com/pets/cats/cat-health.aspx [cat's health], Professor's House has a dedicated area on anything and everything that a cat can pick up. This can help tell when a cat is vomiting from illness, and when it's simply the result of the wrong kind of food. There's also advice on what can cause cats to have bouts of diarrhea and how stress can cause a major stomach upset.

For both first time cat owners as well as virtual experts with years of owning a cat behind them, there's more than a good chance that the Professor's House cat section will teach everyone at least one thing they never knew about cats. If it's advice on how to train a kitten or cat, or even just some tips on what's a healthy diet, there's no longer any need to spend hours at the library with all the cat books that can be found. Simply visit the Professor's House website and start discovering why cats are the real man's best friend.

The Professor's House website is a one-stop solution for a wide variety of everyday questions. Covering homes, relationships, children, pets, dog and http://www.professorshouse.com/pets/cats/cats.aspx [cat information], cooking and more, and with an active forum where members can share tips and advice, it's an invaluable source of information for people from all walks of life.

Further details about Professor's House are available at www.professorshouse.com

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February 27, 2008

Red Panda fossil found

Media Credit: Photo courtesy of ETSU Photo Lab
Larger skull pieces being held together

Additional funding provided for essential laboratory and field personnel at the new East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site has already paid off with a significant one-of-a-kind find - a nearly complete skeleton of the fossil red panda (Pristinailurus bristoli)...

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February 26, 2008

It's National Cat Health Month

If you're like many cat owners who are lax about getting regular checkups for your feline friends, it's a good time to get them in for a vet visit.


By numbers alone, Americans have a love affair with cats. According to the newly published American Veterinary Medical Association U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, they outnumber dogs: 82 million cats vs. 71 million dogs.

But cats are the Rodney Dangerfield of pets -- they often get no respect. Consider these numbers from the experts:

According to an AVMA survey, cats don't visit veterinarians as often as dogs. The average dog sees a vet 1.5 times a year. Cats average less than once a year. And that's especially bad news for cats because they can hide illness or pain, so millions don't see a vet until they're profoundly ill...

Please read the full story at FREEP

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February 25, 2008

George Eats his new leg.

Please read the full story @ the Manchester


~sue thinks George is OK as he is. Maybe a nice corner perch he could *sit on* when he needs a rest?~

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February 22, 2008

parrot gets a new leg

( Sue note: Emailed to me by a friend of Natures Corner)

A PARROT who likes to say 'bloody hell' will have more cause to be cheerful now that he's being fitted with a prosthetic device for his missing leg to help him sleep.
The false leg will be fitted by University of Salford experts after George, an African grey parrot, lost his leg when he was attacked in his aviary by a wild animal 18 months ago.
The poorly parrot has been having trouble sleeping ever since as he had to balance on one leg all night.


As a result, his owner Sheila Weare contacted Dr Glyn Heath of the University's School of Health Care Professions who runs Lacerta - a company that specialises in fitting prosthetics to animals.
Glyn has designed a specially moulded slot that will be fitted to George's perch so that he can rest his injured leg in it at night and get some much-needed rest...

Glyn, a former zoologist has successfully manufactured and fitted artificial limbs for animals including dogs and even rats, and hit the headlines last year when he helped a panda by giving her a false leg to help her mate.
Glyn said: "While I've worked on dogs, rats and even a panda, George is my first bird. He's quite a challenge as he'll be more difficult to train than a dog. But with the simple solution of the slot, I'm hopeful that we can give him a little more comfort."
George's owner, Sheila who lives in Onneley near Crewe, is hopeful that George can now have a better quality of life.
She said: "You can tell by the way he fidgets that he's not comfortable and he has to bite the bars of his cage at night to balance. I'm really happy that Glyn has agreed to take him as a patient."
As for George, his vocabulary is limited to 'bloody hell', 'good morning' and 'good night'. But with his new prosthetic giving him a decent night's sleep Glyn hopes, it'll be the last phrase he'll be using most often.

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February 21, 2008

More Panda's for the Olympic games

Beijing Zoo is expanding its panda exhibit for the 2008 Olympics and will ship in up to 10 more for visitors to see during the August Games.


Please read the whole story here

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February 19, 2008

1 little two little 3 little whales....

UPDATE:A record number of whales were sighted yesterday (feb 24th) during the Pacific Whale Foundation's 2008 Great Whale Count on Maui, which recorded a total of 1,726 whale sightings in a three-hour period.
Volunteers being sought for annual whale count

Maui residents and visitors may sign up to participate in the Pacific Whale Foundation's Great Whale Count on Feb. 23.

About 135 counters participate each year at 12 shore-based counting stations along Maui's south and west coast, from Makena to Kapalua, and at Ho'okipa Beach Park on the north shore.

The counting is limited to animals sighted within three miles of the shoreline to ensure more accuracy and to allow the counters to best determine the whales' pod composition and behaviors, according to the Pacific Whale Foundation.

In 2006, there were 1,265 humpback whales counted, an all-time high.

Training at each site will begin at 8 a.m., with the official counting from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

To sign up, call the foundation's volunteer coordinator Kelly Vough at 800-WHALE-1-1 or 244-8394.

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February 15, 2008

It is the kakapo--

Please visit the website here: http://www.kakapoencounter.com/

Photo Credit: Spirit and Nature Photography, Simon Stockdale

Get your map, mark your calendar and dust off your intrepid adventuring cap. From September 8-October 22, 2008, you have a date on New Zealand’s Stewart Island with one of Earth’s most unusual and fabulous creatures.


Imagine: the dense forest of a remote Antipode island, night. Silvery moonbeams filter through the fern trees, and in the lacy light a mossy green shadow appears. It is the kakapo--a nocturnal, flightless, enormous parrot who roams the forest floor, nibbling berries, climbing trees, nesting in burrows, and dancing with others in a primeval avian ballroom. This strangely-sweet-smelling, owl-faced bird emits an unearthly squawk, stretches his beautiful wings, and shuffles forward to peer into your eyes...

A tale spun by Lewis Carroll? A Jim Hensen Muppet show? Magical Tolkien lore? Believe it or not, the kakapo really truly exists. But just barely. This marvellous bird has been fighting back from the brink of extinction for decades.

Today, there are 86 known kakapo remaining on Earth (and this number has come up from a decade ago!). Once prevalent throughout New Zealand, kakapo now reside on the predator-free islands Codfish and Maud under the care of the Kakapo Recovery Programme. Typically only scientists involved in the programme have had the opportunity to behold this rare and mysterious bird. That changed last year with the inception of Kakapo Encounter. In the Spring of 2006, the Ulva Island Charitable Trust hosted Kakapo Encounter on Ulva Island (Ulva is a predator-free island in Stewart Island’s Paterson Inlet) and invited the public to come observe a kakapo.

The response was phenomenal: people travelled from all over the globe to view this extraordinary bird. Prime Minister Helen Clark herself spent some “face time” with the lovable parrot Sirocco, and remarked that the Kakapo Encounter was a “world class” operation. Due to the success of the event, Ulva Island Charitable Trust is excited to announce that Kakapo Encounter is back! This year the Trust is making an effort to get the word out early, as many overseas bird enthusiasts expressed disappointment they didn’t have enough notice to plan a trip to New Zealand last year.

From 8 September to 22nd October 2008 Kakapo Encounter invites the general public to view a kakapo. Sirocco, an exceptionally personable bird, will return to his special retreat on Ulva. Trips will depart in small groups every evening from Stewart Island’s Halfmoon Bay Wharf. The guided tour includes a boat trip through Paterson Inlet to Ulva Island, and a walk to Sirocco’s enclosure where he can be observed close-up. Sirocco’s pen has been specially constructed with his safety and comfort in mind.

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February 14, 2008

changing fates of Arctic Bears

Watch Nature on PBS, Sunday Feb 17th at 8PM.
As winters warm and ice disappears, the polar bear is living on borrowed time while its ancestor, the grizzly, is finding a newly abundant world.

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February 12, 2008

Local Owl..

well to me, here on Cape Cod, MA. 2 saw whet owls get the care they need. Full Story


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February 11, 2008

"Shock video" exposes Italy's horse-meat trade

Animal-rights activists are distributing a video to denounce what they say is the cruelty with which tens of thousands of horses are brought to Italy each year where they are slaughtered for their meat.

The video documents truck journeys - lasting up to 46 hours - of groups of horses from Spain to Italy in which the animals are crammed together, said LAV which posted the footage on its web site on Tuesday.

"The horses are transported on the trucks without rest, without adequate food or water, standing in their own excrement in temperatures that in summer rise above 40 degrees Celsius," said LAV which is adhering to a global campaign to end the transportation of animals over long distances for slaughter.

The campaign is led by coalition of leading animal welfare groups, Handle With Care, which produced the video titled Spain to Italy.

"The transport of refrigerated meat has existed for over 125 years, yet millions of horses, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats suffer and die each year during transport to destinations where they slaughtered for (human) consumption which is not necessary," LAV representative Roberto Bennati said...

According to LAV, Italy holds the "negative" record for the highest consumption of equine or horse meat in Europe with many of the animals destined for the abattoir imported from Spain and Eastern Europe - mainly Lithuania, Romania and Poland.

The Italian market - equine meat is highly regarded in southern regions such as Puglia - accounts for 84 per cent of all horses transported live across Europe for slaughter.

In 2006, 80,000 of the around 170,000 horses slaughtered in Italy were imported.

Unhealthy conditions in which animals are transported can also have negative repercussions on humans, as weak, filthy animals are more likely to become ill and to spread diseases, LAV said.

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February 07, 2008

Is it animal cruelty? What to do..

~Sent by a friend of Natures Corner. ~

If there is a problem with an animal’s care, the basic question is whether it’s “animal cruelty” or the less serious, “failure to provide adequate care.”

A Police Officer says that the department gets lots of calls from well-intentioned citizens who feel sorry for dogs that are chained out in hot or cold weather. “If the dog is fed and watered, has shelter, and no evidence of ill health, it’s likely there is no neglect,” he said.

According to state law, he said a dog only needs to be fed once every 24 hours and watered, every 12.

In more serious cases, police have their work cut out for them. When an animal is obviously abused, police will take pictures of the animal and it surroundings. They will perform an evaluation of it, and give it a score of 1-10. Hubble said they would check for things such as dehydration, exposed ribs and other obvious signs of abuse or neglect.

Then he says everything must be documented as well as it can be. The animals are usually confiscated and taken immediately to a vet – not only for the animal’s well-being, but to further document any potential crime.

In the end he says it will be up to a judge or a jury to decide if there is sufficient evidence that the animal was abused that the owner failed to provide adequate care.

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