April Meow: Pet Food Recall Update, Tips for Kitty's Dry Skin and More

April 3, 2007
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Dear Catster Member,

Howdya purr?

April showers, May flowers and all that jazz have everyone at Catster Central wiggling their whiskers with delight. Dig up the latest scoop at Catster and you'll be lapping up the kitty love, as well.

Join CatsterPlus for More Kitty Fun
The cat is outta the bag: All the cool kitties are signing up for CatsterPlus, which is brimming with fab features that will have you purring indefinitely. Just a few highlights of the service include: the ability to add catastic photo captions, access to a special Forum just for CatsterPlus members, and an enhanced email "Sent" folder feature, so you'll never forget who you p-mailed. Finally, your CatsterPlus subscription works on Dogster, too. For a limited time, CasterPlus is available for just $19.95/year that's just $1.66 per month for 12 months. Sign up now!

It's Raining Cats and Dogs on the Pet Health Zone
VPI's Pet Health Zone showers you with a variety of pet healthcare articles, fun tips and advice. This month: "Debunking Pet Insurance Misconceptions," how to reduce anxiety in "Stress-Free Visits to the Veterinarian," and the winning jokes from March's Favorite Pet Joke contest. You could be a winner, too. Enter the April Showers contest for a chance to win a $250 gift basket. Get in the Zone!

Pet-Food Recall Update
Most recently, rat poison and other chemicals have been found in the recalled Menu Foods pet food. This has effected more than 50 brands of dog food and 40 brands of cat food. Over 3,000 pets have been reportedly killed in this tragedy and it's believed more dangerous food may still be on the shelves. For the most up-to-date info on this serious situation, regularly check the Dogster Community Blog where all details are being shared faster then any newspaper.

Tune In to Cat-Minster on GSN: Sat., April 7 at 12pm/11am C
GSN celebrates cats with Cat-Minster: The 19th Annual CFA International Cat Show. This is one of the industry's most prestigious events, spotlighting 41 different breeds and over 700 cats from the U.S., Asia, Canada, Europe and South America. Check out clips and get more info on this Catastic television special.

Curious Cat Tip #102
Q: With the warmer weather coming, you may notice that pretty kitty is experiencing a bad case of dry flaky skin. What is the best way to get that cat dandruff under control?

A: First, check with your vet, especially if the dryness is particularly bad. But one thing that may help relieve dry, itchy skin is to add a bit of fish oil or a fatty acid supplement to Tabby's food. Other suggestions: try using a gentle baby shampoo like Johnson's, and/or using a humidifier. Hope that stops all the catastrophic cat scratchin'.

For more advice on grooming issues and other topics, head to Catster Forums.

New Fresh Step® Free Scoopable Litter
There's no cat napping for our friends at Fresh Step® litter. They're always looking out for us. This time, with their new Fresh Step® Free Scoopable cat litter. This new formula has the power of odor-eliminating carbon yet is free of the perfumes and dyes that many of us can do without. So get off your scratching post and check it out at select retailers.

Catster Community: Letting Go of Grief
Check out this heartfelt note that Sami, Christopher, Oreo and Callie's mama meowed in to Catster:

I joined Catster in July of last year. A friend recommended that I check it out since I had just lost my beloved Manya to cancer. I looked around the site and immediately signed up. My first page was dedicated to Manya, and then I added my other cats: Sami, Christopher, Oreo and my latest adoptee Callie. In the beginning, the wonderful Rainbow Bridge Kitties group helped me deal with the grief of losing my pet. And now I have made so many new friends, both human and furry, since I have been with Catster. Thank you so much for doing what you do!

We love to hear how Catster has changed/improved/bettered your life. Keep meowing those tales to catsters@catster.com. If we use your letter in an upcoming newsletter, we'll credit your account 10 Zealies!

Meow at you later!

May all animals be happy and safe,
Catster HQ
Catster, here kitty, kitty!

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