Alcohol is Dangerous for Cats

You might enjoy a drink every now and then, but you're probably not as likely to pour a stiff one for your cat or dog. The same amount of alcohol which is safe for a human can be dangerous or deadly for a pet. Conscientious pet owners need to be aware of the dangers of alcohol.

Surprisingly, cats and dogs don't just get alcohol from having someone dribble wine into their water dishes. It can come from unexpected sources, including seemingly harmless pet care products. Once you understand the consequences of exposing your cat or dog to alcohol, you'll probably never want to do so again.

Pet Breeder Law Questioned

A measure that would exempt almost one-third of Oklahoma's pet breeders from a new puppy-mill law will be detrimental to the law, opening a loophole for breeders to offer substandard care to animals, an official said.

On Wednesday, a House committee approved an amendment to rules governing dog and cat breeders under the new Commercial Pet Breeders Act.

Set to take effect in July, the act brings a minimum standard of care to breeder animals while also requiring breeders with 11 or more unaltered females to register with the state.

Cat Fight Ended

Last week’s fight between two cat breeders over ownership of a grand champion show cat has been resolved without the judge issuing a ruling.

Pamela Soth, an Oregon-based cat breeder, was suing local veterinarian Dr. Kent Thompson, claiming that she is the rightful owner of Guinevere, a Birman show cat.

Thompson obtained Guinevere from Soth last year in a trade for a male kitten to be named later, and Soth claimed that Thompson hadn’t upheld his end of the deal.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge Taryn L. Heath held a two-day hearing on the case last week.

Annual Pet Show Returns

From April 15 to 17, the 22nd annual America’s Family Pet Expo will return to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Ideal for all pet lovers, the expo will provide animal performances, stage shows, and the chance to interact with and adopt nearly 100 breeds of cats, dogs, birds, fish, and other animals.

A Pet-only Airline?!

Jet-setting pets soon will have a new jumping-off point: St. Louis.

Pet Airways Inc. of Delray Beach, Fla., said Tuesday that it will begin serving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this summer. As its name suggests, the flight service is dedicated to the comfort of pets. It soon will be serving 14 cities.

It offers pet-only flights — no human passengers.

Pet Airways will begin taking reservations for St. Louis service sometime this spring, said Alysa Binder, Pet Airways' founder and chief development officer.

Are YOU stressing out your pets?

You might not realize it, but if Fluffy or Skippy are listless, disobedient and getting sick all the time, chances are that your pet doesn’t have some mysterious disease – he or she may simply be stressed out.