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Cat Care for Newbies    •   Breed Rescue    •   Orphan Kittens    •    Disaster Preparation    •    Driving with Pets    •    Cat & Dog Years to Human Years    •   Health Care    •   Cruelty-free Life Style    •    Cat Art & Pet Portraiture   •   Animal Stuff for Humans    •   Animal Stuff for Animals    •   Print Resources

 

Cat Care for Newbies

Getting a Cat

General Cat Care

Cat Basics 101—the beginner’s guide to being owned by a cat

Caring for Your New Cat—Johnson County Humane Society

Caring for Your New Cat is a PDF file.
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Photo: photo of Walter the white kitten wearing a hat

Species/Breed Rescue

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Avian Rescue—check out Iowa's own Parrot Rescue

Birds—NetVet

Iowa Equine Rescue & Awareness League (IERAL)

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Helping Orphan Kittens

Hand-raising Orphan Kittens

Hand-raising Orphaned/Rescued Kittens

Kitten Nursery Manual—The Kitten Coalition’s latest revision of their groundbreaking experience working with neonatal orphan cats.

Kitten Rescue Handbook

Raising Orphan Kittens

Photo: Treasure the kitten

Disaster Preparedness

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American Red Cross—outlines how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes

American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)—has educational materials to assist veterinarians, animal owners, and others interested in the well-being of animals to prepare for animal safety in the event of a disaster

Red Rover (formerly Emergency Animal Rescue Service [EARS])—began filling the “who is there to help the animals void” over 15 years ago, responding to wild fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. When Red Rover arrives, trained volunteers shelter and care for animals displaced by other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada.

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)—Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Iowa Homeland Securitya guide to emergency preparedness

Iowa Infectious Animal Disease Emergencies


Driving With Pets

Car Safety & Travel Tips for Animals—has some great links for traveling safely with pets in your vehicle


Cat & Dog Years to Human Years

Cat Ages in Human Years

According to Purina, there’s no scientific way to calculate the relationship between a cat or dog and human years, but it’s generally agreed that the first two years of a cat or dog’s life are roughly equal to the first 25 of a human.

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Large dog breeds reach adulthood later than small breeds. But they become seniors earlier.

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Health Care

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Animal Wellness Magazine

Laboratory Tests Explained 

Flea and Tick Products—what you need to know

Handicapped Pets—products to help you care for elderly, disabled, or injured pets

Martindale’s Virtual Veterinary Center—from on-line veterinary journals to genetics by species to clinical vetmed by area to animal diseases, viruses, and parasites to diagnostic testing and lab protocols

 

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)—issues and policy statements

Pet Diabetes Easy Reference List—Diabetes in Pets is NOT a Death Sentence!

NetVet Veterinary Resources & the Electronic Zoo—one of the most complete animal sites on the web, period.

Alternative Veterinary Medicine

Center for Nature Research—founded in 1977 by Machaelle Small Wright, the center’s focus is co-creative science:  the study of reality and how it works from nature’s perspective and by humans and nature working together in a peer, balanced partnership

Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine—holistic veterinary medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, and other alternative modalities

Little Big Cat—to help you keep your cats and dogs healthy and happy by preventing and resolving behavior, nutrition, and health issues through holistic, “mind-body” methods.

Natural Holistic Pet Center—provides details on holistic care, referrals, and products

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Photo: Atticus and his son Scout the cats

Cat Health

Feline CRF (chronic renal failure) Information Center—renal failure is one of the leading causes of illness and death in older cats. This excellent site covers diagnostics, management, medications, nutrition, effects on the caregiver, and more.

Jasper:  the big orange goodness—a story of recovery, hope, and resources for diabetic Pet Care. Covers diabetic neuropathy, methylcobalamin, home glucose testing, and more.

Dog Health

Canine CPRThe ABCs are Airway, Breathing, and Cardiac compression

Canine Diabetes—here to present scientifically based data to help you and your vet make the best treatment decisions for your dog

Deaf Dog Education Action Fund—Every year thousands of dogs are killed simply because they are deaf

Dog Health—an alphabetical index of descriptions of canine conditions from Addison’s Disease to Wobbler Syndrome

Dog Owner’s Guide Topic List—follow the link to Health and Veterinary Information. From hot spots to arthritis to heartworm disease

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer—Every day, 8,000 dogs are diagnosed with cancer

Photo: Barlow the Dog

Living the Cruelty-free Lifestyle

Yes, you can eat low on the food chain (vegetarian or vegan) in Iowa City! Check out the Happy Cow for places to go. Explore! Many restaurants are willing to leave the “animal” out. Just ask your server.

All for Animals—a Santa Barbara based pro-animal, educational organization dedicated to raising awareness about cruelty-free living and the importance of compassion to all animals

Alternative Outfitters—yes, eco-friendly fashions; non-leather footwear; cosmetics; and I-heart-Tofu tees

Photo: Abigail the cat
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Caring Consumer—PETA’s guide to kind living, ranging from companies to charities to investing

Choose Cruelty-Free—check out their policy on animal-derived ingredients—it’s strict. This is a great site for learning about animal testing for consumer product “safety”

Earth Friendly Products—their mission is to provide high quality cleaning products that are absolutely safe for your family, pets and the environment, made with replenishable ingredients

Go Green—a Milwaukee-based company that specializes in environmentally friendly products. Shipping for orders up to $99.99 is only $6.95!

Leaping Bunny—check out the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ online guide to products not tested on animals, including cosmetics, personal care and household products. Get your own free pocket-sized shopping guide

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day—Ahhhh, the lemon verbena cleaning supplies...

Pangea’s Vegan Store—food; body care; cleaning products; clothes; books; and more (like cruelty-free glue and correction fluid!). They’re vegans (all eight of them) and they don’t carry products manufactured under oppressive labor conditions.

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Veg Family—check out their list of companies; vegan cooking tips and recipes; health and fitness; book reviews and recommended reading; and the shopping guide

Vegan Essentials—this is a one-stop shopping destination for all things vegan—more than 1,200 items (like nail polish and remover). And they list customer reviews.

Who Tests on Animals?—credible answers for a cruelty-free world from NAVS, the National Anti-Vivisection Society. Another great site on alternatives to using animals for product testing.They have published Personal Care for People Who Care, every year since 1995 and it continues to be a classic.

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Cat Art & Pet Portraiture

Photo: paingting of Rose the cat

Alice Scott-Morris—etchings and prints

Dog & Cat Art—pet portraits

Drew Strouble’s Gallery of Watercolor Cats—original fine watercolor art for cat lovers

Larry Welo—his cats!

Lowell Herrero—his official website

Lucy Bilodeau—cats, dogs, wildlife, fantasy

Mary Reilly Creative Brush Studio—oils and prints

Animal Stuff for Humans

Animal Den—their cat stuff is displayed by coat color

Animal E-cards—from ASPCA

Cat Collectibles Webring—a listing of sites offering cat stuff

Catty Corner—cat everything!

Chewygreat stuff! And free 1-2 day shipping over $49!

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Photo: Anise the cat looking over her shoulder

Dog Art Studio—uncommon dog stuff

Edward Gorey—Gorey cats!

Esquivel & Fees—sterling and gold pet jewelry, animal awareness ribbon and keepsake jewelry, too.

Harmony Kingdom—adorable miniatures

Hep Cat—always wondered where the “Real men admit they love cats” and the “Cats know all and reveal nothing” tee-shirts came from?

Holly Yashi—jewelry as art. She likes cats.

ihelppets—100% of the profits go to help pets in need. All sorts of stuff, including animal-friendly books for children.

Johnson Pet Products—“One sniff is worth a thousand purrs.” Just go there!

Laurel Burch—her official website

Like a Cat—jewelry and crafts, cat symbolism, too..

NOVICA—cool, way cool. Just go there.

Phoenix Orion Emporium—lots of stuff, but check out the carved gemstone cats.

Sandicast—they do capture the spirit of the animal kingdom. Life size to miniatures.

Sherry’s Designs—cats of all kinds, all over. Check out the scrimshaw cats.

Windstone Editions

Wild Bryde—jewelry inspired by nature. Cool companion animal styles

Zarah Co—enameled animal jewelry that’s fun to wear

Photo: Aidan the feral kitten

Animal Stuff for Animals

Betty’s Toy Shoppe—this is the Cat Faeries’ site with pretty (and healthy) things for cats and people. Wonderful toys, flower remedies, cards, tarot...

Cat Claws Inc.—T.H.E. corrugated cardboard scratchers, and many toys...be sure to check out the office cats

Cat Fanciers Website—breed descriptions, show calendars, breed rescue...

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Catnip Farms—get your Iowa-grown Mr. Nipster’s Catnip here, or at an Iowa City Farmer’s Market

Kitty Hooch—hand-made catnip toys in many, many styles...and cat furniture, too

CatsPlay—Ooooh, the beds, tents, sofas, condos, kitty gyms, and hideaways

Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Catalog—full line of veterinary supply products...

Handicapped Pets—products to help you care for elderly, disabled, or injured pets

Cat Furniture

Declawing (amazingly enough) is still considered to be "controversial" in the USA. Some veterinarians just won't do it. Others think laser surgery makes the recovery less painful. Still others think a tenotomy is the way to go.

A tenotomy is a surgical procedure where the tendon that allows each claw to engage/disengage is severed. It’s much less invasive than either the “surgical-dissection method” (more preferred) or the “guillotine method” (least preferred) of removing claws. The UK considers declawing inhumane...it's illegal there.

Please go to and study this link BEFORE you make an appointment to have a cat declawed.

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Armakat Feline Furniture—free shipping in continental US!

Sisal/carpet/faux fur/faux fleece. At least 20 versions.

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Cataround Corner Savera cat scratcher that protects the corner of furniture from being shredded
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Felix Cat Tree—a great height of 32” tall Sisal Design Cat Furniture
PurrFect Post—scratching post and angle scratching pad
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Ultimate Scratching Post—winner of the 2004 Cat Fancy Editor’s Choice Award.

32" tall with a seat on the top

Photo: sisal scratching post

K-V Vet Supply—good prices on a full line of veterinary supply products

Lucky Pet—engraved metal and plastic ID tags, and embroidered collars and leashes

Metropolitan Pet—Oooh, the cat toys (check out Bird on a Wire!), and even a cool feline walking jacket (special halter)

PetCo—products for all species, pet travel tips, photo contests...

PetEdge Catalog—online, easy, and great prices

PetSmart—lowest prices guaranteed, products for all species

That Pet Place—quantity discounts, products for all species

UPCO Catalog—over 15,000 items at wholesale prices, products for all species

Photo: Clancy the cat curled up sleeping

Print Resources

Animal Magazines

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Modern Cat

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Cat Fancier’s Online Almanac

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Catnip

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Bark

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Catster

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Dogster

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Dog Watch

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Cat Watch

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Horse Illustrated

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Your Cat

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Parrots Magazine

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Practical Horseman

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Whole Dog Journal

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Young Rider

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Your Dog


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JCHS Booklists

Animal Communication

Feline Behavior

Feline Health

Pet Loss & Grief Recovery

Pet Names

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Last update: 09/07/18

 

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