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The Origins of Kitty Litter

Monday, August 15, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

kittenlitterThere are lots of types of kitty litter,crystal, clumping, scented or unscented even flushable.. There are so many choices that are available today, that it takes a little while to choose. In the old days, cats used wooden boxes filled with sand, sawdust or ashes. This was the case until 1947 when a man whose family sold industrial absorbents gave a batch of clay pellets to a woman in Michigan. The women was tired of her cat tracking her sooty paw prints around and wanted a cleaner alternative. She and her cat loved the clay pellets and kept coming back for more. The man, Ed Low kept bagging the stuff and kept on selling it. In 1964, Mr. Low founded the Tidy Cats brand. That’s the history of kitty litter. Now who invented litter liners, litter boxes  and all of the other cat accessories? A story for another time.

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Liver Disease in Dogs or Cats

Monday, August 15, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogcatvetYour pets liver is vital for metabolism and to get rid of toxic products. Did you know that up to ten percent of cats and dogs that go to the veterinarian have a liver problem. Dr. David Tweed, who is a veternarian at Colorado State University says that liver disease is not necessarily age related. There are some types of liver disease that can occur in older animals but liver disease can occur at any age. If you notice a yellow tint around your pets nose or eyes, take her to the veterinarian. If your dog refuses his dog food or doesn’t want to run and fetch his dog toys this can also be a sign of liver disease. Although lack of appetite could be many things, it’s always important to remember, never try to self diagnose your pet or administer any pet medication that is not prescribed by your vet. Your vet is the only person who knows what’s best for a sick pet.

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