Author: Jeanne Bennett

Stray vs. Feral: All lonely cats aren’t created equal

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate jbennett@myspiritnews.com Rescuing homeless pets is on the rise. Many people are opening their hearts and homes to stray and homeless animals. This seems to happen more so with stray/feral cats since they can live on the streets relatively under the radar, unlike a stray dog which is likely to garner attention. When you decide to foster an animal it is always wise to have a plan before you accept any animal into your home. Here are a few questions you should answer before you start taking in homeless animals: Where are you planning...

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The scoop on cat poop? There’s more to it than you think

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate jbennett@myspiritnews.com Though a lot of cat litter products are advertised as “flushable,” researchers are saying that flushing cat litter might not actually be a “green” way of disposing of cat feces.  The problem is not in the litter itself, but in a parasite called “Toxoplasma gondii,” the eggs of which can be found in the feces of cats and other members of the cat family. This parasite mostly affects wildlife, and traces of the disease have been found in dolphins and a humpback whale. The disease can live for years in soil (which...

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Keeping your cool cat… cool

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate jbennett@myspiritnews.com In spite of their reputation as fiercely independent animals, there is one area where cats need human intervention to keep them safe. That is when dealing with heat. You don’t hear about it often, but cats do not tolerate heat any better than people. Cats only pant or sweat through their foot pads in order to get rid of excess heat. As body temperature rises, the cat will suffer heat exhaustion and eventually heat stroke. If body temperature is not brought down quickly, serious organ damage or death could result. Some of...

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Saying goodbye, even for college, can be hard on your pet

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate jbennett@myspiritnews.com Graduation season is a very exciting time for both graduates and their families. It’s a celebration of years of hard work and sacrifices that, for many, marks the end of childhood and potentially the last time they will ever live at home full time. Some parents and kids alike are kind of, well, thrilled, and looking forward to the separation.  Some parents, by July 4th, have already selected the color paint they plan to use in the room that is now referred to as “the kid’s old room” and some kids have...

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Animal cruelty is growing; you can be an effective fighter against it

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate jbennett@myspiritnews.com   Police were called to the 2800 block of West Sixth St. in Chester on Saturday night where they discovered the charred bodies of two dogs inside a tote bag. Local news reports indicated the pair had been tied up and set on fire behind a garage. Officials believe they may have been dead before they were placed inside the bag and set on fire. A necropsy is planned to determine the exact cause of death and a cash reward was offered for information leading to arrest and prosecution. As horrific as...

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