Sasha and Momma went to their new home Friday

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Momma says, "Wait, didn't we just do this yesterday?" But today Momma and Sasha weren't going to the vet.  They were going to their new home!

Momma says, “Wait, didn’t we just do this yesterday?” But today Momma and Sasha weren’t going to the vet. They were going to their new home!

Great news: Two more of Laurie Kuykendall’s cats, Sasha and Momma, went to their new home with Debbie and Randy Krysher today!

I will miss them but I think they’re getting an awesome home, so I’m happy for them. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well between the kitties and the two dogs in the house.

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Visiting the vet, five cats at a time

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Four cat carriers in the back of the car, one soft-sided carrier in the front passenger seat. Glad my Suzuki SX4 has back seat that folds out of the way!

Four cat carriers in the back of the car, one soft-sided carrier in the front passenger seat. Glad my Suzuki SX4 has back seat that folds out of the way!

Gray was pretty nervous during the visit to Cape Horn Vet. Wonder if he thought I was going to dump him back in the woods?

Gray was pretty nervous during the visit to Cape Horn Vet. Wonder if he thought I was going to dump him back in the woods?

I took Laurie Kuykendall’s cats to Cape Horn Vet for checkups, bloodwork and vaccines on Thursday. That’s a total of five kitties — her four indoor/outdoor cats that haven’t been adopted yet, plus Stanley, the stray she had been feeding outside.

I hope to never take that many cats to the vet at the same time again. The cats were very well-behaved, but loading five cats into carriers, hauling them down three flights of steps and through the backyard to my car left me gasping for breath. (Note to self: Move to a one-level house with an attached garage, and/or get in shape!)

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Two more of Laurie’s cats might get a home together

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sasha-momma Looks like Sasha and Momma, two of Laurie Kuykendall’s cats, might be getting a home together! A super-nice family — Randy, Debbie and Cierra Krysher — came to visit the cats on Sunday and spent several hours giving the cats time to get comfortable with them. Cierra even got to hold Bella, who climbed right into her lap.

After the Kryshers had been there for a while, Sasha and Momma were both lying down, purring and allowing Debbie to pet them. Sasha also allowed Randy to pet her a bit, and rubbed against his legs a little bit.

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Boulder Dog Food Co. recalls Chicken Sprinkles for possible Salmonella contamination

From FDA.gov:

chicken-sprinkles2 Boulder Dog Food Company is voluntarily recalling the Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and a UPC Code of 899883001231 (the “Product”), because the Product has the potential of being contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the Product, and there is risk to humans who handle the Product, especially if the handler does not thoroughly wash his or her hands after having contact with the Product or any surfaces exposed to the Product.

This voluntary recall is limited to Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, Lot # “998” and a UPC Code of 899883001231. The Product is in a clear poly bag. The UPC Code is located in the lower right hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag. The “Best By” date and Lot Number are on a label on the reverse side of the bag.

The recalled Product consists of 10 bags of Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) that were distributed to two retail stores in the State of Colorado, one retail store in the State of Washington, and one retail customer in the State of Maryland. Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. has retrieved 8 of the 10 bags of the recalled Product, and believes that the remaining two bags of the Product have been used or destroyed. If you are in possession of the recalled Product (“Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot #”998” and a UPC Code of 899883001231) please discontinue use and return the unused Product to either the retailer where it was purchased or directly to Boulder Dog Food Company.

The recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed a “positive” test for Salmonella in one package of Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and a UPC Code of 899883001231.

Healthy people handling a product contaminated by Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Although rare, Salmonella may result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with the Product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the Product and has exhibited these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Consumers with questions may contact Boulder Dog Food Company at 303-449-2540.

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UPDATE ON LAURIE’S CATS: We caught Momma today!

Great news: When I checked the humane traps set at Laurie Kuykendall’s former home today before work, both traps had cats in them.

The first one had a neighbor’s cat in it, who we had seen around the house before. I opened the door to the trap, and he/she (not sure which) took off toward a house a few doors down the road. Not sure how long the poor kitty was in the trap, but there was LOTS of hair covering the bottom of the cage, almost like he/she was pulling it out.

Momma-name The second trap had Momma, the last of Laurie’s cats that was still out in the woods. What a relief! I was getting worried that something bad might have happened to Momma, since none of us had even seen her. Momma was less than pleased, meowing loudly and bashing against the sides of the trap. Once I got her in the car (still in the humane trap, of course, I wasn’t going to take a chance on her taking off when I tried to transfer her to a carrier), she settled down a lot.

When I got Momma home and left her out of the trap in the room with Laurie’s other cats, she ran around trying to find a window or door to get out of, and was meowing loudly again. I had to leave shortly after I brought her home because I had to be at work. I hope she has settled in by now; guess I’ll find out when I get home in a little while.

They all were kind of freaked out when I first brought them to my house, but so far they’ve all quickly settled down and all have been using the litterbox faithfully.

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Murder victim’s cats need help, homes

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Laurie Kuykendall was shot and killed by her estranged husband, Martin Kepner, on May 29. On the last day I saw her, she asked if I would make sure her cats were taken care of if anything should happen to her. That’s how I ended up adding several more cats to my household — temporarily, I hope. I’m hoping to find them good, loving homes.

Martin had thrown all six of Laurie’s cats outside in March, and she was only able to get one of them out of there to take to her new apartment. That left five of her cats out in the woods next to Laurie’s former home. Since they had been outside for so long, they were not going to be easy to catch.

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Calico cat lost in Springettsbury Township, York County

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A calico cat named Momma was lost from Pinehust Road in Springettsbury Township. (York, PA) Her left ear is tipped. She weighs about 10 lbs. If you see Momma, call 717-542-7916.

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PA Senate passes 4 animal anti-cruelty bills

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed four anti-animal cruelty bills.

SB 78: Introduced by Sen. Richard Alloway; prohibits immediate family members of kennel operators who have been convicted under Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty statute from getting new kennel licenses for the same property.

SB 294: “Cordelia’s Law,” introduced by Sen. John H. Eichelberger, Jr.; adds protection for horses and additional protections for service dogs.

SB 373: Anti-tethering legislation introduced by Sen. Richard Alloway; protects animals from harsh weather and 24/7 tethering.

SB 594: Introduced by Sen. Andy Dinniman; raises animal cruelty penalties when under protection-from abuse order.

All four of the bills will now go to the state’s House of Representatives.

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Animal Rescue seeks volunteer vet techs

farm11 Animal Rescue of New Freedom is seeking veterinary technicians to help at its evening spay/neuter clinics for cats. Vet tech students will also be considered. These are volunteer positions. If you’re a vet tech and want to help, call Felicia at 717-993-3232, ext. 222.

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Ruff Roots dog chew toys recalled

Himalayan Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of specific Ruff Roots All-Natural Dog Chew Toys because of potential metal contamination. The company says all the chew toys were sold by PetSmart and no other of its products were affected by the recall.

Recalled were all lots of:

  • Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 4” Sprout Dog Chew Toy, UPC 85301200439

  • Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 5” Stump Dog Chew Toy, UPC 85301200440
  • Himalayan Ruff Roots All Natural 7” Stalk Dog Chew Toy, UPC 85301200441

Consumers should return the product to a PetSmart store for a full refund. For more information, call the Himalayan Corporation at 425-322-4295 or email info@himalayandogchew.com.

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