Kittens in Space!

Credit: Space.com; Mattias Malmer/NASA

One of the benefits of the recent Cassini mission to Saturn was a deeper understanding of the nature of Saturn’s rings. In particular, the spacecraft discovered that the ring system was not simply comprised of billions of particles of orbiting dust, rock, and ice, but was a highly dynamic system where particles came together to form small moonlets within the rings. Cassini discovered some 60 of these moonlets in Saturn’s rings, and NASA scientists, who include a number of cat lovers in their ranks, nicknamed these moonlets “kittens” and gave them kitten names.

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Fall Food Drive

That special smell of turning leaves and roasting chili is in the air. That means it is time for our Fall Food Drive. Just take your donations of cat food, litter, and paper plates (especially the small, 6″ plates) to the donation basket on the feline side of VCA Montgomery.

Also, it would be great if you would download our flyer, and share it with friends or post it in some public place!

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Trouble’s Child

It has often been said that chronically trouble prone people (or animals) somehow are the dearest. This is certainly true of our little cat Greystoke (he also has a column on Facebook!). Throughout his life, if there is trouble to be found, he finds it. Some of this has been dangerous, like the time he got his head stuck in a plastic pipe and almost died of asphyxiation (he did spend several weeks at the vets in a breathing chamber healing the lung damage), but most of the times when he has poked his head into trouble, the results have thankfully been non-life threatening (although occasionally hard on the china and glassware).

But, one of the funniest happened just a few days ago.

Greystoke after his latest misadventure

We had been cleaning out a closet, and found a couple of the “Elizabethan collars” that vets place on cats and dogs to keep them from licking a recovering injury or surgical incision. Since we no longer needed them, we decided to donate them to Fabulous Felines. We placed the two collars, a small one, and a slightly bigger one on a bench in our entry way so we could take them to the foster house.

Two e-collars waiting to be taken to the foster house

Later that morning, as we were puttering around the kitchen, our friend, George stopped by. As we were chatting, he asked us: “Why do you have two E-collars?”

We explained that they were from two separate surgeries, and we were taking them to the foster house.

George seemed puzzled, and asked: “But why two?”

This confusion went on for several rounds until we looked back into the hallway where our friend was standing and saw that Greystoke had once more poked his head into trouble, and was now wearing the two collars: one behind his ears, and the other in front! What made it especially funny is that he seemed perfectly content to continue wearing them, as if he was proudly showing off his discovery.

It seems that he had poked his head into this latest temptation, looking for lord knows what, and the collars became stuck. After taking time for a laugh and a couple pictures, we removed the collars to a less accessible place on the seat of our car, and Trouble’s Child, little Greystoke, went looking for another place to poke his curious, trouble-prone, beloved little head.

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Fabulous Felines Free Lecture: Feline Dental Care

Proper dental care is a foundation of general health. This is true of cats as well as humans. Ignoring dental care can lead to periodontal disease, which can affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. It can complicate diseases like diabetes, and lower resistance to infections. Fortunately, these problems can be avoided with proper dental care.

Dr. Nolan and friend

We are very excited to have Dr. Dawn Nolan present this free talk about dental care for cats. Dr. Nolan is the Medical Director at VCA Montgomery, and has a special passion for cats. She is the Cat Advocate for VCA Montgomery, and was instrumental in obtaining a Gold Status Feline Friendly Practice Certification for her hospital. She is also a longtime friend of Fabulous Felines, and was one of the first speakers in our free lecture series. For more information about Dr. Nolan, visit her web page at the VCA site. We hope you will join Dr. Nolan to learn how we can easily improve our cats’ health through proper dental care.

As always, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, this talk is Free to the public.

Date & Time: Sunday, July 30, 2017; 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Place: VCA Montgomery Conference Room (enter on the west side of the building) (map . . .)
9901 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Cost: Absolutely Free! Also, if you email us at fabulousFelines@comcast.net to let us know in advance that you will be coming, you will be entered in a drawing for a special prize! (you must be present to win).

We want to thank VCA Montgomery and VCA West Mesa for making it possible for us to bring these talks to you for free. Please patronize them, and when you do, don’t forget to mention Fabulous Felines!

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Dr. Kitchell’s Talk to be Rescheduled

What! Rescheduled?

Dr. Barbara Kitchell’s talk on Feline Lymphoma, which had been scheduled for June 25, has run into an unexpected conflict. We will be rescheduling the talk as soon as we can, and apologize (to you and our little friend to the left) for any inconvenience.

Look for an announcement of the new date for Dr. Kitchell’s talk. In the meantime please plan to join us at VCA Montgomery on July 30 for Dr. Dawn Nolan’s talk on Feline Dentistry (details to follow soon!).

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