|May 25, 2013||Postcards From Thorin.||1 comments|
|May 25, 2013||Caturday In The Rain.||1 comments|
|May 24, 2013||10 Common Mistakes Cat Owners Make.||2 comments|
|May 21, 2013||Proof The Free Market Works.||4 comments|
|May 18, 2013||Caturday Q.||1 comments|
|May 16, 2013||Crying Wolf.||1 comments|
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|May 12, 2013||Happy Mother's Day!||1 comments|
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The Central Pacific Region, which includes the Hawaiian islands, is expected to experience another season of below-average tropical cyclone activity, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center announced today.
The Center, along with the National Weather Service, has predicted there will be a 70 percent chance of the Central Pacific having a below average season, a 25 percent chance of having a normal season, and just a 5 percent chance of having an above normal season.
The season begins June 1 and goes through Nov. 30.
Cats require specialized care, which is a fact even many cat lovers don't realize.
Ten common mistakes people owned by cats make:
1. Using products intended for dogs on their cat. Under certain circumstances, this can prove to be a fatal mistake. Never assume any product designed for dogs is safe for cats as well. Use only products that clearly state they are safe for kitties. (That includes catnip.)
2. Giving human medications. This, too, can prove fatal. Always consult your veterinarian before medicating your kitty. (Or getting it drunk.)
3. Allowing Fluffy to grow obese. Over half the domesticated cats in the U.S. are overfed and under-exercised. (Even I disagree with this one...lol.)
4. Inattention to the litter box. Cats are extremely clean creatures. They don't like dirty, smelly litter. They also have individual preferences when it comes to types of litter and litter boxes. (Get cleaning human.)
5. Taking a hands-off approach to your cat. It's true kitties are independent and self-sufficient by nature, but your furry feline still needs your help with brushing or combing, nail trims, dental hygiene and even the occasional bath. (pamper me dang it...)
6. Not taking Garfield to the vet for regular wellness checkups. Just because kitty doesn't like to visit the vet (or even leave the house) doesn't mean he shouldn't. Housecats are much less likely to see a vet regularly than their canine counterparts, to the detriment of their good health. (Again, I totally disagree...lol.)
7. Feeding dry food. Dry kibble is hands-down the worst thing you can feed your precious kitty. Most brands are devoid of exactly the kind of nourishment your cat needs to be healthy all her life. If you're feeding your cat dry food, I recommend you start today to make gradual improvements in her diet. (Or cheezburgers!)
8. Misinterpreting behavior changes in your kitty. Cats are stoic creatures. As a result, it can be challenging to know when your favorite feline isn't feeling well. One thing to look for is any change in his behavior, and in particular his litter box habits. Never assume a kitty that suddenly starts eliminating outside his box is misbehaving just to misbehave. Something about his health or his environment is causing the change, and he's depending on you to help him sort it out. (That's not what I meant...)
9. Assuming it's normal for your cat to throw up. It's not. While it's true too many cats vomit too often, throwing up is a sign of an underlying problem that requires attention. There are reasons kitties throw up. Hairballs are just one of them. (Only where you walk in it human.)
10. Not brushing those tiny teeth. Dental disease is one of the most common reasons cats visit the vet, and also one of the most costly. Dental disease isn't always confined to the mouth, either. It can lead to a host of other health problems for your furry feline. (Try it, I DARE you...lol!)
Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. You can visit her site at: MercolaHealthyPets.com.
Her goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets. This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most veterinarians in the United States are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.
By reading Dr. Becker's information, you'll learn how to make impactful, consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet's quality of life.
For more by Dr. Karen Becker, click here.
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It's that time of the year! - From eater.com
Is Austin's Franklin Barbecue about to get the highest honor in Texan smoked meats? Every five years Texas Monthly releases a list of the 50 best barbecue restaurants in the state, and every five years it causes a Texas-sized sh!%storm of people who agree/disagree with the rankings. The latest update will be released with the magazine's June issue, with the full list available online on Wednesday. Today they released the cover, and lo and behold: there's Aaron Franklin's signature brisket, ribs and sausage.
This is the first time Franklin Barbecue has even been eligible for the list: the original Franklin trailer opened in 2009, a full year after the last Texas Monthly Top 50 list crowned the then little-known Snow's in Lexington, Texas number one. Debuting at the top would be an incredible feat for the restaurant. Of course, there is no guarantee that cover placement means Franklin has the top slot. Stay tuned.
By Paula Forbes -
How Did Mother's Day Begin?
The driving force behind Mother's Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She finally succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
How Many Mothers?
Estimated number of mothers in the United States in 2009. Source: Survey of Income and Program Participation, unpublished tabulations
Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey
Percentage of 15- to 44-year-old women who were mothers in 2010. Source: Fertility of American Women: 2010
Percentage of women who had become mothers by age 40 to 44 as of 2010. In 1976, 90 percent of women in that age group had given birth. Source: Fertility of American Women: 2010
How Many Children
The total fertility rate or estimated number of total births per 1,000 women in Utah in 2010 (based on current birth rates by age), which led the nation. At the other end of the spectrum is Rhode Island, with a total fertility rate of 1,630.5 births per 1,000 women. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Percentage of all women age 15 to 44 who have had two children. About 47 percent had no children, 17 percent had one, 10 percent had three and about 5 percent had four or more. Source: Fertility of American Women: 2010, Detailed Tables
Number of births registered in the United States in 2011. Of this number, 329,797 were to teens 15 to 19 and 7,651 to women age 45 to 49. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Average age of women in 2010 when they gave birth for the first time, up from 25.2 years in 2009. The increase in the mean age from 2009 to 2010 reflects, in part, the relatively large decline in births to women under age 25. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Jacob and Sophia
The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 2011. Source: Social Security Administration
Number of births in the past year per 1,000 women age 15 to 50 with a graduate or professional degree. The number was 57 per 1,000 for women whose highest level of education was a bachelor’s degree. Source: 2011 American Community Survey, American FactFinder
Number of florist establishments nationwide in 2010. The 70,575 employees in floral shops across our nation will be especially busy preparing, selling and delivering floral arrangements for Mother’s Day. Source: County Business Patterns: 2010
The flowers bought for mom have a good chance of having been grown in California. Among the 15 surveyed states, California was the leading provider of cut flowers in 2009, accounting for 75 percent of domestic flower production ($269 million out of $359 million at wholesale value) in those states. (The data pertain only to operations with sales greater than or equal to $100,000.) Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2010 — the place to purchase necklaces, earrings and other timeless pieces for mom. Source: County Business Patterns: 2010
By Sunde Farquhar