Kitty friends foreverCats rule in Seattle, with 34.2 percent of people over 18 owning a cat. As a matter of fact, cat households outnumber those with kids by 50 percent. They outnumber dog owners by 17 percent.

It would appear that trend goes across the Pacific northwest. In the Eugene-Springfield, Oregon metro area, a staggering 49.1 percent of those over 18 own cats. In Portland, Ore, the number is 37.3 and in Spokane, Wash., the number is 35.5.

It seems like cats do pretty well in the northeast as well. Rochester, NY comes in at 38.2 percent and southern New Hampshire ranks at 37.9 percent. We should take into account these are metro area. Vermont folks own the most cats with Maine coming in second. There’s no doubt, people in the northwestern and northeast corner of the United States love their cats.

Considering the northwest is known for households with more dogs that kids. Only 20 percent of the households in Seattle-Tacoma have kids. That ranks up with San Francisco and Washington, DC, for kidless cities.  The latter cities don’t rank in the top when it comes to cats, but for those in Seattle, the cats come out on top.

For more on this, check out the following link.

In Seattle, it’s cats, dogs and kids — in that order
The Seattle Times (blog)
Seattle has more dogs than children. We’ve practically become famous for it. OK, not as famous as we are for coffee or rain, but still. The nation has certainly taken notice. Our canine-to-kid ratio has been written about in USA Today, The New York ..

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It would appear that cats with epilepsy might benefit from immunotherapy. Recently, partners in Oxford and Budapest, Akos Pakozdy and his colleagues at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have identified what causes a certain form of epilepsy in cats, where the cat’s immune system attacks particular proteins in nerve cell’s membranes. Symptoms, of what they believe is a widespread form of epilepsy in cats, include twitching facial muscles, a fixed stare, chewing motions and heavy dribbling. A similar type of epilepsy occurs in humans: an inflammation in the brain, known as limbic encephalitis, leads to epileptic seizures that generally manifest on one side of the body in the arm and face.

For more on this, check out the following link.

Cats and Humans Suffer from Similar Forms of Epilepsy
Science Daily (press release)
Feb. 1, 2013 — There is something sinister about epilepsy: the disease affects the very core of our being, our brain. Epileptic attacks can lead to seizures throughout the body or in parts of it. Clouding of consciousness or memory lapses are also …

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Here’s good news to cat people and those trying to help them. Minneapolis is moving away from euthanizing them. Rather they are considering an ordinance allowing them to be sterilized. Hats off to this city for recognizing the value of an intensive sterilization program and the value of Trap, Neuter, Return. Check out the following story for more info on this.

Mpls. to consider sterilizing stray cats
Minnesota Public Radio
MINNEAPOLIS — The city of Minneapolis is considering a new way of dealing with stray cats. Later this spring, City Council Member Cam Gordon will introduce an ordinance allowing the cats to be sterilized rather than euthanized. Gordon said killing

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And for a hysterious George Carlin rendition on cats, as only George Carlin can do, check out Steve Dale’s blog video post that will leave you in stitches – that is if you like George Carlin and cats, and maybe even if you don’t.

Truth About Cats, George Carlin
ChicagoNow (blog)
“You don’t have to pet a cat, just put your cat over him and he’ll do all the work,” George Carlin on cats. “Ever pet a cat who’s lying flat. Before you’re finished his ass his halfway up in the air. It’s like you pressed the ass button, or something …

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Learn about providing foster care for cats and kittens
The Seattle Times
Volunteer foster parents provide temporary homes for immature, injured and sick cats and kittens in need of nuturing and rehabilitation or just a break from the shelter setting. The shelter provides any necessary veterinary care. For the volunteers and …

Zoetis loves dogs and cats, but really loves cows and pigs
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)
Zoetis loves dogs and cats, but really loves cows and pigs. Zoetis, which is the animal drug business of Pfizer, Inc., is scheduled to begin trading today under the ticker symbol ZTS on the New York Stock Exchange. 0. comments. Tweet. email ..

Seventeen cats seized by SPCA ready for adoption
YNN
Separate because the cats came in with a host of issues, from fleas to respiratory infections and dehydration, after SPCA officials removed 17 of them from a small Ithaca apartment. Neighbors called after noticing the owner had been gone for more than ….

Rocket-Propelled Cats and Other Feline Weapons of War
Forbes