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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CAT!

THIS MONTH AT

January 1:         New Year's Day
January 2:         National Pet Travel Safety Day
January 14:       National Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 22:      Answer Your Cat's Question Day
January 24:      Change a Pet's Life Day





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January News

January's CATalysta* Celebrates the Holidays
 
*A CATalysta is a person or an organization that celebrates and champions the cat.
 

Our first CATalysta of the New Year is Craig Wallace, CEO and North America | Pacific Zone Director for Ceva. Ceva is an animal health group dedicated to ensuring adequate protein supplies to feed the world, stopping the spread of zoonotic diseases, and developing the human-animal bond. 

These values fall closely in line with Craig's, an animal lover and advocate by nature. Outside of work, he cares for his own Gracie, a barn cat turned well-loved house cat in the Wallace home.

Read
Craig's full story to learn all of the incredible work he does for animals in his community. 
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What Can You Do Today

Happy Mew Year! 

Resolve to give your pet their best year yet - and with a few simple tips, it will be a resolution you'll actually keep. Starting a pet savings fund, keeping a medical log, and carving out a little extra play time are just a few of the ways to keep your furry friend healthy and happy in 2016. Read the full list of pet-positive resolutions and give your pets the year they truly deserve. 
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January is Walk Your Pet Month 

You may not think of cats as pets to walk (although you totally could!), but they are still animals in need of regular exercise. Physical activity is important in maintaining a healthy weight and strong muscles, as well as stimulating your cat's mind. It is also an opportunity to bond with your feline friend.

Cats don't often possess the attention or energy for extended periods of playtime, but you should try to engage your cat for about 10-15 minutes a few times each day with varied activities. Toy mice and feather toys are great for stimulating a cat's natural hunting instinct, while scratching posts and cat trees encourage cats to work their climbing muscles and naturally wear down the points of their claws. You can also utilize objects as simple as a flashlight or buy your cat her very own
cat exercise wheel.

The possibilities are endless, as are the benefits. Read them all
right here and exercise your creativity along with your cat.
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Companion Cats on the Go
 

Your cat is your companion, your confidant, your furchild, and you want to take her with you everywhere you go. Or maybe you don't have this particular urge, but you do have a pet that needs to get from point A to point B via motorized vehicle. If this seems like a daunting task, we have this great video with advice for acclimating your cat to the carrier. No matter the animal, there are precautions every owner should take before traveling with a pet to prevent risk of injury to their companions.

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Cat Wellness in Every Way

Cat Questions and Feline Follies


Your cat has some questions for you, but he's not going to ask them in plain old English. He's going to pose them in cat, of course, which is through behavioral cues. What may appear as bad or disobedient behavior is actually your kitty expressing his or her needs, and it's your responsibility as a pet guardian to learn the language of your cat. Fortunately, here's a helpful guide to understanding the questions your kitty asks and the answers he needs in return. 

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Secure and Couture
 

Dressing your pets makes for some amusing and adorable kodak moments. However, it is not often that cats enjoy this activity quite as much as humans do, and most cats don't need a layer in addition to their fur for sufficient warmth. An exception to this is a hairless breed, or a cat that has been shaved for either grooming or surgery, which may benefit from the world's cutest sweater.

If you feel you may have a tolerant and fashionable feline, it is essential to be attentive to your cat's signs of stress or discomfort. Follow
these tips should you decide to give your pet some kitty couture, and share a picture with us should you be successful!

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What's Happening at Catalyst

Come See Us!


CATalyst Council will be attending this year's North American Veterinary Community Conference and we'd love to see you there!
 
Swing by
Booth #117 and learn about the incredible initiatives we and our fellow animal advocates are thrilled to be working on.
CATalyst Connection
Forever Homes. Forever Health.


CATalyst Connection is the collaboration between animal shelters, owners, and healthcare providers to enhance the relationships within and between these communities to ensure cats (and dogs) receive the lifelong care they so need and deserve. 

Read the full announcement of this incredible development in our December issue of It's All About the Cat.


To receive the latest and greatest about CATalyst Connection, simply join our mailing list and we'll keep you updated.

 
Interested in Joining?
Let us sign you up
 
Send us an email at cats@catalystcouncil.org to begin the process of connecting your veterinary practice with CATalyst Connection.
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CATalyst Connection Family Welcome Email
Appointment Pet Detail Page

We'd Love to Hear From YOU!




 Ask a VET
You've got questions, and here at CATalyst, we've got answers! Please submit your questions to cats@catalystcouncil.org and we would love to give you the info you need!  



 
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Tips of the Month
 
  • Make this year's resolution to give your pet a better, brighter, and healthier year.
  • Help your cat be active to improve her health and your relationship.
  • Make the proper preparations for travel to keep your pet safe and comfortable during transportation in the car.
  • Know how to answer your cat's burning questions by understanding his behavior.
  • Don't send your feline into a fashion frenzy, but do know when it is appropriate to dress your cat and how to do so safely.
  • Visit us at this year's NAVC Conference - booth #117! - and see what CATalyst and our community have in store for 2016. 
  • Take a peek at CATalyst Connection and get your practice connected to this incredible program.
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