September 27, 1987 |
Many readers have reported being disturbed by news reports about cats that suffered ill effects from a deficiency of the chemical compound taurine in their food. Taurine insufficiency has been proved to cause blindness in felines and, according to a study at the University of California at Davis, a serious heart ailment, dilated cardiomyopathy. Scientists at UC now are testing to see whether taurine deficiency could cause reproductive difficulties. When major cat-food producers were informed of the life-threatening ailments caused by low taurine levels, many increased the amount of the substance in their formulas.
August 17, 1987 |
Alpo Petfoods Inc. is going to the cats. Dogged by nearly no growth in the canine population and inspired by climbing growth in the cat population, the dog-food manufacturer has begun testing the cat-food market and expects one day to be a large producer. Alpo, a $400 million-a-year company that's been told by parent firm Grand Metropolitan PLC of London to aggressively acquire other companies, also may get into pet-related, non-food products as well as grocery products for humans, company executives say. But that doesn't mean Alpo has turned its back on dogs.
September 25, 1988 |
Accordionists, naturally. Also cloggers, contortionists, dulcimer players and leprechauns. Then there's the pizza gourmet with piano, the pipe-smoking dog and the one and only Helmut Kokey, Eastern Michigan's foremost lederhosen- clad yodeler. When it comes to entertainment in and around the Motor City, the Marce Haney Agency has booked them all. "We cover from A to Z in show biz," says Haney, a 27-year veteran of the booking wars. "Whatever you want, we can get it. " Yet with all the amazing talent she has encountered over the years, Haney has never, ever seen anything like Rose Lokey and Katrina, the talking cat. "This animal does talk," the agent says.
May 20, 1992 |
Dear Polly: One day, I ran out of plastic containers to freeze some leftovers. I looked into the freezer to see what I could take out and use. Then it occurred to me to take the size container I needed, remove the contents (frozen), and rewrap in foil to return to the freezer. I then had a container to use for my new food to be frozen. Now my containers are unlimited. - Carole Dear Polly: A recent suggestion about slightly warming leftover cat food was a good one. However, it won't go far enough to please that finicky cat. Cat food should be removed from the can before storing in the fridge; I use recycled cream-cheese containers.
August 26, 2009 |
Linda Muchnick sent suicide notes last week to two veterinarians' offices and a medical spa, saying that she could no longer afford to keep up her Harleysville house or care for her dog and 29 cats, prosecutors said. "Basically, the note stated it was best if she killed them along with herself so they could all be in heaven together," Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Abigail Silverman said yesterday. Towamencin Township police, who responded to Muchnick's home on Thursday, the day her vet received one of the letters, had no idea what to expect when they were forced to knock out an air conditioner and climb in a front window of the house, Chief Paul Dickinson said.
August 1, 1989 |
The Philadelphia advertising agency that persuaded the late Lorne Greene to pitch Alpo dog food has turned to Garfield the cat to star in a costly campaign to introduce Alpo cat food. Alpo Petfoods Inc. of Allentown hopes its new products for cats, with the help of an advertising and promotional campaign by Philadelphia's Weightman Group that will cost $70 million in its first year, will grab a hefty share of the $2.3 billion-a-year cat-food business. Alpo had hoped to keep its plans for entry into the market a secret until later this year, but a pet-food distributor let the cat out of the bag for a Muncie, Ind., newspaper late last week.
May 2, 1990 |
Don't feed the animals. That's the advice from conservationists, animal experts and city disease- control officials. They're concerned that feeding wild and stray animals may worsen the rabies epidemic that has spread to the Northeast and upset nature's already-precarious environmental balance. But some Northeast residents, particularly those around Pennypack Park, say feeding the animals is harmless, even humane. One elderly couple who live near the park, for instance, have been laying out food for 23 years.
September 15, 1993 |
If I were a cat, I'd like to be my cat. The reason for that is self- evident. There is always cooking going on in my house. If I am not cooking, then someone who works for me is, because we are always testing and retesting recipes, checking them to be sure they are the best they can be. Not only does it smell good, for which Minou (which means "kitten" in French) is appreciative, it tastes good. Although I try to feed her table food or canned food only once a day, scraps from doting colleagues find their way into her bowl.
February 15, 1998 |
I'd scarcely sat down to read my Sunday paper when someone knocked at my door: a nice young man I'd never seen, his wife or date on the sidewalk behind him. "Is this your ferret? It was trying to get in your - " Said ferret - a foot-long fur piece, little wider than a ruler - is walking past me into my living room, moving with purpose under my green velvet loveseat and out again, heading across the Oriental toward the skirted ottoman. Although I'm thinking rodents and rabies, and my heart rate has increased, I also know that this must be somebody's pet. I pick it up. In that split second, I become the ferret's friend.
September 9, 1992 |
Dear Polly: Ladies' nylons have a tendency to dry out, which causes runs. Wash them delicately with shampoo, then rinse with cool water. But don't forget to add the conditioner - just like for human hair fibers! Fill the sink with warm water to open up the fibers, mix in a little conditioner, let soak 5 minutes, then rinse. You will find your nylons not only last longer but feel so smooth on your legs! - Mrs. S.J.W. Dear Polly: The best solution I've found for separating coffee filters: Take a full pack and flip them over.