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Is your cat addicted to junk food?

Kathleen Williams-Miller

I recently had the pleasure of snuggling up to a very friendly feline named Mao (as in Meow). She is so beautiful that I could hardly keep from kidnapping her. I asked my friend what she gave Mao to make her fur so soft and keep her fit. Her answer truly surprised me.

She told me that when she adopted Mao her fur was dull and matted, plus she was overweight.

Because Mao was her first cat, she decided to read a book about cats and she chose "Your Cat" by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins. Surprisingly, one of the main culprits in cat obesity is dry cat food.

Cats are obligate carnivores, and they must eat meat. According to Hodgkins, dry cat food is not a healthy alternative because it can cause craving for more dry kibble. In fact, cats can become addicted to dry food and will forgo wet healthy food.

Not only is the dry food lacking proper nutrients, but it also can contribute to a fat cat. Dry food has been formulated to enhance craving. I can relate to that because I love potato chips and I can't eat just one. Obviously makers of cat food have figured out ways to make kibble irresistible too.

If your cat is hooked on dry food, you can break the habit by getting quality canned wet food and substituting it for the kibble. The change should help with weight and other health concerns.

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Of course it's important to monitor quantity and watch those treats. As Mao would say, her diet is the cat's Meow.

IN NEED OF

Emergency funds for our adorable Cash's surgery; any amount will help.

Aluminum cans; if you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500), and we will come get them

Dog walkers; we desperately need volunteers to walk and socialize our dogs. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Folks who need help affording spaying/neutering for dogs or cats. The SNAPS program details are below.

SHOUT OUT TO

Everyone who has sent money for Cash's surgery. All tails are wagging for you!

Rema White for the big bag of cans. You have that can-do attitude!

All the folks who have signed up for the AmazonSmile program. A Four Paw salute to you!

COME SEE US

CAPS will be at Walmart on Feb. 2 with the Kissin' Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. We have 2019 CAPS calendars, hoodies, shirts and hats. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you've hugged our pup. We have taken January off to give our volunteers a break. Happy New Year!

DON'T FORGET

January Pet Holiday: National Train Your Dog Month

CAPS 2019 calendars are available for purchase at CAPS or 3-Dimension Shipping.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2017 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For more information, call CAPS at 423-7500.

Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a tree on March 15, and the winner doesn't have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.

CONTACT CAPS

CAPS' mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS' phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS' email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to "Like" CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me, jkwmil@outlook.com.