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Federal Animal Protection Laws
There are only a handful of federal animal protection laws:
The Animal Welfare Act: Signed into law in 1966, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is the primary federal animal protection law. The AWA mainly involves animals kept at zoos and used in laboratories, as well as animals who are commercially bred and sold like those in puppy mills. The AWA directs the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture to set minimum standards regarding these animals’ “handling, care, treatment, and transportation.” Dog fighting and cockfighting are also prohibited under the Animal Welfare Act, so long as the activity in some way crosses state lines.
The AWA itself, as well as its enforcement by the Department of Agriculture, are frequently criticized for allowing inhumane practices to go unchecked.
The “28 Hour Law“: This law, enacted in 1873, requires vehicles transporting certain animals for slaughter to stop every 28 hours to allow the animals exercise, food and water. The law does not apply if the vehicle in which animals are being transported contains access to food or water, and there are many other exceptions as well. Birds like chickens and turkeys, which are the most-farmed animals in the United States, are considered exempt by the federal government.
The Humane Slaughter Act, or the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act: This law was first passed in 1958, then amended in 1978. The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act requires that animals be stunned into unconsciousness before slaughter, to minimize pain. Though chickens, turkeys and other birds feel pain just like other animals, they are not protected by this law. Enforcement of this law has been found by government inspectors to be “inconsistent.”
The Endangered Species Act: Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act protects fish, mammals and birds – as well as plants – listed as threatened or endangered in the United States and beyond. The ESA outlines procedures for federal agencies to follow regarding listed species, as well as criminal and civil penalties for violations. This law is chiefly administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service.
We feel strongly about buying the best possible food and vitamins for our cats. As an Alternative Health practitioner, I consider food as “medicine”, or food = health. A well nourished cat is less likely to become ill! Imagine paying less in veterinarian bills by paying more now. The concept of food = health goes like this for all the computer savvy people out there. Remember the acronym GIGO? “Garbage in, Garbage out? Well, it works like this with health. What you put into the body and your pets body affects health or illness. Food is fuel. Imagine putting junk food into your kitty rather than nutritionally healthy food! We want to add value to your cats plate and help you learn to do that here!
By definition, a feral cat is a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild (environment), or the descendants of a cat that has lived outside. As a result of living outdoors, a feral cat has never been socialized to interact with people, although some feral cats may be friendlier than others. A pet cat that has been lost or abandoned is considered a “stray”. The offspring of a stray cat may be considered feral if born in the wild and is fearful of human contact. When a male or female house cat is not spayed/neutered and permitted to roam outside, its offspring, born outside, may also be considered feral.
Research has postulated that the purring of cats is a “natural healing mechanism” that has inspired the myth that they have nine lives. Wounded cats purr because it helps their bones and organs to heal and in healing, grows stronger. This may explain why cats survive falls from high buildings and why they are said to have “nine lives”.
Have you ever seen a female cat about to give birth and watch all her feline friends hover around in a purr fest? That’s what they do; protect and soothe the female by purring incessantly. Purring vibrations may actually decrease the painful birthing process.
Exposure to similar sound vibration has been known to also improve bone density in humans. Most body cavities and tissues have their own resonant frequencies, and sound in those ranges can stimulate the respective organs to heal.
The healing properties of sound frequency are well known. Music (drumming, singing, humming) and purring, all soothe the soul! Purr!
Organic Ear Mite Recipe
Mix your own! Start with 2 tablespoons of organic olive oil, mixed separately 1/2 part water and 1/2 part apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon each) then add 1-2 drop of soothing lavender essential oil mixed in and shake rigorously. Note that apple cider is very strong smelling and must always be diluted by at least 50%; do not use at full strength. Mix vinegar/water/lavendar mixture with olive oil and dip cotton tip swab squeezing off excess. Store mixture in glass only. Clean ear at least twice a day the first 2-3 days then once a day.
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Cats have 32 muscles in their ears compared to humans, who only have 6! The ear flap, which is the tip of the ear, funnels sounds into the ear so that cats can detect food and also danger. When a cat’s ear is tipped inappropriately or too much is cut off the ear flap tip, ear muscles may be damaged. The ear tip may take longer to heal and may appear very raw for a long time. When muscles in the ear are damaged, the above-referenced abilities may be diminished. In some instances, a poor ear tip may cause a weepy eye on the side of the face in which the ear tip was performed, and an eye that partially closes over time.