CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1999 |
To stem a feline distemper outbreak that has plagued Orange County's largest animal shelter since October, all cats with symptoms of the highly contagious disease will be destroyed and healthy cats isolated in separate cages, county health officials said Thursday. And in a reversal of existing policy, officials at the county shelter in Orange were ordered Thursday to begin immediate vaccinations for all cats kept at the shelter. Shelter officials had opposed that step as ineffective and costly.
February 8, 1996 |
As anyone who has ever tried to keep a cat from sleeping on the couch or messing with the flower garden can attest, cats roam wherever and whenever they want. And that feline sense of authority apparently extends to the highly guarded San Onofre nuclear power plant with its barbed-wire fences, metal detectors and guards carrying semiautomatic weapons.
January 5, 2000 |
Orange County's top veterinarian quit his job Tuesday in the midst of a county investigation of its troubled animal shelter and a disease outbreak that has infected and killed dozens of cats, including some taken home for adoption. Dr. Richard Evans, 53, resigned in the face of an inquiry that could have led to his firing.
January 16, 2008 |
When Sarah Harper took her cat, Pete, to Banfield, the Pet Hospital, she was encouraged to sign up for one of the company's "optimum wellness plans." For an enrollment fee of $69.95 and $16.95 in monthly payments, Harper was told, Pete would receive regular vaccinations and exams, as well as discounts on a variety of medical services from the nation's largest chain of veterinary facilities. "They were talking about 'wellness' and 'healthcare,' " she said. "It seemed like insurance." It wasn't.
June 22, 1995 |
"Take Sominex tonight and. . . ." It's almost a household lullaby these days. Sominex, Compoz, Unisom, Sleep-Eze and their over-the-counter cousins lined up on the drugstore shelves are a mute tribute to a nation of insomniacs. But scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, aided by a team of tired cats, have discovered a breakthrough, sleep-inducing molecule.
HOME & GARDEN
June 3, 2004 |
Catnip and its kin are lovely plants. They tolerate heat and resist drought, though regular water fattens up the oil-rich leaves and stems. Bees and other beneficial insects enjoy their colorful blossoms. And to Bella, my cat, they're like legal drugs with no ill effects. She enjoys dried catnip from the store, but even more, she likes her herb fresh and fragrant, straight off the plant.