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Nature & Wildlife
2016 December/January
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
Virgo- Be sure to keep the physical in top
shape; proper nutrition vital now. A general fo-
cus on finances in the personal and the profes-
sional which energizes and boosts self esteem.
Libra- Passion, romance, sensuality, adventure
and love vibrations surround you; existing rela-
tions benefit and new ones blossom. Profes-
sional initiative and creativity is well rewarded.
Scorpio- Personal relations a focus as love,
intimacy, family and sanctuary become much
desired. Finances also a focus; be prudent and
avoid overworking and be extra safe travelling.
Sagittarius- Financials may demand center
stage in both the personal and professional;
stay calm, analyze, organize, and prioritize,
and by all means laugh a little and lean on
Capricorn- Pay attention to your physical;
nourish well, get extra rest and avoid becom-
ing stressed or emotional. High passion in the
personal begins to ease as financial goals take
more focus.
Aquarius- Highly attractive, love and passion
fill your days; Existing relations strengthen,
new relations are born. Possibly tense yet high-
ly productive atmosphere in the professional.
Pisces- Possible disappointment or turbulence
in the personal but do not despair as this will
pass quickly; remain calm, kind and cheerful.
Support body and mind with extra nutrition.
Visible planets: This is the best time to view Mer-
cury at its highest point above the horizon, look for
the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
Venus is visible in the evening skies while Mars
shines all night long. Look for Jupiter in the early
morning sky. Saturn is not visible.
* December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower,
the king of the meteor showers, produces up to 120
multicolored meteors/hour at its peak, runs annually
from Dec 7-17, peaks on the night of the 13th and
morning of the 14th. The nearly full moon will block
out many fainter meteors but Geminids are so bright
and numerous that it could still be a good show.
* December 14 - Full Moon, Supermoon. This full
moon was known by early Native American tribes as
the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year
when the cold winter air settles in and the nights
become long and dark, also known as the Full Long
Nights Moon and the Moon Before Yule. This is the
last of three supermoons in 2016.
* December 21 - December Solstice. The De-
cember solstice occurs at 10:44 UTC. This is the
first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern
Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer
solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.
* December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower, minor
shower produces about 5-10 meteors/hour, runs
annually from Dec 17-25, peaks this year on the the
night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The 2nd
quarter moon will block many fainter meteors but,
if you are patient, you might still catch a few of the
brighter ones.
* January 2, 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower, an
above average shower produces up to 40 meteors/
hour at its peak, runs annually from January 1-5,
peaks on the night of the 2nd and morning of the
3rd. The second quarter moon will block out all but
the brightest meteors but it could still be a good
show if you are patient.
dust, veterinarians typically do not recommend clay-
based litter for cats with respiratory issues. In those
cases, alternative litters such as Purina Yesterday¡¯s
News or the Tidy Cats Breeze system may be best.
Get everyone on board: It¡¯s important that everyone
in the household is aware of your cat¡¯s condition and
takes part in their health. Be cautious and responsible
when inviting people into the home. Something as
simple as a different perfume odor or tracking in mud
or dust may cause your cat to have an asthma attack.
Minimize potential irritants: Cat owners are en-
couraged to avoid any potential environmental
irritants such as mold, pollen, cigarette smoke,
perfume, dust, etc. Clean your house more fre-
quently, vacuum and change air filters to help
keep the air clean. Try to be mindful of house-
hold cleaning agents, as some scented cleaners
and air fresheners may serve as irritants.
Avoid clay-based litters: Because of airborne
Aries- Professional progress as many op-
portunities manifest; collaboration brings
support and financial benefit. Pay attention
to body needs. Harmonious energy in the
Taurus- High morale, good physical; avoid
excesses of all kinds including spending mon-
ey. Personal and professional arenas likely
intertwine driving success and/or recognition.
Gemini- Personal relations stabilize, be-
come deeper; valuable is time spent playing
together. A general focus on cheerfulness
helps the physical. Make time for professional
Cancer- Clear communication a priority as
some blockage may occur which may lead
to some frustration in the personal; speak
concisely. Progress smooth as clockwork in
the professional.
Leo- Resisting impulsiveness and excesses
will be needed and a challenge as emotions,
desires and passions grow fierce; so much so
it will take effort to focus on the professional.
4 ways you can help your cat with asthma
(BPT) Humans aren¡¯t the only ones that can
suffer from asthma. As one of the most com-
mon respiratory diseases in cats, asthma
affects about 1 percent of the domesticated
feline population in the U.S. Cats between the
ages of 2 and 8 are most likely to develop the
Described as a constriction of the airways,
asthma occurs when the immune system over-
reacts to an allergen, resulting in inflamma-
tion. Feline asthma is not contagious. While it
has been hypothesized that genetics may play
an underlying role, research in this area is still
ongoing. The professional consensus is that if
a cat has asthma, symptoms can be triggered
by a host of environmental factors.
¡°While the exact cause of feline asthma
remains unknown, the prevailing thought in
veterinary medicine is that the symptoms of
asthma are triggered by an allergic response
to inhaled airborne particles,¡± says Dr. Kurt
Venator, Purina veterinarian and director of
Veterinary Strategy and Programs. ¡°It can be a
challenging condition to manage, as asthmatic
cats can react to so many potential irritants in
the environment.¡±
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Feline Asthma Help
Classic signs of asthma include diffi-
culty breathing, coughing and wheez-
ing, along with many other signs.
While it¡¯s not curable, there are simple
steps responsible pet owners can take
today to help their feline companions
breathe easier.
Journal: In order to find out what is
triggering the symptoms, owners will
likely have to make changes in their
home. Keep a journal and begin elimi-
nating possible irritants. Evaluate and
note any changes you see in your cat.
This can be a slow process, but it¡¯s vi-
tal in order to understand the cause of
their symptoms. Remember, the signs
of feline asthma can be exacerbated
by a myriad of potential irritants in the