Pets On Trains
Amtrak Gives Cats A Ticket To Ride

Pets on Trains legislation gives cats a ticket to ride on Amtrak.

 

This cat is all packed up and ready to go, thanks to Amtrak's Pets on Trains policy

Thanks to Amtrak’s Pets on Trains policy, your cat can be your new best travel buddy.

Maybe you’re not wild about our elected officials in Washington, but here’s a reason to send a little love their way. The Pets on Trains provision buried deep into the 1300-page five-year highway appropriations bill approved last year instructs Amtrak to allow cats and dogs on many of its trains.

Amtrak started giving animal companions a ticket to ride on some routes in the northeast and Midwest last October. The pilot program ended earlier this month, and Amtrak is now on the fast track to expand its Pets on Trains policy. Cats and dogs under 20 pounds are now allowed on the Springfield Shuttles, Northeast, Downeaster,  Virginia, and Illinois regional routes and all cross country routes except the Auto Train. Animals can also travel on the Acela Express, but only on Saturdays and Sundays.

To travel with your cat, all you have to do is get on board with Amtrak’s rules. Among them: The cat must be in an approved carrier that will fit under your seat, and your trip must be no more than seven hours long. Oh, and just one cat is allowed per passenger.

High-Pitched Noises Can Cause Seizures In Cats

Who would’ve thought? Crinkling tin foil can cause seizures in cats.

High-pitched noises can cause seizures in cats.

Is your cat prone to seizures? They could be caused by a sound she hears.

If you live with an older cat, you might want to think twice about crinkling tin foil or clanking a metal spoon against a ceramic bowl. These and other high-pitched sounds can cause seizures in cats, especially elderly ones.

Audiogenic reflex seizures (FARS) was first reported in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Other sounds that can trigger FARS are tapping on glass, crinkling paper or plastic bags, tapping on a computer keyboard or clicking the mouse, clinking coins or keys, hammering a nail and even clicking your tongue.

Until recently, no one had even thought there might be a connection between loud noises and seizures in cats. But International Cat Care received so many inquiries from alarmed caretakers, the UK based charity asked neurologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK for help.

Music To Your (Cat’s) Ears

You know that music you play for your cats when you’re away? It’s just white noise to them. But what they might really like is music for cats by David Teie.

 

Could this kitten be listening to music for cats by David Teie?

Could this kitten be listening to music for cats by David Teie?

If you leave a radio on for your cats when you’re not at home, they probably appreciate the “white noise.” But a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologist Charles Snowdon shows that whatever they’re listening to isn’t exactly music to their ears.

Turns out that species other than humans can enjoy music, but it has to be in the frequency range that species use to communicate and with tempos they would normally use.

Snowdon first tested this theory, suggested by musician David Teie, on cotton-topped tamarin monkeys. While they showed little interest in music written for humans, Teie says they “displayed a marked increase of activity” when they heard music he composed just for them.

As he explains it on his website, “all mammals are born with templates of sound in the brain that govern emotional response. Many of these templates come as ‘standard equipment’ and are not always learned…

“If someone were to scream in your presence your heart rate would increase; there is no way for you to prevent it. You would not, however, respond similarly to the alarm call of a squirrel.

The Daily Cat Quote

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.” ― Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

The Daily Cat Quote

“I’ve found that the way a person feels about cats – and the way they feel about him or her in return – is usually an excellent gauge by which to measure a person’s character” ― P.C. Cast, Marked