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February 21 Section A

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  • By Jonathan [email protected]

    On an average Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Frank Black Middle School, a small group of students can be found assembled inside of the schools library. Here, theyre gaining valuable information on college and career choices, health and physical fitness and other life skills, though not in the way one might think.

    I think we have about 15 to 16 kids show up consis-tently, Lucy Fisher said. A lot of kids and parents still dont know about it but Im really pleased with how its been com-ing along.

    Fisher is the founder of Teens on the Run, a non-profit after-school program for students at Frank Black Middle School. After first starting off with a neighborhood run-ning program in 2010, Fisher and a few of her friends decided to begin a running program aimed at students beginning at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

    Fisher set her sights in particular on students who werent in sports or other clubs and didnt have any other activity to keep them busy and focused and

    enriched not to mention out of trouble, in some cases. She emphasized that the program invites guest speakers on a weekly basis, like Becca Williams, a Memorial Her-mann Hospital Northwest Nutritionist Intern, Rick Ponce of CrossFit BIG & Tiny and, most recently, a representative with Texas A&M to speak about post-secondary education and plotting a career beyond high school.

    Beyond the guest speakers, students are also encouraged to run, jog or walk a mile and set goals for themselves. After

    running, they can play organized sports with

    Teens ontheRun

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    The very first course of action to remedy this potty problem is to visit your vet. Several medical conditions may result in a cat not using the litter box, so youll want to rule these out before looking at other potential causes. The good news is that most medi-cal conditions that cause lapses in litter box use can be easily and

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    your cat is declawed. Declawed cats very often develop an aver-sion to the litter box because their paws remain sensitive or painful from the surgery, so they avoid scratching in their litter and may begin eliminating around the house instead. Look for products such as aspen or pine wood shav-ings (commonly used for guinea pigs or mice) or soft paper litter such as Yesterdays News. Shred-ded paper is another option for you to try.

    If youve addressed the above issues and come up empty, maybe its time to turn your focus to the litterbox itself. Vets recom-mend that you have at least one litterbox per cat in the house. Cats can be particular about the placement of their loo as well. A quiet place without loud noises and distractions is ideal. Also, sometimes just a thorough cleaning of the box does the trick. Cats have a highly sensitive sense of smell and can be offended by a litterbox that might seem perfectly clean to you.

    If your cat is consistently going to the bathroom on soft surfaces (carpets, clothing or towels), use a similar item in the litter box.

    To further encourage use of the box, include some of your cats feces or urine and then remove it the next time the box is cleaned. Once use of the box is consistent, try adding a little clay litter with the fabric pieces, then slowly remove the carpet or fabric pieces as your kitty gets used to the new litter.

    The good news is that cats natural instinct is to cover their waste and a clean, properly

    placed litterbox is the ideal place for an indoor cat to do what theyre meant to do. Chances are, your cat wants to resume using the litterbox as much as you want him to. With a little work and possibly a trip to the vet, you and your fluffernutter should be back on track in the litterbox depart-ment soon.

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