Review: Them! A Story in Five Parts by Gwen Cooper

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Curl Up with a Cat Tale features humorous and heartwarming short stories about the ongoing adventures of Gwen Cooper’s feline family. I reviewed the first story in the series, I Choo-Choo-Choose You, and the second story, Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen, in May. I finally had a chance to catch up on June, July and August’s stories.

Them! A Story in Five Parts features Gwen’s current cats, Fanny and Clayton, and gives us a look at Gwen’s day to day life as a writer. It also features one of the funniest sequences I’ve seen in a cat book in a very long time. I read this story on my flight to CatCon, and I couldn’t help myself, I snorted with laughter. The person in the seat next to me looked at me like I was slightly deranged before she asked me what I was reading.

I also caught up on The Picasso of Pee, featuring Vashti, who took outside the litter box thinking to an art form, and Cat Carrier Tango, a  Murphy’s law kind of story in which everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Both stories are as wonderful as all the others in the series.

Individual stories in the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series are available on Amazon, Nook, etc., or you can make a one-time payment of $14.99 to get all the stories for the whole year at a 60% discount off the retail price – and you know you’re going to want to read the whole series. You can take advantage of that offer at: https://www.gwencooper.com/cat-tales.

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How to Help Animals Affected by the Northern California Wildfires

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For the past weeks, some of the largest wildfires ever seen have devastated parts of Northern California. For most of us, our thoughts not only go to the many people who have lots their homes, but also to the animals, especially the cats, affected by these fires. Thankfully, there are many organizations that are helping with animal rescue efforts, and they can all use our help. Continue reading…

Review: DIY Capsule Kit for Cats

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Rumor has it there are some cats who take pills easily, but if my personal experience and that with my readers’ and clients’ cats is any indication, they’re few and far between.

There are multiple options for pilling cats, from quickly shoving the pill deep into the cat’s mouth to using a pill gun to pill pockets to crushing up the pill and mixing it with a small amount of food (caution: the latter may not be appropriate for all types of medication, check with your veterinarian to be sure). Many medications are also available in liquid form, which may make dosing easier for some cat owners. Some can even be compounded into tuna or chicken flavored liquids. Some medications can be compounded into a transdermal cream that is rubbed on the inside of the cat’s ear. Continue reading…

7 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

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Most cats are picky eaters, and as such, less likely to be interested in some human foods than dogs, but because a cat’s digestive system is different from a human’s, some human foods can be highly toxic and even deadly to cats.

The following seven foods should never be given to cats. If your cat accidentally ingests any of these foods, emergency veterinary treatment may be necessary and an immediate visit to the veterinarian is essential.

Onions and garlic

All members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, etc.) contain a compound that can damage cats’ red blood cells if eaten in sufficient quantities. Some of these are more toxic than others, and cooking does not destroy the toxin. While most cats probably wouldn’t eat raw onions or garlic, even products that contain small traces can be dangerous. A particular caution applies to baby food, which is often used to entice sick cats to eat: some brands contain onion powder to add flavoring. Read labels carefully before feeding.

Alcohol

Alcohol can be extremely dangerous for cats, leading to intoxication, coma and even death. Due to their small size, cats are far more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than humans. Cats are often attracted to mixed drinks containing cream or milk, such as eggnog.

Chocolate

Even though cats don’t have a sweet tooth, some cats will eat chocolate as part of nibbling on a cookie, candy or other baked treats. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. The darker the chocolate, the higher the theobromine levels.

Moldy or spoiled food

Some molds can produce multiple toxins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and neurological symptoms.

Raw fish

Eating raw fish can result in a thiamine deficiency, which can lead to of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.

Raw bread dough

Dough made with live yeast can be extremely dangerous for cats. The stomach provides an ideal environment for yeast to multiply. This will lead to the dough expanding in the stomach, which can be severe enough to cut off blood flow to the stomach wall and affect breathing. It can also cause the stomach to rupture. As yeast metabolizes the sugar in the dough, alcohol is produced, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Cooked bones

Gnawing on Raw bones can be a great way for kitty to keep her teeth clean, but never give cooked bones to your cat. Cooked bones can splinter and cause intestinal perforations.

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This article was previously published on Answers.com and is republished with permission.

Mews and Nips: The Complicated Truth About a Cat’s Purr

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When I saw the headline “The Complicated Truth About a Cat’s Purr,” I thought “oh, it’s probably just another click bait headline with not much substance.” Much to my delight, the article from BBC Future turned out to be an in depth piece exploring why cats purr and what purring means. From the physiology of purring to how cats us purring to communicate, this article covers it all. Read the full article on BBC Future.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: Continue reading…

Review and Giveaway: Death on the Menu

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Joe DiMaggio, one of the Hemingway cats, endorses Death on the Menu

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Cats, a tropical setting, mouth-watering food (with some recipes included), and did I mention cats? Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic mystery series has all the right ingredients for some fun summer reading.

In this latest installment in the series, Death on the Menu, food critic Haley Snow gets drawn into a murder investigation after a man is killed during a high profile three day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House on Key West. Continue reading…

Every Cat Needs a Purrfect Cat Box

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Cats and boxes: it’s a love affair for the ages. For most cats, nothing can bring as much joy as a simple box. For some cats, any box will do. For others, size matters, and preferences vary. While some cats prefer big, roomy mansion-sized boxes, others will wedge themselves into tiny little boxes, giving rise to the “if it fits it sits” meme.  Continue reading…

The Cats of the Key West Mysteries by Lucy Burdette

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After writing eight installments of the Key West food critic mystery series (the eighth, Death on the Menu, was out yesterday), I’ve developed so many characters that it’s almost hard to keep track of them. “Oh wait,” I’ll say to myself, “what the heck is Lorenzo or Miss Gloria or Officer Steve Torrence doing when all this is happening?” The one thing I never forget to include is the cats. In my real life, I begged for my first cat for my thirteenth birthday, and I haven’t been without one since. So my series wouldn’t feel right without them either. Continue reading…

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