Month: December 2014

How to Be the Purrfect Veterinary Client


Veterinarians and their staff are some of the hardest working people around. They are dedicated to making pets’ lives better, and they often work long hours for very little compensation. More and more veterinary clinics are understanding cat’s unique needs, and as a result, more practices are becoming cat-friendly. But vets and their staff aren’t the only ones who are responsible for making your cat’s trip to the veterinary clinic as stress-free as possible. There are things cat guardians can do during a veterinary visit that will not only endear them to their vet and staff, but will also make the experience easier on your cat. Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: New York City’s First Cat Cafe Now Open


I love seeing more and more cat cafés opening around the United States, and I’m particularly thrilled that there’s finally one in New York City. I’ll take any excuse to visit New York, and I can’t wait to get up there to see Meow Parlour for myself. Located on the  Lower Eastside, Meow Parlour combines sweet cats and delicious sweets in one magical place.  All of the cats who live at the cafe are available for adoption via partner organization Kitty Kind. Visits to the café are by reservation only, and they are currently booking two months in advance! Visit for more information.

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The Night Before Catmas: The Rescue Version


By Harry Shubin

T’was the night after the adoption event,
And all through the store,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a stray cricket on the floor
The Adoption Counselors were all snug in their beds
Thinking of ways to move adoptions ahead.Continue Reading

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67 Reasons Why Cats are Better than Dogs (2023 Update)


I’m not a big fan of the “cats are better than dogs” meme, because I’m not a fan of anything that polarizes people rather than brings them together. For that reason, I was a little hesitant to take a look at 67 Reasons Why Cats are Better than Dogs by Jack Shepherd, the editorial director of the massive social media and entertainment company Buzzfeed. I’m glad I decided to check this book out.

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Simple Solution Pet Hair CleanUp System – Book Review


When you share your life with cats, cat hair is a fact of life, and you pretty much have two options: you give in to the inevitability of it, or you keep trying to find different solutions.

Simple Solution has launched a new system of products to make pet hair clean up easier. The system is made of up three products.Continue Reading

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Ask a Cat Vet: What Should I Feed My Cat?


Written by Fern Slack, DVM

In veterinary school, I was taught to feed cats breakfast cereal.

This is not a joke. It is hard to imagine anything further removed from a cat’s evolutionary diet (small animals of the feathered and furred varieties) than a diet consisting of corn, wheat, rice, squash, peas, tapioca, carrots, apples, sage, oregano…. The list goes on. Many trendy cat foods today have ingredient lists that look just like this. Sounds like the makings of a wonderful Thanksgiving feast – but not for a cat.Continue Reading

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Review: The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible


The title of The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible: The Definitive Source for all Things Cat pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this comprehensive guide to cats, authored by award-winning pet lifestyle expert Sandy Robins, with help from feline veterinarian Arnold Plotnick, DVM, ACVIM, both frequent contributors to Cat Fancy magazine, and Sarah Hartwell and Lorraine M. Shelton.Continue Reading

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Cat Toy Safety


I’m pretty paranoid when it comes to making sure the toys I let Allegra and Ruby play with are safe. We have plenty of “blind and deaf mice” at our house because I remove glued on eyes and ears from toy mice before I even give them to the girls. Toys with rubber bands or elastic are a no-no, and it goes without saying that any interactive, fishing type poles with string are never left out and only used when I play with the girls. Cat toy safety is paramount at our house.

A few days ago, I realized that paranoia can actually be a good thing – apparently, you can never be too vigilant when it comes to keeping your cats safe.Continue Reading

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Cat Photography Q&A with Michele West


Michele West has been a photographer most of her life. She considers herself fortunate to have studied photography early when it was still “film” and in the style of the great masters. Henri Cartier-Bresson, who is considered the father of photo journalism, and who coined the term, “the decisive moment,” was one of her great inspirations.  The decisive moment is waiting for all the elements to come perfectly together.Continue Reading

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Almost Invisible Cat Litter Solves Litter Box Problems



When I was approached by the makers of Almost Invisible Cat Litter, I was intrigued simply by the product name. I was also interested because this product is distributed by, the largest distributor of Anti-Icky-Poo (isn’t that a great name?!), which has been my ” go to” cleaner and odor remover for decades. I first started using Anti-Icky Poo when I managed a veterinary hospital, and believe me, we dealt with our share of icky odors and stains.

Since Allegra and Ruby have a bad track record when it comes to accepting alternative litters, I declined to review Almost Invisible Cat Litter, but I wanted to introduce you to this product.Continue Reading

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How Cats Show Affection

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Cats have a reputation of being aloof, but nothing could be further from the truth. Cats express affection for humans and for each other in a multitude of ways. Each cat is an individual, so not all cats will show affection in quite the same way, but there are some common ways how cats show they love you.Continue Reading

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