Month: June 2018

Review: Cross My Path

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I love it when a book’s cover accurately convey’s the “feel” of the story inside, and this is definitely true for Clea Simon’s Blackie and Care Cat Mystery series. Cross My Path is the third book in the series featuring Blackie the cat and his human Care, a young private detective.

Written in the voice of Blackie, a black cat with a mysterious past, set in an unnamed city with a post-apocalyptic feel, this series combines elements of fantasy and mystery.Continue Reading

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Has Your Cat’s Carrier Been Crash Tested?

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For most cat parents, putting a cat into the carrier is stressful. We’re all aware how important it is to get cats used to the carrier, and we’re more or less successful in getting them to accept the carrier as a safe rather than a scary place. And of course, we want our cats to be safe, whether they’re in the car with us, or on a plane or train.

Most carriers are advertised as “safe for travel,” but how many of these carriers have actually been crash tested?Continue Reading

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Tail It Pet: Keep Track of Your Cat at All Times

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I can’t imagine anything more heartbreaking than a cat getting lost. I’m a firm proponent that all cats should be indoors, but I also realize that keeping cats indoors can be a controversial topic. But even with indoor only cats, accidents happen, and a cat may slip out and disappear. GPS tracking devices make it much more likely that you will be able to find your cat if he should go missing – and they have the added bonus that you can keep track of your cat’s activities when you’re not home.

The makers of Tail It feel that given the technology available to use today, it’s totally unnecessary to lose anything, including your pets. To that end, they’ve developed a tiny GPS tracker with 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity that gives accurate position worldwide when you need it.Continue Reading

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Cat Photography Q&A With Andrew Marttila

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Andrew Marttila is one of the most talented cat photographers I know. His images feature celebrity cats, shelter cats, and house cats with a level of detail that captures each cat’s essence. Andrew graduated with a degree in neuroscience, but he took a different career path when his social media took off while he was finishing school.

Since then, his photos have been seen by millions. He has been featured in hundreds of publications, articles, and galleries. Andrew was the photographer for the book Shop Cats of New York, which was released in November 2016. Andrew used to be terribly allergic to cats, but now lives with girlfriend Hannah Shaw, aka The Kitten Lady, their three cats, and a constantly rotating cast of foster kittens outside of Washington, D.C.Continue Reading

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How the Assisi Loop Helps Shade With Stomatitis

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Shade is an almost 2-yearold Domestic Shorthair who shares his home with Stephanie, her husband Aaron and cats Ripley and Lucy in Camp Hill, PA. Shade was rescued from a feral cat colony as a kitten, and Stephanie adopted him when he was 4 months old.

Shade was a very quiet cat, and he had bad breath. Stephanie tried brushing his teeth in hopes it would help. His breath smelled better for a week or two, but the effect didn’t last. He also didn’t take to brushing very well. She tried dental treats, but he didn’t eat them. Shade also got a prebiotic powder to help with some intestinal issues.Continue Reading

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What to Do When Your Cat Won’t Eat

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Cats can be finicky eaters. Some cats simply decide from one day to the next that they no longer like a food they’ve been happily eating before. This can be frustrating for cat parents, and it’s not something to take lightly. A cat who stops eating is always a concern, and a cat who hasn’t eaten anything for more than 24-48 hours may be developing hepatic lipidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition also known as fatty liver disease.Continue Reading

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Review: Hello, My Name is Bunny!

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I met the authors of Hello, My Name is Bunny! at Cat Camp NYC last month. I was charmed by the book’s cover and the interior illustrations at first glance. Of course, anything that combines two of my favorite things, cats and New York City, is going to get my attention, and the fact that Matt and Shelley were not only delightful people, but clearly passionate about their project, really made me look forward to reading this book.Continue Reading

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Trap King Sterling Davis: Helping Cats, and Busting Stereotypes

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I first met Sterling Davis, the Trap King, at CatCamp NYC in May, and I was impressed with his passion for cats and for creating change in the world. Sterling is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever encountered, and I’m excited to introduce this multifaceted cat rescuer to you today.

Sterling’s mission is to change the stereotypes of not only men in cat rescue, but also bridge the gap in communication between black communities and animal rescue and local shelters.Continue Reading

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7 Simple House Cleaning Tips for Cat Parents

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Guest post by James Hall

Studies have shown that sharing life with a cat reduces stress, strengthens the immune system and lowers the risk of stroke. For most of us, these benefits more than make up for the extra housework cats may cause us. The fact is that cats have a seemingly endless supply of hair to spread around furniture, carpets and beds. And of course, there’s the litter box. Keeping a home clean and odor-free may sometimes seem like an impossible task.

It doesn’t need to be this way though! The seven tips below can make cleaning a home with a cat faster, easier and more efficient.Continue Reading

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How Cats See the World

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Feline and human eyes share some similarities, but there are some significant differences in how cats see the world. Cats’ eyes are perfectly designed by nature to aid them in hunting in low light and at night. While they can’t see colors as we see them, they have great night vision, and they can also pick up movement better than human eyes.Continue Reading

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Review: Cats on Catnip

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Catnip: for the cats who react to it, it can be an endless source of stimulation and delight, usually followed by a period of deep relaxation. Only about 50% of cats are affected by catnip, and not all cats react the same. In Cats on Catnip, photographer Andrew Marttila and self-proclaimed crazy cat man, captures the full range of cats’ reactions to catnip in stunning photographs.Continue Reading

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