Month: August 2018

Q&A With Tiffanie McCullough: Cats, TNR, Feline Nutrition & Busting Stereotypes


I first met Tiffany McCullough at Cat Camp NYC earlier this year, but didn’t have much of a chance to chat with her until we saw each other again at CatCon. We only talked for a few minutes amid the (wonderful) craziness that is CatCon, but I knew right then and there that I had met a kindred spirit, and that I wanted to introduce you to this amazing woman.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: 9 Cat-Centric Vacation Destinations

Cat in the Japanese arches in Kyto Fushimi Inari Temple

If you haven’t had a chance to get away this summer, why not plan a vacation that involves cat? From large sanctuaries to ancient temples, islands, and museum exhibitions devoted to cats, there are a lot of exciting locations around the world with cats as the focal point. Bustle has rounded up nine of these destinations for you. Time dream and plan!

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Writers and their Cats (2023 Review)


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I’ve always felt that writers and cats are the purrfect combination. I’m not sure I could write anything worth publishing without the assistance of Allegra and Ruby, and I certainly never would have written Buckley’s Story or started The Conscious Cat if it hadn’t been for Buckley and Amber. Writers and Their Cats celebrates this special relationship.Continue Reading

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Euthanasia Guilt: How to Deal With Your Feelings

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Written by Sarah Chauncey

For several days after the vet gently stopped my 20-year-old cat Hedda’s heart, I couldn’t get past the feeling that Hedda didn’t want to die, or at least, she wanted it to happen in her own time, naturally.Continue Reading

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The Sleepypod Go Bag: Built for Pet Travel, Clever Enough for Human Travel


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Traveling with cats (or dogs) requires being organized. You don’t want to forget anything that your feline travel buddy may need while you’re away from the comforts of home. Whether it’s food and snacks, water, important papers, or a harness and leash, the Sleepyod Go Bag has a space for everything.Continue Reading

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Review: DIY Capsule Kit for Cats


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

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7 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat


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.Continue Reading

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Death on the Menu Book Review

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

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

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The Cats of the Key West Mysteries by Lucy Burdette


Written 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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