Month: December 2019

Review: Cat Life: Celebrating the History, Culture & Love of the Cat

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Brought to you by one of the premiere cat writers in the United States, Cat Life: Celebrating the History, Culture & Love of the Cat is exactly what the title says: a celebration of everything cat. Illustrated with gorgeous, full color photos, this beautiful book is a treasure for cat lovers.Continue Reading

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Homer’s World: The 10th Anniversary “Homer’s Odyssey” Scrapbook

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“Some books about animals warm your heart. Others touch your soul.” This is how I opened my my review of Gwen Cooper’s New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wondercat, three weeks after it was first released in August of 2009. Little did Gwen know then how much this book would change her life. It hit the New York Times Bestseller List two weeks after its publication and was eventually translated into more than 20 different languages. Homer became a celebrity cat before there were celebrity cats, and Gwen and Homer made a difference in the lives of more special needs cats than anyone will ever know.Continue Reading

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Super Soft Premium Cat Blankets

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You’d think a blanket is a blanket, but when I came across these super soft premium pet blankets on Amazon, I realized that some blankets are most definitely softer than others. These blankets are not only super soft, they’re an incredible value. Continue Reading

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A Report from the Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on FIP, Part Two: The Cats and Their Humans Who Fight This Battle

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

This is the second installment in a three part series reporting from the 2019 Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on FIP. Click here to read Part One: The Viral Menace.

Some of the world’s deadliest pandemics are the result of viral infections. Polio was conquered by a vaccine in 1955. HIV infections are now treatable thanks to antiviral cocktails. FIP can now be considered treatable, using novel antiviral therapies presented at the Winn Feline Foundation FIP Symposium. With the facts clearly laid out in Dr. Niels Pedersen’s presentation, there is a very effective drug to use on FIP-infected cats. Unfortunately, the commercialization has been waylaid.Continue Reading

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A Tribute to Lil BUB

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Last Sunday the cat world lost once of its brightest lights. On December 1, Lil BUB passed away peacefully in her sleep. BUB had been fighting a bone infection for quite some time, but her sudden passing was completely unexpected. Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Family Practice Clinic Offers Therapy Cats

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When Dr. William Powers, a family practitioner in Farmington Hills, MI, told friends that he was going to open a clinic that would feature his two loves, cats and video games, they told him he would fail. Instead, his practice is thriving. The therapy cats are all exotic hybrids (early generation Bengals and Savannah cats) who lack the Fel D1 gene in their saliva, so even people with severe cat allergies are unaffected by them. For more about Dr. Powers’ practice, wonderful photos and the touching back story, please visit The Bored Panda.

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Review: Catit LED Flower Fountain

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Water is critical to keeping your cat healthy. Cats as a species don’t have a high thirst drive, and this can lead to chronic low-level dehydration if a cat is fed mostly dry food, which in turn, can lead to urinary tract and kidney problems. Proper hydration can help prevent urinary tract disease and promote healthy kidney function by flushing toxins. Fountains are a great way to encourage cats to drink more water. The Catit LED Flower Fountain is well-designed, and super cute to boot!Continue Reading

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A Report from the Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on FIP, Part One: The Viral Menace

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

Sometimes it’s hard to know which part of me should come out first, the observant and curious scientist, or the deeply passionate cat lover. I registered for the Winn Feline Foundation FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) Symposium based on the opportunity to dive more deeply into the feline medicine scientific world. I never experienced FIP in my cats or had an understanding of feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) or the mutated FIP culprit. I was unprepared to understand the depth of passion surrounding this disease, and the lengths scientists and owners have gone to achieve the breakthroughs in treatment and prevention presented in this two-day symposium.Continue Reading

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