Month: January 2020

Review: PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge

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When it comes to scratchers, your cat’s individual preference is the determining factor. Some cats are horizontal scratchers, others prefer vertical scratchers. But regardless of which kind your cats are partial to, quality is important. And PetFusion’s Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is one of the best scratchers on the market.Continue Reading

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For Sleepypod, Safety Comes First

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I consider Sleepypod carriers the cadillac of cat carriers in terms of design, safety and ease of use. I also think the fact that they’re simply gorgeous is a big plus, as it will allow design-conscious cat guardians to make the Sleepypod a regular part of their living space, which will make life less stressful for cats when it’s time to get into the carrier.

But most importantly, Sleepypod puts your cat’s safety first when it comes to designing and developing carriers and other products.Continue Reading

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Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Colleran: How to Recognize and Treat Feline Arthritis

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Arthritis, a condition that affects as many as 1 in 3 adults, also affects cats. Feline arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The cartilage within the joint is worn down, leading to inflammation, pain and decreased quality of life. As the condition progresses, the friction can wear down to the point where it damages the bones themselves. This kind of arthritis is most common and causes the most pain in the weight-bearing joints like the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, and ankles.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Rare Male Tortoiseshell Cat Available for Adoption in Queensland, Australia

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Those of us who love torties already know that they’re unique when it comes to their personalities, also known as tortitude. They also have unique genetics. The vast majority of tortoiseshell cats are female, because two X chromosomes are required to produce black, gold and orange coloring. Male cats only have one X and one Y chromosome, so technically it’s genetically almost impossible for a male to inherit the tortoiseshell coloring. A male tortoiseshell has an extra X chromosome, making it an XXY. According to a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, only 1 in 3000 tortoiseshell cats is male. The gorgeous tortie kitten above, named Selten (the German word for rare) is available for adoption from Southern Down ARK.

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Review: An Incantation of Cats

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An Incantation of Cats  is the second book in Clea Simon’s Witch Cats of Cambridge series – and how adorable is this cover! This series mixes mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a little romance, and the combination is irresistible.Continue Reading

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Review: Premium Quality Photo Printing from Canvasdiscount.com

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The email from Canvasdiscount.com couldn’t have come at  a better time. I had been thinking of having a photo of Allegra and Ruby enlarged and framed, so when they asked me to review some of their products, I jumped at the chance.Continue Reading

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6 Simple Steps to Improve Your Cat Photos with Zoner Photo Studio X

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Guest post by Tomáš Galik
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Taking a picture of your cat is no longer just about snapping a cute photo. These days, post-production and editing goes hand in hand with taking photos. The good news is that you don’t need to be a photography or graphic design genius to take your cat photos to the next level.Continue Reading

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Bacteria 101: Meet the Microbes Living In and On Your Cat

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We tend to think of bacteria is “bad.” After all, some bacteria can make cats and humans sick. But there’s so much more to bacteria, and many of them are not just beneficial, but critical to your cat’s health.

Bacteria are microscopic creatures invisible to the human eye. They’re everywhere: in the air, soil, and water, inside yours and your cat’s body, and on your skin and your cat’s fur. Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Cats in Movies

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Long before cats took over the internet, filmmakers were were aware of the appeal of felines on screen. BBC Culture recently rounded up some of the most famous movie cats in a piece titled “Why cats are really man’s best friend – in film, at least.” From the Godfather’s Don Vito Corleone stroking a tabby cat on his lap to Jonesy, Ellen Ripley’s cat in Alien, cats have long been part of many successful movies. Visit BBC.com for a delightful article about the history of cats in movies.

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Writing About the Cats We Love

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Guest post by Clea Simon
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Clara was supposed to be a tortoiseshell. Although, Clara – the heart, if not exactly the heroine – of my new cozy cat mystery An Incantation of Cats is now a calico, she was a tortie through at least two drafts of A Spell of Murder, the first book in the “Witch Cats of Cambridge” series, largely due to Ingrid’s influence. I started this series before Thisbe, my current feline companion, came into my life, but through Ingrid, I had learned about tortitude and the delightful and assertive personalities these multi-colored kitties can have.Continue Reading

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