Do you have a cat who was either born or adopted on February 29? If so, then technically, you only celebrate his or her birthday or “gotcha day” every four years. And while all cats are special, maybe leap year kitties extra special? According to astrology, people born on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities. They are said to be good-natured, outgoing and friendly. They are optimists who see the positive side of any issue and are loyal friends. They are said to have a magical “sixth sense” about the world. I wonder whether that also extends to leap year kitties?Continue Reading
Cat mugs don’t get much more adorable than these ceramic mugs! And they’re not just super cute, the wooden lid keeps your drink warm. I don’t know about you, but I constantly have to get up and reheat my tea or coffee. I don’t know why I never thought about getting a mug with a lid before! The mugs even come with a purrfectly sized spoon.Continue Reading
When I announced Ruby’s passing in December, I promised you that I would eventually write about my experience during the last four months of her life, from diagnosis to caring for her through her illness, to having to let her go.
I decided to title this four-part series “Ruby’s Last Journey.” My own journey through grief, which is, of course, a large part of all of this, is ongoing. I suspect I will inhabit planet grief for quite some time as I try to move forward without my little girl. Life goes on, but the pain of missing her hasn’t really softened all that much over the last two months.
Writing this series was hard. In the past, writing about losses helped me heal. That doesn’t seem to be the case this time. I know in time, I’ll come to terms with this loss, as I have with all my other losses. The reality is that we never get “over” a loss, nor should we want to. Loss changes us. The best we can hope for is that in the end, it changes us for the better. Continue Reading
Arthritis is a common condition that affects as many as 3 in 10 cats. It is often not diagnosed in cats because it is difficult to recognize even for the most dedicated cat guardian. The signs can be subtle, and since cats are such masters at masking pain, it often remains untreated. Only 7% of cats with arthritis receive treatment.Continue Reading
If you start your day wondering where your car keys are, think how your cat feels when they can’t find their favorite toy anymore? Humans with cognitive decline, be it Alzheimer’s disease or any number of Lewy Body dementia diseases, have resources such as memory care facilities to aid families in care-giving. Cats with symptomatic cognitive dysfunction syndrome (fCDS) are sadly considered disposable.Continue Reading
Casey Hersch previously shared her experience visiting the Lanai Cat Sanctuary on the Hawaiian island of Lanai with us. The sanctuary is home to over 600 rescued cats. The sanctuary works with the cats’ and the island’s natural tendencies. Offering a model for animal rescue, the emphasis is on customization for the needs of a specific community and its unique resources. You can read Casey’s post here.Continue Reading
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. Cats scratch to groom their claws, to mark their territory, and for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good.
As far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too many scratchers in your home, and until you figure out your cat’s preferences, it’s important to offer a variety of different substrates as well as orientations. Some cats prefer sisal, others carpet. Some like to scratch vertically, some horizontally, and some, at an incline. This is why I was delighted when I came across the Scratch Ladder™, an innovative scratcher that offers cats a variety of scratching surfaces in a clever design.Continue Reading
Making a decision about whether or when the time is right for euthanasia is one of the hardest things a cat parent will ever go through. Unlike human medicine, veterinary medicine offers the option of gently ending suffering when there seems to be no hope for recovery. However, making this decision for a beloved cat can be agonizing.Continue Reading
Is this castle inspired cat bed not the cutest? Aqua Terra Pet Decor is a small company based in Oregon, and this bed actually started out as a decorative cover for aquariums and terrariums. How creative is that!Continue Reading
Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein™ formulas were created to mimic the protein levels found in a cat’s natural prey. Previously available in three different flavors, Dr. Elsey expanded the line to include a number of new proteins, including some single protein formulas.Continue Reading
Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading