Month: May 2020

Mews and Nips: Leo the Cat Joins The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral for Morning Prayers


The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK has been offering daily morning prayers from the cathedral’s beautiful gardens, where he is often joined by Leo the Cathedral cat. Leo even went viral recently when he disappeared in the dean’s robes during one of the morning sessions. Watch the video of the “incident” below. Regardless of your religious or spiritual orientation, doesn’t just looking at this beautiful photo of the lovely spot the dean picked for his daily prayers soothe your soul? What a lovely, serene spot, enhanced by Leo’s presence!


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P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna by Sarah Chauncey (2023 Review)


I’ve been excited about P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna since I first heard about this first illustrated gift book for adults who are grieving the loss of cat. Really helpful books about pet loss are few and far between. While there are plenty of books and websites out there that offer support, ultimately, grief is a solitary journey. No book or website can do it for you.Continue Reading

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Whisker Heart Jewelry from Volana Kote


Volana Kote (aka Jen Glick) is a Delaware based jewelry designer who creates gorgeous pieces incorporating naturally fallen cat whiskers. Jen has always saved her cats’ whiskers. “They bring good luck,” she says. She has also designed jewelry as long as she can remember, and one day, she started incorporating whiskers into her designs. Her gorgeous pieces range from necklaces to earrings to bracelets. She also offers keychains, cuff links and tie clips. Most pieces are available with a choice of different metals.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: A Beach Cottage for Your Cat


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Even if you’re in a part of the world where beaches are reopening, going to the beach wearing a mask and observing social distancing requirements won’t be the same as carelessly enjoying a day at the beach used to be. A much safer and less stressful way to enjoy the beach is to get your cat her very own beach cottage! The Breezy Beach Cottage is made from recycled cardboard and offers a super cute summer hideaway for your cat that will bring a little bit of summer into your home. The Breezy Beach Cottage is available from Amazon.

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Tortoiseshell Cat Printable Paper Doll


Do you remember paper doll cut outs from your childhood? I remember playing with them quite a bit, and when I came across this adorable tortie paper doll from KittyCat Art Studio, it brought back a lot of memories.Continue Reading

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Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Four Paws of Spiritual Success


The Dalai Lama’s cat is back with a fourth installment in David Michie’s popular series. Michie first introduced the fictional feline,  HHC (His Holiness’ Cat), dubbed “Little Snow Lion” by the Dalai Lama himself, in his 2012 novel The Dalai Lama’s Cat. HHC was rescued by the Dalai Lama when he saw the small kitten being thrown in the gutter. In The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Four Paws of Spiritual Success, Michie explores the four key elements of Tibetan Buddhism from HHC’s purrpsective.Continue Reading

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Basepaws Cat DNA Test: 2023 Review & How it Works


Have you ever wondered about your cat’s genetic background? Maybe you were curious what breeds might make up your rescue cat’s genes? Or maybe you’d like to know whether you should be worried about any genetic health conditions so you can be proactive about them? The Basepaws Cat DNA test answers all of these questions.Continue Reading

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New from Gwen Cooper: The Book of PAWSOME: Head Bonks, Raspy Tongues, and 101 Reasons Why Cats Make Us So, So Happy


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I’m always excited when a new book by Gwen Cooper comes out, because it guarantees hours of entertainment from an exquisite writer who knows and understands cats. The Book of PAWSOME: Head Bonks, Raspy Tongues, and 101 Reasons Why Cats Make Us So, So Happy celebrates everything that’s wonderful about cats, told in Gwen’s trademark heartwarming and often humorous style.Continue Reading

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Interactive Feline Behavior Survey to Help Cats in Chronic Pain


In March, I introduced you to a feline behavior quiz developed by British veterinarian Mike Farrell, BVetMed CertVA CertSAS Diplomat ECVS MRCVS, an orthopedic surgeon with a strong interest in chronic pain management. Thank you to al of you who took the quiz!

Dr. Farrell’s study is designed to provide pet parents and veterinary surgeons free access to clear and simple decision-making aids when it comes to dealing with cats in pain. “We currently rely on behavioral clues such as willingness to exercise and ability to jump, groom and interact,” says Dr. Farrell.Continue Reading

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A Tail of Two Kitties: Contactless Cat Adoption During the Pandemic


Written by Harry Shubin

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… if you are an animal rescuer. As municipal shelters closed to the public, they besieged rescues with requests to take cats. However, with adoption events suspended and PetSmart adoption centers closed, the ability for rescues to find homes for any of those animals seemed out of reach. Yet, when the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington (FFGW) put out a plea for fosters for the cats we already had at our center at PetSmart, we were flooded with offers – and ended up with more potential fosters than we had cats. Continue Reading

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