I almost declined when I first received the pitch to review a toy called KittyWhip. It just seemed like such an awful name for a cat toy. But once I took a look at the toys, I decided to accept – and I’m so glad I did.
At first glance, these toys don’t look like much. A string on a stick – how exciting could this possibly be?Continue Reading
If you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend, I highly recommend The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. The movie is based on the true story of the eccentric British artist whose playful pictures transformed the public’s perception of cats forever. Set in the early 1900s, the movie follows Wain as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson. The movie is available on Amazon Prime (free for Prime members.)Continue Reading
Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your cats entertained and mentally stimulated when you can’t play with them. The toys are designed to be filled with treats or food, and they challenge kitty to retrieve the treats through varied openings in the toys.Continue Reading
Cats are living longer and healthier lives, thanks to improved veterinary care, better nutrition, and the fact that most pet cats are indoor cats. The definition of an older cat is usually preceded by the term “senior” or “geriatric.” Cats 10 years or older are considered senior. Aging is not a disease. It is a slow and gradual process, and there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your senior cat happy and healthy well into her golden years.Continue Reading
Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found that cats are mentally mapping their humans’ location based on audio clues in the environment, including the sound of the human’s voice. This is known as socio-spatial cognition, in which animals keep mental tabs on the inferred locations of other group members, even if they’re not visibly present. The researchers conducted the study with both house cats and cats in cat cafés and found that yes, cats are definitely tracking us! For more about this fascinating study, visit ScienceAlert.com.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap:Continue Reading
I love it when companies I like give back, which is why I’m sharing what Smalls is doing at part of their Rescue Partnership program. The program provides free meals to their rescue partners.Continue Reading
Have you ever wondered about your cat’s genetic background? Maybe you’d like to learn more about which breeds make up your rescue cat? Maybe you’re curious about whether or not her coat color influences her personality? DNA Testing can do all that. More importantly, it can identify genetic health conditions so you can be proactive about preventing them from manifesting. Having a DNA test done on your cat not only benefits you and your cat, it can also contribute to our scientific understanding of the feline genome and thus improve the health of all cats.Continue Reading
In a recent Op Ed piece in The LA Times, cybersecurity expert Herbert Lin shared how trying to confine his daughter’s cat to a limited area of his home (Lin is allergic) taught him valuable lessons about why cybersecurity is so hard to obtain. “Everything that I tried to confine Pounce worked for a little while but eventually failed as he found a way past my newest security barrier — just as hackers eventually find their way through the cybersecurity barriers erected to stop them.” Visit the LA Times for the full, utterly delightful column.Continue Reading
The Dalai Lama’s cat is back with a fifth 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: Aswakening the Kitten Within, Michie explores how we can reclaim the zest for life we once felt naturally.Continue Reading
Laura Anglemoyer, the artist behind KittyCat Art Studio, creates beautiful and unique handmade cat items ranging from ornaments to picture frames to food bowls and much, much more. Her whimsical creations are sure to bring a smile to your face, and they all make purrfect gifts. Laurel offers ready made ornaments, and she can create custom made items from photos of your cats.Continue Reading
Cats are masters at masking pain. Their ability to hide pain goes back to their wild origins. In the wild, a sick animal becomes prey. While acute pain may be more obvious, chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis can be challenging to discern for even the most dedicated cat parent. Even veterinarians often overlook signs of feline pain.Continue Reading