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Cat Writers Association Shojai Mentor Award


I am delighted to announce that I won the 2019 Shojai Mentor Award from the Cat Writers Association (CWA.) This award, named after past-president Amy D. Shojai, recognizes the CWA member “who has offered guidance, encouraging counsel, support, or other help that has had a direct and positive influence on another’s writing/publishing success. The recipient shall exemplify the highest ideals of the CWA vision, that is, to promote communal support, networking, and mutual respect between colleagues.”Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Cat Brings Home Swimming Goggles

We’ve heard stories about burglar cats before, but 4-year-old Avery is putting a new spin on feline thievery: for the past three weeks, she’s been bringing swimming goggles to her home in Bristol in the UK. Her human checked with her neighbors and even posted on social media, but nobody has reported any missing goggles. For more about Avery and his antics, visit

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Available for Pre-Order Now: P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna


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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

Mews and Nips: Pet Adoptions and Fosters Are Way Up During the Pandemic


There is some good news in the middle of all the terrifying, awful updates – you just have to look for it. One aspect of this pandemic that I find particularly heartening is that pet adoptions and fosters have increased tremendously while people are staying home, in some cases, even clearing out some shelters. Vox contributor Rebecca Jennings shares her experience of adopting a shy cat in Brooklyn. Next week, we’ll have a report from a Washington DC area based rescue group about how they handle contactless adoptions.

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How to Cope If Your Pet Dies During the Pandemic


Guest post by Sarah Chauncey

This is the second post in a three-part series. In the first post, l looked at how veterinarians are handling euthanasia during COVID-19.

Losing a beloved companion is a difficult experience at any time, but several factors come together to make it particularly devastating during COVID-19. From veterinarians handling euthanasias differently than usual to physical distancing requirements that keep us from hugging each other, circumstances are coming together that intensify the isolation many guardians feel after a loss even under normal circumstances. In addition, there is so much grief and loss in the world right now, and we’re all feeling some of that—loss of routine and familiarity, economic uncertainty, concern about loved ones, and of course, for many people, the loss of human loved ones to this awful disease. This collective grief weighs heavily on all of us and can make grieving the loss of a pet during COVID-19 even more challenging.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Jonathan Van Ness and His CATV Are the Cutest Thing on Instagram Right Now


Do you need something to cheer you up during these hard times? Look no further than Jonathan Van Ness’s Instagram! A couple of weeks ago, he started CATV, with one of his four cats, including tortie Matilda, reporting the news from his apartment. Jonathan is the proud dad of four cats, Harry Larry, Matilda, Liza and Genevieve. As a JVN fangirl, it tickled me that CATV “set” is the same Vesper V-Base furniture we have in our home. Visit Jonathan’s Instagram to stay up to date with CATV.

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How Veterinarians Are Handling Euthanasia During COVID-19


Guest post by Sarah Chauncey

Losing a pet is devastating at any time, but several factors come together to make it particularly painful during this COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us are already feeling the stress of physical distancing, and for many, a companion animal may be the only living being we’re allowed to touch right now (I’m in that situation). To have to let go at a time when all of us want to hold on is an unthinkable situation.Continue Reading