Feline Lifestyle

Promote the Awesomeness of Rescue Cats During Adopt-a-Cat Month

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Each spring during kitten season, thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters and foster homes across the country. The American Humane Association has designated June as Adopt-a-Cat Month® to help find more cats forever homes. This year, the ASPCA and Jackson Galaxy teamed up to host a social media contest celebrating shelter cats during Adopt-a-Cat Month®.Continue Reading

Tortoiseshell Cat Prevents House Fire

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When Glen and Joan Bowley of Fort Erie, Ontario adopted 8-year-old tortoiseshell Gigi two years ago, they weren’t really looking for another cat, but when a friend forwarded an email mentioning a cat who needed a new home due to a death in her family, they couldn’t get the pictures of the beautiful ginger-faced long-haired cat out of their minds. Little did they know then that one day, Gigi would save their home from a fire.Continue Reading

Help the Animals in Nepal

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The devastation from Sunday’s earthquake in Nepal, which killed more than 5,000 people and injured thousands more, is almost incomprehensible. Tens of thousands of survivors are homeless. Even though human needs are the focus of media coverage at this time, inevitably, we will start hearing more about the needs of the animals affected by the quake in the days to come.

In a country such as Nepal, whose economy relies heavily on agriculture, helping the animals is not only the humane thing to do, it will be critical to the country’s recovery. Continue Reading

SoulSessions: Photography At the End of Life

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We live in a culture that doesn’t like to discuss death, let alone look at it, yet pet guardians who ask former zookeeper and Portland-based photographer Kristin Zabawa to take pictures of their dying pets say the photos are critical in helping them process their grief.

For the past five years, Zabawa has been quietly capturing the final moments between guardians and their pets during what she calls “SoulSessions.” Continue Reading

Japan Cat Network: Helping Cats Inside the Fukushima Restricted Zone

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More than four years ago, on March 11, 2011, a devastating earthquake struck 40 miles off the coast of Japan. The quake tilted the earth’s axis and triggered a series of powerful tsunamis, which wrought destruction for more than 6 miles inland. Sixteen thousand people died. There are no statistics on how many animals died in the quake, but the number is sure to be staggering. The earthquake damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the complete evacuation and closure of a 20 km restricted zone around the reactor. Many animals were left behind as a result of this evacuation.Continue Reading

Operation Catnip Trains Veterinarians to Help Community Cats

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An innovative Florida program that has been spaying, neutering, and vaccinating community cats since 1998 is about to share its successful model with the nation.

Founded by Dr. Julie Levy, director of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, the trap-neuter-return (TNR) program known as Operation Catnip has been running free high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics for community cats in Gainesville for more than 16 years. Since its founding, the organization has cared for more than 45,000 cats. In 2014 alone, they helped 2,693 cats and prevented the births of a projected 6,142 kittens who might have been born to the now-sterilized cats in the first year following surgery.Continue Reading

Watch Cat Videos and Help Fight Cancer

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Thanks to a new charity, you no longer have to feel guilty for watching cat videos online when you should perhaps be doing something a little more productive, like feeding your cats. Cats vs. Cancer is the brainchild of two Georgetown University graduates, Tom O’Connor and Eddie Peña. This innovative charity raises money through advertising; a portion of those dollars earned by Cats vs. Cancer, along with all direct donations, go to one of the non-profit’s cancer-fighting partners.Continue Reading

7 Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors

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Keeping cats indoors can be a controversial topic. Some cat lovers believe that it’s not natural to keep cats indoors, and that they should have the freedom to go outdoors. However, the fact is that indoor cats live longer and healthier lives, and contrary to what outdoor cat proponents believe, indoor cats can be perfectly happy as long as cat guardians provide a stimulating environment for them.

The following seven reasons are strong arguments for keeping cats indoors:Continue Reading

James Bowen to Open Bob’s World Cat Café in London

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James Bowen and his cat Bob have been capturing hearts ever since A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life was first published in the UK in the spring of 2012. The book has since become an international bestseller. There are reports of a movie deal, and just last week, news broke of a licensing deal for Bob themed merchandise. I’m a huge fan of James and Bob, and for me, it’s been a joy to watch this unlikely success story of a former drug addict and his rescued cat unfold. James and Bob’s latest venture will be a cat cafe in London.Continue Reading

If a Cat Could Be President

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Cats have been in the White House for centuries. Abraham Lincoln’s cat Tabby was the first presidential cat. In more recent times, the Carters’ Misty Malarky Ying Yang and the Clinton’s Socks called the White House home. I’m quite sure that feline energy makes the White House a kinder and gentler place, and I’m equally sure that the world would be in better shape if cats didn’t just live in the White House, but could actually be president. So this Presidents Day weekend, I asked Allegra and Ruby what it would be like if a cat could be president. Not surprisingly, they had some pretty strong opinions on the subject.Continue Reading