Feline Lifestyle

Meet Summer, Therapy Cat and Kitty on the Go

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This post is sponsored by Sleepypod

Meet Summer, a stunning six-year-old Somali who shares her adventures on her blog Sparkle Cat.  She was born on March 10, 2014, and was given the full name of RW GP Tajhara Summer Samba. She is an award winning show cat whose happy, friendly disposition made her an ideal candidate to be a therapy cat. We are big fans of Summer and have been following her blog for a long time. I recently had a chance to interview Summer’s human, Janiss Garza, and I think you’ll enjoy learning more about this playful, mischievous and sweet kitty.Continue Reading

Feeding Community Campus Cats During a Pandemic – Part Three: Continuing to Care for the Cats

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

Cats, including community cats, are daily reminders of the simple joy animals bring into our lives. In times of crisis, caring for our cats gives us purpose when the rest of the world is beyond our power to control. This is the final installment of my three-part series based on my experience caring for the campus cats at San Diego State University. Click here to read Part One: The Mad Dash and Part Two: Orion is Missing.Continue Reading

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

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Guest post 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

Feeding Community Campus Cats During a Pandemic – Part Two: Orion is Missing

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

Cats, including community cats, are daily reminders of the simple joy animals bring into our lives. In times of crisis, caring for our cats gives us purpose when the rest of the world is beyond our power to control. This is the second part in a three-part series based on my personal experience caring for the campus cats at San Diego State University. Click here to read Part One: The Mad Dash. Continue Reading

Feeding Community Campus Cats During a Pandemic – Part One: The Mad Dash

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

Cats, including community cats, are daily reminders of the simple joy animals bring into our lives. In times of crisis, caring for our cats gives us purpose when the rest of the world is beyond our power to control. This three-part series is based on my personal experience caring for the campus cats at San Diego State University. Continue Reading

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary: Finding “Mana” Among the Hawaiian Lions

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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

Award-Winning Documentary Catnip Nation Now Available on DVD

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Guest post by Catnip Nation Director Tina Traster
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According to Kathleen O’Malley, Director of TNR Education for the New York City Feral Cat Initiative, there are about as many feral cats in the United States as there are pet cats. So that would put them anywhere from 70 to 90 million.” Catnip Nation, an award-winning 75-minute documentary, addresses the fates of these cats, and the human conflicts that determine those fates. The central conflict is between compassionate people who want to care for the cats by providing food, water, and shelter, and those who want to make these acts of compassion illegal.Continue Reading

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary: Combining Nature and Nurture

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Guest post by Casey Hersch

Imagine a place where you are surrounded by hundreds of cats of different colors, breeds, personalities, and ages. A place where they are free to roam in their natural habitat while receiving medical care, food, and an abundance of love. Now imagine all of this while you are vacationing in one of the most popular destinations in the world: Maui. Yep. This place is real. I found it while vacationing this year.Continue Reading