Feline Lifestyle

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

How to Help the Animals in the Bahamas

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It’s impossible for me to wrap my mind around the devastation in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. The worst I’ve ever been through in terms of hurricanes was Hurricane Isabelle in 2003. By the time it reached the Washington DC area, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, but I still remember what, to me, was a terrifying night listening to the rain and wind pounding my house. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to go through 24+ hours of a category 5 storm.Continue Reading

The Cats Movie Trailer: Creepy or Intriguing?

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I’ve been eager to see what the Cats movie, set for release on December 20, 2019, will be like ever since I first heard about it. Eager, and a bit apprehensive. I saw the play several times, and of course, I own the sound track as well. For me, it has stood the test of time. However, Broadway to big screen doesn’t always translate well.  And then, last week, the first trailer was released.Continue Reading

Cat Camp NYC 2019: A Celebration of Cats and the People Who Love Them

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The third annual Cat Camp NYC took place at the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York City this past weekend. The event brought together cat lovers from all over the world for a weekend of fun, learning, and inspiration. The focus of Cat Camp is, and always has been, on empowering attendees to  realize how powerful each individual is when it comes to improving cats’ lives – whether it’s their own cats, cats in their community, and cats in general. And it’s so much fun!Continue Reading

The Birchmere Cats: A Model for a Successful Community Cat Program

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The Birchmere is a legendary music venue in Alexandria, VA, just outside the nation’s capital. It first opened in 1966, and has since then launched the careers of such musical luminaries as  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and k.d. Lang – and these are just a few of the artists counted as good friends of the Birchmere.Continue Reading

Choosing T-Bone

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Guest post by Lucy Burdette
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I’ve had a cat in my life ever since the year I turned 13. I wanted two things for my birthday that year–Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, and a kitten. My mother was wise enough to agree to the kitten. It was January, though, and not the kitten season. She found one who’d been returned to the pound by his adoptive family. We called him Tigger, and I still have the receipt stamped “No Refund.”Continue Reading