Feline Lifestyle

Special Needs Cats and Catios

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Every cat is special. Some are extra special. Cats born with chronic physical or medical conditions, or who encounter challenges in their lifetime through disease, lost limbs, deafness or blindness, are considered special needs cats.

While it can take longer for shelters to find them a forever home, many big-hearted cat lovers are adopting these special cats or helping through donations and sponsorship programs. At their core, cats with challenges have the same instincts and basic needs as any cat. Many are unaware of their disability and have the resiliency to live purrfectly normal lives.Continue Reading

Meet the Cats of Bohemian Rhapsody

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I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody on opening day in November, and have seen it a few more times since then. I loved everything about the movie: the wonderful portrayal of Freddie Mercury, the perfect casting and phenomenal acting, and of course, the music. The movie had me spellbound and that’s something that rarely happens for me. And then there were the cats!Continue Reading

What Does Responsible Cat Care Mean?

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Adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment. When you bring a cat into your family, you also accept responsibility to care for her health and well-being throughout her lifetime. This level of commitment should be obvious to cat guardians, but sadly, the number of cats being returned to shelters for health or behavior issues indicates that it is not.Continue Reading

The Camp Fire Victims Still Need Your Help

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The incomprehensible devastation left behind by the Camp Fire in Northern California has vanished from the news. As is always the case with disasters, the news cycle moves on, and while there is always an initial outpouring of support, after a few weeks, most people forget. And yet, the victims of the fire will need help for a very long time.Continue Reading

Cat Camp NYC: A Celebration of Our Love for Cats

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Of all the cat events I attend each year, Cat Camp NYC is one of my favorites. A weekend packed with educational lectures, round table discussions, lots of vendors offering fantastic cat-themed products and best of all, thousands of cat lovers who are not only there to celebrate their love for cats, but genuinely care about making all cats’ lives better – this is where loving cats intersects with advocating for cats, and it doesn’t get any better than that!Continue Reading

Freddie Mercury Was the Ultimate Cat Guy

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I confess, ever since seeing Bohemian Rhapsody (three times!), I’ve become obsessed with Freddie Mercury. The movie was everything I had hoped for and then some. I loved everything about it: the wonderful portrayal of Freddie Mercury, even if it strayed quite a bit from the truth for dramatic effect, the perfect casting and phenomenal acting, and of course, the music. And I loved how the cats were represented in the movie. I knew Freddie Mercury was a cat lover, but I had no idea just how much he loved cats. Continue Reading

A Visual Guide to Identifying Cats

Could you describe your cat to someone else so they would be able to identify him or her without any doubt? As cat parents, we’re always going to be able to recognize our own cats, but being able to describe your cat accurately to others could be important. Perhaps you have two cats who look so similar that your friends are always wondering how you can tell them apart. How would your cat sitter know who is who? And in a worst case scenario, if your cat ever got lost, being able to provide an accurate description to area shelters could be crucial to getting her back home.Continue Reading

How You Can Help Animals Affected by Hurricane Florence

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It’s impossible for me to wrap my mind around the devastation in the Carolinas and beyond following hurricane Florence. To think about what the people and the animals in the flooded and destroyed areas are going through just breaks my heart. The one bright spot in all of this, to me, has been to see the many images of pets being rescued. Distressing as the images and videos may be, It seems that finally, the message is getting through that pets are family members. Continue Reading