Feline Lifestyle

Discovering Tortitude: Under Thisbe’s Peach Paw

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Guest post by Clea Simon

How soon is too soon to invite another feline spirit into one’s life? That’s a question I still don’t know the answer to. We lost Musetta, my beautiful feline muse, in September – nine months ago – and I miss her still. Something will trigger a memory – the sight of another tuxedo cat, though never one with whiskers as long and graceful as hers, a shadow falling by the window where she used to lounge – and I am thrown back into mourning.Continue Reading

Cat Photography Q&A With Andrew Marttila

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Andrew Marttila is one of the most talented cat photographers I know. His images feature celebrity cats, shelter cats, and house cats with a level of detail that captures each cat’s essence. Andrew graduated with a degree in neuroscience, but he took a different career path when his social media took off while he was finishing school.

Since then, his photos have been seen by millions. He has been featured in hundreds of publications, articles, and galleries. Andrew was the photographer for the book Shop Cats of New York, which was released in November 2016. Andrew used to be terribly allergic to cats, but now lives with girlfriend Hannah Shaw, aka The Kitten Lady, their three cats, and a constantly rotating cast of foster kittens outside of Washington, D.C.Continue Reading

Trap King Sterling Davis: Helping Cats, and Busting Stereotypes

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I first met Sterling Davis, the Trap King, at CatCamp NYC in May, and I was impressed with his passion for cats and for creating change in the world. Sterling is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever encountered, and I’m excited to introduce this multifaceted cat rescuer to you today.

Sterling’s mission is to change the stereotypes of not only men in cat rescue, but also bridge the gap in communication between black communities and animal rescue and local shelters.Continue Reading

7 Simple House Cleaning Tips for Cat Parents

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Guest post by James Hall

Studies have shown that sharing life with a cat reduces stress, strengthens the immune system and lowers the risk of stroke. For most of us, these benefits more than make up for the extra housework cats may cause us. The fact is that cats have a seemingly endless supply of hair to spread around furniture, carpets and beds. And of course, there’s the litter box. Keeping a home clean and odor-free may sometimes seem like an impossible task.

It doesn’t need to be this way though! The seven tips below can make cleaning a home with a cat faster, easier and more efficient.Continue Reading

CatCon 2018: Join Me for a Weekend Dedicated to All Things Cat

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If you’re a cat lover, Pasadena, CA is the place to be on August 4 and 5! CatCon returns for its fourth year. Taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, CatCon is the biggest cat-centric, pop culture event in the world dedicated to all things feline. To date, the two-day immersive experience has seen nearly 45,000 attendees and has been featured in over 500 outlets around the world, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Reuters, Vanity Fair, and Glamour.Continue Reading

Cat Art Show LA Returns for a Third Year

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Cat Art Show LA, an art exhibition dedicated to the beauty of cats, is back for a third time, opening Thursday, June 14th, 2018, at Think Tank Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. The show will feature more than 100 globally-recognized and emerging artists, ranging from paintings to sculpture.Continue Reading

Polydactyl Cats: Why Do Some Cats Have Extra Toes?

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Cats have a total of 18 toes: five on each front paw, and four on each back paw. But some cats boast extra toes, usually on their front paws. These cats are called “polydactyl.” The word polydactyl has a greek root, “poly” meaning multi, and “dactyl” meaning “digit” or “toe.” Polydactyly, as this condition is called, is most commonly found on the front paws only, it is rare for a cat to have polydactyl hind paws only, and polydactyly of all four paws is even less common.Continue Reading

King of Mice Studios: The Art of Carolee Clark

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On March 17, which is the Feast of St. Gertrude of Nivelles, the patron saint of cats, I came across this beautiful painting on Facebook. The painting had gone viral, and I wanted to learn more about the artist, Carolee Clark. I’m delighted that she agreed to answer a few questions and share some of her beautiful cat paintings with us.Continue Reading

Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day Contest

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These days, there seems to be a  designated day for just about everything. Did you know that April 19 is National High-Five Day? The Jackson Galaxy Project, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, has found a way to turn this rather silly “holiday” into something that is going to help cats with its Cat Pawsitive Initiative. GreaterGood.org, is partnering with the Petco Foundation, and Halo® pet food, to introduce the first annual Cat Pawsitive National High-Five Day Shelter Contest.Continue Reading

Join Me at Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp NYC

Of all the cat events I’ve attended over the years, last year’s inaugural Cat Camp NYC was  one of my favorites. A weekend packed with educational lectures, roundtable discussions, lots of vendors offering fantastic cat-themed products and best of all, thousands of cat lovers who care about making all cats’ lives better – it doesn’t get any better than that!

And this year’s Cat Camp promises to be even bigger and better. Returning as Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp. the event will take place on May 5 and 6, 2018 at Penn Plaza Pavilion, located at 401 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001.Continue Reading