Feline Lifestyle

Magpie Lets You Know What Your Cat Is up to When You’re Not Home

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This post is sponsored by Magpie*

Don’t we all wonder what our cats are up to when we’re not home? Sure, we know they’re probably snoozing most of the day – after all cats sleep up to 18 hours a day. But what do they do in the other 6 hours?

Magpie, a small, lightweight GPS tracker that attaches to your cat’s collar, can keep your cat close to you even when you’re apart.Continue Reading

A Visit With Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats

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I first met Samantha Martin two years ago, when she came through the Washington DC area with her Amazing Acro-Cats. I had been skeptical then. I’m well aware of the controversy that surrounds circus performances, but after talking to Samantha for almost an hour and watching her with her cats, I was able to put any misgivings aside. From the moment I met Samantha, I knew that I had encountered a kindred spirit. Samantha is passionate about cats and their well-being. She knew from the time that she was ten years old that she wanted to work with animals. A renowned animal trainer with a degree in animal husbandry and studies in animal behavioral sciences, Samantha has worked with all sorts of animals, from rats to chickens to groundhogs.Continue Reading

Tortoiseshell Cat Decides to Become Therapy Cat at Assisted Living Facility

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When a Cambridge, New York man found a stray tortoiseshell cat on the street, he took her in, then realized that she had had kittens under his porch. While he was on the way to the vet with her, he stopped for coffee, and she got out of his car. He was unable to catch her. But this tortie was on a mission: she made her way to the Mansion, a nearby assisted care facility. It soon became clear that she wanted to live there.Continue Reading

Traveling with Your Cat

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This post is sponsored by Sleepypod*

Summer is right around the corner, and with summer comes travel for most cat guardians. If asked, most cats would probably prefer staying at home, but sometimes, taking cats along with you when you travel is inevitable. Thorough preparation can turn what may be a daunting prospect for both cats and humans into a positive experience.Continue Reading

Careers for Cat Lovers

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I still vividly remember the moment, almost 25 years ago, when I decided that I wanted to work with cats. Well, maybe “deciding” is too strong a word for what happened in that moment. I was sitting in my living room on a Sunday afternoon. Feebee was purring away in my lap. I looked around all the cat stuff on my shelves, the cat paintings on the wall, the cat book I was reading. I was dreading going back to my corporate job the next day. And I found myself thinking “how cool would it be to get to work with something related to cats!”Continue Reading

Mutual Rescue: How a Black and White Cat Saved a Soldier’s Life

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To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ― Thomas Campbell

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we honor the memory of the men and women who have died in military service. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and today, I’d like to introduce you to Scout, a black and white cat who saved a soldier’s life after he returned from Iraq after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in a mortar attack.Continue Reading

Hiring a Professional Cat Sitter: What You Need to Know

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I consider my cat sitter one of the most important people in my life. After all, she’s in charge of Allegra and Ruby when I can’t be there to care for them – what job could be more important? I’m fortunate that my cat sitter is also a close friend. My girls love Rita – Allegra probably a little more than Ruby, who sometimes gives Rita a bit of that “you’re not my mom” attitude… The peace of mind I feel, knowing that the girls are in the best possible hands while I’m away, is priceless.

I’ve also been fortunate that I’ve never had to hire a cold sitter “cold.” My cat sitters have always been friends, or were referred to me by a trusted friend. I realize that not everyone is that lucky, and hiring a cat sitter can be a daunting task. After all, you will trust this person not just with your precious cats, but also with your home.Continue Reading

Catnip Nation: Documentary Looks at Unsung Heroes Who Care for Feral Cats

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For every one of our spoiled house cats, whose biggest problem may  be where to find the nearest sun puddle, there’s another cat who has to fend for herself. These feral cats, also knows as community cats, often go unnoticed, and if it wasn’t for dedicated caregivers who feed and care for these cats, often at great personal sacrifice, these cats would be even worse off. Catnip Nation, an hour long documentary, will explore the dichotomy between our beloved pet cats and the cats who live on the streets.Continue Reading

The Cat Rescuers Documentary: Saving Lives and Raising Awareness About Feral Cats

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This post is sponsored by The Cat Rescuers

When filmmaker Steven Lawrence and his wife Helen moved into a new house in Brooklyn, they were very surprised to learn that a colony of 40 feral cats lived in their backyard. Well-meaning neighbors had been feeding the cats, unknowingly contributing to a population explosion. Steve and Helen couldn’t just turn a blind eye to the situation. After doing some research, they discovered that there is an entire community of cat rescuers in Brooklyn. They also realized that street cats were a city-wide problem.Continue Reading