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Mews and Nips: Cat Personalities Are Not That Different From Humans

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After administering an online feline personality test to 2,800 cats in Australia and New Zealand, researchers came to the conclusion that, just like humans, cats have five broad personality traits. The five feline traits that emerged were skittishness, outgoingness, dominance, spontaneity and friendliness. For more on this fascinating study, and how the human equivalent to the feline personality traits, visit the Chicago Tribune.

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Blue Buffalo Recalls Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats Due to Presence of Propylene Glycol

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Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. is voluntarily recalling a limited production of Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats that may contain low levels of propylene glycol, which is not permitted by the FDA for use in cat food.

Cats reacting to high doses of propylene glycol may exhibit signs of depression and may have a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, and excessive urination and thirst. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.Continue Reading

Catification Autographed Copies Winners

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Congratulations, Pepe Jones, Kate Kirby and Alexander Cerny! You’re the winners of our giveaway of three autographed copies of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You)!

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You)! is available from Amazon and everywhere books are sold.

*Winners were selected by random drawing. Winners need to provide a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours of receipt of notification e-mail. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Mews and Nips: Algonquin Hotel’s Chief Cat Officer May Have the Best Job in Hospitality

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When Alice de Almeida first answered a job ad for an executive assistant position at New York City’s iconic Algonquin Hotel, she thought her daily tasks might include answering the phone and keeping up with her boss’s schedule. Little did she know then that she landed a cat lover’s dream job.  As the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, Almeida is in charge of caring for Matilda, the famous resident cat of the hotel, as well as managing her VIP appearances and social media accounts. For more on Almeida’s work with Matilda, visit Condé Nast Traveler.

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Maddie’s Fund Hopes to Find Homes for 5,000 Shelter Pets This Weekend

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In the largest nationwide adoption event ever, Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is sure to be one for the record books.  On June 1 and 2, 2013, more than 200 shelters and rescue groups from eight communities across the nation will participate in this adoption event, and Maddies’s Fund will pay all adoption fees for qualified adopters.

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Maddie’s Fund® has had some pretty impressive success with previous events: a total of 6,722 dogs and cats were adopted during the event’s three-year history, which was held only in the San Franciso Bay area in past years. Maddie’s Fund has earmarked $4 million for this year’s event, which will reach 11 million more people in the following eight metropolitan areas:Continue Reading