Happy Mother’s Day


My mom passed away 25 years ago, yet Mother’s Day still is a bit of a bittersweet day. I feel her presence in my heart every single day. The pain of missing her has faded after all these years, but I still feel some sadness each year when Mother’s Day cards start showing up in stores, friends make plans to spend time with their moms, and restaurants offer Mother’s Day specials. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Tales of New York City’s Historic Cats


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The nineteenth century was a rough time to be a stray cat in New York City, but a few lucky ones were rescued. In The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendships in New York, Peggy Gavan tells stories of firefighters, cops, athletes and politicians and the cats they welcomed into her hearts and homes. From Jerry Fox, a cat who patrolled Brooklyn and was credited with preventing crimes and alerting people to a fire, to Homicide, a cat who became the chief mouser at lower Manhattan’s police headquarters in 1934, to Bambino, who took up residence in Mark Twain’s New York home in 1904, these stories are sure to delight cat lovers. For a preview of the book, visit the New York Post.

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Choosing T-Bone


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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…

Cat Fans to Keep You Cool in Style


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If you’re a woman of a certain age, (or if you just don’t like being too hot,) you may occasionally find that you need to fan yourself to cool off a little. After using yet another folded piece of paper to get the job done the other day, I decided that there had to be a more fun way to do this – and sure enough, I came across these adorable fans! Continue reading…

Ask the Cat Doc: Third Eyelid Problem, Neurological Symptoms after Anesthesia


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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.

Dr. Bahr graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Unlike most veterinarians, she did not grow up knowing that she would become a veterinarian. “It was a cat who got me interested in the practice and I am forever grateful to him,” said Dr. Bahr. Over the course of her veterinary career, Dr. Bahr found that the lifestyle of cats has changed dramatically. As the lifestyle of cats has changed, so did Dr. Bahr’s client education. In addition to finding medical solutions, she also encourages owners to enrich their home environments so that their cats can live long, happy, and healthy lives. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: The Cat in Pet Sematary is Played by Five Shelter Cats


I will most definitely not be going to see the remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. I’m not a fan of horror movies, and this one looks particularly scary (even Stephen King once mentioned that of all the books he wrote, the only one that really scared him was this one!)  However, I loved hearing that Church the cat was played by five different shelter cats, and that the cats were trained using a holistic approach with positive reinforcement. “I don’t want them in cages,” animal trainer Melissa Millett told Inverse. “I want them to live like cats that happen to have a job.” Read the full story and see some great photos, on Inverse.com.

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