Mews and Nips: Man Quits His Job to Travel with His Cat


The fantasy of quitting your job and traveling around the world is not unique, but few people ever realize it. One man did, and he took his cat along for the ride. Richard East and his black cat Willow have been traveling together for quite some time, and he’s sharing his experience on his website, on Instagram, and in an upcoming book, Van Cat Meow: A Lost Man, A Rescue Cat, a Road Trip Like No Other (affiliate link*.)

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Discovering Tortitude, or, What Happens When a Writer Doesn’t Feature Her Tortie in Her New Book


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Thisbe is annoyed. And who can blame her? Although this lovely tortie lady joined our household in April, she will not be featured in my new A Spell of Murder, which kicks off my “witch cats of Cambridge” series on Dec. 11. In fact, among the multiple felines at the heart of my magical new cozy, none is tortoiseshell.

Being a tortie, Thisbe is both preternaturally intelligent and responsive, and she is well aware of the slight being done her. On seeing the reviewer’s advanced reading copy, which features a calico on the cover, she took to her divan, no doubt to mull retribution, even as I wait for my finished copies. Continue reading…

1TDC™: A 4-in1 Wellness Solution for Your Cat


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3 in 4 cats have some form of dental disease. 1 in 3 adult cats are are dealing with arthritis and other joint issues. Both conditions are painful, and since cats are masters at hiding pain, you may not even be aware that your cat is suffering. Wouldn’t you love to have one single remedy that not only addresses both of these issues, but that is so easy to administer that your cat will think she’s getting a treat? Continue reading…

Thanksgiving Weekend and Buckley, 10 Years Later


Then years ago, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, I had to let my beloved Buckley go. Ever since then, Thanksgiving has always been associated with Buckley for me. And it’s not just because Thanksgiving Day 2008 was the last full day I spent with her. It’s also because when I count my blessings, the many gifts this gimpy little cat who captured my heart from the moment I first saw her brought into my life are always at the top of the list. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Your Cat’s Tongue is a Pink Engineering Marvel


The cat’s tongue is one of nature’s perfect designs: it allows cats to groom and to consume their prey. In a new study, researchers sought to untangle the mysteries of cat tongues. A previous study reported that domestic cat tongues are covered in cone-shaped bumps that were used as brush bristles, whereas this study’s team found that the protrusions are actually claw-shaped hooks with hollow U-shaped tips. For more about the fascinating findings of this study, and how they might be applied to create a better brush, visit the Smithsonian Magazine website.

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