Mews and Nips: Army Sergeant Hopes to Bring Rescued Stray and Her Kittens Home


An army sergeant rescued a pregnant stray cat who had been hanging around the base where she was deployed and she and several others helped nurse the pregnant cat back to health. The mom regained her strength in time to give birth to four kittens. Unfortunately, one of the kittens did not survive, but Sgt. Hetty continued to care for the mom and the remaining three kittens, Now Sgt. Hetty is working with Paws of War, a nonprofit that assists active and retired military members with animal causes, to try and bring the family home with her. For more about this story and to find out how you can help Sgt. Hetty, visit

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How I Use the Assisi Loop Lounge for Allegra


This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health*

After Allegra was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at the beginning of this year, I immediately started her on Assisi treatments. Ultimately, all disease is caused by inflammation in the body, and since she was also overgrooming and showed some occasional mild possibly IBD related symptoms, it just made sense to do whatever I could do reduce inflammation and stimulate general healing. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: “If It Fits, I Sits” Applies to Imaginary Boxes, Too


We all know how much cats love boxes, but apparently, even the two-dimensional outline of a square box on the floor is attractive to them. A new study has found that cats will spontaneously sit inside an optical illusion that merely looks like a square. Believed to be the first of its kind, the study enlisted volunteers to observe cats in their homes. While hundreds of people signed up for the experiment, in the end the researchers got complete data on only 30 cats. Their results? That the cats chose to sit in the illusory square as often as they did the actual outline of a square — and more than the non-square arrangement. For more about this fascinating study, visit

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Review: The Cat with Three Passports


Having been the beneficiary of the profound changes cats can bring into our lives for a good part of my own life, I always enjoy memoirs about life changing cats. In The Cat with Three Passports: What a Japanese cat taught me about an old culture and new beginning, CJ Fentiman shares the story of how Gershwin, a bedraggled silver tabby she rescues from the streets, not only changed her travel plans, but changed her life in ways she never expected. Continue reading…

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