How to Care for Your Cat After Surgery

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The only surgery for most cats, if they’re lucky, will be their spay or neuter surgery, but even these simple procedures require some special care for a few days. For more complex surgeries with longer recovery times bring even greater challenges. Cats may be uncomfortable, experience pain, and their ability to move around freely may need to be temporarily restricted.  Knowing what to expect, and what to watch out for, can make caring for your cat after surgery less stressful for you and help your cat recover faster.Continue Reading

Sunday Quotes: Frustration and Happiness

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Lately, I’ve been feeling frustrated a lot more frequently than I like to be, and it’s all because of the seemingly never ending pandemic. I’m frustrated that so many people seem to care so little about how their actions affect everyone else. I’m frustrated with people  who refuse to get vaccinated, refuse to wear masks, or worse, deny that Covid is real. I’m frustrated that if it wasn’t for that, we could be so much further along in being done with this virus that has turned all our lives upside down for the past 17 months and counting. Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Walter the Cat Becomes Star of Chevy Commercial

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Did you happen to catch the new Chevy truck commercial featuring a grey tabby cat? Walter the cat became a star in the ad, a spoof on the usual “a man and his truck and his dog” meme that is more commonly used in these types of ads. Walter plays with balls, herds cows, and even fetches a stick. For more about how Walter became a star, visit Musebyclio.com.

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How Two Cats from Key West Became Literary Scottish Cats

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Guest post by Lucy Burdette
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If you have read any of the ten previous Key West food critic mysteries, you know that right from the beginning, there have always been cats. In the previous book, The Key Lime Crime, T-bone the ginger cat whom I rescued from Key West SPCA made his debut. He was very proud to be featured on that cover – and annoyed that he didn’t make it onto the new book. (And he also believes that he rescued me, not the other way around.) I tried to explain that the characters in Scone of Contention were traveling to Scotland and couldn’t reasonably be expected to take their cats along. And I promised he would have a cameo on Facetime when Hayley called home to Key West. He only glared.Continue Reading

Review: PetFusion Non-Stick Litter Box

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One of my pet peeves when it comes to litter boxes is that many new litter boxes are designed to either make cleaning the litter box easier, or hide the litter box from view. Neither of these two reasons have anything to do with what cats want or need, and everything to do with human sensibilities.Continue Reading

Review: Smalls Fresh Food for Cats

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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems aren’t designed to digest carbohydrates. A raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements, but raw food, even a commercially prepared raw diet, may exceed the comfort level for some cat parents. I don’t think it’s necessary to take an “all or nothing” stand when it comes to feline nutrition, but I do believe that it is important to feed our cats a diet that is as minimally processed as possible.Continue Reading

Sunday Cat Love and Above: Small Celebrations Create Big Wins

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Guest post by Siena-Lee-Tajiri

I’m a perpetual planner. I just am. It’s about this time of year, late July, that I start thinking, “OMG. It’s almost Christmas!” My partner just smiles at me now vs. trying to argue on behalf of the six months we’ve still yet to experience, because this is an annual exclamation I make. Eventually, Christmas comes and then it’s over, and just like that, I’m left with the post holiday blues. Then every year, I tell myself that I’m going to keep the Christmas spirit with me all through the year.Continue Reading

Texts from Mittens 2022 Day-to-Day Calendar

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What would happen if you gave a cat a smartphone and he had opposable thumbs? Well, of course he’d want to text!  At least that’s the case with Mitty, a text-savvy, over-anxious, drama-filled house cat. Based on the popular blog and book of the same name, the Texts from Mittens 2022 Calendar features entertaining SMS conversations shared between Mitty and his loving human. Continue Reading