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Mews and Nips: CatCon Edition

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Today is the first day of CatCon 2018, and I can’t wait! If you’re a cat lover, Pasadena, CA is the place to be this weekend. Taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, CatCon is the biggest cat-centric, pop culture event in the world dedicated to all things feline. I’m honored to be among a star-studded lineup of cat-loving celebrity talent and celebricats. I’ll be hosting a one hour “Ask the Cat Expert” Q&A session on Sunday, August 5 at 11am. This year’s line up includes Lil BUB and her dude Mike Bridavsky, New York Times bestselling author Gwen Cooper, and Trapking Sterling Davis, as well as numerous celebrity cats. For more information, and to purchase your tickets, visit https://www.catconworldwide.com/. If you’re going to be there, make sure you introduce yourself – I’d love to you in person!

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How to Get Your Cat to Like You

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You’ve adopted a new cat from a shelter or rescue group. You’ve set up a safe space for your new family member, and you’ve gradually introduced her to your home and/or your other cats. You’re excited about getting to know your new friend. While some cats will bond instantly with their new humans, others may take more time, and sometimes, a lot of patience from the human who just wants to love and be loved.Continue Reading

Cat Camp NYC: Making the World Better for Cats

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The second Cat Camp NYC was a high energy, fun filled two day event celebrating cats. From educational lectures to panel discussions covering topics ranging from how to start a TNR (Trap Neuter Release) program, how to use social media to help cats, and how to address feline behavior problems, to the inspirational keynote address by Jackson Galaxy, the event drew thousands of enthusiastic cat lovers. In addition to the educational offerings, there were vendors offering cat-themed products.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Doc: Cat Sucking on Tail, Spraying Cat, Cat’s Personality Changed and More

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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.

This new understanding led Dr. Bahr to combine her passion for strengthening the human-animal bond with her veterinary background and knowledge of what animals need and want to start her own solution-based cat product company, Dezi & Roo, inspired by two cats of the same names.

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Does Your Cat Get The “Zoomies?”

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I actually found a definition for the word “zoomies” in Urban Dictionary, and even though the definition was for dogs, it’s exactly what I’m talking about: “when your dog runs around the house like crazy jumping on the couch, running up and down the stairs, and all over the house. It usually ends with them falling to the floor, panting like crazy and taking a nap.”

At our house, Ruby is the Queen of the Zoomies. Several times a day, she races through the house, up and down the cat tree, and up and along the back of the sofa. Her zoomies loop seems to be almost exactly the same every day. Continue Reading

Why Does Your Cat Bring You Gifts?

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Guest post by Will Hodges

A few months after Anya, our first feline family member, walked into our lives, I began to find one of her favorite toys in my bedroom every morning. This seemed odd to me, as all of her toys were kept on the main floor of our home, and bringing a fluffy toy ball all the way up the stairs and into the bedroom was definitely not an easy chore.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Why Your Cat Gets the Zoomies at Night

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Does your cat get the “zoomies?” You know, that thing when she runs around the house like crazy jumping on furniture, running up and down the stairs, and all over the house? At our house, Ruby is the Queen of the Zoomies. Several times a day, she races through the house, up and down the cat tree, and up and along the back of the sofa. Her zoomies loop seems to be almost exactly the same every day. Our resident cat behaviorist Mikel Delgado explained this behavior to Inverse Science.

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Mews and Nips: These Cat Shaped Desserts Are Too Cute To Eat

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The adorable desserts in the photo above are éclairs, created by a web designer named Laura, who publishes the blog Caroline & Laura’s Tea Break. To make these sweet little dessert kitties, Laura combines gyūhi (a softer version of mochi rice cake) with sweetened white bean paste to create a variety of wagashi (a type of Japanese confection.) After tinting the resulting dough, she sculpts and shapes them into charming cat shapes. For more photos of Laura’s amazing creations, visit Mother Nature Network.

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Ask the Vet: Dr. Kris Answers July’s Questions

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris” segment! Once a month, Dr. Kris answers as many of your questions as he can, and you can leave new questions for him in a comment.

Dr. Kristopher Chandroo is a veterinarian, scientist, photographer, animal welfare advocate, and creator of Stress to Success (STS): The Essential Guide to Medicating Your Feisty, Grumpy or Reluctant Cat.  Dr. Kris wants  your cats to be twenty years old. And counting! And he wants to provide medication and therapy to them in a way that respects the bond between cat and human.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Total Eclipse of the Cat

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I love it when shelters get creative to encourage adoptions. The New Albany Floyd County Animal Shelter in Indiana will be hosting a “Total Eclipse of the Cat” event on August 21. Adoption fees for all black cats will be waived that day. Black cats are often overlooked. Visit WLKY Lousiville, KY for more on this story.

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