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When you’re stuck inside, cabin fever can set in quickly. Having some hands-on activities at the ready can prevent the day from becoming a video- or game-a-thon. Why not collaborate with your kids and create some cool goodies for you cat? There are many options for simple do-it-yourself kitty-crafting projects, which are suitable for children
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The average annual cost of owning a cat might surprise you. After analyzing data provided by the American Pet Products Association and breaking it down by type of pet (small dog, medium dog, large dog and cat), MoneyGeek came up with the following typical costs of owning a cat (not including emergency costs like those
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Social issues that affect people in communities across the country, such as homelessness and a lack of nutritious food on a daily basis, affect their pets, too. There are several national food banks that serve pets in need, as well as many that operate independently within the various states and even smaller ones in individual
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Spring is upon us, and happiness is spreading across the land. I wondered if any had made its way to my cat, Stella. It’s spring, Stella! Aren’t you excited!Not really. What’s so great about spring? Oh, it’s a wonderful season: flowers, kittens, sunlight, newly mown lawns, running in meadows, parachuting off of —Wait, kittens? Did
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Willie Ortiz felt a tug in his heart back in 1995, when he witnessed the suffering of feral and stray cats in his Connecticut region. “I saw the cats that were abused, neglected and hungry all the time,” says Willie, now 79 and a resident of East Hartford. “I prayed, hoping for a way to
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Spring is just around the corner! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month, here are some fun March 2020 cat events.  Check out the latest and best cat videos at VideoCatFest. All Year: CatVideoFest CatVideoFest2020 is coming to a theater near you. Get your claws in this compilation reel
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Looking for a new cat book to read? Here are four awesome cat books you have to read next. The Time for Murder is Meow In this fun first installment of the Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop Mystery series by T.C. LoTempio, we meet Crishell “Shell” McMillan, an actress whose TV series has just been
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I’ve smelled catnip. But I didn’t roll around on the floor with my legs straight up, rub my head against the nearest wall or yowl with excitement. So why do the majority of cats respond famously to catnip? It’s actually in their feline genetics, according to veterinary behaviorist Dr. Amy Pike of the Animal Behavior
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I love searching the Internet for fun DIY projects — especially ones that include my cats. I found these fun feather teaser toys and knew I had to give them a try! What you’ll need Scissors Felt Iron Jingle bell Satin cord Jewelry jump ring Instructions Cut out one large and one small feather shape
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Kim Freeman, a former advertising copywriter, had already traded in her pen for a new life as a cat finder when she came across her future partner — and her life was about to change again. Kim had been successfully applying FBI techniques for finding missing persons to cats when in late 2013 she happened
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Catster reached out to pet parents across the country to ask them what treats their cats like best. Some of the answers may surprise you. Samantha Martin, a renowned animal trainer who travels the United States in a van full of rescued cats known as the Amazing Acro-Cats, keeps her feline troupe hydrated and happy
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Move over Mickey and Minnie, The Kitty Beautiful Cat Café has come to town. The café, owned by Heather and David Strauss, held its grand opening in November and is the purrfect place for drinks — coffee, espresso, teas, beer, wine, crafted sodas, cold-pressed juices — or just some yummy snacks. The menu was created
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Generally speaking, it’s best to leave a colony of feral cats where they are, using trap-neuter-return to control the population. But sometimes that’s just not possible. Whether it’s new development destroying a place where community cats live, a hostile neighbor harming the cats, or a hoarding situation where there’s an overwhelming number of poorly socialized
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I first saw Terry Runyan’s artwork on a sample calendar I was sent, and I immediately wanted to learn (and see!) more. I love her blend of styles: Some are retro, some are modern, some are elegant, and some are just plain funny. She creates her playful designs by combining cheerful colors, quirky shapes and
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun February 2020 cat events. Feb. 1: Club Cattitude Cruise for Cataholics Now is the time to reserve a spot for this ameowzing cruise on the Carnival Conquest out of Miami in May. Hosted by cat behaviorist Rita Reimers, the boat
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Pounce on these ameow-zing new cat products. Susabella Cat DishesThese adorable, ceramic cat-food dishes make a great gift for your own kitty or for someone else’s cat. Choose either the cat face or fish bone graphic. If you want to personalize, just add the name to the notes section when ordering. $25.95 per dish. Susabella;
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It seems that the term catio has become common language among cat people, but for the uninitiated, it is simply an enclosed outdoor space designed specifically for cats. Catios can range from small window box enclosures to elaborate rooms with all kinds of amenities. Thinking about adding a catio to your home? Consider the following:
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Happy New Year! Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun January 2020 cat events.  Jan. 17-19: The Acatemy 2020   Are you into boots-on-the-ground cat rescue – or do you want to be? Then pounce on this second annual two-day celebration of cat rescue and the unsung
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Cat lovers will want to check out these feline-centric reads. The Little Book of Bob: Life Lessons from a Street-wise Cat    In 2007, street busker James Bowen found an injured cat in the hallway of his shelter home in North London. The friendship changed both their lives and led to the best-selling book A
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John Steinbeck is known for his epic novels like East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, but he also wrote short stories. One of those stories, The Amiable Fleas, was recently published in English for the first time, appearing in the June October 2019 issue of The Strand Magazine. Written in 1954, when Steinbeck
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If you’ve ever visited a Chinese or Japanese restaurant, Asian supermarket, or any Chinatown shop for that matter, you’ve probably noticed a little cat figurine perched quietly by the cash register. This Fortune Cat, or Maneki Neko, is a lucky cat charm that’s very popular in Japanese and Chinese cultures. The Maneki Neko is a
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To many of us, ringing in the new year means throwing on a party hat, dancing and raising a glass at midnight. Cats are no strangers to having a good time; however, theirs may look a little different than ours. Here are eight ways our fabulous felines would celebrate New Year’s in style. Going wild
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Given the popularity of smart products for humans, it’s no surprise that pet tech products are hotter than ever. Whether you turn to smart feeders and litter boxes or activity trackers and GPS homing devices, connected pet products can help you monitor your cat’s health, feed her when you’re away from the house and even
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Naming your cat might seem simple, but sometimes it can really take a lot of time and effort.  My husband and I tend to give our cats and foster kittens human names, especially old-timey English ones (I’m a bit of an Anglophile) – Agatha and Alastair got those. Mathilda got her name because it reminded
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It all started with an article about cat cafés in America. “I read it, thought what a great concept it was combining the two, cats and coffee, so I went home and told my husband about it,” says Kelli Steward, owner and founder along with husband Stephen of Alabama’s only cat café, Gatos and Beans.
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Cats are inquisitive and curious for good reason. As prey animals and predators in nature, their survival depends on knowing everything and everyone in their territory. They explore and test everything that is new to them. They specifically need to know: What is this? Is this edible? Will this eat me? Understanding our cats’ need
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