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Crazy Cat Lady Crazy Cat Lady by Agnes Loonstra and Ester Scholten. The image of the crazy cat lady certainly isn’t what it used to be. Women are embracing and celebrating the label, declaring our love for felines with pride, humor and more than a little sass. Many of us consider the term crazy cat
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Got a bunch of cardboard boxes hanging around your house? Just a few easy steps can turn a box into a cozy hangout for your cat. What you’ll need: Large cardboard box that’s big enough for your cat to fit comfortably inside (the one I used measured 16 by 16 by 16 inches.) Large piece
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Facing the death of a beloved cat is heartbreaking, and Two Hearts Pet Loss Center is trying to help us all in that journey. It was launched by Coleen Ellis in 2009, who previously founded Pet Angel Memorial Center in 2004 due to the personal experience and death of her beloved pet Mico. Coleen saw
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Cat cafes are popping up all over the place these days — but how do you go about making your kitties-and-coffee venture stand out from rest of the clowder? In the case of The Catcade, which opened in Chicago in 2017, you add a bunch of vintage arcade games to the mix. The brainchild of
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The Fourth of July can be a stressful time for our kitties, what with the flashes and bangs and scent of gunpowder in the air. I asked my cat, Stella, what I could do to make the evening more pleasant for her. Stella, I’m worried about fireworks scaring you this Fourth of July. Do you
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Looking for the purrfect “next thing” for your feline family members? We’ve got the latest cat-friendly products here! ECOFLEX Kitty Katio Pen ECOFLEX Kitty Katio Pen Help your cat play safely outside with the honey maple-colored katio using ECOFLEX, an eco-friendly composite material. Combined with the NeveRust stainless steel wire, the Katio will outlast most
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Ah, the wisdom that comes with age. Your 5-year-old cat is now a full-fledged adult, and she has likely settled into a routine and life that suits her personality, her preferences and her place in your home. She has learned the ins and outs of family life, and she has probably trained you — and
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It’s always nice to hear that Catster inspires our readers. I was especially excited to hear about 15-year-old Blake Austin, who, according to her mom, has been an avid reader of Catster (and Cat Fancy) ever since she learned how to read. Blake is also a volunteer at Midcoast Humane (midcoast humane.org) in Brunswick, Maine,
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Independence Day is celebrated in a way that’s almost guaranteed to overload a cat’s senses, and that can quickly become a health issue. The constant booming of fireworks can drive sensitive or already anxious cats into a state of complete terror. And if you’re hosting a Fourth of July party, your cat might be stressed
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Some of the most profoundly heartbreaking moments of my cat-caretaking life revolve around being unable to tell how much pain my beloved friends were suffering. Even though I know cats are very good at disguising their pain, I can’t help but guilt-trip myself sometimes over this health issue, because as a person who’s lived with
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One of the most common distress calls I receive is from cat parents upset about their cat’s destructive claws and how to stop cat scratching. While we humans may feel like our cats must secretly hate us (why else would they ruin our brand-new designer sofa?!), they’re really just following their natural instincts when they
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Often, my cat behavior consultations have a theme. A few weeks ago I had a run on cats who were upsetting their people because they were hanging out on kitchen counters and lounging on computer keyboards. The theme of last week’s consultations was how to stop cats from scratching furniture. One consultation stands out. Shelly
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Sterling “TrapKing” Davis’ mission, as his website says, is “to change the stereotypes of not only men in cat rescue, but also bridge the gap in communication between black communities and animal rescue/local shelters.” Sterling brings the work of TNR to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Georgia’s cities, bringing together advocates from a variety
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What do crazy cat ladies, haggard airline travelers, insane people, and gardeners have in common? For them, today, March 17, should be a day of revelry and celebration. I’m not talking about St. Patrick’s Day. (Although I admit I simply can’t let mid-March pass without slamming back a cold green one.) I’m talking about the
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Savvy cat guardians know that to stop cats from scratching furniture, one must provide correct stimulation and alternatives for scratching. Cats love well designed scratching posts, and the placement of such alternatives to furniture can make all the difference. I’ve done this, and my cats don’t bother my new furniture at all. Cats are also clever
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We’ve got longhair and shorthair aplenty, we’ve got hairless and munchkins galore, you want tabby stripes, we’ve got 20 …. But today, we’re introducing you to not one, not two, but six fluffy cat breeds that will leave you itching for a pet, cuddle or all of the above. First, What Makes Fluffy Cat Breeds
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Making an outdoor cat shelter is a project that saves cats’ lives. When John Medaglia built his home on a wooded street in rural Long Island, he didn’t realize the property was already inhabited. As a lifelong animal-lover, he was undaunted to find free-roaming cats settling in under his porch. He strategized on the best
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Training a cat to walk on a leash enriches her lifestyle by safely allowing her to enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. It’s also an excellent way of revving up her exercise routine. There’s no question that a cat’s personality plays an important role in deciding if she’s game for a fresh-air
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Author Terry Pratchett said, “In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” When you hear this phrase, do you automatically think of ancient Egyptian cat goddesses and cat gods? Probably. Do you think of any other cultures when it comes to cat goddesses, cat gods and worshipping cats? Probably not. But
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As a cat lover and an art lover, I was intrigued when I heard about artist Gretchen Kish Serrano and her custom pet portraits. Her pieces combine her creativity with inspirations from classic artists. These vibrant works of art are not only beautiful, but they honor the bond her clients share with their pets. She
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No one ever thinks a natural disaster will actually hit their home — and a lack of preparedness can make the tragic devastation all the more damaging. As the guardian of a cat, you have a duty of care to take crucial steps to secure your pet’s safety ahead of time. Here’s an overview of
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Love cuddling with furry felines but curious about their naked counterparts? Prepare to have your appetite sated with this crash course on hairless cat breeds. A word of warning: by the end of this article you’re definitely going to want to add one of these hairless cat breeds to your feline family! 1. Bambino A
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For indoor cats, windows provide hours of entertainment and mental stimulation — vital to keeping your cat happy and healthy. It’s really easy to create a special space near a window for your cat to enjoy the view. You don’t have to have any special skills or spend a lot of money — just pick
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends in January? Here are some fun January 2019 cat events. All Month: Workman Publishing 2019 Calendars Check out this and other fun 2019 calendars from Workman Publishing Do you have your 2019 calendar yet? Workman Publishing has 34 new titles joining its best-selling lineup that are
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Many of us begin the new year by creating a list of resolutions — which last at least until January 27. All (mostly) kidding aside, the new year feels like a clean slate, right? It makes sense to dream and set goals, and why wouldn’t cats want to do the same thing? They’d probably change
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We all love showing off a gazillion pictures of our cats on our phones these days. Unfortunately, many of those photos are terrible. This comes to a head during the festive season, when you’re guaranteed to receive at least one holiday card starring a photo of a friend or relation’s cat who winds up looking
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Sometimes a cat shows up in your neighborhood or on your doorstep, and it’s obvious that the cat is feral. There’s no way you’re going to lure the cat inside or touch her, and the best you can do is feed her, and hopefully, implement some TNR. The large gray area with free-roaming cats, however,
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