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We consider our pets part of the family, but resources for grieving a beloved pet are limited. Kaleel Sakakeeny began supporting pet parents through the grieving process after the loss of his beloved feline soul mate, Kyro. “Kyro lit up my days and when he died, the light went out of my life,” Kaleel says.
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Lori Wendin, our art director, sent me the link to this planter, saying — run this! Of course, I loved it, too and reached out to co-creator Angel Napoleon to find out the inspiration behind this great product. About five years ago, Angel and her partner Brent Napoleon were working at a 3D printing company,
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He favors a palette of yellow with purple, pink and orange for flowers. Nature is his muse and inspires him to paint several times a year, most often during seasonal changes. His technique is streaks, dabs and splotches applied with his right paw. Meet Quint Cole, acrylic artist. Born in 2012, Quint was the last
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Purr & Pour Cat Café just opened its doors this past June in Georgetown, South Carolina. Its vision is a big one: a Georgetown County free from the overpopulation of non-altered feral and homeless cats because they’ve found loving forever homes. The café — the dream of PURRprietor Patricia Devine-Harms — gets its 12 to
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When a love for cats is fueled by passion, a dream can become reality. This encapsulates the story behind Esther Mechler’s organization Marian’s Dream and their Feline Fix by Five initiative to educate America about the benefits of spaying and neutering cats before they are 5 months old. “When it comes to spaying and neutering
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Cat Chase the Moon Famous feline P.I. Joe Grey is back in the 21st installment of Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s beloved Joe Grey Mystery series. In this newest thriller, Joe Grey’s world has fallen apart when his teen kitten, Courtney, goes missing. All the cats and their human friends are searching the streets, worried that Courtney
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends in September? Here are some fun September 2019 cat events. Sunday, Sept. 8: National Pet Memorial Day Held each year on the second Sunday of September, this day of remembrance honors our pets that have passed on. Here are some ways you can celebrate your furry
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Do you crave love and luck? Then you’ll most definitely covet a cuddle with the Korat — a silver-toned sweetheart who will make you purr! 1 Shades of silver The Korat’s coloring is blue-gray in hue but has a halo effect that casts a silver sheen upon his coat, making him glisten and glow in
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Veterinarian Christine Wilford was alarmed by the burgeoning feral cat population in Washington state. She and a group of dedicated volunteers decided to take action to reduce feline homelessness by performing free spay-neuter surgery for feral and free-roaming cats. That led to the formation of a 501(c)(3) organization called the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project (FCSNP)
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Resting is an important part of every cat’s daily routine. Cats need to relax and recharge in a spot where they feel comfortable letting their guard down. If left to their own devices, cats will find places to nap, maybe under the bed or in a closet. These may not be the best options if
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We humans understand the importance of incorporating nutritious food in our diet. Good nutrition means that the body is getting everything it needs — vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids — to function well.A cat’s diet isn’t any different. “The foundation of health is nutrition,” says Ernie Ward, DVM, founder of the Association
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Hauspanther Cat Toy Collection Colorful, unique and fun! These cat toys are as satisfying for cats as they are for people. Each toy encourages a different kind of play behavior from stalking and pouncing to chasing and tossing, keeping cats active and entertained. Abstract shapes, unique textures and sophisticated colors make the toys look like
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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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