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Summer can be a trying time for cats. I decided to ask my cat, Stella, how we could stay cool when the temperature rises. Summer is upon us, Stella! Are you thinking up ways to beat the heat?This again? I HATE summer. The heat waves, the children screaming in agony, you and your novelty sunglasses,
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Summer is here, and with it comes additional indoor-outdoor traffic, open windows and inviting scents wafting into our homes. It also means our indoor cats turn into fuzzy little escape artists and will face stressful situations if they find themselves out of their element. And we humans… well, we just about lose our heads with
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun July cat activities. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled or gone virtual. All month: National Lost Pet Prevention Month A tabby cat with an ID collar on. Photography by Shelagh Duffett/Thinkstock. Wednesday, July 1: ID Your
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We interviewed top feline experts to find out their favorite cat-care secrets for all life stages. Read on to learn how to manage the most common cat-care and behavior issues. Photo: Lightspruch | Getty Images Cat-care secrets for preventing litter box woes Not using the litter box is at the top of the list of
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NOAA is forecasting a severe Atlantic Hurricane season with 13 to 19 named storms and up to 10 hurricanes for 2020. Hurricane season runs from July through November with a peak from mid-August through the end of October. Before any bad weather appears, you need to make sure that you have an emergency plan that
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Adding a new cat to your household is exciting, but it can also lead to turmoil, especially if you already have a cat that’s unsure of the new addition. While the first few days in your home can be ones of high stress, knowing how to socialize your cat with the new one can make
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Cats are naturally playful creatures. Once you’ve lived with a cat for a while, it becomes evident that anything can be a toy. Most cat owners have had a Christmas tree incident with their cat knocking baubles left, right and center.  Here’s why playtime is so important for your cat and how playing with your
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In an ideal world, every cat would live indoors and enjoy a warm, loving home. Of course, we don’t live in an ideal world, and some cats must live outdoors due to circumstances beyond their or their person’s control. Here’s what you need to know about cats who live outside. Only spayed or neutered cats
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When a beloved cat passes away, your house and heart may seem a little empty. Grief looks and feels different for each person, and there is no wrong way to grieve. Ordained animal chaplain Kaleel Sakakeeny describes grieving as an active process, and his work is about supporting cat guardians “moving from grief to mourning.”
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Did someone say “summer vacation?” Cats are always ready for a little R & R, and the summer months are the perfect time for them to kick back (more than usual) and fully enjoy the lazy, hazy days. Here are nine ways cats might soak up summer vacation, with a little help from the humans
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If you have multiple cats in your home, chances are when one dies it’s not just you who is grieving. Your surviving cat will likely also be missing her feline friend. Even cats who might not seem especially bonded often go through periods of loss or adjustment after a feline companion passes away. Some grieving
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I always have lots of fabric scraps lying around, so I use them up by making toys for my cats and the cats at the shelter where I volunteer. I usually just do simple squares and rectangles, but I recently decided to try some trickier shapes — like fish! If you know your way around
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Let’s Bake! A Pusheen CookbookBeloved cartoon cat Pusheen is celebrating her 10th anniversary with this new book — a fun collection of themed recipes for cookies, cakes and other yummy and super cute treats. With a little help from Pusheen creator Claire Belton and scientist- turned-chef Dr. Susanne Ng, you’ll find 40 recipes for sweet
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For decades, people knew Terrence Lauerman as Brother Terry. Now, millions of people know him as Cat Grandpa Terry — a YouTube star, famous catnapper, calendar guy and even coffee flavor. The fame started about two years ago when Terry — a brother at Saint Norbert Abbey and retired teacher — started visiting Safe Haven
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun June cat activities. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled, postponed or gone virtual. Show your cat some love today! Photography © PeopleImages | E+ / Getty Images. All month: Adopt A Shelter Cat Month, National Foster a
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Tina Traster, a veteran journalist-turned-filmmaker of the multi-award-winning documentary Catnip Nation has lived with and loved cats for years. Her idea to make a documentary about them began as an ode to these enigmatic creatures. But despite her passion and the popularity of cats in mainstream culture today, her journalist’s compass led to a darker
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For as long as he can remember, former high-powered attorney Buzz Miller dedicated his time to improving the lives and well-being of pets. It was while working at animal shelters that he witnessed heartbreaking scenes of military personnel deployed overseas forced to surrender their beloved pets because they had no one to look after them
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With a little help from her mom, 10-year-old Emma Finnegan figured out a great way to earn some money to buy herself a cellphone: making and selling bow ties for pets. They’d had fun making one for their rescue dog, Casey, so they decided to take it one step further. And with that, Casey’s House
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Because of efforts to reduce the cases of COVID-19, many people have been sheltering in place for over a month. That means our cats have had their pet parents home with them full-time. And that’s great – mostly. There are plenty of memes out there with cats missing their alone time. Of course, at some
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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, cat showing has gone virtual, opening up the cat fancy world to any kitty who wants to compete – pedigreed or playful. The International Cat Association (TICA) kicked off its first-ever “Virtual Cat Show” at the end of April, and there are virtual shows scheduled through the middle of June. Related:
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The Florida panther, once flourishing throughout the Southeast, was adopted in 1982 as Florida’s state animal. It is now one of the most endangered big cats on the planet. In July 2019, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) trail cameras caught sight of a radio-collared female cat struggling to walk. She had two 2-week-old
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun May cat activities. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled. But here are some virtual events you can check out. All month: National Pet Month; Chip Your Pet Month Meet lots of breeds virtually from TICA. Photo
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Stella, Memorial Day is coming up! I thought we’d do something special today that has to do with cats.I’M GETTING A PARADE! You are not getting a parade.But I’m a military. You are NOT a military.A military that steadfastly defends this house, this yard, this street from the abandoned boat trailer to the north to
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While spending the day in New York City, Catster art director Lori Wendin visited the Fishs Eddy store in Union Square, where she saw an artist working in the back of the store. That artist is Ben Lenovitz, whose artwork is fun, quirky and absolutely charming. He works in several mediums to create his pop-folk
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Five years ago, Danielle Schafer spotted a stray kitten on a rural street in upstate New York. She took her home, and named her Kitty. The beautiful, green-eyed feline, clearly smitten with her rescuer, made it pretty clear she wanted to stay. “She would run down the stairs meowing at me,” Danielle says. “She was
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