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  June the 1st is a very busy day. It is National Nail Polish Day. National Hazelnut Cake Day. National Heimlich Maneuver Day. Wow! Who knew? But much more importantly it also starts National Adopt A Cat Month aka Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. A month long reminder that this month brings kittens, and so many that shelters will be bursting with them. Some kittens will arrive so young that they will need to be cared for in special care […]

It’s June!! It’s National Adopt A Cat Month


Have you every lost a cat? It is a sickening nightmare. Independent by nature they wander, or get out, or hide, or get disorientated. Have a fight and flee fast. Or find themselves in a car or van having a cozy snooze and wake up somewhere else. The owner is frantic with worry and little ones cry. Signs get posted on power poles with pictures of the missing love in the hope that someone will have seen the kitty and […]

Do You Recognize This Cat?



cat tattoos
Adored, much oh sweet furry little love? Cat lovers often have an obsession about their feline babies. They are spoilt, indulged and sometimes idolized. Cute things are acquired for them. And even cuter things are acquired for the owner to remind them of Fluffy and Slasher. The internet and retail stores are full of things the smitten human can buy. Mugs, handbags, artwork, figurines. But what if you want something really permanent and personal? Have that everlasting homage to your baby? Or to an […]

Cat Tattoos ~ Showing Your Love In Ink


  They come into your life. Small and helpless. With those big ears that don’t really fit their heads. Or, maybe they weren’t so young, and were adopted, and came from another life. They looked at you with some kind of knowledge of………..what is it? And those eyes. They melt your heart. These wonderful creatures become part of your life. They intertwine their lives with you and snatch time. Parts of days. Whole days. A lifetime.     And one […]

Saying Goodbye To A Cat



Earlier this summer the local grocery had some catnip plants that were clearly struggling, and had a seriously reduced price of 99¢! At this almost giveaway price a catnip garden was in the future.  Cats love catnip, there is no doubt about it.     And in a lifetime of cat ownership they use a lot of catnip. The toys, the treats, the bags of the dried herb. So given this opportunity now was the time to become a catnip farmer […]

Harvesting Catnip – A Little Guide


Cats and catnip
  Catnip Botanical name: Nepeta Cataria Common names: catnip, catmint, catswort Native to: just about everywhere except cold northern places and Antarctica Herbaceous perennial (not woody and grows every year): member of mint family Attracts butterflies and cats Deer resistant Drought resistant Uses – humans: can be brewed for tea / medicinal uses Uses – cats: (from wikipedia): “With domestic cats, N. cataria is used as a recreational substance for pet cats’ enjoyment, and catnip and catnip-laced products designed for use with domesticated cats are available to […]

Cats And Catnip



june is adopt a shelter cat month
Hello there kitten. Did you know that June is “Adopt A Shelter Cat Month”?     With the arrival of June’s warm weather, longer days, beach days and barbecues arrive. And so do kittens. Lots and lots of kittens. Late spring sees the birth of thousands of kittens and they will join the millions of cats that are in shelters already. The American Humane Association estimates that approximately 4 million cats and kittens end up in shelters each year. 4 […]

June Is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month!







Any better reason to hug your cat(s)? June 4th is the day you are officially to do it. Time and Date says so. It is a little unclear as to who actually thought up this unofficial day, clearly it wasn’t devised by cats, but it does seem to be celebrated around the world. According to Twitter. It even has a hashtag.     So the wonderful feline that you share your life with, who may not really be a cuddle bunny […]

June 4th Is Hug Your Cat Day


Black kitten in basket
Despite their reputation for aloofness and independence cats are really highly social creatures. To the uninitiated they may appear cool, indifferent and disdainful of humans. They don’t run up to you like dogs, or wag their tails and take off the contents of the coffee table but their  love and affection are obvious. Especially to their human family. Come home at the end of a long day away and Slasher and Fluffy will often rise, casually, and saunter over to you to […]

Home Alone – The Feline Edition



The feral cat
  The feral cat is a domestic cat that is wild and lives on the edge of human society. Born and raised without human contact these cats are unsocialized, highly cautious and untrusting of humans. Like pet and stray cats feral cats are part of the domestic cat family but have lost their ability to live with humans. Stray cats are either lost, have escaped or been abandoned by their owners and have had human intereaction and can possibly  return into […]

The Feral Cat


Cats in the wild eat once a day. They hunt, kill and do not eat again until the following successful hunt. They don’t have access to food all day long, to graze perpetually and fill themselves with calories. However, domestic cats live a different lifestyle. As pets they don’t have to hunt for food, it’s presented to them, and often they not only get fed at mealtimes, but they have food available all day or get fed on demand. Who doesn’t […]

Feeding Your Cat And Why You Might Be Doing It Wrong



“carnivore meaning ‘meat eater’ (Latin, caro meaning ‘meat’ or ‘flesh’ and vorare meaning ‘to devour’) is an organism that derives its energy and nutrient requirements from a diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue, whether through predation or scavenging”. source: Wikipedia Felines are strict carnivores. Which means that they eat meat, especially in the wild, and this natural diet generally provides them with a healthy, balanced diet. However, for the domestic house cat, a diet that consists solely of meat is unhealthy for them and will lead to nutrient deficiencies. Cats in the wild eat all of the […]

Cat Nutrition


Tiny kitten meets small stuffed dog
Cats as a species are notoriously independent, willful, creative and energetic. To the uninitiated they seem aloof and disinterested, sometimes disdainful of their humans. But those who have fallen under the hypnotic spell and have a feline in their life will know that these  adorable creatures have an arsenal of behaviors and activities to get what they want. Purring, rubbing, kneading are the obvious ones but more subtly they stare at you (unblinkingly), tilt their heads, fall on their backs, stretch […]

How To Train Your Cat