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Cat Blogs

11 July 2020

Cat Blogs
  • Dakota Forever
    11 July 2020
    Sweet and Handsome Dakota, from the blog Dakota’s Den, has joined his kitty Brother Cody over the Rainbow Bridge. Dakota made his journey yesterday surrounded by the love of Mom Caren and Dad Lenny. Dakota was a really doggie hero…
  • The Good Boy Has Been Weaned Off Temptations. Again.
    11 July 2020

    Little Buddy, I’m happy to announce, has been weaned off the kitty crack.

    And no, I’m not talking about catnip, which he enjoys once a week or two without yowling mournfully for more. I’m talking about Temptations, those crunchy cat treats that turn our furry little friends into fiends with one-track minds.

    This is the second time I’ve stopped giving him those treats. One is never enough. Two, three, six? Not enough. More. More! More Temptations!!!

    It got to the point where Buddy would meow insistently in front of the treat cabinet first thing in the morning, then get up to follow me every time I went in the general direction of the kitchen, trilling in anticipation.

    If I made the mistake of leaving the bag out, he’d paw at it and meow insistently.

    And one time I got an economy size tub of the stuff from Costco, fed him one or two pieces, then got distracted by a phone call. I was only away for a minute at most, but during that time Buddy swiped the tub off the coffee table, causing the lid to pop as it hit the hardwood floor and spilling hundreds of the kittycrack biscuits everywhere.

    When I returned I found Bud gorging himself, vacuuming up his precious Temps like a high end Hoover. I shooed him away and carefully swept up every remaining piece, but it was too late — the little guy started throwing up everything he’d just eaten.

    Astonishingly, when he’d gotten the last of it up and I was on hands and knees cleaning the mess, he began to meow for more Temptations.

    That is hard core, epic crack fiend behavior.

    It’s “Houston, we have a serious problem” level.

    Not the only one: Lots of people have reported instances where cats helped themselves to the kitty crack. Credit: theknowmad/reddit

    Temptations are cat junk food. They’re packed with filler, animal by-products, things cats can’t properly digest (corn, rice, corn gluten meal), and the added nutrients cited by Whiskas are of dubious nutritional value at best.

    Cats aren’t drawn to them for any natural reason: Whatever chemicals they’re coated with are designed to manipulate the feline brain, and in the human world we’d call them drugs. The behavioral changes alone are enough to warrant a change.

    I was doing a disservice to my little guy by feeding him that crap, so now we’re going to find something better. If you’d care to offer any suggestions, we’re all ears. Please leave them in the comments.

  • How To Handle Flea And Worm Infection In Cats
    11 July 2020

    Cats are truly mysterious creatures. Looking after them is similar to obeying their commands. Cats act as if they rule the world, and indeed they do! Pet parents always take one extra step to keep …

    The post How To Handle Flea And Worm Infection In Cats appeared first on KittyExpert.com.

  • Pippi's "A" Kittens [5] - July 11, 2020
    11 July 2020

    Pippi's "A" Kittens [5]
    Oleg says: I work in the building materials business in St. Petersburg, Russia, but photography and breeding Abyssinian cats are my hobbies. My Pippi is a very intelligent cat, affectionate with people but strict with other cats. She is the head of pride. :-) Pippi's full name is Lady in Red Charming Angel. Her mother is Fairy Tale Charming Angel and her father is Loup Blanc Hanzo Hattory (from Japan).

    Pippi's first litter was born December 2009. They are named Africa (sorrel girl), Alt-Shift (sorrel boy) and Alonso (fawn boy). Their father was Sanabyca Dagaz. Alt-Shift (center) was the leader. The other two were more timid. Alt-Shift still lives in St. Petersburg with a loving family. Here is a photo of him in his new home. Alonso and Africa both live in Moscow.


    Courtesy of: Oleg Alexeev / AbySphere
  • Exciting opportunity for a Veterinary Nurse to join our team
    11 July 2020
  • Vlogging About My Therapy Cat Work
    11 July 2020

    If you remember, I did a photo session for a interview I did for The Conscious Cat a few weeks ago. In case you are wondering, the story came out just before Cat World Domination Day. You can go here if you’d like to read it.

    I did mention that my human also shot some video, in which she talks a little bit about my therapy cat work, and how I miss it. But she just got around to editing it and posting it on Friday. So I’m sharing it with you now— it’s only a minute and a half long. I hope you enjoy it! You can tell I had fun while we were shooting it.

    Make sure to Like my videos on YouTube! If you want to see my videos before everyone else, Subscribe to my channel â€” and hit the bell notification!

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  • I’m On The Move
    11 July 2020
    My humans are in the middle of moving to another state this week so I am currently staying at a hotel. Hotels suck. Apparently, there are two classes of hotels. There are regular hotels with their clean crisp sheets and fancy doors that lock, and then there are hotels that allow pets. Yes, mine is …
  • Caturday Saturday
    11 July 2020

    Hi everyone! We are joiningAthena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and The Pet Parade.

    I used the photo of Trouble and the kitty light to make my art.

     

    And here is the puzzle:

     
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  • Painted Cat Parade #CaturdayArt
    11 July 2020
    Meows from Mudpie!

    This week I was super excited to be a part of the Painted Cat Parade presented by our sweet friends Peaches & Paprikain celebration of National Body Painting Day. Didn't they do a pawsome job turning me into a painted lady? (NO, not THAT kind!!!)


    Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


    And now our answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

    1. When this pandemic is over, I hope to never hear things like unprecedented/uncertain times, we're all in this together, abundance of caution, wear a mask, self isolation and social distancing ever again. I'm so over all of it.

    2. I have zero interest in anything summer-related.

    3. I always look forward to Christmas in July. The only worthwhile part of July!

    4. Summer heat is the bane of my existence. We've already had 12 days over 90 degrees this year, and the past 2 days have had a heat index of 100. That's just wrong in northern Vermont and I hate every minute of it!
    Geez, all my fill ins are complaints! Guess the crazy heat has made me grouchy.
  • Are Laser Pointers Bad for Cats?
    11 July 2020

    The post Are Laser Pointers Bad for Cats? appeared first on Katzenworld - Welcome to the world of cats!.

    Are Laser Pointers Bad for Cats?

    Whip out a laser pointer, and in a second, your cat will be locked on target and ready to pounce. Laser pointers are a popular toy for cats, but have you ever stopped to ask: Are laser pointers bad for cats?

    There are so many types of cat toys to choose from. Fetch and chase toys, teaser wands, puzzles, even catnip, but the most exciting of them all is the laser pointer.

    Watching your cat pull off impressive aerial stunts while she frantically dashes to catch the tiny red intruder is fun, but there may be some unexpected consequences to this exciting game. To make sure you are using your cat’s laser pointer safely and appropriately, we need to consider why cats chase the laser so enthusiastically.

    Cats and Lasers: The Obsession

    Generally, when wielding the almighty pointer, you like to make it dash and darts rapidly across the floor. You let it jump partway up the wall or under some furniture, all to make the game more challenging for your cat.

    These frantic and unpredictable movements trigger your cat’s natural prey drive. Whether you consider your cat a hunter or not, the built-in instincts of her ancestors are always there.

    Though some domesticated cats are not as adept as others, cats are exceptional hunters. They are stealthy, quick, and not afraid to go in for the kill. Many cats, even domesticated indoor kitties, will be almost relentless in their pursuit of the laser.

    Now we know why they chase the laser, but we still need to know if it’s safe.

    Pros and Cons of Laser Pointers for Cats

    Even if you’ve never used a laser pointer with your cat, it’s easy to see why most cats would interact with one. You may have noticed your cat following the glare from your phone dancing on the wall, or the movement of a sunbeam from a blowing curtain.

    Although their reactions seem to indicate that they enjoy the experience, we must look at whether using a laser pointer with your cat is safe and recommended. Here are some pros and cons of laser pointers for cats to help you consider all the information before introducing or continuing to use this toy:

    Pros:

    1. Exercise

    Unlike dogs, cats don’t often get the same opportunity for physical activity. They don’t go for daily walks or have free run of the back yard. Many domestic cats are strictly indoors. Using laser pointers for play is an excellent method of encouraging vigorous activity.

    Even a fat cat can improve her cardio with short, high-energy workouts chasing the laser. This activity helps to build and maintain muscle mass, as well as help to keep cats fit and trim.

    1. Mental Activity

    In addition to being a great cat workout, laser pointers are a great way to keep your cat thinking. Hunting requires a lot of mental focus, so short games of laser tag will give her some of the mental activity she needs.

    Get creative with your laser skills to increase the challenge as she learns to hone her fierce hunting skills. Run the laser under objects and around corners to help her sharpen her problem-solving skills and quick decision making.

    1. It’s Easy

    The best thing about laser pointers is how easy they are to use. They can be used from just about anywhere in the house. You can be lying in bed, binging some Netflix, or even getting some work done from home.

    Laser pointers make it easier to interact with and exercise your cat every day. The hustle and bustle of life make it easy to forget that our cats need our attention. Having a toy that allows you to play with your cat more often is a great way to strengthen your bond with her.

    Cons:

    1. Eye Damage

    Some people are concerned that you can damage your cats’ vision by shining the laser into her eyes. This is only kind of true. Yes, the laser has the potential to impact kitty’s vision, but only with prolonged contact.

    Low wattage lasers designed for cat toys shouldn’t be a risk if the light flashes across her eyes for a split second. The trick here is to avoid pointing the laser at her eyes. Instead, try pointing the laser at the ground in front of her or beside her.

    1. Anxiety

    Laser pointers have the potential to cause anxiety in your cat. When we ask, “are laser pointers bad for cats?” what we should be asking is “Do laser pointers stress out your cat?” The answer to that is, in most cases, yes.

    You may be having a ball, and it may look like your cat is passionate about the game, but you are setting her up to fail. Simply put, it’s an un-winnable game. She can stalk, chase, and pounce, but she’ll never catch the laser.

    The anxiety or frustration that this game causes can lead your cat to redirect her emotional response towards more destructive behaviours. She may be aggressive towards you, your other pets, and even turn her frustrations towards herself by overgrooming or scratching.

    1. Injury

    Cats always land on their feet. That’s the saying, right? You’d be surprised how often one of my cats faceplants while trying to leap onto furniture, or how easily they slide across the hardwood right into a wall when chasing a toy.

    The fact is, laser tag is a high energy game that requires a lot of your cats’ concentration. It’s easier than you think for your cats to misstep, slip, fall, or trip when she’s hunting the beam of light.

    Even the most agile cats can make mistakes, and the last thing you want is for your cat to injure herself in the pursuit of the laser.

    Tips for Using a Laser Pointer Safely

    There are some awesome benefits to using a laser pointer with your cat, but do the pros outweigh the cons? If you use a laser pointer safely and appropriately, then you can minimize the risks and make sure your cat reaps the benefits of this fun toy.

    To help you use your cat’s favourite laser toy in the safest ways possible, we’ve put together a few tips:

    4 Laser Pointer Safety Tips
    1. Avoid using automatic laser toys unless you are there to supervise. Manually operating your cat’s laser show allows you to limit the area of play and keep your cat from prolonged exposure to the laser pointer.
    2. Avoid shining the laser on tall shelving and objects that your cat can fall from when she races to catch the light. Minimize the danger and margin for error but sticking to lower playing fields and places with stable and softer landings.
    3. Try to limit playtime to short increments. Catching a laser is tiring. Your cats’ instincts will tell her to be relentless in her hunt, and she could easily overexert herself. If you notice signs of exhaustion during a short play session, take a break and encourage your cat to catch her breath.
    4. Let her win. I know we said that that laser tag is an un-winnable game, but that’s not strictly true. Instead of ending a session by just turning off the laser pointer, focus the laser on a physical prize that your cat can catch.

    You can strategically place a few treats or some of her favourite toys around the room and stop the laser on the reward. Wait for your cat to pounce on the red dot and then quickly turn it off. This will give your cat an object to catch and satisfy her hunting instincts.

    Important Tip:

    Never use modified lasers, lasers not designed for pets, or high-powered lasers. They may be a fun gadget for you but can easily be dangerous for your cat. Most laser pointers for cats have less than 1mW of power.

    You might have noticed that cat laser pointers are typically red. This is because red lasers are less powerful and can do much damage. Green laser, on the other hand, even at wattages as low as 5mW, can pop a balloon or light a match if the laser is concentrated on the item long enough.

    Imaging what a more powerful laser can do to your cat. Be safe and stick to pet-approved lasers only.

    Play Smart, Play Safe

    Are laser pointers bad for cats? They certainly can be used the wrong way, but if you use if correctly, laser pointers can be a great tool for exercising and bonding with your cat.

    Not every cat is suited for laser pointers. If your cat shows signs of aggression or stress, even with our safety tips, then it’s time to look for a new game. For some, the hunt is just too stressful.

    Does your cat get stressed out after playing with lasers? Share your story and tips in the comments below!

    Author Bio:

    Krystn is the content writer forHomesalive.ca. She is a passionate pet nutrition enthusiast and has worked in the pet industry for over a decade. Krystn loves to share her passion for animal welfare with others. She loves all animals but is currently channelling some crazy cat lady vibes with her five lovable, but rebellious cats.

    The post Are Laser Pointers Bad for Cats? appeared first on Katzenworld.

Cat Food Blogs

11 July 2020

Cat Food Blogs
  • Can Cats Eat Watermelon? Or Should This Fruit Be Avoided?
    22 June 2020

    Can cats eat watermelon? Watermelon fruit is a safe hydrating treat for cats, especially during hot summer months. But you should never give your cat the seeds or rind of a watermelon. Seeds can be a choking hazard, and contain cyanide, which could harm your cat. Watermelon should only be given as a treat, due […]

    The post Can Cats Eat Watermelon? Or Should This Fruit Be Avoided? appeared first on The Happy Cat Site.

  • How to Switch Your Cat’s Food From Dry to Wet or Vice Versa
    17 June 2020

    The post How to Switch Your Cat’s Food From Dry to Wet or Vice Versa by Beth Ann Mayer appeared first on Catster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Catster.com.

    Cats, at least stereotypically, like to live life on their own terms. Unlike dogs who live to please, Kitty is more likely to tell you you’re doing such a lousy job petting her or that your new shaggy rug is nowhere near as great as the plush one you used to have.

    Some of that is internet meme lore, but when it comes to food, cats tend to be far pickier about what they eat, and that can make it difficult to switch things up.

    “Cats are just more particular about palatability, texture and flavor,” says Dr. Angie Kraus from I and love and you.

    But Dr. Kraus says wet food is better for cats than dry food.

    “Cats are carnivores,” she says. “When we feed them kibble, we are feeding them a lot of carbohydrates. In order to make a kibble, you have to make it crunchy, which requires some kind of carbohydrate like … rice.”

    A diet high in carbs can lead to obesity, dental and gastrointestinal issues and pancreatitis. Even if Kitty loves her kibble, Dr. Kraus believes it’s worth it to transition a cat from dry to wet food. She shares tips for getting even the most particular kitty on board with the change.

    Photo: AaronAmat / Getty Images

    Go slow

    Dr. Kraus advises against trying to go cold turkey by putting out dry food one day and only wet food the next. “Cats will definitely win out in a starvation game,” she says. “If you don’t feed a cat for 72 hours, they can have pretty serious issues like liver disease that aren’t reversible and quite possibly life-threatening.” Instead, try putting a little wet food out to see if the cat is interested. “If they are not, I will mix it into what they are already liking so they can slowly get [used to it].” Every couple of days, decrease the amount of dry food and increase the amount of wet food. Patience is a virtue. Dr. Kraus says that some cats may be able to transition from dry to wet food in one week. “For the cats who aren’t as easy-going, it can take a few months,” she warns.

    Get creative

    If Kitty isn’t taking to her new diet, you may need to try a few things out. Remember, cats have their idiocracies. “There are some cats that have a lot of specific temperature preferences,” Dr. Kraus says. “People trying to get their cat from kibble to wet foods may find they like their food slightly warm or with a little water.” Sometimes, presentation can be everything. “They don’t like the bowl. They don’t want their whiskers to touch the bowl, or they want a plate, but they don’t want that plate to be plastic,” Dr. Kraus says even the location of the bowl or plate and the time you’re putting it out can affect whether Kitty takes the food or leaves it. Play around with it.

    Related: Make Mealtime Fun for Cats

    Sometimes, combo-feeding is a good compromise. “If there can be any wet, that’s better, and a lot of people have to combo feed because their cats refuse to eat only wet food, and some cats will only eat dry food once they have become accustomed to dry food,” Dr. Kraus says.

    Photo: Sergey Pakulin/Getty Images

    What about changing from wet cat food to dry food?

    Though Dr. Kraus says wet is best, sometimes people want to do the opposite and transition to dry food.

    “The most practical consideration is being able to leave [the cat over the weekend] without a pet sitter, or economical reasons,” Dr. Kraus says. “Dry food can be a lot cheaper than wet food.”

    This transition should also be slow. Start by putting out a little kibble to see if the cat will take it. If not, mix it with wet food. Not working? “There are a lot of fun food toys and dispensers that make it interesting,” Dr. Kraus says. “They can roll a ball around, and it can dispense food or it will look like grass, and they have to bat it around to get it out of the grass.”

    Top photograph: Chalabala / Getty Images

    Read Next: We’re Feeding Cats Wrong — Ditch the Cat Food Bowls and Change the Schedules

    The post How to Switch Your Cat’s Food From Dry to Wet or Vice Versa by Beth Ann Mayer appeared first on Catster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Catster.com.

  • Feeding Your Kitten
    13 June 2020

    It’s time to make feeding your kitten simple! We’ll give you all the information you need in order to make sure that your kitten has a healthy diet that meets all his needs. HELPFUL LINKS Feeding kittens dry food Dry feeding schedule chart Feeding kittens wet food Wet feeding schedule chart Combination feeding What […]

    The post Feeding Your Kitten appeared first on The Happy Cat Site.

  • Can Cats Eat…?
    15 April 2020
    Can cats eat dog food?

    You might think this is a no-brainer, but Google says otherwise, as does Dr. Patty Khuly, who says you’d be surprised to learn just how many cat owners feed their felines dog food. If your cat sneaks some dog food or vice versa, it’s no big deal. But neither cats nor dogs should eat the other’s food long term as they have very different nutritional requirements. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning eating meat is a biological necessity. (In addition to all members of the cat family, dolphins, eagles, alligators, and minks, among others, have evolved to eat only meat.) Dogs on the other hand, are omnivores and need a more varied diet. To meet the specific needs of felines, cat food is higher in meat-derived protein than dog food (likely explaining why dogs will gulp down cat food given the opportunity) and is balanced to meet the specific needs of cats. If a cat is fed dog food long-term, they can suffer serious health complications.

    Here’s why:

    • Vitamin A must be included in cat food. Though dog food may contain additional vitamin A, it likely won’t be in the amount needed by cats because dogs can turn beta carotene into vitamin A.
    • The amino acid taurine is required by cats, whereas dogs can make their own. If a cat is regularly fed a taurine-deficient dog food, they can develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a terrible heart disease. Cats fed a fish-only diet can also develop this condition as fish is very deficient in this amino acid. (If you’re feeding a commercially prepared fish-based diet, you likely don’t have to worry as most cat foods offer more than sufficient taurine.)
    • Cats need arachidonic acid, a fatty acid, added to their food, whereas dogs can make it themselves.
    • Most dog foods contain insufficient protein to meet a cat’s needs. Likewise, the high protein levels in cat foods can cause health issues in dogs, such as pancreatitis and obesity, over the long term.

    Chocolate?

    Any chocolate is a big no-no. Chocolate is toxic to cats and can be lethal. The problem component is theobromine, and it is present in all kinds of chocolate, including white chocolate, though the most dangerous types of chocolate are dark and baking chocolate. Ingesting chocolate can cause abnormal heart arrythmia, tremors, seizures, and even death.

    Eggs are an excellent and nutritious treat for cats.

    Eggs?

    Eggs are a superfood for cats. An excellent source of protein, they’re easy to digest and contain essential amino acids to help keep your cat’s body in top form. Don’t feed eggs raw, however; raw egg carries the risk of food poisoning for people as well as cats. Furthermore, avidin, a protein in raw egg whites, limits the absorption of vitamin B biotin, which is needed by cats for skin and coat health. Want to feed your cat egg? Offer a bit of scrambled egg as a treat or poach the egg and let your cat lap up the runny yolk once cool. Just make sure that additions to your cats’ diet make up no more than 15 percent of their diet.

    Ham?

    Cats can eat ham but it isn’t good for them. It’s not the pork that’s the problem; it’s the fact that ham is a cured meat, resulting in high salt content. It’s also high in fat. A little piece of ham won’t kill your cats but they shouldn’t be given it regularly. It’s much better to offer your cat a bit of plain cooked chicken.

    Bananas?

    Bananas are carb-heavy, which is just one of the reasons cats don’t need them. Margaret Gates, director of the Feline Nutrition Foundation, says, “Cats have no requirement for carbohydrates in their diet and feeding carbs to cats can lead to many problems. While cats can digest them in a limited way, carbs should really only make up zero to two percent of their diet.” While it’s safe to offer your cat a bite of banana (they’ll likely turn up their nose), there are many other more appropriate meat-based treats that would be better suited to a feline’s unique dietary requirements.

    Cheese?

    Forget the image of a cat lapping up a bowl of cream. Many cats become lactose intolerant after weaning, so any rich dairy, such as cheese, should be offered only occasionally and in small amounts. It’s generally safe to hide a pill in a bit of cheese but feed too much and your cat could suffer from gas and diarrhea. 

    Bread?

    While cats can digest bread no problem, it can get in the way of meeting their high requirements for protein and fats if they fill up on carbohydrates like bread. A bite or two won’t hurt them but remember cats have no need for carbohydrates and shouldn’t be fed bread regularly. And be sure to stay clear of giving your cat any breads flavoured with garlic or onions!

    NEVER feed your cat any:
    • Onion
    • Garlic
    • Kelp
    • Grapes or raisins
    • Sugary things
    • Chocolate
    • Caffeinated drinks
    • Alcohol

    Related reading
    9 Foods To Never Give Your Cat
    11 People Foods for Cats

    The post Can Cats Eat…? appeared first on Modern Cat.

  • Homemade Cat Food – Is It The Right Choice For You?
    31 March 2020

    Homemade cat food usually refers to cooked home prepared meals for cats, as opposed to raw feeding. Many cat owners have a medical, ethical or philosophical interest in preparing homemade cat food. But there are a lot more ways to get it wrong than to get it right, so careful planning is vital. Homemade Cat […]

    The post Homemade Cat Food – Is It The Right Choice For You? appeared first on The Happy Cat Site.

  • Ziwi Peak Canned Cat Food
    13 February 2020

    I feed my cats Ziwi Peak canned cat food for several reasons, and wanted to do an article about them. Please see our video to learn why!

    The post Ziwi Peak Canned Cat Food appeared first on Floppycats.

  • Homemade Raw Cat Food for Ragdoll Cats: One Reader’s Journey
    13 February 2020

    Read this article written by a reader, explaining her journey to feeding homemade raw food to her three Ragdoll cats.

    The post Homemade Raw Cat Food for Ragdoll Cats: One Reader’s Journey appeared first on Floppycats.

  • RAWZ Cat Food Unboxing Video
    13 February 2020

    Check out our unboxing video for RAWZ Natural Pet Food, and find out how to get samples and where to buy RAWZ in store or online.

    The post RAWZ Cat Food Unboxing Video appeared first on Floppycats.

  • My Little Lion Canned Cat Food Unboxing Video
    13 February 2020

    Watch our unboxing video of the My Little Lion Canned Cat Food we got for a product review. American Pet Nutrition was very responsive to my inquiries.

    The post My Little Lion Canned Cat Food Unboxing Video appeared first on Floppycats.

  • Caru Classics Grain-Free Wet Cat Food Product Review
    13 February 2020

    Check out our review of the Caru Classics Grain-Free Wet Cat Food - watch our unboxing video and our final review videos to see if it is a possibility for your cat.

    The post Caru Classics Grain-Free Wet Cat Food Product Review appeared first on Floppycats.

Cat Rescue Blogs

11 July 2020

Cat Rescue Blogs
  • July Volunteer of the Month: Janelle and Ella
    11 July 2020

    Hi! This is Ella. My Air Force family moved to Colorado last summer. Just before we moved here, our sweet Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix, Teddy, passed away at a ripe old age. After that, my mom, Janelle, and I felt something missing. Animals. I had always had Teddy, and since my mom’s dad is a veterinarian, my mom grew up around animals too. We wanted to adopt a cat. But my dad worried that I and my three little siblings would leave all the cleaning-up-after-the-cat to him. He told us that we could get a cat once we stopped moving. I needed some way to prove that I could responsibly care for a cat.

    It started with cat-sitting, but I could tell right off that cat-sitting just wouldn’t cut it. Working at a cat shelter seemed the obvious work-around. I searched the internet for shelters near Colorado Springs. There were many of them, but none of them felt just right. Then I stumbled across Wild Blue Cats. (It helped that the name is partially taken from the Air Force Anthem. “Off we go, into the wild blue yonder.”) After filling out the Volunteer Application, my mom drove me to the volunteer orientation. Once there, I realized I had a couple choices. I could work with the sanctuary kitties, the feral cats in Maya’s Village, adoption fairs, or foster kittens. My mom felt sure I would choose the sanctuary kitties. But I realized that working at the sanctuary was very similar to cat sitting. It would not persuade my dad to let me get a cat any sooner. What might? Caring for adorable kittens in our very home. Now I am about a year into fostering, and loving it! In addition to cuddling tiny balls of fluff, I have learned all sorts of new skills. These include but are not limited to: giving kittens medicine orally, giving fluids (which involves a needle *shudder*), and feeding newborn kitties. I can’t wait to see what new experiences Wild Blue and their awesome team of volunteers throws at me next!

    P.S. My dad wants a cat now.

  • Rescue in Action Underway
    11 July 2020
    150 CATS FOUND IN ONE HOUSE IN TORONTO – TCR STEPS UP ONCE AGAIN! It’s hard to believe that only two days after responding to a call for help from North Bay, we are once again asking our community to help us as we respond to call for help from our shelter partner, Toronto Animal Services These cats are in desperate need of the kind of care that we are best at, and that our foster homes excel at. From thin coats, suffering from URI’s, ear mites and generally in poor body... Read More
  • Chatty Cats: Goodbyes, Handsome and More!
    11 July 2020

    Well, we’ve arrived at another Friday. I hesitate to say my usual “Happy Friday” because of the news I have to share. We said goodbye to Eddie last week. Here’s what I shared on Facebook… More

    The post Chatty Cats: Goodbyes, Handsome and More! appeared first on Three Chatty Cats.

  • Neighbors Helped Stray Cat and Her Kittens off the Street So They Could Have Better Life
    11 July 2020


    A young cat is so happy to be off the street with her kittens that she can't stop purring.

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    A stray cat had been wandering the streets in a Los Angeles neighborhood for quite some time. A few weeks ago, she was found with her newborn kittens in a driveway.

    Some kind neighbors jumped in to help and tried to look after the little family. When they found out that one of her babies was stolen, they promptly reached out to a local animal rescue, Wrenn Rescues, and asked if they could take them in.

    Jen Marder, a foster volunteer of the rescue, was contacted about the feline family who was in desperate need. She didn't hesitate and immediately stepped up to help.

    "I said, 'of course, I will take them.' We had to save them before more babies were snatched," Jen shared with Love Meow.

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    They got the cat mom and her five kittens to safety that afternoon. After a trip to the vet, the little family came home with Jen and settled into their new room. "She was immediately friendly, and so were her babies," Jen told Love Meow. "Mama is just the sweetest thing. She wants love and she purrs constantly."

    The calico cat was named Whistler's Mother, Anna. "It is a play on the famous painting by Whistler of his mother, titled Whistler's Mother."

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    "This girl is only nine months old. She still has kitten playfulness and is a total sweetie — she has a great purr and is super affectionate."

    Her purr reverberates throughout the room as she kneads blissfully on her soft blankets. The doting mother wraps her arms around her kittens to make sure they are loved.

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    When she is not snuggling with her precious babies, she is seeking affection from her foster family. She likes to curl up next to Jen's leg, rolling around and begging for pets. "Whistler's Mother is such a snuggle buddy," Jen added.

    The sweet calico is so thankful to have a roof over her head and kind people to help her little family.

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    The playful and rambunctious kittens keep their mama very busy. Watch this cute video:

    Whistler's Mother is loving the indoor life. She will never have to live another day on the street or go through another pregnancy.

    Despite being very young herself, she tries her best to care for her very demanding little kittens.

    "She is doing a good job. She didn't produce much milk, but she does still let her kittens nurse and will let them cuddle up with her," Jen shared with Love Meow.

    The litter of five are six weeks old now and growing by leaps and bounds. Whistler's Mother continues to shower them with love and cuddles.

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    The adorable little family has come a long way since they were found in the driveway. In a few weeks, they will be ready for their next chapter in life — forever loving homes.

    Wrenn Rescues hopes to get them adopted in pairs so they will always have a buddy to play and cuddle with.

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    It looks like Mama has made her pick -- her little precious baby Whistler.

    Jen Marder @jenfosterskittens

    Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on this little family and Jen's foster kitties on Instagram. Follow Wrenn Rescues on Facebook and Instagram.

    Related story: Stray Cat Wanders into Family's Home to Have Kittens and It Turns Her Life Around

  • My sweet girl, Cleo, was attacked by two pit bulls last night. She has been at the vet for 10 hours now with serious head injuries and multiple fractures and breaks in her front legs. I’m out of town and can’t be there with her. Please keep us in your thoughts.
    11 July 2020
  • July Cat of the Month Wallpaper - Dusty Cat
    10 July 2020




    I guess it's supposed to be summer. It's been raining a lot so far, but Dusty the long-time colony resident managed to find his own bit of sun. That's why he's our Cat of the Month Wallpaper for July, 2020.

    This is a desktop wallpaper that could be hung-up as a signed print to decorate your home: The calendar wallpaper above is in the 16x10 ratio, like you find on Macbooks, iMacs and MS Surface tablets and many others, but I have the wider HD 16x9 format in the link below, along with 4x3 "TV" ratio and TWO mobile versions: One for phones and another for tablets! One of them will fit your computer or mobile device, for sure. Here's the link:

    For Windows 10: Download the Cat of the Month anywhere (just remember where you put it!). Go to that folder, right-click the image and select "Save as desktop background..."

    For Mac: Save the image of your choice, go to Settings/Desktop,  Screen saver/pick the your kitty as your wallpaper.

    Mobile: Save to Camera Roll, Go to Settings, Wallpaper, and select the cat of the month as your wallpaper and lock screen.

    Some examples of aspect ratios:
    Wide/HD/16:9 - 1024×576, 1152×648, 1280×720, 1366x768, 1600×900, 1920×1080, 2560×1440 - HDTV
    Wide 16:10 - 1280x800, 1440×900, 1680x1050, 1920×1200 - Macbooks,  iMacs + MS Surface etc
    TV 4:3 - 640x480, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x1152 etc. - older monitors and laptops, mostly
    The size shown in italics above is the actual image size that I've linked to, but as long as you pick the right ratio it will look GREAT on your monitor using "Stretch" or "Fit to screen" as your option when you set an image as your wallpaper.

    Thank you so much for sharing and supporting these beautiful feral cats. Because of you, good things happen.

    I appreciate comments and questions. So please comment and share!


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  • Stray Kitten Wandered to Home of a Kind Family and Kept Coming Back
    10 July 2020


    A stray kitten wandered to a family's porch for food one day, and she just kept coming back.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    A young calico cat showed up in a neighborhood in Montreal, Canada a few weeks ago. A family spotted her outside scrounging for food one night. They left some kibbles on the porch for the hungry little feline. She devoured the food and returned the next day and the days after.

    The family began asking around the neighborhood to see if anyone was missing a cat, but no one came forward to claim her. The sweet kitten came back every evening, patiently waiting outside, hoping for something to eat.

    The kitten would sit by the door quietly until the family came out to feed her. She started to warm up to the people and became more comfortable around them.

    They couldn't bear seeing the little calico wander alone on the streets, fending for herself. One evening, they decided to bring her in their home so she could finally be safe.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    They placed the cat in a quiet room that night so the calico could decompress and get some much-needed rest. After scarfing down a full bowl of cat food, the sweet kitty conked out in her new, comfy bed, making up for lost sleep.

    The family sought help and reached out to their local animal rescue Chatons Orphelins Montréal, so the kitten could be seen by a vet and get the care she needed to thrive.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    "We took her to the vet and got her treated for some medical issues. She didn't have a microchip so we named her Grenadine," the rescue shared with Love Meow.

    The calico was all cleaned up. She stayed at the veterinary clinic until she got a clean bill of health. "When we opened the kennel door, she walked right out and rolled on her back, begging for attention and pets," the rescue said.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    Grenadine bid farewell to life on the streets and went home with Marielyne, a foster volunteer of the rescue. The calico kitten quickly came out of her shell and felt right at home at her new abode.

    The sweet girl adores people and other cats. She likes to tag alongside them so she will never be alone again. She wants to know what others are doing constantly and likes to observe them as if she is their supervisor.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    "After a rough life on the street, she is getting more confident every day and starting to learn to have fun as an indoor cat," the rescue said.

    Watch Grenadine the calico kitty in this cute video:

    Grenadine the cat www.youtube.com

    Grenadine has a wonderful personality that makes her the perfect companion. She can be very playful when she sees a wand toy.

    "She is a very sweet-natured cat and enjoys napping and sunbathing by the window," the rescue added. "She likes to be in the same room with her humans and does not tolerate closed doors."

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    Grenadine the cat is looking for a loving family with a quiet home to spend her life with.

    No more worries about food and shelter, this beautiful calico is loving her VIP life as an indoor cat. She can't wait to find a place of her very own.

    Chatons Orphelins Montréal

    Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on Grenadine the cat and Chatons Orphelins Montréal on Facebook.

    Related story: Stray Kitten Comes Running from Bushes and So Happy to Find Help

  • Rescue Story: July 10, 2007, A Memory
    09 July 2020
    Seeing Mimi in the garden.

    I know that one of my daughters lived here because I saw her at the window and talked to her at the basement door too…I didn’t really understand what happened with her, but one day I felt that daughter calling me, telling me to come over here, to get this lady’s attention. I did know this human was very sad about something, I could feel it coming from her whenever I was near—all of us animals could, even the senseless chipmunks…

    In the afternoon I saw Lucy’s mother in my garden, her petite black body laden with another litter of kittens in her belly. I watched her drink from the water bowl under the pink phlox and the thought came to me, as if someone had said it out loud to me, that I needed to take her in…

    ~~~

    On July 10, 2007 a small group of lives quietly changed forever.

    Lucy was one of Mimi’s kittens from a litter the previous year, as I tried to work with the owners of Mimi and a bunch of other cats. Lucy’s siblings had been adopted, but Lucy was not. Her curious and lively kitten presence through the last months of Sophie’s and Stanley’s lives enlivened us all as my house, after four losses in one year, dwindled down to four senior cats: Peaches, Cookie, Namir and Kelly. But after her spay in April Lucy was diagnosed with FIP. She lived three fairly healthy months, then seizures began the night of July 9, we took a trip to the emergency hospital but I knew that was futile and desperate. I called my veterinarian the next morning. That afternoon I took her to be cremated then came home and, standing at the basement door with the four who were left, we saw Mimi, and it all came together. A few weeks later Mimi and her newborns joined us, and the rest is history.

    About the photo

    I had to recreate the photo above. I watched Mimi drinking from the water bowl then sniffing around the patio. I suddenly realized the import of the moment and ran upstairs to get my little digital camera. Racing out on the deck, but trying to be quiet so I wouldn’t frighten her off, I saw Mimi sitting at the end of the brick path. By the time my camera woke up and got ready to photograph she had gotten up and walked off into the greenery. I took several photographs and waited to see if she’d come back out, but the memory of her sitting there stayed with me. Later, after she’d come inside, I took a photo of Mimi and photoshopped her to be much wider than she is and added her to the photo I’d taken that day. I know it’s not authentic, but looking at it brings it all back for me.

    About the litters of kittens

    They had several unspayed females and found it nearly impossible to catch them between litters, nor to find a vet at the time who would spay a pregnant cat. Poor Mimi, with six litters, I’m so glad she came in when she did. I’m not sure she would have survived many more.

    ~~~

    Read more…

    From Mimi’s point of view in Mimi Mewsing.

    For my first annual presentation at Pet Memorial Sunday I told the story of My Loss and Redemption.

    And how They Rescued Me.

    Read more of my stories from decades of rescuing and fostering cats, with a few from other rescuers mixed in: Rescue Stories.

    Art and Gifts Featuring Cats You Know!

    ~~~

    Feline Images from Portraits of Animals! “Garden Sketch With Mimi”, watercolor, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

    It was a scene I loved for my love of my garden, my appreciation of Mimi relaxing in a place she’d once hunted for food to feed her kittens, and the memory of the generations of cats before her who enjoyed that very spot, this little patio and the verdance of my garden. Read more and purchase.

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  • My rescued cats gets a new cat tree house
    09 July 2020
  • Will You Adopt Me? Meet Bebe - From Pauper to Princess of Tabby's Place
    09 July 2020
    Adopt A Cat Monthmay be over, but that doesn't mean we stop promoting advocacy and rescue here at Lola The Rescued Cat. I still have a couple of more Tabby's Place cats to share with you as part of our "Will You Adopt Me?" series. Today I have the beautiful Bebe to introduce to you. 


    Bebe, who has a face that will melt your heart immediately, is one of my favorites. She happens to live in one of my favorite suites which means I spend a lot of time there.


    Photo Courtesy Lisa

    Bebe, a six-year-old gorgeous Tabby, is definitely treated like royalty at Tabby's, and she slipped into her position like a hand in a glove. She enjoys lounging gracefully in one of her favorite cubbies or cat trees while she watches the world around her. Bebe is not one to beg for attention, but she would enjoy yours as her forever family.



    Photo courtesy Tabby's Place

    Bebe may be a Tabby's Place princess now, but she came from meager beginnings; her owners moved away and left her in the apartment by herself. (Lexy was abandoned by her first family, so Bebe's story strikes a special chord in my heart.) In her previous life she was named "Bubba" but the staff and volunteers knew she needed a name that fit her better, and she became the beautiful Bebe. 

    Photo courtesy Lisa


    There is a secret password to enter Bebe's royal domain (aka her cubby hole), and that password is "treats". "Got treats?", Bebe says, "okay,you may enter." Bebe may take a little time to warm up to a human, but treats can help bring her out of her shell.

    Beautiful Bebe just needs the right person to heal her broken heart. She is friendly and outgoing once she warms up to you, but would probably do better in a house with no small children.


    Photo courtesy Tabby's Place

    If you're interested in adopting Bebe, you can fill out the online adoption application or print out a fillable one.



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    Tabby's Place is located at 1100 US Highway 202 in Ringoes, NJ. They are closed to the public at the moment due to the pandemic, but for any adoption questions about Bebe please can contact Danielle Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Interested in Adopting Bebe " in the subject line. (Don't forget to tell her Lola sent you!) And we'd be so grateful if you'd share her on your social media accounts.

    Have you adopted an older cat? Tell us about them in the comments. 
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