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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Line drawing of a cat face
"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat." 
-- Tay Hohoff

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Class Action Lawyers See Something Fishy In Prescription Cat Food

Your cat may demand a crystal dish, but she won't want it filled with prescription food.
Class action attorney Mike McGlamry always thought there was something fishy about prescription cat food.

Although you can buy it only from a vet, and it costs a lot more than nonprescription food, some of those nonprescription foods available at pet supply stores seem to have the exact same ingredients.

McGlamry and lawyers in California, North Carolina and Minnesota have filed a class action antitrust complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California alleging that prescription pet food is no more than a marketing scheme designed to boost profits.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

White Cat Line Art
"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."
--Dereke Bruce

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cats Sink Their Claws Into The Donald

Donald Trump cat scratching post
Donald Trump scratching post
One of the really nice things about cats is that they're completely apolitical. Your cats will never call you a sore loser or tell you to "just get over it." But despite their total indifference to human politics, most would love nothing more than taking a few well-placed jabs at our new president, especially if he was covered in sisal rope rubbed with catnip.

Not that Politikats has it in for Donald Trump. Just about any politician is fair game when the online company is designing scratching posts. The Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin posts are sold out. But Hillary Clinton posts may still be available if seeing your cat tear her to shreds would do your heart good.

The scratching posts are 26 inches tall on a stable 26-inch wide base and are made of recyclable ABS plastic wrapped in sisal. The politicians' heads are resin-based and hand painted with lead-free paint.

Sounds like fun for the cats. And if you can't stand the thought of seeing your least-favorite politician in your living room, you could always turn the post so s/he is facing the wall.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Cat Face Line Drawing

"I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul."

-- Jean Cocteau

Sunday, April 16, 2017

ASPCA Joins The Million Cat Challenge

So far, the Million Cat Challenge has saved more than 700,000 lives.
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It's been less than three years since veterinar- ians Julie Levy and Kate Hurley sent out the challenge to North American shelters: Can we save a million cats in five years?

So far, it looks like the answer is "Yes!"

Levy is director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine program at the University of Florida, and Hurley heads the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Since they started the Million Cat Challenge, more than 750,000 lives have been saved, and more than 1,100 shelters in the US and Canada have signed on to help reach that million cat goal.

Soon the number of participating shelters could get a boost from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Earlier this month, the huge nonprofit announced a partnership with the Challenge that will, among other things, bring more attention to the plight of shelter cats. ASPCA statistics show that cats are less likely than dogs to get out of shelters alive.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Cat face line drawing
"There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats."
-- Albert Schweitzer

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Six Cat Product Trends To Watch

So how much would you be willing to pay for a sweater with a picture of a cat on it? If $1,800 sounds about right, Gucci might have one you'll like.

Cats have been decorating apparel for way longer than my own cats' nine lives. But it's taken until now for them to finally catch the high-end designers' eye.

Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson all include cats in their recent collections.

Cat Products Trending Now

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Cat face line drawing

"There is something about the presence of a cat... that seems to take the bite out of being alone."
-- Louis J. Camuti

Monday, March 27, 2017

And Seven Cat Food Trends To Watch, Too

Is this cat pondering trends in cat food?
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If you asked your cat, she'd probably say she could care less about the latest trends in cat food. Open one of the flavors of Fancy Feast she's been eating for years, and she'll be happy, even if the ingredients list and the can itself are a bit outdated.

"Natural" and "grain free" are the trending words to look for on cat food cans and bags, pet food industry experts say. And about that Fancy Feast can: Consumers are now looking for "clean labels" that list ingredients people actually recognize.

Writing for her blog, Pet Food editor-in-chief Debbie Phillips-Donaldson says manufacturers are also starting to focus on certification, transparency, sustainability and verification of sourcing. This focus shows up on their packaging.  For instance, Open Farm puts the Certified Humane logo on its bags of food. Look on bags and cans for the non-GMO symbol, too.

While clean labels and listing certifications are helpful, be sure to read the fine print, too. You want to be sure the food contains essential nutrients for cats, like taurine.

More Cat Food Trends To Watch

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fat Cats Are Getting Even Fatter

Obese Orange Cat
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Veterinary Pet Insurance has some disturbing news for cat caretakers. For the fourth year in a row, claims for obesity-related illnesses have gone up. VPI policyholders filed for more than $52 million in claims for conditions and diseases that can be related to obesity in both cats and dogs, up 7.3 percent from the previous year.

These were the top 10 obesity-related illnesses in cats.

  1. Bladder/urinary tract disease
  2. Chronic kidney disease
  3. Diabetes
  4. Liver disease
  5. Asthma
  6. Arthritis
  7. High blood pressure
  8.  Heart failure
  9. Gall bladder disorder
  10. Immobility of the spine.
Why are our cats getting so fat? Their sedentary, strictly-indoor lifestyle is partly to blame. But the main culprit is those high-carb, all-dry-food diets.

If your cat needs to shed a few pounds, read up on the Catkins Diet. And if you want to help him kick the dry food habit, these suggestions should help.

Do Cat Colors Dictate Personality? Maybe...

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Are you thinking your tortie gives new meaning to the word "catitude?" Is your calico a bit feisty when things aren't going exactly her way? A study by UC Davis veterinarian Elizabeth Stelow proves what a lot of us have suspected all along. Torties and calicoes tend to be diva cats and can be more than a little challenging to their human companions.

Stelow and her research team surveyed 1200 cat parents online. They found that calico and tortoiseshell cats are more likely to "hiss, chase, bite, swat or scratch during interactions with humans.” Gray and white and black and white cats seem to have an abundance of catitude, too, and are likely to be a bit more aggressive than cats with other coat patterns.

The sweetest cats? An earlier study suggests those would be the orange males.

That study, done by researchers at California State University and the New College of Florida, set out to discover humans' biases based on cat colors. The online survey of nearly 200 people asked participants to associate 10 personality traits (active, aloof, bold, calm, friendly, intolerant, shy, stubborn, tolerant and trainable) with five cat colors (orange, tricolored, white, black and bicolored).

Most of the people surveyed thought torties and calicoes were aloof and intolerant. White cats, too, were seen as aloof and shy but calm. Like orange cats, bicolored cats ranked high for being friendly. And black cats? Unfortunately, no trends emerged, although most people who know them would say they're affectionate and friendly.

Of course, the caveat to all this research is that every cat is different. One of the torties I live with can be a hissing, growling spitfire. The other is a gentle soul who licks my hand at night until I fall asleep.

Stelow agrees you can't judge a cat by its color.

“We thought the findings were very interesting, and we would love other researchers to take the baton and run with it, to look at the genetics of why this may be happening,” she told the Seattle Times. "We're not suggesting that anyone avoid having these cats in their homes. Most of them make lovely pets. It’s just information to help you understand what you might be up against." Maybe. But nothing could have prepared me for what I was up against when I met my cute little spitfire, Ginger!

Cat Claws Can Reveal Lung Cancer

This is important reading.

What is feline lung-digit syndrome

The Daily Cat Quote

"Cat hair and coffee. Never leave home without them."

Friday, March 24, 2017

For Finicky Cats--Chicken Broth That Tastes Homemade

Caru Chicken Broth can entice finicky cats to eat.
So you live with a cat who's a picky eater? Here's a suggestion. Pour a bit of Caru Free Range Chicken Bone Broth over his food to make a tempting gravy.

Like broth you'd made for yourself, Caru's is made from slowly simmered free-range chicken bones and organic carrots, celery and parsley with a dash of  natural seasonings. The broth is made in a human-grade factory from human-grade, non-GMO ingredients. Caru says the Tetra Pak cartons preserve freshness and taste without preservatives and are BPA-free.

Caru Free Range Chicken Bone Broth should be available from independent pet supply retailers sometime next month. Look online, too. Both Amazon and sell Caru products.

Oh, and here are some more ideas for getting finicky cats to eat.

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