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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Catch Some Bargains With Amazon's New Pet Profiles

Maybe your cats can't do their own shopping on Amazon... yet. But they can receive their own "purrsonalized"  recommendations and coupons if you fill out Amazon Pet Profiles for each of them.

The Amazon Pet Profiles are new and could give the retailer an even larger share of the online pet supply market.

According to the most recent American Pet Product Association's National Pet Owners Survey, Amazon had the lion's share of online pet supply shoppers with 54 percent., the retailer I thought was everybody's favorite, was far behind Amazon, and with just 18 percent.

How To Do Amazon Pet Profiles

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.”
― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Best Buzz -- Cats Say It's Silver Vine Not Catnip

Catnip plants are fun for cats, but silver vine is even better
Just in time for your holiday shopping, here's major news from the Winn Feline Foundation: silver vine, not catnip, is cats' recreational herb of choice. If their people can find it...

Researchers actually tested several mind-bending plants on 100 cats. Catnip and silver vine made the cats happier than any of the others, but in the faceoff between silver vine and catnip, silver vine won paws down. Seventy-nine percent of the cats had the most fun with silver vine, while 68 percent really got off on catnip. Of the cats who didn't respond to catnip, 71 per cent were turned on by a silver vine.

Among the duds were honeysuckle and valerian root, which are popular substitutes for catnip when cautious humans are planning their cats’ recreational activities. Turns out they're not at all popular among cats.

The Many Uses Of Catnip

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.”
― Jean Burden, Celebration Of Cats

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wild Calling Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Cat food manufacturer Wild Calling has filed for bankruptcy protection.
If your cats love food made from alligator or kangaroo, you might have to look beyond Wild Calling to satisfy their craving. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 25.

In a letter to stakeholders and posted on its Facebook page, the cat and dog food manufacturer cited debt obligations that make it difficult to continue day-to-day operations.

"While largely contingent upon the support of senior lenders and suppliers," the letter says, "the intention is for the company to emerge under a confirmable plan of reorganization as a stronger, more viable company -- financially and operationally."

Tim Petersen and his sons, Jeremy and Trevar, started Wild Calling in 2012 in Greeley, Col. They make dry food and single-protein-source, 96 percent protein wet cat food and dog food. Some of their food is made from unique protein sources. Like alligator and kangaroo.

The food is available from independent pet supply retailers and online.

Today's Recommendation

No matter what brand of cat food you feed, this book by veterinarian Elizabeth Hodgkins is important reading.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“I was drawn to his aloofness, the way cats gravitate toward people who’d rather avoid them.” 
― Rachel HartmanSeraphina

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Feline Diabetes Risk Factors | Dry Cat Food & Cats Living Strictly Indoors

A study of cats in Swden shows that getting cats outside can lessen the risk of feline diabetes.
Here's a good reason for making sure your cats get some outdoor time: A study of 396 diabetic cats and 1670 control cats showed that the risk of diabetes increases for inactive and moderately active cats who live strictly indoors.

Published by the Winn Feline Foundation, the study was done by a Swedish pet insurance company. The company gathered data using a web-based survey of its customers. All of the cats were the same age.

The cats least likely to develop diabetes: females, cats who are not overweight, cats who have access to outdoors and cats who free feed (but not dry food). Living with a dog helps, too!

Top Risk Factors For Feline Diabetes

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.”
― Neil GaimanCoraline

Friday, November 3, 2017

Time, Inc. Starts Subscription Program And Goes To The Dogs (And Cats)

Cat reading a newspaper
Olga --
Time, Inc. has a treat for your cat, and it's not a magazine to curl up on while you're trying to read.

In a departure from its usual business, the company recently launched PetHero, a paid membership program that offers discounts and other benefits to people on the prowl for lower cat care costs.

While at first glance this may look like a mismatch, Time is thinking its new venture could be a "purrfect" fit. When it dug through its consumer data, what jumped out was the number of people (about 100 million!) the company reaches who live with cats and dogs.

"PetHero was created to make it easier, more fun and more affordable for families to keep their pets happy and healthy," executive vice president of consumer marketing and revenue Leslie Dukker Doty told Business Wire.

PetHero offers a 25 percent discount on vet bills; a lost pet concierge service to help recover lost companion animals; discounts on prescriptions, food and supplies and seasonal pet boxes filled with toys, treats and accessories. Of course, most cats would be happy to have just the empty box.

Membership in PetHero is $20 a month for one cat or dog. Add $5 a month for each additional animal.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“To err is human, to purr is feline.”
― Robert Byrne, The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Blue Buffalo Trades Some Snob Appeal For A New Breed Of Buyers

Next time you're at Kroeger, Publix, Meijer or Target, don't be surprised if you see Blue Buffalo in the pet food aisle. The company recently joined the stampede of other premium cat supply manufacturers to the mass market.

For me, Blue lost some of its panache when it starting showing up at PetCo and Petsmart. They've always felt like the mass market to me. But now, Blue is stepping down another rung to make its entry-level Life Protection Formula available to a whole new group of shoppers at Target and the supermarkets.

There could be a good reason for this. According to the Packaged Facts blog, Blue acknowledges that its pet supply superstore sales have slowed as more and more people shop for cat food online.

Joining The Superpremium Herd

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”
 ― Jules Verne

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.” 

-- Neil GaimanCoraline

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - PetSmart Comes; Cat Food Vendors Go

Orijen dry cat food is no longer available on
Looking online for Orijen or Acana cat food? Tell your mouse to skip past Champion Petfoods, the manufacturer of both brands, is leaving Chewy, citing its acquisition by PetSmart.

Other companies to part ways with the online retailer since the PetSmart acquisition are Fromm Family Foods and Tuffy's Pet Foods, the makers of Pure Vita and other brands.

In a note to customers on its Facebook page, Fromm says it's a "fifth generation family owned-and-operated company with a long history of selling our products exclusively to independent pet retailers.

"We believe our products are best sold by retailers who know our product and can offer pet parents what’s right for their specific dog or cat," the note adds. "As a result of Chewy’s sale to PetSmart, they are no longer an authorized retailer of Fromm Products."

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

“I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.” 
― Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn