Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New! Your Cats Can Catch Some Bargains With Amazon Pet Profiles

Your cat can now earn discount and coupons with Amazon Pet Profiles.
Maybe your cats can't do their own shopping on Amazon... yet. But they can receive their own "purrsonalized"  recommendations and coupons with Amazon Pet Profiles.

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. Chewy.com, the retailer I thought was everybody's favorite, was far behind Amazon, Petsmart.com and Walmart.com 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

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

Feline diabetes risk factors include dry food and living strictly indoors. according to a new study.
Here's a good reason for making sure your cats get some outdoor time. Among the feline diabetes risk factors: dry food and living strictly indoors. This news comes from a study by a Swedish pet insurance company and published by the Winn  Feline Foundation.

Using a Web-based survey, the insurance company looked at 396 diabetic cats and 1670 control cats. Among the findings: The risk of feline diabetes increases for inactive and moderately active cats who live strictly indoors.

All of the cats in the study 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 Feline Diabetes Risk Factors

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 PetHero Subscription Program & Goes To The Dogs (And Cats)

Time, Inc. starts subscription program & goes to the dogs (and cats)
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 subscription program that offers discounts and other benefits to people on the prowl for lower cat care costs.

While at first glance PetHero and Time may look like a mismatch, the media company 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

Chewy.com - PetSmart Comes; Cat Food Vendors Go

Orijen dry cat food is no longer available on Chewy.com
Looking online for Orijen or Acana cat food? Tell your mouse to skip past Chewy.com. 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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eeeuuu... Black Fly Larvae Cat Food?

Will food containing insect ingredients soon fill this cat's crystal dish?

Here's something to put at the very top of your Eeeuuu List: black soldier fly larvae as an ingredient in cat food.

If just the thought gives you the creepy-crawlies, the good news is that cat food containing black soldier fly larvae probably won't be showing up on your pet supply retailer's shelves anytime soon.

EnviroFlight, the company that's producing the ingredient, began construction of its plant just last month. It expects production to reach capacity in the first quarter of next year, and the first taste testers will probably be poultry and farmed fish. That gives you some time to get used to the idea of your cat eating fly larvae that came from a factory. Eeeuuu...

In Pet Food, It's All About Sustainability

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Elegant black cat sitting

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

Elegant black cat sitting
"As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind."
-- Cleveland Amory

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

'Smart' Cat Bowl -- Your New 'Purrsonal' Assistant?

The Obe ProBowl monitors your cat's food intake and more
New in the How Much Cat Care Help Do We Really Need category: A "smart" bowl for cats. It lets you know whether you've already fed your cat and  how much she ate. And when the cat food's running low, the smart bowl will use Amazon's Dash Replenishment service to order more.

All you need to make this purrsonal assistant work is an Obe ProBowl or two, WiFi and, of course, your phone. You'll need the ProBowl app, too.

Food For Thought From A Cat Bowl

Monday, May 1, 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." 
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-- Jules Verne

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

"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

"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.
© Eric Isselée - Fotolia.com
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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote

"After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference."
-- Charlotte Gray

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...

Tortie cat © Eric Isselée - Fotolia.com
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

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Daily Cat Quote


“One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.” 
― Bobbie Ann MasonShiloh and Other Stories

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mars Petcare To Acquire VCA Animal Hospitals

Mars Petcare has announced plans to acquire VCA.
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While you and I have been scarfing down M&Ms and Skittles, Mars Incorporated has been indulging its own appetite, but not for chocolate.

Best known as the maker of M&Ms, Skittles and other candy brands, the company recently announced it will acquire VCA, Inc. (Veterinary Centers of America) for $93 a share, or about $9.1 billion, including $1.4 billion in debt.

VCA owns nearly 800 vet clinics and veterinary specialty hospitals, along with ANTECH Diagnostics; the veterinary imaging company, Sound Technologies; and Camp Bow Wow, a dog daycare and boarding franchise.