Feline “Manicure” Serves an Alternative to Declawing

Have you tried training your cat to not use your furniture as a scratching post to no avail?  Does your cat ignore the scratching posts you already have around the house?

Consider a lovely shade of pink, fake nails for your female cat?  How about matching colors for your and your favorite feline?

Photo Credit: Linda Martino

Before you subject your cat to the painful declawing procedure, consider this alternative: nail caps.  There are plenty of nail caps on the market today.  You can choose to put them on yourself or take your cat to the vet so your vet can put them on for you.

You will find the nail caps at your local pet store such as Petsmart. This product is a fake, little nail with soft plastic points, which owners can glue over the cats’ regular nails.  The nails are made of soft material, making it impossible for the cat to harm furniture.

Try it! What do you have to lose?

 

 

Travel and Leisure Cite Best Places for Cat Lovers

Here’s something to put on your bucket list!

 

What does the Hello Kitty Theme Park in Tokyo, Belgium’s Festival of the Cats, Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum as well as the CFA Foundation Feline Historical Museum and 12 other events that place the focus on all things feline?

They are listed in the on line version of Travel and Leisure as the “craziest places for cat lovers!”

We think it is a great idea!

Catoonize Your Cat

This is the cutest website where you can build your own cartoon pet with the site Cartoonize my pet, including a cat and put the image on merchandise such as apparel and gift items.

This site is fun and easy to use! So build your own cat with the Catoonizer!

Have Fun and Create Your Own Custom Kitty just like our webmistress did with this adorable Lynx Point Himalayan!

Beware of the Easter Lily with Your Cat

Cat Parents Beware!

It is hard to believe that something so beautiful can be harmful to your cat.  But, this plant can be very toxic for your cat.

Photo: Photoholic1. Foter.com. CC-BY-NC-ND

The entire plant is a hazard: stem, leaves, pollen and petals.  If left untreated, your cat can have kidney failure and can even die as a result.

Early signs (approximately 2-4 hours after ingestion) of lily toxicity
in your cat include:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite

Time is of the essence when treating ingestion. Seek emergency veterinary care immediately. If treated early, within 6-8 hours, your cat has a better chance of survival as opposed to 18-24 hours later.

This Easter, perhaps you may want to start a new tradition of Easter Violets or an Easter Cactus!

 

 

 

Cat Cafe or Cat Klatch spreading to London now

The first cat cafe is scheduled to open in the West!

If you’re among the nation’s more than 36 million feline-owning households, a “cat cafe” may be just the thing you need!.  Asia has a number of these cafes where customers can sip tea and coffee while hanging out with the cats!

Photo: MSN

Entrepreneur Lauren Pears plans to open Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London by late Spring, early Summer, once she raises the money and works out the logistics of housing animals in an eatery.  To date, Lauren has raised over $150,000 through project web site Indiegogo.

Cats are “cute, fluffy and personable,” Pears says and therefore great teatime companions for Brits, with their penchant for “warm pubs, cozy sofas, roaring fires.”

I wonder where the first U.S. Cat Cafe will be?

Shunichi Yamamoto’s Fine Feline Art Exhibit the Cat’s Meow

Japanese Artist, Shunichi Yamamoto’Fine Feline Art exhibit, is showing in the Children’s Gallery in the basement of the Salt Lake City Main Library currently through April 5. If you live near the area, go and check it out!

  Yamamoto’s paintings includes familiar images with cats—demure, mysterious, glamorous, heroic—in the main roles.  Yamamoto describes himself as a “cat person” who thinks it is fun to portray the felines in a bit of a different light. While he is painting he also has to learn the history behind the original painting.  

Photo: City Weekly, Salt Lake City

Yamamoto’s art is big in Japan, published there as books, puzzles, postcards and a calendar, with an exhibition of his canvas paintings set for later this year. The artist and freelance illustrator who immigrated from Canada and Japan is also selling his 2008 self-published cat art book in the Library Store.

 

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National Non-Profit Group Assists Owners and Pets with Pet Food Stamp Program

There are over 50 million Americans who currently receive Food Stamps. Many of the recipients with dogs or cats cannot afford to feed their animals. As a result, their cherished companions are dropped off at animal shelters where they will most likely be put to sleep.

As more families struggle with difficult choices such as paying the rent or buying food; some have to make the difficult choice between keeping their pet and putting food on the table for themselves.

A recent New York Times article states that, “animal shelters have reported a steep rise in the number of cats and dogs being surrendered as owners face unemployment, home foreclosures, evictions and other financial hardships.”

The Pet Food Stamps program with the assistance of generous contributors and patrons are able to eliminate that heart-wrenching decision by making sure these pet owners are given free monthly home delivery of all necessary food supplies to maintain the health and vitality of their pets.

To find out more about the Pet Food Stamps program or make a donation to help those in need.

Pet Lovers Celebrate Love Through Iams Love Tails Contest

Pet lovers can celebrate their heartfelt love for their four-legged friends through the Iams Love Tails contest, which kicked off on Valentine’s Day. Iams will search for real stories from pet owners about the unique bond they share with their dogs and cats. And, the winning two and four-legged “family” will star in Iams next national advertisement! Consumers can log on to the Iams Facebook page through March 3 of this year, and follow the easy steps to enter the contest.

Building off the highly successful Keep Love Strong advertising campaign unveiled in November of last year, which features heart-warming ads inspired by real stories, this contest is designed to find the very best Love Tails featuring the special connections people share with their animals.

Iams Love Tails Contest Details

• Submit your story from Feb. 14 through March 3 by visiting the Iams Facebook page and following the easy steps. www.facebook.com/Iams

• Share a photo and tell us in 500 characters or less about the unique relationship you have with your dog or cat and how Iams helps you show your love.

• Once the submission phase is over, Iams will select 50 stories (25 dog and 25 cat) as semi-finalists.

• From the semi-finalist Love Tails, Iams will select 10 finalists (5 dog and 5 cat) and each will win a cash prize and free Iams food for a year.

• In April, Iams will ask its Facebook fans to choose their favorite Love Tail from the group of finalists and one grand prize winner will be selected.

Cat Walk is for Real!

Purina One sponsored a cat on the runway at New York’s Fashion Week this past Sunday as part of Purina One’s campaign to let cats “be who they were born to be”… by feeding them Purina ONE.

So Lily the cat made her debut with designer Tracy Reese on the CAT WALK!  Reese said she put the cat in the show because  ”cats have a lot of energy.”

Photo by: Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images

Wow! From Monopoly to the Cat Walk, what’s next?