Cat Con LA Releases Schedule

 

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CatConLA will debut on June 6 and 7, 2015 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.  The event will debut with seminars, meet and greets and special appearances with some of the biggest names in the cat world, including Simon Tofield, creator of “Simon’s Cat,” and Lil BUB.

Over 100 exhibitors will be in attendance to showcase their cat-centric wares, all of which will be for sale to the public.  The convention is also giving away free cat inspired manicures.

The event will also have adoptions as part of the program, spearheaded by Best Friends LA and housed in a specially themed adoption area courtesy of Rachael Ray Nutrish called “Rachael Ray Nutrish Furever Home.”

Attendees will be afforded the opportunity to meet some of their favorite cats, celebrities, cat enthusiasts and kitty commentators.  Meet & Greets will be held at the following times:

Saturday, June 6th:
11:00-2:00    Lil Bub, Mike Bridavsky
11:30-1:30    Simon Tofeld Book Signing
1:45-2:45     Diane Lovejoy Book Signing
1:00-2:00    Mayim Bialik, in the PetSmart Charities Lounge
1:00-3:00    Lisa Erspamer ‘A Letter to My Cat’ Book Signing
2:30-2:45    ‘Cat Man Review’ with Will Braden & Scott Stulen

Sunday, June 7th:
10:30-12:00   Lil Bub, Mike Bridavsky
11:00-1:00    Pudge and Cats of Instagram
12:30-1:45    Will Braden Book Signing
1:15-3:15    Big Jack: America’s Newest Internet Cat
2:00-3:30   Francesco Marciuliano & Angie Bailey Book Signing
3:30-4:30    Rob Reger Book Signing

The event boasts some of the biggest names in pop culture, entertainment and felines; the seminars – which will be live streamed by Animal Planet – is as follows:

Saturday, June 6th:
10:15      Cats, Cartoons and Life

(Simon Tofield, Creator of “Simon’s Cat)
11:45       PetSmart Charities Presents: Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous: Debunking the Cat Lady Myth
(Diane Lovejoy, author of “Cat Lady Chic” and Ashley Tschudin, creator of Choupette’s Diary) and hosted by “The Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik
1:15         Cat Guys of Animal Planet
(Shaun Sears and Tom Otto, stars of Animal Planet’s “Treetop Rescue”)
2:30         Photographing Cats–It Looks Easy, But It’s Not.
(Joann Biondi, creator of Lorenzo the Cat)
3:30         You Can Be a Cat Guy and Still Be Cool.
(Keith Bowers, Senior Editor, Catster)
4:40        My Cat’s a Celebrity…and How I’ve Dealt With That.
(Scott Stulen, Cat Vid Fest creator, Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB,
Kady Lone and Pudge, & Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir)

Sunday, June 7th:
10:00     How Cats Have Changed the Internet & My Favorite Memes.
(Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, creator of the cat meme)
11:15     Cat Vid Fest Favorites
(Will Braden, creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir;
Scott Stulen, creator of the Internet Cat Video Festival)
12:45     Humor…with Cats.
(Francesco Marciuliano, author of “I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats;
Angie Bailey, author of “Texts from Mittens”)
2:00     How Cats Have Shaped My Life As An Artist: A Short History.
(Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange and the
Bad Kitten Club)
4:00     Lil BUB’s Big Show Live at CatConLA
(Lil BUB, Mike Bridavsky and “30 Rock’s” Jack McBrayer)

$1 of every ticket sale for CatConLA will benefit FixNation, a non-profit organization committed to cats and supporting Trap-Neuter-Return. In addition, 50% of the proceeds from Lil BUB’s Big Meet and Greet and the Pudge/Cats of Instagram Meet and Greet go to FixNation.

CatConLA sponsors include: Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats, Animal Planet, PetSmart Charities, The Ace Hotel, Modern Cat, Purpose Cat Litter, Scrap Cat, and Zoomer Kitty.

How to Spot an Allergy in Your Cat

The following outdoor allergens can cause allergic reactions to cats who are sensitive:

  • Tree, grass, weed, mold, mildew and dust pollens

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Watch for or the following symptoms in your cat, especially this time of year as flowers are blooming and the grass is growing.

1.  Itchy skin and scratching

2.  Itchy, watery eyes

3.  Vomiting and Diarrhea

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Visit your veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms.  Your vet will take a complete history,  conduct a physical examination where veterinarian may determine the source of your cat’s allergic reaction. If an examination is not sufficient, your vet will most probably recommend skin or blood tests and/or a special elimination diet, to find out what’s causing the allergic reaction.

Finding the Perfect Cat Toy

Teaser toys, mice filled with catnip, bizzy balls (you know, those plastic balls with a jingle bell that your cat finds to play with at 4am), catnip logs, lasers, electronic toys and more! There are a variety of toys that you can choose for your cat:

1.  Interactive Toys-help to engage and mentally stimulate your cat’s “play instinct.”  Such toys include puzzle type of toys, lasers and even some “catch the mouse” or “ catch the string” type of toys.    Photo: Radio Systems Brilliant-Pet_Pounce_Hero

 

2.  Catnip is a member of the mint family and contains an oil called nepetalactone that can neurologically stimulate your cat and give him an emotional high, sudden burst of energy or make him feel relaxed.  Not every cat responds to catnip as 50 percent of all cats appear to be immune.

3. Cat Trees/Scratchers are excellent for keeping your cat in tip top shape and it feels good to the cats to sharpen their claws on the post.

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4. Balls, Mice and Other Misc. Toys These toys resemble prey and stimulate your cat’s predatory instincts. After your cat has hunted for her toys, she may decide to bring you the prize.  Don’t forget to tell her she has done a great job!

The right cat toy not only fosters your cat’s hunting instincts, they help you and your cat bond for life!

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When It’s Time to Say Good-bye

My cousin recently lost her cat a few weeks ago.  She was understandably upset and instant messaged me on Facebook to ask me a few questions.  Her beloved cat was 17 years old and up until recently was in fairly good health for a senior cat.  Basically her cat died of old age and her kidneys just stopped working.

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As every pet parent knows and dreads, this is the worst decision that we will need to make for our cats. As my cousin talked about the past few months with her cat, she and I talked about quality of life for her cat and what she did for her during this time.  I hope through our discussion that she came to the realization that she did all she could for her. And now, she must go through the grieving process and help her three year old daughter understand and grieve as well.

We all want to know we did the right thing when it comes to euthanize our fur kids.  In those first few dark days, we wonder if we did the right thing at the right time and know that one day I will see them again.   I told her that our cats rely on us to know when it is time.  After sharing your life with your cat, I believe that we do know when it is time to say good-bye.  I hope that after our discussion, her guilt was reduced and she knew she gave her the best care she could and in the end, she did the right thing for her cat.

I always send this poem out to those who are grieving.

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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

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There are plenty of resources to take advantage of today on grieving for an animal.  Be sure to take the time and grieve and remember the good times with your beloved cat.  After all, your cat was a cherished member of your family.  Please know that after all is said and done, you did the right thing.

Cat Portraits Book by Lucas is the Perfect Gift for Every Cat Lover

If you love cat photography, this is the book for you! Cat Portraits by Lucas, is the perfect  book for a coffee table or to give as gift to your favorite cat enthusiast.

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Lucas De Boeck has been photographing the most beautiful pedigree cats in his native Flanders.

In the book, cats are depicted as True divas, hunters, “bon-vivants” and the furriest cuties posed in front of the camera. From the thousands of pictures that emerged from these photo shoots, the editors selected the best on the basis of the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ they elicited, and combined them in a luxurious hardcover book.

The book is available in the US through Amazon and costs $24.95.

Goodnewsforpets Anniversary Contest Features Oster “Less Stress” Kit Plus the It’s time to get your pet ready for spring and Goodnewsforpets™ and Oster®, makers of at home grooming pet care solutions can help. Goodnewsforpets continues its 15th Anniversary celebration with an Oster® “Less Stress Kit”, a retail value of $114, plus the GNFP™ Heart-Paw Charm. The three contest winners will also select a local shelter or rescue for a donation to be made in his or her name. To enter the contest, simply register at http://goodnewsforpets.com/osterspringcontest/ by May 1, 2015. “Goodnewsforpets is delighted in this special anniversary year to partner with Oster, a company with a rich 90 year-old history that continues to provide high quality grooming at-home pet care solutions for today’s pet parents. Oster is the standard for many professional groomers who begin their careers using Oster blades, clippers and trimmers and we are thrilled to offer this promotion to our community,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR PRSA, President & Founder of Germinder & Associates and publisher of goodnewsforpets.com. The featured Oster “Less Stress Kit” includes: • Oster® Calm Clips – Cordless Power Clipper Kit • Oster® Gentle Paws Premium Nail Trimmer • Oster ® ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool for Dogs • Oster® Shed Control Shampoo “When it comes to grooming, Oster provides pets and their parents with less stress – which is definitely ‘good news for pets’,” said Alejandro Garcia, product manager for Oster® Animal Care Solutions. “This giveaway is just in time to give dogs a good spring cleaning.” The Oster “Less Stress” new brand motto emphasizes that the company’s products provide multi-tasking solutions across grooming and pet care product lines. This allows the pet owner user-friendly ways to get the job done quickly so it’s easy for both the pet and the pet parents. The Goodnewsforpets 15th Anniversary Contest Series was announced at Global Pet Expo, the industry’s largest pet trade show. Each contest will feature a GNFP Heart-Paw charm custom designed by Elena Kriegner. The charm can be worn as a necklace, on a bracelet or on a pet’s collar. Each contest will also feature a pet industry partner with an exciting partner offer. For companies wishing to participate, please contact Lea-Ann Germinder at 212-367-5130. Heart-Paw Charm

It’s time to get your pet ready for spring and Goodnewsforpets™ and Oster®, makers of at home grooming pet care solutions can help. Goodnewsforpets continues its 15th Anniversary celebration with an Oster® ”Less Stress Kit”, a retail value of $114, plus the GNFP™ Heart-Paw Charm. The three contest winners will also select a local shelter or rescue for a donation to be made in his or her name. To enter the contest, simply register at http://goodnewsforpets.com/osterspringcontest/ by May 1, 2015.

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“Goodnewsforpets is delighted in this special anniversary year to partner with Oster, a company with a rich 90 year-old history that continues to provide high quality grooming at-home pet care solutions for today’s pet parents. Oster is the standard for many professional groomers who begin their careers using Oster blades, clippers and trimmers and we are thrilled to offer this promotion to our community,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR PRSA, President & Founder of Germinder & Associates and publisher of goodnewsforpets.com.

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The featured Oster “Less Stress Kit” includes:

  • Oster® Calm Clips – Cordless Power Clipper Kit
  • Oster® Gentle Paws Premium Nail Trimmer
  • Oster ® ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool for Dogs
  • Oster® Shed Control Shampoo

“When it comes to grooming, Oster provides pets and their parents with less stress – which is definitely ‘good news for pets’,” said Alejandro Garcia, product manager for Oster® Animal Care Solutions. “This giveaway is just in time to give dogs a good spring cleaning.”

The Oster “Less Stress” new brand motto emphasizes that the company’s products provide multi-tasking solutions across grooming and pet care product lines. This allows the pet owner user-friendly ways to get the job done quickly so it’s easy for both the pet and the pet parents.

The Goodnewsforpets 15th Anniversary Contest Series was announced at Global Pet Expo, the industry’s largest pet trade show. Each contest will feature a GNFP Heart-Paw charm custom designed by Elena Kriegner. The charm can be worn as a necklace, on a bracelet or on a pet’s collar.  Each contest will also feature a pet industry partner with an exciting partner offer. For companies wishing to participate, please contact Lea-Ann Germinder at 212-367-5130.

April is Pet First Aid Month

TOP TIPS TO HELP YOUR PET IN AN EMERGENCY

Accidents happen – sometimes pets get injured, eat the wrong foods, get bitten, cut, or even have seizures.  But, there are ways you can help on the way to the vet. As Dr. Doug Aspros, Former President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says, “You can’t be over-prepared. Do your thinking and planning when you’re calm – you’ll make better decisions when the emergency happens.”

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So here are a few life-saving tips from the AVMA to help stabilize your pet:

  • If you think your pet has a broken bone, gently lay him or her on a flat surface, or use a blanket as a sling to gently transport your pet on the way to the veterinarian.
  • With cuts, press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound and press on it until the bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and on the legs, apply a tourniquet (using a rubber band and gauze) between the wound and the body to slow down the blood flow and get your animal to the vet ASAP.
  • For burns, flush immediately with lots of water. If the burn is more severe quickly apply an ice compress.
  • If your pet has been exposed to a toxin, check the label for immediate instructions such as washing its skin with soap and water, or flushing eyes with water.
  • If your pet is having seizures, keep them away from any objects, blanket your pet to keep them warm and call your vet or an emergency vet clinic.
  • For choking, if your pet can still breathe, get them to the vet immediately. Look in their mouth with a flashlight and quickly try to get the object out with a tweezer. If that doesn’t work, place both hands on the side of his or her ribcage and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 to 4 times while getting to the vet.

What your Pet First Aid Kit should include for home or travel:

  • VetWrap (or a similar bandaging product that clings to itself and molds nicely)
  • A nylon leash, muzzle, pet carrier (depending on animal size) and a pillow case for a cat that might need to be restrained; a small flashlight can also be quite useful

For more life-saving tips from the American Veterinarian Medical Association, log onto www.avma.org/

Help Your Cat Avoid These Hazards at Easter

Flowers are lovely and chocolates and candy taste so good!  Be sure to have your cat avoid popular Easter Lillies as they can cause renal failure in cats. Also, you will want to avoid having your cat eat any chocolate bunnies or other Easter candy this year so that you and your cat can enjoy the day without a trip to the vet.

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If kitty does get into something he should not have, please contact your vet immediately as time is of the essence.  You can also contact the Animal Control Poison Center at 1-888-426-4435.  Charges may apply, but it is well worth it for the safety and health of your cat.