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!

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…. 

Author unknown…

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.


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.

CFA/Dr. Elsey World Championship Cat Show Winners

The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best-of-the-Best in Show Winner, a 4 year and seven month old Bi-Color Persian Male Cream and White Neuter was named Best in Show of 1,000 cats at the 2014 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 23, 2014.  One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in each of the three categories in Kitten, Championship and Premiership. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judges Larry Adkison of Springfield, MO; Diana Doernberg of Akron, OH; and Kathy Black of Duncan, OK who selected their first and second runners up along with the Best Cat in Show.




Cream and White Persian Male Neuter


B: Noralyn Heisig


O: Noralyn Heisig, Beth Holly




Blue Russian Blue Female

B/O: Annette Wilson









Black Exotic Male

B: Salvatore Cuccu, Giovanni Giordano

O: Salvatore Cuccu, Maria Christina Bertello, Giovanni Giordano

Bayer’s Advantage® II for Cats Reveals “America’s Chattiest Cat!”

String Bean wins Chatty Cat Challenge by telling the world her secrets to health and happiness 

Shawnee, Kan., December 17, 2013 – Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division’s Advantage® II for cats’ Chatty Cat Challenge gave cat owners across America the chance to tell the world what their cats would say keep them healthy and happy. And the winner is…String Bean, a female, black short-haired cat who hails from Berkeley, California, where she lives with her owner, Shelly Mandel.

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Cat got your tongue? Well, not String Bean, who let the cat out of the bag in her entry about how well her owner treats her. “She’s actually pretty great, serves a mean meal, knows just where on my belly and behind my ear to scratch, and brings home all the best toy mice,” wrote String Bean. See String Bean’s entry for yourself at, where you can also check out all the entries and learn how two of the keys to caring for your cat are regular veterinary care and year-round use of a monthly flea preventive.


When asked what the win meant to her, String Bean didn’t hesitate to say, “Meow, meow meow meow, meow meow!”


In addition to being proclaimed “America’s Chattiest Cat,” String Bean will receive a three-year supply of Advantage® II for cats to kill fleas through contact, a premium cat carrier to travel to the vet in style, and an iPad™ mini to watch the latest viral cat videos. According to Mandel, String Bean will have to wait in line to make good use of these prizes – particularly the iPad™ mini – since she is one of four felines in the household! Mandel, who volunteers with a local nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting feral cats, notes String Bean, herself, is a rescued feral cat who quickly became accustomed to the good life!


“The Chatty Cat Challenge judges found it challenging to pick a top cat from the Top 10 chosen by America’s cat-loving public,” said Cristiano von Simson, DVM, MBA, director of Veterinary Technical Services at Bayer HealthCare Animal Health division, North America. “But String Bean’s story captured our hearts, which is why she earned the title of Bayer Advantage® II for cats’ Chatty Cat Challenge champion.”


Dr. von Simson was part of a three-member panel of cat-savvy judges that included: Ilona Rodan, DVM, DAVBP, ABVP (Feline), former president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP); and Abbie Moore, executive director of


String Bean’s Full Winning Entry

“Hey – that’s me, peering through the front door mail slot for my sweet human to come home and play with me. OF course, I have to indulge our other felines as they too love our human. She’s actually pretty great – serves a mean meal, knows just where on my belly and behind my ear to scratch and nibble, and brings home all the best toy mice, catnip and ping pong balls to chase and bat around. She even built two outdoor enclosures for us to enjoy the sights and smells outdoors while safely enclosed in a cool space with benches, scratching posts and even waterproof boxes for wet weather. Oh, it’s not all fun and games – if we scratch our itch, she doses us to prevent fleas; if we feel under the weather for too long, we have to go in a box and a car to the vet; and if we make another cat squeal cause we’re chasing or playing too hard – we get a stern dressing down. Oh, and her lap – so soft and inviting – there’s only room for two of us – but we’re four! ME OWWWWWW.”


About the Chatty Cat Challenge

Advantage® II for cats’ Chatty Cat Challenge asked owners to submit a video, photo or meme of their cat, along with a narrative, that revealed the secrets to keeping their cats healthy and happy. The Top 10 felines, chosen by public vote, received a one-year supply of Advantage® II for cats and a premium cat carrier. To learn more about the Chatty Cat Challenge, including official rules, and view the entries, visit


The Chatty Cat Challenge is sponsored by Advantage® II for cats, a monthly topical flea preventive that kills fleas through contact. A single flea can bite up to 400 times per day[1], and Advantage® II helps prevent misery-causing biting fleas.


About Advantage® II for cats

Advantage® II for cats is a once-monthly topical solution for cats and kittens 8 weeks and older. Advantage® II has adulticidal, larvicidal and ovicidal properties, killing adult fleas and preventing the emergence of new ones. Advantage® II kills fleas through contact. Fleas don’t have to bite to die.


About Bayer HealthCare

The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 18.6 million (2012), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,300 employees (Dec. 31, 2012) and is represented in more than 100 countries. More information at

[1]Taking the bite out of fleas and ticks. FDA website. Available at: Accessed June 14, 2013.