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He Played the Violin for Shelter Cats on His Lunch Hour…Until He Was Murdered

He Played the Violin for Shelter Cats on His Lunch Hour…Until He Was Murdered

OK, I know what you’re thinking…cats hate violin music–cat gut strings and all. But when Elijah McClain serenaded them with music, these shelter cats not only loved the music but looked forward to these musical interludes. They’ll no longer get them because McClain was murdered by police. McClain was a sweet law-abiding massage therapist who […]

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Ask Max Monday: One Day At a Time…

Ask Max Monday: One Day At a Time…

Hello! It is Cat Scouts Mango and Willow… as I, Mango explained in an earlier email, we lost our beloved Sisfurr Aspen recently at age 15. She stopped eating. And she rarely went to our Mom to Meow and say that she was very  sick and to tell Mom she had stopped eating and drinking. […]

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And Just One More Feline Zoombomb…

And Just One More Feline Zoombomb…

And those Feline Zoombombs just keep coming! If you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to up your game, kittehs!

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Catfight Ensues During Reporter’s Live Zoom Report

Catfight Ensues During Reporter’s Live Zoom Report

Cats have done it again–wresting attention away from a live TV feed to the much more interesting behind-the-scenes action. Just watch! feat

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Ask Max Monday: ‘Til We Meet Again, Tank

Ask Max Monday: ‘Til We Meet Again, Tank

Win in the hek are we gonna git the howse bak to ourselfs? Having the peeps here all the time is gitting on are nervs. Good question, dood. It’s annoying as all get out, isn’t it? And I would know because the Woman has always worked from home and SHE’S ALWAYS HERE. It sounds like […]

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Streaming Services to Help Fluffy Navigate the Covid Lockdown

Streaming Services to Help Fluffy Navigate the Covid Lockdown

A couple of streaming services for cats have emerged, purrfect for helping Fluffy make it through her shelter-in-place nightmare in one piece. More than one cat has complained to me that their attempts to make their peeps’ zoom meetings more interesting have not been appreciated. And their helpful suggestions of how to spend time locked […]

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Ask Max the Feline Life Coach

Ask Max Monday: One Day At a Time…

Ask Max Monday: One Day At a Time…

Hello! It is Cat Scouts Mango and Willow… as I, Mango explained in an earlier email, we lost our beloved Sisfurr Aspen recently at age 15. She stopped eating. And she rarely went to our Mom to Meow and say that she was very  sick and to tell Mom she had stopped eating and drinking. […]

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Ask Max Monday: ‘Til We Meet Again, Tank

Ask Max Monday: ‘Til We Meet Again, Tank

Win in the hek are we gonna git the howse bak to ourselfs? Having the peeps here all the time is gitting on are nervs. Good question, dood. It’s annoying as all get out, isn’t it? And I would know because the Woman has always worked from home and SHE’S ALWAYS HERE. It sounds like […]

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Ask Max Monday: 19

Ask Max Monday: 19

Hi Max, Two years after (almost to the day) our dearest Spider crossed the rainbow bridge, she sent Gracie and me a new friend. It’s a boy, a middle-aged meezer dude! His origin story is as fuzzy as his toe bean sprouts and apparently he’s recovering from his years on the streets (after some help […]

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Ask Max Monday: No, Not Everyone Needs a Pet…

Ask Max Monday: No, Not Everyone Needs a Pet…

It’s almost Taco Tuesday. What kind of tacos should I order? Taco Bell ones give me the [redacted] TOONA You should get TOONA TOONA TACO TUESDAY You’re welcome. = = = I was reading “Purrfect Advice” by Nic Saint, and saw this: “Well, we could start a column with pets writing in and asking questions, […]

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Ask Max Monday: Who, Me? Make Fun of Someone?

Ask Max Monday: Who, Me? Make Fun of Someone?

Great answers, you are most certainly worth steak. Any advice for how to get a cat used to drinking out of a fountain instead of the sink? Hm. I’ve always preferred a fountain so it just kinda happened. If there’s room, maybe start with the fountain near the preferred sink, and when the cat tries […]

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Ask Max Monday: Quarantine Day #8,265

Ask Max Monday: Quarantine Day #8,265

Hi Max! I don’t know what to do about the kitty that lives outside the window. I used to be a feral but now I am an inside girl. There is another kitty that is feral but she does not want to be inside. But Max, that is good because I do not like her! […]

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Funny Farmer Feline Interviews

Lucy and Benny Chat About the Cats

Lucy and Benny Chat About the Cats

We would like to introduce Lucy, Benny. and their siblings Sadie and Ringo from the blog About the Cats (It’s All About the Cats). Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and your human. Lucy: This is Lucy. I run this household! I’m a four-year-old orange girl. Benny: Wait! This is Benny. I will be helping […]

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Gidget Bluesky and Honey Sunshine

Gidget Bluesky and Honey Sunshine

We are pleased to have an unusual and interesting interview today with our new friend Gidget Bluesky and our old friend Honey P. Sunshine, who went to the bridge May 29, 2015. Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and your human. Gidget Bluesky: My name iz Gidget Bluesky. I will be 4 years old on […]

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Cuddly Cleo

Cuddly Cleo

We were pleased to snag this interview back in January. Yes, January, then life went haywire and we’re still trying to catch up to how far behind we were at that time. If you haven’t met Cleo yet, you’re in for a treat. She might be a senior kitty, but her mind is still sharp. […]

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Emma and Buster the Posey Cat

Emma and Buster the Posey Cat

These two cats are not new to blogging. You probably already know them. We have tried for months to draw Emma into the conversation, as she’s half the blog Emma and Buster, but she appears to be shy. Buster, however, is not shy, so here is their interview. Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and […]

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Hipster Kitties Charlee and Chaplin

Hipster Kitties Charlee and Chaplin

… and Dennis.  Well, sort of.  He’s an honorary Hipster Kitty. We think you will enjoy today’s interview. Many of you have already met Dennis the Vizsla and are aware the Hipster Kitties Charlee and Chaplin moved in a while back and joined Dennis’ band of assorted merrymakers. If you aren’t aware, you are in […]

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A Chat With Laila & Minchie

A Chat With Laila & Minchie

We are reprinting a Funny Farmer Friends interview with Laila and Minchie this week, remembering Minchie who has left us for The Bridge. Please join us in sending hugs to Peggy and Laila. We have known Laila and Minchie who blog at Cat-A-Holic since they started blogging and we’re pleased to have this opportunity to […]

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Read a Good Book Lately?

Winter Cats is the Best Way to Spend Those Christmas Checks!

Winter Cats is the Best Way to Spend Those Christmas Checks!

Is that Christmas check burning a hole in your pocket? If there’s a youngster in your house, you should buy Winter Cats, a charming new picture book authored by prolific children’s writer Janet Lawler and illustrated by Ela Smietanka. Here’s a peek: Willy is an indoor cat who’s never been outside. His family warns that […]

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Cat Guys!

Cat Guys!

Photographer David Williams captures images of men who identify with cats. His project titled Men & Cats began in 2009 as a way to break the stereotype of the “crazy cat lady.” Williams photographs cat guys in their homes and on the street. The indoor scenes feature cat-related tchotchkes and art that leave little doubt […]

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Here’s $5 to Buy a Couple of Books!

Here’s $5 to Buy a Couple of Books!

Amazon's running a great little purrmotion right now, and it puts $5 in your pocket for Christmas spending. Just spend $20 or more on books that are sold and shipped by Amazon, and you'll get $5 off. Enter coupon code GIFTBOOK18 at checkout. Books must be shipped to the same address in a single shipment.  […]

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Attn Crazy Craft Ladies!

Attn Crazy Craft Ladies!

If you're an artsy-craftsy sort, you've got just enough time left before the holidays to craft a few Christmas and Hanukkah gifts that will make your loved ones' holidays special. If your loved ones are cat lovers, The Cat Lover's Craft Book can be your blueprint, purrviding instructions and patterns for a pawful of cat crafts, including a […]

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Prancie’s Prayer is a PURRfect Present!

Prancie’s Prayer is a PURRfect Present!

The days are getting shorter and fireplace weather is fast approaching. Time to think about…. Christmas!  Yeah, ugh. Already? It's not even Halloween, yet! But what better time to take care of a few gifts on your Christmas list? I've got the PURRfect present for cat-loving youngsters!  It's Prancie's Prayer, a new book by Ellen Pilch (better known […]

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Strays Proves Cats are Angels

Strays Proves Cats are Angels

Strays by Britt Collins is a purrfect companion to A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life, telling the true story of a scroungy, starving stray cat who finds her way into a homeless man’s sleeping bag, and eventually (of course, you knew this was coming) his heart. The story sucks you […]

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Cat Art and Crafts

Grandaddy of all Cat Artists

Grandaddy of all Cat Artists

You’d be hard-pressed to find a rabid cat lover who hasn’t been enchanted by the vintage illustrations of Louis Wain. He created a whimsical world of wide-eyed cats, each scene rich with detail and activity. As a cat artist, I’m amazed at the number of cats featured in each of his illustrations as well as […]

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Cat Art You Can’t Live Without

Cat Art You Can’t Live Without

Felicia’s Etsy site features several different categories of original cat art. Our fave category is Cat Paintings. These whimsical epictions are spot on and will put a smile on your face during this difficult time. Click any image to go to its product page.

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Laissez Le Bon Temp Kitteh!

Laissez Le Bon Temp Kitteh!

Mardi gras is just around the corner, so be purrpared for debauchery! Here are some jazzy hand-crafted cat-themed mardi gras items to get you through all the way to Ash Wednesday!

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Can’t Find a Decent Cat Xmas Card? Jamie Shelman Has You Covered.

Can’t Find a Decent Cat Xmas Card? Jamie Shelman Has You Covered.

There’s still time to get some pawsome cat Christmas cards to send to your favorite fellow Cat Lady or Cat Guy. Jamie Shelman’s Dancing Cat has a bunch of ’em from which to choose. You won’t find great cards like this at your local Hallmark store! All cards are $4.95 (click image for purchase info). […]

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25 Days to Go!

25 Days to Go!

Only 24 more sleeps until it’s time to rip open all of your Christmas pressies! But before you do, how about ordering some custom ornaments for that tree you’re planning on toppling? These ornaments crafted by the Kitty Cat Art Studio are made of polymer clay and customized to portray you or your fellow cats. […]

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Charming Vintage-y Cat Art Prints

Charming Vintage-y Cat Art Prints

Arna Miller is an illustrator/print maker/graphic designer out of Denver whose work is often pawpulated with cats. She just released a group of cat prints that look like something from 1893, very Victorian, sweetly absurd. Her most recent show–Stop Pouring Gasoline on the Fire, and Other Stories About Cats–opened at the Spoke Art Gallery in […]

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The Feline Lifestyle

MarcoPolo is Not Just a Pool Game

MarcoPolo is Not Just a Pool Game

[NOT a sponsored post! We saved up and bought this ourselves!] We are so done with Tab Cat’s Loc8tor pet tracking system. When it worked it was the pawsome-est. But inevitably, the transponder and/or the collar tabs went on the fritz after six months or so, despite new batteries and much futzing around with it. […]

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The Best Damned Cheap Pet Vacuum Evah!

The Best Damned Cheap Pet Vacuum Evah!

We were in a pickle. Our vacuum wheezed its last breath and the cat hair was piling up on the carpet. We’d sorta/kinda been planning to upgrade to a high-end space age vacuum at some point, but the death of our vacuum coincided with a business upheaval and unplanned medical expenses, and the purchase of […]

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Fat Cat Slims With Underwater Treadmill

Fat Cat Slims With Underwater Treadmill

Do I hear a “Heck No!” from more than a few cats out there? For plus-sized cats who’d like to combine swimming fun with a treadmill workout, take a look at George the Himalayan’s solution: an underwater treadmill workout. Owner Aimee Good of Urbandale Iowa, says folks think it’s a joke, but the workout offers […]

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The Catio Project is Complete and Cats LOVE It!

The Catio Project is Complete and Cats LOVE It!

We finished work on the catio this week by installing a mezzanine shelf around the perimeter of the west and north sides: We painted it black and put a carpeted mat on the top (rubberized on the bottom, carpet on top, designed for outdoor use). It was affixed to the enclosure using zip ties and […]

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Catio 101

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Catio 101

Homer and Reno have a spankin’ new catio that wraps around an oak tree, providing opportunities to observe nature, climb trees and (mostly) nap. (Note: the stain/finish color is not the bright red that you see in these photos; it’s more of a terra cotta color.) The brothers LOVE being outside. They were as happy as […]

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Removable Wallpaper is The Cat’s Meow!

Removable Wallpaper is The Cat’s Meow!

This cute cat wallpaper is also removable, which makes it suck ever so much less than traditional wallpaper does. I’m thinking it might be a  cute way to add some purrsonality to a powder room or other small area in danger of withering away in boredom. Just peel-and-stick, easy peasy. A 39.4″X96″ roll is $105 […]

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Other Recent Posts

Kiss Your Cat, Contract Covid?

Kiss Your Cat, Contract Covid?

According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, cats can spread the new coronavirus to each other without any of them ever having any symptoms. Scientists who led the work say it shows the need for more research into whether the virus can spread from people […]

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Back in 1918, Cat Flu Masks Were the Rage

Back in 1918, Cat Flu Masks Were the Rage

In 1918, Dr Woods Hutchinson had strongly-held opinions about the flu epidemic’s transmissibility. “The reason for the spread? Pig-headedness, not another thing,” he raged in in Des Moines on November 25, 1918. “We knew it was prevalent in Europe and that it would find its way here. “The ‘flu’ germ doesn’t care a hang for […]

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Cat Week Tonight with John Oliver

Cat Week Tonight with John Oliver

One of the highlights of my week is watching John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, and it’s not just because I’m an anglophile enchanted by anyone with a British accent. I also love Brits who’ve mastered American accents (Michael Sheen, Damian Lewis, Hugh Laurie, etc. etc.). This week I was delighted that CATS were a […]

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Is Betty the New Grumpy Cat?

Is Betty the New Grumpy Cat?

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many TV production studios have had to temporarily shut down, but that doesn’t mean viewers have to do without their favorite shows and news broadcasts. From famous musicians’ home concerts to John Krasinski’s “Some Good News/SGN” YouTube show, many celebrities are broadcasting from the comfort of their homes during […]

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Meet the Pallas’s Cat

Meet the Pallas’s Cat

Today is Pallas’s Cat Day, and I’ll bet it’s a wild cat about which you know very little. That’s okay. Neither do many scientists. The Pallas’s cat has been classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List since 2002, negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting. It is native to the […]

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Ask Max Monday: Week in Review

Ask Max Monday: Week in Review

All right, doods, I hope you’re all doing well and your people aren’t driving you six kinds of nuts while they’re staying at home interrupting all your naps. I’ve had it pretty easy; the Woman has always worked from home and the only thing that really changed is that she can’t take breaks to go […]

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Quarantine in Affordable Catified Style!

Quarantine in Affordable Catified Style!

Did you ditch too many cute cat clothes during a ruthless quarantine-boredom-busting binge of spring cleaning? Need to wear something besides that ratty college logo top for Zoom meetings with your office mates? Wary about spending big bux with everyone’s financial future in limbo? We gotcha covered. Not JUST covered, but covered in cute cat […]

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Why Cat Owners Feel Short-Changed

Why Cat Owners Feel Short-Changed

Cat owners feel there’s a significant lack of products designed specifically with cats and cat owners in mind, according to a survey by Cat Person, a New York-based brand founded just this past March. Cat Person officials said that they conducted the national survey of 1,000 cat owners to better understand the attitudes, challenges and […]

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Ask Max Monday: Zooooom

Ask Max Monday: Zooooom

Max, the only reason any cat would need a bath is if they’ve got something gross stuck to their fur, or they need flea shampoo. Any other reason is just wrong…right? I can’t think of any reason other than torture, and that’s just mean. I’m not even sure why people like baths for themselves. They […]

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Covid Win: No More Eating Cats in Shenzhen

Covid Win: No More Eating Cats in Shenzhen

Out of the gloomy morass in which we are currently immersed, it is especially uplifting to know that some good is coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, I said GOOD! This week, Shenzhen became the first city in China to ban the consumption and trade of dogs and cats as part of its new […]

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Cover Your Face with Cats!

Cover Your Face with Cats!

First, we were told not to wear masks unless we were symptomatic of covid-19. Now everyone is now being encouraged to wear one. But if you don’t have one, it’s unlikely you can scuttle down to CVS and buy one; most places are out of stock. Why wear one? Well, my brother-in-law (who teaches medicine, […]

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Cats Catch Covid-19

Cats Catch Covid-19

Need any more incentive to stay the heck at home and avoid getting the virus? According to the South China Morning Post, a pet cat has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong after being infected with the virus by its owner. The cat is the second domestic cat to be diagnosed with the virus. […]

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