Author Archive: Karen Nichols

Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences.

In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com. She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival.

Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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Brexit Pales Next to Cat Fights on Downing St.

Brexit Pales Next to Cat Fights on Downing St.

It’s Tuxie vs. Tabby on London’s  Downing St. as Larry–the cat who runs the UK–protects  the sanctity of the Prime Minister’s office from Palmerston, the tuxie who runs the Foreign Office down the street. An earlier kerfuffle left Larry with a hurty paw, but he got Palmerston back, getting a swath of fur from between the […]

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CritterZone: The De-Stinkifier every Cat Lady <em>MUST</em> Own

CritterZone: The De-Stinkifier every Cat Lady MUST Own

Would you believe me if I promised that within 12 hours your home would no longer smell like a Crazy Cat Lady’s? Would you turn your nose up at $10 off this miracle product? With the CritterZone, visitors to your house will wonder if you’ve gotten rid of your cats. It eliminates ALL ODORS. Period. […]

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Katris Cat Tower: Limitless Play for Cats ‘n’ YOU!

Katris Cat Tower: Limitless Play for Cats ‘n’ YOU!

In the last six months, hubs and I have been drowning immersed in home reno projects. Most recently, we moved living and family room furniture out of storage into our newly carpeted and painted downstairs. The leather furniture is immune from cat scratching, something at which I’ve always rather marveled. But the dark blue upholstered […]

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Cat Watch 2014 Misses the Mark. Cats are Not Lone Wolves.

Cat Watch 2014 Misses the Mark. Cats are Not Lone Wolves.

Cat Watch 2014 is the second Horizon cat experiment in the U.K. It documents the behavior of cats when they think we’re not watching. It’s a followup to last year’s experiment, The Secret Life of Cats, that attached GPS trackers and cat cams to 50 cats in a Surrey village, then followed their activity. This year, the […]

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Hints from HELLoise: Your Cat Owns the Best Latex Paint Remover

Hints from HELLoise: Your Cat Owns the Best Latex Paint Remover

If you follow me on Facebook, you know we’ve been going through an epic house reno project. It started simply enough– I just wanted to pull down the wallpaper and paint. Which turned into new carpet and new closet, and geez, all that drywall that needed to be sanded a squillion times. Many layers of […]

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Win a Trip (for up to 4) to Rose Parade and Ride a Float with Your Winning Rescue Story

Win a Trip (for up to 4) to Rose Parade and Ride a Float with Your Winning Rescue Story

This year, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade® celebrates its 125th anniversary, and the Lucy Pet Foundation is offering a pawsome prize to a lucky pet owner. What You Need to Do to Enter In just 170 words or in a one-minute video, tell how a rescue pet changed your life, and submit your entry here. […]

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Buy an Ugly Vintage Cat Sweater, Help the SPCA

Buy an Ugly Vintage Cat Sweater, Help the SPCA

I’m so excited to share with you that the Sweater Store, the Internet’s largest ugly Christmas sweater website, now has a section devoted solely to UGLY VINTAGE CAT SWEATERS! Better yet, all proceeds from the sales of these sweaters benefit the SPCA! Yes, they’ve searched the world over for ugly crazy cat lady sweaters, removed […]

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Cat Food That’s Chock Full of Meat and No Wheat

Cat Food That’s Chock Full of Meat and No Wheat

When a pet food company launches new lines of cat food and dog food, what goes on behind the scenes? “What Do Cat Owners Want in a Cat Food?” Recently, Hill’s Nutrition launched its Ideal Balance line of natural pet food. One of the first steps in the development cycle was to find out what […]

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Mousebreath’s Karen Nichols to Appear on “Pets Teach Us So Much” Radio Today

Mousebreath’s Karen Nichols to Appear on “Pets Teach Us So Much” Radio Today

Karen Nichols, the Managing Editor of Mousebreath Magazine, will be a guest on TPPC.TV today (Thursday) discussing BarkWorld, Agility Cats, the relative merits of Star Trek cats vs. Star Wars Cats, and Cat Scouts. Will she be able to talk fast enough to squeeze it all in? TPPC.TV is the home of the Pets Teach […]

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Earless Cat Gets New Lease on Life

Earless Cat Gets New Lease on Life

Nine-year-old Carmen was first spotted by one of Cat Town’s adopters, Angela, who saw her trying to cross a busy Oakland, CA street in traffic, oblivious to the honking horns. Once she got the cat safely inside, she saw the fungus growing in Carmen’s ears. Carmem had tumors growing inside her ear canals and outside […]

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Shoesday: These Cheap Flats are Paw-Lickin’ Good!

Shoesday: These Cheap Flats are Paw-Lickin’ Good!

Last week I had to take my mo-in-law to Ross because she decided that was the place to buy slippers. Well, I seized it as an opportunity to take the Summer Intern on an outing. He loves riding in the car and the stroller, and I’m working on getting him comfortable in public.  Well, he […]

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Free Yoda Ears at Petco SEP 1 Only

Free Yoda Ears at Petco SEP 1 Only

There was a lot to get excited about at BarkWorld last week, but few things stood out for me quite as much as YODA EARS! Petco is launching a new Star Wars line on September 1st and is kicking it off with free Yoda ears in stores with purchase while supplies last on Sunday. Petco was […]

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13 Cat Quilts that Aren’t Your Momma’s Quilts!

13 Cat Quilts that Aren’t Your Momma’s Quilts!

This week’s Thursday 13 is all about cat quilts… and these aren’t your momma’s quilts. More art than utilitarian textiles, these are more likely to be displayed on your wall than folded up on the foot of your bed…. although your kittehs might like curling up with them!   David Taylor creates exquisite paintings in […]

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5 Lifejacketed Cats and a Woofie Enjoy Island Vacation

5 Lifejacketed Cats and a Woofie Enjoy Island Vacation

It’s a rare person who’d be brave enough to consider taking 5 or 6 cats and a dog on a road trip vacation. Even rarer? Finding a hubby who’d go along with it. My friend Riley, who lives in Sweden, recently got back from an island vacation with her hubby, 5 cats and a dog. […]

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Shoesday: Spikey!

Shoesday: Spikey!

These 6-1/2 inch heeled leopard heels have a skyscraping 2-1/2 inch platform. The heel shape? They call it “metatypical.”  It’s a leopard print with a gazillion spikes — just the thing you need for self protection if you live in a bad neighborhood. Or if you need to tenderize some meat. Get ’em at myesoul.com […]

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RIP, Homer 1997-2013

RIP, Homer 1997-2013

Homer, the eponymous star of the New York Times bestseller, Homer’s Odyssey, has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He’d suffered from a liver problem for some months, but was generally active, with a healthy appetite for fresh deli turkey, until He was helped to The Bridge by a gentle house-call vet, and he passed peacefully […]

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Cat’s DNA Nabs Murder Suspect

Cat’s DNA Nabs Murder Suspect

Got some murderous impulses? Then you might do well to invest in a good lint roller.  Scientists in the UK recently used a  cat DNA database to identify cat hair found on the corpse of David Guy. His dismembered body was found stuffed into a bag on a beach last year.   Hampshire police worked […]

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Shoesday: Cat Flats to Pair with Cute Cat Shirt

Shoesday: Cat Flats to Pair with Cute Cat Shirt

These black-n-tan cat flats provide comfort without sacrificing flair.  These feline inspired shoes from Jeffrey Campbell are made of super smooth tan suede with black velvet capped nose and back. They feature hand-stitched whiskers, onyx stud eyes and an adjustable ankle strap.  And we think they’d look purrfect with this back print cat shirt: This sheer button […]

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Info Sought on Calico Cat Dumped in Wheelie Bin

Info Sought on Calico Cat Dumped in Wheelie Bin

The Scottish SPCA is seeking information on whomever tied up a calico cat in a trash bag and dumped her in a wheelie bin this week. They say the cat is “lucky to have survived” her ordeal. Someone walking along Edinburgh Road in Bathgate heard her cries for help Wednesday morning. She was rescued and […]

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Graeme Riley, Ace of Cats, Has Gone to The Bridge

Graeme Riley, Ace of Cats, Has Gone to The Bridge

Graeme Riley, Ace of Cats and Station Cat Extraordinaire, has gone to The Bridge. Graeme was catapulted to international fame when his penchant for hanging out at a Melbourne train station was broadcast by the Herald Sun. Graeme broke the news on his Facebook page: Hello all my wonderful friends from around the world, I […]

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