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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28-Lb Tabby Finds Home and Purrsonal Trainer

28-Lb Tabby Finds Home and Purrsonal Trainer

Fat Albert needed a home. But not just any home — he needed to live with someone committed to helping Albert lose half of his body weight. Because Albert isn’t just fat; at 28 pounds, he is morbidly obese. Enter Mary Barker. She heard about Albert via social media when his photos went viral after […]

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Litter One: Eco Friendly Six Week Litter Solution + $5 Off Coupon

Litter One: Eco Friendly Six Week Litter Solution + $5 Off Coupon

  I recently got the opportunity to try out a Litter One litter box solution. This eco-friendly option is a wholly self-contained unit that uses pine litter pellets and lasts 4-6 weeks.  I initially scoffed at the idea that a litter box could last six weeks before the litter needed to be replaced.  And, I […]

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DERMagic Magic Shampoo Soap is Magic!

DERMagic Magic Shampoo Soap is Magic!

Mao would be embarrassed to death if he knew I was saying this, but of late he has become occasionally incontinent. Yes, he’s a bedwetter. Like many geezer cats, he’s got some kidney issues — nothing some sub-Q fluids can’t fix — but it means that regular baths are now necessary to keep him smelling […]

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Blue ‘n’ Gold Kitty Slip-Ons for $38

Blue ‘n’ Gold Kitty Slip-Ons for $38

These cheery kitty slip ons feature a pair of happy stripey cats and a bunch of blue and gold polka dots, for a sprightly shoe guaranteed to coax a smile out of just about anyone. And at just $38 (and free shipping through the end of August), the price will make your wallet smile, too. […]

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End of an Era and the Feline Americans

End of an Era and the Feline Americans

Any longtime cat blogger knows and loved Daisy Mae Maus and the Feline Americans. DMM and the boys were a mainstay for many years. One by one the Feline Americans went to The Bridge, and DMM followed, leaving just Charmee behind to look after his mom. Quite unexpectedly, Charmee decided to go The Bridge on Thursday. […]

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13 Cat Collages for the Purrfect Living Space

13 Cat Collages for the Purrfect Living Space

Collage art is infinitely interesting, providing an ongoing Easter egg hunt as you discover new facets of the work. They can be as elementary as a school kid’s magazine-pastings to sophisticated mixed media works by “real” artists. This week we have 13 cat collage works any cat lover would love to have adorn her walls: […]

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Gwen (Homer’s Odyssey) Cooper’s Book Tour

Gwen (Homer’s Odyssey) Cooper’s Book Tour

Last week, we finally met Gwen Cooper, the NY Times best-selling author of Homer’s Odyssey. She’s on a book tour purrmoting her new work, Love Saves the Day. Gwen read excerpts of Love Saves the Day, then spoke about Homer and fielded questions from the rapt audience. Everyone was eager to find out how Homer […]

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Charlotte Olympia Stilettos for Crazy Cat Lady Class

Charlotte Olympia Stilettos for Crazy Cat Lady Class

No matter how ratty your bathrobe, no matter how much cat hair has adhered to your clothing, no matter how many pink sponge rollers are left in your hair, even the craziest crazy cat lady looks classy in these Charlotte Olympia cat face pumps. These ivory heels have a velvety satin finish and subtle gold […]

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Win a $1000 Catification Makeover for Your Fave Shelter

Win a $1000 Catification Makeover for Your Fave Shelter

A recent trend in shelter design is to create cat-friendly vertical spaces that allow cats to climb and perch as they do in the wild. Adoption rates improve dramatically — cats aren’t caged, are less likely to appear scared and skittish, crouched behind bars. Unfortunately, it’s not within the budgets of many shelters to transform […]

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13 Cool Cat ACEOs

13 Cool Cat ACEOs

What are ACEOs  (art card editions and originals)? They’re 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch artist trading cards with no restrictions or requirements other than size. They can be originals, prints, collages, mixed media works, assemblages… anything! They can be displayed on little tiny easels, framed and hung in groups, or collected and traded. Typically, they’re extremely affordable ways […]

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Purina Cat Chow Reaches 50 Years, 50 Shelters Goal

Purina Cat Chow Reaches 50 Years, 50 Shelters Goal

Purina Cat Chow recently celebrated its 50th birthday (wOOt!) with a campaign to help 50 shelters — one in each state of the U.S. And now, the cat’s out of the bag: Purina has donated $75,000 to shelters during the campaign.  Over 500 volunteer hours were worked, over 8,000 toys, food and supplies were donated, […]

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Shoesday: Charlotte Olympia White Silk Pumps

Shoesday: Charlotte Olympia White Silk Pumps

We’re featuring another set of Charlotte Olympia pumps this week — this time an elegant white silk pump with leopard print heel. Its platform and sky-high heel give you a lot of ankle-breaking height, and check out the heart embellishments in the back! Mraow! $142 at Ladyheels.

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13 Cat Scarves to Infinity and Beyond!

13 Cat Scarves to Infinity and Beyond!

  No matter what the time of year, a scarf is an invaluable wardrobe accessory that can dress up your look or hide unsightly cat hair. This week, we’ve got 13 adorable infinity cat scarves in every gradation of casual and classy. Infinity scarves have exploded in pawpularity this year, and it’s easy to understand […]

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Shih Tsu Saves and Mothers Lookalike Kitten

Shih Tsu Saves and Mothers Lookalike Kitten

Nobody knows what the story is behind this unlikely pair, but this has got to be the “AWWWWW” tale of the year. Anderson County SC Animal Control Officer Michelle Smith was on a rescue mission to save a yelping Shih Tsu tangled up in a knot of briar bushes. But she was taken aback when […]

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Nutrisca: High Protein, Low Glycemic Cat Food that’s MMMMM-Good!

Nutrisca: High Protein, Low Glycemic Cat Food that’s MMMMM-Good!

If you’re looking for a grain-free low glycemic cat food that your cats will ravenously devour quicker than I go after Salted Caramel Bacon Brownies, check out Catswell’s new offering: Nutrisca.  I got a free sample yesterday, and my cats couldn’t eat it fast enough. Now, Tripper and the Summer Intern aren’t exactly what you’d […]

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Shoesday: Charlotte Olympia

Shoesday: Charlotte Olympia

 This week’s crazy cat lady cat shoes are exquisite satin Charlotte Olympia Ninivah heels, available in three knockout colors: red, blue and black. Each is adorned with a gold leopard and feature sky-high stiletto heels. $145.        

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Today, Pets Teach Us So Much Airs 100th Episode!

Today, Pets Teach Us So Much Airs 100th Episode!

Today, The Pet Podcast Channel, (TPPC.tv) will broadcast their 100th episode!  This hit radio show focuses on pet related topics and is hosted by Mousebreath’s great friends, Robbin and Joseph Everett.  They started Pets Teach Us So Much as a web-based television show and branched out to find an additional audience with radio.  Joe says, […]

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Cat Scouts: How to Make a No-Sew T-shirt Camping Tent

Cat Scouts: How to Make a No-Sew T-shirt Camping Tent

There’s no time like summer to go camping… enjoying the great outdoors, roasting dead stuff over an open fire, s’mores … and the Cat Scouts Jamboree! But, you can’t go camping without a tent. Don’t have one? You can make a great one for the low low cost of free within about 15 minutes. Here’s […]

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The World is Your Litter Box: Deluxe Edition Now Available

The World is Your Litter Box: Deluxe Edition Now Available

Mousebreath’s summer intern has been busy reading the latest book by our friend Quasi – the Deluxe Edition of his pawpular “The World is Your Litter Box.” It’s jam-packed with vital info every young cat needs to know, like How to Look Cute 20 Things Cats Don’t Have to Do The AWWW Scale and How […]

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Shoesday: Lovely Kittens Slip-Ons

Shoesday: Lovely Kittens Slip-Ons

These fanciful graffiti-fied slip-on sneaks will put a smile on your face — and on the face of anyone who sees you wearing them. They’re  imprinted with eco-friendly color pigments that will not fade (if washing instructions are followed). Best of all, they’ll only set you back about $40 from yesstyle.com.

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