Author Archive: Mousebreath Magazine

Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at CatScouts.com.

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TACO CAT Spelled Backward is….

TACO CAT Spelled Backward is….

I’ve been having to work without the use of my right hand, so I’ll be venturing out of the house to visit a surgeon this week, which is pretty exciting. What’ll I wear? Is my mask sufficiently cute? Will the face shield be overkill? How long has it been since I’ve seen anyone but hubby […]

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Full Moon Zoombomb FAIL

Full Moon Zoombomb FAIL

(NOTE: Don’t miss the ADORABLE nose freckles [on the cat, not the MP]  in the photo at the bottom!) Earlier this week, Parliament member John Nicolson was in the middle of a committee discussion when his ginger tabby, Rojo, suddenly jumped in front of the camera, waving his tail. Try as he might, Rojo was […]

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Randy Russian Blue Needs Glucose Drip After Mating Binge

Randy Russian Blue Needs Glucose Drip After Mating Binge

KITTEHS! Do not try this at home! An exhausted (but very happy) cat needed a glucose drip after mating with at least five females in single night after staff let him out of his cage at a pet hotel when they went home. Xiaopi the Russian Blue was left at a posh cat hotel by […]

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World’s Oldest Cat Thrived on Bacon and Red Wine

World’s Oldest Cat Thrived on Bacon and Red Wine

It was the youthful combination of turkey bacon, dry food, broccoli and a little bit of red wine every two days that kept him going to the grand old age of 38. This particular resident was a cat named Creme Puff, who died in 2005. While that’s an impressive age for a cat, the official Guinness World […]

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Dead Cat Receives Voter Registration Packet

Dead Cat Receives Voter Registration Packet

In a presidential election year, there’s always a push to get people registered to vote. For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting. Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12 years ago. “A great cat, indoor […]

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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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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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Wanna Be a Taco Cat Fashionista?

Wanna Be a Taco Cat Fashionista?

Cats and Tacos. Does it get any better than that? Would you believe…a taco cat summer dress to celebrate a little covid freedom? Bored of attending pants-free zoom meetings and scraping the bottom of the Netflix barrel trying to find something we haven’t already binged, we went looking for cat stuff. A recent pop in […]

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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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Homer’s Magic Pixie Dust

Homer’s Magic Pixie Dust

This is National Pet Appreciation Week, or so Alexa told me. These days, the pet I appreciate most is Homer. So today I’ll subject you to a tail tale I’d previously written describing Homer’s gotcha story: Homer is black and nobody wanted him. Not even me. A few years ago, I adopted Reno, a flame-point […]

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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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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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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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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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