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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Rats Care for Cats in Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Rats Care for Cats in Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Rats are naturals in a cafe, right? Remy and Emile (named after Ratatouille characters) are two young rats who love veggies and head scritches. And they are employed by Brooklyn’s Cat Cafe as nannies for the facility’s kitten pawpulation. They were rescued and raised by Helping All Little Things (HALT), a small animal rescue serving […]

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Feline Trio Stages Sit-In

Feline Trio Stages Sit-In

In Castro Valley CA this week, three activist cats staged a sit-in to protest the removal of their Christmas tree. “It is cruel of the people to bring a tree into the house, tie a bunch of cat toys to the branches, and just when we master removing those pesky strings of lights, they make […]

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Kittens Take Over Puppy Bowl!

Kittens Take Over Puppy Bowl!

The Superbowl is no longer going to the dogs. This year, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl on Superbowl Sunday is being replaced by the Kitten Bowl. In the past two years, the Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl packed in the fans around a faux football field. Both the kitties and the puppies in the events are recorded […]

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Fire Cats Rescue Team Saves 70 Lives

Fire Cats Rescue Team Saves 70 Lives

During the horrific firestorms here in October, panicked pet owners had minutes (and I’m talking two or three minutes, not 20 or 30) in the middle of the night (with power out) to evacuate. Dogs tend to rush to their masters and stay at their sides, but cats instinctively hide or scratch and claw their […]

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Kittehs! Have You Made Your Gingerbread House, Yet?

Kittehs! Have You Made Your Gingerbread House, Yet?

Like most of us, Cole and Marmalade’s mom and dad had way too much time left over once Christmas eve rolled around, so they decided to make Cole and Marmalade a gingerbread house. And, Cole and Marmalade helped. Just a quick project you can squeeze in this weekend before Santa squeezes himself down the chimney:

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Georgia Cat, Missing 6 Mos., Found in California

Georgia Cat, Missing 6 Mos., Found in California

Kitty Bitty got his kicks on Route 66, but six months and 3000 miles after his epic cross-country journey started, he’s happy to be heading back home for the holidays. The grey and white tabby was discovered aboard a big rig in Riverside County (in Southern California), apparently having hitched a ride from a Pepsi […]

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6 Cheap Ways to Catify Your Holiday Yard Decorations

6 Cheap Ways to Catify Your Holiday Yard Decorations

Have you forgotten to  incorporated CATS into your holiday yard decor? If not, here are a couple of last minute items guaranteed to tell everyone who drives by that Cat Rule/Dogs Drool during the holiday season. Most are less than $20. (Prices subject to change.) Motion Sensor Santa Cat Lawn Greeter I ordered this one. It […]

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Will Your Cat Survive Christmas? Top 6 Things You Need to Avoid (INFOGRAPHIC)

Will Your Cat Survive Christmas? Top 6 Things You Need to Avoid (INFOGRAPHIC)

As fun as the holidays are — for us AND our cats — there are dangers lurking at every turn. In this infographic, you’ll see the top 6 dangers (although, admittedly, #6 should be no surprise.) Click the image for a full-sized version. (Free to distribute with attribution.)

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The Fine Art of Hairball Hocking

The Fine Art of Hairball Hocking

‘Tis the season…to hork up hairballs! The industrious cat can find a gazillion seasonal places to place hairballs: on the holiday table, the Christmas tree skirt, the gifts… the sky’s the limit! Where’s YOUR favorite spot during the holidays?

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2 Max Monday

2 Max Monday

An orange tabby named Max the Cat is the subject of a malevolent move to ban him from a library in St Paul, MN. As we all well know, cats are a superior species, always seeking ways to improve themselves (even though they’re purrfect as they are), and Max the Cat is no exception. He […]

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Good News Tewsday: Missing Squishy Cat Found 80 Miles Away

Good News Tewsday: Missing Squishy Cat Found 80 Miles Away

Squishy the Cat is back in his Lathrop, CA home after being found 80 miles away in San Francisco a month after he’d gone missing. San Francisco SPCA volunteers doing some TNR of local ferals discovered Squishy, who impressed them as being unusually friendly. When scanned for a chip, they discovered he was 80 miles […]

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Top 6 Dangers Your Cat Should Avoid During the Holidays

Top 6 Dangers Your Cat Should Avoid During the Holidays

As we race toward the holidays, take a breath and contemplate the dangers that your holiday house presents to your cat. It’s printable, so you can pass it along to fellow cat lovers. Keep Fluffy Safe!!!!

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Good News Tewsday: The Lynx Kits are Back!

Good News Tewsday: The Lynx Kits are Back!

Remember when Alaskan photographer Tim Newton was visited by a Lynx and her 7 kittens last month? THEY’RE BAAAACK! This week, Newton’s wife Cathy heard some weird thunks and knocking outside that she attributed to maybe an owl or a woodpecker. When she decided to investigate, she was delighted to discover that the Lynx family […]

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Insanely Cheap and Fugly Cat Party Dresses

Insanely Cheap and Fugly Cat Party Dresses

If you’re the type who loves those ugly Christmas sweater contests, you’re gonna LOVE these cat lady dresses — none of them is more than $25! If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will! Click any image to go to its product page.    

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Good News Tewsday: Whiskers R We’s Fall Cat Giveaway!

Good News Tewsday: Whiskers R We’s Fall Cat Giveaway!

It’s always a crap shoot when you combine live comedy and wriggly cats, and a nekkid Sphynx cat took on the role of Grumpy Cat on this weekend’s Whiskers R We’s skit on SNL. Kate McKinnon doesn’t miss a beat, and oh, the sqweeeee! Whiskers R We of course helped grown adoption rates exponentially by […]

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Good News Tewsday: Eagle Scout Makes Life Beautiful for Cats

Good News Tewsday: Eagle Scout Makes Life Beautiful for Cats

Boy Scout Seth Bally transformed a dingy kitteh socialization room to a sparkling chic catification success as part of his Eagle Scout project at his local shelter in Middletown, New York. Bally, a member of Boy Scout Troop 66 in Goshen, New York wanted to make life a little more beautiful for the animals at […]

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Grab A Hankie! You Won’t Believe This Good News Fire Story!

Grab A Hankie! You Won’t Believe This Good News Fire Story!

A handsome tabby named Pilot went missing from his Santa Rosa, CA home one night in 2007. “It was not like him to wander and we were hopeful that he would return soon but he didn’t,” said his owner, Jennifer Leigh Thompson. “He had always been a very friendly, social cat so the chances of […]

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Colorful Cat Folk Art by Heather Galler Now 50% OFF!

Colorful Cat Folk Art by Heather Galler Now 50% OFF!

I’m a color person. My favorite part of house painting is collecting paint chips (then convincing hubby to paint the walls something other than white). So I fell in love with Heather Galler’s art on Etsy. Her folk art style is rich with saturated jewel tones, similar to the color palettes used by the late, […]

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IKEA Offers Umlaut-Free Line of Cat Furniture

IKEA Offers Umlaut-Free Line of Cat Furniture

IKEA has always been feline-friendly, either actively–in the case of their cat curtains–or passively, in the case of the numerous IKEA-hacks-for-cat-furniture sites.  They’ve taken it one step further with their new Lurvig line of pet products. The little black cubbies above are only $5.99 each. (The shamrock-green cushions, also available in white, are another $5.) […]

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Good News Tewsday: Fire Cat Do-Over Rescue

Good News Tewsday: Fire Cat Do-Over Rescue

The fires have produced too many heart-wrenching stories, so it’s a gift finding a few happy-ending tales that have come out of the devastation. As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the things I’m most concerned about when having to make a 3-minute evacuation is being able to find all four of our […]

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