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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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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Find a Black Cat in the Dark During a 3-Minute Evac with TabCat

Find a Black Cat in the Dark During a 3-Minute Evac with TabCat

With the devastating wildfires burning 50 miles away, and with a home that sits on the border of a tinder-dry expanse of forested open space, I have been wracked with anxiety this week over the fire danger. The death toll is up to 40 and is expected to rise. Many of those who perished were […]

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Preparing Your Pet For Natural Disasters

Preparing Your Pet For Natural Disasters

As I sit here, sunlight is murky, as if under a solar eclipse. I look at our back yard, thick with leaf litter and tree branches from an epic wind storm two nights ago that fueled a series of massive fires about 60 miles north of here. When I say massive, I mean that a […]

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Pawsome 3D Custom Cat Portraits

Pawsome 3D Custom Cat Portraits

If you’re looking for a fresh way to immortalize your cat in a portrait, check out these custom 3D cat portraits by kooeepapercraft.com. You send a photo of your cat, and for about $35 (priced at $45AU) you’ll receive a printable that you cut, fold and paste, ending up with a 3D portrait of your […]

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Now on Deck: 7 Lynx Kits and Ma

Now on Deck: 7 Lynx Kits and Ma

Alaskans get even more wildlife in their backyards than we do, and it’s always way more interesting than ours. Photographer Tim Newton got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this week to welcome seven rambunctious lynx cubs on the deck of his home at the edge of Chugach Park. He heard the pitter pat of little feet, maybe […]

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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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All Aboard the Cat Café Train

All Aboard the Cat Café Train

You’re too late–it sold out immediately. Cat cafés are old hat in Japan, so one of the Gifu Prefecture’s most pawpular cafés, Sanctuary, has kicked the concept up a notch last weekend, offering the purrfect combo of kitty-time and a ride on the rails. The maiden voyage included a bento box lunch, sweets, a ticket […]

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Dress Snappy and Ring a Loud Bell

Dress Snappy and Ring a Loud Bell

If you want to be served brekkies in bed, kittehs, take a page from Pecan’s book: dress snappy, ring a loud service bell, and say, “pleeze.” The combination seems irresistible to humans, evidenced by Pecan gaining 13 lbs. over a single weekend last June. [LINK TO YOUTOOB VID]

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Hemingway Cats Ride Out Storm Safely

Hemingway Cats Ride Out Storm Safely

I’m a little ashamed to admit that the main worry I had when I first heard about the Irma threat was how The Hemingway Cats would fare during the storm. The Hemingway Cats are a tribe of 54 polydactyl and polydactyl-gene-carrying felines who reside at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West. Some of […]

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