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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Fat Cat Slims With Underwater Treadmill

Fat Cat Slims With Underwater Treadmill

Do I hear a “Heck No!” from more than a few cats out there? For plus-sized cats who’d like to combine swimming fun with a treadmill workout, take a look at George the Himalayan’s solution: an underwater treadmill workout. Owner Aimee Good of Urbandale Iowa, says folks think it’s a joke, but the workout offers […]

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Hold Onto Your Underpants if Bella’s in Town!

Hold Onto Your Underpants if Bella’s in Town!

Jailhouse stripes, or an orange jumpsuit? Those may be Bella’s fashion choices if she doesn’t curb her klepto ways. Looks innocent enough, doesn’t she? But behind that “Who, Me?” exterior is a klepto cat who is now bringing home three or more purloined clothing items per night from her Vancouver BC neighborhood. Her criminal career […]

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The Catio Project is Complete and Cats LOVE It!

The Catio Project is Complete and Cats LOVE It!

We finished work on the catio this week by installing a mezzanine shelf around the perimeter of the west and north sides: We painted it black and put a carpeted mat on the top (rubberized on the bottom, carpet on top, designed for outdoor use). It was affixed to the enclosure using zip ties and […]

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NFL Star a Self-Professed Cat Guy

NFL Star a Self-Professed Cat Guy

I don’t know who he is; I don’t follow football. (He’s the highest paid running back in the NFL.) But he’s my new favorite football player. Todd Gurley loves cats. In an interview with ESPN’s Sam Alipour, in response to “What would you list as your dislikes?” he revealed that he hates dogs and loves cats. […]

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Your Bucket List is Incomplete Without This Destination

Your Bucket List is Incomplete Without This Destination

The Down in Denver Bookstore is nowhere near Colorado. It’s in upstate New York, hugging the Massachusetts border. The founding owner of the bookstore was a rabid fan of Beat writers and its name is from a Kerouac quote (“Down in Denver, all I did was die.”) If you can pry yourself away from Amazon […]

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Bruno Strikes a Pose to Score His Ticket to a Furever Home

Bruno Strikes a Pose to Score His Ticket to a Furever Home

Bruno is a chatty, chunky 25-lb Russian Blue who likes to stand on his back feet like a blubbery Buddha. And he doesn’t just come with a couple of extra pounds–he’s got extra toes as well. Bruno is one of the adoptable pets at Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove, Il. Here are some of […]

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My Black Cat Appreciation Day Story

My Black Cat Appreciation Day Story

Two years ago, we adopted Reno (the Demon Kitten) from a Community Concern for Cats mobile adoption unit at the Petco in Lafayette CA. I cannot do the browsing-cages-at-the-shelter thing; it rips my heart apart that I can’t adopt every single one. Instead, I search online using AdoptAPet.com. When we adopted Reno, we wanted a […]

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Dream Job: Cat Wrangler on Greek Island

Dream Job: Cat Wrangler on Greek Island

Tired of U.S. politics and wanna emigrate? This PURRfect dream job could be your ticket away from American craziness straight to the land of spanakopita and feta cheese. And cats. Lots of cats. God’s Little People Cat Rescue on the Greek Island of Syros is hiring a live-in caretaker. The job comes with free housing, […]

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Cape Cod Cat Back Home–7 Years Later

Cape Cod Cat Back Home–7 Years Later

When Rebecca Collins West got the call that Tigger, her cat who had gone missing seven years earlier, had been located via a microchip, she was over the moon. “I look at my husband and I say, ‘I told you so!’ We listened to the message three times to make sure it was true,” she […]

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Fire Makes Fast Friends of Cat and Hen

Fire Makes Fast Friends of Cat and Hen

A cat seeking refuge from a raging Northern California wildfire found a fine-feathered friend as he awaited rescue from the heat and flames. The Grass Valley Fire Department said Thursday a cat and chicken it rescued this week are recovering from burns with the help of the SPCA. The buddies were found huddled together on […]

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Be PURRPared

Be PURRPared

Here in Northern California, we’re watching a sickening rerun of last October’s wildfires. This time, the Ferguson Fire outside of Yosemite and the Carr Fire in Redding are sending tens of thousands of people and pets to evacuation centers. More wildfires are sprouting like mushrooms in Mendocino, Napa and Lake counties. Jynx, the calico in […]

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Removable Wallpaper is The Cat’s Meow!

Removable Wallpaper is The Cat’s Meow!

This cute cat wallpaper is also removable, which makes it suck ever so much less than traditional wallpaper does. I’m thinking it might be a  cute way to add some purrsonality to a powder room or other small area in danger of withering away in boredom. Just peel-and-stick, easy peasy. A 39.4″X96″ roll is $105 […]

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Yard Waste Transformed into Cat Furniture

Yard Waste Transformed into Cat Furniture

I thought of Jan when I saw this. Jan tackled an arborist’s job last week, taking down some seriously huge tree branches. Mr TF has done some of that (like Jan, pruning big branches hovering over the fence onto our property) and it was a big project for him, requiring the rigging of some climbing […]

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Kittehs Living in D.C. Are Standing Up to Be Counted

Kittehs Living in D.C. Are Standing Up to Be Counted

It Will Take 3 Years And $1.5 Million, but Washington D.C. is going to count every single one of its cats. A coalition of groups, including PetSmart Charities, the Humane Society, The Humane Rescue Alliance and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are collaborating on “The D.C. Cat Count,” whose goal is to more accurately estimate […]

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<I>Cats</i>‘ Cast Announced

Cats‘ Cast Announced

The musical Cats – which is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history – is soon to be a major motion picture, with production scheduled for later this year in the U.K. Not all of the cast has been announced, but so far Taylor Swift (cat lady extraordinaire), Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Ian McKellen have been […]

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Simon the Cat Rescued after Harrowing Entrapment

Simon the Cat Rescued after Harrowing Entrapment

This week, the Burtonsville MD Volunteer Fire Department responded to a “Firefighter save my cat!” plea. The cat, Simon, was lodged in an air conditioning duct and after five days, the owner had given up hope of getting him out without professional help. The department’s chief, Michael Ryman, led a team armed with power tools […]

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The Free App You Must Get NOW!

The Free App You Must Get NOW!

OK, so the name–Finding Rover–is unfortunate. But it covers cats, too, and it’s free, so if you have a smart phone and a cat you need to download it right NOW! What is Finding Rover? It’s a pet facial recognition app that uses biometric technology to identify pets. Backed by the Petco Foundation, it is […]

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If You Like Your Cats Whiskery……

If You Like Your Cats Whiskery……

Ukrainian artist Mary Derkach creates fanciful felted felines with delightfully whiskered faces. Her materials of choice are sheep’s wool and polymer clay…. and maybe a little magic!   She’s done a series she calls “spherical cats” that are little roly-poly balls. The mighty hunter…. purrhaps in purrsuit of the elusive red dot? And anyone with […]

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Isolate Your Cat at Meal or Potty Time with MeowSpace

Isolate Your Cat at Meal or Potty Time with MeowSpace

If you own a dog who mines for cat crap treats in the cat litter box, or have multiple cats with one on a special diet, MeowSpace might be for you. It’s an enclosed box that can only be accessed by a cat with an rfid or a magnetic tag on her collar. That opens […]

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Got a Match? Hooligan Cats as Art…

Got a Match? Hooligan Cats as Art…

I’ve been utterly charmed by the printmaking art of Arna Miller and Ravi Zupa at the Treasure Prizes studio in Denver. Their most recent collection is faux-vintage matchboxes featuring ne’er-do-well hooligan cats engaged in all manner of shenanigans: Each box is $20 (shipped sans matches). ABOUT THE ART Arna said: I draw in pencil and […]

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