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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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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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Viking Cats Descended from Cleopatra’s?

Viking Cats Descended from Cleopatra’s?

via iheartneedlework on Etsy The secret of life, the universe and everything lies in DNA. It’s not just for determining if your ancestors were Vikings, but it can tell if your cat was a Viking as well. Scientists who recently studied feline DNA found cat remains at a Viking site dated to a period between […]

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Did You Know… Mainzer Cats Were Not Drawn by Mainzer

Did You Know… Mainzer Cats Were Not Drawn by Mainzer

Last week, I told you the background behind the sad life of Louis Wain, a prominent turn-of-the-century artist whose cats captivated Edwardian England. As his style evolved, his cats began wearing clothes, no doubt influencing the art depicted on what are popularly known as Mainzer Cat postcards. What gets lost in the shuffle is the […]

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5 Ways My Life is Weirder with My Petfinder Pets #spons #MetonPetfinder

5 Ways My Life is Weirder with My Petfinder Pets #spons #MetonPetfinder

Just as Match.com changed the way I shopped for a husband, Petfinder changed the way I searched for new furry family members, and in the best pawsible way. I found our two most recent cats, Banzai and Reno, via Petfinder. My Dirty Little Secret Here’s a confession: going to shelters to look for a cat to […]

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Ask Max Monday: Cheese, Please

Ask Max Monday: Cheese, Please

Max, I just finished reading your poetry book. You dictate so well. I was crying by the end though, even though you probably don’t want that. How did the woman manage to type your poems as I assume she often took breaks to laugh or cry? The Woman has a cold, black heart and nothing […]

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Italian Cat Quake Victim Rescued After 16 Days

Italian Cat Quake Victim Rescued After 16 Days

Pietro is an Italian cat whose walls came crashing down in the recent devastating Italian earthquake. Miraculously, he was rescued 16 days later from the pile of rubble under which he was trapped. He is thought to have survived on rainwater. Firefighters were excavating a collapsed house in Amatrice to retrieve personal items from the […]

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If This Isn’t Your Dream Job, Don’t Call Yourself a Crazy Cat Lady

If This Isn’t Your Dream Job, Don’t Call Yourself a Crazy Cat Lady

It’s a circus, but with cats instead of clowns. And they’re hiring. The Amazing Acro-cats is an entertaining troupe of rescues that’s on tour, and they’re hiring a cat wrangler. (Bonus points if you can drive a 45-foot tour bus!) If it didn’t require that I turn my back on my own boyz while I […]

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Ask Max Monday: If You Give A Dog A Treat… (Maybe He Won’t Eat The Cat)

Ask Max Monday: If You Give A Dog A Treat… (Maybe He Won’t Eat The Cat)

Max…. Any idea where we can get kitty sized ear plugs? The mom says it is “football season” again when those guys on tv seem to take forever chasing a ball around a big green field. And man can our mom yell at the TV. THANKS Amazon. Amazon is the answer for everything. If they […]

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Wain’s Genius–and Love for Cats–Never Waned

Wain’s Genius–and Love for Cats–Never Waned

There was a time at the turn of the 20th century when England’s most reproduced artist was a Cat Artist. Between 1895 and 1905, over forty books illustrated by Louis Wain were published, along with postcards, miniatures and related keepsakes. Like another cat artist, Eugen Hartung (Mainzer cats), Wain depicts a world in which cats rule […]

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6 Back-to-School Items Guaranteed to Make You Teacher’s Pet

6 Back-to-School Items Guaranteed to Make You Teacher’s Pet

Back-to-School time is steeped in the excitement of a brand new school year, fresh PeeChee folders and a new Barbie Lunchbox. Throw in turning leaves, the scent of Crayolas, and a chill to the morning air and…. well, I get lost in reverie. And of course, it always makes me think of one of my favorite exchanges […]

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Ask Max Monday: If You Give A Cat A Box…

Ask Max Monday: If You Give A Cat A Box…

Deer Max – will there be a book signing anywhere near my house? Also, will mine boogerhead brother ever stop wandering around the house screaming his bloody head off about nothing? Book signings require that I leave my house, which I am generally opposed to, so…nope, don’t think it will happen. I’ll sign books, just […]

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Pot for Pets?

Pot for Pets?

Medical Marijuana is not just about getting a Cheech-and-Chong high. It is an accepted aid to cancer patients, glaucoma sufferers and others with debilitating health issues. Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana […]

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Ask Max Monday: It’s All About ME!

Ask Max Monday: It’s All About ME!

And why the heck not? ME. All ME. Dear Max, What did you do this week? Love, Max Well, Max, since you asked…this week my new book, THE EMPEROR OF SAN FRANCISCO was released! This is my first piece of fiction and I am very, very excited about it. Also, I am very, very nervous […]

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Meet Nacho Flay and Bella De Laurentiis

Meet Nacho Flay and Bella De Laurentiis

Food Network stars Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are cat people. Bobby has a ginormous ginger Maine Coon, and Giada has a ragdoll named Bella. These cats eat well (Bella gets fresh-poached salmon every morning), and are well-adored by the two chefs. Here’s the video interview:

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World-Famous Istanbul Feline to Get Memorial Monument

World-Famous Istanbul Feline to Get Memorial Monument

Her furchin launched a thousand memes, and she was beloved in her neighborhood, Ziverbey’s Güleç Çıkmazı street in Istanbul. This luscious well-loved grey and white tabby named Tombili went to The Bridge on August 1st after a long illness. (The name ‘Tombili’ is a common Turkish nickname for full-figured pets.) Residents announced her passing away by hanging posters that […]

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13 Black Cat Factoids for Black Cat Appreciation Day

13 Black Cat Factoids for Black Cat Appreciation Day

There’s no better time than the present to adopt a black cat. August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation Day, and if you have some black cat luck, there may be a shelter near you (like the ASPCA’s adoption center in NYC) offering huge discounts on adoptions to celebrate. Black cats are elegant and mysterious, steeped […]

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Has Zazzle Lost its Dazzle? Here’s a Pawsome Alternative with 30% Off

Has Zazzle Lost its Dazzle? Here’s a Pawsome Alternative with 30% Off

If you’ve ever run a Zazzle store or purchased from Zazzle, you know it can be a spendy proposition. I recently found an alternative that has left my wallet singing with joy. Even better, it offers you the option of designing custom printed shoes in a wide variety of styles. (I loved this option on Zazzle, but they discontinued it […]

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Ask Max Monday: The Truncated Edition

Ask Max Monday: The Truncated Edition

I’m sure you’ve told this story before, but how did you come to live with The Woman and The Man? Thanks. Gabriel’s Mom Long story short, I was kind of a rescue. When I was a tiny kitten I lived with friends of the Younger Human who couldn’t afford me, so he brought me home […]

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Is That Stoopid Kittin Shredding Toxic Houseplants?

Is That Stoopid Kittin Shredding Toxic Houseplants?

Our newest household addition, affectionately referred to by Banzai as “That Stoopid Kittin” is a handful. When he’s not peeing on the duvet in the master bedroom, he’s annihilating the few houseplants we have inside the house, chewing them to tatters. This sent me scurrying to re-check the ASPCA list of poisonous plants, just to […]

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