Category: Lifestyle

10 Ceramic Cats Anyone Can Afford – And a Hedgehog, Too!
[ 0 ] September 23, 2016 |

10 Ceramic Cats Anyone Can Afford – And a Hedgehog, Too!

If you’re looking for a gift for your favorite cat lover and have less than $20 to spend, run–don’t walk–to the Barruntando Shop on Etsy. Barruntando was formed by a group of women from different parts of Spain with a common hobby: ceramics. They came together to create “happy and carefree designs” handcrafted with raw materials and traditional techniques. […]

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5 Ways My Life is Weirder with My Petfinder Pets #spons #MetonPetfinder
[ 2 ] September 12, 2016 |

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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If This Isn’t Your Dream Job, Don’t Call Yourself a Crazy Cat Lady
[ 3 ] September 8, 2016 |

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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6 Back-to-School Items Guaranteed to Make You Teacher’s Pet
[ 2 ] August 30, 2016 |

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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Pot for Pets?
[ 7 ] August 23, 2016 |

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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13 Black Cat Factoids for Black Cat Appreciation Day
[ 2 ] August 17, 2016 |

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
[ 4 ] August 15, 2016 |

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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Is That Stoopid Kittin Shredding Toxic Houseplants?
[ 1 ] August 11, 2016 |

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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5 Cat Lady Sandals and FlipFlops Your Paws are Screaming For!
[ 2 ] July 23, 2016 |

5 Cat Lady Sandals and FlipFlops Your Paws are Screaming For!

I live in sandals year-round. Not just because I live in California and it’s illegal not to, but because I have a debilitating bunion that makes enclosed shoes a special kind of medieval torture. So I was delighted to run acoross these hand-crafted sandals and flip flops. The special leather ones at the top are […]

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New Jersey Cats Will be Taken Out to the Ballgame Saturday
[ 0 ] July 6, 2016 |

New Jersey Cats Will be Taken Out to the Ballgame Saturday

If you live anywhere in or near New Jersey (as in, to the right of the Mississippi river) head over the FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood NJ this Saturday, where they will be celebrating CATurday. The BlueClaws will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit BlueClaws Charities. If you can’t be at the game […]

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What Happens to Your Pets When You Move to Assisted Living?
[ 5 ] June 29, 2016 |

What Happens to Your Pets When You Move to Assisted Living?

My June sucked. An emergency situation occurred that required immediate removal of my mom from her home into assisted living. She’s 87, so it wasn’t a shock, but I wasn’t expecting to get a call from the police on Memorial Day telling me she was being taken to the hospital after being found wandering around confused […]

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Got Poop? Win a Littervention! (GIVEAWAY) #spons
[ 4 ] June 24, 2016 |

Got Poop? Win a Littervention! (GIVEAWAY) #spons

I’m lucky to have cats with excellent litter habits. But try as I might to train them otherwise, they seem to delight in bolting from the box like Olympic gymnasts landing their dismounts, hoping to win points for flair. And after Tripper digs for China, the laundry porch could be mistaken for a quarry. This results in […]

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Kittehs! You Don’t Have to be 21 Years Old to Enjoy Vino!
[ 2 ] June 21, 2016 |

Kittehs! You Don’t Have to be 21 Years Old to Enjoy Vino!

Kittehs are often disappointed that most don’t live to the legal drinking age of 21. No cosmos, no brewskis, no vino. If you’re an indoor cat, you can’t sneak off to a liquor store, hang around outside and wait for a geezer cat to show up so you can ask him to buy for you in exchange for […]

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Time for Your Cat To Be a Loser #spons
[ 3 ] June 14, 2016 |

Time for Your Cat To Be a Loser #spons

At 12 years and 22 lbs, Tripp is a tubby tabby. And it doesn’t take a veterinarian or a PhD to help me figure that out. Over the years his swagger has morphed into a waddle. He boasts an impressive furchin*. I have to tend to his crusty butt hygiene because he can’t quite reach […]

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5 Fun Fab Feline Handbags
[ 0 ] June 4, 2016 |

5 Fun Fab Feline Handbags

Who can resist buying just one more handbag? Not me. I’ve got a gazillion totes, but then I see a cute cat purse and talk myself into buying just one more. Here are five I’m having a hard time saying no to:     This grey felted purse features a house panther, and goes as […]

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249 Cats Owe Their Lives to These Guys
[ 1 ] June 3, 2016 |

249 Cats Owe Their Lives to These Guys

If you’ve ever had a cat stuck up in a tree, you’re going to wish you lived in western Washington state. Canopy Cat Rescue’s Shaun Sears and Tom Otto travel throughout the Puget Sound area to rescue treed cats. And their efforts are being rewarded with their own reality show, “Treetop Cat Rescue,” which debuted […]

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Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Consider My Cats as My Kids
[ 6 ] June 2, 2016 |

Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Consider My Cats as My Kids

A self-important mommy blogger just wrote the screed Saying Your Dog Is Your “Baby” Is an Insult to Moms Everywhere. Although her sentiments were directed at dog owners, I’m sure thinks no more kindly of cat owners. She describes how much more difficult it is to give birth vs. adopting a pet, how much more complicated […]

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Topiary Cats Capture Imaginations of Millions
[ 2 ] May 28, 2016 |

Topiary Cats Capture Imaginations of Millions

I’ve never been a particular fan of topiaries–I’m more of a wild child gardener–but these cat topiaries could change my mind. One day a “surrealist” artist from Stapleford, Hertfordshire, UK  Richard Saunders, spied an ornamental shrub that resembled the shape of his beloved pet cat while asleep. His ongoing cat topiary project, in which he creates images […]

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Pennsylvanians Want to Know: Do Cats Fart?
[ 1 ] May 25, 2016 |

Pennsylvanians Want to Know: Do Cats Fart?

Did someone get paid to do this research? A recent analysis of Google queries revealed what search words and phrases were used the most in which states. This wasn’t to determine the top search terms in each state, but rather which state searched for certain whimsical search terms the most. Interesting, Pennsylvanians searched for “Do Cats Fart?” […]

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PAWternity Leave Widespread in the UK
[ 5 ] May 6, 2016 |

PAWternity Leave Widespread in the UK

In a trend that I hope will spread to the U.S., more firms in the U.K. are giving employees paid time off work when they get a new pet. This thrills me on a number of different fronts. First, of course, as an animal lover, I’ve experienced the separation anxiety of leaving a new cat […]

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