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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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Ask Max Monday: Pucker Up

Ask Max Monday: Pucker Up

Max…. so we got a new addition. Only we think something may have broken in transport cause her head sits kind of funny. Mom says it is due to an ear infection the kitten had. We think we should sue the delivery company. What do you think? Random Felines Well, you could, I suppose. The […]

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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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Ask Max Monday: Sneaky Snacky Treats

Ask Max Monday: Sneaky Snacky Treats

Dear Mr. Max, I am Sterling and I am six months old. I got dopted from the shelter about a month ago by a nice lady. She gives me hugs and kisses (ick) and pets my cheeks just right. There is other cats here who are mostly OK one of them plays with me sometimes. […]

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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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Ask Max the Feline Life Coach

Ask Max Monday: Pucker Up

Ask Max Monday: Pucker Up

Max…. so we got a new addition. Only we think something may have broken in transport cause her head sits kind of funny. Mom says it is due to an ear infection the kitten had. We think we should sue the delivery company. What do you think? Random Felines Well, you could, I suppose. The […]

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Ask Max Monday: Sneaky Snacky Treats

Ask Max Monday: Sneaky Snacky Treats

Dear Mr. Max, I am Sterling and I am six months old. I got dopted from the shelter about a month ago by a nice lady. She gives me hugs and kisses (ick) and pets my cheeks just right. There is other cats here who are mostly OK one of them plays with me sometimes. […]

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Ask Max Monday: The Newby Addition

Ask Max Monday: The Newby Addition

How do you integrate a new cat into the household? We were adopted by a stray cat last weekend. Once we found out that none of the shelters would take in the stray, well, there was only one thing left to do, keep him. The vet thinks he is 5, and Knucks is 9 or […]

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Ask Max Monday: I Can’t Think of a Good Title This Time…

Ask Max Monday: I Can’t Think of a Good Title This Time…

Max Dood – how many points do I get for barfing on the mom’s lap? It was PAWSOME, especially the part where she jumped up and I flew through the air for about 5 feet. Oh, man, dood, you get like 4,892 points for that! Did you land on your feet? If you fly through […]

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Ask Max Monday: The Inside Scoop on Outside

Ask Max Monday: The Inside Scoop on Outside

Hey Max, I keep looking out the window and it looks interesting out there. I tried to sneak out the door but my mom caught me and said NO. I am an inside kitty only. But why? Why can’t I go outside? Dood. You don’t really want to go outside. There are rude introoder things […]

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Ask Max Monday: It’s Not My Fault!

Ask Max Monday: It’s Not My Fault!

MAX WHERE THE HECK YA BEEN? I’ve been the heck here. Waiting patiently. Mousebreath had a hiccup that meant I took some time off, and then it got fixed and I was without access to a computer because the Woman was off watching That Damned Dog Butters and his sister Lady, and the SHE CAME […]

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Funny Farmer Feline Interviews

Tessa and Kajsa from Helsinki

Tessa and Kajsa from Helsinki

We enjoyed meeting these new (to us) bloggers from When the Cat is Away. They seem to have a sweet rapport with their human and each other. Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and your human. Tessa: We’re two female rescue cats named Tessa and Kajsa. Tessa is a gray long-haired cat. Kajsa is white […]

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Jasper McKitten-Cat and Siblings

Jasper McKitten-Cat and Siblings

Today we interview one of the old time bloggers. We remember Jasper McKitten-Cat and his siblings from our own early blogging days. Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and your human. Jasper McKitten-Cat: I am Jasper McKitten-Cat. I am a ginger mancat and the primary blogger here. My first blog post was way back on […]

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Taylor Swift and April Paris

Taylor Swift and April Paris

It was such fun meeting and learning about today’s interviewees. They do not have a blog but they do have an Instagram account. Funny Farmer Felines:  Please introduce yourself and your human. Taylor: Hello! My name is Taylor Swift (my mommy named me after the singer Taylor Swift, because I am also smart and talented. […]

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Meet the Four-Legged Furballs

Meet the Four-Legged Furballs

Oh, you’ve already met them? Well, prepare to learn more about this fun-loving furry family known as the Four-Legged Furballs. Funny Farmer Felines:  Please introduce yourself and your human. Evan: I’ll start. After all, I’m the oldest. Well, pup Astrid is actually the oldest, but only by 2 months, which rounds down to 0, so […]

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Erin The Tuxedo Princess

Erin The Tuxedo Princess

It has been such fun meeting and interviewing Erin the cat princess from her blog of the same name. She has a resilient spirit and a happy ever after story. After all, how many cats can say they have gone from bare survival on the streets to living in a Palace with a plentiful supply […]

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The Eastside Inside Outside Cats

The Eastside Inside Outside Cats

What could be sweeter than an adorable non-edible chocolate cat? Chocolate and his inside / outside family are from the blog Eastside Cats. Funny Farmer Felines: Please introduce yourself and your human. Chuck: My name is Chocolate, but everyone calls me Chuck, or Chucky. My humans are The Cat Mama and The Hubby. Funny Farmer […]

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Read a Good Book Lately?

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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GIVEAWAY! Makin’ Biscuits (Weird Cat Behaviors Book)

GIVEAWAY! Makin’ Biscuits (Weird Cat Behaviors Book)

Imagine getting out of the shower and wrapping your hair in a towel when a cat lands on your head. If you’re Deb Barnes, it’s the genesis of a book project on weird cat behaviors: Makin’ Biscuits. She groups common strange behaviors into chapters like “You Can Pet Me, Just Don’t Touch Me.” (If you’ve ever […]

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Ask Max Monday: I Writed You a Book. Again!

Ask Max Monday: I Writed You a Book. Again!

Ok, so there weren’t any questions for this week, so ya know what? I’m gonna engage in a little self-promotion, that’s what. A lot of you know that the Woman is a writer and she’s written a couple or six novels all on her own, and she helped me put together a few of my […]

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Rescued, Vol. 2 Authors Announced by FitCat Publishing

Rescued, Vol. 2 Authors Announced by FitCat Publishing

Over the last few months, about five dozen cats submitted their rescue tales in the hopes of being featured in the second volume of Rescued, an anthology of stories by rescued cats, scheduled for publication in January 2017. Competition was fierce, and selection of the final twelve cats wasn’t easy for FitCat editor Janiss Garza […]

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GIVEAWAY: Catification Book and Insulated Kitty Noms Bag

GIVEAWAY: Catification Book and Insulated Kitty Noms Bag

Cat People often encounter a sticky wicket when trying to convince their significant others to "catify" the house. My hubby doesn't want a house that looks like it could reek of cat pee. You know what he means: ragged blue carpet cat towers, slouchy beds, bright blue litter boxes and Sticky Paws over every square inch […]

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Gwen (Homer’s Odyssey) Cooper’s Book Tour

Gwen (Homer’s Odyssey) Cooper’s Book Tour

Last week, we finally met Gwen Cooper, the NY Times best-selling author of Homer’s Odyssey. She’s on a book tour purrmoting her new work, Love Saves the Day. Gwen read excerpts of Love Saves the Day, then spoke about Homer and fielded questions from the rapt audience. Everyone was eager to find out how Homer […]

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Cat Art and Crafts

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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Got the Itch to Stitch? 5 Fun Feline Fabrics For You!

Got the Itch to Stitch? 5 Fun Feline Fabrics For You!

Spoonflower is THE place to go if you’re a quilter or seamstress. And it’s great fun strolling through the site. You miss out on the fabric store smell, but you can find exactly what you want–or you can design your own! They offer a bunch of different fabric types in every pattern, and quilters can […]

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The Weirdly Wonderful World of Sandy Mastroni

The Weirdly Wonderful World of Sandy Mastroni

Artist Sandy Mastroni draws from the heart, with her cat, Buddy, snoopervising and giving her pointers. It is a purrfect pairing, enabling Mastroni to create weird and whimsical cat art that can best be described as “Grandma Moses goes to Twin Peaks.” Mastroni says, “I’ve always drawn people , and funny odd characters. These drawings become […]

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Cat Scarves or Art? You Decide.

Cat Scarves or Art? You Decide.

I love brilliant, saturated color. I love cats. And since I have a metal allergy, my fashion accessory of choice is a scarf. So naturally, I fell in love with these hand-painted silk scarves! They come in various generous sizes and generally run from $33-$44 each. The artist is Alice Rodionova, who’s from Saint Petersburg, […]

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

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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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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The Feline Lifestyle

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

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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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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Time for Your Cat To Be a Loser #spons

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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Topiary Cats Capture Imaginations of Millions

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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Katris Black Friday Special: Don’t Miss Out!

Katris Black Friday Special: Don’t Miss Out!

One of my favorite pieces of cat “furniture” is our Katris set. It’s not just functional as scratcher and play structure, it’s also a nice sculptural addition to our living room. The new covers added a whole new level of chic. We have the black ones, as shown here: You can change up configurations whenever […]

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Got Pee Problems? GIVEAWAY Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets UR Urinary Formula #ad

Got Pee Problems? GIVEAWAY Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets UR Urinary Formula #ad

Got pee problems? I will never forget the time that Rocky had a urinary blockage (on a holiday weekend, natch, requiring an ER visit). It was awful, just awful. Fortunately, I recognized the problem and we got him to a vet, pronto. Urinary blockages, if not treated immediately, can be fatal within a couple of […]

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Other Recent Posts

Is There a Cardwood Derby Trophy in Your Future?

Is There a Cardwood Derby Trophy in Your Future?

Cats across the globe are madly ordering cardwood boxes from Amazon in an attempt to build the winning vehicle in this year’s Cat Scouts Cardwood Derby. Competition is friendly, but fierce. At stake is a purrsonalized trophy, the envy of your peers, and eternal fame. Rules are simple. You must design and build a vehicle […]

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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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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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Da Grate Ted Rheingold: Good bye, dear friend

Da Grate Ted Rheingold: Good bye, dear friend

How many hundreds of us would never had met without Catster? How different our lives would now be if we had never connected through the world’s first cat social network, the brainchild of Ted Rheingold, who has lost his battle with Stage-4 Metastatic Carcinoma. Ted was brilliant, funny, down-to-earth, and a loving and lovely soul. […]

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Ask Max Monday: Total Eclipse of the…

Ask Max Monday: Total Eclipse of the…

Hey Max…. So the foster lady shut me out of the foster room and then ran the sucky thing and then moved some other kittens in there and now I can’t get back in there. OK – so when I was in there I kept running out, but I thought that was MY room. She […]

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Kitty Puts the Skids on a.m. Rush Hour in NY

Kitty Puts the Skids on a.m. Rush Hour in NY

Cats seeking a more adventurous life might look to a torbie in New York for inspiration. The daredevil feline found her way onto the train tracks at the Rockaway Ave. station in Bedford Sty. She timed it well: the rescue operation commenced at 7:30 am, and took about a half hour. Morning commuters on the […]

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20 Pics Prove that Cats and Pigs Were Destined to be BFFs

20 Pics Prove that Cats and Pigs Were Destined to be BFFs

  I have zero doubt that if I convinced hubby to let me adopt a micro pig, the demonic duo would fall in love. Homer’s already BFF with a skunk (though he hasn’t been “initiated” quite yet). I can see the three of them on the kitchen setee, playing thundering herd of elephants up the […]

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Ask Max Monday: He Ain’t Heavy But I Want Him Off My Head

Ask Max Monday: He Ain’t Heavy But I Want Him Off My Head

Max – how come my mom keeps torturing me by putting something around my neck? I keep taking it off, and she keeps putting it back on. She says I’m not allowed to be nekkid yet. Why not? And why does goody-four-shoes Flynn not mind the torture device? Quinn People get weirdly obsessive about neck […]

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Good News Tuesday: The Spotted Cheetah is a CHEETOS Restaurant!

Cheetos just announced plans to open “The Spotted Cheetah,” a fine-dining pop-up restaurant in New York City, bringing together two of my very favorite things: Cheetos and Cheetahs. It’ll be all-Cheetos-all-the-time at The Spotted Cheetah. Even better: there will be BACON!!!! But boohoohoo, it will only be open August 15th-17th, bolting from the culinary scene […]

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Ask Max Monday: Please Don’t Eat the Puppy

Ask Max Monday: Please Don’t Eat the Puppy

The IScream truck came by and the mom did NOT let me go out and buy any. I WANT ISCREAM and I think that, since I stole, um, FOUND a whole dollar bill I should be able to buy some. How can I make this happen? Dood. Save your dollars until you have enough for […]

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Why the Man in the Brown Shorts Hates Me

Why the Man in the Brown Shorts Hates Me

The most difficult part of dealing with cat litter? Not #1, and not #2. Of course, I’m able to say that because hubby is pretty OCD about scooping any deposits shortly after they hit the box, and I lost my sense of smell in a brain injury, so even the most mephitic of bowel evacuations […]

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