Tragic Case of Cat Hoarding: 113 Dead Kittens, 51 Live Cats in California

Usually I prefer to keep Feline Fridays upbeat, but with the recent news release about a search and rescue operation in which 113 dead kittens and 51 live adult cats were found housed in horrible conditions, it was clear that the issue of animal hoarding needs to be addressed. This particular story is from Seaside, California, but a similar story just came out of Kansas City, Missouri which gives better insight into how the desire to love and nurture can turn into an unhealthy situation that affects the cats, people, and whole communities. Continue reading

Feline Fridays: CatFest 2012 – Pawsitively Successful!

I had the privilege of attending the Denver Dumb Friends League’s fourth annual CatFest. Over 2,000 people attended which shows that there are more than a few of us crazy cat ladies around! And, surprisingly, there are quite a few crazy cat guys out there too! Gone is the stereotype of men who love cats being aberrant misfits.

Much of this reversal in perception is due to Jackson Galaxy, the “Cat Daddy” who stars in Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” television show, now in its third season. He has brought a masculine, tattooed, rock and roll edge to cat advocacy, and that is a beautiful thing to see. In fact, Jackson Galaxy himself came to the CatFest and offered one-on-one advice, autographs, and photos for fans. I was struck by the genuine concern and individualized suggestions for each issue that people presented to him regarding cat behavior. Continue reading

Freaky Feline Friday: The Luckiest Cat Alive

Friday the 13th is traditionally considered unlucky, but here at Baxter Boo, Fridays are all about the felines. So we thought we would share the story of an unusual and very lucky kitty who now holds the Guinness World Record for being the most long-lived cat… with two faces. Frank and Louie the cat is now 12 years old, which is an amazing feat for a very rare and usually fatal condition. Continue reading

Animal Advocates, Part 3: The Tiniest Tiger

Another Animal Advocate I was gratified to meet at BlogPaws 2012 was Joanne McGonagle who founded The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club. I loved hearing Joanne’s story of how her life took a dramatic turn with a very young kitten being thrust upon her unexpectedly. She and her husband were at the local dog pound looking for a friend’s lost dog.  The assistant begged them to take the kitten since they were not equipped to handle an unweaned feline at the dog facility, and her survival was uncertain. Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Squeeze Into National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

It’s okay to be a procrastinator sometimes, because good things come to those who wait! And your perfect addition to your family could be waiting just for you. Right now, many shelters are running specials, sometimes waiving adoption fees for cats entirely! This is truly amazing because the cost of adopting out a cat that includes sterilization, microchipping, and medical care is around $300, so the fact that you can get a lifetime companion for free or low cost is an exceptional value! Continue reading

Why Cats are Better than People, by Ms. Bella Boo

Mistress Mary has come home a bit dejected again. I have no idea where she goes sometimes. She is somewhat mysterious and cat like, never sharing her adventures. I surmise that her interactions with more of her kind are a mixed bag, so I would like to make it clear, humans, that cats are generally superior company.

Let me lay it out for you in plain terms so there can be no doubt… Continue reading

Single Cat Syndrome – Why Your Cat Might Need a Buddy

Does your cat nip and bat at you as you walk by? Does your fabulous feline sometimes turn ferocious unexpectedly, even when being petted? If your cat is rather unpredictably aggressive with you and is your only cat, it may be what’s called “single cat syndrome.” Continue reading

June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

This is me with my other adopted sister Cali.

How perfect is it that the first day in June would fall on a Feline Friday?! It’s destiny, I tell you! And it gives me the chance to talk about something that is very near and dear to my heart: Adoption. Specifically, the adoption of shelter cats. See, folks, I myself have been adopted from from a shelter… twice. I consider myself very lucky… blessed even! Because I know that thousands of cats are euthanized every year because there just simply aren’t enough homes for all of us.

So in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, I’ve compiled some lists to show that cats are suitable for all kinds of situations! Continue reading

Book Review – “Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean” by Jackson Galaxy

I was excited to get my copy of Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy. Released on May 10, 2012, it arrived in the mail a few days ago. I read it voraciously, letting the housework go, and giving the kitties the chance to lounge on my seldom-still form. And to quote Larry the Cucumber, “I laughed, I cried… it moved me, Bob.” Still, this was almost the review that wasn’t to be, because the book is so raw, it leaves its readers looking at their own vulnerability through the reflection of shared pain. At BaxterBoo, we try to keep things upbeat, so I wasn’t sure our readers would want to go there. Until, that is, someone commented on yesterday’s blog… Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Wild Pathogens that Can Hurt Your Cat

I’d just been reading an article about the environmental overlap of free-roaming domestic cats and wildcats when my sneaky indoor cat slipped outside. So now I have added incentive to blog about the dangers of diseases outdoor cats can carry. Cali the cat is very cute right now as she chases bugs in the wildflowers and smart enough to evade me when I try and catch her. So why should I be motivated to cut this idyllic scene short? Continue reading