Feline Friday: Cats in Christmas Trees

cats-new-yearCats will be cats. It really doesn’t matter that I posted a lovely blog outlining the brilliant ways to keep cats safe during the holidays, and especially how to keep them out of trees. I was feeling rather smug that my cats are so well behaved and “trained” only to find Ms. Boo about halfway up my 9′ tree!

So this is a tribute to catitude, specifically Christmas catitude. Ignoring my admonitions to stay out of the the Christmas decor is not advised but, to my knowledge, none of the cats in these random photos were harmed because of their misadventures. Enjoy! Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Cats Make a Difference for Seattle Teen Cancer Patient

Seattle’s Children’s Hospital went the extra mile for 16-year-old Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, who spent 11 months in the hospital while waiting for a compatible bone marrow donor. Because of her suppressed immune function, she was unable to have the comfort of her beloved cat Merry, so the hospital social media coordinator suggested making a post on their Facebook homepage requesting cat photos to encourage their young charge. 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

You Won’t Believe What This Sweet Yorkie Mamma Is Doing!

Bridget, a 10-year-old Yorkshire Terrier delivered two puppies by C-section at the Humane Society in Utah that, unfortunately, did not survive. On a whim, an employee decided to introduce her to a litter of kittens with a missing mother. Apparently a mother’s love knows no bounds! Bridget’s maternal instincts traversed the line between species and postoperative difficulties: she adopted all five kittens! Continue reading

Wednesday Wellness: The 411 on Pet Insurance

It’s hard to believe that as a pet owner for many years that I am just now thinking about getting pet health insurance. Before I get all embarrassed about that confession (or drag you down with shared guilt) apparently, we are not alone. Even though 65% of American households own a dog or a cat, only 1% have insurance. In the UK, however, 25% of pets are insured. In fact, Brits are more likely to have pet insurance than for their human children! Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Feral Cats – A Tiny Tale

I live on the edge of a neighborhood that backs to open space that is home to coyotes, foxes, prairie dogs, and lots of soaring hawks and eagles.  I like to take in the beautiful view of Pike’s Peak and assess the weather for the day, and one early spring day looked pretty chilly and windy. As I scanned the beautiful view, I noticed something out of the ordinary. There, on the high privacy fence post, was a dark bit of fluff. I decided to investigate, hoping it wasn’t an ill bat or something. Continue reading