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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →