Cats and Coloring: Redux


From Color Cats 2 by Margaret Gates Root.

From Color Cats 2 by Margaret Gates Root.

Since my original post back in November, the number of cat-themed coloring books has soared.

The more I color, the more I love to color and the more I learn about the different mediums – blending, shading, and mixing them, and how they appear on different kinds of paper. Read more of this post

Product Review: The Vertical Cat’s Sisal Scratcher


Vertical Cat

Mollie relaxes on The Vertical Cat’s 36-inch scratcher.

Note: From time to time I receive swell products to review and report my observations (and those of the felines) objectively. I received no compensation for evaluating The Vertical Cat’s scratcher.

The Vertical Cat is one of the first companies to create a gold standard for catification success. With its wall-hung units and cubbies, a multitude of configurations can be created for the ultimate cat super-highway. Read more of this post

CritterZone: A product review


The CritterZone wall unit.

The CritterZone wall unit.

Note: From time to time I receive swell products to review and report my observations (and those of the felines) objectively. I received no compensation for evaluating the CritterZone.

I was skeptical that a device about the size of a pound of butter could dispel the odors in 22-year-old carpeting that had seen the likes of dozen cats. Read more of this post

Product review: Sleepypod


The Sleepypod is well made and attractive.

The Sleepypod is well made and attractive.

From time to time, we receive swell things to review, and our three product testers look forward to conducting their investigations.

The Sleepypod pet carrier arrived in a box that generated as much interest among the test kitties as the bed/carrier itself.

Our blue Sleepypod is nicely designed and made of luggage-grade materials. It’s sturdy, and very attractive. The bowl-shaped top of reinforced mesh is zipped into the round base, which can double as a snug bed. It zips opens conveniently across the top, making it easy to place the kitty inside the carrier. The top easily collapses, then pops up to zip her inside. Read more of this post

Yes, Virginia, there is a National Hairball Awareness Day


What more can you say about hairballs?

That they’re inevitable? That even the most well-groomed cat will at some point indulge in that unmistakable Hurka-Gurka action — usual in the middle of the night? That, if you know your cats intimately, you’ll even know who is doing it? And that yes, there has been a contest to see who can created the most furr-tastic celebrity look-alike? (The winner is here.) And, there’s even people who make jewelry out of cat fur … for men even.

My colleagues have said it all, so here are some links to their observations on this auspicious occasion. Read more of this post

New Products: Fun and Practical


Dusty, who is pretty mellow anyhow, models the Calming Collar.

From time to time I receive products for review by my four feline testers, who examine them with the utmost scientific accuracy. Most of these came courtesy of supporters of the Cat Writers’ Association conference in November. The cats been putting in extra napping hours due to the long, cold winter, hence the backlog, but I recently roused them and told them it was time to get back on the job.

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Feline products for home and away


Pulitzer enjoying his Organikat cardboard scratcher.

From time to time, I receive products to test on my felines. I don’t receive any monetary compensation, so that enables me to evaluate them objectively. I do like it that many of these products donate a portion of their proceeds to animal-related charities. It’s always interesting to check out new feline goodies. I wonder if the cats are as intrigued as I am?

The Sheraton Luxuries carrier is made of 100 percent recyclable plastic, It looks like a picnic basket, with easy entry from the top, though my husband observed that it maybe easy to a cat to bolt when the carrier is opened.

http://www.sheratonluxuries.com/estore/petcarrierfox.htm

Travel Stix is a 2GB flash drive attached to a credit card type device that contains a variety of forms – pet rules, authorization for medical decisions, international travel form, health certificate and various other documents that can be personalized for your cat or dog. They’re good to keep with an emergency kit, to leave with a pet sitter or boarding facility, and of course for traveling.

http://www.forms4travel.com

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