Cat News: October 2008 Archives

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picture_cats_mimi_.jpgI told you about Mimi before. She is the 12 year old girl who started her very own website to feed kibble to hungry cats. It started out for dogs and soon expanded to include cats too. So now her organization feeds 1,200 - 1,500 cats and dogs every day.

How does a 12 year old feed all those cats? a cat trivia game on her website! She posts a new question every day, people answer the question and right or wrong, her corporate sponsors donate cat food to animal shelters across the US.

It's easy, all you have to do is go to the Free Kibble Kat Website and answer the trivia question. That's it! The only catch is that you have to do it every day to make it effective. But Mimi has thought of everything, just sign up for her email reminder and you get a non-spammy email in your inbox reminding you to feed the cats, and while you are there, you might as well feed the dogs too. I'm much better at answering the cat trivia than the dog trivia obviously, but I like to play for both species.

Today there is a special promotion, answer the question and you can double the amount of food your click gives these cats Click now!

And while you are the FreeKibbleKat website, check out Mimi's interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Ellen donated $20,000 of her pet food to Mimi.

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cat_wigs.jpgYou know, I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've thought about buying a wig for my cat. As luck would have it, there's a website online called Kitty Wigs that actually sells wigs for cats. Nuts eh?!

All joking aside, this is a real website and they create real custom wigs for domestic cats. The question that comes to my mind is how accepting would a typical cat be towards wearing a wig? Would your cat wear a wig? I know mine wouldn't.

I swear I've visited their website about ten times just to look at the pictures on the homepage. Hilarious. For those of you who might think that it's cruel to make your cat wear a wig for the sake of a photo op, Kitty Wigs gives us the following assurance:

We see it as a way for you to spend more quality time with your pet. It's an opportunity for you to show your cat something new and learn to introduce it with patience and positive reinforcement. It provides a very attentive experience and a chance for you to praise your cat and make a big fuss over her/him. Plus, hopefully you'll end up with some really fun photos! Remember, your attitude is key. And if your cat's not initially interested, don't force it.

Whatever you're into, you can check out their website out here. If you do manage to get your cat to wear a wig, please e-mail us the photos and we'll do a post about your cat. If you've managed to get your cat to wear a wig, share your stories below; we'd love to hear them.

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For those who may have missed it on our blog, we're big fans of the popular Simon's Cat video series. The animation videos depict a needy cat that will do anything to get the attention of his owner.

Little did I know that the animated Simon's Cat series is based on the true story of a guy named Simon and his cat!

This amazing video shows Simon sleeping through the night with his cat rarely more than a few feet away from him. Check it out...

You can see the past Simon's Cat videos we've posted here:

  • First video - Cat Man do (towards the bottom of the post)
  • Second video - Let me in!
  • Third video - TV dinner
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    cats-heart-disease-attack.jpgIn what is becoming a semi-annual event, another institute has released results that prove what many cat lovers have known for years; owning a cat dramatically improves your quality of life.

    According to the Minnesota Stroke Institute, cat owners benefit from a lower incidence of heart disease and are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack. Pretty amazing isn't it?

    Many other studies that we've spoken about in the past show that owning a cat can also lower your cholesterol levels and improve your reaction to stressful situations.

    No one really understands the correlation between cats and lower heart disease levels; we can only assume that it has to do with stress levels being lowered by our feline friends.

    I know there's been a million times when I've been stressed out only to have my cat Maddy lie on me or kneed my face. Do you have any stories about your cat making your life better? Share them below, we'd love to hear from you.

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    pictures_cats_kittens.jpgThe proverbial crazy cat lady is always in the news. You can do a search and find hundreds of articles and stories about women and cats. Cats have traditionally been owned by women, but that trend is changing. Fast.

    Even though throughout the ages, men have had cats, men like George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, Marlon Brando, and the list goes on, men are seeing the benefits to cat ownership.

    flood_victems_rescuedd_cats.jpgAccording to an article in the New York Times called Sorry, Fido, It's Just a Guy Thing, more and more men are adopting cats. The article even goes on to say that, "A man with a cat is secure with himself. He's sharing his space with a predator."

    And many women agree. A man with a cat is sexy. A man with a cat is someone most women would be very happy to meet. Men with cats are prepared to work at a relationship. You see, anyone who owns a cat knows that unlike dogs, cats just don't give it up for anyone. Cats like it when their humans take initiative to try to get to know them. So in my opinion, a guy with a cat has had relationship experience!

    But if you are a cat-less man, reading this, but you are not quite convinced that a cat is the way to go, think of these benefits:

    Pictures_of_cat_groomed_and_posing.jpg1. If you travel a lot with work, you can leave a cat alone for a few days with someone looking in on her.

    2. Cats are loving but then go about their own business, leaving you to take care of yours.

    3. Most women love cats. So unless your new girlfriend is allergic or totally heartless, your cat can actually enhance your relationship with her.

    4. The amount of love you can get from a little ten pound cat can only be experienced to believe!

    So all you men out there, enjoy your kitty and know that there are lots of other men out there who love their cats too! You can read about some of them at Men and Cats.

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    kitten_mill.jpgOne of the questions we get asked a lot from our readers is, "Where are the best places to buy kittens?" There are number of good places to purchase a kitten or an older cat:

    Visit your local shelter; you may or may not be surprised to know that some of the best cats are adopted from the local shelter.

    Getting your kitten from a responsible source like a reputable breeder is always a great choice.

    Kittens from friends or family is always a great choice. Knowing the people and where the kitten comes from is a huge bonus.

    Some of the worst places to buy kittens are as follows:

  • Pet stores treat animals like commodities. It's a business for them and they have to earn a profit. Some lucky buyer get good kittens from pet stores but the odds are against it. People that breed kittens for pet stores don't handle the kittens or socialize with them properly and in many cases, they take the kitten too early away from their mother. In many cases, you may find that pet stores charge more for certain breeds of kittens than actual licensed breeders. Don't make a mistake of purchasing your next kitten from a pet store, you may live to regret. Be aware that most pet stores have limited guarantees that in most cases won't cover temperamental issues, inherited diseases or any other minor problems. I speak from experience. I bought my cat Maddy from a pet-store and they weren't helpful when I got back to them a week later with vet bills I incurred because they gave me a sick cat. Nice. 400 bones later, my cat was and remains fine.
  • Kitten Mills produce cats for pet stores and some sell to the public as well. I know of no worse place to buy a kitten. Kitten Mills do not car about your kitten's health or well being. It's a business for them and many corners are cut to churn out a profit. You will find no shortage of horror stories off-line or on-line that will support my position.
  • I'd place pet wholesalers in the same category as kitten mills. Once again, it's a business to them. Good breeders run businesses and make money too but they treat their cats with respect and love.


  • Cats aren't commodities and they're not interchangeable. Make the right choice and purchase from only reputable sources. It's always amazing to me that people don't research a being that is going to be part of their family for likely ten years or more. My best advice to you would be to ask lots of questions and be a skeptical buyer.

    Good luck!

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