I'm not ashamed to admit I love watching TV. I watch only an hour or two a day, but I truly savor the moments in front of the boob tube. Well, I suppose it's not so much a tube anymore, right? Boob flat-screen? That sounds all kinds of wrong. Saffy, Cosmo and Phoebe know that every good sitcom needs a wacky neighbor. Anyway. Show More Summary
Tristan is incredibly social, but his behavior changed as he began leaving adolescence. The darling kitten who couldn’t wait for us to open the door to our guests, who buddied up to pizza delivery people and UPS drivers, was now … Continue reading ?
I love cats. I love art. I love art that features cats. Well, some art that features cats, anyway. I just can’t get down with the Thomas Kincade, Painter Of Light™ (seriously, he has a trademark on the phrase) school of “art.” I don’t like flowery paintings of cute kittens who look like they belong on greeting cards rather than on a wall. Show More Summary
The two cats are fine. They're fine. So don’t worry about them, okay? When I say “I blew it,” I didn’t forget the cats. (And, strictly speaking, I'm not the one who blew it. We'll get to that.) The cats got food. The cats got water. The cats got love. Show More Summary
Consultants love to share their boundless vocabulary of ridiculous phrases and mangled words. Management types seem to have a knack for seamlessly assimilating this new vocabulary into their language, forcing the rest of us to grit our...Show More Summary
In the Fall of 2010, a strange black cat showed up in my neighborhood. I tried for days to find the cat's owner, but to no avail. She was so thin! I had sworn not to have a cat again -- I'd had to put two to sleep in just two years. I didn't think I could handle another heartbreak. Show More Summary
Lots of special diets exist for cats. These diets may be recommended by veterinarians or pet store staff based upon life stage, lifestyle, breed, or known medical problems. How useful are they? How strict must one be when feeding the diets to cats? This article will focus primarily on the diets designed to treat medical problems. Show More Summary
Kanye West is many things. He's a megalomaniacal egoist with illusions of artistry. He's a rapper who's fond of referencing luxury goods that mere mortals are not allowed to purchase. He's the key connection in the grand Kardashian/Illuminati conspiracy theory that is about to take over the world as we know it. And he's also a fine feline muse. Show More Summary
A few months ago I told you about some of the weird things I do with my cats. I totally admit to being a little bit odd now and again -- mostly again. My kids regularly roll their eyes at my tomfoolery, but I believe they secretly enjoy some of Mom's quirks. Show More Summary
Becoming a cat lady was never in my plans. From the age of 10 to 23 I had only one cat, and it was all very normal. When I moved in with my now-husband and his one cat, our blended cat family never raised any alarms for me. But unbeknownst...Show More Summary
Yesterday at 3:30 a.m., I learned that my calico cat, Phoenix, can shriek. Not yowl or even caterwaul -- this was a full-blown, horror-movie-quality, OMG-they're-right-behind-you multisyllabic scream. "Phoenix!" I shouted from the bedroom. "Mow?" she asked, as though she had not been channeling demons only seconds ago. Show More Summary
June is Shelter Cat month. A great time to remember that what matters is the cat’s heart. It would be extremely handy if cats came with labels; the way electrical equipment and frozen dinners identify their capabilities and ingredients. But … Continue reading ?
The first time I saw a picture of a capybara, I felt like I'd just found out unicorns are real. It seemed too good to be true: This improbable, shaggy-haired beast, which basically looked like a giant hamster, was hugging -- yes, hugging...Show More Summary
Last week an Idaho veterinarian posted a column in her local paper with the headline, “Cats are intrinsically drawn to one another!” Yes, that is the headline -- exclamation point and all. Cats are social animals. They like being together. The...Show More Summary
When is our kitten fully grown? It depends on many factors, but we can count on physical maturation between the ages of three and five. Why such a broad range? The larger and blockier the cat, the longer it takes … Continue reading ...
It gets downright hot and way too muggy in the southern part of the U.S. It usually starts in the late spring and lasts until late autumn. It definitely takes a lot of getting used to if you’re not originally from the South. It took me a few years to adjust when I first moved here from the Midwest. Show More Summary
Saffy is a gorgeous gray gal. For real -- she could be a cat model. That part's the good news. The not-so-good news is she doesn't really do much and her self-esteem is buried pretty deeply in the litter box. I feel so badly for herShow More Summary
Wouldn't it be nice if we developed strong, healthy bonds with every member of our family? Stop laughing -- it could happen. Maybe. Cats are definitely family members and, like with human relationships, personalities come into play. Sometimes it takes some thought and patience to cultivate a connection. Show More Summary
I am always surprised when people think having cats is a bad thing. In my 20s, I spent a lot of time flirting with seemingly nice guys at bars. The conversation would inevitably progress from booze to bullcrap to my cats. When we were...Show More Summary
It was a dark and stormy night -- no, wait! It was actually a breezy, warm spring evening in April when, as my husband and I were lying in bed watching videos on YouTube, a dark figure approached our sliding glass door. The light from inside revealed my friend Carla standing there. Show More Summary