Sunday, December 27, 2020

Feline Safety and Comfort in Winter

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year with the holidays and snowfall. However, these events can be a stressful and dangerous time of the year for our feline companions. Even if your cat stays indoors, you should provide a safe place for your cat to feel comfortable for both the cold weather and the festivities of the holidays.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas

 May you find the peace and joy of Christmas today.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

A Cat Tree That’s a Castle

Cats need places to climb to the top to survey their domain, to hide for escape for the environment, and to scratch. There are several types of furniture that provide these individual needs, but it's even better when a piece of furniture provides all of this in one piece!

Friday, December 11, 2020

Perfect Evening Meal and Dessert for Cats

Did you know cats are most active at dawn and dusk? This is one reason cats should be fed in the morning and evening. After a good meal, cats tend to sleep better too, so it's important to feed her something she will eat and that is good for her. 

Truffle and Brulee are fed a variety of proteins and textures each day. One reason for this is to keep them from getting finicky and varying the protein (aka rotational diet) makes it easier to change food in the future, should your cat have a need for a special diet. I've also had issues in the past where a company changed the recipe for a product and my cat wouldn't eat it. I'm always searching for high-quality food that is good for my cats and that they will eat.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Enhance Your Living Space with Fresh Air

Staying at home and indoors this last year due to the pandemic has caused me to realize the air in my home isn't as pure as it should be. Sure, I change out the air filters twice a year, but there is so much dust and odor inside and it's terrible for both my cats and me. I have terrible allergies and Brulee (one of my cats) also tends to sneeze a lot. Perhaps, the use of an air purifier would help enhance my home with fresh air so both my cats and myself can breathe a little easier.

Monday, November 30, 2020

6 Tools for Grooming Your Persian Cat at Home

The Persian Cat is one of the most popular pedigreed cats. They are known for their signature long, plush and cottony coat and huge round eyes. If you choose to bring one of these beautiful felines into your home, you must be prepared that they need daily grooming to keep their coats mat free and beautiful.

graphic of Persian cat with grooming tools

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving graphic with 3 photos - one of Paula, one of Truffle, and one of Brulee

Wishing all of our friends a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Finding Professional Care for Your Cat While You Are Away

Even though many people aren't traveling during the COVID 19 Pandemic this year, there are still people who travel for a job, take vacations on the road, visit family and friends during the holidays, or who may be ill and in the hospital. In the past, people tended to traveled with dogs, but more people are beginning to take their cats with them when they travel. However, traveling with cats may not be convenient or possible, so you need to leave your cats at home while you are away. Who will take care of your cats? 

A few options are to board your at the veterinary hospital, board them at a pet boarding facility, have a friend check in on them, or hire a professional pet sitter. 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Cats

Halloween is one of those holidays that is both spooky and spectacular for humans! There are costumes, decorations, parties, candy, visitors, and fun for all. But what about our cats?  Cats don't react well to change and all of this excitement can be scary and stressful for them. What can you do to make sure your cat stays safe, calm, and secure?

silver shaded Persian, Brulee, inside her Halloween house

Monday, October 26, 2020

Finally a Place for Your Cat to Rest on Your Desk!

Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging in many ways. For the first time, many of us are experiencing the daily lives of our cats and seeing their daily routines. Cats tend to dislike having their routines changed, so having someone home 24-hours a day may be challenging for both your feline companion and you. One of the challenges is being able to work on your computer with a curious cat nearby because she always wants to rest on your keyboard or in front of the monitor.

Silver shaded Persian cat, Truffle, resting in desk topper beside the computer

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

10 Reasons Cats Like to Lick and Chew Plastic Bags

Just what is it about cats and their desire to lick and chew plastic? Animal behaviorists and veterinarians hypothesize, cat writers and bloggers write and communicate, and owners just shake their heads in frustration at the reasons behind this behavior. No one is exactly sure why cats have an affinity for plastic bags, but here some possible reasons provided by experts in the field of feline behavior and health.

Silver shaded Persian, Brulee, chewing on a plastic bag

Friday, September 25, 2020

Does My Cat Communicate with Me?

Can our cats communicate with us? There are studies about how cats communicate with their humans through body language. But, can cats communicate telepathically with humans to share feelings and thoughts about their environment and bodies? Communicating with your cats can help you get to know your feline's thoughts and as a result, develop a closer bond through understanding her needs. Working with a professional animal communicator may assist you with this communication.

Silver Persian, Truffle, in arms of Mom Paula
Truffle and Mom Paula share a special bond

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

MUSE™ Medallion Winner

We were honored to be awarded the MUSE™ Medallion from the Cat Writers' Association (CWA) in the category: Blog or Website - Education and Informative!

Silver shaded Persian cat, Truffle, with paw on CWA Muse Medallion
Truffle claiming the MUSE Medallion

Friday, August 28, 2020

A Visit From the Past

'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."

- Alfred Tennyson

Praline, a tortoiseshell Persian, looking into the camera

The quote above is from a poem from Alfred Tennyson and is about unexpectedly losing a loved one and the harrowing grief process that follows it. 

Happy Birthday Brulee!

Can you believe Brulee is 9 years old today?

Silver shaded Persian cat, Brulee, sitting on the footrest celebrating her 9th birthday

We can't! It seems like it was only yesterday when we received those photos of Brulee with her litter mates on the day she was born.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

5Strands© Pet Intolerance Test Results

On the whole, Truffle and Brulee are very healthy cats. Once in a while, they will scratch more than usual or one of them may have a little upset stomach. Any time I've taken one of them to the vet, he always asks "have they eaten anything different lately?" and I'm not always sure of the answer because I rotate proteins and brands of food with the girls on a regular basis. I've always wondered if there was an easier way to narrow down the culprit to their temporary discomfort.

Recently we shared information about a Pet Intolerance Test developed from 5Strands® Affordable Testing. By combing a few strands of fur from my cats, I was able to obtain results of items in the environment and their food that may cause some temporary issues. The results were very informative and interesting.
Monday, August 17, 2020

Take Your Cat to the Vet - #Cat2Vet

August 22 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. Did you know that 83% of cats visit the veterinarian before their 1st birthday, but over 50% don’t return until they become sick or are in pain? 

It's important to take your cat to the vet on a regular basis. With regular veterinary visits, your veterinarian can often detect conditions that may affect your cat’s long-term health.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

8 Tips for Keeping Cats Happy

Today is International Cat Day (aka World Cat Day). Cats should be celebrated everyday no matter where they live or who they are. This day is set aside to share our passion for cats and learn more about this captivating species. The day highlights the fact that there is no ‘one size fits all’ in cats. Just as there are cats that thrive as pets, others may never adapt to living alongside humans, no matter how much love we give them. Each cat is an individual and for International Cat Day, we want all cats to be happy cats.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Touch of a Furry Paw

I've grown up with pets most of my life. My first pet was a beautiful Rough Collie named Tiny. We later had a Cocker Spaniel and two Pekingeses. I look back on the joys of sharing the first twenty years of my life with these wonderful canine companions. However, it wasn't until I experienced the soft touch of a cat's furry paw on my hand and face that I realized the comfort and peace one receives when sharing their home with a feline.

Truffle giving my hand a comforting touch with her furry paw

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Caturday Art for Christmas in July

We like to participate with Caturday Art on Saturdays and thought today's creation reminded us of Christmas with the reds and greens with berries.
Brulee on her Ess having fun with graphic art

Christmas in July began in the South 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls' camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.  
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

5 Strands Affordable Testing for Pets

Does your cat have an occasional upset stomach, diarrhea, or itchy skin? Many times these symptoms only last a short time with no need to visit a veterinarian. However, as a pet parent, you would like to discover what caused the temporary symptoms in your cat and avoid future instances. Was the cause an allergy that has long term effects or an intolerance that is temporary but reoccurring?

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Preparing Your Cats for Noisy Fireworks

Life would be wonderful if we could enjoy everything in life, including the joys of watching the amazing fireworks on Independence Day (aka 4th of July). Unfortunately, our feline companions don't always like the loud booming sounds of fireworks and may become stressed and fearful.

Persian cat watching fireworks
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The 5 Ps for Emergency Pet Preparedness

We live in South Carolina and during the last five years, we've experienced four hurricanes, an average of fourteen tornadoes per year (23 in one day in April 2020), earthquakes (average of 10-15 per year below magnitude 3, and a 1000-year flood in October 2015. Luckily, none of these events have directly effected us personally, but we need to be prepared with these type of statistics! Are you prepared for both your human family and furry companions in case of an emergency?

Persian cat inside pet carrier

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Veterinary Appreciation Day™

Today is Veterinary Appreciation Day™. It continues to amaze me how much veterinarians do for our furry companions to help them stay well since our cats cannot verbally tell them what is wrong. 

vet holding persian cat

Monday, June 15, 2020

Six Tips for Keeping Cats Cool in the Summer Heat

Even though the Summer Solstice hasn't arrived yet, the heat wave is already here, especially in the South where we live! We've already had nine days in May and early June with temperatures in the 90s. Have you ever wondered how cats with furry coats keep cool or how we, as humans, can help them maintain a comfortable temperature?

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Caturday Art

We like to take a break every once in a while from serious posts and have some fun. Today, we are participating with Caturday Art. We like to experiment with various photo editing programs to create something unique and different.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

National Hug Your Cat Day

Today is one of those days where we celebrate hugging our cats! There's nothing like picking up that bundle of purring fur to help calm the most tense of nerves. 
Paula holding persian kittens
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

2019 CWA Certificates of Excellence Winners

We are very happy to announce that we received nine (9) Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers' Association (CWA). 
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Friday, May 22, 2020

What is FVRCP?

We've shared many posts about the importance of taking your cats to the veterinarian at least once a year for wellness checkups. We even talked about the importance of vaccinations last year on our World Veterinary Day post. We'd like to share a little more detail about the most common vaccination - FVRCP. This vaccination helps prevent many viruses that may occur in felines.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Truffle and Brulee with their furry mothers and Mom Paula

Happy Mother's Day to all of the women who are mothers to both humans and animals. 
Saturday, May 2, 2020

National Truffle Day

Today is National Truffle Day!  Truffle can't believe she wasn't asked to be the official representative.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Purrs for Brulee

We're not so sure we like the year 2020 so far. First, Mom Paula has been really sick since the end of January, then Truffle had an eye infection, and now little Brulee is sick.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Single Source Animal Protein: Merrick LID

Do you have a cat with a sensitive stomach and/or allergies? Has your vet ever told you that you should feed your cat more protein? Do you need a food that may support healthy digestion and provide other nutrients for health and happiness?

Friday, April 17, 2020


During this stressful time across the world, one thing we can always depend on is the love and comfort our feline companions bring us! We've read on the Internet that many people are beginning to consider bringing cats into their homes through fostering or adoption. As rewarding as this can be, it can also be a challenge for first-time fosters.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Visiting the Veterinarian With COVID-19 Restrictions

It's difficult enough taking your cat to the veterinarian for a normal routine (or illness) visit but when you need to take your cat to the vet during the COVID-19 scare and isolation, the stress level is compounded. 

Truffle and Brulee have been very healthy this past year and only needed to go to the vet for wellness visits. This morning, I woke up to Truffle squinting and draining from her left eye.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Respect Your Cat Day

It's Respect Your Cat Day! It's a special day set aside aside to honor cats and celebrate the special bond humans have with their feline family members.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Know Your Cat Inside and Out: Basepaws DNA Test

Wouldn't you love know all of the intricacies of your cat's health, behavior, and breed? Have you ever considered having a DNA test done on your feline? What if there was a way to learn exactly that makes your cat unique - from understanding her breed makeup to learning about her health and traits?