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Hairball thinks he is a dog. He
loves to be petted -- the rougher the better. He also will eat almost
Besides food, Hairball enjoys shoulder rides. He likes to bat wadded up
pieces of paper on the floor (so he does have some cat tendencies!).
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Homer the beloved Blind Wonder Cat was perhaps the Internet’s first celebre-cat. Now the late Homer’s mom Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of Homer’s Odyssey, is back with more hilarious and heartwarming tales about Homer and the rest of her much-beloved, world-famous fur family.
Cooper has two new books hitting the shelves in November, just a week after National Cat Day on October 29 and right in time for the holiday gift giving season. Here’s what you can look forward to:
||Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story: The perfect stocking-stuffer for any cat lover, this gift book will leave you filled the true spirit of the season. Only two weeks before Christmas, with doctors decreeing that Homer didn’t have much time—that he wouldn’t even make it to Christmas Eve—Homer showed everyone that he still had one more miracle left in him. The heroic blind cat proved again, once and for all, that hope and love aren’t things you see with your eyes. You see them with your heart.
||My Life in a Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines: Ideal for new readers and longtime fans alike, this collection of eight purr-fect cat stories is filled with all the humor and heart Gwen’s devoted readership has come to know and love. An adorable, five-week-old rescue kitten slowly learns to trust the woman who saved her. An obsessive cat teaches himself to play fetch and demands it morning and night from his hapless mom—whether she’s working, sleeping, eating, bathing, or trying to enjoy some “alone time” with her husband. And Homer, the Blind Wonder Cat himself, returns triumphant in a new story about life and love after worldwide fame.
Some of the stories from My Life in a Cat House (plus many more) are also available in the "Curl Up with a Cat Tale" short story subscription series. You can learn more at gwencooper.com/cattales.
Raphaella Bilski has written a book in which she invites us to
Discover the World of the Street Cat:
For 14 years I cared for a community of street cats that lived in my garden in Jerusalem. This book is their story. "My Street Cats"
provides a rare look into the lives of these cats not only as individuals, each with a distinctive personality, but also as
members of a community. And therein lies its uniqueness.
Dr. Raphaella Bilski is a political scientist, teacher, writer, & previous adviser to three of Israel's Prime Ministers. But mostly she’s an animal lover, with a passion for street cats.
You can see Raphella talk about her book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQEzhUsdQwc.
As a rule street cats do not form communities. Instead, they live as individuals within a specific territory, with little
interaction between individual cats except during mating season or in rare cases of feline friendship. What happened in my
garden was unintentional. By starting a feeding station, I inadvertently created a community of cats that spanned several
generations at a time when TNR programs were uncommon in Israel.
As we read of the social life of street cats we encounter their hierarchies and leaders, extraordinary displays of courage and
friendship, different forms of motherhood, including joint motherhood, compassion towards the sick and dying, cats teaching one
another, and much more. No other book offers such a long-term and in-depth exploration of the lives of street cats in a communal
The book also examines the complex interplay between the world of the street cat and our own human world. People often see
street cats as a nuisance, at best to be ignored. Throughout the years I have formed deep bonds with individual cats. In this book,
I try to convey the special nature and depth of these relationships, showing that the street cat can be a warm and loyal
friend if treated correctly.
And this is really why I wrote this book. I want to change people’s attitudes towards street cats, raising compassion for an
animal that is either hated or overlooked. I also hope that the book will help people connect with others who care for street cats,
ask questions, share experiences, and so raise awareness of the plight and beauty of these amazing animals, living all around us.
"My Street Cats" is available at your local Amazon shop, Barnes & Noble, or here:
And you can read an excerpt -- Grayush: the Pavarotti of Cats.
All profits from the sale of "My Street Cats" go towards the continued care & Trap-Neuter-Return of Jerusalem's cats.
Elizabeth Ellis is a painter who is painting an 8x10 inch watercolor of an
adoptable animal in a shelter each week in 2015. At the beginning of 2016, she will
have an exhibition of the 52 paintings at the Dreaming Tree Galleries in
Grove City, Ohio. After the exhibition, she will mail the original paintings
to the shelter where the animal is still living, or hopefully, to the family
that has adopted the animal.
She is calling it the "Year of 52 Rescues" and will be blogging and
tweeting the whole process. She is starting near where she lives, in Ohio,
but will include shelters in other parts of the United States. You
can see her work at
Elizabeth Ellis Art and Elizabeth Paints on Facebook.
Baby, who is a frequent guest, likes to sleep on her back -- and snore.
See the video.
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Baby (the cat) and Tink (the dog) have an interesting relationship...
Tink tries fierce
Tink tries innocence
Tink thinks maybe another bite attempt...
Tink tries bite action number two
Tink tries nice -- Baby is not impressed
Aren't we just the cutest? Baby bides her time...
Baby makes her move!
Tink says, "Hey!"
Friends again -- sort of
T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for Cat Lovers
More shirts here...
cat-themed stickers, ornaments, and keepsake boxes
How many felines do you have? Please take our poll:
A visit from Cocoa and Pepper Sandy (November 2002):
Some cat facts...
- "Cobby" means short and sturdy on low legs.
- "Cat" in French is "chat."
- Today's cats remain close to their wild ancestors; virtually nothing has been added or taken away from the wildcat's nature.
- Green eyes are the preferred color for the Havana Brown.
- Kittens during their first month only experience deep sleep, which lasts for 12 total hours each day.
- The European Burmese colors are brown, cream, lilac, red, blue, chocolate, and the Tortoiseshell versions of these colors.
- Most cats have between 20 and 24 tail bones in their tails.
- "Frill" is the fur around the head that is brushed up to form a frame for the cat's face.
Parts of a boat named for a cat: cat back, cat beam, cat boat, catfall,
catharpin, cathead, cathole, cat hook, cat rig, and catwalk.
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The friend you've been waiting for is at your local animal shelter.
No more homeless pets! Adopt a shelter pet. Get started by
Please consider donating to help animals (and their humans) affected by
recent disasters. There are many good organizations, but here are two:
ASPCA -- 1-800-628-0028
Humane Society of the United States -- 1-866-720-2676
What is "TNR"? It stands for "trap-neuter-return" and is a humane way to
control feral (wild) cat populations. Alley Cat Allies is an organization
that promotes TNR. For more information, visit
For information about foods to avoid, please see this article by the ASPCA:
People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.
Animal Poison Control 24-hour hotline: 1-800-426-4435
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