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Welcome to Crazy for Kitties and Cats!

Kitty Star of the Week

A handsome fellow named Simon is our star this week.

black and white cat

His person-mom writes,

"Our SAD (Society for Animals in Distress) had placed an urgent plea for someone to adopt a 6 month old kitten who had been rescued from a severely abusive home. He was left with neurological damage, loss of vision in his left eye, and minimal use of his hind legs. I cried when I read the story, my heart broke, and I then had to go to the shelter to see the little fur-butt.

"Once I saw him, and then held him like a baby in my arms, I heard his LOUD purring and he fell fast asleep, I knew I had to take him home and care for him and love him. There were exercises I needed to do with him to get his hind legs working, and to strengthen him.

black and white cat

"After a year, and Simon was able to walk very well, and he runs and plays and even jumps up onto the furniture. A feat he was never able to do when I first brought him home.

simon playing

"His name is Simon, although I sometimes like to call him Indiana Jones, the way he swings and runs around here. He loves to play with my other cat, a Maine Coon by the name of Diva. She'll stand for it sometimes, but at 25 pounds, she gets tired of him and will bat him away. Simon at 9 pounds tends to just roll with it.

" After playing hard this morning, he went to eat his favorite food which is Royal Canin kitten food. He sticks his face right in the bowl and chomps away. It's a wonder he isn't as big as my Maine Coon!"

simon eating

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Raphaella Bilski and cats

From the Crazy for Kitties mailbox: 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.

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 context.

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: http://www.amazon.com/My-Street-Cats-Personalities-Behavior/dp/1888820721.

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.

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.


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.


Dear CatsCrazy Cat Stories... because every cat has a story!
Dear Cats, an open letter to the cat mob...[More...]

Baby, who is a frequent guest, likes to sleep on her back -- and snore. See the video.

BorisCrazy Cat Stories... because every cat has a story!
Boris helps his family make up their minds....[More...]

Notice to visitors: Unfortunately, spammers steal/spoof crazyforkitties.com email addresses and use them send out all kinds of junk. These emails are NOT authorized by crazyforkitties and we do not send them.


Baby (the cat) and Tink (the dog) have an interesting relationship...

Tink biting
Tink tries fierce

Tink innocent
Tink tries innocence

Tink open mouth
Tink thinks maybe another bite attempt...

Tink biting too
Tink tries bite action number two

Tink snuggling; Baby face
Tink tries nice -- Baby is not impressed

Baby and Tink closeup
Aren't we just the cutest? Baby bides her time...

Baby swats at Tink
Baby makes her move!

Tink eyes Baby
Tink says, "Hey!"

Friends again -- sort of
Friends again -- sort of


A visit from Charlie (May 2001):

cat picture
Do you see me?


new T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for Cat Lovers

Fantasy Bengal And Savannah Cats Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Fantasy Bengal And Savannah Cats Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Fantasy Long Sleeve T



Or Browse -- the Buy button will let you look at different colors and products

More shirts here...

Plus some cat-themed stickers, ornaments, and keepsake boxes


Cat Posters!
We've separated out the cat themed items here and have organized them into some different price categories. About 400 are priced under 10 dollars (be patient for that page to download!). And around 500 are between $10-$25. Magnets, notecards, art prints and other goodies are available, too. Whimsical and funny, cute and cuddly, realistic and photographic -- something for everyone! Great gifts for you cat-loving friends and relatives.

Backyard Beauties
Title: Backyard Beauties
Artist: Rachael Hale
Type: Art Print
Size: 10 x 8 (inches)
Price: $12.99
Domestic Cat, Striped Tabby Male
Title: Domestic Cat, Striped Tabby Male
Artist: Jane Burton
Type: Photographic Print
Size: 16 x 12 (inches)
Price: $29.99
Framed Cat I
Title: Framed Cat I
Artist: Jessica Fries
Type: Art Print
Size: 14 x 11 (inches)
Price: $12.99


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A visit from Bomber (February 2003):

cat picture
Hello!


Some cat facts...

  • The cat's popularity was increased in the 1800's by Queen Victoria, who owned 2 blue Persians. She frequently attended cat shows in London.
  • "Stumpy" refers to a Manx cat having a stump of a tail.
  • Change your cat's food only gradually by mixing the new food into the current food in small quantities at first. Abrupt changes can cause diarrhea.
  • Kittens' eyes are usually shut for the first 5-10 days of life.
  • "Cat" in French is "chat."
  • Cats can "taste" smells because they have a well develped vomeronasal organ below their nasal cavity.
  • When a cat wants to sleep more than a "cat nap," he or she will enter a period of light sleep that lasts for about 1/2 hour. Then the cat moves into deep sleep for 6-7 minutes. These two phases will alternate until the cat wakes up.
  • "Cat" in Polish is "kot."


Pinch the SageCrazy Cat Stories... because every cat has a story!
Wise Pinch learns to appreciate what she has....[More...]

The Daily Cat: Your guide to caring for, understanding and loving your cat! Check it out!

Parts of a boat named for a cat: cat back, cat beam, cat boat, catfall, catharpin, cathead, cathole, cat hook, cat rig, and catwalk.

Vote for your favorite Cat Name!


Games!

Crazy for Kitties
WordSearch Game!

  Feeling lucky? Try our Cat Slots Game...

Give your memory and concentration a workout by playing our

Kitty Concentration Game!

How many English words do you know that have the word cat in them? (How many do other people know?) Find out and play How Many Words?!


Want to shop online? Check out these online shopping tips.

Domestic Kitten (Felis Catus) on Basket with Another Kitten Inside It
Title: Domestic Kitten (Felis Catus) on Basket with Another Kitten Inside It
Artist: Jane Burton
Type: Photographic Print
Size: 16 x 12 (inches)
Price: $29.99
Rudy the Cat
Title: Rudy the Cat
Artist: Kim Parker
Type: Art Print
Size: 14 x 12 (inches)
Price: $12.99
Domestic Cat, 9-Weeks, Chinchilla-Cross Kitten
Title: Domestic Cat, 9-Weeks, Chinchilla-Cross Kitten
Artist: Jane Burton
Type: Photographic Print
Size: 12 x 16 (inches)
Price: $29.99
Happy Birthday Kitten, in Glasses
Title: Happy Birthday Kitten, in Glasses
Artist:
Type: Art Print
Size: 18 x 12.5 (inches)
Price: $19.99
Forty Winks
Title: Forty Winks
Artist: Kay Mcdonagh
Type: Art Print
Size: 15.74 x 19.67 (inches)
Price: $19.99
Silver Exotic Cat Cuddling up with Two Baby Silver Rabbits
Title: Silver Exotic Cat Cuddling up with Two Baby Silver Rabbits
Artist: Jane Burton
Type: Photographic Print
Size: 9 x 12 (inches)
Price: $24.99

Lots more posters and prints here!


The friend you've been waiting for is at your local animal shelter. No more homeless pets! Adopt a shelter pet. Get started by visiting PetFinder.com.

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 their website.

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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