Ultimate Guide: Tips and Tricks for Multi-Cat House Holds

Do you have more than one cat in your household? Even one cat can be a handful, but having two or more cats may introduce its own set of challenges. This guide provides tips and tricks to provide the best living environment for your feline friends.

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Which plants are safe for cats? Which plants are toxic to cats?

Are you a new cat or kitten owner discovering that your feline friend is attracted to the green entities in your living space? Do you find chewed leaves and other remnants of your green potted friends littering your floor? How do you keep your pet safe?

Here’s a list to help you keep your cat (or dog!) safe from the downside of a “green” (leafy) home…

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Top Seven (7) Must Know Tips For New Kitten Owners

1.  Play time…Is all the time!

Your cat needs to hone its reflexes, build muscle, and sharpen its claws, and your furniture and carpet can become prime candidates if you do not make time for play time, AND provide a legal scratching station.  An old, clean sock or one of the millions of cat toys available will make for a fun bonding experience for you and your new pet–and don’t forget the catnip!!  I like to throw “catnip parties” for my cats every few days.  I sprinkle it on their scratching post, inside their “hidey boxes,” and on their windowsill perch, and they dive right in.  To get them interested in a new scratching post, gently rub their paws on it–the scent glands will leave attractive smells!

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Miss Klaw-de-dah Kitty and the Gumbo Gator – A Short Story

Miss Klaw-de-dah Kitty made just about the best Creole gumbo anybody, man or beast, had ever tasted.  It was full of crawfish that she preferred to call “craw-daddies,” because it made them sound less serious and more delicious.  Miss Kitty did not use a net, but snapped them up her own self, with sharp, tidy, efficient little claws.  And these particular craw-daddies were fresh, too, right out of the peaceful waters of the little bayou (which everyone called “Miss Kitty’s Bayou) that flowed conveniently to the end of the path leading down from Miss Kitty’s own tidy back yard. Continue reading

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Another Day in the LIfe of the Not-So-Crazy Cat Lady

Praying For A Miracle

Praying For A Miracle

I think that most–if not all!–Not-So-Crazy Cat Ladies really GET Philippians 4:6…”Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Introducing the “Not-So-Crazy” Cat Lady

Not So Crazy Cat Lady Art

The “Not-So-Crazy” Cat Lady

Meet my heroine, the “Not-So-Crazy” Cat Lady©…as she debuts in this first painting in my new series.

As always, please be sure to check out my art at www.TheArtOfLovingcatsAndDogs.com.


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The Many Lives of Midnight Louie


Smudgie grown up
Smudgie Grown Up

Whether you read for creative inspiration or simple relaxation, I’m pretty sure you’d fall in love with Midnight Louie!

Back in 1992, Carole Nelson Douglas, insired by her own original, real-life Midnight Louie, a sleek, well-muscled totally “noir” former street cat, wrote the first book in her murders-investigated-and-solved-by-kitty series, CatnapThe second volume, Pussyfoot, was succeeded by an alphabetized list of titles–Cat on a Blue Monday, Cat in a Crimson Hazeand continues with the current offering, Cat in a White Tie and TailsThe series unfolds in Las Vegas…purrfect!  (Even Elvis gets into the act.) Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Kitties (Plus Two)

In the Tunnel O'Cats

Uncle SMudgie Babysitting

It all started at the beginning of summer…Black and white kitty, the neighborhood “stud”–in every sense of the word–got a poor feral mom pregnant again! Our neighbors, dear peopple in their eighties, had undertaken what many younger folks would never try: to trap and neuter several feral cats, while feeding and watching over the kitty mom and her daughter. Stud-boy was actually trapped once, but escaped. Continue reading

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Book review: Tales from a Dog Catcher

Our Precious

An unpretentious volume that you might pass by, if you saw it on the library shelf, this is one of those wonderful discoveries that you will instantly want to add to your animal tales collection! Author Lisa Duffy-Korpics offers a heart-warming-and-rending collection of chapters on special cats, dogs (and other creatures) she saved–or lost–while working as an animal control officer. I found myself devouring each story, connecting with Lisa in each joyful and successful or frustrating encounter. I’ve always wanted to be an animal rescue super-hero, able to leap in and make things RIGHT for every animal on earth. Lisa’s stories are a real-life version of this dream, but grounded in stark reality. Sometimes, all you can do is try your best, and cry afterwards. As when we saved our Precious, it was too little, too late, but at least we got to love her. I loved this book!! Every good thing counts.


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Losing Precious

Almost Christmas…Precious had fully claimed her household space (my husband’s former spot on the left side of the sofa!) and we were making plans, as usual, for a small family get-together.

But suddenly, something just wasn’t right.

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