We all know our pets have stolen our hearts…but check out these sweet dogs and cats who wear their hearts on their fur…..

Joey, courtesy of Robin Olson of Kitten Associates

I love this boy’s tongue heart! Lebowski’s kisses have extra love in them! Thanks to the Humane Society of Flower Mound, this loverboy now has a home!

Lebowski, courtesy of Jenny Froh

Effy was born with a heart on his sweet little puppy chest! He’s a big dog now and oh, so loved by his family.

Effy, courtesy of Shan Ross

How much do you love Sparky? He’s a two-year-old pittie mix located in South Jersey.

Sparky, courtesy Bill Tierno, Don’t Bully Us Rescue

Sweet senior Sara will steal your heart…..

Sara, courtesy of the Nevada Humane Society

Ella never has to decide whether to follow her heart or her head…..they are one in the same!

Ella, courtesy of Lisa Printz Fishler

Moo exposes his secret heart when his legs come together! Here is a photo of Moo with his mama, the creator of Your Daily Cute.

Moo, courtesy of Dorian Wagner

Here’s Rome….what a sweet angel!

Rome, courtesy of Nancy Hassel, Long Island Pet Professionals

Check out Houndy. He (and his side heart) found his furever home through Underdog Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona. Aroooo!

Houndy, courtesy of Pause Image photography

Iggy always has love on his mind. Good boy, Iggy!

Iggy, courtesy of Lisa H.

Pandi’s family found him on a back street in St. Louisville last summer. He was so tiny and had a very badly infected eye. He was only 7.5 ounces when they found him but is now a healthy, beautiful, very playful member of his new household! His side heart shows just how much he loves his people!

Pandi, courtesy of John and Laurie Wright.

Here’s Dexter – such a handsome boy who is definitely the love of his mama’s life!

Dexter, courtesy of Carol Bryant

I don’t know what’s more incredible – this lovely lady’s pretty eyes or her fur heart. She’s just all around stunning. Obviously someone else agreed because she’s now happy with her new family, thanks to Louie’s Legacy in Staten Island, NY.

Pretty girl, courtesy of Carol Locey Photography

Searcher is a sweet little girl with a sweet little heart! She found her home through the Helen Woodward Animal Center and is surrounded by love from her new family.

Searcher, courtesy of the Helen Woodward Animal Center

Thomas has THE cutest heart shaped nose. Don’t you want to kiss it?

Thomas, courtesy of Joan DeMartin

We love Kya’s chest-heart and her pink tutu! Thanks to Guardian Angel Rescue in Brewster, NY for sharing this photo of sweet Kya.

Kya, courtesy of snootydog.com, Gina Accurso and Guardian Angel Rescue

There’s a reason this boy is named Romeo…..

Romeo. Love.

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Catnip: One Cat’s Opinion

February 6, 2015

Catnip is a great thing. But it’s often misunderstood…..like many people don’t realize that not all cats love catnip. I do…but my compadre the Pugman does not. *Shrug*

The staff wrote this article about the different kinds of catnip users that definitely describes those who partake in the nip.

But then we found this great infographic that I thought was quite thorough in its explanation of what catnip is and the ins and outs of usage. Bottom line: Catnip = good stuff. We like it. Or, at least 50% of us do.

 

catnipsum-how-catnip-effects-cats-infographic

 

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Dear Kitten Super Bowl Video

January 24, 2015

Oh man you guys…this is a funny, funny video!

BuzzFeed and Friskies just released this hilarious video….a Superbowl ad titled “Dear Kitten: Regarding the Big Game.” The video is available online and is airing in only three markets during the game:

Kitty Hawk, N.C., Los Gatos, Calif. and Pawnee, Neb. Hahahahahahahaha!

Here’s the video:

The video is one of the Friskies “Dear Kitten” series. In the series, an older, smarter cat explains life to a kitten. They are FUN-NY. Check out the other videos here.

How cute? OK let us know what you think in the comments below….
Meow for now!

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Up on the Bed Top

Up on the bed top kitties pause
Careful not to use our claws
Tickle your face and paw your head
All to get you out of bed

MEOW MEOW MEOW
Wake up now
MEOW MEOW MEOW
Wake up now
It’s time for you to start your day
And get our BREAKFAST on its way

We’ll try meowing loud and clear
In your face and then your ear
Nuzzle your neck with our wet nose
Whatever it takes so you won’t doze

MEOW MEOW MEOW
Wake up now
MEOW MEOW MEOW
Wake up now
It’s time for you to start your day
And get our BREAKFAST on its way

Next we’ll target your left ear
Lick it, nose it, sneeze in there
Then we’ll stand upon your head
That should get you out of bed!

MEOW MEOW MEOW
Wake up now
MEOW MEOW MEOW
Wake up now
It’s time for you to start your day
And get our BREAKFAST on its way

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#drivepetshomeAttention rescues, shelters and those who love them in NYC, Chicago and Los Angeles!

There is a super cool event going on NOW through Oct. 10 sponsored by Get-A-Pet, an organization with a history of helping place homeless pets from rescues and shelters into forever loving homes.

Get-a-Pet has partnered with Halo Purely For Pets, GMC and Chevrolet to donate three vans full of Halo Spot’s Stew and a total of $9,000 in cash to a handful of lucky rescues and shelters.

“Drive Pets Home” will be the first of its kind scavenger hunt, which will take place in New York City, Chicago and Southern California from October 1 – October 10. Get-A-Pet is releasing clues through Facebook and Twitter to find three hidden keys in each city.

Fans will follow the clues to find the key that will unlock one of three vans that will be filled with Halo Spot’s Stew. The vans will be donated to one lucky rescue of the finders’ choice in each market.
But that’s not all: every “Drive Pets Home” key is a winner.

The holder of the key that unlocks the van filled with Halo Spot’s Stew will receive $1,000 cash, and choose the animal rescue that receives the van. The finders of the other two keys will receive $500 cash, and get to choose an animal rescue that will receive a $500 donation.

It’s easy to participate! Just do this:

  • Simply Follow Twitter, @GetAPetToLove and Facebook.com/getapettolove for clues to where the keys are hidden in New York, Chicago and Southern California.
  • The New York event is happening right now. Chicago clues begin Sunday, October 5 and Southern California clues on or around October 7.
  • Look for clues and hunt for the keys.

Let me know if you are going to participate and we’ll cheer you on!

Meow for Now!

-R

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Believe me, Pug has been working it today. He’s no dummy.

Black Cat Appreciation

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Bonjour, Guy! Photo: Catastrophes

Bonjour, Guy! Photo credit: Catastrophes

Great news, cat peeps (and cats)! A new web video series has launched that uses comedy to promote an important topic that is oh, so close to our hearts: adoption.

CATastrophes recently made its debut on Discovery Digital Network’s Animalist.com.

The series is the brainchild of Alana Grelyak and Michael Gabriele, a Chicago-based husband and wife film making team, along with actor and comedian Kris Flanagan.

You may remember these guys from their other very funny videos, a couple of which were finalists in the Catdance Festival: CATalogue and Inheritance.

Alana also pens a blog called Cat in the Fridge, all about special needs cats, and is a huge animal advocate. Love her. 

This series is poised to do great things to raise awareness for homeless pets in an entertaining and creative way.  Each show features hilarious cat antics and the long suffering couple who has to put up with them (although it’s obvious they really don’t mind!)

Plus, each episode weaves in an important adoption message. “We hope our work will make more people aware of important topics, like adopting special-needs pets, or making sure their kitties are spayed and neutered,” says Grelyak, “but we want to do it in a funny way that will make people want to hear more about it. We feel like it’s a fresh approach to reaching viewers that would prefer to laugh instead of having their heart strings tugged.”

And, all of the stories feature adoptable cats (yay!)

Episodes include Cats vs Zombies - Feeding Your Cat In The Zombie Apocalypse; the hilarious adventures of Wellington, a cat who can time travel, starring none other than LIL BUB, the story of Guy, a French cat who comes to America looking for love, and more.

Plus, you’ll also find shorter videos featuring tips for living with cats (also quite entertaining, I must say).

We love this entire concept and are so excited to support it and know you will, too.

So, what can you do to help this wonderful series spread the good word about adoption?

1. Watch the series. And get ready for some giggles.

2. Subscribe to the videos so you don’t miss any. They’ll be appearing weekly on YouTube and on Animalist.com.

3. Share the videos with your social networks.

Thanks, CATastrophes, for your creativity and dedication to helping pets in need – in a fun, entertaining way!

xo, R & P

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Discovery Digital Network. I’m being compensated for helping spread the word about CATastrophies but, like all income we receive from this site, the sponsorship money will go to cats in need! Meow!

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Photo credit: Caters

William and BFF Milly Moo. Photo credit: Caters

I love the story of this sweet, sweet tabby cat named Milly Moo and her favorite little dude, William Dutton.

According to the Daily Star, William, Milly Moo and their family live in Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK. William is three years old, just the age of my littlest human so this story is a favorite in our household.

The little boy was super scared to start his first day of preschool at The Maple Tree Lower School back in April. William’s mom said he was so nervous and anxious but somehow, Milly Moo the cat knew just how to calm him down.

The cat sat next to William as he put on his shoes and got ready to go. Vicky, William’s mama, says she could see William immediately relax with Milly Moo next to him.

Then, Milly Moo did something that surprised them all. She walked alongside William and Vicky all the way to William’s school (a 13-minute walk!), calming William’s nerves and showing moral support.

And then she walked back home with Vicky again and went about her cat-day.

Later that day, Milly Moo was waiting for Vicky to walk back to pick up William from school.

How cute is that?  What’s even cuter is that Milly Moo has done that every day since!

Plus, how much do you love this photo of William and Milly Moo? I’m getting my humans yellow “cat” t-shirts. That shirt is da bomb dot com.

So, tell us, friends: what kinds of cute things do your cats do?

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Pugsley: Resident Scratcher Man

Pugsley: Resident Scratcher Man

The staff has been in an uproar lately because Pug has been scratching up the windowsills and female staff’s prized sea grass laundry hamper. And, every time the staff buys a new scratching post for us, it goes unused. I understand her frustration but humans aren’t always smart about cat products. In this instance, there are some things the staff needs to understand about choosing a scratching post.

Here’s the thing: a scratching post isn’t just a fun toy for a cat. It’s actually a very critical tool that will keep your resident felines happy and healthy – and your windowsills and hampers safe!

Scratching is an ingrained feline behavior and cats scratch for lots of different reasons.  According to the Indoor Pet Initiative at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, cats scratch sharpen their claws, streeeetch, shed cuticles and to leave their scent.

And, even if you don’t like it, these are all very good reasons for a kitty to scratch so you might as well work with your cat to find an acceptable solution.

Here are some things the staff is considering while finding the right scratching post for the Pugman:

Material

There are a variety of materials available in scratching posts but coarse, rough surface that kitties can shred is best, says the article, “Scratching” by the Indoor Pet Initiative.

Cardboard and carpeted scratching posts are other effective materials but make sure the carpet is rough and tightly woven so your buddy’s claws don’t get stuck in the material.

Location

The posts should be in a convenient location and, if your little buddy is already scratching your furniture and rugs (or windowsills, Pugsley, ahem), the Indoor Pet Initiative says to place the posts near these items or areas.p;

Also, if you have more than one kitty, offer more than one option. In our house, there’s only one true scratcher but I could get into it if I had something fun to scratch.  The Indoor Pet Initiative recommends a few scratching posts, both vertical and horizontal, in various hot spots throughout the home, near congregation spots and along “routes” to food, water and litter boxes.

Scratching Post Direction and Size

Your cat’s fave scratching position should dictate what type of post you get.

If your guy likes scratching carpet, a horizontal scratcher is probably a good option. If he targets furniture legs, the walls or curtains or, like Pug, windowsills, hampers and I forgot to mention he also likes the ottoman, then you have yourself a vertical scratcher.

Also, if your cat likes the up and down scratch, make sure the vertical posts are tall enough so he can get a good old stretch in there. If your post is too short, your stretcher-scratcher is going to go back to the place that gives him all the benefits….and if that’s your furniture, you ain’t gonna be happy.

Sturdiness

So, there are plenty of flimsy posts out there on the market. Don’t go cheap! Get something sturdy (there’s a reason some cats choose furniture…it doesn’t move!) that isn’t going to fall over when your cats really gets going.

So what this all boils down to is if you have a scratcher on your hands, take some measures to find him something you won’t mind him scratching up.

We’ll let you know how Pug’s new scratching options turn out!

Readers, any scratching insight you want to share?

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If you’ve been thinking about adding another cat to your family and live near a Best Friends Animal Society location, this weekend is the time to do it!

This weekend, all BFAS locations are running a special promotion through the end of June: 9 Lives for $9.

Here’s what’s up at each center:

Kanab, Utah — Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
$9 for all cats and free transportation for first 15 cats adopted.

Los Angeles — Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption Center
$9 for all cats regardless of age; adopt one and get second cat for free
NKLA Pet Adoption Center
$9 for all cats

Salt Lake City — Best Friends Animal Society Utah’s Sugar House Adoption Center
$9 for all cats, ages nine months and older.

Last week, more than 130+ organizations part of the BFAS No More Homeless Pets Network offered specials to their communities as well.

Check out this cute video BFAS created to confirm what we already know: there are AT LEAST 9 (more like 9 million) reasons to adopt a cat.

Thanks, Best Friends, for all you do!

What is Best Friends? Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.

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