Happy Caturday: Introducing, Loki!


It’s been a good while since I’ve posted about Caturday, but for an excellent reason – for the past month, we’ve been running rampant around Southern California in the passionate pursuit of music. After Coachella, we were hit with the most difficult of blows – Sake was sick with Lymphoma; we didn’t catch it in time but I did get to spend a lot of his last few weeks at home with him.

Lymphoma is one of the biggest silent killers in the cat world; it’s a heartbreaking way to go and I truly hope that no one else has to experience what we did. The silver lining is now were aware of early warning signs like loss of appetite, change in behavior, acting depressed and lethargy.

From the old, comes the new – and right before Lightning in a Bottle, one of my best friends reached out to me with wonderful news. Her boss had adopted an adorable kitten from a liter found underneath a home, but couldn’t keep it – would I be interested? WOULD I EVER ❤️

So, without further ado – world, meet Loki! Aptly named after the Norse God of mischief, he’s been running rampant for the past month, warming our hearts, and enriching our lives. I can’t wait to share his life with you guys – and of course some kitten tricks and tips!

For those of you that have only raised a cat since adulthood, or have only had indoor cats – there’s a whole other think coming. Outdoor cats are exposed to more of the elements and the unpredictable nature of, well, nature, adding formidable human years to their age. Kittens, on the other hand, seem to age exponentially – reaching 15 human years by the time they’re done with one!

        

                                    





[The Caturday Corner] Spring Coat Care for Cats

Over the past few years I’ve more than cemented a name for myself as the Cat Lady of my social circle (and, my social media circles as well) but for an excellent reason – I own two (three now that my fiancee and I live together), take care of the four cats in my apartment and have spent a good amount of time volunteering at cat shelters and on the board for LA’s own Kitty Bungalow. Plus there’s the whole thing where I kind of act like a cat, but let’s save that story for another time 😉 Now that Spring has sprung, I’ve noticed – as you invariably will –  that so has the pet fur around your pad; especially if you have black clothing, dark carpets or richly colored sofas and seats. With a shift in the weather, comes a shift in the actual coats your cats wear .

Until recently, I thought my older cat Sake had hairballs because he’d been going to town on himself; now that I’m using the Furminator brush on Stella and Daisy, our other two cats, I realize that they’re the actual cuplrits!  Low and behold, the big bristled brush that I’d been using on Sake’s medium coat simply wasn’t cutting it for short haired kittens. Depending on what breed of cat you own, or rather – the breed of cat that owns you – you could very well have your work cut out for you.  Long haired (furred?) cat breeds need to be brushed every three days, if not every other day; short haired and medium haired cats should be brushed at least once a week.For cats of all shapes, sizes and fur lengths – I completely recommend The FurMinator – not only is it a fantastic comb that literally gets all of the loose fur, but it’s a deshedder, too; and great for warmer weather! Plus, wouldn’t you like to wear a color other than ‘cat fur’ this season?

Celebrate National Cat Day by Giving Back to Your Furry Felines

As a self professed felineoholic, today is probably my favorite day of the non-traditional holiday year: it’s NATIONAL CAT DAY! I usually reserve my phone dump of fur on Saturday – Caturday, if you will – but I’ve saved my favorite feline pics, flicks and memes for today.  When you get home from work, make sure you stop by your local PetCo or better yet, that Mom and Pop Animal Store around the corner that you’ve been wondering about and snag a little treat for your furry friends; trust me, they’ll thank you!

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Don’t have a cat? No problem! There are tons of ways you can celebrate, too.Head on down to your local animal shelter or ASPCA and give those kittens in the cat room some lovin’! It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of getting one of your own, or just have a few minutes to spare – these guys spend almost their entire day trapped in a small cage: except when you come in to play!  Even if you don’t want to commit to volunteering in the long term, today’s the purrfect day to pop your head in and say hello.

Back when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was hot and heavy, I took a different route and donated to the World Wildlife Fund.  Founded in 1961 as a collaborative international fundraising organization, the WWF was created after the Morges Manifesto was signed by top conversationalists from around the globe.  Though there was an international push for nature conservation, the resources at hand simply weren’t enough to satiate international needs.  And ever since, the WWF has taken center stage when it comes to protecting endangered animals and the acres and acres of land necessary for their survival. Currently, there are over 120 different species that you can opt to protect on the site – but did you know that of those 120, almost 10% are cats?! meOW!

Last but certainly not least, get your structured cuddlement as Uber, the ASPCA & Cheezeburger combine forces to bring the cats directly to your doorstep!  For the second year in a row, Uber will be delivering crates of adorable to the following cities; just place an Uber for KITTENS between the hours of 1 and 4pm in Austin, Chicago, DC, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.  The best part – besides ALL of it – is that these kittens are also up for adoption! Please, don’t sleep on this – I would love to live vicariously through anyone that actually does it!

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