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The Cat Who Learned to Look Out Windows

Sometimes it takes years with a cat to fully figure out their personality, or underlying oddities about their personality. In the case of Keiran, our (suspected) Turkish Van cat, I now have some hypotheses about why he is the way he is. We rescued Keiran in 2007 by the side of our house, on a [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|cat care, cat welfare, Life with cats|

Book Review: Purr Prints of the Heart, by Deborah Barnes

Those of us who are fortunate to share a life with loved animal companions know that there comes a time when we have to say goodbye to these loved ones. Generally, we outlive them. This subject is covered in Deborah Barnes' Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.   [...]

By |March 3rd, 2016|Author, book review, cat care, cat welfare, creative writing|

Zorro’s Rescue Story to be Part of Rescued, Volume Two

My Rama was one of 12 cats who told their compelling stories of rescue in the award-winning Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. FitCat Publishing is publishing Rescued Volume II, which will be live (print and e-book) in January 2017. Last week, Zorro and I learned that Zorro's story of rescue will [...]

Wicked Good Wednesday: Rama Teaches Mama

Rama here! I'm doing just great! I'm pretty much back to normal now, running up and down stairs, even jumping! Still, Mama sometimes needs to be reminded of the nuances of healing. It doesn't happen all at once, you know! Just a few days ago, I thought Mama was going to have a sad-attack, just [...]

Mindful Cat Monday — Rama is Home!!

In a whirlwind couple of days last week, my cat Rama (who has had recurring low grade (Stage 1) neurofibrosarcomas for years) was referred to a veterinary oncologist. We made a three hour trip through Maine and ended up minutes from the ocean, though we never got to see it. At the specialty veterinary clinic, [...]

By |August 24th, 2015|cat behavior, cat care, cat welfare, Catherine Holm Author|

Up at Catster today: 6 Tips for Your Home After Your Cat Returns from Surgery

Once in a while, our pets have to go through surgery. Surgery, even same-day surgery,  can be stressful for us as well as our cats. Here are some things I have refined over the years, to try and smooth out the process after surgery and make things run as smoothly as possible at home. Read [...]

Wicked Good Wednesday: Conversations with Chester — The Feeding Games

Cat: I really wish you would eat your Fancy Feast, Chester. Just finish what’s in the bowl.   Chester: But it’s so beautiful outside. I would rather look out the window! The smells! The flowers! The birds!                                     [...]

By |July 15th, 2015|Author, blogging, cat behavior, cat care, cat welfare, Life with cats|

Up today at Catster.com — Do You Think That Cats Reincarnate?

Do you think that your pet can "come back" after he or she has passed on? Have you had an experience where a pet came along that reminded you of a previous pet, or signs seemed to direct you to a new pet? I don't rule it out; here are my thoughts and a few [...]

Mindful Cat Monday — What Tiger Tim Can Teach Us

In the everyday world of cat rescue, untold numbers of cats are abandoned, rescued, fostered. Cats suffer illness. Cats suffer otherwise. Once in a while, a story shoots to the top of all this information, and becomes viral. Such is the case of the story of Tiger Tim, a seven year old orange tiger cat [...]

Mindful Cat Monday — Ode to a Private Cat (and Dog) Dad

My partner/husband is a private guy. But he has been instrumental in providing for the care and love of the many cats and dogs who have entered and exited the doors of our household. As one blogger friend put it recently, her partner did "the heavy lifting" as they cared for an ill cat. I [...]

By |June 22nd, 2015|cat behavior, cat care, cat welfare, Catherine Holm Author|