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Millions of fans love Grumpy Cat. What better way to share the love of cats than a celebrity cat helping other cats? A few months ago Chronicle Books, Grumpy Cat’s publisher sponsored a contest #GrumpyCatUSA, offering a plum prize of a visit from Grumpy Cat to any town in the U.S. Fans scrambled from coast to coast to dream up …

By holistic cat behaviorist Layla Morgan Wilde at CatWisdom101.com   While dogs may enjoy playing with a flying disk in the park, swimming in the lake and other summer fun, most cats get less attention. School is out; families spend more time together in the backyard or on vacation. That usually means less time with their cats and indoor only …

So how does the tiniest and most famous cat on the planet celebrate her second birthday? With the biggest blow-out bash in New York City. Big cake, big balloons, big entertainment in a big space but a small select group of guests. Grumpy Cat famous for her meme declaring everything awful, is anything but grumpy and the party was awfully …

1)      Most lists of dangerous foods for cats include chocolate, onion, garlic, raw eggs, alcohol and avocado but the truth is avocado is not toxic for cats. A small amount of avocado flesh given as a treat is fine. My cat Merlin has always enjoyed bits of avocado and he’s almost twenty. The issue of avocado toxicity concerns …

There have always been famous, male cat lovers from Hemingway and Einstein to John Lennon but it’s never been more hip or hot to be cat lover than now. The sexy poster boy of cat lovers is actor Gilles Marini currently staring as Angelo Sorrento in ABC Family’s critically acclaimed family drama, Switched at Birth. He’s best known for his sizzling …

For the second of our 12 Ways to Help Pets posts we’d like to encourage you to pet sit for a neighbor or a friend. Learn why it’s important to be sure pets are cared for when their families are out of town in this post from regular guest blogger Layla Morgan Wilde of Cat Wisdom 101, then take the …

1) Wishes can come true We all have dreams and goals but real wisdom is knowing when to push and when to go with the flow. When unfortunate timing crushed my chances of a scheduled one-on-one interview with Grumpy Cat before the recent Friskies Awards, I channeled my inner Grumpy Cat and asked: What would Grumpy Cat do? Sure, she …

The love affair between humans and cats dates back thousands of years. Humans have a long history dressing up or decorating their pet cats and cats have begrudgingly complied. Ancient Egyptian cats belonging to royalty wore jeweled gold collars and gold hoops in their pierced ears. From the 17th century on, pampered cats from Paris to Toyko wore silk and …

Of the many cats I’ve known over the years, I’ve lost four. Two never returned. I know the heartbreak of looking for and missing a beloved cat. My cat Coco (Merlin’s sister) went missing many years ago in Toronto. I canvassed the neighborhood, put up posters and felt her presence nearby. I kept looking and calling but she was stuck …

Thirty years ago I learned a valuable lesson flying from Montreal to Toronto, Canada with two cats. On a bitterly cold December morning in 1980, my parents dropped me off at the airport with my two cats snuggled on a blanket in their cozy wicker carrier. I was excited about moving to Toronto and I envisioned a pleasant flight with …