Mews Around Town

Mellie the Master Frogger

Mellie the Master Frogger

Cat Blog Articles
By Alexis Meehan Edited by April Jones My cats Mellie and Sheila were indoor cats, but some friends helped me build a secure area outside that the cats could access. We put up some two-by-fours and stapled chicken wire to them to create a cage that went from the ground to the roofline. Then we covered the ground inside the cage with gravel and added some good-sized tree branches for the cats to climb on. We took a screen out of a bedroom (aka the cats’ room) window, cut a small square out of it, and fashioned a swinging cat door in it. With the window partly open, they could hop onto the window sill, push the little door open, and hop outside into the cat cage. Once they got…
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Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

Cat Blog Articles
By Tom Hewitt Sometimes it’s clear when your pet cat needs to be taken to a veterinarian, but other times the clues are more subtle. If your cat shows a change in their typical behavior—such as eating less, sleeping more, becoming shy or hiding more, scratching or sneezing more, or becoming much more or less vocal—it might be a sign that your cat could be ill or injured and they should be examined. It’s an inherited instinct for cats to want to hide physical weakness because in the wild, predators might identify signs of illness or injury as signs of an easy prey. If your cat displays such changes in behavior, make sure they have plenty of food and water, a clean litter box, and a comfortable, quiet place to…
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Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews", News & Happenings
September 11, 2018 By Nikita Lero Founded in 1997, Town Cats has been saving stray, abandoned, unwanted and feral cats in Santa Clara County, California, since day one and hopes to save even more with the help of The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro (CPP). They had learned about CPP and its benefits when they looked into having Jackson Galaxy host an event at the shelter. Samantha Sullivan, Executive Director at Town Cats, explains just how important CPP is to their community and shelter. “There is nothing like this in the area and it truly will revolutionize the way we work harder to adopt cats,” says Sullivan. “By working closely with our network of shelters and implementing CPP, we will help these cats gain confidence and get them adopted,…
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Celebrity Cats

Celebrity Cats

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
By Tom Hewitt Who is America’s best-known cat? Leaving aside fictional felines like Felix, Garfield, and the Cat in the Hat, the answer might be the unusual-looking Grumpy Cat, whom you may have seen online, sometimes featured with humorous captions. Grumpy Cat What a sourpuss! Actually, Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) only looks grumpy— her appearance is caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism. She was born in 2012 and has been featured in advertising—she even has her own webpage, licensed merchandise, and social media presence. Lil Bub There is also Lil Bub, another current celebrity cat who starred in a 2013 documentary called Lil Bub and Friendz, which won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film award. Like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub has a distinctive appearance caused by feline dwarfism.…
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Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
By Tom Hewitt Edited By April Jones How many cat breeds would you guess there are in the world? I didn’t have much of a clue until I investigated. I pretty much thought of all cats as just cats. But it turns out the answer isn’t totally straightforward—it depends on which authority you consult and how they define a breed. Plus, the answer often changes because new breeds are constantly being developed. The International Cat Association (TICA) currently recognizes seventy-one cat breeds for championship competition. Other bodies might answer the question differently; for example, the International Progressive Cat Breeders’ Alliance (IPCBA) lists, by my count, seventy-two breeds. At any rate, it’s safe to say the number of cat breeds is much lower than the number of dog breeds, which is in the hundreds.…
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Feline Dental Health

Feline Dental Health

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles
 Feline dental health is a very important and sometimes overlooked part of a cat's life. All cats should have their teeth examined as part of a regular physical every year and a dental exam done as needed. Cats have some dental issues that require intervention: resorption lesions and full mouth stomatitis.  Although dogs can get these diseases, they are more prevalent in cats. Resorption lesions cause tooth loss and affect 28-68% of adult cats (based on studies).  This disease leads to dental pain, tooth loss, decreased eating, salivation and head shaking.  The treatment for this disease is either tooth removal or crown removal.  Full mouth stomatitis is a painful disease where the entire mouth becomes inflamed  and raw; it is easily diagnosed by looking into the cat's mouth.  Although Felv…
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Tortoiseshell Cats

Tortoiseshell Cats

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles
  By Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones For a long time, I thought tortoiseshell cats were a specific breed. Recently, I learned that the term refers to cats among various breeds who have a particular coloring pattern: typically black with patches of gold or orange. Tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. They are often known for being highly sensitive to stimuli and being vocal about their needs. These are generalities, and every individual cat is different, but there is something to the notion of tortoiseshell attitude or “tortitude.” Growing up, my family owned a tortoiseshell cat named Firefly, who we had adopted from the animal shelter in San Martin. I think we gave her the name because the patches of gold on her black coat reminded us of brilliant…
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Cat-Dog Relationships

Cat-Dog Relationships

Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
By Tom Hewitt Edited by Alexis Meehan Most of the time, a cat will be wary of a strange dog, but if they have the chance to get accustomed to one another (usually as pets inside a household), cats and dogs can become the best of friends. Here’s a picture of Gaby (cat) and Charlie (dog), who belonged to my family. They were introduced to each other when Gaby was an elderly cat and Charlie was in the middle of his life.Their maturity probably helped keep the meeting safe and low-key. Charlie was more enthusiastic about meeting Gaby than the other way around, so we made sure Gaby was safe when first exposed to Charlie. Gaby seemed a bit overwhelmed by Charlie at first, but she didn’t seem actually frightened…
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Keeping Outdoor Cats

Keeping Outdoor Cats

Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
by Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones In the late 90s, as I was finishing up high school, my mother found a stray kitten while on a walk in Gilroy. The kitten didn’t have a collar and was near a busy street. After asking around to see if the kitten had an owner, my mother brought the gray tabby home to become friends with the two cats we already had, Furball and Firefly. As it turned out, Grant (that's what we named her) wanted to be outside nearly all the time, only disturbing us by pawing at the back door when she was hungry. She found an area underneath our pool deck to hide in, and rarely left the backyard. Grant lived a long time—about fifteen years—and only became an…
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The Great Litter Box Mystery

The Great Litter Box Mystery

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Happy Tails
by Alexis Meehan Edited by April Jones For fifteen years, I never once had litter box issues with my two cats, Melanie and Sheila. I used Ever Clean Multi-Cat Unscented litter in both of their standard-size litter boxes, and I kept them fairly clean. One morning, I noticed a small puddle on the floor next to one of the boxes. It was pee. I was a little surprised, but I figured that one of the cats must’ve had a small accident before she was able to jump into the box. I just mopped it up and wasn’t too concerned about it. My cats got regular checkups, and other than being aging kitties, they were both in good health. The next day, the small puddle was back. This time, I wondered…
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