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You're Invited to the Algonquin!

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When it comes to chic fashion, no one wears it better than Matilda, the beloved full-time feline resident of The Algonquin. This fabulous feline and her predecessors have been cattin’ around New York since the 1930s. People have come from around the world to meet this celibricat, and now you can meet Matilda in her newly renovated hotel home. You’re invited to attend a reception, meet some captivating cats who will be up for adoption, and view the “Cats in Fashion” show to benefit NY SAVE on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your place amongst the celebrities for only $25.00 by calling Alice at 212-419-9197. Read on for more details about this fabulous event…

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Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – Can You Help a Feline Out?

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and it's a good thing. Shelters across the country are filled to brimming with cats in need of a good home, and some are even giving cats away for free (which we will reserve judgement on). We want every cat to have a good home, and when they are adopted, we want them to stay adopted. So this month is devoted to raising awareness over an enormous problem.

Every time I make a visit to the cat adoption area of my local pet supply, I just want to scoop them all up and whisk them away to a place where they will be adored and accepted as they are. Then reality hits me and reminds me why that’s just not possible. We already have two cats and a dog, and for us, that’s our limit.

Every pet deserves a solid, nurturing environment, and adding one more would bring imbalance to our home, meaning the new addition wouldn’t get all of the love and care they need from us, and I think that would be unfair to them. I know your heart is like mine and you want to save them all, but before you drive yourself to the local shelter, examine your home life and see if you are ready for a new furry friend...

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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Hairballs

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If you have ever stepped from a hot shower on cold winter's day, only to find yourself stepping on a cold mass of - something - you probably have a cat with a hairball. At least, I hope that's what you have. 

Turns out, hairballs are pretty fascinating. They have a long history with cat folks like ourselves and have contributed to a lot of history.

Not everyone hated hairballs. In fact, it was used for medical purposes at one point!

There are many different types of species that are subject to hairballs - pretty much if they have fur or hair, they are able to get a hairball. Sometimes this is due to the physical act of grooming, other times it's due to a psychological issue (especially in humans who can sometimes have a compulsion to eat their hair).

Here are the top 15 most interesting facts about hairballs that you probably didn't know...

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10 Creative Uses for Hair and Hairballs

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In the event you were wondering what kind of amazing things you can do with hairballs that your cat regurgitates on to that Persian rug, we have come up with 10 creative uses for pet hair (and hairballs). These range from weaving your pet's hair into amazing sweaters and scarves for an innovative gift on Mother's Day (for the pet parents who love their four-legged kids) to creating a purr-fectly warm nest for your feathered friends and thereby keep your cats entertained when the birds flock to your front door. Read on for more innovative ideas on what to do with your cat hair (and hairballs), and if you can't find any that are too your liking, check out this book entitled, Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat from Kaori Tsutaya and Amy Hirschman. You're sure to find something to your liking in there!

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A short summary of the history of hairballs

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If you have a cat, you've no doubt experienced hairballs. We curse them as we step out of bed with bare feet, warn our dogs not to eat them, search out holistic and homeopathic remedies to make the cats stop producing them... But hairballs remain a fact of life. For this reason, it seems completely normal to us that there would be a day commemorating them.

This year, National Hairball Awareness Day falls on the last Friday of April. So today we’re going to talk about a few things you may not be aware of. For example,

We’re going to tell you in this article because I’m sure you’ll agree that these are all critical pieces of information you need to know...

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Feline Behavior

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    Hello Grey Socks, Every time I put toothpaste on my brush, which is mint flavored, my cat wants to lick it. She goes completely banana's over it. Is it okay to let her lick some? Thanks,
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