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Women’s History Month – Pioneers of Change for Animals

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March is National Women’s History Month, and if I asked, you could probably give me the name of at least one woman you know who has played a part in changing the way our society treats animals. Just as any modern human rights movement, there were pioneers that paved the road before them. While there are many women from our past that have changed things for the better, we’ll be spotlighting three who bucked against the status quo of their time.

Caroline Earle White was born in Philadelphia in 1833. A writer and avid philanthropist, her heart to stop animal cruelty began as a child when she witnessed the abuse of horses firsthand. It devastated her, and her husband suggested that she join the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the first organization of its kind in the world.

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Win Swag from the Oscars

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Update: Congratulations to Clenna Emery! She was randomly selected to win The Tiniest Tiger Swag Bag! This month, we were thrilled to be a part of the Red Carpet Cat with Gracey from The Tiniest Tiger. The goal of the event was to introduce The Tiniest Tiger’s fabulous new “Hipster Bag,” but it turned into so much more.

As a result of the spectacular turnout, we are pleased to offer our pack of pet lovers a chance to win their very own Oscar night swag “hipster bag” filled with feline gifts – a value of nearly $250!

Read on to learn how you can win your very own Oscars swag bag.


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Cool Cats: Meet Ship Cat, Gussie

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Gussie the Mary Day Ship CatFresh fish, soft sea breezes, craggy shorelines and over ninety feet of deck space to roam under skies lit with bright stars is everything the most pampered cat could dream of, but only a few felines have made that dream a reality.

Cats have a long history aboard ships, with duties ranging from official mouser to “comfort cat.”  Besides being excellent mousers, cats were thought to be able to predict weather and, depending on their mood, control the weather. If a cat happened to go overboard, it was in a sailor’s best interests to insure she found her way back on board or it was believed the cat could create a ship-sinking storm in retribution. 

While only a select few felines are destined for life aboard ship, Gus Hodgkins is a six-year-old American Bobtail can lay claim to this life of luxury.

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The Kindness of Seven Strangers

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They say that seven is a lucky number.  It certainly was this past Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona for newly named “Sumit” the kitten. His desperate cries penetrated the shopping center walls and could be heard by shoppers.  He was trapped within the wall of a vacant retail space next to Sumit’s Yoga, where Star Simmons could hear his screaming. It was obvious the kitten was in trouble,” said Ms. Simmons, who learned that for three days it had been crying for help.  Star made several requests to the center’s property manager and maintenance person for help but was turned down repeatedly.   The best and easiest way to rescue the kitten would have been to make a small opening in the drywall, something which property management would not allow.  After three days without food and water, she realized time was running out. 

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Feline Behavior

  • Is Mint Safe for Cats?

    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,
    Kathy Easley

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  • Wool-sucking in cats

    Dear Kyra, I have an adopted 5-month-old ginger boy named Barney. He's a very sweet, funny kitty, and I love him to pieces. But...he has some strange quirks. The nice people at the animal shelter told me that he was… Read More +

  • Cats covering feces

    Dear Ghost, Why do cats cover their feces? My two cats are neurotic about covering up everything in their litter box, which is stupid because it's automatic anyway. Is it really necessary? Thanks,

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  • Cats spraying

    Baby, I live with 2 male cats (neutered) and 1 female cat (spayed). All of a sudden they have started spraying (they are 1 year old). They have sprayed my bed, my doors and in my closet (that I know of). I'm… Read More +

  • hypersthesia

    Mama-San, My 1 yr old tabby has developed a fear of its tail! The end twitches and she sometimes lightly attacks it, but most times just runs from it (especially at night) your site mentions anger in connection with tip- twitching.… Read More +

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