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Lessons on Being a Writer That I Learned from my Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Sunday, 29 September 2013 00:00

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures. And cats like authors for the same reasons.
~ Robertson Davies

Cats offer a nearly perfect form of writer procrastination. They are entertaining and adorable, but are constantly hampering progress with their incessant need to be at the center of attention (which is remarkably similar to the behavior of authors).

Despite their interference, or perhaps because of it, I've learned a few things from my favorite felines about writing (and life) over the years, and have endeavored (occasionally with success, mostly without) to apply these lessons to my writing career. Using these sound feline theories, I've been able to write several children's books, a fantasy novel about a woman who communicates with animals (Shepherd's Moon), and still keep a giant website alive with informative articles. Without further ado, here are the lessons my cats have taught me about writing - in no particular order...

Pace Yourself (or don't)

Cats apply a 20:80 ratio of work to sleep. While that ratio doesn’t allow me quite enough productive time in a day, its important to feel like I have a life outside of writing. That means getting off the computer, going for a walk, playing with my dogs and cats, taking a nap or just watching a movie with my very patient and incredibly supportive husband.

Make sure your writing career is worth your while. It's easy to get wrapped up in the work, but what happens if you do hit the big league? You need to have something to work towards. (Besides, if you don't experience life once in awhile, you won't have anything to write about at all.)

Don't Try To Do Everything

My cats lose about a billion hair ties a week. I find them everywhere - under the refrigerator, behind the washer, between couch cushions... The thing is, no matter how many hair ties my cats lose, they never worry that they'll be "hair-tie-less" in the future. They just "know" that another ponytail holder will come along. The same holds true in writing. No matter what phone call or email or glorious industry conference you miss, another one  will be along soon. Don't sweat it. There are always more hair ties...


Last Updated on Sunday, 29 September 2013 18:39
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Choosing a harness for your cat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 02:00

If you’re planning on taking your cat out in the yard or for a walk, we really can’t emphasize the importance of keeping them secured. Cats can disappear in a single second, so in our opinion, a walking vest is a “must have” item for any cats heading outdoors. (That doesn't mean you can get away with no collar or no microchip - both are just as important, if not more so, than a walking vest!)

A walking vest allows superior control for cats during visits to the vet, walks through the neighborhood, or even just a morning on the catio. Collars are very easy for cats to slip out of, and the days of the "single strand" harnesses fashioned for dogs are over. A cat's anatomy allows them to easily slip out of the nylon rope-type harness, so make sure you select the proper equipment when taking your cat for a walk.

Cats can be particularly difficult to fit in a harness. When selecting a walking vest, the most important consideration should be selecting a harness that fits properly. There is no feeling more horrifying than watching a cat bolting away from you while you stand helplessly holding a leash attached to an empty harness.

Since their anatomy naturally allows for easy escape from predators, it can be difficult to secure your feline friend in a way that is comfortable. Walking vests make that possible (just see how comfortable Cassie is in modeling these beautiful vests!). So, be certain that your cat cannot escape their harness, never rely on a collar, and always consider safety before style. Here are a few hints on how to choose a harness for your cat and our two favorite types of harnesses for our cats.


Last Updated on Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:38
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Methods of Feeding Your Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00
This is a sponsored post; we have been compensated by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Hill’s Pet Nutrition is not responsible for the content of this article.

Cats are notoriously selective eaters and it's sometimes difficult to decide which feeding method they respond best to throughout the day. We all love our cats and often that love is demonstrated through our feeding efforts, which puts even more pressure on cat owners!

Personally, we feed our cats wet food once at night, and allow them to free-feed on dry. We use an Aikiou Stimulo Activity Feeding Station for our cats, which slows down their rate of eating and allows them to do a little "hunting" because they have to work pretty darned hard to get that kibble out of the slender tubes. This may not be the optimum solution for you and your cats, though. Today, we're going to be looking at the pros and cons of each feeding situation for your cats and how you can implement a unique method for your Pride. (Be sure you are aware of the feeding methods your cats prefer and how you can keep them in the best shape before you start free-feeding treats or dry food).

Whether you free-feed, feed once or twice a day, or just make up a part of your cat’s dining menu with treats throughout the day, we think you’re going to love these samples menus of all-natural cat food from Hills Pet Nutrion (don't forget to enter our free giveaway for a gift basket of dog or cat food!).


Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 03:07
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Behind the Scenes at Hills Ideal Balance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Sunday, 01 September 2013 00:00
This is a sponsored post; we have been compensated by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Hill’s Pet Nutrition is not responsible for the content of this article.

What Goes Into Marketing A Cat Food

Pet food is a multi-billion dollar industry and marketing a pet food can often cost millions. Advertising and outreach is important for you, as a pet parent, to understand because you want to make sure that you’re purchasing a high-quality food that is right for your dog or cat. So, let’s begin by taking a look at the newest commercial from Hills Ideal Balance natural cat food and then we’ll talk about what went into making it.

This  behind-the-scenes tour of creating a commercial is from Hills Pet Food, and it’s designed to promote their newest line of natural pet food: Ideal Balance natural food for cats. We love seeing the advertising and “behind the scenes” views of what goes into pet food marketing and we’re grateful that Hills is a company open enough to reveal all their hard work to us.


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 00:41
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Cats Bullying Humans on Rise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 23 August 2013 18:23

Cat bullying is again on the rise. According to Discovery news, a woman and her French poodle were attacked and bullied by a 'gang of feral cats' on a recent walk. The experience marks the beginning of a long-feared feline takeover.

Josette Galliot, the mother of the victim, reports on her harrowing experience, "The cats jumped on my daughter and managed to knock her over. They bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery."

Witnesses report that the group of tabbies wore leather jackets and were seen "snapping" as they strolled down a street in downtown Belfort - a town known for its cat street gangs.

"They're untouchable," said a frightened resident who declined to be identified. "They've been robbing pet food stores and vandalizing animal control buildings. We fear for our safety."

Domestic cats are apparently in support of their feral cousins. Popular cat meme stars all weighed in on the activity. "Cats attacked humans?" asked GrumpyCat. "Good..."


Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 16:17
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