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Creating the Ultimate Cat Enclosure PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:04

Cat patios (catios) are all the rage this year, and with good reason. Cats need to be able to get outdoors and explore. It’s in their nature. They must be able to feel a breeze on their whiskers, sniff the newest scents surrounding their territory, climb tall trees, explore new surroundings and in essence; give them the opportunity to be a cat.

Joe and Shelley Delrocco, the founders of PetTreeHouses.com understand the true nature of cats and they have developed a tree house that dwarfs all others. Standing at nearly 20 feet tall, this tree now resides in the Oregonian home of Amber Stockdale.

Two stories tall, the enclosure is wrapped in a beautiful rod-iron fencing, leaving plenty of opportunity for the cats to experience the feeling of being outside, but not escape. We can't imagine they would want to escape. With twenty feet of tree to explore and the protection of a home, this outdoor area allows them to see and experience the great outdoors without having to put their life at risk.


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Close Encounters of the Furry Kind PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ethan Rutkoff   
Monday, 07 October 2013 19:34

Note: This is a lovely story from a committed feral cat volunteer and fellow animal rescuer, Ethan Rutkoff. I hope you'll leave a comment so he knows how much it means to us that he continue his great work. Without further ado, I give you "Close Encounters of the Furry Kind."

I come in the dark from distances no one knows of, from the outer reaches of the out there.

I arrive in a huge contraption of some sort, inhaling environment, and spewing odorous waste. It is noisy with all sorts of undetectable, unnatural sounds, and has lights all over it. It is burning hot, and truly looks ominous and impenetrable.

(My new routine)

I slowly turn into the alley, stop and dim my lights. Pairs of shiny little beads pop up, each topped by pointed oversized ears. I blink the white high beams two times, wait a moment, then the orange flashers twice, a moment, and then the high beams twice. Some run in fear. Some prepare to defend. And some are just curious. I inch the ‘monster’ forward to where I put the food.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 17:37
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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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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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Pet Cremation: Resources for Our Canadian Readers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 06 April 2013 01:45

The hardest thing about being an animal lover is outliving our pets. It’s something we all deal with, but it never gets any easier. After the loss of three elderly cats last year, and our dogs, Roscoe and Tristan, three years ago, we know more than we care to know about saying goodbye. VIP Sitters-> is one of the many great resources that we want to let our Canadian readers know about.

VIP Sitters is a company that caters to the entire life of pets. Besides offering home sitting, dog walking and mobile pet grooming services; VIP Sitters can assist you with the loss of your pet.  With extensive experience in caring for pets, they understand the difficulty you may be experiencing and can help you through the process.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 19:40
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