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Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – Can You Help a Feline Out? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tammy Souch   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 21:28

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...


Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 14:58
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10 Creative Uses for Hair and Hairballs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:09

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!

1. Save the largest and most interesting ones that have unique shapes and sell them as unique jewelry pieces, like necklaces or earrings. We've seen everything from cat hairballs that look like the Virgin Mary to little cat hairball missile duplicates.

2. Make a cat or dog hair handbag and create a new business that sells the handbags for $65-$300 each.

3.  Place it outside in the sun, dry it out, and then tear it apart and leave for the birds to pick up and make into a nest. The birds will love making these warm nests during the winter, and throughout the summer, they are just as popular for their naturally insulating properties!

4. Make a fur creature that looks like Angelina Jolie and her famous leg (unshaven) at the Oscars with Brad Pitt, and if you need help getting that much cat hair, visit FURMinator! (Also, visit Covered in Cat Hair for more of these creative pics!)



5. Visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine to learn how to preserve a hairball and sell on Amazon as an ancient European poison antidote and preventative.

6.  Add catnip and then dry it out to make a fashion statement or take two hairballs, string them together, and hang them from  your car windshield - like dice, but cat hair balls.

7.  Draw a picture of it and sell the amazing cat drawings on ETSY

8.  Write a book about Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace and how it relates to corporate management, then sell on Amazon.

9.  Roll hair into balls, string like popcorn, and place on your Christmas tree for a unique holiday look.

10. Save the most interesting specimens and send to the Washington Museum for their special gallery of hairballs.

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 16:46
 
15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Hairballs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:02

And now, we bring to you the Top 15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Hairballs:

1. The average cat spends 1/3 of their waking life grooming themselves. Let’s do the math:

  • ~ Most cats sleep an average of 13-14 hours per day
  • ~ Most cats groom themselves for 3-4 hours per day
  • That only leaves 7 hours per day to play, demand food, stare at you in a condescending manner, and vomit hairballs on to your Persian rug.

    2. The average person spends 1 hour per week staring at a regurgitated hairball and wondering what it is. (Okay, we made that stat up, but the rest of the stats in this article are true).


    Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 17:13
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    A short summary of the history of hairballs PDF Print E-mail
    Written by Stacy Mantle   
    Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:13

    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...


    Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 16:57
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    Women’s History Month – Pioneers of Change for Animals PDF Print E-mail
    Written by Tammy Souch   
    Thursday, 08 March 2012 16:25

    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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