Friday, April 29, 2011

National Hairball Awareness Day Is April 29th! Let's Celebrate With A HUGE Give-Away Sponsored by Hill's And Checkout Their New Game On Facebook!

Every cat owner, at least once (usually in the middle of the night), has stepped into a pile of something that looks and feels like anything but hair and wondered, "Does my cat do this on purpose?!" No, your cat doesn't. In fact, hairballs are the number one health condition reported by 35% of cat-owning households.  Is your household one of them? If so, Hill's honors and educates you TODAY (April 29th), National Hairball Awareness Day.

 Hairballs, or the formation of hairballs is a common feline condition that is brought on by self-grooming and the associated ingestion of hair. The ingested hair can accumulate in your cat's throat or stomach, causing irritation. Cats with hairballs are often seen gagging, regurgitating or vomiting hair and mucus. Controlling this issue is as easy as feeding their cats Science Diet® Hairball Control cat food. Hill's® Science Diet® Hairball Control formulas use natural vegetable fibers to help move hair safely and naturally through a cat's digestive system. They're also formulated to nourish your cat's skin and coat with essential nutrients, reducing unnecessary shedding. Here is more on the food Hill's offers


The fabulous folks at Hill's have offered a fantastic give-away to the readers of Cat Chat!

They are generously giving 15 (that's right...FIFTEEN!!) lucky readers one bag each of their hairball control formula cat food!! (Contest is for the U.S. ONLY, I am sorry!!)

All you have to do to qualify is leave a comment discussing hairballs on this blog post by midnight EST on MONDAY, MAY 9TH. That's it! Super easy!!

Winners will be chosen by  and will be announced on Wednesday, May 11th!!

Thanks much for entering and GOOD LUCK!!

I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 29, 2011- May 1, 2011, 3 Day Pet Adoption Event-PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada National Adoption Weekend

A three-day pet adoption event at all PetSmart® stores in North America with a goal of helping to find thousands of pets a lifelong, loving home.

Event Information

PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada present the National Adoption Weekend.
The three-day adoption event is Friday-Sunday, April 29 - May 1, in all PetSmart® stores in North America.
Contact or visit your local PetSmart® store for participation times of local animal-welfare agencies.
The National Adoption Weekend is proudly sponsored by PetSmart®, Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® (U.S. only) and Purina® Maxx® Scoop (Canada only).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Some Friends Of Cat Chat:Semi-Wordless Wednesday

"Rosie" Sue Scott's kitty with Cat Chat Bumper Sticker and mousie that I sent to her

"Rosie" looking thrilled with bumper sticker and mousie lol

Zee & Zoey's Mom's Kitties with the treats that I sent
"Mia" Zee & Zoey's  sister  kitty not sharing treats I sent to her
"Rosie" Look at my belleh!!! Sue Scott's kitty
Cody and I are thrilled that you enjoyed your "loot"!
Thank you for requesting our bumper sticker!
Also thanks for the great photos!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lyme Disease And Cats-Guest Blog By Heather Reynolds Of Trupanion

 Heather Reynolds is a pet lover and internet journalist at Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance company. Trupanion offers a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with no payout limits and 90% coverage of veterinary bills. Enrolled pets receive lifetime coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get sick or are injured, with no incident, annual or lifetime limit.

April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month and while it’s true that Lyme disease affects dogs more than cats, it certainly does not mean that cats are immune. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease in cats so you can do your best to prevent or treat it in your beloved feline.

Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. These ticks are more commonly found in the spring and summer months, so now is the perfect time to get educated, especially if you have a cat that spends time outdoors.

The most common signs and symptoms of Lyme disease in cats include:

  • ·         Walking stiffly, possibly with an arched back
  • ·         Sensitivity to touch
  • ·         Difficulty breathing
  • ·         Fever
  • ·         Lack of appetite
  • ·         Depression
  • ·         Swollen lymph nodes

An infected tick must be attached to the pet for at least 18 hours before transmission of the disease occurs. So, as long as ticks are found immediately and disposed of, the cat should be in no danger. However, cats are notorious for not showing symptoms, even if they are infected. If you know your cat has been bitten by a tick and you suspect the tick was there for quite a while, it’s beneficial to take your cat to the veterinarian regardless of symptoms.

When it comes to Lyme disease, prevention is key. Here are a few tips:

  • ·         Administer tick preventative regularly. Products such as the Preventic collar, Advantix, Frontline, and Revolution will either kill the tick or cause it to drop off the pet before it causes damage.
  • ·         Cut or mow grassy or overgrown areas regularly to prevent an infestation.
  • ·         Closely examine your cat after he or she has spend time outdoors to detect embedded ticks.
  • ·         Safely remove ticks if found. Place fine-point tweezers around the tick as close to the pet’s skin as possible, and gently pull until the tick detaches. Disinfect the bite site and the tweezers after removal. Place the tick into a small container for later examination by a professional.

Treatment for Lyme disease can be quite expensive, depending on the severity of the case. Trupanion covers this treatment as long as all preventative care advised by the cat’s veterinarian was followed and the first signs and symptoms did not appear prior to the cat’s full policy coverage.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

To all of our friends who celebrate Easter,
My  Mom and I hope you have the best Easter ever!

We hope you enjoy
 this adorable video that
Mom found on YouTube!
It reminded her of her Angel Bobo!

We love ALL of YOU!
 Cody and Mom

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What Do Fluffy And Fido Really Mean? Find Out How To Understand And Talk To Your Pet

 A recent study by Purina of Canadian pet owners found that 90 percent of them talk to their pets.  But are Fluffy & Fido talking back?

Pet owners can find out from animal communicator Lisa Turek and veterinarian Dr. Cindy Houlihan at What do Fluffy & Fido really mean?  How to listen to and understand your pet, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at the Birmingham Country Club, in Birmingham, Michigan.  The program is being offered by The Cat Practice veterinary hospital in Birmingham.

Turek says that, unlike a psychic who reads minds or predicts the future, she holds conversations with living and dead animals by connecting with their spirits.  All she needs is a photo or description of the pet to make a connection.  Turek has used her abilities to help owners modify their pet’s behaviors, locate lost pets, determine if sick pets are in pain and want their lives to end, and to find out where pets go after they die.  “I’m like the telephone,” she says.  “I’m the go between connecting the animal and the person.”

Turek says that animals understand more than people think.   She says animals are intelligent in ways that people are not, and are extremely sensitive to human energy and emotions.  The more positive the energy a human gives off, the more positively the animal will respond.   Unlike humans, Turek says that animals communicate in mental pictures.  She tells pet owners to picture in their minds the desired outcome instead of what they are afraid the pet will do -- and the pet will respond.

Just ask Dr. Houlihan.  The three veterinarians and 14 staff at her veterinary hospital, The Cat Practice, began consulting with Turek several years ago to help reduce patient stress.   With every procedure, Dr. Houlihan’s team explains to the patient what they are going to do.  They picture the blood sample coming out or the pet taking its medicine.  Veterinarians and technicians at The Cat Practice spend more time with patients to watch them, talk to them and see what answers they can hear or feel.

Turek (left) with Dr. Houlihan     
 and Oscar.

“Pets worry just like humans and need to know what’s going to happen to them,” Dr. Houlihan says.    “They also have a lot to say to us.  It’s not really a mystery – you just have to train yourself to listen.  Even our most skeptical staff members have been doing this.   The results are amazing.”

After pet owners began noticing Dr.  Houlihan's bedside manner and how she and the other veterinarians and staff interacted with their pets, they too wanted to learn be more sensitive to their pet’s needs.   The Cat Practice invited Turek to speak to clients a couple of years ago and hundreds showed up so they decided to invite Turek back.

Madelyn Markowitz of Grosse Pointe Park, whose cats have all been patients of The Cat Practice, has consulted with Turek several times.  When her cat, Kali, began using Markowitz’ bed as a litter box and didn’t get along with another cat named Cobe, Markowitz contacted Turek.  She also spoke with Turek when faced with a tough end-of-life decision involving her cat, Frankie.   “Lisa confirmed for me what I thought my cats were trying to tell me,” Markowitz said.  “It was fascinating.”

“Anyone can learn to communicate with their pet,” says Turek who offers personal consultations as well as weekend-long workshops.  “The more positive energy you send out, the more you are inviting your pet to have a conversation.  You just have to learn to listen to what they say to you.”

To register for "What do Fluffy & Fido really mean?  How to listen to and understand your pet," go to or call 248-540-3390Please leave pets at home.  Business attire requested.  Cost is $10 per person including light refreshments.   No refunds.  Proceeds go to the Feline Friends Fund being set up for pets in need.  Birmingham Country Club is at 1750 Saxon Drive in Birmingham, Michigan.

About Lisa Turek
Turek has been communicating with animals for 15 years.  She lives in northern Michigan with her husband, dog and three cats.  

About The Cat Practice
The Cat Practice, Michigan’s first cats-only veterinary hospital, is celebrating its 30th year.  The Cat Practice provides advanced preventative and medical care with an emphasis on early detection to help cats live longer, better and healthier lives.  Located at 875 South Worth in Birmingham, Michigan, The Cat Practice cares for feline purebred and mixed breeds from around southeastern Michigan.   For information go to or call 248-540-3390.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 22nd is Earth Day, See "African Cats" And Help Save The Savanna!

April 22nd is Earth Day, See "African Cats" And Help Save The Savanna

Click HERE for program details

Just purchased my tickets! Hope you will too!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

It's National Pet Parent's Day!! Or Is it?

Did you know that today is National Pet Parent's Day?
I'm not quite sure if it is April 17th or April 24th
I checked and I see it listed as both dates for 2011!
Soooo...I say just honor your
"pawrents" every day! Then you'll be totally covered!

"Wow! Look how big Mom's nose looks in this picture!"
"Dad got rid of these glasses...thank "COD"  he also cut his hair and joined the year 2011"
I love you cause you are the best,
even when I don't let you rest.

I love you when you give me food,
even when you're not in the mood.

I love you when we play with toys,
even if you sometimes annoy.

I love you "to the moon and back"
now get off of your butt
and give me a snack!!

Happy National Pet Parent's Day
Mom & Dad!!

Love, Cody

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog The Change! A Guest Blog By Cristin Hipke Founder Of Animal Rescues Of Michigan

I get asked frequently why I started Animal Rescues of Michigan.

  I never really have been on a world domination track (sadly), but I've always been extremely driven, goal oriented, stubborn, and ... well, bossy.  I'm a people person.  Give me a hint of attention and I'll draw you into a conversation that will probably boggle your mind (and make you wonder where mine went).  I can talk to anyone, about anything and I'm a book worm, with just enough techy geekiness to make me dangerous.

When I was a little girl, one of the things I wanted most in the world was a puppy.  I remember the day we got Beauty (also Black Beauty, as she was a beautiful black lab mix girl with a white blaze on her chest and nose).  I couldn't tell you where we got her from, how we got her, because the second I was in the car with her, nothing else mattered.  She was the center of my universe and I loved her more than I had loved anything else in my life, even more than I loved my parents.  She returned that love and adoration with tail wags, sloppy, puppy fang filled kisses, and by throwing herself onto me.  We were in heaven.

Until allergies struck.  Not mine, mind you, but a family member who, for some reason, didn't want to live in a "people house" in the back yard.  Shockingly enough.  After a few short days in heaven, my beautiful Beauty had to go back.

Fast forward to my sophomore/junior year of college.  It was a wintery, windy evening.  The light snow was swirling around my third floor apartment deck, while I was curled up on the couch, reading.  A muffled wail reaches my ears.  Again the wail sounds.  As it slowly penetrates my brain, reaching through the fog of my wonderful book, comprehension dawns.  At first the only thing I could think of making that sound was a small child, but no one would leave a child near my deck.  Peering out into the snow swirls, I see a flash of orange.  The wail sounds again.  Snow moves for a nonwind reason.  I open my sliding door, stick my head out, and before more than a few snow flakes had landed on my head, I felt snow cold on my feet.  Looking down, I see a young, thin, striking orange cat staring back at me.  Her yellow green eyes bore into my head and the thought "This stupid human can't even close the door" rings through my mind as snow flies into my apartment.

After the typical freak out (thankfully with all the doors to the outside closed), including a call to my parents, a call to every vet in the area, a run to a convenience store for the kitty necessities, my brain kicked back on.

I didn't want a pet.  Didn't need a pet.  I was too busy, had too many things to do, never had a cat.... my brain was back on all right, but now it was running in circles.  Trying to find a rescue or group to take this (now purring) cat in with only the information available on the internet was a battle worthy of the saints and archangels.  Finally, in desperation, I founded a group that I was pretty sure was in my area, wrote them an email, and crossed my fingers.

This event was the beginning of Animal Rescues of Michigan, although I didn't know it at the time.  After the organization accepted "Pretty girl" into their program, I discovered the joys of cat foster parenthood, cat care, cat temperament, attitudes, and peculiarities.

Finding Crazy a place that could take him and take care of him was my priority.  Keeping him safe and happy for that family was my privilege.  As it turned out, I was keeping him safe and happy for myself, but that's besides the point.
Crazy was thrown out of his house during a Michigan winter.  His (probably) first family didn't care enough about him to do any research to find a group, organization, or shelter to take him until someone else feel in love with his personality, attitude, and loving self.

Let me say that again, they threw him out.  He was disposable.  His life mattered so little that they couldn't even be bothered to leave their home to take him to a shelter.  He was less then a year old when he found me that wintery day.  He's one of the incredibly lucky 20% that survive a Michigan winter outdoors at that age.

Indeed, Crazy entering my life was the start of the seed that blossomed into the Animal Rescues of Michigan.  There is no reason, no sense, no way I could begin to understand why it was so difficult to find information about reputable animal rescue organizations and shelters.  If I could find a completely obscure text book online that's only available in foreign countries, I should have been able to find more information about reputable local animal organizations.  Because if I, as a dedicated researcher at that time could only find 1 animal rescue and 1 animal shelter, how could donors, potential volunteers, or potential pet parents find these groups? Then, as a volunteer for local organizations, I should be able to tell people trying to find something that my organization doesn't have, be it room to take in another pet or a specific kind of pet, I should be able to tell them "But you should try [insert other local animal organization name] because either they have space or they have what you're looking for."  But I couldn't even do that and yes, this was after

That's why I started the Animal Rescues of Michigan.  I wanted to make it easier for people in this technologically advanced day to find events going on near them that will benefit animals, to find ways to benefit their animals, to work with the animal community near them and to know of the needs of the animal community near them.  I wanted animal organizations in a community  to be able to talk to each other, work with each other, and stop looking at each other as competition.  So if one group has a need, other groups can help fill that need.  Every day I dedicate to Crazy and the rest of my fuzzy horde, all of whom are rescues.  Every day I work to improve the animal situation in Michigan so that hopefully, some day in the future, there are no more homeless pets in our state, so that no more animals are abused or neglected.


So thank you Crazy.  Thank you Nyx.  Thank you Jazzi.  Thank you Dyson.  And Sweetie, I know you're only my foster kitty, but thank you as well.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Winner Of The Easy Canvas Print!

We have a WINNER!!!

The winner of

(as chosen by

drumroll please!!



Simba, please have your Mom email
your complete name, address and phone number to
 my Mom at c gittleman at mi dot rr dot com:

Enjoy Your Print!

Love, Your Pal, Cody

thanks to everyone who entered!

Monday, April 11, 2011

An Interview With Judy Johnson From Bay Colony Designs, The Creator Of Custom Sculptured Cats

I was poking around Twitter one day and happened to stumble upon a woman that made the most amazing cat sculptures that I had ever seen.  They are made out of wool and after one look I was smitten! I am planning on ordering one of my Angel Bobo and one of Cody as soon as I am able.

I love to feature items on Cat Chat that I would want or that I think are unique so I contacted Judy and asked if she would mind appearing on my blog.

Originally I was going to conduct the interview but Judy mentioned that she had one that she would gladly share and I am pleased to present it to you:

 How did you get interested in cats? 
When I was growing up we lived in the middle of nowhere.  Therefore, any stray animals that needed a home came to our house.
black and white
How old were you when you had your first kitty? 
I was about 4 years old.  My Dad still displays a photo of me at that age with three kittens crawling all over me.
How did you discover Etsy? 
My step daughter, Sloane Solanto, is also an artist.  ( She gave me all the information about Etsy.  At that time I didn’t think I needed any more activities to fill my day.  It wasn’t until a year later that I decided to give it a try.  I’m sure glad I did!  I love Etsy.

Did you consider other ways to sell your products? 
Yes, I have considered other ways of selling.  I have a vendor in NY that keeps a few kitties in stock.  I have also had pet stores contact me.  But I keep my most of my kitties at Etsy.
long hair

Do you sell your products in a local store in your area? 
No, at this time, I only sell my cats through Etsy.

Have you been successful at selling your products on Etsy?  I started out selling patterns and watercolor paintings.  Although I was successful, I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be.  I think that is because of my competitive side.  I watched other artist selling on a daily basis.  I wanted to do that!

My husband was the one that said “Make cats.”  I am so glad that I listened.  I have met so many nice people in the cat world.  I love sculpting with wool and each cat makes my heart sing.  I have since branched out into kitty accessories.  I also make collars and toys.

Have you always been successful, or did you end up getting a lot more traffic after being featured on a specific blog? 
I have noticed a sizable difference in the traffic on my site when being mentioned on a blog or website.   It gives people a glimpse into my studio and my inspirations.

Do your customers ever give you new ideas for products?  I love it when customers want custom orders!  I love seeing their kitties, and hearing the stories behind them.  It helps me put extra life into my sculptures.  I am always open to suggestions so if you have one, write to me.  or come see me on Etsy (

Are you a one woman show?  I do all of the artwork.  Sebastian is my live model.  On occasion he is good for typing!  Thank goodness for spell check.

Can someone return your item it if they don’t care for it?  No one has ever asked for a refund.  I aim to please.

Can you share a story with us behind any of your products that you especially enjoyed working on?  It is so hard to pick one that I especially enjoyed.  Each custom kitty comes with a story and I love that.  I have recently done a kitty that crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  I think he turned out particularly well.
I also feel the need to give back to the cat world.  Therefore, I have found the Hope for Life Rescue.

 ( It is a local rescue in Virginia Beach.  At the end of the year, a portion of the proceeds from each item sold at my shops goes to helping the kitties there.  Here is a kitty from the rescue. Her name is Chantilly.

For details on how to order a Custom Sculpture of your kitty, please visit my shop.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dakota Has His Own Blog!!

Hi everyone! It's Cody and yep I know this is a cat blog but I think it is only fair to give a shout out to my Sheltie brother Dakota.

He is sooo excited to tell all of you who are doggies (or have doggies or love doggies) that he has his OWN BLOG!!

The name is Dakota's Den.....please stop by and show him some lovin'!!! If you like what you see he would LOVE to have subscribers too!!

We all know you won't love him as much as you love me (hehehe) but check him out!

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Cat Fancier's Association All Breed Cat Show, April 9th & 10th In Allen Park, Michigan

Tortoiseshell Persian named Adora Belle (aka Dora) 
The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) will hold an all breed, specialty and household pet cat show April 9 & 10, 2011 at the Allen Park Community Center 15800 White Street  Allen Park, MI 48101 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The show will feature two days of judged competition, as well as exhibitors and breeders providing information and offering close-up views of their cats.  Breeds represented will cover a wide variety, including Persians, Maine Coons, Orientals, Birmans, Tonkinese, Ragdolls, Siamese, Bombays and more.
"Merlin" Black Persian Male

The show is sponsored by the Just Cat-In-Around Cat Fanciers, a local non-profit cat club.   Internationally qualified CFA judges will evaluate the cats.

"Popeye" aka Grand Premier Dulcimer Billy Flynn,
 a cream & white bicolor Persian (neutered male)

The show offers a variety of interests for all people, from cat enthusiasts to families with small children.  Judging will take place throughout the day, so you can be in a ring watching the judging, or walking the exhibit hall looking at the beautiful cats.  You can ask questions of breeders and exhibiters.  It really is great fun for everyone.
Red Tabby Persian Female, "Liberty Belle"

Admission to the show is $6 - adults, $5 - seniors, $4 – children (6-12) and no charge to children under age 5.  Parking is free.  Mention this press release and receive $1 off!

Founded in 1906, The Cat Fanciers’ Association has been devoted to the promotion and protection of all cats.  CFA as a whole, as well as individual member clubs and individuals associated with CFA, have together made outstanding contributions in feline health, feline health research, animal welfare and disaster relief over the years.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Passover Starts Tonight At Sunset, Or In Other Words, Mom Will Be Joining Me On A Grain-Free Diet For Eight Loooong Days

Hi Everyone! It's Cody! My Mom wanted me to write today because she is a slacker not feeling well because of her kidney stones, but she wanted to wish everyone who celebrates, a HAPPY PASSOVER!

You know what I like about Passover?  You aren't allowed to eat any bread, now Mom can see what it's like to be on a grain-free diet!

For those who don't know what the holiday Passover is, you can read about it here.

Happy Passover to those who celebrate it!!!
Love, Cody & "Mom"

Pet Charity Give-Away Winners!!!

Thank you to every one who entered my Birthday Give-Away!!! (and to everyone who stopped by to wish me a Happy Birthday!!)

The 4 winners were chosen in a lottery-style format by I assigned a number to each comment that was left requesting to be entered into the drawing and the winning numbers were 1, 10, 15 and 24. I am thrilled and honored to mail each winner a  $25 donation to the pet organization of their choice!! AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Please email my Mom at
 cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com
 with your complete name
 the name of whom you would like your $25 donation check written to
 and your complete mailing address
 and my Mom will send it in the mail to you!!

Also:Mom is going to mail bumper stickers
 to everyone who emailed her requesting one.
 If you would like one and didn't email my Mom,
 please contact her at cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com
 and she will send you a bumper sticker!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Magnificence! "Easy Canvas Prints!" Enter To Win One!

Happy Monday Everyone!! It's Cody! To those of you who left me birthday greetings, THANK YOU!!! You really helped to make my birthday soooo special!

Now...on to some really impawtant mews!! My Mom and I were so excited when Megan from (and fame) contacted us asking if we wanted to check out their prints and have one made to blog about! Mom and I were extra excited because we just had our back room turned into an official "pawffice" for us (we painted and all) and Megan's timing couldn't have been more purrfect!

All we had to do was take a favorite photo and  go into and follow the instructions to have a print made. Mom's photos were pretty bad (you all know she still uses a cell phone to take pictures...geeze!) So Megan helped her pick a photo from online to use instead. Here is what we received the other day and we think it is catabulous! We don't have it on the walls yet cause the paint still has to set but it will be hanging over our desk in the next week or so.

Here is what our print looks like!

Ours is a 16x20
" is an easy to use canvas creator that turns your memory into a masterpiece."

We love our print! One day we will photograph the finished office and you will see this photo and all of my Mom's stuff on the walls so you can see what it looks like hanging!

Megan is sooo sweet she is offering a FREE 8x10 print to ONE lucky winner!

1) "like" Easy Canvas Prints on Facebook (f you have Facebook) can "like" them here

2) leave a comment on this post saying that you would like to be entered to win the 8x10 print. (If you fail to mention that you would like to be entered you will not be entered into the give-away)

Unfortunately due to the high cost of shipping, the contest is only open to those in the U.S. and Canada.

Deadline to enter is midnight Monday, April 11th... the lucky winner will be announced on Wordless Wednesday April 13th.

Good luck!!!

We received no compensation for this review other than a free 16x20 print which we adore!