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  • Winterize for Your Outdoor Cats

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    I keep my fur babies indoors, but also take care of a feral colony, and no matter how badly I want them to come inside they just aren’t having it. It is finally getting chilly here in the Austin area and already snowing in other parts of the country. If you have outdoor cats that you just can’t bring in the house on those cold days and even colder nights then it might be time to build them a shelter. There are many different designs, and depending on your skill level you can get really fancy or just do something very basic. My skill level is low and I don’t really have any tools so, I made mine out of plastic bins. You will need one very large bin and one smaller bin. You can use an old styrofoam cooler for the insulation or old egg cartons. They also sell insulation sheets at your local building supply store. You can also use a foam cooler inside the bin but I found these hard to find in the winter. If you have some lying around it will save you some money. These are super easy, though I did struggle a little with cutting the plastic. After I tried heating up a knife and filling my kitchen with toxic plastic smoke I read that if you heat the plastic with a blow dryer it just melts away as you cut it. The smaller bin should fit inside the larger one with enough room for the insulation to go between. Also remember to make two holes for entrance and exit, as they may need to escape quickly in case of predators.

    Here is a Tutorial from Dansferals.

    I used a heating pad in the bottom of mine. I also recommend the pads that warm up with the cat’s body heat.

    Another shelter I have is made from an igloo dog house. I just lined the floor with blankets and a heating pad-no skill needed! This, however, is not suitable for very cold climates. I like to put a little cat nip in the shelter to entice them to go in. Once they realize it’s warm they keep coming back. Most shelters fit two or three cats. Depending on how they get along you may need to make one for each of your outdoor kitties. Large plastic coolers make good shelters as well but you will need a circular blade attachment for a drill to make the hole. Make sure you position the shelters in a protected location, such as near a fence or hedge, or under a covered patio. If you don’t have outdoor outlets for heating pads then straw makes a really good bedding and insulation material.

    We love our outdoor feral kitties and want to take care of them. Their comfort is as important to me as my indoor-only kitties. If you have noticed neighborhood cats that seem to be left out in the cold or you take care of outdoor cats, consider building one of these. They may not be able to thank you directly, but you will know that they are safe, cozy, and warm all winter long. Here is a link to different types of shelters from Alley Cat Allies.

     

     

     

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  • The Best Tips On Flying With A Pet

    CATVIDEOS.com is dedicated to bringing you entertaining, informative information about the world of cats. Occassionally we will post an article that pertains to other domestic animals as well.  Yes, this includes dogs!

      


    For many people, taking a trip or vacation without a pet is like leaving a family member behind. It can be heartbreaking to think of the anxiety they feel when we leave, so many people bring their pets along no matter how far they’re going or what the mode of transportation is. Yet it’s tricky to travel with a pet, in part because they have a different set of needs when they are away from home. Flying, especially, can be rough for pets, so it’s important to know what their needs are and how to keep them safe on a plane. 

    Read on to find out the best tips on preparing a pet for air travel.

    Book early

    Do your research on airlines and book as early as possible to ensure you can get a spot for your pet in the cabin rather than in cargo. Some airlines don’t allow pets in the cabin, and others only have a few spots available for animal crates, so booking early will give you the best chance to find a good seat and still have peace of mind that your pet will be comfortable and close by. 

    This is especially important for certain breeds, and all airlines have breed restrictions, so that’s another consideration. For dogs and cats with pushed-in faces, flying can be dangerous because of the altitude; in fact, many animals have died on flights where they couldn’t get enough oxygen. 

    Get a checkup

    It’s imperative to take your pet to the vet before any trip to make sure they are in good condition to travel. Schedule a checkup, any vaccinations that may be needed, and have your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from getting snagged and causing injury during the trip. 

    Consider the trip

    If possible, schedule your flight for non-peak hours; these usually have fewer passengers, which will help cut down on your pet’s anxiety. Ask about a direct flight so you won’t have to change planes, which might be stressful for your animal.

    Get the right carrier

    Having the right carrier for your pet is extremely important for traveling. Check with your airline first to see what their guidelines and restrictions are. The carrier should be big enough for the pet to lie down, stand up, and turn around in and you’ll need to make sure you have a collapsible water bowl to put inside. 

    Pack smart

    Your pet will need a bag just like you. Pack his food, treats, and bottled water along with favorite toys and comfort items, a leash, bedding, a clean towel, pet wipes, plastic bags for picking up after him, medications, and flea/tick medicine. Depending on your destination, you may need to be careful about having your pet outside with you for long stretches of time. Different weather and temperatures, new environments, and being around other dogs can lead to illness. 

    Bring ID

    Make sure you have the proper ID for your pet on a collar and any paperwork required by the airline. Write out a tag that includes the pet’s name and other pertinent info in bold printing to attach to the carrier. 

     This article was submitted to Cat Videos by J. Brody, of Wilmington, DE     OurBestFriends.pet

     
  • Fashionable Feline Gift Finds

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    Feline-themed fashions get a bad rap — remember all those tacky Christmas sweaters with cats? Not these.  We had an opportunity to try out this Sledding Cat Christmas Sweater and absolutely loved it.  Not only is it cute, fun and bright; it is extremely well made.  It is great for men and women. Believe me, you will be the hit at the party. Consider these stylish finds for your shopping list or your wish list. 


     

     

    The Etsy shop Doodlecats has all kinds of cute cat accessories, but we’re just going to go ahead and own who we are with the Crazy Cat Lady badge. At $2.91, it’s a great stocking stuffer for your whole pack of cat lady friends. 


     

     

     

    Princess Monster Truck is indisputably the style icon of our time. Luckily for us, we can now borrow a bit of her fierceness for ourselves thanks to the merchandise in her online store. The black unisex tee (and the dose of attitude that comes with it) is $28. 


     

     

     

    The hip T-shirt seller Threadless has a whole category for cats on its website (putting kitties right up there with zombies). This tee with kittens getting the best of a dinosaur is our favorite — and we’re pretty sure it’s scientifically accurate. $20. 


     

     

     

    We can’t leave our cats out of the fashion-y fun, although they are probably wishing deep down that we would. The Etsy shop To Scarborough Fair can set you up with some high-style headwear for your cat. Mine would look dashing in this aviator hat, $56. But just try telling him that …

     

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  • Starting a Cat Sanctuary Takes Planning

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    SARA Sanctuary Gives Advice for Starting an Animal Sanctuary



    While visiting with the various cat and animal rescue groups and sanctuaries, I thought about the effort and dedication these wonderful people have put forth to become established and successful. There were groups that served one particular breed of cat, and those that would take in any kitty -- even those with serious health issues. These folks give their every waking hour (and many sleep hours) to caring for kitties facing certain death if not for rescue organizations.

    How do these groups get started? How do they become so successful at saving lives and helping re-home the orphans? The folks at Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption (SARA) Sanctuary, in Seguin, Texas, gave me some hints and I’d like to share them with you. You can read their guide to starting an animal sanctuary online, but I’ll give you a quick peak at what they have to say.

    SARA Sanctuary stresses that the business side of the operation be intact and running before you take in even one animal. Now, that makes good sense -- especially in the economy we’re facing now. The guidelines explain how you need to learn about all your local zoning laws and adhere to them. Become a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and gather a Board of Directors for everything from legal needs to veterinarian assistance. Finding funding is crucial to starting and maintaining an animal sanctuary, so this is one of SARA Sanctuary’s main guide points. Funding can come in the form of donor pledges, grants or your own funding. Understanding granting organizations is very important to SARA Sanctuary, and they also stress that the sanctuary quickly becomes a full-time job, so do not rely on yourself (or just one person) to both work a 40-hour-a-week job and to run the sanctuary.

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    You will rely on volunteers and need to get the word out about fundraising events and adoption days, so find and utilize the talents of local media folks. Researching local news outlets and meeting local media people can help you get into their promotion loop. Most media outlets want to help their communities and send special marketing teams to non-profit fundraising events and adoption days. SARA Sanctuary folks suggest you start small, with your own local community, then reach out to the larger city media in your state if you expect to work with animals from several cities.

    A website is a given. No business can survive today’s technology-driven lifestyle without a link to the global picture, and every rescue group and animal sanctuary needs a great website. SARA Sanctuary has tips for ensuring your website looks professional and serves the organization’s needs. This is a good job for a volunteer, but be warned: your website cannot be someone’s experiment. You need a professional who can give your group a polished look and feel, plus make the site easy to maintain.

    You will need to feed all those hungry babies, so finding a continuous source of food is critical. Whether through donations from supermarkets, veterinarians or a sponsor, a food source is one of the first things you must secure.

    Other tips the SARA Sanctuary site gives are to free up the Director’s time from the grunt work. This seems quite important, as the Director of any organization is the person who is constantly on stage, and cannot be cleaning kitty litter all day and also do their job in an efficient and effective manner. Interns and volunteers can take up the grunt work load, with the Director’s time then made free to keep the funding sources rolling.

    SARA Sanctuary’s advice column includes one very smart piece about finding a niche market. We think of this when marketing a product, but finding a niche as a much-needed animal sanctuary can be the difference between being the eighth Himalayan rescue group in a 10-mile radius, or being the only Siamese rescue group in a 100-mile radius. Do your homework first and find all the rescue groups in your community; then search out what is lacking and fill that void.

    The great work SARA Sanctuary has done over the years has come through very hard work, much effort put into planning and smart use of resources. Take a look at their website, learn about their Sanctuary and if you’re thinking about creating your own rescue group or sanctuary, be sure to read their advice at SaraSanctuary.org.

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  • Cool it, Kitty!

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    FroBo Keeps Kitty’s Water Cool

    Keeping outdoor kitties hydrated and cool can be a real challenge, especially during the extreme heat we have seen recently throughout the United States. Even my indoor cats enjoy it when I stock their water bowl with fresh ice cubes. It lowers the temperature of the water and treats my kitties to a bit of internal air conditioning. A really “cool” product called the FroBo keeps a supply of water chilled all day long, encouraging cats to stay cool and hydrated. And it keeps us cat parents from running to the freezer all day, grabbing ice cubes for the water bowl. FroBo is basically a frozen bowl.

    The folks who created the FroBo say that unlike ice cubes requiring frequent replenishing or fountains that require electricity or batteries, this bowl cools water using a removable insert lined with non-toxic gel. After as little as two hours in the freezer (gel changes color when frozen) the insert keeps water chilled well below room temperature for up to eight hours. The durable ABS plastic bowl cleans easily and has a rubber base that prevents sliding. With the purchase of an additional Freeze Core, you can always have one chilling in the freezer, and one ready to go. The FroBo holds 24 ounces and is 2 3/4″ H x 10 1/2″ in diameter.

    Check out the FroBo bowl and extra inserts at MyFroBo.com. Consider this new and innovative way to help keep your cats cooler this summer, without running to the freezer all day for ice cubes! Now, that’s a treat for my kitties, and for me!

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  • Friskies Cat Concoctions

    Grumpy Cat Introduces NEW Friskies Cat Concoctions at Austin-Based Festival by Giving a Glimpse of What’s on Her Mind

     

    The #CatConcoctions Event Presented by Friskies Brings to Life the NEW Curious Flavor Combinations from the Minds of Cats that includes a Musical Mashup Performance from Ryan Cabrera and Blake Lewis 

     

    ST. LOUIS (March 9, 2016) – Do you know what is on Grumpy Cat’s mind? You might find the answer a bit curious. When it comes to flavor combinations, cats know what they like. That’s why Friskies® is introducing NEW Cat Concoctions, a wet cat food that features curious flavor combinations from the minds of cats. Bringing the unexpected flavor mashups to life, Friskies alongside pop culture phenomenon Grumpy Cat is offering a unique experience at #CatConcoctions presented by Friskies at the well-known Austin-based festival.

    “Lamb AND clam? Cats have their own ideas about what they like, which is why Friskies lets cats lead the way in inspiring the unique and unexpected flavor combinations of Cat Concoctions,” says Jessica Nichols, Friskies Brand Manager. “At #CatConcoctions presented by Friskies, fans will get a glimpse into the minds of cats and experience what Cat Concoctions is all about.”

    NEW Friskies Cat Concoctions features flavor varieties that include a mashup of unexpected flavors that only a cat could think of, such as:

    ·         Chicken in Creamy Crabby Sauce

    ·         Cod in Cheesy Bacon Flavored Sauce

    ·         Lamb in Clam Flavored Sauce

    ·         Scrumptious Salmon & Chicken Liver Dinner Pate

     

    #CatConcoctions presented by Friskies is a must-see attraction at the Austin-based festival where the public can experience a world of crazy flavor combinations from food and music to art and activities, and will feature a photo booth where guests can use Cat Concoctions-inspired props to capture quirky photos with Friskies’ “official spokescat” Grumpy Cat or take a mirror selfie of their face mixed with Grumpy Cat’s distinguished frown. 

    “I’m excited to team up with the talented Blake Lewis to perform a unique mix of music at #CatConcoctions presented by Friskies, an experience of mashups from the mind of cats,” says Platinum Selling Recording Artist Ryan Cabrera.  “It’s only fitting that Blake and I are collaborating to deliver a completely unexpected musical mashup.”

     

    #CatConcoctions presented by Friskies is open to the public on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, and located at 200 Congress Ave #2B, Austin, TX 78701.

     

    Grumpy Cat’s appearance schedule (Saturday-Sunday):

    ·         11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    ·         3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

     

    Consumers who cannot attend #CatConcoctions presented by Friskies in Austin can still follow the action on Friskies’ Instagram and Snapchat accounts and join the online conversation using #CatConcoctions. 

     

    Friskies Cat Concoctions is available at retailers nationwide. For more information about Cat Concoctions, go to www.friskies.com/cat-food/cat-concoctions.

     

    ABOUT FRISKIES

    The Friskies® brand offers a complete line of great-tasting cat foods, including more than 60 wet, dry and treat varieties. Friskies is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare, a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

     

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    Maggie Maskery

    Nicole Roberts 

    Taylor 

    Friskies 

    (312) 577-7617

    mmaskery@taylorstrategy.com

    (314) 982-3958

    nicole.roberts@purina.nestle.com

     

     

  • Cat Zombies: One Night, Nine Lives

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    From stalking laser pointers to tackling remote-control-operated mice, it's pretty safe to say that cats have always been avid gamers. But the advent of touchscreen gaming has created whole new worlds of enjoyment for kitties and their humans.

    The newest addition to the feline gaming market? Cat Zombies, a creative blend of two pop culture phenomenons — cats and zombies. The creators of CATVIDEOS.com are teaming up with Austin-based Powerhouse Animation Studios to develop an action-packed tablet-based game for all ages that — yes, you heard us right — you can even play with your cat.

    “We're not using 'zombie' in the sense of what we see on The Walking Dead, where there's a lot of gore involved,” explains creator Eric Dorris. “I like to look at our cat zombies as though they're the cleanest zombies around. We're taking a cute angle on the whole zombie thing.”

    The goal is to create a game that not only entertains cats, of course, but humans as well — from casual players to the avid gamer looking to hone his or her hand-eye coordination.

    “The idea of the game is that it's one night, and your cat has to get through a series of levels to get back home during the zombie apocalypse.” On the way, he or she will encounter a variety of characters, including cats, dogs, and birds. All the while, the game will also incorporate as many recognizable cat quirks and characteristics as possible to appeal to even the finickiest of feline enthusiasts.

    There will be three different gameplay modes — human, cat, and human-cat team — the latter two of which will involve a hearty dose of laser pointer play. “The eyes of the zombie cats will glow like laser pointers and move quickly on the screen to get the cats' attention,” explains Dorris.

    While the game itself hasn't been engineered yet, CATVIDEOS.com has partnered with Powerhouse Animation Studios to develop mock-ups of the gameplay. The Austin-based creative agency is perhaps most famous for their work on Banner Saga, DC Universe Online, and Imperium: Galactic War. The idea is that gameplay will be similar to the popular game Fruit Ninja — fun, engaging, and touchscreen-based, involving plenty swatting and swiping with fingers (and paws). And of course, the game will feature real recordings of the kinds of animal and bird noises that cats usually perk up to.

    A Kickstarter has been launched to raise $85,000 to fund the development of the game, and project backers can receive everything from limited edition desktop wallpapers to having their very own cat drawn into the game as a character! Check it out here for more details.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Get Your Grumpy Cat On!

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    Wear Your Grumpy Cat Face With Pride



    Mashable, the social media wonder-world, has given Grumpy Cat lovers a real gem: Ten Terrific Grumpy Cat Tributes on Etsy. The folks at Mashable.com sorted through thousands of Grumpy Cat products posted on Etsy.com, and picked out ten of the best nods to the ultra-upset feline and put them in a neat little list for us.


    From Grumpy Cat Coasters that are sure to give you some angst with your coffee, to a set of Grumpy Cat greeting cards and huggable GC plush toys, Etsy.com users have gone Grumpy Cat crazy. The frowning feline can be found on all manner of T-shirts, caps, pillowcases and even an old-fashioned, framed pendant so you can wear the furry little sad face around your neck. (Maybe it's to ward off angry dogs or birds?) You’ll also find infant wear emblazoned with a drawing of Grumpy Cat. How cute is little GC on a Onesie, especially when worn by a grumpy baby?

    Grumpy baby? Grumpy Cat on a Onesie to the rescue!


    We love Grumpy Cat and know that inside this kitty is just that – a kitty. Playing with the GC plush toys sure seems like a fun idea and the coasters, well, those are in a league of their own. Take a look at the Mashable Grumpy Cat picks, then explore Etsy.com for all the great Grumpy Cat ideas.

    Four paws up to Mashable for bringing us the best Grumpy Cat Tributes from Etsy.com. To view Mashable’s web post, go to: Grumpy Cats on Etsy

    Show us your Grumpy Cat! Have you created a wearable item or usable product that bears the image of our favorite sourpuss? Just upload your photos and videos into your personal profile here on CatVideos.com and share your creations with our cat community.

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    Images and info courtesy of Mashable.com, littleleestudios/Etsy, Efficats/Etsy and AfternoonCoffee/Etsy

    (We love your Grumpy Cat items!)

    For the entire URL of the Mashable.com post about the ten Grumpy Cat items: http://mashable.com/2013/02/20/grumpy-cat-latte/
     

  • Grumpy Cat Becomes a Movie Star

     

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    (via TheAtlantic.com)

     

    After several years of amusing fans with her endearingly disgruntled expression, Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) is the star of her very own movie — Grumpy Cats Worst Christmas Ever, produced by Lifetime. In the live-action film, she plays a perpetually overlooked pet shop kitty who befriends a 12-year-old girl.

    Network president Arturo Interian says that the movie will bring “fun and irreverence that we haven't had at Lifetime,” hoping to “poke fun at the heartfelt sentimentality” that the channel is known for. In keeping with this goal, the script is being written in collaboration with Spongebob Squarepants writer Tim Hill. Interian says that the story will be “a little Home Alone and a little Die Hard.” He first got the idea for the film from his teenage daughters who are loyal Grumpy fans.

     

    (via UsMagazine.com)

     

    She may not seem particularly amused by her newfound stardom, but we couldn't be more excited!

     

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  • Grumpy Cat Takes to the Red Carpet

     

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    (via PopSugar.com)

     

    Just weeks after celebrating her second birthday, Grumpy Cat attended the MTV Movie Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre, wearing a stylish bowler hat reminiscent of the one that Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammys in January. Looking as delightfully unimpressed as usual, the cat formerly known as Tardar Sauce nabbed a number of photo ops and an award for "Best Dressed."

    And she even got a front-row seat. (Host Conan O'Brien quipped, "Why does Grumpy Cat have a better seat than Nick Lachey?")

    Since her owner first shared photos of her on Reddit in late 2012, Grumpy Cat's trademark scowl has won the hearts of millions — and now the celebrity cat even has a movie project in the works. "It has changed our lives," says Bryan Bundeson. "She has the grumpy market cornered. All the other cats can have the happy, funny stuff."

    Here are some of our favorite shots from the night:

     

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