Remembering Sizzle, My Wonderful Gentle Giant


It’s been nearly a month, and I still don’t believe he’s gone. My huge, beautiful, bright orange Sizzle… He was a patient, gentle soul who loved his cat family, and he loved me almost as much as I still love him. Our cats never really leave us, and I know he’s still here. I feel his presence in all of his favorite places. But I would give anything to be able to see him again and rest my head on his. 

He was so big, when we sat beside each other on the floor, his eyes were almost level with mine. I treasure the memories of those moments when we looked into each other’s eyes, and I told him I loved him more than he could imagine. He’d look back at me with so much affection in his heart and his eyes. I miss him so much…

Thank You Craig’s List

Banfield Stops Declawing Cats

Banfield Pet Hospitals have stopped declawing cats, and that really does my heart good. Now, if we could just put to rest some of the myths about declawing cats.

Banfield Pet Hospitals stops declawing cats so they can all enjoy shredding scratching posts like this one is.

A declawed cat couldn’t do this to a cat tree. But he could still climb one.

I’m not sure I could live with a declawed cat. Watching a cat without claws try to grip a toy or scratch a place that itches breaks my heart. Paws come with claws for a reason, and two of them are gripping prey (or toys) and scratching itches. So I was happy to hear that Banfield Pet Hospitals have stopped declawing cats. “Current evidence does not support the use of elective declawing surgery as an alternative to relinquishment, abandonment, or euthanasia,” Banfield says in a new policy statement. But it’s possible the huge chain of vet clinics also saw the claw marks on the wall. The policy statement points out that several of the jurisdictions where it has hospitals ban declawing cats

Declawing is illegal in New York State. And California, New Hampshire and New Jersey are working on statewide declaw bans. Some of the cities that ban declawing include Denver and West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Berkeley in California. 

Countries that ban declawing include England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

Declawing Cats Is More Than A Manicure

At Last! FIP In Cats Loses Its Lethal Label

Finally. Researchers have found a cure for FIV In Cats

FIV no longer has to be fatal.

I read the most wonderful news the other night. Finally, there’s a cure for FIP in cats. 

Of all the awful diseases that can affect our cats, FIP is the absolute worst. It’s a cruel disease, and it’s almost always fatal. But after years of study, veterinarian Niels Pedersen, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says it’s time for FIP in cats to lose its lethal label.

FIP Explained

Do Cats Like Music? It Depends…

Do cats like music? This one seems to be enjoying what's playing into his headphones.

Do cats like music? It depends on the music and the cat.


I have to admit I’m feeling a bit guilty. For years, I’ve been recommending that people leave a radio or TV on for their cats so the house won’t be so quiet when they’re out of town. But it turns out that not all cats like music. For some it’s just white noise. But for others, it’s annoying or even painful. 

Cat ears are a lot more sensitive than ours. While ours stay in one place, theirs rotate so they can hear tiny animals and predators coming from any direction. Their ears can also rotate separately. 

Also, cats can hear from 45 to 60,000 hertz, while humans hear from 20 to 20,000 hertz. So they pick up ultrasonic sounds that we can’t possibly hear. 

Sounds That Really Annoy Cats

Help For Cats With Separation Anxiety

Cats with separation anxiety are often anxious because they're bord.

Cats with separation anxiety are often anxious because they’re bored.

I never thought much about cats with separation anxiety until a client wrote to me about Max. The poor, sweet girl would wander around her condo carrying her catnip banana and crying when her “dad” left for work.

As if this wasn’t heartbreaking enough, Max’s people were planning a week-long vacation. Would she cry the whole time they were gone? I didn’t think so, but I did give my client some suggestions for dealing with Max’s daily separation anxiety. More on that in a minute…

For A Cat With Separation Anxiety, Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Yikes!! When Cats Get Stuck In Trees

Cats get stuck in trees when they climb too high to jump down.

Is the cat stuck in the tree or just enjoying the view.

One of my favorite and most enduring cat sitting memories is walking Rusty on his harness and leash. Rusty is a tiny, bright orange Devon Rex and the sweetest cat ever. So I was shocked and horrified when the little guy ran up a tree! Sometimes cats get stuck in trees when they go up so high they can’t jump down.

Fortunately, Rusty didn’t get stuck. And since then we’ve figured out a way for him to go up and down safely.

Why Cats Get Stuck In Trees

How To Make Friends With A New Cat


There's a right way and a wrong way to make friends with a new cat.

You need good manners to make friends with a new cat.

When I got home this evening, a neighbor was trying to make friends with my cat, Belle. Belle’s a cute, tiny tabby, but she’s extremely shy. So the neighbor would take a step forward, and Belle would take a step backwards. This went on until Belle got to a storm drain. Then she disappeared. There are ways to make friends with a new cat, but tromping up to her on the sidewalk isn’t one of them.

When I think about it, the way to make friends with a new cat comes down to good manners and letting the cat take the lead. Let him decide if he wants to become friends with you. And don’t take it personally if he decides he’d rather not.

Manners Matter When You Want To Make Friends With A New Cat

Clean Meat For Cats | Animal Protein Without The Animal

clean meat for cats: Animal protein without the animals

Clean meat for cats promises a kinder way of feeding our friends

If I talked to my cats about sustainability and clean meat for cats, they’d probably yawn and go back to sleep. For an animals who delight in stalking tiny rodents, compassionate eating is pretty much a nonstarter. 

But to a growing number of humans, including me, the cruelty involved in the production of our cats’ food is becoming a major concern. In an online survey, nearly 600 people said they’re interested in feeding their animal companions a plant-based diet, mainly because they’re concerned about farm animal welfare. 

The only thing that’s stopping them is the worry that a diet containing no animal protein will provide inadequate nutrition for their cats and dogs.

Clean Meat For Cats: Cruelty-Free Food For Our Obligate Carnivores

An After-Hours Vet To Help When Your Vet’s Not There

An after-hours vet is just a phone call away.

An after-hours vet is just a phone call away.
Photo: © Anatoly

For some reason that only my cats understand, their medical emergencies always happen in the middle of the night when there’s no one to talk to and no place to go except the ER. As I’m packing the poor cat up to for that 20-minute car ride, I long for an after-hours vet who could talk with me and tell me whether this trip is really necessary.

Enter GuardianVets, a company that sounds almost like a throwback to the old days, when you could call your vet in the middle of the night and actually get your vet, not a voice mail message. GuardianVets provides an after-hours vet who will talk with you when your vet’s office is closed.

The company won the grand prize in Purina’s Pet Care Innovation competition at this year’s Global Pet Expo.

An After-Hours Vet When You Need One

Respect Your Cat Day? It’s March 28!

March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day

How will you celebrate Respect Your Cat Day?

I was so surprised to learn that March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day. Don’t you respect your cat every day? I do!

I respect my cats for their grace and beauty, even in old age. And I respect their shrewdness and their resourcefulness, even though they’ve been house cats their entire lives. The wild animal is never far from the surface in our house cats, and I respect and admire that.

So how can we show our cats some respect on Respect Your Cat Day and every day? This is how I show respect. How about you?

How We Make Every Day Respect Your Cat Day