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What the World Needs Now … Is Another Dog Park

What the World Needs Is Another Dog Park

Oakland was recently named a top ten city to have a dog by something called Nerdwallet. With Oakland city leaders again deliberating on yet another city dog park at last night’s council meeting, it’s no wonder Oakland dogs feel it’s their day in their town!

What will it take for cats to get anything approaching what the dogs already have? Dogs right now enjoy five different dog parks in Oakland, and cats don’t even have so much as a duck pond where they can kick back and chill out.

We’re keeping an eye on this story here at Self Help for Cats.  Read more in our earlier story at https://selfhelpforcats.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/dogs-have-them-so-where-are-our-public-cat-parks/

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Now is an Extremely Exciting Time to Be a Cat

Now is an Extremely Exciting Time to Be a Cat

All the cats at Self Help for Cats are excited to present our new book, Time Management for Cats, now available at Smashwords!

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Help: My cat likes to dress like a fish

pisces cat

Either this cat is the latest knit-bomb victim, or you have a real mer-cat wannabe on your hands. In either case, if your cat enjoys (or at least doesn’t mind) dressing up like a fish or whatever, it seems like good, clean-enough fun to me. Kitty’s just trying to let his freedom fin fly.

I say go for it, Pisces!  You only live like nine times.

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No Is Not a Word Spoken in Kitten

No Is Not a Word Spoken in Kitten

Isitreadyyet? Isitreadyyet? Isitreadyyet?
What? No? Well then. Isitspringyet? Isitspringyet? Isitspringyet?

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Dogs Have Them, So Where Are Our Public Cat Parks?

At the city cat park, cats will meet to "cruise and socialize." Some say the park will "attract" children.

At the city cat park, cats will meet to “cruise and socialize.” Some say the park will “attract” children.

Dog parks, schmog parks.  What about the cat parks, people? In feline-forward Oakland, CA (home base for the entire Self Help for Cats empire), cat-activists are asking  just that. This dog-happy hamlet offers its city-bound canines no less than FIVE DOG PARKS in which to frisk about and catch frisbees. Meanwhile, the local cat population suffers without so much as a sidewalk strip dedicated to their pure, dog-free enjoyment.

This and other inequalities were recently brought to Oakland city leaders’ attention by Chairman Meow, spokes-human of a group that calls itself Ay Gato!, “the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Cat Army’s nonviolence front group.” In a statement apparently read to city council, Chairman Meow said the group envisions, “a cat play area with large sandboxes, bird and rodent habitat, trees for climbing,” etc.

In another statement, these cat visionaries assert: “Building a cat park at Lake Merritt would provide cat owners with a lovely opportunity to teach our cats to swim in the lake and bike the area.  Dogs aren’t even litter trained!”

The group has an open Facebook page, so you too could become a member at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/436048206462448

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Cat Fashions: The Ultimate Winter Blues Solution

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Brody isn’t the only cat asking to be dressed up this winter.

Brody was wandering the house meowling, belting out the lonely tones of his kitty blues. Nothing, it seemed, could satisfy the crater of existential cat angst that had opened in his feline soul.  His distorted wailing was grating at the last small flecks of sanity still clinging to the interior of his sapiens’ skulls, like remnants of last week’s lasagna makings.

MEOWWWL, MEEEEEOWWWWL!

Careening like a mini-tanker on steroids, he moved through the bays and coves of each room in the house, searching the shores for elusive satisfaction.  His warbling tones echoed off the walls and wood and into his people’s ear canals, their brains, and straight to their “can’t stand it anymore” buttons, deep in the folds of grey matter.

Finally, the grey matter spat up a solution.

“Maybe it’s time to break out Brody’s Kitty Sweater!”

I can’t say Brody likes wearing his Kitty Sweater, not like he should.  It’s perfect for him, adorable and very stylish, a neat knit pattern in lovely shades of gold and teal.   The best part is the look on his face when you slip it on him. He looks just like a kitty question mark.  What is this?

I think the comfort the sweater provides is not so much as a source of warmth as it is a source of challenge.  The challenge of how to wiggle out of it.  At any rate, it works as good as anything to quiet his case of the kitty wintertime blues.

Yes, it’s definitely Kitty Sweater weather.  And if the sweater doesn’t do the job, maybe the hot little sequined number below would do the trick.

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Organizing Your Cats: Last Minute Gift Ideas from the Experts

cat organizing

Organizing your cats is simple with so many great last-minute gift ideas available on the internet, like these stacking cat crates put together by a savvy reader of Taildom.com.

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Here, basic buckets create a high level of cat order AND adorable holiday centerpieces!  With easy ideas like this, you have no excuses for the same-old cat mess as usual this year.

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Furniture for Cats Who Read

Furniture for Cats Who Read

Finally, a book shelf for cats who aren’t tall enough to read past the bottom shelf. This piece of furniture is very close to perfect, but alas is impossible to find for sale. Learn about this up and coming cat furniture designer by clicking the picture.

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How I Became a Kitty Prison Guard

The Call of the Wild isn’t the strongest in Oakland. If you listen hard enough, it sounds like a faint peep.

Even back in the day, Jack London’s dog had to leave town to get a convincing earful.  But what can you expect of a big slobbering dog?  Housecats are by nature more attuned to the summoning sounds of unleashed freedom.  They can hear it in virtually anything, from the door creaking open to the littlest cry of the smallest nuthatch or chickadee. Continue reading

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Cat Camping Season Officially Opens

Campground Peacock Drops in to Shoot the Breeze

The Kitty Camping Season is officially off and running! The Association of Camping Kitties (ACK) has formally declared July as Cat Camping month.

ACK veterans like Brody and Herman need not be told.  They know it will soon be time, time to hide (aka “pack”) the leashes and break out the kitty barbeque set.

Send your humans to the outdoor store for the squeeter juice and cat GORP and get ready for the wildest, craziest camping trip of your cats’ lives.  It’s been a long, cold, hard winter, and we need some serious sleeping under the stars to try and forget it.

Ahh, the midnight meadow-mouse nature walks, the mornings blending into evenings lazing about in the tent, the visit from the campground peacock…

A Recent Midnight Meadow-Mouse Hike

These camping expeditions really revive kittys’ batteries for another relentless year of cat 9-to-5.

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