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REVIEW: Animal Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

This box of beautiful postcards, curated by Brooklyn-based artist Happy Menocal, will make you want to send snail-mail to everyone you know. The collection features 100 postcards by 10 artists, each depicting an animal. Each artist has such a different style, making each of the 100 postcards unique. They are all so lovely! The box also includes 10 tabbed dividers and a booklet that will tell you a bit more about each artist, their creative processes, influences, and favorite creatures.

Bergan Turbo Scratcher

The Bergan Turbo Scratcher is such a hit in our home that we have two. There are so many great features to this one product.

  • It has a durable corrugated cardboard scratching pad in the center. The pad is sturdy enough to let me dig right in, helping me shed the sheath from my nails to keep them strong and healthy. Since I love scratching the pad so much I don’t even think about scratching up the couch or carpet anymore either.
  • The pad is replaceable. The replacements come in packs of two, so we always have another on hand when I wear one out. We replace the pads every few months.
  • The outer layer is a track with a ball that zooms real fast. I have so much fun playing with it and it helps keep me active and stimulated. One of our Bergan Turbo Scratchers even has a ball that lights up!
  • The Bergan Turbo Scratcher comes with a small bag of catnip. This helped me love it from the very beginning.

Kitten Foster Families Desperately Needed at Los Angeles Shelters

Rescue groups like the Amanda Foundation, which held an adoption event at Pet Food Express in Beverly Hills Thursday, say it’s at a crisis level.

Read more: http://abc7.com/news/kitten-foster-families-desperately-needed-at-los-angeles-shelters-/747249/

Injured Kitten Makes Surprise Visit to Grade 3 Students

Henry, the injured kitten who captured the hearts of Edmonton animal lovers after he was found beside a highway two weeks ago, made a surprise visit to an elementary school on Wednesday.

The 10-week-old grey tabby was taken to the Edmonton Humane Society with a gaping wound and exposed tendons on a back leg. and a badly dislocated front leg.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/injured-kitten-makes-surprise-visit-to-grade-3-students-1.3090469

Welcome to the New and Improved Site!

Welcome readers! New and exciting things are happening here at Dear Nora. I’m so happy you stopped by to check them out.

This summer you’ll see new pages being built around here– an up-to-date, cat-related news section, a section where I’ll review cat products that you’re curious about, and even a comprehensive resource guide! Keep checking back to see the progress, and please excuse the mess in the interim.

The Winners Have Been Chosen!

productThanks to all of the cat mamas who entered the Dear Nora/Tidy Cats Mother’s Day Giveaway this week! We heard so many great stories, and your wild, dedicated love to your furkids is crystal clear. You all deserve a big Mother’s Day surprise, but in the end we could only choose ten. The winners were notified by email this morning and will be receiving their special gift (including Tidy Cats litter, of course) later this week.

Keep watching Dear Nora for more Tidy Cats news and giveaways! As Tidy Cats Insiders, we’ve got some exciting announcements up our sleeves!

Happy Mother’s Day, Cat Mamas! Let Us Celebrate You with Special Gifts!

TidyCatsLogo-newHappy Mother’s Day, cat mamas! I’m excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Tidy Cats to bring Dear Nora readers an exclusive inside scoop on Tidy Cats news and new products!

This Mother’s Day, you deserve to be pampered! We’d like to show our appreciation for all of the love and devotion you give so freely to your furkids by offering you a chance to win some special gifts and, of course, Tidy Cats litter!

There are a lot of great reasons to love being a cat mom. My mama says her favorite part has been watching me grow into a big, healthy, strong-willed cat from the scared, tiny kitten I was when she found me.

What’s your favorite part of being a cat mama? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win special gifts and Tidy Cats litter.

Act fast—ten winners will be chosen and notified on May 6th!

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Is it Safe For My Cat to Drink Out of the Toilet?


Q: Dear Nora,
I catch my cat drinking out of the toilet a few times a week. He hasn’t gotten sick from it, but it squicks me out to think about. Why does he think toilet water is so delicious, and could he get sick from it?

A: Cats lick their own butts several times every single day. Drinking toilet water is the least of your problems if you’re scared of germs. That being said, if your cat’s love for toilet water is causing you real distress, you can simply get into the habit of putting the toilet lid down when you’re done doing your business.

Your cat is likely attracted to the water in the toilet because it’s cold, fresh, and not stagnant. Are you refreshing his water bowl enough? An easy solution is to invest in a watering fountain. That way your cat will always have access to fresh moving water and won’t be so bummed to see the toilet lid down.

What Kind of Dishes are Safest For My Cat?


Q: Dear Nora,
I recently adopted a new cat and want to give him the best life I can. I’m confused about all of the options for food and water dishes. When it comes to my cat’s dishes and safety, is there really a difference between plastic and stainless steel?

A: First of all, congrats to you and your cat!

When it comes to materials for your cat’s dishes, there is in fact a difference between plastic and stainless steel, and the stainless steel is worth paying a bit more for. Plastic gathers nicks and scratches easily. They may be too small for you to even notice, but those scratches can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Plus, many cats are allergic to plastic and can break out with small bumps on their chins.

Most veterinarians recommend stainless steel bowls because they are easy to clean, unbreakable, and don’t harbor bacteria. Ceramic dishes are also a good choice as long as you make sure they have a lead-free glaze. If the cost hike is prohibitive, you can often find stainless steel bowls at thrift stores for a fraction of the cost.