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Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

If you think you smell cat pee, you probably do.

Cat’s Paw, Chapter 23

Cats Fleece Blanket featuring the painting “Meditation” – Cat Art By Dora Hathazi Mendes

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

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Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Tortoiseshell cats are often gifted with something affectionately known as tortitude. The tri-colored females tend to be extremely sensitive to stimulus. Noise, action, even the touch of your hand can suddenly become too much for them, at which time they may lash out like the little divas they purport to be.

Copy Cats, Chapter 6

Artwork by Karen Margulis

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

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Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Cats know when their people are feeling poorly and may volunteer as a companion, sleeping nearby until they are better. Some cats even sense when a person is about to die and remain close as they take their final journey.

Cat’s Paw, Chapter 28

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

Artwork by Louis Wain

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Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Chronic Kidney Disease, the progressive, irreversible loss of kidney function over time, is one of the most common conditions affecting older cats. Advancement of the disease may be slowed by diet and care, and symptoms may be relieved so the cat is comfortable, but CKD has only one outcome which must, for the sake of both cat and companion, be faced with courage, love and grace.

Cats’ Eyes, Chapter 22

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

Artwork: Old Cat Sleeping, by Jeffrey Yount

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Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Can you believe it? Some people don’t appreciate black cats. Some even think black cats are bad. That’s because there is a myth in our culture that equates black cats to black magic, and we all know black magic is nothing to fool around with.

But black cats are not evil but just cats whose color is black. They are gorgeous, sleek, stunning, attractive, sensual and cute. Artists appreciate those qualities and have used the black cat as their modle (and muse) for thousands of years. Here are just a few.

Anyone can appreciate black cats after looking at this wonderful artwork.  

A black cat in an easy chair, by Angie Rozelaar, PlanetCatStudio.

“Black Cats In Paris” by Atelier De Jiel.

Watercolor of a black longhair cat by Endre Penovac.

Fantasy cat art by Raphaël Vavasseur.

Samantha Battersby, “Claws and Effect.”

A street cat by Tadashige Nishida.

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day from our home to yours!
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Dear Margo,

Congratulations! Tyler drew your name in the Cat Amazing Puzzle Toy giveaway!

I’ve sent you an email. Please watch for it in your inbox.

Please let us know which of your 6 cats enjoys it the most, and tell us if they reach the Secret Level!

Thanks for participating,

Mollie

Thanks to everyone who entered the Cat Amazing Puzzle Toy giveaway. I wish everyone could win, but alas, there can be only one.

Even if you didn’t win, I hope you consider purchasing this great toy. I’ve been using it with the cats every day for a play session, and when I went out of town, my catsitter left it out for the cats to entertain themselves. Even with all the activity (and a couple of known cardboard-shredders in the family) the box still looks brand new.

I understand that any toy is a gamble when it comes to cats, but if they are at all food-reactive, this toy will work for them.

Thanks to Andrey and Cat Amazing for reaching out to me and providing the toy for us to try out. So much fun!

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GIVEAWAY!

There are still two more days to enter to win!

The great folks and felines at Cat Amazing would like to give away a Cat Amazing Puzzle Toy to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment in the comment section of this blog to be entered. Contest will be open through August 15th. Winner will be chosen (by a cat) soon after that. Sorry but US residents only do to shipping costs.

#catamazing

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    Tyler loves his Cat Amazing Puzzle Toy! 

See what cats really think! Read my review of the Cat Amazing puzzle toy here.

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Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Most have heard of the Russian Blue breed of cat, a breed known for their luxurious gray-blue coat and gentle temperament, but did you know there are also Russian Whites, Russian Blacks, and Russian Tabbies? All three breeds were originally derived from the Russian Blue.

Cat Call, Chapter 27

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

Artwork: “Captain Grey” by Lisa Howarth

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Something amazing happened a few weeks ago. Teresa Barker, Lux’s original human-mom left a comment on one of my blogposts. Teresa is the woman who gave Lux up through Jackson after Lux scratched her baby and terrorized her family in 2014. She is the beginning of the story, and though she declined to do an interview with me, she did approve my sharing her comments in a blogpost.

This is what she wrote:

(My comments are in bold)

Teresa Barker

Jul 26, 2018

“So for those of you out there who do not know, I was the one who raised Lux since the very day his mother gave birth to him in my apartment! I kept him and his mom. He was the only one out of the litter I did keep. He was tiny and a bit feisty then, but all for good because he was still in the sack left there when I came to his rescue. I chose to keep him after weeks of dropper feeding him, and if not for me, he probably would have been left for dead by his momma. Now I don’t know if mom cats can tell if something is wrong with their kittens, because she was great with the other three— just not with Lux, so I had a soft spot for him and kept him.”

That’s an interesting question: Did Lux’s mother know there was something different about him right from the start?

“He was great over the years, my best friend who always slept right next to me. A year before all this happened, I had my son’s grandma passing away, and I moved in with her several days out of the week to take care of her. I was staying in two places, but I would always come home to Lux every day or so and give him food and water and check on him and play with him. Then I ended up pregnant, and shorty after that, my son’s dad and I moved into an apartment together. Of course I took Lux with me, and he took his dog that was given to him when his mom (my son’s) grandma passed away. The cat and the dog were fine together— me and my son’s dad were not getting along very well though. He was constantly yelling at me to get rid of Lux. He didn’t like him. I, of course, refused.

“Lux never acted like this until after my son’s dad moved in, so I’m not exactly sure what all took place or what happened other than that day, but it makes me wonder if, when I wasn’t around, something else was going on. Needless to say my son’s dad and I are no longer together.”

Here is another insight. Was something happening while Teresa was gone that she didn’t know about? 

“…Then he started attacking me when I walked away, and I didn’t like it. It scared me… he didn’t use to do that. I wish I had read the signs better; maybe I could have prevented some of what happened, but I’d just had a baby and was trying to please everyone around me…

“I lost my best friend. Even Jackson new how painful it was for me to give Lux up, but I didn’t do it because I didn’t want him— I did it because I felt in my heart that it was the best thing for him right then. I was juggling too much as a new-time mom and dealing with the stress of everything else…

“I think about Lux every day. I named him Lux because it meant light; he was white and black, and I wanted his name to complement his lighter colors. He was my best friend, and he is truly missed.”

I love finally knowing how he got his name!

“I just wanted to finally put my side of the story out there… I really feel people got the wrong impression of me. Lux was my world, I tell ya. He was a great cat, and there’s always two sides to every story. I’m not sure who to blame, but I know I was a great owner, and he was a great cat. What people don’t understand is I had Lux for 4 years, and he never once used to be like that. It truly makes me wonder, looking back, if something else was going on when I wasn’t home; however I can’t attest to that because I wasn’t around. I don’t even like to think about that because it’s awful. I will say I miss him and I love him and I still carry him in my heart every day.

I’m sorry, Luxie. You truly were the light of my life.

Love you, Lux!”

………………………

I am so moved by Teresa’s bravery, coming forward and telling her story so heartfully. People can be quick to judge, and when, during my first weeks of caring for Lux, he was nothing but sweet, I admit I did a little judging myself. As a shelter volunteer, I run into people all the time who basically don’t know how to interact with cats. It’s not their fault; no one is born with feline intuition— I earned mine through many years of work and study.

I just assumed the family was responsible for Lux’s outburst.

Then out of the blue and with no warning whatsoever, Lux attacked me! I had to change my preconceived notions fast! In the past 4 years, vets, behaviorists, and a cat psychic or two have been trying to unravel what goes on in that sweet cat’s mind when he suddenly turns into a monster. So far, we still don’t know it all.

Again I want to thank Teresa for allowing me to present her story.

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Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Millions of cats are lost each year; less than 2% are ever returned to their family. Of those, most have tags or a microchip.

Copy Cats, Chapter 17

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

Artwork: Winter Window Tabby Cat, by Rachel Armington

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