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All You Need is a Catloaf of Love
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Scratching Post Love Notes From An Old Couple
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Winter reflections as the ice melts
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Do you have the answers to your cat’s questions?
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9 Ways catnip can enrich your cat’s life
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Monday Haiku: Say it Simply With Affirmations
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A Heart of Two Tails, A True Friendship
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The Good, the In-Between and the Forgotten Blog posts of 2017
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A litter that will give your cat something to rave about
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Holiday Sunday Selfies with Charlie, Brrrrrr!
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How to unbox your Secret Paws without the fur flying
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A Calendar That Gives Back to Community Campus Cats
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Monday Haiku: The Pathway to Purrfection
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Scratching Post Secrets Revealed week #3
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Strut your stuff for TockTober Day
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Jimmy Fancy Feet’s TockTober Sneak Preview #WordlessWednesday
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How Kittens Taught a Feral Cat to Love Again #GlobalCatDay
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Caturday Voodle: The Paw Confrontation
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Why Food Puzzles are Vital to Cat Health
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Scratching Post Secrets Revealed Week #2

All You Need is a Catloaf of Love

 valentines day catloaf

Catloafing is one of the most versatile of cat positions.

Cats loaf when they’re super relaxed and can still remain attentive to the world around them, especially when snoopervising their human’s tasks from the cat tree or the computer keyboard. They can even fall asleep while loafing and it’s the most adorable thing in the world.

There are many good things about a catloaf. It’s soft and silky to the touch, which helps relieve stress. It also comes with a built-in motor which is activated when squeezed gently and has the most soothing sound that will cure your insomnia. You know the day is going to be good when you wake up to a warm freshly baked catloaf or two on your pillow.  Read More

Scratching Post Love Notes From An Old Couple

They couldn’t be more different. She with her slim athletic build and long Bengal limbs, agile light-footed paws and non-stop chatter, Sarabi has no mute button. Earl Grey, on the other hand, will charm you with his almost silent meow, sometimes manifesting as a raspy croak or squeak, one of his most endearing traits. While she would flit about like a paper kite, he is never in any hurry to go anywhere, even in his youth.

Earl Grey and Sarabi have known each other all their lives and are longtime cuddle buddies. You will not see the one sleeping without the other. Whether they are spooning, lying in yin-yang position or just grooming, these two oldies will make their space on the couch each evening. But for a couple that is so bonded they have always had their ‘arguments.’ I don’t think he likes it when she screams her head off while running up and down the stairs playing fetch with her mouse. In fact, he would often intercept her game by biting her on her neck as if to say “Be quiet or I stop your game!” Funnily she would heed his request and continue the game without a peep. Read More

Are your cats scratching little invisible 'love texts' on their scratching posts for you or another cat in the house?

Winter reflections as the ice melts

Ollie enjoys some winter sun in the catio

Winter sun kisses
Hopeful snow melts my fur warm
Reflections of Spring

As the ice melts after our recent ice storm, Ollie and Sly Pie ruminate their existence and what it means to be a rescue cat in a harsh winter. Read More

Do you have the answers to your cat’s questions?

Mr. Jack the cat rests on his barstool and poses a few questions.

I’m always asking my cats silly rhetorical questions and of course, I pretend to know the answer with “oh yes I know you like chin stritches, Jackaboo.” Sometimes the answer to the question will remain a mystery, “Mr. Jack, do you have to exit the litter box at top speed scattering litter all over the floor?”

And sometimes the question begs, “Really George, do you have to raise your butt in the air when you pee?” most likely accompanied by an eye-roll and a bottle of Nature’s Miracle in tow. It’s National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day and we explore some of the common and not-so-common lines of questioning by our feline friends. Read More

9 Ways catnip can enrich your cat’s life

Your cat climbs up to the top shelf with stealthy paws. Reaching out, he grabs the bag of green goodness and tosses it onto the floor for his feline friends. The catnip is out of the bag and the catnip party begins. If you’re a multi-cat household you’ve possibly walked in on a few wild catnip parties on your kitchen floor and then learned to store the catnip stash where feline grabby paws can’t reach!

When we think of cat environment enrichment, we think of engaging your cat in interactive playtime, food puzzles and offering an interesting changing environment for your cats. But we underestimate the power of scent. Just a little whiff of catnip can send a cat into a 15-minute euphoric frenzy. Just like treats can be used to train a cat, so too can catnip be used in positive reinforcement and behavior modification training. Some cats are treat motivated, but many others will give up their seat in a sun puddle for a bag of ‘nip any day! In fact, a whopping 70% of cats are susceptible to the catnip effect and cats inherit this trait from one of their parents.
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Great for environment enrichment, catnip can be safely given to your cat anytime to enhance his world, awaken his senses and relieve boredom.

Monday Haiku: Say it Simply With Affirmations

Charlie takes that step forward

We don’t do New Year’s resolutions – it’s a heavy burden that can weigh you down. Now not to burst your resolution bubble at all, we do have an alternative pathway that allows for more fluidity. Because life is not stagnant. Sometimes your goals need to shift gears too and may steer you in a different direction.

Instead, we like to use affirmations, because it’s evolving, shifting and changing according to whatever life’s tide washes your way. Affirmations will allow you to reach your goals, trailing along many pathways while keeping it crystal clear. But all these pathways lead to your end goal, and before you know it you’ve accomplished your goal, hey wait…. you’ve actually made a resolution and stuck to it, without even knowing it! Read More

A Heart of Two Tails, A True Friendship

heart of tails wordless wednesday

Unbeknownst to Jimmy and Charlie, they reveal a little heart on a cold winter’s day.

#wordlesswednesday

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The Good, the In-Between and the Forgotten Blog posts of 2017

If you have been following along with the Chirpies in 2017 you would have been exposed to many of the Chirpy Cats’ antics, mostly happening in the catio. This has become the heart of my inspiration for ideas, the central kitty lair which gave birth to segments such as Caturday Doodles, Caturday Voodles (doodles: video with voice-over) and to Marvelous Monday Haiku. It’s the place where my husband and I take delight in observing the feline dynamics in a multi-cat household, each cat with their own little quirks and chirps. So it was only the natural order of things that I wanted the Chirpy Cats blog to focus on helping cats live enriched lives with their people. I hope the Chirpies have added some value to your daily grind and we are so thankful for your company, your comments and feedback.  Read More

A litter that will give your cat something to rave about

neon cat litter review

When you have a panel of ten insatiably curious experts that poop in a box every day, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to try new litter products; especially if it promises less litter cleaning duty, is dust-free and has superior odor control. What? Where’s the catch? Let’s find out as we review our experience with Neon cat litter.

Neon litter comes in a variety of fun neon colors and they have this to say: “NEON Litter takes the “uggh and yuck” out of scooping the litter box…” So, let’s see what other cats are raving about and what’s so different about Neon litter.  Read More

Holiday Sunday Selfies with Charlie, Brrrrrr!

Amidst the holiday rush of the last few weeks, there were two things that put a smile on my face. One was undoubtedly my cats who make me smile every day. Especially my older 16-year-old cat, Earl Grey, who reminds me to live in the moment and cherish those 5-minute bonding brushings before leaving for work. And the other was receiving so many cute cards from cats and dogs around the globe. And then the e-cards came flooding in too! We loved each and every one of it and would like to say thank you to all of you! Read More

How to unbox your Secret Paws without the fur flying

You know you hit the jackpot when you receive your package from your Secret Paws and there’s something for everyone to sink their claws into. We were super delighted by the wonderful gifts we received and would like to thank Summer, The Therapy Cat and her friends Binga and Boodie, from Sparkle Cat. Our gift box had a variety of toys for all tastes and included something for the chewers, the kickers, the chicken treat lovers and even a cute little key ring for the human!

Secret Paws is a Holiday Gift Exchange for cats around the globe and this pawsome gift exchange pawty is coordinated by the kind-hearted and magnanimous Paula from Sweet Purrfections. This is our first year participating in the fun and below Mr. Jack, our peacekeeper and CCSF (Chief Chirpy Social Facilitator) gives you his list of unboxing tips to keep unruly kitties in check so that it’s fun for everyone. Read More

A Calendar That Gives Back to Community Campus Cats

cat calendar featuring the TUFCAT feral cats

Featuring the handsome Mr. Spunky, the kittens and his friends

When I visited the community cat colonies living at the UWC campus in Cape Town this year, it warmed my heart to witness the dedication of the volunteers and staff of TUCAT (The University Feral cat Project). That Spring, the University got caught up in student protests on campus and as always, it’s the innocent animals that suffer the consequences that follow. Some cats went missing or were displaced, and with the student holidays and skeleton staff, it was a challenge trying to track them down and ensure that all the cat colonies were fed. But with the help of everyone from the volunteers, campus caretakers, and the security guards, the cats never missed a meal. The TUFCAT campus cats call this university their home and are loved by many!

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Monday Haiku: The Pathway to Purrfection

Hello furriends! Happy Monday from me, Mr. Jack. If you know anything about me, you know that my main tasks here at the Chirpy household is to keep the peace and spread the communal scent through grooming everyone in my path, heck, even human feet. But that is not the only reason I groom. I also like to groom my coat to keep it in tip-top shape for my selfies. I like my fur and whiskers all in place. But there comes a time when striving for perfection can become stifling, exhausting and rather energy-draining. In today’s haiku, I leave you with my eye-opening realization as I lay on a bed of Autumn leaves… Read More

Scratching Post Secrets Revealed week #3

scratching post secrets revealed

Pixie, Please let sleeping cats lie!

There is nothing more annoying than that overzealous friend wanting you to join her for Zumba at the crack of dawn and all you want to do is sleep in. And what about that roommate who oversteps the boundaries and helps himself to your week’s supply of yogurt in one sitting? When it comes to our cats, their relationships with each other are no different. So what’s a cat to do when his housemate wants to play and he wants to sleep? Well, you scratch a sticky note text on your scratching post, of course! Read More

How do cats send their text messages? The humble scratching post is a vital platform of cat communication. It's the water cooler of the cat world where they vent their frustrations, triumphs, and affirmations.

Strut your stuff for TockTober Day

It was October 2016 when I first came across TockTober hashtags and wondered what all the fuss was about. There were tocks of all kinds, shapes, sizes, and floofiness and we were amazed. This year we didn’t want to miss out on the fun so we gave you a little sneak preview of Jimmy’s tocks, walking down the catio catwalk. Read More

Jimmy Fancy Feet’s TockTober Sneak Preview #WordlessWednesday

Jimmy Fancy Feet shaking his Tocks on the catwalk for your viewing pleasure. Just a sneak preview.

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How Kittens Taught a Feral Cat to Love Again #GlobalCatDay

October 16 is Global Cat Day, initiated by Alley Cat Allies since 2001 is intended to rally people around the world to take a pledge to show compassion and kindness to our community cats everywhere. I love that they have renamed it Global Cat Day to expand their reach and message with the realization that community cats all over the world are faced with the same obstacles: local laws advocating the removal or killing of community cats from their natural habitats, in many cases using inhumane and cruel practices such as shooting and poisoning. Luckily there are individuals and dedicated guardian angels working against all odds to protect and improve the lives of feral cats around the world. Earlier this year I have had the pleasure to have met up with one such cat guardian angel, sociologist and lecturer, Sharyn Spicer at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.

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Caturday Voodle: The Paw Confrontation

If you’ve been following our series Scratching Post Secrets Revealed, perhaps you will remember our debut episode about Ollie’s scratching post sticky note he left for Charlie. He wasn’t happy about Charlie supposedly stealing his treats. Well, this week we interrupt our Caturday Doodle series and follow up with a quick Voodle about Ollie’s expression of displeasure at Charlie’s pilfering ways. Ollie felt his sticky note message fell on deaf ears so he decided to confront the issue, paw on. Read More

Why Food Puzzles are Vital to Cat Health

There is no doubt cats are one of the most pampered pets on the planet. We dote on their little darling faces, they walk all over us and they have programmed us to adhere to their feeding schedules. Whether it’s free-feeding all day long or convincing us with sweet songs of ‘Acatpella’ that they will certainly die of starvation if not fed this minute, we cater to every feline whim and fancy. But serving your cat on silver platter is doing him more harm than good. Feline obesity in cats is on the rise and that spells bad news for their health and well-being. October 11 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day so we thought It’s time to bring out your cat’s “inner cat” and make him do what comes naturally – hunt for his food.

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Scratching Post Secrets Revealed Week #2

Cats Scratch Their Sticky Note Texts

Cat siblings have an awful lot to say to each other. In last week’s Caturday Doodle, Ollie made it known that he was not happy with Charlie taking all the treats so he left a kitty sticky note text on the scratching post, as cats do. We thought it would be fun to gather some sticky notes from other cats too and we were happy to see the sticky notes from all sorts of opinionated and disgruntled kitties pouring in.

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