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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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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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5 Toxic holiday plants to avoid when you have 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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Jimmy Fancy Feet’s TockTober Sneak Preview #WordlessWednesday
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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
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Monday Haiku: Fall, A Tortie’s Best Friend
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Cat Communication: Scratching Post Secrets Revealed
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5 Essential Must-Haves for a Happy Chirpy Cat
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Help us Shine a Light on Pet Adoption #RememberMeThursday
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Caturday Voodle: Scout the Tough Tortie confesses her weakness
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SmartCat All Natural cat litter Giveaway Winner!
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Sunday Selfie: Sweet Jelly beans and other assorted flavors
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Caturday Voodles with Sly Pie and Mr. Jack

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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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

5 Toxic holiday plants to avoid when you have cats

Holidays are upon us and with so much going on we may forget that sometimes the things we bring into our homes may be harmful to our pets. Decorative ornaments, tinsel, needles from live Christmas trees and of course the popular holiday plants.

This is a guest post from Pedro, Editor-in-Chief at We’re All About Cats

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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

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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.

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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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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Monday Haiku: Fall, A Tortie’s Best Friend

Hello, it’s Scout here and I present this week’s Marvelous Monday Haiku. Fall is my favorite time of the year because I like to collect leaves and bring them inside for the Big Man Cat while he works. I think he appreciates the sentiment. My job as interior decorator is made so much easier too because the catio is one messy jungle with an array of different colored leaves ranging from the rich chartreuse of the Kolomikta Kiwi vine to the browns and reds from the tree. Some really stoic, cheery sunflowers are still out and have not given up and the heady scent from the purple catmint blooms gives Mr. Jack sunset zoomies in the tunnel.

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Cat Communication: Scratching Post Secrets Revealed

A scratching post is a vital communication tool used by cats and is also their podium for leaving little scent messages for their fellow feline housemates. 


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“Charlie, stop stealing my treats” signed, Ollie

The Silent Treatment

Cats display an array of vocalizations for cat-human communication but when it comes to communicating with other cats, they give each other the silent treatment. In the world of cats this is not a bad thing, in fact, their world is rich with scent messages and stimuli which they are busy decoding every second. Imagine how rich their scent vocabulary must be to be able to establish their little cat hierarchies and time-sharing schedules in their multi-cat homes. Cats will generally avoid confrontation and would rather just leave a little scent message to their housemates to get a point across. They certainly do have lots to say to each other and in order to live happy and enriched lives with their feline housemates and people, they need a platform to communicate their feelings, viewpoints, and grievances.

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5 Essential Must-Haves for a Happy Chirpy Cat

It seems that cats have it made. The internet worships them and judging by those viral Youtube videos, they rule their households with a firm furry paw.

“Hey Mr. Dog, I need your bed if you don’t mind, thanks, you’re too kind!”

But despite this overall perception of a cat’s elevated status as Ruler of the Drooler, cats are still largely misunderstood. Cats are viewed as independent, aloof and in need of less medical and preventative care than dogs, but this could not be further from the truth. September is Happy Cat Month, an event in its 7th year running, created by the Catalyst Council, to help promote the health and well-being of our purry felines, focusing on the different ways to ensure your cat is happy, enriched and healthy. Read More

Keeping your cat happy, enriched and healthy is very simple to do when you think like a cat. Providing a
stress-free environment is as simple as one, two, tree! Just 5 essential must-haves to keep your cat happy.

Help us Shine a Light on Pet Adoption #RememberMeThursday

We are delighted to be teaming up with Helen Woodward Animal Center for a very special event, Remember Me Thursday®, to be held on September 28, 2017. This unique worldwide event honors those pets who have lost their lives while waiting for their forever homes and shines a light on those still waiting. Here at the Chirpy Cats household, we get excited and emotional when talking about pet adoption, since we have 8 adopted cats abandoned for various reasons and we want to spread the word and meow it from the rooftops cat trees! Read More

Caturday Voodle: Scout the Tough Tortie confesses her weakness

There’s nothing better in life than being a tough tortie like me. Let me tell you, Mr. Jack may rule the Chirpies but try as he may, he cannot overpower me. I’m tough as nails! Charlie and Jimmy know better than to walk into my bubble. They will most certainly feel the wrath of a tortie paw to the face!

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SmartCat All Natural cat litter Giveaway Winner!

We recently posted a review on SmartCat All Natural litter from Pioneer®Pet Products, the greener choice of cat litter made from 100% U.S. grass. Easier to carry, easier to scoop, easier to clean, we were eager for one lucky reader to let their kitties dig their paws into this stuff.

There are many reasons why we really like this litter, but if you asked me to think of just one, it would be that it’s 99% dust free, and we’re not kidding! Kitties and pet parents, remove your dust masks and breathe freely; no more kicking up toxic clay residue on soft pawsies!

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Sunday Selfie: Sweet Jelly beans and other assorted flavors

They’re soft, oval, smooth and come in a variety of assorted hues, such as pink, black and chocolate. When we look at them, we might be forgiven for thinking they’re sweet. They’re neatly embedded in and surrounded by what seems to be a floof of cotton candy in a rich variety of colors. In some cases there’s more floof than beans! If you’re just as obsessed with kitty bean toes as we are, you would have gathered by now that we’re not talking about a bag of candies or licorice allsorts, we’re talking about kitty jelly beans!

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Caturday Voodles with Sly Pie and Mr. Jack

Hello furriends! We are happy to introduce our first Caturday Voodle and we hope you like it!

What the cat is a #caturdayvoodle, you may ask?

As some of you may know most Caturdays we feature Caturday Doodles which include drawings of some of the funny antics we get up to. Since we like doing cat videos too, we have created a new segment in Cat Fun called Caturday Voodles which will include some funny little video and voice snippets of us Chirpies doing what we do best; whether it’s causing mischief, playing with our toys, snoozing, playing patty cake and other fun cat stuff. As we always insist that our voices be heard, our Caturday Voodles also include our unique voices too! So there you have it, that’s a Caturday Voodle!

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