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This is our platform to voice our grievances,
affirmations and stories in-between.
For cats only.
Sometimes we allow the humans a spot
to announce a tidbit or two, on condition
they come with treats, cuddles, and plenty of catnip!

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How to unbox your Secret Paws without the fur flying
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5 Toxic holiday plants to avoid when you have cats
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A Calendar That Gives Back to Community Campus Cats
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Strut your stuff for TockTober Day
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How Kittens Taught a Feral Cat to Love Again #GlobalCatDay
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Light your Candle for Orphan Pets! #RememberTheRescue
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The black cat that walked by himself
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Grand Old Dame, Sarabi, celebrates her birthday!
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The brothers left behind on moving day turn 4
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What are your thoughts, my human?

How to unbox your Secret Paws without the fur flying

Last updated January 11th, 2018

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

Last updated March 12th, 2018

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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How Kittens Taught a Feral Cat to Love Again #GlobalCatDay

Last updated March 12th, 2018

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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Light your Candle for Orphan Pets! #RememberTheRescue

Last updated March 12th, 2018

Remember Me Thursday cat shines a light for pet adoption

Mr. Jack shines a light for pets waiting in shelters for their forever homes.

Remember Me Thursday has arrived and we’re reminding you to hop on over to the Remember Me Thursday photo contest! If you are passionate about pet rescue, love social media and you are a proud pet parent of an adorable rescue pet, the contest is something you do not want to miss. What is the last photo you took on your phone? I bet it’s your cat, dog or rabbit and you actually have tons! Below Mr. Jack explains how easy it is to enter to win fabulous prizes for your favorite pet rescue organization or shelter, but first, he talks about his brief brush with homelessness. Read More

The black cat that walked by himself

Last updated October 9th, 2019

Lost our old black cat since Tuesday. Last seen on our front porch.

flyer on mailbox

Whenever I see these lost cat posters stuck on our mailbox I feel sad for the owners and their cats. But this one stopped me in my tracks. I knew the cat in this poster. Cachou is a regular visitor to our backyard, but strange, I had not seen him in weeks.

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Grand Old Dame, Sarabi, celebrates her birthday!

Last updated March 24th, 2018

Have you ever been asked, “Have you been drinking from the fountain of youth? You look so young!” Age in human years is such a taboo topic, we don’t like displaying it proudly as a badge of honor. Don’t ask a lady her age, it’s bad social etiquette. But there’s one lady in the Chirpy Cat’s house who carries her age well and doesn’t mind being asked her age. This is one gal who does not look a day older than “kitten” and has the confidence and poise of a leopard in the wild. She is none other than Sarabi, our brown spotted Bengal cat who today celebrates her 15th birthday. Sarabi is the same weight today that she was when she was younger. She’s lithe and sleek, a great jumper, agile and light-footed. Her vocals, once activated through conversation, will always want the last say.
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The brothers left behind on moving day turn 4

Last updated January 11th, 2018

The aftermath of Canada day, July 1st brings with it, a different reality for cats and dogs. No, it’s not the fireworks, or revelry of celebrations. It’s the sad situation of cats and dogs being left behind when their owners move house.

In the province of Quebec, where housing leases expire on the same day every year, this just means a mass exodus of people moving on the same day. Consequently, there is a larger number of abandoned pets due to new rental leases not allowing pets. A few of the Chirpies are “July 1 cats” as I call them and last year we shared brofurs Ollie and Baggy’s story about being abandoned in an apartment. Our local veterinary hospital is overrun every year with mostly cats that were left behind like unwanted goods, either found in an apartment or let out to roam the streets. But after July 1 there is a significant spike in the number of cats and dogs who are abandoned in Quebec. Speaking to my vet recently, there might be a flicker of hope. Generally, there is a greater awareness of the problem and more responsible owners. They are seeing a reduction in abandoned cats over the years but still, a lot has to be done in terms of educating prospective pet owners about responsible pet ownership and promoting the idea that your cat is not just an “until cat” but a “forever part of the family cat.”
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