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  • Antics of a 12-week Old Kitten. For Freya.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Thursday November 13th, 2014 at 09:45 AM

    Freya loves Fluff Daddy and vice versa. Every chance she gets, Freya chases Fluff around the house. Some times he'll turn the table on her and chase her back. Since she's too little to be left on her own, she can only be out if someone can supervise her. Of course we can only do this when she's in one of her "dry" periods, too. I don't think it would be much fun to have to clean up poo-drips all over the house. Having to do it in her room a few times a day is enough thankyouverymuch.

    Here's...

  • The Unexpected Turn. For Freya. Part 6.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Wednesday November 12th, 2014 at 05:14 PM

    Freyas asleep in the little pink cage that sits on the printer stand next to my desk. The sun has long since set and after a few hours of racing around the living room, followed by a snack, Freyas too tired to do more than soak up the warmth from the heated bed and purr herself to sleep.

    Its been barely 48 hours since Freya and I returned from our 350 mile round trip to Boston to meet Dr. Pavletic at MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center. Nothing happened the way I expected or feared. After all...

  • Please. For Freya.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday November 9th, 2014 at 01:33 PM

    Freyas asleep in the little pink cage that sits on the printer stand next to my desk. Its her temporary home during each afternoon so we can be together while I work and so she can enjoy the sunshine that often bathes my office.

    2014 Robin AF Olson. Freya in her pink cage.

    I cant believe that Freyas surgery may happen a week from today. Ive already booked my hotel and tomorrow Im getting my car checked out so the drive to Boston, to MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Hospital, will be as safe as...

  • The Loss that May Break the Internet. Farewell Big Daddy.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Thursday October 30th, 2014 at 03:12 PM

    I just got word that after a 7-month battle with nasal lymphoma that Big Daddy had to be humanely euthanized this afternoon. His daddy, Warren worked tirelessly to find a way to keep this gentle giant alive, but in the end the cancer made it impossible for Big Daddy to have any quality of life. It had spread and was far worse than anyone realized. Though they sought out help from Vet-oncologists and made sure that no matter what, Big Daddy had everything he needed to live the best life he...

  • #AdoptaShelterPet

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Wednesday October 29th, 2014 at 04:04 PM

    Fear is the number one reason people dont adopt pets from shelters. Some shelters arent in the best shape, with rundown quarters for the animals in their care while others are more like cheerful playhouses for cats and dogs. But even though the environment might be pleasant, having so many adoption options can be overwhelming as the fear of What if I feel like I have to adopt them all? or What if I feel like I have to adopt a pet because it looks so sad? arises keeping people away.

    There are...
  • Follow Your Heart. Maggie's Story.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Tuesday October 28th, 2014 at 09:01 AM

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    Maggie Mae and her siblings were rescued last winter out of a dangerous situation in southern Georgia. Maggie was shy and skittish, but one couldn't help but want to cuddle and pet her because she was so beautiful.

    Maggie and her sister, Junebug spent months in foster care hoping their forever home would find them, but they were no longer tiny kittens and as young adults their adaptability began to wane. I wondered what I could do to help Maggie find a home that would give her the chance to...

  • Catification. The Review & Interview with Jackson Galaxy & Kate Benjamin

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday October 20th, 2014 at 12:13 PM

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    In May 2011 the first episode of My Cat From Hell aired on Animal Planet. That moment heralded a new age for cats. It created a paradigm shift from calling people cat owners to cat guardians where behavior issues of cats no longer fell solely with the cat but more often with their human's misconceptions. What had been explored brilliantly in print years before by other cat behaviorists failed to reach the ever-growing audience of frustrated cat parents, who were giving up their cats to...

  • Not a Moment too Soon. Saturday's Story.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday October 19th, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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    One of my friends texted me Friday night. His wife found a cat wondering, thin, weak in the middle of the road. They are big animal lovers so it wasn't a surprise she ran to the cat's aide.

    They hadn't seen the cat before, unlike many others who have come and gone through their yard this summer. They asked their friends and neighbors if anyone was missing their cat, meanwhile they were wondering what to do for her until they could find her family. I stepped in to offer help and guidance not...

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