“Nothing Like a Good Scratch” Published in Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine

Mimi's favorite scratching post.
Mimi’s favorite scratching post.

First, I’m pleased to share that I’ve been named the “Kitty Korner” editor in Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine. I’ve been compiling the “Cat Resource Guide” in every issue since 2013 and submitting an article as well as customer press releases since then, and I was the Managing Editor in 2013 and 2014. I’m delighted to work with this resource for animals and people in the Pittsburgh area.

Nothing Like A Good Scratch

Well, because she’s supposed to, that’s why. And that’s not a smart cat remark, it’s absolutely true that cats follow their biological lead faithfully even though they are no longer living outdoors, fending for themselves as both predator and prey, regularly raising kittens, because they live inside our houses. In this article for Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine I explain and discuss the daily habits of cats led by their ancestral biology, how that helps you understand their need to scratch, how you can provide them materials that fit their needs and convince them to use those materials instead of your nice things.

Right now because of COVID-19 restrictions the print version of the magazine was not distributed after March 13, 2020, but you may still find a copy in the Pittsburgh area if one of these locations is considered an essential business, like the shelters and veterinarians.

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day book with cat portraits
Great Rescues Day Book

Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.

Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.

The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.

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Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

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