Piquing the Interest of Feline Gamers

Psst. The cat is out of the bag. Feline enrichment may have started out as a buzz phrase touted by a handful of innovative cat toy designers to describe toys that replicate a cat’s natural instincts and hone inherent hunting skills, but it has become a fullblown trend and one that is definitely dominating the feline toy marketplace.

And now, manufacturers have revved up the action by producing a large variety of electronic and battery-operated cat toys that allow cats to engage in such play on their own.

There’s no question that while these popular companion pets may enjoy a wonderful domestic lifestyle, they are not supposed to be couch potatoes, curled up and sleeping 24/7.

“Cats need both mental and physical stimulation for their general health and well-being,” Marilyn Krieger, owner of The Cat Coach, LLC, and certified cat behavior consultant, said. “Enriching their environment with toys that keep them engaged helps lessen stress and combats boredom and obesity.”

Manufacturers are further helping to get this important message in to the retail sector by going to great lengths to describe the benefits of such toys on their packaging.

“Our Complete Needs System, which categorizes our toys [and other products], focuses on a pet’s physical, emotional and instinctual needs, and our packaging communicates the product’s offerings accordingly,” Lisa Davis-David, Worldwise Inc.’s assistant product manager for the cat toy division, said. “Our customers appreciate that we recognize that there are many ways for a cat to play, such as for  exercise, to let their independent streak thrive and also to meet their instinctual need to hunt. It’s helped us build brand loyalty.”

In particular, the electronic and battery-operated cat toy category has shown significant growth over the last several years. For example, two of Worldwise’s electronic toys are in the top five sellers in the company’s Petlinks line, which is designed for the pet specialty retail market.

“In all the research we’ve done, consumers continually tell us they are looking for motorized, moving toys, things that can be chased,” she said. “Consumers want durability and action. Both our Petlinks and SmartyKat brands are growing nicely in this category because we listened to consumer feedback.

“Further, cat owners are definitely willing to pay more for electronic or battery-operated toys.  The sales show it.  There is some price sensitivity but certainly not the same as with plush toys. When consumers purchase cat toys, they consider value, the cat’s entertainment, and specific product features to meet their cat’s preference. From their cat’s perspective, the most important considerations are specific to the product features, such as movement, catnip, and if it’s prey-like.”

Among the many new products Worldwise is launching at the Global Pet Expo this month is the Whip-it in the Petlinks line. Cats love attacking mysterious things that come out from tight spaces, and this electronic toy has a string that  ts underneath a door that whips back and forth like a tail. The FeatherWhirl in the SmartyKat line is a spinning motion ball with a feather attachment.  The feather wand swoops and whirls as it reacts to the erratic motion of the ball.

Automated Play

According to Mandie Sweetnam, product manager for Petsafe’s automated cat toy category, the FroliCat Bolt maintains the lead as their best-seller, with the Pounce and Flik steadily gaining on the Bolt in popularity.
Sweetnam attributes part of the success of their electronic toys to the fact that they are sleek and very stylish.

“The very modern, white shapes, make them look like sculptured ornaments, so it’s unnecessary to hide or put them away when guests stop by,” she said. “Pet parents are always in search of toys that provide both mental and physical stimulation for their pets, and further taking into account that many people have an on-the-go lifestyle. One of the most well-received features of the FroliCat toys has been the automated play and shut-off features. With one press of a button the toy entertains and exercises your cat, then will automatically power down after a 10-15 minute session.”

From the retailer standpoint, according to Chris Achord, owner of The Cat Shoppe and The Dog Store in Nashville, Tenn., customers understand the value in paying more for a toy that’s going to keep cats engaged and allow them to play on their own, or along with other cats in a multi-cat household.

“However, such toys need to be demonstrated or have their functionality explained to customers,” Achord said. “If it’s just sitting on the shelf, it becomes just another item. We have the Pounce on display so that customers can see how it works.”

One of the very first battery-operated toys to capture feline attention, the Mouse in the House, featuring a mouse on a track that rushes around a miniature living room, made its debut in 2008 and continues to pique both feline and consumer interest.

“It’s more than a toy; we consider it an electronic companion,” James Boelke, president and founder of Cat Dancer Products, said.

Either a human or a cat can activate the toy manually by pushing the red button. Or there’s a timer to activate the toy at set intervals. Upon activation, the toy emits small animal sounds to signal to the cat that the mouse is coming out. The mouse makes two revolutions of the track, and then announces he is done for now with a humorous cuckoo sound. This sequence can be set to occur at intervals from 1 minute to several hours.

“I believe its success is because the mouse can’t come off the track,” Boelke said. “So it will continue to frustrate and pique interest for feline gamers.”

Healthy Coat, Healthy Skin

It’s not often that pet owners have to deal with skin care problems in cats, but when they do, common conditions include hair loss, chin acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and itchy skin.

“Cats are very sensitive and feline skin conditions often present a diagnostic challenge,” Dr. Lori Coughlin, DVM, at The Cat Practice in Oak Park, Ill., said. “Cats lack a specific liver enzyme, known as glucuronyl transferases, that is required in order to expel toxins from their body. This makes cats very susceptible to external skin treatments, so care must be taken in selecting one, natural or synthetic, that will work.”

Skin conditions vary widely amongst felines and can often be resolved by a simple environmental change. For example, feline chin acne is a common problem in cats, but can be secondary to yeast, fungus,
such as ringworm, and bacterial infections.

“Oftentimes, a simple change from plastic bowls to ceramic, or steel feeding and water bowls can solve the problem,” she said. “But there may be underlying problems, such as stress, yeast, ringworm,  bacterial infections or a hormonal imbalance.”

Prevention

A premium diet is the most important part of preventing skin problems in cats.

“Holistic diets that are low in starch and carbohydrates, and high in protein, are critical for maintaining healthy skin,” Mike Stansbury, chief operating officer at NZymes, said. “Our NZymes Healthy Skin program contains probiotics that rebuild bacteria. Yeast causes breakdown in natural protective flora, and NZymes helps restore balance. Our natural approach takes some time, but after 2-3 months, a healthy, shiny coat is restored. Our goal is to ensure the cat’s immune system is strong enough so that the animal can heal themselves.”

Effective flea and tick control is also important when it comes to preventing skin irritation. Since cats are so sensitive to flea control, all-natural solutions such as Flea Dust from DERMagic are excellent  choices. But if you’re in a high-risk area, you may need something a little stronger. Bayer HealthCare recently introduced Seresto, an effective, easy-to-use collar, complete with a safety-release mechanism, that offers ongoing control up to 8 months.

Treatments

All-natural solutions must be selected with care. DERMagic recently introduced a new line of skin care products designed specifically for cats.

“Our Rosemary Feline Shampoo Bar is specially formulated with all-natural, sulfate-free ingredients designed to provide a gentle but effective grooming experience,” Dr. Adelia Ritchie, founder of DERMagic, said. “The shampoo bar makes grooming easier, allowing you to hold the cat with one hand while creating a thick, rich lather with the other.”

Dr. Emmo’s Pet First Aid offers an all-natural, non-toxic wound care spray wash and gel that keeps minor cuts and skin irritations clean by safely killing common germs and infection-causing bacteria. The two-step process includes a spray wash and spray gel that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria-causing germs.

Grooming

Regular grooming is important as well. According to FURMinator, “up to two thirds  of the hair a cat sheds is ingested during self grooming, resulting in hairballs that are messy, stressful to the cat and the cause of potentially serious problems.”

“Treating your cat to frequent brushing with gentle deshedding tools will help prevent matting, decrease the amount of fur around the house, support a shiny and healthy coat, and reduce the challenges of hairballs,” Justin Crout, group marketing manager for Jarden Animal Solutions/Jarden Consumer Solutions, said. “The cat cologne spray extends the fresh scent of a clean cat and helps hide odor.”

Oster Animal Care and ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tools are available from Jarden Animal Solutions. Oster has shared a passion and enthusiasm for pet grooming for more than 85 years and offers an extensive line of products for grooming, including cat cologne spray to give your cat that final fresh scent.

Enrichment sprays can also help keep a cat’s coat in top condition.

“Our sprays offer relief from skin irritation while increasing moisture, reducing shedding and acting as an antiinflammatory for itchiness,” Dr. Michael Fleck, founder of Epi-Pet, said. All-natural cat wipes are another great way to keep cats clean, moisturize skin and coat, and reduce dander and dirt.

“Our Earthbath Cat Wipes are safe for daily use and utilize the healing properties of aloe vera and awapuhi extract to keep cats clean,” Yvonne Roth, director of marketing for Earthbath, said. For quick cleanups, Earthbath also offers a waterless, hypoallergenic grooming foam designed specifically for cats. This waterless hypo-allergenic grooming foam for cats allows you to groom your cat without the hassle of water.

“Our all-natural, human-grade formulas are ultra mild but highly effective,” she said. “Our ear and nose wipes are particularly useful for easy cleaning, and our shampoo foam is designed for cats that prefer to avoid water.”

Derma-IonX from VETiONX, is one such product that treats these conditions. Derma-IonX is a homeopathic, natural OTC medication in a purified ionized mineral water base that includes active homeopathic ingredients, including Agicus muscarius, Alumina and more.

Cat Treats Get a Makeover

When it comes to cat treats, felines certainly have their favorites in respect of tastes and textures.

However, for longest time, the allotted shelf space in the average retail store featured a very limited selection. It’s only recently that manufacturers have started to truly cater to the taste buds of these popular companion pets ultimately giving cat treats the right to be deemed a comprehensive category.

Many of the new lines are following in the footsteps of popular dinner recipes and focusing on single ingredients and other trends such as grain-free and soy-free.

“Consumers are becoming much more savvy, aware and interested in the ingredients in treats,” David Yasulka, vice president of marketing communications for Halo, said. “With the ongoing jerky scare, customers have peace of mind when treats, including ours, are all made in the USA.

“Also, another big concern for cat owners is obesity and weight management,” he said. “Over-treating or treating with high calorie treats can quickly contribute to weight gain. Our beef, chicken and salmon Halo Liv-a-Littles are our top seller. They contain only one ingredient, namely freeze-dried chicken, salmon or beef.

“And, because feline diabetes is another growing concern, again when it comes to treats, they are being pointed in the direction of nutritional basics. For cats, there’s nothing more basic than a pure protein treat.”

According to Chanda Leary-Coutu, the communications manager for Wellpet, the idea of guilt-free treats is becoming popular across the industry.

“Besides our treats being grain-free, wheat, corn and soy free, we place a lot of emphasis on the fact that they are guilt-free too,” she said. “The Pure Delights range of soft moist flavors that includes salmon, turkey, chicken and lamb are only 1 – 1.5 calories per treat and made in the United States.”

The company will be introducing a new range of crunchy treats called Kittles next month, which is set to debut at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla. The grain-free treats in fun shapes will be available in chicken and cranberries, tuna and cranberries, and salmon and cranberries.

“From a merchandising standpoint, both lines are peggable for drive-aisle and in-line placement or both,” Leary-Coutu said.

In terms of shape, The Honest Kitchen’s entered the cat treat space with Smittens, which launched a few months ago. The treats are low calorie heart-shaped snacks made from freeze-dried, wild line-caught haddock fished off the coast of Iceland.

“While our Wishes treats, also made from haddock fillets, are also suitable and very popular with cats, we wanted something specific dedicated to the feline market,” Stacey Yip, public relations spokesperson for the San Diego-based company, said.

“The heart shape wasn’t originally designed around a cat’s tactile needs; we wanted to create a treat that felt really friendly and cute, the size of a pill without actually looking like one! So the heart was a natural choice for the shape, and the really happy coincidence was that it was really easy for cats to pick up.”

Following on their lines of innovative dog treats such as Grill-licious and Barksters for dogs, Loving Pets Products launched their Purrfectly Natural Cat Treats in four flavors: namely beef lung, chicken, shrimp and buffalo. The treats, also made in the USA, are 100 percent freeze-dried protein with no additives, fillers or preservatives and, in line with the latest dietary trends, are also glycerin soy, grain and wheat free.

“My customers tend to buy a variety of treats to start, then they come back to us to purchase their cat’s favorite one,” Jeff Sarachik, owner of Pet Delight in Brooklyn, N.Y., said.
“They are also beginning to question where the treats are made, favoring those made in the USA like the Purrfectly Natural range. The dry treats are more popular than the old style of soft, moist treats, because dry to semi-dry treats offer a crunchier texture, and dryer treats also benefit a cat’s dental health/tartar control.”

Evangers is also thinking beyond standard protein choices with the introduction of their raw freeze-dried beef hearts.

“Beef heart is loaded with essential nutrients for supporting the health of frisky felines,” Erin Terjesen, public relations spokesperson for the company, said. “Because of the palatability and wholesomeness of these treats, they are excellent for finicky cats or pets with food sensitivities, as well as for use as a food mixer.”

From a retail standpoint, the market for treat products is being boosted with the introduction of cat puzzles, which are fast becoming the latest toys to keep cats both physically fit and mentally engaged. Also behaviorists are recommending that cat owners set up treasure hunts around the home so that cats remain active and hone their hunting skills.

It’s this type of advice that retailers can also use to promote treat sales and explain the benefits beyond enhancing the human-animal bond.

Pet Central in Honesdale, Pa., introduces customers to new treats through their Treat of the Week promotion.

“We advertise when something new comes in by placing stickers that say ‘new item’ to highlight them on the shelves to draw customer attention,” Adam Levine, the owner, said. “While we keep a packet of open dog treats on the counter for pets to taste, we haven’t yet done that with cat treats to give cat owners an opportunity to take a few home to try. But it’s an idea worth considering.

“Because of the huge selection customers do come to us for advice if they don’t know their cat’s taste preferences. Many buy treats to prevent tartar build up or hairballs. Others stock up randomly to give their cats choices. Our treats for both cats and dogs get a lot of shelf prominence so it’s easy for customers to find.”

Feline Fashionistas

Whether it’s a warm scarf to take the chill off a wintry weather day, or an elaborate costume for a black tie charity event, there’s no question that feline fashion is on the rise.

According to the National Retail Foundation, pet owners are expected to spend $70 million more on pet costumes in 2012 than they did in 2011.

Nowhere is the fashion trend more evident than in New York City, where the heart of all fashion beats strong. And, if the Big Apple is the royal court of fashion, Ada Nieves is the queen of cat couture.

“People dress their animals not only to make their pets look good, but to express their personality,” Nieves said. “One reason why people dress up their pets is to show off your personality. But the other side of pet fashion is that it’s often a necessity. For example, fashion can help hairless pets retain body heat and make pets feel more secure. No matter what the situation, fashion should always be functional.”

Whether you’re exploring feline fashion for form or function, there is an outfit or accessory available, and you’ll find tabbies wearing everything from taffeta to tiaras.

The pet fashion industry has been growing so quickly that there are resources committed just to this section of the industry. The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York now offers a specialized curriculum focused on Pet Product Design and Marketing. The tract includes classes in “Petwear Patternmaking” and “Pet Accessory Design.”

According to Lauren Darr, founder of the International Association of Pet Professionals and author of the 2014 Pet Fashion Almanac, cat fashion is here to stay.

Fashion Forward: From Japan to New York

Princess Prin and Prince Koutara are two cats who helped put “high fashion” on the map. Owned by Takako Iwasa, these fashion cats set the standard for Japanese cat fashion. Iwasa-San, as she is known online, tells her website visitors: “To dress a cat, let [the cat] know [dressing up] has changed [their lives] for only a moment. Take your photos, then remove the clothing immediately. Then give her a hug and say, ‘Thank you!’”

Iwasa’s bestselling book, “Fashion Cats” has helped increase the popularity of cat couture.

Most cat owners know that dressing up a feline can be a dangerous undertaking and not for a temperamental tabby. But for those looking for a bit of fun, with a tolerant cat in their home, they can have a nice photo session without stressing out their feline companions.

Au Natural Neckbands

The easiest way to dress up a cat is with a collar or other decorative neckwear. The top sellers are fashionable leather collars that are durable and long-lasting.

“When it comes to cats, fur is best,” Errin West of Cat Connection, a retail store in Dallas, said. “Leather collars offer an additional factor of durability for cats. We’re also seeing a big surge in hemp and natural collars. Quick release collars are still a concern so we don’t carry any collars that aren’t safety stretch or breakaway collars.”

Designer collars are just as popular, with pet owners seeking out innovative designs that reflect the individual nature of their cats. The necktie collar, which feature a cute way to dress up without clothes that constrict, are gaining in popularity.

Cat In a Hat

ToScarboroughFair’s ETSY shop has been featured on everything from People Magazine to Animal Planet, and it’s little wonder why. Her tiny hats for the fashion-forward feline are one of a kind and as creative as each cat.

Stocking up your store for your cat clientele can still be a challenge, but it’s certainly doable.

“We had many clients asking for sweaters this winter,” West said. “While attending SuperZoo, we went on a search for them and sure enough, located Catspia, which is now one of our favorite designers of cat sweaters.”

Even wigs are popular fashion accessories for cats. Thanks largely to the cat memes of the internet, celebrity cats continue to grow in popularity. Accessories such as bowties and scarves tend to ramp up the cute factor.

Feline finery has also been touted for years at the landmark Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Their feline resident Matilda, is well known among feline fanciers and she hosts an annual fashion show that has been in existence since 2006. The hotel has had a feline resident since the 1930s, beginning with the arrival of a stray cat, affectionately named Hamlet by actor John Barrymore, who was in resident at the hotel during that time.

Functional Fashion

Not sure if you are ready to commit to cat clothing? Stylish carriers and unique grooming styles may be more up your store’s alley.

Companies like Sturdi Products offer carrier with unique patters and designs that can express a person’s eye for fashion and color.

Inspiration

If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than the annual New York Pet Fashion Show.

“The Pet Fashion Show is the pinnacle of what the pet lifestyle industry has to offer,” Nieves said.

Now in its 10th year, the show occurs each February and kicks off the Westminster Weekend and Fashion week.

Interview With Text From Mittens Creator

If you’re a pet lover, you’ve likely heard of the popular website and corresponding Facebook page, Texts From Mittens.

The humor site written from a cat’s point-of-view is the work of Angie Bailey, who also just wrote the book whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a parody of cats and craigslist.

Pet Age recently talked with Bailey about how she gets the inspiration for the popular site and more.

Pet Age: Tell us how Texts from Mittens got started.

Bailey: I’ve always thought cats doing human things was absolutely hysterical. This is what drove me to write my book, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a parody of cats and craigslist. I pitched the idea to Catster.com last February and they approved it. Soon it became popular and became a bi-weekly column. Readers wanted daily Mittens and just last month I created a Tumblr and Facebook  page for Mittens.

Pet Age: Where do you get the inspiration for the witty banter?

Bailey: Cats are just naturally snarky, so it’s not that difficult to imagine a cat doing or saying the things Mittens does. I wanted to give him some quirky human interests, so he became a TV addict, with special adoration for his idol, Judge Judy.

Pet Age: When you started Texts from Mittens, did you ever think it would get this popular, and when you see how  it’s grown, what goes through your head?

Bailey: I guess I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was funny, but that’s not always a guarantee that readers will connect with it. Thankfully, they’ve really enjoyed the Mittens posts. I’ve introduced a few characters into Mittens’ world and there are several ongoing stories. I’m amazed that readers actually follow along and emotionally connect with these characters! On Facebook I mentioned that I imagine Mittens’ voice to be like Stewie from Family Guy. Most people jumped right in and agreed, but a few got kind of defensive and insisted that was NOT his voice!

Pet Age: Tell us a little about yourself.

Bailey: I’m a freelance writer — most of my work is with Catster.com. My first book, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds came out in September. I also write Catladyland, an award-winning cat humor blog. I have a husband, two teenagers and three cats. I love silly, irreverent humor and am really a 12-year-old boy living in a 43-year-old woman’s body.

Pet Age:  How would you describe Texts from Mittens to someone who has never seen it before?

Bailey: Mittens is a self-serving cat who has unlimited data and way too much time on his paws, so he harasses his mom, grandma, best friend Stumpy and, of course, Drunk Patty, the  ever-annoying neighbor.

 

 

 

Size Matters When It Comes to Litter Boxes

While litter boxes aren’t the most glamorous part of owning a cat, it’s the part that can help make or break a relationship.

As customers continue to seek out quality and innovation in cat boxes and manufacturers are meeting that challenge. From traditional litter trays to fully automatic, self-cleaning boxes, the market has changed through the years.

Litter Boxes

Selecting a cat box is a very personal decision that will vary according to each domestic situation.

Automatic litter boxes with rakes allow more freedom and cleaner boxes, but some cats may not be comfortable around a motor. Many owners, particularly those of multi-cat households, prefer these types of units as they result in fewer boxes per cat throughout the house.

Automated boxes are now available in a wide selection. Popular classics include Nature’s Miracle Self-Cleaning litter boxes or the LitterMaid, both of which rely on the use of a clay-based scoopable litter. These quiet-running boxes offer superior odor control and ease of use, coming in several sizes to accommodate any type of cat.

For those who prefer the ease of automation, but prefer to avoid motors, CatIt offers a manually operated sifting system. Simple yet innovative, the SmartSift’s unique design does the scooping, but allows the owner to control the frequency of litter sifting.

“There is no motor, so it doesn’t frighten cats and it’s large design is perfect for multi-cat households,” Damian Hall, senior marketing manager for Rolf C. Hagen Corp, said. “It’s two steps: 1-2-clean.”

The newer automated boxes, such as the ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box, uses disposable litter trays that rely on a silica-based “crystal” litter, which is included in each tray. The litter is free of perfumes and dyes, and nearly dust-free. The scooping mechanism sits over the disposable tray and it is easily removed each month by simply covering the tray and disposing.

Size Matters

When it comes to litter boxes, size matters. Certain breeds of cats require larger litter boxes, while others prefer their own individual box. Some cats prefer privacy while others prefer an open environment.

It’s important for consumers to understand their cats’ needs, and it’s important for retailers to provide the knowledge and expertise in helping them select the best products for their cat.

The biggest drawback to litter and boxes is the shelf space it takes to keep them in stock.

“Retailers need to understand the needs of their customers in order to maximize shelf space,” Abby Bishop, store manager at Only Natural Pet in Colorado, said.

Most manufacturers understand this problem and have created POS displays that can help educate customers while saving room on the floor.

Traditional cat boxes are still a feline favorite and they now come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Corner units are perfect for keeping litter in place, while the traditional rectangular litter tray can be easily placed in any location, including the interior of planters or chests for those who prefer to keep boxes hidden.

Hooded litter trays are perfect for the cat who demands privacy.  As they generally include a carbon or charcoal absorber as a form of filtration, they are effective at controlling odor.

Boxes like the LitterLoo from SmartyKat helps keep litter in the box with its special wall design and their DigDeep litter box, with its high walls, affords extra protection against cats who like to kick litter from the box.

Accessories

When stocking litter boxes, retailers are presented with an opportunity to cross-sell other helpful accessories.

“SmartyKat offers a variety of stylishly designed and functional waste management, scatter control and odor control products that improve the litter experience for pets and pet parents,” Shannon McWilliams, vice president for product development at Worldwise, said. “Clean Exit is a scatter control mat that keeps litter off of the floor to decrease tracking.”

Odor can be a recurring problem in homes with even the best hygiene system.

“The CritterZone Air Naturalizer creates a natural, charged flow that fills the room and continually cleans the air,” Bill Converse, president of CritterZone USA, said. “CritterZone provides indoor air with the natural charge it needs to virtually eliminate odors, allergens, dust and bacteria.”

The Litter Genie Plus Cat Litter Disposal System reduces odor, makes clean-up quick and easy, hygienically seals soiled litter clumps and reduces trips to the garbage.

“The Litter Genie can hold up to two weeks of waste before emptying, eliminating the daily need to go to the outside trash and making it a convenient way to keep litter boxes clean,” Chikako Harada, brand manager of Litter Genie, said.

Choosing which litters and cat litter boxes to carry in a store should be a result of research and knowledge of your customer base. While cat consumables can be cumbersome, the market is expanding rapidly and as customers increase their knowledge thru well thought-out marketing programs from manufacturers, demand will be high for these new consumables.

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed

From the cover:

From the author of Sorry I Peed On You and Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe comes yet another collection of hilarious and heartwarming letters-this time decoding the quirky minds of supercute kitty cats! In Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed, our furry feline friends finally get to explain to humans why we should be honored when they stick their butts in the air during a back scratch, how lucky we are that they bravely protect us from laser pointers, and why the only social network you truly need is a cat sitting on your computer’s keyboard. This charming, clever and humorously insightful book will allow cat lovers a glimpse into the minds of our cuddly and occasionally cantankerous little kitty friends, who somehow believe that the way to our hearts is by sleeping on our heads.

My review:

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed is a funny, quick read full of fantastic photographs. Each turn of the page contains a letter from a different kitty and an adorable picture to go along with it. I was grinning throughout the whole book and laughing out loud at times. I had fun sitting and reading this little kitty book and I think other cat lovers will, too. My cats and I give it four paws up!

 

Recommended for:

Cat lovers, anyone needing a laugh, or someone looking for a gift book.

 

About the Author:

Jeremy Greenberg blogs for MSN.com and is a stand-up comedian.

 

Title: Sorry I Barfed On Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty)

Author: Jeremy Greenberg

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Paperback: 64 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4494-2704-7

Rating: 4 paws

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