Holiday dispatch: purr therapy, healthy cat news & a cool gift idea


Happy holiday season, cat lover! 

I hope this message finds you and your furry family well! I have three cat-centered discoveries to share with you today.

1. Purr therapy: just in case your holidays aren’t always 100% happy…

If your life is anything like mine (aka, you’re human), the holidays don’t look like a Christmas movie every year. So please, indulge yourself and your cat in some purr therapy. I once wrote an article about research on this (to which many people have added their own moving personal stories). And, a designer created this pretty cool infographic that cites that article and others: Healing power of cat purrs infographic. Nicely done!

2. Happy news from the “What to feed cats with feline IBS, diarrhea, or frequent hairballs” page + a TIP from me.

I want to share what reader Nick wrote in the comments: “I tried everything, and almost had to put my boy down on many occasions due to his condition and losing what seemed like a pound over night at times.  The only cure was Rad Cat raw food. He loves it, and it has made him stable. No vomiting, no diarrhea, he has solid brown stools now. It is expensive, and working with raw takes patience, but if you love your cat and you have this extremely frustrating condition, this is the cure in my opinion. (Male tabby colored cat, he is about to turn 20) (No, I do not work for Rad Cat).” 

TIP: We often feed Rad Cat and it’s my #1 cat food choice, but I want to add that our cats can get constipated on Rad Cat and ALL high-quality, low-fiber, grain-free wet foods. We resolved this by giving them 100% pure canned pumpkin (about 1/2 to 1 tsp per day or every other day) with their food. Our cat Joel loves pumpkin no matter what, but our cat Phil requires it to be mixed in (hidden).

Catification: a beautiful visual, how-to book on feline-friendly design

Catification: a beautiful visual, how-to on feline-friendly designs for your home

3. Gift idea for you and your cat: how about beautiful, visual how-to’s for Catify-ing your home?

When I interviewed Jackson Galaxy a couple years ago, he explained the need for “feline superhighways” for indoor cats – especially if you have multiple cats in a small space. It’s key to cat health and harmony. He called this “catification” and said a project with designer Kate Benjamin was in the works, but he couldn’t announce it yet. Well, project launched x2! They’ve published two gorgeous how-to books related to this:

I’m hoping you and your cats get everything on your wishlists! See you in 2016!

7 Responses to Holiday dispatch: purr therapy, healthy cat news & a cool gift idea

  1. Herpezine November 26, 2020 at 11:04 pm #

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Knowing this is very informative for me. I just bought a cat yesterday.

  2. Judith Gray-Zimbalist December 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    Rad Cat uses oyster shell for it’s calcium source..not ground bone.. as does, for example, Primal and most of the other raw foods. I’ve been told that the oyster shell is better in terms of the constipation issue. Liz…what do you think??

    • Liz December 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi Judith, I haven’t looked into oyster shell as a calcium source yet, but my understanding is that Rad Cat uses egg shell and that any powdery source like that is going to be easier on cat digestion (eg, constipation)!

  3. Loretta December 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Appreciate your news letter. I have checked out rad cat but seems New York stores do not carry. It would be a blessing to try at least this food but nothing comes up under zip code or just in New York. Thank you again and happy holidays

    • Liz December 16, 2015 at 10:47 am #

      Thank you Loretta! That sounds frustrating, so I looked it up on Rad Cat’s Where to Buy page: Good news – when I enter just New York (no city or zip code) I get 94 stores in the state of New York — so maybe there is hope!

  4. Diane December 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Even though I’m financially-challenged, I love reading about ways to improve my two cats’ quality of life, as well as things I can try with little to no cost. Thank you so much for your informative blogs!!! “High Paws” from Prince Charlie and Princess Tashi. . .

    • Liz December 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Aww, thanks Diane, Charlie, and Tashi. High paw back!

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