I’M A HAPPY CAT
If kitty ain’t happy, nobody’s happy, said Annie,
Catster’s managing editor, when we were
talking about this issue’s theme: Happy at
Home. Keeping our furry family members happy
makes us happy, too, so it’s a win-win situation.
I recently read a hilarious article by Catster quiz-ster and Texts from Mittens creator Angie Bailey
on Catster.com called “ 7 Disapproving Looks I
Routinely Get from My Cats.” Apparently, her
cats show their discontent when she offers
what her discerning cats consider subpar treats
or boxes that are too small. We all know those
looks. So what are some easy tips to keep our cat
smiling? We asked the Cat Analyst Rita Reimers
to share her happy cat tips in her column, A New
Cattitude. For you purrfect kitty living spaces
fans, we take a look at going big and bold with
cat furniture in our seasonal product roundup.
(And a few are being given away!) If that wasn’t
enough, writer Stacy Mantle chatted with a couple of cat design experts to get some tips
on going big and bold — making your cat
happy with vertical products and spaces.
And what keeps both kitties and kitty
lovers happy? No problems with the litter
box. We dug deep — just like our litter-digging cats — to explore the whole cat
potty experience. Everything from why cats
meow 100 times when going to the bathroom, to why the litter box seem to be our
cat’s own special sanctuary, to the basics on
how to clean up cat urine from your carpet. And
you got involved, too. We put a callout on our
Facebook page asking you to share your cat’s
unique potty behavior, and you answered in the
hundreds, giving us the full scoop on kitty poop.
We hope you
love this issue as
much as we loved
putting it together.
As always, we
want to hear from
you, so please drop
us a line!
Email us at catstermag@i5publishing.
com or write to us at Catster magazine, 3 Burroughs, Irvine, CA 92618.
WHAT WE’RE UP TO
We’ve been very busy.
Annie’s been fostering
more adorable kittens,
I flew out to Las Vegas to attend
the 2015 SuperZoo trade show —
along with Vicky Walker, Executive
Editor of Catster.com, pouncing on
the latest cat products and trends.
For cats, I saw a lot of new cat
food — especially grain-free versions.
that trend next issue with an article
on living with our little furry meat
eaters. You’ll see lots of the exciting
new products we spotted in upcom-
ing issues. Vicky and I took it a step
further and actually did a cat food
taste test — if we won’t eat it, our
cats won’t! Lucky me, I also sat
down with cat style expert, founder
of hauspanther.com, and Catster
columnist Kate Benjamin to talk
about cat furniture do’s and don’ts.
I was privileged to visit with
key members of Saving Southern
Kitties, a small, grass roots 501(c)
( 3) rescue in South Carolina. I also
met Whiskers, whose amazing
forever-home story really will
make you grab a tissue, plus got
a first-hand look at a fabulous
outdoor catio created by Purrfect
Catio. Look for profiles of both in
an upcoming issue.
Saving Southern Kitties’ David Kempfa
(also of Purrfect Catio), Julie Vona,
Jennifer Austin, Whiskers, and founder
Susan Schreck pose in front of Jennifer
and David’s Purrfect Catio.
Melissa poses with Whiskers
and Jennifer Austin of Saving
and Melissa Kauffman do the
cat food taste test at SuperZoo.
Get more perfect cat furniture tips! See the
full video interview with Kate Benjamin in the
November/December 2015 Catster digital
Sr. Editorial Director