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  • Grumpy Cat Donates to Austin Shelter Cats‏

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    The star of last year’s infamous Austin-based festival is back. Grumpy Cat is on hand to kick off festivities for 2014, as internet’s famed feline arrived in style today – aboard a ship serving as the “Worst Mate” on S.S. Holy Shrimp Boat.

    The “official spokescat” for Friskies, Grumpy Cat spread the word about the launch of their Seafood Sensations new shrimp flavor, and helped her fellow felines by donating 25,000 Seafood Sensations meals to the Friends of Austin Animal Center. She then made a grand entrance to the Mashable House, a focal point of a sea-faring photo booth taking place all weekend for consumers to showcase their own best grumpy frown.

    Grumpy is now asking for fan support to help that donation reach 50,000 meals! All fans have to do is upload a photo of their cat (or one with Grumpy if they’re in Austin this weekend!) to any social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) and use the hashtag #holyshrimp and Friskies will donate an additional meal (up to 50,000).

    Please see below for the official press release that crossed the wire today and images from the event, click here for a link to hi res images.

    Source: Christine Schena

     

    Grumpy Cat Earns Title of ‘Worst Mate’ Aboard the S.S. Holy Shrimp Boat 

    “Official Spokescat” Helps Introduce Friskies® Seafood Sensations with NEW Shrimp Flavor By Delivering a Bounty of the Food to Shelter Cats during Austin-Based Festival; Consumer Support Needed to Maximize Donation up to 50,000 Meals

    ST. LOUIS (March 7, 2014) – Today, Friskies® and its “official spokescat,” Grumpy Cat introduced a bold new taste, Seafood Sensations with NEW Shrimp Flavor, at the well-known Austin-based festival. The Internet cat sensation boarded the S.S. Holy Shrimp Boat not as the First Mate, but naturally as the “Worst Mate” to bring the savory taste of shrimp flavor from the high seas to Austin shelter cats.

    Friskies donated 25,000 meals of Seafood Sensations with new Shrimp Flavor to Friends of Austin Animal Center, a local charity organization in Austin, TX.  However, with consumer support an additional 25,000 meals can be donated, for a maximum donation of up to 50,000 meals.  For every photo uploaded across social media platforms with the hashtag #HolyShrimp between March 7-9, Friskies will donate an additional meal to Friends of Austin Animal Center. It’s easy to help Austin shelter cats in one of two ways:

    ·         Grumpy Cat fans who are attending the Austin-based festival can visit Grumpy and take a fan photo at the Mashable House on March 7 and 8 between 1:00 and 4:00 PM CT and on March 9 between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM CT.  Simply share the photo on social media with the hashtag #HolyShrimp.

    ·         Is your cat longing for the flavor of shrimp? Show us! Consumers everywhere can upload a photo of their cat using the hashtag #HolyShrimp between March 7-9.

    “One of Grumpy Cat’s favorite things is shrimp, and she’s on a mission to help Friskies bring that special flavor to all cats,” says Tabatha Bundesen, Grumpy Cat’s owner. “There aren’t many things that would convince Grumpy to get her ‘sea legs’ except for the flavorful taste of shrimp.”

    The S.S. Holy Shrimp Boat embarked on its maiden voyage on March 7 to deliver the “Worst Mate,” Grumpy Cat, in style to the Mashable House.  The trip was very special for 25 lucky fans who were able to join Grumpy Cat on the S.S. Holy Shrimp Boat for a special meet and greet before she made her appearance at the Mashable House.

    “We know cats love shrimp and we wanted to bring that to life in a fun way that could also benefit shelter cats,” said Shawn Brain, Friskies Brand Manager. “Friskies enlisted our ‘official spokescat’ Grumpy Cat as the ‘Worst Mate’ of the S.S. Holy Shrimp Boat to help introduce Seafood Sensations with new Shrimp Flavor at a prime attraction during the well-known festival in Austin. We’re thrilled that our efforts here will help feed local Austin shelter cats and are hoping for a lot of support to help get the donation up to 50,000 meals.”

    More information about Seafood Sensations with new Shrimp Flavor and an opportunity to get a coupon for the new product can be found at www.friskies.com/holyshrimp.

     

    ABOUT FRISKIES

    The Friskies® brand offers a complete line of great-tasting cat foods, including more than 60 wet, dry and treat varieties. Friskies is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare, a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis; Mo. Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A. – the world’s largest food company.

     

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  • The Amazing Acro-Cats!

     

    An Interview with Samantha Martin

     

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    If you thought it was impossible to train a cat, think again. Chicago-based Samantha Martin specializes in finicky felines, and she and her troupe of talented house cats —the Amazing Acro-Cats — have traveled the country since 2006, entertaining audiences with a variety of impressive circus tricks and playful sense of humor. Her cats have appeared on Animal Planet, in commercials for Purina, PetCo and PetSmart, and they can walk tightropes, ride skateboards and even play guitar, but often, much of the fun comes from the unpredictable nature of each show. We recently spoke with Samantha to learn some clever puns, training tips and amusing stories from the road. 

     

    Rumor has it that you actually started out training rats. 

    Yes. They were called the Amazing Acro-Rats, and I trained them for all occasions: film, television, live shows. We had a strong cult following, but I quickly discovered that I couldn't make a living with just rats, because you know, there are no rats-to-riches stories. I ended up expanding my troupe to include some small exotic animals, reptiles, a groundhog, a skunk, and a raccoon, and I did educational shows at schools and libraries for many years. 

     

    How did you transition into training cats?

    About ten years ago, I realized that I still hadn't fulfilled my dream of training animals for film and television. I really wanted to be that person hiding behind the tree, directing the animals on set, so I decided to shift out of exotic animals and move on to house cats. Cats are notoriously difficult to work with, so I knew that I needed a way to get them work — but I also couldn't, because I didn't have a reputation as a cat trainer at that point. That's how the Acro-Cats shows started, and it just took on a life of its own. People went crazy for these cats!

     

     

    How do you train a cat exactly?

    We use clicker training, which basically means that you connect a noise-maker with a treat. We use high-value foods like fresh chicken, salmon, tuna and all their favorites during the show. It's an entirely food-reward-based method, so if they do what we want, they'll earn a treat, and if they don't, we just kind of move on. It's all free will with the cats, and all positive reinforcement. 

     

    How long does it take?

    It can take weeks to teach a cat to play a trick guitar or roll on a ball, but others just take two minutes, like jumping through a hoop. It's one of the first things I teach my foster kittens. If you devote just ten minutes a day to training, you can have your cat doing some pretty amazing things in a very short amount of time. 

     

     

    What are some of the ways training can be useful even for non-performing cats?

    For one thing, it relieves boredom and increases bonding. Cats do get bored, and that's why so many exhibit behavior problems and end up in shelters. They don't have a job, and they're free-fed. Mealtime should be a special event, as most dog owners already know. We also train our cats so that if there's an emergency, we can whistle, and they'll run into their carriers. Training can even help detect early health problems, because it establishes a routine. I have my cats' instruments set up in my kitchen, so every day when I'm cooking, the band just descends upon the kitchen and starts to play. It's their way of begging. One day, Pinky didn't show up for band practice, and I found her sitting in front of the fireplace. I offered her a free treat, and she didn't want it, so I took her to the vet, and it turned out that she had a high fever. If I hadn't had that routine established, I never would have noticed. Cats are notorious for hiding health issues.

     

    How many cats do you have, and where did they come from?

    There are thirteen cats that tour with us, and most of them are former orphans, rescues and strays. Tuna is the star. I was cat-sitting for her mother, and the owner never returned to pick her up. She was pregnant at the time and gave birth to Tuna. She was really eager to learn, so I trained her to do at least sixteen different things in just a couple months' time, and then she got a movie job. She was kind of the catalyst for this whole thing. (I've got a lot of cat puns...) Somehow they all made their way into my life, and they have very unique personalities. Oz is the clown, Pudge is the sweetheart, Nue's the flirt. 

     

     

    And I hear there's a chicken in the show?

    There's a chicken who plays cymbal and tambourine in the band, plus four rats and a groundhog. The groundhog is kind of like one of the cats, and they don't really pay him any mind. The chicken... well, there have been a couple of cats that have expressed an interest in getting to know the chicken better.  But none of the cats in the band, fortunately.

     

    Could you offer any tips to aspiring cat trainers?

    Always work for mealtime. The treat itself is very important — you have to find something that your cat likes. Baby food, boiled chicken, tuna, some of those soft moist treats. Start simple, and find out what your cat likes to do naturally, like if they prefer to be high up or close to the ground. Keep sessions short, because cats do have short attention spans. Five or ten minutes a day is really all you need to do, and remember to be patient. You're going to have to go with the cat's timetable. The last thing you want to do is rush a cat. 

     

     

    I bet live shows with cats are always full of surprises. Do any stories stand out?

    Tuna climbed up a fifteen-foot ladder in the middle of the show once. She's the star, and I can carry on without her for a good portion of time, but at some point, she needs to come back... and then she climbed to the top of this ladder. I'm a little afraid of heights, but we had to pull out our “One moment, please,” sign so I could scale the ladder and grab her. Another time, Buggles disappeared offstage, came back out with a giant cockroach, and started frolicking with it right in front of the audience. Sometimes the cats will try to upstage each other. They'll run into the audience and then come streaking back during another cat's trick. So you just never know what will happen. The cats have minds of their own, and every show is a little bit different.

     

     

     

    The Acro-Cats will be performing evening and matinee shows at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27. You can also catch them in San Antonio October 31 through November 4, and in Houston November 7-10 and 14-17. To purchase tickets and peruse the current tour schedule, visit the official website

     

     

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  • Safe and Happy-Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary

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    Recently, CATVIDEOS.com had the pleasure of visiting Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary in central Texas. It is located just outside of Austin in Dripping Springs.  They provide an amazing safe haven for animals that may otherwise be left to suffer or not survive on their own.  The sanctuary is home to dozens of rescued animals.

    Their furry residents receive:

    • Premium food and clean water
    • Health tests, vaccination, and veterinary care             
    • Spay and neuter surgery
    • Clean and temperature-controlled housing
    • Lots of love and attention

    Recently, I was given the gift of being able to speak with Anne Zabolio who is the director at Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary.  Just from the hour I spent speaking with her, it was apparent that she has had a love for animals for most of her life. Through her years she always seemed to gravitate towards being involved with animal rescue.  Like many of us do, she eventually came to a point in her life when she asked herself the following question, “What do I do now?”   Well, a persistent kitty that kept finding its way up her driveway day after day decided to help her answer that question.  This kitty ended up bringing to the surface some thoughts and ideas that Anne had brewing in her soul for a long time.  It was the idea of opening an animal sanctuary.   When she spoke to some friends about the idea, she delightfully found out they were on board with the idea of joining her in her adventure.  “The stars seemed to just line up”, Anne said.

    With this good news, in 2001 Anne, known as the “crazy cat woman” in her neighborhood, hit the road to begin fulfilling her dream.  She traveled to Kanab, Utah to Best Friends Animal Society and participated in their week long intensive course on “How to Start an Animal Sanctuary”.  Much gratitude was mentioned to the Best Friends Animal Society for the past, present and future support they have provided to her.  She credits so much of what she has learned to the incredible resources they have given her.  When she finished this course it was actually only 6 weeks after 9/11, not the best time to start something new and ask others for help.  The country was in shambles at that time, but she was determined.  She hit the pavement running and wherever she could gain the support, she hung signs and stood behind tables at local vet offices and local businesses to get in the eye of the public.  After a lot of hard work and persistence things started to take shape.  Anne communicated to me that she was literally put to tears the first time someone had responded to her by saying that they had heard of her organization.   

    Amazingly, the sanctuary has been located at the home of Anne for the last 12 years.  Yes, she warmly opened the doors of her own home.  She houses mostly cats, a couple dogs, and even bunnies are added to the mix.  Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary has expanded it resources by offering many programs to aid in the overall welfare of animals.  One such program is their many foster pet-parents who provide shelter, food and love while animals are waiting to be adopted.  In addition, they have feral cat feeders who regularly go out and provide food to the many feral cat communities.  Another important asset to the Thundering Paws life saving efforts are their volunteer trappers who go out and capture feral cats in the area and take them in to receive donated services such as spaying and neutering by local veterinarians.

    Saving the lives of as many animals as possible is the main focus of Thundering Paws but they are aware that unfortunately, all of them cannot be saved.  Since this is a reality, Thundering Paws finds it to be a major priority to be available to all inquiries to their sanctuary.

    Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary is one of the very few organizations that answers calls and emails, even when their facility is full.

    They strongly focus on providing resources to those animals and families in need. They are able to give suggestion to those inquiring about surrendering a pet, lost and found animals, and animals in need of medical attention.  Thundering Paws has a program designed to keep animals in their present home when financial hardship is a concern. This program is called Thundering Paws Assistance and it provides discounted or donated medical care from local vets for services such as vaccinations, tooth problems, medication needs etc. These pets may otherwise be given up or abandoned without the benefits of these discounted medical fees.   Keeping a loved pet in its present home is the main goal of this program.

    As stated earlier, Thundering Paws has been up and running successfully for 12 years out of Anne’s home, however her long term goal includes moving the facility out of her home on to a piece of land that would less restrict her occupancy limits.  She would like to be able to increase the variety and numbers of animals that she houses.

    The sanctuary is always appreciative of volunteers and financial gifts.  The many options they offer make it easy to give one-time or monthly donations.  The goal of Thundering Paws is...

    1000 people giving $10/month = All Resident Expenses Covered

    Accomplishing this goal will allow them to move forward and get a capital campaign underway in order to attain the land that they so desire.  This will allow them to expand their facility and multiply the resources and love that they have to offer. 

    I encourage you to visit their site and donation page to see how you can help.

    If time is what you have, there are many other ways you can help at Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. 

    They are always in need of volunteers to:

    -Feed

    -Water

    -Scoop litter boxes

    -Cleaning

    -Petting

    -Dog walking

    -Trapping, will train

    -Foster families

    - Photographer to photograph animals up for adoption

    About 75% of the animals at the sanctuary are adoptable.  The sanctuary has two adoption coordinators to help you find just the right pet for you. Please visit their adoption page.  Also, if you are looking to adopt, here are some locations locally in the Austin, Texas area where you will find animals from Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary that are waiting to meet you.

    Everyday! PetSmart Cat Adoption Center in Bee Cave

    Shops at the Galleria (across from the Hill Country Galleria, off Hwy 71)
    12812 Shops Parkway #400
    Bee Cave, TX

    Saturdays & Sundays: PetSmart Adoption on Brodie Lane

    5207 Brodie Lane
    Austin, TX
    1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    In speaking with Anne, I was given the pleasure of hearing many uplifting stories of how Thundering Paws has helped save the lives of so many animals.  One of the many life saving success stories was of a litter of five kittens and their mom that were living in a field.  In attempt to save this feral family, a handful of trappers from Thundering Paws set out to capture them.  All were captured into safety except for one stubborn little black kitty that refused to be trapped. Probably due fear, this kitty was able to steal the food in the trap without being caught.  This dedicated group of four trained trappers worked on getting this kitty for a long four days until they finally had success with using a remote controlled trap door on the cage.  Today, all of the five kittens are safe and happy living with a foster couple and the momma kitty is living with one of the trappers.   This is just one perfect demonstration of how dedicated the team at Thundering Paws really is, and how multiple facets of their organization come together to save precious lives.  

       

     

    We, at CATVIDEOS.com have a heart for animals and it is inspiring to see and hear about people like Anne who are living out their dream and giving their heart in order to help others.

    Anne said, “I’m going to run Thundering Paws until the day I die”. 

    That is true passion. 

    Joining them and being a part of their extraordinary journey will warmly touch your life.

    Please visit their website, Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary.

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  • Grumpy Cat Takes On Hollywood For Book Release

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    The Purrfect Face Gives Grumpiness Tips In New Book

    Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book
     

    Putting Grumpy Cat back down after holding her was really hard to do. Ask anyone who was there, and they'll tell you that MammaMeow didn't want to let go. I had been holding her in my arms for about two minutes, and then it was time to place her back on her resting spot – the big red couch that served as her throne during her video shoot for Friskies. She was soft, cuddly, and so little. She seemed far from the definition of "grumpy" to me; but then you see her permanent sourpuss expression and you have to think, "Grumpy!"

    My brief, but very memorable meeting with Her Grumpiness was well documented in photos that I will long cherish. Getting to meet – and hold – a celebrity cat isn’t something one can do every day. This special treat came through the kind folks at Friskies and little Tardar Sauce’s cat parent and cat uncle, along with the splendidly smart cat meme manager, Ben Lashes.

    It was her uncle who started all the commotion about this beautiful, dwarf kitty. She was living an ordinary life with her cat parent and other family members when her cat uncle made the decision to post a photo of Tardar Sauce in the form of a cat meme on the internet.

    The rest is kitty cat history, and Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, is probably the most famous cat on the internet. Others claim this honor, but who hasn’t passed along one of Grumpy Cat’s memes, celebrating the grouch in all of us?

    Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book has made its debut in grand Hollywood style, and the kitty with the lovable frown’s legion of devoted fans are clamoring for a chance to get their paws on a copy. She made a rare public appearance at a sold-out book event that was held in California on the book’s launch day.

    The new Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world. The book features new as well as classic GC photos, and includes grump-inspiring activities and games. Grumpy Cat delivers (as always and only when she's ready) unmatched, hilarious grumpiness that puts any bad mood in perspective.

    I love this description of little Tardar Sauce, found on one of the bookseller websites:

    "Grumpy Cat is a small cat with a big frown who has inspired a hugely popular meme. With a sour expression that could stop traffic (and make it feel bad about itself), Grumpy Cat's talents include passing judgment, raining on parades, and making happy people grouchy."

    Well, I was a bit grouchy the day I met Grumpy Cat. I’ll be the first to tell you that when you are honored to be in her royal presence, even the grouchiest among us humans has to feel a bit more happy, relaxed and content. That’s what it’s all about. For that, Grumpy Cat, we thank you.

    Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book is available Amazon, Apple iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound and many other places in both digital and hard cover editions.

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    Editor's Note: From what her cat mom told me, and what I witnessed, Grumpy Cat’s life is 99% normal kitty stuff. She plays with the other cats in her family, and loves to interact with her human family – sometimes at 3 a.m. That sounds pretty normal to me! Grumpy Cat’s photo sessions are brief, and are held only about once a week. She has traveled from her home in Arizona, to the Big Apple, to our hometown of Austin, Texas. Now she’s traveled to Hollywood, California, and I’ll bet she made the trip just fine in her simple, pink cat carrier, nestled right by her cat parent.

    Info and photos courtesy of Her Royal Grumpiness, Grumpy Cat and her family.
     

  • Gwen Cooper's Odyssey of Love Comes to Austin

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    Gwen Cooper and Homer

    Gwen Cooper Brings Her Cat Love Story to Austin


    Gwen Cooper Book Reading: Love Saves the Day, Sat., May 18, 2 to 4 p.m.

    Austin Pets Alive! Bldg. A, 1156 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas USA.
     

    Cats, those beings at the top of the list of mysterious creatures, have been sharing the world with humans for thousands of years. They’ve been crawling up the legs of our jeans and scraping their way down our curtains, shredding both skin and fabric as we human “cat parents” sigh, and simply buy new jeans and hang new window coverings. No matter what, the cat stays.

    There is nothing new about people being cat parents. What’s new is our admission to the fact – en masse – and the pride that comes from knowing it’s now “okay” to be owned by a cat.

    The internet is now the dog park for cat people. The web we feline parents weave online is a cat park of sorts, built from the videos and stories passed along with pride through our blogs and through social media. We share our cute cat moments, goofy videos and poignant prose about all things feline. In the darkest hours of cat parenthood we cry together, as we accept the fact that our cat’s lifespan is naturally shorter than our own.  

    If you’re looking for cat people, and great cat stories, there is no place better to find feline-related activity than at your local bookseller. Even with the boom in online cat activity – by and for cat people and their cats – what has never changed is our love of cat books. From All Things Bright and Beautiful, to the silliness of I Am Maru, and the poignant dose of reality in Dewey – The Small Town Cat Who Changed the World, the printed page seems to adopt cats the way Austinites do – as a habit.

    Homer's Odyssey has been translated into at least 13 languages.


    Bestselling author, Gwen Cooper, knows how to love a cat, and her first feline tale, Homer’s Odyssey, A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned About Life and Love Living With a Blind Wonder Cat, became an instant favorite with cat lovers around the world, and has been translated into at least 13 languages. Homer has a Facebook following that would rival any rock star on the planet and his fans have waited, and prayed, through some trying times for the kitty in the past year.


    Cooper’s second dive into cat literature, a novel titled Love Saves the Day, will make many a daughter, mother and cat lover sigh, cry, laugh, and – most of all – remember that love really can save just about any of us from ourselves. With a voice only a cat could muster, the heroine, Prudence, dishes out cat philosophy as she figures out what’s going on with her suddenly up-ended world.

    “Humans best understand the truth of things if they come at it indirectly. Like how sometimes the best way to catch a mouse that’s right in front of you is to back up before you pounce.”

    So notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen's tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious (and occasionally cranky) feline. When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she knows she’s found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one day Sarah doesn’t come home. From Prudence’s perch on the windowsill she sees Laura, the daughter who hardly ever comes to visit Sarah, arrive with her new husband. They’re carrying boxes. Before they even get to the front door, Prudence realizes that her life has changed forever.  



    Suddenly Prudence finds herself living in a strange apartment with humans she barely knows. It could take years to train them in the feline courtesies and customs (for example, a cat should always be fed before the humans, and at the same exact time every day) that Sarah understood so well. Prudence clings to the hope that Sarah will come back for her while Laura, a rising young corporate attorney, tries to push away memories of her mother and the tumultuous childhood spent in her mother’s dusty downtown record store. The secret joys, past hurts, and life-changing moments that make every mother-daughter relationship special will come to the surface, and with Prudence’s help, daughter Laura will learn that the past, like a mother’s love, never dies.

    Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny in the ways only a cat can be, Love Saves the Day is a story of hope, healing, and how the love of an animal can make all of us better humans. It’s the story of a mother and daughter divided by the turmoil of bohemian New York, and the opinionated, irrepressible feline who will become the bridge between them.

    It’s a novel for anyone who’s ever lost a loved one, wondered what their cat was really thinking, or fallen asleep with a purring feline nestled in their arms. Prudence, a cat like no other, is sure to steal your heart.  

    Gwen Cooper: Wonderwoman and Cat Parent. Cooper’s career, and eventual dive into authoring cat books, began in Miami, where Gwen spent five years working in nonprofit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated and led direct-service volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, His House, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, the Daily Bread Food Bank, and Family Resource Center (an organization providing emergency shelter for abused and neglected children). She also initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti.

    Gwen was selected for membership in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami program—and was nominated for Leadership Miami’s Carlos Arboleya Community Service Award. She also joined the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation.

    Eventually making a career transition from non-rofit administration to marketing communications, Gwen moved to Manhattan in 2001 and was Creative Services Manager for AOL Time Warner’s online marketing group. In 2003, Gwen was offered the position of Special Projects Manager at Wenner Media, publisher of Rolling Stone and Us Weekly, where she worked until the sale of her first book early in 2006.

    Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats—Homer, Clayton, and Fanny. The author says that the kitties really aren’t impressed with any of it.

    Gwen’s national book tour for Love Saves the Day is scheduled not for the usual bookstore locations, but she reads and signs her books only at No-Kill shelters and adoption/rescue facilities in each city she visits. She will read to the humans, and to the kitties, at each stop. In Austin, Gwen is visiting Austin Pets Alive! and stated about her visit to the Lone Star's capital, "I live in New York, and most of what we hear about Austin up here has to do with the arts and music scene. But since writing Homer's Odyssey and now Love Saves the Day, I've heard from so many wonderful shelter volunteers in Austin, and from so many readers who've adopted animals there. I know that Austin is the first major US city to become a truly no-kill city, and I'm incredibly excited to get to go there and meet the hard-working people who've made that possible."

    Cooper believes that when you help animals, you help people. The tour for Love Saves the Day highlights that animal welfare is ultimately about human welfare. The shelters and rescue groups on the tour have been selected on the strength of innovative programs that extend their work with animals into programs that serve humans. They've implemented programs that serve the elderly, the homeless, military families, at-risk children (with programs for literacy, anti-bullying, character building), low-income families, disaster survivors, domestic violence victims, and more. Love does save the day, and not just for the animals these organizations rescue.

    Donations of blankets, cat litter, cat food and toys for the kitties waiting to be adopted are encouraged, and can be brought to the Austin Pets Alive! Gwen Cooper Book Reading on May 18, at 2 p.m.

    ARM & HAMMER® Ultra Last™Clumping Cat Litter is donating 500 pounds of litter to each shelter and rescue group on the tour and Litter Genies are being given away to a limited number of attendees at each book signing.

    Austin’s largest no-kill organization, Austin Pets Alive! implements innovative and progressive programs in Austin and Central Texas after studying the best practices of other cities who are no-kill or are in the process of becoming no-kill. Their PASS (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) program helps people who are having pet problems so that they don’t need to surrender their pets to kill shelters. 
    Volunteers take phone calls and emails from pet owners in crisis and help them find the resources they need to keep or rehome their pets. If owners are surrendering their pet because of medical issues that they cannot afford, PASS or AAC (Austin Animal Center) will refer them to the Pets Alive community clinic, where pets are treated with sliding scale fees.

    For more information about Austin Pets Alive! go to:  www.austinpetsalive.org

    You can follow Gwen, Homer and all the kitties at www.gwencooper.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Homerblindcatfans.

    Gwen Cooper Book Reading: Love Saves the Day, Sat, May 18, 2 to 4p.m., Austin Pets Alive! Bldg. A, 1156 West Cesar Chavez.

    Gwen will also make a private stop at Shadow Cats in the Austin area on Friday, May 17. You can watch Gwen read from Love Saves the Day, LIVE, at 7 p.m., Fri., May 17 at www.ShadowCats.net. Information is on Shadow Cats website's home page. The kitty cam link is: http://www.shadowcats.net/kitty-cam.php

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    Photos and info courtesy of Gwen Cooper and Austin Pets Alive!

  • Internet Cats On His Mind

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    Making Internet Cat Stars Shine


    Ben Lashes, Manager of Cat Meme Stars, Has The Purrfect Job

    “It’s an awesome time for cats in the world…”

    Those were the well-spoken words of cat meme and purrsonality manager, Ben Lashes, at a recent interview with our CatVideos.com staff, here in our hometown of Austin, Texas.

    Ben’s sentiment sums up our excitement about cats in the land of the internet. Lashes,
    manager for Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat, and Nyan Cat, also represents a host of other meme celebrities and other internet entities through his company A Weird Movie.

    CatVideos.com staff interviewed Ben Lashes and Grumpy Cat's parents in Austin, Texas.


    We spoke to Lashes during the day-long video shoot for the upcoming segments of Friskies “Will Kitty Play With It?” online game show for cats. Grumpy Cat was in Austin, TX, for the video shoot, plus the not-so-sourpuss kitty spent a couple days making a purrsonal appearance in the Mashable tent at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin. During Tardar Sauce’s appearance time, – yes, that’s Grumpy Cat’s real name – thousands of the kitty’s devoted fans lined up for blocks, with many spending 2-3 hours waiting to have their photo taken with the internet’s cat queen.  Local, national and international media all hailed Grumpy Cat as the “Hit” of the annual  interactive mega festival, leaving the likes of Al Gore and the creator of “Slumdog Millionnaire” in her kitty box dust.

    As Grumpy Cat’s manager, Lashes made the arrangements for her “talent work,” and was part of the official entourage escorting the kitty around town. A visit to the Austin Pets Alive! no-kill shelter was a highlight for Grumpy Cat’s owner and entourage; but, of course, Grumpy Cat never cracked a grin. Tardar Sauce gave her famous game face a work out for the good cause, which was much appreciated by the Austin Pets Alive! folks.

    She's really not a Grumpy Cat.



    The Friskies video shoot was a real coup for the brand, and for the cat and her family.
    Lasher described the experience by stating, “It’s great to partner up with cool brands that, ‘get it’ and like to do cool, new things.”

    How does Lasher pick a cat meme or video like Grumpy Cat to seek out to manage? How does he know which one of the thousands (or millions) of new memes, videos or photos will end up being the most popular “thing” on the internet? Lasher answered with a knowing, yet simple statement, saying, “I stay up-to-date on the internet and I know a hit when I see it.”

    About Grumpy Cat, Lasher explained his thoughts on her popularity by stating, “It’s always great to relate to somebody else who’s not having a perfect day and laugh about it.”

    That’s a very true statement for all of us, and why Grumpy Cat’s little frown makes us smile. Grumpy Cat brings us all down to earth, gives us a stamp of approval of sorts, that our own problems are just like everyone else’s...and we’ll be okay.

    Catnip to Line the Red Carpet?
    A preview of things to come only gets more interesting and profitable for internet cat faves as Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat are about to hit the bigger screen. Lasher said, “The Lil Bub documentary will premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat all share the big screen with Lil Bub.”

    Lashes predicted that it may be the first Tribeca film to have cats walking the red carpet. Oh Meow!

    He added, “There’s only so long you can keep these cats on the small screen, the small small screen. It’s time to hit the movie theaters.”

    What fun we’ll see from these internet kitties in the future. Just remember there’s a very smart guy named Ben Lashes, working behind the scenes to make sure you and I are completely surrounded by internet cat stars. It was great to meet Ben and learn a little bit about the background of the great feline meme manager.

    “Mews of the Day” is a fun, enlightening look at the world of cats, large and small. Join us here on CatVideos.com, as we share news, blogs, photos and entertaining videos about – and for – cats.

    Photos by John Ludlow, Eric Dorris and Mia Garcia
    Videography: Eric Dorris

  • One Happy Grumpy Cat

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    Why This (Normal) Grumpy Cat Makes Us Happy


    I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame, and it happened while I was holding and snuggling the one and only Grumpy Cat. That’s it. Nothing in my life will ever compare to those minutes with GC. Not even snuggling with Brad Pitt would rank up there with the feeling of contentment I had while cradling the tiny, soft-furred and extremely docile cat, Tardar Sauce.

    The grumpy-looking kitten, who’s just shy of one-year-old, was in my hometown of Austin, TX, to film game show segments for Friskies “Will Kitty Play With It?” – an online game show for cats. During the video shoot, handlers tempted Grumpy Cat with all manner of kitty toys. Will she play with it?  We’ll have to wait for Grumpy Cat’s Friskies game show segments, starting later this month, to find that one out.

    Other than for her obvious fame and popularity, why did Friskies choose Grumpy Cat to star in the “Will Kitty Play With It” segments? Why pick the kitty who seems to point a disinterested glare at everything she sees? The answer is that Grumpy Cat is a regular kitty, even though she is different from the average house cat in her physical structure. Cats love to play, explore and are naturally curious creatures. “Cats use their creativity, curiosity and imaginations to make just about any household item into a toy,” explained Shawn Brain, Friskies brand manager. “We created ‘Will Kitty Play With It?’ to have some fun encouraging people to be more adventurous with playtime.”

    Grumpy Cat's Uncle, Bryan, and Cat Parent, Tabatha, were in Austin with Tardar Sauce.



    Grumpy Cat (along with her owner and entourage) were also here to visit the Mashable tent at the SXSW Interactive Festival, in a bow to the popularity of internet “memes.”  The internet’s kitty queen was at the tent to be bowed to by thousands of her humble subjects. The line to see and have your photo taken with Grumpy Cat was more than three blocks long – longer than for any other line – even for a chance to meet Danny Boyle, the genius behind “Slumdog Millionaire.” Many who waited in line were treated to a sleeping kitty, but that didn’t deter any of the faithful.

    Last week, CatVideos.com staff was honored to be invited to interview Grumpy Cat’s owner, Tabatha “Tabby” Bundesen, and her brother, Bryan, the man who posted the first photos of Grumpy Cat on the internet. Bryan also handles GC’s social media presence, including her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Grumpy Cat's manager, Ben Lasher, waits and watches

    as Tardar Sauce is filmed for the Friskies game show.



    Ben Lasher, the man behind the memes, is Grumpy Cat’s manager. This young, hip, internet guru also manages the likes of Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat. Imagine holding all that cat power in the clicks of your mouse. The man knows a super cat meme when he sees one.

    CNN reported that the popularity of in-person visits with Grumpy Cat at the SXSW event supports the idea of “celebrity” status coming from internet fame. One GC visitor at the Mashable tent, Mason Peatross, told CNN, "There's this great universal quality that Grumpy Cat captures. Everybody's got that grumpy moment where they just hate things. The cat just makes me laugh every time."
    According to CNN, Peatross waited in line for 90 minutes to have his photo take with Grumpy Cat. When it was his turn to make his bow to the queen, she was asleep.

    When I was given the chance to hold Grumpy Cat, I hadn’t been prepared for such an honor. I was told I would be able to have my photo taken with Her Grumpiness, but to hold her – oh, that was so special. I have never held a dwarf kitty, and her smallness and lightweight body structure startled me. She’s almost a year old, yet light as a feather. And, Grumpy cat is very docile, except as her owner, Tabatha, told me, “She goes crazy with all the cats at about 3 in the morning. That’s when she’s most active. We can’t get photos or videos because it’s dark, but she really moves around fast.”

    No throne for the internet queen; just a pink carrier

    and fluffy cat bed for Tardar Sauce.

     

    Tabatha told me that making the airline trip from their home in Arizona to Austin was an adventure. Tabatha had been able to keep Tardar Sauce under wraps through airport security and the wait at the airport gate. But, once they were on the airplane and in the air, as she took Tardar Sauce out of her carrier, they lost their cover. A man in the seat in front of them got out his phone and held up a photo meme of Grumpy Cat. “It’s that cat on the internet! It’s Grumpy Cat!” Then, the entire airplane knew that Grumpy Cat was on board. Ah, the life of the most famous internet cat.

    Bryan Bundesen, Grumpy Cat’s “uncle,” helps with day-to-day internet and social media, and has worked with a company to produce t-shirts, mugs and other products with the original Grumpy Cat “mug.” Every few days, sister, Tabatha, sends her brother new photos of Tardar Sauce, Bryan uploads and creates the posts and the world bows at Grumpy Cat’s paws.

    A trip to New York City to appear on the Today Show was what Ben Lasher, GC’s manager, called the “outer circle” of the “concentric circles of internet fame.” Lasher said that snagging a spot on the Today Show is the ultimate prize – it means an internet or “meme” star has made it to the top of internet fame and is here to stay.

    Sure, her owner was paid to bring Grumpy Cat to Austin so the kitty could appear for Friskies in the game show segments and as a special guest with Mashable at its outdoor “lounge.” Some have shouted “Exploitation!” at the idea of little Grumpy Cat being made into an in-person “star.” I saw no exploitation, nor did I see any poor handling of Grumpy Cat, or of the stand-in kitties who waited patiently in kitty crates for their shot of fame, each time the lighting folks needed to do their thing. All I saw was a very protective, down-to-earth, level-headed and lovable owner, a business-smart and loving brother and an entourage of folks all there to make sure Grumpy Cat was safe, healthy and happy.

    As for the moniker, “Grumpy Cat,” I’ve seen unhappy cats, and Grumpy Cat did not fit that bill. Tabatha said Grumpy Cat is extremely docile to start with, and her wild kitty side shows up around 3 a.m. That’s a normal cat to me. It’s almost 2 p.m., and all my cats are snoozing and will be asleep for several hours. The 3 a.m. kitty crazies hit my house every night, too. So, Grumpy Cat sounds very normal to me.

    Back home in Arizona, other than a visit to the vet now and then, and a few photo opportunities, Grumpy Cat hasn’t made her fame into a daily duty. She loves her little pink kitty carrier, has her own kitty bed and plays with her brother, Pokey, and the other pets in the household for her daily activities.

    Where will Grumpy Cat go from here? More memes are popping up, the website is in full swing and little GC has made her first official appearances. Grumpy Cat will soon appear in a documentary film with Lil Bub and Friends, about internet sensations and memes, with the film’s premier being held at the Tribeca Film Festival. Imagine a red carpet lined in catnip and cat toys.

    The beauty of all this, in the real world, is that by just being herself, Grumpy Cat is making people happy. We smile when we see her little frown, knowing that her little grump is the vision of what we’re feeling after a long day at work or after an hour spent frantically trying to calm a screaming toddler. Grumpy Cat’s non-smile makes us smile. That’s what Grumpy Cat’s owner thinks is the best part of all the hoopla surrounding Grumpy Cat’s image. "I'm thrilled to see that my cat brings joy to people," said Tabatha.

    I believe this experience, and the obvious benefits, have been good for Tabatha and her family. That’s a good thing in my book, as I want to see good things happen to people who love their cats. And, I believe that Grumpy Cat is a happy, content and much-loved little kitty, no matter how sour-faced she looks in her photos. I know that I felt something special when I was able to hold her. Is it magic? Sure it is. It’s the magical power that every cat person feels when they hold a kitty. I looked at Grumpy Cat and saw a small, very quiet and content kitty. My thought upon holding her was really a prayer that all cats in the world be as loved, and content as our dear not-at-all-Grumpy Cat, the one and only, Tardar Sauce.

    -- Mia Garcia, "MammaMeow"

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    Photos by Eric Dorris, John Ludlow and Mia Garcia

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    Friskies Teams Up With Grumpy Cat

    to Film Purrfect Game Show Segment



    Perched on a sofa, patiently waiting for her next take, the tiny cat with the unusual and totally heartwarming facial expression pulled her paws inward and gave a small sigh. A loving family pet who enjoys her alone time, Tardar Sauce, aka “Grumpy Cat,” seemed to be thinking, “Are they ever going to let me go home so I can take a nap?”

    Showing no fear, or any sign of grumpiness, little “Tardar Sauce,” made her major brand video debut today as she starred in the soon-to-be-released, episode of Friskies’ “Will Kitty Play With It?” online game show. Friskies created the game show to give cat parents new ideas for playtime and to increase the quality of activity sessions between kitties and their human families.

    CatVideos.com’s editorial and marketing team was thrilled to be invited to speak with Tardar Sauce’s human family, along with Tardar Sauce’s manager, and staff from Friskies and the company’s advertising and marketing agencies.

    This peak behind-the-scenes into the making of the new Friskes “Will Kitty Play With It?” game show segment was also purrfect fun as our CatVideos.com family was able to hold and play with Tardar Sauce on the game show’s film set.

    Eric Dorris, co-founder of CatVideos.com, videotaped interviews with Tardar Sauce’s family and her “staff,” and we will post these features in the “Highlight Video” on the CatVideos.com home page and through links I’ll provide in the “Mews of the Day.”

    Much more material than one “Mews” can handle was discussed and filmed, and anyone with an interest in the making of cat videos, cat memes and cat-related marketing should enjoy these lively conversations. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like when a video of a cat goes viral – extremely viral – then stay tuned to our “Mews of the Day” feature on the CatVideos.com home page for the next week as we explore the wonderful online (and real) world of Grumpy Cat.

    If you are in Austin for the SXSW Interactive Conference, Mashable.com will host Grumpy Cat in its marketing tent, providing photo opportunities for the public. Check this link for more information: http://mashable.com/2013/03/04/mashable-house-sxswi/

    The message from Mashable.com reads:

    We're excited to announce the Mashable House at SXSWi 2013! As flocks of people in digital descend into the city of Austin for SXSWi for a week of networking, panels and parties, the Mashable House will offer a place to kick back, relax and have some fun.
    Located on the corner of East Cesar Chavez and Trinity Street, and across the street from the Austin Convention Center, Mashable House will open its doors to the public this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Throughout the weekend in Austin, stop by our Mashable House to kick back, relax, and become part of the Mashable community. Mingle with our team and connect with the larger SXSWi community while we interview industry leaders of interactive, film, and music. If you swing by, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet and have your picture taken with two famous internet memes: Grumpy Cat and Scumbag Steve.

    The House will be open to the public during the following hours:
    Friday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    For all things SXSWi and Mashable, and to receive live updates, follow our hashtag #MashSXSW on Twitter.


    NOTE: This does NOT mean Grumpy Cat will be available for photos during the entire time the Mashable House is open to the public. Grumpy Cat is a small, loving, family cat and may not be available at all sessions due to the most pressing of all cat needs: the nap.

    Our suggestion is to arrive at the Mashable House early, and if you are able to have your photo taken with Grumpy Cat, remember that she is a small kitty and has only made a few personal appearances in her short first year. As with all new animals you handle, be sure to use hand sanitizer before handling Grumpy Cat or any other pet.

     

    Some of the CatVideos.com team shared the experience of meeting 'Grumpy Cat.'


    We enjoyed our visit with little Tardar Sauce and her devoted Mom and Uncle and the folks from Friskies and those who were there to create and support the video production.

    Will Tardar Sauce play with the toy in the Friskies game show segment? We’ll never tell. Watch our Home Page and Facebook page for special features about Tardar Sauce and check back here to “Mews of the Day,” as we explore the tiny cat’s life as an internet star and a loving – and much loved – family cat.

    “Mews of the Day” is a fun, enlightening look at the world of cats, large and small. Join us here on CatVideos.com, as we share news, blogs, photos and entertaining videos about – and for – cats.

    Photo of Tardar Sauce by Mia Garcia

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    Show Your Love For Grumpy Cat


    Mashable, the social media wonder-world, has given us cat lovers a real gem: Ten Terrific Grumpy Cat Tributes on Etsy. The folks at Mashable sorted through thousands of Grumpy cat products posted on Etsy.com, and picked out ten of the best nods to the ultra-upset feline and packaged them up in a neat little box for us.

    You just have to smile...


    From Grumpy Cat Coasters that are sure to give you some angst with your coffee, to a set of Grumpy Cat greeting cards and huggable GC plush toys, Etsy.com users have gone Grumpy Cat crazy. The frowning feline can be found on all manner of T-shirts, caps, pillowcases and even an old-fashioned, framed pendant so you can wear the furry little sad face around your neck. (Maybe to ward off angry dogs or birds?) And, you’ll also find infant wear emblazoned with a drawing of Grumpy Cat. How cute is little GC on a onesie?

    Grumpy baby? Grumpy Cat to the rescue!


    We love Grumpy Cat and know that inside this kitty is just that – a kitty. Playing with the GC plush toys sure seems like a fun idea and the coasters, well, those are in a league of their own. Take a look at the Mashable Grumpy Cat picks, then explore Etsy.com for all the great Grumpy Cat ideas.

    Four paws up to Mashable for bringing us the best Grumpy Cat Tributes from Etsy. To view Mashable’s web post, go to: Grumpy Cats on Etsy.

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    Images and info courtesy of Mashable.com, littleleestudios/Etsy, Efficats/Etsy and AfternoonCoffee/Etsy
     

  • Houston Cat Club Show ROARS!

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    Houston Cat Club's Diamond Jubilee Cat Show a Roaring Success

    The CATVIDEOS.COM crew enjoyed meeting many wonderful cat people and their lovely felines at this past weekend’s Houston Cat Club Diamond Jubilee Cat Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The 8-ring show was judged by Ken Currle, Donna Fuller, Barbara Jaeger, David Mare, Joan Miller, Vicki Nye, Gary Powell and Jim Thompson. Many thousands of people – and it seemed like even more cats – were in attendance at one of the Cat Fancier's Association's premier events.

    Stretch that kitty!

    The Show Hall was packed and we met many wonderful new friends!

    Jill and Debbie from CATVIDEOS.COM hope you enjoyed learning about the new website,

    our DVD's for cats, and all the fun we have in store for our cat community.

    Thanks for stopping by our booth!

     

    The Houston Cat Club has quite a reputation for providing fun and spirited entertainment at their events. Their website includes a fun look back at 50+ years of cat show production and how the club managed to write the “how-to” book on cat show management. The site also gives us a look at what a great experience the Houston Cat Club members have created for attendees and contestants throughout the years.

    Quoting with glee from, “The Houston Cat Club Celebrates 50 Years,” by Jeanie McPhee on the Houston Cat Club website:

    “What many exhibitors and spectators remember about the Houston Cat Show are some of the wild publicity stunts. The musical “Showboat” was a theme at one of the early shows. Spectators actually had to walk down a gangplank to enter the show hall. The year psychic Jeanne Dixon was invited and brought her pet “Mike the Magical” for exhibition, the fire marshal had to limit the number of spectators entering the show hall. Renowned actress and animal lover, Betty White, also made a personal appearance at one of the shows. Another memorable show had the hall decorated with space modules, thanks to NASA, and several astronauts even brought their pet cats for exhibition. Plus, who can forget the Houston Cat Show where the club raffled off a new car. That proved to be the most attended show in Houston Cat Club history with more than 14,000 spectators!”

    Ms. McPhee ended her “look back report” on the Club’s website with a sincere "thank you" to those who helped make the Houston Cat Club Shows a roaring success!

    “Thanks to many willing hands and hearts, the Houston Cat Club has given more than $875,000 to animal charities. Yet membership alone is not totally responsible for the club’s success. Every exhibitor, judge, spectator, pet food distributor, vendor, newspaper, television station, radio station, and CFA is due a sincere thank you. Without your help there would never have been a “big” Houston.”

    – Jeanie McPhee, Houston Cat Club, from their website.

    This year’s Houston Cat Club Diamond Jubilee Show was no exception, and our congratulations go to the Houston Cat Club for a job well done!

    A welcome to the many new friends we met at the show and we hope you enjoy creating your profile and sharing videos, photos and stories here on CATVIDEOS.COM!

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