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In the last issue I featured two of my cats on the masthead of the
newsletter. This issue features Mia, sent in by Ginger. Here's her comment:

This is Mia. Of my 3 cats, she is my comedian. Every day she makes me laugh! When it gets too cold, Mia keeps her paws warm in my slippers.
From her mother,

Thank you Ginger! Mia is gorgeous!

I would love to feature your kitties in the header of future issues of the Kitty Times, too!  Just email a photo to me at hipaws @, with "Cat Photo" in the subject line.
Let's not forget, it's still extremely cold in many parts of the U.S. and in other countries, too! In fact, I just read there was snow in Jerusalem the other day!
This means we still must be diligent in caring for outside cats so they don't freeze to death. This cooler is a DIY project you can easily do, as suggested by the ASPCA.
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As always, be sure to check with your local shelter(s) to see what they need. It's the surest way to ensure your generosity benefits the animals and not the
million-dollar-a-year CEO of a large national organization.
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                      February 21, 2015
Should you let your cats sleep in bed with you?
Somehow, I think this is a non-issue. All my cats are welcome on the bed. Some nights that means 10 of them, and some nights they prefer another spot in the house.
How do you handle it? Do you like to have a "cuddle pile?"
That said, if your cat prefers his or her own bed, here are some great DIY (Do It Yourself) ideas:
Here are some videos you may enjoy:
This first one is from Ginger Jones:
This one is from Meow Mix. The contest is over, but you can still enjoy the videos that were submitted!
And here is this month's video on the website:
This is Holly. Some of you may remember her from last year when she turned 25. I can hardly believe another year has passed and she's still with us! I plan to feature her on my blog next month (a random birthday chosen because that's the month we rescued her in 2004 when she was 15). She doesn't appear to be fading anytime soon, either. In fact, she has gained more than a pound since last year. She eats well and is very strong. Watch for her on my blog, here:
Rescuers in Hawaii have their hands full since the volcano on the big island erupted recently. Lava is still flowing and cats dumped in the wild are in danger. They don't understand how lava works and running up a tree doesn't save them. Here is the link to read their story, and how to donate to help them if you're so inclined:
Cats have different kinds of purrs!
This is an interesting article about a study done to define how and why cats purr. The researchers found cats produce purring for two reasons. They should have asked me about the third type. However, it's rather unethical to reproduce the reason for the third purr, so they probably didn't think of it. But in my work with stray cats, I learned that they also purr when dying. I believe it's a form of self comforting, related to the healing purr discovered not long ago as well.
Cats on a Skylight
On a happier note, this is an entertaining article.
Cute cat socks!
I'm not associated with this company in any way. I just thought these stockings were really cute and thought you might enjoy looking at them, too.  (C)2015