Catster's July Meow

July 10, 2007
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Dear Catster Member,

What's cookin', cool cat?

Summer's officially official now that fireworks have dazzled, and sizzling BBQs and picnics have been enjoyed by feline and human alike. Catster HQ is purring with festivities, fun, and lots of excitement. Get the scoop on our latest tricks and treats here.

Time's Running Out For You To Get Your
FREE Shutterfly Photo Book

Have you created your free Shutterfly photo book yet? This special introductory offer for Catster members runs out in one week. (You must have joined Catster prior to June 13th.) So don't delay and get your free limited time $30 value gift today. Here are some tips for getting most out of your photobook: Gather about 20 of your favorite, high-resolution photos before you begin, set aside about 45 minutes to create your masterpiece, and don't forget to play around with the custom backgrounds and colors! What's best? The final product is shipped in less than a week to your home. Me-WOW! Get your Shutterfly Code here.

Catster And 9Lives® Partner To Launch Adoption Center
Catster and 9Lives® have united to bring together animal shelters and their homeless felines with potential adopters in the Adoption Center. The ultimate goal is to find loving homes for 1 million kitties. The center is chock full of adorable photos and profiles of the kitties looking to be adopted, as well as a wealth of information and advice for new cat owners. Support from the cat-loving community is an essential part of the success of the Adoption Center. So, if you know anyone looking for a new furry friend then spread the word, purrty please.

Buy Zealies: Make A Kitty's Day

Watermelon Rosettes!
One of the most furtastic things about Catster is sharing the love with your fellow felines. Zealies allow you to gift Rosettes and Stars to your favorite Catster pals, so buy some today. Remember, they're good on Dogster, too. There are lots of packages--from 40 Zealies for $10 to 100 Zealies for $25 (plus 20 bonus Zealies). Talk about a kittlylicious deal. This month's special: US Flag, Canadian Flag and Watermelon Rosettes! Buy your Zealies now!

Curious Cat Tip #108
Q: It's heating up outside. What kind of precautions should you take to ensure your outdoor kitties stay cool and safe?
A: During the summer, grooming your outdoor pussycat is more important than ever. A good brushing everyday is ideal, as hairballs tend to develop more often during hot-weather months due to excess shedding. Also pay close attention to Fluffy's ears, as dirt tends to gravitate to the area. Pet or baby wipes will gently clean the area. Eyes and noses tend to get dirty too, so make sure to check those areas. Keep your eyes open for ear mites, which drive pets crazy but can be controlled with over-the-counter drops. And, of course, always have fresh cool water available so your cats can hydrate when they're done pussyfooting around outside.

For more advice on a wide range of topics, head to the Catster Forums.

Catster Community: Love, Loss and Friendship
We recently received this touching p-mail from Catster member Kristin, who recently lost her beloved kitty Oliver.
Recently, our beloved little 3-year-old cat Oliver was diagnosed with feline HCM and went blind in the span of a week. During this time, we posted regular updates on his condition and were so happy to receive messages of love and support (and many Rosettes) from so many wonderful people on Catster. It really helped us to know that there were so many others out there who took the time to purr for us, even when many of them were also dealing with pet illnesses and their own sadness.

Yesterday, Oliver's condition took a turn for the worse. We made the horrible decision to help him to the Bridge yesterday at 5pm. After saying a special goodbye to his brother Martin, he went peacefully to sleep in the arms of his parents, surrounded by love. He made little biscuits with his paws on our arms and in our hands as he went to sleep.
We love to hear how Catster has changed/improved/bettered your life. Keep meowing those tales to If we use your note in an upcoming newsletter, we'll credit your account 10 Zealies!

Cool Catster Doodads
Catster badges and stickers are fun ways to show your ferocious devotion to Catster. It's simple to make a badge for your kitty and put it on your other web pages. (Learn how here []. Or, send in a self-addressed stamped envelope and score some Catster stickers that you can put on car bumpers, notebooks, computers, you name it. Mail to Catster Stickers, 555 DeHaro Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Paws out!

May all animals be happy and safe,
Catster HQ
Catster, here kitty, kitty!

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