Cat-Related Happenings for January and February 2017


Editor’s note: Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting area of your vet’s office? This article appeared in our January/February 2017 issue. Click here to subscribe to Catster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home.


January is Walk Your Pet Month. For ideas about how this applies to cats, we have posts by Heather Marcoux, JaneA Kelley and Angie Bailey.

Change your calendar — to this one.


If you’re looking for something really different, go for Cats of 1986. This mix of cats and ‘80s pop culture is like totally rad! Can’t get enough? There’s a book, too! Written by Jeffrey Brown and published by Chronicle Books. Just another way to have cats make your day, every day.

Jan. 2 is Pet Travel Safety Day.

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Jan. 22 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. So, uh, how do you celebrate this day? Don’t worry! Catster. com came up with some questions your cat may be asking you: Why do you get so upset when I pee on the carpet? (Especially when YOU forget to change my litter box, put in weird litter, or stick the box in a cold, dark basement.) Why do you yell at me when I scratch the new sofa? (What else am I supposed to scratch on? Get me a real, solid scratching post, and I’ll leave that sofa alone.) For more questions your cat may be asking you nonverbally, read our humor post on the topic.


Starting Feb. 3, you can explore the role of cats, lions, and feline creatures at the Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt exhibition running from Feb. 3 through April 3 at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Stela with the Gods Bes and Tutu, 332-­30 B.C.E., Limestone, Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.98.

A related lecture on cat behavior will also be given by Dr. Julie Albright on April 2. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Yekaterina Barbash, associate curator of Egyptian art, Brooklyn Museum. Go to the McClung Museum’s website for more information.

No Cats Allowed: Before you get too alarmed, that’s just the title of Miranda James’ seventh book in the bestselling Cat in the Stacks mystery series.


February is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and follow the sleuthing of librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel. The paper- back is now available in bookstores and on Amazon. Published by Berkley Publishing Group.

Feb. 14 is National Pet-Theft Awareness Day. Yes,  there really are people out there who steal pets, as horrible as it is to think about.

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Last Chance for Animals recommends not leaving your pet unattended anywhere, keeping your pet indoors, especially when you are not home, and properly identifying your pet with an ID tag and microchip.


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