Our Customer’s CATtoos!(A tattoo of a cat or cats.)

A few weeks ago a very delightful-customer named Paula sent us a photo of her first tattoo, a CATtoo. She and her daughter wanted to do something fun and memorable before the girl went off to college and they thought getting tattoo’s would be perfect! Paula designed a cat motif, or a CATtoo. We featured it in our newsletter and asked if anyone else would like to show theirs off to send us photos and a story if there was one. Here they are – inky and loving Valentine’s Day ways to honor the cats in their lives!


 

From Lori: “This was the love of my life Turtle, (Turtle-Hendrix full name lol). He suddenly passed from a tumor in his trachea and couldn’t breathe. They told me for 4 months that it was asthma, after being on inhalers and nothing working I went to another vet who informed me it was cancer and 4 days later had to be put down at age 14. I had just taken in 3 semi feral girls and they all loved him soooooooooooo much. So I got his actual body on my arm, where he would always snuggle beside me so we can be inseparable. My ex bf the tattoo artist traced his body from a photo and he is now on my arm forever. Later on I added the turtle above since his name was Turtle and I have a Turtle “Miss Pickles”


 

From Donna: “Hi. Over the years I have had the pleasure of being a mommy to many kitties. Seven, Jane, Melody, Mr. Furryman, Tomcat who have all gone over the rainbow bridge and Jerry (Toms Brother), Albert James, Jimmy and Cosmo who are still with me. Cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one… just like tattoos. Here are a few of mine. The slinky cat on my leg is in memory of a friend who passed. The bracelet is for they way the walk all over me.. And my whiskers are just too cute. I also have pawprints within a piece on my back. Love my CATATTOS.”


 

From Karen: “A heart, my cat, an angel, a forget-me-not flower with a quarter moon.”


 

From Karen: “My name is Lynne. Getting a catTAT was my “mid life crisis” . At 49 yrs of age, I decided to get my first tattoo. Since I consider myself one of many “crazy cat ladies” getting a cat tat seemed a logical choice. After getting the tat, I wondered how well it would heal. I have Late Stage Lyme Disease + multiple other pathogens (MSIDS / multi systemic immune deficiency syndrome) from a nasty tick bite, which seriously damages the immune system. Everything healed great! I love cats & love my catTAT, aka catToo.”


 

From Sam

 
 
 
 

Do Cats Get Depressed?

A few newsletters ago we wrote about feline depression and introduced a new flower essence: Emotional Sunshine which will brighten up the mood and emotions of a depressed cat. We asked our good buddy and Feline Editor At-Large Sir Issac Newton to chime in with his usual insights and charming wit to talk about feline depression from a cat’s point of view!


Newton’s Purrspective – Do Cats Get Depressed?

The short days of winter have made me think about how sad people can be this time of year. Depression is widely recognized as a serious problem in humans (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/) so perhaps you have wondered if your cat could also be affected. Since you can’t ask Fluffy if she is feeling sad, or is worried that her life is not what she hoped, astute observation is essential. Speaking for myself, I have a delightful personality filled with a host of amusing quirks. If my staff found me hiding under the bed all day, refusing food, or ignoring my favorite catnip toys I would be at the vet’s office in the blink of an eye. All of these behaviors could be symptoms of depression and a legitimate cause for worry.




Isaac Newton

First, it is important to understand that depression is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. An exam can rule out physical problems which may be apparent only to health care professionals.

Clinical signs include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Uncharacteristic behavior (e.g. hissing for no apparent reason)
  • Changes in litterbox habits
  • Disruption in sleep patterns

https://www.petmd.com/cat/behavior/can-cats-get-depressed

If no medical problems are evident then it is time to look at mood related issues. I would start with changes in the household. Have there been additions or losses (either human or animal)? Although we cats have a reputation for being aloof we can closely bond with humans, other cats, and even dogs! This affection is part of our normal balanced routine and a disruption could lead to depression. Losing the companion who shared a sunbeam can be devastating. On the other hand, learning to share with a new addition is also stressful. I know jealousy isn’t productive, but even perceived loss of affection is depressing.

Other changes that could be upsetting include new furniture, food or daily routines. Is Tabby home alone more than in the past? Have favorite toys or beds been lost or cleaned with something irritating to a cat’s sensitive nose? Any change could be stressful, leading to depression.

Even if you can pinpoint the cause of depression you may not be able to fix it (e.g. the change was a new spouse or move to a new apartment). Change is part of life. However, there are things you can do to help restore Kitty’s emotional balance. The therapy is quite similar to that used to decrease stress. Make sure Kitty has a safe space for quiet time, but also provide environmental enrichment and quality time with you. My favorite thing is having my ears rubbed. No matter how bad a mood I am in I just can’t stop myself from purring.

I have to admit that Cat Faeries Legendary Cat Toys are right up there with ear rubs when I need cheering up. Cat Faeries also has a wide variety of products to ease stress – everything from flower essences including the new Emotional Sunshine to mood music for cats to the new cat shaped amethyst geodes (beautiful and perfect to use with flower essences).

Do cats suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the short days of winter? Probably not, but given a choice you will find me napping in a sunbeam.

 
 
 
 

New! Emotional Sunshine Flower Essence For Cats!

Have you ever thought that you cat might be depressed but dismissed thinking that you were imagining things? Well you probably were not, feline depression is a real thing, not just a bad fur-day! Cats are happy by nature when they get to do what they enjoy like sleeping, eating, playing, resting in sunbeams, stalking, loving peace and quiet, but sometimes circumstances beyond their control cause them to become depressed. They can get gloomy and down in the dumps just like we can – and sometimes they pick up our upsets and bouts with depression. Cats will react by being mopey, sleeping more than usual, hissing at situations which never bothered them before. They might be hiding or maybe the cat stopped stop grooming or lost their appetite. They can lose weight, they can gain weight.

We’ve put together our most upbeat and cheery flower essences into a bottle of Emotional Sunshine Flower Essences For Cats to chase away the blues and shake off the doldrums! If the cat exhibits signs of depression for an extended period, please see your veterinarian to evaluate any underlying health conditions.

While you are waiting for your order to arrive, pick up your cat, turn up the volume and dance around the house!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbZSe6N_BXs

 
 
 
 

Correcting feline behaviors with beautiful objects to adorn your home

In addition to our wildly popular and successful energized waters – specifically our Convivial House Cat and our Flower Essence Formulas for Cats – the placement of the crystal Amethyst throughout your home has some surprising benefits for changes in behavior and in health. What we love is when something benefits cats and their people at the same time. This to us is a huge win-win and it’s what we are all about. We are advocates of great benefits, good health and good behavior, plus a lot of love and kindness for all! Gemstones and crystals have been used medicinally dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and going further back to at least 25,000 years B.C. in India, China, and South America. Surely any ancient culture worked with the stones and crystals indigenous to their area. It’s not just the stone itself, but the shape, color, and feel also contribute their gifts and meanings.

Placing Amethyst in Your Home!

Aside from what they can do for your body, Amethyst crystals are one of the most beneficial stones to have in your environment. Due to this, many people fill their homes with them—in their bedroom, living room, bathroom, office, meditation room, and from our viewpoint they should go near cat litter boxes, and where cats eat and spend most of their time napping. And yes, put one in your car too. The purpose is so that the amethyst healing properties constantly surround, influence, and protect them. Amethyst works to purify any space of negative vibrations, emanating an energy ideal for you to thrive in and be happy in. They help to clear the mind of unnecessary thoughts and clutter. On a physical level, having amethyst crystals in your home is believed to help strengthen the immune system and heal any imbalances that lie in the body.

Amethyst clusters and Amethyst geodes carry the strongest power to rid your home of negative energy or to correct bad behaviors of those who live there which makes them the best crystals to fill your home with. Key places to put Amethyst is anywhere that’s central to your home such as on your fireplace, coffee table, dining table, or any other place that’s central and important in your unique home. We want Amethyst’s healing properties radiating inside each room, creating almost a tempo or resonance between them that’s full of life and beneficial healing. Also place placed near each door that comes into your home from the outside to prevent bad energies from entering and causing interference. If you have a front porch, or a side or back step place one there too.

For cats they can be tucked into a cat’s bed or in the corner of a favorite sofa so that the loving and soothing energy can be right where a cat is spending most of the day and night which is usually sleeping and resting. They can go in your cat’s dining area and near their litter boxes (which are ideally in separate rooms and far away from each other. Amethyst carved into the shape of a cat might be particularly useful to our domestic cats and surely could assist in positive changes in their behavior particularly when Cat Faeries Flower Essences for Cats or Convivial House Cat is placed upon it. This would be after you cleansed it, energized it, and set your intentions as we detail in our crystals handout that comes with your order.

If you are a person who has a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep Amethyst crystals are even thought to helpful with insomnia or middle of the night agitation. They dispel anger and bitterness. Placing an Amethyst cluster in your business is thought to attract abundance and bring new opportunities walking through the door. Do you use a sauna? Take an Amethyst with you and set it near you to dispel the toxins that are releasing.

Correcting Cat Behavior and Enhancing Their Health and Well Being

Many feel that unlike quartz crystal that Amethyst charges itself especially the darker the purple it is. Other crystals and gemstones need to be set out in the sun for charging but all that’s needed to clear your Amethyst is cold running water. Once you have cleansed your new Amethyst carved cats place them in special or cat loving places.

  • Near the water bowl BUT not in it as there could be traces of toxic minerals not visible to the naked eye. It’s also best to not place them in water bowls as the cat’s saliva will coat them with biofilms which would require washing with warm soapy water. See our blog article on biofilms.
  • On your cat’s bed
  • On the sofa or a chair that your cat likes to snooze on
  • In the litter box latrine area to prevent chasing of timid cats or fighting by territorial cats
  • Place them on a dish or a piece of velvet or another cloth is nice and keeps them from rolling or moving around
  • Some Amethysts fade a bit in bright sun so keep that in mind

Step one: Cleanse your Amethyst under cold running water. Shake off excess water, pat dry

Step two: Program it by holding it in your hands, near the cave of your heart, and say the words or phrases which describe the changes in your cat’s behavior or health that you wish to see occur. After you do this say a heartfelt thank you. The flowery or more poetic your speech, the better!

Step three: Place it or them where you desire making sure that the location is easy and convenient for you since you’ll be applying drops or sprays daily.

Step four: Put a few drops or sprays of the product of your choice which would be one of Cat Faeries Flower Essences for Cats or Convivial House Cat. You can use more than one remedy at a time. Do this daily until the situation has changed or for maintenance.

Step five: Once a week or so give the Amethyst a rinse under cold water to remove dust and dried flower essences or Convivial House Cat. It probably won’t need re-programming, but do it anyway, crystals of all kinds love being cleansed and they LOVE being talked to and thanked!

More detailed instructions come with your order, save them!

 
 

How to Expand Your Cat or Dog Family

Often this time of year a new dog or puppy finds a new home, and often that new home has a cat or a few cats already in residence. We asked our friends at Rover for some advice for introducing a new dog to cats so that the transition is as peaceful and harmonious as possible!

Don’t forget Convivial House Cat, and one of our flower essences like Multi Cat Household or Multi Species Household will work wonders too!


How to Expand Your Cat or Dog Family

By Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

When you’re ready to bring a new fur baby into the house, you’ll want to think carefully about how and when you introduce them to your other cats and dogs. It can be stressful to get acquainted, so take the time to prepare. Here are some helpful tips from Rover.com.

First, gather as much information as you can about your animal family before the introductions.

  • Has the dog you’re inviting into the family had experience with cats? You’ll want to know how he will interact with the cats before you bring him home. The same goes for new cat friends joining a dog family.
  • Do you have a dog at home who hasn’t met a cat before? Invite a friend’s cat over to play to see how they interact. If you discover your pup is aggressive or rough with cats, work with a trainer before you bring a cat home. If you’re a cat family, do the same work to ensure they’re ready to welcome home a dog.
  • What is the personality of the new cat or dog? Are they playful or mellow? Do they have a quick temper or are they easily frightened? Consider what kind of cat or dog would work best with your current family.
  • Think about the age and activity level of your animal family. If you’ve got kittens who like to play, they may respond fine to a younger dog who has lots of energy. However, if you’ve got a chilled out cat, adding an active puppy to the mix may be more difficult than a senior dog who is more relaxed.

When you’re ready for introductions, take your time moving through each phase of the process.

  1. Before the official introductions, find a separate space for the cat and dog to reside in your home. After a few days, have them switch places. Repeat this process for up to 3 days. This will allow them to learn the scent of the other animal before physical contact. They may be curious, excited, or anxious about the new smells in the house. This is normal!
  2. Next allow them in the same room but make sure the dog is on a leash. Allow them up to an hour together in the same room to sniff each other out. Then, separate them for a few hours. Repeat this cycle several times adding a little more time together during each session.
  3. Once the dog is calm and the cat is comfortable moving around freely, let your dog off leash but continue to oversee their interactions. It may take time, but you’ll know they’re comfortable with each other when your cat eats and uses the litter box freely and your dog is relaxed with the cat. If your dog barks obsessively or becomes aggressive with the cat, you’ll need to work with a trainer.

Don’t worry if it takes longer than you expect. With patience and consistent practice, your family will find their own rhythm living together!

 
 
 
 

Caticons, a gorgeous book that celebrates “4,000 years of Art Imitating Cats”

Sometime in 1996 I discovered a new renegade lipstick company called Urban Decay whose motto was: “Does pink make you puke?” I immediately snapped up tubes in colors called Bruise, Smog, Roach, Plague, and Asphyxia and wore them boldly to cat shows and on the streets of San Francisco while wondering who might be behind this maverick company.

When the San Francisco Chronicle had an article about Sandy Lerner I learned that she was the person who created Urban Decay after she’d co-founded, then sold, Cisco. The article had a photo of Sandy, a top a regal horse, dressed in armor! Turns out that this woman jousts. Totally impressed by this inspiring woman with her horses, cool outfits, brains, and joyful eccentricity I can honestly say she’s been a muse of mine since founding Cat Faeries in 1993. Fast forward to 2017 and we learn that she’s a serious cat-woman with a collection of astonishing museum-quality collection of art pieces from centuries back to modern which depict cats, and a new book to showcase them in. She’s also a major philanthropist who donates heavily to cat welfare and rescue.

There are absolutely no mundane or common objects photographed in Caticons. Every single object photographed is a new experience to the senses. Look at this book time and time again to find overlooked details or grasp something new in Sandy’s writings about a particular piece or era. Caticons a beautiful text book of sorts on the history of cats in art, literature and poetry, music, and culture that does not exist elsewhere. Caticons should be required reading for any student of art and history, and school children everywhere. Sit a child down at a table with this book and watch their eyes and hearts open to the wonders of cats and art – what a great way to study history.

A massive amount of work went into creating this book. It was very intensive and therefore very expensive to produce. It was a true labor of love. The miniscule amount of profit from sales of Caticons are personally guaranteed by Sandy to go directly to her ongoing donations to cat and animal welfare.

Sandy still jousts and raises those beautiful shire horses she rides when jousting. She practices this intriguing sport at her ranch in Upperville, Virginia. Urban Decay and Cisco are memories now as her thoughts and work are 100% devoted to organic, stewardship and regenerative based farming, and to cats. Her philanthropy ranges far and wide. Her heart is generous and kind. Sandy Lerner has many irons in the fire, always creating new and exciting projects, often involving the betterment of cats, other animals like horses, environment, and promoting land stewardship, regenerative farming, and preserving our food supply.

If you are stumped about what to give to a dear cat loving friend, or what to reward yourself for being a good cat-parent this year we’ve found the ideal gift, “Caticons, 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats”. A few of Cat Faeries catnip toys or an Amethyst cat shaped crystal will make the season even merrier!

A few of Cat Faeries’ favorite pages:

  • Page 14 is her first mention of her fixation on all things blue, including blue porcelain cats.
  • Page 17, Sandy tells us what the word Caticons means and how it originated
  • Page 171 has a cat chess set
  • Page 200 has a yummy double scent bottle with a cat’s head on each end from 1880
  • Page 203 shows “Purple Princess Flats” divine ladies’ footwear from Spain, a stunning cat on each foot
  • Page 212 and 213 show portraits two regal ladies each with her cat
  • Page 216 begins a few pages of cat themed sewing implements
  • Page 240 for an ink, pastel and watercolor on paper called A Study of Kittens by Henriette Rozner-Knip circa 1896
  • Page 251 has a porcelain Meiseen from 1730 or so of a cat carrying her kitten
  • Page 296 is the last page before the Endnotes with a painting of Sandy and her cat Ratty (on roller skates!) painted by Carolina Gronholm in 2016.
  • Lastly, Page 288 has a Georgian era brooch of a cat. Such jewelry from the Georgian and Victorian eras with cats are extremely rare – dogs are more common. Should you ever stumble upon one like it notify Auntie Cat Faerie immediately!