Why parks are full of squirrels!

Until I bumped into this article on the history of squirrels in America I never really thought much about them. I figured squirrels had always been here. And everywhere.

Many city dwellers see squirrels as a chance to get closer to interacting with nature. People debate whether or not they are cute or vermin. No matter what you think of squirrels this article is really fun and informative. You’ll know why America’s parks and just about everywhere else has oodles and oodles of squirrels!

The Fascinating Story of Why U.S. Parks Are Full of Squirrels (at Gizmodo.com)

Cat beds are on sale!

Our cat beds are very well loved by cats all across America, and by their people. They are made in Northern California in a non sweat shop setting (which we love) by people we’ve known for years. The fabrics are soft and durable – of our cat’s beds are around 18 years old!

The beds, as well as the inserts which give more cush to the tush are marked down – no need for a discount code. Get them at http://www.catfaeries.com/beds.html

New! $4.99 Flat Rate Shipping for Cat Toy Only Orders!

$4.99! That’s our new flat rate shipping for when you order just our cat toys! Cats everywhere are rushing to their computers so that their toys will arrive by the 25th! Get them at http://www.catfaeries.com/toys.html

Unique cat toys at CatFaeries.com

A fun Vine video of a cat playing with her Cat Faeries carrot toy

Here’s a fun Vine video sent in by Kitty and Chris of their cat Deanna playing with her Cat Faeries carrot catnip toy!

(Click on the video to turn on the sound and to stop/start.)

Cat Toys! Tiz the Season to delight all of the cats in your life!

Cats love our unique cat toys and this is a great time of year to get more. Going to holiday gatherings at the home of other cat lovers? Cat toys make the best hostess gifts!

All year round we hear from people who tell us how much their cats love our cat toys (all of them made in the US!). Here are few comments from very happy customers:

My cat has new friends in 4 of your catnip bunnies! We love the shape, the soft fabric, and the colors.
Leanne

Please send Maverick a toy such as the pickle or the pepper as he loves the “long” toys and already has the asparagus. This is for his birthday next week and he’s recovering from the removal of a mast cell tumor. Thanks!!
Katherine

Already have pickle, corn cob, and pine cone toys. Would like something different if possible such as; carrot, chili pepper, fried egg and ice cream cone. Thank you.
Janis

I am looking for more ears of corn – my cat who was very sick but doing okay now, sleeps with it as his pillow, carries around and would be lost without it. No other designs work!
Judith

When it comes to catnip toys my kitties would prefer the following if you have available: mushroom, chicken bone, ice cream cone (chocolate w/sprinkles if avail.), pickle.
Laura

Our cat Franklin just lost his littermate of 12 years, and is doing very well… but he needs some new toys to give him some fun now that he’s a solo kitty. He’s a big boy, and loves his CF pear. Something large like that (ice cream cone?) would be great, along with a mouse or 2 (he likes to swing it up in the air by the tail). Thanks!
Cindy

My cat only likes mice. Please send only mice.
Mary

My cats would love if there’s a strawberry in the gift set. Thanks!
Sara

Have you heard this before? Your cat toys are the only cat toys our cats will play with!
Wendy

How to Set Up Your Own Kitty Cam

Without a doubt, setting up your own kitty cam to document the experiences of your young kitten’s playful life can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Those early moments of development which we all cherish – the innocent pounces and the adorable snuggles are unforgettable. A kitty cam is a relatively inexpensive way that allows you to catch these precious and funny moments on film. Though the project itself is monetizable, setting up and executing a successful kitty cam project can take an arduous amount of effort and time. For those who love their kittens and want to share the adorable moments of their young felines’ lives, however, the investment of energy into a kitty cam project is well worth it.

The Original Crittercam: Tracing Back the Animal-Filming Trend

Though there has been a notable resurgence in popularity for live-streaming videos of cute animals and their babies within the last five years, the idea of the Crittercam is something that has been in existence since the 1980s. But the origins are not necessarily with regards to observing the adorable, but to further the abilities of scientific zoology research. In fact, Greg Marshall of The National Geographic invented the Crittercam to observe sharks (arguably, not the cutest of animals) without disturbing their behavior or habitat. Today, National Geographic is working on a Kitty Cam Project, in line with the popular trend, but of course their work with the medium is scientific: they aim to understanding the movement and behaviors of free-roaming domestic animals. Today, it is popular for animal shelters, pet stores, and cat lovers to set up kitty cams that watch their precious pets throughout the day – and viewers around the world take comfort in being able to remotely watch the kittens grow and play.

First Steps: Finding the Right Equipment and Setting the Scene for Your Kitty Video

Many people who design kitty cam projects simply use the built-in cameras on their phones, computers, or other device, saving the hassle of having to search for and purchase any new equipment necessary. Others like to purchase a camera and a tripod that can remain stationary around the clock, and have set up the equipment to stream wirelessly to their laptop or desktop computer. In terms of setting up the live feed, it is easy to use an online live streaming tool such as Livestream in order to share the footage without downloading any additional software. Livestream walks its users through the process of setting up the camera footage, such that even a new user can learn how to set up the stream without a hitch. For ideas about how to

Financial Advantages: How to Monetize Your Kitty Cam

Without question, a popular kitty cam can become a means for earning extra cash. With many monetizing options available for both YouTube videos as well as streaming live feeds, many pet owners have taken advantage of the medium in order to help defray some of the costs of ensuring that their kitten is happy and healthy. After all, the price of vaccinations, monthly flea medicines, and high-quality, nutritional cat food can add up quickly over the first months of a young kitten’s life. Monetizing can be relatively simple, by sharing videos on YouTube and allowing for advertisements to show along the bottom edge of your video.

However, for this particular tactic to work, you will have to employ a social media campaign in order to generate the viewership needed to actually make a financial return on your investment of time and money. Though it can be a joy to share the life of your young kitten with the world through the live stream medium, amassing the thousands of followers and viewers needed through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram takes a consistent effort and a moderate level of expertise. Especially since there is a lot of competition in the kitty cam market – including videos from the “giants” in the zoology industry such as Animal Planet and the World Wildlife Fund – take the time to find out how your kitty cam will fill a particular niche, and be sure to take the time to market your videos through many social media venues.

This is an article by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger and a full time pet lover from Wisconsin. When she is not working she likes to travel and read as much as she can. Cat Faeries is delighted to have Ashley as a guest writer.