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etsy finds: hanukkah cats

For all of you who celebrate, Happy Hanukkah! Hellcat and I both celebrate Christmas, so we tend to do a lot of Christmas posts around this time of year, but I know we have some Jewish readers and I hate to leave you out! Here are some great Hanukkah cat items I’ve found on Etsy.

SodaPopPrints - Cat spinning a dradle Hanukkah cards

JakeandMicah - Happy Hanukkah Catnip Fortune Cookies

Doodlebug Dud's Happy Hanukkah Collar

MyZoetrope - Hanukkah Card Dreidel Kitty

bitchknits - Catnip Pom Pom Cat Toys - Set of Six

HandmadeMonster - HANUKKITTY CROCHET TOYS

threesassysisters - Star of David Breakaway Cat Collar

KilkennycatArt - Hanukkah Cats Original Folk Art Painting

LucyandPete - Hanukkah Catnip 2 Pack Body Love'n Pillows

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big cat roarsday: lion king necklace

The Lion King Necklace by shizendesigns

Lions may be the King of Beasts, but who says they don’t have a softer side? This adorable necklace by Mieko Takahashi is available for $34 in her Etsy shop, Shinzen Designs.

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festive feline christmas cards

Christmas is fast approaching, so you better get started on those Christmas cards! Here’s a selection of some festive feline cards that would be purrfect to send out to your friends and family this holiday season.

Cute Cat Seasons Greetings Card by MyZoetrope
Cute Cat Seasons Greetings Card by MyZoetrope (Etsy)

doodle cat christmas cards by doodlecats
Doodle Cat Christmas Cards – 8 assorted cards by Beth Wilson (Etsy)

Singing Cat Christmas Card by Sophie Parker
Singing Cat Christmas Card by Sophie Parker (Etsy / Hey Kitty Kitty)

Kitty in the Christmas Tree by ableandgame
Kitty in the Christmas Tree by Able and Game (Etsy)

Red Christmas Cat Wearing Antlers by nvcreative
Red Christmas Cat Wearing Antlers With Christmas Ornaments Card by nvCreative (Etsy)

Meowy Cats Mess Card by PortraitsofAnimals
Meowy Cats Mess Card by Portraits of Animals (Etsy)

kissing cats christmas card by sophie parker
Kissing Cats Christmas Card by Sophie Parker (Etsy / Hey Kitty Kitty)

Colourful Cats Merry Christmas Card by Diana Parkhouse
Colourful Cats Merry Christmas Card by Diana Parkhouse (Etsy)

Christmas Ski Cat Card by Anke Weckmann
Christmas Ski Cat Card by Anke Weckmann (Etsy)

Christmas Cat Card by Jamie Shelman
Christmas Cat Card, Set of 2 by Jamie Shelman (Etsy)

Bah Humbug Greeting Card by Cathy Peng
Bah Humbug Greeting Card by Cathy Peng (Etsy)

Cats Under a Fish Christmas Tree by FloatingPalace
Cats Under a Fish Christmas Tree – Box of Six Cards by FloatingPalace (Etsy)

Kitty Cat Christmas Tree cards by EasternSunPrintworks
Kitty Cat Christmas Tree cards – box of 8 silkscreened cards by EasternSunPrintworks (Etsy)

Cat and Mouse Cards by Cate Anevski
Cat and Mouse Cards by Cate Anevski (Etsy)

Letterpress Printed Cat and Lights Holiday Card by Twin Ravens Press
Letterpress Printed Cat and Lights Holiday Card by Twin Ravens Press (Etsy)

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big cat roarsday: zooborns cats! book review

zooborns cats! book

We often share stories from ZooBorns here on ModCatLove, so we were thrilled to receive a copy of the new ZooBorns Cats! book from Simon & Schuster, which came out on November 1st.

I have to be honest—up until the past year or so, I had no idea there were so many different species of cats out there. In the time that I’ve been blogging and connecting with other cat lovers, I’ve learned about so many wonderful species of cats—the sand cat, clouded leopards, the African black-footed cat, and one of my favorites, Pallas’s cat . Well, did you know that there are, according to the book, thirty-six different types of wild cat?

Although ZooBorns Cats! does of course feature well-known wild cats like lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and lynxes, it teaches us about so many other lesser known species of cats, and there are some I’d never heard of, like the mysterious Guiña (also known as Huiña or Kodkod), the frog-eating(!) Iriomote cat, and the big-eyed oncilla.

In addition to showcasing some of the cutest pictures you’ve ever seen, ZooBorn Cats! is also extremely informative. Each species of cat comes with a tidbit of information, such as its lifestyle, where it is found, and whether it is endangered or not. Most of the cats are named, as well, and their birth dates and birth locations are also provided.

zooborns cats! book - clouded leopard

I live outside of Nashville, so I was pleasantly surprised to see not one but two cats from the Nashville Zoo featured in the book. This here is Matsi, who was born at the Nashville Zoo in June 2010. I wonder how big she is now? The other Nashvillian kitty is Blitz the Eurasian Lynx, who was born during the May floods last year! According to the book, Blitz is part of an outreach and educational program called “Wildlife on Wheels.” I am hoping to go on my first trip to the Nashville Zoo soon, so I hope I’m able to catch a glimpse of these two celebrities!

zooborns cats! book

Just look at all those precious little baby wild cats! You know you can’t resist them! This is a great little book to have and would make a terrific present. Not only is it adorable and educational, but also 10% of the proceeds from the sale of every book is donated to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund.

Buy ZooBorns Cats! now, available at Amazon!

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MCL review: awkward family pet photos book, plus a giveaway!

“This book celebrates our well-intentioned but sometimes misguided affection and shines a light on the wonderfully awkward side of pet ownership.” – Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Awkward Family Pet Photos Book

As anyone who has tried to gather parents, siblings, extended family, and daughters and sons for a photo knows, there is almost always something awkward about a group photo—especially a professional one. From wacky outfits that seem like a good idea at the time, to unwilling and pouty participants for a pose, almost all of us can pull out a photo and cringe with a smile about how awkward it seems looking back. These photos are too wonderful not to share and ask, “What were we thinking?!”


“What were we thinking,” indeed.

Pets add a whole new flavor of awkwardness to the mix. We love our pets (especially our cats), and want to capture them as an adored member of the family. We’re willing to endure the battle of getting them to pose to catch that perfect moment in time where everyone’s together. As Mike Bender and Doug Chernack mention in their introduction to the book, our love and desire for pets to be included as part of the family photo can sometimes be charmingly misguided.

Back in February, I featured some of my absolute favorite cat photos from AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.com, and when Three Rivers Press contacted us about reviewng the new book, we were more than happy to oblige.

The book is divided into chapters based on types of portriats and types of pets. Of course, I speedily jumped to the Cats chapter (with an introduction contributed by Karen of mousebreath.com!), but the chapters on Farm Animals, Exoctic Animals, and especially the Awkward Pets chapter were equally rewarding in hilarity. The Awkward Pets Chapter catches pets at their most awkward moments, with not a care in the world for the camera lens.

Turnstyle!

One of the best aspects of the book is when a photo is coupled with a “Behind the Awkwardness” tale, where the photo contributor explains the story behind the photo. A favorite of mine is a photo of a little boy named Alex dressed in a cat costume on all fours beside his tabby cat. The now-older Alex in the photo explains, “Believe it or not, it wasn’t even Halloween—this was my every day wear.” Definitely reminds me of myself as a child! The stories behind the awkward photos and the sense of humor contributors have about them make the photos especially relatable.

Another one of the fun aspects of the book are the Tales from Veterinarians peppered throughout. As a frequent vet visitor with many silly questions about my cats’ behaviors, I always wonder how many strange stories they have to share about pet owners like myself. I especially loved a vet’s tale about a vest she received as a gift from a client which spiked her allergies—just wait until you read why!

This book is a treasure for pet owners and non-pet owners alike. For pet owners, we can see a bit ourselves in each photo and smile, and for non-pet owners, they get a silly, good-natured window into our world, where the pets are certainly a part of the family! And we do love them very much, especially for sharing in our awkwardness. As Mike Bender and Dough Chernack put it,

“Perhaps their most loving gesture of all is allowing us to be awkward. And for that, we are very grateful.”

You can purchase the book at AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.com and on Amazon, but for one of our lucky readers, Three Rivers Press has provided us a book to give away! To be entered in the giveaway for this wonderfully funny book, just comment on this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 13th. The winner will be announced Monday, November 14th!

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summer style for the modern cat lady.

Let’s be honest: some of the cat-themed stuff out there is not so hot. I’ve taken the liberty of helping out all our modern, lovely cat ladies who would love to have a very kitty summer without the kitsch.

Click each image to see the item in its online shop! Meeeeow!

One of my favorite things about summer is swimsuits! Victoria’s Secret has a great offering of big cat prints:

You can’t hit the beach without sunglasses! Ralph Lauren has some very pretty Cat Eye Sunglasses out right now:

But, if you’re just looking for some sunglasses to last you the summer on the cheap, Urban Outfitters delivers with these sexy red Cat Eyes:

What about beach towels? Check out these awesome Pussy Deluxe kitty towels (yes, they ship to the US! :3):

And what does the modern cat lady carry all her beach goodies in? One of these awesome handmade totes! The first one also comes in a vegan version.

You’ll also love these sassy, breezy summer cat tees from Pacsun:

More of a dress person? ModCloth has you covered!

You can top off any summer look with these neat kitty stud earrings:

Finally, what better way to document your summer vacation than with the Necono Digital Kitty Camera?

Cat ladies are sexy, too! <3

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