Sunday, February 28, 2010

buh bye february

it's the last day of february and boy are we ready. bring on the spring! the capital times is predicting march to be in like a lamb.

celebrate dr. seuss's birthday on march 2 by reading the classic cat in the hat. or cook up a little green eggs and ham.

the much anticipated alice in wonderland comes out on march 5, starring a famous feline.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

cat roulette

chatroulette is another one of those quirky phenomons taking the internet by storm. even mr. twitter, himself, ashton kutcher is giving it a go. impressive as that sounds, it's a brooklyn cat named "duck" who's already been seen over 70,000 times.

Friday, February 26, 2010

cali does it again

maybe it seems like we're all on the california bandwagon lately, but the state has been making amazing strides in animal rights legislation.

west hollywood recently enacted an ordinance prohibiting all sales of dogs and cats in pet stores. however, they are permitted to offer adoptable animals from local shelters.

at madcat, our mantra is that we don't sell animals - in america, five million dogs and cats die each year just because they don't have human addresses. we're all about supporting local rescue.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

future toys

the folks over at wired like to imagine what our world will look like in the future, even the cat toys. the ratborg 3000 sounds like the kind of thing gabby would be into: "the chew toy that fights back!"

and here we thought laser pointers and the undercover mouse were pretty futuristic.

at least they aren't driving snowmobiles....yet. that will be one scary future.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ding dung ditch

if you've ever had the urge to get a little immature and leave a bag of flaming poo on someone's doorstep but were always too scared to do it this is for you. is offering the service of mail-delivered bags of poo sent anonymously to the person on your "poo list."

let's all send one to ed sayres.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

california abuse laws

california is leading the pack again when it comes to animal welfare legislation. remember the city-wide bans on declawing? now the state legislature is considering enacting an online state-registry of convicted animal abusers, similar to those already in use for sex offenders.

Monday, February 22, 2010

spring break!

planning a spring break vacation? maybe this commercial will convince you that key west is the place to be, if you're a six-toed cat with a camera on your head.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

well-cat discount

starting today until march 6, small bags of wellness dry food for cats and wellness core for cats will be $4 off at madcat.

this is a great deal for anyone considering a switch to holistic food or going grain-free altogether.

stop by any of our three locations for more info.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

madcat music

ever wonder what a website would sound like? yah, we never really did either but someone must have. uses a complex algorithm to turn any url address, like, into music.

we tried it and were excited to find out how great we sound! not as good as this guy, but pretty cool anyway. give it a try!

Friday, February 19, 2010

got no soul

hey charlie b. barkin, i guess all dogs don't go to heaven, at least not according to the owner of eternal earth-bound pets usa, a service that provides care for your pets left behind by the rapture.

the owner claims that pets don't have souls, so they'll remain on earth in the event of the second-coming.

for a mere $110, a network of atheists will take care of your pet post-rapture. no refund if you yourself are not "raptured."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

snip it, clip it, and tip it

governor doyle signed a proclamation making february 23rd wisconsin spay day to curb euthanasia numbers and help get our shelters back to doing their primary job, re-homing animals.

local vets and groups in the area will be offering reduced fee spays and neuters throughout february and march.

for more info:
friends of ferals' spayathons
dchs' snap
shelter from the storm's spay me

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

nikki madcat, fe-9 cop

madison's K-9 patrol unit is now the largest in Wisconsin with six dogs. we even have our own trainer.

so when are they going to add a Fe-9 unit? cat cops could be pretty useful. nikki would play "bad cop" to lucy's "good cop."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

guitar rubbins

what an oppor-tune-istic kitty.

Monday, February 15, 2010

new big cat species

while it's name isn't as cool as he-man's faithful "battlecat" it's still pretty neat - the sundaland clouded leopard.

how exciting that during a time when we're losing species to global changes a new one pops up in asia? and it's a cat! bonus!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

new amendments to oreo's law

we've been following oreo's law for awhile now - legislature aimed at preventing any animal in new york from being killed when other options are available.

now the law has been amended to appease some unexpected opponents of the law - namely ed sayres, head of the aspca.

we'll keep you posted. for now, check out the no kill advocacy center for ways you can get involved.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

happy valentine's

from the guy who brought us the "mean kitty" song comes a lovely valentine's message:

Friday, February 12, 2010

nature's variety raw chicken - voluntary recall

it seems a small amount of raw chicken tested positive for low-level salmonella at a nature's variety plant in texas. they have issued a voluntary recall on frozen chicken patties and medallions with the best by date of 11/10/10. all affected product is returnable.

no animals or people have been affected. this is a pre-emptive step taken by nature's variety as part of their quality control program.

we want to encourage feeders of raw food to keep investing in the health of their pets by feeding species-appropriate diets, like nature's variety. canine guts have evolved to process huge loads of bacteria found in dead and decaying prey and even in cases of large salmonella outbreaks it was the humans, not the dogs, who were affected.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

stealing your own dog

what would you do if you couldn't afford your dog's vet bill and the dog was going to be put to sleep? probably what this guy did. isn't it amazing what a little help from the community can do? no kill now.

more news regarding the ethics of uw's animal testing. chancellor biddy responded in favor of the decision that testing is alright. we wonder what the student body thinks of all this?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

what's shakin?

did anyone feel the earthquake last night? since it happened around 4am most of us were asleep.

maybe your cats noticed? some scientists say animals, like carp fish, can predict earthquakes as much as 2 weeks in advance while cats and dogs seem to notice them within a few hours.

let us know if your furrkids were behaving strangely by posting on our facebook wall.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

cat grass and death stares

if you've ever wondered if your cat is plotting to kill you, here's a guide.

they mention throwing up grass as a sign to look for. but did you know eating grass is actually a good thing? wheat grass isn't just for jamba juice anymore.

Monday, February 8, 2010

kitty half-time show

everyone's talking about yesterday's big game. our favorite part? the kitties! the who could have used a little backup from keyboard cat.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

when the fur flies

this just in from the madcat book club - cat vs. cat by feline behaviorist pam johnson-bennet is chock full of advice on how to keep the peace in multicat households.

it's like everything you need to know about the complexities of cat life - and hopefully prevent a WWF-style wrasslin' match in your living room.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

cool cat toy alert! frolicat

attention crazy, laser-loving kitties! the new frolicat bolt is here, and it's ready to revolutionize your laser-chasing game with hands-free, automatic, floor-to-wall laser action.

don't believe me? check out avah - she's good some mad skillz. show off your kitty's skillz by uploading a video to our facebook page.

Friday, February 5, 2010

felines on facebook

is your cat on facebook yet? one million cats have profiles on catbook, an offshoot of facebook that lets users create profiles for their social network savvy felines.

other furry friends can get involved too with dogbook, horsebook, rodentbook, ferretbook, and fishbook.

the sites are a great way to chat with other pet lovers, find a play date, and connect with pet-friendly businesses.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

super bowl

the big game is this coming sunday. will you be watching? let's hope they have more awesome cat commercials like this one - it's an old favorite of ours.

if you're entering into any bets on the game's outcome, you may want to check with these oregon cats before laying your money down on the colts - they did predict the steelers' win last year.

not into football? you may prefer animal planet's puppy bowl, featuring the bissel kitty half-time show.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

the cuddly reaper

we can't all have nine lives.

this rhode island nursing home cat makes sure patients leaving this world are given a warm, fuzzy farewell.

what an amazing cat. what a great gift.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

happy groundhog day

punxutawney phil may have seen his shadow but sun prairie's own jimmy the groundhog predicts an early spring!

meanwhile, peta is still trying to get 6 more weeks of publicity for themselves. this time they want a robotic groundhog.

in the land of youtube a groundhog chases down its shadow and a cat completely ignores an invading groundhog altogether.

Monday, February 1, 2010

missing cat - vilas neighborhood

update: rosie has been found! she had made her way into the inside of a hot tub via a loose panel and was kept warm from the tub's insulation. she's back home this morning with her mom and sister, doing fine and eating to her heart's content. happy endings are the best.

rosie went missing on saturday, january 30th in the vilas neighborhood. she was one of our featured happy cats, previously named kiki, and is around one and a half years old. rosie has an orange striped coat, long hair, is a little chubby and is microchipped.

if you have any information on rosie,
or know someone who has recently taken in a cat, please contact her guardian here.

kitty got a job