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There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels, but is the welcome mat extended to cats? Yes! Pet expert Sandy Robins provides a list of cat-friendly hotel chains on It’s important to note hotel policies regarding your feline companion. Tips for booking and information on additional pet fees are included in the article at

Need to find a dog-friendly hotel in a jiffy? has a list of the leading hotel and motel chains at


CBC News: Marketplace interviews Lindsey Wolko from the Center For Pet Safety.


CBC News: Marketplace investigated dog safety harnesses, even going so far as crash-testing. There’s graphic footage of several harnesses that failed.With help from Center For Pet Safety‘s crash test dogs, 16 harnesses have been independently tested.Only ONE BRAND PROTECTED PET & PASSENGER: Sleepypod.



With The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible, award-winning pet expert Sandy Robins and her authoritative team have compiled a 544-page reference book with more than 500 full-color photos that is THE definitive source for all things cat. Period.

Its utility begins with the history of cats, breed characteristics, and necessary considerations to help determine if a cat is right for you, and then continues as a go-to resource through the lifespan of a cat with topics that include bringing your cat home, establishing a healthcare regimen, lifecycle needs, and emergency situations.

The chapter on traveling with your cat helps sort the planning process and navigate the many details to consider such as airport pet potty areas, airline reservations, pet passport and documentation, to tranquilize or not to tranquilize, frequent flyer programs for pets, and checking into a hotel.

The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible is an essential reference for cat owners, those thinking of adopting a cat, and cat fanciers. It is available on (Pet Travel Experts)

The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible

Following the best-selling The Original Dog Bible and The Original Horse Bible comes the long-awaited feline blockbuster, The Original Cat Bible from the award-winning editors of Cat Fancy magazine. The collaborative effort of four of the most respected experts in the cat world, this definitive feline reference book is a must-have for all cat lovers.

Sandy Robins and her team of authors have put forth the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and entertaining volume imaginable. Beginning with a lively history of the cat—from idols in ancient Egypt and mousers on the Mayflower to 21st-century DNA revelations and cats on the Web—The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible investigates felines in our homes and popular culture, our art, music, and literature, and our folklore and religions.

Cat owners will welcome the abundance of information on purchasing a kitten, cat-proofing and safety for the home, basic care, grooming and feeding, traveling, first aid, lost cat recovery, and so much more.

Following a discussion of the genetics and development of purebred cats, the book presents an extensive breed section, featuring every recognized cat breed in the world—over 60 breeds—as well as another 30 experimental and extinct breeds, written by breed specialists Lorraine M. Shelton and Sarah Hartwell. All breeds are described according to place of origin, history, physical conformation, colors/varieties, temperament, variations, activity level, vocal level, and special needs.

The extensive health section of the book, written by cat veterinary expert Dr. Arnold Plotnick, discusses all of the major disorders and diseases of the cat, categorized by anatomical system.

Special features of this extensive volume include: 

• 60 recognized cat breeds described and illustrated in color

• Training section, featuring positive methods and clicker training, as well as understanding behavior and body language

• Solving common feline problems, including litter-box messes, marking, scratching, aggression, separation anxiety, and more

• Health section, including information on vaccinations, parasites, and major diseases and concerns (diabetes, allergies, kidney disease, asthma, and cancer)

• Feline anatomy: understanding the five body types as well as various coat types, colors, and patterns

• Care information for all cats: kittens, adults, pregnant queens, and seniors

• Activities for cats and their people: indoor toys and games, cat agility, and showing

• Careers with cats, geared toward readers wishing to explore working as a veterinarian or vet tech, chiropractor, behaviorist, groomer, massage therapist, shelter attendant, cat trainer, photographer, and more

• Animal-welfare organizations and rescue

• Extensive glossaries, including show and breed standard terms, medical terms, grooming tools, and activities

This colorful celebration of the cat will be irresistible to all cat lovers who want to expand their understanding of their best feline pals, a perfect encyclopedia for the whole family to enjoy for years to come.

About the authors:

Sandy Robins is an awarding-winning multimedia pet-lifestyle expert, author, TV and radio personality, and pet industry spokesperson. She was the 2013 recipient of the Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award presented by the American Pet Products Association. Her two cat books, Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat and For The Love of Cats, have both won awards from the Cat Writers Association of America, of which she is a longtime member. She is also a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and received more than 30 awards of excellence from both these organizations for her contributions to the pet world. She lives in Irvine, Calif.

Arnold Plotnick, MS, DVM, aCViM, is the founder of Manhattan Cat Specialists (MCS), a cats-only veterinary facility on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Plotnick served as the vice president of the prestigious ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital before founding MCS. He contributes the Ask the Vet column for Cat Fancy magazine and also writes for Catnip magazine,, and He lives in New York City.

Sarah Hartwell, the originator of the website, is a writer on various feline-related topics, including breed history, behavior, rescue, senior cats, and care. Her articles have appeared in Cat Fancy, Cat World, The Cat, Fab, and other magazines and newsletters around the world. Sarah lives in Essex, England.

Lorraine M. Shelton is a research scientist, an author, a cat show judge for The International Cat Association (TICA), and a lecturer in the fields of avian and feline genetics. For two decades, her Featherland Cattery has specialized in rare-colored Persians, Turkish Angoras, Selkirk Rex, and Norwegian Forest Cats. She is the co-author of Robinson’s Genetics for Cat Breeders & Veterinarians. She is a regular contributor to Cat Fancy,, and She lives in Corona, Calif.



AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013. Almost 90 percent of travelers (41.3 million) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip and likely will enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years.

So if you are traveling with your pet, this means a little extra preparation (and patience) is necessary to brave the roads, rails, and sky.

If you are traveling with your pet for the first time, pet travel and safety expert Melanie Monteiro offers tips and tricks for making trips with pets a safer and less stressful experience in this brief video.

Don’t forget:

  • Extra food, treats, and water
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date
  • A photo of you and your pet in case your pet is lost while traveling
  • A travel i.d. tag with the address of your destination

Safe travels!


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from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the American Veterinary Medical Association do not believe that pets are at significant risk for Ebola in the United States.

How are animals involved in Ebola outbreaks?

Because the natural reservoir host of Ebola has not yet been confirmed, the way in which the virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak is unknown. However, scientists believe that the first patient becomes infected through contact with an infected animal, such as a fruit bat or primate (apes and monkeys), which is called a spillover event. Person-to-person transmission follows and can lead to large numbers of affected persons. In some past Ebola outbreaks, primates were also affected by Ebola, and multiple spillover events occurred when people touched or ate infected primates. In the current West African epidemic, animals have not been found to be a factor in ongoing Ebola transmission.

How does Ebola spread?

When infection occurs in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with

  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.
  • Only a few species of mammals (for example, humans, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus.

Can dogs get infected or sick with Ebola?

At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. There is limited evidence that dogs become infected with Ebola virus, but there is no evidence that they develop disease.

Here in the United States, are our dogs and cats at risk of becoming sick with Ebola?

The risk of an Ebola outbreak affecting multiple people in the United States is very low. Therefore, the risk to pets is also very low, as they would have to come into contact with blood and body fluids of a person with Ebola. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola.

Can I get Ebola from my dog or cat?

At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or animals. The chances of a dog or cat being exposed to Ebola virus in the United States is very low as they would have to come into contact with blood and body fluids of a symptomatic person sick with Ebola.

Can my pet’s body, fur, or paws spread Ebola to a person?

We do not yet know whether or not a pet’s body, paws, or fur can pick up and spread Ebola to people or other animals. It is important to keep people and animals away from blood or body fluids of a person with symptoms of Ebola infection.

What if there is a pet in the home of an Ebola patient?

CDC recommends that public health officials in collaboration with a veterinarian evaluate the pet’s risk of exposure to the virus (close contact or exposure to blood or body fluids of an Ebola patient). Based on this evaluation as well as the specific situation, local and state human and animal health officials will determine how the pet should be handled.

Can I get my dog or cat tested for Ebola?

There would not be any reason to test a dog or cat for Ebola if there was no exposure to a person infected with Ebola. Currently, routine testing for Ebola is not available for pets.

What are the requirements for bringing pets or other animals into the United States from West Africa?

CDC regulations require that dogs and cats imported into the United States be healthy. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies before arrival into the United States. Monkeys and African rodents are not allowed to be imported as pets under any circumstances.

Each state and U.S. Territory has its own rules for pet ownership and importation, and these rules may be different from federal regulations. Airlines may have additional requirements.

Can monkeys spread Ebola?

Yes, monkeys are at risk for Ebola. Symptoms of Ebola infection in monkeys include fever, decreased appetite, and sudden death. Monkeys should not be allowed to have contact with anyone who may have Ebola. Healthy monkeys already living in the United States and without exposure to a person infected with Ebola are not at risk for spreading Ebola.

Can bats spread Ebola?

Fruit bats in Africa are considered to be a natural reservoir for Ebola. Bats in North America are not known to carry Ebola and so CDC considers the risk of an Ebola outbreak from bats occurring in the United States to be very low. However, bats are known to carry rabies and other diseases here in the United States. To reduce the risk of disease transmission, never attempt to touch a bat, living or dead.

Where can I find more information about Ebola and pet dogs and cats?

CDC is currently working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and many other partners to develop additional guidance for the U.S. pet population. Additional information and guidance will be posted on this website as well as partner websites as soon as it becomes available.


CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

Photo courtesy of Pup'uccino

Photo courtesy of Pup’uccino

Dog lovers and coffee lovers unite! There’s a dog cafe coming to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Pup’uccino Dog Rescue Cafe will open with help from the public in a Kickstarter campaign that ends November 11.

There will be two rooms in the new dog cafe, the front room being a traditional cafe with the addition of dog hitches for cafe-goers who bring their own dogs. A second room will be an indoor dog lounge for customers to enjoy off-leash play with their pets. It is in this room where Pup’uccino will incorporate the element of dog rescue and adoption. Here, rescue dogs and potential dog adopters are brought together in a space where dogs are free to bond and express their true personalities without the border of a cage or anxiety derived from isolation.

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Cafes have long been community hubs, serving up coffee and conviviality in a friendly atmosphere. By allowing dogs in its cafe, Pup’uccino extends an opportunity for community members to develop connections with dogs and fellow dog lovers.

If you are interested in helping to fund Pup’uccino, here a link to its Kickstarter campaign:




Send the Crash Test Dogs – The Adventures of MAX & DUKE a private message with a brief description. Be prepared, they may show up at your door!

If we can fit your adventure into their travel itinerary, we’ll contact you – so be sure to include your contact info!


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We say goodbye to three Pet Travel Experts friends whose work richly benefited companion animals and those who loved them. We will see you in the stars.

• Dr. Sophia Yin: pioneer in humane training of pets, animal behavior expert; author, lecturer, freelance writer and blogger –

• Dr. Lorie Huston: pet health and pet care expert; president of the Cat Writers’ Association; freelance writer and blogger –

• Lucy Carter: as the research assistant for The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel and the face of The Jet Set Pets, Lucy inspired pet owners to travel the world with their furry loved ones –


by Ingrid King, founder and publisher of The Conscious Cat

Cat cafés have long been popular in Japan and Europe. Finally, the first North American cat café opened its doors in Montreal, Canada. Café des Chats is home to eight cats, who have their own window perch and mingle with animal-loving customers. The Star reports that along with the usual tables and chairs designed for human clientele, the space is filled with scratching posts, plush toys, and a special multi-level window perch for the felines-in-residence. Read the full story on

photo credit: led cafe des chats

photo credit: le cafe des chats

This article is reprinted by permission of The Conscious Cat. Find the original article here.


CC logo with booksIngrid King is the founder and publisher of The Conscious Cat, a multiple award winning blog featuring expert advice from a seasoned cat consultant. You’ll find articles on cat health, cat nutrition, cat behavior, cat lifestyle, product and book reviews, as well as news from around the cat world.