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Great Websites for Cat Lovers: Facts, Photos, and Videos

Updated on June 9, 2017
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Linda Crampton is a biology teacher, writer, and long-time pet owner. She currently has dogs, cats, and birds in her family.

My cat Smudge sleeping on the cat tree
My cat Smudge sleeping on the cat tree | Source

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.

— Terry Pratchett

The Importance of Cat Websites

Having a cat in the family is very rewarding but is also a big responsibility. Luckily, there is an answer to almost any question that a pet owner can think of on the Internet. In this article I describe some useful, interesting, and often enjoyable websites for cat lovers. Some of the sites contain miscellaneous information about cats. The others list toxic substances or describe first aid procedures, which are both very important topics for pet owners.

It's a good idea to visit multiple websites when investigating a topic and to consider the reliability of information obtained from them. In addition, while a website may have a helpful overview of a disease or a pet problem, a sick cat must see a veterinarian. The vet will offer expert advice as well as provide a diagnosis and treatment that are tailored for the pet's specific situation.

I have three cats in my family. I visit the sites that I mention below for fun and for education. All of the photos and screenshots were taken by me.

Screenshot of the Toxic Plants section of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Screenshot of the Toxic Plants section of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

This website has lots of information about preventing and treating poisoning in cats and other pets in a section called the "Animal Poison Control Center". The site lists an emergency phone number that someone can call if a pet is poisoned, although there is a fee for this service. The website also links to an interesting and useful page about disaster preparedness for pets and to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) website that lists pet food recalls.

The ASPCA site contains other useful sections, including links to pet care information. Visitors can submit questions about pet problems to the site and get answers from experts. The website has an online store which sells gifts, clothing, accessories, and pet care items. Money raised by the store helps to support the ASPCA organization. There is also a cat and dog adoption center which allows a visitor to enter their zip code to discover adoptable pets in their area. Another potentially helpful section of the website discusses dealing with the loss of a pet.

I find the ASPCA site very useful. Some people may be irritated by the number of ads asking people to donate money to the organization in one form or another. It's understandable that a non-profit organization needs to raise funds, though.

The Public Resources section of the AVMA website
The Public Resources section of the AVMA website

Cat and Dog First Aid

The AVMA website contains a lot of useful information, including first aid procedures for bleeding, burns, heatstroke, choking, fractures, shock, lack of breathing, and lack of a heartbeat. Although much of the site is designed for veterinarians, it also contains lots of resources for pet owners. These can be accessed by clicking the "Public Resources" link on the home page.

It's important to visit a pet first aid website and become familiar with its contents before an emergency happens. If a cat (or another pet) has stopped breathing, action has to be taken immediately. There's no time to look for instructions on the Internet! It's also important (at least for me) to visit the site fairly frequently and re-read the instructions in order to remember them. It might be a good idea to print the instructions and post them in an area of your home that gets lots of traffic.

The AVMA website contains a link which enables a visitor to download a free brochure about household hazards for cats, dogs, and birds. This is another good item to post in a home or to keep in a reference binder. The site also contains articles about pet care and has links to podcasts, videos, and other useful resources.

How to Brush a Cat's or Dog's Teeth, From the AVMA

The Catster Website

I like the ASPCA and AMVA sites because they contain important information written or approved by veterinarians. I also enjoy visiting more generalist websites designed to appeal to cat lovers, however. Catster is one of these sites.

Catster is an informative and entertaining "Everything Cat" site. It has cat news, care tips, facts, breed information, photos, videos, forums ...... and the list goes on. There is a companion site called "Dogster" for dog lovers, which is equally entertaining and useful. Both sites have Facebook pages.

Exploring the Catster Website

The best way for a newcomer to explore the Catster website is probably to open the menus at the top of the screen. These menus are described below.

  • Magazine: Lifestyle (blog-type posts about cats, updated frequently), Scoop (cat news), MOLz (meow-out-loud humor), and Cat Chic (information about cat furniture, cat toys, and cat-themed items for humans)
  • Video: This tab links to videos, as its name suggests. This is the one area of the site that isn't updated often. The videos aren't recent and there aren't many of them. There are sometimes videos in the Magazine section of the site, however.
  • Book of Cat: Information about cat breeds, health care, and training
  • Answers: A forum in which cat owners pose questions and other owners answer them.
  • Galleries: This section contains cat photos. Members of the site can upload photos of their own cats to the galleries. Membership is free.
  • Adoption: This tab links to a site called Petcha and shows cats available for adoption in the United States. Petcha picks up my location from my iPad and tells me how many miles away each cat is located from where I live. The site also offers dogs for adoption.
  • Community: Forums and groups

Smudge sleeping under a blanket. He's a rescue cat.
Smudge sleeping under a blanket. He's a rescue cat. | Source

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

— James Herriot

Lil Bub

The video below shows Lil Bub's visit to the Catster headquarters. People who don't know about Lil Bub may be alarmed by her appearance and movement, so some explanation is necessary. Lil Bub is a rescue cat who has a variety of genetic mutations. These cause her tongue to hang out, her legs to be short, and her movement style to be unusual. Despite these problems, she seems to be happy and to be enjoying life.

Lil Bub's Visit to Catster HQ

Cat Fancy Magazine and Catster

Cat Fancy was until recently a popular print magazine that had been published for forty-nine years. In late 2014, the magazine announced that it was ceasing publication and that it was going to be replaced by a bimonthly print magazine called "Catster". A similar transition has happened to the Dog Fancy print magazine, which has been replaced by the new Dogster magazine. The plan is to publish Catster and Dogster in alternate months.

ThIs strange turn of events is possible because the I-5 company owns both Cat Fancy and the Catster website (as well as Dog Fancy and the Dogster website). A major reason for the change is not that there are fewer cat lovers—there seem to be more than ever—but because their interests have changed. In addition to cat information, many people want to see cute and amusing cat photos and funny memes. This amusement aspect was missing from Cat Fancy.

It remains to be seen how many people will buy a lighthearted cat magazine that also contains serious information when they could get this style of entertainment and education online.

Screenshot of the iHeartCats website in its previous incarnation
Screenshot of the iHeartCats website in its previous incarnation

The iHeartCats Website

Like Catster, iHeartCats is a website that covers many topics of interest for a cat lover. The heart in the website's logo is used to symbolize love and contains an outline of a cat's head. The site includes information about health, behavior, and training, news related to cats, breed information, and rescue information. It also has a section that publicizes pet food recalls. Visitors can sign up for a free email newsletter. The website is updated quite frequently.

The iHeartCats site doesn't have a forum, but it does have a Facebook page where people can leave comments. Followers are invited to leave a photo of their cat on the page's timeline.

The website has recently reorganized its home page. Now the visitor is greeted with shopping advertisements and has to either scroll down the page to see cat articles or use the menus. The change may be an improvement for the financial success of the site, but it isn't for people who are more interested in learning about cats than shopping. The site still contains useful information for cat lovers, however.

Blog Posts From The Conscious Cat

This site is slightly different from the websites described above. The Conscious Cat is a woman's blog about cats. The writer aims to promote "health and happiness for cats and their humans". She used to be a veterinary hospital manager and is now a professional cat writer. She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner.

The website contains interesting posts that cover a range of cat topics, such as cat news, behavior, safety, and book reviews. It's frequently updated with new information. The site includes guest posts and has a Facebook page. There is also a free bimonthly cat magazine which requires a subscription.

When I visit the site, I often scroll down to the "Categories" section on the right side of the screen in order to find the topic that I'm interested in. The "Archives" section in this area allows a user to see posts by month.

Bennie and Nevin are ragdoll cats. They sometimes go outside in their cat stroller.
Bennie and Nevin are ragdoll cats. They sometimes go outside in their cat stroller. | Source

I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them cats.

— Eckhart Tolle

Other Useful Sites

The five websites that I've described are the ones that I visit most often. I find them both educational and interesting. I find the two sites described below useful as well, but I visit them less frequently.

Poisonous Plants: Facts From The Cat Fanciers' Association

I find the Cat Care section the most useful part of this website. If you're interested in cat breeds and breeders and in showing cats you will probably find the whole site very useful.

This website contains a long list of plants that are poisonous for cats, plus articles about other cat dangers, including antifreeze, holiday decorations, and flea products. It's a good reference site to look at before buying a new houseplant or placing a new plant on a balcony or in a garden. It's also a good site to help a cat owner decide on an anti-flea product if one is necessary.

I find that it's useful to look at several websites to get a list of poisonous plants. Some sites omit a plant that others include, or they add a plant that other sites lack. If there's any uncertainty about whether or not a substance is poisonous for cats, I always assume that it is.

The Spruce Cat Site

Until recently, the cat section of the About website provided lots of miscellaneous cat information as well as photos and videos. The woman who wrote most of the articles had a great deal of experience with cats and seemed to be very knowledgeable about them as well as very fond of them.

In February 2017, About transitioned into a group of specialized websites with different names. One of these websites is "the spruce", whose theme is homemaking. The website includes smaller and even more specialized sites, including one about cats.

The cat site contains a lot of articles on its home page. The ones that I've explored are either new or are older ones that have been updated recently. I'm glad to see that the main cat writer at the About site is writing for the new site. She's won awards for her work. The search box on the cat site explores all of the spruce, but I've discovered that by using "cat" or "feline" at the start of my entry I can get relevant results.

Nicholas was a rescue cat. I love/have loved all of my cats, but Nicholas was special.
Nicholas was a rescue cat. I love/have loved all of my cats, but Nicholas was special. | Source

There are no ordinary cats.

— Colette

Exploring Pet Sites

Exploring websites about cats or other pets is often great fun and can be very helpful for pet owners. I like to explore a variety of sites. Even though they often cover the same general topic, such as health, the specific subjects covered in the articles are sometimes different. The best sites to visit are those that are interesting as well as educational.

© 2012 Linda Crampton

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your hub is really good . Unfortunately I love all cats and dogs but if I had one I would be sneezing all day.

      Voted up Beautiful and wonderful, Joyce.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Joyce. I'm sorry that you have pet allergies. It's a great shame that you can't have a cat or a dog. Thanks for the vote!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This hub is so beautifully written and very interesting which made it a very enjoyable read. Loved the photos of all your very beautiful cats,and that one photo of your dog and think a cat was in that one to.

      Well done and vote up !!!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Tom! Yes, Nicholas is the small black patch beside Simba's legs. Simba was a great help in taking care of Nicholas and Tabitha when they were small kittens. They were so young when I found them that when my sister took them to the vet for their second visit, the vet was surprised that Tabitha was still alive - he didn't think she would make it. We had a female yellow lab at the time as well as Simba, but the kittens weren't interested in her. It was Simba that they wanted. He was such a kind and gentle dog, and he accepted his role as a surrogate mother very calmly!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Love the photo of your dog with that tiny black cat, Alicia. That picture says it all. Thanks for the treat.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, drbj. I've loved and do love all my cats, but Nicholas held a special place in my heart. He grew up to be very close to me.

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      James Paterson 4 years ago from Scotland

      Although not a cat lover, I appreciate the research and work that you have put into this Hub, well done and thankyou for sharing.....jimmy

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the visit, jimmythejock, especially since you're not a cat lover! I appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your advice about checking some of these websites for knowledge about how to handle emergencies BEFORE they become necessary to employ is valid. Love the photos of your cats and the one at the end with Simba mothering them is so cute. Voted up, useful and will share.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the the votes and the share, Peggy! I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I am excited about the cat hubs today, I decided to do one too! Just publishing it a bit later today. I think I will have to link to yours and another one that is funny. Great resources and beautiful cats.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Dear AliciaC...What a GREAT hub...packed with puurrrfect information! I am bookmarking and "liking" on FB....thank you so much! I know I'll use this information again and again!!! Beautiful kitties/photos!! UP Useful Awesone Interesting!!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, bridalletter. It's nice to meet you! Thank you for the comment and the link. I'm looking forward to reading your cat hub!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Lucky Cats, and for the votes and the Facebook share as well!! I appreciate them all.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Oh, Alicia...your rescued animals are so beautiful...and so are you, for saving these babies...I am in in awe!!!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Lucky Cats. I am truly in awe of you - you do such wonderful work with kittens and cats that are in trouble. Many cats live happy lives because of you, instead of having a miserable existence and dying an early death! Thank you so much for saving them.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Wow what a nice resource. You've done all the work of sifting through google for me! I'll bookmark this for sure ^_^ Oh and I just had to pin the picture of Tabitha... shes a beauty. Voted up and useful.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, Mama Kim 8, and thanks for the votes and the pin too! I think that Tabitha was beautiful as well. I'm very glad that she and Nicholas came to live with us.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is great! its so helpful to find an article that actually links to the trustworthy sites. I do know what you mean about searching the internet and finding sites that don't really give good information, this is genius! and your photos were gorgeous especially the last one, I sat here saying, Ahhh! lol! voted up! cheers nell

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Nell. Thanks for the visit and for commenting and voting. Yes, the Internet can be a wonderful resource, but it can be very frustrating finding the information that's needed!

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      sapphire99336 4 years ago from Kennewick, WA

      Thank you for this helpful collection of sites.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, sapphire99336. I appreciate your visit. It's nice to meet you, too!

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Just lovely!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit and the comment, Maren Morgan!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Smudge reminds me of my old cat, he loved the Christmas tree too! This was a very informative and lovely share.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, teaches. I appreciate the comment. Smudge and Bennie both love Christmas trees, but Nevin isn't so interested in them!

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Cats are so precious. We have a dog at the moment, but, before him, always had a cat. I remember trying to trim his claws.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, ologsinquito. I agree - cats are precious, and so are dogs. I have both cats and dogs in my family and I love them all very much. Thank you for the visit.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      What darling pictures! I've got dogs, but am on the board for our county's animal shelter foundation. The shelter gets lots of cats and I'd love to bring 'em all home. Great information and photos! Voted up, useful and beautiful!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for helping the animal shelter, Heidi. I appreciate your comment and votes, too!

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      jamez 15 months ago

      Thank's for your sharing

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      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit, jamez.

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      spectrekitty 14 months ago

      Is Smudge your cat, AliciaC? We have a white cat who has a small, grey smudge on her head, and she nearly got named Smudge, too!

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, spectrekitty. Yes, Smudge is my family's cat. We didn't name him. We got him as a young rescue cat. He had a dark grey spot on his forehead at that time, so someone had named him Smudge. The dark area has disappeared now, but we still like the name!

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