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

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.

The Importance of Cat Websites

Having a cat in the family is very rewarding but is also a big responsibility. Luckily, answers to many of the questions that a pet owner may have can be found 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 sites 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 pest 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.

Note: I have three cats in my family. I've included photos of them in this article. I visit the websites that I describe below for fun and for education. Links to the sites are given in the "Resources" section at the end of the article

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

— Terry Pratchett

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

Animal Poison Control Center

The ASPCA 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 center provides facts about poisonous plants, foods, and household products for cats, dogs, and horses. The site lists an emergency phone number that someone can call if a pet is poisoned, although there "may be" a fee for this service.

The site contains other useful sections, including a frequently-updated news section and one that discusses pet care. The organization also has a cat and dog adoption center that allows a visitor to enter their zip code to discover adoptable pets in their area. Visitors can sign up for a newsletter from the organization.

The website has an online store that sells gifts, clothing, accessories, and pet care items. Money raised by the store helps to support the ASPCA organization. The shop is located on the Amazon website. Visitors will be taken there if they click on ASPCA's "Shop" link.

I find the ASPCA site interesting. 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.

Screenshot of the Resources and Tools section of the AVMA website

Screenshot of the Resources and Tools section of the AVMA website

Cat and Dog First Aid

The AVMA website contains a lot of helpful 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 sections for the public. These can be accessed on the Resources and Tools page. One a visitor is on this page, they need to click the "Pet Owners" link under the Public Resources heading to see relevant information.

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 that 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.

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet's life until it receives veterinary treatment.

— AVMA

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, breed information, photos, and videos. A companion site called "Dogster" exists for dog lovers. This site is equally entertaining and useful.

Screenshot of the Catster website

Screenshot of the Catster website

Exploring the Catster Site

The home page of Catster includes links to articles located at various places on the website. A visitor could explore the site by choosing one of the articles and then following the links in or under it to go to a new article. They could also click the menus at the top of the page to locate articles about specific topics that interest them. The eight menus are Cat Behavior, Cat Food, Health and Care, Kittens, Lifestyle, Cat Breeds, Videos, and Community.

The various sections of the website are enjoyable to explore. The site is frequently updated with new articles. The videos are quite old, however. The community section once contained forums where people could share news and ask questions. It now contains links to Catster's social media accounts. Visitors to the Catster site can sign up for a newsletter.

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

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

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 was a rescue cat who had a variety of genetic mutations. These caused her tongue to hang out, her legs to be short, and her movement style to be unusual. Despite these problems, she seemed to be happy and to enjoy life. Unfortunately, she died in her sleep on December 1st, 2019. She was eight years old and was fighting a bone infection at the time.

Lil Bub's Visit to Catster HQ

Cat Fancy Magazine and Catster

Cat Fancy was until quite 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 was possible because the same company owned 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 home page below the shopping ads

Screenshot of the iHeartCats home page below the shopping ads

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, training, breed facts, and rescue information. Visitors can sign up for a free email newsletter.

In the website's current incarnation, there are four menus at the top of the page: Shop, Read, Community, and Impact. Clicking on any of these menus will display submenus that link to more specific topics.

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 site also has other social media accounts.

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 shopping ads may be annoying for some people. The site says that part of each sale is used to help cats and other animals, however. This may be of interest to certain visitors. I don't know how much "part of each sale" is, though.

The Conscious Cat blog

The Conscious Cat blog

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 blog contains interesting posts that cover a range of topics, such as cat news, behavior, safety, and book reviews. It's frequently updated with new information. The site includes guest posts and has social media accounts. It also offers a free newsletter, 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.

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

— Eckhart Tolle

Other Useful Sites

The five sites that I've described above 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.

A screenshot of the Cat Fanciers' Association website

A screenshot of the Cat Fanciers' Association website

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.

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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 called "The Spruce". Its overall theme is homemaking. The website includes smaller and 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 (or at least she was when I last checked). 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.

There are no ordinary cats.

— Colette

Exploring Pet Sites

As is the case for all websites, the ones above may change their design or some of their features over time. I doubt that they'll disappear in the near future, though. They are popular and useful.

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.

Resources

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2012 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 01, 2019:

So do I! I think they're lovely animals.

cat lover on May 01, 2019:

I love cats

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 25, 2016:

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!

spectrekitty on May 25, 2016:

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!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 18, 2016:

Thank you for the visit, jamez.

jamez on April 18, 2016:

Thank's for your sharing

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2014:

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

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 17, 2014:

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!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2014:

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.

ologsinquito from USA on September 17, 2014:

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.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 20, 2012:

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

Dianna Mendez on August 20, 2012:

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

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 18, 2012:

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

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on August 18, 2012:

Just lovely!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 17, 2012:

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

sapphire99336 from Kennewick, WA on August 17, 2012:

Thank you for this helpful collection of sites.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2012:

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!

Nell Rose from England on August 16, 2012:

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

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2012:

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.

Sasha Kim on August 16, 2012:

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.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2012:

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.

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on August 16, 2012:

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

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2012:

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

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2012:

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!

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on August 16, 2012:

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!!

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on August 16, 2012:

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.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 16, 2012:

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.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2012:

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

Jimmy the jock from Scotland on August 16, 2012:

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

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 15, 2012:

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.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 15, 2012:

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

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 15, 2012:

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!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 15, 2012:

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 !!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 14, 2012:

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!

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on August 14, 2012:

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.