Carmella The Cat children's series by Ann Cerino

Carmella The Cat children’s series by Ann Cerino teaches how precious all animals are

Every animal is precious and deserves a forever home. That is the theme of Ann Cerino’s series of children’s books based on Carmella the Cat.

Check out this month’s Give-Away of Carmella The Cat & Carmella The Cat Goes Fishing

Win your copy of Carmella The Cat Goes Fishing in this month's Give-Awa

Win your copy of Carmella The Cat Goes Fishing in this month’s Give-Away

Carmella The Cat has been a long-time thought that has finally been put into action. Now 60, Cerino is re-inventing herself. After 42-years in retail, she is writing a series of children’s books based on true cat stories.

The Carmella The Cat series is based on Cerino’s cat, the real Carmella, who was found, along with her litter-mates, in a flooded drainage ditch. Carmella was the only kitten to survive. She was rushed to The Cat Doctor, Dr. Ackerman, who helped save her life by treating her until she was healthy and ready to be adopted. When Carmella was well, Dr. Ackerman introduced the tiny kitten to Cerino who had recently put her cat to sleep, and a loving, fur-ever match was made.

It was like, I don’t want any more, but I’ve got to have him

Carmella The Cat

Carmella The Cat

Cerino tells about her best friend walking by a construction site, and found a cat who had just had kittens in the drainage pipe. All the kittens had drowned except this one little orange and white tabby. She picked up the tiny kitten, who could fit in the palm of her hand, and rushed her to the vet.

Meanwhile Cerino was at wit’s end. She had put her gorgeous Persian kitty to sleep and was hysterical. Her vet said nothing will make the hurt go away like another kitten, and she brought out this tiny kitten.

‘It was like, I don’t want any more, but I’ve got to have him,’ she said.



Category: Book Review, Rescue
Gwen Cooper's 'Kittenish', helps animals in Nepal's major earthquake.

Gwen Cooper’s ‘Kittenish’, helps animals in Nepal’s major earthquake earlier this year.

Even though Homer the Blind Cat has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, his work to help other felines in needs continues.

Gwen Cooper & Homer’s Heroes recently published ‘Kittenish’, a collection of selfies of some absolutely stunning cats around the world – and it’s all for a good cause. All – that’s 100 percent – of the proceeds from ‘Kittenish’ are going to Humane Society International to fund their ongoing animal-rescue efforts in Nepal.

In a little over a week, Homer’s Heroes raised an astounding $20,000 for the animals.

Nepal’s earthquake may seem like old news now. A few months have passed since an enormous 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 4,000 people. Anyone who has worked with disaster recovery knows the story fades from the headlines, but the pain and suffering continues for months if not years. The story remain real and the people and animals affected by the earthquake continue to need financial support.

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang shared a post on petMD on the World Vets Response, what she is doing personally to help, and let other pet lovers across the globe know how they can help. ‘With a struggling government and minimal infrastructure in place, the initial response has been practically nonexistent; people digging through rubble with their hands to try to free their family members, thousands of injured people turned away by hospitals struggling to save the most badly injured.’

A parody on Kim Kardashian’s selfies book, ‘Selfish”

Gwen Cooper took note, and not only stepped up to the plate to help, but also turned to pop culture and crowd-sourcing to make it work. This book of rescue-cat selfies (that’s the pop culture part) parodies Kim Kardashian’s selfies book, ‘Selfish’. Cooper points out, ‘Cats are probably the only ones having as big a pop-cultural moment as the Kardashians, so the comparison seemed apt. And she thought, why not adopt the selfie into a book of rescued cats?



Keep kitty safe from heat stroke this summer (Infographic courtesy of

Keep kitty safe from heat stroke this summer (Infographic courtesy

Today, Paws for Reflection, wants to take a look at how we can keep our cats safe when the temperatures soar into the 90’s and above.

First of all – NEVER, NEVER, NEVER LEAVE A CAT IN A HOT CAR, EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS CRACKED! Are we screaming how important this is for your cat? Yes, we are! Some states have even adopted legislation where you can report Fido or Fluffy left in an unattended hot car. It’s animal cruelty to say the least.

Even on a seemingly pleasant summer day, temperatures inside a vehicle can soar to over 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes, leading to heat stroke and death.

Cats need shade and water on hot summer daysCats need shade and water on hot summer days

Cats need shade and water on hot summer days

If your cat is panting, restless or has very sweaty paw pads he may be succumbing to the heat. This can lead to heat exhaustion and can then lead to heat stroke. Always make sure your cat has access to shade, water and cool temperatures.

If you must run an errand:

If you must quickly run an errand, restrain the animal in a kennel, park in the shade, and leave the windows completely open. It would be better, to have one person stay with the pet outside the vehicle, while the other runs into a store to grab a quick stop.

Beyond the car:

Cats need to stay cool on hot summer days.

Cats need to stay cool on hot summer days.

However, there’s a lot more to keeping kitty safe during the torrid hot weather than making sure they are never in a hot car.

Always make sure there’s fresh water available.

If your cat stays outdoors, keep water bowls in the shade and change them several times a day. For indoor cats, make water as appealing as possible by changing it frequently and washing the bowl every day. In very hot weather, keep water cool by dropping a couple of ice cubes in the bowl.

Keep Kitties Cool:

If you don’t have air conditioning keep a couple of fans going to circulate the air (make sure they’re safe and placed where the cat can’t get to them). Outdoor cats must have access to shade.


Category: Cat Safety, Cats
Keep your cat safe this Fourth of July. Infographic courtesy of Pet Finder

Keep your cat safe this Fourth of July (Infographic courtesy of Pet Finder)

Pets don’t understand all the frivolity, noise, and celebrations surround the Fourth of July. To them, it’s scary, chaotic, and an intrusion on their daily routine.

Paws for Reflection learned that more pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year. That fact is shared by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Cats as well as dogs go missing, and end up as strays, with many ending up at local shelters. Others aren’t so lucky. They die from fright, get hit by cars, fall victim to predators, or perish from the elements. What can we responsible pet owners do to prevent this? There are some easy tips to share.


  1. Don’t take Fluffy or Fido to the fireworks celebration. Leave them home. Pets have much better hearing than humans, and the noise is not only deafening, but terrifying for them. While us humans find the glitter entertaining, our pets become stressed and anxious, causing them to bolt and run away from this frightening situation
  2. If you are setting off fireworks in your backyard or you know that your neighbors are going to be setting a few off, keep your pets safe in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. Make sure it’s escape-proof because we all know, cats are especially good at magically getting through the door, no matter how careful we are.
  3.  Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets.
  4. Even if the fireworks are just sitting idle, they can be poisonous to your pets. , Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.


  1. While we love to have our furry family members with us at all times, be extra careful if there’s a parade near-by. They will be frightened by all the noise. They also stand a chance of getting hit by a car because of all the increased traffic. For cats, they will be extremely stressed by all the extra activity in the neighborhood, and well may go seeking a safe place to hide. That can cause them to disorient and go missing. It’s best to keep kitty safe inside till all the festivities are long forgotten.
  2. Make sure your pet has been microchipped and, even better, also have a pet-id so that if they go missing, you can easily be re-united. When you pet goes missing, it’s stressful for them and for you.



Category: Cat Safety, Cats, Rescue

Wordless Wednesday: Cats celebrate the flag this Fourth of July

The kitties in the Paws household take Paws to check out the American Flag in honor of the Fourth of July. Of course, they had to be bribed by treats to post for the picture. But is that so different? A little maneuvering here and there, to get what you want? What do your cats have planned to celebrate the upcoming holiday? Please share your comments and your stories so we can share them with our feline family and followers.


Cats pay tribute to the American flag

Cats pay tribute to the American flag


Cat Lenny pledges allegiance to American flag

Cat Lenny pledges allegiance to American flag


Cat Lenny says this flag is pretty cool.

Cat Lenny says this flag is pretty cool.


Cat knows bribery, even with cat treats, gets results

Cat knows bribery, even with cat treats, gets results

Cats, Lenny, 'Oh yes, let s celebrate our flag and the Fourth of July

Cat Lenny, ‘Oh yes, let’s celebrate our flag and the Fourth of July


Cat Lenny says, Oh how sweet victory is, and isn't that why we celebrate the Fourth of July

Cat Lenny says, Oh how sweet victory is, and isn’t that why we celebrate the Fourth of July



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