Fighting for My Right to Scratch Stuff Up – A Letter Regarding Claw Covers

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Dear Baker,

I recently made my mark on my humans’ sofa, as is my right, and now they are talking about gluing these stupid bits of colored plastic over my claws. This seems inhumane and, IMO, callous. It is my right as a kitty to scratch stuff up. Also, I am a creature of the night. Who ever heard of a nocturnal predator with pretty nails?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Your friend,

Right to Claw


Dear Claws,

This is a big debate that has been raging in cat communities recently. Is it or is it not humane to cover our claws with plastic? Let’s look at the pros and cons of claw covers:

cat claw covers Baker shows off his pretty nails

Baker shows off his pretty nails


Pros of Cat Claw Covers:
  • Contrary to popular opinion, if your humans choose the right size for your paws and put them on properly, you don’t really notice them. You can still retract your claws normally and the claw covers, while pretty, do not add any weight to your paw.
  • You can still stretch and scratch at stuff, but with claw covers on, your claws will not be able to snag or rip your humans’ precious furniture.
  • They come in lots of fabulous colors.
  • They are safe. Unlike human claw covers, cat claw covers fall off when you shed the outer sheath of your claws, so you are not at risk of infection.
  • No matter how you feel about having your claws covered, these things are way better than the alternative that some humans still go for: DECLAWING!

    cat claw covers Lance prefers glitter

    Lance prefers glitter

Cons of Cat Claw Covers:
  • If you are an outside cat or make your escape for a little outdoor exploration, you won’t be able to defend yourself against other cats or worse, dogs, with these things on.
  • They are a little uncomfortable at first and if you pull them off and swallow them (as some cats are wont to do) before the glue dries, you can get sick.
  • It can be a little embarrassing if your human picks the wrong color.
How to Sink your Claws into Fabulous Fashion

Cats instinctively claw at furniture, drapes, or rugs. It is a way of marking our territory and imperative to creating a comfortable living environment. Chances are, however, your humans are going to try to find some way to dissuade you. It’s just human nature.

If your humans put scratching posts in the locations you usually like to claw, I recommend you use the scratching posts instead of the furniture. This is a good compromise that seems to make everyone happy.

cat claw covers - Once you have a manicure, it is important to keep it clean.

Cat claw covers – Once you have a manicure, it is important to keep it clean.

Some humans make it unpleasant to scratch at their sofas etc. by putting two-sided tape on the places you like to scratch. Yuck! Nobody wants to touch that sticky, gross stuff! After a few weeks, you will find a more pleasant place to scratch (such as a scratching post) and forget about the sofa.

Practical Information about Claw Covers

Some cats, however, are so set in their ways that these methods do not seem to sway them, and then the humans in the house may turn to claw covers. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to put these things on your feet is going to be up to your humans, because nine times out of ten, they are bigger than you, but if they do decide to go for it, here are a few things they should keep in mind:

  1. Not all claw covers are equal. We have used several ‘knock off’ brands, but we recommend the original, “Soft Paws” brand. Cheap claw covers can be too hard (difficult to get on), poorly shaped (easily fall off) or come with super-strong glue (don’t fall off with claw growth and eventually need to be snipped off.) We do not work for Soft Paws, so encouraging you to buy them does not benefit us in any way. If you do want to support us, check out our game: Click Here.
  2. Nobody wants to sit still while a human is pinching their foot and messing with their nails, so this is really a two-human job, and should be followed by lots, and I mean LOTS, of treats.
  3. Keep an eye on your claws. The claw covers should fall off after a few weeks to a month, but if they don’t, as your claw grows, the cover might start to dig into the pad of your toe, which of course would be quite uncomfortable. If a claw cover has not fallen off after six weeks, meow loudly at your humans until they clip off the offending claw cover.
  4. If the aim is to prevent furniture from being damaged, you do not need to cover your back claws, because we scratch stuff up with our front claws only. However, some cats have sensitive skin or anxiety issues which lead to overzealous scratching at the ears etc. If the aim, therefore, is to prevent you from scratching yourself, you should have the claw covers attached to your back claws.

    cat claw covers - They come in a variety of colors

    cat claw covers – They come in a variety of colors

I hope these tips help you in your long struggle to get along with your humans.

Baker - ask me anything byline

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Your friend and fashion consultant,



Music for Cats

Do your cats listen to mewsic? Do they dance with you when you have a house party? Do you have little cat iPods for them? If you answered “no” to all of these questions, it might be because cats have different musical tastes than their humans.

The website claims that they are developing music that is scientifically composed to appeal to cats. Throughout history, according to Music for Cats, music has been composed by humans for humans, but this composer has studied the sounds that appeal to cats and produced music that stimulates cats’ emotions.

The music is available for purchase on the website , but before we forked out $15.00 for the digital download of “Album 1”, we thought we’d give the kitties a listen.

Here is the reaction to “Music for Cats” at Spot the Kitty HQ:

Baker seems rather nonpussed, but Lance is somewhat curious as to where the singing cat might be found.

Click on the website above if you would like to play the sample for your cat, and tell us in the comments what your kitty’s reaction is.


Kitty Meowvie Reviews – Pluto TV

Spot the Kitty Discovers 24-7 Kitty TV!

The only thing better than a good movie is a free online TV network with an all-cats all-the-time station called “Cats 24/7!” And that’s just what we found on Pluto TV.

You have to download an app, but once connected to Pluto TV, you can enjoy over a hundred channels of free, round-the-clock content. Or, like us here at Spot the Kitty HQ, you can just watch kitties all the time.

If you’re hooked (we are!) download the Pluto TV app for Android here or for Apple here. You can also get a Pluto TV Chrome extension here.

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Watch a cute kitten battle a giant spider

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See cats attempting to fit themselves into circles (if I fits, I sits)

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Circle success!

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Not all Daring Cat Rescues are Successful!

We cats usually have a mind of our own. If we decide to climb up a power pylon, maybe we are just trying to get a different view on things, or maybe we are brave jungle cats stalking hapless birds. Whatever the reason, we do not always need or wish to be rescued, as this daring cat demonstrates.

Humans take note: please ask your cat if he or she would like the firemen to come.


Spot the Kitty is On the Move: Today’s Kitty Spotted in San Jose, Costa Rica

Kitty Spotting in Costa Rica

Every traveler knows that the best hostel is a hostel with a kitty. That’s why the staff of Spot the Kitty HQ were so delighted to find this sweet girl residing at Hostel Casa del Parque in San Jose.

Spot the Kitty in San Jose, Costa Rica

Can you spot this kitty, at the front door of Hostel Casa del Parque in San Jose?

kitty spotted

Kitty spotted!

This kitty’s name is Cleo, and she is ten years old. She is a torbie (tortoiseshell-tabbie) with a white bib. She has been with the hostel since it opened, when she was just a little kitten.

Cleo loves hiding, and she also loves stalking prey like the insects and geckos that live in the hostel patio. Her other activities include getting petted by hostelers and sitting close to the table during mealtimes, hoping for tidbits of whatever anyone’s eating.

spot the kitty in san jose, costa rica

Can you spot Cleo in the hostel’s patio garden?

kitty spotted

Kitty spotted! The fountain is a good place to look for bugs.


Healthy Eating Habits — A Letter Regarding Cat Food

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Dear Baker,

My human refuses to feed me a steady diet of tinned tuna, no matter how much I meow and bite her hand. Am I doing something wrong? All I want is to eat like the beast I am.

Your pal,

Frustrated and Furry in Phoenix

Dear FFPh,

It’s certainly normal for a cat to want to eat nothing but tinned tuna, and compared to some of the cat foods on the market, it seems like it would be a decent diet. However, to make sure we give you the best eating advice possible, we’ve done some research into healthy eating for cats and this is what we have found out:

Cats are Carnivores

Sure, cats, dogs, and bears are all members of the family carnivora, but unlike dogs and bears, who actually have very omnivorous diets, we cats are dedicated carnivores. That means we need to eat meat and nothing but meat to be healthy.

lion eating warthog

A lion eating a warthog

Look at the wild cats. Lions, cheetahs, pumas… these felines are all predators, at the tops of their food chains. You don’t see them foraging for corn meal or veggies. Our bodies are the same, albeit smaller and possibly fluffier, but like our wild cousins, we need to eat a meat-based diet. We do need a little roughage to help us digest this meat, as any cat who has ever gone outside specifically to nom grass can tell you. Good sources of roughage are grass (as mentioned), some fruits such as pumpkin, and some leafy vegetables such as spinach, as long as the bulk of our diet is meat.

So, you may say, why not the tinned tuna? Well, my furry friend, if you’ve ever been on an African safari and watched Simba eating, you’ll notice that our wild cousins don’t just eat the muscle, like our humans tend to do. They eat the organs, the skin, the eyeballs, and the cartilage, and then they crunch up the bones and eat the marrow. There’s almost nothing left for the hyenas and vultures. To be honest, I don’t even know how those scavengers survive on the lions’ left-overs. Organs and all that other good stuff contains loads of nutrients that we can’t get from muscle alone. A good cat food will contain lots of animal products, unlike a tin of tuna, which contains only muscle meat.

And that brings us to:

Best and Worst Cat Food Brands

When you’re choosing your cat food brand, have your human first read the ingredients. Don’t bother with the gimmicky or persuasive words splattered in big print on the front of the bag, like “gourmet,” “premium,” or “vet approved.” Just find out what’s actually in the food.

Good, healthy cat food should be made of meat. That’s pretty straight-forward, isn’t it?

Here’s a list of things to avoid in your cat food:

  • By-products – these are the parts of slaughtered animals that aren’t even good enough for hot dog wieners, like brain, blood, and lungs. They’re not so bad but shouldn’t be the main or only source of animal product in your food.
  • Proteins from corn (“corn gluten meal” “corn meal”)
  • Proteins from soy (“soybean meal”, “soy flour”, “soy meal”)
  • Grains such as wheat, white rice. They are high in carbs and wheat has gluten, neither of which cats can digest.
  • Rye. It is very harsh to digest and pets don’t like it.
  • When 3 of first 5 ingredients are grains
  • Potatoes (except sweet potatoes). They are high-glycemic, causing peaks in blood sugar.
  • Tapioca, also high-glycemic.
  • Artificial preservatives and colorants, which are not necessary in pet food and some have been linked to cancer.

You’ll have a difficult time finding a cat food with none of the above, but if you can find a food that is mostly meat and has very little of any of the other stuff, you’re going to be healthy.

According to “Cat Food Dispenser Reviews,” these, then are the top best yummy cat foods based on their ingredients:


Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula

Orijen is made with fresh meats which are free of preservatives. It is grain-free and contains all the essential amino acids a cat needs.






Petcurean Go Fit Grain Free Formula

Petcurean Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free is made with a variety of meats, including turkey, duck, fish, and chicken, and has added chicken fat for energy instead of carbohydrates (which cats can’t digest.)






Acana Pacifica Regional

Acana Pacifica Regional formula is made with wild fish caught in the Canadian Pacific, such as herring, flounder, and hake, and it also includes some fresh fruit and veggies. This cat food contains all the essential amino acids you need.




Read all the info on these and other great cat-food brands on the Cat Food Dispensary website by clicking here.

Our research led us to the top WORST cat foods according to their ingredients, too. BHA is a preservative found in many pet foods that has been linked to cancer!



The main ingredients in 9 Lives are corn, chicken by-product, corn, soybean, and wheat. Yuck! Cat’s can’t digest any of that stuff! That’s why this cat food also has a bunch of added fat for energy and vitamins so you won’t die. This nasty stuff also has BHA added as a preservative, so if you eat it for your whole nine lives, expect to get cancer.



Fancy Feast

Fancy Feast

The first five ingredients of Fancy Feast (Filet Mignon Flavour) are corn, corn, poultry by-product meal, meat and bone meal, and animal fat. There is no filet mignon listed anywhere on the ingredients, so I think it’s false advertising. It’s like when your humans drink kool-aid and call it juice.





Friskies is another unhealthy cat food choice. Its main ingredients are also corn, corn, poultry by-product meal, meat and bone meal, and animal fat. This cat food has a lot of artificial flavour and colour added so your humans will like the look of it, but believe me, this is not what constitutes a healthy kitty meal.

You can look at the List Mart website for more details about these and four more of this year’s worst cat food brands by clicking here.


On Water

Some humans erroneously believe that we get all the water we need from our wet food. While it is true that wet cat food is up to 80% water, the truth is that all pets of any species need access to fresh, clean drinking water at all times.

water fountain

I like this one, which I found on Thirsty Cat Fountains, because it’s functional yet decorative. You can click on it to find out how to get one for your house.

If you’re like most cats, you probably don’t drink from your cat water dish as often as you drink from the tap or lick up the water drops in the shower stall after your human has finished showering. That’s because our natural instinct is to drink running water whenever possible. I’d recommend your human provide a nice water fountain for you so you will enjoy drinking your cat water and won’t feel the need to follow everyone into the bathroom in the hopes of getting your nose under the faucet. If your human is on a tight budget and can’t shell out the big bucks for a cat water fountain, encourage them to at least clean and refill your water dish regularly. There is nothing less appealing than a dish of stagnant water sitting on the floor with dust and hair floating in it and algae growing in its depths.

How Much and How Often a Cat should Eat

lancy enjoying a nibble of grass

Lancy enjoying a nibble of grass

Everyone is different, and your eating habits should depend on your body type and life style. Once you have selected your cat food of choice, have your human talk to your vet about quantity and frequency of feeding.

Treats are the best, and we all love them. In a perfect world, we could survive solely on treats such as tinned tuna. However, in actual reality, your humans need to limit the amount of treats you eat. Treats are high in fat and low in nutritional value, and if you eat too many of them, you won’t have room for your healthy dinner.


I hope this helps. Thank you for your question, and remember, everybody, you can ask me anything!

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Your friend,




Cat Celebrity News

Koyuki Takes the Internet by Storm

Koyuki is the next grumpy cat to take over the internet. Photo credit: Daily Mail

Koyuki is the next grumpy cat to take over the internet. Photo credit: Daily Mail

Move over, Grumpy Cat! A Japanese cat with a grumpy expression to rival Grumpy Cat’s is gaining popularity among social media users. Koyuki has 46.5K followers on her Instagram page and 50.7K are currently following her on Twitter. Despite her scowling expression, her owners say she is a friendly kitty.

Marmalade Endures Cone of Shame

Marmalade in blow-up collar photo credit coleandmarmalade website

Marmalade in blow-up collar: Photo credit coleandmarmalade website

Back in February, Cole and Marmalade’s human reported that Marmalade was strapped into an inflatable cone of shame. It seems that Marm let curiosity get the better of him and ended up with a scratched eye. Luckily, Marmalade’s humans noticed his condition straight away. Unluckily, Marm was forced to not only wear a cone of shame, but to endure eye drops twice a day for two weeks!

Read all the grisly details of Marmalade’s misadventure on their website, here.

Grumpy Cat Pure Gold

Grumpy Cat's Tales to be Told in Golden Books. Photo credit: Grumpy Cat website

Grumpy Cat’s Tales to be Told in Golden Books. Photo credit: Grumpy Cat website

Hold on to your reading glasses, because Grumpy Cat’s many tales will be told in a series of three Golden Books, to be published by Random House. The first title is “Grumpy Cat — The Little Cat that Wouldn’t” and will be available on book shelves on July 26, 2016. This story is about Grumpy Cat saying “no” to all her friends’ suggestions to try new things and have fun. See Grumpy Cat’s website here for all the deets.

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Spot the Kitty is on the Move — Today’s Kitty Spotted in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Jalisco, Mexico

bougainvillea and cactuses

Kitty spotting in Mexico is never easy. With the year-round warm climate, the abundance of flora ensures that there are always many places for a kitty to hide. But occasionally the lure of the toasty Mexican sun is enough to get a kitty out of hiding long enough to catch some rays.

spot the ixtlahuacan kitty

Can you spot the kitty in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos?

Turn on your kitty detectors… bleep, bleep, bleep, BOOP! Kitty spotted!

Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos is a small town of about 10, 000 people (and I don’t know how many kitties) in the southern part of Jalisco province. It is about 40 minutes’ drive south of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second biggest city after Mexico City.


Ixtlahuacan kitty spotted

Kitty spotted in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Jalisco, Mexico

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Kitty Mew-sic Reviews: Hotline Bling by Drake

When Hotline Bling starts playing, who can resist dancing their butt off like a freak? It’s just that catchy.

Photo credit: GQ

“Watching Drake dance really gets me in the mewd. His mewvs are purrfect. Two paws up!” – Baker

“I like to bust a mewv every time I hear that sweet, sweet refrain. It’s like kibble to my ears. Two paws way up! Can I get a meow meow?” – Lance

Baker loves Hotline Bling so much that he had to record his own version. Hope you enjoy “Catline Bling,” by Baker:


Inside or Outside Cat? A Letter Regarding Freedom

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Dear Baker,

I am a jungle cat and it is my instinct to lie in the grass enjoying the warm sunshine on my back, and perhaps have a nibble or two. However, my cruel humans deny me this right to reign over all I see, and taunt me by providing a glimpse of the great outdoors via something called ‘windows,’ through which I can see and hear nature calling me to conquer it, but cannot escape.

Please help.

Your fan,

Meowster of the Universe

Lancy peeking through the window

Lancy peeking through the window at his domain.

Dear Meowster,

While it is true that you, like all cats, are master of all you survey, your humans keep you in for safety. You should not chide them, but thank them, and then tell them to make you a nice outdoor run.

Most cats don’t realize it, but there are many dangers lurking outside. Massive zooming objects often squish our furry cousins who roam the outdoors. No matter how many needles you have suffered on your annual vet visits, there are illnesses you may be subject to out there. Some humans take exception to us marking our territory, erroneously thinking that their ‘fences’ and ‘property lines’ somehow make it their territory. Some of these humans can get violent if they catch you pooping in their gardens. So although we are jungle cats, the concrete jungle is not the safest place for us to roam.

Happily, there are measures your human can take to allow you to explore the outdoors, eat grass, and lie in the sunshine in safety:

A harness


lancy enjoying a nibble of grass

Lancy enjoying a nibble of grass while on his harness.

Like you, Lance is a jungle cat who was plucked from his street domain and forced to live in an apartment. Lance enjoys going outside strapped to his human by a leash and harness. At first, Lance was not impressed by having something wrapped around his neck and chest, but now Lance is so happy for the chance to lie in the sunshine eating grass, that he scampers to the mat and lies down purring for his human to strap him into his harness. Our good friend Snuggy wears his harness all the time, and his leash is attached to a cable outside that spans the length of the yard. On his leash, Snuggy can lie in the sunshine or walk back and forth in the yard.


A Cat run

This is a run any cat would be proud to own! It was built by D and L Classic Pet Enclosures in Australia. Click the photo to go to a website all about cat runs!

If your humans have enough money and skills, the right thing to do for you would be build you a cat run. This would cordon off a small area of the yard for you to eat grass in. Some countries have a problem with feral and pet cats eating up all the indigenous birds, to which we say, so what? But if you live in Australia and you have full access to the great outdoors, you may get blamed for nomming up the last survivor of some species or another. A fully-enclosed cat run is a great way to deter these tasty little critters from crossing your path while you’re on the prowl. A cat run can be a complete structure built of wood and chicken wire, an enclosed garden, or a wired-in run along an existing wall or fence. If the entire run is covered in wire, you won’t be able to leave and other creatures will not be able to get in, either. Just have your humans check the perimeter periodically for wear.

An Enclosed yard
security top for panels

A security fence-topper can discourage kitties from climbing out as well as robbers from climbing in. This one comes from Jackson’s Fencing in the UK. Click the photo to go to their website.

If your humans really love you, they will build a high fence around their entire yard so you can play freely. A metal fence is best, because you will not be able to scale it as easily as a wooden fence. Make sure there are no trees or furnishings near the fence that would allow you to climb out. There are things your humans can stick along the top of an existing fence to discourage you from climbing over, too, such as spikes or rollers. Some places require your humans to put up warnings if there are spikes at the top of the fence. That’s so a would-be robber won’t get hurt trying to climb into your yard and steal stuff and then sue your humans. Make sure your humans pay attention to local laws and regulations before putting up or adding to fencing.

Whatever method your humans choose, it is a good idea for a human to stay with you when you are playing outdoors, at least the first few times. Most of us cats are Hairy Houdinis who can find and execute escape from any harness or enclosure. After all the money and time spent ensuring your safety, you don’t want to end up prey to one of those zooming metal things humans are so fond of.

Hope this helps.

Baker - ask me anything byline

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Your pal,