Author Archive: Karen Nichols

Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for eight years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences.

In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com at BlogPaws' Nose-to-Nose Awards. She was one of seven finalists in the Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010.

Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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Mousebreath’s Karen Nichols to Appear on Pets Teach Us So Much Today
[ 1 ] September 4, 2013 |

Mousebreath’s Karen Nichols to Appear on Pets Teach Us So Much Today

Karen Nichols, the Managing Editor of Mousebreath Magazine, will be a guest on TPPC.TV today (Thursday) discussing BarkWorld, Agility Cats, the relative merits of Star Trek cats vs. Star Wars Cats, and Cat Scouts. Will she be able to talk fast enough to squeeze it all in? TPPC.TV is the home of the Pets Teach […]

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Earless Cat Gets New Lease on Life
[ 0 ] September 4, 2013 |

Earless Cat Gets New Lease on Life

Nine-year-old Carmen was first spotted by one of Cat Town’s adopters, Angela, who saw her trying to cross a busy Oakland, CA street in traffic, oblivious to the honking horns. Once she got the cat safely inside, she saw the fungus growing in Carmen’s ears. Carmem had tumors growing inside her ear canals and outside […]

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Shoesday: These Cheap Flats are Paw-Lickin’ Good!
[ 8 ] September 3, 2013 |

Shoesday: These Cheap Flats are Paw-Lickin’ Good!

Last week I had to take my mo-in-law to Ross because she decided that was the place to buy slippers. Well, I seized it as an opportunity to take the Summer Intern on an outing. He loves riding in the car and the stroller, and I’m working on getting him comfortable in public.  Well, he […]

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Free Yoda Ears at Petco SEP 1 Only
[ 6 ] August 30, 2013 |

Free Yoda Ears at Petco SEP 1 Only

There was a lot to get excited about at BarkWorld last week, but few things stood out for me quite as much as YODA EARS! Petco is launching a new Star Wars line on September 1st and is kicking it off with free Yoda ears in stores with purchase while supplies last on Sunday. Petco was […]

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13 Cat Quilts that Aren’t Your Momma’s Quilts!
[ 2 ] August 29, 2013 |

13 Cat Quilts that Aren’t Your Momma’s Quilts!

This week’s Thursday 13 is all about cat quilts… and these aren’t your momma’s quilts. More art than utilitarian textiles, these are more likely to be displayed on your wall than folded up on the foot of your bed…. although your kittehs might like curling up with them!   David Taylor creates exquisite paintings in […]

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5 Lifejacketed Cats and a Woofie Enjoy Island Vacation
[ 3 ] August 27, 2013 |

5 Lifejacketed Cats and a Woofie Enjoy Island Vacation

It’s a rare person who’d be brave enough to consider taking 5 or 6 cats and a dog on a road trip vacation. Even rarer? Finding a hubby who’d go along with it. My friend Riley, who lives in Sweden, recently got back from an island vacation with her hubby, 5 cats and a dog. […]

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Shoesday: Spikey!
[ 0 ] August 27, 2013 |

Shoesday: Spikey!

These 6-1/2 inch heeled leopard heels have a skyscraping 2-1/2 inch platform. The heel shape? They call it “metatypical.”  It’s a leopard print with a gazillion spikes — just the thing you need for self protection if you live in a bad neighborhood. Or if you need to tenderize some meat. Get ‘em at myesoul.com […]

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RIP, Homer 1997-2013
[ 5 ] August 26, 2013 |

RIP, Homer 1997-2013

Homer, the eponymous star of the New York Times bestseller, Homer’s Odyssey, has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He’d suffered from a liver problem for some months, but was generally active, with a healthy appetite for fresh deli turkey, until He was helped to The Bridge by a gentle house-call vet, and he passed peacefully […]

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Cat’s DNA Nabs Murder Suspect
[ 3 ] August 22, 2013 |

Cat’s DNA Nabs Murder Suspect

Got some murderous impulses? Then you might do well to invest in a good lint roller.  Scientists in the UK recently used a  cat DNA database to identify cat hair found on the corpse of David Guy. His dismembered body was found stuffed into a bag on a beach last year.   Hampshire police worked […]

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Shoesday: Cat Flats to Pair with Cute Cat Shirt
[ 2 ] August 20, 2013 |

Shoesday: Cat Flats to Pair with Cute Cat Shirt

These black-n-tan cat flats provide comfort without sacrificing flair.  These feline inspired shoes from Jeffrey Campbell are made of super smooth tan suede with black velvet capped nose and back. They feature hand-stitched whiskers, onyx stud eyes and an adjustable ankle strap.  And we think they’d look purrfect with this back print cat shirt: This sheer button […]

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Info Sought on Calico Cat Dumped in Wheelie Bin
[ 2 ] August 19, 2013 |

Info Sought on Calico Cat Dumped in Wheelie Bin

The Scottish SPCA is seeking information on whomever tied up a calico cat in a trash bag and dumped her in a wheelie bin this week. They say the cat is “lucky to have survived” her ordeal. Someone walking along Edinburgh Road in Bathgate heard her cries for help Wednesday morning. She was rescued and […]

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Graeme Riley, Ace of Cats, Has Gone to The Bridge
[ 2 ] August 18, 2013 |

Graeme Riley, Ace of Cats, Has Gone to The Bridge

Graeme Riley, Ace of Cats and Station Cat Extraordinaire, has gone to The Bridge. Graeme was catapulted to international fame when his penchant for hanging out at a Melbourne train station was broadcast by the Herald Sun. Graeme broke the news on his Facebook page: Hello all my wonderful friends from around the world, I […]

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28-Lb Tabby Finds Home and Purrsonal Trainer
[ 0 ] August 15, 2013 |

28-Lb Tabby Finds Home and Purrsonal Trainer

Fat Albert needed a home. But not just any home — he needed to live with someone committed to helping Albert lose half of his body weight. Because Albert isn’t just fat; at 28 pounds, he is morbidly obese. Enter Mary Barker. She heard about Albert via social media when his photos went viral after […]

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Litter One: Eco Friendly Six Week Litter Solution + $5 Off Coupon
[ 0 ] August 13, 2013 |

Litter One: Eco Friendly Six Week Litter Solution + $5 Off Coupon

  I recently got the opportunity to try out a Litter One litter box solution. This eco-friendly option is a wholly self-contained unit that uses pine litter pellets and lasts 4-6 weeks.  I initially scoffed at the idea that a litter box could last six weeks before the litter needed to be replaced.  And, I […]

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DERMagic Magic Shampoo Soap is Magic!
[ 0 ] August 13, 2013 |

DERMagic Magic Shampoo Soap is Magic!

Mao would be embarrassed to death if he knew I was saying this, but of late he has become occasionally incontinent. Yes, he’s a bedwetter. Like many geezer cats, he’s got some kidney issues — nothing some sub-Q fluids can’t fix — but it means that regular baths are now necessary to keep him smelling […]

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Blue ‘n’ Gold Kitty Slip-Ons for $38
[ 1 ] August 13, 2013 |

Blue ‘n’ Gold Kitty Slip-Ons for $38

These cheery kitty slip ons feature a pair of happy stripey cats and a bunch of blue and gold polka dots, for a sprightly shoe guaranteed to coax a smile out of just about anyone. And at just $38 (and free shipping through the end of August), the price will make your wallet smile, too. […]

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End of an Era and the Feline Americans
[ 8 ] August 10, 2013 |

End of an Era and the Feline Americans

Any longtime cat blogger knows and loved Daisy Mae Maus and the Feline Americans. DMM and the boys were a mainstay for many years. One by one the Feline Americans went to The Bridge, and DMM followed, leaving just Charmee behind to look after his mom. Quite unexpectedly, Charmee decided to go The Bridge on Thursday. […]

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13 Cat Collages for the Purrfect Living Space
[ 2 ] August 8, 2013 |

13 Cat Collages for the Purrfect Living Space

Collage art is infinitely interesting, providing an ongoing Easter egg hunt as you discover new facets of the work. They can be as elementary as a school kid’s magazine-pastings to sophisticated mixed media works by “real” artists. This week we have 13 cat collage works any cat lover would love to have adorn her walls: […]

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Gwen (Homer’s Odyssey) Cooper’s Book Tour
[ 0 ] August 6, 2013 |

Gwen (Homer’s Odyssey) Cooper’s Book Tour

Last week, we finally met Gwen Cooper, the NY Times best-selling author of Homer’s Odyssey. She’s on a book tour purrmoting her new work, Love Saves the Day. Gwen read excerpts of Love Saves the Day, then spoke about Homer and fielded questions from the rapt audience. Everyone was eager to find out how Homer […]

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Charlotte Olympia Stilettos for Crazy Cat Lady Class
[ 1 ] August 6, 2013 |

Charlotte Olympia Stilettos for Crazy Cat Lady Class

No matter how ratty your bathrobe, no matter how much cat hair has adhered to your clothing, no matter how many pink sponge rollers are left in your hair, even the craziest crazy cat lady looks classy in these Charlotte Olympia cat face pumps. These ivory heels have a velvety satin finish and subtle gold […]

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