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      Our Cats Favorite Taylor Swift Songs From Fearless

      Our Cats Favorite Taylor Swift Songs From Fearless

      Our cats overheard humans talking about Taylor Swift lately. It's no surprise that she's once again trending. But this time it's because of something super cool. If you haven't heard, she re-recorded her successful album Fearless so she could own the rights this time (the first time, her previous label owned pretty much everything and it was quite unfair). All the woman power to her! 

      If we’ve learned anything, it’s that the cats here have CATTITUDE, just like TS. Like “writing-songs-about-your-exes-and-winning-11-Grammys-for-them” cattitude, and each have their own unique personalities. They asked us to write this blog so they could tell you their favorite songs off of Taylor’s latest release to give you some insight into their purrsonalities! Genius! 

      LANA (left)

      Lana’s favorite song is definitely Fifteen! She’s our youngest kitty here, at four months old. She’s still getting the hang of this whole “cat party” lifestyle here, but lately she’s been getting really brave and exploring! We’d say she’s in her high school Taylor phase, having fun and making friends. She’s such a sweetheart and would love for you to come sit with her and listen to all of her stories!

      SWEETIE PIE & PLUCKY DUCK

      Sweetie Pie and Plucky Duck are obsessed with Love Story! They are our resident Romeo and Juliet, coming to Cat Therapy as a bonded pair along with their friend Dizzy Devil. These two have been inseparable since they arrived, spending every day cuddling while they get comfortable in the space. 

      DIZZY DEVIL

      Dizzy Devil’s new favorite pastime has been jumping right into peoples’ laps and snuggling in! That’s why his theme song right now is You All Over Me. Anyone who comes into Cat Therapy is going to have Dizzy Devil “all over them” and might even leave with some extra cat fur as a souvenir. Only a song this full of emotion could possibly fit this guy, who puts on a dramatic performance of starvation every time we feed him.

      RINGO & NOIX

      Ringo and Noix feel like The Best Day really gets them. These two are bonded for life and spend every day together on the windowsill watching the world outside Cat Therapy. The best part? Rumor has it that they might even be a father-son pair… which is why The Best Day is perfect for them! If you walk by our windows, you’ll definitely see these two faces peeking out at you.

      COSMO

      Cosmo has been listening to That’s the Way I Loved You. He’s the perfect mix of sweet and cuddly but also has a fiery side and will get bursts of energy where he wants to run and play. Hanging out with Cosmo is a “roller coaster kind of rush” if we’ve ever seen it! We just think if he had longer legs and opposable thumbs, he’d be driving on the highway blasting this song.

      ARIANNA & ANASTASIA

      Arianna and Anastasia’s perfect song is You Belong With Me, because these two never leave each other’s sides. They are tortoiseshell sisters who love spending all day cuddled in the same bed together. But make no mistake, when nap-time is over these two are running around playing tag in the space! These sisters definitely belong together, and they are the sweetest bonded pair that are looking for a future home together. 

      CHESHIRE

      Cheshire has lived the most cat lives out of anyone else here. He’s eight years old, and one of the biggest cats we’ve seen! His theme song is Change, because he’s lived through so much in his life and he’s ready to find a forever home snuggled under someone’s covers. He seems like a wise old man and we’d love to hear his stories. 

      FRANK AND FRED

      Frank and Fred are the sweetest brothers, and their favorite song off Taylor’s latest release is Superstar. They might be a little shy, but they know they are total stars and super photogenic, ready for the spotlight. Their secret trick is waiting until we close and then running as fast as they can on our big cat wheel! We know as soon as they get comfortable here at Cat Therapy, they’re going to be the stars of the show.

      ASLAN

      Aslan is our resident romacer. He knows how to play the heart strings and might even try to adopt himself by trying to follow you outside. His theme song is Forever and Always because if he decides to grace you with his presence at Cat Therapy, he’ll be making you want to spend forever with him. In a past life we think he was the boy who broke Taylor’s heart in this song, but in this life he’s a big orange lover. 

      ASHES

      The award for our most mysterious cat definitely goes to Ashes, so of course her perfect song has to come from Taylor’s vault. We think she loves That’s When with Keith Urban, because if there’s any cat in here that’s secretly a country fan, it’s probably Ashes. If she’s not out playing, she might be in one of her favorite hiding spots, like in her secret cubby!

      PRINCESS & LOLLY

      Lolly and Princess have been listening to Today Was a Fairytale and White Horse on repeat. These two girls are sweet and sassy, and totally remind us of big dreamers with girl power energy! Lolly loves to play with toys and watch for birds out the window, and Princess likes to walk around like she owns the place, picking out her favorite benches to lay on and watch everyone. These two are a bonded pair and definitely best friends, and they are looking to go home together to their future family!

      GUIDO

      The infamous Guido’s theme song is Mr. Perfectly Fine. Don’t get us wrong, he is the sweetest boy and doesn’t have a mean bone in his cat body, we just couldn’t help but make the joke about how “perfectly fine” he is lounging up on the tallest shelf all day! He’s been a Cat Therapy resident for a year, and even though we can’t wait to see him find his forever home, we love seeing him everyday checking us out from his windowsill spot. 

      Our Favorite Cat Tower, Litter Box Furniture + More!

      Our Favorite Cat Tower, Litter Box Furniture + More!

      When we designed Cat Therapy we realized it's hard to find good quality cat furniture that meets their instinctual needs but it's also pleasing to the human eye. If you're a cat parent, you may have experienced the same thing! 

      A little while ago we found Tuft and Paw, a company that makes good looking cat furniture that consciously meets your beloved feline's needs. Big perk? Their furniture actually looks nice, it's made with great quality materials and it's easy to clean!! Every item will blend seamlessly with your stylish home. If you're looking for alternatives to the typical carpeted cat tree or plastic litter box, keep on reading! Here's a selection of our favorite Tuft and Paw products. They're game changing, in our experienced opinion! 

      1- THE VISTA CAT PLATFORM / SHELF

      A total game changer for cats that love to climb. If your kitty is always climbing up on the counters, book shelves and pantry, this is for her! Cat shelves not only help take advantage of the vertical space of a house or apartment, but they provide cats with a much appreciated viewing point from where they can observe their dominion. Pro tip: Install these where your cat will get a fun view like the living room or near a window, and make sure it's within their reach (install them in a ladder style or make sure there's something they can use to reach it). Multi cat households should get several of these! Click on the picture to shop meow! 

      2- THE KIP BED COLLECTION 

      There's just something about these cat beds that make kitties purr and knead almost instantly!! The slightly concave shape makes them feel contained and comfy, while the fuzzy texture reminds them of momma cat, aww!! We can tell you from experience cats ADORE these type of beds. Pro tip: These are purrfect to protect your couch or bed. To ensure your kitty uses it, place it somewhere they already love hanging in. Sometimes cats won't lay in a new bed until it smells like them or something they like, sprinkling it with some catnip always helps! 

      3- FLOOF CUSHION 

      Let's stay in the cozy napping products for just two more things. THIS CUSHION! The faux fur is not only soft but emotionally comforting to kitties because it's such a familiar texture. Use this to enhance their favorite napping spot, get it in combination with or on it's own. Click on the photo to purchase. 

      4- THE STELLAR SPHERE

      We don't know about you, but we kind of wish we were cats so we could sleep in this sphere. This is for those reserved kitties that wish for some extra privacy. The opening is purrfectly sized so they can still look out, but the sphere offers a comfortable escape for kitties to just relax. Plus it looks absolutely stunning!! Click on the photo to shop!

      5- THE COVE LITTER BOX

      For those cats who do not appreciate a roof over their heads, this litter box is just amazing. It has a smooth design, free from hard-to-clean crevices. The "privacy shelter" contains the litter while your kitty does their weird litter box dance. It includes an integrated scoop, dustpan, and hand brush to make cleaning it even easier. Did we mention it also looks good? Click on the photo to shop!

      6- MIA CARA FEEDER

      If your cat loves making a mess or pushing their feeding bowl around the floor, this is the choice for them! Revamp and declutter their feeding area with this set. For extra cleanliness, grab a silicone mat too! 

      7- SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST: THE MILO CAT TOWER

      We've searched far and wide for a cat tree that wasn't an absolute eye sore. We love this one so much we in fact ordered one to have as a CENTERPIECE of our cat lounge. Why? It's beautiful, yes, but it has many features we couldn't find anywhere else: For starters, the cloth parts of it are removable so we can clean them! This is not only helpful in a multi cat environment, it's a must.

      The acrylic sphere at the top makes for the perfect perch/ napping spot for your cat, but you will also get an adorable view of their squishy toe beans from underneath! It provides plenty of climbing and resting areas for one or several cats. Pro tip: Get this tree! 

      We hope you enjoyed our selection!

      If you click on any of these links and end up purchasing something for your kitty, know that we get a referral fee, so it's a win-win for everyone! We truly admire the quality and innovative designs of this brand! Make sure you also check out their CAT TOYS , SCRATCHING POSTS and other ACCESSORIES. 

      Valentine's Day Cat Lover's Gift Guide

      Valentine's Day Cat Lover's Gift Guide

      We see Valentine's Day as an opportunity, if not an excuse, to do something sweet for our loved ones. That's not limited to a romantic partner, it can be a friend, your kitty or even yourself! Yes, we're huge proponents of treating ourselves, specially after that 2020 debacle of a year 😹 All of these gifts aren't extra soppy and they apply to anyone you love that likes cats!

      The purrfect gift? Something that speaks to a person’s interests and has meaning and value way beyond the object you’re holding. Everything in our store is designed for the most discerning cat lovers and it also supports our mission of getting more cats rescued and into loving homes. It’s a win win for cats and cat lovers! 

      Now, there’s a lot of awesome stuff in our shop, so we curated a selection of our favorites to help you choose! 

      1- Time Spent With Cats T-Shirt. $34

      We think cat lovers will agree that time spent in the company of such an intriguing, beautiful and loving animal is certainly never wasted! In our experience of fostering over 600 cats, we can tell you that they are grateful for everything we do for them. For us, time spent rescuing kitties is the best use of our time. 
      This shirt is an expression of our favorite quote, in a design drawn by Cat Therapy’s founder's mother, artist Marta Dachena. The vibrant colors and almost psychedelic style alludes to 60s art. You’re not only wearing a piece of art, you’re helping us rescue kitties by doing so! It is the perfect graphic tee! It comes in both women and unisex cuts as well as sweatshirt and the description includes sizing charts to assist you in shopping the purrfect fit. Shop HERE!
      If you're loved one is more into minimalist designs, we definitely have some awesome shirts for them, but this one is our favorites! 

      2- Cat Themed Face Masks. $20

      When we pictured 2020's fashion, we never expected the most important piece would end up being a face mask. But here we are! If we have to wear them, why not make it fun? Cat Therapy face masks have a nose wire to ensure they don’t slip down when you talk and adjustable straps for the purrfect fit. They are double layered for extra safety and a pocket for a filter if you wish to wear one! 
      There’s many designs going from subtle to statement, including leopard print face masks and other pretty and unique cat themed masks! SHOP HERE!
      Leopard Print with Hearts Face Mask

      3- Cat Themed Shirts For Cat Dads $32

      Best Cat Dad T-Shirt
      Cat Therapy wasn’t going to forget about all of the crazy cat men out there! We organized our best unisex designs here, including our Best Cat Dad T-Shirt and Cat Sabbath T-Shirt, worn by Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, Ozzy Osbourne’s bass player! 

      4- A Private Visit To Cat Therapy. Starting at $50

      Best gift ever? A room full of adorable rescued cats all to yourself! You can give the gift of kitty cuddles by purchasing a gift card here. A private visit for two is $50 on weekdays and $60 on weekends! It is scientifically proven that a visit to a Cat Cafe will improve your mood by 300%. If you live away from Santa Barbara, we also offer virtual visits that are super fun! BOOK HERE! Or get a gift card! 

      5- A Cat Sponsorship. $35 for a one time, $25 for a subscription. 

      The favorite, most meaningful gift of our list: A kitty sponsorship directly connects you with a rescued kitty in a “pen pal” type of way. They include a polaroid of a kitty assigned to you and a letter from them introducing themselves and telling you about their kitty lives at Cat Therapy! You can get it as a one time gift (perfect for Valentine’s) or as a subscription. Either way, tell us who it’s for and we will address it to your loved one! We can even ship it directly to them. 
      Heartwarming? Check! Meaningful? Check! Cat lovers will adore this gift! SHOP HERE. 

      6- Is Your Valentine Feline, Not Human? They'll appreciate this super cozy and cute blankets! 

      We hope this was helpful!

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      Adoptable Cat Highlight: Joey & Ray Ray

      Adoptable Cat Highlight: Joey & Ray Ray

      Hello human friends! 

      Part of our work as a Cat Cafe is to socialize shy kitties. We strongly believe that all kitties deserve a chance at a comfortable and loving environment. This way, their purrsonalities can blossom and a happy kitty is way easier to get adopted! Shy cats need time, patience and an environment that is respectful to their need of space. At the same time, they need to be exposed to different people, noises and something incredibly helpful: Social kitties! This sets a good example for them. Cat Therapy provides them with all of these things. The result is a great environment for shy kitties to be socialized and hopefully get adopted! 

      Today we're highlighting two of our shyest kitties, Joey and Ray Ray. They're funny, because they're both siblings to incredibly outgoing cats. We know they have it in them to be outgoing too! They just need to be given a chance. 

      RAY RAY

      Fluffy adoptable tuxedo cat with green eyes

      Aren't those eyes just gorgeous? Ray Ray is siblings to Rosanna, a very outgoing kitty that's also being fostered here with us. We are not considering them bonded, but it would be wonderful if they went home together! Ray Ray has made a lot of progress since he's been here. He went from hiding at all times to enjoying the fluffy beds and lots of pets. He is the purrfect example of a loving, sweet kitty with lots of potential! He is not only sweet, he's beautiful and his fur is the softest we've ever seen! Did you know soft fur cats shed a little less than coarse ones? That means that a longhaired kitty like him, with silky locks, will shed less on your clothes than a shorthaired one! Are you interested in giving Ray Ray a chance? Let us know! You can always come visit him and help us socialize him by making a reservation here!

       

      JOEY

      Joey is siblings to Ethan, an incredibly outgoing kitty that has already been adopted. We're not sure why he's so shy compared to his brother, but we know for a fact he's got potential! Joey is beautiful, with his pointy ears and deep green/honey eyes. He does come off as shy, but he loves pets! He's currently in the "hide in the back room" phase and despite us knowing he'll most likely come out into the main area soon, we'd suggest asking us about him when you come visit us! That way we can show you were he is. We don't want anyone overlooking this sweet guy! If you're interested in visiting him or adopting, make a reservation here!

      While we're on this subject, how about we mention a few tips for socializing shy kitties? 

       

      Cat Therapy is a Cat Cafe Experience located in Santa Barbara, California. We rescue, foster, socialize and adopt cats that were at risk of euthanasia. We work alongside our rescue partner Stray Cat Alliance. You can visit us regardless of your ability to adopt. Visits to our cats are fun and help us fund our cat's care. We also make the best cat themed T-Shirts and other apparel and accessories that are great gifts for cat lovers. Shop right meow here! 

      Goodbye Forever 2020!

      Goodbye Forever 2020!

      Dear Cat Therapy family, 
      Wow, we’ve made it. We reached the end of one of the most challenging years most of us have ever experienced. We know COVID won’t magically disappear within days, but we can at least hope for 2021 to be a better year. A year that we step into stronger than ever and most importantly, united as a community. 
      I have already talked about the struggles we’re continuously dealing with as a small business during a world pandemic with little kitty lives under our care. Despite the challenges you’ve probably faced yourself, you actually took the time to understand our situation and support us in the ways we suggested. You shopped our online store, contributed towards expenses during the worst months and visited our kitties when possible. This is exactly the point I want to highlight today. Today I want to say thank you for caring about it. And here’s the biggest thing that we’re taking away from 2020: By being together in the fight towards a common enemy, we’ve all become closer than we’ve ever been. Don’t you think?
      So much has been brought to the light this year. It may have taken a world pandemic and consequently a major crisis to ignite a spark, but hey! Change needs a catalyst. We’re all taking action by learning to listen to other people’s challenges and we’re trying to make small changes that can benefit our communities. We’re starting to show each other that we care. Our society needed that. Huge bonus? You also showed us that you care about small innocent animal lives, even when ours as humans are so upside down. And that is AMAZING! We were so worried none of you would have time to think about rescued cats this year, but you showed us that our kitties mean a lot to you! 
      Our main mission at Cat Therapy is to help cats in their journey towards finding a forever home, so that others can be rescued and given a chance too. We also exist to encourage people to do small things that can have a positive impact in the lives of these cats, like visiting them and showing them love regardless of your ability to adopt, talking about adoptable cats with your friends or purchasing a shirt with us instead of a big retailer so we can keep funding our work. But we are also here for another very important reason that is very dear to us: We want to make you feel good! We do this through providing you with a place to relax and connect with sweet rescued kitties, sharing our adorable cat content, or making super cute cat themed merch that hopefully makes you smile when you wear/use it!  We are so grateful to have the opportunity to do that for you. In exchange, you’ve shown us your unconditional support and you’ve played your part in ensuring we can still be here, helping cats. We are so glad that our mission means as much to you as it does to us! 
      In a world pandemic that has separated us physically, we’ve come together even closer as a community. So, thank you 2020 for that. Yup, we still don’t like 2020, but we do need to be grateful for that. 

      This year we’ve found homes for 165 cats and we’ve fostered a total of 190. That’s a lot of kitty lives positively impacted from one small space! This means that despite the shutdowns and reduction in visitors, adoptions didn’t drop compared to last year. That is amazing!  

      In the past few weeks, and months really, I’ve invited you to reflect on small things you can do to support your community. You listened and took action. My message today is to hopefully bring some cheer, some hopefulness, because we don’t need to wait until 2021 to come, we’ve already achieved big things! Let’s keep the good work going. Let’s be grateful for everything we’ve learnt this year and for the fact that we’re stepping into 2021 stronger as a community than we’ve ever been! Let’s take those hard lessons into this new year, and make it a really impactful one. 
      As for myself, I’m grateful for what I’ve learnt, for your endless support and for the fact that despite the crazy curveballs, my beloved Cat Therapy is still here and my team as well as myself can still have a job helping cats. Lastly, I do want to say I am aware that many families have been affected in ways that cannot be seen in a positive light yet, or maybe never will. I think of those of you facing that situation every day. I just hope that together we can make things better soon. 
      Lastly, a gigantic thank you to Stray Cat Alliance for being the most amazing rescue partner we could’ve ever chosen. It's an honor to work with you. We’re so grateful to be building a no-kill nation with you, one stray kitty at a time (like you guys say!). 
      Happy Mew Year, Cat Therapy family! From the bottom of our hearts: Catalina, my son Felix (who’s teething now and has made it very hard for me to write this lol), my husband Marek, my mother Marta and our amazing team Alaina, Alyssa, Vivian, Sara, Hartley and Alex. THANK YOU!