Giveaway: Sleepypod Limited Edition True Violet Cat Carrier


This giveaway is sponsored by Sleepypod

Have you ever given any thought to whether your cat’s carrier is safe, should you get into an accident? Do you know which carriers are safe and which aren’t? All Sleepypod carriers maintain the same strict safety standards and safety testing that positioned them as one of the safest pet product manufacturers on the market.


The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

Many cats associate travel with negative experiences such as a trip to the vet, but the Sleepypod’s mobile pet bed helps to reduce stress by allowing the cat to travel safely in the comfort and familiarity of its own bed. The Sleepypod’s plush bedding is surrounded by a luggage-grade, ballistic nylon base. This bed then becomes a carrier by zipping on its mesh dome. At the destination, the pet feels more secure because it remains in its own space.

Click here to read our review of the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed.


The Sleepypod Air

The Sleepypod Air’s innovative design addresses this issue by providing size versatility through flexibility. The unique design allows the carrier to contract to fit under the seat during takeoff and landing. Once the plane is in the air, the carrier can easily be expanded so that your cat can have the largest possible space underneath the seat.


The Sleepypod Atom

The Sleepypod Atom is a smaller, more compact carrier for every day living. In designing the Atom, Sleepypod took ideas from the Sleepypod Air and applied them to the smaller-sized Sleepypod Atom. Also suitable for air travel, the Atom fits comfortably below most airline seats.

Click here to read our review of the Sleepypod Air and Atom carriers.

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Harold Sims Talks Opening the Catman2 Shelter and The American Museum of the House Cat

When Harold Sims, a biology professor at St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida, retired from teaching, he decided to fill his time volunteering at a local animal shelter. Little did he know his life was about to change forever. What started as a way to pass the time turned out to be his life’s calling.

Inside The American Museum of the House Cat.

Inside The American Museum of the House Cat. Photography courtesy Harold Sims.

Part of what impressed him was this particular shelter’s setup for cats. It was different than standard shelters. “It was there that I first saw open sheltering in the form of outdoor units called kitty condos,” Harold says. “These were built on a concrete slab with chain-link fence around and little cat houses inside. A roof covered the top. People could go inside to meet the cats.”

After his wife retired, they resettled in North Carolina. Harold wanted to continue with what he had seen at the Florida shelter, but there was nothing like it in the area. It was up to him to build it. That’s when the Catman2 shelter came to fruition. “When I came to North Carolina to retire, the kitty condo was not an option due to the winter weather,” he says. “So when I got around to building a shelter, I wanted the cats to have the freedom of open space. Instead of installing cages along the wall, I built four large rooms where the cats could roam free and have space to run and play as they interacted with other cats.”

Inside The American Museum of the House Cat.

Inside The American Museum of the House Cat. Photography courtesy Harold Sims.

That was in 2002, and Harold’s cat rescue has seen more than 3,500 cats come through its doors. They come from all over, including rescued strays, surrendered pets and from the local county shelter, which euthanizes animals. There is no such fate for cats at Harold’s shelter, which is no-kill. Here, cats are not only safe, but they’re comfortable until they are adopted. Potential adopters are carefully screened before Harold allows one of his cats to leave the facility for a new forever home. It’s his goal to keep the population of homeless and unwanted cats and kittens in the area down. Finding homes is one way. Offering local people low- to no-cost spay and neutering services is another.

A mummified cat in The American Museum of The House Cat.

A mummified cat in The American Museum of The House Cat. Photography courtesy Harold Sims.

In addition to rescuing cats, Harold decided to share his love of cats to help educate the public. A collector of all things cat for 30 years, he opened a museum to share his artifacts. The American Museum of the House Cat features displays that include everything from art — including some dating back to the late 1800s — antique cat toys, vintage advertisements depicting cats and even an authentic cat mummy from Egypt.

Cat lovers are taking notice. Since opening in the spring of 2017, the museum has had more than 1,000 visitors come through its doors. “I have always liked museums, and I wanted to share my collection with the public to entertain and educate people about cats,” Harold says. “I am a born teacher.”

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Elisa Jordan is a Southern California freelance writer specializing in pets. She has a terrier, Gidget, and a cat, Izzy.

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Yes, Ernest Hemingway’s Florida House Is Now Home to over 50 Six-Toed Cats—Here’s Why

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Ernest Hemingway: writer of immortal stories, booze-drinker, four-time husband, soldier, and… cat lover?

You probably didn’t know that this great American writer was something of a feline fanatic. (Here are some more facts you never knew about him—and your other favorite authors.) It may seem a little unusual that a man who so loved hunting lions would enjoy the company of smaller cats. But if you visit the Hemingway Museum in Key West, which was once the famed author’s home, you’ll encounter dozens of kitties descended from Ernest’s original pets.

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In 1927, Ernest Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer, his second wife. Pauline’s uncle bought her and Ernest what might be the best wedding gift ever—a Spanish Colonial house in Key West, Florida. Ernest would spend nine years in this house, and would produce works like “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and For Whom the Bell Tolls there. It was also while living in this house that he would become the owner of a cat named Snow White, a gift from a visiting sailor. Snow White wasn’t just any cat: his front feet each had an extra toe. Sailors believed that these six-toed cats, also known as “polydactyl” cats, brought good luck. (Ever wonder why people think black cats are bad luck? We’ve got the answer.)

After Hemingway brought Snow White home, the number of kitties living at the house continued to grow, throughout the rest of Hemingway’s life and beyond. Today, there are 54 cats living on the property, all descended from Snow White. Several of these cats have six toes just like their ancestor, and all of them carry the polydactyl gene, meaning that they could all produce six-toed kittens.

Today, the Key West house functions as a museum for Hemingway aficionados—though it’s arguably just as famous for its cats. Stroll through the house and grounds and you’re bound to encounter many members of the house’s 54-cat-strong feline population. They venture both inside and outside the house. You’ll see cats prowling through the palm trees that surround the dwelling, snoozing on a railing, or even taking a catnap on one of the beds. Check out these pictures of cats sleeping in funny places (complete with some words of wisdom from Hemingway)!

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The museum’s general manager and curator help take care of the cats, feeding them with Purina cat chow. A Key West veterinarian makes sure all of the cats are healthy, and the house’s limestone walls keep them safe from the elements. In fact, all 54 four-legged residents recently made it through Hurricane Irma unscathed. Nope, these cats aren’t going anywhere.

Love the idea of cuddly animals living in a tropical place, but are more of a dog person? Learn about the Caribbean island that’s home to dozens of puppies.

[Sources:, HuffPost]


Let’s Discuss Cataracts in Dogs

What exactly are cataracts in dogs and will your dog go blind or need surgery? We take your through the basics on canine cataracts and what to do if your dog has them.

What are cataracts in dogs?

A dog with cataracts.

A dog with cataracts. Photography ©marekuliasz | Thinkstock.

Cataracts in dogs are cloudiness in the lens of your dog’s eyes that prevents him from seeing clearly. “There are many causes of cataracts in dogs, including inherited (genetic) cataracts, diabetes mellitus, uveitis (inflammation inside the eye) and trauma to the lens, among others,” says Beth Kimmitt, DVM, resident of ophthalmology at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. Cats can get cataracts too, but they are much more common in dogs. 

What dog breeds develop cataracts?  

Inherited cataracts are the most common type of canine cataracts. This means the dog was born predisposed to developing the problem. Certain breeds are more likely to develop cataracts, including Australian Shepherds, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

How old does a dog have to be to develop cataracts?

Cataracts are seen in older dogs but they can also occur in young dogs and even in puppies. When young dogs develop cataracts (between 6 months and 6 years old), it’s called juvenile cataracts. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes — frequently, one eye is more affected than the other.

What are the symptoms of cataracts in dogs?

Cataracts in dogs might develop quickly (over a period of weeks) or slowly (over a period of years). You might first notice that your dog’s eyes look cloudy or hazy. “Owners may start to notice a white color within the eye behind the iris (colored part of the eye),” Dr. Kimmitt says. “This may start out faint, and then become more obvious as the cataract progresses. Owners may also notice vision deficits as the cataract worsens. Often, obvious vision changes do not occur unless both eyes are affected because they compensate well with just one visual eye.”

Does my dog have cataracts — or is it something else?

Cloudy eyes don’t always mean your dog has cataracts. A condition in older dogs called nuclear lenticular sclerosis also causes a bluish-gray haze to the eyes, but it doesn’t significantly affect the vision because it’s transparent. Your vet can easily tell the difference. NLS always affects both eyes, whereas cataracts usually affect one eye more than the other.

If you’re wondering if your dog might have cataracts, bring him into your vet for an exam. This is important because cataracts might not be the only issue affecting the eye. “Cataracts can occur secondary to uveitis, and they can also cause uveitis,” Dr. Kimmitt explains. Uveitis is a painful inflammation of the eye. If your pet has this, he might need medications to reduce the inflammation and to keep him comfortable.

My dog has cataracts — will he go blind? What is cataract surgery for dogs?

Having cataracts doesn’t automatically mean your dog will be blind. Some cataracts are small and affect the vision less. However, if your dog is blind, surgery can remove the cataracts. A veterinary eye specialist will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a new artificial lens. The procedure is costly (in the thousands), but the results are good and generally permanent. For many pet owners, knowing that their beloved dog can see again is priceless.

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Give Your Cat Some Privacy with the New Litter Box Screen from PetFusion DISCOUNT CODE

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PetFusion has been cranking out some awesome new products lately and this one is no exception! In fact, this is a product that I’ve been thinking about designing for a while now, and they beat me to it. Luckily they did a fantastic job!

This is their new Litter Box Privacy Screen, a great option for hiding your litter box. This elegant and functional screen goes in front of your litter box, providing a visual barrier for you and privacy for your cat. It’s really the perfect design with frosted panels that allow light to pass through, sturdy hinges, and a dark stained bamboo frame.

The screen measures 4′ wide by 3′ tall, the perfect size to hide even the largest litter boxes, including automatic boxes. You can position the screen to allow access from both sides and leave plenty of space behind the screen for your cat to feel comfortable moving in and around the litter box. Here’s how it looks in my living room:

I’ve seen other small room dividers that could be used for this purpose, but none of them are quite the right size and they would be difficult to keep clean. The PetFusion Litter Screen is made specifically for use near a litter box so the plastic panels can be wiped clean and it’s light and easy to move. This is a real winner!

Save 15% For a Limited Time!

PetFusion is offering a special discount for Hauspanther readers! Enter discount code SCREENHP at checkout when ordering on Amazon and save 15%. The litter screen is regularly $59.95, and you’ll save $8.99. But hurry! This offer expires at midnight on October 19, 2017.

*FTC Disclosure: The manufacturer sent us a complimentary sample of this product for review. This post contains Amazon Associate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links, Hauspanther will get a small commission. We are dedicated to finding the coolest products for cats and cat lovers and we never recommend anything that we don’t love.

October Desktop Wallpaper

Octobers and puppies… what more could you ask for? And when I say puppies, in my dictionary, that means dogs of all ages. Coco Bean is 10 and I still call her my little pup.

But getting back on track here, what is cuter than seeing your pup enjoy fall as much as you do?

Our desktop wallpaper may not be as cute as seeing it live, but hopefully it will make you smile when you glance at it in between work emails (and online shopping, because, let’s be real).

Choose from the sizes below to download your very own.



2560 x 1440
1680 x 1050
1440 x 900
1280 x 800


iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 6 & 7 Plus

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Check out our collections of Free Desktop Wallpaper and Dog Desktop Wallpaper in our archives.

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