Here is a Cute Kitty, Just Because

October 14, 2016 Animals, Featured, New York City Comments (1) 730

I walk past this kitten every morning on my way to work, along with another (a sibling, presumably?) with whom he or she shares an Upper East Side pet store window.

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Comfy Cat Photo

November 12, 2014 Animals, Personal Comments (0) 570

Comfortable Cat

Max seems to be adjusting well to the new apartment. Also , cats really are the best at looking comfortable.

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Cat Photo: Visiting an Old Friend

April 21, 2014 Animals, Personal Comments (0) 331


Liz and I went to visit our parents in the Philly suburbs for Easter, which also gave us a chance to check in with Buffy, who move in with my folks since January.

What was initially intended as a cat-sitting visit turned into long-term residence because she seemed so much happier there. I think at her age (we think around 14) and temperament, the quieter surroundings suit her. She also never got along with Max, who is nine years younger and can be kind of a bully.

As you can see, Buffy’s favorite activities include lounging on sofas, lounging on the rocking chair, and lounging in sunbeams. It’s nice to see she’s doing well.

Also great, of course, to see my family and a couple of friends. My aunt was in town as well, and she and Liz and I had the ride back to NYC on New Jersey Transit to catch up. Pretty good way to salvage a weekend that began with an epic stomach virus on Thursday night. Happy Easter, everybody.

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More Kitty Hijinx

April 10, 2014 Animals Comments (0) 429

As I said yesterday, I’m working to remedy the lack of kitty content on this blog–particularly my cats. So here’s Mozart, one of our two boys, catching treats and playing his favorite game knocking things off a shelf.

I am working on getting some new videos uploaded, now that I’ve finished the book draft. In general they’ll be the usual substantive material I’ve uploaded in the past, but for now just enjoy the kitty.

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Kitty in Repose

April 9, 2014 Animals, Personal Comments (0) 460


I realized last night that this blog features a dearth of cat photos. I don’t want to lose my Internet license, so here’s one.

I swear I woke up with him in this position next to me.  No one posed him this way.

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It’s the weekend. Have a cat video.

March 30, 2014 Animals Comments (0) 382

I don’t want that awful Wiser’s whiskey commercial on top of my blog. Here are some cats getting the better of their eternal nemeses. Enjoy.

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March 24, 2014 Animals, Artwork, Comics Comments (0) 727

Point of trivia: You can tell because a crocodile’s fourth lower tooth is enlarged and visible (sticking up behind its nostrils) when its mouth is closed.

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The Myth of the Brown Recluse Spider Bite

March 2, 2014 Animals, In The News Comments (2) 3230

Few things stick in my craw more than perpetuating bad information, particularly when it comes from a respected community of medical professionals and major media outlets. This weekend, the story broke of Ron Reese, a Tampa-area man who died of a necrotic wound on the back of his neck. Reese’s doctor diagnosed him with a bite from a brown recluse spider, and the media reported as much: “Man Dies From Brown Recluse Bite.”

My sympathies go to Mr. Reese and his family, of course, but the reason I’m posting is because Ron Reese was almost certainly NOT killed by a brown recluse spider. How can I say this? Because there are no brown recluse spiders in the Tampa area.

Rick Vetter is an entomologist at the University of California Riverside who has dedicated himself to fighting the myth of the brown recluse spider bite. See, each year multiple thousands of brown recluse spider bites are reported by medical authorities across the United States–but the vast majority of these diagnoses are almost certainly wrong, because they happen in places brown recluse spiders don’t exist. Continue Reading

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Oskar the Blind Kitten and his First Toys

September 18, 2013 Animals Comments (0) 575


Oskar, a blind kitten, playing with his first toys.

Oskar has a Facebook group at

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All Birds Are Dinosaurs! (Why Science is Awesome)

July 23, 2013 Animals Comments (0) 339


This week, America saw clouds that are named after boobs! Also: We are the first generation of humans to realize birds aren’t just descended from dinosaurs–they are a living type of dinosaur! That means Big Bird, Donald Duck, and Foghorn Leghorn… all dinosaurs.

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