Yogi Cats: A Yoga Book for Humans

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If you like Yoga and Cats then my new book Yogi Cats is just for people like you! Yes, this yoga instructional book is for the humans because cats don’t need a yoga book! They are the ultimate yogis! No other creature on the planet embodies the spirit of Yoga quite like the feline.

In Yogi Cats, you will learn yoga techniques with adorable little energetic kitties!  And, Pippy, the CEO (Cat Executive Officer) of Feline Yogi has some special words of wisdom and a yoga challenge to boot!

You can order Yogi Cats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Mango!

 

i really should have gotten credit for this book as the author

Pippy (CEO) Cat Executive Officer of Feline Yogi posing with the book she contributed to by writing a yoga challenge for humans!

 

 

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Feline Yogi Welcomes our new Catstomers!

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve you!

It’s Pippy the Feline Yogini here and I’m happy to report we are growing and bringing  in lots of new customers or catstomers as I like to call them!  We are not only on Etsy these days but The Grommet, Amazon, Modern Cat, and various other boutique sites such as Hauspanther and My Three Cats & Co!

Whether you are new to Feline Yogi or old friends, please know that we are committed to making an excellent yet safe and fun product for cats everywhere. When creating the Yoga Cat Mat, we tested it out on numerous kitties, and we consulted the advice of cat lovers and veterinarians.

TTPM (Toys, Tots, Pets, & More) which  gives you honest reviews of family products including toys, baby products, pet toys, kids’ electronics, video games, books, mobile apps, and more gave us  a paws up and they named us as one of the “Most Wanted Cat Toys of 2015” . See the video below for more info:

 

Meow & Namaste!

Pippy, CEO (Cat Executive Officer of Feline Yogi)

Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude

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Greetings Felines and Greetings to the humans who serve you!

What do I love as much as yoga? The answer would be books about cats! And boy do I have a wonderful one to tell you about.

My human and I recently had the honor to read Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude by Ingrid King. Not only is it an excellent and informative read but the physical book is gorgeous as well. It is beautifully designed and  includes pictures of some of the most gorgeous tortes ever! My human has the book nicely displayed on her desk and likes to take breaks from her work so she can  ooh and aah at the pictures of all the adorable torte kitties.

I on the other hand know my species is adorable so I was more interested in reading about tortoiseshell cats and what makes them unique. Ms.King does a great job in paying tribute to one of the most feisty, unpredictable, and fiercely independent felines in the domestic cat kingdom. Her book goes into great depth on the unique genetics and what makes a torte a torte! Not only are the personalities of tortes special but the coat color as well plays a large part. A torte is not a breed and tortoiseshell markings can be found in many breeds including the Abyssinian, British short hair, Somali, Siamese, Sphinx, and many  many more. I could go on and on but I don’t want to give too much away because I want you to read this beautiful tribute to these very special cats.

After reading the book, my human told me I was probably a torte. I told her to email and ask Ms.King of which she did. I already knew the answer but I thought it best she hear it from someone other  than me. She was told that I am a torbie! A torbie is a tortie with tabby stripes.  There are other torbes featured in the book including Artoo and Grit and if you get the book, you can see what I’m talking about.  My human then told me I was a real piece of work! I just rejoiced inside and acknowledged to myself that my work is done! She finally gets what I’m about!

Yes, I have Tortitude!

Yes, I have Tortitude!

Visit Amazon by clicking here and check out this lovely tribute to torte cats. It’s a wonderful read, a nice book to add to your cat book collection,  and would make a great gift to give the cat lovers in your life.

Below is some info about Ms. King and don’t forget to visit her website The Conscious Cat.

Ingrid King is the award-winning author of Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style, and Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself. She is a former veterinary hospital manager. Her popular blog, The Conscious Cat, is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for cats and their humans. The Conscious Cat has won multiple awards, including DogTime Media’s Pettie for Best Pet Blog in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and About.com’s 2012 Readers Choice Award for Best Website About Cats. Ingrid lives in Northern Virginia with her tortoiseshell cats Allegra and Ruby.

Meow and Namaste!

Pippy the Feline Yogini

 

 

Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Update

I practice yoga everyday!

Yoga Cat and Master Feline Yogini Pippy

 

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve you!

Feline Yogi has taken quite a hiatus and it has been several months (in reality well over a year!) since we’ve last blogged. I know many of you follow us on Instagram, the social media outlet we are most active on. Between making the Yoga Cat Mat, managing our business, and of course making time for our own yoga practice, we just have not had the capacity to blog as much.

Although we will not be blogging every day, we will be updating this blog much more often in the days ahead. Sometimes to let you know of something exciting that is happening and other times to share some pictures of our wonderful feline catstomers practicing their yoga on the Feline Yogi Cat Mat.

Speaking of cats practicing their yoga on the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat, here’s a picture of the very accomplished Fredrick about to practice downward facing cat pose!

 

Fredrcik gets ready to strike that pose!

Fredrick getting ready to strike a “downward facing cat” pose!

Meow and Namaste all!

Pippy the Feline Yogini and her human Paige

 

National Feral Cat Day 2014

This is Popcorn one of the Community Cats my human cares for. And yes, she is fixed!

This is Popcorn one of the Community Cats my human cares for. And yes, she is fixed!

 

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us!

Today is a special day! It’s National Feral Cat Day 2014!

All cats are special whether they are indoor, outdoor, live with people, or free-roaming without a human to own. Today however, we honor and bring awareness to feral cats or community cats as my human likes to refer to them. Community cats can include urban (street) cats, country (barn) cats, tame cats, wild (feral) cats, cats living in managed colonies, and strays surviving on handouts.

Alley Cat Allies (one of my favorite groups) launched National Feral Cat Day in 2001 and it is observed each year on October 16. The purpose is to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.The theme for this year’s National Feral Cat Day is “TNR: From the Alley…to Main Street. ”

My human and I are big advocates of Trap Neuter Return or TNR for short.  This is the method of humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for easy identification and then returning them to their colony to live out their lives. For more info about TNR click here.

Happy National Feral Cat Day 2014 and thanks to Alley Cat Allies for all the work they have done and continue to do in bringing awareness to the public about these special cats!

Meow and Namaste!

Pippy the Feline Yogini

Pippy the Yoga Kitty

Come See Feline Yogi at The LA Feline Film Festival

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Greetings felines and the humans who serve us!

Pippy here! Have you been wondering what I the Feline Yogini and CEO (Cat Executive Officer) of Feline Yogi have been up to?  Yes, I know I have not blogged in a long time but I have a good excuse! My human and I have been super busy with the Yoga Cat Mat Toys, developing new products, doing lots of yoga,  and getting ready for the LA Feline Film Festival!

We are so excited that this pawsome event is coming to the town we live in! As soon as we found out about it, I encouraged my human to sign up right away! My humans love cat videos and who doesn’t? We kitties pretty much own the internet or caternet if you will!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, please come by the Feline Yogi booth this Sunday, September 21, at Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007. For more info please go to their website: LA Feline Film Festival for tickets. A portion of the proceeds will go to help local animal rescues and shelters.

Feline Yogi will be selling Yoga Cat Mat Toys, kitty toy yoga props, catnip bags, tote bags, and tshirts! Our friends from Luxe Paws will be there and a portion of our sales that day will go to help this animal welfare group based in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

The Film Festival is being  sponsored by Organikat who has teamed up with the Walker Art Center. Found Animals Adopt & Shop is the principle sponsor. In addition to great cat videos, fun vendors, and cat adoptions, some famous cats will attend as well!

Meow and Namaste! Hope to see you there!

Pippy the Feline Yogini

Pippy the Yoga Kitty

Are Cats Taking Over the Internet?

Contemplating what it means to belong to a superior species and plotting more ways to take over the Internet ( I mean Caternet!)

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us!

Have cats taken over the internet? You bet we have!!

But this is nothing new to any feline or human. We practically own the internet and more and more humans are acknowledging our superiority and understanding that they way to be truly happy is to serve and cater to the feline population. Every day more and more kitties show up all over the web to enlighten and entertain those of the human persuasion. We felines are on a roll and have no plans for stopping until every bit of bandwidth is taken up with cats!

Just recently one of the world’s most respectable investigative news organizations The Guardian   asked people to submit their pictures of cats doing yoga. (Yes, The Guardian has their priorities straight! ) Hundreds of pictures were submitted and they chose 12 of the best and featured them in a special photo gallery. Do you know who was included in that gallery? None other than Fergie the Cat who was our  Featured Feline Yogi back in May.  His human submitted a picture of him doing a pose on what else but his Feline Yogi Cat Mat!  Check him out and all the other accomplished yoga cats by clicking on the link below.

Click here for cats doing yoga: You will not be disappointed!

Soon one will not be able to Google any subject without a cat showing up on your search. Looking for info on how to save money? No problem, a site with cat pictures and videos will come up first in your search.  Wondering what is going on internationally in the news? Again, a cat site will come up and that’s really all you need to know!

Here I am doing an intense stretching pose

The other day my humans were watching yet another UTube cat video and commenting to each other about how cats have taken over the internet. Since I consider them my intellectual inferiors I try to avoid conversing to much because neither is very intellectually stimulating.   It did occur to me however that since we kitties have taken over the internet I’d like to propose a few vocabulary changes. The internet should now be referred to as the “Caternet” and when one talks about going online you will be going “fe-line” instead! What do you think?

Until Next time….

Meow and Namaste!

Love,

Pippy

Working with my human on some of the new toys made out of yoga mat scaps and Yes that’s her dirty coffee cup in the foreground!

 

The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Cats of the United States

Socks The First Cat giving a White House briefing

Socks The First Cat giving a White House briefing

 

In honor of President’s Day in the U.S., Pippy and I thought it would be fun to honor some of the cats who have resided in the White House. And although Feline Yogi is a big fan of the current First Dog, Bo, we do hope that our list will encourage President Obama and his family to take in a cat or two! We’ll even send a Feline Yogi Cat Mat as a gift!

  • Tabby: Tabby was the very first First Cat of the United States of America! His human was President Abraham Lincoln’s son Tad. Lincoln agreed to bring Tabby to the White house as a result of his son’s request. Lincoln loved cats so much that he rescued three half frozen kittens during his tenure and brought them back to the White House.
  • Siam , Miss Pussy, and Piccolomini: President Rutherford B Hayes was the human of these lovely felines. Siam was the first Siamese to reach the United States in 1878. She was a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok, Thailand, to President Rutherford’s wife Lucy.
  • Slippers and Tom Quartz: These two house kitties human was President Theodore Roosevelt. Slippers was a gray, six-toed cat who would frequently fall asleep in the hallway, resulting in guests at official state banquets having to make their way around her so as not to disturb her slumber. Tom Quartz was named after the cat in Roughing It by Mark Twain.
  • Smokey, Blackie, Timmy and Tiger: President Calvin Coolidge was their human. Tiger liked to be carried around the White House by wrapping himself around the President’s neck, and Timmy allowed Coolidge’s canary to sleep between his paws!
  • Puffins: This feline’s human was President Woodrow Wilson. There’s not much information about Puffins but we can only imagine that he or she must have been rather puffy!
  • Tom Kitten: His human was Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy. Due to the President’s allergies, Tom Kitten’s stay at the White House was not very long so he took up residence in a new home. Such an esteemed feline was he that there was an obituary notice by the press when he passed in 1962.
  • Shan: This feline’s human was Susan Ford, daughter of President Gerald Ford. Shan was a beautiful Siamese cat.
  • Misty Malarky Ying Yang: This cat with the fun intriguing name was a Siamese. Her human companion was President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy Carter.
  • Socks: Socks received more press than any other cat ever to live in the White House. Even a book was written about this kitty whose humans were President Bill Clinton’s family. Socks was the first cat to live in the White House since Amy Carter’s cat.
  • India “Willie”: His humans are President George W. Bush and family. A beautiful black, cat, he had been a beloved member of the Bush family for many years even before he moved into the White House.

President William McKinley and President Ronald Reagan were also owned by several cats but the cats did not move into the White House with them. Not being interested in the politics of Washington D.C., the cats chose instead to stay behind in their humans’ homes. They would reunite with them on holidays and of course after their terms were completed.

Happy President’s Day! We honor all the U.S. Presidents today for their service and those special cats who served as well!

Meow and Namaste!

Pippy and Paige

 

 The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

 

 

 

Practicing Yoga Off the Mat-One Cat at a Time!

The Kitties in the Hodges Household waiting to be fed

The Kitties in the Hodges household hanging out in the kitchen waiting to be fed

As much as I adore this magnificent species, let’s be honest feline lovers, cats can be rather challenging to live with at times. That unexpected swat during what you thought was a peaceful petting session, or waking you up at 3 a.m. for a snack can severely test your equanimity. Since my karma in this life is to live in captivity by beautiful little felines, my yoga practice keeps me grounded and patient thus fulfilling my dharma of giving excellent service to those of the feline persuasion with nary a complaint.

The cats I live with and interact with on a daily basis keep me on my toes and there is never a shortage of episodes to practice yoga off the mat! Like the other day for example. After a 90 minute yoga class which included some intense backbends, I arrived home feeling rested and calm. Was I able to continue that relaxed Zen feeling? The prospects did not look good.

The community kitties outdoors were ready for their early evening feeding and were staring at me intently through the glass door.  The indoor felines would barely let me take off my shoes and put down my things before they were circling my feet and daring me to ignore them. Suddenly everyone became rather chatty and I could not hear myself think over the chorus of Meows!

It was 4:00 p.m. and there was an hour to go before feeding time. What to do? Should I make them wait until the scheduled time? They all looked so cute and saying no to cats is not one of my stronger points. Should I give in and feed them I asked myself. So what ended up happening? I of course gave in but you knew that without me even having to tell you!  And remember I wanted to keep that relaxed Zen feeling. I would have hated for that hour and half I spent on the yoga mat to have been all for naught!

 Meow and Namaste!

Paige

 The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

It’s Feline Friday!

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve them!

Pippy and Paige were just ecstatic this week when Kate Benjamin (who is Cat Lady Royalty in our book!)  featured The Yoga Cat Mat on her Moderncat blog. Kate is the THE Cat Style Expert!Check out the posting Yoga Themed Gifts for Cat Lovers if you haven’t already and be sure to follow her blog for the latest in all the coolest hip cat products for you and your fabulous feline(s).

In other fun feline news, Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation kitty, weighs in on fashion when he visits R29. You can catch Grumpy Cat’s input and see what he looks like all dressed up by clicking here for Grumpy Cat fun! Grumpy Cat does not disappoint!

If you’re reading this blog, chances are high you are a cat lover and then some! Well you are in good company! Check out this list of famous cat lovers:

  • Earnest Hemingway
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Colette
  • Mark Twain
  • Albert Einstein
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • Charles Dickens
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Queen Victoria

 Do you like cat quotes? Here’s a great one by Wesley Bates:

“There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.”

Here’s a little cat trivia for you!

  •  In an average year, cat owners in the United States spend over $2 billion on cat food.
  • According to a Gallup poll, most American pet owners obtain their cats by adopting strays.

And here’s a funny (yet corny) cat joke for you!

Q: What did the cat say when he lost all his money? A: I’m paw!

 Meow and Namaste!

Pippy and Paige

 The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.