Meow Monday Ode To Love

Cujo the cat

Happy Meow Monday! It’s you’re on Twitter, the hashtag #meowmonday is a popular one for sharing about Monday and cats.

Douglas Dunn was inspired by his cat Cujo to write a Valentine poem to him. The clever tuxedo with a funny but demanding streak has his own blog Cujo Cat Chronicles and has penned two books The Cujo Cat Chronicles: Musings of a Mad Housecat and The Cujo Cat Chronicles 2: the Chaos Continues

Cujo’s real name is Raspittin and he lives with three other feline: Ivan the Tolerable, Tiger Lily and the newest minion, Jaq. Born and raised in Central Texas, Doug Dunn now lives in Oak Harbor, Washington and is married.

Cujo the cat
Cujo the cat

 

Ode To The Cat In The Window

Last night I saw you,
While sitting on the sill.
Staring through the window,
Causing my heart to still.

A feline so sleek and lovely,
A form so full of grace.
Markings aesthetically pleasing,
A perfectly perfect face.

Your eyes are bright and glowing,
belying a brilliant brain.
I feel if I can’t have you,
I will surely go insane.

Your coat is so gorgeous,
Like the finest Chinese silk.
I could drink in your whole being,
Like a saucer of sweetest milk.

Your presence lightens my heart,
It brightens the darkest day.
It dispels all the mists,
It chases away the gray.

Now I understand Valentine’s Day!
How could I have been so dense?
All that mooshy, lovey stuff
Is finally making sense!

Your sly grin and knowing look
Has melted my icy heart.
This chance encounter in the night
Has given me a fresh start!

But alas, I am mistaken.
A victim of self-deception.
The wondrous vision in the window
Is simply my own reflection.

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10 Tips For Happy Volunteers

Bobbi Florio Graham

Bobbi Florio Graham

A note from the editor: Welcome to CWA Muse blog which is separate from the Muse newsletter. The CWA blog is an opportunity for members to post content as guest contributors. If you are interested in submitting content, kindly scroll down for the submission details. The CWA relies solely on volunteers and it’s fitting our first guest post is all about volunteering.

The Care and Feeding of Volunteers

by Barbara Florio Graham

Bobbi Florio Graham

Volunteers are vital to many organizations, including those with paid staff. With cutbacks so widespread, schools increasing rely on parents to help out in the library, lunch room, and classrooms, as well as on field trips.

Traditionally, Scouts and Girl Guide leaders have been volunteer positions, as have many key roles in churches, even the job of treasurer in large churches where a great deal of money is involved.

Finding reliable and trustworthy volunteers can be a challenge, with so many demands on everyone’s time. For this reason, it’s important to treat volunteers well. It’s time-consuming and difficult to continually train new people, so retaining good volunteers is key.

Individuals volunteer for different reasons. It’s wise to understand each volunteer and what motivates him or her. Does he want to take over an organization, perhaps yours? Does she want to learn a particular skill that will be useful in finding a job? Does he just like to be around people who enjoy his interests, or to interact with cats and dogs? Does she just want to get out of the house for a few hours every so often?

You might want to ask each volunteer their specific goals, and discuss how you might help fulfill those. Can you help someone develop leadership skills? Might you be able to pair the person who wants to learn how to maintain a database with whoever does that for your organization?

Those volunteers who want to enjoy being with animals or just to get out and mingle with like-minded people aren’t going to be happy doing a single task, alone in a cubicle. Provide some opportunities for interaction, and suggest that these volunteers organize informal get-togethers. You might even pair the teen who comes to play with animals at the shelter with the young mother to plan a picnic, a small fund-raiser, or to help out with a larger event.

Some volunteers work best on their own, and don’t like someone looking over their shoulders. It’s helpful to offer those individuals brief, clear, written instructions, then walk away and let them figure it out.

Others are insecure and need continual feedback and encouragement. Don’t accept someone as a volunteer who is going to be more needy than you have time to deal with. Instead of saving you time by helping with routine tasks, you’ll find yourself spending more time than the task warrants.

Consider providing some perks to your volunteers, depending on your budget and circumstances.

  • Food and drink: Assign someone to ensure that the coffee pot is kept clean and filled. Offer tea as well, and a selection of juices and soft drinks. A box of inexpensive cookies, or a roster of volunteers who offer to bring goodies on a regular basis keeps everyone happy. How about microwave popcorn, a jar of wrapped hard candies, or a mug of lollipops?
  • Transportation: Some volunteers hesitate to offer their services because they can’t afford transportation. Consider giving one volunteer some bus tickets, another a designated parking spot, and pair someone else with a driver whom you can compensate with some gas money.
  • A letter of recommendation: Some volunteers don’t think to ask for these, but they can be very useful later on. Make sure you offer a letter as soon as you hire a volunteer, as it becomes a reason to do a good job. And keep copies of these on file, as a volunteer might not think he needs a letter until several months after he’s gone back to school or moved away.
  • Some kind of tangible gift: This might be a lovely certificate of appreciate or a small item, even one you picked up at a second-hand store.
  • The occasional special invitation: Perhaps you can provide a ticket and/or offer a ride to a local pet show or other event. Or invite volunteers to a picnic, barbecue, or other informal party. Put photos of these gatherings in the newsletter.

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If you’re dealing with volunteers not at a physical site but online, there are still perks you can offer.

  • Give your volunteers a link to their websites from yours.
  • Provide free ads for whatever they have to sell even a garage sale or similar classified if they don’t have a business or group they want to promote.
  • Create a page on your website featuring your volunteers. Post photos, either alone or with their pets and/or families, comments from them about how much fun it is to work with you, and comments from you as well.
  • If a volunteer doesn’t have his own website, offer to create a page for them on your site. This needn’t be in your sitemap, but rather a unique URL they can put on their resume, Facebook page, or send to friends and potential employers.
  • No matter where you interact with your volunteers, you need to set some clear ground rules. It’s wise to have these in place, in writing, before a situation arises. Then, the guilty party will not feel you’ve suddenly imposed a restriction just because of their actions.

Ground rules should include a way to deal with conflicts, noise, interruptions, those who consistently arrive late, and tasks that aren’t completed on time or as instructed.

Give your volunteers as much leeway as possible, but make it clear who reports to whom, and who has the final say on some specific issues.

If you use a volunteer to help with publications, make it clear that the Editor has the right to edit!

It should also be clear who has the final say over layout, and who decides what is filed and where. Some volunteers may be pack-rats, others might be afraid to throw anything away. But it’s also important to have a protocol for filing original photos, drawings, back issues, cassette tapes of interviews, and similar things you decide should be kept. To eliminate clutter, set a time limit on these, holding some things only for a few months and archiving others forever. If you ever tape an interview with someone whose views might be contentious, you’ll appreciate how little space labeled cassette tapes take up, and how much grief they can save you if someone screams, I never said that!”

Volunteers are precious. Give them clear guidelines, and treat them well!

Barbara Florio Graham is a professional freelance writer and a publishing consultant. The author of three books, Five Fast Steps to Better Writing (20th anniversary edition), Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity, and the award-winning Mewsings/Musings, she served as Managing Editor for Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List. Her website, Simon Teakettle.com, contains a great deal of free information, including resources for writers and publishers, contract advice, and many pages of interesting facts about science, history, food, animals, culture and inventions. Simon Teakettle, the cat who owns the company, has his own blog, and offers many free pages related to cat ownership and training.

CWA Blog Submission Guidelines.

Send all submissions or inquiries to the editor: Layla Morgan Wilde info@catwisdom101.com

  • You must be a CWA member and a subscriber to the CWA blog.
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  • The content must not include marketing-related links or be self-promotional.
  • Please include your name, email and optional bio/photo and one link i.e. to your website.
  • Send written original or previously published content in a Word document attachment. Blog posts are ideally (500 -750 words). 
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  • We can not guarantee all submissions will be published. All submissions are subject to an editorial review, copy editing and possible headline changes. 
  • Accepted blog content contributors will not be notified prior to publishing. 
  • We reserve the right to decline publishing any content submitted or to remove any post after it has been published. 
  • Sharing CWA blog content on social media is appreciated.
  • Monitoring and responding to comments left on your blog post is appreciated.
  • We are unable to pay for submissions.
  •  We ask that if guest bloggers reprints the work that first appeared in our pages, CWA be given acknowledgment for the specific work.

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Secrets to Blogging Success: CWA Experts Answer Your Questions

Did you miss the February 26, 2015 Google Hangout hosted by BlogPaws? Wanna learn about Bridging the Gap Between Blogging & Journalistic Excellence? Here’s how to blog successfully with your questions answered in this playback recording with BlogPaws peeps Yvonne DiVita and Tom Collins, and CWA members Layla Morgan Wilde, Janiss Garza, Deb Barnes and Alana Greylak in a preview of their upcoming BlogPaws CWA panel in May 2015….it’s FREE! Enjoy!

My Furry Valentine

vintage Valentine cat- typewriter

 

The old quote from Dickens about cats is as relevant today as this vintage kitty Valentine. The only thing that’s different is we use computers instead of typewriters. No matter how you express love to your furry Valentine, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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BlogPaws 2015 Conference Welcomes CWA to Nashville in May!

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Have you registered yet for the BlogPaws Conference? You won’t want to miss the Cat Writers’ Association Writers Track! There also will be a boatload of other paw-some seminars, panels, exhibits and more.

The full BlogPaws speaker schedule is here, hotel/travel and registration information is available by clicking the box above. Cat Writers Association members should have received the discount code for attending the event. If you have not received your code, please email President Marci Kladnik.

Book Signing Ops for CWA Members at Amazing Pet Expos!

Depositphotos_18034341_CatDogOur CWA Sponsor, good friends at AdoptAShelter.com have offered to share their booth space with Cat Writers’ Association authors and artists at any one or more of 30 Amazing Pet Expo events held all over the country!

Look for your favorite cat book authors and artists at these PAW-some book signing events!

You’ll need to let them know at least two weeks in advance of your participation. The same invitation has been extended to our colleagues, members of the Dog Writers Association of America, as well. Be sure to contact Chris Ruben to take advantage of this offer! You can find his email and all the latest locations on the:

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CWA Writing Panels at BlogPaws Conference

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The CWA is excited to announce our two writing panels at Blogpaws 2015, the premier pet blogging and social media conference.

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Publish Or Perish?

This publishing panel features pet book authors and publishers Amy Shojai of CWA; Pam Johnson-Bennett, a best selling cat behaviorist and author; Lisa Erspamer, a best selling publisher of cat and dog books; and Bob Mayer, a best selling author and publisher. The panel will discuss the current state of publishing from the “traditional” to “indie” paths, how publishing has changed, why bloggers should write a book (or become a publisher), how to choose your publishing path, pitfalls to avoid, and how to leverage social media and blogging to build your author platform.

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Panelists (from left) Lisa Erspamer, Pam Johnson-Bennett, Bob Mayer and Amy Shojai.

 

Bridging The Blogger/Writer Gap

There are writers who blog and bloggers who write but all bloggers can benefit from honing their journalistic skills. In an interactive roundtable discussion, award-winning CWA members Layla Morgan Wilde with Janiss Garza, Alana Grelyak and Deb Barnes share their knowledge in a lively debate. Key points include: Attribution, citing sources, deep research, stylistic consistency, editing, editorial calendars, ethics and transparency.

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Panelist (from left) Deb Barnes, Janiss Garza, Alana Grelyak and Layla Morgan Wilde.

The full BlogPaws speaker schedule is here,and we hope to see you in Nashville! CWA members are eligible for a discount code of 10%.

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The 2015 Cat Writers’ Calendar for the Special Days, Weeks, and Months Devoted to Feline Care and Awareness

2015 calendar
Once again the New Year is upon us and once again there are numerous special days, weeks, and months devoted to promoting causes and awareness for our feline friends. To follow, you will find all the pertinent dates for 2015 – please take a moment to look them over and bookmark the site for reference purposes. Whether radio, blogs, columns, websites, magazines, art, photographs, or more, we all have the voice and talent to highlight these causes to help educate so that we can continue to make the world a better place for the safety, health, happiness, and well-being of cats.

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Please be aware that this calendar is subject to change. To advise of corrections or additions, please leave a comment.

JANUARY
Walk Your Pet Month (for those that partake in leashes, harnesses, and strollers).
January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day.
January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.
January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day.

FEBRUARY
American Heart Month.
National Spay/Neuter Month (HSUS).
National Prevent a Litter Month.
Pet Dental Health Month (AVMA).
Responsible Pet Owners Month.
February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day (Last Chance for Animals).
February 15 – 21: National Justice for Animals Week.
February 20: Love Your Pet Day.
February 24: World Spay Day (Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States – held the last Tuesday of February).

MARCH
Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
March 1 – 7: Professional Pet Sitters Week.
March 2 – 8: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
March 15 – 21: National Poison Prevention Week.
March 16 – 22: National Flood Safety Awareness Week.
March 23 – 29: National Tsunami Awareness Week.

APRIL
Animal Cruelty Prevention Month (ASPCA).
National Heartworm Awareness Month (American Heartworm Society).
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month (Created by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid).
April 9: FIP Awareness (Mr. Swanson’s Day).
April 11: National Pet Day.
April 12 – 18: National Volunteer Week.
April 12 – 18: National Animal Control Appreciation Week.
Third week in April: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (HSUS).
Third full week of April starting with a Sunday: National Pet ID Week.
April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day.
April 22: Earth Day.
April 24: Hairball Awareness Day.
April 25: World Veterinary Day (World Veterinary Association).
April 26: National Kids & Pets Day
April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

MAY
National Pet Month.
Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month (Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research).
Chip Your Pet Month (Home Again Pet ID).
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day.
May 3 – 9: Be Kind to Animals Week (AHA).
May 3-9: National Pet Week (AVMA).
May 9: Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
May 15: Endangered Species Day.
May 23: National Heat Awareness Day.
May 25 – 31: National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
May 27: Free Feral Cat Spay Day (Alley Cat Rescue).

JUNE
National Pet Preparedness Month (Timed for the first month of hurricane season).
Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA).
Adopt-a-Cat Month (AHA).
First week in June: Pet Appreciation Week.
June 4: International Hug Your Cat Day.
June 14: World Pet Memorial Day.
Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
June 22 – 28: National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

JULY
July 4: While not a feline recognized holiday, please keep in mind that our cats (and all pets) can become highly traumatized during the 4th of July festivities. Keep your pet safely indoors and recognize the fact that they can panic or hide from the sounds that fireworks cause.
July 15: Pet Fire Safety Day.
July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day.

AUGUST
National Immunization Awareness Month.
August 15: Check the Chip Day.
August 20: National Homeless Animal Day (International Society for Animal Rights).
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.
August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.
August 30: National Holistic Pet Day.

SEPTEMBER
Catalyst Council’s Happy Healthy Cat Month.
National Disaster Preparedness Month (Led by FEMA’s ReadyCampaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for disaster emergencies).
National Food Safety Awareness Month.
September 13: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day (MBJungle Foundation).
September 14: National Pet Memorial Day (International Association of Pet Cemeteries).
September 19: International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (not a cause, but somehow cat bloggers love this day!)
September 24: Remember Me Thursday (Helen Woodward Animal Center).
Sept. 28: World Rabies Day (Global Alliance for Rabies Control).
Last full week in September: Deaf Pet Awareness Week (Petfinder.com).

OCTOBER
National Animal Safety and Protection Month (Emergency Animal Rescue Service).
National Pet Wellness Month.
October 4: World Animal Day.
First full week of October: Animal Welfare Week (AVMA).
October 14: National Pet Obesity Day.
October 11 – 17: National Veterinary Technician Week.
October 16: National Feral Cat Day (Alley Cat Allies).
October 29: National Cat Day.

NOVEMBER
National Pet Awareness Month.
Adopt a Senior Pet Month (ASPCA).
Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Pet Diabetes Month.
First full week of November: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (HSUS).
November 17: National Black Cat Day.

DECEMBER
No recognized awareness days in December, but this is a good time to share information on preventative safety measures for our cats during the holidays because many of the foods, plants, and decorations that are part of our festivities can be dangerous or even lethal to them.

 

About the Author:

Deborah Barnes is the author of The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary starring her feline family as well as the award winning blog, Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection that covers the everyday journey she shares with her cats as well as topics from the humorous behaviors of cats to very serious subjects on pet responsibility. She was bestowed the Friskies Writer of the Year Award in 2013 and her current circle of works has brought her to where she is today – a contributing writer for Catster.com and Cat Fancy Magazine as well as Secretary of the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida, whose mission is to create public awareness and reduce the numbers of animals on the streets and in shelters through an extensive educational campaign.

 

July/August Member Spotlight: Susan C. Willett

July’s member spotlight is a bit late as we’re actually into August now. But I’m happy to say that the honor goes to Susan C. Willett. I’ll let Susan take it from here. I think you’ll enjoy hearing about her activities.

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I make a living in corporate communications, where my work has won many awards, including the Gold Quills, Silver Quills and IRIS awards from the International Association of Business Communicators. However, my creative soul comes alive when I write about the four cats and three dogs with whom I share my New Jersey home.

As a writer, photographer, and blogger, I find inspiration all around me: hiding in a box, splashing through a mud puddle, or taking up an entire couch. I post stories, photos, poetry and humor on my website, Life with Dogs and Cats.

I was thrilled when my site was honored in May of 2014 with a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award for Best Post. Currently, it is a finalist for Best Overall Pet Blog in Dogtime’s Pettie Awards.

What do I create and post on Life with Dogs and Cats?

    • Stories: My pets provide endless fodder for my writing, though my topics tend toward the warm and humorous. I’ve written stories about my terrier whose obsession with his Ball borders on clinical, (yes, it’s always capitalized in his mind,) what happened the day my cat Calvin discovered the top of the medicine cabinet, and how to keep backyard wildlife safe from dogs.
    • Photography: My camera is nearly always at hand, and I take hundreds of pictures a week. Sometimes just one photo will help me tell a story. Other times, I’ll put together an amusing set of pictures for a photo essay, such as “18 Reasons Cats Love Boxes”, or “From Calm to Chaos in .3 Seconds”.

How to pack a cat

    • Haiku by Cat (and Haiku by Dog): I write haiku from a cat’s (or dog’s) perspective, combine each poem with an illustrative photo, and share them on my site. I envision these sweet and funny musings as gift books to be enjoyed by fellow cat and dog lovers. If you know someone who might be interested in publishing them, let me know.

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Calvin haiku bathroom door logo

    • Dogs and Cats Texting: I’d be willing to bet I’m not the only person who has conversations with her pets. I go one step further, imagining text message discussions between me and one of my cats (or dogs). I capture these short exchanges on my cell phone, add one of my photos–and post the result.

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In addition to my online presence, I’ve written several children’s picture books, which I am currently shopping around. I also began adapting some of my narrative blog posts into a full-length book. (I have two novels mapped out as well, but there’s only so much time in a day.)

My work has appeared online on Slimkitty, Mousebreath, and The Pet Museum, and in the 2014 calendar Cats of the Cat Blogosphere. One of my photos graced the cover of the Ruff Drafts, the DWAA’s quarterly newsletter.

I am active in social media, with a loyal following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+. Feel free to follow me on any or all of them.

A relatively new member of the CWA, I was very happy to meet a few members at BlogPaws and am looking forward to meeting many more at the conference in Atlanta.

Photography 101 – Top Ten Tips for Taking Great Pictures of Your Cat!

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With technology allowing us to capture moments in time as they happen, writers have come to rely more and more on using photos to complement their storytelling. This is especially true for those of us that write about cats – many of us have blogs or websites that demand a visual presence alongside the written word and with books being published online as well, the need for good photos is even more important. But how to take a stunning photo? Not all writers are gifted photographers and while cats make a glorious subject, taking a good picture of them can be easier said than done. It’s nearly impossible to tell a cat what to do, which typically results in a blurry picture of a cat with demonic red eyes if you don’t know what you’re doing with your camera and your cat.

I happen to be very blessed – the man I am engaged to is a brilliant photographer and he has a particularly sensitive eye when it comes to taking pictures of our cats. As a result, I have a fantastic gallery of photos to choose from when I blog and I have even taken a handful of good photos of my cats myself, learning from his tried and true photography techniques. But, not everyone at the Cat Writers’ Association has a live-in photographer like I do and since I know we all love beautiful cat photos, he has graciously agreed to share his Top Ten Tips for taking purr-fect cat photos with all of us!

1. Develop Rapport
Your cat, unlike humans, does not understand what you are trying to do and won’t just pose for pictures. After a bit of petting and some mild play-time, your cat will be more relaxed and ready for his cameo.

2. Be Patient
Photographing felines requires a lot of patience. If you’re rushed, your cat will detect your anxiety. After a while, the novelty of the camera will wear off and your cat will be more relaxed and reveal his true self.

3. Getting Down to Their Level
Keeping your cat comfortable and at ease is very important, so rather than forcing him to come to you, go to him. Get down to his level and shoot from the floor or at your cat’s eye level or just below.

4. Use Natural Light
If indoors, avoid shooting with flash as the burst of light will not only cause red-eye, but may also frighten your cat.Always try to use natural light when taking your cat’s photograph as the light is more natural and flattering. Light coming in through a window can produce a soft and pleasing appearance.

5. The Golden Hour
If you are taking photographs of your cat outside, the ideal time is in the first or last hour of sunlight, otherwise the light may be too harsh. Hollywood film makers call this the ‘Golden Hour’ as the light is more horizontal in direction and golden in color. Overcast days will produce nice even lighting with very subtle shadows.

6. Capture Character
A successful image is one that conveys the character of its subject, so if you have a playful cat photograph him in action, or if you have a lazy cat, photograph him relaxing on a window sill but be sure to capture him with his eyes open. Remember, your cat is a beautiful and graceful animal and you want to capture images of your cat being a cat.

7. Keep the Eyes Sharp
Be sure to focus on your cat’s eyes and keep them sharp. As they say, the eyes are the windows to the soul, so having ‘tac-sharp’ eyes (in focus and razor sharp) is important.

8. The Element of Surprise
It is very difficult to get your cat to hold still and look into the camera. Allow your cat to settle into its environment while you compose your shot. Then when you are ready, either whistle or use a squeaky toy held near the lens to get them to look in the direction of the lens. This will provide you with a few seconds to capture him in an alert posture.

9. Get in Close and Use Simple Backgrounds
Get in close and fill as much of the frame as possible with your cat. Also, by keeping your background simple and uncluttered, attention will naturally be drawn directly to your pet and produce a pleasing image.

10. Take Lots of Images, Study & Practice
In today’s digital age, there are not costs for film, so do what professionals photographers do – take lots of images. Most pro’s get two great images for every hundred or so that they shoot, so practice and experiment. Study cat photos that you like, look at the lighting and the positioning of the cat, and then try to replicate what the photographer has done.

Photo credit – Thank you to my fiance, Dan Power, for not only sharing his great photography tips, but for providing me with the stunning image of my cat, Zoey, for the post header. 

Special Discount Offer for Members and Conference Registrants Plus Other CWA News

Hello fellow CWA members and cat lovers.

I have some exciting CWA news to share with you today.

CWA members and conference registrants are entitled to a special promotional offer from our sponsor and official PR firm Fetching Communications and its PetPR.com service. PetPR.com will write a press kit or press release announcing your company’s new products or services, and then you can choose the media categories the release will be distributed to… all in the easy online order form at PetPR.com. Please watch your email for the discount code or contact me at loriehuston@pet-health-care-gazette.com. PR Newswire is also available as a service on PetPR.com, but is not subject to the promotional code as it is already discounted to PetPR.com’s clients. Try it out, and get your news out to the media who are looking for pet stories!

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In related news, a press release issued Tuesday, June 17 and widely distributed through many channels serves to encourage entry to CWA’s annual writing contest as well as publicizing the upcoming conference. Please join me in thanking Fetching Communications and PetPR.com for their generosity and for their assistance in helping us meet our public relations needs. You can see the press release here: Cat Writers and Publishers Vie for Top Honors. And, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to get your contest entries in before the July 1 deadline!

Also, we now have conference badges available to place on your websites, should you wish to announce your participation and help us publicize the conference. More information is available on the Conference Badges page. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, now is the time!

That’s it for today. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer.

Your president,
Lorie Huston, DVM