Kimberley Koz

Beware Holiday Decor Pet Poisons
Opie’s Story
Happiness is a Roll of Paper Toweling – Starring Adorapurr
The Revenge of Bode
Herman’s Halloween Costume
I Knew It Was Going to Happen, but I Did It Anyway
Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat present #FatCatArt
A Beautifully Written Tribute: Purr Prints of the Heart

Beware Holiday Decor Pet Poisons

Four Paws LifelineOnce more we move into the depths of the holiday frenzy. With all the relatives, cooking, baking, decorating etc., we sometimes forget about our 4 legged children.

Now most of you know that poinsettia is poison to cats and dogs, but do you realize there are 19 other plants commonly used in holiday decoration/arrangements that are also poisononous?0db68f8a-424f-41dc-83c0-e8de93d3eb00

The most common are as follows:

  • Baby’s breath: vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Carnations: intestinal and digestive problems.
  • Chrysanthemum: vomiting, diarrhea and hyper-salivation.
  • Daffodils: vomiting, convulsions and cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Ivy: vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Lilies: kidney failure in cats.
  • Other plants are apple seeds, Bird-of-Paradise, Christmas rose, Holly, Mistletoe and Amaryllis.

Please be aware of what you use this holiday season. Use artificial Holly and Ivy in wreaths. Ask your florist about what plants are toxic to pets and be sure to throw away all seed & pits so dogs and cats can’t find them.

A few precautions can make all the difference in whether you spend your holidays with family or with the emergency vet. But if you do end up at the emergency vet and are short funds, Four Paws Lifeline ( may be able to help with paying the bill.

I Knew It Was Going to Happen, but I Did It Anyway

Some call me brave, while others call me an idiot behind my back when I mention I usually take more than one cat at a time to the vet. Typically two, sometimes three. That way I don’t get charged for two separate office visits. Every dime helps when it comes to providing medical care for eleventy-billion cats like I do.

On Saturday I noticed Jesse’s nose looked puffy, just like this time last year when it ballooned overnight to the size of Karl Malden’s (or Adrien Brody’s if you’re under thirty and never saw The Streets of San Francisco, or remember the television commercials for American Express Travelers Checks in the 1970s and 1980s when he told us, “Don’t leave home without them.”)

By Monday Jesse’s nose had doubled in size with both cracking and bleeding. Clearly there is something nasty in our local air that is hurting my cat, so I have my calendar marked for next year to get him a Depomedrol injection before allergens wreak havoc on his poor snooter.

Jesse aka Karl Malden

Jesse does his impersonation of Karl Malden

After I made Jesse an appointment, I checked my cat records to see who else I could take in for ‘something’ and realized Frank was overdue for his annual vaccinations.

Frank! Oh ffffudge.

It couldn’t be sweet, shy little Dori or cool as a kitty cucumber Peaches. No. It had to be Frank. Read More

Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat present #FatCatArt


Fat Cat Art: Famous Masterpieces Improved by a Ginger Cat with Attitude by Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat.

At first glance, I knew this was my kind of book. Svetlana Petrova combined my love of cats and my appreciation for whimsy in a unique and memorable way.

Her new book, Fat Cat Art, is being called “a marriage of runaway internet sensation and classical art.” It features her twenty-two pound ginger cat, Zarathustra, superimposed into some of the world’s greatest works of art.

Screen-Shot-2014-06-01-at-3.40.03-PMSvetlana Petrova is an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, who has been drawing and writing poetry from childhood. She learned much from her mother, who was not a professional, but had the soul of an artist. And cats were always a part of Petrova’s life. Always.

In 2008, her mother’s passing left Svetlana with severe depression. But it was her mother’s cat, Zarathustra, who saved her. And with a friend’s encouragement, Svetlana began creating art featuring Zarathustra as a part of world-renown paintings.

I’ve had a difficult time picking out a few favorites to share with you, as I love just about every photo in the book. Zarathustra’s chunky body and expressive face gives life to the works of art in ways I’m certain the artists never ever imagined. For instance…

The Kitchen Maid and the Cat

The Kitchen Maid and the Cat

Whistler's Mother and the Cat

Whistler’s Mother and the Cat



Cats are true Angels.

Cats are true Angels.

This book would make a fabulous gift to the cat lovers in your life. Want more? I know you do. So please visit Petrova’s amazing website to enjoy her massive body of work, and her shop to purchase your very own Fat Cat Art.

208 glossy pages
ISBN 978-0-399-17478-0
$16.95 USA
VISIT THE FAT CAT ART SHOP for prints and more!





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A Beautifully Written Tribute: Purr Prints of the Heart

Purr-Prints-of-the-HeartPurr Prints of the Heart is a poignant story about love, life and death…and life after death as told through the viewpoint of Mr. Jazz, but from the heart of Deborah Barnes, award-winning author and blogger of The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey.

This beautifully written tribute to Jazz, an ordinary yet extraordinary Ragdoll, was written with hope that by sharing his story, Ms. Barnes would finally come to greater terms with his death. What happened instead was, she opened the door for others to view the loss of their precious fur kids with a comfortable realism in knowing life goes on, even for our pets after they travel Over the Rainbow Bridge.

I never met Mr. Jazz, yet his story left an indelible paw print on my heart, just as Deborah Barnes hoped it would. I plan to give his book as a gift. It’s definitely a keeper.

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