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Old Maid Cat Lady is your home for all things "cat"!

We currently have over 2,800 products for cats and for people who love them, with more being added all the time. You can shop by category, browse through all the products for cats, all the products for people, or do a specific search for exactly what you need.  Products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers.  Don't see what you want? Fill out the Product Request form on our home page and we'll track it down for you. We want your shopping experience with us to be fun and hassle free!  If it's anything less, please e-mail us to let us know how we can improve for your next visit.

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In Memory of Vixen

In Memory of Vixen

Memorial for my beloved cat Vixen
1988-2012

Welcome to Our Free Downloads Page!

Welcome to Our Free Downloads Page!

The following tri-fold brochures were prepared by Old Maid Cat Lady to help educate cat owners and prospective cat owners about various aspects of responsible cat ownership.

Anyone -- shelters, cat rescue groups, veterinarians, cat sitters, cat behaviorists, cat therapists, or just concerned citizens -- may download them to print and use in their outreach and education efforts, compliments of OldMaidCatLady.com.

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Adopt or Buy?

Adopt or Buy?

educational brochure on the merits of adopting a cat instead of buying

In this brochure, readers are educated on the benefits of adopting a shelter or rescued cat vs. buying a cat from a pet store or breeder. It is written so that people who are seriously considering buying a cat will not automatically assume it's pro-adoption, but the copy in the brochure leads them gently in the adoption direction.

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters and rescue groups can offer this brochure to the public at trade shows, fairs, speeches, and other public appearances.

Click Here to Download the "Adopt or Buy?" Brochure!

Bad Kitty!

Bad Kitty!

brochure on reversing bad cat behavior

Oh, those cats! Sometimes their behavior confounds us. But cats have very logical reasons (in their minds) for doing the things they do. By encouraging positive, natural behaviors for them, we can often correct what we perceive as "bad" behavior. In this brochure, we explain six "needs" cats have, and how providing for those can redirect their energy to eliminate destructive or problem behaviors. This brochure was the winner of a 2012 Muse Medallion award from the Cat Writers' Association!

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians can give this brochure to cat owners who are considering giving away their cats because of behavioral problems.

Click here to download the "Bad Kitty!" brochure.

Benefits of Community Cats

Benefits of Community Cats

brochure on caring for feral cat colonies

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is being recognized by more and more communities as the most humane and cost-effective way to manage the problem of feral cats. This brochure discusses some of the benefits of hosting managed cat colonies and briefly outlines what is needed to care for a colony. It also has links to some websites where additional helpful material can be found.

How to Use This Brochure:  Individuals wanting to care for a colony of feral cats in their neighborhood can consult this brochure for the basics, use it to access additional training and information, and help educate others in the community on the benefits of TNR.

Click here to download the "Benefits of Community Cats" brochure.

"Can I Catch Diseases From My Cat?"

"Can I Catch Diseases From My Cat?"

Old Maid Cat Lady's educational brochure on zoonotic diseases
Some people may fear getting a cat for fear of catching diseases, or may have heard about diseases that can be transferred to humans from cats. This brochure details which diseases people can get from cats, their symptoms, how else besides from cats they can be caught, and tells you how to keep from catching them.

How to Use This Brochure: Shelters and rescue groups can use this brochure when training volunteers. They can also provide it to new cat owners, to help educate them about keeping their cats and themselves healthy.
Cat-Proofing Your Home

Cat-Proofing Your Home

brochure on making your house safe for cats

People with toddlers go through all sorts of things to make their homes safe for children. Why not do the same for your four-legged friend? In this brochure, we explore ways to make your home safer for your cats, from removing dangers to installing environmental enrichment items to keep your kitties safe and happy.

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians can give this brochure to new cat owners or those who need information about the dangers for cats that are lurking in most households.

Click here to download the "Cat-Proofing Your Home" brochure.

Cats Destroying Your Home?

Cats Destroying Your Home?

Cats needing environmental enrichment
This brochure explores nine destructive behaviors in cats, "translates" what the cats may be trying to tell you with those behaviors, and describes some solutions to help you stop them.

How to use this brochure: Anyone who has a destructive cat can benefit from reading this material. If you're a consultant working with someone who's trying to correct destructive feline behavior, this brochure makes an excellent leave-behind with reminders and guidelines.

Click Here to Download the "Cats Destroying Your Home?" Brochure!
Effective Management of Feral Cat Colonies

Effective Management of Feral Cat Colonies

Effective Management of Feral Cat Colonies brochure

This brochure advocates for the policy of Trap-Neuter-Return in managing feral cat colonies. It defines the TNR concept, cites examples of communities that have used it effectively, and explains how to implement a TNR program in your own community. The back panel of the brochure lists several websites that can be consulted for additional information.

How to Use This Brochure:  If your local government is considering passing laws covering the management of feral cats, you can use this brochure to politely educate them on the success of the TNR policy and suggest that they consider it.

Click Here to Download the "Effective Management of Feral Cat Colonies" Brochure!

The Gift of a Cat

The Gift of a Cat

The Gift of a Cat brochure

Ever wanted to give someone a cat for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday? That may be a great idea...or not. Surprising someone with a cat when they're unprepared could lead to that kitty being surrendered to a shelter or abandoned. Make sure your gift of a cat is welcomed by following the tips in this brochure!

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters and rescue groups can use this brochure to help people who contact them to find a cat they intend to give as a gift. Individuals considering giving a cat as a gift can read it to make sure they've thought of everything before presenting their feline gift.

Click Here to Download your copy of "The Gift of a Cat" Brochure!

Helping Your Arthritic Cat

Helping Your Arthritic Cat

If your cat's starting to amble a bit, it may not just be old age. Learn what adjustments you can make to help your arthritic kitty live more comfortably in this brochure. Suggestions include the opinions of veterinarians as well as my own experience with my beloved little Vixen, who lived to the ripe old age of 24 and suffered from arthritis in her last few years.

How to Use This Brochure: Veterinarians, shelters, rescue groups, pet sitters, groomers, or therapists working with older cats can download this brochure and use it to help those cats' parents understand the special needs of arthritic cats and what they can do to help their cats be more comfortable.

Click Here to Download the "Helping Your Arthritic Cat" Brochure!

Humane Euthanasia

Humane Euthanasia

brochure on humane methods of animal euthanasia

This brochure outlines acceptable methods of euthanasia as defined by the Humane Society of the United States, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and other animal welfare groups and provides resources for more complete information.

How to Use This Brochure:  If your local government shelter uses an outdated method of euthanasia, you can use this brochure to educate elected officials and shelter managers about funding and implementing a less-stressful method for the cats. It may also be effective in acquainting new shelter employees who are being trained.

Click Here to Download the "Humane Euthanasia" Brochure!

Should You Let Your Cat Live Outdoors?

Should You Let Your Cat Live Outdoors?

brochure on keeping cats indoors versus outdoors

This brochure examines the reasons for keeping cats indoors vs. letting them go outside. It also explains safer ways to allow your cats to enjoy the outdoors or provide them with the environmental enrichment they need to be happy indoors.

How to Use This Brochure:  You can give this brochure to people adopting cats for the first time or use it to educate the public at fairs and adoption events.

Click Here to Download the "Should You Let Your Cat Live Outdoors?" Brochure.

Thinking of Having Your New Cat Declawed?

Thinking of Having Your New Cat Declawed?

Anti-Declaw Brochure

Even many people who have worked with shelter support groups may not truly understand declawing. This brochure educates people on the realities of declawing. It steers them away from declawing their cats, outlining the problems that can result from declawing, and encourages them to use proper training instead to keep cats from clawing their belongings. A diagram shows them exactly what is done in declawing surgery. Most of the information in it was obtained courtesy of Little Big Cat, Inc.

How to Use This Brochure: Rescue groups and shelters can include this brochure in gift bags for people who are adopting cats for the first time and may not understand what declawing would actually do to their cats.

Click Here to Download the "Thinking of Declawing Your New Cat?" Brochure.

What You'll Need For Your New Cat

What You'll Need For Your New Cat

What You'll Need For Your New Cat Brochure

Cats have basic needs. New cat owners may not be aware of all of them, and think all they need to provide for their cats is some food and water. This brochure explains the twelve things cats need to be able to do in your home, and how providing the appropriate materials for them to do those things will help them live together happily and peacefully.

How to Use This Brochure: Rescue groups and shelters can include this brochure in gift bags for people who are adopting cats for the first time and may not understand what cats need in their environment to be happy and well-adjusted.

Click Here to Download the "What You'll Need For Your New Cat" Brochure.

Why Spay or Neuter My Cat?

Why Spay or Neuter My Cat?

spay and neuter facts about cats brochure

It's hard to believe, but many people still don't understand the benefits of spaying and neutering their cats. This brochure explains why it's important and helps people find resources for getting their cats spayed or neutered.

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians will be able to use this brochure at fairs, trade shows, speeches, and other events to educate people about spaying and neutering.

Click Here to Download the "Why Spay or Neuter My Cat?" Brochure!

Compassionate Care For Your Older Kitty

Compassionate Care For Your Older Kitty

senior and geriatric cat care brochure

Coming soon!

These days, due to higher quality food, supplements, and veterinary advances, cats are living longer than ever before. But this presents a whole new set of challenges for the owners of these geriatric cats. In this brochure, the needs of senior and geriatric cats are examined, with helpful tips provided on how to make their lives more comfortable and fulfilling.

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters and rescue groups can hand out this brochure with senior cat adoptions, or use it to promote the adoption of older cats. Veterinarians can provide it to the owners of their senior patients to help them prepare for their cat's geriatric years.

Help! My Cat's Not Using the Litter Box Any More!

Help! My Cat's Not Using the Litter Box Any More!

brochure on what to do when your cat stops using the litterbox

Coming soon!

If your cat has been using the litter box until now, but has suddenly stopped, you not only need to know why, but how to get him back on his good behavior. This brochure outlines some of the reasons cats may stop using the litter box and gives tips on promoting good potty behavior.

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters, rescues, and veterinarians can print this brochure for cat owners who are having a problem with their cat. It can be made available for pick-up in a display at your facility, or offered during fairs, speeches, adoption events, or other appearances.

Training Your Cat: Easier Than Herding Cats?

Training Your Cat: Easier Than Herding Cats?

cat training basics brochure

Coming soon!

Old maid cat ladies know that cats are highly intelligent and trainable. But far too many people misunderstand a cat's way of thinking and assume that the cat is beyond their ability to train. This brochure covers a few of the basics of understanding how cats think and what motivates them, and provides tips on how to start training your cat.

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters and rescue groups can give this brochure to all new cat owners to help reduce the incidence of cats being returned for "misbehaving". It can be used in conjunction with other Old Maid Cat Lady brochures to provide a more comprehensive overview and help them understand their new family member.

Adding A Cat

Adding A Cat

brochure on introducing a new cat to the household

Coming soon!

This brochure is designed to help people introducing a new cat to their household do so in a way that will create the least friction among their existing cats. Merging cats into one harmonious family takes time, patience, and know-how. While we can't provide the first two, we can help out with the latter!

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians can give this brochure to those who are having trouble adjusting to a new cat in the household, or to those who are considering adopting another cat or fostering several cats at once.

Grooming Your Cat

Grooming Your Cat

brochure on grooming cats

Coming soon!

In this brochure, proper grooming techniques are explained to the novice cat owner. Basic instructions on tools and techniques for grooming the cat's coat, claws, teeth, and ears are covered.

How to Use This Brochure:  Shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians can give this brochure to new cat owners or those with aging cats who need additional grooming help.

While you're here...

Do you need anything for your cat? How about a new touch of feline d├ęcor for your home, or just a little something for yourself to tell the world how much you love cats? Have a look around, and see what you find! We have over 2,000 items for cats and their people, from the sublime to the fabulous! We're always adding new things, too, so stop back by often to see what's new. Set up a Wish List of your favorites so you can easily find them on your next visit. But most of all, enjoy your visit with us! This site has been lovingly crafted to give all us "old maid cat ladies" a pleasant refuge and a source of what we need.

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About OldMaidCatLady.com

About OldMaidCatLady.com

We're a small business, founded by a genuine old maid cat lady who loves her cats the same as if they were her children, just like you do yours. All products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers; we don't maintain any inventory. This eliminates double shipping, warehousing and staffing that would drive up costs, allowing us to price our items as reasonably as possible. When it comes to shipping, we charge you only what our suppliers charge us to ship the items to you. Those retailers who offer you "free" shipping are only raising their prices to cover the cost of shipping, and we'd rather be honest with you about it. If our suppliers include shipping in the prices of the items, we offer the same to you. We try to treat all our customers the way we'd like to be treated ourselves, and appreciate your taking the time to get to know us a little. If you'd like to know more, click on the "About Us" link in the menu.
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