Whiskers Holistic Pet Care is much more than a quirky pet store. Owners Randi and Phil Klein opened the shop on E. 9th St. in 1988 and have been on a mission to educate pet owners about alternatives to mainstream pet care practices ever since. Whiskers focuses primarily on cats and dogs, but they also provide information about caring for birds and other small creatures. Neither Phil nor Randi are veterinarians, but their consultation is based on the work of folks like veterinary guru Dr. Marty Goldstein. In general, holistic pet care emphasizes homeopathy and herbal remedies over pharmaceutical options. Over the years the thriving operation expanded, annexing the much larger space next door in 1998 and a new outlet in Astoria, Queens in 2008. The Kleins know personally the manufacturers of the products they carry and also stock a “Whiskers’ Own” line of products. Whiskers also hosts events like vet consultations, offers free nail clipping services, and is involved in finding homes for shelter animals. –Alex Crowley
Holistic Care for those Paws…. NY Times
This is a picture of Louie with his mom who he saved … and his dad.
Here is one of the articles…
Louie getting his well deserved hero’s gift basket full of Whiskers goodies and a hand painted dog bowl !!!!
Janelle his mom is happy they had Louie around because he saved her life by standing on her bed and barking like crazy as she was having a seizure related to her pregnancy. Richard heard the frantic barking and ran up the stairs to see what was going on!! Mom was then rushed to the hospital for a emergency Cesarean section. Baby Charlotte was born 3 months early and is doing well in neonatal !!!
All the Best from Whiskers Holistic Petcare
Puppy Bowl !!!! Can’t miss this one Feb 3, 2013 !!!!
Record the Super Bowl and watch this live !!!!!
Holistic Pet Care – My visit to Whiskers in the East Village – Hustling from breakfast in the East Village – I finally had a chance to stop by Whiskers Holistic Pet Store. I originally learned about it through a New York Times article and it’s been on my short list of places to check out. After a very impromptu walk in, I found myself plopped on a stool in a cozy corner of the (click below for rest of the story) http://blog.waggit.com/2012/11/07/holistic-pet-care-my-visit-to-whiskers-in-the-east-village/
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Welcome to the brave new world of alternatives in pet health care. Founded in 1988, our mission is to bring the benefits of holistic wellness concepts to the universe of companion animals through the education of pet care-givers, and to foster the research, identification and introduction of products and methods to further that aim.
Manhattan: 235 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003-7536 (212) 979-2532
Queens: 19-25 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105, (718)-626-8590
Sharon – One of our Groomers
The latest cat for adoption in our Astoria store is Gideon, a social character if ever there was one. He sits at the door of Whiskers Rescue Ranch to view the action, and sweetly meows that he would like to come out and talk! An absolutely cuddly cat, he’s very responsive to staff or strangers, and clearly loves people. He is not from the aloof cat circle, and is quite warm and curious to get to know new visitors, get a scratch, and settle in someone’s arms.
When he came to Whiskers, he had an eye infection that we took care of with veterinary care, and he’s just fine now. He’s about one-year-old and neutered, just about the most affectionate cat we’ve ever met in this species. He is definitely not a loner, but does stretch out to take a good nap in the lazy sunny afternoons.
However, he is not a fan of the canine sect. In fact, when a dog enters the store, he’ll jump on the highest ramp in the ranch, with hairs on end, hissing at the intruder to let him know just what kind of threat he can be. So, no dogs in a home for Gideon!
If interested in adopting him, please call us at 718-626-8590 or come in and meet him. Tell friends! He is a really happy cat, and as much as we all love having him around, we hope to find him the happy home he deserves.
Pets on Whiskers Set Get Once-Over By Phil Klein & Top Holistic Vet Dr. Marty Goldstein For TV Demo, The Dr. Marty Show
Crew members for the pending Dr. Marty Show squeezed equipment into every inch of Whiskers Holistic Petcare on East 9th Street on a Friday in June. Dr. Marty is Dr. Martin Goldstein http://drmarty.com/, the noted holistic veterinarian and author of The Nature of Animal Healing, who is a co-founder of the AVHMA, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. A top production team from film and TV is behind launching Dr. Marty’s own TV show, and they came to shoot dogs and cats getting advice in the temple of alternative petcare, Whiskers Holistic.
Phil Klein, an owner of the 24-year-old Whiskers, is a holistic sage in his own right. His efforts have been side-by-side with Dr. Marty in educating pet owners on what changes to make in feeding, exercise, and vaccinations to have healthy cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and other pets. Phil and Dr. Marty have been friends for 25 years. In many cases people’s pets received the benefit of two opinions, and Phil’s suggestions on supplementation and diet were right in sync with Dr. Marty’s directions. It was like watching two guys trading baseball cards.
As luck would have it, the parade of dogs and cats that came in to meet the Doc were a notably photogenic group of New York pets. First up, the glamorous Afghan hound, Teddy, whose owner, Susan Lietz, rescued him from a deplorable situation. She reported that this beautiful dog, whose breed runs as fast as the wind, was kept in a basement for two years. He’s out now, thanks to her, and even modeled for a German fashion magazine, see Susan’s blog: http://bustedlovedogblog.blogspot.com/
Unmissable were two Cirneco dell’Etna dogs, Midas and Pisa, who looked like smaller versions of Pharoah hounds and were so friendly, you couldn’t get enough of them!
Owner Stephen Hoerz explained that the 3,000 year-old breed is actually based on the Pharoah hound, who was brought to Malta, then Phoenicia, and finally arrived in Sicily. Here’s the whole story: http://www.cirneco.com/Welcome.html.
It’s also gratifying to hear Hoerz relay how Whiskers helped three-year-old Midas with his digestive problems, using colostrum and Rainbow Dog Oil, with the result of normalizing his POOP! YAY! Hoerz runs the delicious catering and take-out shop on Hudson Street, Ready to Eat http://www.readytoeat.net/
Then there was Prometheus, the magnificent and muscular Rottweiler, owned by an East Village couple with a dare-devil act to astound even Philippe Petit http://www.manonwire.com/ . Vlad Marco and Sky Soto are fire performers, with their thrilling show called Eros Fyre: http://www.skyvladerosfyre.com/ Check out their website for a public performance upcoming July 13th in the Times Square area. They also perform at private events, in film and TV.
Dr. Marty was extremely generous with his time and spoke with as many animal owners concerned about their pets as he could possibly fit in one day. The program plans to include a segment at Whiskers in every show, and we’ll let you know more as the production progresses.
For now, please come in, as usual, to consult Phil (“The Dogfather”) in his corner of the store most days except Tuesday. He’s also available by phone. And you can call-in to Dr. Marty’s show, “Ask Martha’s Vet!” (yes, THAT Martha) on SiriusXM radio Ch. 110 on Monday nights, with re-airings through the week.
Meanwhile, enjoy some of the subjects of the day, below. Thank you to Animal Ambassadors and Shoot the Catfish Productions, and all our great customers who waited patiently to be seen. See you in the store, and maybe on TV!
Pets & People Come One, Come All! TV Shoot at Whiskers: Fri 6/22 fm 12 to 4PM for The Dr. Marty Show:
Dr. Marty Goldstein, The Renowned Holistic Vet Your Pet Wants to See, Author of The Nature of Animal Healing, and Phil Klein, Whiskers Own Sage of Natural Petcare, will Confer on Some-as-Yet-To-Be-Star Pets
Dr. Marty is our favorite holistic vet, and a renowned leader in integrative medicine for animals for over 25 years http://www.drmarty.com, as long as Whiskers Holistic Petcare has been in business. He is one of the first veterinarians to combine the best of both conventional and holistic medicine with powerful, curative results for health, and against disease. Delve into his book, The Nature of Animal Healing, to read about how his techniques have turned around cases of pets for whom the prognosis was dire.
Developments are underway to launch The Dr. Marty Show on TV. To produce a demo to entice full-out production for TV syndication, a first shoot is planned at Whiskers Holistic Petcare in the East Village on Friday, June 22, from Noon to 4PM.
Some pets will have the benefit of a free consultation by both Dr. Marty and Whiskers own expert advisor, Phil Klein, with recommendations for both holistic and conventional remedies, whether a cat, dog, rabbit, bird or reptile. Please bring your pets!
As some of you know, Phil is always available in-store and by phone for complimentary consults with customers and their pets. Now, Dr. Marty joins Phil’s corner for a lucky group of pets that get the advice of both. All will be filmed on-camera.
We’d love to have as many fans of Whiskers, mammals and otherwise, be part of the shoot. The Dr. Marty Show crew will interview customers about your visit to Whiskers, and your choices in how you care for your pets. If you can, please bring your pets! More details will be provided on-site on June 22nd.
It’s also a good chance to buy Dr. Goldstein’s book at Whiskers, and available on Kindle from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Nature-Animal-Healing-ebook/dp/B002IPZBWC/ref=kinw_dp_ke?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
See you Friday, 6/22, from 12 to 4PM at Whiskers Holistic Petcare 235 East 9th Street, in the heart of the East Village. And, maybe we’ll see you on TV!
Mr. Grey is so handsome, he will take your breath away. The Adonis of the moment, Mr. Grey finds himself in Whiskers Rescue Ranch, solo. Anastasia, the ingénue cat he met by chance, has flown the coop, so to speak, and has been adopted before he could blink an emerald eye. Now he awaits the right one to come along and take him home.
“The Ranch is okay, a little homey for my tastes,” says the attractive and confident one-year-old black-and-white cat. “I prefer modern architecture, you know, the whole stone, steel, glass and white leather look. A view is nice. I lost my funds in a Ponzi scheme, and have no choice in décor here,” he rationalizes. “I would hope that whoever rescues me from the Ranch shares my sense of design. The food, while not Per Se http://perseny.com/ is tasty, and the service is timely. I’ve inferred that adding truffle oil improves everything but who’s going to listen to a cat in reduced circumstances?
“However, the height is nice and I can catnap without disturbance.”
Mr. Grey will wake right up for treats, and a nice stroke on the back. Large and lovely, he has a permanent Cheshire Cat smile on his beautiful face. He will make a wonderful companion to a devoted cat lover, especially one who likes books http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Shades-Grey-Book-Trilogy/dp/0345803485/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338922272&sr=8-1. And, as he harmonically shared the Ranch space with Anastasia, Mr. Grey more than likely will fit into a home with other cats already there. Of course…Anastasia brought a gleam to his eye….
Come meet Mr. Grey – he’s in our window at Whiskers Holistic Pet Care, 235 East 9th Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues, in New York’s East Village. Please come right in and ask about adopting him. Or call us at 212-979-5732 – and leave a message with a phone number to reach you back.
Just remember, Mr. Grey likes to be in control.
When Linda’s Feral Cats of NYC http://lindasferalcatassistance.com/planted the cat
trailer in front of Whiskers Holistic Petcare in the East Village on Saturday, 5/26, there were no feral cats to adopt. “We do not adopt ferals. These are the friendlies,” said Linda Bryant, who runs the efficient 10-year-old rescue organization with a long-term team of volunteers. Feral cats, said Linda, are assisted through the organizations’s trap, neuter, return system, and are provided food where they hang out, whether in Williamsburg or Woodside. Those cats are not adoptable.
“Feral cats are either domestic cats that have reverted to the wild from becoming lost, or were born to a feral mother and lived in the wild,” she explained. “They have to be returned to where they were picked up to find the food and environment they’re used to,” she said.
Inside the trailer, however, were about a dozen of the most beautiful,
very large, cats lounging around in individual crates, as well as several kittens like Pansy, Willy, and Wally, who were about 6 weeks old. Teddy, at two weeks old was being bottlefed every coupla hours.
“He was the only kitten from his litter not eaten by raccoons in Astoria,” said Linda. “He’s young enough tolove people, and he’s up for adoption.”
The cats had been rescued from very difficult – okay, let’s say, AWFUL – situations. These cats were ready for adoption. While some were curled up in their litter boxes (“for security,” said Linda), others were very curious about the trail of people coming in and out, looking for love. These sturdy, luxurious, big gray cats stood at the bars of their trailers, watching, watching, watching – happy to be taken out for a cuddle and a pet, or to get some lamb lungs, also donated by Whiskers.
There was Eric, a great big gray and white cat who had been tied up with a rope in a store, and rescued by Racquel Guitterez. Taking him in her arms, Eric nuzzled her nose, and then settled in. Clearly, he knew a good thing when he found it. He was such a charmer, he received an application to be fostered with a view towards adopting him. With five cats of her own, Racquel is a committed cat rescuer, and wants to remain a source for fostering.
Ceara Murtagh, a visitor to the trailer, was enchanted by Friday, a black and white kitten. The feelings were mutual, as the irrepressible Friday played with her through the bars. Ceara came from the Upper West Side for the event, and with two adult cats, was approved as a foster mother for Friday –
and Friday’s brother, who would join them the next day.
The glamour cat of the day had to be Pansy, one of three littermates. Pansy was called a “diluted calico,” in pastel tones of peach and gray, and was absolutely a stunner. She had two applications in for adoption.
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals www.animalalliancenyc.org loans the mobile adoption van to Alliance Participating Organizations, such as the North Shore Animal League www.animalleague.org, which provides the van to small rescue groups once a month.
Whiskers Holistic Petcare, as a pioneer in natural pet care for dogs, cats and almost any kind of domestic animal, is an advocate for animal rescue. In the window of the East Village store, you can see the amazing Whiskers Rescue Ranch, set-up as a temporary home for cats awaiting adoption and a permanent home. Connected to rescue groups throughout the city, anyone considering adopting a dog or a cat can turn to Whiskers in the East Village, and in the Astoria store, for whom to call in the first steps of the process.
Here’s to happy homes for all cats from Linda’s Feral Cats of NY – and everywhere!
Whiskers has arranged hundreds of adoptions over the years. But Rhett Butler and Tommy Tune were special. Besides the fact that they were gorgeous, they had already found a home when the family’s unfortunate circumstances of becoming homeless forced them to return the two brothers to Whiskers. We applaud them for taking the right step in bringing them back to us.
Word got around about these two beautiful three-year-olds. A friend told a friend, and that friend came into Whiskers on Memorial Day, became quite taken by the brothers’ antics and warm personalities, and voila! They bonded, and went home with a wonderful artist whose studio was empty without the inspiring presence of cats.
We wish them the best.
And now, come check out the year-old Anastasia and Mr. Gray, new residents (temporarily, of course) in Whiskers Rescue Ranch. Which happens to be in the East Village, and has a corral in Astoria, too. Come meet them…and please spread the word. Photos coming!
Try-ons allowed on the selling floor. Sorry, no private dressing rooms.
Get ready for days in the sun with Whiskers Summer Doggie Fashionista Sale, at 20% off most* apparel for boy and girl dogs, all through June! If you’ve been eyeing that cute Donna Summer disco dress, this is your LAST CHANCE to get it pre-summer, at 20% off in June. Check out doggie visors and hats, team jerseys, tees, cutie-pie dresses and more, for a variety of sizes.
It’s amazing how a little ruffled number gives a girl a lift.
And at these bargain prices, she’ll be grinning all the way to the beach.
20% off dog apparel* starting at $24.99 and up, June 1st to 30th in Whiskers East Village store and in Astoria, while supplies last. See ya there! Arf!
*Sorry, not coats.
Tommy Tune, left, and his brother, Rhett Butler, hanging out in Whiskers Rescue Ranch.
Handsome boys, these three-year-old brothers are full of personality and as friendly as can be. Plus, they love each other and cannot imagine being parted. Ever. They’ve been together from the litter, and we do not want them separated.
The red one is Rhett Butler. A charmer like his namesake, he rules the roost and lets you know it. He is very interested in people and everything happening around him. You could say, he’s the curious cat – and a real flirt. A lovely, funny boy, he will jump high in the air in excitement at feeding time.
Tommy Tune is his bro. Gorgeous, right? Mellow and more introspective than his silly brother Rhett, Tommy is a watcher. Happy to just be, he needs to be near YOU.
The two of them snooze curled up around each other. They are just adorable. They had been adopted, but tragically, the family became homeless. Luckily, they did the right thing, and brought the cats right back to us at Whiskers. We’ve loved having them in the Whiskers Rescue Ranch.
But they need a real home. Won’t it be yours? Both are neutered and in good health, with a bonafide health certificate.
Rhett and Tommy have not lived with other animals, as far as we know. It would probably be best if they were the only cats in the household. In this case, experienced cat owners are preferred, as we want to make sure they find a forever home with a devoted care giver.
Come meet Rhett and Tommy – they’re in our window at Whiskers Holistic Pet Care, 235 East 9th Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues, New York, NY. If you check them out and want more information, please come right in and ask about adopting them.
Call us about them at 212-979-5732 – and leave a message with a phone number to reach you back. They are well-mannered, classically beautiful pussy cats, ready for lots of love in a home to call their own.
Helping Pets: A Way of Life for Phil Klein
By David S. Chartock
Holistic pet care is more than a business for 71-year-old, U.S. Army Veteran Phil Klein. It’s a way of life.
Twenty-five years ago, Klein and his wife Randy, bought Whiskers, a 300-square-foot pet supply store in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood. Today, Whiskers Holistic Pet Care, Inc., has two locations, the Manhattan store, which was expanded to 1,000 square feet 15 years ago by taking over the space once occupied by a Japanese sushi store, and the second store, which was opened ten years ago, at 19-25 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria (Queens), N.Y.
Holistic pet care, Klein said, “is 180 degrees opposite of what a pet caretaker is told by a traditional veterinarian. It’s working not only with an animal’s symptoms, but with the entire animal, including its physical, mental and emotional well-being.”
“Our mission is to bring the benefits of holistic wellness concepts to the universe of companion animals through the education of pet caregivers, and to foster the research, identification and introduction of pet products and methods to further that aim,” said Klein, who is a certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner. He described the Tellington TTouch as a hands-on healthcare method that offers a gentle approach to the care and training of any being with a spinal column.
But, Klein was not always engaged in helping pet parents improve the health and well-being of their companions.
It all began a quarter-of-a-century ago when Tiffany Anne, Randy’s collie-mix rescue dog “was misdiagnosed” and placed on what he called “garbage food.”
“When we realized what had been done, we began to research alternatives, and found my ‘guru’ vet.
That veterinarian was Dr. Marty Goldstein in Smith Ridge, N.Y., just 90 minutes from Manhattan. “He told us Tiffany Anne, then 12 years old, had cancer of the ankle. When we realized that the cancer wasn’t going into remission, for this 125-pound ‘Lassie’ lookalike family member, we decided to let the vet amputate the dog’s leg,” he continued.
“But big dogs do not do as well as amputees as small dogs. So, sadly, Tiffany-Anne’s lust for life dwindled away until she told us that it was time to let her go. And she was put to sleep,” Klein noted.
At that time, Klein said, we had a document production business called WordServ. After 20 years, it was a business that had run its course. Everyone had a computer and could do what we did.”
So, being very impressed with Dr. Goldstein’s treatments and concepts, the Klein’s decided to enter a field related to animals. “And the only way to do that was to educate pet caregivers on holistic alternatives,” he explained.
Continuing, Klein added that he and Randy found a “For Sale” ad for a tiny pet supply store in Manhattan’s East Village and bought the store. Since then, Klein said he has literally helped thousands of pets get well. “People come to us when their pets are on the wrong side of the bell curve. Usually the animals are too far gone. However, by using holistic pet care, we are able to significantly reduce the severity of the pets’ symptoms, and, based on experience, offer them a baseline protocol that I know would be helpful in alleviating problems,” he added.
Once problems had been reduced in severity or alleviated, then “we continued on a course to improve the pet’s health,” Klein said.
Continuing, Klein noted that “generally, the pet parent follows up with us, and if it is needed, we go to the next step or make any necessary changes, with everything done on an individualized basis.”
With regard to the mental and emotional help for a pet, Klein explained that a good portion of the problem with dogs and cats is that they are fed poorly and they never get the exercise that they really require. Sufficient exercise is necessary for the physical, mental and emotional well-being of a pet, he noted.
Helping pets, which has not only included dogs and cats, but birds, hamsters, rabbits, mice and other rodents as well, has helped to make Klein’s life fulfilling because he actually sees and is praised for the results of his work.
“When someone comes to you with their pet that is severely debilitated for one reason or another, and the pet parent comes back because of the positive results, it keeps me going. It’s the fuel for my fire. If I didn’t do that I do, I’d rather be driving a cab.”
In the past 25 years, Klein has helped to prolong the life of thousands of pets many years beyond a traditional veterinarian’s prognosis. This has included pets afflicted with cancer, pancreatic, arthritis, disease of the liver and kidneys – “almost any disease an animal can get, we have worked with it,” Klein added.
Their work does not stop at holistic pet care. The Kleins also promote pet adoption by giving food and money to many pet rescue organizations that have included, but not been limited to: the North Shore Animal League, Linda’s Ferals, and Social Tees. Each store also has a “Rescue Ranch” space to house cats for adoption. Over the years, they have “re-homed” hundreds of animals. And, they have provided space in the front of their stores for rescue groups to bring their orphaned animals for adoption.
Klein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The company’s website is: 1800whiskers.com.