Our Privacy Policy

Hello Happy Cat Owners!

This site, Cat Veteran, and our team is an online based site subject to the laws of the United States and we take privacy and security of collected data very seriously.

This policy is to inform you of the type of personal information the site collects and how it is processed and used, per US/EU Privacy Guidelines.

Help Me Help You!

I work super hard to research, vet, and make available a wide variety of info that is free for you to access and contributes directly to your kitties health success.

Cat Veteran collects anonymous data about site visitors to help me know what info you find most valuable so I can create more of it.

Consumption of content on this site means that you agree to the Terms of Use set forth here.

In other words, I freely give you the info, and you allow me to know that someone, somewhere read it. I can’t trace it back to you. It’s anonymous.

See below for the type of info I collect and how it is used, as well as what you can do if you have a concern.

The United States may not offer a level of privacy protection as great as that offered in other jurisdictions. We make no representation that the practices described in this policy are compliant with laws outside of the United States that apply to the collection, security, use, and disclosure of information.

By providing us with your data, you warrant to us that you are over 18 years of age.

About Cat Veteran

Cat Veteran is an information-based site that informs, educates and empowers cat owners.

The primary focus of the information, news, and recommendations presented is for the United States based cat owners.

The Cat Veteran and the team are the data controller and we are responsible for your personal data (referred to as “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice).

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It:

Personal data means any information capable of identifying an individual. It does not include anonymized data. We collect this data to help us improve, develop the quality and user experience of our content and product recommendations.

We may process certain types of personal data about you as follows:

  • Identity Data may include your first name, last name, username.
  • Contact Data may include your email address.
  • Technical Data may include your login data, IP addresses, browser type and version, browser plug-in types and versions, time zone setting and location, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this site.
  • Profile Data may include your username and password, preferences, feedback and survey responses.
  • Usage Data may include information about how you use our website.

ANONYMOUS INFORMATION COLLECTED:

An IP address is an anonymous bit of data dropped by all site visitors (both human and bots). It is tracked by the following entities for better security, content creation, and marketing purposes.

Your browser may also send response headers with generic/anonymized information about the type of browser, computer/device, and ISP you are using, and your location by country only.

The privacy policy of each entity that collects this information is linked below if you would like more info about them.

🔺 Google Analytics: so I can discover the type of content you find most helpful and create more of it. (Note: Google does not have access to this data.) 
🔺 Cloudflare: so the CDN can identify and stop bad bot attacks.
🔺 Facebook Pixel Tracking: this is so I may retarget ads to like-minded cat owners on that social platform. (Not your email, just anonymous IPs)
🔺 SiteGround – information is kept in the server logs so the host can identify and stop bad bot attacks.
🔺 MediaVine Display Advertising 
🔺 Thrive Leads – this is a way to provide you with updates from the blog via email.
🔺 Mailgun Service – enables me to send email deliverables to my readers that are helpful to my topics.

 

Sensitive Data

We do not collect any Sensitive Data about you here at Cat Veteran.

How we collect your personal data:

We collect data about you through a variety of different methods including:

  • Direct interactions: You may provide data by filling in forms on our site (or otherwise) or by communicating with us by email, including when you:
    • subscribe to our publications;
    • request resources or marketing be sent to you;
    • enter a competition, giveaway, promotion or survey; or
      give us feedback.
  • Automated technologies or interactions: As you use our site, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and usage patterns. We collect this data by using cookies, server logs, and similar technologies.

Disable Tracking

You can disable cookies through your own browser settings. Check with the browser vendor for more info on how to do that, if you wish.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Third Parties or Publicly Available Sources:

Cat Veteran frequently links to helpful info and resources provided by other bloggers and vendors.

Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you on their site. I do not control these third-party websites and am not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave Cat Veteran, I encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

Comments

When you leave comments on this site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This is stored in the site’s database.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. Gravatar service privacy policy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Email Collection

My email list service provider is MailChimp.

If you elect to subscribe, your email address will be stored on their servers. You can access your info any time by clicking the Manage Subscription link at the bottom of any email you receive from me.

I never have, and never will share your email address with any person or entity for marketing purposes. That includes Facebook. I will never upload my email list to that platform or any other.

Contact forms

None of the contact form fields are held in the site’s database, including your email address.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

Cat Veteran makes no representation, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy, currency, or completeness of any privacy policies of 3rd party entities that information is shared with.

Concerns

The issue of data privacy and data security is a serious one. I welcome this new era of data responsibility and expect that over time we will continue to improve the lackadaisical practices of the past. You’re welcome to contact me directly with any concerns you may have about your info that is collected through the site.