If you caught this week’s Mews Nooz, you know I shared some tried and tested cleaning tips from Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert for Merry Maids for today’s National Pet Day. With these, Debra says, “all pet owners can celebrate the incredible animal companions in their lives, worry free!
And so here are three other tips that were not included in today’s issue of Mews Nooz:
Organize your pet supplies
• Designate a place near the door where you will keep items needed when walking your dog. This would include things like leashes, pick up bags and cloths to wipe wet or muddy paws before coming indoors.
• Store food in smaller, more manageable containers, and stash the larger bags elsewhere.
Keep food area tidy
• Place a mat underneath food and water bowls to catch any overflow as well as to keep bowls stationary when dog/cat is eating.
Don’t forget your pet’s bed!
• Keep your pet’s bedding clean and fresh, and you’ll help cut down on the amount of stray hairs elsewhere as well as keeping your pet healthy. Vacuum the bed often, even those that are washable.
Yours in celebrating National Pet Day,
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This is a photo of Christopher that I took this morning. His eye is almost all better now and he’s getting along pretty well from his 12-teeth removal dental work.
He’s also gained a couple of pounds so he’s not wanting for food.
Yours in Gotcha Days,
The “NuBoys” are now getting in on all kinds of new stuff in the two months since they joined Billy and me. One new thing, in particular, is celebrating Dr. Suess Day.
Yours in your celebrating Dr. Seuss,
P.S. And thanks to Ann at Zoolatry for the Dr. Suess graphic. Ann rocks!
Earlier this week, he and Christopher were engaging in some really serious “acting out” behavior.
Fortunately, no lives or limbs were lost, although Phillip did come up short some of his furs!
Often there are tufts of fur on the carpet in the living room or bedroom. Most likely an indication Phillip and Christopher were showing their mettle!
It also didn’t take long for Phillip to learn how to get me to do his bidding!
Yours in your kitties mellowing out,
P.S. To pass the long winter days, Phillip and Christopher both sometimes like to chase around the house with the SkitterCritter catnip mouse toy. Maybe you can pacify your kitty with one, too.
Nevertheless, I wanted to share some progress where he is concerned.
We think the biggest breakthrough is that Phillip NO LONGER hides under the couch in the living room. He is also less spooked!
He is sleeping on the spare bed at night where before he would get under it. Phillip is welcome to sleep with me but, alas, Christopher seems to have a corner on the bed property! Although Phillip has recently ventured onto the bed with me (and Christopher) for as long as 10 minutes. (Since Phillip was here first, he had choice spot on the bed at night with me but when Christopher came along he took over the bed. Sometimes even I’m vying for a spot!)
We do have lots of “bonding” time where Phillip will sit on my lap (as much as he can as he’s really huge and hangs over it a bit). He’s even gotten so when he’s on the floor stretched out he’ll show his tummy floof! And glorious floof it is!
Sometimes I’ll hear thumping and what sounds like pounding going on upstairs. When I go to investigate, I discover Phillip playing with one of the catnip toys. Or he’s jumping in and out of the bathtub!
Of course, there are still the hisses and swats; some of that may be because he and Christopher are staking territory. I do continue to be concerned about their claws, especially if either of them gets the evil eye around Billy.
All in all, we think we’re a match made in Heaven and we’re keeping us all!
Yours in Phillip settling in,
Right around Christmas, I received an email from Sneha at Terry’s Fabrics. She shared an infographic that she had made which looks at “What would happen if you let a cat design your home”.
While “The Boys” are least likely to do any fancy designs like these, we’re thinking they may like the opportunity to at least give it a try.
What about your kitty?
Yours in turning your kitty loose with your swatches,
In last week’s issue of Mewz Nooz and here at Kittens ‘n Things, I mentioned I had my eye on “another 4-pawer” that I was going to go look at on December 27th. Well, I did more than look; I brought him home! (Because of bad weather predictions for the 27th, “I went to look” on the 26th instead.)
His name is Matthew. (The Shelter named him “Lucien”, but since I thought that name sounded too much like a girl’s I decided a change was in order.)
From what I understand from the Shelter/Rescue people, his story was a little bit more tragic than Phillip’s. Matthew was found wandering the street, his fur all matted and dirty, he had an infected eye and walked like his “back end” may have been hit by a car at one time or other.
In fact, when he walks or runs and jumps, he will fall down (somewhat like those myotonic/fainting goats). But, unfazed, he’ll get right back up and keep going. He’s also been known to “trip up the steps”. The Shelter people figure he is about 8 or 9 years old; he weighs close to 10 pounds.
He was thisclose to being put in the Kill Shelter. The rescue lady who found him is also a foster care refuge home for animals. She told me she felt that Matthew had the sweetest disposition and that under all that physical ickiness was a little kitty that needed to have a chance for someone to love him, at least for a few more years. Read the rest of this entry »