PostHeaderIcon “Must See” Cat Videos from The Friskies Awards Gala

September 23rd, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

friskies-voting-2014The results are in and it’s official; kitties make the best videos (and subjects)

E.V.E.R!

Not so long ago, I posted about this year’s The Friskies contest and their search for cat video submissions for their this year’s Annual contest.

And now, in case you haven’t heard, I’m letting you know four Category winners and a Grand prize winner were chosen and the Oscars of cat videos were awarded at a special Gala in Los Angeles, Wednesday, September 17.

Dumpster Kitty, starring Cole and Marmalade from Tampa, Florida, was the overall winning video; they and their creator took home the Grand Prize of $20,000, plus $5,000.

You can watch all of this year’s winning videos by clicking to TheFriskies.com.

Yours in watching kitty videos,

and “The Boys”

P.S. And while you and kitty are watching the videos, she might be interested in snacking on a treat like the Friskies Party Mix Beachside Crunch Cat Treats.

PostHeaderIcon And then there was one

September 17th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

Miller-Twins-w-Shorty-small3Have you ever noticed how some resolve you may have to do something sometimes gets thwarted by circumstances beyond your control?

Such is what happened with me around Labor Day weekend. (Prior to that, I had “resolved” to make regular posts here at Kittens n Things.) And then out of the blue I got a telephone call from my niece at 4:30 in the morning, the Saturday before Labor Day; my twin (and only) sister had been taken to the ER (in a town about 2-1/2 hours away from me!).

While my sister had been struggling with health issues for a number of years, I wasn’t quite thinking I’d be saying good-bye to her within seven days’ time. But that’s what happened, as she passed away Friday, September 5; we buried her Monday, September 8.

The good news (if you want to call it that) is that I got there about one hour before she passed away; my niece arrived about 20 minutes after I did. (I had been driving back and forth and staying over some nights. On that Friday, I was home and making the trip down.)

Needless to say, through the unexpected commotion my new resolve to post here regularly took a wayward turn. And now I’m slowly making headway to get back into a “usual” routine. “The Boys were troopers in all this, too, as there were a few nights (not in a row) where they had to “batch” it.

Yours in missing sisters and lovin’ the kitties

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon Ack, ack, ack!

August 27th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

puke-kitty-68fThat’s the sound of the kitty’s voice that can get you out of bed in a hurry or have you running from the other room to see which one it is (if you have more than one kitty), at the same time you’re grabbing for the clean up tools and hairball remedy stuff.

We’ve had days when it seemed like one or the other of our furries was giving me a workout every time I turned around.

The good news for us is that ALL of our “Boys” really like the hairball remedy solutions; so much so that when I give any to one the other is right there extending his paw, too, so he can get his share. (It was also that way when we had 6 kitties in our household at one time.)

It’s good that your kitty can get that gob out of his system (whether forward or from behind), as if left in her tummy and digestive tract it could cause all kinds of issues.

You may be able to lessen the hairball activity by brushing your kitty on a regular/daily basis. Or maybe even by giving her a nutritional supplement (think vitamins); as like with us humans sometimes kitties don’t get the right amount of essential fatty acids and fiber from their food. (Although looking at the cat food selections in the stores these days, that lack may be changing.)

In addition to possibly needing human grooming and supplements intervention, your kitty’s hairball issue could instead be the result of some physical problem. Which means a trip to your Vet might also be something to consider to rule out a blockage or some other concern.

Yours in kitty sounds,

and “The Boys”

P.S. “The Boys” think Sentry Petromalt Malt Flavored Cat Hairball Remedy is paw-lickin’ good!

PostHeaderIcon They’re Baaaaaaaaack!

August 15th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

friskies-voting-2014“The Friskies”!

Remember all the hilarious and adorable cat videos that have been online for this year’s award period?

Well now it’s time to choose a winner from 12 finalists in these categories: Funny, Res-Cute, Epic and Strange. Winners have an opportunity to win $5,000 – $25,000 in cash prizes and, of course, the coveted gold-plated catuette.

“Every vote for a finalist video equals one can of Friskies wet cat food donated to a shelter partner, up to 250,000 cans, and a monetary donation of more than $20,000 to shelter partners!

So get your voting paws warmed up. And tell your humans, too. Between now and September 8, 2014, you can vote for your favorite cat videos and help donate food to shelter cats in need at the same time. Click now to TheFriskies.com to view the finalists’ videos and to vote for your favorite.”

To follow the conversation online, use #TheFriskies. “Like”, of course, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Friskies. Follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Friskies and even check out Instagram at www.Instagram.com/Friskies.

Yours in voting your paws for “The Friskies” Finalists,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon Tidy Cats Kitten Week

August 14th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

kitten-week-tidycats-smWe just heard from Alison Moriarty, Public Relations Rep for Cone Communications, that Kitten Week is here right now; in fact, it’s running all this week (August 10-17). There’s all kinds of cuteness, compliments of Tidy Cats.

Alison says, “All this week, Tidy has been sharing ferociously adorable kitten content via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Because nothing will offset nightmares of being eaten by a great white shark quite like dreams of cuddling with a great white Persian.”

Click any of those links to see what’s going on and to get in on the fun.

Yours in watching kitties have fun at Kitten Week,

and “The Boys”

P.S. And watch your kitty be all kinds of cute when she’s playing with something like the Cat Dancer

Photo source: Tidy Cats

PostHeaderIcon No room in the inn …

August 7th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

cat-in-suitcase-smMost likely, those are words you don’t want to hear when you’re traveling with a pet–whether it’s in the winter or in the summer.

So, one of your first considerations when planning your trip and making your room reservations is to be sure to ask if they are a “pet friendly” accommodations!

And be sure you have your room arrangements made BEFORE you get in the car with your kitty and go down the road.

All you need to do is plan where you’ll be staying each night and then make your room reservations along the way, accordingly. You might also ask about any Pet Policies they have that could impact your stay and that of your favorite four-legged furmily member.

Most likely you can come up with other tips when it comes to traveling with a cat that will help you have a fun, safe trip with your family and your fur family, as well.

Yours in taking trips with your kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. When you’re packing for your kitty, a Yeoww! Yellow Banana is a terrific pacifier.

Photo source: Flickr

PostHeaderIcon BP: 250/185

July 30th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

GE DIGITAL CAMERAThose numbers, dear readers and kitties, are Mikey’s blood pressure readings!!! I was shocked!

In case you missed reading our “Mews Nooz” ezine these past few weeks, Mikey and I have been dealing with some “ramped up”, difficult health issues for him. As a result, I’ve taken him to the Vet on several occasions for consultation and exam. (The good news is he has gained one ounce!)

Last Wednesday we went because when I had had him there the week prior for what I suspected might be a Urinary Tract Infection, they were unable to get a sample.

So this time they kept him for the whole day (8 hours), and he still did not give up any. However, they did check his blood pressure and his T4 blood level. His T4 is a “5” now (a little higher than the Vet likes) but it’s the blood pressure (250/185) that gave us all pause. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Grumpy Cat and Friends

July 23rd, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

grumpy-cat-summerWe recently received an email from Lindsay Balsamo, Intern Rep for Taylor Strategy, on behalf of The Friskies. as they are having several fun things going on this summer that involve Grumpy Cat & Friends: Nala Cat; Hamilton the Hipster Cat; and Oskar the Blind Cat.

This time, the gang are “debuting” their sophomore video single: “Cat Summer”!

And Mikey, Billy and I are helping get the word out about these Cat Sensations.

Lindsay writes, “The latest collaboration pays tribute to the group’s late pal, Colonel Meow, who passed away earlier this year.”

Further, as was done last year, this video has a “charity component” so that each time the video is viewed “one meal of Friskies Grillers (yum, yum – NEW) will be donated to cat charities nationwide on behalf of Colonel Meow, for up to 1,000,000 meals!” That’s a lot of noms to help feed the kitties.

The video is up now at YouTube. You can also get in on additional online hullabaloo when you use hashtag #CatSummer. These kitties really rock out!

Yours in viewing Cat Summer for charity,

and “The Boys”

P.S. There’s more information about this latest promotion at Friskies.com/Grillers.

Photo source: TheFriskies – YouTube

PostHeaderIcon Mikey – *Numero Uno*

July 1st, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

GE DIGITAL CAMERAEvery year for the last 17 YEARS, we McGreeveys have celebrated the “actual” birthday of one Mr. Mikey!

He is 17 years old today – that’s actual years, not gotcha years.

Today is no different “thought-wise”, although it is different in that our “celebration team” is getting smaller and smaller!

birthday-cake-smallTwo of us (Billy and I) are left to make some noise and carry on for the eight of us (6 kitties and two humans) that once were.

We used to get birthday cake (that Chuck and I would eat) and ice cream (again, we’d eat it) to celebrate Mikey’s special day. And Chuck would get a new toy or two for Mikey.

Yours in carrying on birthday traditions,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon You’re ruining it

June 21st, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

youre-ruining-it-sm

Yours in making your own fun,

and “The Boys”

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

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