PostHeaderIcon Happy “Hug Your Cat” Day!

May 3rd, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

lolcat-valentineEarlier this morning, I heard on the radio that today is “Hug Your Cat” Day!

If you’re like me, you really don’t need a “day” to love on your kitty.

Nevertheless, I’m glad to share that bit of information with you – just in case you hadn’t heard it.

So this message is short as I have all these kitties I have to hug. And if you’re like me, you can’t just give one hug.

Yours in hugging on your kitty,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

Photo source: ICanHasCheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Happy “Hippity Hoppy” Easter

March 27th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

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Yours in celebrating Easter with furriends and family,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

Easter graphic compliments of Ann Adamus, Zoolatry

PostHeaderIcon Grumpy Cat Introduces New Food at Music Mashup

March 19th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

friskies-cat-concoctionsThis week, the Kits found out that as recent as March 9, Grumpy Cat had introduced Friskies NEW flavor combinations called Cat Concoctions!

It’s a wet cat food that features flavors that “challenge the mind and flavor buds” of any discerning kitty.

Further, according to the Friskies press release, “The mashup of unexpected flavors includes: Chicken in Creamy Crabby Sauce; Cod in Cheesy Bacon Flavored Sauce; Lamb in Clam Flavored Sauce and Scrumptious Salmon & Chicken Liver Dinner Pate!” Num! Num!

grumpy-cat-ryan-blake-cat-concHelping to bring the unexpected Flavor Mashups to life and to the purrblic at a three-day event, March 11-13, Platinum selling recording artist Ryan Cabrera and “American Idol” Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis, and pop culture phenomenon Grumpy Cat kicked off the party with a completely unexpected musical mashup performance Friday, March 11 in Austin, Texas.

They then held a meet-and-greet with our favorite Grumpy Cat! And we’ve got video of the performances to boot. As soon as we figure out how to get it to you from here, I’ll let you know!

Yours in rockin’ out with Grumpy Cat,

, “The Boys” and Hope

P.S. Let us know your favorite Cat Concoctions!!

PostHeaderIcon What’s He Trying to Tell Me?

March 5th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

flynn-kleenex-1-3-1-2016Besides Flynn giving me a run for my money with his leaps to the TV, the DirecTV receiver, the dining room table, et al, I’ve discovered another activity he likes to use to get my attention.

Kleenex! He likes to play in (more like tear up) a box of Kleenex.

When I arrived home Tuesday morning after having been out for a while, I found “someone” had been in the Kleenex. (It had to have been Flynn as I’ve caught him digging in the Kleenex box on other occasions.)

The photo, top right, is the partially full Kleenex box on the floor with a pile of torn up Kleenex in front of the box.

flynn-2-kleenex-3-1-2016In this photo < <<, the shot is the same pile of Kleenex, but looking down at the table where the Kleenex box was originally. And the rest landed on the floor.

I arrived home Wednesday to the same Kleenex in tatters scenario. I thought sure since I had covered up the box he would not be able to get into it. Wrong!

It seems to me that more and more Flynn’s true colors are showing! Or maybe he’s more comfortable with being himself! and so feels free to act accordingly.

Flynn and the others have plenty of toys to play with. They have the cat tree, and I make sure they have food in their tummies and water to drink or to play in!

In addition, they (almost) have the run of the house (I keep the door to the spare bedroom closed as I still need to sort through things in there), and they can go outside on to the front porch when the weather is nice.

In other words, he doesn’t want for anything that I can tell, so he doesn’t need to tear up Jack in the form of the Kleenex.

Although perhaps I ought to set aside specific play time with him and the others where each individually gets my attention throughout the day.

Yours in deciphering kitty’s actions,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

P.S. Or perhaps another cat tree or Dynamite stick would help to solve the purroblem!

What do you think?

PostHeaderIcon Redirecting Kitty Thinking

February 20th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

2016-01-19-CB-rumbleIf a kitty on your counter is an issue for you, there are several solutions you could try to keep him or her on the floor.

1. Make the counter less appealing. Some folks use double-sided tape placed randomly on the counter. It will stick onto your kitty’s feet; he’ll be surprised and try to get it off. It is not harmful to the feet.

Of course, you wouldn’t want to keep the tape on the counter indefinitely, especially since it would be in your way when you’re trying to prepare meals or if you’re wanting to use the counter for other activities.

2. Redirect your kitty’s mood to jump. This has sometimes been done by “sound”. Put pennies or rocks or cans inside cans and shake the can when you see your kitty get into the jump up position. It will startle him and it is hoped make him decide it’s not so important to be on the counter after all. If you don’t have a can, you could clap your hands or even make PSST sounds. Anything noisy that catches your kitty’s attention.

The drawback with this method is that you’ll have to watch your kitty over a period of time in order to tell when he’s about to make his move to the counter. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Surprise Birthday “Purr-tay” today for Mister MO

February 19th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

Today’s a special day for a very special furriend of kitties and their beans – that’s right, it’s MO.

He keeps the daily linkies up and running for us at The Cat Blogosphere as well as keeps us informed of kitty remembrances, special events and giveaways and contests around “cat nation”. A purrfect way we can stay in touch.

Now it’s his turn! We’re joining in with all the furriends and beans around the Internet to say Happy Special Day, MO.

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Yours in thanking MO for all he does,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

PostHeaderIcon Happy Valentine Day

February 14th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

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Yours in kitty love,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

Valentine Graphic: Compliments of the talented Ann at Zoolatry

PostHeaderIcon Morris the Cat wraps up …

February 4th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

Welcome to the final edition of Morris the Cat’s advice column, revealing need-to-know information on how to release your inner cat and get the best night’s sleep of your life.

If you’ve been following along these past few days, you know Morris has purrticipated in an “ask Morris” purrathon in which he shared his ideas about sleeping like a kitty!

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As an iconic spokescat and star of over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s onward, Morris has a prolific career envied by many of the Internet cat sensations of today. The secret to his longevity? Well, for one, the fact that he eats 9Lives. But more importantly, he has a disciplined sleep regimen – racking up about 140 hours per week!

Morris wants to teach YOU the tricks of the trade and give you all the tools you need, so he’s hosting a giveaway on his Live Well & Prospurr site to win a Morris-shaped plush bed that’s big enough for you AND your cat to snuggle up on.

Dear Morris,

My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there’s no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I’m not all that fun when I’m sleeping.

Warmly,

Tired Tails
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PostHeaderIcon “Dear Morris” again

February 3rd, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

Hey readers, I’m back with iconic 9Lives cat food spokescat Morris, giving advice to us lowly humans about how to sleep like a pro, and by that I mean, a cat. After all, they do sleep up to 140 hours a week – that’s 3.5 times your typical 9-5. If you’ve missed his other shades of advice you can catch his doodles here and here

To help on your quest to catch more Zzzs, Morris is also giving my readers the chance to win a super-cool, human-sized bed in the shape of Morris himself… because who doesn’t sleep better when snuggling up with a cat? Just go to his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter and to check out his video with more sleeping tips.

So here is the next Dear Morris installment …

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Dear Morris,

I’m a cat but as you know, even animals have ‘spirit animals.’ Mine is an owl – a night owl to be exact. I love to play “catch the speck of dust” or “chase your tail in the middle of the bed” into the wee hours of the morning. My humans have no idea what they’re missing out on.

They just lay there snoring, and swat at me when I come too close. How can I make them see that daytime is lame, and the real party happens under stars (the stick-on, glow-in-the-dark kind)?

Yours truly,
Hyper Harry

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PostHeaderIcon Morris the Cat says S-L-E-E-P Like a Cat

February 2nd, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

If you stopped by yesterday, you know all this week we are sharing Morris the Cat’s insight when it comes to sleeping like a cat He’s our guest blogger and is responding to the sleep deprived Dear Morris style.)

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Dear Morris,

I’ve been experiencing difficulties with falling asleep, tossing and turning once my head hits the pillow. I don’t get it because I feel tired all day at work; then I come home, brush my teeth, flip on the TV, and just… lie there. I’m hoping I can learn from the expert. Morris, what am I doing wrong?

Sincerely,
Sleepless in San Fur-nando

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Dear Sleepless in San Fur-nando,

Your case, unfortunately, is not at all uncommon. When you’re going all day long at the speed of a cheetah, it’s no wonder your mind darts around like a red laser dot at bedtime. Luckily, as a cat, I spend up to 140 hours per week sleeping and I can tell you there is hope!

For starters, I notice you mentioned turning on the TV before bed. Cats don’t watch TV – this is partly because the majority of us can’t speak English that well, but mostly because it interferes with our snooze time.

Scientifically speaking, the ‘glow’ emitted by an electronic screen enters the brain and slows the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. So next time you want to turn on the tube before bed, try counting sheep instead – or better yet, mice!

Kitty hugs,
Morris

Yours in enjoying insight from Morris,

and “The Boys”

P.S. There you have it! After getting a good night’s rest, tune back in tomorrow for the next edition of “Dear Morris”, and don’t forget to check out his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter the giveaway and learn how you can help Morris feed hungry kitties with just the click of a mouse.

P.P.S. Morris the Cat’s publicity reps contacted us about sharing Morris’s new promotion at his Live Well & Prospurr site and his “Sleep Like a Kitty” contest. As a result, they are sending to us a “Happy Kitty Kit” for “The Boys” and Hope.

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