PostHeaderIcon Dressing Up Your Kitty at Halloween

October 30th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

grumpy-cat-halloween-smIf you’ve been in the area of Kittens n Things over the last week, you know I’ve been posting tips on how to share Halloween with your favorite furball.

This then is the last Halloween tip for this year.

Dress up. The current company of “The Boys” can thankfully say they have never been subjected to our whims of dressing up the kitty.

Jonny I, though, was not so fortunate. Although his dress up foray had nothing to do with Halloween. We got him a sweater, as after a haircut we thought he might need a little help keeping warm. That lasted about as long as it took us to put the garment on him.

Of course, many love to decorate their kitties at Halloween with costumes of various sorts. If you do, it’s a good idea to make sure the costume fits so he or she is not tripping over it, that it doesn’t slide off or something worse that could cause a hazard of sorts for your kitty.

Yours in all about Halloween with a kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Here’s a neat Halloween dress-up idea for your kitty; what a snazzy, fun outfit.

Photo source: Rick Scuteri/AP Images for Friskies/PetSmart Halloween Promotion

Grumpy Cat promotional information provided by Christine Amoscato.

PostHeaderIcon How to survive Halloween night with a kitty in tow

October 29th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

halloween-kittyToday’s thoughts on How to survive Halloween night with a kitty in tow come on the heels of two recent posts, Halloween Can Give You Such a Fright and Halloween Fright Night.

So take a look at this:

Kitty got the biteys? While Halloween can be a fun time for you and your kids, it may be a traumatic time for your otherwise docile kitty.

In fact, loud noises and lights and people dressed in strange garb that you can’t tell who they are (strangers, even) could cause your kitty to quickly get and to be out of sorts. Which, in turn, might lead to the claws and teeth coming out.

We’ve got still another tip for safely sharing Halloween with your kitty. Come back tomorrow and take a look.

Yours in Halloween fun with your kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your kitty may have fun dressing up for Halloween, especially if she can show off something like this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Halloween Doors with a Kitty

October 28th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

halloween-kittyIf you’ve been looking for ideas on how to enhance your Halloween experience with your kitty to go with other tips I posted recently, as well as here, read on.

What’s going on with the door? You may have already discovered that your kitty can be really quick when it comes to wanting to take a peek at what’s on the other side of the door.

Thus, when Trick or Treaters (or other guests, for that matter) come, you’ll want to pay special heed to where your kitty is at all times so said kitty doesn’t get the wanderlust and take off when you’re involved with your distributing your treats.

In fact, to help keep your kitty safe, you could even put him or her in another room until all the T or T commotion has died down.

That’s it for this time. The Boys and I have a couple more Halloween tips coming up. So come back real soon.

Yours in getting through Halloween with a kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your kitty may have fun dressing up for Halloween, especially if she can show off something like this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Halloween Fright Night

October 27th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

halloween-kittyThe other day I started a post with tips on how to help your kitty have a fun Halloween night; it included ideas on how you might have a bit of piece of mind because of it.

However, the tips list became a bit longer than I wanted for one post so I divided the points into four different ideas. Here then is the second tip.

In or out. We’ve been fortunate (for us) enough that all of The Boys (and those that came before them) have for the most part (with an exception or two) been indoor cats.

But if you have a kitty that gets the wanderlust and has to be outside on any given occasion, Halloween is a time when you might want to curb his enthusiasm (even briefly) for the great outdoors as there may be more cars on the road at Halloween.

Additionally, black kitties may find it a bit more difficult to manage outside; they are more prone to animal cruelty during Halloween festivities.

Come by tomorrow to get another tip for sharing Halloween with a kitty.

Yours in keeping your kitty safe at Halloween,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Just in case you get a notion to dress up your kitty for Halloween, this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears looks like a fun time.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Happy 17th birthday, Billy

October 26th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

Billy-baby2Seventeen years ago today, our furmily of three kitties (Jonny II, Mikey and Daniel) grew to four when we met Billy and subsequently brought him home.

The breeder where we gad gotten Jonny, Mikey and Daniel had sent us photos of Billy so we knew what we were getting into. (Sort of.)

She had told us ahead of time that he “had a nose” and if when we saw him we decided we didn’t want him, we were not obligated to keep him.

Well, she was right; he definitely has a nose (it’s not like the typical Persian nose) and when Chuck and I first saw him we looked at each other and silently telegraphed each other, “Oh my; well she was certainly right about the nose.”

But there was not even one thought about sending him on his way as he was just such a cute ball of fur and there was instant love on all our parts. We couldn’t not keep him.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAHis “pronounced nose” has really turned out to be a good thing as he doesn’t get the eye and nose problems some Persians tend to.

And so today Mikey and I are “making over” Billy (granting his wishes).

And he is lovin’ all the attention.

Happy birthday, Billy. Mikey and I love you and we’re glad you’re here.

Yours in celebrating a Billy birthday,

and “The Boys”

Top photo: Baby Billy on top; Bottom photo: Billy all grown up

PostHeaderIcon Halloween can give you such a fright!

October 25th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

halloween-kittyFor a while now, around here the newspapers have been full of ads for Halloween costumes and candies, and in some instances news about Trick or Treat activities for little ones and big ones – furry and otherwise!

However, I haven’t seen much information about what to do with or how to treat pets; kitties in particular. So, I looked for and found some tips that might interest you as well in your planning for Trick or Treat and Halloween.

Keep a lid on anything chocolate. In other words, since some human chocolate morsels, while quite tasty, can be hazardous to a kitty’s health (toxic), you’ll want to not feed any to your furry beggar.

Also, take care with where you leave the candy bowl or leftover chocolate, as they could be lethal to your furry friend.

Stop by soon to catch the other four Halloween tips we’re sharing.

Yours in having fun at Halloween with your kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Just in case you get a notion to dress up your kitty for Halloween, this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears looks like a fun time.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Nothing says lovin’ like a mom hug

October 15th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

Yours in lovin’ on your kitty,

and “The Boys”

Video source: YouTube

PostHeaderIcon A “Grump-O-Lantern” Halloween

October 9th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

grumpy-cat-halloween-smHave you seen the latest on that Grumpy Cat’s activities? This time, he’s “meeting his first ever Grump-O-Lantern“.

In fact, Friskies and PetSmart have teamed together to launch a Halloween promotion that enables you to download an exclusive Friskies Grump-O-Lantern Halloween stencil.

You can even share a photo of your finished product using #Grumpkin. And if you get yourself to a PetSmart store, you can pick up Friskies variety packs that feature Grumpy Cat.

To see the promotional kickoff video of Grumpy Cat coming face-to-face with the first-ever Grump-O-Lantern, watch the time-lapsed video.

Yours in having fun with Grumpy Cat at Halloween,

and “The Boys”

P.S. While your kitty is watching the video, she might be interested in a little snack like these Friskies Selects Indoor Cat Food, Homestyle Turkey Dinner with Brown Rice & Garden Greens,

Grumpy Cat promotional information provided by Christine Amoscato.

Photo source: Rick Scuteri/AP Images for Friskies/PetSmart Halloween Promotion via Christine Amoscato

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)


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

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”

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