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)

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 »

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