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

PostHeaderIcon The Kitty and the Houseplant

June 7th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

snowflakce-caught-smallIs this you? One day you have a healthy plant, the next day the leaves are hanging by bits and pieces and the only thing left to do is toss it in the trash bin.

That scenario reminds me of Snowflake and why I gave up having plants sitting within reach of kitty paws.

I love indoor plants and years ago had them all over the house. I was especially fond of the bookcase shelves where I had many and various sized plants. They were beautiful; apparently Snowflake thought so, too, as she made it a point to regularly get onto the shelves, walk all over the plants, or, if they were in her way, bat them off the shelf with her paw.

Eventually “she won out” as I chose to put those that were left on a plant pole. In the bathroom! (As the Boys have aged, I have been able to now have a plant on top of the TV.)

Plants tattered at the mercy of kitty teeth and paws mean someone maybe needs some hands laid on! But wait before you spank. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Cat Grooming Tips

May 17th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

catshowercap-smIf your cat(s) is anything like Mikey and Billy (or any of the others we’ve had over the years), your furry feline knows when to clean upf; take his bath and wash his face.

Sometimes, though, the washing up may take some intervention.

Case in point; Snowflake. She was a “barnyard cat” and came to us with fleas and ear mites. Of course, we did not know this until we got her home!

So into the bathtub she had to go, Chuck went with her. She looked like a drowned rat and, needless to say, she was not happy.

After that, for the most part, she kept her all white coat spic and span. Except once or twice she would roll around on the driveway. And become a “gray” kitty. (She was not really an outdoor kitty but occasionally, when we were outside, we would let her nose around a bit.)

Mikey likes to take his tongue bath after he eats. He’ll start with his face, paws and then move around on his whole body. The whole process sometimes seems like it takes hours. And if you touch him while he’s bathing, he will start over.

Jonny would clean his face and paws and then he’d be done! Read the rest of this entry »

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