PostHeaderIcon Happy Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

“The Boys” and the “Gurrl” and I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you get lots of turkey and all the trimmings.

We’re also thrilled to say today is Christopher’s 11th month Gotcha Day! (Actually, I’m not so sure Hope is thrilled.)

Most of all, our message today is to let you know we appreciate all of you. You’ve been with us through thick and thin, sad times and glad. You all mean so much.

Yours in Thanksgiving for your friendship,

and “The Boys” and “The Gurrl”

PostHeaderIcon Happy Veterans Day

November 11th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

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Yours in thankfulness,

and “The Boys” and the “Gurrl”

“Thanks Veterans” graphic by Ann of Zoolatry

PostHeaderIcon Cats And Their Claws

September 12th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

cat-scratching-carpet-floorIf you haven’t already, you’ll want to get a regular routine going so your kitty knows where she’s supposed to put her claws. You can even reward her when she scratches where you want her to scratch.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any “bad behavior” climbing and scratching where you don’t want her to be. And if she gets a bit too loose with her scratching and climbing, you may need to do some redirection by picking her up and taking her to where you want her to scratch. Be consistent with your redirection and make sure to praise her or to give her some treats for using the post like you want.

Some behaviorists suggest that you confine your cat while you’re waiting for her to “get with the program” where she’s doing your bidding by scratching where you want her to. Of course, the confinement would not be without play, food, water, litter box activities. And you’d be supervising the activity so you can gradually release your kitty from the confinement.

I have also come to realize that two of my kits are ground dwellers (Brody and Christopher) and two are tree dwellers (Hope and Phillip). Cat trees and cat perches are especially useful for cats that like to climb. The ground dwellers are more inclined to like the floor toys and scratchers.

Thankfully, so far, none of my four even looks at the draperies! Brody even finds it difficult to get up onto the couch; although he can jump up and I’ve seen him walk across the back of the couch. It just isn’t a common activity for him, thankfully.

Yours in directing your kitty’s claws,

and “The Boys and the Gurrl”

P.S. While we’re talking cat scratchers and where the claws ought to go, here’s a scratcher with catnip that might interest your kitty.

Photo source: Commons.Wikimedia

PostHeaderIcon Cat Claws Go Here!

September 12th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

cat-scratching-carpet-floorWith the addition of my “new furmily”, all with claws, I have had to make some adjustments in how I interact with them. (My arms and legs, especially, are looking like road maps so I suppose I ought to consider more changes where the “kits” are concerned. Even the top of my head and my face have not been exempt from a claw scratch or two!)

While I do have numerous objects around the house they can use for their scratching activities, like the corrugated cardboard track toy (with a ball in the track), and the sisal rope scratcher, and another corrugated cardboard post, it seems the carpet and the sides of the living room couch are more of a draw for them.

Hope does like to reach out and stretch up to scratch the side of any cardboard box that happens to be in her sight.

So I’ve taken to just leaving a box or two around so she has easy access to them.

Of course, you can also purchase a cat tree as most of them have the carpet or rope as part of their design.

For your part, you can put the cat tree or other scratching device near where your kitty hangs out when sleeping so she’ll have easy access when she awakes.

More tips on how to guide your cat’s claws are here. Take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Mo Cats Day!

September 9th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

So then with all of our preliminary days of thinking about “Mo Cats Day”, lo and behold. We almost forgot it today!

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Nevertheless, we’re celebrating good now! And we hope you are as well.

Yours in “Mo Cats” and the “mo, the merrier”,

and “The Boys & the Gurrl”

P.S. We love this graphic that Ann at Zoolatry put together.

PostHeaderIcon Grumpy Cat Takes Friskies “Create & Taste” Test Kitchen

September 8th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

grumpy-cat-8-20-15-event-shelter-smOne of my favorite-ist cats, next to my own, that is, is Grumpy Cat.

According to Christine Amoscato, Account Executive for Taylor Strategy, on behalf of Friskies, Grumpy Cat and her furriend, Nala Cat “recently engaged in a friendly competition with a little help from WWE Diva Natalya at the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen where they cooked up a one-of-a-kind experience at the Create & Taste Kitchen. Cats and Friskies foods went head-to-head in a truly unique way.

In late-August, attendees at the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen had a chance to meet and to take photos with Grumpy Cat and Nala Cat, to interact with WWE Diva and cat lover Natalya™, and to participate in fun, cat-food themed activities to help donate up to 10,000 meals to shelter cats.

At the event, Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen attendees participated in games and activities for both teams that triggered a donation of one Friskies meal to shelter cats. People outside New York were able to help shelter cats by sharing on the social networks whether their cat was on #TeamSaucy, like Grumpy Cat, or on #TeamTender, like Nala Cat.

Friskies also partnered with Petfinder to help showcase adoptable shelter cats at the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen who needed forever homes.”

While now it’s after the fact to attend the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen event, you can still participate in the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen sweepstakes as the contest ends 12 noon ET, September 30.

Go to FriskiesKitchen for a virtual Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen experience plus a BuzzFeed quiz to find out “What Kind Of Purrrsonality Does Your Cat Actually Have?”

There, you’ll also learn how you can feed your cat’s personality with SauceSations or Grillers – and you can download a coupon!

Yours in checking out Friskies’ Create & Taste Kitchen,

, “The Boys & The Gurrl”

PostHeaderIcon Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 28th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey


Join us on this first annual special day … to honor and remember “those cherished pets that we have lost but not forgotten” – created and sponsored by Zee & Zoey, as we remember our “first Boys” – Jonny Cat 2, Mikey, Daniel, Cody, Billy and Bowie!

For more information, visit Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles.

While you’re at it, include your Remembrance posting on their special FACEBOOK events page here.

Yours in remembering ours and all the special kitties, et al,

and “The NuBoys” and Hope

Remembrance graphic source: Ann Adamus, Zoolatry

PostHeaderIcon World Cat Day!

August 8th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

Just think! Two special things going on today: Phillip’s 7th birthday and

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Double celebrations!

Yours in celebrating World Cat Day,

, “The Boys” and Hope

P.S. “World Cat Day Celebration” graphic courtesy of the totally awesome Ann Adamus at Zoolatry. Thanks, Ann.

PostHeaderIcon Happy “Really” Birthday, Phillip

August 8th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

happy-birthday-cakeGE DIGITAL CAMERA Phillip is proud to have me announce that his “really” birthday is today!

(“Really” because a few months ago, I learned from the microchip company where his previous owner got his microchip, that August 8, 2008, was the actual date of his birth.)

So, we get to celebrate two birthdays for him; this one today and his “Gotcha Day” in December.

We’re having cake and I found some new food at PetCo that we’re trying. And shhhh, there’s a new toy in hiding!

Yours in celebrating kitty birthdays,

and “The Boys” and Hope

PostHeaderIcon Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

4th-july-hat-smallFireworks! Potato salad! And steaks grillin’. Or hot dogs! Parades! Lemonade. Picnics! Traffic – maybe not traffic! These are a few of my favorite things!

And kitties, can’t forget the kitties!

If you celebrate the 4th or just plan to “do nuthin'” this weekend, I hope you have a safe and sound weekend. And maybe there’s a sun puddle or two for your kitties.

Yours in furriendship,

, “Three Men and a Little Lady”

P.S. Wednesday, July 1, we “celebrated” our three-week “Gotcha Day” anniversary; Brody, Hope and I (with Christopher and Phillip).

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