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“Sleep Like a Kitty” according to Morris the Cat

Monday, February 1st, 2016

morris-the-cat-sleepingKitties and Beans, we are fortunate to be able to “partner” with Morris the Cat and share his insight when it comes to sleep. Here’s what he’s got to say “Dear Morris” style, via several guest blog posts.

“There’s one thing in the world that there’s just too little of, and it’s not love. I’m talking about S-L-E-E-P.

So I had a thought… why not ask someone who’s truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I’m talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.

For those of you who don’t know him – or who’ve let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food; he’s starred in over 50 commercials. When he’s not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he’s napping in his trailer (ahem, carrying case).

Morris has taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep.

What’s more, he’s offering fans the chance to win a Morris-shaped, human-sized plush bed AND a year’s supply of 9Lives cat food.

Morris is guest posting today, and for the rest of the week. So be sure to stop by each day to get his insight when it comes to sleep.

Then go to his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter his contest and maybe get that bed!”

Yours in sleeping like a kitty,

, “The Boys” and Hope

P.S. Come back tomorrow to see what else Morris has on his mind.

Note: Morris the Cat’s publicity reps contacted us about sharing Morris’s new promotion for 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.

Halloween Fright Night

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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

Wet or Dry? One Clump or Two?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

cat-litter-box-toilet.-small-2While it’s not exactly feasible monetarily or physically to parade your cat off to the vet on a daily basis, you can pay attention to some of the clues that might be cause for pause (not “paws).

Check the litter box regularly

Now that doesn’t mean you have to police your kitty or sit guard beside the litter box for hours on end but just that you can look for clues to your kitty’s health while you’re cleaning up your “kitty’s duty”.

Be aware of your cat’s box routine and scoop and check the box daily. Pay attention to the number of urine spots in any given day. Are there more or less? If your kitty does not make urine spots for two consecutive days, something might be wrong.

Little or a spotty urine output is “a sign” that you ought to study the situation a bit more. Degenerative kidney disease, cystitis, inflammation of the bladder or urethral obstructions are all common problems with kitties that are getting up there in age.

Not only that, if you’re seeing (and smelling) a lot more fecal activity – like diarrhea or hard stools or stomach upset – your kitty may be experiencing an infection or disease.

So if you do see one or any of these red flags, get in touch with your vet as soon as possible. (more…)

Breathe in, breathe out

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

cat-pill2With this post, I come to the end of my five-post series on helping you decide whether you might need the help of a vet. If you’ve just got here, you can catch up here, here, and here.

So here you go…

Breathe in, breathe out

If your kitty is not eating regularly or is showing signs of lethargy or other maladies that can be cause of concern, you can also study his or her breathing patterns. A good time to do this is when he is sleeping.

How many breaths does he take in a minute; regular respiratory rate is 20 to 30 breaths a minute.

Have you noticed if your cat is panting? As a rule, your cat will not pant–unless he might have been frightened or if having a bad dream. On the other hand if your kitty is gasping for breath, or is loudly making noises, or is taking in shallow breaths, get your vet on the phone right then and there.

I’ve gotten up sometimes during the night and have been unsure if one or the other of the Boys is still breathing; if this happens to you, you can check that with a mirror in front of his nose or mouth, or even a tissue!

Follow along here over time and you’ll be able to catch some more tips along these lines.

Yours in your kitty’s best interest,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your little one might like to have something like this to play with: FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy

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Note: These tips are for your consideration. If at any time you think something is out of the ordinary health-wise for your kitty, your veterinarian is just a telephone call away.

Kitty sick? How can you tell?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

cat-pill2 The last day or so, I’ve been leaving little bits here and there about how you might tell whether your kitty “has got the blues” or whether he’s really sick!

Today, I’m sharing a “heart” thought:

The beat of his heart

When Billy sleeps on his side on my lap, I can feel his heart beat. In sleep, generally you kitty ought to be cool, calm and collected! If you’re uncertain as to your kitty’s state of mind, count the beats of his heart for 15 seconds and then multiply that number by 4 (this is the same for humans).

For the most part, a cat’s heart rate is between 160 to 220 beats per minute. Anything outside those numbers is cause for you to call your veterinarian.

If you stop back tomorrow, I’ll have one last tidbit in this series.

Yours in your kitty’s best interest,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Stefanie Schwartz has put together this guide that might interest you: First Aid for Cats: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet

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Note: These tips are for your consideration. If at any time you think something is out of the ordinary health-wise for your kitty, your veterinarian is just a telephone call away.

Does your cat need the vet? Tip

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

cat-pill2If you’re a regular reader of Mews Nooz, you know that in the October 5 issue and again in yesterday’s blog post, I started a series of “mini-tips” (to be published here over five days) with “food for thought” to help you decide whether to call the vet for your kitty.

Today, here are a couple of tips about “the gums” and “mopey cat”.

Color of your gums

Sometimes when you feel blue or have lost energy, you dig out the mirror, lift up your upper lip or pull down your lower eyelid to study the membranes. Oftentimes, a pale pink signifies that you ought to be concerned with your state of health and contact your doctor. Likewise, the color of your kitty’s gums, whether it’s pale, white, blue or yellow warrants a call to your vet. (more…)

Cheaper by the dozen

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

two-kitty-love-sm Quite a few years ago, 16, to be exact, when Chuck and I were “adding to our furmily” (a couple kitties at a time), the lady we got them from asked us if we were “going for ‘cheaper by the dozen'”.

And by the time we ended up, we had 6!

Actually, we had some of the same thought processes that many “new pawrents” might–such as for us it’s a good idea to adopt two cats at the same time so they can keep each other company, especially if you work or are otherwise away from home for any length of time.

Now whether the lady had posed that to us or not, we would still have gotten more than one as they were the cutest little furballs and we loved them before we even met them–she had sent their photos to us.

However, in the veterinarian realm of things, Oscar E. Chavez, DVM, MBA, Member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, postulates, “The general answer would be no, don’t get two cats, unless they are young and of similar age, and/or were raised together.”

He further states, “It’s more likely to stress your cat out than provide a companion.” Says Dr. Chavez, “People assume cats do well in multiple cat households, but that’s far from the truth. Cats are not small dogs. They are not pack animals, and they prefer to be solitary most of the time.”

Purina FortiFlora

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

cat-paw-small“The Boys,” our “Cat Seen Investigators” (aka CSI), like nosing around the Internet for really cool toys and new kitty litter, and other stuff of interest to all their kitty friends.

A while ago, Mikey and I made yet another tip to the vet when he again was not eating (or at least not when I was looking) and his stools were somewhat splatty; they also had a few traces of blood. Uh oh!

During the course of the visit, the vet took blood and urine samples. The good news is both tests had positive results, and he had gained a few ounces!

However, since at that time Mikey was experiencing the diarrhea, the vet suggested we try him on some pro-biotics for a time to help to settle things down. She prescribed Purina FortiFlora, and said you just “sprinkle it on the food”. She added that if his brothers would happen to get that food it won’t hurt them.

Well, let me tell you the others (they all) absolutely love FortiFlora. (more…)

Harmony In A House of Cats

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

harmony-catsApparently, cats are like potato chips. Stopping at just one isn’t easy. On average, cat owners have 2.4 cats, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturer’s Association.

“Living with other cats is stimulating and overall a very good thing,” says veterinary behaviorist Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens.

“Preconceived ideas about cats being solitary are simply not true. Cats are social and enjoy the company of their own kind.

We’ve shown in our research of feral and stray outdoor cats that they often form complex social groups. They groom one another, pay attention to one another and play together; they wouldn’t do that if they were solitary.”

Dr. Crowell-Davis says people all too often have a single cat, and eventually decide to get a second cat maybe when that single cat is five or six years old. And all that time that cat hasn’t been exposed to other cats.

“A cat that isn’t accustomed to its own kind becomes socially incompetent as an adult,” she says. “But then, if a child grows up without going to school and being deprived socially, wouldn’t the same thing happen? Social behavior is greatly learned.”

Dr. Crowell-Davis is among those who encourage shelters to adopt littermates in pairs or even three at a time, depending on the existing pets in the family. She says, “Ideally, adopt a Queen (mother cat) with two of her offspring. “Our research indicates those kittens will grow up to be confident and stable, assuming the mother is reasonably confident and stable.”

The trick to harmony in multi-cat homes is a slow and gradual introduction of any new cats. Dr. Crowell-Davis says, “You don’t just assume any two people who have never met before will get along. Why make those assumptions with cats?”

When they do meet, use really great tasting food as a sort of payoff. “Give the cats a reason to like one another,” says Amy Shojai, author of PETiQuette: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Pet Household (M. Evans and Company). (more…)

You Can Lead A Horse to Water…

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

And, in case you don’t know or can’t remember, the rest of that cat-drinking-water-faucet-sm saying is “but you can’t make them drink”!

Thus enter your precious feline.

Sometimes, as you know, it can be difficult to get your kitty to drink. Maybe she’s under the weather. Perhaps she’s finicky because the water is too stale or not cold enough.

Whatever the reason might be, you may never know. But it’s still crucial that you keep plenty of fresh water on hand at all times for your cat to help to keep her hydrated!

Especially if she or he has been unwell. As with you, who may not want to drink anything when you’re ill, so too your kitty might shy away from the water dish at such times.

If this happens at your house, it’s important for you to try to come up with different ways that might work to get water into your cat. (more…)

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