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“New Year’s Resolutions” Out of the Mouths of Cats

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

resolution-cat-large Nothing says lovin’ from a kitty like yours telling you how you can best get your please on for her.

However, I saw an article Pet Place, written by their Staff, that comes pretty close in a cat telling it like it is in New Year’s Resolutions form.

I’m sharing three of the Resolutions here, and four in this week’s issue of Mews News. You can catch the entire article at Pet Place.

1. Stretch More! Call me overly critical, but your stretching routine is inadequate. Without proper stretching, you won’t be able to spring into action should a hunting opportunity present itself.

You can observe me if you need tips for how to successfully elongate your body or extend your paws into the air. Even if you aren’t the hunting type, better flexibility increases blood flow to muscles and reduces the risk of injury.

2. Try Something New. One time I doubted I could complete a long leap, then I tried it and surprised myself. Now I jump from the floor to the kitchen counter with relative ease all the time. …

3. Wake Up Early. Weekends are precious. When Saturday and Sunday roll around, you should wake up early and maximize your time. Make the most of your day…just make sure you feed me first.

But don’t worry – I won’t let you forget. In fact, I’ll probably help you wake up as the sun rises, ensuring you get a nice and early start to your days.

Yours in sharing New Year’s Resolutions,

,“The Boys”, and Hope

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The above article, written by the Staff @ Pet Place was published there December 23, 2015. (They note that the article can be shared). Since it’s especially fitting for this time of year with so many of us making or considering New Year’s Resolutions, here are three of the Resolutions. Read the article in its entirety at Pet Place.

Photo source: Pet Place

National Pet Day

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

If you caught this week’s Mews Nooz, you know I shared some tried and tested cleaning tips from Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert for Merry Maids for today’s National Pet Day. With these, Debra says, “all pet owners can celebrate the incredible animal companions in their lives, worry free!

And so here are three other tips that were not included in today’s issue of Mews Nooz:

Organize your pet supplies

• Designate a place near the door where you will keep items needed when walking your dog. This would include things like leashes, pick up bags and cloths to wipe wet or muddy paws before coming indoors.

• Store food in smaller, more manageable containers, and stash the larger bags elsewhere.

Keep food area tidy

• Place a mat underneath food and water bowls to catch any overflow as well as to keep bowls stationary when dog/cat is eating.

Don’t forget your pet’s bed!

• Keep your pet’s bedding clean and fresh, and you’ll help cut down on the amount of stray hairs elsewhere as well as keeping your pet healthy. Vacuum the bed often, even those that are washable.

Yours in celebrating National Pet Day,

and “The Boys”

Ack, ack, ack!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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!

BP: 250/185

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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. (more…)

Kitty’s got the blues

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

depressed-kitty_smI don’t know about you, but sometimes when it’s cloudy or rainy or snowy or even somewhat cold, I can get a little bit down in the dumps!

And as you and I know, kitty can have some “down” days as well.

The difference with them and us is, as a rule, we know why we’re dealing with “the blues”.

Kitty hasn’t a clue why things are not going well for her, why she’s sad, and worse she can’t tell you why.

So it’s up to us to try to figure out what’s going on.

If she’s a finicky eater, if you’ve changed her food or have not given her enough to eat (she’s hungry, people), that may set her into a funk.

Like you, she might also react to the weather. Lack of “sun puddles” may cause her to be mopey.

How’s she getting along with her brothers and sisters (if she has any)? Maybe they’ve recently had a tiff, she didn’t get her way and so is actually pouting because of the outcome. (more…)

Sundaes are better with a furriend!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

cat-sundae

This “tall treat” looks pretty good to us.

Yours in sharing,

and “The Boys”

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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.

Milk, anyone?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

This little one gets high points for “sticking with it”!

kitten-milk

Yours in watching your kitty wrestle with her milk bowl,

and “The Boys”

P.S. If your kitty gets tired of trying to “get the milk”, she might want to tackle this Treat Maze to get her “noms”.

Video source: ICanHasCheezburger

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…)

On the Road Again

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

driving_catThat’s right folks and kitties, summer is almost officially here, although there are some who are saying it’s already here.

Since we had 9.5 inches of snow the first part of May and then temps at 99 F the end of that same week, and during the rest of that month we experienced flooding and tornadoes, it can be a bit difficult for me to think we’re looking at summer.

Having said all that, with the warm also comes the planning of hitting the road. With or without our pets. Mostly, it’s dogs that get the car rides for any distance, although occasionally the kitty gets to hit the road with wheels, too.

Regardless of your pet of choice on any given trip, here are a number of tips that will benefit both species. For instance:

Heads inside. As is often seen, dogs absolutely love to have their heads out the window, with their ears blowing in the wind. However that’s an extremely dangerous situation. Debris could fly up and get in their eyes. Or they may get excited and try to jump out the window.

Generally, you would not have an issue like this with a cat. (I’m reminded of when my cousin was in his early teens; he liked to ride with his arm bent at the elbow and hanging out the window when his family went on trips. One time when he was doing this, the car was side-swiped and his elbow was injured enough that he now has a pin in it!) (more…)

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