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How to survive Halloween night with a kitty in tow

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

halloween-kittyToday’s thoughts on How to survive Halloween night with a kitty in tow come on the heels of two recent posts, Halloween Can Give You Such a Fright and Halloween Fright Night.

So take a look at this:

Kitty got the biteys? While Halloween can be a fun time for you and your kids, it may be a traumatic time for your otherwise docile kitty.

In fact, loud noises and lights and people dressed in strange garb that you can’t tell who they are (strangers, even) could cause your kitty to quickly get and to be out of sorts. Which, in turn, might lead to the claws and teeth coming out.

We’ve got still another tip for safely sharing Halloween with your kitty. Come back tomorrow and take a look.

Yours in Halloween fun with your kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your kitty may have fun dressing up for Halloween, especially if she can show off something like this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

Halloween Doors with a Kitty

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

halloween-kittyIf you’ve been looking for ideas on how to enhance your Halloween experience with your kitty to go with other tips I posted recently, as well as here, read on.

What’s going on with the door? You may have already discovered that your kitty can be really quick when it comes to wanting to take a peek at what’s on the other side of the door.

Thus, when Trick or Treaters (or other guests, for that matter) come, you’ll want to pay special heed to where your kitty is at all times so said kitty doesn’t get the wanderlust and take off when you’re involved with your distributing your treats.

In fact, to help keep your kitty safe, you could even put him or her in another room until all the T or T commotion has died down.

That’s it for this time. The Boys and I have a couple more Halloween tips coming up. So come back real soon.

Yours in getting through Halloween with a kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your kitty may have fun dressing up for Halloween, especially if she can show off something like this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

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

Halloween can give you such a fright!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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

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!

No room in the inn …

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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

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…)

You’re ruining it

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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Yours in making your own fun,

and “The Boys”

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

The Kitty and the Houseplant

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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. (more…)

Cat Grooming Tips

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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! (more…)

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