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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…)

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.

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.

Decisions, decisions: do you need the vet?

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

cat-pill2If you’re a cat mom or cat dad, you know there may be times when your kitty seems to just “mope” around the house, leaving you at a loss in wondering if something could be wrong with her.

Your natural inclination might be to want to take her to the vet then and there, but if she’s a regular moper, that could get to be an expensive and cumbersome chore. Your vet may even come to think one of you is a hypochondriac!

In view of the not knowing, over the next few days I’m sharing (in little bits) some tell-tale signs you can be on the look-out for when it comes to your furbie’s health needs:

Hot or cold

While I have yet to take any of our cats’ temperature in all the years we’ve had cats (we’ve left that up to the vet and his rectal thermometer), a cat’s body temperature is 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Temps below 99 or over 104 are in the range that mean a call to the vet is in order.

I’ve got four more tips to share with you; stop back tomorrow to get another tip.

Yours in your kitty’s best interest,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Until my next tip, check out Paulette Cooper’s has a handy little book of 277 Secrets Your Cat Wants You to Know.

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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.

When your cat no longer plays…

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

cat-blankie-sm2Your little furry feline furriend has kept you entertained by her numerous and various antics like running and jumping and skidding across the floor… Or when she chases a ball with a bell inside… Or because she’s trying to reach the red dot that you flick around on the wall…

Maybe she’s tearing about with her brothers or sisters. Or hanging with the big kids she uses the back of the chair as a teeter-totter.

And more than a hundred more examples you can think of.

For some reason, though, you’ve noticed the frolicking seems to have come to a screeching halt! And you’re at a loss to know why.

If you’re like me (and others), you could ask her but chances are the answer you get will be a sad look that leaves you more in the dark. Since cats have a tendency to “keep their feelings to themselves”, you’ll be at a loss to know why she is out of sorts.

If she’s “off feed” (not eating in her usual quantities or “favorites”) or sleeping more than usual, she may be depressed. Perhaps she has some physical malady. Older cats sleep lots so just sleeping more does not necessarily signal something is amiss.

Your kitty may also have just become bored with her toys; there could even be a problem with her playmates. (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…)

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…)

Uh oh!

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Cats are so melodramatic!

kitty-head-in-chair

Yours in maybe going with Plan B instead,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Perhaps kitty needs a diversion like this Peek-a-Prize Pet Toy Box

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