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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

Cat Claws Go Here!

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

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. (more…)

The Medicine Plan

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

cat-pill2I’ve talked quite a bit lately about the need for me to give Mikey and Jonny medication on various occasions. (You’ve probably experienced the same need with your kitty.)

It was a lot easier when Chuck and I together could see that “The Boys” got their “dose” because one of us held the cat in question and the other would “try” to administer the pill, the drop, the dab, the whatever.

Now that it’s just “me and ‘the Boys'”, it’s a bit of a challenge to get the job done. With both of us still in tact.

Aside from daily trips to the vet, some hints to help you manage the “medicine administration” safely and soundly for all concerned include:

Redirection
Spend time with your cat; play with her, hold her–at times other than when it’s time to give the meds. In other words, you don’t want your kitty associating being held in a certain way with time for you to jam the pill in her mouth or to drop a dab of something in her eye.

Ready Freddie
When it’s time to give whatever the medication is, make sure you’re all set to go before you track down and hold your cat. Is the cap off the tube? Is the liquid measured out and in the dispenser? Is the pill at the ready? (more…)

Focus, focus

Monday, January 20th, 2014

billy_mikey_onbox2Perhaps like some of you, I have occasions where I get a little scatter-brained or tend to be a bit loopy. At those times, Chuck used to encourage me to “focus, focus”.

And so I still try to remember this mantra when I’m going about my day doing various activities.

One such activity the other day had to do with Mikey and Billy as they ate breakfast. I had just returned from Curves and knew it was time to give Mikey his “ear drops”. (Actually, it’s a medicated cream for his hyperthyroidism that I put onto the inside of his ear.)

As Mikey ate, I decided it would be a perfect time to give him his medication as he would be distracted from what I was doing.

So I got the applicator ready and then bent down to put the cream on his ear. But he balked a bit; like he was saying, “leave me alone, I want to eat”. I’m glad he did, as when he looked up at me, I realized I was in the process of getting ready to put the medication into Billy’s ear!

Yours in paying attention to your kitty,

and “The Boys”

Photo: Mikey, front right; Billy, back left

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…)

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.

The fountain was a wash!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

drinkwell-drinking-fntnI must have the strangest cats in the world! Or so it seems.

And that bit about how curiosity killed the cat has nothing to do with our three; none of them has any curiosity in their bones at all!

As I’ve mentioned quite a few times over the years, Mikey and Billy do like to play around with the water from the bathtub faucet. (That all started several years ago when the faucet dripped for quite a while before we finally called the plumber.)

Mikey got used to sitting under the drip to drink, while Billy would get on the edge of the tub, lean over, turn his head sideways and up to get his drink that way. (Sometimes it would go down the wrong pipe or up his nose and he’d end up coughing!)

Because of their antics, I finally decided I’d get them a water fountain like this, designed for cats, that they could drink from. Actually, it’s a really neat thing–at least I thought so. But none of them, Jonny included, was interested in it. (It’s electric and cycles water through it, allowing the water to ripple.) There was hardly any noise, and it really was all around nice.

Initially, Billy seemed to be the most intrigued, although that’s not saying much. At least he stood and watched the running water for a few seconds.

I returned it, though, as otherwise the fountain didn’t get the time of day! And Mikey and Billy still expected regular water delivery from the tub faucet!

Yours in watching kitties drink,

and “The Boys”

Photo source: Amazon

Really Cool Cats!

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

It’s that time of year again, folks:

cats-under-car
– for those kitties that get outside finding a place to keep cool may be a challenge.

And for you there may be a challenge as well, if you’re going to get in the car and drive away.

Checking for little furballs under the car is always a good thing. Sometimes, it might also be important to look under the hood, too, while you’re at it!

In fact, just in the last couple of weeks I saw two TV news stories that showed animals being found in the innards of a vehicle; one four-legged friend that got into trouble was a dog; in a separate story, the other was a cat.

Yours in keeping your cats cool,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Here’s a neat little contraption that might help to keep your kitty cool. It’s the ProSelect Deluxe Thermostatic Pet Crate Fan

Happy Birthday Day to Jonny!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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Today is Jonny’s “sweet 16” birthday!

jonnycat-on-perch

confetti2 Who would have thought that all those years ago we’d still be carrying on today. He was the “first” of six that eventually came to live with us, although they “trickled” in over several years’ time. (Actually, Jonny, Daniel and Mikey came together.)

Jonny has seen his share of health problems, but he just keeps on being Jonny. We’ll share some memories and a bit of cake (or cookies).

Yours in getting to this special day, and many more,

and “The Boys”

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