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Cats And Their Claws

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

cat-scratching-carpet-floorIf you haven’t already, you’ll want to get a regular routine going so your kitty knows where she’s supposed to put her claws. You can even reward her when she scratches where you want her to scratch.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any “bad behavior” climbing and scratching where you don’t want her to be. And if she gets a bit too loose with her scratching and climbing, you may need to do some redirection by picking her up and taking her to where you want her to scratch. Be consistent with your redirection and make sure to praise her or to give her some treats for using the post like you want.

Some behaviorists suggest that you confine your cat while you’re waiting for her to “get with the program” where she’s doing your bidding by scratching where you want her to. Of course, the confinement would not be without play, food, water, litter box activities. And you’d be supervising the activity so you can gradually release your kitty from the confinement.

I have also come to realize that two of my kits are ground dwellers (Brody and Christopher) and two are tree dwellers (Hope and Phillip). Cat trees and cat perches are especially useful for cats that like to climb. The ground dwellers are more inclined to like the floor toys and scratchers.

Thankfully, so far, none of my four even looks at the draperies! Brody even finds it difficult to get up onto the couch; although he can jump up and I’ve seen him walk across the back of the couch. It just isn’t a common activity for him, thankfully.

Yours in directing your kitty’s claws,

and “The Boys and the Gurrl”

P.S. While we’re talking cat scratchers and where the claws ought to go, here’s a scratcher with catnip that might interest your kitty.

Photo source: Commons.Wikimedia

Dressing Up Your Kitty at Halloween

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

grumpy-cat-halloween-smIf you’ve been in the area of Kittens n Things over the last week, you know I’ve been posting tips on how to share Halloween with your favorite furball.

This then is the last Halloween tip for this year.

Dress up. The current company of “The Boys” can thankfully say they have never been subjected to our whims of dressing up the kitty.

Jonny I, though, was not so fortunate. Although his dress up foray had nothing to do with Halloween. We got him a sweater, as after a haircut we thought he might need a little help keeping warm. That lasted about as long as it took us to put the garment on him.

Of course, many love to decorate their kitties at Halloween with costumes of various sorts. If you do, it’s a good idea to make sure the costume fits so he or she is not tripping over it, that it doesn’t slide off or something worse that could cause a hazard of sorts for your kitty.

Yours in all about Halloween with a kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Here’s a neat Halloween dress-up idea for your kitty; what a snazzy, fun outfit.

Photo source: Rick Scuteri/AP Images for Friskies/PetSmart Halloween Promotion

Grumpy Cat promotional information provided by Christine Amoscato.

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 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

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…)

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…)

You’re leaving again?

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Most likely you’re familiar with the saying “an idle mind is the cat-toilet-paperdevil’s workshop”, and if you really pay attention to that mantra when it comes to your kitty, you know how true it is!

Think what happens to your socks or your curtains or your kitty’s water dish when she is left alone. And maybe bored!

Around here, “The Boys” make their own fun and a lot of times their idea of fun does not necessarily coincide with mine.

Snowflake would watch TV or at times she’d rummage around in our wastebaskets; Billy jumps up on the back of the dining room chair and sometimes tries to stretch from the back of the chair to the TV. In some instances, he can’t quite reach the TV so he falls down to the chair seat.

Mikey seems to have ESP, as invariably when I am getting ready to the leave the house I can see a change in his demeanor. Oftentimes, he will even run ahead of me (if I’m going from room to room), jump up on the dining room table and then look at me with pleading eyes and in a plaintive voice lets me know his wish is for me to stay home.

He’s really really good about getting you to feel guilty about leaving them all by themselves! (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.

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