Getting Ready For Summer

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It’s spring and summer is just around the corner! The cats and I are getting ready to enjoy some of  the activities that are possible during the summer. The boys and I won’t be wearing bathing suits, but these girls seem to enjoy it!

Summer Cats

There certainly are other things we can be doing, however. Walking is fun and good exercise. It’s especially nice if you have a friend to walk with.

Duck Friend

 Hop Along

If you haven’t done much walking during the winter, make sure you get in shape first.

I Should Have Had a V8

It’s nice to take a drive up to the mountains and enjoy the scenery.

Kitten Car Seats

Besides enjoying the scenery, you can get away from the  heat! Some areas of the country get pretty HOT during the summertime.

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Relief

With the heat come the bugs and insects.

I Hate Spiders

Many people like to work out in the yard taking care of flowers and such. I can kill them quicker than I can grow them, so I just like to sit in a lawn chair and enjoy my yard that way.

Garden Statue

It’s always fun to explore new territory.

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Summer also brings vacation time and family visits.

Relatives Didn't Buy a Return Ticket

Whatever your plans are, get on your sunglasses and have fun! (Minus the cigarette)

The Boss

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667
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Close to the Beach

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Time for another original story. Enjoy!!

When Cuddles was a kitten, his mama would always tell him that the world was a big place. There were so many places to go and things to explore! The more she talked about it, the more excited Cuddles became. He could hardly wait to go see what it was all about. To him, it seemed to take forever to get big enough to get out of box where he was born. His mama told him that was just the first step. He would have to get a lot bigger to be able to go outside.

While Cuddles waited to get bigger, his mama would tell him about some of the places she had seen in the books that the humans left lying around. So many pretty pictures to look at and dream about. Her favorite picture was of something the humans called a “beach”. All that sand made it seem like one giant litter box! How much fun would it be playing in that! There was a lot of water in the picture also, but Mama didn’t really care for that. She just wanted to be on the sand.

One day the humans started talking about going to this beach. Wow! Cuddles and Mama were really excited about finally being able to see this place. Everybody in the family was busy packing and getting things ready. However, no one got anything ready for the cats. The cats started to worry that they might not be going after all. Sure enough, the family left without them. Cuddles and Mama were so disappointed! There was another human in the house to take care of them, but that didn’t make them any happier. Cuddles finally decided:

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667

What Dat Meens, Wide Load?

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In just a few weeks, it will be summer! Ahhh, the picnics, the hiking, the swimming. Now is the time we ladies are thinking of hopefully fitting into that swimsuit! I know, I know. The younger ones have already been working on their diets and exercise, but it takes us older ladies a little more time. Not looking for a stud muffin anymore; just want to get into the bathing suit. Which brings me to the topic of this week’s blog. Being overweight. No, not you, silly! Your cat.

Wide Load

Cat obesity is very harmful to felines and has serious health consequences. As in humans, if the calories burned up are less than the calories consumed, the result is fat. You can’t force your cat to exercise, so overweight and obesity can be hard to fight. Both of my males are neutered. The vet told me that it makes it doubly hard to keep their weight under control. The metabolism of the cat has evolved to run off of the protein and fats of their prey- such as birds and mice. The domestic house-cat eats completely differently and experts argue that this has a negative effect on their metabolism and predisposes obesity. Dry food is higher in carbohydrates than wet food. Mine won’t eat wet food, so they have two strikes against them already! Then, of course, there’s the matter of aging. As with humans, cats tend to put on a little weight as they get older because they’re not as active.

Please God

For the cat to be called “obese”, it must carry excess body fat that will compromise its health and well-being. Here are some characteristics to look for to evaluate your cat’s weight.

  • Your cat is noticeably sedentary

I Was Trying to Get Out of Bed

  • Has difficulty walking, running, jumping, climbing, and grooming themselves.

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  • Most obese cats appear to have excessive appetite.

Haven't Eaten

  • When you touch your cat, you cannot feel the individual ribs.
  • When you stand over your pet, its waist must be seen and it must have an hourglass figure.

Taking your cat to the vet for an exam and blood tests can help determine if your cat being overweight is due to a medical problem. Cats come in all different sizes, so it can be hard to determine the right weight for your cat. Kirby was 24 pounds when I first came back to Wyoming. Dr. Molly said that even though he was part Maine Coon that was still too much. I’ve managed to get a pound off a year in the last four years, so we’re getting there. Losing weight too fast is a sign of a medical condition, so you have to be very careful.

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The following is a list of complications caused by obesity in cats:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Arthritis: Joint and movement problems
  • Skin infection and matted hair due to their inability to groom themselves
  • Shortness of breath which may lead to breathing and respiratory problems
  • Hepatic Lipidosis or fatty liver
  • Bladder infection
  • Kidney and heart disease

It can be very challenging to compel your feline friend to exercise. You must still encourage it by offering toys since it can stimulate their hunting instincts. Putting food in a more remote place will encourage exercise since they have to walk further to get to the food. Of course, consulting with your vet is always wise.

I Should Have Had a V8

In the end, their attitude about their weight will probably be much different than mine!

Why Does This Make Mommy Mad

Do you have problems keeping your kitty slim and trim? Let us know what you’re doing to fight the problem.

 

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667