Cats Are FALLing

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It’s official. Seasons have changed and it is now fall. Love this time of the year with the cooler temperatures and beaufiful colors. What does this have to do with cats? They notice the change of the seasons also. My friend, Colin, has some suggestions for keeping your cat happy during the fall season. Will share his ideas as well as my own. Here’s Colin!

The most important thing to do is to keep your cat active, to the end I have the following suggestions:

1. Hide small piles of catnip behind fragile objects on high shelves, this has the added benefit of giving your cat a chance to watch you clean up the mess.

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2. Buy a number of life like toy mice and hide them. Your cats will find them and leave them where you will trip over them in the middle of the night and think it is a real mouse, which will entertain your cat for hours.

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3. Give your cat a bath, he will find it fascinating to watch you tend your wounds.

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4. Leave a bag of dry food slightly open, your cat will find a way to get it open and help herself to a tasty snack.

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5. Start playing a game with your cat with treats, try tossing the treats to your cat.
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If everything else fails, give your cat a nice soft blanket to sleep on in his or her favorite window.
Thank you, Colin! Good ideas even though some may backfire on you. 🙂 During this time of year, you may see cats FALLing asleep anywhere.
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FALLing for a good sales pitch.
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Afraid of FALLing!
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Watching other people FALLing.
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They may even FALL in love with a new friend.

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If you have any different suggestions about keeping your cat happy during the fall, please let us know. You can find Colin Noel-Johnson’s blogs at Mageowl’s Blog. I love his sense of humor and I think you will too.

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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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!

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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.

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

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

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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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With the heat come the bugs and insects.

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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.

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It’s always fun to explore new territory.

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Summer also brings vacation time and family visits.

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

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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  • Most obese cats appear to have excessive appetite.

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  • 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.

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

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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

Cats LOVE Water! Oh, Yeah?

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That depends on which cat you’re talking about! Some cats HATE water; others tolerate it and may even enjoy it. I imagine part of that depends on how soon you introduce them to being around or in the water. I was trying to decided what to talk about in my blog this week, but couldn’t come up with anything. Thought about the weather and the fact that it has been raining all day long. A nice warm bath would feel good right about now. Aha! How about giving the cat a bath? That could be VERY interesting! This would probably be Sammy’s reaction if I told him he was going to have a bath.

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Found a site about how to bathe a kitten so will share some of that information with you. To prepare your kitten for a bath, make sure it is accustomed to your handling it all over the body. They even suggest running your fingers over the teeth and massaging the inside of the mouth. Not sure what mine would do if I tried that! However, I do rub my fingers in their ears, between their toes and legs and rub their tummies.The supplies you need are two bath towels, a washcloth, cat shampoo, and treats. Keep the bathroom door closed and the heater on while you fill the sink or bathtub with an inch or two of warm water.

5 Steps to Successful Kitty Baths

1. Get the feet wet. Just let the kitten stand in the water with all four paws submerged. Do not move on to the next step until it is comfortable with this one.

2. Rain on their parade. Before the washcloth rubdown, pour water from a cup all over the kitten. Gently lift its chin with your finger to keep water from running in the eyes.

2. Time for the rubdown. The next time you repeat step one, wet the washcloth and give kitty a rubdown without using soap. Maintain eye contact while doing this and gently correct it if it tries to get away. Dry thoroughly with one of the bath towels. Wrap in the other towel. If kitty struggles, don’t give treats and try again tomorrow. Do not move on to the next step until this one is successfully completed.

4. Time for soap. Use a small amount of soap (about the size of a dime) to spread around on the fur. Be careful not to get it in the eyes. Use the washcloth to wipe soap off the head. Pour water from the cup to rinse off the rest of the body. Dry thoroughly with one towel and wrap kitty in the other. If it struggles, don’t give treats and try again tomorrow. This is the last step in the process.

5. Final tips for success. Make sure the water is warm. Have all your supplies ready and in place prior to starting the bath. Keep the experience positive. And most of all, bathe your kitten on a regular basis, using soap every other time to avoid drying out the skin.

This poor cat thinks that his twin lives IN the shower!

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As I said in the beginning, some cats HATE water.

 But let’s end on a positive note. Enjoy this video of cats who love the water. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/afternoon-video-cats-who-love-the-water/

Have you given your cat a bath? What were the results? We would love to hear your stories.

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