Answers to Is YOUR Cat a HOT Mess?

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Last week was a quiz from the Catster Magazine. There were four answers to each question. Let’s see what the magazine said about your choices.

1. Your weather app indicates it’s going to be a scorcher of a day. Your home isn’t air conditioned, so how do you keep your cat comfortable?

a. Place fans near their favorite resting spots as well as food and water dishes. (Excellent)

b. Place one fan by their food and water dishes so they can feel cool while they drink and eat. (Good)

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2. You have to leave for several hours, and the temps are escalating. What kind of cool treat should you leave for your kitty?

a. Leave catsicles in their dishes. (Excellent) This is frozen cat food.

b. Refrigerated cat food. (Good)

Pringles Are the Snack That Bites Back

3. The heat is boiling and even indoor cats have an increased need for fresh water during the summer months. How do you keep your cat’s water dish cool and refreshing while you’re away from home?

a. Place ice cubes in a cat fountain which provides a constant flow of oxygenated water. (Excellent)

b. Place ice cubes in your cat’s water bowl. (Good)

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4. Signs of heatstroke include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting, and collapsing. How do you protect your cat’s rising body temp from the dog days of summer?

a. Place frozen water bottles in their cat bed and other regular resting places. (Excellent)

b. Regularly rub your kitty with a cool washcloth. (Good)

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5. Your cat needs comfortable places to sleep during a heat wave. How do you help that hot cat find his cool while you’re gone for the day?

a. Make sure rooms with cool floors, like basements, are readily available. (Excellent)

b. Move kitty’s food and litter box to the bathroom creating a cozy sanctuary with cool sinks and tubs for napping. (Good)

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6. Families can become busy during the summer, but cats still need play and interaction. What’s the best way to keep your cat active during hot weather?

a. Encourage play during the cooler hours of the morning and evening. (Excellent)

b. Place their interactive toys in the coolest parts of your home. (Good)

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7. It’s unavoidable. You have to take your cat on a long car ride, and the heat is miserable. What’s your plan?

a. Keep the air conditioning blasting in the car so you and kitty don’t melt. (Excellent)

b. If there’s no AC in the car, attach a portable fan to the carrier. (Good)

If you are doing all of the above things to keep your kitty comfortable during even the hottest days, you’re on top of what it takes. Good for you!! A answers are what you want to strive for. Look into purchasing a water fountain; it’s a good investment. The C and D answers on last week’s quiz indicate that your cat is very uncomfortable and you need to make some improvements. Sometimes…………..

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Hope this helps with some ideas for keeping your cat cool. Do you do any of these things already or do you have some other ideas? Let us know.

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

6 Signs Your Home Is Ruled by Cats

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Now that you have chosen your pet (or they have chosen you), let’s see what your home may look like once the newness has worn off. There’s a reason cat owners, as well as other animals, are sometimes referred to as “staff.” Cats have a way of burrowing in and taking over not only your heart, but your home too. Take a look at your house for these telltale signs that a cat is running the show.

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1. Random Litterbox Locations

Corner of the dining room, smack dab in the middle of the home office, in the master bathtub? Use to keep mine in the bathtub so the litter wouldn’t get all over. Much easier to keep clean. Just lift it out when you’re ready to take a shower or bath. Cat owners know it’s easier to have it where the cats want it than to clean up a mess.

This Is As Close to the Beach As I'm Going to Get

2. Cat Pillows

Your cat may find a favorite pillow they like on the couch, in a chair, or on the bed. You can tell by the indentation left by their body which one it will be. It will also collect an increasing amount of fur. Kirby has a favorite pillow on the couch that he always uses. Sunlight from the window will shine on him while he naps. Ah, such a life! Needless to say, Mom or I don’t use that pillow anymore.

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3. Limited Access to Technology

Some cats love to lie on a warm keyboard. Cat-ruled humans know that removing the cat from the keyboard sounds much easier than it is. Your cat will keep returning to claim his spot — or force you to abandon your computer. Mine have never liked to lie on the keyboard, but they will get up in my lap or stand on the desk looking at the monitor and do everything to get my attention.

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4. Uncomfortable Sleeping Arrangements

When you walk into your bedroom at night and see a cat lying on your pillow, what do you do? Squeeze in somewhere else, of course! Cat owners know that nobody but the cat gets to sleep where and when they want. My two would lie on the side of the bed and eventually move me completely over during the night by gently “kneading” my side. When I would wake up in the morning, I would be hanging on to the edge of the bed for dear life! They were smack dab in the middle wondering what was wrong with me.

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5. Sleeping Schedules That Aren’t Your Own

Homes run by cats are those that rise early. If it’s not the furry face staring at you, it’s the incessant meowing, the blinds rattling, items falling off shelves or other disturbing noises the cat purposefully makes. No one sleeps through breakfast when cats are in charge. Kirby isn’t too bad, but Sammy is pacing all over my computer desk, the night table, up in the window, jumping down on top of me, or anything else he can think of!

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6. Shredded Cat Trees

The 10-year-old, shag-carpet-covered, shredded cat tree is the one the felines want, so it’s what a cat-managed home has. And cat owners know this truth: Get rid of the favorite cat tree and put your furniture, rugs, windowsills and perhaps even your own body in peril. The one Sammy used was lying in pieces around the house before I finally got rid of it. He hasn’t liked anything I’ve bought since, so I have to watch him pretty closely with his scratching.

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Is yours a cat-managed home? Please tell us about some of your experiences with your cat/s.

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