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

Flying Around in Circles

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Story Time!

 

It was a beautiful day for a trip! Bright, blue sky, very few clouds, and no wind. The family was excited to be on their way to visit friends and family in another part of the country. Mom and Dad had always enjoyed flying and looked forward to being able to do it again. Suitcases were packed and everyone was ready to go.

Dad drove the car to the airport where it would be parked until they arrived back home. The luggage was checked and everyone made their way through security. The kids were anxious to see which animal would be on the tail of their airplane. Wouldn’t that be fun if they could really talk! Soon it was time to board. They all settled down into their seats, buckled their seat belts, and listened to the flight attendants give their speech while the pilots got the plane ready for takeoff.

Away they went! That was always the part that the kids loved best. The plane leveled off and everyone was enjoying the scenery out of the window. Things looked so small!  All was going great until the plane started going around in circles. They were close to where they were suppose to land, but the plane kept going around in circles! People started to wonder if they were EVER going to come down or run out of gas instead! Then the plane straightened out and landed. As people were getting off the plane, the pilot explained about the circles.

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Jake, the Space Cat

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Time for another original story!

Jake was born on the Starship Enterprise millions of miles away from Earth.  When he was old enough to be away from his mother, he could roam all over the ship.  The crew members treated him very well and enjoyed having him around.  Of course, if they were under attack, Jake would hide until everything quieted down.  This didn’t happen very often, but when it did, there was a lot of noise and confusion.  Jake always thought everything would turn out okay, so he was never too scared.  He enjoyed looking out of the windows and seeing the blackness of space and the twinkle of the stars.

One day Jake heard the crew members talking about “going home”.  What did that mean?  The ship WAS home, for goodness sake.  He learned that they were going to a place called Earth so the crew members could rest and take what they called a “vacation”.  They were very excited which made Jake excited too.  A new place to explore!  He could hardly wait.

Finally, the big day came.  Everybody was leaving the ship and Jake had to leave too.  One of the crew members carried him off the ship and into the Starfleet Command Center.  Jake didn’t know what to think!  He had never seen grass, trees, clouds, birds, and all of the other things on Earth.  He felt like his eyes were going to pop out of his head because there was so much to see!  As the days went on, Jake was able to explore everything around the Command Center to his heart’s content.  When it was time to leave Earth on another mission, these were Jake’s thoughts.

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We’re starting into that busy time of year again; Thanksgiving, Black Friday, cards, presents, decorations, etc. Today I’d like to share some of the things that I am thankful for. Yes, some of them will be funny. On a serious note, I am grateful that my mother is still with us at the age of 95. My sons and their families are close and doing well. My seventh great-grandchild will be a year old in December. Our health is good, and we look forward to many things. Kirby and Sammy are a blessing and such good companions. Well, most of the time anyway! And last, but NOT least, I am very thankful for all of you who read my blog!

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Just Lookin

Now, lets go through a Thanksgiving day and see how our pets can help us enjoy it even more. First of all, you need to get up early to start the turkey. If you don’t get up early enough, you might find this!

We Fed Ourselves

Regardless of what time I get up, I usually have to start my morning out with coffee. Lots of it.

Ai Need Coffee

You will be making other things for dinner besides the turkey, but there’s one thing every recipe calls for.

A Cup of Cat

Some of you like to “dress up” for the holidays, but I guarantee that your kitty cat will outdo you every time!

I Didn't Brush My Hair This Morning

I'm Sexy As Hell

Your pets can be a source of entertainment when guests arrive. Not everyone might appreciate it, however.
Can I Play For You
Dats a Moray
If you get tired from all the preparation, someone will be there to help you get through it .
Need A Cuddle
You certainly want your pets to mind their manners when there are guests in the house. That’s not always easy though!
Do Not Ask Why Box Barks
Wait Until He Starts Walking
After all the excitement of the day, you may find that your pets will be ready for a nap wherever they happen to be.
The Nap Attacked
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Wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. Let us know some of your favorite things to do on this special day! Or what your pet does! Some of that can be pretty funny.

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

9 Moving Tips for Moving Across the Country With Cats

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Here are more tips from Jane A. Kelley to go along with her advice from last week.  Again, wish I had known this!

First and foremost, proper preparation is key. In addition to packing, shipping, or selling your stuff and getting your car road-ready, take these steps to get your cats road-ready, too.

My cat, Bella, waits for her “meet and greet” with the vet. Make sure that at least your cats’ rabies vaccinations are current, because that is a legal requirement for interstate travel in the U.S.

 

1. Get your cats vetted and microchipped

Before you leave, make sure that your cats’ vaccinations are up to date and that they have a supply of any medications they need. A microchip can be a lifesaver if one of your cats goes missing along the way.

2. Research health certificate requirements

If you’re flying with your cats, you will need to have health certificates. Otherwise, import requirements vary from state to state. Washington, for example, requires a certificate of veterinary inspection for each animal and proof of current rabies vaccination, but pets traveling in cars with their owners are exempt from the certificate requirement. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service provides links to import licensing requirements for each state.

 

3. Research pet licensing requirements at your destination

The city of Seattle requires that all cats be licensed within 30 days of their arrival.  That means I’ll have a month after I get there to go to City Hall (or wherever the pet licensing agency is) and get Siouxsie, Thomas, and Bella’s licenses. You can usually find this information on the city’s website or by doing a web search for something like “[location] pet licensing rules.”

4. Find pet-friendly hotels along your route and reserve rooms

PetsWelcome is a website that allows you to enter the beginning and end of your trip and provides a directory of every pet-friendly hotel along your route. Each hotel has slightly different requirements and pet deposit fees, so be sure that you can comply with the hotel’s pet policy. I’d also recommend deciding how far you can comfortably drive each day and reserving rooms at those points along your route before you leave.

 

5. Organize your cats’ information

Keep your cats’ veterinary records, along with photos and descriptions of each cat, in an easily accessible folder or tote in your vehicle. Keep a pet first-aid kit and your cats’ medications here, too.

6. Gather your pet supplies before you leave

Get enough cat food to last for the duration of the trip, plus a couple of more days in the event of delays. If you buy canned food, get a product with a pull top. Have paper towels, spare carrier liners, puppy pads, and pet stain cleaners easily available. Get a small bag of the litter they currently use and a few disposable litter boxes. I’d also recommend that you bring some Feliway spray and Rescue Remedy or some other calming flower essence.

 

While you’re en route, here are some other important considerations.

1. Keep your cats’ needs and comfort in mind

Pull up all food and water an hour before you leave. That will allow your cats to eat and do their litter box business before you hit the road, and it will reduce the chance that they’ll vomit. Make sure you have your “road food” packed before you leave, too; don’t leave your cats alone in your car to pick up groceries. While driving, keep the music at a reasonable volume.

My cat, Thomas, sniffs at a pet carrier.

 

2. Buckle up for safety

Keep your cats in their carriers, and strap those carriers in with seat belts to ensure safety in the event of an accident or emergency stop. Never, ever open your cats’ carriers with the car doors open; it takes only a second for them to flee and become lost in unfamiliar territory.

3. Be as relaxed as possible

A long-distance move is a huge transition. Your life and your cats’ lives are changing forever. This trip can be an amazing experience for all of you if you can be fully present because, after all, the journey is as important as the destination.

Siouxsie won’t let me forget to pack her favorite toy.

 

Have you ever made a long-distance move with your cat? Do you have any more tips to share?

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

How Do You Prepare Your Cats for a Big Move?

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Summer is travel time; vacationing, visiting family, etc.  Also happening at this time, people are moving.  Having moved from Las Vegas back to my hometown, I wish I had known this before I left.  I traveled 850 miles with one cat talking ALL DAY LONG the first day and both of them talking the second day.  Was I ever glad to get here.  Then came the adjustment of living in an entirely new home.  That’s a story for another day!  Right now, I would like to share the advice of Jane A Kelley.  She posted an article on Catster about this topic earlier.

I’m about two weeks away from a 150-mile move. I’ll be leaving my humble suburban basement apartment for a beautiful top-floor loft in a large city, and I have a lot to do before moving day: purging stuff I no longer want, packing stuff I still need, arranging for the movers’ arrival, and so on and so forth. And, of course, preparing my cats for our huge transition.

I have moved house with my cats before, but never quite so far. This is also the first time I’ll have two strange men in my home, running in and out with my furniture and all the knick-knacks, paddy-whacks, and gewgaws that are a part of my life.

If you’ve never relocated with a cat before, there’s lots of good advice available on making the physical aspects of the move easier for your cat, and I plan to follow these instructions to the letter.

What’s this I hear about a move? / Curious cat photo via Shutterstock

 

But beyond the logistics of keeping my cats safe, there are other things I feel are equally important.

Cats know that something strange is in the air. They pick up our feelings and the changes in our own energy as we experience the excitement, stress, and occasional terror involved in such a huge life change. So the first thing I had to do is tell my kitties what’s up.

I told my cats that we’re going to be moving to the biggest cat tree in the whole world! I painted a picture in my mind of the new apartment: the windows everywhere (more “kitty TV” channels than they’ve experienced in years in my relatively windowless basement apartment) and the numerous sun puddles they’ll be able to use for their basking pleasure.

I told them about our new landlord, a cat lover who can’t wait to meet them.

Aren’t you forgetting something? / Cat at window photo via Shutterstock

 

I told them what’s going to happen on moving day: the men, the quick emptying of the house, the carriers and the two-and-a-half-hour car ride, and reassured them that everything’s going to be okay.

I opened my heart and shared my feelings of excitement, joy, and anticipation.

Yeah, all of this stuff is pretty woo-woo, but I believe cats understand this stuff and that it helps to alleviate the stress they feel when they sense change in the air.

On moving day itself, I’ll give them a couple of drops of Bach Rescue Remedy by stroking their heads and rubbing it into their fur. This flower essence is fantastic for relieving the physical, emotional, and spiritual stress that comes along with major life changes like moving.

At our new home, I’ll dose the cats with Stress Stopper flower essence and plug in a couple of Feliway diffusers.

Finally, I’m going to take a couple of days off from work so that all of us can settle into our new home together.

I’m fortunate that my cats are people-bonded rather than place-bonded: wherever Mama is, is home, as far as they’re concerned. Place-bonded cats suffer much more during a move because they’re ripped away from the home they know so well.

What have you done to help your cats through a move? If you’ve done things that worked -– or didn’t work -– I’d love to hear from you.

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

First Luxery Cat Hotel Opens in the UK!

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If your future travel plans include a visit to England, I can save you the problem of finding a hotel that will meet your needs as well as your pet(s) needs.  We are talking some real foo foo stuff here!

 

Meant to rectify what owners considered a “gap in the market,” the first-ever luxury cat hotel has opened its doors in the UK. The Meadow Cat Hotel in Cornwall took 18 months to complete, but after painstakingly building up the establishment from scratch, owner Gemma Machin, a former primary school teacher, is now welcoming guests to her “five-paw” resort.

 

 

 

“I think if the owners are going on holiday their cats should get a treat as well,” Machin said, according to the Western Morning News. “In lots of catteries cats are just put in a cage, but we can drive the cats to and from the hotel, offer them lots of stimulation to keep them active during their stay, give them large rooms and lots of attention.”

 

Machin’s hotel features under-floor heating, custom wrought-iron beds outfitted with memory foam mattresses and crushed velvet sheets and a gourmet daily menu that includes fresh king prawn and salmon filet — all at a fairly reasonable price. And, in addition to daily pet-pampering sessions (which include a lot of catnip), Meadow Cat also has amenities for cat-owners: each room in the hotel contains a webcam that tracks cats during their stay, which owners can access online.

 

 

 

“You get a view of your cat whenever you like — it’s for peace-of-mind really,” said Machin’s husband and business partner, Richard. “There is nothing to this level in Cornwall and I think it is because there is nothing to this standard in the UK. It is a new era for cats and their owners.”

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on this hotel?  As I said, it’s pretty fancy.  :>)  Don’t plan on going that way anytime soon, but it would be fun to check it out.

 

 

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