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Let's start with "It's our 10th Birthday!!"
To mark the occasion, all Outdoor Kennels and Kennel Accessories are 10% OFF through March 31st! Your kitties have cabin fever too! But Spring is inevitable! Give them some 'outdoor time', just in time for the spring thaw! You won't regret it! If you need assistance on the type and size that will fit your needs, just call me.
Secondly, We were recently awarded the title of "AUTHORIZED PETSAFE RETAILER" This is no easy thing! Not all internet retailers make it into the Petsafe family. It took us 10 years! Come see this premier line of cat products. We will be adding more in the coming days but click this link and it will give you an idea of the great products they make at PETSAFE.
Also, new is the announcement from one of our former manufacturers, Great Lakes Cat Furniture, that under new ownership, they will begin production the summer of 2018. I anxiously look forward to offering their creations of cat furniture, which are works of art! Check back for availability.
And then, another craftsman who has been on hiatus, let me know his unique Indoor / Outdoor Cedar Cat Trees will again be available. Great news for me and for the indoor or outdoor kitties, who are fortunate to receive one of his handmade cat tees. These are available NOW!
So, lots going on! I'm just so happy to anticipate Spring!! Hope you and your kitties enjoy some springtime weather soon. Come visit us at www.KittyStoreOnline.com!
Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The hot weather is gone and cool breezes abound. With fall comes holidays and celebrations. Right now, we are reminded to think of all the things we are thankfull for. This last Sunday, in church, the pastor asked us to make a fist, before we bowed our head in prayer, and during prayer, count at least 5 things, on the fingers of that hand, we were thankful for. That small exercise made me think of and count blessings on that hand and I had to keep counting. I am so blessed! It is not difficult to realize all the things we should be thankful for, but forget in the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Stop........for just a minute.....and count at least 5 things you are thankful for. I'll bet you will think of more than just five! I did.
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I know it's Summer, according to the calendar, but who among us had Winter? Perhaps a few people in the far Northeast or North Dakota? South Texas has mild winters but this one was almost nonexistant. And, the 100 degree mark has been exceeded way too many days, this Spring. We're being warned of a super-hot Summer. Not much new there!!
WOW! We will be mentioned on MY CAT FROM HELL, Season 9, Episode 12. That episode should air on the Animal Planet channel, July 29th. (TV schedules can change) Jackson Galaxy vsits a unique pet shelter, with "safe" outdoor spaces for cats, the Living Free Animal Sanctuary in Idylwild, California. The manufacturer of some of my outdoor cat trees, Miller Woodworks, and I, each donated one of the Rustic Cedar Outdoor Cat Trees, to the sanctuary. My donated cat tree included a cat cabin. Jackson Galaxy will also feature our donations on his website and Facebook page. Be sure to tune in to the Animal Planet on Saturday, July 29th at 8:00 PM EST and 7:00 PM CST
Speaking of new, one of our manufacturers is introducing some awesome outdoor cat furniture, just in time for the warm weather. An outdoor gym for your catio and outdoor shelves and stairs for the kitties climbing enjoyment, exciting for your kitties............. long lasting and durable for you.
SEE THEM HERE
More NEW Products:
30" Rustic Cedar Scratch Post
Design pretty enough for your living room. Rugged enough for outdoor use.
Don't forget our other outstanding cat trees, cat cabins, cat houses and Outdoor Kennels for your Catio, great for any time of year! Give your cat access to the fresh air outside, in one of our great Outdoor Kennels!
One of our customers just received her new cat kennel for her "catio". She is super excited about giving her cats some "outside time". Her enthusiasm is contagious. I can relate and remember twrlve years ago. We had just moved and had two cats as well as two dogs. In our previous home, both cats were allowed to use the pet door and enjoyed being outside. One cat just laid in the flower beds or on the patio. The other was allowed to roam, in brushy fields next to us, but had to come in at night. Sometimes it was midnight before he responded to my calls.
When we moved, I could not let them out into a new environment they didn't know. They might try to find their way back to the old house, as many cats do. We were 35 miles from our old house and I wouldn't take the chance of losig them. It was a couple of months before we built our outdoor kennel. They were literally climbing the walls. There were no "cat kennels" available on the matket for a cat, just dog kennels. So, we built a cat kennel, with a dog kennel, and designed a roof to keep them from escaping.
The cat who just laid in the yard or on the patio went out every once in a while, preferring to lay around inside. The cat who had been allowed to roam, still spends much of his days outside. When it is too hot or is raining, he will come inside. The first cat, Pepper, has sinced passed away, at the age of 16. The other cat, Smokey, turns 16 this month and still spends most of his days outside, until it gets too hot.
He has 3 other adoptees now, who also love the kennel. It was a great investment for me and I'm sure they will agree.
There are so many cat vidos and photos shared on the internet, you can never get enough and If you follow us on Facebook, you know we share the funniest and cutest ones we find. Check us out and "LIKE" us at https://www.facebook.com/KittyStoreOnline1/
Stay cool and be sure to leave fresh water outside, each day, for our little furry feral friends.
Until we meet again.....BE GOOD TO THOSE KITTIES!
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Are you ready for some football??? Ready or not, it's fall in the U.S. and, as usual, there is wall-to-wall football, on TV. My cat's aren't really fans. But then, they don't care for loud noises and, let's face it, football is noisy.
Fall means cooler temperatures and it's probably cooler in some parts of the country, but not in south Texas. Not yet, anyway. The weather man is promising a cool down this week. My cats will appreciate and enjoy cooler temperatures, when they finally get here. They will spend more daylight hours in their Outdoor Cat Kennel and less time inside, in the air conditioning. The kennel gives them fresh air, sunshine and a little freedom from the walls of the house. And, for the most part, they are safe. I say "for the most part" because there are a few harmfull things that can enter the kennel. One of the 'harmful' things would be poisonous snakes. I am told, by people who say they know, that a cat will kill a snake. However, I don't want to take that chance, so, I like to sprinkle Snake Repellant around the outside of the kennel. It washes away, with rain, and has to be reapplied but seems to do the trick. There are several brands, on the market, which can be found at the big box stores and some plant nurseries.
Fall is also a prime time for pet allergies. Like humans, they are susceptible to airborne irritants, as well as food and flea or tick allergies. For "everything you ever wanted to know" about pet allergies, you can refer to PetWellBeing.com for their latest newsletter. They also offer many all natural remedies for lots of pet allergies.
I don't read books as much as I used to. However, I recently saw one that looked interesting, so, I bought it. It is "TO CATCH A CAT", by Heather Green. The story chronicles a busy New York City professional, who becomes involved with a feral cat and her three kittens. It's a life changing experience for this young woman, who learns about herself.......and life, from her experience with these cats. It's funny, philisophical and, at times, tear provoking. I recommend it highly! It's available at most online book stores. I would like to share mine and will give it away, before Christmas. To enter to win my copy of the book, go to https://www.facebook.com/KittyStoreOnline1/, CLICK to "LIKE" Us, then CLICK on the link to register on the website. If you've already "Liked" us, before, you can still enter. I can check to be sure the selected winner is among our "Likes".
One of my sons sent me a funny - "If your cat had a cell phone, it wouldn't text you back". Well, does that say it all, about a cat, or what? I, just today, saw one of the funniest Funny Cat Video Compilations I have ever seen. I shared it with some of my "cat friends". You can watch it here https://youtu.be/njSyHmcEdkw. So Funny! They bring it on themselves, you know, just too nosey.
Does your cat sleep with you? In a recent newsletter from IHeartCats.com, Karen Harris wrote, 5 Reasons Sharing Your Bed With Your Cat Is Awesome. These are the 5 reasons she cites:
1. They're like fluffy little heaters.
Who needs a hot water bottle when you have a cuddly kitty to curl up with?
OK, Karen, who uses a hot wter bottle, these days? Also, Karen, how is this good in the middle of a hot summer? Admittedly, it is comfy in the winter but can be uncomfortable in the summer.
2. They give you peace of mind.
You know that your super-sensitive feline will alarm you to any nocturnal sights, smells, or sounds that seem out of the ordinary. She’s like your real-life burglar/fire/ghost(!) detector.
Yes, Karen, and they will wake you in the middle of the night, sounding like a thundering herd of elephants running from room to room, then across you in bed. AND, they can be so quiet and gentle, when sneaking up on one of the other cats..............then letting out a blood-curdling scream, when it pounces.
3. They’re a great source of emotional healing.
Kitty therapy, anyone? You may not have a registered service cat, but he’s certainly therapeutic for you. Any time you’re with your him, you’re automatically more calm, relaxed, and happy. What a great way to drift off into dreamland!
OK, Karen, OK. They're sweet and cuddly!
4. Plus, your cat loves to snuggle, too!
You’re not the only one who enjoys this cozy sleeping arrangement!
OK, Karen, OK. They're sweet and cuddly!
5. It’s the best way to wake up.
When the sweet whiskered face of your favorite kitty is the first thing you see in the morning (and her soft fur is the first thing you touch!), there is simply no better way to start the day. Now you can both put your best paw forward!
OK, any argument, anyone? Of course not, these are the sweetest, cuddliest little creatures on earth!! We LOVE sharing our beds with them!
I also was made aware of a website that is paid to give you free stuff. It might be beauty products for you or food and toys for your cat(s). You and your cat can receive a "goody-box" every month. It's called PINCHme.com.
PINCHme is a monthly box of free goodies for you and your cat. Here is how you get going:
1. You simply sign up for free on PINCHme.com.
2. Fill out your profile indicating you own a cat.
3. Select the free samples you’re interested in.
4. Then, once you try them out, give a review of the product.
On top of the cat options, there is a wide variety of products to select from. They include products for home, food, beauty, baby and personal care. You can test new cleaning products as well.
To start getting your free products just go to PINCHme.com and start the process I mentioned above. I hope you enjoy getting some free stuff !
It's time to order those winter shelters for your feral or outside cats. We have a couple of new items you can see here http://www.kittystoreonline.com/Outdoor-Cat-Shelter/Outdoor-Cat-House-Shelter and here http://www.kittystoreonline.com/Outdoor-Cat-House/The-Kitty-Tube-Outdoor-Cat-Houses. Avoid a delay in delivery by ordering NOW ! And, don't forget our "Thanks" discounts. It never hurts to save a little money!
Enjoy your FALL weather (SIGH) and please visit us soon!
In a PurrFect world, summer would be a low of 60 degrees and a high of 80 degrees. However, in our Im-PurrFect world, we must deal with a low of 79 degrees and a high of 100 degrees +. At least, in South Texas, that's our world.
You certainly must remember your pets experience the same discomforts of summer. Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water and a cool place to lie down. With my indoor pets, that seems to be inside, in the AC. They even reserve their outdoor kennel for early morning and late afternoon.
However, for my outside, neighborhood, cats, I try to be sure they too have fresh water, each day. Most days, I add a few ice cubes to the bowl, in the afternoon, just to keep it from getting really hot. Of course, they act like they don't notice, but I see them enjoying the cool water.
For your inside pets, consider one of the filtering pet fountains. These provide continuous fresh water for your pet whether you are home or away.
Several months ago, I searched the internet for something to relieve one of my cats excessive skin dander and constant scratching. I found, and tried, a product called "Magic Mender Itch Ender". It is an Omega 3 oil for pets. If you've ever put medications in a cat's bowl, you know they usually will not eat their food. I expected this to be the case. I started slow, as they reccommended, with a few drops on his wet food. He didn't seem to notice. After a few weeks, I was up to 1/8 th teaspoon, the recommended daily dose. He actually seems to like it. It is very noticeable but he laps it up, anyway. Some of his siblings even want to lick his bowl, when he's through eating. I have started adding a few drops to everyone's bowl.
The great website I found is PetWellBeing.com. There are 100% Natural remedies for hundreds of pet ailments. If you need help with a condition, for which you have consulted a veterinarian without results, you might want to check out this site. They have a veterinarian available for questions or consultation.
Now that summer is here, think about an outdoor kennel for your indoor cats. There are so many things to see, hear and sniff in the outside world your indoor cats don't have, when they're confined inside the walls of your home. There's a new adventure, everyday. It's even great in the winter, on good days. A window pet door is easy to install and can lead into the outdoor world of their dreams. Think about your kitty(ies) lying in a comfy hammock or climbing on their outdoor cat tree in the warm summer breezes. A bird feeder, nearby, will be like kitty TV for your furr-babies.
If you have no room for a large outdoor cat kennel but would like to give your cat a little sunshine and fresh air, there are window enclosures, or "Cat Veranda" that will provide hours of fun or lazyness for your kitties. They can still have that hammock and even shelves to climb on, lay on or play on, all while having a great view of the activity outside. A real break from boredom.
Do you have a neighborhood cat or cats you feed? Do you ever wonder where that cat goes for shelter from the cold, the rain, the snow or even the heat? Do you wish you could provide shelter or keep them safe? There are many outdoor cat houses on the market today. Most are built out of cedar, a long lasting wood that also repels insects (like fleas). It weathers nicely and can protect the cat or cats from the cold, the heat, the rain, sleet and snow. These are available with insulation that makes them warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Most are available with or without that insulation. They can be single story or double deckers. They can sit flat on your deck or be raised to heights only the cats can reach, keeping them safe from predators. We, also, now offer the popular Kitty Tube cat house. These are made from recyclables, making them a very "green" product! They're available with or without insulation and designed to repel all precipitaion, keeping your outdoor cat warm and dry.
And.......don't forget the newest craze in cat furniture........Cat Furniture For The Wall !
Remember, all orders of $99 or more, are eligible for our "THANKS" discounts.
Do you have a cat with behavior problems? Don't despair!! You can "Ask Pammy" by visiting http://www.wayofcats.com/ She will answer your questions and offer experienced insight into the problem. Or, visit her blog at http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/ for interesting cat behavior insights.
Would you like to do -MORE- for shelter cats? Simply subscribing to a newsletter at http://iheartcats.com/ provides one meal for a shelter cat. Then, every puchase you make at the website will provide meals for shelter cats - 14 meals for every t-shirt - 30 meals for every hoodie - and 20 meals for every jewelry purchase. Please check it out and sign up.
DID YOU KNOW?
Spaying a female before her first or second heat will greatly reduce the threat of mammary cancer and uterine disease. A cat does not need to have at least 1 litter to be healthy, nor will they "miss" motherhood. A tabby named "Dusty" gave birth to 420 documented kittens in her lifetime, while "Kitty" gave birth to 2 kittens at the age of 30, having given birth to a documented 218 kittens in her lifetime. The world does not need this many "stray" kittens!
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Until fall........God bless each and every furr-baby,........... and you, of course!
Ahhhhhh.......Spring! My favorite time of year (she said as she sneezed). Yes, I have one one of those spring, allergy induced head colds. Don't you hate 'em? However, it is a small price to pay for the most beautiful time of the year! I love to just sit back and watch the world, around me, renewing itself. The green of the new leaves (a lighter, brighter green, that darkens as we continue into summer), the vibrant colors of the wildflowers along the roadsides and Mother Natures's pets producing their young. I call Mother Nature's pets all those animals that are wild and are not cared for as our pets, the birds, racoons, possums, coyotes, skunks and feral cats, etc. Most of these have to be protected and provided for by God.
Spring always brings an abundance of new kittens to every neighborhood. Many will not survive to adulthood. The dangers facing them is great. Their are predator animals, cars and trucks, traps and poisons, all of which present a great challenge to their survival.
However, those who survive will continually face these dangers. There is one thing we can do to help. It is called Spay-Neuter-Return. This provides for a less stressful life for these animals. Not only does it reduce the number of new kittens, going forward, but it reduces the fighting among males and the fear among the females. Reduced fighting also reduces the spread of infectious diseases, allowing the sick to die without spreading deadly diseases. So much is accomplished with the spay-neuter-return programs. A lot of groups provide these programs with the help of grants from large organizations such as ASPCA, Alley Cats and other sponsors. Check with your local animal shelter to see if they provide one of these programs in your neighborhood. If they don't, ask them to check into it. There are many grants available, just for this purpose.
Goodness, I love cats!! If you are reading this, I know you do too! I'd like to share some posts from my blog. Check them out here https://kittystoreonline.wordpress.com/ Let me know if you relate to any of these articles. I'd love to hear from you. Let me know if there are topics you'd like me to address in an article.
Spring is a good time to think about giving your indoor cats some fresh air and sunshine. You've been cooped up for the winter. They're always cooped up. Think about a safe outdoor kennel or a window enclosure, if you don't have room for a kennel. The window enclosure can also be used, then removed, on an apartment window, with management approval, of course. You can even grow some cat grass, like wheat, oat and catnip, in containers in the kennel or enclosure. This gives them some nutrients and treats they don't get in their food. Outdoor climbing on shelves attached to the wire walls or outdoor cat trees can provide exciting playtime for your furr-babies. They'll love you for it!
I'd like to show you a new litter box product, the Litter Spinner. This is an easy to clean litter box, great for any home. It cleans the box in just seconds......Easy to use for anyone. Check out the video on the product page.
I've added a new line of products, manufactured in Pennsylvania, by Amish craftsmen. It includes a new "Indoor Cat Enclosure", cusomizable to your needs. This is great for breeders or anyone who needs to separate their pets from parts of their home. Crafted of oak or maple hardwoods, with a choice of beautiful wood finishes. These can be for temporary use or permanent fixtures.
The line also includes a selection of pet steps in oak or maple hardwoods and the same selection of beautiful wood finishes, in several sizes, or unfinished cedar in 4 sizes, suitable for indoor or outdoor use. The uncompromised quality of the Amish craftsmen.
There is also a selection of matching pet stairs for the wall and wall shelves in the same beautiful hardwoods and finishes. The new trend in cat furniture is cat furniture for the wall, new vistas for your cat(s) to explore..
Don't forget our PVC or Rustic Cedar Cat Trees, for use in outdoor kennels, on patios or in shelters.
Did you know there is a WebMD for cats? You can find it here. All your cat's health questions answered and lots of good advice on the care and feeding of furry felines. Check it out and keep the web address handy. It's great for when you have a question anout your cat's health and you don't want to call the vet. Subscribe to their Healthy Cats Newsletter to stay "in the know".
Don't forget about all the other really insighful information found at http://www.wayofcats.com/. Not only does Pam have a Blog, she now has a Podcast and she always answers your personal questions. She's a very knowledgeable and helpful resource, when it comes to cats. Here is a particularly enlightening article titled "Why Does My Cat Sare At Nothing?" I think you will find it interesting and educational.
Happy Spring!! ca-choo!
Until next time..............
FALL is in the air! Only the slightest hint of what is to come. Do you feel just a little bit cooler, yet? Maybe not, but you know it’s not far away. You can almost feel the cooler breezes, the familiar smell and feel of fall. It’s one of the most pleasant seasons of the year. It’s time to start thinking about preparations to be made for winter. Don’t forget the preparations needed for your pets.
The pet house heater you promised your dog, the heating mat you know your cat or dog needs. Perhaps a heated bowl to keep the outdoor water bowl or food from freezing. There are outdoor feeding stations to keep their food and water covered and protected from falling leaves, rain and snow. The outdoor house you’ve been planning for your outdoor cat or the feral cats you feed. It’s time, now, to think and plan for these necessities for your pets. Their very lives may depend on the decisions you make now.
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I am proud of the outdoor kennels offered at www.KittyStoreOnline.com. However, if you don’t have the room for an outdoor kennel, you may want to consider a window Cat Veranda enclosure for those days your furry feline could enjoy some fresh outdoor air and a little sun. These come in sizes that are 22” deep, with options on width and height. You can design your cat’s own “sunroom”, with shelves for climbing or a hammock for lazing the day away. With easily installed window pet doors, your cat can come and go at its leisure or you can control when it has access to the enclosure. Check it out! It’s an affordable alternative to a large outdoor enclosure.
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For those days, when it’s too cold or blustery for you or your cat to venture outdoors, consider toys that will take his/her mind off of the confinement. Watching them can also make your day more enjoyable. The Activity Center is a great way to occupy the feline hunting instinct and provide the needed reward, for their efforts.
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A toy box, filled with catnip scented playthings can provide for a diversion that you will enjoy watching. I know it is difficult, if not impossible, to train a cat to pick-up and put-away their toys but it’s so much fun, watching their antics, that you won’t mind the work. I keep a bottle of catnip spray in the cupboard to keep the catnip scent fresh on their toys. It’s also good for attracting the outside kitty into their new house.
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One of the simplest toys I have seen are ping pong balls. These are light and can be batted from room to room and, of course, under furniture. Sometimes it is necessary to rescue the toys from areas your cat cannot reach. This is a small price for the fun and enjoyment of watching your cat at play.
October 16 is National Feral Cat Day. Alley Cat Allies is the largest non-profit in the country helping the plight of "neighborhood cats". National Feral Cat Day is all about celebrating the Evoluion of the Cat Revolution. Answer their call to action at www.NationalFeralCatDay.org. See how you can help.
I recently saw a report, on TV, that said watching funny cat videos is good for you. It is proven to lower your blood pressure and the laughter improves your health in many ways. I believe they say it releases “endorphins”. So, I hope you will tune into one of the many sites that offer these videos.
If you are not a “seasoned” funny cat videos viewer, here is a good place to start but, I warn you, it’s hard to turn them off. Don’t just watch “Part 1”, go ahead to “Part 2”. Remember, laughter is good for your health.
Now, don't you feel better? And "follow" my new wordpress blog posts at https://kittystoreonline.wordpress.com/ If you have subjects you would like for me to address, I will happily research and report on those on the blog.
Until next time, be good to your furry friends! They'll love you back!
It's Summer, 2015 - Enjoy It!
Welcome to the Cat Days of Summer! They DO love summer! They can get out to play early, then lay in the shade, or under the air conditioning, and snooze the day away. Of course, they do that all year long! The only thing, that might change, is the spot they choose to snooze the day away.
We DO love our furr-babies and want to give them a good, safe life. For that reason, you can’t find a better way to keep them safe than an outside cat kennel. It’s a place to play, climb or sleep in safety. We have some of the best kennels available. All are adaptable to your needs and price range. They can be three sided, attaching to your home with a pet door for entrance or four sided, with a tunnel, leading from a pet door in the wall or a pet door in a window. Pet doors are available for all types of installation, for doors, walls, glass or easily inserted in a window opening. Kennels are available in easy-to-assemble kits. Check out all of the great, complete kennels available on our site.
Speaking of fun for your cats, Purina recently wrote about games for your pets. Here are some of their FUN suggestions for your cats:
By The Petcentric Team
Ping-Pong for Cats
Ping-pong balls are purrfect toys for cats. They’re small and fast, mimicking cats’ prey, and they make plenty of noise as they skitter across the floor. Plus, they’re large enough that there’s little need to worry about your cat swallowing them.
Start by positioning your cat across the room — if she doesn’t mind — then gently flick the ping-pong ball across the floor towards her. Chances are good that she’ll swat it around a bit once she catches it. Some cats will figure out that you’re part of the game, too, and start swatting the ball back in your general direction. This is the closest some cat owners will ever get to a game of fetch!
Patiently pick up the ball when your cat stops playing with it, return to your position, and flick the ball across the floor again. Eventually this may become a two-sided match. It’s certainly a fun, active way to bond with your cat.
The game also works in the bathtub. Remove all toiletries and cleaning products from the area first, make sure the tub is dry, and cover the drain so the ball can’t settle there. Then drop a ping-pong ball right in the tub and watch your cat have a blast chasing and batting the ball around.
Hide and Seek for Cats
This game is all about letting your pet explore and find a hidden toy or treat by scent. First, let your pet sniff what you’re going to hide. Then hide it someplace nearby that’s not too hard to find. Catnip-filled toys work best for cats. If the prize is a treat, you’re all set! If not, you can reward your pet with a treat for finding his or her toy.
Keep hiding things in harder and harder places to find until you or your pet are all tuckered out, then put the toys and treats away. If only you could train your cat to retrieve the toys and put them away himself at the end of the exercise.
Want to take it to the next level with your cat? Bring in the paper bags! Chances are she’ll find the crinkly sound and enclosed space of the bags more interesting than the game itself, but give it a shot. Trying to find a tasty morsel in one of four or five large brown paper bags may just appeal to her natural hunting instincts. Of course you should never use plastic bags or paper bags with handles attached that your cat could choke on or get caught in.
Dogs may like bubbles, too, but cats are more likely to enjoy this game. Pick up some catnip-scented bubbles formulated especially for cats. Don’t use regular bubble formulas, as the soap residue may irritate your cat’s eyes. Gently blow some bubbles near your cat and see if she doesn’t jump around trying to catch a few.
Don’t be surprised if your cat doesn’t jump at the bubbles right away. Some cats would rather watch you blow bubbles all day rather than jump at the bubbles as they float to the ground. Some are more interested in rolling around where the bubbles burst rather than pouncing on them. It all depends on your cat’s personality and activity level.
If your cat does enjoy chasing bubbles, consider taking her bubble fun to the next level by leading your cat through an obstacle course of chairs or toys. Blow a series of bubbles for her as you wind your own way through the course. Just be prepared to ask yourself: Are you training your cat, or has your cat trained you?
Tablet Games for Cats
People aren’t the only creatures who play games on tablet computers. With a good screen protector, your cat could become a video game superstar playing special tablet games built just for cats. Many have high contrast backgrounds and fun moving objects for your pet to tap (i.e., pounce upon).
There are games for cats featuring mice, bugs, and other critters that she will love pawing at. Most games include sound effects like squeaking or animal noises that will perk your pet right up.
Some of the more popular games for dogs are iSqueak and Pet Acoustics for iPhone and iPad, and My Dog My Room and Lovely Pets for Android — while cats may enjoy Game for Cats and Friskies® Jitter Bug for iPhone and iPad, Crazy Cats and Cat Playground for Android, and Friskies® Cat Fishing 2 which works on both platforms.
Feel like making training into a game for your dog? Check out the Pro Plan® P5 app! It can track your dog’s activity and provides step-by-step training regimens that cover everything from basic training to high-performance feats of athleticism.
Last but not least, puzzle toys offer a fun mental challenge that rewards your pet for his or her problem-solving skills. How far will your pet go to enjoy a tasty treat? Pick up some new puzzle toys and put him or her to the test.
You can find dozens of fun puzzle toys for dogs or cats that range from simple to complex. They come in varieties like small cylinders or balls, and some look like children’s toys with parts your pet must paw or nuzzle out of place to get to those tasty treats.
Whatever games you choose to play with your pet this summer, be sure to keep everyone — including yourself — well hydrated and ready to have a great time!
Hydration is important for all living creatures. Your pets need plenty of water and it is doubly important in the summer heat. Please make sure cool water is available for your furr-babies at all times. A fun way to provide water for your pet is a recirculating water fountain. A pet fountain keeps the water fresher, filtered and cooler.
Also, featured in a recent Petcentric Newsletter, was this article:
How Can I Keep My Pet Safe in the Summer Heat?
Hot weather is tough enough on humans, but what about our pets? Here are some of the best ways around to keep your pet safe and comfortable when the mercury rises.
The last thing you want on a beautiful summer day is for you or your pet to get sick from becoming overheated. There’s too much to enjoy in the summertime! But it’s not hard to stay cool and keep the good times rolling if you follow these helpful tips.
Never Leave Pets in a Parked Car
With all the tragic stories in the news, this should go without saying — but you should never ever leave your pet in a parked car, not even for a moment. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131° F – 172° F (55° C – 78° C) when outside temperatures are 80° F – 100° F (27° C – 38° C).” Temperatures can rise quickly into the 100° F – 120° F range even with the windows cracked. This is hot enough to cause irreversible organ damage or even death.
Dog houses aren’t safe in hot weather either, because they block air flow and trap the heat inside. If your pet is outside, be sure to keep him or her in the shade when possible, with plenty of water on hand. You can add ice if it’s especially hot out.
Keep Heat Exposure to a Minimum
Avoid exercising with your pet on a hot day, and if you must, at least avoid the midday hours or anytime it seems too hot for yourself. When going for a walk, avoid hot asphalt that can burn your pet’s paws, keep running to a minimum, and bring plenty of cool water with you.
Humidity can make matters worse since pets have a harder time cooling themselves by panting, which can send their internal temperatures dangerously high. Fans aren’t enough either. There are cooling products for pets, such as wraps, pads and vests, but it’s best to keep your pet cool by keeping him or her from overheating in the first place. A cool bath can help dogs who like baths — and the occasional cat who likes to get wet! (They do exist.)
Watch Out for Heatstroke
Heatstroke is a serious hazard for pets on hot days, especially those who are very young or old, or not in good condition. Petfinder recommends watching for the following signs of heatstroke in your pet: excessive panting, salivating, discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, and seizures.
If you see any of these signs in your pet, move him or her into a cooler environment right away and call your veterinarian. You can use ice packs and give your pet some cool water to alleviate the condition until you get to the veterinarian’s office.
Summertime is for fun and games, so keep these tips in mind for a safe and happy season.
You can also get 20% off Purina products, the entire month of July, on their website. Check it out!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and enjoys it with your pets!
Treat them like the ROYALTY they are!!
Until next time,
SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!
Another winter is in the past. Many will remember it as the coldest, harshest, snowiest, iciest, but mostly, the longest winter in memory. Good riddance!!
Now, for spring................the time of year when more kittens are born. You may soon see more in your neighborhood. Please take time to call your local no-kill shelters for help and ask if they have a Spay-Neuter-Return program available. You can help curtail the constant overpopulation of feral cats and still let those, already in your neighborhood, live a more humane life.
To aid in caring for your pets and outside cats, the ASPCA held a Poison Prevention Twitter Chat, on Wednesday. Even if you think you know all of the items that are poisonous to curious pets, important information and reminders are available here http://www.aspca.org/blog/believe-it-or-not-its-poisonous-pets-apcc-shares-poison-prevention-tips?ms=em_new_blogpost-apccchatinfo-50312&initialms=em_new_blogpost-apccchatinfo-150312&utm_source=newsalertemail_20150312&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsalert.
Please read this guide for keeping your pets safe.
Are you considering how long the winter has been for your furr-babies? They have suffered through the long ordeal, just as you have. It's time to cure their "winter blues" and get them out in the sunshine!
In order to do that, safely, consider a safe, enclosed "play-yard" for their outdoor excursions. This spring, we are introducing a line of high quality, long lasting, extra large cat kennel enclosures. These are so attractive, you will be proud to add one to your backyard. Often called "Catios", these are constructed of high quality redwood frames and long lasting galvanized steel wire. You can request 2" x3" cat wire or 1" x 1" kitten wire. They are easy assembly because they are assembled at the factory, then disassembled, leaving all screws or connectors in place, ready to reassemble at your home. Shipped by FedEx Freight, they leave the factory in 5 to 10 business days. Check out all of the 41 sizes here http://www.kittystoreonline.com/EXTRA_LARGE_CAT_KENNEL_ENCLOSURES. Available from 8' x 8' to 10' x 16' and in heights of 6', 7' or 8', you will find one suitable for your outdoor space. Custom sizes are also available, just ask for pricing.
As always, we also have outdoor cat trees for your patio or "catio". These are available in all wood, rustic cedar or colorful PVC and vinyl, both easy maintenance and long lasting. You can browse our selection here http://www.kittystoreonline.com/OUTDOOR_CAT_TREES.
One of our newest products is the lifelike, indoor "Catmando" Cat Tree. Constructed to look like a real live tree, it has three conveniently placed perches, hidden inside the leaves, to allow your cats the fun of climbing and the security of hiding, to oversee their surroundings. It is a full 5 1/2' tall for plenty of room to climb and play or nap. See it here http://www.kittystoreonline.com/catmando/catmando
We are also pleased to, once again, offer the Cat-Power-Tower, the most unique cat tree on the planet. It is a veritable playground, with a hunt and play toy maze and an interactive, motorized carousel with tempting toys to swat and grab. It is a real conversation piece and will have your cats talking to it too. Buy the absolute most fun for your cats here http://www.kittystoreonline.com/Cat-Power-Tower/Cat-Power-Tower.
On all of your purchases at www.KittyStoreOnline.com, don't forget our Thanks Discounts. The discount codes, to use at Checkout, are listed on the right hand side of every page.
It has been a disgustingly long winter..............But now, it's time to gear-up for SPRING! Get out and enjoy the sunshine! Well........OK, as soon as it comes to your area.
Until next time................Happy Spring!
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This is not my favorite time of year. I am not alone, cats don't care for cold weather, either. Very cold surfaces hurt their paws. They also find wet surfaces very uncomfortable.
This is a particularly dangerous time of year for feral and outside cats. I want to get the message out and caution everyone of the danger of a cat crawling into your car's engine or other spaces on the underside of your car, trying to find a warm place. There are ways to warn a cat and allow it to escape being injured. I bang on the hood and down the side of my car, before I get in. I also honk the horn several times to warn them, prior to starting the engine. Please remember to do this, this winter. You may just save a life!
Please read the recent article posted by the ASPCA in their Newsletter.
Help keep these cats free from harm. The results can be deadly.
Special pricing on our Holiday Specials start on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and run through Cyber Monday but most are good through the end of the year. Don't forget your kitties on Christmas. They are our babies................our Furr-Babies! Check Holiday Specials out HERE.
I believe my furr-babies love me. Do you believe your pets are capable of love? Please read nd enjoy this article.
Instead of my usual trivia, here's a great alternate use for kitty litter, in the winter:
(Note that the following suggestion, traditional clay litter - not clumping - is recommended)
Carry cat box filler in the trunk of your car and use it to aid tire traction on icy roads. It can also provide traction and improve safety on sidewalks, steps and driveways. Sprinkle a small amount on the ground before you get out of your car for foot traction in icy conditions.
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I will soon be sending my Christmas card to wish you a Merry Christmas and a warm and wonderful holiday.
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Remember the song......Summertime, summertime, sum, sum summertime!
Summertime, summertime hot, hot summertime, summerti-i-i-i-ime!
It reminds me, thankfully, winter is over!
South Texas is hot and humid, that's normal. Texans accept the heat as just part of life. However, that doesn't keep us from lamenting our 100+ degree temperatures.
My cats can't wait until I open the pet door to their outdoor kennel, each morning, after their breakfast. They so enjoy getting out in the fresh air, in the morning. However, when the fresh air starts to really heat up, they make a quick retreat into the air conditioned house! That is where they spend their day, napping. Then, in the late afternoon, as the heat gives way to a cooler breeze, they again seek the fresh air and outdoor wonders of their kennel. I firmly believe the kennel keeps them from the boredom of indoor confinement. They know they have another "place" to go.
What can I say? It's summertime! Time to provide an outdoor kennel for those little furrballs who inhabit your home. Time to let them have some fresh air! And, to go with it, a maintenance-free cat tower for them to climb, play and nap on in the fresh sunshine. Give it some thought.............for them!
I am happy to report that www.KittyStoreOnline.com is now the exclusive retailer of Dianne Woods beautiful feline artwork. Dianne is entering semi-retirement and will limit her offerings to our website. She even has some new ones. Check all of them out.
I have a new friend, artist Sue Hains, who offers beautiful custom artwork of your pets, from photographs. She is an amazing artist. You can see her work here http://www.suehains.com/ and contact her for a painting of your pet or pets.
Speaking of "art", we now offer T-Shirts and a wide variety of shapes and sizes of bags, with the tantalizing "cat" artwork of French artist, Albena. The artwork is from France but the products are made in the good old USA. Check these beauties out. There's nothing like wearing or carrying a beautiful piece of french artwork.
As previously announced, we are now offering a new line of all wood cat trees/condos. These extremely functional, furniture finish quality cat trees or condos are available in a variety of finishes; Maple, Walnut, Mahogany, Semi-Gloss White and Semi-Gloss Black. There's no carpet to get dirty, making these very easy maintenance and offering your kitties a selection of an open space, up high, or a cozy, safe place to hide. We all know how cats love to climb AND to hide. There is also a scratch pad on each level, allowing your cats a place to scratch other than your sofa.
MOLLY AND FRIENDS, has expanded their line of premium quality, hand crafted, American made cat furniture. Come see the old and the new.
Cat Trivia, Found on the internet:
It’s well known that olive oil offers several health benefits to humans, but your furry roommates can also get in on the goodness. The occasional dash of olive oil added to your pet’s food can help with weight management, circulation, a strong immune system and a shiny coat. Bonus: Olive oil can also help rid your kitty of those embarrassing hacking hairballs.
Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
A cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog.
The cat's clavicle, or collarbone, does not connect with other bones but is buried
in the muscles of the shoulder region. This lack of a functioning collarbone allows
them to fit through any opening the size of their head.
Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human's 6 muscles
each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the
direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.
Cats' hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.
Cats' hearing stops at 65 khz (kilohertz); humans' hearing stops at 20 khz.
Cats can judge within 3 inches the precise location of a sound being made 1 yard
If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat
is threatened or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along
the spine and tail.
Cats dislike citrus scent. Some people spray a citrus spray on furniture to keep cats off.
A cat's jaw has only up and down motion; it does not have any lateral, side to side motion,
like dogs and humans.
Did you know, cats lap liquid from the underside of their tongue, not from the top? If you are unable to see the YouTube video, below, please go to http://youtu.be/j30UdXILrHE . I believe you will find this interesting.
A recent customer, a shelter volunteer, has this on all of her emails:
I have often heard it said that cat ownership is a lot like chocolate chip cookies--you can never have just one. While this may be true, it is important for cat owners to realize that many problems can arise from keeping several cats in a household together.
It is true that cats are social creatures, but the confined nature of our homes is very different from what social living cats experience in the wild. Feral cats often co-exist in very large, complex social groups.
These groups are generally made up of related females and their offspring, as well as several unrelated males. The ability for so many cats to live in relative harmony in the wild is due to the fact that each group has a large home range and each individual has an established territory within that home range.
When we bring cats into our homes, we have to realize that our house and yard basically comprise their home range; home range size may be greater if the cat spends more time outdoors than inside. In multi-cat households, each individual cat will stake out a territory within this home range. It just follows then that in a multi-cat household, each individual cat will have a fairly small territory, especially if all of the individuals are living strictly indoors.
So, how many cats are too many? This is a very difficult question to answer since this depends on the size of the home range, the number of territories available, whether any of the cats are related, and the individual personalities of the cats involved. In some cases, it only takes the addition of one, unfamiliar cat to completely disrupt a previously peaceful multi-cat household.
There are steps you can take to increase the chances of successfully introducing a new cat to your household. First, you will need to determine how your current resident cats define their territories. Do they share food dishes, water bowls, litter boxes, and resting areas? Does one cat spend all of his time in your bedroom while the others are content to sleep on the back of the sofa? Once you have figured out which territories are already in use, you can bring in the new cat and establish a separate territory for him. This territory should include his own food and water dishes as well as a litter box. Once the new cat is comfortable in his new territory, then you can begin gradual, and controlled introductions to your other cats. Reward your cats with food treats if they behave in a curious or friendly manner. Never directly punish your cats if they are unfriendly to the newcomer. Instead, allow the newcomer to escape back into the safety of its new territory and try again later. It may be the case that the new cat will never be accepted into the group. While this may be difficult for you to understand, you should try to accept the fact and go on as long as full-scale war is not erupting in your home.
Although many owners believe that fights will be the obvious result of adding a new cat to their household, many are surprised to find that this is not the case. Other more subtle forms of aggression are more common. In addition, other behavior problems may arise among your established group of resident cats that seem unrelated to the new feline member of your household. First, if aggression is seen, it may not be directed toward the new cat. Instead, it may be directed toward other familiar cats in the house or the owners themselves. There has been a disruption in the social hierarchy and the confusion that is felt by the resident cats may be expressed in outward aggression. More commonly, however, owners notice more subtle forms of aggression such as guarding food bowls, blocking access to litter boxes, or "hogging" of favorite resting areas. Although no direct conflict occurs, it is obvious that there is tension among the resident cats. Resident cats may begin urine spraying to mark their territories, urinating on upright objects such as stereo speakers, furniture, door jams, or curtains. If one cat in a multi-cat household is spraying, chances are that others are too. For example, in a household with 10 resident cats, the chance of an owner seeing spraying at some point is 100%. Some cats may be even sneakier in their show of aggression. These individuals will urinate on your bed, in your laundry basket, or on your jacket as a response to social stress. These are more passive ways of asserting dominance.
So, what can you do if this is happening in your multi-cat household? First, you will want to enlist the help of your veterinarian. You need to make sure there is nothing physically wrong with any of your cats. Cats suffering from stress can develop bladder infections and other medical conditions that may lead to behavioral changes such as inappropriate urination. Even urine marking may be a sign of a physical problem. If your veterinarian indicates that your cats are in good health, then you may want to seek the help of a qualified behaviorist who can help you and your cats sort out their new territories and relationships. There are many techniques that can be used to discourage a cat from spraying or urinating inappropriately. It is very important to begin working on these techniques immediately before your cats become accustomed to using their alternate toilet areas. You will also want to clean up any soiled areas well using an enzymatic-style cleaner that not only removes the stain, but also removes the odor, without simply masking the smell. If you have a cat that is blocking access to the litter box, you will want to add more litter boxes. Most of the experts on cat behavior believe that you should have two litter boxes in your house per cat! The same is true if one or more of your cats is monopolizing the food and water bowls. You can add additional bowls in each cat's individual territory in order to make sure no one is being edged out. It may even be helpful to allow one or more cats additional time outdoors if your cats are indoor-outdoor.
If you have a happy, peaceful multi-cat household, you may be tempted to add another cat--the more the merrier! However, the social dynamics of multi-cat households can be very complex and may not be readily evident until you stress the members with the addition of a new individual. What we all have to remember is this: while cats can live happily in large groups, this may not directly apply to our household situations. Our homes are artificial social situations in which we ask our cats to live; home ranges are small and individual territories are even smaller. It is important for all cat owners to understand normal cat behavior and appreciate the complexity of their social structure in order to better keep the peace in their multi-cat households.
Julie C. Bond, M.S.
Certified Animal Behaviorist
Pet Education & Training Services
Serving the San Francisco Bay Area
I hope you have a wonderful summer. Keep those outside pets cool and well hydrated. They'll love you for it!
The Long Awaited SPRING
From "The winter that never ends" to "Ahhh............Spring!"
It is time to think about letting your indoor cats outside. But wait...............you CAN keep them
I recently read an article from ASPCA, titled "Talking to Your Kids About Pet Store Puppies".
Here are 7 Things You Might Not Know About Cats :-()
3. Cats can't see in the dark, but they see well in low light. Cats can't see in absolute dark any
4. Cats hear ultrasonic sounds. Cats are also able to hear things we humans cannot, including
5. 81 million American cats! Cats are America's favorite pet, with about 32 percent of U.S. homes
I recently read a report in "Pawnation" about cat bites. I think you will find it very interesting
I highly recommend the latest blog post by my friend, Pam, from "Way of Cats". You can read it here
Found on the internet:
Cats have scent glands in their paw pads, cheeks & tail, all sending information to other cats.
a lot of ways to "mark" territory!)
In Japan, there's a myth that cats have the power to turn into super spirits when they die.
Cats can’t climb head-first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way.
(easy up, not so easy down!)
When it comes to sense of smell, cats have us beat big time... with over 200 million scent receptors
vs. our measly 5 million
Cats are great survivors & instinctively look for water away from their food, which they think is
cleaner & safer to drink.
Cats & humans have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion (maybe that's why we
love em so much!)
When cats draw in scent by curling back their lips in a teeth baring "grin"... it's called the
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Try to make the Spring as enjoyable for you fur-babies as it is for you!
Until next time, Happy Spring.............Enjoy!
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We're past Thanksgiving and Black Friday and closing in on the Christmas season. Winter Wonderland?
It isn't Christmas yet but I feel like a little girl at Christmas. I've recently met and partnered with a
Fall 2013 High Tech for Your Cat
You know how inquisitive (aka nosey) your cat is. You can't hide anything from them unless it is behind a tightly closed door. Even then, I have a cat who opens cabinet doors and one who joins me in the bathroom each time I don't get the door closed well enough.
Musings from the internet:
Cat allergies are usually the result of the Fel d 1 glycoprotein, which is present in cat saliva and skin. Yuck!
The majority of cats... domestic, cougar, panther, etc., are unable to taste sweetness due to a mutated gene in their taste buds.
The first Siamese cat brought to the U.S. was named "Siam" and was a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes, in 1878.
The earliest direct evidence of cat domestication is a kitten that was buried alongside a human 9,500 years ago in Cyprus.
Ancient Egypt worshiped cats. Queen Cleopatra even modeled her glamorous eye makeup after the faces of her cats.
Unlike humans or dogs, cats don't have a true collarbone and can fit through any opening the size of their head or larger.
Cats can become infected with West Nile Virus, but it doesn't harm them like it does humans... and you can't get the virus from cats.
Cats come back to full alertness from the sleep state faster than any other creature. (they get lots of practice!)
Cats see better in low light but in less detail than humans, and their pupils are vertical - and quite stunning
Cats don't like the smell of citrus - grapefruit, orange & especially lemon... so it can work well to keep them from scratching furniture. You might try a citrus scented air freshener for your furniture. The house will smell fresh and your cats won't want to lay on your sofa all day.
Amazingly, cats have over 100 different vocal sounds (dogs have about 10). All the more ways to tell you what they need!
Ed Lowe created the first cat litter, called "Kitty Litter", in 1948. Before this, ash and sand were used - with less than good results!
MORE HIGH TECH CATS
Swiss engineers have created a four-legged machine that mimics the stride of cats. It is built to be nimble.
Developed by robotics researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL), the small, housecat-sized machine isn't that fast; its top speed is just 3.1 mph. But the robo-feline's creators think they can ratchet up its speed to somewhere around the 40 mph mark, making it ideal for traversing rough terrain and conducting search-and-rescue missions. (Once they take it off its tether, at least.)
Like Boston Dynamics' much larger robo-cheetah before it, our kitty here is "based on the meticulous observation and faithful reproduction of the feline leg,".
"This morphology gives the robot the mechanical properties from which cats benefit," explains EPFL's Alexander Sproewitz, "that's to say a marked running ability and elasticity in the right spots, to ensure stability. The robot is thus naturally more autonomous."
The next step, presumably, is to program it to ignore you. ;-)
In case you misssed this story, see what traing can do for cats
It has been a really hot summer but it is coming to a close. As fall and winter approach, many of you will be thinking about shelter for an outside cat.
We have many solutions here OUTDOOR CAT HOUSES and don't forget to take advantage of our "Thanks" discount codes.
We have also added a number of manufacturers who proudly make their cat trees in the U.S. American made pet products are not easy to find, these days. These products offer a quality not found in the Chinese versions. CAT TREES MADE IN AMERICA
The newest in our American made cat trees is a line of attractive PVC & VINYL CAT TREES, offering quality as well as easy maintenance. These make a great alternative for catteries or cat shelters. They also make one of the best outdoor cat trees. I plan to get two for my outdoor cat kennel. They will withstand the summer heat and other adverse weather Mother Nature may send our way.
My goal is to be as good a person as my cat thinks I am.
Until next time, I hope your fall is a wonderful, fulfilling time for you and your fine feline friends!
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Summer, 2013 Cat Days of Summer
THE CAT DAYS OF SUMMERWell, we are in the Cat Days of Summer. That's when cats realize there is air conditioning in the house. They are now more likely to spend their many hours of nap time in the "cool". They are less likely to insist on going outside, at least until the cooler evening hours.
If they do insist on napping where it is warmer, there are new products that offer a cooling mechanism for them, They have been used for dogs for some time but they can still be perfect for cats. Here are two of the innovative cooling pads for pets
A 15 year-old cat will have spent 10 years of her life sleeping. (averaging 16 hours per day!)
Chinese legend says a cat comes from a lioness & a monkey - getting dignity from the lioness & curiosity from the monkey.
A cat's reflexes are quicker than a dogs, cats hunt alone, whereas dogs hunt in packs and cats are crepuscular and dogs aren't. (most active at dawn & dusk).
A cat's curved claws work well for climbing up a tree, but not down - and it has to rely on its weaker, front legs to hold its weight.
The Italian version of Cinderella (Cenerentola), was one of the earliest published & the fairy godmother figure was a cat.
The hormone Oxytocin is released when you pet or cuddle a cat... lowering heart rate, reducing stress & even helping wounds heal!
Chef & author, Julia Child said, "love, butter & the company of cats is the recipe for a good life". (sounds like a good life indeed)
A "pas de chat" (French for "step of the cat") is a ballet move - a light jump, hovering in the air and landing softly... like a cat!
On a serious note, we are all concerned with the safety of our pet's food and treats. Here is the "Barcode" information, recently posted on the internet to help you discern where your pet's food, treats and toys are manufactured. Of course, this applies to other items as well.
BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.
We need every boost we can get!
If you're not "clicking" on the Pet Rescue site everyday, you should be. Then you won't miss important petitions you need to sign to try to keep our governmental agencies on their toes. Here is a related petition to curtail pet food made in China:
Here's another to help stop, or at least better regulate, puppy mills:
Lastly, please visit this website www.CommonSenseForCats.com. Read it and "share" it on your Facebook page and with other humane minded people you know.
Don't forget to check out all the new items for that fabulous feline companion of yours! We're adding exciting new products almost daily. Come see at www.KittyStoreOnline.com.
Till next time, remember,
No man would ever have a bad day,
if he'd start the day watching two kittens play.
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SPRING has sprung! The trees are leafing, the grass is spreading, the birds are singing, what a beautiful time of year! Except for allergies, of course.
You will find that the hole size should be about 3-4 times the size of kibble so that pieces come out easily without pouring out. Other variations include hiding the food puzzle itself or putting in where they have to climb to reach it. For beginner cats, putting a few pieces in a paper cup that they need to knock over can be a good start. With time, you will find that you need to be more and more creative to offer a decent challenge for your cat.
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Until next time, take care of those precious "furrbabies". Yes, that is a new "recognized" word.
FALL 2012 NEWSLETTER
It’s September again and as it usually does, the weather is starting to cool off, if you can consider 92 to 96 degrees “cooling off”. Actually, in South Texas, that is “cooling off”. We’re all ready for some cooler weather and praying for rain. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people in the path of hurricane Isaac who received way too much rain. It seems it is always “feast or famine” these days, when it comes to rain.
My cats don’t like the rain when they are in their outdoor kennel. They also won’t go out when it is so hot. So, without really knowing it, I’m sure they are ready for cooler weather. A cat’s paws are super sensitive to hot or cold surfaces, so they naturally enjoy moderate temperatures.
A few of the interesting observations, facts and a myth I found on the internet this summer:
Kittens learn how to hunt (and what to hunt) from their mothers... beginning as early as 4 weeks.
Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second - the same frequency as an idling diesel engine. prrr, prrr, prrr...
Since 1930, the life expectancy of a cat has doubled from 8 to 16 years! (all the more time to enjoy them!).
A 15 year-old cat will have spent 10 years of his/her life sleeping. (averaging 16 hours per day!)
A cat's paws are the most sensitive part of their body... countless nerves within the pads detect pressure, temperature, and pain.
In Ancient Egypt, it was thought that the sun's rays were kept in a cat's eyes at night for safe keeping.
A French study just released, shows that getting a cat helps children with autism to develop social skills.
In Liege, Belgium in 1879, 37 cats were hired to carry & deliver the mail. A short lived experiment as the cats didn't cooperate! (surprise!)
Bad breath, excessive drooling and reluctance to eat are all signs your cat may have dental disease.
The single, most alarming statement was this one:
The top ten reasons to spay/neuter your pet were killed in a shelter yesterday. Sad but True!
Please spay/neuter your pets, even the little neighborhood (feral) cats, when you can. Many organizations have Trap/Spay-Neuter/Return programs, for feral cat colonies, that are sponsored by great companies like Petco who give non-profit SPCA’s and Humane Societies grants for these programs. The spay-neuter is free & the cat also gets a rabies shot. Usually, there are volunteers in the organizations that will assist you in trapping and transporting them to the veterinarian. Check for one of these programs in your city or county.
There have been a lot of pet food recalls and some warnings about products not made in the U.S. that may have concerned you. It concerned me, so, I wrote to the major manufacturers in our country just to see which products were made here in the U.S. I feel better knowing I am giving my pets food and treats that are safe for them.
Following are the responses I received from the three major manufacturers and distributors of pet food products in the U.S.:
NESTLE' PURINA PET CARE
Thank you for contacting Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.
We appreciate the opportunity to address your questions and concerns. It's important to emphasize that 99.4 percent of Purina products in the United States are manufactured in Purina-owned facilities by Purina associates. If a product is manufactured outside the United States, it would be noted on the package as 'product of' and the country in which it was manufactured. Similarly, if a product is not manufactured by Purina, the label on the package will reflect that the product is distributed, not manufactured, by Purina.
Pup-Peroni, along with the majority of Del Monte Pet Products, are produced at our pet food facilities here in the United States.
It may be helpful for you to know that Federal regulations require a product to list the country of origin if it has been produced outside of the United States or one of its territories. So if one of our products does not specifically state the country of origin, then you can assume it was produced in the United States or a U.S. territory. Regardless of the country of origin, please know that Del Monte Foods' strict U.S. quality and operations standards apply to all of our products.
MARS PETCARE US (PEDIGREE)
Thank you for contacting MARS PETCARE US. Mars Petcare US manufactures all of its products in the United States and Canada, with the exception of WHISKAS® PURRFECTLY® Food for Cats manufactured in Thailand.
MARS PETCARE US is committed to developing quality products which meet your pet's nutritional needs. Your confidence in our products and continued goodwill are very important to us. Please give us a call at 1-800-525-5273, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Standard time if you would like additional information.
If you have had any contact with other pet food products manufacturers you would like to share, I would welcome your information.
I can’t leave without telling you about some really unique new cat products we have recently added to the site. I am excited about all of them. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
First, The Sebastion Cat Tree http://www.kittystoreonline.com/product/DC%2FSEB_SEBASTION-MODERN-CAT-TREE and the Sofia Wall Mount Cat Furniture http://www.kittystoreonline.com/product/DC%2FSOP_THE-SOPHIA-WALL-MOUNT-CAT-TREE. These are examples of the next generation Cat Furniture, with true style to compliment your home!
Second, is one of the most unique cat trees to hit the market, the Cat Power Tower: http://www.kittystoreonline.com/product/CPT_CAT-POWER-TOWER-CAT-TREE. Be sure to watch the video!
This cat tree combines terrific toys with the usual fun of climbing, jumping and scratching. It includes the Hunting Platform and the Feather Teaser Carousel. More options and add-ons are coming in the next several months.
Lastly, is the Cat’s Trapeze, previously only available in Europe. This is style, at its finest! It offers a unique, suspended design. http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/478845581
Check these out to see what is new for your furrbabies.
Please email me with any comments, questions or things you would like to share. As always, I welcome your product reviews and pictures of your babies in, on or peeking out of the products you purchased on our site. We lovingly post these on the product page to show our “contented” customers. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Until next time, take care of those special little creatures and I will write you again this winter.
SPRING 2012 NEWSLETTER
Spring is here!!! Yeaaaaaaa!!! I live in sunny South Texas where the Winter Texans come to escape the winter cold. This winter has been particularly mild and not one Winter Texan appreciates it more than I do. This has been my kind of winter! Spring brings all of the wonderful hues of greens, as the trees leaf out and the grass comes alive and, of course the weeds thrive. :-( I cannot imagine living through even one winter where I was confined to the house by snow, ice or any of those terrible things. Now, you can laugh at me, if you like. A lot of you, I know, love your snow and cold weather, and I’m thrilled for you, but sufficed to say, I am not one of you.
I love mild weather when I don’t have to worry about the “neighborhood” cats freezing or getting sick with respiratory infections. I can’t seem to trap them for medical treatment and it makes me feel so helpless! All I can do is feed them.
DID YOU KNOW?
* Cats don't chew their food, they tear it. They can't chew because their jaws don't move side to side, only up and down.
* Cats can have up to 30,000 hairs per square inch, on their body.
* Most cats can jump five times their height.
* The Savannah can jump up to 7 feet in the air - higher than any other breed.
* Cats can pass through any opening their head can fit through, because they have no collarbone.
* Chinese parents used to embroider a cat's head on shoes of their young toddlers to make them surefooted. (like a cat)
* Cats have scent glands in their paw pads, cheeks & tail, all sending information to other cats. (a lot of ways to "mark" territory!)
* Based on the agitated behavior of cats, Haicheng, China was evacuated before a big earthquake - saving an estimated 150,000 lives!
* "Dogs come when they are called; cats take a message and get back to you" Author Mary Bly
* Prescription human medications poison more pets than anything else. (Insecticides #2, Chocolate #3... keep out of reach!)
Those are just some tidbits, for thought. If you have some to share, please send them to me here: http://www.kittystoreonline.com/contact
Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435
A KITTENS PRAYER
Now I lay me down to sleep,
The king-size bed is soft and deep...
I sleep right in the center groove
My human can not hardly move!
I've trapped her legs, she's tucked in tight
And here is where I pass the night
No one disturbs me or dares intrude
Till morning comes and "I want food!"
I sneak up slowly to begin
my nibbles on my human's chin.
She wakes up quickly,
my claws they are prickly
For the morning's here
and it's time to play
I always seem to get my way.
Oh thank you Lord for this day.
And thank you Lord for giving me
This human person that I see.
The one who hugs me and holds me tight
And sacrifices her bed at night!
From our "ABOUT US" page:
The impetus for www.KittyStoreOnline.com came from a love for cats and the enjoyment of spoiling cats. From the first little kitten that showed up on our doorstep to the last older stray we took in, it is a real joy to see a cat play with a cat toy when he spent the first 2 or 3 years of his life just trying to find enough food to survive or a warm place to stay in the winter cold and didn’t know cat toys with bells or ribbons even existed. It is beautiful seeing him/her, discovering “play”.
So, now, if you share my love of cats, come see all the ways you can spoil your kitty at http://www.KittyStoreOnline.com. We know all of you feel the same.
SPRING SALE!! The Smart Scoop Litter box for $119.99, a $30 savings through April 30th. http://www.kittystoreonline.com/product/op1073211347_ALL-NEW-&-IMPROVED-SMART-SCOOP-%C2%AE-DELUXE-SELF-SCOOPING-LITTER-BOX-+-FREE-GIFT-&-ON-SALE!
Also, don't forget you can give your kitties the outdoor safety of an outdoor cat kennel and save 5% to 10% while you are doing it! http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/336964205
We are constantly adding new products and hope each of you will think of us when you want something special for your kitties.
A THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Until next time……Have a Purrfect day!
WINTER, 2011/2012 NEWSLETTER
Well, it’s midwinter in the country and much of our nation is receiving more winter like weather. However, in South Texas where we reside, it is still mild with temps in the 70’s and even 80’s. We have had a few freezing temps but it generally warms right back up. I hope your weather is comfortable.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LATEST TWO WINNERS!
The winner in our drawing for the collection of Cosmic Catnip Toys is Gay Noland of Florida.
The winner in our drawing for the Outer Limits small cat tree is Laura Crosby of Massachesetts.
I found the following in the current Alley Cat Allies Newsletter and wanted to share it with anyone interested in helping the cats in their neighborhood. I plan to register and hope many of you will also.
Free Webinar on Keeping Cats Out of Shelters
Seven out of 10 cats entering shelters nationwide are killed. Learn from feral cat expert and Alley Cat Allies scientific advisor Julie Levy, DVM about what you can do to change those numbers and protect cats’ lives in your community with the free webinar, Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters, from Maddie's Institute. Tune in on Thursday, January 26 at 9 p.m. ET to hear about techniques to keep cats out of shelters and institute humane, successful TNR programs instead.
Register for free here.
We are once again offerring free shipping on orders of 50 or more of our cute Cat Themed T-Shirts, Sweatshirts & Nightshirts but only through January 31, 2012. Check out our "T-Shirts with Catitude here: http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/164930205
ALSO, look for our "THANK YOU" discounts. On orders over $100, use Code Thanks5 for $5.00 off. On orders over $200, use Code Thanks10 for $10 off. On orders over $300, use Code Thanks20 for $20 off. On orders over $400, use Code Thanks30 for $30 off. And, for orders over $500, use Code Thanks40 for $40 off. It's our way of saying THANK YOU for shopping at www.KittyStoreOnline.com.
www.KittyStoreOnline.com has added some new products we are pleased to offer. The first is a beautiful piece of furniture in which you can hide your cat’s litterbox. This is the Designer Catbox, made of wood in three finishes and a great addition to any room: http://www.kittystoreonline.com/product/DC_DESIGNER-CATBOX-IN-3-FINISHES
Another item is the economical Petmate Kennel Cab pet carrier in four sizes:
http://www.kittystoreonline.com/product/PSU-PTM21083_PETMATE-PET-TAXI---FOUR-SIZES. There are lots of new offerings on the website, so, please be sure to check us out often.
Have you ever wondered how many cats are TOO MANY? Here is a recent article I wrote and posted on the internet. I hope you enjoy it.
How Many Cats is Too Many?
I love the notion that “cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one”. From the playful kitten, which is the epitome of ”cute”, to the adult cat, that is the ultimate in beauty, prowess and “cool”. How many you have depends on several factors.
How many can you afford to feed?
You need to provide well rounded nutrition for proper development of your cats growth. This needs to include a canned food at least once a day, which also provides moisture. This is especially important if your cat does not drink a substantial amount of water each day. For your own convenience, you might want to make dry food available for when you can’t be there to provide a regular feeding. Don’t forget the cat treats, for good behavior rewards, which will surely endear your cat to you! Make sure your budget can withstand the cost.
How many can you provide good medical care?
Hopefully, you won’t have any extraordinary medical bills due to injury or illness, although this cannot be guaranteed. However, there will be an annual expense of vaccinations to keep your kitty healthy. These are normally in the range of $100 per cat, depending on the type your veterinarian recommends.
How many can comfortably fit in your home size?
I have read estimates of 1000 square feet per cat, although I don’t believe that is necessarily required. More important is how well your cats get along. Two could be too many in a large house if they don’t like each other. While five could fit well into a smaller home if all were good natured or at least not antagonistic toward each other. The more room the better for those who like to roughhouse. Better yet, provide them with an outdoor enclosure to give them a space of their own and some fresh air.
How many can you provide with toys, cat trees, litter boxes, etc?
A litter box is required! I have seen different opinions of how many you should have with multiple cats. One opinion was one per cat, plus one. Another was one for every two cats. It’s difficult to keep up with all of them and their bathroom habits. I, personally, subscribe to the latter and find an automatic litter box works best in a multiple cat household. These generally cost in the neighborhood of $100 each but can run much higher. All cats need places to climb and one cat tree, strategically placed by a window will bring great satisfaction to one cat or maybe two. If you have multiple cats, you might want to consider two cat condos/trees to provide them plenty of room to nap and play and a view of the outside world for all of them. These can cost, depending on size, quality, etc, anywhere from $50 to $1,000. I really don’t think the cats care how much it cost, as long as it is theirs. Now having it fit in with your home décor is another consideration, entirely. There are some very colorful ones in the marketplace and surely one will look nice in your home. Other toys to keep them occupied are relatively inexpensive and should include things they can slap around and chase, like catnip scented play mice, small balls and anything with bells.
How many can you guarantee safety and shelter?
Safety would entail keeping them inside, away from the dangers of cars, poisons, fights with other cats or attacks by other animals, the cruelty of others and keeping them safe by training young children in the proper way to handle them. You have to gauge the size of your home, the size of your wallet, but most important, the size of your heart. Then, you’re good to go and take it from someone who knows, the more the merrier!!
May you and your beloved pets have a safe and happy 2012!
In some parts of our country, the leaves are turning brilliant hues of red and orange and the temperatures are finally cooling down.
In areas like Florida, Texas and the gulf coast states, it is just finally cooling down. We don’t have the beautiful show of fall the rest of the country has but we are thankful for the cooler weather, even if that only means highs in the 80’s. That is certainly better than the 90’s and even 100’s we have had for almost six months! See? We all have something to be thankful for!
I can’t believe the early snowfall in the northeast. We sure hope power is restored to everyone, soon.
One of the local shelters we donate to has a new website up and running, and are close to being able to get their utilities and have their first building started. Thanks are due to one of the hard working members who went back to school to learn how to set up and maintain their website.. Thanks to Pat Danczek for her hard work on http://spcasanpatcounty.com/. Please visit and make a donation, if you can. Our county has no animal shelter, except city animal control in the respective cities and anything you could give will be greatly appreciated!
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet-Month. Senior pets are just not ready to retire but offer calm affection to their owners. Consider one from your local no-kill shelter. You can appreciate the love and they will sincerely appreciate a forever home. I know some cat owners may have two cats and lose one to illness and then try to adopt a mature cat for thei remaining cat, who is missing their friend. Go here to see some beautiful Senior Cats.
WOW! We have a new Facebook Fan Page! We are so proud of all of the people on Facebook that "Like" us but we need you, too. Please go to our fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kitty-Store-Online/163052573784941 and "Like" us, then click on one of the links back to our site & click on the picture of the Cosmic Catnip Cat Toy Collection and enter to win that cat toy collection!
While you are there, please officially "Subscribe" to our quarterly newsletter and you will automatically be entered to win the "Outer Limits Small Cat Tree", just in time for Christmas. Your cat will love it!
We pride ourselves on quality products and Customer Service, second to none. In that regard, we recently severed our relationship with a manufacturer of outdoor cat kennels, as their quality, workmanship and customer service were not up to our standards. We are not out to be vindictive, so, I will not elaborate on their name.
I do want to tell you we have added another high quality outdoor cat kennel manufacturer, Options Plus. http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/336964205 We will be adding more of their products in the coming weeks.
We are also broadening the line of products from The Cat’s Den, manufacturer of another high quality line of outdoor cat kennel components. http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/415997482 In addition to their outdoor kennel kits, we will be adding other components like Tunnels, Stairs, Towers, and Hangtime Hammocks to match the Awnings currently offered on our site. This allows you to custom design your own kennel. We have found the quality, workmanship and customer care of these two manufacturers to be in line with our standards.
OK, so it’s an early winter. Be sure to check out the great Outdoor, Insulated Cedar Cat Houses, with optional heating pads to keep your outdoor kitties warm this winter. http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/385768209.
AND…….for 5 days from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, Nov. 24th through Nov. 28th, we will be offering some special deals. Check out our “Holiday Specials” page during those dates. That page will not be available until a few days before.
I always like to share good products with you, even if I don’t sell them myself. One of the best products I have found, lately, is one called Zero Odor. You can spray litter box litter and, in the case of an automatic litter box, you can spray the “holding tray” with Zero Odor and, voilla! The odor is gone! I bought mine at The Pet Product Advisor website. You may be able to find it for less if you look around. I think you will like it.
DON’T FORGET to consider adopting a Senior Pet this month.
Watch for our new products and Holiday Specials!
One of the most beauriful stories you will ever read is here: http://www.petcentric.com/Read/Articles/Blind-Cat-Rescue.aspx?articleid=febfc080-984b-4986-b74a-d473f811623d&DCMP=EMC-PETC-PETC-Nov11_1
My Warmest Regards,
SUMMER, 2011 NEWSLETTER
WOW, 2011 has proven to be a terrible year for inclement weather: From the brutal cold at the beginning of the year, to the horrendous storms and tornadoes in the spring, to the unbearable heat of this summer, everyone is looking for a way to stay cool.
Our family pets depend on us to watch out for their well being. Make sure your pet has plenty of cool water available to them at all times. We have added a wonderful product to our website that will help you in hydrating your pet. It is the Glacier Point Perfect Pet Fountain. It has a lot of features not offered by other fountains, such as the ability to sterilize it because it is made of ceramic material. It also purports to “chill” the water. http://www.kittystoreonline.com/product/gpFOUNT_The-Glacier-Point-Perfect-Pet-Fountain%E2%84%A2
A recent article on the dangers of this heat to animals, found in the ASPCA Newsletter, tells you how you can help if you see a pet left in a hot car:.
Rayne Nolte was in the parking lot of a Mankato, Minnesota, mall last week when she spotted Roxie, a Yorkie mix, trapped in a car. The temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 103, and the car's owner was gone.
You may have found yourself in Rayne’s situation before. Many pet parents believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. "Automobile temperatures can very quickly rise to dangerous levels; the average temperature increase in a parked car is 40 degrees, and the majority of this increase occurs in the first 15 to 30 minutes," says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees after 30 minutes!
Worse still, dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. Luckily, Rayne made all the right moves. Follow her lead by taking these simple steps.
Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent
Step 2: Educate
Step 3: Call 911
Rayne and the mall security officers dialed 911. When the police pulled Roxie from the steamy vehicle, she was very ill but soon on the road to recovery.
Step 4: Pat Yourself on the Back
Most of us don’t like to appear to be a nosey busy-body but interfering when you might save a life is well worth the risk.
One last “serious” bit of business…..I like many others received a request from Petfinder.com for help with a Bissell Products promotion. Please help, it takes only a minute or two.
For each new fan who LIKES and registers on the BISSELL Facebook page, our friends at BISSELL will donate $0.50 up to a total of $30,000. These funds will be used to provide grants for Petfinder members in need. Ask your supporters to join you in these 3 easy steps:
1 - Visit http://facebook.com/bissell
On a lighter note, we are always excited when we add new, quality products. We’ve partnered with the manufacturer of Kitty Mansions and are please to offer many of their creations. From The Havana, with it’s cute cat head, to the Rome Cat Hotel or The Buckingham Palace, these are among the most unique cat trees available anywhere.
We also have partnered with Molly and Friends and are adding their products this week. Theirs are some of the most whimsical available today. Watch for these over the next couple of weeks, as we get them added.
We have added a new category for our Extra Large Cat Trees for the multi-cat family. See the new category here: http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/434145938
Also new to our store is a line of high quality, solid wood cat trees, perches and scratching posts. These are MADE IN AMERICA and the manufacturer, New Cat Condos, in Phoenix, Arizona, uses a high grade of wood, premium grade carpet and unwaxed sisal rope for a premium quality but affordable product. See them all here:
Remember, KittyStoreOnline has 100’s of ways to spoil your kitty! Don’t let boredom set in! Keep them entertained and PAMPERED! You will have their unwavering love (even if it’s often difficult to tell). ;-)
Until next time……..pray for cooler weather!
SPRING HAS SPRUNG!! The terrible weather is testament to the arrival of spring. Soon it will be hurricane season. However, with all of the drawbacks of spring, itis still reminicsent of "renewal" as evidenced by the beautiful wildflowers throughout the countryside and the emergence of green everywhere.
Spring is also known for the explosion in the population of kittens. Trap/Spay-Neuter/Return is the best program ever devised for the control of these litters. So many providers of these programs need funds to continue this worthy cause. Please give all you can, when you can, to organizations like ASPCA, Alley Cat Allies, Indy Feral and your local shelters who provide this service and low cost spay/neuter programs.
One of our local shelters, Gulf Coast Humane Society, has had to temporarily cut their low cost spay/neuter program because of lack of funds. However, another shelter, SPCA San Pat County seems to come up with the grants needed to offer the Trap/Spay-Neuter/Return programs and our county is the better for it. Keep those donations coming!
We've all heard the notion that a dog or cat ages 7 years for every one human year. However, that was recently debunked by researchers. They say a 1 year old cat is similar to 24 human years. They then age about 4 years to 1 human year. (1 cat year to 7 human years is a myth). Of course, I don't know how they came to that conclusion. :-)
In the winter months, the outside kitties can really suffer. Whether they are your outside cat or the neighborhood feral cat, they need a warm place to sleep and eat. I firmly believe that anyone who chooses to have a pet should have a place in their home where that pet can be warm in winter, cool in summer and have a safe place to eat and rest.
Through conversations with visitors to our site, I find there are people all over our country who try to feed and offer shelter for their neighborhood feral cats. I have been one of you for several years. It is very difficult to entice a feral cat away from where he has been “staying”. They find a place where they feel safe and it is usually in the company of other feral cats. However, if they are coming to your or your neighbor’s house to eat, it is possible to familiarize them with some sort of shelter.
Although you may not be able to invite him in, the feral cat you feed deserves an effort to give him some shelter from the cold, even if it is a box with straw in it. There are outdoor heating pads for cats as well as pads that require no electricity but simply reflect the animal's body heat to keep it warm.
I found a great website which gives advice to shelters and those of us who try to care for feral cats. They have good ideas for winter shelter for these little creatures. They offer advice on everything from food and shelter to trapping basics and tips on taming. They give you great ideas for basic shelters, feeding stations and all things feral cat.
They have spayed or neutered 21,434 feral cats since 2002. If you are interested in improving the lives of feral cats in your neighborhood, please visit this site http://www.indyferal.org/index.php. Another great site for this type of information is Alley Cat Allies at http://www.alleycatallies.org.
We have added some great new products to our site. One of these is a line of eco-friendly, all natural wood cat trees. They are made of tree limbs with the bark removed. These are especially good for people who might have allergies affected by the carpet or faux fur fabrics used on other cat trees. You can see these here: http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/422389596.
We’ve added the new PetSafe Pet Doorbell which alerts you when your pet approaches the door, either needing to go out or come in. and the Petsafe Instant Patio Panel Pet Door. I would also like to point out the PetSafe Cat Veranda,for windows,has been discontinued and we have access to only about a dozen of the last ones. This is a great product for apartments condos, or homes with inside cats to give them some fresh air and sunshine without the dangers of being outside. If you are interested in this product, we have it at a closeout price. All of these products can be seen here http://www.kittystoreonline.com/page/113686202.
Don’t miss out on our March 31st Sweepstakes. We have a great Grand Prize and 10 Weekly Prizes. Be sure to register today. http://www.kittystoreonline.com/store/2411199/form/4012669.
Keep those kitties warm and give them lots of love and attention. You will reap the benefits, I promise.
Until next time.....
FALL, 2010 NEWSLETTER
Happy Fall, everyone! The weather has finally cooled off in South Texas. Thank goodness!
Hope your weather is pleasant. It is terrible about the violent weather in some parts of our country. I always think about the pets and how they survive some of mother natures wrath. I am so thankful for organizations like the ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States, American Humane Society and others who make it their mission to rescue animals adversely affected by weather. If you don't already, maybe you could consider making a small (or large) monthly donation to one or more of these fine organizations. You can arrange a monthly donation be charged to a credit card. Even $5.00 a month helps. That gives them a better idea of funding available to plan their operations. Thank you for what you do for them
October 16th is National Feral Cat Day. There will be many special benefits and fund raisers for local animal shelters to help stabilize the lives of feral cats in our communities, with Trap-Spay/Neuther-Return programs. One of the leading sponsors of help for feral cat colonies is the fine group at www.alleycatallies.org. Please visit their website to see all of the wonderful work they do and consider making them one of your charities this year.
We announced the addition of a new line of outdoor cat kennel enclosures by Cat Den - Habitat Haven in Canada. This is a line of outdoor enclosures you build from pre-packaged kits. We will be adding other pieces so you can add to a kit or design your own. If you live in Ontario Canada, the manufacturer has qualified people to construct it for you. However, the kits are designed for easy construction, for a do-it-yourself cat kennel. Nothing gives a cat the feeling of being outdoors like being outdoors and this is freedom without the danger.
We are also pleased to add products from the manufacturer Mr Herzher. They produce a line of really fine quality pet furniture including a Decorative Litter Pan Cover of "Rhino Wicker", Fine Feline Furniture in Early American or Ebony finishes, one of the most Decorative Pet Beds and Decorative Pet Steps in fine wood in Espresso or Warm Cherry.
Also, we have added a lot of new designs to our line of T-Shirts With Catitude. Check out all of our new products!
And don't forget the Outdoor Cedar Cat Houses are on Sale 10% off through October 31st! Get your outside kitty ready for winter.
From Kitten To Cat, The Journey Is Amazing
These little creatures can give you years of enjoyment and love. They will grace your home with their playfulness and beauty. They will give you hours of laughter and enhance your life experience. All they require is your complete attention, care and love in return.
The decision to bring a cat or kitten into your home is one that should be made with thoughtful consideration. These are somewhat fragile animals that must be cared for and protected. Small children usually aren’t familiar with handling a cat or kitten. For the safety of the cat, and the child, it will be necessary to teach the child the proper way of interacting with the new addition. Supervision must be given, in the beginning, to insure the safety of the cat and the child.
Consideration must also be given to whether this will be an inside cat, an outside cat or an inside/outside cat. From statistical studies, an outside cat’s life span is 2 to 4 years. On the other hand, a house cat can live into its twenties, if cared for properly.
If you’ve never had a cat in your home, you may find you need to make a few adjustments. Kittens, in particular, are very inquisitive. They will examine every nook and cranny of your home. By doing this, they establish “safety zones”. You must let them have these in order to give them the security they need. Cats are very safety and security minded.
They may also find electrical cords, which could injure them if chewed on, or valuables that can be broken, if played with. The best thing to do is shorten cords to raise them off the floor. You can do this with twist ties. Valuable or breakable items should be put away until you feel the cat will not be attracted to them.
The kitten never lacks in imagination. Constantly exploring it’s environment, the kitten is in awe of the surroundings. There are so many things to see and do. The kitten never gets bored, maybe tired, but not bored. A kitten learns its behavior in the first weeks of life. It needs stimulation by play to keep it from becoming destructive in later months. Providing toys and safe places to sleep or play is of utmost importance to the kitten’s development. Providing scratching posts, cat bed and a climbing tree is of utmost importance to your furniture and your nerves.
Small toys such as catnip scented mice or small ball type toys seem to keep their attention the longest. Batting these toys around, all over the house, is not only fun to them but gives them the exercise a house cat needs. If you opt for other more expensive toys, they should have an interaction to entice the kitten because they have such a short attention span.
Sibling kittens learn the art of play and rough and tumble interaction with other kittens, which will serve to make them play longer into adulthood. This is important for their physical development, giving them the exercise they need and creates the psychological frame of mind to get along with other family pets.
An adult cat is a thing of beauty and grace. Jules Verne once said “I think a cat could walk on a cloud and not come through”. The feline is one of God’s most perfect creations. He knew we needed these in our lives.
The journey through life with a cat is truly a joy you can’t understand until you experience it.
Until next time.....................................Miss Kitty
The winner of our August Cat Toy Sweepstakes, for the Play-N-Squeak Thrill of The Chase, is
Kitty Cat Keep Pet Sanctuary in Welland, Ontario, Canada. CONGRATULATIONS!
Watch for our next Sweepstakes, beginning in October!
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Like all animals, feral cats make their home where they find shelter and food, often in close proximity to humans. Programs called Trap-Neuter-Return are provided in many cities throughout the country, some by city animal control and some by animal shelters. Wonderful organizations in the pet care/pet products industries provide grants for these programs. Among them are companies like Petsmart, Petco, Purina and many others.
The T-N-R programs are the most humane way to deal with the feral cat population. These programs allow the cat colonies to survive but not continue to re-populate. In the process, some cats are not returned to the colony if they are deemed to be very sick and returning them would infect other cats in the colony. By doing this the colony is also much healthier.
Spaying and neutering the cats reduces the injuries and illnesses they are subjected to by reducing the fighting. The behavior and stresses associated with mating, such as howling and fighting stop. Trap-Neuter-Return works! No more kittens. Their lives are improved and the population stabilizes and declines over time.
Most City and County animal control department’s traditional approach to feral cats is ‘catch and kill’. This doesn’t keep an area free of cats for long. Catch and kill is cruel, inhumane and creates a vacuum, as do attempts to ‘relocate’ cats. Once some cats are removed from a territory, other cats move in to take advantage of newly available resources. They breed, forming a new colony. Catch and kill is an endless and costly cycle.
Trap-Neuter-Return is the SOLUTION! If I have stirred something in you to help the feral cats in your neighborhood (AND help your neighborhood) please contact your local animal shelters or city/county animal control departments to see if they offer one of the T-N-R Programs.
If you or they need information or assistance please go to www.alleycat.org. This is an invaluable source of education about feral cats.
National Feral Cat Day is October 16. See how you can help: http://www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=388
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Don't miss our page "HISTORY OF THE CAT". It will give you insight into the development of our domesticated cats.
The first feature story will be the story of our dog “Muffin”. We have had him for seven months now.
Here is "Muffin's Story"
My husband drives the transport van for our regional MHMR, part time. On a regular lady's pickup every two weeks, he had seen the small dog tied to a tree where she left him when she was away. On this particular day, he saw Muffin tied to the tree, right next to their travel trailer, in a terrible thunderstorm, with no shelter, food or water and said her boyfriend would not allow him inside the travel trailer. My husband asked the woman if she would let him have the dog. She said "Yes, I'm sure you can give him a better home than I can". Two weeks later, the travel trailer burned to the ground, destroying the tree where Muffin would have been tied at the time of the fire. We had renamed him "Muffin" because he looked like a ragmuffin but today we call him "Lucky Muffin". And we too are so lucky to have him. He is a joy and even gets along with all of our cats.
ALERT: Just prior to publishing this newsletter, we had another unexpected addition to our family. This is "Cookie".
Cookie is a seven month old Shih Tzu. Her owner was getting ready to move and said he was going to leave her behind. He said the neighbors had dogs and would "probably" take care of her. My husband said "Why don't you let me have her and I will make sure she is taken care of". She had a terrible flea infestation. Even though we bathed her that afternoon, she still had fleas when we took her to the veterinarian the next day. They dipped her but also had to give her a CapStar pill to completely rid her of fleas. She has fit right in with Muffin and our 5 housecats. She and Muffin play incessantly. The cats all watch as if amused.
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I'd like to share one of the adventures of my last week. I'm sure some of you will be able to relate. Last week, someone placed a cardboard box on the corner about a block from our home. A neighbor, driving by saw some little heads peeking out of the box. Knowing I wouldn't leave them there, he stopped to tell me about them. My husband and I drove to the corner and brought the box of 5 beautiful kittens home. We prepared them a crate with soft towels to lie on, litter box, food and water. Each afternoon, we have taken them out in the grass to run and play. They are such a delight to watch!
Then began the search for a reliable shelter to find them "forever homes". The two we sponsor on the website have been swamped with litters of kittens, some having to be bottle fed. They were unable to take them. At last, a great organization "Last Chance Rescue" came to the rescue. They had a foster Mom available who would take good care of them until they are adopted. So, we have reluctantly given them over to continue on their life path. Please remember this wonderful organization in your prayers.
I will miss them and wish I could keep them all but we already have 5 housecats, one outside cat that adopted us and now lives here, our dogs Muffin and Cookie and several "neighborhood" cats I feed. So, I must let them find homes where they will get the love and attention they deserve.
The following is an article from http://wayofcats.com/blog. It is written by a woman who calls herself Pammie. Pammie has spent her entire life dealing with the nature and nurture of cats. She has written two very helpful ebooks on the subject of cats. After reading her article, please visit her blog. You can ask any cat questions you have and she will answer them.
It must be an occupational hazard.
As long as I’ve been a Cat Advocate, I’ve encountered the people who respond to humane issues with some variation of it’s only an animal, or it’s just wrong to care so much about a pet, or, in what is supposed to be the real argument crusher, you’re treating a cat like a person!
It’s not difficult to encounter this attitude; any online news story about an abused animal will have someone popping up in the comment section to belittle those who express concern; the animal humanitarians are told their compassion is misplaced, that they must have something wrong with them to be so upset, and that such effort is far better spent on needy children.
If challenged, they start talking about how “excessive” empathy for animals is a sign of being a sociopath who cares about animals but not about humans. (This is a myth; in fact, sociopaths usually start their homicidal careers with mistreatment of pets and small wild animals.)
Expressing these thoughts says a lot more about them than it does about me. Because when I’m in a position to ask questions of them and delve a little further than anonymous internet postings, what comes out? A claim that the exchange of respect and love is a rare privilege that must be earned… and few do.
I’ve come to the conclusion that an attitude complaining that I’m treating my cats like people has, at base, a general aversion to treating anyone “like people.” It’s not high-mindedness or reverence for life. It’s just raw envy.
Because I’ve known and worked with people who do feed starving children, or provide hospice care, or rescue animals, and here’s the thing: they are all the same people.
These supposedly high-minded commenters who denigrate animal rescue work see life as a “zero sum” situation. Any care I give is care that cannot be given elsewhere. But that is not true. In fact, I understand how expanding our definition of “humanitarian” increases the love in the world.
Oppressed humans come in all shapes and sizes, just as mistreated animals do. If we start doing sliding scales, then fewer become worthy of consideration. This decreases the love in the world.
As a family, we could take the money we use for our cats and donate it to exclusively human charities; but then where would be the charity that spends its days with my housebound partner, giving him the amusement, care, and love that he gets from our cats?
Animal advocacy is based on the fact that, as living, feeling beings, we should be considerate of other living, feeling beings. My cats are not dressed in doll clothes (though if I had a toddler, they probably would be.) I don’t hire clowns for their birthdays, or throw them parties. I don’t plan on sending them to college.
I know, every day, that they are not people. I base my care, training, understanding, and actions with my cats on treating them like cats.
And I treat people… like people.
Works for me.
Pam is a very insightful cat person who offers great advice for the cat parents out there. Be sure to send her your questions. She is more than happy to help! Be sure to read her latest blog. You won't be disappointed!
And, finally, I'd like to share an article I found at www.petplace.com. It is titled "Life Lessons You Can Learn From Your Cat"
Our pets can teach us many things - if we're willing to listen. They teach us how to love unconditionally, how to look at each day as a new one, to embrace all the good things and why we need to cherish the simple things in life.
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