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Calico Cat Day


Calico Cat Day – My name is Lilly Bug and I made a holiday called Calico Cat Day. #CalicoCatDay #CalicoCats

Calico Cat Day

On March 26, was Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. So I came up with Calico Cat since I am a Calico. My gotcha or adopted day was January 24, so I figured how fitting to make January 24th of each year as Calico Cat Day. I couldn’t find any such days and that is why I created this day. So the first occurrence of this day will be January 24, 2019.

So I created this blog post in enough time to be seen and get the word out!

I was adopted on January 24, 2015. So this first celebration will be on my fourth year.

Make sure you let others know about this day. Share this blog post. Tell other people about this day with a link to this blog post! Share it on social media!

Calico Cat Day

Photos compliments of Heather my momma hooman. She blogs at SimplySpokn. While you are at it, check out my daddy hooman’s blog, Courageous Christian Father.

Learn more about Calico Cats.

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Posted in Cat Thoughts, Cats, Gotcha Day, Joel the Brave, Lilly Bug, Meow

Happy Gotcha Day, Ms. Heather


The day seems fresh, like new poured litter.

I remember the nice man scooping me up from my my brother and sister. He mumbled something, and placed me inside of a tan box. I had a feeling that I would never see my sister or brother cats again.

The nice man placed me inside of a big thing with wheels. I heard music. It seemed we were in there for days.

Then the rocking stopped altogether. The nice man picked up the box, and spoke soft to me. And then I saw her.

She was standing, smiling. And she smelled like happiness. She reached in the box, and I was afraid. After all, hoomans hadn’t been all too nice to me so far. Her hooman paws scooped me up and held me against her. I don’t know how I knew, but I could tell she was a mommy.

20170623_173235 (our first meowfie, a yr ago)

She placed me in her car wheeled thing. The rocking didn’t take long. She got out of the wheeled thing, and then came back.

The wheeled thing took us back to her den, and she carried me inside. I liked her smell.

She placed something around my neck, and I heard a jingle-jingle. Every time I moved, I heard it! Then she scooped me up, and closed her eyes speaking very softly. Wait.. she was.. praying?? She was talking to ABBA. Even though I was just a little one, I knew about ABBA. HE created all things, like me. And that meant.. ABBA had created her.

The girl hooman placed food and water in bowls, and sat watching me. I ate a bit, and went back over to her. She scooped me up again, and that was when she said it for the first time: “Joel The Brave”. I would come to learn that that was what my hooman name is. And I would learn hers, Ms. Heather.

Night time came, and she carried me into a different room. There were soft pieces and Ms Heather laid down. She had no litter mates, and now that I didn’t either .. I knew then. I had to take care of her. She was my hooman. I nestled against her, though she didn’t have  fur other than the long fur on top.

That was the day I got Ms. Heather.

She and I, we have been through a lot together. I have watched her cry. I have watched her bring into our den a boy hooman, who I now call my Dadda: Mr. Steve. We took lots of rides in wheeled things, and then a big wheeled thing brought me to my new den, that I share with Ms Heather, Mr. Steve, and my new sissy cat, Lilly Bug.

I thank ABBA for bringing her to me.

Happy Gotcha Day, Ms. Heather.

Posted in Cats, Health, Meouch

Meouch: Common cat ailments


Meouch: Common cat ailments – Cats are widely considered low maintenance pets, but even the most independent feline can use a helping hand from his owner every now and again. That helping hand is perhaps most necessary when cats find themselves facing a health issue they can’t overcome. The following are a handful of common cat ailments and what cat owners can do to help their furry friends go back to living life to the fullest.

Meouch: Common cat ailments

Meouch: Common cat ailments
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Feline lower urinary tract diseases

Many things can cause a cat to get a feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD. A collection of clinical symptoms that can be caused by a host of factors, FLUTD can prevent a cat from fully emptying its bladder and may even lead to a fatal block of the urethra, which is the tube connecting the bladder to the outside of the body. Cats that are overweight or obese might be susceptible to urinary tract problems, and those suffering from FLUTD may experience frequent or painful urination, bloody urine and frequent licking of the urinary opening. Other indicators of urinary tract problems in cats include a hard, distended abdomen, prolonged squatting in the litter box and possibly fear or avoidance of the litter box that leads to soiling in inappropriate places.

Cat owners who suspect their cats are suffering from FLUTD should bring their cats to the veterinarian immediately. The veterinarian will conduct a complete physical examine and order a urinalysis, and the results of these tests will determine treatment, which varies depending on the cause of the problem and the doctor’s prognosis.

Fleas

Fleas may be most associated with dogs, but cats commonly get fleas as well. Cats with fleas may be constantly scratching at their skin, which be covered with tiny black dots. Such dots are flea dirt. In addition, cats with fleas may suffer hair loss and their skin may be noticeably red or irritated.

Fleas pose a serious threat to cats, as they can live on felines for more than a year and increase cats’ risk of anemia, a condition in which cats have less of the red blood cells they need to carry oxygen to the tissues in their bodies. A veterinarian can design a course of treatment for cats suffering from fleas, and that treatment plan may include medication (oral or topical), powders and foams.

Tapeworms

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Posted in cat scratching, Cats, DeClaw

5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing


5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing – There are numerous safe and painless alternatives to declawing, including these ideas from the pet behavior experts at Ceva Animal Health:

5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing
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5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing

1. Routinely trim nails

Regular nail care is an important part of general care and hygiene for your cat, but it can also help prevent scratching damage by eliminating the sharp, destructive claw tips. Properly trimmed nails are less likely to snag or split, and cats with well-trimmed nails are less likely to resort to scratching as part of their own self-grooming rituals.

2. Create scratch-friendly zones

Keeping cats from scratching areas you don’t want them to bother is far more likely if you provide areas where they can scratch at will, such as scratching pads and posts. Pair these scratching areas with a product such as Feliscratch by Feliway, which is clinically proven to prevent destructive scratching by redirecting cats to scratch in the right place. Cats are attracted to the drug-free, naturally derived product and will feel compelled to scratch where it’s applied, leaving that chair or couch alone.

“Cat owners can now have damage-free home decor without putting their cats through the stress and potential physical harm of the painful declawing procedure,” Tynes said.

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DIY Scratching Post


DIY Scratching Post – Designating a spot for your cat to safely scratch is one of the most effective ways to minimize damage to your possessions. A homemade scratching post is a quick and easy project.

DIY Scratching Post

Designating a spot for your cat to safely scratch is one of the most effective ways to minimize damage to your possessions. A homemade scratching post is a quick and easy project.

DIY Scratching Post

  1. Cut foot-long length of 4-by-4-inch wood and a 1-foot square piece of plywood. The exact sizes can vary, but these are good starting points that you can adjust up or down, depending on your space.
  2. Sand away splinters and rough edges.
  3. Add a sturdy fabric wrap or paint to lend aesthetic appeal to the plywood base.

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29-pound cat – dubbed “Chubbs” – rescued from busy California street and up for adoption  – The Pasadena Humane Society is looking for the owner of a 29-pound cat, one of the largest ever on record to be taken to the shelter, the organization said Thursday.

29-pound cat – dubbed “Chubbs” – rescued from busy California street

The 10-year-old Himalayan mix – now affectionally nicknamed “Chubbs” – was found wandering along a busy street in Altadena earlier this week by a good Samaritan, who took the feline to the Humane Society.

“He is 29 pounds of love,” Julie Banks, the organization’s president and CEO, told KTLA.

Chubbs was in dire need of grooming. ; he had deeply matted fur along his back that caused him pain, likely because he is too big to clean himself, Banks said.

Staff members then cleaned up the cat, which took about two hours due to his condition.

Because of his large size, Chubbs couldn’t fit comfortably into a kennel, so he’s been residing in the staff’s office for the time being.

The organization also noted that his weight makes it “uncomfortable” for him to move freely about. They are hoping whoever winds up with the butterball Himalayan as a pet will put him on a diet and exercise regimen.

Chubbs has a sweet disposition, according to the Pasadena Humane Society, which released this photo of the cat.

“A fat cat might be really cute, but they can get the same diseases that we can,” Banks said. “They can get diabetes, they can have heart disease, thyroid disease. We need to get some weight off of him, and whoever adopts him is hopefully going to have a little bit of fun exercising him.”

The cat has no ID tag or microchip, and the Humane Society is still searching for his owner.

And if he is taken, there will be plenty of other cats to choose from. Because it’s kitten season, the shelter has been flooded with felines looking for homes and fosters.

You Can Adopt Chubbs!

Chubbs, the lovable 29-pound cat, will be made available for adoption on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at noon (Pacific Standard Time). To date, we have not been able to find his original owner. His adoption will be done on a first come basis.

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29-pound cat – dubbed “Chubbs” – rescued from busy California street and up for adoption

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Your Cat’s Scratch Has Met Its Match


Your Cat’s Scratch Has Met Its Match – Ever since the day the first feline became a house cat, destructive cat scratching has plagued owners. All the affection and loving care owners shower upon their cats can feel like wasted energy when the thanks they get looks more like hatred: shredded furniture, carpet and curtains.

Your Cat’s Scratch Has Met Its Match

Your Cat’s Scratch Has Met Its Match

Why cats scratch and how to safely stop it

It’s a normal human response to be angry or frustrated about damage inflicted by cats’ scratching, but equally normal is a cat’s need to scratch. Cat scratching is a behavior that fulfills both physical and emotional needs. Cats scratch to stretch their bodies, maintain their hunting and climbing skills, groom their claws and mark their territory, showing they’re in a safe space.

However, these behaviors cats exhibit to establish a safe living space can be anything but pleasant for their human companions. This can lead frustrated owners to take drastic measures to modify behavior, but those decisions can be risky, especially when it comes to a permanent and potentially harmful practice like declawing.

Many pet owners believe that declawing their cats is a harmless and quick fix for unwanted scratching, similar to trimming one’s nails. However, if a declawing procedure were performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.

“Not only does the practice cause pain, it removes an important self-defense tool and the surgery itself poses risks related to anesthesia and infection,” said Dr. Valarie V. Tynes, president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, licensed veterinarian and veterinary services specialist at Ceva Animal Health. “All of this can lead to behavioral issues that may be worse than a shredded couch.”

Declawing is an irreversible measure to address a normal behavioral issue in cats. Declawed cats may be less likely to use a litter box, more likely to bite and the disruption of the natural scratching behavior can cause lasting physiological problems.

That sentiment is echoed by national organizations such as the American Association for Feline Practitioners, which deems the practice of declawing an ethically controversial procedure that is not medically necessary in most instances. In fact, declawing cats is now illegal in several U.S. cities.

Yes, in a prior ad we blogged about cat scratching, so here is another one! Cats love to scratch what can we say! Meow!

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Press Release from Family Features. Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Women on the sofa with black cat)

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Ceva Animal Health

Posted in Cats, Health

5 Health Tips for Your Feline Friend


5 Health Tips for Your Feline Friend – It’s always a good time to pay attention to your family’s health and happiness, and that includes your feline friends, too. Regular exercise and wholesome nutritional choices can help ensure your cat is happy and healthy all year long.

5 Health Tips for Your Feline Friend

These five tips can help keep your cat purring for years to come.

1. Create a Space for Your Cat

As most cat owners know, cats have energy they need to exert throughout the day. Create a space specifically for your cat that includes a cat tree and toys, which allows them to climb around, expel extra energy or use this space to do what cats do best, take a catnap.

2. Provide Healthy and Tasty Meals

Nutrition is a major player in the overall health and happiness of cats. They are natural carnivores and need the proper amount of protein in their diets. Providing your cat a diet with high-quality, animal-sourced protein, such as IAMS™ High Protein cat food, can help them maintain healthy vitality and fuel their carnivorous spirit.

3. Find the Perfect Toys

Cats are curious creatures and love being on the prowl. Make sure you have a variety of toys on-hand for your cat to play with, including laser pointers, stuffed mice and feather wands. These items will not only keep them busy, but they offer a great form of exercise to keep them active.

4. Give Them Some Love

Spending quality time with your furry friend can be as easy as allowing them to curl up with you on the couch at the end of a long day. Show some love by treating them to a nightly brushing, which can help maintain coat health and shininess.

5. Visit the Vet

One of the easiest, and often overlooked, tips for maintaining your feline friend’s health is taking them to the veterinarian at least once a year rather than simply waiting for signs of illness. Scheduling yearly checkups can help identify any problems that may go unnoticed.

Photos courtesy of Fotolia & Family Features.

For more information on keeping your cat happy and healthy, visit IAMS.com.

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IAMS