Health

THE SLEEPYPOD TRIAL

At our house, we like modern, safe and colorful.  The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed/Carrier is all of these.  I first saw them on the Internet & then at a BlogPaws Conference. I ordered one to see if my four cats would like it. They were excited just by the big box. They climbed in and out of the box and then, of course, the carrier. It is Spirit's but all the cats LOVE IT.  FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SLEEPYPOD. We will only review products on this blog that we USE and LOVE. 

THANKSGIVING CAN LAND YOUR CAT AT THE VET

PLEASE don't feed your cat from your Thanksgiving Day spread. The following foods are in the 'Forbidden Zone:'  onions, garlic, some spices, butter, sour cream, bacon drippings, stuffing, gravy, and pumpkin pie.  Can have ONE bite if you must: turkey (bones will kill a cat), mashed potatoes (no cheese, butter, sour cream or bacon), sweet potato (no brown sugar or marshmallows), green beans (no butter or onion topping), carrots. Lilies & poinsettias are fatal to cats. Watch the center pieces.

NO POSTINGS WHILE MEOWMUH'S BEEN RECOVERING

Following my knee surgery, I didn't touch a computer until now. Recovery's slow. I always had at least one, sometimes two Cat Authors snuggled next to me. THE ABOVE PIC SHOWS A CONCERNED SPIRIT AWAITING MY RETURN TO MY RECOVERY CHAIR. 

FINDING A HOME CARE AGENCY FOR HOOMANS THAT LIKES PETS

After knee surgery in August, I found an agency, HomeWatch, that helped me and fit into our four cat household. THE ABOVE PIC SHOWS THE CATS WAITING FOR HOMEWATCH'S AMALIA.  HomeWatch was everything we needed and wanted.  Thank you, HomeWatch.

MEOWMUH'S NEW KNEE

We, the Cat Authors, have not been posting for the last month cause Meowmuh got a new knee.  Don't know what a 'staple' is but they removed 'em yesterday. Hundreds of 'em. I, Meowmuh, have to interject here--it was only 30. The Cat Authors misrepresent facts. They say:  "That's our story and we're stickin' to it."  And they do.  The conversation ends when, in unison, they launch into a grooming session.   

CATS WORKING FOR THEIR EATS

The BlogPaws Conference in South Carolina gave each attendee big swag bags of toys, food, etc.  PetSafe's SlimCat Interactive Cat Feeder was in the bag. I filled the plastic balls with their fav dry food and set them on the floor. Inkee-Bear figured it out first. Each ball holds 2/3 cup of dry food/treats; they are dishwasher safe with BPA-free plastic. It provides small portions while they 'hunt' their food and expend energy. This is not a sponsored ad. This is simply what the Cat Authors do best - eat.

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HEMINGWAY & HIS SIX-TOED CATS

Hemingway admired the spirit and independence of cats. His first cat was given to him by a ship's Captain. It was a white, six-toed (polydactyl) cat named Snow White. He was fascinated by polydactyl (Latin for extra digits) cats. Most of his cats were then polydactyls. Only a polydactyl cat can parent another polydactyl (a dominant gene). The Maine Coon is the first breed known to have this trait but any breed can be polydactyl. The polydactal paw with the extra thumb is larger giving the appearance of the cat wearing mittens.  

RED ALERT: EASTER LILIES ARE POISONOUS

Spring is here.  Birds are chirping, singing and building nests. Easter is just around the corner.  Remember the beauty and fragrance of Easter Lilies? How can something so achingly beautiful kill our cats?  According to The Humane Society of the United States:  "Cats are poisoned by any part of a lily."  Please do not place lily flowers or plants in your home.  If you place them outside, feral and indoor-outdoor cats are at risk.  Keep our felines safe over Easter.

SAFETY TIPS FOR THANKS-WHAT?

TIPS FOR OUR FELINES ON TURKEY DAY

The Best Overall Plan for Turkey Day:  Do not feed cats from the Thanksgiving Day spread.  Keep your cat secured in a place where they can escape the hubbub of meal prep and guests coming in and out.

Do not leave food on the kitchen counter while dinner is served and being ingested.

Plants and flowers:  All parts of a Lily are toxic to cats and can be fatal to your cat.  Watch all centerpieces.

Onions, garlic & some spices:  No, toxic

HOW MANY LIVES DOES A CAT HAVE?

The number of lives allotted a feline varies from culture to culture and from country to country.  In Arab and Turkish proverbs, a cat has only 7 lives. In Russia and America, a cat has 9 lives. Why not more, why not less?  Some say that 9 is a lucky or holy number because it is the "Trinity of Trinities."  With a cat's uncanny ability to land on its feet and survive against all odds, this particular number was attached to our furry felines.