Monthly Archives: April 2017
MeeeeeOW Welcome to a brand mew Blest Sunday. Ya’ll know how much we luv our Blest Sunday’s, and this week is no different. You know, sometimes the blessings are in your face and ya’ can’t miss ‘em. And sometimes, ya’ have to look a little harder fur them; but either way, they’re always there. As most of ya’ know, sis Raena’s furst birthday was last Furiday, and she got lots of gifts, that she’s sharin’ with me by the way; and we had a great pawrty. But the fun didn’t stop there. As ya’ll saw in our last posty, the gifts kept comin’.
They sure did sissy. I’s luvs birthdays. And I’s luvs, luvs, luvs our furiends.
Me does too Raena. And we’ve still got a birthday pizza comin’. Me really purreciates you waitin’ fur the weather to clear up so me can enjoy it too.
No purroblem sissy. It wouldn’t be the same ifin you wasn’t out to enjoy it too. Awnty Anonymous even sent enuff green papers fur mommy to get somethin’ to celebrate with us.
Well Raena, speakin’ of awnty Anonymous, we wanna say a meowsy big fank you again, cuz she sent mommy some more noms this past week. Mommy had actually spoke with her on the fone and knew these things were comin’, she just didn’t know when. So when the furst box arrived, mommy was taken by sur-purrise and as usual, she had a long fankful cry.
Those gifts and mommy’s noms would be the in your face blessings you were meowin’ ‘bout, right sissy?
That’s right Raena. But, we’ve also had some of those not so in your face blessings this past week.
Do tell sissy. I’s not know how you’re seein’ all these blessings while hidin’ out UTB (under the bed).
Me told you, me’s not hidin’ Raena, me’s bein’ safe. And me wasn’t UTB the whole time. Me was drivin’ mommy to the bathroom every meownin’. And me came out to eat and play a few games and even nap a few times…till the thunder boomers started. Me was even doin’ really good this meownin’ till you jumped into the door tryin’ to get that birdy.
Well, who knew the door wasn’t gonna open. That birdy’s lucky I’s couldn’t get to it. Hoverin’ at our door tauntin’ me like that, it deserved whatever it was gonna get.
Yeah, Uh Huh, Sure. (Dezi licks her fur) Raena, the mighty huntress. Like you would’a even known what to do with that birdy ifin you could’a got to it.
Are you doubtin’ mine’s exceptional huntin’ skills sissy? Cuz you know mommy says I’s the greatest huntress in the house.
Mommy says a lot of things Raena. Ya’ notice she said in the house, and not somethin’ like, in the universe?.
I’s don’t know what you’re meowin’ ‘bout sissy. Mommy doesn’t lie. So all I’s know, is that I’s the Great Huntress. Now, let’s get back to those hidden blessings you were meowin’ ‘bout a minute ago.
Yeah, we better do that befur me says somethin’…
Anyways, as most of our furiends know, mommy had some complications from her recent oral surgery. After havin’ a loose stitch removed at her 2 week recheck, a hole opened inside mommy’s mouth up into her sinuses. Not only was it gross, aggravating and painful, it was also dangerous and could’a required a second surgery to close that hole. We asked our furiends to join us in purrayin’ that the hole would safely close on it’s own and that mommy would be okay. And guess what? The last couple of days have been pawsum. Ain’t nuffin’ comin’ outta mommy’s nose that isn’t s’posed too. She can brush her teeth, swish, gargle, eat and drink without worryin’ ‘bout it comin’ out her nose again. What a blessin’ that is. Mommy’s gonna have to check with the surgeon to see when she can purrceed with the rest of the work she needs done. And hopefully, we’ll have enuff green papers to finish all the work so mommy will feel all better.
Ifin mommy gets all better sissy, will she not need us to be Service Cats anymore?
No, Raena. Mommy will still need us to be Service Cats. The work we do doesn’t have anythin’ to do with mommy’s teeth purroblems. She’s always gonna need us Raena, don’t worry.
Fanky fanks sissy. I’s luvs mine’s life, mommy and you. I’s wouldn’t wanna live anywhere else.
You don’t ever have to worry ‘bout that Raena. When mommy told you it was furever, she meant it. Mommy also said it was a blessin’ to watch you experience all the fursts this year. Mommy said, at her age, she’s furgotten a lot of the wonders in life and nature. But watchin’ you get x’cited by the wind, or seein’ your furst birdy up close, or you tryin’ to smell the dandelion befur the wind blows it’s seed petals away remind her how purrecious and fragile this life is.
Did you see that wind sissy? It’s whoopin’ those trees ‘round like they ain’t even there. I’s didn’t think those ole branches could move like that. Mommy called it the dance of Spring.
Ya’ can’t actually see wind Raena. But me did see those branches dancin’ ‘round out there. Me can hear ‘em scrapin’ the roof too. Me just hopes they all stay on the trees and don’t break off and break anythin’. The point is, blessings are all ‘round us, we just have to take a minute and see ‘em. As we do every week, we’d like to remind everypawdy to take a moment today and every day to give Thanks fur the blessings in your lives. And we wanna fank you all fur bein’ our furiends and sharin’ your lives with us.
Don’t furget ‘bout the Sunday Selfies with the Kitties Blue sissy. I’s gotta go back to the door and watch fur that birdy to come back.
See ifin you can find a sun puddle too Raena.
Till the next time………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me RaenaBelle. Was mine’s birthday pawrty amazin’ or what? I’s could do that every day. I’s sure do wanna fanky fank all our furiends fur comin’. The pawrty wouldn’t have been any fun without ya’.
Raena, me told you birthdays only happen once a year. You’re gonna have to wait till next year to have another birthday pawrty.
Is that a long time sissy? That seems like a long time. Will it still be stormin’ and rainy? Cuz I’s would like the sun shine on mine’s birthday.
It’s not that long Raena. As fur the storms and sun shine, nopawdy can know that fur sure. Y, The weather guessers said earlier this week that the sun was gonna reign supreme all week. But just take a look outside and tell me ifin you see any sun puddles?.
Enjoy Raena, mommy says da sun’s leavin’ as quick as it got here.
I’s don’t see sun puddles sissy, but I’s do see that momma birdy that made her nest in mommy’s old flower pot basket. She’s been busy. Did you hear her callin’ the lawn crew names yesfurday? And mommy thought she was vishus the day she attacked her. Hmmmpht I’s think she actually pooped on one of those lawn men. She was swoopin’ down and cacklin’ louder than ther machines. It was a sight to see.
No, me didn’t see all that Raena, but me’s glad you enjoyed the show. Mommy said the babies are gettin’ bigger and have lots of feathers now. Me’s gotta tell ya’, they sure are the quietest babies me’s ever seen. We’ve never actually heard them peepin’ fur food. They really must have a good mommy.
Yeah sissy, mommy says every time she’s gone out there, they’re quiet as can be. The only one doin’ any squawking’ is the mommy bird. I’s can’t wait till they start learnin’ to fly. Ya’ reckon mommy’ll let us go out and play with ‘em?
That ain’t happenin’ Raena. You know mommy’s a bit of a germ-a-fobe, and those birdies purrobably have mites and who knows what else. (Dezi shudders)
Mites?!! I’s sure don’t want any birdy cooties sissy. Guess it’s a good thing mommy knows those kinds of things, so we don’t get into any trouble. Maybe, our Trout Towne furiends are on to somethin’ not likin’ birds. Our delishus freeze dried chicky breasts don’t have any mites, do they sissy?
Nah Raena, by the time they get put into bags and shipped to our house, any mites and cooties they might have had have been all cleaned up. Speakin’ of freeze dried chicky breasts…
Oh sissy, you were ‘bout to mention mine’s birthday purresents weren’t ya’? Fanky fank you uncle Pete, Timmy, Einstein, Fitz, Toby, Rumpy, Buddy Budd and Buttons. I’s luvs, luvs, luvs mine’s birthday purresents. And yes, I’s sharin’ with sissy. Those topper bottles are filled to overflowin’ with freeze dried chicky breasts and bonito flakes. They’re sooooooo delishus. And that sardine tin is great. Yeowww makes some of the bestest nip toys ever. Ya’ll didn’t have to get me anythin’, but I’s sure do ‘purreciate it. I’s such a blest kitty girl.
You’re also a spoiled kitty girl.
Oh sissy, mommy says that’s like the pot callin’ the tea kettle somethin’. Mommy says you’re purrlenty spoiled too.
Of course me is. And me’s purroud of it. MOL Me knows me has a great life, and pawsum furiends. Let’s go finish brekky befur the storms start up again, Raena.
Okay sissy. I’s gonna link up with the Pet Parade furst and I’s’ll join ya’ in a minute. Don’t eat all mine’s toppers.
Tomorrow would have been sis Lexi’s 18th birthday. Mommy’s been a little sad this week and really missin’ her. So we need to give mommy some extra luvvin and cuddles.
I’s all over that sissy. I’s luvs givin’ mommy luvs and cuddles. I’s just wish the weather would purrk up so we could go fur a stroll. That would fur sure make mommy feel better. We hope all our furiends have a pawsum weekend. Join us next week fur an amazin’ give away and another great Service Cat Monday posty.
Till the next time……………………………….Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
MeeeeeOW Welcome to another Service Cat Monday. We’re really excited today. We got some great questions last week, so we’ll be addressin’ some issues that can happen in any household includin’ those with Service Cats. So far, the sun is shinin’ here, so we’re gonna try to get our visitin’ caught up today. We welcome all your questions, comments and suggestions, so purrlease leave ‘em in the comments section, or send us an email. As with all our Service Cat postys, the followin’ will be written in human English fur translator and reader ease. Our trainin’ posts aren’t meant to be a step by step trainin’ manual, but rather tips, tricks and techniques used and/or developed by mommy throughout her many years of trainin’ animals, cats in purrticular. Trainin’ is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards. And remember, Rewards don’t always have to come in the form of food. Mommy purrfurs the Love reward system when training any animal, including food motivated dogs. Ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clicking the links below. Now, let’s get to the questions.
First, because it’ll only take a few sentences, we’ve been asked why mommy prefers “Love Rewards” over “Treats”. The answer is pretty simple. Mommy realized she might not always have a treat handy, when she needed the animal to perform a certain command, but wanted to be able to reward the animal just the same. And when she started training cats, she learned really quick that not all cats are food motivated. In fact, for every one cat that is, there are nine more that aren’t. Those of you in multiple cat households have probably experienced this yourselves. And besides, who doesn’t want a little extra loving?.
Our second question today comes from our sweet friends, The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines.net. Their sweet Jasmine had been bullied by a previous kitty in the home. Because of that bullying, she lives sequestered in her own part of the house now. When we read that comment, it made us all cry. We know several kitties that live sequestered for a variety of reasons, and it always makes us sad. Let me be clear!!! We know these kitties are well loved in their respective homes and aren’t being “locked away” or sequestered out of meanness or to punish them. Kitties should NEVER be locked in a room for punishment!!! For that matter, Kitties should NEVER be punished. Never the less, it makes us sad to hear about a kitty who doesn’t have the run of the house, and the companionship of all their family members whenever they want. Jasmine’s lady human is really sad about this too. The bully kitty is no longer in their home, but Jasmine is still terrified and when brought out of sequestering, fearfully runs back to her “safe place”. Some of the kitties go and visit with Jasmine in her “Safe Place”, but she doesn’t want to join them out in the rest of the house.
Their question was, Would our training help Jasmine reintegrate back into the family and the whole house? In a word, YES!!! But of course, anybody who has ever been owned by a kitty knows, nothing is ever that simple in a kitty’s mind. So, what and how can they help Jasmine? Mommy says the first thing humans should remember, is that kitties can smell about 14 times better than humans; and scent lingers. No matter how long “bully kitty” has been gone from the home, it is possible for his/her scent to still be present in the house. Mommy recommends deep cleaning everything possible to neutralize the scents in the home. It’ll be kind of like starting fresh. Mommy loves steam, because it’s basically free, can be used on most surfaces and also kills bacteria. Now that you’re starting over, you go back to the beginning and play lots of “Scent Me Up” with all the kitties.
Do Not wash your hands, face, hair or clothes until after you’ve spread your scent as well as all the kitties scents on everybody/kitty in the house. Mommy also recommends wearing something you can live without for a while, because you’ll want to leave those heavily scented clothes with the sequestered kitty afterwards. We love the “Scent Me Up” game and play it several times a day. This helps to form a stronger bond with everybody/kitty involved. Now we’ll be honest and tell you, we’ve not had any luck with those Pheromone plug ins, sprays, collars or drops, but many people have, so if you’d like to implement their use, feel free to try them out. We would be interested in learning in how they work if you choose to use them. Mommy did find a spot on called Beaphar Calming Spot On that worked somewhat on me. They come 3 spot ons to a box and each one lasts a month. (We’re not being paid for mentioning Beaphar, we’re just trying to offer helpful ideas).
The true goal here is to boost the self confidence of the bullied kitty. Mommy says you should make a small out of the way “Den/Hidey Hole” in the Living room, or whatever room the family traditionally congregates in your home. A carrier with the door off/open and towel over the top, is great. A closed box with a small opening cut out is also a good choice. A second “cubby” should also be placed in the sequestered area. Don’t forget to continue to play the “Scent Me Up” game every day. You can’t over play “Scent Me Up”, so have fun. Next you’re gonna want to swap sites and kitties. If at all possible, move the scared kitty in their “Cubby” to the open area and put the rest of the kitties in the “Sequestered” area. Don’t forget to close that area off, so scared kitty can’t get back in. Altho’ it sounds kinda mean, you’re forcing scared kitty to recognize there is nothing to be afraid of (anymore). The big bonus is that the other kitties are spreading their scent all over the “Sequestered” area.
A well adjusted, self assured kitty will have no fear
being in the middle of a room.
Whether scared kitty comes out of their “Cubby” or not, talk to them as if they were right in your lap. Hopefully, they’ll be there soon enough. Start with an hour and work your way up from there. If scared kitty likes treats or some kind of special food, or nip toy, give it to them while they’re in the congregation spot. If kitty’s still inside their “Cubby”, place the treats or food right in front of the “Cubby”, so they’ll have to at least stick their head out to eat. Same with the toy, place it right in front of the “Cubby”. And when allowed, give them lots of extra love. Do Not intrude on kitty’s “Safe Space” to pet them. Gradually allow one kitty at a time to join Scared kitty in the congregating spot. Mommy recommends when possible, that the first kitty should be laid back. Change out the scented clothing at least once a week.
Once scared kitty starts coming out of the “Cubby”, give them love and engage them with interactive play. Wand toys, feathers, mice, or whatever toy is preferred by kitty should be used. We’ve gotta tell you, those nip bubbles are great fun. Each kitty is different, so we can’t tell you how long this will actually take. But, remember, you must be consistent and do this every day. Work your way up to more and more play and feeding in the congregating spot and less and less fun and food in the “Sequestered” spot. If scared kitty hates getting their claws trimmed or brushing, make those the things you only do in the “Sequestered” area, so kitty associates the congregating spot with nothing but good things. And always remember, training is all about Repetition and Rewards. The pay off will be a smart, self assured happy kitty and home. We meowed a lot about the “Scent Me Up” game today. You can find the explanation/instructions in our Training Foundations post (link below).
Close da box so I’s can hide. MOL
We’re gonna call this a wrap. We do hope this helps some of you. And ‘member, you can ketch up on any posts you may have missed by clickin’ the links below. We’ve got some great things comin’ up fur ya’ this week, so stay tuned. We’ll be addressing another reader question next week, so mark your calendars. You don’t wanna miss it.
Till the next time……………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
When the Handler Dies Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
The Rest of the Story Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4
Stop Kitty’s Begging Calling for Help Options Pt. 1
MeOW Raena, did you enjoy your pawrty?
Oh sissy, I’s sure did!!! What fun. And so many of our pawsum furiends came by. I’s such a blest kitty girly.
Yep Raena, we sure are. Me had a great time too, even tho’ it is stormin’ here. Me’s gotta tell ya’, you looked so funny chasin’ those nip bubbles ‘round the house. Mommy even found one you missed this meownin’ when she sat down in the sittin’ lift chair.
Those bubbles sure are a lot of fun. All those red dot kitties don’t know nuffin’ ‘bout disappearin’ prey. Every time I’s thought I’d caught one, it was gone. One even hit me on the nose, but befur I’s could ketch it, it disappeared.
MOL Me saw that, Raena. We don’t play the red dot game here, cuz mommy says we’re too
smart curious. ‘Stead of tryin’ to ketch the red dot, we go straight fur the source; the light in mommy’s hand. Mommy says that’s dangerous fur kitties to stare into the lasered red dot. But we did enjoy those bubbles.
Yeah sissy, it’s too bad mommy ran outta breath, cuz I’s sure was havin’ fun chasin’ all the bubbles.
Well, there was lots of bubbles still floatin’ ‘round in the air even after mommy ran outta breath. Me’s sure she’ll play the bubble game with us again. ‘Specially now that she knows we like ‘em.
I’s sure hope so sissy. Did you see all the cards I’s got yesfurday (blog links listed as comment)? And, I’s can’t wait till the weather clears up enuff fur us to have mine’s Birthday pizza. Awnty Anonymous sent mommy some green papers and told her to get us a Birthday pizza. But since you hang out UTB when it storms, mommy said we have to wait to have it, so you can enjoy it too. Maybe ya’ oughtta think ‘bout not hidin’ away so much.
Me’s not hidin’ Raena, me’s just bein’ safe. All the news peeps say to stay away from windows and glass durin’ storms. So there. Me’s the smartest kitty in the house.
Yeah, Okay sissy, you’re not hidin’, you’re just bein’ “safe”. MOL
You won’t be laffin’ ifin any of those storms actually break our windows while you’re lookin’ out.
But sissy, that birdy that built her nest in one of mommy’s old pot baskets is so much fun to watch. Did you hear her callin’ mommy names the other day?
Me sure did Raena. Now that was funny. Mommy went out to trim the wisteria, and that ole momma bird was so mad. She flew into the big old oak tree in our front lawn and squawked and cackled at mommy the whole time she was out there. Guess she didn’t know that mommy would never hurt her babies. The really funny pawrt was when she came flyin’ in fur the attack when mommy was tryin’ to take fotos of her babies.
Oh sissy, that was funny. Mommy was tryin’ to swoosh her away with one hand and focus on the babies with the other. Mommy’s wanted to take more fotos, cuz the baby birds be growin’ so fast, but she doesn’t wanna face the wrath of momma bird again. MOL Mommy didn’t get any fotos of the momma bird. Mommy says she wouldn’t coopurrate. MOL
Yep Raena, mommys’ sure can be furocious when they’re purrtectin’ their young; no matter what size they are, or the purredators size.
You’re so right sissy. And mommy unnerstands that cuz that’s the way she feels ‘bout us.
Sure ‘nuff, Raena. We are blest to have such a pawsum mommy. Speakin’ of mommy, we need to update everypawdy ‘bout her complications. Ya’ know, we told everypawdy that mommy’s upper teeth has roots that were embedded in her sinuses. That’s not a good thing. But mommy was followin’ all the instructions and bein’ really careful, so when she went in fur her recheck, the surgeon was really purrleased with how well mommy was healing. But, she had a stitch that had been hangin’ down, and rubbin’ her tongue fur days. When the doctor looked at it, she said it was ‘bout to fall out, so she went ahead and removed it. They thought everythin’ was fine till the next meownin’. Altho’ thinkin’ it was a fluke, mommy didn’t call the doctor that day. And then the same thing happened off and on all last weekend. So furst thing Monday, mommy called the doctor to report that she now had an openin’ into her sinuses. ‘Pawrently, that stitch was holdin’ that hole closed.
I’s got really worried ‘bout mommy, sissy. Cuz she said it’s not just gross and aggravating, it also hurts. Fankfully, the dentist put mommy on another round of antibiotics, more Sudafed and told her not to blow her nose fur another 2 weeks.
Yep, Raena. They’re hopin’ the hole will close on it’s own so mommy won’t have to have another more serious surgery. And the antibiotics are to help make sure mommy doesn’t get an infection. Seems the Sudafed is harder to get than mommy’s purrscription meds. ‘Pawrently, the active ingredient is used a lot here to make meth. What does mommy know ‘bout meth and drug makin’? Anyways, mommy can only buy a certain nummer of boxes a day, week and month. And she has to sign fur them, and purrvide her drivers license and get her foto taken each time. One box lasts one day. Is that crazy or what? Me sure hopes she doesn’t have to take this stuff fur long.
Me too sissy. We’ve been so blest, that mommy hasn’t had any more purroblems, so we’re purrayin’ really hard fur this hole to close soon, so mommy can start feelin’ better and get on to the other bad teethies.
Yes we are Raena. And we’re so blest to have so many furtastic furiends to help us purray fur mommy. Every time we think ‘bout our furiends, we are so humbled to be so blest. From purrayers to luv and suppurrt and even gifts, we have the bestest furiends in the universe. We wanna remind you all to take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur the blessings in your lives. We’re gonna wrap it up now and get some rest. We’re all pawrtied out.
Speak fur yourself sissy. (Raena yawns) I’s not pawrtied out. MOL We’re joinin’ the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies.
Till the next time…………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses