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Service Cats: Where Does Your Lifelong Furry Buddy Belong When You’re Off To College

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Furstly, we’d like to apologize fur our absence last week. T’ween the stress, the added pain, and mommy’s monthly doctor’s ‘pointment, we just flaked, zoned out, didn’t feel up to posting. Ya’ know, life happens sometimes, and gets in the way of all your plans. However, we’re back this week with a pawsum and timely topic that was brought to our attention by one of the sweetest e-mails we’ve received in a while. Befur we get started, remember, you can ketch up on any of our Service Cats posts by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. And don’t furget to leave your questions or blog topic suggestions in the comments below or send us an e-mail via our Contact page, also in our menu bar. Now, let’s get to it. 

 

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

     It’s that time of year, back to school, off to college or away for internships. For many, this is the first time they’ll be away from the home they grew up in. And some, like mommy did, will be returning to school after years of holding down a household. So, what do you do with your beloved furry purrer that’s been there with you throughout the years? Especially, if like one of our pawsome readers, kitty is bonded with you above anyone else in the house. Each year, thousands of people head off to live on campus in dorm rooms or apartments with roommates. While it’s an exciting time for many, it can be a very stressful time for kitty.

 

Raena lays on cat tree looking back

To Take Kitty Or Not:

     The questions we were asked were, “My older shy cat is deeply bonded with me. Would it be less stressful to take her with me to college, or leave her in the house she’s always known, even tho’ she doesn’t get along well with anyone or the other animals in the home?” The next question was, how should I introduce kitty to roommates?” First, we want to say, Thank you for saving a life and taking responsibility for that life till the end. We are not disposable when it’s inconvenient and we appreciate that you realize that and are trying to do the best you can for kitty.

 

     Some of you may remember when we told the story of mommy and Shad being homeless but happy because they were together. If you want to read it you can do so here. Anyways, obviously, we recommend taking kitty with you as soon as possible. Fortunately, many colleges are learning about the bond between humans and pets and are starting to allow them in dorms. You need to check with the college of your choice for their pet policy. Do Not Ever try to sneak Fluffy or Fido into your dorm, apartment or rental property. It’s not fair to them or to future renters.

 

     If your college doesn’t allow pets, you’ll either have to leave kitty/woofy at home or live off campus. Often colleges require Freshmen to live on campus for the first year. Plan your finances so that you can move off campus and reunite with kitty as soon as possible. Regardless of kitty’s age or health, it’s you and not the house kitty is attached too. And, altho’ cats aren’t big fans of change, they do much better when they can be near their chosen human.

 

Raena lays on back of the chair

This throw smells just like mommy.

 

 

 

Reduce Kitty’s Stress While You’re Away:

     In the meantime, how can you make kitty more comfortable during your absence? Start off by making sure kitty has a Decompression Room (your former bedroom is the perfect choice. Don’t change the sheets when you leave.). Place all of kitty’s essentials in the room with him/her and make sure mom, dad, or sibling knows kitty’s routines (ie; meal time, cleaning litterboxes, etc.). Be sure to leave a few pieces of heavily scented clothes with kitty, so he/she can feel close to you. We also recommend coming home once a month if possible to visit and refresh the scent clothing. However, you may be too far away to come home that often, so we highly recommend sending freshly scented garments back home to replace the old ones. We recommend, night shirts, bras and other lightweight garments. They shouldn’t be too heavy and thus won’t cost much to ship/mail back home.  

 

Dezi lays in mommy's lap

Bein’ close to mommy and minglin’ our scents is the bestest thing ever.

 

 

 

 

Telepathy And Kitty:

     Years ago there was a study that talked about sending telepathic messages to your pets when you were away. The premise was that you could visualize your pet in your mind and they would be able to feel your presence. While mommy thinks this is mostly hogwash (ridiculous), still she tends to do it just in case. It certainly doesn’t hurt anyone. We also recommend phoning home and letting Fluffy/Fido hear your voice. We’d love to hear any ideas you have about communicating with your pets when you’re away. The first year of college and away from your beloved furry is going to be stressful for both of you. But, by implementing a few of these tips, you can make it less stressful for kitty. And remember, soon you’ll be able to reunite and be together again.

 

Raena looks back while standing on the liberty cat tree

What’s that you say? Togetherness is the only way to go.

 

 

We’re gonna wrap this up fur today. Join us next week when we discuss introducing kitty to roommates and other pets in the home. And don’t furget to leave us your comments, questions and topic suggestions in the comment section below, or send us an email via our Contact page. As always, you can ketch up on any of the Service Cats posts you may have missed by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. See you soon.

 

Do/Would you call kitty to chat when you’re away? 

Have you ever tried to send telepathic messages to your kitty?

 

Till the next time……………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Chatting Cats: Pussy Willows And Features

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. A muggy wet RaenaBelle. I’s so tired of these storms!!! I’s wanna see the sunshine again. And go fur strolls. And… 

 

 Dezi hangs over the edge of the liberty tree and looks down at Raena

 

 

 

          Raena, we’re all tired of the storms and ready fur some warmer weather. But, you went and broke the stroller, so there ain’t gonna be any strolls till we can get a new one. 

 

Raena in stroller

 

 

 

I’s thought mommy was just kitten, sissy. I’s sure didn’t mean to break our stroller. 

 

 

          Me’s sure mommy knows you didn’t do it on purr-puss. After all, me doesn’t think any kitty’s ever luvved strollin’ more than you. Me luvs strolls, but me thinks you could do it all day every day. Besides, we’re just big kitties who need things that can actually hold up unner our weight. 

 

Oh sissy, I’s do luvs a good stroll and spendin’ time with mommy. I’s think mommy could use with a good stroll and some furesh air. She seems so stressed lately.

 

 Dezi gets loving while laying in mommy's lap

 

 

 

          Well Raena, all this dental stuff is really gettin’ to her. She thought she was almost finished and then they pop up and tell her, “Oh, by the way, when are you gonna schedule your appointment to have those 2 teeth we talked you into keepin’ fur crowns?” Mommy only kept ‘em cuz they told her those teeth were good and didn’t need any work and would help anchor her bottom denture.

 

Yeah, she was purretty upset on Monday when she got that mews. She told ‘em that ifin she’d been told the teethies were bad in the furst place, she would’a never kept ‘em. So, now she’s gotta figger out how to get ‘em pulled and change that bottom denture from a partial to a full. Seems it just never stops.

 

 Dezi sniffs the catkins sent by awnty Ellen

 

 

 

          So true, Raena. She’ll be addin’ another 4 months fur purropurr healin’ to all this. Mommy said she couldn’t believe that nopawdy ever said anythin’ befur. After all, this thing has been goin’ on fur over a year now. But, there was a ray of sunshine in our Monday. We usually save these blessings fur Sunday’s posty, but it helped to pick up mommy’s spirit so, we wanted to say a meowsy big Fank you to awnty Ellen today.

 

Raena sniffs the Pussy Willow catkins

 

 

 

Oh sissy, when mommy opened the box we got from awnty Ellen on Monday evenin’ she let out a squee like I’s never heard. I’s didn’t get it till you told me how much mommy luvs willow trees. We don’t have any, but willows be one of mommy’s faves, ‘specially the Pussy Willow.

 

 Dezi rubs against the Pussy Willow catkin

 

 

 

Dezi sniffs the catkins

 

 

 

          Of course mommy’s fave would be the Pussy Willow. After all, it’s named after us kitties. Y, Even the blooms are called Catkins.

 

 Raena sniffs the Pussy Willow catkins

 

 

 

I’s don’t think it was named after us kitties, sissy. It doesn’t look anythin’ like a cat. Anyways, when mommy opened the box she saw a big bunch of those wrappin’ bubbles. Mommy luvs pawppin’ those things. But that wasn’t even the good pawrt. When mommy opened those bubbles, she found a whole bunch of Pussy Willow cuttings inside. ‘Course she had a good cry and then called up awnty Ellen to say fanky fank ya’. Then mommy hit google to see ifin she could grow her one of those Pussy Willow trees from the cuttings. She found that they’re s’posed to root easily in water so she put several stems in a jar of water and saved the rest fur decoration. 

 

 Dezi sniffs made with love toy from ellen

 

 

 

          ‘Course, awnty Ellen didn’t furget ‘bout us either. She included a couple of her Made With Luv toys just fur us. Ya’ know what else mommy learned ‘bout the Pussy Willow? She learned that the blooms are one of the furst signalers of spring. Ya’ couldn’t have known awnty Ellen, but gettin’ that box when we did made mommy’s day.

 

 Raena sniffs made with love toy from ellen

 

 

 

It sure did, sissy. We also had another little blessin’. Our story has been featured on Fear Free Happy Homes. We better wrap it up, mommy’s got another ‘pointment with the dentist today fur a fittin’. Fanky fank you all fur bein’ our furiends. you’re always in our thoughts and purrayers. We’re also sendin’ some extra purrayers to Shoko, awnty Jean and uncle Bill from the Canadian Cats. Our sweet meezer furiend Kali had to go to heaven yesfurday. She will be missed dearly.

 

Kali at the bridge badge

 

 

 

Till the next time………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Chatting Cats: 18 Purrfectly Amazing Facts

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. What a pawsum pawrty we had here over the weekend. Celebratin’ milestones such as Blogoversaries can be so much fun. I’s didn’t google it, so I’s don’t know the real nummers, but hundreds of blogs are started each year, and only a few actually keep goin’. So, a Blogoversary really is a purretty big deal. 

 

Raena lays atop the Liberty cat tree looking down at Dezi laying on the edge of the tree

 

 

 

          You’re right Raena. Now, let’s get to some fun today. Ya’ know, those 18 Purrfectly Amazing Facts About Us game we played. Several of ya’ played along and made your guesses. We really luvved seein’ your answers. Now, let’s see what our answers are and see who got the most answers right.

 

Dezi sits pretty atop the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

18 Purrfectly Amazing Facts 

1. Favorite smell: Dezi: Mommy

Raena: I’s agree sissy, I’s luvs the way mommy smells.

2. Last time I hissed:  Dezi: This meownin’ when Raena fell off the side of the tub and landed on me. 

Raena: I’s don’t do a lot of hissin’, but, I’s did hiss last week when the sleet hit mine’s stroller. Mommy says I’s was a little scared. I’s meow that I’s was just makin’ sure the sleet knew I’s was the boss.

3. Favorite pizza:  Dezi: Me thought everypawdy would get this one. But me got to thinkin’ ya’ll may actually think we’re kiddin’ and that pepperoni pizza be mommy’s favorite food and not ours. But nuffin’ could be further from the truth. Mommy’s fave food is a nice steak, baked tater and yeasty roll. 

Rana: Sure ‘nuff sissy. One of our favorite human foods is pepperoni pizza. We don’t get it very offen, but we do luvs it. Mommy doesn’t get her favorite food either. MOL

4. Favorite Flower: Me luvs roses and nip flowers. 

Raena:  I’s luvs nip flowers too sissy.

5. Favorite dog breed:  Dezi: Me’s BlogPaws ‘sperience kind’a made me not care fur doggies in general. But, me does luv our sweet furiend Da Phenny the Weimaraner.  

Raena:  I’s luvs Phenny too, sissy. I’s not really met many doggies, so I’s can’t really meow much on this question.

6. Favorite ice cream:  Baskin Robbins white chocolate and regular chocolate.

Raena: What’s Baskin Robbins, sissy? I’s never had any of that. 

Dezi:  That’s cuz we don’t have one anywhere near us. Our local grocery store used to carry them and when he clearanced them out, mommy bought every last one. It’s her favorite too. 

7. Pet peeve:  Dezi:  Peeps that throw out or return beluvved furry family members when they’re inconvenient. Declawin’ kitties, Irrespawnsible pet owners, peeps that won’t spay or neuter, ‘specially their non pedigreed anipals, and…so many more. (Mommy A waves for Dezi to get down off her soap box and continue answering the questions.) 

Raena:  Ooooh sissy, all those things bother me too.

8. Shorts or jeans:  Dezi:  Neither, me has bloomers 

Raena:  Mine’s bloomers are longer and fluffier than yours, sissy. (Dezi shakes her head)

9. Color of your PTU:  Dezi: Well, we have a stroller, and it’s blue.

Raena:  Mommy says I’s broke it sissy. She’s gonna try to get us a new one soon. I’s want animal purrint, how ’bout you?

10. Color of your eyes: Dezi: Blue of course. Mommy says me’s eyes remind her of a blue diamond.

Raena: I’s thought that was mine’s eyes and yours looked like blue jeans, sissy. 

Dezi: Hisssss  We both have diamond blue eyes Raena. Now be nice!!! 

11. Favorite food:  Dezi: Rabbit!!! Me luvs me some Rabbit. 

Raena: Rabbit’s mine’s favorite too. Yummmmmmy

12. Least favorite food:  Dezi:  Sorry Tabbies, we just don’t like fish. 

Raena:  X’cept fur those bonito flakes sissy. We do like those.

13. Favorite Holiday:  Dezi:  Christmas, me’s Birthday, me’s Gotchaday, me’s…  

Raena:  Sissy, It’s mine’s turn. I’s luv any holiday that includes more cuddles and luvvin’ with mommy.

14. Night owl or morning person:  Dezi:  Night owl, just like mommy.

Raena: Me too, sissy. I’s a real night owl. I’s can stay up with mommy till dawn.

15. Favorite day of the week:  Dezi: Any day we can spend with mommy is a favorite day. But, we do luv Blest Sunday.

16. Do you have a nick name:  Dezi: Me has lots of nicknames, mommy calls me her blue eyed angel, baby bear, angel, sweetheart, luv bug, muffin, darlin’, baby… 

Raena: We get it sissy. I’s have lots of the same nicknames, includin’ punkin’, baby girl, punkin’ pie, Rayhahnan, RB and Belle.

17. Favorite music:  Dezi: Me luvs when mommy sings to me. Me also luvs country gospel.

Raena:  Me too sissy. I’s luvs the songs mommy makes up and sings to us.

18. Tattoos:  Dezi: Sis Lexi had a tattoo, so me wanted one too. But, mommy said they don’t do that any more.

Raena:  I’s never seen a tattoo, but I’s know mommy wants one of all her angel babies.

 

Raena sniffs catkins sent by awnty Ellen

We really luvs doin’ these, so we hope CK keeps it up. As sissy meowed earlier, several of ya’ played along. Valentine got 3 out of 5 right, awnty Ellen got 2 out of 2, Travis was spot on that our eyes are blue, sweet Annie got 3 of 4 and sweet Katie got 2 of 4. Since we’re all inclusive kitties, and we could never choose one furiend over another, we had mommy make all of you this great badge. Whether you played along or not, you can put it on your sidebar ifin ya’ want, or just take it and know that we think you’re all the bestest furiends in the universe. 

 

 DezizWorld Great friend badge

 

 

          Fanks mommy fur makin’ the pawsum badge fur us. Befur we wrap it up today, we’d like to take a minute to recognize that today is World Spay Day. Spaying your pet isn’t just ‘bout ending unwanted pregnancies that contribute to pet overpopulation. It’s also ‘bout the health of your pets. Spaying your female anipals helps to minimize the risk of mammary cancer, uterine cancer, inappropriate spraying/marking and aids your pets’ overall health. Contrary to old beliefs, spaying doesn’t make your pet lazy or become overweight. Ifin that happens, that’s on the humans. Spayed felines can and will hunt, play and do everything they did befur with the exception of reproducing. So purrlease, spay or neuter your pets. Even we have a low cost spay/neuter clinic, so check with your local shelter fur one in your area.

 

 Dezi gets loving while laying in mommy's lap_selfie

 

 

 

That’s a pawsum reminder, sissy. Mommy isn’t a fan of altering animals at a really young age, but she’s fur sure all ‘bout alterin’. We’ve both been spayed. It wasn’t mine’s favorite day, but I’s much healthier and happier cuz of it. We’re gonna wrap it up now. See you all soon. 

 

Till the next time……………………………………………Be Blest!!! 

 

Raena: Navy Blue  

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee  

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