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Blest Sunday: Friends Are Such A Blessing

Dezi:  MeOW  C’mon Raena, it’s time fur Blest Sunday. And me’s feelin’ purrticularly Blest this week; how ‘bout you?

 

 Blest Sunday purple kitty clip art graphic

 

 

          Raena: Me too sissy, me too. After all, mine’s 2nd birthday is comin’ up this Caturday the 21st. Are you gonna tell me what you and mommy are plannin’ to make it special? 

 

Dezi selfie

 

 

 

Who says we’re plannin’ anythin’ Raena? 

 

          Uh, you did sissy and so did mommy. You both said there’d be no actual pawrty on mine’s big day, but ya’ll would make it up to me by doin’ somethin’ really special. 

 

Oh that?! You’re right Raena. There’s no way we’d let your special day pass without doin’ somethin’ special fur ya’. Ya’ know, mommy said we’d throw you a huge bash on your Gotchaday this year ifin we toned down your birthday. But, that doesn’t mean we’re gonna totally furget ‘bout your birthday. 

 

 Raena gets loving while laying in mommy A's lap with her mouth open in a yawn p selfie

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

 

 

 

          Well fanky fank the cats. I’s was startin’ to think some of that mud mommy put on her hair had seeped into ya’ll’s brains.

 

Well Raena, you know why mommy was puttin’ that mud on her hair, don’cha? 

 

          Uh…Not really sissy, no. 

 

Dezi lays on scratcher with mouth openWe’re gonna have fun, fun, Fun!!!

(Dezi thinks back to the sight of mommy A with all that henna mud on her hair last night and how Raena kept tryin’ to dip her paw into the bowl and laughs.) Oh Raena, you know how vain mommy is. She wanted to cover up all her gray hairs, courtesy of none other than some sisfur who shall remain nameless, befur we went to meet furiends. Mommy’s been makin’ big plans fur us to meet some very special kitties and awnty Nora. She’s even planned fur us to spend a day at BlogPaws. All in celebration of your big day. It’s gonna be your very furst big road trip. 

 

          Well sissy, I’s know lots of peeps are talkin’ ‘bout this BlogPaws thingy, will I’s like it? 

 

As much as you like to go out and meet peeps Raena, me’s sure you’re gonna like it. And let me tell ya’, there’s some pawsum swag that goes along with it. There’s no tellin’ what we’ll come home with. The year sis Lexi and me went, we brought home so many treats and noms and toys that the whole bed was covered in goodies. So, mommy says since it’s your birthday weekend you get furst choice of whatever you want from the swag bag. And, mommy plans on chattin’ it up with some of the brands to see ifin we can’t work out some quid pro quo with ‘em. 

 

          Quid pro quo? I’s didn’t know you meowed in Latin sissy. What ‘zactly does that mean anyways? 

 

Uh, well, it just means we hope they’ll give us somethin’ that we can use and share with our furiends. And they get the honor of us meowin’ ‘bout it. After all, who could say no to our bootyful faces? 

 

 

          Hmmmmm That does sound like fun, sissy. I’s gettin’ really x’cited. I’s also wanna fanky fank awnty Vonda fur sendin’ me some birthday green papers. I’s haven’t picked out mine’s actual purresent yet, but I’s can’t wait to go shoppin’. Maybe I’s can go shoppin’ while we’re on our trip. 

 

 

Maybe Raena. There’ll be purrlenty of time fur you to choose your gift. Mommy says cuz we’re gonna be travelin’ and away from home most of this week, we’re gonna take the week off.

 

 Raena gets loving while laying in mommy A's lap-selfie

 

 

 

 

          Not completely sissy. Mommy says that altho’ we won’t be writin’ blog posties till our next Blest Sunday, we will be keepin’ in touch every now and then thru our other social media sites. She also said ifin she can figger out how to work this smarty pants fone, we could actually do a couple of live videos from awnty Nora’s and the conference. That would mean we could actually meow with our furiends in real time.

 

Yep Raena, that sounds like fun too. Ifin you’re not already followin’ us on facebook, instagram or twitter, and would like to take pawrt in our trip, then be sure to click the follow button on our pages; just click the links above. You can also send us a furiend request on facebook: we’re Alexandra-Deztinee High.

 

          We better wrap it up sissy and start packin’ our bags. This is quite a Blessing. Havin’ the oppurrtunity to meet up with furiends and spend time with them, is out of this world special fur us and one of our favorite things to do.

 

 Dezi lays in mommy's lap getting love, selfie

 

 

 

You’re right Raena. Me fur sure wants to take the nip nanners, how ‘bout you?   As we do each week, we’d like to remind you all to take a minute today and every day to give Thanks fur the Blessings in your life. Big or small, we’re all Blest to have another day to give Fanks fur. 

 

          I’s fanky fankful fur mommy, our home, our fuiends, and the oppurrtunity to take this trip. We’re also linkin’ up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies. We’ll see you all soon. 

 

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

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Raena: Navy Blue

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Service Cats: What Age Should Kitty Be Altered & Preparing For A Trip To The VET

MeOW  We’re late, we’re late fur a very impurrtant date!!! Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. And welcome to all our new followers. We say you’re only a visitor once. After that, you’re family. We open this post each week to give you Trainin’ Tips and answer all your questions. So, ifin there’s anythin’ you’ve been wonderin’ ‘bout, just ask. Your questions can be ‘bout health, behavior, Trainin’, or anythin’ else you wanna ask. Nopawdy knows everythin’. And ifin we don’t have an answer, we’ll find one fur ya’. You can ask via the comments below or by sendin’ us a private email via our Contact Page. Purr requests, we’re no longer statin’ who asked the question. But, there is no dumb question, everypawdy needs help sometime. You can ketch up on all the posts in this series by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline from our menu bar. So, let’s get the business outta the way and get this pawrty started.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

 

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 lays on counter at vet office

 

 

 

So, we’re going to tackle a couple of questions today because they kind of go hand in hand. Here’s the questions: What age should kitty be spayed or neutered?, And: My kitty hates going out in the car/My kitty gets really stressed when he/she has to go to the VET, what can I do to make it easier on him/her?

 

 Raena posing at the vets

 

 

 

 

Regardless of kitty’s age or background, they can be Trained. A really skittish kitty may always be a little fearful, but even they can learn to be calmer and less stressed. And, in the end, that’s all we can ask of them. We gave you Training Tips and Tricks on Harness and Leash Training here. There are numerous reasons to Train kitty to be comfortable with going out/riding in the car. We’ll be covering more of this in a future post. Anyways, we live in something called Tornado Alley; meaning a tornado could appear and wipe out everything in it’s path. Many of you live in areas that could flood or have the ground beneath you quake and open up. Regardless of weather, there are many natural disasters that could occur making it necessary for kitty to have to leave the home and ride in a car. So, Harness and Leash Training are always a good idea. You should always secure kitty inside their carrier with any provided tethers, or by clasping the leash to a zipper, handle or carrier grate. This step will ensure that kitty doesn’t escape even if they manage to get their carrier open. The last thing you need is a scared kitty running loose in an unfamiliar place possibly surrounded by unfamiliar people/other anipals.

 

 Raena sits on the scratchers at petco

 

 

 

We highly recommend keeping kitty familiar with going out throughout their lives. We also recommend taking kitty to places other than the VET. Think about it, if the only place you ever went when you went for a ride in the car was to some place you didn’t like, how eager would you be to continue to go? So often kitties only go out when they need to visit the VET. Even the calmest of kitties will eventually get a little stressed out by these outings. Our prayer would be that no kitty ever got sick or needed regular doctor’s visits, but the reality is that as kitty ages VET visits become more frequent. And, since we can’t all live in areas that have VETs that make house calls, a kitty that’s comfortable going out makes those visits much less stressful for all involved.

 

Me thinks me’ll take a little nap in here.

 

 

 

Remember, kitty also feeds off your emotions. More than a few times we’ve heard, “My cat seems to know I need to take them to the VET.” The answer is, of course we know. We’ve already felt your stress about having to corral us into our carrier and make the drive while listening to us sing the song of our people. Take control of your own emotions and start sending “positive vibes” instead of nervousness or stress. No matter how small your home may be, we recommend leaving kitty’s carrier/stroller out at all times. The more comfortable kitty is with their carrier/stroller, the less stressed they’ll be when you close them up in it. You should make closing kitty in their carrier a game you play off and on throughout their lives. Once kitty is in their carrier, calmly close it up for just a few minutes at a time. Once kitty is comfortable with this, start taking kitty out to the car and drive around the block and back home again. You can eventually make these trips longer and longer. And remember, all trips in the car shouldn’t end up at the VETs. We often go through the drive thru at the bank, just to say hey to the tellers in the windows. We’ve also gone with mommy to buy gas. We stay in the car while she pumps the gas and then we either go inside with her to pay or go thru the drive thru window. Again, we’ll cover more of this in a later post.

 

 Raena sleeps in Gen7 stroller

Ifin I’s stay here long enuff, maybe I’s can go fur a stroll later.

 

 

 

Now to the question of when kitty should be altered. In recent years all surgical procedures have advanced and become safer. Lots of VETs perform what is called a Gonodectomy (removal of the ovaries or testes) on very young kittens, beginning around 6 weeks of age. Most require the kitten to weigh at least 2 pounds. This procedure is more common in rescue and shelter kittens in an attempt to make sure adopted kitties actually get the surgery and can’t reproduce. While we totally understand the need for this, mommy is personally against this procedure on such a young and small animal. That being said, we also don’t believe kitty/doggy should be allowed to mature and “go thru a heat cycle” before being altered. We certainly don’t believe kitty should have to experience the birthing process. It is not necessary and increases the risk of mammary cancer, cervical cancer and other medical issues. We tend to favor the spay/neuter surgery occur when kitty/doggy is about 5 to 6 months of age. By this time the male testes have fully dropped, the female ovaries have fully formed and there’s less chance of “missing/leaving” behind an ovary or testicle. Altho’ rare, this has and does happen.

 

 Mommy A waking Raena after her spay surgery

Raena’s spay day at 5 1/2 months old.

 

 

 

We were also asked if we believed that a female kitty in heat was in some form of pain and should be given pain meds. Our answer to this is absolutely not. But, that being our opinion, we researched said topic and could find nothing to substantiate that kitty is in actual pain. The yowling and contorting of her body is not due to pain, but her desire to mate. She doesn’t need pain meds, she needs to be altered as does the spraying male tom that’s yowling, fighting and stinking up the house/yard/neighborhood. It is our opinion that we often over medicate these days whether it be human or animal. That being said, kitty should be altered before she has to go into heat. Again, it’s much healthier to spay kitty before a heat cycle. However, don’t let that stop you from adopting a mature kitty who hasn’t been spayed. It’s never too late. And it’s never too late to start Training your kitty. Remember, Training is all about Repetition and Rewards. To revisit Training kitty to go out, you should take kitty out at least once a week throughout their life. This will help insure that VET visits go smoothly and kitty isn’t bouncing off the walls when you take them in the car.

 

Dezi sits in stroller

Dezi in stroller in the car.

 

 

 

 

Don’t furget, you can ketch up or refresh your memory on any of the posts in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu bar. And keep the questions coming, we luv writing these posts and hope you find them helpful. Meet us back here each Furiday fur topics to help make your relationship with the anipals in your life better. We’re also joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Friday.

 

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Get Off The Phone Mommy

Meowllo everypawdy, hope your week is goin’ great. It’s been busy, busy ‘round here lately. Let me tell ya’ findin’ somepawdy to help mommy is a lot of work. You know with da exception of a couple hours yesfurday when mommy’s case worker was here, mommy was on da fone most of da day with one purrson or another. She’s gotta check refurences, both purrsonal and business, and set up interview times, and get others applications. Mommy says even tho’ it’s a lot of work, she’s happy dat we actually have a few different peeps to choose from. At furst it was lookin’ purretty bleak.

Dezi lays on the floor with her Yeowww nip rainbow

Oh, Hey everypawdy, how ya’ doin’?

And of course you all know we’re lookin’ fur a helper of da 4 legged furry purrin’ kind too, so dat takes up a lot of mommys day. Everyday she calls da shelters, rescues, and newspaper and online ads to see ifin me’s new sisfur is out there. So far everytime we think we’ve found her somethin’ happens and we’re startin’ all over again. But dat’s okay, we just know da right sissy will show up. Me thinks when she does we oughtta throw a pawty. What do ya’ll think? Me thinks anythin’ is a good reason to celebrate. MOL  Me just has to get mommy off dat fone.

Dezi licks her paw while laying on the floor

Lickety, lick, lick, lick

Anyways, this month has just gotten away from me. Me had planned to have another give away this month, but things just didn’t fall into place in time, so da furst week of June, stay tuned. Me thinks you’re gonna luv this one. And mommy is also tryin’ to figger out how to shoot a tutorial video. Me knows ya’ wanna know what it’s about, but you’ll just have to stay tuned. Me can tell ya’ me’s not gonna be da most coop-purrative purrticipant.

Dezi nips out with her Yeowwwrainbow

Me luvs me’s Yeowww Nip Rainbow

Well there’s a long weekend comin’. Mommy’s birthday always falls on da weekend of Memorial day, and this year it’s da Furiday befur. As me told you befur, we aren’t gonna have a big brouhaha. Mommy had hoped to have a new furry purrer by then, but since dat isn’t gonna happen me told her we could play snuggle snuggle. Just gotta keep her off da fone long enuff.

 Dezi rolls on her Yeowww Nip rainbow

Mommy thinks me’s been sleepin’ too much lately. Me doesn’t seem interested in playin’ much. And she’s tried everythin’. So just fur mommy, last night and this meownin’ me had a little play fest with me’s Yeowww rainbow dat we got fur Christmas. It sure made mommy happy. She was smilin’ and gigglin’ like a little girly watchin’ me play. And she didn’t get on da fone once. It doesn’t take much to purrlease mommies. And of course she had da flashy box close by and was snap, snap, snappin’ away, so me thought me would share a few of those fotos with ya’ll today. Me’s gonna wrap it up so we can try to get by and visit as many of ya’ as pawssible befur da storm hits. 

Dezi smells nip on the floor and scratches it

Ooooooh Even da floor smells like nip.

Do ya’ll have any plans fur da long weekend? 

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

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi  

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