Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. It’s been really crazy ‘round here this week. Well, at least fur mommy. I’s been takin’ a lot of naps. I’s get tired watchin’ mommy run ‘round like a chicken with her head cut off.
RaenaBelle!!! That’s not very nice.
Maybe not sissy, but you know it’s the truth. We’ve not been able to visit our furiends and meow at ‘em. Nor have we gotten to go out and look at all the Christmas lights. And we fur sure haven’t even got to write our letters to that Santa Paws guy yet. I’s thinkin’ mommy’s too busy. We need to teach her how to relax.
You may be right Raena, but me doesn’t think anypawdy could teach mommy to relax. Ya’ know a doctor told her once that she was missin’ the relax gene. Anyways, mommy said we could write our letters next week and there’d be purrlenty of time. We’ve got to get our Christmas cards out this weekend. And, since we can’t go to the nursin’ home this year, we’re thinkin’ ‘bout makin’ a carolin’ video fur our bloggy. Ifin mommy can figger it all out that is.
I’s have faith she will, sissy. After all, isn’t that what this season’s all ‘bout…Faith?
Partly Raena. But that’s good enuff. Me will have faith with ya’. Me knows we’ve got some great reviews comin’ up fur everypawdy. We’re gonna even let mommy tell peeps ‘bout our new spaceship next week.
Spaceship! What spaceship?
Ya’ know, PB, our new pawtty box.
Oh Cool. I’s luvs PB, don’t you?
Save it fur the review Raena. In the meantime, we’ve got another Blessin’ fur the Blessing Train and our 12 Days of Blessings. Altho’ it’s turned cold and mostly dismal outside, the sun still shines down upon us. We’ve been given another day to live and spread joy. Every breath we take is the Blessing of life. One fur which we are most grateful. Havin’ such scary and unsure beginnings, we have been Blest with a most wonderful life.
You’re so right sissy. Life’s not always purrfect, and we don’t always have everythin’ we want. But, we have everythin’ we need. We hope you all will jump on the Blessing Train with us and share your Blessings this holiday season. We purromiss to be ‘round to visit as soon as we can. Mommy’s purromissed to get unbusy and help us soon.
Till the next time………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
MeOW Welcome to Service Cat Monday. What started out as a simple Training day post quickly evolved to encompass all things Feline. It’s the one day a week, we focus on educating and writing fur the humans in our lives. We wanna thank all of you fur your questions, comments and readership this past year. Keep the questions comin’. ‘Member, the only dumb question is the one not asked. This will be the last Service Cat Monday post of the year 2017. But, don’t worry, this series will return fur 2018. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the complexities of the Feline Behavior (pun intended). That bein’ said, let’s get the business outta the way and get on with today’s post. The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat Monday 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 Feline Behavior. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover, purrlease let us know in the comments section or send us an email. When asking behavioral questions, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links at the end of this post. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.
We get asked a lot about food and proper nutrition for us kitties. As most of you know, we eat a raw freeze dried food and are adamantly opposed to feeding any kitty a kibble only diet. And as most of you also know, we have semi scheduled feedings and don’t believe in leaving food out all the time for kitty. What we mean by Semi-Scheduled, is that we eat at specific times a day. Altho’ breakfast is served when mommy can get up and make our plates, dinner is almost always served within a hour of the same time each day. Those plates are available for a limited time and then empty or not, they disappear until the next meal time when they are replaced with a fresh plate of food. One comparison you can make between kitties and humans is, if you can sleep without getting up to eat, so can we.
To understand kitty’s nutritional needs, we must look at the feline roots, the wildcat from whence we came. We believe in creation, and that God created the first cats. However, you want to see it, Cats exist and are among the few True Carnivores. We call them Obligate Carnivores, meaning they MUST eat meat to survive. The dictionary says this about Obligate: Biologically essential for survival. Cats Can Not live much less Thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet. A cat’s teeth are designed to rip flesh and chew meat, muscle and tendons. The cat’s tongue is barbed to help it remove fur and feathers from their prey. Cats lack the physiology required to break down or digest vegetation, starches and/or some carbohydrates.
Cats’ require certain Amino Acids such as Taurine, Tryptophan and Arginine that is found in animal flesh. While the human body is capable of breaking down carbs and producing certain Amino Acids on it’s own, the cat must get those from their food. A cat who doesn’t get the required nutrients in their diet, may go blind, suffer muscle loss, other illnesses and even die. A cat in the wild, will also get moisture from their prey. Cats consume blood, predigested vegetation and other wet contents from their kill. This practice has led to a smaller liquid intake by cats and more concentrated urine. We’re all familiar with the overwhelming smell of cat urine. However, fresh water should still be available for kitty at all times.
(Meat Meal) Looks more like chicken feed than somethin’ us
kitties can sink our teethies into.
So, let’s take a look at Kibble. It’s a well known fact that the first three ingredients listed make up the largest part of a food/feed. Now we know every bag of kibble lists a moisture content. But, we also know anyone who has ever touched a piece knows there’s nothing moist about kibble. If you were to put a piece of kibble in a spoon full of water, the kibble would soak up all the liquid in no time. So, imagine what it’s doing inside kitty who never drinks their 8 glasses of water a day (mol). No, kitties don’t need 8 glasses of water a day, that part was a joke. But seriously, cats don’t always drink enough water, so when kitty eats something that will absorb any liquid around it, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Some grain free options. Does a kitty look like a rabbit?
There are 2 basic diets available, regular and grain free. Grain free diets commonly include starches such as potatoes. As we pointed out earlier, cat’s generally Do Not have the ability to break these down. An inability to digest these starches in cats may cause kitty to become gassy, have diarrhea or bloat. Kibble may also cause kitty to gain weight and be at risk of becoming obese. Kibble only diets also increase kitty’s risk of Urinary problems. For many years now, it’s been known that a lot of the pet food manufacturers use less than desirable ingredients in their kibble and even canned feeds. The laws protecting animals and ensuring the quality of food are too often not enforced. Animals that have been euthanized or died from illnesses/disease are often used in the manufacturing of pet feed. Even companies that charge outrageously for their products are guilty of these practices.
Me hopes mommy doesn’t ketch me cleanin’ Raena’s plate.
Even more alarming than the above is what happens to a kitty when kibble is left available at all times. Contrary to the belief that kitty will go hungry overnight, or while you’re away at work, we kitty’s were never intended to eat 24/7. And believe it or not, we can even last a few extra hours when you’re running late. Most kitties can safely go without a meal every now and then without any harm or danger to their health (Only healthy cats, not those affected by an illness or disease. Please speak with a VET before fasting any cat who is sick). Let’s talk about kitty’s sniffer and food for a minute. When kitty smells food, a chemical reaction happens that causes kitty’s body to produce needed acids to break down the food for use. When food is left out all the time, kitty’s brain is on overload. The body can quit producing those acids or over produce them which can lead to illness, obesity and even death. A hunting cat isn’t always successful and may not eat every day. We’re not suggesting you fast kitty, but we are saying, kitty doesn’t need to eat all day and night.
Dry Freeze dried Primal (not recommended by manufacturer).
Now we luv the gravy.
A few years ago, me was a grain free kibble eating kitty. Until that is, me got sick and mommy learned me’s urine pH was off the Alkaline charts. Me was on a Semi-Scheduled feeding, but me’s body just couldn’t break down all those potatoes. Me was stubborn and didn’t want to give up me’s kibble. Thankfully, mommy’s more stubborn than me and knew what was best. While we don’t recommend it, mommy began to feed me the Freeze Dried Raw food…DRY. Freeze Dried raw should be reconstituted with water or broth. However, me just wouldn’t eat it, so mommy left it as is. About a week later, mommy began serving me’s freeze dried raw on a damp/wet plate. A week later she used her fingers to sprinkle water across the top. The next week, she added a spoonful of water and so on. Now me can’t imagine eating a food without that delicious gravy. The more the better me meows.
We also added water fountains to make drinking more appealing and fun. After much research and many calls to pet food manufacturers about their ingredients and manufacturing policies, we eat and recommend the Primal line of foods. They truly use human grade ingredients. Yes, it costs a bit more than kibble or canned, but it’s the next best thing to mommy making our food herself. And, for those who don’t want to touch raw ingredients or need easy raw food due to travel, it’s convenient. Me’s urine pH is healthy and normal now, and Raena and me are generally healthy and happy.
Me’s lappin’ up the last of the gravy so mommy can add more.
If you’re not ready to make the Raw leap, canned food is the next best choice. It is a myth that kibble cleans kitty’s teeth. It is also a myth that a Persian cat and a Siamese cat have different nutritional needs or require breed specific formulas. That’s one of the craziest money grabbing schemes we’ve ever heard. All Cats are Obligate Carnivores and therefore require the same nutrition…MEAT. Not meat by products or meat meal made up of some unknown animal parts or plant proteins. Mommy says when deciding what meats to feed us, she likes to think about our wild ancestors. She asks the question, What kind of meat would kitty hunt for if left to their own devices? Very few cats actually fish. Most of a cat’s food sources come from land mammals who eat both meat and vegetation and supply kitty with all the nutrition he/she requires.
Well we do hope this has helped some of ya’. Obviously, this is a huge topic and there’s much more we could have added. So, ifin ya’ want us to expound more, let us know. Fur now, we’re gonna wrap this up and do some more Christmas purrep. Don’t furget to leave your questions, comments and/or topics below or send us an email. And, you can ketch up on any posty you may have missed by clickin’ the links below. One last thing, our Blessing today is Good Food and Nutrition. Fanks mommy, fur lookin’ out fur us.
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
Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty Internal Disputes
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
Going for a Walk When in a Wheelchair Calming the Tiger Pt.1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3
(Some time in the morning when Dezi, Raena and mommy A are laying in bed……Asleep?) Hey, Raena, are you awake? Raena? RaenaBelle!!!
(Raena stretches out a paw toward Dezi and yawns) What sissy? Did I’s miss somethin’?
Me’s thinkin’ it’s time to get up. Me’s gettin’ hungry.
I’s don’t wanna get up sissy. It’s too cold. I’s wanna stay right here snuggled up to mommy. (mommy starts moving her head and tells the girls she needs to get up) No mommy, let’s sleep just a little longer.
(Dezi and Raena lay still a few minutes and then Dezi gets up and starts massaging mommy’s tummy. Raena knowing that will cause mommy to need to get up paws at Dezi) Stop hittin’ me Raena! Me wants to get up. It’s time fur Blest Sunday and church. Help me get mommy up. Ifin she doesn’t get up, she’ll never turn on the heat. And let me tell ya’, nopawdy’s house should be below 50°. Me knows mommy wouldn’t have let it happen to our house ifin she’d known it was gonna get so cold.
(Raena paws at Dezi once more and then moves in to position to massage mommy and help her get off the bed) Okay sissy, let’s get up. I’s am feelin’ a bit hungry mine’s self. I’s could go fur a nice plate of rabbit and duck and maybe a nice warm nip tea. We are so Blest to have such yummy noms. And a nice warm toasty place to sleep. With all the colds everywhere I’s sure do worry ‘bout all the kitties livin’ outside.
Me too Raena. Me’s so happy that we’ve been goin’ out a few times a week lookin’ fur feral and stray kitties to feed. We actually found one the other night. Just in case there was more, mommy left purrlenty of food to feed several kitties. We couldn’t tell ifin the kitty we saw was a girly or a boy cuz it wouldn’t come close enuff and it was so dark and cold. But, we said a purrayer and asked God to take care of her/him and we’ll go back to leave some more food soon.
I’s glad we’re doin’ that too sissy. I’s wanna go with mommy the next time. Maybe the kitty just needs a furiend to show her/him that mommy’s not gonna hurt ’em. Altho’ she does look kind’a scary ifin ya’ don’t know her. Havin’ lost her coat, she gets all bundled up in a couple of shirts and pairs of pants to go out. She looks kind’a like a crazy woman. MOL
That’s okay Raena, she’s our crazy mommy and we luv her. Hey, did you see that Annie and Pierrot hopped on the Blessin’ Train?
I’s did sissy. I’s was so happy. And did you see the package we got the other day? Mommy says it’s a Christmas purresent from awnty Belinda. She won’t let us have it till Christmas, but we sure do fanky fank ya’ awnty Belinda. Mommy says she knows we’re gonna luvs it.
Yep Raena, me can’t hardly wait. We got mews ‘bout our visitin’ the nursin’ home this past week. Seems we’re not gonna be allowed to go anymore. They’re only allowin’ church groups from their town unless you’re a family member. Mommy said she’d look ‘round to see ifin there was any place else we could go to, but it looks like we’ll be carolin’ at home this year.
I’s gonna miss all the attention we got from all thoe residents sissy. But I’s glad we still carol here. I’s luvs Christmas songs and singin’ ‘bout Jesus.
Me too Raena, me too. I’s think that should be our Blessin’ this week fur the Blessing Train. Altho’ Jesus wasn’t actually born on Christmas day, me’s pawfully glad He was born. Me just luvs hearin’ the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth.
W purray and ask Him to bless, watch over and purrvide fur all our furiends every day. We also gotta link up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies.
We wanna remind everypawdy to take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur the Blessings in your lives. We also wanna invite you to hop on the Blessing Train fur our 12 Days of Blessings. Just take the train or boxcar or both and post your Blessing. Link back to us, send a pingback to our posty or leave your linky in the comments below, so we can all visit you. Blessings multiply when shared.
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. Kittens!!! has it ever turned cold. It’s okay tho’, we’ve got our toasty warm ‘lectric blanky, and mommy. We do luvs to cuddle.
Raena, quit ramblin’ on. We’re gonna share our Christmas Gift Guide today. Ya’ know, time’s runnin’ out and we’ve got some great gift suggestions fur peeps and furs alike. And we’ve tried to pick items from just ‘bout every purrice range, so there’s somethin’ fur everypawdy.
You’re so right sissy. I’s so x’cited. Can I’s go furst? (Dezi rolls her eyes but nods yes)
HexBug for Cats
Let me tell ya’, these things are sooooooo much fun. We got one of these buggers in our Hooligan in a Can purrize pack from Cat Scouts. As soon as mommy turned him on, we were off and running. I’s will say, he works bestest on non carpeted floors. But, kitty HexBugs are great fur hours of fun and a great source of some pawsum action shots fur all you fotographers out there. There are several places to get your HexBug from the creators website to amazon. They run anywhere from $4.99 to $19.99. They don’t specifically make a HexBug fur doggies, but there are some bigger bugs that we think any woofie would enjoy as well.
Great choice Raena.
Kitty Kick Stix
Me’s furst pick is those pawsum Kitty Kick Stix we just reviewed (see our review here). They’ve got a kicker fur every kitty. They range in size from 6” to 15” and they’ve even innerduced some new refillable kinds. And, ifin you use our special code DWORLD, you can save 15% off their sale purrices of $3.95 to $26.95.
That’s a good one sissy.
Frisco 33.5” Scratching Post
Mine’s next pick is the Frisco 33.5” Scratching Post from Chewy.com. We not only reviewed this pawsum scratcher, we liked it enuff to ask if we could give one away (see our review here). This scratcher is tall enuff fur even the larger housecat breeds. And it’s purrlenty sturdy, so it’s sure to be liked by the kitties on your list. You can find it on Chewy fur $32.99. And, it comes in brown and cream.
And, we know every kitty needs a good scratcher, don’t we Raena?.
Garfield Cat Litter
Speakin’ of a kitty’s needs Raena, every kitty needs a good litterbox filled with a great litter. One of our top choices fur the latter is the Garfield Cat Litter. There’s still time to get in on our current give away too. Just click here to check it out. It comes in a 3 pack of 5 lb bags or 1) 10 lb bag and is available in 2 different sizes, tiny grains and small grains. The cost runs $14.90 to $22.90 at Chewy. Ifin ya’ sign up fur autoship, you can save even more.
And, ya’ gotta have somethin’ to put that litter in sissy.
Litter Robot Open Air III
When it comes to automated litterboxes, our choice is the Litter Robot Open Air III. Stay tuned fur our review. We’ve haven’t decided ifin it’s a toy or a litterbox. Hey, maybe, it’s both!!! MOL Like I’s said, you’ll have to wait fur the review. But, we do luv it. Now, we realize this is purretty ‘spensive. But, when ya’ think ‘bout the fact that you’ve gotta have a litterbox, and somepawdy’s gotta do the scoopin’, then we think this makes perfect sense. It’s got features out the wazoo to make the peeps happy and functions purrfectly fur a kitty’s needs. It runs $449.00 and comes ready to go outta the box…just add litter and kitty.
Raena, you’re gonna have to learn to let the scoops go. It really isn’t a toy.
Yeowww Nip Nanner
Anyways, what kind of kitties would we be ifin we didn’t list the famous Yeowww nip nanner? At only $5.99 at Chewy, ya’ can’t go wrong. It’s full of purremium grade catnip to delight every kitty. Okay, maybe not every kitty, but most.
Hey sissy, we purromissed items fur the peeps too.
Just Kitten Around Coffee Mug
I’s would like to suggest that huge coffee mug Chewy sent mommy a while back. She says it’s purrfect and adorably cute. And at $9.99 every kitty luvver will have a big smile with their coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
That’s fur sure a good one, Raena.
This is great mommy. Ya’ gotta hang it up? I’s couldn’t wait.
Ya’ know, we haven’t listed any purrches fur us kitties. We received a great Cat shelf from the wonderful cats at Art of Paws. It’s a family run business, 1 purrson and 4 cats. Now that’s me’s kind of business. MOL Anyways, the shelf we received if just purrrrrrrrfect. Very well made and it looks just bootyful. It has 2 removable washable covers, soft wool or a ridged fibre type. And, it’ll hold up to 33 pounds. That means it’s purrfect fur us. It comes with everythin’ you need to get it up on the wall includin’ the wall anchors. Ifin ya’ live in a small space like we do, you know you have to take advantage of the vertical space. ‘Course, anypawdy who knows cats, knows, we like the high places anyways. This shelf is only $39.95 and worth every penny. So, mommy, when are we gonna have a whole wall covered in these purrches? MOL
I’s luvs the purrch sissy.
Pawsitively Beautiful Tote Bag
A lot of ya’ may ‘member the pawsum tote bag mommy got fur her birthday. She still luvs it and so it has to be a pick on our gift list. It’s roomy enuff fur a blogger to carry their laptop or tablet in as well as all the things a lady might need in her purrse. And, buyin’ it means 71 anipals get fed. That’s a great deal. You can check it out here. It’s currently on sale fur $34.99 and comes in 3 different colors.
And ifin mommy doesn’t fill it too full, there’s even room fur one of us, huh Raena? Well, that’s a lot of shoppin’. As purromissed, there’s a little somethin’ fur everypawdy/kitty.
We haven’t finished sissy. We have one last gift to list. This gift is considered purriceless to the recipient and everypawdy can afford it. We know money’s tight fur everyone, so we fur sure wanted to list what mommy’ll be getting’ us fur Christmas…
Love and Hugs
There ya’ have it. The greatest gift of all. And now we wanna list our next Blessin’ fur the Blessin’ Train. Love!!! We have the love of God and our mommy. With that Love, there’s nuffin’ we can’t overcome. We do hope ya’ll will jump on the Blessin’ Train, it’s headin’ your way.
Till the next time………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses