Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. Seems it’s coolin’ off fur a lot of our furiends, and it was even in the 70’s here last night. Anyways, we were meowin’ with a furiend yesfurday ‘bout how we always complain ‘bout the weather. Ya’ know, either it’s too cold or it’s too hot. There never seems to be that happy place. Mommy says the truth is, humans in purrticular, no matter how happy, like to have somethin’ to complain ‘bout. So, even ifin the temps were just right, we’d still find somethin’ wrong with it. Anyways, enuff ‘bout the weather. Hey sissy, did you see mommy try to kill me last night? I’s couldn’t believe mine’s own eyes. Or maybe that’s it, she wasn’t gonna kill me, just maim me.
RaenaBelle Mayce!!! Don’t be meowin’ such things. Somepawdy might actually take you serious and try to take us away from mommy. And you know you don’t want that. Mommy would never hurt us, much less kill us; and she wasn’t tryin’ to kill or maim you last night. She didn’t know the clippy in her hair was gonna snap and send pieces flyin’ thru the air. It was just as much a shock to her as it was to you. Besides, none of the pieces got anywhere close to where you were layin’. But, maybe the universe is tryin’ to tell ya’ that you shouldn’t be layin’ on top of the pawtty box waitin’ to whap me’s tail.
Mine’s version sounded better, sissy. And I’s wasn’t waitin’ to whap your tail, I’s was waitin’ on mommy to get ready fur bed so she could carry me with her. I’s was just tryin’ to keep her from havin’ to bend over to pick me up.
Well how thoughtful of you Raena. Have you ever thought ‘bout walkin’ to the bed yourself?
Why would I’s sissy, you don’t?. I’s learned everythin’ from you. And every night at bedtime, you wait fur mommy to carry you to the bed too. I’s thought you said that made mommy happy and made her feel needed?
Yeah Raena, to carry me, not you too. Anyways, Me doesn’t wanna meow ‘bout this any more. Me would like to take a nap.
You’ll have to stay tuned fur real fotos.
A NAP? How can you even think ‘bout takin’ a nap? Didn’t you see the package we just got? Mommy says they’re things fur you to review. I’s know they’re not fur me, cuz I’s a good girl and always use the pawtty box. I’s mean, it’s one thing fur mommy to call us her babies, but there’s no way in this world or any other you’d get me to wear one of Those things. Hmmmpht I’s can’t wait to see you in ‘em. MOL
Yeah Raena, that ain’t happenin’. Mommy has another think comin’ ifin she even tries gettin’ near me with those things. Hmmmpht
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see, huh sissy?. Are you gonna help me get ready fur our play date with Alberto and his family? Mommy said they could come over next week to play and meow ‘bout their book. I’s so x’cited, aren’t you?
(Dezi yawns and stretches on the scratching pad) Sure Raena, really x’cited. Can’t wait. (Dezi mumbles under her breath) Maybe with all that company, me will get some alone time to take a purropurr beauty catnap.
I’s just luvs play dates. I’s wish we could have furiends over all the time., That would be so cool. Our furiend Valentine was just meowin’ ‘bout cat pawrks the other day. I’s think he might be on to somethin’. Can you ‘magine a kitty pawrk where we could roll ‘round on the grass and run ‘round and jump from place to place and climb trees and chase bugs and…
You know mommy wouldn’t let you chase bugs or roll ‘round on the grass Raena. You know what a germaphobe she is. There aren’t enuff baby wipes in the world fur mommy to let us romp like that. Quite furankly, me couldn’t care less ‘bout doin’ that. Me much purrfurs the comfurt of our floor and tree and scratchers and bed and…
What happened to you sissy? You used to be such an adventure kitty. Mommy says you were always up fur anythin’, and now all you wanna do is lay ‘round and nap.
You happened Raena!!! You wear me out. You’d wear the roadrunner out. Me’s not a young kitten anymore ya’ know.
Look’it you go sissy!!! Wait fur me…
Nonsense sissy!!! I’s see you doin’ the butt wiggle and zoomin’ thru the house. C’mon, I’s’ll give ya’ a head start. Ready, set, (Dezi crouches on the scratcher and takes off running leaving Raena wondering what happened) Wait fur me, sissy, wait fur me!!!
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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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.
MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Every week we try to answer questions asked by all of you ‘bout Training, Health, Behavior or anything else you’re wonderin’ ‘bout the little ball of fluff residing in your homes. We also take on topics you’ve suggested and try to help humans better unnerstand the Feline and sometimes the woofies too. That’s right, a lot of the Tips we give can be used fur pets of all species. Ifin you have a question or blog topic you’d like to see, purrlease leave a comment in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page in our menu. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series or just want to refresh your memory, you ketch up by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu above.
For the last 3 weeks we’ve focused on Kitten/Cat Proofing your home; and, we’ll be wrapping that up today with a few last Tips and Suggestions. If you’ve missed Pt. 1, 2, or 3 click on the corresponding numbers to read them now. We truly hope we’ve helped make bringing a new kitty or puppy into your home easier and less stressful. We would first like to add something brought to our attention by one of our very smart readers. Just when you thought you’d covered all possible dangers, someone mentions something you totally forgot about.
Last week we covered the Sewing and Craft room but totally forgot about the Iron. Yep, some people do still iron. Mommy uses a steamer more than an iron, so it just slipped our minds. However, a hot iron is a serious danger to pets and humans alike. And the dangly cord hanging over the edge of the ironing board is a great temptation for kitty/puppy. Never leave an iron unattended or plugged in when not in use. As me said, mommy prefers using a steamer not only on her clothes but also for cleaning. For water to turn into steam, the temperature reaches scalding hot. Never, blast kitty/woofy with steam, it will burn them.
Outside: The Predator Becomes the Prey:
As most of you know, we believe kitties belong inside and not out roaming around without their human. The dangers lurking outside are overwhelmingly huge. Kitties in particular are not only predators but also prey, especially small kittens and cats. Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Coyotes, Wolves, Bobcats, Cougars, Alligators, Crocodiles and many other wild animals can, will and do hunt our small furry friends.
Rabies, carried by a number of wild animals can be transmitted through bites during a fight or saliva from an infected animal entering an open wound of a healthy animal/human. Feral Cat Colonies are at high risk of harboring and spreading Rabies as well as other fatal and non fatal feline diseases. Cars are another danger outside cats face. Over *6 million cats and dogs were killed by cars in the U.S. alone last year. (* – browser search). Cats are at a higher risk than dogs. In the winter time, car engines often provide a tempting place for cats/kittens to get warm. Please, Always knock on the hood of your car before starting it up, especially in the colder months.
Outside cats are at risk of being poisoned, either by accident or on purpose. Many people think cats are a nuisance and put out poisons. Cats may also be poisoned by eating mice or other small animals that have been poisoned themselves. We personally lost a friend a few years ago who ate one such mouse. While poisoning from antifreeze is more common in dogs, it’s still a risk for cats. Please clean up any anti freeze you see standing around your car and store any containers in an area away from kitties/woofies.
Many plants and flowers are toxic to kitties; as are most of the sprays used to keep bugs off garden plants. If you allow kitty outside in your garden, try to use non-toxic bug sprays and plant only safe foliage. Perhaps you could even plant kitty their own little garden area with some ornamental grasses and cat nip/mint. When offered the choice between your poisonous plants and nip or grass, kitty will almost always choose the latter.
The Garage or Shed is another room that harbors dangers and even death for kitty/woofy. If you use your garage for your car, be sure to keep any oil, antifreeze, or other liquids that may leak, cleaned up. Also, store any containers of these items out of kitty’s reach. A locker or other enclosed shelf is a great place for storing dangerous items and tools. Put tools, especially those with sharp edges, away as well as any small nails, screws, zip ties, and other tempting play objects. Use plastic storage containers with lids instead of boxes. Not only are boxes tempting to kitty, but they’re also a fire hazard. Store bikes, skateboards, surf boards and other large equipment on racks or shelving.
Cat Toys and Furniture:
Now, let’s talk a bit about toys designed for our play. One would think that a toy or furniture item designed specifically for us would be perfectly safe, right? If only that were true. Most everybody knows we kitties love things that dangle from a string/cord. We love the string maybe more than the toy at the end. MOL However, most of those dangly toys are terribly dangerous. Me almost hung me’s self when me was just about 5 weeks old. Yep, that great little perch mommy sits in front of the door for us had a “mouse on a string” hanging down from the top ledge. Me would swat at it and pull at it and pull it up with me’s mouth. One day, me turned and turned and turned with it in me’s mouth till the elastic string had gotten wrapped around me’s tiny neck and pulled me off the perch. There me was dangling by the neck. Mommy was horrified and terrified and…obviously, she came to me’s rescue or me wouldn’t be here to tell you about it today. But, she did learn a lesson, Never leave dangly things, attached by string or elastic, to our toys or furniture.
Yep, mommy’ll be removin’ that dangly befur lettin’ us play
with this unattended.
Hanging isn’t the only danger. If swallowed, strings can wreak havoc in our intestines. Because of the barbs on a cat’s tongue, we can’t actually push things out of our mouths very well. The more we struggle to spit out the string, the further in our mouths it goes. That brings me to the next set of toys that pose a danger to us. A lot of those cute little mice furries have tiny beads for eyes. The plastic ones often have a plastic push bead for a nose. While they might make the mousey look more like a mousey, they’re terribly dangerous and are often removed within the first few minutes of play. Y, Some of us kitties go so far as to remove the fur altogether and begin to eat the plastic mousey. Me’s never really seen a real mousey, so how’s me supposed to know the difference in taste of a real mouse or a plastic one? Apparently tho’, the plastic mousey is far more dangerous than the real thing. Chewed up plastic has sharp edges that can tear or cut our intestines.
Do mouseys have eyes?
We highly recommend removing all dangle toys from cat furniture by cutting the string or elastic closest to the area of attachment. We recommend removing all glued on pieces like eyes, noses, tails, etc. from kitty/doggy toys. Some woofies are really hard on their toys. We recommend throwing out any plastic toys that appear chewed, before kitty/woofy can eat/swallow them. If a stuffed toy is ripped, throw out any stuffing before it can be consumed. Mommy says when giving kitty/doggy a new toy, it’s a good idea to watch how it’s played with before allowing unattended play. Wand toys are a favorite of most kitties. We love it when our human plays with us. However, when you can’t be around, put the wands away or out of our reach. Anything listed as “interactive” means it requires supervision to be safe.
Thankfully these eyes were painted on, so mousey got to keep his eyes.
He lost his ribbon right after this foto shoot tho’. Sometimes, mommy’s no fun at all.
We know we’ve presented a lot of information over the last few weeks, but believe it or not, we only hit the highlights. Our last thought about kitties and the outdoors is that kitty should never be outside alone. We highly recommend harness and leash training. Just remember when introducing a new kitty/woofy into your home for the first time, don’t assume because your last kitty/woofy knew better the new one will. If this is your first kitty or woofy, thank you for saving a life, now take the precautions to kitten/cat proof your home so that you can both enjoy a long and happy life together. Take a look around your house, yard, garage and general living area, if you think it might be dangerous, remove it or take steps to make it safe. Lastly, Train your new kitty/woofy with some basic manners and you’ll both be happier for it. You can read Training Tips for appropriate Scratching and other behavioral challenges by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And don’t forget to leave your questions in the comments section below or send us an email at: email@example.com or via our Contact page.
Wand toys are me’s favorites.
We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. What would you like to read about next here on Service Cat Furiday? Does your kitty do somethin’ or have a weird habit that you wonder ‘bout? We wanna hear from you, purrlease leave us a comment and we’ll see you next week fur another foray into the magical world of Feline Behavior.
Till the next time…………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
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Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. Mommy’s pickle’s in a pickle, so I’s in charge. I’s gotta meow to ya’ that I’s luvs bein’ in charge. This is just where kitties belong.
RaenaBelle!!! Just who actually told you that you were in charge? And what ‘zactly are you in charge of? Me seems to ‘member that me’s your elder and have been here longer than you. Ifin anykitty’s gonna be in charge, it oughtta be me.
Well sissy, you are right that you’re a little long in the toothies, but everypawdy knows, I’s the alpha kitty here.
Long in the toothies?! Me’s gonna tell mommy that you’re bein’ mean to me. You know it’s not nice to call kitties names. Here me’s given you the benefit of all me’s many years of trainin’ and expurr-ience, and me even innerduced you to all me’s furiends and let you play with all me’s toys and lay on me’s cat tree, and how do you repay me? By makin’ fun of me’s advanced wisdom. Hmmmpht
But sissy, it’s not makin’ fun ifin it’s the truth?. Mommy says we should always tell the truth, even ifin it hurts.
Mommy also says, ifin ya’ can’t say anythin’ nice, don’t say anythin’ at all, Raena. Besides, me’s been really nice to you lately. Me even let you play with the new jitterbug all by yourself.
You let me, sissy? I’s thought you were just too, uh, too old mature and tired, yeah that’s it, to keep up with it. I’s whacked it over to ya’ several times, but all you did was sit there and watch. It was great fun. I’s think I’s still like the hexbugs better, but they get lost too easy. We still haven’t located the last one we played with. After retrievin’ him out from unner things 6 times the other day, mommy said ifin he got lost again, that was just too bad.
Hmmmmpht Too mature and tired. Me just didn’t want your over stimulated whacky paw to hit me’s face. You get all beside yourself when ya’ chase those silly bugs Raena. As fur the hexbug, me’s purretty sure he’s somewhere unner the tables in the hallway. Least that’s where me heard his buzz last. Oh well, mommy will find him one day, she always does.
In the meantime sissy, least we still have the other hexbug we got fur Christmas and the new jitterbug. Let’s go see ifin mommy will let us play with ‘em again today. I’s know she still has human business to take care of, but surely she can spare a few hours minutes to play with us and to help us visit a few furiends. After all, this is gonna be another of those all nighters so she can get to the dentist office furst thing in the meownin’. I’s sure hope these ‘pointments get wrapped up sooner than later.
Me too Raena. We could use any purrayers our furiends can spare that mommy can get this lease mess straightened out and get our lives back to some kind of normal.
I’s gonna get you bug.
Sure ‘nuff, sissy. 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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