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MeOW  Hey Raena, have you been workin’ on any new plans? Like maybe some business we could start, or some way fur us to get more treats? You know our furiends seem to get a lot of treats. We even got asked the other day how we could survive without treats.  

 

Dezi sits atop the Liberty Cat tree while Raena lays on the top ledge looking out the door

 

 

 

 

          Really sissy? Did you tell ‘em that we never got many treats, so we never developed a taste fur ‘em? We fur sure don’t like those temptation things that they make those stupid commercials ‘bout. I’s just hate that one with the guy sittin’ on the upstairs balcony throwin’ one at a time out fur some poor kitty havin’ to jump up from the ground to ketch it. Hmmmmpht Ain’t no piece of kibble that tasty.

 

    

Dezi eating treatsDezi eats freeze dried chicken breast treats

 

 

Raena eats treats while on the liberty cat treeRaena eats freeze dried chicken treats

 

 

 

Yeah Raena, me’s with you on that one. But that ain’t the only silly commercial. Me doesn’t know what you see in watchin’ so much tv?  

 

 

 

          Oh sissy, there’s just so much to learn. Did you know our furiend Marigold was from the hood? Word is she could teach us a thing or two ‘bout ketchin’ those hood rats you were meowin’ ‘bout the other day. 

  

 

 

Dezi lays on the arm of the chair

 

 

 

 

RaenaBelle, me doesn’t know how else me can meow it. Me wasn’t meowin’ ‘bout actual rats. Ifin me had been, you would’a needed to put on your runnin’ shoes. Me’s heard rats can get really big; and fur a Ragdoll, you’re kind’a small.   

 

Raena watches the lions eat their kill

 

 

 

          I’s not small sissy. I’s a long and lean mean kitty Queen.   

 

Kitty queen huh? Me thought mommy x’plained to you that even tho’ you might be the Alpha cat in our house. you’re not the Queen, me is.   

 

          No sissy, mommy said I’s the Queen and you’re the Em-purress. By the way, what’s an Empress?  

 

She did, did she? (Dezi contemplates the hierarchy of royalty and smiles.)  Well then, me’s the Em-puress of this here ‘pawrtment.  

 

          (Raena leans over and whispers to Dezi)  Ranch sissy, I’s think it sounds better. 

 

Dezi looks full on at the camera while sitting ion the stroller outsideDoes this look like a ranch to you?

 

 

 

 

What? We don’t live on a ranch Raena. Wherever did you come up with that one? And what difference does it make what we call it? 

 

          Well sissy, I’s know we’re from the South. And that we’re real live Southern Belles, you know like Scarlet? But, I’s thought peeps might think we’re purrejudice or somethin’ ifin we called our place a Plantation. And, since mommy worked on a couple of horse and cattle ranches when she lived in Georgia, and we luvs horses, I’s thought a ranch was the next bestest thing.  

 

Dezi lays on the arm of the chair, selfie

 

 

 

(Dezi shakes her head while furrowing her brow.) Only you Raena, only you. Sometimes me just can’t follow your logic. Me’s not even sure you are logical.

 

Raena sleeps tummy up in mommy's lapI’s have lots of great big dreams. See me smile?

 

 

 

 

          I’s don’t have a clue what you’re meowin’ ‘bout sissy, but mommy says there’s nuffin’ wrong with me wantin’ to call our ‘pawrtment a ranch. Mommy says to dream big and believe and that’s x’actly what I’s doin’. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll wake up and be on our very own fur real ranch. 

 

Sure Raena, whatever you meow. (Dezi thinks to herself about prowling the halls of a real ranch and waking to the crow of a rooster.) That would be kind’a nice. Anyways, are you goin’ with mommy to her doctor’s ‘pointment today?  

 

Close up of Raena's white eye post surgeryCheck out mine’s “white” eye 29 days post surgery. Doesn’t it look

pawsum? No red or inflamation or gunky oil or anythin’. Just clear blue.

Mommy cut out mine’s other eye but it looks just as good.

 

 

 

 

          That’s the plan sissy. I’s gonna have to go get ready here purretty soon. Furst tho’, let’s link up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday

 

Dezi lays on scratcher yawning

 

 

 

Well Raena, while ya’ll are gone me’s just gonna be enjoyin’ a little nap on the scratcher here. Mr. Sunshine’s here and there’s no sight of old man Winter anywhere. At least not today. 

 

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

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue  

RaenaBelle: Navy Blue

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Tell It All Tuesday: Word Trickery

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. That stinkin’ lawn crew came thru and jolted me outta bed again this meownin’. Hmmmpht  I’s climbed over mommy and onto the vanity beside the bed where I had to maneuver the fone, alarm clock, humidifier, a small jewelry box, a couple of cat figurines, a candle lamp, and a salted night light to get to the bedroom window so I’s could give them a piece of mine’s mind. And wouldn’t you know it, they acted like they couldn’t hear me at all. No matter how much I’s shook mine’s paws at ‘em, they just kept bangin’ into the bedroom wall. Y, They hit the wall so hard they almost knocked me off the window sill. I’s climbed back over to mommy to help her get up and to the pawty so she could open the door and let me at ‘em. 

 

Dezi scratches cat scratcher while looking at the camera

 

 

 

          (Dezi meows from under the bedPurrlease Raena, the lawn crew can’t even see you, they fur sure don’t care what you have to say ‘bout ‘em.  

 

Raena sniffs the Made in the USA goody box from Chewy

 

 

 

Maybe not sissy, but it makes me feel better to get it off mine’s furry chest. Did you see the manager walkin’ ‘round takin’ fotos? Oh yeah I’s furgot, you can’t see anythin’ from UTB (under the bed). Anyways, mommy’s so tired of all this nonsense that when the mean manager lady came up on our purrch, mommy opened the door and asked her just what she was doin’. She gave mommy some story ‘bout takin’ fotos of all the leaves the leaf blowin’ man didn’t blow away. He makes mommy mad too, cuz he purr-pussly blows the leaves at and unner our door every week. It makes a mess that mommy has to clean up. I’s heard the mean manager tell mommy the lawn crew was paid $10,000.00 a year fur 3 months worth of work that they don’t actually do a very good job of. Anyways, I’s thought we might meow a little ‘bout the Made in the USA goody box we got from Chewy. C’mon out, the lawn crew’s gone.

 

Dezi and Raena check out the Made in the USA goody box from Chewy

 

 

 

          Oh Raena, me ‘members the last Goody box we got. It was really great. We had high expectations fur this box too. Let’s see what Chewy has to say ‘bout it.    

 

Made on the USA goody box from Chewy

 

 

 

Description

Surprise your cat with hand-selected goodies made right here at home with the Made in the USA Goody Box for Cats. Inside each box, you’ll find five or more premium goodies, including yummy treats, food, toppers, supplements and cat-approved products for your home ¬¬that your kitty is sure to love. Goody boxes are great for holidays, birthdays or just any special day with your furry companion. They also make the perfect gift to give another cat parent. Best of all, everything is 100% made in the USA in one of our 50 states, so you know you’re getting quality you can trust in each box. So open up a box and let your little hunter dive into the goodies, whiskers first!

Key Benefits

  • Contains five or more full-size goodies made right here in the USA, so you spend less time looking up where the ingredients came from and more time playing with your kitty.
  • Handpicked surprises for cats—from tasty foods and snacks to wholesome supplements and neat home goods. Recommended for all cats, kitten to senior, except for Natural Balance Platefulls (for adult cats).
  • Makes a great spontaneous gift for your own cat, but also an exciting surprise for your pet parent friends or relatives.
  • Enjoy great savings on the everyday prices of these premium treats and home goods, plus free shipping on every Chewy Goody Box order!
  • Give this special present full of American brands you trust any day of the year, with the health of your cat in mind.

Dezi and Raena check out the Made in the USA goody box from Chewy

 

 

 

 

We got our box and couldn’t wait to open it. You know, lots of really great things are made here in America, and we’d already been dreamin’ ‘bout what might be inside.   

 

          Yeah Raena, we could’a saved ourselves a little time ifin mommy had realized we were gettin’ exactly what they showed in the foto and not some other surpurrises. Our box had a package of Instinct Raw Boost Mixers, The Missing Link supplement, 2 packets of Natural Balance Cat Food, Blue Buffalo Cat Treats, 2 cans of Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein noms and a soy candle fur the house in lavender.

 

Dezi sits with Instinct Mixers

 

 

 

Yeah sissy the candle smelled a bit like the groomin’ depawrtment at the pet store. Lavender makes mommy’s eyes itch so we gave it away to a furiend who could enjoy it. And, we’ve tried the Instinct Raw Boost mixers befur, so we’ll eat those up in no time. 

 

Dezi poses with the Missing Link

 

 

 

          And mommy says she used to give that Missing Link supplement to sis Lexi. Me thinks it tastes purretty good. Mommy just might have to look into addin’ it to our autoship. Me wouldn’t mind havin’ it again.

 

I’s like it too sissy. Unfurtunately, that’s where the likin’ stopped. And, we were a little surpurrised to find that the Made in the USA box contained ingredients sourced from somewhere else. Just goes to show, wording can be a little tricky. 

 

Dezi eats treat atop the cat tree

The treats aren’t bad.

 

 

 

          Sure ‘nuff Raena. Like that Clean Protein food from Dr. Elseys. Clean Protein’s a new buzz word that the pet food companies are tossin’ ‘round and tryin’ to put on all their packaging. Mommy did some research and learned that one definition meant meat that was grown in a lab and actually pawrt of any animal. So, she called the peeps at Dr. Elseys to try to get more info and was a bit disappointed by the answers she got. Furst of all, Clean Protein here is nuffin’ more than a name. Yep, no lab grown proteins, just a trademarked name. So, mommy asked ‘bout the ingredients, as some don’t come from the USA, and was told all pet food was manufactured in FDA approved facilities under their watchful eye.

 

Raena eats Kittles treats on the Liberty cat tree

You’re right sissy, the treats are alright.

 

 

 

Well sissy, we all know that’s an outright lie. Needless to say, we’re purretty disappointed in the Dr. Elsey’s peeps and this purrticular Goody Box. With all the toys and treats and foods made here, we really expected better. However, we’re sure there are lots of kitties who would like the purroducts in the box and fur sure luv the box itself. And of course the Goody boxes also come in a couple of different options, and only cost $19.95. So, you’re sure to find one that will make every kitty happy. And you don’t have to worry ‘bout signin’ up fur any subscriptions. ‘Course, there’s nuffin’ wrong with addin’ one to your auto ship every once in a while. After all, us kitties and woofies deserve a special treat once in a while.

 

 

We received the Made in the USA goody box in exchange for our honest opinion. As always we tell it like we see it, good, bad or otherwise. We only review products we use or have tried and believe would be of interest to you, our readers and friends.

 

          Once in a while? Hmmmpht  We deserve somethin’ special every day Raena. And chewy has purrlenty of things fur all your pets needs and even a few goodies fur the humans. And their Customer service is great. 

 

Dezi and Raena eat breakfast. Raena tries BFF

 

 

 

That’s true sissy. One thing we did take away from this, was watching out fur the word trickery used in marketing. I’s thinkin’ we might oughtta write a posty ‘bout all the trickery goin’ on in the pet food industry, what d you think sissy? (the house falls silent except for the lapping noise Dezi makes as she eats her breakfast) Guess we’ll meow ‘bout that another time. Let’s wrap this up and go finish brekky.   

Have you heard of Clean Protein, and what does it mean to you?

 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue  

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee     

Service Cats: What Is Clicker Training & Operant Conditioning & Do They Work With Cats

Welcome, to Service Cat Monday with RaenaBelle. That’s right, in keepin’ with the thought that sis Dezi is off at Summer camp (it’s really virutal, she’s right here), I’s takin’ over the bloggy includin’ Service Cat Monday. You all ‘member to tell her I’s did a good job, K? Anyways, I think I’s s’posed to get the disclaimer stuffs outta the way furst. The followin’ post will be written in human English fur translator and reader ease. Our Trainin’ posts aren’t meant to be a step by step training manual but rather, Tips/Tricks/Techniques that mommy has used/developed throughout her many years of training animals, cats on purrticular. Training is all about Repetition and Rewards and takes time. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover, purrlease leave them in the comments section or send us an email. Ifin askin’ about behavioral issues, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. And, 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 our question. 

 

 Raena sits on butterfly scratcher in harness

 

Layla, from Cat Wisdom 101 asked, “What are your thoughts on Clicker training and Operant Conditioning?” Well, we explained a bit about Clicker training in a prior post, but we’ll talk a bit about it for those of you that missed that post. First, let me explain what Clicker Training is. The trainer, holds a small clicker in one hand, a treat in the other, and clicks the clicker when the animal performs correctly, immediately followed by a treat as the reward. The hopes are that the animal will eventually learn the behavior and will no longer require the clicker to perform the appropriate action. Operant Conditioning is when behavior is modified based on rewards and punishments.

 

Clicker

Photo courtesy of Petco

 

We can tell you right away, that altho’ mommy believes most actions taken by animals, both of the two legged variety and the four legged, are somewhat a result of Operant Conditioning; it is in NO way a form of training she approves of. The reason for that is the necessity of a Punishment for incorrect behavior. For Operant Conditioning to truly work, there must be the risk of punishment. And as you know, mommy doesn’t like the idea of punishing us. Mommy says there’s a huge difference between Positive Reinforcement Discipline and Punishment. So, that’s our thoughts on Operant Conditioning. Now, what about that Clicker Training? 

 

 Dezi pats Raena on head

Operant Conditioning in action. Altho’ we’re not fighting,

sis Dezi is letting me know, she’s had enough.

 

As we mentioned in a previous post, the idea of Clickers was still very new when mommy began training. She looked into them and found at that time, they were quite costly. While preparing for this post, we looked again, and found they still cost a little more than mommy would pay. And then of course, there’s the treats. When using a clicker, you have to have that tasty reward waiting. If you would prefer to use the clicker method but don’t have the money to buy one, you can always use your fingers to snap, or your mouth to make a click sound. Just don’t forget to do it as soon as the appropriate behavior has occurred, followed by a treat. Also keep in mind, that anytime you use treats during training, meals should be adjusted to account for the extra calories. You don’t want training to result in an overweight kitty or doggy. Because of cost, having to carry treats all the time, and the fact that most of the things we do for mommy occur when she’s not exactly dressed, we’re not fans of Clicker Training either. That being said, it is a great tool if that’s the method you want to use. 

 

 Raena with silvervine on cat tree

Enjoying some silvervine after a training session.

 

So, our thoughts are pretty simple. Clicker Training is a great method for dogs and can be successful with cats as well. But, it’s not a method mommy chooses for numerous reasons. And altho’ we’re probably all acting a bit due to Operant Conditioning, it is NOT a method of training mommy likes or recommends. Please, Do Not Punish your cat or dog, especially during training.

 

 Dezi eats treat atop cat tree

And sissy gets treats even when it’s mine’s training session.

 

Well, I’s sure hope we answered awnty Layla’s question. As most of ya’ know, mommy’s purrfured method of training is the Love Rewards method. It works, needs no extra props and can be successfully used for both cats and dogs. Remember, ifin you have any questions, purrlease leave them in the comments or send us an email. And ifin you missed any posts in this series, click the links below.

 

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

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee 

 

Service Cats

 

What to Look For      Training Foundations      Train Kitty To Massage

Smelling Disease      Do You Need One      Who Bears the Cost

Housing Laws & Exceptions      Accommodations & Common Sense

When the Handler Dies      Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

Easiest Task to Train      Getting Kitty Ready for an Outing

Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty      Internal Disputes

Calling Emergency Help      Just What Is Kitty Capable of

Shad: Original Service Cat      Harness, Vest, Leash or Stroller

Dezi, the Wheelchair & Chest      Round and Round We Go

Tumble & Fall Response      Raena Calls for Help

The Rest of the Story     Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4

When to Train      Explaining Rewards & Kitty’s Feelings

Stop Kitty’s Begging     Calling For Help Options Pt. 1

Medicating Kitty

Training the Pig Headed, Stallion Strong, Submissive Pup & Conniving Cat

Cats Love Training & Social Media Downfalls

Reintegrating the Scared or Bullied Cat      There’s No Bully Cat Breed

Going for a Walk When in a Wheelchair     Calming the Tiger Pt.1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3

Surviving A Remodel      Taming A Feral Cat

Designer Cats & Scent      DNA Doesn’t Change     Fighting or Porsturing

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