Guest Post

Hi everyone! We have a guest post today. I rarely allow guests other than Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix, but when Patty of Working Mother Life offered to write a post about lessons learned through cat adoption, I couldn’t refuse. I believe it is important for children to grow up with pets and I am happy to see that she agrees.

The Life Lessons My Daughter and I Have Learned Through Cat Adoption

You would never think that adopting a cat would teach you some serious life lessons, but it does. As a single mother with a daughter, I can tell you that these lessons really opened up my eyes, setting me on the right track to financial freedom. In addition, I am able to coach my daughter with these in mind as l help her grow. Below, I will go over some of the life lessons we learned from just a new kitty! If you have a cat, let me know if any of these sound familiar.

Become Financially Independent

Cats are not only strong-willed, but they are very independent. When you see a cat play or even walk around, he or she does not have to have anyone else with him or her. In fact, cats can make due by themselves, and they do not have to lean on anyone else. In a way, I try to live like this financially, relying on myself to pay the bills.

While it is okay to lean on other people, it is important to become self-sufficient, especially if you have a child on your own. You need to stay on top of your money situation and stay in control. I quickly learned the hard way that this was important, but I plan on my daughter learning this the easy way early on. She has already set some money goals for herself.

Whether it’s a step-by-step process or a week-to-week plan, there are plenty of ways to get to this point. Oddly enough, I feel like the independent spirit of my cat helped encourage her to start thinking this way.

Be Able to Adjust Your Finances

Cats can adjust to any situation you put them in. Think about it for a moment. Throw a cat in the air, and it will land on its feet. I always admired this flexibility and ability to cope. As a human, I need to adapt to plenty of situations, and there are plenty of occasions when that involves money.

Financially speaking, I have had to scramble for money when it comes to my cat. That time we had to use some of our savings to make sure the cat’s broken paw was corrected. Initially, I didn’t think a cat would need so much attention, but it started to dawn on me that we had an adventurous one who got into trouble.

I decided to adjust for the future by getting a cheap policy to cover big accidents. Apparently, the majority of cat owners don’t have insurance, but I decided that it was in my best interests, especially since I could use it as a learning opportunity. I took this as an opportunity to teach my daughter about the ins and outs of insurance.

Always Know When to Be Cautious

Never throw caution to the wind when it comes to money. Just like you will never see a cat throw all caution to the wind, don’t do it either. I learned this the hard way when I incurred some debt because of poor decisions. My cat has taught me to be cautious in all financial situations just like she is cautious as she walks by the garage door or when she waits to pounce on a lizard.

I think this is probably one of the most important lessons for children. Children, teens, and young adults are often very impressionable. They are often affected by their peers; for instance, they may choose to purchase a fad item because it would make them fit in. Combining the independent spirit of our cat and its caution, my daughter has learned to think about her own needs when it comes to money. She’s also learned to separate those wants and needs from yours truly.

Responsibility is Key

Financial responsibility is key, and if you do not have any, then you will find yourself in a sticky situation. While your cat nor my cat can talk and teach us about money, take a moment to look at their personality. You might find some life lessons buried in there. Mine happens to be responsibility.

Being responsible in the financial sense has taught me how to budget for, prepare for, and adjust to my money situation. When it comes to a cat, you never know when an unexpected bill or vet visit will pop up, so you need to make sure you are prepared for it.

These are just a few lessons I have learned from my kitty cat. I think I admire the independence and flexibility of a cat the most, and I try to apply those concepts to my own life. When it comes to money, being flexible and independent isn’t such a bad thing!

Please visit Patty at Working Mother Life where she writes about the struggles of raising a daughter as a single mom while working full – time.

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Guest Post with Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix

Hi everyone! We are very lucky to have a guest post from roommate Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix.

Happy New Year, everyone!

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Auntie Ellen for inviting us to guest post once in awhile.  We love sharing our common concerns about animal welfare, and especially kitty news and trends.  We are taking a much-needed break from the holidays, and we’ve made a few New Year’s resolutions.

We know with Winter in full swing in many parts of our country, our compatriots without homes are struggling to stay warm and find food and water. We and many of you donate supplies and money to our local shelters and rescue groups, but we’d like to also encourage you to volunteer to help your community care for our needy relatives.  If you are unable to donate time or money, but like to “socialize,” you can always help on-line with petitions, drives and message boards.

You’d be surprised at how effective our combined paw power can be!

We also wanted to let you know about an amazing conference coming up later this Winter, organized by the former founder and President of Best Friends Animal Society, now the founder and CEO of Earth in Transition.  http://www.earthintransition.org/2016/10/not-animal-symposium/       

 

 

 

 

We wish all of you peace, good health and lots of love in 2017!

Today is also a special day in The Blogosphere to say goodbye to Easy who left for the Bridge

It is called Lighting the Way for Easy and is hosted by Dory’s Backyard.

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Guest Post with Cat Scout Felix

We are always lucky to have guest posts from Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix. This week it is Felix’s turn and I am sure you will enjoy his post.  000_0003

 

 

Greetings everyone!  Last week Maggie wrote about getting involved in this year’s political campaigns (persuading your peeps to learn about the “animal friendly” records of those they intend to vote for).  Some of you wondered if there’s an easy way to do this, and you’ll be happy to know the answer is YES!

The fastest way to get involved is to check out the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ websites:

http://www.humanesociety.org/action           and

http://www.aspca.org/take-action/advocacy-center

Both of these websites provide names and contact information for your State and Congressional representatives and other information on how you can get involved with issues specific to your locale.  Once you sign up, you’ll get automatic notifications when an issue affecting your state or region comes up for legislative action.  You can also get involved with your HSUS and ASPCA state representatives, who have offices in your state and plan events throughout each state.

In addition to these national organizations, there are many state and local groups which monitor animal issues in counties, cities and towns.  You’d need to google those, but if your folks are interested in animal welfare issues, they could also sign up for alerts from various Social Media groups like Care 2 and ForceChange.  These international organizations post on a wide range of issues ranging from household pets to working animals, farm animals and wild animals.  You can select which issues you’d like to receive messages about.

For candidates in the races this Fall (and in all election cycles), you should visit the websites of the ones you’re interested in following, and see if they’ve posted policy statements regarding animal issues.  If they haven’t, write and ask how they feel about an issue you are concerned about!

Remember, we’d like ALL PETS TO BE WINNERS, but they sometimes need a helping hand!

 

 

Guest Post by Cat Scout Maggie

Hi everyone! We have a special post today about grief from Cat Scout Maggie. There is always so much loss in The Cat Blogosphere that she thought it would be helpful.  32-Maggie-Cougar-Hat

Greetings, everyone!  We’ve all experienced the loss of a special furiend, or friend.  Aunty Ellen and we have been talking about grieving, so I’d like to share a few thoughts.  Some of these are based on what our petsitting mom has shared with us, and some are from our own observations.  I have not yet had to grieve, but my roommate Felix has done several times.

When our peeps lose a pet, they experience many different kinds of grief.  If an animal dies suddenly from an unexpected medical condition or an unfortunate accident, our humans suffer the most, because the loss of their dear pet was a total surprise.  In those instances, it’s important for us remaining pets to offer them lots of rubs and purrs so they know we are grieving with them.  We must also expect that our humans might be a little aloof because they are not thinking about US at the moment, but about the departed one. This type of grief can take a long time to subside.

In the case of a long illness, debilitating medical condition or just “old age,” grief takes a different form.  Our humans have purrhaps started the grieving process ahead of time while the pet is still alive.  Recognizing that the illness or condition will bring eventual loss may help our peeps cope more easily, and knowing that they can make the pet’s life more comfortable during the twilight time can bring much solace to them.  When the animal finally passes on, our humans have had time to prepare and not feel guilty.  We can really help at this time by just being as affectionate as we can, while not getting in the way.

In some cases, when a pet has a diagnosed condition, our peeps can be in denial or not ready to “cope” with the added care, procedures and expense that might be called for.  As the animal’s condition worsens, our humans can often panic or search for extraordinary means of “making things better,” when it’s probably already beyond their control.  When this type of pet succumbs to its condition, peeps can often have a terrible grieving period because they feel guilty at not having done enough.  They may regard us remaining pets with some anger or frustration, but our job is just to “be there” and be ready to love and be loved when our human is ready.

When our peeps grieve, it’s important that they share their loss with special family and friends who are also animal lovers.  This support group can offer a huge boost of love and energy when our peeps are depressed.  Often, these good friends will send flowers, gifts or memorials of various kinds, and they all help ease the pain of loss.

In our household, we are lucky to have adequate land for pet burial plots and commemoration areas.  Our mom has always held a “wake” for a departed furiend, and the remaining pets gather round to pay tribute and last respects to their late colleague.

Then, mom buries the dear departed pet in a special place in the garden.  Friends have often sent floral gifts, plaques and even a weathervane to honor the lost pet.

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Holding a wake, if it is possible, offers a way for our peeps to grieve with us, and we with them.  It allows a celebration of the departed one’s life, and helps turn that pet’s life into a pawsitive and happy experience rather than a frustrating, depressing or failed one.

For pets who are cremated, it’s nice to also hold a celebration so that our humans and any remaining pets can commemorate the departed one’s life while not being able to still see or smell that dear pet.  Some veterinarians and crematoria create “paw print” memory boxes so that our humans have something tangible to hold, touch and cherish in addition to their pet’s ashes.

Many peeps find it healing and therapeutic to create a memory book of their dear departed pets.  It can contain photographs, stories, comments from friends and admirers or whatever else helps celebrate the departed pet’s life and adventures.  Bloggers have a rich source of memory material with which to honor their departed furiends.

Grieving the loss of a pet is sometimes more acute than grieving the loss of another human family member or friend.  Our peeps must know and feel that we grieve with them, and we also grieve for them when they are ill, bedridden, depressed or anxious.  We pets help ease our humans’ pains, stress and worries, and we are grateful when they accord us the same honor as we age, get ill or meet an unexpected end to a glorious life.

Grieving is an essential part of healing, and we in the animal kingdom sometimes understand this better than our humans do.  Remember, rubs and purrs go a long way!

 

Thank you Maggie for this excellent post. I just want to add 2 links to other posts on grief that are well worth reading.

Dezisworld and Sonel’s World have both recently written about grief.

 

Happy New Year! Guest Post from Cat Scout Felix

Happy 2016 everyone!  We are lucky to have Cat Scout Felix here to start out our year! .  Felixdressed

 

Hello, Everyone~!  I wish you all a very Happy New Year, filled with good health and good times!  I thought this would be a handy time to post some of my hopes for 2016, and I invite all of you to check out Cat Scouts if you have never visited.  We are an active group of kitties who do good works, share wonderful companionship and mutual support, engage in “higher learning” and pawticipate in some awesome educational and recreational events throughout the year.

We are sure since you follow the 15 and Meowing kitties that you are already active in  feline rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing efforts around the country.  For those of you who might not yet be engaged in any of those activities, we urge you to do so!  We cats can really make a difference when our humane activities and advocacy are shared across the social media platforms.  Yes, YOUR VOICE can make a difference in improving the lives of stray and feral kitties, foster and rescue programs,card2 and emergency relief during natural or man-made disasters.

If you’re already involved in any of these efforts, tell a friend and try to get more peeps and kitties involved!  If you’re a little hesitant because you “don’t have time, or aren’t sure what’s needed,” just jump in and get involved in your neighborhood, your state or your region.  Feline advocates around the world are very articulate and outspoken, so your voice will really count!  Your involvement with or support of rescue and advocacy efforts near you will be so rewarding to you and the beneficiaries!~

I hope for warm hearts and homes for all of the outdoor kitties who will be in distress this Winter.  I hope when there is a humane issue in your community, YOU let your voice be heard.  I hope for peace throughout the world, where our fellow animals suffer along with their humans due to war and other upheavals.

Wishing all of you purrs and rubs for a wonderful 2016!

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Thank you for a great post Felix. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2016! Be sure to comment for a chance to win this Grumpy Cat stuff- and of course, I will add in some crocheted toys. 004

 

 

 

Guest Post Friday with Maggie

    Happy Friday everyone! Today we are lucky to have a guest post by Cat Scout Maggie.

Howdy, everyone, and Best Wishes of the Season!  Today I thought I’d share a Holiday book-giving list with you, either for gifting yourself or cat-loving friends.  These are all classics, and readily available on Amazon or through other outlets. Felix and I recommend them all paws up!

The Cat Who Came for Christmas, originally published in 1987 by Cleveland Amory, was later included in a trilogy by the same author.  This is the story of his beloved Polar Bear, found on Christmas Eve and adopted reluctantly by the author, due to his being badly scratched by the frightened kitty.  Needless to say, the cat soon won over his rescuer and became famous in New York City.  Amory was a well-known writer and humorist, and founded the Fund for the Animals.         CatWhoCame

Dewey, published in 2008 by Vicki Myron, is the story of a cat who was dropped down a library book return shoot on a very cold night in the Winter of 1988 in Spencer IA.    He immediately ingratiated himself with the Library staff and visitors, and became the “mascot” of the library.  He lived out his life guarding the Library until succumbing to a tumor in 2006. This is a heartwarming tale of friendship and community.  deweycover

Homer’s Odyssey, published by Gwen Cooper in 2010, is the story of a blind kitten rescued in Miami FL by the author, and then accepted by her other two cats.  Homer moved with his human to New York City and saved her from an intruder and withstood the trauma and separation brought on in the aftermath of 9-11. Although blind, Homer could jump to the top of bookcases and cupboards, and he could catch flies.  This is a story of unconditional love and the lengths a human will go to to protect her pet companions.   Homer

Trim, Being the True Story of a Brave Seafaring Cat, was a love lament dedicated to this fabulous cat by his human, the famous Australian navigator, Matthew Flinders.  The memoir was written in 1804 and has been republished many times, most recently by Nauticalia in the UK.  Together, Trim and his master circumnavigated the globe in the very late 18th century, and circumnavigated Australia as well.  On their return voyage to England, their ship was captured by the French and the two were imprisoned.  Trim met a foul end at the hands of a local native.  A rare first-hand account of a seafaring cat!

TrimBailey Boat Cat: Adventures of a Feline Afloat, published in 2014 by Louise Kennedy, is a beautifully photographed journal of life at sea from a feline perspective.  This very amusing book combines nautical wisdom and lore, the joy of sailing, trouble-shooting and navigating, and  the challenges of being a cat aboard a big boat on the open sea.  Bailey is an astute problem solver and observer of his environment and his social world.  Fun for landlubbers and salty dogs!  BBC

Thank you for those excellent recommendation Maggie.

Thank you to everyone for your comments, purrs and prayers for Stinky. I have decided to hold off on the MRI for now. She will go to her own vet next week which is what I should have done to begin with. I tested her twice and she blinks so I think she can see out of that eye. And she is acting completely normal so I hope that is a good sign. Please keep praying.

See you tomorrow for hopping. And make sure you comment to enter our Christmas giveaway. 040One of Cleveland Amory’s books is included in the giveaway.

 

 

 

 

Guest Post Tuesday-Fat Cats and Giveaway

A couple weeks ago , I received an email from someone wanting to write a guest post. She is from Australia so her statistics are from there, but I found the article a great reminder for everyone- especially me. Thank you for this Melianie-

 Your Cat Maybe Fat- What Can You Do About That?

Cats are definitely cuter if they are fluffier, chubbier and bigger-just like Garfield, Snowbell and others. But did you know that fat, a.k.a. obese cats , have higher risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and problems on skin, respiratory system, reproduction, to name just a few ? Don’t say your cat is not fat. According to Australian Veterinarian Association 2.4 millions cats in the OZ are considered obese. That’s 4 in 10 cats. And your cat is most likely one of them.

How to Know if Your Cat is Obese?

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Ideally, domestic cats should weigh 8-10 pounds. Some breeds like Siamese and Persian cats, however, can weigh up to 12 pounds and Maine Coon cats can be as heavy at 25 pounds and still be considered normal. It’s best to check what the normal weight is for your cat and stick with that. Now if cats weigh 20% heavier than normal, then they will be considered by vets as obese.

No weighing scale? No problem! Greencross Vets suggests owners to answer these questions honestly to find out:

  • Is it difficult to feel your cat’s ribs?
  • Is your cat round- shaped with no “waist”?
  • Is your pet reluctant to move around?
  • Is your pet waddling when walking?
  • Is your cat feeling so tired easily?
  • Did someone say your cat is fat?
  • Has your pet been desexed?
  • Does your cat keep on eating as long as there is food in the bowl?

If your answer is “yes” to most of these questions, then your cat is probable fat.

It is always recommended to see a vat for a serious checkup. Most owners never take the vet’s advice seriously, though. Normally, vets will recommend helping the cat to lose 2 or so pounds. Humans go on thinking that 2 pounds will be lost on its own, like ho it normally happens to us. Its different on cats , though, because a cat’s 2 pounds is 28 pounds in humans.

How to Keep Your Cat Fit and Healthy ?

Besides the enormous expense of having unhealthy, obese cats, the extra weight they carry will be an everyday burden for their entire life. As owners, it is our responsibility to provide them with the best living condition possible. Here are some ways:

 Don’t feed dry kibble, Choose wet canned food.

Cats are carnivores by nature.Their usual preys-rabbits, birds and mice-are mostly protein with only up to 5% calories from carbohydrates. But, the generic dry kibbles that modern domestic cats are eating for years have up to 50 % calories from carbohydrates. Dr. Lisa Pierson, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, suggests feeding our feline friends with canned food that is mostly rabbit or poultry. Fish and beef are okay, but can be problematic to some cats, who are used to eating dry food.

Many owners tend to just fill the bowl with food and then refill it when nearly empty. This should not be the case. Read the maker’s label and follow that accordingly. Concord Veterinary Hospital also recommends feeding cats only twice a day-once in the morning , and once at night. Never give more food even if they crave or plead for more.

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http://www.realsmart.com.au/pet-care/cat-supplies

Be more active.

How much active should your cat be? Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association recommends 5 hours of physical exercise to keep a cat healthy and avoid obesity. Indoor cats do not get as much physical activities as outdoor cats, making the former prone to boredom. And boredom results to overeating. Walking your cat and letting it play in the park with other cats is the best.

But if being outdoors is not possible, you can still have fun activities indoors that will help burn those extra calories and beat boredom. Many owners play with the laser light, or throw a ball of yarn , or set up an area for play. A scratch post with extra features for fun play is a great idea for this. You can also hide a canned food somewhere and let the kitties find ’em! This will be very rewarding for your pet, without spending extra for treats.

These things are easier said/read than done. Take it slowly and surely so you and your cat don’t feel the shock of this healthy change. Too much change at once can be very overwhelming and stressful. For example, if your cat is fed 4 times a day, make it 3 for a week or so, until you get to the normal norm.

Lastly, always measure your cat’s progress-the weight, food intake, minutes of activities, etc. because those figures will always inspire you to do better. Soon, there will be no obese cat on the planet, or at least in your home.

Author Bio

Melianie Cho is a veteran blogger who specializes on various topics including pet care and pet product reviews for :  http://www.realsmart.com.au/pet-care/cat-supplies

Melianie is also an avid pet lover with two adorable kitties.

Last week when I was decluttering some books I came across this: 015so I thought it would be great for a giveaway today. I will also add some crocheted catnip toys to: 016

Just leave a comment to be entered and I will announce a winner tomorrow.

Guest Post by Cat Scout Felix

Happy Friday everyone and Happy May 1st. I am sad to see the a-z challenge end- I wish there were more letters in the alphabet. We are lucky to have a guest post today from Cat Scout Felix.

33-Felix-Hat Greetings! Felix here again to share a wonderful story that combines kitty and maritime history!  Did you know that in Amsterdam, rescued stray cats are sheltered and cared for in several barges floating in the Singel Canal, in the center of the City?

The barges are a major tourist attraction, and are open part of each day to potential adopters and tourists who support the cause. The first barge was acquired in 1969 and named De Poezenboot (Pussycat Boat) by its owner and cat lover, Henriette van Weelde. She wanted to provide a home for orphaned and sick kitties in the city. At first, her rescues stayed in her home, but soon she had too many!

de-poezenbootIn 1971, Henriette purchased a second barge. Soon she acquired another barge and lots of volunteers started to offer their help.

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In 1987, the Stichting de Poezenboot (Pussycat Boat Foundation) was established to support the rescue, medical and caregiving activities of this only floating kitty shelter in The Netherlands. The barges are renovated and maintained for seaworthiness and cat comfort and amusement.  Veterinarians provide care at cost or on a voluntary basis.  Events are held throughout the year to publicize the Foundation and its inhabitants!

If you travel to Amsterdam, be sure to visit and make a donation to this worthy cause. It is estimated that the city has over 50,000 stray cats!  Check out their cool website, too!

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I’d also like to share with you a story that appeared earlier this week in the Smithsonian Institution’s on-line Magazine. It features more information about maritime pets!

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/adorable-heroic-animals-museum-maritime-pets-180955012/?no-ist 

Thank you for another great story Felix.

Please read our interview it will be available Friday morning at:

http://jansfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/

Thank you Funny Farmers- it was an honor to be interviewed by you.