Penny’s Tips

Hi everyone! Penny here and I am starting a new feature called Penny’s Tips.

I will give you a tip of something you can do with a penny. Now please don’t go telling me in the comment section any tips because I already have 11 tips ready and I don’t want to have to go all tortie on you with tortitude.

My first tip is to add some to cut flowers because the copper will act as at as an acidifier preventing the growth of bacteria.

Pennies made before 1982 are made of 95 % copper and those made 1983 and later are mainly zinc with just a light coat of copper.

Please note these dahlias are poisonous to cats so I just posed for this photo and mom put them back in the dining room ( no cats zone) . For the ASPCAΒ  list of more poisonous plants , click here.



  1. My human didn’t know about the tip with the cut flowers – she will have to try that next time she gets some from her boyfriend.

    P.S. He only gives her roses, since they are non-toxic to cats and we don’t understand the outrageous concept of having a cat free zone.

  2. Oh, I can’t wait to know what all penny tips you have for us, Penny! I had no idea about this cut flower tip, and I know I’ll learn lots more from you.

  3. We like the idea of Penny tips πŸ™‚
    We need to did hard for pennies as we no longer make them in Canada.
    Mum does have a jar of them though πŸ˜‰
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

    1. We didn’t know they were discontinued in Canada. Glad you like my column πŸ™‚

  4. Penny! My Mom said she “used to know that” …….how she could forget about pennies in cut flower water I don’t understand but then again she’s getting OLDER you now! Thanks for the tip!

    Hugs, Teddy

  5. That is some great info on the pennies. Who knew??? Also Penny, it is great to see you. You are such a pretty tortie. Have a great day.

  6. Gosh … a penny for your thoughts … and we’ll be getting lots of penny-thoughts, and good ones! This is a new one for us! Thanks!

  7. If I had a pair of penny loafers I could insert a penny in each shoe. Remember penny loafers? I didn’t think so.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  8. We love this new feature! I didn’t know a penny would keep all that nasty film from developing on the inside of the vase. It’s so hard to clean out well! It’s interesting how the composition of our coins have changed – especially when copper was so expensive.

  9. Thanks for the tip Penny. We did know about the cut flowers but had no idea of the penny’s copper contents circa 1982. So we learned something new today. Now Mommy wants to look thru her piggy bank. How silly! We think we’re going to like the new “Penny” feature. Never having had a tortie. we haven’t experienced tortitude first-hand.

  10. Thank you, Penny. That’s a great tip! I have lot of pennies that are sitting in a tin..I can learn how to use them πŸ™‚

  11. While i knew about silver killing germs, i had no idea about copper. Thanks for the great tip!

  12. penny…… waddya meen therz a noe cat zone in yur houz………..did yur mom N dad get an ordinance for that…its de law ya noe ~~ πŸ™‚ β™₯β™₯

  13. Thanks for the tip on the penny…Penny. And also the link to the poisonous plants. Mom is on the warpath over any kind of plants in our house after a dear friend of ours nommed a sweet potato vine and died. We had them in our yard! Look forward to your future tips.

  14. Hi Penny! This is a super tip, and what a great idea for a series. Could you let your mom know we have Phoebe’s glasses, and as soon as Lexy or I cooperate for photos we’ll be sending them on to the next kitty? Thanks!

  15. Hello Penny! I did not know about the penny for the flowers. You can bet I will be trying that the next time CH brings me flowers. I think Penny’s Tips is going to be fun and very helpful!

  16. We didn’t know that, Penny. Though we don’t have fresh cut flowers in our house much because Wally always knocks the vase over. But we’ll remember that if we ever do.

  17. Penny, we did not know about that use for pennies. Thank you very much for the tip. We look forward to hearing the others. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  18. That is an excellent tip and I had no idea about doing that! I’ll try it next time I have fresh flowers in the house. And don’t worry, I don’t have any penny tips, so I won’t spoil anything!

  19. Mee-you Penny what a grate tip! LadyMum did not knowo this. Wee have no ‘penniess’ inn our $money$ anymore…weerd huh?
    Butt wee will dig inn thee so-fah an see what wee find πŸ˜‰
    An mee wood not want to stir uppy yur tortytude…mee Birth Mumma TORI iss a beeuteefull Tortie just like you!
    **paw patsss** Siddhartha Henry xXx

    1. Thank you. We will have to send you some pennies.We hope you are feeling better. XO and paw pats

  20. You can do the same thing with real silver dimes and quarters as well…

    Someone here made a huge artwork with about 250,000 pennies…a portrait of Abe Lincoln! It won a grand prize at the Grand Rapids (MI), artprize, an annual exhibition of judged art .

    1. We didn’t know that dimes and quarters would work too. I would love to see that art, it sounds like the button art- but more expensive πŸ™‚

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