5 Washable Cat Beds (Some with Glamorous Animal Patterns!)

Pampered Cats will Love these Affordable Pet Beds

Leopard Print Cat Bed

 

Leopard Print Cat Bed

The Precious Tails Washable Pet Bed (Giraffe/Olive/Tan, 21x16x7) is available in some of the best looking colors/patterns of any cat beds I’ve ever seen.

Click through any of the pictures for a closer look.

Giraffe Print Cat Bed

Giraffe Print Cat Bed

These beautiful pet beds will impress even the most pampered and spoiled cat in the world!

Gray and Red Pet Bed

 

Gray and Red Paw Print Print Cat Bed

Zebra Print Cat Bed

 

Zebra Print Cat Bed

 

Blue Cat Bed

 

Blue Paw Print Cat Bed

Keeping Your Inside Cat Inside and Keeping Your Outside Cat from Wandering Off

Tips for Keeping Your Beloved Cat Where She Belongs

Bo and Adam with Their Favorite Baby Blanket

If you’re like me, your cats aren’t just  pets, they’re family and the thought of anything happening to them doesn’t just break your heart – it shatters it.  Obviously, the same is true of any furry or feathered family member – cat, dog, bird, rabbit, guinea pig…  For that matter, some beloved pets don’t even have fur or feathers. Iguana parents can relate to that.

We provide our pets with clean water, healthy food, warmth, comfort, and love.  We also want to make sure that our pet doesn’t wander off, get lost, or “taken” from us. Below are a few tips to, hopefully, keep you from ever having to search for your pet – because finding a small animal in a large world is as tough as it is painful.

Tips for Keeping Your Inside Cat INSIDE!

Cats, by nature, are uncommonly nosy.  If they hear, smell, or see something intriguing, there’s just no way they can keep from investigating.  My experience with cats has taught me that if you have an inside cat, it’s best to make her exclusively an inside cat – as in NO trips outdoors.  Over the years, we have always had one (sometimes two) cats who live indoors and at least one who calls the yard and carport home.

If your cat (or dog) is an inside pet, your chances for ever needing a LOST PET sign are just about as low as they can possibly get. To make the odds EVEN more in your favor, here are a few suggestions.

  • During warm weather, double check all window and door screens, then double check them again. Look for tears and looseness. Be sure that a pet couldn’t budge the screen by leaning against it.
  • Before bringing in groceries (or anything that’ll take both hands), make sure your pet isn’t just on the other side of the door.  When one of a cat’s “parents” returns home, she’s instantly excited. Most will meet their humans at the door – and when the door opens, their excitement might just cause them to dart outside. One of the scariest moments of my life was when one of my inside cats did just that. She ran out the back door just as I opened it. Luckily, the sights and sounds of the outdoors caused her to turn around and run right back inside (just as I was about to drop every bag of groceries on the back steps!). The first thing I do, now, when I come home is open the door, greet Alexa (our inside cat) and place her on her favorite window perch – right where she can see me bringing in all of the groceries. She loves nothing more than overseeing a great adventure like that.
  • Be sure everyone who comes and goes knows to look out for your pet. Be sure everyone knows that – whether they’re coming or leaving – the door needs to be promptly closed behind them.If you have to say something along the lines of, “If you let my cat outdoors, I’ll break both your kneecaps…” so be it.
  • Even if your cat is an inside cat – and has no contact with other cats – strongly consider having him or her spayed or neutered.  Pets who have not been spayed or neutered always have breeding on mind. They will be more interested in getting outside than a “fixed” cat will be.

Tips for Keeping an Outside Cat In Her Own Yard!

  • The most important tip for keeping your outside cat from running away is the tip we just looked at in the group above – get your cat spayed or neutered.  A cat who has not been spayed or neutered will – not just might – WILL wander off in search of a mate. Especially males.  You may think, “There aren’t any other cats in the surrounding area…” but there simply are no exceptions to this rule. Un-spayed and Un-neutered cats will wander off in search of their number one urge – breeding. It’s how they were designed and it doesn’t mean they don’t love their home and love you even more – it simply means they’re a cat! If you want your cat to stick close to home, make an appointment with the veterinarian today.  It’ll also cut out the visits your female cat would otherwise receive from “Tom.”
  • Provide your outside cat with everything she needs for comfort and safety – clean and fresh water, food, a comfortable bed, and plenty of places she can climb or jump on to feel safe from unexpected visitors.

Special Tips for Kittens!

If you have kittens, outdoors, pay VERY special attention to where each one is at all times. These little buggers WILL crawl up into your vehicle and – if they live through the trip – may end up miles away from home.  I had this happen once with a beautiful little kitten named Bo and I’m pretty sure it took years off of my life, my husband’s life, and at least one daughter’s life.  The story had a happy ending – but he rode about 5 or 6 miles away from home while (somehow) up inside my Dodge Caravan.  Late that night, as it was beginning to storm, I went out to make sure the momma cat “Carly” and her babies were all in their carport bed safe from the storm. When I saw that one (“Bo”) was missing, panic set in – just as the storm did.  We began looking everywhere around the property, only to realize what had happened.  We drove to where I’d gone earlier in the evening and asked everyone in the vicinity (each store, each restaurant…) if they’d seen a tiny white-ish kitten. FINALLY, someone said they’d seen one earlier beside Taco Bell.   I found him crouched down, scared out of his wits, beneath a tree beside the Taco Bell.  I was scared he’d bolt – because his nerves were shot out (we live in a “rural, country” setting far different from all the lights and sounds he now found himself in). I begged my heart to quit racing so he’d think I was calm and I was able to 1/2 crawl, 1/2 walk to him and scoop him up. My youngest daughter didn’t put him down for a week.

If you have kittens in your family, give yourself at least 10 extra minutes before leaving and do a “head count” before ever starting the car.  I also tapped on the hood of the vehicle before pulling out as well.  Crazy thing is, that particular night, I tapped and banged as usual and no kitten came out.  Apparently “Taco Bo” was sound asleep!

Keeping pets safe and keeping them from wandering off is a lot like keeping children safe.  You pretty much have to look at every possible scenario, then do everything in your power to prevent it. You have to think like they would and look at the world from their viewpoint.

10 Things to Do if Your Pet is Lost

Great Tips to Reunite the Family ASAP!

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July is Lost Pet Prevention, which is something I’m excited about. Lost pet signs always make me feel like crying. As someone who loves her cats like they’re family (which they are, of course), the thought of anyone helplessly searching for their furry little loved one breaks my heart.  Been there, done that, and hope to never walk in those shoes again.

Below is a great article that was generously shared with Cat Pause’s readers.  I hope with all my heart you’ll never need the advice, but here it is, just in case.  In honor of the month, I’m currently working on an article, “Ways to Keep Your Pet From Ending Up in the Lost and Found!” which I’ll post asap.

Even if your pets are safe and secure, read the article because the advice is priceless – and even if you never, personally, need it, you may one day know someone who will.  I would add posting on Facebook and Twitter to #6.  Bottom line is you want to put as many animal lovers on the case as possible. My youngest daughter and I once spent a couple of hours on a hot summer afternoon looking for a lost dog for someone. Fortunately the little cutie was found – dirty, exhausted, and greatly relieved to see his family!

I’d also add this: when looking for your cat or dog, having one person in the car and one or more walking is ideal. Most pets actually know the sound of the family car and (especially dogs) may respond to it as quickly as they will the sound of your voice.  Also, walk slowly as you call – giving them time to respond. Cats, especially, go through quite a “thought process” before making a move.

10 Things to Do if Your Pet is Lost

Nearly one in five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises, according to a survey by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And, while losing your pet can be a traumatic experience for both you and your pet, have hope as 93% of dogs and 75% of cats reported lost are returned safely to their homes according to another survey.

If you do lose your pet, here are 10 top tips to help reunite you with your furry friend as quickly as possible:

  1. Contact or visit your local shelters and animal control organizations. File a lost pet report with every shelter, dog pound and animal control office within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.
  2. Get the word out to all veterinarians in the area. Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a distant clinic.
  3. Search your neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Enlist friends, family and others to help you. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.
  4. Go door to door and speak with your neighbors. The more people know you have lost a pet, and that you are upset, worried and desperately trying to find your pet, the more people will call you if they see an animal in the woods or on the road, or in their backyard.
  5. Place posters and flyers throughout the neighborhood. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings. To avoid scams, when describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.
  6. Post info about your pet on all pet recovery websites and services. Sites such as Craigslist.org, TheCenterForLostPets.com and FidoFinder.com allow you to broadcast your missing pet info quickly. National pet care providers can be hired to assist you in your search for your lost pet.
  7. Consider using a lost pet recovery service. There are now numerous lost pet alert services, such as FindToto.com, that will contact homes, veterinarians, shelters and animal control organizations for a reasonable fee.
  8. Place food and water outside your home. Your pet may eventually return to your home when they get hungry or thirsty. Consider placing the food in a rented or purchased humane pet trap to capture them.
  9. Tell everyone you see about your pet and ask them to keep their eyes open for her. The more people you alert about your missing pet, the greater the chance someone will recollect seeing your pet in their area.
  10. Don’t give up. Be aggressive in your search, get lots of help, get the word out right away – don’t wait a few hours “to see if she’ll come home on her own “– you need those early hours to put up posters and start your search.

About the Author: Paul Mann is the Founder the CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.

Sturdy and Great Looking Cat Condo/Tower with Built In Scratching Posts

Something About This One Looks Like a Castle...

Cat Furniture: Tree Condo/Tower
The adorable HOMCOM Kitty Cat Scratcher 56″ Cat Tree Condo Post Tower Toy Pet Furniture pictured above is a dream come true for inquisitive cats. The sturdy tower provides plenty of scratching and climbing opportunities as well as a cozy “hideaway.”

It even includes a couple of balls to swat at after she wakes up from her nap.

The funnest thing about watching your cat with a new cat toy or piece of cat furniture is seeing her/him discover different cool things about it.  When cats discover the dangling toys they’re like kids on Christmas morning!

Click through the link above or the picture at the top for more information.  This cat tower costs less than a lot of towers do.  The fact that it’s a little shorter explains the cheaper price – but those of us with exceptionally clumsy and/or older cats love the fact that it’s extra sturdy and closer to the ground.

Less chances for our clumsy babies to get into trouble that way! Seriously, I thought cats were supposed to be graceful, my Alexa hasn’t a graceful bone in her body.

Popular Cat Toys on Amazon (Click the link or browse through the gallery below – some handheld devices will not show the gallery, but clicking through the link will lead you to all the great cat toys!):

 

Perfect! Gorgeous Cat Tree for Families with More Than One Cat

Or Just One Very, Very Pampered Cat...

Pinnacle Cat Tree
The Pinnacle Cat Tree, pictured here, is one of the best looking cat trees I’ve seen in a while. Even more important, it’s sturdy, safe, and exceptionally well-made.

Great looks are only the beginning with this 7 ft 6 inches tall cat tree. With so much room. even a multi-cat household could be easily served. With two different cat homes – one on top and one on bottom, there’s always plenty of room to hide away for a nap.

An extra bonus that I can’t help noticing – all the carpeted area (including a “roped” area on one side) gives cats plenty of room to scratch without having to head for the furniture or door frames.

Click through the link or image for a closer look. This one’s extra, extra special.

People are Cat Furniture

Perfect Gift Ideas for Cat Lovers

People Are Cat Furniture  Humor Tote Bag by CafePress
Love it! The People Are Cat Furniture Humor Tote Bag by CafePress, pictured above, is one handsome tote bag – and a great gift for cat lovers.

Product Description:

  • Canvas Tote Bag
  • Makes a great reusable shopping bag, beach bag or casual purse
  • 10 oz heavyweight natural canvas fabric
  • Full side and bottom gusset
  • 22″ reinforced self-fabric handles
  • Measures 15″ x 18″ x 6″
  • Machine washable

Also available, from the same artist, are the following gifts. If you’re like me, sure, you’re thinking of grabbing a few of these as gifts for cat lovers you know…. right after you choose which ones you want!

Personally, I’m starting with the coffee mug below. Love it!

Click through any of the images for a closer look and more information (each will open in a new window).

People Are Cat Furniture  Humor Large Mug by CafePress
People Are Cat Furniture  Humor Long Sleeve T-Shirt by CafePress
People Are Cat Furniture  Humor Baseball Jersey by CafePress
People Are Cat Furniture  Humor Framed Tile by CafePress
People Are Cat Furniture  Pets Tile Coaster by CafePress

Adorable Ceramic Cat Mug and Spoon Set

Plus Other Coffee Mugs for Cat Lovers

Ceramic Cat Mug and Spoon Set

The beautiful CAT Ceramic Mug & Spoon Set (Japan), pictured above, is just one of the great coffee mugs for cat lovers on Amazon.

A few other favorite coffee mugs for cat lovers are below. So many to choose from!

White Cat Coffee Mug

Black and White Cat Coffee Mug

Cat Lover Coffee Mug

Cat Mom Coffee Mug

Funny Cat Coffee Mug

Cat Lover Defined Coffee Mug

Crazy Cat Lady Coffee Mug

See Also: If you love Grumpy Cat (and who doesn’t?!), you’ll love these Grumpy Cat Coffee Mugs.

Cat Tree Condo with Paw Prints

One Great Looking Piece of Cat Furniture

Cat Tree Condo with Paw Prints

I absolutely love this Goplus 52″ Cat Tree Condo Furniture Scratch Post Pet House Navy/beige Paws (Beige Paws) – but more importantly, your much-loved cat will love it.

This great looking Cat House/Cat Tree/Scratching Post (it’s all things to all cats!) is available in Beige Paws (pictured above) and solid navy blue (pictured below).  I can’t decide which I like best – one minute I”m certain I love the top one best, then the next minute, it’s the bottom one I’m wildest about.

  • Beautifully designed with fun activities for your cat to scratch, climb, jump, play and even to sleep or lounge on
  • Posts covered by sisal rope or polyester wool cloth
  • Suitable for cats of all ages and activity levels
  • Overall Size:52″H×19.7″W×19.7″L
  • Color:Navy/Beige Paws

Navy Blue Cat Condo and Cat Tree

More Cat Furniture!

Squirrel Catnip Cat Toy

Irresistible Fun for Cats!

Squirrel Catnip Cat Toy

This morning, Alexa played with a new toy for about 15 minutes – right before falling asleep right on top of it. It was a perfect reminder of how much furry kids love new toys – easily as much as non-furry kids!

Her joy with this particular toy led me straight to Amazon to shop for her a new toy. She gets SUCH a kick out of seeing a new box come in (whether it’s from UPS or the post office) and an even bigger kick when the box is for her.

I found the KONG Squirrel Catnip Toy pictured above and it’ll be in her furry little hands within a week. The fact that it’s a catnip toy will make her even more excited.

Squirrel Catnip Toy Features:

  • Premium-grade catnip
  • Comes with two pouches, additional pouches are sold separately.
  • The pouches can be frozen to keep the fresh.
  • Toy is machine washable with catnip pouch removed.

Click here for more information about this adorable cat toy.

Cat Treat Ball: Playtime With a Yummy Pay Off

This is My Cats' Kind of Toy!

Cat Treat Ball

The great looking Hagen Catit Treat Ball, Blue, pictured above, will keep an inquisitive cat deliciously entertained. What’s more, it provides cats with much-needed mental stimulation and LITERALLY feeds their innate hunt and catch tendencies.

Indoor cats, especially, are prone to boredom, which is why regularly presenting them with fascinating new toys is such a wonderful idea.  This one in particular is sure to be a hit.

Cat Toy Description:

  • Treat dispenser and toy ball all in one
  • Provides your cat with a treat for working hard
  • Great way to entice your cat
  • Promotes exercise and play
  • Treats not included

Click through the link or the picture of the cat toy, itself, for more information.

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