Stuffed Grumpy Cat…. Yes, Please!

What Cat Lover Wouldn't Love Their Own Grumpy Cat?

Stuffed Grumpy Cat

Too cute! I’ve been a huge fan of Grumpy Cat since I first saw her adorable little face over a year ago. Talk about taking the internet by storm… she did it. And she continues to do it.

When you’re this precious, you’ll never go out of style.

For a long time, I’ve wished they made a stuffed grumpy cat and..now… voila… here she is in all her glory and she’s almost as cute as the original. The Stuffed Grumpy Cat is available on Amazon with the priceless little grouchy expression in place.

She’s surface washable for easy cleaning and is from Gund, so you know she’s made to last. She’s also very, very reasonably priced. In fact, she’s so cheap, you could get a Grumpy Cat Mug to give as a gift along with her.

That… or keep them both for yourself.

Oh, come on, surely I’m not the only one that does things like that?!?!

You can find this adorable little gal and a lot more cat lovers’ gift ideas on Amazon.com. If you’re Christmas shopping, you can rest assured that Amazon is the best way to get your gifts in time. They offer FAST delivery options that even Santa can’t compete with.

Find more Grumpy Cat mugs, stuffed animals, and even 2015 Calendars in the slideshow below. If you can’t see the slideshow on your device, just click here!

Cat Shelf: Cutest Cat Furniture I’ve Seen in a Long Time

Available in Just About Any Color Imaginable

The adorable Feline Perch Silhouette Cat Shelf, shown here, is sweet fun just waiting to  happen for your cat.  Cats love few things more than sitting up high, looking down on the rest of us (in more ways than one, probably!).  Cats with dogs, other cats, or kids in the family ESPECIALLY love getting up high and this shelf would give her the perfect opportunity to do so.

You could put the shelf as high or as low as she needs it to be.  The platform even has a comfortable plush pad, so she’s liable to have a new favorite spot for napping. The shelf holds up to 50 pounds, so even the chubbiest of cats should be safe.

Seriously, could a 50 pound cat even jump?  If I had a baby that chubby, I’d probably set this shelf right on the ground!

The shelf comes in the colors shown above. Click through for more information.

The more I look at this adorable shelf, the more I think how cute it’d be with framed pictures of my cats sitting on it. I think part of me would kind of hope my cats didn’t want anything to do with it!  But, as nosy as they are, I’m sure that wouldn’t happen.

Also See: Keep Your Cat Busy – Get 40% Off Cat Furniture at Petco.com!

Review of a Book I’m In LOVE With – Furry Logic: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges

Grab Copies for Christmas Gifts!

Furry Logic A Guide to Life's Little Challenges

The book shown here, Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges, is honestly too adorable… to clever.. to witty.. to perfect… to do justice to with a book review, but I’m going to try.

First of all, are you at all familiar with Jane Seabrook’s work? Allow me to just say, right up front, she’s a genius. A creative, talented, animal-loving genius.

My favorite kind of genius!

The Furry Logic books are filled with the most adorable paintings of animals you’ve ever seen.  Each time I flipped the page, I thought “I want a larger version of this to hang on the wall…”  By the time I reached the end of the book, I’d made plans for every room in the house.

I haven’t looked yet, but I can only hope these adorable paintings are available on coffee mugs, calendars, art work, etc.

I’ll spend a fortune, but my home will be one smile waiting to happen after the next.

The pictures, themselves, would be enough to make this adorable little book a MUST HAVE for cat lovers and animal lovers, but it’s also filled with wonderful humor. Each “character” (and they really are characters!) comes with a wonderful quote or quip. Some make you think, some make you laugh, and all make you fall just a little bit further in love with the book.

The thing that really impresses me is how the artist (you know, the animal-loving genius) manages to capture the emotions of each quote with a painting. Somehow she manages to create furry (or feathered) characters that perfectly convey the emotions – and it’s all in the eyes.  Any cat “parent” can tell you that animals most definitely have expressions and Jane Seabrook captures them perfectly.

About the Furry Logic Series:

The adorable and high-profile Furry Logic series celebrates its 10th anniversary with a menagerie of illustrated animals and hilarious sayings about life, love, and everything in between.
No one understands the ups and downs of life’s little challenges better than the frisky critters of Furry Logic. The inspirational and tongue-in-cheek advice from series creator Jane Seabrook and her plucky animal characters will tickle the fancy and the funnybone of readers everywhere. Each intricately illustrated spread features a member of the animal kingdom with a unique take on life, from the adorably grumpy owl who advises “Smile first thing in the morning. Get it over with” to the fluffy hawk who admonishes, “If at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished.” So join the original flock of penguins, bears, frogs, and more in celebrating a decade of wit and wisdom with ten new illustrated spreads for fans looking for fresh inspiration.

About the Creative Animal-Loving Genius:

JANE SEABROOK is the creator and artist of the Furry Logic series. Known for her paintings of wildlife, Jane cares for her own furry menagerie of two cats and a dog with help from her husband and two children.

There are other Furry Logic books available on Amazon as well – I highly recommend all of them. There’s just something incredibly relaxing and enjoyable about curling up with these books. I’ve shared them with and recommended them to everyone I know.   While the Furry Logic books ARE available for Kindle, I’d definitely suggest getting a physical copy.

This is a “hands on” kind of book!

You’ll definitely want to go check out Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges on Amazon.  This book is less than $10 and would make a PERFECT gift for any animal lover on your list. It’s one of those rare gift ideas that’d be ideal for just about any age. From teenagers to senior citizens, everyone loves to smile and everyone’s looking for their next laugh.

Just be sure to grab a copy for yourself – why should you miss out on the fun, right?!

Furry Logic: A Guide to Life's Little Challenges

You’ll always be my best friend…. you know too much.

 

Note: I received this book from theBlogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are entirely my own.

Purrfect for Cat Lovers:


Purry Logic
An all-new, all-feline collection of adorable illustrations, humorous sayings, and unadulterated cattitude from the creator of FURRY LOGIC.

Filled with wry witticisms to perk up even the most finicky cat lovers, PURRY LOGIC puts a distinctly feline twist on Jane Seabrook’s popular FURRY LOGIC books. This delightful collection presents cuddly cats offering purr-worthy pick-me-ups like, “My only purpose in this life is to rest and recover from my previous lives,” “If you didn’t make the rules, just ignore them,” and “When fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.” Watercolor-painted in loving detail, Seabrook’s sleek and sassy kitties remind us that the best things in life are furry. – Louisville Courier Journal

Other Furry Logic Books:


Furry Logic Laugh at Life

Furry Logic Parenthood

Furry Logic: Don’t Worry!

Furry Logic Love

Furry Logic Wild Wisdom

Furry Logic: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges

Furry Logic Back Cover

Safety Travel Tips When Tagging Along Pet Cats

How to Travel with your Cat Without Either One of You Losing Your Mind!

Svenn

In the picture above, Svenn seems to be saying, “You want me to get into that death trap and go where???” That’s pretty much every cat, everywhere’s attitude toward travel. The article below gives great (as in sanity-preserving) advice on traveling with cats.

Jordan contributes to this blog as well as Coops and Cages. He has taken his own cats and dogs to trips himself and would love to share his insights on pet care to fellow pet lovers. He desires to educate them on safety travel tips when bringing along cats during trips through this article.

It’s time of the year that your cat is looking forward to – the time when you take him out of the house and with you to new places. Cats like to travel as well. They like seeing the countryside. They are not satisfied with just staying home.

The problem is some cats hate cars. They are not as behaved as most dogs when you get them into the car. You have to train them on how to behave when you are traveling with them. Teach them not to scratch the car seat and better yet, not to pee. But as a cat owner, you also have to remember that a the first cat car trip aren’t always that pleasant, simply because, cats as much as they like venturing into new places, the getting there is not that exciting for them.

Here are tips on traveling safely with your cats.

Take the time to train your cat in the carrier
Since you will be traveling for long hours, train your cat to stay in his cat carrier for long periods. Condition your cat to become comfortable as well as teach him how to go in and out. Do some practice runs of driving around your area and having the cat in the carrier. This should be a gradual process. Some cats get upset when you turn the car engine on, especially those who haven’t traveled.

Familiarize your cat in the new environment
Cats are sensitive to the environment as well as their territory. Place a blanket or towel with the scent of your cat on the car seat. In that way the car would not be a totally foreign area for him. Allow your cat to explore your car and rub and spread its scent on it. Do this a couple of times for the next few days.

Air Travel for Cats
Most major airlines accept cats as passengers. Cats that are under 15 lbs travel in the cabin. If they are heavier, they must be booked in cargo or they should be in cat carriers. There are some seasonal restrictions so it is better to check with the airline what these are. When booking your flight, inform the representative that you have a feline with you. Get a locator number associated with the seat for your cat. This is a necessary security precaution. If this is your cat’s first  time to fly, it is better that it is a short distance. Observe how he acts and behaves during the ride. You will be asked if your cat has its rabies and other pertinent inoculation. Various requirements exist for each airline and just accommodate to them as best as you can.


Feed the cat at the right time
Once the cat is calm in the car, give him his meals. Offer high value treats for cats that he doesn’t normally get at home. In that way, he is more motivated to behave. You can also give him cat nip and also indulge with his favorites during the car traveling times. He should also know you are there beside him so he shouldn’t be scared.

Don’t forget your pet identification
This is a necessity especially when it is your first time to travel to new places. Tags and collars are an excellent for quick identification. A microchip is something you can also order and it provides the essential information needed once the tags or collars are lost. Keep the microchip registered and updated.

Check with hotels if they allow cats
When you book for your trips, check if they have the “pets accepted” symbol on their homepages and if they allow cats in hotels. When checking, be sure to inform the front desk that your cat is traveling with you. Many hotels also provide snacks and bowls for your cats. They also have sitting services. Some hotels have “pet in room” door tag which let the maids know that they should leave the door open so the pet cannot wander out. You can keep cats secure and safe by having them in a safe and sturdy cat crate. They should just be the right size because you wouldn’t want your cat wiggling out of the cage. Make sure that the room for the food and the litter box are separate. Get the crate with the sides so that the litter cannot be kicked out.

Pack a travel bag for your cat
The bag should also contain medication (if your cat is currently on), plastic bags (for soiled litter), litter scoop, grooming supplies, treats, pet wipes, toys, towels, as well as the cat’s food and water bowls. Treat it as something like a baby would have. Your cat is your baby and he too needs a travel bag.

Positive Reinforcement helps
The minute that your cat is calm in the car, start giving him catnips. If that motivates him, let the cat indulge for a while in the car. By positively reinforcing your cat that he is doing a good job, he will enjoy traveling more and more.

Don’t forget to make the cat go potty
The cats’ trip begins and ends in the bathroom. Before leaving your house, make sure that your cat has gone to the bathroom. The first thing you also do after you alight is to let your cat out for a few minutes. With your guidance, he should poop or pee before you even check in the hotel. If your crate is the one that has the litter, clear the poop and pee. Potty breaks are also included. If it is a drive, stop at restaurants or gas stops and bring your cat with you. Take him out and see if he has to go or not.

Feed your cat four hours before leaving
The cat has to have eaten a light meal before you put him in the carrier. If your trip would take long, feed him just the right amount. You wouldn’t want him pooping and peeing a lot. This wouldn’t be sanitary inside the car, worse, on the plane.

Whether it’s including your cat while running errands around town or visiting relatives in another side of the country, you can make him happy by bringing them with you. Train your cat on how to become more comfortable when traveling in the car with you. It will take some time and a lot of patience but it will be totally worth it.

Author Bio:

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched byhis love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.
Author Bio:

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched byhis love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.

Bert’s Bath: Stinkin’ Cute Art Print for Cat Lovers

Cat in a Bath.. And Not Very Happy About It!

Bert's Bath
Bert’s Bath
James Flad
Buy This at Allposters.com

My favorite cat posters and art prints are ones that capture the essence of what makes a cat a cat – with the one of a kind, lovable personality of cats on full display.  The art print above, Bert’s Bath, is a perfect example. You can just tell how unhappy Bert is.

Poor little guy!

Click through for a closer look.

Disaster Prep for Pets

Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Event of Natural Disasters

Alexa After the Boom

The picture of Alexa (above) was taken after a huge clap of thunder! It took about ten minutes (and about 7 cat treats) to coax her out from behind the couch. The article below is all about keeping our pets safe in the event of a natural disaster – as in something more serious than a huge clap of thunder.

Baseline pet emergency preparedness how-to’s

When a natural disaster threatens, or actually occurs, the ensuing chaos and confusion can make it difficult to ensure pets are aptly safeguarded for the event both physically and emotionally, and that a pet owner’s home duly equipped for the crisis at hand. In fact, when pets are involved, the gamut of related crisis management concerns can aggravate an already worrisome situation.

While pet owners want to ensure their pets do not experience any bodily harm when a natural disaster presents, it’s also important to remember that many domestic pets are very much in tune with the environment and their immediate surroundings and can become unusually stressed under circumstances surrounding a natural disaster. As such, it’s imperative that pet owners are prepared to mitigate physical danger to a pet as well as psychological distress like nervousness, fear, and anxiety—and how these emotions may be outwardly expressed (even when contrary to a pet’s normal personality and behavior), which may include hiding, scratching, biting, noise-making, attempts to flee and disregarding commands.

To help keep pets safe, and their homes duly supplied, for an impending—or in the actual event of a—natural disaster, Paul Mann, Founder and CEO of FETCH! Pet Care, spotlights these fundamental yet crucial pet emergency preparedness tips offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

1. Get a kit of pet emergency supplies. Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water.

  • Food: Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Water: Store at least three days of water, specifically for your pets, in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.
  • Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.
  • First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.
  • Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit.
  • Important documents: Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit.
  • Crate or other pet carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so.
  • Sanitation: Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water, stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners.
  • A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar items: Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

Consider two kits. In one, put everything your pets will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away.

2. Make a plan for what you will do in an emergency. Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation. Use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency.

  • Evacuate. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your pets may not be allowed inside.
  • Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and other farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.
  • Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things you should include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. Also talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. If you and your pet are separated, this permanent implant for your pet and corresponding enrollment in a recovery database can help a veterinarian or shelter identify your animal. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to you and your pet being reunited.
  • Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society or ASPCA and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you, and one in your pet’s emergency supply kit. Obtain “Pets Inside” stickers and place them on your doors or windows, including information on the number and types of pets in your home to alert firefighters and rescue workers. Consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could be reached in an emergency. And, if time permits, remember to write the words “Evacuated with Pets” across the stickers, should you evacuate your home with your pets.

3. Be prepared for what might happen. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for yourself, your family and your pets, is the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready.

“Sometimes assistance is needed to care for a pet when emergencies present, like during an evacuation when a shelter or lodging facility does not allow pets. In such instances, it’s prudent to have a backup plan in place to ensure you can secure proper care for your pet. As FEMA notes, one option is to ‘consider family or friends outside your immediate area who would be willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency.’ However, when you don’t want to burden or impose on family members or friends, or subject a beloved pet to kennel boarding to avoid what can be serious health concerns, highly trained and reliable professional pet sitters to visit or board a pet can be pre-arranged or are available on-call to ensure a pet receives protection as well as love, attention and skilled treatment while apart from the family. That kind of peace of mind is priceless.”

Paul Mann is the Founder and 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.

Source:

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1392389819026-75460345a2f4adcc5418a1da7cb25eef/2014_PrinterFriendly_PetOwners.pdf

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/09/10/340082.htm

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!):


 

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