Service Cats: How To Have A Furry Successful Halloween

MeOW Welcome to another Service Cat Monday. The holidays are fast approachin’, so we’d like to share some Tips to make the holidays safe and fun fur everypawdy, your furry family members included. Today, we’ll focus on halloween. The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat Monday posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Feline Behavior. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover, purrlease let us know in the comments section or send us an email. When asking behavioral questions, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links at the end of this post. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

Remember, we think every anipal is much happier with a bit of Training. The first holiday quickly approaching is halloween. We don’t celebrate halloween for religious reasons, but a lot of people do; and it’s very important to remember your fur family doesn’t necessarily find it as much fun as humans do. Let’s look at the costumes first. With the popularity of social media and sharing cute animal photos, more and more costumes for your furry family are appearing. But, not all anipals like getting dressed up. Obviously kitties are less likely to enjoy wearing a costume than dogs, but there are quite a few dogs out there that would prefer their own skin and fur to some elaborate costume. You will know fairly quickly if your pet likes getting dressed up or not. If you happen to have one of those that goes limp, fights, bites, chews at, or tries to shake or scratch off the costume, Please respect your pet and don’t force them into wearing something that makes them uncomfortable. NOTE: A costume is different than a harness worn for safety while walking or being in public.

 

 Dezi in a Santa Suit including the hat

Me didn’t mind the suit. But the hat’s a little more than this kitty likes.

 

 

 

Next up would be the decorations. Maybe you go all out and have stringed spider webs, carved pumpkins, plastic spiders, bowls of goo or slime, cauldrons with dry ice, etc., or you simply buy a big bowl of candy to hand out; you need to know the dangers to your anipal. String of any kind is harmful to your pet if swallowed. Ya’ might get blessed and the string will pass through the digestive system without difficulty. But, more likely it’s going to cause some serious problems resulting in surgery and VET fees. Silly String, or the string in a can is a sticky plastic and manufactured to keep it’s sticky stringy shape no matter what. Not something you’d want wrapped around your anipals’ intestines. Small plastic/pipe cleaner spiders and decorations are more likely to be chewed by dogs, however some kitties might try as well. Again, not something you really want in your anipals’ tummy. And that cool “eerie” dry ice…well it can burn your anipals’ paws, skin or tongue.

 

Raena eats treatsNuffin’ but kitty treats fur us.

 

 

Most people know that chocolate isn’t good for your pets. But what about all those other candies one might buy to pass out? A lot of candies are made with xylotol, which can lead to liver failure. At the very least, your furry friend might end up with gas and tummy upset. Candies made with pure sugar, like a halloween favorite, candy corn, can cause a bad case of diarrhea. Other hard candies and candy in wrappers can cause obstructions. Another trip to the VET and more green papers. Caffeine, also found in many candies, is also toxic to anipals. Raisins, grapes and other healthy for humans treats are toxic to anipals. So, be sure to keep the candy dish covered and out of your furry’s reach. And, please remember, alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeinated drinks, marijuana, and other human spirits, are all toxic to your furry family member. You can always buy your pet some of their favorite treats to celebrate with. You might even want to make kitty a nice catnip/chamomile tea (boil catnip leaves in water for approx. 15 minutes, let cool, strain and serve). 

 

So, you’re planning a party with all of your friends. Remember, not all animals like loud noises, strange people and commotion. And what about the “Door Darter”? You know, we’re quite happy to stay inside with mommy even when the door’s wide open. But, some anipals look for any chance to slip outside for a quick sniff of fresh air. MOL  It’s a good idea to set up a “Decompression Room” (described here) for your pet during the party or when you’re passing out candy to trick or treaters. The last thing you want is for your cat/dog to escape through an open door or to get startled by someone’s costume and bite. Pets ARE NOT Decorations for your holiday party or anything else!!! 

 

Black blinky cats emoji

As most of you know, we’re against letting your anipal freely roam outside without you. This is especially important during halloween. This particular holiday seems to bring out the kooks worst in people. Whether it’s kids playing pranks or actual Satan worshippers (yes they do exist), black cats in particular are are often targeted for torture. And yes, ANY Animal Abuse is Torture. Altho’ we’re not familiar with it, it’s been brought to our attention the last few years that all white cats are also at risk, as well as dogs of the same colors. PLEASE, keep Fluffy or Fido of any color inside or on a leash with you at the other end during the weeks surrounding halloween. 

 

 Raena walks towards the woods on her harness

 

 

 

Taking a few extra steps to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable can make your celebrations a success. You might want to keep the number for animal poison control on hand (888-426-4435), and be sure to check with your VET about after hours emergencies. Better safe than sorry. Be sure to tell your guests not to feed kitty/doggy or better yet, put them in the Decompression Room. 

 

 Dezi and Raena atop the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

Well, we hope we’ve offured some tips you didn’t know or maybe refreshed the ones you did. There’s no way we could cover every possibility, but ifin you implement just a few of these Tips, everypawdy can come out winners. ‘Member, ifin you have any questions or topics you’d like us to cover, leave a comment below or send us an email. And you can always ketch up on any posts you may have missed by clickin’ the links below.

 

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle 

 

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 Posturing

Clicker Training & Operant Conditioning      Wheelchair Training

Basic Training Continues      Managing Without A Wheelchair

Are Spray Bottles Effective      Hands Are Not Toys

Does My Cat Need A Friend      Helping Your Bullied Shy Cat

Why Cats Scratch

Blest Sunday: Noms, Tocks and Plandids

MeOW  Raena, get away from the door and let’s write our Blest Sunday posty. We’re so blest we just can’t contain it. 

 

 Raena sits on perch and looks out door

 

 

          We are at that sissy. Let me just finish mine’s brekky and I’s’ll help ya’ with our posty.

 

 Dezi sits atop the liberty cat tree and licks her lips

 

 

 

(Swallowing the last bite of food on Raena’s plate after having finished her own)  Uhhhh  Me thought you were already finished Raena. You walked away and left a couple bites.

 

          You stole mine’s noms, sissy? I’s meowin’ to mommy. you’re s’posed to eat your own.

 

Me did Raena, and me was still hungry. You were on the purrch at the door, so me figgered you were thru.

 

          That’s okay sissy. I’s’ll just ask mommy fur seconds. Now that mine’s eyes and nose are better, I’s eatin’ a lot. Mommy says I’s already put on 2 pounds in just a week. Mommy’s so happy ‘bout that. 

 

Dezi and Raena atop the liberty cat tree with Yeowww toy

 

 

That she is Raena. Ya’ know, mommy doesn’t want us to be fat or nuffin, but she does like kitties with a little meat on their bones. She worries when a kitty’s too skinny. Anyways, ‘nuff meowin’ ‘bout that. Did you ever find the lady in the box? She seems to be afraid of storms. Last night when all those thunder boomers were happenin’ she was makin’ all kinds of noises. She was beepin’ and yammerin’ on ‘bout not unnerstandin’ us and connectin’ our fone and turnin’ on one click orderin’. Like, what does all that mean anyways?. 

 

 Raena lays on back of chair

 

 

 

          I’s surpurrised you even heard her. After all, you were in the bedroom UTB (under the bed). Mommy kept hollerin’ fur her to stop. Least I’s think she was hollerin’ at her. Surely she wasn’t hollerin’ at me?. After all, I’s was just purracticin’ mine’s zoomies and havin’ fun. 

 

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Me wasn’t UTB too long Raena. Soon as me made sure we were safe from intruders and innerlopers, me came right back out. Them storms just had to start at dinner time. it had been gray and yucky lookin’ all day. But nooooooooo, they just had to wait till mommy put out dinner befur rumblin’ on. 

 

          That’s right sissy, you didn’t stay UTB too long. Mommy was so purroud of you. ALtho’, I’s purretty sure you stole some of mine’s dinner last night too. You’ve been stealin’ a lot of mine’s noms lately. We should start callin’ you Porky.

 

Dezi lays on the arm of the chair next to the Scratching post

 

 

RaenaBelle!!! That’s not nice at all!!!  You take it back!!! After all, Who gains 2 pounds in a week? It’s you we should start callin’ Porky. Anyways, whether the lady in the box was talkin’ out of turn or not, we really do fank whoever sent her to us. 

 

          We sure do sissy. Seems your curiosity over took your fear. We’re so blest to have such amazin’ furiends who care ‘bout us. Mommy told me that we got a surpurrise fur you fur your birthday. 

 

Really Raena? What is it?  

 

          Well ifin I’s told ya’ it wouldn’t be a surpurrise silly. Guess you’ll just have to wait. Meowin’ of surpurrises, we have another give away comin’ up this week. We so enjoy when we can give back to our furiends. 

 

 Dezi's laying tocks

Mommy doesn’t take a lot of tock fotos, so this is the

bestest we could find. Me’s so floofy it doesn’t really matter tho’. MOL

 

 

 

We sure do Raena. And, we’re gonna be writin’ our Holiday Safety posty tomorrow. Ya’ know, this halloween is comin’ up fast. Befur ya’ know it, it’ll be Christmas. 

 

          Oh sissy, I’s luvs Christmas. I’s can’t hardly wait. I’s wish every kitty in the world could have a luvvin’ furever home fur Christmas. 

 

Me too, Raena. We are so blest to have a luvvin’ mommy and furever home and all our pawsumly amazin’ furiends. Each day we have together is a blessing. We like to remind everypawdy to take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur the blessings in your lives. The Cat Blogosphere lost another of it’s gawjus blessings this week when Sascha from Brian’s Home went to heaven. We’ve lost so many furiends. Fankfully we have each other to help us thru the tough times and times of such deep sorrow. We purray daily fur all our furiends, and we’re sendin’ up extras fur those of you reelin’ from loss or in need of healin’.

 

Raena checks out scratching post
Mine’s tocks and a look at that Scratcher

 

 

 

          That we are sissy, that we are. Let’s join the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies and post our plandid fotos as CK called ‘em. We should purrobably post some tock fotos too. Ya’ know, in memory of Derby. We’re late to the pawrty, but we’re struttin’ our stuffs anyways. And, don’t furget our give away fur that pawsum Scratchin’ Post. Click here and then click the Enter foto at the end.  

 

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

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Raena: Navy Blue

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle  

Chatting Cats: Ssshhh Don’t Wake The Lady In The Box

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Guess what? I’s got to go fur a stroll yesfurday. And, I’s got to meet the neighbor, Nubs. He’s a real nice kitty boy and very hospitable. We met thru the mesh of mine’s stroller. And, nokitty hissed, not even once. We exchanged sniffs and meows and settled in to let our mommy’s chat. 

 

 Raena looks out of the stroller

 

 

 

          Ya’ll even took him some noms, didn’t ya’ Raena? 

 

That we did sissy. We had some wet food pouches we wouldn’t eat, so we passed ‘em along to him. And, we took him some new noms from Halo. Occasionally, they send us new purroducts to try out and review fur them. They have a new food out that mommy thought was a continuation of their freeze dried line. She was really anxious fur us to try it. But, when it got here, mommy realized it was nuffin’ more than a grain free kibble. 

 

 Nubs poses with a bag of Halo kibble

Y, Here’s Nubs now, posin’ with the Halo Kibble.

 

 

          Yeah, we were all a bit disappointed by that. It’s not like we’re gonna eat any kibble even ifin mommy was actually gonna let us have it. 

 

To be fair sissy, you did get really sick from eatin’ kibble. And, mommy did give us a couple pieces each as a treat. We’re the ones who chose not to eat ‘em.  

 

          You’re right Raena, me did get really bad sick from that pawful fur ya’ kibble. So me wasn’t ‘bout to try those kibble bits. Maybe Nubs’ll like ‘em. 

 

 Raena lays on her food mat

 

 

 

Maybe. Hey, did you hear? We’ve got a lady locked in a box? I’s heard Simon meowin’ ‘bout somethin’ similar.

 

          Yeah Raena, me heard her. Me hasn’t found her yet tho’, have you? 

 

Dezi looks at Raena while both play on the Liberty cat tree

 

 

I’s think she’s sittin’ on the table beside the chair, sissy. Sometimes, she seems to ramble on fur no reason at all. Guess somepawdy thought mommy was lonely and that the lady might help keep her company. I’s sure hope nopawdy gets wind that we’ve got a lady locked up. Mommy could be in real trouble. I’s think it might be illegal to keep a lady in a box. 

 

 Dezi sits atop the liberty cat tree and licks her lips

 

 

 

          It is, Raena. But, me doesn’t think that’s the case. After all, ifin Simon has one too, it must be okay. And, me keeps hearin’ the teevee talkin’ ‘bout peeps ownin’ their very own lady in a box. And, she sounds happy. Maybe she’s like a genie in a bottle, only she’s a lady in a box?. Maybe her box is all tricked out and nice and comfy. Ya’ know, we luv a good box. Maybe, the lady does too.  

 

 Raena lays on her food mat

 

 

 

She might sissy. Anyways, we say fanky fanks to whoever sent us a lady in a box. As soon as I’s figger out fur sure where she is, I’s’ll let you all know. I’s gotta be quiet tho’ or she’ll wake up and start yammerin’ on again. Meowin’ of boxes, several of ya’ have asked ‘bout the new neighbor who moved in with just a bed, the same day the new old neighbors moved out. She is fur sure a new neighbor. And she really does have only a bed and a teevee. She also has one of those smarty pants fones. We didn’t see the teevee go in, but she told mommy she had one when she asked ifin she was too loud. ‘Pawrently, she’s a bit hard of hearin’. She told mommy that all her stuffs was up in Muskogee at her ex-boyfuriend’s house. After 11 years she decided to move out and had been stayin’ with a furiend in Ringling. Yep, same as the circus. Anyways, she was in a hurry to move in cuz the furiend also lives in ‘pawrtments similar to ours and only allows guests fur 7 days a month. She’d been there 2 months and the furiend was gettin’ in trouble.  

 

 Dezi lays atop the cat tree and looks out the door

 

 

 

          She seems nice ‘nuff Raena. But she does spend a lot of time sittin’ on the purrch. She also told mommy she hoped to move the rest of her stuffs in next month. In the meantime, she does have family and furiends ‘round here that she can visit and wash her clothes. She doesn’t look like she’s missin’ any meals and even suggested mommy and her have ribeyes one night. Mommy ‘splained she didn’t make that kind of money. So, ‘pawrently she’s not as poor as we are. Anyways, that’s the mews ‘bout the new neighbor.

 

 Raena lays on scratching post

 

 

 

We better wrap this up and get some play in sissy. Maybe, we can even meow mommy into takin’ us fur a stroll later. It’s coolin’ off a bit here, so evenin’ strolls are kind’a nice. We also wanna remind everypawdy there’s still time to enter the give away fur that pawsum Scratcher we reviewed. Just click here. We’ll be havin’ another give away soon, so stay tuned. 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue  

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee        

Chatting Cats: A Scratching Post To Meet Your Cat’s Need to Scratch #ChewyInfluencer

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Do we have a deal fur you today. We’re so x’cited to be writin’ this review. And even more x’cited to be hostin’ a give away. We so luvs to share, ‘specially when it’s somethin’ every kitty needs. What is it you might ask? Y, I’s talkin’ ‘bout a Scratcher. And not just any o’le Scratcher, but a well built, sturdy, tall, sisal Scratcher.

 

 Dezi with Scratching post

 

 

 

 

          Don’t furget Raena, it’s a Scratcher that would look good in any home’s décor. And, with Christmas just ‘round the corner, it would make a great gift fur any home with a kitty. 

 

 

 Raena lays on scratching post

 

 

 

Fanky fanks sissy. You’re right, the Frisco 33.5” Scratching Post would look great in any home. It’s truly a piece of furniture fur kitty. We meowed ‘bout the impurrtance of Scratchin’ fur all kitties in our Service Cat Monday posty this week. Ifin ya’ missed it, you can read it here. We included Trainin’ Tips to help those dealing with inappropriate Scratching. Whether that’s your issue or not, we’ve got a great Scratcher to meow to you ‘bout today. And, fanky fanks to Chewy, one of our pawsum American readers is gonna have the chance to get one of these Scratchers fur yourself.

 

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This is a sponsored post. We received the Frisco Scratching post in exchange for our honest opinion. Neither Chewy or Frisco are responsible for the opinions in this post unless otherwise stated. As always, we tell it like we see it; and only bring products we use or have tried and believe would be of interest to you, our readers and friends.

 

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          We’re really x’cited ‘bout that Raena. But, we need to let everypawdy know a bit ‘bout this Scratcher. The Frisco 33.5” Scratching Post comes in 2 colors, cream and brown. As most of ya’ know by now, mommy likes the browns and earthy colors, so we got our Scratcher in brown. Obviously, the whole Scratcher isn’t brown, cuz the biggest Scratchin’ surface is made of Sisal.

 

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Don’t worry tho’ ifin ya’ like to Scratch carpet, there’s purrlenty of room fur that too. The Scratcher arrived in pieces with everythin’ one needs to assemble it. And let me meow, ifin mommy can put it together, anypawdy can. The box included 4 wooden pieces, screws and an “L” wrench, as well as step by step, easy to read instructions. They even have fotos. MOL   The carpeted base came in 2 parts that attach to the bottom of the Sisal post thru’ purr-drilled holes. Same with the top. Once attached, the base measures 16” X 16”. That makes a nice sturdy piece fur any house kitty. The base and top (7.5” X 7.5”) are made of wood and covered in a nice plush carpet. The Sisal covered post is a 33” tall, 5.5” thick piece of wood.

 

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          Purretty much every inch of the Frisco Scratcher is Scratchable, Raena. It only took mommy ‘bout 10 to 15 minutes to unpack it and put it together. Even with our help

 

 Raena sniffs scratching post

A little nip and vine fur encouragement. As ifin I’s needed any. MOL

 

 

 

That’s true sissy. I’s was a great help. I’s checked out every piece as mommy attached it befur checkin’ out the final purroduct. Mommy did a good job. The Frisco 33.5” Scratching Post is on sale fur $33.99. We gotta be honest and say that we really didn’t x’pect much fur that purrice point. We were purrleasantly surpurrised by the high quality of materials, and size. As Ragdolls and vertical Scratchers, we need a tall but sturdy place to sharpen our claws. The Frisco Scratcher fur sure meets those needs. It’s by far much more than we ever x’pected, and well worth twice the purrice. 

 

 Raena licks paw while laying on scratching post

That’s some good stuffs. I’s gonna luvs this new Scratcher.

 

 

 

          Yep Raena, we can get a full stretch on the post even tho’ mommy didn’t actually get any fotos of that. And, with the Sisal bein’ on all sides, we could even use it at the same time. This is a Scratcher fur kitties of all ages and size. And, it doesn’t actually take up a lot of space, so ifin ya’ live in a small home like us, it’s a great option. ‘Member, all kitties have the need to Scratch.

 

Raena lays in front of scratching postYa’ wanna come scratch sissy?

 

 

So true sissy, so true. And you know how much we luvs our Chewy. Lots of great products fur all the anipals in your life. Speedy furee shipping on all orders of $49.00 and up and speedy flat rate shipping on all other orders. And, don’t furget that great auto ship program so you never run out of your furry’s favorites. You can skip, cancel or delay at any time. You know, Chewy also gives back to the community. And, we’re so thrilled that they’re lettin’ us give one of our American readers the oppurrtunity to win one of these great Frisco Scratchers of their own. Just click below to enter. Be sure to leave a comment, and tell us what color you purrfur. I’s gonna go scratch now.

 

 

Give away entry graphic

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue  

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee