Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. A muggy wet RaenaBelle. I’s so tired of these storms!!! I’s wanna see the sunshine again. And go fur strolls. And…
Raena, we’re all tired of the storms and ready fur some warmer weather. But, you went and broke the stroller, so there ain’t gonna be any strolls till we can get a new one.
I’s thought mommy was just kitten, sissy. I’s sure didn’t mean to break our stroller.
Me’s sure mommy knows you didn’t do it on purr-puss. After all, me doesn’t think any kitty’s ever luvved strollin’ more than you. Me luvs strolls, but me thinks you could do it all day every day. Besides, we’re just big kitties who need things that can actually hold up unner our weight.
Oh sissy, I’s do luvs a good stroll and spendin’ time with mommy. I’s think mommy could use with a good stroll and some furesh air. She seems so stressed lately.
Well Raena, all this dental stuff is really gettin’ to her. She thought she was almost finished and then they pop up and tell her, “Oh, by the way, when are you gonna schedule your appointment to have those 2 teeth we talked you into keepin’ fur crowns?” Mommy only kept ‘em cuz they told her those teeth were good and didn’t need any work and would help anchor her bottom denture.
Yeah, she was purretty upset on Monday when she got that mews. She told ‘em that ifin she’d been told the teethies were bad in the furst place, she would’a never kept ‘em. So, now she’s gotta figger out how to get ‘em pulled and change that bottom denture from a partial to a full. Seems it just never stops.
So true, Raena. She’ll be addin’ another 4 months fur purropurr healin’ to all this. Mommy said she couldn’t believe that nopawdy ever said anythin’ befur. After all, this thing has been goin’ on fur over a year now. But, there was a ray of sunshine in our Monday. We usually save these blessings fur Sunday’s posty, but it helped to pick up mommy’s spirit so, we wanted to say a meowsy big Fank you to awnty Ellen today.
Oh sissy, when mommy opened the box we got from awnty Ellen on Monday evenin’ she let out a squee like I’s never heard. I’s didn’t get it till you told me how much mommy luvs willow trees. We don’t have any, but willows be one of mommy’s faves, ‘specially the Pussy Willow.
Of course mommy’s fave would be the Pussy Willow. After all, it’s named after us kitties. Y, Even the blooms are called Catkins.
I’s don’t think it was named after us kitties, sissy. It doesn’t look anythin’ like a cat. Anyways, when mommy opened the box she saw a big bunch of those wrappin’ bubbles. Mommy luvs pawppin’ those things. But that wasn’t even the good pawrt. When mommy opened those bubbles, she found a whole bunch of Pussy Willow cuttings inside. ‘Course she had a good cry and then called up awnty Ellen to say fanky fank ya’. Then mommy hit google to see ifin she could grow her one of those Pussy Willow trees from the cuttings. She found that they’re s’posed to root easily in water so she put several stems in a jar of water and saved the rest fur decoration.
‘Course, awnty Ellen didn’t furget ‘bout us either. She included a couple of her Made With Luv toys just fur us. Ya’ know what else mommy learned ‘bout the Pussy Willow? She learned that the blooms are one of the furst signalers of spring. Ya’ couldn’t have known awnty Ellen, but gettin’ that box when we did made mommy’s day.
It sure did, sissy. We also had another little blessin’. Our story has been featured on Fear Free Happy Homes. We better wrap it up, mommy’s got another ‘pointment with the dentist today fur a fittin’. Fanky fank you all fur bein’ our furiends. you’re always in our thoughts and purrayers. We’re also sendin’ some extra purrayers to Shoko, awnty Jean and uncle Bill from the Canadian Cats. Our sweet meezer furiend Kali had to go to heaven yesfurday. She will be missed dearly.
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. What a pawsum pawrty we had here over the weekend. Celebratin’ milestones such as Blogoversaries can be so much fun. I’s didn’t google it, so I’s don’t know the real nummers, but hundreds of blogs are started each year, and only a few actually keep goin’. So, a Blogoversary really is a purretty big deal.
You’re right Raena. Now, let’s get to some fun today. Ya’ know, those 18 Purrfectly Amazing Facts About Us game we played. Several of ya’ played along and made your guesses. We really luvved seein’ your answers. Now, let’s see what our answers are and see who got the most answers right.
18 Purrfectly Amazing Facts
1. Favorite smell: Dezi:Mommy
Raena: I’s agree sissy, I’s luvs the way mommy smells.
2. Last time I hissed: Dezi: This meownin’ when Raena fell off the side of the tub and landed on me.
Raena: I’s don’t do a lot of hissin’, but, I’s did hiss last week when the sleet hit mine’s stroller. Mommy says I’s was a little scared. I’s meow that I’s was just makin’ sure the sleet knew I’s was the boss.
3. Favorite pizza: Dezi: Me thought everypawdy would get this one. But me got to thinkin’ ya’ll may actually think we’re kiddin’ and that pepperoni pizza be mommy’s favorite food and not ours. But nuffin’ could be further from the truth. Mommy’s fave food is a nice steak, baked tater and yeasty roll.
Rana: Sure ‘nuff sissy. One of our favorite human foods is pepperoni pizza. We don’t get it very offen, but we do luvs it. Mommy doesn’t get her favorite food either. MOL
4. Favorite Flower: Me luvs roses and nip flowers.
Raena: I’s luvs nip flowers too sissy.
5. Favorite dog breed: Dezi: Me’s BlogPaws ‘sperience kind’a made me not care fur doggies in general. But, me does luv our sweet furiend Da Phenny the Weimaraner.
Raena: I’s luvs Phenny too, sissy. I’s not really met many doggies, so I’s can’t really meow much on this question.
6. Favorite ice cream: Baskin Robbins white chocolate and regular chocolate.
Raena: What’s Baskin Robbins, sissy? I’s never had any of that.
Dezi: That’s cuz we don’t have one anywhere near us. Our local grocery store used to carry them and when he clearanced them out, mommy bought every last one. It’s her favorite too.
7. Pet peeve: Dezi: Peeps that throw out or return beluvved furry family members when they’re inconvenient. Declawin’ kitties, Irrespawnsible pet owners, peeps that won’t spay or neuter, ‘specially their non pedigreed anipals, and…so many more. (Mommy A waves for Dezi to get down off her soap box and continue answering the questions.)
Raena: Ooooh sissy, all those things bother me too.
8. Shorts or jeans: Dezi: Neither, me has bloomers
Raena: Mine’s bloomers are longer and fluffier than yours, sissy. (Dezi shakes her head)
9. Color of your PTU: Dezi: Well, we have a stroller, and it’s blue.
Raena: Mommy says I’s broke it sissy. She’s gonna try to get us a new one soon. I’s want animal purrint, how ’bout you?
10. Color of your eyes: Dezi: Blue of course. Mommy says me’s eyes remind her of a blue diamond.
Raena: I’s thought that was mine’s eyes and yours looked like blue jeans, sissy.
Dezi: Hisssss We both have diamond blue eyes Raena. Now be nice!!!
11. Favorite food: Dezi: Rabbit!!! Me luvs me some Rabbit.
Raena: Rabbit’s mine’s favorite too. Yummmmmmy
12. Least favorite food: Dezi: Sorry Tabbies, we just don’t like fish.
Raena: X’cept fur those bonito flakes sissy. We do like those.
Raena: Sissy, It’s mine’s turn. I’s luv any holiday that includes more cuddles and luvvin’ with mommy.
14. Night owl or morning person: Dezi: Night owl, just like mommy.
Raena: Me too, sissy. I’s a real night owl. I’s can stay up with mommy till dawn.
15. Favorite day of the week: Dezi: Any day we can spend with mommy is a favorite day. But, we do luv Blest Sunday.
16. Do you have a nick name: Dezi: Me has lots of nicknames, mommy calls me her blue eyed angel, baby bear, angel, sweetheart, luv bug, muffin, darlin’, baby…
Raena: We get it sissy. I’s have lots of the same nicknames, includin’ punkin’, baby girl, punkin’ pie, Rayhahnan, RB and Belle.
17. Favorite music: Dezi: Me luvs when mommy sings to me. Me also luvs country gospel.
Raena: Me too sissy. I’s luvs the songs mommy makes up and sings to us.
18. Tattoos: Dezi: Sis Lexi had a tattoo, so me wanted one too. But, mommy said they don’t do that any more.
Raena: I’s never seen a tattoo, but I’s know mommy wants one of all her angel babies.
We really luvs doin’ these, so we hope CK keeps it up. As sissy meowed earlier, several of ya’ played along. Valentine got 3 out of 5 right, awnty Ellen got 2 out of 2, Travis was spot on that our eyes are blue, sweet Annie got 3 of 4 and sweet Katie got 2 of 4. Since we’re all inclusive kitties, and we could never choose one furiend over another, we had mommy make all of you this great badge. Whether you played along or not, you can put it on your sidebar ifin ya’ want, or just take it and know that we think you’re all the bestest furiends in the universe.
Fanks mommy fur makin’ the pawsum badge fur us. Befur we wrap it up today, we’d like to take a minute to recognize that today is World Spay Day. Spaying your pet isn’t just ‘bout ending unwanted pregnancies that contribute to pet overpopulation. It’s also ‘bout the health of your pets. Spaying your female anipals helps to minimize the risk of mammary cancer, uterine cancer, inappropriate spraying/marking and aids your pets’ overall health. Contrary to old beliefs, spaying doesn’t make your pet lazy or become overweight. Ifin that happens, that’s on the humans. Spayed felines can and will hunt, play and do everything they did befur with the exception of reproducing. So purrlease, spay or neuter your pets. Even we have a low cost spay/neuter clinic, so check with your local shelter fur one in your area.
That’s a pawsum reminder, sissy. Mommy isn’t a fan of altering animals at a really young age, but she’s fur sure all ‘bout alterin’. We’ve both been spayed. It wasn’t mine’s favorite day, but I’s much healthier and happier cuz of it. We’re gonna wrap it up now. See you all soon.
Sissy, what are you doin’? It’s Blest Sunday. You’re always meowin’ that it’s your day to take the lead. Are you gonna post or what?
Me’s comin’ Raena. Me was just getting’ in one last purractice with the cat dancer befur everypawdy gets here. Celebratin’ our Blogoversary month with Valentine and Erin is gonna be so much fun. Everypawdy can play a few games and work up an appetite and stop by Erin’s place fur some good eatin’.
And then, we can all dance the night away at Valentine’s, right sissy?
Yep Raena, me doesn’t know why we didn’t do this befur. We’ve been bloggin’ now fur 4 years and Erin and Valentine have been at it fur 3 years. Me, how the time flies when you’re havin’ fun. Me would like to purrsonally fank all of you who visit our bloggies and comment and become pawrt of our families. Each of us has a different style, but we all have fun. And, we purrobably have the most word count ‘round fur kitty blogs…just meowin’. MOL Guess one might say we’ve got a lot to meow ‘bout.
Oh sissy, are you tryin’ to be funny again? Ya’ know, we’re not x’actly what one would call a humor blog… So, you put up the cat dancer fur some fly fishin’, huh? Well, I’s thought everypawdy might like to try their paws at some track and field ball. And of course, who doesn’t luvs a good roll with the nip nanner or awnty Ellen’s great nip mats?.
Great job Raena. Ya’ know, our furiend CK has been hostin’ this little “Amazin’ Facts ‘Bout Me” hop. And me got to thinkin’, wouldn’t it be fun to make a game of it too?. So, we’re gonna post the questions today and let you all try to guess what our answers might be. Ya’ don’t have to guess ‘em all, just pick a few. And, on Tuesday, we’ll post our answers and let ya’ know who got the most answers right. We might even have mommy make one of those cutesy badges fur ya’. And, me thought there might be a few questions ya’ll might be wonderin’ ‘bout us and just haven’t asked? Well, here’s your chance.
Ya’ know sissy, either somepawdy over at CK’s has been eatin’ a lot of pizza lately or they’re havin’ a massive cravin’. This is the 3rd time there’s been pizza questions on this little fact findin’ hop. Anyways, let’s get the pawrty started!!!
18 Amazing Facts
1. Favorite smell
2. Last time I hissed
3. Favorite pizza
4. Favorite Flower
5. Favorite dog breed
6. Favorite ice cream
7. Pet peeve
8. Shorts or jeans
9. Color of your PTU
10. Color of your eyes
11. Favorite food
12. Least favorite food
13. Favorite Holiday
14. Night owl or morning person
15. Favorite day of the week
16. Do you have a nick name
17. Favorite music
Get your guesses in and check back Tuesday to see our replies. And fur sure stop by Princess Erin’s place fur a bite to eat and join us fur some dancin’ at Valentine’s.
Ya’ know Raena, we are so Blest to have so many amazin’ furiends and be a pawrt of this wonderful community. We also wanted to say a meowsy big Fank you to awnty Carol fur sendin’ us some noms and mommy some glue fur her teethies.
C’mon sissy, It’s mine’s turn in mommy’s lap.
Let’s not furget our selfies sissy. We’re linkin’ with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies too. What a pawsumly Blest Sunday this is.
MeOW and welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline. What do ya’ think about our new name? Anyways, we’re getting some great questions, so keep ‘em comin’. ‘Member, there’s no dumb questions. Even the experts can still learn somethin’. Mommy says the day you think you can no longer learn anythin’ more is the day you become a fool. You can ketch up any time on any of the posts in this series by clickin’ the Training Tips and Everything Feline link in our menu board above. Please leave your questions or post suggestions in the comments below or send us an email via our Contact Page from the menu above. We’re glad ya’ll enjoyed last weeks post and hope we simplified the definitions somewhat and made it easier to understand the difference in the classifications of our Animal Helpers.
The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat 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 Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.
We were asked, “How long does it usually take to Train a kitty to perform a task?” Our general answer is going to be: Each kitty is different and there are a lot of factors that need to be considered when Training kitty; so the time it takes will vary. Any kitty can be Trained regardless of age, breed, “disabilities” or personality. Successful Training is always, always about Repetition and Rewards. Remember, when it comes to Training mommy says, “Learning doesn’t take a day off”. Mommy used to give piano lessons to humans of all ages. While most teachers give 30 minute a week lessons over the span of 10 years or more, mommy insisted on 1 hour a week lessons for 1 year without breaks or vacations. No summer’s off for mommy’s students. However, if they stuck it out, there’s nothing they wouldn’t be able to play, and in most cases could rewrite music into any key they wished in just minutes. Mommy is very serious about Training of any kind.
Shad (110 camera image)
That being said, let’s take a look back at some of the Service Cats mommy has Trained and how long it took to learn specific tasks. We’ll start with Shad, since she was mommy’s first Service Cat. If you missed Shad’s story, you can read it here. Shad actually Trained herself, but we can look at the sequence of events that occurred leading up to her first act of calling 911 for help. Mommy’s accident occurred in November. A lot of her problems were immediate including passing out. Shad’s first Service Cat act was to dial 911 on the telephone when mommy passed out and hit her head on an end table. She did this in March of the year following mommy’s accident. Mommy surmised that Shad had been observing her since November and realized that when mommy hit her head she was out longer and often more confused when she came too. The next task Shad taught herself was to move the shower curtain away from mommy’s face and push mommy’s head away from the water flow when she passed out in the shower. She first did this in April following the accident. Again, mommy surmised after receiving praise for her attempts to get mommy help, Shad stepped it up and wanted to do more to help. Shad was a small girl, weighing in at only 12 – 15 pounds on average, so she did the best she could considering mommy’s weight and size.
Now let’s move to a Service kitty most of you are familiar with and one that mommy did Train, Lexi. Mommy determined that if Shad could learn those things on her own, then surely mommy could teach other cats to perform those tasks as well as others. When Training, one must always keep in mind the size and natural instincts and abilities of the animal being Trained. For example, you can’t ask or expect a kitty of 6 pounds to pull a manual wheelchair. You must have realistic expectations to be successful in your Training attempts. Since all kitties have the ability and desire to “knead”/”make biscuits”, Massage is one of the first tasks mommy Trains a kitty to perform. Even the smallest of kitties has some power in those paws. After all, that’s how they work more milk into the mother cat’s teats. Lexi’s mother had been killed while she was giving birth, so mommy had raised her from the beginning. Even tho’ Lexi didn’t have to “work” for her milk, she still had great kneading capabilities. The trick here is teaching kitty when and where to knead/massage and how not to use their claws. You can read mommy A’s Training Tips here. A kitten’s eyes and ears are open by the age of 3 weeks, and that’s when mommy started Training Lexi. Lexi was successfully giving mommy massages on demand by the age of 5 weeks. Only occasionally would she get over excited and bring out her claws. Please Do Not Declaw Your Kitty, they can be trained not to use them on you but on appropriate surfaces!!!
Lexi at 6 months (110 camera image)
Mommy started teaching Lexi about the phone when she was about 7 weeks old. She learned the number pattern to dial in about a month but wasn’t big enough or heavy enough to actually push the buttons down until she was about 4 months old. We know it’s hard to believe, but sis Lexi was that small at one time. She had 2 brothers at the time who she watched help mommy in the shower every day. At about 4 months old, she jumped into the tub on her own and tried to help them. She was too small to make a difference, but she learned what to do by watching them and eagerly took her place beside them when she finally got big enough. Lexi was about 3 years old when mommy got her first wheelchair. At that time, Lexi and 1 brother, Lucky remained with mommy. They took turns learning about the wheelchair.
Lexi and Lucky laying on the bed. (110 camera image)
It took about 3 months before Lexi was comfortable enough around the chair to even ride in it. It was her brother Lucky that gave mommy the idea to train them to drive it. At the time, it was the only chair mommy had, so she sat in it most of the time. One night she and Lucky were relaxing in the chair watching television when he got up, pushed the power button, bit the joystick and propelled them forward. He seemed a bit shocked, but didn’t jump down. Lexi came running over and jumped up in mommy’s lap too. Mommy moved the chair back to where they had been and Lucky proceeded to repeat his actions. This happened over and over that night until mommy plugged the chair in and they went to bed. The next morning when mommy awoke, Lexi was sitting in the chair biting the joystick and trying to push it. A wheelchair will not operate when in charging mode.
Lucky laying in wheelchair (110 camera image)
We’re going to stop here for today. We’ll pick up where we left off next Friday, so be sure and stop by to see what’s next. And ‘member to leave your questions and post suggestions in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page. You can ketch up on any post you may have missed by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from the menu above.