MeOW-llo Furiends, welcome to the Three Belles Ranch, as Raena would meow. Me knows you’re all here fur Service Cat Furidays, so let me start by offurin’ our ‘pawlogies. Mommy thought she’d be back to “normal” after a week; but no sooner did we get home from the funeral, we’ve had to deal with the ‘pawrtment manager and all of her nonsense. Needless to say, mommy’s brain is purretty fried. She says she feels a bit like a funnel cake, all twisted up with no rhyme or reason.
MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays where we answer your questions ‘bout feline health, nutrition, behavior and anythin’ else you might ask. We offur tried and true Training Tips and suggestions to help every kitty owner from furst time kitty pawrents to life long pros. We’re runnin’ low on questions and topics, so ifin there’s somethin’ you’ve been wonderin’ ‘bout, wonder no more. Submit your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or send us a purrivate email via our Contact page. And don’t furget, you can ketch up on any post in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and EverythingFeline page.
The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.
Last week we wrote about Vitamin D and the importance of a balanced nutritional feline diet. We discussed Feline Nutrition here, but we’ve not discussed in detail all of the ingredients, supplements and additives in your cat’s food. So, we were wondering how many of you would be interested in learning about these ingredients? Just because it’s in your cat’s food, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be. And, with all the conflicting opinions out there, choosing kitty’s food can get confusing. Let us know in the comments if you’d like to learn more about pet food ingredients, including trends and industry buzz words.
Okay already, Me likes you Raena.
We’ve been asked a couple of questions that don’t really require a whole post to answer. So, we thought we’d cover those today. We’re often asked if Raena and me got along right away. Mommy says it would be great and for sure make her life a lot easier if we had hit it off from the get go. But the truth is a big fat No. And, sis Lexi and me weren’t immediate besties either. However, we are proof that you can have a multi cat household where each kitty can feel safe and confident in their shared home. We don’t have extra rooms with doors that can closed off to allow for the traditional method of introducing new kitties, so mommy’s technique only allows for a couple of days for kitties to protest and lodge their complaints about the new comer. After which, she fully expects and will accept nothing less than kitties happily cohabiting in peace.
Me still remembers the splat sis Lexi handed down the first time she saw me and how she ran off down the hall screaming. That was a long time ago. We became the best of friends and sisfurs. Me couldn’t have asked for a better role model or more loving big sissy. Of course, me had to pass along me’s own brand of displeasure when Raena joined our home. And we still have the occasional disagreement, but for the most part, we get along. More importantly, we work well together and are secure in our place in our home. If you’re adding a new kitty to your home, you can read our Tips for introducing them to your resident kitty(s) here.
Are Cats Ambidextrous:
Another interesting question we were asked is: Do cats favor one paw over the other? In other words, are cats right or left pawed? Is that even a thing? Believe it or not, cats do favor one paw over the other. Cats can also be ambidextrous, meaning they use both right and left paws interchangeably. Like humans, the majority of kitties and doggies are right pawed/handed.
Remember Me Thursday:
Right pawed, left pawed or ambidextrous, all kitties are wonderful. And all kitties deserve the chance to be loved and have a happy life. We encourage anyone looking to add a kitty to your family, to check out the local shelters and rescues in your area. Old or young, disabled or not, there’s sure to be a kitty waiting for you. We would like to remind you to do some research before adopting. Altho’ you may not know everything about the kitties at the shelter, there are things you can assume by knowing a little about breed traits. And please, don’t adopt a special needs kitty if you can’t afford to take care of them financially. While we don’t believe that money or the lack of it should prevent anyone from sharing their lives with a furry purrer, we do believe that one should be realistic. Special needs kitties can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars in medical bills. For someone like mommy, that would be impossible to do. Unexpected health care costs are something no one can predict, so we just say use some common sense.
We luvs the camera, so we have lots of shots where half our face is cut off. Blooper!!!
Well, me’s gonna wrap it up fur today. We hope you found today’s post interesting and entertaining. Remember, you can catch up on any posts in this series that you may have missed by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And let us know your thoughts about Feline Nutrition in the comments or ask the questions you’ve been wanting answers too. We’re joining a few hops today. Furst up is Feline Furiday at Comedy Plus, and of course #RememberMeThursday with Lola and Lexi and Three Chatty Cats. We’re also posting our monthly foto fail with our furiends over at the Cuddlywumps. With as many fotos as mommy takes, we’ve got a lot of ‘em. MOL Check ‘em out fur a lot of inneresting and fun fotos and posts.
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s not likin’ the way things are goin’ ‘round here. I’s mean, it’s like mommy done furgot all ‘bout our nightly cuddle time, and I’s can’t ‘member the last time I’s had a treat. What’s up with that? I’s know I’s not that in to treats and all, but still…it’d be nice to be offured a couple every now and then. And Kittens!!!! Mine’s eye is really botherin’ me. Everytime I’s look up it’s gone and got all gooey again. And then mommy tries to chase me down to put medicine in ‘em. Seems all this humidity makes ‘em act up. Hmmmpht
RaenaBelle!!! You sure don’t sound like yourself. Grumpy cat’s got nuffin’ on you. What’s got you in such a tizzy?
Haven’t you’s been payin’ attention sissy? Do I’s have to repeat mine’s self?
No Raena, you don’t need to repeat all that nonsense. And you know that’s ‘zactly what it is, nonsense. You know mommy luvs you and luvs cuddle time. She wouldn’t miss it ifin she could help it. Besides, you’ve been gettin’ lots of extra lap luvvin’ time lately, so you’ve got nuffin’ to complain ‘bout. And, me heard you gettin’ treats just the other day.
You did? Where were you sissy?
Uh…Me was unner the bed lookin’ fur intruders. Yep, that’s what me was doin’, alright. With all these storms ya’ just never know what might crawl thru the walls. And, as the oldest, it’s me’s job to purrtect me’s family. Me’s gotta tell ya’, me liked it much better when me was the baby and all this respawnsibility was sis Lexi’s. Me doesn’t now how she did it all. She really was the Service Cat Extraordinaire.
Lexi sure luvved mommy and spendin’ time in her lap.
Aaaaaw sissy, I’s sure she had days when she wished she was still the baby too. After all, I’s ‘member you tellin’ me that she was the baby fur the furst 6 years of her life. And I’s bet that as extraordinary as she was, you’re just as special. I’s think you’re a great big sisfur. (Raena whispers) Least most of the time. (Raena looks up) Anyways, did you know that cuz we missed postin’ on Furiday, that we also missed the blooper blog hop? You know the foto fails with the Cuddlywumps. And we missed Feline Furiday with Comedy Plus.
Yeah Raena me heard. It’s a shame too, cuz goodness knows we’ve got tons of failed fotos.
Where’s mine’s face mommy? What kind’a foto is this? Foto Fail, big time.
Yeah sissy, mommy keeps tryin’, but sometimes she just can’t keep up. Did you see what she shot the other day? Y, I’s never!!! I’s pawed the delete button on that one real fast.
Are you meowin’ ‘bout that foto of your hiney, Raena? Cuz Kittens, it sure looked big. Your hiney me means. MOL
That’s not very nice sissy. And, mine’s hiney isn’t that big. Ifin you’s don’t be nice, I’s gonna tell mommy.
Does anypawdy here think mommy got confused ’bout where
our faces might be?
Kittens Raena, you’re so touchy. You know me didn’t mean naythin’ by it. Sometimes things just look bigger in fotos. Why do you think mommy tries to avoid bein’ in front of a camera? She’s not very comfurtable with that few extra pounds she put on a few years back. Anyways, me’s sorry. Your hiney;s so fluffy it’s kind’a hard to tell what size it really is.
Is that a ‘pawlogy sissy? Cuz that doesn’t sound like a ‘pawlogy. But I’s’ll accept it. I’s don’t wanna fight today. We’re too late to enter the foto fails blog hop, but we thought we’d post one anyways. Everypawdy needs a good laff to start and end their day. Looks like mommy’s finished with her coffee and needs us to help her take a shower. C’mon sissy, let’s go help.
Till the next time………………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
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.
MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’re runnin’ low on questions from ya’ll, so purrlease let us know what you’d like to see here on Furidays. You can do so by leavin’ your questions and/or topic suggestions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email via our Contact page. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series you can check them out by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. With all the hot weather we’ve been havin’ lately, this seems like the purrfect time to talk about how to Beat The Heat.
Sounds kind of silly, but Staying inside out of the heat is the best way to beat it. We have recently learned that some of our friends around the world don’t have air conditioning. We were shocked, but we do understand that certain areas don’t actually get as hot as others and humidity doesn’t affect everybody, so a/c’s aren’t needed items. However, we’re pretty sure that most people have fans. To make the air the fan blows a bit cooler, you can fill a bowl with cold water and place it in front of the fan; replace the water as needed. Keep all unscreened windows and doors closed.
Fresh water should be available at all times. Fountains tend to keep water cooler thru circulation. You can also add ice cubes which some cats enjoy. You can also make a little nip tea to freeze into cubes and add to kitty’s water as a little treat during the heat wave; or anytime for that matter.
Stay Cool Outside
If you must be outside, or you’re caring for stray or feral kitties, there are steps you can take to keep everybody safe during the heat of summer. Shelter from the heat is a must. Shade trees, shrubs, dog/cat houses, even boxes placed in shady areas can be useful.
Fresh water is a must. And remember when putting the water bowl out, to place it in a shady area so that it will stay cool longer and kitty/doggy won’t have to stand on hot surfaces to get a drink. Ice cubes can be placed in the water, but remember to add water to the bowl. The ice cubes may not melt as quickly as you expect them to alone.
Remember cement, asphalt and dirt/sand can reach temperatures hot enough to burn, so make sure kitty can access food and water without having to walk or sit on those surfaces. Paw pads can burn very easily. If you’re taking kitty/doggy for a walk, avoid walking on those surfaces for long periods of time. You have shoes, kitty/doggy is basically walking barefoot.
NEVER leave kitty/doggy locked/shut in a car, non climate controlled shed, storage room or garage. Temperatures in these areas can be deadly in a short amount of time. Don’t let kitty/doggy ride around in the bed of your pickup truck. The metal bed can and will burn.
Kitties and doggies with lots of fur might enjoy a small haircut. However, Do Not shave them to the skin. That skin has been protected by fur and exposure to extreme temps can be dangerous. Watch out for hot spots and treat any skin conditions as soon as possible. Short nosed breeds, such as Persians, Bulldogs, etc., have more difficulty breathing, especially as temperatures rise. Keep a close eye on them and know the signs of overheating in pets.
Symptoms of Overheating
Know the signs of Overheating in pets and if you see it, get your pet to the VET as soon as possible.
Increased heart and respiratory rate,
Elevated Temperatures over 104°F (ASPCA.org).
If you find kitty unconscious or in a stupor, soak him/her in cool, but not ice cold water, keeping the nose and mouth clear. You can also try placing a bag of frozen vegetables or an ice pack between their legs and go straight to your VET.
If kitty is still conscious, get him/her inside cooler temps immediately. Let him/her drink as much water as he/she wants and get to the VET ASAP.
If kitty is just beginning to show signs of overheating, get them inside a cool area and place a cool wet towel over them. Make sure there is plenty of cold water available to drink. Keep a close eye on kitty and see the VET if needed.
There will be no temp takin’ here, fanky fank you.
If you can safely take kitties temperature, do so. Make note of the temperature and take appropriate actions. Rectal temps as follows:
100° – 103°F = normal to slightly elevated
103° – 104°F = slightly elevated and should be seen be a VET as soon as possible.
105°F and above could be fatal and should be seen by a VET Immediately.
Remember, prevention is always the best cure. With just a few steps everybody can survive the heat. Another tip is not to over play your pet during the hottest parts of the day. While it may be fun to play fetch at the beach with your dog or chase the wand bird in the yard with kitty, to much fun in the sun can lead to the dangers of overheating. You might also want to wrap a bandana that has been soaked in cool water around your pets neck to help keep them cool. And make sure everybody including the humans are drinking plenty to avoid dehydration.
This is fur sure a blooper. Mommy was trying to take a foto of me while me slept
on the scratcher beside her chair. Alas, she cut off me’s face and body
and only got the tippy top of me’s head. Hmmmpht
Well, we’re gonna wrap it up fur today. We do hope this helps you to survive the summer hots. We’re doin’ all we can to enjoy the wonderful a/c in the house. Mommy once lived in an apartment where she had no control over her own a/c. Temps in her apartment were in the low 100’s at night, mid 100’s in the day, and even brought out the media to repurrt on the situation. She swore then and there, she would never allow her babies (then, sis Lexi and Lucky) to have to endure anything like that again, so she’s really good about makin’ sure Raena and me are comfy regardless of what’s goin’ on. ‘Member, you can ketch up on any posts you may have missed in this series by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline from our menu. And, be sure and leave your questions and/or topic suggestions in the comments below or via our Contact page in our menu.