Chatting Cats: I’ll Eat When I Want To

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle, comin’ to ya’ from mine’s perch at the door. Yep, I’s spend a lot of time lookin’ out the door each day. Some days there’s more to see than others, but I’s do like lookin’ out. Today started out with the manager inneruptin’ our brekky fur an inspection. To be fair, we weren’t actually eatin’ yet, mommy was still makin’ it. I’s think that’s actually worse, cuz it meant our brekky was delayed by like a bazillion minutes. 

 

Dezi lays atop the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          A bazillion minutes, huh Raena? Me’s not sure we had to wait that long.

 

Really sissy? That’s not what you were meowin’ earlier. 

 

Raena sits on perch looking out the door

(Mommy A yells from across the room) RaenaBelle, Come eat your breakfast!!!

 

 

 

          Whatever Raena. Me doesn’t unnerstand what difference it makes to you anyways. It’s not like you’re gonna sit down and eat when mommy gives us our plates. You’ve gotta go see what’s goin’ on outside and get luvvin’ from mommy a bazillion times t’ween bites. You’d take all day to eat your brekky ifin mommy wasn’t constantly hollerin’ at ya’ to come and eat. And you wonder why me tries to steal your noms. Hmmmpht You can’t be too hungry ifin ya’ keep tryin’ to cover it up and walkin’ away. You know we can’t affurd to waste our noms. Do you know how many millions of kitties out there go hungry every day? They’d give anythin’ to be where you are. Me’s sure none of them would walk off and leave a full plate of food to try to see the neighbor’s barkin’ woofy. 

 

Raena sits on perch looking out the door

(Mommy A yells from across the room for the hundredth time)

RaenaBelle Mayce, come eat your brekky, now!!!

 

 

 

Purrrrrrrr-lease sissy, I’s eat. Just cuz I’s don’t bury mine’s face in the plate the minute mommy puts it down doesn’t mean I’s don’t want it. And yes, I’s know I’s Blest and that millions of kitties go hungry every day. I’s purray so hard fur all of them. I’s wish no kitty ever had to know hunger or live outside without a mommy like ours. But buryin’ mine’s face in mine’s plate ain’t gonna change that. On another note, did you see mommy’s new teethies? She’s furinally got ‘em. I’s can’t hardly believe it. 

 

          Me knows Raena. They look purretty good too. So, did mommy tell ya’ what’s next? 

 

Yeah sissy, mommy’s s’posed to wear ‘em a bit and then call to make ‘pointments fur adjustments as needed. ‘Pawrently there can be sharp edges and stuffs that ya’ can’t actually see or feel till you start doin’ normal things with ‘em. Mommy did say that she’d take fotos to show everypawdy fur Blest Sunday. Ya’ know, she hasn’t been wearin’ makeup to her ‘pointments cuz they get goo and yucky powder all over her face when they make adjustments. And you know mommy doesn’t like her foto taken without her “face” on.

 

Dezi lays on scratcher playing with a crinkle ball

 

 

 

          Yeah Raena, me knows. Anyways, you wanna go play? You know we got those new crinkle balls yesfurday. Me likes crinkle balls. Me likes our nip nanner better, but hey, me’s up fur a game of whap the crinkle ball. 

 

Raena bats the crinkle ball

 

 

 

I’s in sissy, let’s go. I’s can finish brekky later.

 

Do/does you/your cat eat an entire meal at one sitting? 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Chatting Cats: Mewsy Tuesday

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Who ordered the storms? Did you order the storms? You know we didn’t. As much as I’s might like playin’ with and makin’ fun of sissy’s little quirks, I’s wouldn’t have purr-pussfully ordered up the thunder boomers that I’s know scare her. 

 

Dezi lays atop the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle!!! They don’t scare me!!! How many times does me have to tell you that?!

 

Okay sissy, whatever you meow. 

 

          Don’t pawtronize me Raena. You know mommy says that all kinds of creepy crawlers come out when it rains or gets cold, so me’s just bein’ vigilant and tryin’ to make sure none of those pesky intruders are unner our bed. How would you like it ifin you crawled into bed with some yucky bug? How do you think mommy would act? 

 

Raena looks back from her dinner plate

 

 

 

Oh sissy, mommy would look funnier than you runnin’ from the thunder boomers. Mommy hates bugs.

 

          She sure does Raena. Can you ‘magine her pullin’ the sheets back to find a pesky intruder sleepin’ in our bed? We’d be lucky ifin we could hear anythin’ fur a week. You think the neighbor’s new dog is obnoxious, hmmmmpht mommy’s screams would wake the neighborhood. And she’d likely trip over her own two feet and fall. We don’t have that many toys left fur her to fall on and break. She seems to always fall on our favorite track and ball toys. 

 

Raena sits pretty in the chair

 

 

 

Yeah sissy, I’s hate it when mommy falls cuz I’s don’t want her to hurt herself. But I’s also hate it when she breaks our toys. I’s mean, couldn’t she fall somewhere else? 

 

          It’s not like she does it on purrpuss Raena. Me knows she’d rather not fall at all. And all this rain isn’t helpin’ her pain levels that’s fur sure. Anyways, ‘nuff ‘bout the storms. It’s not like we can control ‘em. Now wouldn’t that be cool. Ifin we could control the weather we’d be famous. We’d be bazillionaires. We could send the rain away or make it move to our furiends houses when they want it. We could make sure it never got too cold or too hot fur those poor kitties livin’ on the mean streets.

 

Yep sissy, that would be cool. We could even make it rain without the thunder boomers. Mommy said we really do need some rain whether we like it or not. We’ve been unner a burn ban fur weeks cuz of all the hots. Fanky fankfully, we’ve been inside unner the a/c. Anyways, mommy’s s’posed to go to the dentist today to pick up her dentures. I’s sure hope they fit this time. And, I’s hope she stops and gets us some treats.

 

Dezi eats treats on the Liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          You know that ain’t happenin’ Raena. We’ve still got all those treats she bought on sale a while back. You ‘member the ones. We used to eat them till she bought out the store. We haven’t touched any of them since. She even left out a handful overnight. She was shocked to find ‘em right where she left ‘em the next meownin’. 

 

I’s ‘member that sissy. I’s don’t know why she was surpurrised, isn’t that what kitties do? You told me we don’t eat treats when there’s purrlenty in the house. We only eat ‘em and beg fur more when we’re down to the last package with only 3 treats left. 

 

          Yeah Raena, me did tell ya’ that (Dezi mumbles under her breath). ‘Course, ifin me really likes the treat, me’s gonna eat it no matter what.

 

Besides, we don’t really like that flavor. It’s all fishy, who likes all that fish? Not me, I’s tell ya’. 

 

          Yeah Raena, me doesn’t care fur fish either.

 

Raena stands on scratcher with paw lifted

 

 

 

Well sissy, we’s gotta get off here so mommy can get ready to leave. Let’s go finish brekky and get ready to help mommy take a shower. Then maybe we can work on a way to control the weather. 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Service Cats: Where Does Your Lifelong Furry Buddy Belong When You’re Off To College

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.

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Furstly, we’d like to apologize fur our absence last week. T’ween the stress, the added pain, and mommy’s monthly doctor’s ‘pointment, we just flaked, zoned out, didn’t feel up to posting. Ya’ know, life happens sometimes, and gets in the way of all your plans. However, we’re back this week with a pawsum and timely topic that was brought to our attention by one of the sweetest e-mails we’ve received in a while. Befur we get started, remember, you can ketch up on any of our Service Cats posts by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. And don’t furget to leave your questions or blog topic suggestions in the comments below or send us an e-mail via our Contact page, also in our menu bar. Now, let’s get to it. 

 

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

     It’s that time of year, back to school, off to college or away for internships. For many, this is the first time they’ll be away from the home they grew up in. And some, like mommy did, will be returning to school after years of holding down a household. So, what do you do with your beloved furry purrer that’s been there with you throughout the years? Especially, if like one of our pawsome readers, kitty is bonded with you above anyone else in the house. Each year, thousands of people head off to live on campus in dorm rooms or apartments with roommates. While it’s an exciting time for many, it can be a very stressful time for kitty.

 

Raena lays on cat tree looking back

To Take Kitty Or Not:

     The questions we were asked were, “My older shy cat is deeply bonded with me. Would it be less stressful to take her with me to college, or leave her in the house she’s always known, even tho’ she doesn’t get along well with anyone or the other animals in the home?” The next question was, how should I introduce kitty to roommates?” First, we want to say, Thank you for saving a life and taking responsibility for that life till the end. We are not disposable when it’s inconvenient and we appreciate that you realize that and are trying to do the best you can for kitty.

 

     Some of you may remember when we told the story of mommy and Shad being homeless but happy because they were together. If you want to read it you can do so here. Anyways, obviously, we recommend taking kitty with you as soon as possible. Fortunately, many colleges are learning about the bond between humans and pets and are starting to allow them in dorms. You need to check with the college of your choice for their pet policy. Do Not Ever try to sneak Fluffy or Fido into your dorm, apartment or rental property. It’s not fair to them or to future renters.

 

     If your college doesn’t allow pets, you’ll either have to leave kitty/woofy at home or live off campus. Often colleges require Freshmen to live on campus for the first year. Plan your finances so that you can move off campus and reunite with kitty as soon as possible. Regardless of kitty’s age or health, it’s you and not the house kitty is attached too. And, altho’ cats aren’t big fans of change, they do much better when they can be near their chosen human.

 

Raena lays on back of the chair

This throw smells just like mommy.

 

 

 

Reduce Kitty’s Stress While You’re Away:

     In the meantime, how can you make kitty more comfortable during your absence? Start off by making sure kitty has a Decompression Room (your former bedroom is the perfect choice. Don’t change the sheets when you leave.). Place all of kitty’s essentials in the room with him/her and make sure mom, dad, or sibling knows kitty’s routines (ie; meal time, cleaning litterboxes, etc.). Be sure to leave a few pieces of heavily scented clothes with kitty, so he/she can feel close to you. We also recommend coming home once a month if possible to visit and refresh the scent clothing. However, you may be too far away to come home that often, so we highly recommend sending freshly scented garments back home to replace the old ones. We recommend, night shirts, bras and other lightweight garments. They shouldn’t be too heavy and thus won’t cost much to ship/mail back home.  

 

Dezi lays in mommy's lap

Bein’ close to mommy and minglin’ our scents is the bestest thing ever.

 

 

 

 

Telepathy And Kitty:

     Years ago there was a study that talked about sending telepathic messages to your pets when you were away. The premise was that you could visualize your pet in your mind and they would be able to feel your presence. While mommy thinks this is mostly hogwash (ridiculous), still she tends to do it just in case. It certainly doesn’t hurt anyone. We also recommend phoning home and letting Fluffy/Fido hear your voice. We’d love to hear any ideas you have about communicating with your pets when you’re away. The first year of college and away from your beloved furry is going to be stressful for both of you. But, by implementing a few of these tips, you can make it less stressful for kitty. And remember, soon you’ll be able to reunite and be together again.

 

Raena looks back while standing on the liberty cat tree

What’s that you say? Togetherness is the only way to go.

 

 

We’re gonna wrap this up fur today. Join us next week when we discuss introducing kitty to roommates and other pets in the home. And don’t furget to leave us your comments, questions and topic suggestions in the comment section below, or send us an email via our Contact page. As always, you can ketch up on any of the Service Cats posts you may have missed by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. See you soon.

 

Do/Would you call kitty to chat when you’re away? 

Have you ever tried to send telepathic messages to your kitty?

 

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

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Chatting Cats: Felines Opine On A Play Date

Raena:  Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. Are ya’ll ready fur some fun? Cuz I’s gotta tell ya’, we’ve got loads of it today. Ifin you’ve followed us fur any length of time, you know we don’t write many book reviews. It’s not that we don’t like books, it’s just that mommy’s eyes aren’t as young as they used to be. And of course, she doesn’t unnerstand all this e-book stuff. ‘Course, she couldn’t read a book on the catputer anyways. Again, those old eye purroblems get in the way. Then of course, there’s the purrfurence fur the Bible or things that can teach us somethin’. In other words, we’re not big on fiction. Mommy’s a bit of a realist. Anyways, our adorable furiends, known ‘round the blogosphere as the Tribe of Five from Feline Opines, recently wrote a book of their own. Altho’ we’re a bit jealous, cuz mommy hasn’t even knocked out the furst chapter of our book, we were really x’cited fur them.

 

 

Dezi lays on liberty tree and Raena on the small perch looking at each other in front of the door.

 

 

 

          Dezi:  We sure were Raena. We cats have to stick together. So, when we heard their book was “on sale now”, we invited ‘em over fur a play date and told them to bring a copy of their new book, Felines Opine, to discuss. They were so generous, they had their human, “awnty” Anita Aurit (author and the Tribe’s scribe) send us our very own hard copy.  Pawtographed and purrsonalized just fur us.

 

Raena on cat tree with Felines Opine book

 

 

 

 

 

Raena:  Yep sissy, the kind with turnable pages that mommy can put her magnifyin’ page on ifin need be. Their book is more like a devotional fur cat luvvers. Ya’ know, God, from a feline point of view, as they put it. As most of ya’ know, we’re a God fearin’ house of Christians, so this book’s right up our alley. Up our alley, I’s gonna have to ask mommy what that means (Taking a mental note). While we enjoy the Bible as is, it’s nice to occasionally break up our Bible study with a good devotional. And hey, the cute cat fotos are an added bonus. So, Alberto, why don’t you innerduce everypawdy to your family.

 

Raena, Alberto and Tucker lay atop the liberty cat tree

Raena:  I’s so glad you brought the whole family, Alberto.

Now, let’s meow ’bout ya’ll’s book, huh Tucker? 

Tucker:  Thanks Raena, let’s

 

 

     Alberto:  Thanks Raena and Dezi, we’re happy to be here to talk about our book and play with you girls. I of course am Alberto, adventure cat extraordinaire; the *lean mean stalking machine of the Tribe (*Felines Opine). The Alpha of our Tribe is my rotund cross eyed brother, Tucker. His cuddle buddy is our sister Lily, who like you beautiful ladies is a torbie with catitude. The black and white spotted fellow rolling in your nip is my brother Oliver. And last but certainly not least is our sister, Jasmine. (Whispers) You know, she’s the scaredy cat of the Tribe. (Alberto meows loudly from the cat tree) But that’s okay, we’re trying to incorporate some of the tips you all gave us to integrate her back into the family area. 

 

          Dezi:  We’re just so happy all of you came. Play dates are so much fun. And, not to worry, there’s purrlenty of hidin’ spots ifin anypawdy gets overwhelmed. It can happen to the bestest of us. Meowin’ of, Jasmine, we purrticularly luvved your opine on Genesis 6:19 that says, “And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shall you bring into the Ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female…(KJV) Can you tell us how you x’plained this? 

 

 

Raena with Janmine

Raena:  Hey Jasmine, we’re so glad you could come this time.

I’s luvved your entries in ya’ll’s book. You’re so clever.  

Jasmine: Thanks Raena, it’s the Siamese in me.

 

 

 

 

 

     Jasmine:  Um, sure Dezi, Raena, (Blushing and starting with a timid voice that gets bolder as she speaks) thank you. God took so much care in creating all the animals of the earth. *“He charged Adam to name each one. When God decided to send the flood…He made a covenant (promise) with Noah and his family as well as the animals.” (*Felines Opine) I just think that when humans decide to take us into their homes, you know when they adopt us, they make a covenant with us to care for us and to love us, just like God and Noah.

 

Raena:  We so agree Jasmine. And like you went on to meow, God could’a killed everythin’ in that flood and just started over. But, he luvved His creation so much, He didn’t believe we were expendable. None of us are throw aways or trash. We’re all ‘purrtant and special. Humans were created in God’s image. And, He hasn’t broken His covenant, so humans shouldn’t break their covenant with us when they adopt us. ‘Course, we’re among the Blest ones, our humans would never treat us badly or throw us away. 

 

Feline Opines collage photo

 

 

 

     Tucker: You’ve got that right Raena. My ample proportions tell you how seriously my humans take their covenant and obey God. I know the Tribe is very thankful for them just as you and Dezi are thankful for your human.

 

Dezi and Lily lay atop the liberty cat tree

Lily:  Love your cat tree Dezi. 

Dezi:  Fanks Lily, we’re so glad you could come.

 

 

     Lily:  Our female human says that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat animals. (Lily headbutts Tucker and Dezi and continues to meow) Thankfully, we have Godly humans that have never and would never mistreat us. That also means they’re kind to others as well. I’d say we all have pretty good lives. We hit the jackpot with our humans, don’t you think?

 

Dezi lays on pet cot with Oliver rolling on nip heart

Those Yeowww nip toys are great fun, huh Oliver?

 

 

 

          Dezi:  Sure ‘nuff Lily. Oliver, you’ve been pretty quiet, did you wanna come up from the nip fur a minute and meow anythin’? Oliver…? 

 

     Tucker: (Looking over at Oliver, Tucker shakes his head) Listen, what we really learned while writing our book was how, as you girls would put it, Blest we are. We also learned that God wants all His creation to praise Him. 

 

Raena:  Yep Tucker, mommy says that all the time. And, we offen stop what we’re doin’ several times a day to praise God and fanky fank Him fur all the Blessings in our lives. We really enjoyed ya’ll’s little devotional book. Each of you took turns givin’ your points of view on purrticular scriptures. And we luvved seein’ ya’ll’s full page fotos opposite your opines. We truly think any cat lover would just luvs your book. That’s 4 paws up from me.

 

Dezi lays on scratcher with the book Felines Opine

 

 

 

 

Dezi and Alberto sit atop the liberty cat tree

Hey ‘Berto, we luv your new book.

 

 

 

          Dezi: Me agrees Raena. Me also gives it 4 paws up. And me knows mommy enjoyed it. We know everypawdy’s gonna wanna get a copy of their own. So, you can grab one now fur $11.99 at amazon. That’s fur a hard copy (paperback). It’s also available fur kindle. Sorry we can’t give ya’ the 411 on that version, like we meowed, mommy just ain’t that tech savvy. MOL We’re sure those of you who are, will be able to figger it all out.  

 

Raena:  Why don’t we all go ask mommy fur some treats and then we’ll play some more. This has been a great play date. We’ll have to do it again some time.

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Alberto: Black 

Jasmine: Burnt Orange 

Tucker: Dark Green 

Lily: Bright Pink

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee