Tell All Tuesday: Keeping The Gut Healthy During Stressful Holidays

Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle, comin’ to ya’ live from the ranch. Can you believe it? It’s almost Christmas!!! I’s so x’cited, I’s can barely contain mine’s self. I’s been slidin’ down the hall on the piddle pads and zoomin’ up and down the liberty tree like a hunnerd times a day. Mommy says I’s make her head spin sometimes. I’s not seen her head spinnin’, but maybe I’s was zoomin’ too fast. Let me tell ya’, it’s turned cold, cold, cold again and I’s really been enjoyin’ cuddle time with mommy. Ya’ know, that’s mine’s favorite thing in the whole world.  

 

Dezi sits atop the cat tree while Raena sits on the small perch

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle, take a breath. Me’s x’cited too, but ya’ don’t see me flyin’ ‘round like a hooligan.  

 

Raena sits pretty in the hallway

 

 

 

Well of course not sissy, we’re kitties, we can’t fly. ‘Member, I’s learned that one the other day.  

 

          Yeah Raena, me ‘members. But, me wasn’t meanin’ me was literally flyin’, it’s just a figger of speech.  

 

Another figger of speech, sissy? Why is it okay fur you to use those figgers and not me? Every time I’s use one, you make fun of me or try to correct me. 

 

          Not always Raena, just the times you use one wrong, or say somethin’ really stupid.  

 

Raena sits pretty for the camera

 

 

 

I’s not stupid sissy. Mommy says that’s not nice to call somepawdy stupid. 

 

Tomlyn Products

 

 

 

          Me’s not callin’ you stupid Raena, just some of the things you meow. There’s a big difference. Mommy says even the smartest peeps in the world sometimes say stupid things. Anyways, we need to tell everypawdy ‘bout the new stuffs we’ve been tryin’ out from Tomlyn. The holidays can be a stressful time fur peeps and anipals alike. What with all the hustle and bustle of shoppin’, decoratin’ and visitin’/guests, our tummies can get upset, or we can get nervous or scared. There might even be days when our schedules get thrown all out of whack. During those times, good supplements can make all the difference. Now we don’t get lots of treats ‘round here, but the truth is, we’re kind’a picky and don’t like a lot of treats. So, it makes it kind’a hard fur mommy to know what to get fur us.  

 

Tomlyn pre pro biotics

 

 

 

Ain’t that the truth sissy. And sometimes we’ll eat one treat once and never touch it again. But one thing we do like is a good sprinklin’ of pre/probiotics on our noms. Mommy says they’re good fur helpin’ to keep our guts healthy. But, not all pre/probiotics are the same. We purrsonally don’t like flavored pre/probiotics, so we were happy to learn the Tomlyn Pre & Pro Biotics were flavorless and colorless. They come in individual packets and are a fine white powder that dissolves in the liquid mommy puts over our food. Let’s see what Tomlyn has to say ‘bout ‘em: 

   

  • Nutritional Supplement for cats to help maintain balanced intestinal health. Contains the highest colony forming units (CFU’s) on the market and is a source of live (viable) naturally occurring microorganisms.
  • Advanced formula with over 4 billion CFUs of probiotics per packet to help support proper digestive and bowel health
  • One prebiotic added to support the growth of beneficial bacteria & five probiotics
  • Contains direct-fed microbial cultures to supply beneficial microorganisms that occur naturally in the hind gut of healthy animals
  • Flavorless & easy to digest – all natural source of probiotics
  • 30 easy to use packets
  • Individually sealed packets are airtight to keep out moisture
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!
  • STORAGE: FOR ANIMAL USE ONLY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. STORE AT CONTROLLED ROOM TEMPERATURE.

    Freeze dreid food with Tomlyn pre pro biotics

 

 

         

          We can be picky, but we really liked these. They say to feed one packet mixed with food and water daily. So, mommy uses half the packet fur brekky and the rest fur dinner. While these are help maintain our gut health during stressful times, they’re purrfect fur every day use as well. They’re available online and in many local stores fur ‘bout $17.49 fur a 30 day supply.  

 

 

Mommy thinks they’re a bit on the ‘spensive side, but she does luvs to see us gobble down our meals. And mommy’s always happy when we’re happy. We also tried out Tomlyn’s tasty hairball treats and paste as well as the sterile eye wash. So far, we’re all paws up fur the Tomlyn products. 

 

Dezi eats treats

 

 

 

          Yeah Raena, me’s gotta meow, me really liked the hairball treats. They’re a little big, but they’re a soft chew, and easy fur mommy to break up into smaller pieces. And the hairball paste is in the tasty malt flavor that we like. Me’s two paws in fur these products too. And the last thing you want your holiday guests to step in is a hairball left by kitty in the middle of the night. MOL

 

Raena sits on cat tree

 

 

 

Well sissy, I’s guess that’s one way of lookin’ at it. MOL Anyways, let’s wrap this up. Mommy’s got a ‘purrtant meetin’ to attend and we’ve got a Gift Guide to put together. Don’t furget to join our Blessing Train this month. That’s it fur live from the ranch today. 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue  

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Service Cats: Common Household And Party Toxins To Avoid

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Sorry we missed you all last week, we were on overload and and couldn’t be here. Anyways, we’re back now and can’t wait to tackle our next topic/question. As always, you can ketch up on any post in this series by clickin’ on Training Tips and Everything Feline in our menu. And, don’t furget to leave your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or send us a purrivate e-mail via our Contact page. Now, let’s get the business outta the way and get on with today’s posty.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

Party Prep:

     With Independence day just around the corner here in the U.S., we thought we’d spend a little time reminding everyone about some safety issues for the furry members of your household. We get asked often what human foods are dangerous for us kitties. Everybody wants to have a good time, unfortunately, us anipals don’t always find human gatherings fun. If you’re planning a party or get together remember to plan ahead and set up a Decompression Room so that your favorite furry can get away from all the hustle and bustle of the festivities. If you’ll be setting off fireworks yourself, remember to keep them away from your pets. An animals hearing is much better than that of a humans’ so the sound of fireworks can be extrememly loud and frightning to us furries.

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

Toxic Foods & Party Favors:

     Remind everyone not to feed your pets. Not everything fit for human consumption is good fur kitty/woofy. Here’s a list of some foods and other party items you want to avoid giving your anipals:

Alcohol of any kind, Marijuana, Tobacco and Nicotene Products, Candy (especially chocolate), Anything with Xylitol (sweeteners, gum, diet sodas, etc,), Coffee and other Caffeinated Beverages, Nuts, Grapes, Garlic and Garlic Powder, Onions and Onion Powder, Raisins, Avocados, Fruit Seeds, Yeast Dough, Citrus, Milk, Cooked Bones, Tofu, Moldy Foods and Mushrooms. Symptoms of poisoning can range from lethargy to kidney disease and/or death.

 

 

Tocix Meds:

     Parties can often be felt the next day as well. Here’s a list of some medications to avoid giving your anipals:

Tylenol or Acetaminophen, ADHD medications or Human Antidepressants unless prescribed by your V-E-T, Aspirin (for cats), Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Pseudoephedrine, Flea Meds with Permethrins (for cats), and Narcotic Pain Meds (unless prescribed by your V-E-T). Even tho’ some human meds are prescribed for us anipals, you should avoid giving us anything not prescribed by a licensed Veterinarian.

 

 

Household Toxins:

     Somebody’s always left with the after party clean up. Here’s a list of some household items and party favors you should keep away from your pets:

Antifreeze, Cleaners (especially those containing bleach), Glow Sticks and their luminescent liquid, Potpourri, Rat and Mouse Poisons, Streamers and Strings, Fireworks containing Gun Powder and Sparklers, Essential Oils and Candles.

 

Raena sniffs the pizzaMmmmmmm Pizza!!! I’s want a piece now!!!

 

Foods You & Fluffy/Fido Can Share:

     MeOW  That sure is a lot of no no’s, isn’t it? No worries, you don’t always have to say No. Kitties and woofies can have a few bites of Cheddar Cheese, Hamburger Patties (without the seasonings), Brisket and Ribs (without seasonings), small quantities of All Meat Weiners, Watermelon and/or Cantaloupe (without the rind and seeds), Plain Yogurt, Chicken (without the bones or seasonings) and Pumpkin (not Pumpkin Pie filling). Just remember to keep in mind the amount of special goodies kitty/woofy eats and adjust regular meals accordingly.

 

Dezi laying on floor

Did somepawdy say treats?

 

 

 

Some Things To Remember:

     If you’re grilling on a coal barbeque, remember to make sure all coals are out and cool before leaving it unattended. If your celebrations include a fire pit or bonfire, make sure the fire’s completely out before leaving it unattended. If you’re celebrating in the park or campgrounds, pick up after yourself and your anipals. Be considerate of others so the fun can continue. And always keep the number for Poison Control and your V-E-T on hand, just in case. You know what they say, “Better safe than sorry.” If you suspect that your anipal has been poisoned, don’t hesitate, call your V-E-T immediately. 

 

Dezi sits atop the Liberty Cat tree while Raena lays on the top ledge looking out the door

 

 

 

Well, there ya’ have it, some things to keep in mind for the coming celebrations. Father’s day is Sunday and there’s sure to be a few celebrations honoring dads everywhere. We celebrate our mommy, who has to be both fur us. Don’t furget to leave your questions or topic suggestions in the comments below or send us an e-mail. We luv hearin’ from you all. And, check out our previous topics by clickin’ on the Training Tips and Everything Feline links in our menu. We’re also joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. We hope you all have a safe and blest Summer.

 

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle   

Chatting Cats: Planning For A Month Of Mommy Specials

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s sure wanna fanky fank everypawdy that came to mine’s pawrty and wished me a happy birthday. I’s sure am a Blest kitty girly. The weather was so nice over the weekend, I’s got to go fur several strolls. What fun!!! Unfurtunately, we’re in fur storms over the next couple of weeks and it’s time fur mommy to get all our stuffs ready to recertify our lease, so I’s purrobably won’t be gettin’ very many strolls this month. 

 

 Dezi lays on cat tree while Raena bathes laying on cat tree

 

 

 

 

          You don’t know that fur sure Raena. After all, May is the month we celebrate mommy. Furst there’s Mother’s day and then we’ve got her birthday at the end of the month. You know mommy always purrfurs to celebrate us even on her special days.

 

Really sissy? I’s don’t really ‘member too much ‘bout last year. Are we gonna get mommy somethin’ special fur her special days? 

 

 Dezi and Raena lay on the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          Sure we are Raena. We’ll give mommy lots of extra luvvin’ and attention this month. Me’s not very good at readin’ the calendar, so me isn’t sure which days are the special ones. That means, we’ll just have to treat her special every day.

 

I’s know the furst thing we can do fur mommy, sissy. We can let her have a whole cup of that coffee she likes so much while it’s still hot. We can just eat and not bother her fur a few extra minutes. After all, how long can it actually take to drink a cup of coffee? 

 

Dezi looks out the door while sitting on the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          Oh Raena, that’s a great idea. X’cept, ya’ know ifin we let her do it once, she’ll think we oughtta let her do it every day from now on. You know mommy should never put anythin’ befur our wants and needs. Me was thinkin’ just a few extra massages and lap luvvin’ times. Comin’ up with gift ideas was always sis Lexi’s depawrtment. She was really good at that kind’a stuffs. Me never really wanted to be in charge. But, me’s not so sure me wants you to be in charge either. 

 

 Dezi and Raena look out door while sitting and laying on the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

Oh sissy, don’t worry, I’s luvs bein’ in charge. So, I’s still think the coffee thing’s a good idea. Ifin we only had thumbs we could make mommy her coffee and serve it to her in bed. Now wouldn’t that be somethin’. 

 

          Yeah Raena, that’d be somethin’ alright. Now, let’s get serious and actually make some plans. In the meantime, we oughtta fank everypawdy fur their purrayers. The hot water heater sprung a leak. Fankfully, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the flood we had a few years ago. The plumbers came out and put in a new one. Mommy’s still got some piddle pads down to soak up any water left unner the floor planks. We’ll most likely need a few replacement planks once everythin’ completely dries up. Anyways, we’re happy we didn’t get completely flooded out of our ‘pawrtment. 

 

 Dezi and Raena look out the door while sitting and laying on the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

We sure are sissy. And mommy was so purroud of you fur alertin’ her to that flood befur it got outta hand. Mommy says she knew immediately somethin’ was wrong when she heard you chuffin’ and chortlin’ in the hallway at 4 in the meownin’. Anyways, let’s wrap this up, we’ve got lots of furiends we need to ketch up on.

 

 Dezi and Raena stare intently out the door from the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

          (Dezi sees something fly by the door and jumps on the liberty tree to look out the door) Me’s with you Raena. Furst tho’ me thinks another birdy might be usin’ that nest on our alarm outside. Me’s sure those other birdies already left the nest. Let me just check this out furst.

 

(Raena sees the bird diving toward the door)  Hope that momma birdy don’t dive bomb mommy when she goes outside. MOL I’s think I’s’ll just watch the birdies fur awhile and maybe have a little nap. 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Blest Sunday: The Blessings Just Don’t Stop

Raena, can you believe how blest we’ve been this month? It’s like da blessings just don’t stop.

 Dezi and Raena on cat tree

       Are you talkin’ ‘bout dat big box dat came this past week sissy?

 Dezi plays with nip nana

Yep Raena, and da green papers to help mommy out and fur her to get some groceries, and her coffee, and mes birthday purresent.

 

 

       Don’t furget your Gotchaday purresent sissy.

 

 

Me was getting’ to dat Raena. As most everypawdy knows, Fanksgiving is comin’ up quick. We don’t talk much ‘bout what groceries and foods mommy buys fur herself, cuz she really can’t afford very much, and often goes without. Mommy always says, so long as me and you have foods and litter and anythin’ else we need, then she’s happy. Mommy says she’s eaten more this month than she has all year. Anyways, as far as holiday meals go, it’s mostly like any other day ‘round here. Most of da time, mommy doesn’t have anythin’ to eat. She does try to buy us a special can of noms or treats, but dat’s ‘bout it. Mommy says it’s no big deal, she’s used to it, and just happy dat we are healthy and enjoy our special treat.

 Smoked turkey

So anyways, da mailman came walkin’ up to da door da other day with a big ole heavy box. Inside was da biggest mostest gawjus smoked turkey tom lurkey fur mommy and us to share. As ifin dat wasn’t enuff, we got an email and awnty Vonda and her amazin’ 17 kitty cats sent us some green papers with instructions to get me a Gotchaday gift and buy some fixin’s fur our Fanksgivin’ dinner. Well you know mommy was a blubberin’ mess. They were happy tears, but me thought she might not ever stop. Mommy was cryin’ so hard she even had to wait a day to send our pawsum furiends, awnties and uncles a fank you email cuz she couldn’t see da catputer. And me’s been bustin’ at da seams waitin’ fur Blest Sunday to tell everypawdy and say a meowsy big, no Huge, Fank You. Raena’s furst Fanksgivin’ is gonna be complete with a real live, dead turkey tom lurkey.

 Raena laying in lap up close

       I’s know you ‘splained what this Fanksgivin’ thing is sissy, but I’s can’t wait fur it to actually get here. I’s can’t wait to sink mines teefies into dat turkey tom lurkey. ‘Specially since you said turkey tom lurkey is even better than chicken, includin’ our favorite freeze dried chicken breast treats. I’s wanna add mines meowsy huge Fanky Fanks to yours and mommys.

 Dezi lays in lap and gets loving

Well Raena, ya’ won’t have to wait much longer. Mommy went to da grocery store last night and got some taters and dinner rolls, and pie fixins’. We’re gonna have a feast. But ya’ know what? even ifin all this hadn’t happened, we still woulda been blest and had a pawsum Fanksgivin’. Ya’ know why Raena?

 

 

       Cuz we have a safe warm furever home with a mommy who luvs us more than anythin’. And cuz, we have da bestest furiends in da universe. Right sissy?

 Dezi and Raena in a heart shaped Happy Thanksgiving frame

Dat’s right Raena. We’re blest each and every day. We have da mostest amazin’ furiends ever. We’re all blest. We have furever homes full of luv. But latlely, me’s really been thinkin’ ‘bout all those kitties livin’ outside. Da weather’s been turnin’ colder and even some of our birdies are flyin’ a little further South. We have some amazing furiends who take care of da feral and stray kitties in their area all year ‘round. And we can’t fank ya’ll enuff. We know those kitties are grateful fur ya’ even ifin they run away when you get too close. But fur every kitty dat has a care taker, there are lots of kitties who don’t. So we encourage everypawdy to look around and ifin ya’ spot a kitty who looks homeless, put out some noms. Maybe build them a shelter so they can get outta da weather. Check with da shelters and rescues in your area to see ifin there’s someone who can help or a TNR purrogram in your area.

 

 

       Dat Alley Cat Allies website has a wealth of infurmation fur peeps.

 

 

Dat’s right Raena. Everypawdy can help, even ifin ya’ don’t have green papers. Shelters and rescues are always in need of volunteers, and you might even have some things ‘round your house you could donate. As we all get wrapped up in celebratin’ da holidays, let’s not furget those who don’t have da blessings we do. And take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur da blessings in your life. We thank you all fur being blessings in our lives and we send purrayers fur your health and happiness today and every day.

 Raena layng in lap

       And don’t furget Sunday Selfies with da Kitties Blue. Mommy says she has some cleanin’ to do, so we’ll be ’round to visit as soon as we can.

 

 

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

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Raena: Navy Blue

 

 

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Deztinee and RaenaBelle