|Grandkitty Spencer - fav place to sleep|
- Saturday, February 26, 2011
- Posted by Penny Harper
If you have a cat you know the cost of toys can really start to add up. Not only because of the price but also because the little darlings will either lose them or hide them in a very short period of time. You may think a toy is gone until one day - perhaps months later- you will see your cat playing with it again. My little guy likes to play near the furniture with his toys and test just how far he can go without it disappearing underneath to a place too far for him to reach. If you have ever wondered if they do this on purpose, the answer is "Yes. They do."
The little fuzzy balls they like so much can cost as much as $2.00 each at the pet store but I had an idea recently that has worked out well and proven to be very inexpensive and I'd like to share it with you. I visited the craft section in a local department store and purchased a bag of pom poms. Not the yarn type, but the fuzzy ones that kids glue to their craft projects. I got around 50 brightly coloured pom poms in various sizes for around $3.00. Some are too small for the cat to play with as they could pose a choking hazard so we just set those aside for the craft projects. He loves them just as much as the pet store fuzzy balls and with that many left in the bag, if he "loses" one, I can toss him a new one the next time he wants to play.
In the photos below, I let him pull out the one he wanted from the bag. He picked it up in his mouth, gave it a good shake, then knocked it on the floor and away he went. Awesome!
|Choosing his toy|
|Let the play begin!|
Kizzy will be 10 years old next month and she is, shall we say, "big furred". She loves to have a drink from the bathroom sink. She used to jump from the floor to the sink. Now she jumps from the floor, to the toilet seat, to the tank and then to to the sink. If I'm using the sink, she jumps up on the seat and waits patiently for me to finish, all the while purring her fool head off. My tap is one that you have to pull up and then turn right or left for cold/hot. She gets in position on the right side of the sink and lowers her head to watch for the water coming on. I try to pull it slowly so it doesn't come on too fast and splash her but if it takes too long she gets anxious, makes a "urrrm" sound that reminds me of Curly from the Three Stooges, and presses her forehead firmly against the back of my hand. I leave her there for a while as she takes a long drink. This is a good thing for a cat as they are notorious for not taking in enough water. So cute, right?
This picture was taken shortly after she vomitted 4 times from one end of my living room to the other. I had left a plastic bag where she could get it and she had been chomping on it. This is a problem with her that I am usually more careful to guard against. They call it "pica" - known also in humans - they eat "non-food" things.
After I spent 20 minutes following her around the livingroom with a roll of paper towl, she turned around and did the cute thing so it all balances out, right? Ya gotta love em! Did I mention that one of the 4 times she vomitted was on my love seat? Ah, there's nothing like cleaning cat vomit off upholstery first thing in the morning to get you going.
I'm so excited to have my very own digital camera. Of course I don't have the faintest idea how to use all of the features but I'm sure I will have fun learning.
My wonderful cats were kind enough to do some of my favourite things for their first photos. First up: Kizzy. She is making what we call in our family "the kitty face". Does your cat do this? Sniff something then look up with their mouth gaping open as if in disgust? So funny!
Next up: Sunny. This little guy likes to sit up on my bed and play with his foot. It's always the right back foot and he has this sort of dreamy expression on his face.
Better pictures are sure to follow as I learn the art of digital photography and after I have someone interpret the manual for me.
Whaaat? I don't know how I got to be this age and one of the world's biggest fans of the felines and only just learn about this yesterday. It certainly piqued my curiosity so I did some internet research looking for at least one credible source of information. I did not find one so I decided to go with the quasi-credible and share the story anyway.
The white cat below looks like an angel, doesn't it? And the kid couldn't get any cuter if he was trying. There are three suggested causes for this phenomena. One is matted fur. They say these wings occur more commonly in long haired cats, so that would make sense. Next is something called feline cutaneous asthenia, FCA for short, which is similar to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (elastic skin) in humans. These cats are said to be able to move the wings. The third explanation is extra limbs.
If I were forced to choose one, I would have to go with extra limbs. Matted fur in my experience does not grow that far out from the body. I don't think elastic skin would stand out that far from the body either. I can see how a birth defect like extra limbs might be misinterpreted as wings.
All I can say is thank the Lord they cannot fly! The bird population would certainly be in serious trouble. Not to mention, it is enough to deal with when they hide and jump out at us as we pass by. I cannot imagine one swooping down on me from above!
I have frequently told my cats they should have "little kitty wings" because they are such angels. I had no idea it was a real possibility.
My little boy Sunny loves to be brushed. Every morning he jumps up on the kitchen table and when I begin brushing him, he comes around under my arm then circles back toward my purse. He tries to climb in the purse but it is too small for him so he puts his front legs in as far as he can, curls his ears up like two little canolies and sticks his head as far in as he can get. All the while he purrs like crazy. So sweet!
If you have a tender moment you would like to share, send it to me and I will post it for you.
Wishing you many tender moments,
|My baby boy|
Many of you will know Sophie and Ron from their blog From Sophie's View. Here is what Ron had to say about this darling dog ...
"Sophie is willing to please anyone at any time or any place. She loves people foremost and then once she's won them over she proceeds to win the 4 leggeds. Of, course her orange ball is the attraction. She learned to use this at an early age at a daycare farm down the road. Twice a week she would visit. Socialization was inevitable and she picked up on do's and don'ts in order to fit in and be welcomed. She loves all seasons and with a walk thrown in everyday she is totally satisfied."
You will see Sophie all this week as she accompanies Nanny on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz.
|Ready for her close up|
Cat food has always been a challenge for Nanny. The two cats are so different. One is an overweight senior (I cover her eyes as I type that). The other is a young healthy male. The older cat will literally eat anything including plastic bags and curling ribbon so no matter what food I put down it is a-ok with her. The little boy is fussy about what he eats. He doesn't even like cat treats. Since the time the younger cat could eat adult food, I have had them on Royal Canin Indoor Adult 27. I did a lot of research and label comparison and decided on this brand because it is a good quality food that is affordable for me. The claim with this one is a 60% odor reduction. "Improved digestibility of the food in your cats gastrointestinal tract may contribute to smaller and less foul smelling feces." Awesome! I know what you are thinking ladies - where can we get something like that for the men in our lives? Sadly, I don't think we can.
They were good on that food for quite some time until the past little while when the little boy began frequent vomiting. Mostly it is undigested food and he cries with a sore tummy before he brings it back it up. I wanted to stay with Royal Canin so I switched them to one called Digestive Comfort. Sounds promising, doesn't it? This one claims "24% less stool volume in just 10 days of exclusive use of DIGESTIVE COMFORT 38. Decreased stool volume is a sign that a cat is using more of the nutrients in his food. With highly digestible proteins like wheat gluten and soy isolate, along with specially selected fibers, including marshmallow root and cellulose, DIGESTIVE COMFORT 38TM formula is proven to decrease stool volume by 24% in just 10 days*."
Want to know what the asterisk refers to? "*Measured stool quantity compared to feeding a competitor food. -Royal Canin study, 2008" Nanny is not about to do any baseline poop measurements to ensure these claims are true. I think I will just eyeball it and let you know later if I think I see a difference. My objective was to provide the little boy cat with food that would be easier on his tummy and it sounds like the ingredients and the shape of the kibble will do just that. So far, so good.
My parting thought is why 24%? While the scientists where tweaking the formula, why couldn't they tweak out another 1% to round it off to 25? Just sayin'.
Happy Valentine's Day!
|My boy Christmas 2010|
Happy birthday to this sweet little girl. Lucy just turned one this past Friday. She is a fancy fawn boxer who is a "silly, energetic constant clown", says mom Marianne (aka Lucy's Human).
Just like her name sake, the famous Lucille Ball, she can get herself into mischief but is mostly very well behaved. She is still a baby afterall.
You will find Lucy this week on Facebook, Twitter and Google Buzz as she helps Nanny surf the net.
|A favourite toy|
Nanny did it again. You may remember my story just before Christmas about purchasing a toy for the cats that required assembly. That didn't go well. Not only did I have a difficult time putting it together but when it was finished my cats both looked at it, then at me, gave me a "meh" and walked away. I gave it to a family member.
After Christmas I decided to buy a little tent. My little boy, Sunny, has been very restless and bored and I thought a little space of his own might help. I decided on the child's tent because it was small enough and it was very inexpensive - $15CDN. This tent, made by Hasbro, is a Mr Potato Head product complete with velcro face peices a child can place on Mr. Potato Head's face.
I had to laugh out loud when I read on the box "Warning: Adult Assembly Required". Warning? I wondered who Hasbro was trying to protect. Was it the parent with their lawyer on spead dial who might hand their kid the box and say "Good luck, son. If you can put it together, it's yours"? Or did they know that someone like me would pick it up and they wanted to be sure I understood there was a certain skill level required? My thought process was "Oh no, Mr. Potato Head. You don't intimidate me." and, in a show of bravado, I took it through the self-serve checkout.
Then I got on the bus with it and suddenly realized that a woman my age carrying a Mr. Potato Head tent may attract some attention. I began rehearsing my response. "No, it's for my cats." "Um, you see ..." I decided to keep my head down and not make eye contact.
The tent is a big hit with the cats. The assembly involved two tent poles threaded through the tent - easy enough even for Nanny. The cats take turns sitting inside or sleeping in there. Sunny sometimes chases Kizzie out, believing it is his tent but overall they share quite nicely.
Nanny 1, Mr Potato Head 0. Going for a nap now.
Winks and hugs,
When I started my blog I decided I would not do product reviews, leaving that to the "experts". However, I think it is o.k. to share about things I like (or don't like) with my special friends.
Nanny bought a fantastic toy for the kitties on the weekend. I've been wanting the Undercover Mouse for a while now. My main concern has been my little boy who seems to have forgotten how to play. He is only three and a half but has become very lethargic so I have been trying different ways to stimulate him in . The Undercover Mouse has two attachments that can be used one at a time and they switch around and back and forth under a vinyl skirt. The toy takes 3 AA batteries. Click on they youtube video below to see it in action.
When I first turned it on Sunny was curious but only sat back and watched it. To my surprise, the big old fat cat Kizzie who is an almost 10 year old bag of fur and rarely plays was all over it! It was an attitude of "get out of the way and let me show you how it's done." She has played with it every day since I brought it home and even "asks" me to turn it on.
I will not question what forms my miracles take. I think it is wonderful for the old gal to get some exercise and mental stimulation. I also accept that the little boy is playing in his own way by sitting back and watching.
Lots of love,
(These are not Nanny's cats)