Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Mdowsings

Humans: No fur, no paws, no tail. They run away from mice. They never get enough sleep. How can you help but love such an absurd animal? ~ Anonymous cat about humans

Photo: ROFL Cat

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday's Child April 29, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cats in Spring Brainteaser

Here is something really fun Nanny found at Braingle. Try it on your own or with the whole family. Click the Braingle link for the answer. They also include a "Grid Solver" to assist you in solving it.

Photo: Cool Picture Gallery
On a beautiful spring day in the park, there were five female cats walking together and gossiping about their humans. Up ahead, there were five males walking together bragging about their conquests. When the two groups met, there were five cupids flying through the air. Next thing ya know, there were five couples walking away in separate directions. The couples began talking and soon found that they had amazing things in common. Well, long story short, we all know what happens to cats that fall in love in the springtime, oh my what a racket! Can you figure out who the couples were, what treats they liked, what their favorite activity was and how many kittens each had in their litter?

Male: Punkin, Batman, Billy, Jake, Dibii

Female: Pepper, Sally, Ruby, Spot, Starbuck

Snack: Chicken, Mice, Tuna, Ice Cream, Chips
Activity: Laser, String, Sleep, Beat Up, Ball
# in Litter: 1,3,5,7,9

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hypoallergenic Cats?

It really is a shame that some people are allergic to cats. At a family gathering at my Dad and stepmother's home, one of the grandchildren who was allergic to cats began having trouble breathing. My Dad does not have any pets. The culprit was two of us there who had cats at home. Just that exposure to whatever was on our clothing was enough to cause her to be in distress.

I have heard of non-allergic cats and I wanted to know more. What is it that causes some people to be allergic?

Allergies to cats usually come because of cat dander, the actual skin that flakes off of cats. This dander can float in the air for hours, as well as found in bedding, sofas, and rugs. Dander can be a real irritant to those suffering with cat allergies. Another culprit that causes allergies to cats is their saliva and urine. The allergen that cats have in their dander and saliva is a protein. This protein is sticky and can therefore be carried on clothes and anywhere a cat has been present. The cat allergen can even be present up to 6 months after a cat is removed from a home. Read more: What Causes Allergies to Cats? |

No cat is hypoallergenic. It is just that some produce less of the protein that causes some folks to have an allergic reaction. Some shed less. Some interesting facts from Catster:

  • Males produce more allergenic secretions than females
  • Intact males produce more than neutered males
  • Dark cats tend to produce more than light-colored ones (no one knows why)
  • Kittens produce fewer allergens than adults

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Possum or Opossum - Is there a difference?

This is something Nanny has always wondered about as well. Here is the best answer from

The opossum received its name in the early 1600’s from Captain John Smith of the Jamestown colony in Virginia. The name is derived from aposoum, a Virginia Algonquian word meaning ‘white beast.’ The shortened version of this word soon became possum when in the late 1700’s Captain Cook’s botanist Sir Joseph Banks upon seeing an Australian common ringtail possum likened the furry creature to “an animal of the Opossum tribe.” The first recorded reference to the opossum in literature came in 1610 with the publication of A True Declaration of the Estate of the Colonie in Virginia  that contains the passage, “There are… Apossouns, in shape like to pigges.”  This truncation of the original term may explain why many people are surprised to learn that opossum and possum are in fact two very different marsupial species of the arboreal kind.


Possessing a furry tail, the true possum belongs to the Phalangeridae family within the Marsupialia order and is primarily found in New Guinea, Australia, Indonesia and other islands in the Pacific region. With their signature bare tail, the opossum is North America’s only known marsupial; this means the animal carries its young in a pouch much like the Australian kangaroo. There are many varieties of possums, including Gliders and Cuscus, while the opossum is a more limited species. Both the possum and the opossum are nocturnal, nomadic omnivores and live on an expansive diet that includes insects, frogs, birds, snakes and fruits. The opossum is primarily dark grey in color but some resemble cinnamon, and, as in Heidi’s case, white opossums are known to exist. The possum is primarily grey in color. The possum and the opossum are both hunted animals and possess an instinct to play dead, or “play possum” when threatened.

Whether the sharp-toothed furry critter who rustles around outside your garbage cans at night is a possum or an opossum may simply come down to where you are in the world.  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Baby Monkey Loves Popsicle

Monday Meowsings

Cats are better than any vice. They're not fattening, dangerous, or expensive. However, they can be addictive.
~ Anonymous

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day 2012

I am beginning to believe that decisions as important as those that have an impact on our environment should never be left in the hands of corporations or politicians for both have only one objective and that is making money or cutting costs.

Did you know that until December 2010 the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada was sending 142 truckloads of its garbage every day to the Carlton Farms Landfill in Michigan? 

In February 2001 Michigan's governor begged Toronto to send its trash to the Adams Mine instead. Citizens in the US began to ban together and protest the garbage being shipped in to their state and country and did everything they could to bring pressure to bear on the politicians. (It took 9 more years for it to stop).

Sunday's Child April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Reduce Your Carbon Paw Print

There was a study about dog poop conducted in Alaska. It was estimated that in Fairbanks and Anchorage alone dogs generate roughly 20 million pounds of dog waste each year. One dog - even your dog - excretes about 3/4 lbs of waste every day or 274 lbs. per year.

Most folks still use plastic poop bags that go into the landfill and take about a thousand years to decompose. Some folks are using biodegradable or compostable poop bags but when they are brought home how are they disposed of? Are they still finding their way into the land fill closely bound in regular plastic garbage bags?

Biodegradable bags have an additive that allows them to fragment. The bag breaks into tiny pieces but it still takes a long time for the plastic molecules to decompose. These bags take around 12 to 18 months to fragment. Compostable bags are usually corn based and break down in about 40 days and you can use them to compost your dog waste.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eukanuba New VP of Canine Communications

This is a very sweet story coming from the makers of Eukanuba pet food.


After 9 Years of Dedicated Service, Euka Says Goodbye to Her Day Job and Hello to R_R
Euka, Retired VP of K9 Communications
MASON, OHIO (APRIL 18, 2012) – After more than 50 dog years of gracing Procter _ Gamble (P_G) Pet Care’s halls and conference rooms, Euka, the 10-year young Labrador retired from her post as V.P. of Canine Communications. Euka was formally thanked by employees for her nearly-decade long run of dedicated service to IAMS and Eukanuba.  A retirement party was held in her honor where an official portrait was unveiled that will be hung in the Pet Care wing of the P_G Mason Business Center.   Following the celebration, her successor, Pawl Griffin was inaugurated by being presented an official company name badge and bandanas of his brands (IAMS, Eukanuba and Natura Pet Foods.)
“Euka is an amazing dog who has brought so much joy to P_G Pet Care employees, our community and supporters of IAMS and Eukanuba, “ said Jason Taylor, external relations manager, P_G Pet Care. “We’ve enjoyed every moment with Euka and will miss her greatly, but we’re all looking forward to the chapter with Griffin taking the reins as our new V.P. of Canine Communications.”

Griffin, New VP of K9 Communications
Euka retires on the heels of spending the past 10 months training the youthful Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV), Griffin, on all the duties of a V.P. of Canine Communications, including public appearances, making friendships with the other dogs visiting Pet Care offices, and more.

“Griffin will handle his role well,” said Taylor. “He’s already done a tremendous job, especially at the AKC Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Orlando last December.    He’s young and eager, and he’s been trained by the best.”
About Euka
Since joining the team in the summer of 2003, she’s been the official greeter of office visitors, represented IAMS and Eukanuba at corporate events and industry activities, supervised numerous shelter makeovers and visited school children to help educate them about the importance of animals and how best to take care of them. In 2004, her celebrity really took off when she became a national “cover dog” by appearing onFortune Magazine with P_G CEO at the time, A.G. Lafley.
To learn more about and follow the happenings of Griffin, P_G Pet Care’s new V.P. of Canine Communications, visit or
About P_G Pet Care
For more than 60 years, P_G Pet Care (NYSE:PG), the maker of IAMS and Eukanuba, has enhanced the well-being of dogs and cats by providing world-class quality foods and pet care products. To learn more about Eukanuba® and IAMS® Dog _ Cat Foods or general pet care and nutrition information, call the Consumer Care Center at (800) 446-3075. You can also visit us on the Web at or
About Procter _ Gamble
P_G touches and improves the lives of about 4.4 billion people around the world with its portfolio of trusted, quality brands. The Company’s leadership brands include Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, IAMS®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head _ Shoulders®, Wella

Nanny's Note
Wonderful story! If you go to the Eukanuba Facebook page there are some pictures of the dogs and the retirement party.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

LA Pet Stores To Only Sell Rescues

Los Angeles, California City Council  voted Tuesday in favor of banning stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits that are not rescues.  This will help put puppy mills out of business. It will also increase adoptions and advance LA's goal to be a no-kill city.

Councilman Paul Koretz's office is also working with nonprofits to offer mobile low-cost spay and neutering and to increase pet micro-chipping so that lost pets can be returned to owners. 

This is encouraging news. They will set a good example for other cities to follow.

Photo: Animal Advocates Society

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why do dogs walk in circles?

Because they are hard-wired to do it. Coming from ancient times when dogs traveled outside in packs, they would do this for both comfort and safety. There may have been insects or snakes to scare off before lying down. The walking around action would make their spot more comfortable to lie down on.

Some scientists believe domestic dogs no longer need to do this and that eventually the behavior will be bred out. Nanny is not so sure. Dogs will still lie down outdoors where they may encounter the same risks and, of course, they will want to make their sleeping spot comfortable.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Meowsings

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats
 ~ Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer with one of his cats
Did you know?
Albert Schweitzer had a great love for cats in general and his own cats in particular. The doctor was left handed so when one of his cats jumped up on his desk to give him some love on that side, he began to write with his right hand - even writing out prescriptions! You can see this in the photo above.

If one of his cats jumped up on his desk and laid down on a stack of paperwork, the doctor would wait until his cat got up from it before continuing his work rather than removing the cat.

This doesn't sound unusual to Nanny. How about you? Do you put your cats before other things?

Friday, April 13, 2012

PDSA Pet Fit Club

PDSA, a veterinary charity organization in the UK is running a clever version of "Biggest Loser" for pets. The contest is in its seventh year.  The 2012 session wrapping up in September. The winner receives a one year supply of pet food and a 2-night stay for the pet and two people at a Four Season's Hotel.

There is a really cute page on PDSA's website that includes a profile on each of the finalists. Pets like Merlin who is  111% overweight.

Here is their promotional video for the finalists in the 2012 competition.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

5 Ways to Save on Pet Cost

The American Pet Products Association estimates that in 2012, Americans will spend more than $52 billion on their pets, including an estimated $20 billion on food and $13 billion on veterinary care.

Here are some money saving tips from a recent Chicago Tribune article "5 Ways to Save on Pet Costs".

  1. Choose the right pet for your lifestyle and budget
  2. Invest in preventative care
  3. Consider the cost of pet insurance
  4. Feed your pet the right food
  5. Focus on attention over fancy toys

On point #4, our family and friends have learned the hard way that you cannot save money by buying cheap food. You will spend far more in vet bills in the long run when the animal becomes sick. My daughter's cat came very close to dying from urinary tract disease and needed to be put on a medical diet to control that.

Great advice from Chicago Tribune. Read full article here.

Wordless Wednesday

Photo: Novak's Blog
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Meowsings

Every dog has his day but the nights are reserved for cats.

Photo:  Cranky Cat Art

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Animals Inside Out - Pet Bloggers' Blog Hop

Gunther von Hagens, creator of the "Body Worlds" exhibits of dead humans, is now presenting a similar exhibition using animal corpses. The exhibit which debuted On April 6, 2012 at the Natural History Museum in London is called "Animals Inside Out". The process used in Body Worlds called plastination was also used to preserve the animals.

Photo: National Post