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Random Cat Posting

I was finally able to get a good shot of Jinx!

And Rumor is definitely feeling at home now

Rumor and Mike

HOWEVER, they’ve completely killed the shower curtains (more than once!)

I see you, Rumor!

I need some cat-proof shower curtains!!

Giveaway: 9Lives Cat Food and Cat Toys

Sorry, this giveaway is now CLOSED.

I received a very nice cat care package from 9Lives and MyBlogSpark. Since my 2 cats are about 15 years old, I wasn’t sure how they’d react to the new toys. And we’ve been pretty hesitant lately to mix up their food … since they’re already smelling like those funky old uncle cats they are. But I figured we’d give it a try – they can’t smell any worse, and perhaps the 9Lives would make it better. 🙂

The package included a small back of 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System Daily Essentials dry cat food, a scoop/clip, a magnetic picture frame, and 4 cat toys: a squeaky/bouncy mouse, a suction cup spring ball, and two crinkle balls.

I shouldn’t have worried about the cats. They’re cats and they love cat food. We use those mondo cat food holders that are actually meant for weekend (or week-long) get-aways, so the scoop isn’t that helpful for us, but the clip part is pretty cool (and I can see the scoop being useful if you feed your cat once or twice a day). Both cats LOVE the squeaky mouse (so much so that it’s actually already not squeaking – which is just fine with me!!) The other toys…sniffed, but not really attacked like they do with the mouse. (Although, this could also be due to age rather than interest LOL!)

Some feline nutritional information from 9Lives:

A survey of feline pet parents across the country commissioned by 9Lives found that an overwhelming 94 percent of cat owners are confident they feed their felines the most nutritious meals possible. However, nearly half (48 percent) admit they’ve fed their cats table scraps – which do not provide the essential nutrients cats need – an average seven times per month. Additionally, only 30 percent know that giving your cat milk may not be a healthy practice due to the common incidence of lactose intolerance in adult cats.1

Additional findings include:

  • 23% of American pet parents think it´s beneficial to keep their cats on a purely vegetarian diet, while actually it may be harmful2
  • There are a number of foods that feline parents assume are healthy for cats, but are actually not advantageous to their health including root vegetables (73%), green tomatoes (54%), and raw potatoes (50%)3
  • Nine out of ten feline pet parents would be willing to switch foods if they knew it would provide better nutrition. In fact:
    • 92 percent of cat owners would switch foods if it would improve their cat´s health, and
    • 91 percent would switch food if they could add years onto their feline´s life

In an effort to educate pet parents about the common misperceptions of proper feline nutrition, 9Lives is committed to raising awareness to this issue by providing advanced nutrition for all cats. With the 9Lives Advanced Nutrient System, feline parents everywhere can rest assured knowing their cats are getting the essential nutrients they need to help promote healthy skin and coat, strong muscle growth and a healthy immune system among other benefits.

Now for the good part – I get to pass along one of these cool cat care packages to one of you!

To Enter to Win the Cat Care Package:

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Thursday, September 23rd to enter. The winner will be posted on Friday the 24th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • What kind of cat food do you currently use?

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • How many cats do you have and how old are they?
  • Twitter about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

Stray Kitty Update

Alas, the stray kitty was not meant to be with us. Mike saw our neighbors from a few houses down carrying her home Saturday night.

I have mixed feelings…she was SOOOO beautiful (the picture doesn’t do her justice), and I’d love to have a new cat (or two).

However, we already have two cats. And they’re not exactly young. And they didn’t exactly get along when we first put them together (heck, it’s been 8 years and they still don’t!) so I’m guessing adding a 3rd to the mix wouldn’t be exactly smart.

But the tug is still there……

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat

Mike has a cat, Gabriel.

Burke, Gabe, Maggie

I have a cat, Tiger.

Tiger

The boys have lived together for the past 7 years or so (not always loving every minute together…)

They’re both strays and they’re both about 14 years old.

I’ve noticed lately that Tiger isn’t jumping as high as he used to and is finding various “steps” to use to get to where he wants to go. (Gabriel has always been too…fat…to jump very high, so I’ve seen no change there.)

Warning! Things may get a little graphic…

Tiger has always been ‘hesitant’ to use the litter box (his favorite spot to pee is in he sink *sigh* ). And if he does use the litter box, he tries to “balance” himself on the edges, so his aim isn’t so great.

Gabriel is like your favorite old stinky uncle. He just can’t help himself… And he always has wet paws because he brings his food over to the water bowl and then fishes it out.

But it’s all getting…smellier. It’s more common than not to find a little poo on the floor in various room. And sometimes even a whole pile!

Needless to say, this means Mike and I have been contemplating sending the cats “to the farm.” It breaks my heart! But it’s so incredibly disgusting. And I don’t like that the kids may run across an icky pile at any moment. The kicker? We’re not even sure that it’s BOTH cats with the problem.

And you know that “the farm” won’t keep them. They’ll be put down. Which seems so cruel … especially since they seem to have so much more life in them!

(And I’m feeling a little extra guilty because the thought of new little kitties seems like so much fun!)

Staycation – Day 3

Today was a GREAT day! The kids were really good (well, as good as kids can get anyway 😉 ) Gabriel came home, and it was a pretty relaxing day.

We started out lazing about until the twins’ gym class. As always, they have super fun…and are always the ones running around and not necessarily following directions. Mike was able to see them in action – so that was cool.

We came home and went for a short drive to bring the lawn mower to a local repair guy. (hopefully he’ll be able to fix it before the yard looks like a jungle, and for not too much!!).

Then we went for a short walk around the block to hang up posters for the missing cat. MAN OH MAN it was hot today!!

We hung out in the back yard and in the kiddie pool for the rest of the afternoon. Heaven. 🙂 Logan had a few firsts as well: waving to daddy and riding on a tricycle!

Believe it or not, this next picture was not staged. (okay, anyone with kids believes it – they don’t cooperate enough to sit still for a picture like this LOL!)

At dinner time, we came in and Logan had a few food firsts as well: real sweet potatoes (instead of the Gerber smooshed-up kind) and raviolis (Costco brand – which are actually quite tasty!).

Mike went outside to move the sprinklers and gave a happy shout.  I knew immediately that he saw Gabe…and that he’d probably scared the crap out of him LOL But he was able to calm Gabe down enough to snag him and bring him back inside. (He’s sitting at my feet right now…)

A good day. 🙂

Found!!

Gabriel showed up at the door tonight! He’s hungry, wet (from our sprinklers) and a bit shaken up…but he’s home 🙂

Lost

The only down side about last night’s gathering was that with all the people coming and going, both cats escaped. Tiger came back in when I realized I hadn’t seen him in a while and poked my head out the door. Gabriel is still MIA 😦

Keep your fingers crossed that we find him soon!

Cat Thumb

What, exactly, is Cat Thumb? you ask…well, it’s not really the opposite of Green thumb (that would be Black thumb because YOU are the one killing the plants). But it’s close. I actually don’t know if I have a green or black thumb, because my Cat Thumb keeps getting in the way.

I’m sad to say that I can’t keep a plant alive…because my cat keeps eating them!! This also means that all those times I receive flowers (HAH!! “all those times” …I crack myself up), I have to put them on the top of the fridge. But only for as long as Tiger doesn’t notice that they’re there…otherwise, up he goes to the top of the fridge for a snack. And yes – he can get up there. *sigh*

It’s pretty sad, actually. Maggie planted a sunflower seed (in a pot to take home) at church a few months ago, and it started to grow really fast! We were going to put it outside once it got big enough (and warm enough) to do so. Apparently, even though it was planted in a house of God, He didn’t really want it to grow because Tiger got to it before it got warm enough outside. It sat in our windowsill, sadly brown and broken, as we hoped it would miraculously get healthy. mmm hmmm. So far, it’s all good because Maggie, apparently, doesn’t remember a thing about it.

We now have two Aloe plants (given to the twins on Children’s Sunday at church – what is it with plants at church?) sitting on our second fridge down in the basement. There IS a window down there, but it’s a frosty one…so the Cat Thumb may contribute inadvertently to the Black thumb there.

The twins picked some really pretty yellow flowers from the back yard the other day. THOSE actually lasted for quite some time on the kitchen table before Tiger found them last night. They must not have been very smelly…

Tiger no longer poos on the floor!!

(originally emailed to MMOTA group)

My lovely cat starting pooing on the floor when my (now) husband and his cat first moved in with me…after 6 years of trying EVERYTHING under the sun (I know … gross…) we found a solution!!

A little background: Tiger would always poo RIGHT outside the litter box – not random places around the house. It didn’t matter what kind of kitty litter we used, how many boxes used, or which of the 3 different places we lived in – this is where he wanted to go. We did resolve it for a little bit by putting a rug under the box (he won’t poo on a rug), but cleaning kitty litter out of a rug is almost as nasty (and we moved, so that option went away).

OKAY the solution?? Mike was in a rush one morning about a month ago and grabbed some of the clorox wipes we have instead of the usual cleaning supplies he uses to clean up. They happened to be orange scented….no poo on the floor since, and Mike wipes down the floor with them every 3rd day to make sure Tiger can still smell it! IF ONLY we’d known about this 6 years ago 😛 I think the key is the orange scent.

Anyway – I hope this makes someone’s life a little less pooey…and lets the cat stay in the house! (we were very patient with Tiger…my family thought we were nuts, but I just couldn’t get rid of him.)