Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A BIG Birthday Thank you and the Winner of Catnapped: A Klepto Cat Mystery by Patricia Fry

I was  completely blown away by the outpouring of birthday greetings from so many on my birthday this past Monday. I want to thank EVERYONE for helping to make it such a great day (even if the weather in Michigan was less than cooperative!) You ALL made the sun shine for sure!

I wanted to share the greetings I received, I am hoping I got them all. If I missed someone, I am soooooo sorry!!! Here we go!

From Cats of Wildcat Woods




From Cathy Keisha of Stunning Keisha

From Zee and Zoey


From D.Abernathy

From Glogirly

From The Island Cats
From Two Devon Cats (Eric and Flynn)

From Cat Wisdom 101
From L.Fleming-Facebook
From Grace & Company
From Chloe and CecilYep they are a CAT blog!
From Sukiroo Cat Toys Facebook
From Curlz and Swirlz
From Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries and Meows
From Zipsy Tinney Meow on Facebook
From The Conscious Cat
From Milo and Alfie of The Cat's Meow
From Julia Williams-Canidae Blog

Last but CERTAINLY and NEVER least, this adorable greeting from Sammy and Pam over at
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There were TONS of posts on Facebook and comments on the blog as well. Thanks again to ALL who helped make my birthday so special! I received WOOFIE cards too, you can find those on Dakota's blog!!!

AND...WHAT SOME OF YOU
HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!
THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED 
OUR GIVE-AWAY FOR:
THE LUCKY WINNER
AS CHOSEN BY RANDOM.ORG IS:

MILENE!!!!!

HUGE CONCATULATIONS!!!!!!

Is Your Cat A Connoisseur Of Plastic? pet #protips

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish.   As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.



I stood in the bathroom, opening a package of "Post-It" notes, carefully looking over my shoulder to make sure "He" was nowhere in sight, opening it as quietly as I could...my eyes scanning the area, "all is safe" I thought to myself as I carefully placed the plastic "Post-It" wrapping in the bathroom garbage basket as quietly as I could. Normally when I leave the bathroom I close the door behind me in case "He" makes an appearance, today I didn't. I smiled smugly thinking that I had pulled one over on him, "He" had missed the feast!

 I walked into the hallway, sat at the kitchen table to do some work on the laptop. I heard a noise. A crinkling noise. "Noooo!" I thought, "this can't be!!" I jumped from the chair and ran into the master bedroom where I saw him making his escape. "He" ran through the hallway with the agility and speed of a pro football  punt returner, darting, weaving, slinking down nearly to the ground knowing I was on to him. I had caught him red-pawed. The chase was on! "He" ran as if his life depended on it, "Post-It" wrapping hanging from his mouth, saliva filled, like dead prey, lifeless in the clench of his teeth. "He" ran faster, head down, shoulders hunched, knowing this was his only chance. If I wasn't so afraid that the plastic would be swallowed I would have laughed myself sick at the visual of  this silver gray pot-bellied furbaby running as if his life depended on it.




 I screamed "Drop it! Drop It", clapping my hands like a crazy woman. I shouted "Drop It" louder and with more urgency. Then I realized, this is not a dog, why am I yelling "Drop It" to HIM? This was a thief who was cunning like no other. This was the plastic pilferer, "He" was none other than my cat, Cody. The chase continued. Up and down the hall, he cut me off, darting in front of me hoping to trip me so he could be alone with his "catch". He headed back to the bedroom. "If he goes under that bed it is all over I thought" I ran faster, clapping louder, yelling his name. Aha!!!!!! The loudest clap worked! He dropped the plastic wrapping and ran like the little thief that he is. Another plastic catastrophe averted, for now.

Why do cats like to eat or lick plastic?
Cody will chew on grocery bags, assorted cellophane wrappers (such as "Post-It" note wrappers as mentioned above), the plastic garbage bag ties, the plastic packaging on toilet paper and paper towels. If it's plastic, he wants it, he wants it bad and he wants it NOW.



When I first noticed this behavior, which I originally thought was bizarre ( I have now learned it is extremely common in cats) I asked my vet about it. He told me that plastic bags are now made with biodegradable ingredients such as corn starch which cats are attracted to both through taste and smell. Plastic bags that come from the grocery stores also carry the scent and taste of the foods that were housed in them. Another theory is that an animal fat called "tallow" is used to make the bags. Cats can detect tallow by smell and greatly enjoy the taste.  Cats are also attracted to the crinkly sound that plastic  makes when chewed or licked. Some say that cats lick and chew plastic because some of their dietary needs are not being met, others say it is an obsessive compulsive behavior that resulted from having been weaned too early. None of these theories have been proven, they are just guesses as to why many cats crave licking and chewing plastic. Licking plastic alone will not harm a cat, what WILL harm a cat is if it ingests any of the plastic. This can cause a deadly gastrointestinal blockage.




Whatever the reasons, many cats have a passion for plastic. You need to be on the alert. Avert the sly cat burglar in your home, keep your plastic bags and shiny cellophane wrappers, your garbage bags and "Post-It" note wrapping where your sleuth cannot reach them.

  Don't be an accessory to the crime!!

Do your cats have a passion for plastic
 or some other strange substance?
 Tell me in a comment below!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday To My Mom!

Today is the day that my Mom moves one year closer to REALLY being "Older Than Dirt!!"


Mom is so thankful for all of the wonderful greetings she started to receive a day early, she loves each and every one of them!!!

My Uncle even sent her a special birthday greeting from Mom's fave group of all time, The Beatles!





Friday, October 17, 2014

Children's Books:Odie the Stray Kitten and Odie's Best Friend By Kristen Mott

"For Odie, because sometimes the smallest ones
become the biggest inspirations"

Odie the Stray Kitten is a charming book about a little orange and white kitten who lost his family on a cold winter night. He never expected to find a loving forever home in a horse barn. Not only did he find a loving, forever home, he also found hope, new friends and a name.  His name happens to mean "inspiration", which is no coincidence. Odie the Stray Kitten is not only an adorable read for little ones, but it shows that out of something that initially seems like a bad situation, something GOOD can come out of it!

"For Bandit, because every animal
has a story to tell"
Odie’s Best Friend is the second book in the Odie the Stray Kitten Series. It focuses on the story
of Bandit, a gray and white cat, and his journey to find a forever home. His adventures take him
through an animal shelter and life as a stray before he finds a home on the farm with Odie and
their girl. This is the follow-up to 2013’s Odie the Stray Kitten, which was a 2014 Next
Generation Indie Book Award Winner, 2014 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award Honorable Mention, and 2014 Recipient of the Children’s Literary Classics’ Seal of Approval.

Both Odie the Stray Kitten and Odie's Best Friend were lovingly and skillfully illustrated by Lowell Hildebrandt. The illustrations are vibrant and delightful, children of all ages will enjoy them!

Are you ready? Odie and Bandit are based on REAL cats!

Odie and Bandit
This photo came from
Kristen's Facebook Page



Author Kristen Mott has loved animals since she was a child. She graduated in 2008 from the
Indiana University School of Journalism. She now lives on a small farm in Indiana with her
husband and son where they care for two cats, Odie and Bandit, and two horses, Dorothy and
Jace.

Kristen strives for her writing to encourage children to read, write their own stories, and have
compassion for animals. The idea for this book was developed from a response to an article the
author read about the devastating statistics of animal life and death in local shelters. That
response was then spun down and edited into a story suitable for children about how the author
believes Bandit ended up on her farm.

Odie and Bandit
Photo from Kristen's Facebook Page


 The story is a good means for parents to talk to their
children about animal shelters, the reasons they exist, and what they do. It is also meant as a
springboard for questions and discussion about the issue.

These books would make wonderful bedtime stories and would be perfect for pre-school teachers and elementary school teachers (the lower grades), to share with their classrooms.

For more information about the Odie the Stray Kitten Series please visit:

www.kristenmott.com
www.animalstoriesforchildren.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/odiethestraykitten

Or you can contact the author directly:
kristenmott@gmail.com

Both Odie the Stray Kitten and Odie’s Best Friend are available on Amazon.com, BN.com,
AuthorHouse.com, and other online retailers.

I was not compensated for sharing either of these books with my readers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#FeralCatDay Michigan Event!


Alley Cat Allies launched National Feral Cat Day® on our 10th anniversary in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for cats. Learn more at http://www.NationalFeralCatDay.org/



National Feral Cat Day/Cat In The Trap TNR
 Celebrating National Feral Cat Day
 at Premier Pet Supply in Berkley, Michigan
 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm , Thursday October 16!

There will be food, educational material, a raffle, demonstration of how to use a trap,  how to build a winter shelter.

  Information about upcoming 
TNR classes in the area!!!!
If you would like to donate any wet or dry food for  feral kitties it would be greatly appreciated!


Please come out and support our cause and shop in Premier Pet Supply which was voted #1 Pet Store in the Metropolitain Detroit area!

Premier Pet Supply

31215 Southfield Road
Berkley MI US

"Feral Power, Baby!!"
 
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