Yesterday I went with my parents to Pawsibilities, home of the Humane Society of Greater Akron (where I adopted Abby 8 years ago.) And I walked out without a new fuzzy friend, because I have enough cats. My parents, however, weren’t so lucky. And I mean that in the best sense of the word. They went in to adopt a new cat in order to help them get over the loss of Casey, but wound up falling for and adopting two fuzzy little guys instead.
Meet Petey and Phillip:
Did you know that August 18th is International Homeless Animals Day? Since I’ve rescued quite a few cats in my life thus far, I’m going to enjoy it by giving them all catnip and watching them go nuts, but for those of you who want to celebrate the day by adopting a homeless animal, here are some handy tips courtesy of Bil-Jac:
Celebrate international Homeless Animal Day! Courtesy of Bil-Jac Super Premium Dog Food More than five million pets are put into animal shelters each year. The lives of these furry friends could be improved drastically with just a little help. Adopting a pet can bring joy into your family’s life and change the life of an animal. In honor of International Homeless Animal Day on August 18, 2012, Bil-Jac is sharing the following tips for a smooth transition if your family is considering adopting a pet:
Preparing: Ready your home and family for your new friend’s homecoming.
- When choosing a pet to adopt, consider the breed, age and size and how he or she will fit with your family and living situation. Oftentimes, the shelter or rescue group will be able to give you some information about the kind of household each dog would do best in. Spend time with the dog to get a feel for its energy level and temperament. For the first car ride home, it may be a good idea to bring a crate along, both for safety and to help calm your pet.
- Make sure your spouse, children or roommates understand the responsibility – and the fun – that comes with pet ownership. Divide responsibilities for pet care as you would other household chores. Everyone should take a turn as the pooper scooper!
- Pet-proof your house before your new addition to the family arrives! Puppies and other young pets may require gates near stairs or a crate to sleep in. Make sure the trash is securely closed, plants and breakables are stowed away, and there are no cleaning products or chemicals within reach. If you’re adopting a larger dog, be sure doors and knobs for the stove are removed or locked!
Transitioning: Make your pet part of the family!
- Your furry friend could be very nervous about his new home, making accidents and abnormal behavior more likely. Be patient and give your pet time to get used to the sights, smells and people around him.
- Let your pet know what to expect right away! A new pet will be confused initially, so set rules and a schedule immediately to help them adjust quickly. If you plan to crate train, have the crate ready when you bring your pet home. Be firm with your crate training and always reward good behavior!
- Make introductions like a vocabulary lesson! Believe it or not, your new friend will have to get used to a new language of commands and names. Jump right in as soon as your new buddy comes home!
- Depending on what happened in your pet’s former life, socialization may be a challenge. He may not know how to behave on walks or with children, so be careful at first. Correct poor behaviors with consistency and patience.
In a few short weeks, your dog will be comfortable, in a solid routine and will let his true personality shine! Keep to the regular routine you set initially and ask your veterinarian for help if health or behavior issues arise. Most of all, love your pet like he or she has always wanted someone to, the favor is sure to be returned!
This press release found its way to my inbox a few weeks ago, and I can’t resist writing about it here. Marvel Entertainment joined forces with Fetch…For Cool Pets! and this is the result:
Marvel Spiderman Stunt T - $12.00
These cool Super Hero dog t-shirts, bandanas and toys are only available at Petsmart.
I wonder if I could get one of my cats to sit still long enough to wear one of these. I think Horus would look pretty good in an X-Men T.
You want me to wear WHAT?!
When we first rescued Socrates (Socks), I had a feeling that he and Horus would become buddies faster than e-cigarettes have become popular. As it turns out, I was right. Here are a few pictures of the two looking adorable:
Stalking birds from the office window.
Snoozing on the couch
Getting into trouble.
Here’s a quick overview of the good, the bad, and the just plain strange things that happened this year:
I reviewed some great books.
And identified Goose-squatch.
My husband and I adopted a new cat, and then lost two to old age (Abby) and kidney disease (Loki).
My car broke down, was fixed, broke down again, was fixed, but still isn’t running right and I decided that I REALLY need a new one.
I hit Josh in the face with a snowball.
Floyd D. Computer broke and was replaced by Floyd D. Computer Jr.
I posted my first YouTube video (of my cats, of course.)
And moved into a new apartment.
I reviewed some awesome pet products: T-shirts for dog lovers, some kick-ass pet products, catnip-filled cat toys, and a Gamma2 Vittles Vault.
And some cool cell phone apps: Snapbucket, Let’s Eat and Krispy Kreme Hot Light.
I redesigned this blog.
And… posted LOTS and LOTS of cat pictures.
So, what’s on tap for 2012? I’m moving AGAIN sometime within the next month, my husband (finally!) starts school, and the best news of all… I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT (courtesy of my sister and her husband.)
Beyond that, who knows? I’ll live it and you’ll end up reading it. There’s nothing more simple than that.
A package full of cat toys arrived this morning. Before I could even open it, I was pounced on by Isis, who must’ve smelled the catnip right through the bag.
Here is what arrived:
Lil' Creepers Refillable Catnip Mice
Smatykat PetPong balls
Fish Flop catnip crinkle toys
Smartykat Fish N Play, complete with refillable catnip pouch and many things for cats to chew on
All are designed to stimulate cats and keep them busy. And wow, do they ever work! Here are a few still shots of my cats going bugnuts:
A few minutes into the frenzy, I decided that a video would be more effective. You can view the video HERE. (Sorry, I still have to pay for the wordpress upgrade that will let me embed videos.) All 8 cats played with the toys, but I stuck to documenting the younger ones, since they’re more entertaining. Isis, Loki and Abby just licked the catnip mice and laid down.
More information on the toys (which were provided to me) can be found on the Pet Links System and Smartykat websites. The toys can be purchased at PetsMart, PetCo, and other pet supply stores.
This past weekend, Josh and I adopted our eighth cat. Yes. You read that right – 8 CATS.
It all started on Saturday, while I was at my parents’ house having a garage sale. One of our neighbors rescued a kitten from the bushes of the building next door. They knocked on Cindy’s (our downstairs neighbor’s) door, and she thought one of our cats had gotten loose, so she ran over and dragged Josh outside.
But all of our cats were accounted for, and none of them are this small, so Josh told the neighbors that he wasn’t ours.
Then he made the mistake of picking up the little guy, who apparently started purring and snuggled up to him looking as cute as can be. He told them that he wanted to adopt the kitten, but had to wait for me to get home. Once I did, I informed him that he never has to ask me first when a homeless fuzzy is concerned.
To make the rest of the long story short, the neighbors (I never got their names) brought the kitten over Sunday afternoon. We named him Socrates. It’s now Wednesday and he’s offically at home, completely fearless and unafraid of playfully attacking our much larger cats. Our best guess is that he’s around 2 to 2 1/2 months old, but our vet will have to confirm that.
Here are a few more pics of Socrates, officially nicknamed “Little Booger” and “Socks.”
My neighbor’s dog, Joey. He already knows that when he sees me coming around the corner, he’s getting a treat!
Coming soon: more pet-related book reviews, products and guest posts. Stay tuned!
Up next: Fun with Snapbucket!