Wednesday, June 20, 2012

sourpuss kitty

Aren't these the cutest earrings? I love little stud earrings. (I'm ignoring the fact that the cat has a sourpuss face. I don't even know how you go about making a cat look happy.)

Before last month, I could probably count the number of times I've worn earrings in the last 8 years on both of my hands. Seriously, I never wore earrings; they always bothered my ears (it may have had something to do with the fact that I never wore them!). For some reason, I've started to wear them again recently—but only studs, never dangling or drop earrings. (That's not normal, I know). Anyway, I feel grown up when I wear earrings. Although maybe not if they were cat earrings...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

the best meme ever!

you're a crazy cat lady when...

You buy your cat a leash. And that's just what I did this weekend.

I'm pretty sure Basement Cat was an inside/outside cat at her previous home. She's always curious about what's on the other side of the door. (So curious that she's snuck outside a few times!) Even though I know she would love it, I won't let her be an inside/outside cat. We live a few blocks outside the city and a steady stream of traffic passes by our house. I can't bare the thought of her getting hit by a car or her not coming home and I'm left wondering what happened. If we lived in the country with a big yard where there was very little chance of her coming in contact with a car, things would be different.

But anywho, we came to a compromise. I bought her a leash and harness! She gets to enjoy the grass and birds, and I get the peace of mind knowing that she can't get past the sidewalk.

Just in case you were wondering, Monkey and Elsie got their chance on the leash. Monkey was so scared he peed on Chris and Elsie in her usual bitchy way threw a fit.

On a side note: I washed the dog with the hose today. Unpleasant. I'll leave that job to Chris.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

locking eyes with your dog produces the happiness hormone oxytocin in your bloodstream.

*Prevention Oct 2011

Friday, June 1, 2012

workout buddy

My workout today will most likely be moved indoors due to the rain. (Of course, that's if I convince myself to still workout today.) Workouts in the basement usually look something like this illustration. Basement Cat is always rubbing her head on me and laying on my mat. Or, if I'm on the treadmill, she can get bit too close. One time, she flew right off the back. I'm not going to lie—it was funny—of course, only after I knew she didn't get hurt.

*illustration source unknown

adopt a cat! yes, you!

June is national adopt-a-shelter-cat month! And for good reason: kitten season in full force and that means shelters are filling up fast. Most people go for the kittens first, but don't forget the older cats. They have tons of love to give!


Thinking of adopting a cat? First, check out these helpful tips, gathered by five well-respected animal organizations: American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), CATalyst Council and Petfinder.

1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves—and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile.

2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.

3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment—even before the exam itself—so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.

4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction. 

5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.

6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers.

7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow).

8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember—take it slow. 

9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.

10. If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. Though well-meaning, the surprise kitty gift doesn’t allow for a “get-to know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry—this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being. 

(Remember to spay and neuter your pets! It's one of the most important things you can do to prevent homeless pets.)