Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 108)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again.😀

The easiest way to join TRT is by sending us photos to info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use. Additionally we have set up a linky app if you don’t want to make your photo public just yet. Click here for this.

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This adorable entry comes from one of our Twitter friends.

What you want to finish this sweater? Sorry not today… More on Fuzzy Tinking.

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Meet Torti who can be found on Instagram as tortlebutt.

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Meet Lily another cat from Headwindjournal.

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This cute little fella joins us from SHEEPLESS IN RHODE ISLAND

Meet Skunk who joins us from Unmeasured Journeys.

And last but no less important. (If not the most important!) Darth Vader from Daily Feline Wisdom.

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

Now we need ALL of you! Do you want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below.😀

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your furfriend on your own Blog and add your post link onto our linky app by clicking here or by leaving a comment with the direct link.

Should you not have an own Blog you can participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source!:)

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better😀

And on next week’s’ #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.

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Going on holiday? How to make sure your cat is properly cared for

Hi everyone,

Today we’ve teamed up with MedicAnimal for some important tips and advice for those of us that are going on holiday and want to ensure that their cats are properly cared for.

Going on holiday? How to make sure your cat is properly cared for

Andrew Bucher, Chief Veterinary Officer at MedicAnimal

We all want to do the best for our pets, and as Britain finally welcomes the warm weather, I’ve been keen to highlight what owners need to remember as the temperature goes up.

Pollen and other seasonal allergies affect pets just as much as humans; the hot sun can give our animals sunburn, as well as heating up the pavements and walkways which can in turn damage their paws. However my biggest angst at this time of year is definitely towards owners who leave their dogs locked up in cars while the heats soars, which should be front of mind for everyone.

With summer here and schools breaking up, plenty of Britons will soon be heading off on their holidays, many with their pets in tow. Recent research from Sainsbury’s Bank shows that there was a 77 per cent year-on-year increase in pet passports issued from 2014-2015, more than 125,000 in total. Indeed, the same research showed that three-fifths of Britons (60%) admitted feeling sad when leaving their pet at home when they go on holiday.

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This is unsurprising, given that MedicAnimal’s own research shows that pet owners consider their animals to be part of the family. Almost three-quarters (73%) of people told us that having a dog is good for their mental health, while 86 per cent of people believe owning a cat has made them a happier person. The decision to leave them behind will no doubt be taken reluctantly.

If you are a dog-owner, making provision for someone to walk and feed your dog regularly is likely to mean a friend or family member taking over while you’re away, or alternatively, a trip to the kennels. However, cats are far more independent and therefore, if you’re able to provide appropriate care and cover, it might be possible to keep your cat at home in a familiar environment. Here are some handy suggestions on what you need to consider to make the best decision for your cat:

  1. Friends and neighbours: Certainly the best option is to have a pet sitter or a trusted neighbour to or friend visit daily to feed, water and socialise with your cat. Nothing beats the family home from your cat’s viewpoint. The frequency (minimum twice daily) should match the usual feeding times and they should monitor your cat’s litter for anything irregular. If the carer only pops in and out they may not have enough time to really observe how your cat is doing physically and emotionally.
  2. Don’t underestimate your cat’s needs: Too many people view cats as low maintenance and do not hesitate to leave them on their own for sometimes up to four/five days;
  3. No one likes an empty house: Cats are social animals and unexpectedly having an empty house can be quite confusing and cause unnecessary anxiety;
  4. Considering a cattery? The next best choice is a boarding cattery; there are good ones, great ones and truly terrible ones. Make sure you visit beforehand and imagine it from your cat’s viewpoint. How does it smell? Are there loud noises? Do they provide hidey holes and places to climb up and view downwards? Is there enough room in the cage? I.e. enough to have a decent space between the litter tray and the food?
  5. What social elements does the cattery they provide? Do they socialise and play with the cats and what type of environmental enrichment do they provide? Importantly, do they have access to an emergency veterinarian? Is it managed at night? What do they do to help anxious or stressed cats? Do the cages face each other (as this can be stressful)?

No one likes leaving their pet, but if you can answer and resolve all of these questions, you should be able to have a restful holiday, safe in the knowledge that your pet is being looked after too.

We hope you found this useful and don’t forget you can subscribe to our Newsletter to never miss a post again.

Thanks,

Marc

Feline Song: A Day in the Life of Gibbs and Ziva

I could give an extremely short dissertation on a day in the life of two gray felines, Gibbs and Ziva. Named after characters in a favorite TV show (NCIS), one may say their life consists of this:

Eat, sleep, play, and poop!

Eat, sleep, play, and poop!

Eat, sleep, play, and poop!

Pet me, pet me!

This is similar to the chorus of a song, requiring verses to give the story depth.  Gibbs starts off the day with a 4:00 a.m. song of the hungry.

I’m awake, human,

and you should be too

The sun is almost up,

and that means it’s time for food.

Why do you cover your head,

as I paw at your face?

We need food in the empty bowls,

to stay in our good grace.

Meanwhile, Ziva hangs back, watching her housemate’s antics, not saying a word. She’s a funny little thing – at one moment cute and cuddly with a motor that goes on forever; and then the royal diva, who disdains most belly rubs (blasphemy) and bleats like a mad goat for her kibble.

I have to separate these two at feeding time as Ziva is a kibble thief, running from her dish to that of her housemate to snare the lion’s share of the food. Unfortunately, Gibbs does not stand up for himself, so they have to be separated in order to have their proper share of nourishment. The boy does get even, however, as Ziva also disdains people food. My roommate, Natasha, is like the grandma who comes over to spoil the grandchildren. Gibbs receives the benefit of her grass-fed beef and organic chicken. And then he takes a nap. The gray one sings the song of the sleepy.

It’s time to sleep, human,

so leave us well alone.

No matter the sun is up,

we will sleep and snore and moan.

We don’t need to cover our heads,

with a paw or a white sheet

We’re cats, we sleep the sleep of the dead,

unless you shake the bag of treats.

I would guess that Gibbs sleeps about 16 hours a day, while Ziva is the catnap queen. It’s one of the reasons she’s a little portly…not enough exercise, choosing to sleep her life away. I suppose this is the life of a cat, the whiskered being that was considered a god by the ancient Egyptians. These two choose various spots to check their kitty eyelids for holes. Ziva curls up in the smaller cat tree or the couch, or squirrels between the quilt and blanket on the bed. Gibbs sleeps in either cat tree, but has been hanging out in a cat trap box top of late.

He curls up in it at night while his human watches TV. Much like the child who has an expensive toy or cardboard box to play with, Gibbs chooses the cardboard. Meanwhile, I can hear Ziva’s snores echoing down the hallway from the bedroom.

Getting back to the chorus of the feline song, Gibbs loves to play when the time is right and he’s not hunting birds from the other side of the glass window. His small catnip mouse is good for a few chases across the living room floor, while anything crinkly drives him mad. Gibbs is obsessed with the crinkle. He wants to chew it until it’s dead. This is why his human has to keep any type of crinkly bag or plastic not meant for cats out of his reach. Gibbs has The Crinkle Pica.

Both Gibbs and Ziva have a large metal container (toy box) filled with a wide assortment of objects to keep them occupied during the day when I’m at work. Unfortunately, they are picky about what they play with and most of the objects stay in the container. Once in a while, I’ll drag a couple of sponge balls out and throw them down the hall for Gibbs…who may or may not chase them.

Ziva doesn’t play much. On occasion, she’ll bat at something that dangles. Most of the time, she sings the song of royal pain.

What do you want, human?

Why don’t you leave me alone?

No matter that my butt is wide,

and that I grunt and groan.

I don’t need to play with you,

bat a ball or a catnip mouse.

I’m a lazy girl, I want to sleep,

and be Diva, Queen of the house.

That she is. Ziva is queen in her little kitty mind and has that attitude tenfold. The apartment is her kingdom, the cat tree is her stately bed and the DSW paper bag is her throne. The only items missing are a tiara and crystal bowl for the kibble.

On the other hand, Gibbs is the court jester. He seems to make everyone laugh and endears himself to all visitors. Gibbs is uber social. This is a feline that, according my friend Natasha, “acts more like a dog than a cat.” He sits up for his treats, nuzzles faces for attention, allows me to hold him like a baby and is very close (maybe) to learning the art of retrieval.

He’s a handsome boy, isn’t he? Unfortunately, Mr. Stinky is not so handsome when it comes to covering his poop. You thought I forgot about that part of the chorus, didn’t you? Oh no, this deserves special recognition of the cat that I swear suffers from depth perception or an aversion to sensibility.

What’s the problem, human?

Do you not like the manly smell?

It landed inside the litterbox,

(this time), which I find pretty swell.

You don’t need to plug your nose

as I scrape to the left and to the right.

Why would you want my paw to touch poop,

whether it be morning, noon or night?

Gibbs (the mountain lion) doesn’t understand that a little covering goes a long way in preventing over-use of air fresheners.

Singing about cat poop calls for an end to the Gibbs and Ziva feline song and a day in the life. It’s getting messy in the kingdom and this post is turning a little stinky. Nevertheless, we can’t leave without offering a bridge, which normally enters into the middle of a song and provides some cohesion. For the purpose of closure, though, it’s being added here.

From the mouths of two gray noses…

No matter what you do, no matter what our kitty lips say,

We are your kids, you are mom, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

About the Author: I am Mary J, but you can also call me M-J or BikerChick. I have been blogging as Mary J Melange since March of 2013 and have enjoyed every minute of writing, finding new blogs to follow and making friends. MJM began simply as a medium to find a home for the swirling thoughts in my head, but quickly turned into more than that. I am part of a “community” which is supportive and a lot of fun. I hit on various topics on MJM – family, friends, amateur photography, bicycling, and much more. One of the biggest topics, however, centers on my two cats, Gibbs and Ziva, rescued from a shelter in 2010. They are my children, my little furballs. I’ve been a crazy cat lady for over 35 years and these two have a very special place in my fifty-something heart now and forever. Feel free to come on over to Mary J Melange and check out my space. If you click on the menu item “The Furry Kids,” you’ll get Gibbs and Ziva 24/7. Thanks for reading the guest post on Katzenworld and visiting MJM!