Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Holidays! Kitty cat safety tips!

The holidays are meant for everybody to enjoy, and this includes your kitty! However many cats meet a tragic end during this time of year, so lets prevent this and keep these things in mind!

Tinsel is pretty and all but if your cat swallows it, it could end terribly. In the best case scenario kitty will throw it up all over the nice new carpet leaving a stain as a constant reminder. In the worst case scenario it will end with a trip to the vet, possible surgery costs, etc etc. So keep tinsel to a minimum this year and instead try a safer alternative and get (or make!) strings of beads to wrap around your Christmas tree. Making the beads stings is easy, affordable, and fun art project! Best of all,kitty will safe!

Cords have been and always will be a danger to cats.However during the holidays there are a lot more, so it poses and even bigger danger.Repair chewed on cords from last year with electrical tape that you can get at any hardware store. Keep a water bottle handy so that when you see kitty about to chomp down you can spray his fuzzy butt. Unfortunately you cant sit there 24/7 to make sure kitty doesn't try and eat them, try your best to cover them as well as possible whether it be with a blanket and an actual cord cover.

Dressing your cat up for Christmas,or any other holiday you may celebrate can be down right adorable, however cats tend to frown upon it greatly and try to chew it off. So use thick ribbons around your neck, or go to your local pet supply store for holiday costumes.

-chocolate or anything else with sugar
-egg nog
-milk of any kind

Keep away mistletoe,holly berry,cedar trees, and poinsettias. Even so called safe plants need to be out of reach from kitty.

When guests come over, keep kitty locked in a separate room to avoid stress.

On Christmas Jiggys has is own little special dinner. I put put a few spoon fulls of tuna on a slice of sandwich turkey (or ham if your cat prefers) and then put the tuna juice in a little bowl for him to drink. This idea will cause no harm the kitty's digestion. Try giving kitty the tuna in water, instead of oil, to make it even better for him!

Post pictures of your kitty all dressed up for the holidays!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Yay, a new kitty!

Getting a new cat to add to the family can be very exciting, unfortunately to many cats are taken back to shelters because of stuff that can easily be helped or avoided! So before taking new kitty's back to the shelter or anywhere else, remember these things!
It's normal for new kitty's to hide when they first get to their new home! They are in a totally new environment, and this can be scary. The best thing to do when your new kitty runs and hides under the furniture of in the closet, is to not force them out! Petting them, and making soothing soft clicking noises seems to show some good results. Put some water near them and a place to go potty and allow them to get used to their surroundings. Put their food farther away from them then the water,so when they get hungry,they will have to leave their hiding place and see for themselves what the outside world is like. After a little while (and remember, this can take up to a few days,but don't be impatient, kitty's get stressed easily!) your new kitty will soon start to explore.
Make sure the litter box is the first place you place them. Doing this shows them where to go to the bathroom,that way the chances of them having a accident goes down. Be sure to have one litter box for each cat,and change the litter at least once a week! Jiggys favorite litter is the saw dust pellets that you can get at any feed store. Once a day just gently shake the litter box back and forth,and then the pellets that have fallen apart from kitty cat pee pee will shift to the bottom, this helps control them smell and makes cleaning easier. Be sure that there is at least three inches of litter and not more then five inches!
Be understanding! If you get a kitty from the shelter,there is a chance that kitty was mistreated at his old home, so if they scratch you or a little, one, keep in mind that bad memory's will remain with your fur baby, but soon he or she will realize that you love them and they will eventually stop. However there are just plane cranky cats. If this is the case,don't get their claws removed though it is a safe procedure,what happens if kitty really does need to protect himself and he doesn't have the tools to do it?! Not to mention their poor little paws will hurt for some days after! Try and keep them filed of trimmed to reduce injury caused by a grumpy kitty.

Recommended kitty products
  • Blue Buffalo  is made of real meat,no byproducts of fillers. This is a great food,it keeps kitty happy and healthy,and they dont put anything in that an actual person couldnt eat!
  • Feline Pine cat litter is great! If you are looking for something less expensive or want more for your money, a feed store in your area should have pellets in the bedding isle.
  • Litter mats can greatly reduce the amount of litter that kitty take out of the lbox with,him. Just place it in front of the litter box and when kitty steps on the soft rubber spikes,the litter will come off his feet. You can find these at walmart or pet supply store.
  • Scratching posts save your furniture! You can get these usually at any place that sells pet supplys. Jiggys recommends the kittys trees, place in front of a window so that your kitty can lay in the sunshine and scratch to his hearts content on the post.
If you want to help a cat or dog,but can have one in your home, then facebook has a great application!
Save a Cat and Save a Dog allows your to virually foster a real cat or dog, by visiting you earn points, which then are put into cups of food!

Feel free to put in comments with your own advice about getting a cat!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

In Memory of Mooni

In memory of Jiggys brother, Mooni, this blog has started. That way pet parents can avoid the same mistakes that were made with Mooni.
Mooni was a shy but sweet,cat. He was found during a vacation in New Samerna Florida. He was the runt of the litter, and very sickly. After a few days and lots of calories poked into his little mouth he was finally brought away from deaths doorstep. He was brought then to his new family's home,where he lived a very happy life for the next 8 years. Unfortunately his family's youngest had left a balloon ribbon within Mooni's reach,and it was then eaten. His mommy walked into the room and found the ribbon hanging out his mouth. After some tugging in hopes it wasn't all the way down, he was rushed to the vet, and it was to late. The ribbon had wrapped around his little intestines, and his mommy couldn't afford the surgery and had to make a terrible and hard decision.So now her and his brother Jiggys decided to start this blog, so that other kitty's wouldn't suffer in the same way that Mooni did. Not only are the simple things here but also things that have been researched, and even links to vets, shelters, and places that take kitty's that are being hurt by their mommy and daddy and give them to new ones so that they are given the love and care they need.
If anybody has any questions or want some advice that they cant find, email the blogger at
Thank you for reading, post pictures of your fur baby (or babies!) for others to see!