Guest Post – Caring for Your Cat

Happy Tuesday! Today I have a guest post for you from Diana Hutchinson, the founder of Tinpaw.com.

Caring for Your Cat

Having a cat as a companion is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences one can have during their lifetime. To make the most of this time, you should make sure you have the ability and knowledge to fully care for your much cherished feline friend. Cats might seem like they’re very independent pets, however they require proper care in order to become good and friendly feline friends in your home.
Although they are more self-sufficient than dogs, they can be very loyal if you just put in enough effort and lots of love. You need to keep the cat healthy, feed the cat well, get the necessary preventative treatments, play with your cat, and such other things. By doing these things, your cat will always feel loved and much appreciated. In this article, we have compiled the top tips about cat care.

Get Special Medical/Preventative Treatment for the Cat in Time

how-to-care-for-our-feline-friends-03In case the cat becomes ill, you need to take her to the veterinarian. While signs and symptoms of sickness usually vary between different cats, you should immediately contact your vet if you notice any of these signs: cloudiness, discharge, rubbing of eyes, or redness in the eyes; itchiness, or discharge in the ear; breathing difficulties or persistent coughs; bloody urine, spraying urine, or excessive urination; digestion problems, diarrhea or vomiting; seizures, confusion, lethargy, or restlessness; and such other signs.

Feed Your Cat Properly and Regularly

how-to-care-for-our-feline-friends-04You should consider feeding your cat two to three small meals which are saved throughout the day. Also, offer your cat some treats once in a while. Your vet can assess your cat, and determine the ideal diet. In order to feed your cat properly, you should consider purchasing an automatic cat feeder. An automatic cat feeder can be very good idea for busy cat lovers who cannot always be there during the cat’s feeding time. The cat feeder dispenses food gradually according to the timed program and the dictated quantity and the type of food.

Make Sure Your Cat Gets Enough Water

how-to-care-for-our-feline-friends-01The body of the cat is actually made up of about 70 percent water. It is important to always supply your cat with fresh water. Since cats are instinctively attracted to flowing and running water, you should consider installing a cat water fountain. Cat water fountains are constantly filtered and circulated, so water tastes fresher and stays clean. Your cat will naturally be drawn to the flowing and filtered water in the cat water fountain, encouraging her to drink more. This helps ensure your cat drinks enough water and stays well hydrated. Staying well hydrated keeps the cat feeling her very best, and helps prevent kidney, urinary, and other health issues.

Keep Your Cat’s Coat Looking Good

how-to-care-for-our-feline-friends-02Although most cats tend to stay clean and rarely require a bath, you should groom your cat on a regular basis. Regular grooming keeps your cat’s coat looking good, clean, and even reduces the overall amount of shedding. Grooming also helps stimulate the blood flow and offers a great time for bonding with your cat. If the cat has relatively long fur, you can use the pin brush. If she has short fur, you can use a flat brush. You can use a small, triangular shaped type of brush for the smaller areas around the face and ears. In case you prefer using a comb, you can go for the wide toothed combs for long fur, and fine toothed combs for short fur.

BIO:
My name is Diana Hutchinson. I am the founder of Tinpaw.com
I have more than 10 years experience in nurturing and caring for cats. I love them. They long ago became important members of my family.
“A home without a cat is just a house”

Photos courtesy of Diana Hutchinson.

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone!

Book Review – This Dog for Hire

Hi everyone! I got a book review for you today. We’re reading This Dog for Hire by Carol Lea Benjamin for #readpawty on Oct. 11. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads.

Winner of the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel: In the first book of Carol Lea Benjamin’s acclaimed mystery series, Greenwich Village PI Rachel Alexander and her loyal pit bull must find a killer and a missing show dog 

Divorced dog trainer–turned–private-eye Rachel Alexander and her canine assistant Dash—short for Dashiell—are hired by a man named Dennis Keaton to investigate the hit-and-run death of his friend and neighbor Clifford Cole, whose body was found on an isolated Christopher Street pier. The police are treating the gay painter’s suspicious death as a hate crime, but Dennis insists Cliff hadn’t cruised the waterfront in months. Plus, Magritte, Cliff’s champion basenji—a competitor in the upcoming Westminster Dog Show—may have been a witness to the crime and is now missing.

The search for answers takes Rachel and Dash from the SoHo art scene to the most famous dog show in America. Now Rachel is in the sights of a killer hunting her across a treacherous urban landscape. There’s no one she can trust—especially not of the two-legged variety.”

And here’s the review that I posted in Goodreads.

 

http://This Dog for Hire (The Rachel Alexander and Dash Mysteries Book 1)This Dog for Hire by Carol Lea Benjamin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I first started reading the book, I had trouble getting into it. The author was trying too hard to imitate Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler. Then she hit her stride in her own style and then I really got into it. It took me until the end to figure out who the bad guy really was, so that was good. I read so many of these I can usually figure it out by halfway through the book. The storyline got a little choppy in some places. There were some points towards the end where I kept rereading because I felt like I’d missed something. Even though I found the writing uneven in some places, I mostly enjoyed reading this. If the series was available from Kindle Unlimited I would read the rest of them, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to spend $6.00+ per book to read the rest of them.

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If you don’t know about #readpawty, you should check it out. We meet on Twitter the second Tuesday of every other month to discuss a book that is either about animals or features an animal in a significant way in the book. We have a group on Goodreads – Anipals Read. If you join the group you’ll get meeting notices. We also have bookshelves where we post books we’ve read for #readpawty or books we’ve read on our own that we’re recommending to others.

What an adventure!

Happy Sunday everyone. I told you I’d have something really special for you today and I do. Mom had an amazing adventure this summer. She got to go to Switzerland! All the stuffies fought over who would get to go with her. In the end, Kiwi won. He’s easy to pack, stands up nicely, and he’s never been on a trip with mom before. And since he originally came to us from d’Artagnan Rumblepurr in New Zealand, he’s quite the international traveler already. So I’m gonna let Kiwi take it from here.

The Alps
The Alps

Hi pals. Kiwi here! I can’t believe I was the lucky one who got to go to Switzerland with mom to visit Auntie Kirsten. We were mostly in Zurich, but we rode trains, trams, buses, and boats all over the country. It was so beautiful there.

The picture above was taken from the roof of the apartment building Auntie Kirsten was staying in. You could see so much of the city from there and when the weather was clear, you could see the Alps. We were very lucky with the weather. It rained lots in the days before we got there and again after we left. But we only had 1 day of rain when we were there. It didn’t stop us though! We still went out walking around Zurich.

Mom took hundreds of pictures. She helped me use Shutterfly to make a book of the pictures and posted the pictures and the book on the Shutterfly site. And no, Shutterfly didn’t ask us to do a review and didn’t give us anything for this. Mom’s used Shutterfly for years. Anyway, here’s the link to the Shutterfly site: https://cherylsadventures8.shutterfly.com/. Some of mom’s past travels with other stuffies are posted there too. You can see just the pictures, or the book with my comments in it. You’ll have to forgive my typos – typing with a beak isn’t very accurate.

The one thing we really wanted to see but didn’t was the Matterhorn. We rode the Glacier Express all the way to Zermatt, but when we got there it was cloudy and raining. Sigh. Otherwise, the trip was perfect. Mom got to see everything else on her must see list, and we had lots of nommy eats. I do have to say that the restaurants there are very expensive. We wound up packing lunch every day to save some money. The hotels there are also very expensive so we were glad Auntie Kirsten let us stay with her. Now I’m gonna turn this back over to Pumpkin.

Thanks Kiwi. I’m so jealous that the stuffies get the best adventures. I know I get to go some places with mom, but they get to go to the really exciting places. *pout* Anyway, that’s all for today. Have a great week everyone!