What a First Time Cat Owner Needs to Know

Woo hoo! A guest post! Haven’t had one in a while. I have the pleasure of bringing you a post by Ella Davidson of Coupons.org.

What a First Time Cat Owner Needs to Know

Guest Post: This post was written by Ella Davidson of coupons and deals website, Coupons.org. Coupons provides authoritative consumer-savings information and has been featured on CNBC.

Owning a cat can seem like a daunting task, especially if you have never had one before. Looking in the pet store for inspiration can be counterproductive, as the sheer range of items can make the process seem like a nightmare. However, you shouldn’t let this discourage you from getting a cat. Cats are incredibly fun to be around, and they each have distinctive personalities. Cats like different things and this is strongly dependent on their personality as well as previous experiences the cat has endured. Some of the most important aspects of taking care of your first cat is to make sure that he or she has enough to eat and drink and that he or she feels loved.

Cat personalities can generally be broken down into three categories:

  1. High-strung cats
  2. Mellow cats
  3. Timid and/or shy cats

There are, of course, many variations of these and cats that seem to fall into their own domains. High-strung cats, the first of the three, spend a lot of time moving around, and often hate to be held. Many cats initially like this settle down over time as they become more used to the environment. Mellow cats, the second kind,are the easiest type of cat to deal with. They tend to be laid back and don’t exhibit strong preferences about most things. This makes entertaining and taking care of them easy, as they tend to enjoy anything they are given. Timid and shy cats, the last kind, tend to be cautious and avoid anything new or that scares them. Just like human personalities, these preferences and approaches may change a little over time, but the core personality of your cat is likely to remain the same throughout his or her life.

Cats love to be played with, and there are many different ways that you can keep your cat entertained. Playing games is a common way of achieving this. One very easy type of game is to tie an object onto a string and swing it by your cat. Most love to chase objects, and you can entertain him or her (and yourself) for quite some time by pulling the item away as he or she reaches for it. Bubbles are another idea; you can make your own bubble mix or buy a pre-made bottle from many stores. Cats will try to catch the bubbles, often darting around the room in the process. These types of games also help to keep your cat active and limber.

In taking care of your cat, it is important to ensure that you are feeding them enough food and water. Set aside a particular place for your cats feeding area and place a bowl for water and one for food. Make sure that there is always water in the bowl. The water should be replaced several times a day to ensure that it is clean. There are two types of food that you can get for your cat, wet and dry food. Most cat owners recommend alternating the food types and feeding your pet twice a day, once with wet food, once with dry food. What cats will eat is extremely dependant on personality type. Some cats are happy with literally any type of food, while others will only eat specific brands or flavors – just like humans! Experiment with what your cat will and won’t eat to establish their preferences.

Take time out of your day to pet your cat. Petting is a form of affection, and can be as simple as rubbing your cats back while he is resting. There are many benefits to petting your cat, it helps to calm both them and you down, and it is a de-stressing mechanism that has been shown to decrease blood pressure in cats. The place that cats most enjoy to be petted is between the eyes, the ears, and the side of the head, although this differs depending on the personality of your cat.

Caring for your cat involves paying attention to them. The type of activities that cats enjoy does vary depending on the personality of the cat, but this is easily learned through trial-and-error and as you come to know your cat more. Making sure your cat is fed well, entertained, and feels affection are probably the most important factors for a new cat owner. You will find that owning a cat is an extremely rewarding experience.

References
http://www.companionsforlife.net/cat-index-page/cat-personalities
http://www.catsplay.com/thedailycat/2003-04-07/mind_happycat/games/games.html
http://www.catsplay.com/thedailycat/2002-01-21/mind_happycat/pampering/pampering.html
http://www.catsplay.com/thedailycat/2003-09-22/mind_happycat/petting/petting.html

Thank you Ella for the excellent information. I hope if any of you out there are thinking about adopting a kitty, this will be helpful. Mom wishes she’d known this before adopting her first. She learned everything the hard way. MOL

See you Sunday everyone! Happy Spring.

Ringo Puddy reviews mrchewy.com

This is my littermate, Ringo Puddy. Some of you know him from Facebook. He lives with Mom’s friend Chris, lots of other cats, and they take care of a feral colony.

So when we were approached by mrchewy.com with the offer of a $50 coupon to try out their site, Mom and I immediately thought of Ringo. We had just bought a bunch of food and didn’t need any, but they always need food over there!

So here’s Ringo to tell us about his experience with ordering from mrchewy.com.

Hi Pumpkin!  Mommy ordered sum food for me on da Mr Chewy website, and she really likes it! Mommy likes buying me and my brofurs healthy food cuz we dont get upset tummies as much, and our potty boxes aren’t so stinkly. Mommy likes all da health food for me and my brofurs, and da litters and da treats. Mommy sez dat da website was easy to work wif, and da food came in only three days! Plus, mommy got free shipping, so da man in da white box could bring me my food real fast. Mommy sez dat it was hard to choose da food cuz dere was lots to get, and she really likes da delivery cuz da only healthy food store is not close to our house, and she dosen’t always want to drive dere. Mommy sez dat she will order from Mr Chewy on a regular basis cuz dey did a good job, and she likes dem!!
Wuv,

Ringo Puddy

Sounds like one happy kitty to me! They really liked ordering from mrchewy.com. Looks like we’ll have to give it a try the next time we need food. I checked, and they do have the food we like. With over 70 brands to choose from, I’m sure they have your brand, too!

 

They also have free delivery if you order more the $49 worth. That’s pretty good. Shipping is very expensive on lots of sites. And even sites that sometimes give free shipping don’t give it on heavy stuff like food and litter.

Looks like we’ll have to give mrchewy.com a try the next time we need to order food! Kind of makes me wish we’d kept that $50 coupon for ourselves! MOL

Thanks for stopping by today. See you on Sunday!

A Visit from Deb Barnes!

I know lots of you are regular visiters of Zee and Zoey’s blog. I bet every one of you is as excited as I am that their human mom, Deb Barnes, is here to tell us about how she came to write a book about them, The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary. All yours, Deb!

While writing has always been a passion of mine, until I wrote my first book, The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary, my writing has always been limited to the yearly family newsletter and the occasional corporate letter written at work by me during my day job as an Executive Assistant. So, just how or why does one become an author and how does the creative process itself work?

For me, the book began as a seed of an idea after Zee, my lovable male Maine Coon cat, and Zoey, my high-spirited female Bengal cat fell madly in love and subsequently had a litter of kittens together. I began sending out a weekly series of emails to various family members and friends documenting the growth process of the kittens with a humorous narrative that was complimented by photographs taken by my fiancé, Dan. These emails were sent out religiously every Friday morning and soon became a sensation, as many recipients clamored for a book. I was honored by the compliments, but I hardly took the idea seriously. That was until I was unexpectedly laid off during “Week 7” of the kittens life and had A LOT more free time…

The process that followed was a long and difficult road, filled with uncertainty and severe depression. I knew I wanted to write a story about my cats, but emotionally, I was not capable of being an author with any authority or talent. Being unemployed in my late 40’s was a lesson in humility and I found it difficult to function. I had envisioned a cute and sweet story filled with adorable kittens and humorous antidotes – being that I couldn’t even muster the energy to smile, this was a task too large for me to tackle. As it turns out, my cats and kittens were far wiser than me and were about to teach me some invaluable life lessons.

 It was through them, that I began to see life through their minds eye and the personal revelation was profound. Cats live without judgment and in the moment. They do not dwell on circumstances, and, as long as they are loved, fed, have clean litter and a lap to nap on, then life is good. It was then that I realized I had a story to tell and a message to teach – I wanted to use my cats as more than a cute story about kittens climbing up a curtain. I wanted to use an honest, conversational, warm, and humorous style of writing to share a story that really explored the very real core of being a cat – how they express feelings and emotions, not just with one another, but with the world at large. I felt whether you were a “cat person” or not, that the journey of the chronicle itself, is something we all can relate to in one way or another and I became convinced I needed to share my positive feelings as they did, i.e., to “embrace the ordinary in life and dare to make it extraordinary.”

Once the mental roadblock had been cleared, my true colors emerged and I found out I was a purist by nature, meaning writing on napkins was the most effective way for me to remember an idea, and that most of my ideas stemmed from random moments of the day – normally either while I was at work at inappropriate moments; driving home during hostile rush hour traffic; when I was watching one of my favorite TV shows and my mind would wander; or when I was exhausted and wanted to get some sleep, but my brain just wouldn’t shut off, forcing me to get out of the bed at an ungodly hour to jot down my thoughts.

If I was driving, I would grab any scrap of paper I could find in my purse – check stubs, receipts, shopping lists, lottery tickets – and quickly and incoherently scribble my random thoughts later to translate onto the computer screen. Did this method work? Not really. More times than not, I would have no clue what I had written down and could only pick out one or two legible words. Invariably I would grab the only pen that was out of ink (aren’t they all when you really need one) forcing me to improvise and use either my eyeliner pencil or lipstick as a writing instrument.

No one ever said the life of an author was glamorous, especially the life of an author who writes about her cats. I still scoop litter, I still step in hacked up hairballs, and I still can’t walk one foot in front of the other without worrying about tripping over one of them. They have no respect for my newly appointed title in life and remain ever the masters of myself and my home!

Website – www.zeezoey.com

Thank you Deb for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by here for a visit. My pals, I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the book for review. I’ll post it on Sunday.

Candy & EK’s gotcha day is coming up on November 12. In honor of their day, I’m gonna do a commentathon on my November 13th drive. Mom said I could have 50 cents for every comment. I’ll be splitting the green papers between Duncan’s Place and the Santa Paws drive. I better get lots and lots and lots of comments because I want to have  a lot of green papers to send them.

See you Sunday!