DDFL’s CatFest Follow-up

Pals, I just got the following press release from the Denver Dumb Friends League. It’s pawsome news!

Dumb Friends League CatFest results in nearly 100 cat adoptions

 DENVER (July 16, 2012) We may be in the dog days of summer, but cats ruled this past Saturday, July 14, at the fourth annual CatFest. The Dumb Friends League placed 124 pets—98 of those being cats and kittens—on that single day.

 In addition to all those animals finding new homes, Animal Planet’s celebrity cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy, spent the afternoon answering cat-related questions, signing autographs and taking pictures with cat enthusiasts. More than 2,000 people experienced a purebred cat exhibition, a Meow Market with vendors selling cat-related merchandise, clicker-training demonstrations and numerous free activities for children.

“We’re thrilled that thousands of cat lovers joined us for CatFest and that so many took advantage of our heavily reduced adoption fees for cats and kittens,” said Bob Rohde, Dumb Friends League president and CEO. “Cats make wonderful pets—they not only bring joy and companionship to your life; but they are affectionate, intelligent and very receptive to training.”

To help even more felines find homes, the Dumb Friends League will continue to offer $10 adoption fees for all cats over 7 months old through July 31. The special takes place at all Dumb Friends League adoption locations. Every cat adoption fee includes a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip ID implant and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian.

CatFest was sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet®. For more information on the Dumb Friends League and its $10 cat adoption special, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League

Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain Region helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond. In 2012, the Dumb Friends League expanded the scope of its services to include providing shelter, care and hope for abused and neglected equines in Colorado. The Dumb Friends League has shelters at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock, as well as the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center near Franktown. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

98 cats and kittens getting new furever homes in just one day! That’s what I call a successful CatFest. I can’t wait for next year’s. Maybe the weather will be cooler and I’ll get to go in the fur! Concatulations to the Denver Dumb Friends League for a pawsome job.

Simple Solution Cat Box Products

In 23 years of owning cats, Mom’s tried many different things for cleaning our litter boxes.They’ve ranged from useless to pretty good, but none were outstanding. So when the makers of Simple Solution products contacted me and asked me if I’d try and review their product, I figured why not? And boy am I glad I did!

This isn’t the first litter box cleaning product I’ve reviewed and the others were pretty good. In fact, good enough to keep using until this came along.

The Litter Box Deodorizer is good for lots of things like cleaning the litter box and refreshing it between cleanings. The Cat Odor Destroyer if more of an air freshener. You can use it on fabrics, too. In fact, if your cat’s a little stinky, you can even safely spray it directly on the cat! Mom hasn’t tried spraying any of us yet I’m glad to say. She says she likes the way we smell. But she commented that she wished she’d had the Cat Odor Destroyer for one of the cats that came before us. Apparently, she wasn’t quite so sweet smelling.

 We seem to use the Litter Box Deodorizer much more than the Cat Odor Destroyer. Mom uses the Litter Box Deodorizer every time she cleans the litter box both as she’s cleaning it and then sprays the box again before she puts the fresh litter in. She’s not big on spraying air fresheners, so that’s one reason the Odor Destroyer hasn’t seen much use. Although she likes these better than others she’s used because they aren’t aerosols and they smell fresh instead of fake flowery or something.

The other reason she doesn’t use the Odor Destroyer much is because she just hasn’t needed to! The Cat Odor Destroyer does such a good job of keeping our boxes smelling fresh that she doesn’t feel the need to use anything else. We had company last weekend and they made a point of saying how surprised they were they couldn’t smell the downstairs litter box. That litter box is in a bathroom that was right next to the room they were all in.

Simple Solution makes quite an extensive line of products (although these are the only two we’ve tried so far). I looked them up in my favorite place to shop (Amazon.com) and also on Petsmart.com. They both carry an impressive selection of Simple Solution products at reasonable prices. I wouldn’t be surprised if your favorite place to buy pet supplies carried Simple Solution, too.

In this house, Simple Solution gets 4 paws up (or in Mom’s case, 2 hands up) from every one of us!

Simple Solution provided their product free of charge for our review. We received no compensation for writing this review and the opinion expressed here is Mom’s and mine and no one else’s. If you know me, you know no one can tell me what to say! MOL

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.