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    April 14, 2014
    Toilet Training Your Cat

    I’ve heard of some people potty-training their cats before. One of our family friends has all three of her cats potty trained! They don’t even use the litter box anymore. All she has to do for them is flush! It sounds magical, especially since my cat’s litter box stinks SO bad (even though I scoop it every day and completely change it out every 5 days or so). But, at first I thought my cat was honestly too dumb to learn how to “go” in the toilet. Then, I found this tutorial at Cats of Australia, and it makes the process look extremely easy:

    -Toilet training your cat basically consists of a simple procedure: gradually moving your cat’s litter box closer and closer to the toilet, then placing a bowl with cat litter inside the toilet, and removing it altogether when your cat is comfortable and used to it.

     Be aware – cat toilet training takes a lot of patience!

    There are step by step instructions on the site for each stage. I definitely am going to give it a shot! I’m a pretty patient lady. I’ll update every so often on how it’s going!

    Photo Credit: Gordon Flood 


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    April 4, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: PLEEEEASE Feed Me?
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    A cat asking politely for his breakfast. It takes a minute or so, but it’s SO CUTE!


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    March 17, 2014
    Are You Ready For A Cat?

    Cats are great pets! I love dogs too, but I definitely consider myself more of a cat person. They’re really popular with people who are just starting out on their own. They’re pretty easy to take care of and are adorable companions. But, just because they’re a little more chill than dogs, doesn’t mean that it’s gonna be a cake walk! They’re just like little kids that need to be supervised (especially if you have a kitten) and they are a responsibility. So, if you think you want a cat because you just want a cuddle buddy that you don’t need to take care of, think again! Ask yourself these questions before going through with it:

    -Are your finances in order? This isn’t just kitty litter and food. Do you have enough in your budget to pay for vet expenses like shots, spaying, or neutering? Adoption fees? To pay a pet fee for your apartment? To pay for emergency vet visits? To pay for damages if they’re really hyper and destructive? Sometimes cats can be more of a handful than dogs.

    -Are you emotionally and physically ready? One of the appeal of cats is that they’re pretty low maintenance. You just have to change their kitty litter, and make sure they have food and water. But, while some cats are incredibly laid back (and couldn’t care less about you), some crave attention and demand constant affection. If you have a job which leaves your cat at home alone for the majority of the day, it might not be for you. If you are also easily upset by cats destroying things (blinds, curtains, shower curtains, potted plants, cords that can be chewed, furniture) and cannot discipline them without violence, you may also want to reconsider.

    Kitties are very loving, affectionate creatures! Taking care of them can be very rewarding and it isn’t a job to be taken lightly. 


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    March 14, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Husky Tries To Make A Friend
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    The cat isn’t so sure, though.


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    March 12, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Houston, We Have A Problem

    Photo from themetapicture


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    February 28, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Patty Cats
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    Cats talking and playing patty-cake! This is hilarious!


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    February 24, 2014
    Yorkie Mama and Her Five Kittens

    I never get enough of adorable stories involving unlikely animal friendships. And this one is extra adorable! Ten year old Yorkshire Bridget had given birth to two puppies, but both had died. Thinking quickly, humane society workers placed a new litter of kittens with her. It was love at first sight! She is now raising the kittens as her own– and even nursing them. Check out the full article on Today.com for the fwhole story, and more adorable pictures!

    Photo Credit: Ravell Call 


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    February 10, 2014
    “Treat” Your Cat To This DIY Toy

    Fancy cat toys can be expensive. You might spend $50 on a new scratching post to find that he’s more interested in scratching the box it came in! That’s why I’m a big fan of homemade toys to keep my pets entertained (yarn balls, paper bags…. my cat LOVES chewing on Q-tips for some reason). This idea from The Cat Pinky is another amazing one: a treat dispensing toy. Simply get an old (clean) drink bottle, fill it with a few treats and catnip, and cut a few small holes in it. As the cat plays with the bottle and bats it around, treats will slowly fall out! How cute! And her kitties look like they love it!

    Photo and Idea Credit: The Cat Pinky


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    February 6, 2014
    DIY Cat Shelf

    Check out this DIY idea from Pinterest. It’s super simple, cheap, requires only minimal handyman skills, and your cats will be in heaven. I’ve always been tempted by large cat furniture, but I don’t exactly have the room for it. Well, this project will give your cat somewhere to jump and perch on, but won’t take up precious square footage. First, get a long plank that you can attach to a door (securely)/ Then, it’s as easy as attaching shelves to the plank. You can add carpet to each shelf to give them something to scratch as well. Ta-da! Check out the picture for the finished product. It means less holes in walls, less room taken up, and more fun for your kitties!

    Photo Credit: Pinterest


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    January 29, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Cat Hammock Idea

    Photo from Desire to Inspire -Kim


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