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    June 30, 2015
    Keeping Your Cat Active

    My cat has always been extremely active. From the time she was a six week old kitten, to now as a 14-year-old golden girl, she has always loved running, jumping, and playing. All I have to do is bust out the laser pointer, and she is ready to run! However, some cats grow extremely lazy in their old age. All they want to do is sleep, sleep, and maybe eat. While it’s pretty normal behavior, it can be unhealthy for your cat. They need exercise to stay fit! Check out these tips by Go Pet Plan for ways to get them off their furry little butts and get them playing:

    -Buy a kibble-dispensing toy, or make your own by cutting holes in a paper towel roll.

    -Provide different, high perches for your cat to jump on.

    -Open the windows and let your cat explore the outdoors by looking through a screen.

    Photo Credit: Shira Gal 

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    June 26, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Pro Soccer Cat

    This cat has some mad skillz.

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    June 19, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Chipmunk TV

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cat and dog stand together that still!

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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cat Got Your Tongue?

    Photo from Pinterest

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    June 5, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Taking His Pet For A Walk[/dailymotion

    Or at least…trying to walk her. Haha!

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    June 3, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Kitty In The Rain

    Photo credit: Darren Stone

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    June 1, 2015
    Got A Problem With Cats on Counters?

    This has never been a problem for me personally. My cats will scratch holes in the walls/carpet, launch themselves at blinds, and get stuck up on bookshelves, but they’ve never had any interest in being on kitchen counters. Yay me, I guess? But, one of my best friends does not have it so easy. He has to lay out plastic grocery bags on his kitchen chairs, table, and yes, counters, to keep his cats off. If you have the same problem, check out this post by Tess Wilson at Apartment Therapy for tips:

    -Use cookie sheets or aluminum foil on counter edges. It will make your cat jump to the floor, and create an unpleasant sound (kind of like the plastic bag idea)

    -Or, use sandpaper or tape/ something sticky. Your cat will hate the feel under her paws.

    -Pull down blinds so cats can’t bask on counters in the sun, block their view of the birdfeeder

    -Spray a peppermint solution to deter your cat.

    Photo Credit: Lori L. Stalteri 

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    May 6, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cat Paw = Teddy Bear!

    Photo from Distractify 

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    May 1, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Cats Are Still Jerks

    I especially enjoyed the epic pirate music.

    PS, as a bonus, here is my favorite “cat knocking thing over” video of all time:

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    April 20, 2015
    Common Pet Health Mistakes

    Owning a pet doesn’t sound like a difficult job on the surface. You keep them fed, pick up their poop, and maybe play with them/ help them get some exercise every once in a while. In return, they give you their unconditional love and affection. Or, if you have cats, they give you reproachful glares. Just kidding. I love cats. Anyway, being a pet owner can be much more complicated than feed, walk, play. What happens when the pet has behavioral issues, or health issues? How can you prevent them, and keep your pet happy and healthy? Check out this post by Orange Donkey for the most common mistakes that pet owners make:

    -Letting your dog walk you- obedience training is necessary and will help avoid injury for both you and your dog.

    -Not checking for ticks- carefully remove any you find with tweezers

    -Keeping the food bowl constantly full- this will cause your pet to overeat, which can lead to a host of other problems.

    -Forcing cats to be vegetarians- cats are meat eaters, plain and simple.

    -Providing too little exercise- be sure to walk with your dog for at least a half-hour each day.

    Photo Credit: Pete 

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