Saturday, April 25, 2015

TV Trip: The Flying Cat

WAFFLES:  Boss! I can FLY! I can FLY!

KATIE:  Waffles, you're laying down sideways on the blanket in our living room. I'd hardly consider that flying.

WAFFLES:  But look! My hat has wings!!! It's magic!

KATIE:  That's not a hat, Waffles. It's a habit.

WAFFLES:  A HABIT??? You mean like when you told me I had a chicken habit?

KATIE:  No Waffles. That's what the nun's wear. Their outfit is a habit. That so-called hat is part of their outfit.

WAFFLES:  So they must wear these habit things for flying, huh? I'm going to fly to California. I bet I can find a nice chicken ranch there.

KATIE:  Well good luck with that. Air travel just isn't what it used to be.

WAFFLES:  Ok, everybuddy, hats up in 60 seconds! I hope packed your wand toys! 

MIMI (left):  This is embarrassing. I look like Yoda. How am I ever going to find a forever home with this crazy get up on? 

STORMY (right):  Yeah well, I've got a wing span of about 5 feet. I'm never going to fit into the litter box again!

KATIE:  Whoooooaaaa!

WAFFLES:  Look Boss!  You're FLYING!!! 


WAFFLES:  Uh, Boss? It's a habit. 

TV Trip Saturdays with the Shelter Cats!
Our Saturday spoofs just got a whole lot furrier! Each week an adoptable cat (or cats!) from PAWS Pet Animal Welfare Society will be making a cameo appearance in our TV Trip blog series. Through the magic of Photoshop, they'll join Katie and Waffles in their TV time-travel adventures.

We'll also introduce you to the cameo cats and share a little bit about them. Maybe, just maybe... some silly wigs and special effects will help our shelter friends find forever homes.

Special thanks to Maggie Swanson, the talented photographer behind our cameo cats and a devoted volunteer at PAWS. Maggie is the author of the blog, Sundays at the Shelter, where she features adoptable cats from PAWS each and every week. Her beautiful photos have helped countless cats find loving homes.

Today's Cameo Cats
Stormy is a young torbie (tortoiseshell-tabby) cat with beautiful green eyes. She’s friendly to people and other cats. Her favorite hobbies are napping and sharing a couch with volunteers.

Her roommate and buddy Mimi (tabby &white) has been at PAWS since last summer. During that time she's blossomed into an outgoing, curious girl cat.

Both of these beautiful girls are available for adoption at PAWS, Pet Animal Welfare Society in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Mimi & Stomy's  photos by Maggie Swanson

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bathing Beauties

 WAFFLES:  Hey Boss? Want me to help you get between your toes?

KATIE:  Thanks but no thanks, Waffles. I know where that tongue of yours has been.

WAFFLES:  What do you mean? My tongue is right here.

KATIE:  I don't care where it's been or where it is right now. Just keep it to yourself. We are NOT going to become those cats that bathe each other. 

WAFFLES:  How about the cats that bathe together???

Did you know it's National Hairball Awareness Day?
The last time I was aware of a hairball, I plopped it strategically in Glogirly's shoe. For some cats, all this bathing can lead to some nasty hairballs. In all seriousness though, hairballs are not something any of us kitties OR our cat parents enjoy. An occasional hairball is to be expected, but if you're coughing them up on a regular basis it could be a sign of other health problems and should discussed with your vet.

For those random hairballs though, we've got a few quick tips to keep them away.

Katie & Waffles' Hairball Prevention Tips
1. Regular Brushing and Combing
Some cats LOVE being brushed or combed, but not all cats. Treats make the world go round, and they also go a long way towards making your date with the brush a little more fun. Long hair cats may need daily brushing, whereas short hairs cats like me and Waffles only really need it a couple of times a week. Regular brushing will help cut down on hairballs and can also become a special bonding time for you and your cat parent. We use the Andis Steel Comband the FURminator deShedding Tool for Cats.

2. Proper Nutrition
A species appropriate diet high in protein, grain free and with little or no carbohydrates can go a long way towards keeping those hairballs away. Canned food and whole foods (not kibble or dry) are smart choices. There are many hairball prevention treats available too, but we believe that good nutrition is the foundation.

3. Water
Some of our cat friends aren't very good drinkers. Many cats prefer a little movement to their water. We use a filtered fountain. It's always running and the bar is always open. It's best to keep your water separate and away from your food too.

4. Stress Management
Awhile back, Katie began over grooming, most likely because of stress factors like a new kitten in the house. For a short time, we used an odorless and tasteless product called Cat Lax that our vet recommended to us. Just a half teaspoon or so added into food once a day. That, in combination with things like increasing playtime for both Katie and Waffles and making sure to get plenty of one-on-one bonding time in really made a difference. Two other products we've had a lot of success with when it comes to maintaining calm in the Townhouse are Feliway's Plug In Diffusersand Spirit Essences Stress Stopper.

Please Note: We're not veterinarians and we're not experts. We're just a couple of cats who've been around the block when it comes to our own hairballs.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday - Size Matters When You're a Kitten

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! How long do you think before I'm taller than you?

KATIE:  Why is it you boys think size is all that matters?

WAFFLES:  Because it's COOL. Do you think I'll get to be THIS tall?

KATIE:  Sure. If you hold onto that stool for the rest of your life. 

WAFFLES:  I bet if I eat all my breakfasts and all my dinners and all YOUR bre–

KATIE:  Yeah, you can just stop right there. That's not going to happen. 

About Today's Photos
Today's pics were taken on December 30, 2012, just a little over a month after Waffles joined our furry family. Once he was sprung from the kitten quarantine room, he spent ALL his time exploring the townhouse. It was and still is his playground.

Some people say most cats are either tree dwellers or ground dwellers. I am most definitely a ground dweller. Sure I've spent my time secretly counter surfing. I've even summited the top of the kitchen cupboards. But I'm happiest when I'm grounded.

It was clear from the moment Waffles arrived that he was most definitely a tree dweller. Even when he's on the ground he's reaching for the sky. Silly dreamer kitty.