Monday, August 8, 2016

Celebrating International Cat Day aka World Cat Day

Disco and Coco are dreaming of a world with no homeless cats

We are not sure when or who came up with the idea for a day to honor us cats (since we expect it every day!) but when we googled it, we saw that The Fund for Animal Welfare created International Cat Dayway back in 2002.

Today is the day the world celebrates International Cat Day and it has been heartwarming and thought provoking to read everyone's posts for today. We have been blogging about 9 years now and one thing we know...the Cat Blogosphere is full of compassionate and caring cat lovers, who work together to help all kitties, and maybe today is about humans helping cats...

Sweet Kely has her forever home with us!

We join in many fundraisers and are reminded every day of the homeless and abused cats in need and sometimes it does seem overwhelming, but if you can end your day making a difference in just one cats life, then the day is not wasted, right?!

Nolo was a homeless kitty we helped find a forever home for!

Hooray for International Cat Day---do something special for the cats in your life, plus an extra for one cat in need! We dropped off a fun cat toy to keep some homeless kitties entertained til they can find their forever home!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

#PetSafe Wants All Pets to Stay Hydrated...We'll Drink to That

Disclaimer:  We are happy to be a part of this product review, and we did receive a free PetSafe® Drinkwell® Avalon pet fountain to use and review, and keep. However, all of the opinions about the product are ours and not dictated in any way by the company. We only share information that we feel is useful and relevant to our readers.

Did you know that all cats originated from desert-dwelling creatures?? Because of that, we kitties don't drink enough water unless encouraged! Us kitties should drink one ounce of water for every pound of body weight each day!

There are many ways to try and increase the amount of water a cat takes in each day, one being feed all wet food, as it contains about 87% water. Another way is to leave the faucet in the kitchen sink dripping, but then we guess humans have a hard time moving us out of the way to wash the dishes, hahameow!

But we think the best (and most stylish) way is to ask your servants to buy you a PetSafe®  Drinkwell® fountain! Teri has gifted us with a couple of PetSafe® fountains over the years and we enjoyed the clean, fresh, aerated water very much!

But Teri said the older models where as much work as taking care of an aquarium, hahameow! So we were very excited when PetSafe® contacted us to see if we would like to try one of their newest styles, The Avalon!

PetSafe® has some really great products and one thing that impressed Teri (and made her smile) was PetSafe's support of the BlogPaws Conference and how many of their pet fountains they placed in the hallways at the conference in Phoenix last June!

It was hot, hot, hot in Phoenix and it is so important for both humans and pets to keep hydrated in the heat. Teri  said she didn't do too well herself! She took along little packets of electrolytes to add to her water bottle and guess how many packets she used?? ONE!  But she was happy to know the doggies were being taken care of thanks to PetSafe®

PetSafe® sponsored National Pet Hydration Awareness Month in July and we were so busy napping (and drinking from our fabulous new PetSafe® Avalon Fountain) that we forgot to tell everyone about it! 

Of course, the heat of the summer, even for us indoor-only kitties, has everyone thirsty, pets and humans alike. PetSafe® even made this cool infographic as a great visual aid in teaching humans why pet hydration is so important!

What are all the benefits of staying hydrated for pets? Well, it lowers the risk of urinary tract disease (something we almost lost Brighton to a few years ago), and it speeds recovery from illness and surgery. And it is also very important that older kitties with kidney disease stay well-hydrated too! Our senior catizen, Kely,  falls into that category now, as she is in Stage 2 Kidney Disease.

Proper hydration plays a big role in a pet's health and knowing the signs of dehydration early can save you a trip to the vet's...that's a biggie!! PetSafe® even made a video to help pet owners learn  how to check for the signs of dehydration in your cat or dog!


PetSafe® now makes 6 different styles of fountains, and we are positive there is one that will fit your pets perfectly, but we got to test the Avalon and Teri even got to pick the color! She said red would look nice in our kitchen, and that's where she set it up!

PetSafe®  Drinkwell® Avalon fountain holds 70 ounces of water and is made of dishwasher-safe ceramic and one of the things Teri likes best about it is that it's super easy to clean! The only moving part is the pump!

She also likes the way the water flows, giving us choices if we want to drink from the bowl or from the 'waterfall'...Kely likes the waterfall the best!!

Here's the link to learn more about the PetSafe®  Drinkwell® Avalon Fountain, and if you order from them directly, shipping is free, too!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Caturday Saturday on Clear The Shelters Day!

Teri says she has us four senior kitties to take care of, and that financial responsibility is about all she can handle right now...but we want to do a little something to help those kitties in need who are waiting in shelters and foster care for their forever homes!

That's where Clear the Shelters Day comes in! All around the USA, in nearly every city, shelters have joined in this adoption initiate, almost 700 of them!! We think that is news worth sharing! 

And it happens to fall on Caturday Saturday this year and we all know how many kitties end up in shelters, so we had to do our part in telling our friends about Clear the Shelters Day!

This nationwide pet adoption event is a team effort with NBCUniversal owned TV stations and last year nearly 20,000 pets left 400 shelters to start their new life in their forever homes! Animal shelters across the country come together today, July 23 for the 2nd annual Clear The Shelters event! This nationwide pet adoption event aims to connect animals in need with loving new families. More than 19,000 pets were adopted from 400 shelters during last year's #Cleartheshelters event.

If you have been thinking of adding a new pet to your family, is the day to do it! All the adoption fees are waived! You can buy lots of noms and toys for your new family member with all that money you save! Here is the link to see what shelters and rescue organizations are participating where you live!

Find a Participating Shelter

And if you can't adopt, then share this event info on your social media channels--Facebook, Twitter 'n more by using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters. Want to see what people are Tweeting about right now? Click Here!

You might remember we helped spring a kitty from a shelter last fall and that made us feel sooooo good! We helped make a difference in that kitty's life and while we couldn't adopt him, we helped find him a forever home!

And today, Teri donated some coupons for free bags of kitty food that were in the BlogPaws Swag  Bag, so some kitties will be eating something yummy real soon!  We might not be able to adopt right now, but we can help in other ways.

We hope that this years Clear The Shelters Day sets a new record and we will be watching today to hear some good news for a change! We all could use more joy in our lives, and that goes double for those pets in shelters!

"Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal"

Monday, July 18, 2016

ManCat Monday

Sweet Altarnun, but you can call him Al
As you know, we have quite an extended family, and nothing makes Teri happier than to get photos from them! We love to share them, too, when we get new pix, so here are a few ManCats for your viewing pleasure!

Two Clams, Two Hams! Henry Oliver & Tater Du

Life Imitates Art, with Midnight looking most statuesque

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wordless Wednesday, #BlogPaws Style!

Digging into the photo archives, Teri found this photo series she took of handsome Brighton way back in 2010...

Something so calming about gazing upon a cat at rest...

But if it's a bit more excitement you are seeking, hop on the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!

Monday, June 6, 2016

ManCat Monday, Kitten Style!

Red Tabby Cornish Rex

These ManCats are Cheddar and Colby! They were the very last kittens born in our house, way back in 2011. 

Today, in looking for something to write about for ManCat Monday, she was looking through the kitten pix and she kinda got lost in remembering the sweet babies born here at Furry Dance Cattery.

So we thought you would enjoy seeing Colby and Cheddar, too...Little ManCats in training!

Red Tabby Cornish Rex kitten

Red Tabby Cornish Rex kitten playing
Red Tabby Cornish Rex kitten playing
Red Tabby Cornish Rex kitten
Red Tabby Cornish Rex kitten ready to pounce
and the cutest little video of them frolicking around the bed!