"Mews Nooz" with "The Boys" and Karen McGreevey
Published Weekly for Cats, Cat Lovers and More

Vol 2, Issue #13 Week 13 - April 2, 2011

"The Boys" say,

What did you do with spring?

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In case you haven't had a chance to notice, our March 26, 2011 issue of Mews Nooz is now on line. This will be especially nice if you go on a trip and forget to take any reading material with you.

All you have to do is to get out your iPad or favorite notebook, and then jump on line at Kittens 'n Things, Mews Nooz, and read to your heart's content. All issues for 2011 are now online.

So get you there for something to read!

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In case you haven't heard, we have a new blog, "Cat Care Wellness Tips", and we are now on Facebook as Kittens 'n Things. It's a little confusing over there but we're slowly but surely getting it figured out. If you are on Facebook, leave a comment at our Kittens 'n Things page so we can "Like" you.

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"The Boys" are looking forward to the weekend. What about you? We hope you have a terrific weekend, and we'll see you next time!

Yours in furriendship,

Karen and  "The Boys"     

Karen McGreevey
Mews Nooz

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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  He Steals Pillows
  • Taking Care of Kitty:  Letting Your Cat Train  Itself
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  TripsWithPets
  • It's Your TurnFloppycats - A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys"  
  • Manage Your Subscription: You Coming Or Going?

Days of Our Meows

He Steals Pillows

About a month or so ago, "The Boys" and I were awarded the "Stylish Blogger Award" for our work with Kittens 'n Things.

Along with that, one of the things the awardees was supposed to do was to post seven things about your kitty that others don't know or would like to know.

As you might guesss, with four, the possibilities of answers were endless.

For Billy, I chose that he "steals pillows". At that time, I said I'd be back later and tell the "why" of his pillow stealing story. Well, it's later...and here's the story...

On purpose, I sleep with two pillows; one for me and one for any of the cats that want to use it. Billy has mainly claimed ownership of that extra pillow.

But now he's not satisfied with "his own" (formerly my) pillow. In fact, many, many nights, I wake up during the night to Billy practically sleeping on my head. Well, actually, half on, half off the "extra" pillow and the other half is on my head!

And if I get up at all during the night, I might as well forget about trying to get the extra pillow back because Billy will have none of it.

It's like he's holding it down with his paw, saying, "Mine!

And then he'll look at me looking at him. I think he's afraid I'll tell him he has to move.

Taking Care of Kitty

Letting Your Cat Train Itself

There is absolutely no doubt that cats are among the most inquisitive creatures on this earth.

In fact, they have this in common with humans in many ways
. Just as humans are wired to look at the way something works and to consider how it might be improved, so, too, cats have a tendency to explore and work things out – which can work for good or for bad.

Not for nothing is it said “Curiosity killed the cat”.

Cats, as wise as they may be, still sometimes make bad decisions. We’ve all heard stories of cats spending some time in washing machines, which are in operation, because they sneak in and lie on the clothes before the machine is switched on.

Or the time our Snowflake wandered to the basement when my grandmother was visiting. Shortly after her little trek to the basement, Snowflake started to meow. But my grandmother, home alone with Snowflake, could not find her at first. Meow after meow had my grandmother following the sound and finally finding Snowflake in the pipe in the basement that led to either the furnace or to the air conditioner...depending upon which turn Snowflake took.

Chuck went home to rescue Grandma from her vapors and Snowflake from the pipe! Which actually was a rectangle shaped pipe. Before the rescue, we were able to see Snowflake in the cold air register in the floor in the dining room; we just couldn't get her out from the dining room. It took a trip to the basement and some "thumping" on the pipe on our part to lead her to follow the sound to get out safely.

Now as trauma-inducing for you and your cat as those incidents might seem, you really can use your cat’s curiosity to work in your favor.

For instance, you probably already know that it is very common to find when you receive a delivery in your home or carry in something from the grocery, when you take the item out of its box (or a sack) to look at it, your favorite feline will be inquisitive enough to check out the box. In fact, sometimes around here, it's difficult to get the box open as one or the other of "The Boys" will be in the middle of the "opening of the box" ceremony.

This has also happened to us when we're packing a suitcase to go somewhere. Leave it for five minutes and a cat just happens to stuff himself into the carry-on.

Sometimes, one will even curl up to go to sleep.

This natural curiosity can be of great benefit hen it comes to getting your cat into its carrier when you need to go somewhere.

For instance, about a half an hour before you need to leave, you might just get your carrier out or down from wherever it is and leave its door open. Put the carrier in an easy-to-see place, and put a blanket or a towel or your kitty's bed things inside. You'll find that rather than having to chase your cat around the house to end up stuffing a miffed kitty into the carrier, your cat will usually put himself in on his own and go to sleep. Which will make your task a lot easier, and less bloody.

What happens at our house, though, is we find we must pay close attention to which cat is in the carrier when we do the "let the cat get used to the carrier" routine, as more often than not, any cat but the intended cat will manage to get into the carrier first!

As in, it its Jonny's turn for the vet, he will go hide and Mikey will have snooped his way into the carrier!

What's New Pussy Cat?


"The Boys," our "Cat Seen Investigators" (CSI), like to nose around the Internet for really cool toys and all kinds of stuff that might catch the eye of any discerning kitty.

And then there's our email, which
we especially love to open these last few weeks because we've been receiving some really new and interesting announcements. (Maybe you've been getting them, too.)

A week or so ago, if you recall, we we wrote about the news that Purina Cat Chow was looking for a Cat Correspondent.

Then this past week, I received an email from Ann Kelly at TripsWithPets, announcing the launch of "their new and improved" website.

In case you didn't get the email and/or if you were not aware of TripsWithPets, here is a bit of information to "whet your appetite" so you'll click over to their TWP site to see it all for yourself.

Travel Perks, Store, Activities, Lodging - including friendly pet accommodations in Canada

The "new" features include:

• The ability to search pet friendly properties by hotel chain to accommodate specific preferences of where to stay.

• Directories of pet friendly activities and services in different areas including off-leash dog parks, dog beaches, pet friendly restaurants, and dog hiking trails to make trips as enjoyable and fun for pets as possible..

The TWP Store is equipped with even more pet travel accessories like crates and kennels, pet car seats and seat belts, and travel gear bags. Another popular section of the website, the airline pet policies, has more airlines to choose from and includes pertinent information about each airline's regulations, as well as direct navigation to that airline's pet information page.

While in recent years the only "trips" "The Boys" take are to the V-E-T, they are "thrilled" with this announcement from TripsWithPets. And they're pretty certain they have lots of furriends who will like TWP, too, so the new TWP gets  paws up!

Thanks, Ann, for getting in touch with us and for sharing your news about TripsWithPets.

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art
Logo from Trips with Pets

It's Your Turn

Floppycats, Trigg and Charlie's, Mom Jenny

"The Boys" and I  love to "travel around the net", meeting new furrbies, seeing old furriends and look at all of the really neat kitty blogs. Then we tell our other furriends who tell their furriends, and so on! 

This week, we're doing something just a little bit different in our "shout out". We're giving a shout out to Trigg's and Charlie's, Mom, Jenny, who has written an ebook, titled, "A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home." The rest of the details about the ebook are at Floppy Cats.com.

However, the gist of the story is that when Jenny lost Rags, her b
eloved Ragdoll, she decided to honor him by "continuing on with floppycats".

And so her labor of love slowly materialized into an ebook about all things Ragdoll kitten. Which includes:

Eight chapters that encompass topics like these:

"Chapter 1: Kitten-Proofing and Preparing Your Home and Your “Safe” Room

Chapter 2:
First Days with Your Kitten

Chapter 3:
Ragdoll Kitten’s Diet Food and Water Bowls

Chapter 4:
Recommended Scratchers, Toys and Beds

Chapter 5:
Carriers and Your First Vet Visits

Chapter 6:
Nail Trimming and Grooming

Chapter 7:
Litter Box

Chapter 8:
Dental Care – Teeth Brushing

Conclusion: Maintaining Healthy Ragdoll Cat

Add to all that, 2 Special Bonuses, and a 30-Day Money Back Offer! Now that's the way to purchase an ebook!

Yay for Jenny, Trigg and Charlie. This is an exciting time for you all with your new ebook. And we're right here sharing in your excitement. 


And, Dear Readers, if you'd like to help Jenny get the word out about her ebook to all the kitties and their huumans that you know, feel free to go to her site to get the purchase information. Or you can click to Kittens 'n Things to get the ebook.

Who Meow Are

The McGreeveys 

I'm Karen McGreevey, "keeper of the kids." "The Boys" at our house include:

Jonny Cat, II - named for Jonny Cat, who was in our "first
family," and for a sack of cat litter. I'll have to tell you that story one of these days.
Michael Anthony (Mikey or Mikki - depending upon whether I spell his name or Chuck, my husband, spells it). Mikey is named after an expensive line of jewelry--because he's "mighty fine"!
Daniel Boone - Although Daniel's no longer with us. We called him "Daniel" for short. And he and Mikey were "true brothers" as they were from the same litter. 
Wild "Bill" Hickok - Who is really just "Billy".
Buffalo Bill "Cody" - Unfortunately, is also "gone". He left us way too young.
Jim "Bowie" - We call him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the "baby" he could easily be called the "brat" but that wouldn't be nice! 
Chuck - The daddy of "The Boys", and husband of Karen.

All six were/are Purebred Persians, with babydoll faces. (Their faces are sprinkled throughout this ezine, on the left-side of each topic section.) They do not have the really smashed nose, which is a characteristic of some Persians.

Except Jonny;  he's close - "by a nose"!

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