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

Vol 2, Issue #16 Week 16 - April 23, 2011

"The Boys" say,

Hello {!firstname_fix}

Our issue this week will be a little short on much of anything as we've had a busy week. I got a bit of extra client work unexpectedly over the weekend, which has gotten me a little behind on my "cattin' around" to our bloggie furriends.

Besides, this is Easter weekend and so we're getting ready for that.

"The Boys" and Chuck and I are not doing the Easter egg dye thing this year. How about you?

We do want to say, though, that if we haven't "visited" you at your blog, hang on. We'll be there shortly to say hi. In the meantime, 
I hope you're having a fun weekend.

Yours in furriendship,

Karen and  "The Boys"     

Karen McGreevey
Mews Nooz

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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  He's Got the Sneezies
  • Taking Care of Kitty:  How to Know If Your Cat Is Sick
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  The Outdoor Funhouse - Cat Enclosure Tent
  • It's Your Turn This Spot Is For You
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys"  
  • Manage Your Subscription: You Coming Or Going?

Days of Our Meows

He's Got the Sneezies!

That Mikey is something else!   He's been sneezing and sneezing for the last severalmikey days. We don't know if he's allergic to himself or if he's just got a cold or what.

His eyes are not watery nor does he have a runny nose--thankfully.

But whenever he "takes his bath" (licks his paw and rubs it over his face), he starts to sneeze. And he sneezes and sneezes and sneezes.

Sometimes 5 and 6 times in a row.

We've looked at his paw and it doesn't look like anything is out of the ordinary, although since he is extremely inquisitive, he could have put his paw somewhere where it should not have been.

The question then would be what?!

A trip to the vet for a shot may also be in order. And will be done if he keeps up the sneezing much longer.

Photo: Mikey


Taking Care of Kitty

How To Know If Your Cat Is Sick

If you've had your cat and/or have been watching her for any length of time, you know that when it comes to cats, there are certain cat behavior patterns that tell you your kitty is under par or not feeling well.

The most effective sign of ill health in your cat is "sudden aggre
cat-vetssion". Even though it is an accepted fact that domestication does not completely get rid of the raw animal instinct of aggression, there are times when a cat behaves completely out of character. And so, the best way to know if your pet is sick is when it reacts with aggression towards family members.

Rabies is not a disease that is typical of cats but sometimes there are rare occurrences. And if your cat has been outside, and into something like cats tend to do, there's a likely chance he came into contact with something rabid. Such aggression can even go beyond the point of mere intimidation to extreme violent attacks. So when any of these cat behavior patterns  start to appear, you must take the cat to a vet immediately.

You also might be able to tell when your kitty doesn't feel well by looking into his eyes. For instance, while "The Boys" can't actually "tell us" they don't feel well, they might look a little sad or like they might have a hurt somewhere and that discomfort shows on their faces. Sometimes, too, their "meow" might sound different from how it sounds when they're their usual rambunctious kitty self.  (If you have a stomach ache or a toothache, you might show your pain in grimaces that you make, etc.)  

Or, when you notice your cat eating more than usual you should know something is probably wrong. For example, this could be a case of abdominal worms eating away at the food your cat may have eaten.

Another cat behavior to look for is the unusual eating of grass--the outside kitty is more inclined to exhibit this behavior. Since, as a rule domestic, cats do not eat grass, if it happens with your kitty, it's could be a sign your cat is feeling mildly sick, or perhaps suffering from an upset stomach. So if you notice your kitty eating grass, hold off for a bit on feeding it whatever it was that it just ate--before you saw it chewing on grass.

Behaviors like any of these are things that are most likely out of character for your cat, and any one of them is enough to encourage you to load kitty into the carrier and go off to see the vet. 

What's New Pussy Cat?

The Outdoor Feline Funhouse - - Cat Enclosure Tent

"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 th
e eye of any
discerning kitty. This weeks, it's the Outdoor Feline Funhouse - Cat Enclosure Tent.

At Amazon, they describe outdoor-feline-enclosurethe comfortable out door cat enclosure as a "portable containment system that can be placed on your deck or lawn. It is also great for camping and RVing with pets! The patented FunhouseŽ includes stakes and weight bags for extra stability.

Your indoor feline or other small pet may enjoy fresh air and sunshine. This portable containment system can be placed on your deck or lawn.

The patented FunhouseŽ includes stakes and weight bags for extra stability. It is a roomy, one-piece enclosed unit that sets up instantly with NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, then folds quickly and easily to store flat in its own zippered carrying bag.

The FunhouseŽ is extremely
durable, lightweight, portable and easy to store. Two heavy-duty zippered doors provide easy in and out access. Weather resistant nylon netting allows the free flow of air and provides pet owner and pets with ease of visibility.

And it's tough enough to stand up to claws! Your feline or other small pet will thank you for making enjoying the outdoors with you so much easier! The Feline FunhouseŽ should be used under human supervision at all times.

"The Boys" are  pretty certain they have lots of furriends who will like this Outdoor Feline Funhouse - Cat Enclosure Tent and give it their best  paws up!

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art

It's Your Turn

This Spot Is For You

"The Boys" and I  love to "travel around the net", meeting new furrbies and their beans, seeing old furriends and looking at all of the really neat kitty blogs.  Then we tell our other furriends  who tell their furriends, and so on!
We hope to eventually feature you and them all here in "It's Your Turn." 

That's your invitation.

We want to talk about you in this spot, so please send your information to me at karen@kittensandmittensandthings.com by any given Friday noon, eastern time.

You might include your photo (cat photo) and/or your mom and dad bean's photo, too. And your blog address or web site address. And tell us a little bit about you in 2 or 3 paragraphs. And I'll include you in the upcoming issues of Mews Nooz

If you have questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

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 baby doll 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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