"Mews Nooz" with "The Boys" and Karen McGreevey
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Vol 2, Issue #2 Week 2 - January 15, 2011

"The Boys" say, 


What's your week been like?

I hope you've managed to stay high and dry (as in no high-water rflooding) and if you go outside - no snowstorms or snow drifts to get lost in.

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I don't know about any of you, but I just have the "funnest time" visiting kitty blog after kitty blog, including the blogs of the moms and dads, and reading their thoughts and keeping track of what all the kitties are doing.

I've also noticed you're all so generous with your purrs and your hugs and your warm wishes when one of the kitties is celebrating a "gotcha day", a birthday, or is not feeling up to kitty par.

"The Boys" and I are thrilled to say we're glad to be part of the
kitty community, and we're glad you take a moment from your busy s-cat-ules to say "hi" or to make some other comments at Kittens 'n Things.

Yours in furriendship, 

Karen and  "The Boys"    

Karen McGreevey
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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  Jealousy Raises Its Ugly Head
  • Taking Care of Kitty: A Danger Lurks in the Great Outdoors
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  Thermo-Kitty Bed
  • It's Your Turn:  Hi Kitties...We'd Love To Feature You (and your "Bean") 
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys" 
  • Manage Your Subscription: You Coming or Going?

Days of Our Meows

Jealousy Raises Its Ugly Head

I didn't mention it much, but Bowie was a bit "under the weather" in the summer (he's had asthma since he was a baby - he's 12 now - and we learned this summer that he's got a mass in his tummy. An inoperable one at that!"

So to help with the asthma that's gotten a bit worse, we've been plying him with all kinds of medication (or trying to, that is). And we give him lots of tender loving care.

Probably more than his fair share, it I think about it.

And it's beginning to show in how Bowie's brothers react to the way we treat him.

For instance, because Bowie needs medication, we have to somehow get it down him! Last week, it was a snap. This week not so much!

We also fix food for him that we pretty much know he will eat. Now, sometimes that doesn't quite mesh with the palettes of the other three at that time. It also means we have discovered it's best for us to feed Bowie in a separate room where he can eat by himself...or we find a location in the corner of a room where the others won't try to get his food.

That's a pretty tall order some days.

Because when Jonny, Billy and Mikey want to gather around to see what Bowie is getting that they are not (doesn't even matter if it's a pill or a puff of asthma inhaler), Bowie gets a little suspicisou and doesn't want to eat. Then nBilly whines and Jonny wants to grab the plate and Mikey is a bit "out of sorts" because we're not paying any attentoin to him! He is, after all, in his universe, the center of ours!

The lady we got "The Boys" from told us that Persians are very lovable (and they are), but at times they can be a bit jealous.


They definitely vie for our attention. I suppose that could be in part because there are, after all, four of them.

Photo: Bowie in his "you said what?" pose


Taking Care of Kitty

A Danger Lurks in the Great Outdoors

On the national newes a week or so ago, I saw where a kitty had managed to get himself up one of those telephone poles or electric poles--you know how they do--and then coudln't get down.

I don't recall how long the kitty had been up there, but I think it may have been for a day or so. It's owner tried unsuccessfully coax kitty down, as did the neighbors and eventually a tree removal service.

The tree wervice got out its bucket the tree trimmer rides up in to cut branches from the tops of trees. And as the tree trimmer bucket slowly inched upward toward the kitty, kitty either got scared or lost his balance.

Or something.

Because the next thing you knew from watching the video was the kitty jumped off the telephone pole to the ground and, incredulously, "ran off!"

Thankfully, tne news journalist did add that thekitty was caught shortly after that, was not hur a bit in the jump/fall, and was returned safe and sound to its owner!

When you think about it, there are so many things that can play havoc with a kitty's well-being when it gets outside. Going up poles like that and not being able to get down, is one of them.

Fortunately, this kitty's story has a good ending.

And I'm going to hug "The Boys" extra tight as I'm especially thankful they are indoor kitties only.
Photo Source: I Can Has Cheezburger

 What's New Pussy Cat?

Thermo-Kitty Bed

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

This week, "The Boys" found the yet another "thermal" product. This time, it's the Thermo-Kitty Bed at Amazon. They thought you might be interested, too. While "The Boys" love getting any bed they cfan find and sacking out on the sofas and soft chairs, too, the "heat" feature is very appealing.

This heated kitty bed is especially soothing for "old, kitty bones" and we've got a lot of those here at our home. What with all four kitties being at least 12, and three are 13.

Amazon describes the "Thermo-Kitty Bed like so...

The UL-listed K&H Thermo-Kitty bed keeps your pet feeling warm and secure year-round. The affordable heated bed uses a 4-watt dual-thermostat unit buried inside the thick, soft, orthopedic foam base to warm the bed 10 to 15 degrees above air temperature to match your cat's normal body temperature. Remove the cover for easy machine-washing. For indoor use only.  

"The Boys" love the thought of a Thermo-Kitty Bed and give it        paws up!

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art
Heated Thermo-Kitty Bed from Amazon

It's Your Turn  

We Want You

Since "The Boys" and I have been "traveling around the web," looking at all the really neat kitty blogs, we've decided we'd like to feature other kitties, like you, in this section.

So, feel free to send us your kitty's story, his or her photo, and your Website link to karen@kittensandmittensandthings.com.

We'll then feature you in this spot for our readers to see.

Who We 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. He'll have to tell you the story one of these days.
Michael Anthony (Mikey or Mikki - depening 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" because they were from the same litter.
Wild "Bill" Hicock" - Who is really just "Billy"
Buffalo Bill "Cody" - Unfortunately, is also "gone". He left us a little too young.
Jim "Bowie" - We cfall him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the "baby" he could easily be called the "brat" but that wouldn't be nice!
Chuck - 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 l left side of each topic page.) 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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