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

Vol 2, Issue #9 Week 9 - March 5, 2011

"The Boys" say, 


If you've been following our blog, Kittens 'n Things, you know by now we're making some really big changes there.

Specifically, I'm adding "Mews Nooz" to the "Menu"! This means now (well, rather once I get it all set up), you can have access to your favorite (or not so favorite) issues of Mews Nooz.

You'll also be able to access past issues, and to pass the links to the issues on to your furriends and family.  Past issues will eventually be categorized by "year"; for now I have "place holders" with the years 2010 and 2011. Dates of the issues are included, although the links are not yet active.

Of course, we hope you continue to stay on "our list" so your issue reaches you, like usual, on Saturday mornings.

Yours in furriendship,

Karen and "The Boys"     

Karen McGreevey
Mew's Nooz

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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  Move Over, Arnold! We've Got Billy, the Intimidator
  • Taking Care of Kitty:  When It Comes to Eating, How Much Is Enough?
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  1-Story Cat Condo
  • It's Your Turn:  The Ozark Mountain Cats and Their Typist
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys"  
  • Manage Your Subscription: You Coming Or Going?

Days of Our Meows

Move Over, Arnold! We've Got Billy, the Intimidator

Mikey and Billy seem to "go together" like peanut butter and jelly or mac and cheese.

They're also trying to "one up the other" more often than not. Mikey will start on out my lap, Billy doesn't like it because he thinks my lap is his, so Billy moves in for "the big move out".

Which means he will come and sit beside me on the couch and just stare at Mikey. Now, if that stare doesn't give Mikey the "heebie-jeebies" or the idea he'd better move on--like NOW--Billy will then slowly put one paw onto my lap and then another paw.

If that fails to move Mikey, Billy will then squirm his head and chest between Mikey and my chest. Then he'll park himself--partly on me, and partly on Mikey.

About now, Mikey's maybe getting the idea that he'd better get a move on! And so he does!

While Billy settles in for a really long bath--and later a nap!

Photo: Mikey - front; Billy, back right

 Taking Care of Kitty

When It Comes to Eating, How Much Is Enough?

I knew it was a possibility, but after the last trip to PetCo I finally realized that "The Boys" are 'single-pawdedly'" making the folks at PetCo extremely rich!

I came to this conclusion after my one thousand, three hundredth, f
ifty-third trip to the store in one week (just kidding!) to get their cat food.  ("The Boys" get the 3.5 oz size cans.)

It also came when one of the clerks at the store commented that I was buying a lot of cat food!

No kidding!

It's no secret that we give "The Boys" a huge selection when it comes time to eat. And we make sure they have "feeding time" at breakfast, morning brunch, noon lunch, afternoon snack, supper/dinner, and bed snack.

Luckily, none of them gets up during the night to eat...rather, if they do, they "eat left-overs"! Or crunchies (dry food)!

While you may find that literature on cats indicates a cat has a rather small stomach--about the size of the lid on an aspirin bottle--at feeding time, at least around here, you might be inclined to think they all have hollow legs or something.

Well, at least Jonny.

In general, some cats may eat more than others, at any given time. For instance, one day, Mikey might eat a lot of the food we put out; later in the day, it might be Billy. Or, Billy will come to the plate and then just turn up his nose and walk away.

"The Boys" will monitor themselves, and when one or the other or all of them gets full, they're done. Even if food is left on the plates.

As a rule, the average cat will eat in the neighborhood of half a can at meal time. Give or take a few morsels. And some days, Jonny may clean up his plate and then start on Bowie's portion.

On the other hand, other times, the "chosen food" either doesn't smell good, doesn't taste good, doesn't look good, or they may not yet have an "open spot" in the tummy from the last meal. Which means they won't even give the food a sniff.

So the bottom line, at least with our bunch, is to set out the food when it's (your) time. Make sure your kitty sees what's available. And then for the most part your kitty ought to "self-police"...eat until he's full and then leave.

Although, I have seen each of ours "eyeing" each other's plates. At times, they'll even go from plate to plate, doing a taste-test. I suppose that's to see if one of a brother has something that the other one doesn't.

The whole time for your kitty to take it all in occurs over about 15 minutes -- before he   hits the "full mark". Once your cat walks away, you can think about picking up the (canned) food. Especially at night as wet food sitting out at night (in summer, in particular) can be subject to spoilage.

In the end, though, it's you and your kitty who decide what to feed your kitty and when and for how long.
Photo source: Unknown

 What's New Pussy Cat?

1-Story Cat Condo

"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, they are showing off this 1-Story Cat Condo" for their kitty furriends, and if you're reading this, you're a "kitty furrriend!"

We found this particular condo at Amazon. Amazon says this about the 1-Story Cat Condo:

"This condo is for the cat or kitten who likes to play with a bonus susal scratching post and platform.

It allows cats a higher platform to perch. Fuzzy/springy toy atop perch adds to the fascination. "

"The Boys" played with a gray one like this when they were little; now, not so much.

Except their's didn't have the fuzzy/springy toy.  Nevertheless, this condo  kept them busy for hours. They'd take turns being inside and outside and upside down; on top on the ledge-like thing and then on top of the first story.

"The Boys" are "thrilled" with the 1-Story Cat Condo, and give it  paws up!

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art
The condo is an affiliate link.

 It's Your Turn

The Ozark Mountain Cats and their Typist

"The Boys" and I "travel around the web" regularly, looking at all of the really neat kitty blogs that we can feature here in "It's Your Turn." 
And then we tell our other furriends!  Look who we found this week, The Ozark Mountain Cats.

We are the Ozark Mountain Cats.

To give a little history, we'll go back to the biginning before we started blogging. It was a cold, icy January and we were bored. The boy cats got together and decided they'd sneak up the hill to the road and see if we could catch a biped, a two legged, two armed creature capable enough to build us a blog. It wasn't long before this grumpy, ole grey haired lady cam buss'ng along in her car and skidded right off the road into a big oak tree.

We had our typist.

The youngest Ozark Mountain Cat is Major Payne! Our typist, the biped brought him home last spring only to find out that Major Payne was a girl cat and not a boy. The Major's primary goal in life is to bug his sisfur cat, Annie, and to make the rest of the world laugh at her antics.


The Ozark Mountain Cats

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"The Boys" and I love your laughing ^^^ ways, and we're glad you stopped by to share your story. 

 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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