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

Vol 2, Issue #10 Week 10 -  March 12, 2011

"The Boys" say, 


In case you haven't remembered, Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. That means, by rights, you have to "move your clock" forward either before you go to bed Saturday night...or when you get up Sunday morning.


as any cat owner knows, you have your own personal alarm clock. Your kitty begins to awaken you very early in the morning. In fact, most mornings it's still dark outside.

Although, with the daylight change, our "Boys" have to get "into the groove" with the new hours. And that means they get their groove from me!

Maybe I could trick them into sleeping late...at least before their hunger alarms go off!

Yours in furriendship,

Karen and "The Boys"     

Karen McGreevey
Mew's Nooz

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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  The Sun Rises and Sets on Mikey
  • Taking Care of Kitty:  You're Not the Only One Who Likes Routine
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  Smart Cat  - Kitty's Garden
  • It's Your Turn:  Katnip Lounge
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys"  
  • Manage Your Subscription: You Coming Or Going?

Days of Our Meows

The Sun Rises and Sets on Mikey

Just ask him.

And whatever you do, don’t go anywhere unless you clear it with him first.

I can still hear him from this morning when Chuck and I went upstairs to check on Bowie.

Bowie was already up there.

Billy slowly climbed up by himself to see what was going on.

Jonny was in the bedroom lounging on the bed.

And Mikey was left downstairs all by himself.

And cried. And cried. And cried! Each cry getting louder than the last.

If anyone from outside heard him, they probably would have thought we were committing cat abuse. We weren’t.

When we went to the top of the stairs to see what was wrong, there was Mikey, sitting at the foot of the stairs. Looking up at us looking at him.

He thought he had been left alone!

Taking Care of Kitty

You're Not the Only One Who Likes Routine

Perhaps you've noticed, but your kitty has come to be a creature of habit, just like you.

In fact, if you've been together for any length of time, your kitty probably gets her habits from you.

W'eve discovered that with four cats, we sometimes have four different sets of habits. But one thing they all have in common is that sooner or later they want to eat.

And because your kitty is so inclined to thrive best in a routine, you'll want to make each day as predictable for her as you can. This means, having a set time when you feed her.

And then there's bedtime!

Billy, in particular, knows when it's time to go to bed. I suppose one hint is that when he sees me turn off the TV, the computer and a couple other routine things, then turn out the light he will start to go ahead of me upstairs.

But if I stop for any reason, he will turn around and come back down the stairs and wait for me, his front legs on one step, his back legs on the step above him.

In fact, "The Boys" even have a "sleep/bedtime routine", as Mikey has a bed in the hall that he sleeps in; Billy usually sleeps by me, although sometimes he'll trade off and sleep by Chuck; Bowie almost always sleeps in the bathroom and Jonny sleeps by Chuck.

And if you regularly have to leave for any part of the day, try to return home at the same time each day.

Make sure your kitty has the same toys to play with and help her find them, if they become "lost". Or replace them as quickly as possible.

You'll find that, like you, your kitty will like to listen to the same TV stations and music, too.

Whether you realize it or not, your little kitty loves you so much that she becomes a "mini-you" in many ways.

Photo of Jonny

 What's New Pussy Cat?

Smart Cat - Kitty's Garden

"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. 

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Smart Cat - Kitty's Garden - is just what your kitty needs to get his greens!

News at Pets by CSN and Kitty's Garden is that they say, "like people, cats need vegetables in their diet to aid in digestion and to provide balanced nutrition. Kitty's Garden supplies your cat with the tasty green grass that it craves, and gives catsd a safe alternative to nibbling on your houseplants, which can be potentially toxic to them if swallowed. 

Kitty's Garden features:

  • 100% organic oats, wheat, rye and barley
  • Grows in 4 to 6 days
  • Aids with digestion
  • Helps prevent hairballs
  • Helps prevent ingestion of potentially toxic houseplants"
"The Boys" are "thrilled" with the Kitty's Garden, and give it  paws up!

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art

 It's Your Turn

Katnip Lounge

"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 Katnip Lounge.

Trish "sat down" to share her story and how came to be...

"Hubby and I have always been "Cat" people

I had a cat growing up, and got two when I bought my first house, Scott got one when he got his own place. We got married in 1993, and consolidated cats. 

We moved to a bigger house, and acquired more cats...as strays, from friends. They showed up and we took 'em in! At one point we had seven living inside and another two (incredibly pampered barn cats).

In 2001, we moved from Illinois to Las Vegas and five kitties moved with us...the barn cats stayed behind with the new owners.

(We got follow-up reports and they both lived long, happy lives after we  moved.)

When we moved into 
our new house in Vegas we built a small outdoor enclosure for the cats to enjoy fresh air and have their boxes "not" in the  house. We sort of picked up where we had left off with our feline collectiing.

We took in rescues from our vet, and (naturally) cats started a
ppearing on our doorstep.

Now, our house is small, 1600 square feet, and when whit seven cats we knew we needed more space.

We decided to enclose the Patio, and thus the "Catio" came to be.

The ramps, cat trees and other 
things are a work in progress. Scott is the fabulous combination of handy AND artistic, so almost everything is handmade and decorated by him.

Today, we stand proud as "Crazy Cat People", servants to 13 fantastic felines.

And we wouldn't h
ave it any other way!

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"The Boys" and I had such fun reading about "the Lounge" and how it came to be. We encourage everyone to "stop over" to see for yourself.

 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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