Friday, April 30, 2010

National Hairball Awareness Day!

Today is the National Hairball Awareness Day! (we think this is a USA thing, but us cats in Canada still get hairballs!) In our house, we use a FURminator brush, at least on me, because mum says I shed more than my sisters do. (Mum is pretty sure that Pandora hardly sheds at all, but I think she does!)

We got some great information from FURminator, and these are some helpful tips! We haven't tried all of them yet:
  1. Regular Grooming: Decrease the amount of hair your cat ingests by using the FURminator deLuxe deShedding Tool, which reduces shedding by nearly 90 percent.
We use this every week!
  1. Home Remedies: Add a little canned pumpkin to your cat’s meals once or twice a week. The fiber in the pumpkin can help move any hair clods through their system.
We have never tried this!
  1. Stay Hydrated: Encourage your cat to drink plenty of water by placing various bowls throughout the house. The water will help flush out the hair before it has time to clump in the stomach.
We recommend using a water fountain type bowl if you have kitties (like me) who like to drink from running water. It's cheaper than keeping the tap dripping! :)
  1. A New Menu: There are several specially formulated cat foods that aid in the fight against hairballs. Always consult with your vet first before making any drastic changes to your cat’s diet.
We do like our foods, but we have to be careful with Pandora's tummy. So we don't use any special hairball foods.
  1. Ask Your Vet: If you believe your cat has a chronic hairball problems ask your veterinarian to recommend a laxative supplement to help prevent ingested hairs from forming hairballs.
We have a good vet, and she hasn't yet had to recommend anything.
  1. Keep cats active to stay healthy; theyre athletes at heart. A healthy cat can jump as much as seven times its height and yet 21 percent of cats are considered obese or overweight by their veterinarians. Interactive toys with feathers on the end will encourage cats to leap, stretch and stay active. Keeping cats active will help them maintain a healthy skin and coat, as well as increase balance and coordination.
We play a LOT! My favourite toy is a string that I can chase after if mum (or Zowie) pulls it along. Pandora's favourite toy is her brown mousie. Zowie likes strings too, but she also has fun playing with the green felt ball.

We hope that these tips will help you with your hairballs. Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

We meant to post more, but mum got a new computer, so she's having to do some transferring over to get the new one up to snuff. We should be back to normal soon!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Late Wordless Wednesday

(Yeesh, mum has been busy and not had much time for us visiting blogs! We promise to try to visit and comment this weekend!)

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Caturdays are made for snoozing!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sister Sunday

We all want to hang out on the scratching post when it's sunny out.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A good way to get some attention....

... is to show your belly. It attracts the beans and you get tummy rubs!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Mancat Easter Monday: We had a visitor yesterday!

A friend of mum's came to visit and meet us yesterday! She was very very nice, and she brought us some lovely toys! We have some brand new mousies, a bird thing with feathers (that makes chirping noises even) and a little fuzzy purple creature that has lots of catnip. She also gave us lots of scritches and cuddles. It was a very nice visit!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pandora's Toof

A lot of times in photos, Pandora looks a bit cranky. But she isn't really... when she had her dental work last year (before I joined the family), she had to have one of her upper canine teef pulled. So her lower toof catches on her lip and gives her odd expressions. I have the same trouble because I had dental work when I got to the shelter and I am missing a toof too!