Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day was August 22, 2016 #Cat2VetDay

Little did I know that August 22, 2016 was "National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day" when I made my appointment for all three cats to be visited by our mobile vet, Bay State Mobile Veterinary Service on that day!

Of course, when the neighbors saw the van pull into my driveway, they were concerned that something was wrong with one of the critters.  Nope, I explained, it's just easier to have the vet come to me, than drag three yowling cats, in crates, to the veterinarian's office.  It's also a lot better on my shoulders (ouch!) and my anxiety level.  And theirs (the cats, AND the vet).  Win-win for all!

 

                                       This is what it used to be like!!


 




My cats did not like the experience at home any more than the experience at the vet's office!  We did not bring them into the veterinarian's van, although that is an option.  I invited the vet and her assistant into my home, and we corralled the cats in the basement (i.e., the Girl Cave -- it's not a creepy basement!).  They even brought a portable scale and weighed each cat.  As predicted, Cali is the smallest, and Tux (the food addict) is the largest.

Newman was the best behaved and easiest.  Cali was screaming and hissing and growling, but allowed them to do everything they needed to do, despite the fact that Tux kept jumping up on the table to instigate her further.  I had "shooosh" duty!  Then, it was Tux's turn, and he wouldn't let us pick him up, but then he relented and growled and hissed just as much as Cali did.  Then, they all didn't "speak" to me for two days!

Maybe we will speak to you again, if you give us canned cat food!

It ended up that the dogs would have been due for some booster vaccines in January.  While I normally don't like to over-vaccinate, I agreed with the vet that it was easier to just do everybody now and be done with it for another year (or three, in the case of rabies).  Cooper, as always, was a piece of cake.  Charlie, as always, had to growl and whine and threaten to bite.  Sigh.

Watch out! Sometimes I gets in a bad mooood!


If you don't have a mobile vet in your area, why not petition your local vets to consider starting mobile services?

As a member of Cat Writers' Association,  I get to be the first to know about fun things such as National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day #Cat2VetDay.  They sent us some brochures, infographics and flyers to share with our readers.  Here is a link to all of the info, courtesy of American Association of Feline Practitioners.  

I'm including the #Cat2VetDay infographic below, for your viewing pleasure!





What is your experience taking your cats to the vet?  Do you avoid going because of the stress and hassle?  Do you rise to the challenge and get it done despite the stress involved?  Use Rescue Remedy or another herbal relaxation treatment for your cat(s)?  Share your cat-to-the-vet experience in the comments.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Famous Office Cats

Newman likes the "new" office chair that I brought home from work.  Hey, we had extra chairs, and I liked this one.  Looks good in the living room!


Mom's rocking chair and table; G's RPI lamp; and the office chair.
On the G. Myers wall (painting and photos by my friend G. Myers)
Newman on chair.




Want to see more famous office cats?  Click here







Selfie:  Cali and me!


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pet Adoption: The Numbers Behind the Need #PetAdoption #Petfinder



Doesn't the dog in the photo look like Charlie? I did a double-take. Same markings. The only difference is that bushy tail! What are your thoughts on the numbers behind the need? Does your state have a "no-kill" shelter policy (like we do in Massachusetts, for the most part)? Or is there a high-surrender, high-kill rate? Tell me in the comments below. Pet Adoption: The Numbers Behind the Need

Pet Adoption: The Numbers Behind the Need: Developed by Orvis.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

How to Keep Canines Safe For 4th of July Fireworks Infographic

Re-posting for k9ofmine.com 

4th of July is nearly upon us, and while everyone is excited about backyard BBQs and patriotic parties, many pet owners across the country are worried as well, wondering how their dogs will handle this year’s fireworks.

For many pets, the 4th of July is a frightening time. Dogs and cats will sometimes even bolt from home and take off in fear of fireworks. This is why July 5th is oftentimes the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, who work to locate wandering lost pets and reunite them with their families.

Lost pets can actually increase as much as 30% during July 4-6, all thanks to fireworks pandemonium.

K9 of Mine has recently released a new infographic on 4th of July fireworks safety for dogs, in hopes that this information can help owners keep their dogs safe and happy during this year’s fireworks!

Keep these tips in mind for the holiday, and have a happy 4th !



Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dog Tales by Wayfair

Welcome to Dog Tales by Wayfair, a series that looks into Wayfair's favorite dogs and their favorite furnishings!  Bet you didn't know Wayfair sells pet furnishings (I didn't!).  Click on the drawings below to read about each dog.  What fun, thanks Wayfair for the opportunity to participate.*


Dog Tales Header
Gus: Dog Beds
Daisy: Dog Carriers
Liam: Dog Houses
A lazy pug who does not like to leave the comfort of his bed unless it is for food.
A Shih Tzu supermodel with her own line of designer dog carriers.
A WWII veteran German Shepherd who enjoys telling stories of his dangerous missions in the elite W.O.O.F. army squad.
Hans: Dog Ramps
Joey: Dog Crates
Ingrid: Barware
A Dachshund who has become well-known around the world for his craftsmanship of dog ramps and stairs.
A teenage bulldog who spent some time in the dog crate after a dog bone heist went wrong.
A St. Bernard you can find serving up signature cocktails to guests at her bar in the Swiss Alps.



*I did not get paid or compensated for posting this series for Wayfair, although I did sit up 'n' beg for a paying job, since they happen to be right here in Massachusetts!  Who knew?!  I found two typos in the data they sent me, and corrected them.  I know, I'm a freak.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Celebrate #NationalPetDay with Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog on April 11

SIR CHARLES BARKLEY THE FRENCH BULLDOG TO HELP HOME 2 SUITES BY HILTON UNVEIL LATEST “FRESH NEW WAY” VIDEO ON NATIONAL PET DAY

Pet-friendly Hotel Brand To Host Nationwide “Yappy Hours” Including Complimentary Toys for 
Four-Legged Guests

Pet Party In A Box
Increasingly two-legged travelers have their four-legged friends by their side on the road, as 32% of dog owners take their pets when traveling for two or more nights*. To celebrate National Pet Day (this Monday, April 11) with these travelers and their dogs, pet-friendly Home2 Suites by Hilton is hosting more than 80 parties nationwide at their hotels.

Each Home2 Suites property will throw its own National Pet Day party, encouraging guests and team members to bring their pets to join the festivities which will include gifts and toys for pets, and dog-themed photo opportunities. The nationwide celebrations will culminate with a feature party at Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport, where Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog will serve as a special party host for festivities that will also include a pet-adoption event with Emerald City Pet Rescue.

National Pet Day will also mark the official launch of the brand’s latest “Fresh, New Way” video, featuring an unexpectedly chatty dog who interacts with Home2 Suites guests by striking up a “conversation” about their hotel stay. The video drives home the message that no “furry friends” should be left behind when traveling.


MCLEAN, Va. – April 5, 2016 – With 65 percent of U.S. households owning pets*, it’s no secret Americans adore their four-legged family just as much as their two-legged kin. With that in mind, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand, is celebrating National Pet Day with more than 80 parties nationwide and the release of its latest “Fresh New Way” video showcasing the pet-friendly brand.

“So many people love their four-legged friends, and embracing our pet-friendly culture on National Pet Day seemed like a natural way to introduce our ‘Fresh, New Way’ video,” said Christian Kuhn, vice president of marketing, Extended Stay Brands. “Home2 Suites by Hilton focuses on helping our guests shape their stay with amenities that fit their lifestyle, and making it easy for travelers to bring their pets achieves this.”

Every Home2 Suites property will offer National Pet Day parties on April 11 that will include gifts like bandanas and Frisbees to encourage guests and team members to bring their pets to join the fun events. The nationwide celebrations will culminate with a feature party at Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport, where Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog will serve as a special party host for festivities that will also include a pet-adoption event with Emerald City Pet Rescue.

Sir Charles Barkley, the French Bulldog
In tandem, Home2 Suites will also launch its latest “Fresh New Way” video that focuses on the pet-friendly culture of the brand. In the hidden-camera short, the central character is “Colby” a bearded collie who interacts unexpectedly with Home2 Suites guests, striking up a fun conversation talking about their day and hotel stay. The video will go live on National Pet Day at www.home2suites.com/freshnewway.

With more than 80 hotels, Home2 Suites by Hilton offers easy access to technology and inviting community spaces, as well as the trademark Home2 Suites amenities standard in all properties, such as the Oasis lobby area, the Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, the Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, and complimentary continental breakfast at the Inspired Table that includes a variety of morning favorites like a hot breakfast sandwich. Home2 Suites’ all-suite hotels feature full kitchens and a business center with complimentary internet and wireless printing. All Home2 Suites properties are pet-friendly. 

Home2 Suites by Hilton participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. HHonors members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.  

Read more about Home2 Suites by Hilton, a part of Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All-Suites portfolio, athome2suites.com and news.home2suites.com.


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About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest growing brands in the history of Hilton Worldwide, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet friendly environment. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Visit home2suites.com for additional information or home2franchise.com for franchising opportunities.



** I have not received compensation for this post.  I'm doing it out of the kindness of my heart (and for the exposure). 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Celebrate the 1st Annual National Tabby Day with the Release of Making the Most of All Nine Lives

I've gone absolutely feral over this cute little photo book
                 The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat.




Sandy Robins and Paul Smulson have produced an amazingly fun look at Buffy and his antics.  

Buffy's cat-daddy, Paul Smulson, did not (I repeat, NOT!) Photoshop or modify the photos in any way.  All the pictures were taken under real, true circumstances with no software manipulation!  (By the way, he's also a dentist.)

Sandy's captions are hilarious.  Well done!!

My favorite is the one where Buffy is fishing at the lake with his friends.  Why?  Because my cats always follow me over to the lake when I take the dogs for a swim (it's a safe, traffic-free walk, don't worry).  The cats actually like the water more than the dogs do!  But that's a story for another post.  

But wait!  There's more!  There's an event!  An event, I tell you!  And if you are anywhere near New York City, you won't want to miss it.  Here are the deets:

What: 1st Annual National Tabby Day – Cat Adoption Event and Book Launch
WhenSaturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Where: Bideawee Animal Shelter
410 E 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

Motivated by the release of Buffy the Cat’s new book, Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat (Triumph Books, April 2016), the National Tabby Day festivities will kick off at one of NYC’s most reputable shelters, Bideawee, on April 30th. Adoptions will run from 10 am – 6 pm, with a special celebration from 12-2 p.m. The celebration will feature the official book launch with author Sandy Robins, with drinks and treats for both two and four-legged attendees. Anyone adopting from the shelter on the 30th will be given a generous starter kit with items for their new pet from the event’s sponsors as well as a photo-op with the book’s photographer, Paul Smulson.



Whether or not you make it to National Tabby Day's event at Bideawee on April 30th, pick yourself up a copy of Making the Most of All Nine Lives; The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat, today.  You'll absolutely purrrrr with delight!

(I received a free copy of the book in exchange for this book review.)





Monday, March 28, 2016

Caring For An Older Dog

Below is a recent guest post I wrote for Judy Helm Wright's blog, Death of My Pet.

A month from now will be the one-year anniversary of Hobie leaving us to be with his daddy, Gil and his brother, Hector.   I am grateful for the companionship of my two hounds, Cooper and Charlie right now, as this has been a really tough year, and it isn't getting much easier.  I have so many regrets about having Hobie euthanized (he was the first pet I've EVER had to euthanize, if you can believe that!).  I'd like to hear feedback and stories from others.  Meanwhile, here is a cut 'n' paste of the post I wrote for Judy's blog:


Caring For An Older Dog? Tips For Pet Parents (EXPERT)

I’m thrilled to be guest posting on Judy Helm Wright’s blog!  Judy asked me to write about loving and caring for an older dog.  I am grateful to share my experiences with Judy’s audience. Kathleen Mueller, Guest Author

Are you caring for an older dog?  Me too.

adopt an adult dog, older dog, kathleen meuller, pet parent, labrador, Judy Helm Wright, Pet Grief Coach, Animal Human Connection, DOG PERSONALITIES, temperaments of dogs, dog breeds, choose an adult dog, life span of dog, pet lover, www.askauntieartichoke.com (loss)
Adopting an older dog can be a wise move for a family friendly pet.www.AnimalHumanConnection.info 

Loving and living with an older dog

So, let’s talk about loving an older dog.  It’s not hard to fall in love with your dog once he or she has gotten through the troublesome puppy and adolescent years.  Some of my best memories are of when my dogs, Timba, Hector and Hobie became adults.  They became more well-behaved, smarter, and devoted companions.  What’s not to love?  There were fewer, if any, instances of escaping over, under, and around fences; there were fewer incidents of me being pulled down on the ground by an over-exuberant canine wanting to greet another of their own species (or worse, wanting to chase after a non-canine such as a squirrel, bunny or…. skunk!).  But that’s a whole other story for another day.  To love a dog is to know that some day your heart and soul will break.  You will outlive your dog, almost assuredly.  One of my friends said that one of the cruelest facts of life is that our dogs’ lives are so short.  I could not agree more.
The love I had for Hector, who died very suddenly, and “young” in my opinion (more because of his puppy-like behavior rather than his actual age in years), was very different from the love I had for Timba, who died at 18; and Hobie who died at 15.  Hector was running around one moment, and dead the next.  Timba withered away and died a slow, long, painful but natural death.  Hobie, my beloved Hobie, the canine love of my life:  it figures, he was the first dog (the only one so far) for whom I had to make the decision to euthanize.  My love for each was special, but Hector’s passing hurt the most, because of its suddenness.  Even though I consider Hobie the canine love of my life, his passing didn’t hurt as much as Hector’s, because I had to watch him suffer in pain and undignified failings for such a long time.

Tips for pet parents

There are many different ways to feel and express our love for our pets.  Each animal is an individual, each with his or her own personality.  Each one is unique and special in their own right.  The most important part of loving an older pet is to see the commitment of the relationship through to its very end.  I can’t tell you how upsetting it is for me to see older pets being given up on, surrendered to a shelter, or euthanized prematurely simply because caring for the pet has become difficult and/or burdensome.  It’s a burden I’ve been through many times (if you include the dozens of senior cats I’ve parented), and I would gladly go through it again and again.  It is the very essence of being committed to my pet for the pet’s entire life.  Their lives are so short, it’s not a burden to take care of them, it is an honor.
Having spent my pet parenting years with larger dogs, most of my dogs have developed physical limitations that prevent them from running, jumping, climbing stairs and so forth.  In the case of both Timba and Hobie, I had to make accommodations for them in the downstairs of my home to avoid stairways.  In the case of Hector, who was having seizures, it was necessary to spend a lot of time and money on veterinary visits and expenses, as well as learn how to administer medication, and learn how to care for him during the pre- and post-seizure phases which were frightening and unpredictable.  Each dog needed special accommodations, from medicine, to extra veterinary appointments, to special, super-reliable pet sitters if I need to travel for work or vacation, to special foods, special bowls, special leashes, ramps, and (in the case of Hobie) even relocation of the human’s bedroom!  I did all of the above gladly with with love and devotion.  Never have I experienced the loyalty and devotion from humans that I have gotten from dogs.  In their golden years, I wanted to return that loyalty and devotion to my beloved dogs.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Living a life with animals

As I watch my four-year-old twin dogs, Charlie Brown and Cooper, grow, I can’t imagine where these first four years went.  Their fifth birthday is in November.  Shortly after that, they will mature and become fantastic adult dogs.  Soon after, (and it will go by quickly…too quickly), they will become amazing older dogs.  If I am lucky, they will follow in the paw steps of my previous pets, and live to a ripe old age.  Since they are large, and I, myself, am getting older, a lot of decisions will need to be made.  For starters:  do we continue to live in our three-level house that consists of three long stairways?  I won’t be able to carry them, like I was (barely) able to carry Hobie and Timba.  It’s a lot to think about, but I’m not going to do that yet!  Hobie just left us a year ago (April of 2015).  I intend to enjoy my years with Charlie and Cooper to their fullest, as they grow old(er), with me.
If you’d like to talk to me about your older dog (or cat) send me an email at k2k9dogs@gmail.com.  Visit my website atwww.k2k9.blogspot.com
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Keeping Your Cats Happy Indoors

With this extreme cold weather (40 below zero with the wind-chill today!), there is no way my little kitty devils are going outside.  My cats are indoor/outdoor cats, and they spend most of their time literally going in and out of the door (I figure maybe I burn calories running up and down the stairs all day to cater to them!).  When outside, they are never far away... always lounging with the dogs on the deck, or hanging around the Tiny House that occupies a small corner of my property.  They know their territory, and rarely venture outside of the boundaries of our yard.  Smart little cookies!

Nevertheless, it is much too cold outside this weekend to risk the chance of Tux, Cali or Newman getting stuck outside someplace.  So, inside they stay.  This requires some fancy footwork on my part, and a lot of patience, as they can get into trouble, get bored, or stir up the Pack Leader, Charlie, who can sometimes start herding them around inside the house.  There is never a dull moment around here, that's for sure!

One of my fellow blogging/internet friends sent me this awesome infographic with tips for keeping felines happy indoors.  Check it out, and enjoy.  Feel free to Pin or Tweet!


Keeping Your Cat Happy Iindoors
Keeping Your Cat Happy Iindoors by Terrys Fabrics.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Get the Best Night's Sleep of Your Life with Morris the Cat #giveaway

Welcome to the final edition of Morris the Cat's advice column, revealing need-to-know information on how to release your inner cat and get the best night's sleep of your life. 

As an iconic spokescat and star of over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s onward, Morris has a prolific career envied by many of the Internet cat sensations of today. The secret to his longevity? Well, for one, the fact that he eats 9Lives. But more importantly, he has a disciplined sleep regimen – racking up about 140 hours per week!

Morris wants to teach YOU the tricks of the trade and give you all the tools you need, so he's hosting a giveaway on his Live Well & Prospurr site [http://prospurr.9lives.com/] to win a Morris-shaped plush bed that's big enough for you AND your cat to snuggle up on.





Dear Morris,

My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there's no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I'm not all that fun when I'm sleeping.

Warmly, 

Tired Tails


Dear Tired Tails,

You have been bestowed a great honor. As cats, we don't always wear our hearts on our paws, but one tell-tail sign we love and trust you is when we choose to make YOU our bed. Plus, you're warm. And getting our warmth from you helps us to conserve our own energy for more important things like eating. The rhythm of your breath also creates a calming effect and the curve of your face, stomach, or legs perfectly forms to our bodies. Basically, you're like a waterbed, heated blanket, and memory foam all in one! So the next time your cat goes to curl up on you, think of it as a compliment and drift off to sleep knowing you are loved... and you're very comfortable.

Kitty hugs,

Morris


Thank you, Morris the Cat, for your wonderful nighttime tips! See the rest of them here and here
For more info on Morris' mission to help cats and humans live well – including his initiative to donate one million 9Lives meals to rescue kitties – check out his Live Well & Prospurr website [http://prospurr.9lives.com/]. And while you're there, enter to win the limited-edition, human-sized Morris the Cat plush bed along with a year's supply of 9Lives!


This is a sponsored post from 9 Lives.  I received product compensation for my cats in exchange for writing this post.  
However, k2k9 only writes posts for products we already use! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Join us for #DoggyDateNight Twitter Paw-ty with Milk-Bone

Get ready tomorrow night, February 3rd, for #DoggyDateNight on Twitter, with Milk-Bone!


Coop and Charlie practicing for #DoggyDateNight  (slurp, slurp!)


With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air -- and pups can sniff it too!  That's why I've partnered with Big Heart Pet Brands (makers of Charlie Brown and Cooper's favorite dog foods, including Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs and Milo's Kitchen) to invite you to the first-ever #DoggyDateNight Twitter Party!
Come celebrate with other dog lovers, show off your best puppy pics, and get treated to lots of cool surprises. Just cuddle up with your furry soulmate and tag your tweets with #DoggyDateNight to join in the fun!
For those are you unfamiliar with Twitter Parties, they are really fun and oftentimes, huge, live chats on Twitter that use specific hashtags to connect participants to the conversation stream. 

In preparation for the #DoggyDateNight twitter paw-ty, I found some great doggy outing ideas at TheNosePrint.com, a site with tons of paw-some tips, tricks and advice for dog parents. (It's one of my go-to resources!)
  • How about a sweet treat? Here's a great roundup of DIY Valentines to make for your furry friend. http://thenoseprint.com/article/valentines (Bonus Treat: Make and share a photo of your DIY Valentine project at the Twitter Party and you could win a prize!)
With Valentine's Day coming up, this #DoggyDateNight couldn't have come at a better time. I'm excited to do something special for Cooper and Charlie. Though I'm fairly certain their idea of a dream date is feasting on some Milo's Kitchen Steak Grillers. They are a fan favorite!
Because, you know, my next dog is going to be a Pug!!  

Readers, which is your favorite Doggy Valentine DIY Project?  Tell me in the comments below.  Plus, share a photo of your homemade doggy valentine at the Twitter Party and you could win an awesome prize!
I can't wait to see you all at #DoggyDateNight on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 8-10 pm ET(5-7 pm PT). 
Please RSVP here to join the fun:  http://tweetvite.com/event/doggydatenight

Monday, February 1, 2016

Catch more Zzzs with Morris the Cat #Giveaway

Hey readers, I'm back with iconic 9Lives cat food spokescat Morris, giving advice to us lowly humans about how to sleep like a pro, and by that I mean, a cat. After all, they do sleep up to 140 hours a week – that's 3.5 times your typical 9-5.

To help on your quest to catch more Zzzs, Morris is also giving readers the chance to win a super-cool, human-sized bed in the shape of Morris himself... because who doesn't sleep better when snuggling up with a cat? Just go to his Live Well & Prospurr website [http://prospurr.9lives.com/] to enter and check out his video with more sleeping tips.





Dear Morris,


I'm a cat but as you know, even animals have 'spirit animals.' Mine is an owl – a night owl to be exact. I love to play "catch the speck of dust" or "chase your tail in the middle of the bed" into the wee hours of the morning. My humans have no idea what they're missing out on. They just lay there snoring and swat at me when I come too close. How can I make them see that daytime is lame, and the real party happens under stars (the stick-on, glow-in-the-dark kind)?

Yours truly,
Hyper Harry


Dear Hyper Harry,

Sadly, this is a case you may not win. Humans need their sleep at night. You get to spend all day snoozing and they only get a few precious hours when the sun goes down. Your humans can, however, make sure that they understand why it is you're pouncing about and provide things to make nighttime more fun. For instance, your humans could consider getting a kitty condo or put out bags or boxes for you to explore. For extra credit, they can hide treats around the house so you can go on a midnight scavenger hunt. Or, if you're really lucky, they'll bring home a kitty best friend for you to play with whenever you please. Other cats might be up at night because they get hungry, in which case their humans could try an automatic food dispenser to provide small meals throughout the night. Remember, the more you let your humans sleep at night, the more energy they'll have to play with you during the day!

Kitty hugs,
Morris



Thanks for the pawesome nighttime tips, Morris! Read Morris' first advice column here.  Plus, don't forget to check back for the last installment of "Dear Morris," and in the meantime, check out his website [http://prospurr.9lives.com/] to see how you can live as well as a cat and enter the giveaway!


This is a sponsored post from 9 Lives.  I received product compensation for my cats in exchange for writing this post.  
However, k2k9 only writes posts for products we already use!  


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Live Well & Prospurr, with Morris the Cat #Giveaway

If you ask me, there's one thing in the world that there's just too little of, and it's not love. I'm talking about  S-L-E-E-P. I'm always trying to get more of it and make the most out of what little time I do get. 

So I had a thought... why not ask someone who's truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I'm talking, of course, about Morris the Cat. 

For those of you who don't know him – or who've let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food and has starred in over 50 commercials. When he's not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he's napping in his trailer, ahem carrying case.

He's taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep. What's more, he's offering fans the chance to win a Morris-shaped, human-sized plush bed AND a year's supply of 9Lives cat food. Just go to his Live Well & Prospurr website [http://prospurr.9lives.com/] to enter.


Dear Morris,

I've been experiencing difficulties with falling asleep, tossing and turning once my head hits the pillow. I don't get it because I feel tired all day at work; then I come home, brush my teeth, flip on the TV, and just... lie there. I'm hoping I can learn from the expert. Morris, what am I doing wrong?

Sincerely,

Sleepless in San Fur-nando



Dear Sleepless in San Fur-nando,

Your case, unfortunately, is not at all uncommon. When you're going all day long at the speed of a cheetah, it's no wonder your mind darts around like a red laser dot at bedtime. Luckily, as a cat, I spend up to 140 hours per week sleeping and I can tell you there is hope! For starters, I notice you mentioned turning on the TV before bed. Cats don't watch TV – this is partly because the majority of us can't speak English that well, but mostly because it interferes with our snooze time. Scientifically speaking, the 'glow' emitted by an electronic screen enters the brain and slows the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. So next time you want to turn on the tube before bed, try counting sheep instead – or better yet, mice!

Kitty hugs,
Morris




There you have it! After getting a good night's rest, tune back in for the next edition of "Dear Morris" and don't forget to check out his Live Well & Prospurr website [http://prospurr.9lives.com/] to enter the giveaway and learn how you can help Morris feed hungry kitties with just the click of a mouse.



This is a sponsored post from 9 Lives.  I received product compensation for my cats in exchange for writing this post.  
However, k2k9 only writes posts for products we already use!