Thinks his pee smells like flowers. It doesn't.

Thinks his pee smells like flowers. It doesn’t.

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Guest post by the Staff.

The last thing you want someone to notice when they walk in your home is the smell of a litter box. Heck, the last thing I want to notice when I walk into my own home is litter box smell! Fortunately with a bit of diligence and a few tricks, you can keep that odor at bay!

While a little air freshener or pretty candles might help short term, they aren’t going to solve your problem. You need to get to the source.

There are a couple of key places to focus on when ensuring the litter box smell stays in check.

The Litter Box

According to petMD the most important aspect is to keep the cat litter box fastidiously clean. Seriously. It’s not that hard to scoop a few times a day. Plus, the more frequently you check the box the less work it becomes each time.

And, by the way, your cat will appreciate it. Nothing will send your cat peeing or pooping elsewhere than an overflowing dirty litter box. Can you blame him?

Scoop the litter boxes at least once a day and I recommend more. And, of course, get the waste out of your house!

Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the litter box. Many people swear by this method to help minimize odors.

Change the kitty litter frequently. Experts’ recommendations vary but I think it’s optimal to change it completely a couple of times a month to really keep odors under control. Also, each time you change the litter, wash out the box with mild soap and water.

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Also, replace boxes completely once a year, or more frequently. No matter how well you wash them, over time, plastic boxes can trap bacteria and begin to smell.

Check out these DIY litter box area fresheners from petMD.

Outside the Litter Box

You may not realize your cat is choosing somewhere other than the litter box to do his business until you stumble upon a favorite pee spot behind the couch, for example.

Don’t make him get creative with his potty spots.

There are a few reasons a cat might poop or pee outside his box. First, take him to the vet. There are a number of medical issues that could be the cause.

A dirty litter box might be the cause. Or, your cat might not like the litter, the depth of litter. The box might be too small. Check out petMD’s resource center for additional reasons your cat might be avoiding the litter box.

Do a check of your carpets, walls and furniture to make sure your cat has not been marking them or using them as his personal potty. Then, use an enzymatic cleaner to clean. If he keeps going there after you’ve cleaned, you may have no choice but to pitch the items. Cats can smell their own scent better than we can so even if you don’t smell it, your cat might still think, “here’s where I go pee!” Focus your attention on the cat litter box, stay on top of it and make it a daily habit and you and your cat will be much happier!

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Today I’m thinking about something wonderful that cats and people have in common – intuition. Going with your gut. Operating by instinct. Listening to that little voice inside your head.

The difference between cats and people, though, is that people don’t always use their intuition. I don’t think it’s because you don’t know how. I think it’s because your intuition is telling you something you don’t want to hear…..

Like, dump that jerk.
Or, get out of the dead end job.
Or, this “quick money” investment smells fishy.

Sometimes I think humans are scared to take chances….

Like, this idea is so crazy it just might work (but you’re too scared to try)
Or, this job pays way less money than you’re used to but there’s something about it…..(but you’re too scared to take the risk)
Or, this relationship isn’t right for you (but you’re scared of being alone)

From a cat’s perspective, this is just plain silliness! If you’re not using your intuition you are wasting a valuable resource for survival. We cats rely on instinct and intuition for pretty much everything.

If someone’s an asshat, we know it. Even if there are treats involved.
If a situation might present danger, we know it. Even if there are treats involved.

Or, on the flip side, have you ever seen a scared cat suddenly come out of hiding for a particular person? That’s intuition at work, telling us it’s safe even though we have no prior experience with that person.

We never ignore our instincts. And neither should you. Pay attention to that little voice in your head. It’s there to guide you, prevent you from making stupid mistakes and keep you from missing out on great opportunities.

Trust me.

Meow for now,



Stalking Cats Are Funny

August 18, 2015

In my opinion, the reason cats are so popular on the Internet is because they are SO DARN FUNNY even when they aren’t trying to be. Actually, they’re hilarious especially when they aren’t trying to be. Check out this video by and you’ll see what I mean.

What funny things do your cats do when they aren’t trying to be funny?



Black Cat Appreciation Day Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day! Paws up for our resident black cat, PUGSLEY!

While today is a great day for everyone to celebrate le chat noir, every day is Black Cat Appreciation Day around here.

Here’s Why Black Cats are Awesome

1. Black fur does not show up on black pants.
2. One word: Shiny!
3. Black is always in fashion.
4. Black fur makes yellow eyes look bigger and cuter.
5. Food that gets stuck in whiskers stands out against black fur. Very funny.
6. House panther. ‘Nuff said.
7. Black cats have an air of mystique about them.
8. They get great nick names like Le Black, Inky, Blackie, Noir, Midnight, Licorice and more.

So, black cat fans….what would you add to this list?


Be open to new ideas.

I yam who I yam.

Today I’m thinking about how humans are always trying to change other people. And that’s a shame.

We all bring something different to the table and embracing these differences, new ideas, and ways of doing things can benefit everyone involved.

I’m a cat who doesn’t like to be held. The staff is a very cuddly human and she likes to hold cats. This was a problem all those years ago when I first came to live here. She’d try to hold me and I’d try to get away. It seemed we were at an impasse on the cuddling front.

But fortunately, my staff was smart enough to know I wasn’t going to change and suddenly enjoy being carried around like a baby, so she stopped picking me up all the time and gave me the opportunity to show her my way of doing things.

Once she stopped, she says she realized that I am a cuddler….but in my own way. I like to sit next to her, pressed up against the side of her. That’s my way of being close and now she likes it better because we can sit there for hours, all snuggled up together, without anyone’s arms getting tired.

We are all a compilation of our experiences and history and personalities. Each of us is beautiful and wonderful and unique and we offer different viewpoints on how things can be done.

Don’t try to change others. Accept who they are and their lovely unique selves and you just might discover a more cuddly way of life.


bonding with your cat

Yes, sometimes the bonding thing can get a bit out of hand…but it’s worth it!

By the staff

(Romeo and Pugsley have approved this message)

Cats have a reputation for being independent and standoffish but pet cats really seem to want to bond with their humans….just on their own terms!

And, like people, every cat responds differently to various activities and expressions. Here are some great ways to bond with your cat, based on my own experience, some input from Romeo and Pugsley, and plenty of articles and experts I’ve come across over the years.

Create a Happy, Safe Environment
Experts agree: when creating an environment, consider your cat’s natural instincts to climb on things, perch in high places, scratch stuff and truly rule over his domain. If your cat feels safe and happy in your home, he’ll likely feel safe and happy with you.

Pet retailers like Swell Pets and others carry an array of cat scratchers, cat trees, window perches, climbing systems and more to make your home as cat-friendly as possible.

Don’t Force Them

Any cat owner knows that cats like to do things when and how they want to do them! The minute any sort of requirement comes into play, cats buck the system. Let your cat come to you for petting or snuggling, for example.

Sometimes cats respond to certain forms of suggestion. My oldest daughter really wanted Pugsley to sleep in her room. I chose a super comfy chair and put a pillow and soft, snuggly blanket on it to make the chair as enticing as possible. Sure enough, Pug soon discovered this cat bed nirvana and sleeps there every night now!

Play With Them Often
Play is a great way to enhance a bond with your cat. Many people don’t realize that playing is an important part of a cat’s happiness and well-being. It helps nurture and fulfill his natural instincts to hunt and stalk prey. Try different types of toys until you discover what your cat likes best. Some cats love batting stuff across the floor. Others love wand toys. Some like to wrap themselves around plush toys and rabbit kick with them.

I noticed my cats changed their entire attitude towards my oldest daughter when she started playing with them (supervised of course). Before they were somewhat wary of my kids. Once we got out the wand and began showing the cats a good time, it was like a light switch went on. Both cats began trusting the girls more and even seeking them out.

Make play time with your cat a daily habit and you’ll see him thrive.

Groom and Pet Them Often
It’s natural for cats who are bonded to groom each other. And, most cats enjoy regular petting, scratching and grooming by their humans. When petting your cat, pay careful attention to spots he may really enjoy or shy away from. Romeo loves to get his hiney scratched, while Pugsley does not like it and will end the petting session pronto.

Grooming, using a soft brush that soothes your cat, can also go a long way in bonding, with the added benefit of helping reduce shedding, creating a shinier and healthier coat and distributing essential oils throughout his skin and coat.

Be the Human Food Truck
Cats are no dummies! They know who is feeding them and, most of the time, know to be nice to that person! Being the food source definitely helps strengthen your bond with your cat.

Another important food-related bonding tool is treats! If your cat associates you with the random, extra yummy stuff, he will likely want to spend more time with you, just in case you’re doling out some extra goodies.

So, friends, what do you think? Do you have other ideas for best ways to bond with your cats? Cats: any advice for your humans?



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Operation Catnip Clinic Stations

High volume spay and neuter clinics like this one require up to 75 volunteers at each event.

The effort to care for community cats now has a powerful new tool to help reduce cat overpopulation and improve the lives of the tens of millions of unowned cats in the United States.

Dr. Julie Levy, director of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. founded Operation Catnip in 1998. Since then, the successful trap-neuter-return (TNR) operation has cared for more than 45,000 felines, establishing a successful and replicable program that can now be shared across the nation.

Through a grant from PetSmart Charities, Levy’s training program and educational materials will be made available to veterinarians, vet students and vet techs to set up their own regular, high-volume, local spay and neuter clinics.

By following Levy’s proven best practices and turnkey processes for high-volume clinics, local volunteers, veterinarians and other partners can help cut down on the number of community cats and ensure better care for them. According to their web site, recent Operation Catnip clinics have cared for up to 180 cats at one event.

“Our vision is to train an army of veterinarians to spay and neuter America’s community cats,” said Levy. “This approach, along with vaccination, will allow us to reduce cat population, control infectious diseases, and improve the lives of the cats.”

While veterinarians perform spay neuter operations in their own practices, these high-volume clinics involve up to 75 volunteers at each event and require extensive set up and coordination with the community. Levy’s program and materials outlines the entire effort down to the detail, making establishing a volunteer clinic efficient and effective.

The on site process begins when community cat caretakers or other concerned citizens bring in cats that they’ve trapped.

Each cat passes through a series of 16 clinic stations where a team of dozens of dedicated volunteers, including veterinarians, students, technicians, and cat lovers operate MASH-style.

One experienced volunteer is serves as the captain for each station. Each captain manages their own station, facilitates the flow of cats through the clinic, acts as a mentor for less experienced volunteers, and oversees set up, break down and clean up of their station.

The Operation Catnip volunteer veterinarians, vet students and vet techs sedate the cats, spay or neuter the cats, vaccinate them and treat them for fleas or other parasites. They give the cats the customary identifying “ear tips” where they clip a small piece of the tip of the cat’s ear to signify to others that the cat has already been neutered. Once the cats have had time to recover, the cats are released back into the areas in which they were found.

Those who have worked under Levy in the past have found the experience gained through her program to be not only beneficial to their own communities, but inspiring, as well.

Dr. Amy Karls, a veterinarian in Massachusetts who is involved with four local community cat organizations, applied knowledge she’d gleaned from her time with Levy to her own practice.

“I was able to bring everything I learned back to our local rescue and TNR groups,” she said. “It was truly wonderful to see so many people united for the common goal of improving the lives of the homeless cat population.”

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, others like Karl can now implement Levy’s practices, creating their own trap-neuter-return clinics and helping cats across the country.

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Hahaha! This guy is hilarious. I love how he slowly removes the fluff and then stares. Happy Caturday, friends!

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Cats have a reputation for being low maintenance and for not being too concerned when their human staff is out of town. They may not admit it and they may put on the “Oh? You were gone? I didn’t even notice” attitude when you get home, but the truth is, most cats do get lonely and anxious when their people are away.

Our family has been in situations where we’ve lived in new cities where we didn’t know anyone….and one of our biggest sources of angst was who would watch Romeo and Pugsley if we needed to leave town. In fact, finding a cat sitter is always higher on our list than finding a pediatrician for the human kids. Doctors are a lot easier to find than good pet sitters. It’s a fact.

So I’ve been there. When I learned that DogVacay, the premier online resource for dog owners looking for qualified pet sitters to watch their beloveds, is launching CatVacay, I was super excited.

Since 2012, DogVacay has helped owners find sitters who can either watch your dog in your home or….as the name implies…in their home, giving your dog a vacay of his own!

Of course, a cat’s idea of a vacation is certainly not in someone else’s home. Felines are more of the staycation type.

So, CatVacay is all about finding someone to watch your cat in your home, where they are comfortable and secure. Sitters are available for either check-in visits or to stay in your home with your cat while you’re gone.

Here’s how both DogVacay and CatVacay work: You visit the site and type in your zip code to find a list of sitters near you. Then, you schedule a meet and greet, phone call or other communication with your sitter. Once you’re comfortable with your choice, you simply book the sitter and pay online.

Then you can hit the road knowing that your sweeties are in good hands.

All sitters are vetted, including background checks, interviews and references. Many sitters have their own pet sitting businesses and work through DogVacay or CatVacay to connect with customers.

Each engagement includes vet insurance, 24/7 emergency support and daily photo updates.

Average CatVacay check in visits run $15-20 per visit. Someone staying with your cat while you’re gone obviously runs more and varies from sitter to sitter.

So with spring break and summer vacation right around the corner (can I get a hallelujah for that?) the time is perfect for CatVacay to launch.

Friends, how have you found cat sitters? What special things do they do that stand out to you?

Oh, and just so you know: this is a sponsored post by CatVacay. But as you know, I only feature products and services that I believe are quality! And, revenue from this site goes to help homeless pets so everybody wins! Love you guys!

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