Wordless Wednesday: Kitties: Who can win this face off?
Do your cats ever try to face off by staring one another down? It could be an act of dominance, or perhaps, just play? Please share your thoughts and join the discussion.
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Cat food is going to a whole new level, with Ideal Balance™ Crafted®, one batch at a time. And the 5 cats in the Paws for Reflection household were quite impressed with the slow-cooked cat food, chock-full of succulent flavors that delighted their palate.
They were ready to jump into the bag head first to try it out when a sample arrived for them to try before Paws for Reflection wrote this blog post about the new Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ product, available at pet specialty retailers and online at Amazon.com.
Hill’s developed this new line of pet foods, taking note of pet owners’ trends including the fact that more and more people want less processed, small batch production of their foods and specialty products. The growing popularity of craft beers and artisan cookies, coffees and chocolates are driving the expectation of food based on quality, not quantity and mass production. These health-conscious individuals expect the same for their beloved pets, wanting food that’s not only healthy, but also prepared with the same attention to detail they use when preparing their own dinner.
For the cats that like a catch from the sea, there’s the Seared Tuna Barley & Peas dry variety, made with seared tuna and wholesome grain-free barley blended with vitamin-packed green and yellow peas and accented with rosemary, natural spearmint and green tea.
In addition, the grain-free cat food doesn’t have any corn, wheat or soy. Nor does it have any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. And it is made in the USA.
The felines at the Paws’ household were happy with the gluten-free aspect, but they admit they are not particularly fond of fish. They are all about chicken and turkey. They share that with their human mom. The Grain-Free Herbed Chicken and Chickpeas made them very happy kitties. This dry foot is natural chicken seasoned with rosemary, natural spearmint and green tea paired with iron-rich, gluten-free chickpeas for a delectable, grain-free indulgence.
While we didn’t have a chance to try out the wet slow-cooked stews before writing this post, we are looking forward to seeing which the kitties like best. Will it be the Savory Chicken Pot Pie with Buckwheat, the Roasted Tuna & Vegetable Variety, or the Simmered Salmon Chowder with Quinoa? We’ll keep you posted, but chances are the Chicken Pot Pie will win out.
Wordless Wednesday & Blog the Change, all in one post
Centered outside of Washington, DC, Siamese Cat Rescue is an internet based rescue organization, spanning across much of the Eastern United States, from Florida to Indiana and as far north as New Hampshire. Their goal is to rescue Siamese cats from the shelters and place them in a home that’s right for them. Once out of the shelter the cats have a better chance.
Their health can become compromised while in a shelter. If they get sick, many don’t get out.
Paws for Reflection met Melanie Johnson, of Tennessee, regional coordinator for Siamese Cat Rescue, at Georgia’s Cotton States Cat Show. She explained most of Siamese Rescue’s work is web-based and volunteer driven. They were at the Cat Show to raise awareness of their mission and to raise funds, selling hand-made items, with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the rescue.
While the right personality match is important, Siamese Cat Rescue is also concerned with post adoption and works to keep the cats in the home long-term. Despite all the reviews and interviews, Johnson explained, sometimes it’s a bad match for the person and the cat. Other times, a failed relationship is due to life’s reasons like get married, moving back with the parents, and other situations. A cat that has lived alone can become a real Alpha cat.
Getting that right match is not all that easy. Their website’s Meezer University poses some questions one may want to consider before adopting a Siamese cat.
While smarter, females tend to be moodier, opinionated, independent, and get more put out when things don’t go their way. They can get crabbier than the males, though they are very snuggly, often bonding tightly to one person. On the other hand, males are more easy-going, happy-go-lucky, friendly with everyone, good ambassadors, go with the flow, and aren’t nearly as put out if their routines change. That would describe our male Siamese, Linus, perfectly.
For multi-cat household, dominance is an important factor in whether a home is a good match. A dominant cat tends to be very confident, outgoing, bold and curious. They not shy with new experiences. They are often possessive of their human, needy, demanding, and somewhat aggressive in play. A submissive cat can be a sacredly cat, often shy, shrinking back from new things, hiding from strangers, and insecure with anything new. There are also cats that fall somewhere in the middle, being more happy-go-lucky and going with the flow.
These questions and others can help determine what cat is right for the household. Finding that right match isn’t as easy as finding that handsome Siamese with steely blue eyes.
Can cats & our pets go to heaven?
Paws says yes.
They are joined by John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, St. Francis of Assisi, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Jack Van Impe, and as many as 47 percent of American pet owners believe that pets have a place in Heaven.
Paws for Reflection isn’t going to get into a ‘religious’ discussion here, but we will share one of the most common Biblical passages that gives credence to reuniting with our furry friends on the other side, whether they be cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, or other animals.
In the book of Isaiah, he says that “the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25). Heaven will lack nothing that is good and that will bring glory to God.
We would be remiss to have this discussion without giving pause to ask:
• What is Heaven?
• What is a soul?
• Does the human spirit and the energy within every living creature ever die?
• As research proves cats, and other pets, have feelings, emotions, and intellect, why can’t they share in our spiritual afterlife?
We could write books about these serious subjects, but let’s ponder these questions for a short moment in this blog post.
Here at Paws for Reflection we maintain that Heaven is not a place, but another dimension, one we humans cannot begin to fathom. When we die, our spiritual energy leaves our body when we take that last breath. Our spirit, our personality, all that makes us who we are, leaves us. That energy is displaced, and we are no more. That same energy that fuels our pets’ lives leaves them, as well, when they die.
What happens to that energy, that spirit, that soul, and that whatever else that combines to turn life into a living creature?
Wordless Wednesday: Cats get ready to file their income taxes
At the Paws’ household, the kitties help their mum get ready to do her taxes. We only wish we could deduct them as tax deductions, especially the vet bills. And with 5 cats, even a standard deduction would be a plus. But that doesn’t happen. While their mum has had an accountant do her taxes for years, the cats help her get all those receipts together for tax day? Do your cats helps you with your taxes? Do they ruffle through your receipts, sit on your keyboard, and lay on your forms as you are trying to fill them out? Please weigh in with your comments and join in on this thought-provoking discussion.