How about the old saying, ‘If March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb. Well, here in rural New England, we are seeing a bit of something thinking about being a lion, but right now it’s a peaceful day with no snow. So it looks like March is coming in like a peaceful puddy cat. And hang onto our hats for the lion that March 31 may bring.

Are you familiar with this old saying? How’s your weather today? Here at Paws, we’ve had enough of winter, but there’s not much we can do about it. It really hasn’t been all that bad where we are. Last year, seemed much worse. Please weigh in on this discussion, and share your comments.

March: in like a lion, out like a peaceful puddy cat, or the other way around this year.

March: in like a lion, out like a peaceful puddy cat, or the other way around this year.

March comes in like a peaceful puddy cat, at least that’s what it is in Rural New England right now. Watch out, the lion may come out on March 31.

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Category: Cat Humor, Cats
When your cat needs meds, its imperative to find a dependable pet sitter.

When your cat needs meds, its imperative to find a dependable pet sitter.

Finding a pet sitter isn’t all the easy, especially if you live in rural America.this week,

The first week is March, is Professional Pet Sitters Week, and what better time to address the issues you might want to think about when hiring a pet sitter, or becoming one.

And when kitty needs meds once or twice a day, there’s no choice. Someone has to come into the home and give the feline the necessary medication. As most cat owners know, this isn’t the easiest task on earth. As a matter of fact, with some felines, restraint in a burrito wrap is the only safe way to administer the meds.

That being said, your siblings, parents, kids or neighbors might not want to take on what can become a daunting task.

Paws mom ran into this dilemma when trying to go to a Cat Writers Association conference a few years ago.

Little Yellow, also known as Paws, has a number of health challenges, and at that time, needed to have meds administered twice a day. His life depended upon the meds.

To go to the conference, or anyplace overnight, there had to be a way to administer the meds.

A pet sitter can make sure kitty stays safe.

A pet sitter can make sure kitty stays safe.

My siblings don’t particularly love cats. They don’t dislike them, but they aren’t their cup of tea. Giving meds twice a day seemed like a challenge they did not want to, or could not, conquer.

That left Paws’ mom searching for a pet sitter. This is something we have considered doing. We love cats. We give meds. As a blogger, we have quite a bit of knowledge about their behavior and psychological needs. As we live in rural New England, the challenges outlined above make us wonder, can it be cost efficient?

The time, distance, and gas required to take care of cats make it difficult to find or be a pet sitter in rural America.

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The original Star Trek was one of my favorite shows as a kid, and I always thought Mr. Spock was just the coolest. When I heard that he had passed on, Paws thought, why not do a kitty spoof, and see if readers thought Linus could pass for a Vulcan cat. I don’t ever remember a cat being on the series, but perhaps, readers remember one. If so, please weigh in on the discussion, and share your thoughts and comments.

Do you think I might be a Star Trek Vulcan kitty?

Do you think I might be a Star Trek Vulcan kitty?


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Category: Cat Rescue, Cats

Wordless Wednesday: Kitty Lenny looks up at high places

Do you find your cats often looking up, even if there seemingly is nothing there? What’s your favorite thing you see your cat doing? Please weigh in, leave your comments, and join the discussion.

Kitty Lenny looking up to see 'what's up there?

Kitty Lenny looking up to see ‘what’s up there?

Kitty Lenny can tell there is something that he wants to check out.

Kitty Lenny can tell there is something that he wants to check out.

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Category: Cat Humor, Cats, Lenny

February 23 is Spay Day USA

Baby Kitty Lenny being bottle fed

Baby Kitty Lenny being bottle fed

Cats are hardwired to reproduce. They can go into heat every two weeks, and can a litter of kittens two to three times a year with up to six kittens in each litter, resulting in quite a few extra kittens.. Each kitten can have a litter at six months. The results are exponential with one cat with an average of 2.8 kittens per litter. The only way to stop explosive cat overpopulation is to spay/neuter.

February 23 is Spay Day USA, and at Paws for Reflection, we’ll make it a national Feline Spay/Neuter Day.

Now that February is waning, the days are getting longer. Though it may not feel much like spring, the additional daylight has a pronounced effect our furry friends, especially cats, who are physically constructed to reproduce. And many of these newborns will be cast into an animal shelter, or worse, left on the street to fend for themselves.

That’s why it’s so important to have your cat spay/neutered. Cost shouldn’t be a factor. There are lots of low-cost spay/neuter clinics. All you have to do is search for them.

Kitties can have more kitties as young as 4-months-old.

Kitties can have more kitties as young as 4-months-old.

Some people think they can just keep their cats inside. It’s not that simple. A cat can go into heat every two weeks or so. They go out of heat for five to six days and then if they are not impregnated, they go back into heat. Cats are hard-wired to try to reproduce, and they are physically constructed to virtually guarantee the females become pregnant. The heat cycle does not stop till they are impregnated with a litter of kittens.

Even when the female comes out of heat, she can conceive from one to two days afterward.

While in heat, the female will mate several times; sometimes with one male, sometimes with several. They are trying their darndest to reproduce.

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