Are your cats giving up partying or napping for Lent?

We cats at the Paws household plan to have one big partying bash on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) before getting ready for some super-duper napping during Lent.

And we wanted to share our plans with the many feline families participating in this Sunday Selfie Blog Hop kindly sponsored by the Cat on My Head. We invite all of the kitties and their humans to come on over and do some serious pawtying today, or any time before the pawty ends on Ash Wednesday.

Sunday Selfie Blog Hop

While we won’t be at N’aw-lins’ Bourbon Street, or even in the French Quarter (Our Mummy would be terrified we’d get trampled by all the reveling pawtiers specially after the drunken driver plowed into a crowd of by-standers yesterday, injuring some 28), we’re planning to have one last pawty at home.

Our Mummy wouldn’t dream of letting us pawty with bourbon, as pictured here, because we kitties should never drink alcohol. It’s not because we are teetotalers, it’s cause it’s really bad for us – it could even kill us. We find lots of people leave out a glass of something like bourbon and water to find kitty taking a few sips. Best to call the Pet Poison Helpline in that case.

Are your cats giving up partying or napping for Lent?

Pink Collar looks like she just partied too hard at Mardi Gras with some bourbon on the infamous Bourbon Street. Remember even small amounts of alcohol can be deadly for your cats. Resort to catnip, instead. If your kitty takes a drink, it’s best to reach out to the Pet Poison Helpline.

Are your cats giving up partying or napping for Lent?

Lenny is thinking about how he’s going to pawty on Mardi Gras. No Bourbon or Bourbon Street for him, but maybe some catnip will do the trick.

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Canned Food Options for Your Feline Friend Infographic

Canned Food Options for your Feline Friend Infographic and more. How much do you think about what your cat loves? Probably a lot.You might have a special bed for them to lounge on. You probably have toys, just for what they like to do—chase strings, bounce around pretend mice. Towers, too, help kitties work out their claws and energy. As much as you think about entertainment and relaxing spots for your cat, do you think about their food? The answer is probably yes—because there’s lots to think about.

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Paws for Reflection was  not compensated financially or with any free products for this post. This infographic and introduction is being shared by Kaylee White, of  Ghergich & Co., the agency that teamed up with Petco to create an article and graphics on wet food options for cats: How to Choose the Best Wet Food For Your Cat. . Kylee says, ‘We cover the pros and cons of the most common types, wet food feeding guidelines, and tips to keep cats hydrated. One major benefit of wet food is that it’s typically made up of around 75 percent water (compared to the 6 to 10 percent found in dry kibble)’. Kaylee contacted Paws through our /Contact form and asked if we’d be interested in sharing the infographic with Paws’ readers. We said yes, and asked for a little info.

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In the Can: Canned Food Options for Your Feline Friend/

Take wet food, for example. For example, wet food for cats offers several different textures, from pate to stews and broths. And wet food must be fed differently than dry food. For example, it can not be left out like dry food. Once opened and uneaten, it must be stored.

Wet food also offers some distinct advantages. For one, it helps hydrate cats because of its structure. Do you want to learn more about wet food? Check out this infographic.

Canned Food Options for Your Feline Friend Infographic

Canned Food Options for Your Feline Friend Infographic (Courtesy of Ghergich & Co., who teamed up with Petco to create an article and graphics on wet food options for cats.


Do you feed your cats wet food? Paws does and has for years? It’s a treat they relish, and when their human gets up, they swarm around her feet for their breakfast. Please weigh in and share your comments. Please note, this commentary is about wet food, and we are not taking on the raw food vs kibble debate here. Thanks for sharing.

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Sunday Selfie: Pink Collar taking a nap

Pink Collar is enjoying a lazy Sunday doing her favorite hobby: napping..

Pink Collar is enjoying a lazy Sunday doing her favorite hobby: napping..

Feline arthritis, a silent epidemic

Pink Collar has problems jumping due to her arthritis. Her human has put several boxes and arranged furniture to make it easier for her to get to her favorite sleeping places.

Are your cats napping today. This human is kind of jealous, cause that’s what I’d like to be doing. No luck. Got to shovel snow, do dishes, and hopefully do some writing. What are your cats up to today?

Today, we’re joining the Cat on My Head’s Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks for hosting this awesome blog hop.

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Presidential Cats

President Lincoln first to bring cats to the White House

Presidential Cats at the White House

Even though President Clinton’s cat, Socks, is probably the most famous cat that lived in the White House, being nicknamed Chief Executive Cat. President Abraham Lincoln was the first President to bring cats to the White House, and was most likely the President that loved cats the most, even rescuing some feral cats from a Civil War battlefield. He had such a bond with felines that First Lady Mary Lincoln said her husband’s hobby was cats.

Rutherford Hayes’s connection with cats is relatively well-known, receiving the first Siamese cat in the U.S., named Siam. She was sent to Mrs. Hayes in 1878 as a gift from a U.S. diplomat, David Sickels, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Barrack Obama didn’t have cats (shame on him), but George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy had felines at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Calvin Coolidge, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow also Wilson had cats.

On President’s Day, taking a look at Presidential Cats

With President’s Day around the Corner, we wanted to revisit these Presidential Cats, and take get a better feel for just who they are. Paws stumbled across the Presidential Pet Museum, which has a whole host of information about pets who’ve lived at the White House. We found a number of dogs, horses, cats and even snakes have resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We even found President Dwight hated cats so much that he gave his staff orders to shoot any cats seen on the grounds of his home. Let’s not go there, and take a look at some Presidential Cats.

President Clinton’s Socks became Chief Executive Cat

Presidential Cats

Socks, Chief Executive Cat

Presidential cats

Socks with President Clinton

Socks, joined the Clinton family before they moved to the White House. This black and white tuxedo cat with white sock-like markings jumped into the arms of Chelsea Clinton as she was leaving her piano teacher’s home in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1991. He gained his notoriety while roaming freely around the grounds at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. Photographers would stake out just like the Paparazzi to get a photo of this political cats.

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Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s finds my true love – a cat

Valentine's Day: Cupid's finds my true love - a cat

Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s finds my true love – a cat

It was some time ago when Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s finds my true love – a cat. Cats have continued t be the loves of my life and my soul mates since then.

It was over 30 years ago when Victory, a strikingly beautiful Maine Coon look-alike Tabby cat came into my life. I met her outside a bar, and while I didn’t find the human love of my life that night, I met her, After spending a few days looking for an owner of this wonderful cat, I decided to make a commitment, and make her mine. She became my special soul mate, spoiled to the max.

Valentine's Day: Cupid's finds my true love - a cat

Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s finds my true love – a cat

Victory was no snuggle bug

My Victory was not a snuggle bug. She would sit beside me for hours in front of the TV set. But leave her outside the bedroom, and she would scratch at the door for hours. I finally gave up and she would pounce onto the water-bed, waking me with the water being sloshed around for more than a few moments.

Victory was a stunning beautiful cat. She had double paws, and had all the markings of a Maine Coon. As she didn’t have the tuffs, she wasn’t a pure bred, but it didn’t matter. Everyone thought she was absolutely gorgeous.

Valentine's Day: Cupid's finds my true love - a cat

My Pink Collar never knew Victory, as she came into my life after she had passed

As a new cat owner, Paws did not know much about cats. We’ve learned as we have had 6 other felines join the family over the past several years. Victory developed both kidney disease and thyroid disease. We gave her special food and thyroid pills, not an easy task. She was groomed and petted, but she had a problem with mats. She didn;t like it much when I came at her with a pair of scissors.

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Catpersonable BJ Bangs



At Paws for Reflection, we're serious about cats, writing about cat health, cat rescue and cat news. We delve into why cats are the absolute best soul mates. We spring in a little humor with lots of travel tips, photos and a few feline tales, making Paws for Reflection a must stop for cat information on the cat crazed Internet. BJ is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional and photographer.

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