I am very excited to announce the lucky winner of our recent FaceBook Page Sweepstakes that ended last night at 11:00pm on www.facebook.com/myfelineaficionada.
We generated 8 new Fans to the page, and
there were 6 entries for the Calming mat, and our sweepstakes randomizer has identified Kathy Facchetti as the winner of the Cozy Cat Calming Mat! In addition we decided to send everyone else who signed up, a Spa Kitty Catnip toy, and those cat lovers, include:
Michele M -Hanson
Jennifer L – Kingston
Annie C -Florida
Ali S – Hanover
Diane E -South Shore
I just wanted to thank everyone for participating in the Facebook Sweepstakes, and for those that shared my page and liked my page!
I will be mailing the items before Friday!
Recently, I popped into Hannafords Market in Kingston, Massachusetts, and a candy bar jumped out at me off the shelf, it looked sooooo Cute too, decorated with creative cat art and the package design was absolutely adorable! It was a Theo Chocolate bar called ‘Bread and Butter’ they’re made in Seattle Washington.
It has 70% dark chocolate, which I don’t usually like a percentage of dark chocolate that high, but it was delicious. Read more
Im so excited to be volunteering for the PACTV shoot on Saturday nov 23 doing Social Media Reporting on facebook and twitter for the team. If you’re a Plymouth resident or live in one of the surrounding towns make sure you come down to watch the parade, we will be Tweeting updates, and news from the PACTV Crew van-it will be very excited! Come bundled up as it will be a cold day. See You There. Tonia
The kitty’s slept while I added a few more items to my Shopping cart for cats. All the items are marked down from what they were originally and in some cases I may only have a limited quantity. Go to www.Felineaficionada.com/shopping
First one that’s been added is the Pet Massager. This is now only $4.99 from $12.99
The next one is the Cozy Warming Mat for cats. This is an awesome item for the colder nights or for an arthritic cat. Simply microwave the buckwheat center and place inside the mat in their bed and I only have 2 left and they’re only $6. each!
The third item online is the Spa Kitty Catnip Toys-they’re are own designs, and they come in a variety of spa colors and designs.
We sell our products online with payment handled by PAYPAL, you can use your credit card and or your Paypal account. We ship the next day!
Let me know if you have any questions about the products for your cats. by email at email@example.com.
It’s Sunday, your regular veterinarian is closed, when you wake up you notice that your cat is suffering from some uncomfortable diarrhea-maybe it was the new cat treats, or a change in diet, or maybe your cat is like one of mine-he attacks me for goldfish snack.
Regardless, Sunday’s always seem to be the day when cats get sick or have emergencies-and although diarrhea isn’t usually an emergency for an otherwise healthy cat, a good mom will want to do whatever it takes to help her kitty feel better.
This is a purrfect example why having the Pill Book Guide to Medication For Your Dog and Cat, by Bantam Books, is a must have resource to look up medications and confirm their use for cats at home when you can’t call the tech till Monday.
A few months ago, my cat Mr. Earl was having this exact ailment, and his veterinarian prescribed Metronidazole to help control his diarrhea and vomiting. As a multi-cat owner, I have a lot of pet medication bottles in my cabinet, and when this situation came up again this week, I couldn’t remember which of the medications was for the diarrhea-because the bottle instructions just listed :give 1 capsule twice daily by mouth,-it didn’t add-for diarrhea and vomiting. See my dilemma?
I opened the Pill Book and looked up the two medications registered to Mr. Earl, and I was able to find and confirm that Metronidazole “…may be used in treating certain kinds of diarrhea and in inflammatory bowel disease of unknown cause.” (A quote from the book)
The Pill Book Guide is also useful for looking up the common brand names for the drug, what type of drug it is, the prescribed use, general information, cautions and warnings, usual doses, special uses and limitations, and especially if it’s safe for felines or not!
Disclaimer-this book isn’t meant to be used to diagnose any cat, or take the place of a trained veterinarian, it’s simply a resource to help pet owners become more equipped about the medication’s they give and use around their pets. If your cat is sick don’t hesitate to seek emergency help or visit an animal ER like:
- Cape Cod veterinary Specialists, Bourne MA
- New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, MA.
I found interesting information on products like Advantage, Amox Tabs, Benadryle, HeartGuard For Cats, Laxatone, and more-it’s such a fun book to read!
If you already use this book on a regular basis, please post a comment and let me know what you think!
Here’s some cool pictures of my cats enjoying their outdoor space.
Some cats really love to go outside.
Maybe it’s the thrill of freedom, the dream of catching mice to bring home to mom or dad, or the smell of the fresh summer air -but the wild outdoors seems to attract kitties of all ages. Unfortunately, being outside can also hold many pitfalls for cats. Even the cutest feline can expect to attract external parasites like fleas and tics and internal parasites like Hookworm and Roundworm-so yucky!
Outdoor cats also have a higher rate of veterinary emergencies than their indoor counterparts-bite wounds, open sores, limping, ear mites, ingesting poisons like anti-freeze, and more, are all common complaints that I’ve seen first hand while working at veterinary emergency hospitals.
Here’s a great way to compromise!
As an owner of four cats I understand the desire to share the outdoors with my kitties that’s why I created the most purrfect outdoor enclosure for them-they have fun and it keeps them safe. I call it the ‘Cat Run” but it could be called a Kitty Patio or Play Pen.
First, find a dog kennel or pet pen. The best kennel frames are the ones that are strong and will withstand all kinds of weather. I used a 12′x 6′ dog kennel, they can be found at your local hardware store, fence company, some pet stores and let’s not forget about Ebay or Craigslist!
Choosing The Best Type of Enclosure
There are a variety of creative styles of cat runs you could create, and choosing just which kind for your situation will have a lot to do with the type of cat you have, how many cats you have, what kind of space you have to work with, your budget and skill level. I say this because you can get very creative once you let your mind start dreaming about what you could create.
I’ve had two types of cat safe enclosures, a dog kennel run, and a wall climb. However, there are a TON of cat safe enclosure types and I recommend doing an internet search for ideas or going to Cats Of Australia Website where they’re compiled a few really cool pictures of a variety of lavish outdoor cat spaces.
Dog Kennel Converted to Cat Run!
My favorite is the twelve by six dog kennel, because it has a good amount of space for the cats and its very secure. They come in different sizes, I have a 12 x 6 dog kennel, but I often think that a smaller one would work very well too!
Wall Climb Enclosure.
A Wall Climb Exposure is built onto the side of your home near a cat door, shelves can be built so they can climb up high and they get some fresh air at the same time but they’re safe inside. I had one built onto the side of my home and it worked nicely for the time, but I didn’t think about having a hinge on the front until after it was built, so I wasnt able to open it up and take out my cats when they were being territorial. But if you have one or two cats this would be a nice option -with a hinged open door on front!
Setting Up The Cat Run!
You’ll need to decide which end will be placed up against your home, and remove the inner fencing. This will allow access to a window, or cat door.
Third, Close Up and cover the opening at the top. I now have transitioned to using three panels of plastic green house sheets screwed to a frame made of 2 by w’s. In the past I’ve also used two rolls of chicken wire mesh the long way and connected them in the middle with wire. Then I used 1′ plastic electrical ties to secure the chicken mesh to the top of the kennel. This is the easiest and quickest way if you’re cats are in a hurry.
Decorate The Space
Finally-it’s time to decorate the space. I outfitted our cat run with beautiful thick sod, added a dog house so my cats can get out of the elements, a park bench so I can sit inside with them, and an outdoor solar light. Catnip and other cat safe plants should be placed just outside the run so they have a chance to grow before being eaten down to the nub! The cats love old wicker furniture they can scratch it to pieces.
Remember, although creating an outdoor enclosure will reduce your cats chances of getting parasites, it won’t eliminate it. That’s why I would recommend continuing to apply a monthly topical parasite prevention-as your vet instructs. All my cats love our outdoor run, from the baby to the senior cats-they fly in and out of the cat door all day. I’m happy knowing they can enjoy some time outside-safely!
If you have any questions about creating a unique outdoor enclosure for your home, please post a comment below and I’ll respond.
I’m excited! This past month I worked on updating the look and feel and content on my media kit. I use this little sucker on my website to connect with the media, to spotlight all the activities I am involved in, in the world of cats! For a long time I really wanted to make it look more like my fantastic business card (Which gets raves reviews and is an eye catcher-always!) Anywho, My friend Gail Brown and my graphics designer assisted me with the foundational touches of graphics, while I coordinated the look and feel and content.
It’s a great start, as I am planning on adding information on my Talks & Workshops and a few other things, but overall, the media kit looks like my brand and I am excited.
- The Cover has a new branded look to match Feline Aficionada brand
- I added a Purr View Tv Show Page
- Added Updated Contact page with my Social Media Fish from my website
If you can think of a media person I should connect with please let me know, I am open to ideas to get publicity this year, for my cat care business, my TV show, and for felines!
We took a sneak peek into the world of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s CATS,being purr-formed locally on the South Shore area of Massachusetts, when we visited the Star Player of Bristol County a few days before opening night! We learned a few interesting things about how CATS get along, what it takes to get into the character of a cat and a few other purrfect facts!
This musical is produced by Brian Simons and Joel Thayer-Productions, Meg Quin Dussault Directs, Kristin Arsenault is Choreographer (She’s the lady who performed in CATS) and Kari Pelletier designed the beautiful set.
Feline Aficionada interviewed Jeana Caporelli the Box Office Manager, and Aaron Roberts who plays ‘Macavity’. The star Players Of Bristol County are performing CATS the Musical until August 18th at the FRIEDMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL GERALD A. CROTEAU THEATRE. To Find out more or to order tickets go to http://starplayersbc.com/tickets.html.
This segment will being included in an upcoming episode of Purr View TV. Purr View is Produced and Hosted by Tonia Evans, Directed/Video and at times edited by Dustin Fleming, graphics by Gail Brown of Bouvier Design Associates. Purr View TV airs on PACTV Plymouth Area Community Television as a Special Program. Dates TBA. For more information go to www.PurrView.com
Did you read my latest blog post on the Plymouth Patch.com website? It’s called Flea-less Feline Finds and its on my blog called Cottage Cats and Beachy Finds. Check it out, comment and share. Im still on the look out for cat art trinkets and collectibles .
The second episode of Purr View TV show will air on Sunday June 30th at 7 pm on PACTV in the towns of Plymouth, Duxbury, Kingston, and Pembroke Massachusetts. If you’re a resident of one of these towns and you need to find your channel go to pactv.org. It will air in standard television for the channel. The episode consists of two segments, one from New England Pet Expo in Wilmington Massachusetts in 2012, and the other at the Cats on the Beach TICA cat show held in Cape Cod Massachusetts.
The segments are also uploaded to my YouTube Channel online. We recently watched them on our laptop media center through the YOUTUBE APP and we were able to view them clearly in full 1080p HD on our 46″ TV screen.
To find out more about Purr View TV show click here.
I hope you enjoy them. They’re a lot of fun!
Episode: Cat Expose
Segment 1: Cat’s On The Beach
Segment 2: Cat Expose
Cat Expose’ a segment of the upcoming episode of Purr View TV Show is uploaded to http://www.youtube.com/user/FelineAficionada. I went in search of the Feline Lifestyle at the 2012 Amazing Pet Expo in Wilmington MA with my boyfriend and videographer Dustin Fleming. We interviewed Patty Welch Marketing Manager for Amazing Pet Expo and she gave an overview of what cat lovers would enjoy at the expo.
We were excited to find Chrissy from A Helping Paw in Buzzards Bay. She spotlighted the humorous 2013 New Year’s Calendars designed by Ernie’s Cats from Facebook. The calendar is a fundraising tool to help support their shelter. They also discussed their unique shelter/store that supports the cat adoption center.
Finally, we found an excited Deb from A Paws 2 Celebrate while we played with some of her colorful catnip toys.
I was hoping to find chocolate lollipops in the shape of cats somewhere in the vendor area- but there weren’t any! Regardless ”I had a very fun time and really enjoyed the opportunity to video the show, interview people on camera and as always trying to get cats some face-time!”
Produced at PACTV in Plymouth MA,
Producer/ Host Tonia Evans
Director/Video Dustin Fleming
Announcing ‘art in the rotunda’
Locals cat lovers and enthusiasts will want to hear about the Rockland art exhibit featuring cats! The gallery includes photographs art and multi-media art of my favorite subject -CATS!
An excerpts from the Library web page:
Call for art for group show “CATS!”
Karen Haffner, volunteer coordinator for the library’s Art in the Rotunda series has announced a Group Show opportunity. The entire show will display art featuring cats and will run from Thursday, June 6th through Friday, July 19th. An opening reception is planned for Tuesday, June 11th from 6:30 to 7:30PM.
I am in contact with the coordinator to schedule an interview with someone involved in the exhibit for a future episode of PurrView TV show. The next episode will be on Cat Art, Trinkets and Collectibles and this story will definitely be an exciting “piece”
It’s been approved and in the works since last fall. We are producing a video PSA for the MSPCA. I contacted them to find some pre-produced footage that I could use on my TV show, PurrView, as filler content in between segments. They didn’t have any but were gracious enough to offer me to come up and get footage to create something for my show. I took it a step further and asked if they would want to work together to produce a PSA that we both could use. And they agreed it was a great ideas!
With my background in the pet industry and having a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from Emerson College, working with the PR department would be an exciting shift and one that I could use my gifts to bless the animals and have a PSA for my show.
We booked an brainstorming session and we were off and running with goals and ideas. My goals were that I wanted to spotlight cats and give them some face time, on my show and they wanted to spotlight the variety of services they offer for cats (Pets) and the adopters. After a few months we finally have our human and cat star, and the script has been finalized!
We’ve finally set the date for the human/cat interview for the Video PSA for the MSPCA and it’s all happening at the end of March! Last month we went to visit Angell shelter and medical center and with the help of Rob Halpin, the PR Manager, we were able to get a lot of B-Roll and have a fun time while we did!
Thanks Rob and everyone at the MSPCA for agreeing to let us produce this piece for them. I can’t wait to start editing footage and finishing the production soon. I find it to be exciting work and a worthy story to be told….
Here’s a sneak peak at the back story on Hurricane kitty.
October 19, 2012
BOSTON and Methuen, Mass., Oct. 19, 2012 – On a dreary October Saturday a sweet seven-month-old kitten was rushed to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass. after a good Samaritan found her laying alongside a busy road in nearby Lawrence. The cat, named “Neri” by MSPCA staffers, at first appeared to suffer only mild abrasions—however x-rays later revealed a life threatening chest injury requiring emergency surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. Doctors also discovered a fracture to her pelvis that had already begun to heal, leading them to conclude that this was the second time Neri had been struck by a car in the span of several weeks. Read Full Article
The bright orange color tones jumped out at me and I was really moved by this piece. I’d love to find out more about the artist and see more similar work!
Lately I’ve been busy, overcome with medical issues and pain, and the pressure of finding a steady job etc, and yesterday it dawned on me I really need to enjoy where I am at. I love taking care of cats! It’s a great day when I am sitting with a kitty, snuggling on a couch or just cleaning dishes -and I want to be mindful of how blessed I am to be able to do this.
Most visits are very quiet. The house is quiet, the cats are relatively quiet. Or Atleast they are after they eat and go back to bed! I enjoy the peace and quiet. Even though I am a true extrovert with people, Ive found over the last five years that I enjoy solitude more and more, and my business gives me that.
I love my clients, their cats and I am very greatful to be able to have a business where I get hired to love and snuggle with cats!
I was laying on floor with one of my clients cats today, playing and rubbing a ‘tummy, tum, tummy’ when suddenly I realized I could hear the other cat snoring from across the room.
I looked up to see if kitty was asleep and in mid dream, but he wasn’t. He was just so excited I was there that he had started to purr very deeply, had begun to drool and the purring was being forced out his nose! The sound was like of like a coffee percolator on a low rumble.
It’s funny at first! I chuckled because this kitty’s is a big innocent boy. Lovingly-a goober. He’s so sweet, but clumsy for a cat. He always makes me laugh, and today his snoring did put a smile on my face.
Then I remembered Big Jack. A beloved family cat that came into my life as a stray at a time when I had 7 other cats. I wish I had a picture of him to share, but it was before cell phones and all I have are photographs in scrap books of my friend. He was in my life for less than a year but left a huge impact on my heart. I lost him to a secondary liver infection due to gingavitis. It took me about six or more months to transition him into my house from being a nervous stray. I made him a cozy warm and dry outside house, and eventually won him over, and once he was inside he never went out again.
He was a black male cat, and so incredibly lovable. I called him ‘my little monkey’ because all he wanted to do was stay in my arms and I would carry him around the house and sometimes tie him to my chest like a baby in a body hammock. He was truly precious.
The vet check immediately noted the severity of the gingivitis, but they said in order to do a dental cleaning and remove teeth we had to first treat the infection. This process was more difficult than it sounds and I soon realized we had a real issue on our hands. Gingivitis is infection and presents often with red gums, and in Big Jacks case, with snoring!
That’s probably why I found out so quickly. It was the first night that Big Jack slept on the bed. He was sleeping to my left on the pillow. I was asleep, dreaming, and suddenly started experiencing stories about trolls, elf’s and grunting creatures. I woke up around 2 am to the loud noise of snoring! I put on the light and found Big Jack deep in sleep, in his own little world. I like to think that was the first time he slept so good and safe in a long time. However, the inflammation of his swollen gums interfered with his breathing.
Big Jack lost his fight to gingivitis because the antibiotics and fluids weren’t enough to fight the infection. I tried for three months and he kept going down hill. He lost his battle on Christmas Eve. His illness was acute before he came to me, and even though I only knew him for a short time, I’m so glad he found his way to me, but it was a painful loss. So I share this. Check your cats gums, and if you see gingivitis have your vet check it. Consider a feline dental cleaning if you can afford it, and try to fight the infection as soon as possible. Cat snoring sounds funny, but it can lead to serious issues in some cats.
Calling all cat trinket collectors and hobbyists.
Recently I watched an episode of Antiques Road Show that focused on pet trinkets and collectibles. I was incredibly excites to see historical, antique collectibles
with pet themes and learn a little bit about the history of pets in our society. Read more
November is American Diabetes Month, and while most of the world is promoting, educating and bringing awareness about human diabetes, I’ve chosen to spotlight feline diabetes and share a story about it in my first episode of Purr View.
Purr View is a show I produce about cat care and the feline lifestyle. It’s my belief that Senior and special needs felines are wonderful animals, and they’re worth caring for. Sometimes it’s scary and overwhelming to get the diagnosis that your cat has a disease, but I feel strongly that if people knew more about treating them, and how easy some of the home care actually is- then more people would embrace it because they’d be more informed about the truth. Most people don’t live in the cat care field, and it can be a lot to take in, so I want to share, with love and humor, just how easy some of this care can really be, and it can comfort the cat in amazing ways.
The first episode of Purr View is called Diabetic Cat Care. I wanted to share what diabetes in felines is, how it’s treated, and you’ll meet a Bear, a local cat that lives a purrfectly pampered life as a diabetic cat.
My cat Mr. Earl lived with diabetes for about five years and he lived a good life. In the end of his life he didn’t die from diabetes or complications of diabetes, he died of cancer. The years that I spent regulating him with insulin paid off and I was able to enjoy many years with him.
Some people are shocked and overwhelmed when they hear a cat could have the disease, as if only humans get it. Others cringe when they hear they would have to give insulin and swear they would never be able to do that. I’ve also heard stories about people euthanize their cats because of it- to me this is all totally insane.
Diabetes is not a death sentence, it’s not difficult to treat and some cats even go into remission. The first episode of Purr View is dedicated to my cat Mr. Earl, and to the many other cats that I’ve taken care of that have or had diabetes.
Diabetes affects about 800, 000 cats in the us. Veterinary treatment and changes in diet can help save the lives of cats living with the disease. The episode also interviews Dr. Cassandra Kelly from the Cat Clinic in Plymouth Massachusetts. She talks about how to handle home care and gives hope on treating cats and getting them into remission. In addition, I consulted Dr. Plotnick from Manhattan Cat Hospital. Check out they’re facebook page, they have the coolest cat pictures on the net.
Purr View will air on Sunday December 2nd, December 9th and
December 16th, on PACTV broadcast schedule at 8pm. To view the episode in Plymouth, Kingston, Duxbury, and Pembroke on Comcast channel 13, and Verizon channel 43. Or you can view it on Blip.tv/purrview.
What Causes Feline Diabetes
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Becoming Obese
- Eating Higher Carbohydrate Dry Food
- Certain Breeds
What are the Symptoms of Feline Diabetes
- Drinking Lots of Water
- Increase Urination
- Increase in Hunger
- Weigh Loss
- Weight Gain
What is Diabetes
- Too Much Sugar in the Blood Stream
- Pancreas Doesn’t Produce Insulin to break down food
- Pancreas Doesn’t produce Enough Insulin
Treating Diabetic Cats
- Special Diet-Feed Canned Food (Less Carbs -More Protein)
- Giving Insulin -Giving Insulin Gives Pancreas a rest
- Home Care -checking BG, Ketones, etc at Home.
Resource Sites For Finding Good Foundation of Information
Can you think of any other great resource sites that you could share in the comment section that would help people learn and network with others on the topic of feline diabetes? If so, please share.
What feels like a couple weeks ago, I went to Bogg Hollow pumpkin patch to find a pumpkin for Halloween. That was the goal anyway. The dream if you will. You know, right? The weather gets a bit cooler, the leaves change and suddenly something inside, like an auto clock starts to make you crave cider, fireplaces and PUMPKINS!
Ok, I also like to eat pumpkin pie and maybe I was thinking about that too! Anyway, off to the bog. We arrived and there were cranberry bogs, an old fire truck, farming equiptment for the kids to climb on and a huge sand pile for kids. But no pumpkins. Well, they told us to take the hayride. My boyfriend and I got in line and waited and within just minutes along came a two wagon rig to pick us up. We climbed into the wagon, positioned ourselves on hay bales and off we were…dashing through the back woods if you will.
I was thinking, this is so nice, we get to take a little hay ride through the woods, its pretty, its quaint, and even if we don’t get our pumpkins here at least we enjoyed the autumn day together.
A few min later our hay ride wagon came down a steepish hill, turned a corner and arrived in a clearing at the back of the bog property- and there were pumpkins everywhere! Orange easter eggs scattered in each direction. Big ones, small ones, shiny ones, and deteriorated ones. Not only that, there were kids activities and a maze for all ages. I was thinking how much fun the cats would have if I made them a little maze at home!
My boyfriend and I searched for our pumpkin. We looked them over. He took pictures from all sides. I picked them up to see how they felt in my arms. And then after a few minutes we agreed on just the right one! Who would have thought that in a field all day sat our little baby pumpkin -yet there it was. We bought it, and it sat on my lap all the way back on the return wagon ride.
Hurricane Sandy came and went last week, and so did Halloween. We never had time to carve out a face or design. I never got to see it all lit up and glowing.
I am still craving a pumpkin pie though! If you have a good recipe for pumpkin pie please post it in the comment section or share a web link. I can’t be the only cat lover who also loves pumpkin pie.