JANUARY 25, 2014 BY FELINE AFICIONADA
Water fountains for cats are becoming much more common in households of every budget.
That’s probably because cat lovers know that keeping their cat healthy starts with good food and fresh clean water.
- Clean Water
- Less Contaminates
- Cats Are Attracted To Fountain Experience
- Water Tastes Better
- Special Needs Cats Drink More Stay Healthy
- They Look Cool
What better way to get clean water for your cat than by providing a water fountain with a filter to clean out contaminants. You can find all types of fountains online, at petco, and in specialty catalogs.
The second reason I think that cat water fountains are a big hit is because cats seem to be drawn to the constant flow of moving water. It has an appeal for a lot of indoor cats- and it can encourage kittys to drink more often -I’ve seen it first hand.
Cats with medical conditions such as kidney disease can benefit from drinking more water and a home water fountain is a great idea to try. I also think it tastes better. Like tap water verses spring water.
Pumps Get Blocked with Fur
Unfortunately, cat fur can block the filter and cause the pump to start making a slightly annoying sound and stop the water flow all together. It’s an easy fix though.
The first time I had to clean one out- I thought it was as easy as rinsing out the inside of the pump and filter area and covering it back up. But it wasn’t. However, It dosen’t take long to really clean out the filter and the pump when the water stops flowing- it takes an extra step but fixes the water flow immediately!
Here’s how the water fountain looks in each step and I will walk you through each step of taking it apart and cleaning it.
Here’s what one of the ceramic cat water fountains looks like when it stops flowing-notice very little water coming out of the top. And it was making a annoying noise. (Plus kitty likes to play in the water so the water level is low, and the pad underneath is wet.
Here is an example of what a cat water fountain looks like when it’s ready to be cleaned.
The next step is to unplug it from the wall, and take it over to the sink and drain any water out of it.
Then remove the top ceramic fountain -it just lifts off.
This is what the fountain base looks like when the fountain top is removed and the water is drained. There is a plug that goes into the pump under the cover and the pump filter assembly looks like a shell, with little suction cup feet keeping it in place.
It’s a good idea to take a picture of the layout so you can reassemble it later you’ll know exactly how to reposition the pump and the cord and the little hole where the water comes up, back in place for your particular fountain piece.
What you see now is a pump and a water filter. The pump circulates the water and the water filter cleans the water of contaminates.
The next step is to remove the filter assembly. Check for cat fur underneath and on the filter. Rise with water.
There are three place to clean with water and check for fur.
The first is to remove the filter and clean it off with water. The second is to lift up the pump and check the side for hair stuck to the intake area, and the third is to clean out the shell so any hair or dirt or slimy water slime is disinfected out. I encourage you to keep your particular models instruction pamphlet, so you can follow the cleaning instructions closely. I only clean it with warm water and I haven’t used soap on the filter I have cleaned the little shell case and the ceramic fountain with warm water a light soap.
This is the pumps intake area, there is ALWAYS cat hair here, you may not see it clearly but there’s cat hair there. Wash it off or use a paper towel to remove it from the spaces in between the intake area.
Now that everything is removed you can clean out the base of the shell assembly and then put everything back into place.
Now you can clean the fountain. Making sure to clean off any slimy spots and get out any cat litter, dirt from cats playing in it, or cat hair in the bowl and you’re ready to put it all back together again.
Once you have put everything back into place, close the cover on the shell assembly, Replace the ceramic fountain cover, matching up the hole from the pump, and fill with water to the fill line.
After your first try at it, this process should only take five minutes.
If you have cats that love it as much as my furry friends do, you’ll need to be quick. Mine was waiting for me.
This morning the sunshine is out and the birds a chirping! And when that happens it suddenly becomes shedding season for my cats and my clients babies too.
Every month I try and set aside one day for Cat Grooming Day. Read more
Preparing Raw Food Diet For Cats – With Bonita Flakes
FEBRUARY 13, 2014 BY FELINE AFICIONADA
Preparing Raw Food Diet For Cats – With Bonita Flakes
Preparing a raw food diet is cutting edge but not for the faint at heart. Some cats may not eat raw food when first introduced, but trying a variety of meats like Mutton, Rabbit, or Mouse (yes there is a company that offers fresh ground raw mouse. It is natural for them to eat mouse, after all!)
A key in picking a raw blend that will work for your cats taste. If you still need some enticing why not try adding a healthy topper-like delicious Bonita Flakes.
While raw food has many advantages and health perks for felines – the whole concept of feeding raw meat is still very hard for some cat owners to wrap their heads around. Some reactions include “I just can’t imagine giving my cat raw meat” to “it’s gross.” Truth be told I had the same reaction.
After seeing some of my clients and friends cats rebound from health issues and seeing a shiny new coat emerge when their coats were so, so- it’s getting more difficult to ignore the fact that raw food may have something to offer and those benefits outweigh the initial ‘YUCK’ factor.
Feeding raw foods to animals is not a new concept really, and I’ve even know pet owners who cook homemade meals. While opponents to raw and homemade foods for pets claim that they aren’t balanced, some pet owners do a lot of pet nutrition research before undergoing a diet change for their cats. But once they decide that raw food and a meat based diet is the way to go for their cat, the challenge seems comes when implementing the new food slowly and figuring out just how you’re going to begin handling raw food on a daily basis.
Here’s a tip from Feline Aficionada Tonia Evans, professional cat sitter, from Massachusetts. “I have clients that are feeding raw food, I defrost the frozen meat, which is the size of an ice-cube, by leaving it in the fridge overnight, and the next day, I divide it into bite size chunks. One of my clients suggested that her cat loves it when the Bonita flakes get put on top- the cat seems to love that!”
Here are her step by step instructions for creating a Chef inspired raw creation.
3. Add Toppings
Sprinkle Bonita Flakes on each chunk and Smush in.
Disclaimer: please speak with a veterinary nutritionist before changing your cats diet- every cat has unique needs and you would need to have a healthy balanced diet.
Next week is a very exciting time for me, because I will be shooting a segment on the Aerokat inhaler, if you havent heard of this device yet, its been around for some time, and helps administer an inhaler medication to a cat.
Find Out More:
To find out more about the product go to http://www.trudellmed.com/animal-health/aerokat
Cats have small muzzles and cant breath inward the way we do when taking a breath from an inhaler. This devide covers the cats muzzle slightly and you can count how many breaths they take, to make sure the medication has been administered.
At first when I heard about this device I was a skeptic, and I shouldn’t have been. The cost of the device at the time was about $89 and that didn’t include the medicine. But what I found is that some cats are prescribed the same medicine as their owners and I’m looking forward to learning a little about feline asthma, and how this new medical device for cats can help them manage their health.
I can’t wait to see how it works first hand, and I even saw one online for $62 and free shipping so you never know I just might get one of my own for my cat.
This will be my first official shoot of the year and I am really looking to get back ion the saddle again! Ill let you know when the segment is all done, and if you have a cat that has asthma please give me a call I would like to interview another cat owner to hear a broader perspective on the topic. firstname.lastname@example.org
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!