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  • April 11, 2014 7:38 PM | Tonia Fleming (Administrator)


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    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!

    Easy Fix

    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.

     

  • November 22, 2013 6:50 PM | Tonia Fleming (Administrator)
    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. Why? It was pared with toasted breadcrumbs in the mix. As the company states "... it (is) blended with buttery, toasted artisan breadcrumbs and just the perfect touch of salt?" This bar was also classified as USDA Organic, and Fair Trade! All I can say is GOOD KITTY! They have another one on their website that has kitty packaging called 'Fig, Fennel and Almond, that one sounds like one I have to try soon. They seriously have the most adorable artistry and I love they cat theme on my chocolate!  Check out their website for more information https//theochocolate.com, or stop in at Hannafords and see if they have them in the specialty section. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="375"] Another bar with Cat Packaging, in Theo Chocolates Fantasy Line of Bars[/caption]
  • July 23, 2012 6:53 PM | Tonia Fleming (Administrator)


    During my vacation time, my boyfriend and I visited an  associates of his local business called Sweet's Coffee, Cakes & Treats in Kingston, MA. They make baked goods, fresh brewed coffee, iced coffee & tea, along with cakes, pies, cupcakes and much more. I got a kick out of how uniquely it was decorated. The wall on the staircase leads to a creatively painted tea room, inspired by Alice In Wonderland style. Sweet's Coffee, Cakes & Treats offers the space for rent to anyone wishing to have a tea party, small showers, or other small event in the space. I thought it was fun to see a beautiful painting of the Cheshire Cat! Remember, he could vanish at any moment leaving just his smiling grin!
  • December 05, 2011 8:02 PM | Tonia Fleming (Administrator)


    PROFESSIONAL CAT SITTER GAINS EDGE IN FELINE CARE AND WRITING INDUSTRY AT CAT WRITERS ASSOCIATION (CWA) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    Feline Aficionada Tonia Evans of The Kitty’s Corner Cat Sitting Service, Participates in Premier Cat Industry Event.


    I was listening to Sarah Borgess on my Ipod while waiting for the ceremony to begin![/caption] Whitman, MA (December 5,2011) - Feline Aficionada Tonia Evans, joined industry professionals from across the country for the Cat Writers Association's (CWA) Eighteenth Annual 2011 conference held recently in White-Plains, New York. The two-day event offered a distinguished program of industry professionals, speakers and sponsors, networking opportunities and an awards ceremony showcasing the best in cat related work for the past year. The CWA awards approximately $12,000 in prizes and 52 CWA Muse Medallions to winners in categories ranging from magazine and newspaper articles, to e-books, video, DVD or TV production, radio, podcast production, and more -all focused on cats! I was excited to meet Susan Logan, Editor of Cat Fancy magazine, Jane Harrell, Associate Producer at Pet Finder.comCathy Unruh host of Up Close a TV show on PBS Florida and Amy Sholai, writer, entertainer and all around purronality. Editor/Agents In addition, I signed up for Agent/Editor meetings, and over the course of two days I met with Stephanie Flanders (She's also a fun lady to hang out with), Editor at Tom Doherty Associates; Diane West Editor with New York Tails magazine; Anne A. Simpkinson, Online Managing Editor with Guideposts; Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank, with Fairbank Literary; Ellen Price from my very own member organization, Pet Sitters International; and finally Wayne Barr, acquisition Manager at Barron's Educational Series! Catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances!



    I was excited to see Jane Brunt, DVM from the CATalyst Council, she took home a Muse Award for the Video Production/DVD/TV category, for their Video Cat Carriers: Friends Not Foes. Professional Development sessions covered cutting edge topics including: the use of Facebook, social media strategies for pet writers, Wordpress for bloggers, and using The Cloud for Internet writers. Minda Zetlin, Vice President of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, presented‚ "When Bad Things Happen To Good Writers." Zetlin discussed how to copyright and protect your work at copyright.gov.


    "This conference is a great way to gain an edge in the industry," shared Tonia Evans, Feline Aficionada, and professional cat sitter, "It offered me the opportunity to network with fellow writers and cat business professionals, be introduced to industry agents and editors, all while staying focused on my niche- cats and feline care!"   I also caught up with Stephanie Harwin from Catsparella.com who I met at the Business of Pet Writers Conference and  Lorraine Treadwell, fellow cat writers who was kind enough to remind me about this wonderful event. Half way through the event I saw Deb Barnes, who just recently published one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever seen, called The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey.


    You have to check it out! [caption id="attachment_4441" align="alignleft" width="245"]




     Lorraine Treadwell and Tonia Evans at the CWA conference[/caption] Another popular seminar, "Vetting Veterinary Sources" featured Lorie Huston, DVM, a veterinarian and free-lance author/blogger who specializes in pet health and pet care topics. She shared tips on finding qualified and reliable veterinary sources when writing kitty health related pieces. The liveliest discussion occurred during Elizabeth Cohen, DVM's session, "Medical Problems Can Involve Behavioral Problems" Cohen, a licensed and USDA-certified veterinarian practicing in New York, is also the WCBS news radio 880 pet reporter for "Healthy and Happy Pet" radio show, and the author of "Most of My Patients Wear Fur", touched upon the topics of feline urinary box issues as related to illness, and the value of blood work in revealing diseases before a cat presents with symptoms! "Due to what I learned at the CWA conference, I feel extremely confident in sending a query of my work to two cat related magazines in the near future," shared Evans,  'I'm that inspired!" The Cat Writers Conference was the best writers conference I've ever attended, they made everyone feel welcome, offered excellent seminars, and I had a lot of fun- The Bag Swag was the best ever! Thank you to the Sponsors of the CWA 2011 Conference for that!


    I also won a Sturdi Pet product for my cats that they immediately moved into when I arrived home.  
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