Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday

Friendly Fill-Ins is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Feline Friday is a funny kitty adventure hosted by Sandee over at Comedy Plus. Be sure to visit all of them and join in the fun!

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Here are the fill-ins:

  1. _____________and ______________ go hand in hand.
  2. __________________________ makes my heart happy.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ____________________________.
  4. If ________ was a sport, I would win hands down.

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Here are my responses:

Peanut butter and jelly go hand in hand, though I have yet to see jelly with hands.

Being loved by our kitties makes my heart happy.

Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. They may not lead you to the expected destination, but instead may take you to something much better and more fulfilling in the end.

If going to the bathroom was a sport, I would win hands down, if for no other reason than that I’m in there the most! No one else gets a chance to score. 🙂

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Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Press Release: SURE PETCARE’S ANIMO PROVIDES A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING

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SURE PETCARE’S ANIMO PROVIDES A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING

Sure Petcare’s new state-of-the-art activity and behavior monitor for dogs, Animo, learns and reports the unique activity and behavior patterns of your pet.

Image 2Cambridge, UK (Nov. 28, 2018) – Pet product specialist Sure Petcare today announced the launch of Animo https://youtu.be/PREvQwNoGEE, the lifelong activity and behavior monitor which learns and accurately interprets the unique behavior and activity patterns of a dog. Animo delivers insights into a dog’s activity and sleep, as well problem behaviors such as shaking, scratching and barking. These insights help owners to understand the changing needs of their pet over its lifetime, enabling them to provide proactive and personalized pet care.

Worn on a dog’s collar, Animo comes with three different sized attachment bands, making it suitable for dogs of all sizes. Weighing just 22g, Animo is lightweight, comfortable and waterproof. It sits flat against the collar and its “twist and lock” fitting not only makes it easy to attach and detach, but also holds the unit firmly in place. It operates using a standard coin cell battery which lasts for six months, preventing the need for regular charging.

Animo connects to the Sure Petcare – Animo app via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), where owners can set and monitor daily activity goals for their pet, as well as view their pet’s activity and behavior reports by day, week, month or year. The app also provides an hour-by-hour sleep quality report every night, which can be compared against previous nights to easily spot changes in sleep patterns.

Key features of Animo and the Sure Petcare app include:

Activity: Set and monitor daily activity goals, check last walked time and view activity reports by day, week, month and year.

Sleep Quality: Hour-by-hour sleep quality report throughout the night; a poor night’s sleep can be an indication of stress, discomfort or illness

Calories: track the calories burnt by your dog and compare this to a recommended daily target based on their breed, age and weight

Behavior tracking: receive alerts for increased barking, scratching or shaking

Connect with family and friends: Animo can be synced by any member of your app household and owners can share access to the app with their friends and family.

“We can’t be with our pets 24/7, so we have created Animo to give dog owners a window into their dog’s day: not only to tell them what he gets up to when they’re not around, but more importantly to spot changes in behavior and activity over time, which may signal changes in their pet’s health and wellbeing.” said Nick Hill, founder and CEO of Sure Petcare. “Animo is the result of a collaboration between Sure Petcare and our sister company within the Antelliq group. Over the past 18 months we have combined Antelliq’s world-leading animal monitoring expertise, our pet industry experience and the advice of world-renowned dog behaviorists to create a product which will change the lives of dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes.

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From the moment Animo is attached to a dog’s collar, its suite of algorithms begins to learn the animal’s unique patterns of movement; accurately interpreting them and reporting their corresponding activity and behavior types to the owner via our smartphone app. This means that Animo can tell owners more about their dog than they’ve ever known before – it will be a game changer for the dog tracking market and is far more than an activity monitor, it is the essential lifelong companion for your dog.”

Jon Bowen, Royal Veterinary College vet and animal behaviorist said: “Because we spend so much time with our dogs we think we know how they feel, but the reality is that we often miss things. Our dogs can’t tell us that they are starting to have problems sleeping because they are in pain. They can’t tell us they are getting stressed or upset by something while we are at work, or whether they really go on good long walks with the dog walker. Even when we go on a walk with our dog, we may not notice that they are gradually becoming less playful and energetic, so we don’t detect early signs of health problems like arthritis or heart disease. Using monitoring we can get a much greater insight into what is really going on with our dogs, so we can spot the first signs of a problem. But monitoring isn’t all about picking up signs of poor health; if we monitor our dogs we can aim to make their lives better and more enjoyable. For example, identifying the activities they really like, doing more of those things and making an effort to pack more fun into every walk instead of just plodding. Having said this, the most critical aspect of monitoring is accuracy. This is where products like Animo have a real advantage, because If we are going to take action based on what a monitor tells us, we need to have real confidence in the quality of information.”

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Pet tech continues to be a growing industry, with the global market expected to increase to $2.36bn by 2022, according to Grand View Research. In 2017, UK dog owners spent a whopping $10 billion on general products and services for their animals.

Animo is available to purchase online today (October 2018) at surepetcare.com, and in the coming weeks from leading pet retailers* for an MSRP of $79.99.

Sure Petcare app

The Sure Petcare app-Animo is available for free download on the App Store (iOS 9 or later) and Google Play (Android 4.4 or later). Desktop requirements: latest version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer on Mac OS X v10.9 or later and Windows 7 or later.

Company Information

Sure Petcare is a trading name of SureFlap Ltd.

About Sure Petcare

Sure Petcare, the pet technology specialist, provides pet products that empower owners to care for their pets in entirely new ways.

Founded in 2007, Sure Petcare has developed an award-winning range of microchip-operated pet doors and feeders including the Microchip Cat Flap, the Microchip Pet Door, Microchip Pet Feeder and Sealed Pet Bowl, which solve many problems commonly experienced by pet owners.

Sure Petcare launched its first connected product, the Microchip Pet Door Connect in 2017, which enables pet owners to control the pet door using an app. The SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect joined the range of connected products in June 2018, with the near-term product roadmap featuring a portfolio of connected products designed to provide proactive pet care by giving owners data and insight into their pets’ day-to-day behaviors, activities and routines. Over time, this information will provide a greater understanding of their pets’ health and wellbeing.

Sure Petcare products have been used by pet owners across the globe for ten years. The company sells direct, through retail stores and veterinary practices in 35 countries.

For further information visit www.surepetcare.com.

 

Book Review: Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?  Do you believe there is something special about a black cat?  If your answer to either of those questions is yes, you must read Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper.

It isn’t a long read.  In fact, it is only 47 small, heart-tugging pages long.  The story is absolutely great and seems to be very heartfelt.

I, David, was never much of a cat person, as anyone who has read my blog knows.  However, I know how one little frail kitty, who had to be bottle fed when we rescued him, a little black and white kitty put the “come hither” on me and changed my heart forever.

Homer, an old, blind, black cat will get into your heart, rip it out, and put it in a headlock while you feel so warm inside and, at the same time, want to bawl your eyes out.

If you are looking for a little touch of Christmas cheer in a short book that will melt your heart, Homer and the Holiday Miracle is the book for you.

Gwen Cooper donates 10% of her royalties on all book sales to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Press Release: This Holiday Season, Basepaws Offers the Pur-Fect Gift for the Cat Lover and Genealogical Expert on your Holiday List

This Holiday Season, Basepaws Offers the Pur-Fect Gift for the Cat Lover and Genealogical Expert on your Holiday List

Basepaws an at-home, feline-specific genetic test allows you to learn about breed and ancestry markers that are present in your cats DNA explaining the physical traits are in your cat’s genes. So if you’ve ever wondered where your cat gets the extra fluffiness in his or her tail, now you can find out! Using what we currently know, we can tell you how closely related your cat is to select cat breeds and wildcats. Launching in 2019 Basepaws will also be able to let any possible health and wellness risks that may be present in your cat’s DNA.

Pets are part of the family and now more than ever are treated as such. According to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, almost three-quarters of dog and cat owners purchase gifts for their pets, and almost half of dog owners and 38 percent of cat owners buy holiday gifts for them.

As a pet owner, you want to know as much information as possible about any potential health risks for your beloved cat. With knowledge from your cat’s genetics, you can make more informed decisions about their health-care needs earlier—possibly mitigating or even preventing illness down the road.

To send Basepaws the sample, you collect hair from your feline or use a mouth swab for cats without hair. After mailing the sample in you can expect results in 2 to 4 months. Once you are part of the Basepaws family, your cat will receive a lifetime of benefits. This includes report updates, personalized recommendations, membership in the Basepaws community, access to the latest research on cat science, tools to connect owners of similar cats, and discounts on future products that will be specifically formulated for your cat’s genetic needs.

Basepaws is the purr-fect holiday gift for any cat lover and their cat this holiday season!

Basepaws DNA Kit is available now at www.Basepaws.com for $95.00.

For more information on Basepaws please contact Pamela Epstein at 732-277-4596 or please click onto www.Basepaws.com

ABOUT BASEPAWS

Our big and clear mission, to make the world better for cats (and their humans), is built off the simple insight that cats make our lives better. Our continuously updated research will provide benefits beyond any current test on the market. We are investing in our science and our community to create a future where all cats can benefit from our genetics research.

Press Release: Pet Diabetes Month Stresses Importance of Identifying the Signs

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Pet Diabetes Month Stresses Importance of Identifying the Signs

AUSTIN—An estimated one in 300 adult dogs and one in 230 cats in the U.S. suffer from diabetes, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. These statistics stress the importance of observing National Pet Diabetes Month in November, marking a time for pet owners to educate themselves on the signs of diabetes and its risk factors. Reliable and accurate information on diabetes can be found on TexVetPets.org, the veterinary professional-written and peer-reviewed pet health website of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). The website’s article on diabetes covers common signs, such as lethargy, excessive thirst and frequent urination; diagnostic testing; treatment options and prognoses: www.texvetpets.org/article/diabetes-mellitus-in-your-dog-and-cat.

Pet owners will learn that if their pets are showing signs of diabetes, it is vital to take them to be examined by their veterinarian because these signs may mean their pet is diabetic. With early diagnosis and proper care, a pet with diabetes can live a happy, healthy and active life.

Diabetes Management Varies for Dogs and Cats

Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to process or release proper amounts of insulin, resulting in high blood glucose levels. Treating diabetes in dogs most often requires insulin injections, but in cats, it can sometimes be managed by weight loss and diet changes. Once your veterinarian has diagnosed a pet with diabetes, he or she will determine the most effective management plan for the owner to follow.

“Diabetic animals require frequent monitoring, including blood tests, and insulin-dependent diabetics typically require injections every 12 hours,” said TVMA Past President Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP, CVJ, who serves as a clinical associate professor of telehealth at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) in College Station, Texas. “It is much easier to prevent diabetes than it is to treat it, especially in cats, so maintain your pet at an appropriate weight and get regular veterinary exams. If your pet is displaying the signs of diabetes, have it examined very soon before it progresses to a life-threatening state.”

Obesity, Age and Genetics Increase Risks of Pets Developing Diabetes

While diabetes can’t always be prevented, obesity has shown to be a contributing factor, especially in cats. Other risk factors in dogs include age, genetics and intact females. Dog breeds that have a higher risk of developing diabetes include cocker spaniels, pomeranians, golden retrievers and dachshunds. Age, genetics, disorders such as chronic pancreatitis or hyperthyroidism and neutering in males are among the risk factors in cats.

There is no cure for diabetes, so effective management of the disease is crucial to your pet’s quality of life. Partner with your veterinarian to establish a treatment to ensure a happy and active life for your pet.

About the Texas Veterinary Medical Association

Founded in 1903, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association is a professional association composed of more than 3,900 veterinarians committed to protecting public health, promoting high educational, ethical and moral standards within the veterinary profession and educating the public about animal health and its relationship to human health. For more information, call 512/452-4224 or visit www.tvma.org.

 

Book Review: Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo

Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo

By now all of our readers know that we here at McClendon Villa are animal lovers. That is why we love Prancie’s Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch, which was illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo. It is such a wonderful story. It shows that animals are part of the Kingdom, too.

This story is Christian-based. It takes place around Christmas, so it would make a wonderful Christmas present, or early Christmas present, for your kids.

This very heartwarming story is extremely well-written and the illustrations are magnificent. We give it all five stars and a can of tuna. You are looking for a great gift for your young child. You could not do better than Prancie’s Prayer.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Press Release: Katzenworld Launches First UK World Cat Federation Cat Club

The online cat news information portal Katzenworld extends its brand by launching the UK’s first World Cat Federation cat Club under the Katzenworld Cats Club brand.

Earlier this year part of the Katzenworld team met with the World Cat Federation in Bran Castle in Romania as part of the Magnificats World Cat Show and part of this was to finalise the creation of the first World Cat Federation cat Club in the UK called Katzenworld Cats Club.

What is the World Cat Federation?

The World Cat Federation eV, or just WCF, is an international association of cat clubs, which is registered in Germany. There are 280 organizations worldwide associated with the WCF. President is currently Anneliese Hackmann from Essen. The WCF has been successfully working on the development of animal protection laws in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The WCF allows the breeders of affiliated clubs to register their cattery names internationally. They created standards for pedigreed cats of which she has currently published 61. The WCF trains judges for exhibitions and organizes the examines. The WCF has established exhibition rules that the exhibition, and the division of the cats in separate classes. Generally, the WCF is designed to promote international contacts of the cat clubs affiliated. Our new logo depicts the six continents on which the WCF has members. The rainbow coloured continents are framed by our premise.

The rainbow is a symbolic bridge between the 6 continents on which the WCF is established. It signifies acceptance of the diversity of life together with the common bond of love of cats. That is what makes the WCF so special.

Why did Katzenworld choose the WCF over joining one of the existing cat registries in the UK?

As the WCF has a strong core value of animal protection it is one of the reasons that attracted Katzenworld to form a cat club under the governing rules of the WCF for the UK.

The WCF club enables Katzenworld and their team to run cat shows where members of the WCF are able to bring their cats along to events similar to those organised by the existing organisations such as the GCCF or TICA while adding a focus on cat care and animal welfare as a natural extension of their work through the news platform. Additionally, the traditional cat show format of the WCF is also less stressful for cats and due to its generally more relaxed nature a lot easier for newcomers.

The current plan is to host a minimum of 2 shows per year starting from January 2019 while building up the memberships. For the events, Katzenworld plans to involve organisations and veterinaries to provide education and advice for cat owners and breeders.

Book Review: Doodled Cats: Dozens of Clever Doodling Exercises & Ideas for Cat People by Gemma Correll

Doodled Cats: Dozens of Clever Doodling Exercises & Ideas for Cat People by Gemma Correll

Doodled Cats: Dozens of Clever Doodling Exercises & Ideas for Cat People by Gemma Correll is a cute little book about ways to draw cats.

The book is divided into four sections. Part 1 is All About Cats and has fun-fact type information, including 20 Signs You’re a Cat Person. This had us really laughing!

Part 2 gives us step-by-step instructions on how to doodle a cat. The examples are very basic and we think most folks will be able to follow their examples and make some really cute cat doodles.

Part 3 is like a kitty fashion show in that it shows doodled cats in various hats and outfits to help inspire you in your own doodling.

Part 4 is a template section to help you get started with your own doodles.

Doodled Cats is a fun little book. There are 160 pages, but it is a very short and funny book. We think that it will bring a smile to the faces of most cat lovers out there.

And, for you dog lovers, they also have a dog version called Doodled Dogs!

Both are available for pre-order right now on Amazon.com. Release date is 26 June 2018.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack

My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack

Many of our readers on our How To Manage Your Monkey blog love children’s books about cats. This is one they should add to their collection.

My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack is a sweet, short story about a little girl who really wants a kitty. How she goes about getting one is priceless.

This book is very colorfully illustrated and should capture the imagination of most young children. We give it all five stars.

If you have a young reader or soon to be reader, you really should add My Pet Peeve by Renée Rodgers Barstack to your bookshelf. Oh, plan to read it again and again to those little ones who love animals.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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