November is ‘National Adopt a Senior Pet Awareness’ month: how you can help senior pets to get adopted

Did you know that older pets are often overlooked in favor of younger ones at shelters? Although I can understand why people want to adopt cute and young kittens and puppies, we must remember that senior pets need loving homes too.

Many of them have been abandoned, or abused, and some might have had to deal with the passing of their owner.

Open your hearts to senior pets

It can be quite traumatic for them to go from living in a home to a shelter, and many of them end up remaining there for years.

Guys, we’ve got to do something about this. November is ‘National Adopt a Senior Pet Awareness’ month. This month in particular, I want to help senior pets to find their furrever homes. I’ve come up with a plan. For the month of November, I will send you an email with info on senior pets that are currently up for adoption in your state. (United States)

All you have to do is share the adoption info with everyone you know to spread the word! Top volunteers will be recognized and will receive a token of appreciation for their efforts.

If you would like to volunteer for this initiative, please send me an email at cheetodacutecat@gmail.com

Send your name, state and city in the United States.

I know we can help our older furriends to find homes. Please send me an email and let’s go!

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10 Amazingly Spooky Halloween Decorations for Cat Lovers

Hello, Cheeto DaCuteCat here and welcome to my blog. In today’s post, I’ll be talking to you about some fantastic stuff you can use to make your Halloween holiday a delightful one. Before we get into it, have you followed my Facebook and Instagram accounts yet?

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So let’s talk about Halloween! It’s that time when you can creep out the bejeezus out of family, friends and even strangers!

Personally, I love to see a home or yard decorated with stuff that makes hoomans’ blood crawl. If you’re like me, and you happen to be a cat lover, why not incorporate cats into this year’s decorative theme?

So without further ado, let’s count down my 10 spookiest halloween decorations for cat lovers.

  1. Scary Cat in Creepy Jack-O-Lantern Display

Mom said that this is one of her favs. Put down the pumpkin and the carving knife – this scary cat stuck in a pumpkin is a mess-free Jack-O-Lantern that delivers horrifying creepiness. It has a realistic design that will make others really wonder what on earth happened to that cat! The Furry Rat also adds a nice effect. Not bad! Add a bit of fake blood at the scene to give it that extra gory effect.

2. Simple Pleasures Luxury Scented Kitty Hand Soap Dispenser

This cool item made our list because we felt like it would make a wonderful piece to your halloween decor. The handsoap has a sweet and gentle scent that will give your hands that clean and fresh feeling! We think that this is purrfect for getting your kids excited about washing their hands!

3. Zooka Cartoon Pumpkin Cat Bat Witch Queen Bedding Sets

Are you looking for something comfy and spooky for your bedroom this season? Check out this 3-piece Zooka Cartoon Pumpkin Cat Bat Witch Queen Bedding Set. This comfy, expertly designed, cotton duvet cover and pillowcases will set the right mood for your bedroom. It comes in Twin, Full, King and Queen.

4. Zombie Cat Decoration

I thought this one is pretty cool! Look at the eyes on that thing! This zombie cat has Halloween written all over it. Whatever you do, don’t let it bite you! If you have any mummies or zombies laying around, it might be a good idea to place them next to the zombie cat for an awesome photo op!

5. Beware of Zombie Cat Sign

If you’ve got at least one Zombie cat in the house, you might as well put up a sign to warn others. It’s not that it would save them or anything, but it’s always good to know what you’re up against.

6. Black Cat Horror Halloween Curtain

Do you want people in your home to feel like someone or something is always watching them? Why not put up something in your bathroom? You simply won’t be able to ignore it! This one is both cool and just right for halloween. The Black Cat Yellow Eyes Horror Halloween Curtain will tell everyone one in the house that they better watch their backs!

7. Scary Peeper Window Hanging Mask

Jeepers Creepers! I jumped when I saw this one. Nevertheless, it is quite hiliarious, when you look at it. You can use this decoration to trick parents or kids in their bedrooms or freak out your visitors. It has a strong suction cup that can stick to any glass surface.

8. Halloween Haunters Inflatable Scary Black Cat

This eye-catching holiday display is a good one for your yard. It has flashing multi-color LED eyes and is sure to attract the trick-or-treaters! No need to do any sort of hard work– it is self-inflating and comes with a with a UL Certified plug, that plugs into a standard 110v U.S. electrical outlet. You can get in different sizes: from 4 feet, 6 feet, 7 feet, 11 feet and an astounding 21 feet.

9. Skeleton Meowing Kitty Cat

The Halloween Skeleton Meowing Cat is the purrfect horrifying addition to any graveyard, haunted house or entryway. This frightening life size prop is so realistic, letting out menacing screeching meows and growls when you touch it. Mom absolutely loves this one! She found this exact cat in a store in Norway and she thinks its super creepy. It has flashing green eyes that make it even more life-like and animated.

10. Jointed Scratch Cat

Last on our list is the Jointed Scratch Cat. Yikes! This black kitty looks like it’s ready to jump out of its fur! This simple and affordable piece of decoration is sturdy. Place it in any room for added fun. Tell your own story of why the kitty cat is so afraid by using another scary prop such a zombie or a skeleton next to it.

So there you have it, my list of spooky Halloween decorations that are too fun and creepy to resist. Thank you for checking them out and let me know which one you got!

5 ways to keep your cat happy while you are away for a long time

Hi, I’m Cheeto. I live with my mom and dad and we are one (big) happy family. They give me lots of love and play time. I really enjoy being around them — ALL THE TIME.

Pack me in the suitcase, will ya!

I like to go out with them, take naps with them, and visit them in the bathroom. When my dad is out doing his job at sea for weeks at a time, I still have my mom who can (slave for me) keep me company for a least some hours in the day.

With that said, I don’t really look forward to those times when they are both away from me for a long time. I guess they deserve to have a vacation every now and then.

When they are gone, I get to spend time at my cat sitter’s house. There I hang out with some kitty cat pals, and we all have a wonderful time together until my parents get back. In order to make our stay more cozy and enjoyable, here are 5 ways to keep your cat happy while you are out traveling.

1 Choose someone you can count on.

Whether it be a professional cat sitter, family member or friend, pick someone who you can rely on to stick to your cat’s feeding schedule, wash bowls and bedding, scoop and clean litter boxes on a daily basis, and offer some much needed play time.

2 Stock up on our favorite foods and snacks.

This one is a no-brainer. Don’t leave it to others to spend money from their own pockets to meet our needs. Either buy what we need ahead of your trip or leave money to our sitters to get the delicious cans of wet food and snacks that we love so much.

3 Establish contact with your vet

It’s not a bad idea to let your vet know that you’ll be away for a while, and to share contact information for your sitter and vet, in case of illness or emergency.

4 Keep things familiar.

Things get strange when you are no longer around and it can be a bit uneasy for us. If you plan to take your cat over to a sitter’s house, pack an article of your clothing with us because we take great comfort in your scent.

5 Keep us entertained.

Wherever we are, we like to be entertained. Kill boredom by making sure that we have good toys and get plenty of play time with our sitter. Some kitties enjoy going for a walk and some like to hang out and watch birds.

That’s my advice. If you like it, leave a comment below. Do you have any more tips for keeping us happy while you are away?

10 Of Our Favorite Throwback Photos of Cheeto DaCuteCat

1 Welcome come my new home

It’s quite comfy here in my new home.

2 Gettin’ into all kinds of trouble

Uh oh… busted!

3 Napping on my dad

Time together with loved ones is time well spent.

4 Sunbathing in paradise

5 Posin’ for da camera!

I’m sexy and I know it.

6 Hello down there!

Mom told me that I shouldn’t look down on others.

7 Let’s roll!

I love going out for a ride in the car.

8 Guarding my territory

This is my spot!

9 Little ball of fur

All curled up into a little ginger ball.

10 Sleepy head

One word – CUTE

Did you like our selection? Let us know in the comments which ones are your favs!

5 Photos Of Cheeto DaCuteCat Showing Off His (New) Bow Tie

Disclaimer: This is all mom’s idea, because she’s always gushing about me and how handsome I am. So we’ve decided to put together some photos for you to enjoy. (Shout out to Auntie Lynn for the dapper bow tie!)

1 Is this thing on right?

Needed a mirror to make sure everything was looking okay.

2 Check me out from this angle…

Look into my eyes…. what do you see?

3 How’s it looking from the side?

When you’re like me, it’s pretty hard to let anything out of your sight.

4 Having a kill fantasy about that bird….

Here birdie birdie birdie birdie birdie… papa’s gonna get you!

5 At the dinner table

C’mon mom, quit playing around. It’s dinner time.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these photos. Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

The Dos and Don’ts of Cat Treats

Cats love treats. We enjoy the taste of various flavors, just like humans. When giving your cat a special treat, there are some dos and don’ts to abide by.

DO find the best treats possible for your feline friend. Look for treats that offer flavor and variety, and you can even make them yourself! Talk to your vet about the best options for your cat’s weight and nutritional needs.

DO use treats to encourage exercise. Don’t just let your Russian Blue sit there on her perch without having to move around too much! Get her playing and jumping to encourage an active lifestyle. Reward her with treats for all the hard work that she put in.

DO use treats for training and reinforcing good behavior. Cats get a bad rap for being elusive and disobedient, unlike their canine counterparts. According to WebMD, training with treats also works with cats. Instead of practicing a good behavior once with one large reward, try training frequently with tiny, low-calorie treats.

Now here are some Don’ts:

DON’T treat your pet to toxic foods. Remember, what might be good for humans, might be harmful or even lethal to your cat. Foods such as grapes, chocolate and even alcohol should be kept far away from us.

DON’T over-do it with treats. In general, cats only need 24-35 calories per day for every pound they weigh. If your lives a predominantly sedentary lifestyle, you should tailor your treating habits accordingly. Look for treats that are non-fattening, such as catnip.

DON’T treat us for behavior that you don’t want. I know my comrades are going to hate me for saying this, but it’s a very important tip for human parents. If we beg, whine or meow loudly and incessantly, it’s in your best interest to ignore us until we realize that there is no point in doing so. Reward us with treats when we show good behavior.

Share this post with a fellow cat parent and thanks for reading!

Cats win in New York as declawing ban is passed by lawmakers

On Tuesday, New York lawmakers did a good thing and passed a ban on cat declawing surgeries, with an exception in cases of medical necessity. This ban protects cats from having to undergo such surgeries for “cosmetic or aesthetic” reasons. Several cat owners have chosen to declaw their cats simply to prevent them from scratching their furniture and other surfaces, but finally, more and more people are beginning to see that it is actually doing more harm than good.

Brian Shapiro, the New York director of the Humane Society, told the New York Times that “declawing is a convenience surgery, with a very high complication rate, that offers no benefit to the cat.” He added that it causes “an increase in biting and litter-box avoidance, which often results in the cat being surrendered to an animal shelter.”

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