Category Archives: Good Kitty

Entertaining a Cat.

Cat sitting in a cardboard box

Henry is a cow cat, a black and white, non-tuxedo cat, a rescue, maybe about nine years old. Cow cats are notoriously close to their humans, I’m told (“needy” is a word I hear a lot), and Henry is ultra affectionate. He’s also playful and (to me) surprisingly smart.

I came home from a meeting today to find that he had lined up all of his bigger toys: three scratching blocks of different varieties, Lambie (big stuffed animal), Chickie (ditto), Mousie (you get the drift), tennis ball, two organic wool clothes dryer balls that he filched from a laundry basket one day when I wasn’t looking, two sparkly balls, three balls with little noisemakers inside (a gift from a dear but clueless friend), a medium Amazon box, part of a feather, and his aluminum foil ball. At the end was his newest store-bought toy: a circle toy that has a ball in it that he can touch and reach and knock around the circle but never get the ball out.

As I massaged my fingers from their clenched position (20 miles on icy highway at Interstate speeds, driving an SUV in a high wind blowing across stubble fields), he began to play. He’d made himself an obstacle course to leap around, climb over, stalk from behind, run around, and generally tease himself with before getting to the highly-desired circle toy that was his reward for his basic-training-style efforts.

Initially I felt guilty for not recognizing that he needs more mental stimulus, then proud of his brainpower, and then curious. How do we keep an indoor cat active and engaged, especially in a small apartment when bird feeders are forbidden and funds are limited?

Some experts suggest getting a second or even third and fourth cat. After the initial settling of the pecking order, they often will play, hunt, and sleep together.

Interactive time with the human is also recommended. Most cats love to “help” change the sheets on the bed. Why not take an extra five minutes and give them a bedmouse to stalk and pounce on? Or let them get under the sheet and then pat that furry little bottom or tummy?

If your cat responds to catnip and you don’t object to its use, try keeping the nip in a lidded container along with some of the small toys. The toys will pick up the scent of the nip and become highly valued play objects for the remainder of their probably-limited life.

Some cats enjoy watching cat videos on TV or computer, or will watch a screen saver endlessly. Some enjoy listening to bird song on YouTube, or the sound of a cat purring. When you pause at the keyboard, find a website for your cat, who is probably sitting between you and the monitor anyway.

If you have hardwood or tile floors, give the cat a couple of chopsticks to bat around, or an empty plastic water bottle, a rolled up sock (with a little catnip on the inside?).

Or, for the ultimate experience: tissue paper, and for exceptionally good kitties, tissue paper in a box. Oh joy! Tissue paper in a box with a treat or favorite toy hidden in the folds. Eureka!

What have you come up with to amuse your furry little Einstein?

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Gift Ideas for Pets

By Lyndsay Marvin

The holidays are almost here! If you’re anything like us, you love to spoil your pets. It’s always fun watching them sniff their little gift boxes while trying to rip them open. To make holiday shopping easier, we put together a list of great gifts for dogs and cats. Of course don't forget BOGO Bowl foods - they're the gift that gives year round!

FOR THE DOGS

PupJoy Subscription Box1: PupJoy Subscription
PupJoy is pawsome because boxes are customized by and for you so your furry family gets exactly what they want! We're big fans.

 

 

 

Kong Cozies2: KONG Cozies, Marvin the Moose, stuffed toy
KONG is a pet and pet-parent favorite. Marvin the Moose comes in multiple sizes, and he is stuffed with a squeaker and fluff.

 

 

Sculpey3: Sculpey Keepsake Deluxe Pawprint Kit
This keepsake pawprint kit is perfect for both dogs and cats. There’s no better way to remember your pet by taking a clay mold of their paw prints. Plus, you can hang it on the tree as an ornament!

 

 

Winter Paws Boots4: Winter Paw Protector Dog Boots Waterproof Soft Sole and Nonslip Set of 4 Color Black
These booties are perfect for winter. They protect your dog’s paws from snow, rain, and the cold. They have a reflective stripe, which is great for making sure people see your pup. They are great year-round, too, when the cement is really hot in the summer!

 

Einstein Organic Pet Treats5: Einstein Pets Organic Pet Treats
Most dogs love treats, that much is known. These gourmet cookies are great for the holidays because they are Christmas-themed! They come in a cute gift box, as well.

 

 

Crunchkins Edible Card6: Crunchkins Edible Holiday Card
For dogs who love to chew what could be more fun than their very own card?

 

 

 

Puppy Scoops7: Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix for Dogs: Maple Bacon - Add Water and Freeze at Home
The idea of doggy ice cream is really cute. Humans love ice cream; why can’t dogs have their own, too?! Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make.

 

 

sweatshirt8: Tzou Adidog Hoodie Pet Clothes Dog Sweatshirt
It’s a fact that the weather is getting colder. It’s important to make sure your pooch is warm! We love this Adidog hoodie; it’s cute and efficient!

 

 

FOR THE CATS

meowbox1: MeowBox Subscription
Cats need subscription love too! This is a monthly subscription box for cats filled with fun unique cat toys and healthy goodies for your kitty.

 

 

catisgood2: Cat Is Good 12 Piece "Pounce on It" Gift Pack
This gift pack is perfect for cats. It contains 12 toys; all of which your kitty will love!

 

 

 

catit3: Catit Relaxation
This cool contraption offers 360° of relaxation for your cat! It massages your kitty, and there’s a hidden compartment for catnip. They’ll love it!

 

 

 

paws-cat4: PAWZ Road Pet Cat Happy Christmas Gift Set
This stocking is perfect for Christmas: you can hang it on the mantle just like your human stockings! Your cat won’t feel left out. It’s full of toys so your kitty will be happy!

 

 

 

catamazing5: Cat Amazing - Best Cat Toy Ever! Interactive Treat Maze & Puzzle Game for Cats
This interactive treat maze and puzzle game is great for entertaining your kitty. They will love it! It will keep them engaged for hours. Okay maybe not that long, but long enough to keep them from jumping in your Christmas tree!

 

 

zenden6: Kitty Zen Den
If this came in human size we'd probably get ourselves one, too! Warm. Snuggly. Mmmm....

 

 

 

pectue7: Pecute Cat Hammock Kitten Hanging Hammock Bed Pad Pet Cat Cage Comforter
Does your cat like to lounge around? Who are we kidding, of course they do! This hanging hammock bed fits perfectly in the cat’s cage. Now they can lounge in style!

 

 

cat-tunnel8: Cat Tunnel Toy - 3 Way Fun Run to Keep Kitty Entertained, Exercising and Playing Games
Want a great way to keep your cat entertained? This cat tunnel toy is perfect! It folds up easily, so it won’t take up too much space.

 

 

Any of these would be a great gift for your fur baby. We hope you have a great holiday season!

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Adoptables Video

In honor of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, and because we love our BOGO Buddies and want to support the work they do, we're showing off some of the adoptables they're helping to find homes.

 The pups and kitties featured in the video are listed below! Find your new best friend! 

NAME ORGANIZATION CLICK ON PHOTO TO GO TO ADOPTION INFORMATION

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Colorado Puppies Co (Colorado)

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Alpine

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (South Carolina)

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Aiden

Save the Animals Rescue Society of Georgia (Georgia)

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Alice

Logan County Humane Society (Kentucky)

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August

Trempealeau County Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Bacon Bits

KC Pet Project (Missouri)

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Bella

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

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Beau

SPCA of Tennessee (Tennessee)

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Bella

Pibbles and More (New Jersey)

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Pinky

White River Animal Rescue (New Hampshire)

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Cosmo

Fur The Love of PAWS Rescue (Nebraska)

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Chips

Tails Of Courage (Connecticut)

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Carmella

Casa De Perro (Texas)

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Casper

Hope Animal Rescue (Iowa)

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Charlie and Chester

Waggytail Rescue (New York)

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Chyna

Medina County SPCA (Ohio)

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Clifford

It Takes a Village Canine Rescue (Indiana)

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Cooper

Angels Rest Animal Sanctuary (Ohio)

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Copper

Kiya Koda (Iowa)

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Dixie

Tysons Chance Animal Foundation (Kentucky)

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Doc

Trempealeau County Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Dolly

Angles Rest Animal Sanctuary (Ohio)

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Domino

Alternative Humane Society (Washington)

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Dora and Cora

City of Gurdon Animal Rescue (Arkansas)

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Dolly

Humane Society of Ohio (Ohio)

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Ella

Ocanto Area Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Elvis

No Dog Left Behind (Minnesota)

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Emerald

Epitome Dog Rescue (Illinois)

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Fallyns

Bully Paws Pit Bull Patriots (Virginia)

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Felicity

Mitchell County Animal Rescue (North Carolina)

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Fenway

Rescue K-911 (Kansas)

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French Fry

Jasper County Animal Rescue (Iowa)

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Gabbie

Advocates 4 Animals (Ohio)

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Grace

German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Georgia (Georgia)

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Griffin

Heavenly Paws Shelter (Pennsylvania)

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Gucci

Bully Rescue and Advocacy Group BRAG (Virginia)

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Giddeon

Providing Animals with Support PAWS (Utah)

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Jimmy Boone

Second Chance Animal Shelter (Massachusetts)

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Junior

Pickens Animal Rescue (Georgia)

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Kenai

Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue (Indiana)

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Keenan

Fluvanna SPCA (Virginia)

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Lucy

Oconto Area Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Luna

Cedar Bend Humane Society (Iowa)

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Mabel

Lost Our Home Foundation (Arizona)

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Manley

Dubois County Humane Society (Indiana)

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Mater

Panora PETS (Iowa)

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Unknown

Memphis Pets Alive! (Tennessee)

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Marcus

Friends Of The Shelter (Kentucky)

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Minnie

Second Chance Animal Rescue (Connecticut)

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Minx

Calhoun County Canine Shelter (Iowa)

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Nala

Valhalla Canine Rescue & Valhalla Rescue Animal Food Bank (Washington)

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Northwest

Tree House Animals (Illinois)

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Oliver

Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown (Iowa)

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Pinto

Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue, Inc (Colorado)

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Pearl

JNF Foundation (California)

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Princess III

It's a Pittie Rescue (Illinois)

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Pong

It Take A Village Canine Rescue (Indiana)

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Raven

Saving The Animals Together S.T.A.T

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Remy

Cedar Bend Humane Society (Iowa)

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Ricky

PAWS of Greene County (Iowa)

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Roadie

Raven's Husky & Haven & Rescue (Illinois)

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Rock

Cat Depot (Florida)

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Sampson

PAWS of Greene County (Iowa)

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Scooby

Saving The Animal Together S.T.A.T (Tennessee)

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Shannon

Second Chance Animal Rescue (Missouri)

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Sheba

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue (Florida)

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Shep )

East Texas Got Paws (Texas)

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Shorty

Animal Rescue League of Iowa (Iowa)

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Sloan

Second Chance Dog Rescue (Iowa)

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Smokee

Forever Home Dog Rescue (Iowa)

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Spike

Pinky Paws No Kill Rescue Center (California)

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Squiggy

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin (Wisconsin)

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Susie

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport (Iowa)

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Turkey

Ruff Start Rescue (Minnesota)

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Valentina

SOS Save Our Souls Animal Rescue (Georgia)

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Wrangler

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance (New Jersey)

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Yoshi

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (Nebraska)

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Zeke

Angel's Hope Rescue (South Carolina)

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Zipper

Hands, Hearts and Paws (Nebraska)

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