Monday, December 17, 2018

Happy Holidays!

Bramwell and Christina help string up some lights 

Christina with Rudolph

The shortest day of the year at the end of the week means a lot of darkness during our waking hours. Fairy lights help make the early evenings less dreary and the kitties love them. (Just use caution if you have kittens or a kitty who chews and secure the lights where kitties cannot access.) Everyone knows cats love Christmas trees  - all those dangling toys hanging from a tree right in the living room! You don't need to spend a lot of money of store bought toys to make your kitty happy. Everyone also knows that cats love boxes too! Create a play gym out of boxes with cut-out tunnels and tape it securely together. Add a sprinkle of catnip and your cat will likely spend hours in it. Be sure to keep pieces of ribbon and string picked up after gifts are opened, as any veterinarian will tell you that cats can swallow these and surgery is usually necessary to extricate the foreign matter. Most kitties enjoy nibbling on fresh grass and actually derive some digestive benefits from it. Growing you own cat grass is easy once you get the hang out it. You can buy a kit, then buy wheat in any bulk food section at the grocery store and re-use the pot and lid to keep on growing.

If you decide to splurge for your kitty, consider a sturdy cat tree that will provide your kitty exercise and fun for many years to come. Look for a locally made one instead of one made in China, so that you can sure the materials are safe and you can support a local crafts person. NOAH in Stanwood sells beautiful cat trees in their lobby at prices that are quite a value: NOAH Center.

Shopping for a cat lover on your list? A donation to a cat charity in their name is a wonderful gift with a big impact. Donating cash, or supplies via their Amazon wish list, helps kitties get spayed or neutered, adopted into loving homes, or warm and well fed in a safe sanctuary space.

Wishing you and your kitties a healthy and happy New Year ahead!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Happy Autumn

Misha, Cole and Odin share a heated bed in the sunshine on a cool autumn afternoon.
As the weather turns chilly and we start to think about the upcoming holidays and new year, it's both a time to prepare and look back. With Election Day behind us, we can be proud as Americans that Florida will enact a ban on greyhound racing and 11 tracks in that state will close forever. Like animal based circuses such as Ringling Bros., attendance was down making it unprofitable to continue to exploit animals. Even China closed it's only legal dog track earlier this summer and volunteers are working on getting the dogs placed into loving homes. In California, Prop 12 passed by a landslide, and will require that eggs, veal and pork sold in that state come only from cage-free animals. This historic law will hopefully set a precedence for the rest of the country as more consumers become educated to the atrocities of factory farming and demand changes. (In Washington State, a 2011 bill eliminated a total phase out of battery cages for egg laying hens along with mandatory enrichment, such as having perches available, by 2026.)

November is often a busy month with preparation for either traveling, house guests, or both. It's definitely time to book for pet sitting if you are going to be away. Choose a professional sitter who pet sits as a career and not just a part-time job, has years of animal care experience along with references from folks whose companion animals she has cared for over the years, and has insurance in case something in your home gets accidentally damaged or your pet gets injured while in her care. If you will be home and hosting guests, be sure to put your dogs and kitties' collar and tags on - splurge on a cute, new collar so they look their best for the party! Some kitties may do best however not actually attending but lounging in a quiet room closed off from noisy guests. Be watchful that your dogs or cats do not get into food or drinks that will make them ill. "People food" isn't necessarily bad for them, but ingesting rich, fatty food, alcohol, sweets (especially xylitol and dark chocolate) and cooked poultry bones could require a trip to the emergency clinic.

I'm sure your kitties will be tops on the list of everyone and everything you feel grateful for in your life. Our companion animals provide us with unconditional love, help us relax (petting a sweet, furry animal can actually lower your heart rate), and entertain us with their antics and expressions. They truly are "our sunshine" on dark and stormy Northwest days.

Have a cozy autumn!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Help Support the Kitties!

Visit our our table at the Holiday Gift & Craft Bazaar on November 17th, from 9am-4pm at the Camano Center. We will be selling unique greeting cards featuring KittyStar and Flower Feline kitties, organic catnip pillows, and beautiful handmade earrings with semi-precious stones and silver or gold filled wire. Buy gifts or a little something for yourself and your kitties while helping artisans do their creative thing!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Flower Feline Sanctuary is live!

Flower Feline Sanctuary is officially open, just ask Ellie, Bramwell, Christina, Bunny and most recently, Riley. The FFS website and blog are ready for viewing too. How can you help the kitties? You can list Flower Feline Sanctuary as your dedicated charity when you shop on Amazon Smile. We also have an Amazon wishlist if you would like to donate supplies. If you are interested in seeing our catio structures for ideas on how to build your own secure kitty enclosures, contact me for a tour. Thanks for caring about kitties!

Co-founders Diane, Geri and Misha, our most senior feline family member

Monday, September 3, 2018

So Long Summer...

As our first summer on Camano winds down, the kitties are still enjoying sunshine and dry days. However, heating pads are plugged back in and extra fleecy beds are employed as the nights have grown chilly. My efforts at vegetable gardening paid off with a great crop of sugar snap peas, green beans, chard, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. I'll continue with squash, kale and onions through winter. I've wanted to grow dahlias for years but lacked the space and sunshine (and ability to kill slugs), so I'm very excited about how easy it was to grow dahlias here. It is so dry here that there are never any slugs in my garden beds!

Kitties will always take priority over my gardening (I do that while they nap). I've been working on Flower Feline Sanctuary as well. Stay tuned for my next post featuring the Flower Feline Sanctuary website and blog! You'll get to read about our new residents and see their cute photos. Hint... Bramwell, pictured below, is one of four new kitties.

Karen enjoys a summer day

Jane dozes in the warm sun

Bramwell nibbles on grass

Monday, July 23, 2018

Double the Fun

 Thinking about adopting a kitty? Don't let Single Kitten Syndrome happen in your home! Kittens adopted as only cats can end up with a host of issues that may not be life threatening but are rather sad when this can so easily be prevented. Most people want their house cat to be friendly and cuddly, but think about how much time the average cat is alone.  It's a conundrum - the free-roaming feral cat who might do quite well by himself does not make a sweet companion in your home. Many folks adopt a kitten for their child, but the child will hopefully grow up and leave home during the cat's lifetime, and in the meantime is busy going to school and leading an fun, active life. People also must often work away from home, leaving the kitten home alone. Even if new pet parents are retired and home a lot, the new kitty still misses out on cat-to-cat contact and playtime. 

Fortunately there is a simple solution - adopt two kittens or a mom and one or two of her babies! Watching cats interact is SO much better than TV. Most shelters give you a deal on more than one as well. Read more on the Seattle area Feline Rescue  blog.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tabby Twins Turn 10!

The Tabby Twins lounging on their sunny kitty deck

Hard to believe but Adian (left) and Odin are 10 years old this month. I started my blog with them in mind after employing nearly every person I know to come over and socialize with them. People wanted to know how they were doing and would they find their forever home? They had a daily calendar with friends bringing their friends and moms along just to expose the boys to new people and let them know that it's okay to like humans. (Odin only bit one person.) The boys are still very shy with people they don't know, especially Adian. Their favorite thing when there is someone they don't know in the house is to let themselves into a cupboard that closes behind them. There is plenty of space inside and I never disturb them when they are in their cupboard because that's their safe spot. They also enjoy their giant, covered kitty deck with a pot of fresh catnip and their cushy chaise. So yes, they found a home!