Adopting a Cat? Read this First! #ChurchAndDwight #ad

There are many things that get better with age, and a feline friend is one of them! If you’re thinking about adopting a kitten or know someone who is, ask that they consider a senior cat instead. Kittens are cute, but adult cats have a great deal going for them. Read and share this list of why adopting a senior cat might be right for you!

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Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior cat you’re literally saving a life! This is a great life lesson to instill in your little ones.

– A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know right away from your first encounter if he or she is a good fit for your family.

– A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re signing up for. Plus, you won’t have to upgrade to a larger cat house or litter box as they continue to grow.

– A senior cat may be house-trained with basic etiquette and not attack feet, bite hands or use the couch or carpet as a scratching post.IMG_0682Senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is. To help keep cats happy about their litter box, no matter what their age, use a quality cat litter like Arm & Hammer Slide. We know firsthand how amazing it is; however, these are only a few good reasons to try it for yourself:

1) It traps odours for 7 days, and is dust-free with a soft texture that’s easy on paws.

2) The patented EZ Clean technology means the used litter slides right out!

3)  No more scrubbing or scraping the bottom of the box!

Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

Did you Know?  With Friday, the 13th upon us, it’s important to remember that senior cats aren’t the only ones that tend to be forgotten – black cats are too. The superstitions that surround black cats have a real impact on them finding a forever home. Remember, the idea that black cats bring bad luck is nothing but a myth so don’t let that stand in your way of welcoming a deserving cat into your family.

If you regularly follow me, you know that we have four cats:  Jake, Josie, Jasper Jr, and Jacob.  Not everyone knows; however, that they’re all rescues!  Jake, the sweetest of them all, is our senior cat that we rescued from the street.  Apparently, his previous owners (in 2009) sold their house and moved during the winter months … they also left him behind!  He was clawless, family-less, and homeless on the streets.  How anyone has the heart to do that I’ll never know!  Thank goodness we found out about his story from a friend.  That same day he was warm and cozy in our bed … until today.  Jake has been the sweetest cat from day one; we couldn’t be happier with him.

When adopting, if you have access to his or her past, there are a few questions to consider:

1) What veterinary care has been received?

2) If found at a shelter, why is he/she there?

3) Is there a history of abuse?

4) What food is currently being fed?

The answers aren’t meant to prevent you from adopting.  Rather, the answers will better equip you to have the best experience.  To adopt a senior or black cat or learn more about cat adoption, visit your local SPCA or go online.

Have you adopted a senior or black cat? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comment section.


Sleep Routine Tips and Tricks #ChurchAndDwight #ad

Parents everywhere are all too familiar with how difficult it is to get back to routine and regular sleeping patterns once back-to-school is in full effect.

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Although getting back into the swing of things is especially difficult for the little ones, it certainly isn’t a walk in the park for adults!  In spite of these difficulties we have to push onward; but, why struggle doing it when you can have some assistance?   Why put off feeling well rested and refreshed?

A couple of delicious gummies, once a day, before bedtime and you get 5 mg of melatonin (2.5 mg per gummy) which is enough to increase your total sleep time.

Here are some tips to ensure a good night’s sleep:

  • start your back to work/school schedule a few weeks early so you and your children are prepared and well rested for the real first day back
  • avoid the morning commotion of lost clothing and cranky little ones by getting your kids to choose their outfits the night before
  • story time
  • no technology 1-hour before bed
  • have a set schedule each night such as: bath, pajamas, brush teeth, and bed
  • skip the afternoon coffee and replace it with a peppermint tea which is caffeine-free but gives you energy until your night’s sleep
  • set aside some time for yourself and take a warm bath to relax before you go to bed
  • get your daily dose of exercise to ensure a good night’s sleep

I’m sure you have some tips of your own; share them in the comment section below.  What works for you?  What doesn’t work for you?

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