Colds and Comfort Cats

Are we done already with cold and flu season? I mean, enough. I’m still hearing of people getting that insatiable cold and debilitating flu, and it’s March! Like so many others, most of my holiday season was spent being sick and recovering. Hot tea, gallons of water, homemade chicken soup, fruits and vegetables were my daily diet ritual along with natural cold/sinus healing remedies.

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Yet, after weeks of diligent attempts at natural healing, I still felt pretty much like what the cat dragged in.

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It was time to resort to over-the-counter meds to quell the debilitating symptoms: Nyquil, Theraflu and mega doses of Sudafed helped, but I finally went to the doctor and was put on prednisone and antibiotics, which finally nixed the inflammation and killed the bug. I don’t know how I would have managed without my nursemaids, Lexington, Topper and Bobcat, who dutifully followed my every move from grabbing another Kleenex box to pouring yet another cup of tea. Lex was on tissue duty, making sure I never ran out.

Even in living a healthful lifestyle, we can still succumb to sickness, especially if we are overstressed, which was my case. Nutrition, hydration, a good night’s sleep and exercise are key for optimum health (and are especially important when we are rundown)—just take note from my healthy cat crew. All those catnaps, nutritious food, and lots of kitten-like play keep their health in check.

It’s been two years since Lexington’s diabetes went into remission and I credit a lot of his recovery to removing grain from his diet (along with wonderful veterinary care). I learned through his illness how crucial proper nutrition is to feline health, just as it is for human folk.

I recently discovered an excellent feline nutritional resource infographic produced by Reviews.com, which is quite useful in making informed decisions about what to feed your feline family member(s). Many of Reviews.com’s recommendations for the best cat food (based on scientific research and analysis) are some of the brands I’ve been feeding my clowder. Find out what Reviews.com came up with and how they conducted their research: http://www.reviews.com/cat-food/ – quick-guide

I’m grateful to be finally feeling like a kitten again.

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Meeeeoooow!

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Cats and Cupid

Love comes in many shapes, sizes and types. There’s the love you have for your family, your dear friends, your country, chocolate, your favorite music, and of course…the love you have for your special guy or girl. Love is exhilarating.

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We all desire to be in love, to have loving relationships, yet love can also be fraught with frustration: divisive politics…one too many dark chocolate truffles, and as they say…men, you can’t live with them; can’t live without ‘em.

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I know, guys, you say the same about us. It’s just the nature of that beast they call romantic love. Humans are complicated creatures with our egos, emotional baggage, differences, and peculiar habits—it’s impossible to be lovey-dovey and in purrrfect sync all the time.

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And then there’s that sweet, peaceful, easy-going love we have for our kitty-cats (and any other pet we fall for). The more I experience the pure and simple love I have for my felines, the more I appreciate its uncomplicated bliss. They always make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, even on my worst of days. All it takes is one look into the eyes of Lexington, Topper’s comforting paw on my arm, or Bobcat’s cheerful chirp as he rubs up against my leg to melt away any rage, sorrow, stress, or sadness that life brings on. And when I get all snuggly with them—nap time and furry hugs—forget it…seriously, bad day? What bad day?

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Go give your beloved furry baby a kiss and a hug, and have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Topper and the Christmas Catch

Christmas time decorating is especially exciting for the cats, as like most felines, mine love to play with paper and hangout in boxes. So when I dragged the giant box filled with Christmas decorations into the dining room, the cats went cuckoo. “Topper—help me find your favorite Christmas decoration!” I yelled across the room as I unopened the huge rectangular box full of tissue paper wrapped holiday décor. And with that said, Topper started in on the hunt for his most cherished of all the Christmas decorations.

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After pawing through lots of paper wrapped goodies, Topper wearily looked at me and said, “I can’t find her!” Keep looking, I encouraged.

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“Ah man, I need a nap…all this unwrapping is making me tired!”

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“Hey, guess what I found underneath all this darn paper and ornaments and stockings?!”

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And after a valiant search effort…Topper finally found what he was looking for.

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And she’s a real doll!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

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