April Dates!…Where to Find Panda…

Hi friends, Please take note of the upcoming events for Panda the Very Bad Cat. I hope to see you at some of them and I’d love to chat if you stop by and say hi!

Saturday, April 1, 2017: From 10:00 am -4:00 pm I’ll be in Niagara on The Lake at the Spring Time in Old Town Charity Craft and Vendor Event with my book Panda the Very Bad Cat. I’ll be signing them and personalizing them for an extra special touch. Just in time for Easter!

Sunday, April 2, 2017: From 11:00 am-4:00 pm I’ll be in Niagara on The Lake for the same event! This is a two-day event and I will say that it is spectacular! Hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 8, 2017: I’ll be at Chapters Waterloo from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm signing and personalizing copies of Panda the Very Bad Cat! Come and visit me!

Saturday, April 15, 2017: I’ll be at the Annual Bunny Trail Event in Niagara on The Lake at the community centre from 10:00 am-1:00 pm with Panda the Very Bad Cat!

Saturday, April 22, 2017: I’ll be at Ren’s Pet’s Depot in Kitchener (1525 Victoria St N, Kitchener, ON N2B 3E4) from 11:00 am-3:00 pm doing a VERY SPECIAL event as I partner with Pet Patrol in an adoption/book signing event. Pet patrol is a cat adoption and rescue centre and I can’t wait to help them raise funds for the animals in their care. I’ll be there with my book Panda the Very Bad Cat and I hope you’ll join me in helping this amazing rescue.

Sunday, April 23, 2017: I’ll be doing a book signing event at Chapters St. Catharines (285 Geneva Street) from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Come and get your copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat signed and personalized!

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Panda the Very Bad Cat and I will be at A Child’s World Family Festival from 10:00 am-2:00 pm in Welland (244 Thorold Rd. W L3C 3W1). The Child’s World Family Childcare Centre is hoping to raise funds to buy new equipment and supplies for each of their 24 centres. I hope you’ll join me in supporting them that day.

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Do You?…I Do! And So Do A Lot of Others!…

A lot of people do this…and I must say that I am one of those people. To be honest, I feel like this is a normal thing in our house…but then again define normal:)

I am a cat mum that buys her beautiful boys Easter baskets. There I said it, and I must say that it’s freeing! Sure, I buy my guys Christmas and Birthday presents, Halloween costumes and toys by the truckload but it’s because I love to and because they kind of expect it. Sigh, I’ve created monsters I’ll admit it.

If you’re a pet parent that buys your furry friend presents of any kind, take heart because you’re not alone. Did you know that 95% of pet parents buy their cats/dogs/rabbits/ferrets/hamsters/fish…presents? And why shouldn’t we? They make our lives so special.

If you’re planning on gifting the special pet in your life an Easter basket this year, here are a few ideas:

1) A cute bowtie or bow– I did this for my cats Simba and Sebastien, and I must say that they look dashing! I can’t wait for them to wear them on Easter Sunday for their photo shoot:) Again, define normal. Please make sure that the bow or bow tie is quick release if attached to any kind of collar to prevent from choking. I only put outfits and accessories on my kitties when they’re supervised and only for a short amount of time while I snap a few photos. I want them to be comfortable and safe, but I’m not necessarily worried about them being embarrassed:) Stay tuned for their photos which I’ll post closer to Easter!

2) Organic catnip– I find that my cats go crazy for organic catnip. Every once in a while I give them a sprinkle, and they’re in heaven! Be sure to use a high-quality catnip to ensure there aren’t any adverse preservatives that will be harmful to your cat and only include this in their Easter basket if they enjoy it in the first place.

3) A new toy– While I was at the Hamilton Cat Fanciers cat show this weekend, I managed to scoop up a few treats for Simba and Sebastien. I always choose toys that are made of excellent quality materials. I never choose anything with bells or small balls/eyes that they might be able to chew off and swallow. If I do pick a toy that has ribbon or feathers, I make sure that my cats are supervised while playing to ensure that they don’t ingest anything. When I’m not home, those toys go in a box with a lid.

4) Treats– I’m not a huge fan of giving my cats treats for the simple reason that they don’t need them. The other reason why I don’t often give treats is that my cats are both on prescription food. Every once in a while I’ll buy them some freeze dried chicken that is made specifically for cats. They seem to like it, and I feel better giving them something close to the real thing. Include a couple of high-quality food treats in your Easter basket to make it extra special.

So there you have it! The perfect Easter basket for your feline friend.

LLB

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Tips for Keeping Your Cat Safe this Easter…

Easter will be upon us in a few short weeks, and I think it’s essential to spread the word on how to keep your cat safe during the holiday. Follow these tips to ensure a happy and safe celebration for everyone in your home!

  1. Just say, “No”- to Easter Lillies that is. Lillies (ALL parts of them) are especially toxic to cats. A small nibble of a stem, leaf or petal can be fatal and cause severe kidney damage. Even the POLLEN is toxic. Be safe this Easter and choose pet-friendly plants if you must have them. The following plants are NON-TOXIC to your cat so choose one of these instead. As always don’t let your pets chew on them, though. Plants are to be admired not eaten:)
    10 houseplants that are safe for pets (non-toxic)
    • African violet.
    • Air plants.
    • Ferns (Maidenhair, Boston, and Bird’s Nest)
    • Orchids.
    • Peperomia.
    • Prayer Plant.
    • Spider Plant.
    • Zebra Plant.

    2. Keep Easter grass away from your cat-Baskets filled with Easter grass may look cute but the grass can be fatal to your feline friend. Ingestion of the grass can cause intestinal obstruction and an emergency trip to the animal hospital! Use brightly coloured tissue paper or patterned cloth in festive colours to fill the bottom of the baskets instead. This way your baskets will still look great and your cat will be safe and sound.

    3. Don’t share your dinner-This is a good tip not just for Easter but in general. Cats should only eat…well, cat food. I know that with my guys specifically, they’ll look for tiny pieces of ham or turkey that fall on the floor and are waiting at the ready to steal a piece. Don’t do this! It not only encourages bad behaviour that is hard to stop after it starts, but it’s not healthy for your cat. Fat and bones will cause significant problems for your cat if eaten by accident and garlic and onions used in stuffing are toxic. Keep your cat away from Easter dinner so that everyone can enjoy their own meal. That includes your feline friend.

    4. Keep an eye on chocolate and candy-Hiding Easter eggs for youngsters is a fun way to celebrate Easter as a family. Keep the celebration safe by having a list of where you’ve hidden all of the Easter treats to ensure that kitty doesn’t sink his teeth into some forgotten chocolate. Chocolate is toxic and can be fatal to cats! Consider keeping kitty confined to his room while your family hunts for the eggs to ensure his safety.

     

    I hope that you’ll find these tips helpful during your holiday celebration. *These guidelines were originally posted by our friends at Guelph Animal Hospital.

LLB

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Plants Toxic to Cats…

With Easter just around the corner this post is quite important. Guests who will be joining the festivities may bring  a gift of flowers that pose hidden dangers for our feline friends. Here’s a list of plants that are know to be toxic to cats (please note that this list is not completely comprehensive and there may be plants on the list that are toxic but perhaps overlooked):

  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • English Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • LILIES
  • Oleander
  • Peace LILY
  • Pothos
  • Spanish Thyme
  • TULIP & NARCISSUS
  • Yew

If you need more information please ask your veterinarian. Also if your pet does consume toxic plants, get IMMEDIATE care!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and lets keep our furry friends safe!

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These tulips may look beautiful but they are toxic to cats…