Watch Kali solve this ‘irritating’ problem

Kali and Chase both like the shelves in one of the bedrooms, but they don’t necessarily like to be up there at the same time. And when one is “trapped” by the other, they’re faced with a choice: Wait it out, or find an alternative way down. Now, Gizmo has jumped from that shelf to the bed a number of times, but Kali’s never done it before. She took her time surveying, which gave me time to pull out my phone, and then she just sucked it up and jumped. Watch below:

WATCH Adorable Pets Reenact Christmas Films (VIDEO)

If you’re looking for some holiday cheer involving pets, look no further than this adorable YouTube video of cats and dogs re-creating Christmas classics. In this cute video, you’ll see cats and dogs dressed up as Santa, elves, the kids from “The Polar Express,” and even Kevin and the Sticky Bandits from “Home Alone.” If nothing else, seeing pets reenact Christmas films is a great way to get a good chuckle during the hectic pace of the holiday season.

Where did this video come from? SheKnows, a media company dedicated to empowering women, partnered with the Humane Society of New York and Petsmart for this venture, to encourage people to adopt a pet during this holiday season. As you watch these pets reenact Christmas films, remember all the unwanted pets that languish in shelters all year long.

Which pets reenact Christmas films here?

The pets used in the films aren’t necessarily pets up for adoption – many have their own social media pages on Instagram, along with their own email addresses. A few even have their own websites. These famous pets reenact Christmas films like “Elf,” “Love Actually,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Story,” “Frozen” (okay that’s not quite a holiday favorite yet), “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and more, all with hilariously and adorably altered names befitting their remade status. Watch it below:

Okay, so each reenactment isn’t really much of a reenactment. It’s more just some filming of cats and dogs in cute holiday costumes that sort of approach what was worn in each film. Nevertheless, for a couple of minutes tonight, watching pets reenact Christmas films would be a great way to take a quick break from all that cooking, baking and wrapping you’re doing.

If you are thinking of adopting a pet this holiday season as a gift for someone else, it’s important to understand that this can be a monumentally bad idea if it’s not done right. If you want to make a pet a gift, make sure that your intended recipient actually wants a pet, and is ready to care for one for its entire life. Take them to the shelter with you to pick it out. Yes, that takes the surprise factor out of it, but it’s never a good idea to surprise people with pets. This includes giving your children pets as gifts.

This little film is considerably shorter than any actual Christmas film, so it’s much, much easier to fit into your holiday schedule. So bring the whole family around and watch these adorable pets reenact Christmas films, even for just a couple of minutes.

This 33-lb Cat is why it’s not Good to Free Feed Cats

Sprinkles, a 33-pound domestic cat in New Jersey, had all the expected problems associated with obesity. She had trouble moving. She was at high risk for diabetes, and other health problems. She also had urine burns and an infection on her butt because she couldn’t clean herself. Sprinkles is a prime example of the problems you risk when you free feed cats.

Image via screen capture from embedded video

When Sprinkles was taken to S.O.S. Sea Isle City Cats, her caretaker couldn’t figure out how she’d gotten so heavy, except that possibly her former owners had allowed her to free feed, or that she was fed a lot of table scraps. Perhaps both. While it’s true that many cats are able to only eat what they need, there are also many cats that can’t. Those cats will eat, and eat, and eat, when the food is available for them to do so.

What does it mean to free feed cats?

Free feeding means that you leave a bowl (or bowls) of food out for your cats all the time. It’s usually dry food, and it gives your cat nonstop access to food, which can lead to overeating. Out of our four cats, we have one who just eats what she needs, and no more. She’s never been overweight. However, the other three ate all the time when we free fed them, and they were all overweight at one point. This is one of the primary reasons it’s not good to free feed cats.

Reason number two it’s not good to free feed cats

Another reason it’s a bad idea to free feed cats is illness, especially if you have more than one cat. Oftentimes, the first visible sign that your cat isn’t feeling well is that she stops eating. If you’re feeding on a schedule, it’s easier to see when your cat isn’t eating, and even which one it is. When you free feed cats, it might be several days before you notice. By that point, she could be really sick.

As long as you take good care of your cats, and pay good attention to them, you might notice other signs of illness before you notice a lack of appetite. Thus, obesity is a bigger threat when you free feed cats.

As for Sprinkles, she’s doing better. She’s lost about three pounds, and is on pace with S.O.S.’s goal of one pound per month. The biggest risk now, with helping Sprinkles lose weight, is fatty liver disease. That’s why they’re keeping her weight loss down to a pound a month; her liver needs time to process the fat that she’s losing.

Watch Sprinkles’ story below:

Chase ‘Knocks’ on a Closed Door

If Chase doesn’t spend the night with me, this is often how he’ll wake me up in the morning. This is also how he lets me know he can’t find his food, and how he says he wants in at night (or any other time). We have no idea where he learned to “knock” on the door like this, but it’s a very effective method for getting what he wants.

He will also paw at the knob on the back door if he wants to go outside. We don’t let him outside by himself; we only ever take him out on his harness, and just on our property. Chase is a demanding cat; he rules the house, however much we might think otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accidental Training Scenario

When we hide Chase’s food, we don’t just put it on shelves and chairs, and in out-of-the-way spots on the floor. We’ll also put it inside boxes, tubs, and even old laundry baskets when they’re out. The first time we did this with an old laundry basket, Chase couldn’t figure out how to get to his food. The poor guy kept pawing and pawing, and sniffing and sniffing, and he couldn’t figure it out!

Chase: Young Kitten to Happy, Rebellious Cat

This is Chase. He and Kali came to us by way of my sister, whose neighbor had found them alone and cold at probably 2 weeks of age. Nobody has any idea what happened to their mother, but we think she might have been hit by a car and killed. They were the smallest little kittens we’d ever seen, too young to eat solid food, and still needing kitten milk for nourishment.

They had fleas, and they wouldn’t calm unless they were closed in somewhere, so we kept them in a carrier with a folded-up king-size flannel sheet, a sweatshirt, and a small heating pad beneath all of that, set on low.

 

Here is Chase in 2009. At this point, he’s about 3.5 to 4 weeks old.

 

Still 2009, and right about when his eyes started changing color. For awhile, he seriously looked like he had purple eyes.

 

He liked feet back then. He still likes feet, especially when they’re dirty.

 

This is still 2009, and he’s about 10 weeks old in this picture.

 

He loves dirty shoes, too.

 

Another photo of a 10-week old Chase.

 

TOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much catnip, too much partying.

 

This is 2010. At this point, Chase is about six months old. He’s starting to fill out, and his fur has gone from short to long. He doesn’t quite have a ruff at this age, but it was around now that we started noticing that he’s got Maine Coon in him.

 

Chase likes to sleep with his tongue out for some reason. We have several pictures of him sleeping like this.

 

Now it’s 2011, and we’d just put some new vertical space in. You can’t see it in this picture, but his favorite toy is above him, on a newly installed shelf. He doesn’t know yet where it went.

 

This picture was taken at Christmas in 2012, and we sadly had to hightail it out to my father’s house after my stepmother was in a fatal car crash. The crash happened over Thanksgiving weekend, our usual pet-sitters were out of town, I was having trouble finding a flight, so we packed up the car, including all four cats, and drove the whole way. The cats and I were there for about six weeks, and they wasted no time in making themselves at home.

 

2014 now, and of course Chase has long since become fully grown. He’s always been a very alert cat.

 

See the Maine Coon in him?

 

A happy Chase. He thinks I’m his mother.

 

The video below is just an example of how Chase is like a child, particularly caught doing something he knows he’s not supposed to be doing. We’re slowly trying to train him to stay off the table, but we have a long way to go.

Chase ‘Gnaws’ my Knuckles 2

Another look at Chase “gnawing” my knuckles. You can see his behavior here considerably better than in the last video. Like I said before, this doesn’t hurt, and he only does it when he’s hungry. The rest of the time, he engages in wool-sucking behavior, meaning he suckles and kneads on blankets that are on me. Sometimes, when he’s doing this knuckle-gnawing thing, I feel him flexing, but not always.

Here he is:

Big Cats and Boxes

We know that our cats like boxes. Boxes provide new places to explore, and they provide hidey-holes and a feeling of security to our cats. They can even simulate mama’s den for kittens without parents. The link between cats and boxes is well known, well documented, and very funny.

Then we have the big cats, and there are a lot of similarities in the behavior between big cats and our cats. Many lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and cougars, along with the smaller wildcats, live in zoos and sanctuaries, where people do their best to enrich the lives of these majestic creatures. In order to do that, they have to get creative, just like we do when we find our cats are bored with what they have. Do big cats like boxes, too? Watch the video below to find out: