Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homemade Chicken and Pasta Stew Cat Food


2 packages ground chicken (Or turkey)
2-3 small carrots, cooked
2-3 cups macaroni (Cooked)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Boil the macaroni until tender.
Cook up the chicken in a frying pan.
Mix everything together in food processor.
Add the oil and the garlic.
Mix well.

Homemade Kitten Food for Weaning off Mother's Milk


1 Package Unflavored Gelatin
1 1/2 Cups Water
1 12 Ounce Can Goat's Milk
3 Tbsp Full Fat Yogurt
3 Tbsp Real Mayonnaise
3 Tsp Light Corn Syrup
1 Raw Egg Yolk


Bring water to a boil, then remove from heat and mix in gelatin until thoroughly dissolved. Do not boil the gelatin.

Pour mixture into blender with half of the milk, then mix on low until combined. It should only take a few seconds to combine everything thoroughly.

Add remaining ingredients one at a time, mixing after each one until thoroughly combined before adding the next. Keep the speed on low, and be careful to not pulverize too fine.

Serve your completed homemade kitten food as is, or stored for later usage. Just cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to ten days, or freeze for up to three months.

Warm your homemade kitten food slightly before serving, especially if it is coming from the refrigerator or freezer. Kittens are used to milk being warm, and cold food can cause upset stomach.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Ready In: 55 Min
Yields: 36


2 1/2 cups sifted whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dry milk powder
1 cube beef bouillon, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked ground pork
1 cup grated carrot
6 tablespoons shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup cold water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil two cookie sheets.

In a medium bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, milk powder, beef bouillon, and salt. Add the ground pork, carrot, shortening and egg; mix in to the flour mixture while gradually adding water to form a stiff ball of dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters, and reroll scraps until no dough is left. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms of the cookies are browned. Allow cookies to set for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Homemade Kibbles for Cats

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups soy flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup brewer's yeast
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mackerel
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cod liver oil
  • 2 cups of water or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, mash the mackerel into small pieces. Mix in the oil and water.  
  3. Add the mackerel mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The dough is tough, so use your hands. 
  4. Roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1/4-inch bits, using a knife or pizza cutter. 
  5. Mound the bits onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 25 minutes. 
  6. During baking, occasionally toss the bits with two wooden spoons, so they brown evenly. 
  7. Turn the heat off and allow the treats to cool thoroughly before removing. 
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  9. This recipe freezes very well for longer storage.

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Pampered Pooch Rice and Lamb Casserole

Ready in:  30 min
Serves:  4


1 1/2 cups converted long-grain white rice
2 teaspoons safflower oil
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 cubes beef bouillon
1 pound lean ground lamb


Combine rice and safflower oil in a saucepan over medium heat; stir and cook 2 minutes. Add the water, thyme, garlic powder, and bouillon. Cover, and cook 15 minutes more over medium heat, or until liquid is absorbed.

Meanwhile, cook the ground lamb in a large skillet over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain, then stir into the rice along with the Monterey Jack cheese until the cheese melts.

Cool completely before serving.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Monday, January 23, 2012

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Treat for Older Cats Recipe

Ready in: Under 30 minutes
Serves/Makes:   1 cup


1 boullion cube (chicken or veggie)
Left over chicken - boned and shredded
grated cheese
1/2 cup water


Pour 1/2 cup warm water over bullion cube and stir to dissolve. Add shredded chicken to water mixture just enough to form soupy consistency. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Dr. Bachelor's Lucky Putty Chicken Dinner Recipe

Ready in: Under 30 minutes
Serves/Makes:   4

1 can cooked chicken chunks (or equivalent fresh cooked chicken)
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup frozen broccoli, cooked/steamed
1/4 cup steamed carrots, chopped
chicken broth

Put all the ingredients into a food processor except the broth. Process ingredients on high, then slowly pour in the broth until the stuff takes-on a pasty consistency. Will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

One batch serves 1-4 cats, depending on how big they are.

155 calories, 6 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrates, 17 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Soft Cat Treats Recipe

Ready in: 30-60 minutes
Serves/Makes:   24

3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup cornmeal

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal.

Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 25 minutes.

40 calories, 2 grams fat, 4 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium.

Homemade Dog Food

Ready in:  30 min
Serves: 5


6 cups water
1 pound ground turkey
2 cups brown rice
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower combination


Place the water, ground turkey, rice, and rosemary into a large Dutch oven. Stir until the ground turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Refrigerate until using.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dress pets for winter weather, watch out for drugs that will cure your cold but kill your pet

From the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

— Keep your dog leashed in the snow and make sure it has an ID tag. Dogs can lose scents in snow and get lost.

— Keep your dog’s coat longer for warmth. If you have a short-haired pet, get a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck that covers it from the base of its tail to its belly.

— Don’t leave a pet unattended in a car. The vehicle can act like a refrigerator, holding in the cold and freezing your pet to death.

— Puppies may be difficult to housebreak in winter. If weather bothers a puppy, try paper-training indoors.

— Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep, away from drafts and if possible, off the floor.

— Outdoor cats and wildlife will often sleep under hoods of cars. Bang on the hood before starting the car to give the animal a chance to escape.

From the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital:

— Pets, like people, are vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite. Get your pet to a vet if it is shivering, disoriented and lethargic or if its hair is puffed out and standing on end. Frostbite can turn skin bright red, pale or black. Skin at the tips of ears and on extremities, including reproductive organs, are particularly at risk.

— Antifreeze can be fatal to a pet, even in small amounts. They will need immediate emergency care. Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning include drunk-like behavior, vomiting, excessive urination, drinking and depression. Pets may appear to recover within a few hours, but the antifreeze continues to poison their systems and is often fatal. Don’t ever dump antifreeze on the ground, and store it away from pets. If there is a spill, sop it up immediately.

From the Humane Society of the United States:

— Dogs kept outdoors should have a dry, draft-free doghouse big enough for the dog to sit and lie down in comfortably but small enough to hold its body heat. The floor should be a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should face away from wind and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

— Use plastic food and water bowls instead of metal because your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

From the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, Ill.:

— Use pet-friendly versions of products that melt ice on steps, driveways and sidewalks. Products like Safe Paw and Safe-T-Pet avoid chemicals that irritate pets’ paws (and their stomachs, if they lick their paws). The pet-friendly products are usually colored so you can also see where you’ve sprinkled them, said Dr. Camille DeClementi, the Animal Poison Control Center’s senior toxicologist.

— Keep pets away from medication commonly used during cold and flu season. Two hours after an average cat eats just one tablet containing 500 grams of acetaminophen, it may start having trouble breathing. In addition to gasping, other life-threatening signs of acetaminophen poisoning in cats that require immediate veterinary care include swollen face and paws, lethargy, and discolored gums, DeClementi said.

— Dogs are less sensitive to acetaminophen because they tend to be bigger, but four or five of the pills eaten by a 50-pound dog can cause liver failure, she said. If a dog eats your decongestant and it contains pseudoephedrine, the animal can experience a racing heart, tremors and even seizures.

— Keep pets away from heating pads. They can get a shock from chewing on electric cords and can be poisoned by chewing on iron oxide pads, DeClementi said.

— Watch where you place baits and poison to kill rodents that find their way into homes to get warm in winter, DeClementi said.

From the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles shelter:

— Brush your dog regularly because heaters dry the air and deplete moisture from your pet’s skin and fur.

— Monitor older or sick pets that might be more sensitive to colder weather.

— Never leave a portable heater unattended with pets around.

— Add a blanket to the pet portion of your family’s emergency preparedness kit.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dog Facts: Did you know that?

A puppy should not be taken from its mother until it is a least 12 weeks old. If taken earlier, you run the risk of illness or even death because the dog is still too weak to be on its own.

There are over 700 different types of pure breed dogs in existence.

The smallest dogs are the Chihuahua, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy Poodle.

Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

The average dog lives to about 15 years of age.

Dogs have 42 adult teeth.

The smartest dog is the border collie; with the poodle coming in second; and third is the golden retriever.

The St. Bernard is the heaviest dog breed.

A dog's heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, whereas a human heart beats 70 to 80 times a minute.

A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour .

Chocolate and onions are harmful to your dog.

A dog's normal temperature should be between 101 to 102.5 °F

Newfoundlands have webbed feet, which makes them great swimmers.

Bassets can't swim because their legs are too short.

A dog's pregnancy last about 60 days.

Females dogs experience their first menstrual cycle between 6 and 12 months of age.

A dog's heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute.

The tallest dogs are the Great Dane and the Irish Wolfhound.

A dog's sense of smell is about 1000 times better than a person's.

A dog's hearing is 10 times better than a human's.

Dalmatians have no spots when they're born.

Chow Chows have blue-black tongues and gums.

Spaying/neutering your dog before the age of 6 months can help prevent cancer.

Puppies acquire a full mouth of permanent teeth between four and seven months old.

Basenjis do not bark, they just make a yodelling sound.

A Jack Russell can jump five times its height.

The Poodle is the only dog that comes in three sizes.

Cat Facts: Did you know that?

Cats can see 6 times better than human beings? According to studies, at night cats can see 6 times clearer in the dark than we can.

Cats can exist any where in the world. From the hot steamy jungles of Africa to the icy cold planes of Greenland: Cats can be found in almost any corner of the world. Some basic characteristics of these cats can vary depending on climate of where they live.

Cats can swim if they need to, it just not their favorite activity.

Cats can sleep for up to eighteen hours a day, especially in warmer climates. Although sometime it seems like they are sleeping more than eighteen hours.

There are many different recognized varieties of cats and most of them have rare characters to define the variety of cat that they are.

One variety is inspired ancient Egyptians. This is the Sphinx. The Sphinx actually does not have any hair at all.

There is a cat called Manx, it originates from the Isle of Man. The Manx does not have a regular tail, they just have a so-called stub for a tail.

What is the fastest animal? A cat. The Cheetah the fastest animal in the world and it is of course a member of the cat family.

There are also fishing cats. They show their hunting skills by stalking and catching fish.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Is Declawing Cruel ??

Yes, it is.

To remove a cat's claws is far worse than to deprive cat owners of their fingernails. This is because the claws have so many important functions in the life of a cat. A declawed cat is a crippled, mutilated cat, and no excuse can justify the operation. In addition to destroying the animal's ability to groom, climb, defend itself against rivals, and protect itself from enemies, the operation of declawing also eliminates the cat's ability to hunt. This may not be important for a well-fed family pet, but if ever such a cat were to find itself lost or homeless, it would rapidly die of starvation.

Facts About Feline Declawing

Declawing is amputation; it is not merely the removal of the claws. To declaw a cat, the veterinarian cuts off the last knuckles of a cat's paw – cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. In a person, it is equivalent to amputating each finger or toe at the last joint.

Declaw surgery can be an extremely painful procedure with associated health risks and complications such as infection.

Declaw surgery can produce permanent lameness, pain or arthritis.

Declawing is the same mutilating procedure for house cats or big cats.

Alternatives to Declawing Cats

(1) Learn to clip your cat's nails or schedule regular appointments with a groomer or vet to have them trimmed.

(2) give kitty nail caps a try. If your cat is willing, they are easy to apply and VERY cute!

(3) Be sure to have plenty of scratching posts and other acceptable scratching areas around your home. You can encourage their usage by sprinkling a bit of catnip on them.

(4) Punishment doesn't work with cats. You will merely create a very frightened or very aggressive cat. When your cat begins to scratch on a piece of furniture, give him a firm warning such as "No, Kitty!" and then give him a quick squirt from a mister or water pistol. This should discourage him. Then call him to his scratching post with a food treat and praise him when he comes and uses the post. This may have to be done over and over until he understands.

(5) Until your cat learns that only the scratching posts (it's recommended that you have several), are for scratching, cover his favorite furniture scratching areas with either one or a combination of aluminum foil, a loosely woven fabric, double-sided tape, or blown up balloons taped to the furniture.

If, unfortunately, a medical condition arises in your household that would make getting scratched by a cat dangerous, find a new loving home for your cherished kitty, knowing that you are doing the right thing for your cat. Your cat loves you, but he really doesn't want to have his toes chopped off in order to be able to live with you. It's just not fair. In fact, it's cruel.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Almost Ready!

My non-furry mom has received all but 1 item for the giveaway! We're hoping it comes before the weekend so she can post it up for everyone.

Don't tell but here's a hint.... something to relax with/by.


This Contest Really Sucks!

Win A Dyson!

Friday, January 6, 2012

To Mew List...January 6, 2012

Busy busy busy day for the feline members of the household.  Better check off what has been done and what we need to accomplish still.

 Purr loudly to wake up our non-furry mom.  If that doesn't work, then claw until she's up.

Rub up against, while purring of course, as non-furry mom walks around.....then meow loudly as possible for food.

Eat and bury extra food.


 Tear up the house while playing with fellow felines.


 Allow non-furry mom to play with us.


Eat again.

Nap on on-furry mom's lap while she's on the computer.

Help non-furry mom on the computer to get ready for contest.

Eat again.


Go back to helping non-furry mom.

 Play with fellow felines around the computer.


 Eat again.


Finish getting ready to post new contest.  What is taking her so long, it's still not complete.  Must help non-furry mom finish this tomorrow!

 Help non-furry mom with bedding.

Tear up house with fellow felines while non-furry mom sleeps.

Seems everything is in order except for adding the new contest.  We will complete this over the weekend.

Now it's time for what we do best....NAP!   Check back soon!

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