Monday, June 27, 2016

Purina Family Pet Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital #PurinaPartner

If you're reading this, I'm assuming you know about the healing power of pets. We've all felt it when we've been physically ill, sad, or even suffered from anxiety or depression. I've spent most of my adult life wrestling with anxiety and my cats have been there for me every step of the way. Their warm presence and healing purrs should be certified by the FDA. In fact, studies show spending time with a pet reduces pain, anxiety, depression, and fatigue for people with a wide range of health issues, and even those living in long-term care facilities. Makes sense, right? 

Photo courtesy of Purina.

Purina knows pets, and I know -- based on the amount of time I've spent at Purina events -- they care deeply about the human-animal bond. I wasn't at all surprised to learn they'd partnered with St. Louis Children's Hospital to create the Purina Family Pet Center. What began as a request from a patient, turned into a significant piece of healing and joy for the children staying at the hospital. Purina enthusiastically donated $450,000 toward the construction and staffing of the 300-square-foot center, which makes it possible for a child's pet to visit them, something unheard of in most hospitals. In fact, this is the first center of its kind in the region, and the fourth in the world!

Nina Leigh Krueger, Purina president. Photo courtesy of Purina.

"At Purina, we believe that people and pets are better together, and our friends at St. Louis Children's Hospital clearly share our belief, said Nina Leigh Krueger, Purina president. Our goal for the Purina Family Pet Center is to bring joy and comfort to children and their families by helping them reunite with their pets during their stay."

I hope other hospitals and long-term care facilities follow Purina's lead and create similar centers to bring patients and pets together. Modern medicine can work wonders, and the ability to connect with a beloved family pet brings immeasurable comfort to families on the healing journey.

I was compensated to help spread the word about The partnership between St. Louis Children's Hospital and the Purina Family Pet Center.  Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. The opinions are our own.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Can't Move Cat Because of Pumpkin Patch

Phoebe is curled up on my pillow -- how could I possibly move her? I'd be a complete monster! Plus, she's in such a vulnerable position so I can fully examine the "pumpkin patch" on her haunch. Do you see it? It's bunny-soft and the color of fresh pumpkin pie. I might or might not want to take a slight nibble out of that patch. Don't lie -- you do too. Nom, nom, nom.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets: Pet Obesity Prevention Awareness and Prevention ... and Giveaway! #PurinaPartner

We all want our pets to be happy, healthy, and live long lives as our beloved companions. When they become overweight or obese, their chances of living this kind of life are diminished. According to the Pet Obesity Prevention Association, more than half the dogs and cats in the United States are considered overweight or obese. I don't know about you, but I was blown away by that number. My Saffy has struggled with her weight on and off throughout her 15 years. With the help of her vet and a change in diet and exercise habits, she finally leveled off at a healthy size. And we discovered she likes to walk outside on a leash and harness! In fact, she now believes she's the wild huntress of the neighborhood, and all chipmunks cower in fear of her majestic ways. We let her go ahead and believe that. It's a small thing.

The huntress burns off calories AND intimidates chipmunks!

Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management formulas help pet owners properly assess their pet's weight and offers healthy living tips so we can enjoy a long, happy life with our fuzzy pals. Here are three easy steps to determine if your pet's weight is healthy.
Same goes for cats! Click for larger image.

Should you discover your pet has a little extra -- um -- fluff, it's good to know it's easily managed with a low calorie, low fat diet and the right amount of healthy habits. Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management formulas are low in calories and fat, high in protein, provide natural fiber, and promote urinary health.

The proper amount of food, reduced treats, combined with regular exercise is the best way to keep your pets lean and mean (in a good way, that is). Even if your cat is lazy by nature, find that special something that gives him a spring in his step and go for it!

Sometimes homemade toys get the most action.

Is your kitty in need a little help getting on the road to a healthy weight? Well, this is your chance to try Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management formulas ... free! That's right, friends -- it's a giveaway. Here are the details:

Two (2) winners will each receive one (1) coupon for up to $60 worth of free Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diet canned or dry food (must be redeemed at authorized veterinary clinics).

The coupons can only be redeemed in the U.S.; however, anyone can enter and donate the coupon to a U.S. shelter or friend.

To qualify, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. You can score additional entries, too!

Best of luck! 

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I was compensated to help spread the word about Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management formula. Catladyland only shares information we think would be of interest to our readers. The opinions are our own.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Cat's Text-Book "Belly Trap"

This, my friends, is what you call a text-book "belly trap." Look for the signs:

  • Ridiculously luxurious belly exposed
  • Over-the-top adorable pose
  • Eyes appear "on alert"
  • Back feet relaxed, yet prepared to rabbit-kick a human's face completely off

Take note of this very important information -- it could save your face. And don't say I never gave you anything.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cabinet Cat is an Explorer and Has Super Powers

Ah, Cosmo ... my curious little cabinet kitty. Of my three, he's the one who can't walk past an open cabinet or closet door without sticking his nose -- and sometimes his body -- in to explore the contents. He might think he's on some kind of expedition of the highest order, but I have to laugh when I open the cabinet door and find him simply sitting in the dark. And the, if course, he pretends like he's complete invisible. Because cats are brave explorers and have super powers.

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