June Pet Events in Seattle You Don't Want to Miss by Caitlin Unsell

The sun in shining, the birds are chirping and Summer events are in full swing. It's time to get your cat-on. Check out these purrr-fect events in the Seattle area this month. 

Pride Fest Doggie Drag Costume Contest

Saturday June 10th 11:15-12:00 on Capitol Hill

Pride Fest is always a blast, but a Doggie Drag Contest is next level! Bring your doggie in his best Drag and show Capitol Hill you know how to paw-ty! All proceeds benefit Old Dog Haven. 

Father's Day Adoption Event

June 16-18th at Seattle Humane

All furry dads-to-be receive $25 off the adoption fee of any pet at Seattle Humane. What better gift than a new best friend! 

Take your Pet to Work Day

Friday, June 23rd

Finally the day you've been dreaming of is almost here! Instead of kissing your beloved goodbye when he head out the door, you can bring them with you! The goal of this nation-wide event is to promote adoption and celebrate the companionship pets bring. But first, you might want to check with your employer :)

Catio Tour Seattle 

Saturday June 24th from 12-4

Catios—outdoor cat enclosures—keep cats safe and protect our beloved backyard birds and wildlife. Take a tour of Greater Seattle homes featuring catios designed to protect cats from predators and a variety of outdoor hazards. You'll be treated to some of the best feline real estate our community has to offer!

Seattle Pet Con

June 24th-25th

Pet lovers unite for a weekend full of contests, adoptions, vaccinations, giveaways and a plethora of fun pet activities & information. Be sure to bring your pet! 

 

 

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Homemade Cat Food. What You Need to Know. by Caitlin Unsell

Making homemade cat food may seem both expensive and difficult to do, but once you understand how to do it properly, you’ll see that it’s actually quite easy! More cat owners are turning to making cat food at home, so it’s important to know how to do it and how to do it right.

What is Needed for a Balanced Diet

Building a balanced diet is crucial when making homemade cat food. There are multiple needs for a balanced diet to ensure that a cat’s pH balance remains intact and as healthy as possible.

Water and protein are two of the most important ingredients and aspects of homemade cat food that are needed.

In fact, processed cat food has very little of both protein and water, so cats become weaker and dehydrated on a processed diet. Water from a well or water that has been filtered are going to be your best bet.

Protein, as previously stated, is also very important. You can protein sources virtually anywhere, including beef and lamb, to help both growth and development. Cats are carnivorous by nature and need protein to thrive and survive.

Essential amino and fatty acids are next on the big list. A lot of these acids come from various protein sources directly, so it’s like killing two birds with one stone. One prime example of this is Taurine, which is vital to a cat’s health.

EPA, CLA, GLA, LA, AA, DHA, and Omega-3s are all essential amino and fatty acids that a cat must have in their diet. They are all extremely beneficial to them and keep cats in great health.

Vitamins and minerals are needed for physiological reactions, a balanced diet, the formation of their enzymes, for transportation of oxygen, and much more. Chloride, phosphorous and vitamins K and D are only a few of vitamins and minerals that cats must have in their diet.

Types of Meats Cats Can Have

Though cats are carnivores by nature, that certainly does not mean they can have any type of meat. Pork, lamb, mutton, veal, and beef are all great protein sources and meat types that are perfect for a homemade diet.

Food Types to Leave Out Entirely

Listed below are some foods that must be left out of homemade cat food:

  • Frozen, spoiled, or“not fresh” cuts of meat
  • Too much rice, corn, or any sort of carbohydrate
  • Raisins
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes

Going back to carbohydrates, make sure you don’t use too much. You should only have about 10% of them in the mix of homemade cat food and do not use them as over filling.

Using Oils and Supplements for Added Nutrients

This is where making homemade cat food can get a little tricky. Using oils and supplements is a must when making homemade cat food, but you have to be very careful as to what you’re using because there are only a few that are okay.

Fish, safflower, sunflower, flax, canola, and corn oil are great to add into homemade cat food. Calcium supplements are also a great option, as well. However, you will need to ensure that they are mixed equally with other ingredients and don’t off the balance.

A Simple Homemade Cat Food Recipe

Homemade cat food does not have to a complicated, extensive process. In fact, there are many quick dishes you can whip up in minutes that are both balanced and healthy for your feline friend!

This is the Chicken Dinner Recipe, which takes just minutes to make. You will need a single cup of cooked chicken, 1/4 of a cup of mashed, steamed carrots, 1/4 of a cup of mashed, steamed broccoli, and chicken broth, which you can use as much as you’d like.

With the cooked chicken, you can choose to bake or broil it. Mix everything up and you’re good to go!

Making Homemade Cat Food

To learn more about making homemade cat food, feel free to check out the ultimate guide for yourself by clicking here!

Be sure to check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your cat's diet.

This article was written by Diana Hutchinson, the founder of Tinpaw.com.

 

 

These Cats Are Ready For Summer, Are You? by Caitlin Unsell

Once again we challenged our followers to share their photos with us. This time, we wanted to see how your kitties prepared for and enjoyed the warm weather. Here is what we found!

Here's the lovely Ms. White basking in her own ray of sunshine! (Kate Spencer, Facebook)

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The always pretty, sometimes derppy Aurora! (@aurorapurr Instagram)

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The ever curious Sebastain! (@covenofcats Instagram)

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The one who's always looking for an adventure! (@adventuresofsageandhops Instagram)

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The poise and perched Miwo! (@miwo_mainecoon Instagram)

The fluffy and fabulous Gustav! (@gustavbatman Instagram)

And last but not least, Roy the cat who can't be bothered with pictures while stretched and sunning himself!  (Jordan Beregson, E-Mail)

Thank you to everyone who shared their sunny days with us! Look out for our next follower involvement post!

Top Photo/Thumbnail Credit: Jordan Beregson

6 Cat Behaviors and What They Mean by Caitlin Unsell

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Cats are our wonderful little weirdos, but do you ever wonder why they do certain things and what them mean? Here are 6 common behaviors you may see in your cat and what they mean.

Rubbing Against You & Furniture

Aww! How cute is it when your cat rubs against your hands and legs when you come home? Not only are they telling you they're happy to see you, but Kitty is also "scent marking" you. Not to be confused with scratching furniture, a behavior you should be weary off.

Face Sniffing

All cat owners have come to know that personal space doesn't exist in Kitty World, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. When your cat sniffs your face it's because they want to know every scent and smell associated with you. You're their whole world in most cases and they just want to know you the best they can.

Long vs. Short Meows

Short meows are typically your cat's form of greeting or may be to let you know they're getting ready to jump onto the couch or into your lap. Long meows however, most likely mean your cat needs something. Much like a baby's cry, owner's begin to understand what their cat needs when he meows for longer, whether it be food or wanting to go outside.

Uncovered Poop

Beware of this behavior. Your cat is clearly trying to tell someone (you or another cat) he's the boss. Typically this just means your cat feels that you are encroaching on their dominance. However, it could also mean health problems such as a urinary tract infection. Be sure to check with your veterinarian if this persists.

Twitching Ears

It's easy to assume that when your cat's ears are twitching it's because they're curious, but that's not the case here. When your cat's ears are constantly twitching it may be a sign of irritation or anger. When this happens, it's best to either leave your cat alone or remove them from the situation that is frustrating them.

Chattering

You know that sound your cat makes when they see a bird outside or a toy they can't reach? That's the chattering we're talking about here. While owners may laugh at this sound because it seems so odd coming from your cat, it's actually a sign of frustration. Try to help by having consistent play sessions with you kitty. 

What funny behavior does your kitty do? Let us know in the comments below!

Picture Credit: @sfregicat (Instagram)

5 Cat Books For All Ages by Caitlin Unsell

Sometimes the best way to relax is to grab a good book. It's important to teach children to read at a young age and what better way to do that than with feline inspired children's books that still get a chuckle out of us even today. Here are five books abouts cats for every age from child to adult.

Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

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Who doesn't love a classic by Dr. Seuss? It's not a crime to kick back a dime and spend a little time reading this sublime story by the rhyme master himself. Many of us remember learning to read using these books and even more will probably use them to teach their children how to read. 

Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward and Tomie dePaola

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Follow this michevious kitten named Cookie who just can't seem to control his curiousity as he experiences a week full of ins, outs, ups, and downs... literally! With this book's short sentences and small words, it's the perfect way to get your child more confident in their reading aloud or in general!

Socks by Beverly Cleary

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As children begin to look for a more challenging read, try out a Beverly Cleary novel! From Junie B. Jones books to our favorite -Socks -there's something everyone can enjoy that's written by Cleary.

The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter

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It's seems like this series will never end... and we don't think we really want it to. When our intern worked at the library, they never seemed to keep this series on the shelves!

Dewey the Library Cat by Vicki Myron

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Based on the true story of a kitten abandonned in a bookdrop outside a small town Iowa libary... follow Dewey's life as he becomes the offical library cat, comforts those in need, and picks at his food. Dewey has been on the National Bestseller List since 2008 and the author has since written stories for children about Dewey's adeventures.

5 Cat Movies You Need to See by Caitlin Unsell

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Whether you're two years old, or 20 years old, sometimes we need to just relax with a good old fashioned children's movie. Believe it or not, there's a whole list of movies about cats on Wikipedia. Here are some of our favorites.

Aristocats (Pictured above)

Follow Duchess and her three kittens who have been living the lavish life, as they are stolen from their home in the night and made to find their way back on their own... if they can. Along the way they make friends with Thomas "O'Malley the Alleycat" O'Malley,a streetwise tomcat who takes a liking to the family. Made in 1970, the film itself is older than most of our audience, yet we can probably all still remember watching it as kids. 

Oliver and Company

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Lost and alone, Oliver has no choice but to make it however he can. After teaming up with a gang of dogs, Oliver finds himself a part of a loving family of misfits proving it's not always what material things people can give you, but the love they can give you instead. 

Puss and Boots

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Originally known for his big eyes and charming wits in the Shrek films by Dreamworks, Puss finally gets his own movie in Puss in Boots. Follow Puss on his rip-roaring adventures that include animated escape plans, comical brawls and a feline love interest. 

Garfield

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Everyone's favorite fat orange cat has his own movie! In fact, he has multiple movie! From comics, to cartoons, to merchandise Garfield has been a hit for years. In his first movie,  Garfield is faced with a choice as his owner (Jon) brings home another animal, a dog named Odie. When Odie goes missing, it's up to Garfield to save the day and the dog.

Lion King

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Big cats count too! A fan favorite and instant classic the Lion King is the original coming of age story. Follow Simba from birth, through tragedies like being outcast, making new friends and finally coming home and facing his evil uncle Scar. A film that is always relevant, always entertaining, and always a child's favorite, the Lion King has been captivating audiences since 1994 and continues to do so today.

DISCLAIMER: When chosing a film for your kids (especially from the Wiki-list) preview them first. However, these five movies are all child friendly.

Photo Credits: 
Disney: Aristocats, Oliver and Company (Thumbnail), Lion King
IMDb: Garfield
Dreamworks: Puss and Boots

 

 

5 Clever Catnip Tricks by Caitlin Unsell

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It's no secret cats are crazy for catnip in any way, shape or form. But instead of just putting it on their favorite toys, here are some creative ways to use catnip that will drive your cat wild!

Buy a catnip plant!

Most pet stores carry some type of catnip plant or seeds you can grow at home for your cat to enjoy. Also, with farmers' markets starting, there is bound to be someone who is either selling the plants, or can point you in the right direction!

Use catnip to get your cat used to new things.

When introducing your cat to something new like a carrier, or a new home. Try sprinkling catnip in and around the area so your cat begins to associate his favorite thing with a not so scary new thing.

If your cat is a picky eater...

Try sprinkling some catnip in your cat's food. Since catnip is an attractant for cats, it could make the food they used to turn up their nose at not so bad.

Lots and lots of bubbles!

Cats love to chase things that fly. Did you know you could buy catnip-scented bubbles? Neither did we! But in case you're now dying to try them with your cat here is a link to buy some!

Create an outdoor hangout!

Plant a few catnip plants outside and your cat will never want to leave. Who knows, you may even attract the neighborhood cats too. BONUS: catnip repels mosquitos, so if you're easily bitten, you'll never want to leave either!

How do you use catnip with your cats? Tell us in the comments!

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JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL HITS SEATTLE CENTER THIS FRIDAY by Caitlin Unsell

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This weekend April 21-23, the annual Seattle Sakura (meaning Cherry Blossom in Japanese) & Japanese Cultural Festival takes over Seattle Center at 305 Harrison St. It will be packed with traditional Japanese food vendors and loads of entertainment for the whole family.

Every year, the city of Seattle dedicates a weekend to celebrating Japanese culture in remembrance of the 1,000 Cherry Blossom trees gifted to Seattle by Japan's former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki in honor of the great friendship between Japan and Washington State. 

This year's event features a 40th annual exhibit showcasing the 70th anniversary of WWII, Wakayama in All Its Splendor: Photo Exhibition, and Pacific Passages: Lady Washington in Japan, a mini comic exhibit which run all weekend. 

Hope to see you there!

For a full printable schedule click here.

Picture Credit: Matthew Bisanz