May 222016
 

It's selfie time again

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s selfie time again already.
The week really flew by!

I gotta clean up for my selfie

Just a second…
I gotta clean up a little bit first.
*lickity lickity lickity*

I need some sunglasses

Okay…I’m ready!
*click*

Whoa!  That sun is really bright!
Anybuddy got some sunglasses I can use?

Selfie-taking is exhausting

Whew!  Selfie-taking can be so exhausting.
Time to get my easy on.

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I’m pawticipating in
The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfies Blog Hop.
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May 202016
 

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Hi everybuddy.  Look at what I have here…Halo Liv-a-Littles® protein treats.  As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach program, Chewy recently sent us these to tryand I’m so excited that I’m the one that gets to tell you about them.

Halo Liv-a-Littles® are bite-size, grain free treats that are freeze-dried to lock in all the flavor and nutritional benefits.  They come in several different flavors…chicken, wild salmon, beef, rabbit and lamb…and contain nothing but that single protein.  These treats can be fed to both cats and dogs so they’re great for multi-pet homes.

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We’ve had the chicken Liv-a-Littles® before and we really like them.  They’re probably our favorite treats.  This time, I’m trying the rabbit ones…I’ve never had this flavor before.  So what did I think of them?

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Add these rabbit Liv-a-Littles® to our favorite treat list!  I gobbled them right up and went looking for more.  I could have eaten this whole container if given the chance.  Ernie and the orange-stripey cat liked them, too, but I don’t think I’ll be sharing any more with them.  I wanna keep them all for me!

The lady with the yellow hair likes the Halo Live-a-Littles® because, being grain-free and all-protein, they’re a healthy snack for us…suitable for every stage of our lives.  She also likes that she can crumble them up over our food at mealtimes to get us to eat more of our wet food.

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I purrsonally wanna thank the people at Chewy.com for giving me the opportunity to try the Halo Liv-a-Littles® rabbit protein treats.  Humans, if you aren’t shopping for your pets’ needs at Chewy.com, you really should be.  Chewy’s prices and selections are great…all orders over $49 ship for free…and shipping is quick…most orders are received within 2-3 days.   And Chewy always uses the BEST shipping boxes!

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Disclaimer:  As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received the Halo Live-a-Littles® as compensation in exchange for our fair and honest review.  Chewy is not responsible for the contents of this post.  The Island Cats will only share products and information that we believe are of interest to our readers.

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May 152016
 

Hey everybuddy!  It’s Straw Hat Day!

Straw Hat Day 5.15.2016

Graphic courtesy of Zoolatry

What’s Straw Hat Day?  I did a little googling to find out more about it.  Straw Hat Day, May 15th, was recognized back around 1915 and is considered the unofficial start of summer.  It marks the day that you’re supposed to put your felt hat away and start wearing your straw hat…because straw hats are cooler…temperture-wise.

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So in honor of Straw Hat Day…I had to have a selfie of me sportin’ a straw hat!  I think I look really cool…and I don’t mean my temperature!  Happy Straw Hat Day to all of you!

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May 132016
 

It’s time again for Pet Blogger Bloopers!

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That’s right…it’s the Pet Blogger Bloopers Round-Up hosted by The Lazy Pit Bull.  All you have to do is post a blooper photo…a random, silly photo…y’know, one that normally would end up in the recycle bin.

Action shots always make for good bloopers…and what better way to get an action shot than by playing with a fun toy, right?

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Here I was…playing with my rainbow snakey.  This isn’t the best picture…I mean, it’s okay…just a little blurry.

And then this happened…

I look goofy

Yep, this is one photo that would never make it on the blog ‘cept for Blooper Day.  Oh…I look so goofy, don’tcha think?

To see more pet blogger blooper photos visit The Lazy Pit Bull by clicking HERE.

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Congratulations to Isabella and Angel from Beaded Tail who are the lucky winners…well, their mom is…of our Triple T Studios™ Kitten Tote giveaway!  Look for an email from us!

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May 112016
 

Pet Disaster Prepardness Day #PetPrepared

This post is sponsored by Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Initiative and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network.  The Island Cats are being compensated for helping promote National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


Disasters Can Strike…Anytime…Anywhere

Hey…Wally here.  Y’know what scares me?  If something bad happened…like if a disaster struck…and I somehow got separated from the mom and dad-guy.  I don’t know what I would do!  The one predictable thing about disasters is that they’re unpredictable…you never know when one may hit.  That’s why it’s so important to be prepared…’specially if you have pets.  Even the most prepared pet parents can lose their pets in a disaster…so you need to have a plan in place for your pets in case one ever strikes.

We’re fortunate that here on our island in the midwest, there aren’t a lot of natural disasters that can happen.  Probably the one we worry about most is a tornado.  A couple of years ago, a small area on our island was hit by a tornado.  Luckily, our house wasn’t affected, and the damage from it wasn’t real significant…a few trees and telephone poles were uprooted and knocked down, and a couple of houses lost their roofs…but it could have been much worse.

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Animal shelters in particular have a tough time after a disaster strikes.  Pets that become separated from their humans often end up in shelters until they can be reunited with their families.  Most shelters are already struggling to make ends meet for the animals they have, so this added burden of caring for animals as a result of a disaster can really create a stressful situation for them.

Disasters can strike anytime and anywhere #PetPrepared

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Photo courtesy of Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc.

 

Did you know that Hill’s® has established the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network to help in these situations?  This network, which began in 2013, is an extension of its Food, Shelter and Love® program.  In the last 3 years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has delivered free pet food to more than 60 different shelters and vet clinics across the country in response to 25 major disasters…like recent floods in Colorado and the damaging tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.  What a HUGE help this has been to these shelters and clinics!

Be Pet Prepared

FEMA National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is May 14.  If you don’t have a disaster preparedness plan in place for your pets, now is the time to do it.  The mom is making sure she has a plan for us.  Here are 7 tips that Hill’s recommends to ensure your pet’s safety in an emergency:

  1. Make sure your pet wears a collar ID tag or is microchipped and that the contact information is up-to-date.
  2. Have a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that’s readily accessible in an emergency.  Your Pet Go-Kit should include the following:  first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; toys and a blanket.
  3. Put a pet rescue decal on your front door and/or window to let first responders know there’s a pet in the house.  Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  4. Pets like to hide when they’re scared.  Learn your pet’s hiding spots.  Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.
  5. Identify a location to take your pet if you need to evacuate.  Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets.  Check for hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies or ask relatives or friends if you and your pet could stay with them, if necessary.
  6. Carry a recent photo of your pet should you get separated.
  7. If you need to evacuate, you may want to take a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.

Put Pet Alert Signs on your Door and Window #PetPrepared

Hill’s has designed an informative checklist to help you put together your own Pet Emergency Go-Kit.  Click HERE to view it and print it out so you’ll have it to refer to.

Your pets are important members of your family and you want to keep them safe and protected, right? If you aren’t pet prepared in case of a disaster, please take the time to get prepared.  Let’s hope you’ll never need it…but it’s best to be prepared than not have a plan in place at all.  Your pets will thank you for it.

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The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program is based on four pillars:  Volunteer, Donate, Choose and Adopt.  Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program has already provided over $280 million worth of food to nearly 1,000 shelters, 365 days a year helping over 8 million pets find a new home.  For more information about the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program, visit their website.  You can also follow Hill’s on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

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