Hi everyone it’s me Turbo! It has been a while, but I am back to doing what I do best, writing my blog. (Fooled ya didn’t I? You thought I was going to say teasing my brother and sisters.) Since it is fall and we are thinking about Thanksgiving, I thought I would talk about pet friendly decorating and designing for fall.
When I think of decorating for fall I think of a very earthy color pallet. For example, shades of browns, golds, greens, reds and oranges.
A new area rug can bring a whole new perspective to a room. (Or if your parents don’t want to spend the money right now us furbabies can help. Just poop or pee on the old rug and bring in some brown and gold tones.) Just make sure that you look for something that does not attract fur and can be easily cleaned when we have an accident or hock up a hairball.
Accent pillows can be another great way to bring fall indoors and make a room pop. Think about pillows made out of Crypton fabric. Crypton is durable and pet friendly. It also comes in cool designs us furbabies like. (Thank goodness for a fall color pallet or my sisters would want pink. YUCK!)
How about some fun new paintings in fall colors like the one below by Jean Wyclef. Now, if left totally up to me I would have a self portrait on the wall so everyone would know what royalty looks like. (My mom would say a royal pain in the butt!)
Wether you freshen up a room with a coat of paint or implement a new piece of furniture, some fun rugs and accessories, fall is a fun time to redecorate. Keeping your theme pet friendly and pet related will make you the envy of pet parents everywhere.
I also want all my furry friends and family to be safe and healthy this Thanksgiving. So I am going to talk about ways pet parents can protect their furbabies from the dangers that the holiday may bring.
If you must decorate with candles, use unlit candles or battery operated candles. (I love to play with fire. I would love to light a fire under my sister Taji’s butt. She is lazy and won’t play with me.)
Hide breakables. If you are thinking about bringing out treasured items and good china, remember us furbabies don’t know the value of these items and we will probably break them. (He He He! Or in my case I will break them.)
Be very careful of plants that are toxic to us furbabies. Some of these plants include lilies, poinsettias, holly and mistletoe. If you are going to decorate with live plants look up or ask our veterinarian what is safe.
Do not let us have raw or uncooked turkey. Make sure it is boneless and well cooked, otherwise it may contain salmonella bacteria. A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potatoes or even a lick of pumpkin pie should not hurt us. However, pet parents should not let us overindulge, as this could cause stomach upset, diarrhea or pancreatitis. The best thing for everyone concerned is for us to stay on our regular diet. If you feed us first we won’t bother you as much during dinner. (NOT!)
Do not give us furbabies raw bread dough. When raw bread dough is ingested, our body heat causes the dough to rise. This causes our stomach to expand causing vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could be life threatening and require surgery. (And for those who know me, I don’t do surgery or anesthesia well. It takes me days to recover and mom says I turn evil!)
Certain foods are toxic to us cats and should be avoided at all times. For example onions and spices that can be found in gravy and other dishes. If you would like to give your cat dessert, a teaspoon or two of canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix, would be ok. Onions eaten by dogs can lead to anemia.
Sometimes us furbabies feel neglected when visitors come. Pet parents should set ahead time before hand to spend with us. Let’s not pussyfoot around, some of us love visitors and some of us don’t. For those of us who don’t, you should set aside a safe room for us with food, water, etc.
Do not give furbabies cooked bones. They can splinter and cause tears or obstruction to the digestive tract. (What a catastrophe!)
Grapes and raisin toxins can cause kidney failure. (Doggone it I am in enough trouble for peeing on things as it is.)
Ingesting chocolate, caffeine and alcohol is toxic to us. (Someone should tell that to my sister Keiko, she is an alcoholic.)
The most obvious place us furbabies will stake out is the kitchen. (It’s my favorite place because I can run across the top of the cabinets.) While pet parents are working away creating a culinary masterpiece, we are waiting for you to look away so we can chow down! (I just leap off the cabinet and land in the middle of the food!) To prevent us from jumping up on your counters and stealing your perfectly roasted turkey, line your counters with a ScatMat. When us furbabies paws touch the mat we’ll receive a slight static pulse and jump down.
Moms and Dads should be thankful for us furbabies. We give companionship, endless entertainment, and unconditional love. Enjoy the fall season with us furbabies. Nothing beats walking through the leaves together or running through tree lined streets in the crisp air or of course my favorite, taking a ride in the catvertible with the top down.Well, time to go. I have to keep getting ready for Thanksgiving and I really need a catpuccino.
So until next time, be thankful that the best things in life are furry!