Pet Diabetes Month: Recognizing and Treating Pet Diabetes


Pet Diabetes

I’m the “mom” to two cats with health issues. Our youngest cat, Bella, has severe asthma, 3 leaky valves in her heart and an elevated Thyroid level (she was on meds for her Thyroid, but off them for now). Getting her diagnosed and treated has cost us $5,000+. Her medications alone are a small fortune. She needs two inhalers and her daily inhaler is $214.

Our eldest cat, Velcro, was diagnosed with Diabetes a few months ago. Thankfully the vet visits and testing was a lot less expensive than it was with Bella, but none the less, his Diabetes is expensive too. Not so much the insulin, but the syringes. It’s costing me around $50 a month just on the needless I need to inject the insulin twice a day.

I should have known that Velcro would develop Diabetes. He’s never been an active cat – even as a kitten. He was a bit too laid back and lazy. He was also very overweight. We tried to engage him in play and watch what he eats but nothing seemed to help. Now we’re paying the price – literally – and Velcro is not as healthy as he should be.

We have three other cats, two of which are overweight. They are some what active, but I am trying very hard to get them to be more active. The last thing I want is to have three Diabetic cats and another cat with health issues. There is no way I can afford that. 🙁

Diabetes is not something to take lightly. Dogs and cats are both susceptible to this potentially deadly, and very expensive, disease.

Here is a useful article from Pets Best Insurance that talks about the disease in both dogs and cats.

In recognition of National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, seeks to provide pet owners with useful information about the debilitating disease and its symptoms. Although the rate of diabetes is climbing among pets nationwide, Pets Best emphasizes that diabetes in animals is considered a manageable disease, and pets with the condition can still live long and happy lives with the proper treatment.

Instances of diabetes increased by 32 percent among canines from 2006 to 2011, and 16 percent among cats during the same time period, according to the State of Pet Health 2012 Report.Âč

While the process of treating diabetes can cost thousands of dollars each year, Pets Best often helps pet owners significantly reduce these out-of-pocket expenses. Of the diabetes-related claims Pets Best processed in 2012, the average requested claim amount was $1,622.

“Pets Best is just as passionate about helping pet owners recognize their animals’ health problems as we are dedicated to helping them afford treatment,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “Diabetes can be an overwhelming diagnosis if pet owners are unprepared, and we want to help people understand that this disease can be effectively treated and controlled.”

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a common condition among dogs and cats characterized by an inadequate production or use of insulin, resulting in an inability to metabolize sugar. Diabetes often leads to many complicated health problems for pets, including bladder infections, dental infections, kidney infections and other organ infections.

Most cases of diabetes in dogs are caused by an inability of the pancreas to produce insulin. In humans, this is referred to as Type 1 diabetes. Dogs do not typically develop Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with poor diet and obesity. Cats are usually affected by Type 2 diabetes.

Warning Signs

Pets Best encourages pet owners to watch for specific symptoms of diabetes in pets, such as increased urination, excessive thirst, increased hunger and weight loss even while eating normal amounts. Most pets will also act lethargic, and many animals will eventually stop eating. Some cats experience neuropathy, or nerve damage that causes them to walk flat-footed. Blindness is also a symptom of diabetes in dogs, as a result of diabetic cataracts.

Animals that are Most Susceptible

Certain dog breeds are more prone to early-onset diabetes, including golden retrievers and keeshonds.  Breeds prone to developing diabetes later in life include German shepherds, schnauzers and beagles. Female dogs are much more likely than males to develop diabetes.

Among felines, Burmese cats have a higher incidence of diabetes. In addition, inactive and overweight cats, especially older cats between 10 and 13 years old, are more likely to develop the disease. Obesity is a significant risk factor for diabetes among cats. In addition, a majority of diabetic cats are male, as a result of their lower insulin sensitivity.


Diabetes treatment is based on the severity of symptoms. Canine diabetes often requires lifelong blood sugar monitoring and insulin injections twice a day. Some diabetic cats can be treated with oral medications, while most require insulin injections.

Most plans offered by Pets Best provide coverage for diabetes treatment, including the Feline Illness Plan and the BestBenefit accident and illness plans. Pets Best reimburses up to 100 percent of claims, depending on the coverage plan.

For more information about Pest Best, visit www.petsbest.com.

Do you have a pet with Diabetes? Or do you have a pet with another life threatening disease? Have you ever considered pet insurance? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed unless otherwise noted are mine and were not influenced in any way.

NEW Whole PawsÂź premium pet food now available at Whole Foods Market ($50 gift card giveaway ends 10/25/13)


Whole Foods Market Whole Paws

I love my five cats, dog and fish. I want them to all have long, happy and healthy lives. Just like it is with my family (my “human” family that is), I am always concerned about what I am feeding my pets. I don’t want to feed them “junk food”.

I still remember the day about a year or so ago when the vet asked me what I was feeding my cats (dry food). When I told him he said, and I quote, “It’s a bowlful of Skittles”.

Skittles? I love Skittles, but I certainly wouldn’t want to feed them to my pets. I’m pretty sure that is not good for dogs and cats. 🙂

I also have a cat with Diabetes and another with Asthma. Because if them I became a label reader when it comes to pet food. I want to make sure that there are no ingredients in their food that doesn’t make sense to me.

When our cat Bella was first diagnosed with Asthma I tried to find out what could trigger an attack. I thought her food might have held a key to her attacks. After all, some people are sensitive to grains, so why not pets? Also, when in nature does a cat or dog eat grains? They don’t. So why would they be included in their foods?

Whole Foods Market has launched a new brand of premium pet foods called Whole PawsÂź that is grain free – both wet and dry foods. As an added “bonus” the dry food bags are in a #2 recyclable bag.

Made with real chicken, salmon and other wholesome, nutrient-rich ingredients, Whole Paws¼ – contains NO corn or soy, NO animal by-products, NO artificial colors, NO artificial preservatives and NO added sugar— and the new line meets all of Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards. Whole Paws products officially hit store shelves on October 1st and will be available exclusively at Whole Foods Market locations nationwide.

The foods currently available include;

Whole Paws Whole Foods Market Dog Food


  • Whole PawsÂź Healthy Weight Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $7.99, 6 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $7.99, 6 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Maintenance Formula Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe – $13.99, 6 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Healthy Weight Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $17.99, 15 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $17.99, 15 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Stew –$1.99, 13.2 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Chicken, Beef & Vegetable Stew – $1.99, 13.2 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Chicken & Vegetable Stew – $1.99, 13.2 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Chicken Dinner – $1.19, 3.5 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Lamb Dinner – $1.19, 3.5 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Large Dog Biscuits – Assorted Flavors – $3.99, 20 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Small Dog Biscuits – Assorted Flavors – $2.99, 10 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Dog Training Treats – Chicken Flavor – $3.99, 6 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Glucosamine Creme Dog Treats – Peanut Butter & Molasses Flavor – $4.99, 9 oz.



  • Whole PawsŸ Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $6.99, 3.5 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Indoor Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $6.99, 3.5 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Maintenance Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – $18.99, 12 lbs.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy – $0.99, 5.5 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Shredded Whitefish, Chicken & Tuna Dinner in Gravy – $0.99, 5.5 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Shredded Salmon & Chicken Dinner in Gravy – $0.99, 5.5 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Turkey, Chicken & Giblets Dinner – $0.89, 3 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Beef & Chicken Dinner – $0.89, 3 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Grain Free Chicken & Whitefish Dinner – $0.89, 3 oz.
  • Whole PawsŸ Scoopable Cat Litter – $6.49, 14 lb

Whole Foods Market Whole Paws canned cat food

Whole Foods Market sent my pets a variety of flavors from their new pet food line.

My dog gobbled up the dog food. He’s not one to be picky (he’ll eat everything we put in front of him). That is OK with me because I know the food I gave him was a “better” option than some of the other pet foods available for him. I have to admit that I haven’t always served him the best food. I felt good about serving him a dog food that was made with NO corn or soy, NO animal by-products, NO artificial colors, NO artificial preservatives and NO added sugar.

My cats tend to be picky at times. With five cats it’s hard to keep up with who likes what flavor/variety. A couple of my cats are picky (Bella and PadmĂ©). I found that PadmĂ© ate all of the Whole PawsÂź food that I served to her. If she doesn’t like something she’ll simply walk away. She didn’t do that with any of the foods. She ate whatever I put in front of her.

Whole Paws Dog Training Treats

Bella is also picky. At first she liked all the flavors I served her but then she stopped liking the pùté and preferred to eat only the shredded varieties.

As for my other three cats they seemed to enjoy everything I gave them. None of them left even a morsel behind in their dish. They ate it all up.

My dog and cats appear to enjoy the new Whole PawsÂź line of food. As a pet “mom” I like knowing that I am serving my pets food that is better for them and are made with strict standards from Whole Foods Market.

Do you have a Whole Foods Market near you? Have you tried out the new Whole PawsÂź line of pet food with your pet yet? If so, what do you (and your pet) think about them?

To find a Whole Foods Market near you visit www.WholeFoodsMarket.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.


Whole Foods Market would like to give a lucky reader a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card that you can use to try out the new Whole PawsÂź product line (or anything else you wish to purchase). Thank you Whole Foods Market.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post as tell me about your pet and why you would like to try out the new Whole PawsÂź product line?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.


See how your cat can benefit from an easy DIY project.


True Nature of Cats

If you have been reading my blog for a long time you might recall some posts I did for Purina One about bringing out the best in your cat, not only by feeding them good food but also engaging with them and helping them to explore the world around them. In case you missed any of those posts you can search for Purina One in the search box on my site (top right side).

You might not think so, but cats like to “work” for their food. In the wild cats are not served their meals in shiny metal bowls. Instead they have to work at catching their own food. That involves seeking the food out, stalking it, planning the attack and executing it. It’s in a cat’s nature to work for their food. Even the laziest of house cats secretly want a bit of a challenge at meal time.

Puzzle feeders are one of the great ways to provide your cat with a little bit of fun before their meal. Puzzle feeders are available at many pet stores. You also can make your own from a variety of household items. It’s a great way to recycle and repurpose things. For example, you can use a small cardboard box with some holes cut into it (put the dry food or treat inside and have them try and figure it out how to get it). You can also use an empty butter container (just make sure that the plastic is not sharp where it can cut your pet).

Not too long ago Purina ONE attended the Maker Faire showcase in New York to show guests some fun and creative DIY (Do It Yourself) projects for cats. Many booth visitors were treated to a Make Your Own Mouse Puzzle Feeder. It’s cute and easy to make. Simply print it out, cut out the shape and assemble.

I wanted to make one to share with readers but my Carpal Tunnel had other plans for me.

The mouse puzzle feeder looks like the one pictured (below). Just below that I linked to the PDF file that you can download and print out so you can make your own mouse puzzle feeder for your cat.

Purina ONE DIY Mouse Puzzle Feeder

Purina ONE DIY Mouse Puzzle Feeder

Check out this fun video of Purina ONE’s booth at Maker Faire (I love the dress up like a cat section).


If you would like more great DIY projects that were submitted by the Purina ONE Facebook community you can find them on their Pinterest page – http://www.pinterest.com/purinaonecat/diy-cat-projects/.

You can also find some great ideas on the Purina ONE page – http://www.purinaone.com/pets/cats/diet/enrich-feeding-time-for-your-cat-make-her-a-puzzle-feeder.

Not that it’s puzzle feeder related but on the Purina ONE page there is also DIY instructions to make a super cute “cat house“. 🙂 I’m always getting boxes. I need to make one of these cute houses for my cats.

Purina ONE identified several ways to help your cat be who she was born to be, including the right activity and proper nutrition, and this was the inspiration behind the Purina ONE SMARTBlend Healthy Metabolismℱ wet and dry formulas, which are specially formulated for the nutritional needs of spayed and neutered cats.

Enriching your cat’s feeding experience with fun puzzle feeders helps to bring out your cat’s true nature which is the core of Purina ONE’s True Nature of Cats movement.

Do you use a puzzle feeder with your cat/cats? How do you provide them with mental and physical stimulation? How do you try and bring out their true nature?

For more information on the True Nature of Cats AND Dogs visit www.PurinaONE.com.

Look for some upcoming posts about how to bring our your dog’s True Nature too.

Purina ONE


*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing this information for the benefit of my site readers and their pets.


Protect your furniture with Sure Fit (giveaway ends 10/20/13)


Our cat Bella sleeping on our couch when she knows she's not suppose to.

Our cat Bella sleeping on our couch when she knows she’s not suppose to.

Being a “mom” to five cats and a dog, I know a thing or two about hair. It’s everywhere!!! I try very hard to keep our home clean but there is no escaping pet hair and dander, no matter have much you dust and vacuum. Thankfully our dog doesn’t shed (must be something with one of the breeds he’s mixed with). You wouldn’t think our cats were that bad unless you are wearing black pants or shorts and sit down on the furniture. Ugh! That is why I need to keep on top of things on a daily basis.

We like to keep our furniture as clean as possible. The dog and the cats are not really allowed on the couch or my husband’s beloved chair, but they go on there anyway. We tried to compromise by letting take over the loveseat, but they still like to make themselves comfortable elsewhere.

My husband likes to put an old bed sheet on his chair when we go out and no one is home to watch our dog. Otherwise the dog will sit on my husband chair and get it dirty. I understand why he does this but it’s an eye sore to see the sheet on the chair – especially when people come over (like repairmen). I make sure to remove the sheet before they come inside.

Our dog Espn sleeping on the ugly bed sheet that protects my husband's favorite chair.

Our dog Espn sleeping on the ugly bed sheet that protects my husband’s favorite chair.

As for our couch we just chase them off when the cats go on there (the dog won’t). We use an old sheet to cover that up too when we are not at home.

I have toyed with the idea of using a slipcover for the furniture, but they look like they would be a hassle to put on and off on a daily basis. Not only that they are not always the most attractive things.

I was sent to review a Deluxe Pet Sofa Cover from a company called Sure Fit. Sure Fit makes covers for chairs, sofas, love seats and even covers for your car/truck. They also carry a variety of other household items too.

Since our cats like to sleep on the loveseat I asked Sure Fit if they could send me a cover for it. I think I may have received one for a sofa instead because it’s a wee bit too big. That is fine. I’m sure we’ll be able to use it on our couch too. But for now we keep it on the loveseat so that the cats can sleep there and I don’t have to worry about cat hair getting embedded into the furniture.

Here is a littler more detail about the Sure Fit Deluxe Pet Sofa Cover;

Luxuriously plush, our quilted velvet Deluxe Pet Cover is a stylish solution that protects your furniture from pet hair, stains and wear.  Filled with high-loft polyester batting for ultimate comfort, it features soft stay-put microfiber fabric backing and an…  extra-long 50” inch backdrop to prevent slippage. A special SanitizedÂź Actifresh protective finish resists odors for lasting freshness between washing. Imported. Fiber content: 100% polyester quilted. Machine wash separately in cold water, gentle cycle, do not use bleach. Tumble dry low, do not iron.

Did you read the last part? It can be washed! I was a bit worried at first because I wasn’t sure if this could go into the washer. I wasn’t sure how I would clean it. We’ve already washed and dried it 3-4 times and it looks just as great as it did the first day we put it on the loveseat. If we had a house with our own washer and dryer I would probably make a point of washing it once a week to remove the pet hair and dander. Since we have to pay to do our laundry (we live in a condo) we have to limit ourselves to every other week.

The Sure Fit cover covers the entire back of the loveseat, a good portion of the front and it has “wings” to cover the entire arm area too. It covers about 80% of the loveseat including all the areas where our cats would sleep (arm, back and of course on the loveseat it’s self).

Sure Fit and Bella

Bella enjoying the plush Sure Fit cover.

The Sure Fit cover provides my pets with a soft, comfortable place to rest. It provides me with a much more attractive way to keep the pet hair and dander off my furniture.

What I love about the covers are that they are easy to remove and put back on. That means if I have unexpected company I can easily take it off, fold it up and tuck it inside a closet. Once removed the loveseat has basically no hair on it. There are a few stray hairs that manage to get under the cover but it’s minimal. Without the cover the hair would be embedded on the loveseat and next to impossible to remove it all. When you have unexpected company stop by you don’t have the time to break out the vacuum to clean off the furniture and take a lint roller brush to it to remove every last piece of hair.

Over all I am pleased with the Sure Fit cover. It gives me piece of mind that our furniture is protected. I also love how easy it is to use and to clean. I am planning on picking up an additional cover for my husband’s chair so that we can get rid of the ugly sheet that we currently use.

If you have pets that like to get on your furniture, or you would like to protect your furniture from possibly getting covered in flying pet hairs, be sure to check out Sure Fit pet covers at www.SureFit.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

If you like to travel with your pet you might be interested in their car covers to protect your car seat from pet hair and dander.

Sure Fit carries other products like accent pillows, lamps, barbecue covers and more.

 Sure Fit Logo

Sure Fit would like to give a lucky winner a Sure Fit pet cover of their choice from the following options.


Deluxe Pet Sofa Cover


Matelasse Damask Chair Furniture Cover


Waterproof Auto Cargo Mat


Waterproof Auto Bench Seat Cover

I provided a link to each product page underneath the photo of the product so you can learn more about it.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me which cover from the ones listed that you would like to have if you are the lucky winner?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Sure Fit will be providing the prize.


Please Join Morris the Cat on Morris’ Rescue Watch And Help Provide Food To Homeless Cats & Learn How You Can Win a Year Supply of Cat Food


Pet Collage

Clockwise: Velcro, Kitty, Padmé, Anakin, Bella and Espn.

If you are a long time reader of my blog you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for animals. I love them! I would have a farm – or a zoo – if possible. I would especially love to have a shelter for homeless pets of all shapes and sizes if I had the money to do so.

We have five cats, a dog and some fish. Four of our cats were adopted from the local animal shelter (one of which we fostered the entire time so she never actually stayed at the shelter). One of our cats was born to feral parents in our condo complex. A neighbor hand raised them so they would be adoptable. Otherwise the kittens would have perished in our complex (many others were hit by cars or climbed into the dumpsters only to be taken away by the garbage men :-().

Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) was adopted from the local animal shelter and one of our fish was won at a local county fair (we bought the other fish to keep him company).

My family does what it can for our local shelter. We donate food, litter, blankets, money and even items we don’t want/need that they can sell to raise money too. I was even a volunteer for a while, taking photos of the available pets to be used in local publications and PetFinder.org.



Each and every one of our pets bring such joy and happiness to our lives. I love that they each have their own personalities and “quirks”. For example, Kitty (the Calico above) loves to like windows, mirrors and eat tape (we have to hide the tape from her). She’s also VERY friendly and is always one of the first to greet visitors. When she wants attention she takes my kid’s stuffed animals and drags them into the living room and meows as if she was a lion who just caught it’s meal. LOL!

Anakin is the comedian of the group. He’s also known as “Boobie Boy”. The cat has strange obsession with boobs (no kidding!). He loves to reach out and “fluff” them up with his paws. Crazy cat!

Anakin was ASLEEP hanging off the cat tree like this.

Anakin was ASLEEP hanging off the cat tree like this.

Anakin in the tube

Velcro is our oldest cat. He has Diabetes and needs injections twice a day. He’s a true  “scaredy cat”. He’s afraid of his own shadow. But he’s also a brute and lets all the others know that he’s “boss”.



He doesn’t look as healthy now as he does in the photo. The Diabetes has made him lose a lot of weight and his fur and skin look horrible these days.

PadmĂ© is the “mom” of the group. She takes care of all the others. She’s also a sweetheart. She used to sit on my shoulder like a parrot when she was younger (she’s too big do that now).

Padmé and Velcro

Padmé and Velcro



The baby of the group is Bella. She’s our foster kitten that we adopted. She tends to get a bit more spoiled than the others because she has a bunch of health issues including Thyroid problems, three leaky valves in her heart and severe asthma. I have to give her an inhaler (a people inhaler) every day through a special mask called Aerokat. Despite that’s he’s a very sweet little girl too and probably the most friendliest of them all.

Bella & my husband asleep on the chair.

Bella & my husband asleep on the chair.


Bella always finds weird places to sleep.

Bella likes to sit on our laps when we take her to/from the vet/animal hospital. We only let her do it when we are almost home for safety reasons. She loves to look out the window.

Bella likes to sit on our laps when we take her to/from the vet/animal hospital. We only let her do it when we are almost home for safety reasons. She loves to look out the window.

Of course there is our dog Espn. Espn thinks he’s a cat. He loves to play with cat toys, he LOVES fresh catnip and he’s even been caught sleeping ON the cat tree from time to time. LOL!


I’m sure many cat lovers are familiar with Morris the Cat? He’s the famous face for 9 Lives Cat food. He’s been around for many years – even when I was a young girl.

Morris the Cat has teamed up with the ASPCA to help out shelter cats across the country.

Did you know that Morris was once a shelter cat? Before he had a loving home, a comfy bed, and a slew of squeaky toys, Morris the Cat was adopted from a shelter. Since then Morris has made it his mission to help cats everywhere live well.

Morris the Cat

You can help Morris and the ASPCA provide food for shelter cats simply by watching funny and entertaining cat videos. For each view on the special Morris Rescue Watch website, 9 Lives will donate one meal to a shelter cat in need – up to 1 million meals.

In addition you could also turn your cat into a super star and win a year’s supply of cat food AND a $3,000 donation to a shelter of your choice. Simply submit a silly, sweet or hilarious video of your cat (or cats) to the Morris Rescue Watch website.

Here is a little more information about Morris’ Rescue Watch campaign and contest.

Before he had a loving home, a comfy bed, and a slew of squeaky toys, Morris the Cat was adopted from a shelter. Now, the most famous cat-celebrity in the world, Morris the Cat of 9Livescat food, is giving back. 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch is a campaign to generate food donations for local shelter cats by encouraging cat lovers to do what they love and already do anyway– watch cat videos! Anyone can participate by simply watching 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch videos on MorrisRescueWatch.com. For every view 9Lives cat food will donate one meal to a shelter, up to 1 million meals!  Additionally, now through October 18, 2013, Morris is encouraging fans to submit their own fun cat videos to MorrisRescueWatch.com for a chance to be one of three winners to each receive a year’s supply* of 9Lives cat food and a $3,000 donation to a shelter of their choice.

“It’s time to put the hours we spend watching cat videos to good use!” said Morris the Cat. “Whether you’re watching one of the videos or sending me a video of your own kitty on camera, each view will help care for a cat in need.” 


Morris and 9Lives brand cat food are proud to support the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to help cats most in need.  With the ASPCA’s help, the 9Livescat food donation of up to 1 million meals will go to shelters where they can do the most good.

“9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch is a fun, easy, and interactive way for cat lovers to help feed and care for cats in need across the country,” said Carrie Schliemann, Director of Cat Food Marketing at Del Monte Foods. “With the increased popularity of watching and sharing funny cat videos, we know fans will help make a big impact on the lives of shelter cats. We’re thrilled to partner with the ASPCA in a continued effort to ensure that every cat lives well.”


Throughout the years, Morris has made it his mission to help cats live well. In 2006 and 2007, Morris led Morris’ Million Cat Rescue adoption campaign and traveled the country to raise awareness and facilitate more than 1 million cat adoptions.

Morris and 9Lives are proud to support the ASPCA. Founded in 1866, the ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. Like the ASPCA, 9Lives believes that all cats deserve to live well, and living well starts with eating well. 9Lives cat food offers great taste and nutrition to help keep cats happy and healthy.

To support 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch by watching a funny video or submitting your own video, visit MorrisRescueWatch.com. For additional information on 9Livescat food, visit 9Lives.com.

*A year’s supply calculated as 15 bags of 13lb cat food to be awarded in the form of one (1) Visa gift card; approximate retail value: $142.50 USD.

It is so easy to help cats in need. All you need to do is watch adorable cat videos. Sounds great to me! Who doesn’t love to watch cats doing cute and silly things? Plus the more videos you watch the more food is donated to help cats in need. The videos are only about a minute or two long so you could easily watch all the videos during your lunch break or anytime you want a laugh.

I wish I could find a video I did not too long ago of our youngest cat Bella playing with a toy. She did a tumble that was so funny. Even my family got a good laugh out of the video when I showed it to them. I can’t seem to find it now.

The only ones I could find (aside from videos I took for the vet of Bella having asthma attacks) are these videos. The first one is literally just a few seconds. It’s a video of Bella closing the door on a toy barbecue.




I love the one of Bella rubbing up against my daughter’s damp hair. Bella LOVES damp hair – especially long hair. She does that all the time to my daughter. She goes out of her way to do that when she knows my daughter came out of the shower. I don’t know why she likes it so much.

The last video is of Bella when she was a kitten. I thought it was cute (even if the quality is poor). Bella loves her “Lambie” toy. She’s had is since she was a newborn. We fostered her and her sister (who had to be put to sleep at 3 weeks old :-() since they were one day old. I gave them the little stuffed lamb so they had something soft to cuddle with. Bella played with it all the time. I even saw her run around with it in her mouth. She still has the toy and plays with it.

Bella and Lambie

If you love animals as much as my family does, would you please consider taking a few minutes out of your day to check out the adorable videos on the Morris’ Rescue Watch website. You get to enjoy sweet and funny videos and a cat in need will receive food. It’s a win-win situation.

For more information please visit Morris’ Facebook page and 9Lives.com.

To learn about the ASPCA visit www.ASPCA.org.

Please consider donating to your local animal shelter. Donations of food (both for adults and puppies/kittens), litter, blankets (used is fine including sheets, pillow cases and pillows), cleaning supplies, office supplies as well as cash is always appreciated and needed. Volunteering to help walk the dog and socialize with the animals is also welcome.

Do you have a pet that you rescued from a local shelter? Feel free to tell me about him/her. If you happen to have any funny, sweet or silly cat videos be sure to upload them to the Morris’ Rescue Watch website for your chance to win a year supply of food AND a $3,000 donation to your local shelter.

Feeding time at our "mini-zoo".

Feeding time at our “mini-zoo”.


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This is how you “facepalm” when you don’t have hands


Face Palm

I thought this was pretty funny. Our youngest cat, Bella (the one with asthma, 3 leaky valves in her heart and thyroid issues, sigh…) was fast asleep in this position. It’s not the first time she’s done that either.

I guess this is how you “facepalm” when you don’t have hands. LOL! :-)!