Aby-a-Day – Day 321 of 365

On our way home from the vet on Saturday, Jacoby and I stopped in at Dewberry Dogs and Cats Too on W. Broadway in Southie. I had been in there with Gun-Hee once, years ago, and I’d been meaning to pay them a visit for a while.

Besides their grooming services, they have some wonderful coats (there’s a white and pink raincoat with cherries that would look so cute on Kylie…if she’d let me put a coat on her) and beds/kennel pads. They also have locally made cat and dog treats made by Mad Dog Bakery in Milford, MA. We got a bag of their Fish and Cheesy Chips to take home.

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Of course everyone wanted to taste them. I knew Jake would like them, and Kylie was the first to join him.

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Then Tessie came to check them out. Since these were actually dog treats (they were out of cat ones, but the ingredients are basically the same), I had to break them into smaller pieces. They still took some work to chew, which is good for their teeth and gums.

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Angel was the only other cat who actually ate some treats besides Jake.

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Ultimately, Jake was the one who enjoyed them the most. He pretty much bogarted the entire bag.

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Nom, nom, nom…

Very Aby Holidays – Healthy Drinking and Dining for the New Year

The hardest part about feeding cats is picking the right food, right? Once you figure out what food to put into their bowls, you’re done.

Well…not quite. What your cats eat – and drink – out of is nearly as important as what they eat. For years, cats were given their food and water from those cheap plastic “double diner” bowls from the supermarket. Turns out, plastic can cause feline chin acne, and cats prefer to drink in a different place from where they eat.

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Stainless steel and ceramic are the recommended choice to avoid chin acne, but water fountains are hard to find in these materials. There is one type of of cat waterer, Molor Products’ Deluxe Cat Fountain with Stainless Steel Liner that was actually designed to help prevent chin acne. I found mine at a local True Value Hardware Store for less than $10.

We feed our cats dry food from stainless steel bowls, but for their daily canned food, they eat out of ceramic Japanese bowls that we pick up at Asian groceries. They only get used once per cat before they get put in the dishwasher and thoroughly cleaned. They’re inexpensive, colourful, and kind of classy, and they can also be found with a lot of cute cat designs. We have a variety of different types that we’ve picked up from different places.

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If you have an H-Mart or a 99 Ranch Market in your area, these are two national chains that have these bowls, but pretty much any Asian market will carry them. If you have a Chinatown or a Japantown where you live, you’ll be able to find some to start your own collection.

Sometimes, cats overeat because they have nothing better to do. They’re bored, so they park next to their bowl and chow down. How to prevent this? Try an interactive feeding toy.

These are becoming more common, and there are a lot of different types, like the Egg-Cersizer Treat Toy, PhatCat’s Feeding Frenzy toy and the Smartcat Tiger Diner. And while they’re called Nina Ottosson’s Interactive Dog toys, her innovative treat puzzles claim to be great for cats, too. I’m curious to try these, but I’ve not been able to find them at a brick-and-mortar store yet and I’d really like to see them in person before buying one for Tessie or Jake.