Showing posts from May 6, 2018

Tips for a Clean Home and Healthy Cat

Cleaning Up After KittyYour fabulous feline may think cat hair is the ultimate accessory. If you don’t agree, start by getting a good vacuum cleaner. Look for one with strong suction that has a pet hair attachment. Don’t forget to vacuum chairs and curtains. Wear wet rubber gloves and run your hands over your cat’s favorite spots. Brush tape, sticky-side out, over your clothes. Buy pet bedding that’s easy to clean. And if your kitty goes outside, place a washable cushion where she goes in and out to catch muddy paws. Swipe to advance 2/13 Keeping Your Cat CleanCats do a good job of cleaning themselves, but yours may need a bath if he gets really dirty -- or if someone in your house has allergies. Start by trimming your cat’s nails to prevent scratches. You can do it yourself with cat nail clippers -- ask your vet to show you how. Brush your cat to remove loose hair or mats. Use only shampoo for cats or kittens and keep water out of his face and ears. Dry him with a towel or blow dryer on…

Is My Cat Normal?

What Is 'Normal' for a Cat?Sleeping all day, chasing shadows all night, getting high on mysterious herbs -- that may be delinquent behavior for a teenager, but it's run of the mill for a cat. Learn more about the peculiarities of feline protocol so you can sort harmless kitty quirks from cat behaviors that could spell trouble. Swipe to advance 2/14 Face RubbingA cat rubbing her face on you is a sign of affection. Cats have glands on their cheeks and the corners of their mouths. When they rub up against your leg or other body part, they leave some of their scent on you. According to feline etiquette, that's a compliment. Swipe to advance 3/14 Bringing You 'Gifts'You've politely told your little predator, "No, thanks." But your cat insists on showering you with gifts of dead mice, birds, or lizards. Bringing you dead animals is normal, but it's best to keep your cat inside. Prowling cats can have a devastating impact on ground-nesting birds. Instead, …

Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat

Dangerous Foods?Because they're such picky eaters, we sometimes think cats know what’s best for them when it's time to eat. But the fact that they'll walk away from a piece of bad meat doesn't mean they'll bypass an open can of tuna. And that can of tuna can be just as dangerous. In fact, you may be surprised to learn some of the common foods your cats should never eat. Swipe to advance 2/19 TunaCats can be addicted to tuna, whether it's packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won't hurt. But a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it won't have all the nutrients a cat needs. And, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning. Remember the saying, "Honest as a cat when the meat's out of reach." Your cat will see an open can of tuna next to the sink as a dinner invitation. Swipe to advance 3/19 Onions, Garlic, ChivesOnion in all forms -- powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated -- can break down a…

Forgetfulness and Aging: What's Normal?

Keep Calm and ... How’s That Go Again?Odds are, you won’t be as flexible at age 60 as you were at 20. Or as fast. Or strong. Time affects your body, and your brain comes right along for the ride. Connections between brain cells that make and pull up memories change as we age. And the proteins and hormones that do upkeep in our brains don’t work as well. As we get older, it’s good to know the difference between typical forgetfulness and something you probably should mention to your doctor. Swipe to advance
2/15 It’s Not All in the DetailsTypical: You forget to meet up with a friend but remember later on. You recall that wedding last year, but you’re a little hazy on who was there. You had that great phone call with Henry last week, but what does he do for work again?

Warning: You miss appointments left and right. You ask friends and family for details over and over again. You forget about events you went to recently or conversations you just had. Swipe to advance
3/15 Beware the NumbersTypica…

Inspirational Quote – May 12, 2018

Care about what other people think of you and you will always be their prisoner.”

I can certainly see the logic in this can’t you? Self-explanatory really, though I suspect we have all been guilty of this at some time in our lives and, perhaps, still are! We may subconsciously or not seek other people’s approval of what we do and, indeed who we are. Not realizing we are allowing them control over us and how we live our lives and, in fact, present ourselves to the World. Try doing what YOU want to do, the way YOU want to, how YOU want to, and you may be surprised at how liberated you feel, perhaps for the first time in a very long period. Refuse to be anyone’s prisoner ever again.

5 Questions for Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist is the founder of The Soul of Money Institute. She has talked to more than 100,000 people across the world about creating a healthy relationship with money. Here she answers the questions: What common obstacles do we all share? How can we align our values with finances? What does changing our relationship with money have to do with spirituality? What are the myths around money that keep us from feeling satisfied? How can the power of taking a stand transform lives?

The Brain-Boosting Benefits of Exercise

IT TURNS OUT REGULAR EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR YOUR MIND AS WELL AS YOUR BODY As we grow older, changes in our brains can affect how well we think. Regular physical exercise may help preserve the brain and may prevent memory loss and cognitive decline. That may be why exercisers are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. STAY SHARP Regular exercise may help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Exercise can help by increasing blood and oxygen flow in the brain. People who don’t exercise may be more likely to develop cognitive problems as they grow older. FEEL BETTER Staying active can also help beat the blues, lower anxiety, and improve your mood. Other benefits include reduced stress, better sleep, and more energy. Aim to get 2 1/2 hours of moderate exercise a week, along with engaging in muscle-strengthening activities 2 or more days a week, for the most benefit. Try something new, too! Challenge your brain by learning a new skill, such as new dance steps or…