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Our Kitten Assistant, Kiki, Celebrates Her Birthday!

Our Kitten Assistant, Kiki, celebrated her ninth birthday today.  And where did she want to visit on this special day?  She wanted to come to her favorite cattery to play with Ana’s kittens and see the new kittens that were born a week ago to Maggie and Lily.  Jim and I wanted to do something special for Kiki so we came up with the idea of having a special t-shirt made for her.  It turned out this is much easier said than done.  We visited or called every t-shirt place we could find but got lots of “no’s” so I called my friend/pet parent, Dawn, at CL Engraving in Crystal Lake, thinking she would know who to suggest.  Instead, what did she do? She designed and printed this fabulous shirt for Kiki, using a photo of one of Dawn and Daniel’s Semper Fi Siberian’s, Buster – who Kiki played a big part in socializing.


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Today’s Email was full of helpful hints.  After reading them, I decided to share them with you.  I hope you will take the time to access these great articles.


Six Steps To Fear Free Vet Visits:




Illinois is infested with fleas and even though you keep your kitten/cat inside, fleas can be brought in on our clothes. This short clip by Steve Dale gives some new information on how to prevent this problem for your pet.

Beat The Fleas:




An Article from Dr. Debra From Pet Place:

Is Running Out of Pet Food a Big Deal?

This may seem like a small problem to start, but it actually can have a bigger impact than you would think.I hear this all the time and the story usually starts with “I ran out of my cat’s food.”What happens next is my biggest concern. The pet owner runs out to the grocery store or pet store for the “emergency pet food purchase” and the store is out of their cat’s pet food brand. With limited time and limited options, the pet owner picks up a new food brand or formula.

The issue is that these types of drastic changes in your cat’s food can have a big impact.

First of all, your pet’s stomach has several bacteria that help in digestion. If you suddenly change their diet, it can impact the ability of the bacteria to digest food properly. This commonly leads to symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting – and often a trip to the veterinarian. Vomiting and diarrhea are the two most common reasons sick cats go to the vet and they are often caused by a food change! If you are preparing to change your cat’s food there is a right way to do it… and that way is gradually.

I also hear that the “emergency cat food purchase” may include buying a new food that does not meet their pet’s special dietary requirements or life stage needs, which can often lead to other problems like food allergies, additional GI distress, dry skin or even weight gain – depending on your cat’s special needs.
Interestingly enough, it is also important to mention that changing your cat’s food too quickly or too often can also turn you pet into a picky eater, which no one wants.

So to answer the question, Is Running Out Of Pet Food A Big Deal?

My answer is YES!

That’s why I think it is important to plan ahead and never run out of your cat’s food and here’s a great way to make sure this never happens – and even help you save money.

Sign-up for cat food delivery and schedule ongoing shipments with

Life’s Abundance   www.lifesabundance.com/semperfisiberians

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  1. Sara Chatterjea

     /  July 23, 2015

    Thank you Nancy & Jim for the very thoughtful gift! She LOVES it and it will be one of her favorite shirts I’m sure! She will feel so official wearing it when she comes to help in the cattery. Thank you for the gift and making her feel so special. ❤️

  2. Jane Tuchscherer

     /  July 23, 2015

    What a great assistant you seem to have found! Happy birthday KiKi!


  3. Nova LaCross

     /  July 23, 2015

    So cute!

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