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Resolutions Your Cat Wants You To Keep

Play More

Indoor cats need lots of opportunities to run, jump, chase, pounce and play. It is important to their mental and physical health to stay active, engaged and occupied. Resolve to play with your cat at least twice a day.

Ibrahim takes a break from his work to play with Hunter.


Provide Creative Places To Hide

Cats love to hide and they need new places in which to do so. Get creative in finding ways to set up hiding holes for your cat to enjoy.


Niko hiding from Nikki


Tina said Harley and Belle loves their Christmas present.


Brenda’s Izabella

Provide Outdoor View

Place a bird feeder outside that can be viewed from a window of your home. Place a window seat at a window.           https://www.chewy.com/kitty-cot-original-worlds-best-cat/dp/135953


Arya likes her window view. I love it too, Katie and Derek!


Sly loves to watch the squirrels and birds from his window.

Grow Grass

Feeding  grass to indoor cats can be beneficial. It is easy to grow but takes commitment to do it on a regular basis. Yes, they will probably throw up after eating it but this can be a good thing. If you are interested in this option, read the following article.



Provide the Very Best Food:  MrSilversFood.com


Bill says Laysa likes the grain free Lifes Abundance food best.

And what is the best food for your cat? Our experience has confirmed what we have recommended for many years. Life’s Abundance:  mrsilversfood.com

Please make sure your cat is given canned food: Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice. Believe me, I have heard every objection. Yes, there are times when our cats turn up their noses but if we don’t give in and put out the dry food, they will eat the wet food—sometimes we just have to stir it up again.

This is our schedule: morning—we place on flat plates one can for each cat.  Evening—we place on flat plates one can for each cat and topped with freeze dried chicken crumbles (our cat’s favorite brand is Cat-Man-Doo). Every night before we go to bed we put out some Life’s Abundance grain free dry food in one shallow bowl.

There are days when Maggie is still hungry after eating her can and finishing Sophie’s plate so if she lets me know she is still hungry, I giver her more. And some days she won’t eat much at all. I have learned not to worry. The next day she will be back to her hungry self.

What about the objection I have heard. “There is only one flavor; they need different foods so they don’t get bored.”  Cats like consistency! Our pet family has eaten the same food for over seven years.

Every night they are given a few treats—Lifes Abundance’s Gourmet Cat Treats—all of our cats absolutely love these. We did try the new L/A freeze dried turkey hearts but our cats turn their noses up at those. If you have tried the new treats, I would be interested to know which one your cat likes.

If you are new to my blog and want to try Life’s Abundance, email me and we will give you a $20 gift certificate to get you started. This is how much we believe in this company.  Read the email from one of our pet parents, Linda:

Dear Nancy and Jim,

I just wanted to drop you a note while it’s fresh in my mind about what a wonderful company “Life’s Abundance” is! I subscribe to auto ship for Nadeah’s canned and dry food (she gets mostly canned but I toss a few crunchies into the mix). I was distracted this week and forgot that a delivery was on it’s way so when I backed out of my driveway yesterday morning, there was the box sitting on my front porch. It had rained the night before so it was soaked and falling apart … and it had been invaded by some neighborhood critter. Half of the 6# dry food bag was left, some scattered across the porch and the rest I presume made a tasty midnight snack for some local raccoons!

I was mad at myself for forgetting the delivery and having to throw what was left away so I placed a replacement order for another 6# bag. I got thinking that I didn’t want to repeat the process again so I called Life’s Abundance to see if they could send delivery emails. I had a wonderful customer service representative and once she heard my story of stupidity, she graciously credited my account for the replacement bag. Wow! I wasn’t expecting that but was certainly pleasantly surprised. That is great customer service in any book! Anyway, great products and great customer service.


I’ve been working from home the last couple of days which means Nadeah gives up her usual sleeping haunts to snooze next to my laptop instead. Nothing better than to have her next to me all day long. I just love it!

It Can Happen To You Also!

If you do not read another email today, please read this one.

“Hi Nancy,

I just wanted to give you an update on Buttercup. I saw your post about Sly and wanted to let you know we had quite a little scare ourselves recently. Somehow Buttercup found Christmas ribbon that my daughter was using for crafts. I found him lethargic and hiding in the basement and he threw up a bunch of times. We brought him to the emergency vet since it was after hours. They did an X-ray and ultrasound and found his intestines enlarged and something “linear in nature”. They opened him up to find the ribbon all tangled in his intestines. They were able to remove it all except some that already made it to his large intestines, which he passed on his own a few days later. It was a rough recovery, it took him a week to start eating again and we had to take him back in for fluids and IV antibiotics.

This happened the week before Thanksgiving and I can officially say he is back to normal and his crazy kitty self! Needless to say we have our Christmas tree up with no ornaments this year…too scared of the possibility of him eating something he shouldn’t and definitely no presents with ribbon!!!

Feel free to share as a reminder to other cat parents about the dangers of Christmmas.”

Nikki B.

That makes three in our Semper Fi family whose cat had to undergo surgery to remove something they should not have eaten–Buttercup, Sly and our Roscoe. Fortunately Buttercup and Sly survived; our Roscoe did not.

We three families all love our cats and take exceptionally good care of them. But it still happened to us. And it can happen to you also.

Please watch closely when you are wrapping and unwrapping presents. Where are your cats? Have you safely thrown away all ribbons and other items they could swallow? We want you to have a happy holiday celebration, not one spent at the emergency vet where you could have to spend thousands of dollars. That is not a typographical error, I do mean thousands not hundreds.

Let’s safely celebrate this holiday season with our beloved Siberians like the ones pictured here:


“I’ve been loving the holiday themed blog posts-definitely some great food for thought!

Wanted to check in and let you know how well Sonya is doing. She becomes sweeter and funnier every day somehow-always devising a new way to make me laugh!

I recently added a tiny fake Christmas tree to my apartment, covered in only cat-safe (mostly plush) ornaments. Sonya loves to stare at it…and occasionally pull an ornament off!

Hope you and Jim are enjoying the holidays. All the best from Sonya and I!”



Ana, Kat and Cora happily celebrating Christmas with Andrea and family.


Boris and Natasha with Santa

“I just wanted to send an update. Both cats are doing great. As you can see they got to take their pic with Santa at their vets office. Though they do not seem thrilled in the picture they warmed up to him quickly. They were the only cats of the day to take a pic with Santa.  Not much phases them. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.” Deanne



Gunner underneath Kelly’s Christmas tree


A photo of Keisel From Stephanie K. “Packing bags of presents to head up north and this guy does this! “I go in bag too?”


Maggie, Sophie, Jim and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and if you celebrate a different holiday, we wish you joy and peace!

More Gift Suggestions and a Warning

After the positing of my last blog, Kathy texted me and wanted to caution everyone to protect our cats and kittens from Christmas decorations and  toys.  She wrote, “Please remind cat owners that toys can be eaten and thus mess up the digestive system causing surgery to be performed. This was so frightening so we would not want anyone else to go through this. Sly chewed through the Pet Stages plastic teething toy for cats along with the material and straw which caused him to have surgery.”




Kathy, we all appreciate you bringing this to our attention.  Especially for those pet parents who have young kittens teething, make sure toys are only given when you are in the room with them. I caution all pet parents before you leave the house, check for toys that can be chewed and swallowed.  Bring the toys out when you can provide supervision.

Thanks to the great care of Kathy, her family and their vet Sly is well and living the good life!




Another Warning:  If you have a real tree, make sure your pets cannot drink the water the tree is sitting in.


More great gift suggestions from our pet parents:

Lynn says this one is a big hit:

Petstages Green Magic Boomerang Buddy Cat Toy with Powerful Catnip Scent - 1 Toy

“It’s a soft toy stuffed with something, possibly cat nip. Pet Stages calls it a boomerang but it looks more like a banana to me :-). Petya loves to pick it up, toss it and then chase it. Amazon, Chewy, and Pet Supplies all have it.”


Thanks, Jane for sending a photo of Sabina’s and Garsha’s favorite toy:

“Both of my cats love this. They play from the outside, from the inside, alone, together, or with us. When they get tired of it we put it away for awhile. It’s been popular for more than a year now. Very safe, simple, sturdy, and Garsha can’t eat it.”




Also available on Amazon.


Chuck says a few  times a year Target has cat scratcher house kits. “I bought Rasputin the Haunted House one around Halloween and he loves it. The winter version is going under the tree as a gift. He barely fits, but he can curl up and get completely inside. The new one looks like a log cabin with snow on it.”



Raz helping to trim the tree.


Liz says Oscar really likes the Ripple Rug (available on Amazon). Also, ping pong balls are a favorite.

The Ripple Rug - Made in USA - Cat Activity Play Mat - Fun Interactive Play - Training - Scratching - Thermal Bed Mat


More great photos of our Semper Fi Siberians:

6C1B6C59-70FB-4753-9B39-149F61729282Liz (Elizaveta) loved by Sandy.




Bethany says Jax adores Dana. Looks like the feeling is mutual!


858BA6C3-08D6-4232-A164-497C53AAB27DAmy says Lincoln loves when dad has hockey.🏒🏒


LanaThank you, Julie, for sending this beautiful photo of Lana.


MayaDi sent this exquisite photo of Maya.


Lily 2017 Christmas in her new home

Lily in her new home with Ann.



Sue wrote “Your email about continuing your blog prompted me to take a few more photos of Lulu for you. She’s 14 pounds now! She’s super sweet and playful, and we are still very much in love!

Enjoy an Adventure with Simon:


Christmas Gifts for our Precious Siberians

Thank you to those pet parents who responded to my request for gift suggestions for our Siberians.

Russell and Cleo

Russell and Cleo

Amber sent her Siberians favorite toys:


The pretzel chew toy made by PetStages. They both seem to like most everything made by PetStages, but that’s one Russell especially likes.

Straw Flingers by Boots and Barkley. A much more durable alternative to drinking straws.


Foam soccer balls made by PetFavorites. These are great because they’re both soft and bouncy.

Colorful springs made by spot. You sent one of these home with Cleo when I picked her up and they are still a hit.

I use Pet Fit For Life wands and accessories. Their interest comes and goes on different attachments, but they love these colorful worms. They have kept them entertained for the longest time now.




Linda said Nadeah’s new favorite toy is Petlinks HyperNip Wild Wooly Long Tail Mouse toy for cats. Nadeah loves this toy!




Kathy says Sly loves to retrieve wool balls when we throw them on the couch or after they bounce down the stairs. He also likes to play hide and seek with the parachute tunnels. Sly has a great time with spin the ball. He plays with the springs, too. And, of course, every Siberian’s favorite toy, the paper bag!

Nikki said Samara’s feather bird toys like DaBird are in the furniture behind her. She looks at you and meows when she wants to play with them. Madisyn caught the pic with her mouth open. :

And here are some of my suggestions:

From Life’s Abundance for $21.95 (There is also one for dogs.)

Holiday Cat Gift Basket

  • Irresistible freeze-dried & gourmet treats
  • Delicious treats & health-promoting supplement
  • Super fun and whimsical toys
  • $50.00 Retail Value!



Ethical Pet Wide Durable Heavy Gauge Plastic Colorful Springs Cat Toy

Springs are still our cats’ favorite toys.  They are available on Amazon, but are less expensive on Chewy.com. We buy our litter from them so it is easy to get to their $49 for free shipping.

Enjoy more photos of our Christmas Siberians:


Korrel says Jezzy likes to help her wrap presents!



Keisel, beloved Siberian of Stephanie and Brian


Stephanie took a photo of Keisel with her new camera. Great job!


Debbie S. says this seems to be Talya’s favorite place to sleep right now.


Deb D. has some great Siberian Christmas photos:


Deb said Pashka gently jumped down to the floor…not over the rail. She was just curious.





Jackie Update

As you know, we absolutely love when we receive photos from our pet parents.  The following email and photos were received from Becky and Andrew.  Our beautiful mama, Zhaklin (Jackie), now lives with them in Michigan.

Hi Jim and Nancy,

Attached are some pictures of Jackie we thought you’d enjoy.

As you can tell from the pictures, she’s made herself at home and is very comfortable hanging around the house. She loves to “help” by lying on the clean laundry. She loves to play and often drags toys all the way up the stairs in the evening when she wants you to play with her. Two of her favorite spots to sit and watch ‘Jackie TV’ are by the window looking onto our back deck (lots of bird activity) and on the couch looking out the front window (especially the chipmunk coming & going all of the time).

One day Renee was cleaning out her room & brought a doll bed down to the middle of the living room. She was curious what Jackie would think. It didn’t take her long to find it and test it out.

Jackie is such a sweet cat & we love having her as part of our family!!  Thank you for trusting us to be her pet family!

Take care, Becky


I am getting ready to write my blog post with suggestions for Christmas presents for our Siberians.  What is your Siberian’s favorite toy or activity? Let me know and I will include it as a gift suggestion for everyone in our Semper Fi family.

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