HOWL-a-What?!

fun pet blogThe Furr’d Word is now posting what are called “HOWL-oscopes.” The Bi-Peds have a very similar thing that they refer to as “horoscopes.” Apparently, horoscopes are advice and future predictions based on the birthdate of a Bi-Ped and the positions of the stars and planets. Now if that’s not Woof-Wacky, I don’t know what is, but the Critters of Sniff-It Park voted to make this part of our culture and then voted to call these predictions “HOWL-oscopes.”

The cats were a little miffed because they were shooting for the name “YOWL-oscopes” but they got trumped after us dogs ran a great campaign that involved getting all the birds and squirrels on board with our chosen name. The cats aren’t sure what we did to persuade the squirrels and birds, and we’re not talking. We’ll keep this in our bag of tricks as we vote on other stuff in the future. By the way, voting has a lot to do with my next book, but that’s a whole other story…literally. I’ll keep you posted on the chapter book release as we get closer. In the meantime, you can check out my picture book, Boss Paws and the Mystery of Bat-Cat. It can be purchased along with other cool stuff (like Boss Paws t-shirts) at http://bosspaws.com/shop/ Now, back to the HOWL-oscopes.

A HOWL-oscope is attached to a Sniff-It Park Zodiac sign which is based on a Critter’s birth date. My Zodiac sign is called “Broken Bone” since I was born between July 23rd and August 22nd. If you take a look to see which Zodiac sign this correlates with in the Bi-Ped world, you will find that I am a LEO! Are you kiddin’ me – a LEO! I am a dog for Ruff’s sake! Out of 12 Zodiac signs, mine had to correlate with a feline! Now if that’s not reason enough to dump this crazy Zodiacy-Horoscopy ritual, I don’t know what is! But hey, the Critters of Sniff-It Park voted that we should make this Bi-Ped ritual part of our critter culture, so be prepared to read all about some Mutt-Nutty HOWL-oscopes in the Furr’d Word from time to time. Uff-Wuff!

BP FWord brkn bone1 lg Since I’m here writing on the Furr’d Word blog, I might as well tell you what my HOWL-oscope is for today. Maybe you were born between July 23rd and August 22nd too. If so, listen up because that means your Sniff-It Park Zodiac sign is “Broken Bone” and things are about to get Fur-Funky for you.

 

HOWL-oscope March 26, 2015
“Broken Bone” (July 23-August 22) – Moving in the right direction is not in the cards for you today. If you wanna play it safe, make sure you resist every urge to take a right turn. Otherwise, you are tempting furry fate and things will get funky.

Well that’s a little too anxiety-provoking for me. As if I’m not neurotic enough, now I have to make sure that every time I want to take a right turn, I need to stop myself and basically turn left and make a circle in order to get to my destination (which I would have reached much more quickly had I just turned right to begin with). Uff-Wuff! Should I tempt fate, throw caution to the wind, and just take a right turn every time I have the urge? Hobo Kitty says I should. Easy for her to say, her HOWL-oscope for today is optimistic and positive. Her HOWL-oscope (which by the way she still insists is a YOWL-oscope, but whatever, the cats were out-voted)…anyway, her HOWL-oscope breaks down like this:

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November 21st: Today, you will see things more clearly than ever. Oh yes, this is the day to wag your brain about your goals and how you plan to reach them.

So I get the “ominous, don’t choose the wrong direction” HOWL-oscope and Hobo Kitty gets the “fluffy, see things brighter” HOWL-oscope. That’s great, the cat with one eye gets to see things more clearly than ever and the dog with a neurotic side gets to worry about walking in the wrong direction. Uff-Wuff!

I think I'll just sit here all day so i don't have to worry about turning in the "right" direction! Meanwhile, one-eyed kitty here gets to "see" more clearly than ever! HOWL-a-What?!

I think I’ll just sit here all day so I don’t have to worry about turning in the “right” direction! Meanwhile, one-eyed kitty here gets to “see” more clearly than ever! HOWL-a-What?!

Sometimes HOWL-oscopes are good, sometimes they are Wack, but one thing’s for sure, HOWL-oscopes keep Sniff-It Park festive! You can follow what’s up in Sniff-It Park here at http://bosspaws.com/, https://www.facebook.com/BossPawsRocks , https://twitter.com/bosspaws , or instagram.com/BossPawsRocks

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What’s the Furr’d Word?

BP-thumb-v1Boss Paws here. I’m going to be coming atya on a regular basis, sometimes a few times a week…so get your tail ready! I’m going to give you the scoop without the poop about everything that goes down in Sniff-It Park!™

As you may have guessed, I call this scoop the Furr’d Word™. The Furr’d Word is not only a blog, it’s the news feed that circulates throughout Sniff-It Park. So if something goes down, there’s no way all the Critters aren’t going to find out about it. I even bark about some of the crazy stuff that goes on with the Bi-Peds when I hang out in Bi-Ped City. Those Bi-Peds do some mutt-nutty stuff! I’m not the only one who has something to say about it.

Hobo-Kitty-thumb-v1You undoubtedly will hear from my partner in crime, Hobo Kitty. I can’t lie, she’s kinda gangsta. I can’t get away from her and there’s a whole story behind that, but apparently that’s going to come out in my chapter book. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, you can check out my picture book, t-shirts, and other cool stuff at BossPaws.com/shop

Now back to the Furr’d Word! Ok, Hobo Kitty just yowled at me and said I need to mix in some info about pet health, behavior, training, products, and pop culture. Hmmmm…what’s pop culture? I’ll have to wag my brain about that one. Anyway, fine…I’ll appease her by including some of that stuff. I don’t want to get on her bad side…even though I don’t really think she has a particularly good side. Uff-Wuff!

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Alright, so let’s start with pet behavior…in particular cats. Hey, Hobo Kitty, you said you wanted me to include this stuff, so here we go. Cats in Sniff-It Park hang out all over the place, but in Bi-Ped City, many of them chill indoors. Does this mean they never look outside or never have urges to go outside? Not a chance. And sometimes they may even let you know that they aren’t happy about what is going on outside. You know what I mean? I’m talking about spraying…and I don’t mean what you do to the car with a waterhose. Cats are known to mark their territory with urine. This can be caused by various things, but one thing that can trigger a pee party is seeing another cat or other furry critter outside the window. You might even see them do that funky cat-scratchy talk that apparently is their way of yelling at the other critters to get outta their yard.

Unfortunately, cats sometimes go further than talking and start the pee party in effort to claim their territory and let the other Critters know whose house it is. As you can imagine, the Bi-Peds are not a fan of this behavior. One way to try to end the pee party is by covering up the view outside. This can be done with what’s called “window film” which blocks the cat from seeing outside but still allows light to come in.

Cats are very complicated. Shocker huh? Therefore, there are several other reasons a cat may urinate or spray inside a house (or outside for that matter). A cat may be upset that the litterbox is not clean enough, she might be stressed about something that changed in the daily routine, she might be all furred up about moving to a new house, she might oppose furniture changes, and she might not be down with the introduction of a new pet or a baby Bi-Ped. She could even be urinating outside her box because she is sick. For example, she could have a blockage, a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, and mutt-mutt more.

A cat may spray or “mark” in order to create a familiar scent. She may also spray a Bi-Ped’s belongings in order to self-soothe by mixing scents. A confident cat might spray to display the winning of a confrontation with another cat. I’m not kidding – basically peeing because a battle was won. A not-so-confident cat might spray in order to warn another cat that she’s not happy. She may choose to spray instead of physically fighting with the other cat. In a nutshell, spraying and marking is a way of communicating. And yes, in all fairness, we dogs mark our territory too sometimes, although I don’t think we are quite as sensitive as cats. Hobo Kitty might disagree though. She tends to disagree with me quite a bit.

Anyway, it’s important to find the cause of the pee party in order to find the best way to fix the problem. There are lots of options that include visiting the vet to rule out a health condition. Although I don’t enjoy going to the vet, this is actually a good first step to take when trying to figure out what’s going on. If the vet doesn’t find a health concern, then decreasing stress may solve the problem. Oh, and FUR your information, here’s a TAIL TIP: Easing a cat into new changes can reduce the risk of marking and spraying that may result from stress. Spaying and neutering also reduces the risk of marking. It reduces the risk of getting some types of cancer as well.

OK, so you’ve ruled out a health problem, now it’s time to take action. Cleaning soiled areas thoroughly is a must in order to stop the pee party. Certain products help eliminate urine smell (i.e., Cat Odor-Off by Thornell, Nature’s Miracle, a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water can possibly help). Animal Gambill has used Cat Odor–Off as well as vinegar and water for particular situations when fostering cats in Bi-Ped City.

As mentioned earlier, restricting a cat’s view through doors and windows can help. Not seeing Critters outside can decrease anxiety and/or the desire to mark the perimeter. Pet pheromones (i.e., Feliway – which Animal Gambill has used at times as well) can help decrease anxiety and marking/spraying problems. Pheromones are funky, but cool. They are chemicals released by glands of an animal (cat, dog, etc.). Pheromones are a very important part of cat communication. They allow felines to attract mates, define territories, promote a sense of comfort, and let other cats know who and where they are. These pheromones are released from different parts of the body (i.e., forehead, cheeks, bottoms of the paw) and are present in urine. Products that contain pheromones can help decrease a cat’s urge to mark by calming and relaxing a cat naturally. Sometimes, however, a vet may prescribe medication to try to decrease marking, reduce anxiety, reduce aggression, and calm a pet.

Hobo Kitty never seems to get stressed, but she does like to show her confidence. I had no idea that cats sometimes spray in order to voice their victory after some kind of kitty argument has taken place. I hope this doesn’t become some kind of cat trend in Sniff-It Park. Uff-Wuff!

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