November 27, 2012
There is a new cat in my house; it's a gift I promised my daughter when she turned sixteen. We had lost a beloved cat the previous year, and a new kitten was needed. However, I had an added objective with this pet: it was to really be her responsibility. The joke is always that mom ends up taking care of the animals, but a pet is no joke, it's a family member. So, my daughter read the book I provided on cat care, and together we made a list of all the things a new cat would need: litter box, food, collar, scratching post, food, vaccinations, bowls, top spot, toys and more. She was surprised as to how many items were needed, along with the expense. I was happy she was learning this lesson. All the supplies were purchased at the Humane Society thanks to a new owner discount. We researched and found that Target had the cheapest prices too. So far so good with the lesson. Where to put the litter box, how often to clean it, and feed the cat, grooming tips, etc, was all covered in the book, at the Humane Society and at a follow up visit with the vet. Receiving this info from someone other than mom allowed her to hear it as helpful instruction not an order. On air this delivery works by using lots of phone calls and local drops. If you're looking for any cat drops, just let me know. Meow!
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According to The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, kids ages 4–10 get less than half the amount of fiber they need. Here are a few ways to sneak it in:
Trail Mix made with dried fruit and whole-grain cereal
Whole-grain tortilla chips and dip
Smoothies made with fresh banana
Here's a list from Glamour magazine of "12 Things Every Gal Should Keep Around This Cold and Flu Season":
Elderberry extract (the new "it" herb)
Electrolyte Beverage like Gatorade and Smart Water
A friend to help
Hot Herbal Tea
A working thermometer
Pain reliever/temperature reducer
She Baby Proof
Toddlers and young children can get into so many holiday places that could harm them.
Take care to notice these potential dangers in the home and any place traveled.
Beware of those button batteries that come with so many toys. They can be swallowed causing an internal burn and pose a big choking risk.
Beware of all things with fire; candles, gas stoves and fireplaces.
Beware of candles near tablecloths.
Purses, guest suitcases; anything that could contain easily retrieved medications.
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