2016 | Lola The Rescued Cat
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017 from the White House

Lola: Hello and Happy Saturday Caturday! As 2016 comes to an end, we decided to do some reflection. We’ve never done a “look back” kind of post, so this is our first one ever. To be honest, as new bloggers, we never had much to report on. But now that we’ve been blogging for two years we have a little bit more to look back on. 



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Our Secret Paws 2016 Goodies

Hello and Happy Wednesday! This year was the first time we participated in Secret Paws, and it was so much fun! Our Secret Paws were Zoey, Ernie, and Wally of The Island Cats, and they sent us a bunch of presents! Just wait till you see what we got. 
Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours! We wish you all the happiest of holidays, full of peace and love. Thank you for being a part of our lives.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Stressed by the Vet? Try a Cat Friendly Practice®.

Did you know that the United States is one of the highest ranked cat loving countries? In 2016 Gfk conducted a global study in which more than 27,000 consumers (aged 15 and older) in 22 countries were interviewed online. Results indicated that cats reside in 39% of households in the U.S., ranking below only Russia with 57% and France with 41%.



And according to the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook  published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), in 2012, 36.1 million households owned cats at that time, with the estimated number of pet cats being 74.1 million.That’s a lot of cats! Which makes me very happy on a personal level. But, that same sourcebook also points out that only 55% of cat owners took their cats to the vet, vs. 81% of dog owners. That statistic is indicative of our beloved felines not receiving the routine medical care they require.  


cat friendly practice
Lola at the vet

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas is coming! Six Tips to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

Hello everyone. This is Lexy checking in with some very important holiday information. Christmas is a very festive time of year with a lot of decorations, the biggest one being your Christmas Tree. Christmas trees are oh so pretty, but can be oh so dangerous for kitty.  I’ve got six simple tips that will keep your cat safe, while your tree still looks festive, this Christmas. 




Opt for an artificial tree.

Did you know an artificial tree is safer for your cat than a real tree? The pine needles on a real tree are not only dangerous (they can puncture internal organs if ingested), they are toxic.  If you do opt for a real tree, make sure the stand has plenty of water to prevent it from drying out.  The water in the tree’s bowl is also unsafe for your cat, so try keeping it covered with the tree skirt to deter kitty’s temptation to taste it. 


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Lola's first Christmas at home.


Make sure the tree is secure.

You can do this by anchoring the tree to the wall with a wire and taping with base with duct tape to the floor so it’s not easily knocked over. If possible, try not to have the tree next to shelves or furniture that your cat could use as a launching pad to pounce on the tree.  


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Lexy's first Christmas at home


Skip the tinsel. 

Tinsel can gather in your cat’s intestines and cause a blockage. A better alternative? Strands of beads. Mother uses these on our tree instead of tinsel, and they’re very pretty. 


Photo Credit: @ belchonock via depositphotos


Avoid glass ornaments.

Decorate your tree with non-breakable ornaments. Glass shards can cause lacerations on the mouth, or worse yet, severe intestinal damage.  If you do use glass ornaments, place them high up on the tree out of your cat’s reach. Speaking of ornaments, hooks can also be dangerous. Alternatives are using twine or ribbon to tie them to the tree. It’s also a good idea to not have very small ornaments that can be easily ingested. 



Use caution with lights.

Electrical cords can pose a danger for cats who chew them.  Make sure the lights are secured to the branches and are not dangling to reduce temptation. Keep in mind that some larger lights can get hot and could cause a burn.  Remember to unplug lights when not in use and pet proof your extension cords with a chew safe cord cover like this or a Pecord Pawtec like this.  

@ k.kijewska via depositphotos


Be mindful of gifts and wrappings. 

Beautifully wrapped presents under the tree may add to the holiday décor and increase the Christmas spirit, but ribbons are a hazard for cats. Ribbons are exciting and we may think they are a fun toy.  But ingestion could result in emergency surgery. When leaving gifts under the tree it’s best to avoid ribbons or other decorations that could be chewed or swallowed. 

I hope these tips are helpful.  Do you have anything to add to the list? Is your cat mischievous with the Christmas tree? 
Lexy

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.  If you purchase an item with one of these links I will earn a small commission. 

Sources: 
The Catnip Times
Cat World
Cat's Protection
Petmeds.com


Friday, December 16, 2016

Lola and Lexy's Gift List for Cat Lovers

Lola: Hello and Happy Thursday! We’re back with another gift list, just in time to for a last minute gift.

Lexy: On Monday we shared a list of books we thought would make great gifts.  Today we’re sharing some very affordable items for the cat lover on your list.  So without further ado, I present you with Lola and Lexy’s Gift List for Cat Lovers. 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Winter is Coming

wordless wednesday

If temperatures didn't plummet into the low 30's, Lexy and I wouldn't be sharing the lumpy comforter.  The look on my face says it all. 
Lola

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lola and Lexy's Book List for Christmas Gifts

Lola: Hello and Happy Tuesday! With Christmas upon us, Lexy and I thought it would be a great idea to put together a little list of pawesome gifts. Hey that rhymed! 

Lexy: Very cute, Lola! Since we are book lovers here at the White House, we put together a collection of books that we enjoyed.  There were SO many that we’ve read and it was hard to just pick a few (and they are in no particular order.)  So, without further ado, I present Lola and Lexy’s Book List for Christmas Gifts. 



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Selfie Sunday - Me and my Buddy

Hello and Happy Sunday! When I looked at the calendar I couldn't believe that we haven't posted in two weeks! Oh my stars, that's not good.  *taps on the mic* Is anyone there? Do we still have friends? I hope so. 

I thought that it would be great to do a Selfie Sunday post after being away for so long.  I think I picked a really good one, too.  I was hanging out on the couch with Mommy and Will one night when the purrfect photo op happened. I meowed to Will "Hey Will! Let's take a selfie of me letting you share Mommy's my pillow with me!" I think it came out great. 



Monday, November 28, 2016

We're Having a Book Sale!

Hello and Happy Monday! Since today is Cyber Monday, we decided to have a book sale.



That's right, folks. You can get a copy of my book at 30% off list price! That's only $10.50. What a bargain! This is the purrfect time to stock up on holiday gifts for the pet lover (or rescuer) in your life. The sale ends 12/15/16. 

Please email your order to LolaTheRescuedCat@gmail.com. After we get your order, we will tell you how much to send us via pay pal.  When ordering, please tell us the following: 
1. How many books you would like.
2. Who you would like us to personalize the book to.
3. How you would like it shipped (please see the photo above.) 

The first five people to order will get a special gift included. 

If you have any questions, please let us know! 
Lola
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Selfie Sunday - Pondering

Hello and Happy Sunday! I had Lexy help me set up the camera on Friday to take this selfie.  I was pondering something - why do they call it Black Friday if it was a sun shiny day? 


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Lola

We're joining our friends over at The Cat On My Head for their Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.  Click here for more selfies and to add your own. 


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving From the White House


Lola: Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! Did I fool you with the title of this post? Lexy and I are not at the Pennsylvania Avenue White House, although that would be kinda cool! Since our last name is White, we live at the White House every day! 
Monday, November 21, 2016

Have a Safe and Stress Free Thanksgiving With Your Cats

I wrote this post for Thanksgiving last year and I decided to share it again. Lola, Lexy and I wish all of our friends who celebrate a blessed Thanksgiving full of happiness. We give thanks to all of our friends and followers who make this blog possible and we appreciate you all. 

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, it’s important to remember a few tips to keep our kitties safe during the holiday. 

Many people may not realize that our centerpieces can be hazardous to our furry children.  Lit candles can be a big danger to you cat as well as your house.  If you’re planning on lighting candles please make sure your cat is locked safely in another room.  And please don’t forget that certain flowersand plants are toxic. 



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Selfie - Deep in Thought

Hello and Happy Sunday! Today my selfie catches me deep in thought.  Kitties have lots to think about, you know. 



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We're Having a Goodreads Giveaway!

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Hello and Happy Monday! I have an exciting announcement today! We're having a giveaway for our book on Goodreads. To enter, all you have to do is click on the link below in the widget. If you haven't read our book yet, this is a great opportunity to win one. 




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lola by Dawn     White

Lola

by Dawn White

Giveaway ends November 22, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Stay tuned to our page on November 28 for a Cyber Monday sale! You can get the purrfect gift for the cat lover on your holiday list! 
Lola
Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Selfie for Sunday With Mommy

Hello and Happy Sunday! Sorry we haven't posted or visited friends, but it's been a crazy week. Mommy had to go to Long Island for a few days for work and it took her over 1 1/2 hours to get home each night! And, well, things were a little crazy for everyone this week and there was a lot of sadness and some meanness going on. But today is the start of a brand new week, with a brand new attitude, and what better way to start it than with selfies?

I decided to do my selfie with Mommy this week. OK, I should warn you... it didn't turn out the way I had expected. And she probably should have run a comb through her,too.  Sigh... but I made the best of it.  


No, No.  This is much too close! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Get Your Home Ready for Guests With ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL™ #CLUMPandSEAL

This post is sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL™ available at PetSmart®, but Lola The Rescued Cat only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Arm & Hammer and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article.


clump and seal litter|arm and hammer

Hello, everyone, this is Lexy checking in. The holiday season is upon us and I have some great tips to get your home Thanksgiving ready for your guests in a jiffy. 

  • Clear a place for your guests’ coats and bags.  You can clear a coat rack in your entrance way, or designate a bed as the place for them to drop their belongings. 
  • Put on some music. This sets the mood and helps to relax your guests. 
  • Adjust the lighting. Turn off bright overhead lights and turn on table lamps and light some candles. This makes everyone feel cozy. 
  • Pick up a bouquet of flowers. They add some festiveness to your décor, and they smell nice, too. 
  •  Clean the litter box. 

That’s right… I added the litter box to my list. Your guests won’t enjoy the succulent turkey or the delectable apple pie with funky litter box odors lingering nearby. That’s why you need to make sure you have ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™ cat litter on hand so you have an odor free home for the holidays. (No matter how many bouquets of flowers you buy, they won’t mask litter box odors.)


arm & hammer litter|clump and seal

I went to PetSmart with Mother to pick up a new box. The Lightweight type fits our lifestyle because we live in a third-floor walk-up and the box is easy for Mother to carry up the steps. 


clump and seal litter|arm and hammer

Friday, November 4, 2016

Rescue Stories: Princess - Found Dirty and Hungry in the Street and is now Treated Like Royalty

Hello and Happy Friday! I'm back with another great tail tale in our RescueStories series. Today's story is about one of our Instagram friends, Princess. We fell in love with her gorgeous photos (which have earned her over 11K followers on Instagram) and when we read that she was found on the street, well, we just had to share her story. Read on to see how this street kitty went on to be Princess of her castle.
Lola

My Mum found princess on January 6, 2016 on the street in front of a primary school, which is very close to our home. The weather was very cold that day, and it was one of the most severe winters in Ankara. The cat was playing with the students and when mum saw her, she ran over to her asking for food. We never had a cat before but mum immediately picked her up and brought her home. She was lonely, dirty, had some wounds on her nose and ears, a small cut on her right ear, lost the hair on her ears, could not even open her eyes - and she was starving.


@prenseskitty|rescue stories
Princess on her first day at home. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

1-800-PetMeds Cares™ 2016 National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Contest

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Have you heard about National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week? Let me tell you a little about it. About: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week was founded by the Humane Society of the United States to encourage people to become better acquainted with their local shelters and to learn how they can assist in the lifesaving work. It takes place each year during the first full week of November (this year, Nov. 6-12).


1-800-petmeds cares

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How to Know if You're Ready to Adopt a Cat - Guest Post

Hello and Happy Thursday! You all know how much we love to support pet adoption, but pet ownership may not be for everyone. Today we're very happy to have a guest post by Annie Anderson, founder of MeowKai, about the very important things to consider before adopting a new cat into your family. Remember; pet adoption is one of the kindest things you can do, but you need to do it responsibly. 
Lola


Being ‘owned’ by a cat is a rewarding experience and can enrich the life of you and your family. Adopting a cat is a great way to do a good deed for your community animal shelter, and they make excellent companions. Before you rush over to the pet adoption agency, though, you should consider whether or not you’re truly ready for a cat. Here are a few things you’ll need to think about: 


Lifestyle 

What sort of lifestyle do you currently enjoy? Are you away for long periods of time during the day? Do you travel frequently? Or do you work from home and have plenty of time to spend with your cat? While it’s true that cats are much more independent than dogs, they do still require love and attention throughout the day. Some breeds are more independent than others, but that doesn’t mean you can leave them for a long weekend while you go away to the cottage. You won’t be able to simply set up their automatic cat feeder and be on your way. You’ll need to make sure that someone is available to check on your cat when you’re away for a prolonged period of time. If you travel frequently you may want to reconsider adopting a cat. 

meowkai.com|are you ready to adopt a cat?


Saturday, October 29, 2016

National Cat Day 2016

Hello and Happy Saturday Caturday! Today is a great day – it’s National Cat Day!  In 2005 National Cat Day was founded by Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige to help bring attention to the number of cats that need to be rescued each year. Ever since then National Cat Day is celebrated on October 29 to celebrate cats and help them find forever homes.  Of course we couldn’t resist participating! 


National Cat Day

Friday, October 28, 2016

Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse Review - #ChewyInfluencer



Hello everyone.  This is Lexy checking in with our monthly Chewy.com review.  This month I chose something I thought would be yummy; Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse. Humans have chocolate mousse and now kitties have a mousse they can enjoy. 


solid gold purrfect pairings|solid gold pet food

We got the tuna and goat milk variety, but Chewy.com also carries chicken, chicken liver, salmon, whitefish and shrimp, all with goat milk. 
Monday, October 24, 2016

Want a Happy Cat? Have an Odor Free Home! #CLUMPandSEAL


This post is sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL™ available at PetSmart®, but Lola The Rescued Cat only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Arm & Hammer and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article.


arm & hammer clump and seal|petsmart

Hello everyone. This is Lexy checking in with some information on a great product that we here at the White House love – ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™ odor sealing litter. We are a multi-cat household that shares a one-bedroom apartment with a human, which means there are not a lot of options to hide the litter box.  It also means it’s hard to hide litter box odors. That is until ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™ odor sealing litter came to the rescue.  


arm & hammer clump and seal|petsmart

A stinky litter box sets the tone for the household.  As you can see, Lola and I were not happy when litter box odors took over the apartment, and neither was Mother. She would constantly spray air freshener, or worse yet, she’d buy perfumey litter to try to cover up the smell.  (That only resulted in flowery scented poop.) Not good. Once we discovered ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™ we were much happier cats, and Mother was a much happier person. 
Friday, October 21, 2016

Tabby's Place Visit - 10/8/16 (Part 1)

Hello and Happy Friday! Today I have a great post to share with you today! Not long ago Mommy went to visit Tabby's Place in New Jersey to visit with the kitties and check on our sponsor sister, Rose. She and our Auntie Jenna gave out lots of toys and treats and it was a great day for all! 

I present you with the Tabby's Place kitties! 

Jackie. Mommy loves Jackie, and you can read about her in a previous post here.



Mommy met Hilde for the first time. 



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Before and After



On the left is me six days after I came home.  On the right is me today.  What a difference love and good care can make in a cat's life! 
Lola


We're part of the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! .

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Selfie Sunday With a Tabby's Place Kitty

Hello and Happy Sunday! We haven't participated in Selfie Sunday in a while, but we're back - with a special guest! Not long ago Mommy went to visit Tabby's Place in NJ and when she was there she asked a very special kitty to pose for a selfie. 

Raja is a long time resident of Tabby's who Mommy fell in love with in 2011, and during her visit she asked Raja if she would like to sit for a selfie. Mommy had a copy of our book with her and Raja was excited to pose with it. 

Tabby's Place|cat selfie
I'm going to try to pose just like Lola for my selfie. 
Friday, October 14, 2016

A Visit to Koneko Cat Cafe in NYC With CWA Members

On Tuesday I told you about BlogPurr, a wonderful cat writer's event I attended here in NYC.  After the sessions were over we ended our day with a visit to Koneko Cat Cafe on the Lower East Side.  It was the purrfect end to a purrfect day, and I loved spending quality time with some of my favorite bloggers - and friends! 


Koneko Cat Cafe|BlogPurr|Merck|CWA
Cat Writers L to R: Amy Shojai, Caren Gittleman, Leah Mastilock, Julie McAlee, me, Layla Morgan Wilde, Paula Gregg
I only had my cell phone with me that day, so I apologize for the quality of the photos. I took so many and I had a hard time choosing a few for this post. 

Koneko is located at 26 Clinton Street between E. Houston (That's "House"-ton) and Stanton.  Don't blink, because you may pass it. 


Koneko Cat Cafe|BlogPurr|Merck|CWA


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wordless Wednesay - Our Re-Designed Window Blinds

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It's a good thing Lexy and I re-designed these blinds so we don't have to wait for Mommy to pull them up.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

BlogPurr Cat Writer's Event in New York City

Last month I was very lucky to be invited to a cat writer's event here in New York City, BlogPurr, sponsored by Merck

Merck Animal Health|BlogPurr

It was a very intimate gathering of ten bloggers, most of whom were friends that I was very happy to get to spend time with again. The speakers included veterinarians and a cat behavior expert, and we discussed topics such as learning the secrets behind common cat behaviors, information on the latest treatment for protecting cats from parasites, making trips to the vet easier for cats, and understanding reasons why cats receive less health care than dogs. 


Merck Animal Health|BlogPurr|cat writers
Cat Writers L to R: Paula Gregg - Sweet Purrfections; Julie McAlee - Sometimes Cats Herd You; Leah Mastilock - Rascal and Rocco; Layla Morgan Wilde - Cat Wisdom 101; and me . 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Surefeed Sealed Pet Bowl Review and Giveaway

Hello everyone. This is Lexy checking in, and have I got a great product to tell you about today.  When Mother was at BlogPaws this past June she saw the Surefeed Sealed Pet Bowl by SureFlap and liked it right away.  She thought it would be a great product for us (and she was right.) We were very excited when we were contacted by the folks at SureFlap to give this bowl a try. 

surefeed sealed pet bowl

surefeed sealed pet bowl

surefeed sealed pet bowl

Monday, October 3, 2016

Animal Assisted Psychotherapy

One day as I was browsing through Instagram I came across the profile for @julie.wilson.indigo. I was intrigued to read that Julie Wilson is a psychologist who utilizes Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP).  As a mental health professional and an animal lover I was interested to learn more about Julie’s work so I reached out to her. Julie graciously agreed to be interviewed for my blog and explain more about this wonderful approach. 


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Julie and one of her beautiful horses.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Rescue Stories: Popoki - From Shelter Cat to Queen of her Catio

Hello and Happy Friday! I'm back with another great tail tale in our Rescue Stories series. Today's story is about one of our blogging friends, Popoki, from Welcome To The Menagerie.  Popoki's mom, Jean, took Popoki home to foster her, and the rest is history. Read on to see how Jean fell in love with Popoki and how she became a member of the family. 
Lola

I'll never forget the first time I clapped eyes on Popoki. I was volunteering in my local animal shelter, as I had done every week, and I peered into a kennel to find this absolutely gorgeous cat trying desperately to hide behind her litter box. She was overwhelmed by the sights, smells and sounds of the shelter, and the staffers told me she had been too worried to eat very much. In addition, she'd picked up a bit of a cold in the shelter, so she was sneezing and her eyes looked just terrible. 


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Purely Fancy Feast Natural Treats Review - #ChewyInfluencer



Hello everyone. This is Lexy checking in with our monthly Chewy.com review. 


fancy feast|chewy.com

Monday, September 26, 2016

To Catch A Cat - Book Review and Giveaway


I love books about cat rescue.  The story becomes more alluring to me when the act of rescuing and the cats themselves makes a life turning impact on a person.  Add in the fact that the author is a former New York City girl who viewed the trek into New Jersey to visit her boyfriend less than pleasurable (I have said on more than one occasion “Oh geez, I have to go to Jersey?”) and the book is a must read for me. (Disclaimer: It has nothing to do with New Jersey… it’s the traffic on the way!) So I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to review To Catch A Cat – How Three Stray Kittens Rescued Me by Heather Green.


To Catch A Cat|Animal Rescue|Heather Green