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Jul 122011
 

I little while back I got a few Catty Stacks to test out on my cats. I have to tell you I really liked them and the smaller cats did too, especially the two little foster kitties we had from One by One Cat Rescue.

The two fosters would run through the house and leap onto the Catty Stacks and start a game of tag, one on top and one inside the fort. They would hop from box to box thwokking each other through the openings

What I liked about the Catty Stacks is the fact that you can build and rebuild them in any configuration that you want, kind of like giant kitty LEGO bricks. If you get your cat some Catty Stacks you’ll want to start out with at least 3, but don’t worry when you realize how much they love them you can add to the construction at any time. That is another great feature of these boxes unlike other cat furniture.

Boris always loves to get in a box and will squeeze in any box no matter the size. So I had hoped he would like these as well, but it turns out he is just too big. He does like being on top checking out everything around him. So I think I wil rebuild these under a window so he has a nice bird watching perch.

Besides giving Boris a new window perch building the Catty Stacks up is a great way to give the other cats a weigh to be up high and not have them on top of the furniture or refrigerator!

Catty Stacks are available at CatToys.com, [amazon_link id=”B005CI8M3W” target=”_blank” ]Amazon.com[/amazon_link] and other fine pet stores. They come in five great colors to match any decor; [amazon_link id=”B005CICXTQ” target=”_blank” ]baby blue[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B005CIEROU” target=”_blank” ]pink[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B005CIBJ8C” target=”_blank” ]white[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B005CI8M3W” target=”_blank” ]light green[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”B005CIAAR8″ target=”_blank” ]brown[/amazon_link].

Disclosure: these boxes were sent to me by the manufacturer, but this has in no way affected my comments in any way shape or form. The above review is mine and mine alone.

Jul 022011
 

Get A Kit,    Make A Plan, Be Prepared. emergency.cdc.gov

I love that the CDC invokes popular culture to get the word out about being prepared for ANY potential problem even a Zombie Apocalypse. This is especially prevalent when you think back on all the recent tornado damage and upcoming hurricane seasons. It is not just the zombies….Nature is out to get us.

But don’t forget the pets! ASPCA Disaster Preparedness

The following comes from the CDC blog post Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

A Brief History of Zombies
We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite is Resident EvilExternal Web Site Icon.), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.

In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schlozman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living DeadExternal Web Site Icon. and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival GuideExternal Web Site Icon. identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASAExternal Web Site Icon. VenusExternal Web Site Icon. probe (as in Night of the Living DeadExternal Web Site Icon.), as well as mutations of existing conditions such as prionsExternal Web Site Icon., mad-cow diseaseExternal Web Site Icon., measlesExternal Web Site Icon. and rabiesExternal Web Site Icon..

The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”

Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!

Disaster or Blackout Emergency Supplies

Better Safe than Sorry

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.

Picture of Family by mailboxFamily members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and farther away

  1. Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.
  2. Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
  3. Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
  4. Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.

Never Fear – CDC is Ready

Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be PreparedGet a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Prepared

If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).

To learn more about what CDC does to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit:
http://emergency.cdc.gov/cdc/orgs_progs.asp

To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency visit:
http://emergency.cdc.gov/

Jul 012011
 

I was at the Reading Public Library today returning audiobooks which were due a week ago! Can’t believe I had to get sick again just when my library books were due. That will teach me for even going to the library. LOL

Anywho…since I knew they were late I decided to wait til the girl checked them in and just pay the fine right away. Instead of having 5 cents on my account for a year like I did when I checked these audiobooks out. Audiobooks are great for my long drive to work, but I digress.  As I stood there waiting I watched the guy next to her cleaning DVD cases. I could not figure out why he was cleaning them until he picked another one up and a bed bug crawled out of the case.

No wonder the schools in Reading are getting infested. I would bet that the kids are bring them in with their school bags. It appears the library is going to be taken over too thanks to the patrons. Yuck.

I shant be taking any DVDs out of the library that you very much. Besides I have Netflix without the bed bugs.

I did take out two books, but I hesitated when it came time to take the into the house.