October is National Pet Wellness Month and National Black Cat Awareness Month—and there's never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen my many pictures of our polydactyl cat, Hemingway who, of course, doesn't mind a cuddle or two.
Recently, the cat lovers at Meow Mix ran the Purrfect Together Survey, which asked cat parents around the country about their special bond with their four-legged friends. After reading their results I found that these finding are very accurate... especially #2! Here are some of the meow-nificent results (puns intended):
83% of cats take naps with their humans
This is surprising—and not because 83% of people love napping with kitty. The bigger question is: Who are the 17% of deprived humans who don't get to experience the joy of napping with their cats?
80% of cat parents believe they can interpret their kitty's meows
While humans and cats may purr in different languages, that doesn't stop most cat mommies and daddies from understanding what their kitty wants—whether it be some treats, cat nip, or just a snuggle partner.
72% of cat parents love to surprise their kitties with treats
Speaking of treats, nothing makes a cat happier than some spontaneous, unexpected goodies from the person who cares for them the most.
55% of cats love chicken-flavored nibbles
Exciting news: Meow Mix has just released a brand new culinary-inspired food made with real chicken or salmon (Hemingway's favorite), Bistro Recipes—a classy meal for a classy kitty! Head over Meow Mix's new Purrfect Together web portal [http://bit.ly/2dHAxuu] right meow to learn more about this dry cat food with a foodie flair.
And that's not all! You need a classy painting to go with that classy meal. On the Purrfect Together portal, you can enjoy the unique experience of converting a photo of you and your cat into a Meowsterpiece—a digital "oil" painting that helps express and immortalize your cat-love on canvas. Hemingway and I did it, and you should too! I mean how fun is that?!
Once you create your Meowsterpiece we want to see how special your human-cat bond is! Post your Meowsterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #PurrfectTogether. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Whiskeyta Club hosted the launch of our monthly GNO last week!
It was a huge success and I enjoyed meeting so many new people and putting a lot of names to faces.
Are you looking to connect to other women in the local area?
Do you and your friends promise to plan an outing but life gets in the way and you forget?
If you are looking for something fun to do here in Wichita Falls, our events are for you! Check out our events page on Facebook for our upcoming events!
Photos Courtesy of Southern Sass Weddings & Boutique.
September is PCOS Awareness Month. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects 1 out of every 10 women and most don’t even know it, I am one of those women who do. I want to share my story and help give hope to others like me.
My whole life I have had parts of my life that have plagued me, when I was younger I didn’t know any better and I thought it was all part of being a women. As I grew older a voice in the back of my head kept telling me: There is no way this is “normal”.
I never questioned it though not until after I had my first son at 22 and my normal changed into something more concerning after having consistent unbearable pelvic pain for days on end. Needless to say, I called my doctor.
I went through some hormone testing and a week later I got a phone call from the doctor who told me my hormone levels were really strange and asked me to come in for a pregnancy test to make sure I wasn’t “pregnant with twins or if it was something else”. The next day I got a call, the pregnancy test was negative. Our next step of testing was an ultrasound.
I remember lying on that table staring at the ultrasound screen asking questions as the tech refused to tell me anything. I remember waiting a week for my results and searching for answers on the internet about hormone imbalances.
Finally my doctor called me to come to his office to review the results of my most recent tests. As I sat there in the chair at his desk he opened the image and started counting out loud. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6….17, 18, 19, 20, 21… 28, and that is just on one of your ovaries.” He was counting cysts. He explained to me what PCOS was and how they aren’t really sure what causes it but they have their guesses. He also said I am very fortunate that I was able to conceive because so many who have PCOS cannot.
On the outside, you can’t see my ailment. I don’t have many of the symptoms that can be seen by just looking at a person. It is something I live with and it is something that I try to manage through my diet and lifestyle, I am not perfect at doing this but no one is perfect. I have good days and I have bad days but I am finding what works for me.
When I look at my two beautiful boys I know that they were meant to be mine and that no disease could keep them from me. I hug them a little tighter at night or when dropping them off at school knowing that there are other women like me who dream of the day they will have children of their own. Don't give up and know we are all in this together.
Last Friday, on the 2nd on September, two young girls were shot walking home from McNeil Middle School. This senseless act of violence has gripped at many hearts here in the local area, including mine. I can't help but think what if it had been a different school or if it had been my child and every time it brings tears to my eyes to know that a family is having to feel the pain of loss at the hands of someone else. That a family is having to cope with someone violently attacking their daughter.
I know there is not much that anyone can do or say to help these families mourn/heal in this time but I wanted to take the time to reach out and say we all are thinking of you, praying for you, and mourning with you. May Lauren rest in peace and may Makayla heal emotionally and physically.
If you would like to help these families please check out the graphic below!
I am originally from the mountainous state of Vermont (no that is not in Canada!) - my passion is event planning and spending time with my little family consisting of my husband, two little boys and four fur children.
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