Here we are, it's the end of June and (as the song almost goes) June's been bustin' out all over!
We've had some wonderful weather here in the UK over the last few weeks, and in other parts of the world I believe it's been very hot too. So one of the things we'll be looking at this month is how to keep your cats cool in the heat.
We have a couple of artist AmyLyn Bihrle's beautiful wide-eyed Meezer prints to share with you, and with the Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations and fireworks coming up, you'll find some topical tips on how to make the day as peaceful and comfortable as possible for your pets.
Along the way we'll be taking a look at the exploits of a fictional derring-do Meezer by the name of Henry; I'd like your help with a page I'm updating; and there's exciting news of a very special fundraiser in aid of Siamese Rescue groups.
Keeping your cats cool in hot weather is so very important to keep them happy and healthy.
you're in the Southern hemisphere, of course, you'll be heading into winter now
but for those of us in the North, summer is starting to bring some sweltering
Cats enjoy warm weather and are fairly heat-tolerant, but like any other warm-blooded pet can suffer from dehydration and heatstroke when temperatures soar.
With that in mind, here are ten tips for keeping your cat cool, healthy and happy in the summer months.
One of our readers (thank you, Janet!) wrote to me a couple of months ago to remind me that in addition to the perhaps better-known Skippyjon Jones
books, there's another delightful series of Siamese cat books for
children. They're great for reading aloud, or for children to read on their own.
Written by Mary Calhoun and illustrated by Erick Ingraham, they feature a curious, courageous and very adventurous Siamese cat called Henry.
I'll be adding an individual page about the books to this site soon, but thought I'd mention them here in the meantime.
The first book, Hot-Air Henry, details Henry's fur-raising exploits as he stows away in a hot-air balloon, ends up piloting it himself, and, after a number of mishaps, lives to tell the tale. In others, he skis, sails, rescues a puppy from a high ledge, and helps to reunite a little girl with her family when she gets lost at a country fair.
Some of the books are out of print now but they're worth keeping an eye out for and most of them are available, new or used, online (some of them at very silly prices!)
You'll find the full list of books below with links to Amazon where you can find more details about them all.
The Fourth of July is nearly upon us, so, to our American friends, we wish a very happy Independence Day, and joyful celebrations.
I wouldn't want to take anything away from the fun of the holiday, but all those fireworks, bright lights, flashes and bangs aren't always so enjoyable for our pets. Our topical tips, below, will help you make the celebrations as peaceful for them as they're fun and joyful for you.
Taking in and nurturing abandoned kittens, socializing and finding homes for cats in hoarding situations, re-homing cats for owners who for one reason or another can no longer keep them, pulling Siamese cats out of shelters where the risk of euthanasia is high ...
The Siamese Rescue organizations around the world, generally staffed by volunteers, do amazing work.
I've heard so many stories recently, both utterly heartbreaking and utterly heart-warming. And I'd love your help!
I'm in the process of updating my Siamese Rescue center page. If you have a Siamese Rescue anywhere near you, would you hop on over to the page and check that it's listed?
If it isn't, or you know of any other Siamese Rescues that aren't shown there, do please drop me a line through my Contact page and let me know.
I'm thrilled to tell you that the wonderful admins who took over the group after Jo's death, and now run it in her memory, came up with the idea of holding a series of very special fundraising events in aid of Siamese Rescue.
Taking place over the next two to three weeks, there's ...
Tao & Titania's Tombola Fundraiser (all sorts of gifts and goodies and open for bidding now), Fu & Roms Buck Boosting Blanket and Bed Auction (lots of pretty crocheted blankets and beds) Henri and Wilbur's Terrific Toy and Treat Auction (spiders and wands and lemurs and mousies, oh my!) all sorts of goodies generously donated by group members and some very special companies for members to bid on in the Meezer McLocks Siamese Rescue Fundraiser.
If you're on Facebook and haven't already joined the group, it's a great place to hang out and share photos and stories with fellow Meezer-lovers.
If you're already a member, make sure you take a look through all the amazing fundraising activities, and be ready to make some bids.
Which reminds me ... Bandit has told me that he really, really wants a stripy lemur, so, now that I've finished writing this, I must go and do the same!
A friend of mine who lives in New Zealand recently told me that it's freezing there right now. We always envy her, though, when they're having great weather and beach parties in December!
So if you, like me, are in the northern hemisphere, make the most of the warm, sunny weather and enjoy the summer. Winter will be here again before we know it.
That's it from us for now, we'll be back at the end of July. Meanwhile, don't forget to go and join in with the Meezer McLocks fundraising party!
Caroline and Bandit
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