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Life with a Cat!
If you've followed the blog over the last year, then you are probably very familiar with Jack! He came into our lives almost a year ago.
Our precious cat, Rocky, passed away at 14 years of age last June. I was devastated. At that time, we had decided that we'd just stick with our one dog, Bentley. With the kids off to college, we've been traveling a bit more. It was just easier.
I missed having a cat in the house. I've had cats all my life….since I was a little girl. I consider myself a cat person. Late September of last year, my neighbor called me to see if I was ready for another cat. One of the teachers at the local elementary school took a stray kitten home that was hanging out there. She had several other cats and really couldn't keep it. I thought and thought for several days. Finally, one afternoon I decided to contact the teacher and stop by their home for a visit.
My husband knew that as soon as I saw a 9 week old kitten, that we'd be cat owners again. He wasn't wrong of course. Just look at that face. He totally stole our hearts. He and Bentley became best buds quickly.
I brought Jack home with us, but it would be a good 10 days before we settled on just the right name for him. He needed just the right name to fit his happy, mischievous personality.
We created an official birthday of August 1st for him. So with him now a year old, it was time to transition him to an adult cat food.
Being a regular shopper at Tractor Supply Co., we headed there to get a new bird feeder, seed and pick up Jack some adult cat food and treats. If you haven't been in your local Tractor Supply Co., then you are totally missing out! Owning a tractor is not a requirement! LOL!
Tractor Supply Co. has many things to offer from home decor, clothing, baby chicks, animal supplies, garden supplies, pet supplies and more!
Tractor Supply Co. has a wonderful pet supply section!
I looked up and down the cat aisle and decided to go with Purina® Cat Chow® Complete Cat Food. Purina® Cat Chow® offers a variety of formulations for different lifestyles, needs and tastes. It's 100% complete and balanced for each stage of life.
We feed Jack around 7am and 6pm. I swear he has an internal alarm clock because he starts being vocal around those times.
Jack is quite a large cat. It's important to me that his Purina® Cat Chow® has high-quality protein to support strong muscles. Healthy carbs help deliver vital energy which as you can see he needs!
Jack is quite the character, and it has been a joy watching his personality grow and evolve. He is very independent. He'd rather approach you to give you love than you come and scoop him up. He's always in the room with you. He's quite playful and loves toys. Buying a scratching post was a GREAT thing. He learned quite early on to not claw furniture or endure the spray bottle of water. He actually lies on the floor to drink water which is kind of odd, but funny. He will actually drop his toys in the water bowl and scoop them out. I thought cats didn't like to get wet? He plays in the water bowl. So many funny quirks about him.
Don't ask me about him if I see you in public. I talk about him like he's my child. I'm a very proud cat mom! He loves playing with his toys especially those long poles with the dangling toy.
At bedtime, Jack and Bentley (our dog) get treats. I think this is their favorite time of the day…..seriously!!
I decided to go with the Purina® Friskies® Party Mix®. I like the ease and size of the storage container to keep them fresh. I was trying to decide between the Original and Beachside Cat Treats. I ended up going with the Purina®Friskies® Party Mix® Crunch Beachside Cat Treats variety because Jack actually goes with us to the beach house!
After I had Jack squared away, Ashlyn and I had fun shopping around the store. I picked up a darling, new bird feeder and seed for the backyard. Ashlyn tried her hardest to go home with a few baby chicks. For now, we will just enjoy or neighbor's chickens that wander over frequently. They are fun to watch.
Jack is mainly an inside cat, but we let him out when he asks in the backyard. He always sleeps inside at night. It is so hot and humid in the south that he hasn't had much desire to go out except early in the morning and before dark.
The nighttime ritual is quite comical. I wish you could witness it. At about 10:30, we start to get ready for bed. My hubby jumps up from the couch and heads to the back door clapping his hands. Bentley yelps and runs after in excitement. Yes, Jack follows! He has done this every night since we got him last October 1st. It is hysterical and precious at the sametime. Jack follows Bentley outside while he does his business. Jack sits on the patio waiting on him. They both then run back inside and jump on the bed sitting waiting on their treats. Yes, Jack has learned to sit like a dog. Max alternates giving each one a treat. When the last treat is given, they then proceed to play a game of chase with each other. Jack always does the chasing. They do loops around the bedroom running under the bed and around the couch. Sometimes Jack cheats and jumps on the bed and then down on top of Bentley. Sometimes I think Jack thinks he's a dog.
Purina® Friskies® Party Mix® Crunch Beachside Treats are made with real ocean whitefish as the #1 ingredient. Jack loves these and the added crunch help keep his teeth clean.
Of course, Jack would prefer that he have uninterrupted access to the entire treat jar!
Isn't the new birdfeeder beautiful! I love the vintage look and the red really stands out in the tree.
I invite you to check out your local Tractor Supply Co. You can pick up your cat's supplies giving them something to really purr about while grabbing a few necessities for your home and garden at a great value.
I'd love for you to share some of your funny cat stories with me in the comments below!