Extra Cat Treats Please!

These kitties are ready to go! Lately, Manna and Dexter have been getting to explore our local pet stores. Our experiences at the pet stores are giving me confidence that our big trip to the BlogPaws Conference will be a successful one. It has been a learning experience for all of us, but it is fun too.

Travel isn’t for all kitties. I would have never dreamed of trying to take the cats on a trip while Cinco was alive. Social situations gave him far too much anxiety for any trip to be worth it for him. It is important to me that my cats are physically and psychologically well in any situation I place them in. Manna and Dexter are very social cats, so travel is an idea I’m comfortable with for them.

Manna and Dexter have had some great experiences while out and about with me! People love to see them and pet them. They are showered with praise from everyone that sees them. Most people are amazed to see a cat out in public and tell me that my cats are very well behaved. For me, this is a great opportunity to educate people about how awesome cats really are! I get to show little kids that cats are friendly, good natured, and just as fun as dogs are.

My cats have been getting out and shopping with me at local pet stores! Keep reading to learn about their travels and try our interactive word search.

Dexter decided to jump out of the cart and explore the store on his own terms!

Have there been any bad experiences? Just one mildly difficult situation. While we were checking out at a pet store, I was focused on Dexter being ogled by the cashier and didn’t notice a pit bull and his owner walk up behind me. Dexter had noticed and leaned toward the dog to investigate him.

The dog barked and Dexter was terrified. Poor little kitty had no idea what just happened. All of the hair on Dexter’s back stood straight up. The dog meant no harm (he didn’t lunge at Dexter), it was just an “I’m excited to see you” bark. However, we grabbed our bags and headed out of the store right away. We will have to work on the “tolerating dogs” thing.

Dexter calmed down immediately when we got home. There haven’t been any long-term effects. He is still interested in people and going outside with me. I think that more exposure to people and other pets will help him to be more open to those encounters.

Want to Compete?

I finished the word search in 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Can you do it faster? ProProfs (the service I use for the word searches) says that they will be fixing the scoring very soon. Currently, you are receiving points per word that you find rather than by how quickly you find them. That is why everyone always gets the same score.

Instructions for the Interactive Word Search

(Click here if you can’t see the word search below)

  • Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
  • Click on the first letter of the word, drag the cursor across the word and click on the last letter of the word.
  • The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.

Does your cat shop with you?