Feline Social Director FAIL

 We at It's a Wonderpurr Life have been aware for some time that retirement isn't all fun and games. And often those who are retired yearn for the good old days when they felt Vibrant and Necessary. 

Our Dadders is feeling the pinch of being retired, and so is our beloved Herman!!! who still drags those three exclamation marks along behind his name. So, we have decided to bring back Herm's column with a fresh twist:

For today's post, Herman will time travel back to 2014 when he had just returned from his very first Blogpaws conference in Las Vegas. There he met Hauspanther Catification designer Kate Benjamin who inspired him to employ cat enhancement techniques in our home. 

Please welcome back our beloved Hermie!!!

Thanks everybuddy. It's great to be back. You know, sometimes people who live with cats think all they need for a full life is food, water, and lots of love. That's not true. Here's a prime example of...

Feline Social Director FAIL!

It is a known fact that cats will nom if they're bored. They will nom a lot. They gain unnecessary weight. Unnecessary weight leads to obesity, diabetes... and big butts.

Pawrents who work during the day think us fur-babies will starve if we don't have lunch noms. Free-feeding is not being kind to us. We are designed to gorge, then not nom again for hours, which allows us time for proper digestion, and a litter box break.

Rumor has it orange tabbies tend to overeat. If we are allowed to nom kibble all day, our digestive systems keep working and our stomachs never get the chance to completely empty like they're supposed to. In fact, our stomachs will eventually drag on the ground. Not pretty.

Outdoor cats do not enjoy long lives. Period. Sure, we miss the adventure of mole hunting and stalking birds, but if we're hit by a car, our mole/bird adventures are over anyway...forever.

A kitten's life is filled with ADVENTURE because everything in life is new. It's during our second year that boredom sets in when we realize that pitcher of water just doesn't hold the same fascination it did during our first year.

Cats are designed to get our moisture from raw and canned noms. Kibble cannot provide us with enough moisture to keep us healthy.

Pet fountains help to stimulate interest in drinking. We are attracted to running water.

If you cannot afford a fountain, Drinkwell makes small water aerators that suction cup to the bottom of the water bowl and vibrate to keep the water moving.

There is nothing so pitiful as a bored kitteh.

I know my pawrents have busy lives and can't always play wif me. But some peoples are clueless when it comes to entertaining their cats. Painfully so.

Did you know your cats hold regular meetings to discuss your shortcomings while you are asleep? It's a fact. You may quote me.

So if you are struggling to provide adequate entertainment for your furkids, you might visit Hauspanther for ideas. Clearly we are clueless at our house.

Thanks for welcoming me back. See you next time.
Love, Herman!!!

P.S. - If you need a Summer Read... click the image below.


  1. Although I long to NOT be working full-time, keeping occupied will be very interesting! Will probably score some sort of part-time job, and take up new hobbies, plus get some travel under my belt.
    Would also like to try my hand at fostering cats, when retirement hits!

  2. Mom is trying and I enjoyed this post very much.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥

  3. That was a fun one and yes, we do discuss things at night.

  4. That was a cute flashback. I wish I had gone to a Blogpaws conference. XO

  5. Herman, our mom did not realize that Las Vegas was her first Blog Paws as well as Mom Kim's. She remembers seeing you and your mom there, and she thought you looked so poised and professional that you must have been attending for at least a couple of years. Our mom was a deer in the headlights, but still knew she was among "her people" and would continue to attend. She sure misses it. We are happy to see you back on the blog, and you definitely handed out lots of good information. Hope to see you again soon. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet


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