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16 Helpful & Fun iPhone Apps for Moms

If there’s one person that needs some extra help in this world, it’s mothers. They run around everyday with their heads cut off trying to keep everything going smoothly. I can’t hire them an assistant, but I’ve found a few apps that can make your life easier. There are many more great iPhone apps, but after recent news that Apple tracks your activity, I thought it would be best to find apps that didn’t require a lot of personal information (such as banking figures, medical information, etc). There are apps that can do amazing things with this info, but I would not use them due to Apple’s policies and therefore can’t recommend them. There are still many iPhone apps for moms that are instrumental in making life easier.

Intuition

This is called the mother’s personal assistant and for good reason. In it, you can make any sort of list you like (grocery list, to-d0 list, wish list, notes), manage your calendar, create reminders, find grocery coupons based on your location and share all this info through email, facebook or twitter. You can also break everything down into as many categories and also view everything on a map. There’s not much that can limit what you can do with this app making it a true personal assistant.

Mom Maps

Have you ever wanted to go out with your kids to just have some fun but can’t get past trying to find something to do? A lot of activities on search engines aren’t necessarily for kids or families, so this app was created! It’s an interactive location-based map which has stuff just for kids and families. It includes parks, playgrounds, family-friendly restaurants, museums and indoor play areas to search from. You can also read reviews from other users to help make up your mind. All around good app for the family.

Red Laser

This cool little app is sweet and simple. Just scan a barcode using your camera and you can see what that item costs on major sites all across the internet. So, no more overspending on a toy at Target only to find an ad online for $10 less. Don’t worry about tantrums either. Instead of saying “it’s expensive here, we’ll get it cheaper somewhere else”. You can now say “it’s too expensive here, but I know where we can get it cheaper”. Plus, now your child will be on better behavior for the week spent waiting for the toy to arrive :-)

Silent Bodyguard

You hope that you will never have to use this, but if you do, it will come in handy. With the push of a button, you alert your emergency contacts through text message that you are having an emergency along with your location. Your assailant will never know that you have alerted anyone and help will soon be on the way.

Fastmall

This is truly helpful to all moms who want to get in and out of the mall or just to keep a time limit. It guides you turn by turn through the mall to find stores, bathrooms and even your parking spot. You can also find the stores to go to based on what you’re looking for and find deals going on at each store. It’s quite the handy dandy tool for someone that doesn’t want to get sidetracked.

Sit Or Squat

I’ve known about this app for a few years and I think it is indispensable for moms. Based on your location, this app uses GPS to find the bathrooms nearest to you that are available to the public. No more wondering where the bathroom when the your kid needs to use the bathroom, because when a kids needs to go, a kids needs to go now!

Baby Phone

This app turns your phone into a baby monitor any time you need. Place the phone by the baby and when the baby makes a noise, your phone will call the phone number that you have set up the app to call. So, when your baby wakes up, the phone you designated will ring and you will avoid the cost of a baby monitor, or simply be able to use it on the go.

Food Additives

For moms that are worried about what ingredients are going into your food, use this app. Just look up the ingredient you’re wondering about and you will find all health info you need including function, origin and risks. It’s also great for people who have allergies and need to know to the risks of ingredients.

Weet Woo!

Most kids love Youtube, but sadly there are a lot of videos on there that are not good and kids need to be protected. With this app, your kids can surf Youtube with a safe filter, so they won’t run into indecent content. They can have fun and you can be sure they’re not seeing anything they shouldn’t be.

Your Breastfeeding Friendly Locator

One of the biggest pains about having a newborn is nursing while in public. Some people treat mothers very rudely and some are just down right intolerant. So, this app was created to help moms find places where they can breast feed based on their location. There is no more need to try to find a corner where you will be alone or a bathroom stall to huddle into. You can now find places that are friendly with kids, breastfeeding and everything that entails being a new mother.

Siri

I love this app and I’m not a mom. It’s an app that acts as your assistant. Voice activated, it can answer almost all of your needs, such as “what is the status of American flight 452?” or “book a table at the best sushi place around here” or “get me a taxi”. Just say it and Siri does it. I love it and it makes me a more helpless.

Fruit Ninja

This is a favorite of my nephews. They can stay busy for quite some time with it. It’s simply just chopping fruit that pops up in the air. Maybe it’s the graphics, but kids love it! It’s an easy and fun way to keep them busy.

Voice Plus

This is another favorite of my nephews. It’s fun for kids and parents can play too. You make a voice recording and then you can change the voice in over 20 ways and replay it to make your kids laugh. They have deep voices, high voices, guitar voices, slow voices and so many more all guaranteed to make your kid have some silly fun.

Crazy Mouth

This is another app for kids. It’s a bunch of different mouths that do different things. There’s whistling one, a growling one, a baby crying and a few more. You just choose one and hold the phone to your mouth. It makes kids laugh and they’ll want to do it themselves too. It’s just some more silly fun.

Shopkick

This app makes shopping more fun. You earn points for checking in at stores by just tapping on the stores that show up around you. These points earn you prizes such as gift certificates to Best Buy, American Eagle, Restaurant.com, itunes and many more places. You can also makes donations to charity and get Facebook points. You earn something from shopping and you have to love that.

Read Me Stories

This is an interactive book app for kids to help them learn to read in a fun way. Pages do things, so it’s somewhat like a mixture between a book and a movie, which is sure to be new to your kids. They’ll enjoy it while they learn and you can help them along as well.

Phones are more than just phones these days and you should use them to their fullest to get your money’s worth and to make your life as easy as possible. Hopefully these will do just that. If you have any other cool apps, let us know below!


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claire - May 6, 2011 - 9:19 pm

yes it is very cool! i’m glad that we included one of your favorites

Stef Robins - May 6, 2011 - 9:12 am

Thank you for sharing this with us! I’m a fan of family-friendly apps that help my kids, and me as well. By the way, if it’s alright, I’d like to recommend one of my current favorite apps, Intuition up there in number 1. Tagged as mom’s personal assistant, it’s a task management app that has many features designed to help us moms. It’s really easy to use and it looks cute, too. Plus, it’s free! You can check it out on

Handmade Wednesdays: Mothers Day Card

With May being National Scrapbook Month, Michaels -the arts and crafts store- is having all sorts of fun events which I would love, love, love to attend.  But in addition they have a few scrapbook craft instructions that I skimmed through to see what pretty little things I could make and you’ll never guess what I found!  Well, I’m sure you did guess it since it’s in the title. It’s a Mothers Day card which really could be used for anything, but seeing as how Mothers Day is vast approaching it’s a great way to give your mother a homemade card.

Start by create the card base.  You can make any size you want but I took a 6 x 8 1/2 inch cardstock in my color choice and folded it on the side. You can rough up the edges if you want by tinting it with ink or even by rubbing sand paper around it to give it a worn look.

Then start at the top! Put “Mother” in the top right corner of the card.  Michael’s used a stamp, however I do not have stamps in my possession. I really should get on that… So, instead I pulled out some typewriter style letter boxes out of my vast array of scrapbook letters.

Next, cut a thin strip from pattern paper (I chose floral) and trim one long edge to form uneven scallops. Cut five small triangles from patterned paper. I chose lined paper and desperately wanted to make it look worn.  In hindsite I would have dunked it in coffee stained water to brown it instead of using the only black ink pad I have to blotch it up.  They almost look Tim Burton-esc: not what I’m going for…..

Glue the strip and the triangles below “Mother.” Add a piece of twine or string between the strip and the triangles to make the triangles look like a hanging banner.

For this part I cut two 1 x 12 inch strips from a green pattern paper (Michaels recommends a 2×12 in. but I couldn’t seem to make it fit). Fold both strips in an accordion style. Glue the ends of the strips together to form a circle. TIP: make your accordion folds very small or you will end up with a very thick card….. like me.

Now the best way to get your accordion paper to stay is to create a base. So, cut a circle from scrap cardstock and glue to the back.  This way the pretty part will stay in place and it will be easier to attach to the card itself.

In Michael’s card, they punched a scallop circle from cardstock but I did not have a scalloped punch, so I just made mine a circle.  This is where you can be creative and really make the card your own. Again, they stamped a frame image with red ink and a sentiment in the center of the frame with jet black ink, but with my lack of stamps I just wrote their phrase in the center and cut one of the flowers from another floral print out to give it some more pizzazz. Glue the circle on top of the accordion circle.

To complete the ribbon, I cut two strips from the floral paper and trim one end of each in a V shape. Glue the strips and the accordion circle to the card.

And lastly, place sentiments on pattern paper. Again, I used the inked lined paper, but you could easily use any random paper you think works.  Also, Michael’s stamped the words and I wrote.  Because I was doing this during such a busy day yesterday, I didn’t have the time to scrounge my storage for the old 1940’s typewriter I have.  Typing would have looked vintage and tied in with the “Mother” at the top.  Oh well. Next time!  Then, cut the sentiments into small rectangles.


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Tuesday Giveaway: $25 Fandango Giftcard!

Hello! We haven’t done a giveaway in awhile, and I thought as summer is just around the corner and the big movies are starting to come out that now was a perfect time! Enjoy a movie or two on us with this Fandango giftcard and be sure to keep coming back for articles and more giveaways!

 

To enter, leave us a comment telling us what movie you want to see most this weekend. Then, go like our page on Facebook.

 

To gain additional entries, do any of the following:

1.) Follow us on Twitter.

2.) Tweet about the giveaway mentioning @inspiringpretty.

 

Please only leave one comment telling us everything you did to enter. Entries are open until 11:59 PM PST May, 16, 2011.  We will be picking a winner at random on May 17 and will announce it then! Good luck to everyone. We hope you enjoy your summer!!


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Veronica Garrett - May 16, 2011 - 11:18 pm

I want to see Rio. I liked you on Facebook.

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I would like to see Bridesmaids this weekend and I liked your page on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

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I want to see Hangover Part 2.

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I want to see “Something Borrowed”

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We’ll go see Bridesmaids.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Something Borrowed
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I really want to see Thor!

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Serife Norfleat - May 16, 2011 - 2:33 pm

I most want to see Bridesmaids! I also liked you on Facebook under Serife Norfleat.

Melanie D - May 16, 2011 - 2:14 pm

I like you on FB and I wanna see Something Borrowed

Jennifer Apell - May 16, 2011 - 12:07 pm

Pirate of the Caribbean (liked on FB.
Followed on Twitter.

Carol F - May 16, 2011 - 9:58 am

I would like to see Water for Elephants
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Angie Boss - May 16, 2011 - 9:45 am

Water for Elephants looks fun!
I followed you on FB and twitter!

Happi Shopr - May 16, 2011 - 9:03 am

I’d like to see Thor and like you on FB – happi shopr.

barbara wright - May 16, 2011 - 6:01 am

Sorry! NOW that I get to the last extra entry, you tell me that you wanted it all in one comment, but it’s too late :-(

I tweeted
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barbara wright - May 16, 2011 - 5:59 am

I follow you on twitter – bsw529

Oops – and I was so excited about May 20th that I forgot to say I like you on facebook – barbara wright

barbara wright - May 16, 2011 - 5:58 am

I don’t even have to think – we’ve been counting down the days for Pirates of the Caribbean for MONTHS now!

ashley - May 16, 2011 - 12:33 am

like you on facebook & looking forward to going to see hesher next weekend.

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follow you on twitter @amied027.

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I most want to see Bridesmaids. Liked you on FB under Rene Denning.

Kiara - May 15, 2011 - 9:41 pm

I want to see Jumping The Broom. I like you on Facebook.
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Angela Winesburg - May 15, 2011 - 9:30 pm

I would love to see Hesher this weekend, liked on FB (AngelaWinesburg) Thanks

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Really want to see ‘There Be Dragons’. Like you on FB.

Marcia Goss - May 15, 2011 - 7:35 pm
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I follow on Twitter @mgoss123.

Marcia Goss - May 15, 2011 - 7:32 pm

I’d like to see Water for Elephants. I like you on Facebook.
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Debra F - May 15, 2011 - 6:04 pm
Debra F - May 15, 2011 - 6:03 pm

I like you on Facebook and I really want to see Thor.
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Allison Nagel - May 15, 2011 - 10:26 am

I would most like to see Something Borrowed

Stephen Brown - May 15, 2011 - 9:43 am

I want to see Thor.

Brittney - May 15, 2011 - 7:12 am

fb fan (brittney p)
Well it’s not on yet, but I can’t wait to go see the new Transformers!
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lauren chan - May 14, 2011 - 11:44 pm

I want to see Thor. I liked you on fb!
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Sarah L - May 14, 2011 - 10:56 pm

FB like you: Slehan
I want to see Bridesmaids
Twitter follow you: slehan
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Thanks for the contest.

Carolsue - May 14, 2011 - 1:26 am

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Carolsue - May 14, 2011 - 1:26 am

I want to see Water for Elephants
I like you on Facebook:
Name: Carol Anderson
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Erica C. - May 12, 2011 - 5:39 pm

We want to see Rio. I like you on fb :)

Jill McCabe - May 11, 2011 - 9:52 pm

I would like to see Water for elephants or Something borrowed! If my husband had his way we would go see Thor! :)

Charity S - May 11, 2011 - 5:42 pm
Charity S - May 11, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Follow on twitter

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Charity S - May 11, 2011 - 5:39 pm

I really want to see Priest. I liked your Facebook page.

charity s

shel - May 11, 2011 - 9:36 am

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and I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/auntiethesis/status/68353553051295745

shel - May 11, 2011 - 9:33 am

Huge horror movie fan here so I’m dying to see “Insidious”

I like you on Facebook: Michelle Hudak

Small Footprints - May 10, 2011 - 3:26 pm

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Ellie W - May 10, 2011 - 12:02 pm
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Ellie W - May 10, 2011 - 12:01 pm

I like you on FB (Ellie W) and I’d like to see Fast 5 this weekend.
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Janna Johnson - May 9, 2011 - 7:32 pm

liked you on fb and i want to see the new Madea movie
Thanks for the entry!
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michelle robbins - May 9, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Thor – I liked you on FB.

Ashley Kennedy - May 9, 2011 - 8:50 am

I’ve been wanting to see Thor! Liked you on facebook!

Monique Rizzo - May 8, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Water for Elephants.
Thanks for the chance.
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angie - May 8, 2011 - 6:34 pm

I want to see Thor.

Throuthehaze - May 8, 2011 - 4:08 pm

I want to see Something Borrowed
Like you on Facebook-Rae Pavey

follow on twitter @throuthehaze

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Dee - May 8, 2011 - 1:29 pm

ahh sorry! I should have left one comment but then decided to do all the extras!

mamotts - May 7, 2011 - 7:52 pm

thor

tracy davis - May 7, 2011 - 8:23 am

I’d like to see Rio

Saron Harmon - May 7, 2011 - 8:02 am

I want to see “Hop”! The bunny is irresistably cute! ;)

Tracie Trump - May 7, 2011 - 6:26 am

LIke on FB and follow you on twitter@tmt121172 and would LOVE to see Something Borrowed! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Dee - May 7, 2011 - 5:25 am

New twitter follower @twoofakind

Dee - May 7, 2011 - 5:24 am

I want to take my kids to see Rio! :) I’m a new fan on facebook – Dee Twofakind

Jeff - May 7, 2011 - 3:27 am
Jeff - May 7, 2011 - 3:26 am

Following on twitter.
mrcheapo

Jeff - May 7, 2011 - 3:25 am

Liked your FB page!
mrcheapo

I would like to see THOR this weekend.

Andrew Gordon - May 6, 2011 - 6:54 am

I want to see Rio

Cynthia C - May 6, 2011 - 5:33 am
Cynthia C - May 6, 2011 - 5:32 am

Following on twitter (clc408)

Cynthia C - May 6, 2011 - 5:30 am

Like you on fb (Cynthia Conley)
I’m looking forward to seeing Something Borrowed

Anne - May 6, 2011 - 5:22 am

I want to see Thor! I think that opens this weekend, but maybe it is next weekend.

Susan Ladd - May 5, 2011 - 6:07 pm

love to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan varney - May 5, 2011 - 1:50 pm

rio would be my choice mverno@roadrunner.com i like on facebook susan v mverno@roadrunner.com

Dee - May 4, 2011 - 8:02 pm
Dee - May 4, 2011 - 8:01 pm

I follow you on twitter @deegee13

Dee - May 4, 2011 - 8:01 pm

I like you on fb as Dee G and would love to see Water for Elephants! :)

Tabathia B - May 3, 2011 - 9:39 pm

like on fb (michelle barrett)
would like to go see thor
twitter follower @chelleb36
tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/65636609776820224
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Mami2jcn - May 3, 2011 - 3:05 pm

I’m sorry I forgot to state that I like you on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

tweet-http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/65537439338479616

Mami2jcn - May 3, 2011 - 3:04 pm

I’d like to see Rio with my sons this weekend.

Small Footprints - May 3, 2011 - 12:29 pm

I RTd your tweet about this giveaway (I’m @smallftprints)
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Small Footprints - May 3, 2011 - 12:26 pm

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Small Footprints - May 3, 2011 - 12:25 pm

I’d like to see either “Source Code” or “Water for Elephants”. I’m a facebook fan (I’m Sml Footprints). Thanks for this opportunity!
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Fabulous Etsy Finds: Lilies

Springtime is a celebration of flowers. And now that Spring is in full swing there are flowers abounding everywhere we look. There are daisies, daffodils and, one of my favorites, lilies. Lilies come in so many diverse varieties, but they all have an unique beauty that makes you stop and stare. This week I was excited to see what kind of lovely lily treasures could be found on Etsy. Here are a few Etsy finds that made me do a double take.

$26.50

This white gold necklace is adorned with a calla lily pendant.  It is so simple, yet so elegant and unique.  It could be just the thing to perk up a ho-hum outfit.

$42

I love this modern yarn wreath!  I tend to lean towards live wreaths.  The fake flower ones always feel so cheesy.  That is until now.  This wreath adds a touch of sophistication and style.  And it can adorn your door or wall year round.

$22

This throw pillow is so pretty and chic.  It brings a grown-up flowery feel and because it is so neutral it can blend with almost any decor.

$14.59

For the most part, I have a mature style.  I like a clean, sophisticated look.  But there are times that I fall for something that is just unadulteratedly girly and dainty.  Such is the case with these darling little earrings.  One could not help but feel pretty from the moment they grace your lobes.

$6

Here is an eclectic take on plant markers.   This seller added original artwork and writing to vintage spoons so that there will be no doubt what is springing up in your garden.  I have highlighted the lily marker, but there are several other flowers to choose from as well.

$9

This ring will be quite the conversation starter.  It is so original and eye-catching, every person you see will want to know where you got it.  I just love pieces like this.  The ones that I have are never very expensive, but they are priceless to me.

$12

Who ever thought that white could make such a statement?   This hair clip is so exotic yet so understated.  I love this for dressing up a simple bun or braid.  It exudes effortless sense of fashion.

$4.25

The first word that comes to mind when I see this coin purse is ‘zen’.   It just looks so relaxing and spa-like.  And if there is ever a time when you need a little extra zen these days, it is when you are forking over your hard earned cash for life’s necessities.


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How to Let Out the Wild Side of Your Indoor Cat

I happen to always be around a rambunctious 1 year-old beast. She is so wild that she gallops like a horse everywhere she goes and walks up and bites ankles and wrists for fun. Like normal cats, she kills flies, scales anything she can get claws into and stalks anything that moves. The problem is that she is an indoor cat that lives in an apartment, where her playroom is confined and her damages have to be limited. How can you let out your cat’s wild side that wants to hide in tall grass and chase birds, while still keeping your house intact? There are a few simple things you can do and buy to help your cat love their home.

What cats crave the most is the wild of the outdoors. This could be as simple as letting them in the backyard, but if that’s not possible, you must bring the nature to them. Even the most comfortable house cat needs to go outside. To help your cat, keep plenty of plants where they can reach them. The more the better. They will add some life to your house, make it prettier and smell better on top of giving your cat a taste of nature. Choose leafy plants that give off a good scent. That way cats can gnaw on the many leaves and easily hide behind them. The smell will also peak the cat’s curiosity every time they go near it just as it would outdoors. If you have space, put a few large pots together to create some great hiding spots, because cats can never have too many.

There are a plethora of cat toys out there, but cats are the epitome of finicky. The best toys are those that mimic real prey. Feathers are always a clear winner as they bring out the bird hunter in felines. As house cats are the most efficient hunters on the planet, a nice canary here and there is perfect. But since you don’t want them to kill birds, get a string wrapped in fur with feathers along it or on the end of it. A cool toy I found is a fur glove with feathers on a string at the end of each finger. Your cat will have a ball and you will actually play with your cat yourself rather than just giving them something to play with. Another thing that may spur their inner hunter is cat nip. If you can find a a bird covered in feathers with catnip inside which you can pull on a string, then,  you have found the ultimate toy! Your cat is an animal with instincts and wants to act like one, so choose toys that make them believe they are hunting a worthy opponent.

Lastly, give them a perch. Cats love to climb trees and scope out the area from up high. They love getting to impossible spaces, so let them. They ideally want window space, so always have at least one windowsill for them (that opens preferably). If you have a high window, make sure they have a way to reach it. It may seem dangerous, but don’t worry, cats are resilient and can handle themselves. If they can’t reach the window they crave, they will get creative. Cats often sit on the tops of doors if that’s all they can find, but that can be dangerous. If you don’t see them there, you may get their paw or tail stuck in the door when you close it. And a doorway isn’t satisfying as they want to survey nature, so have a window for them, preferably one high up that opens :) If they can’t go outside, they can at least watch it and listen to it. Cats usually stalk birds from the windows and make warning attack noises as they do. It’s cute and entertaining and is just letting your cat be a cat.

Everything else you can provide for your cat is homely pampering, which they may like, but the tips above they will love the most as it feeds their wild side. Don’t let them become a cooked up or lazy house cat. They will be confined and won’t be as happy as they could be. Always do what you can to let your cat be a cat first and foremost.


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That cat is so freakin cute its rediculous! Too bad I’m allergic :(

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