Traveling with your Cat Requires an Auto Cat Feeder

Most folks who’ve traveled with their feline know the finicky appetites they have. They also know that when they’re hungry, they’re going to hurt someone unless they get their food. These mood swings in your cat can be very difficult for most pet owners, especially when the cat knows you’re the one responsible for feeding her. And when traveling with your pet, you know that sometimes it’s just too much of each other that causes some difficult times.

Avoid passive aggressive cats


Knowing the signs of an upset cat

If your cat has erratic behavior, pay attention to the times of day this happens. If there are certain times when she gets more aggressive with you and her toys or playmates or claws at strangers, it might be a sign that your little kitty is experiencing some low blood sugar levels due to being too hungry. When humans get hungry, they will often experience mood swings, which most likely come out in aggression or meanness towards others. If you notice this in someone or in yourself, you usually reach for a snickers bar or something similar to bring your levels back to normal. Taking this self-awareness into an otherwise wild animal, to project human qualities onto her, would speak the same things if you’re paying attention. Doing this will help you manage food aggression in your cat.

What happens after a meal

When your cat gets his fill, how does he act? Isn’t he more pleasant to be around? You’ll notice elevated levels of serotonin, or whatever the feline equivalent is.   What if there was a way to not only redirect a cat’s aggression related to meal times and eating habits away from you, the owner, to another inanimate object? You’d both be better off and your relationship will improve, guaranteed. And also, what if there was a way to make sure your little guy was getting the right food and in the right amounts throughout the day? You could surely see how this could help you to maintain some peace in the relationship. Especially when you travel.

When you’re traveling with your cat, it’s usually going to mean some close-quarters with the animal. Add to this that cats don’t like change very much, and many don’t like going on rides in cars.. forget the fact that you’re gone for days at a time and may be traveling extensively. This alone is enough to stress the cat out, so it’s a great idea to go ahead and grab some of the recommended resources we’ve put together for you when traveling this season with your cat.

1) The automated cat feeder

This little device will work wonders for the relationship. Not only will you garner some sense of peace in your relationship, you’ll also be able to stop the cat from seeing you as the antagonist / provider in relationship to food. If you’re the one with the key to the cat’s stomach, you’ll be both best friend and worst enemy. Don’t let this happen to you. It’ll ruin your chances for a genuine human-pet relationship. If the cat is able to separate you from his eating habits, the dynamic becomes much more pure. And you’ll get a more even-flow of behaviors and attitudes from el gato. Here’s a great auto cat feeder that I recommend that can help you with exactly this issue.

2) The  essential catnip

Now you might not be a proponent of catnip, I love it. But it’s a sometimes treat. Usually used to get the cat occupied for longer periods of time instead of clawing up the rug or my pants. If you’ve never used it, it’s kind of like putting your kids in front of a tv or mobile device. Not something you’d do all the time, but if used right it can be a very good thing for your relationship.

3) The laser pointer

No I know this is mean, but really, it’s a timeless joy. Using this to keep your little guy active is a no brainer. It’s funny for you, and the cat has no idea you’re the one controlling it. Win-win. Especially if he gets on your nerves, it might just be a cathartic way for you to inadvertently punish the cat without actually punishing him. Just food for thought here, but definitely worth keeping him occupied in more ways than one!

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Lammermuir Hills, South of Eyemouth

North of Duns, the low-lying Lammermuir Hills, with their extensive grouse moors, rolling farmland and wooded valleys, run east to west along the border with East Lothian. The hills are popular with walkers and there are numerous trails, including a section of the Southern Upland Way.

 

To the West, the Way can be accessed at Lauder, where it passes through the grounds of Thirlestane Castle. The narcissism and folly of the aristocracy is evident here perhaps more than in most ‘great homes’. Notice how many of the family portraits adorning the walls look similar? The extensive assemblage here is the result of the common practice of mass production used at the time. Many of the family have almost identical features, as the same bodies were used for their portraits with different clothes, faces and hands superimposed.

 

Thirlestane is also home to some of the finest plasterwork ceilings in Europe, and don’t miss Henry the Ram (a snuff box) in the dining room – kitsch beyond kitsch.

 

Lammeruir Hills is a must see attraction on your tours of Scotland.

Liscarroll, County Cork

There are the remains of the third largest 13th century castle in Ireland: a quadrangular court with cylindrical angle-towers, a strong rectangular gatehouse (upper storey 15th century) in the southern curtain, and a rectangular tower in the northern curtain.

 

Towers and curtain have lost their battlements, and the southeast tower, which contains the castle well, has been reduced to a fragment. There appear to have been buildings against the curtain all around the courtyard. The castle was probably built by the Anglo-Norman Barrys. On 20th August 1642 it was attacked by Garret Barry, general of the Confederate Catholic army of Munster. The small garrison surrendered on 2nd September.

 

Next day Murrough the Burner O’Brien and Sir Charles Vavasour arrived with an English army and dispersed the Confederates after an obstinate resistance. The victors were quickly obliged to retire.

 

Liscarroll and its ruins are a must see on your tours of Ireland.

Ballinamuck, County Longford

Here took place the last encounter of the daring French invasion of 1798. General Humbert, having marched the 160 miles from Castlebar through counties Sligo and Leitrum to Ballinamuck, with his small force of French troops and untrained insurgents, was forced to turn and accept battle with superior British forces under Lord Cornwallis. He drew up his line on the lower slopes of Shanmullagh, overlooking Ballinamuck. The French surrendered after a brief engagement, but the Irish fought with desperate bravery, and no quarter was shown to them. The battle is commemorated by a statue near the village.

 

Billinamuck is a real hidden gem that is worth a visit on your Ireland tours.

Dundrum, County Down

Dundrum is a village and small port on Dundrum Bay. On a hill-top are the beautifully maintained remains of a great castle which was an important fortress of the abortive Norman Earldom of Ulster. The earliest castle, of motte-and-bailey type, was taken from de Lacy in 1210 by King John of England. The exact date of the stone castle is unknown, but the great donjon probably dates from 1230-40, the fragmentary gatehouse from c.1300. Sometime after 1333 the castle fell to the Magennises surrendered it to the Crown. It passed to Lord Cromwell and, in 1636, to Sir Francis Blundell. In 1641 the Magennises seized it; Cromwellians slighted it in 1652.

 

The remains comprise of three distinct parts: the first, a 13th century, polygonal, upper ward with, in places, a great rock-cut ditch; it was entered by a gatehouse with one D-tower and one rectangular tower; the circular donjon has a deep well in the basement; the ramparts afford delightful views. The second is a 15th century lower ward and the third, the remains of the 17th century Blundell House.

 

Dundrum is a real hidden gem and worth a visit on your Ireland tours.

Balla, County Mayo

Balla is a village on the Castlebar-Claremorris road. A broken round tower and a medieval alter in a shamefully neglected graveyard mark the site of the monastery founded in the 7th century, by St Cronan, alias Mo-Chua. To the west of the graveyard are Tobar Mhuire, alias the Blessed Well and the ruins of the 17th century shelter for the blind and lame who resorted to the well on Patron Day (15th August).

 

To the South is Mayo from which the county takes its name. Now a mere hamlet it occupies part of the sight of a famous early monastery. When the Irish party was defeated at the Synod of Whitby, Bishop Colman of Lindisfarne withdrew from the English mission to Iona, and the thence to Ireland. His adherents included 30 English monks who followed him to Inishbofin, where he set up a monastery. Disputes having arisen between the Irish and English brethren, Coleman transferred the latter to the new monastery at Mayo, therefore called Mayo of the English. The monastery which won the praise of Bede, retained its English character for a considerable period. (One of Alcuin’s letters 773-86 is addressed to Bishop Leuthfriht of the monastery, a second, 792-800, is addressed to the fathers of the monastery; the best known name connected with the place is that of St Gerald, an Englishman.) In time the monastery became a college of secular canons which, about 1370, adopted the Augustine Rule and survived until the Dissolution. All the remains today are fragments of ecclesiastical buildings and a trace of a greater circular enclosing wall or vallum.

 

Balla is a real hidden gem and is worth a visit on your tours of Ireland.