INSTRUCTIONS FOR FEEDING OUR CATS John Bealle - Eloise Clark - Josie Bealle How to reach us: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell phone: 513-515-7473 Check list of things to do: ALWAYS: - bring in mail/paper - feed cats canned food (remember to rinse and recycle cans) - change water - make sure dry food bowls are full - make sure front door is locked SOMETIMES (FOR LONG TRIPS): - water plants - scoop litter every 3-4 days The Cats: Sparkle (small one, shy and skittish), Crystal (big, furry, friendly and affectionate). Please give them hugs if they let you. Our cats are inside cats--they NEVER go outside. Veterinarian: Dr. Judith Clemons, Cat Clinic 351-PURR, 3908 Edwards Rd in Hyde Park/Norwood towards I-71. Feeding the cats: CANNED FOOD: Feed them ½ can each day, split ¼ can each between the two bowls. So you open a new can every two days. On the days when there are leftovers, store the half-empty can in the fridge on the bottom shelf. There are lids in the fridge to put on the cans. Empty can instructions: please rinse out the empty cans and put them in the green recycling bin in the closet. If they aren't rinsed, they will really, really, really, really, really stink after a few days! Lids: rinse lids (they will stink too!) and put in garbage can. DRY FOOD: Put dry food in the bowls if it gets low. The bag of food is in the kitchen closet. WATER: Put fresh water in the bowl every day. Mail & Paper: Bring in any mail and put it on the stairs or in the basket on the shelf. Separated cats: Our cats have been fighting, so we have to keep them separated—one upstairs (third floor), one downstairs. There is separate food, water, and litter in each space. Important: if the cats lurk at the screen door when you open it, squirt them with the spray bottles (through the screen) to get them away. Try not to let them through the door. Scooping Litter. We usually scoop the litter twice a week. You can do it less often for trips as long as the litter box doesn't start to fill up. If the cats don't think it's clean, they will find some other place to take their business. Use the scoops near the litter box to scoop out any solid clumps. Put them in a plastic grocery bag, which you will find near the litter box or on the wall. When you're done, tie up the bag and put it in the bucket by the litter box. The bucket has a large lid that you unscrew from the center. You'll want to do this quickly since it smells bad. Don't screw the lid down too tight or it will be hard to get loose. Hidden House Key: in the backyard, at the cellar door, there is a small cement ledge that borders the cellar door. The key is under a brick on the left side of the cement ledge. Front porch light: It should stay on all the time. Doors: You will have two keys: the silver one with the blue edge is the front door; the gold one goes to the back door. Special note: we have a new front door lock! FRONT DOOR: We have a new front door lock. The old lock used to freeze so you couldn't get in—this doesn't happen now. The problem now is that when you unlock the door is sets to the unlock position. So, when you leave, you have to turn the knob to get it to lock. From the inside, you lock/unlock the front door by turning the knob until it clicks. BACK DOOR: Use the back door key that fits the lock on the handle of the back door. It may be hard to turn but you should try this first. CELLAR: If you can't get in the back door. Please get one of your parents to bring you up through the cellar. The cellar door stays unlocked--take a flashlight, go in the double cellar doors in the back of the house, then up the stairs, and into the house. I think this may be difficult so you should probably have an adult do this.