Friday, January 20, 2017

Eww! Problem With The Cat Car

Ah-HA!  Fooled you, I blocked out the corpse πŸ™€
Gross!  A poor spider tried to climb into The Cat Car's dashboard, perhaps to find a warm place to hide.  Unfortunately, it got stuck, and now has gone over the Rainbow Bridge.  The corpse is directly in my line of sight, however, and there is no way to remove it unless we take the car apart.  If I scrunch down a bit in the driver's seat, the horizontal bar of the steering wheel hides the body.  Driving at night works too!

I feel badly that I cannot assist this creature's remains, known as Spidey, to a proper burial, but I now have to look at it for the amount of time it takes to dry to dust or wither to nothing.  A blast of air from a computer keyboard cleaner did nothing; the crack between the clear plastic and instrument panel is too tight.  Which begs the question: how did Spidey get in there in the first place?

Guess we'll never know, but it's yucky and I only bring it up because I simply LOVE The Cat Car, as it drives well, is cute and, gets good gas-mileage.  The bonus is that there is no monthly car payment, meaning I have a tad more $$ in my pocket for Chucky, Angel, Patty O'Malley and Sweetie.  The humans do not need much.  Voila!  It's a win-win for everyone...except poor Spidey...and me, who has to look at it.  Ewww!

The Cat Car, photographed on the day of purchase in October.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Backyard Sweetie

I just love Sweetie!  Since she has allowed petting and fur-pulls, I delight in hearing her purrs and meows.  She, however, is still not a fan of the photo, so I must zoom in some to capture her pretty face.

Sweetie, in the sunshine

Uh-oh, here comes Patty!

Photobomb!  Or, a total eclipse of Sweetie
 
Proof that Sweetie allows scritches...with
Patty trying to pry me away with licks

Sweetie is saying, "Ooh, that feels good!"
Sweetie has runny eyes, and she has a cough too.  I plan on trapping her for a vet visit in the Spring. We have not tested her for FIV or FeLV, since she was so feral in the beginning.  Veterinarian's want to euthanize cats with either of these, especially outside cats, using the excuse that they can infect other cats.  Well, she isn't fighting with or biting anybody; she minds her own beeswax, and allows Patty O'Malley to push her around a little bit.  We will care of her for the rest of her life, no matter what.  The Hubby calls her 'Lady', while I switch between 'Mama' and 'Sweetie'.  Hopefully, she understands LOVE!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cat Word Search Puzzle


Much to my delight, the Word Search puzzle in Sunday's Detroit Free Press newspaper was about CATS!  Sorry to spoil the solution for you, but here is a photo of the completed puzzle.  I did NOT take a photo of the crossword nor the sudoko game, since I was unable to complete either of them...πŸ˜‰  It's fun when something that means a lot to me, shows up unexpectedly in real life.  Know what I mean?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

City The Kitty







City the Kitty is a beautiful manx cat, who has wonderful multi-toed feet!  He and his human are fiercely opposed to de-clawing cats, and they put out a calendar and book to help raise funds toward the goal of ending this abhorrent practice.  How could I say no?  The photo book is adorable; City is photogenic, and he's adorable!  The calendar is cute; I just have to figure out where to hang it at the office.

City the Kitty was featured on an episode of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell"; here's a YouTube video.  Look at those big paws! Polydactyl cats (sometimes called Hemingway, mitten or thumb cats) have extra toes, but they cannot yet open their own cat food cans.

City the Kitty and The Paw Project are working hard to raise awareness to fight against the all-too common procedure of surgically removing cats' toes to the first knuckle on their front feet, or sometimes on all four, because people are either talked into it, or they've always done it in the past. That mindset has to END, and the veterinarian's who perform the surgery need change their thought process.  De-clawed cats have a higher return rate to shelters, due to emotional and physical problems that stem from the procedure.  The cats are often in pain, or bite due to the loss of their normal defense mechanism: their claws!  De-claw does NOT keep a cat in it's home, which is common mantra given by professionals as to why they continue to do it.  Public awareness needs to rise, and luckily, legislatures in both New Jersey and New York states are considering making it ILLEGAL!

Please consider supporting City the Kitty and The Paw Project; they are on the front lines, trying to keep toes on our cat friends!  I paid $14.99 plus shipping for the pawtographed book and wall calendar.

Monday, January 16, 2017

C.P.R. Class

Friday, I attended a C.P.R. (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) class for dogs and cats, at A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue near me in Mount Clemens, Michigan.  Met my friend BG there, and she brought along her friend A, too.


Waiting my turn at practicing chest compressions,
while A tries it out.

Showing how to breath into dog's nose

Notes

Class Photo
Have wanted to take a CPR or pet First Aid class since forever...!  I learned that you've got to keep your cool, and make sure someone has called an animal emergency veterinarian, so they are ready when you arrive, and may be able to give you advice while you are giving CPR.

On that note, I realized that I have all of the cats' medical and veterinary information stowed where I can find it, but if there was an emergency, The Hubby or someone else would have no clue whom to contact!  So the first thing that I did today, was make a cheat-sheet of phone numbers, addresses and hours to hang on the refrigerator.  It lists the nearest emergency vet office, and Chuck's and Angel's vets.  The thought of something happening, and while I'm in a panic, or away at the office, looking through my phone contacts for vet information...just fills me with dread.

So, folks...make sure you have your veterinarian's information available to your household! Please consider attending a pet First Aid or CPR class, since I know you all LOVE your furry friends and would do anything to help them.  It's not that a class will make you a super-hero, but if some of the knowledge helps out one day, then it's A GOOD THING! πŸ’•πŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΈπŸ’•

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Flash! Boom! Bang!

Folks, we had thunderstorms in Michigan last night, which is pretty weird for us.  Snow: yes; freezing: yes, thunder and lightning: NO!

Now, we have all lived through thunderstorms before, but last night are extreme.  Normally, there are lots of bright flashes, and rolls of thunder as the rain pours down.  Last night, there were only a couple super-white sparks that lit up the entire sky, then dead quiet.  After a beat, the thunder hit hard, fast, and REALLY LOUD!

This phenomenon made the humans jump out of their skin, and Angel and Chuck were completely freaked out!  I never located Angel after the second big lightning strike, and coincidently I was petting Chuck when the last one hit, just before 11 pm our time.  He was in his new-old, favorite sleeping spot in the bay window, and of course was surrounded by three windows!

News reports came out that reported an explosion nearby, but it was only the lightning and thunder! Crazy stuff, people!

Chucky in the cup beddy, in the bay window
Why he wants to sleep there in the dead
of winter...?  This photo was taken on a warmer day

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

String-o-pearls

Hmmm...someone (meaning ME) found something in the litterbox that was a bit disturbing.  No, I am NOT going to show you what; I think the title of this post tells all!  Apparently, we have a piece of carpet that some kitty is chewing on, and then ingesting the threads.

Not my carpet, just an image snagged from internet,
but those fine, plasticy threads are EXACTLY what
we have!
The Hubby and I reconnoitered, and a chewed carpet square was discovered upstairs within a few feet of where someone (meaning a certain black-and-white kitty) loves to nap! Now in the trash, there will no longer be any unbound carpet squares for this household, and Angel will have to find something else to chew on, like the newspapers on the table.
"Not me, Mama!  Nu-uh!"
  She denies the litterbox evidence is hers!