Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Page on the Site...

I culled some information from other online places, including Wikipedia, on FLUTD - Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (Disorder). There are many causes of this condition, most are not caused by disease. The most obvious cause is diet. Here are some concrete recommendations, how to recognize the disorder, and when you absolutely MUST get the cat to a vet PRONTO!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Feral Cat Day!

It's National Feral Cat Day!

Give a kitty a home, feed a feral colony, donate to your local chapter of feral cat rescue, or donate to the local TNR program. Whatever you can do, please try.

No More Homeless Pets, another national movement, is really out to help us not have any more homeless animals.

The mission of the Focus on Felines campaign is to keep cats safe and out of shelters across the country. We partner with non-profits and local governments to help achieve a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. We implement innovative Trap Neuter Return (TNR) and educations programs to prevent ferals and strays—community cats—from entering shelters. The Focus on Felines web community is a place for cat lovers to meet, share information, and provide support and advice for TNR and community cat topics.

Change in Pecking Order

Well, Miss Princess is no longer my alpha cat...

I've been noticing that she is losing weight. Not enough to be really in a health crisis, but she is losing weight. Her fur is good, she is not dehydrated, and she seems healthy. She is snuggly, but still does not want to be picked up or held.

I was playing with the cats in the living room yesterday for the first time since we moved. They've had toys out, but I actually got out DaBird and played with them.

I noticed that each time Queenie would show up, Princess would cringe and cower to the ground. That tells me that something happened - probably just before we moved - and that Queenie is now the alpha.

Queenie has become "kissy kitty" and will get up on the arm of the chair when I'm sitting in it and "kiss me" repeatedly - nudging her nose/muzzle on my chin or nose - or even mouth!

These two behaviors, combined, tell me that the pecking order has changed. Princess is still a beautiful baby, and she knows I love her, but she is no longer telling me what to do.

She comes and asks, she snuggles, and will do the "hit-and-run" snuggle. But she stopped doing the prolonged "getting up on the arm of my chair" when I'm working late. She used to really demand that I quit and pay attention to her. She's not doing that any more.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Back to e-mails...

I'm back to answering e-mails in a timely manner. I'm so sorry it took so long. I was offline for 4-5 days, and completely out of touch.

In that time, I received a mailed submission, too! I'm confirming the e-mail address on that right now, and then I'll go forward with my response. Otherwise, all is well.

I sent out a special issue of the e-zine out today - there is a timely piece of legislation for pet owners in the USA, and you need to be aware of it.

I also picked up an article from the ASPCA about insecticides (flea drops) and cats, that I'll include in the next issue of the e-zine.

That's all for now! I'm very glad to be back!