Friday, December 30, 2011

Does Your Cat Caress You?

Does your cat caress you with his tail? That's a sign of deep affection.

I've noticed my cats will come to me and rub against me, then lean in at the tail end, with their tails toward me from the base to tip. This is the start of a caress.

Other times, I've noticed Beasley, since it's his spot in the bed, lay with his back to me, and put his tail up (if he were standing) and caress my arm. He actually wraps his tail around my arm and moves it up and down, like he's petting me.

Fluffy likes to lay on my lap, and will wrap her tail around my middle. If I move her tail to something that looks more comfortable for her, she will move it back to where she had it. She then twitches the tip of her tail to "pet" me. It's a way of saying "thank you" for the lap space.

Cats have many uses for their tails. Check your cat's tail out and let me know how s/he uses it...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2012 Newsletters

I've selected the 12 topics for newsletters for 2012. I was able to find articles for the first 6 issues, and then stopped for a break.

I'm in the middle of a book on the Mother/Daughter relationship, so I need a little time on that, too.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, my readers. May 2012 bring answers to your prayers and gifts to your lives.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Articles of Interest

I have some "google alerts" set up and this week these articles caught my eye. I'm sharing now, and in the e-zine.

Article on overweight pets

A neighborhood in need of a TNR Program

Stray cats vs. birds

Anti TNR for the birds' sake

Monday, November 07, 2011

Do you Tweet?

Do you Tweet? Do you follow folks on Twitter?

I set up some google alerts (about time I learned how!) and there were some disturbing results this morning. I tweeted them, which is what I do with them. If you follow my Tweets, @tnmorgen, then you saw them...

Bless all the cat lovers in the world today!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Advertising in Person

One of the annual events I participate in, is the WUOT, or local public radio station, fund raiser. As my regular participation has yielded friends, I've been invited to participate in other things. It's been a pleasure to do this, but my time for one of these things is at an end. My poor body is about done with standing for more than an hour, and this year's "Boo at the Zoo" showed me just how long I could stand.

t's a five-hour stint of standing, entertaining, and handing out goodies to the local kids and adults who come to see what is up at the zoo, and to support the zoo. I made it three hours, and it took 3 days to recover.

But, because I knew it was likely to be my last time out, I went all-out in the costuming department. I was the "classical cat" (for classical music, and cats) while others in our group were other characters and personalities relating to our love of the station and it's programming. We have "Carl (chained to the) Cassil," "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me! (there's a spider on my shoulder)," "Morning Edition (taking the photo, so not shown)," a "Foreign Correspondent," "Klick and Klack," a "Sports Reporter," and "Classical Cat." Here is a photo of our group...
I hope my body is better next year, and I can do it again, but if nothing else, I got to do it this year, and the memories will be there forever. We always have a good time, and handing out donuts at the end of the run is always fun!

Sticky, but fun!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trying a New Crunchy

My pet supply store (Pet Supplies Plus) did it again - they put a fabulous product on sale, so I could afford it for a trial. They put a 2-for-1 price on Before Grain Cat Food by Merrick. I got a bag of Chicken and a bag of Salmon flavors.

My cats are ignoring the wet food and going for the chicken like nobody's business! I've never seen anything like it. Beasley, of course, could care less. He only eats dry food if there is nothing else available, but he snagged a couple of nuggets to see what everybody was so excited about. I had one of the girls shoveling it into her mouth & scattering it all over the floor in the process.

So, it's a hit. Now, if it reduces Bugsy's gas, that's a good thing. The flavor is one thing, but the quality of the food over the long term is a better thing. The ingredients list is a little confusing, but that's the added vitamins and minerals. There is nothing in the food that shouldn't be there.

Since I can't get Bugsy to eat any meat at all, this may be the answer. She certainly needs better nutrition than she's been getting.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fleas, Yowling, Bells, and Giggles....

Last night, Beasley started yowling and wouldn't stop. He finally went and did something else, only to start up again sometime in the middle of the night. I tried to reassure him, but I'm not allowing the cats into my bedroom right now.

When I got up this morning, I noticed one of the fabric mice he is fond of carrying around while he yowls around it. This makes for a particular kind of yowling... I gave him a big hug and he purred. I went into the kitchen to get their breakfast, and Queenie was pushing a ball with a bell around. She even invited Bugsy to play! I giggled, and each time I did, she ran away, only to return a few minutes later.

I guess they aren't used to my giggles!

What this all means, of course, is that they are feeling better. The fleas have stopped tormenting them so much and their health is returning.

I have a little more to do to completely eradicate the fleas, but we are close. We are living on the concrete foundation of the house, but that's OK for now. I plan to put down 24 x 24 cork tiles for flooring, which provides a thermal break from the concrete while maintaining a hard floor, which is not as friendly to fleas as the carpet was.

However, I still have a little carpet to pull up in the bedrooms and linen closet (?), and then to flea-bomb the house twice before I can say we are fully flea-free. I also need to de-flea the property outside - using bombs and sprays. Each visitor who comes to the door potentially carries fleas with them, which is how we got them in the first place.

Meanwhile, it's nice to see the cats behaving more like cats. They are having fun, playing, sleeping soundly, and when they are snuggling, it is not so they can get away from the fleas.

And I love to see this interaction between them. Queenie is such a dominant cat, and she selected Bugsy. Bugsy is our biggest instigator! She seems to purposely get into the other cats' way to get involved with them and their games. This causes her to be cuffed quite a bit, but it's all done with love, and no one gets hurt. She needs a home of her own, where she can be loved and snuggled and held as much as she wants and deserves, but she is with us, with four litter mates.

Bugsy was very ill for a while - I was giving her fluids and hand-feeding her to keep her going. During the deepest part of her illness, she would not move from my chair. I think the others noticed that I would not let her get away with just giving up or feeling sorry for herself. I set her at the food bowls, kept her off my chair, and got her moving as soon as she was able. She can sit on my chair, but only when I'm there, not all the time like she did.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cat Litter Trial

I got a different cat litter this time. I am trying "Nature's Miracle Cat Litter" made from recycled paper products. I got two of one style- the Odor Control, and one of another- Low Tracking.

So far, the results:
The Odor Control litter has a strong scent right out of the bag. Cedar, or something like it. However, it's very light, and easy for me to carry. It clumps well, and it is very easy to remove the clumps and solids from the box. If the urine begins to change over to ammonia (as in, if you leave it 24 hours), it begins to turn green on the affected particles.

The Low Tracking formula does not clump very well. I've had to be very careful removing the clumps from the box because any shaking to remove the "good" litter from a clump can make the clump fall apart. It also sheds a greenish substance on my scoop, which I assume is from the deodorizer crystals. It does seem to track a little less, but it still tracks out of the box. The particles are very small. Again, it is very light weight, so it is easy for me to handle.

I would try the Odor Control first, and recommend it over the Low Tracking formula, but if you have your litter box on carpet, the Low Tracking may be more to your liking.

I purchased all three bags of litter at my local pet supply store, with no coupons or price breaks. They were about $12/bag. For comparison, I usually spend $12-$16 for a 40 pound box of Tidy Cat every month to fill 3 litter boxes; and this purchase cost me $38, including tax.

Monday, September 05, 2011


I haven't been putting them up, but I often get a testimonial - a thank you - from a happy Cat Whispering client. Here is such a one I recently received....

Morgan- An update on Jasmine. She now rules the house; the dogs & the other cats. Although this makes #12, I am finding it difficult to think of giving her up. She looks at me with such love &, even tho she still has a little edge to her, she is 99% tamed! Such a crazy little kitten dashing around the house & enjoying laying in my lap & giving me head butts. Thought you would like an udate. Geri

I guess I should be putting them up, but I honestly don't remember to do that, and I wouldn't know where to put them. Maybe I should make a page of these, and put a link to the page on the Contact page. Opening a new tab, of course....

Just sayin'... Most of the time, folks are pretty happy with the results...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Flea Collars!

I found these collars a the pet supply store the last time I was in for cat food, and I was really surprised!

The price is really good, and there are NO pyrethrins in the formula! Excellent value! The cats are doing well with them - even Queenie had no trouble getting the collar on. In fact, the only cat who had any trouble wearing a collar was Bugs! Surprise! She really hated the idea, but the others resigned themselves quickly.

Now, to pull the carpet to get rid of all the eggs and fleas living in it. I know it seems extreme, but added to the other problems we are having with carpet in the house, it's best for everyone - cats and people alike. The allergies are horrible!

I recently went out of town and had to leave Princess with a severe upper-respiratory infection. We are lucky that it was actually a virus and passed quickly. Once she got the collar on - only a day ago - she started feeling a lot better and talking to me again. She's been quietly sitting around, shrinking from pets until the 3rd stroke, when she leans into me. She has been so weak and anti-social for so long. All because of the fleas and their biting. I would not be a bit surprised if everyone was a bit anemic!

Anyway, the carpet is a breeding ground for the fleas - diatomaceous earth, salt, and other ideas have not helped in the long run. I was upset that the house came with carpet instead of hard flooring anyway, so I'll spend the extra $$ to have laminate flooring put down. Allergies, asthma, and fleas, all become worse with carpet.

The poisons I've sprayed on the carpet and furniture have become ineffective. The fleas seem to have built up a tolerance to them. I'd never heard of that, but it seems to have happened. I'll have to "bomb" the house after I remove the carpet. And to be sure, I'll have to bomb twice - 10 days apart, so that I get all the hatched eggs.

The worst part of the poisons is that the cats are getting sick from the built-up concentration of sprays. It's bad enough that the fleas aren't dying, but the cats are having reactions. It's time to stop the madness....

The collars are the first step in that. Removing the carpet is the next step, and the last step is a 2-stage flea and insect bombing with foggers.

This all started in late May, right after I'd done my monthly flea-spraying on the furniture and carpet. I got drops and put them on the cats, but at $10/each, it gets expensive with 5 cats, so I couldn't get more right away. And my spray seemed to be less effective... So I replaced it, but that didn't help.... By then, the fleas had taken over - everything!

The saga continues....

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back from Vacation

I went away for a week, taking the laptop with me, so hardly anybody noticed I was gone. My cats did, however. Beasley wants to sit on my lap and the others are all glad to be with me. Even Queenie, who was a hissy mess when I walked in the door! Poor babies! Fleas are horrible and I'll start pulling carpet Thursday.

Vacation was wonderful, by the way. I slept and read 2 whole books! The first two of the Steig Larsson trilogy. Have to get the 3rd from the Library ASAP! Hope your summer is great!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Cat Food Recall

Purina issued a "voluntary cat food recall" in limited quantities of cat food due to salmonella. Please read the article to see if your latest bag is involved.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

UGH! Fleas!!!

We are totally covered up in FLEAS! It seems that the flea population went critical, and hid under a rug when I last sprayed. The cats and I are miserable!

So - time to get out the big guns! Siphotrol to the rescue!

I'll take out the rug after I spray it, and roll it up - putting it on the porch while I spray the carpet under it. I have to spray all the upholstered furniture, move it and spray under it, spray the bed (remove the bedding first), and get in every nook and cranny - including behind bookshelves and under desks. It's a big job!

And I have to do it again in 10 days. And again 10 days later. Three treatments in 21 days. Along with putting treatments on the cats themselves.

And no Advantage II - get original Advantage, if I can find it. It seems that Bayer Corp. is pulling Advantage and only shipping Advantage II. It wouldn't be so bad if it worked, but on my long-haired babies, it doesn't work. I've added NEEM spray, too.

Hopefully, within 30 days, the fleas will be gone. I'll have to treat the outside with more Diatomaceous Earth, so they don't get tracked back in, too... Especially the back door! I always forget the back door....

Friday, July 08, 2011

Cat Whispering Without a TV Show

I may not be on TV, but I've been helping folks with cat problems all over the world for over 6 years. I don't charge what those folks charge, either, but I do charge, so that I can keep doing it.

I'm a trainer and animal behaviorist. I do not train dogs for other people. It's just not my thing. I can help best with cats. Yes, I train my own animals. I'm working on Agility Training with one of my cats, and another took me over 5 years to tame from feral. Yep, 5 years - but she sits on my lap whenever she wants, now!

Each cat is different. Each cat needs specialized and customized handling to be most comfortable. Just like people, they have their needs and comfort zone. Each cat has a distinct personality, and will respond best to one or another method of training, and not all cats respond the same to the same stimulus. It's just the way they are.

You wouldn't want your kid to behave the same as everybody else to the same stimulus, would you? Well, cats are the same way. A certain amount of conformity is fine, but nobody is exactly the same as anybody else. God made us all unique.

My job as a Cat Whisperer, is to figure out not only how your cat wants to be treated, but where you fall short. I do this through e-mail, because I feel most comfortable and effective that way. I've tutored math over the internet, and I think that training cats and their people is easier.

I ask a lot of questions. I ask for clarification. That's to be expected.

However, if you are thorough and forthcoming in your e-mails to me, I can be most effective. I don't sit in judgement on you, your lifestyle, your history with your cat, or how you live your life. I just tell you where you need to change behaviors around your cat, and what you need to do. I tell you what to look for in the cat to see if what I've advised is helping or not. And what to do if things go wrong.

You see, it's not my job to tell anybody else how to live their lives. If you need to declaw your cat, so you do. I may not think it's the best solution, but you did, or you would not have done it. So it's done - we'll move on. I've had to declaw cats at one time, too, so I know what problems to look for first-hand.

Getting your cats neutered or spayed is a given. Unless you have a pedigree cat and you are breeding it to keep the breed alive, I recommend you spay or neuter your cat. And if you have one of those pedigreed cats, I hope you are working with the breeder where you got it, because there is some stuff they can tell you about it that has to do with the breed.

Most cats are moggies. They have no distinct parentage. Long hair or short hair, siamese points or tabby stripes, patches of color or solid. They are all special.

When you have trouble with them, I'm here to help. Everything from aggressive behavior to litter box problems. Introducing your cat to your mate or another animal. Grief and loss, both yours and your cat's. I'm here.

That's what I'm good at. God gave me the talent and ability to see into a cat's soul. I'm blessed. I'll share that vision with you, all you have to do is ask.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I've Seen Some Strange Things But....

I have seen my cats do some strange things. They amaze me on a regular basis. But I never saw this one...

I was testing out Wellness food, and had one more can to use up after my report to you, so I continued feeding it. I was also doing a preliminary test of a new dry food. It isn't commercially available, and I'm working with the company to improve the flavor, but this was a new one...

There are normally 4 cats eating wet food, 4 cats eating dry food. One eats only wet food and One cat only eats dry food. I have 5 cats. 3 of them will eat either food type.

The 3 who vacillate left the Wellness and went to the dry Friskies I put in their bowls, having run out of the test dry food. They actually left the wet food. I had 2 cats in each dry food bowl, competing for the dry food.

That says something, but I'm not sure what. I know they are not wild about the Wellness. I also know that the test dry food wasn't enough for a good test. There was only enough to fill one bowl, so I pulled the other 2 bowls.

To make a good test of dry food, there needs to be enough that all 3 dry food bowls can be kept full for a week. That should be at least 6 cups of food.

I don't mind if the vacillating cats stick to more wet food. But the one who eats dry food needs to not go hungry or refuse the food.

When I do a test on wet food, I give the same food for several cans. They get that food for 7-10 days. I watch their behaviors, appetites, and behavioral changes.

This dry food was sent to me, unsolicited. I've visited their website and expressed my concerns over the flavor. It's not grabbing the cats. If they can address that with me, and the additional hairball situation that I face, I'll do another test of the food and report the results.

This was just a taste. They weren't wild about it, but they ate it. They seemed to do well on it. One even seemed to thrive on it. But I need to try it again in a more controlled environment - meaning not at the same time I'm using up another food that they aren't wild about. And I need enough of the food to make a good test - all 3 bowls filled every day for 7-10 days.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cat Food Review

I got some cans of Wellness food for the cats. 5 cans, one of each flavor, for $12.99. I admit that our sales tax is 9.75%, so it puts the cost of each can around $1.15.

The cats ate it. They were hungry. But love it? I didn't see that. And it's made in China. That opens up their safety to factors I can't control.

So, I won't try that food again. Expensive, and made in China. If they loved it, I might try it again. But they don't, really.

Meanwhile, I received an unsolicited sample of dry food from a new company in Minnesota a couple of days ago. Since I want to give them a fair trial, I won't let you know who they are yet.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Contacts...

I've gotten involved a little bit with Twitter. I'm told it's a good way for me to stay in touch with my clients and other cat lovers. There are several good vets on Twitter, and I follow them, too. You can find me @tnmorgen and follow if you like. There are lots of distractions, but I'm trying to keep you updated as best I can.

Hugs to all the purrpeople....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Another Fabulous Sale on Food and Supplies!!!

Another fabulous cat food and supply sale...

PETS8 - $8 Off $50 Or More (16% Discount)
PETS20 - $20 Off $100 Or More (20% Discount)
PETS30 - $30 Off $150 Or More (20% Discount)

Stock-up and Save Summer Sale! Save up to $30 Today Off Almost Everything!
Use Codes: PETS8, PETS20 or PETS30
- See Site For Details

Pet Food Direct, savings direct to you!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Pet Food Sale!

WooHoo!!!! 15% off Cat Food until June 13th!

Save 15% On Your Order Today! Hurry, Ends Soon! Use Code: NOW15

These folks deliver pet food directly to your door - no lugging it to and from the car. This code is good on pet foods until June 13, 2011. Some exclusions apply, so read the fine print.

This was too good to not share!

Nasty Food Ingredient in Pet Food

Click the title for the article by Dr. Becker, a respected Holistic veterinarian on the wet food additives that some manufacturers use. In particular, this addresses cat food, so it's important to read it and understand the content.

If you have any questions, please comment, and I'll be sure to either answer directly or find the answer or a person who CAN answer you.

This is too important, when so many pets are ending up dead because of what we feed them.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Help For Emergency Vet Bills

I got a notice from Catster in my inbox about emergency help for folks with their vet bills that I wanted to pass on...

In these financially challenging times, two resources: Welcome to Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance and Yellow Dog Blog have listings of places where you can find emergency help with your vet's bill.

Many thanks to!

Friday, June 03, 2011

World's Best Cat Litter Contest....

Enter the contest to win's "The Worlds Best Cat Litter" here...

A great litter for your great cats!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Cat From Hell TV Show

I caught this show last night and I was very impressed! Jackson Galaxy is very good! He puts the words out differently, but he says the same stuff I do. He just travels around and does it in person. I bet he's expensive!!!

But he says the exact same stuff I do. Instead of saying to let the cat lead the dance, he says to let the cat come to you. It means the same thing, but my language is more colorful and gives a nice picture.

I'm the ONLY one doing this on the internet. It's important to understand that. I love Cat Whispering, and I love helping people. I just don't travel well. I have my 5 cats that need attention, and I don't want to leave them all the time. If you are local, around Knoxville, TN, it's possible I'll come visit. But otherwise, for the price, it's a real bargain to have me counsel you by e-mail.

If he can get his rate, maybe it's time for me to raise mine so that I can actually live on it???

Instead of making myself available and being all about the cats...

Time is money, after all....

You know, the reason I don't take phone calls is because I lose my voice. You can't read lips over the phone...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spoiled Cat Syndrome

I don't understand it, but Beasley is whining! He's driving me crazy!

I can't have a phone call, step out of the room, go to the bathroom, take a shower, or answer an e-mail.

I created this beast, and now I have to re-train him to let me have a life!

I love him dearly, and he's fed, warm, comfortable, has toys and friends. But if I'm not in my chair, offering my lap to him, he's out of sorts. I've spoiled him terribly, and it's my own fault. I love that he snuggles the way he does. I wake up to him snuggling me, I go to sleep with him snuggling me, I watch TV with him snuggling me. He makes it hard to type when he's on my lap. I can't see the screen because he's got his body blocking it (computer or TV). I've just given him everything he wants, and what he wants most is me.

Could be worse, I guess, because he could hate me instead...

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Vacation Until Thursday

I'll be out of town until Thursday. I'm visiting family. I'll have the laptop with me.

Have a great Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

How Old Is Your Cat?

I found a cool post from the HSUS that tells you how to figure out the approximate age of your cat. Use this link...

Cat Age

It also shows how to figure out the age of dogs. Pretty cool!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Amazing Phone Call!

I got the most amazing phone call! A woman called asking if I was a cat shelter - she had to move and find homes for her cats.

I could hear the desperation in her voice, so I didn't let her hang up right away, and I knew she wanted to. She was defeated and discouraged. By a string of bad luck and bureaucracy, she lost her home - with 30 days left, she had to find a home for cats ranging in age from one year to 10 years. All fixed, none declawed.

I was able to point her in the right direction and maybe find homes for the felines.

It felt so good to be able to help! I can't take any more myself - having 5 is a financial burden when you are unemployed, disabled, and a student, like myself. But I try my best to help others, regardless.

I pointed her to Yahoo! Groups, and to Petfinder. Not so much for her to post her cats, since she has such a short time and Petfinder charges for listings - but to find folks around her that may have a foster situation going and could take her cats. If not permanently, then at least for a while till she got back on her feet.

I just wanted to share this - it was so extraordinary! I've been in a quandry about the website for so long - not knowing what direction to follow next, and not really having time to fix the stuff that keeps going wrong, either.

I just fixed a page, and already the images have been moved! I guess I'll have to download the images and then upload them to the site so that I have them. It's such a pain that my merchant partners can't be helpful and keep their images in one place - even when the links contain the images! Oh well.... That's another story for another day...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Product Review: Advantage II

I got some Advantage II last time instead of the regular Advantage. For clarification, I always get the purple package, as all the cats are over 9 pounds.

I got a pack of 12, which covered the cats for 2 months with 2 applications left over.

I'm not really happy with it. The regular Advantage kills the fleas. Advantage II also kills the larvae and eggs, which is why I got it. But it doesn't seem to kill the fleas (full sized adults) as well.

I have carpet, and the fleas live in it - they lay eggs and the carpet is full of eggs now. Even after multiple vacuumings, it seems we are inundated with fleas. It's even worse since I applied the Advantage II.

I'm using my premise spray (Siphotrol) and salt. I tried the diatomaceous earth, but it plugged up my vacuum so bad that it stopped working, and I had to fix it. So, I'm back to salt.

That's my report. If things get better, I'll let you know.....

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Wow! Just realized something...

I lost my aunt on April 1 or thereabouts. My dad passed on May 1. My mom on May 2. Strange!

Goodies Coming....

I've been offered some goodies for you, but I'm having trouble getting to the links. There's an ad on the site that keeps blocking my access. I've notified the vendor, and I'm sure it will be removed. Meanwhile, keep fingers crossed. The items/links will appear here as soon as I can get them...

Friday, April 01, 2011

Pre-Planning for My Cats

I just lost a beloved aunt. Unexpected for sure, but she lived a full life.

It got me thinking again about how to care for the cats should something happen to me. My health isn't that great, and I'm older - not as old as she was, and I continually work to improve my health...

But still...

What if something happened to me? When I have surgery (planned) I can prepare for my cats and have someone take care of them. When I take a trip, I prepare, and have someone take care of them. But what if it wasn't planned? What would happen then? I have a neighbor who has a list of phone numbers to call, and she knows where the food is - but when the food runs out? If my sister can't get here to take care of things in time?

One of my readers sent me this link. It answers a lot of these questions, and I hope you will also find it useful...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Book Signing, Got Feelings Hurt...

The most exciting thing lately is that I saw the author of "Homer's Odyssey," Gwen Cooper, about Homer the Blind Wondercat that I've been following on
Facebook for a while. She came to Knoxville and talked at our school, Pellissippi State Technical Community College (PSTCC). I bought the book and she signed it.

While waiting in line for her to sign my copy, I was surrounded by a few women from the Knoxville Feral Friends. One was friendly, but the others were pointedly NOT friendly. My feelings got really hurt, and instead of talking S&*% about them, I kept my mouth shut. They care about the cats, and that works for me.

One of the reasons we "get into" cats in the first place is because we don't do well with people. At least cat fanatics like myself and the gals in Knoxville Feral Friends are like that. I understand. But it still hurt my feelings.

I guess that says a lot about me, doesn't it.....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Disaster in Japan!

Helping folks with cats seems like small potatoes when compared to the devastation, and now nuclear plant disasters, in Japan.

I'm here if you need me.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Not Sleeping Leads to Productive Hours??

beasley and queenie on chair
My wonderful Beasley is afraid of storms, and we've had plenty.  And my girls have been snuggly, so the kitties have been visiting me in bed.  In the process, they wake me up.

The bed I currently have is very shaky, and when they jump up, the whole thing jiggles.  Consequently, I wake up.  Since I don't sleep all that well anyway, I tend to just get up - after an hour or so.

This could be anywhere from 2am to 5am.

I go to the computer after I've made my coffee, and I tend to end up at the site.  So, I've updated the "About Me" page and re-ordered the "About" section.  I've put together a few e-zine issues and gotten the next one ready to go out on April 1. 

Bugs hanging on chair back

Fluffy on Duffel bag
I review the pages, update here, tweak there.

I took off all the articles that I'd collected except for 2 of them, that weren't published elsewhere.  That had to do with the newest "Google dance" and something website publishers and search engines call "duplicate content."

Of course, not sleeping leads to other problems, and I have those, too.  But last night I locked them all out of the bedroom and got a good night's sleep.  Every now and then, I do that, just to put my body to rights. I still got up before the alarm went off.  By 2 hours!

If there is anything you would like me to address, let me know.  Reply to your e-zine issue, and I'll answer you.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I finally got to update a couple of pages on the site...

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The flea control page was a mess! I fixed it and made it less redundant.  I put up only one link to the various products, instead of many links for the same thing to different suppliers.  I found the best deals I could for you.  I only linked to the 6-month flea drops.  There are no collars.  There is a new report that collars are associated with seizures, so that was done on purpose.  If you want a collar, I suggest this one...

The chronic diarrhea page had a full change of content. It mirrors a page on Only Natural Pet Supplies, so you can find that article if you would like to, but they also cited the page I cited, which has gone offline.

That's it for now... 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Update on the Furpeople

My furpeople are like humans in some ways.  They live with me all the time, and I forget that not everyone has cats that they can relate to like I do mine.

Beasley is my baby, but he's also a very demanding, spoiled child.  I take full responsibility for it, too!  He's extremely communicative, and he misbehaves just because he can.  He has the cutest look on his face when I'm covered up with the girls and he wants to be on my lap...  It's not quite a pout, but a "wanting" that's so plain it almost hurts to see it.  He waits for the girls to clear a space (usually by mistake) and then he comes up.  One day, he was on my lap, Queenie jumped to the arm of the chair, and Fluffy took the other arm.  They were sitting on top of him!  He took it as long as he could, and then left.

Princess has been very ill.  She lost about 1/4 of her bodyweight to some worms, and not being able to get to the food bowls without the pack barring her way and challenging her.  So, I made some concessions in her feeding location, and treated her for worms.  She's doing better,  but she hasn't regained the weight.  She feels like a feather.  Imagine a cat that's bigger than a chihuahua dog, and weighing less than 11 pounds...  On the positive, she's very snuggly, and she demands attention now, which she hasn't since we moved into the house, almost 18 months ago.  She regressed from sitting on my lap when she got sick, but she's back.  It's nice to see.

Fluffy, my little (?) sweet bear-kitty, is as snuggly as ever.  She's finally stopped grieving the roommate we had who was her favorite person in the whole world.  At least I think she has.  She's snuggly again, but if he ever comes back to see us, we'll see how she acts.  If she's aloof, I'll know she still cares too much, but if she's OK, then all is well.  Cats are shy when they've been hurt- they love to see you, but they are also afraid they'll be hurt again.  I know she'll remember him!  Anyway, her mats are bad again, but I haven't had the time to groom her like she needs it.  Otherwise, she's doing very well.

Queenie - my wanna-be-owner pest, is very possessive of me.  She doesn't want anyone to get near me.  If I sit on the chair, she has to come be next to me.  I've told her to stop, and she's better, but she still wants to be on me or next to me all the time.  However, she hasn't slept with me for quite a while.  I greet her when she comes to bed, but she's been fairly distant there.

Finally, Missy Bugs.  She's still snuggling anyone, anytime, anywhere.  But she's taken to wrapping herself around my arm when she gets the chance.  She sits on me, instead of next to me.  She will wrap herself into as small a ball as she can manage, and sit just barely on my lap.  When the others leave, she stretches out.  In some ways, she's almost human.  The poor girl really needs a home of her own where she can get all the cuddles in the house.  I don't know how she'd do without the others, but since she still gets a lot of harassment from them, I think she would do well.  She loves to play, snuggle, and sleep.  Just like any cat, but she's using 100% of her attention doing whatever it is she's doing.  She's very smart, focused, and imitates well.  She's a fast study, for sure.  I still think she will be good for training purposes.  I haven't had the time....

That's the second time I've used that phrase.  I went back to school, so my time is not my own as much.  Things got tough about a year ago, when I lost my job, so to make things better, I went back to school.  I figured improving my skills wouldn't hurt.  But it takes time away from the house, cats and website.  Scheduling becomes an important part of my day, and if I get off schedule, things go downhill quickly.  Everything suffers.

I'm writing an article this month on "toxoplasmosis" for the e-zine, so I hope you are all subscribed.  It looks to be quite informative.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Counseling Rate Change

Unfortunately, I had to raise the price I charge for counseling, which I call "Cat Whispering."  It doesn't seem to have affected the number of folks requesting counseling, for which I am pleased. 

I spent about 6 months at the beginning, varying the price point to test what was most effective, and what worked best for me.  At a lower price, I had all the counseling I could handle - and more!  So I raised the price so that it was just enough of a bar that the folks who could find the answers on the site would look for them.  And it kept me from spending all day answering e-mails.  I had folks writing in, but not so many that I couldn't keep up. 

Lately, this has changed.  Again, a lot of e-mail, which I really love, but just can't seem to stay on top of.  That, and some increased expenses, have brought me to this point.  So, the counseling price went up the 1st of February, but not too much.  Still under $10, ($8.75) and I still get with folks as fast as I can. 

I just don't have time to get there everyday, and that bothers me.  I hope the delays don't cause too much of a problem, as the feedback I receive is very positive.  I know I'm helping.  Some folks come back with other issues, paying again.  Some folks make donations because they feel my help has been so helpful to them. 

I know that sometimes, it's just nice to have someone to talk to when you face a problem with your cat.  Someone who understands, empathizes, and just may have some insight.  I'm that person for a lot of folks.  And I love that part of it. 

You know, I've long said that I love every cat on the planet, and it's true.  I really do love them.  This way, I don't have to feed them all.  You folks can feed your cats, and I still get to love them.  That's a win-win for the cat!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Site Updated!!!!

I finally got the home page done yesterday, and I have a simplified training page to go up today.  I'm finally getting the content, if not the rest of it, done!  Yay!!!