Friday, March 26, 2010

Simon's Cat Video

This cartoon short is a classic! My boyfriend had a cat who definitely reminded him it was feeding time! Enjoy!

This next one sure reminds me of my Siamese!

Great Cat Videos

I thought this video would be fun to share. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

This one is definitely a case of not enough kitty conversation!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our Three Thousand Dollar Kitty

Our wonderful, generally sweet tempered Main Coon had a slight accident a couple of years ago. She made the mistake of standing up to a rather large dog and lost. This, of course, resulted in an immediate trip to the vet for X-rays (it was obvious from the dangling paw that her leg was almost severed...) and emergency surgery. The result of the first surgery and subsequent stay at the Hotel Veterinarian was approximately $2400.00, including anesthetics and X-rays.

The poor thing had to stay in a cage at the vet's for almost a month to keep her off the leg, which had been plated and pinned due to both bones being broken. When she was finally allowed to come home, she had to be quarantined to keep her from trying to jump.

She had to be kept sedated because she would literally jump out of her skin at any noise, and then scare herself half to death with the leg cast and leap all over the place trying to get away from it. After we discovered that, it was back to the cage...

Finally, after the vet gave the okay, the cast was removed and she was allowed to roam throughout the house. Unfortunately, I made a costly decision to let her venture outside after she had been out of the cast for about a week, and she re broke her leg...back to the vet's office!

I think he took pity on me and only charged me an additional $600.00. He also allowed me to make payments which helped out as I was still paying for the cat loan I had to take out in order to pay for the first surgery!

This time, the poor kitty had to be caged for almost six months (at home) and then quarantined to my daughter's bedroom until the leg was strong enough to endure venturing out of the room.

We had two other cats and we didn't want them chasing her around the house. I didn't think I was strong enough to go through a third surgery!

All in all, I think the poor thing was under house arrest of some form or other for a year, but she is healthy and happy now. Her fur has grown back and she has acquired a taste for being groomed.

(As she couldn't groom herself when she was in the cast, we took over the responsibility and it remains that way today!)

As for me, I am still paying for the initial surgery, and most likely will be paying for a while yet, but it was all worth it!

Caring for Your Persian

These days, Persian cats are among the most popular breeds of cat.  Well known for their gentle and sweet personalities and their long hair, Persian cats are highly prized.  They are great companions for virtually anyone, and not very demanding.  Unlike other breeds, such as the Siamese, Persians need very little attention.

Although white is the color normally associated with Persian cats, they actually come in a variety of other colors as well.  During competitions, they are divided into seven color divisions – solid, silver and gold, tabby, shaded and smoke, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan.  No matter what color of Persian cat it may be, they are best noticed during competitions by their long and flowing coats. 

Persian cats should always be kept inside of the house, to protect their coat.  If they travel outside, they can easily damage their coat.  They will also need to be brushed daily with a metal comb, or their fur can become tangled and matted, which will lead to hairballs.  You’ll need to bathe your Persian cat on a regular basis as well, to help protect his coat.  Begin bathing your Persian when the cat is young, so he becomes accustomed to it used it.  Bathing should never be overlooked, as it will keep your cats coat looking clean and healthy.  Although some breeds can maintain their coats on their own, Persians can’t. Their fur is long and dense and you’ll need to groom them daily to ensure their coat stays healthy.

The Persian breed is gentle and sweet, and gets along great with everyone – including kids.  They have a pleasant voice and they can communicate very well with their owners.  They are very playful, yet they don’t require a lot of attention, however, they do love being admired.  Unlike other cats, they don’t climb and jump much at all and are rarely destructive.  Most of the time, Persian cats love to bask in the sun and show others just how beautiful they truly are.
To ensure that your Persian pet stays healthy, you should always take him to the vet on an annual basis.  If cared for properly, such as grooming, shots, and checkups, Persian cats can live as long as 20 years.  One thing you’ll need to be aware of that’s common with Persians is their eyes.  Their eyes are quite large, and can sometimes be difficult for the cat to clean.  This is a common health problem with the breed, and their eyes should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that a problem doesn’t get out of control.

When you compare Persians to other breeds, you’ll notice that the Persians are among the easiest to keep.  You don’t have to worry about things like jumping or climbing, as Persians don’t like to do either.  All you’ll need to do is feed your cat and groom him on a daily basis.  Even though grooming can be quite a bit of work in the long run – it’s well worth it when you have a healthy and obviously beautiful companion.

A Look at Siamese Cats

The exotic and somewhat mysterious Siamese cat hails from the country of Thailand.  They had always been a popular breed of cats, some even residing in royal palaces.  Siamese cats, in the past, were trusted to protect royal palaces and monasteries from evil spirits.  These cats were also thought of as bringing good fortune to their owners as well.

During the year of 1884, the very first Siamese cats began to make their way to England, when they were given as gifts to a British general.  After that, they eventually made their way over to America.  Now, Siamese cats are one of the most recognized of the breed.  Siamese cats are without a doubt the most popular short haired cat and among the top 3 in the entire breed of cats.

Even though there are several different colors to this breed, some questions arise about what makes a cat a true Siamese cat.  These cats have always been known for their bodies which are lighter in color, with darker areas  around the feet, tail, legs, or face.  They can weight anywhere between 6 - 16 lbs, with bright blue eyes that are normally slanted - which is another clue that the cat is a true Siamese.

Traditionally, Siamese cats are robust, with angular heads and a truly muscular build.  They are well known throughout the world for their color points and unique personalities.  Unlike other breeds, Siamese breeds have a talent for communicating with people.  If you are looking for a cat that is nice and quiet, you wouldn’t want a Siamese cat.  These cats love to play, love to make noise, and they also happen to be the most social breed of cats out there.

Siamese cats demand a lot of attention, because in their minds, they believe that the world revolves around them.  For this very reason, they can tend be quite dependant on their owners.  They love to play, and crave interaction.  If you leave them alone for too long, they have a tendency to get into trouble!  They like to get attention, love to play, and hate to be left by themselves.

Even though Siamese cats are emotionally high maintenance, they don’t need a lot of physical maintenance. They need a minimum amount of grooming, which involves bathing every once in a while, and brushing maybe once or twice a week.  If you like cats with minimal maintenance, Siamese cats are perfect.  Their hair is short to their skin, so a gentle brushing is all you need.  They can get sick however, which is to be expected with any breed of cat.

Siamese cats have a life span that is similar to other breeds, which is normally around 15 - 20 years, sometimes even longer. As long as you feed him on a daily basis and take him to the vet for his regular checkups and shots, he will be around for years and years to come.  Most people who have their Siamese cat for over 10 years, find the cat to be more like a child than a pet.

No matter how you look at it, a Siamese cat is a great pet.  As long as you give your pet the attention he craves - he will be your life long friend for as long as you have him.

A Quick Look at Cats

Over the last thousands of years, cats have pretty much handled their breeding themselves.  In the beginning, they were used for one purpose - hunting and killing rodents.  As the years progressed, we began to breed cats more to our liking.  Now-a-days, there are several different breeds of cats - some markedly different, others more, well...catlike.

These days there are over 70 distinct cat breeds, that are recognized through cat registries.  There are several registries that will recognize around 40 breeds or so, as they exclude the more domestic breeds such as tigers.  There are also many variations within the breeds as well, including wild cats that have longer hair.

There are some cat breeds who have roots going back quite a bit in history.  Some Japanese breeds, such as the Japanese Bobtail, can be traced back more than 1,000 years in history.  These cats were very common and well known throughout Medieval Japan.  Today though, they are all but a myth throughout Japan and the entire world.

The more common cat breeds that are found in North America include the alley cat, long haired cat, Persian cat, and Siamese. Siamese cats were bred as 'watch cats' and prowled special ledges built around Chinese aristocray houses. Now, of course, there is no need for their talents, but you might notice that your Siamese likes to perch on top of the bookcase or refridgerator - a left over genetic trait perhaps. Persian cats are very popular, proving to be loving companions, and showcased prominently in television commercials extolling the virtues of refined, upperclass or decadent seeming items.

Alley cats are the most common in North America.  There are actually several different breeds, although most of us just refer to them as alley cats.  They make loving, loyal pets, and there are literally thousands of them in existence.  Cats are known to breed more than any other pet other than rodents, and they will continue to breed unless spayed or neutered by their owners. 

The look of the cat is the easiest way to tell what breed he or she may be.  Some people choose to go by color, although color isn’t as easy to identify.  Different breeds of cats have different looks, such as the Siamese and Persian cats.  Siamese cats are almost always cream coloured with dark brown, black, lilac or blue ear tips, paws, and facial markings, with blue eyes.  Persian cats on the other hand, are easily identified by their long, often times, pure white long hair, and facial shape. Alley cats come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and for non-cat people, tend to look very similar.

Cats were one of the first pets, and easily one of the most popular.  Millions of people around the world own cats, with many people preferring a cat over any other pet - including dogs.  No matter what breed of cat you get - you’re sure to get a pet who will make a great companion for years and years to come.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rescue Kitties - Meet Skitszie Kitty

The third, and hopefully final addition to our family is this beautiful fluffy black and white Orca (generally called Tuxedo cats).

If you look closely at the picture, you will see this lovely lady has 6 toes on her front paws. This type of cat is called a Polydactyl cat. Wikepidia states "Normal cats have five toes on each front paw and four toes on each hind paw. Polydactyl cats may have as many as seven digits on front and/or hind paws, and various combinations of anywhere from four to seven are common, although each of the front and rear paws are typically the same. Polydactyly is most commonly found on the front paws only, with polydactyly of all four paws being less common. It is rare for a cat to have polydactyl hind paws only."

This little baby was only 6 months old when I found her crying pitifully outside my doorstep. The poor little thing was obviously lost and terrified. I coaxed her into the house and started a door-to-door campaign to find her owner. After that failed, I checked to see if she had any tattoos, which she did, so I called the local veterinarian to see if he could track it down. The tracking was successful, she had been spayed and tattooed in Merritt (which is approximately 150 miles away from where I live.)

Obviously, she didn't walk all that way to find my doorstep, as she was in very good condition when I found her. Her fur from her surgery was starting to grow back, but her incision was still visible, which approximately matched the surgery date the vet had given me. I left my phone number for them to contact me if they found the kitty's owner, but I never received a call. So, she moved in with me...

Now I had to figure out what to call her! Mittens seemed rather tame, and Thumbelina was too long. Since she was very skittish even after getting used to the house and her new roommate Picasso, I settled on Skitszie Kitty.

Don't let that sweet little face fool you - nothing is safe from this fuzzy pint sized tyrant! I recently 'integrated' her into my boyfriend's menagerie, and she regularly puts the run on her feline brothers, often standing nose to nose with my boyfriend's two dogs, who tower over her, without turning a whisker.

It's quite funny watching the feeding process in the mornings. Each counter has a cat on it, with 3 black and white cats twining around our legs and the dogs taking up their stations in the kitchen door. After the meal, everyone heads outside for their morning run, all 3 black and white Rescue Kitties following one after the other through the grass.

Rescue Kitties - Meet Mooch


Hello, my name is Mooch, and I'm a Rescue Kitty. I didn't always look this handsome and well fed. I used to live outside, with no people of my own, and it was a very hard, lonely life.

Then, one day, I found a house with an open window in a basement suite, where a family had cats, and sneaked in to have some food. I was pretty hungry, so I ate almost the whole bowl before I sneaked back out again.

I came back a few more times to share my new found neighbour's bounty, but ran away whenever I saw their people. The next time I returned, there was a bowl of food sitting on the steps in front of the window. Each time I showed up, it was full and waiting for me. I couldn't believe my good luck.

Then one day, the food bowl was gone from the steps. Someone had moved it inside the house, on the window ledge above the big metal water bowl with taps. The people were inside, but the bowl was right in front of the open window, so I took a chance.
The people didn't come close to me while I was eating, but they did peek at me a couple of times.

After that, the food dish moved further inside, each time I came back, but the people were nice and didn't bother me. Soon, the people moved the dish to the floor and let me come into the house to eat.

It was comfortable and warm in the house, and after a while, I started taking naps in front of the door. The people always let me out in the morning, after giving me some wonderful treats, and they left the window open for me to come and go as I pleased.

One day, the lady put me in a cage and took me to a place that smelled just awful and left me there. There were other animals in cages crying to be let out. A soft spoken lady took me out of the cage and cleaned me, put drops in my ears and pricked me with a sharp pointy thing. After that I don't remember anything.

When I woke up I was pretty woozy and sore. The lady who left me there came back and took me home with her. She gave me treats, and fresh water and let me curl up on the rug. She let me go outside again a few days later, after I was feeling better and left the window open for me.

I was starting to get very comfortable at this house. The people were good to me, even if the lady did drop me off at that horrible place. They kept putting their hands on me, and I was actually beginning to like it. I kept making these funny, squeaky noises that I had never heard before, but I couldn't help it!

One afternoon, I came in through the window, and saw lots of boxes all over the floor and counters. A whole bunch of people were carrying them out the door and loading them into a van, so I hi-tailed it out of there real quick. When I finally came back, everything was quiet and the house was empty except for my food dish. I felt all alone, but I wasn't scared - I had been alone for a long time before finding this house. Then a car pulled up to the house, and the lady got out. She called me and called me until I showed up. Then she put me in that box again, and we left.

We drove for a long time, and when she finally let me out of the box, I saw I was in a different house, with other cats and a couple of big, loud dogs. They pretty much ignored me, and the other cats seemed fairly friendly, only one of them was a bit touchy and hissed at me. The man who lived there was pretty nice too, and he didn't kick me off the bed when the lady put me on it. It was a pretty comfy bed, I gotta say!

The next morning, the man called us all into the kitchen and gave us treats and milk and filled the food dish. He opened the door and let everybody out, but he left the door open so we could come back in if we wanted. It didn't take long before I started thinking of this place as home. The people who brought me here always stayed over a few nights a week, so I didn't feel lonely, and the man was very friendly and loving. I like him a lot!

Now I'm fat and sassy, and love my new home. I'm so glad my people let me come in that long ago day for food, and I thank them every night when I curl up beside them on the bed and make my squeaky sounds! (They really like that!)