Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cat Clothing

Not all cats are fond of wearing extra clothing, collars or harnesses. Some downright refuse to move if you put a leash on them, and do all types of acrobatic tricks to remove the offending article! However, there are some felines who seem to enjoy being dressed up and shown off. (I can't personally attest to that as all of our cats were of the opinion that extra accessories were unnecessary!)

I have seen many pictures of cats with Halloween costumes, but there are a ton of other, more practical outfits that are worn by cats all over the country. Some owners like to give their pets some "bling" by buying them fancy, sequined or be-jeweled collars, while others prefer to give their kitties warm, stylish outerwear to keep them warm and dry.

My personal experience, when it came to dressing up cats, was less than satisfactory. The cat was definitely not impressed, and I ended up with a few more scratches than I was expecting! Suffice it to say, that was the last time I ever played 'dress up' with my cat!

If you are one of the lucky cat owners whose furry charge is inclined to sporting the latest fashions, I welcome your pictures and stories for other readers to enjoy! So if you have some pictures of your cat dressed for an occasion, please feel free to contact me.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cat Trees

If there is one thing synonymous with cats, it's a tree. Unfortunately, unless you have a huge house with the space for a real, live tree in your living room, your cat will have to go out of doors to get his or her tree "fix".

So, some bright soul had an idea to give our kitties the opportunity to climb and scratch on something besides our furniture or a scratching post, and the cat tree was born. These wonderful creations allow our feline friends to climb and play indoors, without having to call the fire department if they get stuck!

A cat tree is a great investment. It helps to save your furniture, gives your cat exercise and a great place to sleep or keep watch over the neighbourhood! The ones I have listed below are not quite the same as the one I have, but there are so many different and interesting varieties, it was hard to choose.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Rather Sad Update

I know these things happen, and have gone through this many times with my cats, however, it is always heart breaking when it does.

My rescue kitty, Oly, has been missing now for a week. We scoured the fields and neighbourhoods in vain calling and looking for our bright-eyed, fearless wanderer. Unfortunately, we live in a rather rural community, with lots of open fields and farmland surrounding our suburban oasis. Wherever there are open fields and farmlands, you are sure to find coyotes.

We like to think that our fearless feline was scooped by a passing motorist or child from an adjacent neighbourhood, but our hearts tell us that isn't what happened.

Our "pod" is smaller now, and I don't think we have the heart to replace Oly, but he is sorely missed by one and all. He was quite the mischief maker in the household - terrorizing the other kitties relentlessly, lying in wait and pouncing just to get a good game of tag going with his "brothers and sisters".

He was the type of cat like you see in the cat treat commercials. You shake the bag and voila - there he is! He would steal the bags from the cupboard and play with them until he finally ripped them open to eat the treats. He was always the first one on the counter in the morning and when we got home from work - waiting for his treats.

He always announced his arrival - starting from the door, and continuing until he finally stopped at your feet.

It's much quieter around the house now, but we still listen for him, and call him when we walk the dogs - he and the other two rescue kitties always accompanied us on the walks - but there has been no sign of our mischievous boy. He is sadly missed.