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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

If you could talk...

What would you say? That's what most cat caretakers want to know. Given the gift of speech, what would their cat say to them.

A recent poll shows that 17% think that we would say "I Love You." Of course, we do say this, each in our own special way.

Another 12% thinks their cat would be asking for a lap, or (11%) petting, (10%) a sample of human food, and (10%) a treat.

Most of the attention getting categories all fell together.

Myself, I am usually asking for a treat, or to go outside. Tabby brofur is asking to fed, to left alone so he can sleep, or to go outside.

Mostly we would not be saying "I love you". That reserved for special occasions, not everyday chatter.

Here is the results of the poll:

* I love you 17%
* Sit down so I can get on your lap 12%
* Give me a nice petting now 11%
* How about a little of whatever you are eating? 10%
* How about a treat? 10%
* Shut up and feed me 8%
* Let me outside 7%
* Don't mess with me or I'll bite/scratch you 5%
* Why do you work so much? 5%
* Not so loud - I'm napping 5%
* Hurry home - I gotta go 1%
* Go to work so I can nap 2%
* Other: 7%

While we are not the sort of animals to go chatting around on our blue tooth headsets like humans, or even flapping about singing like birds, we do communicate quite well.

Body language is our biggest tool as we make only a limited amount of vocal sounds. Tail signals, posture and other factors display our moods and our messages. Trust me, few caretakes mistake our meeting when we say "FEED ME".

Learning our other signals just takes a bit more observation. We are always very clear and concise about what we are saying.

So while you think we are wordless creatures, we really are not. Just not quite as chatty as say...a lap woofie.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Save Money, Give me treats!

It seem like everyone these days is looking to save money in one way or another. Dr. Jon and the staff wrote an article giving tips to save money on pet care during this recession.

If you haven't read it - go to 9 Tips to Save Money on Pet Care. It has some good tips.

One way to save money is to spend less on cat treats. Some pet owners spend a LOT of money on treats. (But then, we are good cat, cats and deserve lots of treats.)

Here are a few tips on how you can minimize what you spend on treats while stilling have the pleasure of giving treats:

1. Feed less treats. You don't have to stop feeding them but consider feeding less. Treats are fun to give but there is nothing in them that your cat needs. Cat treats are similar to a candy bar or snack for us. We might like it but we don't need it.

2. Smaller treats. Instead of feeding less frequent treats - break them up in smaller pieces and feed smaller treats. (Try this with my Temptations and I break YOU into smaller pieces.)

3. Make your own treats. One way to cut costs and have fun is to make your own treats. I'll even share some great cat treat recipes with you. These are easy to make and all natural so you know exactly what is in them.

Homemade Cat Treats Recipes
Healthy Cat Treats
Homemade Cat Treats for the Senior Cat

Remember that I will be happy to taste any treats you make before you give them to your own cat! I take my taste testing service very seriously, so you know I will give you good recommendation if you make your treats right!

Monday, August 24, 2009

An update on our Internets

As you know, we have problems now for like last two months. Well, Friday night the computer die. So bean have to reformat the WHOLE thing and then put everything back on it. She is still putting things back on it, but...

We now have working internets again and can go visit blogs like we could not do before. We also have three (!) working internets browers - Firefox, MSIE and Opera! So I am furry pleased by this.

Thank you for putting up with us while our internets not working. So we could get to post more now!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dyed Dog Days of Summer

First there was painted cats. Now from the people who bring you contaminated pet food come another fashionable trend - Dyed Dogs.

People in China are turning to their pets to relieve the stress of their fast paced lives and also to replace the children they cannot have. Couples in China are limited to one child each.

The Daily Mail reported that "In the town of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, pet owners are taking their beloved dogs to grooming parlors where the poor creatures are not just given a shampoo and cut -- but a full-on, multi-colored fur job."

You can also get a pawticure for your pooch, and I don't think they are using soft claws for this!

There has been a nearly 500% increase in pet spending from 1999 to 2008 in China. Ironically, the country recently drafted proposed legislation on animal cruelty -- China's first such law. Penalties under the proposed law include a monetary fine of up to 6,000 yuan ($877) and two weeks imprisonment.

No word yet on whether tie dying your doggie considered cute or cruel in China, but Boulder, Colorado has put its foot down. Last year, a woman was fined $1,000 for dying her poodle pink -- in honor of breast cancer awareness, the woman claimed. (The matter was later settled out of court.)

China has also undertaken strict measures to control its animal population — it will become compulsory for data chips to be implanted in pets so that owners can be found if their pets are found abandoned. I wonder if this includes woofies who run away from home on purpose?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dog hailed as hero for guiding rescuers to owner's body

From Reuters Life!:

SYDNEY – A mongrel has proven that dogs really are man's best friend when he helped rescuers find the body of his owner who was killed in a car crash in Australia.

Moja, a small mixed breed, was in the truck with his owner Henry Drew when it crashed off a highway in Queensland and landed in dense shrubs.

The animal sat by Drew's body, which was hidden by trees, barking incessantly for two days until a farmer went to investigate the cause of the noise.

"If it was not for the man's dog, he may not have been found for some time because his truck was completely covered by trees and our helicopter couldn't see it," a spokesperson for AGL Action Rescue told Reuters.

"This bloke heard the dog barking, it was literally sitting by the man's side," the spokesperson said.

Drew had been reported missing by his wife after he did not answer his mobile phone. Rescue helicopters worked with police to search for the him until the farmer called.

I am sorry it sad ending that the woofie's human died in crash. Cats have stayed by their owners too and help them, but we can't bark and our meows not really that loud.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Survivor Sam the Koala loses fight for life

A very sad story this morning from Rueters:

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Sam the Koala, who won the hearts of the world when video footage of her rescue from Australia's deadly bushfires six months ago hit the Internet, died on Thursday after losing a second battle for survival.

The badly burned koala, filmed drinking from a volunteer fire fighter's water bottle, became a symbol of hope for the survivors of Australia's worst ever bushfires that killed about 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 dwellings, leaving 7,5000 homeless,

But just months after her rescue from the fires in the state of Victoria, Sam was diagnosed with cysts linked to the life-threatening disease Chlamydia that has ravaged Australia's koala population.

The four-year-old koala was to undergo surgery on Thursday to remove the cysts but John Butler of the Morwell Vet Clinic discovered that Sam had severe changes in her urinary and reproductive tract that were non-operable.

"Unfortunately Sam has been put to sleep. It's very, very sad," Peita Elkhorne of TressCox Lawyers told Reuters on behalf of the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter.

"It was so severe that there was no possible way to be able to manage her pain."

The debilitating illness Urogenital Chlamydiosis affects 50 percent of Australia's koala population altough it is not known how koalas have come to be infected with the bacterium.

(Reporting by Pauline Askin, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)

I cannot help but wonder if this disease is related to the hole in the ozone layer over Australia.