Monday, December 13, 2010
On the first day of Kissy-Mouse my human give to me, a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
On the second day of Kissy-Mouse, my human give to me, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
On the third day of Kissy-Mouse, my human give to me, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
On the fourth day of Kissy-Mouse, my human give to me, four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
On the fifth day of Kissy-Mouse, my human give to me, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
"That's not how it goes," she says.
"Yes it is," I meow. "I meow this song every year. All bout birdies. I know how it go."
On the sixth day of Kissy-Mouse my human give to me, six geese a laying, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
"It's five golden rings," she says. "In the catholic religion, they represented the five Old Testament books, known as the Law of Moses."
"I pagan," I remind her. "Catholics kill cats."
On the seventh day of Kissy-Mouse, my human give to me seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
On the eigth day of Kissy-Mouse, my human give to me, eight maids with milk for me, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
"That's Eight Maids a Milking."
"That what I sing, now be quiet. Get me my gifts."
On the Ninth day of Kissy-Mouse my human give to me, nine lady birds, eight maids with milk for me, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
"Nine Ladies DANCING, fool cat. This dance represents the nine fruits of the spirit: love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
"Lady birds can dance if they want. I still gonna eat them. Now where was I? Oh yes..."
On the tenth day of Kissy-Mouse my human give to me, ten loons a looning, nine lady birds, eight maids with milk for me, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
"That's ten lords a..."
On the eleventh day of Kissy-Mouse my human give to me, eleven sand pipers sand piping, ten loons a looning, nine lady birds, eight maids with milk for me, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
On the twelfth day of Kissy-Mouse my human give to me, twelve woodpeckers pecking, eleven sand pipers sand piping, ten loons a looning, nine lady birds, eight maids with milk for me, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five ringneck ducks. Four calling birdies, three frenchie hens, two turtled doves, and a partridge and a pear tree (for me to climb).
She throw up hands in disgust.
"There, I all done now. I hungry. Give me treats!"
Thursday, December 2, 2010
So...my bean take me into bedroom to sleep with her because it fury cold out. Tabby bro-fur sleep in laundry basket. I sleep in bed. Or I try to. But first we get all settled in, I think, and I sleep on my bean to stay warm, but she wiggles around, like a fish, all night. How do beans sleep like that? I always sleep, one place, not wiggles all over.
Fank you all for my purrthday wishes.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Cats are among the many species that, unlike humans, cannot close their mouths and create suction.
With help from from high-speed video taken of a felines lapping liquid, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University found that household cats and larger felines like tigers balance gravity and inertia as they imbibe liquids.
The research will appear in the November 12 issue of the journal Science.
Scientists already knew that when cats insert their tongue into a bowl of liquid, the top surface of the tongue touches the liquid first, then the tip curves like a letter J to form a sort of ladle.
This was first observed by an MIT engineer, who filmed a cat lapping liquid in 1940.
However by studying the images researchers have now determined that there is no ladling effect, but instead the cat's tongue darts in and out so quickly that the action forms a column of liquid.
"Cats, unlike dogs, aren't dipping their tongues into the liquid like ladles after all," read a statement from the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Instead, the smooth tip of cat's tongue "barely brushes the surface of the liquid before the cat rapidly draws its tongue back up.
"As it does so, a column of milk forms between the moving tongue and the liquid's surface. The cat then closes its mouth, pinching off the top of the column for a nice drink, while keeping its chin dry."
The liquid column "is created by a delicate balance between gravity, which pulls the liquid back to the bowl, and inertia, which in physics, refers to the tendency of the liquid or any matter, to continue moving in a direction unless another force interferes."
The cat "instinctively knows just how quickly to lap in order to balance these two forces, and just when to close its mouth. If it waits another fraction of a second, the force of gravity will overtake inertia, causing the column to break, the liquid to fall back into the bowl, and the cat's tongue to come up empty."
Cats average about four laps per second, with each lap bringing in about 0.1 milliliters of liquid, the researchers said, adding that larger felines lap at a slower pace.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Cats are known for good grooming, but few have a sense of style. Now consider Lorenzo the cat, a notable and hilarious exception. The 2-year-old feline was recently profiled in an AP article because of his love of posing for the camera while wearing outfits.
The cat has scored thousands of fans, including Yoko Ono and Alanis Morissette, on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. His Web searches on Yahoo! are also clawing their way upward. Over the past 24 hours, online lookups for "lorenzo the cat who wears clothes" shot up 75%.
Joann Biondi via AP
While Lorenzo has exhibited a willingness to model everything from cabana wear to classic denim, he does have a few rules that must be followed if Joann Biondi, his photographer (and owner), wants his cooperation in front of the camera. First, no pants. Second, no caps. And third, much like David Hasselhoff, Lorenzo's top button must remain open. Hey, the fur's gotta breathe, baby!
Friday, August 20, 2010
What I want to know...how come Daisy not invited?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
OCALA, Fla. – A black bear cub in Florida affectionately known as "jarhead" can finally enjoy a good meal.
A clear plastic container was removed from the 6-month-old cub's head after being stuck for at least 10 days. The cub poked its head into the jar when digging through trash in a neighborhood in central Florida.
Biologists say the cub was days away from death because the jar made it impossible to eat or drink. The team had to tranquilize the mother bear and then grab the cub to remove the jar from the bear's head.
The subdued mother was then put in a trap and the cubs followed. After she awoke and nursed the cubs, the bears were moved to a less populated area nearby.
Bet he happy to have jug taken off head!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Police say a traffic stop led to animal cruelty charges after they found a live cat "marinating" in oil and peppers in the trunk of a car.
Buffalo police say officers heard the cat meowing when they stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga to ticket him for running a stop sign Sunday night.
They say they checked the trunk and found 4-year-old Navarro in a cage, his fur covered with oil, crushed red peppers and chili peppers.
Police say Korkuc told them he did it because Navarro was ill-tempered. Korkuc was charged with cruelty and released; his phone number isn't listed.
Police say he told them he was going to cook Navarro. Korkuc also told officers a number of things that didn't make sense, including that his neutered male cat was pregnant.
Animal advocates have cleaned Navarro and put him up for adoption.
What I find particularly distrubing is that this human is obviously demented, yet they let him go? Obviously he need lots of mental treatment.
Hopefully Navarro will find a good home. He look like a handsome fellow.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
My Grandbean send me new treats. They are Friskies Natural Sensations with added vitamins & minerals. I get Real Tuna with accents of sunflower and cranberries and Real Salmon with accents of Sunflower and Garden veggies.
They are delish!
Want to know more? Go to www.friskies.com/Cat-Treats.
(Note: I am very sorry but I have to activate Verification Code on my comment box. I get lots of spammers sending me junk. Hopefully this will stop the spammers.)
Friday, August 6, 2010
So a furry important lesson!
Always wear flea collar. And try not to pout too much when beans put frontline stuffs in fur.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Authorities were investigating the deaths of seven dogs after an American Airlines flight to Chicago.
Flight 851 was an hour late taking off from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tuesday morning, according to Mary Frances Fagan, director of corporate communications for American Airlines. The flight arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at 8:54 a.m. with 14 dog kennels on board.
All the dogs on Flight 851 were "bound for other locations," Fagan said. When ramp workers began the process of moving the dogs to the other flights, they noticed the animals looked "lethargic." They tried to cool them down. The animals were taken from the airport to a veterinarian, Fagan said. Seven dogs later died.
The incident was under investigation. The dogs are being necropsied. The airline said it has drawn no conclusions on what happened.
"We normally transport 100,000 or more every year. We certainly do value pets that our customers have as well as our own," Fagan said.
The American Airlines website details rules for accepting dogs and cats on aircraft. Among them: "Temperature restrictions have been established to ensure animals are not exposed to extreme heat or cold in the animal holding areas, terminal facilities, when moving the animals between terminal and aircraft or on an aircraft awaiting departure."
The airline's website says pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is warmer than 85 degrees at any location on the itinerary.
The Dallas Morning News reported the temperature at Tulsa International Airport was already 86 degrees at 7 a.m. before the plane's departure, and 87 degrees at 8 a.m.
I sometimes like to hide in car when bean is taking out groceries. She very careful, when I am around, that I not get shut in car, because it get very hot, very fast and I would die. I think this happen with these dogs while they sit on runway.
Now beans lose their beloved pets. Very sad.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
SYDNEY (Reuters) – When doctors and staff realized that a cat living in a U.S. nursing home could sense when someone was going to die, the feline, Oscar, was portrayed as a furry grim reaper or four-legged angel of death.
But Dr. David Dosa, who broke the news of Oscar's abilities in a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007, said he never intended to make Oscar sound creepy or his arrival at a bedside to be viewed negatively.
Dosa said he hopes his newly released book, "Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat" will put the cat in a more favorable light as well as providing a book to help people whose loved ones are terminally ill.
"After the New England Journal article you got the feeling that if Oscar is in your bed then you are dead, but you did not really see what is going on for these family members," said Dosa, an assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.
"I wanted to write a book that would go beyond Oscar's peculiarities, to tell why he is important to family members and caregivers who have been with him at the end of a life."
Dosa said Oscar's story is fascinating on many levels.
Oscar was adopted as a kitten from an animal shelter to be raised as a therapy cat at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, which cares for people with severe dementia and in the final stages of various illnesses.
When Oscar was about six months old the staff noticed that he would curl up to sleep with patients who were about to die.
So far he has accurately predicted about 50 deaths.
Dosa recounts one instance when staff were convinced of the imminent death of one patient but Oscar refused to sit with that person, choosing instead to be on the bed of another patient down the hallway. Oscar proved to be right. The person he sat with died first, taking staff on the ward by surprise.
Dosa said there is no scientific evidence to explain Oscar's abilities, but he thinks the cat might be responding to a pheromone or smell that humans simply don't recognize.
Dosa said his main interest was not to delve further into Oscar's abilities but to use Oscar as a vehicle to tell about terminal illness, which is his main area of work.
"There is a lot to tell about what Oscar does, but there is a lot to tell on the human level of what family members go through at the end of life when they are dealing with a loved one in a nursing home or with advanced dementia," he said.
"Perhaps the book is a little more approachable because there is a cat in it. We really know so little about nursing homes, and this tries to get rid of this myth that they are horrid factories where people go to die."
Dosa said the story of Oscar, who is now nearly five years old, initially had sparked a bit more interest in families wanting to send their loved ones to Steere House.
Oscar has even been thanked by families in obituaries for providing some comfort in the final hours of life.
But he said Oscar remains unchanged by the attention, spending most of his days staring out of a window, although he has become a bit friendlier.
"The first time I met Oscar he bit me. We have warmed over the years. We have moved into a better place," said Dosa.
"I don't think Oscar is that unique, but he is in a unique environment. Animals are remarkable in their ability to see things we don't, be it the dog that sniffs out cancer or the fish that predicts earthquakes. Animals know when they are needed."
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Cats. Dogs. Those can be fighting words in some circles.
Cats are "nasty, stinking creatures," says Mark David of Warrensburg, Mo. And dogs? They're noisy, disruptive and "lick you and themselves," counters Sanford Reikes of Louisville, Ky.
Clearly, there are dog people and there are cat people. But it's not much of a contest: 74 percent of people like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.
Cats win the dislike vote handily, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was just 2 percent.
Joseph Moreus, 61, of Westminster, Calif., understands why dogs come out on top.
"They have more personality. They are loyal," he said. "Cats are all about cats but dogs are interested in pleasing their owners. Cats don't care if they please you or not."
And cats can be destructive, said Joy Rasch, 70, of Kennewick, Wash., who gets mad at the neighborhood cats who kill robins, quail and squirrels in her back yard. Male cats will spray their territory or get in the wood pile at 3 a.m. and "screech like bad brakes on a car," she added.
Of course, cat lovers, if smaller in numbers, are equal in passion.
"Cats are 1,000 times smarter than dogs," said Bonnie Hanson, 77, of Sioux Falls, S.D. She and her late husband had a black Siamese cat, Kitty, that she said "always wanted to comfort people, anybody who was ill or unhappy."
"My husband would have chest pains and wouldn't tell me. But Kitty would come and look at me and I'd know. We called him our psychic Siamese," she said. "Every cat I ever had was a help and a comfort."
About 59 percent of American households own pets, according to the poll. About 74 percent of pet owners polled said they had dogs, and 47 percent said they had cats.
Those most likely to dislike cats were blacks, Hispanics and married men. Men were a bit more likely than women to say they disliked cats.
Dog people are more adamant about their preference than cat people, the poll found. Of those who owned only a dog, 34 percent said they disliked cats; of those who owned only a cat, only 5 percent disliked dogs.
David, 28, who runs a landscaping company in Warrensburg, dislikes cats but he says he owes his life to a dog. Two years ago, his 5-year-old black lab Zena was with him when a tractor rolled onto his leg, leaving him pinned and bleeding. Zena went to get his wife.
"She wasn't a Lassie by any means, but she was smart enough to go for help," David said.
Still, all this sniping doesn't mean there is no harmony in the country. Sixty percent of all adults said they liked both dogs AND cats.
Cats are independent so give you a little more freedom but dogs are better companions, said Janet Hardy, 69, of Abingdon, Md., who grew up with both.
David Kyser, 73, has also had both — and can tick off their relative merits.
"Cats take care of themselves. They are very clean. Dogs are not so clean and they need some activity. They are good if you have a house full of children," said Kyser, of Austin, Texas. "Cats just kind of sit around being cats."
And some, of course, don't want either species for a friend.
"I have a fear of dogs and I don't like cats," said Willie Thigpen, 60, of Greenwood, S.C. He and his wife raised three children, but they never had a pet.
"And now I don't want to take care of nothing except me," he said.
The AP-Petside.com poll was conducted Oct. 1-5, 2009, by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. It involved telephone interviews on landline and cell phones with 1,967 adults nationwide, including 1,166 pet owners and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points for all adults. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on sub-samples.
My human is more partial to cats. She say woofies okay, but give her cat any day of the week! Of course, it probably much more comfortable, have me sleep on top of her at night, than have German Shepard sleep on top of her at night!