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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Caterday (with Sir Tristan)







Midnight Flight

Hi there effury one! Tristan here with a weekend round of up the activity here at the Demon Cat's Lair! It's been an interesting and informative week, that is for sure! Did you miss any of the fun?

First on Sunday, the Demon Cat tested out some new treats in Snacks on Sunday. Based on that review the massage therapist purchased some more, but the Demon Cat has spent the week picking them off her plate, so I ate them all instead! Yummy salmon puffs!


How we see their toys
How humans see our toys.
How they see their toys
How we see our toys.


On Monday, we discovered why all of our cat toys look blue, green and yellow...at least to us cats...as the Demon Cat debunks - or proves - the myth that pets are color blind during Myth Monday.

On Toesday, the Demon Cat showed off her tootsies and yes, I too am wondering how she can sleep with her toes spread apart like that.

Wednesday saw the Demon Cat and I engaged in a game of King of the Hill. Let's just say I did not come out on top. (I let her win! Ha-ha!)

On Thursday we learned about some interesting inventions. Did you know that the first manned flight of a Hot Air Balloon like mine happened in November 21, 1783 in Paris, France?

I got to tell you, the Demon Cat, says this contraption is not safe, but I think it is perfectly safe. With a record going back to the late 1700's, there is a lot of technology that has gone into these Hot Air Balloon ships!

Besides, it's been a great way to escape all the puddles tropical storm Debby left lying about.

Friday as a little freaky, as we wondered if the banana plant was trying to muscle into our territory. You don't think it eats cat food do you? Or cats?! Yikes!

So with that, I wish you a happy Caterday and well...I'm outta here....

Friday, June 29, 2012

Freaky Friday


Banana plant

I have no idea where the banana plant think it going...

Banana plant

Maybe it want to be house plant?


Thursday, June 28, 2012

T-13: American Inventions

This not really cat related but my bean was looking this information up for a project she working on. I find it interesting. These are 13 things invented by the humans of the United States, where I live:

1. Swim fins: Swim fins, also known as swimfins, fins, or flippers, are blade-shaped extensions worn on feet or hands for use in water. They aid movement in aquatic sports such as swimming, surfing, and underwater diving. Swim fins are typically made of rubber or plastic. Benjamin Franklin invented wooden swim fins in 1717.

2. Mail order: A mail-order catalog is a publication containing a list of general merchandise from a company. Those who publish and operate mail-order catalogs are referred to as catalogers within the industry, who also buy or manufacture goods and then market those goods to prospective customers. Mail ordering uses the postal system for soliciting and delivering goods. According to The National Mail Order Association, Benjamin Franklin invented and conceptualized mail order cataloging in 1744. I have to wonder if he ever thought what mail order would become with the internet! Just look at Pet Supermarket or Amazon.com!

3. Cupcake: A cupcake, fairy cake, patty cake or cup cake is a small cake designed to serve one person, frequently baked in a small, thin paper or aluminum cup. As with larger cakes, frosting and other cake decorations, such as sprinkles, are common on cupcakes. The earliest reference of cupcakes can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of "a cake to be baked in small cups" was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simms.

4. Doughnut (ring-shaped): A doughnut or donut, is a type of fried dough food popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet (or occasionally savory) snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. They are usually sweet, deep-fried from a flour dough, and shaped in rings or flattened spheres that sometimes contain fillings. The doughnut has a long history, supposedly a Dutch creation exported to New Amsterdam (present-day New York City) in the 1600s under the Dutch name of olykoeks--"oily cakes." However, the ring-shaped doughnut with a "hole" in the center is thought to be an American creation, supposedly invented in 1847 by Captain Hanson Gregory of Clam Cove, Maine.

5. Calliope: Also known as a steam organ or steam piano, a calliope is a musical instrument that produces sound by sending a gas, originally steam or more recently compressed air, through large whistles, originally locomotive whistles. It was often played on riverboats and in circuses, where it was sometimes mounted on a carved, painted and gilded horse-drawn wagon in a circus parade. The calliope was invented in 1855 by Joshua C. Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts.

6. Postcard: A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of material, such as paper, leather or other materials, intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. "Postal card" is the term used for a post card issued by a postal authority, generally with postage prepaid. The post card was invented by John P. Charlton of Philadelphia in 1861 for which he obtained the copyright later transferred to Hymen Lipman. The cards were adorned with a small border and labeled "Lipman's Postal Card, Patent Applied For." and later "COPY-RIGHT SECURED 1861." They were on the market until 1873 when the first United States issued postcards appeared.

7. Paper bag: A bag is a non-rigid or semi-rigid container usually made of paper which is used to hold items or packages. In 1868, Margaret E. Knight while living in Springfield, Massachusetts invented a machine that folded and glued paper to form the brown paper bags familiar to what shoppers know and use today. Paper Bags, if you can get them, are popular cat toy. My bean is into the "green" thing though with recycle bags, so no paper bags for me!

8. Spork: A spork or a foon is a hybrid form of cutlery taking the form of a spoon-like shallow scoop with three or four fork tines. The spork is a portmanteau word combining spoon and fork. The spork was invented in 1874 by Samuel W. Francis. U.S. patent #147,119 was filed on January 22, 1874 and issued to Francis on February 3, 1874. Not sure this inventions Americans can be proud of...

9. Skyscraper: A skyscraper is a tall building that uses a steel-frame construction. After the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago had become a magnet for daring experiments in architecture as one of those was the birth of the skyscraper. The edifice known as the world's first skyscraper was the 10-story Home Insurance Company Building built in 1884. It was designed by the Massachusetts-born architect William Le Baron Jenney.

10. Vacuum cleaner: (a.k.a. sucky monster or bane of feline existance) A vacuum cleaner uses a partial vacuum to suck up dust and dirt, usually from floors. Daniel Hess of West Union, Iowa, invented the first vacuum cleaner in 1860. Calling it a carpet sweeper instead of a vacuum cleaner, his machine did, in fact, have a rotating brush like a traditional vacuum cleaner which also possessed an elaborate bellows mechanism on top of the body to generate suction of dust and dirt. Hess received a patent (U.S. patent #29,077) for his invention of the first vacuum cleaner on July 10, 1860. Despite credit usually going to English inventor Hubert Cecil Booth for inventing the first electric vacuum cleaner in 1901, his vacuum was actually predated two years by an American, John Thurman of St. Louis, Missouri, who invented the motorized vacuum cleaner in 1899. However, neither were practical or useful. The first practical and portable vacuum cleaner was built in 1907, when James Murray Spangler, a janitor from Canton, Ohio, incorporated a rotating brush, an electric fan, a box, and one of his wife's pillowcases to serve as the dust bag. Needless to say, this was also first time cat hide under bed to escape the sucky monster.


Carnival of the Cats #288, Using my Summer Daze taggers kit


11. Ferris wheel: If you go to Carnival of Cats this weekend, you might take a ride on Mr. Ferris' Wheel! The Ferris wheel is a non-building structure, consisting of an upright wheel with passenger gondolas attached to the rim. Opened on June 21, 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair, the Ferris wheel was invented two years earlier by the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bridge-builder George Washington Gale Ferris in 1891.

12: Zipper: The zipper is a popular device for temporarily joining two edges of fabric. Zippers are found on trousers, jeans, jackets, and luggage. Whitcomb L. Judson was an American mechanical engineer from Chicago who was the first to invent, conceive of the idea, and to construct a workable zipper. Using a hook-and-eye device, Judson intended for this earliest form of the zipper to be used on shoes. He also conceived the idea of the slide fastener mechanism in conjunction with the invention of the zipper. Patents were issued to Judson for the zipper in 1891, 1894, and 1905.

13: Mousetrap: A mousetrap is a specialized type of animal trap designed primarily to catch mice. However, it may also trap other small animals. Mousetraps are usually set in an indoor location where there is a suspected infestation of rodents. The first mouse trap was invented by William C. Hooker of Abingdon, Illinois, exactly three years before James Henry Atkinson developed a prototype called the "Little Nipper", who Atkinson himself probably saw the Hooker trap in shops or in advertisements, thus copying it as the basis for his own model. Hooker received US patent #528671 for his invention, the mousetrap, in 1894. Since then, humans have been trying to build better one, although best mouse trap of all, still and always has been, cat.

There are, of course, many more. Maybe next week I share another 13 with you.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Toesday


Toes

Back End

Both Ends

I watching you!

Do NOT even get any bright idea about smoochin' me! I is watching you!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Myth Monday - In your eyes


Cats Eyes


You know, I always hear that pets are color blind. This kind of true, but what most humans mean, when they say this, is that we don't see colors at all. This is not true, we can see colors. Just not the way humans can.

Most non-primate mammals have only two types of cones in their eyes. (Humans have three types of cones.) In our eyes, these cones ae optimized for sensitivity to blue and yellowish green. Colors like red and green, kind of look the same to us, although sometime we can see them in proper lighting conditions.

Now, there is a trade off. Cones are lot less sensitive to light. Our eyes work different than human eyes at night. We have something called a tapetum lucidum, which reflect any light that passes through the retina back into the eye. This increases the eye's sensitivity to dim light.

Cats can see in just one-sixth of the light level required for human vision!

Another reason we see better in the dark is that we have slit pupils. Some big cats, like tigers, do not, but domestic cat do.


Tiger's Eyes


Our slit pupils can focus bright light without chromatic aberration, and are needed since our pupils are much larger, relative to our eyes, than the pupils of the big cats.

At low light levels our pupils will expand to cover most of the exposed surface of our eyes. Large pupils, combined with the tapetum lucidum, give us the lazer eye effect that cats show off at night or sometimes in photographs.

Finally, there something in our eyes called rods, which are much more sensitive to the light than cones. Humans have rods too, but we have more of them because we have less cones. Rods do not process color well, and do not see red at all, which is why we have hard time with red.

So maybe reds and greens of Kissymouse not so exciting for us, but I think much better to see in low light than worry about colors like red and green, don't you?

Besides, humans greatly admire our beautiful eyes!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Snacks on Sunday



Snack on Sunday - New treats!

I get new treats to try! They are called Crispies from Friskies and they are little Salmon Flavor puff treats. Let us see how I like them, shall we?

Yummy!

Oh, these treats are VERY tasty! I very much like the salmon flavors! However there is slight problem with them...

Stop Running Away Treats!


Treats very small and keep running away! I do not like my treats to run away!

But I will be happy to have some more of them anyway. Maybe can corral them on plate next time?

Also just a note but we have really bad weather from Tropical Storm Debby. All it do is rain, rain, rain! I am happy bean get me treats so I have something to do on rainy day!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Caterday


Box Thief!

I am sleeping on tabby brofur's box.

Box Thief!

Won't he be hissed when he finds out I have been sleeping on his box?

Box Thief!

I do not care. I will scare him off with my evil lazer eyes!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tattle Tail Tuesday


A good cat


I sorry I not post yesterday. I mean to do it, but I get squirted with the bad cat bottle for no good reason, and so I go outside to mope.

I get squirted because I go into the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Bean not like me to go there, she says it dangerous, I but I see no dangerous there, only some musty old bottles.

I find ratty there once or twice, so I like to go and check, make sure no more ratty, even though Bean says they block up the place ratties get in. Better to check I think.

But bean not like when I go there because of this dangerous that I can not see.

Whatever.

I am not bad cat. I am very good cat, check for ratties. No reason to squirt me with bad cat bottle, even if I do open the door to the cabinet myself when it closed and I not supposed to.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

T-13 - Feline cancer facts


Pissed off look


1. Cancer is among the leading causes of death in cats.

2. “Cancer” is defined as any malignant cellular tumor. A “tumor” is a swelling or other new growth of tissue caused by uncontrolled and progressive cell multiplication.

3. Tumors can be benign or malignant. “Malignancy” is defined as the tendency of something to progressively worsen and to result in death, usually accompanied by properties of invasiveness and metastasis.

4. Another word for cancer is “neoplasia.” Feline neoplasia tends to strike older and intact animals. An exception to this is in cats infected with the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). These cats have an increased risk of developing cancer at a young age.

5. Many different cancers occur in cats, including most commonly lymphoma, fibrosarcoma, mammary tumors, mast cell tumors, squamous cell carcinoma and other soft tissue sarcomas, among others. Each of these can present in multiple ways, with varying frequencies and degrees of severity.

6. Certain cat breeds are predisposed to developing certain types of cancers. Persians and Himalyan cats are more suseptiable to basel cell tumors, while Siamese more often develop cutaneous mast cell tumors.

7. Spaying or neutering may reduce the risk of feline neoplasia.

8. Little is know about the prevention of cancer in companion animals. Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer always improves the prognosis.

9. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are available at specialized veterinary hospitals to treat cancer in companion cats. With prompt diagnosis, aggressive treatment and ongoing management, including pain management and dietary support, many cats with cancer can live long, comfortable and relatively normal lives.

10. Cancer is even more widespread in cats and dogs than in humans. Companion animals from smokers’ homes are more susceptible to bladder cancer than those from non-smoking homes.

11. Abdominal cancers are common and can involve the spleen, liver, kidneys, and intestines. It can be hard to recognize these cancers early because the abdomen disguises swollen, cancerous organs for a long time. (This type of cancer I have.)

12. Pets exposed to flea and tick dips, or to flea and tick shampoos, develop bladder cancer more often than pets that don’t use these products. It appears that the “inert” ingredients, usually made from petroleum (benzene, toluene, xylene) cause the bladder cancer. (Better to use Frontline or Advantage!)

13. Skin tumors are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in pets because they are easiest to see. Dogs are more likely to develop skin tumors (canine skin cancer) than are cats, but skin tumors in cats are more likely to be malignant. A common skin tumor in cats is squamous cell carcinoma that develops where sunlight damages pink skin of white-haired cats. In addition to squamous cell carcinoma, skin cancer is commonly caused by mast cells and melanocytes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tattle Tail Tuesday

As some of you know, my bean have these problem with someone named Mr. Arthur Itis who I have yet to discover. He causes her much pain and when I find this Mr. Arthur Itis, I am going to bite him, very hard. Anyway, she is no longer supposed to drive the car because of the Mr. Arthur Itis, so she has gotten this nice 'bility scooter to get around with and to go do our hunting for us.




Scooter Thief


But do you see what I see?




Scooter Thief


Tabby Brofur has stealed the scooter! Quick call the Cat Cops!

(Note: for those that ask I get rid of word verification, I very sorry, but I get much spam. Find way to get rid of spam and I get rid of word verification!)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Midnight Monday

I have decided to purrsue new career as actress.  This something I want to do for long time.  To that end, I have been practicing my actress skills.  Here I am trying out as a victim on CSI:



Trying out for foll of victim on CSI

Trying out for foll of victim on CSI


Pretty good impression of dead cat, don't you think?

Hardest part not breathing.   We watchin' episode of Quincy M.E. with dead woofie in it, but you could see, woofie not really dead cause he breathing.  So I am practicing really hard not to breath.  CSI much better show than Quincy M.E. and demand more from their actresses.  I also learning to say my lines on que.  This very important too.

I really want part of cereal killer on Criminal Minds, but they want to know what kind of experience I have and what I appear on.  Not sure why, how hard can it be to play cereal killer?  After all, bowl or box of cereal not move, not really hard to kill.  Don't even really have to stalk it.  So I figure I try get roll on CSI so I have experience.

Of course, it would help lots if I lived in Hollywood.  I tell bean we should move immediately to Hollywood but she not very receptive to this idea.  However, I figure I stick claws in her booty few more times, and that should help get her back end in gear!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Humans are annoying!

Humans very touchy, feely.  You ever notice this?

It very hot out and I spend time getting all nice and groomed, then I lay down for nap.  Then it starts.  Sweaty human hand petting my ears.  Smelly human lips kissing my head.  Grubby human fingers holding my paw.  For goodness sake, I trying to sleep!

And then she have nerve, say I annoy her when she sleep.  She not know meaning of word "annoy".

You want do something with those hands? Open can of cat food for me.

Then she put flea stuff on me, say it smell like sunblock.  Not need sunblock.  Tan coming along just fine without sunblock!

I swear, gonna move to deserted island somewhere with automatic food opener and NO HUMANS!