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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Easy Like Sunday...

Bean Bag Cat

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Bean think it weird I like to sleep like this. I say it comfy. What you think? Queer? Or comfy?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

IMPORTANT - Onion and Garlic poisoning in Cats

I see post where they discover that tabby brofur's lady friend cat like garlic. Do NOT feed garlic to cat - it very bad for us!

This information is from the Winn Feline Foundation:

The genus Allium includes onion, garlic, leek, chives, shallots, and scallions. All Allium species and their derivatives can be poisonous to dogs and cats. Their toxic components can damage red blood cells (RBC), leading to a hemolytic anemia. In particular, cats are 2 to 3 times more susceptible to RBC damage from these components than other species.

Onion toxicosis is noted in animals that consume more than 0.5% of their body weight; in a 10 lb cat, this would be 8 oz. Ingestion of smaller amounts over several days can lead to RBC damage.

Notably, manufacturers often add onion powder to baby food to increase palatability; and baby food is often given to cats when they are ill to entice eating.

Commonly, signs lag behind consumption by a few days – vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and dehydration may occur. Treatment is mainly supportive.

Owners should restrict access to these foodstuffs.

The Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) in 1968 to create a source of funding for medical studies to improve cat health and welfare.

Tabby Tuesday

Mad Hatter
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I have to tell you, there were some rude cats telling Harley on Sunday that mancats don't wear hats. Well, I have news for you! Mancats DO wear hats! In fact, I love hats and wear them whenever possible!

Here are some of my very favorite hats!

So listen up Harley, little buddy, little pal. If you want to wear hats you go right ahead! Don't let anyone tell you any different!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Myth Monday - The Finicky Feline

Lake Park Crest at the 38th St. Canal

And the animals came on the ark, two by two,
It was a couples only cruise, what else could they do?

Almost every human civilization has some version of the great flood story that wipe out everything on the earth except that which was saved on big boat.

But for domestic cat, it may not be so much of a story.

Genetics suggest that all domestic cat of every breed come from one of only five females that come out to grace the Egyptian Empire with their presence.

And it because of this small gene pool that it is believed that somewhere along the line, cats loose one of the two genes necessary to taste "sweetness". We can taste some sweetness, but not much. Additionally we are somewhat insensitive to salty taste as well.

Certainly of our five senses, taste is not our best one. Cats have relatively few taste buds compared to humans. Felines have only 473 taste buds, dogs have over 1,700 and human have a whopping 9,000. But that does not mean we do not find certain things more tasty than others.

There are certain foods we certainly crave; fish, poultry and dairy being chief amongst them. But what attracts us to these foods?

Our taste buds respond most strongly to Amino Acids, bitter, and sour tastes. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which we need a lot of in our diet. One of the most basic of the Amino acids, that of Taurine, is very necessary to our vision. It is not usually found in processed dog foods, and eating taurine-deficient dog food, long term, may result in retinal degeneration, loss of vision, and cardiac damage.

This why it important your human hunt good quality cat food for you to eat.

Also we do tend to modify our food preferences based on experience. The so called "monotony effect" reduces the perceived palatability of food that very recently formed a large portion of our diet, in favor of food with contrasting sensory characteristics. This is due to our the daily hunting pattern of our wild ancestors, and helps to compensate for incipient nutritional deficiencies.

(My human is careful to mix up the taste of the foods we eat, so I do not get bored with my meals.)

Food preferences in kittens during weaning are strongly influenced by those of their mother, but can change considerably during at least the first year of life.

Because of our relatively few taste buds, we can be somewhat finicky about what we eat. Most of our food evaluation is done by scent, using our vomeronasal cavity, which I talk about last week. It should be noted that we are very good at communicating with our humans which foods are acceptable to us. If you suddenly find your daily meals dis interesting, do not hesitate to let your human know, they will certainly go out of their way to find something more appealing to you.

Note: I should mention that loss of a few taste buds nothing when you consider our marvelous tongues, but I shall leave that discussion for different article.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pyscho Killer Saturday

How to tell if your cat is trying to kill you.
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Bean says I am Psycho Killer. She says she has given me Quantico DIY home profile to determine if I psycho killer. This is how she score me:

(0=Does not apply; 1=Somewhat applies; 2=perfect match)

1) Glib and Superficial Charm: The tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in talking, for example.

She give me a 2 on this because I very friendly and charm people easily.

2) Grandiose Self-Worth: A grossly inflated view of one's abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.

She give me a 2 on this too, but it is true, that I am superior to human beans. All cats are.

3) Need for Stimulation or Proneness to Boredom: An excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky. Psychopaths often have a low self-discipline in carrying tasks through to completion because they get bored easily. They fail to work at the same job for any length of time, for example, or to finish tasks that they consider dull or routine.

She give me a 2 on this too because she say when I am not sleeping, I am always out looking to get into trouble.

4) Pathological Lying: Can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.

She give me a 2 on this. I think this big mistake, as I never lie. Always tell truth. She just not understand the circumstances.

5) Conning and Manipulativeness: The use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one's victims.

She give me 2 on this as well because I so good at manipulating treats out of her, not mention beating up on tabby brofur to gain his treats as well.

6) Lack of Remorse or Guilt: A lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one's victims.

She give me 2 on this as well, but if I never do anything wrong, there no reason for me to feel remorseful or guilty about anything.

7) Shallow Affect: Emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness.

She give me a 2 on this because she says she can tell I am just faking affection for her. She say because I put the bitey on her when she pet me, that I not really care. And because I can be very nasty to tabby brofur. But he deserve it!

8) Callousness and Lack of Empathy: A lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.

She give me 2 because I stick claws in her. They type of homopathic healing cats use, not lack of feeling. Rather it an abundance of feeling. She say "yeah, an abundance of pain!"

9) Parasitic Lifestyle: An intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial dependence on others as reflected in a lack of motivation, low self-discipline, and inability to begin or complete responsibilities.

Just because I rely on her for food and shelter does not make me a parsite. I have always work, as killer of ratties and other thigns for my upkeep, so there is no financial dependence. And I can be very motivated when there is treats involved.

10) Poor Behavioral Controls: Expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting hastily.

Excuse me? Tabby Brofur try to bring slutty back up singer into my house, Of course I going to hurl verbal abuse, threats, and show aggression. IT MY HOME! And I tired of tabby brofur's mooching too! He need to get own home! This would not be happening if she not have other cat to compare me to!

("See," she says. "20 out of twenty." So? test not done. Test on...)

11) Promiscuous Sexual Behavior: A variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual exploits or conquests.

I nutered, so I get a 0 on this. So now it 20 out of 22! Hah!

12) Early Behavior Problems : A variety of behaviors prior to age 13, including lying, theft, cheating, vandalism, bullying, sexual activity, fire-setting, glue-sniffing, alcohol use, and running away from home.

She says she did not know me as kitten, but that I did run away from home, so she give me a 1 on this. She also says lying, theft, cheating and bullying still going on.

13) Lack of Realistic, Long-Term Goals: an inability or persistent failure to develop and execute long-term plans and goals; a nomadic existence, aimless, lacking direction in life.

What so unrealistic about wanting a Hollywood career? I beautiful, intelligent cat. Would be perfect for any movee or TV show! Wait, why you give me a 2 on this. I not aimless or lacking of direction! Just cause my direction right now toward sofa to take a nap not meaning I lacking it.

14) Impulsivity: The occurrence of behaviors that are unpremeditated and lack reflection or planning; inability to resist temptation, frustrations, and urges; a lack of deliberation without considering the consequences; foolhardy, rash, unpredictable, erratic, and reckless.

You kidding right? One should always go after what one sees. Wait, I do not deserve a 2 on this one!

15) Irresponsibility: Repeated failure to fulfill or honor obligations and commitments; such as not paying bills, defaulting on loans, performing sloppy work, being absent or late to work, failing to honor contractual agreements.

What you mean we at 27 out of 30? This test not fair to cat!

16) Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Actions: A failure to accept responsibility for one's actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

If I not get caught, I did not do it. What you mean, 2?

17) Many Short-Term Marital Relationships: A lack of commitment to a long-term relationship reflected in inconsistent, undependable, and unreliable commitments in life, including marital.

I not get married. So I get a 0 on this. What you mean, I get a one because I go through three different homes? That not show lack of commitment, except for human's lack of commitment to me! (30 out of 34?)

18) Juvenile Delinquency: Behavior problems between the ages of 13-18; mostly behaviors that are crimes or clearly involve aspects of antagonism, exploitation, aggression, manipulation, or a callous, ruthless tough-mindedness.

So I kill things? So what? Yes even when I kitten. NO THAT IS NOT A BEHAVIORIAL PROBLEM! Stealing baby birds from nests only a crime of you are bird. What?

19) Revocation of Condition Release: A revocation of probation or other conditional release due to technical violations, such as carelessness, low deliberation, or failing to appear.

I never get caught, so...what? What do you mean I was under house arrest when I live with Loretta-Bean? No, was not release due to failure to appear, it was release because you could not catch me? 34 out of 38? You sure about that? I do not think you count right...

20) Criminal Versatility: A diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes.

Well, yes, I very versitile, but killing is my forte as I'm sure you know. So what?

What you mean, I score 36 out of 40? 90%? I am sure test is wrong. I not psycho killer.



I'VE BEEN FRAMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

SRSLY? Cat Steven?

Apocalypse Meow?
Or did cat just know little earthquake nothing to worry about?
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Apocolypse Meow?

I think maybe tabby brofur have room in band for him.

On a side note, tabby brofur drag home tabby back up singer, and make she think she coming in my house. Needless to say, I put a quick end to that silly thought!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Myth Monday - Oooo that smell!

Cat's Nose

As you might know, cats have an acute sense of smell. Smell is very important to us in many ways as it is part of our language, but can we smell unusual occurrences, such as earthquakes, or volcanic eruption? Some humans believe this is so.

Our very good sense of smell is due in part to our well-developed olfactory bulb and also to a large surface of olfactory mucosa. Our olfactory mucosa is about 5.8 cm in area, which is about twice that of humans and only 1.7-fold less than the average dog. When we breath in, the air passes through this membrane and the millions of cells send a response signal to the brain via the olfactory nerve.

We are very sensitive to pheromones, which we use to communicate through urine spraying and marking with scent glands near our faces and in our feet. This is why we rub up against our humans so much, as well as the things in our territories that we value; we are marking them as ours. (Although some cats, like tabby brofur never pay attention to these messages.)

Now, we also have a special scent organ in the roof of their mouths called the vomeronasal (or Jacobson's) organ. When you wrinkle your muzzle, lower your chin, and let your tongue hang a bit, it is because you are opening the passage to the vomeronasal. The humans call this activity gaping, "sneering", "snake mouth", or "Flemming". Dogs, horse and big cats are among the other animals that do this same movement because they have the same vomeronasal ducts in their mouths.

There our several ways in which use the vomeronasal ducts. The first is to taste smells. This helps us identify food and whether or not is good to eat. Needless to say, this is very important for our hunting as well. Humans, of course, have a completely different way of identifying which foods we will eat, which I call the Friskie's method:

The Friskie's Method

The second is to help perceive sexual odors - pheromones. During mating, smell is the most important of all of our senses, as it helps us recognize and identify the sexual readiness of our intended mate. Neutered house cats do no use this option so often, but many times I will have suiters come and sing at my window when they are looking for a mate, hoping for a better whiff of me.

If you were neutered late in life, you might still exhibit some of activities related to sexual maturity in cats, and will use your vomeronasal ducts to search for pheromones.

The third use is to sense atmospheric information - like coming rain showers - or yes - volcanic eruptions.

Now, because of our very sensitive noses, most cats also respond strongly to plants that contain nepetalactone, especially catnip. We can detect that substance at less than one part per billion.

This response is also produced by other plants, such as Oleander, stocks, valerian, pinks and sorrell, and may be caused by the smell of these plants mimicking a pheromone and stimulating our social or sexual behaviors.

Not all cats have this response, and it is not present in young kittens at all.

We do NOT like the smell of vinegar, which humans have discovered. They have found that the sprinkling of vinegar will make us stay away certain places, or will stop us form urinating in inappropriate places (although it will not change the reason we are doing it in the first place. If you are urinating in an inappropriate place you should still see a vet immediately! You may have a urinary blockage which is life threatening condition!)

Other smells, such as marjoram or oregano can make us aggressive.

A cat's nose leather may be either black or pink, depending on genetics and your basic coloring. It is a pretty tough surface, probably from our propensity to stick our noses into places they shouldn't be.

One caution should be kept in mind, however, for the conscientious caregiver. White or light-colored cats are susceptible to a squamous cancer of the nose and ears, especially when exposed to the sun over long periods of time. Light colored cats should be kept indoors, or should use a veterinarian-approved sunscreen on delicate nose and ear tips if going out in the sun for long periods of time.

Smell is our way of exploring our world. We are able to detect odors that humans can't. Unfortunately, just as with some humans, our sense of smell deteriorates with age. Infection and injuries caused through fighting can also affect our sense of smell. For a cat, the loss of a sense of smell creates a huge handicap. It makes it very hard to catch prey, communicate with other cats, and can leave us open to being injured in a fight if we wander into the territory of another cat.

If you find you are having problems with your sense of smell, it may be best to limit your time outside and stay close to home, where you will be protected.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saturday Scream!

Well, this one way to get on TV:

News Cast Kitten Video

This remind me tho....My bean keep saying "Ou, Ou, Ou...Stop that! I am NOT a pincushion."

This means she loves me, right?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fantasy Friday

In the Jungle...

In the jungle, the mighty jungle,
the cute cat sleeps tonight...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday

Weekend Cat Blogging, Catwoman (c) SC Designs; Scraps from the Chili Peppers taggers kit by Digicats (& Dogs).

I find this article online about cat ladies being at higher risk for suicide. It say:

"Researchers discovered that women who are infected with Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) — found not only in cat poop, but undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables — are possibly at a higher risk of suicide."

Read more HERE

Possibly, maybe, could-be...And they go on to say that one third of the world is infected with the parasite which can be gotten in places other than cat pooh. I mean, this just a seriously vicious attack on cat kind. We are being a victim of racial profiling.

More cat haters out to get us and our loving caring cat ladies.

I think most responsible cat staffers know the danger of handling cat pooh and wear household gloves or some similar protection when they clean out our box, just like when they clean out their own toilet. Maybe they should do reverse study, see if depressed people more like to be infected with bacteria because they don't take proper care with their toilet habits and foods.

Just a thought.

On a side note, Sparkle cat want to know if I watch sky booms from UTB. I do not. I watch them with my bean.

My bean is very, very brave and not afraid of anything, including the sky booms, and so when I am with her, I am not afraid either.

We live by the river and can see the sky booms from our front yard, so every year we have friends for Bar-B-Que and then we sit and watch sky booms. I sit on my bean and am not afraid at all!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tattle Tail Tuesday

Well, obviously he's gonna eat that!

Bean get mad at me because I hiss at tabby brofur and whap him.

Well, obviously he's gonna eat that!

Well, of course, I gonna hiss at him and whap him. He is eating my food!

Well, obviously he's gonna eat that!

And he didn't even ask if I was gonna eat that!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Myth Monday - Can you hear what I hear?

Feline Ears

Some humans think cats are psychic - and I have met some cats who think they are psychic too. (Not like Tabby Brofur, who is psychotic.) But truth is we only seem that way because we anticipate things based on clues we get from the environment around us.

Our senses are very acute, more so than humans in most cases, so while we interpret what we perceive, they think we are actually picking up psychic signals.

One of sharpest senses we have is that of hearing. Humans and cats have a similar range of hearing on the low end of the scale, but cats can hear much higher-pitched sounds, up to 64 kHz, which is 1.6 octaves above the range of a human, and even 1 octave above the range of a dog.

Humans are most sensitive to sounds of around 3000 Hz (most human voices are near that pitch), while you are most sensitive to sounds of around 8000 Hertz. This does not mean we don't like to listen to our human's voice! We most certainly do.

One of the reasons for our extraordinarily good hearing is our outer ear or "pinna". Feline pinna are large, erect, and cone-shaped.  They act to both catch and amplify sound waves. Cats' ears amplify sound waves two to three times for frequencies between 2000 and 6000 Hertz (Hz).

When we are listening for something, our ears will swivel in the direction if the sound. Our pinna can independently point backwards as well as forwards and sideways to pinpoint the source of the sound. Our pinna can move around as much as 180 degrees, doing so by virtue of about 30 sets of muscles (humans have only six sets).

We can judge within three inches (7.5 cm) the location of a sound being made one yard (approximately 91 cm) away — this can be useful for locating our prey. Our pinna enables us to lock into sound sources, but even we cannot move our ears fast enough to localize sounds

Localizing sound - that is identifying the location of the source of a sound - depends on processing the difference in both arrival time and the intensity of the sound as it arrives first at one ear, then the other. Because sound travels in waves, these differences are more apparent in smaller wave (higher frequency) sounds, and in fact are hard to detect if the sound waves are larger than the ears are spaced apart.

For this reason, smaller animals have their ears far to the side of their head, and more importantly, are able to hear higher frequencies.

The pinna funnels the sound waves into the ear canal where the waves strike the ear drum. When the ear drum vibrates, it causes the three tiny ossicles (bones) to move, which in turn push on a membrane at one end of the cochlea. The cochlea is filled with fluid, so when the membrane is pushed it causes waves in the fluid. These waves flow over tiny hair-like cells that are sticking inward from the floor of the cochlea, causing some hair cells to move.

Each hair cell sends a signal to the brain when it is moved, and depending on which cells are moved, you hear different pitched sounds. It is in these last steps that hereditary deafness usually disrupts.

Because of our great reliance on our hearing for hunting, deafness can be worse for a cat than blindness.

Deafness is associated with white coat color in cats, but not all white cats are deaf. Deafness is most likely to appear in cats with the dominant white (W) gene. Cats can also be white due to the white spotting gene, but deafness is not associated with that gene.

According to one study, about 40 percent of white cats are deaf in both ears and 12 percent deaf in one ear. White cats with two white parents are more likely to be deaf in one or both ears. Cats with two blue eyes are more likely to be deaf than cats with one blue eye, and both are more likely to be deaf than cats with no blue eyes.

Sometimes hearing loss can happen in other ways, the most common being an untreated ear mite infestation. That is why it is important for your human to check your pinna, even though, like you, I really don't like having my pinna handled.

Your human can check your hearing by making startling sounds or hissing noises where you can’t see them (or other cats that may respond) or can’t feel any vibrations or wind currents.

Deaf cats or cats with significant hearing loss can learn to respond to vibrations and hand signals, but should be protected from outdoor dangers as they cannot hear them approaching.

While it might be fun to know what the humans are thinking sometimes, we don't really know any better than they do because of some mystical sixth sense.  Like humans, we only have five senses, but they are VERY good ones!