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(South Florida News-Press)   "Walmart has its greeters, we have our cats". A heart-warming story of a tiny island community coming together to help homeless felines, just in time for Caturday   (news-press.com) divider line 514
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2012-04-28 06:08:46 PM  
right

Never out of sight,
Hear you purr in the night.

My hand moves of it's own accord,
Stroking, tending, one adored.

When I am sad,
Your antics make my heart glad.

I know that we shall weather,
Life's storms, always together.

With you, my fur clad one,
Every day is more fun.
You bring the sun.

And when our ways do part,
Some day, later, I shall start,

Being owned once again!

tigerose 4/28/12
 
2012-04-28 06:16:42 PM  

UpTheIrons66: Whassss Up???...
[i1179.photobucket.com image 520x390]

Kitties are awesom...
[i1179.photobucket.com image 520x390]


Squee! such cute kittehs! As for what to do..feed, love, handle, socialize and then when they are weaned, adopt them out.

Domari runs a small shelter, she can help you with how to do stuff. Good on you for bringing them in.
 
2012-04-28 06:23:11 PM  
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2012-04-28 06:25:49 PM  
i415.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 06:27:12 PM  
i415.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 06:28:02 PM  
Busy

Cat cares not if you are Busy
Life in a Tizzy,
Making you dizzy.

Cat demands,
Cat commands.

Defeated you sit,
In your lap a kit.

Make you recall,
Even the mighty will fall,
When faced with the sprawl.

A paw taps,
Your will power saps.

A purrfect cap.

To a busy day.

tigerose 4/28/12

It was National Poetry week...I have a poem in my pocket, how about you?
 
2012-04-28 06:28:29 PM  
i415.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 06:34:54 PM  

UpTheIrons66: Hello all you fellow cat lovers. Well, someone's black momma cat decided our back acre was the perfect place to have her babies. It took us a few days with a cage trap to catch the momma, and the kitties, but we finally did it. We now have them in our enclosed 6ft x 6ft cat (or dog) kennel we have in the back yard. But we have no idea what to do with them. We already own five rescue cats in our home (all indoor cats, and all fixed updated shots, etc) Any ideas on how to get these ferel cats more calm and what to do with them? Any ideas would be great. Our local no kill places are pretty full of cats, so I think we're on our own. Sucks, but they're so cute. All black too.

Here's some pics...

The momma cat...
[i1179.photobucket.com image 620x465]

The three Amigos...
[i1179.photobucket.com image 520x390]


Would the shelter you mentioned be willing to help find homes if you "foster" the group? That way you get help finding homes, and they get one less momma and litter on their doorstep.
 
2012-04-28 07:07:04 PM  

Snausages75: Happy Caturday to all - this is my first time posting. :-)

Back in 2008, I adopted a cat named Frankie.


That's an awesome story! I have a cat who's a bit similar - hates to be picked up (she'll wiggly wildly until you drop her), doesn't enjoy petting unless it's on her terms, etc. They both have been on two loooong car rides - once from Ohio to New Mexico, and then just recently from New Mexico to Oregon.

We were just south of Salt Lake City this time and my battery died. I freaked out pretty bad because it was hot, we ended up getting the car to a shop, the smells, the noise, etc. I was more upset that my cats were so confused and scared, since they were relying on me to make everything okay! I ended up taking my little girl out during the next section of the ride and she snuggled with me under my hoodie. It seemed to help calm her down. But in the end, they still appear to love me, or at least love that I still bring them food every morning.
 
2012-04-28 07:12:27 PM  
RadicalEd Wow, what a scary thing! Your cats obviously trust you to make things right, and by taking your little girl out to snuggle with you was just the right thing.

Travel is never easy, for hooman or feline or goggie...Guinea pigs don't care as long as you keep the kale coming!
 
2012-04-28 07:28:39 PM  
JLS1965:
My mewbie, Phineas. Not named after a tv character....He's been with us since last Caturday....he has us under his spell.....he is 9 weeks old and full of piss and vinegar....

reneau.smugmug.com
 
2012-04-28 07:32:55 PM  

Simplex_X-L: Fortunately, eBay came to their senses and deleted the original offending posting. Yes, there's more to report, which I did on this one.


Thanks for the link. Let the reporting begin.
 
2012-04-28 07:33:28 PM  
RCon:
Nert shares turf with Jezzy Rezzy McRezzerton (of the Seattle McRezzertons), her more imperious and curmudgeonly counterpart. Jezz for Prez.

reneau.smugmug.com
 
2012-04-28 07:36:07 PM  

My friends, I would like some advice. Has anyone here ever used a Furminator? The reason I ask is that most of you know that Dragon (while technically a short hair) is extremely fluffy, with very thick fur. While I am used to it, it seems that as he gets older, he seems to be ingesting more than is good for him - I base that on the amount of fur he is excreting, which is obvious when I scoop his litter box.

I have spoken to my vet about this, and since the white boy is already on a daily dose of a stool softener/laxative, I was advised to avoid any type of normal hairball remedy (Petromalt, Laxatone, etc.) and instead just brush him every day. Which sounds simple enough, but Dragon does not like to be brushed. Over the years, I have tried regular cat brushes, those rubber ones, slicker bushes, combs, even human hair brushes, and he is not keen on any of them.

So although I have heard good things about the furminator, before I invest in one (those damn things are expensive, and cash is tight right now), I would appreciate any input. I don't want to clutter up the thread, so feel free to contact me at my login @ gmail.com. Thanks to all in advance, and I apologize for the wall of text.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled gaseous Caturday :o)

i415.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 07:39:17 PM  

Finally back after din-din for all concerned.
UpTheIrons66, sounds as if you've become foster-kitty parents in spite of yourselves. Didn't really realize, but that's largely what happened to us 5 yrs ago a wk ago, rather earlier in the cycle. Kittens were just 3-4 days old. Primary thing is, feed momma so she can feed the wee amigos while they need, which may not be much longer from the look of them. They ought not to need more than a single litter box for starters, tho experts will say at least 2.

i45.tinypic.com
Another microscopic pic from Lazy Caturday. There should be a way to embiggen, but I'm ignorant of it.
 
2012-04-28 07:41:10 PM  

sherpa18: My friends, I would like some advice. Has anyone here ever used a Furminator? The reason I ask is that most of you know that Dragon (while technically a short hair) is extremely fluffy, with very thick fur. While I am used to it, it seems that as he gets older, he seems to be ingesting more than is good for him - I base that on the amount of fur he is excreting, which is obvious when I scoop his litter box.

I have spoken to my vet about this, and since the white boy is already on a daily dose of a stool softener/laxative, I was advised to avoid any type of normal hairball remedy (Petromalt, Laxatone, etc.) and instead just brush him every day. Which sounds simple enough, but Dragon does not like to be brushed. Over the years, I have tried regular cat brushes, those rubber ones, slicker bushes, combs, even human hair brushes, and he is not keen on any of them.

So although I have heard good things about the furminator, before I invest in one (those damn things are expensive, and cash is tight right now), I would appreciate any input. I don't want to clutter up the thread, so feel free to contact me at my login @ gmail.com. Thanks to all in advance, and I apologize for the wall of text.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled gaseous Caturday :o)

[i415.photobucket.com image 423x639]



I haven't tried the one I purchased yet, but I did get it on e-bay for much cheaper than the suggested price.
 
2012-04-28 07:47:57 PM  

sherpa18: My friends, I would like some advice. Has anyone here ever used a Furminator? The reason I ask is that most of you know that Dragon (while technically a short hair) is extremely fluffy, with very thick fur. While I am used to it, it seems that as he gets older, he seems to be ingesting more than is good for him - I base that on the amount of fur he is excreting, which is obvious when I scoop his litter box.

I have spoken to my vet about this, and since the white boy is already on a daily dose of a stool softener/laxative, I was advised to avoid any type of normal hairball remedy (Petromalt, Laxatone, etc.) and instead just brush him every day. Which sounds simple enough, but Dragon does not like to be brushed. Over the years, I have tried regular cat brushes, those rubber ones, slicker bushes, combs, even human hair brushes, and he is not keen on any of them.

So although I have heard good things about the furminator, before I invest in one (those damn things are expensive, and cash is tight right now), I would appreciate any input. I don't want to clutter up the thread, so feel free to contact me at my login @ gmail.com. Thanks to all in advance, and I apologize for the wall of text.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled gaseous Caturday :o)

[i415.photobucket.com image 423x639]


I used one on Wraggs (dearly departed shephard mix who had a major undercoat). It really took away a lot of her undercoat and cut down on the hair around my house. Just so you know, it is sort of a razor that cuts some of the hair (that I could see at least). I am sure the cat one is different than the other.

For the time being, I'd go with a simple shedding brush rather than the furminator.

What a white cat with a whole lotta fur might look like

i112.photobucket.com

Misty, circa 1990, when we lived in Atlanta.

BTW, the furminator I had for Wraggs, I sold to a coworker for $10. then 3 weeks later I got 2 dogs...who thankfully have short hair. whew.
 
2012-04-28 07:53:15 PM  
Dang!
All this talk about Hushpuppies is starting to make me snacklish!
 
2012-04-28 07:54:56 PM  
i112.photobucket.com

This Misty around 200. He was almost 18 years old. Pretty good looking for a geezer kitty
 
2012-04-28 07:55:45 PM  
i211.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 07:57:26 PM  

CrankyAndi: [i112.photobucket.com image 640x480]

This Misty around 200. He was almost 18 years old. Pretty good looking for a geezer kitty


the year 2000....I wasn't around in the year 200 and neither was he. sigh........
 
2012-04-28 08:05:03 PM  

quantum_jellyroll: Dang!
All this talk about Hushpuppies is starting to make me snacklish!


i211.photobucket.com

How's Mom doing?
 
2012-04-28 08:09:30 PM  
i211.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 08:11:26 PM  
sherpa18 you haz mail.

But I will share with the rest of you as well. I use a comb with rotating teeth. You can still get them, but they are listed for dogs. It works on short and long hairs and is nice because it doesn't pull the hair, causing pain. I have learned though that you need to put a wee bit of pressure on it while you comb through the hair, and a bit of an angle, like 30 degrees helps too.

I once had an old style maine coon, with a cottony undercoat. She was gorgeous, but keeping her knot free was a pain until I got this comb. Recommended by a breeder at a cat show, who was impressed by Punkin..she was a tortie tabby in orange, black and cream. Very Zen kitteh. She passed gracefully one night, ten days after her companion. I still miss them. But am grateful to have been owned by them both.
 
2012-04-28 08:12:19 PM  

sherpa18: My friends, I would like some advice. Has anyone here ever used a Furminator? The reason I ask is that most of you know that Dragon (while technically a short hair) is extremely fluffy, with very thick fur. While I am used to it, it seems that as he gets older, he seems to be ingesting more than is good for him - I base that on the amount of fur he is excreting, which is obvious when I scoop his litter box.

I have spoken to my vet about this, and since the white boy is already on a daily dose of a stool softener/laxative, I was advised to avoid any type of normal hairball remedy (Petromalt, Laxatone, etc.) and instead just brush him every day. Which sounds simple enough, but Dragon does not like to be brushed. Over the years, I have tried regular cat brushes, those rubber ones, slicker bushes, combs, even human hair brushes, and he is not keen on any of them.

So although I have heard good things about the furminator, before I invest in one (those damn things are expensive, and cash is tight right now), I would appreciate any input. I don't want to clutter up the thread, so feel free to contact me at my login @ gmail.com. Thanks to all in advance, and I apologize for the wall of text.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled gaseous Caturday :o)

[i415.photobucket.com image 423x639]




I got one of these last year and all of my cats really like it... none of them particularly hated brushing to start with though. It really is very effective. I bought it from Amazon - they currently have the "Short Hair/Large Cat" (the version I bought) for under $20
 
2012-04-28 08:12:51 PM  
i211.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 08:13:30 PM  
this is what I am talking about Link
 
2012-04-28 08:16:43 PM  
oh boy, my first attempt at a link worked! You guize realize that before I came here I had no idea how to post a pic? Such a wonderful education I am getting..one of these days I might actually caption something.. :)
 
2012-04-28 08:16:50 PM  

reddot: Times are tough for all of us. My sales are flat due to the economy. Donations to animal charities are down. I do my thing for several dog and horse charities, but it's usually gifts of items that they can sell.

The Newfoundland National Specialty Show is starting Monday in Maryland. I have done the show several times and it's great to see the giants going through their duties to please their owners. I'm unable to attend this year, but on Monday was contacted by a friend who also vends at the shows and she asked me what I had. I had very little merchandise, but worked 17 hours to make her what came out to be 17 pounds of merchandise.

I needed to find something else to make a lucky trio of 17s, (and to give me good karma, bribing the powers so my sales would be good), So I went to paypal and sent $17 to Little Mews since they are overloaded and they are my favorite cat charity.

Not looking for any pats on the back as most of us here help out when we can, but when the numbers came up that way, I had to do something. ( their paypal address is littlemews (at) yahoo (dot) com , and if you send as a gift under "personal" they get 100%.

.......and a (lazy) cat:

[i.imgur.com image 640x382]


Thanks for your donation and for your continued support of our rescue.
Yes, we're filling up with cats and kittens, it's springtime in upstate NY and kittens are being born everywhere!! I've been getting calls to take in more every day.
We've also taken in some cats with weird health issues. We have cats with allergies that need special diet. Luckily some of them have been adopted.
There's a cat with a liver tumor and another missing a kidney. No way to tell what we'll get next.

As always, we rely on donations to keep the rescue up and running. Our vet fees are outrageous. We use over 100lbs of kitty litter every week!!

If anyone wants to donate, paypal is the fastest way to do it. We also need things for the cats, litter pans, L-lysine, kitten food, etc. If you'd likt to donate something from Amazon, here's our wish list Link

And some of our newbies....

Lacey finally had her kittens on Easter Sunday, seven of them!
farm9.staticflickr.com


This is Suzie, she'll have a new home tomorrow.
farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-04-28 08:17:06 PM  
i211.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 08:21:44 PM  

yobbery: [i211.photobucket.com image 500x581]


Needs the caption.."Gurgle, Gurgle, gurgle"
 
2012-04-28 08:21:46 PM  
i211.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 08:22:06 PM  

tigerose: UpTheIrons66: Whassss Up???...
[i1179.photobucket.com image 520x390]

Kitties are awesom...
[i1179.photobucket.com image 520x390]

Squee! such cute kittehs! As for what to do..feed, love, handle, socialize and then when they are weaned, adopt them out.

Domari runs a small shelter, she can help you with how to do stuff. Good on you for bringing them in.


If you have any questions, just ask. I'm on Facebook too just search for littlemews you'll find me.
 
2012-04-28 08:23:51 PM  

tigerose: yobbery: [i211.photobucket.com image 500x581]

Needs the caption.."Gurgle, Gurgle, gurgle"


That's what first came to my mind as well.
 
2012-04-28 08:28:32 PM  

yobbery: tigerose: yobbery: [i211.photobucket.com image 500x581]

Needs the caption.."Gurgle, Gurgle, gurgle"

That's what first came to my mind as well.


great minds...;)
 
2012-04-28 08:31:26 PM  
i47.tinypic.com
The Look, perfected by Mom's cat Tabitha
 
2012-04-28 08:33:55 PM  
i49.tinypic.com
closed for the season!
 
2012-04-28 08:35:35 PM  
Ooops! Forgot to say, Captions welcome..my brain..it haz teh derp....I am becoming my cat, or maybe Biscuit....:)
 
2012-04-28 08:44:17 PM  
I have killed the thread???

Ok...Drinks on the House!
 
2012-04-28 08:53:31 PM  
i47.tinypic.com
Eli
 
2012-04-28 08:55:51 PM  
i47.tinypic.com
Tulips in Eli's playground
 
2012-04-28 09:02:37 PM  
i50.tinypic.com
Wake me when it is Spring. K?
 
2012-04-28 09:04:54 PM  

sherpa18: My friends, I would like some advice. Has anyone here ever used a Furminator? The reason I ask is that most of you know that Dragon (while technically a short hair) is extremely fluffy, with very thick fur. While I am used to it, it seems that as he gets older, he seems to be ingesting more than is good for him - I base that on the amount of fur he is excreting, which is obvious when I scoop his litter box.

I have spoken to my vet about this, and since the white boy is already on a daily dose of a stool softener/laxative, I was advised to avoid any type of normal hairball remedy (Petromalt, Laxatone, etc.) and instead just brush him every day. Which sounds simple enough, but Dragon does not like to be brushed. Over the years, I have tried regular cat brushes, those rubber ones, slicker bushes, combs, even human hair brushes, and he is not keen on any of them.

So although I have heard good things about the furminator, before I invest in one (those damn things are expensive, and cash is tight right now), I would appreciate any input. I don't want to clutter up the thread, so feel free to contact me at my login @ gmail.com. Thanks to all in advance, and I apologize for the wall of text.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled gaseous Caturday :o)


I use a Zoom Groom on my cats. It gets off a ton of loose fur and best of all, the kitties love it. It's like they're getting a massage. I then use a cat brush to smooth them out and get the last of the fur off them. They really do not like the cat brush though, and I have to chase them and hold them to finish getting the hair off them. I do this every other day and they haven't had hairball problems since.

The furminator has razors in it that cuts the hair so I would think you would still need some kind of brush to remove the loose fur.
 
2012-04-28 09:05:08 PM  
Thanks everyone for the advice. We're gonna call around again on monday, cause we found some more no kill shelters in the area (well, about 60 mile radius) so we'll see who can help us. The wife has been handling the kittens pretty well, they seem to like it. And we're gonna go ahead and get the momma cat fixed and let her out after she heals. She's very hissy and pissy. But we don't want her bringing more babies around.

Thanks again.

and a few more pic...
i1179.photobucket.com

i1179.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 09:10:30 PM  

UpTheIrons66: Thanks everyone for the advice. We're gonna call around again on monday, cause we found some more no kill shelters in the area (well, about 60 mile radius) so we'll see who can help us. The wife has been handling the kittens pretty well, they seem to like it. And we're gonna go ahead and get the momma cat fixed and let her out after she heals. She's very hissy and pissy. But we don't want her bringing more babies around.

Thanks again.

and a few more pic...
[i1179.photobucket.com image 520x390]

[i1179.photobucket.com image 386x515]


Sounds like a great plan. You guize are teh bestest!
 
2012-04-28 09:13:58 PM  
tigerose, you not kill thread. Just you only one posting for a bit, cept for yobbery & q_j before you mentioned that. Fang Q again for the 2 poems.
Agree with you & yobbery on "triple gurgle". One of you 2 can do that caption, I'm not going there!
i45.tinypic.com
Last of the microscopic Lazy Caturday pix. If I wasn't supposed to go do something about
eBay & the leghold traps, I'd make a try to embiggen.
 
2012-04-28 09:14:49 PM  
for whatever reason Jake has it out for this stuffed dog that my sister in law got for the baby. he keeps grabbing the end of the tail in his teeth and trying to drag it off. here he is sulking because i told him no and wouldn't let him have it.
i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-28 09:19:37 PM  

konekosama: for whatever reason Jake has it out for this stuffed dog that my sister in law got for the baby. he keeps grabbing the end of the tail in his teeth and trying to drag it off. here he is sulking because i told him no and wouldn't let him have it.
[i105.photobucket.com image 640x480]


Ahhahaa! Obviously Jake is jealous of it. It's HIS job to guard the baybee!
And, Oh my the hair on the little one! As a nurse once said to my Mom, "You must have had a whole lot of heartburn!" :)

You do know that photoshop goodness might ensue right>
 
2012-04-28 09:28:40 PM  

sherpa18: My friends, I would like some advice. Has anyone here ever used a Furminator? The reason I ask is that most of you know that Dragon (while technically a short hair) is extremely fluffy, with very thick fur. While I am used to it, it seems that as he gets older, he seems to be ingesting more than is good for him - I base that on the amount of fur he is excreting, which is obvious when I scoop his litter box.

I have spoken to my vet about this, and since the white boy is already on a daily dose of a stool softener/laxative, I was advised to avoid any type of normal hairball remedy (Petromalt, Laxatone, etc.) and instead just brush him every day. Which sounds simple enough, but Dragon does not like to be brushed. Over the years, I have tried regular cat brushes, those rubber ones, slicker bushes, combs, even human hair brushes, and he is not keen on any of them.

So although I have heard good things about the furminator, before I invest in one (those damn things are expensive, and cash is tight right now), I would appreciate any input. I don't want to clutter up the thread, so feel free to contact me at my login @ gmail.com. Thanks to all in advance, and I apologize for the wall of text.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled gaseous Caturday :o)

[i415.photobucket.com image 423x639]


I have one, and it works great! Extracts loose hair you never knew was there. And go online to buy it, Amazon or somewhere, not a store. I ended up paying something like $8 + shipping for mine. PetsMart wanted $20 or more (I think). It's very rigid, and sort of sharp, so you have to go gently, especially with a thin cat. Good luck!
 
2012-04-28 09:30:00 PM  
I just realized it haz been a year since I joined the Caturday family...how time flies when you are having fun!

Oh my, how many poems does that make? Sometimes I scare myself!
 
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