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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   ( divider line
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2012-04-28 04:59:44 PM  
5 votes:
Happy Caturday to all - this is my first time posting. :-)

Back in 2008, I adopted a cat named Frankie. Frankie came from a foster organization that, sadly, has so much business, it is all they can do to keep the kitties healthy, fed, and housed, so there isn't much time for socialization. So when I adopted her, they warned me that you could not pick her up. I'd had cats before and I knew some of them weren't thrilled about being picked up, so I figured it was just that and I could deal with it.

Well, it wasn't.

You really can't pick Frankie up. It is full blown, "OMG I'M GONNA DIE" scratching, hissing, biting, all the tools in the scared kitty arsenal. Plus, not only was she so scared of being picked up, she didn't allow people to touch her unless she initiated the contact AND you could not touch her in two places at once. If a situation gave her an idea that she was about to be picked up, she beat a hasty exit.

I am partial to grey and white cats, and I wasn't about to return her to the foster. I just decided that I could respect that about her and I'd only pick her up when it was 1000% necessary (vet appointments, etc.) and I wouldn't push her on contact. Everybody deserves to have their boundaries respected, and I don't think animals are any different than the rest of us in that.

So, fast forward to 2012. We (two dogs, Frankie, and I) are moving several states away to help take care of my mom who was diagnosed with lung cancer. I was sweating how I was going to get her into the carrier, how she'd handle 12 hours in the carrier in the car, plus an overnight hotel stay. Was the progress I made with Frankie over the the past four years (now I could,if I did it right, touch her in two places at once, she comes when called, and reports for admiration/cuddles at night when the light is off) going to be wiped out by this trip? I was afraid it would be.

But she surprised me. She went in the carrier by herself (I think she decided going in on her own was better than being put in), and other than some crying when we were going slower than highway speeds (Speed Kitty), she was a rock star. I left her in the bathroom in the hotel and she actually came out for attention when I'd go in to see her. When we got to my mom's, she hid for a few hours but that night, reported for pets like nothing had happened.

Conversely, the dogs spent most of the trip barfing (one in the hotel bed, the other multiple times driving up the New Jersey Turnpike after breaking into his arthritis chews and forcing me to call Poison Control. Why yes, he is a Beagle!).

It has been hard moving up here and dealing with mom's illness, and Frankie provides a reassurance that is...different than the dogs give. Doggie comfort is "Everything's OK, I think, but you should pet me so I'm sure." Kitty comfort is "Duh, I *told* you everything was fine. Now rub the side of my face. No, over here."

Since she is so nervous of strangers, Frank doesn't get the admiration that the dogs get from other people, so I wanted to share how proud I was of her for handling the trip so well. Thanks, Frankie Pants, for being my bestest kitty friend.

Plus, the picture just cracks me up. I took it for a friend so she could see how Frankie was adjusting and she pointed out the writing on the box. It seems the exact opposite of the look on her face.

Thank you all for all the awesome Caturday fun!
2012-04-28 10:22:14 PM  
2 votes:
Mrs CDK:

...but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

/ was just singing that in my head
2012-04-28 06:28:02 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:08:46 PM  
2 votes:

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 05:35:28 PM  
2 votes:
If it looks like I was born yesterday, it's because I was born yesterday:
My newest nephew, Oliver. His dad introduced me to Fark, but isn't one of the Caturday crew.
2012-04-30 08:34:22 PM  
1 vote:
settling down for the evening with hubby as the babe is asleep. i'm reading while he's shooting things in mass effect 3. at first he only had the demo but then he got the real game and it's been more like this.
i do so love our time together.
2012-04-30 08:29:44 PM  
1 vote:
Youtube kitteh video

This is a long video, but I think it's worth watching to the very end.
2012-04-29 07:12:38 PM  
1 vote:
Cat furniture...
2012-04-29 07:08:11 PM  
1 vote:
2012-04-29 02:56:40 PM  
1 vote:

I am so sad that I missed out on Caturday this week.

It has been a nightmare week for my daughter and I. It started with my daughter having a bad reaction to a new migraine medication. That put her on two days of bed rest.
Then I lost the apartment that we were going to be moving into. I am getting out of a bad marriage and don't have much credit. The apartment manager kept requiring more and more money then a cosigner. When I couldn't come up with it I was out of a place to live.
Then I took a fall, flat on my back onto concrete.
I have severe asthma which has been flaring everyday which has left me swollen and on oxygen.
Then I got a nasty email from my husband's attorney trying to intimidate and scare me, which knocked me out emotionally. I lost a day from that, as in I must have blanked out emotionally. My daughter says that I stayed in bed crying and shaking. Then some bit of strength came to life in me. I got up, got dressed, checked the ads, found another apartment, went out and applied, got accepted and will be moving in on Monday.
Right now I am in the bathtub trying to soak my back so I can get a little strength to pack a few more things. I just have to survive and then I can live.
2012-04-29 02:23:26 PM  
1 vote:
And that got me thinking...what type of car would a cat like to watch???
2012-04-29 01:41:13 PM  
1 vote:

laulaja: ThePuceGuardian! Wottheheck are you doing up in the daylight? Always, always good to see your work, any time!

I haven't slept! That was the weekend that was. With sand and dust and heat and deathclaws and such.

2012-04-29 12:49:01 PM  
1 vote:
2012-04-29 12:43:17 PM  
1 vote:
2012-04-29 12:37:16 PM  
1 vote:

Pardon me again if I don't shake hands...
2012-04-29 12:58:10 AM  
1 vote:
/I don't actually have freakishly large hands. I'm not sure what's causing that effect in the pic

*Begin Technical Gibberish for the Day*

That picture was shot using a Panasonic DMC-TS3 Point & Shoot camera.
While it has 12MPixels, it's a small sensor and a small lens.
It was shot at 5.5mm focal length. That's pretty wide-angle.
That's what causes the distortion.

It's pretty common for P&S users to get close to the subject, then "go wide" so the
shot isn't too close in the camera. Unfortunately, that causes some interesting
distortion in the final picture (such as big hands, shrunken heads, little feet, etc.).

*End Technical Gibberish for the Day*
2012-04-28 11:21:38 PM  
1 vote:

ArmednHammered: DoomsDayAardvark: After far more waiting than you might have expected, my girlfriend got herself a lemon tree. When she tried to take pictures of it, Kay decided to hog the spotlight.

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Hope it looks like the one in my front yard in a couple years.
Meyer lemons are the best!
Kay added for scale :)

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Well, we live in Ohio, so sadly, the lemon tree will have to live indoors (or freeze to death come winter), so it probably won't get too awful much bigger.

Also, I'm not sure how I forgot to post this little story earlier, since it's one of the more major life events I've had. *ahem*


/pics of the new Chateau d'Aardvark coming after I actually get possession
//which will probably be some time tomorrow
////extreme slashies
//fark can't handle all the slashies
2012-04-28 10:35:16 PM  
1 vote:
There was a total of 73,740 attendees at the convention. That is the largest show in NRA Annual Meeting history. Hopefully, that means they will be back really soon.


Not sure I could take all that paranoia at close range no matter HOW many cool guns I got to check out.
2012-04-28 10:26:55 PM  
1 vote:
Hi sherpa...

I borrowed a friend's furminator once and while it made almost NO impression on Wimsey's exceedingly thick white coat, I managed to almost completely remove poor Esme's undercoat on her back.
She had a stretch where you could see right through the outer fur down to her skin.
Poor Ezzle-may...
Her undercoat grew back, but I've been told that a cat's fur is 'designed' to come loose very easily...and it's easy to go overboard very quickly with a furminator.

Wimsey likes either a mohair brush, or the flexible rubber business piece of a wig brush that came off the handle...and he LOVES it when I use lavender water on the brush before brushing him.
A damp brush seems to pick up the fur better, and the smell of lavender seems to have a calming, relaxing effect on him. It also leaves his coat glisteny-clean and sparkly.
2012-04-28 10:19:47 PM  
1 vote:

2012-04-28 05:51:48 PM  
1 vote:

dosboot: Under the listing, if you click "report item" under "category" you can click "Prohibited or restricted item" Under "Reason for Report" you can click "Animals, plants, and wildlife" Under "Detailed reason" click "Animal traps"
Strength in numbers. If we can get some numbers, Ebay will make a business decision and take these inhumane posters off the site. Let's make this Caturday a one to remember.

Done. Leg traps meant for any animal are inhumane, IMHO.

2012-04-28 04:56:48 PM  
1 vote:

Lady Farksalot: [ image 640x480]

my new beastly baby...only 2 years old! got her in October but anyways, say hello to Fran

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Hi Fran! Good on your owner for getting an older feline. Tell us your story! And Welcome!
2012-04-28 03:50:33 PM  
1 vote:

dosboot: reddot: dosboot: If you type "cat trap" on ebay, you will get some hits of these abominations:
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I have been reporting this seller and others without success.

/sorry to bring this on a Caturday but this stuff really pisses me off

Unfortunately, after searching eBay's rules, I find nothing prohibiting this offensive listing. If you find a rule or category violation in which to report it, please post a link to it. I have 10 user IDs. Strength in numbers.

eBay is slow to act on many complaints, and chances are, their customer service representatives are from a culture who has no problem eating dogs or cats.

Under the listing, if you click "report item" under "category" you can click "Prohibited or restricted item" Under "Reason for Report" you can click "Animals, plants, and wildlife" Under "Detailed reason" click "Animal traps"

Strength in numbers. If we can get some numbers, Ebay will make a business decision and take these inhumane posters off the site.

Let's make this Caturday a one to remember.

Done. I hope one springs on this bastard while they're rotting in his garage.
2012-04-26 10:54:15 PM  
1 vote:
Gotta brag on my Riktor Pye because I am just so proud of him and his behaviour at the vet's office.
Oh, but he's such a fine clever brave good kitty!

It all started...
(fadeout and harp-like 'back in time' music)

Last time Riktor was at the vet for an ear-cleaning the vet mentioned that he had some plaque buildup on his teeth.
Being a regular denizen of Caturday, I remembered reading about some resident kitties (and goggies) who were feeling so much better after removal of bad teeth...

"Hmmm" I thought. "I wonder if getting Riktor's teeth cleaned NOW might allow him to skip this sort of thing altogether?"
I asked my vet about it. Good idea...except that he would have to be aneth...knocked out for this procedure. Riktor is healthy, hearty and hale...but he is also due to celebrate his 10th birthday this year. Probably a good idea to do a bit of bloodwork first, make sure his heart, liver, kidneys et al are all happy in their work and that being anaeth knocked out won't hurt him.
Bonus: they would also have a baseline for him in the future.

Poor Riktor! The Sainted Vet wanted the tech to hold him instead of me doing so...which may have been why it took them three tries to get enough blood for testing.
He didn't struggle or fight, and the worst thing he said (audibly, at least) was HISSSS...but they were having difficulty in getting enough blood from him.
It was only after I started singing (very softly) to Riktor that he relaxed enough to allow the syringe to do its thang.

Wish they'd have just let me hold him...they probably would have been able to get enough blood first go...and I know it would have been easier for Riktor (this is a completely biased, medically unsubstantiated opinion, BTW).

I promised Riktor that he could ride loose in the car on the way home. He sat next to me and summoned up a tiny little purr.
He allowed me to remove the bright-red vet wrap gracing his silky black forelegs, but the fur on his neck (where they shaved it) is just going have to grow back on its own. Still, he doesn't seem to be holding any grudges...he accepted skritches and was courteous to the neighbor child who wanted to pet him.
I promised him catnip when he came in (even though he already had some this morning)...
and he will get it.
He's probably staying outside because I'm dehydrating spinach, and the white noise of the dehydrator really bothers him; much more so than the other cats who don't seem affected by it one way or the other.

Poor just has not been a great day for him. I'm going to have to make it up to him somehow...
2012-04-26 09:04:26 PM  
1 vote:
My mewbies have arrived.
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