August 5th 2012 7:48 pm
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Thanks for the DDP honor. Thank you everyone for the yummy cakes. We got so many we had to give some of them to the kitties at other Sanctuaries and Shelters.
We know they were lonesome and homesick and a nice slice of cake would brighten their day. If any of you have anything you don't use ask, your Humans to donate it to your favorite kitty sanctuary or adoption center. It just takes a small part of a day and gives a lot of pleasure to those poor guys.
Now to the subject at hand.
Skunk, Cute Skunk.
Some of you said, give it a name. I decided it has to be
Your not STAYING
and you need to GO.
I'm sorry but Girl Human does have a soft spot for cute unscented kind. She acquired a young descent-ed fellow when she was in her 20's. He was unable to return to the wild so she became a foster Mom.
She also had an orange male cat named, Nickolas. He did not like the new cat and sprayed everything he could spray. The skunk would have smelled better. That relationship lasted for 2 years.Thank goodness for a product called Odor-mute. She still uses the product today, around the Sanctuary.
She later gave the skunk to a zoo. Nickolas never improved. He went and lived with a farmer. Not really a good time had by all. The skunk was real cute and funny. Gave lots of smiles to all ages.
She had to bath him every day as that muskie odor was there every day she didn't. He loved baths. Every day it was the ritual. Jump, hiss, shake the tail. Then Girl Human grabbed him up and take him to the bath tub.
He would swim and play and flip and swim. He did not like the shampoo part and then in the winter we tried the hair dryer but found the skunk smell would start as soon as the hair dryer hit the fur. His fur repelled water quickly and we would towel dry him.
Having a 3 room apartment the two would not last a day together. Nickolas would knock everything over in site. The skunk went to work with Girl Human every day. He sported a x-small dog sweater on cold days and sometimes a little hat for laughs. He was the hit of the workplace and everyone wanted to hold him, play with him and walk him.. He loved anything he could climb into and he walked on a figure 8 dog harness and lead.
A walk always lasted for ever as everyone had to stop and ask questions. Plus anywhere there was grass was a digging ground. Snow was a play park. Skunk Angels must have been a real puzzle to anyone who followed us later.
We went to visit him at the zoo and he was the hit of the place. Everyone who worked there had to either be playing with him (he loved cat toys with bells and squeakers) hold or walk him. He was spoiled for sure. We knew he was happy and left if very capable hands.
I'm sure he was the talk of the town and the zoo for many years to come. We moved far away and never got to visit them again. I'm glad to have had the chance to be in charge of such and odd couple.
Back to the subject at hand:
Our state, it is against the law to have wildlife in your possession. Not even suppose to feed them. know people do. There is a Wildlife Center to do the job. They have state certified people who specialize in different wildlife. Even if we wanted to keep the cute little guy, we can't.
So "Yougo" is his name. Sure hope it's a he. We now have the food dish on a high metal table with out any chairs or things around it for him to try to get to it.
My skunk never seemed to climb. So hope we are safe now. Sure don't want to make him mad.
August 2nd 2012 10:06 pm
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Male Human was sitting on the new screened in porch tonight enjoying the nice weather. We have a screen that is cut so the cats can enter. He has been placing cat food in a dish there so the ferals will get use to the enclosure and us.
Girl Human went out to join him and it was pretty dark.
Male Human says "Skunk".
Girl Human says, "Sure"
Male Human repeats "Skunk"
'"Where" asks Girl Human once again.
"There" moving his head a slightly.
Girl Human laughs and replies "Yeah Sure".
"No, Skunk" he says again with out emotion.
Girl Human opens the door.
Male Human says "Skunk".
Girl Human looks down and there is this cute little skunk looking at her.
"OH it is a Skunk" with great surprise in her voice.
She shuts the door.
Male Human says "Thanks" but not very loud.
Girl Human laughs.
The skunk goes back out the screen and walks up to Girl Human and stands at her feet and looks at her. Then goes under the porch. Peeks back out then back under. Male Human moves the food to the table and quickly gets out and walks off with Girl Human following.
A few minutes later They sit on another patio.
"Shunk" say Male Human.
"Would you stop that", replies Girl Human.
"No, Skunk" says Male Human with a surprised voice.
Yes there he was, joining us standing just a few feet away .
No odor, no fear. This years crop for sure. Then he went back under the porch.
The Humans retreated to the house and left the wildlife to their evening chores.
July 28th 2012 10:00 am
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Sophia is dealing with her new lifestyle quit well. She managed to get back into her normal schedule with modifications. Her biggest accomplishment before breakfast yesterday was to yacked a super big hairball. Yes, that's our girl.
She is not a pill taker and we were lucky that her pill has been working fine. She takes one in the morning after she eats for her heart.
We have not gone into more extensive testing to find out what the other issue is with her gallbladder. We had a full panel blood work done and she passed with flying colors. The only thing I was told that what they saw was, not cancer.
We are hoping to have time to recuperate on the finances. We have been hit real hard with Vet bills the last two months. Between Sweeny, Meshia, Blue and now Sophia, the credit card is on fire. Since Girl Human is not working it has been tight. but she is enjoying her summer off.
One thing we have found is the change of food we have made last year. It really has made a difference in the quality of our guys. Sweeny's diabetes is very stable. All the guys have gotten their shape back and are much more active and beg to play nightly.
The toys are all over the floor each morning and they seem to be more attentive. I only wish we could do it for all the others but it is not cheap but, worth it. Girl Human is hoping to get some dollars coming in by September.
Our new food has no Soy, Corn, or Wheat. With all the genetic treatment issues involving our food sources, we decided to give it a try. There seems to be many issues related to those ingredients that heavily affect our pets. I'm sure seeing the difference.
The biggest issue with this food is, it is changing my lazy guys into the little devils they are meant to be.
Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. We had a nice hour long rain last night and our temperatures dropped into a welcomed mid 50's. Slept with the windows open. What a wonderful nights rest. Today it is warming up again.
July 28th 2012 9:17 am
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OMG they have got to be kidding. I'm sorry I read it wrong. Dumb me.
If Facebook wants to put a stop to offensive abuse photos then they need to start with some of the big non profit organization Facebook pgs.. They post horrid and morbid photos trying to get their points across and gain more followers.
Having encounters with some of their supporter makes me wonder what kind of mental background they are trying to capture. Their supporters have more then proved they have some issues that need to be addressed by a licensed professional. . I do share some of the death row kitties on my pages. Does that make my pg. bad too???
Facebook has safeguards built in to remove posts from an individual that you don't want to see. Get real. Sorry I can't read, I guess I need more catnaps.
There has been some Catster's going out of the box and the subject of my last post still stands. There is a lot of drama as of late. I can only hope my view will get a few Catsters thinking, before they post.
July 27th 2012 9:02 pm
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I wrote a response and I do want him to know -I love him and still want to give him nudges. I just had to respond.
So here goes:
Catster is for having fun, developing lasting friendships and comforting those who need a shoulder to lean on. There are lots of kids on this site. They come here for fun and smiles. Catster's teach about kindness to animals. People want to help each other with their questions or problems.
We do have our sadness too. The cycle of a normal life is shown here. From birth, to caring for and living with cats, to Rainbow Bridge. Comfort and compassion is the agenda.
I think views expressed in writing are fine but, not photos. Expression is good for the soul. Abuse photos have their place. Catster is not that place.
There are many other places one can go to express the concerns in living color. You have a much larger network to pull from. More unknowing people who may learn something from those awful photos.
We here at Catster are well aware of the horrors of animal abuse. Many of us have seen it first hand. Much is spoken on a one on one bases as we know there are people who don't want the exposure.
People get pretty aggressive and down right hateful when it comes to abuse. We don't welcome that kind of discussions here.
I have been involved in the Caboodle Ranch Story ever since it began and there are some real sick people out there who don't know how to argue and talk intelligently. Some horrific and brutal terminology in their discussions. If fact some of those on Facebook are now being served warrants themselves for threats. That's not Catster.
Many who have left Facebook to return to a more comfortable setting. And Catster's pay for that right as members. When members speak on Catster they are heard.
If you are asked not to do something please agree. The object is not to hurt, offend and above all, cause some young person to leave Catster at night and have nightmares.
Kitties needing homes are displayed here a lot on the pages. Fosters, Vets, Vet Techs, Shelter employees and volunteers, pet shops owners and their employees and have pages here. Catster more then plays their part in finding homes for abandoned cats.
Don't take offense to the responses on this page. Some will agree, some will partly agree but, all Catster's are a far different breed then other groups.
A good warm feeling is what a Catster wants when they turn off their computers and go to bed with their furs.
July 24th 2012 8:14 pm
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Today Girl Human was going to clean the porch of Blue's. Every time she went out the clouds came. The wind blew and the sky got real dark. Amber would beg to go under the bed and hide from the noisy thunder.
Pooh was a gentlemen and joined her each time. Girl Human was like a jack in the box. The Amber alert happened every hour or two through out the day. So she opened and shut the bedroom door 7 or 8 times today.
The rain did not come and the porch never got cleaned. At 4 p.m. a big clap of thunder and lightning happened at the same moment. The black sky let loose. We received 1 inch of rain in 15 min. to much to fast.
As for the Amber Alert??? Well, she was under the bed before the lightning hit the ground. Guess you could say she is "Fast as Lighting".
TEE HEE and Winkie Winkie!!!!!
From "Annie Spokescat"
July 23rd 2012 12:45 pm
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We had welcomed clouds but very little rain here. It has begun to cloud up now and maybe just maybe, we may get a little rain. Things have greened up and the flowers need water every day. The electric bill was through the roof this go round with the need for A.C. everywhere.
Sweeny is doing well and feels so much better since he got his "New Doo". He is more playful but very clingy. He sits on Girl Human at every chance. He is always within 2 ft of her.
Meshia is still fighting a little bit of skin issues from the mystery collar reaction. She no longer has to wear the cone of shame.
Sophia had a good weekend. Her test results today were positive other then her heart. They still don't know what the other thing on her x-ray is. Non of the tests showed anything out of the ordinary. For her age she is quite healthy according to her test. So it is a big ????.
She is to start on heart meds in the A.M.. She got an antibiotic shot for her bad teeth. Hope that will take care of that issue as surgery at this time is not a good thing.
All in all we are lucky once again and hope all stays that way for us now.
Thank you guys so much for all your support, gifts, words of concern and friendship. You guys are the best.
July 19th 2012 7:44 pm
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Sophia has got to return again tomorrow as her Vet has a different opinion from the one who saw her the other day. He wants to find more out about the kidney issue. He does not believe she has a problem there but in her stomach. He wants more blood. Just like a Vet.
Tonight Sophia got sick to her tummy and panic set in. Guess she was flashing back to the attack. She started running about not knowing what to do. Male and Female Human both stayed with her and held her until she calmed down.
She wanted back in her cage . She feels safe in there. She wet all around the litter box last night. Purchased a drip pan for a hot water heater today and placed her litter pan in it to help catch any accidents. I don't think she likes her small litter box very much.
Today Sweeny went to the Vet for his Sweeny Doo (Hair clipping while masked) and ck up. He did real well didn't bite or scratch a soul. I went in the OR room with him and talked to him until he was a sleep. Lucky he did not need shots. His Diabetes is stable. He has slimmed down 2 lbs. He has been beside me all night. He seems to be so thankful to be rid of all that hair. With all the happenings and storms we finally got him more comfortable.
Today we received a very nice contribution from a Church about 40 miles from us. They took up a collection just for Calico Junction. It was a surprising sizable sum. The Vet bills this month are many and large. What a wonderful surprise in our mailbox today. What a welcomed gift. God does work in mysterious ways and for a reason. We are so very thankful to all these people we don't even know.
Thank you Catsters for all your comments, gifts and mail for our Sophia. We are so very very thankful for all your prayers and concerns.
July 18th 2012 4:26 pm
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Sophia has been resting all day. She spent the night in a 4 ft sq. cage and loved it. She wanted to return to it today to take a 2 hr. nap. What a wonderful surprise. She spent most of the day next to me. She sat in Male Human's lap tonight and purred. What a nice day. We have Sophia with us to hug and tell her we love her.
July 17th 2012 3:22 pm
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NOTE FROM GIRL HUMAN:
The day started normal and Sophia was eating her hourly meals as normal. About 1:30 Sophia's world turned upside down.
I rushed her to a vet as she could not breath. She was throwing up and could not keep her balance. I first thought she was choking and put her upside down to clear her throat and lungs. I slapped her chest and back it seemed to help her clear her throat and she was breathing very rapidly.
She had tests, Xrays, blood work. Sophia had either a heart attack or a blood clot. They found she has a kidney issue also. She is home but have to set up a place for her to stay.
She came home peed and pooped on the floor to weak to go to the litter box. Male Human has pressure washed a 4ft sq cage and it is drying now. I'm setting it up in our living room so she can be contained and have a rest time. Heck of a 16th birthday gift. Poor dear. We will be seeing her vet Thursday.
Not a good day here at the Junction.