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Hello World

February 4th 2010 7:38 pm
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Hello and welcome to my my world. I've been meaning to write, but I'm a little shy and it seemed better to spend my time watching the food bowl. But my sibs tell me what a great time they are having with their diaries, and I can't leave all the fun to them.

My name is Onyx, and I'm the oldest daughter of this household. I do my best to keep my humans company, but it would be undignified to run around and chase things for their amusement. So I limit myself to sitting next to them on the couch.

I really do try my best to be amiable, but I'll not put up with any of that silly 'picking up the cat' nonsense. A proper lady must stand with her paws on the floor, not flailing about in the air like some furry windmill.

With regards,
Onyx

 

Did something just happen?

February 20th 2010 2:44 pm
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"Mother, I know I don't have any talent, and I know I all I have is a body, and I am doing my bust exercises." (Jacqueline Susann, "Valley of the Dolls")

Fuss, what fuss? I didn't hear anything.

 

The Irish game of tag

March 3rd 2010 8:05 am
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I just got Tagged by BIG HARRY!

Q.-Are you Irish?
A.- Um, not sure. I have SOME red hair. Can I be honorary Irish?

Q.-Do you and /or your family celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
A.-We celebrate pretty much everything!

Q.- How?
A. -Mom & Dad drink fizzy stuff in fancy glasses. We get extra nice food, like sometimes sauteed chicken livers. Yum!

Q.-Will you wear Green?
A.-We're not much for dressing up, but Sev and Bear have green eyes. Does that count?

Q.- What will you wear?
A.- Maybe I'll get a hat.

Q.-Do you like Corned Beef and Cabbage?
A.-Dunno. The humans aren't fond of corned beef, and I don't have the recipe. We have our cabbage with roast pork or sausages. Or I should say THEY do. I don't like cabbage. Lettuce, now....

Q.-Do you believe in leprechauns?
A.-Of course!

Q.-Why?
A.-The tooth fairy told me they exist.

Q.-What would you like to find at the end of the rainbow?
A.-Some of those chicken livers would be nice! And a pot of gold for Mom and Dad. They spend a lot of money on us.

Copy this to your diary so I can read your answers! And thanks, Big Harry!

 

Oh, wow! I'm excited!

March 8th 2010 7:30 am
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Wowee! I'm a daily diary pick! Couldn't have happened at a better time. All the attention has been going to the Norse cat, on account of HE'S going to a cat show. Hmmph. We're all just as gorgeous as he is. Mom says she may take one of us, too, because there's a category for cats who don't have those special papers and long names.

Meanwhile, I got treats at breakfast and they didn't! Oh, I love feeling special.

And in honor of St. Pat's day, I'm adopting the name O'nyx for the holiday.

 

Vet visit, the good and the bad.

April 26th 2010 2:58 pm
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Just did my semi-annual vet visit. Took the vet THREE sticks to get my blood. I was OK -- not thrashing around or anything -- but Mom was about ready to call for another phlebotomist. But the vet did a bikini shave and found a good vein. Well, it's almost summertime after all, and I do love my bikinis.

Anyway, all is good. Thyroid at the right level, all the kidney and liver numbers looking good. The bad news is that I have a couple of bad teeth (well, really I only HAVE a couple of teeth). Need to get them cleaned or extracted.

But the vet won't admit any cats who aren't up to date on their vaccinations. And at my age, Mom doesn't want me to have any vaccines that aren't absolutely necessary. So we have to wait for a titer to come back to see if my distemper antibodies are still at a good level.

 

My vaccine titer

April 30th 2010 9:06 pm
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Got the results back from my distemper blood titer. I'm still well protected. My last vaccine was in 2004, as best as Mom's records can tell.

Mom's having a lot of internal conversations about vaccines. Not against them, of course. We all get our kitten shots and the legally required rabies shots. But she's increasingly skeptical of the annual boosters, especially given a rising amount of evidence that these shots are doing cats harm.

The thing is, the titer test costs more than the vaccine. If I fail it, and she still wants me to get my teeth cleaned or extracted, I still have to take the vaccine. She had to do the same for Severian last time he was in. He passed his titer test and had his teeth cleaned.

Mom thinks there's something screwy here. She'd rather pay more for the titer than pay less for the vaccine if it might do me harm. But she wonders about the requirement for the distemper shot to have any outpatient work done at the clinic. What's the risk here? And how much greater is it than just taking me in for a checkup and blood test?

Mom also wonders what she would do if we DIDN'T pass the titer test. Would it be safer to give us the distemper booster and have our teeth cleaned, or not do the booster and do without the cleaning? Or, alternatively, find a vet who would clean our teeth even though we weren't up to date on distemper shots?

Moms worry about a lot of things. Frankly, I'm tired of thinking about them and intend to go take a nap.

 

Getting the toofers cleaned, or something

May 21st 2010 9:18 pm
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So I'm going to see the vet on Monday and get my toofs cleaned, or maybe just taken out, depending on how they look when the vet gets a good look. I'm generally very good at the vet's office, but I DO NOT like to have anybody look inside my mouth, so all he could tell was that there was a lot of plaque.

I only have, like, maybe five or six teeth left anyway, and Mom notes that I don't chew my food. I sniff it, and if I like it, I pick it up and swallow it. She's careful not to give me big pieces of anything. Dad gave me a whole shrimp once, and about an hour later it came back up, looking just like when it went down.

I'm kind of wishing they had implants for cats, though. Just once I'd like to flash my peeps a big, toothy smile. It would probably scare them to death.

 

Home, minus a tooth

May 24th 2010 8:53 pm
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Not so bad. The vet only stole one tooth this time. And I am feelin' no pain, thanks to some feel-good drugs she gave me. Dad picked me up at the vet's and when Mom got home late tonight, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (well, stubby-tailed) and ready to eat. So she fed me and petted me and all was right with the world.

When she got upstairs, Dad gave her the instructions that said no food or water for 24 hours. Glad she didn't see that first!

 

I'm 13! Uh, is that good?

August 5th 2010 9:14 pm
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It's my birthday!! Mom is planning to honor me with a thorough combing and a bath, on account of I get really matted in the hot weather. But afterward I get extra treats and probably a new toy.

She says this is a special birthday, because I'm a teenager. So after I get my bath, I intend to get on my cellphone and text to ALL my friends, and then download a bunch of good ringtones, and then go shopping.

 

I hab a bad code id by dose

August 16th 2010 8:33 pm
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By Bom says it's nod a code. She says I hab da kiddy herpes. *snurfle* She is gibing be lysine from a syringe twidz a day. I cand eben sbell by food. So eyeb dot eeding much. *kerchoo* She tried da peeple tuda, albacore eben, but eye cudund sbell it. Toborrow she's gonna try someding else, reeeely stinky. *snurfle*

 
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