July 9th 2013 3:29 pm
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Tis' the season of feline nudity, hot humid weather, insect pests, and allergies, especially flea allergy. Like many, maybe most, cats are quite sensitive to fleas. It takes only one flea bite for a sensitive cat to react with itching, scratching, chewing at oneself, and resultant hair loss. Flea allergy forms a recognizable patteern of hair loss on the back above the tail, down the backs of the hind legs, on the underside, and around the neck. In addition, sores are created as a cat scratches and chews at itself to try to relieve the itching. Summer is also the time when the threat of heartworm is at its worst: Yes kitties can get heartworm and heartworm in kitties is much more serious than it is in dogs because if a kitty has even one heartworm and that heartworm dies in the kitty it can kill the kitty too. Heartworm is easily prevented and kitties, especially outdoor kitties, should be given heartworm preventative in warm weather seasons.
This is why Mom tells us kitties that monthly flea drops are a necessary evil. She says she doesn't care that we don't like the oily feel of the drops or the smell of them (sometimes humans are lucky having such a poor sense of smell!), we have to wear flea drops for our own good. Mom said for me to tell everyone to NEVER USE ANY PRODUCT THAT HAS PERMETHRIN IN IT BECAUSE PERMETHRIN IS POISONOUS TO CATS. I must reluctantly admit that after Mom has treated us with our flea drops, we get about four weeks free of the damned fleas before Mom has to treat us again.
I'm one of those unlucky kitties who is quite sensitive to flea allergy and who also tends to "go naked" aka have a short sparse summer coat. Some kitties like Velcro and Little Skittles, are so lucky. They don't seem to be that allergic to fleas and they also have enough coat in the summer they still look good. However, Velcro says I'm lucky because I stay a lot cooler in the summer because of my short sparse coat. He wishes he had MY feline nudist look.
Hey everyone, gotta go. It's flea drop time again, Mom is armed, and I gotta hide and try to delay the inevitable as long as possible. See ya later everyone!
June 28th 2013 7:56 pm
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Thank you everyone for the lovely pictures, the rosettes, etc you gave me to celebrate my Gotcha Day.
Lately our internet connection has been screwing up more than it's been working right & Comcrap has yet to figure out the problem and fix it. Thus, we've been unable to keep up with pawmails, birthdays, gotcha days, rainbow bridge days, & other things in a timely fashion. (Little Skittles was supposed to get to make this announcement about our connection but I decided to do it so I could also thank everyone for everything you've done for my Gotcha Day!)
To any of our friends whose birthdays, gotcha days, rainbow bridge days, diary awards, or other special occasions we've missed because of our connection problem, we apologize and ask your forgiveness. To those whose pawmails we've been unable to answer in a timely fashion because of our connection problem, we also apologize and ask your forgiveness. Hopefully Comcrap will fix it soon. It was interesting to find out Angel Buddie has experienced similar problems with Comcrap lately although it seems that luckily his problems have been minor compared to ours. Thanks for letting us know we're not alone in having problems with Comcrap, Angel Buddie!
I think Mom is right about Destiny being totally safe with kitties. Tonight Destiny got in Buttons face, he hissed her and swatted her on the nose a couple of times and she only barked at him once, then just stood there looking at him. Its pretty good when a cat can swat a dog and the dog doesn't retaliate. However, most of us still are scared or nervous about her though...in our kitty eyes, she's so BIG. She's also kinda clumsy and its unnerving when a paw that's almost as big as my face gets too close to me.
Right now our connection is still acting up, we answer a pawmail, the modem resets, we wait for it to finish and send the pawmail, then we have to wait for the connection to come back again so we can answer the next one. Right now we're waiting for the connection to come back again so I can post this diary entry. Buttons and Farrah are sort of keeping watch for me so if the dog comes too close while I'm writing this I can make a fast getaway. Yeah yeah I know the dog won't hurt me, but she's BIG and she's clumsy and tends to want to stick her nose on us kitties or lick us and I sure don't want to wear any doggy slobber!!!
June 11th 2013 11:35 am
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Mom's been busy getting work done around here today so she can take Destiny to doggy school tonight. Wednesday morning is trash day so Tuesday evening is usually major litter changing etc time thus Mom had to do litter etc early today. Hehe Destiny has to go to SCHOOL! Us kitties never have to go to school MOL.
Anyway, Mom finally sat down to take a break and decided to go online and check her Catster community page to see what's happening. As soon as Mom sat down, Carina crawled up on her and wraps her paws around mom's neck. Now Carina seems to be somewhat possessive of Mom. When she's on Mom, if Mom pays attention to another cat Carina gets upset and hisses at Mom and then swats at the other cat.
This time, I was nearby and Mom suddenly said, "Uno, c'mere. Look! Can you believe this? Wow, you're CAT OF THE DAY today!"
I got up, came over to look, and predictably Carina swatted at me and hissed at Mom. Mom told Carina, "If you don't like Uno coming over here to see her COTD, get down." Carina turned around and lay down with her head and forepaws by the laptop as if she was trying to keep me from seeing it. Mom gently picked Carina up and set her on the floor nearby. Carina said a word in kitty language I can't repeat, swatted at Mom, and ran away. Haha I actually got Mom to kick Carina off her lap for me so I didn't have to do it myself!
Then I got a good look at the laptop.
Wow, Mom is right, I really am CAT OF THE DAY. What a wonderful honor and nice surprise!!! Catster, THANK YOU!
And btw its also cool that the COTW Pounce is a friend of ours. Wonder if anyone in our family will ever achieve COTW...
Hmmm...wonder what I did that made me achieve COTD. If I can figure it out, I'm going to have to do MORE of it and try for COTW.
"Mom! Why did you suddenly say...oh no...? I don't do anything REALLY bratty now, do I?"
May 20th 2013 1:27 am
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For the last few days, depression and the combination of puffy runny eyes and nose, stuffy nose, itching and other hellish symptoms of an especially nasty allergy attack have been keeping me fairly miserable. In addition, I've been frustrated at my own inability to get as many things done as I wanted to accomplish partly due to the allergies, and probably mostly due to the fact that the allergy medicine the doctor gave me, while it does bring relief, also has the side effect of making me sleep.
Uno normally is a very active, on-the-go, lively, playful, energetic, easily bored individual who mostly uses her high intelligence for purposes I don't exactly appreciate. "Being well behaved" or "staying out of trouble" are phrases usually absent from her vocabulary. Her ways of getting attention, although usually almost too effective, nonetheless rarely consist of anything humans would appreciate.
However, during the last few days, it was Uno of all the cats, who remained almost constantly curled up right by my side throughout my misery of the last few days. The other cats came and went. Uno almost never left my side. She was always there when I woke up, she was always there when the allergy medicine sent me unwillingly back to sleep again. Other cats would try to lure her into playing with them, she declined (and it's very VERY rare for Uno to ever pass up an invitation to play).
Now that things are finally more normal again, the worst of the allergy attack has subsided, and I'm catching up on work and other things, Uno is back to her usual on-the-go self, playing with the other cats, thinking up mischief, and knocking things over to get attention (and running for the nearest hiding place only to emerge feigning innocence a few minutes later.)
Although I don't really want Uno to fully realize this, there's no way I could possibly hold her mischief and antics against her or stay annoyed at them for long. After all, she's earned redemption. And I never cease to be amazed at the immense depth and amount of love, loyalty, and caring that a small creature weighing barely four pounds can show to a human when that human is down.
May 9th 2013 3:14 am
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Thank you Diary Gal for my DDP honor. You made me very happy yesterday. Thank you friends for your beautiful pictures, rosettes, hearts, roses, birdies, ladybugs, etc you gave me.
I'm also very much humbled and touched, yes me, Uno, HUMBLED by all the positive comments and praise I've received for my diary entries. You inspire me to continue coming up with more mischief to make sure there's no lack of material for my diary!
However, in the future when I attempt any acrobatics on the edge of the bathtub, I will remember to keep my eye on what's going on behind me as well as in front of me. And Velcro better watch out for me because I still owe him paybacks!
Thank you very much everyone! PURRS to all of you! & remember, never underestimate a Special Kitty!
May 4th 2013 8:45 pm
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Yesterday was my second birthday. At first I was rather disgusted at Mom because she seemed to be celebrating my birthday by being gone all afternoon photographing her best friend's dogs for her best friend's website!
I thought, "How DARE Mom waste time on my birthday photographing DOGS of all things!"
I wanted to chomp some of Mom's cords to get even with her and to really make my point about how inconsiderate it was of Mom to be gone all afternoon. However, Carina and Gyselle were both laying in the areas where Mom's cords are.
Carina and Gyselle are still newcomers, having only been here a little over a month. As usual with newcomers, they still tend to be nervous and tend to overreact defensively aggressively when they get scared or feel threatened. When I tried to make them vacate the areas where the cords are by threatening them, instead of leaving they both hissed fiercely and swatted at me in no-nonsense ways that told me that if I pushed them any further, they would defend themselves. Not wanting to risk a fight, scratch, or bite from either of them, I backed down.
It was then that I spotted books stacked near the edge of the headboard. Here was the perfect way to get even with Mom and make my point. Here there were no armed obstacles in my way. Into action I sprang. Up I went, down those books went. On I moved to the next stack of books, with the same result. After the headboard was cleared of books, I turned my attention to some of the bookshelves in the living room where books had been stacked on each other near the edge of the shelves. CRASH! Down those books went too.
My plan succeeded beautifully except for one major point. When Mom came home and found the books that had been knocked down and scattered all over the place, she DIDN'T KNOW WHO DID IT. Now what is the point of getting even if the target of your vengeance doesn't know it's you who is upset at them? There was only one thing I could do to salvage the situation. As soon as Mom had picked up one stack of books and restacked it, I went and knocked it over again right in front of her.
"Uno, I haven't forgotten your birthday," Mom said. "In fact I bought some cheese sauce with my breadsticks just so I could share it with you as your birthday treat."
I must confess after Mom said that, I felt just a tiny bit ashamed of myself...but only a little itsy-bitsy teeny tiny bit!
And yes, I very much enjoyed my cheese sauce birthday treat!
May 1st 2013 11:43 am
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As some of you may know, us kitties like to test our skills in jumping, climbing, and the feline equivalent of tightrope walking. Some of us like to add a little challenge to the latter and attempt to walk all the way around the rim of a bathtub of water.
I've heard humans mention a game called "dunk dunk goosed" but I never knew what it meant until today when its meaning was taught to me in reverse order.
Lately I've felt I needed to do something to remind Mom that I'm the Queen and deserve to get the most attention around here and those newcomers need to get used to that fact. I'd impressed Mom before by walking all the way around the bathtub of water while she was in it, but it'd been a long time ago. Now seemed a good time to impress Mom again and at the same time, remind her that I'm the one who is Queen around here.
There I was, getting ready to demonstrate my superior balancing skills by walking all the way around the rim of the bathtub while it was half filled with water. In that water sat Mom. I leaped up onto the edge of the tub, neatly poised to pivot into place to begin my walk when suddenly.....Bbbbrrrrrr ! A shiver went up my spine! KerSPLASH! I fell headfirst into the water! I hissed, "What the PFFFFTTTTTTT!!!!! just HAPPENED?"
Angry, embarrassed, and soaked, I leaped back up onto the edge of the tub barely in time to catch a glimpse of a big long dark feather duster tail disappear around the corner of the bathroom door. There's only one cat who has a big long dark feather duster tail around here like that....Velcro!!! To make matters worse, Mom was laughing at me.
"You got goosed then you got dunked," Mom laughed.
Then Mom proceeded to tell me that Velcro had very quietly sneaked up on me and poked his cold nose into a sensitive part of my rear, startling me and causing me to end up getting dunked in the water. I must have been concentrating so hard on trying to execute my balancing act perfectly enough to impress Mom with it, that I didn't even hear him. Now I not only have to think up something else to do to impress Mom and remind her I'm still the Queen of the house, I also have to think up some way to get even with Velcro for goosing and dunking me!
April 21st 2013 2:05 am
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As some of you may have heard, we have three newcomers in our kitty family. Mom was SUPPOSED to adopt only ONE, Gyselle. If only Gyselle had come, it would have been fine with me because she just stays up on the highest shelves out of everybody's way and wants to be left alone. She only comes down eat, drink, use the litter, sharpen her claws, and walk around a little. After that she goes right back up to one of the highest shelves, usually the one in the bedroom where she can lay out of everybody else's way and watch tv. Gyselle is ok, she doesn't interfere with me at all.
However, two other kitties decided they wanted Mom to adopt them too and they stuck to her like they were made of Superglue until Mom agreed they could come home with her too. Now these two newcomers and Farrah too, really are hissing me off because they keep spoiling all my fun!
Since Gyselle pretty much took over the bedroom highest shelf, Farrah moved to a new spot under Mom's bed. There's a lot of spots under Mom's bed Farrah could have picked, but NO, Farrah had to go and pick the spot right under where Mom likes to sit and work on her laptop. What's the problem with that, you may ask? Well, that spot is right by Mom's surge protector where she plugs in the laptop and the power cord for the usb hub.
When I go to have some fun with Mom's laptop cord or the USB hub power cord or just to turn off the surge protector to get Mom's attention, I can't get to it because Farrah's fluffbutt is planted in my way. I tell her get out of my way. Farrah tells me I have a whole house to play in and to back off before she smacks me. She says its enough that she's agreed to respect my Queen status in community areas such as where the food dishes, litter pans, and water dishes are.
Carina the blue and white newcomer, likes to hang out behind the computers which of course is by the shelf where the surge protectors for the computers, modem, router, etc are at. All the ethernet cords (so soft & delicious for chewing) are behind the pcs. Of course, the keyboard cords and other things that plug into the back of the pcs also are back there. If I go to have some fun chewing on those deliciously soft ethernet cables or to entertain myself by yanking the keyboard and USB cords out of the back of the desktop pcs or turning off the surge protectors, I run into Carina. Carina won't move either. She just tells me to hiss off unless I want her to put holes in me with her teeth (someone declawed her at some time in her past life so she's a biter.Whereas kitties with claws usually just smack you with their claws kept sheathed when you hiss them off, if you hiss off a declawed kitty they tend to just bite you which hurts a lot more than a smack or even a scratch!)
Kitty GaGa, the third newcomer with long hair, keeps laying on the bed right by Mom's laptop while Mom works on it. She will tolerate Buddha, Lily, Lefty, and Gabriel sleeping by her and of course she LOVES Mom but if anybody else of us tries to come close to her, Kitty GaGa hisses and smacks us if we don't back off! Whenever Mom's working on her laptop, Kitty GaGa is always sitting or laying right beside where the cord plugs into it. Mom sits near the edge of the bed so that the other side of the laptop where Mom plugs in the trackball or USB hub is right above where Farrah is laying. So if I try to have fun with the laptop cord where it plugs in to the laptop, Kitty GaGa will hiss, growl, and smack me if I don't mind her first warning hiss and back off. If I want to try to pull the trackball or USB hub cord out of the laptop, I can't because the spot I have to use to reach it is right in front of Farrah's nose and then Farrah will clout me.
Righty told me I should just come and join her and Skittles and everyone else on the new cat trees or the old cat trees if I prefer, and just give the newcomers more time. She says eventually the newcomers may start playing on the trees or with the toys with us instead of occupying all my favorite spots.
I don't WANT to play on the trees. I don't want to play with the toys. What I want is for Farrah and Carina and Kitty GaGa to get out of my favorite spots and STAY out of my favorite spots. And I want to have my usual fun with all those wonderfully chewable cords & cables!
I can't have any fun at all because of these >~ &%(!@!)V(@!)%#~< newcomers (Mom won't let me call them what I really feel like calling them, she doesn't let us talk like that!)
April 2nd 2013 10:39 am
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For all of my adult life, I've raised, trained, showed, competed in conformation, obedience, and other working & performance activities & events with German Shepherd Dogs and to a lesser extent, rough Collies, as well as teaching GSDs to do such things as pull wagons. I've worked with other people's dogs of various breeds as well. I've raised many puppies over the years. Yet in all the years I've had dogs and even though German Shepherd Dogs are a breed that likes to chew things throughout their lifetime, the single most destructive chewer I've ever owned has not been canine.
The single most destructive chewer I've ever owned weighs barely four pounds, has only one eye, and is the smallest FELINE in the house. Although Uno is her name, she's now acquired the nickname "Chomper" because when it comes to cords and cables, she's like a T-Rex. Being close to two years old now, she long ago finished with teething. Yet she has a penchant for chewing cables and cords unlike that of any dog (or cat) I've ever known.
Three days ago with one swift "CHOMP!", Uno instantly rendered my laptop charging cord dead (and equally swiftly fled the scene of the crime!) She's killed several ethernet cables now, a few cellphone charger cords, & among others, a few USB cables. Naturally her USB cable chewing preference is for the newer style of USB cables with mini-port plugs for cellphones & external hard drives that are difficult to find replacements for, rather than the old style USB cables that are easy to replace.
Laptop manufacturers enjoy making sure their battery charger caables are not only incompatible with all other laptop manufacturers charger cables, they make sure they're incompatible with the cables for prior models of their own laptops. My current laptop is a Toshiba. The plug that inserts into my current Toshiba laptop is a different size than those of any of my three old Toshiba laptops. Thankfully, I was able to order a replacement charger cable from Amazon for a reasonable price although of course, it will take a few days for it to arrive.
My son Russ, whose birthday is April 6, has been staying at my house for a few days. As usual he brought along his X-Box and some games to play. He also brought along a wired X-Box controller that his girlfriend bought him two months ago. Last night he started up his X-Box and proceeded to begin playing his game when suddenly "CHOMP!!!!" That was all it took, his game was over just as it was getting started. This time, weirdly, instead of instantly fleeing the scene of the crime, the culprit looked Russ in the eye before fleeing the room. Russ swears Uno winked at him when she looked him in the eye.
Russ was understandably upset that Uno had destroyed his controller cord. To fix the situation, I offered to immediately go get him a replacement for it. Uno's timing was impeccable. K-Mart was still open for another 30 minutes. Russ and I rushed over to K-Mart. The store had only one wired controller and one wireless controller left. Of course the wireless controller is most expensive of the two. However, since Russ's birthday is coming up and since we agreed that wireless is the best most logical safest option when you have a little feline T-Rex killing cords with one chomp, we bought the wireless controller.
On the way home from the store, Russ told me he had been wanting a wireless controller. I remarked that it's almost like Uno planned the whole event, the cord chomp barely 30 minutes before K-Mart closed and us arriving at the store in the nick of time to get the only wireless controller left in the store, just so she could buy Russ a birthday present!
March 26th 2013 12:27 am
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It is often said that the best way to deal with negative behaviors is by distracting the animal with something positive to do. Quite unintentionally, I managed to do this with Uno, at least temporarily.
Whereas it's common for kittens and young cats to chew on things while teething, Uno's teething has been more like that of a German Shepherd puppy. After a German Shepherd puppy gets adult teeth, he/she then chews even harder to set the teeth in the jaw and develop and strengthen the ear and jaw muscles. Uno too, chews more and harder after she got her adult teeth than she did while she was actually teething. Thus, Uno has earned herself a new nickname "Chomper", taken from the name of the baby Tyrannosaurus Rex in the movie Land Before Time II.
Unfortunately for me, Uno's favorite things to chew are computer ethernet cables, cellphone cords, and USB cables, especially my USB trackball cables. Although fortunately for me I know how to splice and repair cables and cords, I would much rather have no need to do such repair tasks. Bitter apple, tabasco sauce, etc deters Uno's chewing but only for a short time. The way I usually find out the deterrent is no longer working is when I have to again repair a cord. (If anybody knows of a teething device for small dogs that has a soft consistency similar to a cord that I could try for Uno, please let me know. Gummy bones are a bit too thick and not soft enough to appeal to her.)
The new big cat tree has given me at least a temporary reprieve from Uno's "Chomper" antics. It is large, fairly heavy, stable, and has several carpeted shelves and little houses at different heights, with sisal wrapped support posts, all features which cats prefer when it comes to things to climb and scratch on. Big cat trees such as this really save furniture from a lot of wear and tear. The most important qualities to look for when buying a cat tree are stability, little or no wobbliness, and a rough surface to claw on.
Since I got the new cat tree, I've seen much less of Uno except of course when I'm eating or sleeping. The cords also have seen much less of Uno's chompers! Just like kids with a new toy, Uno and some of the other cats spend most of their time in and on the cat tree. Many of their games they play on the cat tree are clearly organized, with individual cats taking turns being "it" or being "king of the hill" etc.
I'm sure the reprieve my cords and I are receiving from Uno's chompers is only temporary. Just as the novelty wears off of a kid's new toy, in time the novelty will wear off of the new big cat tree. Then I'm sure Uno will be making sure I don't forget how to repair cables and cords!
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