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Did You Know 3

May 9th 2008 2:38 pm
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That Munchkins, a breed of dwarf cats, have short legs due to a dominant gene mutation? They are named, of course, after the little people in the movie The Wizard of Oz.

Happy Mother's Day everyone!


Did You Know 2

April 24th 2008 1:06 pm
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That a cat's heart beats about twice as fast as a human's at a rate of 155 times a minute? Interesting huh?


Did You Know?

April 15th 2008 3:01 pm
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That a group of kittens is called a "kindle" and a group of adult cats a "clowder?" I didn't either! This feline fact (and many others) can be found in Arden Moore's The Cat Behavior Book, but I'll be reporting a few them right here whenever I can convince mom's fingers to type on my behalf. Snort.


Zen Koan

April 2nd 2008 11:07 am
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The mouse eats cat food. The cat bowl is broken. What does this mean?


Feline Funk

March 20th 2008 7:38 pm
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Where is spring? Where's the sun? Why still snow? Why won't it go?!


Have a good Easter everyone! :)



February 6th 2008 3:44 pm
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Um, I must have been hibernating! But apparently the month of love (rolls eyes just a little bit) is upon us already, so mom implored me (being a philosopher and all) to write a few words on the subject. So I gave it some thought and quickly realized that it had best been said many moons ago in the following Biblical verse:

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

Admittedly, both mom and I (but mom especially of course, wink) fall very short of upholding the above ideals, and if being loving towards others were some sort of stupid reality competition, would likely be the first voted off the island, snort. But still. It's nice to keep in mind, and even better to aspire to.

The only line that mom doesn't entirely agree with though is the one about not being easily angered and not keeping record. She would argue (and I have to agree) that when it comes to animal cruelty, immediate anger is a most appropriate response. So maybe in this month of love we kitties can ask our humans to double up their efforts to protect ALL living creatures* because surely the love referred to in Corinthians is meant for each and every one of us. There, end of speech. Snort.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

* angel Basil has a wonderful link to ways in which humans can be of help


It's That Time Of Year Again

December 20th 2007 9:49 am
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But how did it get here so darn quick? Snort.

Anyway, I hope all kitties (and their humans) have a wonderful Christmas, and a happy and healthy year filled with adventure, inspiration, and the fulfillment of dreams and goals.

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.

—Ada V. Hendricks


Poop, Poop And More Poop!

November 2nd 2007 5:55 pm
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Hello all! Just wanted to update you on the note mom left in my last entry. It's true that I wasn't feeling well last week and that, as mom put it, I had the runs. It sure wasn't fun having to run to that stupid litterbox all the time, and leaving, as mom so indelicately put it, chocolate pudding puddles. Yuck! Mom was worried as she couldn't figure out why this was happening, but also didn't want to subject me to a vet visit if she didn't have to, so tried to figure out alternatives. Well guess what came to the rescue? Chicken baby food! Mom had read to try taking me off solid food for 24 hours, then feed me small amounts of baby food and then slowly reintroduce regular food. She did, and it worked! Should have known of course, as Scootie Patootie LOVES chicken baby food, and now my mom does too. She already has a spare jar in the cupboard should this happen again. If we're lucky, I was just feeling off-colour for who knows what reason, but should this recur, then a vet indeed will be consulted.

And guess when I left my first hard poop for mom to find? Yep, on her birthday! She said it was the finest, most thoughtful, and most exquisite present she's ever had. Said it will go down in history as her most favourite gift ever. Snort.

Finally, I want to thank a couple of my friends for inviting me to play in their meme, but I'm going to be a poop and decline, in part because of time issues, but also because I don't really want to single out any kitties in particular. I know, I'm a REAL poop!

Instead, as sort of a compromise, what I'd like to do is list the 10 qualities in kitties that happen to make them my favourite cats. Here, in no particular order are the qualities in my lovely friends I find appealing: intelligence, humour, compassion, creativity, quirkiness, sense of justice, kindness, independence, style, and writing skill. Some of these overlap of course, but basically if you're a kitty who can make me laugh, think, question the status quo, make me want to be nicer, view an issue in a different way, and wow me with your words, then you're the kind of friend I want!

Gotta go. No, not to the litterbox, but that would be okay too. Hmmm, maybe my new slogan should be "Keep on Pooping!" Snort.


She Did It! :)

October 23rd 2007 1:49 pm
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Scootie Patootie turned nineteen today! 19! That makes my 6 whole years seem really young, doesn't it? Snort. And since it's our birthday today, I thought I'd better see what the cat horrorscope had to say:

Scorpio October 23 - November 21
You're in such a hurry to fit everything in today, but don't rush. It'll all fall into place. Savor your naps and relish your delicious food. You're just a cat after all -- it's not like you have any place to go.

Hmmm. Well that applied to me all right, but mom's a Scorpio too, and it sure didn't fit her! She WAS in a hurry today and she DID have somewhere to go, even though I think the proper thing for my birthday would have been had she stayed home with me. So when she finally came back with a sob story about how it was raining cats and dogs, and how she had run for the bus while frantically waving her by-now-turned-inside-out umbrella but to no avail as the driver simply ignored her, I initially felt a slight pang of sympathy, but then quickly remembered how she had callously abandoned me on the most important day of the year, and rightfully stopped listening. I then went back to my nap, and eventually she took one too.

*note from mom: I'm a bit worried as KJ has had the runs since yesterday afternoon and I can't figure out why. Her food hasn't changed at all, and she hasn't ingested anything else as far as I know, and this has never happened before, so I don't know what to make of it. Everything else seems fine (appetite, energy, humour), so I don't want to haul her off to the vet yet (especially on her birthday!), but I don't know what it can be or what I should do. Any ideas?


Two Anniversaries Today

August 23rd 2007 3:18 pm
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Lady Francesca, aka Frannie, our neighbour's beautiful but extremely wilful chocolate brown Doberman (mom's thankful her ears weren't cropped), has been living downstairs now for a whole month. Surprisingly, I don't mind her too much. Not her barking, and not even when she comes to our back door. Mags, the white boxer, always frightened me and made me flee back up the stairs, but Frannie I just look at and admire. Maybe I identify with her a bit because she was literally picked up on the day she was scheduled for euthanasia. She had been quarantined for biting, was put on Ritalin, and deemed to have behaviour problems. Well, I won't deny that she still has behavioural issues, but she's no longer on Ritalin. She's also very smart, has improved a lot, and will hopefully grow up to be a fine adult dog. And did I mention how beautiful she is?

The other anniversary today is the five-year passing of my predecessor, Adrian Mole. From what I've heard he was also a beautiful yet headstrong creature (did not like mom being on the telephone, occasionally stalked and attacked her as if she were a giant mouse, and left bite marks on her arms that she'll carry to her grave), but mom loved him a lot and grieved enormously when she knew she'd have to put him down. At the time she couldn't imagine another cat being so special or occupying such a huge place in her heart, but then I came along. She now knows that she'll have the same reaction when my time comes, and probably again with any future cats as well. We all end up making an indelible mark on the humans whose lives we grace with our presence if only because we share or represent whatever stage of life they happen to be in. Either way, aren't we lucky that we're able to enrich each other's lives for a while?

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