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My birthday

December 16th 2012 1:29 pm
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I had a nice quiet birthday at home yesterday, with presents fur me from my humans (catnip mousies and "big mama" scratchy mats) and from a lot of my furriends on Catster. Thanks and appreciation to you all! You will each be hearing from me individually.

I also had mom and dad bring a case of food to the town animal shelter, where I lived between the time I was on the street and the time I adopted my humans and came to live here at the Cat Mahal. I think, on our birthdays, we should make a special effort to remember the less fortunate. There are a lot of kitties out there who need help!


A Good Idea

November 29th 2012 8:51 pm
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At least ten times a day I run to mom and shove my head into her hand, and she gives me some nice head, chin, and neck scratches. I think this is an excellent arrangement. Or, when dad is around, I jump up to one of my petting stations and immediately get attention. That is, of course, as it should be.

The problem I have is at night, when they are sleeping. Last night, for example, I jumped up on the bed and shoved my head into mom’s hand, which was lying on her pillow, repeatedly, and nothing happened. So annoying! Who said the humans could go off duty to sleep?! If they absolutely have to sleep sometimes, I think they should set their hands to be activated by my head and then run automatically. Isn’t that a great idea? I’ll see if I can train them. *lies on back and rolls happily from side to side*



October 22nd 2012 9:47 pm
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Yesterday mom and dad took me to the vet for a rabies shot. What a horrible experience! It's not that I am afrain of the vet, or care about being handled or stuck with a needle. But I hate, hate, HATE to leave my palace! For any reason! I gave the humans a big lecture on the subject while we were in the car, but they didn't seem to be paying attention.

Meow--and then to get insulted, too! The vet put me on the scale, and found that my magnificent presence had increased nearly a pound since last year. He said I need to downsize--how disagreeable! I hope dad, who is in charge of refilling my food dish, is not getting any bright ideas about making me wait longer when it is empty. I simply won't stand for it! *flips tail angrily*


Damp weather

October 9th 2012 11:36 am
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The weather at my palace has been really damp, gray, nasty, and chilly for several days. It’s hardly worth the effort to get up from bed, except to eat—so that’s what I’ve been doing, mostly—just staying in bed. I wish the humans would stay with me, but you know how humans are—they’re diurnal, and they just don’t spend enough time sleeping anyway, in my opinion. So I just wrap myself up completely in a pretty throw mom puts over the bedspread and spend nearly the whole day there. Meow, I do wish the sun would come out!


I had fun

October 8th 2012 9:31 am
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I had a really fun time as Cat of the Week. It was so exciting to see my picture up there on the community home page! I received lots of messages and gifts from more than fifty kitties and family groups--I felt really loved. But really, what I enjoyed most was the opportunity to reconnect with old furriends and even make some new ones. It was so wonderful! Thanks again to all.



September 24th 2012 10:37 am
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I'm so excited to be Cat of the Week! It's so wonderful, and it's such an honor to be COTW directly after my dear furriend Briana! Thank you, Catster!

Thanks also to all the kitties who sent concatulations and gifts. You will each be hearing from me individually, if you haven't already. I appreciate your furriendship!

Meow, I've got to run over to my main group, "I'm No Longer Alone," and share the news!


A Little Accident

August 1st 2012 7:32 pm
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I often like to sleep with the humans at night, and when I do, I usually take up more than half the bed. This means that mom and dad have to squeeze into the remaining space as best they can, to avoid disturbing me. It may not seem fair for me to take up so much space, but just think—I may have the smallest body, but I have the largest and most distinguished presence! So of course I need the most space.

That said, I am truly sorry that dad, having tried to squeeze himself as small as possible to make sure I had plenty of room, fell off the bed the other night. He tumbled right out onto the floor! Meow, well, at least he didn’t get hurt, because he fell on all fours, instead of falling on his head the way most humans would. (Perhaps my campaign to get them to always “think kitty” is working?) Sorry, dad!


posting pictures

July 20th 2012 10:15 am
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Some kitties in my home group, "I'm no longer alone," are having trouble posting pictures. So I thought I would put in my diary exactly how I have done it so they could do the same. Mom and I aren't too good at computer skills but this procedure has worked fur us.

1. I went to Google Images and decided on a picture.
2. I right clicked on the picture, and then left clicked on "Properties" when it came up (it was Kally Kat who told me about doing this).
3. When the "Properties" window appeared, I selected the address (URL)--when you do this, scroll down if necessary to make sure you get all of it. This caused me trouble at first because I didn't realize that what you see is not necessarily the entire address; you may need to scroll down to get it all.
4. I pressed the "CTRL" and "c" keys simultaneously to copy the address.
5. I closed the "Properties" window.
6. I closed Google Images and went to our INLA group page.
7. On our group page, I scrolled down to "Image creator" and clicked on it.
8. I placed the cursor in the "Link" space and pressed the "CTRL" and "v" keys simultaneously to paste the address into it.
9. I placed the cursor in the "Link Description" space and typed the description I wanted--fur example, "Euphorbia."
10. I clicked on the "create forum code" button.
11. I selected the entire forum code as soon as it appeared (again, I had to scroll down to get all of it) and pressed the "CTRL" and "c" keys simultaneously to copy it.
12. I closed the "image creator" page and went to my Catster Paw Mail Box and opened the message I wanted to reply to with the picture, and clicked on Reply.
13. I wrote my reply and then I pressed the "CTRL" and "v" keys simultaneously to get the forum code into the reply. Then, when I previewed the message, the picture was there!


Visit from Shanghai

June 28th 2012 3:00 pm
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Aunt Dongmei came to visit from Shanghai with her husband Kevin and her daughter Yiyi. Mom says I was a very gracious hostess--I did yoga with cousin Yiyi, sniffed uncle Kevin's hand, and actually allowed aunt Dongmei to pet me!

I was so very good. *lies on back and rolls happily from side to side*

At night I patrolled the hallway outside the rooms where they were sleeping to make sure they were safe. I ate a piece of shrimp dumpling when uncle Kevin made them (mom and dad say uncle Kevin's are the best!) and even sniffed politely in the direction of counsin Yiyi's red bean buns. If people are nice, I do want them to feel comfortable in my palace!

Too bad they could only stay two nights. I think I could really get to like shrimp dumplings!


Good news

June 21st 2012 9:14 am
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Dr. Gavaletz called with the results of my lab work. Yes, the mole was a melanoma, but no, it had not yet become malignant. It was discovered in time. Mom and dad are so happy and relieved!

There is some possibility that it might grow back one day in the same spot (Dr. Gavaletz's own cat had one grow back after two years), but if so, it will just have to be removed again, right away. Mom and dad will keep an eye on that area, and ask Aunt Aimee to look at it from time to time also.

He said that unlike doggies, we kitties are very prone to this problem so any moles or growths on us should always be checked and most likely removed at once.

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