Blackie (RIP)

Domestic Long Hair
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Home:London, ON, Canada  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 15 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 11 lbs.

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Mr. Blackie, swea-pea/sweepy

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-cat rescue

May 1st 2001


Playing with my kitty friend Ollie in the living room.

The vet, strangers, loud or quick-moving people, dogs, being shut outside.

Favorite Toy:
Piece of string, cheneille stem, cat toy fishing rod.

Favorite Nap Spot:
My "mom's" bed.

Favorite Food:
Wet catfood (P.C. Nutrition 1st Chicken, Friskies Turkey & Giblets Dinner Pate), Wellness, fresh catnip. We all LOVE the taste of dry food, but we're not allowed to eat it anymore,

I was homeless and befriended Lily cat while she was tethered outside. I am gentle and loving - if you work hard to earn my trust. I give nose to nose rubs and I eat catnip out of your hand; I understand words " lay down, kisses".


Arrival Story:
He befriended Lily the cat while she was tethered outside. He was living under the neighbour’s back deck. I fed him and he got used to me. When cold weather came, I captured him and brought him down to the basement in our house. He wanted to hide under shelves and behind boxes, so I fixed up an empty box with some towels and put it in the lower shelf by the litter boxes. No one responded to our "Found" ads. With some difficulty, I took him to the vet’s to get dewormed, shots and neutered. I carried him up to my bed a few times and eventually he thought that was THE VERY BEST place to sleep.

I am thankful for vet Lisa Pierson's non-profit site The information helped my owner to recognize my urinary problems were due to dry cat food in Nov. 2007. Now I only eat canned cat food and none of us cats has had bladder problems since! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! I am very sensitive. "Run away first, ask questions later." My housemate, Buddy has appeared on - his picture is below. I got a new housemate, Ollie, in Sept. 2007. He looks a bit like me but is smaller. I invited him to play. Now we play a lot!

Lives Remaining:
8 of 9

Forums Motto:
I love to play, when I think it’s safe.

The Last Forum I Posted In:
ProPlan gravy substitute

I've Been On Catster Since:
January 27th 2007 More than 10 years!

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Meet my family
Buddy (RIP)Lily (RIP)JJ (RIP)Sammy (R.I.P.)
Diddy (RIP)Miss Kitty
OllieTy, the
neighbour cat
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Mmmm! Tasty addition to our food!

January 21st 2009 2:28 am
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Mom thinks I might be a bit dehydrated. Us long-haired kitties especially use up a lot of saliva when we groom ourselves! Apparently us felines also have a very low thirst drive to start with. That's why she only gives us canned food now. She doesn't give us too many dry treats anymore I've noticed! She found out about this online, I think she said on She also says something about the cold weather making the air a lot drier inside, even with the furnace humidifier. She never sees me drink water, except the liquid in the dish with my wet food.

Mom thinks we might not be eating enough of our canned food, and therefore, not getting enough water. So she's started adding a spoonful of Wellness brand canned food to our dishes. (Actually, she puts a spoonful of Wellness in the dish first, mixes in a few tablespoons of water and THEN adds our regular canned food to the mixture.) I think our dinner tastes better, but oh man, we WISH we could eat it straight - we LOVE the taste! She won't do that, though... something about the price, she says. I like it when she makes the Wellness "gravy" and keeps adding a couple of spoonfuls to my food when it looks too dry. She makes "gravy" by filling the empty can 1/4 full of water and rubbing all the bits off the inside the can into the water. Yum!

I think it is a nice treat when she lets me lay on her lap to eat while she holds my dish. I'm pretty sure I'm the only cat that likes to do this. If I get some attention and start purring, my appetite is better. I love, love, love this attention!

Lately, she's been taking me and a dish of food to her room with her at night so I don't hog Buddy's bed under the warm spotlight in the basement. Almost as soon as she latches the bedroom door, Ollie starts pawing and crying to come in. He likes to eat and then curl up, purring, in the soft little pet bed beside her pillow. I like to sleep closer to the bottom of the bed. I love sleeping there - I feel warm and secure . This also gives us a break from Ty, the neighbour kitten if he is visiting our house. She said the neighbours seem to have trouble keeping track of him, and it's much too cold for him outside at - 16 Celsius (3 Fahrenheit)! He is very good at slipping inside or outside unnoticed, so we are careful to keep track of him and call him back in if he goes out. He doesn't realize HOW cold it is until he's been outside for a minute. Silly Ty.

Ollie and I play on the bed sometimes and occasionally wake her up! I love playing with little Ollie, as long as he's not trying to really bite me. Then I just want to run away from him and hide!

Because we're shut in mom's room at night, Ollie and I have a litter box in there, though I prefer to do #2 in a litter box in the basement. Isn't that nice of me? When she's able, mom likes to check and see how big my pee clumps are in the litter box to see if I'm experiencing urinary irritation. If I am, I make smaller clumps and urinate more frequently - both in and outside the litter box! This hasn't happened since switching to canned food in November 2007. I really hope it doesn't happen ever again!


How we solved my urinary problems.

December 5th 2008 7:45 pm
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In October 2007, my mom saw information on the non-profit site by vet Lisa A. Pierson. It was very helpful and talked about feline nutrition, litter boxes, cat physiology and health. It describes what cats need to eat for optimum health and disease prevention.

We were VERY surprised to learn HOW important water is a cat's diet. Cat's have a VERY low thirst drive and can't possible consume enough water eating a dry kibble diet to maintain good health! Most dry food is made with grains. This makes it high in carbohydrates which is another reason it is unsuitable for cats. Cats are meat-eaters and their bodies do not handle carbs very well.

Dry cat food causes many problems. These include bladder inflammation, pain, infections, frequent and inappropriate urination, urine crystals; kidney problems; weight gain and diabetes. Feeding dry food may also be linked to cancer in cats.

We recognized that my urinating small amounts in and outside the litter box was likely because of bladder inflammation. Since I was still able to urinate, I didn't have to make an emergency trip to the vet!

We had always been getting a bit of canned cat food on the side, so the transition off dry cat food didn't cause tummy problems. Because dry kibble is sprayed with tasty flavouring, all us cats were really "kibble addicts" and we begged for it.

My bladder problems gradually improved over a couple of weeks. Since the switch to 100% canned cat food, me and my cat friends here haven't had any more problems due to bladder inflammation or urine crystals. I feel great now. It is an added bonus that my dandruff went away and I lost a bit of fat! My vet even complimented me on my shiny black coat! And I look splendidly handsome, if I do say so myself!

I highly recommend that all cats get their owners to check out that website so they'll know what warning signs to watch for. Or, better yet, beg their owners for canned food so they don't go through what me, Buddy and Lily did.

Best wishes, my fellow Catsters,

Your friend,


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