Age: 16 Years Sex: Male Weight: 14 lbs.
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Silly Squirrel Boy, Fine Sir, Handsome, Boo-boo Kitty, Big Silly, Sir Flluffalot, The Mighty Thunderpaws!, Sweet & Squirrelly, Zippy the Wonder Cat, Mr. Marcus, Fur Ball, Mr. Meow
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|-mixed breed||-pound cat||-cat rescue|
May 15th 1997
Tabby and White
Napping. Hanging out with his people. Brushies!! Watching the world from the third floor. Being the one and only non-human in the household. He is *crazy* addicted to any kind of plant or plastic ribbons.
Bells. Hairballs. Having his paws or his "gouchos" touched! Why aren't his people on schedule !?!
His own tail, and his mousies.
Favorite Nap Spot:
Someplace cozy, like clean laundry :-)
Liver flavor! Plants and plastic ribbons (we have to have strict guidlines for decorating and gifts here), and Purina One Senior.
He chases his tail. He loves to tunnel and burrow. He always says thank-you for his dinner before digging in (aww). Good with kids. Generous to a fault - he'll gladly give you the fur off his back, whether you want it or not.
One day in 1999, I was at the Sarasota Humane Society on business, not for adoption. But, when my eyes met this then scruffy kitty's, it was love at first sight!
Of the 100+ cats there (please spay/neuter/adopt!!!), no others touched me like he did. And, I noticed after the fact that he'd been there the longest; who wouldn't want a kitty that leans / wraps against you like a fluffy hug when you pick him up? He must have been waiting for me @->-->--
* There are more than 10 times as many dogs and cats born in America than there are homes to take them in. * For every person born, there are 15 dogs and 45 cats. * More than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country each day. * 25% of the animals in shelters are pedigree. * 80% of the animals at the Humane Society of Sarasota are given up by their owners. * There are an estimated 49 to 60 million cats in the U.S. * Only 15% of the stray dogs are reclaimed and only 2% of the cats.
A friend and I (re)named him after a jovial, knightly (& good looking) character on "Babylon 5" named Marcus Cole.
I am incredibly proud of Marcus Kitty. He has been friendly, respectful, loving, and patient of my daughter from infancy through the many stages of childhood & tweens. He is a loving and loyal cat through thick and thin.
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I shed >';'< therefore I am.
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June 17th 2008 8:39 pm
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I kind of feel guilty. I mean, here I am going to a spa for a couple of weeks, and my family is so disoriented by my absence that they always wind up wandering away from home! They spend lots of time riding in a car (how awful), walking aimlessly through woods and shopping areas, swimming (!!!) in cold moving water (!!!), going way up high in the air on mountains, and many other unusual behaviors. I just can't watch them ALL the time; a kitty has to have a break. Well, I guess when the cat's away, the humans will... do you think they're playing?!?
And I know they're distraught. My little girl cries when I leave, and I can tell that Meowmy wants to. And they're always very happy when I come back and spoil me for days and days. If I were a more selfish kitty I'd do this more often just for the attention...., but I don't think they could bear it.
Poor Amigo. He doesn't get to come to the spa too. They're going to carry him off on their wanderings again like last year. I'm sure he'll be ok, he's very brave. It's comforting to know that somefurry will be "keeping an eye on them".
(Hehehe, don't tell him I said that...)
I came to this spa last year and thought it was very nice. I don't know what upgrades they've made in the last year though. I'm hoping they have internet access in each condo....
If not, I'll certainly be thinking of evfurryone, and wishing you were here!
>';'< Marcus Kitty
P.S. Amigo asked me to mention to evfurryone that he would also be leaving a vacation message.
June 15th 2008 4:33 pm
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I'm not sure to what a degree of an emergency this will turn out to be, but it seemed like a good idea to pass on in case you use or live near someone who uses this stuff. The article on Snopes.com can be found at:
It verifies this story as "true" and is worth a quick read for details as there are apparently several brands of "cocoa mulch". Each has it's own standards and claims of safety, so you should at least know what questions to pose when evaluating products or in speaking with a chosen professional.
Following is a message I received from the group messaging of FOR THE LOVE OF LAUREL:
*** URGENT *** "Cocoa Mulch" !!!DANGER!!! Please read and crosspost
verified by Snopes.com
Over the weekend one of our friends experienced a tragedy with one of their dogs and wanted me to pass a special message along to all of our dog loving friends and family. Please tell every dog owner you know.
Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dogCalypsodecided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walkshe had a seizure and died.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the labelupon further investigation on the company's websitethis product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats. Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey'sand thy claim that 'It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However98% of all dogs won't eat it.'
True information about the mulch can be found here - Snopes.com: Cocoa Mulch. This site gives the following information:
Cocoa Mulchwhich is sold by Home DepotForeman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply storescontains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine' . It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Just a word of cautioncheck what you are using in your gardens and be aware of what your gardeners are using in your gardens.
Theobromine is in all chocolateespecially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobrominea xanthinecompound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
PLEASE GIVE THIS THE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION!!!
Executive DirectorPublic Animal Welfare Society(PAWS)
A Nonprofit Humane Society Serving the Animals & People of Greater
Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Since 1976
May 28th 2008 10:12 pm
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You know, I've been wondering...
Does hurricane season count as a "season change" too? 'Cause that would really explain why I'm losing my coat again!!!
It's that time again.
I just saw some of this on tv and wanted to remind everycat how important it is to plan ahead:
Remind your humans when they're getting batteries and water (etc...), to make a kit for kitty!
A box that can be used to carry furry supplies (7 days?) and double as a litter box when a trash bag is strategically placed around it, is one idea. They even sell ready to go disposable litter boxes too! In fact, pack several bags for waste & garbage storage/disposal.....
Remember to add pets to the family's #/gallons-a-day bottled water count!
Pack your regular food and some bowls. And keep your food air & water tight.
Most importantly though, get those health & vaccine records together in an envelope and have the most recent tag required on your collar (even if you don't normally wear one). Especially in case you wind up in a shelter that accepts pets or can use a professional kennel (also good prep for going on vacation). And have any needed meds collected in an easy to grab baggie with your names & contact info, as well as your vet's, plus instructions. It might also be a good time to look into micro chipping.....
Do try to make "Plan A" evacuation plans (ahead of the rush) that include pet accommodations at a safer home, hotel, or kennel. Even a "Plan B"; the "pet friendly" shelters are supposed to be a last resort.
And, this may sound kinda "duh", but please encourage your humans to leave when it's their turn to evacuate. There's just never enough time or roads to handle everyone leaving at once at the last minute.
I'm sure if you look around you can get better & more detailed info than this.
My Meowmy usually takes care of all this for me >';'<
Hey! Check out Hazel Lucy's page about emergency pet info!
>';'< Marcus Kitty
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