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Plus Power of the Paw > HURRICANE CHECK IN AND HURRICANE CENTRAL
Bear DB- #165a

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Purred: Thu Aug 25, '11 7:54pm PST 
Mom will working in New York when Irene is supposed to reach us, but she's in Midtown, not Long Island or near the shore. She's going out tomorrow before work to stock up on litter and food for us in case she can't get back and Dad has to take over. OK by us. Dad is much more generous with the people food and the treats.
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Cat Health > How much does your cat weigh???
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Purred: Fri Aug 13, '10 9:26pm PST 
Good advice on mixing in the liquids, Bumpurr's mom. Jasper, the cat with the early CKD, happens to be a big fan of water. Between that and the regular wet food, he has been stable for about two years, without subQ liquids. I am thankful for every day.

I am in awe that you feed your cats in their carriers! Don't know how I'd manage that.
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Cat Health > How much does your cat weigh???

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Purred: Tue Aug 10, '10 9:35pm PST 
I'm a year and four months old now, and over 13 pounds, all muscle. Like Maine Coons, we Norwegian Forest Cats don't fully mature until we're about 5 years old. Mom figures me for an adult weight of 16-18 pounds.

My sister Vicki is a Ragdoll, and also a slow maturer. But she's a female and when she had already reached 10 pounds at 10 months of age, Mom cut back her rations a bit. She's a month younger than me and now weighs 10.5 pounds.

My other sibs are all mixed-breed shelter cats. Jasper, the eldest, weighed 12 pounds at his max weight. At 15, he now weighs 10 pounds, and since he's the most active of any of us, it's all muscle. Severian is also 10 pounds, all flab, we suspect. What a sloth.

Our sister Onyx, who has an eating disorder (stemming from having to fight for her food as a kitten, we think) was once a very porky 16 pounds (she's petite, with very short legs and tail) but is now a divine plus-size model at 12 pounds.

My cats always ate dry food until Jasper developed early-stage kidney failure and needed to increase his fluid intake. Now I feed mostly wet (Wellness, Blue Wilderness, Fancy Feast, By Nature), with a bit of high-quality dry food free-choice (Royal Canine).

Introducing the grain-free foods was a chore. It seems that cats, like people, can develop carb addictions.
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What I Love About Catster > Kitty Koffee Korner

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Purred: Mon Apr 26, '10 4:05pm PST 
Guess I got the recipe right this time. Three judges said Bear was "groomed to perfection." Still, he kept losing first in premier to a red tabby Persian who was some kind of wonderful. But he got 8th best cat in the longhair premier specialty ring (beating five GPR entries in the process) and got a lot of pretty rosettes. We all had a good time and Bear got some roasted chicken on the way home, so he was a happy cat.
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What I Love About Catster > Kitty Koffee Korner

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Purred: Mon Apr 5, '10 9:32pm PST 
I'm guessing both -- not getting him adequately degreased and not getting all the soap out.

Sunday we did another bath, not ahead of a show, just practicing. I got a deeper Rubbermaid tub that I could fill at a greater depth than my kitchen sink, filled it with warm water and immersed him to the neck. He seemed to tolerate that better than the spray wand. Then I put him on a towel on the counter and lathered him up with Dawn dishwashing liquid. Then back into the tub, followed by a rinsing with the spray wand in the sink. I followed that with another shampoo with Eqyss pet shampoo, and another loooong rinse with the spray wand. And then I used Eqyss conditioner, about a tablespoon diluted in a pint of warm water. Another looong rinse.

I intended to use a vinegar rinse after the Eqyss shampoo but forgot.

I slicked off as much water as I could with my hands, then towel-dried with warm towels from the drier. Then I completely blow-dried him, using only my fingers to fluff up the fur. Took almost two hours.

He looked pretty good, I have to say -- the white britches and belly hair were very fluffy. The mane and ruff seemed a little floppy (too much conditioner?). His tail was magnificent, but the fur on the back and hindquarters, while silky and smooth, didn't seem to have much lift. Still too much grease?

The judge said the bath needed to be done weekly during the show season whether the cat was being shown that weekend or not, to prevent buildup of oils. That sound right to you?
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Cat Health > Neutered!
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Purred: Fri Apr 2, '10 9:43pm PST 
Bear had an undescended testicle, which the vet had to find and remove through an abdominal incision. So he had more than a standard neutering -- not quite as invasive as a spay, but an incision with stitches.

Still, he came home the same afternoon, apparently none the worse for wear. The vet did send him home with pain medication, but explained that it was more to keep him a little sedated and quiet. He certainly didn't seem to be in any pain, but cats are awfully good at ignoring or hiding that.
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What I Love About Catster > Kitty Koffee Korner

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Purred: Tue Mar 30, '10 8:20pm PST 
Yikes! I hope not!
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What I Love About Catster > Kitty Koffee Korner

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Purred: Mon Mar 29, '10 3:56pm PST 
Bumpurr, sorry I got distracted and didn't get back to this threat before the Middletown show. Would certainly have looked up Kandye. Mom watched the HHP finals, 'cause it's her favorite.

I had no trouble getting my six ribbons -- end of the season, few Opens entered. But Mom could sure use some grooming advice! One of the judges gave her a few tips. Seems Mom's first error was in not getting my dense coat wet enough. Judge said Wegies have to be "floated," meaning immersed to the neck -- spray wand or pouring water out of a cup is not gonna cut it.

Live and learn. But we're doing the Easton, Pa., show in a few weeks, so any advice will be gratefully accepted!
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What I Love About Catster > Kitty Koffee Korner

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Purred: Sat Mar 13, '10 2:30pm PST 
Koffee Korner? Everybody knows that Norwegians love coffee! I saw Bumpurr's invite today and would love to be part of the conversation. Torbjorn (Bear) is about to start his cat show career. He's entered in open at the end of March. I just want to get him his ribbons so he can enter for his premiership when the new season opens in May (sorry if I get the jargon wrong -- I'm really a novice at this).

But Bear is our only show cat, and we're showing him only because showing a cat is on my bucket list and because we'd like to help get a championship dam award for his wonderful breeder. Any show tips would be most welcome.

I've bottle-fed babies, too. When I was running a small farm with a greenhouse, one of my employees showed up one day with three tiny kittens, eyes not open, whose mother had been hit by a car. We bottle-fed them all day, she took them home at night. We massaged their little bellies to get them to poop. We introduced them to wet food (messy!). I found homes for two of them in the city, where we sold produce at farmer's markets, and my employee kept one. That cat, who had been transported by car to and from the greenhouse every day, loved to travel by motor vehicle. Once she hitchhiked to a town 20 miles away sitting atop the spare tire stowed under the family pickup truck.

We also have a purebred Ragdoll (but without papers). And our other three cats are shelter/farm cats. Marvelous creatures, all of them. Love to talk cats, over coffee or over the Internet.
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Cat Health > Blood blister on my gum
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Purred: Fri Mar 5, '10 10:14pm PST 
We decided to wait for a week or two and watch it, Tigger. Mom snapped a couple of pictures, but it's really hard to get the same lighting and same angle every time. She says I don't cooperate. (Who, me?) But this morning she said it seemed to be a lighter color, though still about the same size.
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