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Breaking News: VID

Huh?  What?  VID, what is that?  I’ve hear of VIP: very important people/person, but VID.  VID is very important dates.  The human has issues remember things and writing things down on a paper is easy, but the paper can get lost.  So the VID’s are going on the blog.

Anniversaries:

  • Blog started March 3 2014
  • Instagram started April 24 2014

Birthdays

  • Eddie and Java May 1 2012
  • Dac Sept. 1 2013
  • Human August 23

Adoption Dates

  • Eddie  May 22 2012
  • Java    June  11 2012
  • Dac Oct. 28 2013

Now I do have a confession to make I don’t know when my cats were born or adopted.  Told you I had a very bad memory, lol.  I do know what month and year they were born and adopted so I just picked a date that seemed rational.  Eddie I got at around 3 weeks and Java joined 3 weeks later.  Dac I got in Oct., but I can’t remember if I got her before my parent’s Agritourism business closed for the season or the weekend before.  Oh, well I have dates now and I’ll just go with that, lol.

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Watching mother’s marble roll down the hallway.

 

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Blue Cat, Black Cat, Pink Cat, Everywhere a Cat.

I grew up with the belief that almost all orange cats were males and all calico and tortie cats were female.  While this is not the case, 80 % of orange cats are male and less than 1 % of calico’s and torties are males.

Here’s how it works. To have black and orange in the same cat, the cat needs two X chromosomes. Two X chromosomes mean the cat will be female. Male cats need a Y chromosome and are XY.

Occasionally a mutation will arise during embryonic development and a kitten will be born with an extra chromosome: XXY. The two Xs allow for the cat to be black and orange. The Y makes it a male. This is how you get a tortoiseshell or a calico male cat.

Tortoiseshell and calico male cats are uncommon (one out of 3000 are male).

http://www.catchannel.com/experts/arnold_plotnick/orange-tabby-male-cats-and-calico-female-cats.aspx

For more information please check on various colors of cats and what official colors are called:

http://www.fanciers.com/other-faqs/colors.html

http://messybeast.com/colour-charts.htm

 

Overpopulation of Cats and Bunnies

I have been thinking about the cat population lately and lo and behold my news program had an article on feral cats:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-woman-feeding-feral-cats-lashes-back-at-city-after-threat-of-fine-1.2895735

There is a program in Winnipeg that traps adult cats for TNR (trap, neuter, return), which I think is an excellent idea to reduce the feral cat population (http://www.craigstcats.ca/colony-manager-program.html).  I also think farms need to re-think their views on cats.  My parents do not want to fix their female cats because than they won’t catch mice.  This is an area I need to do more research on. Is it only female cats, that are intact, that catch mice?   Farms don’t want mice, but at the same time don’t want 100 cats roaming around.

This is the problem with cats and I threw in bunnies also to show that cats aren’t the only overpopulated animal on this earth:

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http://www.fingerlakesspca.org/neuter.php

rabbitbreeding

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3435437.htm

An indoor cat can live to approx. 17 years of age.  Outdoor cats live to be 2-5 years, but my parents farm they get to be around 7-10 years.

Female cats usually have been 4 to 6 kittens per litter and most female cats have two to 3 litters of kittens a year.

A female cat can get pregnant at approx 6 to 9 months old and the pregnancy is 58 to 65 days.

16 years of age X 5 (times 2 litters) = 160 kittens in a female cat’s life (considering everything goes perfectly and the cat is in good health).

Are you scared yet, lol??  Now you know why it’s so important to fix animals.

Dogs vs. Cats

I grew up with both cats and dogs.  So why did I choose, as my first pets, cats?  While Eddie was a bit of a fluke.  I found a wild cat’s nest/litter and saw Eddie was a “Siamese” kitten so I had to have him (later on he turned black).  I took Eddie home and started my family.  I would encourage before getting any pet to do a bit of research before bringing them home.  This is my thought process on dogs vs cats:

Cats:

  • Often can get them for free.  If you do get them from a shelter, they are often fixed, de-wormed, and have their first shots which does save a lot of money.
  • Don’t need to go for walks.  I’m lazy and live in a place where it gets to -40 c so the idea of going for walks is unappealing.
  • They stay small.
  • A cat is a cat is a cat.
  • Need to trim nails, which I don’t do because I can’t stand the sound.
  • Can wreak your furniture, but dogs can also if they aren’t trained.
  • Litter Boxes, yes they are gross, but I have just gotten use to them.  Maybe I don’t mind them since I work in health care and have seen much worse and smelled much worse.  :)!!!

Dogs:

  • There are many breeds and each dog is different so for me, who can’t make up her mind, it would be mission impossible finding the right dog for me.
  • The cost was a big deterent.  I’m not sure how much shelter dogs are, but it may be comparable to a cat.
  • You need to train dogs.  To have a nice and loving dog you need to train it.  I don’t think I have the patience to train a dog.
  • Dogs need to go outside.  I live in a condo so I would need to go outside every time the dog wanted to go outside.

Vet costs are comparable for both dogs and cats so that didn’t play a factor in me deciding.  My best advice before getting any animal is to do your research.  Getting a pet is a big decision and involves a lot of money (vet costs, food, litter, leash, etc.) and they need your time.  Animals need love and attention so make sure that you can provide this to any animal you get.

 

Anti-Vet?

Anti-vet??  This is a question I often mull around in my head.  I have concluded I’m half and half, let me explain.

I grew up in the country and often visited my Uncle’s farm.  I was taught that animals were not “permanent” and could be replaced.  If an animal was sick it was put down and we got a different animal.  Also our dogs got run over a lot, for some reason.  We tried to train them to stick around the yard, but it never seemed to work.  I was attached to the animals I grew up, but not too attached.

My mullings on being anti-vet have started when I joined Instagram.  I often see people pleading for money to help a stray animal or help with a large vet bill.  This is where it gets a little grey.  I am totally for people helping animals, but don’t understand pumping thousands of dollars into an animal.  I have often thought what I would do if my cats got sick and it would cost hundreds, if not thousands to get them well.  I think, because of the way I was brought up, I would put them down.  I love my cats dearly and each is unique in their own way, but I’m not rich so I would never be able to afford a massive bill and I don’t feel right pleading with people for money.

I’m all for animals getting fixed and strongly encourage people to fix their cats and dogs.  We have far too many dogs and cats in this world and we don’t need to keep adding to the overpopulation.  I also believe in vaccinating animals, but haven’t done enough research into it to really give an opinion on it.

My other thought is instead of pumping hundreds or thousands of money into one animal, why not donate that type of cash to a no-kill animal shelter?  Instead of saving one animal, you could be saving several if not more.  I totally get that some people view their animals as their children and would do anything for their children.  And your money is your money and you can spend it as you see fit :).  My cats are my fur children and I love them dearly, but I can’t justify putting tons of money into getting them well if they would fall sick.

Also I grew up frugal and know that money doesn’t grow on trees.  I also went for a period of living on no money for 7 months and never want to do that again so any leftover money I have goes into a savings account.  My other thought is if I were ever to get a $1000 vet bill, it would take over 10 months to pay it back.  Ouch!!!  What are your thoughts on paying hundreds or thousands of dollars on vet bills for animals?

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Allen and I.

My Manx Cat

Dac is not a pure breed Manx.  I’m thinking some genes mutated and she ended up with a stump of a tail; most Manx’s have no tails.  She was born to a farm cat and an unknown father, but everything I read on Manx’s relates to her.  Manx’s love to carry things in their mouths, which Dac does.  It’s quite funny when she carries a jingle ball in her mouth because I always know who is coming down the hall.  They need attention, which Dac definitely does.  Manx’s also like to chase things, yup that’s Dac alright.  She does have a very small two-part tail and it’s like her spine keep growing (I can feel a few vertebrae in her tail) and then attached to the spine is what feels like a piece of string (cartilage).  Her tail is very unique and she can wiggle each part of her tail in different directions at the same time.

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Another thing about Manx’s is that they are very slow growers and I have read online that they can take up to 5 years before they reach the size they will be.  I wouldn’t mind if Dac stayed petite because she is so crazy.  A crazy petite cat is easier to manage than a big crazy cat.  She also insists on walking on me at night or when I’m sitting and watching TV so a petite cat’s weight I can handle, but if Eddie started walking on me, it would end very quickly. I’m also thinking Dac is so small because of the amount of energy she has.  She probably burns more calories than she takes in.  I will occasionally feed her more, if she wants extra food (she will sit by the laundry room door and yodel).

A snippet from: http://www.theultimatecatwebsite.com/cat-breeds.html#MassiveMaineCoon

  The Manx originated on the Isle of Man in the 1500s.This breed is a cat that has rather large hind legs and is born without any tail. Some Manxes are born with stumps, small or short tails, or even a full length tail. If a Manx has a tail, its very hard to tell it from a domestic shorthair. Because of the shortened backbone, this cat also appears to have a curved back. This cat sports all colors and patterns seen in cats (although some associations do not accept color points). The Manx is a shorthaired breed.  This breed is active and curious, and loves to interact with its owner. It is considered a highly intelligent breed.

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Interesting information:

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If you look at Dac’s tail closely, you can see the poof which part one of her tail and the darker gray piece hanging out of the poof is part two.  Kind of hard to see and one day I might be able to figure out how to upload videos and than you can see clearly her very unique tail.

 

 

Life with a Cat

My worst fear is one day having no cats living with me.  My family doesn’t understand why I have three cats and are against me getting a fourth one.  Good thing I live alone and rarely have company over so I can add cats without people knowing.  Now I’m not crazy and attempting to try to break records, like where someone had 125 cats.  I have nosy neighbors who keep tabs on how many cats I have, lol.  They walk past by my window and see my three cats looking out the window and when I added Dac my neighbors all inquired about her (not having a normal tail makes you kind of odd).  I’m thinking 4 or 5 cats would be a nice number.  I didn’t get a new kitten in 2014 because Dac is CRAZY and a handful.  There was one kitten, this year on the farm, who I really wanted, but resisted taking home.  In 2015 we’ll see what happens.  I always get my kittens from the farm and I don’t go to cat shelters because I would want to take everyone of them home.

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Adoption of a Kitten or Cat

“Hey I want a cat” you say and I would reply “Whoa, have you thought this through”?

I got Eddie on an impulse, but I grew up around cats and I always wanted to have cats.  Also I knew I wasn’t moving any time soon after moving around 7 times in 14 years (I can’t exactly remember how many times I moved back in with my parents :)).  I know that I have lived in 4 apartments and now my condo in 14 years.  The one strike I did have against me was that I wasn’t in a financially stable position so it did add-on an expense.  I also knew there wouldn’t be any new humans in the house for a long or ever time.  I guess I had given it some thought, but hadn’t thought through the timing of getting a kitten.

Some things to consider before getting a cat:

  • Where is your life heading in the next 15 years?  That is the average life expectancy of an indoor cat and some live while into their 20’s.
  • Will you be able to care for a cat for the next 15 to 20 years?
  • Can you tolerate cat hair and having to vacuum A LOT or brush the cat A LOT?
  • Do you have finances in place for cat food, vet bills (they are EXPENSIVE), and litter?

I see red when people get rid of a cat because a new baby comes into the family, they change furniture and the cat no longer matches (that is the stupidest reason I have ever heard of), or because the cat scratches too much.   I know some circumstances you can’t prevent and you have no choice but to surrender your cat.  I don’t have an issue with these people and can understand their pain at having to say good-bye to a family member.  I have issues with people getting rid of their cat because they did not think it through and it was an impulsive decision and they now regret it.  Think before you get a cat.

Please make sure you do your homework before adopting a cat and make sure it is something that you can commit to for the long-term.  Another thing to consider is do you have the time for a cat?  Yes cats aren’t like dogs and need lots of walks and such, but cats still do need time with humans to play and be loved.   Cats should NOT be treated like a piece of clothing that you can discard and get rid of as you please.

Now if you have considered this all and you can say that you can love a cat and take care of it for the next 15 to 20 years, than congratulations and go get yourself a cat.  There are many in shelters that are looking for a forever home and there are so many cute kittens and cats out there.

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I am so very cute, but can you love me and take care of me for the next 15 years?

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