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The Elusive Cat

Java is a very private and shy cat.  I rarely get good pictures of her.  The one time she isn’t shy is when I’m in the bathroom.  She is my lap warmer, lol.  Java is also the one who gets picked on, as both Eddie and Dac will play fight with her. She is always the one on the bottom.  Java loves sleeping in the empty spare bedroom.  If I can’t find her, that is the first place I look.

Java is a really beautiful cat and I wish I had more pictures of her, but she isn’t one that loves the camera.

Indoors vs. Outdoors

My cats are 99%  indoor cats and I would never think of letting them roam freely outside.  My opinion on indoor vs. outdoor depends on where you live.  If you live in the city please don’t let your cats roam freely outdoors.  If you live in the country and it’s not highly populated (except with animals, lol) than I’m ok with people letting their cats outdoors.

Risk for Indoor City cats that are let outside and cats that are strictly outdoors:

  • Health issues: worms, ear mites, rabies, URI (upper resporatry infection) among many other illnesses.
  • Annoyed neighbors who don’t appreciate cats using their gardens as litter boxes.

Another thing to consider is that indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats.  Indoor cats tend to live from 12 to 20 years of age, while outdoor cats typically live  10 years, and stray/feral cats live to 5 years of age.

Today I saw a dead cat on a country road.  It always breaks my heart when I see dead cats on the road.  I’m sure everyone has heard about the cat who got shot with an arrow.  On Instagram someone had their cat stolen, numerous cats have been run over, and a cat died when he fell off a fence.  If these cats would have been indoor cats, their deaths could have been prevented.  Harsh, but true.

I do occasionally take my cats outside with a halter and leash.  Eddie and Java hate it outside, while Dac loves it.

{52 Snapshots of Life} Week 16: Quizzical

Quizzical is an expression.  A look of confusion and going hmmmm.  So I’m going to make my readers have very quizzical looks by doing a quiz, bwahaha.

  1. What breed is Dac?
  2. Where did I get my cats from?
  3. What does the human like doing?
  4. What is Dac’s favorite toy?
  5. How many cats do I have?
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Testing the laws of gravity.

 

Why I write the way I write!

Have you ever looked at your blog posts and wondered what influenced your writing style?  My high school English teacher and dad would be horrified that I’m writing a blog.  I liked English, but not the grammar part.  I really couldn’t care less about verbs, nouns, semicolons, etc.  Now I love to read and read a ton.

I do notice my sentences are quite choppy and short.  I think that’s how I think.  I’m always thinking and inventing new things in my head and I sometimes can’t keep up writing what I’m thinking.  I try to make my sentences longer, but most times I’m like oh well that’s the way I write.

I have a Bachelor degree so that means 4 years of university.  I had to write a lot of papers/essays and always had to find research articles.  The motto was “for every fact you state you need 5 articles that back up your fact”.  That’s why I include a lot of links, I’m backing up my facts and I love to read.  Maybe there’s others out there who also love reading and learning new things.

Yup, that’s what influences my writing.  In short: I don’t like grammar, I love to read, and I feel the need to back up my facts.

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Me, the human, with my other fur babies. Chloe, my pygmy goat, had triplets March 27.

 

Tweet, Follow, Like, ARGH!!!!!!!

If someone who had been in a coma in 1980  woke up today they would be thoroughly lost in our world.  People are tweeting, liking, snapping, blogging, yada yada……..  It’s so confusing and can be overwhelming.  I would recommend that a person blog (if they have one), use facebook, and instagram.  If you’re low on time I would suggest just blogging and using instagram.

Personally I’m all over the board.  I do the social media for my parents seasonal business, my hobby, and paws4moment.  That equates to:

  • 4 Facebook pages
  • 2 Tumblr pages
  • 4 blogs (2 active and 2 inactive)
  • 2 instagram accounts
  • 2 Google Plus accounts

I don’t tweet, nor will I ever tweet.  I don’t understand Twitter and  I don’t care to understand Twitter, lol.  I find Google Plus to be pointless so I have abandoned my two accounts.  I use Tumblr passively, in that my blog posts and instagram posts get automatically get posted on the site.  Other than that I don’t do anything on Tumblr.  There are a ton of social media sites out there and here is a link if your interested in seeing how many there are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

Personally I love instagram and am always checking instagram.  I also like my blog.  I have thought of starting a facebook page for paws4moment, but that would be too much.

Whoa!!! I better lay off the catnip.
Whoa!!! People must have too much time on their hands.

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

 

My Sputtering Blog

Looking through my stats I have to admit I don’t have a very popular blog, lol.  I would like if people would look around my blog, but at the same time my blog is a diary of my cat’s lives.

My depressing stats (in a sarcastic voice):

  • I get an average of 4 likes per post.
  • I usually get 1 or 2 comments per post.
  • In Jan. I had 224 views and 118 visitors.
  • In 2014 total comments were 34 and I got 125 likes.

My cats and I are friendly people and like to interact with people.  I post every Mon, Wed, and Fri. and I try to look at other people’s blogs at this time.

When Dac is asleep, I love her.
When Dac is asleep, I love her.

Nail Care

I hate clipping my cats nails.  To me the sound when you clip the nails sounds like someone scratching their nails against a chalkboard.  It’s torture.  I have a lovely sister who clips Dacs nails for me when she comes for a visit.  I would recommend clipping your cats nails to prevent the destruction of your house.

If you cat keeps scratching everything in site something else to try is Soft Paws (https://www.softpaws.com).  I have tried them and loved them.  The only issue I had was the cost and the fact I needed two people to put them on.  I have used on them Eddie and Java once and when they fell off I just left it.  I am tempted to put them on Dac.

A good article on how to trim your cats nails can be found here: http://www.cat-world.com.au/how-to-trim-your-cats-claws.  If you haven’t trimmed a cats nails it is important to read up on it because you can do a lot of damage to the nail if it isn’t trimmed properly.

Another way to keep your cats nails short is to have scratching posts in your house.  My cats hate the cardboard ones and will only use the carpet ones.  I have five scratching posts scattered around my place, lol.  My cats still love destroying my furniture, but luckily all of my furniture was hand me downs so I’m not concerned about the appearance of the furniture.

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Java with her pretty nails. Getting them on her was difficult, but it worked.

 

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.

Head, Ears, nose, and eyes, nose and eyes.

When I got Dac I noticed her eyes were constantly running.  When I took her to the vet, he said he really couldn’t do anything for her.  The tube between her eyes and nose are plugged on both sides so instead of fluid draining into her noise it drains out of her eyes.  He said he could do surgery, but it may not work or the tubes could close up again.  He said the draining out of her eyes wouldn’t affect her health so I just let it be.  I will occasionally clean her eyes, but usually I just let her be.  I have noticed she occasionally cleans her eyes so that makes me happy.

Cat use their ears to balance (humans also use their ears to help them balance).  Their tail also helps them balance, but is not essential for balancing.  Dac has just a stub of a tail and can balance exceptionally well.  If you do ever get an outdoor cat, make sure the vet checks for ear mites.  Dac’s ears were filled with ear mites and after she got medicine they were gone.  Dac’s ears are now clean and ear mite free.  Ear mites are extremely contagious so it is important to check outdoor cats regularly.

There you go: head, ears, nose, and eyes, nose and eyes.

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