Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pirate Wednesday Logging in Arrrr...

Hi ya all you mates out there! Meow.... I have been named and her I am...So all you mates go on over there and get yer name.. That Derby he got me started...

My pirate name is:

Captain Prudentilla Rackham

Even though there's no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you're the one in charge. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!
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I got another pirate name from Samantha...Ohhh I like this one girl...meow...

Iron Lazy Gracey

Miz Allie Ponder's Who's Fat and Just Over Fed?

Meow...I think that some mommy out there has waaaaaaaaaaaaay over fed this feline friend. I mean that this kitty cat is just plain old FAT! Now if you compare it to me you can see that I may be a little on the thinner side, but my mommy is always good to me and feeds me just right. Meow...She reads up on these important me a nibble here, a table scrap there won’t hurt me too much as long as it is done in moderation and she can tell that my tummy is not too big, but could it be too much for some cats?

Well that may be all it takes to help expand your cat’s girth.The truth is, one little snack may not hurt, but you’d be amazed at how little it takes to add up to a fat cat. According to Margie Scherk, DVM, ABVP (Feline), just ten extra pieces of an average formula of cat food per day above your cat's energy needs can result in a weight gain of one pound of fat in one year! WOW! Meow...That is a lot! Now that may not be a big deal for a human, but that’s ten percent of a ten-pound cat’s weight.That can make a big difference there. Meow.....

25% of cats are now approaching the fat scale. Yet..cats living in the wild aren’t usually fat? They work hard for their food: running, jumping, and climbing trees to kill as many as ten mice a day. So nature provides many small meals throughout the day rather than one or two huge meals. I ususally get fed small portions 2x a day and I am always looking for more but mommy never gives me much I know its because she loves me...meow...

Eating too much of the wrong food (foods that contain too many carbs and dry food), as well as a lack of exercise, contributes to your cat’s ever-expanding waistline and puts it at risk for diabetes, hepatic lipidosis, arthritis, feline lower urinary tract infections (LUTI) and even skin disorders, according to Dr. Scherk. Puss Puss....meow.....We are of course obligate carnivores; we were not designed to eat carbohydrates. Unfortunately pet food manufacturers don’t sell mouse cat food. Meow....Yes, the natural (wild) cat consumes a little grain and greenery, but only the contents of the mouse’s stomach and intestinal tract. The rest of the mouse is unadulterated flesh, bone and fat in just the right proportions. hey I like those micees...meow...

So mommies listen up now....if your tabby has gotten tubby, take it to the veterinarian. There may be a serious medical reason for your pet’s weight gain. Also include your veterinarian in your kitty’s weight loss plan. Since your cat doesn’t have to fit into a prom dress by a certain date, well some of us might, there’s no reason to rush the reduction. In fact, starving your pet or forcing rapid weight loss can result in a potentially fatal condition called hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver disease. Oh no...never starrve..meow...

It’s important to check with your veterinarian for dietary recommendations.Food is only one aspect of weight loss. Remember, the wild cat expends a great deal of energy hunting. Another variation is to divide your cat’s daily ration into six or seven mouse-sized portions and place it in tiny sushi soy sauce bowls all over the house - in different rooms, on top of things, or under furniture. Ohhh I like that one...Let's play hide-n-seek for the food, I think Foxy will like it too.. Meow...

Make your cat work for it. Like its wild counterpart, your pet gets to hunt.Occasional treats have their place. They’re very effective for training your kitty to do tricks or rewarding good behavior. Use treats as a reward when you need to do something uncomfortable like medicate your cat or trim its toenails. But always remember that too much of a good thing is not necessarily good.

Medicine and Nutrition suggests selecting lower calorie all-meat treats like, turkey baby food, bonito flakes, freeze dried chicken or fish. Yum Yummy I feel it in my tummy already...Meow....They don’t contain empty carbs, grains and empty calories. His rule of thumb is everything in moderation. Don’t treat more than five percent of the cat’s diet. Avoid treats that contain any form of onion, garlic, chocolate, grapes, raisins, grains and sugars. Yuck....

Keeping an eye on your cat’s weight and resisting the urge to feed your kitty when you know you shouldn’t, will help to ensure a happy and healthy life for your feline. Oh yes..meow...meow...meow....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Miz Allie Speaks Out About Some Cat History Facts

One of my favorite poses is sitting like my Mommy does, well maybe more like my Daddy. Meow...Now did you know that Ancient mariners believed that a cat's behavior could foretell a change in the weather. I always know when its going to rain. I just can feel it in my paws and I for sure don't go out back. Meow.....But on with the sailors who considered black cats unlucky since they were thought to bring bad weather. Good thing I'm not all black. Meow...Tortoiseshell cats were often held by seafarers to be lucky [ ohh my mom was a tortoiseshell cat, I do so miss her] and Japanese sailors in particular would carry a tri-colored cat aboard. They believed that such a cat could give early enough warning of an approaching storm for the vessel to return to port to avoid it, and would also send the cat up the mast to "put the storm devils to flight".
I think Mark Twain said it all when he said,
"If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." -- MEOW....

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Miz Allie Speaks Out on "The Hairball"

How to Treat a Cat That is Vomiting Hairballs

Meow...I get lots of hairballs and I usually cough them up, mainly I go and get the tall grass by the pond and chew on it and then it gets that nasty like ball up..meow...but some of us cats can be a bit fastidious, and this can often cause a hairball problem. Mainly we cats groom ourselves by licking our fur. Our tongue's feels a lot like sandpaper to our mummys and others mainly because of the many small barbs. Meow, but those barbs are helpful to us cats as they catch the hair as we lick our bodies and clean ourselves daily. Of course then the hair gets swa;;owed and thus we have our hairballs beginning. Meow the problem happens when all that hair in our tummies starts to collect and it doesn't get digested Meow...and then we start to throw up the hairballs to get rid of it.

Now.... if you want to help us out mummies can see if we are having any problems with hairballs, just look for some simple signs like are we:

  • vomiting long cigar-shaped material full of hair,

  • vomiting food immediately after we eat and then attempt to eat again,

  • passing hair in our stools

  • not eating or losing some weight

If you see your little loved one having problems vomiting hairballs, you can try theses ideas:

1: Remove all our food and water immediately.
2: If you see any blood in our vomit or it smells wose than usual, contact our veterinarian immediately. If not, go to # 3.
3: Treat us by placing one or two teaspoons of white petroleum jelly our mouth and paws so we can lick it off. Do not give us any mineral oil.
4: Repeat the petroleum jelly treatment once a day while we are having difficulty. Meow....if the problem lasts more than two or three days, contact our veterinarian immediately.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Miz Allie Says God Bless America

God Bless America
"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
" God Bless America, Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Miz Allie Speaks Out on The Cat in the Hat

My Mommy let me wear her "scrunchie" last night. I like to wear it as a collar, but she says that I should wear it as a hat...Meow....not sure that I like that one...meow...
Now speaking of Cats in a Hat?? Did you know it is the Cat in the Hats 50 anniversary? That kitty sure looks good in its cat hat!!! After 50 years, a tip of the hat to one cool 'Cat' He's the Cat in the Hat, and he turns 50 on Thursday.
The Cat in the Hat was published jointly by Houghton Mifflin and Random House on March 1, 1957. It was the 13th children's book by Theodor Seuss Geisel, who came to be known as Dr. Seuss. It made him a household name and his trickster furball a pop-culture icon. The Cat in the Hat was a product of the postwar baby boom. In 1957, 29 million children were in kindergarten and elementary school. The "Dick and Jane" primers used to teach reading were considered dull and uninspiring

Some Cat facts:
•Geisel thought he could write the book in a week, but it took him a year and a half.
•The cat's face is said to have been inspired by that of a Houghton Mifflin elevator operator who Geisel thought had "a secret smile" and who wore gloves.
I think I look much better this way don't you? Meow

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Miz Allie cat Speaks Out On Cat "Behavior"

Miz Allie did some digging through a lot of books to bring you some logical cat-explanations to some of their behavioral habits. Meow

  • Why does your cat wash your hair or face? A cat-ogical thing to do because the first thing a kitten experiences, even before it can see, is its mommy licking and washing it. Grooming is a cat-demonstration of their love and care of their mommy and daddy. So, if your cat occasionally washes your hair or licks your face, she/he is showing you her/his cat-ceptance of caring for you as a fellow feline.

  • Why does a cat "knead" or "make biscuits"? When a kitten is nursing, it typically kneads its paws against its mommy, either as a sign of cat-contentment or to encourage the milk flow. When the cat matures, it kneads to show its cat-contentment and pleasure.

  • Why does your cat push its head against you? This is called "head butts". This is a cat's way of showing affection. Some cats will turn their head, and push it against a human (or another cat).

  • Why does a cat do a stiff-legged hop/touch against a human? That is the cat's body language of saying, "hey, hi there, how ya doin'?"

  • Why does your cat rub up against you? Cats have scent glands along the tail, on each side of their head, on their lips, base of their tail, chin, near their sex organs, and between their front paws. They use these glands to scent mark their territory. When the cat rubs you, she/he is marking you with his scent, claiming you as "hers/his." Too, he is picking up your scent. Cats rub up against furniture or doorways for the same reason - to mark the item as "hers/his". (Urine spraying is also a territorial marking, by the way.) MEOWWW

  • Why does a cat walk sloooowly, looking straight forward when passing another cat? Well...All us cats are somewhat territorial to an extent - the range of a particular inside cat may extend from a small space in a room to the entire house, depending on their hierarchical ranking in the family. When a "superior" cat confronts on "inferior" in the hierarchy, it will stare at and/or move in for a face-to-face confrontation. When a cat wants to show that it doesn't want to get into an argument, it will make a wide, slow path around the other cat, usually avoiding even looking at it.

Now Miz Allie Cat feels a bit tires from all that book reading..lick she is going to take a little nap, but first a little cleaning on the paws and then mommy's hair....Meowwww