One of my favorite activities is drinking an adult beverage out of my Stompers glass and being reminded with each sip that Inspector Stompers is not judging me.
I should totally redo that stuff so that it has the picture with “Inspector Stompers is not judging you” on one side and “(totally judging you)” on the other!
I’m not worried too much about George and Gracie staying warm with those coats and assorted shelters out back but what do you do about the ducks and chickens?
The chickens stay warm enough in the coop, though when it’s going to get very cold, Fred goes out and puts Vaseline on the roosters’ combs so that they don’t get frost-bite. Some years he doesn’t need to do it at all, but he needed to do it three evenings in a row this week!
As far as the ducks, I have no idea where they go when they’re not pretending to be “stuck” in the pond, but I see them traveling between the chicken coop area and the pond several times a day. Fred put fresh straw in the duck house, and the ducks didn’t even bother to go in there, so I’m guessing they don’t feel the need to be warm.
My Googling skills must be failing me, but I can’t find where to buy the cat hammicks. Anyone?
There’s a link in the sidebar (under “Stuff we recommend”), or you can click on this handy link right here. They’re made by Forty Paws, and they are awesome!
Robyn, has Maxi come inside during this cold or is she snuggled up in the garage?
She actually stays in her house on the front porch (which has a heated bed on the bottom and a low-wattage bulb hanging from the “ceiling”) pretty much 24 hours a day lately. She comes out in the morning when I take her a snack, and she’s warm to the touch. She seems to prefer her house to the garage – she’ll go into the garage if we open the door for her, but she comes right back out. I think she likes sitting all snug in her little house, watching the possums go by!
I’m not good with US geography, but I hope you’re not going get the negative 20-50 degree celsius in Alabama!
I can’t imagine what that would be like, I’m from somewhere without winter.
Please make up the guest room, because I’m comin’ to visit! A place without winter sounds really good to me right now!
We got to -15 celsius this week, which is REALLY unusual for us. I’d be happy not to see that temperature again this winter!
Did you ever watch “All Creatures Great and Small”? Every time you mention Tricki, I keep thinking that it’s going to be a dog. 🙂
I never did watch that!
But when I see Tricki or type her name, I always think of Run-D.M.C! 🙂
Question for the cat experts: With this cold snap, I dug out an electric blanket for the sofa. It’s for people, not pets, but it has 10 temps (L thru 10). I never use it above the L mark. I remember seeing stories about cats getting burned with electric blankets, and I put a non-electric throw on top of the electric blanket to diffuse some of the heat, too. I’ve not seen any problems so far with any of my 5 guys who use it (No. 6 rarely comes out of my bedroom), but … is this safe, do you think? I tend to keep my house fairly cool in the winter, but I don’t want them to be too cold.
Kar said: For what it’s worth, I would only turn the blanket on for an hour or so at a time. Some come with timers. Also, if your cats haven’t already found them, you could place some cat bed conveniently near the heating vents. My mother couldn’t keep books on her bookside table as it was by a vent and I keep cat beds in weird places like the hallway but are right underneath the vent.
Connie said: The warnings are for the infirm… the too young or the too old.. that often can not feel when they are over heating. My cats sleep on my electric blanket all night long – much to my dismay because I can often barely move. There are some ‘cat safe’ ones if you are interested in purchasing something. Although I am paranoid and never leave it on when I am not in the house. Why I think it is OK all night long while I’m sleeping but not when I’m not in the house I’ll never know..
I have an electric throw that I turn on (on low) for the cats, and haven’t had any issues (it turns off automatically after 2 hours, and when I realize it’s off, I turn it back on, which has the result of making me feel like I spend my LIFE turning it on for the cats!). Like Connie, I probably wouldn’t do it while I’m not home, but in our house, that’s not an issue, since there’s pretty much someone here 24/7 these days!
An alternate idea (for when you’re not home) would be to make your own self-heating cat bed. You can use a windshield reflector or buy a (huge!) roll of reflective insulation at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Cut it to size, stick it in a pillow case, or even just wrap in a towel, and it keeps the cats surprisingly warm.
BTW I was googling this site when I discovered there was a movie titled “Love and Hisses” made in 1937 !! and starring Walter Winchell and Bert Lahr. I doubt I’ll ever watch it as there doesn’t seem to be any cats in it.
I have never watched that movie, but I certainly knew about it. I went through several possible names for this site (none of which I can remember anymore, of course) (okay, I went and looked through my email – I really wanted pawofdoom.com or kitty-city.com or hellew.com, but they were all taken. At least, at the time they were taken, pawofdoom.com seems to be available now!) and when I came up with (and then googled) Love and Hisses, I found the movie, but not much else. Maybe one day I’ll watch it, but… probably not! 🙂
LOVE it! Especially the cat that watched a mouse eat his food and did nothing!
I remember reading the Crooked Acres Permanent Resident Compatability Chart® (which I can’t seem to find now) and seeing that Jake has a “Weird Obsession” with Stinkerbelle, who I think mostly has a “Hates” designation in relation to other cats except Tommy. Looks like Princess Stinker got the better of Jake this time around!
Here it is! And I’ve been meaning to put a link to it in the sidebar, and just did that. It’s under the “Permanent Residents” heading, in case you want to see it in the future!
Stinkerbelle hates all cats who are not Tommy, though toward the end of Spanky’s life, she developed a strong affection for Spanky, who wanted none of THAT nonsense!
I’m glad that Alice is doing better but I’m trying to remember how she got her name. Did the song or the name come first?
Her name did – when we got her, we had the Brady Bunch, and in an attempt to kind of lump her in with the other kittens, we followed the naming theme. Her name was officially “Alice Nelson” (Alice being the zany, wise-cracking housekeeper for the Brady Bunch), though when we adopted her, we dropped the “Nelson.” It wasn’t long before Fred started calling her “Alice Mo-rales” and then “Alice Mo the cal-i-co.” These days she’s most often Miss Mo, with the occasional Alice Mo thrown in. Fred sometimes calls her Miss Alice, too.
Noelegy said: I need help, and hopefully you can post this Friday for all of the kitty experts. Thanksgiving weekend, I made an emotional decision to adopt a cat from the SPCA. His name is Gus, he is about 7 months old, and Philo, my nearly 7-year-old alpha cat, is making his life miserable. He stalks and harasses him, and the confrontations turn physical. I have given Gus his own room as safe space, but his anxiety is such that he has started peeing all over the “safe room.” Philo has accepted kittens in the past, and I am sure that if it weren’t for him, Gus would have integrated into the household by now. Gus is so very sweet and friendly. I have ordered some of Jackson Galaxy’s Spirit Essences (the Ultimate Peacemaker pack) and wondered if anyone has experience with these? Any and all advice is welcome.
OldCat pretty much said what I would have: You could try isolating Gus again, then doing room swaps with Gus outside and the bully in the safe room to avoid fights and let them get used to places they’ve been.
Then you could try bribing them both with treats in the same area to get them used to good things around each other.
I don’t have experience with the Spirit Essences, but I know that a few people have given them a try – if you’ve tried them, please chime in here!
Anyone else have more suggestions? I’d love to hear them in the comments, please!
Wow, Jake! You know, I never thought of him as a bully?! Or is it just when he’s around girls he gets all hormonal-teenaged-boy like? You know Jake, stalking is no way to pick up chicks, no matter how cute you are.
I don’t think that he’s TRYING to be a bully, I think he’s just wanting to play or be friends with her, and he’s ignoring her very obvious signals that she has no interest in that. I’d like to think that he’ll understand better as he gets a bit older, but I’m not sure we can count on that!
Is that the trapper hat from Petco? I saw that and wanted it so bad for my cats, but I resisted the temptation. Glad to see John Smith pulling it off so nicely.
It is! I just love that picture so much. 🙂
Doesn’t need pain
when she pees
Ain’t THAT the truth!
you know those signs that people made to “shame” their pets? here’s another one
ever need to make one of those yourself? heehee
I love that one (but – poor hamster)! I could make a million cat-shaming signs, but lately it would have to involve Sugarbutt and would say “I like to hang out at the top of the cat tree and barf over the side, then laugh at the obscenities my mother growls as she cleans it up!”
Is it just me or do Toto’s facial expressions remind one of Mister Boogers? The ears picture today and a picture from yesterday had me thinking of the Boogie (whom I miss very much!)
You know, I hadn’t really noticed it, but now that I look at pictures of both of them, I can definitely see it. And now here are a few of my favorite Boogie pics, just because.
2013: Bitsy girl, sometimes you’ve just gotta DANCE, am I right?
2012: “HI MISTER JAKE! HI! I LUB YOU!”
2011: Jake loves to hang out with the babies.
2010: The Cookies, then and now.
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: “Valjean! At last, we see each other plain. M’sieur LeMeow, you’ll wear a doggie chaaaaaaaaaaaain!”
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.