Susan F., please report to me so that I can properly thank you for the toy mice you sent. The kittens are loving them!
Chrystal is trying to raise the funds for an addition to her cathouse. You can read more about that on her blog, here.
If you can spare it, please donate to her Winnie’s Wish Building fund.
You can also buy her book, here.
Is Lizzy young enough that her eyes are still going to change or are they done? Because they are gorgeous!
I think they’re about done, although it’s entirely possible they’ll change some more.
Or maybe I’m completely wrong, maybe they’ll keep changing. Because suddenly I’m remembering Kennebec, who left us with eyes like this when he was about the same age Lizzy is now:
When he was returned about a year and a half later, he had these stunners:
So I guess what I’m saying is that I’d like to think they’re done changing (because I agree, they’re gorgeous), but probably they’re not.
I need some help. I recently adopted a lovely big 4 yo boy who just happens to have a heart defect. He should get a pill every day. However, he is just the hardest cat to pill I have ever dealt with. None of my tricks work effectively. Baby food – nope, tuna – nope, dairy – nope, pill pockets – nope. The old standby, pop the pill in the back of the throat and hold and massage, he just sits there, doesn’t swallow and 50% of the time gets the pill back out. Any suggestions?
Sara, have you ever tried a pill popper/pill gun? We have this one and this one. They both work well, but Fred (who is the medicator of cats, because I’m so bad at it) prefers the second one because it’s shorter and easier to handle (I think.) The only bad thing is that occasionally the pill (especially if it’s a small one) will get stuck in the end of the pill gun, and he doesn’t realize it ’til after the cat has scampered off. It gets the pill far enough back in their mouth that most of the time they swallow reflexively. I feel like I’ve read somewhere that if you get the pill past a certain point, they can’t spit it out, because of the barbs on their tongues.
I also wonder if you’ve tried shooting a little water into his mouth after you’ve gotten the pill in, to convince him to swallow (and help the pill go down.)
I always send people to Connie’s post about pilling a cat, it’s really helpful and easy to understand.
Also, several people suggested the idea of checking with your vet to see if the medication comes in liquid or transdermal form. And Debbie had great suggestions!
Anyone else out there with hints or suggestions? Please feel free to chime in!
Robyn, have you ever considered having the foster room on Livestream like Shelly Roche from TinyKittens?
I have, but fear that I’d forget to turn the camera off when I go into the room, and have no desire to be on-camera (and Fred would kill me if he inadvertently realized he’d been seen on-camera). I did figure that next time I get itty bitties, I might give it a try and see how it goes, though.
CAT SELFIE APP??? WHUT WHUT????? Must have.
They really really enjoy playing with it (I have the one by Accelerato, which I downloaded from iTunes), though Pat did take 300 pictures of her belly the other night.
Do they play with the Friskies fishing app too? One of my cats is just crazy for that and will play as long as you let her. She has front claws too but is very good about not scratching the ipad.
I actually haven’t tried turning that one on for them! They’re so crazy about the selfie app, that I never got any further than that.
When it’s too cold outside for Kara, you know it’s COLD. She’s been inside for the past two days – in fact, we made the executive decision Wednesday afternoon to shut the back door (with the cat door in it) because no one was outside. Every now and then someone will hover outside the door, so we open it. He (usually it’s Sugarbutt) sticks his face out the cat door, realizes that it’s COLD, and backs away from the door.
2014: When it comes to the cats, Fred is 100% Aurora Greenway.
2013: “LADY YOU GOTTA SIT DOWN. I NEED SOME LAP TIME.”
2012: Also, so you don’t have to go without your kitteh fix, here I am getting my very first kitten for my (I think) sixth birthday, so it was mumblety-mumble years ago.
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: She’s all ::sniffsniffsniff:: “HI TOMMY!” and he’s all “Yeah, whatever, runt.”
2008: No entry.
2007: Naturally, Mister Boogers heard us talking to them, and came up to be a jerk.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.