4-19-18 Friday

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I have a couple of questions: 1) When will you update the kittens’ pictures under “In Residence”? You have such good pics of them now; and 2) I thought their eye color was changing? Their eyes still look blue at 8 weeks.

I’ll update the pictures when I get around to (ie, don’t hold your breath. Just be impressed that they’re there at all; it’s not unheard-of for me to not get them in the sidebar at all until right before they’re ready to leave! Then again, if I’m in the right mood one day, I just might get it done. Who knows? Is a mystery!) And their eyes are changing – they photograph a lot bluer than they actually are, but at this point Albert’s the only one with a ring of blue around the outside of his eyes. (I have a few eye pictures in today’s post that might make it easier to tell.)

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My 13 year old, 7 and 1/2 lb. cat has suddenly stopped eating wet food after doing so for the 8 years we have had her. She, of course, has her kibble which she loves, available at all times. I have tried various brands, flavors and textures to no avail. First, have you ever had this problem and second, is it necessary for health and nutrition for felines to incorporate both wet and dry food into their diets? I will add she is healthy with no known problems.

Has she been to the vet since she abruptly stopped eating the canned food? The fact that you can’t get her interested in any other canned food makes me wonder if there’s something going on with her physically. We’ve had cats stop eating canned food, but have been able to interest them in other canned food (so assumed that the issue with the original canned food was due to the company changing the recipe, but I suppose could have been boredom on the cat’s part too.) I would recommend a vet visit if she hasn’t been since she stopped eating canned food.

While it’s ideal for cats to have wet food as part of (or their entire) diet, we’ve had cats who couldn’t be convinced to eat wet food in the past – and Fred just reminded me that Frankie is one of them – who have existed perfectly fine on kibble.

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Albert. Hmm… I guess you need to click on the picture to see the full-sized version to see the difference in color in his eyes. Or check this out…


If you look closely, you can see a ring of blue around the outside, but the color between the blue and his pupil is a light green.


Mary is skeptical about this whole “eye color” thing.


A closer look at Mary’s eye. A pretty green around her pupil, and a darker green beyond that.


Laura and Willie. I didn’t get a closeup of their eyes, unfortunately. Maybe that should be my goal for next week.


Almanzo (left) and Mary.


They had their first vaccinations Wednesday, and they were verrrrry sleepy yesterday.


“Oh, hi innernets.”


“I gots a foot. See?”


Charles loves to hang out atop this scratcher and watch the kittens play.


Caroline likes to follow me around and watch what I’m doing.

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The dog went home last Friday – I had intended to bring kittens down and see how they were with him (and to take pictures of floofed-up kittens – which was my main goal, to be honest), but I never did get around to it.

My parents went home yesterday. While Charles was a bit standoffish toward them for the first two days, he warmed up to them. By the end of their visit, he would wait outside the guest bedroom and bust in – sometimes with Caroline, sometimes with one or more of the kittens – when one of my parents came out. He’d run in, jump up on the bed and flop down and purr and purr. After my parents left yesterday, I remade the bed with the bedding I use on the guest bed (say “bed” one more time, Robyn!) when we don’t have guests, and Charles immediately took a nap. Later, he was joined by Caroline.

They’ve never paid any attention to the guest room before, but now it’s the place to BE. I think they might be missing my parents!

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Archie was perfectly fine with my parents, who would pet him when he demanded it.

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Previously
2018: That scratcher is very popular!
2017: Meet Jimmy Ray.
2016: Something about Princess Consuela brings out the teef, I guess.
2015: Roseanne’s feelin’ skeptical.
2014: No entry.
2013: Charming waits breathlessly to see what Aslan will do.
2012: I think George and Gracie are mocking us.
2011: Fergus Simon and the belly rub.
2010: Rhyme and Reacher discover that the best toy on earth is always juuuuust out of reach.
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: I think everyone has the occasional Strange Odor issue.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.

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4-19-18 Friday — 11 Comments

  1. ? Duh. Who wouldn’t pet Archie when he demanded it?

    Um. Wow. I LOVE your sheets – cat head silhouettes! (Why yes, I did notice that. Cat Ladies know other Cat Ladies. It’s like being in an Order of the Water Buffalo Lodge and knowing a fellow secret member by a handshake or a special piece of clothing. We just know.)

    Nap time! Do Charles and Caroline join in during nap time?

    • They do, depending on their moods. Charles is more likely to join us – Caroline takes the opportunity to get some quiet time by herself, usually.

  2. Ha, dog introduction on purpose to get pics of floofed kittens, why else?? But is there anything funnier than that stranger-danger suit?! Sorry it didn’t work out, would’ve been cute…(totally get it though).

  3. Gilly came to us on her favorite dry kibble and that’s still what she likes. No interest whatsoever in any canned food. None. Occasionally she will eat a pea-sized bite of chicken or beef, but that’s it. No fish and practically gags at shrimp. Blue Wilderness Duck. That’s her thing. Her vet says that’s fine. (After asking us if we are sure she’s a cat!)
    I agree, do make a vet visit to make sure all is well. Any sudden change is always a concern

    • It’s always so weird to me when a cat or kitten comes along with no interest in wet food at all – maybe because it’s been my experience that they’re usually VERY VERY interested in it.

  4. With regard to the cat who stopped eating wet food: I had an elderly cat who suffered from “whisker fatigue”. I started feeding her wet food on a plate instead of in a bowl and I think it helped. She also preferred to eat and drink from elevated dishes.

  5. You know, here in the U.K., vets commonly recommend dry kibble as preferable to wet food because they think it’s better for their teeth. I’ve done enough research to know this is not universal wisdom and tend to agree with the arguments for wet food. So our cat gets both because she would be heartbroken if she didn’t get her crunchies every night. Anyway, all that to say that *every* time we have to board her when we travel, the otherwise lovely guy at the cattery explains to me why kibble is better for her, as if we haven’t had this conversation before, and my polite smile gets a little more strained each time.