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From the very start, Buttercup reminded me of a certain animal:

1. A rare animal from far away,but it has made its rounds on the late night talk shows…

2.It smells like…POPCORN!

Anybody? A BEARCAT! Buttercup looks like a bearcat!

I think its Buttercup’s whiskers that truly cement the look-a-like factor .

I had honestly never heard of a Bearcat before, actually, but I can certainly see the resemblance! Sadly, Buttercup does not smell like popcorn. That, or she just hasn’t grown into it yet.

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Will those 20 Cuckoo Marans be eventually heading off to freezer camp too?

It depends on whether they’re roosters or hens. The hens will likely be staying around – we need the new blood added to the flock – and maybe one rooster will too, depending on temperament.

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Another spittin’ kitten…

Good LORD, what a cutie! (The spitting takes place about 50 seconds in).

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Last week, Joasia posted a comment asking for advice for her cat Chester, who was just diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure. Lots of you awesome people stepped in and offered advice, and if anyone’s interested in seeing that, you can go here to see it. (Also, an update from Joasia regarding how Chester’s doing is here!)

And then a few days ago, Ibby posted a comment asking for advice regarding Feline Diabetes. Lots of people had great advice. Here’s the direct link to that spot in the comments for anyone else who’s interested.

Thank you SO MUCH for stepping in to offer advice and words of wisdom, you guys. You’re the best!

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Robyn, I think Leia is going to be the first one over board. She looks like she is ready to explore.

She was, indeed, the first one out of the bed. I walked into the room to find Leia laying in the middle of the floor. I suspect that she’d probably been snuggled up to Kate (who meets me at the door, since I almost always have a plate of food for her), but she was just laying there looking around, all bright-eyed. I put her back in the bed, which she protested. It’s been a couple of days and she hasn’t been back out… as far as I know, anyway!

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These babies are fab and awesome, but how do they SMELL?!

I have a kitten huffing problem. πŸ˜‰

They smell exactly like raw peanuts (which is not at all like the smell of peanut butter). All kittens smell like raw peanuts to me! And yes, I spend a lot of time kissing and sniffing them. Luckily, Kate doesn’t seem to mind!

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Can I take a turn asking for advice? my Mana cat is 2 years old and is the most beautiful dilute tortoiseshell in the world. but she has a butt problem! in the past 6 months or so she’s been on antibiotics three times for infected anal glands and she has been sedated and had her glands flushed. just recently I started adding psyllium husk to her food, the idea being that bigger poops will help her empty her glands better. she’s still scooting! has anyone else had a cat with anal gland problems? my vet has never seen a cat with this. they’ve told me that surgically removing the glands is an option. has anyone had this done for their furchild? did you go to a specialist feline vet or did your regular vet do it? did your cat have any problems with the litter box afterwards, such as spraying or pooping outside the box? I’ll keep on with the psyllium and expressing her glands as I don’t want to rush in to surgery.

thanks in advance!

I do not have any advice on this topic, but hopefully someone out there will. If you have any suggestions or wisdom for Heather, please leave it in the comments.

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Sounds like somebody needs to hire a better babysitter!

YouTube link

SO cute!

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Oh, his serious little monkey face kills me DEAD!

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Okay, had to post this. Jake? Is that you?

Holy cow, that does look like Loony Jake!

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Thought you might appreciate this article on the different kinds of tabbies. Also in regards to black cats, I have a tuxie and a black cat. The tuxie is very shiny black. Shadow, on the other hand, is a matte black and in the sunlight shows reddish highlights. I call the color burnt hamburger. You get a similar thing with horses. There they are distinguished by being called fading black or nonfading black.

I had bookmarked that exact same article! I thought it was pretty interesting. I always call Classic Tabbies “cinnamon roll tabbies.” πŸ™‚

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Shout out to old man Spanky, hope he’s doing ok! Ordered the Liqui-Tinic for my old kitty. Is it just me, or does it smell like licorice/anise gone bad? Ugh.

I had to go sniff the bottle because Fred’s in charge of medicating Spanky and I hadn’t even been near the stuff. It does smell like licorice!

Spanky is doing really, really well. We’re now six weeks past the day we started him on Liqui-Tinic, and he’s still bright-eyed and alert and looking great. He’s eating pretty well, though I’d like to see him eating more. He’s also started “singing” again, which he hadn’t done in a while. Now he’s doing it on the regular, and it’s nice to hear (even when he does it at 3 am right in my ear!)

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For you Labyrinth fans out there (and even you non-Labyrinth fans!), Lisa made this picture, which cracked me up:

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Buttercup has Deep Thoughts.

Rough life, Leia.

“I am sad because I have an eye booger and no one will wipe it off for me.” Doesn’t he look JUST like a wee baby bear? Oh, I just want to squeeze him.

Kate and Aslan, having a little one-on-one time in the middle of the room (all his siblings were sleeping, and he was wandering around squeaking, so I put him on the floor next to Kate, and he took care of the rest.)

“Who the what, now?”

Leia likes to stare at the side of the bed.

“HI MAMA! ::smooch::”

Buttercup, cleaning her paw.

The whole fuzzy family.


“Trying to sleep here, lady.”

Buttercup, asleep with her tongue sticking out.

Sleepy babies (except for Jareth, who’s keeping an eye on me.)

Video! They’re not doing a whole lot except sleeping, looking, and yawning, but they’re awfully cute monkeys.

YouTube link.

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Corbs the beautiful, and his wonderful whiskers.

Corbie in the Corbs Cave (which is sometimes the Loony Cave).


2012: “Give us cookies, lady.”
2010: Maura and the Bookworms.
2009: The Seven.
2008: No entry.
2007: β€œBehind you! A serialkillerstalker!”
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



4-5-13 — 30 Comments

  1. I think I’ve said this before, but if so, I was WRONG. *THESE* are the cutest kittehs ever.

  2. I also wanted to thank you and all your fantabulous readers for the Liquitinic advice. It has helped my 13-year old immensely. He’s almost a kitten again in energy levels. Y’all have now become my go-to source for all felinicity.

  3. The Corbs looks SO much like one of my kitties, Minion. Every time I see a Corbie photo I have to go kiss my Minny cat! those babies just keep getting cuter! I didn’t think it was possible, but apparently it is.

    thank you so much for posting my plea for help!

  4. the picture fo buttercup cleaning her paw is all:” Mamaaaaa, faf paw fing pokef me in fe tongfue!!”

  5. Removing the anal glands in a dog or cat is similar to descenting a ferret or skunk. If your vet is comfortable with surgery then they should be fine. If they are not, then they should refer you to a surgeon.

    The most common procedure involves putting a filler into the the anal sacs that solidify. Then you simply dissect around the filler making sure to remove all of the anal sac tissue. Postop you have a cat with a bald tush, a suture on each side of the anus, where the anal sacs are located, and an e-collar.

    Complications are rare but are the same that are associated with any surgery. If all anal sac tissue is not removed you can end up with a swelling that could result in a fistula. If the surgeon is to forceful in their dissection, they can damage the muscles around the anus that can result in fecal Incontinence. This may be temporary or life long.

  6. I have a picture on my desk at work of my Vash laying just like Buttercup where she’s asleep with her tongue hanging out – only Vash is almost 7 years old, so he’s got fangs too. πŸ™‚
    I think Jareth is my favorite, but Leia is a pretty close second. πŸ™‚

  7. So sweet and cute. Holy smokes, dying from the cute.

    Hey! I just noticed on the first corbs picture, that Corbie has the same whisker that my orange tabby does! My Jack-Jack has all white whiskers except for ONE solid black one on top of each side – so does Corbie! Now I’m going to have to go check some other kitties – is this a “tabby” thing or do most cats have this? (Oldcat – you’re the genetics expert right? Can you answer this?)

    Oh! And can I say that either I can’t tell Charming from Buttercup yet, or else you don’t take as many pictures of him as her?

    • There’s a lot less info about whisker color than fur color, Sherry.

      What I found is that supposedly whisker color matches the color of the fur in the area, so white fur gives white whisker, dark fur dark whisker. But the whisker is so big that the color can ‘run out’ and leave it white, or partially white.

      I have noticed on my tabby that the dark whiskers tend to be thinner than the white ones.

      • My Bella is the first tabby I’ve had, so I was fascinated by why some of her whiskers are black closer to her face, and white at the ends. Thank you for the explanation.

  8. yikes – dead from the cute. Love the “whole family picture” where is appears half the kitts are trying out their rockette manuevers with back legs up in the air. πŸ™‚

  9. All right, Love & Hisses medical community… Assemble, please! You’re experts at CRF, Feline Diabetes, anal glands, and probably everything else too, which is why I present to you a new topic: PANCREATITIS.

    12-year-old Norman has bouts of extreme weight loss, dehydration, massive gas build-up in his intestines and explosive diarrhea. The latest blood test indicates that the level that changes is in his pancreas and we might be dealing with Chronic Pancreatitis. Connie has already been fabulous at providing a bunch of links on the topic for me, but does anyone out there have experience with it? How do I feed this boy to avoid these attacks?

    • I don’t have experience with feline pancreatitis but extensive experience with canine. The big thing the vet(s) stressed was low fat. Katie the mini-doxy was first put on all pasta or all rice (nothing else) for two weeks. That won’t work for cats. But she advanced to a special Science Diet canned food that she hated, and a homemade brew of squished up chickpeas, carrots, brewers yeast or marmite, white meat chicken and occasional broccoli bits served over pasta (honestly, the dog ate healthier than I did). If the vets haven’t given you a special diet, I would ask. I know in humans as well, low, low, very low fat diet is recommended. I found several recipes for homemade cat food (with supplement taurine and a few other things added) when I was looking for low fat dog food recipes. But I remember from one sick feline that cat digestion is very sensitive. And they require several minerals/vitamins that may make it more difficult to make at home. But I do know that Science Diet makes a special can food (dry food tends to be higher in fat) for digestion issues.

      • I agree with the low low fat, but the Science Diet food is crap…CRAP, I SAY, for cats. It is all grains and other carbs which is terrible for cats. You need lean, lean proteins. Definietly talk to your vet about this. Here is a link you may find helpful and she explains everything about a cat’s nutritial needs and commercial cat food. She is a DMV.

    • One of my friend’s cats lost his pancreas function a few years ago, and the synthetic enzymes weren’t helping him put the weight back on. What did work was mixing in fresh minced animal pancreas with his meals so he could digest; this is mentioned in the article reproduced towards the bottom of this page:
      They recommend cow, but he preferred pig to horse. None of the city butchers carried any fresh pancreas so we got it from rural homekill, I don’t know what supply may be like in your country/state.
      Anyway this worked very well for him, and gave him at least three extra good years until his kidneys failed this year.

    • Normally a lurker, but my little trouble maker has had chronic pancreatitis for the past 5 years. She had an acute case in 2008-ish and a bad flare-up last year. Some cat health book I have recommends wet food, but she won’t even touch human baby food, so I’m stuck with dry prescription z/d. They sometimes recommend i/d but she has food allergies, so z/d it is. (Note: It is the most expensive dry food I have ever seen). I also add 1/4 t Prozyme to her food — I feed her twice a day. This is normally sufficient. For the acute times, it has taken some combination of fluids, pain killers, antibiotics (I think we used Baytril last year), Pepcid AC (for nausea), mirtazapine (appetite stimulant) and time. The mirtazapine makes her REALLY noisy and hungry, but it gets her eating. Your cat might also benefit from being hospitalized and fed through a tube for a few days if it’s really bad. I have never done that, but I might if she has another flare-up. The first time she got sick, I think that vet also used metoclopramide. You might also try feeding more smaller meals to ease the load on the digestive system. I hope he starts feeling better soon!

  10. Buttercup DOES look like a binturong with those whiskers.
    Also, that chicken/kitten video seems to need to be captioned. I imagine the chicken saying “Where the heck did all these kittens come from and how did *I* sign up for the job of watching them?” the kittens in turn would be saying “Quit stepping on us lady-why are you watching us? Where’s our mama?”

  11. Anal gland surgery: My beloved Persian cat, Tabitha, had to have her anal glands removed. She developed an abscess in one. It was drained and treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, that gland would never empty without intervention after that. My vet removed both of her anal glands. Your cat will not be able to control her bowels for a while after surgery. Make sure she has a litterbox nearby when she gets home. Tabitha pooped in her carrier on the way home after surgery and was so humiliated, but she had no further problems after that.

  12. I just checked the kittens’ weight chart. OMG – Charming is 1/2 oz. shy of 1 pound! Wow, he is going to be HUGE.

  13. I think it’s Aslan but am not sure – anyway, the yawning kitten in the video? That second yawn was clearly fake, and intended only as a “Okay you can go away now” cue. My cat Cambria will do a fake yawn if I’ve been petting her too much and she’s feeling too lazy to move – I’ve always assumed it was a casual way to show her fangs and give me a hint. (c: