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I am in need, again, of some cat advice. My 21 year old ancient kitty has been having eye problems since December, nothing horrible but nothing that was fully cured by antibiotics. Vet diagnosed her with Eosinophilic Keratitis (corneal inflammation) and the treatment held that in check, until the same treatment left her open to infection (steroid), related to the dormant herpes virus.

She saw a specialist last week, he concurred & noted a small corneal ulcer, and she’s on 3 different eye ointments now – antibiotic, immuno modulator, and anti-viral (starts tomorrow). BUT her eye doesn’t seem to be getting better. The third eyelid is constantly over the eye.

What experience do you all have with this? What can I do to make her more comfortable? I tried cool washcloths, and they do seem to help for a little while. I’ve called the specialist to see if we need to come in sooner than the 2 week checkup, but in the meantime I’m freaking out that she’ll need to lose the eye. She’s too old for surgery!

I don’t have any experience (or suggestions) for you, but hopefully someone out there does. Suggestions? Ideas? Y’all please share!


Ok, so now I have to know who some of your “favorites” have been! Because I always have a favorite from your litters too…

I’llllllll never telllllll! 🙂

Also, reading your story about TRHP reminded me that I wanted to share something I learned a few weeks ago! When my foster, Momma/Freyja (whom you featured on L&H), was adopted, I was told by the adoption agency that I worked with that black cats are very easy to get adopted here in New York City since people wear a lot of black! Cats that have a lot of white on them are, on the other hand, very difficult to get adopted.

That is pretty interesting – it never occurred to me that it would be so, but it certainly makes sense that people who wear a lot of black would gravitate toward black cats!


Hi, I’m a pretty quiet follower but just came across this video and had to share.

YouTube link.



When I saw that picture of Mariette with Ferdinand’s tail draped over her, at first glance it looked like a cat with a SUPER long tail had decided to walk through the room:

I totally did not notice that – and that picture is hilarious!


Is Dennis as aloof as he appears to be?

I would call Dennis more shy than aloof. It takes him a while to decide that you’re okay, and even then, he slowly approaches you. Once he gets to the point where you’re petting him, he is a complete and utter love, and will roll around in your lap purring like crazy for a good long time while you pet him. But if he’s not in the mood for petting and snuggling, nothing will convince him otherwise!


I’ve got two brand-new filters for a Petco Automatic Water Fountain. They are rectangular charcoal filters and might fit other fountains too… maybe? They were three to a pack and I only used one before the fountain itself malfunctioned. I’d love to give the two unused ones to someone…

If you’re interested in getting a couple of free filters for your Petco Automatic Water Fountain, give Charlene a shout and y’all can discuss the details!


Does anyone have any ideas for a cat that will not leave any glass of fluid alone? She is a little over a year, and I cannot leave anything unattended without her dumping it. I am so used to having water with me everywhere, I try to remember to put up my water up, but any time I forget-she dumps it. I have never had a cat so interested in water before. I can’t even keep the automatic waterer on the table for our other cats-she would manage to dump that, even though it was full and had to be pretty heavy. We have a huge water bowl on the floor for the dogs and cats, it is a big thermos cooler, that is the one thing that has defeated her. Any ideas?

I have no suggestions here (I’m lucky in that I don’t have a water-dumping cat!), but I’m hoping that someone out there does! Please chime in, y’all. Maureen doesn’t want to have to drink her coffee from a baby bottle! 😉


Angelo is mellllllting.

“Don’t need your pettin’, lady.”

Ignoring me.

Mariette was flopped down, minding her own business, when Angelo came over and had to rub up against her.

Then he gazed at her with lurve in his eyes.

Still ignoring me.

I started up the FroliCat Pounce, and Dennis decided he had other places to be.

“Stop camera-stalking me, lady.”


Challenger’s House Cats.

I meant to mention yesterday (and then completely forgot until Sherry reminded me in the comments) that some of the Challenger’s House cats I’ve been sharing pictures of live with Richard. He lives in a mobile home behind the shelter, and fosters some of the scaredy cats, and also cares for some special needs and older kitties. Pumpkinhead, Gucci, Shadow, Roswell, AJ, and Capone from yesterday’s post are Richard’s fosters. They’re spoiled rotten, although Richard occasionally tortures them with opera music. Hey, nobody’s perfect, right? (JUST TEASING!)

Marvin is one of Richard’s fosters. Isn’t he a gorgeous boy?

This was in another room inside the shelter. I’d tell you who this is, staring at me all judgmental-like, but I have no idea.

No idea who this is, either, but s/he was super sweet and friendly.

Hallo, gorgeous (whose name I also don’t know!)

A case of the smugs going on, here.

Such a sweetie pie.

This is Granger (who you saw in Monday’s post). He had to be locked in kitty jail because there were men working on the bathroom, and Rambler likes to run right out any open door he sees. To pay Susan back for locking him up, he reached through the bars and knocked over her coffee. SUCH a brat. That pouty little face kills me dead.

Tomato! When she was a kitten, she had two siblings named Bacon and Lettuce, how cute is that? She was adopted in 2008, and returned earlier this year due to personal issues. She’s a really sweet girl.

Those are all my Challenger’s House cats pictures for now. I hope y’all enjoyed seeing them; I certainly enjoyed taking them!


The imperiously beautiful Corbie.


2013: “My goodness! These claws are appalling! I need a pedicure, stat!”
2012: Then Joe Bob is like “STOP SNIFFING ME ::HISSSSSSS!!!!::”
2011: Polite interest and a bit of surprise, all “You want what? Babies? Don’t believe I’ve ever heard of those, sorry I can’t help you. BUH-bye!”
2010: No entry.
2009: Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.