I hope you are having a great time with your cat(s) at your house. Things are going pretty well here, for a change!
We heard from another reader this month with an interesting story, too. MJ wrote in with an anecdote about her cat's TV watching habits. This is what she wrote:
"My cat, Sweetie, a black and white 10 year old Domestic Long Hair, likes to watch t.v. But just like Twister, she prefers certain programs. Sweetie mostly ignores other animals on t.v. now, especially other cats.
"She likes fast moving things, or psychedelic colors that swirl. Some commercials catch her attention with their swirling colors. She watches Nascar racing with my husband, and when the camera zooms in on the track she watches the cars roar past, then looks for them to come out the side of the t.v. set.
"Just the other day I caught her avidly watching a Welch's grape juice commercial. She's a commercial-holic."
Thanks for sending that in, MJ. I can just see Sweetie watching TV at your house!
INTERESTING WEB PAGE DEPARTMENT
Now here's an interesting web page you might want to explore. Just go to http://www.catage.com and fill in the survey to find out if your cat is "older" or "younger" than her real age.
If you prefer natural remedies to traditional vet care, this web site carries some excellent products:
INTRODUCING A NEW CAT
A while back someone asked me how to introduce a new cat to their home. Seems they were worried about whether their older cat would accept the new one. This is the answer I sent:
The way I introduce mine here is to put the newbie
into a cage and let the others come around and sniff
for a while, maybe even a few days. No cage? No
problem. Just put them into separate rooms or areas
that have some kind of physical barrier they can't
cross. Maybe a screen door.
They need to start out seeing each other, smelling,
then touching noses. Once you see they aren't going to
kill each other, you can let them into the same room
together. But don't expect instant friendship. It
happens, but it's rare. They need to get acquainted.
Don't be intimidated or put off by hisses, growls and
slaps. That's normal. They have to work out between
them who's going to be the alpha cat. Feed them
separately, as food is a huge issue with animals.
Eventually, they will know whose food is whose, and
will begin sharing.
Be sure to act positive in their presence. If you
appear tense or worried about them, they will sense
that and be tense, too. Just act like it's no big deal
to have the second cat in there. Just let them work
things out... I've been thru this hundreds of times
now. If I bring home a new cat, or take one to the
shelter, I put it into a cage, or onto the front
porch. There is a small sliding pet door SO they can look
at each other. It doesn't take long for them to start
getting along. It will normally be several weeks,
though, before they become buds and play together. But
it's still a diversion, so let them be in view of each
other while you're gone. Kitty needs
to know you aren't displacing her, so give her extra
hug time or something. Honestly, they're just like
little kids, jealousy over the new baby and all.
A companion kitty is an excellent idea for a one-cat home
if the humans aren't home much.
TIME TO SMILE
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray this cushy life to keep.
I pray for toys that look like mice,
And sofa cushions, soft and nice.
I pray for gourmet kitty snacks,
And someone nice to scratch my back,
For windowsills all warm and bright,
For shadows to explore at night.
I pray I'll always stay real cool
And keep the secret feline rule
To NEVER tell a human that
The world is really ruled by CATS!
~ Author Unknown
What do you call a cat's version of law and order? [Claw enforcement!]
Don't forget, if you send in a tip-of-the-month or a story about your cat, I'll send you your choice of a free gift. (Choose from my cat photo collection or an ebook on different subjects, including cat jokes, golf, recipes, or time management.)
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