Friday, September 12, 2014

Potpourri


This post is titled Potpourri.  It is a mixture of subjects.

The Incident of the Snoring Cat

 It has been a long time since I discussed this subject.  Perhaps ("Purr"haps) I have not been very vigilant lately.
About 4 in the morning, I awoke.  I heard the distinct sound of a cat snoring.  I wondered which cat had decided to sleep upon my bed?  It was too dark to see.  I keep a lantern within reach.  I turned it on.  The snoring stopped when I turned on the lantern.  The cat may have wanted to remain hidden.  I shined the light upon the two cat beds on top of my bed.  They were empty.  I pointed the light at the windowsill.  No one was there.  I pointed the light around the room.  I saw no cat.  I decided to get up and turn on the light.  I looked all around the room and found nothing.  

I think this may have been a visit by one of my ghost cats, who came to sleep by my side again.  I went back to bed, pondering upon what I had heard.  Then I fell asleep, until Marigold woke me up around 8, because the food bowls were empty.  The cats wanted their breakfasts.

Hey, look at me!  I am a ghost cat!  See my scary face!

No, Zeke, you are not a ghost cat.  Your face is not scary.

The Green Ball of Pain

I have crushed many plastic toy cat balls beneath my feet.  The plastic balls do not last too long, before my foot finds them.  Someone came up with a solution to this problem.  

 
I call this ball "the green ball of pain".  Notice the pointy bits on both sides.  It is designed after a sea urchin.  A shoeless foot recoils in pain, after trying to crush one of these balls!  I have found the ball many times, especially in the dark!  It remains unbroken.

A Heartwarming True Cat Story

I recently read a book titled (American Version) : "Paw Prints in the Moonlight" by Denis O'Connor. 

 
 The book is released in the United Kingdom under several different titles!  One title is "Paw Tracks in the Moonlight" which is seen above.  Another UK title for the same book is "Toby Jug" who is the main character in the book.  The titles change depending upon whether or not the book is a hardcover or a paperback book.

The hardcover edition has many beautiful watercolor pictures by Richard Morris, depicting scenes from the story.  The cover on the book pictured above is a representative sample of his work.  

This title has now become my favorite cat book of all time for a number of personal reasons.  The book is a true story about an Englishman, living in a country cottage, who rescued a tiny kitten during Christmastime.  Both of their lives were changed forever.  I will not say how.  The book will literally make you laugh and weep.  The descriptions of life in the northern English countryside remind me a bit of Henry Thoreau's descriptive style of describing Nature.  I also lived in England for a part of my life, and the book makes me very nostalgic, and wishing to return.  I will not tell the story.  I will say I recommend this book highly to cat and animal lovers, and you will not be sorry for reading it.  I shall read it over again soon.  It is that good a book.

Hacked

Millions of Google passwords were hacked.  This was the news on 11 September.  Change your Google password immediately.  I already did.  You do not want a stranger writing your blog for you.

Cold

Along with the record number of hot days, now we are having cold nights and mornings.  For the first time in many months, I turned on the gas fireplace.  Opie loves the gas fireplace.  She knows just where to sit.

Opie
 

New Page

I decided to put up a new page.  Many people have photographs of their pets who have died.  Some people put them along the side of the page.  I decided against this, as I would have to look at the pictures every time I looked at the blog.  That would be painful.  I decided to make a new page titled "In Remembrance" for posting their photographs and stories.  It is posted now.  It means more to me than anyone viewing it.

I will be on a little blog-pause. 

NEXT post Friday 26 Sept.


 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Volcanic Eruption Emergency Cat Supplies

This post is about preparing for emergencies--primarily for your cats!

Everyday on the television news, we see films of natural disasters.  We see hurricanes.  We see tornados. We see floods.  We see earthquakes and tidal waves.  We see failed nuclear power reactors spewing radiation.  We see volcanos erupting.  A volcano is erupting in Iceland as I write this.  Wherever you live, there is something that could happen to you.  Some disasters are more likely than others in the area where you live.

Where I live, the largest threats are earthquake or volcanic eruption.  There is a risk when living within sight of a dormant volcano.  The volcano in my neighborhood is Mount Rainier.  It is 14,411 feet high (4392 meters).  

   
The danger is not from waves of lava flooding over everything.  The threat is from the immediate melting of the glaciers seen above on the mountain, and the flooding of the river valleys below.  I am not in a valley, so I will not be washed away; however, I could be visiting or shopping in a valley town.  

In the valley towns nearer the mountain, they have warning sirens which they will sound, when the mountain erupts.  I have heard the tests.  They are very loud.  

 
Puyallup, Washington


 Roads are also marked, so that people know which way to run, in order to get to the high ground.  Schools near the mountain practice evacuations.  All the children go outside, and the teachers lead them to the high ground.  I say run, because there would be an immediate traffic jam occurring, with no one driving anywhere, within minutes of people realizing what was happening.

Puyallup, Washington

My home will not be washed away.  It is too high up from the Puyallup River.  I do suspect electricity and perhaps even gas and water supplies to be disrupted.

People will need emergency provisions to get through the initial disaster period of time.  

On television I often hear that you should have three days extra of food and water stored.  I do not think that is enough.
One thing people forget about is their pets.  What will they eat if you cannot go out and buy them food?

I like to keep a large supply of cat food and cat litter.



When I buy new food, I put it in the back of the shelf, and put the older food in the front.  That way, I use the older food first.
If I fed the cats a small amount, the food would last a long time.  I also have about 250 pounds (113 kilogram) of cat litter (not shown).  

It is also convenient to have much extra supplies for cat and human alike.  If I am sick, I do not have to go to the store to buy anything for a long time.

I also keep the cat carriers nearby, so if I had to leave the house quickly, I could pack the cats up, and safely carry them out.  


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rain in the catio / Endlich der Regen!

  There is rain in the catio this morning.  It seems like it has not had a good rain in two months.  All of the trees, bushes, plants, and grass will be happy!  Who will not be happy?

First thing this morning, the cats were waiting for me to open the window, and let them into the catio.  Zeke jumped outside first.  The rain struck his back, and he jumped back inside and ran away!  Marigold and Opie went outside next.


Opie is in a dry spot right beside the wall of the house.  Marigold is outside getting wet.  Marigold was picked up by animal control as a stray cat.  She knows about rain.  Opie watches her intently.  Finally, Marigold has had enough of the rain and comes inside.  Opie follows.


I forgot to mention a few things this year.  One thing I missed was the 4th blog anniversary of this blog, which passed a few months ago.  I thought I was going to stop blogging, as I could not think of what to post.  Somehow, I have managed to come up with things.  I do not know how.  After four years, there are very few followers of this blog.  The people who do follow this blog are exceptional--they must be.  I enjoy visiting their blogs.  I do look at them all.  The German language blogs have improved my vocabulary.  My German grammar is questionable, but I believe I make myself understood.  I do not always comment however.  Thank you for sticking with us here at the Feline Cafe.  We will be back at the end of this week.

 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Opie in the catio

Opie spends more of her time in the catio than my other two cats.
Here I am in the chicken coop!

Staying cool in the shade.  Do NOT play with bees!

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Zeke and the Bee

This is the story of Zeke and the bee.


As much as I would like to think so, it is not always a safe place outside in the catio.  This week I happened to stick my head outside the window, to see what was happening out there.  Zeke was at the bottom, trying to catch a bug with his two front paws.  I instantly knew that this was potentially trouble!  I shouted at him, but he took no notice of me.  Suddenly, he lets the bug go free, and it flies away.  Then he comes jumping through the window, and running through the house on three feet.  He is holding his right front paw in the air, and shaking it.  Yes, he got stung by a bee.

He spent time licking his paw, and seemed to be not badly affected otherwise.  I decided not to take him to the veterinarian.  I would just monitor his health closely.  That was a mistake.  

In two days, he was walking well upon his foot, as though nothing had happened.  He was eating and drinking, and normal in every way--almost!  I noticed that he began drooling saliva like an old hound dog!  He was soaked!  It was time to call the veterinarian.

Veterinarian Office

Zeke did not want to go to the veterinarian.  He never does want to go to the veterinarian.  "It is for your own good," I said.  So, I put him into his carrier, and drove to the veterinarian.  

The veterinarian technician weighed Zeke.  She took his temperature.  Then she wrapped him in a blanket to calm him, while he waited for the arrival of the veterinarian.  

 
Zeke was very still and calm.  He was wrapped in the magical Blanket of Invisibility.  No one could find him now.  Well, maybe someone could find him, if they looked closer.

Zeke in the Blanket of Invisibility
 After a thorough examination, the diagnosis was that Zeke was in excellent health--except for the fact he was drooling.
Since I saw him get stung by the bee, we decided that must be the cause, and he got an injection of antihistamin drug.  That was a few days ago.  I can report today, that he has stopped drooling.  It was caused by the reaction to the bee sting.  Another "crisis" is over--until the next time!

Bee in mint