Friday, 16 February 2018

Which Cat Matches Your Personality?

I spotted this quiz on Buzzfeed


Everyone Has A Type Of Cat That Matches Their Personality Perfectly — Here's Yours

I've only ever been owned by moggies - no pedigree cats have adopted me. But should a posh cat decide to share my house, here's what it should be. Must admit he's pretty darn gorgeous.

Not sure if I'm much of  a "wild thang" these days, but I'll give it a go!




Deziz World
On a completely different subject, I read a fascinating article about Service, Therapy and Emotional Support animals over on Deziz World's blog.  Read it here. The word "animals" includes cats!



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Friday, 9 February 2018

Taylor Swift's Olivia's Copycat Pose



FASHION icon and Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has shown off her flexibility with photos of her amazing leg stretches on social media.

But anything you can do, Vic, I can do better, says Taylor Swift's adorable cat, Olivia. Taylor has posted pictures on Instagram of Olivia doing a 'copycat' pose.

The lovely Olivia on Instagram.


The singer joked Olivia was 'stretching' ahead of her stadium tour.

You are undoubtedly lovely, Victoria, but I know which of you is lovelier!

Taylor Swift and Olivia.

Another eye-catching leg stretch from Victoria.
 








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Friday, 26 January 2018

Fat Cat





FAT cats may look jolly and friendly but unfortunately they are not always healthy.

Nearly 60 percent of American cats may be overweight or obese, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and this excess weight can lead to a number of health problems (including diabetes, skeletal stress and reduced life expectancy) that are reversible with weight loss.

But if you've tried to get your house cat to shed a few pounds, you'll know how challenging it can be.

Indeed, one common feline health challenge is that house cats don't get much exercise, and a one-time reduction to kitty's daily diet might not go far enough to improve its health, according to a new study published in the February 2018 edition of the American Journal of Veterinary Research.

In the study, researchers from the University of Illinois tested a new feline diet that reduced the body weight of eight overweight cats to healthy levels over the course of 18 weeks by gradually reducing each cat's food intake for eight consecutive weeks.

"The intent with this diet was a healthy weight loss: getting rid of fat while maintaining lean mass," study author Kelly Swanson, a professor of animal and nutritional sciencesat the University of Illinois, said in a statement. "The risk with rapid weight loss, especially in a cat, is hepatic lipidosis. The body releases too much fat, and the liver gets bogged down… We targeted a 1.5 percent body weight loss per week, which falls in line with the range (0.5-2 percent per week) suggested by the American Animal Hospital Association."

The eight participating cats — all neutered males — lived together in a large room for the duration of the study, only returning to their individual cages at feeding time. Researchers monitored each cat's health closely. They looked specifically at body weight, physical activity, gut bacteria, blood biochemistry and "body condition score" (BCS), which was measured on a 9-point scale. An animal with a high BCS of 8 or 9 might look "like a little blimp," Swanson said, and animals with a low BCS could be emaciated and malnourished. The cats began the study with an average BCS of 7.5 (ranging from 6 to 9), which researchers aimed to bring down to an "ideal" BCS of 5.

"Each unit increase in BCS above [5] represents approximately 10 percent to 15 percent over ideal body weight," the study said. A cat that weighs more than 20 percent over its ideal body weight is considered obese, the researchers added.

After four weeks of eating a high-fiber, moderate-protein baseline diet, the cats' first calorie cut kicked in. In week one of the 18-week dieting period, the cats had their food intake cut by 20 percent — the maximum amount recommended for weight loss by the American Animal Hospital Association, the study said. Each cat's food intake was reduced further at the beginning of weeks two through eight, and then remained unchanged for the remaining 10 weeks. This persistent food reduction, Swanson said, was the key to meeting each week's weight loss goals.

"When we go on a diet ourselves, we might lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks and then hit a road block," Swanson said. "Same with these animals. We had to keep going down, but it can be hard to convince a pet owner to do that. You might get owners to reduce intake from 60 to 50 grams per day, but we're telling them they might have to go to 45 or 40 grams. We got really low, but we were monitoring them so they were healthy."

By the end of the study, the cats had registered a significant decrease in body weight, BCS score (down to a median score of 6), body fat percentage (down from a mean of 41 percent to 31 percent) and concentration of triglycerides — a type of fat that can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. There was no significant change in the cats' activity levels, the study noted, perhaps as a reminder that cats will be cats no matter what they eat.

Originally published on Live Science.



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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Cats and the Hamster Wheel

Came across this and it really made me laugh so I thought I'd share!





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Friday, 5 January 2018

The Cat as an Aid to Writing


Muriel Spark and her cat Pinot Grigio

I WAS reading an article giving the top ten tips from famous writers when I came across this by Muriel Spark (who wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie among other masterpieces).

Writing in the character of Mrs Hawkins in A Far Cry from Kensington, Muriel Spark said: “If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially on some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat.

"Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle under the desk lamp. The light from a lamp … gives the cat great satisfaction. The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding.

"And the tranquillity of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impeded your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost.

"You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, and very mysterious."

I couldn't agree more and as I write this my cat Toffee is by my side, gently snoozing, and I can't help but feel that all is well with the world.

If you want to read the article in full it's here in The Guardian newspaper.



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Friday, 29 December 2017

Carlton and the Green Vase

Uh, oh, Carlton's in the 'dog' house after his Christmas shenanigans. I'll let him tell you all about it in his own words.



I'm in trouble again. It was one small leap on to the mantelpiece for me but one giant drop to the floor for a green vase – a hideous thing the Mrs’s mother gave her for Christmas.

The Mrs had her sucked lemon face on. She plucked me off the shelf - quite roughly, I thought - and talked to me in that ‘this hurts me as much as it hurts you’ voice.

‘Carlton, Carlton, what are we to do with you? Naughty pussycat. Naughty.’

I stalked off, tail held high, arse swaying from side to side, nose in the air - just to show her I didn’t give a damn.

The Mr met me at the door and bent down to stroke me. He smiled slyly and whispered: ‘I hated that bloody thing.’ Then loudly said to the Mrs: ‘Oh no, not that lovely vase your mother gave you!’

By now the Mrs was sweeping up the pieces with a dustpan and brush.

‘Yes, darling, I’m afraid it was. I don’t want to ban Carlton from the sitting-room but he’s such a menace on that mantelpiece.’

The Mr rubbed my ears.

‘No, we can’t do that. Let’s just make sure there’s nothing breakable on the mantelpiece.’

Why is the male of the species so much more practical than the female?



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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Dog Saves Cat's Life


Zephyr meets his saviour Harlie.


A LITTLE black and white kitten's eyesight was saved thanks to help from a Great Dane dog. 

Eight-week-old Zephyr was found with three siblings under a shed in Liverpool in the UK. They had flu which had led to secondary pneumonia, horrific conjunctivitis with ulcerated eyes, ticks and severe flea infestation leading to anaemia and dehydration. Sadly one the kittens died. Two of them, Zouse and Zee, responded well to eye drops but Zephyr didn't. It was feared he would go blind.
So vets used a new technique to save his sight, treating him with serum drops made from elements of Great Dane Harlie's blood. The blood was separated using a centrifuge with the liquid part made into drops which help the surface of the eye to heal and stop tissue breaking down.
Steph Taylor of the Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary said: “The serum from Harlie was fairly unusual for us to use and we have never done it before. There are several types of conventional medicated drops and we used these first but as Zephyr was not responding to these, our vet suggested it.
Harlie’s owner Jess Parr, 30, said she wanted to help after seeing an appeal. She said: “I love cats and would love to have one, if I didn’t have four dogs."
Zephyr: On the mend.
Now Zephyr is on the road to recovery and has been introduced to Harlie.
Jess  said: “We were a bit worried about how Harlie would react to Zephyr. She has never met a cat in person, except for the one next door that walks up and down the garden fence just out of reach,  taunting her.
“Harlie is a big clumsy dog but when she was with Zephyr she was so gentle, it was almost like her maternal instinct kicked in."
Zephyr will be rehomed with his two brothers Zouse and Zee next weekend.
Harlie, Zephyr and Steph.





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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Canopy Cat Rescue



If kitty's gone  wild in you neighborhood
If he's stuck up a tree
And it don't look good
Who you gonna call?
CANOPY CAT RESCUE!

TWO wonderful guys from Western Washington in the USA are spending their time rescuing cats from trees.

Professional tree climbers Shaun Sears and Tom Otto  realised there was a problem with cats getting stuck up trees. So they decided to do something about it and set up Canopy Cat Rescue.

Cat rescuers: Tom (left) and Shaun.
Since Canopy Cat Rescue was formed in 2008, Shaun and Tom have rescued more than 2,000 cats.

Shaun said, "I think part of what makes Tom and I so good at what we do is that we have no shame in saying that we love cats."

Help! Hang on there, little guy, we're coming to get ya.


This is a right pickle I've gotten myself into. Phew, am I glad to see you!

The service is free, depending on donations to keep going.



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Friday, 29 September 2017

Carlton and The Little Person

Here's a post from Carlton. He's a bit annoyed that Little Person is taking the Mrs's attention away from him!


Little Person looks a bit like this.

SOME kind of Little Person has joined the family. It's a called a baby and is owned by the Mrs's niece Violet.

For some reason which I fail to understand, the Mrs wanted to go and see Little Person. So she is away until tomorrow, leaving me in the care of the Mr. I don't know why they don’t trade Little Person in for a cat, it would be a lot less trouble. 

As far as I can see from photographs the Mrs has been emailed, Little Person is a very strange bald, toothless thing, not nearly as handsome as a certain ginger cat I could mention. Just saying.

While she’s away the Mr is attempting some DIY, putting up new shelves in the utility room. He has a big box of tools and is wearing a tool belt. I sit and watch him from the laundry basket. ‘Here’s some good advice for you, Carlton,’ he says. ‘Measure twice and cut once.’

Or, as it turned out, measure twice, cut several times, swear a lot.

He's spending the evening watching the tellybox, eating a takeaway, drinking beer, belching, and scratching himself. 

I’ll be glad when the Mrs is home and civilisation returns.

Have a good weekend, Peeps,

Carlton







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Monday, 25 September 2017

Strange Things That Cats Do

I found this list of 27 small, strange things cats do that are irresistible here on Buzzfeed . Most of the list I could relate to but here are the ones that my cat invariably does:

Sit on a piece of paper as if it were a throne.

Find the most inopportune times to be a lap cat.
Place one gentle, delicate paw on you.

Mew for food and then change their minds.


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