Friday, January 29, 2010

Such Unusual Creatures

My first cat used to drink from our backyard birdbath, as you can see from this photo. Seemed to be his favorite water. Maybe it tasted like birds. Whatever the case, it became his final resting place. When his kidneys finally failed, we buried him right next to that birdbath. I think he'd like that.

Shortly before he died, he'd developed a friendship with a smaller black cat from down the street. They'd hang out together all day long, climbing our scrub oak tree in the back yard or just sitting in the garden together. She'd even hunker down in the grass of our front lawn when he came inside for the night, waiting for him to join her again the next morning. We'd call her owners to let them know where she was, just so they wouldn't worry that something had happened to her, but she truly seemed to be in love with our cat. I always thought of her as his little protege.

After we buried him, we observed one of the most curious and touching things. For about three days, she would come to our yard and lie on his grave. She hadn't been anywhere around when we buried him, so how did she know that he was there? After that, she stopped coming by until about a year later, and then she ambled up the street one evening when we were sitting out in the front yard to say hello. Her family moved away not long after that and we never saw her again.

I often think of her, and wonder about the unknown recesses of the feline mind. Just exactly what DO they know that we don't? Whatever it is, I'm glad that they have decided to include me in their community. I derive great joy from communicating with cats, and helping them when I can. It's the least I can do, when they have been such wonderful companions to me.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Advanced Cat Yodeling

A friend just forwarded this YouTube video to me, and it cracked me up! Now, THESE are the kind of men old maid cat ladies love!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Digestive Help for Older Cats

As cats age, they need a little help for their digestive systems, just like we do. While they won't eat soured dairy products such as yogurt, they still need the probiotics provided by them. Fortunately, there are several such products on the market that are specifically designed for our senior cats.

Vixen's favorite is Forti-Flora, made by Purina. I buy this from my vet's office. They report that all cats seem to love its flavor. That's true, as it's about the only supplement that Vixen will tolerate in her food. She's turned down joint support, hairball remedies, vitamins...pretty much anything else, no matter what flavoring is in it. But Forti-Flora seems to be like "kitty MSG" for her; she loves it!

More importantly, I've noticed that it's helped her digestion. She started taking it after a round of antibiotics for a kidney infection. I use about 1/3 of an envelope with each feeding of canned food, which at that time she was getting three times a day. When she'd finished the box, long after the antibiotic was done, I figured I could stop giving her the Forti-Flora. Wrong-o. Her diarrhea returned, with a vengeance. So now I give her 1/3 of an envelope each morning in her soft food. She still loves it, and it still helps her. So if your senior kitty is having trouble, perhaps this is a solution for you. If you've found others, please share them here!

Friday, January 15, 2010

It's Always Something...

Bad advice given to me by a customer service rep at the company powering the new Old Maid Cat Lady online store caused me to waste the past two weeks adding HTML code for products in a way that won't work. So now I have to start over again from square one in stocking the store. Pity, as many of the 297 items I'd added (one by one) were really interesting things I'd never seen offered before! I may still include them as affiliate products, but the bad news is that it'll delay launching the site by probably at least another couple of weeks. Not to worry, though, as it only means that everything will be in the right place and (hopefully) work correctly!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Where can you find your cat...

...on the tenth day in a row of below-freezing temperatures in Florida? As close as possible to the heater, that's where!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Store Opening Soon!

Been busy for the past few weeks setting up the online store for Old Maid Cat Lady and adding products to the "shelves". Watch for updates, as the test site should be launching by mid-January!