The Felines Opine About Cat Sitters

tukcrownTucker here. So, the humans went away for a few days to something they called a “wedding”. I have no idea what that is but since I measure all the human activities in light of how it affects me, I was concerned about how the absence of our  servants….errr, beloved humans would affect me.  The humans have always looked out for us when they are not home but still, a cat needs to keep on top of what’s going on.

During the human’s 4-day departure, the rest of The Tribe of Five and I had time to reflect on the subject of cat sitters (why humans call them sitters I will never know, most of them come in, feed us and then leave right away. We rarely see them doing any sitting).  We felt we would do our humans and any future cat sitters a great service by compiling some of our thoughts on this cat sitting business.

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

1212010 003As far as I am concerned, wet food must be provided twice a day according to our daily routine. I have to admit that impatient cat sitters who do not wait for the others to eat their wet food are my favorite people.  I can wander over to all the bowls and finish each dinner before the other felines  have an opportunity to eat. When there is no one to say, “Tucker, NO!” I enjoy quite a repast.

Also something very important to note,  evening treats are NOT an “option”. These treats are part of our routine and something we all look forward to (especially me).

Tucker

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

img_0174Since I’m sequestered in another part of the house due to bullying issues (that cat has since been rehomed but I’m still afraid to roam the house), I live a very quiet existence. For the most part I’m self sufficient but I miss my human’s company at night so I greatly appreciate it if you spend little time with me after the evening feeding. I like to talk to my humans and tell them about all the things I saw outside the big windows in my space. The female human always talks back and even though it sounds like so much cat language gibberish, I like it. If you choose to converse with me, I will not judge you on your feline vocabulary, I’ll just enjoy the fact that you are attempting to communicate with me.  When the humans ask you to turn on the automatic red dot machine, please do this. It provides me with good exercise and brightens my day. (I’d turn it on myself but the lack of opposable thumbs makes this impossible). It also engages Alberto and Oliver who sit outside the door and swat at the dot when it sneaks under the door. Finally, I agree with Tucker, evening treats are definitely NOT optional!
Jasmine

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

cat in windowI am the most skittish one in the Tribe so I don’t bond easily with strange humans. If you spend a little time talking to me, I greatly appreciate it and may even rub your legs or give you a head bonk as a thank you. Also, please pit my wet food dish on a high, safe spot so I can eat in peace without Tucker attempting to move me away from my food. I don’t usually eat immediately  so standing guard for me for a few minutes is also greatly appreciated. . I have no firm stance on the subject of evening  treats but I sure do enjoy eating the cat grass in the kitchen window and appreciate it greatly when the cat sitter waters it. Finally, if you do not see me you may want to check under the coverlet in the guest bedroom or under any of the throws in the house. If you spy a lump, it’s probably me which also brings to mind a caution, please check for lumps before you sit down.
Lily

Dear Cat Sitter,
Siamese Cat Sitting on suitcaseBecause our mother was killed after we were born, my siblings and I were bottle fed and have bonded to humans.  As a matter of fact, we find humans interesting and fun. I never miss the opportunity to make a new human friend so if you would sit on the sofa for a bit I’d love to sit next to you and get some petting.  Since my brother Oliver and I are still young, we love to play. Be careful that you don’t trip on the cat toys I’ve taken out of our toy bin and, if you walk downstairs, I love to run down ahead of you and stop abruptly in front of you, be cautious and alert.  There is  a tantalizing jar of Meowijuana in the pantry that is always a hit with us.  The humans will tell you that Tucker is a “mean drunk” but don’t let deter you from offering us catnip.  As long as you sprinkle the stuff on all the scratching posts we can enjoy it without fighting. (Oh, and don’t forget Jasmine, she loves catnip too!)

Alberto

 

Dear Cat Sitter,

img_2222-1The other four members of The Tribe of Five have covered most of the major points but there is one important thing I’d like to mention. Just because there is kibble in my bowl does NOT mean you should not fill it to the top. Part of my favorite morning routine is doing my “food dance” into the laundry room as you get out the bag of cat food. I will then dance an enthusiastic cha cha down the hallway to the food bowls. I also appreciate a little petting time, because, as Alberto said, we are people lovers. If you stretch out your legs, I will be happy to plant myself on top of them (be sure you have everything you need close by if this happens such as TV remote, your phone, etc. ) as I do not take kindly to being rousted. Things will go much better for you if my departure from your legs or lap is my decision.

Oliver

The Three Feline Rules Regarding Furniture

Hello Friends,
Alberto here. The recent purchase of a sofa at our house brought up some misunderstandings between the felines and the humans in our home. It occurred to me that many of my feline readers may be experiencing some of these misunderstandings in their own homes.

The female human announced the sofa was for her and our male human to “sit comfortably” and watch the big black moving picture thingy in the living room. What she failed to recognize is that there are feline rules regarding furniture and other areas of the home that must be obeyed.

Rule # 1 –What’s Yours is Ours

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The new sofa arrived and the female human snapped a photo after it was situated. Note that the fur protection, i.e., blankets and throws are not in appearance yet…and they always magically disappear when other humans come to visit).

We were quite happy to have this extra space to relax on and wasted no time checking it out.

 

 

Rule # 2 – Your Comfort is Of No Concern To Us

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We immediately took possession of the new sofa (as well as the old one). We so enjoy the blankets the female human puts on them for our comfort. I am purrrticularly pleased with the long part of the new sofa as I like to stretch myself out as far as I can and this area accommodates me quite well. We are thrilled with the extra room we now have, each sofa accommodates two cats, much more comfy than our former,  cramped situation!

 

 

 

 

The female human is always griping about not File Apr 17, 3 50 37 PMhaving a comfy place to sit but since she’s always that last one home there is no spot for her. The male human, if he’s lucky, squeezes himself in on one side of the new couch and the female human is left with the chair. Now if any humans are reading this and wondering, “Why don’t they just move the cats?” you are obviously not owned by felines and attempting to explain this phenomena to you would be fruitless.

 

 

 

Rule # 3 –Any Place We want to Lounge Is Our Space (if It fits we sit)

a siamese cat and black and white cat sitting in a sinkThe female human often points to areas of the house saying things like, “Keep off the counter”, “You are not allowed on the dining room table”, blah, blah, blah.  We find this quite amusing and wonder when she’s ever going to give up this sham that we have boundaries.  I’ve included photos of us in a few of the places she’s designated as “off limits”. Siamese Cat in a baskekt

 

 

 

In conclusion, new furniture, old furniture or for that matter, any place in the house, belongs to the felines in residence and not the humans.  Sometimes the humans  will cruelly close doors in an attempt to keep us out of places. There is Siamese cat staring through a glass dooralways a work around for this. The female human tries to keep me out of her downstairs office but thankfully she has glass doors so a pitiful expression and much howling always does the trick (if the door is not glass, no worries, just implement the howling).

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I hope my feline friends have found these rules helpful and that my human readers will finally come to the inevitable  conclusion that cats will lounge where cats want to lounge, it’s how we roll.

 

Your friend,
Alberto
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Thankful Thursday

Hello Friends Furry and Otherwise,
img_2577Oliver here. I was checking out today’s blog posts from our friends at 15andmeowing and saw there was a “Thankful Thursday” blog hop going on at Brian’s Home  I just had to hop on over there and tell you what I’m thankful for….our fireplace.  Here’s a little video to show you how much I love it.
Your Friend,
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Oliver and Alberto Get Fearless

Alberto Opines on the Trip Prep

AlHeadOliver and I (Alberto) will be co-authoring this post as we each have a lot to say about the topic. Neither of us had been to the “place of white coats” for a number of months but the female human believes in  this thing she calls a “wellness exam” which means she takes us to the place of the white coats for no reason whatsoever (if we’re well, why do they have to examine us?).  We’ve learned in our short lives that this visit is not such a pleasant thing. However,  Tucker, the Alpha of the Tribe of Five has visited there recently and has always arrived home  “fearless”  

The day came and we were bundled up in the carrier, shoved into the back of the noisy moving machine and off we went. While we howled in the back seat, the female human spoke in a soothing voice, telling us this would be a “fearless” visit (there’s that word again).

Oliver Opines on the Arrival

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I was in the middle of a good, long howl when the female human turned off the moving machine. The next thing we knew she was pulling the carrier out and walking toward a building. She opened the big door and we were inside. PendoreilleVet

The first thing I noticed (when she moved the carrier so we could see) was that there were two signs, one said “Dogs” and the other said “Cats”. Hmm, very interesting.  As we are a feline only family, I wondered who these “dogs” were and when they would show up. cat area at Pend Oreille Veterinary Service

 

Unfortunately, there were no smells to help me sniff out any information. The place was quiet and “smell-less”. Okay, so far so good. The female human roamed around to visit the “dog” area and then she went to the “cat” area where she inspected all the feline goodies for sale while we remained captives of our carrier.

The human had some coffee andcatwaitingarea offered us some cat treats but neither of us were in the mood to snack.

 

 

AlHeadAlberto Opines on the Exam

Soon we heard footsteps and the next thing we knew we were being carried into a room. AlDocAndVetTEchOh horror, what was going to happen to us now? Much to my surprise, the female human unzipped the carrier and invited us to come out and inspect the room. Well, well, that was interesting. I sniffed around a bit and then jumped up on the silver table to check out what was up there. The place was nice, no bad smells at all. As a matter of fact, there was a pleasant smell, kind of relaxing. I”m a climbing feline so I hopped up on the counter and checked out the cabinets. I discovered  a jar with a bunch of feathers. Boy this place was all decked out for felines. Curiosity satisfied, I decided I’d lounge on the silver table. and wait to see what was next. The door opened and a very nice lady named Marsy came in. She talked to me asking permission before she stroked my fur (I do appreciate polite and respectful humans).    I took quite a fancy to her and found no  need to run to my female human and hide myself under her coat. Soon, another lady arrived  (the human Alberto from FelineOpines looks lovingly at vet tech at Pend Oreille Veterinary Servicecalled her Dr. Ponsness) and this lady was respectful and very nice as well. Although both Marsy and the Doctor poked me a little and put a silver thing on me and listened to my chest (who knew, had no idea there was anything to listen to in there), they talked to me and petted me and I was quite calm. At one point, I even forgot my human was there as I cuddled up to Marsy.   When they were done, they let me continue to hang out on the counter and watch what they were doing with Oliver. All in all, an extemely pleasant experience.

 

 

OllieHeadOliver Opines on the Exam

 

Oliver from the Tribe of Five with Dr. Ponsness at Pend Oreille Veterinary ServiceI had no interest in hanging out on the silver table but I did wander around and inspect the place, sniffing table legs, trash cans, etc. Nothing but calming smells so when Dr. Ponsness picked me up and talked to me and petted me, I was a happy camper. She and Marsy  made me feel right at home, even if they did poke and Oliver napping in the exam room at Pend Oreille Veterinary Serviceprod a bit (there was the insertion of something called a thermometer that I found objectionable but it only lasted a few seconds and, in their defense, they did apologize beforehand).   When they were done, I was allowed to wander around the room again and explore. I was so relaxed and happy, I actually took a quick cat nap while my human chatted with the doctor.

 

After my brief respite, I did some more exploring. Marsy grabbed one of the big feathers from the jar, waved it above me Oliver plays with a feather at Pend Oreille Veterinary Serviceand  we began playing.
I attacked that feather with a vengeance.  I was quite fierce and I’m sure I made her a bit afraid with my aggressive moves. I hope she knows I’m a good cat and would never hurt anyone.

I must say all in all this visit was good (except for the part where they told my human I needed to lose weight) and if the female human insists on taking us again I won’t even howl on the way over!

The Human Opines

Alberto and Oliver allowed me some space to tell you about my experience at  Pend Oreille Veterinary Service. They have employed fearless practices for a while but their new facility is completely dedicated to the concept of a fearless veterinary experience , from the beautiful and comfortable lobby to the exam rooms, surgery suite and every other part of the hospital.

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Dr. Ponsness took me on a tour of the building and I was impressed. The surgery and kennels are strategically arranged so that they are not right next to the examining rooms.  Examining areas are dedicated for canine and feline patients and the imaging/consulting room is set up like a human doctor’s office so the people as well as the pets are comfortable.

The facility was designed by a veterinary architect and when I asked Dr. Ponsness what surprises she encountered during the planning and construction she responded that she was taken aback when the architect suggested the specialized HVAC system.  It turns out, that HVAC system is pivotal in the fearless and state of the art aspects of the practice. It provides climate controlled areas such as the surgery suite which has negative pressure. Negative pressure is critical in controlling germs and assisting with healing. The HVAC provides climate controlled areas to fit the needs and purposes of each area of the practice and controls smells that often cause concerns in animals when they are visiting the vet.

Pheromones and soothing music are offered in exam rooms, and, as Oliver and Alberto noted, treats and toys to keep the felines amused while they wait. Every space has been planned with comfort, calmness and efficiency for the animal and human clients.

I saw some of the feline and canine patients relaxing in their comfy “hospital crates”, the surgery suite was state of the art and quite impressive,. The  lack of “medicine” smells thanks to the HVAC system serves to keep pets calm and also helps the household stay calm when pets arrive home from their visit. In the past, our felines were welcomed home from the vet with hisses, swats and angry “fuzzy tails” because the medicine smell scared the other cats. That does not happen now.

I’ve been bringing my felines to Pend Oreille Veterinary Service for years to see Dr. Ponsness and Dr. Smart. My fur kids receive the best of care and I would have argued with anyone who would have said even better care could be provided there , until we made our first fearless visit to the new facility.

I cannot stress enough the importance of taking your fur kids to a practice that uses fearless methodology. Even if your vet does not have a facility designed by a veterinary architecht, there are many methods they can employ to provide you and your felines with fearless visits.

Tucker, the Tribe of Five Alpha recently had two overnight stays at the new facility and I was amazed at how balanced and calm our 14-yer old guy was when we brought him home. Normally, it takes a few days for him to bounce back from an overnight at the vets, but not this time. He was his old sassy self as soon as we unzipped the door of the carrier. and sashayed into the living room  to reclaim his favorite chair.

The Tribe of Five all had wellness exams recently and all responded in a relaxed, unstressed manner. Five felines with diverse personalities all responding positively to their vet visit speaks volumes.

fearless vet visit oliver from feline opinesAnd one last note, the fearless vet visit is a blessing to the worried pet parents as well. I no longer have to face taking them to the vet with fear and trepidation (and feeling like the meanest person on the planet).

Are your fur kids fearless? If not, I urge you to find a fearless practice in your area.

 

 

Tucker Opines on Healthy Eating

Siamese cat at the kitchen counter talking about gaining weight

Hello All,
As the male Alpha of the Tribe of Five, I’ve had much experience in my 12 years as far as eating is concerned. And believe me, I love to eat. I like wet food in the morning, kibble during the day, wet food in the evening and a before bedtime snack. Some cats eat to live, I live to eat.

Despite my great enjoyment of food, I have many dietary restrictions. First there’s my age (I’m twelve) and the fact that I have numerous allergies. The humans are constantly looking for the healthiest options for me and the rest of the tribe and they were ecstatic to find an extensive and in-depth review of cat foods by Reviews.com.  The article was published in November 2016 and (as the female human says) is something every cat loving person should read.

It’s a long article and far too much reading for this feline but I had my purrrrsonal assistant give me the highlights, which I will share with you. I suggest you have your lackeys…..errrr…humans read the report in its entirety..

In-Depth Study

These folks at Reviews.com are no slouches. They stated;

 “We analyzed 1,759 cat food formulas and found only 152 that were produced by a trustworthy brand with high-quality, risk-free ingredients.” They also made some cool graphs to help you humans understand how to feed your fabulous felines the healthiest foods.”

They also understand how complicated the feline digestive system is;

For cats, diets need to have a number of ingredients that only animal-based ingredients can supply, and not just meat; organs are often better in this respect (yes, by-product!). Also, cats need a certain supply of minerals to help them avoid urinary tract crystals and stones. Overall, you need to first think about what your dog/cat needs and then look for diets that help you meet that.”

In other words, you just can’t feed us any old thing and expect to keep us healthy.

The Importance of Digestibility

The folks at Review.com know that just because a feline likes the taste of something the digestibility factor is important. They even made a cool chart to explain this.

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Even Cats Have to Watch Out For Those Pesky Carbs

The female human is rabidly anti-carb when it comes to their food and she’s always wondered about cards and kitties. The study addresses this but I sure hope this doesn’t mean some of my tasty snacks will be cut out!

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Low-Quality Ingredients Lead to Health Problems

My humans subscribe to this theory and they want to keep us as healthy and happy as possible.  Kidney disease, dental disease and obesity are a problem for felines, especially as we get older, and the best way to mitigate these issues is to make sure we’re eating healthy.

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Don’t Delay, Read This Article Today

IMHO this is the definitive article on cat food and at twelve-years of age (and being a bit on the portly side); I am going to make sure that my humans have a discussion about how we’re being fed. They think they’re feeding us healthy but are they really?

Of course any changes in the feeding schedule cannot interrupt the wet, dry and snack schedule.

I urge all my feline friends to make sure their humans read this article (and if you are of the canine purrrrsuasion, Reviews.com did a similar article on dog food as well).

Your food loving friend,
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Walk Through the Web Wednesday 9/7

siamese cat in black and white with blue eyes, Alberto, Feline Opines
Hello Friends,
Furry, feathered and otherwise. Alberto here with my weekly purrrrusal of the web. I found some great links and hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Sparkle Cat -Resisting the Piece de Resitance

Sparkle Cat in a mardi gras costumeMy first pick is from the gorgeous and world-renown fashionista feline-Sparkle Cat. In the humble opinion of this young (and very handsome)  cat, Miss Sparkle is a beauty (although I am also greatly enamored with Coco the Couture Cat as well). In this blog entry, Sparkle shows her sense of humor and reminds us that even famous cats have to dry the line somewhere!

 

 

Chirpy Cats – Caturday Art, The Cat and the Printer

cat attacking a printerGeorge the cat makes some very good points about living with the bothersome and noisy machine the humans call the “printer” and which George refers to as the “purrrrinter”. The humans seem to have some sort of love of machines that annoy (or terrify) felines. I myself could write a soliloquy about the “vacuum monster”: and the fear it strikes in the hearts of The Tribe of Five.

 

Mudpie Interviews Sula, the Old Mission San Juan Bautista Cat

I’m very impressed with Mudpie’s interview techniques. I always appreciate a feline journalist that presents a story in an interesting and compelling way. I purred with joy after reading this beautiful interview. Sula is one amazing feline. She’s had cancer twice and survived and now has the title of “Comforter-in-Chief at the mission. Her job is to provide a loving feline touch for anyone there who is in need of it. I know many cats with jobs but Sula has a very special one. And, Sula has a book entitled, “Surviving Cancer, Healing People, One Cat’s Story”. I can’t wait to have my human read it to me!

 

The Way of Cats…Will He Miss Me?

The female human has been listening to the podcasts of this lady for quite some time and she’s learned quite a bit about the complicated feline mind. I liked this post because it talks about how we felines feel when someone we love goes away. We are complicated creatures!

 

Well, that’s it for this Wednesday. ‘Hope you enjoy my selections.

Your Friend,
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