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The Raven - Redone

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Once upon a late night dreary
While watching TV, feeling weary.
Surfing through unusual, and violent TV shows...

While we nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping;
As of someone rapping, tapping at our small cat door.
"Tis some stray, " I muttered softly, "Tapping at our small cat door –
Only this, and nothing more…"

Ah, distinctly I recall - it was during the late fall,
As domestic cats we have, scrambled in across the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; frightened of the constant slapping of the feral cat a'tapping – sure a sign of mind-crazed rapping!
For the horrid sound of door flap as it slammed against the door,

Even Coyote stopped his yapping, falling silent evermore...

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Feline Lessons: Overcoming Adversity

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Guest Author Michael T. Smith offers up this inspiring story about a cat named Bob.

Bob joined us just before Christmas of 2010.

He was a stray cat living outside the office where Ginny worked.  She and her co-workers kept him and the other strays fed.  The weather grew cold. Ginny lost her job.

"I'm not leaving him!" she said to me.   Bob came home for Christmas.

Four months later, Bob was still with us.  We took him to the vet and got him his shots.  Soon he will be neutered.

In the meantime, because Bob doesn't get along with our cat, he lives in the garage at night and in the yard during the day.   It breaks my heart, because he is a big loving boy.  He needs a home.  We hope to find him one.  If not, he won't be left on his own.

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Presidential Pets, Part Two

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President Coolidge with TigerThis is Part Two of our series on Presidential Pets continues with President Andrew Johnson through Dwight D. Eisenhower. Find Presidential Pets - Part One and Presidential Pets, Part Three by clicking the links.

Andrew Johnson 1865-1869

While he didn’t have too many pets while in office, President Johnson left flour out at night for a family of mice playing in his room during the days of his impeachment.

Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877

A horse aficionado, Grant had a number of favorites. They included Jeff Davis, his wartime mount; Cincinnatus and Butcher Boy, his saddle horses; Egypt and St. Louis, carriage horses; Julia, a racing horse; Reb and Billy Button, Shetland ponies. His wife Nellie had two of her own mares as well, Jennie and Mary. The family also had a parrot and gamecocks belonging to Jesse Grant. Faithful was the family’s Newfoundland and could always be found at the side of Jesse.

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Traveling with Two Cats on a 2,800 Mile Trip

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cat-looking-unimpressedJake looking unimpressedBack in 2008, our family made the 2,800 mile trip from a small seaside town in Maine to the great urban expanse that is the Phoenix Valley.  Making the journey were myself, my husband, our daughter, and our two cats – Jake and Fear.  We knew it would be interesting to travel clear across the country with two felines, and it definitely was.  It wasn’t nearly the hassle we thought it would be, though.  They actually provided us with some great family memories.

So we were all packed up in our family sedan and set to go (we had hired a moving company to transport the majority of our belongings – wow, it was so much easier than driving that big truck ourselves).  The trunk was filled to the gills.  The backseat contained our daughter, her road trip gear, the two cats, the cat litter box, the cats’ food and water dishes, and one standard cat carrier.  We figured the one cat carrier would be good for Fear (our more timid kitty) to hide away in when he was frightened.  Looking back on it, I feel like such a horrible cat mom to have let them roam freely in the back.  I realize now that our feline kids were only one hard brake away from injury (PetsWeekly has an awesome article on preparing for travel - see their Checklist for Pet Travel Success), and I’m very thankful that nobody was hurt.

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Top 7 New Years Resolutions for Cats

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As you’re writing down your new year’s resolutions, take a minute to jot down some resolutions for your cat. If you’d like to resolve to make life a little better for your cat this year, there are plenty of good ideas to put in place.

Resolution No. 1: I will schedule regular playtime with my cat.

According to Dr. E’Lise Christensen, a veterinary behaviorist in New York, most cats don’t get enough play sessions with their family members. “Lack of appropriate interaction with human family members can increase aggression, destruction and other objectionable behaviors,” says Christensen. But just 10 minutes each day of focused play can help avoid that. Christensen recommends splitting that time into two sessions of five minutes each. Integrate them so that they become part of your daily routine.

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Feline Behavior

  • Is Mint Safe for Cats?

    Hello Grey Socks, Every time I put toothpaste on my brush, which is mint flavored, my cat wants to lick it. She goes completely banana's over it. Is it okay to let her lick some? Thanks,
    Kathy Easley

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  • Wool-sucking in cats

    Dear Kyra, I have an adopted 5-month-old ginger boy named Barney. He's a very sweet, funny kitty, and I love him to pieces. But...he has some strange quirks. The nice people at the animal shelter told me that he was… Read More +

  • Cats covering feces

    Dear Ghost, Why do cats cover their feces? My two cats are neurotic about covering up everything in their litter box, which is stupid because it's automatic anyway. Is it really necessary? Thanks,
    Kristin

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  • Cats spraying

    Baby, I live with 2 male cats (neutered) and 1 female cat (spayed). All of a sudden they have started spraying (they are 1 year old). They have sprayed my bed, my doors and in my closet (that I know of). I'm… Read More +

  • hypersthesia

    Mama-San, My 1 yr old tabby has developed a fear of its tail! The end twitches and she sometimes lightly attacks it, but most times just runs from it (especially at night) your site mentions anger in connection with tip- twitching.… Read More +

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