SparkPeople Crazy About Cats Team Messageboard If you're crazy about cats, this is the team for you! We have lots of fun games too! You can even have your cat featured as our "CAT of the WEEK"! Join us & let's CAT CHAT! SparkPeople Crazy About Cats Team Messageboard Favourite funny or cute cat photos Let's share our favourite funny and cute cat photos. (Cheeseburger, MOL, Memes etc.) <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> Here is one of my favourites. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:16:32 EST Food for cats with kidney disease My 13 y/o cat is in the very early stages of kidney failure. He does not act sick, the only signs are more water drinking and more peeing. Blood tests showed everything normal except for kidney function. The vet said that at this early stage, there is still a possibility of reversing it with the proper diet. <BR> <BR> Have you ever tried to educate a cat about "proper diet?" HAHAHA... yeah.... <BR> <BR> He will not eat any of the prescription foods. He has been on canned food for years, b... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:00:59 EST Probiotics for kitty Anyone have their kitty on probiotics? What kind? Info please =^..^= Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:34:49 EST new me I'm new to this team, I've had a roller-coaster experience here, but I realized I need to view it differently. I am DIVORCING my old ways and I don't want them back. I have 3 cats one an older black sweetie and two kittens I'll tell you all about them in the days to come. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:40:13 EST Mysterious Hair Loss - Resolved I have 9 cats that live indoors/outdoors, two of which I consider feral, and 7 that came from one of the feral cats, who is spayed now (and who BTW, as I write this, is curled up on a blanket on the couch snoring away). One of the kittens, Scrappy, who is now 2 years old, is a very sensitive cat. You can't move quickly around him, you can't raise your voice with him, and it probably took 1.5 years of constant working with him until I was able to finally pet him for any length of time and wher... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:36:54 EST Bicycle for heavy people Right now I am 300 pounds and I am looking at a Schwinn Trike for around $300. Thats about all I want/can spend on a bike. Does any one have a suggestion for other bikes that are rated for heavy folks. I don't mean the expensive bikes you can find on line at specialty stores/sites. <BR> Just a simple bike no bells, no whistles. Just a simple bike I can ride on paved streets without bending the tire frames or blowing out the tires. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:05:19 EST Join Cat Perks Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. <BR> <BR> Get free cat food or other items by earning points for signing in, reading articles, taking surveys, entering proof of purchases, etc. <BR> Just open an account on the link provided below. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:45:35 EST I would love a cat lover for a Weight loss buddy! I have restarted myself in Spark and would enjoy having a buddy that shares the love of cats and wants to lose weight with me as we share other topics. I am 66 and want to lose 50 pounds. I have set a goal of 7pounds monthly and will reach my goal for my birthday July.25. I am married and my daughter Julie, 37, lives next t door. She's single now and plans to have the sleeve surgery in April. Portions are my down fall. I need real accountability to someone and I can do the same for t... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:40:35 EST Feline Health Coach "Always pet me with both hands, so you develop balanced muscles." <BR> <BR> Jewels <BR> Feline Strength Training Expert Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:13:31 EST Did your cats get any presents this holiday? My cats (and their 'cousin cats') always get some of the more expensive treats and a couple of new cat toys. <BR> <BR> Mine also get a new set of dishes to replace the oldest ones they have (I like to think that to a cat, getting new cat dishes is like a child getting socks and underwear! Ha ha!) <BR> <BR> Were your furbabies naughty or nice? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:30:30 EST Does your cat attack your Christmas tree?? My Bella is a really good cat in that regard...she came around it while I was decorating, and laid on the bubble wrap where one of the ornaments had been; I don't even have to put her in another room at night...what a good kitty, right!? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:13:02 EST My Lease wont allow cats under 1 year old! I was told when I moved in that cats and dogs under 30lbs were allowed in my apt building. Soni rescued a beautiful female torti from a horse trailer in the country. Her siblings were all killed by foxes. She wouldve been next but I rescued her and the mother just in time. The Apartment Manager saw the kitten during an "emergency" inspection. She informed me that the "small print" in rhe lease doesnt allow cats under a year old! Ughh! So I had my therapist write a letter saying this was a co... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:24:41 EST Christmas for your cats They've asked on the Dog Lovers team and I just wondered what you do for your cats for Christmas (or whatever holiday you might celebrate). I have gotten Orzo small toys the couple years I have had him. He likes to play with them for a while, but his favorites to play with are tennis balls (that were supposed to be for dogs) and the blanket strip on the end of a plastic stick (like those feather things cats play with). I wish I could find one of those things where a mouse runs around back ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:27:55 EST How many cats do you have??? I have 4 right now Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:10:56 EST Feral Cat Shelters I know that at least one person on here has shelters for feral cats at her house. I haven't run into any feral cats here, but saw this come up on FB and thought if others have them around maybe it would be helpful for making some shelters. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elter/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=fe<BR>aralsheltertest&utm_term=20141106&utm_<BR>campaign=9 </link> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:08:49 EST Bad Breath I've been noticing over the past few days that Booger's breath has suddenly gotten very bad. She's about 5 1/2 months old, eats kitten food, and always has fresh water available. What can I do to reduce the stinky mouth? I can't really switch her to specialty food for it. I was thinking dental treats? Is there anything else more effective? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:05:38 EST Is there a great automatic litterbox? We have four kitties (all indoor) so the litterbox chore is a big one. To top that, two of them routinely go outside the box unless medicated so we're cleaning that up too. (don't worry, the vet has been an integral part of their care/therapy). <BR> I think we've tried almost every automated cat box with varying levels of success; if you've done the automatic box thing, what has been your experience? <BR> LitterRobot--too small and fills too quickly <BR> LitterMaid--worked OK, but the cats o... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:29:03 EST FLEAS....HELP My daughter's cat and dog have fleas!! She's bombing the house, gave the cat a flea dip and used spray, but she still has the flea problem. THey live in a wooded area, which I'm sure does not help matters!! Any suggetions!?! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:56 EST Keep your kitties and other pets safe on Halloween Halloween is almost here. What will you be doing, to keep your fur-kids safe? <BR> Please... whatever you do, keep them inside. There are so many nasty people, that will abuse fur-friends that they find out and about, especially during this time of year. <BR> <BR> I am planning to keep my fur-kids in a safe area of the house, that I can close up. I have a basement, that is partially finished. Our bed room down there, is completely finished, with carpet and furniture. There is even a TV dow... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:41:43 EST Does your kitty like to watch TV? I was wondering if your kitty likes to watch TV? And if your kitty does watch TV, what types of programs does your kitty like to watch? <BR> My kitty is a regular TV junkie, and will watch just about anything that is on TV. <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:04:27 EST Home made Kitty treats I want to try making these for my kitties for Christmas. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats <BR> <BR> Makes about 3 dozen treats <BR> <BR> 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, no salt added and packed in water, drained <BR> 1 cup oat flour* <BR> 1 large egg <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 1 heaping tablespoon dried catnip <BR> <BR> *It’s easy to make your own oat flour. Simply grind old-fashioned oats in a spice grinder (or a super clean coffee grinder) until it is transformed into a lig... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:26:40 EST The fundraiser for a local no kill shelter. Well, the fundraiser that I attended for our no kill shelter, seemed to be successful. Here is a link to my blog with photos from it. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800372 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:23:50 EST Cat Island An island for cats, but they will share for food <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sland-in-japan-and-youre-really-gonna-<BR>want-to-see-whats-there-trust-me/#.VDw<BR>-Hd2Ddf5.facebook </link> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:26:37 EST cat weight distribution Orzo has just been laying in my lap and got me wondering about how his weight is distributed. He looks like he has a big belly hanging low and swishing back and forth (actually, feeling it it seems to be his fur, not a big belly). While he was laying here I was petting him along his side and I can really feel his ribs. Is that normal, particularly on a neutered cat? One of my friends said something about the belly thing being something you always found in neutered cats. He gets plenty to... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:39:44 EST Top entry litter box question Hi. My cat is 15 and still going strong. I switched to a slight smaller, front entry litter box when I moved recently. However, she always piddles at the very front of the litter box. Why, with all of that space, I don't know. In the past couple of weeks, she's piddled outside of the litterbox... basically because I think she was barely in it. <BR> <BR> I've thought about getting a larger one -- with a slightly higher entry, but I think this one is easier for her, though she had no co... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:31:00 EST Chico drowned in the drain! Chico loves hiding in drains. He got drowned because of the heavy rain. I feel really saddened by his death bcoz he was such a furry, purry darling! He was a beautiful cat! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:06:06 EST Cat Lit Do you have any favorite kitty books? <BR> <BR> I have a short series of books on Dewey the Library Cat that's very good. <BR> <BR> I also have a charming childrens' lullabye book - no children here, but I love the book and bought it for myself - called, appropriately, "Kitty Cat Lullabye" <BR> <link><BR>en-Spinelli/dp/0786804580 </link> <BR> <BR> Can you share some of your favorites? they can be novels or nonfiction or anything cat-oriented! <BR> =... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:12:37 EST Cat furniture What sorts of kitty perches do your cats like? <BR> I'm expecting to acquire a couple of adult cats shortly, and I'm thinking of building a "tree" for the porch. I see lots of styles, but my previous cat didn't want anything but a big cardboard box with a towel on it next to me at my computer desk! I'd hate to build some elaborate thing these kids wouldn't use either. <BR> <BR> They're both declawed in front, unfortunately. That may limit how much climbing they can do, I don't know. <BR> So... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:30 EST Who is a raw/homemade cat food adventurer? I have four cats and the last one I just adopted is 8 years old and had untreated diabetes. It was me or he was going to be put down...seeing I knew the person (shame on them) I said I would take him. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ran across the site below "" and many others, but liked this one the best about cat nutrition. After I read it, I have since started the process of making my own cat food and transitioning them slowly. A new hobby for me and better nutrition for my cats :).... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:25:28 EST Lucy got hit by a car! Lucy, my neighbor's cat got hit by a car yesterday evening! She was bleeding and hiding under a parked car, refusing to come out. My neighbor's grandkid called her Mom to rush home to bring Lucy to the vet. <BR> <BR> I sure hope she's ok! Will keep u updated! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 03:40:12 EST Fall A - Z Air is becoming cooler Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:04:29 EST opinions on cat sibs I'm "in the market" for an adult adoptee. An acquaintance has four cats from the same litter, and wants to rehome 2 of them - but doesn't want to separate them. I would like to take them, since it seems we would be a good fit otherwise... but any cats I've had have always been "only children". I want any new cat to also interact primarily with me. I'm sure this pair, since the current owner doesn't want to separate them, are bonded (as much as cats bond). My query to you is whether you've had... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:11:10 EST Thank you Susan/Kr azy4Kats So sorry you won't be around, hope everything is ok. Thanks for all your efforts for our group, me & the boys wish you all the best. Hugs & purrs! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:28:55 EST Show him a Banana! My cats like to beg often and always whenever we sit down to eat; especially if the menu is chicken in any form. Ebony will sit at the table in "his" chair and just beg sometimes even outstretching a paw. This can get annoying when it happens all the time. So, I tried something one day that worked as a deterrent: a banana! I show Ebony a banana (skin on) and when he smells it he runs away! So folks, as long as you have a banana in your table fruit bowl you might want to use it for more than e... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:39:00 EST Cat Discipline? I have to discipline my two boys because they will fight till one of them howls. Usually it's Ebony picking on his older brother Timon. He even has white fur in his mouth at times!! So, to stop the fighting I have a squirt bottle of water that I use. Does anyone else have this problem with multiple cats..and what do you do to halt the fighting?? <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:14:52 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Lizzy <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is RABBIT8’s Lizzy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=3472638 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Lizzy! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by RABBIT8’s page to congratulate Lizzy as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>BBIT8 </link> <BR> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:29:23 EST The Truth About Giving Cats and Kittens Milk/Cream Some may not realize milk or cream is not good for our furry friends. Here's an article from WebMD's Pet section that will validate that what we think is good for our pet is actually detrimental: <BR> <BR> Cats and Dairy: Get the Facts <BR> WebMD discusses the facts about cats and dairy, and why substituting a saucer of milk for water may not be best for your kitten. <BR> <BR> Cats and milk: In children’s stories, it always seems to be a match made in heaven. Who hasn’t seen adorable ill... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:44:42 EST Cat Pemphygus A year ago my black cat Ebony was diagnosed with this auto immune disease. I cried after repeated visits to the vet to help him get better. It started with his nailbeds being very sore and red, a sore on his stomach and red swollen gums. He also had foul smelling breath. Today however, he is THRIVING. He is eating better and keeping his food down and even putting on weight! Of course he is on two kinds of medicine and it cost us alot to fix him but he is worth every penny. We love our furkids... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:40:49 EST Pray for Stella My best friend's cat Stella didn't come to bed last night but the power was out so my friend thought Stella was chilling someplace and didn't worry. But when Stella didn't come out for breakfast this morning she started hunting to find her. When she found Stella she couldn't move her back legs. So now my best friend is sitting at her vet's office waiting for the vet praying that Stella will be okay without it costing much money as my friend is retired and living on social security. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:20:52 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Tipper <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is TESTYS’s Tipper! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4264780 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Tipper! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by TESTYCATLADYP’s page to congratulate Tipper as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>STYCATLADYP </link> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:52:51 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sahara Snowball <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is DESERTDREAMERS’s Sahara Snowball! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4821489 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Sahara Snowball! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by DESERTDREAMERS’s page to congratulate Sahara Snowball as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>SERTDREAMERS </link> <BR> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:13:23 EST Cat Bully - Need Some Help I have a multi-cat household of 8 cats, and I have had them all since they were 2 weeks or younger. Most are from an unfixed female that someone dumped (she is now fixed). The first litter of 3 males just turned 3 years old. I have another litter of 2 male cats who are 2 years old, one female who is 1.5 years old, and 2 males that are about 10 months old. <BR> <BR> Up until a few months ago, the cats were solely indoor cats. However, they were constantly breaking out by tearing screens on... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:38:38 EST amazing what my cat did. My brother came for a visit and brought his two dogs. My cat Joey gets along well with both of them. However this time was something amazing. Buffy His older dog is now blind and can't see. My cat would rub around his feet to guide him where to walk. He would walk him to his food dish to eat. When buffy had to go potty my cat would lead him to the door and then meow loudly to us to let us know that she had to go out and potty. Joey would wait till she came back in and would then lead her to w... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 13:50:41 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sadie & Rufus <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CATs OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> are LAC936’s Sadie & Rufus! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4362529 </link> <BR> <BR> She also has more adorable photos of Sadie & Rufus in her photo gallery: <BR> <link><BR>lery.asp?id=LAC936 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Sadie & Rufus! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LAC936’s page to congratulate Sadie & R... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:30:35 EST Who wants to be COTW for August 2014? FIRST THREE TO REPLY WILL BE COTW FOR AUGUST (I already have one for the first week). <BR> <em>228</em> You must have already posted in the 'Would you like your cat to be "CAT OF THE WEEK"?' link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1216x5684<BR>8581 </link> <BR> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:13:19 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Emerald <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is JOANNEEMERALD’s Emerald! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4754331 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Emerald! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by JOANNEEMERALD’s page to congratulate Emerald as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>ANNEEMERALD </link> <BR> She also has more photos of Emerald on her page. <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:59:46 EST for all hope Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:50:27 EST Does your Cat understand words? My cats both know certain words and react to them! If I ask them if they "want to eat" they both perk up and meow. Also they know the words "out", "no" and even "drink." It's my black kitty Ebony who really understands the word "drink" because he loves his "latte" in the morning. I make it with half & half and water..he loves it! When I ask him if he wants a drink he responds with a humble meow. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:31:30 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Max <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is ANGELBELIEVER’s Max! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4743745 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Max! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by ANGELBELIEVER’s page to congratulate Max as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>GELBELIEVER </link> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:01:51 EST Q&A:CAT of the WEEK I've had some questions about our weekly CAT OF THE WEEK so I thought I'd start this so you could post your questions rather than mailing me. <BR> Some of the questions have been: <BR> <BR> Q: When will it be my cat's turn? <BR> A: I'm going in order of who posted first. We started doing this in February and the list has grown to over 80 cats. As members continue to add their cat/s to the list, it will most likely be next year. <BR> <BR> Q: I have more than one cat? Can I list them all at ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:40:10 EST Sho Ko Cat Videos: Try Them! There is a guy who posts great videos of his two cats, Shorty and Kory. They are called "sho Ko" videos. The are extremely well done, funny and informative. I couldn't stop watching them last night. Here is the link to his playlist of popular videos! <BR> <BR><BR>f8&list=PL1LeGtsEGV9c6gKO3PQU92nYPgO6E<BR>LJhq Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:01:39 EST Team Wall character limit <em>215</em> Announcement from Coach Jen: <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're launching a small change to the Team Wall tomorrow. Team Wall posts will now have a 140 character limit. Team leaders will still be able to make posts of any length, but comments and member posts will be limited. The purpose is to encourage people to use the Team Wall for quick updates and comments, and reserve ongoing discussions for the Team Forums. <BR> <BR> Members will be able to see a "countdown" of how many... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:42:21 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Hotrod <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is DEBBYSDELIGHTS’s Hotrod <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=2361984 </link> <BR> <BR> View her photo gallery to see even more photos of Hotrod: <BR> <link><BR>lery.asp?id=DEBBYSDELIGHTS </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by DEBBYSDELIGHTS’s page to congratulate Hotrod as our CAT OF TH... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:37:21 EST Cat Doesn't Want me to Exercise! Have any of you had problems with this and if so, what do you do? <BR> <BR> Emerald would prefer for me to spend the day sitting down with her snoozing in my lap. She doesn't understand why I would do something so silly as workout. She has been pretty good up until now. Mostly, she would just go to the room I was exercising in and then sleep there on a chair or something. Now, she is starting to interfere with the workout. She weaves in and out of my legs, gets behind me so I trip on he... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:03:25 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Percy <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is WALLAHALLA’s Percy <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4786213 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by WALLAHALLA’s page to congratulate Percy as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LLAHALLA </link> <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:42:50 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Me Ling (Ling Ling) <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is DEBBEV’s Me Ling (Ling Ling) <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4116473 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by DEBBEV’s page to congratulate Me Ling (Ling Ling) as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>BBEV </link> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:06:09 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sid & Gus <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is LIZ_MURDER’s Sid & Gus <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4208200 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LIZ_MURDER’s page to congratulate Sid & Gus as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>Z_MURDER </link> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:17:21 EST Suggestions for new games If anyone has suggestions for new games add them here. I don't want the ones we have to go stale. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:21:57 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Atticus <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is LILDOLLY’s Atticus <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4741025 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LILDOLLY’s page to congratulate Atticus as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LDOLLY </link> <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:26:50 EST Hyperactive kitten We are a cat-loving family, so when my DD graduated and moved away, the first thing she did was get herself an adorable kitten. He is precious, but he is also very, very active and she's not getting much sleep. He plays in her hair, nips at her arms, etc. She is somewhat allergic to cats and by the time she got up in the morning, she had hives all over from where he had been nipping. Of course he is teething. He is about 10 weeks old now. <BR> She works all day and as soon as she gets ho... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:00:13 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Rosie <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is NWME4EVRMARYANN’s Rosie <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4785881 </link> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4785882 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by NWME4EVRMARYANN’s page to congratulate Rosie as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>ME4EVRMA... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:26:40 EST Monday, June 9, Cat of the Week I've contacted two members about their cat being the next COTW but have not heard back from either of them. So, unless they reply by tomorrow morning, whoever replies to this first will be the next Cat of the Week. Once I get a post I'll close this for no further postings. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:15:17 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Beaux <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is WILLOW49’s Beaux <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4584708 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by WILLOW49’s page to congratulate Beaux as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LLOW49 </link> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:39:57 EST Cats favorite toys Name some of your cats favorite toys? Thu, 29 May 2014 08:11:17 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Boot <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is KAYMOM’s Boot <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4786125 </link> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=770252 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by KAYMOM’s page to congratulate Boot as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>YMOM </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 08:36:02 EST Suggestions for new Team Name There are THREE "Cat Lovers" teams and one 'Cat Lover's Team', this one being the first with the most members. I'd like to change the team name, and am looking for suggestions. I've thought of a few: <BR> Crazy Cat Lovers <BR> Crazy for Cats <BR> Kittens & Cat Lovers <BR> <BR> Please add your suggestions below. <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:22:40 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Smokey <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is LOOD1962’s Smokey <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4415077 </link> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4723213 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LOOD1962’s page to congratulate Smokey as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>OD1962 </link> <BR>... Mon, 19 May 2014 07:48:37 EST Signs your cat owns you & Strange cat behaviors Found these on the internet: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/6-signs-your-cat-owns-you </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-strange-cat-behaviors-explained </link> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:09:44 EST Been a While Since I've Been Here I have no idea where to post this. We lost a kitty and gained a kitty: <BR> <BR> Chaos Shadow died from unknown causes. Vet could not figure out what it was. He died October 15, 2013. He was about 9 years old. Even though it has been a while, we still miss him. <BR> <BR> Sienna Willow joined us in July of 2013. I have no idea what breed she is; however, she learned much from Chaos and Yasha in a very short time. I do not have a recent photo of Sienna yet, she never stands still, but ... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:45:47 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Pierre <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is RABBIT8’s Pierre <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4415077 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by RABBIT8’s page to congratulate Pierre as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>BBIT8 </link> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:44:13 EST NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR BEING "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>215</em> Before I post each COTW I will be checking to see if you have been active. If not, I will move onto the next member in line. <BR> Even if you just post to the wall or in one of the posts a couple of times a week will keep you among the members who visited Team in past 30 days. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sat, 10 May 2014 09:38:33 EST Name a Famous Cat <BR> Cat in the Hat - Dr. Susse Wed, 7 May 2014 10:57:56 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Smokey <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is MELA1953’s Smokey <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=1817686 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by MELA1953’s page to congratulate Smokey as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LA1953 </link> <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 06:50:42 EST Cats in Art A friend of mine sent me this link: <BR> <link><BR>san-herbert_n_5243292.html?utm_hp_ref=<BR>arts&icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl14|sec3_<BR>lnk3%26pLid%3D471990 </link> <BR> Artist Inserts Cats Into Famous Classical Paintings, And The World Is Right Again Sun, 4 May 2014 12:56:11 EST Watering Systems? We have a young cat who seems to take great joy in playing in his water dish. He swishes his paws around in it, splashes around, tips the dish and makes a mess. We have put the dish inside a tray with high sides, so it's at least off the floor, but now he stands in the water in the tray and splashes around like a little kid in a puddle on the sidewalk. It's really pretty funny to watch, but it makes an awful mess. <BR> <BR> I thought about one of those inverted bottles, but if he gets it ... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:05:25 EST Comment on the new changes to our Team Page If you're not a Team Leader, this is your opportunity. Please add your honest opinion on the changes that SparkPeople has made to our Team Page. I will be compiling them into a document and then will make a post in the 'SP's Team for Team Leaders- Business Only'. If you want to remain anonymous, add that to the end of your post; otherwise, I will add your USERNAME beside your comment. <BR> <BR> If you are a Team Leader, and haven't yet, you can post your comments here: <BR> <link>www.sparkp... Thu, 1 May 2014 07:59:36 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Trissa <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is MEEZERMOM2’s Trissa <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> Kitten <BR> <link><BR>oto_gallery_enlarge.asp?id=1881997 </link> <BR> <BR> Adult <BR> <link><BR>oto_gallery_enlarge.asp?id=2602692 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by MEEZERMOM2’s page to congratulate Trissa as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link>http://www.... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:16:44 EST Cute video After reading that researcher's statements about cats hating their owners, I thought this was cute. Maybe the researcher needs to see this video. Orzo doesn't get this excited,, but he meets me at the door when I come home (he really had a lot of those meetings when I was in the Passion Play). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Body-of-a-Cat-but-He-Is-All-Dog/ </link> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:50:30 EST Pictures of Sunshine and Fudge There are pictures of Sunshine and Fudge on the team photos Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:09:27 EST Name brands of Cat Food FRISKIES Dry Kibble & Canned Catfood <BR> <BR> How many brands of cat food are there? List the one you feed your cat, or what was the most expensive or cheapest cat food you've seen. Know of a catfood with a funny name? <BR> The shelves are full... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:55:28 EST Exciting changes coming to SparkTeams! Coach Denise created a short video preview of the upcoming changes so that you can see what the new team pages will look like. I've watched it but didn't listen to it. Here's a link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Coach Jen says the changes will be coming probably the middle of next week. Some of the changes are: <BR> Sending team goodies to multiple members (I definitely like this since we have so many members joining in just ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:09:12 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself to the group. I'm new to sparkpeople but very excited to get started and get involved with the online community! <BR> <BR> I have two kitties, Griselda, Grizzy for short, who is a three year old calico/tortoiseshell, and Lulu, who is a two year old brown tabby. I would have many more if I didn't live in a one bedroom apartment!! I love all animals, and love to spend time volunteering. <BR> <BR> Hope to talk with some of ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:10:24 EST Cat Surgery? My cat (a 16 pound 5 year old Ragamuffin named Leonard) has a reddish lump/growth on his back leg. I took him in to the vet thinking it was just a rash from overgrooming. They told me it's likely a tumor and went on and on about Fibro-sarcoma--scaring the crap out of me talking about possible amputation and throwing outrageous prices at me. (they did say he is otherwise healthy) <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had a similar situation. What did it turn out to be? How much did the surgery cost? <BR>... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:28:30 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sunshine & Fudge <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is CARRIE925’s Sunshine & Fudge <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4523731 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by CARRIE925’s page to congratulate Sunshine & Fudge as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>p?id=CARRIE925 </link> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:38:08 EST Another crazy cat lady here Hi my name is Karin and I live in PA with my partner of 13 years. Right now we have 4 boyz. We recently had to give up 4 because they landlord found out (sorta - she thought we had 1 extra). It was a devastating time for both of us. We struggled for a week over who to keep and who to give away - in the end neither of us were happy but we did what we had to do. Now to a brighter topic - our 4 boyz. We have Daniell Ezekial who is 12, Dylan Toby who is 12, Alexander Roy who is 13 and JT (J... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:07:39 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Cricket <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is (WORKOUTWITHPAM) Pam’s Cricket <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=3430363 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by (WORKOUTWITHPAM) Pam’s page to congratulate Cricket as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>RKOUTWITHPAM </link> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:01:53 EST Hi all!! Hey all, my name is Jamie and I'm a proud cat-mama to an 8 year old fuzzball named Bullitt (after the Steve McQueen movie with the pretty green mustang!). He's grey with darker grey stripes. He's very mellow and mostly just sleeps and cuddles with me. He's a mega foodie though - every time I'm cooking he's right next to me, wondering what I'm making and if he'll get to taste-test it! I give him little bites here and there. His favorite people foods are cheese and chicken and turkey. He ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:47:42 EST possible injury to hip My beautiful "baby"--15 year old Siamese-Himalayan mix is injured. He is indoor kitty. Yesterday, I noticed a behavior change. 1) He didn't like it when I went to pick him up. 2) After laying in my lap, he cried when I set him on the floor, so I could get up off the couch. 3) unable to jump onto couch. 4) I watched him walk, it appeared that he was favoring his back right leg. <BR> <BR> So, boyfriend and I took him to emergency vet to get checked out last night. During the consultation... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:58:24 EST Introduction Hello!! <BR> <BR> So glad to be on this team with Cat Lovers like me! I have 4 cats now because 5 months ago we rescued 2 baby kittens from the streets... and after fixing their mom got her a great new barn location as she tried to eat my vet!! Qtip was rescued at 2-3 weeks old from the streets 9 years ago, Precious (dilute calico) from rescue group and our 2 kitten brothers (Harley & BowTie). Love SparkPeople and have been using it off/on for 4 years!! Almost reached my goal to lose 40 ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:27:38 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Harley & Raven <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" are SOMALIKITTY’s Harley & Raven <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4785565 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by SOMALIKITTY’s page to congratulate Harley & Raven as our CATs OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>MALIKITTY </link> <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:59:46 EST Not feeling good Actually I'm feeling better, but not well. I've been taking an antibiotic off and on since February for my hand (red and swelling which has not been determined to be a chemical burn from a cleanser I used), and ended up with a bowel infection from it. Went to the doctor on Thursday and am being tested to make sure it's not an infectious one, and being treated for it as well. Haven't been eating much, and no energy. Thankfully the cramping has eased up and I was actually able to eat normal foo... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:10:22 EST On My Way To being the crazy cat lady. I had 4 but when a co workers mom died I took her cat rather than let her go to be euthanized. Nothing wrong with our Foxy Baby, just too many cats at the shelters. Now we have 5, Chloe (Lo-Lo), Caleb (Lubbers), Charlie (Leader), Jarod (Bubba da Kitten), and Foxy (Baby). <BR> <BR> I've had cats and dogs all my life, but would rather clean a dozen litter boxes to the dog mess in the backyard. and I'm in the process of transitioning to only canned and structured f... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:37:57 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Orzo <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Orzo <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4649055 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:01:30 EST New Member Im new to Sparks ive only been a member for a week and love the site. Its full of info and inspiration. I weighed 203 a week ago and already dropped 4 lbs. I have a wonderful 14 year old calico cat named Magoo. And she helps me deal with the struggles of life with her affection. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:08:27 EST Spring A-Z Apple blossoms Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:45:03 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Tris & Izzy <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Tris & Izzy <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4641313 </link> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:51:01 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: KoKo & CeCe <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is KoKo & CeCe <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>hotos_enlarge.asp?gid=1216&pid=44093&s<BR>idnope=8bGNmv+++++++++QLi+Lei%3DknA[+z<BR>%3CnNcoLt&sidnope2=J6ea1C++MOgL&vliqsp<BR>arentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fgroups_photos.asp<BR>%3Fgid%3D1216%26page%3D1&vliparentpg=%<BR>2Fmyspark%2Fgroups_phot </link> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:58:49 EST Last two letters start a new word... scratCH - Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:53:03 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Baggy <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Baggy <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4620435 </link> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:04:59 EST Cat Cure Almost a year ago my totally indoor cat Jazz began losing her hair. She had big sores on her body and was losing weight. Of course I took her to the vet! $1,200 dollars and 3 visits later my poor traumatized baby was only better when she was taking very expensive medications. Skin scrapings, a biopsy, and radical changes to her diet, litter, blankets etc. did no good. <BR> <BR> I continued with a cortisone cream and then... My cousin brought her dog Jake for a visit. While he was her... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:11:30 EST You know you're a Cat Lover when ... you treat your cat(s) like your children, or even better. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:49:13 EST New to team! Hi, everyone, <BR> My name is Eddy and my husband and I have four kitties. He was never a cat man, but is now in love (well, with 1 out of 4, anyway). <BR> <BR> Boo is a Siamese mix who is ridiculously friendly, will sit on anybody's lap and isn't afraid of anybody. He and DH are best buds. Boo sits on his lap when he eats and DH doesn't go to bed until Boo is ready, too (he's always ready to cuddle, so it works out). He was actually a kitten DH got for me, but they choose us, right? He ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:14:33 EST I am new and the beloved person of Juliet I have always loved cats and they have always loved me. But until Mar of 2012 I have always lived with a cat hater or someone who was allergic. So, when I got my own apartment, the first thing I did was go to the Animal Shelter to adopt a cat. Miss Kitty, as she was known by them, was my fifth choice, because she seemed to be a bully, having chased all the other cats out from under the bench in their room. But her picture was beautiful, so she went on the list. <BR> <BR> I had always planne... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:29:50 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Dexter <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Dexter <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4786046 </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:37:59 EST Trimming nails How do you all keep your cats' nails trimmed? Do you have any way to keep them calm or calm them down if they get upset? I just did Orzo's and he has total fits when you try to clip them. I have a hole in my hand. My friend usually does his nails because she can handle him better and has more experience with the cats and their nails. I finally got them done, but it took a long time and I think that would upset him more. After I was done I could hold him, pet him, and fool with his feet ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:16:26 EST Team Challenges Hi Everyone (and Kittehs!) <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in a team challenge? I have been in touch with Krazy4Katz about setting something up that should be fun for everyone. All Cat Lovers who are interested would join a team and we can compete on a regular basis. This could be weekly or monthly but it should be regularly enough to keep us all motivated :-) <BR> <BR> Teams I suggest would be Team Tuxedo, Team Tabby and Team Calico. Challenges would be things like getting your 8 glasse... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:25:40 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sasha Congratulations Sasha! You are our Cat of the Week. Drop in and let us know all about you! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4387997 </link> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:16:37 EST Getting back out there and leaving putty at home TONIGHT. <BR> <BR> Staying indoors and out of sight might strike a few of you as weird, paranoid, or just not right. BUT, when we get to be ashamed of our appearance, we don't feel as comfortable as we once did, and our social and night lives suffer for it. <BR> Yeah yeah being married changed that, and of course having kids, but still if its a happy and balanced life, one goes "out on the town" at least once a month? hopefully more. lol <BR> <BR> When I w... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:49:39 EST Escape Artists - Need Help First, I want to say hello. I have been a Spark member for several years, but due to long work hours, marathon training, and keeping up with 9 cats (yes, 9!), I don't really have much free time to spend online. <BR> <BR> One of my issues that I am hoping I can get some help for involves my escaping cats. I live in on an acre in a rural-ish area, about 1/4 mile from a busy road. There are predators around like bobcat, fox, and raccoons, not to mention the occasional stray dog. My cats have ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:48:20 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Izzy & BeBop BeBop and Izzy came into our lives in November 2009, a few months after Gidget went to live at the Rainbow Bridge. <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4667037 </link> <BR> They were both adopted from a local shelter. BeBop grew up there, and Izzy had just arrived that day. We were going to get just one, but the story below tells you why we came home with two. <BR> <BR> BeBop is part Tabby and part Toyger, and took to dad immediately at the shelter. He g... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:35:18 EST Greetings Hello, <BR> <BR> I just joined and would like to introduce myself. I'm Andrea and my two beautiful black cats are Harley and Raven. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:36:01 EST Cat lover I love cats. Just found this page. I have 2 cats that are 12 years old---Callie and Afton. Callie is territorial and slaps at Afton whenever I show her attention or if she comes close to her. Afton is laid back and has never started a fight, but she will stand her ground. The older they get, the more medical issues they have. Neither like any kind of oil or vitamins put on their food. I struggle with this. They are very finicky about food and sometimes will refuse to eat for the day. ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:21:10 EST Total Lap Kitty It might be because of the weather, but Orzo has turned into a TOTAL lap kitty. I can't get up because he will not leave my lap other than to go potty. Use to be he would go sleep in on the bed part of the day but not anymore. If it is sunny out he will lay on a table in front of the window for a little while, but then he comes back over on my lap. I cannot even eat without him on my lap. Well, he is keeping one side of me warm, anyway. This is an all-day, most of the night thing. Very... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:17:23 EST Posted in wrong forum Oops Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:40:34 EST What is your cats name? " Keyna " Sat, 8 Feb 2014 05:08:40 EST Whats the funniest thing your cat has done? My cat sunshine will jump at the fridge doors ,and get the magnet down, it so funny. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:44:10 EST Weird things that our cats eat My cat is craaaazyyyy about bread! This is so funny! For example if I leave a sandwich with meat or cheese he will steal bread, not meat :) I think this is somehow connected with the fact that he is dry food addict. Many dry food brands smell like bread. <BR> <BR> My other cat loved melon. <BR> <BR> What weird stuff your cat likes to eat? Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:20:05 EST Fighting the Urge - Free e-book The Author Dr. Amy Johnson has given permission to share her book which really excited me..this is only 23 pages long!! Please check it out and share with your friends if you like! <BR> <BR> Per the author....My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publish, and share any part of this e-book with anyone who you think might benefit from it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2013/12/Fighting-... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:26:00 EST Foster Kitty's back When last seen, my foster kitty was being packed off to the vet. Well, he finally came back Monday, and he's looking and acing much healthier. He still sneezes occasionally though. Unfortunately, my furnace decided to crap out Tuesday, so I had an emergency repair to distract me. <BR> <BR> We've decided to name him Isaac (after Newton who was born on December 25 or January 4, depending on what calendar you use). This is partly based on when he was found and partly on housemate's comments ab... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:51:24 EST Post your favorite kitty emoticon <em>239</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:06:40 EST New to the team Hello my name is Debbie and I have an 8 year old kitty named " Keyna ". I rescued her from the shelter where I work, when she was about four weeks old. She is my four legged child that wears a fur coat. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:55:05 EST Sharing A Heroic Tale Of Kitty Survival! Good Morning All. I am feeling good this morning, how bout you? <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share a true tale of kitty survival! I made this video for one amazing kitty. He was severely and intentionally burned. Saved by a great rescue center, and recently was adopted out. Check it out =) You will need tissues! I made this slideshow, it's near and dear to my heart. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:50:42 EST Cats and computers and chairs Do you all have cats that insist on lying on your computer when you are trying to work on it? Orzo will get on my lap (I have a laptop 'puter) and then back up so that he is lying on my computer. I move him off and he will turn around and get back on it. It makes things hard when he is on the computer and I am trying to read something and it suddenly gets so small that you can barely tell there are words there. <BR> <BR> then he will also get in the seat of my chair if I move for any reas... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:07:36 EST Great News from the Vet!!! Emerald went to the vet yesterday. My sweet girl had to deal with a lot of poking and prodding. She had distemper and rabies shots. Also, she had blood and urine tests. She left there in a bad mood. <BR> <BR> I got a phone call from the vet today. She wanted to let me know that Emerald's blood test looks great! Her kidney values are normal! Whoo Hoo! Good for her! We were so stressed out about those kidney problems. Now we can feed her nearly anything except tuna and other foods ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:54:15 EST Pet insurance Just a quick poll to see who out there has pet insurance. If you have it, have you needed to use it, was it worth it? Who is the insurer for your kitty? <BR> <BR> I am just looking to possibly purchase some for my cat and I am interested in your views! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:17:52 EST New Hi everyone. Im new to the team. I have 4 rescued cats and would have more if I could get away with it! LOL! Hoping to lose a little weight and get fit by the summertime! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:13:32 EST Box question Really weird thing happened... One of my kitties last night pooped outside the box. I'm talking maybe 6inces away, 2 times last night. After the 1st time I cleaned the box, actually both boxes, I have 2 of them in my room, because I have 3 cats. But then in the middle of the night she did it again. Other than that, she seems fine & hasn't done this before. Any ideas? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:43:26 EST Kitty Weight Loss Programs Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My kitty Emerald is on a weight loss program. She was 8LB 6 0z when we got her. She went up to 11 LB 8 oz. We have had her on a diet and exercise plan to get her back to the weight the vet says she should be which is 9 LBS. Here is her plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Lower calorie intake 200-250 Kilo calories a day. <BR> 2. Incorporate more wet food to make her feel more full and satisfied. <BR> 3. Scheduled feedings. <BR> 4. Increased exercise and playing. Try to get her... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:45:35 EST We had to put down our 19 year old cat yesterday It's been a rough few days. If you want to read about my amazing boy who lost his battle with renal failure yesterday, please read my blog entry. <BR> <BR> Warning: you may cry, but I promise you will also be uplifted. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580593 Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:45:18 EST Meet Emerald Hi All, <BR> <BR> Emerald was adopted February 2013. Its hard to believe that was almost a year ago! She had a litter of kittens at the tender age of 1 year old. We adopted her soon after they kittens were weaned. Emerald is a sweet girl. Very much a lap cat. She has a cute purr that sort of sounds like the cooing of a dove. She had some kidney issues a few months after we got her. I think it was our fault for feeding her too much tuna! Ultrasound found she has one small kidney. W... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:41:09 EST Eep! Unexpected kitty foster Hi all. As some folks may remember, I have been without a cat since summer last year. Instead, I've been getting my kitty time by volunteering with a local rescue at a PetSmart adoption center. <BR> <BR> Well, this afternoon while I was on my shift, a cat wandered into the store. He had a blue collar on of a type that is apparently used by one or more of the local shelters. The rescue didn't have anyone else available to take him in, so I've basically become his emergency foster parent. It ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:44:43 EST A to Z_Winter If you have trouble finding a word, just do a search for "winter a to z". Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:08:33 EST Getting My Cat to Lose Weight Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new here. My cat, Emerald was adopted this February. She was 1 year old and had just weaned a litter of kittens! At the time, she weighted 8 LB 60z. Since then, she has gained a lot of weight. Some of it, I think she needed to gain because she was thin in the beginning. Now, she is up to 11 LB 60z. Our vet said she should be about 9 LB. We just can't get her to lose weight and have been trying for months. <BR> <BR> We have been trying to get her to lose we... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:32:18 EST Recent research: cats hate people The other day they had something on the news about a professor in the UK who says that cats hate their owners. I guess he determined that when having cats in some strange room and found that the cats could care less if their owners left the room. Just wondered what you guys thought of that. I know that Orzo is always sleeping on my lap, follows me into the bathroom just like dogs do, will stay in the bathroom while I am taking a bath and sleeps with me on the bed. He also is constantly ru... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:43:55 EST Treats Does anyone make homemade treats for their cats? I am having trouble buying anything and thought about making treats if I can find out recipes or ideas for them. I can find recipes for dog treats, but don't know anything about cat treats. Thought maybe Orzo would like that for Christmas. They would have to be either soft or crunchy soft -- not very hard since he is missing several teeth. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:42 EST Do you shop for your kitties for the holidays? Question: Do you buy gifts for your kitties for the holidays? <BR> <BR> I celebrate my little guy Tiger's birthday as well as his adoption day every year. And even have a stocking for him for Christmas for his gifts. I wonder how many others do this as well? Obviously we are all cat lovers that is why we are in this group but I'm just curious as too what you all do for your furry babies. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:49:57 EST new food my cats have allergies and cant eat most food. they would throw up like no tomorrow. so i started them on a high quality food called chicken soup for the cat lovers soul. no wheat no soy no corn and real meat. they stopped throwing up all the time. they throw up once in a while but the vet says its because their pancreas's arent producing enough enzymes so i got a probiotic powder that will help that. but apparently they arent getting enough nutrients any more. they have started throwing up t... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:57:46 EST Funny/Cute Videos or Pictures Found a funny/cute video or picture on the internet, or perhaps you've posted one in a blog? Post the link here as we could all use a good laugh! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:05:31 EST A-Z: What I Like/Dislike about the Holiday Season Following the alphabet take the next letter and indicate something you Like or Dislike about the Holiday Season. I added Dislike because sometimes it's hard to come up with a word for everything you like. <BR> Above all just have fun! <BR> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:56:01 EST HELP please K, so I bought a 4 1/2 month old kitten "Molly" from a rescue on 10/6, it is now 11/28 and the issue is still here. <BR> <BR> Molly was to the vet 2 times since I got her. <BR> <BR> They felt she had an upper repository "not bad" just a tad, little hard crusty black bogies and some black eye boogers (hard/dry). <BR> <BR> 1. first time sent me away saying it would clear up..if not in 2 weeks they would put her on an antibiotic.... <BR> 2. Called after 2 weeks they prescribed the meds. <BR... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:03:07 EST my female cat started having issues peeing I have a 2 year old female cat who just today started having issues peeing. She was peeing justfine yesterday. But today I was cleaning the bathroom and while I was in there (about 20 min) I noticed my girl came in 6 times to use the litterbox. She would act like she was peeing and walk away. I would look and there would be only a few drops in there. She wasnt showing pain or discomfort shes still very active and lovey like normal she eats normal drinks normal and everything else normal. Just... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:52:42 EST new cat lover here. my name is ally im 23 i live with my fiance and our two cats. both of which are currently staring at me while i type this because i turned off the red dot. i am always looking for weight loss buddies too and especially people around me so i can do stuff with them lol. looking forward to a quiet thanksgiving this year with just my fiance and me no family involved. everyone decided to do their own thing this year. i hardly ever get a whole day with my fiance where we dont have to go out and do ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:40:40 EST Anyone want to be a co-leader? If you do, just post here. Basically, I just need help (alternating monthly) sending out team Welcome Goodies. We've had 20 new members just this month. Also, to help with new forum topic ideas. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:23:36 EST Orzo and the dog update I am just hoping this keeps up. Orzo no longer actually tries to claw her when he swipes with his paw, just swipes the air if she happens to frighten him a little. He has also let her get partly up on my lap when he is in it and just sniffs her ear when she does. They have also laid butt to butt with each other close to me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday he walked up on her from under the coffee table which he never has before. This morning he was sniffing noses with Cassie. Cassie is pretty leery ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:53:18 EST 2 challenges I am doing I wanted to share I started 2 new fitness challenges yesterday the 30 day crunch challenge and the 30 day squat challenge. You can visit my page they are both shown in my pictures and my blogs for today 11/16/13 if you are interested in trying it out also <BR> <BR> Day 2 and still going strong <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:33:38 EST Talk about snuggling Mitty and Matty are brother and sister and when I found them snuggling I had to grab my camera is was so darn cute!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726203 </link> <BR> <BR> Oh ya an my newest addition "Molly" she is almost 6 months old. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726204 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:12:40 EST loss of a loved cat last Friday we had to take Tiggy Tiger to the vets, he had an a large growth in his stomach. He was 12 years old and had been a much loved cat, we stayed with him while the vet sedated him and then gave him the final injection. I miss him very much. <BR> The following Tuesday we were back to the vets with Tippsy this time. He had a small cut at the side of his neck but a very large abscess to the back of the neck. The vet drained, flushed the wound out, filled it with antibiotic and prescribe... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:46:47 EST Mommy to 6 Kitty Cats Hi I'm Cindie. I have been rescuing feral cats and taking on other family members kitties since 1992. My home is called a Kitty Sanctuary. I recently saved a kitty from being trapped at an apartment complex and was going to be brought to the pound. This summer I took on a severely injured cat and nursed him back to health, but found out he was suffering with kitty infalamation of the kidneys. He requires 24/7 care of being hand fed, giving medications to, a special diet, also my most dreaded ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:13:39 EST Northern Minnesota Cat Lover Howdy y'all! I'm recently new to SP and came across this team. <BR> My name is Bobbi and my Fiance' and I have 2 cats and 3 dogs! <BR> <BR> We rescued our first cat. I've never been very creative when it comes to naming an animal.. She when we got her home. she meowed so much, she got the name "meow meow". lol <BR> Even with 3 dogs, she still runs the house and she lets everyone know who the boss is. <BR> <BR> Our next baby is named "Princess". She is literally my shadow. she follows me... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:11:41 EST Cat talk It's been a long time since I had a cat before December. I was just wondering if you all can tell what your cat is telling you. I know that there was one at the stable when I was in high school that would actually say "hello" when you said Hi Chrissy to him. Of course, his hello started with a Y or NY sound. <BR> <BR> This morning when I was getting my jeans to get ready to leave for church I accidentally brushed them against Orzo. Does anyone know what AhWah means? He didn't say it lik... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:36:01 EST Cat Nicknames A-Z Let's do Cat Nicknames A-Z! If you're like me, mine have many. If you get a letter, and it's one of your cat's nicknames, let us know why you chose the nickname. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:49:16 EST Moving with cats We are moving next weekend. Not far, just 45 minutes from where we are now. We get the keys on Thursday and my mother-in-law is planning on setting up the bathrooms (I think) on Friday for us. I have two cats that are scared of new people and one who really does not travel well. I am trying to figure out when to take them to the new place. If I took them on Friday after work they'd be alone in a new place with just the basics. If I took them on Saturday I'd have to lock them in the bath... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:38:40 EST Healthy paws! I took my kitty to the vet today for her check-in and she's doing great! She sends a sweet "mew" and a reminder to other cat owners to have your little friends seen at least once a year. <em>239</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:46:29 EST SEEING MY DEAD CAT I am interested in knowing if anyone has ever been visited by their deceased pet before, and about that experience.?????? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:03:01 EST Cat foods Was wondering what kind of foods you all feed. Has anyone heard of GO (by Petcentrics or something like that)? Orzo couldn't eat the Wellness Core or Canidae because it was too hard for his mouth. He has been eating some Kit N Kaboodle, but that causes a big mess. I'm going to have to go get more kitty litter and wash the litter boxes and have never had to do that before. He seems to do pretty well with Meow Mix. My dog's breeder is getting his food from a friend of hers that gets don... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:24:11 EST What Makes You a Crazy Cat Mom? I knew I was a crazy cat mom when I started going to the fish section of my grocery store to get just 5 shrimp for our first born: Rosie Cotton Bar Maid. And, the looks I get from the fish guys are priceless when I tell them they are for my cat!! LOL I also go out of my way to contort my body at night to accommodate her on the bed...waking up most mornings with a back in pain. <em>240</em> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:02:59 EST SparkPeople Super Bowl Commercial Intuit is running a contest for small businesses & the prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us who <em>252</em> ! <BR> <BR> Just go to the website below and vote for SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kPeople-Inc/387418 </link> <BR> <BR> You can vote once a day so add a reminder <em>52</em> to your calendar to vote daily and let's help S... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:14:10 EST Looking for... Hi ALL! I have been off Spark for awhile (although I have lost 18lbs I have been too busy to post). But I cannot find the cute little tracker...y'know the one that you can put a runner or other cute icon on this weight tracker strip. Did Spark eliminate it? Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:43:28 EST Sad...But, had to be done... It was with a heavy heart today that I had to take one of the outside cats to the no-kill shelter today. He was a dumped-off kittie that I was feeding along with another dumped-off kittie. I had named him blue because he was blue and white...very pretty long hair. Over the past few weeks he had begun to bully and fight the other cat...the one I am trying to make an inside cat before winter hits. Other cat is named Red...he is a big ole' red mackerel tabby short hair. Blue had Red refusin... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:13:48 EST Apologies to the Team! Hi everyone, I removed myself as co-team leader as I felt I was not reaching out to new members, etc. Plus, my brother recently passed away and I was trying to eliminate the pressure I put on myself, e.g., time on spark. I'm going to continue to manage the team I started which I have also been neglecting. <BR> <BR> But I'm still part of the team. Hope KnittingKitty comes back soon... <BR> <BR> My apologies again.... <em>245</em> <BR> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 04:24:03 EST New Baby in the House We just adopted another kitten. She's all black, like five of our six other cats. She had two sisters who were not black and were already adopted. As is typical, black cats are often passed over for adoption. Her name is Eleanor and she is very smart! She likes to watch TV, cuddle, and play with just about anything she can get her paws on. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:58:20 EST We Kissed RT Goodbye It is with a broken heart that I write these words. We had to put our dear little RT(Roof Top) to sleep on Saturday morning. She was such a precious part of our lives,and she is sorely missed. RT came into our lives when we saw our neighbor boy with a tiny 6 week old kitten. I asked if I could hold her, she was the prettiest kitten I had ever seen, so loving, and darling. I knew the family, and knew that her life wouldn't be easy unfortunately. About a month later, our family was out si... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:05:26 EST Saying Goodbye to the Team but not SparkPeople To me, it’s not fair to be on a team and not be active. So, for that reason, and not because this isn’t a great team, I’m leaving the team. I’ll still be on SP but will be limiting my time to the team I am a co-leader of. I wish you all the best. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:42:36 EST Flea Medication - Poll? A little poll here? How many of you use flea meds? What kind? Did it work for you? <BR> <BR> My Missy who is no longer here, never ever had fleas, but then never even went on the front porch. <BR> <BR> I brought fleas home to my Mitty, I tried to avoid the flea meds but finally gave in...I hope I don't kill my cat. Matty has been treated as well. I guess fleas hitch rides....and of course fleas love me too...I get nice and itchy for 4 days, treating with calamine lotion and other anti ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:13:02 EST Intro to Me and my kitties Hello all! I am a native Texan, 49, mother/grandmother, and need to loose 78 lbs to reach my goal. We used to breed, raise, and show the Munchkin cat breed. We now only have 5 left: Rosie Cotton Bar Maid, Lady Varda Star Maker, Lady Krissy, Feather, and Dracula. These are wonderful cats that love to be with their humans. Mine are a constant source of comfort and friendship. We live out in the country, I do not work and am home alone during the day. They keep me company and make sure t... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:14:57 EST What is the funniest thing that your cat has done? My cat fudge,loves to play with straws, he will take them out of cups,and takes them away before he plays with them. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:48:43 EST Why does he do it? Can someone give me an idea why Orzo does the things he does. He will not eat the food I have for him. Okay, I guess he is picky. I thought it was because he had lost the 5 teeth he lost last year (before I got him) and he figured the food too hard, though he is just as picky about canned like the vet gave him. The deal is, he is going around trying to eat my purse and a small bag that goes inside it, my shoes, books -- just about anything he can get his mouth on. If he finds a piece of ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:34:55 EST Adult cats that want to suckle We have 2 adult cats whose mother was killed when they were kittens. They were bottle fed. Now that they are grown they still want to suckle on blankets and clothing. They will get on a lap and want to be petted. Then they will start to try to suckle on that person's clothing. <BR> <BR> I can't go back in time and keep their mom alive, but is there anything I can do to stop or redirect the suckling? Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:51:36 EST How many points to you get on your Spark spins? I know this can be a little boring, but it helps me not to forget to spin for the day. I also like to see how many people win things, or get extra bonus goodie points. <BR> <BR> And of course I like getting the trophies for perfect attendance..I'm a list kind of person :) <BR> <BR> Today I got <BR> <BR> 5 + 5 bonus spin Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:26:01 EST As you can tell by my Spark Page I love my cat!!!! We have a cat who we rescued from a neglectful situation in a "well known pet store chain"(he was barely 3 weeks old and was being fed pellet SDiet/Iams, and was neutered just after turning 3 weeks old and was set to be put to sleep within a week). He was just a tiny furball that could fit in the palm of your hand and we didnt know if he would even survive. But now it's 4 + years later and that itty bitty kitten is now 30+ pounds!! He's a rare (not even acknowledged by the CFA b... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:48:33 EST Dew-Claw Not sure if any one you recall my story of going to the vet because my Matty's dew claw was growing back and bleeding a bit. "trust me I would NEVER declaw a cat again" was because of our 2 birds and my husband insisted or we couldn't get the cats...unless I promised.. <BR> <BR> But anyway, the strangest thing happened, I decided to put him on the antibiotics because it did look a little I was sitting on the porch with Matty and decided to check how it is doing which I d... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:36:37 EST What do you do when a craving strikes? Thought we can share some of the things you might do to avoid giving in to a craving? <BR> <BR> I grab a cold fruit flavored green tea, I do put a little agave nectar in it. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:30:30 EST "My Cat from Hell" - cat whisperer Not sure if most of you have access "The Animal Planet" TV programming, but for those having issues with spraying where they shouldn't be, beating up or intimidating your other cats or dog, biting you or guests, lashing our, etc. you many want to watch some of his videos. <BR> <BR> He has helped many people to correct any bad behavior. You might want to watch some of his videos, just because his shows are awesome and it is amazing how he turns things around. <BR> <BR> He is what one might ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 06:01:51 EST Prayers needed I know this isn't cat-related, but there are quite a few pet owners here that can understand...especially since we've been talking about the Rainbow Bridge lately. <BR> <BR> My sister is at the vet right now having her 12-year-old schnauzer, Captain, put to sleep. He has been getting sicker over the last few months with doggie dementia, arthritis, and giant fluid-filled cysts around his neck. He has had urinary issues with having to go out several times at night, and there is nothing they ca... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:08:16 EST What is your cat's favorite human food? My Matty loves yogurt, the fruit flavored kind, Mitty she doesn't like anything but her cat food. <BR> <BR> My Missy that went over the Rainbow Bridge, loved potato chips, cheerios, french fries..she would sit and stare willing me to give her some...which of course I did. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:46:54 EST 101 Positively Powerful "Weight Loss Affirmations 101 Positively Powerful "Weight Loss Affirmations" by Nathan Cadbury. <BR> <BR> Each day I'll share a new one from the book <BR> <BR> 1. "I accept my ideal weight as my coming reality" <BR> <BR> Feel free to comment, or if you have any diet motivational quotes, please share. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:10:51 EST TV or Not to TV Please check out my blog, I have the link TV or Not to TV? What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=NEVERGIVEUP57 </link> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:57:48 EST What do you feed your cat(s)? I like to take polls <em>334</em> and would like to start one.... <BR> <BR> What do you feed your cat(s), soft or dry? <BR> <BR> What brand? <BR> <BR> What treats to you give them (brand)? <BR> <BR> How old is your cat? Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:35:08 EST Hair Balls? My cats have long hair so they are constantly bringing up hair balls..well not constantly but regularly. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of your cats had complications, that might have caused surgery. I worry that the hair balls can cause issues, blockage, etc. <BR> <BR> My Mitty grooms her brother Matty a lot and seems most of her hair balls has his lighter fur in it and of course he is a sheds a lot. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:33:05 EST Raise your hand if you are still active here... <em>213</em> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:53:27 EST Rainbow Bridge I know we like to remember our pet's that crossed over the Rainbow Bridge <em>437</em> . <BR> <BR> I for one loved my "Missy" who passed away from esophagus cancer November 2011, she was 14 years old. Talk about the pain of it all. I missed the signs that she was sick, she was losing weight slowly and I just thought because she was getting older and eating less, not to mention she was throwing up here and there...if only I wasn't so darn stupid!!! I would have taken her in a heart beat... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:37:16 EST Funny Cat Pictures I think for this one, you'll need to post a link to the picture. <BR> <BR> SkinnyRobin shared this link on Let's have fun.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>url=http%3A%2F%2Ffunnyimagejokes.blogs<BR><BR>.html&h=0&w=0&sz=1&tbnid=Y0NHVJ32gZg5e<BR>M&tbnh=195&tbnw=258&zoom=1&docid=zwR6l<BR>QuFo7ocrM&ei=VXzsUfeyOa2-4APOs4C4CA&ved=0CAIQsCU </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:28:18 EST Cat Names A-Z K, so another one "thanks breakingfree for the ideas"!! <BR> <BR> So let's start with "A", next person would do "B", etc. etc. <BR> <BR> So who wants to start with "A"??? Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:21:37 EST Funny Cat Antics - have any good ones? As I wasn't exactly sure what antics meant (in total) I looked it here it goes... <BR> <BR> "clowning, tricks, stunts, mischief, larks, capers, pranks, frolics, escapades, foolishness, silliness, playfulness, skylarking, horseplay, buffoonery, tomfoolery, monkey tricks" <BR> <BR> So what might you have to share? <BR> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:20:15 EST Cat bravery One of my cats, Turtle, is a tiny 7 lb. calico. She is small but mighty, and doesn't hesitate to protect her big brother when the other cats try to bully him, or to give as good as she gets when playing. But she is very cautious about the outdoors, never going more than 2 or 3 feet past the door onto he deck, and getting spooked if someone closes the door or there is a loud noise. <BR> <BR> Until last night. <BR> <BR> Around 10:30 I was hearing small clanging noises, figured it was the cats... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 06:47:02 EST Your Cat Facts! So how many cats do you have, what are their names and how much do they weigh and perhaps how you came to be there mom. <BR> <BR> Matty - male - 21 months old - 13 lbs <BR> Mitty - female - 21 months old - 8 lbs <BR> <BR> We adopted them when they were 3 months old (litter mates) from a Joyful rescue. They keep them until they are old enough to spay/neuter (first vet visit free, shots, de-wormed and de-fleaed) before placing in homes. So for $76 each, we were blessed with lovely cats and ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:57:24 EST Let's have fun! So I thought we could play some games, trivia, ask fun questions etc. here! If you have a new topic or fun idea, let me know <em>334</em> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:49:58 EST New Co-Team Leader Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. I requested to be added as co-leader and to leave KnittingKitty on as team leader, as I have a strong feeling she'll be back. <BR> <BR> I could tell all of you didn't really need anyone as the team is faring along pretty well. <BR> <BR> I have two cats, Mitty and Matty, they are litter mates. They'll be 2 years old on September 1 from what I was told when I adopted them from Joyful Rescues. We lost our Missy at the age of 14 from cancer whi... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 04:43:29 EST What a day yesterday - I know you will understand! Only us true cat lovers would here is my long story from yesterday..I blogged this but wanted to share here as well.... <BR> <BR> I was all worked up because I had to take my male cat "matty" to the vet..we had his front paws declawed (which I would never do again) when he was 5 months old. In order for me to adopt Mitty and Matty my husband had me promise we would because of the keep them safe from being killed or used as a toy. <BR> <BR> Long story short his thu... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:15:43 EST Kitty that wobbles - Cerebellar hypoplasia Does anyone here have one of these? <BR> <BR> I have, what I think, is a high-level functioning mild case of CH in a foster kitten, we've affectionately named Wobbles. He's quite affectionate...especially when he is purring and leans up against you for support...but then falls down anyway. He eats, plays, drinks and uses the litter box like a normal kitten (he's about 4 months old), but he has a bit of a swagger when he walks...really cute. <BR> <BR> He currently has an odd protrusion fro... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:37:34 EST New diagnosis of diabetes for my cat :-( I just found out my 6 1/2 yr old male cat has diabetes. I didn't know cats could get diabetes - but apparently males are at an increased risk, as are overweight cats. My cat isn't really that overweight -- he's 14 pounds, but he's a pretty tall and muscular cat. <BR> <BR> I have to bring him back to the vet on Wednesday, to learn how to give insulin shots twice a day and how to test his blood glucose once a week. My vet told me that he has a 50/50 chance of reverting back to "normal" after ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:02:56 EST Hi I'm back I have been gone for 3 years. Yo Yoing .I'm Judy. I have bad arthritis and need /want to loose 90 pounds. I find it very difficult to walk as my feet hurt so much. I work at a no kill shelter with cats. I am a TLC giver. That means I work with cats that have been so mistreated that they are so scared to death . They are not adoptable. So with plenty of TLC I get them back to where they trust people again and can be adoptable. It's a lot of work . But now I need some TLC in helping me to loose... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:27:24 EST Who is the team leader? Does anyone know who the team leader is? I see KnittingKitty, but she has not been active on her spark home page for sometime? If any of you want to take over leader ship or co-leader with her you can request it through the technical/site help. Or perhaps the site is functioning well enough without a leader. Just a thought. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=5 </link> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:49:59 EST Did You Know - Let's have fun! Thought I would start a thread of did you know facts! It is fun..have one going on my GI team! <BR> <BR> Did you know... <BR> <BR> white cats with blue eyes are usually deaf Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:44:11 EST Bitter apple Has anyone used Bitter Apple for Cats? Orzo has now been eating all my plants (and throwing one on the floor) and has started eating my purse, a pouch that is usually in my purse, my camera strap and any piece of paper he finds. I tried spraying things with a solution of cayenne pepper and water, but it just clogged the spray bottle. The one plant I got some of it on Orzo started to eat after it was sprayed with cayenne. He is also throwing up a lot and I think it may be because he keeps ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 15:51:38 EST My babies (Mimi and Eamon) and I are new. Hi! Hello everyone. I am indeed a cat lover and when I saw this team I just knew I had to join. <BR> Right now, my poor baby Mimi (6 months old) is at the vet. She has been pretty sick, and the first vet seems to have ignored her symptoms (or perhaps he just never did the tests he should have) and now she seems to be in pretty bad shape after I took her to a second vet. That second opinion turns out to be pretty necessary though we still aren't sure what's wrong with her. I am pretty sad about t... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 05:18:08 EST New crazy cat lady in town Hi feline fans, <BR> My name is Lindsey. I joined Spark yesterday. I have a 13 year old cat that I adopted 5 years ago, when she was 8 years old. She's a whopping 6 pounds and basically a little furball of love. The only way I will be successful on Spark is to have more friends to hold me accountable and to inspire me, so please add me as a friend! I'll add back! <BR> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:14:30 EST Sensitiv /Nervous Stomach issues My Louie-Boy has had issues since I first brought him home 2 years ago. I'm convinced that's why someone gave him up - so sad. Anyway, he was throwing up 4-5x every day, sometimes more. I started experimenting . . . foods, calming escences, belly rubs when he'd let me. I still think it was mostly nerves - he's very sweet, but very nervous! Vet thought it was allergies and to switch to one of the high end foods of lamb??? - but just soooo expensive and couldn't find lamb and didn't feel good a... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:36:12 EST cat calming products Has anyone used them? Do they work? <BR> Have new cat. 22 months old. Maine Coon. Badly scratched me the other day. My rescue, Smokey, put him in his place. <BR> He's friendly mostly. But occasional hisses. & some scratching. Have been trying to be patient. But this is not good. Breeder will try to visit & clip his nails. But if these products work, I might try tot use. <BR> Think he misses his Mom & siblings. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:59:40 EST visiting kitties 2 of my grown children live a distance from me. They have kittens and when they visit me, they bring their cats--my grandkitties. As other grandparents have baby beds and swings, I have extra litter boxes and kitty toys. The cats who live with me hate the invaders! They become scarce, yet needy! Does anyone else ever have guest cats? Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:33:37 EST PLEASE READ! Severe Weather Tracking On-Line I just posted a blog with important information I wanted to share: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373755 </link> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:34:00 EST Greetings Other Cat Crazies Hi All, I am Patricia and I am new to SparkPeople (2 weeks). I live with my son, 2 dogs and 5 cats and an assorted number of ferals. I belong also to Alley Cat Allies, so my love of the fur babies runs deep. I came on here to get healthy and hope I can be of some help to others and hope you all can maybe help me too. I know that right now I am still really motivated...but will that fizzle out with time??....I hope not but nothing has worked for the long term up to now. I look forward to inter... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:51:38 EST Another great video to laugh!! <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> This just make me laugh out loud!! Thu, 23 May 2013 09:16:50 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:21 EST Video I was sent this link to a video of Suki. I can't even train Orzo to quit getting into things or not get on my computer when I am doing things on it. And I haven't gotten too far with Cassie, either, though dogs are easier to train I think. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 20 May 2013 00:43:50 EST CRISIS: Cat behavior Hey there, <BR> <BR> I've got a situation on my hands, and I have no idea what to do. I have 2 male cats, Dakota age 12, and Diablo, age 3. They have been together since the younger one was a kitten. They get along great and have the usual alpha male tussling that lasts a few minutes or so. <BR> <BR> This morning, however, I got up and after getting out of the shower, I hear the most awful crying coming from downstairs. I go to investigate, and Diablo is on the back of the couch crying loud... Sun, 19 May 2013 12:01:29 EST Posting pictures of kitties needing home? I've been volunteering to cat sit for the rescue group at my local PetSmart adoption center. Would it be okay if I put up information about the cats available? I'd like to see them find homes. (Note: this would be on my blog. I'm just a little unclear if this would pass muster with the SparkPeople TOS. Sun, 19 May 2013 02:57:29 EST Cats using claws Is there some way to train a cat to not use their claws on you? Orzo isn't going it to me to be mean. On the contrary, it is more because of his love. He does that kneading on my stomach or chest and I have holes all over unless I catch him first. He has even held on to my hand with his claws. The one hand is really sore just below where he had hold of me. He also likes to put his paw on my face like April used to (mostly to Mom), but unlike her he spreads his claws out and comes at my ... Sat, 18 May 2013 23:37:57 EST Faux Fur Kitty Condos - Better than Carpet? I was looking for a new kitty condo and I see some that are made with faux fur instead of carpet. Has anyone bought one of these, and if so, how do they hold up in comparison to the carpet covered ones? <BR> <BR> I have 7 cats, and they all use the one condo that I have, but I really need at least 1-2 more. I found a configuration that I really like but it's made out of the faux fur. It doesn't seem to be as durable as carpet, but I was wondering if anyone has any advice about which is bett... Sun, 12 May 2013 18:23:48 EST Indoor cats I am keeping Orzo as an indoor cat because of wild animals and other hazards to cats around here. I did the same when I had April, though she was a lot faster at sneaking out. Orzo is also acting like he is trying to sneak out again. <BR> <BR> Do others with indoor only cats have troubles with them trying to sneak out? What do you do to keep them from sneaking out when you go outside? I can understand Orzo trying to sneak out if he was indoor/outdoor at his former home. I got April when... Fri, 3 May 2013 21:42:51 EST Got surprised today With all Orzo's aggravation with Cassie, he totally surprised me today. Cassie was half in my lap while he was over by the window. He decided it was time to get up by me, but with the dog there? He went around the chair and hopped up to the right side of my lap and let Cassie stay in my lap the way she was (about two/thirds of the way up). He kept putting his nose on her hip, but no problems at all. The other day he made the brave, but unwise mistake, of sticking his nose in her face and... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:28:57 EST Share A Cat Story This is the story of my cat Katie...I wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR><BR>eet-katie-bug/ <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the link into your browser. <BR> <BR> =^..^= <BR> <BR> Missy <BR> <em>240</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:08:51 EST Wanted to say HI and tell a story Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group; actually didn't know it existed till I saw a friend's page that had it listed! I added a couple pictures of Martini on my spark page. This is rather a funny story, Martini is my son-in-laws cat. My daughter and (at the time) future son-in-law lived me with for a few years and they had Martini. They knew I didn't like cats at all, but I told them he could stay, he would just have to say in the basement. I know that sounds mean and it was (now th... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:33:35 EST Howdy Cat Lovers! How did I not know there was a Cat Lover's team on SP. I've been commited to using SP for a little over 2yrs- joined earlier, but it took me a while to get it together. Looking forward to getting fit with my furry felines, Tiggeriffic, and Piggy Wiggy( because of how he eats, not because he's fat!). Also looking forward to hearing about everyone Else's' buddies. <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 00:24:50 EST medicine Hi everyone. Lately, my cat has been driving me up a wall. He tends to get into everything, jumps on stuff, knocks things over, etc. He is just very hyper, and every morning he meows and gets hyper at that time the most, and I'm not sure why that is. I heard from someone that prozac can help them. Does anyone on here happen to have hyper cats and give them any type of medication? Is that a good idea? I am also considering getting him a calming collar with the lavender scent which I heard can ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:55:29 EST Driving me crazy!!! My younger cat, Diablo, drives me crazy. He is 3 years old and still acts like a kitten, and we actually still call him by that name..."Kitten". Anyway, he is like a toddler in that he loves to get into EVERYTHING and is so nosy. When we're sitting in the living room, he'll be on the dining table pushing papers or whatnot around or even off the table. We have a hutch that holds some junk as well, and as I type, he is up there knocking my recipes off!. Be right <BR> <BR> I actually... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:58:28 EST My Cat almost died this last week.. Thurs I woke up to a kitty that could hardly move. Wheezing and coughing! My female kitty is indoor,she sat in same spot for an hour so I called vet and took her in when I saw no interest in water or when I went to examine her she cried out. She was running a temp of 103 Xrays clear she simply had an infection! What happened we beiieve is a bite from playing too hard with one of my other cats.The bite was to the neck area. With antibiotic and fever check this last saturday all i... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:19:47 EST Pet food recalls Natura has recalled pet foods for cats, dogs and ferrets. These include Innova, California Natural, Healthwise and EVO. It seems like all pet foods without chemicals in them are being recalled nowadays. I have found 2 all natural ones that haven't been recalled yet (I think). I don't know if either makes cat food. One of them the dog food is at least twice as much as any other on the market. <BR> <BR> Orzo won't eat the canned unless it is left for several days (that is for him to eat a... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:59:19 EST Cat Getting Underfoot When Exercising Hi, everyone! I'm new to the group! I have a question for you all. I adopted my Yuki in November. He is 11 months old now and he's my little buddy. It's just the two of us in my apartment and he is definitely the pampered king ruling it. He keeps trying to play and get my attention when I am exercising. Just today, he sat directly under my face when I was doing kettlebell pushups with rows so I smushed my face into his belly when I did the push up. I am worried about kicking him or hitting hi... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:43:57 EST Hello Everyone Hello there! <BR> I actually joined yesterday, but never got around to visiting my teams. So here I am now. <em>30</em> <BR> I have been married for 8 years. We have 2 children. We also have 7 cats. I work in the produce department of a local grocery store. <BR> I actually had a friend refer me to Spark and so here I am. I liked what I saw and think it's gonna help me. My goal is to create a healthier lifestyle for me & my family. <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:39:47 EST Funny birthday cake idea / cat treats I just wanted to share this idea I found for a birthday cake I'm going to make for my daughter's best friend (turning 20 on Friday): <BR> <BR><BR>-box-cake.html <BR> <BR> I personally think it's genius. I even got the little scoop, but I'm just going to use a regular cake pan. <BR> <BR> Secondly, my cats go ga-ga over treats. If I give them treats in a certain location, say the loveseat in the living room, every time I walk into the room, they prac... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:05:28 EST Newbie to the group I joined SP last week and am looking around for I was so happy to see there are cat lovers among us (but not surprised!). <BR> <BR> I have 2 fuzzy boys who are my loves, Dakota and Diablo. I feel that owning pets is a huge part of stress relief, and I love taking care of them as much as they take care of me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to say hello! <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:52:31 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:33 EST Hello Fellow Cat Lovers Hi there! I have three cats! Two flame point siamese and one big fluffy black and white. <BR> They are like my fur children and act like it too. Chino is the oldest and he is your typical cat fat lazy and loves attention when he feels like it. Tolkien is my cowardly lion. He is very sensitive and loves playing fetch but only with Q-tips....he thinks they come from the shower and demands one everytime you shower. Mimo is my youngest he is the annoying little brother and plays fetch and... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:25:22 EST aka IZZYBEBOP I use to be IZZYBEBOP but opened up a new account and was a member of this team so I wanted to rejoin. <BR> <BR> I have two cats, Izzy and BeBop. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:41:33 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm glad I found a team out here that loves cats! I just wanted to introduce myself! I live in the Twin Cities Metro Area (MN) with my 6 year old all white cat. His name is Mordecai. I'll have to post a photo of him soon, he's pretty handsome. <BR> <BR> As for myself I'm by no means new to Spark. This is the 3rd time I think I've joined the site. In 2011 I tried but I was working 40 hours a week and going to school 36 hours a week, it just didn't work out as far... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:26:25 EST cat problem starting I don't know what is going on with Orzo, but I just went to set my phone down and he hissed, struck at me and bit me. I mean an actual bite, not a love bite. This is the second time he has attacked me in the past 3 days. Cassie wasn't all that close to him and wasn't doing anything. He has been getting nasty at her again, too, when they were doing so good. What do I do? My arm hurts now. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:02:14 EST Poor Orzo Yesterday Orzo ended up in a tub of water. I was drying off and draining the tub and he jumped in it. He just stood there until I asked him what he was doing. Then he jumped out and up on the counter to eat. Then today he tried to jump on the counter to eat and fell off backwards. Not only did that scare him, but Cassie rushed over and scared hiim more. It just wasn't his couple of days. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 23:41:15 EST Hi There New here and enjoying checking out the pages and teams. <BR> Glad to see there's a cat lovers team out here! <BR> I have 13 year old black kitty named Gwen. <BR> :-) Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:10:55 EST BEWARE! SPAMMER ALERT!!! I had this comment on my latest blog "Valentines Day: A&I KISSES WK2 Blog": <BR> <BR> URBANMINSTRELBB <BR> 2/13/2013 3:54PM <BR> Want to see a funny animated Valentine's Day song? <BR> <BR> <BR> The username isn't a member of this site, the link wasn't clickable and I didn't search for it, but I did report it and then deleted it. Tanya from Spark People replied via e-mail: <BR> <BR> "Thank you for your report. When I click the link I find a funny valentine messa... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:57:30 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Jeanne and I live in Georgia with a pair of dogs and a pair of kittens! The kittens are 6 month old silver tabby siblings and were adopted from the GA SPCA. Porter is my big, strong boy kitty, who thinks he's more of a puppy than a kitten. He loves to play with my Corgi pup Pippin. Bell is smaller and more cautious. Unfortunately, Bell is scaring us to death with some liver failure symptoms right now. We're waiting on more blood work to come in, but it looks like she has either... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:32:01 EST Hi Cat Lovers! Hello! I'm pretty new to Sparkpeople and very new to this group! I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with my husband and our cat baby. She's a one-year-old tortie, very mischievous but sweet! Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:35:18 EST Cats may be our best friend! Check out this great study (it just backs up what we all know anyway): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-may-be-the-real-mans-best-friend </link> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:35:15 EST Newbie here I'am TEXASC925 from Houston. I have a tabby cat named fudge, he has a brothe rnamed sunshine, but hes with a female cat. next week fudge is getting fixed. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 20:45:48 EST cats ears just curious how do you clean cats ears? Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:00:59 EST Declawing question I read in another topic where someone said declawing was pretty traumatic. I was wondering if that is how most of you think or not. I have heard before that it is very traumatic and have even heard that many vets do not approve of it. I was talking to a friend of mine and she said I should get Orzo declawed because he wouldn't be able to do anything to Cassie that way. She had a cat that they were advised to declaw by her vet. II am not planning to have Orzo declawed if I can help it. H... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:32:47 EST fur loss I will take my 1 year old cat Steve to the vet soon...when i find one I can trust (I have trust issues <em>39</em> ). But, does anyone have any ideas about fur loss? Steve has a tough start in life. At our house, he's been healthy and living outside and happy as a clam, but he now lives inside and got two siblngs Anyway, he seems to be losing his fur, although I don't see it fall out or shed. And I don't see furballs anywhere. I thought he was stressed from moving inside and getting si... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:00:13 EST Da Bird I love this cat toy! I have been able to engage all 3 cats in play when hissing and unsocial behaivors were starting. I got my cats 13 yrs,2 yrs and 7 months to begin enjoying play time together. My cats actually cartwheel after this toy. Anyone else have one? It has all kids of ad ons! I think I got mine right before Christmas. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:30:57 EST Asking for prayer I need your prayers. I have been looking for just the right apart. for 3 years, tomorrow I have an interview @ one. GOD has given me a sence of peace about it, but still I seek prayer. This apart. also accepts small animals! Most of them do not. I can already see GOD's hand in this. <BR> <BR> Deb & LingLing Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:34:22 EST Getting cat and dog to get along A dog breeder friend of mine gave me one of her dogs yesterday. Cassie is fine with the cat but Orzo did NOT like her coming in the house. He seems to have calmed down some today. Yesterday he attacked her for just trying to get some attention and had Cassie running for her life. I think Orzo realizes that she isn't going to be mean to him, but is jealous now. Is ther a way to get him more comfortable around her? He did sneak a sniff of her today instead of just hissing and humping his... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:51:47 EST Hello! Cat lovers, unite! Hi, I am Gloria. I have been on SparkPeople before but didn't really utilize the forums and community support back then. This time, I definitely am! I have three kitties, all of them are old. I had five and I miss the other two terribly, but we aren't getting any new ones for a while. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:30:35 EST Needing sleep One would think I have a female in heat. Can anyone tell me how to shut Orzo up in the early morning? Yesterday I didn't fall asleep until 5;00 and he started yowling at me at 6:30 because he wanted me to turn on the water in the bathtub so he could get a drink. I had gotten him fresh water in his bowl just a few hours before and he had drank from the faucet just before I went to bed. This morning I had to get up at 4:00 and he was not interested in getting a drink from the faucet. At le... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:57:38 EST cat in heat????? this is weird but, My male cat has been missing for a week Thursday,but there is a female cat in heat, So my question is how long are cats in heat?and will my cat come home? Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:50:15 EST collars I got Orzo one of those break-away collars and a tag with his name and my phone number so just in case he sneaks out someone could get him back to me. It is also required if you adopt from Dumb Friends. He took it off about a half hour after I put it on him. I guess he just stuck his paw through and pulled and the fastener came apart. So I put the one from Dumb Friends back on him and later put his new one back on. he took the Dumb Friends one off last night. So far he has the new one o... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:13:37 EST New here & neighborhood cat visitor Hello all! I'm new to SparkPeople and this group and really enjoying this site. A big, beautiful fluffy cat has been visiting my house 3-4 times per week crying for food. I have three house cats and plenty of food and fed him -- this is why he comes back. He is very assertive and will run into my garage when I arrive home or try to come in the front door when I am checking the mail. Once he did get inside and bolted for the kitchen and while I'm trying to catch him/chase him out, he mana... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:19:03 EST KoKo and CeCe first Snow My two cats are house cats and only one year old. <BR> So a couple of weeks ago they saw their first snow. <BR> I tried to get them to go out onto the deck but they just sniffed and wouldn't go out! <BR> They are such babies they probably thought it was too cold!! LOL <BR> <BR> I did get a couple of pictures while they were watching the big flakes. <BR> KoKo was trying to catch the ones that came close to the window. <BR> <link><BR>081140/in/set-721... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:33:51 EST Update on my cat - Vince Hi <BR> <BR> Many of you were really supportive when I found out my cat Vince had cancer and I wanted to give you a quick update on how he's doing. <BR> <BR> He had a great Christmas - especially great because the vet said 'spoil him - just feed him whatever he wants' - so he overdosed on turkey, and claimed all the Christmas boxes as new beds and sleeping places for him. <BR> <BR> Although the long term diagnosis isn't great, he is continuing to maintain his weight, and is really happy an... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:49:29 EST Cats can speak English and Rhyme! Take it from me, watch out what you say about your cat when she's not looking. She may just get "catty" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:37:48 EST Funny Cat Spark Article! I loved this and wanted to share! <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ght_loss_dos_and_donts_from_hilarious_<BR>cat_videos </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 05:17:23 EST Orzo is gassy I haven't ever noticed it in the other cats I have had before, but Orzo seems to be really gassy. I know with the dogs that is often with the food they eat. Is that the same way with cats or could it be from him not chewing his food. He was on Science Diet when they had him at the Petco and we got the rest of the bag (almost full) for $1 and then I got him some BG which I have been putting a little of in to get him transferred over. The cats I had before, except for April, had cheap stuff... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 01:50:24 EST What unusual thing does your cat love to play with My cats, KoKo and CeCe, are so much fun to watch playing. <BR> I have been surprised at things they play with. You don't always have to buy fancy cat toys! LOL All though they do love them too. <BR> <BR> My two found a "plastic zip tie" a couple of months ago. They love it! It is one that is a heavy duty kind and about 12 inches long. They chew on it, carry it around, but when they get me to laughing is when they throw it up in the air! Makes me think of a couple of dogs! <BR> <BR> Ano... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:57:30 EST Not really new I have been on and off spark since I stumbled upon it in 2008. I have had several accounts, but I have kept this one since I created it in 2010. I have problems with motivation so I tend to start off strong, but eventually fizzle out and poof. <BR> <BR> I decided that I was going to wait until after the holidays to try to lose weight. So here I am, again. I keep trying so I'm hoping that one day I will stay motivated and keep at it. <BR> <BR> I am 36 yrs old, married with 2 children. We al... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:11:25 EST Cat Proverbs I founf this online wanted to share. <BR> Cat Proverbs <BR> <BR> Page 1 <BR> <BR> "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." - Colonial proverb <BR> <BR> "In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." - English proverb <BR> <BR> "Beware of people who dislike cats." - Irish proverb <BR> <BR> "An old cat will not learn how to dance." - Moroccan Proverb <BR> <BR> "After dark all cats are leopards." - Native American Proverb <BR> <BR> A cat may look at ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:06:59 EST A craft project for cat lovers <link><BR>/may/28/make-a-kitty-cushion-for-a-bat<BR>tersea-cat </link> <BR> <BR> Must have a look to see if I've got any wadding . . . Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:33:31 EST Happy holidays to everyone Just wanted to say Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New year, and to my Jewish friends hope you had a Happy Hanukkah ! I hope everyone has a safe,happy time right now with family, friends and fur babies =) <BR> Lisa Sun, 23 Dec 2012 12:18:57 EST Hi Hello. My name is Lynn and I am 40, married 16 years this month and have 5 furry babies. Our cats are our children and we love them. But I am not healthy carrying all this weight. And I want to be healthy for my little angels... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 11:21:20 EST Amazing Sensitivity I know more about dogs and horses sensitivities, but Orzo showed me how sensitive to their owners cats can be today. I got a card of sympathy for the loss of my dog today and completely lost it. Orzo hasn't been here a full week yet, but after a short time on the back of my chair he jumped down and gave me as much love as he possibly could. I feel so blessed that no one else wanted him and I got him. When they passed up Orzo they passed up a gem. <BR> <BR> Darlene Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:59:14 EST New Cat Mommy Hi all. I have had cats before, but not for about 14 years or so. My dogs, though growing up in the house with the cat, didn't like her and she didn't like them (actually, probably more her fault since she was always hissing and growling at them from birth). I had to send my dog to the Bridge a couple weeks ago and decided to get a cat for a while before I get another dog which I will eventually. I think the cat I adopted will get along with dogs since he has been checking everywhere they... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:44:44 EST Hi team Hi team , <BR> My name is Gary and l love cats and have a much loved Pud whos name is Bubba , and 15 <BR> month old , l came accross this team and joined it as l think l can learn a lot from being part <BR> of this team to make Bubbas life a happier one and also enjoy the company and chatting to other cat lovers Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:29:41 EST CAT JOKE - How to punish your human being :-) Hi everybody! I got another funny cat joke. Enjoy! <em>100</em> Chelsea <BR> <BR> **A CAT'S THOUGHTS ON PUNISHING YOUR HUMAN BEING** <BR> <BR> Sometimes, despite your best training efforts, your human will stubbornly resist bending to your whim. In these extreme circumstances, you may have to punish your human. Obvious punishments, such as scratching furniture or eating household plants, are likely to backfire; the unsophisticated humans are likely to misinterpret the activities and t... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:26:35 EST Sad Poem, but inspiring! WHILST ON HOLIDAY ABROAD <BR> <BR> “Is it nothing to you, all ye who pass by…?(Lamentations 1 v12) <BR> <BR> <BR> What would you do with a little blind kitten <BR> A kitten of three weeks old? <BR> Chased from a room <BR> By a woman with a broom <BR> Whilst her children laugh and scold. <BR> Standing with your wife, as it flees for its life, <BR> As it scrambles past the feet <BR> Of the walkers on the street, <BR> You ask yourself the question: <BR> (Have you really any option?) <BR> “Wh... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 05:32:38 EST KoKo and CeCe love their Christmas gift!! Just thought I would share how much fun my two cats are having with their new Christmas gift. The moment the box was in the door they were trying to open it! LOL <BR> It took me a couple of hours to put it together but it was worth it! <BR> They seem to really like it!! <BR> Here are some photos...... <BR> <link><BR>ed=1 </link> <BR> What are your babies getting for Christmas??? <BR> JO Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:57:44 EST Hard Question ...Death and New Cats I hope it ok to ask these questions. I am just curious as to other people's opinions here. <BR> <BR> 1. As you may know my cat Emily was put down yesterday. She had a tumor and it seemed like she was wandering around the house looking for a place to die...she wanted to go outside and I would have taken her out and watched her, but it was pouring buckets outside. Oreo, her "brother" went behind the washing machine a few months ago and died naturally...we had no idea it was coming, even tho... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:33:30 EST Difficult 24 hours it's been a really difficult 24 hours. My cat was listless and not eating on Sunday, so Monday morning, when he still wasnt asking for food we took him to the vet hospital. they kept him in, and we assumed it was a flare up of his old problems (he's had liver, kidney and heart problems and was quite poorly just over a year ago). However, this time they've identified that he has cancer. There's more tests to do, and they're saying that it is likely he has had this for a while and what may... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:17:17 EST Put Cat Down Todahy I had to put my sweet cat down today. Emily was almost 18 years old. She was the sweetest cat and smart and I loved her so much. I am just really sad and miss her so much. Her "brother" died earlier this year and she went down hill after that. Just miss her. Its like an end of an era for my family. <BR> <BR> You know, it's awful. I've beaten myself up thinking I should have done this or that. I still don't know if this was the best idea. She just laid on my lap as I drove to the vet... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:26:13 EST Good mental health for cat lovers 'Tis the season when everyone seems to be happy....and there you are in the corner of the room holding your cat and petting it like crazy. <BR> <BR> You are not alone, as my cats will swear, and there are some quick and simple ways to feel better during those long nights and cloudy days. <BR> <BR> I've posted a blog on SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's a form of depression that can be easily handled and your cat will thank you for being a good owner. <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 17:28:13 EST Scared to ask this, because I Googled it... My anxiety is increasing in my chest by the second, it seems like... <BR> <BR> Paisley is a Tortie. She's about 12 and a half (I rescued her, so I don't really know). Lately I've noticed that the brown in her right eye is .. growing. Spreading out. At least I think it is. They're brown marks on her iris. I googled it, and found some results about it being a "precancerous sign". But I also found some people, all who had Torties, say that this is just something Torties can get. My friend who h... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:45:09 EST Cat Joke - "Cat's Diary" I found this joke online by "anonymous" and it is just too funny not to share. Enjoy! Chelsea, Baby and Lucy (my two cats approved!) <BR> <BR> Cat Diary <BR> <BR> Joke submitted by: Anonymous <BR> <BR> Day 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tom... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:47:23 EST Question about cat behavior Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I have two cats: Lucy and Baby (male). During the day they sleep together, snuggling and even bathe each other. Then, at night, he attacks her and just becomes really ornery, sometimes becoming really mean. If I try to stop it, he tries to bite me. I don't get it at all. They are both fixed and have been together from the time he was 10 months old and she, 1 year old, both from the SPCA. They were both born in 2007, she in January and he in March. ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:50:29 EST Kitten Advice I really miss helping raise kittens. There's nothing quite like a momma cat trusting you to be part of the birth and raising of a litter. <BR> I think it has a lot to do with my desire to have a baby of my own and my need to nurture. <BR> I told my fiancé that I would really like to breed cats on a very small scale. He's against it because he "claims" he doesn't like cat. He LIES! He loves my Athena more than I do. The feeling is mutual between them. <BR> I think his main concern is my sof... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 03:43:40 EST Mitty and Matty Hi, I'm a proud owner of litter mates which by looking at their pictures you would never know. They do have the same fluffy tail, furry paw pads, and hinnies. We lost our Missy last November and adopted Mitty and Matty that same month..I could not bear to be without fur balls. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I come and go on spark...struggling and at my heaviest. But I like to think I'll never give up.. <BR> <BR> Love cats..check out Catsters, really cool site and they send you an email newsletter w... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:23:01 EST Adorable kitty keeps coming around my house This is torture!! This cute girl kitty keeps coming around my house, sleeps on top of my screen porch and now since I went out and pet her for a while and gave her some treats, she is meowing outside my window! I want to take her in! But I have 4 cats already (all male too). And I'm not sure if she maybe belongs to a neighbor? But she is so hungry and desperate for attention and her face and ears are quite dirty so maybe not? ugh......I don't know what to do! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:12:41 EST I am a new cat lover to this group! Hi my name is Candice. I love love love cats. If I could have a ton of cats I would. I have one female cat her name is Wicca and she is 12 years old. I recently moved to my boyfriends house and Wicca was my cat so she was the only cat I could take with me. She absolutely loves being an only cat she is so spoiled. At one point in my life we had seven cats living with me at my Mums house it was absolutely amazing because everywhere you went in the house there would be a cat. <BR> <BR> Well it... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:23:53 EST Incredibly Positive Team I just want to say this team makes me smile. The energy is positive, I love reading the Huddle tags and it feels great visiting here. Have a wonderful week Cat Lovers!! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:03:10 EST Just a Poem I was thinking of my baby boy Blackie. Heres a poem I hope you all enjoy <BR> Cat Poetry <BR> <BR> Black Cat <BR> A cat as black <BR> As blackest coal <BR> Is out upon <BR> His midnight stroll, <BR> His steps are soft, <BR> His walk is slow, <BR> His eyes are gold, <BR> They flash and glow. <BR> And so I run <BR> And so I duck, <BR> I do not need <BR> His black-cat luck. <BR> <BR> Author Unknown <BR> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 05:00:13 EST 4 fluffy kids Hi to all cat lovers.. I'm in need of advice, support, and some new friends. Please join me. Thanx Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:00:59 EST Kitty just finicky or deeper issue? I've tried to find info on this but wondered if anyone else has encountered the same thing. My cat Izzy refuses to poo in her litter box. She uses it to urinate, though. I have multiple boxes and have one without lid and two covered in case she had a preference. The box will be clean and filled with new litter and she still won't use it. She prefers the floor in front of the boxes. We haven't wanted to do anything extreme because it is at least on a cement floor and easy to clean. Any ideas? ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:08:36 EST Newbie cat lover! Hi - I'm Laura and I love cats!! New to SP and just getting the hang of this. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:19:50 EST New to group Hello! I'm new to this group. I have two 6-month old cats named Billy and Miles. They love doing yoga with me and, well, anything I do that they have access to! I'm hoping to meet some friends with the same love of animals and healthy goals that I have. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:23:06 EST Need support: My cat is dying Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Chelsea and I live in south Florida (Broward county). I have two cats, Lucy and Baby, both 5 years old. Baby, the male cat, has been to the vet twice in the last 2 weeks for about $500 and I don't think he is healing. <BR> <BR> Today he threw up almost everything he ate and has lost weight in the last 2 weeks. He meows in a way that just sounds terrible. I will try to bribe this lady I know in my area (just moved here 5 months ago) to take me to the vet ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:35:11 EST Why is this happening? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a six cat family (two adult males, an adult female and three of her kittens, two males and a female who are now six months old). <BR> <BR> I took the three kittens to be fixed and declawed and brought them home yesterday. The mother cat has been aggressive towards the kittens...batting at them, "growling" at them, not letting them sit hear her. She is even "out of sorts" with me since I brought them home. I've also seen her swatting at the big males (who are... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 07:05:01 EST Cute blog: Cats That Look Like Pinup Girls Funny Tumblr, exactly what it sounds like: <BR> <link><BR>m/ </link> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:12:27 EST Maine Coons Rule Hi - it's nice to find a team for cat lovers! This site has something for every one. I have two calico girls who are as different as day and night, each in her own way. I know that playing with your cat is good for both of you. Not a big calorie burner but soothing after a long day. <em>241</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:33:10 EST Maine Coons Rule Hi - it's nice to find a team for cat lovers! This site has something for every one. I have two calico girls who are as different as day and night, each in her own way. I know that playing with your cat is good for both of you. Not a big calorie burner but soothing after a long day. <em>241</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:31:47 EST Cat has a tumor My 17 year old girl cat, Emily, has a tumor on her mammary gland…she has breast cancer. We opted out of surgery because of her age (plus, they said they may not be able to get it all and the cancer could have spread anyway), but now the tumor feels like a pingpong ball on her belly. Does anyone have any advice? She is still eating, drinking, walking around (more gingerly now) and using the litter box. Her "brother" of 17 years passed away about a month ago. It's just odd that she is sick n... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:28:33 EST Needs some help please My dog gave my 2 cats fleas. I've been trying to get rid of them for a couple weeks now from all three of them but now noticed tonight that 1 of my cats has a lot of scabs around her neck. She doesn't wear a collar so is it from the fleas & should I take her to the vet? What product is the best to get rid of fleas. I've put Hartz Ultra Guard on them & have been using the Hartz flea spray that you spray on them & leave on for 10 min then towel dry them & brush them but fleas are still present.... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 23:00:08 EST How to give our cats a pill! How to Give a Cat a Pill <BR> <BR> 1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. <BR> Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cats mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. <BR> Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. <BR> <BR> 2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. <BR> Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.. <BR> <BR> 3. Retrieve cat from b... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:23:19 EST I'm back after two years. Hi (again) everyone! After hitting a rough patch that lasted two years I've decided to come back to Sparkpeople. A lot has has happened since then. I have some really sad news, some sad news and some great news... First the really sad news: my loving friend and companion of almost 15 years, Bo, passed away. It was a very difficult and sad period but also one of joy. I had adopted two kittens some time before to keep him company after his friend, Rex, passed away a year earlier. Now for the sa... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 05:43:37 EST Hi :) Hi, I'm new. My name is Amy, and I love kitties, I have two black cats named Phoebe and Binks, I just posted their photos in the picture section. I look forward to talking to and meeting other cat lovers as well. <em>213</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 15:12:37 EST