SparkPeople Cat Lovers Team Messageboard This group is especially for those who love and own a cat(s), grew up with a cat(s), or who just enjoy their companionship. SparkPeople Cat Lovers Team Messageboard kitty quirks Well, Cinbad (soft C) is having fun with a cheap toy my mother picked up. It is supposed to be a ferret, but it is a round tube with some beads in it it sounds like covered with black fake fur with a tail strip. He hauls it around some of the time and talks to it mostly with it in his mouth. He also does some leaps with it. I guess that is his version of "airs above the ground". He does not like the other cats looking at it, but once in a while in while he has to tolerate Lucinda or Cael... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 03:42:32 EST hyperthyroidism in cats? was wondering if anyone has had a cat diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and what you are doing or have done. i have a cat that was just diagnosed with it and am wondering if anyone has any input on this. <BR> <BR> thank you in advance for you help. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:19:50 EST Cat with CPAP Not exactly like "Cat in the Hat." After a month of using my CPAP machine for Apnea,, and the past 2 weeks sleeping great, last night awakened gasping at 2AM. My cat had stepped on the switch on my machine and turned it off. Started up again, and all was well until about 4AM. I woke up, and heard the machine running, but was getting very little air. The old cat was sleeping..against the air intake! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I guess I can be thankful I'm not allergic to cats, but we are go... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:25:35 EST January 2017 Challenge With the Holidays over and we are wanting to get back into our healthy lifestyle, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - CARDIO - At least 3 times per week <BR> 3 - STRENGTH - At least 2 times per week . <BR> 4 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 5 - PAMPER - Yourself 15 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:46:05 EST December 2016 Challenge With the Holidays upon us and attending Holiday parties, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - EXERCISE - At least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 3 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 4 - EAT - Breakfast every morning. <BR> 5 - SLEEP -8 Hours Each Night. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer yes or no to each goal. Look forward to... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:39:46 EST LOSING OUR PRECIOUS KITTY CHILDREN It goes without saying but...cats do not live long enough. <BR> <BR> I had to put my 4th cat to sleep last Friday. They all had cancer. This one, amazingly, had metastatic breast cancer. She did well for several months and finally deteriorated rapidly and it was over last Friday. <BR> <BR> I say "amazingly," because I had bilateral stage III breast cancer. Mine has not metastasized but it can come back and do this same thing at any time. <BR> <BR> Getting through the grief is the most ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:47:06 EST I'm new I too am a big cat lover. Only have one now. Had to put my best friend of 17yrs down a couple months ago and don't think I will ever get over it. Taffy was a maincoon (spelling?) and such a love. He would climb up and lay in my arms like a baby. Only people like us can understand how we feel. Happy to have found this team. <BR> Need help loosing weight too. Lost 63# in 2004 now back to lose 25# and lots of body fat. Appreciate your help and support <BR> JoAnn Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:54:28 EST Tidy Cat Breeze Does anyone have the Tidy Cat Breeze? Is it worth the price? Mon, 30 May 2016 13:10:40 EST December 2014 Challenge With the Holidays upon us and attending Holiday parties, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - EXERCISE - At least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 3 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 4 - TRACK Your CALORIES. <BR> 5 - SLEEP -8 Hours Each Night. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer yes or no to each goal. Look forward to you par... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:18:09 EST Greetings - I Am New Hello everyone: <BR> <BR> I have always been a cat lover and at present, one cat owns me and his name is Luke. He is a year old and is half Siamese so he has the crossed eyes. Love him to pieces; he is a great joy. <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People and am on a journey to lose 30 pounds. So far the weight is coming off consistently as long as I make sure there is a balance of carbs, fats and proteins (at first I was just counting calories and my weight was not budging). <BR> <BR> I am v... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:16:11 EST New to the team Hi I'm Carrie, new to the team ,I have 2 cats, Sunshine and Fudge Thu, 29 May 2014 08:26:01 EST Feline Acne my friends' cat has feline acne and has tried a cream from the vet without any results. So I told her I'd ask my experts here at the team if any of you have dealt with it and found a cure or other helpful hints to treat it. She also changed the cat water bowl from plastic to glass thinking that might help. Have any of you got some advice? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:54:52 EST I am owned by 4 cats My name is Jaynee and I am owned by 4 cats. <BR> <BR> Baby is a long-haired ragdoll tuxedo. She only weighs 6-1/2#, but she runs the household. She is 5 years old. Baby barely tolerates other cats, though she has had eyes for Panda since she first saw him. We always knew he was around because she would cry and paw at the window when he was out there. <BR> <BR> Panda is formerly feral. He is a shorthair tuxedo who LOOKS the same size as Baby, but is 9-1/2#.. Panda lived outside for 8 years t... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:53:57 EST New product for perio/joint care in cats & dogs I was to my vet yesterday for pre-surgical exam for Chloe (feline) that needs a dental done. Vet stated that it looks like Stomatitis started with her (of course this is one of several kitties in our home with it). She really pushed a new product that just came out by Butler Schein Animal Health called TDC Perio & Joint caps that is to help with periodontal disease and arthritis all in one. Vet stated that she read that this could also help with the Stomatitis and insisted that we try it f... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:13:56 EST Dealing With Feline Herpes Virus It manifests as eye problems for one of my cats. I've done a lot of research and ordered lysine. Anyone have advice? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:51:01 EST Tide causing allergic reactions in dogs/cats Just a message about Tide liquid and Pods for the washing machine and your pets. I started using Tide liquid a few couple of months ago, after about a week or so one of our kitties started itching so bad that he made these big open wounds and was pulling his hair out. We immediately took him to the vet, she was not sure what had caused this (neither did we at the time) treated him with a couple of shots and stated if he was not better within a couple of days she wanted to do a biopsy. Well... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:24:45 EST Is the Furminator too pricy for you? I do, too! I found a great product at WalMart. <BR> <BR> It is called the Shed Monster and costs $9.98 plus tax. "Removes shedding fur while carving through mats and tangles." I have a long haired cat and this is the 'answer'. <BR> <BR> Look for it and give it a try, I'm so glad I did! <em>240</em> Rusty approves, too. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 00:09:25 EST Visit In one month I will be visiting with my "grandkitties" for 6 days I am looking forward to it <BR> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:23:46 EST I'm still here It's been a while since I introduced myself and didn't want anybody to think I was snobby but it's been a busy couple of weeks I just started going back to college all my classes seem to be going well and I've already lost 2 pounds. My kitties are going to get neutered this Thursday so wish them well. Hope everyone is also doing well. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:48:12 EST Hi Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to this group and was thrilled to see a team devoted to cat lovers. I love all animals but especially cats. I live on my parents farm while I am still in school to be come a dentist and works as a dental assistant. On are farm we have dairy cows,pigs,horses,chickens,goats,geese/duck<BR>s,and one peacock. I have three little dogs a bull terrier named charlie, a french bulldog named spike and a dachshund named Fonzie. I recently got two calico kittens fr... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:48:41 EST Feline corneal sequestrum I just wonder if any of you have been through this. My oldest cat has a corneal sequestrum in her left eye. The eye was running and squinting, and the hair around it (she is a seal point Siamese) had bleached out. I took her to the vet who referred her to the veterinary ophthalmologist. For two weeks she has been miserable in one of those plastic cone collars to prevent her from rubbing the eye, and I've been putting antibiotic eyedrops in the affected eye three times a day. Later this mo... Tue, 29 May 2012 09:20:54 EST Panting and Out of Breath Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Since Friday I have noticed Marbles occasionally panting with her tongu out, and also seeming to get out of breath quite quickly when exercising. She is 3.8kgs so not overweight, and up until now I have very occasionally saw her panting but only after A LOT of running about. <BR> <BR> Took her to the vet on Saturday morning, he did blood tests and also a heart scan and the thing which measures their heart beat (can't remember what it is called, an ECG or something?) <... Tue, 29 May 2012 07:43:53 EST group antics and interactions I want to start a category for those of us who spend time with more than one cat and who have to deal with group problems and conflicts. We also get to see some crazy romping around. We often have cats of more than one age group and sometimes have to deal with problems that can come up there. <BR> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:41:20 EST Kitten with UTI Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My little kitten is 8 months old and has her second UTI. The vet diagnosed this with a urine sample which came back saying there was blood in her urine, and a tiny bit of protein. <BR> <BR> We have been given antibiotics and anti-inflammitory stuff for her to take for a week and have to take another urine sample back at the end of treatment to make sure it is gone, and the vet has also suggested if she gets another one we will have to investigate the issue further. <B... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:46:04 EST Goodbye I just wanted to say goodbye. I thought if I joined a team that loves cats just as much as I do would help me out. I put in yesterdays huddle that I need support & I got nothing. I'm not trying to be mean or selfish but I thought we was in this together but I guess I was wrong. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:00:42 EST Hello Cat lovers! I very much enjoy my cat - Gracie most of the time. <em>239</em> She is a beautiful Russian Blue. She sleeps most of the day but loves to play with her favorite string and mouse. <BR> She's quite the purr bunny :). Doesn't like having her little nails clipped at all. Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:26:33 EST Need home for kitten (4-8 months old?) I am looking for someone in the Northeast Ohio corner (Ashtabula area) to take in a kitten approx 4-8 months in age. This kitten showed up at our home and has made itself a permanent fixture. This kitten is a neutered male, while & yellow in color but has a problem with his hearing (not sure if infection in ears or earmites). I can not take this kitten in no matter how much I want too due to already having 12 kitty's and 1 dog....and vet bills flowing out the seams. My husband is going t... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:18:04 EST Metacam use questions Yesterday we took our kitties to the vet for blood work. Morgan kitty came to us a few years ago so we really have no idea of her background. We noticed a couple of years ago that she was having trouble jumping onto things and knew something was wrong. The vet that used to come to our house said that her hips felt like she had been hit by something but that there was nothing that could be done. Yesterday our new vet felt around and thinks (without xrays) that her hip was dislocated and so... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 06:10:16 EST Cat lost a tooth Hi, Cat Lovers, I am wondering if you have any experience with a cat losing an upper canine (fang) tooth? Our boy Fabio (and yes, he has long hair-named at the SPCA where we adopted him... LOL!) has lost a tooth recently. He does not seem to be in pain or inflamed on his gums. He is able to eat normally. He does have a sore on his lip, though, I think from the lower canine now rubbing on it. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for any feedback or experiences... recommendations? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 07:16:44 EST ants this is gross, but here goes. ants came into the kitchen and got into the dry cat food. I've had cats my whole life and never knew ants would get into cat food! <BR> we had to toss a BIG bag of Iams. Scoured and moved the cat's dishes, I'm scrubbing the floor, the baseboards etc. these are TINY brown ants. I am scrubbing and they are still coming in. the only spray i am using is environmentally friendly cleaning spray that won't harm pets. I don't want to use chemicals that might harm our ki... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:28:14 EST Has your cat ever done this? I discovered our new Justin will put his paw in the water and lick it, repeating several times. Then he will go to the other water dish and drink the normal way. I think he is grooming? But it is cute! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else's cat done this? I have had many cats and never seen this. <BR> What does your cat do that is different? Mon, 30 May 2011 11:02:03 EST Hello Hello! <BR> Thanks for the Goodie! I am just joining SparkPeople and have already begun to enjoy it so much. I was surprised & happy to find Cat Lovers! <BR> <BR> My husband and I make a home for 7 rescued kitties ranging from 5 - 15 years old. We also have my standard poodle, Annie, who is my service dog. We love all our fur-people to pieces and can't imagine life without them~ <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to sharing many stories with you all here...thanks for having me! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 27 May 2011 15:06:56 EST Does Anyone Have Pet Insurance For Your Cat? If so, please let me know which company and how you like them. Any pros and cons also appreciated. I'm thinking of getting coverage for the boys. Thanks! Mon, 9 May 2011 18:04:58 EST What To do about oozing eyes? My cats are Himalayans, and they tend to have drippy eyes. Harry's is different. They are getting more than watery, if you know what I mean. Kinda mucousy. So, it may mean a trip to the vet which I really can't afford right now. And besides that, it may mean that he has a kidney disease which this breed tends to have. Anyone have eyeball ideas or experience like this who can give me some advice? Thanks, team! Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:22:01 EST Hello Hello fellow cat lovers. New to Spark People. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:35:17 EST Hi Everyone! I joined this site a while ago and I have been reading and watching, I am now ready to tackle my issues and make myself a better person. I want to be the best that I can be. I am at a point in my life that I need a change. I live in Ohio and have 2 grown children and I want to be able to have a good time with my husband and the next phase in our life!! Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:55:21 EST My cat keeps peeing on my sons bed! He never used to pee where ever he felt like. But for Christmas we got Jim a cat that he had been wanting...female. My boy cats are fixed, but she is not. So if he is spraying why only on my sons bed? And also I thought that if you neutered your cat early enough they would not spray. Desperate here! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:36:53 EST Male cat with cystits - inflammed bladder wall,etc Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> I started this as a blog post, hoping that it would get to a large number of people who have gone through the same thing with their precious cat/cats. I'm going to post it here, hoping to find some solutions. <BR> <BR> I will mention right up front that our guy, Mr. Yoster (Yoda) has always been on a canned food diet - when we rescued them (Yoda & Ms. Lucy), in March, 2004, they were eating canned & dry. <BR> Ms. Lucy (our beloved tortie, developed diabetes in O... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:51:12 EST Extra grateful for my kitties today ... I live alone and have been sick with strep for 3 days .. and your pets definitely know when you are not well and my furry babies have been right here cheering me up the whole time. I just want to say I really love my two kitties today .. i just wish they liked each other even a little bit! <BR> <BR> But can't have everything right? Ok ... back to the couch for some more rest .. I am almost out of the woods. <BR> <BR> Mz S Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:11:14 EST We took in a new Furkid!! Yet to be named-- visit my blog, see his face give me a suggestion for a name! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3988768 </link> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 23:44:10 EST need to gain weight Sassy was at the vet Monday for some issues and the vet also weighed her in 3-4 months she has lost a total of 1.75lbs now thats a lot for a cat who is now 6lbs, he wants her to put on 2lbs and come back for a re-weigh in May and would like her to be 8lbs. She has dry food available for ehr at all times and get a small wet breakfast and a large wet dinner. Any suggestions on what to do to get her to put on those 2lbs? Thanks. Wed, 2 Feb 2011 09:08:00 EST Suggestions for integrating new cats? I brought 2 6 month old kittens (brothers) into the house with my two older cats. For 3 months I kept the kittens downstairs and the cats upstairs, exchanged bedding and supplies daily so they would all get used to each other's scents, put up a folding screen that they could easily see and sniff each other through, put away their favorite toys and only took them out during "supervised visits". 6 months later, they are okay with one of the cats, but they are aggressive towards my 14 year old... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:52:56 EST Adoption Hi there, <BR> <BR> It looks like I will be adopting a cat from our shelter soon. Does anyone have any advice for me regarding adoptions as well as preparing and caring for the cat while he/she transitions into our home? I'd appreciate any tips! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> PS- sooooo excited! <em>334</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:21:49 EST Farewell Sweet Sylvia We lost our darling Sylvia this week. She was the perfect kitty, graceful and sweet. Our family is missing her and heartbroken. I wrote a blog in her memory: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3844237 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 01:53:40 EST We lost our Mufasa today Hello my sparkies.. <BR> <BR> Could this year get any worse? I am so glad it only has another 2 weeks left.. Saying goodbye to two cats in one year is too much especially considering their ages. <BR> <BR> My Mufasa came up on the sink when I was in the bathroom and I noticed he was drooling- which is not normal for kitties-- I called the vet immediately and we brought him in-- it was his polycystic kidney disease.. his numbers were so bad they could not even be measured .. so we did what n... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 01:23:13 EST de shedding brush Has anyone tried the new deshedding brushes? I just bought the fur buster and think it's great. I wanted the furminator but got that instead. My long hair kitties enjoyed it and I've decided to use it once a week with regular brushing a few times a week. Sun, 12 Dec 2010 04:46:40 EST Cat Fitness: Keep You & Your Cat in Shape Together This a place to share ideas about how to improve the health and wellbeing of our cats and their catkeepers and the same time. It can range from us being active while we play with them and incorporating different ways to keep everyone more active to feeding ourselves better and keeping a better eye on the ingredients in the food we feed them. <BR> <BR> Also, how do you and your cat contribute to each others' well being and how does that affect your success in your weight-loss journey? Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:34:53 EST How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I love this and can't believe how calm this sweet kitty is! Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:32:50 EST LAST LETTER STARTS NEXT WORD Feline Sat, 6 Nov 2010 16:24:08 EST Fun Cat Video Just thought I'd share this.. I love cat videos! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sat, 6 Nov 2010 14:43:36 EST 2 WORDS / CHANGE 1 Furry kitties Thu, 4 Nov 2010 14:33:32 EST Fur-riendship is the Best Medicine Read this and could not resist sharing with my fellow cat lovers. This is a story about a health challenged cat who it seemed was ready to give up on life after an amputation. Her caregivers had the idea to bring in her number one squeeze. For the rest of the story go to <link><BR>t-and-kitten-blog/proof-that-the-power<BR>-of-purr-is-the-best-medicine/2010/11/02/ </link> <BR> <BR> So the next time you are ready to throw in the towel find your medicine. A... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 01:38:03 EST FURRY FRIENDS RULE :-) Oh ya! Gotta love em because life would not be the same with out them. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 20:04:16 EST Woo Hoo for our wonderful kitties. <em>244</em> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 18:16:36 EST Another cat video I just posted this in the other thread I started today, but thought maybe I should make a new one. So here's another great cat video...It is so funny.. Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:18:57 EST Cats and a Treadmill! Cute video of cats trying to figure out the treadmill! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 10:36:14 EST Veterinary Partner I came across this site while doing some research on Ms Molly's diabetes. Thought it might come in handy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>x </link> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 13:31:21 EST Help!!! Hi! In April, a stray Balinese showed up on our doorstep. We couldn't find her family, and a cat had just been killed in our neighborhood, so she joined the family after a check from the vet. She was scheduled to be fixed a month later but broke into the food the night before surgery, so it got rescheduled 'til June. As she got healthier, we noticed that she had gone from nicely filling out to looking more like a bowling ball with a head! Back to the vet-for the news that we were expecti... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:55:40 EST MY boys are still sick We got Lucifurr Sept 3 from a foster home... on the 22nd I had to take him and MUfasa to the vet-- he got my big boy sick and he is still not well.. to say the least I am worried about him with his breathing and such.. he has a lot of snot in his nose and has a cough.. he is on clavamox 2x a day and I don't see much change.. I am worried-- have any of you ever had to give your kitty a breathing treatment? Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:56:38 EST I adopted another kitty cat Or rather he adopted us! Any tips to make this easier for my other 2 cats? I have been keeping him in my room with me this evening and supervising his exploring of the house. So far there has been some hissing on my exsisting cats part. <BR> <BR> Its been a while since I have added a new kitty, so any tips on how to make this easier are welcome! Fri, 17 Sep 2010 06:40:29 EST Bengals I know that bengals are susceptible to interstitial cystitis and their diet has to be moist. <BR> Does anyone have problems with unprovoked inappropriate urination when medical problems have been ruled out? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:37:53 EST Long hairs HELP!!! I would like some suggestions from thos with long hair cats who's fur gets knotted. I don't know how he does it. I brush and brush and I swear, they grow overnight. Right now, poor <em>239</em> has these really, really short areas where I have just cut them out. Anyone? <em>304</em> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 06:44:09 EST Trouble and Harley's mommy Hi I new and wanted to introduce myself. I am a cat lover too. There just children with fur. I have to black rescue cats named Harley and Trouble. Harley is my sweet little girl and Trouble is my crazy cat as by his name hope to meat everybody. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:28:02 EST I Lost my Mom Tonight <em>46</em> I just need to write now. My Mom died tonight in her sleep. She was 84. I'm grateful she dies peacefully. I'm so glad I was just back in Pa. to see Mom and Dad just about 6 weeks ago. She was a wonderful lady. Had the most beautiful smile. You can see her picture on my gallery. My brothers will call me tomorrow and let me know what the arrangements are and will help me get to Pa once again from Fl. Someone has to pick me up in Philly. I wanted to let all my Spark friends know. My... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 23:52:16 EST Breast cancer Hey everyone! I was FINALLY able to sign up to walk my first 3 day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer in 2011. Please stop by my page & help in any way you can by using the link. Please feel free to also sahre it with anyone you know, this is such an important cause! THANK YOU for your support!! XOXOXOXO <em>247</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 18:11:39 EST Our kitties: then and now Sylvia, adopted in 2005, and how she appears now, in 2010. <link><BR>restladylorelei/sylvia.jpg </link> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:28:23 EST Said good bye today to a furkid Please go read my blog <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415200 </link> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 16:13:06 EST If your cat could talk, what would he say today? Can you turn down the darn heat outside? I can't take this fur coat off! Wed, 7 Jul 2010 19:15:54 EST The $600,000,000 Cat This is soooo cool. I've watched the video a few times and still am amazed. This kitty has two artificial back paws and is doing great! I still smile, laugh and cry seeing the video. Enjoy! <BR> <link><BR>t-and-kitten-blog/faux-paws-or-a-felin<BR>e-steve-austin/2010/06/26/?utm_source=<BR>catster%2Bnewsletter&utm_medium=pull%2<BR>Blink&utm_campaign=100629 </link> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:42:49 EST Going on vacation Hi everyone. I wanted to let ya'll know I'm going to Pa later on today for 10 days. I am flying our of Tampa, Fl. at 7 tonight and will be back on July 11. Thor will be home with his daddy and will be well taken care of so I don't have to worry about him. He may end up being mad at me though. Last year he pooped outside his box daily until I came home. My poor husband ...having to face that every day. Thor never does this when I'm home. Maybe he'll be good this year. At least it's right near ... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:22:42 EST Cat not using litter box... why? I have 4 cats (all adopted)of various ages. One cat age 17 is NOT using the litter box all the time. She is doing poo in our bedroom, next to DH night stand. She has a thyroid problem, she eats a lot but is not overweight. This am, we found 4 poo poos again in the bedroom, but near the closet. Not the usual place.It seems to be from the same cat. DH loves our cats. he is the one who takes in strays. But he is quite upset with the messes in the bedroom. What should we do? What are we doing wro... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 11:16:23 EST Paws to Click I joined. It's important we keep our pets safe while traveling. Sneaky Pi's carrier is always secured with a saftybelt when we travel. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:36:17 EST Paws to click This is pretty neat. I joined. It's important that our pets are safe when traveling too. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:32:32 EST IAMS cat food recall IAMS is recalling all their canned cat food (not kibble) due to vitB1 (thiamine)deficiency. I called the company and also talked to my vet and this vitamin deficiency can cause a host of ailments to your cat including seizures. Ebony was on this so I still feed it to him except I give him vitamin chews from Petsmart so he'll get that vitamin in his diet. Also, on advice from the vet, I give him other brands of canned food too. Cats need a varied diet and not the same thing the vet told me. Pe... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:26:59 EST Ebony did WHAT??? Last night I was in the kitchen and so was Norma. She was pouring herself a glass of wine. Unbeknown to us Ebony was in her seat at the dining room table and STOLE her half-eaten cheeseburger!!! We hurried to catch him as he scurried under the table w/ the meat in his mouth. Fortunately I got it out of his mouth before he ate it and vomit later (Ebony has a very sensitive stomach and had already had his own dinner earlier). Timon just looked on as if to say "you're really in trouble now Mist... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:28:54 EST A Note From Thor Hi everyone. It's me, Thor. My blood sugar was too low again today. it was 49. I've written a blog all about it and also Mom has a new picture of me taken today and it's on the front of Mom's Spark Page. Hope you'll take a peek at both. <BR> Love, <BR> Thor <em>239</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:53:02 EST We just adopted a boston terrier...My cats are mad My old guy...he literally just pummeled the new comer....I was shocked because he has been around dogs before at my sisters place....I wonder if he was just letting the dog know he is the boss of the fuzzies?? Thu, 29 Apr 2010 11:48:17 EST Does anyone know anything about Pixie bobtails? We adopted one from the shelter, she is declawed, we have had her about a year and 2 months, she is 4yo. Her personality is odd, she is very wary of ppl she doesn't know and it took her awhile to "come out of her shell" Is this typical of this breed? Tue, 27 Apr 2010 12:51:53 EST What breed of cat is ur favorite. All my furry faces are my perfect cats but, have always wanted a Persian....typical huh? Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:22:12 EST Library cats I thought this was sooo cute, especially since I have my own library cat. Every library should have one!!! <link><BR>t-and-kitten-blog/library-cats/2010/03<BR>/21/?utm_source=catster%2Bnewsletter&u<BR>tm_medium=image%2Blink&utm_campaign=100413 </link> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:21:24 EST spread the "LOVE"...and, cut out late eating) ok, let's go for it...let's try to visit at least 1 page a day of people we've not yet met and give encouragement & support to them...if you would like to do more than 1, go ahead & do can list the name of your new friend, if you'd like to... <BR> i'd also like to propose that we start a cut-off time for eating...let's say no more eating after 8PM?..i'm not sure how to set these as "team goals", but, i'm gonna try. <BR> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 11:33:16 EST Go Orange in April <link><BR>o-orange-photo-contest/ </link> <BR> <BR> Please help the ASPCA and go orange. I have my orange ASPCA t-shirt but I don't think Sneaky Pi would were orange, but he helps. Thank you. Sun, 4 Apr 2010 07:56:45 EST Please pray for Mufasa We are very concerned about our boy MUfasa.. his kidneys don't seem to be functioning right.. he has been peeing out of the box so we took him to the vet..hoping the numbers are good after the round of meds :( He is anemic and his creatinine is high :( She said something about polysystic kidney disease.. JUst want you all to pray he will get better as he is still a baby..only 5 years old Thu, 25 Mar 2010 01:56:11 EST Do you use the spark-planned meals or your own? I was wondering how many of us use spark planned meals or try to do our own menu? Thu, 25 Feb 2010 20:23:55 EST shelleyswift I have only started 5days ago, after reading Dana Carpender's book How I gave up my low fat diet and lost 40 pounds. So far I have cut out bread, cake, biscuits, and potatos. I do not eat junk food either. I am now having a big breakfast, plenty of protein. Lunch is yogurt, and fruit; evening meal meat or fish with salad. Already I feel much better. <BR> Exercise I walk for at least half an hour most days and go to a fitness class on Friday morning for one hour. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 22:20:37 EST shelleyswift I have only started 5days ago, after reading Dana Carpender's book How I gave up my low fat diet and lost 40 pounds. So far I have cut out bread, cake, biscuits, and potatos. I do not eat junk food either. I am now having a big breakfast, plenty of protein. Lunch is yogurt, and fruit; evening meal meat or fish with salad. Already I feel much better. <BR> Exercise I walk for at least half an hour most days and go to a fitness class on Friday morning for one hour. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 22:20:08 EST FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY - for cat lovers <link><BR>-cat-snow-business/ </link> <BR> <BR> google simon's cats for more fun animated cat antics! <BR> <BR> -A Mon, 22 Feb 2010 23:12:13 EST aggression In my house I have 5 happy healthy vaccinated and licensed cats. Sassy and Muffin are going to be 16, Bubba is going to be 14, Sasha is going to be 4 and Mr. Tiger Man is almost 3. It has been well established that Sassy is the alpha female and rules all. Mr. Tiger man is the alpha male of the house as well. The problem I am having is Tiger, Sasha and Bubba beat up on Muffin mercilessly they trap her in the litter box or they trap her from going into the litter box, so she is going elsewhere ... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:17:44 EST brat events Every cat will at least occasionally do things to burn off that extra energy. Cinbad (the c is soft - his mother's name is Charlene and she is a feral) is about 5 mos old now. He had a rough start and was the only survuvor of a fairly large litter. He has just recently started growing pretty rapidly and he has now discovered the joys of jumping at things on the TV or computer screen and stirring things up to get some of the others going too. I am also hearing about him getting up on the c... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 02:17:45 EST The Sweetest Thing My lil manny, Mr. Tiger Man is a momma's boy first off and I bottle fed him when he was less than 2 wks old. So i have always been mom. But, this morning I was rushing around the house to get ready for work when he starts crying in the bathroom. So I go down there to see what's wrong and he is sitting on the ledge next to the sink and and he sits back on his butt and cries so I go and pick him up. He puts both his paws on my cheeks and gives me lil manny kisses then jumps downs and lays in hi... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 13:22:00 EST Kitty Prayers needed I had to rush Carbon Copy to the vet because he started breathing through his mouth. He seemed fine earlier this morning but... <BR> <BR> The vet just called & said CC's up, looking around, & meowing. He's still in critical condition & will remain on oxgyen. Dr. will call back later with test results. Tomorrow is CC's birthday, he'll be 15. Also I go in for surgery, too. So please, we need all the kitty prayers out there. Carbon Copy is not "out of the woods yet" like the vet said b... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 12:03:10 EST Puzzle Lovers HI everyone. If you love puzzles as much as I do, you'll love this one. I go to this site every morning & do a few. Just look under CHOOSE A PUZZLE and look for the CAT IN HAMMOCK. Enjoy! <link> </link> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:15:25 EST Thor's blog and blood sugar number My kitty Thor had a blood sugar of 91 Tuesday night. We were so happy. He has written a blog here on Spark about his vet visit. <em>243</em> Thor! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:19:04 EST Post your favorite kitty videos here Hello Cat Lovers, I have received some really great kitty videos in the past and have shared them in my blogs. Other cat lovers have shared theirs with me, so I thought it would be fun to try to collect as many as possible. Whenever I need cheering up, I watch one of these and it works! If you have a funny or entertaining cat video, please share! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:15:16 EST Feline Jury Duty This is a true story! <BR> <BR> The only way they were able to get Sal off the list was by sending in a letter from his vet. <BR> <BR> It's a civic duty many of us try to avoid - jury duty. But Sal Esposito has a really good excuse. He's a cat. <BR> <BR> Somehow, Sal was placed on a list of potential jurors and his owners in Boston are having trouble getting him off of it. They tried mailing in an exemption form stating Sal doesn't speak English. But Sal was denied his exemption! <BR> <BR... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 21:12:08 EST A wish for you in 2010 I wish each of you and your furbabies a healthy and happy new year!! <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 21:43:12 EST A wish for you for 2010 Author Unknown: <BR> <BR> May today there be peace within. <BR> May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. <BR> May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. <BR> May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. <BR> <BR> May you be content with yourself just the way you are. <BR> Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, prai... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 21:41:52 EST UTI I think my male cat is getting a uti again.He is 5 years old.Does anyone else have this recurring problem?? The last time he had one was 4 months ago.The vet really does not give me any good answers! Tue, 22 Dec 2009 20:50:23 EST HELP!!! cat chewing I have a 2 y/o that is chewing now on the window sills. I put bitter apple spray on them and even went out and got him dog chew biscuits. Any ideas as to how I can get him to stop. <BR> He has chewed through a Wii wire and he loves plastic. I NEED HELP! <em>240</em> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 14:52:55 EST how much protein did you have yesterday protein is very important, how much did you hav yesterday? <BR> <BR> myself 65grams - within range Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:08:42 EST WE THREE CATS If you share your holiday home with felines, you will appreciate Laurie Laughran’s wonderful cat version of the traditional carol, “We Three Kings.” <BR> <BR> Read the hilarious lyrics here: <BR> <BR> We Three Cats (to the tune of “We Three Kings”) <BR> <BR> We three cats of Orient are, <BR> Terrified to get in the car, <BR> Why go out for celebrating? <BR> We’ll stay right where we are. Ooooh– <BR> <BR> Chorus <BR> Home is heaven, home is good, <BR> Home is where we get our food, <BR> Wh... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:49:10 EST LOVE IS THE GREATEST GIFT LOVE IS THE GREATEST GIFT <BR> <BR> By Niki Behrikis Shanahan <BR> <BR> When we think about the custom of gift-giving at Christmas we realize that it started with the three wise men who brought gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh to Baby Jesus. <BR> <BR> ‘On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.’ <BR> Matthew 2:11 (NIV) <BR> <BR>... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 12:25:11 EST Holiday Tree Safety Tips for Cat Owners It's time to put up the holiday tree. <BR> <BR> While Christmas trees delight us in so many wonderful ways, they can also be dangerous. <BR> <BR> In addition to fire hazards, your holiday tree could cause safety issues for your pets. That's why it's so important for pet owners to make sure they have a pet-safe tree. <BR> <BR> If you are thinking about putting up your tree, or if you just put it up, take a minute to look over our pet safety tips for your holiday tree. Thousands of Christmas... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:16:51 EST fun cat toy I found a really great cat toy at the web site <link><BR>ore/ </link> <BR> It's called fling-ama-string. <BR> <BR> It costs about $25 and it hangs on a doorknob. It must run on a battery because what it does is to toss a string out and then reel it back in. If your cats love chasing strings as much as my Cali Kitten does, I think that they would love it. I just ordered one to hang on the outside of our bathroom door, so I'll let you all know how our ca... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 16:31:35 EST Sweet 16! Today Sneaky Pi turns Sweet 16! He's still has his "talk-to-the-tail" attitude, eats anything, almost, you give him. He feels like he should try everything at least once. He's even healthier than me, I'm jealous! Stubburn, crotchety, getting more vocal with demands. But I love him just as much as the day I adopted him 15 years ago. Still one of the kids & best friend. We'll have a little birthday party for him, treats, cake & all. <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY S... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:14:47 EST Does Your Cat TALK? Of course not OUR language. Cats have a language of their very own. Ebony sometimes will meow if I ask him if he is hungry. Timon "talks" all the time. Just ask him a question and you will get an answer. It's funny when I tell him to get out of the kitchen he will answer me back all the while he is walking away. Cats are funny!! Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:25:11 EST Daily Chat What do ya'll have planned for the weekend? Today is quiet..I'll cut my Hubby's hair and change our sheets. Read a book, and who knows what other mischief I'll get into. <BR> <BR> I bought our Christmas cards yesterday and will address them while watching football on Thanksgiving Day. That starts the season out for me. I also watch Macey's parade in the am. Sat, 14 Nov 2009 12:46:07 EST When Do You Decorate Survey Thought it would be fun to do this survey I found on an e-mail site I get. <BR> <BR> When Do You Start Your Christmas/Holiday Decorating? <BR> <BR> (1) Do you start the day or weekend after Thanksgiving? Or wait until farther along in December? Or, do you start even before Thanksgiving (Gasp!LOL!)? <BR> <BR> (2) Do you put everything up yourself or have family help? <BR> <BR> (3) How long does it take you to get everything up and reasonably tweaked . . . as I know most of us continue to t... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:43:28 EST Wake Up Cat This video is really cute. It will definitely make you smile if you have an alarm clock cat like I do. <link><BR>9&utm_source=catcrazynews001et&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_content=petplace_article<BR>&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:50:45 EST Purr's n meow's Oh N hello from me Hi Guys. <BR> Thought I would come & say hello to everyone. <BR> <BR> I Have 10 kitty bits. You can see some of their pic's in my photo's on my spark page if you'd like. <BR> <BR> Im looking forward to getting to know you & your furies. <BR> Its only my second week, & Im slow, so please be patient with me. <BR> <BR> Much love <BR> Mxxx Mon, 2 Nov 2009 15:30:57 EST Problems with Pepe' We took in Pepe' our little angora mix at about 7 months right after he was fixed. I just found out this diarrhea was an issue at his first home (we are the third home) <BR> <BR> He joins my 2 4 yr old siblings Mufasa and Pasta Fagioli... Mufasa and him play but Pasta-- the alpha female-- wants nothing to do with him-- she hisses and growls at him then hisses and growls at her brother as well.. she has even growled at us after Pepe' has tried to play with her. <BR> <BR> <BR> So what do you... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 05:17:06 EST New and Determined Hello, <BR> I am 60 years old and need to lose 30 pounds. One thing I have noticed is that while I am struggling to navigate all the wonderful resources on this site, I am not craving food. I think this site will be very helpful in my endeavor to lose the extra pounds in a safe and healthy way. I have my first grandbaby and I want to be around awhile and be healthy enough to enjoy her. <BR> <BR> Gwen (txruby) Sun, 1 Nov 2009 20:46:57 EST your opinion on an aggressive cat I have a two year old tabby named Itty Bit who I got when she was appx 10 weeks old. I also had a 14 year old cat at the time. They never really got along but for the most part left each other alone. From the time Itty was a baby she has always been a bit aggressive. Attacking me right in the middle of a snuggle. This summer my mother went into a nursing home and I had to find homes for 3 of her 5 cats. I gave one of them a home. Sadie is a very social cat with a mild temperment. From... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 15:39:32 EST A Note From My Cat I found this on another team and had to liberate it to share with you here. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Note From My Cat... (we can all relate to this) <BR> <BR> Hello. My name is Sita, and my pets' names are Sandy, Joel, and Judy. They are the ones who give me food when ordered to, though they are a bit slow and often need to be reminded several times. I try to make the rules clear, but their comprehension is so limited. They have been telling me that you creatures don't understand our straightforwa... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:27:29 EST How to Comfort The Pet That is Now Alone My first baby Mr. Jingles went to sleep on October 22, 2009 and I have post what happen to him on another post called "Total Kidney Failure..Not Just A Sore Throat". <BR> <BR> Well now my other cat Sir Harley is walking around looking for his playmate Mr. Jingles. His meowing in a different way that I think is a meow that he is looking for Mr. Jingles. <BR> <BR> How do I comfort Sir Harley so he does not go into depression or get sick? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Sat, 24 Oct 2009 08:10:03 EST Total Kidney Failure ...Not just a Sore Throat Can't stop crying....hard to even type this. But it turned out that Mr. Jingles had kidney failure along with a sore throat. <BR> <BR> Within 24 hours his condition worsen to the point of no life in him. He wouldn't eat barely would drink, no meows from him, He could not walk well and could not lift his head at all. <BR> <BR> We had to make that awful decision to put him to sleep. The vet said that he had been suffering for a long time and that Mr. Jingles masked his suffering till he could... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 07:38:21 EST Cat with Sore Throat My kitty is sick. Just like that, one day fine the next he can't lift his head up. Vet says he has a sore throat and gave him some antibiotics plus some for me to give him at home. <BR> <BR> Has anyone kitty experience this? How long before he bounces back? I can't stand to see him this way. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>282</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 20:27:42 EST NOT NEW TO SP BUT NEW TO THIS TEAM HELLO EVERYONE, I AM NEW TO THIS TEAM AND I HAVE 5 CATS WHO ARE A HANDFUL....GOING FROM A SENIOR CAT DOWN TO A 2 YEAR OLD....VISIT MY SPARK PAGE AND YOU CAN SEE ALL MY BABIES...I ENJOY MAKING NEW FRIENDS AND LOVE GETTING E-MAILS AS WELL....I DO PET WALKING AND SINCE I HAVE NO DOG, I GO WITH MY CAT....THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO.... <BR> <BR> TAKE CARE AND GLAD THAT I FOUND THIS TEAM. <BR> <BR> IDA <em>252</em> <em>239</em> <em>173</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 01:13:57 EST Love the Cat Hello all, new to this team. <BR> <BR> Need your help though. Okay. I have 2 felines. One is reserve but the other one oh my goooooodness. Talk about must have his way. He is sooooo loving but determine to have it his way. <BR> <BR> Here is where I need the help. How do you keep your cat off your counters? I try to think as a cat and say meow meow meow...(that is interpreted as what am I looking for up here on these counter) Well to now avail, I do not have the answer. <BR> <BR> Could th... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:36:16 EST Thor's Blood Sugar Number Hi all. Thor's blood sugar was 41 today..Down a point in 2 weeks. We have lowered his insulin to 8 units twice a day now and will check it in 2 weeks again. We're trying to get his sugar level to 75 now. The new diet is working so well it's a little low now rather then too high. He's written a blog today if you want to read it. He loves to get messages. Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:45:06 EST We got a new kitty today GO see my blog and see his pics <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2431186 </link> <BR> Help name him. <BR> <BR> He is about 6 months old and was going to be "thrown away" by a neighbor so another neighbor took him in and we are giving him a forever home! Sat, 26 Sep 2009 19:32:10 EST Please pray for my Mickey Yesterday morning I found her sleeping in her litter box and she has never in her eight years of life done that. A few hours later she was still in there so I took her out and put her in the kitchen. I could tell something was wrong because she wasn't her normal talkative attention grabbing self. She was just lying there. I gave her a few treats to see if she would eat them and she did but slowly. <BR> <BR> A few hours after that I saw her get up to go in my room but she couldn't walk right.... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:15:50 EST Hello! My name is Nena and like all of you, I love cats. I currently have one cat named Mickey. She just turned eight and I got her at six weeks old when I was 11. We just put our other cat Kisska to sleep on Friday and miss him very much. My boyfriend wants another cat already and we have agreed on a Siberian. So I guess I'll be getting a kitten soon. <em>30</em> <BR> Tue, 15 Sep 2009 22:53:59 EST 12 Life Lessons I Learned 12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie <BR> <BR> 1. Pounce on opportunity. He who hesitates, misses catching the passing lizard. <BR> <BR> 2. Patience. Infinite patience... <BR> <BR> 3. Concentration. A cat studying an opportunity just beyond his grasp is the epitome of focused attention. He doesn't even blink as he tunes out all distractions. His body is completely still except for his wildly twitching tail releasing his nervous energy. <BR> <BR> 4. Nothing i... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 21:58:13 EST Are Black Cats Really Bad Luck? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder if having black cats are really bad luck or just coincidence? I guess I'm feeling kind of bad because it seems I'm starting to take Carbon Copy to the vet more. I understand the age thing, he's 14, but still. Sneaky Pi, whose tiger stripe/calico tabby with a cute white tummy, is going to be 16 in Nov. & he seems healthier than even me. His vocals chords don't need changing that's for sure. <BR> <BR> I used to have two black cats but Tequila wa... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 09:51:36 EST Ms. Chunky, slowed down eating without...... I missed one day giving my 14yr old chunky a 1/2 mg prednisone, to help her eat and retain water, and she just stopped eating almost all of her food! <BR> she has renal failure, only functions about30% but she looks good, just have to keep the water in her. sigh <BR> <BR> having a garage sale today, bad day on a holiday <BR> hope next week is better <BR> <BR> hope all are having a good holiday. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 13:15:50 EST Never was a cat lover until... I moved into my 1st apt. I took care of a friend's "angry" cat when I was a kid and have been scared since then. But the only pet I could have in my apt was a cat, so I got a little black kitten. She ran away in the winter but 6 months later in the summer, I reunited w/ her because of the chip. She's been w/ me for 9 years now and is my baby. I'm here on SP to eat better, lose weight, and live a healthier lifestyle! Wed, 2 Sep 2009 22:16:55 EST How Do Your Cats get your Attention? Ebony & Timon hate when I am on the computer. They seem to want attention every waking minute, unless they are napping. To get my attention Ebony will start biting Timon. Timon lets out a wail and of course I come running. Sometimes Timon lets out a wail for no reason but to get my attention. When I went to bed Ebony used to open and bang cupboards hoping I would get up and feed him. Now, however, he gets the squirt bottle of water if he does that. So, happy to report, he doesn't do that anym... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:40:56 EST New to Sparks Hi! Last year one of my cats, Tequila got sick. Later on I found out it was cancer. So between the vet visits, meds 2x a day, feeding with a syringe, treatments,etc., I gained some of the weight back I lost 2 years ago because Iput all my time into taking care of Tequila & trying to make him comfortable. I lost Tequila in Janurary & still am not the same except getting bigger. I didn't mind doing all the neccessary things for Tequila, I'd do it again, but other things poped up & my eatin... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 21:38:40 EST Need some suggestions I need to see if any of you guys can give me any helpful suggestions about a behavior problem we've been having with Little Very Bad Girl Kitty. She's <BR> 2 1/2 years old and we were not the first people to adopt her from the pound. She had been adopted by someone who took her back because she was biting and ripping things with her claws. We decided that we could deal with these issues because she was going to have to be declawed (due to our already haveing another declawed cat) and because... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:11:49 EST Amarillo is gone I know I have not been posting in a while and I apologize. Today I had to slow down. <BR> My dear 17 year old black cat, Amarillo, was put to rest today. <BR> When we woke up this morning, he had lost control of his body. I raced to get ready and took him to the vet. The dh could not be with me and kept calling me all day. I held him in my arms while he was put to sleep. He knew it was me holding him. <BR> We are having him cremated and will receive his ashes next week. <BR> Some of yo... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 18:34:29 EST Toddlers and Cats Yesterday my 1 yr old daughter once again tried to pick our cat Tigger up. She can't get a full grip so she ends up pulling on his fur. She eventually gives up and just topples on top of him to give him a big hug. She also tried to feed him some cereal and since he just looked at it she tried to shove it in his mouth. He smacked her head a couple of times and all she did was laugh at him. She loves him so much and he takes alot from her. No matter what she does to him he keeps going bac... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 00:36:49 EST Research: overweight and/or diabetic cats Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm picking up a research project that I've previously studied and would like to dig deeper into and was hoping all the cat lovers here would be willing to help out and answer a few questions for me to start collecting the necessary data to analyse. <BR> <BR> Please either post answers here or Sparkmail me. All help hugely appreciated. <BR> <BR> Please also answer for beloved cats that are no longer with us. <BR> <BR> Please state cat's name, age, sex, breed, weigh... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 07:52:07 EST Thor's New Blog Please read my kitty's new blog as he tells you about his vet visit today. Thanks. Thu, 30 Jul 2009 21:02:54 EST My little Lily cat Today I had to have my beautiful Lily put to sleep. She has crossed the rainbow bridge. She was 8 years old, leukemia positive. She was not supposed to live more than a year but we kept her going until this last set back. Her liver finally gave out and she had a mass in her bowel. She was happy and feisty up until Sat. when she stopped eating. The vet and I decided rather than doing heroics and losing her eventually anyway , to let her go before she really got bad. I loved her with all my hea... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:32:22 EST New on the sparkteam Hi, I am new on this sparkteam. I am 28 yrs old with a 1 yr old daughter, a supporting husband and a tiger cat who thinks he's still a kitten. <BR> <BR> I love cats and can't live without them. I use to have 3 cats but one I had to put down just last fall when crystals redeveloped in his bladder and he was to sick to help. Talk about the hardest decision to make but that's what he wanted. He looked at me as the vet injected him with eyes that said thank you and went before they even fini... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 01:30:21 EST WHAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY? I smiled at the antics of my neighbor's kitten I am taking care of... she is just too cute!!!! Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:24:36 EST My Parents Have A New Cat Hi all. My brother brought a cat to my parents after he decided they needed another kitty. They haven't had one in many years...I'm talking maybe 15 or more years. Mom and Dad are 83 and 90 years old and live in an 8 room, 2 story house. <BR> <BR> Enter the cat. Via a carrier. My brother says "Here sis your new companion. He was rescued from the side of an interstate and was in a cage at the SPCA for a month. He is about 2 years old." He spent a week at the vets and just came home last Satur... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:50:31 EST Do your cats Follow YOU? From room to room, bathroom to kitchen to bedroom ~wherever I go, Timon follows. Even as I keyboard he is napping on my bed. If I get up, so will he. And, stare? He does that as faithfully as Frasier's dog, Eddie. Anyone else have this problem? Ebony doesn't do it. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 13:56:42 EST Cats have a special purr to manipulate humans... Like we didn't know this already? Lol, at least it proves we aren't completely crazy... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7/13/cats-purring-humans.html </link> <BR> <BR> -Lala Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:22:25 EST How to make her stop!! Ok we have just moved to a house with wall to wall carpet and Kitty has started scratching the carpet @ the bedroom doors. Just when she wants in and out of the those rooms. She has made a real mess @ our bedroom door. And my DH is at his end with it. We r renting from a friend of his and he would hate for him to think that we just let her do what ever! Do anybody have any suggestion on what we can do to get her to stop. O by the way she knows she's not suppose to be doing because when you ge... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 23:24:32 EST Who needs to buy cat toys when... Although the kitties are spoiled - we are always buying them new toys, scratching posts.... They always seem to like regular "home" items best. <BR> <BR> Of course they love any boxes or papers that get set on the floor (they would not go into the brand new Kittie Cubes we bought them, but a box- they love it) <BR> <BR> Kuma loves to play with rubber bands, hair ties, and the rings from a milk carton lid. <BR> <BR> Hunter is more of a string/ribbon kind of guy and he can not resist the tas... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 09:04:05 EST Where do you get your pet meds from? I have heard a lot about 1800 pet meds but have never used them. <BR> I always get everything from my vet but since my husband got laid off I'm looking for a less expensive place to order from. <BR> <BR> I wondered where everybody else gets there meds from. Wed, 8 Jul 2009 11:10:12 EST My kitty has a bare spot I was wondering if anyone knows what could be causing my kuma girl's bare spot - and what I can do... <BR> She has a bare spot on her hind end (by her stub (she is a bobtail). I am finding fur in clumps all over the carpet. Her bare spot is about the size of a golf ball. <BR> We use flea medicine on her monthly, and she is an indoor cat. <BR> Can anyone help me or have any suggestions?? Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:57:35 EST "cat fight" help needed my two runts are causing me quite the headache. there's more than one reason lol, but let's just tackle one at a time. <BR> <BR> i adopted my little girl while living with my in-laws. at that time my boy, who is a few years older, was still up in new york in my mother's care. the boy was raised with cats. the girl was raised with dogs. she's a tough fighter and that wasn't a problem until i brought the boy here. <BR> <BR> jez fights with her brother just as roughly as she plays with t... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:49:43 EST Summer is FLEA SEASON! What do you use for fleas on your cats? Did you know even indoor cats get fleas? (Ebony did!) <BR> And, that fleas like to camouflage in black or darker cats? Anyhow, tomorrow is July 1st, the heat is on, and I will be administering Advantage flea treatment on both cats. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:17:22 EST Lazy, lying on his side to eat, cat! I have to get this on camcorder, it is soooo funny to watch. Our truly lazy cat often lies on his side, reaches in the food bowl with his paw, bringing it out upside down with food on top, to his mouth. <BR> <BR> On really, really, lazy days, he will put his paw on the inside side of his dish and pull it down, keeping the paw there so as to weight the bowl on its side to the floor. He lies close enough to stick out his tongue and collect his food, chew and swallow. <em>240</em> <BR> <... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 20:36:13 EST Hello I just joined Spark People today so am slowly finding my way around. <BR> <BR> No one loves cats more than me! Right now I have 4 furbabies who keep me company. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 20:01:12 EST I'm worried about Thor Thor is not doing well. We are going back to see Dr. Gail today. Thor had an "accident" in the bath room this morning. He never has gone anywhere but in his box all these years. His box is on the screen porch but he always comes and gets me when he has to go out. <BR> When he walked into the music room he threw up all of his food. So. we're going to the vet's at 3:45 this afternoon. I know it's his sugar or maybe a reaction to the insulin. Please keep us in your prayers. I'll let you know la... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 14:26:05 EST does anyone have experience raising kittens? Hey everyone! I was hoping to find some advice because I am currently raising a litter of five kittens. They are just three weeks, they seem to be very healthy, and they've all started to walk around and explore. I'm sure I've been doing just fine so far, but they were really easy to take care of, you know? Momma does everything for them and she's been great. <BR> <BR> Now that they are getting older and more active, is there anything I should watch for? Is there anything I can do for them t... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 00:55:00 EST I Will ALWAYS Have a Cat I won't always own one because cats don't allow that. But, I will always have a cat because I love them so. Despite the shedding, hairball upheaves, yowling at night and occasional peeing where they ought not if we leave them in the care of someone else; they are precious indeed. I others share this thought of always owning...uh, er, having a cat??? Thu, 4 Jun 2009 17:31:00 EST Has your kitty ever...? woke you up with a meowing and a purring and more attention than ever???? then you feed them but they continue to talk to you? you scratch your head and then FiNaLLy discover what your kitty was going on about when you see signs of their upchucked breakfast and the fuuurr ball...then he settles down for a good nap once you clean it up.... <BR> <BR> said 'bless you' when anyone sneezes? mine does and will even say ' bless you' in an annoyed manner when he has been woken from a sound sleep.. <... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 02:23:39 EST When Are Your Cats MOST Active? My kitties are most active AT NIGHT right before we go to bed. They want to play then w/ their toys. Usually Timon will curl up on my bed to sleep when I go, but not Ebony. He sometimes will howl and make a lot of noise. Either it's because he wants attention or is just wide awake. Cats being nocturnal as they are usually hunt at night if outdoors. Fri, 29 May 2009 17:19:51 EST Hairball be GONE! Ebony was so proud of himself since he threw up his SECOND hairball today. I have never known him to do this but just twice. I think it scared him because after he did it he hid under the end table. Poor baby! I had to pick him up and coddle him and tell him it was "okay." <BR> Timon, on the other hand, throws them up quite frequently. It is shedding time for our furkids. Anyone else have this to contend with??? <em>86</em> Tue, 26 May 2009 19:23:16 EST Great Quotations I thought I'd start a quotation thread after reading this today. <BR> <BR> "Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved." <em>239</em> <em>241</em> <em>200</em> <em>172</em> <em>145</em> <em>134</em> <em>14</em> <em>201</em> Wed, 20 May 2009 00:37:14 EST Snowball is in Heaven Hi everyone. Just wanted u to know we had to capture and put Snowball to sleep yesterday after he had sustained very severe injuries and had gas gangrene. He was our feral kitty who came to eat and then left for almost 3 years. He is my profile picture. Please read my blog. <em>46</em> Sat, 16 May 2009 13:33:13 EST For All You Mothers and Kids of Mothers Prison Versus Housewives <BR> In prison, you get three square meals a day. <BR> <BR> At home, you cook three square meals a day and try to get your kids to eat it. <BR> <BR> In prison, you get an hour each day in the yard to exercise and mingle. <BR> <BR> At home you get to clean the yard up so you can mow it so your kids can spread more toys all over it so that you can go out and clean it again because little Jr. can't sleep without his latest lego creation. <BR> <BR> In prison, you... Fri, 8 May 2009 18:07:50 EST My kitty is overweight! I'm worried about her! I just moved back to my parents house a couple of months ago, after getting out of a bad relationship. I had not been there in a while and could not believe all the weight that our kitty, Smoochie, had gained. She weights 30lbs and I'm worried that her health is at risk. She can barely go up and down the stairs! For the past month, I have been playing with her with a string trying to make her become more active. At first, she would just move her front paws to try to catch it, but now she poun... Thu, 7 May 2009 23:33:30 EST 4 letter words...A to Z.. aped Thu, 7 May 2009 14:59:58 EST Being a Pet Mom 5 Ways Owning a Pet Is Like Being a Mother <BR> All the TLC—minus the diapers... <BR> <BR> By Peggy Frezon, Rensselaer, New York <BR> May, 2009 <BR> <BR> I sat at my desk writing out cards for my mother and mother-in-law. Lovingly, I signed our names: Peggy, Mike. Then the kids: Kate and Andy. Then Kelly, our little Spaniel. Do I consider the dog one of my children? Sure I do! <BR> <BR> Here are 5 ways owning a pet is like being a mom. <BR> <BR> 1. Moms Feed. <BR> We dish out cat food wit... Mon, 4 May 2009 21:47:23 EST words of wisdom LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK <BR> <BR> One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were <BR> driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking <BR> space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, <BR> and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped <BR> his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and <BR> waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I as... Sat, 2 May 2009 12:28:53 EST Is catnip harmful to cats? I have catnip growing in my yard and all my cats go nuts over it. But a friend who is a pharmacist says it might not be good for them. She does not have cats, and she did not give me any facts supporting her statement. Does anyone else have any information about this? I would hate to take away something they enjoy so much, but I sure don't want to damage their brain chemistry either. Sun, 26 Apr 2009 21:22:02 EST Do Your Cats get CONSTIPATED??? Both my boys get constipated. Perhaps it is the Vet food they are on or the fact that they are indoor cats and don't get a lot of exercise. (They live a cushy life!) Does anyone else have cats that get this way at times? Lots of times? Wed, 22 Apr 2009 17:22:46 EST Who says you can't train a cat!!! As many of you know I lost my Shelby and her dog Storm not to long ago. but we still have Kitty. And she has been amazing!! My DH will tell you that he is more of a dog person then a cat. But she has really taken to him and dosen't want to leave his side when he gets home (Shelby was like that too.) Well with no dog in the house to do tricks he has taught Kitty to sit, give paw, take a treat off the top of his head and last but not least fetch. It is the cutest thing and claims that she is no... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 23:02:39 EST Come join me!!! OK another round of the Biggest Loser Challenge that I'm involved with is starting. If you are interested here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sagebo ard_thread.asp?board=-1x32330x24657778 </link> <BR> <BR> If you ARE interested please hurry b/c it fills up fast. It's a ton of fun and is what keeps me motivated (ok not the best selling point right this minute but it works - I promise) <BR> <BR> Also once the challenge gets going the team goes private... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 18:35:24 EST Just had to share My friend sent me this link and I thought it was very appropriate for this group. Warning - if you are anything like me, you'll need to keep a box of tissues close by. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=105 </link> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 08:07:49 EST Has anyone else heard about this horrible case? The other day, I was watching funny pet videos on YouTube (one of my favorite pasttimes, haha), and I came across some comments on the bottom of one that referred to a news case I had no previous knowledge of. I left YouTube and further researched the story, and my heart sunk into my stomach. I cannot tell you how absolutely DISGUSTED and UPSET this story made me. I literally fell apart in my room, crying uncontrollably for a cat (two, actually) that I could not help. <BR> <BR> The story ... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 09:03:40 EST Male or Female Cat??? I have heard that female cats are easier to own and aren't as aggressive. Any thoughts on this? I have two "boys." Fri, 3 Apr 2009 17:21:52 EST 10 reasons to adopt a black cat I first fell in love with this list when I spotted it on my local APS's website. With the exception of the #1 reason, I hope these bring a smile to your face just as they do mine. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 10. You'll save $$ on their Halloween costumes. <BR> 9. You can always find them in the snow. <BR> 8. Holding a black cat is very slimming. <BR> 7. Black cats will match any decor. <BR> 6. A lint brush isn't required for a black-tie affair. <BR> 5. When you love a black cat... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 02:42:48 EST Yikes!!!!!!!! Spent $1192.00 at the vet today. Had Honey spayed and my Sammy boy had a small mass removed. He had cancer 7 years ago and the lump came back in the same general area. His blood work and x-rays looked good and the mass was not growing into the muscle. He is 16 years old now He has a drain that has to stay in for 5 days. <em>239</em> <em>239</em> <em>239</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 19:53:15 EST VOTE EARTH <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I urge you to check this website out and vote earth! Choose to turn your lights off for one hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm on Saturday against Global Warming.... <BR> <BR> In a way this is fitness related...when the earth is not taken care of and loved the way it should be it means there wont be any place for us to enjoy a walk or place to breathe good clean beautiful water to drink or play pleas... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:14:01 EST When Shopping After I come home from shopping and put my groceries down and put my purse away, I return to see my two felines checking out the bags! They must be looking for goodies. Anyone else have this problem w/ their kitties? Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:45:05 EST I'm Devasted. Need Your Support Please pray for my kitty Thor. He is very sick and probably as diabeties. The vet is pretty sure from his blood work and we'll check his urine tomorrow. He has lost 4 or 5 pounds these past few months. I thought it was from his weight reducing food. But no, it wasn't. He's been drinking a lot of water and that's why I took hm in.He also has an infection in his body. We're hoping that the infection may be raising his sugar, but it's along shot. We don't have the money to spend on vet bills.I h... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 01:30:56 EST Do your cats eat with you? I usually let my cats sit next to me when I eat but my hubby hates it & he runs them out of the room when he eats with us. Sat, 21 Mar 2009 21:26:25 EST Tiger Left Our Yard My 21 year old Tiger has been so good these past 6 weeks or more of staying in most of the time and just going our for a little while. He doesn't use the litter box as he was raised outdoors. He wanted to go out around 11 pm, and he usually stays in our fenced in yard. He hangs around and sits on the front window sill and I check on him every 20 minutes. The last time he was curled up by the door but didn't want to come in. Now I just checked and he isn't there. I looked in the carport, and o... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:35:26 EST Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Comments A brand new thread for you all to post your favorite recipes, cooking tips, substitutions, and general comments about the culinary world. Feel free to share with us when you find something new, or even an old favorite, and tips on how to lighten the normal meals up! Thu, 12 Mar 2009 05:39:43 EST I've got a question for everyone... How many of you would be interested in a 'Cooking - recipes and/or tips' thread? Everyone would be welcome to submit to it and I know we all have our own little 'secret' fixes for things! <BR> Please respond with your thoughts on this. Thanks! <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 13:07:40 EST Storm has gone to Rainbow Bridge. I know this isn't kitty related but I need to share.As many of u know my sweet big baby Storm has been fighting liver disease since early December. She lost her fight this morning. My oldest step son found her on her bed bout 6:30am. It is hard for the whole family but especially my DH she was his baby. I want to thank everybody for the well wishes that where sent of the time of her illness. They meant al lot to the whole family. I have to just remind myself she is no longer in any pain. And ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 14:26:24 EST Kitty's Korner - Cat Lovers Newsletter Feb-Mar 09 February-March, 2009 <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> KITTY’S KORNER <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Greetings, Cat Lovers and friends around the world - a Happy St. Patrick’s Day is wished to all! <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Congratulations to all of our members, human and feline, who celebrated a birthday or anniversary in February, or will celebrate a birthday or anniversary during the month of March. Our best wishes to you! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> A warm welcome to all new members! ... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:46:34 EST Unresponsive Felines Cats don't come when you call them. I found this out TODAY! I came home from work and couldn't find Ebony ANYWHERE! I looked in all the familiar places; the dining room table chair, under the beds, behind the where could I find him. I kept calling. Nothing. My heart was pounding. Could he have got out of the house when my room mate left for work? I was almost in a panic. "Ebony! Ebony! Here Kitty kitty." Nothing. I checked the closets in case he was accidently shut in there. No ... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:09:01 EST Table Food vs Cat Food Sometimes my kitties throw up their cat food. But, they love table foods. Of course I am careful what I offer to them. I will put some egg w/a little butter in the micro (after scrambling the egg) and voila! Ebony loves that. I had some uncooked salmon so I put some in the micro for just 10 seconds (unseasoned of course) and the cats loved it! Just make sure when you do this the food is cool. Things tend to get very hot in the microwave. And, I don't do this often. It's just served as a weekl... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:54:32 EST Kitty bathroom problems. HELP!...(l long)..... Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm going out of my mind. My cats are peeing and pooping all over the house! One is even spraying (and he's fixed!)! <BR> <BR> I know where some of the behavior came from. Last year, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and she moved in our house with her 2 cats. One of my cats would NOT set foot outside of the bedroom, parlour, and kitchen. She would actually watch us in the living room (where my MIL had her hospital bed and equipment set up). Not onl... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 19:59:41 EST Brand/Type of Litter? Hi Everyone! I just joined your team and have a question for anyone willing to answer. <BR> <BR> I have 2 cats that are about 1.5 years old and we have used Tidy Cats scoopable litter for multiple cats. It's been fine up until now, even though it tracks quite a bit. The biggest problem that I have with the litter is that the latest packages that I bought have a VERY potent perfume smell. I am very sensitive to smells and it stinks really bad and is now very dusty compared to what it was. I ... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 22:39:18 EST 5 word sentence starting with the same letter word as stated, a 5 word <BR> <BR> andy always adored auntie annie. <BR> <BR> the sentence can start with any letter, it doesn't need to be alphabetical. Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:11:17 EST Help Requested I recieved the following in a SPmail over the weekend from one of our members, and if you would all take a look at it and respond with suggestions it would be much appreciated! <BR> <BR> Hi! I know you're a cat lover, so I'm hoping you may have some advice/suggestions for me. <BR> <BR> I adopted two kittens (a male and a female) last May and we already had one female cat. The problem is that the female kitten has never been good at using the litter box (she uses our bed and our kids beds a... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 06:10:17 EST Anybody else have a cat who acts like a pig? My little Aragorn snorts like a pig & eats like a pig. <BR> He will run over anything & anybody to get to food. <BR> He will eat anything olives, pizza, veggie's anything. <BR> Turn your back on your plate & your food is gone LOL <BR> His nickname is Paw Pig because he paws everybodys food & pigs out 24/7. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:54:52 EST Sibling Rivalry Don't know if anyone else has this problem who own 2 or more cats but last night when I was insisting Timon stay in the kitchen (didn't want him to throw up on the carpet) Ebony came in and bit Timon!!! Can you believe that? He thought his brother was in trouble and wanted to add to the discipline. Bad Ebony! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 17:19:48 EST Letter to pet and non-pet pwners The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door. <BR> <BR> Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest. <BR> <BR> The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the obj... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:05:44 EST How Did You Choose Your Cats NAME? The word ebony means dark so our black cat is "Ebony." Our white cat we got first (otherwise it would be ebony & ivory) and named him Timon, after the movie "The Lion King." Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:03:20 EST Just need to vent. Ok its has been a week since I lost my sweet shelby. And yes things r getting easier (thanks to u guys). I still miss her but i am able to look at her pic or talk bout with out crying my eyes out. But I feel bad in a way because I am letting kitty lay in the bed that use to be Shelby's just with a different blankie and she eats out of the that was Shelby's and she plays with some of the toys that were hers. She did all this stuff when Shelby was alive but know it seems wrong. I also find myse... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 21:17:28 EST Uh oh, we've been adopted, any suggestions? We just found a pretty yellow point siamese in our garage... <BR> So because it is cold today, we gave her a blanket, food, water and litter box. She is pretty and very loving. <BR> Here's the problem. Our 17 year old has never had another cat in the household and in the past would run cats out of the yard. <BR> Any suggestions on having a peaceful household? Introducing the two? <BR> I guess she has adopted us and is our cat now. <BR> Linda Sat, 24 Jan 2009 22:30:19 EST How OLD is your Cat(s)? Timon, my white cat is 8 yrs and five months. <BR> Ebony, my black cat is 7 yrs and three months. <BR> <em>239</em> <em>241</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:23:59 EST Rainbow Bridge I thank you all for your prayers. But sadly to say that my sweet Shelby passed just after 1am this morning. We r going to try to bury her in the woods next to the house. But I fear that the ground is frozen. I just I remember she is not in pain. <em>46</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 07:59:23 EST Please Pray for my Shelby!! PLease pray for my sweet Shelby. It seems that she has gotten in to something and is not doing good at all. I am not even sure that she is going to make it through the night. My heart is breaking I hate to see her in so much pain. We r going to take her to the vet in the morning!!! So please pray that she makes it through this. She is my baby and i woulld be lost with out her!!! <em>46</em> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 23:20:18 EST just a cute story, made me laugh! my girls love to play in empty boxes, there's 1 in each room..i decided to leave 1 more for them because it was snowing outside and i didn't feel like "breaking down" the box to put in the trash... <BR> last night, after i've fallen asleep, i heard this scraping, moving out of bed, put on a light, and started to laugh out loud... <BR> zoey, looking like a "line-backer", had her shoulder to the empty box and was pushing it across the room while pawing at the ground as if she's tryin... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 11:52:35 EST how are YOU going "green"? most people are making changes and recycling everything from plastic bags to empty coffee cans...what changes are you making?..share them with us all... <BR> <BR> as my incandescent light bulbs burn out, i'm replacing them with longer lasting, cost effective, fluorescent ones. <BR> <BR> i reuse plastic grocery bags for holding my empty cans & glass jars for recycling...and, to line my wastepaper and catpoop baskets.. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:53:45 EST Trash Kitty!! We have a new member to our Family!!! Bout 2 weeks ago when we were taking the trash out my DH heard a kitty meowing and sounded just like our Shelby and we thought that she got out. So he called to her and the kitty came running and jump in his arms and at that point he realized that she wasn't Shelby. But also he realized that she was really cold and probably hungry too. So he brought her and she acted like she own the place and made herself right at home. Shelby wasn't to fond of all this.... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 20:19:20 EST just joined the team Hi <BR> Iv'e just joined the cat lovers team. I have two cats Samson and Henry <em>239</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 07:51:29 EST Butter for Hairballs I read in a home remedy book that 1/2 tsp of butter is good if your cats have hairballs. It also works if they are constipated too. My boys get sick and throw up if I give them the store brand gels for hairballs. But, the butter is natural and doesn't cause them upset. At least not mine. My Mom has always left butter out room temperature (she is 91 yrs old) so I do too. It's more palatable that way for the kitties too. Just don't give too much butter for too many days to fat cats because it c... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 17:35:57 EST Did everyone see? There are tons of new emoticons out there now - even a whole new page of state flags! Enjoy, everyone. Fri, 9 Jan 2009 19:29:40 EST greetings I and Freedom the calico cat that lives with me. I met her at the local SPCA and decided to take her home with me. <em>240</em> She yesterday hid and had me panicked because she is not supposed to go out and <BR> there is is good reason since wild big cats and other animals could get her as well as cars. She came back like in the song " the cat came back". I am having new carpet put in soon so I rehearsed her in her cat carrier so I could take her in the enclosed garage while the work is be... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 09:01:23 EST help needed with a skittish kitty - long post To give a little background first - I have 3 kitties. Pancho and Janie were adopted on the same day from the humane society and have been love bugs ever since. Bella (the skittish one) was rescued by a friend from a potential dog attack (her dog had just mauled one of Bella's littermates). When we first brought Bella home we kept her separate from the other 2 (she was a little sick) and after a couple of weeks we gradually introduced her to them. She took to them right away and plays free... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 13:08:15 EST Kitty's Korner - Cat Lovers Newsletter 1.3.09 January 3, 2009 <BR> <BR> KITTY’S KORNER <BR> <BR> Greetings, Cat Lovers and friends around the world - a Happy New Year is wished to all! <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Congratulations to all of our members, human and feline, who will celebrate a birthday or anniversary during the month of January. Our best wishes to you! <BR> <BR> A warm, furry, purring welcome to all new members! <BR> <BR> ---NEWS WE CAN USE--- <BR> <BR> Cats and Play (from CatNips ezine) <BR> <BR> It is difficu... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 07:33:06 EST Funny Most diets fail because we are still thinking and eating like people. For those us who have never had any success dieting. Well now there is the new Miracle Cat Diet! This diet will also work on humans! Except for cats that eat like people -- such as getting lots of table scraps -- most cats are long and lean (or tiny and petite). the Cat Miracle Diet will help you achieve the same lean, svelte figure. Just follow this diet for one week and you'll find that you not only look and feel better, ... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:17:16 EST Just a cute moment that might bring smiles This morning, my DH and I were standing at the top of the stairs, talking to each other before preparing to go out. Right next to where I was standing, is my scale. I keep it there so I can weigh myself each morning without forgetting. Both of us looked down and cracked up laughing. As we were talking, Salem (my 2 yr old male cat) stepped onto my scale and activated it and then sat down fully on it and just stayed there as I peered at the number and cheerfully told my DH that the kitty weighs... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 17:52:43 EST HELP!!! A pretty little black kitty has decided to make my house her new home. We were taking out the trash last night and heard a kitty meowing and thought that our Shelby snick out. But when we called it was this kitty cold and hungry so we brought her in to feed her at least and Shelby made it clear that she doesn't like her. My youngest one would love to keep but I don't think that we can because Shelby has a habit of peeing on the furniture when she is mad at us. So I am looking for a no kill sh... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 07:18:39 EST Night Owls My two cats, Timon & Ebony, are night owls. I know cats are a nocturnal animal but any ideas on how to keep them up in the day and asleep at night??? Tue, 30 Dec 2008 20:01:00 EST My cats made me join Good morning all - my name is Juli, I am 42 and I am owned by 3 precious felines who are currently sleeping in various locations/positions in my living room. They know I love kitties so much they are afraid I am going to bring more home, so they made me join this group to get my additional kitty fix. <BR> <BR> I love them so much, I dedicated a blog entry to them <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1574067 </link> Mon, 22 Dec 2008 08:39:30 EST Chia Cat Grass Planter Some of the drug stores are selling this Chia pet for cats. I bought one for Timon & Ebony, my boys. Cats love to graze on grass and this one is Sylvester and Tweety. Cute! Fri, 19 Dec 2008 19:13:03 EST Daily Dose of Laughter Kitchen Help* <BR> <BR> My brother-in-law came home to an empty house one day and decided he would start dinner. First, he would make the salad. He searched high and low for the big bowl for making the salad and finally found it in the refrigerator, half full of Kool Aid. "Who on earth put Kool Aid in a bowl?" He looked around and found some empty pop bottles, rinsed them out and using a funnel, transferred the Kool Aid to the pop bottles and returned them to the fridge. He then made the sal... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:46:55 EST One cat is licking the other too much Has anyone had this problem? It's new for me. The two cats sleep together and the Siobhan, the younger one, licks Isabelle, the older one's, ears to the point that she has bleeding wounds on her face in front of each ear. Siobhan also chews on Isabelle's ears and they, too, are getting raw. You'd think Isabelle would hiss her away if it were uncomfortable, but she seems to love it. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Thu, 18 Dec 2008 19:41:34 EST HOLIDAY CAT SAFETY TIPS Planning a Safe Holiday for Your Cat <BR> <BR> When it comes to the holidays, there are so many things to be careful of – not gaining 10 lbs. on cookies, not getting yourself into debt just to buy some presents – and of course keeping your pets healthy, happy and safe. Here are some helpful tips from your friends at Hill's Pet Nutrition on how you can do just that. <BR> <BR> * Provide solitude. Guests may cramp your cat's style, so keep her favorite place free from the holiday hubbub so... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:51:36 EST DRESSING FESTIVE Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> I'd like to share with you some quick holiday dressing tips. It really <BR> doesn't take much to pull your holiday look all together. The good <BR> news is you can look festive using many of the pieces you already have <BR> in your closet. No need to break your budget. No matter your festive <BR> occasion, I'm sure you find some ideas here that will get your style <BR> going! <BR> <BR> Casual-Festive style: <BR> <BR> If you are entertaining at home or going to an in... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:44:02 EST Holiday Fun! All through the Christmas season in old England, "lambswool" could be found in the houses of the well-to-do. What was it? <BR> <BR> I will post something trivial and see if you can answer ...if you have the answer leave just a clue for the next person :) Sun, 14 Dec 2008 13:08:20 EST Lets Feed The Kitties <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Just a tick a day and you will be helping to feed the cats in the shelters...there is a sight for dogs as well... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:29:34 EST Do your cats sleep with you more when it's cold ? My cats have always slept in my bed off & on but usually not all at the same time. I noticed now that the weather is cold they all pile up on the bed & they fight over who will sleep on top of me. <BR> Last night I had 2 of them sleeping on my chest LOL Mon, 1 Dec 2008 13:55:34 EST spread some "spark love" visit at least 2 members spark pages every day and give them encouragement. Sun, 23 Nov 2008 11:10:25 EST Companionship If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him <BR> and never say its not quite as good as his mothers <BR> <BR> <BR> ..then buy a dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour, <BR> for as long and wherever you want ... <BR> <BR> <BR> ..then buy a dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care <BR> about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2008 08:52:05 EST Accident? Or, Deliberate? Once when my friend and I were away we got a "babysitter" for our cats. Well, when we came home we found that one of our cats peed on my friend's bed! And, today, I came home to BM all over ~in the litterbox, on the litter tray and even some ON MY BED! As I speak I am washing all my linen. I did try a new food on Ebony (and it was him!) so I guess it wasn't all his fault. Anyone else have surprises like this? Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:53:42 EST Favorite Toys My cats love to play with....pipecleaners! I get the old fashioned white pipecleaners. (some have spikes on them now, but I mean the old kind). I wind it around my finger to make a coil and toss it. They'll chase it around the house for hours. I have to retrieve them from under everything. I keep a big ceramic bowl on the dining room table with pom poms, tassels, and pipe cleaners. They LOVE the pipe cleaners! <BR> <BR> What are your cat's favorite toys? Mon, 17 Nov 2008 20:38:44 EST Does Your Cat STARE??? My white cat, Timon, reminds me of the dog "Eddie" on Frazier t.v. show. Timon will often stare at me like Eddie does. If I ask him a question he responds w/ a coy "me-ow." Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:42:49 EST Art work<BR>code=1558723727070&source=jl999 <BR> <BR> . <BR> <BR> Can't make this clickable, but if anyone can. it is adorable. Wed, 12 Nov 2008 21:20:17 EST Hello there Hi- My name is Melanie and I have a 5yr old tabby named Smokey. (he looks alot like the team picture) He is the love of my life. I have been with SP for over 2 weeks and I could not believe the support and caring! I know I will lose and keep the weight off this time as long as I keep coming online to SP. Mon, 10 Nov 2008 22:23:13 EST New to Team I Joined spark People about 3 weeks ago, about the same time we got our 2 kittens.There names are Skittles and M&M (my son named them).He was getting a new kitten at the Shelter and we fell in love with these two, which are sisters to the one he got. I just wanted to say hello to all the other cat Lovers on here. Fri, 31 Oct 2008 09:05:25 EST Cats, or Dogs, or Both? I am definitely a CAT PERSON. I will always own a cat, or two. Dogs are just "okay" to me. I just don't see wanting a dog. Don't get me wrong. Collies and German shepards are sweet, and make good pets. But, "cats have been worshipped as gods since the time of the pharoahs. And, you know what? They have never forgotten this!" (A quote, although not mine) Tue, 28 Oct 2008 18:07:11 EST Animal Rescue Site $100,000+ Challenge Please see the following: <BR> - Message Posted by: VVEDD1223 - 10/24/2008 <BR> <BR> I put a sticky on it so we can all access it daily without having to hunt for it. Fri, 24 Oct 2008 13:43:09 EST Do you have a cat helper when your online? My Smokey has started jumping on the mouse pad everytime anyone goes near the computor. <BR> She refuses to move as long as someone is on the comp. <BR> She is a real big help let me tell ya. <BR> Any other computor cats out there? Wed, 22 Oct 2008 22:23:53 EST Hello and it is MY Furkids birthday today! Hello! I am Tracy from NJ. I am owned by 2 furkids Mufasa (18 pounds) and Pasta Fagioli(9.8 pound) Sibling littermates. <BR> <BR> They turned 3 years old today and it has been an awesome 3 years! They are such loves and they are so personable. They love comapny to come over and don't mind getting their teeth brushed. Love to get their fur brushed. Sit like good little kids to get treats and will jump up to get them. They fetch, they love their laser pointer and love to chase flies! They als... Fri, 17 Oct 2008 20:49:22 EST Has anyone tried the new nail trimer Petipaws? I thinks it's actually called peticure anyway, I keep seeing ads for it every where & even get emails for it. <BR> It looks good for dogs but I wonder about cats. Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:38:53 EST claws I have a cat that has front claws and one that has been declawed. they are my babies. It is funny that the one that has front claws is careful not to take them to her brother. Is that strange or what Sat, 11 Oct 2008 21:36:32 EST Do you let your cats outside? I grew up with domestic cats that were in door out door cats but some people think it's wrong. <BR> Whats your vote? Thu, 9 Oct 2008 20:02:26 EST Steps to happiness Steps to happiness <BR> <BR> You can't be all things to all people. <BR> You can't do all things at once. <BR> You can't do all things equally well. <BR> You can't do all things better than everyone else. <BR> Your humanity is showing, just like everyone else's <BR> <BR> So: <BR> You have to find out who you are and be that. <BR> You have to decide what comes first and do that. <BR> You have to discover your strengths and use them. <BR> You have to learn not to compete with others. Because ... Sun, 5 Oct 2008 06:42:29 EST Hypothyroidism My 15 year old, Kotie, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last night. She has lost probably 2-3 lbs over the summer and only weighs 5.9 lbs now. Just waiting on the bloodwork to confirm and then she will start on daily pills. Just the bloodwork cost $125 and she will have to have it repeated to see how the meds are doing. They also suggested surgery but at this point, I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have elderly babies with this? How are they doing? <BR> <BR> She is otherwise h... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 08:04:34 EST CATKINS I'm on a low carb diet now. I have had results in the past and this time I really need to get w/ the program again! My cat, Timon, is overweight too. Any suggestions for the feline weight problems? Fri, 3 Oct 2008 14:44:20 EST 2 Prayers for Pets Prayers for Pets <BR> Inspiration Prayers for Pets <BR> <BR> A Prayer for Your Pet <BR> <BR> Dearest God, <BR> Heavenly Father, maker of all living creatures, <BR> we thank You for our pet and all the joy this animal brings to our family. <BR> May God bless our pet and may our love for this animal <BR> be a constant reminder of God's love for me and all of creation. <BR> Blessed are You, God, in all Your creatures! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Prayer After Pet Loss <BR> <BR> Almighty God, <BR... Thu, 2 Oct 2008 14:35:24 EST New Member Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am joining this team in memory of Reese my siamese cat who passed away suddenly 4 weeks ago. I miss her dearly. <BR> <BR> Vicki Wed, 1 Oct 2008 21:59:59 EST Two Different Doctor's Offices TWO DIFFERENT DOCTORS' OFFICES <BR> <BR> Boy, if this doesn't hit the nail on the head, <BR> I don't know what does! <BR> <BR> Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with <BR> The same complaint. Both have trouble walking and <BR> Appear to require a hip replacement. <BR> <BR> The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, <BR> Is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for <BR> Surgery the following week. <BR> <BR> The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks ... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 12:47:40 EST "Kitty Cat" Call to Police CASPER, Wyo. - A police officer didn't think much of a call to shoo off a bothersome "kitty cat" at a home in Casper, Wyo. Then the officer arrived at the home of Beverly Hood. It was no ordinary domestic feline — but a male mountain lion weighing 80 to 90 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> Officer Mike Ableman says he ran for cover inside Hood's home when he saw the cougar. <BR> <BR> Hood says she was inside when she first saw the mountain lion lying on her porch Monday. Hood says the lion hissed at ... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:01:05 EST Cat Show! I live in Southern California, and today and tomorrow is the Pasadena Cat Show! I didn't make it today but my friend and I are going tomorrow! Can't wait! They even have pet adoptions there too. I love to see the kitties receive ribbons and the many breeds of cats. Anyone ever been to a cat show? Sat, 20 Sep 2008 19:16:50 EST My cat has just gone missing!! I just joined this team and have not even introduced myself, but I needed to get this off my chest...One of my 7 cats, Shivna, has fallen down our balcony (second storey), we know she´s not hurt,it´s not a very high second floor, but we can´t find her...she´s very timid, so she won´t come out while people are about. Just thinking about how scared she must be makes me ill, and she´s so pretty someone could take her and keep her...I´m all messed up about this. We have made signs and we will ha... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 16:07:35 EST Cat loveers Need to Laugh Too Your Yearly Dementia Test <BR> It's that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test. <BR> Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. <BR> As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. <BR> If you don't use it, you lose it! <BR> <BR> Below is a very private way to <BR> gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence. <BR> <BR> Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not. <BR> The spaces below are so you don't see the answers <BR... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 10:39:02 EST Grieving I have been missing for awhile on the site. Have been taking care of my little girl(furbaby). She has been very sick. Yesterday we had to put her down. We had to end all her pain and suffering. It was very hard on me and my husband. We have had her since she was 6 weeks old. She was 11 1/2 years when she died. And she was daddy's little girl. Right now my boys(furbabies) are wondering what happened. One is her brother the other we adopted later. I know we did what was right but it doesn't mak... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 16:09:08 EST What Favorite Toy Does Your Cat Play With? Ebony's all time favorite of the past 7 yrs is the infamous Q-tip! Can you believe that? He'll play for hours w/ one. <BR> Timon loves to play w/ the plastic lid you tear from the gallon of milk. He'll carry it in his mouth like a pacifier too! Tue, 16 Sep 2008 18:34:34 EST Health benefits of owning a pet interesting article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/healthy-home-with-pets/health-benefit<BR>s-of-pets.aspx?xid=cs_20_nl#~amp~xid=n<BR>l_EverydayHealthHealthyLiving_20080914 </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2008 21:17:20 EST I really need HELP!!!!!!!! Ok my usually wonderful and crazy baby Shelby has started peeing on our couches. This started bout 3 weeks ago when I got bright idea to change her dry food to something cheaper. She is acting like her normal crazy self. Eating and drinking like norm. Here is the other thing she is only peeing on the couches that she peed on when she was in heat before we got her fixed. I have appointment with the vet on fri.(have to wait till then it is payday. But wondering if you guys have any ideas about ... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 19:58:12 EST anyone else not getting point earning e-mail? i haven't received any "1 point for reading" e-mail from spark people since friday..anyone else being neglected this way? Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:01:27 EST Adding to your family? Here's a checklist 4 you Found a good checklist for bringing home a new pet ... check it out at: <BR> <link><BR>/cms/pdf/custom-solution-new-pet-check<BR>list.pdf?xid=cs_20_nl </link> <BR> <BR> It's worth it if only to see the little baby black boxer (dog) on the page! <BR> But it's a good list, too! Fri, 5 Sep 2008 12:05:01 EST beware: plants poisonous to pets: (i compiled this list from 3 separate articles, incorporating all the plants listed into 1 list ... so it's not a direct "full copy" of an article: <BR> <BR> Popular Plants Poisonous to Pets - 17 Common Poisonous Plants <BR> <BR> Lilies <BR> Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestion of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result. <BR> <BR> Mari... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 10:41:51 EST Pet care mistakes even good owners make! an interesting article i found on <BR> <BR> <link><BR>are-mistakes-good-owners-make/f85c4fe5<BR>a0c2b110VgnVCM20000012281eac____/healt<BR>h/healthy.home/pets </link> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 10:38:55 EST Test your cat I.Q. Purina Petcentric has a cool little test on its site to test how much you know about cats. <BR> check it out: <BR> <link><BR>cat </link> Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:54:03 EST Pets 10 Commandments A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS......... <BR> <BR> 1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. <BR> <BR> 2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. <BR> <BR> 3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. <BR> <BR> 4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you. <BR> <BR> 5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do u... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 14:15:40 EST 100 members strong and growing!! I just wanted to thank you all for being a part of the Cat Lovers Team and for all of the good advice, support, and inspiration you've all shared with the group. Who knew that back in December of 2007, we'd grow this fast?! You are all very special, and I'm very happy to be getting to know so many new friends and their cats. Continued best wishes for more success with your goals! Here's to the NEXT 100 members!! Fri, 22 Aug 2008 17:58:24 EST Isis is home I hope all lost cats come home. <BR> <BR> She was in my neighbor's garage. She is too young to wander off and come home a few days later, so I was sure she was gone forever. Herschel has just about made me crazy. I have held him and played with him all day. The first thing I did was show her to him. He licked her all over her head. <BR> <BR> I am so glad she was in my nice neighbor's garage, because the neighbors on the other side are not nice and I was really worried about that. ... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 21:05:38 EST Ollie is missing My kids & I have been looking everywhere for her for the last 2 days. <BR> I'm really worried something bad has happened. Mon, 18 Aug 2008 21:23:46 EST Heya all Hey all, I am an avid cat lover and I am addicted to lolcats. I have 19 atm out of some twist of fate. That's not even the most I have ever had. <BR> <BR> I wanted to say hiya to everyone. Tue, 12 Aug 2008 20:50:13 EST Cat Nip??? Recently, my neighbor pointed out that I have catnip growing on my property, I did not know that is what it was, I had never seen it outside of a store before. I let the kitties have some and have in the past as well, and of course they go bonkers over it. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering what opions you guys had on the subject, and if you use it or not? <em>240</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2008 21:44:37 EST Are your cats allowed to sleep on your bed? Legolas & Aragorn love to sleep on my bed but my Hubby Robbie can't stand it. The girls come up some times & Robbie doesn't mind them in the bed but no boys allowed.LOL Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:57:40 EST If you could have any kind of cat... What would it be? <BR> I love Main Coons & Bangels. <BR> Egyptian Mau's are really pretty too. Fri, 1 Aug 2008 13:33:29 EST New to the team!! My name is Crystal and I am a SAHM to 2, an 8yo boy and a 2yo girl. I have a male kitty also, he is 5yo. My kitty is a tabby mixed with Maine Coon. He is a tan color. He is a big momma's boy!! LOL He also has the longest tail I have ever seen on a cat, 12"!! I look forward to getting to know some of you!! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 17:19:08 EST New Spark Feature We're happy to announce the launch of two often-requested enhancements to the SparkPage photo gallery. <BR> <BR> 1) You can now add up to 50 photos to your gallery, up from 25. <BR> <BR> 2) You can now also change the order of your photos. Go to Edit SparkPage, the click Edit My Photo Gallery. You can then put your mouse on any photo to move it around the page, and click Save at the bottom left when you are finished. <BR> <BR> We hope these changes make SparkPages an even more helpful way ... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 09:36:40 EST I'm a first time cat owner! Hello, everyone! I'm very excited to be a part of this forum. I recently adopted my first cat from the Humane Society. <BR> <BR> I have minor allergies and have always had negative associations with cats because my family members are primarily cat haters. I love animals more than anyone I know, though, and I've been wanting a pet for a long time. Dogs and birds (my first loves) just don't work with my lifestyle right now. So with the encouragement of my boyfriend (a cat lover), I've gone loo... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 15:41:33 EST What kind of cats do you have? I have 1 domestic 1 persian & 3 exotic's. <BR> I would love to have a Main Coon & a Bengal someday they are awesome! Sat, 26 Jul 2008 12:29:05 EST Do your cats go walking with you? I have 3 cats that will walk with me. <BR> Some times by the end of the walk I have to carry 1 or 2 of them back though LOL. <BR> Just wondering if anybody else takes a cat along with them? Thu, 24 Jul 2008 16:07:27 EST DEVOTIONS FOR DIETERS AND LlFE-STYLE CHANGERS I post these on all the other teams I belong to and they seem to go over well. If you would rather not have me post them, please let me know and there will be no hard feelings.--Elayne <BR> <BR> Monday, July 21 <BR> Colossians 4:2 <BR> <BR> Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind, and a thankful heart. <BR> <BR> Jane couldn't believe how much harder it was to diet now that Dottie had moved away. The strength and support of having someone to diet with had been immense. Just having so... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:55:25 EST Good Cat reference articles i found Found these on Prevention today. Good articles for cat lovers: <BR> <BR> If fireworks, thunderstorms, or passing shadows make your pet nervous, here's soothing advice <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pet-and-fireworks/782320def64f9110VgnV<BR>CM20000012281eac____/health/healthy.ho<BR>me/pets?cm_mmc=Spotlight-_-6232008-_-H<BR>ealth-_-Help%20for%20Scaredy%20Cats </link> <BR> <BR> If the link doesn't work (it looks doubtful), go to and search for: Hel... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 23:09:35 EST How did you choose your Username? Hi, everyone - I'm Catkeeper (aka Paula), and I have this type of thread on another team - thought I would borrow the idea. I won't put a 'sticky' on it right away, but... <BR> It seems like a good idea for us to get to know one another a little better. <BR> Why am I CATKEEPER? Well, it's actually pretty easy to tell - look at my page. You'll come away saying 'why didn't she call herself 'CRITTERKEEPER'? <BR> I don't have a good answer for that one - LOL! <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2008 23:44:54 EST Brainerd says HELLO Here we are to say HELLO... <BR> You can call me Sunshine (childhood nickname) <BR> <BR> My cat's name is Brainerd and he lives with me by the beautiful sea on Cape Cod in MA <BR> He was originally named Mikey but as my lunatic boss at the time was named Mike I just had to change it, LOL <BR> <BR> With my furbaby's approval (yes I really asked him) we changed his name <BR> I took his new name from the hometown of a former customer of mine (I used to sell on eBay years ago) <BR> <BR> I thou... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 08:37:20 EST Bad day Yesterday I went over my cal. by about 300 <em>39</em> <BR> It was my birthday & my dtr suprised me by taking me out to red lobster my fav. place. <BR> Because I didn't know I was going I didn't plan breakfast & lunch right <em>40</em> <BR> I hate that I went off track already when I haven't even been here a week <em>46</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2008 02:04:31 EST new to the team Hello everyone, I love cats and am excited to meet everyone and share "cat tales". <BR> I have two, <BR> Kuma is my black Japanese Bobtail that I adopted and Hunter is an adorable orange tiger cat that used to be a stray - could not resist taking him in. <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:24:40 EST I'm new just joined yesterday. My name is Becki I'm from Virginia. <BR> I have 5 cats. <BR> 1 blue cream DSH her name is Ollie. <BR> 1 black persain her name is Smokey. <BR> 2 Exotic long hair's Legolas he is a red & white van <BR> Aragorn he is a Black & white van. <BR> 1 Exotic short hair Eowyn she is a calico van. <BR> I use to work the local cat show & was a member of the local cat club but havn't been to a meeting since 2003. <BR> I'm a moderator on 2 other websites & look forward to posting here. Sat, 12 Jul 2008 13:58:00 EST Absentee Registry Its always nice to know when or why our feline loving friends go thought a thread for us to post our absences... <BR> <BR> I will be going to Istanbul for the yearly company conference so will not be posting till Saturday night...soooooo feel free to keep up the kitty humour and know I will miss you...... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 03:31:10 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I just joined SparkPeople on Monday and all this is so new and exciting to me. <BR> <BR> A little about myself. I am 23 from Philadelphia. I am the mommy to five cats (Peanut, Leo, Sam, Tiki and Lex). I don't have any kitty photos yet, but I will putting some up soon. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a member of cat lovers! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 18:08:48 EST Independence Day July 4th Independence Day July 4th <BR> <BR> On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream. <BR> <BR> The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learni... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 13:34:15 EST Kitty's Korner - Cat Lovers Newsletter July 1, 2008 <BR> <BR> <BR> KITTY'S KORNER <BR> <BR> Hi ho, friendly Cat Lovers! Welcome to July, and a brand new happening – a newsletter. Yes, this is the first for this team (thank you Cindy for giving me the opportunity to do this). <BR> <BR> First, a warm furry purring welcome to everyone, especially new members. <BR> <BR> I want to start by introducing myself: I am CATKEEPER (aka Paula)… and Cindy (aka RUNNING2DAY) the primary team leader, allowed me to pursue this warped idea I h... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 06:00:51 EST Jazzed July Challenge Okay my Feline Loving Friends! Starting today July 1 right through the end of the month...every single day challenge yourselves to move more in any way that you can achieve..keep track of all your movements here and we will work out who will keep track of the points.....Believe me!!!! The more you move the easier it gets!!!! Mon, 30 Jun 2008 17:51:46 EST New Mewbie Hi Everyone. I'm new to this team, have been a Sparkler for a little over a week. I grew up with kitties and have always loved them. The most wonderful cat I've ever known died in February and I miss him every day. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here to talk about our furry feline friends. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2008 14:24:57 EST Hello Everybody name is Lisa and I am a cat owner. I am the proud owner of a beautiful black and white cat named Riley (named for the old Irish saying "The Life Of Riley")...she rules the roost and most of the time I think I am the visitor in her home! She is currently lying on my bed, so I have been unable to make the bed..truly, she is living the life of Riley! Tue, 17 Jun 2008 12:39:47 EST Events: Birthday, Anniversary, New Baby or Kitty? We will be starting up a bi-monthly newsletter on July 1, to be posted on the board. Please take a moment to give us as much of the following information as you are willing to share: <BR> First Name (all we know is your username) <BR> Birthday <BR> Anniversary <BR> Info on your cat(s) <BR> <BR> Here's my info: <BR> <BR> Name: Paula <BR> B-day: 2/16 <BR> Anniv: 10/16 <BR> Cats/B-days: Simon 8/12, Philip 8/30, Leila 4/18 <BR> <BR> I will put the info into a spreadsheet and try to keep up wit... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 08:08:31 EST Where My Cat Lives You might want to sticky this one... <BR> <BR> It appears that we come from all would be nice to post some interesting facts about the places we and our kitties live....From the big facts to the unknown... <BR> <BR> So Terra and I are from Turkey...Turkey has such a rich history that we could devote a whole website to I will give you info in small bites...and Terra feel free to jump in since you actually had all the history lessons in school... <BR> <BR> Lets see...Turkey... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 16:54:23 EST Kitty Funnies Post your jokes,riddles, stories etc here...first one is a cat drinking song.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Wild Kitty <BR> music traditional, words Marc Gunn 9/25/2003 <BR> <BR> The first of my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers. This cat song is based on the Irish folk song "Wild Rover". This song tells of cat who is out searching for food, but instead just finds himself with drinking problem. The chorus is incredible fun! <BR> <BR> Well I've been a wild kitty for many's the year, <BR> And I found... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 19:08:39 EST Greetings All! I am an expat Californian transplanted to Turkey some 18 years ago and I just had to join up after reading all the things your lovely kitties like to two boys will be thrilled to be part of the team.... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 18:28:58 EST Great and Growing! Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm amazed at how many new members we've had lately. For a team that just started in December, we are fantastic!!! Thank you, everyone, for joining and for recommending new people. All our cats brought us here together to concentrate on the common goal of fitness and good health. Let's continue to cheer eachother on and be supportive the way we always have. And new members, please feel free to post any ideas or thoughts, as well as questions about the team or about SP in gen... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 10:47:02 EST Meow! Hi all! <BR> I'm Isin, from Ankara, Turkey. I live with a siamese beauty and her mixed breed daugther. they are 7 and 6 years old, respectively. I love ALL kinds of animals, but cats are... they are just enchanting. <BR> See you all around. Meow! <em>240</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:48:14 EST Mother of 5, grannie to 7 Hi everyone! My name is Lora and I absolutely adore cats of all sizes,shapes and breeds! I personally own 5 ... a 5 year old male white and black long hair, a 4 year old male orange tiger long hair and his short black haired brother, a 5 year old long haired female tortie and my newest baby who just turned one, a female Himalayan. My three children have between them adopted 7 more cats, but only one of them lives in my home. Sun, 1 Jun 2008 08:48:02 EST Hi everyone! Hi, <BR> Don't let the name fool you, I really am not "BAD". I received the nickname from a t-shirt I had bought, and it just kinda stuck. I love cats I always have. Over the years there have been many cats that have come into, an out of, my life. I can not imagine a world without them. "Mickey" the male cat who graces us with his daily presence, is basically an outdoor cat, but at the same time he is the biggest love-bug I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is much to big for my lap, ... Sat, 31 May 2008 09:07:36 EST Why Is Life So Hard? This is a poem I wrote today to encourage all my spark family. So many of us are having some really rough times and I myself as well. I have to fight to stay on the straight and narrow of my quest to lose this weight and get healthy again. To no longer be a prisoner of pain and be too disabled to walk. I'm getting there...but it's hard. Life IS hard...but life is also neither bad nor good, it just is...and it's what we do with it that makes it good or bad. I hope this encourages someone today... Wed, 21 May 2008 15:03:19 EST NEW!!! kitten pics Hi Everyone, <BR> Thought you all might like to see some pictures of my new kittens born 4-14 & 4-16. My 2 females (which are sisters) had their kittens 2 days apart and are sharing the care of 7 kittens. I have 4 males and 3 females. I need HELP in naming them. My favorite is the one I picked for my icon. I don't know how I ended up with one like that. I have no cat that looks like her. As you can see in my photos, none of them look anything like her. It must be from past generations. So tak... Mon, 19 May 2008 15:15:47 EST May Challenge How about a May challenge for the remainder of May? I challenge everyone to get at least 150 exercise minutes each week for the next three weeks. That will get us each 450 minutes for the remainder of the month (and hopefully quite a few pounds). Just post your minutes and what you did for those minutes AT LEAST once a week. Sun, 11 May 2008 18:44:13 EST Kitty Lover Hello new here. But have always loved cats grow up with them and just got a new baby few months back and love her to death!! Sat, 3 May 2008 22:48:08 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Starting Hi Everyone, <BR> Have you heard about the new challenge on SP? There's a link that tells about it on the right sidebar. What it involves is: <BR> <BR> 1. A 7-Day Workout Program. We’ve created daily workout videos that take less than 10 minutes to complete! Do just ONE video each day for four weeks to sculpt every major muscle group, including your trouble zones. You’ll need a pair of dumbbells (pick a weight appropriate for your fitness level) to follow along. <BR> 2. Five 30-minute cardi... Sat, 3 May 2008 18:26:50 EST Chat Place OMG... just had a huge scare, and my heart is still beating wildly. Apparently our oldest child, Simon, has figured out how to open the screen part of the sliding glass door. And naturally all three cats went out of the 4" hole he created - I bet you wonder how I know who the prime pulprit is? It comes from knowing your children. You just know... that's all. Happy to report that they are all back in the house, safe and sound. Whew! <BR> Thu, 1 May 2008 22:03:12 EST Bad Habits we've left behind since joining. Hey Everyone, <BR> I thought it would be good if we all reflect upon the bad habits we've broken since joining SP and/or the Cat Lovers Team. For every bad behavior we don't do anymore, there's a good behavior that's taken it's place. I'll start by saying that I don't automatically turn the TV on when I get home from work anymore. I look for something more active to going out and pulling weeds from my flower garden. I get to also enjoy the fresh air after a day in the office. Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:47:02 EST Flea treatment for kittens? Hi Everyone, Hoping to get some helpful information on flea treatment for kittens and Mommy cat. These cats don't come into the house because my husband is allergic to them. They are on my screened-in back porch. I let the Momma cat out a few times a day to go potty. The kittens are 2 weeks old. I know you can't spray any flea spray on the kittens. Can you spray the Mom but not in the nipple area? Should I use a flea collar or the drops that you use at the back of the neck for the Momma cat? ... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:18:45 EST lots o cats Hi everybody, my nane is Liz and I'm new to Sparks <BR> I have 14 cats all related. <em>239</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2008 01:16:40 EST