SparkPeople Crazy About Cats Team Messageboard If you're crazy about cats, this is the team for you! We have lots of fun games too! Join us & let's CAT CHAT! SparkPeople Crazy About Cats Team Messageboard A-Z Vocabulary for AUTUMN! Apple-Pumpkin Scented Candle Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:05:23 EST A-Z Vocabulary for SUMMER! Air conditioning! <BR> <BR> <BR> It's 100 degrees today where I live! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 20 Jun 2020 14:45:45 EST A-Z Vocabulary for SPRING! April Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:04:31 EST NEW word from the last 2 letters peace Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:40:43 EST Prayers requested Morning team… I will be having surgery tomorrow morning, a spinal fusion L2-L5. If You think of me please send up prayers and also for the doctor and his PA. Thanks so Very much Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:16:51 EST Cats Have Healthier Attachment To Humans Than Dogs New Study Proves Cats Have a Healthier Attachment to Their Humans Than Dogs Do <BR> Sassy Has Serious Affection For You, No Matter How She Shows It <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ction-owners-study/?utm_source=nsltr&a<BR>mp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=ca<BR>ts-affection-owners-study&amp;utm_campaign=launch </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Sep 2019 20:55:04 EST New to team Hello! Im new to the team! I currently have 7 very spoiled cats, all indoor. I have over 100 pounds to lose. I have been having a hard time lately staying motivated, and Im hoping by joining some new teams, its will get me motivated for the summer! Sat, 1 Jun 2019 10:18:36 EST New to team! Hello! <BR> I am back on to Sparking after a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. I love cats--I have two right now. Ellie is a tabby (black, white, gray) and is 6, Lizzie just turned one and is a gray medium hair cat whom we adopted last summer when our 19-year-old Truman kitty passed away. They have been very encouraging this week as I am home on Spring break and they like to hang out with me! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:22:58 EST Kitty walking into furniture and walls Yesterday morning breakfast time- Dakota was walking down the hall to come into kitchen for breakfast and bumped his head into the wall a few times and turned into living room (instead of the kitchen) and bumped into furniture. I picked him up and brought him to food bowl. <BR> <BR> I took him to the vet. His regular Dr wasn’t in, so we saw one of the partners. She examined him and did blood screen. She found a heart arrhythmia and said he’s blind! Probably due to high blood pressure.... Wed, 6 Mar 2019 12:35:37 EST Top entry cat liter boxes We decided to try a top entry liter box in an effort to keep things cleaner. We used a liner as we do with all the other boxes and we used the same litter. A few interested looks but not one cat has used it. It's in the same place as the litter box it replaced. <BR> <BR> Anyone have good experiences with this style litter box? Or bad, for that matter? It's been five days now. We'll give it a few weeks but are thinking it's a lost cause. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 09:11:36 EST Ten years ago - cat food recalls Does anyone remember, about ten years ago --- or maybe even13 or 14 years ago --- there was a huge cat food recall - at the time I had a cat who suddenly developed kidney problems and thyroid issues (and died not long after) and I've always wondered if that was related to his food -- <BR> <BR> but now I'm concerned for my current cats - one has lost weight suddenly and they are both not eating well (vet can't get me in til next week) <BR> <BR> i'm just trying to remember what was it about... Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:16:00 EST Lost my Misty Girl Lost my Misty Girl a short while ago. Her fur was so soft that I liked to call her my Velveteen Kitty. Every morning she would climb into my arms. It was our special time of the day. Missing her. <img src=""> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:59:52 EST my cat's colors Gideon white and Tabby part main coon he is fluffy. Bethany is same as Gideon only she is more tabby then white looks like she has. Tabby tux on. Faith is black and white she is my tuxie girl. Hannah is orange black and white def calico and she is sassy <BR> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:54:38 EST New to the team! Hello there fellow cat lovers! <BR> <BR> I am new to the team. I am a seasoned sparker, though. <BR> <BR> I have 3 cats. One goofball, one diva, and one very chill black cat. Bella, Brie and Dexter. All from shelters. All sweet in their own way! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you guys! <em>239</em> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:33:38 EST Hi everyone! Hello everyone! I'm 31 from Ohio. Working on getting healthier. Obviously needed to join the cat page :D I have 3 - all rescues. Sedgewick, Yasha, Emmy. Orange, gray, gray. <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful day Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:18:44 EST New here Hi. I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I have 4 cats of my own and currently 6 foster babies that I bottle raised. I'm the volunteer coordinator at the local humane society and also a foster. There are always kittens at my house! Fri, 9 Jun 2017 17:24:13 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 12:33:14 EST New Member Cat Lover I rejoined spark people after many years and now starting week 2 of being back on board. Just found this team. My name is Shari and I live in Ohio with my husband and our furkids (both kitties and dachshunds) . My oldest kitty is Amelia who is almost 16 1/2 and my youngest kitty is Bailey just over a year old. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 05:46:05 EST Cat emojis for iPhone I found these, and I'm completely addicted: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You can find them in the iPhone store by searching for "purr-moji" <BR> <BR> Be careful, as "purrmoji" (no hyphen) apparently is a football team set of mojis... <BR> <BR> Haven't used the tail ones yet, but I'm just looking for an excuse! Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:52:15 EST Cat Food Recall The post said it came out 3 weeks ago. Didn't know Smuckers even made cat food, but it is 9 Lives and Special Kitty. <BR> <link><BR>-recall-expansion/?utm_source=ars-arsf<BR>an&amp;utm_medium=social-fbpc&amp;utm_<BR>term=ARSFAN-PC-smucker-recall-expansio<BR>n-5cCPM-W35-KWcats-DESKT-Dupe1&amp;utm<BR>_campaign=PC-smucker-recall-expansion&<BR>amp;origin=ars_arsfan_social_fbpc_PC_smucker-recall-expansion </link> <BR> They do repeat posts, so if you're inte... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:50:51 EST New furbaby mom to group I live in NC and have 2 kitties and 1 very spoiled baby girl dog. We seem to have all figured out how to coexist and love each other. This is the fewest pets we've had since being married 31 years ago. At one time we had 6 cats, all inside. That was a crazy time. But I loved them all. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:24:05 EST Newbie & total cat lover here Hi! I'm new to your team AND SP. I love it so far! I joined weight watchers on May 27th of this year and so far I've lost 32 lbs. I just joined SP two days ago and dropped out of weight watchers. I just thought it was to expensive and since SP was practically free (I joined the premium sp for a fourth of what I was paying weight watchers monthly). I'm 51 and when I was in my 40's I had two total knee replacements. I'm a Christian, total cat lover, happily married and live in the beautiful oza... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:18:01 EST Arthritis in Cats. I made an emergency appointment for my cat this morning, because she was limping painfully on one of her feet. I couldn't find that she stepped on anything or had an injury per se. I figured she had arthritis, and this surmise turned out to be true. Her veterinarian has put her on a painkiller (a narcotic which I had to sign for) for 5 days, and I also bought the vitamin supplement she recommended. It is the same thing my Uncle takes for his arthritic back, glucosamine chondroitin in cat form... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:07:33 EST Smile So true! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 26 May 2016 14:15:34 EST new to Crazy About Cats I was just wandering around on Spark People and found Crazy About Cats. I hope to find some comfort here as I recently lost my cat Snooker. I have been involved with SP about a year and a half. It has been helpful to me by providing information and support from other members. I am 62 years old, retired, and a cat lover. 5 different stray cats have come to our house and now live here. In fact, they think they own the place. They are a source of great comfort to me. I'm looking forward ... Thu, 26 May 2016 10:32:19 EST Food Recall I usually see these on dog food, but this one was on cat food. Hills Science Diet has several of their foods on recall for too much iron. <BR> <link><BR>ecall/?utm_source=ars-arsfan&amp;utm_m<BR>edium=social-fb&amp;utm_term=20160512&<BR>amp;utm_content=link&amp;utm_campaign=<BR>hills-recall&amp;origin=ars_arsfan_soc<BR>ial_fb_link_hills-recall_20160512 </link> Sun, 15 May 2016 16:01:59 EST Introducing mysef Hi. I have several kitties.They range from 2 years old to my 20 year old munchkin. All colors and sizes. They make my day. Wed, 11 May 2016 07:30:56 EST Greetings, fellow cat enthusiasts! I'm new to the group and excited to see a gathering of people as passionate about felines as I am <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> I've had cats pretty much my entire life. I'm not even sure how to function without one. Right now I have a beautiful tuxi named Vicks who just turned three this month. I would have more cats if I did not live in a one bedroom apartment and had room for only one litter pan (plus my fiance has no interest in getting any other cats and unfortunately he gets a say too sin... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:07:14 EST Cats Using Counter as Bathroom Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> If this topic has been discussed before, I apologize for not finding it in the six most recent pages I read through. <BR> <BR> Recently two of my cats began using a kitchen countertop for their bathroom and I don't know how to stop them. <BR> <BR> There are three litter boxes in the house all with fresh, clean litter. One of the offenders uses the newest litter box to "hide" in but never uses it for her bathroom needs. D'oh! <BR> <BR> I have had them since the summm... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:19:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:01:19 EST Advice on transitioning foods My cat turns 17 this month. She is doing well, but has some skin issues. The vet thinks it could be allergies to some of the ingredients in her food. So, today I picked up some canned food (which she eats) that has non-traditional protein sources -- duck, rabbit, venison, etc. And, grain free. She's not going near it. She'll eat the crappy stuff, but just looks at me like I'm starving her. Hints? How do I get her to eat the new stuff? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 21:41:20 EST Need odor control tips!! I have 2 female cats and need some odor control tips for my house. I clean litter daily and change it once a week. Is there anything else I can do? Sat, 5 Mar 2016 01:43:11 EST Who would you like to spend a Day With. This person can be alive or dead, real or fictional. <BR> You can tell us why you would like to spend a day with them or just list the person. <BR> <BR> Dead Friends &amp; Relatives don't count. We all have someone we would like to have spent more time with. I have many myself. <BR> <BR> So I'll Start. <BR> <BR> Robin Williams. Everyone said he was such a great guy to work with.(Unknown mental health issues aside) I would like to have known him more as a person not just a character he pl... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:34:54 EST Hello! Fluffy fur babies Hello! I am a bit more than 6 months into my current, well, weight loss "journey" to use a cliched phrase. I have three furry babies (and two human ones). I've had cats all my life and even though I've almost exclusively had short furred cats my whole life, somehow at this point I've ended up with three long furred very fancy looking cats :) <BR> <BR> First up is Fluffy, she'll be 11 years old this June and she is half British longhair. She's a bit shy and anxious so she's usually not th... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:20:32 EST Toenails I need to research where to take my kitty to get some toenails clipped. I realize now I didn't start early enough when he was younger for me to do it, I'm squeamish about this, can you help? Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:28:03 EST What is the story behind your cat's name? One of my cats is named Georgy Girl. <em>239</em> <BR> It started with another cat I had named Curious George <em>239</em> {he WAS curious ~hence, the name,but not acting anything like a monkey!} who disappeared the SAME time as the next door neighbors moved. I think they took him b/c of 2 reasons~He was a VERY friendly and playful cat. He was found in their garage on an occasion when I ASKED them if they had seen him and they said no and then ,their garage door opened and he came out. ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 01:52:41 EST New Pet Food Fad I just read this article on a fad they are currently researching. Does not look good for the animals. They already tried something like that with cats and caused all sorts of problems because they need the taurine (in my opinion, dogs and people need some, too). Sorry the link is so long. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ypets/archive/2016/02/01/pulse-crop-pe<BR>t-food.aspx?e_cid=20160201Z1_PetsNL_ar<BR>t_1&amp;utm_source=petsnl&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_co... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:57:58 EST What is your cat's /kitten's favorite toy? This may be an old topic ,but after looking over 2 pages of topics and not finding it and not wanting to look through 75 pages{!} of topics, I decided to start this one ! <BR> <BR> We just rescued an abandoned kitten {about 6mos. old} from a local farmer's mkt. {blog on my page~12/27/2015} whom my young son named Tom {middle name Jerry} b/c he likes Tom and Jerry cartoons ~cat and mouse ~ <BR> Anyway~his FAVORITE TOY is the WHITE SPOOLS that you get from a roll of Scotch tape. We roll th... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:48:58 EST Cute Cat Moments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just decided to add a little cuteness to the day! This is Citrus eating from the dog bowl. He was a rescue cat I brought in this year until I could find him a home. Hope you enjoy it, Lets fill the day with cuteness. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:12:36 EST Taking my cat to the vet tomorrow :( One of my cats (we have three), My long haired tabby Casanova is off to the vet tomorrow. The poor boy has been through it lately. We took him to the vet because he was losing weight fast. There was a UTI that the previous vet had missed (don't get me started on that). They looked in his ears and also found an infection but because his ears were so clogged they cleaned them out. This burst his eardrum. We didn't know it until we got him home and he couldn't walk. But he got himself wedged in ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:01:57 EST Crazy Cat Lady!!! I found the perfect group for me!!!!! <em>240</em> I currently have 5 indoor cats and 2 "stray" cats outside. of course this is to my dogs dismay <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> ~ This last year my family and friends dubbed me "a crazy cat lady" So this past Halloween I embraced it. I hope you enjoy the picture. <BR> <BR> I am really looking forward to seeing all the kittens and cats on here :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 4 Jan 2016 04:43:04 EST Hi! Finally someplace I can chat about my kitties! Hi, Thought I'd introduce myself and say hi! I joined the team a week ago. Officially on day 9 and doing great! <BR> <BR> I've got two furkids that were adopted from the pound separately, but are thick as thieves now. <BR> <BR> One is 9 year old Jacob "Marley" (my sparkphoto is of Marley)-- he's my lovey dark gray/light gray and white tabby cat. He's also diabetic and requires insulin shots twice a day. Love this guy. He's an old soul, no doubt about it. He used to fetch cat-sized tennis b... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 23:58:19 EST Hello fellow cat people So pleased to find some kindred spirits. I live on a farm in Manitoba Canada, and have three tame furbabies, Brian, Mr. Roy and Missy, plus a colony of semi-feral cats that live in the barn, (all spayed/neutered, but still lots of drama going on). Brian is my special boy - I named him after Brian Baeulmer of Leave it to Brian on HGTV, but so far he hasn't shown any inclination to help with the many reno projects going on in our old house. He recently lost his sister Miss Peanut to a coyote, s... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:49:55 EST Senior kitty doesn't want to eat Hi, my baby, Siamese kitty Dakota (can be seen in my photos), is about to be 17 years old, next month, has a recent episode of throwing up his food in the middle of the night, and on Monday, he threw up what appeared to be stomach bile (green liquid-foam). I immediately called his Dr; but couldn't see him until the next day. So that night took him to the emergency vet. He had lost almost a pound in 2 weeks, and was severely dehydrated. He was so weak, that he fell over when walking around ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:35:30 EST Need advice for cat with a UTI Hi. My cat currently has a UTI. I noticed the problems yesterday and got her to the vet. She got a shot and I'm giving oral antibiotics for 14 days. The problem - she is now peeing outside the litter box. Fortunately, I have a mat, so we're basically avoiding the carpet. I hate to move it because I don't want to confuse her. <BR> <BR> I've done some reading and have read that this is not uncommon for a UTI (though it's not been a problem before in a similar situation). What I came u... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:52:18 EST Nice to meet you, Spark People. :) Hello, all. Today is my first day on Spark. I am hoping to lose some weight, feel better about myself, and have a more positive attitude. One little step at a time. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:06:22 EST I need a canned cat food recommendation! I have just found out that my two cats favorite food is being discontinued! I need help and suggestions of what other types of canned food is similar. <BR> <BR> It's Fancy Feast Mornings, Trout or Chicken flavor. The main thing they love about this food is that it has a ton of very thick gravy. They will lick that gravy clean off the meat pieces and just eat the meat because it happens to be there. The bowl always has a few meat pieces left behind, but that gravy is licked clean! I ran out ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 22:13:37 EST Mom of new abandoned kitten Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are the proud parents of two 11 yr old Cats (Sister and Brother) and recently introduced a new family member. The new addition is a 5 week old kitten that was abandoned near my office. His name is Tucker. When I brought him home last week, I took him to our Vet for an exam and de-worming. The first week he did fine, slept a lot (not too unusual for a baby...) was playful and had an ok appetite. Yesterday, he was having respiratory issues so my husband ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:05:56 EST "Breaking Cat News" - new comic strip I just discovered an adorable new comic strip "Breaking Cat News" <BR> <link><BR>015/07/02 </link> <BR> Here's the blurb from the site: <BR> Breaking Cat News delivers the latest headlines on cat happenings around the household. Join our crack team of feline reporters as they bring you the news that matters—cat news! Cynical Elvis, sensitive Puck, and adventurous anchorman Lupin ask the hard hitting questions about empty food bowls, house plants, box fo... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:57:00 EST A 30-Day Challenge for Pet Lovers SP announced today: <BR> <BR> "There's no question that owning a pet can be great for your health. Our pets melt away stress, make great workout buddies, and are constant sources of unconditional love. So, it's only fair that we return the favor and treat our four-legged companions with as much love and care as possible. Our friends at Nature’s Recipe believe that all pets deserve to live long, vibrant lives. That's why they focus on providing real, delicious pet food at a real value. We are... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:17:49 EST The FURminator My cats have been shedding like crazy this year, tons of hair tumbleweeds floating around my home. I brush and comb, but to no avail, hair everywhere. Plus they are constantly grooming themselves and I'm thinking they are swallowing an awful lot of hair. <BR> <BR> The FURminator enters the picture. I found a decent price on Amazon and ordered it. I got it today and used it instantly on my short haired girl 'Page'. I had a mountain of fur off her and she loved the feel of it, purred while I ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:11:18 EST Hello. CatMom of 4 here Howdy all! <BR> <BR> I just joined the group, restarted my Spark just 3 days ago. I am 45 years old and need to lose a few pounds for my health. I am happily married, two adult kids, 4 grandkids, and 4 fur babies. My cats range in age from 3 to 18. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:15:55 EST Hello I'm new to the team and a returning "sparker." My husband and I have three cats. Two are calicos: Kloey and Sophie. The third is a gray tuxedo cat, named Alex. This looks like a fun team to be a part of! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:42:25 EST IBD in cats Has anyone successfully dealt with inflammatory bowel disease in cats? What did you have to do? <BR> <BR> I have been having problems getting Orzo to eat. I know a lot is being really picky. I just put him up on the counter to eat some more of his breakfast. He sniffed it and left. I talked to the vet and she said to switch up his food (I am trying to do that, but it's hard when one can will last 4-6 days and dried food more than a month). He does throw up his dry food a couple times... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:41:07 EST Teeth and breath I know I have asked about this somewhere, but don't know if it was for cat or dog. Orzo has bad breath. From what I can see his teeth are clean (and the vet didn't see anything wrong) and he cleans them on the door, bags, computer, etc. all the time. He likes Greenies, but every time he eats them he starts throwing up. I got some of the water additive that someone recommended that is a powder anti-plaque. He doesn't like it too well, but will eventually drink it if it is dissolved in eno... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:23:10 EST Corn based kitty litter I'm wondering if anyone here has tried this type and what they, or the cats, thought of it. I'm currently considering switching to it. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:05:06 EST Introduction of me and my cats I am a 2nd grade teacher. I have 4 inside cats and 2 outside cats. Then a couple of months ago, I had a furry cat show up. Then there were 2 of them - exactly the same! Then there was another cat that showed up that looks like my outside cat Tiger. Then there were 2 of them (not counting my Tiger). My neighbor took in a cat that showed up at her house, then I took in one that just like hers during all the big snow days (still in = 5 inside). Then another one showed up that look like he... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:39:55 EST Catio!! I am so excited this morning!! <BR> Carpenter is here and starting on adding to my upper deck to make it into a Catio!! <BR> KoKo and CeCe have never been outside. <BR> So far I have plans for a tree, I have real tree trunks and limbs, from a tree my neighbor cut down. Also going to fix a tray with grass. And of course beds. It will just have a screen top so making plans for shade too. <BR> Anyone have ideas to share about what to put in the Catio? Any Do's or Don'ts?? <BR> I would apprec... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:25:12 EST Cat Allergy and Natural Treatment So, last night Louie and Lily had their visit to the vet. It was probably more traumatic for me, although Louie would disagree, I'm sure. I would have put it off a bit longer, but Louie has been pulling the fur out from his front legs more than usual. He had this issue when I first got him from the shelter. They said it was from a bad declaw job (don't get me started declawing!). It left his little foot a bit deformed also. As the fur had grown back and he didn't seem to do it anymore, I kept... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:16:52 EST Saying goodbye I fear we are coming to the end of Keziah's life. Nothing "drastic" has happened, but she hasn't been eating well, and the appetite stimulants the vet gave me seem to cause her distress. So I won't give them to her, I want quality of life. I will continue the sub-q fluids for her failing kidneys til the very end; that helps keep her comfortable. This morning she ate, but as usual, not well. At this point, I've decided that unless there's a drastic change, I will wait til Monday to make a... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:42:48 EST Favourite funny or cute cat photos Let's share our favourite funny and cute cat photos. (Cheeseburger, MOL, Memes etc.) <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> Here is one of my favourites. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:16:32 EST Food for cats with kidney disease My 13 y/o cat is in the very early stages of kidney failure. He does not act sick, the only signs are more water drinking and more peeing. Blood tests showed everything normal except for kidney function. The vet said that at this early stage, there is still a possibility of reversing it with the proper diet. <BR> <BR> Have you ever tried to educate a cat about "proper diet?" HAHAHA... yeah.... <BR> <BR> He will not eat any of the prescription foods. He has been on canned food for years, b... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:00:59 EST Probiotics for kitty Anyone have their kitty on probiotics? What kind? Info please =^..^= Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:34:49 EST new me I'm new to this team, I've had a roller-coaster experience here, but I realized I need to view it differently. I am DIVORCING my old ways and I don't want them back. I have 3 cats one an older black sweetie and two kittens I'll tell you all about them in the days to come. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:40:13 EST Mysterious Hair Loss - Resolved I have 9 cats that live indoors/outdoors, two of which I consider feral, and 7 that came from one of the feral cats, who is spayed now (and who BTW, as I write this, is curled up on a blanket on the couch snoring away). One of the kittens, Scrappy, who is now 2 years old, is a very sensitive cat. You can't move quickly around him, you can't raise your voice with him, and it probably took 1.5 years of constant working with him until I was able to finally pet him for any length of time and wher... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:36:54 EST Bicycle for heavy people Right now I am 300 pounds and I am looking at a Schwinn Trike for around $300. Thats about all I want/can spend on a bike. Does any one have a suggestion for other bikes that are rated for heavy folks. I don't mean the expensive bikes you can find on line at specialty stores/sites. <BR> Just a simple bike no bells, no whistles. Just a simple bike I can ride on paved streets without bending the tire frames or blowing out the tires. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:05:19 EST Join Cat Perks Does Anyone Buy Purina Cat Chow ? Join Cat Perks. <BR> <BR> Get free cat food or other items by earning points for signing in, reading articles, taking surveys, entering proof of purchases, etc. <BR> Just open an account on the link provided below. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:45:35 EST I would love a cat lover for a Weight loss buddy! I have restarted myself in Spark and would enjoy having a buddy that shares the love of cats and wants to lose weight with me as we share other topics. I am 66 and want to lose 50 pounds. I have set a goal of 7pounds monthly and will reach my goal for my birthday July.25. I am married and my daughter Julie, 37, lives next t door. She's single now and plans to have the sleeve surgery in April. Portions are my down fall. I need real accountability to someone and I can do the same for t... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:40:35 EST Feline Health Coach "Always pet me with both hands, so you develop balanced muscles." <BR> <BR> Jewels <BR> Feline Strength Training Expert Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:13:31 EST Did your cats get any presents this holiday? My cats (and their 'cousin cats') always get some of the more expensive treats and a couple of new cat toys. <BR> <BR> Mine also get a new set of dishes to replace the oldest ones they have (I like to think that to a cat, getting new cat dishes is like a child getting socks and underwear! Ha ha!) <BR> <BR> Were your furbabies naughty or nice? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:30:30 EST Does your cat attack your Christmas tree?? My Bella is a really good cat in that regard...she came around it while I was decorating, and laid on the bubble wrap where one of the ornaments had been; I don't even have to put her in another room at night...what a good kitty, right!? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:13:02 EST My Lease wont allow cats under 1 year old! I was told when I moved in that cats and dogs under 30lbs were allowed in my apt building. Soni rescued a beautiful female torti from a horse trailer in the country. Her siblings were all killed by foxes. She wouldve been next but I rescued her and the mother just in time. The Apartment Manager saw the kitten during an "emergency" inspection. She informed me that the "small print" in rhe lease doesnt allow cats under a year old! Ughh! So I had my therapist write a letter saying this was a co... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:24:41 EST Christmas for your cats They've asked on the Dog Lovers team and I just wondered what you do for your cats for Christmas (or whatever holiday you might celebrate). I have gotten Orzo small toys the couple years I have had him. He likes to play with them for a while, but his favorites to play with are tennis balls (that were supposed to be for dogs) and the blanket strip on the end of a plastic stick (like those feather things cats play with). I wish I could find one of those things where a mouse runs around back ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:27:55 EST WHAT KIND OR COLOR CATS DO YOU HAVE I HAVE 2 SIAMESES,AND A BLACK CAT AND A BLACK AND WHITE CAT Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:37:07 EST Feral Cat Shelters I know that at least one person on here has shelters for feral cats at her house. I haven't run into any feral cats here, but saw this come up on FB and thought if others have them around maybe it would be helpful for making some shelters. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elter/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=fe<BR>aralsheltertest&utm_term=20141106&utm_<BR>campaign=9 </link> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:08:49 EST Bad Breath I've been noticing over the past few days that Booger's breath has suddenly gotten very bad. She's about 5 1/2 months old, eats kitten food, and always has fresh water available. What can I do to reduce the stinky mouth? I can't really switch her to specialty food for it. I was thinking dental treats? Is there anything else more effective? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:05:38 EST Is there a great automatic litterbox? We have four kitties (all indoor) so the litterbox chore is a big one. To top that, two of them routinely go outside the box unless medicated so we're cleaning that up too. (don't worry, the vet has been an integral part of their care/therapy). <BR> I think we've tried almost every automated cat box with varying levels of success; if you've done the automatic box thing, what has been your experience? <BR> LitterRobot--too small and fills too quickly <BR> LitterMaid--worked OK, but the cats o... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:29:03 EST FLEAS....HELP My daughter's cat and dog have fleas!! She's bombing the house, gave the cat a flea dip and used spray, but she still has the flea problem. THey live in a wooded area, which I'm sure does not help matters!! Any suggetions!?! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:56 EST Keep your kitties and other pets safe on Halloween Halloween is almost here. What will you be doing, to keep your fur-kids safe? <BR> Please... whatever you do, keep them inside. There are so many nasty people, that will abuse fur-friends that they find out and about, especially during this time of year. <BR> <BR> I am planning to keep my fur-kids in a safe area of the house, that I can close up. I have a basement, that is partially finished. Our bed room down there, is completely finished, with carpet and furniture. There is even a TV dow... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:41:43 EST Does your kitty like to watch TV? I was wondering if your kitty likes to watch TV? And if your kitty does watch TV, what types of programs does your kitty like to watch? <BR> My kitty is a regular TV junkie, and will watch just about anything that is on TV. <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:04:27 EST Home made Kitty treats I want to try making these for my kitties for Christmas. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats <BR> <BR> Makes about 3 dozen treats <BR> <BR> 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, no salt added and packed in water, drained <BR> 1 cup oat flour* <BR> 1 large egg <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 1 heaping tablespoon dried catnip <BR> <BR> *It’s easy to make your own oat flour. Simply grind old-fashioned oats in a spice grinder (or a super clean coffee grinder) until it is transformed into a lig... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:26:40 EST The fundraiser for a local no kill shelter. Well, the fundraiser that I attended for our no kill shelter, seemed to be successful. Here is a link to my blog with photos from it. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800372 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:23:50 EST Cat Island An island for cats, but they will share for food <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sland-in-japan-and-youre-really-gonna-<BR>want-to-see-whats-there-trust-me/#.VDw<BR>-Hd2Ddf5.facebook </link> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:26:37 EST cat weight distribution Orzo has just been laying in my lap and got me wondering about how his weight is distributed. He looks like he has a big belly hanging low and swishing back and forth (actually, feeling it it seems to be his fur, not a big belly). While he was laying here I was petting him along his side and I can really feel his ribs. Is that normal, particularly on a neutered cat? One of my friends said something about the belly thing being something you always found in neutered cats. He gets plenty to... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:39:44 EST Top entry litter box question Hi. My cat is 15 and still going strong. I switched to a slight smaller, front entry litter box when I moved recently. However, she always piddles at the very front of the litter box. Why, with all of that space, I don't know. In the past couple of weeks, she's piddled outside of the litterbox... basically because I think she was barely in it. <BR> <BR> I've thought about getting a larger one -- with a slightly higher entry, but I think this one is easier for her, though she had no co... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:31:00 EST Chico drowned in the drain! Chico loves hiding in drains. He got drowned because of the heavy rain. I feel really saddened by his death bcoz he was such a furry, purry darling! He was a beautiful cat! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:06:06 EST Cat Lit Do you have any favorite kitty books? <BR> <BR> I have a short series of books on Dewey the Library Cat that's very good. <BR> <BR> I also have a charming childrens' lullabye book - no children here, but I love the book and bought it for myself - called, appropriately, "Kitty Cat Lullabye" <BR> <link><BR>en-Spinelli/dp/0786804580 </link> <BR> <BR> Can you share some of your favorites? they can be novels or nonfiction or anything cat-oriented! <BR> =... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:12:37 EST Cat furniture What sorts of kitty perches do your cats like? <BR> I'm expecting to acquire a couple of adult cats shortly, and I'm thinking of building a "tree" for the porch. I see lots of styles, but my previous cat didn't want anything but a big cardboard box with a towel on it next to me at my computer desk! I'd hate to build some elaborate thing these kids wouldn't use either. <BR> <BR> They're both declawed in front, unfortunately. That may limit how much climbing they can do, I don't know. <BR> So... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:30 EST Who is a raw/homemade cat food adventurer? I have four cats and the last one I just adopted is 8 years old and had untreated diabetes. It was me or he was going to be put down...seeing I knew the person (shame on them) I said I would take him. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ran across the site below "" and many others, but liked this one the best about cat nutrition. After I read it, I have since started the process of making my own cat food and transitioning them slowly. A new hobby for me and better nutrition for my cats :).... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:25:28 EST Lucy got hit by a car! Lucy, my neighbor's cat got hit by a car yesterday evening! She was bleeding and hiding under a parked car, refusing to come out. My neighbor's grandkid called her Mom to rush home to bring Lucy to the vet. <BR> <BR> I sure hope she's ok! Will keep u updated! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 03:40:12 EST Fall A - Z Air is becoming cooler Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:04:29 EST opinions on cat sibs I'm "in the market" for an adult adoptee. An acquaintance has four cats from the same litter, and wants to rehome 2 of them - but doesn't want to separate them. I would like to take them, since it seems we would be a good fit otherwise... but any cats I've had have always been "only children". I want any new cat to also interact primarily with me. I'm sure this pair, since the current owner doesn't want to separate them, are bonded (as much as cats bond). My query to you is whether you've had... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:11:10 EST Thank you Susan/Kr azy4Kats So sorry you won't be around, hope everything is ok. Thanks for all your efforts for our group, me & the boys wish you all the best. Hugs & purrs! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:28:55 EST Show him a Banana! My cats like to beg often and always whenever we sit down to eat; especially if the menu is chicken in any form. Ebony will sit at the table in "his" chair and just beg sometimes even outstretching a paw. This can get annoying when it happens all the time. So, I tried something one day that worked as a deterrent: a banana! I show Ebony a banana (skin on) and when he smells it he runs away! So folks, as long as you have a banana in your table fruit bowl you might want to use it for more than e... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:39:00 EST Cat Discipline? I have to discipline my two boys because they will fight till one of them howls. Usually it's Ebony picking on his older brother Timon. He even has white fur in his mouth at times!! So, to stop the fighting I have a squirt bottle of water that I use. Does anyone else have this problem with multiple cats..and what do you do to halt the fighting?? <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:14:52 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Lizzy <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is RABBIT8’s Lizzy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=3472638 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Lizzy! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by RABBIT8’s page to congratulate Lizzy as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>BBIT8 </link> <BR> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:29:23 EST The Truth About Giving Cats and Kittens Milk/Cream Some may not realize milk or cream is not good for our furry friends. Here's an article from WebMD's Pet section that will validate that what we think is good for our pet is actually detrimental: <BR> <BR> Cats and Dairy: Get the Facts <BR> WebMD discusses the facts about cats and dairy, and why substituting a saucer of milk for water may not be best for your kitten. <BR> <BR> Cats and milk: In children’s stories, it always seems to be a match made in heaven. Who hasn’t seen adorable ill... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:44:42 EST Cat Pemphygus A year ago my black cat Ebony was diagnosed with this auto immune disease. I cried after repeated visits to the vet to help him get better. It started with his nailbeds being very sore and red, a sore on his stomach and red swollen gums. He also had foul smelling breath. Today however, he is THRIVING. He is eating better and keeping his food down and even putting on weight! Of course he is on two kinds of medicine and it cost us alot to fix him but he is worth every penny. We love our furkids... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:40:49 EST Pray for Stella My best friend's cat Stella didn't come to bed last night but the power was out so my friend thought Stella was chilling someplace and didn't worry. But when Stella didn't come out for breakfast this morning she started hunting to find her. When she found Stella she couldn't move her back legs. So now my best friend is sitting at her vet's office waiting for the vet praying that Stella will be okay without it costing much money as my friend is retired and living on social security. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:20:52 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Tipper <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is TESTYS’s Tipper! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4264780 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Tipper! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by TESTYCATLADYP’s page to congratulate Tipper as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>STYCATLADYP </link> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:52:51 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sahara Snowball <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is DESERTDREAMERS’s Sahara Snowball! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4821489 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Sahara Snowball! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by DESERTDREAMERS’s page to congratulate Sahara Snowball as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>SERTDREAMERS </link> <BR> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:13:23 EST Cat Bully - Need Some Help I have a multi-cat household of 8 cats, and I have had them all since they were 2 weeks or younger. Most are from an unfixed female that someone dumped (she is now fixed). The first litter of 3 males just turned 3 years old. I have another litter of 2 male cats who are 2 years old, one female who is 1.5 years old, and 2 males that are about 10 months old. <BR> <BR> Up until a few months ago, the cats were solely indoor cats. However, they were constantly breaking out by tearing screens on... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:38:38 EST amazing what my cat did. My brother came for a visit and brought his two dogs. My cat Joey gets along well with both of them. However this time was something amazing. Buffy His older dog is now blind and can't see. My cat would rub around his feet to guide him where to walk. He would walk him to his food dish to eat. When buffy had to go potty my cat would lead him to the door and then meow loudly to us to let us know that she had to go out and potty. Joey would wait till she came back in and would then lead her to w... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 13:50:41 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sadie & Rufus <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CATs OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> are LAC936’s Sadie & Rufus! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4362529 </link> <BR> <BR> She also has more adorable photos of Sadie & Rufus in her photo gallery: <BR> <link><BR>lery.asp?id=LAC936 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Sadie & Rufus! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LAC936’s page to congratulate Sadie & R... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:30:35 EST Who wants to be COTW for August 2014? FIRST THREE TO REPLY WILL BE COTW FOR AUGUST (I already have one for the first week). <BR> <em>228</em> You must have already posted in the 'Would you like your cat to be "CAT OF THE WEEK"?' link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1216x5684<BR>8581 </link> <BR> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:13:19 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Emerald <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is JOANNEEMERALD’s Emerald! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4754331 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Emerald! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by JOANNEEMERALD’s page to congratulate Emerald as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <link><BR>ANNEEMERALD </link> <BR> She also has more photos of Emerald on her page. <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:59:46 EST for all hope Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:50:27 EST Does your Cat understand words? My cats both know certain words and react to them! If I ask them if they "want to eat" they both perk up and meow. Also they know the words "out", "no" and even "drink." It's my black kitty Ebony who really understands the word "drink" because he loves his "latte" in the morning. I make it with half & half and water..he loves it! When I ask him if he wants a drink he responds with a humble meow. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:31:30 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Max <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is ANGELBELIEVER’s Max! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4743745 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> Max! We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by ANGELBELIEVER’s page to congratulate Max as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>GELBELIEVER </link> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:01:51 EST Q&A:CAT of the WEEK I've had some questions about our weekly CAT OF THE WEEK so I thought I'd start this so you could post your questions rather than mailing me. <BR> Some of the questions have been: <BR> <BR> Q: When will it be my cat's turn? <BR> A: I'm going in order of who posted first. We started doing this in February and the list has grown to over 80 cats. As members continue to add their cat/s to the list, it will most likely be next year. <BR> <BR> Q: I have more than one cat? Can I list them all at ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:40:10 EST Sho Ko Cat Videos: Try Them! There is a guy who posts great videos of his two cats, Shorty and Kory. They are called "sho Ko" videos. The are extremely well done, funny and informative. I couldn't stop watching them last night. Here is the link to his playlist of popular videos! <BR> <BR><BR>f8&list=PL1LeGtsEGV9c6gKO3PQU92nYPgO6E<BR>LJhq Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:01:39 EST Team Wall character limit <em>215</em> Announcement from Coach Jen: <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're launching a small change to the Team Wall tomorrow. Team Wall posts will now have a 140 character limit. Team leaders will still be able to make posts of any length, but comments and member posts will be limited. The purpose is to encourage people to use the Team Wall for quick updates and comments, and reserve ongoing discussions for the Team Forums. <BR> <BR> Members will be able to see a "countdown" of how many... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:42:21 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Hotrod <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is DEBBYSDELIGHTS’s Hotrod <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=2361984 </link> <BR> <BR> View her photo gallery to see even more photos of Hotrod: <BR> <link><BR>lery.asp?id=DEBBYSDELIGHTS </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by DEBBYSDELIGHTS’s page to congratulate Hotrod as our CAT OF TH... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:37:21 EST Cat Doesn't Want me to Exercise! Have any of you had problems with this and if so, what do you do? <BR> <BR> Emerald would prefer for me to spend the day sitting down with her snoozing in my lap. She doesn't understand why I would do something so silly as workout. She has been pretty good up until now. Mostly, she would just go to the room I was exercising in and then sleep there on a chair or something. Now, she is starting to interfere with the workout. She weaves in and out of my legs, gets behind me so I trip on he... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:03:25 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Percy <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is WALLAHALLA’s Percy <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4786213 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by WALLAHALLA’s page to congratulate Percy as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LLAHALLA </link> <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:42:50 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Me Ling (Ling Ling) <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is DEBBEV’s Me Ling (Ling Ling) <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4116473 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by DEBBEV’s page to congratulate Me Ling (Ling Ling) as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>BBEV </link> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:06:09 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sid & Gus <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is LIZ_MURDER’s Sid & Gus <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4208200 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LIZ_MURDER’s page to congratulate Sid & Gus as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>Z_MURDER </link> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:17:21 EST Summer A-Z Yesterday was the first day of summer so let's do sunny summer fun things, or anything summery, A-Z. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:23:28 EST Suggestions for new games If anyone has suggestions for new games add them here. I don't want the ones we have to go stale. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:21:57 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Atticus <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is LILDOLLY’s Atticus <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4741025 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LILDOLLY’s page to congratulate Atticus as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LDOLLY </link> <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:26:50 EST Hyperactive kitten We are a cat-loving family, so when my DD graduated and moved away, the first thing she did was get herself an adorable kitten. He is precious, but he is also very, very active and she's not getting much sleep. He plays in her hair, nips at her arms, etc. She is somewhat allergic to cats and by the time she got up in the morning, she had hives all over from where he had been nipping. Of course he is teething. He is about 10 weeks old now. <BR> She works all day and as soon as she gets ho... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:00:13 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Rosie <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is NWME4EVRMARYANN’s Rosie <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4785881 </link> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4785882 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by NWME4EVRMARYANN’s page to congratulate Rosie as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>ME4EVRMA... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:26:40 EST Monday, June 9, Cat of the Week I've contacted two members about their cat being the next COTW but have not heard back from either of them. So, unless they reply by tomorrow morning, whoever replies to this first will be the next Cat of the Week. Once I get a post I'll close this for no further postings. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:15:17 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Beaux <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is WILLOW49’s Beaux <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4584708 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by WILLOW49’s page to congratulate Beaux as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LLOW49 </link> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:39:57 EST Cats favorite toys Name some of your cats favorite toys? Thu, 29 May 2014 08:11:17 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Boot <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is KAYMOM’s Boot <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4786125 </link> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=770252 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by KAYMOM’s page to congratulate Boot as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>YMOM </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 08:36:02 EST Suggestions for new Team Name There are THREE "Cat Lovers" teams and one 'Cat Lover's Team', this one being the first with the most members. I'd like to change the team name, and am looking for suggestions. I've thought of a few: <BR> Crazy Cat Lovers <BR> Crazy for Cats <BR> Kittens & Cat Lovers <BR> <BR> Please add your suggestions below. <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:22:40 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Smokey <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is LOOD1962’s Smokey <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4415077 </link> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4723213 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by LOOD1962’s page to congratulate Smokey as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>OD1962 </link> <BR>... Mon, 19 May 2014 07:48:37 EST Signs your cat owns you & Strange cat behaviors Found these on the internet: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/6-signs-your-cat-owns-you </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-strange-cat-behaviors-explained </link> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:09:44 EST Been a While Since I've Been Here I have no idea where to post this. We lost a kitty and gained a kitty: <BR> <BR> Chaos Shadow died from unknown causes. Vet could not figure out what it was. He died October 15, 2013. He was about 9 years old. Even though it has been a while, we still miss him. <BR> <BR> Sienna Willow joined us in July of 2013. I have no idea what breed she is; however, she learned much from Chaos and Yasha in a very short time. I do not have a recent photo of Sienna yet, she never stands still, but ... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:45:47 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Pierre <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is RABBIT8’s Pierre <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4415077 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by RABBIT8’s page to congratulate Pierre as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>BBIT8 </link> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:44:13 EST NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR BEING "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>215</em> Before I post each COTW I will be checking to see if you have been active. If not, I will move onto the next member in line. <BR> Even if you just post to the wall or in one of the posts a couple of times a week will keep you among the members who visited Team in past 30 days. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sat, 10 May 2014 09:38:33 EST Name a Famous Cat <BR> Cat in the Hat - Dr. Susse Wed, 7 May 2014 10:57:56 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Smokey <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is MELA1953’s Smokey <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=1817686 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by MELA1953’s page to congratulate Smokey as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>LA1953 </link> <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 06:50:42 EST Cats in Art A friend of mine sent me this link: <BR> <link><BR>san-herbert_n_5243292.html?utm_hp_ref=<BR>arts&icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl14|sec3_<BR>lnk3%26pLid%3D471990 </link> <BR> Artist Inserts Cats Into Famous Classical Paintings, And The World Is Right Again Sun, 4 May 2014 12:56:11 EST Watering Systems? We have a young cat who seems to take great joy in playing in his water dish. He swishes his paws around in it, splashes around, tips the dish and makes a mess. We have put the dish inside a tray with high sides, so it's at least off the floor, but now he stands in the water in the tray and splashes around like a little kid in a puddle on the sidewalk. It's really pretty funny to watch, but it makes an awful mess. <BR> <BR> I thought about one of those inverted bottles, but if he gets it ... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:05:25 EST Comment on the new changes to our Team Page If you're not a Team Leader, this is your opportunity. Please add your honest opinion on the changes that SparkPeople has made to our Team Page. I will be compiling them into a document and then will make a post in the 'SP's Team for Team Leaders- Business Only'. If you want to remain anonymous, add that to the end of your post; otherwise, I will add your USERNAME beside your comment. <BR> <BR> If you are a Team Leader, and haven't yet, you can post your comments here: <BR> <link>www.sparkp... Thu, 1 May 2014 07:59:36 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Trissa <em>215</em> Our <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" <em>240</em> is MEEZERMOM2’s Trissa <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> Kitten <BR> <link><BR>oto_gallery_enlarge.asp?id=1881997 </link> <BR> <BR> Adult <BR> <link><BR>oto_gallery_enlarge.asp?id=2602692 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by MEEZERMOM2’s page to congratulate Trissa as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link>http://www.... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:16:44 EST Cute video After reading that researcher's statements about cats hating their owners, I thought this was cute. Maybe the researcher needs to see this video. Orzo doesn't get this excited,, but he meets me at the door when I come home (he really had a lot of those meetings when I was in the Passion Play). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Body-of-a-Cat-but-He-Is-All-Dog/ </link> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:50:30 EST Pictures of Sunshine and Fudge There are pictures of Sunshine and Fudge on the team photos Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:09:27 EST Name brands of Cat Food FRISKIES Dry Kibble & Canned Catfood <BR> <BR> How many brands of cat food are there? List the one you feed your cat, or what was the most expensive or cheapest cat food you've seen. Know of a catfood with a funny name? <BR> The shelves are full... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:55:28 EST Exciting changes coming to SparkTeams! Coach Denise created a short video preview of the upcoming changes so that you can see what the new team pages will look like. I've watched it but didn't listen to it. Here's a link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Coach Jen says the changes will be coming probably the middle of next week. Some of the changes are: <BR> Sending team goodies to multiple members (I definitely like this since we have so many members joining in just ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:09:12 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself to the group. I'm new to sparkpeople but very excited to get started and get involved with the online community! <BR> <BR> I have two kitties, Griselda, Grizzy for short, who is a three year old calico/tortoiseshell, and Lulu, who is a two year old brown tabby. I would have many more if I didn't live in a one bedroom apartment!! I love all animals, and love to spend time volunteering. <BR> <BR> Hope to talk with some of ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:10:24 EST Cat Surgery? My cat (a 16 pound 5 year old Ragamuffin named Leonard) has a reddish lump/growth on his back leg. I took him in to the vet thinking it was just a rash from overgrooming. They told me it's likely a tumor and went on and on about Fibro-sarcoma--scaring the crap out of me talking about possible amputation and throwing outrageous prices at me. (they did say he is otherwise healthy) <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had a similar situation. What did it turn out to be? How much did the surgery cost? <BR>... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:28:30 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sunshine & Fudge <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is CARRIE925’s Sunshine & Fudge <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4523731 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by CARRIE925’s page to congratulate Sunshine & Fudge as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>p?id=CARRIE925 </link> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:38:08 EST Another crazy cat lady here Hi my name is Karin and I live in PA with my partner of 13 years. Right now we have 4 boyz. We recently had to give up 4 because they landlord found out (sorta - she thought we had 1 extra). It was a devastating time for both of us. We struggled for a week over who to keep and who to give away - in the end neither of us were happy but we did what we had to do. Now to a brighter topic - our 4 boyz. We have Daniell Ezekial who is 12, Dylan Toby who is 12, Alexander Roy who is 13 and JT (J... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:07:39 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Cricket <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is (WORKOUTWITHPAM) Pam’s Cricket <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=3430363 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by (WORKOUTWITHPAM) Pam’s page to congratulate Cricket as our CAT OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>RKOUTWITHPAM </link> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:01:53 EST Two Words - Change One sunshine - bright Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:13:39 EST Hi all!! Hey all, my name is Jamie and I'm a proud cat-mama to an 8 year old fuzzball named Bullitt (after the Steve McQueen movie with the pretty green mustang!). He's grey with darker grey stripes. He's very mellow and mostly just sleeps and cuddles with me. He's a mega foodie though - every time I'm cooking he's right next to me, wondering what I'm making and if he'll get to taste-test it! I give him little bites here and there. His favorite people foods are cheese and chicken and turkey. He ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:47:42 EST possible injury to hip My beautiful "baby"--15 year old Siamese-Himalayan mix is injured. He is indoor kitty. Yesterday, I noticed a behavior change. 1) He didn't like it when I went to pick him up. 2) After laying in my lap, he cried when I set him on the floor, so I could get up off the couch. 3) unable to jump onto couch. 4) I watched him walk, it appeared that he was favoring his back right leg. <BR> <BR> So, boyfriend and I took him to emergency vet to get checked out last night. During the consultation... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:58:24 EST Introduction Hello!! <BR> <BR> So glad to be on this team with Cat Lovers like me! I have 4 cats now because 5 months ago we rescued 2 baby kittens from the streets... and after fixing their mom got her a great new barn location as she tried to eat my vet!! Qtip was rescued at 2-3 weeks old from the streets 9 years ago, Precious (dilute calico) from rescue group and our 2 kitten brothers (Harley & BowTie). Love SparkPeople and have been using it off/on for 4 years!! Almost reached my goal to lose 40 ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:27:38 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Harley & Raven <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" are SOMALIKITTY’s Harley & Raven <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4785565 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> <BR> P.S.: Stop by SOMALIKITTY’s page to congratulate Harley & Raven as our CATs OF THE WEEK! <BR> <link><BR>MALIKITTY </link> <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:59:46 EST Not feeling good Actually I'm feeling better, but not well. I've been taking an antibiotic off and on since February for my hand (red and swelling which has not been determined to be a chemical burn from a cleanser I used), and ended up with a bowel infection from it. Went to the doctor on Thursday and am being tested to make sure it's not an infectious one, and being treated for it as well. Haven't been eating much, and no energy. Thankfully the cramping has eased up and I was actually able to eat normal foo... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:10:22 EST On My Way To being the crazy cat lady. I had 4 but when a co workers mom died I took her cat rather than let her go to be euthanized. Nothing wrong with our Foxy Baby, just too many cats at the shelters. Now we have 5, Chloe (Lo-Lo), Caleb (Lubbers), Charlie (Leader), Jarod (Bubba da Kitten), and Foxy (Baby). <BR> <BR> I've had cats and dogs all my life, but would rather clean a dozen litter boxes to the dog mess in the backyard. and I'm in the process of transitioning to only canned and structured f... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:37:57 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Orzo <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Orzo <em>242</em> ! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4649055 </link> <BR> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:01:30 EST Cat Attitudes A-Z Accusatory <BR> <BR> As relates to standing by an empty food dish. <BR> AS in " I'm going to starve to death because you won't feed me! " Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:32:39 EST New Member Im new to Sparks ive only been a member for a week and love the site. Its full of info and inspiration. I weighed 203 a week ago and already dropped 4 lbs. I have a wonderful 14 year old calico cat named Magoo. And she helps me deal with the struggles of life with her affection. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:08:27 EST New word from last two letters Take the first two letters of the previous word and add a new word. I'll get us started. <BR> <BR> APples Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:47:06 EST Spring A-Z Apple blossoms Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:45:03 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Tris & Izzy <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Tris & Izzy <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4641313 </link> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:51:01 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: KoKo & CeCe <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is KoKo & CeCe <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>hotos_enlarge.asp?gid=1216&pid=44093&s<BR>idnope=8bGNmv+++++++++QLi+Lei%3DknA[+z<BR>%3CnNcoLt&sidnope2=J6ea1C++MOgL&vliqsp<BR>arentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fgroups_photos.asp<BR>%3Fgid%3D1216%26page%3D1&vliparentpg=%<BR>2Fmyspark%2Fgroups_phot </link> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:58:49 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Baggy <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Baggy <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4620435 </link> <BR> We can’t wait to hear all about you! <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:04:59 EST Cat Cure Almost a year ago my totally indoor cat Jazz began losing her hair. She had big sores on her body and was losing weight. Of course I took her to the vet! $1,200 dollars and 3 visits later my poor traumatized baby was only better when she was taking very expensive medications. Skin scrapings, a biopsy, and radical changes to her diet, litter, blankets etc. did no good. <BR> <BR> I continued with a cortisone cream and then... My cousin brought her dog Jake for a visit. While he was her... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:11:30 EST You know you're a Cat Lover when ... you treat your cat(s) like your children, or even better. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:49:13 EST New to team! Hi, everyone, <BR> My name is Eddy and my husband and I have four kitties. He was never a cat man, but is now in love (well, with 1 out of 4, anyway). <BR> <BR> Boo is a Siamese mix who is ridiculously friendly, will sit on anybody's lap and isn't afraid of anybody. He and DH are best buds. Boo sits on his lap when he eats and DH doesn't go to bed until Boo is ready, too (he's always ready to cuddle, so it works out). He was actually a kitten DH got for me, but they choose us, right? He ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:14:33 EST I am new and the beloved person of Juliet I have always loved cats and they have always loved me. But until Mar of 2012 I have always lived with a cat hater or someone who was allergic. So, when I got my own apartment, the first thing I did was go to the Animal Shelter to adopt a cat. Miss Kitty, as she was known by them, was my fifth choice, because she seemed to be a bully, having chased all the other cats out from under the bench in their room. But her picture was beautiful, so she went on the list. <BR> <BR> I had always planne... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:29:50 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Dexter <em>215</em> This week's <em>240</em> "CAT OF THE WEEK" is Dexter <em>242</em> ! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4786046 </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:37:59 EST Trimming nails How do you all keep your cats' nails trimmed? Do you have any way to keep them calm or calm them down if they get upset? I just did Orzo's and he has total fits when you try to clip them. I have a hole in my hand. My friend usually does his nails because she can handle him better and has more experience with the cats and their nails. I finally got them done, but it took a long time and I think that would upset him more. After I was done I could hold him, pet him, and fool with his feet ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:16:26 EST Team Challenges Hi Everyone (and Kittehs!) <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in a team challenge? I have been in touch with Krazy4Katz about setting something up that should be fun for everyone. All Cat Lovers who are interested would join a team and we can compete on a regular basis. This could be weekly or monthly but it should be regularly enough to keep us all motivated :-) <BR> <BR> Teams I suggest would be Team Tuxedo, Team Tabby and Team Calico. Challenges would be things like getting your 8 glasse... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:25:40 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Sasha Congratulations Sasha! You are our Cat of the Week. Drop in and let us know all about you! <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4387997 </link> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:16:37 EST Getting back out there and leaving putty at home TONIGHT. <BR> <BR> Staying indoors and out of sight might strike a few of you as weird, paranoid, or just not right. BUT, when we get to be ashamed of our appearance, we don't feel as comfortable as we once did, and our social and night lives suffer for it. <BR> Yeah yeah being married changed that, and of course having kids, but still if its a happy and balanced life, one goes "out on the town" at least once a month? hopefully more. lol <BR> <BR> When I w... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:49:39 EST Escape Artists - Need Help First, I want to say hello. I have been a Spark member for several years, but due to long work hours, marathon training, and keeping up with 9 cats (yes, 9!), I don't really have much free time to spend online. <BR> <BR> One of my issues that I am hoping I can get some help for involves my escaping cats. I live in on an acre in a rural-ish area, about 1/4 mile from a busy road. There are predators around like bobcat, fox, and raccoons, not to mention the occasional stray dog. My cats have ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:48:20 EST CAT OF THE WEEK: Izzy & BeBop BeBop and Izzy came into our lives in November 2009, a few months after Gidget went to live at the Rainbow Bridge. <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4667037 </link> <BR> They were both adopted from a local shelter. BeBop grew up there, and Izzy had just arrived that day. We were going to get just one, but the story below tells you why we came home with two. <BR> <BR> BeBop is part Tabby and part Toyger, and took to dad immediately at the shelter. He g... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:35:18 EST Would you like your cat to be "CAT OF THE WEEK"? I'm going to try something new, and may not be able to do it weekly but will try. <BR> <BR> All you have to do is post here if you would like your cat to be featured as "CAT OF THE WEEK", add their name a link to an image from your page or the photo gallery. If you want to have more than one of your cats featured, you can do that as long as they are all in the photo. <BR> <BR> I will go in order of whoever posts first and go up from there; however, if one member posts several times, I'll s... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:21:07 EST Greetings Hello, <BR> <BR> I just joined and would like to introduce myself. I'm Andrea and my two beautiful black cats are Harley and Raven. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:36:01 EST Cat lover I love cats. Just found this page. I have 2 cats that are 12 years old---Callie and Afton. Callie is territorial and slaps at Afton whenever I show her attention or if she comes close to her. Afton is laid back and has never started a fight, but she will stand her ground. The older they get, the more medical issues they have. Neither like any kind of oil or vitamins put on their food. I struggle with this. They are very finicky about food and sometimes will refuse to eat for the day. ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:21:10 EST Total Lap Kitty It might be because of the weather, but Orzo has turned into a TOTAL lap kitty. I can't get up because he will not leave my lap other than to go potty. Use to be he would go sleep in on the bed part of the day but not anymore. If it is sunny out he will lay on a table in front of the window for a little while, but then he comes back over on my lap. I cannot even eat without him on my lap. Well, he is keeping one side of me warm, anyway. This is an all-day, most of the night thing. Very... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:17:23 EST What did your cat(s) do today? Izzy and BeBop cuddled up in a chair since it's cold. Even after four years, they're still best friends. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:45:37 EST Cat Chat I thought it might be fun for our cats to chat, so post here as if it's your cat talking about his/her day. Be sure to include his/her name. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:44:40 EST Posted in wrong forum Oops Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:40:34 EST What is your cats name? " Keyna " Sat, 8 Feb 2014 05:08:40 EST Whats the funniest thing your cat has done? My cat sunshine will jump at the fridge doors ,and get the magnet down, it so funny. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:44:10 EST Weird things that our cats eat My cat is craaaazyyyy about bread! This is so funny! For example if I leave a sandwich with meat or cheese he will steal bread, not meat :) I think this is somehow connected with the fact that he is dry food addict. Many dry food brands smell like bread. <BR> <BR> My other cat loved melon. <BR> <BR> What weird stuff your cat likes to eat? Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:20:05 EST Fighting the Urge - Free e-book The Author Dr. Amy Johnson has given permission to share her book which really excited me..this is only 23 pages long!! Please check it out and share with your friends if you like! <BR> <BR> Per the author....My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publish, and share any part of this e-book with anyone who you think might benefit from it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2013/12/Fighting-... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:26:00 EST Foster Kitty's back When last seen, my foster kitty was being packed off to the vet. Well, he finally came back Monday, and he's looking and acing much healthier. He still sneezes occasionally though. Unfortunately, my furnace decided to crap out Tuesday, so I had an emergency repair to distract me. <BR> <BR> We've decided to name him Isaac (after Newton who was born on December 25 or January 4, depending on what calendar you use). This is partly based on when he was found and partly on housemate's comments ab... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:51:24 EST Post your favorite kitty emoticon <em>239</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:06:40 EST New to the team Hello my name is Debbie and I have an 8 year old kitty named " Keyna ". I rescued her from the shelter where I work, when she was about four weeks old. She is my four legged child that wears a fur coat. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:55:05 EST Sharing A Heroic Tale Of Kitty Survival! Good Morning All. I am feeling good this morning, how bout you? <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share a true tale of kitty survival! I made this video for one amazing kitty. He was severely and intentionally burned. Saved by a great rescue center, and recently was adopted out. Check it out =) You will need tissues! I made this slideshow, it's near and dear to my heart. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:50:42 EST Cats and computers and chairs Do you all have cats that insist on lying on your computer when you are trying to work on it? Orzo will get on my lap (I have a laptop 'puter) and then back up so that he is lying on my computer. I move him off and he will turn around and get back on it. It makes things hard when he is on the computer and I am trying to read something and it suddenly gets so small that you can barely tell there are words there. <BR> <BR> then he will also get in the seat of my chair if I move for any reas... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:07:36 EST Great News from the Vet!!! Emerald went to the vet yesterday. My sweet girl had to deal with a lot of poking and prodding. She had distemper and rabies shots. Also, she had blood and urine tests. She left there in a bad mood. <BR> <BR> I got a phone call from the vet today. She wanted to let me know that Emerald's blood test looks great! Her kidney values are normal! Whoo Hoo! Good for her! We were so stressed out about those kidney problems. Now we can feed her nearly anything except tuna and other foods ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:54:15 EST Pet insurance Just a quick poll to see who out there has pet insurance. If you have it, have you needed to use it, was it worth it? Who is the insurer for your kitty? <BR> <BR> I am just looking to possibly purchase some for my cat and I am interested in your views! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:17:52 EST New Hi everyone. Im new to the team. I have 4 rescued cats and would have more if I could get away with it! LOL! Hoping to lose a little weight and get fit by the summertime! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:13:32 EST Box question Really weird thing happened... One of my kitties last night pooped outside the box. I'm talking maybe 6inces away, 2 times last night. After the 1st time I cleaned the box, actually both boxes, I have 2 of them in my room, because I have 3 cats. But then in the middle of the night she did it again. Other than that, she seems fine & hasn't done this before. Any ideas? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:43:26 EST Kitty Weight Loss Programs Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My kitty Emerald is on a weight loss program. She was 8LB 6 0z when we got her. She went up to 11 LB 8 oz. We have had her on a diet and exercise plan to get her back to the weight the vet says she should be which is 9 LBS. Here is her plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Lower calorie intake 200-250 Kilo calories a day. <BR> 2. Incorporate more wet food to make her feel more full and satisfied. <BR> 3. Scheduled feedings. <BR> 4. Increased exercise and playing. Try to get her... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:45:35 EST We had to put down our 19 year old cat yesterday It's been a rough few days. If you want to read about my amazing boy who lost his battle with renal failure yesterday, please read my blog entry. <BR> <BR> Warning: you may cry, but I promise you will also be uplifted. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580593 Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:45:18 EST Meet Emerald Hi All, <BR> <BR> Emerald was adopted February 2013. Its hard to believe that was almost a year ago! She had a litter of kittens at the tender age of 1 year old. We adopted her soon after they kittens were weaned. Emerald is a sweet girl. Very much a lap cat. She has a cute purr that sort of sounds like the cooing of a dove. She had some kidney issues a few months after we got her. I think it was our fault for feeding her too much tuna! Ultrasound found she has one small kidney. W... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:41:09 EST Eep! Unexpected kitty foster Hi all. As some folks may remember, I have been without a cat since summer last year. Instead, I've been getting my kitty time by volunteering with a local rescue at a PetSmart adoption center. <BR> <BR> Well, this afternoon while I was on my shift, a cat wandered into the store. He had a blue collar on of a type that is apparently used by one or more of the local shelters. The rescue didn't have anyone else available to take him in, so I've basically become his emergency foster parent. It ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:44:43 EST A to Z_Winter If you have trouble finding a word, just do a search for "winter a to z". Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:08:33 EST Getting My Cat to Lose Weight Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new here. My cat, Emerald was adopted this February. She was 1 year old and had just weaned a litter of kittens! At the time, she weighted 8 LB 60z. Since then, she has gained a lot of weight. Some of it, I think she needed to gain because she was thin in the beginning. Now, she is up to 11 LB 60z. Our vet said she should be about 9 LB. We just can't get her to lose weight and have been trying for months. <BR> <BR> We have been trying to get her to lose we... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:32:18 EST Recent research: cats hate people The other day they had something on the news about a professor in the UK who says that cats hate their owners. I guess he determined that when having cats in some strange room and found that the cats could care less if their owners left the room. Just wondered what you guys thought of that. I know that Orzo is always sleeping on my lap, follows me into the bathroom just like dogs do, will stay in the bathroom while I am taking a bath and sleeps with me on the bed. He also is constantly ru... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:43:55 EST Treats Does anyone make homemade treats for their cats? I am having trouble buying anything and thought about making treats if I can find out recipes or ideas for them. I can find recipes for dog treats, but don't know anything about cat treats. Thought maybe Orzo would like that for Christmas. They would have to be either soft or crunchy soft -- not very hard since he is missing several teeth. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:42 EST Do you shop for your kitties for the holidays? Question: Do you buy gifts for your kitties for the holidays? <BR> <BR> I celebrate my little guy Tiger's birthday as well as his adoption day every year. And even have a stocking for him for Christmas for his gifts. I wonder how many others do this as well? Obviously we are all cat lovers that is why we are in this group but I'm just curious as too what you all do for your furry babies. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:49:57 EST new food my cats have allergies and cant eat most food. they would throw up like no tomorrow. so i started them on a high quality food called chicken soup for the cat lovers soul. no wheat no soy no corn and real meat. they stopped throwing up all the time. they throw up once in a while but the vet says its because their pancreas's arent producing enough enzymes so i got a probiotic powder that will help that. but apparently they arent getting enough nutrients any more. they have started throwing up t... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:57:46 EST Funny/Cute Videos or Pictures Found a funny/cute video or picture on the internet, or perhaps you've posted one in a blog? Post the link here as we could all use a good laugh! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:05:31 EST A-Z: What I Like/Dislike about the Holiday Season Following the alphabet take the next letter and indicate something you Like or Dislike about the Holiday Season. I added Dislike because sometimes it's hard to come up with a word for everything you like. <BR> Above all just have fun! <BR> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:56:01 EST HELP please K, so I bought a 4 1/2 month old kitten "Molly" from a rescue on 10/6, it is now 11/28 and the issue is still here. <BR> <BR> Molly was to the vet 2 times since I got her. <BR> <BR> They felt she had an upper repository "not bad" just a tad, little hard crusty black bogies and some black eye boogers (hard/dry). <BR> <BR> 1. first time sent me away saying it would clear up..if not in 2 weeks they would put her on an antibiotic.... <BR> 2. Called after 2 weeks they prescribed the meds. <BR... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:03:07 EST my female cat started having issues peeing I have a 2 year old female cat who just today started having issues peeing. She was peeing justfine yesterday. But today I was cleaning the bathroom and while I was in there (about 20 min) I noticed my girl came in 6 times to use the litterbox. She would act like she was peeing and walk away. I would look and there would be only a few drops in there. She wasnt showing pain or discomfort shes still very active and lovey like normal she eats normal drinks normal and everything else normal. Just... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:52:42 EST new cat lover here. my name is ally im 23 i live with my fiance and our two cats. both of which are currently staring at me while i type this because i turned off the red dot. i am always looking for weight loss buddies too and especially people around me so i can do stuff with them lol. looking forward to a quiet thanksgiving this year with just my fiance and me no family involved. everyone decided to do their own thing this year. i hardly ever get a whole day with my fiance where we dont have to go out and do ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:40:40 EST Anyone want to be a co-leader? If you do, just post here. Basically, I just need help (alternating monthly) sending out team Welcome Goodies. We've had 20 new members just this month. Also, to help with new forum topic ideas. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:23:36 EST Orzo and the dog update I am just hoping this keeps up. Orzo no longer actually tries to claw her when he swipes with his paw, just swipes the air if she happens to frighten him a little. He has also let her get partly up on my lap when he is in it and just sniffs her ear when she does. They have also laid butt to butt with each other close to me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday he walked up on her from under the coffee table which he never has before. This morning he was sniffing noses with Cassie. Cassie is pretty leery ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:53:18 EST 2 challenges I am doing I wanted to share I started 2 new fitness challenges yesterday the 30 day crunch challenge and the 30 day squat challenge. You can visit my page they are both shown in my pictures and my blogs for today 11/16/13 if you are interested in trying it out also <BR> <BR> Day 2 and still going strong <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:33:38 EST Talk about snuggling Mitty and Matty are brother and sister and when I found them snuggling I had to grab my camera is was so darn cute!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726203 </link> <BR> <BR> Oh ya an my newest addition "Molly" she is almost 6 months old. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4726204 </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:12:40 EST loss of a loved cat last Friday we had to take Tiggy Tiger to the vets, he had an a large growth in his stomach. He was 12 years old and had been a much loved cat, we stayed with him while the vet sedated him and then gave him the final injection. I miss him very much. <BR> The following Tuesday we were back to the vets with Tippsy this time. He had a small cut at the side of his neck but a very large abscess to the back of the neck. The vet drained, flushed the wound out, filled it with antibiotic and prescribe... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:46:47 EST Mommy to 6 Kitty Cats Hi I'm Cindie. I have been rescuing feral cats and taking on other family members kitties since 1992. My home is called a Kitty Sanctuary. I recently saved a kitty from being trapped at an apartment complex and was going to be brought to the pound. This summer I took on a severely injured cat and nursed him back to health, but found out he was suffering with kitty infalamation of the kidneys. He requires 24/7 care of being hand fed, giving medications to, a special diet, also my most dreaded ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:13:39 EST Northern Minnesota Cat Lover Howdy y'all! I'm recently new to SP and came across this team. <BR> My name is Bobbi and my Fiance' and I have 2 cats and 3 dogs! <BR> <BR> We rescued our first cat. I've never been very creative when it comes to naming an animal.. She when we got her home. she meowed so much, she got the name "meow meow". lol <BR> Even with 3 dogs, she still runs the house and she lets everyone know who the boss is. <BR> <BR> Our next baby is named "Princess". She is literally my shadow. she follows me... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:11:41 EST Cat talk It's been a long time since I had a cat before December. I was just wondering if you all can tell what your cat is telling you. I know that there was one at the stable when I was in high school that would actually say "hello" when you said Hi Chrissy to him. Of course, his hello started with a Y or NY sound. <BR> <BR> This morning when I was getting my jeans to get ready to leave for church I accidentally brushed them against Orzo. Does anyone know what AhWah means? He didn't say it lik... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:36:01 EST Cat Nicknames A-Z Let's do Cat Nicknames A-Z! If you're like me, mine have many. If you get a letter, and it's one of your cat's nicknames, let us know why you chose the nickname. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:49:16 EST Moving with cats We are moving next weekend. Not far, just 45 minutes from where we are now. We get the keys on Thursday and my mother-in-law is planning on setting up the bathrooms (I think) on Friday for us. I have two cats that are scared of new people and one who really does not travel well. I am trying to figure out when to take them to the new place. If I took them on Friday after work they'd be alone in a new place with just the basics. If I took them on Saturday I'd have to lock them in the bath... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:38:40 EST Healthy paws! I took my kitty to the vet today for her check-in and she's doing great! She sends a sweet "mew" and a reminder to other cat owners to have your little friends seen at least once a year. <em>239</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:46:29 EST SEEING MY DEAD CAT I am interested in knowing if anyone has ever been visited by their deceased pet before, and about that experience.?????? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:03:01 EST Cat foods Was wondering what kind of foods you all feed. Has anyone heard of GO (by Petcentrics or something like that)? Orzo couldn't eat the Wellness Core or Canidae because it was too hard for his mouth. He has been eating some Kit N Kaboodle, but that causes a big mess. I'm going to have to go get more kitty litter and wash the litter boxes and have never had to do that before. He seems to do pretty well with Meow Mix. My dog's breeder is getting his food from a friend of hers that gets don... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:24:11 EST What Makes You a Crazy Cat Mom? I knew I was a crazy cat mom when I started going to the fish section of my grocery store to get just 5 shrimp for our first born: Rosie Cotton Bar Maid. And, the looks I get from the fish guys are priceless when I tell them they are for my cat!! LOL I also go out of my way to contort my body at night to accommodate her on the bed...waking up most mornings with a back in pain. <em>240</em> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:02:59 EST SparkPeople Super Bowl Commercial Intuit is running a contest for small businesses & the prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us who <em>252</em> ! <BR> <BR> Just go to the website below and vote for SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kPeople-Inc/387418 </link> <BR> <BR> You can vote once a day so add a reminder <em>52</em> to your calendar to vote daily and let's help S... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:14:10 EST Looking for... Hi ALL! I have been off Spark for awhile (although I have lost 18lbs I have been too busy to post). But I cannot find the cute little tracker...y'know the one that you can put a runner or other cute icon on this weight tracker strip. Did Spark eliminate it? Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:43:28 EST Sad...But, had to be done... It was with a heavy heart today that I had to take one of the outside cats to the no-kill shelter today. He was a dumped-off kittie that I was feeding along with another dumped-off kittie. I had named him blue because he was blue and white...very pretty long hair. Over the past few weeks he had begun to bully and fight the other cat...the one I am trying to make an inside cat before winter hits. Other cat is named Red...he is a big ole' red mackerel tabby short hair. Blue had Red refusin... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:13:48 EST Apologies to the Team! Hi everyone, I removed myself as co-team leader as I felt I was not reaching out to new members, etc. Plus, my brother recently passed away and I was trying to eliminate the pressure I put on myself, e.g., time on spark. I'm going to continue to manage the team I started which I have also been neglecting. <BR> <BR> But I'm still part of the team. Hope KnittingKitty comes back soon... <BR> <BR> My apologies again.... <em>245</em> <BR> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 04:24:03 EST New Baby in the House We just adopted another kitten. She's all black, like five of our six other cats. She had two sisters who were not black and were already adopted. As is typical, black cats are often passed over for adoption. Her name is Eleanor and she is very smart! She likes to watch TV, cuddle, and play with just about anything she can get her paws on. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:58:20 EST We Kissed RT Goodbye It is with a broken heart that I write these words. We had to put our dear little RT(Roof Top) to sleep on Saturday morning. She was such a precious part of our lives,and she is sorely missed. RT came into our lives when we saw our neighbor boy with a tiny 6 week old kitten. I asked if I could hold her, she was the prettiest kitten I had ever seen, so loving, and darling. I knew the family, and knew that her life wouldn't be easy unfortunately. About a month later, our family was out si... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:05:26 EST Saying Goodbye to the Team but not SparkPeople To me, it’s not fair to be on a team and not be active. So, for that reason, and not because this isn’t a great team, I’m leaving the team. I’ll still be on SP but will be limiting my time to the team I am a co-leader of. I wish you all the best. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:42:36 EST Flea Medication - Poll? A little poll here? How many of you use flea meds? What kind? Did it work for you? <BR> <BR> My Missy who is no longer here, never ever had fleas, but then never even went on the front porch. <BR> <BR> I brought fleas home to my Mitty, I tried to avoid the flea meds but finally gave in...I hope I don't kill my cat. Matty has been treated as well. I guess fleas hitch rides....and of course fleas love me too...I get nice and itchy for 4 days, treating with calamine lotion and other anti ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:13:02 EST Intro to Me and my kitties Hello all! I am a native Texan, 49, mother/grandmother, and need to loose 78 lbs to reach my goal. We used to breed, raise, and show the Munchkin cat breed. We now only have 5 left: Rosie Cotton Bar Maid, Lady Varda Star Maker, Lady Krissy, Feather, and Dracula. These are wonderful cats that love to be with their humans. Mine are a constant source of comfort and friendship. We live out in the country, I do not work and am home alone during the day. They keep me company and make sure t... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:14:57 EST What is the funniest thing that your cat has done? My cat fudge,loves to play with straws, he will take them out of cups,and takes them away before he plays with them. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:48:43 EST Why does he do it? Can someone give me an idea why Orzo does the things he does. He will not eat the food I have for him. Okay, I guess he is picky. I thought it was because he had lost the 5 teeth he lost last year (before I got him) and he figured the food too hard, though he is just as picky about canned like the vet gave him. The deal is, he is going around trying to eat my purse and a small bag that goes inside it, my shoes, books -- just about anything he can get his mouth on. If he finds a piece of ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:34:55 EST Adult cats that want to suckle We have 2 adult cats whose mother was killed when they were kittens. They were bottle fed. Now that they are grown they still want to suckle on blankets and clothing. They will get on a lap and want to be petted. Then they will start to try to suckle on that person's clothing. <BR> <BR> I can't go back in time and keep their mom alive, but is there anything I can do to stop or redirect the suckling? Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:51:36 EST As you can tell by my Spark Page I love my cat!!!! We have a cat who we rescued from a neglectful situation in a "well known pet store chain"(he was barely 3 weeks old and was being fed pellet SDiet/Iams, and was neutered just after turning 3 weeks old and was set to be put to sleep within a week). He was just a tiny furball that could fit in the palm of your hand and we didnt know if he would even survive. But now it's 4 + years later and that itty bitty kitten is now 30+ pounds!! He's a rare (not even acknowledged by the CFA b... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:48:33 EST Dew-Claw Not sure if any one you recall my story of going to the vet because my Matty's dew claw was growing back and bleeding a bit. "trust me I would NEVER declaw a cat again" was because of our 2 birds and my husband insisted or we couldn't get the cats...unless I promised.. <BR> <BR> But anyway, the strangest thing happened, I decided to put him on the antibiotics because it did look a little I was sitting on the porch with Matty and decided to check how it is doing which I d... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:36:37 EST What do you do when a craving strikes? Thought we can share some of the things you might do to avoid giving in to a craving? <BR> <BR> I grab a cold fruit flavored green tea, I do put a little agave nectar in it. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:30:30 EST "My Cat from Hell" - cat whisperer Not sure if most of you have access "The Animal Planet" TV programming, but for those having issues with spraying where they shouldn't be, beating up or intimidating your other cats or dog, biting you or guests, lashing our, etc. you many want to watch some of his videos. <BR> <BR> He has helped many people to correct any bad behavior. You might want to watch some of his videos, just because his shows are awesome and it is amazing how he turns things around. <BR> <BR> He is what one might ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 06:01:51 EST Prayers needed I know this isn't cat-related, but there are quite a few pet owners here that can understand...especially since we've been talking about the Rainbow Bridge lately. <BR> <BR> My sister is at the vet right now having her 12-year-old schnauzer, Captain, put to sleep. He has been getting sicker over the last few months with doggie dementia, arthritis, and giant fluid-filled cysts around his neck. He has had urinary issues with having to go out several times at night, and there is nothing they ca... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:08:16 EST What is your cat's favorite human food? My Matty loves yogurt, the fruit flavored kind, Mitty she doesn't like anything but her cat food. <BR> <BR> My Missy that went over the Rainbow Bridge, loved potato chips, cheerios, french fries..she would sit and stare willing me to give her some...which of course I did. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:46:54 EST 101 Positively Powerful "Weight Loss Affirmations 101 Positively Powerful "Weight Loss Affirmations" by Nathan Cadbury. <BR> <BR> Each day I'll share a new one from the book <BR> <BR> 1. "I accept my ideal weight as my coming reality" <BR> <BR> Feel free to comment, or if you have any diet motivational quotes, please share. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:10:51 EST TV or Not to TV Please check out my blog, I have the link TV or Not to TV? What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=NEVERGIVEUP57 </link> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:57:48 EST What do you feed your cat(s)? I like to take polls <em>334</em> and would like to start one.... <BR> <BR> What do you feed your cat(s), soft or dry? <BR> <BR> What brand? <BR> <BR> What treats to you give them (brand)? <BR> <BR> How old is your cat? Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:35:08 EST Hair Balls? My cats have long hair so they are constantly bringing up hair balls..well not constantly but regularly. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of your cats had complications, that might have caused surgery. I worry that the hair balls can cause issues, blockage, etc. <BR> <BR> My Mitty grooms her brother Matty a lot and seems most of her hair balls has his lighter fur in it and of course he is a sheds a lot. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:33:05 EST Raise your hand if you are still active here... <em>213</em> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:53:27 EST Rainbow Bridge I know we like to remember our pet's that crossed over the Rainbow Bridge <em>437</em> . <BR> <BR> I for one loved my "Missy" who passed away from esophagus cancer November 2011, she was 14 years old. Talk about the pain of it all. I missed the signs that she was sick, she was losing weight slowly and I just thought because she was getting older and eating less, not to mention she was throwing up here and there...if only I wasn't so darn stupid!!! I would have taken her in a heart beat... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:37:16 EST Funny Cat Pictures I think for this one, you'll need to post a link to the picture. <BR> <BR> SkinnyRobin shared this link on Let's have fun.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>url=http%3A%2F%2Ffunnyimagejokes.blogs<BR><BR>.html&h=0&w=0&sz=1&tbnid=Y0NHVJ32gZg5e<BR>M&tbnh=195&tbnw=258&zoom=1&docid=zwR6l<BR>QuFo7ocrM&ei=VXzsUfeyOa2-4APOs4C4CA&ved=0CAIQsCU </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:28:18 EST Cat Names A-Z K, so another one "thanks breakingfree for the ideas"!! <BR> <BR> So let's start with "A", next person would do "B", etc. etc. <BR> <BR> So who wants to start with "A"??? Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:21:37 EST Funny Cat Antics - have any good ones? As I wasn't exactly sure what antics meant (in total) I looked it here it goes... <BR> <BR> "clowning, tricks, stunts, mischief, larks, capers, pranks, frolics, escapades, foolishness, silliness, playfulness, skylarking, horseplay, buffoonery, tomfoolery, monkey tricks" <BR> <BR> So what might you have to share? <BR> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:20:15 EST Cat bravery One of my cats, Turtle, is a tiny 7 lb. calico. She is small but mighty, and doesn't hesitate to protect her big brother when the other cats try to bully him, or to give as good as she gets when playing. But she is very cautious about the outdoors, never going more than 2 or 3 feet past the door onto he deck, and getting spooked if someone closes the door or there is a loud noise. <BR> <BR> Until last night. <BR> <BR> Around 10:30 I was hearing small clanging noises, figured it was the cats... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 06:47:02 EST Your Cat Facts! So how many cats do you have, what are their names and how much do they weigh and perhaps how you came to be there mom. <BR> <BR> Matty - male - 21 months old - 13 lbs <BR> Mitty - female - 21 months old - 8 lbs <BR> <BR> We adopted them when they were 3 months old (litter mates) from a Joyful rescue. They keep them until they are old enough to spay/neuter (first vet visit free, shots, de-wormed and de-fleaed) before placing in homes. So for $76 each, we were blessed with lovely cats and ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:57:24 EST Let's have fun! So I thought we could play some games, trivia, ask fun questions etc. here! If you have a new topic or fun idea, let me know <em>334</em> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:49:58 EST New Co-Team Leader Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. I requested to be added as co-leader and to leave KnittingKitty on as team leader, as I have a strong feeling she'll be back. <BR> <BR> I could tell all of you didn't really need anyone as the team is faring along pretty well. <BR> <BR> I have two cats, Mitty and Matty, they are litter mates. They'll be 2 years old on September 1 from what I was told when I adopted them from Joyful Rescues. We lost our Missy at the age of 14 from cancer whi... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 04:43:29 EST What a day yesterday - I know you will understand! Only us true cat lovers would here is my long story from yesterday..I blogged this but wanted to share here as well.... <BR> <BR> I was all worked up because I had to take my male cat "matty" to the vet..we had his front paws declawed (which I would never do again) when he was 5 months old. In order for me to adopt Mitty and Matty my husband had me promise we would because of the keep them safe from being killed or used as a toy. <BR> <BR> Long story short his thu... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:15:43 EST Kitty that wobbles - Cerebellar hypoplasia Does anyone here have one of these? <BR> <BR> I have, what I think, is a high-level functioning mild case of CH in a foster kitten, we've affectionately named Wobbles. He's quite affectionate...especially when he is purring and leans up against you for support...but then falls down anyway. He eats, plays, drinks and uses the litter box like a normal kitten (he's about 4 months old), but he has a bit of a swagger when he walks...really cute. <BR> <BR> He currently has an odd protrusion fro... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:37:34 EST New diagnosis of diabetes for my cat :-( I just found out my 6 1/2 yr old male cat has diabetes. I didn't know cats could get diabetes - but apparently males are at an increased risk, as are overweight cats. My cat isn't really that overweight -- he's 14 pounds, but he's a pretty tall and muscular cat. <BR> <BR> I have to bring him back to the vet on Wednesday, to learn how to give insulin shots twice a day and how to test his blood glucose once a week. My vet told me that he has a 50/50 chance of reverting back to "normal" after ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:02:56 EST Hi I'm back I have been gone for 3 years. Yo Yoing .I'm Judy. I have bad arthritis and need /want to loose 90 pounds. I find it very difficult to walk as my feet hurt so much. I work at a no kill shelter with cats. I am a TLC giver. That means I work with cats that have been so mistreated that they are so scared to death . They are not adoptable. So with plenty of TLC I get them back to where they trust people again and can be adoptable. It's a lot of work . But now I need some TLC in helping me to loose... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:27:24 EST Who is the team leader? Does anyone know who the team leader is? I see KnittingKitty, but she has not been active on her spark home page for sometime? If any of you want to take over leader ship or co-leader with her you can request it through the technical/site help. Or perhaps the site is functioning well enough without a leader. Just a thought. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=5 </link> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:49:59 EST Did You Know - Let's have fun! Thought I would start a thread of did you know facts! It is fun..have one going on my GI team! <BR> <BR> Did you know... <BR> <BR> white cats with blue eyes are usually deaf Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:44:11 EST Bitter apple Has anyone used Bitter Apple for Cats? Orzo has now been eating all my plants (and throwing one on the floor) and has started eating my purse, a pouch that is usually in my purse, my camera strap and any piece of paper he finds. I tried spraying things with a solution of cayenne pepper and water, but it just clogged the spray bottle. The one plant I got some of it on Orzo started to eat after it was sprayed with cayenne. He is also throwing up a lot and I think it may be because he keeps ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 15:51:38 EST My babies (Mimi and Eamon) and I are new. Hi! Hello everyone. I am indeed a cat lover and when I saw this team I just knew I had to join. <BR> Right now, my poor baby Mimi (6 months old) is at the vet. She has been pretty sick, and the first vet seems to have ignored her symptoms (or perhaps he just never did the tests he should have) and now she seems to be in pretty bad shape after I took her to a second vet. That second opinion turns out to be pretty necessary though we still aren't sure what's wrong with her. I am pretty sad about t... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 05:18:08 EST New crazy cat lady in town Hi feline fans, <BR> My name is Lindsey. I joined Spark yesterday. I have a 13 year old cat that I adopted 5 years ago, when she was 8 years old. She's a whopping 6 pounds and basically a little furball of love. The only way I will be successful on Spark is to have more friends to hold me accountable and to inspire me, so please add me as a friend! I'll add back! <BR> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:14:30 EST Sensitiv /Nervous Stomach issues My Louie-Boy has had issues since I first brought him home 2 years ago. I'm convinced that's why someone gave him up - so sad. Anyway, he was throwing up 4-5x every day, sometimes more. I started experimenting . . . foods, calming escences, belly rubs when he'd let me. I still think it was mostly nerves - he's very sweet, but very nervous! Vet thought it was allergies and to switch to one of the high end foods of lamb??? - but just soooo expensive and couldn't find lamb and didn't feel good a... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:36:12 EST cat calming products Has anyone used them? Do they work? <BR> Have new cat. 22 months old. Maine Coon. Badly scratched me the other day. My rescue, Smokey, put him in his place. <BR> He's friendly mostly. But occasional hisses. & some scratching. Have been trying to be patient. But this is not good. Breeder will try to visit & clip his nails. But if these products work, I might try tot use. <BR> Think he misses his Mom & siblings. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:59:40 EST visiting kitties 2 of my grown children live a distance from me. They have kittens and when they visit me, they bring their cats--my grandkitties. As other grandparents have baby beds and swings, I have extra litter boxes and kitty toys. The cats who live with me hate the invaders! They become scarce, yet needy! Does anyone else ever have guest cats? Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:33:37 EST PLEASE READ! Severe Weather Tracking On-Line I just posted a blog with important information I wanted to share: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373755 </link> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:34:00 EST Greetings Other Cat Crazies Hi All, I am Patricia and I am new to SparkPeople (2 weeks). I live with my son, 2 dogs and 5 cats and an assorted number of ferals. I belong also to Alley Cat Allies, so my love of the fur babies runs deep. I came on here to get healthy and hope I can be of some help to others and hope you all can maybe help me too. I know that right now I am still really motivated...but will that fizzle out with time??....I hope not but nothing has worked for the long term up to now. I look forward to inter... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:51:38 EST Another great video to laugh!! <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> This just make me laugh out loud!! Thu, 23 May 2013 09:16:50 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:21 EST Video I was sent this link to a video of Suki. I can't even train Orzo to quit getting into things or not get on my computer when I am doing things on it. And I haven't gotten too far with Cassie, either, though dogs are easier to train I think. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 20 May 2013 00:43:50 EST CRISIS: Cat behavior Hey there, <BR> <BR> I've got a situation on my hands, and I have no idea what to do. I have 2 male cats, Dakota age 12, and Diablo, age 3. They have been together since the younger one was a kitten. They get along great and have the usual alpha male tussling that lasts a few minutes or so. <BR> <BR> This morning, however, I got up and after getting out of the shower, I hear the most awful crying coming from downstairs. I go to investigate, and Diablo is on the back of the couch crying loud... Sun, 19 May 2013 12:01:29 EST Posting pictures of kitties needing home? I've been volunteering to cat sit for the rescue group at my local PetSmart adoption center. Would it be okay if I put up information about the cats available? I'd like to see them find homes. (Note: this would be on my blog. I'm just a little unclear if this would pass muster with the SparkPeople TOS. Sun, 19 May 2013 02:57:29 EST Cats using claws Is there some way to train a cat to not use their claws on you? Orzo isn't going it to me to be mean. On the contrary, it is more because of his love. He does that kneading on my stomach or chest and I have holes all over unless I catch him first. He has even held on to my hand with his claws. The one hand is really sore just below where he had hold of me. He also likes to put his paw on my face like April used to (mostly to Mom), but unlike her he spreads his claws out and comes at my ... Sat, 18 May 2013 23:37:57 EST Faux Fur Kitty Condos - Better than Carpet? I was looking for a new kitty condo and I see some that are made with faux fur instead of carpet. Has anyone bought one of these, and if so, how do they hold up in comparison to the carpet covered ones? <BR> <BR> I have 7 cats, and they all use the one condo that I have, but I really need at least 1-2 more. I found a configuration that I really like but it's made out of the faux fur. It doesn't seem to be as durable as carpet, but I was wondering if anyone has any advice about which is bett... Sun, 12 May 2013 18:23:48 EST Indoor cats I am keeping Orzo as an indoor cat because of wild animals and other hazards to cats around here. I did the same when I had April, though she was a lot faster at sneaking out. Orzo is also acting like he is trying to sneak out again. <BR> <BR> Do others with indoor only cats have troubles with them trying to sneak out? What do you do to keep them from sneaking out when you go outside? I can understand Orzo trying to sneak out if he was indoor/outdoor at his former home. I got April when... Fri, 3 May 2013 21:42:51 EST Got surprised today With all Orzo's aggravation with Cassie, he totally surprised me today. Cassie was half in my lap while he was over by the window. He decided it was time to get up by me, but with the dog there? He went around the chair and hopped up to the right side of my lap and let Cassie stay in my lap the way she was (about two/thirds of the way up). He kept putting his nose on her hip, but no problems at all. The other day he made the brave, but unwise mistake, of sticking his nose in her face and... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:28:57 EST Share A Cat Story This is the story of my cat Katie...I wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR><BR>eet-katie-bug/ <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the link into your browser. <BR> <BR> =^..^= <BR> <BR> Missy <BR> <em>240</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:08:51 EST Wanted to say HI and tell a story Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group; actually didn't know it existed till I saw a friend's page that had it listed! I added a couple pictures of Martini on my spark page. This is rather a funny story, Martini is my son-in-laws cat. My daughter and (at the time) future son-in-law lived me with for a few years and they had Martini. They knew I didn't like cats at all, but I told them he could stay, he would just have to say in the basement. I know that sounds mean and it was (now th... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:33:35 EST Howdy Cat Lovers! How did I not know there was a Cat Lover's team on SP. I've been commited to using SP for a little over 2yrs- joined earlier, but it took me a while to get it together. Looking forward to getting fit with my furry felines, Tiggeriffic, and Piggy Wiggy( because of how he eats, not because he's fat!). Also looking forward to hearing about everyone Else's' buddies. <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 00:24:50 EST medicine Hi everyone. Lately, my cat has been driving me up a wall. He tends to get into everything, jumps on stuff, knocks things over, etc. He is just very hyper, and every morning he meows and gets hyper at that time the most, and I'm not sure why that is. I heard from someone that prozac can help them. Does anyone on here happen to have hyper cats and give them any type of medication? Is that a good idea? I am also considering getting him a calming collar with the lavender scent which I heard can ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:55:29 EST Driving me crazy!!! My younger cat, Diablo, drives me crazy. He is 3 years old and still acts like a kitten, and we actually still call him by that name..."Kitten". Anyway, he is like a toddler in that he loves to get into EVERYTHING and is so nosy. When we're sitting in the living room, he'll be on the dining table pushing papers or whatnot around or even off the table. We have a hutch that holds some junk as well, and as I type, he is up there knocking my recipes off!. Be right <BR> <BR> I actually... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:58:28 EST My Cat almost died this last week.. Thurs I woke up to a kitty that could hardly move. Wheezing and coughing! My female kitty is indoor,she sat in same spot for an hour so I called vet and took her in when I saw no interest in water or when I went to examine her she cried out. She was running a temp of 103 Xrays clear she simply had an infection! What happened we beiieve is a bite from playing too hard with one of my other cats.The bite was to the neck area. With antibiotic and fever check this last saturday all i... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:19:47 EST Pet food recalls Natura has recalled pet foods for cats, dogs and ferrets. These include Innova, California Natural, Healthwise and EVO. It seems like all pet foods without chemicals in them are being recalled nowadays. I have found 2 all natural ones that haven't been recalled yet (I think). I don't know if either makes cat food. One of them the dog food is at least twice as much as any other on the market. <BR> <BR> Orzo won't eat the canned unless it is left for several days (that is for him to eat a... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:59:19 EST Cat Getting Underfoot When Exercising Hi, everyone! I'm new to the group! I have a question for you all. I adopted my Yuki in November. He is 11 months old now and he's my little buddy. It's just the two of us in my apartment and he is definitely the pampered king ruling it. He keeps trying to play and get my attention when I am exercising. Just today, he sat directly under my face when I was doing kettlebell pushups with rows so I smushed my face into his belly when I did the push up. I am worried about kicking him or hitting hi... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:43:57 EST Hello Everyone Hello there! <BR> I actually joined yesterday, but never got around to visiting my teams. So here I am now. <em>30</em> <BR> I have been married for 8 years. We have 2 children. We also have 7 cats. I work in the produce department of a local grocery store. <BR> I actually had a friend refer me to Spark and so here I am. I liked what I saw and think it's gonna help me. My goal is to create a healthier lifestyle for me & my family. <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:39:47 EST Funny birthday cake idea / cat treats I just wanted to share this idea I found for a birthday cake I'm going to make for my daughter's best friend (turning 20 on Friday): <BR> <BR><BR>-box-cake.html <BR> <BR> I personally think it's genius. I even got the little scoop, but I'm just going to use a regular cake pan. <BR> <BR> Secondly, my cats go ga-ga over treats. If I give them treats in a certain location, say the loveseat in the living room, every time I walk into the room, they prac... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:05:28 EST Newbie to the group I joined SP last week and am looking around for I was so happy to see there are cat lovers among us (but not surprised!). <BR> <BR> I have 2 fuzzy boys who are my loves, Dakota and Diablo. I feel that owning pets is a huge part of stress relief, and I love taking care of them as much as they take care of me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to say hello! <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:52:31 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:33 EST Hello Fellow Cat Lovers Hi there! I have three cats! Two flame point siamese and one big fluffy black and white. <BR> They are like my fur children and act like it too. Chino is the oldest and he is your typical cat fat lazy and loves attention when he feels like it. Tolkien is my cowardly lion. He is very sensitive and loves playing fetch but only with Q-tips....he thinks they come from the shower and demands one everytime you shower. Mimo is my youngest he is the annoying little brother and plays fetch and... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:25:22 EST aka IZZYBEBOP I use to be IZZYBEBOP but opened up a new account and was a member of this team so I wanted to rejoin. <BR> <BR> I have two cats, Izzy and BeBop. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:41:33 EST Emoticon :) your mood! <em>211</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:50:04 EST