Grrr...

Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:25 pm
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy at post
Via Citykitties:

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.




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Visual update... Read more... )
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Kittens! Read more... )
vettecat: (lion on couch)
I can only imagine that the people who wrote this have never actually spent time with cats.

(Though it does amuse me that all the comments basically boil down to, "yeah, so?"...)
vettecat: (blue eye)
Time once again for fur, flowers, and further foto fun... Read more... )
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You have been warned! Read more... )
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Haven't posted kitten pictures in a while... Read more... )

Symmetry

Mar. 30th, 2009 10:46 pm
vettecat: (rainbow)
I noticed this a while back but I don't think I've mentioned it here before. Read more... )
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Realized I haven't taken any pictures of the kittens in a few days... Read more... )
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For quite a while now, [livejournal.com profile] sdavido has been referring to the kittens, half-jokingly, as "Pinky and the Brain." You can probably guess which is which, but if not... Leela is very much a Cat of Action (not to say she isn't also intelligent), Minerva is more of an analytical observer. We had a demonstration of that tonight.

SD- picked up a new toy at the supermarket. It's a motorized stuffed mouse; you pull the tail, and the mouse scoots across the floor as the tail retracts. Tonight while we were in the kitchen, he called the kittens over and demonstrated the mouse for them. Then we stood back to watch them react.

At first, Minerva stood back and watched while Leela batted at the mouse. Then SD- wound it up and let it go again. Leela gave it another swat, but it doesn't travel very far (it just kind of wiggles briefly), and she seemed to lose interest. Minerva went over and picked it up in her mouth, then held the mouse between her paws and pulled on the tail with her teeth. She held on and watched while it retracted, swatted it a bit, then grabbed it and pulled on the tail again.

After a few minutes of this (the arc from introducing the mouse to watching Minerva grab it took maybe a minute) both kittens seemed to decide they had better toys, and wandered off. So it didn't get used for very long. But it was really interesting... we had wondered whether one or both of them would figure out the mechanism, but didn't expect it to happen so fast. Wow.
vettecat: (lion thinking)
For all you cat lovers out there...


(From [livejournal.com profile] sdavido, verified on Snopes... there's a longer but fuzzier version here)
vettecat: (cat haiku)
[livejournal.com profile] sdavido just wandered in to find Scheherazade draped over my lap, with her eyes focused on a point a few feet away. He said, "I know she wants to run amuck. But I can't help wondering whether she would rather run a mush, or a moo, or some other kind of online group..."

My husband is silly.
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Not mine, someone sent it to me... but still...
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A little earlier tonight, I noticed Scheherazade come to full attention and start tracking something. This usually means she's found a bug; the normal procedure is for her to follow it intently until one of us comes over and kills it. She usually seems to feel that they're much more interesting alive. I went over to see what she'd found, and saw scurrying in front of her a rather large and hairy millipede. Eeyuck. Apparently she didn't like it much either, because instead of just tracking it, she reached out a paw and thwacked it. By the time [livejournal.com profile] sdavido grabbed a tissue and came over a few seconds later, all that was left to do was pick up the mushed millipede. Which was fine because those things are gross. Of course the Mighty Huntress got lots of praise and scritches. She seemed very pleased with herself.
vettecat: (cat haiku)
Yet another reason for cat owners to leave the toilet seat down...

All ears

Aug. 23rd, 2006 01:07 am
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We recently noticed that Scheherazade had a bunch of dark spots in one of her ears, and wanted to get her examined. Read more... )
vettecat: (illustration)
Scheherazade has learned a new word. For those of you who don't know, our cat is rather high on the cat-intelligence scale; she's frighteningly quick at figuring things out. (The first time I tried teasing her with a laser pointer, she looked at the dot, tracked the beam, and went for my hand instead.)

Anyway, she comes when we call her by name (including via intercom, when I used to live at my parents' house)... she also knows "no" and "down." There haven't been many other words I thought she needed to learn. But recently, we discovered a brand of dental treats at the vet which she actually loves. (This is wonderful because she hates having her teeth cleaned.) She got so excited about them that we thought, hey, this could be useful...

She has now learned the word "treat." It didn't take that long, either... maybe 10 - 12 "language lessons" (as [livejournal.com profile] sdavido started calling them) over the past few weeks. This consisted mainly of me repeating "treat!" while holding one out, until she gobbled it up. Last night we decided to run a test... while SD- was holding her, I stood to one side holding the closed bag, and said, "treat!" Her head whipped around, her eyes went wide, and she started squirming to get down. I repeated it after he put her down, and she ran over and stood waiting until I gave her the promised treat.

So it seems that we have successfully expanded her repertoire. I could teach her others, I suppose, but I don't quite know what else would be useful...

Bleah

Jan. 1st, 2006 02:34 pm
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Not the most exciting start to the year... I spent all of last night catching up on Arisia mail (from being away). I'm also fighting a cold. Woke up this morning with an awful headache, which neither going back to bed nor taking medicine has helped much. I have a tremendous amount of work I need to do today (much, but not all, Arisia-related), and haven't been able to focus enough yet to do anything useful. Did manage to catch up on LJ, at least. And am currently holding Scheherazade on my lap, both because she's cute, and to give [livejournal.com profile] sdavido a break. He likewise has spent the year thus far trying to catch up on work, but she's decided that since we're home we should be paying attention to her. He hasn't yet mastered the art of typing while holding a cat, and really needs to focus without distractions, so I'm running (well, sitting) interference. I can do that, at least... but I really do hope I can accomplish something more than that this afternoon.

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