Sunday, October 22, 2017

Easy Like Sunday

AYLA:  MOSTLY EASY annyway...  TBT washed all our napping towels but left them in the basket.
Well, I dont care WHERE they are, IM gonna nap on them!
REALLY comfy.
She behind me, isnt she?
Iza, you leave me alone!  Im nappin here.
As soon as I got up, TBT folded my special big thick bloo towel and set it up on the shoe rack so I can nap in peace later.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Caturday Saturday

AYLA:  In was nice and bright this morning, so we were anxious ta get outside!  TBT wanted a picture, so he opened the door just a crack.
 Come ON open the DOOR!
He got his pictures...
And we got out!  Marley felt trapped though.  He doesnt like walking of dry crunchy leafs.  It bothers his hunting sensibilities.   He finally jumped over them.
TBT promised ta use the blowy thingie ta chase them off the deck.

Pee Ess:  We havent been able ta get into the Catblogosphere site fer several days.  Is it just us?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wobbly Camera Wensday

There is a hawk in this picture.  Somewhere...
We swear, toes crossed!

It grabbed one of OUR birds and then flew off.  TBT is way too slow with the camera sometimes...  And maybe moving the camera doesnt werk too good.

The weerd thing?  The birds were back at the feeder in a minite...

Womancat Wensaday

AYLA:  Sorry, I was just glowing this morning.. It messes up the camera.

I can get it a bit under control, but still not really awake.  Yawning...
I'll get more focussed after First Breakfast...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tumbled Tuesday

IZA:  Ive been busy this week. 

This is a nice rice bowl...
 This is a nice rice bowl on the floor.  It had gravy in it...
I almost got this one too, but I discovered I dont like pickled beets!
BTW, both of them were IN the larger bowl.  I got them out annyway...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Mayhem

IZA:  I love to tear apart cardboard egg cartons.
I used to reduce them ta shreds, but now just a few pieces.  Well, Im not a kitten anymore.  I have some self-control.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Deck Tour

IZA:  There isn't much left now.  The pots and mums are doing OK.
 I'm looking around fer something better.
Though these ARE very colorful.
 I'll go looking.
Wow, it started raining.  Running inside!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Caturday Saturday

IZA:  We had strangers here today.  They brought a new TV.  I was friendly and watched close.  I could tell one of the strangers liked cats.  Marley and Alya ran unner the bed as soon as they came to the door.  I didn't!

So they took the old one out and put a new one in.  Whoppee.  I don't care about TV pictures.  But there were new people around and I like people/  I rubbed their legs and talked to them. 

One of the strangers seemed right, to I spend time close to him.  Sure enough, he said he loved cats .  Ans he knew enough to know how ta walk around us carefully. 

The TV is fine.  AYLA likes it better than than me.  She chases little critters around on it.  And golf balls.  TBT turned made the new TV show a golf tournament.  Ayla was entranced.  But then, the loves milk rings instead of rattley mousies, so what can I say?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wayback Wensday

And this is REALLY way back - this week 2009!  It was LC, Ayla, and Iza then.

LC was napping.  She was 16 after all, and napping was a big part of her day...
Iza was doing her favorite pose.  Tummy up and back paws of a wall...
Ayla had gotten a bird into the house and was very proud.  Look at all those claws out!  

But to be fair, LC caught it originally and let Ayla play with it.  LC was kind about stuff like that.  She missed Skeeter and was still curious about Ayla and Iza.  I sometimes think she was so used to Skeeter being the one she looked up to as Big Brother, that having younger cats around was a little confusing.

She may have enjoyed watching them play with the few birds, some frogs, and many voles she brought up to the deck and watched over until Ayla or Iza found them.  She never seemed to mind them taking the prey and tossing them around.

Maybe she knew she was teaching them; maybe not.  Maybe she just liked their enthusiasm.  Maybe she was bringing them to me for praise (and I always did) and was annoying the "kits" took them away.  It is probably as hard for us to understand their thoughts as for them to understand ours...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Twofer Tuesday

We both had a relaxing afternoon.  Iza was either out on the deck  or following TBT around asking if it was dinnertime yet.  Since TBT always CALLS us when it is, thats a pretty useless question.
So we were taking it easy...

Monday, October 09, 2017

Monday Comment Replies

More replies to comments...

1.  Spitty said "Don't worry, Ayla dear. Iza's not home to annoy you today [Sunday]Oh, and Lambie? I has jars and jars of the Gerber's. Chick-hen AND beefies. Take your choice--or I can open BOTH of them. XOXOXO"

Ayla replies:  Thank you Spitty.  Iza returned at dinnertime, unusually calm.  I credit her visit to you.  And the Gerbers.  But she won't tell me ANYTHING!  Sisters are supposed to tell "all".  Hmpff!

2.  Patzys Place said: "Ayla, you are looking especially beautiful today up there. You look like a cat show queen whether your eyes are open or not!

We was also noticing TBT’s book selections. He looks like a smart and well rounded dude with a lot of reference type books on that shelf. We wonder if he ever reads any fiction or sci-fi?

Ayla replies:  Thank you.  I AM the Princess here and a regal pose is "de rigueur".  As to the books, TBT keeps the special stuff in the living room bookcases.  In the computer room, there are 3 more bookcases with about 60 shelf feet double stacked of sci-fi and fantasy books.  Mostly paperbacks, but some first edition hard books.  He actually re-reads a lot of them, so he CLAIMS it isn't just hoarding.  Oh, and he just mentioned to me that some are even "Ace Doubles" he bought 50+ years ago a dime each "used".

But he doesn't read anything called modern fiction.  Too real about weird Beins.   He says the news is bad enough...

3.  Pilch92 said:  "You do look regal up there. TBT needs to put a blankie up there for you.

Ayla replies:  OMC, I never even thought to ask for that.  But now that you suggest it, I will.  A large bloo towel, folded up several times will do nicely.  A Princess MUST have "Royal Bloo".

4.  Megan said:  "Yes - he's got IZA on his mind and I'm sure that he has been distracted by his concern about what might be causing her behaviour. I do hope that it's resolved soon". 

Iza replies:  It is always good for TBT to have me in mind, but a vet visit makes me upset.  I didn't MEAN to fart right under his nose.  It just sort of came out.  I mean, it WAS right after dinner and you KNOW what they say about turkey...

What?  Oh, TBT says it wasn't that.  OK, I'm sorry I gnawed on the corn cob and threw it up all over the bed.  It wasn't THAT either?  You mean I can do those things?  Oh, not, OK.  

ACK, he is gonna drag me to the stabby place again, isnt he!  HELP!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Easy Like Sunday

AYLA:  Im taking it EASY up on the bookcase today.  Heights make my happy.
Partly because I just like high places, but partly because Iza doesn't.
And besides, I look so regal up here with my paws front and tail curled around.
Oh, Iza is staring up at me!  I better tell TBT to check the Felliway dispenser...
Meanwhile, I will just ignore her!
Wouldnt YOU?
But I am feeling sleepy, so it is naptime...

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Caturday Saturday

We've been off for a few days.  TBT has been distracted.  WE are fine.
Relaxing on TBTs lap, having our meals, going outside.  
He seems to have a lot on his mind this past week. 

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Troublesome Tuesday Comments

TBT:  Thank you all for the suggestions. 

The Vet suggested (last January after all The Mews had their annual checkups) that AYLA get a Senior Exam when she turned 10.  That occurred in June.  But she seems to be in excellent health, so I will arrange that but it will be a standard one.

Iza is 9, but she has actual problems.  I am making a list of my observations about Iza to bring to the vet so we can plan a series of tests.  I want to know exactly what tests he proposes (so I can look them up and be aware of what the tests are designed to find) and ask why not other tests.

He won't like that.  He has a sign in the exam room that says something like"Don't compare your internet research to my education and experience".   AFAIK, he is a good vet, and he has taken care of my cats for 30 years.  But I've always been willing to question doctors, lawyers, contractors, etc, and won't stop now. 

Now, some more info about Iza:

1.  I see Iza drinking water from the bowl near the food frequently.  Oops, I thought it was the others not drinking enough or from the pond outside (which I often saw Skeeter and LC do in their days,.  Now I am realizing that Iza drinks much more water than a typical cat.  She has a favorite spot in one litter box to pee, and the amount is massive in just one day. 

2.  Iza is really the dominant cat in the house.  No one bullies her around the litter box.  She is so relaxed about it that she will use one while I am cleaning the others, and she will casually use one when another cat is in another.  On the hand hand, her poops are solid and healthy-looking, and she never pees outside of the boxes.

It may be my fault she is using the space between them about once a day.  I've seen her to it and never Marley or Ayla.  I certainly never react when she does; that might make her upset or worried.  But there have been days I forget the nightly scooping and perhaps she became sensitive to that.  I think one thing to do is pull all the boxes away and thoroughly clean the cement floor with one on those pee/poop neutralizers (she uses the same couple of spots repeatedly).  And I'll move the boxes a couple of feet towards their "approach path".

3.  It doesn't seem to the the brand or flavor of food that disturbs Iza.  When she was having "every few days" immediate regurgitation a few months ago, I  observed that it wasn't related to the flavor,  I keep 6 flavors and use 5 cans every day.  So there was a different flavor every morning for 6 days. 

What I did notice was that it was almost always the first meal of the morning.  Something about eating on an empty tummy was causing a problem.  I adjusted her first morning meal to be smaller, and that has mostly stopped.  She can handle more even 30 minutes later, and regular size meals all the rest of the day.

4.  But she has a possibly related problem.  For months, she has had a habit of gagging up a small amount of clear froth (almost entirely water, from the smell) around dawn.  Sometimes I stay up all night and then stay in bed 12 hours and I thought it was because she wasn't getting food regularly.  So I started getting up briefly at dawn just to feed them all a couple months ago.  They loved it of course, but Iza kept having that problem.  

5.  The eating of bread may also be my fault.  I make very tasty bread, with oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and beer instead of water.   When Iza discovered she could jump up the the countertops, she went right after the bread.  When I removed the bread to the M/W for storage, she went after the corncobs and bowls.  She is addicted to oils, fats, and butter.  Marley is too, but only meaty fats.  But Marley will sniff around and leave if nothing good is easily available, while Iza will pull stuff around and drag them off the counters to get at them.  She shoved a 10" cast iron skillet I had covering a cat food can with a tight cover on it off the cutting board  last week to get at the can.  And I had packed her with all the food she could eat that night.

That is my fault too.  I tend to clean the dinner pans and plates in the morning.  I am very lazy after dinner and spend post-dinner time on the computer or watching TV science and history DVDs. 

6.  Iza has never been the most routine of cats.  She butt-scootches, she wheezes at night, she is the loudest slurpiest groomer you ever heard.  I know the butt-scootching is a sign of packed anal glands, but when he have had the vet express them, she is right at it a week later.  I know there is an operation for that, but I've read it can cause defecation problems and that might be worse.  I may have to learn how to do the anal gland expression myself.

7.  And last, I must say that Skeeter and LC may have dulled my recognition of feline problems.  In their early years, they ate from a never-ending container of dry food, then got one whole can each of canned food at 6 am when I left for work and another at 6 PM when I returned home, drank from the toilet inside and the pond outside (ignoring the inside water bowl), and stayed utterly healthy without any odd habits until 16.  At 16, Skeeter began a general dementia and lost the litterbox understanding completely and 16 1/2, LC just keeled over into a coma. 

The previous cat (Tinkerbelle) just never came home one day at 16, the one before that (Mischief) died in her sleep curled up peacefully at 12 (I assume some sort of heart failure).  But they were all mixed breed cats, and those are usually healthier.

Ayla and Iza are the first purebreeds I've had.  I know, in my mind, that purebreeds have more health problems than other cats.  But I think I am now understanding it directly.  I've mentioned all the health problems Iza is having.  But Ayla is starting to look a bit old at 10. 

So "senior" problems at 10 are new to me.  I'll do the best I can for them.


There are probably other things I am missing, but that is a good start.  In fact, writing this post was partly to help myself create a list to bring to the vet (without Iza along) for planning purposes...

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Troublesome Tuesday

TBT here:  I am becoming worried about Iza.  She has been A GOOD KITTY all her 9 years  But she has been changing recently.  None of the Mews get up on the kitchen counters.  Iza suddenly has.  It doesn't even bother her if I tell her "NO" and set her down.

She has become a bread-eater, and that doesn't make sense for a cat.  I have started keeping the bread in the M/W.  Now she goes up looking to lick grease from pans, food from cans in the recycle box, food from capped cans.

I have quit trying to manage her weight.  Fine, let her go up to 12 pounds if she wants.  But it doesn't seem to matter.  If I give her as much food as she wants, she throws it up.  I have resorted to feeding here 6 times per day.  I know to the small spoonful how much she can eat before tossing it.

I check her weight every couple days.  She stays at 10+ pounds.  The vet says she has no parasites or any problem he can find.

She has started pooping outside the litter boxes.  4 clean litterboxes for 3 cats.  She drinks a LOT of water.

When a feeding of the Mews results in some leftover in the can, I put a cover on it, knowing I will give them the rest of it in an hour.

Tonight, she outdid herself.  I put the covered can under my heavy cutting board.  While I was cleaning the litterboxes in the basement, she pulled the can out from under the cutting board.  It took some work.  She actually hauled the heavy cutting board  almost off the counter pulling the can out from under it.  The can was on the floor, licked clean,

This is NOT a "cute cat thing".  Something is wrong, the vet can't find any problem, and I can't see a feline psychological problem.

She sleeps happily with me at night, purrs on my lap, and seems otherwise to enjoy life.  It seems to have all started when she discovered she could jump to the countertops...

One thing I have noticed the past year is that when she sleeps on my lap she has dreamy twitches like she is chasing something in her sleep.  I can't think of any changes in the house that would be upsetting her.  She is just normal around Marley and Ayla.  Nothing odd there.

Any suggestions?

Monday, October 02, 2017

Monday Comment Replies

We have had some comments lately we want to answer.  Whispering...
We discussed them a bit...
From places of comfort.
Many questions lately, and we sit down to answer them...
 Sitting discussing them...

So going backwards...

The Whiskeratti said:  "Maybe TBT can ask the local stores to carry or special order some foods for you."

TBT asked the Petco store guy about that.  He said he doesn't have control about what they send him.  And said "special orders" come to him the same way they come to us.

 Megan asked "As for being the perfect weight: wouldn't some suggest that Iza could slim down to a svelte 8.5 or 9lbs????"

Iza gets desperate under 9.5 lbs.  I got her down to that once and she started eating corncobs, bread, and licking pans on the stove.  10 lbs seems to be her minimum acceptable weight.  And I am wondering why I should care.  If she is happy at 10.5 lbs for her life, should I make her unhappy to get a couple more years?

Summer asked:  "So far my human has found more damaged cans at the pet store than she has had delivered here (of course, she leaves the dented ones on the shelf"

The local Petco Manager  says he removes all cans from the cases to assure that none are dented, and absorbs the cost.  That makes me want to support him.  But his suggestion that I come by each month to place a specific order he will try to fulfill "just for me" seems excessive.  I would have to visit nearly every 2 weeks.  That is a lot more than just having the stuff show up on the front steps once every 6 weeks.

Mr Puddy said:  "Ours are not Goldenrods but Ferns."

We have Japanese painted ferns in our yard spreading from just a few we planted years ago.  They are lovely.  TBT will be dividing them a lot and putting them in a front yard bed in November.  The deer dont eat them.

Katie Isabella said "TBT, please tell me about over wintering Cone Flowers. I just bought a tiny bit with just two blooms because I felt sorry for him. DRY as dust and drooping. So I have him fully water, in a sun place. Shall I keep him in a pot for winter or trey to dig a hole in this concrete-like ground?"

 We had to discuss this among ourselfs.  We decided that the best idea was to soak the pot in a bowl until it is entirely watered and then remove it to drain.  Then do the bowl thing every few days  until it goes dormant outside, then pull the little Coneflower out of the pot, dip it into a large bowl of water to loosen some of the bad soil away and then set it into a slightly larger pot with standard potting soil, and keep it it in a Eastern or Western window overwinter.  Not very wet but not very dry either.  A finger an inch deep should detect moisture but not be wet.  Next Spring, after last frost, set it outside in a sunny spot.  Hope that helps.

Patzys Place said "Great pics but we are laughing about the duct tape holding the planter together. You guys are not rednecks are you? Haha just kidding. Duct tape is essential to life as we know it. Right?"

We are center-left Progressives.  Duct tape is great, but it was a last resort.  The bottoms of those pots all split open after several years. We tried to cement the split parts together.  But no cement we tried worked.    Resin cement didn't work, epoxy didn't work.  Rubber contact cement didn't work.  Our idea now is to get a 12" wide board and cut 8" circles in it for the bowl parts to sit in.  Throw the support stands away.  Or drill 3 holes around the top lips and turn the upper parts into hanging planters.


The hobbit feet got a lot of attention. The "retouch" feature in Preview helped a lot blending them onto my legs..  Spooked the Mews a bit though when I wore them.  Iza cared least; Marley hated them.  Ayla watched carefully, then decided there was no threat. 

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Easy Like Sunday

We enjoyed the new minced Wellness Turkey this morning,  We havent had that for a couple months.  Here, we are enjoying minced Tuna for First Lunch.

We (Iza and Marley) are eating in the kitchen...
Ayla allus prefers the bedroom shoe rack.  Well, she says "up high" is best, and Iza cant get at it up there.  Marley CAN, be he waits on the bed below until she is done.  If she leaves food in the bowl, good.  If not, he isnt upset.   Anything she leaves is just a "snack" not to be wasted. 
She usually doesnt, but Marley says it is always worth checking.  Sometimes she does...

And if he wants more, he knows where the backyard voles are...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

More Foods

We sure allus love when more foods arrive on the doorstep.  This time we have Wellness minced Chicken, minced Turkey, sliced Salmon, and minced Tuna.  And Whole Earth Duck pate and Beef pate.  We like pretty much all flavors except blends and chunks.  We would go all Wellness, but they dont have duck or beef without a lot of other stuff mixed in.

TBT says he thinks shipping is getting worse.  In a race to cut costs, there seems to be less and less padding in the boxes.  The last Petco delivery had only a little on one side of the box (which didnt have any benefit).  Chewy adds a top on the individual cases, but they really need it on the bottom of the box.  We usually get damage on the bottom cans.  Would a single layer of bubble wrap on the bottom cost so much?

TBT has explained this to both shippers but they never change anny...  He says he may have to shop locally again, but Petco and Petsmart dont allus have the stuff he wants and they are usually loose cans.  He says that's a real pain because you can find 8 of one flavor but 60 of another, etc at Petco because they like loose cans.  Petsmart likes whole cases, but half the time they just dont have the ones we like.  Neither shipping nor shopping werks purrfectly.

Its seems there are 3 parts about getting our food.  Selection, availability, and undamaged.  The local stores never have damaged cans, but you never know what is available and there are some flavors we like they just dont carry.  With shipping, there are damaged cans.

Another nice thing TBT does is keep 6 flavors.  We 3 go through 5 cans a day, which keeps our weights purrfectly (Marley 12.5 lbs, Iza 10, and Ayla 6.5).  And that means we start each day with a different flavor. 

We LOVE that!  Not that we exactly recall the previous days first breakfast, but me know it is a differnt one, and that matters.  And we get a variety.  There is a poultry, than a fishy, then a poultry, then a fishy, then a poultry, then a beef.   And the order changes a bit each new pantry refill.

Hey, variety is good and we appreciate the effort...

What is your pantry like?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA:  Oh hi - Im checking some of the pots looking for where all mosquitos have been hatching.  They have been brutal lately.  Cool wet weather in August really got them going!
But iffen we keep moving, they wont bother us.  They like TBT more than us annyway.

The Asters are blooming nicely. 
Actally, there is a whole pink area here briefly.  There are Pink Asters next to Pink Sedum next to Red Asters.  They all sort of flop together.  I keep telling TBT to put up a support for them, but it never gets to the top of his TO DO list.  Oh well, so long as they keep blooming!
The Stella D' Oro Lilies are sending up one last bloom.  That will be the 3rd time this year.  Cant complain about that!
These showed up out of no where.  I think they are native Goldenrods.  We have some cultivated ones But they dont look THIS good.  Leave it to a native plant to find the sunniest place ta grow!
Now, I gotta warn ya.  The wasps seem ta really like them.  So iffen wasps give ya the "willies", ya may want ta stand back a bit.
But iffen ya want ta look, ya will notice that one wasp keeps circling around another.   They are fighting.  The ones on the flowers ignore the flying ones.  Are they (blush) "courting"?

Lets run away and get up on the deck where it is safer! 

TBT arranged the snacks today.  So, there are fresh NIP leafs scatterred all over the deck.  We have so MANY he just cut some stems and stripped all the leafs off to fall where they may.  Meanwhile, we have several crunchy and soft treats from pouches to munch and TURKEY broth ta drink...

Thanks fer coming on the Garden Tour this week!