Sunday, June 11, 2017

Goldfish Gone--Boris Bad

I was down to one goldfish in my 10-gallon tank so decided to get the little guy some friends and save a few fish from being fed to larger water dwellers. I purchased three. Today, only the original one remains.

Two died within the first day and were found floating at the top of the tank. I couldn't find the third one but held out hope that it was hiding behind a fake plant. When I went to water the garden, I found the missing goldfish floating in the watering can. There is only one cat that would do this--BORIS. 

Ever since he was a kitten, Boris has been a fish tank thief. He has taken the little net hanging by the tank, the plastic fish on top of the tank, and the little container of their food. 
The cat is legendary at removing the replacement cartridges that I put in the filter even with the lid on the tank. 

He must have stolen the fish and ran outside with it when I wasn't looking. Why he put it in the watering can will likely never be known. 

Considering he knocks over everything, be it bucket or bowl, that contains water, he must have had a plan to get the fish out. 

For now, I will stick with one little goldfish in the tank, at least until Boris gets over the thrill of the hunt. 

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Boris the Flying Cat

The very first day Boris came to live with us, he started at my ankle and climbed up to my shoulders. The first day I took him to work, he did the same thing to my unsuspecting boss. I went home early that day, because it seemed the safest thing to do :)

Three years later, and he still loves to get on people's shoulders. If I open the fridge and bend down to get something, Boris strolls from the kitchen table to my back, which means I have to walk to the bedroom bent in half so he doesn't claw the heck out of me if I stand up. Once I make to the room, I sit on the bed and do a rolI to deposit him on the mattress.
Later in life, he started leaping through the air to land on my shoulders. Like most poker players, he has a tell, and, if you are paying attention, you know when flight is about to take place. Here is a short video I took after Boris was meowing and meowing in the kitchen for what turned out to be no reason except to lure me into his personal bounce house.

P.S. excuse the mess. The video is here
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Boris Battles His Birthday Toy

Happy birthday to Boris. The morning started with a bit of fun outside with a new toy. I found a replica of the first toy he first got when he was adopted. He used to go crazy with that thing, and one day there was nothing left of it. The store I had purchased it at no longer carried the toy nor did any other place I tried. After searching online, I found a similar one.

UPDATE: The toy lost the battle and was destroyed, yet again. Hopefully the cake lasts longer.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

World Spay Day

Happy World Spay Day or, as Whiskey and Boris refer to it, Bye, Bye Balls Day.
World Spay Day is observed the last Tuesday in February as part of the annual campaign of the HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. The day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street.
Tough boys without balls

The event first started as Spay Day USA, an annual event created by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1995, to promote spays and neuters across the country to help eliminate the problem of homeless pets. After the DDAL's merger with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2006, the tradition continued under the auspices of the HSUS as World Spay Day.

Whiskey and Boris want you to know that they have been ball-free for years, and don't miss them at all.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

How to Pick the Right Canned Cat Food for Your Furry Friend

Cats have a reputation as being finicky eaters, which often leaves their human companions working through a long list of food choices lining the shelves of pet and grocery stores. What should be considered when choosing cat canned food when it comes to texture, serving size, and hydration? The folks at PetCo have developed a plan to guide cat lovers through the maze of wet food selections from flaked to stew to broths.

Here's to happy meals!

How to Chose the Best Wet Cat Food for your Cat
                                                                By Caroline Golon 

Selecting the best wet food for your cat is an important decision. Because there are many options, it can be hard to determine what’s going to be best for your cat. Not only does taste matter, but so do size, shape, smell and texture. Beyond palatability, it’s important to take nutritional profile, ingredients, brand trust and the ability to meet your cat's needs into account when selecting a food. While cats can be finicky about food, the good news is that there are a wide variety of options to suit every palate.
It may take some trial and error to determine your cat’s preferred formula. Don't be afraid to experiment to find out just what your kitty craves. Most cat food brands offer a variety of consistencies, so experimenting within one brand can also help pinpoint a favorite. (A word of caution: Continually switching foods even within the same brand can lead to GI upset. Allow plenty of time for cats to try new food. Here's how to transition your pet to a new food.) Read on to learn about different wet food options.
From Broths to Patés: Different Types of Wet Food


Wet food typically comes in a smooth formula like a paté, or in pieces of meat in a thick liquid, such as gravy or gelée (which is similar to gravy but has more of a jelly-like consistency). Keep in mind that many wet food options feature processed meat shaped into strips or chunks while others do in fact contain whole pieces of meat.
Some of the more popular wet cat food textures include:

Paté has a smooth, mostly uniform consistency. Some patés come in “soft” form, which is creamier with more liquid. Other paté formulas are firmer, while others have soft, large chunks.

Flaked cat food offers small, flat, thin pieces of meat mixed in a gravy or gelée.

Sliced textures are typically thin, flat pieces of meat contained in gravy or gelée.

A growing trend in wet cat food is a combination of textures, such as paté on the bottom and stew on the top. There are a variety of names for these types of blends including duos, medleys, duels and more. Blends may come packaged with multiple textures together, or in one package with separate containers.

Typically a food labeled “broth” is mostly liquid with chunks of meat. Be sure to check the nutrition information on the label as broths may not be designed to be a complete and balanced diet and may be better as a treat or a topper to entice picky cats to eat a regular meal.

Wet Food Feeding Guidelines 

Feeding wet food from cans, pouches, cups, trays and more is different than feeding dry kibble. For example, while kibble can be left out for longer periods, wet food should not stay out for very long because it can spoil quickly. Wet food should be fed at a specific time; uneaten food should be refrigerated or discarded.

Open containers of cat food should be stored in the refrigerator and used within three days.

Along with a variety of textures, consistencies and options, wet cat food offers an important benefit: hydration. In fact, according to the Cornell Feline Health Center, wet cat food is approximately 75% water, compared to the 6 to 10% found in dry kibble.

It’s important for cats to stay hydrated specifically for digestive, circulative and urinary health. An adult cat should consume about the same amount of water (in milliliters) as the number of calories they eat per day. For example, if a 10-pound cat eats 200 calories every day, he or she should also consume 200 milliliters of water.

To determine how much wet food a cat should eat per day, follow the feeding guidelines on the back of the package, visit the pet food manufacturer’s website or discuss proper caloric amounts with your veterinarian. Optimal feeding amounts may depend on a specific cat’s age, weight, activity level and overall health.

Hydration is Key

Wet cat food offers many benefits, including the ability to meet each individual cat’s particular needs and find a flavor and consistency they enjoy. Including wet food (which has the added benefit of extra hydration, in your cat’s diet) can be a win-win for your cat and you.

In the summer months, enticing an outdoor cat to drink more water is even more important. You should do all you can to encourage your cat to drink more water. Here are some ideas: 
Monitor and know your cat’s normal water intake
First of all, it’s important to take note of how much a resident cat is drinking. Understanding a cat’s typical behavior helps pet parents know whether they need to do more to encourage their cat to drink. While the goal is to get cats to drink more, a cat who drinks excessively could have an underlying medical issue. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you notice an uptick in thirst.
Incorporate wet food into a cat’s diet
Because wet food contains so much moisture, it’s a great way to help a cat stay hydrated. Some cats, including cats with urinary issues, diabetes, kidney disorders, cancer or hyperthyroidism—as well as nursing cats and senior cats—are especially prone to dehydration. Your veterinarian may recommend a mostly wet food diet to cats with these or other health issues.
Add water to wet food
Some cat parents add extra water to wet food. This creates a soupy consistency that some cats like. When wet food is refrigerated, it may be too cold for your cat’s liking. Adding a small amount of warm water changes the consistency and can increase palatability. Your cat may also enjoy wet food that has been warmed in the microwave. Be sure to test with your finger to make sure it’s not too hot before serving and mix well so the cat does not just lick out the liquid.
Have more than one water bowl
Offering plenty of water bowls throughout the house is a great way to encourage cats to drink whenever they’re thirsty. Try bowls of different materials and sizes since some cats are more apt to drink from a particular type of bowl. Place near cat’s favorite napping/lounging location. 
Clean water bowls frequently
Many cats turn their noses up at dirty water bowls. Regularly wash bowls and replace water at least once a day. Standing water can develop contaminants. Many bowls for cats are dishwasher-safe.
Consider water fountains
Lots of cats enjoy water fountains, presumably because of the movement and fresh taste of filtered water. While running water helps prevent bacteria from growing quickly, fountains still need to be completely washed out once a week (sometimes more regularly if needed). It’s a good idea to use filtered or bottled water to keep working parts of the fountain operational.
Try bottled water
Some super sensitive cats prefer bottled or filtered water because they can detect the taste of chlorine in tap water.
Wet cat food offers many benefits, including the ability to meet each individual cat’s particular needs and find a flavor and consistency they enjoy. Including wet food (which has the added benefit of extra hydration, in your cat’s diet) can be a win-win for your cat and you.
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of our followers. Here are a some of the holiday photos Whiskey and Boris approve of. Remember Adopt Don't Shop.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Tale of Whiskey, Boris and their Human

Whiskey Boris and I were recently interviewed for a blog written by the amazing Ashley Schwellenback, who is set to publish her third fiction novel, and, better yet, has two cats she adores. Her personal blog is Jane Eyre Likes Cupcakes

The Interview
Journalist, blogger, and buddy Theresa Marie Wilson—who was my very first editor in my first job out of college more than a decade ago, by the way—maintains a
hilarious and poignant blog about the joys and misadventures of life with her two black cats Whiskey and Boris. I asked her, Whiskey, and Boris to answer some questions for me and highly encourage anyone interested in cats, humor, nuns, and animals in general to subscribe to her blog. She also happens to be working on her first novel (as if wrangling these boys wasn’t enough).

What is Cat Noir CC? follows the adventures of two cats, Whiskey and Boris, and their human, whose name hardly matters. It is a humorous blog dedicated to increasing awareness and adoption rates for black cats. Our slogan is “every color deserves a forever home.”
I currently have two black cats and it seems like at least one family member has always had one. Whiskey is 13 and is rather, I shudder to use the word grumpy because that other cat has cornered the market, but let’s say indifferent in a loving way. He weighs in at about 22 pounds, which I attribute mostly to his large, square head. Boris is 2 and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, needy and whorish when it comes to attention, yes, but not mean.

Where did the idea behind Cat Noir CC come from?
Black cats and dogs can languish in a no-kill shelter cage longer, or be euthanized more readily in shelters, than their colorful counterparts mostly because of the stigma that surrounds them.
Cat Noir CC shows that black cats are simply cats. They do not come with any inherent negatives that some people who linger too long in the shallow end of the gene pool associate with them such as bad luck, witchcraft, or satanic ritual. Last year there was a survey that said black cats aren’t as popular because they don’t photograph well in selfies. When half your ass is visible in the bathroom mirror behind you in the photo you took of your best duck face, I’ll take a black cat selfie any day.

What about the name Cat Noir CC?
Originally, the site was going to be called “Home of the Deconstructionist Cat” because Boris has left behind an extensive trail of broken household items from cell phones to a food processor, but there was that whole deconstructionist theory associated with French philosopher Jacques Derrida and, let’s face it, cats don’t understand the French.

Do you consider yourself a crazy cat lady?
I’m medicated, but I do carry on entire conversations with my cats and often try to reason with them. Is that crazy? I have a book called Crafting with Cat Hair, but my brother gave it to me, so he is probably the crazy one. I do not hoard cats, but I do have a pretty good size nun collection.

Meet Whiskey
What is it like living with your human?
As humans go, she’s pretty good. You guys can be a despicable lot. Over the years, Mom, that’s what we call her, has become more than a meal ticket.
I sleep as close to her as possible to protect her. To be honest, I would like a little more room. Is half the bed really too much to ask? She also bleeds pretty easy when I’m on the prowl and her arm is the first prey I find. That’s a good quality.
One time I saved her from a raccoon. Yes, it was on the other side of a window, but those things are crafty. If I hadn’t been there, it could have picked the lock and come into the house.
How did you two meet?
Yawn, I first meet her when I was a kitten. She lived next door to a poor excuse of a man who I allowed to be in my presence. Her front door was open, and I darted in and stole a cat toy out of her living room. She chased me for a block. It was great fun. She’s totally out of shape, and I kept stopping to make her think she could catch me. The loser man moved three years later leaving me to live in the streets. People were mean to me, I was hungry, and then I was trapped and neutered. Sometimes I can’t even believe they are gone. I’ll be taking a bath and, boom, it hits me, I have no balls. Mom says it’s a good thing, but she has all of her parts.
Anywho, one rainy night, Mom opened the door and I was sitting on her doorstep soaking wet with a big sore on my head. I can be charming, so she invited me in. I gave her a test drive for a couple months, basic chores and rules, and 10 years later here I am.
Do you mind if I bite you?

How would you describe your relationship with Boris?
Not a fan. Do you have any treats? Mom keeps saying he is my brother; he is not. I once posted a note on Facebook asking people to help me find
his real family. So much for social media, that pain is still living with us, following me all over, trying to sleep with me. So, what’s the situation on those treats?

What is the best thing about being a cat?
World domination is right around the corner. I am truly confident that it will happen in my lifetime. You will notice that I don’t have a comb-over, so this isn’t coming from narcissism, but pure facts.
I also really enjoy tuna.

As the older brother, what do you hope Boris learns from you?
First, we have established that he is not my brother. Have you seen how small his head is? But, I try to teach him things. Cats these days have it so easy. Back in my day, we caught real mice not these catnip laced store bought things. When I wanted to play with string, I walked uphill in the snow both ways to find some. Don’t even get me started on those newfangled laser pointers. We chased sunspots.

Meet Boris
What is it like living with your human?
First of all, Ashley, I must tell you how wonderful it is to meet you. Can I sit on your shoulders? Go stand about three feet away, and I will launch across the room and just when you are sure I am not going to make it, I’ll extend my claws and connect with your back.
They add inches.
To answer your question, Mom is a work in progress. I’m really working on her training. Don’t get me wrong she is a great trampoline, a wonderful scratching post and, when she is sleeping, somehow she becomes the shortest path to anywhere. I just walk on her from head to toe anytime I need to get anywhere. Sometimes I stop and stand in the boob area, and ponder my existence or stare at the ceiling with a look of concern on my face.

How did you meet your human?
I was at this open-air adoption and no one was paying attention to me. All the other kittens with their fancy fur coats were being played with and told how cute they were. The humans would mumble something about being black and walk right by me. I didn’t know what that meant, but I wanted a home and to be out of a cage. I saw her walking by looking at the other cats. She even held one. I turned my charm on full throttle. I started clawing people through my cage as they walked by. They kept yelling “ouch” or “hey, don’t do that,” and finally she noticed me. She walked right up to me and said, “Do you want to go home?” It was probably the best day of her life.

How would you describe your relationship with Whiskey?
Awesome. He is so cool. I jump on him, I sit on him, I attack him and he is just crazy about it. Sometimes while Mom is sleeping, I wake him up, and we play next to
her on the bed. He throws me around, usually off the bed, swats at me and sometimes yells; it is the best. He lets me have all the toys in exchange for my share of the treats. I get the feeling that he doesn’t really like attention from humans, so if I notice it happening (believe me, I am always on the lookout) I step in and take one for the team. I can’t imagine a day without him.

What is the best thing about being a cat?
Oh gosh, so many things. Getting on the counters is one of my all time favorite things to do. I make just enough noise so Mom can hear me from the other room and right before she comes around the corner, I jump off. What can she do, I’m on the floor? Crawling through the blinds at 4 a.m. is another great one. You can tell when a human is asleep by how they breathe, so I wait until the right moment and crawl back out. Knocking over water bowls—WOW that is a rush.

What’s the deal with you and nuns? I hear there’s a history there?
Do I need a lawyer? You read the blog, don’t you? One time, okay five times, I may have hurt nuns. The last time, the one I am waiting trial for, I was on the fourth story of Bookcase Manor, a home for religious icons, and gave her a little shove. She was blocking access to the treats on the fifth story. The policed issued a warning that I was clawed and dangerous, and, as you can see, I am not. I’m a sweet little boy. I’ve already escaped prison once; I can’t go back man. Save me.

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Happy tails,

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