Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Virgil, Boris and the Bag

Virgil went grocery shopping and is having some trouble getting his purchase out of the bag. Do you want his groceries?

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Black Cat Appreciation Day 2017

Break open the tuna, throw some litter around, and scratch all the furniture because today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. Whiskey, Boris, Virgil, and the human would like to thank you for making us all feel special every day.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wine Wednesday With Virgil

Those of you who don't follow us on for daily photos are missing out on the newest member of the Cat Noir CC family--Virgil. He is a 10-week-old bundle of fun with claws.

Like most kittens, he leads a very stressful life and looks forward to a little mid-week indulgence with good friends and a glass or three of good wine.

Inevitably, as the tuna platter dwindles the wine consumption increases. Before you know it, tails are sticking straight up in the air, the sound of purring permeates, and some cool cat or smitten kitten is too buzzed to care. 

At this point, someone usually meows for a celebratory round requiring that a new bottle be opened. The cause for celebration is hardly important and often runs from, "Dude, I got a new toy with real feathers," to "Who wants to play, I've Peed on That?"

An evening of wine consumption isn't always a jovial time. Some cats scratch out a more melancholy response to alcohol and can be heard yowling their troubles throughout the night.

Of course there is the cat that by the third refill feels compelled to be as open and honest as feline-ly possible. Everything comes pouring out from being afraid of mice or really missing their balls since having the operation that the human told them was going to be fun.

Virgil is a mere 2 pounds, so drinking his weight in alcohol can sneak up on the little guy sending him from classy to trashy without that bloated feeling that comes with drinking beer. It is at this time his jaunty prance across the room becomes a wobbly walk to the litter box.

With litter stuck to the tip of his nose and eyes at half-mast, Virgil typically crashes on the bed with one eye open to keep the room from spinning.

Party on crazy cats, and don't forget Tequila Tuesday and the ever popular Smashed Saturday where anything goes.

No cat consumed alcohol in the making of this post. Alcohol is bad for cats, so drink straight from the bottle because they don't have opposable thumbs and can't take out the cork or twist off the cap or work the valve on the box. 

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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.

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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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