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Vol. 1, No. 21
If your kitty has a feeding tube surgical implanted, your vet may have provided a special "shirt" to keep the tube secure and to keep your kitty from grooming or pulling at the tube.
Real-life experience quite often lends the best advice and this week we have a great bit of information provided to us by Pam Noman and her kitty Otto about finding a high quality shirt.
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Do you have a kitten in your household? I do (Wilbur), and that boy is everywhere in my household! It's anybody's guess who strangles him first.Clarkie or me. But assuming that doesn't happen (or until it happens), he does have to eat well, and kittens need special attention to proper nutrition. I won't take up Newsletter space posting the growing curve of a cat, because we've all seen it, and the growth-rate for those first several months looks like the Northeast wall of Mt. Everest! Growth, of course, needs food, and lots of it. Problem is, kittens will eat anything that doesn't eat them first, so it's up to us to be careful what goes into that voracious opening just South of their nose. (I'm contemplating re-naming Wilbur to Funnel-Face, just so you know.)
With Wilbur, I'm following (well, sort of) a kitten-diet that I found on the Internet.it makes nutritional sense:
Yes, four meals a day; I've seen numerous references to that regimen from qualified resources. Of course, that doesn't include whatever he can steal from Clarkie's bowl or plate, as well. And mind you, a little grown-up food here and there isn't going to hurt him, but adult-cat diets are simply not designed for kittens, so I control it as best I can. And being a cat-parent, you know what that means, don't you? It means that Clarkie seems to be eating a lot more food since the onset of Wilbur. Probably just coincidence.
Summarized, kittens need plenty of high-energy, high-protein, well-balanced food.and that does not include table-foods.
It is often touted that cats do not need (or wish for) variety in their diet, and I'd like to go on record now as vehemently opposing that point of view. I can't call the professional declaration a "fact", because it isn't factual; cats generally do love dietary change, as long as it's in the food-groups they favor. For all of Lewie's life, and Clark's, I've often played a little game of just barely cracking the cover of two or three different foods and letting them "choose" which one they want. Try it sometime, and note the excitement, the brightness on their face as they sniff at this, that, and the other thing. And when you finally pull the lid on the one they chose.what a treat it is! Sometimes I even put a spoonful or two of each food, scattered around the plate. And nothing is wasted.put the unselected (or partial) cans in a Ziploc bag in the Fridge, and it's simply part of tomorrow's buffet. I suppose cats will eat the same thing every single day if they have no other choice, but then; so would you and I. My cats have a choice.
Below are a few of the great reference sites I used for my research. Enjoy.
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Sheesh! Will I ever stop worrying about your kitty? Nope. Anyway, below is another handful of things to think of.things I learned the hard way, Dudes & Dudettes.
Let's be honest: Fluffy probably doesn't want to visit the Congress Street Clock Museum in Eugene, Oregon. The Eiffel Tower would give her vertigo, the San Fermin bullfight festivals that can be found all over the Pamplona regions of Spain would surely terrify her, and Mexican water would likely give her a serious case of the trots. So doesn't it make more sense to plan Fluffy's personal enjoyment (as well as your own) into the summer vacation?
Have you seen Dr. Phil's weight loss book? It's called The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom. It's not based on magic, but rather on good, sound advice.
Amazon.com has a good review of his book and shares Dr. Phils' 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom:
Now, WHY, you ask, am I talking about a HUMAN weight loss book?
Well Let's review those 7 keys with Kitty in mind:
Over the years, the remarkable and unique personality of the cat had given rise to many writings, quotes, and proverbs over the years, far too numerous to include in this article. However, I will include a humorous piece of work in which it isobvious that the unknown author was "owned" by a cat!
You may have seen it already, but it's worth a repeat!
Here it is:
And Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now, I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me."
And God said, "No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself."
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail.
And Adam said, "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG." And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it come to pass that Adam's guardian angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility."
And the Lord said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration." And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam.
And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Adam learned humility. And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved. And Cat did not care one way or another.
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