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Feline Friday – #17 – spring break

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Breaking up is soooooo hard to doooooooooo… but I am taking a blogging break until the end of April. There are things I have to do so I can move on. Procrastination is my middle name… but it should be my first! I have about a week to accomplish projects I have had all year to get around to. So I have to concentrate all my effort and not allow any distractions. We’ll see how that works out. All will be revealed later on!

In the meantime I hope you enjoy my offering for Feline Friday.

The above photo was taken on Tuesday afternoon. How many cats do you see?

Frankie curled up on top of his condo. Pharoah spread out on the arm of the loveseat. Freddie tucked into his tower.

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How many cats do you see now? The second photo was taken on Wednesday afternoon. Well, at least Pharoah has changed it up some. While Frankie and Freddie don’t have too many options in their favorite spaces, Pharoah has the freedom to pick and choose his spot on the loveseat. Sometimes he curls up in the middle of the pillows. (And I need to tidy those up!)

Frankie never tries to climb into Freddie’s tower. Freddie is not interested in Frankie’s condo. And long before Freddie or Frankie were on the scene, Pharoah claimed the loveseat for his own.

I could take this photo every afternoon for the next year and it wouldn’t look much different. Siesta time is sacred!

I may be checking in once in a while to see how everybody is doing but I won’t be posting anything myself for a while…that includes Feline Friday. See you all at the other end…

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Feline Friday – #16 – location location location

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In the real estate world we know it’s all about location, location, location… and that seems to be true in the feline world too.

I bought this cat condo (you can see there’s an entrance to it on the right hand side) a couple of years ago… even before Frankie arrived on the scene. I originally bought it for Pharoah to sit out on the front balcony where he likes to meditate in the evenings… but he sat everywhere except on this.

I moved it around the house. The top deck, bedroom, office, living room… and I tried several locations within all those places. After both Frankie and Freddie arrived I continued to move it around hoping to generate some interest. After a few begrudging attempts by Frankie… he would jump on it for a few seconds then jump off… absolutely nobody wanted to have anything to do with it.

So I put it by the front door to move it out to the garage. But a friend was coming over and I wanted to tidy up so I stuck the condo temporarily in an out of the way corner where I keep some of my art supplies.

Hey presto! That was the magic trick. That evening I decided to put it back by the front door but who was curled up in it fast asleep… that’s right… Frankie! Since then Frankie has appropriated the condo as his perch. It’s a great location as he can see everything that’s going on in the living room, dining area, entranceway, stairs and outside the front window… and he can also see when one of his pals is walking along the loft wall as they often do.

Yup, it’s all about the right location!

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Feline Friday – #15 – in the nick of time

Been a little busy taking care of stuff. Was afraid I wasn’t going to make Feline Friday today but it is 9:20 pm and it’s still Friday so I made it!

I painted these two heart-shaped tiles in 2006 in honor of Pharoah, my Champagne Tabby and Friday, my late Tuxedo Cat.

These kiln-fired glazed tiles measure 7 inches across and still hang in my living room.

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Feline Friday – #14 – Trees, termites and time

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The past week I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time researching termite treatment companies and tree trimmers on Yelp. After narrowing the search down to three of each I set up appointments to get estimates.

I presented all the estimates for the tree trimmers to the other members of my Homeowners Association. We made our choice and now the guy is not returning my calls to set up an appointment to actually trim the trees! Frustrating, frustrating, frustrating!

But enough of my rant… cats are the subject here… the photo above is of Pharoah in his hiding place under the rocking chair in the bedroom. I took this photo two hours after the termite inspector left this morning with Pharoah still under the chair. This is where he goes when anybody comes into the house. It’s his secure place.

Many times I’ve thought about getting rid of this chair as it is decrepit and I never sit in it. But when Pharoah first came to live here he stayed under the chair for three weeks. So it’s his refuge and I’ll have to keep it for as long as he is on the planet. At least it’s out of the way in the bedroom and it’s useful for dumping clothes straight out of the dryer!

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I just vacuumed the rug in the bedroom so it was free of cat hair for about two minutes. Freddie came dashing in and rolled around all over it to show me how pleased he was that he had a clean rug to deposit his fur all over again.

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Meanwhile, Frankie was trying to take a nap out on the front balcony, thank you very much, when I came along and disturbed him.

It’s tough being a Feline, especially on a Friday!

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Feline Friday – #13 – Frankie’s disease with the long name

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As the whole world knows by now (!) Frankie chose to come live at our house in December, 2013. From the beginning he has been a spunky little cat causing as much trouble as is felinely possible.

From day one I discovered he had really bad breath. And as time went on it got to the point where his breath could kill a skunk. This was not so cool as he has always liked sleeping with his head under my chin and I was getting a good whiff every time I breathed in!

He was also drooling and smacking his lips loudly all the time.

In August of last year I took him to his regular vet as his worms had returned. At the same time I asked the vet about the halitosis and drooling. He took one look in Frankie’s mouth and said everything looked okay.

I wondered if it had something to do with the worms returning so I figured I would let it go and see what happened.

The bad breath got so bad I was really thinking a mouse had died in his tummy! And the lip smacking and drooling also had not gone away.

I called a friend who recommended another vet so I could get a second opinion.

When I called and described the symptoms over the phone to the receptionist she said it sounded like something to do with his teeth. I thought, how could she know that when she hasn’t even seen the cat?

Well, the vet took one look inside his mouth and said, this is the problem! (Warning! Do not read any further if you are squeamish.)

Oh my goodness. I was not ready for what I saw. She had pulled down his lower lip to show me his gums that were bright red, raw, bleeding and covered in ulcers. Poor baby!

The condition is known as lymphocytic plasmacytic gingivitis stomatitis… the words rolled right off her tongue like she said them every half hour! She said this was the most severe case she had ever seen… and certainly never in a cat so young. Usually they don’t develop this until they are much older. And Frankie is only eighteen months.

Apparently it’s caused by a cat being allergic to the plaque build-up on their teeth. It can either be an auto-immune syndrome or leukemia. In serious cases like Frankie, ultimately all the cat’s teeth have to be removed.

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If you really have a strong stomach and want to see what this looks like, Google the words “lymphocytic plasmacytic gingivitis stomatitis photos”… and I assure you the worst of these is not as bad as what Frankie’s mouth looks like.

The vet gave him a steroid and anti-biotic shot. I made an appointment right away with the dental surgeon to have the plaque removed from his teeth and the removal of three teeth that couldn’t be saved. While he was anesthetized I authorized a biopsy. The good news on the biopsy, if anything about this can be good, is that his disease is an immune problem, not cancer.

After I adopted Frankie from the animal shelter, I read the pages and pages of his medical history and realized he had been one really sick cat rescued from wandering the streets. So it isn’t a huge surprise that he has this disease. My feral cat Pharoah also has an auto-immune disease that affects his left eye in which he has very little vision, if any. I did a lot of research on the topic and found that administering L-lysene to Pharoah in the form of treats and powder mixed in his food has helped him greatly and saved him from having the eye removed.

So I’m now starting Frankie on low doses. He will still have to be given more antibiotic and steroid shots and probably have to undergo more plaque removal. At least now his bad breath has abated and he is no longer drooling and smacking his lips. So I am hoping we can avoid the removal of all his teeth.

If I had know about Frankie’s medical history before he adopted me, and had I seen all this coming, would that have changed my mind about him being part of the family? I doubt it. Frankie is the sweetest, if naughtiest, cat on the planet and without him there would be a big hole in my life. I am sure Freddie and Pharoah would tell you the same thing.

At this point we are all crossing our fingers, toes and paws that Frankie will have a good long life.

But the question remains, given the obvious symptoms, even without seeing the gums, why didn’t the original vet catch it last year?

Photos: The first photo was taken a few months ago. The second photo I just took five minutes ago showing his leg shaved for the IV.

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Feline Friday – #11 – Pets by the numbers

FrankieI hope to get back to regular blogging very soon but in the meantime I found this information on the Humane Society of the United States website. The figures that stood out for me are that almost as many cats and dogs that are adopted from shelters every year (3 to 4 million) are euthanized in shelters every year (2.7 million) in the US. These figures are from a couple of years ago but I doubt they have changed that much.

Every time I hear about somebody’s dog or cat having a litter of cute babies I shudder. Puppies and kittens are discarded every day in trash cans and dump sites or left to wander the streets fending for themselves. There is nothing cute about that.

The photo above is of my shelter cat Frankie. He was one of the fortunate ones found on the street with a life-threatening disease and looking for food. Fortunately, the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter was able to get him ready for adoption just in time for lucky me to come along!

Pets by the Numbers

Pet ownership survey data and The HSUS’s estimates on pets adopted from or euthanized in U.S. shelters in 2012 and 2013

The number of dogs and cats euthanized every year has gone down, but annually there are about 2.7 million healthy shelter dogs and cats who aren’t adopted.

Pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled from the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets, to 2012, when there were 164 million owned pets.

In other words, in 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet.

That same year, according to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent more than $50 billion on their beloved cats, dogs, and other animal companions.

U.S. pet-ownership estimates from the APPA for 2012

Dogs

  • 83.3 million—Number of owned dogs
  • 47 percent—Percentage of households that own at least one dog
  • 70 percent—Percentage of owners with one dog
  • 20 percent—Percentage of owners with two dogs
  • 10 percent—Percentage of owners with three or more dogs
  • 1.47—Average number of owned dogs per household
  • 20 percent—Percentage of owned dogs who were adopted from animal shelters
  • $231—Average annual amount spent by dog owners on routine veterinary visits
  • 83 percent—Percentage of owned dogs who are spayed or neutered
  • Even—Proportion of male to female owned dogs

Cats

    • 95.6 million—Number of owned cats
    • 46 percent—Percentage of owners with one cat
    • 31 percent—Percentage of owners with two cats
    • 24 percent—Percentage of owners with three or more cats
    • 2.11—Average number of owned cats per household
    • 26 percent—Percentage of owned cats who were adopted from an animal shelter
    • $193—Average annual amount spent by cat owners on routine veterinary visits
    • 91 percent—Percentage of owned cats who are spayed or neutered
    • 73 percent vs. 62 percent—The difference in number of owned female cats and owned male cats, respectively

U.S. shelter and adoption estimates for 2012-13

There is no central data reporting system for U.S. animal shelters and rescues. These estimates are based on information provided by the (former) National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy.

Just as the U.S. has come a long way over the last few decades in terms of increased pet ownership, it’s also progressed in terms of euthanasia. The number of dogs and cats euthanized each year in shelters has decreased, from 12–20 million to an estimated 3–4 million. However, there’s still work to do: An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues.

  • 3,500—Number of animal shelters
  • 6 to 8 million—Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year
  • 25 percent—Percentage of purebred dogs in shelters
  • 3 to 4 million—Number cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year
  • 2.7 million—Number of adoptable cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year
  • 30 percent—Percentage of shelter dogs reclaimed by their owners
  • 2 to 5 percent—Percentage of shelter cats reclaimed by owners

You can help the Humane Society of the United States celebrate 60 years of helping animals by donating here.

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