Thursday, October 29, 2009

Source for the Durabeds

You can find them here at KV Vet. The ones pictures in the post below are medium, which is pretty large for cats. Sometimes two or three cats cuddle up in my cat facility, which is why I got the larger beds, but most cats would probably prefer the small.

Catching up on photo posting

it's far too late for me to be creative with my writing, but I can at least post some photos that have been backing up.

Bear is so fat he tips the bowl with his chest when he eats:

Here's the gang at snack time. My pet cats have given up being peeved at the kittens and are tolerating them pretty well. (Post Note: only three of the cats in this photo are my pets. The others are all kittens/young cats up for adoption. I wouldn't want to scare my family).

I caught this white on black photo of Cheeto cuddling with Bear.

I finally got my butt in gear and assembled the three new beds that arrived on Monday to help keep the cat facility cats up off the cold floors this winter.

The kittens thought the plastic the pieces came wrapped in were a lot more fun than the beds themselves.

And then there is the new batch. I almost turned them away when the woman arrived at the door, except these also had cuterebra grubs and needed medical treatment. I'll be sending them back to the original owner (who found them under her parent's trailer) to be fostered once they are ship-shape.

And no, they aren't being kept in that crate. That was just the crate I put them in temporarily after they arrived.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dear readers

The post office assures me I will get my mail now.

PO Box 415
Spencer NY 14883

Sorry for any inconvenience!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

My recent drug buy

With kittens in the place, it's time for a new shipment of vaccine. Also, the last batch of kittens had tapeworms. Good tapeworm medicine is finally non-prescription, however, buying it in the little bottles of three tablets they have at pet stores is cost-prohibitive. So I bought a bottle of 50 tabs for $169.00 (cough,cough). This little pile of wormer, vaccine, and Snuggle Safe covers came to $323.00 with shipping.

A Snuggle Safe is a wonderful disc that you place in a microwave for 4-6 minutes and stays warm for 8-12 hours. They cost about $25-30 dollars depending on where you order them, but this one is almost five years old and still works great. The covers are dirt-cheap. Less than $3 each.

I also purchased new elevated cat beds for the cat runs. Donna and Tim made me some great ones that work well in the cat room. But for some reason, someone in the run area likes to pee on them (sigh)so I'm hoping 100% nylon beds with sides might be less attractive for such bad behavior.

The elevated beds keep them up off the chilly floor now that the weather is colder.

I poached another photos of Henry in his new home from his mom's Facebook page:

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's National Feral Cat Day!

Kudos to Alley Cat Allies for championing a national day in honor of feral cats and the people who care for them.

My blog post is over at Petfinder today.

Petfinder has some great stamps on Zazzle, by the way. This one is my favorite.

You can even customize them. I can put "" at the bottom. I just bought stamps at the post office and was disappointed that they didn't have any with animals. So when next I need them, I'll get them from Zazzle (Note: they cost more than face value). I played with it awhile, but when it came to hitting the buy button, I had to wait.

Wysong dog food recall.

More information at the PetSitUSA blog (which is not on my blogroll yet. Unforgiveable!).

Looking really hard at the calendar...

...wondering if I forgot to flip a page...

Facebook keeps my kids in touch

It sure looks like Henry is making a downright pest of himself. I stole this from his mom's Facebook page. Little glimpses make the work worth it.

I need to get photos of Henry and Phillip and Francine to the woman they were dumped on, to thank her for making phone calls to get these kids out of the barn where they were abandoned. I'll bet it will make her face light up.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Recall on Diamond Premium Edge Cat Food, NYS

Another cat food recall of Diamond Premium Edge cat food. Note: Diamond also makes Chicken Soup for The Cat Lover's Soul cat food, a food I really love, but that I stopped feeding because it seemed that Diamond was awfully unlucky with pet food recalls.

Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.

Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.

Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.
Here is another article.

Key West uses its cats in advertising

Well, it's about time some realized that content, neutered street cats lounging on the bar mat can actually be enjoyable to visitors!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Stray Haven Spaghetti Dinner, Sat. Oct 24th

Who wants to go? Let's do dinner! Click the photo to read the flyer.

Look what mom got! A BOX!

Gary Rith, fellow blogger and potter extraordinaire, has an open studio for the Greater Ithaca Art Trail". You'll see the little signs all over the Ithaca area. Follow them this weekend and next! Each one points to a treasure.

Lots of friends today

Today was a day full of friends. Debra showed up to borrow two traps to catch cats in Waverly and Corning. Great news...her little former-feral kittens that Stray Haven has had up for adoption for many many months was recently adopted! So all of her rescued friendly kitties from her colonies have found homes. Deb came bearing homemade biscotti, so you'll know what I'll be having with my coffee Sunday morning.

Holly, Jack's mom, had Facebooked me that she had a crate to donate to me, so after picking up flowers at the Farmers Market, I headed up to Cayuga Heights. Jack is his same sweet talkative self, and even let me cuddle him. I dropped of a bouquet of flowers to say "thanks for being a wonderful cat-mom!", picked up the crate, and headed out to Etna to Gary Rith's studio open house for the Greater Ithaca Art Trail.

Gary had a present for the cats. He made a gift of this jar, which is now full of cat treats!

I told Gary that just this past Thursday night, my friend K.C. had made me a gift of one of Gary's penguin bowls:

I've had my eye on this tea set since he posted it on his blog. I figured if I waited long enough, someone else would buy it, but alas, there it was, and I succumbed. It looks black in Gary's photo, but if you look at the handle on the right, you'll see a hint of the actual brown-black of the glaze. I guess you'll have to visit to really see what it looks like.

So now it is on the shelf in my house. I've put water onto boil and will use it for the first time tonight. My goal is that one day, all the things I use every day will be things created by, or given to me by, my friends, so every moment of my day I am smiling.

The cats were thrilled when I came home with a boxful of beautiful pottery. Not by the pots, of course--even their own treat jar. They were psyched to have a box full of newspaper to pounce into. I took photos, and I'll shake them out and get them posted in a bit.

The photos here were all poached from Gary's blog. And if you know how much Gary posts, you'll have some sort of idea how long it took me to scroll through them all to track down each of those photos!

Gary's studio IS OPEN TOMORROW (SUNDAY, Oct 11), AND BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NEXT WEEK! You can't miss the purple house on Rt. 366 in Etna. Tell Gary and Maude that the Wildrun cats sent you!