A Birthday Limerick

There once was a cat lady, L.

She’s 21 as you can tell.

She is quite pretty,

and so is her kitty,

In fabulousness they both excel.

L, I wish your birthday celebration could look like this:

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Sadly for me, I have a feeling it will look more like this:

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What did you do with that poor man’s hand?  He was just trying to take you out on a birthday date!

Hope your day is full of George Gershwin love, delicious food, and delectable wine.

Love,

R

Cat Lady Advice: Regurgitation and Treble Clef Cats

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Dear 2catladies,

My cat has been throwing up more frequently. She may have been eating flowers, but other than that, her diet is the same. Is she okay or should I go to the vet?

L: Have you noticed a change in her grooming habits recently?  If she is grooming excessively, that could trigger more throwing up issues.  Also, can you tell when she is throwing up? If it looks like she’s throwing up recognizable cat food, it might not be as big of an issue as it would be if she is throwing up something completely unrecognizable.  If the vomiting continues to get worse or if your cat seems unusually lethargic, you might want to take a trip to the vet.
R: Looking at cat barf is gross.  However, it tends to hold the answer.  Sometimes cats throw up because they ate too fast.  Sometimes they throw up because they ate too much.  Sometimes they throw up because they ate something that they shouldn’t.  Sometimes they throw up because you haven’t been petting them enough and they want to punish you by vomiting on your freshly laundered blankets.
Here is a link to plants that are toxic to our feline friends.
When in doubt, call a vet.  They’re good people.
Note: This problem has been resolved.  The cat had indeed gotten into flowers, and stopped throwing up when the flowers were unavailable to her.

Hello lovely cat ladies,

A coworker stumbled upon this today and immediately brought it to my attention. It’s a book that teaches children to read music with the assistance of hand drawn cats and a few other warm and fuzzy things. This is the cover of the book and a page that shows the comparison of a cat and a treble clef. Enjoy!

L: Wow.  This is an amazing find and combines 2 of the 2catladies favorite things: music and cats.  What an excellent way to teach cats about music.  George agrees.

R:  Colonel and Kilgore have loved music ever since they were teeny tiny fuzzballs.  Thanks for sharing!

Kilgore ponders the repercussions of slamming the guitar case closed on his brother.

Peace, Love, and Cats,

L & R

Happy Gal-entine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Gal-entine’s Day!

Happy Singles Awareness Day!

Happy Tuesday!

Whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, celebrate it with cats.

Preferably upside-down heart-shaped cats.

Or sideways heart-shaped cats…

"Mom...you have got to stop taking pictures of us every time we do something cute"

Or spooning cats…

Or super snuggly cats…

And a mixer!

But mostly cats.

Kilgore!  That is NOT the appropriate way to show your love on Valentine’s Day!

I’m sorry you all had to see that…

Whatever you decide to celebrate, have a furry and wonderful day!

Peace, Love, and Inappropriate Cats,

R

Does Your Cat have a Personality Disorder?

Possibly.  I don’t know.  I haven’t met all of your cats.

But I do often wonder what percentage of cats would be diagnosed with personality disorders if they were evaluated based on human personality disorders.

As I was doing some leisure reading the other day on criminal profiling and psychopaths, I noticed that George Gershwin regularly displays several traits associated with personality disorders.

Paranoid (suspiciousness of others) – George hides whenever “strangers” come over.  I’m usually the only one who ever sees him.

Paranoid

Schizoid (inability to form and lack of interest in social relationships) – Definitely.  It’s always on his own terms.

Schizoid

Narcissistic (overly self-involved, views self as special and deserves special attention) – Yes.  Aside from excessive grooming, ignoring the human until he needs attention, and a fascination with mirrors and windows, George also demands to be given a saucer of milk every morning, but won’t drink it until he has been patted on the head.  It’s purely ridiculous.

There was a time a few weeks ago when I ran out of milk and didn’t go to the store immediately.

Those were dark days.

Narcissistic

Borderline (moody, feels abandonment, self-mutilates) – In the past, George has sometimes “over-groomed” himself to the point of developing bald patches.  Since I started giving him “cat de-stressing medication” a few months ago, he has significantly calmed down.

Borderline

Avoidant (very sensitive to interpersonal rejection) – This depends on the day, but George is quite a sensitive cat and gets flustered if I don’t immediately put down my book and pet him when he requires it.

Avoidant

Even though George Gershwin may display these traits, I think I’ll keep him around for a while.  After all, he’s a looker with a nice purr.

Who, me?

Still sleeping with one eye open,

L

KilgAARHHH Trout the Purrate

One day, R went to Wal-mart and happened to walk by the Halloween clearance items.

She purchased some glow sticks to throw in her Dad’s birthday package, some day-old Halloween candy, and…oh, what’s that?  An extra-small dog pirate costume.

What?  What’s wrong with that?

It was 75% off.

It needed to be done.

When she got home she called out, “Oh kitty boys, I have a surprise for you!”

Colonel played dead.

Smart cat.

Kilgore approached R and asked politely for a new outfit.  R, of course, complied.

Why does Kilgore look so displeased with his new outfit?

R thought he might be disappointed because he didn’t have a parrot…so R did her best to find him one.

Still sad, Kilgore?  How about a captain’s hat?

Hurry, Captain Kilgore…your crew is waiting for you at the ship!

Captain Snugglesworth settled for a lap instead of a fully-crewed pirate ship.

Hope you all enjoyed this short adventure story.  My apologies for the title of the post.

Kitties are entertaining.

Love, Snuggles, and Pirate Cats,

R

PS – When I showed this post to Kilgore he hung his head in shame.

Cat Lady Advice: Lonely Pets

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Dear beautiful 2catladies,

I read this article on NPR and found incredibly interesting and touching.  I think it would be nice to share:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/10/20/141452847/do-animals-grieve?ps=cprs

Also, as you both know, I lost one of my kitties, Bodgie, a month and a half ago.  She passed at the ripe old age of 19.  I got her when I was six years old and she was my very first kitty.  I miss her very much. 

I still have my other cat, Princess (she definitely lives up to the name).  I’m trying to decide if/when I should get another cat.  Princess loves attention.  She and Bodgie worked out very well together because Princess loved attention and cuddling while Bodgie enjoyed just being around people and chilling.  Since Bodgie has passed, Princess has been excessively cuddly and talkative when I get home after being gone most of the day.  I think she is a little lonely during the day, but I don’t know how she would deal with another brother or sister, she is very obsessed with being the center of attention.  I think she really just wants me home all the time, but that obviously isn’t possible.    I also don’t know how to tell if I am ready to add a new member to our little family.  Thoughts?  Suggestions? 

R:  First of all, our deepest condolences on the loss of Bodgie.  She was a very lucky kitty to have a wonderful cat lady like you!  It’s pretty amazing she lived that long, and I count myself lucky to have met such a wonderful cat.  She will be missed.

It is always sad to lose a feline friend.  Living in a family of cat people (people who like cats…not some creepy cat-human hybrid), we have had to say goodbye to several furry friends.  It’s never easy–especially when you have had so many wonderful years forming a loving relationship.  Two of my family’s kitties, Treasure and Tippy, both had long fulfilling lives.  Treasure passed on 10 years ago, Tippy 2 years ago.  I still miss them every day.

That being said, I support adding a cat to your family…once you feel that YOU are ready.  However, give it time.  Don’t go out and make two impulse buys from the shelter like I did, simply because you are lonely.  Don’t worry kitty boys, you two are the best impulse buys I have ever made!

Although I imagine any feline would get along well with your family, it is my opinion that a 5+ month-old shelter cat would be your best bet.  For one, if you get a cat that is older than a tiny fuzzy adorable ball of fur, he/she will have already developed a personality.  It will be easier to see if he/she will fit the family dynamic you’re looking for.  Of course, I always support the adoption of rescue animals.

I did a little research, and found this article.  It has some good tips for introducing cats–though you may just be one of the lucky ones!

If you need anyone to peruse rescue kitty sites, you give us a call.

Hope that helps…love you!

Rest in Peace, Beautiful Bodgie!

L:  I too would like to offer my condolences.  R said everything so well that I really don’t have much to add.  I do agree with R that adopting an adult cat might be a good option in this situation.  But, the time must be right for both you and Princess for that to happen.  Since Bodgie passed away fairly recently, I’m sure you are still adjusting to her not being around.  Bringing in a new cat to the household will be even more of an adjustment and shift the cat dynamics around.

If/when you do decide to adopt another cat, let us know how the adjustment period goes and if we can be of any help.

Happy Caturday!!!

Welcome to October’s Caturday!

Once a month, we feature submissions brought to us by you, our readers.  If you would like to send us a submission, you can do so at 2catladies@gmail.com

1.  Our first submission is from L.

Perhaps you’ve seen the show The Big Bang Theory.  If so, you would probably recognize this catchy little tune, known as “soft kitty.”

Anyway, a few weeks ago on the show, one of the main characters, Sheldon, kept making references to “Schrodinger’s Cat.”  Naturally, as a curious cat lady who unfortunately slept through most of physics, I searched for an explanation of this theory that would make sense in terms I could understand…i.e. pictures and cat references.  I think it’s quite interesting.

2. Our next submissions are from “The Prince of Persia.”

This is apparently how his wife’s cat feels about him:

…and for some further awesomeness he shared click HERE.  My cats would love one of those…

3. The final submissions are from R.  They make her smile.

Heehee.  Thumbs.  Good thing Kilgore doesn’t have thumbs.  He is a naughty kitty.

How bad does R want to see this movie?  Very bad.

Happy Halloween from the 2 Cat Ladies!

Love,

L & R

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