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

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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.

Cat Lady Advice: How to convert a cat

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Dear 2catladies,

I have an outdoor cat that I’m currently trying to convert into being an indoor cat.  I’m not sure how to train him to use the litter box, but I was thinking about putting one by the back door just to see if he would figure it out.  Do you think this will work or is there a better way I could turn him into an indoor cat?

L:  The process of making an outdoor cat into an indoor one is indeed an interesting one, but not necessarily an easy one.  You might want to try to keep him inside for progressively longer periods of time, and introduce him to the litter box, food, and water whenever he’s inside.  Since he’s used to being independent and not doing his “business” in one location, you might consider providing him with an additional litter box so that he could have more freedom in choosing where to go.  You’ll also probably want to get a few scratching posts so he can stretch and scratch at the same time.  If you have some live-in mice running around, that could keep him entertained for awhile.  If not, I suppose you could always buy some for him to hunt indoors.  Which reminds me…George Gershwin is running low on indoor mice to hunt.  Good luck on your cat conversion!

R: I’d set the litter box where you think it will be best received, set your cat in it, and scratch his paws around in the litter.  Do that a few times, and in my experience, he will be litter trained!  Be forewarned that your indoor cat may still yearn for the great outdoors — Kilgore does and he has never even been an outside kitty!

Also, I would do it gradually.  Let him in for awhile, let him out for awhile, then after showing him that he may actually enjoy the great INdoors, make the transition for good.

Do you have a picture of your cat?  If so, we’ll totally put it on the website.  Also, let us know how the transition goes.  Good luck!

Deal Breakers and Cat Enthusiasts

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As cat ladies, we’ve often been asked about pet adoration compatibility.  This can be a tough issue for cat ladies and laddies.  Since you don’t want to find out further down the road that you’re dating a cat-non-enthusiast, here are some one-liners that you could sneak in on the first date to determine if your potential new squeeze is a true cat lover or just posing as one in a desperate attempt at companionship.

1.  If your date compliments your appearance, politely reply with, “Thank you.  I was worried that I had a few stray cat hairs.” If your date shows a look of disgust at your response, prepare to flee.  If your date laughs, have a seat and proceed with a delightful conversation.

It's impossible to escape cat hair with this one around.

2.  If the topic of roommates comes up, remark that you have 1 (or how many cats you have) short and furry roommate (s).  This will let your date know that you think of your cat as a companion.  If your date seems puzzled and believes that you are talking about an actual person, proceed with “ca-tion” until you can determine what kind of sense of humor (if any) your date possesses.

He's a real looker, that one.

3.  If your date orders a fish entree, casually mention that tuna is consumed quite a bit in your household.

These just happened to be in my pantry.

4.  If you start discussing the environment, ask your date if he/she litters.  If they seem taken aback by the question, mention that there is a lot of litter in your house, but it’s usually contained in a small ventilated box.  If your date smiles and nods, stay put.  This means either a) they don’t understand what you mean, or b) they are tolerant of cats.  Either way, it’s too early to tell.  If your date smiles and says, “I know exactly what you mean.  I have a litter box in my house too,” start planning your second date.

Yes, it is a huge litter box for a huge cat.

5.  If you are still on the fence at the end of the night, lay all your cards on the table and excuse yourself to go home because you “will be scolded if you stay out any later and it’s getting close to your cat’s bed time.”  If your date takes this as a brush off, then, sadly, it might be a deal breaker.  If your date responds in any kind of affirmative way, there is definite potential.

So, the next time you meet a potential suitor and wish to test his/her cat tolerance, just casually drop these little nuggets into your conversation.  Now, some bright prospects may claim to be cat supporters, but these statements will help you weed out those who just pretending to support cats but have more pressing ulterior motives in mind.

Cats, Love, and Tuna,

L

Cat Lady Advice: Cat Carriers

Dear 2 catladies,

What are your opinions on these carriers? Especially in relation to the recently discussed cat leashes?

L: I really do like the fact that these carriers allow pets a chance to look out into the world.  They seem quite versatile as well.  Hands free?  Even better.  These carriers also seem big enough to allow your cat a comfortable ride.  As long as your cat didn’t urinate in the carrier out of anxiety you would probably be good to go…because let’s face it…who would want cat pee dribbling out of a soft carrier?  Been there, done that, and it’s not really that much fun.

When choosing a carrier, it is important to keep your cat’s size in mind.  A few years ago, I failed to do so, and borrowed a cat carrier that was a little too small for George Gershwin.  Okay, well, most cat carriers are going to be too small for George Gershwin because he’s a huge cat.  But it was tough for him to be stuffed into a cat carrier where he couldn’t moved around easily at all.  Granted, it was just for a short trip to the vet, but it was something I should have kept in mind beforehand.

R: No way would I put my cats into a soft carrier — they’re too crafty and naughty!  I think this would probably be better suited for small dogs because they are less likely to escape.  Although this would be lovely for the sake of convenience, and I think it could be potentially hilarious, I will stick to my locking hard carriers.

L, I vaguely remember you having to stuff George into a smallish carrier to take him to the vet one time.  I also vaguely remember it being one of the most hilarious scenes I have ever seen.

I have 2 carriers (as well as kitty sedatives) for long journeys, but occasionally stuff both cats into one carrier for vet visits.  They love it.

Cozy.

Maybe someday if I’m feeling ambitious, I will purchase one of these.

Cat Lady Advice: Spinsters and Handsome Fellows

Dear 2catladies,

I believe that it has been common tradition that in order to be a “cat lady” one not only has to have cats, but they also must be old, a bit smelly, potentially collect bags, and exceedingly single going by names like “spinster.”  However, in the modern day world and with the progressive awesome-ness of the feline breed, it seems like times are changing.  I consider myself a “cat lady,” however, I do not consider myself, or either of you, as “old” (we’re not even in our prime yet!).  I may collect bags, but for the sole intention of using them to clean out litter.  I also am not single, and with the beauty of the two of you, I’m sure you are not completely single either.  As “professional cat ladies” what are you thoughts and opinions on these matters? 

L:  What an excellent question.  Thank you for your kind comments about our beauty.  Although one of us is single and one is not, we are both often flustered by handsomeness, adding to your theory that the modern “cat lady”  need not meet the definition of a spinster.  I do agree that what I consider to be the traditional view of a “cat lady” is just as you have described.  I believe that cat ladies come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, carrying with them many different types of relationships with other humans and housing any number of cats.  I collect bags for litter disposal as well.

R:  I use plastic bags to clean out the litter box too!  I feel like we all just bonded a little over the interwebs.

Also, I agree that we’re all pretty.

Although cat ladies are commonly depicted in the media as “old smelly spinsters,” the new wave of cat ladies are in fact, just like you, L, and me.  Well, three of them ARE you, L, and me.

We lead our lives as respectable citizens, but we are more awesome than normal people.  Why?  Because of our loving cats.  That’s what makes us cat ladies.

Maybe we should have a Cat Lady Pride parade.  Though that could quite easily be misconstrued.

Dear 2catladies (again),

The aforementioned boyfriend has recently developed a special relationship with one of my cats.  I’m not sure how to explain it, so I’ve attached pictures.  While the cat appears to be unhappy, but she never fights him and she keeps coming back for more.  Is this normal?  The boyfriend also wished to be kept anonymous, so I disguised him in the pictures. 

L:  I think your cat may be going through an adjustment period where she’s developing an attachment to your boyfriend, but hesitant that it may change her relationship with you.  The unhappiness she displays probably stems from her inner struggle to bond with your boyfriend.  Since she keeps coming back for more and doesn’t fight him, she’s clearly on the right path, but probably just needs some reassurance that it’s “okay” for her to develop a relationship with someone else as well as you.  As for your boyfriend, he sounds like a keeper!

R:  I keep getting sidetracked from answering this, giggling at the pictures below.  Awesome disguises.  Well done.

Is this normal?  Is ANYTHING a cat does normal?  I agree with L that it is probably an adjustment period.  I often have to tell Colonel Coffey that it’s okay if he goes and sits on someone else’s lap for awhile.

I think she’s just being coy and playing hard to get…smart girl.

In other news, that man friend of yours is a handsome fellow — love the glasses and ‘stache.

Tee hee hee…

Cat Lady Advice: Unicorns, Dates, Cat Food

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Dear 2catladies:

Please, describe your “purrrrr-fect” date.

L:  Oh, good question.  My purr-fect date would be an evening at home with George Gershwin, a bottle of red wine, and some delicious food that I just prepared.  Jazz would be playing in the background.  Wait a minute, this sounds like most of my evenings.  Win-win.   

R:  Hmm…I think my purr-fect date would consist of the following:

-Being whisked off on a whirlwind trip to Paris

Horse-drawn carriage ride through the park

Romantic candlelit dinner (with wine that costs more than $4/bottle)

-Walking on the beach and watching the sun set

-Laying on my couch, watching old Hitchcock flicks, snuggling with my kitty boys, and drinking wine.

Oh…and if you mean a date with a REAL boy, I suppose that would be purr-fect just as long as I don’t have to plan and/or pay for anything.  Bonus points if it involves wine, art, or food.

Dear 2catladies:

Do unicorns exist?

L:  I think they do.  They may be masquerading as Llamas with Hats.

R:  I hope so.  If not, at least we have narwhals.

Dear 2catladies:

What constitutes a date? If a woman pays for herself and her date, is it still a date?

L:  A date would technically be an appointment to meet someone socially.  Usually the person who requests or organizes the date pays.  If you are on a date and the guy offers to pay, it’s polite to offer to chip in, but you might be refused.  As for a woman paying for herself and her date even if the guy set it up, I believe R may have a good answer for that.  R?

R:  It’s my hypothesis that if both parties involved think it’s a date, then it’s a date.  No matter how bad a date it may be.  Even if the girl ends up paying for herself and her date.  Even if her date is super-lame, cranky, and hungover.  Those circumstances don’t take away the “date” label, they just add colorful descriptors  (I will spare you said descriptors).

If you experience such a date, my recommended prescription is as follows:

-McDonald’s chicken nuggets with honey

-Boulevard Wheat at 3 in the afternoon

-Terry Gilliam films

-Good friends to laugh at your misadventures, who will later turn them into a short flick.

Dear 2catladies:

Where is the best place to meet single, handsome guys…would you suggest a bar? the zoo? A park? The vet’s office?

L: Maybe at a cat owner’s convention?   

R: NOT THE ZOO.

Dear 2catladies:

Meow Mix or Fancy Feast? Fresh Step or Tidy Cat?

L:  Choosing a brand of cat food and litter really depends on your cat…and what it smells like coming out.  George Gershwin seems to do better with Fresh Step because he doesn’t track it so easily all over the place.  I would suggest trying a few combos of cat food and litter and seeing what works best.  It may take a while, but eventually you’ll come up with the perfect solution for your cat. 

R: Personally, I support Purina One.  However, that’s because I was told by my vet that my cats are obese, so I put them on diet cat food.  Before that I was all for Meow Mix (of the dry variety…I despise wet cat food), primarily because of the jingle.

As for litter, I use Tidy Cat for small spaces.  Because it is frequently on sale in bulk.  And my cats poop a lot.

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