Conrad My 8 to 5 Cat

I was supposed to have Conrad at my vet by 8:30 AM. I tried to catch Conrad at 7:30 AM and he was nowhere to be found. I caught Kohl at 7:45 AM as he needed a distemper shot also. I went to my other house and caught Bella and Cali immediately.

I started looking for Conrad again. I went upstairs and to the basement and I could not find Conrad anywhere. I looked back of furniture and under furniture and on top of the furniture and still no Conrad to be seen.Conrad

I took the three cats I was able to catch to my vet for their shots. I told him I could not find Conrad. I tried to locate Conrad when I got home and he was still nowhere to be seen. Kohl sat on my lap after we got home from the vet. I read a history book for a while and then I looked for Conrad again it was 1:30 PM by now. I picked up a few items in town. I visited some people in the Rest Home.

I went outside and got some of my yard equipment ready to go. I cleaned out my cat litter boxes for the second time. I tilled my garden and I planted some seed potatoes. I came back in the house and looked for Conrad again and could not find him anywhere and it was 4 PM by now.

At exactly 5 PM Conrad appeared out of the blue and he looked at me like what are you going to do now lady the vets office is closed for the day. I swear Conrad can tell time somehow and he is truly my 8 to 5 cat.

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We will be going to the vet next week and Conrad will have a surprise I will catch him at 6 AM. I  will store the cage in the room where I will be catching him three days ahead of our vet appointment. I hope you and your cat are on time for your next vet appointment.

I caught Conrad this morning after he complained to me and hid under my bed for awhile. He hid back of a card table and I was able to grab him my the nap of his neck and put him in my cat carrier. I called my vet and we got right in. Conrad got his distemper shot and his worm medicine. Conrad decided his visit to the vet was not that bad after all. Conrad rode in the front of my vehicle were he could keep an eye on me while I drove. Conrad said the visit to the vet was worth all of his trouble in long run as it will keep him in excellent health hopefully.

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Do You Know Your Cats Meow and Different Expressions ?

I was blindfolded once for a class assignment. My Mother lead me around the farm with my blindfold on. With my blindfold on I identified each and everyone of my outdoor cats by their particular meow. I handed in my report which my teacher read out loud to all of the students in my junior high class. The students did not believe that I could identify my cats my their meow except for one girl in my class who had a cat and was fully familiar with cats different sounds and pitches in their meows. I received an A on my written assignment.

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You can tell if your cat is sick sometimes by his meow. Sometimes their meow will sound weak and soft instead of their usual high pitched meow. Your cat may have a sad looking face along with forlorn looking eyes as if to say help me I am not feeling well. A healthy cat usually holds its tail up high. A sickly cat will walk around with it tail drooping or straight down. A cat that does not feel good may be coughing or have runny eyes and dirty inner ears.

If your cat smells something he does not like he will wrinkle up his nose as if to say my that is disgusting you better clean that up right now my human friend. Cats sometimes smell each other and make a disgusting face as if to tell the other cat you better clean yourself better next time buddy.

Cats like to rub against you to put their scent on you and claim you as their own. Some of my cats like to sleep as close as possible to me in bed at night so they can stay extra warm and toasty at night. You can generally tell what your cat is thinking my his meows and facial expressions and the different tones and pitches in his meows.

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Anxiety and Your Cat

My cats get overly anxious when I go on a vacation. My cats may stop eating for awhile or throw up what they have eaten. I put my suitcase out where my cats can look at it several days before I leave on my vacation. My cats can get used to the fact slowly by seeing my suitcase sitting out that I will be leaving soon. Cats do not like any changes whatsoever in their daily routine. I leave some of my clothing sitting out so my cats can curl up in it. Cats feel more at ease when they have something with your scent on it to sleep on or smell.

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By having a new kitten in the household your older cats will become anxious to begin with. Make sure you spend a lot of time with your older cats so they do not fell left out or think that you do not love them anymore. Give your cat some special cat treats or tuna canned in water and that will make them feel extra special.

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I have someone check on my cats everyday when I am on a vacation. My cats are given fresh water everyday for optimal health. Their food dishes are kept full and their litter boxes are cleaned out everyday. My cats have nice clean towels to sleep on while I am gone or my bed or heated cat beds.

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Cats like to play with catnip filled mice and other cat toys while you are gone as this helps them relax. My cats like to bird watch through my picture window. Put something out to help your cat occupy his day while you are gone on your vacation. I have plenty of cat toys in my cats open toy box for them to choose from so they will not get bored while I am gone.

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A Stray Cat With Digestive Issues

A stray cat came to a friends house.  She was very friendly and she sat on their laps. She would gently rub across their legs. They gave her to me and I named her Faith because I have faith that she will get better. She could not keep any food down for about five days. She must have been keeping down a small amount of the tuna and salmon that I was feeding her. She had healthy looking bowel movements. I was very concerned for her. My friends said that they would pay my vet bill. I took her to my vet to be tested for feline leukemia and luckily that test came back negative. She also had a complete battery of blood test. I have not yet received the results of those test since it takes one week to process the results.

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I had been feeding her the same dry cat food that my other cats eat. She was so thin and emaciated that her stomach was not able to digest foods right from lack of food over a long period of time. I went to a pet store and they suggested that I feed her grain free cat food. Faith has been able to keep all of her food down now.  The grain free cat food that she is eating is free from dyes and preservatives and her stomach is able to digest it without any trouble. My vet said to keep on feeding her the grain free cat food.

I am quite sure she used to be a house cat that someone no longer wanted or they could not afford to keep her. My vet said she was one year old. I had guessed her age to be about six months old. Poor faith had to fend for herself for who knows how long. Faith would have staved to death had it not been for people intervening on her behalf. As good stewards we are to take care of all of Gods creatures great and small. I have faith that Faith’s blood test will be fine and that I can provide her the loving home that she deserves and desperately needs. Always have faith.

Faith has now recovered from her ordeal. She has gained weight and she has not vomited for over one month. With faith all things are possible.  Faith has to be only the size of a mustard seed but it can have huge rewards. Never ever lose Faith that things will get better.

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Kohl and his Cyst Removal

I took Kohl to one of my vets because he had a large cyst above his left eye. My vet said he could not remove the cyst and it would keep getting larger. The cyst would get so large that Kohl would not be able to open his left eye eventually. My vet gave him an antibiotic shot. The shot did not help the cyst get smaller.

A friend of mine said to take Kohl to a different vet for a second opinion. I am sure glad I listed to her sage advice. I took Kohl to another one of my vets. My vet said he could remove the cyst. I was able to pick Kohl up from my vet yet that afternoon. I had him sleep next to me in a cage all night long so I could keep an eye on him and make sure he got  along fine in the night after his surgery.

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The cyst remained swollen for several days. Kohl removed the glue that acted as the stitches. Kohl ate the glue with no side effects. The cyst drained more after Kohl removed the glue and licked away at the area where the cyst used to be. The swelling in the cyst is about gone completely now.

Kohl is in good spirits and is very active again and playing with his cat toys. Kohl has a good appetite and all is well in his World again. Kohl is eight and one half years old. He is sitting in my picture window watching the birds eat out of my bird feeders.

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Always remember to get a second opinion in your pets health just as we humans need a second opinion in our health. It might be a matter of life or death if you do not get a second opinion quickly and efficiently.

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Why My Cats Throw Up

If my cats eat to quickly they will throw up. Garfunkel eats very fast and therefore he throws up now and then. If your cat eats a new kind of food that does not agree with him he will be sick.

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My outdoor cats love to eat grass when I let them outside for awhile. By eating the grass they will generally get rid of a hairball. If you do not groom your cats often enough they will throw up a hairball now and then. Cats need to be groomed more often in the spring and summer months since they are loosing their winter coats of hair.

Do not feed your cat too much on  one single day. If we eat too much in one day we do not feel to great either. Do not give your cat a can of cat food, cat treats and his regular dry cat food in one day as it will be too much for his stomach to handle in one day.

If your cat is nervous or upset about something he may throw up. When I leave on a vacation my cats throw up for a couple of days because I am gone and they feel uncomfortable having someone else take care of them.

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Cats do not like any change in their daily life whatsoever. A new piece of furniture or a new house cat could cause their stomach to be upset. A house guest can make your cat feel nervous and uncomfortable. Moving into a new home will cause your cat to be very nervous and anxious. Your cat will not have any of his familiar scents in his new home and or territory. We are anxious also when we move to a new location. We wonder will we find a new job and make new friends quickly.

If your cat throws up over several days take him to your veterinarian ASAP as he may have a serious medical condition.

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Why I Should Deworm My Cat

You should always deworm  your cat even if he is an indoor cat. Worm your cat preventatavely according to your vets instructions.

The different types of worms your cat can get are tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms.

Heavy infestations of worms can cause intestinal bleeding and anemia. In a kitten a lot of parasites in its body can be fatal. Roundworms are more common in kittens then in adult cats. Adult cats are quite often infested with tapeworms. If a cat is stressed by trauma or disease she is more likely to get worms. Fleas can cause you cat to get worms.

Your cat can get worms by eating infested mice and infested raw meat. Your cat may develop Toxoplama. Toxoplasmosis can be spread from the mother cat to her kitten.

Pregnant women should not clean out litter boxes. It is very easy for them to get toxoplasmosis from the infested bowel movements in the cat litter.

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Here are some signs to look for that your cat may have worms. Your cats fur will look dull and unkempt. Your cat may start sliding its bottom across your floor. Your cat will become lethargic. You will notice that he is losing weight. Your cat will want to nap more than usual.

Try to worm your cats twice a year or more if you suspect they may have worms. You can buy a liquid dewormer that you can pour over your cat food if you have a farm cat that is hard to catch. You can also mix some dewormer in tuna with water for a cat that is hard to give any medications to.

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Your cat will be much healthier if you always remember to have him dewormed. He will also have a shiny and healthy looking coat of fur. Hope your cat is feeling well.

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The Wonderer

I have had tom cats and some females take off for a month or more at a time.

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I had a female outdoor cat that would go to the neighbors house in the summer months. In the winter she would come back to her heated cat bed in an enclosed building.

I have had many tom cats take off for months at a time. They were probably in search of Juliet. They have generally taken off in the spring and summer months.

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Some cats have taken off in the past to live at the neighbors house because he had milk cows. What cat could resist fresh milk everyday.

I had a gray stripped tabby cat for five years. One day I could not find her. After five years she returned. She looked good. After she was here for one month she died. I guess she wanted to come home to die.

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I have adopted a lot of cats over the years. Some have taken off for a week at a time right when I first let them outdoors. They might have been trying to find their way home or just exploring their new surroundings.

I had a black and white female cat that was part Siamese and Himalayan that I had adopted. She lived at my place for quite a few years. I saw her at the neighbors house one day when I was driving by. I found out from  other neighbors that she was now living in their house. I was sad to loose her but at least she had a good indoor home in her old age. She had left me with her legacy of many kittens over the years.

Cats love to explore and roam around. It is a good survival skill. A cat should look for the best source of food in the wild. I hope your cat comes home shortly.

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Cat Hazards

Many cats die from poisoning each and every year. Make sure all of your poisons and hazardous chemicals are stored where your cat cannot get to them.

I will give you a list of poisons and chemicals that may be fatal if ingested by your cat:

  • drain cleaner
  • mouse poison
  • make up
  • perfume
  • oil
  • anti freeze
  • floor polish
  • car wax
  • rust remover
  • glass cleaner
  • medications for humans
  • fertilizer
  • chemicals
  • gasoline
  • diesel fuel
  • and many more

Have a medication on hand that will induce vomiting if your cat has swallowed something that could be fatal. Check  with your vet if he wants you to induce vomiting for your cat. It will depend upon what your cat has swallowed if it is necessary to induce vomiting. If you are not sure if your cat has swallowed a poison but he appears sick call your vet ASAP. Depending upon what type of poison he may have swallowed he could die in a manner of minutes.

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Do not put any mouse poison or ant killer out if you have a cat. if you change your engine oil put the old oil where your cat cannot get to it. Cats will drink anti freeze because it has a sweet taste. Anti freeze will kill your cat. Never, never leave out hazardous items that could kill your cat. Remember to make sure cupboard doors and closet doors are properly shut. Cats can sneak into the smallest of openings and get into trouble very quickly.

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Garbage can be a hazard. Your cat can get his head stuck in a can or a bottle and suffocate. Plastic bags can also cause suffocation if they become stuck in them. Dispose of your garbage properly.

I hope your cat never swallows anything that will harm him. Always be extra careful with all cleaning supplies and chemicals.

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My Cats Broken Leg and His Road to Recovery

kohl is my oldest house cat. He was born and raised on my farm. At the age of four he broke his leg.

He broke his leg on a Thursday evening at 8:00 P M. My cat Garfunkel was walking across the floor at the same time that Kohl was jumping down from a desk. I think Kohl did not want to land on Garfunkel and therefor he landed wrong from his jump to the floor. I heard Kohl screaming in pain. I thought he had stabbed himself. I looked him over and did not notice any bleeding. He ran down to my basement screaming in pain. I finally was able to catch him in a fishing net with a long handle. I then put him in a cage and called my vet.

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I told my vet that I thought he may have stabbed himself even though I did not notice any blood. I was frantic with worry. I was talking to my friends through my car speaker phone about Kohl on my way to my vet. I was driving a bit fast thinking he may die before I got there. My vet took him out of his cage and placed him on the floor. It was clear when he tried to walk he had broken one of his legs. My vet gave him a pain pill and then he put him under latter and put a cast on his leg.

Kohl did not put any weight on his broken leg for at least one month. I started moving his leg up and down for him. I would hold him up gently and  help him bounce up and down on both of his hind legs. This seemed to help build up the muscle strength in his hind legs. With my help  he started to use his hind leg that was broken. He made a full recovery.

I hope none of your cats ever get a broken leg.

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