My dog-cousin Sadie and her new toys.

Pewter received the package I sent and replied back to me.

Hi Raven. Boy do I love the Kittles treats and I guess I will try to get that Sadie to play with those toys (like that will be a problem, she loves toys). Hopefully she will leave me alone. I have gotten braver in my excursions out of the bedroom but Sadie is sure intense and my moms need to still protect me.  I am hoping with a little more time and training treat she will start to ignore me!  I guess I will need to give it more time.

Thanks again for everything.
Your cousin Pewter

Here are two short videos of my dog-cousin Sadie being a goofy puppy. If you wouldn’t mind watching them (they’re only about 30 seconds combined) I know my aunts would love to see that lots of people watched their new puppy play! They adopted Sadie out of a prison-foster program, so she wasn’t the most social dog to start with and she needs a lot of training. But they’re both experienced with dogs and they will give her a fantastic home.

First she’s squirming around the floor with a squeeky toy.

And next she’s playing with one of the toys I sent in hopes that she will stay distracted from chasing my kitty-cousin Pewter.

Everyone is hoping Sadie’s behavior improves with training. It will take time for her to control her natural instinct to chase Pewter and I’m happy to send as many training treats as needed to help distract her from cousin Pewter.  Pewter is better at navigating the slippery floors so she has a bit of an advantage over the goofy nuisance. And there is always the baby gate that keeps the dog out of the bedroom!

I’m so glad my Mom & Dad decided against getting another dog after Bentley died. We love dogs, but we like them big, gentle, and with no prey drive so they’re not inclined to chase anything. She’s still thinking about adopting kittens this year, but she’s less than 50% convinced that’s a good idea for my health & well being. Mom knows I get bored during the day but also knows my personality has flourished as an only kitty who gets all the good perches and all their attention. I’m really lucky that Mom has 3-day weekends so I’m home alone at most 4 days a week. If she worked 5 days a week, I’d probably be putting up with kittens!

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A letter to my cousin Pewter

Mom and Dad have been busy doing boring stuff, and I’ve been enjoying our spring weather with open window time. Things are much more exciting at my cousin Pewter’s house so I thought I’d share a letter I sent her.

My cousin Pewter

Pewter is a 14-year old lady cat who recently had her home invaded by a 8-month old dog-sister named Sadie.

My new dog-cousin Sadie

Unfortunately, Sadie is still trying to learn that kitties are not to be chased and Pewter can’t freely roam her house like she used to unless Sadie is outside, on a leash, or in her kennel. Pewter mostly stays in the bedroom and her moms have put a baby-gate at the door that she can get under but Sadie can’t get past. I feel bad for Pewter that she’s having to put up with a puppy so I sent her a letter and some goodies that might help her situation.

letter to Pewter

goodies for Pewter and Sadie

I hope Pewter and Sadie enjoy these goodies while they’re learning to live with each other. And I hope Pewter isn’t too stressed with a rambunctious young dog in the house. I’m only 12 years old and I wouldn’t want to deal with a hyper dog, so I suspect 14-year old Pewter is not happy with her new family member. Paws crossed that things get better soon.

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Learn about your pet’s body systems

A recent article on Dr. Plotnick’s blog about the feline lungs describes the functions of a cat’s lungs, some common diseases, and some words or phrases that are commonly misused to describe a cat’s breathing. It’s very interesting and Dr. Plotnick does a great job of explaining veterinary topics for pet owners.

Bentley getting love from FelixOur Golden Retriever Bentley didn’t have lung disease. But realizing that he wasn’t breathing normally and getting him to the vet saved his life.

It was June 2005 and Bentley was 13 years old. The springtime weather was getting warmer, but it wasn’t so warm that Bentley should be hot or panting. But he was panting for no reason. He’d be lying around the house, or wake up from sleeping and start panting. This didn’t seem right to me so I took him to the vet.

Bentley’s lungs sounded fine, but the vet could feel something in his abdomen and an ultrasound showed a large mass on or near his spleen. Because a ruptured mass or spleen can be life threatening, Bentley was in surgery two days later. His spleen was twice as large as normal and was taking up so much space that it was pressing up towards his lungs and interfering with his breathing. Luckily, the enlarged spleen was not due to cancer, and Bentley recovered very quickly from surgery.

The photo above is about a year after surgery, with Bentley getting some attention from Felix. Bentley lived 4 years after surgery until he was 17 years old!

The only indication I had that something was wrong was that Bentley was panting and he shouldn’t have been. This shows how important it is to know what’s normal for your pet and to get your vet’s advice when you suspect a problem.

Check out some of Dr. Plotnick’s other articles. His previous articles include the bladder, spleen, heart, esophagus, claws, and more. He’s a feline specialist but you can learn a bit about dogs too, and how dogs and cats are different.

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Thirteen Questions & Answers

RavenI was inspired by CK’s recent post and thought I’d do a Q & A myself.

  1. Night owl or morning person? Both. I like to play around 11 p.m. then sit and watch out the front window for a while. I also enjoy waking my humans early in the morning for breakfast.
  2. What is your favorite treat? Butter
  3. What is your favorite color? Red. I bet you thought I’d say black, or gold (for my eyes). But I think I rock my red collar (when you can see it).
  4. What’s your favorite tree? My 6-foot tall blue carpeted perch with the deep round bed.
  5. What’s your favorite form of exercise? Playing feather toy with Mom is fun, but I also enjoy batting & chasing balls up and down the long hall. Oh, I also like running away from my Dad and him chasing me.
  6. What’s your favorite newspaper? The one Dad is currently reading.
  7. What’s the longest trip you’ve taken? It’s 43 miles round trip to my vet.
  8. What’s the sickest you’ve ever been? Probably when I swallowed a long piece of ribbon-like fabric. I was VERY lucky to escape surgery and only needed lots of fluids and some laxatives to get it through my system.
  9. Do you sing in the car? Sometimes, but not too much.
  10. Do you prefer baths or showers? Showers, although Mom calls it giving me a “bath”, it’s really a shower. I’ve never had a bath.
  11. If you could get yourself anything, what would you get? Another kitty sibling who was friendly and didn’t intimidate me.
  12. What is your biggest pet peeve? I don’t know what a peeve is. Our biggest pet was my Golden Retriever brother Bentley. He was big, but super friendly.
  13. Are you superstitious? No. And that’s why we’re ending at number 13!
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Restocking the scratcher supply

Mom hasn’t ordered a backup big scratcher lounger yet but she did restock my supply of Smartykat Cat Chaise scratchers. These are the ones I actually scratch on. She takes two scratchers and glues the edges together to make a double-wide. One scratcher would be adequate on it’s own, especially for a kitten or small cat. I’m a medium-sized kitty and I prefer a double-wide because there are more options for how I sit, lie, and use it for scratching. It can be used right-side-up like a cradle, or upside-down as  a platform with a little tunnel underneath. It’s lots of fun when mom wiggles the feather wand toy under the tunnel and I can get my paw under there to attack it.

These scratchers are fairly durable and have a lot of scratching area if you use both sides. Each scratcher comes with a little packet of catnip.

Raven with her scratchers

Hey, check out my tail. You can see that I’ve grown more fur. It’s still a long way from being floofy, but it has some thickness to it and Mom says I don’t have ‘possum tail anymore!

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