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I get so many people emailing me about cats peeing outside their litter boxes. Even Neo does it and I thought he had a urinary tract infection, I've tried different types of litter, cleaning his litter box every day and putting his litter box in quiet areas. Everything they experts have suggested.

Cat_Litter_Box.jpgThe only thing he seems to like, is to go outside - so I let him out as often as I can, but that doesn't always work. But there is hope for all of us with the problem of cats urinating outside the litter box.

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According to Dr. Tony Buffington at Ohio State University, a litter box should be 1.5 x longer than your cat - that's 1 and a half cats!

Neo is about 20 inches long so an ideal cat litter box for him would 1.5 x 20 which equals 30 inches. The ideal litter box for Neo would be at least 30 inches long! When I measured him, I didn't include his tail because cats usually lift their tails out of the way when they use the litter box. Besides, Neo has a freakishly long tail!

30 inches is way longer than a standard litter box, so what can you do? A suggestion is to get one of those clear plastic storage containers. I'm going to find one this weekend and let Neo try it out. I'll let you know how it works.

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pictures_cats_love.jpgDoubters will say that a cat only shows affection when he's hungry or wants something and that a cat is not truly capable of love. Those people obviously have never felt the love of a cat. I have to admit that food does play a part in it, but it does with people too - you know, the old adage "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach"

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So by feeding and caring properly for your cat you are actually laying the groundwork for love. But how do you know if your cat actually loves you?

Well there have been clinical studies done about how a person's heart rate lowers when they pet their cats and that can lead to a longer, healthier life. And the same studies have been conducted on cats. It turns out that their heart rate lowers when you show affection toward them, which is a sign of bonding, and love. According to these studies, the presence or touch of their human reduces stress.

Just think about when your cat is under stress, what does he do? He may run and hide, until the stress time is over, but then he usually appreciates your love and cuddles after the fact. Some cats run to their owners for safety during the stress time. Like Neo presses himself into me so hard, he'll push me off balance.

And I can remember a story Wendell told me about Maddy- she got tangled up in some netting and she was struggling and meowing - clearly under stress because she couldn't get out. But as soon as she heard Wendell's voice, she stopped struggling and let him gently untangle her.

Now that we know cats can bond with humans and feel love. What signs can you look for in your cat to know if he loves you?

pictures_cats_love_2.jpg1. Contributing to the household - you may not see it that way, but when your cat catches something, a mouse, a bird or even a toy and brings it to you and drops it at your feet, that's a sign of love. He wants to contribute and show that he can provide for you too.

2. Following you around - your cat may act casual about it, you know saunter into the room after you've already been there, or casually look away when you glance back at him. But clearly, your cat is interested in you and wants to be where you are.

3. Getting depressed when you leave - you may not see this, but if someone else is at home when you go, they might see it. Your cat may meow for you, or just go find a quiet spot and sleep until you return. If you have a predictable routine or make a distinct sound when you come home, your cat will be excited to see you. Again he may act casual about it, but trust me, he's excited to see you.

4. Sending you Cat Kisses - when your cat stares at you and then squints or closes his eyes. That is a huge sign of affection - in the cat world, that is the signal to other cats that this cat is not a threat. Your cat is completely vulnerable to you at that time. Send cat kisses back to him.

5. Overt signs of affection - rubbing his head on you, and walking by and tapping you with his tail - nothing a cat does is by accident, so if your cat rubs against you or touches you with his tail, it's love!

6. Lying on his back - exposing the tummy is sure sign that your cat trusts you - if a cat did this in the wild, he'd be lunch. But don't think your cat wants a belly rub - most cats don't want their tummy's rubbed, they might like a gentle stoke from chest to belly, but you have to know your cat and what he wants before you touch an exposed belly.

Just because cats can't kiss you, and hug you and hold your hand doesn't mean they don't love you - if you open up your heart and eyes and really see what your cat is doing, you'll understand that he loves you, he really loves you.

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I_can_has_treats_please.jpgCats are really intelligent, I've always known that. But what I find amazing is the fact that is that Neo shows his intelligence in so many ways, and one way is that between naps and eating, he keeps a pretty tight schedule.

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I don't always feed Neo at the same time everyday and I am not big on keeping a daily schedule and routine except for the fact that I am usually up in the morning by around 7:00 am, other than that, I'm pretty flexible and so Neo has to be flexible too.

So in spite of the fact that I am not careful to keep him on a schedule, he still has one and he lets me know what time it is by his actions.

desk_napping3.jpgIn the morning he usually just accepts his breakfast whenever I get it out to him usually before 8:00 and then he goes about his day, looking out windows, asking to go outside, stretching of the sofa, visiting me in my office to nap under the light on my desk. And following me around, to the kitchen for a snack, to the basement for a workout, to the bathroom... you get the idea.

But everyday at 4:00, he comes to tell me he's ready for supper. No matter where I am or what I am doing, he comes to me and usually throws himself at my feet and looks up at me with his lovey-dovey "you're the best, Melanie" look in his eyes. I pick him up and we share a cuddle, he gets on my shoulder and starts marking my ears and then I go get him his supper.

Neo_shoulder.jpgAnd every night, without fail, he comes to tell me it's bed time. At 9:30 he says, "meow-wow" which I think is his way of saying my name and then he looks up at me lovingly until I pick him up. I usually carry him up to my bed and lie down with him on my chest. He kneads my neck and purrs, and marks my chin and ears by rubbing his face against me. After about 5 minutes of this, he find a soft place on the bed and goes to sleep.

He'll get up at around 11:00 and starts looking around for a snack so I put out a bit more food for him. I do this so doesn't wake me up too early in the morning. After he eats and looks around a bit, he comes back to bed and sleeps with me for the rest of the night. I know he's there, because sometimes he comes over for a cuddle, or if I wake up, I'll pet him before drifting off to sleep again.

pictures_cats_neo_Melanie.jpgIn the morning, I usually wake up before he does. Sometimes, he doesn't get out of bed until he hears me open a can of food and put out his food dish. Then he comes running down and has his breakfast and starts his day.

I have to say it is kind of nice to have someone come to tell me to get to bed, maybe one of these days, I'll actually go to sleep when he tells me to!

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I was looking back at pictures of Neo shortly after I brought him home and I found these great shots of him in the sun. He loved to bask in the sun all the time.

little_neo_in_the_sun.jpgNeo was born in a feral cat colony that had been taken care of by two little girls and their mom. You see, Neo's mom was the kitten of a feral cat in the community. Neo's mom was fed and cared for by the little girls and their mom and so she became comfortable around them. She and her sisters kind of moved in to their yard and the so the colony was established.

Neo's dad was also feral from a neighboring colony who had wondered into the community. He was nicknamed "Cowboy" and he rode into town and then disappeared for weeks on end. But he always returned much to the dismay of the people in the community. He would terrorize the neighborhood cats and you'd hear cat fights late at night when he was around. But oddly enough, he started to get quite comfortable with people, even moving in to the newly established colony that Neo's mom established.

Unfortunately, none of the cats were ever spayed or neutered so Neo's mom and her sisters all had kittens within a few months of each other. Neo's mom was still a kitten herself! So the colony grew by 14 kittens that spring, Neo was one of them.

On a positive note, Neo and his brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, mom and dad were given the best love a cat could get. The love of two pre-teen girls who spent all their waking moments with the cats. All of the kittens were handled right from birth and all the neighborhood kids and adults alike visited the kittens.

Neo_chair_sunlight.jpgMy sister has a cottage in that community so my two nieces and my sister would visit and play with the kittens. My sister has spotted Neo when he was just a few days old. If she didn't already have a cat, she would have adopted him. But she would bring him back to her cottage and spend the afternoon petting him, grooming him and playing with him.

So Neo is not a typical feral cat. Most ferals are afraid of people because either they are born far away from people or people consider them a nuisance and hurt them or scare them. This makes ferals very distrustful of people, but the cats in this colony, that summer had the best opportunity to learn to love people.

It's really no wonder that Neo is so cuddly and lovey dovey all the time. And it makes me feel strongly about feral cats in other communities. If given the right set of circumstances, all the ferals of the world could be loving pets too.

On_sofa_sunlight.jpgYesterday I told you about my January Blues and how Neo purrs and cuddles and makes me relax. So today, the sun came out and both Neo and I were happy to see the sunlight streaming into the house. I got a picture of him stretched out on the sofa enjoying the winter sun. I would like to have joined him, but the to do list for today was too long!

It's amazing how a little sunlight can do more than just brighten a room. Neo and I enjoyed some cuddling in the sun and when he had enough and was ready for sleep, he found the best spot that got sunlight for the rest of the afternoon. And I went back to my work feeling a little bit brighter and lighter too.

Have a great day everyone, and make sure you hug your cat today!

Neo_dolly_napping.jpgJanuary. Cold. Busy. Stressful. I find this time of year brings resolutions and change, some sleepless nights, busy days and less and less time to relax. But even though things get busy and I think I just don't have time for one more thing, along comes Neo and he looks up at me and starts talking to me. It's really no wonder that owning a cat has been linked to lower heart disease.

Just seeing his face, and petting his soft fur, then hearing that purr start up makes me breathe a little deeper and relax a bit. Just this afternoon, I had just got off a call that added about 20 large projects to my to do list and was feeling very stressed. As if he sensed my distress, Neo came along and sat down on the floor beside my chair. He looked up at me and meowed and yawned at the same time, which made me laugh.

Neo_one_leg_hanging_over.jpgHe then jumped up on my lap and started kneading my neck and purring. He got really comfortable and settled in expecting to be petted for a long time. I petted him for a few minutes and I could just feel the stress leave my body. Then he jumped down and I went back to my work feeling renewed and ready to tackle the tasks left for the day.

It's like I have my own little 10 pound massage therapist living with me. I suggest the next time you are feeling stressed or upset, go find your cat and pet him and cuddle him. You'll be surprised how good it will make you feel! Comment below about times your cat has been a stress reliever for you.

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Picture_cat_Neo_vent.jpgThe furnace stopped working last night, so it got a little cold in here by morning. Fortunately, the furnace repair man came by ten this morning so we didn't suffer too long. It turns out it was just a faulty sensor that was easily replaced and the furnace was working just fine within a few minutes. Neo was very happy to feel hot air coming up through the vent again! This is a picture of him lying down on the vent when the heat started again.

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Apparently, cats love heat so much because if you go far enough back in their genealogy, cats are from the desert. So seeking out the best heat source is genetic! It might also have to do with the fact that kittens spend so much of their first few weeks close to their mom's warm belly, getting food and cuddles whenever the kitten wanted.

desk_napping.jpgIf you are looking for a place to designate for kitty, try a window seat in the sun or a warm blanket up on a high piece of furniture - heat rises and cats love to be on a perch above everyone. Please don't get your cat an electric blanket or heat pad - their nails or teeth can puncture it and cause serious injury. Neo also loves to sit under the lamp in my office, it's like his very own tanning salon!

It's funny that an animal with so much fur loves so much heat. Have you noticed your cat gravitating toward heat sources? Like Neo loves it when I put the fire on, and fleece blankets are his favorite. He will sit on anything warm. What about your cat? What warm spot does he or she like?

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Neo_Idog_napping.jpgNeo, like most cats, loves to take naps throughout the day. And he usually finds a funny position to sleep in or a funny place to sleep. But today was particularly funny.

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I have an i-Dog on my desk (I also have an i-Cat, of course!) I don't turn it on very often but once in a while, I turn it on while I'm listening to music and working in the office. So I had the i-Dog out and left it on the desk. When I came back, I caught Neo leaning his head against the i-Dog's face! He's such a funny cat!

Neo_loves_Idog.jpgI got a couple shots of him. He was leaning so hard on the I-dog, Neo's cheek was pushed up - very funny, that cat of mine. I thought it was cute that he chose to lean against the i-Dog, and not the i-Cat. He's such a lover. He loves all species, even electronic dogs!

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Merry Christmas to all of you, I hope you had a safe and happy holiday.



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Neo loved his new toys, well maybe he loved the wrapping paper and boxes more than the actual toys, but he had a great day anyway. These first pictures are of Neo examining his present.



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I wrapped a little bit of catnip in with the toy and once he got a whiff of the cat nip, he wanted to get that present opened!



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The toy was a wind up toy that made clicking noises and unwound itself when it was tapped. Neo likes smart toys like that, he likes toys that do things to get his attention. Around noon, he disappeared for the rest of the afternoon. I found him curled up on a sweater on my bed, he looked like he was in a deep sleep. He had a busy morning playing with his new toys as you can see.



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Merry Christmas everyone!

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basket_comfortable.jpgI promise, I won't bring it up again after today, but I am still upset about Dr. John Mollard at the Richmond Hill Veterinary Clinic in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada for torturing Neo. When I think about how Neo fought so hard against them that he was weak when he came back to me, it just makes me get angry again.

Well, more confused than angry now. Confused as to why someone who is supposedly there to help animals would want to inflict that much pain on an animal in his care. It's just baffling to me.

I've been replaying the whole appointment in my head and going over what I said about Dr. John Mollard in my previous post about Dr. John Mollard and about Neo's test results. I am still very angry about how he treated Neo and how he didn't explain to me what he was going to do exactly.

Even though I was angry when I wrote it, I still feel I was fair in my criticism, I know he said catheter to me a couple times, but never did he say, in another room and no anesthetic - I think my post explains my problem with him clearly.

There was a man there in the waiting room who had been taking his dog there for 12 years who told me to trust him, that he is experienced, blah blah blah - but I had no reason to trust Dr. Mollard and it turns out I was right not to trust him.

desk_napping4.jpgDr. Mollard even took that man's dog "into the back" to administer treatment - that man was ok with it, but I was not. Everyone has different standards, if you're a hands on owner, you're not going to like this reticent style of treatment... Maybe some people are fine "trusting" the supposed expert but now a days people are taking a more hands on approach to their own health and the health of their loved ones and pets are included too.

Doctors make too many mistakes on people and on animals so you need to be there - no one looks out for you and yours except you and yours. Just because he's a doctor doens't meen you accept his dianosis or procedure... I don't mean to come down on all doctors, they do a great job for keeping animals and people alive, but all I'm saying is they don't know you and they don't know your pet like you do. So find a doctor you can relate to and who communicates clearly.

So it's so important to choose your cat's health care provider carefully. Look out for a follow up post on specific questions to ask a vet, before you make an appointment. I hope that with my bad experience, you won't make the same mistake that I made with a very bad veterinarian, Dr. John Mollard in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

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