Neo: October 2008 Archives

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Cat_pictures_not_impressed.jpgToday was a very cold day and Neo was not impressed. He wanted to go outside, and I let him out but he didn't want to stay too long. The weather was cold, windy and damp today so Neo was in a bad mood. He went out and came in about three times. One time he stood at the door, I got his harness and leash on, but when I opened the door, he sniffed at the air and then looked up at me and started meowing.

Poor guy, this going outside thing is not working for him today. So I figured instead of shoving him out the door and making him play in the cold, I thought I would really try to make things better for him. After all, Neo is rarely in a bad mood and I thought he must be so disappointed by the weather. He really isn't an outdoor cat so he should start getting used to being indoors again, it's a long cold winter when it gets here.

picture_of_black_cat_peek_a_boo.jpgSo I played with him. He likes to play, but I am not that great at playing - usually, I start to play then lose interest when i start thinking about all the things I have to do. But today, I took out some toys he hasn't played with in a while. He especially likes long strings that you wiggle around. It's fun to watch his eyes dilate while he plays. He still has a very cute kitten appearance that gets magnified when he is chasing after a string. So we played that for about ten minutes, he could have gone longer but...like I said, I lose interest.

So then I brushed him, he needed it, by the way, he had loose fur and bits of dried leaves and stuff in his fur. He loves to be groomed, he tells me where he wants to be combed by lifting that body part toward me. usually he likes his back-end done - remember I was telling you about the spanking? Well he loves his little bum combed too. And he offered his head and neck to me to comb. Now this I get into - I can comb him forever, he loves it too, but he stops after 15 minutes - and today that's exactly how long until he was finished. pictures_of_cats_blow_drying.jpg

Then I gave him some treats and he followed me back to my desk, and he took a nap under the lamp.

Which brings me to the point of what to do to keep your indoor cat happy and amused.

Since cats in the wild spend a lot of time hunting, many experts suggest putting their food in different spots in the house and make your cat "hunt for it" - a good idea in theory, except Neo doesn't eat hard food because of all the diseases that are caused by dry cat food and I am not crazy about the idea of putting soft food all over the house for him. I have, however, tried this with his treats. It seems to work, but the motivation isn't the same as it is when you hide their food.

Another better idea is what I was talking about above, make some time for quality play and grooming time, everyday. He doesn't need hunting lessons, he's just looking for attention and something to do to fill up some time between naps. He'll get the attention he needs, and look good too if you do some play time and grooming time every day. why_do_cats_eat_grass-.jpg

And lastly, open a window so your cat can hear the outdoors and smell the outdoors. Make sure there is a place for him to perch beside it so he can enjoy the view. Put some cat grass beside the window too. This even works for Neo, who is just itching to get outside. Sometimes letting him smell the outdoors and nibble on some grass is all he really wants.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian friends! I hope your weekend was safe and happy.

Picture_Cats_thanksgiving.jpgThe weather was beautiful and the fall leaves are brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. I couldn't have asked for a better day. Neo spent most of the day outside, in the sun watching birds and chipmunks. Then he came in had two servings of turkey dinner and now he is sleeping soundly with a big round belly up in the air!

Here is a recipe for homemade turkey cat food in honor of thanksgiving. I left out the spinach because Neo ate a lot of grass today while he was outside. Ok, for this recipe you'll need:

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup brown rice, uncooked

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2 tsp vegetable oil

1/2 pound raw turkey giblets chopped fine

1/4 cup grated carrot

1/2 cup chopped spinach

Combine water and rice and bring to a boil, cook according to package directions. Just before the rice is done, stir in oil, giblets, carrot and spinach. Cover and cook for 10 - 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then serve. You can store unused portions in an airtight container for two days in the fridge or up to two months in the freezer.

Delicious!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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If you haven't already done so, it's time to think about how to dress your cat for Halloween! As you can see in these pictures, Neo is going to be wearing a green sequined bow-tie and if I can get him into a little vest and matching hat the look will be complete! My little furry Gentleman Caller - you know what I mean, from the 1940's, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams....No? ok, well he's cute in his tie anyway!

Neo is a real sport about dress up time. He'll do anything if I pet him and talk nicely to him and give him treats. Training him to tolerate a harness paid off for Halloween too! If your cat is used to a collar or harness, or it your cat is just really easy-going, you can probably get away with putting him in a costume.

But there are a few things you should and shouldn't do to make the evening fun for your cat too. Besides we don't want to anger kitty, he knows where you sleep. No, he won't hurt you, but he might start displaying some unwanted behavior if you upset him - think kitty pee on your pillow, stuff like that. Ok so here goes:

1. No dresses. Their hind legs get caught in them and it trips them and they fall. While this can be very funny for you, it's not fun for kitty.

2. Leave the ears out - cats rely on their ears so covering them will only irritate your cat and he'll spend the whole time trying to get the hat off of his head.

3. Hats and head pieces work best on kitties who wear collars, they are used to something being around their necks so securing the hat to their head is usually no problem.

4. Don't let kitty outside while in costume. This is bad for several reasons, it's a distraction so he could be fussing with his costume while a car is speeding up the street. Not good.

5. And just so we're clear, a cat outside on Halloween night is a recipe for disaster, there are too many idiots out looking for a laugh and they can do some pretty extreme things to your cat. In costume or out of costume, keep your cat in that night and save his life.

You can browse cat costumes at Annie's Costumes and at KittyCity. And view some pictures of cats in costume from 2007. My favorite is the pissed off pink fluffy bunny cat costume but I think it's been photoshopped!

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You know how I've been telling you about my problem with Neo wanting to get outside all the time.  I've been looking for a cat fence that would keep him in my yard, but until I figure out what I want to do, I've been letting him out on a leash and harness.  


So tell me, how can a cat go hunting with a harness and leash on?  I don't know but Neo has figured it out! He was outside for about an hour just wandering around and I noticed he was sitting very still watching the neighbor's back step.  When I went out to check on him, he ran and pounced and the next thing I know there is a chipmunk in his mouth!  I was shocked.


Neo was born in feral cat colony and I know his mom took him out for hunting lessons, I just didn't think he would have remembered what she showed him.  I guess somethings are hard to forget and he demonstrated that with his catch today.


He was so proud of that catch, he strutted toward the back door with this chipmunk dangling from his mouth.  It was as if he was saying, "This is the best day ever!" 


It looked like he wanted to take it inside the house but I didn't let him. I wasn't excited about the idea of a chipmunk loose in the house. So he stayed outside and started to play a cat and mouse game with it.  You know letting it go then running after it and catching it. 


I honestly didn't know what to do next.  Should I catch Neo and let the chipmunk go or should I let him play with it for a while?  The chipmunk looked like he wasn't hurt, he still had speed and agility.  I was torn, I felt bad for the chipmunk, but I also wanted Neo to enjoy his catch for awhile.  


So I let him play with it for a few minutes.  I took him off his leash and ran in to get the camera.  He let it go and chased after it again a few times and I got these two pictures you see here.  It was hard to get a good shot because he was moving so fast - usually Neo is a slow mover, but not today.  


He chased the chipmunk in the tall, wet grass for a few more minutes and I could see that the chipmunk was getting tired.  He still didn't appear to be hurt, just wet and tired.  So I picked up Neo and took him inside.  The chipmunk when to his home in the trees in my backyard.  


Neo came in and was very excited, meowing and pacing and I praised him for his hunting skills and he loved the attention.  He started to clean himself and then had a long nap.  Actually, he didn't get up for at least 6 hours.  He came in at around 2:00 PM and he didn't get up from his nap until around 8:30PM.  


Poor tired Neo - he had a big day.  I bet Neo had some good dreams.   


I wonder how long the chipmunk slept? 

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