wendell: September 2008 Archives

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sarah_palin_afraid_cats.jpgSome interesting facts are starting to be revealed about Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin:

  • She believes that dinasours roamed the earth 4000 years ago.
  • She lied about being in Iraq.
  • She lied about the percentage of energy her state provides to the country. She indicated that Alaska provides 20% of America's oil requirements even though the actual number is 3.5%.
  • She demanded that certain books be banned at the local library when she was town mayor.
  • She's forcing her 17 year old daughter to get married to some degenerate that impregnated her. Nice.
  • More importantly, she doesn't like cats!mccain_goofed_palin.jpg
  • I don't know about you but I wonder about a future leader that has issues with a small domestic animal. During a group interview, one of her friends mentioned, "She doesn't care for cats very much," and another chimed in, "Oh, yes, she's afraid of my cat." If she's afraid of cats, how is she going to be able to confront Putin in a time of crisis?

    What the hell was McCain thinking on this one?

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    cat_missing_nine_years.jpgWell if you're looking for a good reason to microchip your cats, here's the perfect example of why you should. A British couple have been reunited with their missing cat named Dixie after last seeing her nine years ago!

    A concerned citizen reported seeing a thin cat that had been in the area for a few months. It seems that the local RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) checked the cat's microchip and discovered that the cat belonged to a couple less than half a mile away.

    Read about this incredible story here.

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    bengal_cat.jpgIntroduction a new kitten into your home is always a big deal. In my opinion, it becomes a bigger deal if you're purchasing a pure bred kitten. Understand that I'm not saying that pure breeds are more important than mixed cats. However, if you're going to be spending the extra money required to purchase a purebred, you should make sure the breeder is trustworthy and that you're actually getting a pure bred.

    Good breeders truly care about the welfare of the kitten. The best ones almost interview you before you leave with their kitten. It's almost like it's more important that you are a good fit for the cat as opposed to the cat being a good fit for you. Isn't that the way it should be?

    The best breeders are meticulous about the breeding details of the breed and they will provide very good post natal care within a clean and safe environment.

    Here are some other issues that you should be on the look out for when considering breeders:

  • The best breeders consider their cat's a part of their family and make you prove that you are worthy of inheriting one of their cats.
  • They screen for hereditary diseases that typically effect the breed.
  • Belongs to one or more cat associations.
  • Will allow you to visit their facility at anytime.
  • Socializes with their kittens.
  • The best breeders have sociable personality traits and are open with regards to advantages and disadvantages to the breeds.
  • Will have the kitten spayed or neutered.
  • A good breeder will know all of the kitten's personalities.
  • Getting references from a breeder should never be an issue. Always follow up on references and contact the references yourself.
  • Accountable breeders will provide health clearances, pedigrees, title certificates, registration papers and any other paperwork required for the breed.


  • If you get a bad feeling about your breeder or if your breeder isn't forthcoming with certain details about the kitten; choose another breeder. In my opinion, the best breeders are completely transparent with regards to the details of the breed. Failure to provide any of the documents listed above usually means that something isn't right. Most reputable breeders provide a health guarantee and a complete refund policy.

    Whether you've had good or bad experiences with certain breeders, I would love to hear your story.

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    pet-porte-inuse.jpgFor those of you who have special cat flaps/doors that lead to outside, a new device has been created that might fix some of the nagging problems with traditional cat flaps. This is a great gadget for those that allow their cats outside.

    Gone are the days of waking up in the morning only to realize that a strange cat is in your house. Say goodbye to cats that enter your home only to spray or steal your cat's food.

    The Pet Porte is a new kind of cat flap that actually reads your cat's existing (assuming you have one) microchip. When your cat approaches the door, it automatically unlocks. Once you're cat is inside, the door locks preventing other cats from invading your home. Pretty kewl eh? If you don't have a microchip for your cat, this would be another good reason to get one.

    What's really neat about this cat flap is that it has a unique light sensor that knows when it's daylight or nightime. Let's say you prefer that your cat remains indoors at night; that's no problem for the Pet Porte. Simply set the cat flap to remain closed at night and open during the day and the mornings of getting up early to let your cat out are over! Yes! What every lazy outdoor cat owner needs!

    We'd love to get some reactions on this product, if you own one please comment on how useful it's been to you. You can learn more about the product here.

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    cat_scratching_furniture.jpgProbably the most frustrating part of cat ownership (especially when they are kittens) is their propensity to scratch your furniture, carpet, drapes or anything else they can get their little paws into. Cats have claws which in a sense gives them certain behavioral urges. In the wild, cats scratch tree trunks to sharpen their claws and it also serves as a warning to other cats when they transfer their scent. Your home isn't the wild right? So how can do we fix this behavior? Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Cats love a range of scratching products. Some have carpet, some are card board, burlap, wound twine and so on. If your cat doesn't stop scracthing your furniture, switch to something else.
  • The more expensive scratch posts have cat nip within them, this supposedly encourages your cat to scratch them over your nice sofa.
  • Some cats prefer to scratch horizontally and some prefer to scratch vertically. There's a lot of scratch post configurations that should fit your cat's preference. The key is for you to watch your cat and understand what way they prefer to scracth. My cat Maddy has two scracthing posts; one that she can scratch horizontally and one that she scratches vertically. The vertical one hangs from a door knob and is basically a carpet strip.
  • If your cat refuses to stop scratching your furniture, purchase more than one scratching post. Make sure that scratching posts you purchase vary in configuration. As I mentioned in the previous point, one should be designed for your cat to scratch horizontally and one should be designed to be scratched vertically. Given better choices, your cat will stay away from your furniture.


  • Be patient with your cat when it comes to scratching discipline. Don't yell and don't run up to them in a fury! You'll simply startle your cat and you probably won't fix the situation. Gently take your cat to the scratching post that you have purchased for him. Praise him (by petting or your happy voice) when he scratches his post. This teaches your cat he should be scratching the cat scratch post as opposed to your $2000 sofa. The key with cat discipline is rewarding them with positive reinforcement.

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    movable_type_sucks.jpgHi all. It's come to our attention that there have been some issues with our comment option for the blog. We're working hard to fix the issue and we're really sorry that we've missed some of your comments. The problem should be fixed by the end of the week. It seems that our blog platform (Movable Type) considers everyone's email address as spam with the exception of ours!!

    Thanks for letting us know about the problem.

    Wendell

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    maddy_first_night.jpgMy wife used to tell me how much I would love a cat. To be honest, I hated them. My experiences with cats at that point were pretty bad.

    What changed my mind was a cat named Joey. My friend Frank asked me to pet sit his cat and of course my wife jumped at the chance. I wasn't crazy about the idea but it was for a buddy so how could I say no? Sensing that I wasn't a cat person, Joey made every effort to convert me the first day she was with us. One day and many treats later, I had a new furry friend. I wanted one of my own.

    At the time, I didn't know what to look for in a kitten. I simply visited my local pet store and picked out what I thought would be the quietest cat out of the litter. My cat Maddy (pictured) is the complete opposite of quiet! I found that out twenty minutes after bringing her home.

    The kitten purchasing experience was a blur to me and had no idea of what I was doing. With that in mind, we get a lot of e-mails from subscribers and visitor asking, "what should I look for in a kitten?"

    Here's a check list of what you should be looking for when purchasing a kitten from a litter or a pet store:

  • Kittens learn a lot from their mothers, if the mother is calm and sociable, chances are her kittens will be too.
  • A kitten handled by gentle humans especially during the first days of his or her life will be more sociable and accepting of various social situations.
  • If the kitten appears to be playful and happy, that's a good sign.
  • Look at the kitten's ears and make sure that they are not inflammed, dirty-looking and are free of any odd discharges.
  • Make sure the kitten has pink gums and has musky yet healthy smelling breath.
  • Look for fleas as near the scalp of the kitten's coat
  • Make sure that the rectal area is clean and that there is no sign of diarrhea or tapeworms.
  • Kittens are generally not pot-bellied, if they are, this may signify worms.
  • Even at a young age, your kitten should exhibit very good coordination skills with his or her paws.
  • Compare the kitten to the other kittens in the litter; try and determine if the kitten looks excessively thin.
  • Look at the kitten's eyes and make sure they are clear and free from tearing.
  • Excessive sneezing, coughing or wheezing may indicate that there is an issue with the kitten.
  • Take your new kitten to a vet as soon as possible! This is very important.
  • Choosing a life long companion is a big deal, try and do it carefully. There's nothing worse than bonding with a kitten early only to find out there may be a serious health issue the kitten.

    Has this ever happened to you?

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