wendell: December 2008 Archives

With the end of the year quickly approaching, I thought I would highlight some of the most popular posts for the year. While you're reading and looking at some of these posts, sit back and play the Al Stewart, Year of the Cat video. Between the bad hair and gnarly clothing, I'm not sure what's more funny about this video. The dude is wearing a leather jacket with pink flowers on it, trust me, it's worth a look! LOL! The challenge is to get through this video without cracking up!



This will be a multi-part post so stick around and check out some of the highlights from 2008:

  • Paris Hilton thought it would be a great idea to abandon this cat.
  • The year's most popular talking cats
  • Can you ever get enough of Simon's cat?
  • Woman gets hugged by a 400 lb African Lion!
  • 12 cats that will be extinct by 2020
  • An engineer's guide to cats..(video)
  • Yes friends, a cat that scuba dives! (video)
  • Bowmanville Zoo is the worst zoo in North America
  • Owning a cat cuts your risk of heart disease by 30%!
  • Who could forget about Christian the Lion? What an amazing story
  • Neo just pooped out a balloon..pretty self-explanatory
  • Cat saves 97 year woman from fire


  • Be safe and have a great new years eve! Thanks for reading our blog. Tune in tomorrow for more 2008 highlights.

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    maddy_eat_parrot.jpgWhat make cats so amazing is their diversity in my opinion. Watching this video, I couldn't help wondering what my cat would do in the same situation. My best guess is the parrot would have been lunch as soon as he laid a claw on my cat Maddy. It's interesting to me that this cat doesn't mind the parrot playfully pushing his claw in his face.

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    Through the power of YouTube, we can actually view a confused dominant rabbit that clearly has an issue with understanding what an appropriate mate should look like. This video didn't go the way that I expected it to! LOL!

    After about 20 seconds of trying, the bunny finally understands that something isn't right about the cat. Go figure...

    Why do the most amazing cat stories come from Australia and New Zealand? Another great story from Australia about a cat that fell 34 stories and survived. This isn't the first time a cat has survived such a high fall but it's always amazing to read about. Check it out...

    Cat Falls 24 Storeys And Survives: "A CAT fell 34 floors from a penthouse and survived to see out the rest of his eight lives, its owner says."

    (Via digg.)

    cat_catheter.jpgIn what will be a two part post, I intend on giving some advice to those that have endured serious issues with their veterinary. In light of what happened to Melanie the other day, I thought it would be interesting to review what her options are.

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    For those of you who might have missed what happened the other day. Here are the highlights:

  • Melanie noticed that her cat Neo was urinating outside of his litter box.
  • Concerned that there may be an issue, she was forced to bring her cat Neo to a new vet due to the fact her old vet (the vet that I use) had moved his offices far away from her home.
  • While at the new vet's office, (Dr. John Mollard of the Richmond Hill Veterinary Clinic) the doctor inserted a catheter in Neo's private parts without using an anesthetic. Not only did he not use an anesthetic but according to Melanie's account, he was quite proud of the fact that he could perform the torturous procedure without the anesthetic.
  • So to be clear. This is initial blog post that I intend on following up with after I get some returned phone calls from the appropriate authorities.

    On a side note, according to the a pet owner's survey taken in 2004 by the American Animal Hospital, respondents were asked "Who listens to you best?" an astounding 45% of individuals said that their pets listened to them more compared to 30% that said their spouse listens to them more. I bring this point up because I think this demonstrates the importance a lot of people place with their pets. Pets are a member of our family and no one wants to see a family member tortured.

    Getting back to my point now. According to my brief research, there are a few options in Ontario with regards to reporting an abusive veterinary, these options are probably (but not necessarily) similar to most states and other countries but you'll have to research that for yourself. What I can tell you is that the best place to start would be with the governing veterinary medical association in your region. In Ontario, the governing body for veterinaries is the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. Filing a formal complaint with the president or executive director within your local veterinary medical association is a very good way to start the process of reporting a specific incident.

    If you intend on going down this path, I would advise you to make accurate notes of the incident shortly after it happened. We all know what happens to memory with time. Secondly, I would save a copy of the receipt that you used to pay for the treatment. The receipt is important because it should show the procedures performed on your pet.

    Without being a doctor, what I can tell you is that the lack of anesthesia being used in certain circumstances is a hot button within the veterinary community. I found no shortage of examples of vets in the United States and in Canada that had their veterinary licenses revoked for performing procedures that did not allow the anesthesia to take full effect or for not using enough anesthesia. The fact that Dr. John Mollard freely admits to not using anesthesia for what is clearly a painful procedure is very concerning. Again, I'm not a doctor and I'm not a lawyer but this situation presented itself to me and I intend on finding out more information about what you can do to protect yourself from a bad vet.

    It's very interesting to note that (according to my research) there are a lot of bad veterinaries that avoid using anesthesia or don't fully understand the time required for the drug to take effect. As I've advised before, take the time to get to know your vet and ask questions particularly for any invasive procedure. The best vets will take the time to explain procedures to you, the worse ones (like Dr. John Mollard) tend to be more reticent of what exactly they're going to be doing to your pet.

    Within the next day or two, I'll be speaking to a board member within the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and I'll report my findings to you.

    As promised here is the second part of our cat and dog series. As you can see, cats and dogs do get get along well at times...

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    I'm featuring this video in my mini cat-dog relationship video series this weekend. Tune in tomorrow for a totally different type of cat dog video. Cats and dogs don't always get along as featured in this video...

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    Just in time for the Christmas season. This video is one the most popular cat videos online today. Now if they could get these cats to sing Jingle Bell Rock, that would be really impressive..

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    I saw this online today and I thought this would be a great idea for my cat. At seven years old, my cat Maddy is just as active as the day I got her. Check out the video and let me know if your cat likes the toy too...

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    It's no secret that cats love treadmills. If you're looking for an idea to help keep your cat in shape, this video should give you some inspiration...

    This cute video is one of the most popular videos being viewed today online. Who says cat's can't play dead?!

    The video below is one of the top cat videos online today. It features a cat that is trying to jump to a cluttered desk only to realize that the paper that she was aiming for wasn't supported by anything; the cat ends up falling to the ground violently. Apparently the cat is fine and it's kind of funny to look at but it brings up an important point to consider if you're a cat owner. Making your home safe for your cat will go a long way to preventing any serious injuries.

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    Here are a couple of tips:

  • Don't leave papers hanging over the edges of tables. Watch the video and you'll get my point.
  • It's Christmas time and and that traditionally means people get poinsettias for their homes. Poinsettias are pure poison to cats. Don't bring them into your home if you're a cat owner.
  • Don't leave chocolate lying around. Chocolate has an chemical within it that will kill your cat.
  • If you have any balconies that overlook another floor, be careful not to leave any decorations that your cat is inclined to play with. Cats typically get injured by shorter falls as apposed to longer falls. Shorter falls (two floors or less) don't always give your cat enough time to have all paws pointing to the ground.
  • Get a knife holder for the kitchen, an unsuspecting cat may get hurt by jumping on to a counter top or by simply marking the knife accidentally. This is rare but it happens.
  • During the holidays, watch your electrical cords. If you see that your cat is gnawing at the cords, you might want to consider taking the decoration down or moving it. Cats have been known to electrocute themselves on christmas light decorations.
  • Curtain cords are extremely dangerous to a cat's health. Cats will play will play with them and there is the possibility that your cat could strangle itself. It happens so be careful.
  • If you have any other tips that might be helpful. List them below, we'd love to hear from you.

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