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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Cat stuff

Ever noticed that most blogs are 43% useful stuff, 51% regurgitated rubbish that you've already read in a spam email, and 16% nonsensical statistics that were made up on the spot?

Yes its regurgitated rubbish time! This is something to keep visitors amused, entertained or at least occupied until I can write something more useful (like finish that damn draft of the Dlg Tutorial part 7. Its about getting NPCs to butt in and initiate dialogue in various situations).

Today's blog is about cats, in honour of my gorgeous e-pal Sheila, who has a new kitten (well, not so new now ;-)). Enjoy!

If you can feel your cat's ribs with your fingers and see his waistline, he's probably healthy. If not, help your kitty drop some weight:

Get him to play. Invest in some interactive toys such as a fishing-pole line for him to chase.

Watch portions. Keep her food out of reach when you're not home. Cats should be fed mornings and evenings -- don't let them graze all day.

Make him move. Encourage your cat to climb by putting a table in front of a window that looks out to a bird feeder or some alluring sight.

Be patient. Have your vet weigh the kitty every few weeks at the start of the weight-loss program. Cats can safely lose up to 1% of their initial body weight per week.

A list of cat myths

1. Cats should have a litter before they are spayed.
This is not true. Cats that have a litter before they are spayed are not better for it in any way. In fact, spayed cats are healthier and have eliminated the risk for life-threatening uterine infections.

2. Street cats are always healthier than purebred cats.
This is not true. Both purebred and "street" cats can be unhealthy. Both can have diseases, however, many mixed breed "domestic" cats do not have many of the genetic diseases common in purebred lines.

3. All cats prefer canned food.
Some cats do but some cats will only eat dry food.

4. Cats cannot be trained.
This is not true. Cats are very smart and can be trained to do tricks.

5. Cats like tasty food.
Cats have poor taste buds and eat primarily based on their sense of smell.

6. Cats will let you know when they are sick.
This is not true. Cats generally are very good at hiding that they are sick by survival instinct, thus not to appear vulnerable to "prey". Often by the time they show you that they are sick, their disease or condition is quite advanced.

7. Cats don't need heartworm prevention.
This is not true. Cats can get heartworm disease, even indoor cats. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes, which can come inside.

8. Cats don't need litter box trained - they naturally know where to go.
There is a natural instinct for many cats; however, not all cats understand the litter box concept.

9. Cats are happier and healthier when they are outdoors.
This is not necessarily true. Many cats are happy being outside at certain times, especially when the weather is good. However, during bad weather, they would prefer to be inside. Nevertheless, outdoor cats are definitely not healthier than those that remain indoors. The average lifespan of strictly outdoor cats is estimated to be approximately 1 year of age; indoor-outdoor cats about 3-6 years and indoor only cats have an average lifespan closer to 13-15 years.


1. "If life hands you a lemon, then tie it on a string and make a play-toy."

2. "There's more than one way to skin a dog."

3. "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and I'll personally move into his garage."

4. "When the going gets tough, the tough find a sunny spot by the window."

5. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice and I'll scratch your face off."

6. Better to have napped and been disturbed, then never to have napped at all."

7. "Never drag home any dead thing that is larger than your head."

8. "Today is the first day of the rest of your lives."

9. "As you travel along life's long & lonesome highway, don't forget to stop and eat the roses."

10. "To err is human."


At 11:39 pm, Blogger mistyeiz said...

YOU wrote abt cats...WOW! :P amazing...


At 1:24 am, Anonymous just a bum said...

dawgz rule ova catz 4 sho!

but i gotta say sumthin bout catz 2, cuz this stuff u wrote aint xactly rite homie. u gotta check ur sourcez n kick their asses 4 telleing u these misinformatian!

now u say thees 9 mythoz.

numbah 1 is bullshiet. spayeing is a criem. if u do it 4 human without his agree it would b a criem, so y its different 4 catz n dawgz?

numbah 2 is bout rite, cuz street catz can haev all thees pest dezeasez, but teh point is that home catz do not haev ther natural imunaty very high f they r domestacated ova many generatians. so taht maeks em more vulnerabel when they go outside.

numbah 3 is bullshiat in both case, cuz catz eat everything. iv neva seen teh cat who would die from starvatian becuz ther isnt dry food 4 her 2 eat. if they hungry they eat wut they find. so everything goez.

numbah 4. training catz is bad cuz catz do not liek being pushed around. they r very proud animals. n they dont live in packs liek dawgs so "obey teh leader" stuff aint goin thru them very well. they just betta feel aloen on ther own.

numbah 5. yea that mabbe tru.

numbah 6. yea that also mabbe tru.

numbah 7. ugh dunno homie. mabbe its tru. cuz u kno, shit can happen to any1.

numbah 8. uh its kinda tru but they said it in a wrong way. its cuz catz should b showed wher teh toilet is, liek all humans when ther in a new place. so tahts y sometime they can not kno 4 sho wher 2 poop.

numbah 9 is bullshiat. specailly teh part bout ther lifespan. indoor cat may life longer than outdoor catz just cuz outdoors is more dangeras world. they can becum roadkill way to often n also dawgz can hunt them down n evil kids also hunt them n also sum accidents also can happen so tahts why it could b shorter. but teh poitn is taht they R happier n healtheir when spending more tiem outdoors but also haev home to cum back to. its nonsens 2 say that they r happier indoors only. lief is no fun if it meens sitting near teh fireplace 24/7 and growing fat.

At 10:25 am, Blogger ShiningTed said...

See this is what a blog should be for, different opinions and correcting stuff :-)

At 6:11 am, Anonymous just a bum said...

4 sho homie

At 2:24 pm, Blogger mistyeiz said...

oo...u forgot to mention that their poop stinks way more than that of little pups...heh. :P lol

At 9:47 pm, Blogger ShiningTed said...

Yes dear, and those pups taste so much better in the hot-pot ;-)

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