Don’t Pick Your Pet’s Poison

Easter brings lots of cooking and candy.  It can also bring danger to our household pets.  Too few people know that Easter Lilies are highly poisonous to cats.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website contains an excellent list of almost 400 plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, such as aloe vera and many kinds of ivy.  … [Read more...]

The Best Cure for a Bad Day

Happy New Year!!!  Are you still sore that I didn't get you a Christmas present?  If so, I'll try to make up by sharing my secret for curing those bad days we all have from time to time.  Even chocolate comes in second to this cure.  It's free and it works whether your awful mood is caused by anger, loneliness, frustration or sadness. When I am having one of those "Mama-said-there-would-be-days-like-this" , I head to the Animal Humane Society (AHS) in Golden Valley.   Once there, I pet cats of all colors and sizes until the blues are gone.  I often visit the dogs too, and the rabbits, and … [Read more...]

Pearl and Saber Learn How to Gift-Wrap a Cat

Pearl and Saber are earning their Masters of Catness degrees through home-schooling. They decided to earn extra credits during the Christmas break in the hopes of graduating early. Saber enrolled them in a "Holiday Wrapping" course because he thought it was about hip-hop caroling.  They found out too late that it wasn't that kind of rapping. … [Read more...]

The Cat’s Guide to Preventing a House Sale

Listen up, fellow felines!  Your peeps are trying to sell your home out from underneath you.  And they haven't even asked permission, have they?   Everyone knows that we cats hate, hate, hate change.  Not like those silly dogs, so eager to explore new places.  We like things just the way they are.   If you have never had the trauma of being forcibly moved, let me tell you it's a nightmare.  The locations of your  food bowl and litter box - totally changed!  You have to fend off who knows what to claim the new place as your territory.  You must cultivate new napping spots.   You will have … [Read more...]

How to X-ray an HOA #8 – Home Businesses, Leases, Parking and Pets

Home-based businesses.  Most associations allow them, but restrict signage and require that the business not cause extra traffic in the neighborhood.   The Governing Documents in older associations may flatly prohibit home businesses and you may be told, “Don’t worry about that, we have never enforced it.”  That may be true, but if you proceed with a purchase under these circumstances, you risk that this attitude may change someday. Leases.  Do you want the flexibility to lease your place?  Many smaller associations prohibit leasing entirely but most other communities allow it.  As always, … [Read more...]

“Desperate Housecats” TV Show Rejected

Like all cats, Pearl and Saber believe the world revolves around them and that there is nothing humans find more fascinating than cat-watching.  Recently, they hit upon the idea of starring in a new reality TV series called “Desperate Housecats.”  They contacted every major TV producer and network executive, pitching this new show.  To their utter shock and disappointment, everyone rejected the idea.  Top 5 Reasons Why "Desperate Housecats" TV Series Rejected Pearl and Saber are not allowed to go outside.  Nor are other animals allowed inside.  This severely restricts the cast and … [Read more...]

Cat Dogma

Pearl and Saber have lived with their new humans in Minnetonka, MN for almost three months now.  They worked hard on putting the house in order, but much remains to be done.  Humans can be very stubborn about accepting new routines, so constant supervision has been necessary.  To assist other cats with their human training, Pearl and Saber share some household philosophies below.    It is mandatory to use the litterbox immediately after a human scoops it clean, even if kitty just "performed."  This act serves as a gentle reminder to humans that their work is never done. The recommended … [Read more...]

Pearl and Saber’s Story

Pearl and Saber are siblings born July, 2009  in Cannon Falls, MN.  No one knows their mother's fate, but the two-week-old kittens were found in a hollow tree stump, frightened and hungry.  Nor do we know anything about the other half of the gene pool, but it’s rumored that the father was a one-night-stand kind of guy.  Jackie, the kind soul who discovered these babies, rushed them to the local veterinary clinic.  Vet assistants Laura, Caroline and Dannette saved Pearl and Saber’s lives by providing 24/7 care, all on their own dime.   The kittens thrived and lived with Laura and hubby … [Read more...]

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