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  • Let it Ride.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Saturday March 21st, 2015 at 06:11 PM

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    Im not even sure when it started. In some ways it seems as though its been going on forever, a never-ending cycle of bad to worse. I dont even know what triggered it in the first place. Was it a visit to the Vet? Was it stress-related?

    All I know is that close to every one of my cats and my foster cats are sick with a viral upper respiratory tract infection and there isnt much I can do about it.

    2015 Robin AF Olson. DOOD sleeping it off, feeling lousy and stuffed up.

    It began over a month...

  • Petunia Inside-Out

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Thursday March 19th, 2015 at 03:12 PM

    (continued from Part 1 and 2)

    I wondered if I was seeing Petunia for the last time when I dropped her off early yesterday morning at Dr. Larrys office. It had been barely a week since Id found out she had a bladder full of stones, causing her incredible pain that resulted in a flood of inappropriate urination all over my house.

    Petunia was quiet in the car as I drove along the river, choosing to take the slow route to the Vet. The brilliant sunshine of early morning began to warm us through the...

  • Suffering for Years. The Shocking Truth about Petunia. Part 2

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Tuesday March 17th, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Part 2 of 2. Read part 1 HERE.

    An hour later Dr Larry came into the waiting room to escort me into the back to look at the x-rays. Before he could even point them out, I saw them. Petunia has a mass of stones inside her. One looked fairly large. While we could try a diet change to acidify her urine and dissolve the stones, the most humane thing to do is to surgically remove them as soon as possible. The diet change would take months and it might not work depending on what kind of stones she...

  • Suffering for Years. The Shocking Truth about Petunia.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday March 16th, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Part 1 of 2

    Four years ago I wrote about my cat Petunia. It was a guilt-ridden confession about how Id missed the signals that she wasnt just a high-strung, territory-aggressive cat who urinated all over my house. Something else was causing her issues. I foolishly thought I discovered the root cause of her behavioral problems so I stopped looking for a health issue as the trigger. Up until that point Id never given Petunia a fair shake because she drove me crazy, ruining everything in her...

  • A Far Better Than Good Dog

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday March 9th, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    She was short and muscular with bowed legs and a wiggle-waddle rhythm to her walk. She had long hair kept carefully groomed so it wouldnt fall across her googly-shaped eyes. Every time someone saw her for the first time theyd remark: Did you know she has one blue eye and one brown? In fact yes, we DID know that and we even noticed that the brown eye was a bit bigger than the pale blue one. Some times I wondered if her vision was a bit different in each eye, though if she had any vision issues...

  • Vertical Catification Solution: The Original Cat's Trapeze

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Friday March 6th, 2015 at 06:47 AM

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    The Cats Trapeze offers kittens and active cats the perfect place to play and rest. The unique suspended design is attractive to active cats, challenging them to climb and play while drawing their attention away from curtains and furniture. The large soft cushions also provide a cozy place for a catnap.

    The Cats Trapeze is made of sturdy cotton fabric and comes without the inner pillows. The trapeze can be stuffed with throw pillows, or for a more eco-friendly approach, use old towels,...

  • How Facebook is Killing the Little Guy

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    There are so many stories to tell, but the will to tell them has diminished over the past few months. Ive been writing this blog for nine years. Doing so has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I never expected that writing, in the hopes a publisher would magically find me, would turn into a labor of love that spawned the creation of a non-profit cat rescue called Kitten Associates . Though the publisher never found me, my rescue has helped over 350 cats since KA opened in...

  • Squee-Overload. Felted Kitty Artistry from Japan.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Friday January 30th, 2015 at 12:39 PM

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    I honestly think the Japanese have a handle on all things cute, especially cats, that always takes my breath away. I just discovered Watakushi Campanella, a amazingly talented felting artist from Japan who grabbed a lot of attention recently over a felted cat headband she created. It was meant to be "for fun" for her and was not something she intended to be for sale which seems to be whipping up frustration around the net with cat-lovers trying to find out how they can get one like it.

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