Monday, October 15, 2018

Little Cats on the Prairie: TV Spoof Flashback Week





WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, nice bonnet.

KATIE:  Yeah, well look who's wearing braids and playing with dolls.

WAFFLES:  Uh, Boss? I have to go.

KATIE:  Go where? To the general store to buy more penny catnip?

WAFFLES:  NO, Boss. I have to GO-go.

KATIE:  What, didn't you go before we left 2018?

WAFFLES:  Bo-ossssss!

KATIE:  I hate to tell you Waffles, but it's 1874 and indoor litter boxes haven't been invented yet.




WAFFLES:  Uh, I think I'll just hold it.






TV Spoof Flashback Week!
From 2014-2015 we published a weekly feature called TV Trip Caturday, featuring some of Glogirly's favorite TV shows from the 70s and 80s. It gave her a chance to develop her Photoshop prowess and often, we included an adoptable kitty from PAWS Animal Welfare Society.



This week we're going to relive some of our favorite and most shared TV Trips. If you have any special rerun requests, please just leave them in the comments! Happy watching!



Friday, October 12, 2018

Colorado Cats and Snow Hooky

WAFFLES:  It's been snowing and all foggy and stuff this week, so we've been busy playing Snow Hooky.



WAFFLES:  So Boss, what's a snow hooky? Do I need ice skates to play? How 'bout a hooky puck?


KATIE:  Please make him stop. I thought we were all supposed to be napping by the fire. Quietly napping. 


Our first mountain snow of the season!
Though only a few inches of snow fell, we've been fogged in since last week. Ergo, a great time to play snow hooky. Truth be told, Glogirly has been using this time to catch up on house projects and cleaning. Ok, there may have been a nap or two inserted into the schedule. And a little Netflixing.


Here's a video of Glogirly's trip back from the mailbox. (!)


A couple of days ago, our neighbors stopped by for a snack.

And as the fog lifted this morning, we woke up to an incredibly beautiful sunrise.


Mr. Sun should be making an appearance soon though, so by the time you're reading this on Friday, all of our snow will likely be gone! That's just one of the things that makes Colorado so magical this time of the year. We can have snow one day, and toasty sun the next. We can wake up above the clouds with the sunrise coloring the sky pink.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hula Cats

WAFFLES:  Are you ready for Netflixing, Boss? Or Hula? Wanna hula with me?


KATIE:  HULU, Waffles. We watch our shows on Hulu. Hula is a dance. 


WAFFLES:  Cool! So do you want to dance? I'm a really good dancer. The ladies say I've got all the moves.


KATIE:  Yeah, I'm all too familiar with those moves, Waffles. 

WAFFLES:  Which one's your favorite, Boss?

KATIE:  I'd like to say my first pick is the one where you move to the other side of Colorado. But I'll settle for the one where you just move to the other side of the room. 


WAFFLES:  

It's not often Waffles is speechless. In this case, his eyes say it all!



Pssst...Giveaway!
Don't miss our current giveaway! We're sharing tips on how to deal with displacement aggression after a visit to the vet and giving away a FELIWAY® MultiCat Diffuser. Enter HERE.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Fogged In Felines

WAFFLES:  Hey, BOSSSSS! 


KATIE:  Busy, Waffles. 


WAFFLES:  Can you see anything out the window yet? 

KATIE:  It's still foggy.

WAFFLES:  Froggy? Really? How many do you see?

KATIE:  Foggy. Not froggy. If you're so curious, Waffles, why don't you get up and look out the window yourself?


WAFFLES:  But you're already up there. And I'm WAY down here. 


KATIE:  Nope. Can't see a thing.


WAFFLES:  Are your eyes even OPEN, Boss?


KATIE:  *sigh* They are now. So if I tell I see frogs, will you leave me alone? 


WAFFLES:  That depends. How many frogs? 


A SUPER Foggy Weekend
Winter has started to tease us here in the mountains. We actually got a few snow flurries. At least we think we did. It was so foggy, we could barely see a thing out the windows the entire weekend.

So we hunkered down, turned on the heat, and made some yummy food. There may have been one or two naps involved as well. Ok, three.

Although we couldn't see the mountains in the distance, there's something magical about the fog. Even when the air is completely still and not a leaf or branch is moving, the fog moves through making the wind chimes just barely tinkle.

WAFFLES:  Tinkle???

No, not that kind of tinkle.


Spring, summer, fall, winter...we love them all. Every day is a beautiful gift.


Giveaway!
Don't miss our current giveaway! We're sharing tips on how to deal with displacement aggression after a visit to the vet and giving away a FELIWAY® MultiCat Diffuser. Enter HERE.


Friday, October 5, 2018

When Being a Brat is Normal: 6 Tips for Dealing with Displacement Aggression after a Vet Visit - Plus a FELIWAY® Giveaway

WAFFLES:  Whoa, whoa, whoa...is that you, Boss? 

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KATIE:  What do you mean, Waffles? Of COURSE it's me. 

WAFFLES:  You smell funny. Not ha-ha funny. More like...I-don't-even-know-who-you-are funny. 

KATIE:  Seriously, Waffles. I spend one afternoon at the vet and it's like you've lost your head. Not to mention your sense of smell.


Our Experience with Displacement Aggression
Years ago, after Waffles was past kittenhood, we noticed that every time either he or Katie would go to the vet, there'd be a period of time after we got home that Waffles would exhibit some very out of character behavior. 

Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky (a.k.a Waffles), who'd ordinarily follow Katie around like she was his best friend, was all of a sudden stalking her, staring at her, hissing, and even blocking her when she'd try to walk away. This would often last for a few hours and sometimes even into the next day. Katie's behavior towards Waffles never changed, though we're sure it was stressful to her with Waffles acting out in this way.

Our vet explained to us that this displacement aggression is quite common, even among cats who ordinarily get along great. 

It wasn't until earlier this year, when Katie had some extensive dental surgery, that we realized how intense and long-lasting this behavior can be. Katie had three of her canines and one incisor extracted. This required general anesthetic and a day-long stay at the vet. Katie did great by the way, and has been doing great with her lone fang. But the aftermath of her surgery, when she came back home, was extremely difficult for Waffles. 

Katie came home smelling nothing like herself. She was on pain medication and antibiotics for about a week, which can affect how she smells to Waffles. But the biggest contributing factor to the way in which Waffles was acting out towards Katie was the fact that Katie wasn't able to groom herself for nearly 10 days. Her mouth probably felt very different to her, especially losing 3 very large teeth right up front in her tiny mouth. Even Glogirly could tell that Katie didn't smell anything like she usually does. And with a cat's sense of smell roughly 14 times more sensitive than a human's, it's no wonder Waffles was dramatically affected. 

Poor Waffles was confused, scared, and probably wondering what happened to his friend. Katie was recovering from a painful surgery that left her with a mouth that felt completely different, getting used to eating, eventually grooming, and having Waffles all of a sudden hissing and growling at her. 

So Glogirly pulled out every trick in her book to get everyone through what was an incredibly long week. 

With so many of our friends and readers going through similar veterinary procedures with their own kitties, we hope our experience and how we dealt with it will help. 


Dealing with Displacement Aggression: 
6 Tips to Restoring Peace & Harmony
We figure if Waffles and Katie struggle with the aftermath of vet visits, your kitties just might be experiencing the same. So we thought it might be helpful to share some of the things we do to restore peace and harmony in our house.


1. The Ride-Along
Whenever Katie or Waffles has an appointment at the vet, they both go. This way, both come home smelling like the vet clinic. Even if Waffles never gets out of the carrier.  It's not a 100% perfect solution, but it can lessen the animosity once everyone is home.  


2. The Quarantine
Depending on the degree of aggression we observe once we return home from the vet, sometimes a little quarantine is in order. We've never experienced anything verging on physical harm, but it's very stressful for both cats. So a time-out can be very beneficial. Our home office is a perfect place for this. We keep one of the litter boxes in there, a scratching post, and some toys. We'll make sure to bring food, water, and a familiar smelling blanket in the room too. There is some comfy furniture for napping on, windows with a view, and often some nice sun puddles.

For regular vet visits, the quarantine may only last a couple of hours. But back in January, when Katie had some extensive dental surgery, she came home smelling nothing like herself. And because her mouth was recovering, she wasn't able to properly groom herself for a little over a week. Waffles had a very hard time with that. Subsequently, it was necessary to keep them separated for a few days. With such a lengthy quarantine, Glogirly had to split her time between Waffles and Katie so no one felt abandoned. 

3. Room Swapping
When it's necessary to separate cats for an extended period of time, like a day or two, a controlled room swap can be very helpful. After Katie's dental surgery, Waffles spent a few days in our office, separated from Katie. Once it looked like Katie was feeling up to it, Glogirly put Katie in the office for a couple of hours while Waffles could explore where Katie had been spending her time to help him become acquainted with her smell again. Once Waffles was done investigating, Glogirly swapped them back. 


4.  FELIWAY® MultiCat Diffuser
If you're a regular reader of our blog, you probably know we use a number of FELIWAY® products in our home. When it comes to displacement aggression or even just stress or tension between Waffles and Katie, we've found the FELIWAY® MultiCat Diffuser to be extremely helpful. 

It's important to understand the difference between the FELIWAY® CLASSIC Diffuser and MultiCat Diffuser, especially when dealing with displacement aggression. 

The FELIWAY® CLASSIC Diffuser provides a sense of comfort and security by creating "happy messages." The kind of comfort and security a cat feels when they rub their face against furniture, people, and even other cats. It can also give cats a sense of security when new visitors come to the house or when strange noises can be heard. 

The FELIWAY® MultiCat Diffuser helps to reduce conflict between cats living together by creating "harmony messages." It may help decrease fighting, chasing, blocking, and even staring, which for us is the perfect storm of displacement aggression behaviors. 


5. Yes, Socks!
This is a simple and effective trick that's worked wonders for us. After vet visits, Glogirly rubs Waffles' head and mouth area with one of her unwashed socks, then rubs that scent onto Katie... and vice versa. It's all about Waffles and Katie getting comfortable with each other's scents again. Glogirly's scent is familiar and calming to them as well.

6. Patience
The hardest part. Every cat and every situation is different. When it comes to displacement aggression, it may just take an hour or two, a day or two, or even a whole week. Slow and steady wins the race. 


Enter to Win!
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Though prizes can only ship to US addresses, we're opening the giveaway up to our readers worldwide so that if anyone outside the US wins, they can gift their prize to a friend or shelter here in the US.

Good luck, everyone...and thanks for entering!


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Party Time at the Vet Today


WAFFLES:  Where are you going, Boss?

KATIE:  Where do you think, Waffles?

WAFFLES:  You're not going to come home all smelly again are you?

KATIE:  Not if I can help it.

WAFFLES:  Good, because the last time you went to the you-know-where, you came home smelling like you-know-what. 

KATIE:  Well buckle up, Waffles, because you're coming too.



WAFFLES:  Wait. What??

KATIE:  You should know the drill by now, Waffles. Whenever I go, you go. So you don't get all hissy afterward. 



WAFFLES:  I better not have to play the Where's the Thermometer game!  


KATIE:  Heated seats, classical music. Nice try, Glogirly, but I'm not buying it.


KATIE:  Perhaps I can create a diversion and locate an escape route. Or just hide. 


KATIE:  Senior wellness visit? SENIOR blood test? SENIOR?????  That is no way to talk to a ladycat.


Katie's Six Month Senior Wellness Visit
Katie is going to the vet today for her senior wellness visit. Despite the health concerns that Katie has, like her IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Glogirly is very confident that everything will check out just fine for her tuxedo girl. 

We manage Katie's IBD with a biologically appropriate raw diet. Lately Katie is favoring chicken over her usual turkey. And whenever she has an IBD flare-up, Glogirly has everything she needs to give her a low dose, fast acting steroid injection right here at home. 

About a year ago when Katie started her new diet, she was having flare-ups about once a week. (For Katie, a flare-up means throwing up a meal. Usually, breakfast) Now, she's gone as long as 2-3 months without any symptoms. Our vet was thrilled the last time we saw her and we're hoping she's thrilled again! 

Regular wellness visits are incredibly important for cats, in particular, senior cats over the age of 10-12 years. Cats are masters of disguise and do a great job of hiding symptoms of what may ail them. So despite the fact that Katie isn't going to be super happy about visiting the vet and having some blood work done, it's a very important part of keeping her healthy. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Waffles' Magic Pumpkin Flashback

WAFFLES:  Boss! The Great Pumpkin... he's really REAL!

KATIE:  It's a plastic pumpkin, Waffles. Hardly great.


WAFFLES:  He's HUGE, Boss. 


WAFFLES:  And magical.


KATIE:  Well if he can make you disappear, he must have some kind of magic powers.


KATIE:  Waffles? 


KATIE:  Waffles?! Where'd you go? Waffles???


KATIE:  Well who'd have ever thought that Halloween would be my new favorite holiday?



 About Today's Photos
Today's photos are a flashback to 2016 at the Townhouse when Glogirly came home with an ENORMOUS plastic pumpkin. It took Waffles all of 10 seconds to dive inside and hunker down FOR a nap. Katie has never been much a fan of enclosed spaces, especially enclosed spaces inside giant orange plastic pumpkins. But when Waffles looked like he'd never come out, she became pretty curious. We're certain she had no plans on joining him, but more likely was peering over the edge hoping for a little of that Great Pumpkin disappearing magic. 

When Glogirly brought the treats out, it turned into a big free-for-all. 

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss!  I got a catnip Greenie! What'd you get? Did you get something good?

KATIE:  Freeze dried chicken. 

WAFFLES:  We should totally trade.

KATIE:  In your dreams, Waffles. That's like trading a Reeses for a measly circus peanut. 


Happy October, everybody... 
Time to get those pumpkins out!


Friday, September 28, 2018

Katie Cat Through the Years: A Retrospective

Hi everyone, Katie here.


In case you were starting to think the world revolves around Waffles, today I'm here to set the record straight.

Now please, everyone...remain calm and proceed in an orderly fashion through the gallery. Inside voices. We don't want anyone squeeing all over themselves or any cuteness-related injuries. To be safe, there are EMT's standing by.

Stay as long as like. We'll be here all day.




Dateline: September 10, 2005. 
My first night in the Townhouse. 
I'm only 13 weeks old and a mere 3 pounds. 

Gloman secretly adopted me and brought me home to my girl. I was her anniversary present. 
She said I was better than chocolate, better than flowers and better than the biggest diamond on earth.


Me and my girl. Together forever.
This was taken the day after Gloman brought me home to my forever girl and forever home.
This was also the original photo that became our very first blog header back in June of 2009. 


This bedtime story's making me sleepy.



Study this carefully. This pose will get you WHATEVER you want.


Because a girl's favorite toy should match her eyes.  

KATIE TRIVIA: Katie's eyes were a brilliant gold when she was a kitten, but they've changed over the years to a greenish gold and eventually to a lovely marbled sage green.



A lady always knows how to work the camera. 



Halloween or not, I still have a problem with Glogirly's ears. 



Sometimes I just like to think. 



Sometimes I have to stand guard.



Somtimes I have a LOT to say.




My eyes see more than you'll ever know.



Me and my girl. Together forever.



Katie today. 13 years young and as beautiful as ever.
💕



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