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Calli the Calico Cat

By April 21, 2017 animals, Cats, General, Treats for the Litter

My oldest cat, Calli, was about 3 weeks old when we found her.  It took almost 2 hours, a can of tuna, and a can of milk for me to catch her.  She had a big hole in her side when we caught her and I took her to the vet as soon as I could get her in.

Dooley, my long hair Chihuahua, took Calli under his wing and raised her basically.  Calli slept in his crate with him, and she learned to use the doggie dog, by going out at the same time as the big dog, under her belly.  So something that amazes most people is that I have a crate trained cat.  More amazing is that she knows that bed time is sometime between 7:30 and 8:3 pm most nights.  Calli actually comes and gets me to put her to bed.  LOL  I know!  Anyway, the one issue that we do have is that she doesn’t understand “the weekend”.

During the week, she wakes up sometime between 4:30 and 5:00am and occasionally, 3:45.  This is okay, because I can either go ahead and get up or lay back down for 30 minutes to an hour, depending.  However, on Saturday morning, Calli still wakes up at 4:30.  Sometimes if I give her the weekend talk, she will stay until 5:30 or maybe six, but most of the time it is 4:30 or earlier.  Its like she knows I don’t have to go anywhere.

I feed her at the time I let her out.  She gets wet food once a day.  If I do that, then sometimes she will leave me alone and I can sleep.  But if she is not in the mood, she walks on me, makes biscuits, or sits on the bed and meows.  I really think it just to see how long I will put up with her.

So if anyone has any ideas on how to “weekend train” a crazy crate trained cat, I would love the suggestions.

Have a great weekend!

Alpha Mom

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Adoption, Rescue or Purchase

By April 21, 2017 animals, General, Treats for the Litter

Weird title I know, but it is in regards to pets.  Do you go and adopt puppies or kittens from Petsmart, or Petco or Petland or where ever they have pet adoptions?  Do you look to see what kind of rescues are in the area and check  to see what pets they might have available? Or are you the type that goes straight to a breeder and picks out a puppy?  There really isn’t a right or wrong answer here, but I think you should consider all the possibilities when looking for  a new pet.  I support three or four different organizations that deal with animals.  ASPCA, Texas SPCA, Kindness Ranch and IWF.  I try to give them each something every month.  Even if only a couple of dollars from the donations goes to things for the animals, it is still better than nothing.

The boarding place that I use, has a man that runs a rescue.  We looked at the pictures every time I went up to see the dogs and cats while they were being boarded.  I raised beagles for over 7 years and loved every minute of it.  It was very hard to give up my first litter of pups, but I did.

One of my greatest wishes is to be able to open a  rescue.  I can’t where we currently live and of course I’m at the limit for the number of pets I can have.  Most of my dogs are the same age.  Two are 11 and 12 years old and the littlest is 8.  I know I will start losing them soon and it breaks my heart, but I will find new ones to open my heart to and I will start with rescues and shelters and then move to adoption places.  I’m not sure I will go to a breeder unless I go for something that is too rare to find at either of those places.  There are so many animals that need homes.  It breaks my heart every time I see one on the side of the road.  If you are going to just drop a dog or a cat out in the country, you are better off putting a bullet in it.  At least it won’t starve or get hit by a car or eaten by predators.

Here are some links to the rescues/organizations I support:

Have a great weekend!

Alpha Mom

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