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Kitty!"

I took Marvin, my kitty, to the vet for his shots a month or so back. We got talking about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, the cat equivalent of HIV. It can be transmitted between cats who are outdoors a lot and who fight with other cats...

Marvin fights all the time. He's missing part of one of his ears. At my old flat, there was a large white cat he had constant battles with. At our new place, he quickly carved out a territory, although there is a pesky grey cat who seems a bit quicker than he is. And occasionally steals his dinner.

So the vet suggested I get him tested. Long overdue, in retrospect. There is a vaccine that can be given, but it's useless if they're already positive.

Anyway, the test came up positive. I can't say I'm surprised.

FIV is less of a big deal than the human version. There's no reason he can't live out quite a long life (he's nine already). We just have to keep an eye on him and make sure any cuts or infections he gets are treated quickly. We also need to keep him indoors as much as possible, so he doesn't infect other cats. Which is going to be hard given what a determinedly outside cat he is. So in practise, we're going to keep him inside at night, when cats fight most.

Hopefully he should be OK. He has a mild cat cold at the moment, so we're having to feed him pills twice a day - which is interesting. He hates pills, hates being restrained and has big teeth and claws! So I've been sneaking it into his food, which seems to be working so far.
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Should I be concerned that the one face book status line of mine which has elicited the most comments in ages went:

Paul is wondering how to get cat spew off his couch!

At least four people have asked about it in Real Life!
maxcelcat: (Cat Go Blah Blah Blah)
maxcelcat: (Cat Go Blah Blah Blah)
When we got [livejournal.com profile] schnitzelrug, aka fir baby number one, I got chatting to my Mother about Cats. And indeed other pets.

We seemed to have had a lot of them over the years. Here's a partial list, almost in chronological order:
  1. [insert name here] - A possibly tortoiseshell-ish cat my parents had when I was born, who had a some kittens, including Daggle (it's also possible I'm confusing two cats for three here)
  2. Patch - a motley cat with a black patch over one eye
  3. Daggle - no idea how she came by that name, my sister and I were very young and probably made it up
  4. Whiteness - A white cat (who would have thought) which my sister and I also named
  5. [insert name] - a small light colored kitten who got very ill a few weeks after we got her and died, possibly from diphtheria. Sad!
  6. Panda - Panda was the first cat who was mine. Predictably, she was black and white. And utterly neurotic
  7. Crystal Tips - one of Panda's kittens
  8. [Panda's kitten two]
  9. [Panda's kitten three]
  10. [Panda's kitten four] - Panda's kittens all went to various homes, including at least one who went to live with my Aunt and Uncle
  11. String (or Shanti or at least one other name) - a cute grey striped cat my mother found in a box labeled "Free to good home" at her work. Moved to Tasmania with my mom and was adopted by a family there
  12. White and Grey stray - We found this kitten wandering around my family's beach house in Ocean Grove. We think it'd been abandoned by the tenants. She didn't get along with Panda and String, and ended up jumping over the back fence and getting herself adopted by the nice family there. As an adult we'd sometimes find her prowling around the front yard

Crikey, that's a lot of cats. Especially since I didn't own a cat between 1992 and 2006... And for the most part we never had more than two cats at a time... Now there are two kittens (one of whom is killing a peg) in my flat. No, I am not going to turn into one of those Cat People with the sixteen cats!!!!

Next, I will attempt to list dogs, chickens and lambs(!) my family also owned over the years. If I have to get started on fish, I'll cry.
maxcelcat: (Dancing Kitty)
That Einstien was a wacky guy:
"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."
- Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio


I posted this to [livejournal.com profile] cat_macros where it was promptly deleted for not containing a picture of a cat *pout pout*

Although several people supported the whole idea, it was like a verbal macro - an invisible cat!!!

Cats...

Dec. 18th, 2006 08:49 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] schnitzelrug found some very amusing cat pictures.....

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