Hey Raena, wha’cha’ doin’?
I’s checkin’ out this funny machine. Didn’t you hear it start up all by itself? It’s been doin’ that a lot lately. It starts makin’ these funny noises and then it suddenly spits out paper at ya’. Why do ya’ reckon it does that sissy?
Me’s not sure Raena, but it always does it after mommy says “The printer’s fixin’ to kick on girls.” Me thinks she means that strange machine, cuz after it spits out paper, she usually goes in there and gets it.
I’s wonder what that paper says, sissy? You know, mommy gets all beside herself when I’s try to stop it. Y, The other day, that silly machine popped open and scared me. It caught mine’s tail and wouldn’t let go.
As me recalls Raena, mommy had been tellin’ you to get down and leave it alone. Me may not unnerstand why mommy has the rules she does, but they usually purrtect us in some way. Ifin you had left it alone like mommy said to, me bets your tail wouldn’t have gotten caught.
But sissy, what fun would that be? Mommy has soooooo many rules. “Don’t get up there. Don’t touch that. Leave it alone, it’s mine.” Kittens!!! It’s like she doesn’t want us to have any fun…Ever!!!
Purrleeeeeease Raena (Dezi meows with sarcasm). We’ve got lots of toys to play with. Truth is, we don’t have that many rules. Mommy says the Don’ts are there to purrtect us and keep us safe. (Suddenly, there’s a loud noise outside and Dezi looks out the door from atop the cat tree while Raena looks out the door from her small perch. Dezi meows loudly as she takes off running towards the bedroom) Run fur your life…the lawn crew’s here!!!
Fur some reason, da food always tastes better outta sissy’s plate.
(Raena jumps down from her perch and looks around for a minute. As she saunters over to Dezi’s breakfast plate she meows) What’s all the x’citement fur sissy, they’re here every week? You’d think you’d be used to it by now. Oh well, more noms fur me. MOL (Raena meows loudly towards the bedroom) Hey sissy, why don’t we ask mommy fur some treats. We still have a bag left.
(Dezi lays at the bedroom door and meows) Yeah, sure Raena. Treats sound great. You go ahead and ask, and me will be waitin’.
Why am I’s the only one that ever has to ask fur treats sissy?
Why would me go to all that trouble of givin’ mommy “the look” and dancin’ ‘round, when me can just hang out and wait. Ifin me waits long enuff, you’ll do all the work fur me. MOL
Uh, Oh, Uh, Did me say that out loud? Uh, me just means you do a much better job at askin’ fur treats…Yeah, that’s it. You know, who could say no to your bootyful face?
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaw Fanky fank you sissy. That’s so sweet of you.
Whew (Dezi wipes her paw across her brow and meows) She bought it. That was a close one. Guess me better go with her this time. She might be askin’ fur and gettin’ treats that me’s not gettin’ sometimes. Hey Raena, are you goin’ with mommy tomorrow?
Well, I’s sure hope so. Least that’s the plan fur now. I’s hope all our furiends will keep mommy and us in their purrayers tomorrow. Mommy’s believin’ the ‘pointment’s gonna go well, and that everythin’ is gonna be okay. It’s been a long time comin’, but we can furinally see an end to it all.
Me knows mommy’s gonna feel a lot better when it’s all over. Maybe not at furst, cuz there’s gonna be more of that no nose blowin’ and Malt O Meal cereal fur a while. But that won’t last furever, and then she won’t have to worry ‘bout any more teethie infections. And, we’ll be havin’ that play date pawrty all weekend. Let’s go make sure all the toys you haven’t broken have good batteries.
Till the next time……………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Welcome to a brand new Service Cat Monday. We were really surpurrised by the variations in comments we got last week ‘bout “Designer Cats”. And, we think some of you were surpurrised by our view on the subject. Either way, we really ‘purreciate the discussion. As we said last week, Service Cat Monday has really taken on a life of it’s own and not only covers Service cat stories, but also general Trainin’ Tips/Tricks/Techniques as well as health, behavioral, and well, all things cat. That really excites us. As with all our Service cat posts, the followin’ will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Ifin you have any questions, purrlease leave them in the comments or send us an email. All Trainin’ Tips, Tricks and Techniques have been used/developed by mommy throughout her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And, not intended to be a step by step Trainin’ manual. Ifin you’ve missed any post in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links below.
First up this week, we want to speak just a little more about those “Designer Cats”. Our sweet friend Pipo thought he was one of ‘em. Truth is Pipo, Siamese, at least the traditional robust apple headed Siamese Cats, are a naturally evolving breed. Now, the Siamese in show rings today are a whole other story. Although technically not “Designer cats, they have been selectively bred to create a kitty that looks far different than their origins. But, the Traditional Siamese isn’t going anywhere. The DNA for the Traditional Siamese traits are in the genes of all Siamese cats today. As for us Ragdolls, again, we were a naturally occurring mutation from the pairings of a non pedigreed white alley cat and her cohorts. Seems Josephine, the mother of the Ragdoll breed, ain’t meowing (telling). Altho’ Josephine wandered the alleys, she actually had an owner. The owner shared an alley with a breeder that thought some of Josephine’s kittens were pretty remarkable and purchased several of those non pedigreed kittens and set out to create a breed she called, the Ragdoll. Unfortunately, disreputable breeders continue to cross breed, and call them “Designer Cats”. Cross breeding is no longer necessary, desired or allowed by the cat registering organizations.
Photo courtesy of PipoandMinkiandMrJackFreckles.blogspot.com
Raena, the result of a Ragdoll to Ragdoll pairing, is a prime example of poor breeding practices and the resurgence of some of those “undesirable” DNA traits. Me is stocky and boxy, with a heavy set of bones, per breed standard. Raena is long, tall and delicate. The Persian cat traits in her DNA have surfaced and resulted in a more smooshed face with those nasty tear duct issues and a longer than normal neck ruff. Her body type is most likely due to the Oriental cat DNA in the breed. This is why even reputable breeders of all breeds have what they call “Pet” quality and “Show” quality. You can’t change DNA, and at some point, kittens will be born with traits resembling some of those in past cross pairings which do not meet the so called Breed Standards. Now, please understand, we LOVE Raena and wouldn’t change her for the world. But, we do wish people didn’t try to play God.
This profile foto shows Raena’s more smooshed face.
Now, We covered a lot about “Aggression” recently in our Calming the Tiger in Your Cat posts (links at bottom). But, our friend Valentine asked, why/how can littermates not get along?. There were no specific issues listed. Naturally, we just assume littermates will be the best of friends for life, right?. Obviously, that would be ideal. But, the reality is that all kitties experience life differently. Two kittens born to the same mother and raised in the same house, will have different personalities and experiences. Even mommy, who is home with us 99% of the time, doesn’t see everything. The possibility exists that something traumatic happened between the cats, or their world that has caused a rift in their relationship. The runt of a litter will often get picked on and/or ignored by his/her littermates and even the mother.
Get back here sissy. I’s gonna be da Alpha Cat.
Two dominant cats may have trouble getting along. Outside intruders, or changes in their household can also cause kitties to not get along. The good news is, that no matter what has caused the rift, it can be changed. With a little love, patience, investigation and training, littermates and housemates can become the best of friends. It may take re-introducing the cats and starting fresh, but you can have a happy and peaceful home. The Tips and Techniques we laid out in the Calming the Tiger in Your Cat posts (links below), will help you reach that goal. Val, we wish your friend the best of luck and are happy that despite the issues, they have kept the kitties instead of turning them in to a shelter.
Oh yeah? We’ll see who da Alpha is!!!
We’re gonna wrap this up fur now. We’ve got a lot to do befur mommy’s dentist ‘pointment on Fursday. We hope to tackle a new question next week regarding Operant and Clicker Training. Be sure to join us fur that. And ‘member, ifin ya’ have any questions, let us know. Purrlease be as specific as pawssible when askin’ ‘bout behavioral issues. The better we unnerstand the purroblem, the better we can help with the correct answers and tips. And, as always, you can ketch up on any Service Cats posty you missed by clickin’ the links below.
Alpha, schmalpha. (Dezi and Raena meow in unison)
Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
When the Handler Dies Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty Internal Disputes
The Rest of the Story Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4
Stop Kitty’s Begging Calling For Help Options Pt. 1
Going for a Walk When in a Wheelchair Calming the Tiger Pt.1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3
MeOW Another week has passed and it’s time fur a purrfectly Blest Sunday. We are so behind in our visitin’ that it ain’t even funny. ‘Tween doctors’ pointments, lease re-certification stuffs and gettin’ ready fur mommy’s dental ‘pointment, there’s been little time fur the catputer. Mommy has purromissed us that all this extra stuffs is almost over and we’ll be back to normal real soon.
I’s’ll sure be glad to get mommy back sissy. Even our play time has been shortened cuz of all the extra stuffs goin’ on right now. You know, we haven’t even gone strollin’ lately?.
Well Raena, it’s been a little hot to go strollin’ just cuz. It’s furinally summer, and swelterin’ hot outside. We’re really blest to be inside unner the air conditioner.
Come on mommy, just a little stroll?
You’re right ‘bout that sissy. Even with the air conditioner runnin’ and a couple of fans, mommy’s been complainin’ ‘bout the heat and somethin’ she calls her own purrsonal summers. What are those anyways?
Don’t ask me, Raena. What would me know ‘bout purrsonal summers. Mommy’s been complainin’ ‘bout those fur years. Even in the middle of the winter, mommy talks ‘bout those purrsonal summers. It’s purrobably just another human expression fur nonsense. You know humans and their sayings; they’ve got one fur just ‘bout everythin’.
They sure do, don’t they sissy?. Y, Just the other day you and me were meowin’ and playin’ in the back and mommy hollered somethin’ ‘bout us caterwaulin’. And then, you used your low meow that mommy doesn’t hear very offen and she came runnin’ to see what was goin’ on.
Fur a second Raena, me thought she had done gone and brought home another kitty. There me was, sittin’ on the bathroom vanity when all of a sudden me caught sight of somethin’ outta the corner of me’s eye. Another kitty sittin’ there on the vanity right beside me. You were layin’ on the shower chair so me knew it wasn’t you. Me tried to ignore it, but it started to mimic everythin’ me did. Me got really close so me could give it a smell. It touched me’s nose, but there was nuffin’. No smell at all. So, me had to find out from mommy just what was goin’ on. One pain in me’s hiney sisfur is purrlenty. Me never agreed to 2!!!
Pain in your hiney?! I’s thought you luvved me sissy. You said you did.
Me does Raena. But you can still be a pain sometimes. Fankfully, mommy said that extra kitty on the vanity was just all me’s beauty reflectin’ off of me. MeOW That was a close one. Me sure is blest to have a mommy that keeps her word.
I’s don’t know sissy. another kitty to play with might not be such a bad thing. Altho’ I’s do agree, we are very blest kitties to have such a luvvin’ mommy.
Me plays with you Raena. Just cuz you don’t ever get tired, isn’t reason enuff to have to share everythin’ with yet another kitty. Besides, we’re blest with lots of furiends. We should schedule another play date sometime. Me has a feelin’ mommy’s not gonna be up to much this week since she has her dental ‘pointment to remove the remainin’ bad teethies and get those dentures she’s been talkin’ ‘bout. So, why don’t we have a few furiends over fur a play date pawrty.
Really sissy? I’s would luvs that. Are you gonna chaperone? You know mommy won’t be able too, and there’s no way she’ll let us have company ifin you’re not in charge.
Yes Raena, me will chaperone. We fur sure oughtta invite our sweet tuxie furiend, Erin the cat princess. We may not have any real mouseys ‘round here fur her but we can get purrlenty of cream. And yes, we can invite Simon, Timmy and his furmily, and…
Hey sissy!!! Valentine just got a new stroller. I’s bet he’d be up fur a play date party too. Maybe he could even stroll on over. We don’t know when Marv is scheduled to arrive at awnty Barb’s place, but maybe angel Nellie could fly in. Kittens There’s just too many furiends to name all of ‘em. You’re are so right sissy. We are so blest to have so many pawsum furiends. A meowsy big fanky fanks to all of you.
Yep Raena, we are blest. Everywhere we look is a blessing. We were contacted by Dan and his amazin’ kitty Whiskey. They were puttin’ together a list of the top independent cat bloggers and wanted to include us. You can check out their list here. We feel blest to be included. There’s some really great blogs listed. We’d like to remind everypawdy to take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur the many blessings in your lives.
This is mine’s collar bell selfie fur the week.
Don’t furget Sunday Selfies with the Kitties Blue, sissy. We may not take actual selfies, but mommy does luv those close-ups. We better start cleanin’ up and maybe get mommy to plant up some cat grass fur our play date pawrty. I’s invitin’ all of you. It’s gonna be a celebration of furiends in honor of mommy gettin’ rid of all those painful teethies and all the blessings the good Lord gave us.
Me’s profile selfie atop the cat tree.
Well Raena, ifin you’re invitin’ everypawdy then you’re right, we need to get busy. We gotta finish brekky too. Come on, me will race ya’.
Till the next time……………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s wanna tell everypawdy ‘bout our new jewelry. Mommy says all girly’s wear jewelry, and now sis Dezi and me do too.
Me isn’t so sure our jewelry is somethin’ to brag ‘bout, Raena.
Oh sissy, don’t be a stick in the mud. I’s luvs our new jewelry. I’s can’t wait till mommy makes us a necklace like the ones our bootyful furiend Amarula, from Hairballs and Hissyfits, wears. That’s what started all of this ya’ know.
No, Raena, this all started years ago. Mommy luvved kitty necklaces (collars). But, that all changed when she put one on me when me was just a little girly. Mommy had bought me a purretty blue necklace to match me’s eyes. But, when she put it on me, me started lickin’ and bitin’ and rollin’ ‘round till me almost choked meself to death. Fankfully, mommy was watchin’ me really closely, and saw it immediately and took me’s new necklace off. After that, she removed sis Lexi’s necklace too, and no more jewelry fur us kitties. Well, x’cept fur our walkin’ jackets.
OMC Sissy!!! Why wouldn’t you wanna wear that purretty necklace mommy bought you?
Me don’t know Raena, me was a young, active, furee spirited girly back then. Me purrobably thought the necklace would hold me down or somethin’. And besides, every time me would clean me’s neck floof, the necklace would’a ended up in me’s mouth. Ya’ know, kinda like what happened to you at furst?.
Mommy says we’re a little OCD when it comes to keepin’ our furs cleaned. So she had to make our necklaces more like chokers than chains and pendants. Anyways, after seein’ Amarula’s cool necklace, mommy decided to give jewelry a try fur us again. Mommy figgered you had outgrown some of that obsessive behavior, and I’s don’t seem to be bothered by such things. So, mommy ordered us a package of those calmin’ collar necklaces after seein’ them in action at 15 and meowin’. Not only did awnty Ellen say they seemed to help with the calmin’ effect, they were also our favorite color, purrple. The no frill nature of them, made mommy think we might do okay in them.
They may be no frill Raena, but they sure do smell. Me just hates anythin’ that competes with me’s purrfume. (Dezi meows with sass the way she‘s heard mommy A speak)
Yeah sissy, they do smell, but we didn’t seem to be bothered by them once mommy got them on us. Mommy left them on us fur ‘bout a month so we could get used to havin’ somethin’ ‘round our neck all the time. Then, one day, mommy took it off and put on this black necklace she got fur a dollar. But, IT HAD BELLS!!! I’s jingled every time I’s moved. I’s didn’t like that one bit. Jingle, jingle, I’s went. Fanky fankfully, after watchin’ me try to remove those noisy bells fur 30 minutes, mommy removed them. Kittens!!! Who wants to jingle all the time?. Hmmpht
Yep Raena, me thought you were a toy at furst. MOL
That’s not funny sissy. I’s not a toy!!! Anyways, I’s kinda like mine’s new necklace. We found out those cool Amarula necklaces (collars) are just covers. Mommy can’t afford those, so she purromissed to try and make us our very own after we get all this lease re-certification stuffs behind us. I’s can’t wait to see what mommy comes up with. We all know mommy isn’t very crafty, so this is gonna be a bit of a challenge fur her. MOL
Come on mommy, purrlease take these bells off. Okay?
Yeah Raena, mommy isn’t very crafty, but she does purretty good with the sewin’ machine. Besides, those covers are just a long piece of fabric with a seam. Surely mommy can figger that out. MOL Altho’ me’s with the boys, Frodo and Zulu, me doesn’t look furward to wearin’ a big ruffle under me’s chin.
Well, I’s can’t wait sissy. Without somethin’ on our necklaces, ya’ can’t see ‘em fur all our furs. I’s wonder how many of our furiends wear necklaces?
And, me wonders ifin they took to ‘em right away like you, or hated ‘em from the get, like me?.
Anyways, we were up till 5 a.m. this meownin’, so I’s ‘bout ready fur our meownin’ nap, are you? (Raena looks over and sees Dezi already sleeping. She whispers a small meow) Guess I’s will take that nap now too.
Till the next time……………………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses