Pierre: One of the best things to do with catnip is roll in int. That way, you have it all in your fur and you can smell like catnip when you bathe. It’s like getting a bonus catnip buzz!
Ashton would like to take this opportunity to thank whoever invented National Cheese Doodle Day, even though no one seems to know who it was. It’s one of her favorite holidays!
Newton: Oh, boy. A cheese doodle, and it’s all mine!
Ashton: ** tiptoes closer **
Ashton: Slowly back away from the cheese doodle and no one has to get hurt here.
Newton: Your cheese doodle? This is my cheese doodle!
Ashton: If you don’t go right now, I’m going to make sure the head peep finds the broken –
Newton: All right, all right. You can have this one.
Don’t worry, Newton got a cheese doodle, too. He got his stuck to the roof of his mouth and it took him a while to work it free. He was never in any danger or distress, but it isn’t a snack he should eat unattended.
Cats may like occasional snacks of species-inappropriate food, but keep in mind that most human snacks are heavy on the calories, and they aren’t appropriate for more than an occasional taste by your cat.
The cheese doodles Ashton and Newton crunched in these photos are about ten calories each. Ashton ate two during the course of our photo shoot, which is over ten percent of the calories allotted to her daily on her weight loss diet. That’s kind of like you eating almost a whole hot dog and bun. So cheese doodles aren’t regular snacks around here for anyone… but we make an exception now and then for special occasions, like National Cheese Doodle Day!
Ashton: Oh my COD, the message that Newton wrote in the sky last week is fading.
Ashton: What am I going to do? No chickens means I’ll never open my chicken emporium! People need to conserve chickens!
Pierre: * sigh * My work is never done. Let me make a few calls, Ashton.
If you missed them, catch up on all of our chicken capers.
Wrigley Sign – Antonio Delgado on Flickr
Water tower – osseous on Flickr
If cats had opposable thumbs, what do you think they would do?
You may notice that we aren’t around visiting our friends’ blogs this week. The head peep is at Global Pet Expo, checking out what’s new in the pet industry before it makes it to your local pet store. She promised to bring back a wrap-up of the highlights of the show next week!
For Fun Facts about Names Day, we’re sharing how we got our names.
Pierre: I was part of a litter of kittens who lived under a tarp in a boat that was stored on a trailer. The owner of the boat had no idea we were even in there. One day, he hooked the trailer up to his car and drove off with the boat, and we were on board! Our mother wasn’t on board with us, though, and no one could find us. Lucky for us, we were taken in by a small rescue and had a wonderful foster who raised us until we were big enough to be adopted. She gave us all nautical names because we were found in a boat, and I was named Pier. When I was adopted, the name Pier sounded confusing, so I was renamed something that still honored my foster Mom’s original name for me: Pierre.
Ashton: It’s probably hard for humans to remember back that far, but in the summer of 2011, you were all having to listen to news about the Casey Anthony trial. I was born that summer to feral parents, probably within a mile of the courthouse. Of course, I wasn’t watching the news or anything, but after the head peep rescued me from the highway median, Aunt Orvis suggested naming me Ashton after one of the attorneys in the trial that had gone on all summer so close to where I was found. Please don’t remind Newton I was named after a boy. He has teased me about it most of my life.
Newton: You two have such long stories about your names! Mine is short: I’m named Newton because I’m a force of nature. Usually a naughty force of nature!
How did you get your name?
Has anyone seen Pierre?
Pierre: Don’t tell I’m hiding under here.
When we turned the page of the calendar and saw National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, Newton insisted that there was only one story that would do: Puss in Boots.
There are many versions of the story, but the most enduring version of Puss in Boots, was published in a collection of fairy tales by Charles Perrault, which called it, “The Master Cat or Puss in Boots.” In the story, when a miller passes away, the youngest son of a miller watches his older brothers inherit the mill and his father’s donkey, while all he inherits is his father’s cat. He sees that his brothers are going to be able to combine their inheritances to earn a living, but his inheritance of the cat isn’t going to bring him any benefit.
The cat insists that if the young man gets him a pair of boots and a bag, he will be able to help after all, and the young man does as he asks. Soon, the cat begins to catch game and bring it to the King, telling him that it is from the Marquis of Crabas. The cat continues to bring gifts for two or three months, always telling the Kingthey are from the Marquis.
One day, when the King and the Princess are out in the carriage, the cat tells his master to bathe in the river. While his master is bathing, the cat hides his clothes, and then he runs to the road to ask the king for help for the Marquis of Carabas. The King recognizes the cat from his many visits bearing gifts, and when the cat says that the Marquis was set upon thieves while bathing and is now drowning, the King sends his guards to rescue the Marquis from the river. The king gives the Marquis a change of clothes. The princess is quite taken with the young Marquis.
The cat runs ahead and uses threats to convince the people working the land that they should tell the King that their land belongs the Marquis of Carabas. The young man uses this to help convince the King that he already holds vast estates. The cat even kills an ogre so that his master can pretend that the ogre’s castle belongs to the Marquis of Crabas. The king believes the young man is wealthy, the princess falls in love with him, and the Princess and young man wed.
In the end, the puss in boots who made the miller’s son into the Marquis of Carabas and then a prince never has to chase a mouse again unless he wants to.
If would like to read the original version of this story, which the University of Adelaide has it available to read online for free as part of their public domain eBooks project at Puss in Boots.
Newton: What’s wrong, Ashton?
Ashton: My telethon failed. The chickens won’t be saved. My chicken emporium will never happen when the chickens go extinct.
Newton: Couldn’t you just dream about something else? Like cheese? I haven’t heard anything about cheese extinction.
Newton: I don’t want to see your dreams crushed. You aren’t even any fun to chase around the house like this. If you can’t have a telethon, I’ll help get the word out.
If you missed them, catch up on all of our chicken capers.
Our topical Thursday comes early this week because it’s World Spay Day. Today, we’re asking a simple question: why should you spay or neuter your cat?
The most obvious reason is overpopulation. Pet overpopulation is a huge crisis, with estimates ranging up to 70 million stray cats in the US. There are more cats than there are homes, and millions lose their lives in shelters every year. Spaying and neutering can help!
Female cats can start reproducing as early as five months old, and will continue to have litter after litter. And of course, unneutered males are needed to impregnate intact females, so spay and neuter helps break the cycle. and keeps extra cats out of the overburdened system.
In addition to preventing reproduction, spay and neuter helps ensure your cat’s future health.
Neutered male cats can’t get testicular cancer, and they have an average longer lifespan than unneutered cats. Males are less likely to wander and be lost or be injured in fights. As a result, they are less likely to be infected by diseases like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which is transmitted by deep bite wounds.
Spayed female cats can’t get uterine or ovarian cancer, and their risk of both cervical and mammary cancer are significantly reduced.
You Can Afford Spay/Neuter!
Some people don’t spay or neuter because they think it’s just not in the budget, but many communities have programs to help subsidize spay and neuter. For more information on subsidized spay and neuter in your part of the US:
- Search for reduced cost spay and neuter in your part of the US
- Contact nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay and neuter
- Find veterinarians participating in low-cost spay and neuter voucher program
Make a difference for your cat. Be sure to spay or neuter.
Photo credit: depositphotos/photo-deti
Newton: The head peep caught a bug this past weekend. Not the fun kind of bug you chase around the house, either. That meant the heated blanket made an appearance. The heated blanket is much better than either of my cat beds in the bedroom.