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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boxer and Princess Leia-the Latest News

Hi!  Cat mom here and we are running quite the record here, a post a year.  lol  And I'd say were about due!

Momma Dog Silver


We had another loss in the dog family.  Silver, the mother dog died this past January.  Mammary gland cancer.  Silver was like the glue that held the family together and kept everyone in check.  Even Daddy Dog Brut.  The loss of him two years ago was shocking for everyone.  Eventually everything smoothed over because Silver was still here and quickly fell apart after she left us.


Boxer sleeping on Silver's blanket after she died.
  

So what does this have to do with the cats, Boxer and Leia?  EVERYTHING!

Boxer has become more of a bully to Princess Leia than he used to be.  Leia has become a nervous wreck and is in the process of licking herself bald because of Boxer.

Boxer has espeically become bossy with wanting to eat Leia's food before she does, but I have been monitoring their meal times and so that may be part of the reason Boxer is acting out towards Leia.

We are using a pharemone diffuser in their room. Which was working great,  Leia's fur was coming back, she seemed less anxious and Boxer had a calm about him.  Then we didn't realize it had run out and we are now right back where we started, except now Leia has even less fur than when we started.

UGH!



So the vet gave us some calming chews to help get Leia'a anxiety and constant licking under control.  As well as adding a Laxatone to help aid in eliminating the huge hairball that must be sitting in her stomach due to her constant grooming.  Cross your fingers it works.

We are trying to brainstorm ways to help Leia's anxiousness and Boxer's bullying and help restore some calm.  Anybody have any ideas?  We'd love to hear them!

Monday, December 19, 2016

What kind of food do you feed your cat?

Boxer's Mom here:

We want to know what feed your cat?  Wet? Dry? Raw?  Some of each?

I'm starting a gradual change over and I'm curious what you feed your cats.  Please let me know in the comment section the kind of food and brand.

Boxer and Princess Leia have always eaten dry food with some wet food.  For the last couple of years they have been on a weight loss dry food.  Well, they've lost the weight and I'd like to switch them to a different dry food since the weight loss formula has carbohydrates in it.  I'm not happy about that at all.  Since cats are obligated carnivores, I want a dry food without all the added rice and carbs for their diet.

 Currently we are using Nutro Weight Management Formula.  I believe it is a quality blend as my previous cat ate it and stopped throwing up and having diarrhea when she was diagnosed with cancer.  So I trust it.  Now I'm looking for something better without the carbs in it.


I have thought about doing raw with the cats, but I'm not good at knowing all of the things they need for supplements.  It's all too confusing to me.  Then I came across a great solution.  I found it on My Rotten Dogs (don't worry she has cats too!); a freeze-dried raw food mix for cats by Stella and Chewy's.



I started with a little and gradually added more.  Right now I am looking to replace the wet food (Friske's) which I know isn't the best brand out there.  Boxer is taking right to the raw food.  He gobbles right down.  Leia ate it the first couple of times, but now won't touch it.  I haven't figured out a way to rope her back in.  Neither of the cats have had anything but cat food and the occasional canned tuna.  I've had other cats that would eat cooked chicken and cheese, but not these two.  And even if only Boxer eats it, well that is better than not.

The freeze-dried raw food is really easy to use.  You just re-hydrate it with water, wait a minute and feed.  It has all the supplements and minerals cats need.

I'm looking for input from other cat lovers.  So tell us in the comments...what do you feed your cat(s)?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Best Buds



Boxer here:

With my buddy, Zappa.  Although I still can't say much for the mutt circus I live with, Zappa and I can hang together.  We went out together all summer and as long as the Princess Cat Patrol didn't come running after me, Zappa and I were good.  We caught lots of bugs outside in the sunshine and laid in the cool dirt.  

It was meowing times.  Meowing.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Testing...Testing...1.2.3...




Boxer here:

We have been a little out of action for the last year or so and my apprentice is trying to get back into the 'claw' of things.  This past year has been especially hard on her after losing her dog, Brut.  

I've done all I could for my part.  Purring, clawing her lap, rubbing up against her to show her how much I love her.  I think it is working because she wants to blog for us, the kitty-kitties again, and we couldn't be happier.

So look for us out there in cyberland because she'll be asking questions about all things cats and looking for your helpful answers.  She is trying to understand cats which is difficult in her mutt-filled head.  But it looks like we are winning her back...one claw at a time



  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bummer Summer and Sad Fall

Boxer here:



We've had a pretty rough summer this year.  The leader of Muttville died of spleen cancer and he was just a young pup of 8 years old.

The house is quiet without his large presence bossing me around.  I don't know how I get through the day without him telling me what to do.  =^.^=

Seriously though, his loss has been hard on everyone, especially our mom apprentice.  Brut was her dog.  Our dad jokester has also had a tough time as well.

As for me, I just want to curl up on my apprentice's lap and stay there safe and sound, but we've run into another problem...her sciatic nerve has been hurting her and I can't sit on her lap for very long.  So yes, it has been a trying summer for all of us.  She's hoping she can find some relief and answers real soon.



Some of the things I will miss about Brut...

♥  We once walked along the entire fence line in the backyard, just him and I.

♥  The times he acknowledged that we were both leaders of our packs and were on equal terms.

♥  The many times we have been caught laying next to each other.

♥  When Brut would let me sit on my apprentice's lap without trying to push me off.

♥  How we could be in the same room and enjoy each other's company.

He wasn't the nicest dog, he was actually a meanie, but overall he didn't mess with me that much.  I miss him and his attitude, which was over the top like me!

My buddy Brut and me
(Brut:  Oct. 11, 2006-June 18, 2015)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Starts of a Peace Treaty

My favorite spot is finally open!


Boxer's mom (apprentice) here:

For those who have followed us and those that may be new, Boxer and I started out on a rocky road together.  I was still grieving my heart cat's death when somehow I ended with a wild-eyed kitty, who hated to be held.  Our inside joke is, that now I can't keep him off my lap!

Boxer is strong-willed, bossy, pushy, demanding and obnoxious.  Just to name a few of his characteristics and he uses all of these to get what he wants, mostly on my lap.  He will always plant himself in my chair, just to get first dibs on my lap.

Ever have a cat (or other animal) that is so stubborn you end up playing aggravation with each other all the time?  That is Boxer and I.  So we surprised each other a couple of days ago when this happened:

Maybe we could try that again.  Or NOT!

Boxer was on my chair asleep.  I called his name.  He lifted his head and stretched his front legs, ready for me to pick him up so I could sit down.

Normally I would have just picked him up, being angry at having to fight for my chair again, but instead, I just called his name.  And he responded beautifully.  And while it may not seem like much, or like, duh what else would you do?  It was a tiny step for both of us.

I have been really trying to understand Boxer better, though I think like a canine, and see things from his point of view.  I understand his living with six dogs and a second cat and demanding me for my attention.  It just that his demands and the dogs demands can just be too much all at once.  In fact it can be down right draining and Boxer is no small kitty.  He weighs in at 18 pounds and he uses that bulk also in his demands.  He's very good at pushing my buttons.  :)

We have our good moments and bad, just as in any relationship, but that little moment was so touching and melted my heart.  I can't wait to try it again.

 Still the best place on Earth. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Muttville Invasion: Even Lap Time isn't Sacred



Boxer here and I'm mad!



You will never believe it, but my sacred lap time has been invaded.  There's no point even laying down anymore.  I have to bow to those mangy mutts and wait for their welfare to be taken care of first.  Oh sure, sometimes the Jokster is there to take care of their in's and out's, but when my apprentice is left alone with Muttville, I just stand on her lap and try to wait through the shuffle of letting the rangy mutts in and out.  Up and down my lap disappears and my royal heart just can't take to being second best...AGAIN.  I don't know if I'm more hurt or angry.  It is just life in the royal court.  Get a doggy door for God's sake!  They are constantly taking time away from me and my apprentice and the real duties at hand.  Like getting a bunch of loving and brush time.  So back off Muttville!  Its my lap you are messing with and I won't stand for it anymore.  The claws are sharpened and you have been warned.  This is MY lap.