Wednesday, August 31, 2005
If you live near Houston, the SPCA would love for you to come adopt one of these animals or to donate small items like crates, paper towels, litter pans, etc.
If you don't live in the Houston area, you can donate money online.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
According to the Bide-A-Wee Web site, $30 allows their no-kill shelters to rescue a cat or dog from the New York City's Animal Care and Control unit (aka the pound) and house that animal until it's adopted into a loving home. The boys hope their donation is enough to help two homeless cats, but if the money goes to the dogs, they suppose they'll have to live with that. Bide-A-Wee was pretty darn good to them so this is their way of saying thanks.
I'm not the type to nag people, but Arthur and Beowulf have no shame and they would like you to know that if you've been inspired by this blog or you just like the idea of helping homeless animals, their birthday would be a great occasion to donate to Bide-A-Wee's Second Chance Fund by using Bide-A-Wee's online donation form.
If you do make a donation, drop me a line with the amount at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can post to the blog and let people know how much money has been raised by readers. I have a coworker who also adopted his cat from Bide-A-Wee and he's promised to make a $30 donation so that puts us at $90.
P.S. -- You might be wondering how Arthur and Beowulf got $60. The truth is that I loaned it to them and I expect them to pay it back in trade, purrency if you will. I expect them to sit on my lap more often and stop climbing on the refrigerator. Iguess I should keep dreaming!
Monday, August 22, 2005
Most people who adopt cats don't know their exact birthday so we're very fortunate that our boys were born in the shelter so their exact date of birth is known. The shetler workers at Bideawee even had a picture (a color printout) of the boys nursing from their mother, but they wouldn't give it to us, instead handing us a black and white photocopy that is so dark I can't even scan it for this blog.
Now that their birthday is almost upon us, I am left with a couple of questions:
- How should I celebrate their birthday?
- How should I transition them to an adult diet?
I'm still working on the answers to both questions, but I have some ideas of how I want to celebrate.
Of course, I want to get them a nice cat tree as a present, but I also want to use this as an opportunity to help other cats by donating to an adoption group and encouraging others to do so. I'm still trying to decide what the best group is, but I'm inclined to go with Bideawee, the place I adopted the boys from.
I hate people who schill for causes or products, but maybe I can encourage a couple of donations through this blog and that would be a nice thing. What do you think?
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Of course, I'm not sure how bad it would be if he was thrown off after wrestling with his brother, rather than jumping off of his own volition. Would he still land on his feet? Also, I have to wonder if jumping from that height has long-term effects on a cats' joints. If I had to jump and land on my feet from that height every day, I'd get sore knees and ankles. Are cat joints that different? I hope so.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
If I get the Lotus, it's 70" tall which is a nice height, but my boys tend to throw each other off of things when they wrestle. What happens if they fall from that height and land on the hardwood floor or on top of the metal cage? Would the Little Lotus or cat the Watchtower, at 48 and 44", be safer, given my boys' propensity to throw each other down? How far can a cat safely fall?
Monday, August 08, 2005
How do other people brush cats' teeth?