Thursday, July 31, 2014

Feline for Thought Friday



This week's "Feline for Thought Friday" is brought to you by
"Lady Tabitha" 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Healthy Bunny is a Happy Bunny!

For the past couple of days or so, our Netherland Dwarf bunny Samuel ("Sam") has been sneezing and weezing with a runny nose. So this afternoon, I left work early in order to take him to our trusty vet, Dr. Ostrich at Eagle's Peak Animal Clinic.

Turns out that he has a respiratory infection and needed meds and so Dr. Ostrich gave us a prescription for an antibiotic called sulfatrim in a liquid form. We must give it to him in a syringe twice a day.

I had a feeling that was what the issue may have been as many years ago, our Mini Lop bunny Barney, had one as well. But instead of a liquid medication, we were given rather large pills which were very hard to adnminister. So, how exactly does one give a rabbit pills? Well, since the pills would not dilute in water and we were afraid to give it to him the way in which you can give a cat or dog meds using a pill popper, we broke it up in tiny pieces and mixed it in with a very small bowl of rabbit pellets so that he would in gest it all in one sitting. It worked!

"Sir Barney Charles"

To be honest, it was actually a relief to find out that what he had was treatable. Rabbits are not known for having the strongest of constitutions and even though you may keep your bunny indoors as we always have sometimes all it takes is a draft to get them sick. Hopefully now, he is on his way to making a full recovery!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Feline for Thought Friday ...

This new "Witch Cats Blog" post series, "Feline for Thought Friday" is lovingly brought to all of you by our wise little forest kitty ...

 Lady Tabitha


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A little Playtime between friends ...

A couple of times a week or so, we give our bunny Sam a chance to jump around and spend time with the cats. It gives him the time he needs to spend outside of his cage while allowing him to be closer to and play with his feline "siblings." ...

Tabitha says,"Hey, yo ~ over here!"

While cats are "generally" considered to be solitary creatures by nature, rabbits are not. They need the companionship which they would normally have outdoors ...

A little toe-nibbling on mommy's foot?

"I love you, too!"

"Until one has been loved by an animal, a part of their soul remains unawakened."
 ~ Anatole France 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Some famous cat quotes ...

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." ~ Sigmund Freud

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have never forgotten this." ~ Terry Pratchett

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats" ~ Albert Schweitzer

"I love cats because I enjoy my home, and little by little, they become its visible soul." ~ Jean Cocteau

 "I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through." ~ Jules Verne

"I like cats a lot. I've always liked cats. They're great company. When they eat, they always leave a little bit at the bottom of the bowl ~ a dog will polish the bowl, but a cat leaves a little bit. It's like an offering." ~ Christopher Walken

"I take care of my flowers and my cats. And, I enjoy food ... And that's living." ~ Ursula Andress

"I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love." ~ James Herriot

Saturday, July 12, 2014

That's What Friends Are For!

A shot of last night's Super Full Moon taken by hubby ~ the first of three this calendar year ...

Can you see the "Rabbit on the Moon"? ...

Some other ways to view the "Rabbit on the Moon" image ...

Sam's New Bunny Bedding ...

For many years, I used pine bedding in my bunny cages. My very first rabbit, a black & white male Mini Lop named Sir Barney, was a rescue from the apartment of a woman customer who had abandoned him, (along with two adorable flea-covered kittens) leaving them without food or water for at least a few days, when my boyfriend at the time found them. When we took him in, I knew absolutely nothing at all about rabbits other than they wiggled their noses and hopped around a lot ... LOL!

So I decided to purchase a book on how to take care of rabbits and temporarily used cedar bedding ~ that is until I later read in my bunny care book that the dust causes very bad respiratory infections! At that point, I began using pine bedding as I was told that it was the better choice for both the indoor bunny's health and odor control.

Recently, I was doing my usual weekly pet food and supply shopping at Pet Smart when I came across a new brand of paper bedding in the "small critters" isle ...

 Kaytee Clean & Cozy Lavender Scented Animal Bedding

Kaytee Clean & Cozy Animal Bedding is made from paper material that meets FDA standards for food contact, is 99.9% dust free and offers guaranteed odor control. It is safe for small pets, comfortable, and 20% more absorbent than other leading brands of small pet bedding and litter. It's also great for guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, domestic rats, and other small pets.

And, it is fairly cheap as well ~ definitely cheaper than the pine bedding I had been buying. So far, so good!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Surprise, Mom!!!

Who needs to pay for pest control when you have three four-legged female cats living with you in the house? Well, technically speaking, we also have our male cat, Mr. Midnight, but at his age he pretty much considers himself retired ... with the emphasis on the word "tired."...

Yesterday morning around 4:40-ish, I was awakened by a scurrying in the kitchen. I got up to see what was going on and saw none other than our huntress, Tabitha, batting something around on the floor with the other three cats just hovered over her watching intently. Was she playing with one of her toys? Nope, it was a poor little dead mouse which she had apparently (as cats are inbred to do regardless of whether or not they live indoor or outdoor) used it as her little play toy until the pitiful little thing most likely died of a heart-attack. 

None of the cats tried to eat it or anything, nor was there any type of mess on the floor anywhere ... just something that very much resembled their small cat mouse toy.

The last time we saw a mouse in our home, hubby managed to catch it and release it back outside before the cats could get to it. Not exactly the best way to wake up first thing in the morning but, unfortunately, it is feline instinct and a part of living with cats.  

Friday, July 4, 2014


Our little Kiki-girl has always been very difficult when it comes to allowing us to take a really good pic of her. She hates it so much that she makes sure to shut both her eyes just before the camera flash goes off on the digital camera (which, BTW, is rather slow and delayed to say the least)!

That being the case, the only way she lets us take her pic is if we do not use the flash at all. However, today while I was playing with her I caught her off guard ... a very rare occurance I might say ...

"Gimme that string!!!"

"You're gonna do what with that camera?"
Kiki kisses!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This is the life!

Greetings everyone! Well, with Friday being the Fourth of July holiday and a long weekend to follow, we have decided that we are just going to stay at home and chill with our "kits" ... to simply enjoy the day off from work. Here is a little preview of what I imagine our day will look like ...

My precious baby boy, Midnight

Daddy's not-so "little" girl, Kiki!

Tabitha lying in her fav spot at the front window

Miss Haley