Cat Addiction

Stories about my cats, friends' cats, other people's cats, stray cats, anything about cats!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Many new additions to the family

My love for pets started with cats. At one point I had all 3 lovely feline girls. Two years ago one of them passed on to a better world, leaving me with the 2 girls and we definitely miss the other one dearly.

But life moves on for us. We have since added several members to the family. Once we had a dog named Pretty. She's a cocker spaniel and a lovely girl. But due to family commitment with a newborn baby, we couldn't cope taking care of her so we had to let her move to a better family who can take better care of her.

We've visited her frequently and we are happy that she's very well cared for. She's now grown up to be quite large and fluffy. I'm glad that she has other canine friends to keep her occupied too. I hear from the her new family that she sometimes even shares dog beds with her friends there too!

Now at home we've got several fishes in an aquarium, a tortoise (we had two but one got out, escaped and never came back) and our newest addition to the family just a couple of weeks ago is a beagle named Snoopy.

Snoopy is adorable, but is kinda naughty. She bites anything in sight! I spoke too soon when I commented after just 2 days she was with us that he's a good dog, who doesn't bark loudly nor chew up stuff.

Now we have no choice but to leash her up so that she doesn't destroy more things in our garden. I'm also looking for suitable large dog beds for him. At least to make him a little more comfortable than sleeping on the cold floor in the nights.

I think it's also more cooling in the day for him to rest in such dog beds for large dogs as the cement flooring can get easily heated from the glare of the sun.

If possible, it would be nice to give him a dog house filled with toys he can chew on. I'm just hoping that giving him all that will help to curb his boredness when we're not around so that he won't go chew on our things!

Anyway, it seems like we have grown into quite a pet family for now. I would like to maintain this family size for now. No more pets to add on as they are all quite a handful. Well, happy handful, that is :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's been 3 months

It's 3 months since Piper's passing. I've never been able to write about it on this blog. I wrote about it on my personal blog and at the time I wrote it, my tears never stopped flowing. So I couldn't bring myself to write once more on this blog that was first set up to talk about them, Prue, Piper and Phoebe.

Anyway, as painful as it has been, I've made it through 3 months without her. I miss her everyday. I pray for her everyday, as if she was still here. I love her so much and I only wish she knew it then that she meant so much to me.

One regret I have is that she never got to meet my baby. He's now 9 months old but they've not met because I was trying to keep him away from the car hair that might cause asthma. He's also got sensitive skin so I thought of waiting till he's older and has a stronger foundation before introducing them. Unfortunately, Piper will not wait.

I am OK now because I tell myself Piper is somewhere better and where she deserves to be. I truly believe that.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Long or short haired cats?

When choosing a cat or kitten, there are lots of thoughts that need to go into deciding the cat breed that would suit your requirement and lifestyle. Some people don't mind long haired cats whilst some prefer to have short haired ones for ease of grooming.

I personally like long haired cats. Some of the breeds that I love are the Persian, Norwegian Hunting Cats and Ragdoll. Each has its own characteristics but all are just as adorable and loving as a family member. Though the amount of time spent on cat care is incredibly long for such cats because of the hair drops, I don't mind it because I enjoy stroking the long furry felines.

For those who prefer short haired cats, one good breed is the Abyssinian Cats. It's a beautiful cat with a rich, silky coat that requires only an occassional brushing and bath. If I ever go for a short haired cat, I would choose this breed amongst the many short haired available.

Actually, having a short haired cat is not all bad. Apart from making grooming easier, it also helps to reduce issues like potential allergies to cat hair and the risk of developing asthma. I think with short haired cats such as the Abyssinian cat, hair droppings are minimal compared to long haired cats and thus it reduces the risk of potential allergies and health conditions.

With kids in tow within the family, maybe it's time I think about such health factors and go for short haired ones when the time comes for us to have any more cats.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

My worst nightmare, ever!

It's been a while since I updated about Prue, Piper and Phoebe here on this blog. The girls fell sick one by one, starting with Prue. Hers was the mildest of them all with a fever and viral infection. When she got better, Phoebe was in bad shape and the vet suspected it was FIP. FIP is death sentence to my ears. The vet wanted to do more tests and I immediately agreed.

It was a relieve that it wasn't FIP and she is now recovering. However, Piper now suffers from a heart condition. The vet hasn't successfully diagnosed what it is but it could be something uncurable. Sigh, what am I to do, to be slapped with bad news on each girl, one after another.

After all that's going to be needed to be done for the girls for them to recover, I'm going to have to face a huge medical bill from the vet. This is something I can't help but spend. It's about saving lives. Lives of girls that I love so much.

So I'll do whatever necessary to foot the bill, however much it'll cost. Worse come to worse, I'll just have to go for a short term loan the likes of a payday loan to help me tie over.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

You don't need to go hungry...

Some of my friends tend to overspend. Either they are unable to control their shopping habits or they are terribly over committed. Some of them pay for way too many things on a monthly basis. The most painful bills come from paying for a nice, big home which means a huge mortgage, plus owning one too many cars.

I have seen some of them come close to a point of going hungry at times. It's sad and really not funny at all. Then one of them discovered a way to get by. She found a quick payday loan to help bridge her finances from one payday to another. She is one person who doesn't like long term debts so this little cash advance works for her because it is just a short term loan.

When she told me about this, I shared the information with some other friends who are in the same situation. They too paid a visit to check out these payday loans and afterwards thanked me profusely for introducing them to it. Hey, they even bought me a simple meal with some of their advance. Maybe I should thank the one who told me about it too!

How do you choose a card?

These days the market is flooded with all types of credit cards. All of them offer all kinds of benefits, from collecting loyalty points to redeem gifts to earning cash rebates as you spend. Lots of cards offer discounts with selected merchants too. So how do you pick out a card that's right for you and how do you know it's the right one? It's hard, isn't it?

Well, it won't be that hard if you know where to look. There is a site that offers reviews of the many credit cards available in the market. These reviews help because they are unbiased and independent. I personally tend to believe in third party reviews more than from the product owners themselves.

Besides, if you still can't decide which is the right card for you, you can do a comparison on this site too. Hopefully that way, you can eliminate some of the cards and make your decision quicker. Once you've made up your mind, you don't need to go anywhere else to apply, you can even apply right away, online, at the same site.

If that's not convenience at its best, then what is? This one-stop shop works for me, and maybe for you too!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A golfer's paradise

My better half was quite hooked on golf at one point. He diligently visited the driving range to get in some swings as practise since he's just a beginner. Soon, he got better with the help of a professional golfer and has since started teeing off at the greens.

Recently he came home all excited. He sat me down and showed me the "gem" he had found that day, A Social Network for Golfers! He explained what seemed like alien information to me, but I tried anyway to digest the information seeing that it made him so thrilled. It must be something great for him to be so fired up.

This site is a place for golfers to meet online. Besides connecting with other golfers online, you can also search for golf courses, post your games' scores, learn more about guides on the greens, etc. You can even post photos and write blog entries.

No wonder he was so excited. He has been trying to convince his non-golfer friends to pick up the sport so that he has more company to golf with. That night, after showing me this new-found website, he proceeded to get his few golfer friends as well as non-golfers to visit and sign up for it. Talk about being efficient!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Update about the cats and dog of my life

The cats

Two days ago I noticed Prue wasn't eating and was hardly active. She was warm to the touch and I immediately thought she might be running a fever. I didn't bring her to the vet, just observed her for a bit. Then, Phoebe too was feeling warm and that's when I bundled them into the car and off to the vet.

It turns out that they were both running very high temperature and have some viral infections. My poor girls! They had blood test done on them and was injected to bring down their temperature. We walked out of the vet clinic armed with some fever medication and some antibiotics.

When I got home, I realised that Piper has suddenly become inactive too! I touched her and to my horror, she too was warm to the touch. I kicked myself in the foot for not bringing her to the vet to have her checked too.

After feeding them all with medication, I decided to go on the web and do a search to find ways to help them get better faster. I stumbled upon a site that offers lots of cat information, from health to cat breeds and breeders to resources like cat magazines and even a cat community! Just what I need right now to find like-minded people who can share some ideas and stories with me about my cats' situation right now.

I surfed the site for almost an hour reading up on whatever I could about cat health and then I moved on to read about Siamese Cats. A friend had recently asked for help to find him Siamese Cats for sale.

He loves this breed because they are beautiful, have long limbs and very domesticated with a really friendly character to match, too. It also helps that they are rather easy to care for as they are short-haired but they still love to be combed. I guess all cats no matter long or short-haired love a good brushing, just like my Piper, Prue and Phoebe!

Another reason why my friend prefers the Siamese breed and wants to buy them as kittens is because this breed tends to have a longer life expectancy of around 15 to 20 years or even more for some very well cared for felines. He will surely enjoy having them as family for many years to come starting from their kittenhood.

I immediately contacted him and referred him to the site I found and he's been on it for a while now, absorbing all the information he can find and even shortlisting some breeders he sound from the site. Talk about being efficient!

Anyway, enough about the cats for now. I hope the girls get enough rest and that the medication will work on them to get well soon. Now on to updates on the dog...

The dog

It's quite sad that we've never heard from Pretty's family anymore. The last we heard from the girl who adopted her from us was that Pretty was given to her aunt because her father could not cope with looking after Pretty. During Chinese New Year when we were back in the hometown, we didn't have the time to visit Pretty. I think the next time we are back, we have to make it a point to contact the new family and to see how Pretty is doing. We need to know that she's health and happy.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Where to find bad credit loans

I just saw a website that offers some pretty great service for people who do not have favourable credit to their name. It compiles all available bad credit loans so that you can save your time hunting them down. It's worth the time to check out the site so that you save yourself some stress in your research, too.

Whether it is a credit card, a home loan or a car loan that you need, you will find it all here. This is definitely a one-stop shop for you. Besides, with the choices offered on this site, you are no longer vulnerable in having limited choices and being forced to accept the first offer that comes your way. You will have a suite of products to compare so that you can choose only what fits your best.

Check the website out for yourself and see how it can help you.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Would you pick a labrador or a poodle?

What if you had to choose one of the two breeds and you love them both equally? Well, how about a Labradoodle then? It's a unique cross between a labrador retriever and a poodle. They look rather cute and adorable, in case you're wondering what comes out of the cross breed.

It's not too difficult to find Labradoodle Breeders too. A dog-lover friend found a website on them and showed it to me. That's where I saw the picture of some very cute Labradoodle Puppies for sale.

We can't afford to have dogs right now because we're tied down with caring for our newborn baby. So we will only admire these cute little puppies from the website!

Cherish your loved ones

My four-legged friends have become more than just pets to me. They are part of the family and are as precious as just about any member of the family. I often dread to think of what my life would be like without any of them. It's almost unbearable. I am not good at parting. In fact, I don't think anyone is.

A friend was terribly devastated some time ago when his beloved furry friend returned to the arms of God. The only comfort he could offer himself was the fact that his furry friend didn't suffer from long illness or lived in pain before the final day.

To cherish him and the memory of such a special friend, he went in search for Pet memorial products and saw some selection of Pet Photo Urns that interested him. He wanted a proper final resting place for his beloved friend and so he bought an urn to place in his home. He even checked out customised portrait pet memorial urns.

I don't know exactly what he has done to cherish his friend but I do know that finding these items and providing a proper resting place has helped my friend to heal his pain. We all need to learn to cope with the loss of a loved one...

Monday, February 11, 2008

My furry girls are home from CNY boarding!

They must've been rather angry at us again...this time their boarding was exactly a week. However, Piper seemed less angry this time round, she greeted me when she got home and it wasn't the usual snobbish one that she usually gives me after coming home from boarding. But still, I feel really bad that each time we go somewhere for a holiday or for festive seasons they're always left behind :(

Privacy, please!

I am one of those who hate receiving direct mailers in my postbox, junk mails in my inbox and what's worst of all are the free credit cards which I really don't need. I don't know who the culprits are who sell or give away my contacts to such companies. But how do I prevent myself from getting more of these annoying mails?

Someone introduced me to Life Lock, a service that can help to protect from receiving such things. It's actually more than what I have asked for because it protects me against having my identity stolen for some fraudulent applications. Impressive, isn't it?

LifeLock definitely seems like a good idea in this day and age where hacking on websites are getting more prevalent. Whenever I log into my internet banking accounts, I am always worried of some hidden hacks that are able to deciphere my usernames and passwords.

There are no protections given by any insurers or banks for that matter on any mishaps in the internet world. Maybe is my only answer to the crimes of the cyber world. Perhaps it is yours, too?