Its Me, Ali Z!


Good Morning all you Kitties and Pups!  Now that it is getting cold and snowy where I live, its easy to want to sleep in in the mornings, do you find it so?  We have lots to talk about so lets get started.

I am very concerned about Cloud.  He tells me he thinks I feel he is wasting his life barking and striking fear into the hearts of squirrels and asks what I think he should do instead.  Until I read an frightening article on the BBC news, I only felt he should do as he wished.  Now, however a Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog' .

Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report.
Look at this article which describes a pack of black Russian squirrels . I only hope Cloud pays attention to this and realizes the possible danger involved.  Here is a picture of one of these vicious creatures.

Our good friend Zim writes and asks : "Wowzers!  Do you really play the piano?  What kind of music do you play?"  Zim, many people who have cats are surprised to know we enjoy playing the piano.  People go off to work and kitties open the piano and enjoy the music they make.  What kind you ask?  Almost every kind we have heard.  Kitten on the Keys, Ragtime, classics, jazz, we love it all.  Thanks for writing, Zim.

From Martha and Bailey Basset comes this question:  We really think you are one smart cat (thank you!).  Have you ever thought of becoming a dog?    Ohhhhh! what a shocking question, Martha!  Did you know cats outnumber dogs by millions as house pets in the USA, UK and many countries of Europe?  In the USA alone, there are about 60 million cats kept as pets.  There are about five hundred million pet cats in the world!  Why would I wish to join the minority, the less popular dog??  I am very happy being a cat!  Thanks for writing, Martha, and please write again.

We have three carryovers from last week that we must do today!  Chester wrote us some very kind words about enjoying our words on Tuesdays and asked if we are just as wise on the other days of the week!  Of course, Chester, I spend time on the other days of the week learning from books and the web.  Knowledge is a wonderful thing, don't you think?  Good to hear from you, Chester! 

Samantha asks a question about her family cat, Ozzie, who snuggles up to Sammie, rubs up againster her legs, and lets Sammie sniff her UNTIL  they realize their people are looking , then the hisses start!   This is really too bad isn't it, since you both seem to like each other but feel you must "put on a show for your pawrents."  I'm sure your pawrents would like this action very much, and I think if you felt you wanted to continue it, you should.  However, from personal experience, I find that all Stella wants to do is stick her cold nose up under my tail and I find that quite disgusting so I put a quick stop to it.  You dogs can get a little pushy about this affection between us cats and dogs.  Uh, do write again Sammie and let us know how this is going.

One of our favorite cats, Huffle, wrote about cats wearing clothes such as dogs sometimes do.  She says,
I don't usually wear clothes but your Mom is going to make me a husky fur sweater that I will wear proudly! I hope you don't think less of me, Ali Z.   Oh, no, Huffle, I never could, you have been such a wonderful friend to me.  I know you suffer in the Winter cold, so this will be a blessing for you and you will love to wear it.  I think we were mostly talking about silly clothes like costumes and the like for cats.  Do write again, Huffle!

Thats it for today, Kitties and Pups, again, I want to warn Cloud about squirrels who just get fed up about being constantly barked at, and attack dogs as a pack.  As much as we banter, I think both Cloud and I really like each other and I would hate for harm to come to him.  Can't you talk your Mom into teaching you how to paint?  I paint quite often and its a wonderful form of expression as your Mom knows.

We are saving a letter from our pal Max for next week.  He wrote about the Manx cat which is fascinating and I am gathering info for him.

Meow, meow,

Ali Zophia


Hamish Westie said...

Hi Ali Z
As always, I read you advice column with great interest. I cannot agree with your view that it is better to be a cat because there are more of you. Surely there is a certain cachet attached to being a member of a more exclusive club?
Oh. and another thing. Tell me, as a mere domestic cat, and I think, a fellow reader of Max from South Africa's blog, do you feel any sense of inferiority when you compare yourself with all those wonderful members of the cat family (lions etc.) that live in his wonderful country?
Just wondering....
Cheers, H.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


PeeEssWoo: Hi Stella! I hope woo are snoofin' some of the glorious SNOW fur me!
PeePeeEssWoo: My word is ALIGNAC!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

well done once again on the advice column Ali-Z!

Martha Basset said...

Hi Ali Z
As always we just love your post!! We also loved Hamish Westie's response - that should give you something to get your claws into for next week.
You really are a most informed cat - we just sometimes think you are smart enough to be a dog!!!
love you lots
Martha & Bailey xxxx

The Army of Four said...

Thanks for answering my question, Ali Z! Dave LOVES jazz and wants to come over next time you sit down to play some. Would that be OK?
Play bows,

Chester said...

You are right, Ali Z-knowledge is a good thing and I am leavin' with more than I came here with. Thank you for sharin' your vast wisdom with us.

Chester ;0=)

Sierra Rose said...

Hi Ali Z and Stella!
Nice to visit, not sure mom and I have dropped by before.
Great answers! I have to say, I had a little 'encounter' with Ozzie, over at Golden Samantha's house....Sammie stepped in, thankfully, as I wasn't sure about handling the situation. We wern't cuddling, I just thought Ozzie would play with me, like Sammie does, and so went over to get the 'fun'started. I was in for a bit of a surprise!

Anyway...will drop by again!
Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and her mom

Samantha said...

Dear Ali Z,
You are very wise and I am fascinated by your knowledge. thanks you so much for answering my question - I'm honored that you had time to do that and help us fur creatures out over here. We'll try to play pals even when mom and dad are watching! And your advice to the others was interesting to us too!
Huggers xo
Sammie and Ozzie

Huffle Mawson said...

Thank you Ali Z. I am glad to be your friend!

Mack and Sally Ann said...

I had a question. What about me?
Sally Ann

The OP Pack said...

Thanks for all the answers, Ali Z. That story about the squirrels is horrifying. Just more evidence that we dogs need to get better organized and deal with those pesky critters.

Woos, the OP Pack

Princess Eva and Brice said...

The squirrel is pretty but we stay away from them when they start running in a pack.

Princess Eva

The Thundering Herd said...

Your advice column is great, but we always feel just a little left out. See, for some bizarre reason, on the rare times that we see cat, it gets all hissy and spitting at us. Do you think we are intimidating?

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

OMD Ali, that's straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie!!! That is horrifying! And do you know what? WE HAVE BLACK SQUIRRELS HERE! My town is somewhat famous for them. There were two in my yard yesterday!

But you know I can't back down from a squirrel Miss Ali, I am a terrier after all. It's not possible. I must continue fighting the good fight. I thank you for your concern, but the day I don't bark at a squirrel is the day I can no longer call myself a dog. And you're right, I really do like you Ali, in spite of your being a cat and all. I would really love to play wiff you and see if you run away when I jump around like Boomer does.

Oh, and mom doesn't let me near her paints ever since I jumped onto her lap uninvited and stepped on her palette and tracked paint all over the floor a couple years ago. :-(

Miss Ali, I want to know, what is your favorite food?


PS. I missed you on Monday, I even drove the car and washed dishes fur you. :-)

MAX said...

Hey there Ali-Z
You have one of the best Tuesday collumns on the block !(I mean blog!) We look forward to it so much! Congrats!
Now, your first new name...."THE SQUIRREL WHISPERER!". Poor Cloud - you have frightened his Mom somewhat! But it's fascinating.
The second new name - and this is in anticipation - "THE LION TAMER". I can just see you and "Meg" or "Butterscotch" making friends. No, better not, we need to be cautious with the larger kitties.
Thanks for a great post. I wont bother you with a question this week, but will wait for all your Manx info next week?
Lots of licks
ps you are a beautiful little lion!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Wilbur has had to wear a shirt before. He and Mom actually have matching shirts. I think we've posted that picture before, but we'll have to dig it out again.

My mom likes to learn new things and she uses Wikipedia a lot. Is that how you became so smart?