Its Me, Ali Z !

OK, Everybuddy, its not Tuesday, but my assistant will not be here on Tuesday, so we are publishing today.

Thank you for sending your questions.  Uh, my Mom says some of you think I am a little harsh, so I am working on that, OK? 

Lets start with the Mountain Girl, KB, who asks "What do you think of my idea that it's my 'Year of the Bobcat'?"   I think any cat can only bring you good fortune for a year, the Bobcat is a strong, intrepid animal who knows exactly what to do in any situation.  Beautiful and exotic, 2010 shall be The Year of the Bobcat for whomever chooses it.  Good luck in your surgery this week, all of us Cats are rooting for you and your recovery. (Also K's whom we just read about!)

From Cloud the Wonderdog:  " Ali Z we luv you just the way you is!  Please answer me dis question, HOW LONG IS DIS WINTER GOING TO LAST??"  Technically, Cloud, it is exactly three months, from December 21st to March 21, in the northern hemisphere, June 21 to September 21 in the southern hemisphere.  Winter is defined as the time when the axis of the earth is pointed away from the sun.  Here in Minniesnowda where I live, its often from December 1st to April 1st Or Longer.  So, in other words, don't hold your breath waiting for warmth on your tummy!

The OP Pack asked "Why would Ali Z want to stay upstairs all alone when she could come down and let Stella entertain her."   Raowr!  Maybe its because the feeling of a big, wet, cold nose intruding onto my body parts really, really annoys me, maybe its because I hate being chased in the house, maybe its because she is big and clumsy and I would rather spend my days in quiet contemplation than to have that dog "entertain" me.  Uh, I hope that answers your questions.

Dennis the Vizsla asks in his unusual spelling: "hay ali z, why do trixie and tucker gang up on me laytly?"
Uh, Dennis, I haven't spoken to either Tucker or the beautiful Trixie lately so I can't really say for sure.  Perhaps it is their way of telling you that they are not really up for any of your freaky adventures right now and if they shoo you off, their chances of avoiding something scary are much better.  Just a guess, though!

Mango asks "Why does Momma insist that I should drink out of my water bowl after I have slobbered in it?
She says Oh, Mango, its your own slobber, just drink."  But I make sad face until she fills it with fresh water. I mean she wouldn't drink the water she spits out after she brushes her toofers, right?:"  Uh, Mango, I really can't speak for your Momma's personal habits, but if fresh water is very important to you, I think you should have it.  Just hold fast with that sad face, until you get just what you want.  Congrats on your second Mango Minster dog show!

The Handsome Joe Stains asks "Why does Cat Poo taste so good, we can't get enough of it?" 
OK, Joe, its true that many other animals, including dogs, eat poo because poo contains vitamins produced by the intestinal bacteria that the animal can't absorb through the intestinal wall.  So they get these vitamins by eating poo.  Dogs and some other animals also eat poo because it contains protein.  Dogs are especially fond of cat poop because it is very high in protein.
But, Joe, don't get the idea that this is OK for you to do, because it isn't.  Poop can contain many parasites, including giardia, coccidia, roundworms and whipworms.  Also clumping litter can cause you serious health problems.  So its best just to ask your Mom for extra protein and FORGET the Cat Poo! 

Thats all for today, Pups and Kitties, thanks for the questions and send some more for next week.  I should appear on my regular day.

Meow, meow,

Ali Zophia


The Thundering Herd said...

Great Q&A. And we have one for you. Why oh why did our hu-dad insist on leaving the windows in the Jeep this weekend as we went on our adventures? We mean, the weather was perfect - snowing and single digit (F) temps.

Samantha said...

You are such a smart advice columnist!!! Great questions and pawsome answers! Great job!
Hugs xo
Sammie and Ozzie

Mango said...

Wow! I learned so much today. Like why cat poop tastes so totally yummers (I like rabbit too). I am also going to work really hard on my sad face.


P.S. I have another question. Why is momma trying to electrocute me? It seems like every time she touches me lately there is a big spark.

Hamish Westie said...

Do you know, one gets the most interesting ideas from reading your column, Ali Z. I had NO IDEA that cat poo was so nutritious. I am going outside right now to look for some. (OK maybe I'll wait until the snow melts..)
Cheers, H.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

hmmmm...pretty smart...for a cat...

word verification: doggin
that must be good luck of something!

The OP Pack said...

We learned from Scout's mom that fig newtons are a good deterrent for poopsicle eating. Mom bought some for us, only problem is TD loves them but Phantom won't touch them, so this plan may not work.

Thanks for answering our question (we think):)

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Twinkietinydog said...

Ali Z! How come I've missed all your posts? I'll just have to go find them :) Loved this. Smart! I'll have to come up with my own questions, but first I have to think hard: I've got too many of them.

Huffle Mawson said...

It's so good to see you back Ali Z!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Ali you are one smart kitty..
Oh Stella we do call Callie the comic relief around here. Always teasing..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

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

Let's hear it fur Stella's nose...

Snoof snoof hurray!
Snoof snoof hurray!!
Snoof snoof hurray!!!


Anonymous said...

No pains, no gains..........................

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

I hear ya on the being chased by furry beasts thing. I like to stay on a human lap so they can run interference for me.


Dory and the Mama said...

What a wise kitty!


Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello ali z its dennis the vizsla dog hay i do not hav freeky adventchers!!! ummm wel ok maybe they ar a littel bit freeky but it is not my fawlt things just seem to happin to me!!! ok bye

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Ali, I think this year will be winter from Oct to April!!! I hope not...

Mom likes the bobcat pic. She just finished painting a bobcat. Oh, and Daddy knocked down the avalanche-in-waiting, BOL!


Martha and Bailey said...

Ali Z, we think your are too smart for a cat.
Are you sure that your are really not a dog in disguise?
We missed you
Martha & bailey xx

Martha and Bailey said...

Could you please remove the 'r' from your to read you!

Ludo van Doggy said...

Great questions this week Ali Z!
You know I be a very good dog because I do not eat Pepe's poo. I just get it out of the litter tray and take it into my grandpawents room and leave it on the floor. But I still get shouted at! How can I stop them?

Faline does not like my cold nose on her furs either. How can I make Faline like me?
~lickies, Ludo

Joe Stains said...

Well our cat poo is deposited in dirt in our yard, so no litter, so I can eat it right?! Actually, Mom keeps a squirt gun outside and sprays us with water if we try to eat the poo. She has some nerve!!