Good Day, Kitties and Pups! We have lots of mail so lets get started.
Lets start with a letter from Dexter (Peewee), Mango's little brother who says "I like to be up high and jump on top of anything I can find. Momma thinks I am part cat. Do you think this is possible?
No, Dexter, I have seen you and you are definitely all dog, but you are part Circus Dog, nimble and graceful in your climbing. Your future awaits you in show business, I'd say!
Max, our handsome friend from South Africa says there seem to be an increased number of cats around our neighborhood lately and I have no explanation for it. Do you know?
Max, I can only guess there are a couple of very busy Tom Cats in your neighborhood, or that people, sadly, are dumping kitties rather than take the time to find them good homes. Are there any Kitty rescues in your town?
Samantha writes a question that is from her kitty sis Ozzie. In the evening when I come in for the night, I allow Sammie to sniff me around my head and upper back and neck. Then I often rub against her legs, weaving in and out. Now normally, I don't let that dog near me . Can you explain this:
Ozzie, you are probably both very tired and it feels good to connect with your sister animal, even though,
you might not show a lot of love for each other. Dogs usually move too fast for me to enjoy their company, but if Stella is tired, she is much gentler with me, and I too, allow her some sniffs. Its a good connection at the end of the day!
KB asks if I can talk to her dog K about how dangerous a 200 lb. mountain lion is. The dog keeps telling KB that the lion is no more scary than Ali Z and asks if I can straighten her out!
Oh My, its hard to know where to begin this question. I can be scary, like any cat can be, but my first family declawed me so there is no fear there. But K, you are such a smart dog. I read your blog and your Mom has trained you so well. You must stop thinking you can best this Lion, because you can't. Think of the deer you found (that caused you such trouble), you don't want to end up like that! Be careful,please!
Twinkietinydog has an issue of Romance. She says a while back she fell in love with a RH furiend but he is too busy for her. She says he is super, he is huge, he can fit pairs of shoes on his back, he meditates, but he won't pay any attention to me. What can I do? Oh Twink, I think the best thing you can do is forget about this guy. I know who you are speaking of and its my judgement he is much too large for you to have a good relationship with or any relationship, for that matter. He is kind and gentle and would be just a friend to you, but Romance? Never! Look for someone closer to your size that you could cuddle with and not get crushed!
The OP Pack writes asking how they can get their snow back! Woo, that is a hard one because where you live might not get a lot of snow in winter. Your best bet is to move, or take a couple snowy vacations every winter. Like Minniesnowda, where I live. After December we are seldom out of snow until spring. Or think about visiting the North or South Pole. A dangerous element in the North is hungry Poler Bears and the seas in the South are questionable too. Just hope for more Snow for Kansas and maybe you will get it!
My good friend Huffle Mawson asks me how I got to be so smart! Oh, Huffle, you flatter me as always. I try to learn something new everyday, rely on the ancient intelligence that we cats all have, and what I don't know, I Google. Thats it, Huff!
Giant Speckled Chihuahua wrote Do Cats actually like the taste of themselves? Uhh, Stumpy, I suppose you are referring to when we bathe ourselves. Cats love to be clean, unlike you canines, who have to rely on their people to bathe them and seldom do if they can get by with it. There is little or no "taste" to my furs unless something gets spilled on me, so taste really isn't an issue. We just love cleanliness!
The Poo Question: I had Four poo questions again this week and its a subject I would like to say goodbye to for a while (quite a while) so I will answer these letters in the hope we can close this question.
Kissa-bull asks about tree rat poo (squirrels?) and no, it is not good for you, sniff it but don't eat it.
Joe Stains says if he can't eat cat poo do I think peanut butter covered bacon is safe? No, Joe, its full of fat and if you eat much you will have the same problem as Doofus. Think chicken, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.
Cloud the Wonderdog said last week he ate rabbit poo which he found sitting on top of the snow like caviar on ice! Good grief, Cloud, don't eat any other animals poo! None! Ever!
Dennis the Vizsla dog asks if he washes the cat poo very thoroly say in our water bowl is it safe to eat then?
No, it isn't Dennis, because the bacteria is on the inside as much as the outside.
To end this, I suggest you read Martha and Bailey's letter of last week where she speaks of a dog Now At the Rainbow Bridge who ate lots of cat poo and thats how he got there!
Thank you for your letters and my next column will be next Tuesday February 2nd. Please send your questions to arrive by then.