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The Abby Chronicles–Weird Things Humans Do

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Here I am, ready to write my story!

Chapter XVI

Have you ever noticed humans do weird things?

For instance, one day I strolled through a room and saw the older human with her back paws in a tub of water. She said she was soaking her feet. Why would you want to deliberately keep your back paws in water for awhile?? You know, I’m a cat and I’m smart, but that’s beyond me.

Later, I walked into another room and saw her with her back paws propped up on a stand. She said she was trimming her toenails. Again, I was perplexed. I mean, to trim my claws I scratch something rough (like the couch—ssh, don’t tell the humans I live with!)

Sometimes the younger human calls me “The Big A”. That I don’t mind. But then she adds, “Wild and hairy”.  “Hairy?” Well, yes, I am “hairy”, or as I prefer, “furry”. I have a medium-length coat, and I’m proud of it, too! I am NOT wild, though! It’s been a long time since I’ve been wild, and I don’t want to go back to those days. Now, I have shelter out of the rain, the wind, and whatever else. No dogs, raccoons, or coyotes live in the house. No cars come in the house, either. I have food, water, and two litter boxes available. I have toys to play with, two humans to answer my beck and meow, and plenty of places to sleep. (Just don’t mention to the younger human that one of those places is the printer beside the computer.  It’ll be our secret, right?)

Oh, I digress. As I said, have you ever noticed humans do weird things? And humans think cats do weird things!

Abby

P. Booher, secretary

 

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Low-tech Car Care Tips for Winter

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For those of us who don’t have garages for our vehicles, winter can bring  challenges that people whose cars sit in garages don’t have to face. With that in mind, here’s a couple tips to make life a little easier on cold mornings.

  1. If possible, park your car so the engine faces the morning sun. Even in very cold weather the sun warms the engine, making it easier to start. This tip came from a co-worker of my mother.
  2. Many newer cars have a more aerodynamic design. For instance, the doors of my car are even with the body. There’s no overhang to protect the door seals from the elements. That presents a problem in winter when a storm hits: depending on the direction the snow or ice comes, the doors freeze shut even though unlocked. For awhile I sprayed cooking spray on the seals. That was a bad idea; a co-worker told me cooking spray deteriorates over time and draws moisture. He suggested buying a can of silicone spray from the auto parts store and applying that to the seals. While the silicone spray costs more than the cooking spray, it lubricates the seals better without breaking down. This is a case where spending a little bit more is worth it!
  3. This next tip isn’t so much for the car, but for animals that may be around the car: Before starting the vehicle,  bang the hood with your hands–make some noise. Cats are known to climb up around the car’s engine, seeking warmth, bringing death to themselves and costly damage to the engine when the vehicle starts. Taking a few extra seconds to warn any cat will save the cat and your engine.

©P. Booher

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Friday Photos–Kozy Kitties

Author’s Note: My friend Lori suggested “Kozy Kitties” for the title, so I wanted to give her credit. “Kozy Kitties” sounded much better to me than my title of “Comfortable Cats”.

Today’s Friday Photos switches from scenery to cats–cats enjoying the comforts of  home.

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Pumpkin and Tiger –cats are known as heat-seekers, and these brothers prove it!

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Boots came to me from a neighbor who couldn’t keep him any more.

Pumpkin and Tiger, along with their mother, brother and sister, were feral cats. After months of dry cat food and milk  the felines decided they really did want to be indoor cats. The above picture shows that while they had to give up the freedom (and dangers) of life in the wild, they learned to appreciate household comforts.

Boots arrived much later. After a few anxious days of hissing, growling, and some feline boxing, the resident cats, of whom two were Pumpkin and Tiger, tolerated Boots.  (I think it helped that Boots was a big cat, as big or even a little bigger than Pumpkin, Tiger, and their brother Shorty.)  Boots tolerated them–a huge step for him because he had been the only cat at the neighbor’s. It required some patience but gradually everybody moved from tolerance to acceptance.

P.Booher

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