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    Any insights into Lucy's cute and unusual new behavior?

    A bit of background before I get to my question.  My beautiful 7 year old black girl, Lucy, is a bottle fed baby.  Other than the occasional late night catawauller and a sonorous purr, she rarely vocalizes.  Instead of talking, Lucy shows me what she wants.  First she will gain my attention...
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    DIY Cat Self-Scratcher

    A friend sent me a link to this video that describes how to make a simple self-scratcher for your cat using wooden cleaning brushes.  I haven't made one yet, but it looks like something my cats would enjoy.  Yours might too.
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    Bird feeders and rats?

    We have 4 bird feeders. 3 hang from shepherd's hooks near windows to entertain Archie and Lucy; 1 hangs from a tree further from the house. We've had the feeders for years.  The cats love them.   The other night, Archie woke me up at dark-o-clock pounding on the window beside my bed.  He stood...
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    Nutrition and UTI - Seeking Advice

    First off, I wasn't sure if this thread belongs in Cat Health or Cat Nutrition.  Apologies if it is misplaced. Poor Lucy.  She contracted a UTI.  Friday night, I noticed that she took a long time to urinate.  Frequent and long trips to the litter box with minimal elimination. There were no...
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    Why Did American Cats Get Blamed for So Many Divorces

    Why Did American Cats Get Blamed for So Many Divorces​...amusing story from the Atlas Obscura.
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    Can you add the Ripple Rug to the review section

    Thanks in advance.
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    Meet Smalls - a heartwarming story about rescued kitty with a birth defect

    This is a wonderful story with a happy ending about Mouse (AKA Smalls) who was born with a birth defect that stunted the growth of his front legs. Thanks to some caring folks, he was rescued and eventually found his forever home.  The video is especially touching; you will probably need a hanky...
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    Cats in Black and White (B&W photos)

    No, I don't mean tuxedo cats, I'm talking about B&W photos of your beautiful companion.  I couldn't find a thread dedicated to black and white pictures, so I thought I'd start one.  Here's a few of mine.  I look forward to seeing your cats in black and white.  Archie enjoying the setting sun...
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    Changes to Tidy Cats Litter Formulation?

    We've used Tidy Cats litter for ages.  I like this brand because it produces very little dust and Archie and Lucy tolerate it.  But about a month ago, after buying a replacement container, I noticed a giant dust cloud when I poured the litter into the the cat boxes.  At first I thought it was my...
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    Can you add the FurBeGone to the review section

    Here's the Amazon link:  Thanks in advance
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    Thula - Portrait of a 6-year-old autistic artist and her therapy cat

    If you haven't heard about Thula, the Maine Coon therapy cat, and her autistic friend the story is definitely worth a read - it is very touching and heartwarming.  And the photographs are great too: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/11/health/turning-points-iris-grace-autism/index.html
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    Any thoughts or feedback on TerraMax Omega 3 Fish Oil?

    Hi, I have been thinking about ordering Dr. Mercola Krill oil as a supplement to help with inflammation in my 5 year old tabby, Archie.  When I searched for it on Amazon, TerraMax Omega 3 Fish Oil also showed up.  Like Mercola, TerraMax comes in a pump and it's quite a bit less expensive...
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    Spike!

    I first met Spike at a friend's New Years Eve party and fell, instantly, in love with him. Sadly, he has suffered a traumatic life.  Spike was in a terrible fight, which damaged his right eye and left ear.  His owners did not want to care for a sick kitty and abandoned him.  Fortunately, some...
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    Manny the Selfie Cat!

    If you haven't seen Manny and his amazing selfies, it's quite a hoot.   Be sure to click thru the slide show; there are many great pictures.  Manny is quite talented.  Now I have to see if I can train Archie to operate a camera...
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    Has a cat ever saved your life?

    I don't mean figuratively as in the paw print that asks, "Who Rescued Who?"  I mean literally.  Here's my story. Some years ago, we shared a house with 4 or 5 cats and my tricolor collie.  One night while sleeping, I awoke to the most god-awful sound.  All of the cats were racing around the bed...
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    Questions about Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dry Food?

    I've got a nagging question about Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dry Food that I'm hoping members here can help me with.  I searched the forums, but didn't find a thread that addressed my specific question. My cats have been on a combination of various wet foods and Wilderness Indoor Chicken Dry food...
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    Anyone have recent problems with petco.com?

    I had a recent problem with an order from petco.com.  I thought I would see if my issue is unique or if others have experienced similar issues.   I prefer shopping at the brick & mortar store, but my near-by store has trouble maintaining stock on some items. So I occasionally order from...
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    Review for pussycat.com cat furniture

    Hi, I would like to review the cat furniture by pussycat.com, but can't find the products listed in the review section.  It's amazing furniture. The link to the company is: https://pussicat.com/about-our-product.htm Thanks in advance.
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    Introducing Archie and Lucy

    Hi Everyone, I'm a long time cat caretake and new member.  I'd like to introduce you to my beautiful companions, Archie and Lucy. Archie Lucy - yes, she knows she's beautiful We live in Louisiana where I recently retired.  Now I have lots of time to dote on and photograph my cats :-)...
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