Monday, October 16, 2006

confessions of a catster

today i officially became a crazy cat lady (just in case there was any doubt). i started a catster page for tigerlily and wrote e-vites to other cats so she can have "kitty friends". oh, and i entered a couple of pics in the world's coolest dog & cat show, where you can vote for your favorite pets (or enter them in the competition). not much more than a month ago i would have found this behavior completely absurd and humiliating. i still think it's ridiculous, but i'm doing it anyway...and it is fun. hence the crazy cat lady confession.meanwhile, tigerlily is on an all chicken diet from the vet's latest recommendation. it tastes considerably better than the actual medicine we had been giving her for a while, in fact, she loves it. so since i am cooking up boneless, skinless chicken thighs and shredding them up for her i figured i should get an extra show of cuteness for my efforts. the lily-kins did not disappoint; the standing kitten bit just kills me.

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At October 16, 2006 11:41 PM, Blogger Ivett said...

Love your tiger-leopard. Know my cats, dear Nika... It's funny, I've been working on a Carrington's theater piece project for a long time... I'm still working on it! I'm glad to know that synchronicities exists! The best for you! Keep in touch!

At October 17, 2006 10:35 AM, Anonymous Snorglit said...

Hi Nika. Love these as always. I don't think MizLilyPants can take a bad picture.

If you can find it in your area, you might want to try frozen raw organic chicken medallions (or turky and chicken)
(no affiliation). All you have to do is thaw them out so they're easy to prep and they have additional stuff cats need.

After my bengal died of cancer, I'm trying to feed a more holistic diet to my pets. I also now have a vet that practices holistic/traditional medicine.

Speaking of cancer, not to be a downer or anything, but be careful of vaccinations for Bengals. When I was in my vet's office, there was another Bengal in there with cancer. And I have another friend who's Bengal has cancer. There aren't THAT many Bengals around, so I think that it's VERY odd. The cats were all around 6-8 years old. I'm 99% sure my kittie's cancer was vaccine-induced (I was forced by city ordinances to vaccinate every year). Tarzan had a really bad reaction during one set of shots during his first year. He almost died then. I think that messed up his immune system from that day forward. So, I just think their genetics may have something to do with them not taking traditional vaccines as well.

So anyway, all this from reading TL was eating chicken!! (a good thing, high protein for them!!)

OK, sorry for the long post. Back to enjoying her gorgeousness!!

At October 18, 2006 10:09 PM, Anonymous Veron said...

Standing on hind legs... tail high up in the air... almost too cute!

At October 18, 2006 10:30 PM, Blogger Nika said...

hi snorglit, i really appreciate your post. i think i can get the nature's variety cat food at the pet store i normally go to, but for now i'm going to keep feeding miss lily the cooked chicken thighs. she has been doing really well on it, so we're sticking with it.

it does seem strange that you have run into so many bengals with cancer--i really hope they are not genetically predisposed. did it seem like there were specific vaccinations that tarzan reacted badly to? your story about him was just heart-breaking. seven years old is way too young to loose a kitty.

i want to do the best that i can by lily and that little weiner better appreciate it--i expect her to live to at least 15 (do you hear that lily?)!

thanks again & i'll give tigerlily an extra hug from you tonight.

At October 19, 2006 4:32 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

What a pretty cat! My friend Susan forwarded me your site! We adopted our first cat named Peepers (I come from a dog and bird family!) in February when she came to our front door and we just adopted a second (and final) named Pebbles one a week ago which showed up at my parents house all skinny and homeless. :) Both are mixed breeds and such different personalities but we love them!

I wish I could get ours to play in water!!

At October 19, 2006 6:39 AM, Blogger Emma's Kat said...

So cute! I've always loved Bengals. A friend of mine has one and she is just the sweetest and cutest!

Speaking of vaccine induced cancers, my 7 year old Danny Boy also died from an aggressive cancer. The vet thinks it was from a shot of antibiotics though, given because of an abcess. He had slipped out of the house one night, and the only think I could figure, was that the local tom nicked or bit him in the shoulder. I didn't even know he had a wound (it was so small) until it abcessed. A couple months after the antibiotic shot, he developed a small "bee bee" sized lump in almost the exact spot where he received the shot. That was in Jan. 2004. By the time the vet realized it was serious and what it was, they said it might already have fingered thru his body and could be to the bone. Surgery was so expensive. And they said there was a good chance it would come back before the stitches were even out. And at best, he might have another year with surgery. I felt it would be selfish and just didn't think it fair to put my sweet boy thru all that and have the cancer come back so quickly. So in June we had him put him to sleep. One of the hardest things I've ever done! I did research online as well and it is not just Bengals, it's actually a very common occurance with cats. Most vets now give vaccines in the back leg, so that if cancer were to develop, their leg could be amputated to save their life. Sorry, didn't mean to come on here with a sad comment either. But, it's good to be informed of things like this, so that it can be prevented. I miss my Danny Boy so much!

At October 19, 2006 5:10 PM, Anonymous David E. Francis said...


Does an active feline such as yourself visit other sites of the cat blogosphere? I'm sure that the other kitties would give you a very warm welcome. I'll write a few URLs for you to check out:

They all have extensive lists of links to other feline bloggers.

By the way, I think you are a cutie and I enjoyed reading your last three posts.


At October 19, 2006 6:39 PM, Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Hi Nika! Thanks for visiting my blogs too! I just kept going ohhh, ooooo, ohhh. oooo, I love tigerlilly. She is the most precious kitten! My husband came out to see what all of the fuss was about, and oooohed and ahhhed. I am definately going to link you to peppercats. Don't worry, none of us ever mean to become the crazy cat lady! Thanks for introducing us to her, she looks like such a love.

At October 19, 2006 8:27 PM, Blogger KC said...

Hi, i's an offishul re-purrter fur tha Cat Blogosphere. i's tha cute little Torti 'n my partner is Sanjee. we's gonna list ur bloggie tomorrow 'n we haf tha world's biggest Cat Blogroll. We posts tha news around all tha cat blogs, so come see us.

You are a gorgeous kittie, so nice ta meets ya!

At October 19, 2006 8:29 PM, Blogger KC said...

'n i forgots to say i haf my own bloggie Missy & KC, so stop by 'n sees us.

At October 20, 2006 9:30 AM, Anonymous TigerLily's daddy said...

Emma and Snorglit,
I am so sorry for your losses. Reading these comments made me think of my own wonderful, black cat, Red Dog. As an outdoor cat for a very long time, Red Dog took her share of scratches and lumps. But after moving into a one-bedroom apartment with Nika, my kitty settled down into a wonderfully happy lap cat with seemingly no health problems. She was around 10 years old. One day she seemed listless and bored, the next day she was practically immobile, dehydrated and feverish. The vets found a sizable growth where her liver should have been. The doctors agreed that it was an aggressive cancer with little to no positive prognosis. I have never cried so much in my life. We made the difficult decision to let her pass on peacefully with the help of an in-home vetrinarian visit. My little baby is still very much a part of my thoughts everyday, even while I snorgle our 'Lilkins. Your stories only remind me of how much I miss Red Dog and how much more I appreciate the joy and sadness that our cats can bring us. Peace and love....(I am again on the verge of tears as I write this, Nika says I am a 'sensitve boy.')

At October 21, 2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Pet's are 4 Life said...

Oh my goodness too cute! Bengals are sooo adorable.

At October 23, 2006 7:02 PM, Blogger Victor Tabbycat said...

Hi, Tigerlily! You's doin the Chicken Dance! Don't let yur mom worry bout bein a crazy cat lady; we's got links to ofur 200 ofur cats who blog. So if she's crazy, she's in good company.

At October 23, 2006 7:10 PM, Blogger Bonnie Underfoot said...

Bonnie & Victor's mom here...
On the subject of feline cancer: My vet chose NOT to give Bonnie (9.5 yrs) one of the "routine" vaccinations this year (as long as she's not going outside) because of a suspected increased risk of cancer from that vaccine! I don't remember which one it was... they still get the rabies vaccine. The link between vaccines, cancer, and particularly Bengals may need looking into.

At October 23, 2006 8:40 PM, Blogger Cecilia said...

Oh, you are so pretty.

At December 11, 2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Angela said...

I was so thrilled to see Lily's sweet mug in the Catster contest. What a marvellous win for you all! Congratulations!

At December 19, 2006 11:52 AM, Blogger Mary said...

I too confess to some crazy cat lady cat figaro has a catster page. I'm only 28 I can't be a crazy cat lady yet.


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