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      Thursday, May 12, 2005

11:52 AM - 05/12/2005

The topic: From the Mailbag


I got this in my email yesterday:



“I recently had two indoor cats go missing. One two weeks ago and the other 4 days ago. I have placed fliers on poles, hadned them out to everyone I saw, walk the area 3-5 hours a day, placed wet and dry food at front and back doors, check shlters daily and just placed a trap at a possible sighting. Is there any advise you could give me or ideas on how to lure them home? I am exhausted and devastated by this ordeal and am desperating trying to find them. i would greatly appreciate any assistance you could give me.



Lorey, what an awful thing to have happened.  If you haven’t yet, check out my webpage Finding Your Lost Cat, written by Sharon Talbert of Friends of Campus Cats.

First and foremost, keep in mind that they’re most likely quite close to home.  And because they left so close in time, most likely together. 

Look for them in the evening and at night.  Cats are nocturnal and they’ll probably be sleeping and hiding during the daylight hours, coming out when the sun goes down.  Put something with your scent by your door (on your porch if you’ve got one).  Get a flashlight and look under bushes and around planted areas.  Think like a cat.  Where would you go if you were terrified and wanted to hide? 

Put food out for them. Don’t give up.

Good luck.


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11:36 AM - 05/12/2005

The topic: Gardening


Last Saturday, we went to Denny’s Diner in Santee for breakfast. Our usual Saturday breakfast restaurant, Izzy’s Cafe in El Cajon was closed for a two week vacation.  (If you’re a San Diego local, try it, they’re open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch; great food, great prices, great service.) I kind of wanted to look at those little rolling cultivators for around the pool area.  The weeds were coming back after all that work the gardeners had done. Pulling the grass is not the same as digging deep and getting the roots and as long as the roots are there, the grass will come back.

So, after breakfast, we drove over to Home Depot and I got my little cultivator and we also looked through their plants.  Since we can’t afford to pay the girls to buy the plants and do the work, we thought ‘what the hell’ and Brian picked out some ferns and I picked out some of those really neat “Lily of the Nile” plants.  Brian had been reluctant to get anything with color for the bank area, since when they’re not in flower, he really doesn’t care for how the plants look.  But these Lily of the Nile plants look okay without flowers, they’d blend with the rest of what we’ve got there.  So, we got some of those to go with the ferns.

When we got home, Brian placed the plants on the new brick wall and the cats had to (of course) check everything out. (As usual, clicking on an image will take you to a larger version, over at the Family Album site.)



Sagwa and Oliver check out a new fern

Opie and Joey join Oliver and Sagwa


Joey sniffs the Lily of the Nile as Oliver looks on

I think one of the big reasons the ferns had such a deep interest for most of the cats was the fact that the Home Depot has at least one resident cat for rodent control. I saw this cat strolling through the garden section.


Opie takes a break from the inspection team, resting in the wheelbarrow

As Brian got the plants in the ground, the cats weren’t quite so curious about the new stuff.  They went off to their various daytime nap areas, while Brian planted and cleaned up the mess left by the gardeners.  (They were hard workers, but Brian had quite a bit to do before the area by the side of the house was presentable; huge dirt piles from what they’d taken from the bank, tools, all of the aloe vera plants they’d pulled up….)

Chandler surveys the yard


Even Little Bit gets into the spirit, laying down in the Mondo grass

Little Bit is still pretty shy, but she’s letting me get closer to her.  She just watches me, interested in what I’m going to do.  She’s not hissing at the other cats like she did so much in the beginning and I think she might even be ready to make a friend or two.  That would be so nice, I hate to see her all by herself.


Rachel squints into the setting sun


Rachel stolling through the newly planted foliage

I think the cats are really going to enjoy the plants.  They already like grabbing at the taller plants and nibbling on the grassy stuff growing from the top.  It’s going to look really nice when it’s all filled in (I just took a couple of photos and it’s already looking fuller) and I know the cats will have great fun running, hiding from and chasing one another.

I’ll be taking many pictures of them as they do.

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08:58 AM - 05/12/2005

The topic: Dinner


I’ll be making spaghetti for dinner tonight.  I’ll cook up some fresh garlic and onions, add them to browned ground beef.  Put the mix into a crockpot, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, a little brown sugar, some basil and oregano and let it simmer all day long.

I’ll serve it with some warmed garlic cheese breadsticks.


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08:03 AM - 05/12/2005

The topic: DeeJay


DeeJay is peeing blood again.  I started him on Orbax last week and he got better.  I guess I didn’t give it too him long enough, because he’s doing it again.


Back to the meds.  If this doesn’t work, I’ll try the stuff I give Annie (the same thing Lucky got after she’d been diagnosed with kidney failure and got a bladder infection), except I’ll split the pills further since he’s so thin.

I should have known something was up when he was crankier than usual.  He’s eating good, though and he poops a phenomenal amount.  And for those of us who are poop watchers (cat people can seem pretty strange, but we know what looks healthy), his stools are well formed and *koff* fragrant.  I just wish he didn’t drag his butt when he was done.  (He’s not able to use toilet paper, so he does the dragging thing to clean off.)  That wouldn’t be a huge problem, except he sleeps on my pillow and his tail and butt smell like poop until he cleans them off.  Lovely. Just lovely.

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