Monday, August 20, 2012

Crazy Cat Laws

From what I can glean from some research on cat bylaws, there has been a few very whacky ones around. Here are some of them, I'm sure there are more:
Cats may not yowl after 9 p.m. in Columbus Georgia.
You may not keep a pet cat and a pet bird on the same premises in Reed City, Michigan.
Cats living in Cresskill, New Jersey, must wear three bells to warn birds of their whereabouts.
I Lorinc, Hungary, cats can only be taken to the streets on leashes.
Cats in International Falls, Minnesota, are not allowed to chase dogs up telephone poles.
It is illegal for a cat to fight a dog in Barber, North Carolina.
In the 9th century, King Henry I of Saxony decreed that the fine for killing a cat was 60 bushels of corn.
At the time of my writing my memoir, Two Feral Waifs, Halifax city council was debating a cat bylaw. The debate seemed to go on and on to the point where more important matters of concern where being left aside. Some of the proposals seemed just as silly as the laws stated above.  Two Feral Waifs, my second Kindle publication is a short story about how my wife and I rescued two feral cats and a stray cat from the harsh Canadian winter. Of 16 cats that we have owned, we rescued 14 of them from cold, sickness, and starvation. These were the lucky ones. Unfortunatley, I can't take in every stray cat in Halifax, but if each cat lover does their part, there will be much joy.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Sphynx

Ever hear of the Sphynx. I'm not talking about the monument in Egypt that sits among the pyramids. The sphynx is a domestic house cat that is all but hairless. The gene that gives rise to the lack of hair is recessive and may be passed down to many generations of cats before it comes to light.
Sphynxes are affectionate and intelligent animals that soon establish a close bond with their people. The character of the sphynx has been described as part cat, part dog, part monkey and part child, and this is certainly not far from the truth. Sphynxes are sociable and love human company and also get along well with cats and other pets.
You should never condemn the sphynx to a solitary existence because they need lots of contact and attention to keep them happy. If they don't get it, they will mope and in some cases quite literally die of loneliness.
Care consists of bathing, cleaning the ears a little and clipping the claws a bit. This cat must be bathed or it will begin to stink. This is because sphynxes perspire just like people, and they produce a lot of sebum. (Sebum is an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands in mammalian skin. Its main purpose is to make the skin and hair waterproof and to protect them from drying out. An excess of sebum, however, can make the skin or hair oily, and it can begin to smell when broken down by bacteria outside the body. The sebaceous glands are usually attached to hair follicles, but they also exist in some hairless areas of the human body, such as the eyelids, where they add sebum to tears to keep the eye moist.) Sphynx owners should wash their cats twice a month with a neutral pH shampoo.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Winter 2012

In February, there was a little grey and white female cat hanging around a nursing home and a hospital near an industrial park where my wife works. She brought her home in a box covered by another box. The cat was surviving on handouts from people who were good enough to share tuna fish sandwitches and the like. When my wife opened the bo,x the little cat hid in a corner in the basement for several days only coming out to eat, drink and use the cat box. At the time, we had three other cats and the orange one in particular thought it would be good to put this cat in its place. We looked through a book of 5001 names and came up with the name Nya, meaning precious one. The next step was to get Nya to the vets for de-worming and needles. It was a job to get her into the cat carrier because she didn't like being picked up. She would squirm and wiggle with claws cutting into flesh, but we managed it. Fast forward to August and she's getting along with the three other cats and eating more than they are all put together. She goes out but stays close to home and comes in when she's called. She's a beautiful cat who came to us on the heels of Shadow who was put down for cancer a few days before she arrived. She doesn't replace shadow, but she reminds me of him because of the timing.