Magic Cat

A picture of Magic for you to admire, ‘coz he’s cute.


Another Weekend With Patrick

Patrick was with us for the weekend!

Because we were away last weekend we didn’t have him come and stay, and it was really nice to see him again.

He’s as snuggly and wiggle-bummed as ever, and he, Riddick and Penny play each other into exhaustion!


We got an email update from Patrick’s trainer too: Patrick is improving with the training after last time we met, so far we have done bonding and assessment all went well. Patrick is playful which is because of his immaturity. He has barked a few times at black ladies but we are working on it with exposure. He’s really cute always showing me some affection. Until next time.



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Twister Had His Surgery

I dropped off a very hungry little Twister at the vet this morning, for his castration surgery.

Last week I blogged about how they couldn’t do a regular neuter op ‘coz one of his testicles hadn’t descended and they had to do an op similar to a spaying in order to find the “missing” ball, as well as fix his teeth (his baby teeth hadn’t fallen out properly, making his breath stink something awful).
Today was the day.

I went to collect him at 5pm, and the vet told me they had fixed his teeth and given him a long-term antibiotic to help with the gum irritation where his baby teeth had been, and she gave me eye drops for when his eyes weep a little (in case I didn’t mention it before, his eyes aren’t properly formed either).
And she told me that the testicle that hadn’t dropped had never formed at all, so there hadn’t been one to find!

Our Twister certainly has the right name!

And the vet was very apologetic that neutering our Twister had ended up costing so much – we adopted him from the same vet, where he had been raised after being dropped there as a tiny 2 week old foundling!

Now he’s home, and a little sorry for himself, but he ate all his supper and I’ve put a water bowl on the floor for him ‘coz jumping up is still uncomfortable with the stitches in his tummy.

Little Mister Twister

Our little Twister is almost 6 months old so I dropped him at the vet this morning for his castration appointment.
I asked them to look at his mouth while he was under anesthetic as his breath smells too TERRIBLE! This is never a good sign with a cat – and he battles to eat even cooked chicken unless I break it up for him so I know something’s up.
And depending on whether the vet who raised him had already tested him or not, I was considering asking them to do a FeLV test too.

I was really hope his stinky mouth was nothing serious… His toes, tail and eyes are deformed so I am sort of bracing myself for other issues as he grows up…

And I was going to wait another month before castrating him so he could grow a bit more, but his smelly breath is getting worse and he’s growing so nicely, I don’t want him to start losing weight.


Our poor Twister… He really is twisted! The vet called me this afternoon.
She doesn’t feel an FeLV test is necessary, but our kitty’s one testicle hasn’t descended and they will have to go looking for it as its not even in the canal where they would have expected to find it at this stage!
As for his smelly breath, it seems some of his baby teeth haven’t fallen out pro
perly and are loose but still in his gums, so they have to take them out for him. They are full of old food and irritating his gums a bit, which is where the smell is coming from. Thank goodness this means he’s not in pain!

They’ve rescheduled his surgery for Monday as they will need a longer lasting anesthetic to do a bigger op than was planned for today. As a result of his “missing” testicle his castration will be a bigger surgery as they have to open him up to find it, and they will fix his teeth at the same time.
At least its not serious gingivitis and removing the baby teeth should sort the problem out, and she gave him an anti-inflammatory shot for the little bit of gum irritation.

As for the rest of him, his foster mommy is thrilled with how much he’s grown  and how well he’s doing.

He’s getting on better and better with the other cats. Magic still growls at him but he doesn’t run away. He has no problem with the dogs, often sharing a bed with them.
And he’s responding well to training too. He’s already learned “off”, which comes in useful since he’s lately taken to lying on top of my microwave when its warm after being used, and I can’t have cats on my kitchen counters. He’s also learning “no” which I use when he tries to climb on our laptops, and I’ve started teaching him “sit”! Its interesting to see him learn since my other cats have learned from my hand signals and my voice, Twister is responding mainly to my voice command.

Could Penny Be The Ambassadoggy?

We’ve entered our Penny into Mnet’s channel 105 Ambassadoggy competition!

A Weekend With Patrick

We got to fetch guide-dog-in-training Patrick for this long weekend just past.
When I went to fetch Patrick, trainer Hayley went to fetch him from his kennel for me.
When she came back to the kennel office with him she wasn’t entirely sure if she had fetched Patrick or his brother Pedro as they are hard to tell apart – but when he saw me he did a galloping, bouncing run across the office straight to me!
It was so adorable!
Then I showed her a couple of ways to tell Pedro and Patrick apart if she needs to – Patrick’s eyes droop more than Pedro’s do, giving him the ultimate “puppy eyes” expression, and Patrick is pigeon-toed!

a sleepy Patrick

Patrick’s Guide Dog training is progressing well. There is a little suspicion and some dog distraction, but those aren’t news to us and they are working on it. His trainers are positive they can deal with these little issues.

Its always wonderful to have our puppies visit, but this weekend we weren’t home much…

And even though poor Patrick came home with kennel cough (all the dogs including Patrick are being dosed with Moducare and Viral Choice), he didn’t let it get him down.
Here he is, pretending not to be at all interested in my slipper…

And then I caught him red-pawed!

He’s so funny – he picks it up and shakes it and trots around trying to get the other dogs to play too, and then he flops down onto his back, holding the slipper in his front feet as he chews on it!

And here’s Patrick, Riddick and Penny, fast asleep on Saturday night.


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Playing With Riddick

How gorgeous is our Riddick…

Our sweet Riddick loves nothing better than playing a game of fetch, even as his vision deteriorates.

He knows his garden and his house, so he knows where he can run safely without running into anything.

We do have to leave Penny inside or I have to hold her when we play, ‘coz she gets to the ball first!

I’m sure you’ve seen this blue forever ball on my blog before – and this July it will be two years old! It was the best R250 we ever spent! The balls are now more expensive, but well worth it if you have Labs – they are VERY hard on their toys! We are actually going to get a yellow or white one as Riddick sees the lighter colours better than his blue ball. We’ll put jingle-ball cat toys inside the new ball as we have with this blue one, as long as it moves Riddick can hear the bells inside and then he can find it.

I have the contact details of the makers of the genuine forever ball if you’d like to get one for your pooch. They initially started making them so that their Pitbulls could have a ball that actually lasted more than a minute! There are a few replicas out there, but they do not last like the genuine article though.

I’m A Zombie

Our Riddick did not sleep last night.

Which means I didn’t sleep.

In our house we do last busies at 11pm and then lock the house, all the puppies go to their beds and go to sleep.

But last night Riddick didn’t go to sleep as usual. Every time he got up and paced around the room I woke up. Then he’d stand next to my bed and chuff softly at me and wake me up.
At around 1am Neels took him out, he had a piddle and they came back inside. Around 1:30am I couldn’t stay awake anymore and it seemed Riddick had gone to sleep too.
He woke me again at 4am and I took him out, he busy’d #1 & #2, drank some water and we went back inside.
Then woke me again with his soft chuffing at 6am, which is just a little earlier than I normally get up anyway.

He still seems a little restless, and the last time he was so restless he started throwing up and he had a blockage that needed surgery, so I’m watching him like a hawk…

Twister Has Grown!

He’s had his latest shots and thanks to the vet who raised him he has no problem getting in and out of the crate or riding in the car.

She came to say hello to him when we were done with his inoculations and she could definitely see he’d grown. We’re getting to know his limitations too – because his eyes aren’t quite right his depth perception is a little off, so when he jumps onto something he occasionally overshoots his mark. :D He loves playing in the bath. A little jingle-ball rolls around like mad when swatted only slightly and he bounces around after it ‘coz it doesn’t really roll away.
He’s happily using the same litter boxes that the other cats use, so they’re all in one bathroom again – he hasn’t messed anywhere else except for his first #2 – which was next to the box, and I simply picked it up and put it in the box and it didn’t happen again.

I got a picture of the underside of Twister’s right front paw, so you can see just how deformed this foot is. The other foot is also “twisted” but not as much as this one.

Twister has no trouble sharing the bed with the dogs, although him being visually challenged doesn’t help him get out the way when my blind Riddick jumps on the bed and practically tramples him!

He is no longer locked away in the spare room except for meal times as he’s still on kitten food and I don’t want the other cats eating his or vice versa. He’s trying very hard to work out how to get onto the chest freezer, which is where the other three cat’s food is and where they eat.

He’s happily roaming the house freely, with Magic the only one who still growls at him. Greebo and Minx aren’t growling, but if he gets too close they take a swat at him as cats do.
He doesn’t pester them though, unlike a very young kitten he backs off the second one of them makes it clear he’s too close.

He’s such a snuggler, sleeping on our bed between my Glugster and I, and sleeping on top of my Glugster when he has the chance!

He’s responding nicely to “No!”, with a tap on his nose if he ignores me. I don’t want him climbing on our laptops or climbing the curtains, and the spray bottle works wonders too.

Thelma and Louise…

I had to giggle last night…
When we brought the dogs inside after their last “busy”, Thelma and Louise went straight into the walk-in cupboard where they sleep, but Thelma slammed on brakes and at first refused to go in!
Thelma and Louise each have a cushion, and Twister was lying on one of them!
When we adopted Thelma and Louise, I trained them that the cats were out of bounds so if the cats do get on their cushions they steer clear!
The walk-in doesn’t have a door BTW.
The space is as big as it is in the picture, they each have a bed ‘coz they don’t snuggle even with each other, and I block the door with a kist so they don’t roam at night.
I also put them in there during a thunderstorm or fireworks as Louise barks at very loud noises and their “kennel” makes them feel safe.

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