morgandawn: (Cat Basket Going To Hell?)
am working on Vividcon plans. we just spent 4 days trying to trap an injured feral cat on our property (we were successful. or rather all the people who did the work were. I was cheerleading and getting sunburned) so we've fallen waaaaay behind.  and today we are off to see a specialist that we've been trying to see for 10 months (he travels doing medical research). and [personal profile] xlorp is in the midst of emergency coverage for 2 co-workers who are out on family leave/vacation. and....

morgandawn: (Cat Basket Going To Hell?)
New hard drive install and image restore went well. I was on my way by Monday. But even with all the software reinstalled I had to deal with

*corrupt outlook pst files
*multiple daily backups had to be tested and restored
*set up a weekly image backup - tested and restored
*fiddle with all the USB ports - matching USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 to make said backups faster
*order new USB hub, external hard drive and power strips
*buy a new vacuum cleaner (yes ours died) to have [personal profile] xlorp vacuum under the desk and behind the computer tower (dust!!)

then deal with (mainly driver problems)
*DVD player that won;t burn
*printers that won't print
*scanner that won't scan

all the while
*frantically testing DIY security cameras before the house next door gets torn down and rebuilt (with construction comes theft and break-ins).
*trying to create a front yard habitat for the feral cat living in a shed in the next door house about to be torn down. The shed protects her from coyotes at night and she will not enter our back yard due to another cat who has taken up residence

We're still not done with all of these so will continue to be elusive and non-resposnive
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
Posted in full at: at January 05, 2017 at 09:15AM

Massive recall of cat food underway:


Multiple cat food companies have voluntarily recalled dozens of their products over concerns the pets could get sick from eating them. Certain cans of cat fold from 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty did not have the proper amount of thiamine, which is also known as Vitamin B1, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which announced the recall Tuesday.

The products affected were all distributed for retail between Dec. 20 and Tuesday. A full list of the canned cat food recalled follows below:


Meaty Pate Chicken and Tuna 13 oz.

Meaty Pate Seafood Platter 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate Super Supper 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate Super Supper, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate Super Supper 13 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken Dinner 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Liver and Chicken, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans

Meaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish 5.5 oz.

Seafood Poultry Variety Pack 5.5 oz.

Meaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans


Mixed Grill Dinner 13 oz.

Special Kitty

Beef and Liver Dinner 13 oz.

Classic Tuna Dinner 13 oz.

Mixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap, 12 pack of 13 oz. cans

Mixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap 13 oz.

Super Supper 13 oz.

As of Wednesday morning, there was no information about parent company J.M. Smucker offering any refunds for the potentially affected cat food. Instead, the company instructed customers who purchased any of the above products to stop feeding their cats the food and to call 1-800-828-9980 or email

Low levels of thiamine could result in a cat having symptoms ranging from a lack of an appetite to seizures. While thiamine deficiency can be serious for cats, it can be treated if detected early.

A separate recall of cat food was issued in June when products from the Rad Cat Raw Diet may have been contaminated with either Salmonella or Listeria, or both, the FDA announced at the time.

Tags:some of these may be borrowed tags, psa, dogs and cats living together, meret118, DWCrosspost
Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)

Always make certain you have enough pet crates and vehicles large enough to evacuate your animals in case of emergency.

“When they departed in a rush, they had been unable to fit their large St. Bernard, Stinky, in the car. “He followed us for a few miles, then we had to speed away and we lost him,” Candlario recalls.

He had tweeted a social media plea for neighbors to watch out for the dog but was overjoyed to find upon his return that Stinky was waiting at the ranch house.

“There he was,” says Candlario. “I can only imagine what he had to go through to find his way back during that fire.”


Last Night

Apr. 25th, 2015 09:01 am
morgandawn: (shiro)
 Last night was Shiro's first "sleep over" (he was allowed to roam the house freely and interact with all manner of exciting things while we slept). While Sagwa is still alive and the house (presumably as I have not ventured out of this office) is still intact, only time will tell. His love of dangling cords and plants is something fierce. And his love of mystery spots - every morning he dashes into my office, climbs on top of a box on top of the filing cabinet (put there to dissuade him from climbing), stands on his back 2 legs  and teeteringly reaches for the corner ceiling while meowing the entire time. We think he is convinced that at any moment aliens will come pouring through the inter-galactic wormhole hidden there.

Dear Diary

Dec. 24th, 2014 10:40 am
morgandawn: (shiro)
Yesterday Shiro helped  me track down ants in the bedroom. It was all going well until the bathtub began gushing water and roaring for the daily bath.. I managed to stop him before he did battle with the Water Beast. While he was licking his paws dry on my lap, my stomach gurgled and he tried to fight off that dreaded Belly Beast too.

it was a long day.

Dear Diary

Dec. 18th, 2014 11:54 am
morgandawn: (shiro)
 Today Shiro climbed into the freezer and would not come out until I lured him with the Cat Dancer pole. He then raced around the room, sending his kibble flying across the carpet (and landing into his water bowl).  He also discovered the joy of sunbeams on the kitchen floor. And he  thinks the plant on the mantelpiece is tasty (it is not).

I would have allowed him to rampage more but he is now "resting" is his Fortress of Solitude because the cleaners are coming by. Thank God.


Dec. 12th, 2014 09:44 pm
morgandawn: (Cat Sleepy)
 Face to face cat introductions went well. Yesterday there was a lot of hissing (by Sagwa) and jumping on the other cat's head (by Shiro) followed by more hissing (by Sagwa). Today, Shiro started eating out of Sagwa's bowl (as she was eating) and she looked puzzled. We rotated his little body around so he could see his still very much full bowl and order was restored.

This time as he tried to chase her she hissed and then ran away. He seems to be starting to grasp slightly that if he chases her, not much else happens except more hissing.  But if he waits just out of her reach...she may approach him. We will need many repetitions before this concept sinks in.

We then played with Shiro with a bird pole toy and Sagwa watched fascinated at his energetic leaps and alarming thumps and crashes eachtime he *just* missed the bird.

There was also some gentle nose bumping and touching. And treats. And he fell asleep next to me (as I crashed on the bed) for FIVE WHOLE MINUTES. Then he tried to chew off my clothes. Then he gnawed on the tassles on the tapestry above the bed  (which has been removed). I am still wearing my clothes (for the present). 

He is now sadly resting alone in his fortress of solitude. But don't worry Little Super-Cat - Lex "Sagwa" Luther is on her way to "rescue" you.

PS. I forgot - my mother stopped by today and we introduced her to Shiro. He was not certain at first (she smelled very different), but we had her sit in the Chair Of Great Cuddles and he started purring in  her lap. For five whole minutes. The he saw a SHINY button on her sweater and.....well you can guess the rest.

morgandawn: (Ariel Yes?)
We have a new cat in our home. He is 3 months old and his name is Shiro. It has been a long time since we've had such a young cat - we normally prefer older cats (because we are old and tired and sleepy people). Shiro (pronounced Sh-Hero)  is named after a cat that appeared in the Samurai Cat comics. You can see a drawing of him here.

The introductions to Sagwa our resident 5 year old cat have been going slow. This week we've allowed them to see each other through a baby gate (which Shiro promptly climbed so we cannot leave him unattended with the gate). There was a bit of hissing and back arching. Tonight,  he ate and played on his side without fussing at Sagwa. Sagwa for the most part watched him and did not growl or hiss. She eventually started grooming herself and then flopped on her back.

We're hoping to have them meet face to face this weekend. 

To date Shiro has discovered:
*Bathtubs are made for WILD CATS!!!!
*Human peeing is interesting and needs to be observed from close up. Really really close.
*Toilet paper is made for shredding 
*Water glasses are perfectly sized to fit your entire head and for getting stuck
*Mini-blind cords and curtains and anything dangling are perfect toys
*The same is true for any clothes hanging in closets
*Anything on the floor is meant for eating.
*Nail clipping is really not that bad
*Especially when it is followed by lots of cuddling
*There is a strange  glass box with moving beings inside that is just out of reach. But one day I will jump into it and they will run! Oh how they will run!
*Door screens are meant for climbing
*The sofa makes a perfect roundabout
*Paper is nice to nibble on
*The dishwasher is scary
*It is fun to play tag with human feet
*Why am I too small to get up there?
*Being left alone in the room is sad making

Pictures or it didn't happen

Sagwa                                                                                         Shiro
sanguine sagwa Shiro
morgandawn: (BSG Don't Even Start Kara scifijunkie)
 on some days I really hate people. our neighbors are nice enough if self-absorbed. Their 25 year old soon moved back in with this lovely old cat who stopped by our front door every morning to be petted and given treats.  He also visited other people and was spoiled by the neighborhood.

But the coyotes  started killing cats and we grew worried. We called the son. We spoke to his mother. We left 2 flyers and a handwritten note. Whenever we saw them in the street, we suggested he be kept indoors. "Oh he just wants to go out."

When we returned  home after the floors were repaired, he no longer showed up. Yesterday Steve learned that days after we left, he had been killed by coyotes. I know they loved their cat - when there was a fire at the neighbor's house, and I called 911 and then the son, he kept asking if his cat was OK. But not enough to keep him out of harms way. Not enough to keep him from dying horribly and painfully. 
morgandawn: (Lavender Field Here Now)


Bailey was named after George Bailey from "It's A Wonderful Life." He was a very hopeful and trusting cat.


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