Holding a cat who’s not into being held


Yoga. Jiu Jitsu. Moving 3-dimensionally.

Cats twist their body in ways we can’t even begin to do.

Cats use extreme flexibility to get the upper paw.

If I’m thinking like a human, two-dimensionally, I’m not going to get those claws trimmed.

The cat is not a piece of paper or a brick. The cat is more like air flowing and shifting shape.

May the force be with you, grasshopper!


Put sugar on the boo-boo

Stylin' in my cat groomer shirt

From The Sweet Side of Managing Open Wounds. Veterinary Practice News

“Honey also has antibacterial properties through four mechanisms: it lowers the wound’s water content (i.e. it increases its osmolarity); it is highly acidic (pH 3.6-4.5); it attracts macrophages; and it is a substrate for ongoing production of a very low concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H202), which kills bacteria.”

“Like honey, sugar deodorizes the wound, decreases edema, attracts macrophages, speeds up debridement and forms a protective layer.”

Don’t take your cat to a salon where untrained people work. Your cat will feel the heat.

Even if the salon groomer knows what they’re doing, the bather might be clueless. Want to see how hot a cage can get after just a few minutes of drying the wrong way?  How’d you like to sit in a 100 degree metal cage with a wind tunnel of hot air blowing at you and loud noise to complete the picture of hell? Add in the sound of dogs barking and you’ve got a nightmare scenario.

A groomer named Debi Hilley did a test to see how hot cages get when a dryer is directed at them.

Look at her video to see the frightening results.

I hand dry, which means I don’t put the cat in a cage.

To clarify, I’m not saying all or even many salon groomers do what the video shows. Knowledgable groomers would never cage dry that way.

Homeopathic medicines are fake and they’re not medicine


Homeopathic concoctions don’t do what they’re supposed to do. They’re not medicine.  Charging for homeo-fantabulistic magic water is a rip off.

As Dr. Narda Robinson writes in “The Reality Behind Fake and Counterfeit Medicines”, “Fake is fake.”

She also writes, “This curious convergence of homeopathy and fake medicines compels us to consider why those who can afford scientifically based, effective medications would opt for substances that most well-done studies cannot distinguish clinically from placebo.”

Good question Dr. Robinson!

“At a time when public health workers around the world are sounding the alarm about a global pandemic of falsified medicines leading to death and injury, one might ask which of the following scenarios is worse — a practitioner recommending medications shown to work if made correctly but turn up fake because of unscrupulous manufacturers or a homeopath knowingly prescribing remedies indistinguishable from placebo in terms of effectiveness and unknown safety?”

We scorn people who manufacture fake medicines in factories, but homeopaths get a free pass. I’m not saying that I want to heap scorn on homeopaths, but I’m not going to assume they have good intentions just because they say they have good intentions.

Adorable one-eyed cat in a tent

Bambi knows I’m going to give her a bath.  She’s hopes I can’t see her . . . if she stays still, maybe I’ll go away.

Nope, I won’t.

Bambi is SOOOOOOOO cute.  She’s a little bit of wonderful.