Friday, August 19, 2011

Scarlett and the Shredder

Scarlett was marginally more interested in the shredder than Melly was, and kept sniffing at the shredded paper. She ended up blowing the little pieces all over the floor, and their motion confused her greatly.


A couple of updates:

I will try to get the kitties and their tricks on video. I have tried to video Melly sitting on command before, but she develops a sudden obstinacy and lack of interest in treats the moment a video camera is pointed in her direction. It is most unhelpful.

Melly's eye ooze started getting worse again, so we took her to the vet yesterday, where she was diagnosed with an eye infection. It's no big deal, but I do have to put antibiotic ointment into her eyes three times daily. Fun times are being had by all.

Melly had her yearly checkup three months ago, and weighed 11.55 pounds. We managed to get Scarlett weighed at that appointment as well, and she was at a ghastly 12.20 pounds (for comparison, she weighed 9 pounds when I got her). We brought Scarlett to Melly's appointment yesterday, and managed to get her out of her carrier and onto the scale with very little fuss (the vet tech was astonished); she weighed 11.05 pounds! Huzzah! Well, as it turns out, Melly found the pound that Scarlett lost and now weighs 12.35 pounds. Sigh. I don't think I can safely cut their food ration much further, so more exercise for Melly is called for.

8 comments:

camelama said...

Hee! I "trained" my Phoebe by picking something she already did herself, and just fine tuning it. Here's a beginning video (she's about 90% accuracy now as to right or left): http://vimeo.com/11819223

Man, what she'll do for salmon treats ... she even rolls over now on command! But then, she loves flopping down and getting belly rubs, so again, an easy trick to "train".

Good luck with the sitting! :)

SAS....Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

hehehe, us kitties train our humans!!!!!

We say NO to diets!!!!!!!!!! You both are totally gorgeous the way you are!!!!!!!!!

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BeadedTail said...

Those little pieces of paper look like fun! We always think play time is the better way to lose weight than diets. Just sayin.

Marlene said...

My parents and I were able to train Q, my previous cat, to sit, shake hands and stand up on his back legs doing a sort of Touchdown! motion. He was very motivated by treats... he also gave the best head bops ever...

9 and Chani... not sure what I can do with them. 9 averts his head so no headbutts from him, and Chani is just Chani...

Mark's Mews said...

We have a paper shredder, but it never occurred to us the stuff might be fun ta play with! We will have to ask fer some.

Rene said...

We look forward to a video someday. We know it's all up to the cats. We may have asked this before, but what diet are they on? Tucker had a perpetual weight problem until we switched to an all-canned diet. He's maintained his weight for 7 years now, and our other two have also.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the weight problem is tricky. Until my cat got to be an old lady she really could pack pounds onto her small frame. You can only "exercise" a cat so much- remember they evolved to sleep most of the day and wait in ambush when actually hunting. If they are getting at least 20 minutes of play time a day, then the key to loosing weight is still proper diet. If you haven't done so already, calculate the caloric intake of the portions that you give your cats. (you can get this from company websites or emailing their costumer service). Consider canned food instead of wet food and when you feed the wet food add a couple of spoonfuls of water. Most house cats on dry food are slightly dehydrated and (as I'm learning with my old lady) the extra water is very good for the health of their kidneys. The water will help make them feel a full, so they will protest less a cut in portions. After about a month my cat would adjust her expectations to the new feeding routine. Canned foods also tend to have less salty, fatty goodness, which is necessary to make the dry kibble more palatable. Make sure you are using a high quality cat food with no fillers (gluten, corn) and high quality meat protein so that even if they eat less, there will be a higher nutrient profile even with the lower calorie intake. If your cat is over 12 pounds on a small frame and gaining (unless there is a metabolic disease at work) then you certainly can afford to cut rations by 10%. When you feel discouraged about placing the cats on a careful diet remind yourself that in the long run the extra weight can contribute to worse arthritis and diabetes (no fun in people or cats). Small framed cats are at a healthy weight of 8-9 pounds, not 11-13!

Sparkle said...

My human says I weigh too little! I am less than 6 lbs. so maybe she is right.