Harry

We adopted Stripey and Harry from a mama cat that deserted her kittens about 5 years ago.

Stripey disappeared a few years ago and Harry in the last few weeks they are both missed very very much. I liked having outside cats around that way there was mouse control for the sheds and the barn.

We are down to two cats Mr. Bird and Puffy Tail they are inside/outside cats and around 9 years old.

 

Mr. Bird

I have posted pics of Mr. Bird in the past but Saturday morning when he went outside for the day he was posing in the clover so I could not resist getting a few shots of him.

I think he thought he was posing for Cats World Magazine.

He’s weighing in at 14#s he use to weigh 17# but his urinary food made him lose weight lol.

I think he’s 10 years old but would have to find some old pics to see if maybe he’s 11.

Spoiled rotten Mr. Bird he loves going outdoors but likes the perfect weather. He does not like the rain, wind or the heat or the cold.

Taking pics of your pets is important because they are part of the family and getting enlargements is all the better.

 

Cat in action

The best way to get a clear action picture of a cat or dog is if they are headed towards you.

If that is not possible up your shutter speed and try from the side of the animal.

This is Puffy Tail I was in the pasture and the cats follow me like dogs well she was the last one out there and came bounding across the pasture running. I was able to get this shot really quickly.

 

Cow Watcher

Mr. Bird the cat goes outside every morning and comes in every evening.

The only time that changes is when it is not a perfect weather day.

He does not like windy days, rainy days or days that are to hot or to cold. On those days he goes out and in a few times.

On this particular day I was taking pictures of the cows and he follows me around like a dog when I am taking pictures.

He spotted the big dogs ( cows ) across the street so he went into cow watching mode. They are normally in the back of the pasture not the front so naturally this got his attention.

I find the best pictures of animals are when they are just doing their thing.

Mr. Bird Update

Mr. Bird seems to be doing pretty well since his kidney issue.

I kept him in the house for a few weeks so I could syringe water a few times a day to make sure he was drinking enough. He also had medication that he needed.

He was so glad to get to go back outside again since he loves the outdoors he goes in and out a few times a day.  He loves basking in the sun, climbing fences, trees and chasing birds he never catches.

Our son Jeremy told me to get a cat fountain that in convinces animals to drink more water. I found one for about $20.00. We have had it about a month and the cats seem to be drinking a lot from it.

I took him off the Science Diet Urinary food because it was $40.00 for 24 – 3 oz cans.

I wanted to try the Purina Urinary Cat food and it is $21.00 for the 3 oz cans. Almost 1/2 price so hopefully it works. I also ordered the Purina Dry Urinary food. He seems to like the foods just fine.

Mr. Bird has such a tough life he is spoiled rotten but we love him and so do the dogs lol.

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Mr. Bird

Mr. Bird has been acting strange the last couple of days. He is a neutered male cat that is almost 9 years old. He weighed in at almost 15#’s.

I was stalking him this morning using the litter box and discovered he would go to pee but nothing was coming out. Then he would cry and growl somewhat this is not normal for him.

I took him to the vet this a.m. and he took out a syringe of urine so it would help his pain he has two kinds of stones. They did a urinalysis and a looked at it under the microscope.

Apparently, this is quite common in cats but especially male cats.

He’s taking antibiotics and tomorrow we will try the catheter for a few days and do some blood work but he may end up in surgery tomorrow instead.

He seems very uncomfortable he’s such a laid back cat normally. I have him in his own room so he can rest without puppy intervention. I hate it when something is wrong with one of my animals.

 

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Stripey Stripe

Stripey and Harry are two kittens that adopted us about 5 years ago.

Stripey was the one who had the broken jaw that the vet had to do surgery on and rewire his jaw before he was a year old. At the same time this surgery happened I had him neutered but not declawed because they lived outdoors and he needed his claws for protection.

He and his brother were outside cats unless we had really cold weather then I brought them inside. They hunted mice and birds in the barns and pastures. Every morning they greeted me ready to eat and every evening it was the same thing. At night was when they went off and hunted.

Stripey has been missing for 7 days today and I am so upset as well as his brother Harry seems depressed without him around.

This after our oldest indoor cat Ishy passed away about 5 weeks ago she was 14 years old.

Harry nor Stripey liked strangers so I know no one got him. I just have no idea what could have happened. He was here the night before and was acting fine and eating. I knew when he wasn’t there for his morning feeding something was up.

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Prim and Proper

Stripey was just sitting there all prim and proper so I could not resist taking a picture of him.

This was taken using my Canon 400mm lens and it really turned out quite clear and he had no idea I was taking his picture.

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Early morning outing

Mr. Bird wanted out early on this day so I let him out when I went out to get some sunrise pictures.

As I looked back I saw him posing near some dead grass and I thought ” I need to take his picture”. He was staring off into the distance at something but I never could figure out what it was.

Mr. Bird lives in the house but every morning he goes outside.

He likes the springtime the best those days he will spend the most time outdoors.

Since our weather has been cooler he goes out and comes back in within one hour.

He does not like the rain, wind or heat much less the cold lol. When he is ready to come back in he sits in front of the french doors so I will see him staring in at me.

He just wants the best of both worlds indoors and outdoors.

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A cat’s life

Around April 2015 a mama cat deserted her kittens that were about 6-8 weeks old and I tried to save them all but I couldn’t.
Stripey and Harry were the two survivors.

They were probably not quite a year old yet and something was wrong with Stripey. I took him to the vet to find out his jaw was broken he had been kicked in the jaw by someone. He had surgery his jaw had to be wired shut for many weeks. Needless to say, this was quite and expensive visit. The vet neutered him for free at the same time.

I later had Harry neutered so all our cats are fixed. We do our part to help the overpopulation of cats in the world.

We were not in the market any more cats at the time but needless to say, we inherited these two. They stay outdoors unless the weather’s bad then I bring them in the house.

This the life of these two cats lots of lounging around following me around in the pasture because they are quite snoopy. They eat two times a day and stalk lizards,
small snakes, birds, and anything that crosses their path.

Mr. Bird is good friends with them and they are always getting into mischief.

The cat’s life is a rough life. The first picture is Stripey and the second one is Harry.

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