Congratulations to Mewsette on Her New Column

Mewsette's 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub

Mewsette offers hints and advice for getting the most out of your bathtub.

Mewsette is a clever and creative girl, but very practical. As a kitten her nickname was “Dora the Explorer” as she was the first to get onto and into everything, as she removed all the tissues from the box and used it as a fort from which to attack her brothers, and later as she carefully explored the entire house, returning with cobwebs on her face; her brothers never had cobwebs on their faces, so I presume Mewsette was honestly exploring while her brothers were only hanging out somewhere waiting for her report.

So Mewsette has grown into an intelligent and reliable lady, though still no less active and creative, and she’d like to combine her best talents and share her conclusions with interested readers. She has demonstrated to me that her hints and advice for bathtub use ought to be published, but with big round fuzzy paws like Mewsette’s, typing is nearly impossible, not to mention editing photos. I am proud of Mewsette’s creative effort and only too happy to assist in getting her word out to the general public. Taking dictation from your cat? Don’t all we feline caretakers do that all day long?

Please join me in congratulating Mewsette on her accomplishment, and enjoy the first installment of “Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub”, below.


Mewsette’s 10 Best Uses for the Bathtub, No. 1: Bathing

The tub works fine for bathing, even without water.

The tub works fine for bathing, even without water.

The tub is apparently intended for bathing, and I’ve found it to be an excellent place to enjoy even just a little face wash. Incidentally, the tub works fine for bathing without the water; I don’t understand why humans need total immersion. The tub is clean and smooth inside, so I don’t pick up any stray pieces of lint or dirt while I’m cleaning, and when I’m done I can leave behind all the loose hairs and debris I’ve pulled from my fur.


Oh, Please–Cats DO NOT Steal a Baby’s Breath Away!

The Cat Writer’s list has been tracking a syndicated article by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton entitled
Keep cats away for baby’s safety where he’s not only reiterating the scare tactic of inaccurate information about the risk of toxoplasmosis, he’s retelling the myth of cats stealing a baby’s breath as if it hasn’t been disproved by professionals. Next he’ll be telling us they are scions of the devil who will possess your baby and take it away to Satan. I wouldn’t mind some old crackpot mouthing off, but this doctor is not only respected for his opinions, he’s published by the New York Times Syndicate so this article has been republished all over the country, here is one from Palm Beach: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/search/content/charmpost/epaper/2009/01/12/a3d_brazelton_0112.html

Lisa Radosta DVM, Diplomate ACVB, a veterinarian with Florida Veterinary Behavior Service wrote a clear and appropriate reply to the doctor’s article: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/accent/content/accent/epaper/2009/01/26/012609_radosta_col_web.html

As this veterinarian states in her opening, enough cats are unnecessarily euthanized every day and this sort of misinformation can be devastating if even just a few hundred people read it and take it seriously. Take the time to respond to it either in this newspaper or anywhere else you may find the article, letting people know that cats have no interest in killing babies, and especially passing on the excellent information provided by Dr. Radosta.


Everybody In the Tub

Family Portrait Before the Tub

Family Portrait Before the Tub

The new bathroom is almost completed, and it’s really deluxe, white and mint green and bright with a new slightly larger window. Of course, Mimi’s Children must try out everything new, and they’ve been involved in the bathroom remodel from the beginning even when they were locked in my bedroom for their own good. Today is the first day the bathroom is complete enough to feel “real”, especially to me, because the tub and shower are done and the floor is down, though there are still a lot of details to take care of, and Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette and Jelly Bean (back to front) feel it’s time to have a little ceremonial photo taken.

Everybody In the Pool

Everybody In the Pool

The bathroom is their favorite room, though, because they practically began their life in there–I moved them into the bathroom when they were just about three weeks old so they learned to walk and play and climb and destroy in that room; playing in the tub is a favorite activity, even as adults. Here their mom, Mimi, actually joined them; there really are five black cats in the tub, even though one is represented only by a bit of a tail.


The Latest Portrait

Buddy

Buddy

Here’s the latest version of Buddy-boy’s portrait. Black animals can be difficult, but I’ve had a lot of practice with the number of black cats who’ve shared my life. Here Buddy is in the shadow and in the original photo looks inky black with just hints of highlight. I’ve worked them out here and there, but he keeps ending up looking too shiny, almost plastic. Oh, well, at least the background has worked out well, and the highlights in that give guidance for the ones on Buddy! Still, I love this portrait because it’s so typical of a dog in his backyard, but it’s so special that someone wants to capture that silly moment.