Mr. Gay & White

Video of found cat — took him to the vet and discovered that he does have his claws — I thought he was declawed because when I picked him up, he used his back paws to push away but did not scratch me. The vet said, “Well maybe he’s just a really nice cat, because he does have claws.”

2 -3 year old cat
11 pounds, 11 ounces
very tame and sweet


MAX, formerly known-as, Mr. Gray & White

MAX showed up in the neighborhood about the middle of December, 2013.  Obviously a tame cat.

Now after many cold snaps, he lives in my garage where he’s got a warm bed, food and litter.  But the critter can’t stay here because I have three female cats already.

And, as a [formerly] unneutered male, MAX kept spraying the garage.  When I let him in the house he squatted to pee on one of my area rugs and sprayed who knows where — the smell told me what was going on.  So back to the garage for MAX.

BUT kitties being smart little beings, my females suddenly learned to ‘mark’ territory.  eek!!

Outside for all the cats, rugs to the laundry, me turning out lights and going around with a black light to find the stinky spots so I could spray them with cat-urine-neutralizing spray.  I’m using the Arm & Hammer brand and it works pretty good.

So, obviously I can’t keep MAX.  He is now neutered, has all his shots, been bathed and treated for fleas and ticks — so soon its off to the Kyle PAWS no-kill shelter.

If you want a wonderful, healthy, 2 to 3-year-old male cat, please check him out at the Kyle PAWS shelter.

He is a sweet, tractable cat and needs a good home.  He was my Christmas Kitty and I’m glad I was able to save this little beast.  God help all lost cats and if my darlings go missing, I dearly hope someone will pick them up and care for them too.

A Prayer for Lost Pets



Mr. Gray and White has been seeming to get on OK and looking very well cared for.  Which made me think he lives nearby and just circles the neighborhood looking for handouts.

BUT — on this cold night, when we are forecasted to have over night temps in the teens — Mr. G&W is still out in the street.

He comes to me when I call ‘kitty-kitty’ and he rolls around like he wants me to rub his tummy.  So I finally got my hands on him and put him in the garage with food, litter and a box set on a storage tub to get it off the floor, I lined it with newspapers and an old bath mat.

In the process, of handling the cat, he pushed on my bare arms with his back feet and did not scratch me.  So I thought he was declawed front and back.  But he has his claws.

A local vet scanned him  for a micro-chip and told me that his claws are intact.


Near Jacobs Well Rd & Woodacre Dr in North Woodcreek

DSH – Adult male, uncut

White mostly with pretty gray patches — about 11 pounds — compact body.

A fighter — scars on nose, bumps on head.

A complainer — meows all the time.

Wants to come in the house.

Contact this website for info.

Year of the Cat


The great New York Times declares 2013 the Year of the Cat.

The new Monopoly piece is a cat and lots of cat books are being published.

Monopoly cat

Here in Hays County Cats, we are happy!

Do Cats Rule Online?


Now the whole world-wide web knows that cats rule, what do the book stores know about dogs?  Thankfully the question was answered recently by those indefatigable writers at SLATE magazine in,  The Curious Incidence of Dogs in Publishing by Daniel Engber.

Mr. Engber has compiled statistics and made a chart that shows the number of times cats show up in web searches vs the number of times dogs are written about in books.


Cats have been WALKING on books longer than dogs have been WRITTEN about in books.

A cat walked on this ancient manuscript.

A cat walked on this ancient manuscript.

Cats Rule!

Great Cat Infographic

Infographic: Why Cats are Better than Men
Why Cats are Better than Men by

The Threat of Cats is Overstated

The Baltimore Sun recently published a comment by Ron Lambert which disputes the rash of headlines about the killer nature of cats.  While it is not my practice to copy the work of other writers,  I have inserted the entire comment below and fully attribute it to Ron Lambert.

My own background in the philosophy of science and the methodology of science tells me that this author, Ron Lambert, is absolutely correct in his assessment of the work that was done to establish the ‘fact’ of killer cats.  The work, as Lambert points out below, was limited and flawed.

While no one disputes the fact that cats do, indeed, hunt birds, isn’t it possible that when a bird such as the aggressive mockingbird attacks a cat, sometimes the cat will win and the bird will lose?

Lambert calls the birds in the study cited, “catbirds” which is a non-specific term for songbirds and includes the mockingbird, an aggressive bird.

We know about mockingbirds in Texas.  They are the  state bird. Photo courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Northern MockingbirdCourtesy TPWD


They will swoop down on people, and cats too.  For example, my grandmother had to cover her head when going out her back door in spring because mockingbirds nesting nearby would swoop down and peck at her scalp.  And, recently one of my cats, Nosey Nell, came running to me in the garage with a bloody gash on her head.  I don’t know where she got it, but possibly from a mockingbird.

Nosey Nell likes to sleep upside down

Nosey Nell likes to sleep upside down

All of which is to say, that some of the birds in the study cited by Lambert just might have been aggressive with cats.




Threat of cats is overstated

by Ron Lambert

In his recent letter (“Cats: Natural born killers,” March 9), Kurt Schwarz of the Maryland Ornithological Society asserted that cats kill billions of birds in this country each year. He encouraged people to review the scientific literature on birds and their predation. A key study was the Smithsonian Institute’s study on bird deaths published in 2011. The study investigated juvenile post-fledging survival for gray catbirds in three particular locations in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. This study included 69 birds, 42 of which died. Of these deaths, nine were attributed to cat predation, and the rest were attributed to other predators or other causes.

The study focused on a specific bird species at a specific age in a specific location, and included a very small sample size. Other studies of bird predation have similar characteristics. It is methodologically incorrect to use such findings to estimate national impacts on the bird population. Such samples are not representative of the national population and the small sample size makes national projections statistically meaningless.

Using statistics to demonize a particular animal such as cats is a fruitless exercise. It would behoove the Smithsonian Institute to work with other animal groups to seek practical, humane ways to protect birds.


What do you think in the Cats vs birds debate?

Are Cats Smarter than Dogs?

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL,  a seriously serious publication, reports that CATS have twice as many neurons in their cerebral cortex as dogs.


Does science come down on the side of CATS?

Maddi-Bell in Bathroom sink

Does sitting in the sink mean I’m smarter than the dog next door who rolls around in road-kill deer?


Is the cat who brings home a snake, smarter than a dog who wallows in dead meat?

Nosey Nell Brings Home a Garden Snake

Nosey Nell Brings Home a Garden Snake

Maybe not.  Scientists are busy the world over running rats and dogs through mazes to figure out how the critters think.  Rats think through the maze better than the dogs [per the WSJ article].  Of course, those of us with cats know how they think: “Where’s the food?”  What would a cat in a maze do?  My best guess is that the cat’s sensitive nose will tell it to place paws on the wall of the maze, hop up on the wall and then walk along the walls of the maze right to the food.

Dogs, on the other hand, figure out human intentions better than cats, for example,  when a human being points to something — the dog will go look to see what it is.  When I point — my cats just look at my hand — and nothing happens.

I find that my cats understand food best of all.

Maddie Bell [in the sink] and Nosey Nell [with the snake] understand that  I’m a pushover — because I give them kitty treats, on the kitty perch, when they come in the house.  Me?  I understand it this way, “… wasn’t it smart of me to train these rescue kittens to come in the house when I call because they will get a kitty treat in the special place for cats” i.e.,  the kitty perch [a cat tree from the pet store].

What my cats don’t seem to understand, is that the new kitten is OK.  My two yellow beasts had a hard time with the family newcomer: Tootsie.

Best version of tiny Tootsie

Tootsie at 5 weeks of age.

Tootsie grew up to be a nine-pound cat who bosses the others around, Maddie-Bell at 12-pounds will play with her for dominance of the kitty perch whereas Nell [10 pounds] just hisses and runs away.

Tootsie at 5 months full face

Tootsie at Five Months — sitting on the book shelf.

And when they are outside,  all three cats ignore the dogs being walked on leashes — even if the occasional dog gets excited enough to strain at the leash in an effort to smell the cats.

Who do you think is smarter?  Cats or dogs?  Why?


Valentines Day

Good Day for Kitty Love

Tootsie my Tea Cup Kitten weighed 12 oz when I brought her home from the PALS Fest.  Today she’s a year old and has an adult weight of 9 pounds — by far the smallest of my three cats.

Best version of tiny Tootsie

Tootsie at 12 ounces — tiny, trusting little kitten — 5 weeks old.

Maddie Bell [see header] and Nosey Nell were bottle raised, tame beautiful kittens when I got them in 2007.  Now Maddie weighs 12 pounds and is the sweetest of my three cats.  She always made herself pretty and cute

Twin kitties -- 4 lbs -- on bedroom bench out of focus

My Twin Rescue Kittens: Maddie Bell and Nosey Nell.

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Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


Making a difference to pet owners looking for their lost cat [or dog] – this is a place to post information about your animal and to provide contact information -- see the Lost Cat page.

Its also home to cat and dog stories -- see The Literary Cat page.


All text and images © copyright 2011 Emily S. Carter. All rights reserved.
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