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.

It’s Hairball Season

Maddie Bell happy catHere in Texas the days are longer and the temps are higher than usual, for example, this past week our daytime high temps were in the 70s — and long-standing high-temperature records were broken.

So now with the heat and longer days, a cat’s natural rhythms say: GET RID OF THE WINTER HAIR!

My cats are shedding their hair — and horking up the mess where ever they happen to be at the moment a hair ball comes up — in the house, the garage, on the BED!

Time for Hair Ball Remedy — I use a product from my veterinarian called Laxatone — a presumably tasty (for the cat) concoction of beef flavor and petrolatum mineral oil.  Get it?  PETrolatum mineral oil!  Something made especially for our animal companions.

My process:

  • I put a teaspoon of the remedy in a plastic [throw away] spoon,
  • wrap the cats in a towel arranged so they can stand in a small bundle but can’t get loose,
  • put them on the kitchen work top, and
  • use my thumb to get a bit of the stuff in the side of their mouth.
  • then because they are aggravated, I open the back door and out they scoot.

It seems that  if I use my kitchen work top as a place to administer cat meds, the critters develop an aversion to the top of the sink and work area — all to the good since I don’t want them up there anyway.

Here’s the low-down on Laxatone.

Laxatone for Cats is an effective laxative and hair ball remedy for cats.

Hairballs are a natural product of your cat’s grooming habits. Your cat has tiny hook-like laxatone4features on its tongue to help it groom itself. When shedding, a larger than normal amount of hair may be collected by these hook-like features and ingested. This can be a particular problem with long-haired breeds. Watching your cat cough up a hairball can be a disturbing, and messy experience. Laxatone for Cats can help your cat pass the hair that collects in the stomach from self-grooming through their intestinal tract. This can help eliminate the vomiting and retching associated with hair ball elimination.

Once the hairballs are gone, the cats go back to their happy cat napping.

National Feral Cat Day

Alley Cat Allies launched National Feral Cat Day® on its 10th anniversary in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.

Alley Cat Allies is on the forefront of issues impacting cats – actively tracking, investigating, and exposing threats to cats across the country, as well as announcing successes that promote cats’ well-being.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Now in practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.

Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.

Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats that animal control has been pursuing for decades is never ending and futile. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they are killed in pounds and shelters. With a successful program like Trap-Neuter-Return to turn to, it’s hard to believe that animal control agencies continue to kill cats, even though that approach has shown zero results.

It is time to put an end to catch and kill. Trap-Neuter-Return provides a life-saving, effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats.

See the Cat Reproduction Pyramid!




Beautiful, well-groomed, trimmed claws,  orange tabby readily came to me and let me pick her up.  Very trusting kitty.  I got food for her, put her in a cat carrier but could not take her home because of my own three cats who do not take to new cats at all.

I took her to the San Marcos Animal Shelter.  They scanned her for a microchip and she did not have one.  While in a shelter cage, she easily interacted with a dog.

This cat should not be put down but the San Marcos Shelter will do that by October 12, if she is not claimed or adopted.

Please go get her!


Thunder & Lightning Frightens Cats!

Gloriously it rained last night in Hays County — a downpour with lightning and thunder that had the cats hiding under the bed and water washing the dry Cedar tree needles out of the rain gutters.

The deer were moving around this morning.

Along with the rain we got a break from the heat so the 5 a.m. temps here in Hays County were registering around 68 degrees, the deer were moving around and the leaves on Live Oak trees, freshened, actually seemed to be reaching skyward.   Wha-hoo!

It will be hot and humid later in the day, the grass will need to be cut at the end of the week but for now, joy, oh joy, our chances for wildfire have been greatly reduced!

The blue spiked salvia perked up after the rain

The cats flew out the door this morning to go exploring the wet world before dawn!

Hot Texas Day & Nosey Cat

Summer heat descended savagely about three weeks ago.  We’ve had no rain.  A hot wind blows everywhere across Texas and we are all under a Burn Ban with Water Restrictions in place to slow the drain on our ground water.  Surface water in creeks and rivers dried up a while back.

Once, years ago, as I prepared to move, leaving the Lone Star state for Michigan, I paid attention to what the heat did to my body and found a new awareness of a thin moisture film covering my arms, legs, face — today there’s not even enough humidity in the air to keep me sweaty.  All is terribly dry.

Earlier, I got up from a cat nap in front of the TV, what else is there to do on a day with sun beating down and temps in the 100-degree-plus range, but stay in the air-conditioned house and run mindless TV shows?  I looked for the cats who loll around in shady spots on the front porch amid the pots of blue-spike Salvia — a deer resistant sage plant.  I pretend the sage will keep deer from making themselves comfortable on the porch and having lunch at the Poinsettia buffet — I’m propagating some beautiful plants for the Christmas season.  But, today the hearty blue sage, with its drought resistant blue flowers, is drooping and the leaves seem ready to fall off.  So much for outsmarting the deer.

But the bird bath needed water — it dries up every day now.  So I took the hose across the yard and filled it.  Then for fun I caught my shelter cat,  Maddie Bell, trailing after me and I grabbed a camera.  She was raising up on her hind feet to look at the fresh pool with its surface rippling in the wind.  She did something new — tested the water with her paw.  Who knew?  That delightful little girl kitty competes daily for my attention and keeps me far more entertained than any television show.

Filling the bird bath interrupted our cat naps today!

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has declared  June, to be Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month.  ASPCA reports that more than four million cats and kittens enter U.S. animal shelters annually.  And now that our Central Texas region is moving toward the No Kill Philosophy for animal shelters, it’s more important than ever to cooperate in caring for cats and reducing the overall cat population.

My kitties, Maddie Bell and Nosey Nell both came from ARF of Wimberley at Christmas several years ago.  They were beautiful, well cared for kittens who came into my home and immediately went to the box I had fixed for them without any hesitation.

Nosey Nell and Maddie Bell, Christmas Shelter Kitties

In the next few months, as I adjusted to having kittens in my home and they adjusted to me, we had little, kitten level adventures.

Nosey Nell Contemplates A Christmas Amaryllis

Nosey Nell, who has to see everything, wondered about the big blooming flower on my Christmas Amaryllis and Maddie Bell, a completely well-behaved little miss, just had to sit in my bathroom sink.

Maddie Bell tries out the sink

Shelter kittens turned into my loving cats who sit on my desk while I work and love to sit on the top of my car in the garage to watch the deer, or the neighbors walking dogs and, on occasion, a pickup driving down our county road.

Shelter cats are the best!

Training Cats & Kittens


Training with the Wisdom of the Dharma    ∞

A Growing Personality
in the Way of The Heart

“One is a growing personality one’s entire life, and therefore one should live in a culture of elders, a culture of wisdom, in which everybody is treated as a growing personality, one’s reactions are observed, and one is drawn out of them. When you notice that an individual has been startled and made reactive by something that may have intruded upon him or her, you must learn how to reattract the person – adult or child – physically, mentally, and emotionally into the relationtional environment, the universal pattern of existence.”  [1]

 What is true for a growing human personality, is also true for a growing kitty personality [and 90 percent of the sheer fun of kitties is the truth that they have their own little personality!].  When you notice that your kitty is startled and reacts by avoiding you, you must find a way to draw kitty back to your circle of love.   Fortunately kitties are forgiving creatures.  Use these training approaches:

 A Soft touch

Take note of the feel of a kitten’s tounge when he/she licks your hand.  That is the appropriate pressure to apply when handling and training your precious fur ball.   Kitty is a small little thing and needs a light touch.

 Tender Voice

As you train your kitten, use tender sounds  and consistent language to draw her/him to you.

  •  “Here kitty, kitty” spoken quickly means FOOD
  •  “Good kitty,” means jump up on the kitty furniture and get a snack
  •  “Kitty go out? Kitty go out?” means I’m heading to the door to let you outside.
  •  “Precious kitty,” means turn your chin up and I’ll scratch you ears.

 Strong Voice

When kitty is doing things you don’t want her to do, use a strong, growling voice to say “Bad Cat” and “No.”  Before long kitten will understand and respond to your bidding — although adult cats are not as biddable, they do understand the negative:

  • “Bad Cat,” means stop right now – as in stop scratching the curtains.
  • “NO,” means stay away – as in stay away from my glass and stop putting your nose in my drink.

Nosey Nell likes to sleep upside down

Maddie Bell and Nosey Nell, well-trained kittens,  were adopted from A.R.F. in Wimberley.

1, Incarnation of Love, p. 65

Well trained kittens are a blessing!

Lost Cats

Wimberley is home to LOTS of cats:
and sometimes cats get LOST!

The purpose of this blog  is to help you find your lost cat by giving you a place to announce to the neighborhood that your cat is missing.

Do that by  posting your info on the Lost Cat page [see tab above].  The other purpose is to provide a comprehensive list of all the Rescue and/or Shelter Services in Wimberley and Hays County, Texas [links on the right].

Are you looking for a lost a cat?

  • FIRST —  check out the San Marcos Animal Services [find out if your kitty had been found and turned over to them link on the right].
  • SECOND —  post your information on the Lost Cat page and it will be sent to everyone who is subscribed to this blog.
  • THIRD —  subscribe to the blog so you will get notices about lost and found cats.

Are you new to the area?  Check the Hays County page to get oriented.

  • Our population increased by 61 percent between 2000 & 2010 so we have many new people

This is a lost cat service,
and a place to publish your cat stories,

and find news about cats.

  •  Mews U Can Use, and transient items of interest to cat owners get posted below.

WELCOME to you Feline Friend!

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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