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Monday, December 15, 2008

Idgie and Snickers

My daughter's beloved pet, Idgie, of 16 years had to be euthanized this past week. She has had cats for pets for years. Her two cats travel with her from DC to Wisconsin often. They know when the suitcase comes out...they are going on a car trip. She tells us that they are very well behaved, while on a trip. They are as cute as can be with one another. Idgie is the older and she tolerated Huntley and his young cat antics. A cute thing that I'll always remember about Idgie is that she drank water by dipping her little paw into a glass and then licking her paw. She was so delicate and ladylike. It was a hard decision for my daughter to make, but the right one. Idgie was suffering and the time to part was here. In DC you can have a vet come to your home and lovingly put your pet to sleep. The pet is under no stress, being in the home with Mama there. It is easier on Mama too. Idgie will be missed by my daughter and Huntley. She was a good cat.
Another kitty died in our family just a short time ago. My youngest son's cat Snickers. This cat had been in our family for a long time too. A very elusive cat, when people were around. We would have birthday parties and Snickers would usually make an entrance with tail held high. I remember taking care of the pets, when the family went on vacation. I never saw the cat. I would walk in the house and say, "Snickers....here kitty, kitty and that cat never came out. My son said that Snickers liked to sit up on the rafters in the basement and look down at people. St that's where the kitty was, probably. The four children loved this pet and will miss Snickers very much.

I was thinking about cats and then coincidentally read an article by P Allen Smith. It is about cats loving to eat grass. There is actually a seed called cat grass.. Read On:

What is cat grass?Cat grass seed is usually sold under the name “cat grass”, but it’s really oat grass, wheat, barley or a combination of all three. Oat grass is particularly popular because it’s sweet and the blades are non-serrated so they won’t get stuck in your throat. The reason to purchase a product labeled “cat grass” is that it will most likely be pesticide free, organic, and manufactured for cat consumption. Why sow cat grass?Most animals like a little vegetation every now and again. Greens help with digestion and hairballs, provide folic acid and the chlorophyll is a natural breath freshener. If you live indoors 24/7 houseplants are pretty much the only option. And eating the houseplants is guaranteed to get us in trouble and might even make us sick. It’s even scarier for indoor-outdoor cats because who knows what’s lurking out there under the guise of a tasty green? Cat grass offers a safe, non-destructive alternative.

Steps for growing cat grass.
Select a container that is at least 6-inches in diameter. Or even better grow it in a rectangular, flat bottom tray that you can lay in while nibbling on the grass.
Fill the container with sterile potting soil.
Sow seeds about 1/4-inch apart and cover with 1/2-inch of soil.
Gently water.
Place the pot or tray in a windowsill that receives good sunlight or under a grow light.
Keep the soil moist, but don’t over water.
The seeds should germinate in about 7 days.
Cat grass is ready to serve when it’s 2 to 3-inches tall, about 10 to 14 days after sowing.
If you sow seeds every week for two weeks you can alternate crops.
Keep the grass trimmed with scissors to 3-inches tall.
Once the grass begins to turn yellow, it’s time to toss it out and start over.
Helpful Hints To make cat grass easily accessible place the container near a food bowl or favorite sunning spot. If you planted the seeds today, you could have a treat for kitty by Christmas...what a surprise. Meow!



OhioMom said...

Big hugs to your daughter, saying goodbye is difficult.

Balisha said...

Thanks, Ohiomom,
We pet owners all go through this at one time.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I'm so sorry your daughter lost her friend. A very sad time.

Balisha said...

Thanks, Marnie. I know you are an animal lover too....hard thing to deal with.