This is Ling Ling checking out Merlin on the day before she was adopted. Her tail is beginning to swish back and forth in agitation, her ears pricked forward and head low. A few seconds later, I prevented yet another attack. On the previous two days we’d made a big breakthrough, and Ling Ling slept on my chest while I
Q: My cat is impossible to pill and liquids aren’t much better. The last time she needed two weeks of antibiotics was murder. Is it possible to give a one shot injection instead and are there any downsides? A: Cats could give master classes on how to avoid being medicated. Hissing, spitting, growling, clawing — and that’s just when they
Kahlil Gibran Sometimes, no matter how much love to we have to give, it’s not enough or we run out of time. That’s what happened with our foster girl Ling Ling. She came to us very ill and traumatized in July. I nursed her back to health and she made big behavioral strides, but fate stepped in and someone wanted
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a cat person who knows that a happy cat make a happy home. Cats are experts at making the best of situations. They know how to find the best places to perch, luxuriate in sun puddles or enjoy fresh breezes at an open window, like Ling Ling (seen below in her favorite spot).
Merlin here and welcome to another Mondays with Merlin. It’s also Mancat Monday, but today’s subject is not just for the boys. It’s a delicate subject about regularity and er, I confess to not being able to go with the flow as much lately. Layla went to the farm and said the pumpkins had arrived which was good news for
We all need friends, but the new New York Times best seller Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from The Animal Kingdom takes friendship to new heights. Charmingly compiled and written by National Geographic writer Jennifer Holland failed to woo Ling Ling into an inter-species friendship but… never mind, I was enchanted. Cats and rats? Yes. Cats and iguanas? Why not?
Summer is over and this week all the boys wanted to savor the last sights and smells of the garden. Odin went a little wild. Okay, a lot wild. One look at his one crazy eye and you know nonstop mayhem was on the menu. All I do is play referee and thankfully he races into my arms when I call him indoors. The older boys enjoyed
Since I study and photograph cats every day, I thought I’d begin sharing their unique ways of communicating via photos of their body language. These will be posted under the Cat Behavior 101 category for future reference. In the case of cats, a photograph can often tell more than a thousand words. I generally subscribe to most cat behaviorist’s opinions
This week’s Vet Q & A is a little different. Our vet Dr. Richard Goldstein explains how veterinary medicine has changed over the past twenty years and what remains important. Q: This week’s Q & A is a three-fold question: What advice would you give to someone considering studying veterinary medicine today? How has it evolved since you studied at
It’s wordless Wednesday.
When Cat Wisdom 101 launched almost four months ago, I couldn’t imagine how many amazing fans, friends and fellow cats bloggers have cheered us on. One such blogger is Brian from Brian’s Home http://www.brianshomeblog.com/ who gave us this award, and who in turn received one from Hilary from http://feelingbeachie.com I love everyone on Brian’s list and I’m all for sharing the
Young cats can leap with acrobatic agility. Hello, tops of bookcases, refrigerators and shelves. But, by the time most cats become seniors, their leaping days are over. According to a study from the University of Glasgow, 30% of cats over the age of eight showed signs of osteo-arthritis, the degenerative joint disease. If stiffness and joint pain have set in,
Shiver me timbers; it’s International Speak Like Pirate Day. Cats were a pirate’s favored companion on the high seas for keeping rodents at bay. Today, cats all over the world are celebrating Meow Like A Pirate Day. Aaargh!Domino would have been right at home with Captain Morgan or Sparrow. The rest of the Cat Wisdom 101 team have this to
Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is not technically a cat book but it has a one wise black cat named Felis el Gato as a character. In times of stress, this is a delightful escape into a fairy tale world. In this case, eight characters take turns narrating the clever love story full of wit and double entendres in
Our usual Cat Saturday will resume next week. We are trying to make the process of leaving a comment easier. In the meantime, if you unable leave a comment, please Tweet, share on Facebook etc. Thanks so much! Your support is much appreciated. Not all who wander are lost. The Bengal cat we found on September 2, 2011 was reunited
We have big news and mews! The Bengal cat we found was reunited with his owner on Wednesday night under unusual circumstances. Please visit us tomorrow in lieu of our usual Cat Saturday for the whole story in an extended post on my hand’s on experience with intuitive animal communication. Avast Mateys! Monday, September 19th is Meow Like A Pirate
If it’s Thursday, it must be Vet 101 Q & A with our vet Dr, Richard Goldstein of Mobile Vet Squad If you have a question for him, please email the editor at Layla@laylamorganwilde.com Q: I read about Layla isolating sick cats who might be contagious. This is fine if you have lots of room, but what do you advise
One day, six cats, two over-extended cat parents = endless moods. This was a slice of our cat-centric world yesterday. Bengal Boy Ling Ling the toothless wonder. Merlin Gris Gris Odin and Domino
The sky threatened dark and heavy with rain. I wondered about taking an umbrella but I was already late and I didn’t want to miss the blessing of the animals at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery. Established in 1896, this is the oldest and one of the largest pet cemeteries in the U.S. I live nearby and always find a sense
This “Mondays with Merlin” is dedicated to my sister Coco who died last year on September 14. She was my best and only live-in feline friend for almost sixteen years. I guess you could call her my meezer muse. If you didn’t read yesterday’s post, there are links to all the details surrounding her death and beautiful funeral. Death is