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Sadly, Dusty Cat died early in the morning on March 13th, 2012, after refusing to eat or drink for about three days. I buried him in the back yard in a nice cedar box I made for him, and will place a marker on his grave. He was my little buddy and I will miss him greatly.
We had been to the vet on Sunday and Monday and he had received shots of vitamins and steroids and fluid under the skin to hydrate him. His kidneys were functioning very poorly and his heart rate had slowed dramatically. In his last hour or so he had a very rattley sound when he breathed and I suspect he had a lot of fluid on his lungs.
Dusty insisted he have his own page, even threatened me with a
bite to the ankle if I didn't, so like all cats, he gets his way.
Dusty wanted me to tell everyone something about him, it seems he is too busy sleeping to type up this page himself. I come home from work everyday and find the history on the web browser full of cat sites and other feline information, cat hair clinging to the monitor and crumbs from kitty treats on the keyboard. He spends so much of his time on the web that... well he sleeps the rest of the time.
Dusty was dumped in front of a friend's house when he was about two years old. After a couple of years his servants had to move and couldn't keep him, so he was passed on to me. Needless to say, in the past few years he has gained a few pounds and become very lazy.
Have you ever heard of a Maine Coon Cat? I can't say for sure, but by looks and personality, He appears to be a Maine Coon Cat, possibly purebred, he has all of the characteristics, and if you will follow some of our links to the "cat sites" you will see what I mean.
Above (left) is Dusty in his favorite (and most common) position, asleep on the bed. It is said that cats spend as much as 20 hours a day sleeping, and Dusty sure tries to prove it.
Above (right) is the world famous camera ham, Dusty Cat. What more can I say?
Below, a little older, I took this pic in March of '08. Caught Dusty on the bed one morning when the sun was coming thru the window, illuminating his face.
Dusty is about sixteen years old now, and moves much slower than a year ago. He had a horrible skin allergy that put bite like spots all over him, but the vet (new to us a couple of years ago, very good) has prescribed Oraban, a pill, he gets 1/4 tablet twice a week and doesn't have any skin problems. Visit http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/allergies.html and read about flea allergies. He no longer attempts to jump into the window sills and confines his jumps to my lap or the bed. In the late summer of '08 I took him to the vet because he was wetting on the floor and not using his box, even after I had moved it downstairs, as the stairs were becoming difficult to go up for him. They finally determined his blood pressure was extremely high and in the next day or so, before we could get him started on a blood pressure medicine, his left eye hemorrhaged and became blood red. Since then his eye has cleared up, but he has suffered retina detachment and has very poor vision. Searches on the internet for "feline blood pressure" bring up lots of information about this. He now is receiving blood pressure drug each day and his pressure is down near normal and under control. The vet has checked it several times and says to keep doing what I am doing now as far as treatment. I'm sure Dusty has suffered a stroke somewhere along the line as he now "circles" alot, turning in tight right circles many times. Growing old is no fun for people and not for cats either. Seems we are both growing old together.
Dusty thought it would be good if he provided cat owners with some valuable information, so...
Top 13 Signs Your CAT is Planning to Kill You!
1.Seems mighty chummy with the dog all of a sudden.
2.Unexplained calls to F. Lee Bailey's 900 number on your bill.
3.He actually _does_ have your tongue.
4.You find a stash of "Feline of Fortune" magazines behind the couch.
5.Cyanide pawprints all over the house.
6.You wake up to find a bird's head in your bed.
7.As the wind blows over the grassy knoll in downtown Dallas, you get
a faint whiff of catnip.
8.Droppings in litter box spell out "REDRUM."
9.Catch him with a new mohawk looking in the mirror saying, "Mew
looking at me? Mew looking at me?"
10.Takes attentive notes every time "Itchy and Scratchy" are on.
11.You find blueprints for a Rube Goldberg device that starts with a
mouse chased into a hole and ends with flaming oil dumped on your bed.
12.Has taken a sudden interest in the wood chipper.
13.Ball of yarn playfully tied into a hangman's noose.
Some words of wisdom about cats, quotes from some famous and not so famous people. (Thanks to my friend Gordon Ellis for these little tidbits of cat life)
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." --Unknown
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never
forgotten this." --Anonymous
"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled
through snow." --Jeff Valdez
"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." --English proverb
"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." --Ellen Perry Berkeley
"One cat just leads to another." --Ernest Hemingway
"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." --Mary Bly
"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." --Joseph Wood Krutch
"People that hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." --Faith Resnick
"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." --Anonymous
"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." --Hippolyte Taine
"No heaven will not ever Heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me." --Unknown
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." --Albert Schweitzer
"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." --Ernest Menaul
"Time spent with cats is never wasted." --Colette
"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." --Colonial American proverb
"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." --Joseph Wood Krutch
"If mankind could be crossed with the domestic cat, it would improve man, but it would diminish the cat." -- Mark Twain
I've never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat. --
And a few more cat quotables from Gordon...
What I Learned from My Cat....
Make the world your playground.
Whenever you miss the sandbox, cover it up. Dragging a sock over it
If you can't get your way, lay across the keyboard till you do.
When you are hungry, meow loudly so they feed you just to shut you up.
Always find a good patch of sun to nap in. Nap often.
When in trouble, just purr and look cute.
Life is hard, and then you nap.
Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours.
When in doubt, cop an attitude.
Variety is the spice of life. One day, ignore people; the next day,
annoy them, and play with them when they're busy.
Climb your way to the top, that's why the curtains are there.
Make your mark in the world, or at least spray in each corner.
Always give generously; a bird or rodent left on the bed tells them, "I
Dusty has a small collection of figurines and other collectables and he wanted me to include them on his page.
We hope you enjoy them...
The two fellows above are Preciosa Crystal, made in the Czech Republic and are of very recent manufacture.
The two cats are by Harvey Knox (Japan) (a division of Goebles) but I have been unsuccessful in finding anything else about them. They are about 40 years old
Dusty likes this little lady very much but she never seems to leave the edge of the kitchen window sill, she is by CERAMIC APTS STUDIO, MADISON, WIS. She is well over 40 years old.
This sweetie is such a bright white she didn't come out too good, marked ERPHILIA, GERMANY, she probably is pre-war.
This laughing cat is named "Lucky" and is genuine ROYAL DOLTON BONE CHINA, ENGLAND, but alas he wasn't so lucky as he was badly broken some time in his past and glued back together. I do not know the age but suspect he is pre-war.
Another few words of wisdom for cats everywhere... Owners, be sure to pass these on to your feline.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not jump onto the keyboard
when thy human is on the modem.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not pull the phone cord out of the back of the modem.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not unroll all of the toilet paper off the roll.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not sit in front of the television or monitor as if thou are transparent.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not projectile vomit from the top of the refrigerator.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not walk in on a dinner party and commence licking thy butt.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not lie down with thy butt in thy human's face.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not leap from great heights onto thy humans' genital regions.
>^,,^< Fast as thou art, thou cannot run through closed doors.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not reset thy human's alarm clock by walking on it.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not climb on the garbage can with the hinged lid, as thou wilt fall in and trap thyself.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not jump onto the toilet seat just as thy human is sitting down.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not jump onto thy sleeping human's bladder at 4a.m.
>^,,^< Thou shalt realize that the house is not a prison from which to escape at thy first opportunity.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not trip thy humans even if they are walking too slowly.
>^,,^< Thou shalt not push open the bathroom door when there are guests in thy house.
>^,,^< Thou shalt remember that thou are a carnivore and that houseplants are not meat.
>^,,^< Thou shalt show remorse when being scolded.
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Dusty would like to thank you for visiting his page.