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August

Happy World Cat Day - 8th August


August, the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar. The Romans called the month Sextilis, which means sixth. They later renamed it in honour of the emperor Augustus. During Augustus' reign, the Roman Senate lengthened the month to 31 days by taking a day from February.

In the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, August is the height of summer. The longest days of the year are past, but August is apt to be one of the hottest months. In far northern regions and high mountain areas, chilly nights and frosts warn that summer is nearly at an end. In the Southern Hemisphere, August signals that winter will soon be over.

August symbols: August's birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx. Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy, meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family.

Quotes:

All the long August afternoon, the little drowsy stream whispers a melancholy tune as if it dreamed of June, and whispered in its dream.

The brilliant poppy flaunts her head amidst the ripening grain, and adds her voice to swell the song that August's here again.

In the first drowsy heat of August noon comes the plumed goldenrod with flaunting train, and lifts her yellow head along the way.

If the twenty-fourth of August be fair and clear, then hope for a prosperous Autumn that year. - English Proverbs




Cat Snip:

"The cat makes himself the companion of your hours of solitude, melancholy and toil. He remains for whole evenings on your knee, uttering his contented purr, happy to be with you, and forsaking the company of animals of his own species. In vain do melodious mewings on the roof invite him to one of these cat parties in which fish bones play the part of tea and cakes; he is not to be tempted away from you. Put him down and he will jump up again, with a sort of cooing sound that is like a gentle reproach; and sometimes he will sit upon the carpet in front of you, looking at you with eyes so melting, so caressing, so human, that they almost frighten you; for it is impossible to believe that a soul is not there." Théophile Gautier (1850)




Quote of the month:

"Arise from sleep, old cat, and with great yawns and stretchings amble out for love." - ISSA (1763-1821)




If anything should happen to you, have you made arrangements for your pets?

After a human's death, many companion animals find themselves abandoned or forgotten. They are given to friends or relatives who may not want to care for them, or more often surrendered to an animal shelter. A recent study of independently living elderly people showed that most of the participants assumed a family member or friend would take care of their pet after the owner's death. Caring for and meeting the needs of a companion animal requires a great deal of individual attention. Every person who owns a pet should be concerned about what will happen to them when we die. As unpleasant as it may seem, this is a problem that must be addressed in one's lifetime.

Now there is a book entitled "Ophelia's Winter" by Sarah Ann Hill about this very subject. A book every pet lover should consider reading.

To learn more about the book see the following page:
Ophelia's Winter




Chimera

I saw something, I saw something,
something moving, something jumping!

I watched it, I stalked it,
I pounced on it and caught it.

But when I looked it wasn't there,
I couldn't find it anywhere?

I know that it was there because
I had it in between my paws!

Somehow it must have got away,
of course I know it's only play.

I just imagined it for fun,
someday I'll catch a real one!

Paul Gallico




Did you know?

Teddy Roosevelt, born 27th August 1858, enjoyed the company of a cat called Slippers while residing at the White House. Slippers was a grey (blue) cat and was what is known as polydactyl, which means he had more than the usual five toes on his front paws!

John F Kennedy, born in May, 1917, was aided by a feline during his time at the white house. Tom Kitten, as he was known, belonged to Caroline Kennedy, the President's daughter. Tom Kitten passed over to the Rainbow Bridge on 21st August 1962.

Jimmy Carter, born in 1924, was also aided by a Presidential feline friend named "Misty Malarky Ying Yang," a male Siamese pet cat of his daughter, Amy Carter.

And of course there was Socks the White House Cat, owned by President Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton.

It does make you wonder: Do cats rule the world?




Superstitious Cats!

If the household cat sneezes near the bride on her wedding day, the marriage will be a happy one.




Your Cats Health

Author: Denise Brixey

Cats are very easy to care for as they are, for the most part, quite independent. As with all pets though, they need to have yearly inoculations and check-ups by the vet. Some feline diseases need a veterinarians care. There are, however, a few common health problems for which you can treat your cat yourself. Some of the most common are fur balls, fleas and ticks.

Fur balls are caused by the cat swallowing fur while he is grooming himself. Quantities of fur build up in the intestines because the fur is indigestible. This "fur ball" will cause the cat to cough. The solution is to give him liquid paraffin (always seek advice from your local vet before applying any remedy). Fur balls can be avoided by brushing your cat regularly.

Fleas are common in both the country and the city. Flea infestations usually occur in the spring and summer months, when the weather turns warm. Unless a cat is severely infested, you may not even know that he has fleas. To tell if your cat has fleas, simply dampen a clean, white surface, put the cat on it, and brush him as normal. If small red flecks appear on the wet surface, it is a sure sign that your friend has fleas. The red flecks are dried blood. Flea collars are rarely effective, as are the sprays and powders bought from the store. To be sure you get rid of those pesky critters, be sure to purchase a good-quality product. For advise on which to use, speak with your vet.

Another parasite common in the country is ticks. They are usually found in high grassy areas or on farm animals. The tick buries its head deep into the host's skin. It then proceeds to drink until either it reaches its fill or is removed. Part of grooming your cat should entail looking for ticks. Most of the time, this is just as easy as detecting fleas, as some ticks become as big as a pea. When removing a tick, it is important to get the whole body and head out. If any part of the parasite is left in your cat, it may fester and become infected. Be sure to have surgical alcohol at the ready. Swab the tick with the alcohol and then carefully pull it out with tweezers.

These are just three things that you can do to help keep your cat healthy and happy.




SPYING

Very well, so you caught me going out.
What is it that is worrying you?
That I might be going to meet a lady friend?
Catch a bird? Frighten a dog?
Steal someone's roast off the kitchen table?
Get dirty? I might. So what?
Why don't you let me live my own life
as I let you live yours?

Do I bother about where you are going,
or what you will get up to when you leave the house?
You might be going off to visit your neighbour's wife,
you could be going to hurt a friend,
or cheat somebody in business,
or tell a lie, or steal,
or in your own way come home, dirty.
But it's none of my affair.
So would you kindly keep your nose out of mine!

From "Honourable Cat" by Paul Gallico.




Recommended book:

Kittens In The Sun - Photographer Hans Silvester

In this collection of more than 200 enchanting colour images, best-selling photographer Hans Silvester returns to the islands of Greece to capture their adorably mischievous kittens as they sleep, play, and prowl against a backdrop of azure skies and sparkling seas.

Distibuter: Raincoat Books, 8680 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6P 6M9 Canada

ISBN: 0-8118-2571-X (Hardback)




Nursery Rhyme:

Who's that ringing at my door bell?
A little pussy cat that isn't very well.
Rub its nose with a little mutton fat,
That's the best cure for a little pussy cat.




And finally...

Quote: "The cat, with eyne of burning coal, now crouches fore the mouse's hole." - William Shakespeare

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