Maggie was the one cat I remember most. She was a little brown tabby who spent hours sitting on my grandmother's lap in front of the wood-stove or in the summer kitchen cooling off. She would always garden with my grandmother...running around and hiding on her in the grass. I remember other cats but she always stood out in my mind.
Back in those days (40 some odd years back) cats were never spayed if they were farm cats so Maggie had many litters of kittens. My grandmother would find good homes for them and many went to friends and family members but today she would be considered an irresponsible cat owner for allowing too many births. I never thought much about it at the time. Always so happy to see the kittens and spoil them all I wanted. They were kept on the second floor of the house in a special box until they were grown enough to join us downstairs.
My grandmother never bought cat food. These cats ate from her kitchen.
I think it is just common-sense to feed what we would eat. It has always made sense to me and my vet doesn't object.
Maggie 1992 - 2010
I have a cat-tip of the day for you.
I have been over to visit the kittens again which reminded me that there is something very important you must know if you have just adopted one. Kittens start to use the litter-box at about 4 weeks of age. It is all the rage now to use clumping litter for a cat but you must never use clumping litter with kittens. Use the regular litter that can be bought in any pet-store. Clumping litter has clay in it and kittens tend to play in and digest some of the litter when you are not there to supervise. Clumping litter, once in their stomach, turns into cement. PLEASE NEVER USE THIS TYPE OF LITTER WITH KITTENS. It can be fatal.
Still enjoying strawberry short-cake after dinner. I think it is time to go walk it off.