Tigger and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

8/1: Suitical update at the bottom!!

Soooooo . . . Tigger is now recovering from a very serious, and very freak, accident. He managed to slice his skin open and had, what I thought at the time I found him, a three inch gash. “Maybe even four inches,” I told my husband. There was no blood and he hadn’t punctured any intestines as far as I could tell – he was curled into a ball and I couldn’t see it all. It appeared that someone tried to skin him. We had zero clue as to what he did! So off to Twain Harte Veterinary Hospital we went!


They couldn’t keep a cone on him so tried sending him home without since he wasn’t licking the stitches. But once he got home – yep. He popped one. Had to rush him back Friday afternoon for a staple.

I happened to be at the vet when he was going into surgery (I thought I’d stop by and snuggle with him if he was still waiting). Dr. Strand greeted me in the waiting room. “He’s on the table; Dr. Jackson is preparing to stitch him up. What did he do??” I said, “I literally have no idea but I will find out!” “Do you want to see it?” she asked. “YES!”

I was completely unprepared for what I saw. All three doctors, Dr. Strand, Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Crunk were in with him. His gash wasn’t three inches or even four. It was closer to SEVEN!

“Holy &^%$!” was my response.

Dr. Strand said, “It’s ugly but it’s just in the fat layer. He’ll be fine.”

Tigger had to stay the night and when I went home and started the search for what might have cut him. Not only do I want to make sure it never happens again but I want to make sure my three toddler grandchildren don’t get into it! And yes, find it I did.

About twenty years ago I make picket fence shutters for three windows – one of which is in the cat room. I put gate sized hook and eye latches for locking them. Have you ever noticed how sharp the ends of those hooks are? Yeah, me neither. The hook in the cat room somehow got flipped up and locked with the hook pointing up and out at a bit of an angle. There was cat hair and blood on it. Somehow – we think he was bug hunting – Tigger was on the window sill, jumped up, and impaled himself on the way down. Either his weight and trajectory or his struggle to free himself ripped him open seven inches.

So now we are at a new “normal:” Tigger is in a mesh, claw proof cat tent in the living room. I will never go back to a rigged up large dog kennel – having him in this tent is so much easier on all of us. I also ordered a Suitical Recovery Suit from Chewy.com which will arrive tomorrow. I’m hoping it gives him a more normal life for eating and drinking (his cone is starting to smell like Fancy Feast lol) if it doesn’t trigger “Kitty Flop.” I tried to rig up a baby onesie until it arrived but the velcro straps I added triggered a bad case of Kitty Flop. I’ll update as the experiments go along.



All Dog Walks Cancelled

Well welcome to Fire Season 2017. Our sky is red and the smoke has drifted in from the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa and it has settled in like coastal fog. If the pattern of 2013 and 2015 holds it will lift in the afternoon but is still not safe for asthmatics like me to do strenuous activity. If your pup needs a potty break I will make sure we are out as long as necessary (you’ll know it’s me because I wear a breathing mask) but we will not be walking and exerting ourselves as it’s not good for the pups either. Meanwhile I’ll will send Reiki to Mariposa: to the firefighters, the animals wild and domestic, and the people.  One of my clients for this weekend has taken in a couple evacuated horses. Thankfully the weather is far cooler than 2013 and 2015 and let’s hope they get this one contained as soon as is safe for everyone.

One of the greatest news resources has been the Bass Lake Facebook page. Give them a like to follow the latest developments. The Union Democrat and Mymotherlode.com also have great coverage.


Photo by Darin McKinney for the Union Democrat. Click for the full story by Guy McCarthy



Heat Safety Tips


Summer is in full swing – and last week truly was miserable for everyone. This week’s temps and humidity levels are simply delicious!

As a result, of course, heat safety is forefront in my thoughts. If you are away and I determine there are not enough water stations for your pet I will find other bowls to set out. I am adding ice – when available – to everyone’s water. Cats especially like ice cold water. I do love Frosty Bowlz and have one with 2 inserts so I can exchange as needed always keeping one frozen.

The Oregon Humane Society posted a great article on heat safety for pets. Check it out here.

And here’s an example of the Good Samaritan law being put into effect. Thankfully the pet parents were grateful but PLEASE! Just leave your pets at home during the summer. Please. I have a window breaky thingy and I’m not afraid to use it (after following the law’s guidelines of contacting the police and going to businesses the car is parked near).

Dog Walks Cancelled Due to Heat

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Oh my. Last week we were freezing to death and it was snowing in Tahoe. This week it’s like the 7th Circle of Hell. All dog walks are cancelled for this week and all jobs will be done as early in the morning as possible. If I am collecting your mail while you are out and it doesn’t arrive until the afternoon I will make another trip to your mailbox after the sun sets. I did my rounds this afternoon and when I started at 2PM it was 93 and when I finished at 6PM it was 100. Too much for me!

Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter?

I once advertised Fat Tabby on SitterCity as it was free. I got one really great client from there and both they and I were lucky. After that SitterCity wanted more $$ to advertise in MY area – I was being advertised in the Central Valley. Rover, DogVacay, SitterCity, and Care.com – these are web software companies not pet (or baby) sitting companies. Anyone can be on there. Despite what they claim NONE of those sites properly “vets” a sitter. No one ever contacted me or asked me information. I didn’t have to fork out any money (a line that divides the pros from the cons – literally).

I only recommend that people go to Pet Sitters International (my professional organization) or the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters to find a sitter who is honest and reliable. When a sitter has taken the time and invested the money to be vetted, bonded, and insured you know they won’t do this. Your pets are worth the investment.


Happy Tales Whiley


Whiley Beaver

Once again it’s time to say a “Happy Tales” to a Fat Tabby Family member. Whiley Beaver has been my client for over a year and will be moving back with relatives of her mom in Davis since their new rental will not allow Whiley. Fortunately the relatives also have Whiley’s BFF and littermate sister Kota and her Feline Brofur Sammy. Unfortunately Auntie Tabby will miss her something fierce. Hopefully she’ll come back for visits from time to time.


Whiley and Brofur Sammy