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Monday Mentions: Books, Ear-ie Cats & Possum Luv

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Today’s Monday Mentions is a PETpourri mashup of lots of kewl links, weird stuff, and furry fun. First up (pun intended), April is National Pet First Aid Month–so I want to give a shout-out to all the fantastic folks who teach pet parents how to help their fur-kids. Hopefully y’all got the word about Easter lilies and gifted only non-pet folks to keep these poisonous plants away from your cats and dogs.

Diane Troup contacted me years ago about using one of my books (yep, the 1st aid one) as a resource for her classes–yay! So imagine my surprise when a couple weeks ago she emailed me that she’s created CParf! and includes the book as part of her classes to continue that furry dream. How many pet lives have been saved because Diane saw a need and ran with it? Nobody wants to think about a pet emergency but if it happens, you want to be prepared!

It’s sort of like CPR for writing. Nothing sucks quite as much as finishing a manuscript that’s DOA–and anyone able to rescue-breathe life back into a project gets lots of wags and purrs. Editors have pulled my tail outta the fire more than once.

Four-eared breed? Mee-ow!

So . . . does this kitten need editing? I love Caster, this site comes up with some of the neatest feline stories–funny, strange, kewl, and…weird. For instance, check out the EARS on this little beauty! The story features two kittens, each supposedly with double sets of ears, and speculation about creating a new feline breed.

What d’ya think? Would you go for a four-eared feline? Would these kitties hear twice as well as the two-eared variety? Spontaneous mutations aren’t new–the hairless Sphynx, for instance. But should all of ’em be candidates for founding a kitty dynasty? What would you do?

Maybe that’s a question to pose to author Darlene Arden. Her latest book, the spectacular The Complete Cat’s Meow includes some of the more popular breeds (none with 4 ears!) and great info directly from breeders. Darlene is an award-winning writer, lecturer and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant who researches thoroughly and writes with flair, passion and authority for her subject. This is a book you don’t want to miss, and covers kitten-to-adult-to-senior choices, care, behavior and more.

Rather listen to a radio show, or chat up the experts yourself? Betcha Animal Café  would pounce on the topic of doggy and kitty mutations. You gotta check out this podcast/chat site, what a great concept! Every week on Monday you’ll find a new podcast interview by one of the Café’s team: Eric Goebelbecker, CPDT-KA (Dog Spelled Forward),  Dr. Lorie Huston, DVM (The Pet Health Care Gazette), Edie Jarolim, Author, Pet Travel Expert (Will My Dog Hate Me) and Mary Haight, Animal Welfare advocate  (Dancing Dog Blog). Tune in Monday night to hear interviews with authors, business owners, not-for-profits, experts and enthusiasts, people doing good things for animals. On Wednesday night at 9pm EST, the interviewed guest comes to the Chat Café to answer your questions and respond to comments.

Finally, just for some bizarre weird fun, check out this video. Y’all know that I’m a cat and dog behavior consultant but maybe I need to branch out?

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

19 responses »

  1. Wayne Borean aka The Mad Hatter

    Darling, you are either up way too early, or up way too late, I don’t know which.

    Yes, the little guy with four ears is super cute. I don’t think that the second set has a separate set of hearing gear. But the second set of ears might help funnel sounds into the primary set of ears.

    Sometimes though ears have nothing to do with hearing. Beagles, like my little buddy, have super long ears to help sweep scents to their noses, which is why he’s such a superior scent hound. When Mark, out big buddy who died New Years day got out one time, Sam tracked him for well over a mile through the back streets of the town where we live, ignoring other dogs, rabbits, and cars. Smart little thief (he stole and ate a complete Blueberry pie Saturday night).


  2. Even though I think Luntik is cute with his 4 ears I wouldn’t like to breed from him. Often when tempered with genetics you get deformations which will cause the animals problems and I don’t see the point.

    Obryvkov, the professor in the article, believes a breed of such cats would be both good-looking and interesting for biologists. Well, I don’t think cats or any animal should be breeded to be a study-object. In fact I don’t like any animal being a study-object.

    What a cool opossum 🙂 Nice video, educational and fun.


  3. Well, did I make a contradiction or not 🙂
    I meant I don’t like any animal being a study object in a clinical way, like in a laboratory.
    Not like in the opossum video.


  4. Lotta, you made sense to me! *s*

  5. ROFL! This oppassum woman is hysterical. Saturday Night Live needs to get her on their show with this.

    As for the cat with four ears, I think people feel special when unusual animals adopt them as their humans. I once had two cats, mother and son, who each had 23 toes. The son even had an extra foot pad. The mother adopted me one night in my parking lot, and I always thought she was extra cool for having those extra toes. It was an honor to be her human pet for 17 years.

    Should animals be bred for their unusual traits? I don’t think so. That would take away the special about it.

    Thanks for the great mashup, Amy.

    • Piper, my behavior budz sent me the possum video link with the comment, “should we expand our focus?” LOL!

      I think you’re right about how maybe having the “best, only, unique, special” (fill in the blank) makes us also feel special. I’m waiting for some of my cat breeder colleagues to weight in. I know that breeding polydactyl (multi-toed) cats together can cause major birth defects, and same with breeding fold-ear to fold-ear Scottish Fold cats. So it’s not something to do without research.

      Thanks for visiting! (By the way, lurkers, check out Piper’s blog, it’s awesome!)

  6. Thanks so much for the great mentions Amy! And that hysterical video – just goes to show, you should never drink your tea and watch a video – snorts may ensue…excuse me while I clean up=)

  7. Thanks for the shout out about Animal Cafe! We’re having a great time interviewing experts in a variety of pet-related fields and then having them chat live on Wednesdays (9PM EST). Hope you’ll come on by and take part in the conversation.

  8. I simply love this blog. Thanks for the video on the opossum…Living in TX, I don’t know ANYONE who would try to domesticate one though! LOL

  9. I just wanted to thanks for your mention of Animal Cafe, Amy. As Edie said, we’re having a wonderful time. Please do stop by when you’re able. Hopefully by then, I’ll have stopped laughing at that video 🙂

  10. Thanks for the mention Amy!

  11. OMG, Amy!

    That possum gave me the laugh I needed after a morning with cranky baby. Thank you!

    But have you seen the teeth and claws on those suckers?

  12. Jenny, I still giggle when I think about possum analysis. *s* And yes, I wouldn’t want to do possum pedicures.

  13. Pingback: The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Man Gets Teeth Tattooed with Royal Couple « Author Piper Bayard

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