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Asia and the Kitten Food

( So Asia has this funny quirk when it comes to her food. As she eats the food, a good portion will spill over onto the pad the food is on. She’ll eat everything out of the bowl, but will refuse to eat any food that has spilled over. Then she’ll let you know you’re hungry and when you point to the pile of food outside the bowl, she looks at you like there’s nothing there. Put food in the bowl and she eats like she’s starving. It’s quite funny.

Do you have a cat that has some funny quirks? Things that really give the cat its own personality? I’d love to hear them. What’s your cat’s name and the quirkiest thing it does?


1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joe Tracy - January 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

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Should Asia Be Renamed?

( The last few days, Asia has decided that she wants to be a Superhero and her superpower is speed. Kitty food feeds her superpower and then she’s off doing a 100-yard dash in two seconds. One second you see her. The next you don’t. I’d take a picture and show it to you, but every time I try, it’s just a blur going across the picture frame. And that’s taking the photo in sports action mode! So I’ve been thinking of renaming her from Asia to Spaz. She’s no longer that nice tranquil quiet peaceful kitty. Now it’s about how fast she can run, how high she can jump, and how many times she can pull the kitchen curtains off their holder. She’s a Spaz. A very lovable Spaz. Her name will continue to be Asia, but lately I’ve been calling her Spaz. It might stick as her nickname.

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Asia the Cat – Chasing the Flashing Ball

( As promised, here is the second video featuring Asia the Cat. This one features Asia the Cat playing with a flashing ball that she likes to roll around. You’ll also briefly see one of the dogs – Taco the Chubby Chihuahua. He’s in the fourth image in the title segment and does a quick walk by in the video. Asia and Taco the Chubby Chihuahua are starting to become more playful as future videos will show. This video, however, is all about Asia. Despite all of her health issues, she plays like any other cat and has a lot of fun doing so too. So here is Asia in “Chasing the Flashing Ball”…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joe Tracy - January 25, 2010 at 7:08 am

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Asia the Cat New Video Tomorrow

( Asia the Cat has a new video coming out early tomorrow morning. This one is titled “Chasing the Flashing Ball”. She also has a new video title intro that will appear on all of her videos from here on out. Considering all of our medical issues, Asia is doing absolutely great. As you’ll see in the video she loves to play and doesn’t know (or think) that anything is wrong with her.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joe Tracy - January 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

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Asia Sees a Cat Neurologist

(Asia the Cat) Asia saw a cat neurologist on Thursday. Since before we got her from the rescue shelter, she had some slight balancing issues and displayed some not normal head movements. This is the second time she’s been to a vet in a week. The first was for her Cataracts, but they wanted to wait for the neurologist results before prescribing a treatment. In a few days we’ll know the results of the blood panel. She also got an x-ray and we’re waiting for an interpretation from the radiology technician. The gut feeling of the neurologist is that she does have a neurological issue that is probably congenital and likely won’t get worse.

One interesting discovery was in regards to the “bump on her head” that she’s had since being rescued. The doctors discovered it is a stray bone fragment that likely developed in her mom’s womb. They hadn’t seen anything like it before.

The staff at the clinic are used to seeing old cats, so Asia got a lot of love and attention because she’s young, energetic, and despite all of her problems, very cute.

So this poor kitten has gone through abandonment, serious ear mite infections (both ears), a full cataract in one eye and partial cataract in the other, and neurological issues. But she is greatly loved and as you’ll see in more videos being produced, she is a fun kitten. And an expensive one too! ūüôā .


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joe Tracy - January 22, 2010 at 11:14 pm

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Laser Lights and Cats

( Our YouTube video of Asia chasing a laser light has been getting a lot of views and is in the top 10 viewed pet videos in several countries even though its only been up two days. On the subject of laser lights and cats, today I received an email from a guy named Fred that I want to publicly respond to. The email stated:

“Don’t you know that you are abusing the animal and can cause eye damage?¬†Very sad. I pity you.”

Fred, I did my research before using a laser light for Asia to chase. The simple fact is that if you are exposing a laser light directly into a cat’s eyes for several seconds, yes you can damage it. The same goes for humans. But we don’t do that. No cat lover does that. A cat’s eyes cannot be damaged from chasing a laser light. ¬†The laser light is one of the most popular cat toys around because it keeps them entertained and provides them with a lot of fun exercise. In addition, many veterinarians will recommend a laser light for various therapies. Others veterinarians recommend it for regular exercise. Laser lights have won many awards in the pet industry for their safe and entertaining value. Feel free to research this as it is very enlightening.

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Joe Tracy - January 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

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Asia the Cat has Cataracts

( Asia is back from the Opthamologist and the diagnosis is that she has a Cataract in one eye and partial Cataract in the other. They don’t know if she can see out of the eye that has the full Cataract. There was also concern that she might have¬†neurological¬†issues and want her to see a Neurologist before prescribing a treatment for the Cataracts. They believe that in the time she was abandoned, she faced a lot of trauma.

As anyone who has a special needs cat or rescue cat with problems can attest to, there will be some nice Veterinarian bills headed our way. But a pet is part of the family and as such you give them the best treatment you can to make sure they can live as happy a life as possible.


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Asia Headed to the Cat Opthamologist

( Tomorrow will be the first day Asia has been away from home since she was adopted two weeks ago. There were a couple of medical concerns early on. The first was her serious case of ear mites. The second was possible neurological issues. The third was a “cloudy” right eye. The image below shows you how different her two eyes are. It doesn’t, however, show the “glaze” over her right eye.

Asia's bad eye

Asia's bad eye (the eye on the left - her right eye)

So on Thursday, Asia will be headed to a “cat Opthamologist”. We’ll provide an update on what the vet says upon Asia’s return.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joe Tracy - January 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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Cat Tips – Taking Care of a New Kitten

( When we brought Asia home, Salem Friends of Felines provided us with a sheet of tips for taking care of a new kitty. We will be sharing these tips with you in the weeks to come. Here are their first set of tips:

– It is most important to introduce your cat to where their litter box, food, and water will be kept. Introduce and reinforce the location as many times as necessary. Changing the location may confuse the cat and cause accidents. Be sure that if there is another cat in the home that it is not keeping your new kitty from access to the litter box (Asia Note: Asia has her own litter box). Keep the litter box clean. Many cats will not use a dirty litter box. Most of all be calm and patient with any issues involving the litter box.

– Many cats are afraid of the noise from the washer and dryer. If the litter box is placed in the laundry room, they might not want to use it and then “potty” elsewhere. Bad habits can be difficult to break.

– Covered litter boxes may also be a problem with some cats. We recommend using an open litter pan in the beginning. Make sure you use an adequately sized litter box, proportionate to the size of your new kitty, going up in size as the kitten grows.

– If another cat or dog has urinated in your home, your new kitty will be drawn to that location. Nature’s Miracle, or a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water, and a thorough scrubbing is a good way to eliminate previous scents.

– We recommend that water and food bowls not be plastic, as plastic has been shown to cause chin conditions and can emit dangerous chemicals into food and water. Ceramic, metal and glass are best.

Asia Notes
With Asia, we provided her with her own litter box in its own location away from the other cat. In our first two weeks of owning her, she’s only had one accident.

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The Story of Asia the Cat

( Asia is a short haired domestic Tortoiseshell cat. She was found abandoned in a field in Salem, Oregon on December 27, 2010. She was rescued and taken to Salem Friends of Felines, who named her Asia. It was discovered that she had a serious case of ear mites resulting in a double ear infection, which also caused some balancing issues with her. She was adopted into our family on January 2, 2010.

During the next several years we will be reporting on the progress of Asia here as well as providing you with videos to see how this rescued kitten progresses.

Asia now has an older cat sister – Sassy. She also has a “dog sister and brother” – a Retriever/Chow mix named “Belle” (a rescued dog) and Chewbacca the Chubby Chihuahua (another rescue dog).


Thank you for joining us on this journey. Asia thanks you, too.

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