The series that I'm working now is entitled, "Harry, the Wonder Cat Series". It will be three cozy mysteries about deaths, a family secret, a legend and, of course, Harry the Wonder Cat! I will be giving bits of my first draft right here on this blog. You will learn more about this Maine Coon and how he helps to bring justice to the little town of Harrot Reef, on the coast of Maine.
I have lived with and loved cats for 20 years. Two of my favorite "cat gurus" are Jackson Galaxy (My Cat From Hell) and Amy Shojai. I have used their tips with much success and, whats more, I have learned enough from them to give me the confidence I need to start my own cat blog which, in turn, gave me the courage to write about Harry, based on my own loving Maine Coon.
Of course, I can't claim to know everything about cats, but I can sure try!
It’s that time of year where everyone makes unnecessary demands on themselves, just to trying to make others happy. Okay, this year I’ve decided to make some changes of my own. I’ve listed them below not necessarily in any order.
I will cut down the number of trips to the Magic Cupboard (where my treats can be found).
I will stop laying around like an old slug all the time.
I will quit expecting everybody to do my bidding.
I will quit procrastinating.
When do I have to change? Now? I can’t. I’m busy laying around the fireplace, getting my guardian to get me treats (and anything else I need).
Oh, heck. Who needs to change? I’m purrfect as I am.
It’s that time of year when people all over the world decorate for the holidays. Many people adorn a tree for the season. A few years ago, I learned the real dangers of these trees and ornaments.
I was astonished to learn the statistics regarding Christmas trees. According to National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 350 million Christmas trees planted by farmers in the U.S. alone. Of those 350 million, 25-30 million are sold. These numbers pale compared to people who buy artificial trees, which amounts to 80% of those who decorate Christmas trees.
You may be wondering what Christmas trees have to do with your cat.
The obvious answer is that if your cat is prone to climbing, or as I like to put it, be a “tree baby” (pun intended), there is a chance for injury. There are other reasons, too.
The sap from the tree is toxic to your cat. The sap can be found not only on the tree and needles themselves, but in the water that the tree stands in.
Along with pine poisoning, comes the threat of the pesticides and fertilizers used in growing the tree, and chemicals that are used to enhance the look of it. These can cause kidney and/or liver failure, muscle weakness, labored breathing and digestive issues.
There is another danger with the needles of the tree. These needles could easily become lodged in the cat’s throat, or rip her intestines, etc.
The ornamentation of the tree adds to the problem.. Tinsel and those shiny bulbs look like cat toys and are a huge temptation for the cat. If she chews on the tinsel, chances are that she will swallow it and it may wrap itself around the cat’s intestines. Some of the ornaments used on the tree are made from breakable material and can cause damage to the cat’s paws if stepped on and, of course, cut internal organs if swallowed.
Unfortunately, with the exception of the sap poisoning, artificial trees have the same dangers as do their live counterparts.
Solution: Raise your tree off the ground and out of reach of your little ones. You may think that it takes away from the beauty of the season, but better that than spending hundreds of dollars in vet bills, or take the possibilty of a beloved family member dying..
I have introduced five cats who are lucky enough to be joining Harry on his adventure in Greece. I have a lot more applications to go through. Please take a gander at the following contestants.
The next cat co-star is Dewey. You may remember Dewey from Book 1, The Legend of the Pink Diamond. He’s the only co-star who gets to appear in more than one book. Harry needs this lightning-fast, feisty feline to help him maneuver around the Greek Island of Syros. Of course, the cats from the sanctuary will be there to lend a hand, too.
Rosie is the second one that I’ll introduce you to this week. She has an exceptional talent; she can moonwalk, which will come in handy when Harry needs a feline to creep silently on window ledges.
Next week, I’ll be bringing more cats along for the ride.
As I told you last week, I’m looking for cats to play parts in my next Harry the Wonder Cat book. This book is set in Greece, and I need lots of cats to fill the parts of the cats in the sanctuary. You have already met Loki and Lyla May, this week I want to introduce you to three more famous cats.
Charlie is a loveable cat, which will come in handy when Harry needs a distraction.
Both Reginald and Midnight love watching TV. Will Harry train them to be his lookouts?
I have a lot more cats to introduce you to. See ya next week.
Remember, if your cat wants to join Harry and his Greek gang, post a picture with the name of your cat. Please include one personality trait. It promises to be an exciting trip.
I am finishing up the Harry the Wonder Cat Series with Book 3. Harry and his charge, Nikki, and their roommate, Heather, are going to Greece. Someone is out to kill them for the Pink Diamond, and Harry and his Greek gang will have their paws full keeping Nikki and Heather safe.
I am calling for all of the cats who want to go to Greece with Harry. They will be cast as the cats Harry and Luna meet in the Greek Cat Sanctuary. Harry will enlist them to help to find the crooks.
In the next few weeks, I will be sharing all of the co-stars that have signed up so far.
This week, I am introducing two very special cats, Loki and Lyla May.
Loki is the king of the street thugs. He is a tough, no-nonsense cat.
Lyla May is a quiet cat, and you know what they say about the silent type. She is one sleuth that doesn’t mess around.
If your cat wants to join Harry and his Greek gang, post a picture with the name of your cat. Please include one personality trait. It promises to be an exciting trip.