Hermione’s Kitty Korner #19: My Brothers Have Problems

Hi, it’s Hermione with another column about what’s going on with me and my family. While we are all doing relatively well during the pandemic, my brothers have had a couple of problems. Stripey, my older brother, was diagnosed with a condition called hyperthyroidism and my blood brother, Harry, got a bad bite on his neck.

Here’s what happened to them. My Mom was worried about Stripey because he’d lost some weight, but grandma thought it was because me and Harry were eating all his food. Grandpa didn’t think he was sick because he was acting the same and was actually a little more active and affectionate. But, just in case, grandma thought he should have a check-up. He went to the vet and had blood work. They had to take the blood from his neck because that’s where the thyroid is located, and the vet was testing for thyroid function as well as other things. Loss of weight is a sign of several problems in cats.

Debbie checked with the vet a few days later, and she was told that Stripey had hyperthyroidism which means his thyroid is fast and that’s why he’s losing weight. She was given several options for treating him. The vet suggested pills, but there was also an ear gel that could be administered through a pen-shaped applicator that Debbie thought Stripey would find easier. A pharmacy had to send it to her. When she got it, there was a toy mouse enclosed in the package.

Our grandmother, Debbie’s daughter, who once wanted to be a vet, followed the instructions and administered the ear gel to Stripey. He took it like a camper, and will be getting two doses a day, one in each ear. In three weeks, he will go back to the vet for more bloodwork to check how the medicine is working.

But Stripey wasn’t my only brother who had a problem lately. Shortly after Stripey returned from the vet’s office,  he had a big playfight with Harry. Both brothers tend to be biters, and Stripey, not feeling so well, got his teeth into Harry’s neck when Harry bothered him. Mom discovered the bite, and Grandma called the vet. They were told to clean out the wound and then use a triple antibiotic on it twice a day for a week. If it swelled up, began to smell, or got worse, he would have to be taken in for an antibiotic shot. So far, Harry is doing well, and the bite is healing, but there’s still a lot of fur missing on his neck.

I hope the two boys will stop being so rough with one another.

Cats don’t like to show when they’re sick, so be aware of subtle signs such as loss of appetite, too much appetite, vomiting, change of behavior, listlessness, and any other differences in your kitty. You should also check your cat’s fur and body every day for any bumps, cuts, and bites. Stripey and Harry were lucky that our hoomans caught their problems early.

Until next time, Purrs, Hermione.

Harry’s Kitty Korner #17: Feline Tips on What to Do In a Crisis

Meow, there. It’s Harry with some cat tips for humans who are worried about the coronavirus pandemic. I suspected something was wrong when my two-legged family members started washing their paws so much. Then they were home all day. I got all excited thinking Debbie would spend more time with me, but, no, she spent more time at her computer promoting two of her free books and watching the news about the virus. That’s when I decided that I needed to share some feline tips with her and the readers of this blog from the CDCC (Cats Don’t Care Club) about how to deal with a crisis.

Tip #1:  When troubles hit, it’s okay to stay in bed. In fact, we cats do it 18 hours a day.

Tip #2: If you feel afraid, just find a place to hide.

Tip #3: If things get really bad, put on a scary face.

Tip #4: Yoga works wonders. I recommend the loafing position. Tip #5: This tip is from my sister. When she’s upset, she just opens her mouth and lets it all loose.  Tip #6: This is from Stripey, the old guy in the house. When he’s facing a dilemma, he rolls with the punches and his catnip toy.

Tip #7: If you’re looking for a solution, think “inside” the box.

Tip #8: When trying to choose between two sides, take the middle.

Tip #9: Catch it before it catches you.

Tip #10: Most important of all, don’t forget to share the toilet paper.

I hope these tips help you cope or at least make you smile. The CDCC also recommends that you stay home with your kitties and be safe.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #14: Breaking News, but it was only an Accident

Meow there, it’s Hermione. For my Kitty Korner Column, I have good news and bad news. Let’s get the bad news over first. I admit I jumped to the top of Debbie’s bookshelf and knocked down one of her collectibles, but it was only an accident. I can’t help it if I’m naturally curious, and I’ve been up there before without disturbing anything including her Betta Fish who lives on the shelf below. She keeps me out of the room when she’s not home, but the door was open while she was preparing breakfast, and I couldn’t help but leap up there. Now she’s being very strict about my not being alone in the room. She prefers my brother Harry and me to sit on top of her closet which she’s cleared off except for a basket that we sit in sometimes.

Now for the good news. Harry and I appear in the “2020 Cats of the World” weekly planner on two pages. There’s also an article that Debbie wrote about cozy cat mysteries and lots of other cat photos and information about cat blogs like Sneaky’s and other cat authors and bloggers like Debbie who are members of the great Cat Writer’s Association.

There’s even more good news and something for you readers to look forward to. Harry and I make our debuts in Debbie’s upcoming short holiday story, “Murder Unwrapped” that will be released on December 2, along with a new Cobble Cove story featuring Sneaky that’s called “Sneaky’s Holiday Mystery.” You can’t miss this one because Sneaky has a large part in it as well as my fellow calico, Kittykai, from the previous book in the series, Love on the Rocks.  You don’t have to have read any of the books in the series to enjoy the story, but I highly recommend you do because they are pawsome.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #12 : I’m a Basket Case

Hermione here with some good news. For those who have been following me and my brother’s Kitty Korner columns, you’ll know that we were planning to stop sharing our adventures now that we’ve turned a year old. However, we’re still having so much fun in Debbie’s house, that we decided to ask Sneaky to extend our time on this blog.

Today, I’m sharing with you my love of baskets. It all started when I found a basket on top of Debbie’s wardrobe. It was sitting among some old Christmas tins and was very high, but I was confident I could reach it. I jumped on her jewelry armoire and climbed across her bureau. At that point, it was only a hop, a skip, and a jump before I was able to reach that beautiful basket.

I was so proud of myself because my brother, Harry, wasn’t able to follow in my pawsteps. I finally felt bad for the guy, and showed him how I got up there.  Leave it to a girl to teach a boy some new tricks. It was just a matter of time before he copied me, but he wasn’t interested in my basket which is a good thing because it’s my new favorite place.

Now I regularly go up to my basket and even nap in it. Debbie cleared off the Christmas tins and other stuff, so I would have more room. I love a room with a view.

Until next time. Hermione signing off.

Harry’s Kitty Korner #11: Happy Birthday to Us

Hi, there. It’s Harry with my Kitty Korner Column #11. Thank you for reading about my adventures with Debbie and her family. Today is my birthday and my sister’s. It isn’t the actual day, but it’s the day Debbie celebrates meeting us at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe last October. We were 3 months old, so now we are a year old and full-grown cats.

To celebrate our special day, Debbie got us some fun gifts. There was an assortment of toys including my favorite catnip sticks and toy mice for Hermione.

We also got a new cat teaser. We still have “Da Bee” which is one of our favorite playthings, but now Debbie got us “Da Fish.” Can’t wait to reel it in.

Another interesting birthday gift for us was the Catit treat toy. Both Hermione and I, and even Stripey, enjoy this gift.

We also got another puzzle toy that doesn’t include treats, but is still fun because little creatures pop up if you pull the levers. I still have to master this.

Then there’s this bug toy that moves by itself. We all really love it, but it gets stuck in some places, so Debbie has to supervise when we play with it.

We also got some combs and brushes to keep me and Stripey looking handsome and Hermione looking beautiful. They feel great, too.

But, of all our new toys, our favorite is the big box they came in.


There were two other gifts that Debbie gave in honor of our first birthdays, but they weren’t for us. The first was for her readers — two free ebooks of her mysteries that are available until Monday, July 22. You can get her Cobble Cove cozy mystery, Love on the Rocks here., and her mystery thriller, Reason to Die, here.

The last but not least gift that Debbie gave in honor of our birthdays is a fundraiser for the Golden Paw Society, the rescue from which we came, so that other kittens and cats like us can find wonderful homes with loving families like we did. To help Debbie give this gift, you can donate any amount until Wednesday, July 24, here.

Thank you for making our birthday purrfect.