Feature Friday Film: Hear and Watch Harry, Hermione, and Stripey Speak

Instead of videos this week, I’m proud to present the Feline Opine’s cat chats by Harry, Hermione, and Stripey. They certainly have some interesting things to say. Check them out here:

Ladies first. Here is Hermione. Click on her chat below her photo to hear what she has to say.

Hermione Chats!

Next is Hermione’s brother, Harry, aka Handsome Harry. Click his chat below his photo to hear him speak.

Harry Chats!

Last but not least, Stripey is the senior cat of the De Louise household. Click his chat below his photo to hear his words of wisdom.

Stripey Chats!

Thanks to Anita Aurit and Feline Opines for giving voice to my cat trio.

Stripey’s Kitty Korner #1: What am I? Chopped Cat Food?

Hey guys, it’s Stripey. I had a cat chat with Sneaky and asked why I couldn’t get in on the action that those little squirts (big squirts now) have been enjoying for the past two years on this Kitty Korner column. So here I am with my first Stripey column. My apologies that it takes the place of the Feature Friday Film this week, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it much more.

As you know, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism several months back. Debbie has to put this icky cream in my ear twice a day. The only good part to it is that she gives me these special dried chicken cat treats that are so delicious that I cry for them. However, she also gives them to Harry and Hermione. Is that fair? I have to endure that icky cream, and they get the treats just for looking pretty!

I’ve come to terms with those two, but we still have occasional cat spats. Harry is an okay guy. He likes to watch TV with me at night with Debbie and Anthony. Hermione doesn’t hang with us much. She prefers the top of the bedroom closet or the bed.

I’m glad Debbie put some of my photos and a bonus post in her new cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats. I’m including an excerpt from an interview I did with Sneaky when Harry and Hermione first came into my home. It’s my claim to fame and the least she could do since I’ve been her pet for 12 years, and they’ve only been hers for two.

Mice to have you here, Stripey. Did you have a nice holiday?

Hello, Sneaky. My holiday was okay except that those two little furballs who visited my territory in October are still here.

Furballs? Are you referring to Harry and Hermione, the kittens who write the Kitty Korner column on this blog?

You got that right, Sneaks.

May I ask what you have against those two, Stripey?

Isn’t that obvious? They are in my home. I admit that I once shared the place with a cat named Oliver. He was an old guy and really didn’t give me much trouble. When he went away, I had the place to myself. Now I’ve got not one, but two felines to deal with.

I don’t understand. You got along with Oliver. Why can’t you get along with Harry and Hermione?

Well, to be honest, Sneaky, I didn’t get along with Oliver right away. We actually got into a fur fight when he first came into my house, but then I realized he wasn’t going anywhere, and he was a lot older and bigger than I was. These little cats that are in my house now can gang up on me. They’re fast and strong. I’ve seen them zip around like tiny tigers.

Are you saying that you’re afraid of the kittens?

Let’s just say I’m a bit wary of them. That’s why I hiss when I see them and run for cover. Deep down, I admit I’m curious about them. I’ve played footsie with the girl under the door, but I’m not sure I can trust either of them yet.

So, you see, despite our rough start, I’ve managed to make peace with the two furballs, but I still have a beef with them. They get a lot of attention just because they’re young, but I was a kitten once, too, and quite adorable, I must say. What do you think?

That’s the end of my “tail,” but Sneaky has agreed to have me share my words of wisdom as a senior cat on this column. So, there you, youngsters!

Harry’s Kitty Korner Post #19: Enjoying the Outdoors from the Indoors

Meow there. It’s Harry with another tail or tale depending on how you swing. I had an interesting experience this week with my older brother, Stripey. My sis, Hermione, got involved, too, but she wasn’t as excited as we boys were. You see, Debbie and her daughter cleaned up their enclosed back room and opened it up to us. What fun! Stripey tells me he used to go out there with Oliver, a cat who was before my time. There was even a cat tree out there.

At first, when Debbie opened the door, Hermione and I were hesitant. We looked out to at Stripey who seemed to be enjoying himself.

I decided to be brave and try out the back room and that pawsome cat tree myself. I wasn’t disappointed.

So, I beckoned Hermione to join me outside.

She was cautious, but I purrsuaded her. First, she did some stretching against the cat tree and then she climbed up on top.

I found this new experience quite an adventure and continue to go out there with Stripey, but Hermione prefers the indoors for now. Maybe, once the room is completely finished, Debbie will add more items for us to climb on and play with. In the meantime, it’s nice to get some fresh air and still stay safe.

For those of you who would like your hoomans to buy or build a catio or enclosed patio room, you might want to show them the video that Sneaky posted for his Feature Friday film yesterday. https://wp.me/p7XcB0-Uy

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.