I put last week's weekly newsletter on the SOS thread, but now that I've got this thread, I think it's a better place for this to go. So, here it is, the Weekly Newsletter my spouse is writing as a coping mechanism and for this mother to read.
CATLAND CONTINUES TO DRAW CROWDS
(Catland) Cats continue to enjoy the fine dining of morning and evening service at Catland. The mix of wet and dry food with fresh water provides the feline community with the nutrition and hydration a large cat colony needs to thrive. If the 111 were home to four or five cats, such measures might not be necessary. However, the 111 at present is home to MANY more cats than can support themselves off the land. Therefore, authorities must be attentive and conscientious in ensuring that the needs of the cat colony are met. Because cats are prone not to drink enough water on their own, strategically placed water bowls and daily provision of wet food are critical to maintain adequate hydration. These cats need to be pampered to some degree, as otherwise many will become dehydrated, malnourished, and likely to fall prey to opportunistic parasites and infections that should not be life-threatening to healthy cats. Also, placing small amounts of food in many different containers is essential to prevent fighting over food and ensure that even the smallest cats have the opportunity to consume their share. Since some cats are intimidated by the crowds, this may mean opening an additional can of wet food after the initial rush has subsided. Also, there remains a cadre of furtive cats who prefer to dine in Furtive Cat Corner (formerly known as the Cat Ghetto), but management hopes they will mix well with others after spaying and neutering is completed.
GOAT MOCKS LOCAL AUTHORITIES
(Furtive Cat Corner and Front Yard)- The criminal mastermind known as Dancer was spotted Sunday in Furtive Cat Corner, where it is suspected that he consumed a small amount of dry cat food that the feral and semi-feral members of the feline community had not yet finished off. Later that evening, Dancer declared his supremacy over all of the 111 by climbing atop the Big White Truck, which was only recently returned to the Front Yard. In response to this impudence, authorities vowed to get that goat.
WEEKLY HORSE SENSE
Provision of grain to the two nursing mother horses and their children became more complicated this week as fence damage made separation of the four from the larger horse population impracticable. Authorities now actively guard the four privileged horses against the efforts of other horses as well as mischievous goats to steal grain.
Horses across the 111 expressed concern about dwindling hay reserves, expressing a strong preference that more hay should arrive soon.
DISPATCHES FROM DOGVILLE
Not-the-Brightest-Puppy-in-the-World and Silly Dog continue to coexist happily in Dogville. Authorities are actively exploring adoption options for both, as they are cute (see pictures), outgoing canines who crave more attention than management at the 111 can realistically offer.
The temperature has surged into triple digits in recent days, causing heavy panting among local dogs and lots of digging holes into the cool, shaded earth. Management is taking great care to ensure that fresh, cool water is available at all times, not only to dogs but to all residents of the 111.
Psycho-Dogâ€™s behavior has improved significantly, with much less barking at authorities. For safety reasons, management would like to remove the gnawed end of rope that remains attached to his collar, but he still scurries away when approached.
Three dogsâ€™ persistent fears of authorities have necessitated extensive modifications in the canine feeding system. Aside from the Dogville cuties, there are four dogs who are fed in the Front Yard as part of the regular morning and evening feeding schedule. For the three furtive others, food is distributed in the evening right before management retires to the House for the evening, as they will not emerge from the Edge of Property Woods until management is no longer visible.
YARD CAT NOTABLES
Efforts to conduct an accurate survey of the feline community at the 111 have faced challenges due to large numbers of cats of similar sizes and colors. For instance, the first picture shows three medium-large adult male black-and-white tuxedo cats. Personality differences as well as slight variations in facial features make distinguishing these three friendly cats from each other relatively easy, but with more aloof cats the effort to make an accurate count gets considerably harder. The second picture shows two dark orange tabbies of similar size and appearance, as well as two other orange cats whose size and demeanor marks them as clearly different. Additionally, there are at least five adult â€œBrown tabby and whiteâ€ cats at the 111, as well as multiple cats that are predominantly black or gray and of similar small size.
The 111 notes with sadness the passing of Orange and White Kitten last Tuesday. The kitten, who arrived on the scene after walking up to authorities from a horse pasture covered in manure and meowing hysterically, was in fragile health throughout its short time in Catland, but authorities had hoped that with the support of several surrogate mothers it would be saved. However, after its condition had appeared to improve over several days, it was observed to be in severe distress Tuesday afternoon and died an hour later in managementâ€™s arms.
In better news, efforts to find new homes for the booming kitten population of the 111 are looking up. To celebrate, we will close this weekâ€™s newsletter with lots of cute kitten pictures.
A fair number of the cute kitten pictures were pictures I'd already uploaded, but I gave you three!
Yes, WellingtonCats, your answers, along with everybody else's, are very helpful! So, what's the difference between a "dilute calico" and a "dilute smoke calico"? With the additional pictures, can you say which this kitten is? This is just out of sheer curiosity at the moment, because I'm not longer responsible for describing the appearance/writing up PetFinder ads for these kittens, as the vet is adopting them out.
I've also grouped the images I've been putting up on ImageShack into a gallery ... here it is