15th Century Cat Pee on a 15th Century Manuscript

If your cats walk or pee on your keyboard, does it feel like it’s a cat conspiracy? Well it is, and it’s centuries old.

Last week we posted a picture of a 15th century manuscript with cat paw prints on it (http://www.catfaeries.com/blog/cat-paw-prints-on-a-15th-century-manuscript/). Here’s a 15th century manuscript that a cat peed on, with a complaint in Latin by the scribe (the vertical text).

Cat Pee on a 15th Century Manuscript

Here’s what he had to say (from http://medievalfragments.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/paws-pee-and-mice-cats-among-medieval-manuscripts/)

“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”

Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.

Freshen up carpet and furniture for the holidays – Anti Icky Poo to the rescue!

Are you just a little worried that holiday guests will detect that “accident” Kitty had awhile back? Or perhaps keeping windows closed for winter has your home smelling a bit like a kennel or musty? You don’t want your friends talking about your home behind your back. So head ‘em off at the pass, and de-stink a multitude of sins with Anti Icky Poo, the urine cleaner that really works.

A few light mistings of Anti Icky Poo twice a day for a few days will do the trick! Invite everyone over for holiday cheer and feel completely secure in knowing that your home only smells of your good cooking!

Is your cat staring at a heater grate or urinating on or near it? We may know why!

It’s beginning to get chilly outside in some parts of the country. And when it’s cold outside mice want to come into our houses for warmth. So if your cat is suddenly staring at the heater grates or have even peed on it, mice who use the ducts as a highway could be the cause!

Anti Icky Poo cleaner is safe to use near or on a heater. And it will get rid of the urine and the urine smell. Just shut off the heater before you apply it.

Don’t use Feliway spray near the heater vent as it is flammable. Instead place a diffuser nearby. If there isn’t an electrical outlet there, use an extension cord and put a pea sized piece of Museum Wax under the pheromone bottle and attach it to the floor or a table.

Our favorite litter box isn’t a litter box!

We wrote about this a few years ago. The other day a customer wrote to say that her cat sprays urine while in the litter box. We decided it was time to resurrect the photo of what we use for litter boxes.

When our cats started getting really old and unable to squat to urinate their pee would fly over the walls of standard pet shop litter boxes. So we bought two plastic storage boxes and cut out an opening (you can cut the opening low for cats with poor mobility as we did here or higher for younger cats). The sides are very high which prevents urine from hitting the floor. And the box’s depth is great, the cat get step inside, easily turn around and get in a good position to do their business.

The high sides are also great for cats who like to dig their way to China and who scatter litter everywhere.

These storage boxes will save your walls, floors, and your sanity!

Homeopet homeopathic remedies for your cat. Match up your cat’s symptoms with the formulas.

We really love the Homeopet natural line of remedies and have been fans for many years. The founder of Homeopet is a doctor and researcher and he’s put decades of knowledge gathering and keen attention to detail into these products. Everything is of the highest quality, no scrimping because the products are for animals like we may find in the products of other companies. And you know how we are at Cat Faeries – total fuss budgets when it comes to quality!

The chart below will allow you to match up your cat’s symptoms to the correct remedy.

In some cases you might want to use two remedies. Why? Well, because one of them might unlock the cause but not cure. The other will work with the first remedy to cure. Here are some examples:

Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea

You would alternate doses. So, every 2nd dose –switch. You would dose 3 times a day. In the AM, around lunchtime, and then again in the PM.

Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea PLUS Cleanz – Detox

The addition of Cleanz Detox will remove the toxins which could be the cause of the skin problems.

You would follow the same dosing pattern as above BUT with each dose wait 30 minutes and give a dose of Cleanz Detox.

A combination we are particularly fond of is:

Cleanz Detox and Digestive Upsets


You would dose in the same manner we explained for Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea.

We also like Joint Stress and Cleanz – Detox in combination with each other as older cats have painful joints and years of toxin build up.

You would dose in the same manner we explained for Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea

Behavior • Anxiety • Stress

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Barking, whining, howling, yelping, crying
  • Pacing, panting, restlessness
  • Hiding under table, in bathroom, behind couch
  • Cowering, trembling, shaking
  • Drooling, vomiting, pooping
  • Destructive behavior
  • Bolts, runs away
  • Home alone/Separation
  • Boarding/Kenneling
  • Vet/Groomer visits
  • New arrivals to home
  • Strangers/Visitors

Anxiety Relief
(liquid drops)

  • Storms (thunder, lightning, wind, heavy thunderous rain, tornados)
  • Change in barometric pressure
  • Fireworks, firecrackers
  • Loud noise/traffic noise/airplanes flying by
  • Gunshots, bangs, explosions

Anxiety TFLN
Thunderstorms
Fireworks

(Liquid drops)

  • Fear of car and will not get in
  • Car motion, travel sickness
  • Vomiting, drooling, cowering
  • Cries, barks, whines
  • Restless in car, panting and pacing
  • Car trips
  • Boat trips
  • Train trips
  • Airplanes/Flying

Travel Anxiety
(Liquid drops)

Upper Respiratory

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Sneezing, runny nose, congestion
  • Watery or runny eyes
  • When they breathe, you can hear it
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Sinus infection
  • Cat or dog flu
  • Allergies
  • Colds

Nose Relief
(Liquid drops)

  • Dry cough, wet cough, barky cough
  • Wheezy cough
  • Hoarse
  • Kennel cough
  • Bronchitis
  • All coughs

Cough
(Liquid drops)

Recovery • Health • Healing

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Recovery from injury
  • Wounds, cuts, bleeding, scratches
  • Post surgery
  • Sprains, bruising, breaks
  • Tail injury
  • Accidents and road traffic accidents
  • Surgery
  • Accidents and traffic accidents
  • Recovery
  • Fighting

First Aid
(Liquid drops)

  • Infection
  • Swelling, pain and shock from injury
  • Wounds that won’t heal, non-responsive wounds
  • Promotes rapid healing in wounds, cuts, bites and burns
  • Surgery
  • Accidents and traffic accidents
  • Cuts and wounds
  • Bites
  • Burns
  • Scratches

HP Healing Cream
(Topical)

Cleans the system of all the toxins the body has accumulated over the years. These toxins come from a variety of areas: spot on treatments, yard sprays, house sprays, air fresheners, wormers, shampoos and preservatives in foods are just some of the areas. The toxins build up in the system and decrease liver and kidney functions which results in the pet looking and acting less healthy.  Also purges radiation.

Cleanz – Detox
(Liquid drops)

Senior Cats and other animals

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Lameness, stiffness, difficulty rising or climbing stairs
  • Limping or holding foot up
  • Hip, joint and back pain
  • Weak hind legs
  • Pain with movement
  • Arthritis
  • Hip displasia
  • Older pets
  • Previous injury

Joint Relief
(Liquid drops)

  • Leaking during sleep/constantly dribbles
  • Puddles or urine stains on carpet
  • Urinary incontinence (old age or fear based)
  • Spayed females/neutered males

Leaks No More
(Liquid drops)

  • Stomach upset, vomiting
  • Cats that throw up 20 minutes after eating
  • Gas, doggie farts and flatulence
  • Diarrhea, loose stool
  • Constipation
  • Bad, smelly or sour breath
  • Colic bloating
  • Constipation
  • Poor digestion
  • IBD
  • Older pets
  • Overindulgence
  • Food allergies

Digestive Upsets
(Liquid drops)

Skin and Coat Allergies

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Constantly scratches
  • Biting, licking, chewing, gnawing
  • Skin irritation and/or eruptions
  • Hair loss
  • Skin allergies
  • Seasonal allergies

Skin & Itch
(Liquid drops)

  • Smelly ears with wax buildup, ears smell like stale cheese.
  • Ear infections
  • Oily, greasy coat, bad, poor dull coat
  • Dandruff, dander, flaky coat
  • Dogs stinks despite regular shampooing and grooming with different medicated shampoos
  • Airborne allergies and seasonal allergies
  • Chronic skin conditions

Skin & Seborrhea
(Liquid drops)

  • Nasty, red, oozing spot
  • Wound-like spot with no hair/dry, scaly skin
  • Bald spot/s
  • Licks and chews at same spot
  • Local allergies

Hot Spots
(Liquid drops)

  • Flea bites normally found in areas fleas congregate: base of tail, head, inside of legs
  • Scabs, sores, chewing hair off, skin discoloration
  • Chewing, licking, itching, scratching
  • Hive-like red spots
  • Bug bites, including fleas
  • Flea allergic dermatitis

Bug Bites
(Liquid drops)

Moving anytime soon? Tips for traveling with cats!

  • As you start to pack boxes spray Feliway on them which will make them less scary to your cats. We think one squirt per box, once a day is all you need.
  • On the big day give each cat some of our Homeopet “Digestive Upsets” and keep giving it to them until you reach your destination.
  • Before putting the cats in their carriers spray the padding with Feliway. One or two squirts are enough. Let the pad sit in the air for 10 or 15 minutes before you place it and the cat in the carrier.
  • Our water proof pads (see Furniture Protection) are great because they are washable. Cats often “hold it” while traveling by car, but other cats panic a bit and pee or poop.
  • If you are able to spray one or two squirts of Feliway on the car seats where the carriers are.
  • If you can thread the seat belt though the handle of the carrier so that in the event of a fast stop the carriers won’t go flying.
  • Are hard plastic carriers better than soft ones? Debatable. We have the hard plastic ones as we feel they protect the cat better and if the cat pees or poops it’s easier to clean.
  • If you are traveling by car and there is more than one of you, someone must stay in the car when you make food or gas stops. We have heard of cars – with cats inside – being stolen at rest stops!
  • Keep the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of the hotel AT ALL TIMES. If one of you needs to hunt for food someone needs to stay in the room. Housekeeping could ignore the sign and enter and a cat could escape.
  • Lodging is tough but not impossible. Take a bottle of Anti Icky Poo with you for any accidents. You don’t want to leave a mess like that behind because hotel management might tighten up their allowing of animals.
  • As for where to stay we asked our Facebook friends for suggestions of animal-friendly hotels or resources and this is what they said (you should always call the local number of a hotel location first to make sure with any chain, each location has a different actual owner/operator):
    • Amanda likes www.petswelcome.com
    • Alyssa has stayed at Red Roof Inn, but cautions they might be in an iffy part of a town.
    • Becky who has traveled with both cats and dogs uses www.bringfido.com
    • Shawn once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express with 7 kitties!
    • Debi agreed about the Holiday Inn, and added Comfort Inn, but call first to make sure.
    • Sleigh says the La Quinta chain is very animal friendly (we’d heard that too)
    • Kristy suggests Candlewood Suites
    • Susan tells us that Days Inn did allow animals at one time – call and ask
  • Spray Feliway around the hotel room or install a diffuser. This will help keep the cats calm. Our flower essence formula Calm and Serene will help too.
  • When you reach your new home “prep” the house with Feliway before you let the cats out to explore (or hide) Before you let them out of their carriers at the new house zip through it and spray Feliway “here and there” especially in the room you think most of them will want to hide in. Install diffusers around the house as well.
  • Your best bet is to give the cats one room with a closet and things to hide under (like a bed). Some cats are more curious than others. When we bought our house Betty spent 4 days exploring and marking with her cheeks, then she collapsed and slept for 2 days! The others hid in a closet and slowly came out to explore.
  • To make sure the house is as unthreatening as possible Check the doors on the outside for any cat urine marks from neighborhood cats which may have come by and marked. Look at cat-butt-height for water marks and clean with Anti Icky Poo.
  • Congratulations on the move! I hope it’s a beautiful house with wonderful neighbors. Start looking for a good vet clinic now. Yelp is a good place to start, and call the local pet shops. You might also start looking for a great cat sitter.