The Cats’ Domain

My adventure as a cat parent began early in life. Like every child, I wanted a kitten. Like every parent, my parents told me that I would be responsible for feeding the kitten.

I made a valiant effort, but as often happens, my parents ended up helping me out, even going so far as to keep my cat when I went away to college. I was so heartbroken during the years without a cat that I got another one as soon as I could find an apartment that allowed cats.

This part of my site is the space decicated to my cats, because they have given me as much joy and even help as my dogs. Their stories deserve to be told, and the things I have learned about caring for them deserve to be shared.

The Cat Family

Inca, the kitten I adopted in 1996, enjoyed life as an only cat until 2003. From 2003 until 2013, my cat-family included three cats: Inca, Sable, and Sierra. Learning to appreciate their unique personalities was a great adventure.

Sable was a big cat and has an attitude to match. She likes her routines, and she is selective about the people she likes. On the surface, she fits the definition

of independent and aloof. However, she challenged me to learn to relate to cats differently from the way I always have. I’ve had a little fun with my learning

process. Sable started a blog to poke a little fun at how much difficulty I’ve had in learning to relate to her, and at all the awful things I’ve asked her to do

that are too much like the typical snuggly cat. Read the musings of the fat cat.

All three cats went to their fur-ever play space within one year. This is one of the hardest periods of my life. Losing furry companions is not for sissies!

The New Cat Family

Our current cat family includes two black cats, Angel and Jade, and one multi-colored cat, Kira. This new family of cats relates to each other differently, and we are learning all kinds of new things from them. There are rarely dull moments in the three-kitty house.

cats – Sarah Blake LaRose

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Pyrethroid Poisoning in Cats: The Lived Experience Part 3

Sunday October 11th, 2015 06:47:57 PM Sarah Blake LaRose
I have spent the last six weeks recovering from eye surgery. My three beautiful cats have been by my side during this journey. When I went into surgery, two of these cats were still in the midst of their own recovery from their recent exposure to permethrin. In part 1 and part 2, I introduced […]

Pyrethroid Poisoning in Cats: The Lived Experience, Part 2

Saturday October 3rd, 2015 01:36:22 PM Sarah Blake LaRose
Last week, I began a series of posts regarding my family’s experience with pyrethroid poisoning in cats. In part 1, I introduced our situation and explained that cats can recover from this situation. In our case, two of our cats were given Vectra 3D, which is a flea and tick product meant only for dogs. […]

Pyrethroid Poisoning in Cats: The Lived Experience – Part 1

Tuesday September 15th, 2015 11:41:40 PM Sarah Blake LaRose
Does your vet tell you that it is ok to put a small amount of dog flea product on your cat in order to save money? Do you know that some flea products for dogs should never be put on cats? Do you know the signs of chemical toxicity in your cat? For many years, […]

Dog Meets Cats

Monday January 19th, 2015 05:36:19 AM Sarah Blake LaRose
My house was a very happy dog/cat home for 23 years. Obviously, I did not have the same dogs and cats for all of that time. As I have been a member of both dog and cat communities and seen the same question come up often, I thought that it might be helpful to know […]

Beating Allergies Without Giving Up the Animals

Tuesday October 7th, 2014 02:16:13 AM Sarah Blake LaRose
During the years before we were married, Kevin made several visits from his home in Washington State to mine here in Indiana. He was, of course, introduced to my animals and got to know them as part of this process. One problem arose early in his first visit. He had a violent allergy to cats; […]

learning curves

Tuesday August 20th, 2013 04:22:17 PM Sarah Blake LaRose
Please pardon the lengthy silence between entries. Life in the LaRose household has been busy as Kathie continues to adjust to her new environment and little Kira grows like a weed. I have not had a kitten in the house in ten years, and I have forgotten much of what it is like to raise […]

where joy and sorrow meet

Friday June 21st, 2013 05:52:06 PM Sarah Blake LaRose
There is a stone in my purse–a round, smooth stone. I received it on June 10, 2007, when I attended the last service in the old North Anderson Church of God building with my new dog guide, Loretta. Every once in a while, I take the stone out and hold it and remember the truth […]

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