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Oldest Living Cats
I just love your magazine and I especially enjoyed seeing the oldest cats in your recent “Oldest Living Cats Contest.” I had NEVER heard of cats living into their late twenties and thirties, but I am so thrilled to see that it does happen since I have two cats, a Persian named Sydney who is 6 years old, and a Ragdoll named Toby, who just turned 1.
I think it would be great for you to do a follow-up on the “oldest cats” and find out what their owners are doing differently than the rest of us: Do they give them a certain kind of food? How often are they vaccinated? Do they give them certain supplements? How often do they take them to the vet? Are they indoor or outdoor cats?
I am sure that all of your readers would love to have their cats around as long as possible. What better way to find out how to help make this happen than to go to the source: those with the oldest cats. I hope that you will consider this idea and whether or not you do a follow-up, thanks for giving me the hope that someday maybe one of my cats will win an “Oldest Living Cats” contest.
I just finished reading “Soothing Music” in the August issue. I am so glad that such an article was published. For 15 years I have been told by people that I was wacko. But all four of my cats have always enjoyed music. I play guitar and I play different types of music (soft rock, country, blues, etc.) and my cats just love it! They all roll around and listen and fall asleep, or they watch as I play and sing, and they are just having a great time. I also play classical guitar music when I am not home and they seem to love it also. Seems to me that veterinarians and animal behaviorists who think that music doesn’t affect cats, just don’t really know much about cats.
Your magazine has provided much sage advice and a lot of laughs over the years for our cats of all ages. I have a 17-year-old, shelter adoptee (as a kitten), Jenny, who currently shares her hearth and home with companion cats Bonnie and Dashiell. Bonnie’s a tortoiseshell who found us during the Lillehammer Olympics, and dashing Dashiell is a 2-year-old black panther-like “cub,” who thinks both “cheetah girls” hung the moon. Against all odds, they blend, thanks to many a tip from CAT FANCY. Jenny was named for the T.S. Elliot character Jennyanydots (the Old Gumby Cat). She’s especially appreciative of the magazine’s senior cat coverage, though she always has a fondness for the centerfold, whatever the breed of the month. After all, girls just want to have fun, and even old cats DO need to play.
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