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Excerpts From a Cat’s Diary

By popular demand – source unknown.


Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously not very bright.
The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now…




They’re worse than ever this year. I have received numerous phone calls about flea infestation. Many complaints have been received against “Frontline” so I no longer recommend this product.

Even when the fleas are killed, eggs remain in the environment and infestation may recur, so it is important to be consistent with flea treatments.


It is helpful to bathe your pet, especially one suffering from flea allergies. Avoid using a topical flea treatment for 2 days before or after the bath because oils need to be present for the treatment to work properly. Clean carpets and wash bedding. This helps eliminate fleas and flea eggs.

I love holistic and natural medicine, however I do not recommend most natural remedies for fleas. Herbal treatments that are strong enough to kill fleas are often harmful to the pet, however some herbal remedies formulated to repel (not kill) fleas are just fine. I also do not recommend diatomaceous earth, which is actually made of the tiny sharp fossilized remains of a hard-shelled algae. Yes, food grade DE powder is safe to eat and relatively harmless when wet, but these razor sharp microscopic particles cause physical damage to lungs when inhaled.


Most common treatment products:


  • “Advantix:” for dogs. This topical is applied behind the shoulder blades of your dog and also repels and kills ticks. For cats, use Advantage.


  • “Program:” A pill that works like birth control for fleas, but does not kill the fleas that are present. The larvae will not fully develop, breaking the flea cycle.


·            “Capstar:” A pill that will kill all the fleas on your pet very quickly, however it only works for 24 hours.

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Dr. Anette Heaslet, born in Denmark, practices at The Cheerful Vet in Ashland, Oregon. A UC Davis graduate also certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, she has helped pioneer Veterinary Integrative Medicine. The philosophy at The Cheerful Vet is simple. “There is no alternative medicine, there is medicine that works and medicine that does not.” Visit us today!

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