The Pet Lady

[The Pet Lady has received lots of nice follow-up letters from readers recently, and she shouts from the divan (spilling a little champagne as she gestures sort of madly) for me to put them together for this week's column. She also shouts, "Cheers, dear readers!"—The Pet Secretary]


Thank you for taking the time to run my letter regarding my "differently abled" kitten [The Pet Lady, Nov. 1]. Here is an update on my situation: Xena still doesn't know her name. However, she has seemed to finally grasp the concept of the squirt bottle. She stopped licking the statue [in the crotch!--The P.S.] but replaced that habit with following the other cat, Pikachu, into the cat box, leaving him no privacy. When she meows her tongue hangs out of her mouth, much like the LSD cat you wrote about, and she still foams at the mouth.

All in all, not much has changed, but as you predicted we wouldn't get rid of her for the world now. Her antics have grown on us, and she does provide ample fun time for Pikachu. She's doubled in size, and although she's still not "all there," I think she will adjust and grow, even if perhaps at a slower pace. Much slower.

No Longer at a Loss


Being the owner of my own pair of beautiful cow cats who also enjoy their refreshment from the faucet, I have come across a lovely invention your readers and our dear Glen [The Pet Lady, Oct. 25] may find useful. Similar to your suggestion of a Zen fountain, it is a pet drinking fountain that supplies a constant flowing stream of water much like our felines enjoy from the sink. Said fountain also utilizes a rather inexpensive disposable filter system so the water remains free of scum and other unpleasantries. I imagine it can be purchased from any number of pet stores; I found it at my own (cats-only) veterinarian's office. Perhaps it could be placed in or near the sink so as to comfort Miss Kitty and make her drinking experience a pleasant one—and Glen's own drinking experience guilt-free!




I thought I'd send a photo of the lady Labrador on the ill-fated furniture [The Pet Lady, July 5 and Aug. 16, regarding Olive the couch-eating dog]. If you look closely on the lower left, you can see the long tear in the cushion upon which Olive is resting. Isn't she cute?

Thanks again for your helpful advice.


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