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The bonds that pet owners develop with their animals are oftentimes incredibly strong. Because of this, the death of animal, or a sudden disappearance of a pet, can cause individuals to be overwhelmed with grief. Such is the case with Eleanor Trgovich, a 90-year old Muster resident who is in shock following the disappearance of her partially blind cat, Blue. At 15 years of age, Blu is somewhat of a senior citizen in the cat world. Combined with the fact that she is partially blind, Blu's safety will continue to be danger until she is found.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Trgovich has been doing her best to help locate her beloved pet. Along with the assistance of her daughter, Trgovich has been placing both print and online advertisements around the town, all of which provide a detailed description of Blu's physical appearance. According to Trgovich, Blu is cream-coloured with small, grey-blue “points” appearing around her backside, tail area and face. Given the fact that Blu has had to undergo a series of surgeries, her ears are no longer pointed but are, instead, rounded. Due to the fact that Blu was unable to move around easily, Trgovich had not bothered to place any identifying tags or collars on her cat. This oversight, however, is proving quite costly in the search for Blu. Although members of her family are posting Blu's description across popular social media channels, there has not yet been any positive identification of the cat anywhere.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Nevertheless, Trgovich remains optimistic that Blu will return. She continually leaves lights on at the back of the house and places portions of Blu's favourite food, tuna, in a dish at the back door. Unfortunately, the food has not yet been touched. Although it appears that options may be running out for Trgovich in her attempt to find her beloved cat. Even if Trgovich is unable to be reunited with Blu, she continues to hope that someone else may have found her cat and is taking care of her.

The name of the painting, “My Wife's Lovers”, was coined by Birdsall's husband, who found his wife's fascination of cats to be both endearing and humorous. According to rumours, Birdsall was said to have possessed up to 350 cats at any given time. The felines were given their own floor in the Birdsall's mansion in Sonoma County. Those familiar with the family have also stated that Kate Birdsall hired servants specifically to tend to her cats. When creating the painting, Kahler spent nearly three years observing Birdsall's cats, taking note of their various personality traits and behaviours. Ultimately, this “research period” helped the painter create an authentic representation of each of Birdsall's beloved animals. Featuring such love and dedication on the part of both the commissioner and the artist, it should come as no surprise that “My Wife's Lovers” became the central attraction during the auction.

Stories such as this happen all too often, and the fact that pet owners have so few options available to them when attempting to locate their lost pets is precisely what makes these stories so sorrowful. Hopefully, Trgovich will experience an immense stroke of luck and be reunited with her beloved pet. After all, the bond between a pet and its owner is quite unique, indeed.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:40 pm

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