Author Archives: Charles Huss

Photo Friday: This Day in Franktory


I already did “This Day in Christory” and “This Day in Pucktory” so I feel obligated to do one for Frankie, even though the titles are getting progressively worse. I guess next it will be “This day in Floktory” although, after saying it in my head, I think I will call it something else.

Here is Frankie on March 22, 2014. We adopted him in February of that year and I forgot to do a Gotcha Day post for him so this will have to be the next best thing.

Cat Frankie
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Happy First Day of Spring


Chris wants to wish all our Northern Hemisphere readers a very happy first day of spring in the usual Chris way. He also wants to wish our readers to the south a very happy first day of fall.

Solredo Silver Vine Chew Sticks for Cats Review


Since Chris had eight teeth pulled, I have been thinking about ways I could help keep our cats’ teeth clean. The vet says dry food is good for that which makes me question my choice of vets. I think dry food cleans a cat’s teeth as well as a cookie cleans a human’s teeth.

I could try to brush their teeth but that would cause trauma and be a nightmare beyond belief. Floki, especially, would be impossible considering we can’t even trim his nails.

Bones are natures teeth cleaner for cats but, even though I feed them raw cat food, I don’t give them bones. I’ve recently started including a few ground chicken wings with bones (the wingettes are all my food grinder can handle) but they need the entire bone to help their teeth. Chris barely eats his wet food the way it is, I can’t see him or any of our boys eating the entire chicken wing, although Frankie might attempt it.

I recently came across Solredo Silver Vine Chew Sticks that claim to clean cat’s teeth among other health benefits. On Amazon they are labeled as “Matatabi Cat Catnip Sticks.” I assume Matatabi is another word for Silver Vine but Catnip is probably wrong since they are Silver Vine sticks.

They arrived last week and I took three out of the resealable package and gave them to our boys with mixed results. They were interested at first but it didn’t last. Frankie even started playing with his Kitty Kick Styx. It seemed holding the sticks was much more effective after the initial interest subsided. Unfortunately, holding them is not realistic. Perhaps they should sell a device that holds them ten inches off the ground.

Has anyone tried these? What do you think?

Can Earthing Benefit Your Pets?


It’s been a while since I have reblogged something for Throwback Thursday. This is a sort of reminder to me because I have been lazy and not taken the cats out too much these last few weeks.

Bad Cat Chris

I believe the concept of Earthing was introduced in a book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! I have not yet read the book but I read several articles about the subject and watched a documentary called Grounded. As best as I understand it, when we are disconnected from the Earth, like we are in our homes or while wearing most shoes, we build up free radicals in our bodies that cause inflammation. That leads to a long list of other health problems. By taking our shoes off and touching the Earth for 30 to 60 minutes a day, we allow a free exchange of electrons that can neutralize these free radicals and restore health. Even just standing on unpainted concrete, like a driveway or sidewalk, will allow an exchange of electrons.

I had been wearing minimalist shoes for over a year but decided I needed to…

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My Wife, the Cat Photographer


The other day my wife, Rose, decided to give her iPad to her sister since she never uses it anymore. She asked me to remove all of her information but when I started to do that I noticed she had over a hundred photos, many of them were pictures of our cats from 2016.

I wanted to transfer the photos to my desktop computer but I was reminded over and over why I hate Apple. They have a reputation for being easy but I have always found the opposite to be true. I couldn’t access the files by plugging the iPad directly to my computer so I uploaded them to iCloud but when I tried to access them on my web browser I was informed that only an Apple device could view them.

I could go on and on but I eventually got the photos and I want to share some of them with you.

This first one is Frankie doing what Frankie does. It is a bit grainy, probably because of poor lighting.

Frankie 2016/01/16

The next one is Frankie on one of his favorite napping spots; our printer. I have since put a towel over it to make it more comfortable.

Frankie 2016/01/23

This is Floki the day after we adopted him.


Floki 2016/07/05

Here is Frankie again. This was shortly after we adopted Floki and everyone picked up an eye infection from him. I think it was also the first time Chris went to the vet for a medical issue.

Floki again five weeks after adoption. Notice his brown color is coming in.

Floki 2016/08/10

My wife works from home a few days a week. In this photo, she is with another person that I don’t know and had to crop her out. It looks like Chris is helping her here.

Chris 2016/08/16

Here is Frankie and Floki keeping Rose company while she works.

Frankie and Floki 2016/09/12

The next photos are of Chris at the vet for an eye infection that he got from Floki. I won’t include those because I already posted them. You can see them here.

Here is another example of how helpful Chris is to Rose. I’m sure she gets a lot more done when Chris is around.

Chris 2016/10/07

These next two were taken on the same day. The first is my favorite. It is Frankie and Floki enjoying the sunbeam.

Frankie and Floki 2016/11/21

Here is Chris enjoying the sunbeam while Floki naps in his shadow.

Chris and Floki 2016/11/21

Here is Frankie, Chris, and Floki. Naturally, Chris has to be lying on top of someone.

Frankie, Chris and Floki

Here is a photo that is grainy but it includes all of our boys.

Frankie, Floki, Chris and Puck 2016/12/09

Finally, here is a photo of Frankie, Floki and Chris on the bed next to what I assume are Christmas presents waiting to be wrapped.

Frankie, Floki and Chris 2016/12/16

What do you think? Do I need to worry about my job as blog photographer?

Hypnotizing a Cat or How Men Don’t Read Directions


I know that men are stereotyped as people who don’t read directions and I certainly don’t want to promote that idea but when we got our Jackson Galaxy cat toys I did not read the directions. In fact, I opened the first one without even reading the name on the package. If I had I would have saw it was a “Ground Prey Wand.” “Ground” being the key word. If I read the label I would have known what to do right away. But alas, I didn’t read it, so I started swinging it around in the air like a crazy person with only mixed results.

I didn’t post the first video I took because I eventually read the package and realized I was supposed to drag it along the ground. Part of the video was a bit funny so I thought I would share it here.

What do you think of Floki?