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Meow Monday – pictures of cute cats to start the week. Come see what Felix, Mack, and Mango have been up to! #cats #kittens

mango sleeping on her back

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I don’t know about you, but I need Meow Monday more than ever! There is a lot of difficult news out there right now, and I really enjoy taking a break with some cute cat photos.

I think Mango speaks for all of us today – hit the snooze button! I need more sleep! Oh, the life of a cat!

Keep reading for more pictures and updates!   If you want more cat photos and videos, follow us on Instagram: @mackandmango and @plainchicken

orange cat on his back playing with toys

Mack Attack is turning into a love bug. He loves belly rubs during the day and head pets and scratches at night. He has started to sleep next to me. He comes in early in the morning, demands pets, and then snuggles up. I LOVE it!

orange cat sitting on a stool

Mango had a GREAT week. NO seizures!!! YAY! She has also stop resisting taking her pill. She takes it and then gets her treat. I am SO happy for her. Hopefully the trend will continue. Her behavior is totally back to normal. She is playful and happy.

orange cat in a chair

Felix had a less than desirable week. He peed several times in the house. We bought him a Feliway diffuser for his bedroom. We also brought in the catnip planters on the screened deck/catio. Hopefully that helps him.

In case you are new here – we’ve taken Felix to the vet several times. We’ve spent lots and lots of money trying to see if something is wrong with him. There is nothing physically wrong with him. This is a behavioral issue. He has a 200-sq foot screened in deck and his very own bedroom in our house. All of his favorite foods are available whenever he wants them. He is 1000% spoiled.

I hope everyone has a PURRFECT week! Stay safe!


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  1. Hi! Am new to Felix, Mango and Max. What a beautiful trio. I had a precious tabby as well. Lost him suddenly three years ago to a massive stroke. Max reminds me so much of him. Brings back wonderful memories! Your babies are blessed to have you giving them lots of love and care. This sure made my Monday happier. Hope I see you all next Monday!

  2. Hi- I had a cat that developed anxiety and she would pace back and forth and would pee in different areas of the house. The Vet presribed prozac 1/4 tab every day and it helped! She became much calmer and stopped peeing outside the box. She was on the med for 3 months and we weened her off of it. She has not had any issues since and it has been 10 years since then.

    1. That is good to know. We talked to the vet and she agrees that it is behavioral. She suggested a few things and medicine. Thank you for sharing your experience! I feel like there is hope.

  3. Hi! Enjoy your site & Meow Mondays. We have a multiple cat household & have experienced the same behavioral issues. It is definitely frustrating. You might want to check out (specifically the Convivial Cat which is supposed to help with litter box avoidance). Also you might want to look into Dr Elseys Precious Cat Ultra Litter Attractant. A couple of resources that haven’t been mentioned that may or may not work for you. Sometimes it takes a ‘combo platter’ to fix a problem. Wish you luck.

    1. We just added some of the litter attract to the litter box. He hasn’t had any issues this week. FINGERS CROSSED!

  4. I am a regular visitor to plain chicken and a HUGE lover of ginger cats. Six years ago my husband and I adopted the sweetest little ginger prince, Nugget from the humane society. He developed megacolon, and after many vet visits and enemas we decided his quality of life had been reduced to the point that we had to let him go. We are devastated. I just needed to share this pain.

    1. Megan, I am so sorry for your loss. I am all too familiar with the pain. I know you gave your fur baby the best life possible. It is hard to let them go, but it is also your greatest gift to them. =^.^= HUGS!

    2. Megan. I am so sorry for your loss. I still remember the day my 21 yr old panther kitty went over the rainbow bridge.

    3. I love cats too. I have one Siamese name Princess and I love her to pieces. She was homeless hanging around so I took her in and give her forever home with me and that was almost 3yrs ago 😻

  5. Hello Steph,
    My PixieDust girl has the same issue. She had a bad bladder infection after she was spayed many years ago. I didn’t realize she was sick until I saw blood in her pee. She was treated and was healthy again. After that traumatic experience she refused to use the litter box and started to pee on rugs or the floor. I decided to figure out a solution. I started training her to use training pads for dogs. Unfortunately that’s the only way I can manage her behavior. There are plenty of cat boxes, but she doesn’t want to use them. So far she only uses the pee pads; I place a few ones near the basement area where she is usually around. I change them daily and it has worked so far. I know some people end up dumping their pets due to behavioral issues; I know you won’t. I think of my kitty as having a mental anxiety and I love my babies so I will do my best to find a way to manage issues and keep our family happy. I know a solution will come up soon for you and your furry baby. Thank you for the cheerful Meow Monday posts. I love them!!!

  6. We had a cat that peed on the floor & he turned out to be diabetic. After we started giving him insulin,
    he stopped doing it & lived happily many more years. But your vet has probably already checked that.
    Your cats are lucky to have such caring family!

  7. Dear lisa g.,

    I know how hard it is to let go, but when an animal (people, too!) just stops eating, that is the sign that their body is shutting down and they are ready to go. We had a lovable German Shorthaired Pointer who did this and we tried everything to tempt him to eat. One day when he could no longer jump up on the sofa to be near me, I sat on the floor next to him and just loved on him, and he gave me such a sad look. The next day my daughter took him to the vet to be put to sleep. He just couldn’t go on. Please consider taking kitty to the vet for the last time and saying goodbye. (Oh, great, now I’m crying.)

  8. Should I assume that it isn’t a urinary tract infection? They usually check that out first thing. How about dementia? Cats can get it and other brain illnesses. They can also lose their hearing, eyesight etc the poor things get old and fall apart the same as people, unfortunately. Did they rule out any of these brain issues? Best of luck to you.

    1. It is a behavioral issue pretty rare to be dementia etc. Several of our cats took to peeing on the walls and not to sound like a promo but the Feliway diffusers and Glade citrus sticks seemed to do the trick. Meds for anxiety also ineffective. No new spots! BTW, both cats were negative for UTIs. Fingers crossed that the good behavior continues.

  9. I can sympathize with you, Steph. My Tommy is 15 and will soil the house, carpet and/or furniture! Nothing works, except shutting him in his room. (I only do that when I have to leave the house.) It is behavioral. I’ve had cats all my life but when he is gone, there won’t be any more cats in my life. I’m glad that Mango and Max aren’t picking up Grandpa Felix’s habits.

  10. Sorry to hear Felix’s inappropriate peeing is still a problem. We only solved this issue with prescription meds. It took a behaviorist and dosage adjustments but it mostly worked for him and us. Good luck!

  11. I really do agree this peeing on things is a behavioral issue with Felix too. I’ve used Feliway disfussers and they did not work for me. I then bought the sprays and they worked cause I could spray the area directly. They don’t stain anything which made me happy. Right now I’m dealing with a sick sick very skinny 18 year old named Jackie. I’d be writing forever just to explain his issues. He’s been on meds and getting more vet approved meds in the mail soon. I hope soon or he will starve to death. Steph thank you so much for Meow Monday. I need the cheering up. I’m so disheartened about Jackie. Please people, pray for him. Thank you all from my heart. Lisa Giltner

    1. Oh sounds so tough. I am sorry. We have a 17yo cat with irritable bowel disease so with his frequent vomiting I still am grateful that he is with us. Try to glean something good out of your kitty’s sad situation.

    2. Hi Lisa,
      So sorry to hear about your sweetheart Jackie. I’ve lived through seeing one of my babies gradually eat less and less (because he had cancer). The vet said Scooter would ‘tell’ me when I needed to release him and give him peace, and it was a virtual Hell to see him everyday as he worsened. I decided to take that painful ultimate step only because I knew he wouldn’t get better and (not knowing if he was in pain) that he simply wasn’t happy. He would just lie there and stare off into space, and my heart would just ache to see him that way. I let him go in June of 2017, and I honestly still am grieving. I know I did the right thing for him, and eventually you will do the same for Jackie. But you’ve been a positive angel to him, and you’ll have no regrets. I pray for peace and the best for you and Jackie.

      1. hi – i have a multiple cat household (4 big babies), have you found a litter that you love for multiple cats?

    1. He is probably seeing male cats outside when you are sleeping or at work. He considers himself the alpha male. Other male cats are probably peeing around his property.if you could find some way of not allowing them in your yard the peeing could stop.Remember, he is marking his territory whether it’s inside or out.

  12. I m sorry to hear Grandpa Felix is still peeing in the house. Have you ever heard of a calming supplement called “Zylkene”. It is used to stop a lot of behaviors caused by stress. You might want to check it out on the net and talk to your vet about it. Good luck.

  13. Hopefully the diffuser will help Felix. I got one when my vet recommended it for my Teddy’s aggression issues. (Only towards one other cat, but still.) Unfortunately, my girl didn’t react well at all – she actually became *more* aggressive until I finally disconnected the diffuser.

  14. Hi Steph, Happy Monday. It’s great to wake up to a Meow Monday post 😃 I completely understand what you’re going through with Felix. My cat Mimi has peeing issues as well, she will go in her litter box to do her business however she still pees on the floor, same area several times a day. She’s the only one of my cats that does this. At first I assumed it had to do with her being a special needs cat, it’s been determined that it’s strictly behavioral even though we spoil her like crazy. Thanks for sharing your cuties with us. Have a great week 😀❤

  15. I think your fur babies need more cat toys. Geez are they spoiled or what! Lots of love going on in your house Steph😻😻😻

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