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an unique CondoMadness feature; a monthly advice and news column by our
very own cool condo cat.
Have mice, no
I live on the ground floor of a condo
building and mice are trying to get into my apartment. What should I do?
In the autumn, it starts getting cold outside so mice and rats will try
to stay warm for the winter by finding nice warm places to spend the
Start by cleaning up your outside terrace so there are no hiding places
close to your outer walls and no potting soil, old cushions, piles of
leaves or papers that can be used by the mice to make a cozy home.
Some people hire pest exterminators but that is expensive and the
poison is not always effective.
So what's the answer?
A face that would
terrify any mouse.
Use a natural solution that humans discovered thousands of years ago.
Go to the animal shelter and buy a cat. Not only do you stay
rodent-free but you will have a lovely pet.
If you don't want to own a cat, then borrow one from a relative or a
friend in early October for a couple of months. The mice will be scared
away by the cat and by the end of November they will have found a safer
home somewhere else; maybe next door at your neighbour's.
All this typing has made me tired so I am going to take a nap now.
Tips for a new
I am a new director on a condo board.
I beat an incumbent and the other directors aren't happy that I was
elected. Any advice for me?
Think of what a condo cat would do in your place. Show up at the
meetings, be polite but don't worry of they are not friendly. Since
when has a cat cared about what humans want?
Listen to every thing that is
being said, listen for what is not being said; observe everything but
don't say much.
Keep all your negative thoughts to yourself. Don't gossip about the
others. Ever hear a cat gossip about anyone? Never!
Learn as much as you can and, if it is in the best interests of the
owners, get other candidates elected at the next AGM.
Finally, after a hard evening sitting at the board table, go up to your
unit, have a snack and a drink then have a good night's sleep.
units are tiny
If you are buying a pre-construction condo off of floor plans, it may
be hard for
you to visualize what you are buying. So I will help
new buyers envision what condo life is like in tiny condos.
Here I am in a bachelor suite in a typical downtown Toronto
condo. It looks like I will have to sleep standing up.
We know that one-bedroom condos in downtown Toronto are small, but just
how small are they?
This is what living in a tiny 380 square foot one-bedroom condo can
feel like. No room to turn around. Where do you put the scratching post?
Still what else can you buy for under $400,000 in downtown Toronto
Now this is what a larger one-bedroom with a den would feel like. At a
far, far higher price, there is enough room to stretch out a little.
I hope there the condo's amenities include a gym. I could lose a few
The directors decided to replace the
president with me but she got very upset and started yelling and
screaming. So I yelled back.
Was that the right thing to do?
That problem has existed for thousands and thousands of years. Whenever
a new alpha male challenges the existing big boss, conflict breaks out.
This is how you
handle a defeated politician.
A couple of years ago, two cats had to stay at my home for a couple
of weeks. The other alpha male did not like it as he wanted to remain
being the boss.
See how I handled myself. I sat there calmly, held my ground and let
the defeated alpha male act silly with his howling and hissing until he
tired of it.
I never said a word.
Within a few days, we all got along well enough.
condo has defects, call Tarion
This is awful. My new studio downtown Toronto condo was poorly
constructed. Will Tarion pay to have it repaired?
Barsik the cat a
frontrunner in Siberian city election
19 December 2015
Hundreds of Barnaul residents
say they would rather vote for a cat than for the six other candidates
Barnaul, a Siberian city of 650,000 people,
which lies 2,900 kilometres (1,800 miles) east of Moscow, will elect a
new mayor next week. A commission made up of the city council and the
regional governor are to choose the next city manager from among six
An informal online poll asking
residents to express their preferences among the six and a cat named
Barsik showed the feline nabbing more than 90 per cent of the vote.
Barsik has attracted much
amused attention in the Russian news media. Still, some local
politicians understand there's a more serious message coming from the
people of Barnaul, which like many Russian cities has been riddled with
"The conclusion has been made that
there's absolutely no trust among voters for any of the candidates,"
said local Communist Party official, Ivan Karpov.
Should you vote for a cat be elected to be a director of your condo
corporation? If you want to return the contempt that your directors may
have for you owners on its head, why not?
Even if the cat could not legally get elected, a cat as a write-in
candidate on the ballots and proxies would send a message to your condo
directors that they are not as well-thought of as they think they are.
(The board will have to accept the proxies just so they can meet
After all, a cat will not spend the owners’ money on expensive lobby
renovations. A cat will not lie to, steal from, or gossip about the
owners. A cat will not care if the owners want to examine the
The cat may not do anything to help but at least he will do the owners
no harm. If the owners have complaints, I promise that the cat will
listen. Isn't that more than what what your present directors are doing
Of course there needs to be a campaign. Volunteers will have to write
election pamphlets, wear buttons and collect proxies. The cat can make
political appearances at owner’s homes where coffee and tuna sandwiches
may be served. (For the cat’s sandwich, hold the mayonnaise, the butter
and the bread.)
Imagine the winning candidate making a victory speech after she gets
far less votes than the cat? It would be priceless.
I need my own
I didn't know that there were YouTube videos that were produced for
condo cats to enjoy. Look at what I have been missing!
I can watch and listen to birds and squirrels for hours whenever I
want. Watching computer screens and TVs are not just for humans.
Watching my favourite videos is so relaxing that I soon fall asleep.
I want my owners to buy a unit in a condo that has a theatre as an
amenity; one equipped with a huge screen, surround-sound, a snack bar
and a litter box.
||Cats love the outdoors. We look
out of the windows whenever we see or hear birds, squirrels,
butterflies and insects.
However please don't let your cat out on the balcony unless they are in
a cage or are wearing a good quality harness.
Far too many cats accidentally fall off balconies as they don't know
that it is too dangerous to jump up on the balcony rail.
Far safer to get a heavy-duty screen on the balcony door like we have
and keep your cat(s) inside.
Getting high in
Everyone knows that condo cats are too smart to have anything to do
with alcohol and we refuse to smoke cigarettes. But does that mean we
don't enjoy getting high? Of course not!
A little bit of catnip once a week is something Little One and I just
love. I eat and roll around in my stash on the floor.
Little One enjoys having her catnip on the scratching post.
Oh, what a buzz.
Oh, what a high.
A little catnip is a wonderful treat. No bad odours, no complaints from
the neighbours and it is completely legal.
fighting condo’s one-cat-only rule
Colaianni with her two cats, Rocky and Mickey. Photo:
A Long Island condo board is upset that a disabled
old lady went to the Human Rights Tribunal to get a handicap ramp
installed for her home.
So to get even, the Leisure Village Association is forcing her to get
rid of one of her two elderly black and white cats.
Colainanni’s lawyer, Karen Copeland, said Colaianni had a doctor’s note
saying the 9-year-old cats served as “emotional support animals” and
called the demand that she keep only one “unthinkable and heartless.”
Ms. Colainanni has filed discrimination complaints with the US
Department of Housing and Urban Development.
If one of the black cats has to go to an animal shelter, it will most
likely be killed as black cats are hard to adopt; elderly cats even
Little One and I wish the three of them the justice they deserve.
becomes surprise star of Sharks' Game
Imagine my surprise to see a black cat on the San Jose Sharks' ice rink. He
must of thought that where there are Sharks there must be tuna and the
ice was to keep the fish fresh.
I am so happy that the team is taking good care of the cat. I hope he
goes to a good home.
I now have a favourite NHL team. Go Sharks go!
A City Place
condo wants to ban all pets
The board of directors at 3 Navy Wharf and 5 Mariner Terrace have
announced that they are banning all new pets from the condominium
I can understand why they want to ban dogs. They can be noisy, may
bite, may pee and poop on the carpets and may try to have sex on your
leg in the elevator. Large dogs may try to sniff your crotch. The
owners may not pick up after them on the
outside sidewalks and grass. All so gross.
But why ban all pets? What's wrong with cats?
We stay indoors, don't make a mess in the hallways, don't attack
people, are very quiet and we are not a nuisance to anyone. We are
The city is swarming with people, yet there are many lonely people who
have no one to go home to. Cats fill an important role is these
The directors are being very cold hearted in trying to take that away
from people. I hope the owners overturn that rule.
Paw patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC’s war on rats
feral cat, sits in a loading dock at the Jacob Javits Convention Center
in New York, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP / Verena Dobnik)
NEW YORK -- Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City's concrete
jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They're helping curb the
city's rat population.
A group of volunteers trained by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative traps
wild cat colonies that have become a nuisance or been threatened by
construction, then spays or neuters and vaccinates them. The goal is to
return them to their home territory, but some end up in areas rife with
Feline rat patrols keep watch over city delis and bodegas, car
dealerships and the grounds of a Greenwich Village church. Four cats
roam the loading dock at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where
food deliveries and garbage have drawn rodents for years.
"We used to hire exterminators, but nature has a better solution," said
Rebecca Marshall, the sustainability manager at the
1.8-million-square-foot centre. "And cats don't cost anything."
About 6,000 volunteers have completed workshops where they've learned
proper ways to trap cats.
The program is run through the privately funded Mayor's Alliance for
NYC's Animals, a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and
shelters. It estimates as many as half a million feral and stray cats
roam New York's five boroughs.
The Javits Center's quartet of cats -- Sylvester, Alfreda, Mama Cat and
Ginger -- were lured to its 56 loading docks about two years ago with
pet food brought by animal-loving employees. On a recent fall morning,
Sylvester stationed himself next to a commercial truck, ready to pounce
The cats are predators but don't necessarily kill rats. Instead,
experts say the feline scent and droppings repel the rodents.
"A mother rat will never give birth near a predator because the cats
would eat the babies," said Jane Hoffman, president of the mayor's
The cat population is controlled through spaying and neutering,
provided free of charge by the Humane Society of New York and the
ASPCA. In most cases, adoption is out of the question for feral cats
because they are just too wild to be domesticated.
Thanks to the volunteers, says Marshall, "we're protecting wildlife in
the city, and the cats get a second chance at life."
condo war against pets
The Toronto Star
This is part of the ongoing war condo boards wage against pets. This
condo want mug shots of all the pets that live in the building.
However, you never see photos of the manager or the directors, do you?
Well, if you want my photo, here you are.
Cat alerts Tennessee man to Gatlinburg fires
Lynda J Edwards
05 December 2016
Photo: Lynda J Edwards, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel
"I never did get the evacuation alert and Monday the fire seemed far
enough away from downtown and the condos on hillsides nearby that I
thought it was likely it would be contained before it threatened the
city," Mark Burger recalled.
He owns a gift shop called Peace Frogs downtown that sells T-shirts,
jewelry and other mementos. He was confident enough that the fire was
far away that he didn't take away any merchandise for storage
elsewhere. He didn't have a go-bag packed in his condo, which is at the
end of a winding road on a mountain ridge.
But Tiger sensed something was terribly wrong a bit after 8 p.m. The
normally calm cat stood staring at the curtained windows, then paced
back and forth in front of the door. Tiger would run up to Burger and
try to attract his attention, then race back to the door.
"I figured I might as well take out the trash and take a look to see if
an animal like a raccoon might be making Tiger nervous," Burger said.
"When I got across the lot, I could see the flames all over the
mountains across from my condo."
Burger hurried inside, grabbed some clean shirts, his heart medicine
and Tiger and jumped in the car. He rushed down the mountain, wondering
how fast the fire would move.
At least 14 people were killed in the fire in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. The National Park Service said Sunday that an
81-year-old woman died as a result of a multiple vehicle accident while
trying to flee the fire.
Officials estimate 1,684 homes, businesses and other structures were
damaged or destroyed by the firestorm.
At least 134 people have been treated for fire-related injuries.
Burger waited more than four hours in a long line of cars Friday to get
into Gatlinburg, along with other residents and business owners. His
condo and his store survived, intact. His insurance agent has a mobile
unit in the town ready to make sure the store would be cleaned of any
"He's a pretty great cat," Burger said.
Top news photos
Ravell Call, Deseret News
carries a rescued cat as another doesn't want anything to do with the
cat at the scene of a condominium fire in Salt Lake City, Monday, June
Most Influential 2016: Rebekah Hundric started her own rescue shelter
in her family's La Habra condo
Hundric at age 12 founded Rebekah’s Foster Farm in her family’s La
Habra condo. Her mom first set an eight-cat limit, but Hundric built a
fenced-in “catio” on her balcony and soon began taking in more rescues.
In 2016, the eighth-grader at Capistrano Connections Academy expanded
her rescue to include dogs and rabbits.
You may need a
resumé for your pet to rent in Toronto
I hope that only dogs need pet resumés. Doesn't make much sense to have
resumés for cats, birds and gold fish.
Dogs, and their owners need interviews too. Is the dog fixed? Will
it make love to the people's legs in the elevators? Will it bark when
people walk by your unit? Will you leave it outside on the balcony? Has
it ever bit anyone? Does it growl at people?
However if they want to interview me, I am ready. I love belly rubs,
warm laps and eating tuna, I do not bark
or growl. I do not play loud music or host drunken parties or throw
cigarette butts off the balcony so I too am a much better resident than
is a company selling cat condos for over $1,000. Well as for me and my
sister Little One, all we need is a regular scratching post and a
couple of cardboard boxes.
We love new cardboard boxes. They are a good places to hide and make
cozy places to have an afternoon nap. When we tire of them, into the
recycling bin they go.
You can train
your cat to use the toilet. Just don't expect it to flush
I am not sure if Little One and I are ready for this. However, never
having a dirty litter box sounds good. Still, I'll let Little One be
Caifornia found in Guelph 4 years later
BooBoo the cat is shown in a handout photo.
The Canadian Press/Handout/Ashley Aleman
A woman in California says her cat, that went missing four years ago,
has been found in Ontario.
Ashley Aleman from Watsonville, Calif., says her mother received a call
from a southern Ontario animal shelter two weeks ago, notifying them
that BooBoo, their brown Tabby, was alive and well.
The 21-year-old says staff at the humane society in Guelph did a
routine microchip scan when BooBoo was brought into the shelter earlier
this month and found the cat had been missing from Northern California
Aleman says BooBoo was an outdoor cat and it wasn’t unusual for her to
be roaming around outside for about a day. But when the cat did not
come back home after two days, Aleman said her family knew the animal
had gone missing.
Aleman says someone from the Guelph Humane Society is expected to drive
the cat to Buffalo, N.Y., to hand the animal over to her mother.
When BooBoo gets home, Aleman says, “she’ll definitely be an indoor cat
Fireﬁghters treat people, pet cat after condo ﬁre
KUSA 9 News
24 April 2017
A cat was treated by firefighters after a condo fire in Westminster (Photo: Westminster Fire)
Several people will need to find a new place to stay after a fire damaged several condos Monday afternoon in Westminster.
The fire started on the stove of a unit on the second floor of a building at west 121st avenue and Melody Drive.
One person had to be rescued from a balcony after being trapped briefly
by the flames. Two people were treated at the scene for smoke
A family cat also had trouble breathing after the fire and was given oxygen by firefighters.
There's no indication how long the people in the damaged condos may be out of their homes.