Mar 16 2012

Cat people don’t find cats. Cats find them.

How many cats does one family need? Zero

How many cats does our family have? Seven

What! I hear you saying. Seven!?!?! Oh, sigh. Yes, seven.

 

Cats are regular BlogHers.

 

My muse, Kitty, sleeps on top of my computer desk
telepathically giving me inspiration.

Kitty was the first. I was a dog person. I had had a small Yorkie for all her life, thirteen years, when she finally passed over and I was petless. I missed her terribly, but, at the same time, I had gotten her when I was single, far from being with a family. Without a pet, I was to the point where having one less demand upon me was a relief. I was happy to have one less thing to worry about.

Then I got a call from a certain someone that there was a family of kittens born in a field at work, eating crickets for food and living in a rabbit hole. It was October, winter was coming, the big boss was taking one of the other kittens home, so how could we say, “No?” But, when I received the call, I had my wits about me and said, “Well, I don’t really want a pet, but we can one get it if you agree to change the cat box.” Not a first time cat owner, as you can see.

Smokey is a Tiffany. She is just as
strange as all of the articles on
Tiffany cats say they are.

Then, my Dad got sick and we were spending as much time at his house as our own. Kids miss cats, so driving home one day, there was a sign “free kittens” that drew us in. Once we saw Smokey, we were hooked. We consider her “medicinal” as she provided a little buddy for the kids at my Dad’s house while he was alive.

Helen was named for Helen of Troy,
in the movie “Troy.”

Then, one day, we went to see the movie, “Troy” with Brad Pitt. When We came out of the theater, there was a couple with a kennel of kittens yelling, “Free Kittens!” We couldn’t stand it, not knowing who would be taking them home, so we saved one. We got Helen because Smokey was laid back, loving and sweet, while Kitty was a die hard career women and wanted nothing to do with raising kittens. Smokey was constantly being rejected by Kitty and we felt sorry for her. Helen was the perfect playmate and they have been close ever since.

Helen and Smokey are constant companions.

So, verything went rather well until one day, the kids were yelling about a cat going in and out of our shed. Being no fool, I thought, “Kittens!” And I was right. Going into the shed, there was a tragedy in store. Here were three freshly birthed kittens, umbilical cords attached, eyes closed, dying and half dead. The mother was so sick, she couldn’t take care of them. The mother didn’t make it and GUESS WHAT!?!? The kittens did.

We didn’t know much about taking
care of young kittens.

I kept doing my motherly duty in preparing the kids for the fact that these kittens were so far gone, they wouldn’t make it. All the while I was preparing kitten formula, filling doll bottles and using flannel in a shoe box to make a kitten nest, not to mention feeding them every two hours. And, best of all, did you know kittens do not have peristaltic action in their little digestive systems? Did you know kittens can’t go to the bathroom without the mother cat licking their tummies?

Every two hour feedings ’round the clock.
Yes indeedy!

Well, neither did we. The vet showed us how to use WARM cotton balls to stroke their tummies and get them to go. It was really more than I needed to know, talk about TMI and “oversharing,” but once you get going on something like this, there is no turning back. Wherever you find yourself, there you are, as they say.

Here are two of the three twenty pound cats.

Well, they made it and we became the proud parents of three tremendous male cats. Didn’t we do a FINE job?

Turns out, they are Turkish Vans, another rare breed. How do we create these rare cats out of thin air? Why do they come to find us? What are we doing wrong? Or right?

We found out the “Boys” are Turkish Vans because that is the only breed of cat that likes water. Every time we drew bath water, these three hephalumps would come running and jump in the tub. We quickly learned not to leave doors open when taking a bath, because if one or more wandered into the bathroom, the bathtub became very friendly.

The Boys’ connection to water was the weirdest thing. While trying to figure out what in the world was wrong with these cats, we found their origins. Leave it to us to come up with this one. Turkish Vans are originally from Turkey and Armenia where they swim in ponds and streams and catch fish.

The Boys were named Bruiser, Dot and Mini. We still have Bruiser and Mini, but Dot passed on after a congenital deformity manifested in later life. After the loss of Dot, I have turned down my feline “love light” and things have been relatively quiet.

This is FatCat, a lady of refinement,
with a goal and a heart of gold.

Recently, though, I’ve gotten into adopting virtual cats that I find on BlogHer. I just open up my BlogHer Profile, and Ag-g-h-h-h, there they are. But, I have found virtual cats easy to care for, requiring only a comment or two every day or so. And I have Followed them as well. FatCat was my first virtual kitty love. Who could turn away from her sweet demeanor and zest for living? And, every day she has new stories to tell.

jennifer.watson is a very loving
cat who just adopted a kitten.

Just this week, I’ve gotten to know jennifer.watson and I have been fascinated with her stories of adopting a kitten, or child, as she prefers to call them. I was very happy to see her when she Followed me home to my Profile. I decided to Follow her immediately, when given the chance.

It occurred to me, that with her now blogging as a Mommy Cat, all of us on BlogHer will be able to hear about this baby growing up. Very regularly so, until she gets frazzled by motherhood like the rest of us and can’t keep up with everything. But, either way, “Welcome little Esme Louisa.”

And there you have the introduction to my cat family.
I am sure this post served a really good purpose and
was worth all the time it took to read it.

No cats or avatars were harmed in the
production of this blog post.

 

NaBloPoMo March 2012



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Dec 20 2010

What a great e-mail video I received over the weekend. If you love animals and all of the love they give back, you also will love this spritely version of “Deck the Halls.” Imagine the work it took to get everyone to sing on cue. Here’s hoping this enhances your holidays.

Fa-La-La-La-LA  La-La-La-La!

Felted animals, made with wool roving and teased
into shape with a needle, are easy to make and
very appealing. If this interests you, hover your
mouse over the link below:

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques



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Sep 10 2010

Kitty on her comfy Cat Window Perch.

We’re cat people, reasonable cat people. At least I like to think it’s reasonable. In many cases, cat people do not chose to be cat people, rather they are chosen by the cats who come to own them. And in many cases, the only reason reasonable cat people can call themselves reasonable is because they did not seek out the little friends who came to call and never left.

And so, I introduce to you to Kitty, a cat with a name that might sound mundane except that her full name is Katherine. Kitty was born in a field in Frederick, Maryland by a mother cat that did the best she possible could for her.

Kitty’s mother did not have a home and humans to serve her when she became an expectant mother. Kitty’s mother was living in a field in an industrial park off of Buckeystown Pike within sight of Interstate Road I-270. It was not a picturesque location for a cat with good breeding and cultural tastes, but, nevertheless, it was where Kitty’s mother found herself when it was time to give birth.

So, on a bright August day in the year 2000, Kitty was born to a life of frugal means and sometimes deprivation. While other kittens her age snuggled together with their mommas in warm boxes and cat beds, Kitty and her family lived in rabbit holes and ate crickets for dinner.

And, knowing her history and how she had had to sacrifice as a kitten, we have always tended to spoil her, as a reasonable cat owner tends to do anyway. Kitty’s life has never been the same, though,┬ásince we installed a Cat Window Perch. Now her Window Perch is her FAVORITE spot in our home and where we know we can find her if she is not underfoot. For an indoor cat, its a satisfying way to connect with the outdoors, watch a few birds and drift off into sleepy bye.

So, because I know there are cat owners out there with the same tendencies to spoil their babies, may I recommend the Cat Window Perch, a veritable oasis of feline heaven?

Kitty becoming somewhat conscious.

If this sounds like it might interest a furry person at your house, go to a pet supply to find a ready-made Window Perch or invest some time in making a similar one yourself by clicking on ehow for directions.

Either way, your cat will thank you everyday and maybe even renew your owner contract when it comes up for review. Mouse over the link below to see a photo of the Cat Window Perch without the cover blankets.

LAZY PET Deluxe Cat Window Perch Assorted Colors

If you go to Amazon, you’ll notice some of the reviews speak of the covers wearing out. When we bought our Window Perch, we also bought a yard or so of 60″ wide fleece and cut it into sections to make easily washed cover blankets. We had so much fabric, we could make spares that when folded up and placed on the ends of the perch acted like little pillows. Oh! So snugly. I want one!



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