The Baboo Kitty Has Spoken

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Happy Fathers Day to our Dads-a Tribute from the Baboo Kitty

June 17th 2012 9:53 am
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Dear Dad....er, and Dads,
This year to date sure has been interesting, huh?

I wanted to take this time to say 'thank you' to all of you.

Firstly, to Mr. T, and 'Say' Media, which I am going to call from now Say Hay Media.

I want to thank him because he has cats, and loves cats, thats why he started this place, right?

Mr. T, if you are reading this, the Ruffy Puppy says hello.

Happy Fathers day.

Now, to all of you dads out there....

Thank you for bringing us in from the cold.
Thank you for loving us, playing with us, devising games for us so we don't drive each other crazy.
Thank you for putting food on the table, in our bowls, plates, dishes. Thank you for treats, noms, and chicken and fish and all in between.
Thank you for that special hello and hug or pat at the end of the day when you come in, even when you are so tired you can barely stand.
Thank you for saving us from the cold, the heat, the mean streets, the steel cages, the needle.
Thank you for holding our paws, our hearts, and our purring bodies close, even when our times have come and we must cross that bridge, following the elusive tail of Angel Alex. We know your tears, and promise you that one day we will make you smile again.
Thank you for being a friend, a protector, an advocate. Thank you for never giving up or giving in when it comes to us.
Thank you for your sharing of your life with us, and welcoming us in, even when to do so meant hardship for you.
Thank you for always putting us first, even when those who have never known our wonder or magick looked at you in puzzlement.
Thank you for the magick of your self, dear dad, for the kind heart and kind smile, the gentle hand that gives scritches.
Thank you for the midnight runs for cat food, litter, the vet. Thank you for holding mom close when her eyes leak because she is so worried about us.
Thank you for all you are, a man who may have flaws, but they become insignificant to us, for we are your friend, your familar. We see through to your heart and soul and leap into them with ease-

and on this day, dad, remember that the magick you send forth...always, always comes back to you, with a rumbling purr and half closed eyes in contentment, or perhaps wondering eyes that gaze up at you and say 'hi there again-remember me?' when the heartache seems just too real.
For Dad, we love you, and no matter this place or beyond the bridge, we don't forget or relinquish...we are but a purr away...and that gossimer strong thread that connects us, our lives, our destinies, our souls...well, we are forever linked....

and in you this lesson....
there is gentleness in strength
there is strength in gentleness

with love from Ruffy
and your Furs, the Kew Gardens cats,

and a tribute to the wonderful dads here.

 

Diary pick...wow! Thank you! My friends make me what i am-a- personal tribute to my cat friends.

June 13th 2012 8:29 am
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There was a time, when I was a skinny stray who didn't k now where his next meal was coming from. I was lucky, my Angels watching over me, in the words of the Tabbies of Trouttown 'may the blessings of St. Francis find you.'
And they did.
I'm very lucky to have found this place. Is it perfect? Well, for me, in many ways, it's very close to it.
I have cats here I've been blessed and happy to know. I have friends who we've been lucky enough to be purred for by, and who we have purred for. We watch a new and blessed cat with a lovely and other worldly face find his way home, guided by Simba and Ollie, in the mists of Cornwall...but then we always knew Cornwall was a magickal place, filled with truly magickal felines.
We watch a lovely little Siberian Tiger cat with wide eyes gaze at the world around her and at a large and protective Alexander, the little one asking in catspeak 'hello, world, and who are you?' And we know that Natasha is walking at her side, invisible to the material, but close enough that we can wink, and say 'thanks, sweetheart'.
We are lucky enough to know others care, when we go through the most frustrating of times, when yes, my eye gets to me again, and I'm carted back to the vet, again, and have to endure more medicine! Sigh.
Through it all, through the partings as we stand l ightly on our hinds, and salute those with the Catster magickal salute and see them off to the Bridge, as we welcome another friend here, celebrate a Gotcha Date, a Birthday, a Rainbow Bridge Date, a show honor, a good vet visit, a new victory over illness, we are One. We are a part of one anther, for we all have ancient blood that runs through us, we are Feline. We are Magicik.
Thats what friends are-they walk with you through the light and the shadow, they fly beside you on gossimar wings, they celebrate with you, they wrap their wings around you when they have crossed that Bridge and you need the sparkly stuff they can send. Those here purr when they know you need a friend.
I lean my head against the windowsill and put my paws on the glass. there is a kitty there who sits and gazes back and me...but who is it? Who is this good looking fellow with bright wide eyes, and what does he tell me?
He tells me, in my heart, how blessed I am, no matter the circumstances, to have friends such as you.

love and light-for you are the magick and beauty of what Catster is-Ruffy.

 

our lettet to Catster: re: The Tabbies of Trout Town

June 9th 2012 6:29 am
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Dear Catster,
I wanted to thank you firstly, for this site. I love it and love the people and cats we have met here. It's great.
But this week, we got some very distressing news. We heard our wonderful friends, that Tabbie's of Trout-town were leaving.

Now, you need to know, the Tabbies aren't just any cats to us. They are our friends. They have gotten us through some pretty rough stuff here, with the humans. And they have helped us and cheered us on via many cat illnesses, crisis, etc.

And you know why they are leaving? Well, for something that has been botherering me too, but I simply haven't had the energy to approach it with so many other things going on.

It's that your article focus has become pretty gross and sensational. The article that upset them was firstly, the one of the woman who composted her cat and kept his skull, and then, the video of that guy sending his cats body to heaven.

Guys, you need to know, this is distressing to many of us who really love and cherish our cats.

And that did it for them.

I would like the Tabbies to return, and maybe with them, other members who feel the site has changed, and not so much for the better.

As stated, I don't know the 'good old days' but would like to see articles written by catster moms and dads on food choices, traveling with cats, cat health care, rescue (a big thing with us!). I want to thank you for putting Ruffy's story in Confessionals...anything to shed light on FIV+ is a great thing. But please, no more gross stories that are pretty upsetting to us who love cats, k?

and though we know it's not in the nature of any publication/site to do this, I'd like to ask if you would please do something to bring the Tabbies back....they are such an important part of the Catster Community...in many ways, they espouse just what it is.

Thnk you so much,
love and light,
Deb, Jim, and the Kew Gardens Cats,
Specially Ruffy

 

TABBIES OF TROUTOWN-DON'T LEAVE!

June 9th 2012 5:52 am
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Dear Tabbies,

Are you going to let this place get over-run with BURDS?

We need you. Alot.

We also, don't like the articles posted, but to be honest, didn't register them because they were stupid and sick. We figured that Catster is for whatever reason trying to drum up stories that are sensational. We didn't like them at all, and are willing to protest, along with others...including you!

But you are such an important part of this community, and we can't lose you.

Yes, many have left. WE can't argue that. We don't know about the 'good old days' cause we weren't here then. But we know now. And we live In The Moment.

Please guys...

You are Py-rates.

Py-rates don't just slink off to another island and say 'well, so long, and thanks for the fish!

Come on, I need you here. Natalie does. Bella does, Smokieboo does, Prinny does...she's sweet on Tuna (oops, wasn't supposed to say anything there)

CK does...who can train him to be a Py-rate if it isnt' you dudes?

And Daisy....well, Royalty, you just gonna do me like that?


Come on guys. We need you.
We need you.
We need you.

I need you!!!

We love you guys. You are a part of us, of all of us.

You're needed.

Please stay.


From their Mom:

The Tabbies make me laugh. They carry me through times that are otherwise unedurable.
I need them here, not somewhere else, but here.

Please reconsider. We have your back, but please, please come home.

love,
Deb, Jim, Ruffy, and the KG cats

 

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! There are sure plenty of us!

June 9th 2012 5:19 am
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Hi Furs!

Did you know that I cam from outside? Did you know that there are still plenty of us outside?

Did you know that every day thousands of animals die in shelters?

Did you know you could stop it?

How?

Adopt instead of by a Cat (or dog, if you like dogs!)

There are so many of us out there. Below are some of the misconceptions I hear all the time from folks:

1) But aren't cats in shelters or on the street because they have a 'problem'?

Nope. Sometimes people pass away and when their home is cleared a cat is put out to fend for itself (my cousin Blackie's situation). Sometimes a cat is bought as a kitten but grows into a cat and isnt' wanted because responsiblity is too much for some people. (my brother Smokieboo) Sometimes people just don't understand cats, or that we need health care like they do, and unlike them we need to be neutered to prevent the behavior they don't like (Spaying and neutering nips many 'bad' behaviors related to territorality in the bud!) Some of us are let out to roam and become lost, or are stolen and then dumped (we think this is Princess) some of us lose our home through eviction, ignorance, or other circumstances for which we have no control).

'Problems' are not confined to cats that come in from the cold. Problems can live with those who come from breeders, too-sometimes more so because many of us have 'hybrid vigor' which makes us stronger by many different ancestors!

2) But if I go to a shelter or rescue, I have to pay to adopt, and they told me that they have to come to my house and check us out!

Yep! The adoption fee covers whats been done for the cat, usually testing for FIV+/FELV, shots, vet exams. Most rescues will back up their adoptions with support from the shelter or rescue and will even accept the animal back if there is ever a problem that can't be handled. The reason they do home visits is the same reason people adoption agencies do them-they want to make sure you can offer a healthy, loving and supportive home! Thats a good thing! We're talking about a life here!

3) But I want a Purebred cat!

They are, sadly, very available in shelters, and rescues too. Do a petfinder search and see what we mean. They are available! Very much so. Siamese, Persian, American Curl, Birman, Ragdoll, Exotics, Burmese, and eveyrthing in between is out there. Why are they in shelters, or living as strays? For the same reason that many of us who aren't purebred are....being purebred does not assure you of a loving responsible home for life. So before you buy, do a search out those might otherwise be killed. (there were 2 Persians, one Snowshoe, an Abby, and what looked light might have been an exotic at the local city shelter this week)

And....please ask yourself why you want a particular breed, and what the pros and cons of that breed are! When Mommy worked at the shelter, she saw many Siamese cats dumped becuase they were 'too loud'. Well, hello, Siamese are talkers! She also saw people want to give up persians and long hairs because they 'took to much work to groom!' Some cats are very very active, and intelligent and interactive, and need more one on one time. So do your homework...and ask yourself-is this a breed I will be able to appreciate and provide for?

You might, folks, do just as well with someone like CK, or Novi, or any of the lovely adult cats out there..

which brings me to:

consider an adult cat. Why? Adult cats, and especially 'seniors' are those most often killed, along with kittens under 6 weeks. In many city shelters, the oldest and youngest are the most vulnurable....

Adult cats are wonderful-we are grateful to be given a second chance and come in from the cold. We need you! Desperately!

And the elders....well, look at Natalie, and those of us adopted when 'Elderwise' and tell me.


So, please folks...and furrs...talk with the folks..and let them know.....

TILL THERE ARE NONE, ADOPT ONE! (or two or more!:)

love and light,
Ruffy


1) how many of you have an adoption story about yourself you'd like to share to inspire us all?

 

Eye Eye Doc-what do you want from my life?

June 9th 2012 4:51 am
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So.....
Mommy noticed this week my eye was looking 'funny' again, as in that it seemed red and to be bothering me.

So I got put in my carrier yesterday and taken to the vet. Daddy took me by bus. I got sick and threw up in the carrier, then had a breathing/asthma thing go on when we got there. Vet felt it was cause of the bus ride and me not being used to going by bus.

I've lost 3/4 of a lb from last visit. Vet was concerned because I had lost weight-but I'm eating ok, just being fussy. As Daddy can tell you, I can sure polish off chicken and roast beef and steak, etc when it's offered!

Vet said that I may have some allergy related breathing things going on from the weather, the leak we had in the apartment (mold). Daddy told her there is always an air purifier going, and that we also have an air conditioner too for when it gets warm.

She told Daddy I have conjunctivitis and gave him medicine for me! For my eyes-its in both, and pill to take. (yuck).

I was glad to get home and have dinner.

I'm not feeling badly, so am not sure how I got this!

 

.....kitty saved and home! Thank you!

June 4th 2012 7:38 pm
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The kitty I posted about is safe, at home with other kitties and a new daddy. She will be joining a clowder of 5 established FIV+ kitties and also a new kitten rescued the same time she was.

Now I know Superman is real!

Thank you for this miracle! And to the folks here who helped!

 

Emergency rescue needed for cat that is on Death Row in- Miami because she tested FIV+ positive! She's 11 years- young!

June 3rd 2012 7:15 pm
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http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=MIAD.A1435612

Furs and Folks,

This is Hunter's last night.
Her story is a tragic one. She came in with 3 others, who were rescued. When Hunter's test came back positive for FIV+, she was not rescued. (let us not cast stones at the person who did what she could to save the others-they are out of that hell hole.)

Hunter is a 'senior' cat, if one can call 11 a senior.

I seriously truthfully doubt that she is FIV+. The 'Snap' test used is often unreliable.

As many of you know, and see with myself, Princess, Smokie, we are not pariahs, nor are we going to make another cat ill. Cats get the virus because of being bitten by a cat with the virus. Hunter can live a very long, happy, and loving life. Natalie Bella and CK all live with we who are FIV+ and are happy and healthy.

Hunter can fit into any loving feline household, and the poor tortie girl looks terrified...to lose a home, and wind up there...and now this?

She can live a long full and healthy life...if she even has the virus. It's somewhat more rare in female cats.

If she gets out of there alive.

Posted 10:17pm June 3rd.

Purring for a miracle!

 

National Adopt-A-Cat month!

June 3rd 2012 8:37 am
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Hi Furs and their folks!

Firstly, to all of you who have 'come in from the cold' a salute to you and your folks for taking you in!

As you know, Mommy wrote a story about me being FIV+ and about me coming to live with Daddy and her. (See previous Diary).

I want to ask any of you folks who have had a beloved fur cross the bridge to open your heart, and consider one of us...the FIV+ cats.

We have a harder time getting homes, and we are wonderful, happy cats. Are we sickly? No more so than others, folks. My cousin Blackie who was FIV+ lived to be 16 years old.

If you feel that you can't, then would you consider adopting? So many of us need homes...even here on Catster.

As Blizzard says, many furs are routinely euthanized in shelters for lack of room. There are those who are also considered 'unadoptable' in NY, and other states that need to be pulled by rescues from kill shelters. Some are kittens who have committed no crime except getting a slight cold, or having a slight injury.

If my people hadn't taken me in, my life would probably have been short, as with Smokie and even CK. CK had ticks when he was found, and he was a little kitten. Bella, my eldest sister was found outside defending her kits, standing before them when a woman sprayed them with a hose....

now she lays in a warm patch of sun on our end table, enjoying the warmth....

I gaze into the future and send out energy....and see a butterfly at the window. I say 'good morning Ollie-did you come to say hello from the Bridge? And I stand up on my hinds and touch noses to Simba, newly at Rainbow...and coming to say hello is Sarge...

All these furs were cats from the cold....and we have a feeling they will send others ..for such is our way.

And I send energy to those still out there, on the street, in cages, or perhaps in situations that are precarious...I ask you all to please purr with me furrs.....

and for those folks in a position to do so, to consider adopting one of us in need.

love and light,
Ruffy

 

Catster published my Story!

June 1st 2012 7:34 pm
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http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/fiv-cat-feline-aids

It's about me...and about how mom and dad got me! It's a short version, but I wanted to share it with everyone...and dedicate it to all of those living with FIV+.

I would also like to dedicate it to Sarge, and his Daddy. Thank you Sarge's Daddy for bringing into your home a very extrodinary cat. We believe that your Spirit Guide, Sarge, will return to purr for you again....

Though Mommys name is on the story, it is about me, and I'm so excited! There are even nice pictures of me on it!

Thank you Catster!

 
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