March 8th 2011 3:49 am
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Mommy is playing her Vince Vance songs, and there are tears in her eyes.
I don't know why her eyes leak, but today daddy was sighing.
He told me that soon we will be able to 'go home'.
Daddy and Mommy know their banker, Gretchen, who works across the street.
Gretchen is from New Orleans. She came up here after that big storm called Katrina. She wants to go home, too.
I know that she has gone to visit.
Mommy and Daddy got married in New Orleans. They flew down for 'the wedding'. I thought I would get to go, but Daddy told me I wouldn't like flying, and they got a nice lady to come and take care of me and the other cats.
I wonder how the cats in New Orleans celebrate? Do they have king cakes made out of fish, or chicken? Do they get catfish?
When Daddy worked at the restaurant in Alabama, and I was with him, he would bring me home fried catfish! I really loved it! When daddy makes catfish here, we celebrate-and Smokie and I are right up under his feet!
Well, there are things to be glad for now...Natalie has gone off to the vet for bloodwork, but she will be back. I am resting in my chair. Mommy gave me some chicken and said 'Happy Mardi Gras Ruffy' and kissed my head. I am running around in the morning now....trying to ignore the little scary cat...and maybe she's just small and bossy and not too scary. But the sun is starting to come out..
and fed, and warm and sleepy...life is just not so bad.
So Happy Mardis Gras everyone!
Have some fried catfish for me!
A someday Southern Cat,
By the way-Daddy named me after a Fish! I don't know why-Daddy's can be odd.
March 5th 2011 4:34 am
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Today is my 'unoffical' birthday. I don't remember when I was born, and Mommy and Daddy don't know. But we picked this birthday because it was the day that Mommy and Daddy first saw me. I started to come to be fed, but I didn't want to leave, I was scared outside. It soon became clear that I had been someones cat. Why they didn't keep me or take care of me I'll never know, but Daddy always says he is glad we found each other again. Because we were living in Mommy's mothers house, and it wasn't Mommy and Daddy's place, Mommy's mom thought it was a good idea that I get put up for adoption. But as you see, I am not up for adoption...so that worked out ok. Because I wanted to stay with Daddy and Mommy.
You see, Daddy is my person. He and I are 'mancats' together. When Daddy took a job in Alabama, I rode with him all the way, and sometimes he let me come out and sit in the back window to look at things. When we stopped he would get me food-he even had Waffle house make me a chicken sandwich without the bread-just the chicken!
We had a good time. We missed mommy, but it wasn't for long. She was supposed to come too, with Bella-she was the only other cat then-Natalie and Princess are very recent. And Smokie came when we moved here.
But the job didn't work out-the man daddy worked for was dishonest and the place closed and then Daddy had to pack me up and bring me up to New York again. We were glad to see Mommy!!!! And I was no longer confined to the porch for adoption. I was a Cat in Residence.
Me and Mommy and Daddy even had a trip to Gilbert lake where they rented a cabin! They took me with them, and I loved it. It had a big screened porch that overlooked the woods. I sat in front of the fire at night keeping warm with them. And they even got a harness for me, but I wouldn't let them get it on me, so I never did get to go out. (I never go out-I am an indoor gentleman!) I loved it there, because I loved the different air and the different smells!
And then, shortly after, we moved.
This place is small, but it is home. So long as I have my Daddy and my Mommy, it doesn't matter where we go.
This morning I was constipated, and then, I managed to make the newmies and ahhhhh!!!! Relief!!!!I ran around and around the kitchen!!! I was playing and mommy was glad to see it. I know she worries alot about me.
So I want to wish all the other kitties having birthdays today a happy birthday! Maybe later I will even get some chicken or fish!
March 2nd 2011 4:20 pm
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Well, I got scooped up and carried back to the vet today for my follow up and it was not too good. My gums are not healing yet, and I got a shot of antibiotics for my lungs and my mouth. I also got stuff in my ears because they were filled with gunk!!! I didn't put it there and don't know how it got there! Ugh! I don't like it and keep shaking my head.
The little one-the one that is scary and jumps from under the bed has an appointment for next week. She keeps coughing and mommy is concerned and daddy, too.
I don't have to take any more antibiotics because I got it in a shot from Big Vet. Little Vet had her baby-but it is a 'premie' and I am hoping she is ok. She is a nice person. The baby weighs 3 lbs, so please everyone say a prayer for him. He's a little guy-probably smaller than me. Her water broke when she was seeing a client...imagine what a surprise that was!
I am sitting here waiting for my daddy to give me some fish-he is cooking it, I can smell it. Yummy. I just had my dinner, but I want some fish, too. It's flounder!
February 21st 2011 3:29 am
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Wow! Fistly, thanks for making me diary of the day!!! Gee, and all I did was recount getting out of jail....er, I mean, the hospital!
I sure am feeling better now. Daddy has to come later and give me my antibiotic and some pain meds, but actually, I'm feeling alot better.
I think Daddy is mad at me though. He was rubbing my fur, and rubbed it the wrong way and I smacked him.
It still smells funny-that weird little fluffball cat chased me again yesterday. I mean, come on, all I wanna do is go into the bedroom. It charges you from under the bed. It's like the Tasmanian Devil, and it's SCARY.
Better to stay out here and have my second breakfast.
The natcat is in a cardboard box out here mommy thought i'd like, but the boxes they have put out are too small for me, or too open. I've been enjoying napping in my chair, and mommy got me a new baby blanket yesterday. It's to make the chair softer.
Mommy cooked chicken, and it's good...but it is the legs and thigh part, and Mommy has to know I like the breast!!!!I also like the kind daddy brings home from the restaurant...I'm going to tell Mommy that is what I need!
Mommy told me this morning that I am being such a good boy, and she is so glad to have me home. Daddy says so too, though he said that I'm never as affectionate at home as I am at the vet, when all I want to do is get out of there...and then I get home, and I'm back to my old self. Well, we redheads are affectionate but our own cats, right guys?
Anyone wanna go hunt up some chicken?
Thanks for picking me for Diary of the day guys...that Natcat will be so jealous!
Purrs of happiness,
February 18th 2011 9:06 pm
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I want to thank all of you for your purrs and presents!
I am home now and feeling better. When mommy and daddy heard I wouldn't eat, they came to the rescue! Yes! They bought me CHICKEN!!!!!
Actually, the little tech I love, Rachel, got some cold cuts-ham and turkey breast and I ATE IT ALL UP!
I could have told them I know better than to eat Science Diet!
And when Daddy and Mommy came I was so happy to see them!
I kept rubbing against them, and when they got the chicken out I started gulping it right out of the container before they could even get it in a dish!!!!!
I am feeling so much better!!!! I think it's because everyone purred for me!
Thank you so much!
I am a little tired, but I had some food when I got home, and then some CHICKEN!
Mommy said she will cook some over the weekend for me, too!
I already bopped Smokie on the head, and he bopped me back!
It's like old times.
Mommy and Daddy have some medicine to give me tomorrow morning, but that is ok. For now I'm sleeping on my big scratching post and then later, maybe on the bed, or chair. That puffy looking hairball is somewhere in the bedroom, but we'll see...so is that odd little Natcat and she's hissing at me now, too! Could it be that she has forgotten me?
But I am home! And Mommy is here! and Daddy is on his way home from the other job he does!
And I feel better!
Thank you all so much!
Purrs to all,
February 17th 2011 6:38 pm
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This is Ruffy's mom. We called this afternoon to see if we could pick up Ruffy. Our vet didn't call us back til nearly 6pm. She had had an emergency case, and hadn't been able to.
Ruffy is doing better. She has him on an IV drip and pain meds. She said that his teeth were very bad. I asked her how this could happen in 2 weeks. She said that it probably was starting then, but in some cases with FIV and some cats, the teeth are percieved as 'alien' by the body which rejects them, and it could happen very fast.
Ruffy's lungs were filled with alot of 'gunk' and she stated we would discuss what we would do for him when we go over tomorrow, which is hopefully when he can come home. She stated she belives it's a combination of asthma and allergic bronchitis. She said that he was resting ok and she planned on taking him off the IV fluids tonight.
We thank you for all your prayers, purrs and kind support.
Debbie and James and Natalie the Natcat, Bella, Smokieboo, Ruffy and Princess.
February 16th 2011 4:41 pm
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This is Ruffy's mom. Ruffy had to have 4 teeth out today and had a bronchial wash that would take a culture for asthma. He also has some painful arthritis in his elbow, which is why he's holding his paw up. And they tested him for colllechi virus, which is not unknown in some cats, especially with FIV+.
Ruffy should be coming home tomorrow. Tonight he is getting IV fluids and painkillers. He is also as per the vet resting comfortably.
We just want him home, which will happen tomorrow evening. We are very concerned.
Deb and Jim, Ruffy's mom and dad
February 13th 2011 11:19 am
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It is with sadness, on a day I am not feeling well myself, that I sadly relate that my Cousin Pat has passed on to Rainbow Bridge.
His mommy had just lost Blackie the Black Cat 2 weeks ago. Pat had leapt up to take Center stage as 'Top Cat'. He had always been rivals with Blackie before.
Pat had not been ill. He was an inquisitive robust cat. He loved life, eating, playing, being with his Momma.
She heard a funny cry, and went to find him stretched out on the floor, his spirit gone. They rushed him to the vet, but it was too late. The vet thinks it might have been a heart attack. Whatever it was, he went quickly.
I lived with Pat for awhile. I will miss him. He played with me and chased me down the hall and through the rooms. He was Orange, like me. He was playful and affectionate, funny and 'fresh' as our human grandmother used to say. He was a cat unto himself.
I do not know why he left. I do hope that there will be others to greet him there, Blackie, his friends before he 'came in from the cold' and others who he met and liked. Perhaps his human Grandmother is feeding him, perhaps he meows at her and falls on his back, to rub in the new clover. I believe that Pat missed the outside, but was always really content to enjoy the luxury of a soft bed and someone to feed and love him.
Pat loved Butter. He would take it off people's hands and plates. And he was the color of Butter. My dad would sing to him 'Pat, Pat the Butter cat, he ate so much and he got so fat'.
For a kitten who came in from the cold, Pat did ok. He was loved, cherished and will be missed.
So I say what I have heard my mom say 'Leap gently into the Arms of Bast, Pat. Don't scratch her too much in the process. Run and have fun, and know we will miss you. And we won't say goodbye, my good friend. As my dad says...See you Later...See you later...and always remember that you were and always will be loved.
February 9th 2011 7:12 am
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I wanted to bring up something,because lately it's something that is effecting us.
My mommy and daddy will be taking in a new 'sister' for us soon. We aren't looking forward to it, but I have to be honest, as a cat who was abandoned, that I understand. I mean, come on guys, I was living in an abandoned truck, eating whatever any kind person would give me when I got taken in. I am lucky. I know there is chicken in the refrigerator, and I know there is some with my name on it. I have this really nice warm Ikea chair with a warm blanket on it to sleep on. Our place is small, but my purrants are loving. Even when I get my 'notions' and take an occasional swat at dad, he lets it go, because he knows things weren't always easy for me.
Mommy's friend said 'You guys have really big hearts in a very small place'. Mommy shrugs. Daddy shrugs. I know Mommy worries, but she is a worrier. And they are making room for this new 'sister' because there is no where else.
So this is my pitch, Catster folks. Would any of you who might be considering getting a cat friend consider someone like me....funny, playful, good looking, charming with great looks and a nice nature and pretty healthy, aside from the stuff any cat could get...would you consider an FIV+ cat? I didn't get the FIV+ status myself....I probably got bit on the street when someone bigger and more aggressive didn't want to give up food. I mean it's tough out there ladies and gents!
My brother is what our vet thinks is a Russian Blue. I mean, he could be a purebred for gosh sake. He got dumped, too, and he's a good looking dude, even if he is a bully with other cats sometimes. He loves people. He meows funny. He has slightly crossed eyes! He has nice manners. He's also FIV+.
Now we're not up for adoption-no way. But there are so many nice cats that can't find homes or even shelters to go to because they won't take FIV+ cats. The new cat coming...she is FIV+. Not her fault. She's a little persian mix, whatever that is. Torite with big scared eyes. No one wanted her because of her FIV+.
Mom and Dad said 'it's ok. We do. We will.' They know we won't be happy, and maybe this will mean having a move to a bigger place eventually...and how to afford that...but they said yes because otherwise there wouldn't be a place.
So I do what a guy gotta do. I get as much chicken now as I can, to make sure I can. And I roll over on my head in my chair and nap...and know no matter what, I'm safe, warm and dry.
So one more of our kind will be too.
And that can't be a bad thing.
February 4th 2011 12:10 pm
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Daddy came home early and thats always good. It means we're going to get something to eat earlier than usual. I love to eat, I love to eat Chicken mostly, but don't say no to other things.
Bella is laying on the couch and Smokie is here, beause he figured out that he knows when I'm being insistant he'll get something out of it, too.
I saw Daddy with the chicken. If I meow enough, and look hungry enough, he'll give me some.
I got my new cat food without the grain in it. I don't care if it's grain free, though I do miss my Fancy Feast Chunky Chicken. I got used to that. But I can live with the other stuff. And now, well, there is real chicken!
Mommy won't mind...I used to be able to make it up to the counter, but here the counters are a little taller, I think.
Mommy has been trying different types of food. She even got sometihng called gourmet beaver cat food. She put it on my plate and put it in front of me. I went over to enjoy it...and man, I backed up! It smelled weird! I looked up at Mommy. She didn't seriously expect us to eat this, right? I mean, what do you think I am?
Then mommy smiled and laughed a little and took away the nasty beaver stuff and put out some of the ok fancy feast. That I can deal with.
So I'm going to sit here til I get some chicken, and hope he gives in soon....he's got a whole bunch, what would one hurt?
I'd ask someone to join me, but I really am pretty hungry.
Talk to you soon,
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