Livin' It Up with Sammy

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Ice Hockey

July 21st 2010 7:35 pm
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Natasha and I have discovered a fun new game. Every morning Mom has been putting ice cubes in our pet fountains so we have cool water to drink during the day. Both of us are fascinated by these big, frozen, slippery things that swim mysteriously around the fountain bowl. We have both figured out how to remove the cubes from the bowl with our paws and bat them across the kitchen floor - like hockey pucks! I even smacked one underneath the refrigerator today - goal!!!

There's something very strange about these hockey pucks, though. After about 5 minutes, they completely disappear and we can't find them anymore - now where do you think they go?

Puzzled, Sammy

 

Silly Nicknames

July 1st 2010 4:15 pm
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Does anyfur besides me have a silly Mommy or Daddy who make up strange nicknames for their fur kids?

My longstanding nicknames have been Sampy, Sampurrs, Sammy Boy, and the Red Rocker. Those names aren't too bad. But every now and then Mom comes up with a real strange one. The latest ones are "Pumpkin Muffin" and "Puddin' Pop." I do not answer her when she calls me these silly names, but she just keeps on doing it. What's even worse is when she makes up songs with our names in them and sings them to us.

For meowing out loud - Mom sure is weird sometimes!

Sandpaper Kisses, Sammy

 

I've Been Tagged by the Skipster!

June 13th 2010 5:22 pm
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I have been tagged by the Skipster, aka Skippy Skipster! Thanks, Skip!

This is a game to know your friends better, so here it goes:

1. What time do you go to bed?

--- I like to power nap in the afternoons. I crash on my cat tree the entire afternoon out in the patio room – zzzzzzz. I’m starting to sleep most of the night now that I’m getting older, but I’m usually awake and playing by 4 a.m. to Mom’s dismay. I walk across her on the bed and start licking her face and giving her sandpaper kisses. It’s my way of saying “Hey Mom – WAKE UP.” It usually works – hehe.

2. What is your favorite gift you have received and why?

--- Finding my forever home was a gift. Me and my sis, Natasha, were rescued from a dumpster when were 4 weeks old, so we’ve had lots of angels looking out for us :)

3. What’s your favorite way to wake up and what’s the first thing you do?

--- I like to yawn and stretch and roll onto my back to show Mommy my furry tummy. I’m quite fluffy on my belly.

4. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?

--- I think Sammy suits me. Dad chose the name because he had 2 cats when he was growing up, both named Sammy, and he’s a sentimental kind of guy. He also said that I reminded him of the singer Sammy Hagar with my long reddish-blond hair – rock on!

5. What was the last thing you ate that you really shouldn’t have?

--- I have always liked to shred paper and Mom has to empty all trash containers and hide the TP before she leaves the house – otherwise I will shred and eat anything that is made of paper... especially paper towels and kleenex tissue paper. Hey, Mom, it’s a good source of fiber!

6. What are you afraid of?

--- I still get a little scared when Mom and Dad take us cats out in the moving house (Mom says it’s a "motor home"). It’s really big and loud and I don’t like it when it moves. Otherwise I’m not scared of much.

7. Do you have brothers and sisters?

--- I have a sisfur, Natasha, who was adopted at the same time I was and is from the same litter as me. I also have 2 older brofurs, Luke and Tully. Tully is a mellow little dude, but Luke likes to put me in my place. He always likes to remind me that he is Top Cat in our house.

8. What is your motto in life?

--- Sleep hard, play harder.

9. Would you like to be famous? Why or why not?

--- I am already very famous – with my pawrents!

10. What cartoon or comic book character best describes you?

--- Superman! Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall building in a single bound – that’s me!

11. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

--- I would like to be able to walk on ceilings. I can already climb walls, but I haven’t managed to walk on the ceiling just yet – MOL!

12. If you could play sports, what would you play and why?

--- Snowboarding! I saw Shawn White (The Flying Tomato) during the Winter Olympics and he earned a gold medal after he did a maneuver called the Double McTwist 1260, a move with two back flips and 3 ½ rotations coming out of the half pipe – how cool is that?

If you had fun reading my answers and would like to play along with me – tag, you’re it!

Sandpaper kisses,
Sammy

 

Busted...again!

June 2nd 2010 8:36 pm
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Tonight when Mom came home from work, I greeted her at the door with my sweet Sammy self. She bent down to pet me and was surprised to find leaves and pine needles stuck in my fluffy pants! Lots of ‘em, too! All of us cats have medium to long fur, so we have very fluffy hineys and stuff tends to get stuck back there, if you know what I mean, including poopies sometimes– MOL! But tonight there were no poopies, just lots and lots of leaves and pine needles. Mom couldn’t figure out what I had gotten into – hee, hee.

Paw came home a few minutes later and Mom asked him to barbecue some chicken for dinner. When Paw went out to the back patio to set up the BBQ grill, he called inside the house to Mommy “Tully is out in the backyard!” Well, Mommy came running immediately because we only go outside in our strollers or in our harnesses, so there was no explanation for why Tully was outside or how he got there. Mom ran to scoop him up and that’s when she saw Natasha running – MOL! She was running through the bushes. Mom put Tully inside the house first then came back outside. Natasha is furry fast, Mommy can’t usually catch her. Natasha ran around the side of the house and disappeared inside an opening to underneath the house. A board had been removed creating an opening from under the house to the backyard.

Mommy knew that the phone company had been out yesterday to fix the Internet and phone service and that the technician had been in the backyard working on the lines. So she suspects that the board had been removed by him and not replaced. She doesn’t know for certain, but she thinks that we all snuck out today because the garage door leading into the kitchen had been left open and we can climb underneath the house once we are in the garage. We played in the backyard while she and Paw were at work. We all rolled in the leaves and pine needles and had so much fun! She is furry thankful that none of us ran away.

So that’s my big adventure for today!

Sandpaper kisses, Sammy

 

Lover Boy

May 23rd 2010 8:54 am
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I’ve always been an affectionate little guy, but lately I’ve been downright lovey dovey. Mom doesn’t know what has gotten into me. She can’t sit down for a minute without me jumping up on her lap and purring loudly in her ear. I also like to knead biscuits on her lap and kiss her hands with my sandpaper tongue. Mom thought it was really cute for the first few weeks or so I started doing this, but now I’m making it downright difficult for her to read, use a computer, or do anything sitting down for that matter – I jump on her lap every chance I get! If she tries to read a newspaper or a book, I will chew the pages until she puts it down and gives me her undivided attention.

I used to be very bonded to my sisfur, Natasha, but now I’ve decided that I love Mom more. Natasha likes to hang out with Luke and Tully and I like to hang out with Mom. I have to be careful though. Luke and Tully get jealous sometimes because they are also Mama’s boys, especially Luke who likes to give me the evil eye. He thinks he is top cat in the household…well, maybe for right now, but waits until I get a little bigger!

I just adore my Mommy - all I want to do is spend time with her. She is using the computer now, so I gotta go jump in her lap again –later!

Sandpaper Kisses, Sammy

 

Mellowing?

April 13th 2010 7:45 pm
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I admit it. I’ve been a handful since I was adopted with my sisfur, Natasha, last December. I’ve climbed the walls, chewed electrical cords, and shredded paper all over the house. I had to spend more than a few nights in the spare bedroom because I kept Mama and Daddy awake all night by running across the bed and scratching on the blankets while they are trying to sleep.

But lately I’ve been a mellow little boy. I follow Mama around the house like a little puppy dog, I’ve stopped chewing cords, and I look forward to going outside in my pet stroller. I’m sleeping through the night, well, at least until 4 a.m., and I don’t cause as much trouble as I used to. Mama still hides the trash bins every time she leaves the house, but that’s just because I get bored if no one is around.

I’m almost 7 months old now, so I think I am starting to mellow a little bit. Mama knew I was a special kitty when she first met me. She keeps telling Daddy that as soon as I get a little bit older, I will be a good little kitty. Well, I AM a good little kitty right now; I’m just a little mischievous. One of our kitty friends told us that greater activity level = greater curiosity = greater intelligence. Well, if that is the case, I am one smart kitty – MOL!

Love, Sammy

 

Gee, Thanks!

March 29th 2010 6:45 pm
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Wowee, I just received my first Catster honor ever today – Diary of the Day!

I had a feeling something good was going to happen to me today. I ran across Mommy’s pillow this morning at 4 a.m. and tried to tell her “Mommy, mommy, check your catputer, I think Catster is trying to tell me something!" but Mommy wouldn’t listen to me, she just rolled over and went back to sleep! When she finally got up at 5:30 a.m., she had to rush off to work and couldn’t check her messages until later. We almost missed it! Next time I hope Mommy listens to me.

Thank you Catster for this cool honor and thank you to all my pawsome friends who took the time to stop by my page today to concatulate me! It sure has been fun!

Happy purrs,
Sammy

 

First Stroll

March 25th 2010 5:40 pm
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I did it!!! I went for my first ride in my pet stroller! Mommy has been waiting for the perfect opportunity and today was it! She has had the pet stroller out for weeks now hoping that Natasha and I would sniff it, explore it, and get comfortable with it.

Luke and Tully stroll all the time. Tully even runs to his stroller if he thinks he has an opportunity to go outside in it. Well, I showed him I could do it, too. Mom scooped me up while I was sniffing the stroller and zipped me inside. She waited, not knowing how I would react to being enclosed in a compartment. I do not like to be confined in any way and I will actually throw a huge hissy fit if Mom puts me in a cat carrier. This was different. I sensed that this was something good. We went out in the backyard at first in the stroller and I looked all around. I smelled the spring blossoms. I heard birds chirping and squirrels chattering. It was very interesting!

Mom wheeled me through the side gate and we went to the front yard. Then she started walking down the street with me in the stroller. It was very exciting! There were so many new sights and sounds. I looked all around and seemed comfortable so Mom kept walking. We went around an entire block! Mom was so happy when we got back home, she couldn’t stop praising me for my bravery. I think I’m going to like strolling!

Excited purrs, Sammy

 

Weekend Adventure

March 22nd 2010 7:08 am
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Mom and Dad put our cat toys and furniture into that giant moving house again this weekend and took us camping. I’m not sure I like the moving part, but it was fun once we got there. The sun was nice and warm and there was a sea breeze. The windows were open and I got to watch the birdies. There were some doggies in the camp site next to us so I watched them, too. I hid behind the sofa in the moving house when it was time to leave and Mom and Dad had a heck of time getting me out. I like houses that don’t move the best.

Oh no, Mom and Dad are talking about going somewhere next weekend in the moving house again…let’s see, where can I hide this time…

Love, Sammy

 

Newman to the Rescue!

March 11th 2010 6:20 pm
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Three cheers for Newman! He wrote a diary entry entitled "Step Away from the Squirt Bottle!" I think he must have read my previous diary entry where I talked about Mom squirting me with water to prevent me from chewing on wires.

You see, I am a naughty little orangie kitten. It goes with the territory. I’m cute as a button, but boy do I like to cause trouble! I climb walls, shred paper, chew electrical cords, and cause trouble wherever I go. Mom was getting frustrated with me. She decided to try the squirt bottle as a last resort to see if she could deter me from chewing. Well, Newmie says that’s not a good idea. I’m quoting his diary entry:

“Squirt Bottles are a Terrible Cat Training Tool

Professional trainers all agree that using a squirt bottle of water is NOT an effective way to discourage a cat from any behavior. All it really does is make him fearful of the spray bottle itself - NOT the activity he's doing when he gets squirted.

Some cats will also bear resentment towards the person who wields the water gun, so not only does it not register to deter the unwanted behavior, it can also have a negative impact on your relationship with your cat."

I have stopped chewing cords, at least for now. Mom doesn’t know if it was the squirt bottle that actually stopped me, but she’s very happy I’ve been a good boy for the past couple of days. Mom felt terrible whenever she squirt me, but getting electrocuted didn’t seem like such a good thing either!

Thanks, Newmie, for sticking up for me! The Squirt Bottle has been retired!

Love, Sammy

 
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