Livin' It Up with Sammy

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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

 

Mom's New Game

March 9th 2010 7:30 pm
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I haven’t stopped playing my newest game where I run across Mom’s laptop while she is using it and then chew on the computer cord. Apparently Mom does not like this game. She created her own game where she keeps a squirt bottle next to her and sprays me with a stream of water if I don’t stop chewing the electrical cord.

Mom is usually a pushover when it comes to discipline. She usually lets us cats do as we please most of the time, so I was a little surprised when she squirt me. Don’t get me wrong, we are all very well behaved kitties...well at least Luke, Tully, and Natasha are. I’m an orangie kitten, I just can’t help myself!

She’s really worried about me getting hurt from electrical cords so she has taken this drastic measure of squirting me with water. So far it’s been working. I run away now when I see her pick it up. I might have to think of another game to play…

purrs, Sammy

 

Sammy's New Game

February 27th 2010 9:35 am
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I have a talent for making up new games. My newest game is to jump on Mommy’s lap while she is on the computer. I walk across the keyboard and chew on the cord. Mommy doesn’t like this game much. At first she thought I just wanted some attention so she’d put the computer aside and give me pets and rubs. But that’s not how you play the game. The rules state that the computer must be on Mommy’s lap and I must be allowed to walk on it, otherwise it’s not fun. And I must be allowed to chew the cord - that is the object of the game.

Mommy doesn’t know what to do with me right now. She’s already Sammy-proofed the house, or so she thought. Now she’s got to worry about me chewing on cords. Hmmm…what game shall I think of next?

Mischievous purrs,
Sammy

 

I have a twin!

February 25th 2010 7:41 pm
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Oh my cat! I can’t believe it, but I have a twin brofur on Catster! Well, he’s not technically my biological twin since he’s a couple of months older than me, but we look so much alike that my silly Meowmy sent ME a heart rosie thinking it was my new friend. We both joined the Man Cats at Work-No Girls Allowed Group. Our main photos look amazingly similar with our MCAW hard hats so that when Momma tried to send him a heart rosie for me earlier today, she sent it to me by accident! Silly Momma!

He’s a sweet orangie boy who was abandoned as a baby just like me. He’s full of spunk and fire just like me. He’s a ball of mischief. He is cute and cuddly and loves his older brofurs just like me. I am so happy I met Milo today. I think we are going to be furry good friends!

Love, Sammy

 

The Flying Tomato

February 18th 2010 8:38 am
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Last night was one of the best nights so far of the Winter Olympic Games. Natasha and I love to jump up and watch our big screen HD TV. Sometimes we will try and catch anything that is moving on the big screen because it is so big and life-like. Last night I was watching the Olympics with Mom and Dad because there was so much action going on the big screen.

There’s a cool guy named Shaun White who is a pawsome snowboarder. He earned his second Olympic gold medal last night in the men’s halfpipe. 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?

I think I could probably do a Double McTwist 1260 if I only had a snowboard. Shaun even has long red hair like me and is a daredevil. His nickname is “The Flying Tomato.” So guess what my new nickname is? MOL!

xoxo, Sammy

 

Climbing the Walls

February 9th 2010 9:10 pm
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Mom is concerned about my behavior lately. I have been extremely active, literally climbing the walls! Tonight I jumped on the top perch of the cat tree, which is about 5-6 feet from the ground. I stretched up high and was able to jump on top of the door frame. Mom watched in horror as I slid down the wall to the floor (note to self: do not slide down stucco walls, there is no traction!)

She then watched me as I ran and jumped up and scratched on the big TV screen. Did you know that HD is very life-like? I tried to catch a ball that was being shown during a golf tournament, but I couldn’t quite reach it….

Mom came home from work tonight and found waste paper baskets toppled over, newspapers, and mail shredded in a million pieces. The house was a mess. She didn’t see me do it, but she just knows it was me. Luke and Tully act appalled by my behavior and they are avoiding me.

What is wrong with me? Is this a temporary phase I am going through? Mom doesn’t know what to do!

Sheepish purrs, Sammy

 

The Softer Side of Sammy

February 1st 2010 7:40 pm
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Well, it’s officially been six weeks since I arrived at my forever home. I am eating like a little piggy and growing really fast. I play hard and sleep harder. My older brofurs, Luke and Tully seem to like me okay. I know I get on their nerves at times. I run around the house and act like a wildcat, I just can’t help it! There’s so much to do and explore in this house. I’m glad I have Natasha to wrestle with because I don’t think I’d want to take on the bigger cats just yet. They still outweigh me by 8-10 pounds. The big guy, Luke, could kick my butt if he wanted to, so I’m trying to behave and not get him too irritated with me.

Neither Natasha nor I have been very affectionate so far, but Mom is very patient with us and doesn’t force it. She pets us a lot while we are lying on the furniture or casually walking around the house and we purr like crazy, but neither one of us likes to be picked up or held.

I thought I’d surprise Mom by sitting on her lap today. She was reading a newspaper in the recliner chair this morning with her coffee and I thought I’d let her know that her patience might be paying off. I sat down on her lap and started up my extra loud purr motor. I gazed at her with adoring eyes. Mom really loved that - I just might be a lovebug after all.

purrs, Sammy

 

Valentine's Day Tag

January 30th 2010 8:15 am
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Thanks for tagging me, Francis! Cupid wants to know:

1. Do you have a Valentine? If so... who?

I’m just a kitten. I’m too busy eating, sleeping, and playing right now. What’s a Valentine?

2. If not... do you wish you did? ... Is there anyone particular? ...Or would you rather be single? ...Why?

I’m happy being single right now. There’s a lot to do and explore in my new home.

3. What's your favorite Love Song? ... Who sings it?

Since I am named after the rocker Sammy Hagar, I’d have to pick one of his songs…“Love Walks In” by Van Halen (when Sammy was the lead vocalist) is a cool song!

4. What would be a Perfect Valentine’s Day for you?

I’m not sure what this Valentine’s Day is about yet. I’ll let you know next year!

 

Busted!

January 9th 2010 3:35 pm
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Boy, did I get in big time trouble today. Since it was a damp and dreary day outside, Mom decided to spend time reorganizing the home office, throwing away junk and just tidying things up in general. Natasha and I curled up for a nice nap on the chair in the office so Mom could admire how cute we are when we sleep. She kept on cleaning up while we slumbered peacefully.

At some point, Mom started doing laundry and stuff, and didn’t notice that we had gotten up from the chair. She was in the master bedroom in the back of the house when Luke came running in and jumped up on the cat perch next to the window. He does this often when he wants attention from Mom or Dad, so Mom started petting him. He was staring intently at something on the ground outside the bedroom window in the backyard. Thinking it was either a bird or squirrel, Mom peered out the window to see me and Natasha frolicking in the tall grass. Well, we’ve NEVER been outside before so Mom quickly ran and got the cat carrier then bolted to the backyard before we could make a fast getaway! We got so scared when we saw Mom that we ran back into the opening where we had come out from underneath the house!

As far as Mom can tell, we must have slipped out the kitchen door into the attached garage while she was doing laundry. We found an opening that leads from the garage to underneath the house and were able to escape out a small hole into the backyard – it was cool!

I thought I could trust Luke – he isn’t exactly an angel himself. Mom never would have looked out the window when she did if Luke hadn’t jumped up on the cat perch and made a big scene – what a snitch!

Well, that was my excitement for today!

 

It Pays To Be Cute

January 7th 2010 9:20 pm
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When you are young and cute like me, you can get away with a lot. Like chasing the older cats around the house and biting their tails (who me? I’m just a baby!) And eating all the good wet food and treats so that the older cats are left with nothing but the dry kibble – MOL! I toppled over the waste paper basket today and shredded all the Kleenex and toilet paper I could find in the house (who me? I’m just a baby!)

Yes, it pays to be cute; you can get away with murder – MOL!

 
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