August 21st 2011 8:11 am
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Help! I’ve only got a moment to write before the Mama comes back. She’s really mad and says she’s thinking of trading us in on hamsters, or – even worse – parakeets!!! She also said that she thinks I belong in a feline juvenile detention center! (sob)
Last night I got yelled at maybe 50 times for jumping on the kitchen counter, and then come bedtime I wouldn’t settle down and kept chasing Sleeper around the house. Finally, I stopped for awhile – we’d gone out to the cattery to watch the nightlife. Come midnight or so, I was at it again, though, zooming around the house, leaping up on things and over the Mama, too! After the third pass over her, she grabbed me, and with much grumbling, put me in our bedroom and shut the door. Whew! For a minute there, I was afraid she was going to keep me separate from Sleeper (oh no!!!), but then she was back with Sleep tucked under her arm, mumbling more threats under her breath.
I ran in and out of the catdoor into the cattery a few times making as much noise as possible. Then I chased Sleep around a little - just to show I didn’t care that we (me!) were being punished. But Sleeper quickly lost interest, (she doesn’t like to make the Mama unhappy) and she went to sleep.
This morning I could tell the Mama was still feeling ticked off; she says she’s always like that WHEN SHE DOESN’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Mostly I kept to myself, though Sleeper had to go suck up and make sure she was still “the good kitty” – yuck!!! Not me – I can do what I want!..........
(Do you think I should go apologize? She was just kidding, right? I don’t want to be traded for a parakeet. Sniffle…)
August 28th 2011 8:10 am
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Well, I see I got DDP today, which is kinda ironic and a little embarrassing, seeing as how the Mama has hardly let us be online for the past month! But, since I’m here, there’s news to report. We have invaders on our north porch!
That’s right, not only are Mama Cat and Papa Shadow coming up there to get their dinner, but now Mama Cat has brought her four – count ‘em – FOUR little furry fuzzballs with her!!! Two little mini-Samhains and two little mini-Sleepers. This is going entirely too far…
The Mama says she’s sorry they hadn’t caught Mama C before this happened and done something to prevent it, but there you go – Life Happens. She’s happy that Mama C trusts her and the Papa enough that she brought them up on the porch instead of having them hang out in the woodpile. (She still hisses, though, whenever she sees them come out the door onto the porch.) Sleep and I were wondering how those kittens managed to squeeze in the little holes to get under the loose woodpile, but maybe that’s partly the point – they don’t FIT under there anymore!
So, déjà vu, man…uh, cat. The Mama says they will NOT be bringing all those others in the house (that would be 6 more cats in a small house!) What they WILL do is build a shelter on the porch for Mama C, Papa Shadow – who seems to get along fine eating side by side with M.C. (haven’t seen what he’s like with the kits yet), and kits so they have a winter home out of the elements. She’s (the Mama) already been warned by friends that she shouldn’t start NAMING the babies.
Oh, and this morning was their first time on the porch, and they had no difficulty zeroing in on that food bowl where Mama C was having breakfast. The Mama had seen one of them through the window before she went out, so she put extra food out just in case. They liked it! All look healthy and bright-eyed.
September 9th 2011 6:33 am
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OK - so first: we're sorry we haven't kept up with anyone's diaries. There's probably a heck of alot of stuff that's gone on that we know nothing about. Case in point - we just saw last night that our friend Manytoes (so named for obvious reasons) was under the weather with a urinary blockage. He's back home now after having some stressful V-E-T time - yall all know what THAT'S like! And now his Mama will have to look into the whole special diet thingy. Any of you reading this (though considering we've been gone so long, there may not be many!) who have special insight into this problem, might want to drop in and play "the Aunt Suzie routine" with advice - this may be one of those times when advice is not unwelcome! :)
Second: Tuesday, the Mama and Papa took advantage of the fact that the kittens were off the porch playing (they thought) in the grass, and they did some cleaning up of the porch area where they'd been staying. They took some stuff out of the way and made the bedding area more comfortable - not adding anything new, just allowing for more space and better coverage from the elements. It isn't the permanent shelter they were intending to set up for the winter, but would still be something better for when the temps start to fall lower than the low 50's it's already been hitting.
Well, apparently this was not to Mama Cat's liking. Everyone was there for dinner, but the great exodus must have happened right after, because things were very quiet after that. Next morning, no one came to eat breakfast... or lunch... or dinner.
Papa Cat came by and ate what was sitting out, but no sign of anyone else. The pawrents weren't sure how they felt - disappointed...maybe a little relieved, if you can forgive them. Wondering what they were going to do with all this cheaper catfood (if there is such a thing) that they bought for the ferals. Sleeper, never the picky eater, is waving her paw in the air: "Oh, I know, I know!!!"
Then last night, Mama Cat shows up by herself, looking for dinner. Our Mama fed her - hoping, but not feeling too sure, that Mama Cat was at least still nursing her babies some where, since they probably aren't world class hunters yet. Hoping that Mama Cat hadn't just abandoned those babies like she did us, but under some other window where the people wouldn't be caring about them. After Mama C left, our Mama went to look under the shelter, just to make sure no one was there - it was empty.
This morning, there was Mama C at the door as usual for breakfast. Our Mama put out the food - not as much as she had been since Mama C was alone. But as she was bringing the full water bowl back, there was one of the black kittens eating with Mama C!!! Our Mama quick ran back inside and got the rest of the can of food and dumped it in the pan. Baby had run away, of course - they are the most skittish kittens, and BTW - completely silent - they NEVER mew. (Sleeper could give them lessons on that one. She made a heck of a racket as a baby, and she hasn't stopped since!) But when the Mama looked out the window, there they ALL were - Mama C and all four kits. And they were eating like they hadn't eaten in...well, a couple of days!
So, guess we're back in the kitten farm business - Hummpph!
September 12th 2011 7:01 am
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What is it with the CAT OF THE WEEK not ever changing now? That's just weird. We were gone for awhile, but I could swear that this Luke was COTW when we left, and there he is still! Not that he isn't a handsome devil, ya understand.
September 12th 2011 8:55 pm
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OK, so they're gone again since last evening after dinner. Mama Cat showed up for breakfast without them, and then took off again and hasn't been back all day. What next?
September 14th 2011 4:39 am
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I won’t go into a blow by blow description, but it was an even better case scenario than the pawrents imagined: Mama C. is caught AND Papa C. is caught AND the kittens are still on the porch under the shelter. Thank the Cat Gods!
Do not think that this bland account reflects an easy fun-filled time. It was definitely stressful for ALL of us. And both Mama C. and Papa C. fought like banshees once they realized they were trapped in those cages. They will probably have a few bruises and scrapes from throwing themselves against the sides of the cages, but hopefully there wasn’t enough room to do too much damage. Couldn’t be helped, unfortunately. And once our Mama and Papa threw covers over the cages, they quieted down.
Because the spay clinic appt was for so early, it was necessary to take the chance last night while they were there for dinner to do the trapping. They could be gone again by morning, and then it would be necessary to wait for the next clinic a month from now. Which all translates to a long wait overnight in the trap – once again, couldn’t be helped. It’s the main reason our Mama has dragged her feet about the whole trapping scene – she couldn’t stand the thought of that uncomfortable terrorizing night in the trap.
I will say this - though the original plan was to only feed a little bit, enough to lure Mama C. in, the reality was that everyone had a very fine meal! It turns out Mama C. is such a lightweight, she kept getting the food without setting off the trap! And did I mention the kittens? They wanted to get into the cage, too. The pawrents actually caught one of them by itself, but it did a “Houdini” when they tried to transfer it to a giant cardboard box. Might as well have been trying to unload a bird into there – it flew out the top!
Oh, and the only reason they were able to get the Papa C., too, was that some neighbors loaned the pawrents a second trap. And, let me tell you that we, Sleeper and I, could tell that the Papa C. was seriously and literally pissed off! Fortunately, the pawrents were smart enough to put the cages in the greenhouse, where the Mama can hose the place down later!
And joy of joys, when our Mama went to put down the food this morning in front of the shelter, she could hear little rustling noises inside. And when she looked out the window, all four kittens were present and accounted for at the food dishes. Whew!
Now we just wait to see how the surgeries and post op go. Will post an update later.
September 16th 2011 5:16 am
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OK, no one visible yesterday, though the food was eaten. Could have been Mama or Papa C. but probably was "Uncle Bob", as the pawrents call the other younger black feral (doesn't look full grown yet) who we think "belongs" to our neighbor, but sneaks over to steal food sometimes.
Eventually we'll have to catch him or her, too, plus the 4 kittens, we guess, though the pawrents did talk to the neighbor about the spays and he sounded interested. He's complained in the past about too many cats around his house, but then he feeds them and doesn't do anything about birth control for them. He's also complained in the past about one of the blacks that he says has killed kittens. We say "Not the Papa!" as we've seen him eating side by side with the Mama AND her babies - no problems. I know that's not an ironclad guarantee that he didn't attack someone else's kittens, but still we don't believe it's him - if it is even true that it was a cat that killed the kits. There are plenty of other predators in the woods.
Mama C. did show up at 7:00 AM this morning and had a good breakfast. Our Mama, acting on faith, had set the food out and called "Mama - breakfast time!" though she didn't see her right away. She must have been waiting just out of view, though, because in the time it took our Mama to pick up the water dish to put fresh in it, she was there. The pawrents leave water out, but they always pick up any food just after dark, because of the raccoons and possums, and I should add - skunks, though so far none have ever come on the porch! They're out there, though!
About our neighbor: this is out in the country, not like the city or the suburbs. There's a lot of roaming space and farmland in all directions, plus a duck preserve, marshes and lakes only a mile away in more than one direction. Lots of wildlife - including cats. We don't really fault him for not catching and caring for every stray that wanders through his property; we certainly haven't! We DO think it's not right to encourage them to stay by feeding, and then complain that they do stay and continue to produce families (which, BTW, we have to deal with, too!) Hopefully, he'll be giving this latest development some thought, and maybe take care of a few of his "regulars".
As the Tabbies would say: OK, then.
September 17th 2011 4:41 pm
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All kittens were present for the dinner bell when the pawrents got home, and Mama C. too. Still haven't seen Papa C. since the spaying, but he's probably just off licking his wounds - literally. He was never quite as "tame" - if you can call it that - as Mama C.
Anyway, it made our Mama feel better to see that the kittens and Mama C. were all reunited. She's being a good mother to these babies. I guess I forgive her for abandoning Sleeper and me.
September 20th 2011 2:56 pm
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Well, it happened something like this: the pawrents had a book appointment to go to out of town, and left just before dawn. They got back sometime after 3PM. Sleeper was out in the cattery, yelling for them to hurry! They went inside, and...no Samhain, but the kitchen folding footstool is knocked over along with the (empty) trashcan - they emptied it before they left.
They're checking all the usual places: in the big computer box, behind the TV, in our room, in the shower stall, in the Mama's closet - no Samhain. Now the Mama is getting worried. Finally, they think to look under the Mama's desk. I'm crouched there and don't want to come out. When they get me out, it seems there's a problem either with my foot, my leg, or my hip - they aren't sure. So it's a trip to the V-E-T! Oh, NO!!!
The good news is, it was nothing serious - no broken bones or hip or spine problems. The not so good news is that it may have been Sleeper who bit my foot, because there's a puncture wound!!! Just a small one, but it's on the top of the foot, and the pawrents can't figure out how else I could have gotten it.
Oh, well - I suppose this will slow me down for a little bit, and maybe I'll stop playing so rough with my sister, who normally never bites ANYBODY! Oh, and the nice man at the vets gave me a shot, but I was very good the whole time, Mama says.
September 23rd 2011 6:03 pm
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Well, it’s finally happened – we’re hitting the big 01. That’s right – Sleeper and I are going to be one year old! And we’re holding a birthday party at Sleeper's diary this Tuesday:
The setting will be at the Maharaj’s palace in Katni, India – hope everyone likes curry!
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