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Brother to the Rescue!

October 4th 2012 2:22 pm
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Now that my older brother Elvin is ancient, he usually doesn’t do much more than sleep, eat, and move his head around while Hilda grooms him. But a couple of weeks ago after lunch, he was feeling especially frisky and tried to pounce on Sally. He wasn’t rough, but he surprised Sally. She let out one of her Sally squeaks and ran out of the room. A couple of seconds later, Jack came running in and ran right over and pounced on Elvin. I guess Jack was letting Elvin know not to mess with HIS sister.

 

Flying Time

July 25th 2012 8:08 pm
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I can’t believe it’s taken this long for my typist to update my diary. I KNOW I’ve given her updates to make since the last one posted. Really makes me wonder what happened to them. Like maybe she’s selling them on Ebay to other cats to use. Hetty Miep swears that is true, but she also swears that if walk backwards all day while pushing a cat hair tumbleweed, my leg will grow back. FYI to other tripods: walking backwards while pushing a cat hair tumbleweed will not create limb to regrowth.

Anyway, since I last updated:

1) My kittens are no longer kittens. They celebrated their first birthday in July. Jack is now huge (only 11.3 pounds but seems much bigger). I suspect he’s still growing. He still hasn’t gotten used to the fact that he no longer has his trim kitten figure. When he jumps up on a table that a couple other kitties are sleeping on, the following things will happen: crash landing (still hasn’t gotten his brake system for the larger body figured out) followed by Jack collapsing in a pile of fur that slowly expands like a loaf of rising bread dough. Are all other cats are slowly but firmly pushed off the table by the expanding loaf of Jack. For all his clumsiness, Jack is able to catch treats mid-air with his monster paws. The humans are quite impressed by this. They say it’s like watching the chopstick scene out of “Karate Kid,” whatever that is (I guess I’m too young to get that reference).

2) Sally, although also bigger, has maintained a much trimmer figure than Jack. She is still a squeaky cuddle bug, though. She has a comment for everything and often runs around the house squeaking about something. She enjoys cuddling on the humans laps. Jack can also be affectionate but he prefers to sit by the humans rather than on the humans.

3) The kittens were finally allowed to sleep with the rest of us for several months. Then after several months of being woken up by kittens jumping on their faces at 5 am to be fed (feeding time is a ridiculous 6:45 am here), the kittens were no longer allowed to sleep with the rest of us. They are now back to sleeping in the “kitten” room. They don’t really seem to mind. Probably because they still have each other and the kitten room is their favorite room of the house anyway. I enjoy having MY pillow (the one between my humans’ heads) to myself (no more getting pushed off by the expanding loaf of Jack). My older sisters also seem less cranky with the kittens locked up in the nursery at night.

4) The remaining cats that our friend in Central California had to re-home have been adopted. No news on who adopted Chief Red Cloud or Beijo, but the rescue shelter they were at is a great one, so I’m sure they are particular about adoptions. As mentioned before, Chief Joseph was adopted by an older woman who needed company. Graciela was adopted by a couple who wanted a “couch potato.” Julie said she thinks Graciela has always wanted to be an only cat and she’s very much a couch potato, so I’m sure she’s in heaven. Jules Verne, who was terribly shy at the shelter, was adopted by two volunteers who won his trust. They have other kitties, so he’s probably enjoying playing with his new siblings. A couple of weeks after Jules Verne was adopted; Marilia was also adopted to a lovely couple who only wanted one cat. Julie is still very sad that she had to re-home her cats, but she is so happy that they all have permanent homes now. Some of you might have already read the updates in Elsa’s diary. HER human is able to make timely updates to her diary. *giving female human the stink eye*

Hope you all are having a great summer!

 

Vacation Time

March 28th 2012 7:49 am
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Last weekend I got to visit my grandpawrents! They live six hours away and my humans didn’t trust me to stay behind with the other cats even though the cat sitter stops by once a day. Something about me hurting myself. Just because I fell off the wrong side of the dvr once and ended up stuck in the wires (luckily my female human was there at the moment and immediately rescued me). Or maybe it’s because I’ve started jumping on the kitchen counter lately. My humans seem to think I shouldn’t be jumping down on tile flooring at that height. Just because I only have three legs. Hmph! The kittens can do it without any problem. *whispers* I want to do everything the kittens do, so they see that I’m a big boy too!

My humans didn’t want me to be lonely during the trip to my grandpawrents, so they decided to bring one of the kittens along; but they hated to split them up (since they’ve never been apart), so all three of us got to go with the humans! The older three cats stayed behind on a staycation.

My humans found a wire cage (made for large dogs) that filled the entire backseat and put a fleece bed with bumpers in it. They also put some of our favorite blankets in the cage and a tiny litter box (which we only used to sleep in). They say we howled for the first hour there (and back), but then we were quiet and snuggled with each other. We liked resting our heads on the bumpers, so my female human was really glad she got the bed. Our grandpawrents have two cats that were confined to their bedroom while we were there. We were confined to the guest bedroom (though we darted out of the room a couple of times). We loved it (especially me)! There was comfy carpet everywhere and no Hetty Miep to beat me up. Plus the weather was nice, so we got to sit in the screened window quite a bit. The guest room had a walk in closet, so the humans set up our litter box and the travel crate with the bed in there. A couple of times, I got a little nervous and was happy to have the crate in the closet to run into. Our grandma got us all kinds of toys. She said she loved having us visit and we can visit her again anytime! She also said I’m her favorite and I can do no wrong. I love grandpawrents!

 

Friends Helping Friends

March 14th 2012 8:16 am
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Hi all! My female human and I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, concerns, and efforts for our good friend Julie and her cats in Central California. Another friend Elsa had a wonderful idea for bringing a little cheer to Julie’s life right now. Elsa suggested that we send Julie some cards to let her know we’re thinking of her. Julie is still in her old apartment and she moves on April 6. Elsa suggested sending Julie some “Happy Spring” cards now and, after Julie moves, we can send her “Welcome To Your New Home” cards. If you’d like to send Julie a card, please pawmail me or Elsa for Julie’s address. Or, you can pawmail Elsa (before March 22) to have your name added to the “Happy Spring” card that she will be sending to Julie.

I know sending cards seems like such a small thing, but I really do think they will brighten Julie’s day and she needs every little bit of cheer she can get right now.

Elsa’s diary also provides information about donating to the no-kill shelter that accepted five of Julie’s cats. It is one of the loveliest shelters Mom has ever seen. Julie says it has several wonderful sun rooms for the cats to enjoy. Knowing that her cats are at such a lovely facility helps a bit, but I know Julie still misses them terribly. She said she worries about Beijo especially (who has never been at a shelter). She worries that he keeps waiting for her to come back for him.

 

Update II on Central CA Friend/Cats

March 6th 2012 4:28 pm
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Written by Artie’s female human (Heather):

A bit of good news: Julie was approved for an apartment. Although it is a pet-friendly complex, the contract didn’t allow Julie to keep all of her cats. A lovely no-kill shelter (that accepted three of Julie’s other cats) agreed to accept the additional (final) two cats that Julie needed to re-home.

A small pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: when Julie took the two cats to the shelter today, one of the other cats (Chief Joseph) that she took there a couple of weeks ago was being brought from the back to get acquainted with an older woman. She ended up adopting him! I’m so happy Julie got to see that because, as I’m sure all Catster pawrents can imagine, she’s so very very sad to have had to re-home the majority of her cats. She is very grateful to get to keep some of the cats, but she feels terrible about not being permitted to keep them all.

Thank you all for your assistance in trying to re-home Julie’s cats. I know she greatly appreciates the support and kind words received.

 

Update on Central CA Friend/Cats

February 22nd 2012 11:50 am
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Written by Artie’s female human (Heather):

I had hoped to report some good news but, if anything, the situation has gotten worse.

Julie has still been unable to find anyone willing to rent her an apartment that permits cats and is within her budget. She has even offered to pay a larger deposit so that she can keep her cats (at least two). Every place has said no so far, and the constant rejection has her very scared. She is afraid she might have to give up all of her cats. I know that would truly devastate her. I’m hoping she can keep three of her cats, but she will definitely need to find homes/no-kill shelter for the other three cats.

I’m posting the following plea again in hopes that someone can help Julie find new homes for her cats (as well as for Julie). Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might be willing to adopt a cat (or cats). Although Julie lives in Central California, it might be possible to transport these cats to other areas of the country (with the help of the Caster Railroad). The cats still needing to be rehomed are the following:

1) Fuzz is a handsome 16-year-old boy with a lovely tuxedo pattern. Fuzz is laid back, loves being pet, and has a high-pitched little meow. Due to Fuzz’s age, Julie is having difficulty finding a new home for him. It breaks her heart to have to re-home him (he has lived with her for 13 years).

2) Autumn is a 10-year-old Abyssian mix with green eyes. Autumn suffered previous abuse but has come a long way since Julie rescued her. Autumn has hypercalcemia and receives sub-q fluids every other day but is otherwise doing very well.

3) Beijo is an adorable, sensitive 4-year-old boy. Beijo has never been in a shelter (just a previous foster home).

 

Update on Central CA Cats

February 20th 2012 2:48 pm
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Written by Artie’s female human (Heather):

Another no-kill shelter agreed to provide medication and sanctuary for Graciela for life. Julie took Graciela there this morning. She thinks Graciela will adjust well there. Julie sends her thanks to everyone helping to find homes for her cats.

Unfortunately, Julie hasn’t been able to find a place to rent that is within her budget and that will accept cats. She is very scared and stressed out. Please keep an ear/eye out for any affordable rentals in the San Luis Obispo area that will accept cats.

Julie had previously hoped to keep four of her cats but now feels that three is a more realistic number (and even that might be a problem). The three remaining cats that she will be keeping are the cats requiring the most medical care. This is such a painful decision for her to make. I know that many times she has gone without in order to provide food and medication for her cats. She is such a good person and desperately needs help finding a place for herself and her cats to live.

She also still needs to re-home three cats. Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might be willing to adopt a cat (or cats). Although Julie lives in Central California, it might be possible to transport these cats to other areas of the country (with the help of the Caster Railroad). The cats still needing to be rehomed are the following:

1) Fuzz is a handsome 16-year-old boy with a lovely tuxedo pattern. Fuzz is laid back, loves being pet, and has a high-pitched little meow. Due to Fuzz’s age, Julie is having difficulty finding a new home for him. It breaks her heart to have to re-home him (he has lived with her for 13 years).

2) Autumn is a 10-year-old Abyssian mix with green eyes. Autumn suffered previous abuse but has come a long way since Julie rescued her. Autumn has hypercalcemia and receives sub-q fluids every other day but is otherwise doing very well.

3) Beijo is an adorable, sensitive 4-year-old boy. Beijo has never been in a shelter (just a previous foster home).

 

Update on Sad Meows

February 19th 2012 2:21 pm
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Written by Artie’s female human (Heather):

Just to clear up some confusion: I am not Julie. Julie is a good friend that I’m trying to help.

Some semi-good news: The no-kill shelter that was previously only willing to take one of Julie’s cats agreed to take three of her cats rather than just one. Julie said she got really lucky, because several people at the shelter knew her from the days when she volunteered next door at the kill shelter.

Unfortunately, the no-kill shelter won’t take cats that are on long-term medication, so beautiful Autumn (who needs Sub-q fluids every other day for hypercalcemia) and gracious Graciela (who needs Methimazole 2x/day for hyperthyroid) still need homes. The shelter also wouldn’t take Fuzz, who is sixteen years old and would do better as an only cat. Fuzz is laid back, loves being pet, and has a high-pitched little meow. He doesn't do great with other cats, though.

Julie is a bit overwhelmed right now. She's currently trying to pack (there might be a possibility she can stay at her current place a month longer, but there is no guarantee and she is being offered additional money to move out earlier). She is also still looking for a place to rent. She lives by three colleges and in an area that is a tourist attraction, so rent is very high there. She's having difficulty finding a place (in a safe are) that she will be able to afford monthly (and that will accept just a few cats). In addition to all of this, she is also trying to find homes for the cats and helping care for her mother (taking her to doctor appts. etc).

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might be willing to adopt a cat (or cats). Although Julie lives in Central California, it might be possible to transport these cats to other areas of the country (with the help of the Caster Railroad). The cats still needing to be rehomed are the following:

1) Fuzz is a handsome 16-year-old boy with a lovely tuxedo pattern. Fuzz is laid back, loves being pet, and has a high-pitched little meow. He doesn't do great with other cats, though.

2) Autumn is a 10-year-old Abyssian mix with green eyes. Autumn suffered previous abuse but has come a long way since Julie rescued her. Autumn has hypercalcemia and receives sub-q fluids every other day but is otherwise doing very well.

3) Graciela is a gentle 11-year-old girl with a beautiful black and white coloring. Graciela needs Methimazole 2x/day for hyperthyroid.

 

Sad Meows

February 18th 2012 9:25 am
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Written by Artie’s female human:

I received some very sad news yesterday from a good Catster friend. Julie has been caring for 10 cats now for several years. Although that sounds like a lot of cats, she has taken very good care of them (she was licensed to have all cats and received yearly, unannounced inspections, which she always passed). Unfortunately, the apartment that Julie was renting has been foreclosed (the landlord still collected payments from her even though he wasn’t making payments himself!), and she will have to find a new place to live. Julie is having a very difficult time finding a place that she can afford (she is disabled and on a very fixed income), and she will need to get rid of six of her cats (she will be keeping the remaining four cats who have more serious disabilities). As you can imagine, she is heartbroken to have to do this but she doesn’t have any other options. She has called around to all shelters within a 100-mile radius. Except for one shelter that is willing to take only one of her cats, all of the other shelters are full.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might be willing to adopt a cat (or cats). Although Julie lives in Central California, it might be possible to transport these cats to other areas of the country (with the help of the Caster Railroad). The cats needing to be rehomed are the following:

1) Chief Joseph is a gentle, playful 12-year-old Siamese boy. Look at those gorgeous eyes!

2) Fuzz is a handsome 16-year-old boy with a lovely tuxedo pattern.

3) Autumn is a 10-year-old Abyssian mix with green eyes. Autumn suffered previous abuse but has come a long way since Julie rescued her. Autumn has hyprcalcemia and receives sub-q fluids every other day but is otherwise doing very well.

4) Marilia is a shy 9-year-old girl who was also rescued from an abusive home and has thrived while in Julie’s care.

5) Graciela is a gentle 11-year-old girl with a beautiful black and white coloring.

 

Dreamboat-in-Training #27

January 22nd 2012 9:53 am
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Guess what, guess what, guess what? I’m one of Samoa’s Dreamboats-in-Training!

I’m so excited! *Stops to do excited tripod dance of crouching front shoulder down low and wriggling butt in the air before running down the hallway like a crazed crabbit*

My brother Garp died before I had the chance to meet him. He is an Angel Dreamboat. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about him from my siblings, so I feel extra special—like I’m following in his pawsteps.

I know I have a lot of training to do before I’m a full-fledged Dreamboat, but my sisters said they’ll help train me so I’m a perfect Dreamboat for Samoa. I don’t know if I really trust all of their help, though. Already, they keep saying, “A Dreamboat wouldn’t do that” anytime I do anything fun. But I want to be the perfect Dreamboat, so I guess I’ll have to try my hardest to listen to them.

 
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