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"Furry Girl."

Age: 9 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 8 lbs.
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Contemplating my next move...

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"Contemplating my next move..."

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I love my pretty blue blanket.

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"I love my pretty blue blanket."


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"I'm still playful after all these years!"

Sharing the spotlight with Toffy.

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"Sharing the spotlight with Toffy."

This is interesting.

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"This is interesting."

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Curiosity unites us.

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"Curiosity unites us."

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Van, Vanna, Ness, Pretty Ness, Silly Ness, Nessa

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-cat rescue

October 6th 2004


mealtimes, playing with toys, sticking her head between the blinds at night and looking out the window, using the scratching post or just lounging on top of it

Toffy, the Swiffer, the vacuum cleaner, having her teeth brushed

Favorite Toy:
Pipecleaner toys

Favorite Nap Spot:
She has many! Here are just a few: under the bed, on the big chair, under the coffee table, high up on top of the bookshelf in the living room, in the laundry basket on top of an old housecoat

Favorite Food:
Raw meat! She likes it better than kibbles or canned food.

Scattering kitty litter, hissing, purring loudly, using the scratching post and scratching boards


Arrival Story:
I adopted Vanessa in June 2006 from a local no-kill cat shelter where she had been dropped off along with her 8-week old kittens a few days earlier. Vanessa's previous home was in Surrey where she lived in a trailer with her family (which included several little kids and a dog). When I first saw Vanessa (or Creamcheese as she was called at the time) I was surprised at how small and thin she was and how little fur she seemed to have. Giving birth twice in a six-month period had obviously taken a toll on her. I am grateful that her previous family decided to bring her to the shelter the same week I had decided to adopt another cat, because otherwise who knows what might have happened next. Vanessa was spayed the day after I met her and came to live with Toffy and me the following day.

Vanessa is a beautiful white cat with green eyes and pale pink ears and nose. She has become much furrier than I ever expected; the fur on her head and around her face is especially soft to the touch... and you should see how fluffy her tail is. She is rather skittish, which means she's playful and energetic (I love watching her bounce off the scratching post) but does not like being held, brushed or petted much... and she doesn't hesitate to let me know it. That said, there are times when she lets me cradle her in my arms like a baby for the longest time all the while purring contentedly. I realize that Vanessa may have had to endure abuse from the little kids in her previous home, not to mention the mean streets when she managed to get outside. She has adjusted very well here and I am happy that she is part of the family.

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July 3rd 2006 More than 8 years!

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Thank you, Diary Gal!

September 6th 2014 11:31 pm
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I just want to meow a big “thank you” to Diary Gal who noticed my special diary entry on “Subscription Boxes for Cats” and deemed it worthy of attention on Diary Central yesterday. Thank you also to the kind cat families that gave me some nice “big hugz” and congratulated me on being a daily diary pick! And thank goodness that we are finally able to access Diary Central again!

Until yesterday, it was impossible to access diaries unless you visited a cat’s profile page, which allowed you to read only the entries on that page. I thought that problem had been fixed, which is why I decided to publish my diary entry, but it must have been a temporary fix. I-5 Publishing techs have a lot of hard work to do as they rebuild the Catster and Dogster websites after they were neglected and about to be cast-off by SAY Media.

I would love to add some more photos to my page, but I’m not sure that’s such a good idea right now. Toffy uploaded a few photos the other day and they didn’t even show up on his page. Not only that, he no longer has a CatsterPlus Photobook and lost all of his photo captions! One of our Catster friends was able to see one of the new photos that Toffy uploaded, which is really strange, because we can’t see it ourselves. I don’t want to lose my CatsterPlus Photobook too, so for now I can’t share any new photos with you. I’m sure that the I-5 techs are figuring out how to fix all sorts of glitches. We cats (and dogs too) have to be patient while all the behind the scenes work gets done. It sounds like a challenging and interesting job and I’m so glad that I-5 Publishing stepped up to the plate!


P.S. After visiting all the websites mentioned in my diary entry, I decided to sign myself up for a subscription box for cats. Here I am posing with my first box, which I received a few weeks ago.


Subscription Boxes for Cats

August 26th 2014 10:45 pm
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Imagine receiving a box filled with cat toys, treats, accessories and other goodies every month for as long as your humans will let you or even just for one month? Pretty pawsome, if you ask me! One such subscription box for cats was featured in Catster Magazine recently and there was even a giveaway for a free box. After perusing the website, my curiosity was definitely piqued and I decided to search the Internet for other subscription boxes for cats.

When checking out the websites listed below, here are a few things to consider:

What are the different types of subscription options available and how much do they cost? Often you can save money by subscribing for a longer period of time and paying in advance, but know what you’re getting into before committing for several months. A warning: some of these companies may be here today but could be gone tomorrow. Do some research, not only on the company’s website but also on their Facebook page and on other social media sites. Read reviews on blogs and watch some videos on YouTube to find out if customers are generally happy with the subscription box you are considering signing up for. You’ll want to make sure that there’s recent activity on social media sites and that what you see and read doesn’t give you any second thoughts.

Browse the customer service section of the website and read the FAQ. You’ll want to look for answers to any questions you may have about the service, including stuff your humans consider important such as billing and payment options, cancellation policy, and shipping (Where is the company located and does it ship to your country? Is there an extra charge? Will the box be delivered by the post office or a courier company?)

Before you sign up with a subscription box service, search for coupon codes and special offers on the Internet. Some bloggers will feature discount codes for subscription boxes that they have reviewed (usually only valid for a limited time). It’s always nice not to have to pay full price.

Although the element of surprise is part of what makes receiving a subscription box so much fun, you’ll want to have an idea of approximately how many and what types of products you can expect to find in your box. The website should mention some brand names and where their products are sourced or made. Purrsonally, I would be disappointed with a subscription box that includes the same brands you can find at any grocery store. There has to be something special about the contents of a subscription box, otherwise what’s the point?

Another thing that you might consider important is whether the company donates part of the proceeds to animal shelters and rescues. That’s always a good thing in my view.

So cats, let’s get to the list, shall we?

Subscription boxes for cats listed in alphabetical order; visit the websites of those that you’re curious about to find out more about them!

Name: Bunny’s Furr and Feathers FunPacks
Location: Texas, USA
As the name suggests, this company caters not only to cats but also to dogs, birds and “pocket pets” such as rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs.

Name: Cat Hampurr
Location: UK
This company ships to the UK only.

Name: Dr. D’s Pet Packages
Location: Southern California, USA
Packages are available for both cats and dogs, but the Fun Pet Package is for cats only.

Name: KitNipBox
Location: USA
This subscription box is currently only available in the continental US.

Name: MeowBox
Location: USA currently only ships to the US.

Name: meowbox
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada features free shipping to Canada and the US via Canada Post and USPS.

Name: PawPost
Location: London, UK
PawPost offers subscription boxes for both cats and dogs and ships to the UK and Europe, and if you believe their Facebook page maybe even worldwide.

Name: PawPack
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Featured in Catster Magazine recently, this subscription box service is available for both cats and dogs. The company promises that their products will always be either organic, all-natural, or eco-friendly. Shipping is free in the US but costs $10 to Canada.

Name: Paws & Play
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (I found this out not on the website but on a blog.)
Subscription boxes are available for both cats and dogs and are shipped to Canada and the US and soon (Fall/Winter 2014) to the UK.

Name: PetBox
Location: San Diego, California, USA
PetBox offers subscription boxes for both cats and dogs and currently only ships to the US.

Name: PurrBoxes
Location: UK
PurrBoxes are available only to cats in the UK.

Name: Purr-Packs
Location: California, USA
Purr-Packs are not yet available internationally.

Name: Spoiled Rotten
Location: New Jersey, USA
This subscription box service is offered in conjunction with, with boxes available for both cats and dogs in the US.

Name: WhiskerKits
Location: USA
WhiskerKits boxes are available only in the US and shipping is included with the subscription. Unfortunately, you have to have a Facebook account to see their FB page.

Thanks for reading, cats, and I hope you find something that you like!



The last word

May 24th 2014 10:50 pm
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Toffy and Vanessa are sitting beside the base of the cat tree, on opposite sides, having a discussion.

Toffy: Vanessa, you have to learn not to tell lies! Haven’t you heard of the boy who cried wolf?

Vanessa: The boy who cried woof? What? Did he turn into a dog? But seriously, Toffy, I’m telling the truth when I say that I was a daily diary pick yesterday!

T: Catster was down yesterday. We couldn’t even get in, remember? The Community pages, including diaries, were Not Found, and every time we tried to get in the following message appeared: The requested URL "/cat-community/" was not found on this server. Did you actually see your diary on Diary Central yesterday?

V: Um, well… no…. but that’s because the website was down.

T: Did any cat congratulate you on supposedly being a daily diary pick? What I mean is, did you get any pawmail messages, comments on your diary, rosettes or special gifts, or did some cat maybe leave you a few treats?

V: Yes, as a matter of fact, I did. I got a pawmail message from Angel Buddie!

T: But if the website was down, how would Angel Buddie know that you were a diary pick?

V: He’s an angel. Don’t you know that angels have special powers? They see and know things that others don’t. More importantly, angels don’t lie. If Angel Buddie says that my diary was one of yesterday’s picks then absolutely it was, just like I’ve been telling you all along! It looks like the Toffster stands corrected. And I’m having the last word!


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