January 20th 2014 11:58 am
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Feeling a little sad logging onto Catster today, for obvious reasons... This site has been a great joy for me, Mom and my brofurs. You've all been such great friends and fans. It's really hard to say good bye to this whole catsterland world. Luckily, I don't have to say that quite yet!
Captain Morgan was the first of my Brofurs to join Catster, back before I was even born! Mom said she initially signed him up because she was living far away from her Mom and wanted to share photos of her baby Captain Morgan, without flooding her email box! But then she quickly discovered that theres SO much more to Catster than just posting photos! And that she rather enjoys writing diaries in Purrate Prattle.
I'll let you know if we make pages on another cat site, but in the mean time; My Mom is on Facebook. Paw mail me if you can't find her (She's posted our names in "Catster Buddies.") She says Facebook really is just Catbook, since 90% of her posts are ME! On a slightly funny note, our CatsterPlus renewal is on March 4th. So Mom says "Wow, Sparkman! You are efficiently using your yearly subscription!" Are any of you kitties going to another cat social site?! If so, which one(s)?
Okay, now for some happier, real Sparkman news:
Mom made me a BRIGHT orange fetch mouse over the holidays. She says lately I've just not been into fetch playing, so she mostly tosses it around while I watch. Then she has to climb under radiators and couches looking for it, and the carpet colored or shadow colored or dust colored fetch mice are driving her battier than usual. I love that she periodically lately keeps forgetting the fetch mouse and leaving it out. Mom makes my fetch mice and over the years, she's gotten so good at making them hard for me to gnaw on and eat like a candy bar; that when she leaves them out I very rarely get to eat them! Instead, I like finding them in the middle of the night. When I find one, I take it to the hallway outside the bedroom. I sit in the middle of the hallway and HOWL at the top of my lungs. She comes out all nervous looking (I make a similar noise when I find a REAL mouse), and then gets so happy to see that I brought her my fetch mouse... One time she even walked me downstairs and gave me a green bean for being a good boy! But lately I just get lots of Mommy snuggles, a drink from the bathtub and then a carry cuddle back to bed. Which is also totally awesome!
December 16th 2013 11:03 am
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Oh, I am all purrs today! Those kitten cousins came over for another weekend babysitting... They're getting bigger. And more bold. And more annoying. I am SO GLAD they went home yesterday.
This time they took my new fetch mouse that Mom had just made me and ran around the house playing with it. There's a big rule all the other cats in this house know: don't mess with the fetch mouse! Captain Morgan interferes with my fetch game by trying to sit in the middle of where I'm running. That's different. He's my Captain. And he's just trying to stop me from running around exercising, so we can get greenies and potatoes earlier... But even PurrC, who loves stealing toys from me so that I'll wrestle and chase him around, has figured out that the fetch mouse is MINE.
They also stole Moose's ear plug toys, tried to take a bell off the tree, derailed the Christmas tree's train, and used my litter box! How rude!!!
When Mom pulled out the fetch mouse yesterday morning, I sniffed it and hissed! Smelled like kitten spit! She went ahead and promised to make me a new one. Then packed the spoiled one off with the kittens... Good bye, kitten monsters! Hmpf!
November 18th 2013 3:02 pm
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Worst weekend ever!!! Apparently I have new baby kitten cousins. And apparently Mom agreed to baby sit them this weekend while my Aunt and Uncle were at a workshop near Duluth. So there were two teenier than me kittens racing around the house! Usually when we had foster friends, they were at least separated from us! But noooo, Mom said they had all their shots and stuff and were safe to run around in the day. (At night they were locked up to keep them safe... As if we'd do anything to them? Geez, Mom!)
This weekend, I discovered that I HATE kittens! Those guys have no boundaries. They just toddle and bounce all over, and when they walk into an area that is obviously my nap area for this part of the day, they just keep bopping around. Me hissing at them didn't make them leave, it just made them freeze and try to look all innocent and cute at me! I wasn't falling for that. So I'd just keep hissing, they'd keep freezing, and eventually Mom would come over an remove the stinky offensive kitten.
Moose never hissed at them. He did a lot of running up to them, then running away in a playful, but confusing manner for not-so-bright kittens. But the funniest was on Sunday when he ran up to them on the floor, flopped over in a classic Moose yoga position, and stared at them. The kittens were confused. They sat and stared back. Then one snuck up and sniffed at Moose's nose. It touched just the tip of Moose's nose, and Moose shot straight up and out of the room! Chirping all the way! It was funny and very very Moosie man like.
PurrC hissed at them a lot, but the last morning they were here he sat up on a chair, dangling his tail down as bait, and pawing softly at the kittens below. So I guess he kinda didn't mind the kittens after a while!
Captain Morgan usually is the one of us to cave in first and accept interloping foster kittens. But this time he looked at them, and then looked at Mom with an exhausted expression. She told Dad "It's almost like he's saying 'I've retired. I'm not licking those kittens. You keep care of your own kittens!'" Then he just hid in the bedroom most of the weekend lounging and napping. I held my ground and moved about to most of my usual nap spots.
But I didn't tell you the worst of it; they ate my POTATOES! Mom hand feeds me my potato treats lately, and she leaves the one or two I don't eat in a pile in a corner of the kitchen. I usually come over a few hours later and munch them down. But on Saturday before I could, one of those nasty little rug rats got over there and licked them all over, then ate one! Mom was surprised, I was horrified! MY potatoes, MY POTATOES!!! It was horrible.
I was so happy when Aunt and Uncle came to get them yesterday that I skipped all over the house! Toes bouncing, eyes gleeful, and my tail held high in a happy prancing dance! Chirp chirp chirps of jubilance! Oh, the best days are when kittens LEAVE! Please don't ever let your humans babysit kittens. It's a BAD idea!
October 18th 2013 3:15 am
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My chin is blue! I found Mom painting. And as usual, she was up on a step stool thing and not looking downward at her paint box and water cup. The water cup was kinda bluish white looking. The edge was bright blue, like she'd wiped a paint covered brush on it recently... I thought it looked tastey, so I reached my little face in and took a long drink of the weird colored water. Mom turned around and shrieked, "No! Sparkman, don't drink that!" She had her ipod right there. She tried to snap a quick picture and not giggle as she dragged me over to the sink. (But of course the photo is a bit blurry because she was giggling.) I sat there by the faucet drinking much better tasting water while she rubbed my chin and cheek all over with a wash cloth. I purred because in a way, it felt like she was licking me clean! And she didn't quite get all the blue off. So now I'm looking quite punk rock and beautiful... I'm orange and white and blue, how bout you?!
October 2nd 2013 9:29 pm
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I'm really really trying to be okay with the weather turning cold and the garden dying back. But you see, the weather's turning cold and the garden is dying back. And that just is the saddest thing! I LOVE the garden! I had such a great summer napping and playing under the green bean trellis, hunting in the butterfly garden, drinking out of the bird bath, and napping in the sun. It's hard to let all that go and admit that it's fall!
I've been very vocal to Mom about my displeasure about all this. We go outside, I ask for a green bean. She scours the fading leaves for a tender one, picks it for me. She holds it out, I sniff it and rub my face on it. Then I try and bite or lick it and I just make a face at her: Yuck! Mom! Then I walk over to the squash plant area. I used to find nice big leaves and tunnel around under them like I was stalking/hunting something. Now I just show her that all the leaves have died back or have mildew. I can't hide under dried vines. And the squashes are all gone! Why'd she take those inside?!
So then I take her over to the place she throws the rotty tomatoes and really tell her how gross they are! Mostly after that I just go back to the bird bath, take a sip and try to nap in the sunny grass and dirt patches... Dream of summer! Pout pout. How can it be gone already!?! Whaaaa!
August 26th 2013 1:15 pm
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Oh! It's really truly my birthday?! Whoaaaa! Thank you friends!!! I'm spending my day relaxing in my favorite chair. It's too hot to go outside, but Mom says maybe once it's evening she'll take me for a stroll in the stroller or out on an evening moth hunt. Or BOTH because I'm the birthday boy!
For now, I'm just happy to have a nice quiet nap. Don't wake me up unless you have a green bean Mom!
Happy Birthday purrs! Thank you my friends for celebrating with me!!!
July 19th 2013 11:45 am
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Yet another wonderful summer day where I got to spend time in the garden! It's fun hunting bugs and sniffing the flowers. The black eyed susan ones are up and starting to bloom. They smell the best to me! Not the flowers, but the leaves and stems! I spent time just sitting next to one, purring, and rubbing my nose along the leaves. Mom came over to see if I wanted her to move my leash so I could explore another part of the garden... I just moved to the other side of the flower and kept sniffing. Ahhhh summer!
I've been super luck that she and Dad have let me out at dusk for a couple nights. I get to hop around in the un-mowed lawn and tackle moths! I'm pouncing and hopping all over in there. Moths are FUN! They are so very very tastey that when Mom tries to take me inside, I whimper at her to just let me eat one more moth!!! And the other night I was out long enough for it to get dark. Then these light-up bugs were flying around! I yelled at Mom when I saw one... MAWWW! There's glowing crazy bugs out here!!! And then I pounced on another moth. Purrrrrs
July 12th 2013 9:19 am
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I cuddled a thistle plant today, it was scratchy and wonderful. I found it under the bird feeder outside, and I was all purrs about it. I held it between my paws and rubbed my face all over it. Then I rolled on it, and took a short nap. Mom used to let me hang out near the rose bushes, and I'd do the same routine to the roses, followed by gnawing on the spikey thorny parts. For some reason, I'm not allowed near the roses any more... Oh, but purrrrrrs! Mom usually tares out thistle when she finds it around the yard so that she won't step on it in sandals later... But she says I can keep my one thistle plant since I seem to love it so very very much. That and she says, if I keep loving on it so much, it will die anyways... Oh, thistle! I love you so! Purrs!!!
July 4th 2013 7:04 am
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, Friends!
I'll be under the bed for the rest of the day.
Captain will be patrolling the ship for cannon fire.
Moose will probably join me, and PurrC will be in the basement until further notice.
Too many loud noises!
You can drop off my potatoes by Mom's night stand. Thanks!
June 29th 2013 6:08 am
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Mom gave me a belly ache yesterday! She was making a salad and it was FILLED with things I love to eat; lettuce, sugar snap peas, cucumbers... And she was making potato salad on the side too. At first I didn't notice all the awesomeness in the kitchen. But then she came over to where I was napping on the couch and offered me a snap pea. MOM! That's AWESOME! I chomped that down very very quickly. After that, I was just sitting beside her on the floor in the kitchen, giving her little whimpers and rubbing her leg. She'd give me a little piece every now and then. But most of the scraps were going in the compost bin beside her on the floor. So of course I was diving in and stealing cucumber skin and wimpy lettuce. She thought I was mostly playing with them, so she let me do it. But of course I was nibbling while I threw them around and pounced on them!
Then I felt kinda queezy and gacked a little into the bin. Mom looked down, petted me and moved the bin out of my reach. And of course thanked me for doing that in a garbage bin. At that point I realized that that was a bad idea to eat out of the garbage pile. I went and napped on the table for a while, gave Mom the grumps when she tried to pet me later.
I am feeling better this morning, though! So I had a wild wild game of fetch and did a lot of jumping up to grab the fetch mouse toy out of the air. I like hiding in the bathroom and pouncing out at it from behind the door... Then Captain Morgan came and sat super super close to where the game was going on, and since I never want to accidentally clobber my Captain, I calmed down. Mom calls this the "Captain interference!" He does it now and then to stop fetch time and get the morning progressing. Since after fetch time is treat time, he gets super excited to end fetch and get his greenies. I won't eat those things! But the other guys love them!
So with Captain sitting there stopping fetch game, I ran into the kitchen and waited for my usual treat; VEGGIES! Mom gave me one tiny piece of potato and said "That's IT today, Sparks! You need to lay off the veggies till your tummy's better." I reluctantly agreed, and am back in the sun room with Captain watching the birdies... It's rough being the orange goat, sometimes. I just want to eat ALL THE VEGGIES!
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