October 18th 2013 6:20 pm
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The happiest day in a kitty’s life is our Gotcha Day, don’t you think? It’s kind of a bittersweet day for our Mom because it also reminds her of the kitty she lost just before she adopted us, our angel brofur Carlos. He was a handsome tuxie like me, black and white, with beautiful green eyes. Dad named him Carlos, after guitarist Carlos Santana, one of Mom and Dad’s favorite musicians who is also from the Bay Area where we live.
Carlos stopped eating one day and Mom was heartbroken to find out that he had a large mass in his belly that turned out to be lymphoma. It was far too advanced to do anything to prolong his life, and he went to the Rainbow Bridge a couple of weeks later at the young age of nine. Mom cried and cried everyday for several weeks. She started thinking that she better find another cat soon because it was just too painful to be inside the house and not have a cat sleeping, eating, or playing somewhere close by. “Kitties make a house a home” our Mom likes to say.
She started looking on the Internet for cats to adopt through local rescue groups and the SPCA. A picture popped up one day of two black and white cats. I have to admit that Tully and I were pretty darn cute as kittens and it was hard not to stop and take a second look at our photo. Mom got on her email right away and sent a message to the rescue group – “are Lucas (my original name) and Tully still available for adoption”? Within a few minutes a reply came back. Mom’s heart skipped a beat. “Yes, they are. If you are interested in adopting them, please fill out the attached application.” Mom filled it out immediately and sent it right back. It was quite lengthy and asked a lot of questions, but Mom knew they were just trying to screen people and find out if she was really serious about adopting us. Mom passed the first step. Next, our foster Mom wanted to bring us by the house to meet if that was okay. Of course Mom said yes. We came over one evening after Mom and Dad got home from work. Foster Mom brought our carrier inside the house and out popped me and Tully. I immediately started roaming around the living room sniffing and exploring every nook and cranny. Dad thought I was a cool looking cat. He loved my markings, especially the big black spots near my nose and under my chin. I acted very confident and it was no surprise to my pawrents that I turned out to be the alpha cat and later king of the house. Dad still calls me “The King,” MOL.
Tully hid underneath the TV console where the DVD player and other electronic stuff are. He stared at Mom long and hard with eyes that looked a little frightened but also inquisitive as if asking “well, lady, are you going to adopt us?” That’s when Mom knew in her heart that we were "the ones."
The rescue groups in our area don’t normally like to adopt right on the spot, they like you to wait at least a day or two after you meet so you can think about it decide if it’s a good match. Mom and Dad were planning to go away on vacation in the next few days so Mom asked if we could stay with foster Mom until they returned. Foster Mom said she would bring us to the adoption fair near our house the following Saturday, and if Mom still wanted us, we would be waiting for her.
You can read Tully’s diary and find out about our first few nights in our forever home, but we adapted to our new home and bonded pretty quickly with Mom and with Dad. We always remember and thank our guardian angel, Carlos, on our Gotcha Day because without him, we would never have found this forever home.
Thank you to all our friends who stopped by to celepurrate this happy day with us!
August 1st 2013 6:20 pm
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Mom saw this article the other day called “10 Signs Your Kitty Actually Loves You.” Tully, Sammy, and Natasha do some of the things on this list, but Mom says I win the Love Bug prize paws down. I do every single thing that is listed here – I guess that makes me the ultimate Love Bug:
1. Head butting – I like to do this to Mom and to Dad. Every night when they are sitting in the living room, I walk in front of each of them and butt my head up against their legs, feet, anywhere I can touch them with my head and get their attention. Sometimes I leap into the air to butt my head against them.
2. Powerful purrs – Mom calls me her “purr machine.” Sometimes I purr so loudly in her ear, it’s hard for her to concentrate on what she’s doing. She always stops what she’s doing and starts giving me love rubs and neck scritches when she hears my mighty purrs.
3. Love bites – I love to nibble on Mama’s arm or face, not too hard, just enough to get her attention. Sometimes I bite her nose or forehead just enough to tickle. Mom calls these Lukey kisses.
4. Tail twitching - Mom says I have one of the biggest fluffiest tails she has ever seen, and I twitch it often. I love to strut my stuff!
5. Tummy up – several times a day I like to roll over on the carpet and expose my furry belly or roll over in my cat bad to get Mom’s attention…rub my belly - please!
6. Licking your hair or ears – not only do I lick Mama’s hair and ears, I like to lick her nose, her forehead, anywhere I can on her face. I’ve done this since I was a wee kitten, and it’s one of the reasons Mom calls me her “puppy cat.” Sometimes I act more like a dog than a cat – MOL, or is it BOL?
7. Kneading – I’ve always enjoyed “making biscuits” or kneading on Mom’s lap, on the blanket next to her in bed, or in my cat bed next to her on the couch. You’re never too old to act like a kitten. I also drool when I knead – hehehe.
8. Slow blinking – they say cats kiss with their eyes. I love to gaze at Mom while she’s sitting next to me on the couch and give her little kisses with my eye blinks.
9. Nap time – what’s better than snuggling next to your human when it’s time to take a nap? Humans are the ultimate cat warmer.
10. Gifting – I haven’t killed any live animals, but I sometimes take my catnip banana and drop it at Mom’s feet. I love my banana and will only share it with my Mom.
How many things on this list do you do?
Lukey the Love Bug
April 4th 2013 5:28 pm
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Mom finally had time to sit down and help me type my answers for the Spring Tag game. Thank you Samhain for asking me to play!
Five Things I Love About Spring:
1. Open windows – it’s like watching big screen TV in hi-def.
2. Bird watching – who can resist watching those little critters in action? They build nests, they dive bomb each other, and they are very interesting to watch. The only thing better would be Bird Tasting!
3. Going outside in the backyard and eating those succulent blades of grass – only problem is that the grass blades often come back up after I’ve swallowed them – yack!
4. Shrimp on the Barbie. Usually the peeps make us chicken, but occasionally we get shrimp, too. Nothing better than a backyard barbecue!
5. Longer days, more sunshine, and more outdoor time – we all love it, even the peeps seem happier.
If you haven't yet played, consider yourself tagged!
March 10th 2013 10:48 am
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Guess what furiends? Today marks four years that we have been on Catster ~ WOW! Where did the time go? Tully and I were not quite a year old when Mom first found Catster and made us pages. Now we are almost 5 years old, so we’ve practically grown up on Catster.
We've had lots of fun times here. I’ve been reflecting on these past years and thinking about all the reasons why we have loved being here and why we still enjoy being here.
Here is our Top 10 List of reasons we still love Catster:
#10 – Friends - We have made so many awesome pawsome friends on this website, so many kitties and their humans who have touched our lives in so many ways. Our Mom has even met some other Catster Moms in purrson. Kitties across the U.S., in Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, all over the world – where else can you meet so many furtastic people united in their love for cats?
#9 – Diaries – We have always enjoyed reading Catster diaries, that’s one of the reasons Mom got addicted to Catster in the first place. Funny, poignant, entertaining diary entries are always enjoyable to read. Sometimes the diaries are sad, especially when a friend is sick and journeys to the Bridge. We’ve probably cried as much as we’ve laughed over the diaries, but it’s how we stay connected to many of our friends.
#8 – Catster Honors – even though we are not as active on this site as we once were, all of us have enjoyed the honors bestowed on us – Cat of the Day, Diary of the Day, and Daily Diary Picks. We have received many beautiful mementos over the years from Catster pals celebrating our birthdays, Gotcha Days, and Catster honors – we will always treasure these wonderful memories.
#7 – World’s Coolest Dog and Cat Show – it’s a crying shame that it’s no longer around, but when Catster and Dogster held its annual photo contest with different categories such as Playful, Outdoors, Sleeping, etc. we loved looking over the photo entries and casting votes for our favorites – we even entered a few photos of our own in the contest. We really miss it and wish Catster would bring it back.
#6– Zach’s Parties – Our buddy Zach loves to throw parties in his diary, and we have enjoyed going to a few of them ~ we’ll never forget his Mardi Gras party, that one was over the top!
#5 – Samoa’s Dreamboat List – Tully and I were honored to make Samoa’s Official Dreamboat List in 2011 and Sammy was named a Dreamboat in Training in 2012. It’s always nice to get attention, especially from the ladies!
#4 – Free Gifts – We love, love, love when Catster has free gifts in the gift shop. With 4 cats in our family, our monthly zealie allotment is never enough. We love to be able to send birthday wishes, Gotcha Day, Bridge Day, and special honor rosettes and gifts to ALL our friends, but sadly we always run out every month and cannot always send a gift when we’d like to. I hope Catster continues to have free gifts, especially on or around holidays so we can send some love to our Catster pals.
#3 – Forums – we don’t visit the forums as much as we used to, but Mom has learned so much about feline health, nutrition, behavior and so much more, through the Catster forums – lots of great info and sharing of information there.
#2 –Groups – We have joined many groups on Catster over the years, unfortunately some of them are no longer active, but we always find the groups to be a fun and safe haven where we can see familiar faces, share a few laughs, and hang out with our friends.
#1 – Friends – This will always be the top reason we love Catster - the love and support we’ve received from our Catster pals has been the #1 reason we’ve hung around for 4 years and hope to be around for many more!
December 23rd 2012 10:13 am
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I thought I’d give my Mom some grey hairs last week by acting lethargic, not eating, and vomiting on the bedroom carpet in the middle of the night. Mom has never seen me as sick as I was, and it really worried her. She took me to see our Vet Lady the very next day who wanted to look in my ears and mouth, squeeze my belly, listen to my heart and lungs, and stick that dreaded thermometer up my bum ~ sheesh. She asked us all kinds of questions. Were there Christmas decorations, tinsel, or anything new in the house I might have gotten into and eaten? Nope. Did we change food recently? Nope, nothing Mom could think of. I acted as though I had a really bad case of the flu.
Vet Lady said I had a fever and probably an infection going on, inflammation in my belly, or maybe both. She told Mom we could start conservative with medications and fluids and see how I do over the next couple of days. If I wasn’t feeling any better, I could come back for an ultrasound and some blood work. I forgave Vet Lady for sticking that thermometer up my bum after she said I was very handsome and had “gorgeous whiskers.”
The past few days have been up and down for me, with occasional bouts of throwing up, but I am finally starting to eat a little more and show signs of improvement. I even jumped up on the bed this morning and licked Daddy on the nose, a definite sign I am feeling more like my old self. Thank you to every buddy who pawmailed and sent me POP and purrs. We really appreciate all the love and caring from our pals.
September 22nd 2012 7:10 am
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Since I woke Mom up at the crack of dawn this morning, she’s been up for several hours now drinking coffee and looking out the front window watching all the leaves drop off the tree in the front yard. It reminded her to change our Catster page backgrounds to fall themes - no more beaches of Santa Cruz, surfboards, and waves washing up on the shore. Summer is over and fall has definitely arrived.
When Mom changed our backgrounds, she moved some of our photos around and guess what? Every single caption is missing from my photos, all 164 of them. Darn fleas. I am meowless, I don’t know when we’ll be able to rewrite all my photo captions. Hope everyfur is having a beautiful Caturday and enjoying the fall leaves.
July 29th 2012 8:25 am
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Last night we were watching our favorite Dude on Animal Planet, Jackson Galaxy. If you’ve never seen the show “My Cat From Hell,” this big tattooed guy Jackson makes house calls to owners and their kitties that are having “behavioral issues.” The humans don’t understand why the cat is acting out, so Jackson makes suggestions on changing their environment, giving them more vertical space, playing more with kitty to tire him out, etc. Growling, hissing, biting cats are usually transformed into calm, docile, little lovebugs once Jackson gets through working with them.
Last night Jackson worked with a cat named Roscoe and his owners. Roscoe was described as “Dennis the Menace” and “king of his castle.” Mom thought Jackson was talking about me at first, MOL. I’m not quite as bad as Roscoe was, but we have a lot of similarities. He jumped all over the counters, tables, and mantles and would knock things on the ground. I love to knock things off tables and dressers. I am also king of my castle.
When his owner was cooking in the kitchen, Roscoe would jump up on the counter and help himself to the food that was being prepared. Jackson concluded that Roscoe was just bored and had an incredible amount of energy. Of course more play sessions were recommended. To stop Roscoe from jumping up on the kitchen counters, Jackson recommended that Roscoe have his own chair in the kitchen so he could watch from his own spot. But here’s the best part. Jackson taught the owner to clicker train Roscoe so he would stay on the chair. As a reward he got pieces of steak!
I hope my pawrents learned something from this episode. I need more rewards, it’s that simple. Steak sounds like the purrfect treat! Good kitty!
June 17th 2012 12:02 pm
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We may be a bunch of Mama’s boys in our house, but we do love our Dad. He may not clean the litter boxes or feed us like Mom does, but he sure knows how to have fun. He’s a pro at playing with our fishing pole cat toys and can get us to run, jump, and do back flips on the living room carpet. Even Mom can’t do that.
It’s a very sad time for many of us in Catsterland right now. I don’t think I need to give any details, most of you already know what I’m talking about. We have been very sad and disappointed to see so many of our friends leave this site, not that we blame them. We never understood why kitties would go over to FB when there’s Catster, but now we understand. We’re not leaving Catster, but we do want to keep in touch with some of the friends who have left and gone to FB, so that’s why you’ll find us over there sometimes.
Sending hugs and purrs to Eva and the family of Ollie. We are heartbroken and in shock that he left us so suddenly for the Bridge. Also sending mega purrs to our longtime pal Joey. He has a complete urinary blockage and is in serious condition right now at the vet’s and may undergo surgery. We're purring very hard that he recovers, we can’t bare to lose any more friends.
On a happier note, Happy 4th Birthday to our sweet pal Lacey Bug. Happy Father’s Day to all the Cat Daddies out there.
May 26th 2012 8:00 am
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Yesterday was a horrible, awful day. Just horrible. Mom and Dad moved all the furniture around in the early morning, including all our cat furniture, and created utter chaos in the house.
Mom got the vacuum monster out and started cleaning every nook and cranny she could find. Room by room she came in with the terrible monster and cleaned. We’d hide in one room and then have to run out and find another room to hide in when the monster came after us. If that wasn’t bad enough, she got Dad's Shop Vac out of the garage and started using that inside the house. That thing is so loud it scared all of us silly. She sucked up every trace of dust and cat fur that she could find behind every door, along every wall, and every window sill. She even took the darn thing in the kitchen and vacuumed behind the stove and the refrigerator. The monster was on a mission to eliminate every dust bunny it could find.
When Mom was done with all her cleaning, 2 scary men showed up at the front door just after lunch with ANOTHER vacuum monster. This one was HUGE with a long tail attached to a truck in our driveway. The men came inside with the scary monster and started using it on the carpets. All of us ran for cover and didn’t come out until the terrible monster was gone.
Now the carpets are all clean and they smell weird. They don’t smell like us kitties at all. There’s no trace of dust or fur anywhere. Even Dad commented how clean the house smells. Mom says she isn’t sure how long that clean smell will last.
I think I feel a hairball coming up – MOL.
March 31st 2012 10:09 am
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I guess I was a very bad kitty last night. I kept jumping onto the ledge of the bedroom window and made all kinds of noise by playing with the blinds trying to wake Mom up. She woke up but didn’t get out of bed right away. So I jumped up on the dresser and starting knocking all her stuff on the floor. A hairbrush, bottle of hand lotion, a picture frame. That did the trick. She got up and opened a drawer on the night table. Wait a minute…what is THAT? Oh my cat, here she comes with that dang calming collar. That thing stinks! I ran away from her but she caught me in the living room.
I hate this thing. It’s a big ol’ choke collar filled with some smelly stuff that turns me into a docile and mellow kitty. That’s not me at all. It’s been awhile since she’s had to use it with me and I only wear it if I am extra naughty. A big storm blew in this morning and it’s raining pretty hard right now so Mom thinks that might be the reason for my bad behavior. I’m pretty calm now and I’m just watching the rain from my cat perch in the front window.
The Bad Boy,
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