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Now You See It, Now You Don't...Hey What's Going On?

January 15th 2012 7:01 pm
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Ok, I just tried to upload two photos. They show up in my photo manager. I put them in order, save them and then go to see my page and they are nowhere to be found. If I click on my page to see my plus photos there is only one page....You know as well as I do, Mom has lots of pictures of me! If I go back in to manage photos they are all where they should be.... What's going on? Did Mom have a few too many? Is the cold weather slowing her brain? Is is a flea?

 

We Had a Visitor too!

January 14th 2012 2:05 pm
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We had a visitor last night. And although it is not nearly as exciting as Snow's Daddy coming for a visit to Snow and Tink's home, it was something different.

Last night was very cold and windy. As you might remember, we have an outside semi-feral cat. She got fixed in December and not all her belly fur has grown back yet. We have a shelter for her. It is an insulated wooden box that has hay and cedar shavings in it. It is kept under our picnic table which is then covered pretty good with tarps to break alot of the wind and keep the rain and snow out.

Well, last night she was complaining about her accommodations and the weather. She was meowing, loudly at our back door. She had fresh food, water that was not frozen, but she wanted something else.....

She wound up spending the night in our mudroom. She slept on warm towels in a cat carrier. The room is not heated, but it sure was warmer in there compared to outside. We didn't hear a peep out of her all night, in fact even when we were all moving around in the kitchen and Mom was getting our breakfast ready, she was very quiet.

She had a litter box in with her. Mom had stuck her paws in it, like you would to show a kitten. The poor thing must have been so tired, she didn't even use the box all night. After breakfast, Mom opened the back door. Gave her the choice..... Then sun was shining and she trotted off down our yard. We have not seen much of her today, but if she is back tonight, I suppose her room will be waiting for her.

Boy, I wonder what this is leading too!

 

Happy New Year!

December 31st 2011 7:52 pm
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We just wanted to stop in before heading to the party with Zach, Zoey and Gris to wish everyone a wonderful New Year! So let's raise a glass and toast to our wonderful friendships, good health, a hope for better days to come!

We also want to say thanks for all of you who made our
Christmas Holiday extra special this year. For kisses under the misteltoe, for greeting cards,and for Catster gifts, comments , and good wishes. You sure helped to make Christmas Merry and Bright!

A special thank you to Zach, Zoey and Gris for the Christmas present. The party never stops! Those toys bring us hours of enjoyment! You guys are such awesome friends!

Happy New Year!

 

Shopping for Mom

December 17th 2011 1:01 pm
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Christmas is almost here and let me tell you, it is tough for cats to shop for humans! First off, alot of us are indoor cats. We can't exactly get to the mall very easily. Secondly, not many of us are gainfully employed. Thirdly, we get on the internet pretty often, but our Mommy hides her MasterCat and passwords from us. So what were we to do? We wanted to chip in and get something really special for Mom for Christmas.

Here's what we did. We had to earn some money to buy the awesome present! (We'll tell you what the present was later in this diary entry). Some of us gathered loose money from the sofa and recliners - a grand total of $1.47 , some of us sold our least favorite toys on the internet, some posed as models for calendars and lingerie, one did some telemarketing, and another raided Mom's change jar. It took about a month, but we scraped up enough to get Mom her dream present.

You might know that Mom has been a New York Yankees fan since she was a little girl. You might know that we are from Hazleton, PA (the hometown of the Manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, Joe Maddon). You might know that Yogi Berra is one of Mom's all-time favorite players! For Christmas, we got Mom her ticket to a fundraising dinner held in our town last night. Joe Maddon is trying to raise funds for a Community Center in our city. Mom got to meet Joe Maddon, Don Zimmer, Russ Canzler (1st Base, Rays), Sgt. Slaughter from the WWE and and her beloved Yogi Berra!

She came home on cloud nine last night and hugged and kissed us and danced us around the house. Yikes! What a reaction! We were glad we could do this for Mom, because we know and really appreciate how much she does for us every day. On behalf of all the cats in this house, Merry Christmas Mom! We love you!

 

Trap, Neuter and then Release... Mom, Please follow all 3- Steps

December 13th 2011 4:58 pm
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We have a had a cat hanging around in our yard all summer. She is the grand-daughter of the mother of most of my siblings. Sadly, both the mother and daughter were hit by cars this summer. She hangs around alot, yet managed to never show herself when it was time to take kitties to shelters.

Mom didn't want her to become like her grandmother, having litter after litter and too feral to even be trapped. So we have been courting her, wooing her, bribing her to be comfortable with us. She will even sometimes allow Mom to hold her...sometimes! We lured her into our mudroom and were able to crate her and take her to vet who does a low cost spay neuter and his comfortable working on ferals.

She went last night at 8pm and can be picked up tonight after 8. So...steps 1 and 2 are complete. Step 3 is "release", which I have decided that Mom needs to be reminded. "Released" means "let go", "set free from containment". In other words, Mom, release her OUTSIDE, please! One quirky calico sister is enough!

Maybe I'm selfish, but I just don't want her in the house. I want my Mom time!


Mom's note. It seems from when we moved here, 10+ years ago, there has always been alot of feral cats in the neighborhood. Most being very fearful of human contact. We have been trying , along with another neighbor, to do our part to control the population. Our outside kitties are always treated well. They get fresh food and water, have an insulated house to sleep in here and at the neighbors and will get medical care if necessary.

 

Have You Seen Her?

December 8th 2011 12:25 pm
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With my thanks to the Chi-Lites for letting be borrow their lyrics without ever even asking...Hope they don't mind...

I know I can't hide from a memory
'Though day after day I've tried
I keep sayin' she'll be back
But today again I lied

Oh, I see her face everywhere I go
On the street, and even at the picture show
Have you seen her?
Tell me, have you seen her?

Oh, I hear her voice as the cold winds blow
In the sweet music on my radio
Have you seen her?
Tell me, have you seen her?

Why, oh, why
Did she have to leave and go away (oh, yeah)


This song is dedicated to Nellie. Remember Nellie? She was my sweet and lovely Valentine from last year. I have been looking for her for a while and can't find her. Has anyone seen her or know what happened? I miss her....sigh....

 

Fleas Release Me....Let Me Go

November 4th 2011 7:55 pm
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As I mentioned in an earlier diary, the foster kitties had fleas. Well, the kitties are gone and the fleas are still with us. Mom found one on me today and one on Skittles and she has seen several of my siblings who seem itchier than usual. She has been vacuuming alot and washing throw carpets and bedding but she knows we must do more.

Do you get flea treatments? What do you use? Do you get it from the Vet? From the store? Or online?

What about the carpets? We don't think we need to fog the house. It does not seem that serious, yet.

What do you recommend?

 

Best wishes to our little friends

November 1st 2011 7:09 pm
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Today is a bittersweet day in our house. The Magnificent 7 went to the shelter today. We had 7 foster kitties that we were raising because they were too young to go to the shelter. Their Mother was a neighborhood feral cat that got hit by a car on our street. Their Mother was also the Mother of our Percy, Ivan, Roni, Maedia and Skittles. We had set traps for her for three summers to get her spayed but she would never trip the trap, no matter what we used for bait. She was one street smart Mama!

Anyway...we had called the shelter and they would not take them because they were so young. They want them to be at least 8 weeks old and over 2lbs. So, of course, we brought them in our house. They were a lot of work, but it was very rewarding to see them thrive and flourish. They grew bigger and stronger each day and we marveled as their little personalities developed. One was a neck snuggler,draping itself over your shoulders. One was a toy thief, carrying off little mice with 6 siblings chasing it around the room. One was a leg climber, good thing it was not shorts weather! One reminded Mom of the Tribbles from Star Trek!

Mom would barricade the upstairs hallway and let them out to play and run around. They would chase balls and each other the whole length of our house. I would stand at the top of the steps and keep watch. Boy, they sure were amusing.

So I will miss those little cuties. I like having little ones in the house. They weren't supposed to mix with us, because they had not been tested for any illnesses, but Mom couldn't seem to stop me. I was just too nosy!

They went to a shelter which is not a no-kill. We do not have a no-kill in our county and the out of county ones are not accepting kittens from other counties because they are crowded. The shelter they went to does move alot of kittens, they have more trouble adopting out older cats. They also place their cats and kittens at Petco and Petsmart and hold lots of adoption events; so they have an excellent chance for adoption. But please give a little purr that they find loving forever homes.

 

Thanks for making my Gotcha Day so special

October 29th 2011 7:37 pm
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I wanted to thank you all for making my Gotcha Day so special. I think it is even better than a birthday. It marks the day I came to stay at my forever home. A home that is warm, there is plenty of food, there are humans to play with and my furry brothers and sisters to snuggle with. Don't know where I would be if Mom wasn't in the yard that day. Plus I wouldn't have all these great friends..... your gifts and comments on diaries and pictures mean alot to us.


Thank you to....

Tink and Snow for the spider that can spell (I will call her Charlotte)

Milo for the zipping and zooming bat

The family of Luke, Tully, Samantha and Natasha for the black cat (he looks a little scared right now, but I think he will calm down)

Da Tabbies O Trout Towne for the Adopt a Pet Ribbon

Ingen for an Adopt a Pet Ribbon

Meep for the football (baseball is over, now the seasons have officially changed!)

Tate for the pumpkin (Good thing you picked it when you did, otherwise it might be buried under all the snow)

The family of Misha, Samsara, Colette Sidoni-Samantha and more for the heart

Nellie for the heart. I'm sorry I can't put a link to your page but Catster can't seem to find you right now.

Alley Cat Angel for the pumpkin (I think we need to put the oven on and make a pie!)

Nellie and Alexis for the Yellow Star (It is shining brightly!)

Alley Cat Angel for the pumpkin (I think we need to put the oven on and make a pie!)

Littleboy for the pumpkin (It is really wonderful sharing my gotcha day with you!)

Plus many more thanks to all of you for your comments and reminding my Mom that I am a Dreamboat and a Sexy Mancat. She usually just sees me as her little boy in the classy gray suit.

 

Things That Are Hard to Believe

October 28th 2011 2:16 pm
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Mom was just checking the computer quick before supper and just kept saying. "Oh, I can't believe it!" What Mom? What?


First she said "These girls....they think you are a sexy mancat! And it's not just one..... It's a bunch of really cute girl cats. Even the dudes think you are sexy, in a manly way of course!" She turns to me slowly and said, "What have you done?" I just sat and looked at her, giving her a tilt of the head and long slow blink.

She smiles at me , scratches me on the head and says, "I can't believe you are here 4 years now. (Today is my Gotcha Day) Boy the time sure goes fast". For a while, when I was first diagnosed with my heart problems, Mom didn't know what to expect. She just hoped and prayed for the best and that I would be here for a while, and that she she would give me the best possible care and love for whatever time we have together. (I think you are going to be stuck with me a long time Mom!)

Then she turns to the weather report.... types in our city and sees a weather warning for 9.1" of SNOW! Again comes the phrase...."I can't believe it" "In October?" "Are they nutz?"


Thank you to all of you for the great comments, for saying I am sexy (blushes), and for the gifts and rosettes. A more formal thank you will come tomorrow (Hopefully when Mom is off from work due to SNOW!)

Get your bread and milk! Hugs and purrs,
Skylar

 
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