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Let's have a little fun

October 15th 2011 7:08 pm
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A few funny things happened lately that have Mom kinda quietly laughing to herself and wondering....is she a Crazy Cat Lady?

What are the signs that one has become a Crazy Cat Lady/ Crazy Cat Dude? In all fun of course.

Here are a few of her signs....

She keeps a picture of me on her desk at work.

The "cat items" in her cart at Wal-Mart the other night outnumbered "regular items" by a margin of 7 to 1. She had 1 big container of litter, 3 twelve packs of cans, 12 loose cans, a harness for me, and 2 bags of crunchy food. She bought dip for herself!

She has taken to shopping for our supplies at more than one store so clerks don't ask......So, How many cats do you have?

She and her boss were at a conference/trade show last week and today he asked her if she wanted the tote bag and the posters with pictures of cats on them.....What's up with that?

Mom's Mom cuts articles out of the paper about Cat Hoarders and leaves them around for my Mom to see.

We eat all our meals before she does! And we eat out of nice glass dishes...Mom sometimes uses paper plates or re-useable plastic ones.

Mom is on Catster more often than she is on her own Facebook page and will readily admit to friends that this is much more fun!

So what are your signs that tell the world that you are a Crazy Cat Lady/ Crazy Cat Dude? Mom is still thinking of more...but that might only prove how crazy she is. What do you guys want to add?

 

Missing Cat.... Madison, Wisconsin

September 30th 2011 8:12 pm
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Our friend,Ingen,has escaped from a hotel in Madison,WI during her family's move! URGENT! ALL CATSTERS IN THE MADISON AREA PLEASE BE ON WATCH FOR INGEN! WE MUST FIND HER & RETURN HER SAFELY HOME!!

 

How much rain did we get?

September 28th 2011 11:39 am
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I think Mom mentioned last night at Sleep and Samhain's party that we were having bad thunderstorms and lots or rain. We were all a little nervous because the rain was just pounding down on the roof and the lightening was flashing and the thunder was cracking! There were not enough beds to hide under.

How much rain did we get?

4.6 inches

Probably not a record amount for a 24 hour period; but it is a considerable amount because of how much rain we have had this month. The ground is so saturated that rain doesn't want to sink in. It just ponds on top.

Mom did some calculating. 1" of rain on 1 square foot area weighs 5.2 lbs. So you could say that we had 23.92 lbs of rain!
Wow...that weighs more than Ivan! (Sorry, bro!)

We had some streets that were blocked and some that were washed out. An area a few miles north of us had a creek that flash flooded and about 20 people had to be taken from their homes by boat.

We are fine except for a little water in the basement. Stay safe and dry my friends! Till next time...

Purrs, Skylar

 

Catching up on a few things

September 24th 2011 7:38 am
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First things first! I and of course, all of my furry family, want to say thanks to everyone for all our Pirate Day gifts. Mom missed out on gift giving because things were a little hectic here.

We want to thank Friskie, Homer, Kibble, Francis and family, Miranda, Miles, Cookie, Linus, Lucy, Lottie and family, Colette Sidonie-Samantha, River and Simone, Sigmond, Luke, Tully, Sammy and Natasha, Monida, Jezebel, Nadia and Gump, Sleeper and Samhain, Teddy Bearz, Alfie, Milo, Ollie and Katerina, Ingen, Novi, Samoa, Hunter, Tate, Sammy, Tink and Snow, Nellie and Alexis, Da Tabbies O Trout Towne, Griswold, Zach and Zoe. And yes, thank you Anonymouse (who ever you may be). I hope we didn't miss anybody.

We had an awesome pirate day (week) with lots of presents, and having the chance to sail the high seas with Zach and Zoe. Thanks for letting us on your ships. It was so much fun!

Mom also wants to thank everyone for their purrs for Rusty. The power of the paw and your purrs came through big time. He is home, he is eating very well, and getting to be more and more like his old self each day. He is currently on 7 different meds and Mom is so thankful for the creator of pill pockets for cats! Whoever you are, you are a genius! He goes in for bloodwork on Tuesday to check all his levels.

Kitten update: The kittens are messy! They walk through their food. How silly is that? Then they climb up Mom's jeans and leave her smelling like a can of tuna! Several of the little ones got their first shampoo and blow dry because their fur was caked with food. They don't seem to mind the dryer and they love to snuggle and cuddle in the warm towel with Mom.

We miss seeing everybody, we'll try to be around more now that things are calming down. We are looking forward to the party on Tuesday night.

Purrs and furry head nudges to all,

Skylar

 

Quick Update on Rusty and Kitten Kindergarten

September 21st 2011 2:36 pm
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Just wanted to give you a quick update.

Mom is going tonight after work to pick up Rusty. His Doctor said he can come home. His fever is staying down and so is his food. They have been syringe feeding him because he would not eat for them, or for Mom when she went to visit him yesterday. The doctor feels he will do better in his own home. He will be on antibiotics and something to help his gall bladder. Mom will know more later. She did ask the doctor about IBD. the doctor said it awas an excellent question and that there is a link between pancreatitis, liver problems and gall bladder stuff; but she does not believe that this is the case for Rusty based on his symptoms and test results.

Mom says thanks for all the purrs, comments, suggestions. She doesn't know what she would do without your support.

Kitten kindergarten is going very well. The Magnificent Seven seem to be doing pretty well. They are sleeping all through the night, eating pretty well. And for the most part, are using the box consistently. They line up after they eat to get their faces washed with a washrag. They are pathetically sloppy eaters, they walk in the food, they slurp the food. They are really cute. I sometimes sit vigil outside their door when they are noisy. Once they quiet down, them my "job" is done.

 

Oh the Insanity! I thought We Were Done!

September 20th 2011 6:57 pm
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Just wanted to fill everybody in on the current level of insanity at our house.

Rusty is still in the hospital. He went on Sunday morning. He has pancreatitis and some inflammation of the gall bladder. I did ask his doctor about IBS aand she does not believe that IBS is involved. It seems some sneaky bacteria traveled the wrong way from my intestines into the gall bladder and caused an infection. Rusty still is not home because he still has a fever and has yet to eat solid food on his own. They are syringe feeding him and it is staying down and they also are giving him an IV. Mom took a run up to see him today, took him some of his favorite foods, got to meet his doctor and spend some time with Rusty. He was very awake and alert, and except for not eating, was very much like himself. We are expecting a call soon for our nightly report and will also talk to his doctor tomorrow morning. Please keep purring for him to eat.

Sunday was the start of a crazy week. It started with a phone call from a neighbor about a cat that had been hit by a car on our street. Sadly the cat turned out to be the feral queen of the neighborhood also the Mom of our Roni, Maedia, Ivan, Percy, and Skittles. We had set traps for her every summer and were never able to catch her. She is buried in our yard, it seemed to be one of her favorite places in our neighborhood.

Two hours later Mom was on her way with Rusty to the hospital.

Monday brought the realization that the feral queen had a litter of orphaned little ones left behind. We called our local shelter, they had no cages and no foster families available.

We called the next closest shelter which will not accept them till they are at least 8 weeks old and weigh two pounds. we know that if we leave them out, they will not survive.....so you guessed.

We now have 7 temporary boarders at our house until November 1st. That is the appointment that the shelter gave us.

They are currently 4 weeks old. They are eating watered down soft food and some moistened kitten chow. Mostly they are using the litter box, with a few little mistakes here and there. They are confined to a bedroom in our house. They sleep most of the night, but as soon as they hear our voices they begin to meow for food and attention.

Mom also had to take her Mom for two early morning doctor appointments and go to a wake for a co-worker who passed away. In between all of that, there is our feeding and playtimes plus work and housework. And yes, even a little Catster time!

We also want to say thanks for all the cool pirate stuff. Mom knows she will never be able to send out all the "thank yous" that she needs to, but we were thrilled to get so many! She will probably do another diary entry about that later this week or on the weekend.

I guess that's it. It sure is enough!

 

My brother needs purrs

September 18th 2011 1:26 pm
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Just wanted to post a quick entry. My brother Rusty is in the hospital. Mom took him this morning. He was vomiting on Friday, several times, and would not eat or drink yesterday. He was not himself yesterday and even after a good night's sleep, he was very lethargic today. She did not want to wait another day to go to our regular vet, so she took him to the hospital that is about 40 minutes north of us. They did blood work and a urinalysis and an x-ray (to rule out ingesting a foreign body), a quick ultrasound of his bladder and they are giving him fluids. Tomorrow they will be doing an ultrasound and he will be seeing an internist. They think it could be pancreatitis, but there is also inflammation around the liver and the gall bladder. Tomorrow's test may give us a better idea of what is going on.
Please keep him in your purrs, please don't use your zealies and send gifts, just send a thought his way for a good recovery. Mom is surprised at how quickly he got sick. He had been eating well, playing, using his box right up until Friday morning. Other than the occasional hairballs, he is not one to ever really get sick. Thanks,
Skylar

 

I am a tough pirate but...

September 13th 2011 7:56 am
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Yep, I am a tough pirate sailing with Captain Dread Zaxery Drake but I do admit I missed my Mommy a little bit while she was away. She came home yesterday from her voyage to the sea and I followed her all around the house and snuggled with her most of the night.
I do believe I will be fine on the ship with Capt. Drake, we will be so busy, I will not have time to miss my Mommy. I am the boatswain/ petty officer and will be planning, scheduling, and assigning work. I inspect our vessel and can call for cleaning, painting and maintenance of our vessel's hull and deck equipment.
Here are a few more details about my job. A boatswain's skills may include cargo rigging, winch operations, deck maintenance, working aloft, and other duties required during deck operations. The boatswain is well versed in the care and handling of lines, and has knowledge of knots, hitches, bends, whipping, and splices as needed to perform tasks such as mooring a vessel. The boatswain typically operates the ship's windlasses when letting go and heaving up anchors. Moreover, a boatswain may be called upon to lead firefighting efforts or other emergency procedures encountered in the inherently dangerous environment of a ship.
So there you have it. I will definitely be too busy to even think about my Mommy. She will have to sit home and worry about me this time!

 

The Return of Aunt Anita

September 7th 2011 7:38 pm
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Mom is going on vacation to the beach for a few days and Aunt Anita is coming to stay with us. She came over to visit on Monday night, so we suspected something was going to happen. And then the travel bags appeared and the beach box and the cooler. We know what's going on!

Mom stocked up on cat food and treats and people snacks for Aunt Anita. While Mom was preparing for her trip, I gathered the furry family and we prepared for Aunt Anita.

We have our assigned roles. We know who is to splash the water out of the fountain in the kitchen. Who will put the toy mice in Aunt Anita's shoes. Who will bang on the kitchen cupboard to get her attention and get her to give us treats. Who stare at nothing on the ceiling just to give her the willies. Who will nearly trip her on the steps (we never do this at the top, but at the last step where there is a landing and a turn---Mom knows to just stop and wait for us to all bound down the steps and past her)

We of course have also planned our snuggle times. Who gets to sit by her at the kitchen table, who gets to be on the recliner with her, and who gets the head and who gets the feet in bed.

Mom will try to check in on Catster from time to time. We hope we do not miss too much. Please stay dry, safe and watch out for the flooding. Our purrs go out to all who have been affected by the storms. Central and Northeastern PA has gotten hammered with rain and the creeks and rivers have risen quickly. Stay safe!

Hugs and purrs,
Skylar

PS Thank you to all my friends for helping make my birthday so special. I appreciate all the gifts and comments and well wishes. You guys are awesome!

 

Eeek A Mouse!

August 31st 2011 7:22 pm
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Mom was down the basement tonight and saw a mouse. She squealed and called for back-up! Rusty has been sent down to assist with finding the mouse. My feeling are kinda hurt that she didn't ask me. Hmmm. We'll just see what Rusty can do! If he can't maybe Mom will have to ask me.

We had two mice get in last year in the fall.
Mom can't figure out how they get in or why they would try to get in a house that has eight cats! Pretty crazy mice if you ask me!

 
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