Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

We show gratitude today for those 
who gave their lives for our freedom.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop – The Mama Returns

Whatever happened to my mousie? ~Abbey

Happy Friday! Tina here. Abbey, Natasha, and Connor said they were tired of carrying on the blog for me while I was so busy. As of today, I’m on vacation (can you see me doing a happy dance right now?). So the kitties insisted I fill in the blanks today for the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader

Here are this week’s prompts:

Whatever happened to ____________________?

I always ________________________ on Memorial Day (or your country’s equivalent).

I used to wish ___________________, but _______________________.

I just cannot _________________, no matter ____________________.

And my answers:

Whatever happened to Wilford Brimley? (Sounds odd, but my husband and I saw him in an old movie recently and were wondering.)

I always think of my dad on Memorial Day (or your country’s equivalent). (A year before he passed away, I asked my dad what he thought about on Memorial Day. He served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He said he thought about the ones that didn’t come home and how thankful he was that he had.)

I used to wish for only good things to happen in my life, but now I hope for the grace to handle whatever comes my way.

I just cannot like cooked carrots, no matter how good they are for me.

Have a great weekend, humans and fur friends!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mancat Monday: Where have you been?

Happy Monday! Connor here for Mancat Monday.

I call this picture “Cold Shoulder.” It fits how I felt after this terrible weekend.

There’s a rule. Mama leaves the house in the morning for five days in a row and comes back at dinnertime. Always five days in a row. Then we have two whole days with her at home. Taking care of me. OK, taking care of all of us.

So I counted five days. 

But on Caturday, Mama got up and acted like she was going to work. And she did! She said she had to go work at a special event.

When she finally got home, we had already had dinner! She all sweet and lovey, and said she missed her “babies.”  *Connor makes air quotes with his paws.*

But she did it again! She got up yesterday and did the same thing! 

So I’m kind of giving her the cold shoulder. Don’t call me baby and then turn around and leave me!

She said she was sorry and in five more days she’s going to be on what’s called a vacation and will be home with us for nine days. 

I’m really glad she’s back to normal now. And she did seem sad about leaving us. But I’m going to do the cold shoulder thing just a little longer. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop - Natasha

Happy Friday! Natasha here. Today we are participating in Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader

Mama said I could have the honor of filling in the blanks for this week. So here goes!

These are the fill-ins for this week:

  1. Everyone should read _________________________.
  2. My first ________________________ was a _____________________.
  3. My favorite time of the day is ____________________, because___________________
  4. I think dreams ______________________________.

And here’s the way I filled in the blanks:

  1. Everyone should read a good cat care book.
  2. My first meeting with Mama and Papa was a wonderful day.
  3. My favorite time of the day is early morning, because Mama gets up and gives us breakfast and talks to us after being quiet for hours.
  4. I think dreams help us live a fulfilling life.

I had to think the most about the last one. So tell me, how you would fill in “I think dreams . . .“?

Join in on the blog hop for some fun! And have a great weekend, everybody!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mancat Monday: Contemplating

Happy Monday! Connor here for Mancat Monday.

Mama said I look like I’m contemplating life in these pictures.

I’m just thinking I should have gotten more breakfast. 

What are you doing on this Mancat Monday?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Scary Mystery Solved—Kind Of

Monday morning, after I gave the kitties their breakfast, I noticed a dark spot on the kitchen floor. I wiped it with a wet paper towel and saw that it was red. Blood.

The cats were all acting normally. They had eaten. I didn’t know where the blood had come from.

Larry and I looked around, and we found blood drops and specks in four different rooms in the house. The scariest sight was in the kitty Zen room. Blood was on the floor, with splatters on the wall above it.

The blood hadn’t been there the night before. It definitely looked like someone had been injured during the night. The blood splattered on the wall made us think there had been a cat fight. But we hadn’t heard anything. And the cats had never drawn blood before.

I called into work and told them I’d be late. We checked all three cats—no blood, no injuries. No sign of blood in the litter box. No blood on any of the places where they slept or looked out the windows. So where had it all come from?

I worried all day. Someone had been hurt. That really couldn’t be denied. But who?

I knew that a wound could easily become an abscess. My first cat Waddles had apparently gotten bitten by another cat in the shelter before I adopted her. A small scab became a huge abscess, and she had to have surgery. 

I wanted to keep that from happening now. But which cat did I take to the vet?

Larry checked them during the day and watched them. He found nothing, and they were acting normally. When I got home, I started examining them again.

Natasha was sitting on the window seat in the bedroom. I ran my fingers through her fur on top of her head and felt something. I pulled a claw out of her fur. It looked like one of the claws that cats shed.

In the light from the window, I saw a maroonish spot on her head. I wiped it off with a damp cloth. Blood. 

Larry and I couldn’t see any wound. And she didn’t appear to be hurting or sick. She played and ate. But I wanted to be sure she was OK. 

So the next morning, Larry took her to the vet. She found a scratch on the edge of Natasha’s left ear, in an area that would bleed a lot. The blood would probably splatter on a nearby wall if Natasha had shaken her head.

Natasha’s temperature was borderline. It may or may not have been related to the wound. But as a precaution, the vet gave her a long-lasting antibiotic shot.

And Natasha is fine. There is no swelling on her ear. She’s acting like Natasha. 

Natasha sitting in the living room in April.

I don’t know how she got hurt. I suppose it’s possible she scratched herself. But most likely she and either Abbey or Connor were swatting each other or fighting. 

I feel so guilty that she was injured sometime that night and I didn’t hear it. I didn’t know she was hurt. And I was reminded again how cats can hide their hurts and illnesses.

So mystery solved, kind of. We know where the blood came from, just not what led up to the injury.

I’m just thankful she’s OK.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On Wednesday—Home with Cats #12: Sun Spots

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
--Jean Cocteau

Many Wednesdays, we explore different ways home is changed, improved, and complicated when cats are part of that home.


Sun Spots




Friday, May 6, 2016

Tyrone and All Souls Connected

I want to tell you about a nonprofit that does amazing work for animals, and about the cat that inspired it.

Tyrone—also known as Ty Bean or Ty—was one of the first cats I followed on Facebook. By the time I found him in early 2015, he had been rescued, given a cancer diagnosis and just weeks to live, and had beaten the odds. 

The story of his rescue and his survival is one you will want to read, and is best told by two of his mommas, Maria and Beth, HERE.

Soon after I started following Ty, he got bad news. He was diagnosed with lymphoma. He received treatments. But then cancer affecting his eye came back with a vengeance and couldn’t be stopped. He made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge in October of last year.

His story is not over. You can follow the story on his Facebook page, Tenderness for Tyrone – A Legacy of Love. Because even though Ty faced many challenges in the two short years he was with Maria and Beth, he also showed them and all of his followers what it was like to live the best life he could.

Abbey with our King Ty Stuffy. The Stuffys are a beautiful rendition of Ty and
were created to raise funds for All Souls Connected and to raise awareness about
special-needs cats. Stuffys are still available--see Ty's Facebook page
for information on ordering.

He inspired his mommas, Maria and Beth and Amy, to start a nonprofit, All Souls Connected, which is a nonprofit committed “to the education and care for animals, earth & sky.”

He also inspired many people, including me, to not let problems and challenges get us so far down that we can’t see any light. He taught us to help others, especially the weak, the hurt, the sick, and the lonely, despite our own worries and struggles. He taught us that there is much to be done to help those with no voice, and we best get to it and do what we can.

Ty has his own book, a collection of imagined texts between Ty and his mommas.
This book moves me to tears and makes me laugh, sometimes
while reading the same page. It's available on Amazon.

I wanted to tell you about Ty because his story has helped so many people, including me. And the nonprofit he inspired continues to help animals in need. 

His Facebook page follows the journeys of his mommas as they rescue animals and care for them. Three of those animals have been Henry, a badly injured cat rescued from the streets of Philadelphia; Cecil, a FIV-positive cat with a bad eye; and JoJo, a blind kitty who is positive for feline leukemia. 

Did I mention that Maria and Beth seem to take the toughest cases? Their hearts are huge and though they have been broken many times, they continue with their work, knowing that Ty’s spirit is watching over them.

Our King Ty Stuffy sits in the kitty zen room beside a remembrance of Chase Bird
given to us by a friend. We call our kitty room--where kitties and humans
can relax--the kitty zen room because Ty had a Zen room
where he could relax and enjoy the quiet.

Once you learn more about Ty and his journey and the good work All Souls Connected does, I hope you’ll be inspired: to help them with their work; to keep on with the work you already do to help animals in need; and to learn from a cat with a bad eye, a crooked ear, and catitude to spare that the time we have here can be joyous no matter our circumstances.

Note: All Souls Connected can also be found on Facebook HERE.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Happy Birthday, Connor!

Happy Birthday, Connor!

Connor turns one year old today.

He told me that he didn’t want to wear a party hat for his birthday. He liked Abbey’s party hat a couple of weeks ago, but he wanted something different.

So we picked out some shades, and he was satisfied. 

We adopted Connor from our county’s shelter on Feb. 10. The paperwork from the spay/neuter clinic noted his date of birth as May 4, 2015, exactly nine months before they neutered him. I think they were guessing at his exact age, but we decided to keep May 4 as his birthday.

So it’s Connor’s day. If his day is a normal day, he will run around the house; jump on tables, chairs, counters, dressers, desks, and shelves; wrestle with Abbey and chase or be chased by her or Natasha; chew on his favorite soft wand toy; lay in his current-favorite box; bat around mousies; look for birds, squirrels, and bugs through the windows; roll the ball through the track toy over and over; swat at the butterfly toy; purr when I pick him up; and supervise his papa’s litter box cleaning.

Connor is a busy boy. He’s also adorable and sweet and cuddly.

We love you Connor Romeo, forever and a day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Natasha, what are you looking at?

Happy Monday and Happy May! Natasha here. No Mancat Monday this week because Connor will have a special post on Wednesday.

Here I am sitting on the window seat in the bedroom, looking out the window.

Do you know what I’m looking at?

Yep, that bit of blue is my Papa’s shirt. He’s walking into his shop. I’m keeping an eye on him.

If he’s going into the shop, does that mean he’s making something else for us?

Be sure and stop by on Wednesday. It’s a special day for us!