Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cat Relationships: Natasha and Abbey

Relationships among cats who live together can be a mystery. Some cats seem to bond immediately. Others live together for years and still hiss at each other in passing. 

In our household, Abbey and Connor are closer than the two girls or Natasha and Connor are to each other. 

But sometimes I see Natasha and Abbey together, birdwatching or lounging or napping. Sometimes they touch noses, stare at each other, and then they go on their separate ways. Sometimes one swats the other, and then they go on their separate ways. Then they surprise me when one bathes the head of the other.

I guess cats’ relationships are at least as complicated as human relationships.


Nap time

How do the cats in your household get along?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins Blog Hop: with Connor

Happy Friday, everyone! We are joining the Friendly Fill-ins Blog Hop hosted by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader.

We enjoy participating in this blog hop because the fill-ins always make us think, and we enjoy learning more about our fellow bloggers. 

This week, Connor is helping with the answers.

1. A recurring dream I have is _____________________.

2. Turn ______________ into ________________________.

3. ______________ is driving me crazy!

4. Lately, I have been ________________.

1. A recurring dream I have is one where I have enrolled in college courses, and classes have started. But I can’t find my class schedule or get to class. (Connor: In a recurring dream I have, I’m riding on a skateboard down the street with my squirrel friends.)

2. Turn worries about criticism into opportunities to improve in something. (Connor: Turn a box into a hide-out place so you can jump out and scare everyone!)

3. My hair is driving me crazy! I got it cut short in February, and I haven’t been happy with it. I am growing it out, and this in-between state is driving me crazy. (Connor: My fur is driving me crazy! It is growing back from my surgery, but this in-between state is driving me crazy.)

4. Lately, I have been having a hard time sleeping. I have been taking some allergy medicine, and it seems to make me restless. (Connor: Lately, I have been having a hard time keeping to my nighttime snooping schedule. Mama gets up and down, up and down, all night.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pictures from Home

I love being at home with my cats. During the day, they sleep a lot, but they still find time to follow me around or sit nearby. They let me join them at the window to watch birds and squirrels. I’m around to hug them and make over them.

I’m not yet at a place in my life where I can be a stay-at-home cat mom. Larry is retired. I’m glad he’s home a lot so he can keep an eye on the kitties. But sometimes I get jealous.

Like the day I was at work, and I received a text from Larry with this picture.

Natasha was sitting on his nap, and he wanted to share. He loves the cats as much as I do and loves when they hang out with him. 

I was happy that Larry was happy, happy that Natasha was happy. But I couldn’t help feeling a little sad that I wasn’t at home with them.

At least when I get home from work, the kitties usually look glad to see me and tell me about their day. And at least I get weekends off! 

Do you miss your pets when you’re not home?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Father’s Day to our Papa

Abbey, Natasha, and Connor here. We want to wish our Dad, who we call Papa, an early Happy Father’s Day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month




June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, a good time to remind ourselves and others why adopting from a shelter is so important.

Recently, one family surrendered 30 cats to the animal shelter in my county. Apparently, the people had been trying to feed stray cats, but had not taken the crucial step of having the cats spayed and neutered. So the 30 cats included kittens.

Also in the shelter, among other cats, was a 16-year-old gray girl who had been surrendered by her owner.

The young, the old, the in between: you can find them all at your local shelter. And they all need homes. They all need love.

Our shelter is fortunate to now have two cages at the local PetSmart to showcase our cats, and that has helped increase cat adoptions. From talking with the volunteers who work most closely with the cats, they think part of the reason is because people don’t want to have to visit the “animal shelter” or say they adopted from the “animal shelter.” And frankly, the shelter is not a pleasant place to visit.

Our county has a long way to go to making our animal shelter more pleasant to potential adopters and, most importantly, larger, with more room for the animals. Dogs and cats are euthanized because of no room. That is tragic.

Why don't we have a better shelter? There aren't enough people willing to pay the money needed to do it. There isn't a desire from the governing body of the county, the board of supervisors, to do anything. I want to scream at my fellow county residents and board of supervisors: Why are you letting this happen?

I manage the website for the volunteer group, Friends of Campbell County Animal Control (FOAC) that works closely with animal control officers to get as many animals adopted as possible. I make donations of food and funds. But I’m not on the front line like many of the volunteers, having to make life and death decisions, trying with all their hearts to promote animals to would-be adopters. 

No animal should die because someone decided they didn’t want him or her, because there’s no room for her, because she’s old, because he’s not perfect. Because he or she is in a shelter.

If you want to adopt a cat, please go to your local shelter. Even if your local shelter is No-Kill, continue to support them and adopt. The No-Kill shelter in a nearby city helps our county by taking some of our animals. When you free up spaces in a No-Kill shelter, you are still helping.

Of the seven cats Larry and I have had the privilege to have, four were adopted from our county’s shelter, one was given to Larry by a neighbor who was moving, one was adopted from a neighbor whose cat had kittens, and one was a stray that we adopted. Abbey, Natasha, and Connor all were adopted from the county shelter.

Our cats have been nothing less than a joy to us. We don’t care if they were “owned” before. We don’t care if they don’t have papers to show how “pure” they are. We accept the love they give us, and we give them love.

For information about what you can do to support Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, see the ASPCA website and the PetFinder website.

I am probably preaching to the choir with this post. But please spread the word to family and friends who might not know: adopting a shelter cat is one of the best choices you will ever make.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Going Inside Cat TV

My kitties love Cat TV. Birds, squirrels, rabbits, a chipmunk—they provide great entertainment in a variety of shows and programs.

Last weekend, I decided to take my camera inside Cat TV. I quickly learned that the birds and squirrels and rabbits and chipmunk definitely sense when a human is intruding. I also learned that the squirrels were pretty quick to ignore my presence and return to the food.

This is our backyard. 

After I made my entrance onto the set of Cat TV, the squirrels disappeared, then climbed up and down and around the trees.

Then one decided eating was more important than worrying about that human with the clicky box. 

I couldn’t catch a photo of any wildlife in the side yard. But I sensed I was being watched by critters waiting for me to go inside.

Someone else was watching me. 

Connor said I ruined Cat TV.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A scare, but all is okay

Connor waiting to be seen by the vet.

The scare: Yesterday morning, after running around and wrestling with Abbey, Connor started limping badly and holding up his leg where he had hip surgery.

It wasn’t long before he was walking normally again. But I still called the vet’s office, and they had us bring in Connor this morning.

Verdict: The vet, who is the surgeon is operated on Connor almost eight weeks ago, said it won’t be unusual for him to strain a muscle while he’s healing. The healing process can take up to a year, he said. Some muscles which didn’t have to do much work are not being asked to do more. He thinks that is what happened yesterday.

He watched Connor walk around the exam room, and he examined Connor and rotated his leg joint. He said Connor is doing great, as well as he has seen eight weeks after surgery. He doesn’t feel any rough edges of bone on bone. 

The best thing for Connor if he strains a muscle is to rest. And ironically, yesterday he spent some time of his own choosing in the crate on his bed where he spent six weeks. 

There is nothing that can move out of place or pop out, and his muscles will become stronger the more he uses them.

So even though Larry and I panicked (or maybe it was more of me who panicked) yesterday, Connor is fine. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop: with Abbey

Happy Friday! We’re participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop, presented by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader. This week Abbey is helping me.

We would like to express our condolences to Ellen and family of 15 and Meowing for the loss of their Snowball. We are so sorry. 

1. A law I would like to see passed is _________________.

2. My favorite card game is ____________________.

3. With Summer unofficially here, __________________.

4. A favorite Summer memory is _______________.

1. A law I would like to see passed is one that would make abuse of animals a more serious crime. (Abbey: I want the same thing Mama wants.)

2. My favorite card game is Uno, if that is considered a card game. It has been years since I’ve played any card game. (Abbey: My favorite card game is Go Fish!)

3. With Summer unofficially here, I am already tired of the heat. (Abbey: With Summer unofficially here, I am liking the birdies that come visit us.)

4. A favorite Summer memory is riding my bike up and down our long driveway on the farm. (Abbey: A favorite Summer memory is watching birdies and squirrels and then taking a long nap, every day.)