Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Da Boyz

Rub-a-dub-dub, two cats in the tub...

The Hubby and I are simply in love with these two silly mancats!  Manny and Chili Bruce are a handful, and Angel fusses at them, and they walk across my body in the middle of the night, but they make us smile, make us play and act goofy, and are a breath of fresh, youthful, air through the house.

And...three cat pheromone diffusers were installed last night, and The Hubby is worried that I'm going to burn the house down with them!  Every cat spent a few minutes sniffing the air, which was entertainment in itself.

I've joined Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What The ? Wednesday

I discovered this last night.  I presume that it's, um..."faucet cuffs" to prevent Manny and Chili Bruce from turning on the water, but I never asked The Hubby about it.  I think I'll just remain silent on this one.

Thanks for all the comments on yesterday's post.  A couple of you recommended "Cat vs Cat" by Pamela Johnson Bennett, and I'm pretty darn sure that I have a copy in my cat library, so I've got some reading to do this weekend! 

But not tonight; a new episode of "The X-Files" is on!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Getting Schooled

Don't remember when I picked up this book;
probably at a resale shop or garage sale!

I've only been able to skim this one

Anything by John Bradshaw is good!
Can you tell that I'm doing some research?  The cats are schooling us!

You see, Angel isn't enjoying her two brothers as much as we humans are.  I thought we'd tried the 'right stuff' to integrate them, but if they are unsupervised...and within paws length...growling, hissing and whappy paws ensues.  I feel that Manny and Chili Bruce would be happy to completely ignore Angel, but she instigates the battles. 

And here is another rub; everyone talks about introducing the resident cat to a new cat, or kitten, or dog.  We've got a multiple deal here!  Luckily, we are able to partition off the house into five zones, and move the cats around, so all get good exposure to the humans and the scent of the others.  But when they *SEE* each other, the fracas begins.  So, we have cardboard and newspaper taped up over the glass in our french doors, or have solid wood doors.

I have hormone diffusers on order; should arrive tomorrow.  The Hubby is going to put up a fuss over those, but since we close the cats off into separate areas, each area needs it's own diffuser.  Feeding them on opposite sides of a door appears to be a nothing-burger; they eat and it's no problem.  So...somehow...someway...someday...we want to turn the key in Angel's mind from intruder to no threat.  Am thinking about clicker training too.  Has anyone tried it before?  Please let me know in the comments!

Yes, they've only been here since 12/1/17, so it's only been six weeks.  Many of you have mentioned that months of transition can be expected, and to JUST HAVE PATIENCE. 

Disclaimer: The books shown here were purchased by me; did NOT receive one or any as a gift or as an inducement to talk them up for more sales.  While I know nothing of The Eckstein's, I have watched several television shows by both Jackson Galaxy and John Bradshaw, but I don't know them personally.  Wish I did!  But not with camera crews; our house is too messy for broadcasts!  Plus I'd have to lose about 75 pounds...

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Calendars: Artist Christina Hess

Am I lucky or what?  My friend BG gave me a gift bag full of cool stuff for the holidays!

Chili Bruce, get outta the way!

Calendar, candies, book and tote!

"William Shakesbeard"

"Slothespine Baker"

"King Tutankhameow"
Are these drawings beautiful or what?  Gorgeous!  

My photos don't do the artwork justice, but I hope that you get the idea.  The calendar is "Animals From History", and there is "Leif Roverson", "Dog Sinatra", "Kitty Roosevelt" and "Pocafawntas" too.  So imaginative, and delightful!  Thanks, BG!

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Calendars: Catio Tales

I received a surprise holiday gift in the mail: from Catio Tales!  Oh, my cup runneth over, and I couldn't be more delighted with the photos of Karin's kissas!

Love the synchronized bathing!



Awhile ago, when Pikku Punapippuri and Chuck were still on earth and not shining stars in the sky, Puna graciously gifted us with one of his purple beddies, here: Gifts From Far Away.  King Spitty at Spitty Speaks also has a royal purple beddy!

Angel making her inspections

Thank you so very much, Catio Tales!  We know that you are all sisu, and we are glad to be counted as your friends!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Calendars: Canopy Cat Rescue

Guess what I won!  A 2018 Canopy Cat Rescue calendar!

Ya know why?  Because I captioned a photo on their Facebook page...and it received the most likes.  How much fun is THAT!?!

If you don't know about these amazing folks, please click here: Canopy Cat Rescue.  A non-profit rescue operation of arborists, who climb trees to carry down marooned cats.  In Western Washington State, there are lots of tall trees, and some cats go up to avoid a predator.  Tom and Shaun rescue HUNDREDS of cats every year.  There was even a TV show on AnimalPlanet about them! 

Screen grab of my winning photo caption
(Used with permission of CCR)
"Climb up the tree", the dog said.  "It'll be fun..." he said

Calendar cover and sticker...yep, I received
a sticker TOO!  Woot!

April 2018 image and info

August 2018 image and info

If you'd like a Canopy Cat Rescue calendar of your own, please contact them today, or simply make a donation to help out these men who are doing a terrific...and very rescue!  My only regret is that I live too far away to visit them in purr-son, but it's on my 'to-do' list to travel to Washington to do so.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

50 Days

50 Days since Chucky left us
Bardo is completed

Chuck's portrait 

Chuck's favorite piano stool lookout

The last woolie sock that Chuck ever herded

The very last photo taken of Chuck
During the deep cold that we've recently experienced, I found myself more than once wanting to check on Chuck, who usually slept in the blanket-draped rocking chair.  You had to lift the blanket to see him!  The Hubby and I miss him; we talked about Chuck when out at lunch this weekend.  It's kind of hard to talk about him while at home; why is that?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Book Review: The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

Published August 10th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published April 1st 2009)
ISBN 0385344171 (ISBN13: 9780385344173)
Edition Language: English
Hardcover, 287 pages

Actually finished a book!
I discovered this book at the public library,'s got a cat on the cover!  The story takes place in Germany, and the book begins with a most unusual and fantastic death in young Pia Kolvenbach life.  She grits out her school years as a pariah, trying to enjoy life with her English-born mother and German father. 

Then, Katharina Linden...and several other young girls...disappear!  In broad daylight, in the middle of a town festival, just like the girls that 'ran away' many years ago.  Coincidence, or the supernatural, as Pia and her kind-of friend Stefen believe?

Why the publisher put a cat on the cover?  Pluto, the black cat, makes a few appearances, and there is one spooky tall tale about Hans and the spooky cats that surround him one dark night.  But cats are only a sidebar to Helen Grant's novel, and it was still a great read.

This book is the first one that I've read since Manny and Chili Bruce joined the family.  The Hubby and I spend a lot of time playing with them, and snuggling with Angel and Da Boyz, and reading was put on hold.  Now that the dust is beginning to settle, I managed to read the book over the weekend while The Hubby watched football games, and the cats snoozed contentedly, albeit Angel in her beddy at one end of the table, and Manny and CB curled up together in the double-wide scratcher at the other end.

No cat may enter the center de-militarized zone without human approval!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Folks, last night was the first time that I'v slept all night with a cat!  Angel will only jump up on the bed for a couple of seconds, and Chuck slept with me when he was sick, and that only lasted a few minutes to maybe an hour.

Last night, Manny and Chili Bruce snuggled up when I got into bed, and they both jumped off and on all night, but they came back!  I had more butt in my face, and paws walking over my body, than ever before.

I am thankful for Da Boyz!  Hoping that we soon figure out a routine, so all of us can get more rest, but I am overjoyed that my body is an acceptable place for cat snoozing.

Manny, doing a dangle

Chili Bruce, looking down on his kingdom

On top of this, the corporation that I work for just added a full week of vacation for every salaried employee!  Something about keeping talent, and aligning with what other companies do, but all I can say is THANKS!

I've joined Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Gnawed Nip 'Nana

The cats received sturdy, catnip-filled toys last week.  Chili Bruce got the 'nana, Manny the green fishy, and Angel's was the cigar.  Great fun was had by all...

Claws and teefs!
 ...except the 'nana!  Chili Bruce broke it apart at the seam, and there was catnip all over the place.  I found some carpet thread, and made like Dr. Frankenstein.
Battered but resewn 'nana!
Manny didn't chew and bunny-kick like Chili Bruce; he kept flipping his toy in the air like a majorette, then chasing it into every nook and cranny in the house.
Manny kept throwing his nip fishy around
Angel enjoyed her nip toy, then washed up neatly afterward.

"Gotta look good!"
It was a joy to spend so much time with the kitties over the last week.  The Hubby and I are still using the parlor as Da Boyz room, when neither of us can devote 100% attention to them.  One look away, and someone is up near Angel making her upset.  But only hissing and air whappy paws; no real fighting or touching, and we feel that Angel is geting used to the two rambuctious and rude youngsters.  They appear to be curious about her, and since they wrestle and run, they figure she should do it too.  A mature ladycat like herself doesn't see it that way, of course!  We do site-swapping, and give brushies to all three with the same brush, to distribute a community cat smell.  It's been just over a month now.

Diclaimer: the toys were purchased by me, and I'm not endorsing anything!  Heck, a toy that breaks within hours is not terrific, but the other two toys are just fine so I'm giving the benefit of the doubt.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome 2018!...well, sorta...

Folks, we are in bitter cold in Michigan.  I've spent my holiday time off from work keeping warm, visiting with friends, and hanging out with The Hubby, family...and Angel, Manny and Chili Bruce.  One complete day was spent in my pajamas!

I wanted to hang out with The 'O' Cats too, but the brutal temperatures allowed me to only stand for as long as I can pet them, feed them bowls of kibble, and break off the ice in their water bucket, replacing it with fresh.

There are a lot of posts to come, but for now I'll simply leave you with The PO'M and Sweetie soaking in some warm sunshine while eating their dinner.

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Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season!

Now come on, we really have to be colder than ALASKA?!?