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27 December 2011

Santa was very good to me

Raven on curvy scratcher
This is what came in the big box I was playing in. It's a gigantic cat scratcher that I can sit, lounge, and scratch on. I must have been a very good kitty this year to get this for Christmas. It's called the PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge. It's almost 3 feet long and 10 inches wide. It's very sturdy and I feel very safe and comfy on it. I feel very indulged to have such a fancy scratcher. It's too bad Sammi isn't here because she would have loved this scratcher. I'll do extra scratching in her honor!

13 December 2011

There's a monster in my box

A big box came the other day and I was allowed to play in it.
my boxSammi's not here for me to play with anymore, so mom decided it might be fun to play with me and my box. To be honest, it was kind-of scary until I figured out it was just "mommy monster" in my box.
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26 November 2011

Raven cuddles and warms my heart

RavenIt's taken almost 3 years, but Raven finally did it. She fell asleep in my lap! When we adopted her from the SPCA, her information card described her as a cuddly lap cat, and that's exactly what I was looking for. In the adoption room, she curled up on my lap, purred, and snoozed. So I was expecting her to do that when we got home. But when we brought her home she wasn't super cuddly. I thought it was the stress of a new home, so I never"forced" her to snuggle with me. I figured she'd become cuddly on her own schedule. Over the years, she's enjoyed lots of cuddles, but after a few minutes she always wanted to get down. The only time she'd snuggle with us is when we'd go to bed and she'd cozy in against our legs.


Last night, I snuggled her in a blanket and cradled her in my arms like a baby and she fell asleep for over an hour. Maybe she's needing a little extra comfort since Sammi's been gone. Or maybe she decided it was cozy in the blanket. Whatever the reason, it was heartwarming that she finally decided to cuddle up and sleep in my arms. And I hope she's starting a new cuddly routine.

23 November 2011

Spaghetti Sauce

22 November 2011

An Unexpected Goodbye to Sammi

Sammi


On November 18, 2011 we had to say goodbye to Sammi. For a few weeks we knew something "wasn't right". She wasn't eating much, was losing weight, and wasn't acting like her spunky self. We took her to the vet for a check-up, expecting to learn that she had a senior kitty disease that we would have to manage. But the vet said he was very concerned because she had developed a serious heart murmur and had became sick so quickly. We've been trying to figure out why she's been having itchy skin and it was just a little over a month ago that she had an ultrasound that didn't detect any issues. Now, a comprehensive set of blood tests showed she had blood cell cancer. There were no good treatments options that would make her better for the long-term, so we made the incredibly difficult decision to put her to sleep.

Sammi was about 13 years old and we had plans for a few more more years of fun with our spunky three-legged girl. In the three years she was with us she brought countless laughs and added energy and love to our home. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

As we try to adjust to not having Sammi with us, our focus is on giving Raven the attention she needs as she adjusts to the loss of her kitty sister.

29 October 2011

We're good kitty sisters

Raven and Sammi sleeping


Despite last week's midnight mishap when Sammi decided she didn't want me sleeping with the family on the bed, we're getting along like good kitty sisters. Every afternoon the sun shines in our bedroom. Sammi sleeps on the corner of the bed and doesn't care about being in the sun. I lay on the edge in the sunshine so I can soak up all the warmth. We're content being next to each other, and occasionally we even touch. This picture makes it look like we're two kitties with one head! Two kitties one head?

25 October 2011

Sammi breaks the rules. Naughty kitty!

SammiI was a very naughty girl last night and got in trouble with both Mom and Dad. We were all in bed with Raven on top of the blanket cuddled behind mom's knees and me under the covers by mom's elbow. It was very cozy until Raven twitched. I didn't like that so I got out from under the covers and started stalking her. Mom sat up and tried to keep me away from Raven, but I went all the way to the end of the bed, over to Dad's side, then went up to Raven and bit her on the back of the neck. Raven didn't know what hit her. Well, she knew it was me, but she didn't see it coming.

Mom and Dad were very upset with me. Mom grabbed me and tried to put me back on her side of the bed, but I would have none of it and leaped away from her. In the process, I put a long scratch on her arm. I was intent on getting Raven again so I tried to get back on the bed. But by now Dad had woken up and he grabbed me and put me on the floor. Dad said some naughty words during this process. Raven had run out of the room so mom went to check on her.

Raven wasn't hurt, just scared. So Mom took Raven and snuggled with her in the guest bed. I got jealous and tried to get in bed with Mom, but she refused to make any room for me. I was being shunned for my naughtiness.  I managed to get on the bed, then jump up to a perch. I slept there for a while, then sometime in the early morning I found a space on the bed and slept next to Mom. Raven had already left, but Mom still refused to snuggle me. She said something about me being naughty and not getting any snuggles because of my bad behavior.

It's dinner time the next day and things are pretty much back to normal. There's no evidence that I was mean to Raven while Mom and Dad were at work. But Mom's still not very happy with me because one of the few rules rule in our house is that kitties are not allowed to fight. We don't have to love each other, but we can't fight. I broke that rule and my punishment is that Mom isn't doting on me. I think she wants me to understand that she's top kitty and makes the rules and I have to follow them.

18 October 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Sammi eating on dining table
Dad would have some words if he knew Mom let me eat my dinner on his placemat at the dining table.

16 October 2011

Raven's 7th birthday

For my 7th birthday I decided Sammi should be the first to suffer wearing the silly hat. Sammi wearing silly hatBut then it was my turn, and I wondered why I'm putting up with this torment. It lasted only long enough for me to get my picture taken and shake that stupid thing off my head. I even put a gentle little bitey on mom as she unhooked me from that contraption. Raven wearing silly hat

But then it was time for my new toy. I got a halloween mouse! It has a long tail and wears a black hat. It's fun to play with.

Raven playing with toy mouseI even pretended eating it. See the tail hanging out of my mouth? Well, that's just pretend, I'm sitting on the moussie and the tail just happens to be under my chin. I bet I tricked you!
Raven eating her mouseI had lots of fun playing with my mouse. I tossed it all around the room and pounced on it.
Raven playing with her mouse

15 October 2011

Saturday morning sunpuddle

Raven's sunpuddle
Hey, where's my sunpuddle going? Come back.

13 October 2011

Helping cats who are waiting to be adopted

In the spirit of Thankful Thursday we're taking some supplies to a local cat rescue. We were well cared for while we were in a shelter, so we thought it would be nice to give some beds and toys to cats who are waiting for their forever home. It's always nice to get a gentle brushing to help stay looking your best so we took some brushes too. At the shelter we saw a cat who had only one eye. Mom asked that he be given one of the spongy footballs to play with. We like spongy balls and thought he might like one too. The ladies volunteering at the shelter said they'd be sure to give him one. We hope lots of kitties enjoy the snuggly beds and have fun playing with the toys.

donated cat beds

donated cat toys

09 October 2011

A sunny Sunday in October

Raven in the sunshine

06 October 2011

Sammi joins the shaved tummy club

Sammi's shaved tummyToday I became a member of the shaved tummy club. The last time we had a kitty join this club was in 2008 when Felix became a member. I've had issues with food upsetting my system for a very long time, and the last couple weeks I've been having trouble in the potty department. So mom called my vet and asked if it was time for me to have an ultrasound so the vet could look at my insides. He said yes, that would be a good idea, so off the vet I went.

They shaved my tummy and put goopy gel on my skin so the vet could use a strange wand-thing that he rubbed all around on my tummy to get a good look at my insides. It was a strange feeling but it didn't hurt at all.

Luckily, everything looked good! The vet thinks my itchy skin and potty problems are due to having a sensitive system and being allergic to something. The big mystery is what exactly I'm allergic to. It will take time to figure that out, but everyone is glad that my insides look healthy.

It feels strange having a shaved tummy, but mom turned on the heater so I can sit on the floor vent and keep my bare tummy warm. And after this picture, she gave me a big kiss on my naked belly!

03 October 2011

Please don't steal my dust bunnies

Raven covered in cobwebA few weeks ago I got my official middle name "Charlotte" for my uncanny ability to find dust bunnies in the house and cob webs in the garage. Mom tries to keep the house free of dust bunnies but I can always find something in a corner she can't reach. And I can always find a web in the garage. That's where I was when I came in looking like this (click my photo to make it bigger).

Mom & Dad laugh at me when I have dust bunnies sticking to my whiskers, but they wish I wouldn't eat them. They said I have enough problems with hairballs that I don't need to add dust bunnies to my tummy. So Mom bought something called a Webster. It's a long contraption with a big brush on the end that she's going to use to get into all the corners throughout the house. How am I supposed to find dust bunnies now? I guess I'll have to settle for cob webs in the garage.

Mom let me play with the webster and its box. Maybe she won't get around to using it and I'll get to keep it as a new toy.

Raven playing with webster

Raven playing with webster box

02 October 2011

Postcards from 1949 - Spay & Neuter

I went to a book show a few weeks ago and ran across these two postcards from 1949. I don't think spay & neuter campaigns were popular back then, but this could be a creative way to spread the message. If you're going to be out "wrestling" you must be spayed or neutered first!

Spay & Neuter postcard

 

Spay & Neuter postcard

01 October 2011

My First Cat Show

I've had cats for over 20 years, but I've never been to a cat show. There was a show in town and a unique cat was going to be there, so I decided to go. There were many beautiful cats and kittens, mostly Ragdoll, Persian, Bengals, and a few other breeds.  Here are some of the cats I saw.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="American Curl (ears curl backwards)"]American Curl cat[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="American Curl"]American Curl[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Bengal Cat - very striking markings"]Bengal Cat[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Bengal cat - he was very friendly"]Bengal cat[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Cat being judged"]Cat being judged[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Persian Kitten - he was cuter than this photo"]Persian Kitten[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Ragdoll Kitten (photo taken trough a mesh carrier)"]Ragdoll Kitten[/caption]

And then there was the special cat that I was interested in seeing. This is Stewie. He is a Maine Coon who holds the Guiness record for being the world's longest cat.

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You can's see how long Stewie is, but Stewie has a site with lots of photos and there's a video on YouTube with his owner.  He's a Very Long kitty!

All the cats were gorgeous. Many were snoozing in their cages, some were alert, and some were getting ready for the show ring. It was interesting to walk around and see all the cats, talk to some of the owners, and wish them luck. This was a small show so there weren't many different breeds of cats. I think I'd enjoy going to a bigger show to see some of the more uncommon breeds.

20 September 2011

Glass ornament versions of us

Glass cat ornaments

When Mom & Dad were on summer vacation they went to an art show and found some glass ornament versions of us. Each ornament is made of solid glass and is about the size of a fuzzy mouse toy. The colors of our features aren't quite right, but we think they're cute anyway.


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18 September 2011

Sammi and Raven were not "less adoptable" to us.

In honor of Petfinders "Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet" week (Sept 17-25) , I thought I'd tell the story about how we were chosen by Sammi and Raven.

Sammi and Raven would have been considered "less adoptable" pets. Sammi recently had her front paw amputated and she was 10 years old. Raven is a black cat, and they have some of the lowest adoption rates in shelters.

Maybe Sammi sensed we would give her a loving, stable home because when we entered the cat adoption room, she made a bee-line for her soon-to-be dad. I was busy trying to extract another cat from my purse, and out of the corner of my eye saw a cat come across the room, jump to the couch cushions, then stand on the back of the couch in front of her soon-to-be dad for petting. When I turned to pay more attention to the kitty who had endeared herself to her dad, I realized she was missing a front leg. Oh well, the bond between kitty and dad had already formed, so despite any missing parts, she would be one of the new members of our family.

And that cat I was busy trying to extract out of my purse, well, that was Raven. Within a couple minutes of entering the adoption room, there was a beautiful black cat trying to crawl into my purse. I had to laugh because the cat was bigger than my purse, but determined to get into it. Maybe she thought I wouldn't notice 10 pounds of furriness falling out of my purse and she would sneak home with us. I picked kitty up and put her on my lap, where she quickly curled up, purred, buried her head, and settled in for a nap. She made it clear that I had been chosen to be her mom and she was the newest member of the Indulged Furries' home.

Sammi

Raven

Sammi and Raven have brought endless joy to our lives. Never for a moment have we regretted adopting "less adoptable" pets. For us, they were purrfectly adoptable and have made our family complete.

17 September 2011

Mom's busy day with dogs

Sheriff K9 AskoMom went to the Grand Opening of a local pet supply store. She had a 20% off coupon for her entire purchase, but the real reason she went is she saw that  Sacramento County Sheriff K9 Asko was going to be there. We like to support our Sheriff's K9s because they help keep their partners and our community safe. By going to the events that they appear at, we can let them know that we value the service they provide to our community. And we get to pet police dogs!

Sheriff K9 Asko

K9 Asko showed his focus and good training to the public. He was very focused on his squeaky toy and behaved nicely while everyone petted him and took photos. Asko is trained in pursuit and weapon detection.

Asko was supposed to be the Sheriff K9 star of the day, but then K9 Clint showed up wearing a badge on his collar.

 

Sheriff K9 Clint


Clint was blinded in his right eye (an accident with a stick) but his partner said he is very good at pursuit. Clint only needs one good eye to see and chase the  bad guys! He is also trained in weapons detection. Clint was very friendly and enjoyed getting full-body hugs and burying his head against my legs so he could get a double-sided neck scratch. Clint was very fond of his chew toy and wanted me to play tug with him. Sorry Clint, but I don't think so! He was very vocal and made lots of little growls as he played with his chew toy.


Miniature poodle service dog named BrieThen we met Brie. She was curled up on a table and at first I thought she was a stuffed toy. But Brie is also a working dog. She doesn't pursue bad guys or sniff out weapons like Asko or Clint, but she has a job that's just as important. She's a hearing assistance dog. Brie is a miniature poodle and travels everywhere with her owner. Today they were out educating the public and helping raise funds to improve a local dog park.

Finally, I'm always happy to see Golden Retrievers. These guys were from a local rescue. The big guy laying down sounded interesting. He's just 4 years old and is good with cats.  I'm always tempted to bring another Golden RetrieversGolden into our family, but we weren't prepared to adopt anyone today. The dog facing the photo is 8 years old and very sweet, but not a good match for a family with cats.

Raven and Sammi weren't forgotten on our trip to see the dogs. We brought home several cans of cat food and a few new toys. They got their goodies after I went and washed all the dog smell off me!