27 February 2012
26 February 2012
I am feeling all poetical all of a sudden, meow! mirror mirror on the wall, I can't see nothing, I am not that tall. #felinepoetry #wlf
O M C! We not kno what hot air purry thing do but mom keep PULLING it's tail out in front of us! OMC! *sitting on tail & hiding* #wlf
Do you know what that's about? Here's a hint:
we run away when she yank it's tail or she point hot air at us!
Most life altering
Fire update: building is completely destroyed but we're all safe. Will stay in a hotel tonight, have to start from scratch tomorrow.
Sebastian, his guinnea pig sisfur @DottieGP and their mom lost everything when their apartment building burned down. Luckily, they got out safely. They are temporarily staying with Faraday, Maxwell and Allie, who are posting updates about the situation on their blog. Their neighbors were not so fortunate, with one of their close friends losing a cat and having another seriously burned. There are chip-ins on their blog if you are interesting in contributing.
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I'm not sure why Rumblepurr @Rumblepurr has a chunk of cheese on his head but he looks handsome as ever.
25 February 2012
Loud is relative. In our house it's Tux the hamster running on his wheel. He's a large hamster and even though the wheel itself is very smooth-spinning, he pounds on it so hard we can hear him on the other side of the house. We've nick-named him "Thunderpaws".
Sorry the photo is so dark. I dialed down the flash and angled the speedlight to the ceiling so I didn't hurt his eyes. I set my Canon G11 for apeture priority to capture the motion. If anyone has suggestions on how to take better pictures with low light (with a modest camera & flash) I'd appreciate comments.
Today's Saturday PhotoHunt begins here.
19 February 2012
koko the turtle @kokotheturtle
is it a friendly snake?i afraid of snakes. when i wz an egg snake ate my brother&2 sisters
koko the turtle @kokotheturtle
we r meat eaters ( my turtle dr told mom what to feed me) my mom fixed me good foods then i hunted 4bugs to
... and a second tweet from koko ...
liked chicken sometimes catfish r shrimp w/ turtle pellets and a calcium then i eats bugs n grass. mom wud cook my chicken
Boris Kitty @BorisKitty
Best Bunny Michael Jackson video out der! Watch dem bunny hips moove n groove! http://pinterest.com/pin/266627240409071472/
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Nutmeg's Valentine's avitar @Nutmeg Torbi
17 February 2012
16 February 2012
Mom is proud of little Tux for learning to use his ball so quickly. He's used his ball only three times and he's learned how to get around corners. I'm still offended that the little nibblet is allowed access to my house. I was enjoying having the entire house to myself, then they bring this little rodent home. I had to get used to the way it smells, all the noise it makes at night while it's running on its wheel, and now I have to let it roll around on my floor! I am not amused by this. Truth be told, the little critter in his protective ball freaks me out. I run away and climb up one of my perches to get away from the strangeness of it all.
It will be our little secret, but Rumblepurr gave me a great idea for calling him nibblet instead of Tux. Mom thinks it's a cute nickname, but nibblet is cat code for a tasty morsel. Don't get me wrong, I don't wish the little critter any harm. But you can't blame me for allowing my natural hunting instincts to take over and dreaming about him becomming a little nibblet.
14 February 2012
Felix and Smokey were my first cats. Felix (on the left) was 3 months older than Smokey and he watched over his "little" sister, even as she grew almost double his size. They were very strongly bonded and spent every day of their lives together playing, snuggling, grooming, and loving each other. I honestly cannot recall a time when they were annoyed with each other. This is one of my favorite photos of them and I thought it was a perfect photo to share on Valentine's day. Just before taking this photo, Smokey had her head down and was snoozing under the protective paw of her big brother Felix. The photo reminds me of love they had for each other and the love they brought to our lives. Felix and Smokey were the founding members of the Indulged Furry Family. Although they are no longer living, the family they started 18 years ago has continued with other animals. Their love showed us that our family was incomplete without the love of furry family members.
13 February 2012
Tonight was Tux's first outing in his hamster ball. We think it was the first time he's ever seen a ball and he was very apprehensive of it. But with a little coaxing and a sunflower seed treat, he got in. He sat eating his treat for a few minutes, then sat some more, unsure of the contraption he found himself in. I rolled his ball very gently and slowly so he could learn how to move it. After a few minutes he was rolling around the house with a just bit of help steering. He's a fast learner and I don't think it will take him long to master the ball.
Althouth this was an accomplishment for Tux, Raven was offended by the entire spectacle. A rodent was wandering around her house, protected by a plastic ball, being encouraged and helped by mom. She even had to get out of his way when Tux bumped into her. The look of confusion and disdain on her face says it all. Maybe as Tux learns to master his ball, Raven will learn to be entertained by the little guy scurrying around the house.
12 February 2012
What I recently learned is that she is very sensitive to where her food comes from. I've always purchased cat food locally because it's very expensive to ship. But when I saw a deal online for a reasonable price with free shipping for a first-time customer, I thought I'd give it a try. I ordered two cases of canned food; one case each of the two flavors she always eats.
When I served the food to her, she sniffed it and walked away. Over the course of two weeks we tried 5 different cans and she wouldn't eat any of them. I contacted the company who makes the food to ask if they have multiple manufacturing facilities, and they said yes, they do, and the food coming from the online retailer could be coming from a different location than what I purchase locally.
I know that when I travel I can taste differences in some beverages that are made regionally. It's usually because they're using a different water source and I can taste it. Raven must be very sensitive to whatever is different in the food becuase she can smell it and refuses to eat it.
So, my online cat food purchasing experiment didn't go as planned. But it wasn't a complete waste because I donated all the remaining food to a lady who does cat rescue and adoptions at one of local pet supply stores. Hopefully those kitties aren't as finicky as Raven and they'll get to enjoy a canned food treat that they normally wouldn't have.
P.S. An update from dad. He said Raven doesn't eat "foreign" food, only food from California. This food was shipped from Nevada, so it's "foreign".
08 February 2012
03 February 2012
And now for the theme of "flat" we have Ed doing what we affectionately called "The Ed". We also described him as looking like a Bear-skin rug. For a 14-pound boy, he could get himself amazingly flat! All his bulk seemed to flatten out to the sides and his body wasn't much thicker than his head.
Ed would flatten himself anywhere he found comfortable, but his favorite spot was over the arm of a couch. Ed and his relaxed position inspired a poem:
The Lament of Ed the Cat
by Gerry W.
Oh, I have laid my furry hide
On many couches, oh so wide.
Flattened my ribs, stretched my chin,
For this rat race, I say, I win.
But yes, there is a special place
I wish to lay my hairy waist.
Out in the yard, under my sun,
I yearn for a log to rest my buns.
The sunny balm, the cooling breeze,
The woody bark between my knees.
The flying meals, the rustling reeds,
A fallen log is what I need.
If my human only knew
There's only one thing left to do:
Chop that tree, I need a new bed,
Yes, I am the Master of Doing the Ed.
The poem was written by a friend who also provided Ed with several large logs to do "The Ed" on.
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