Sunday, December 4, 2011

Easy Like Sunday - Fiona

Since it has been a rainy Sunday here, we are sharing a picture of Fiona napping in a sun puddle in her box. Mom took this one about a month ago:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Toesday Tuesday: Sable

Today's Toesday post features me, Sable! As you can see in the photo below, I'm having a nap in mom's recliner. If you look closely at my back foot, you will see a little pink spot.


In the close-up picture below you can see that I have a pink toe pad.


The funny thing is, up until a couple of years ago all of my pads were black. Some of them started getting lighter and were more of a mauve color. Then, before I knew it, I had a PINK TOE!!! What's that about?

Have any of you furs had pads that have gone from black to pink?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mancat Monday: Joey

We would like to introduce you to our friend, Joey. Joey lives in Delaware with a friend of our mom's. He has a sister named Josey. They are known collectively as "The Jos". Joey's nicknames are "Jo-Bean" or "The Bean". We can't remember how old Joey is, but we are pretty sure he is under 5 years old. We think Joey is a very handsome mancat.



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Easy Like Sunday

Sable, Spunky, Ginger, & Batman


Lily Rose


Bandit

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Human Interest Story about a Woman who Helps Cats

UofL librarian works in off time to help cats, community

The link about will take you to a great story about Karen Little. Ms. Little started a T-N-R non-profit group in Louisville called Alley Cat Advocates.

We hope you enjoy reading about her and the great work she and her volunteers have done over the years to help the stray and feral cats in Louisville.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mancat Monday: Memphis

Memphis Meezer here. I get to take charge of this week's Mancat Monday, just like I took charge of mom's bed last night. You see, I rarely sleep with mom at night. I will nap on her bed with my furblings. But when it is time for mom to go to bed I will usually leave. I'll go sleep with my uncle in his room. I return to mom's room in the morning because I know she will be getting up and she is our morning food source!

Well, last night I was curled up and snug right in front of her main pillow. I refused to budge! Mom got in bed and tucked me in next to her. She never expected me to stay! I surprised her and slept with her all night long. She woke up several times during the night and found me still sleeping right beside her. I was still there when she woke up at 6:30 this morning.

Now she is wondering what my uncle did to cause me to stay with her last night! He didn't do anything! I'm just changing the routine for now!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Rissa Update

Mom again....Rissa is doing quite well. Dr. Green flushed the abscess out and gave Rissa an antibiotic injection and an anti-inflammatory injection. She came home late Friday afternoon. She is much too clever to wear the "cone of shame" and managed to get it off. It also stressed her out so much that it was decided that she was better without it.

She was taken back to see Dr. Green on Monday morning. Dr. Green was pleased with the way the wound was looking. She did flush it again, and said she would like to see Rissa on Saturday morning for another follow-up. If all is well, she will remove the remaining two stitches (since Rissa removed the others herself!).

All of the kitties say "hello" and I will be returning the blog back to them.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Rissa is at the vet's office.....

Mom here. Miss Rissa Roo has pulled out a couple of stitches in her incision and the incision is swollen and infected. She was in my lap last night and I noticed a bead of pus (sorry to be so icky) at the top of the incision.

Since the infection was draining, I figured she could wait until this morning to go in. Rissa was fine during the night, and she was a very cooperative girl and went right into the carrier this morning. I dropped her off at the vet's office on the way to work this morning.

I know she will be fine and she is in good hands. I'm sure I'll be able to pick her up this afternoon. But, unfortunately for her, she will be wearing the "cone of shame" until the incision has healed and the stitches can be removed without her assistance.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lab Report Is Back!!!

Good news!!!! The lump was nothing more than a benign cyst!!! Isn't that great news?!!!! Dr. R. suspects it was caused by my last Depomederol (spelling?) injection. We are all so happy at my house!!!

Thank you, my friends, for the purrs and prayers!

I'm singing for joy at my good news!!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Rissa Report:: Post-Surgery Update

First off, I'm doing quite well, thankyoufurrymuch! The v-e-t removed the cyst on my side on Friday. I ended up staying the night at the v-e-t's office since I was so groggy from the anesthesia. I did get to come home early Caturday morning. The first thing I did when I was home was drink a lot of water! I was so thirsty!

I spent most of the weekend resting up. I was very tired on Saturday and I slept most of the day and night. I was a little more active on Sunday, but I still couldn't jump up and down from the bed or the cat tree because my side was sore. I napped in sun puddles on the floor and I did get up in mom's lap for a bit. I just had a hard time getting comfortable.

Yesterday I slept in the little cat bed that is beneath mom's desk. It's small and cozy and I was able to hide from my siblings. I just don't want to be bothered. Mom was afraid I might be getting a cold because I was sneezing. However, I was out and about this morning and I ate breakfast with mom.

I have a large bare patch on my side where the v-e-t shaved off my furs! And I have an incision with stitches that is about as long as mom's pinky finger. The stitches are starting to itch, but I'm trying to ignore them. I don't want to wear the "cone of shame". I'll go back to the v-e-t early next week to have my stitches removed. I'll sure be glad when that is done.

Mom is still waiting on the lab report to find out just what that cyst is. We're all hoping it's just a lump of fat!

Purrs and Headbonks,
Clarissa

p.s.

Serendipity's eye is looking much better too. The eye oinkment is doing the trick!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Off to the V-E-T Today...

Clarissa here with our vet updates. I'll start with myself. Other than the lump, I am doing just fine. Weight is good. Heart/lungs sound great! Eyes/ears/mouth are A-OK. I got my rabies vaccine and I was good to go. As for the lump, my surgery has been scheduled for Friday, October 21. It everything goes as it should (and it will!), I should be able to come home Friday night.

Brother Sable also went in for his annual exam this morning. He's another big boy at 14 lbs. And he was so good! I growled and hissed at Dr. Green and Sable didn't make a sound. He had to get his rabies and distemper vaccines. And he got a clear bill of health too. Mom told Dr. Green about Sable's sneezing and she said it sounds like allergies. Since he isn't acting like he feels bad, his appetite is normal, and he is active, we are just going to watch him for now.

Serendipity has conjunctivitis in her right eye. Mom got home from work last night and noticed that Seren's eye was red and a little puffy. So it was off to the vet with her instead of Fiona. Seren will have to get that gooey ointment put in her eye twice daily for a week to ten days. Dr. Green did check Seren's eye for any abrasion or scratch and it was clear.

Mom called early this morning and asked if she could bring Fred in for a weight check. He is holding his own at 7 lbs. 2 oz. Dr. Green looked at Fred's teeth and gums. She pressed around on his teeth and gums and Fred didn't flinch or cry or growl or bite. She said at this time, she didn't think an extraction of teeth would be a good thing for him. She thinks it would be too stressful on his kidneys. She gave me some samples of different kidney diet foods to try with him. He hated the K/D (canned) and wouldn't eat it. Dr. Green also found FLEA DIRT on Fred! *sigh* She put a dose of Revolution on him in the office, and mom had to dose the remaining 14 of us when she got home.

Fiona got a reprieve this morning and her appointment has been rescheduled to October 29, along with Bandit.

We spent the rest of the day sleeping in sun puddles and doing a little window whiffing! It is suppose to reach 80 tomorrow, but then take a turn to much cooler weather.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Mom thanks everyone who posted their advice and words of encouragement for me and Fred. Fred is such a gentle soul and always has been. He doesn't fight with anyone and he only wants to be loved.

And since mom doesn't have any new pics of us to share, we thought we are going to share a picture of a sign that is on I-65 between Elizabethtown, KY and Bowling Green, KY. It always makes mom laugh:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Rissa Report: Mom's talk with my v-e-t

Mom spoke with my regular v-e-t yesterday. He read the report that the substitute v-e-t left regarding the lump on my side. There really isn't any more news about it. He told mom she had three choices.

1. She can monitor the lump and watch for any changes in size.
2. V-e-t can remove the lump and not have it biopsied.
3. V-e-t can remove the lump and have it biopsied.

The lump hasn't changed in size since mom found it on September 29. I have an appointment scheduled for this coming Saturday for my annuals. Mom said the v-e-t will take a look at my lump then and mom will make the decision on what to do. She is still leaning toward choice #3.

Mom is also still concerned over brother Fred. Fred isn't gaining weight like she hoped he would. He doesn't appear to have lost any weight either. He should weigh around 10 or 11 lbs. When she picks him up he feels like he weighs next to nothing.

Mom asked our v-e-t yesterday if Fred's chronic gingivitis issue could be effecting his kidneys. He said yes, it is possible. However, removing Fred's teeth, which would take care of the chronic gingivitis, might not correct the kidney issue. So now mom doesn't know what she should do. It is agreed that the dental extraction is extreme and it is also expensive. And if Fred would go through that process, our vet would not do it. He said he would have Fred go to a specialist.

Mom adopted Fred when he was 2 years old and he is 5 now. He has had this chronic gingivitis problem since he has been with us. He has always had terrible stinky breath. Mom has also noticed that he tends to turn his head to the right and chews on that side, leading her to believe that the left side of his mouth is tender.

Any words of advice you can give us would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

We almost got a new brofur yesterday...

Mom came so close to bringing home a new brofur for us. He was a beautiful black medium furred kitty named Boo Boo. The Ky Humane Society had him at Feeder Supply, along with a little kitten who had her crazy-pants on. She was zoom all over her cage/crate. Anymew, Boo Boo is 9 years old and his adoption fee had been waived. But in the end, mom knew it would be in Boo Boo's best interest, and ours, for him to go to another loving family. We are crowded with kitties here, but it made mom cry to leave him behind.

Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.

Mom here. It really did break my hear to leave Boo Boo. With him being a "free cat", being solid black, and Halloween approaching, I am concerned about his well-being. Also, at 9 years old a lot of people won't consider him. I know I can't save them all. My heart would, but my finances and space won't allow it. *sigh*

Thursday, October 6, 2011

More Lump News....

Rissa here again. Mom heard from the v-e-t again yesterday. She took a closer look at the slide with the lump sample on it. Upon further inspection she said she noticed some "round cells". She said it could be something or it could be nothing. And she apologized for not being able to give mom a definitive answer. But she also gave mom some good advice to save a few toonas.

The v-e-t said she could send the sample to an outside lab for another look. She said if she did that, more than likely the outside lab would send back a report telling us the same thing that she told me. And they would then request a biopsy. Instead of spending another $80-$100 on this, she said mom should save the toonas and use it toward the biopsy, assuming that is what my regular v-e-t wants to do. This v-e-t said she would make sure that Drs. Riney and Green see my chart and her notes.

Although mom hates to put me through a minor surgery, she thinks the lump should be removed and biopsied.

Mom and I will know more next week after my regular v-e-t-s are back in their office.

Purrs,
Clarissa
(aka Rissa Roo)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Rissa Report: My Vet Visit

Hi kitties and woofies! I told you last week that mom found a small, pea-sized lump on my side last Thursday. Mom took me to see the v-e-t yesterday afternoon to have it checked out.

First of all, I saw a different doctor. Both of my regular doctors were out of the office. Mom and I both liked this doctor and she took good care of me. She shaved my fur off the small area so she could get a better look at the lump and a better feel. Then she decided to take a sample from it and look at what she got under the microscope. The good news: nothing out of the ordinary showed up in the sample. It appears to be nothing more than a fatty cyst. The vet said she was going to take the slide to the emergency office where she works to look at it under a better microscope just to be sure. She said she would let mom know today.

We got a little more window whiffin' time in once I was home from the v-e-t. My side was a little sore and I have a bruise from the needle stick, so I found a comfy spot and slept. Sable took a nap in the recliner with mom.

It's another beautiful day here and the temp is going into the mid-70s. We just know mom will open the windows again when she gets home from work!

Purrs,
Clarissa

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mancat Monday: Sable Reports In

Good morning! Sable the Punk here to tell you about our weekend. Mom was home with us all weekend and we loved it!!! We had lots of lap time with mom. And I especially had a lot of lap time. I will sleep on mom's left side when she sits in the recliner.

Panda got a good brushing from mom on Saturday morning and she made biscuits on mom's leg so hard that she left tiny pinprick sized marks from her claws! And the she got massive belly rubs! Mom said rubbing that big Panda belly is so much fun. And Panda made air biscuits the whole time!

Mom opened the windows in the family room yesterday and left the back door opened (with the storm door closed!) so we had lots of sun puddles to sleep in and lots of window whiffin' time. We even watched while she and our uncle worked in the backyard for awhile. Mom cut what branches she could off of the mulberry tree so more sunlight could come into the family room and our uncle cut the grass. Unfortunately, mom has allergies so anytime she works in the yard she usually ends up with a sore throat the next morning. This time was no exception.

The windows were shut around 5:30pm and around 8:00pm the heat was turned on. It's that time of year when it's nice during the day but it's cold at night. Soon it will be too cold for window whiffin' duing the day.

We hope everyone had a great weekend and will have a fantastic week!

Purrs,
Sable the Punk

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Rissa Report

TGIF!!! It means it's Friday and we will have mom home for the weekend. We hope that means lots of lap time!

I heard mom on the phone this morning. She was making an appointment for me to see my vet on Monday afternoon. Mom was petting me last night and she felt a little lump on my left side. She said it is probably nothing more than a fatty cyst, but she wants to have it check out. I had a tiny one develop once before and it went away on its own.

Sable seems to have a bit of a cold. He has been sneezing and mom thought it might be allergies with the weather change and such. He had a sneezing fit this morning and blew cat snot. Before mom had a chance to grab a paper towel to wipe his nose off, Sable had already cleaned it off himself. Mom thought that was gross and told him so. She just doesn't understand that's how we cats do things. Anymew, Sable's appetite is good, he isn't feverish, and he is still his sweet self so mom isn't too worried about him at this time.

The daytime temps are suppose to be in the 60s over the weekend, so we are hoping we will get some window whiffin' time during the day.

We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Purrs,
Clarissa

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Bubble Bath

Our angel brother, Colin Feral (and the help of Photoshop)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I was a naughty cat last night: Daisy Thistlechaser

Mom had gone up to Cincinnati for the "Time Traveler's Ball" last night and it was about 2am when she got home. She was tired and cranky because she didn't have a very good time. And I had to add to her crankiness because I bolted out the front door as she was coming in. She didn't even see me get out because I was so quick! My uncle saw me and tattled! Mom had to go back outside and watch for me so I wouldn't run off. She knew I was in the bushes beside the front steps. Luckily for her a loud car drove down the street and my uncle happened to have the front door open. I heard that car and I ran right back in the house! Mom fussed at me for running out to begin with. I don't know why she was so mad at me.

Purrs,
Daisy T.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Pirate Names:

Bandit:

My pirate name is:
Dirty Jack Rackham

You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Batman:

My pirate name is:
Black Sam Flint

Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Clarissa:

My pirate name is:
Calico Charity Rackham

Often indecisive, you can't even choose a favorite color. You're apt to follow wherever the wind blows you, just like Calico Jack Rackham, your namesake. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Daisy:

My pirate name is:
Dirty Mary Rackham

You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Fiona:

My pirate name is:
Iron Anne Vane

A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. You tend to blend into the background occaisionally, but that's okay, because it's much easier to sneak up on people and disembowel them that way. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Fred:

My pirate name is:
Dirty Tom Flint

You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Ginger:

My pirate name is:
Dread Pirate Kidd

Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!
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Jazzpurr:

My pirate name is:
Dread Pirate Read

Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. Even through many pirates have a reputation for not being the brightest souls on earth, you defy the sterotypes. You've got taste and education. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Lily:

My pirate name is:
Captain Mary Read

Even though there's no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you're the one in charge. Even through many pirates have a reputation for not being the brightest souls on earth, you defy the sterotypes. You've got taste and education. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Memphis:

My pirate name is:
Iron James Flint

A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget

Clarissa's mom here, today. Clarissa was just a little over one year old on Sept. 11, 2001. At that time she was still an "only child". I had left my dad and brother at home and I had gone to work at the University of Louisville. I was at my desk when one of my co-workers said, "A plane has hit the World Trade Center." We all thought it was a small plane. It didn't seem like much time had passed until he called out and said the second tower had been struck. That's when we pulled out the t.v. and turned on some news.

I honestly don't remember if I cried when the towers fell. I think I felt more shock and disbelief. How could this be happening? Who would do such a thing? Of course, the Pentagon being struck, and the fourth plane going down in Pennsylvania sent more horror through our office.

I work near Louisville International Airport (aka Standiford Field). Plane after plane flew over the university as they came in to land. And then the silence was deafening. We were so used to hearing UPS planes and passenger jets flying over the campus. My home is not far from Bowman Field, which is a smaller airport than handles small planes. The skies were quiet over my neighborhood, too. And to see the airport in total darkness night after night was eerie.

When the funerals started for the firemen who lost their lives is when my tears really started. They were covered on the news and each time I heard "Amazing Grace" played on the bagpipes I just fell apart. When the university had a memorial service the following week I cried some more.

I can remember my dad talking about the shock and horror and anger after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The attack on September 11, 2001 was my Pearl Harbor. It is a day I will never forget.

Friday, September 9, 2011

09-09: Mo Cats Day!!!!


Happy MO CATS DAY!!! We are all about mo' cats on the interwebs. How could anyone NOT like cats on the interwebs? What is wrong with them? Maybe they need a CAT SCAN!!!

Here is this kitty's reaction to the original No Cats Day:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall Is In The Air!

Kitties! It feels like fall here! It is a great relief after have temps between 100 and 102 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! A cold front came through on Sunday night and yesterday the high was in the upper 60s. It's suppose to be in the 60s and 70s for the remainder of this week. We will still have some days in the 80s before fall really sets in, but for now this is perfect weather.

Jazzpurr had her annual exam and got her vaccines on Saturday. She has a short, stocky build and weighed in at 12 lbs. Mom told the vet that Jazz was the perfect size for Thanksgiving dinner! Hee hee! She would never have Jazz for dinner though. Mom loves her too much!

Fred gained another half ounce, and me (Clarissa) had to get my depo shot because I started chewing on my belly again.

Mom opened some windows yesterday so there was a lot of whiffin' going on at our house. We really liked that a lot!

We hope everyone had a great weekend and a great Labor Day holiday if you live in the USA!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Twins

King Alfred, who lives in North Carolina with our Aunty Torchy:



Random kitty picture found on Facebook:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mancat Monday: Vet Reports on Fred and Memphis

Sorry we have been M.I.A. again. Between mom's job and her gallavanting around Ohio to see Alice Cooper, we haven't gotten any computer time.

Fred had his vet appointment on August 6th. Mom noticed that he had lost weight. In the past year he has dropped 4 pounds! He went from 11 lbs. to 7 lbs. and is too skinny. One look at his gums and the vet said his gingivitis was back and his mouth was probably sore. Fred has some type of gingivitis that is chronic. Eventually he will probably lose his teeth. The vet put him on an antibiotic and told mom to feed him canned food to fatten him up. As a precautionary thing, Fred also had blood drawn for lab work. The results came back showing that Fred's creatin levels were elevated. The vet recommend canned K/D food. Fred ate it up at first, but now he totally snubs it. Mom has tried mixing the Fancy Feast with it but he refuses it. For the time being, Fred is getting regular canned food so he'll gain some weight. He was weighed on Saturday and had gained 5 ozs. Fred also got his rabies vaccine that day.

Memphis had his vet visit on August 20th. He weighed in at a healthy 11 lbs. 14 ozs. He has a touch of gingivitis around his back teeth, on one side only. Memphis was due for his rabies and distemper vaccines. Once Memphis was home, he hid until early this morning! Our uncle said he woke up around 3am and Memphis was in bed with him. Mom thinks Memphis probably felt a little puny after his vaccines. Or maybe he was just sulking. He is a MEEZER, you know!!!

That's about it for now! Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vera the Pitbull Pup Needs Uber Prayers and Purrs

Mom read about Vera the pitbull's injuries and saw a picture of her on Facebook yesterday morning. She got the rest of the story when she let us visit MeowMail. Below is what our friend, Tootsie, posted about Vera:

Posted by Tootsie on 7/27/2011, 11:38 pm
69.47.114.138

Tonight a woman rushed her six month old pitbull in to Moms work. The pup had gotten out the gate and went to the neighbors. There, it grabbed a rooster. Rooster was not hurt. The neighbor used scissors and scalped the pup and cut off her ear. Literally. She cut the other ear. This pup licked Moms face and wagged her tail the whole time that Mom cared for her. Please say purrs for this sweet sweet pup. Her name is Vera. The neighbor was arrested.


And here is an update on Vera

Posted by Tootsie on 7/28/2011, 9:33 pm, in reply to "Hey, Tootsie!"
69.47.114.138

Vera had surgery today. They stitched the half-cut ear, and closed the wounds where the other ear used to be. They tried to pull the scalped area closed just a little and put tension stitches in to pull the skin and make it go toward the middle so it can scar up.

Veras mom called the news. Hopefully lots of people hear about it and everyone rallies for Vera. Hopefully Vera can remain brave and actually heal. That is what we hope. And we remain marveled that vera can still share love with the human race.


We have posted a picture of Vera taken at the vet's office. It is a link only because the PICTURE IS GRAPHIC. We know it will upset some of our readers. You have been warned:

Vera's Picture

We will keep everyone updated on Vera.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A brief break from the hots!!!

Hi kitties!!! It stormed here yesterday afternoon and the temps dropped about 10 degrees. It's still humid, but not as bad as it has been. Mom said it wasn't horribly unpleasant when she left for work this morning.

Not much to tell you from our house. Mostly it's staying inside and cool with the drapes drawn and the air conditioning running. Mom misses looking outside as much as we do, but keeping the curtains closed helps keep the house cooler.

Daisy had her yearly check up on Saturday morning. She weighed in a 9.4 lbs. Our vet said that was a good weight and she has been holding steady there. Her heart and lungs sounded great, nothing unusual was found. She received her rabies vaccine and her distemper vaccine. She also got a claw trim.

Mom made an appointment to take Fred in for his check up and vaccine(s) in two weeks.

Stay cool kitties!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mancat Monday: Spunky

We are going to have a long run of the HOTS this week. The humidity levels are high and mom said it feels like she is walking through soup when she steps outside. We had two rain showers come through yesterday. But instead of cooling things down the rain only made the air feel more heavy and sticky.

Spunky is giving us a big yawn and going back to sleep in the air conditioned comfort of our home!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Grand Flood

Wow kitties!!! There was a flood near mom's workplace on Monday night!  It was sort of a man made flood though. A HUGE water main pipe broke and the water rushed out. The pipe was 48" in diameter and was quite old. The news story said it was probably installed in the 1920s. Because it was a main water pipe it effected a wide area. Here is a video from the University of Louisville's security camera of the flooding:




Did you see how the water kept getting higher?!!!

Mom didn't have to go to work on Tuesday. The University shut of the chilled water that runs the air conditioning on campus. Also, the campus had no drinkable water. Mom said the powers that be did the wise thing and canceled classes and shut down the offices for the day.  She had to go back to work yesterday.

This is the most exciting thing that has happened around here for awhile!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Easy Like A Sunday

Well, well, well. It appears that Blogger has changed their format. Why do they mess with something that ain't broke. Now we have to learn the new stuff. That might make us a crabulated!

It's been a nice leisurely Sunday. Mom has been  home with us all day. She's been knitting and she watched a movie on t.v. Now she is coloring her head fur. The color is suppose to be some shade of red. Cross your claws that it turns out all right.

We have a picture to share with you. Remember the gray foster kittens that stayed with us? Mom has a picture of Shorty & Pippa. They are about 14 weeks old now and they will be going to their first adoption event next weekend. Their foster mom is thinking about offering a 2 for 1 deal in hope that they go together.

That's Pippa in the front and Shorty in the back. Aren't they cutie patooties?!!!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy July!

We hope everyone State side had a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. We spent the holiday home with our uncle while mom was away in North Carolina. She left on Thursday, June 30 and returned home on Tuesday, July 5. Mom visited our Aunt Torchy and our cousins, Wick, Gracie, and Alfred. This was her first meeting with Alfred and she said he really should have been named "Squishy."

Mom said Alfred is the one of the sweetest kitties she has ever met. He slept with her several nights, and even slept on her according to Aunt Torchy. Mom woke up the first morning with Alfred wrapped around the top of her head! She said he was purring and purring and rubbing his face all over her head. Alfred gets along well with both Wick and Gracie. He and Wick like to wrestle and both of the boys LOVE the laser pointer. Gracie totally ignores the laser pointer.

Mom loves to visit Aunt Torchy but she said the drive is brutal. It's approximately 9 hours. She didn't have to drive in rain this time so she made better time. Don't tell anyone, but mom has a "lead foot" too.

One last thing...Mom asked us to thank everyone for their well wishes concerning her fall and her scraped up knee. It has healed up nicely, although the scars are ugly. She is hoping those will fade with time. She promises to be more careful in the future!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Not so Wordless Wednesday

Sorry we've been away so long. We've been trying to read our friends blogs and leave comments when we can. Our typist (aka Mom) hasn't had a lot of motivation lately. And we've been right there with her. First, we had the HOTS here and no one felt like doing anything. The mom fell on the sidewalk leaving work. That was on June 8th. She didn't break anything like the The Admiral's mom did, but she hurt herself all the same.

First and foremost, let us make this clear: OUR MOM IS A KLUTZ!!! She is just a walking accident looking for a place to happen. So here is what happened. Mom was walking on the sidewalk on campus and she just fell. One second she was walking and the next she was going down like a great tree fallen by a lumberjack. She landed on her right knee and right arm. Even though she was wearing jeans, she skinned up her knee. It was nasty. If you want to see a picture of it the day after she did it you can click here. Two days later, mom was had to go to the doctor because her knee had gotten infected. She was put on an antibiotic and had to use the same salve that is used on burn patients so the nasty stuff would soften up. It was GROSS kitties!!! Anymew, she ended up with a 101 fever and was back at the doctor's for that. Mom ran a low-grade fever all last week. She is finally feeling better and her knee is looking better and is healing. But to top it all off, she started having an allergic reaction to the adhesive on the surgical tape, and then the regular bandages. Thank cod it is well enough now that she doesn't have to cover it.

Hopefully mom won't do that again for a long time. Like never!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Climbing Kittens Video!

We may have told you how those kittens climbed mom like they were climbing Mt. Everest when she was dishing out the stinky goodness. Their current foster mom, Lisa, posted this video for our amusement. Make sure you have your speakers turned up so you can hear the kittens demanding their dinner!



The latest update we've heard is two of the kittens will be going to their forever home this coming weekend. However, we don't know which two it will be.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Kittens Video!

Lisa, who currently has the four grey furbabies at her house, has posted some video of them. We thought we would share it with our friends.



And one more:




Have a great weekend!
Clarissa & Co.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bye Bye, Baby Kittens

The foster kittens left our home late yesterday afternoon. They were picked up and taken on the next leg of their long journey to forever homes. Mom is sort of missing them, especially the little short furred boy. He climbed her leg and got in her lap yesterday before he had to leave.

Since the kittens have been gone, we adult cats have been exploring the room in which they stayed for three days. There are so many kitten smells in there! Also, we are glad to have OUR room back!!!

Would mom take in foster kittens again? Maybe. She has counted close to 20 kitten claw scratches on her left hand & arm. She said her arm hasn't looked that bad in 11 years! She's more concerned about the three deeper scratches that Fiona left on the same arm when she used mom's arm as a springboard. The scabbing is very very dark, and the skin is very red around them. However, they aren't hot to the touch and the swelling around them has gone down. Poor mom...she is so abused by us!

We hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Foster Kitten Report

The four foster kittens arrived on Sunday night and the first thing the did was make a dash for their litter box! They hadn't had a potty break since leaving Michigan that morning. Then they got to split a can of stinky goodness. Mom put them all in the large crate and some of us got to come into the room to check them out. Memphis and Bandit did all of the hissing! Once we were done and chased out of the room, the door was closed and the kittens were left to have the run of the room.

Mom says she did realize how much work four little bundles of fur and energy could be! They have two speeds: fast and sleep. There has been hours of kitten wrestling going on in the room. Lots of pouncing and playing. Their climbing skills are coming along. Three of them climbed up the back of mom's leg last night and her shirt as she was fixing their stinky goodness! They split one can between the four of them each day. The rest of the time they have kitten kibble to eat all day.

One of the boys has very goopey eyes and the sneezes. His appetite is good and he is still very playful. However, mom was concerned so she took them all into the vet yesterday afternoon. Our vet said it is a viral thing and will have to run its course. But in the meantime they now have to have Tetramycin ointment put in their little eyes 2x daily. The vet also gave each one a dose a of de-worming medicine.

Mom's left arm is full of tiny kitten claw scratches (and two nasty scratches from Fiona). She sort of looks like she has been in the brambles. MOL

Here is a link to a few pictures mom took on Monday. They are cute little stinkers:

Grey Foster Kittens


Mom took some more last night that she'll post later. They move so fast! She said it is hard to get pictures of their little faces!

It's time for a nap now. We adults take turns sleeping outside of the kitten room!

Purrs,
Clarissa

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: House Guests

Note: These little fuzzies will be staying at our house for about three days. They two already have a forever home waiting for them in South Carolina. The other two will be fostered in the same home...unless our mom "steals" them.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Toesday: Spunky

Mom finally uploaded the pictures from her camera! Not because she wanted OUR pictures. No, she has already been too TWO Alice Cooper concerts and wanted to see the pictures she took. Most of them were blurry and just awful. HA!!! That's what she gets for ignoring OUR pictures.

Anymew, here are my lovely feets and toesies! You can see that my feet are white and my toes look like black jelly beans!!! My sisters toes are the same way.

Behold my fantastic feets:


Have a great day!

Spunky

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Toesday....sort of

Spunky here to report. I am somewhat miffed at mom. You see, she took some pictures of my toesies and then she forgot to download them from the camera. Hopefully you will get to see my magnificent toes (white with black paw pads!) next week. In the meantime, I will try to give you my rendition of what they look like:


That was really hard to do without thumbs! I should have asked Bertrum Thumbcat to help!

Have a purrific day!

Spunky

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mancat Monday: Sable The Punk

Mom took some new pictures of us last week. I was sitting on the breakfast bar when she took this one of me.


We hope everyone had a great weekend. It turned cold and rainy here. We want our warm spring back!

Purrs,
Sable

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mancat Monday: King Alfred in North Carolina

We would like to introduce our brand new cousin who lives in North Carolina (with Wick and Gracie). His name is King Alfred, but you can call him Alfred. Mom says she is going to call him Squishy.


Alfred moved in with our Aunt Torchy on Saturday. Mom talked to her yesterday and Torchy said Alfred has already made himself at home. He is already sleeping with her at night, he purrs all the time and likes tummy rubs. Gracie is smitten with him, but Wick still isn't too sure.

Here is another picture of Alfred when he was still living at the shelter. That's Aunt Torchy holding him. That was the day she fell in love with him back in March.


Alfred is still young. He is between 12-18 months old and still has some growing to do. We are so happy he found his forever home with our Aunt Torchy. And mom said she is excited about meeting him whenever she goes for another visit.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mancat Monday: Remembering Colin Feral

We weren't blogging over the weekend, so we totally missed the Remembrance Weekend started by Kashim & Othello and Salome at Three Tabby Cats in Vienna. We are going to remember our Angel brother, Colin Feral.


Colin was a stray that mom took in. He joined the family in June 2005. He had to live in our bathroom for a week until mom could get him fixed and vaccinated. About a month after joining us, he left us for his Bridge journey. Colin had lymphoma, which wasn't discovered until the end of his life. He was approximately three years old.

Colin was everything but feral. Mom thinks he may have been dumped. He was extremely friendly and loving from day one. You can see the sweetness in his face.


He loved to lay in the bathroom sink. Bubbles courtesy of Photoshop!


Colin crossed the Bridge on July 16, 2005.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Purring for Those In the Southern USA

We are asking for everyone in the Cat Blogosphere to join us in purrs and prayers for those who have been effected by the tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Virginia yesterday. Our hearts are going out to them. One of mom's co-workers has a daughter who is a freshman at the UA in Tuscaloosa. She is fine and said the university itself was not hit. However, the destruction around the area is unimaginable. Her dad told us that she said it looked like someone had dropped a bomb on the city. Her dad grew up in Oklahoma, so he is no stranger to tornadoes himself.

Our mom experienced the April 4, 1974 tornado that hit Louisville, KY. Although she and her family weren't directly effected, she remembers the devastation it caused as it tore through parts of town not far from her house.

The University of Louisville, where our mom works, is going to hold a non-perishable food and clothing drive to help the survivors who have lost everything they owned. We think the thought it good, but wonder if a monetary donation to the Red Cross would be better.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Farewell, Sweet Praline

It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to the lovely Sweet Praline. Our beautiful friend crossed the Bridge yesterday after a brief battle with cancer. Her caring mom, Paula, knew it was time and helped Sweet Praline cross. That was the greatest gift she could give her furbaby.

We didn't know Sweet Praline as long as many of our Blogosphere friends did. But we know she was a special girl. We will always remember her fondly.


Sweet Praline


Purrs,
Clarissa, Sable, Jazzpurr, Serendipity, Fiona, Daisy, Bandit, Memphis, Batman, Ginger, Panda, Puff, Spunky, Fred, & Lily Rose