6-29-12

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Who on earth was squeaking at you during the Stompers and Agata clip? It completely distracted me from Sir Stompypants.

That was Kennebec. He and his sisters like to sit next to me and squeak at me if I stop petting them for one moment.

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Do you think Brandywine is putting on a little weight, since she’s now away from the babies half the day? She looks so thin!

She’s put on several ounces, but she’s still really thin. She’s enjoying being away from the babies, but by the evening she’s ready to see them again – even if they do follow her around and shriek at her.

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Am I the only one wondering how Inspector Stompers managed to get up on the counter? Surely he’s not big enough to do that by himself yet?? I certainly have no objection to cats on the kitchen counter (like it would stop them if I did!), but there’s no way I could get anything done with that little morsel stomping around!

The pictures mentioned were over at Dinosaurs Can’t Eat Pizza, where Nance and I both made ice cream sandwiches this week (warning: lots of profanity over there).

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“Sink full of dishes? Inspector Stompers give you ten demerits for that.”

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“Inspector Stompers think you a slob. Why you never do dishes? That’s horrifying.”

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“Tomatoes on the same counter near where you make cookies? Twenty-three demerits! That’s just wrong.”

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“Inspector Stompers disapprove of the “Smitten Kitchen” business. It supposed to be smitten KITTEN, and Stompers not appreciate the play on words. That’s IT. You close this operation down!”

I paid the inspector off with crunchies and packed him off to his room for a nap, and continued with what I was doing.

What happened was that Fred walked by the guest bedroom at a time King Stompers decided was close enough to Snackin’ Time that he should begin kicking up a fuss (we call it “Setting off the Stompers Alarm”) and Fred couldn’t stand hearing him cry, so he went into the room and comforted him, then brought him into the kitchen and handed him off to me so he could go take a shower. I was in the middle of cleaning up the kitchen, so I let Stompenstein do some stomping.

We are a horrifying household and the cats walk on the counter all the time. I wipe down the counters every morning, and before I cook, but if you think you’re getting out of this house without inhaling or imbibing some cat hair, well. Good luck with that!

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I declare, Stompers has just stomped all over my heart! How does he compare size-wise with the ‘Maters?

He’s a bit smaller than the ‘Maters, even though he’s guesstimated to be a few days older. The smallest ‘Maters (Caspian and Dingwall Scotty) are 3 1/2 ounces bigger than Stompers. The ‘Maters are kind of long and skinny, and the Stomps is kind of short and round.

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I don’t know why, exactly, but it cracks me up that (according to the photo captions, anyway) EVERY ONE of your cats calls you just “lady.” Fosters, short-termers, permanent residents… no one bothers to learn your name.

They are all extremely rude little monsters who sneeze in my face and snap their fingers at me when they need their food bowls refilled. I get no respect!

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So about this sucking on things – I’m assuming it’s not something to worry about? One of my fosters JUST started doing it a few days ago. Now every time she’s sleepy she kneads the blanket and sucks on it. Sweet but strange and I wasn’t certain if I should look for an underlying issue or not! I know they can do that when they’ve been taken away from momma too soon – but (a) I don’t think she was, and (b) she’s around 9 weeks old and just started it!

It’s absolutely nothing to worry about. It’s just how they soothe themselves. Sometimes they grow out of it, sometimes they do it their entire life! Sugarbutt used to occasionally knead on my shoulder and lick my neck in the middle of the night. It didn’t hurt or bother me – I thought it was sweet – so I let him do it. He eventually stopped on his own.

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We had the most loved, sweet natured male cat named Cheddar..a few years back we had to put him down, this was just an awful situation and a very hard decision for all our family..jump forward our daughter says all she wants for her 12th bday is another cat..we are going to the shelter in mid-July..so do you have any advice for picking a cat?…My daughter wants a ‘snuggly cat’ We have 2 dogs, both have no problem with my parent’s cats…any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

I think Lisa’s advice was perfect: Let the cat pick your daughter. If it’s a shelter like Challenger’s House where you can sit in a room with the cats free to roam, they will come to you and you’ll know when it’s the right one. Some cats don’t like to be picked up or held while you are standing, but they’ll curl up in your lap or snuggle next to you.

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Since it’s been a veggie naming trend with the Taters and ‘Maters, I think you should do a Squash litter. I think you’d end up nicknaming someone “Pattypan” anyway lolol

Aren’t you surprised that we haven’t had a Pattypan yet? I totally am! And I think that the next few litters will probably have garden-themed names, so there may be a litter of squashes in the next few months.

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Currently, I’ve got a seven-week-old kitten staying at my house. I would love to place his mom in a home with him. She is generally a very tame and affectionate cat, but has been living outside and spent the first night indoors meowing to be let out, so I let her back out. Have you had similar experiences with feral/semi-feral mama cats like Emmy? If so, how did you manage the situation without tranquilizer darts blown through a straw? I don’t want to break up the family, and I’m hoping you’ll tell me that she would get used to being indoors and stop meowing.

I have to say that I’m probably not the best one to answer this question because our cats are actually allowed to go outside (in our back yard) during the day.

Readers, advice?

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One, have you ever fostered any polydactyl cats? I have a poly, but I got him when he was 4 so I never got to see him as a kitten. I have to think polydactyl kittens are just hilarious. And, two – when you’re fostering, does Challenger’s pay for vet bills, spay/neuter surgeries and food, or are all of those things provided by you and Fred?

Surprisingly, I have never had a polydactyl cat. We thought for a brief period of time that Terry from the True Blood Six was polydactyl, but he had the usual number of toes, they were just arranged oddly.

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Also, my favorite Terry pic:

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Between the eyelids, the wonky paw and the hernia Terry had, he was one sweet little mess.

And yes, Challenger’s House pays for the vet bills and surgeries and food. The only thing they don’t pay for is the litter, and that’s not a problem for us, because we always have plenty of litter on hand.

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Robyn, I know you’ve done a comparison on water fountains before, so I was wondering if you could link to that page again? My baby boy is having issues and I guess fountains make them drink more? I’m not asking you to rewrite your review, but if you could point me to it, I’d so appreciate it! Thanks!

I put my updated  water fountain review on a page by itself, here. If/when I can think of a category heading that strikes my fancy, I’ll make a permanent link in the sidebar. (And y’all feel free to weigh in with comments regarding water fountains on that page!)

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Is Stomper’s fur soft? It doesn’t look very soft contrary to Cap’n Floof’s fur… He is the cutest thing ever so it doesn’t matter, but I love a soft kitty.

I originally answered this question by saying that Stompers has silky fur and the Cap’n has cottony-soft fur, but after a careful comparison (and didn’t I just HATE having to go into the guest bedroom and petting Stompypants, oh, the work is never DONE), I have to say that Stompers’s fur and the Cap’n’s fur are pretty much the same cottony-soft texture. Kennebec, Agata, and Fianna, on the other hand, have very silky fur.

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That lone chick in the field makes me nervous. Perfect hawk/eagle meal.

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Nah, George and Gracie were just off-camera hanging out. Their mere presence tends to keep the birds of prey at a distance.

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Does Baby Stompers get a snack?

Every foster kitten in this house gets two snacks a day – one in the morning, one in the evening. I am SO going to make a video of kittens screaming at snack time, because it is deafening, and they act like they are absolutely dying of starvation.

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I have a pattypan squash in my fridge that I bought because it looked like a space ship (yes, I am an adult, and no, I don’t want to act like one hehehe) What’s the best way to cook it?

Depending on the size, I would either oven fry it, stuff it, or cut it up into small cubes and saute it with onion, garlic, and a little olive oil.

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That picture of Grumpster Norland had me so distracted…he reminded me of someone but I couldn’t place it… I kept looking at it and thinking,thinking,thinking…and then it came to me!

Shere Khan from Jungle Book.

Oh, I DEFINITELY see the resemblance!

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Guess who has a home?

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A Love & Hisses reader applied to adopt Stompers and was approved! He’s not ready to go yet – the adoption can’t take place ’til he’s been neutered and is up to date on all his vaccinations, so probably another 4 – 6 weeks, depending on how long he takes to put on the weight – but when he’s ready to go, he’s got a home! He’ll be going to live in Georgia, and the best part of this is that I know we’ll get updates on him!

How awesome is that?

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You can’t tell from this picture, but Fianna had pushed that Ham-Mick all the way under the bed. She was quite proud of herself, clearly.

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Well, at least Norland didn’t chew ALL Cap’n Floof’s whiskers off. YET.

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“I cannot help it. Whiskers is tasty.”

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Kennebec caught the end of Agata’s tail, pinned it up against my leg, and started sucking on it. And she totally let him!

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“Got whiskers?”

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Clearly Kennebec’s favorite place to hang out when the morning sun is coming through the window.

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Norland watching birds (or looking for whiskers).

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Sungold, in a rare moment of repose.

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And taking a bath.

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And giving me the pouty face.

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Dingwall Scotty and his one white toe.

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Wellington with food on his chin.

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“Hey! Stop takin’ pictures and PET ME!”

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Are you ready for Mister Gorgeous?

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I love the sweet Corbie Corbs.

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Previously
2011: ::fume::
2010: Rhyme’s all “I LOVE YOU, Crazy Jake!”
2009: What’s cuter than a growling kitten? NOTHING.
2008: No entry.
2007: Sweet little pink kitty toes.
2006: No entry.
2005: Love that Flossie.

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6-29-12 — 89 Comments

  1. i like stompers chin whiskers!! they sort of sprout down and make it look like he’s been drinkin’ out of a bowl of milk.

  2. So much Stompy goodness packed into the day! I seriously don’t know how you get anything done. I would be walking around all day with a kitten in every pocket and one of those black kittens on each shoulder (and what the heck, one can ride on my head too!)

    Hey, Holly Waterfall…. shameless stealing of your ideas at my blog today. Check it out!! OK, the rest of you can too 😉 I am now done talking about my blog here. You know where to find me!

  3. My advice for picking cats is yes, pick the one that picks you….but also, sit on the FLOOR (legs outstretched and ankles crossed) when you are in the interaction room with the kitten/cat. Take your time. Often they need to sniff around first and determine their surroundings before they settle down and show off their personality. At that time, you can lean over, pick them up and set them down on your lap/upper thighs. I am a “kitty cuddler” volunteer for our Animal Control (where I live) and this is the process I use with each cat/kitten. Please also realize that with kittens…they often go wild in the interaction room because they have all that energy and they cannot expend it properly in their small cages. However, you will be thoroughly entertained! 🙂 Best wishes! Oh…and pick based on personality….not looks.

    • Amen to personality over looks! That’s how I ended up with a skin and bones elderly black kitty cat who’s a bit rough around the edges, but he loves me and he picked me instead of the other way around. We love him to death and absolutely brought the right one home with us.

  4. We are beyond excited! And we’ll happily send updates as he settles in with his sister, Wisp. We’re even keeping his name(s). Cicero is lovely and Stompers is just such a great nickname.

    • YAY! I’m so glad he’s going to stay Stompers! 🙂 So happy you’re adopting him.

    • Congrats to you Kristyn and also to Stompers! Can’t wait for the continuous updates-or do I sense another blog here?

    • I am so glad Stompers has a home and am really looking forward to seeing him grow up there via the occasional update! 🙂

    • Awesome news for Stompers! It actually brought tears to my eyes. I have two of Robyn’s fosters, so we are now in the same club.

      • Congratulations for Cicero-Stompers and Kristyn. You’re doing a wonderful deed providing Stompers with his forever home. He’s leaving (Crooked Acres), on the midnight train to Georgia. Woo-hoo. I’m happy for everyone!

    • Wonderful news all around – for Stompers, for Kristyn, for Wisp, and for us all because we will be getting updates about the little guy! Yay!

    • Congratulations on getting a kitty with such huge personality!!

      sending updates? does that mean he’s not getting his own blog?

  5. Re: products…maybe you could do a products/review page? I know I constantly try to remember when I saw something so I don’t have to backtrack through every post. For example, I think I read here about folks who use those coverable plastic storage containers as litter boxes. I was thinking of doing the same thing since one of my cats constantly pees along the back side of the box and it leaks through the seam where the cover meets the bottom of the litter box.

    • I use a large storage container for a litter box, since my girls are full grown. One had refused to squat to pee, so there would be pee all over the wall behind the box. ick. I don’t use the lid, but it, for the most part, has kept the pee in the box.

      • I used to use a cement mixing pan ($7 at Home Depot) when I had cats.
        The plastic for these pans is thicker, there are no corners (the bottom is rounded), there’s a thicker lip around the edge and they seem to be slicker/clean up better than regular cat pans.
        I had a large cat who liked to perch on the lip of the litter pan to do his business – once you’ve come home to a flipped over pan, litter strewn room and ticked off cat . . . you start searching for alternatives.

  6. My advice on picking a kitten is to check with the volunteers/employees that work at the shelter. They know which kittens are the cuddlers. I foster for our local shelter, the kittens go back when they are over two pounds for spay/neuter/chip and then I say goodbye. We have a foster report card we fill out that we can note if this kitten likes to cuddle, lap cat, very independent or if they are fostered in pairs and seem inseparable we can note that we would love to see them adopted together. Nothing replaces getting down and playing with them. I have had the cutest kittens but they did not like to cuddle and then I have had some kittens that some may think not so cute and they have been the most loving, love bugs..so, just give them some time and see who comes to you. Good luck 🙂

    • I completely agree. If the staff can’t answer you or get you information (because sometimes the weekend staff don’t get to spend a lot of time with the kitties) then I would be very cautious. If they don’t know the animals well enough to help I would wonder about the quality of the care (granted, sometimes turn around on adoptions is so quick they don’t really have time to know so keep an open mind)

      Also, don’t expect to adopt the first time you go. Often when you go with out the expectation of THE ONE, THE ONE comes right up to you and says “bout time you showed up, lets go!” you aren’t as stressed and the cats pick up on that. Most shelters are very open to people just going in and patting and grooming the cats.

  7. “Inspector Stompers disapprove of the “Smitten Kitchen” business. It supposed to be smitten KITTEN, and Stompers not appreciate the play on words. That’s IT. You close this operation down!”

    LOL! The Smitten Kitten is a sex-toy shop in Uptown Minneapolis. 😀

    • Agreed! His ears are HUUUGE! And sort of off to the sides of his head, which is, I think, what makes him so adorable to me.

  8. Awww, kitten named Pattypan, but also Buttercup (yes, besides Butternut), but Zucchini, not sure! lots of ‘food’ for thought there, ha!

    and so wonderful Stompers has a forever home, and it’s awesome when you get updates, love seeing how the grownup kittehs look, plus knowing they’re loved so much.

    • I searched for varieties of squash, and I found these names:

      Acorn
      Blue Hokkaido
      Butternut
      Cheese (!!!)
      Delicata
      Hubbard
      Kabocha
      Red Kuri
      Rouge Vif d’Etampes
      Spaghetti (!!!)
      Sugar Pie
      Sweet Dumpling
      Turban

      And of course, Pattypan!

      (Am I the only one who wants to see kittens named Cheese and Spaghetti?)

      • Oh, my heart… my brother and sis-in-law had a cat named Hubbard. In fact, he got his name because the color of his fur (he was marmie and white) reminded my SIL of that particular type of squash. He was very fluffy and built like a little feline tank (he obviously had some Persian in his background) with polydactyl front paws, and he had a rather rakish tear in one ear from his days as a stray before they rescued him from a local animal shelter. He looked like he ought to be the toughest cat in the entire world, and yet he was the biggest marshmallow you ever met–grumpy at times, but a sweetie for all of that. My husband and I cat-sat him for a month once, and I came to love him almost as my own. We lost him just last year to diabetes and various other age-related ailments, and he’s very much missed; it still feels strange to go over to my brother’s house for holidays and such and realize that my furry nephew isn’t waiting upstairs for his chin rubs any more. Sigh.

        So Robyn, if you do end up with a litter of “Squashes” this summer, and there happens to be a sweet little orange and white boy with a lot of floof in the lot, I hope you’ll consider calling him Hubbard–he’d be following in some very good pawprints!

  9. Ah, the water fountains…. I bought the Drinkwell plastic fountain, and it was fine for a while, but now I can’t get the damn motor piece out to save my life! You have to use one finger to lift it and then pull it out for cleaning, and I can’t get it out, and you can’t use anything else (screw driver, etc.) for leverage for fear of breaking the plastic. So now it is just a very expensive, unplugged water bowl… 🙁 I will definitely buy ceramic next time, because my cats do like the running water!

    And I’m glad I’m not the only one constantly cleaning cat hair off her kitchen counters! I have Trixie and Jinx “trained” to where they stay on the top of the refrigerator when I’m actually cooking (they can see everything going on but are away from the food, hot stove, knives, etc.), but otherwise they roam the counters at will and love to drink from the running kitchen faucet. I have a hand-thrown bowl that I love, that says “The Cook is not responsible for the cat hair in the food”! 😉

    • Yeah, I have three cats but one of them is white. God help you if you where black in my house. Everyone leaves with a white butt. It is not that I don’t de-fur daily all the furniture and such, it is just that he is like Pig-pen, but instead of dirt…fur….

    • I also have the Drinkwell problem with the motor not coming off. I just turn it on its side as best I can and clean it with the motor still in, and keep it as dry as possible. I’m able to take all the other parts off. Mine has done fine like this for a year or so.

      • Unfortunately, mine’s leaking now, because I don’t think the motor is in properly but I can’t get it back out… So I’m afraid to run it with the leak.

  10. I meant to comment on DCEP, but forgot–I *always* think Smitten Kitten for that website. I think she should change it, don’t you?

    • Oh, I forgot to mention, anyone who says their cat(s) don’t get up on the counters is either lying or totally oblivious (is that the word I want? You know, like people whose kids would never xxx)

      • 2 of my cats don’t (they just aren’t climbers)…however….1 of them is the nosiest booger on the planet so he has to see everything I am doing. Now when I say, “Get down.” he gets on the bar over the sink very quickly. A while back, we can come to agree that the “bar” is not part of the “counters” (so he says) and that is thus not off limits. I had to conceed else I would never get anything cooked or cleaned cuz the second I got him off the counter, he would jump back up and I would have to put him right back down. So on the bar, he can watch everything and stay off the counters. Will he “troll” behind my back if something nifty is on the counter (like a box)? Uh…yeah…mama’s no fool.

        As for the dining room table…*sigh*… it is oval shaped. When I snap my fingers and tell him to get down, he runs around the table just out of my reach like he is running track. There is always one mischievious child in every family….

      • Like GD said, it might just be that they know their cats.

        Out of my five, three of them would get up on the counter if there was, say, some gushy-food or an unrinsed tuna can up there, and I wasn’t around. Only one, however, gets up on the counter regularly. Even then, she prefers to be at the end of the counter, next to the door, so she can look out and chatter at the birds – and that’s only if someone’s left a dishtowel on the counter for her to sit on. Otherwise she prefers the mat by the door. A princess has to have her cushions, you know!

        The other two, one of them would probably die of a heart attack if I ever lifted her up that high (I swear, we’ve had her since she was a kitten, yet she always acts like she is terrified of EVERYTHING; after ~6 years, I still can only pick her up if I’m wearing protective gear – therefore, I am pessimistically certain that this is the cat who’s going to, one day, develop a condition requiring daily medication), and the other one would immediately flatten onto his belly, hold on for dear life, and beg to be rescued. They don’t like heights, and the fraidy-cat doesn’t like jumping in general.

        That knowledge helps when I need to do a cat count, though – I know that three will probably be at waist-level or above, one on something cushioned; the other two will be down at ankle-level so I have to be sure to look under everything.

  11. I’m so happy Stompers has a forever home and so sad it’s not my house. I haven’t fallen so in love with a kitten like this in a long while. I can’t wait to see the updates as they come in.

  12. Who Sungold, that’s laddie mag quality posing. Beautiful.

    Also wondering how many people Kristen had to fight to take Stompers home.

  13. I’ve had no luck getting my 3 semi-feral inside at night. Wolfie, at least 7yrs old now, has been outside her whole life (has a neighborhood outdoor cat). Now she lives on my front porch & it’s my greatest wish that she spend her golden yrs sleeping my sofa. She’ll come in for cuddles & food but as soon as I close the front door, she turns into a crazed, cornered, wild thing. It’s sad to watch, she is sooo Unhappy. Needless to say, we open the door & out she runs…about 4 ft away. Nope, she’ll never be an inside kitty. So, we built several sturdy huts, got lots of blankets & heating pads. Luckily, winters are mild here but it’s the predators that I worry about. Every morning, we ask each other “seen Wolfie yet today?”. All that said I know she is happier outside and so we let her be …outside. But it’s hard, really hard.

  14. so much kitty goodness…Id never get anything done except fussing and kissing..

  15. Corbie is Corbalicious. And that white spot on Scotty’s foot is his dingwall.

    • LOL Kathy – that sounds like a euphemism for something awfully rude! That’s hilarious.

  16. If anybody is able to help out in the following situation it would be great….
    The news reported that a man was hoarding cats in his vehicle and because it was so hot here the last few days the cats are not doing well. They were taken in by the vet and are being transferred to some rescues when they are able. This is near Harrisburg, PA. The article is here: http://www.abc27.com/story/18918152/hoarded-orphaned-cats-need-permanent-home
    Thanks in advance to any who can help.

  17. Here’s something I learned the hard way. Our cat kneaded and sucked regularly. I gave him a nice small sheepskin type “blanket” and he adored it, carried it around in his mouth (so cute!) and nursed on it. A lot. After a year or so, he started vomiting so off he went to the vet’s with his blanket in his crate for comfort. They kept him for 2 days and did a set of xrays requiring anesthesia plus blood work only to finally decide it was bits of fluff in his digestive system. Much worry and $900 later (I know!!) we brought him home, threw out his blanket and haven’t had any issues since. That was 3 years ago. Mind you, the sheepskin was very shaggy so tufts came off fairly easily I guess. He still kneads and sucks occasionally, but on a low pile blanket or towel and not very often. I felt very stupid and a lot poorer after that episode!

  18. We adopted two kittens last year and I update their foster moms every so often.. I am not sure that my updates are especially welcome – there never seems to be much of a response. Just wondering how you feel about the frequency of updates and should I give it up after we’ve had them for a year.

    • I can tell you I LOVE them when I get them. Often it is hard to know what to say because you know the kitties have moved on and aren’t “mine” any more. I don’t want to say anything to offend or come off incredibly crazy (I expect people to think I’m a little crazy)

      You could always ask. There are a slew of different reasons to suggest why sending photos might not be appropriate (too big for her mail server, work email, too many emails, too busy, etc)you can pick one, even if it seems silly, and ask. If she takes the excuse then you have your answer. If she says no way I love seeing them, then you know you aren’t bothering her.

      • Oh, I like Connie’s suggestion.

        I can say that I always LOVE getting updates on my fosters, I love hearing about how they’re doing and I love seeing what they look like all grown up – and I especially love hearing how much people love having my former fosters as part of their family!

    • I love hearing about kitties who aren’t mine, so I’d be over the moon to hear about my fosters in their new home. Connie’s suggestion rocks, as usual. Doesn’t hurt to ask.

  19. So, I’ll have you know, lady, that you’ve cost me some money lately. Yes, YOU! You see, ever since I started reading your blog a couple years ago, I have wished for a cat just like Looney Jake. But of course, being a cat-mom of three, I knew that I did not have room in the house for One. More. Cat.

    Until.

    I saw this beautiful, blue gray cat at Petsmart named Hootie. Who, upon seeing me, started rubbing up against the glass and kneading his paws frantically.

    Nope, didn’t need another cat.

    Until…. I went BACK to Petsmart and discovered this little boy was STILL not adopted.

    NO. NO MORE CATS!

    Until… I went back an hour later and adopted him. I promptly renamed him Albus, because all my pets have a Harry Potter theme going on (I have three other cats: Hermione, Minerva, and Moony, and a dog named Winky). And after the first night, I was convinced my animals wouldn’t accept a new guy into the family because of the amount of hissing and floofing going on. And because Albus himself was TERRIFIED, even when I put him in isolation. But I told myself to just give it a week and see what happened. Albie got over being terrified, the other cats, while *occasionally* still hissy, have now accepted him, and I tell you what, there are times when I swear Albus has a touch of the loon in him. This is Albus, btw:

    So it’s ALL YOUR FAULT that I have 4 cats now! AND you also caused me to spend some more money because, after seeing how much Albus likes to play with toys, I ordered Da Bird on Amazon! (All the cats LOVE it! My tubbiest kitty went flying through the air trying to catch it today!)

    Yep, definitely mad at you! 😉 Hehehehehe….

  20. Keeping an outdoor cat in..

    well it really depends on the cat. You can implement a few things, but sometimes when a cat gets a taste of the wild they are never happy with out it.

    First you need to make the indoors attractive. If your kitty is a climber, then cat trees are going to be important. Getting cat walks around the walls could also provide interest. Jackson Galaxy’s blog recently added a ‘catification’ section of his website (and lots of info on his show “my cat from hell” too) to show how to modify your home to make it more cat friendly while not looking like you live in your cat’s house. Mental stimulation is good. Play time is important. Toys that interact is good. “hunting” toys that have food in them and ‘reward’ the cat for ‘hunting’. Hiding some treats around the house to also encourage ‘hunting’. If the cat is an actual hunter then adding raw meat might be helpful. Raw bones are something they would eat if they catch a mouse, so they can be fed. I had a mom recently that ate an entire cornish game hen (all be it in two sessions, I cut it in half and she ate one half one day and the other the next)

    Then you need to make the outside unattractive. Discourage sitting at the door. A can of compressed air makes a noise that most cats can’t stand and you can do it from across the room. A can with coins in it, etc. I would also randomly discourage with something attractive such as starting play time or giving a treat.

    If it is an option, provide cat safe outdoor time. There are catios and cat safe enclosures

  21. For some reason, I keep getting an error when trying to open the link from the TV interview last week. Can you imbed it into your blog, vs just the link? So happy for Mr. Stomps-a-lot finding a home… he is such a cutie pie… remind me how old he is, compared to the Maters n Taters. Or, is he just a small little runt?

    • How about this, Leslie:

      (I’ll go back and change the link in the entry, hopefully it’ll work.)

      Stompers is about 8 weeks old, Norland and Russet will be three months old tomorrow. The little Taters are about 10 days younger than Norland and Russet. And the ‘Maters are about 8 weeks too – Stompers is actually guesstimated to be a few days older than the ‘Maters.

      • This is the error I keep getting re: video, even with it embedded… thanks btw…

        Media Error:
        ArgumentError – Invalid parameter passed to method… Huh??? I think it’s written in a language only the person who wrote it understands… grrrrrrrr…

        So what you’re really saying is that Senior Stomper is tiny! Such a cutie pie face… and Corbie… just beautiful!

        • Hmph. Well, I’ve exhausted my skills with trying to make it work, sorry. 🙁 You’re not missing much, if that helps. 🙂

  22. Nnnnnooooo! YOU were supposed to succumb to the vibes I was sending you and adopt Stompers! He is just unbearably cute and is now my favourite kitteh — except for Miz Poo of course. I hope his new mum understands we expect updates!

  23. I think you’re slacking….you’re missing a banner on the right for the Maters bunch!