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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also, my favorite Terry pic:
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.
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!)
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.
That lone chick in the field makes me nervous. Perfect hawk/eagle meal.
Nah, George and Gracie were just off-camera hanging out. Their mere presence tends to keep the birds of prey at a distance.
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.
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?
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!
Oh, I DEFINITELY see the resemblance!
Guess who has a home?
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?
Are you ready for Mister Gorgeous?
I love the sweet Corbie Corbs.
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.