Last night, this happened, FINALLY:
Not only adopted, but the little mobster is going home with… a POLICE CHIEF and his wife! How perfect is that?
Now if Livia, Toto, and Tricki would just go home, I’d be happy!
I need help from the kitten whisperer! We have two cats, adopted them when they were small. They will be 1 in March. They are a boy and girl, Captain Carl and Bailey. They have been fixed. Well, Carl just will not purr. He ‘accepts’ being held but will not purr at all. It breaks my heart! He is a floofy fantabulous kitty, but I think he hates me. And Bailey, well, she likes other people, just not me. My other cats like me, in fact, Smokey sleeps with me with his paw on my face, purring the whole time. Any ideas?
Barbara, my suggestion is to start having personal one-on-one time with each of them (no other cats present, even if you need to lock the cat and yourself in a room), which should involve play time, snuggle time, and if need be, a couple of treats to sweeten the deal. It doesn’t have to be a long amount of time (even just 10 minutes would help), but it should be at least every day, if you can swing it. I think that having the one-on-one time will help them bond with you, if that makes sense.
ALSO, I have to add that some cats just don’t purr. Corbie has never purred as an adult – he has some kind of muscular damage to his back end (the vet thinks it happened in the womb; his mother was FIV positive), and I think the inability to purr is somehow related to that. You can tell when he wants to purr – he breathes really hard – but no purring from the Corbs.
If you guys have suggestions to help Captain Carl and Bailey warm up to Barbara, please weigh in!
Cats taking “selfies.” I’ll admit it, I laughed out loud…
Those are great!
I think you want to call him Fernando because his brothers are OrlandO and AngelO. It just makes sense : )
I agree. I’m not going to tell you not to call him Fernando, because I think it fits him. Although, I’d forgive you if you decided to save the name for an ABBA litter 🙂
Exactly! The mama would have to be Mia (short for Mamma Mia).
It actually DOES make sense that I’m tempted to call Ferdinand Fernando because of the “o” sound, I hadn’t thought of that!
We haven’t had an ABBA litter, but we HAVE had a Mia – she was the mother from our very first litter. (As an aside, every time Fred happens to catch sight of a picture of Mia, he thinks it’s Joe Bob!)
I should probably add that the ABBA song isn’t the Fernando I immediately thought of when I was calling him Fernando – it was a different Fernando entirely…
‘Nando, don’t be a schnook. It’s not how you feel. It’s how! You! Look!
Kittens on the internets – – I am 100% positive that’s what the webs were discovered for! Love and Hisses being my first love and go to every morning to ‘start my day’, however, wanted to pass on a live stream kitten cam from some animal rescue org in Canada. The momma was waddling heavily pregnant yesterday when I last checked… but seems that she delivered sometime yesterday afternoon/evening and live feed of momma and babies.. sooooo cute!
What a BEAUTIFUL bunch of babies! Thanks for the link, I sense many wasted* hours in my future. 🙂
*But really, is time spent watching kittens really time wasted? I think not!
Cats with little stub tails are SO CUTE. For some reason I think Ferdinand is going to grow into one of those big burly cats that look like Ron Perlman.
Cats that look like Ron Perlman are definitely a thing.
I am DYING – that is awesome!
Also, I have to tell y’all that Fred calls Angelo “Dewey” because he says he looks like Dewey from Malcolm in the Middle. I don’t know that I see it, myself, but it makes me laugh when he calls him Dewey!
I’m pretty sure this batch of kittens have some fennec in them. Check out those ears! Especially Orlando, he’s got ears like the big Mouse.
Love Ferdinand’s serious gaze. And have you seen these?
They’re both excellent, but OH did “Ricky” kill. Me. DEAD!
Group trip to Japan anyone?
Editing: Just saw this…so maybe California would be more cost effective. Well, unless Robyn wants to start Crooked Acres Kitty Tea Time. 🙂
I have no desire to start a tea parlor – just thinking about all the restrictions and rules and inspectors makes me need a nap! However, I would like it very much if someone would open one near me, because I would visit it regularly. In the meantime, this certainly gives me a good excuse to visit San Francisco, I’ve never been there. 🙂
Speaking of ABBA…
I LOVE it!
Took my Lacey Grey to the vet for routine visit… She’s always been very vocal, but very much all bark with no bite, but VERY theatrical in her rumblings… after just an introductory growl, the poor vet-tech-in-training left the room and came back in head to toe Kevlar and face shield. Fortunately, a more seasoned vet tech must’ve noticed and came in and called Lacey’s bluff – she briskly chided Lacey for being a drama queen, grabbed her by the scruff of the neck (NOT abusive or wrong, but correct, firm, and gentle at the same time), put her on the scale and there was no more of those shenanigans. Lacey was actually instantly sweet and docile. Hoping this is not misinterpreted by any readers and hoping my Lacey Grey does NOT in any way contribute to a change in career choices for the young tech in training … (hoping she reads this – yes I did share this site as my favorite and urged her to check it out.. as this was certainly LOVE and HISSES – Literally!!!)
You know, there are some times (especially when we’re trying to give Tommy his twice-a-week meds) that I think I need a head-to-toe Kevlar! Vet techs sure do deal with a lot, I suspect that after a few years that vet tech in training will know when a cat is serious and when s/he’s just being a drama queen. That’s what training’s for, right?
I just saw this in today’s NY Times – Dog scratching post. I have no idea if it’s actually for sale here in the States but I can just picture one of your kittens perched on the head like the one on the webpage.
I was going to say “I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW!”, but then I found that it costs 649 imaginary European dollars, which makes it like a BILLION useless American dollars, so I think I will appreciate it from afar. 🙂
After a smooth start wherein they seemed to accept him with no problems, Maria and Mariette have decided that they don’t like Dennis. They growl at him when he comes near, they’ll hiss if he gets even nearer, and they think he needs to just go away. Dennis is still acclimating to his new surroundings, so he mostly looks nervous and a little at a loss when the girls growl at him. The boys, for the most part, seem to accept him just fine, and in fact I’m pretty sure Ferdinand wants to be friends. I know it’s still early yet, so I’m sure the girls will calm down in a few days.
2013: Tandem “not impressed” expressions, with bonus tongue from Kennebec.
2012: Check out the fearsome claws.
2011: EVERYone loves Loony Jake.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: Stinkerbelle gets tired of the camera action, and moves across the bed, next to Skittles.
2007: I always feel awful leaving cats at the pet store.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.