Just learned that today is National Cat Day! Who knew… right?
Anyway, guess what, this is for real: TODAY – UBER IS DELIVERING KITTENS ON DEMAND IN 7 CITIES!
They charge $30 for 15 minutes of kitten cuddles. Didn’t I tell you that this is a winning business proposition? Crate up these kittens, drive them around for a couple of hours every day, and you’ll bring smiles and joy to a lot of people plus pocket some cash in the process!
Ha – I totally thought of you when I read that they were doing this!
Catelyn’s whiskers are forming her initial in the “she’s the floofiest” pic.
I didn’t notice that at all. How adorable is that!
This is very tangential, but is Tomato still unadopted? If she is, she really should come for a visit, she’s been unofficially yours for awhile.
Tomato has been adopted at some point in the past few months (I don’t remember when, exactly). Out of curiosity, what makes her unofficially mine? She’s never been here.
Also, I just remembered the video you posted a while back that featured a very persistent Jake trying to follow Stinkerbelle around until she released her mighty hellcat scream of fury. Have there been any other “hellcat scream” instances since then? I think if I heard that at 2am I’d pretty much have a heart attack on the spot!
Oh, it happens every so often – maybe once a month or so? It’s been a while, though, so I’m sure that means we’re due. It’s funny, when it happens now, I tend to just wake up, listen in case it keeps going (sometimes Jake needs to be told to leave her alone), and then go right back to sleep.
Love the kitty in the box who’s like “Dude, it’s the middle of the night.. shut up and let me sleep!” Who is that, by the way??
That’s Tommy. He’s such a good boy, hearing Jake go on and on and ON doesn’t bother him at all.
I have two that sing with toy mice. One sounds just like Jake – I think that is why I got no feline reactions to the video – they all just thought, Oh that’s Bonnie. When she starts, Toby goes and gets his mouse, which he keeps under the dresser, and joins in. He has a lower voice so when they are both singing away together I say they are practicing their soprano/tenor duet. Madama Butterfly, Act I, anyone?
This cracks me UP.
I was wondering if we could get feedback from the L&H community about this question: how often do you give your cats catnip? and Is there any harm or even drawback to giving it to them as often as, say, every other day? (For instance, do cats build up “immunity” or “resistance” to catnip so that it takes more of it for them to get the same “high”?)
I, personally, give the cats catnip only when I happen to think of it, so it doesn’t happen all that often (which is ironic, because I grow a LOT of it) – maybe a couple of times a month, if that? They do have access to catnip-stuffed toys all the time, though they don’t really go nuts over them very often. Some of the cats like catnip more than others (Miz Poo will always come running to rub her face on catnip, and so will Kara. Sugarbutt will eat a leaf or two of fresh, or rub his face on the dried kind.).
I’ll be interested to hear what others have to say – please chime in, y’all! Is there harm to giving cats catnip on a regular basis?
The kitten pictures are adorable but I LOVE the painting of Miz Poo!
That’s this picture:
Which Fred took a long time ago, in our previous house. I’m not sure exactly when he took it, but I’m thinking 2002 or 2003 or so. I like it so much that I had it printed on canvas (I’m a sucker for those Groupon deals). It was bigger than I expected, but it’s so gorgeous that I wanted to hang it where I’d see it all the time.
Since I had to look through my Miz Poo folder to find that picture, here are a few more of her, just because.
so what is going on with Catelyn’s ear? is she tipped..
She is tipped – she was initially going to be TNR’d (Trapped, Neutered, Returned), until someone noticed how tiny and friendly she was, which is when she came here!
Looking for feedback. One of my cats has out of the blue started licking. I’m not talking about just licking me, which rules out the salt craving, I mean just about anything e.g. mirrors,furniture, front of dishwasher etc…
I’ve had cats all my life, have never seen this behavior. Has anyone else experienced this? I worry about her ingesting cleaning residue.
I said: How old is she, and how long have you had her, dee?
The thing that immediately came to mind is that Connie‘s cat Fleurp licks cement when she’s anemic. I wonder if it could be something like that. In any case, since it’s a sudden behavior and she hasn’t done it in the past, I think you probably ought to get her to the vet.
Dee said: She is 3 and had her since she was 12 weeks. She was just at the vet for not eating her treats 3 days in a row and “just not being herself”(I’m a bit of a paranoid pet parent). They did a blood work up on her and took X-Rays. Her blood was fine. The X-rays only showed her bowels were full so I was told to add pumpkin to her can food. She started acting herself within 36 hours. Didn’t think to mention the licking to the vet, was upset about the other issues.
I said: I think that I’d advise waiting to see if she stops – maybe it’s a temporary thing and will pass, but I would think that it’s probably not an urgent rush-her-to-the-vet type of behavior. If you can go to using natural cleaners – vinegar – for the time being, that would be best.
I’m going to post your question in Friday’s post, in case someone out there has dealt with this before and has some advice, too.
And Dee said: Thank you for the input. It seems that part of the time now she’s doing it for attention. She knows now she’ll get a reaction out of me,if she licks me- I’ll pet her because it feels icky. If I catch her licking a different surface I call her over to stop her. How I wish we could get into their little brains to better understand what goes on in there.
If you guys have any other thoughts on the topic, please feel free to chime in!
So, Matthew asked in the comments earlier this week whether I was going to do anything special for Halloween. It was my intention to get some cute costume-type pictures of the kittens.
Hmph. Those kittens, always ruining my plans.
Speaking of those kittens, I took PW, Ralph, Trader Joe, Winn Dixie, and Von for their spaying and neutering yesterday. After I dropped them off and had breakfast with Susan and Richard, I ran into Huntsville to do a bunch of errands. Around noon, I looked at my phone to see that Fred had sent me a couple of emails. In the first one, sent about an hour after I left, he reported that Catelyn wouldn’t stop howling at the door to his office. He finally shut her in the kitten room and she was fine for a couple of hours, but then she decided she was DONE with being alone, so she put her mouth to the bottom of the kitten room and howled and HOWLED, and that girl has some lungs on her. So he let her out and let her into his office, where she stomped around sniffing things and trying to chew on wires.
I got home about half an hour later and let her out into the downstairs where she walked around and explored, then curled up and took a nap. Most of the adult cats hissed if she got too close to them, but she wasn’t terribly concerned by that.
After I picked the other kittens up and brought them home, she did some hissing at them, but eventually settled down. The spays and neuters went just fine, and today the Grocers will all get their last vaccinations, and will be ready to go when there’s space for them at Petsmart (except for Von and Winn Dixie, of course, who will be going home mid-November). As always, we have no idea when space will open up for them, but I’m guessing it won’t be right away. So for now we get to just enjoy their antics!
2013: “These kitten wings are so fresh and tasty! Could use a little BBQ sauce for dipping, though.”
2012: Perfect Halloween kitty!
2011: This time of year, when you see a gathering of very interested looking kittens, it means a wasp has gotten inside.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: I suspect Lem.
2007: No entry.
2006: I don’t know why my mother felt that Maddy would make a good hat. Maddy did not agree.
2005: I think Miz Poo and Mister Boogers have more fun in the kitten room than the kittens do.