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I just cannot help it, every time I see this fascinated look on Melfi’s face, I have to kiss her.

Toes in the air like he just don’t care!

Sweet miss Adriana.

Livia gives us a glimpse of her shaved belly.

“Wahhhhh! I’m da BAYbee!”

“You’re the what? What are you WHINING about over here? What’s going ON?”

Pile o’ warm, purring kittens. As usual, one of them was off somewhere else, RUINING my good picture-taking opportunity. (Paulie Walnuts was off in the other room, sound asleep.)

I love how Melfi, over there on the far left, has found a reason to complain, Silvio is staring in fascination at the ceiling fan, and Adriana has draped a leg over Tony. There was a lapse of perhaps 20 seconds between the two pictures.

Melfi loves her Ham-mick.

Melfi and Tony, snuggled up for a nap.

Hey, look! All four tabbies in a row. Of course, Tony’s busy biting Carmela on the face so it’s not an IDEAL picture – I’d love to have them sitting nicely in a row, all looking at the camera instead of trying to maim each other – but I’ll take what I can get.


Shhhhhhhh. Be VERY quiet. We have managed to track down that rare, elusive creature, the only one of his kind left alive today.

That’s right. We did it. We tracked down…

The Loonicorn!

Let’s back away slowly so as not to frighten him. He’s kinda freakin’ me out, man.


2012: VERY pleased with herself, our Polly.
2011: Not a single Pepper was adopted over the weekend, are you BLIND?
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: Kittens in tiny hats.
2007: β€œWhat do YOU want? Go away. You have COOTIES.”
2006: Newt lurrrrrves his Momma.
2005: The Downfall of Senator Stanley J. Boogerton.



11-14-13 — 36 Comments

  1. Psst… Isn’t Tony biting Carmella in the face? I’m completely under-caffeinated at the moment, but I could have sworn that Adriana isn’t a tabby?

    I am whisper-yelling at my kids to get ready for school at the moment. Don’t want to scare off the Loonicorn. πŸ˜‰

    • You are completely correct! My brain thought “Carmela” and my fingers typed “Adriana”, and I didn’t even notice it when I proofread (which I swear I did!)

      Thanks for the heads up, it’s fixed. πŸ™‚

  2. THE LOONICORN!!!! I LOVE IT… and, as always, Love me the Loon! Jake speaks to my inner Loon that just sometimes HAS to come out! Those little girls sure are protective of their little Tony – first with Adrian draping her leg over him, as if to protect him from that flashy thing, then Melfi snuggling with him… They loves them the Tony! (I do too!.. um, all of them really!) Livia looks smaller than I thought next to those pillows… is she a ‘tiny’ cat? (I have one at full grown, weighs 6.5 lbs – about half the size of her much younger ‘sister’)…

    • Livia is actually not a tiny cat. She’s almost 10 pounds at the moment, so she’s not HUGE, either, just the average sized cat, I think. πŸ™‚

  3. Robyn,
    I am hopeing that you or one of the other readers can offer some advice.
    We have recently added a rescue cat to our family. A very sweet cat, called Ollie. He is a total sweetheart and we love him to bits, but think his head is mostly filled with rainbow fluff rather than brains!
    His issue is that although he uses the litterbox fine most of the time sometimes he will just decide to pee or poop elsewhere. We have had to shut him out of the bedroom as he peed on the bed a few times in the middle of the night (this is sad, as unlike our other cat Ollie is a snuggly sleeper and it was nice falling asleep with a tabby cuddling my legs!). As he was a rescue we know very little about where he came from so we don’t know where this behaviour may stem from (he is about 10 years old and found as a stray – though had a collar so was clearly a house pet at some point).
    We are rewarding him for good litterbox behaviour, but are there any other suggestions as to what we can try to help him stop these accidents?
    We are his forever home so we are committed to Ollie and hopefully with time and patience (and advice from seasoned cat owners) we can find a way.
    Any advise appreciated!

    • Catt, I’m going to post your question in tomorrow’s post in hopes that there’ll be other suggestions, but for the time being these are the suggestions that come to mind: Have you had him checked out by the vet? Inappropriate peeing can be a sign of a UTI. How does he get along with your other cat? Is it possible that he feels trapped or intimidated by the other cat when he uses the litter box? You could try adding more/ different kinds of litter boxes – uncovered so that he can see any potential “threats” coming, and in other parts of the house. Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract litter seems to help, you might want to give that a try.

      I’m sure there are other things I can’t think of at the moment, but like I said, I’ll post your question in tomorrow’s post, and hopefully people will chime in with other suggestions.

      Bless you for being committed to Ollie. He’s a lucky boy. πŸ™‚

      • He is due to be checked out by our VET later this week, but the rescue centre VET found no issues that might cause it. His thyroid levels were slightly higher than normal, so thats something our vet will check (our other cat is Hyperthyroid so its a medical issue we are familiar with).
        He and our original cat are not the best of friends but tolerate each other – a mutual agreement seems to have been made that upstairs is Ollie’s space and he has a litter ox in the upstairs bathroom that Gabriel (our other cat) never uses. We have two other litterboxes in the house.
        I have not seem Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract over here (we are in the UK), but will keep an eye out.
        Its pretty easy to be committed to Ollie as he is such a sweet, sweet cat!

        • I would be interested to see what the vet says. And try amazon for the Cat Attract. I would also maybe suggested separating them and trying a slow re-introduction.

    • Inappropriate elimination is a huge red flag that something is wrong in the cat’s world.. while you try to figure out what it is, put down more litter boxes.. A cat can never have too many (we humans can, but a cat can’t) If they are avoiding the box due to pain, they might choose a different box thinking it is an individual box that is causing the pain..

      with multiple cats in the house you may have an issue with bullying… putting more boxes down will keep keep the resident cat(s) from guarding it and preventing Ollie from using it. also with multiple boxes you can try different types of litter.. he may have a preference for a different type of litter..

      medical issues are always first and foremost in my mind.. mention to the vet that you have some IE going onso s/he can look specifically for it. thyroid, diabetes, arthritis, kidney issues… the list goes on..

  4. Sweet Jake! That photo just may replace Jack and his Eyes o’Luv as my desktop wallpaper, and that’s saying something.

  5. LOVE Jake the Loonicorn!!! I needed that this morning, it’s been a looooong week.
    The slight bit of tongue showing was the perfect touch!
    I swear I am going to drive down there from Maryland someday just to meet him.

  6. I love that the very tip of Jake’s tongue is visible in those “Loonicorn” pictures! He’s just hangin’ around, bein’ a Loon, going ::BLEH:: at folks like it ain’t no thang.

  7. Ok, even for Jake, that’s loony. He is such a love.

    Melfi’s really growing into a beauty, isn’t she? Adriana though, what gorgeous eyes!

  8. Loonicorn….bwahahahaha. This is something I could have tried with my foster Elwood before he was adopted (oddly he had the same spacey look that Jake gets).

    I never would have guessed that Livia weighs 10 pounds – she looks smaller.

    • I dressed up as a Crazy Cat Lady for Halloween at work. I had on a cat T-shirt, cat pajama pants, fuzzy cat slippers, and I pinned little plushy cats all over my bathrobe.

  9. I love the Loonicorn! That little bit of tongue couldn’t be more perfect. Please give patient Jake some skritches for me.