11-18-22 Friday

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How is the search going for Kim’s special food?

I’ve suspended my efforts for now – she seems interested in the Royal Canin Renal Support food, but I can’t give it to her in the same room as the kittens because they’ll eat it (and she’s so sweet, she will hang back and let them eat it), and trying to put her in another room and feed her separately just stresses her out (she doesn’t eat, and just howls at the door.) I’ve decided to wait until the kittens are gone before I give it another try.


Could it be that Mike loves the “cake pan” so that he’s closer to your keyboard (when he feels like stomping on it), and your pens (when he feels like stealing them)? He’s such a character!

He might like it because it’s close to me, but he can’t make the jump from the cake pan to my desk (it’s just a little too far – and there’s a lot of clutter on that side of my desk).


Hi! Any recommendations for catnip free plush toys for cats? My fur-nephew has never been introduced to catnip and I’d like to find more toys for him. I have searched Chewy and PetSmart, but the results included catnip toys. Thank you in advance.

I remember seeing that PurrfectPlay.com has a specific catnip-free section, here. Y’all, please chime in – who knows about some awesome catnip-free plush toys for cats?


There’s Nacho again, with those Precious Moments eyes.

Kim wonders where all the fish taco truck customers have gone.

Please note that Saul has possession of the CatLadyBox Bow Tie toy.

Mike’s keeping an eye on me.

And now Mike (left) and Frannie are looking at me like “You weren’t invited to this meeting.”

Nacho enjoys the afternoon sun.

As does Saul (a moment before he launched himself to the floor and scampered about like a wild thing.)

Frannie on the cat tree in the window (far left), Kim on the heated bed, Saul in the crown bed, and Nacho in the bed on the trunk. Hmm. Where’s Mike?

“HERE I AM!” Sitting at my feet yelling at me, of course.

Frannie shows off her Ears of Annoyance.


Newt’s really enjoying that doll bed lately (not least because there’s a heated pad on it, of course.)


Posted on social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr) yesterday.

It’s Thlurrrpsday, and Kim shows off her amazing form.

Throw Back Thursday: from 2020, when we were fostering the Vittles. There were 15 of them (not all related to each other) and they had ringworm. Judging by the caption (below) I was feeling a little irritable (and re-reading it 2 years later makes me snicker.)⁠

It’s laundry day! (Or as I like to think of it, the day wherein the internet bands together to remind my stupid self that kittens should not go in the washer or dryer and that I should not put them in the washer or dryer, no not even on the “gentle” or “air dry” cycles. How would I ever know otherwise? I dunno! Thanks internet!)

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What we have here is a happy, happy Saul.

It’s still Thlurrrpsday, and Saul would like you to know that he can thlurrrp with the best of them.

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Kim + Mike = quite the lapful.

Just like her mama, Nacho has impeccable thlurrping skills here on Thlurrrpsday.

We’ve got a double thlurrrping situation here on Thlurrrpsday! (Too bad the girls weren’t feelin’ thlurrrpy.) From left to right: Saul, Mike, Nacho & Francesca.

Good night innernets. (Mike)


2021: Barry looks serious, like I just woke him up from a good nap.
2020: Calamity Jane says “Lady, they smell FUNNY and I don’t LIKE IT!”
2019: “You not takin’ my box of paper are you, lady?”
2018: It’s amazing how much these guys can eat!
2017: No entry.
2016: “Huh. Where’d THAT come from?”
2015: Rickles wants HUGS.
2014: You KNOW there was a feather teaser up there!
2013: Silvio and Stefan. Twoo wuv.
2012: No entry.
2011: No entry.
2010: “I was restin’ my eyes, lady.”
2009: He might not be paying attention to me, but he still doesn’t like it when I leave!
2008: If I could knit, I’d knit a duster-type coat with big pockets in it, so I could load a cat or kitten into each pocket and they could keep me warm all winter long!
2007: “I vant to be alone.”
2006: No entry.
2005: I think Mister Boogers thinks he’s Sugarbutt’s Momma. He’s always grooming him like crazy.



11-18-22 Friday — 7 Comments

  1. Seeing Francesca’s ears of annoyance made me realize that this is the first time I remember seeing them in this group. Did I miss that day, are they still a bit young for that, or is this just a really mellow clowder?

  2. Your post about the Vittles & ringworm reminded me of my first kitten. She had it & I caught it from her. The vet gave her a med (i think only one dose) & it cleared right away. I don’t remember having to do a lot of extra cleaning of the house or anything, but then that was in 1976 so maybe I’ve forgotten! Do they not medicate kittens like that anymore?

    • There is medication – and in fact the Vittles were on it – but it’s a… I want to say it’s one week on, one week off, one week on medication (it’s been a few years, so I don’t remember exactly.) I do think that the cleaning helps to stop it from spreading – none of our permanent residents showed any signs of ringworm except for Charlie, and he only got one small spot – AND he had direct exposure to ringworm from the kittens, so that could have gone worse than it did, we were lucky.

  3. I have a question that is not post related… Grayson is 12 weeks old now (3 months yay). I found out her birthday is August 17th. She is very very gassy. I don’t know if it’s the food (Hill’s Science for kittens chicken flavored) or if she needs deworming again. She was dewormed at the shelter at some point I’m sure. I was thinking of trying a different food first. Any suggestions?

    • Have you called your vet? I know not everyone can afford frequent vet visits, but a phone call might give you some insight. There are a lot of potential culprits for gas in cats and kittens. Changing Grayson’s food, especially if you don’t do it *very* gradually, could result in even worse digestive upset. Best of luck however you choose to handle it. And here’s a cyber-clothespin for your nose in the meantime!

    • I’m with Ricky & Bibi’s mom – probably a vet visit is warranted if you haven’t done that. I’m not sure what food to recommend (we feed Fancy Feast canned and Iams kibble – and like Royal Canin as well), but like she mentioned, a change in food can make it worse.

  4. Sweet Mike’s nursing shows how you, Miz Robyn, help *kittahs* by your foster care. He will be a better cat because he was saved by a loving human with bottle feeding. But YOU brought him to a loving cat mother for “finishing school.”