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Yay! We have an update on Daisy (the kitten formerly known as Arya)!!!

Kathy reports:

Daisy is doing GREAT! She is rambunctious, playful, lovey, and did I say rambunctious? Yeah, that girl has some fire in her. She is fearless still and loves to play and run. If her type of play means doing parkour in a circle on the backs of your sofas including over the front of you, then she is in!

Anyway, the girl is doing great. She has totally assimilated into our family and has become great friends with Buddy. He looks like a giant next to her, but she can really hold her own. The only time I really break them up is when he whacks her hard on the head. That is his go-to move, and he can really pack a punch. Her go-to move is to lie on her back and keep his face away with her back paws while she bites him. They haven’t really snuggled together, but I didn’t expect that, Buddy has always been on his own. She tries sometimes, as you will see by one of the pictures. The only thing I can quibble with is that she wakes me up every morning at 5:30am by snuggling and licking my face. She may have gotten this time from my usual wake up time for work (she was close, it is really 5:50am), but she does it on the weekends too! And when daylight savings started, she was waking me up at 4:30. I walk around like i have a newborn! I know, I could lock her out of my room, but that would mean not being able to have those minutes of snuggling in the morning which I love, or waking up to her sleeping on the pillow next to my head. She truly is the sweetest thing.

She was trying to get near him and get his attention, he wasn’t having it.

They did end up sleeping somewhat snuggly. He did rest his head on her leg!

I know cats shouldn’t have ice cream, but this was the first time she was interested in any people food. She just got a couple licks.

She and Buddy like to sleep under the bed together.

Just wanted to let you know that this foster kitty is doing just fine and her humans are so happy to have her.

Thank you so much for the update, Kathy!


There goes Tony, flirting with the ceiling fan again.

Playful monkeys in the sun.

I know that SUPPOSEDLY cats don’t start feeling the effects of catnip ’til they’re between 3 and 6 months old (these guys aren’t 3 months old for another couple of weeks), but you certainly can’t tell by these guys. Silvio and Carmela are HUGE catnip fans.

Silvio’s high on the ‘nip.

When Carmela’s been at the ‘nip, she likes to lick things. (To be fair, Carmela likes to lick things even when she hasn’t been in the ‘nip.)

I swear she stared at that shadow on the wall for a full two minutes.

Livia’s not too pleased that SOMEONE has been giving catnip to the babies.

Paulie Walnuts and his sweet pink toes.

Carmela pushing on the Ham-mick to move herself along the floor is cracking me up. That is one high girl.

Snoozin’ Tony.

This is from last weekend, before Livia was banished to the upstairs. She had a dislike for Alice.

Alice was none too thrilled with Livia, either.

I finally got a video of Silvio and the mink tail! He cracks me up. Toward the end, you can hearing him hissing at the other kittens who got too close. Not the sharing type, that boy.

YouTube link.


Tommy and Stinkerbelle, on the window bed.

Stinkerbelle certainly does love her Tommy.

That window bed has been there for about a year (more or less) and has held up well. And then a couple of weeks ago Tommy was jumping from there to my bed, and the force of him pushing off was just too much for the window bed, and it collapsed to the floor. It lasted longer than I would have expected a free window shelf (I got it using my FreshStep points, back when I was using FreshStep litter) to last. Luckily, I was able to get Fred to make a simple window shelf to replace it, and it’s much sturdier than the other one was. I’ll get a picture of it one of these days, when I think of it.

Okay, since I know I’ll never remember to take a picture of it in the future, here it is, a quick picture taken with the iPad. I particularly like that Fred put a “lip” around three edges of the shelf so that they won’t knock the cat bed onto the floor.


2012: Magoo marching, marching, marching.
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: We have located the complainer!
2008: Kittens have VERY sharp little teeth, in case you wondered.
2007: β€œCan’t a girl hide in a kitty condo without you flashing that thing at her all the time?!”
2006: You KNOW they’ll be showered with love as long as we have them, though!
2005: No entry.



11-20-13 — 30 Comments

  1. Is it me, or does it look like Paulie is really a white cat that someone swiped down the back with a big ol’ paintbrush full of marmalade colored paint? (I’m looking at the second photo of the kittens, the “monkeys in the sun” one)

    • That is a REALLY good description of how Paulie looks! I’ve thought that he looks like a white cat wearing an orange “horse blanket” type of garment, but I like the swipe of paint description better. πŸ™‚

  2. Daisy and Buddy! So happy to see the update and that she’s doing so well. And how nice that her black spots color coordinate with him!

  3. I’d like to know how he made that. I have a window bed that keeps collapsing, and it’s too bad because it’s crazy popular.

    • It’s, basically, just a shelf held up by brackets. I’ll ask him for a more in-depth description (I don’t know how he put the edges on, for instance), and try to remember to include that in Friday’s post.

  4. Awww it’s so good to see pretty Arya/Daisy happy in her new home with her big bruddah!!

    So I’m off to Amazon (or was it Ebay?) to find mink tails for Trixie’s Christmas present. She was throwing her rabbit fur mousie around last night like a crazy fool, so I bet she’d like a mink tail. Actually, she has “attacked” my grandmother’s mink stole in my closet before, so I know the tail will be a hit! πŸ™‚

    • It was eBay! (I actually just went and looked on Amazon because it hadn’t occurred to me to look there, and didn’t see any for sale there!)

      • Yeah, I went back and looked at the previous post to make sure and saw Ebay. I got an 11″ long tail for about $8 with shipping – not too bad! I’d pay at least that for one of the big stuffed kicking toys at Petsmart. Now to hide it when it arrives. Trixie, and then Sabrina, found and all but tore open the packages when the Tickle Pickles came…


  5. Doesn’t Daisy look just a tad smug and satisfied in that last pic? Ok, maybe a LOT smug and happy.

    So glad for the update!!!

    Poor Livia, I imagine it’s hard being thrust out into the equivalent of a feline boarding house with all of this cats! I feel for you babe, it must be like being ejected from a creche into the Bad Girl’s House. All this cats who are quick on the smack down.

    Plus, some other person is giving HER kids intoxicants. I’d be annoyed too!

    • Today she tried so hard to get under the barrier that we felt bad for her and let her out. She’s walking around staring at Jake and Alice. No fights, though, so maybe she’s decided to behave herself!

  6. Aww, I love the Daisy/Arya update. We watched the first season of GoT but I cannot remember who Arya was. I laughed out loud at the description of Daisy running around. Reminds me of a certain brother act (Starsky and Hutch now Jack and Percy) and they crazy they bring at Jen’s house. They love them a Christmas tree!
    I am troubled by the mink tails. Are they the by product of the fur coat industry?

      • Arya was indeed the tomboy Stark daughter – and I’ve heard that George RR Martin’s wife told him that if he kills Arya off, she’ll leave him!

    • Oh, and about the mink tails – I’m not sure where they originally come from, to be honest. Most of the ones I’ve bought have had the word “vintage” attached to the description, so they may have actually been attached to mink coats at some point in the past.

    • Oh, good lord. TAKE MY MONEY! πŸ™‚ She’s got rabbit fur toys, too!

      Let’s just say I ordered a few things and it’s all your fault, Candace!!!

    • Oh good gosh, I just fell down this rabbit hole, too!! (Pun intended πŸ˜‰ )

      Trixie is getting extra treats since she has to stay by herself half of the day now. After a year and a half, Jinx has finally made semi-peace with Tuxie and Sabrina, so they can all stay out together, but Trixie still wants to fight Tuxie and Sabrina, so she has to stay in the bedroom when they get the run of the house with Jinx. πŸ™

  7. I swear she stared at that shadow on the wall for a full two minutes.

    Now THAT is being under the influence. Or so I’m guessing, not based on personal information.

  8. Daisy’s such a pretty girl. Now I wish we would here from Hodor/JonSnow/Brandon’s families.
    And the rest of the Dragons. And the rest of the Royals. And might as well hear about the Pickles/Weeds/Maters. That’s not asking too much, right?