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A few people have mentioned that Molly bears a resemblance to Miz Poo, so I thought I’d do a side-by-side comparison of the two faces. The picture of Miz Poo is from 2002 (none of my pictures of a baby Miz Poo were a very good resolution, so they didn’t work.)

I can see the resemblance! (There’s another picture of Miz Poo at the bottom of the post.)


Watching me.

TC coming out from his hidey hole under the doll bed.

Molly, making contact.

Silly, sweet boy.

Balancing act.

Look at those claws!

Did I mention that they really like that feather teaser?

All three of them are fans of it, obviously.


Grandma Poo. Yesterday marked 15 years since we adopted her!


2013: Too much helium for Adriana this morning.
2012: No entry.
2011: ::smack::
2010: No entry.
2009: Pink (Milano) is too important to hang out with the little people.
2008: There’s just nothing like having four warm little kittens flopped against you, purring to beat the band.
2006: No entry.
2005: Yesterday marked six years since we adopted Miz Poo.



11-25-14 — 41 Comments

  1. I think Molly looks more like Purslane. More important, how great that Ms. Poo has been happily home for so many years. Long may she reign.

  2. I had to go read Miz Poo’s page, and she’s one lucky girl to have landed at Crooked Acres. Wishing you many more years with her.

  3. Is it me or are all of these kittens thick as bricks? (couldn’t resist)

    They’re all so doughty and solid looking. Maybe it’s that stage but considering how dainty mom is, that’s surprising.

    Also, it looks like Grandma’s got some cloudiness in her eyes. Understandable given her age but does it bother her?

    • Ummmm…if I recall correctly, she can see just fine. It was caused by lashes growing on the inside edge of her eyelids. It scratched her eyes. Fred and Robyn had it cauterized so that eyelashes would no longer grow there, but the damage was done. No pain and still good vision!

  4. Yesterday, I had to let my sweet Tortie, Derby go to the Rainbow Bridge. She got a diagnosis of Kidney Disease on November 1st, and she fought a good fight, but she let me know over the weekend that she was tired. So, I kissed her alot and let her go yesterday. She was 15 also. RIP, Sweet Girl.

  5. When I saw the preview for this post on Facebook, I thought, “Oh look, Miz Poo looks just like the new kitten.” And then I thought, “No, that picture is Miz Poo as a wee kitten. Why are there side-by-side pictures of her…NO NO NO NO, NOT MIZ POO, NOOOOOOO!”

    I was holding my breath the whole time I was waiting for the page to load..whew, I was so relieved that my first thought was right!

    Happy 15th anniversary to sweet Grandma Poo πŸ™‚

    • Oh, I’m sorry to have made you worry! Miz Poo is doing just fine, tottering along, sneezing in my face on the regular, teaching Dennis to behave himself. πŸ™‚

  6. Now I know I’ve told you before you take good photos of kittens, but these kittens seem ridiculously photogenic.. especially for not being all that people friendly..

  7. I too was thinking that Molly bears a resemblance to the Poo. Aw, good old Poo! What a sweetie.

    On a completely unrelated note, I’m really excited that I got the “Maxi and her kittens” banner today. Yay Outside Mama! (She looks so little in those photos, by the way…)

    Lastly, a couple of questions for outsourcing. We adopted a 5-month-old kitten a couple of weeks ago. He is super-sweet and friendly with us and our 2-year-old daughter, but our girl cats seem overwhelmed by his, um, advances. Some back story: The older girl, Gravy, is around 7 years and the younger, Widget, 1 year. Gravy lost her best friend, our 10-year-old male cat, a couple of months ago and Widget was a semi-feral rescued from our street (she’s very sweet but gets friendly with us on her own terms). The two girls tolerate one another quite well but aren’t super-close, and they avoid our toddler (Widget avoids most people), which made me sad enough that I wanted to get a pet she could actually interact with.

    Enter Chopper, the little boy. Both girl cats are pretty submissive, and Gravy especially has always been affectionate with other cats, but this boy LOVES other cats (I mean, he LOVES EVERYONE. HIS LOVE CANNOT BE STOPPED!) and he does not hesitate to chase them to inflict his love on them, which results in freaked-out hissing and spitting on the girls’ part (but fortunately no all-out fighting — yet). Any suggestions for helping everyone get along a little better?

    My other question: Little Chopper is afflicted with some runny poops. He had a bout with giardia right before we got him, but was treated and has since tested negative for it and other parasites. He gets pumpkin and a probiotic in his food, but it hasn’t seemed like it has helped a lot. I’m in touch with my vet (he went just over a week ago for a check-up) and I’m waiting to hear back from her now, but I’d love all the help I can get for him.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

    • First-LOVE all of their names!
      Not too much advice(and have only been partially successful with Norbert bugging my older cat)-try to give the girls plenty of places to escape-vertical space is helpful, like a tree or wall shelves like Robyn has.
      Also, tiring out Chopper might help-think of it like making him go to the gym a couple of times a day. If you don’t already, have a structured playtime with da Bird, or a string, balls if he’ll run after them. It sounds like he might be pretty young-perhaps just growing up and out of the rambunctious phase will help. No idea on the poop front! Good luck πŸ™‚

      • Thanks, Kirsten! I’m going to try to convince my husband that we need to make a trip to IKEA to buy a narrow shelf to convert into a cat tree (he’s in architecture and design and would flip if I bought a regular ol’ tree).

        And yes, I think I’ll work more on tiring out the little dude. The 2-year-old human can help.

    • I’m going to post this in Friday’s post for other suggestions, but I absolutely agree with Kirsten – give the girls room to escape, and exhaust Chopper. He’s got that crazy kitten energy and probably doesn’t know what to do with it all!

      As for the runny poops, I would have recommended the probiotic and pumpkin, so you’re already ahead of me! You could try pectin – the same stuff they use in canning, it’s usually found in the baking aisle. Add 1/4 tsp to some wet food, let it sit for 15 minutes (very important), then feed it to him. It doesn’t always work for me, but it has worked often enough that it’s in my bag of tricks to try. You also might try Slippery Elm (which you should be able to find at a health food store). It’s a powder, and you can make a “syrup” out of it, following the instructions here (scroll down, it’s toward the bottom of the page).

      Sometimes, even though a fecal shows no signs of Giardia, it’s still present. If the diarrhea doesn’t resolve with the probiotics, another fecal is probably called for. In my experience, it can often take more than one round of medication to really get rid of the Giardia. (Also, Giardia is THE DEVIL, and I very often see it hand in hand with its evil friend Coccidia. HATE that stuff!)

      PS: I love the names, too. πŸ™‚

      • Thanks, Robyn! I’m going to bring another fecal sample in to have checked today and try some vet-recommended food. I may try the pectin or Slippery Elm too — this little guy will eat ANYTHING (he even will take pills in pockets! Oh, joy!) so I’m assuming he’ll go for it.

        And as I said to Kirsten, I think it’s high time for a DIY cat tree.

  8. TC looks like a PLUSH plush soft soft toy!!! and Yes, I am singing “Top Cat, the indisputable leader of the gang”!!

    SMOOCHES to Miz Poo … who I adore