ummm – when you bought the house did it come with a “cat signal”?? 🙂 And that Fred does seem to have the mojo
I think there’s a web page, run by cats, that has our house listed as the premiere place to stay in North Alabama. I’m imagining a chart with “food”, “water”, “occasional canned food”, “deluxe accommodations” all checked off, with a note that there’s the occasional unsavory character around (particularly Newt, who does NOT like it when new cats show up. Somehow, doesn’t stop them from showing up, does it?), but the management is good at looking after guests, and the dogs are contained. Also, a warning that kitties might not leave with all the luggage they arrived with.
Part of Fred’s mojo is his patience. I can be patient with kittens in the foster room, where I have a comfortable place to sit, and it isn’t cold. When it comes to spending time outside, coaxing a wary cat into coming closer, I just can’t deal. I’m too much of a wimp! Thank god for Fred.
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I know I added this to Wednesday’s post, but I’m repeating it for anyone who had already read that day’s post. I’ll probably repeat it a few more times (if I remember to), and will add it to the sidebar, just in case! (Thanks again for the reminder, Joyce!)
My hubby NEEDS a FURnace, but thinks a 3rd cat is too many. Any suggestions on ways to convince him to add to our family?
I recommend the “this old thing? We’ve had it for YEARS!” maneuver.
(I kid. But I have to wrap my mind around the concept of having to convince a husband that you need another cat. I’m on the other side, these days, and WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER CAT.)
I called the 1-800-FLUF-HED number in your 2009 post to order a new ACME Portable FURnace (my current FURnace has grown too big to be portable :)), but they’re out of stock until January 6th. Are there any other companies offering a comparable product that will be in stock for the holiday shopper?
Step 1: Open Google
Step 2: Type “Cat rescues in (your area).”
Step 3: Bring home a FURnace and a second as a backup! 😉
Robyn-since you LOVE doing collages (don’t you-I know I love seeing them), is it possible or too much work to make some with each of the different varieties of kittys you’ve had. Such as a black group featuring TC, Logie, Tricki and the others. A tortie group with Molly, Lizzy, Adrianna.. A white group with Ralph, Trader Joe and well you get the idea.
Once I have the pictures chosen and set aside, collages are very fun and easy to do. The problem is coming up with the time and attention span to actually sit down and get it done. I’ll add that idea to my list of stuff I want to do some day!
I have decided to take a TNR’d kitty under my wing and take care of her. She now has a collar and tag (with my phone number) and I have been feeding her. She will get shots etc later. My question is….how do I keep opossums out of her food dish? (And the neighbor’s cat is gonna get really fat, too!)
This is an excellent question, and I have no idea – which is obvious, given the possum who sits on our side stoop and eats cat food almost every night. (His fur is so thick and glossy!)
Anyone out there have any suggestions on the topic? I’d be interested to hear!
Kitties can have B*tchy Resting Face too!
I laughed so hard when I read this! They certainly can – not only as shown by Tadpole (above), but also by Kara, who looks like she would like to cut you, but in reality is the SWEETEST and HAPPIEST girl ever.
does Trick have a small head or is it just a trick of photography?
Is Trick playing a trick to trick us into thinking he has a small head via trick photography?
It might be on the smallish side, but it only adds to his charm!
So did they ever get Lizzy’s Mom and Aunt?? Or did they TNR them?
They haven’t TNR’d them yet, but they’re planning to do so.
I have a question that I would appreciate if you threw into tomorrow’s post. I would love advice on a sweet kitten who remains shy and skittish. Tamsin, whom I adopted at the same time as Maisie, and is six months old, loves to hide. We’ve tried to integrate her before, without success, and I just fear she’s getting more neurotic.
She’s installed in my office, and though I always have to bring her out from her hiding spot, she comes willingly enough and is almost desperately affectionate when she comes out. But once the cuddle session has ended, she goes right back to her hidey hole. I see no improvement in her condition. I try to spend time with her every day, and of course she has a forever home with me no matter how it turns out, but I’d so love for her to be part of the gang. I hear her running around late at night to entertain herself (she IS a kitten, after all), but my princess in her tower breaks my heart.
I would first ask myself if she is unhappy….and to be sure that it is not me that is unhappy because she is not what I want her to be (as in like all other cats). I think it is very hard for us to separate ourselves like that sometimes. If she is happy, then maybe let her be, or even just expand her room to one more room. Put something intriguing in there that she just can’t resist (keeping the other cats away at the same time) and giving her another hidey-hole in that room, too. Then SLOWLY expand it one room at a time and maybe to just one of the other kitties. When and if she gains confidence and a close friend, it may help her venture out more as she will have a “partner”.
I do understand how it can break your heart for them, as I do have one that is soooooooooooo submissive that…well, if you act like bait, you get treated like bait and I do have to protect her, a lot.
I like GD’s advice, and I’m hoping that y’all will have more to add. Please chime in!
2013: Paulie’s sounding out the words. “Cheeeeeewyyyyy. Dot com!”
2011: Jax keeps an eye on Clay. JUST LIKE IN THE SERIES. This cannot end well for Clay.
2010: No entry.
2009: It’s a Christmas miracle!
2008: No entry.
2007: She tried charming me by falling asleep with her tongue sticking out of her mouth.
2006: “Whyfor haff you stopped petting me, Lady? WOE IS ME!”
2005: No entry.