Check out this wonderful video. I love it so much!
Starr said: If anyone can spare a few dollars this holiday season, please consider a donation to Sheets Cat Adoption. This is a Vet in Greensboro, NC who runs a cat shelter right out of the clinic. My personal involvement with them is they were able to take back and re-home Molly, my Mom and Dad’s tripod tuxedo. It was very sad they had to give her up, but they were unable to take care of her after they had to move into assisted living last year.
I’m so glad they were able to help out, Starr. Y’all, I always say it: every little bit helps. If you can spare a little, I know it would be appreciated!
Hi! I have a question for you and your readers. I was playing a video on Instagram this morning of a very young crying kitten. Well, my cat bolted in from the other room, tail down, pupils huge, looking for that kitten. She actually seemed very distressed, and I had to comfort and reassure her for a few minutes that there really wasn’t a terrified kitten in the house. Do other cats do that? Does this bode well for the possible addition of kitten to our family in the future?
That is completely normal – some cats react like that, some cats completely ignore it, it all depends on the cat. I don’t think it means that you can’t add a kitten to your family in the future – just imagine what your reaction would be if you suddenly heard someone screaming “OH MY GOD PLEASE HELP MEEEEE!” and you couldn’t find them and didn’t know where they were, but you could hear them. I think it’s the same idea with cats. If/when you add a new kitten to the house, you’ll do the slow introduction, and your kitty will understand that there’s a kitten in the house, will be able to smell it, will know where it’s coming from – really, it’ll be a whole different situation.
I’d been meaning to post this — I do so love Adele’s tail, but I thought you might enjoy seeing another mighty tail:
This is Fizzgig at 8 months. He’s a bitey little brat and drives the other cats nuts, but he’s very cat-oriented and I think he’s the facilitator in my household. His tail is as wide as he is.
That is a TRULY fantastic tail!
That first picture of Adele looks like a screenshot straight out of an Adele music video. So much so that I had to do this.
If Petsmart allowed us to put up pictures of the cats at the adoption center, I would totally post this one. I love it!
Given Adele’s sweet, loving, cuddling nature, and the fact that she prefers the company of humans, do you think she might make a good emotional support animal? She seems like she’d be just perfect for it. I’ve been seeeeeeeriously tempted to figure out a way to get myself down to y’all and get her and me back to California for that reason. I’m really looking into a support animal for college. Unfortunately, I have two cats at my permanent house who I don’t think would take kindly to a third. What are your thoughts?
I’m sorry that I missed this comment when it was originally posted and just now saw it. I don’t know if Adele would be a good emotional support animal, but I can tell you that I’m not sure she’d be happy without another cat to play with. Since Pink joined the household, the two of them play together a LOT. Before Pink was here, Adele would try to get Jake or Dennis to play; they wouldn’t, so she ended up playing with Stefan, who tends to be a little rough. With Pink here, Adele has really blossomed. I would say that she still prefers people – but she also really likes having another cat to play with!
Holly said: Question for you and others: I am looking around for a hacky sack type of small fabric ball for my kitty. She has worn out the ones she has. They MUST be fabric and not filled with beads or anything in order to be kitty-safe. I have not found any. I’ve checked Amazon and several dollar stores in the area (they are actually kid’s toys she stole from my son). So if anyone knows anywhere I can obtain some or even would anyone be willing to make me some?
Holly said: Thank you for looking Connie! The second that you posted from Petco would be good except I was not looking for catnip. The first ones are okay but not quite perfect and also I would prefer no bell. I forgot to look through Petco’s site so I will take another look around. Thank you again.
Teresa said: Andrea with Celestial Kitties has some great toys she hand makes and sells – Robyn mentions them once in a while, and it benefits Winnie’s Wish rescue… They’re durable & have stood up to my 3 cats pretty well!
So how about it, y’all – have any ideas for Holly? I have to confess that I actually looked around for instructions on how to make your own hacky sack, but quickly discovered that it’s far beyond my abilities!
I know I said in Monday’s (was it Monday?) post that I’d tell y’all in today’s post which foster we came thisclose to adopting this year. But it’s been a busy week, and I need to gather all the names that y’all guessed, so I’ll confess in Monday’s post instead. (You can always guess which foster you think it was, if you haven’t already. Chances are good that that post will list all your guesses in picture form!)
I hope you’ll forgive me for only having one picture of Adele and only a few of Pink in today’s post. It’s been a busy week – Fred had to travel to the Baltimore area for work for most of the week. I was trying very hard to get the house whipped into shape while he was gone, and also had appointments every single day, so it was a little crazy around here. I’ll get some good shots of those girls over the weekend, I promise!
I couldn’t find Pink, so I went looking for her. And I found her fast asleep in this bed. “Hey!” I said. “What are you doing?”
On their third night out of the foster room, Adele spent the night in the window bed and visited me two or three times during the night. Pink settled down on my stomach, eventually rolled over onto the bed, and stayed there all night long. They sure are a couple of sweethearts!
You may have already seen this picture on the Love & Hisses Facebook page yesterday, but I love it so much I have to post it again. I was walking upstairs, and found Archie hanging out on the stairs. He was clearly annoyed by the intrusion, and luckily I had my phone at hand and was able to snap this picture.
A moment later, Jake came downstairs, looking guilty.
Now that the foster room door is closed, I have a bowl of food in Fred’s bathroom for Adele and Pink. The permanent residents like to sneak up there from time to time and try it out. I’ve never told them not to or expressed any displeasure when I catch them doing it, but Jake has decided he’s not supposed to be doing it. Silly boy.
Pssst! Hey! C’mere. Yeah, you! Did you notice what I said that up there about keeping the foster room door closed, even though I also talked about how Adele and Pink have the run of the house all the time now? Did you wonder why I’d keep the foster room door closed?
Come on. You KNOW why. ‘Cause there’s kittens in there, is why!
If you hadn’t already guessed it, they’re named after Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, judges from The Voice. I don’t actually watch The Voice, but after Fred said that we should have named Pink Stefani (because she looks so much like Stefan), it stuck in my head as a good name to use.
I’ll call them The Judges collectively unless someone has a better suggestion!
Their story is that they were left in a carrier on the side of the road in rural Madison county. They must not have been there for too long, because they’re in pretty good shape, and they’ve clearly been around people. When Susan first told me about them, she said that the black one (Shelton) was too hissy-spitty for her to tell whether he was a boy or girl, so I thought I was getting semi-ferals. They are 100% not the slightest bit feral. The first time I went into the room and sat down, they all ran over to me. They love being petted and snuggled, and they purr and purr. They are just the sweetest little things!
2014: This displeases Madame, who hissed at them when she realized they were exploring.
2013: “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” Adriana demands.
2012: That’s Pearl (formerly Dandelion) and her brother Duke, all snuggled up for a nap.
2011: It starts with someone who’s no longer around (Mister Boogers) and ends with someone who’s no longer around (McLovin’, our very first rooster).
2010: No entry.
2009: “Lady, it has not escaped my notice that when you’re around, chickens fall from the sky. I’ve got my eye on you.”
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: Two things about our country cats I have learned
2005: No entry.