So.. are you still selling Jam?
Yep, we’ve still got some jams and preserves left, if anyone’s interested (I update that page every time I get an order.)
I KNOW this is a cat page, and I feel a little bit like a traitor, but I got a puppy over the weekend. She is only 8 wks or so and is an Aussie. She’s smart and BUSY! So I was wondering if any of the readers have suggestions for durable toys that would keep her busy. I have a ball and a rope toy already and also a rubber bone chew toy. Any other ideas?
There were lots of ideas shared in the comments Wednesday – you can see them here – but I’d love to hear any suggestions y’all have!
I forgot to do my usual reminder yesterday that people can also help Challenger’s House by selecting it as their Amazon Smile charity.
That’s right, you certainly can – and it doesn’t cost you a thing!
Please ask Fred for his feral taming advice. I have 3 abandoned kitties who have shown up, and I’d love to get my hands on them. I’m going to trap and neuter them as soon as I can get on the shelter’s schedule, but I would love to introduce them to a better life.
Fred wrote this:
Make sure they understand that you’re the source of good food. That’s probably the key to everything: they have to understand it comes from you. Take them canned stuff (cat food or, if you can’t get close at all, something stinky like mackerel that they can smell from a distance) and stay somewhat near (seated, preferably, so you’re not as towering) while they eat, if that’s possible. It may take days before they’ll even trust you enough to let you within 20-30 feet of them. Talk to them soothingly and blink slowly at them. If they talk back, it’s a very good sign. Try to position yourself just a little bit closer every day, until one day you’re close enough to very slowly reach out and let them sniff you. You have to be patient, infuriatingly patient, and willing to sit for long periods of time babbling and blinking like a fool. If they’re tamable, they’ll eventually get comfortable around you and start flirting (rolling around, stretching, etc). Then it’s just a matter of time before you can touch them. It probably goes without saying, but don’t make any sudden moves so they stay calm.
I love that picture of Carmela from 2013 with her jumping on the platform – notice that all four paws are in the air, just barely not touching the platform! And that picture of Dandelion crazy over the feather toy cracked me UP!
I love those pictures, too!
That one raised white paw during the ‘nap time’ is killing me! Assume that’s Aberdeen? Where was she lying? Didn’t look like she was on the bed.
Yep, that’s Aberdeen. There’s a small cat tree at the end of the bed, and the top level is just under the level of the bed. I put it there to make it easier for them to get up on the bed, and they love to hang out on top of it.
For Nov 30th, you made Cats, Beavers and Ducks!!
I saw that. We’re famous!
I’ve added it to the best-of list. And thank you, you are so sweet!
Speaking of Fred to the rescue, I’m quite curious about that little orange tabby pictured in the Facebook post on Love and Hisses, who Fred says was named “Lieu”. Do we get to know his story?
Lieu was one of the Rescuees back in 2010. Fred heard him howling in the culvert under the road (which is at the edge of our property) and we had quite a time convincing him to come out. If I recall correctly, Fred took a bucket of water to the other side of the road, dumped it so that the water would run toward the kitten, and the kitten ran toward me – and that was Lieu. (Read the whole story here.)
The picture mentioned, by the way, is a collage Fred put together and posted on Facebook, and I shared. It’s all the cats who’ve shown up here and were subsequently tamed by Fred.
The kittens are headed to Petsmart tomorrow morning, arriving just before adoption hours. I suspect that they’ll be scared and will probably hide, but hopefully they’ll adjust quickly. They’re still young, they should be fine – though of course in a perfect world, they’ll all get adopted tomorrow.
It’s a bummer (this part always is), because they’ve hit peak nap time and tv-watching companion skills, and now they’re leaving me. This house is going to be so quiet and calm (and a little boring) without them, but I suspect the permanent residents (especially… well, all of them except Stefan) will be glad to see them go.
I have more pictures of them to share, which I’ll do next week. For the time being, we’ll be concentrating on getting Dustin to trust us. (I don’t have any pictures of Dustin to share today, but rest assured that you’ll be seeing plenty of him in the future.)
2015: I took these pictures of him through the window the other day, and thought he looked particularly loonified.
2014: TC’s little teef just kill me.
2013: We’ve got another kitten infestation in the dishwasher.
2012: No entry.
2011: “No kittens here!”
2010: Thelma & Louise.
2009: Spanky is not so impressed with the wee kittens running around.
2008: No entry.
2007: Tommy + Stinkerbelle = True Lurve.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.