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Would you please let me know where you found the X shaped scratcher? I think my boys would really enjoy it. Thank you!

That is the Petstages Soothing Cat Easy Life Hammock and Scratcher. I got mine by using my Fresh Step points on the Fresh Step website, but they’re apparently not offering it any more. The only place I’m able to find it online is at Amazon, here.

It’s probably just about the most popular piece of “furniture” (if you can call it that) in the house. There’s always a cat on it!

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Love those blue boys!! It was hard to tell them apart as youngsters, not anymore. Does Elwood let Jake have any of the treats?

Although Elwood is a big eater (obviously), I find that Jake is the one who’ll come take food right out of your hand. He’s much smaller than Elwood, but he’s not starving to death. Maybe Elwood’s got a slower metabolism. Yeah, that’s it!

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Any changes in Maggie’s behavior? (We want kittens!)

No changes – she just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Still eating tons, still coming over for love and petting, still greeting me at the door and talking to me!

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How’s Rufus finding the great wide world?

Rufus is spending the better part of the day under the couch in the front room. He lets me pull him out from under the couch, and he’ll sit in my lap and purr. I take him into the guest bedroom and give him some time to use the litter box and eat without interference from the other cats, then I open the door again. Sometimes he stays in the guest bedroom and hangs out on his cat tree, and sometimes he sniffs around the house a little before he ends up under the couch again.

Yesterday, Corbie hung out with Rufus for a little while under the couch.

I think Rufus will come out when he wants to – until then, I’ll pull him out from time to time and give him lots of love and snuggles.

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Nooooooooooooope. Nuttin’ yet!

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Under the guest bedroom bed.

Lying in my lap, purring up a storm.

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Alice on the cat tree in the front room.

Yesterday, Alice had to go to the vet. She cried pitifully all the way there, and then she fought like a little demon when they tried to take her temperature (which they were ultimately unable to do), and then she gave the vet the dirtiest look when she dared to listen to Alice’s lungs.

Poor Alice has allergies, and the pollen is making her sit around with her mouth open because she can hardly breathe through her nose. I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t something worse, and was relieved to find out it wasn’t. Like her daddy, Alice just suffers from allergies. She’ll have a miserable week or two, then hopefully she’ll feel better.

Not that being all stuffed up has slowed her down, you understand. She’s still eating just fine, picking fights, playing.

Just occasionally, she needs a nap. With her fangs showing and her tongue sticking out a bit.



2009: Beulah critiques my belly-rub technique.
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3-25-11 — 14 Comments

  1. Maggie, sweetheart, you just blew one of my three chances to name a baby. You must be cooperative, you see, because I’m jonesing for foster kittens of my own and that’s not lookin’ good at the moment, so you are my only hope for vicarious foster momhood of a little one.

    Poor Alice, I know what it’s like to walk around all clogged up… is her cranky quotient up any?

    • Alice is mostly spending her days sleeping – when she’s awake she’s acting about the same. The allergies certainly aren’t having an effect on her sense of smell. Last night I was handing out pieces of turkey to the cats who happened to be in the kitchen, and she came racing from the other end of the house to gobble up all the turkey she could find. Spanky was sniffing his turkey to see if he was interested in it, and she came along and ate it right from under him. She’s little, but nothing scares her. πŸ™‚

  2. You haven’t seen a dirty look until you have someone’s anal glands expressed. My kitten gave the vet the worst case of stinkeye I’ve ever seen but the vet shrugged and said it was to be expected. She had more or less just assaulted her.

    • Oh lord, I am VERY lucky that I’ve never been present for an anal gland expression (heh). Fred had to take a cat many years ago, and it was not a pleasant experience, I heard. πŸ™‚

  3. How sweet of Corbie to hang out with Rufus under the couch. πŸ™‚

    I hope Alice’s allergies (that sounds like a children’s book) get better. I hate when kittehs are uncomfortable.

    OMG, my ex-husband had a cat who “accidentally” (we will never know) squirted me from his anal glands. He had to get them expressed several times. We called it “poop juice.” I know–totally gross. Thankfully, none of my current cats have ever had any problems like that. Bleh!

  4. Thank goodness our vet uses an ear thermometer, the cats hardly notice, which is wonderful. Our late Monte had trouble with the “accidental” squirts from time to time, and EWWW! Somehow I’m always the one who gets to clean up such lovely excretions.
    Is it trouble with anal glands that causes cats to scoot? Only one of ours does it, just curious.
    I wonder if Maggie is going to keep us all waiting till at least Monday!!

  5. I have to say, I think Alice is my favorite kitty of yours! She’s so adorable! And such spunk πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to hearing all about Maggie’s babies!!

  6. Awww Rufus-kitty. I kind of love him. As in I’m melted into a puddle. Poor skitsy purrball, but at least he’s still a purrball and a love! I’d happily offer a lap to him (or to any others of your bunch who felt like lap-sitting!) but alas, I’m in Wisconsin. It was sweet of Corbie to chill under the couch with him for a while, though.

    Hullo, Ms. Mary Margaret McBride–uh, jeez, I mean McMao! I’ll never stop thinking of that alternate name for her, I wear. It’s so darn pretty! *pets Maggie* Still waffling on entering for naming rights or not, but if I do, and by some chance I luck out, there may well be a Welsh name in the bunch! πŸ™‚

    Hi, awesome blues. *scritchies* And awww, hi Miss Alice. I can’t relate to the allergies thing, but my sisters can. Being sniffly and stuffed up sucketh anyhow, whatever the cause.

  7. Oh well, my two chances are gone and no babies yet. That’s O.K. The most important thing is that they are healthy and arrive without complications!

  8. Good to hear Alice in fine fettle where food is concerned! Poor Bitty, my delicate eater, regularly loses her goodies to little Sophie, the snatcher! If I don’t put Bit’s treats up for her, it is gone… into my rotund little girl!

    Well, Maggie, hon, you let me down… no babies. πŸ™ No help for it but to put in another set of chances. Ellen swiped my midnight slots for a couple of days so I’ll need to figure out another time zone!!

    • For the life of me, I don’t see a chat feature anywhere, Tanya! Where are you seeing it?

      • You can click the drop down menu where it says who is viewing the page. Mine almost always says “mizrobyn is viewing” πŸ™‚ And just type in the box at the bottom and hit enter. It’ll go away if you leave the page or refresh, but it’s good for saying hi to someone viewing the page at the time. I said hi to you and complained about no kitties. The same thing you probably hear a million times a day! lol