I have an update!
I got an email from Alex last week. He said:
I wanted to let you know that Maggie and the rest of the family (cats, baby, and wife) are moving to Milwaukee this weekend. The trip will be long, but I am confident that Maggie will pull her brothers through. Once we have found a house (we are living at our grandmother’s house for now), I will send new pictures of Maggie in the land of cheese. I wanted to share these latest pictures of Maggie so she is kept fresh in those who still remember her.
I’ll let you know when we are settled.
Thank you so much for the update and pictures, Alex! Hopefully the move goes as smoothly and painlessly as possible.
That picture of Maggie at the table made me laugh out loud. I am forever telling the story of Maggie getting into zucchini fritters, and our having to give her hydrogen peroxide to vomit (you can read the story here; there’s nothing too descriptive in the story, and – you’re welcome – no pictures of the result.)
Recently, I declared that I was TIRED of the plastic Rubbermaid containers we have sitting next to and under the side stoop. They’re there as shelters for Maxi and whatever other cats need to use them (they’ve been used by raccoons and possums occasionally, too), but they’re flat on top and collect rainwater. They’re hard to get to (the ones under the stoop, anyway) and I hate crawling under there to dump the stagnant rainwater off the top. So I ordered replacements from Amazon, and over the weekend Fred put them together.
They’re pretty nice little houses. They’re not as big as the ones we have in the back yard, but they’re also less expensive (and Fred actually said that he thinks he likes them more). I’m going to stuff them with straw this week, and replace the Rubbermaid containers (which we will probably place at other spots on the property in case a marauding gang of cats need shelter).
These are the ones I got (that is an affiliate link, FYI), and according to Fred, they were super easy to put together. At the moment they’re still lined up in the front room, and every now and then (when I don’t have a camera or my phone at hand), a cat settles in for a short nap. Dennis, particularly, thinks they’re the bee’s knees.
The kittens were making such a mess in the foster room after snack time – first standing in their food and then tromping their grimy little paws all over the floor and rug – that I had to come up with a better way to give them their plates of food. I came up with this:
Those plates are on small washable pee pads, with a larger washable pee pad underneath. That’s in the closet (where the litter boxes are also kept), and it actually does a great job of containing the mess. I pick up the small pee pads every time I pick up the plates (ie, after every meal – they get three of them a day), and I pick up the medium pad when it needs it, which is once or twice a day.
Those pee pads are one of the BEST things I’ve bought. We use them all over the place (including as furniture protectors), and they hold up really well. My only gripe (and I’m not really complaining about it, you understand) is that I dyed them back when I got them, and the color fades pretty quickly.
By the way, the kitten missing in that picture is Zuke. That boy just is not at ALL interested in canned food, the little weirdo. He’s all kibble, thank you very much!
Videos! In the first, you can see that the kittens (especially Calabash!) are spending a lot of time running these days.
And in the second, Torres brings on the drama (please note that Zuke doesn’t appear to ever actually touch her at all).
2014: No entry.
2013: He’s a problem solver, our Brandon.
2012: She… misses and falls over backward!
2010: Bolitar and Rhyme are off to the adoption center later today.
2009: This is how the kittens feel about Mondays.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: He just sat there and gave me this look like “I will never yawn for you again, so save it, woman.”, then started falling asleep while sitting up.