PostHeaderIcon Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

4th-july-hat-smallFireworks! Potato salad! And steaks grillin’. Or hot dogs! Parades! Lemonade. Picnics! Traffic – maybe not traffic! These are a few of my favorite things!

And kitties, can’t forget the kitties!

If you celebrate the 4th or just plan to “do nuthin'” this weekend, I hope you have a safe and sound weekend. And maybe there’s a sun puddle or two for your kitties.

Yours in furriendship,

, “Three Men and a Little Lady”

P.S. Wednesday, July 1, we “celebrated” our three-week “Gotcha Day” anniversary; Brody, Hope and I (with Christopher and Phillip).

PostHeaderIcon Good News!!!! Friskies Pull ‘n Play Treat/Toy

July 2nd, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

pullnplayLast week, I mentioned in Mews Nooz our weekly ezine and then again here at Kittens ‘n Things, about the new Friskies Pull ‘n Play Wobbly toy/treat

As a result of my “announcements, I’ve been asked where to find the Wobbly “first-ever edible strings” toy and treat to purchase. It was supposed to be in retail stores nationally starting mid-June.

However, some were unsuccessful in locating it; it was not at PetSmart or Petco. Although it is available now at Amazon (according to the Amazon website).

After hearing “new word” from Christine, my Friskies contact, that indicated it is in retail stores now like WalMart and Target, I checked our local Target yesterday/Wednesday; they don’t have it yet. I did not go to WalMart.

This morning, though, when I was in Hy-Vee I saw they “sort of” have it for sale – meaning there is a spot on the shelf for it; they were just sold out of the Wobbly toy. They did have the edible strings that can be purchased separately. I did not buy those yet as I want to get the toy, too.

So if you have a Hy-Vee, check there. And, of course, check your WalMart, Target, Petco, PetSmart – all the others like that. If they’re not there the first time you check, go back. I know sometimes here it takes a little longer for some things to hit shelves than it does in other parts of the country.

Yours in finding the Friskies Pull ‘n Play Toy/Treat

and “The Boys”

P.S. Yay for the Friskies Wobbly Pull ‘n Play Toy/Treat.

PostHeaderIcon I Left the Door Open … And They Walked In

June 27th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

Some may say it’s too early (since Billy just recently went to the Rainbow Bridge), others may say what took you so long? Nevertheless, Christopher and Phillip now have a new baby brother and a baby sister! (Well, not exactly “baby”!)

We decided we had so much love to give that we’d not wait for propriety’s sake (however one defines it) and expand our little furmily.

Brody ^^^ (previously known as Bernie, named by the Shelter) is about a year-and-a-half to two years of age; the little girl, Hope, from the same shelter, is about two or three years.

hopeHope >>> is mostly “still in hiding”, but she’s getting better about coming out so we, she and I, can interact.

Brody, on the other paw, has just about taken over the household! And definitely my heart.

For the time being, I only have one photo of each; they are the pictures that were posted at and at the Animal Shelter site at Tama (IA) where I got them. I tried to get a photo of Hope on Sunday but it didn’t turn out. I did manage to get several shots of Brody, though none was presentable to share.

These two kitties had a really sad bringing up, as they came from a home with an elderly mother who hoarded animals. She had 60 cats, a slew of dogs and horses, and other living things. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Happy Birthday, Jan

June 26th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

Sometimes there comes along someone you just want to wish an extra special day to. And today, it’s Jan Price of Jan’s Funny Farm.

Happy Birthday, Jan Price (S)

Yours in celebrating birthdays of Special Cat People,

and “The ‘Three Men’ and a ‘Little Lady'”

Happy Birthday, Jan graphic compliments of Ann of Zoolatry (Thanks, Ann, for sharing your beautiful work and talent!)

PostHeaderIcon Friskies Pull ‘n Play Cat Toy and Treat

June 20th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

pullnplayWe’re excited about the brand new Friskies Pull ‘n Play Toy and Treat.

I recently received an email from Christine Amoscato, Assistant Account Executive for Taylor Strategy, on behalf of Friskies. (She’s been in contact with me off and on for the last couple of years about various promotions by Friskies.)

This time, her news is that “Friskies is launching a “first-ever edible strings” toy with an Interactive Adoption Event!

Friskies has teamed with pro football punter Steve Weatherford and celebrity cat Waffles to bring a one of a kind cat adoption experience to New York City at the “Friskies Playhouse” on Friday, June 26.

Ms. Amoscato stated: “The Pull ‘n Play Pack takes cat treating to a whole new level! It combines “the first-ever” tender edible strings with a wobbly cat toy that also dispenses Friskies treats! That means playtime is more delicious! Try all 3 delicious string flavors. And get ready to let the good times wobble!”

“Consumers can also participate in the Most Playful Cat in America sweepstakes from June 15 to August 10 for a chance to win a cash prize of $1,500, a Wobbert toy and a one year supply of the new Friskies Pull ‘n Play product.”

(The sweepstakes is online so even if you’re not in New York City, you can participate in this.)

While we don’t live anywhere near NYC, perhaps some of you do, and can make it to this June 26 event with Steve Weatherford. If you go, let us know!

Yours in new toys and kitty adoptions,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon International Box Day

June 19th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

We’re a little late getting started with this “International Box Day” thing; nevertheless, we’re joining in. With this photo of our late Mikey! (I’ve always loved it.)


And thanks to Ann at Zoolatry, we can also add this graphic

If you’re wondering what International Box Day” is all about, stop over to the “hostesses with the mostestes”, Peaches and Paprika and Luke Wag ‘n Woof Pets.

You can also get in on their blog post tour by clicking that link.

Yours in joining the International Box Tour,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon Hug Your Kitty Day

June 4th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

Today’s one of the bestest days ever; it’s “Hug Your Kitty Day”.

Although if you’re like me, you don’t need a special day to give out the hugs.

GE DIGITAL CAMERANevertheless, it’s nice to have the special day.

And, Phillip < << and ^^^ Christopher are certainly basking in the love and giving out paw bumps and high fives! So let's hear it for Hug Your Kitty Day!

Yours in hugging on your kitties,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon 5 Months of Gotcha!

May 26th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

My how time flies!

Today marks five months since I took a two-hour road trip that turned out to be three hours because I got lost!

And came home with Christopher!

He’s been a joy! And he’s back to sleeping on my lap like he did when I first became his “cat” mom.

That had stopped for a time, after 12 of his teeth had to be removed (because of that hard street life he endured before we met up).

Christopher does still have a bit of trouble sleeping in the bed all night, though; sometimes because of Phillip and other times I think it’s because he’s still doing some heavy dreaming when he sleeps; it shakes him around enough that he ends up falling out of bed!

Yours to another five months and many more with Christopher and Phillip,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Phillip has also now been with me for five months (May 20).

PostHeaderIcon Billy, Forever

May 15th, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey


Today, on the second week anniversary (Friday, May 1) of saying good-bye to Billy as he went to the Rainbow Bridge, we received a very special email from Ann Adamus, Zoolatry.

This very talented and generous lady had just learned about Billy and had created the above ^^^ remembrance for us. (I’ll be adding it to the sidebar shortly >>>.)

We love it and we know Billy would, too. (As would Chuck and Billy’s brothers, who also went before!)

Yours in thanking kitties for their love and for the memories,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Thank you, also, to all of you who’ve stopped by with your “purrs”, and words of support.

PostHeaderIcon And then there were none!

May 1st, 2015 Author: Karen McGreevey

Billy-baby2This afternoon, once again, it was necessary to be with one of my beloved kitties (Billy) as he went to the Rainbow Bridge!

It almost came out of nowhere. I knew he hadn’t been feeling like himself off and on for about the last month but I kept putting off taking him to the Vet, in hopes his moping would work its way out.

Since yesterday/Thursday again seemed like an off day for him, I made an appointment for him at the Vet’s. (I had had him in two weeks ago for his rabies shot and a “quick once over“.) At yesterday’s visit, we learned that Billy had lost one pound! in two weeks.

GE DIGITAL CAMERABlood work did not show anything out of the ordinary but the Vet was concerned about Billy’s quick weight loss – and that much!

The Vet also discovered that Billy had a clogged salivary gland, although that would not necessarily cause him to lose weight like he had. He’d also had 30% kidney function for a year or so. Read the rest of this entry »

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