PostHeaderIcon Happy “Really” Birthday, Phillip!

August 8th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

Phillip-ARLAfter having to “hang my head in shame” earlier this week, as I realized I had forgotten to publicly (here at Kittens ‘ Things) acknowledge the “Gotcha Days” of Hope and Brody (June 10), I am striving to “turn over a new ‘memory’ leaf”. (Fingers crossed!)

That said, today is Phillip’s “really” birthday. He was born August 8, 2008! (His Gotcha Day is in December.)

So, Phillip, firrst kitty of mine in the new crew, Happy 8th Birthday!

Yours in remembering kitty birthdays and Gotcha Days,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

P.S. I did finally manage to post about Hope and Brody’s Gotcha Day here yesterday.

PostHeaderIcon Poor Hope and Brody

August 7th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

Liam-tama-51615It had to happen sooner or later, what with having five to keep track of and all.

Although in previous years when we had six, it wasn’t a problem! Of course, Chuck was around to help me with the dates thing.

I’m talking about the one year anniversary gotcha day for Hope and Brody, June 10 (2015).

Not only did I overlook mentioning it here in Kittens ‘n Things”, or even in “Mews Nooz”, (until this week), we also didn’t even celebrate!

In fact, I think I didn’t even specifically tell them on June 10 that that was the anniversary hopeday we became a furmily!

Needless to say, I’ve got some ‘splaining to do. Although they do know I am their mom and we have been together for a year now, because I’ve talked about it with them often over the year.

I just missed making a big to do about it on the actual date. Of course, they aren’t loved any less!

Yours in getting Gotcha Days on track,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

PostHeaderIcon 5 Already?

May 11th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

RIP-Bowie-2011-05-07-300x274Saturday, May 7, marked five years (already?) since our “baby Bowie” took off for the Rainbow Bridge. How I miss him.

He sure loved to have his back rubbed, and would stand or sit on the floor beside me for hours, if need-be, looking at me until I would get the hint that it was time for me to rub his back!

At which time he would jump up onto my lap, turn so his back faced me, sit down and wait for me to stroke away. At other times, he would just stand on my lap and enjoy the strokes. (Flynn has gotten so he likes head and back rubs, too.)

Yours in missing Bowie,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

Bowie Angel graphic source: Ann, Zoolatry

PostHeaderIcon Happy “Hug Your Cat” Day!

May 3rd, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

lolcat-valentineEarlier this morning, I heard on the radio that today is “Hug Your Cat” Day!

If you’re like me, you really don’t need a “day” to love on your kitty.

Nevertheless, I’m glad to share that bit of information with you – just in case you hadn’t heard it.

So this message is short as I have all these kitties I have to hug. And if you’re like me, you can’t just give one hug.

Yours in hugging on your kitty,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

Photo source: ICanHasCheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Happy “Hippity Hoppy” Easter

March 27th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

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Yours in celebrating Easter with furriends and family,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

Easter graphic compliments of Ann Adamus, Zoolatry

PostHeaderIcon Grumpy Cat Introduces New Food at Music Mashup

March 19th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

friskies-cat-concoctionsThis week, the Kits found out that as recent as March 9, Grumpy Cat had introduced Friskies NEW flavor combinations called Cat Concoctions!

It’s a wet cat food that features flavors that “challenge the mind and flavor buds” of any discerning kitty.

Further, according to the Friskies press release, “The mashup of unexpected flavors includes: Chicken in Creamy Crabby Sauce; Cod in Cheesy Bacon Flavored Sauce; Lamb in Clam Flavored Sauce and Scrumptious Salmon & Chicken Liver Dinner Pate!” Num! Num!

grumpy-cat-ryan-blake-cat-concHelping to bring the unexpected Flavor Mashups to life and to the purrblic at a three-day event, March 11-13, Platinum selling recording artist Ryan Cabrera and “American Idol” Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis, and pop culture phenomenon Grumpy Cat kicked off the party with a completely unexpected musical mashup performance Friday, March 11 in Austin, Texas.

They then held a meet-and-greet with our favorite Grumpy Cat! And we’ve got video of the performances to boot. As soon as we figure out how to get it to you from here, I’ll let you know!

Yours in rockin’ out with Grumpy Cat,

, “The Boys” and Hope

P.S. Let us know your favorite Cat Concoctions!!

PostHeaderIcon What’s He Trying to Tell Me?

March 5th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

flynn-kleenex-1-3-1-2016Besides Flynn giving me a run for my money with his leaps to the TV, the DirecTV receiver, the dining room table, et al, I’ve discovered another activity he likes to use to get my attention.

Kleenex! He likes to play in (more like tear up) a box of Kleenex.

When I arrived home Tuesday morning after having been out for a while, I found “someone” had been in the Kleenex. (It had to have been Flynn as I’ve caught him digging in the Kleenex box on other occasions.)

The photo, top right, is the partially full Kleenex box on the floor with a pile of torn up Kleenex in front of the box.

flynn-2-kleenex-3-1-2016In this photo < <<, the shot is the same pile of Kleenex, but looking down at the table where the Kleenex box was originally. And the rest landed on the floor.

I arrived home Wednesday to the same Kleenex in tatters scenario. I thought sure since I had covered up the box he would not be able to get into it. Wrong!

It seems to me that more and more Flynn’s true colors are showing! Or maybe he’s more comfortable with being himself! and so feels free to act accordingly.

Flynn and the others have plenty of toys to play with. They have the cat tree, and I make sure they have food in their tummies and water to drink or to play in!

In addition, they (almost) have the run of the house (I keep the door to the spare bedroom closed as I still need to sort through things in there), and they can go outside on to the front porch when the weather is nice.

In other words, he doesn’t want for anything that I can tell, so he doesn’t need to tear up Jack in the form of the Kleenex.

Although perhaps I ought to set aside specific play time with him and the others where each individually gets my attention throughout the day.

Yours in deciphering kitty’s actions,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

P.S. Or perhaps another cat tree or Dynamite stick would help to solve the purroblem!

What do you think?

PostHeaderIcon Redirecting Kitty Thinking

February 20th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

2016-01-19-CB-rumbleIf a kitty on your counter is an issue for you, there are several solutions you could try to keep him or her on the floor.

1. Make the counter less appealing. Some folks use double-sided tape placed randomly on the counter. It will stick onto your kitty’s feet; he’ll be surprised and try to get it off. It is not harmful to the feet.

Of course, you wouldn’t want to keep the tape on the counter indefinitely, especially since it would be in your way when you’re trying to prepare meals or if you’re wanting to use the counter for other activities.

2. Redirect your kitty’s mood to jump. This has sometimes been done by “sound”. Put pennies or rocks or cans inside cans and shake the can when you see your kitty get into the jump up position. It will startle him and it is hoped make him decide it’s not so important to be on the counter after all. If you don’t have a can, you could clap your hands or even make PSST sounds. Anything noisy that catches your kitty’s attention.

The drawback with this method is that you’ll have to watch your kitty over a period of time in order to tell when he’s about to make his move to the counter. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Surprise Birthday “Purr-tay” today for Mister MO

February 19th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

Today’s a special day for a very special furriend of kitties and their beans – that’s right, it’s MO.

He keeps the daily linkies up and running for us at The Cat Blogosphere as well as keeps us informed of kitty remembrances, special events and giveaways and contests around “cat nation”. A purrfect way we can stay in touch.

Now it’s his turn! We’re joining in with all the furriends and beans around the Internet to say Happy Special Day, MO.

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Yours in thanking MO for all he does,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

PostHeaderIcon Happy Valentine Day

February 14th, 2016 Author: Karen McGreevey

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Yours in kitty love,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

Valentine Graphic: Compliments of the talented Ann at Zoolatry

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