PostHeaderIcon Merry Christmas from Hunter and Family

December 16th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

We don’t usually talk woofies, but this cutie, Hunter, and his Family have the perfect message for us all at this time of year.

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To visit HUNTER at his blog, click here. And for the Holidays, you can send an Ecard to HUNTER at

Yours in sharing Christmas wishes with our furriends,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon Life without Mikey

December 6th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

GE DIGITAL CAMERAJust like we had to change our ways after we lost Chuck and Jonny, so too must Billy and I make some adjustments in how we do things now that Mikey has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

For starters, I have to quit calling Billy, Mikey!

Mikey was so ill for such a long stretch there that his name was most often on my lips as we spent quite a bit of time cuddling and talking to each other as I cared for him.

Although not unexpected, Billy has taken up permanent residence on my lap! While he’s done that for years it seems like now he’s doing it even more, if that’s possible.

I can also now cut down on the number of plates that I put out with food. (It used to be each of our six kitties would get his own plate, although they would go from plate to plate when it was time to eat.) I can also reduce the amount of food that I make available to Billy. All this in turn changes the number of times it’s necessary to tend to the litter box!

Billy is back to sleeping in his house in the hallway outside of the bedroom. It’s beside Mikey’s bed! I had thought he might join me in bed at night but for now he’s sticking close to Mikey’s bed.

Yours in missing Mikey,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon With a Little Help from Our Furriends …

November 30th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

Mikey, Forever and the humans, we’ll get along.

I was out of town Saturday for the day and returned to an Inbox FULL of an outpouring of love, support, purrs and hugs from all of you at the loss of our beloved Mikey.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by to offer your thoughts and your kindness.

Your words of encouragement are helping Billy and me to realize we made the right decision. It’s also reassuring to know that we are not alone in our loss, as clearly many of you walked this way as well at one time or another.

And please know that the CB, its readers and members, like you all, are totally special to us.

Thank you!

Yours in us taking in your outpouring of love,

and Billy

P.S. Ann Adamus of Zoolatry forwarded a beautiful avatar of Mikey Forever (above) that I’ll also post in the sidebar. I believe too that she was instrumental in posting the message at the CB. (If I’m mixed up on that, please someone let me know so I can give proper credit.)

PostHeaderIcon Mikey’s with Chuck Now

November 29th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

GE DIGITAL CAMERAIt had been quite a while coming and although not specifically planned for Monday, November 24, 2014, I contacted the Vet.

It was during that contact that I decided it was time for us to say good-bye. Chuck is now taking care of him.

Sadly, Mikey had gotten to where more and more he was eating and drinking not so much, which resulted in little bodily output.

In addition, he had begun to get sick to his stomach, and wouldn’t take hairball remedy; something he used to love and would practically chase me down to get when I had the tube open.

Further, since his last visit to the vet two weeks ago he had lost half a pound and his heart murmur had gotten worse.

And then as you might suspect, after the fact, I’m still rethinking whether it would have been better to hold my horses a bit longer. Even though I knew that with all his health issues (including the dementia and partial loss of vision) there was really nothing else that could be done for him, other than maintaining him on the meds we had been using. Alas, even those were fast losing their effectiveness.

So now it’s just Billy and me. But we do have lots of fun memories though from when Chuck and I had a house full of six kitties under foot and sprawled all over, as well as running and playing, and with arms flailing about.

Yours in losin’ another love,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

cat-highchair-smallHappy Thanksgiving one and all.

Just a short note today to let you know how much you mean to us and how thankful we are to know you.

Thank you for your furriendship, head butts and purrs.

Yours in celebrating Turkey Day with furriends,

and “The Boys”

PostHeaderIcon Dressing Up Your Kitty at Halloween

October 30th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

grumpy-cat-halloween-smIf you’ve been in the area of Kittens n Things over the last week, you know I’ve been posting tips on how to share Halloween with your favorite furball.

This then is the last Halloween tip for this year.

Dress up. The current company of “The Boys” can thankfully say they have never been subjected to our whims of dressing up the kitty.

Jonny I, though, was not so fortunate. Although his dress up foray had nothing to do with Halloween. We got him a sweater, as after a haircut we thought he might need a little help keeping warm. That lasted about as long as it took us to put the garment on him.

Of course, many love to decorate their kitties at Halloween with costumes of various sorts. If you do, it’s a good idea to make sure the costume fits so he or she is not tripping over it, that it doesn’t slide off or something worse that could cause a hazard of sorts for your kitty.

Yours in all about Halloween with a kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Here’s a neat Halloween dress-up idea for your kitty; what a snazzy, fun outfit.

Photo source: Rick Scuteri/AP Images for Friskies/PetSmart Halloween Promotion

Grumpy Cat promotional information provided by Christine Amoscato.

PostHeaderIcon How to survive Halloween night with a kitty in tow

October 29th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

halloween-kittyToday’s thoughts on How to survive Halloween night with a kitty in tow come on the heels of two recent posts, Halloween Can Give You Such a Fright and Halloween Fright Night.

So take a look at this:

Kitty got the biteys? While Halloween can be a fun time for you and your kids, it may be a traumatic time for your otherwise docile kitty.

In fact, loud noises and lights and people dressed in strange garb that you can’t tell who they are (strangers, even) could cause your kitty to quickly get and to be out of sorts. Which, in turn, might lead to the claws and teeth coming out.

We’ve got still another tip for safely sharing Halloween with your kitty. Come back tomorrow and take a look.

Yours in Halloween fun with your kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your kitty may have fun dressing up for Halloween, especially if she can show off something like this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Halloween Doors with a Kitty

October 28th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

halloween-kittyIf you’ve been looking for ideas on how to enhance your Halloween experience with your kitty to go with other tips I posted recently, as well as here, read on.

What’s going on with the door? You may have already discovered that your kitty can be really quick when it comes to wanting to take a peek at what’s on the other side of the door.

Thus, when Trick or Treaters (or other guests, for that matter) come, you’ll want to pay special heed to where your kitty is at all times so said kitty doesn’t get the wanderlust and take off when you’re involved with your distributing your treats.

In fact, to help keep your kitty safe, you could even put him or her in another room until all the T or T commotion has died down.

That’s it for this time. The Boys and I have a couple more Halloween tips coming up. So come back real soon.

Yours in getting through Halloween with a kitty,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your kitty may have fun dressing up for Halloween, especially if she can show off something like this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Halloween Fright Night

October 27th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

halloween-kittyThe other day I started a post with tips on how to help your kitty have a fun Halloween night; it included ideas on how you might have a bit of piece of mind because of it.

However, the tips list became a bit longer than I wanted for one post so I divided the points into four different ideas. Here then is the second tip.

In or out. We’ve been fortunate (for us) enough that all of The Boys (and those that came before them) have for the most part (with an exception or two) been indoor cats.

But if you have a kitty that gets the wanderlust and has to be outside on any given occasion, Halloween is a time when you might want to curb his enthusiasm (even briefly) for the great outdoors as there may be more cars on the road at Halloween.

Additionally, black kitties may find it a bit more difficult to manage outside; they are more prone to animal cruelty during Halloween festivities.

Come by tomorrow to get another tip for sharing Halloween with a kitty.

Yours in keeping your kitty safe at Halloween,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Just in case you get a notion to dress up your kitty for Halloween, this Lion Mane Wig for Dog/Cat Halloween Dress up with Ears looks like a fun time.

Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger

PostHeaderIcon Happy 17th birthday, Billy

October 26th, 2014 Author: Karen McGreevey

Billy-baby2Seventeen years ago today, our furmily of three kitties (Jonny II, Mikey and Daniel) grew to four when we met Billy and subsequently brought him home.

The breeder where we gad gotten Jonny, Mikey and Daniel had sent us photos of Billy so we knew what we were getting into. (Sort of.)

She had told us ahead of time that he “had a nose” and if when we saw him we decided we didn’t want him, we were not obligated to keep him.

Well, she was right; he definitely has a nose (it’s not like the typical Persian nose) and when Chuck and I first saw him we looked at each other and silently telegraphed each other, “Oh my; well she was certainly right about the nose.”

But there was not even one thought about sending him on his way as he was just such a cute ball of fur and there was instant love on all our parts. We couldn’t not keep him.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAHis “pronounced nose” has really turned out to be a good thing as he doesn’t get the eye and nose problems some Persians tend to.

And so today Mikey and I are “making over” Billy (granting his wishes).

And he is lovin’ all the attention.

Happy birthday, Billy. Mikey and I love you and we’re glad you’re here.

Yours in celebrating a Billy birthday,

and “The Boys”

Top photo: Baby Billy on top; Bottom photo: Billy all grown up

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