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And Still Another “Gotcha Day” to Celebrate!

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

No, this is not a repeat, we really are celebrating another Gotcha Day!

This time, it’s Flynn’s day!

In fact, exactly today (date-wise, January 7- 2015) I picked up Flynn at the local Humane Society (of North Iowa).

This little guy’s story, as you may remember, is as follows: I saw his photo on the Humane Society’s website, then hemmed and hawed for a week or so as to whether I wanted to get another kitty (to add to my already four-sized shelter kitties furmily).

Since I’m talking about him, you know his handsomeness won out and me over. Even if he was already a full-grown kitty – while he was a stray, they estimated his birth date was 9/2011! He’d been at the Shelter for four months before I found and subsequently adopted him.

Love him to pieces, and as I write this he’s sacked out beside me, like kitties often do, with his tummy in full view.

The full “kitty in review” is here at Kittens ‘n Things.

Yours in sharing the love with “Shelters”,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

And Another “Gotcha Day” to Cheer!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Today marks “two years” for Christopher, too. As December 26, 2014, saw me again in the car, this time driving to the Rescue Shelter to get Christopher.

And what a trip that turned out to be. I knew the general area where I was to go, or so I thought. (I had used Google to figure out my own map! Big mistake.)

Thankfully, the foster home cat mom was patient with me each time I called her to get me unlost! Making matters worse (in my mind) was the fact that she had told me during one of our calls she was supposed to be at a family dinner at the time she was waiting for me. (I had left home early enough but then “lost my way”.) (more…)

Happy 2 Year Gotcha Day, Phillip!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

It’s been two years today now since I drove 2.5 hours in a bit of foggy, rainy inclement weather to get Phillip.

And then spent another hour or so at the Animal Shelter waiting to see him and then to get him processed so he could leave with me on his way to his furever home.

He “cried a lot” on the way back home.

Phillip had lived all of his six years in a home with two children who had grown to teenagers, and their mother. The mother was no longer able to care for him (she was not well) so she had put him up for adoption at the Shelter.

I like to think we’ve been a “match made in heaven”, but I know that’s not quite true. We have had some get used to each other issues.

A lot of those have been associated with the blending with the four brothers and one sister, Shelter kitties as well, I also managed to bring home over the last two years.

Phillip does like to sleep in bed with me at night. He also loves to sleep on my lap and legs when I’m on the couch. So we’ve got some serious bonding going on.

Yours in lovin’ kitty adoptions,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

P.S. Christopher’s two-year Gotcha Day is fast coming up, too – the 26th!

Happy “Really” Birthday, Phillip!

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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.

Poor Hope and Brody

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

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

Grumpy Cat Introduces New Food at Music Mashup

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

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!!

What’s He Trying to Tell Me?

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

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?

Redirecting Kitty Thinking

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

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. (more…)

Morris the Cat wraps up …

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Welcome to the final edition of Morris the Cat’s advice column, revealing need-to-know information on how to release your inner cat and get the best night’s sleep of your life.

If you’ve been following along these past few days, you know Morris has purrticipated in an “ask Morris” purrathon in which he shared his ideas about sleeping like a kitty!

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As an iconic spokescat and star of over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s onward, Morris has a prolific career envied by many of the Internet cat sensations of today. The secret to his longevity? Well, for one, the fact that he eats 9Lives. But more importantly, he has a disciplined sleep regimen – racking up about 140 hours per week!

Morris wants to teach YOU the tricks of the trade and give you all the tools you need, so he’s hosting a giveaway on his Live Well & Prospurr site to win a Morris-shaped plush bed that’s big enough for you AND your cat to snuggle up on.

Dear Morris,

My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there’s no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I’m not all that fun when I’m sleeping.

Warmly,

Tired Tails
(more…)

“Sleep Like a Kitty” according to Morris the Cat

Monday, February 1st, 2016

morris-the-cat-sleepingKitties and Beans, we are fortunate to be able to “partner” with Morris the Cat and share his insight when it comes to sleep. Here’s what he’s got to say “Dear Morris” style, via several guest blog posts.

“There’s one thing in the world that there’s just too little of, and it’s not love. I’m talking about S-L-E-E-P.

So I had a thought… why not ask someone who’s truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I’m talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.

For those of you who don’t know him – or who’ve let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food; he’s starred in over 50 commercials. When he’s not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he’s napping in his trailer (ahem, carrying case).

Morris has taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep.

What’s more, he’s offering fans the chance to win a Morris-shaped, human-sized plush bed AND a year’s supply of 9Lives cat food.

Morris is guest posting today, and for the rest of the week. So be sure to stop by each day to get his insight when it comes to sleep.

Then go to his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter his contest and maybe get that bed!”

Yours in sleeping like a kitty,

, “The Boys” and Hope

P.S. Come back tomorrow to see what else Morris has on his mind.

Note: Morris the Cat’s publicity reps contacted us about sharing Morris’s new promotion for his Live Well & Prospurr site and his “Sleep Like a Kitty” contest. As a result, they are sending to us a “Happy Kitty Kit” for “The Boys” and Hope.

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