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The Cat Tree

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

2016-01-19-CB-rumbleFor some time now, I’ve been thinking about getting a new cat tree for The Boys and Hope. In fact, I’d looked at them at PetCo and at Amazon.

I’d read the reviews and even tried lifting the trees at PetCo. (We retired two old lopsided trees years ago for lopsidedness and unstableness.)

Many of the online reviews discussed difficulty with putting together the cat tree; the directions were less than enlightening, some reviewers expressed dismay at having to take the tree apart and re-assemble it because the instructions that came with were almost non-existent.

Additionally, some reviews alleged that the assembled tree was not too stable on carpeting. While others mentioned trees that were less than desirable for large kitties. (I was especially concerned about my 15.2 pound Phillip being able to even get up onto it.) (more…)

It’s A Boy!

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Dakota-2016-01-10-48To some, I might have been up to no good – again – but to one very special furball, I may just have been what he was hoping for.

He: Tyler (came to me as “Domino”)
Birth Date: 9/1/2011
Entry Date: 6/12/2015
Forever Home date: 1/7/2016

I got him from the Humane Society of North Iowa, the in-town local animal shelter; he had been picked up as a stray last June. He must have belonged to someone at one time as the Shelter listed him as having been found wearing a collar.

As is the Shelter’s policy, he was held for seven days in hopes his owner would come to claim him. After that, he was put up for adoption. And so he waited, and waited. And waited almost seven months until I came along!

After I went to see him, though, I wasn’t sure I wanted to follow through with submitting an application. In person, he was (or appeared so) a pretty BIG kitty. Thankfully, not Phillip big!

“Hide ‘n Seek” Done Gone Wrong!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

2015-12-25 07.11.12Monday morning Phillip was upstairs with me as I was getting ready to go to Curves.

He then led the way down the steps, staying about three ahead of me.

Brody was at the foot of the stairs, behind the window curtain. While I didn’t see him, I think Phillip did as he ended up in a high-jump leap, skipping the last three steps to the bottom, then took off into the living room at a run. With Brody in “hot pursuit”.

The two of them then got into a major paws lock and proceeded to roll around on the floor. With me chasing after them in top voice.

Fortunately, when any of the kits get into disagreements, none will do the screechy cat thing. Instead they go for some pretty loud hissing and heavy breathing.

After a few rolls around, Phillip tried to get away from Brody, who was having none of that. He chased Phillip to the end-table in the living room with the lamp where Phillip planned to disappear behind the couch.

In doing so, Phillip knocked over the lamp, the bulb blew out, and the portable telephone thudded to the floor. (Thankfully, the glass lamp shade did not break!)

Brody disappeared to I know not where! Although the last I saw him at that time, he was giving the space behind the couch where Phillip went to ground a second glance!

Yours in kitties in hiding,

, “The Boys” and Hope

Photo of Brody Christmas Day, when he was being good! And waiting for the presents.

Meowy Catsmas Gifts

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

2015-12-25-28-christopher-toyIn case you missed this week’s issue of Mews Nooz, we’re sharing Christopher’s story about how much he liked the gifts from Morris the cat!

It all came about because Morris the Cat and Friskies launched a new website, Live Well & Prospurr, and a 9Lives promotion in November to help cats and humans. Morris was also “pawing it forward” by donating meals to cats at the ASPCA. We/the Kids were asked to participate. So we said “yes!”

As a result, Morris provided us with a blog post that we could post at our blog, Kittens n Things, and in an earlier Mews Nooz edition.

Further, in return, Morris and Friskies gave to us free stuff for our “Morris mention”. A huge box arrived for The Boys and Hope about mid-December; we saved it to open Christmas day. You should have seen the “kids”.

The box contained a 12-can case assortment of 5.5-oz 9Lives Cat food – pate! A box of 6 small kitty toys including three mice; in addition, a toy wand with a feather, and a yarn ball. I removed three mice toys so they could immediately play with them, and “someone kitty” removed the ball when I wasn’t looking!

We also received a pet groomer brush; it’s in the shape of a horseshoe. It fastens onto an oval carpet stand. You put catnip in a hole in the bottom of the stand to attract the kitties. When they walk through the brush arch, they are able to scratch their backs and it removes loose cat hair.

Christopher ^^^ immediately grabbed on to one of the mice (they have feather tails and are catnip-stuffed, too). As he played with it on the floor he got a crazy catnip stupor look on his face, as he stared off into space.

What a great Christmas! I had gotten them some toy mice, too; after seeing what was in the box, though, I decided to save those for later.

And then, of course, they had two new big (shipping) boxes they could play in.

Yours in lovin’ opening gifts,

, “The Boys”, and Hope

P.S. The Pet Groomer Arch brush is available at Amazon through this affiliate link.)

Photo of Christopher taken Christmas day; he’s a bit of a reddish gold color and somewhat blends into the carpet. It’s difficult to tell where the mouse is in his arms, but it’s there!

Happy New Year One and All!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

We hope you have a terrific year!

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And don’t miss tomorrow’s issue of Mews Nooz.

I’ve got a tale about Christopher and Christmas. And see for yourself how much he loved one of his gifts!

We love that your are our furriends.

Yours in a Happy 2016,

, “The Boys” and Hope

P.S. The photo is of some of the goodies given to us by Morris the Cat and 9Lives because last month we shared Morris’s blog post about his new “9 Lives Live Well & Prospurr” promotion.

Christopher Joins 1st Gotcha Day Anniversary Pool

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Since Phillip got his own special “shout out” in last week’s issue of our ezine, Mews Nooz, and here at Kittens n Things because Sunday, the 20th, was the anniversary of his 1st Gotcha Day, I can’t not mention that Christopher’s 1st Gotcha Day anniversary is today, the 26th”!

Christopher’s actual “gotcha” also involved a trip out-of-town; it was supposed to take about an hour-and-a-half (90 or so miles) but by the time I got there, it ended up it was close to 2.5 hours. I got lost and if it weren’t for the graciousness and directions of Denise, the foster lady pawrent, who had him, not to mention a fully charged cell phone, I might still be trying to find her country house.

I’m thrilled to say we made it through the year with the two of them (Phillip and Christopher) together. Although not entirely without fusses.

In my walk down memory lane, I was reading back through some comments I had written in the Days of Our Meows section of Mews Nooz last year when I first got Christopher. I was reminded I had changed his name at least three times before I settled upon Christopher. At that time I had also remarked, “Note: Our furmily is now complete. We have NO intentions of expanding our paw count!”

So I wonder how in the world I ended up with two more kitties on June 10th the following/the first part of this (2015) year!

Amy at the Shelter sent the above photo of Christopher to me last year, after I had seen his original photo on the Internet and had expressed interest in him. (I had asked if they had any other photos.) When she sent it, Amy remarked that he “had his paws crossed because he hoped I would take him and be his mom”!

We all know how that turned out!

Yours in celebrating Christopher,

and “The Boys” and Hope

Happy “1st” Gotcha Day Celebration

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

GE DIGITAL CAMERAOn a Saturday a “snowy” year ago today, I drove 100 miles or so to the animal shelter in Des Moines to get Phillip.

Generally, when the weather is snowy, blowy, sleety, icy, windy, and all that, I and “my wheels” DO NOT leave town, let alone the house and garage. Yet, here I was on the road to get Phillip.

It was quite the experience, and not just because of the weather. In fact, I’m not sure I’d repeat it – alone, at least.

It was super busy; it’s a huge shelter and they were also having a “spa day” for bunnies and guinea pigs. In addition to dollars off for woofies and kitties for Christmas. The doors didn’t open until 11 a.m. I likened it to a “cattle call”.

Phillip was certainly larger in person than he appeared in his photo posted on the Internet by the shelter. So much so that when I first saw him, I thought “Oh my, he’s huge!”. Almost like, “What have I done?” I’m really glad I got him, though, even if I can barely carry him, especially when he’s in the carrier.

He has “filled out” to 15lb-2oz, and most of the time is very laid back. He’s not just a tall cat, he’s a long one as well. He loves to sleep with me at night. You’d think that when he jumped up onto the bed, you’d be in for a jar; but you hardly know he’s landed.

I also barely hear a verbal sound from him, even when he’s waiting for something to eat. At those times, occasionally, he’ll make a strange, sort of high-pitch sound. It definitely does not sound meow-like!

All that aside, today we’re celebrating Phillip’s Gotcha Day, and we’re all glad we’ve got each other.

Yours in celebrating Phillip,

and “The Boys” and Hope

In Morris the Cat’s Own Meows …

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Hey Kittens n Things readers! Morris the Cat, from 9Lives cat food, here. (You may have thought that a cat’s only computer skills involve laying on the keyboard while others are trying to use it, but in fact, we are very tech savvy.)


For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve starred in over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials, am an advo-cat for kitty rescue, and was even crowned one of Advertising’s Greatest Icons by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. (But I must say, I took issue with this honor. I didn’t know I was *advertising* **all those years… I just really love 9Lives!)


In case you couldn’t guess, I’m purr-ty much an expert when it comes to eating, and that’s the subject of my next venture. As you know, the holidays are ‘prime eating time’ and I want you to be able to chow down like a pro.

I also thought, with everyone in the holiday spirit, it’s a great time to give back. Lucky for you, giving back is as easy as using your opposable thumbs. With those two bad boys – and the rest of your fingers – you can help feed a kitty in need. Watch this video to find out how. (Spoiler Alert: It’s totally FREE!)


I don’t know about you but all this meowing about food has gotten me hungry.

I’ve made it my mission to help cats and humans eat well – and by extension – live well. (I’ve often said the key to life can be found in your food dish.) With that in mind, I invite you to check out my Official Guide to Eating, Munching, Snacking & More. If you’ve ever caught yourself inhaling your food between errands or carting your human kittens around… or if you mindlessly shovel in your dinner while catching up on the latest episode of “Meownton Abbey” or “Silicon Alleycat”… then this guide is for you!

In it, you’ll learn how to eat like the true foodie you were meant to be. On my site, you can also enter to win a customized drivable cooler, so if you do have to eat on the go, you can do so in style. And don’t forget to tweet #MorrisFeeds to give hungry kitties the gift of a tasty, hearty 9Lives meal.

On that note, my stomach is starting to rumble. What’s on the menu tonight, you ask? 9Lives Lean & Tasty and a side of Meaty Paté with Real Chicken. For a beverage I’ll be enjoying some delicious tap water. How about you?

Yours in Morris the Cat’s view,

The Boys and “The Gurrl”

P.S. Thanks, Morris, for stopping by to share the news about your new Prospurr.9Lives site and your holiday mission to give hungry kitties the gift of a tasty, hearty 9Lives meal.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

“The Boys” and the “Gurrl” and I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you get lots of turkey and all the trimmings.

We’re also thrilled to say today is Christopher’s 11th month Gotcha Day! (Actually, I’m not so sure Hope is thrilled.)

Most of all, our message today is to let you know we appreciate all of you. You’ve been with us through thick and thin, sad times and glad. You all mean so much.

Yours in Thanksgiving for your friendship,

and “The Boys” and “The Gurrl”

Mo Cats Day!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

So then with all of our preliminary days of thinking about “Mo Cats Day”, lo and behold. We almost forgot it today!

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Nevertheless, we’re celebrating good now! And we hope you are as well.

Yours in “Mo Cats” and the “mo, the merrier”,

and “The Boys & the Gurrl”

P.S. We love this graphic that Ann at Zoolatry put together.

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