Friday, July 21, 2017

Why I don't say congratulations to a kitty when it is adopted

So, I thought I would take a moment and address something that I think is important. I know this is a very minor thing, but words matter. Words we use about cats and dogs can also make a huge difference in how they are perceived by others

Often, when hanging out on social media, I see posts about cats looking for homes. When I see that they are adopted people often say "Congratulations" to the kitty. I never will.

Way back when I was getting married, I was told by someone that you offer best wishes to the bride and congratulations to the groom. The reason being that it is a bit offensive to imply that the bride needed luck to catch herself a groom.

"Congratulations" to the bride implies that she is to be congratulated for being lucky enough to land a husband, when the luck is more properly assigned to the husband for getting such a wonderful wife.

When I thought about it, I realized this applies to cats as well. They are beautiful creatures that all deserve a home. Whoever adopts them should consider themselves lucky to have been able to bring such a beautiful creature home. This is why I always say congratulations to the people and I send my best wishes to the kitties.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My cat is lucky he is so cute

Jack is still having some health issues and as a result, he is peeing inappropriately again. It is so frustrating because I know he doesn't mean to drive me up the wall, he just is really good at it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Connie Can Craft - a gift for a friend

When I met Stephanie (who adopted Nancy and Trixie) I was in a position to help her adopt. She was about to move and her daughter had brought her into the shelter to get her to start thinking about adopting some kitties. Stephanie fell in love with my little foster kittens but didn't feel comfortable adopting two small kittens when she was about to move, so I offered to kitten sit for her, my only requirement was that she adopt them and make it official, which she was willing to do.

I was blessed that Stephanie has continued to share her girls with me and I wanted to give her a little gift to celebrate the girl's first birthday. Unfortunately, the timing didn't work out so she received this in honor of their gotcha day.

This project started out with a frame I found when my neighbor had a yard sale. I didn't realize that the silver paint trim wasn't complete until I got it home. I also was thinking I needed to do something with the backing.

The first thing was to paint the missing silver (see above photo, top left side) I dug around in my supplies and found a silver paint and so I tapped off the frame and gave it a go.

Unfortunately, my silver was a little too gray, so I decided camouflage was my best option. I dug around in my supplies again and found some Modge Podge and some white glitter.

While that dried, I thought I'd attack the back panel. More digging and I found my stash of scrapbooking papers and I found a pretty print that was large enough. More Modge Podge and that junky backer now looked really pretty. No one will really see it, but I'm happy to know it now looks pretty.

So I printed out a nice kitten photo of each of the kittens and then assembled the whole thing once it was dry.

Stephanie really appreciated the gift and the girls really enjoyed the box and the tissue paper. I was happy to be able to do something nice for her.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More baby pictures


Jack and Eli

Jack, Catman, Eli

Muffin after a bath

Muffin enjoying our return from Walmart

Muffin her sister and her mother.


Muffin and Eli - back when they liked each other

Muffin and Kodi and the Catman



Twee, her mom and her siblings




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Skippy - then and now

Skippy - 2009
He was making himself at home on one of his field trips to my work

Skippy - 2017
I finally got a photo of him not looking like I just severely disappointed him.
not sure this is much better.. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fleurp - then and now

Fleurp 2008 - She had been bitten and they got her eye.
She also had ear mites so bad they completely impacted her ears.
none of this bothered her, she was the happiest kitten ever.

Fleurp 2017
She is still our little ray of sunshine. 
She is currently chirping at me it is so cute.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Twee - then and now

Twee 2004 - she was not the brightest kitten we ever met

Twee 2017 - she's still not all that bright, but she does love her daddy

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Eli - then and now

Eli - then Melvin from 2002 

Eli not amused at my attempts to make him cuddle the bunny -2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Potatoes Au Gratin

I, Yukon, have called this meeting to let you know that my brother is an absolute goof.

That's all. You can go back to what you were doing.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Baked Potatoes

The kittens are doing much better. They finished their medication last week and I emailed the shelter yesterday to let them know that everything is going along with them and since they are of size when they might want them back. I heard back and they are scheduled to leave tomorrow morning.

They are still timid when it comes to new noises and experiences. They will run and hide and make sure that whatever it was isn't coming to get them. I have a neighbor down the road who shoots of fireworks so I know they are okay with that, but the rainbow slinky - that is just evil.

Yukon likes a nice cuddle. He is sweet and very much a bush dweller. He has some adorable rings around his tail. His whiskers are all broken off, I'm not sure if it is a sign of a nutritional deficiency prior to his arrival (the fur on his behind was previously shaved so I'm guessing he had some pretty bad diarrhea) but I am guessing that is the case because his fur feels a bit rough and sparse. I'm sure he is going to blossom into a beautiful mancat now that he is on a regular diet and is feeling better.

Potato is very high energy; total ADD kitten. He knows that I don't like it when he bites me, but he can't seem to help himself. Fortunately, he is very responsive to "ow" and stops biting right away. He also loves playing with my hair, which is adorable.

I'm excited for them to find their own human/s. I'm guessing that they will be in a home by the time the weekend is over.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Magic Potato Puffs

Magical things happened last night. I walked into the kitten room and neither one of them ran away to see if I was a threat first. Just yesterday morning they ran to the other side of the room, and the night before they ran and Yukon hid and waited to make sure I wasn't a threat first. Major progress pretty quickly, I am impressed.

And this happened.

If you didn't want to watch it, I'm not gonna tell you what happened (yup, I'm evil) but we can just say it was more magic (although you could probably read the comments to figure it out). Way to go kittens!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mashed Potatoes

To help convince the kittens that I am a "good thing" I brought out the "best toy ever"© which of course promptly scared them out of their petrified little minds. The fastest way to a kitten's heart outside of food is having a toy act like prey, so I slowly dragged the toy across the floor doing my best to make this thing act like an injured mouse. After a few minutes of feeling quite foolish, because I couldn't even see the kittens, Potato came out and started investigating it. Once he got his paw on it, he was hooked.  Yukon was not convinced this was a good thing, but he knew that Potato's tail was super awesome, so Potato chased after the toy, and Yukon chased after Potato.

Potato now thinks I'm pretty cool. Yukon is going to need some more convincing. I've got the TV on full time to keep him used to the sounds of humans and I've got Rescue Remedy in the water bowl which hopefully will keep his anxiety level down to a minimum. Fortunately, I am able to walk right up to him and pat him, but he still runs to a corner when I move too fast. Potato's confidence helps though.

Now, on to the cute photos

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