Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ivy's 8th Birthday

just as a side note, mom has been quoting Ivy as being younger than she is....

Ivy disapproves of mom giving out her age

the girl still has lots of play time in her

Ivy and her sisters as foster kittens - that one sitting up 
with the "look" on her face is Ivy

Time sure flies. Mom was checking her calendar for our events in August and realized that several of us are older than she thought. Not sure how that happens.....

Ivy came to us with her mom and sisters as foster kittens. Mom had no intention of keeping any kittens and yet somehow Ivy decided that wasn't happening and even after going back to the shelter where mom was volunteering at the time, Ivy wasn't getting adopted and mom decided to bring her back her and make her a permanent resident. For all of her crankypants ways, she can be so super sweet to mom and they have chats while Ivy sits on the arm of her chair.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Dallas pop up Cat Cafe


Our friend Miss Tamar from I Have Cat is helping spread the word for a month long August Cat Cafe pop up in Dallas TX. For four weekends starting August 8th, there will be a pop up cafe located at The Cat Connection with adoptable cats available from Operation Kindness.

Below is their press release:

First Ever Dallas Cat Café at The Cat Connection

The Cat Connection, a locally based pet supply store and cat only hotel and spa, will be home to the first Cat Café in Dallas for four weekends starting Saturday August 8th, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Dallas Café will be a first for the DFW metroplex and will feature adoptable cats and kittens compliments of various local rescue groups. Guests will be able to play with cats on a first-come-first-serve basis for up to twenty minutes. Operation Kindness will provide adoptable cats and kittens for the Grand Opening on August 8th, and be on hand to facilitate adoptions. Donations are not required but are appreciated as they will go to support local rescue.

For their launch weekend, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in specialty coffee drinks and treats in addition to meeting a special guest of honor, internet “celebrate” Sauerkraut Kitty.

While popular in Japan for decades, cat cafés have become a reality in the United States within the last year. These cafes appeal to a wide audience from those who can’t have a cat due to rental restrictions or an allergic housemate; to those looking to adopt and want to interact more intimately out of their cages to order to get a better sense of a cat’s temperament.

Errin West, co-owner of The Cat Connection believes the café will be, “A great opportunity for cat lovers in the area to connect with and interact with adoptable animals in a relaxed setting, hopefully increasing adoptions for local rescue groups.”

The Cat Café will be open on Saturday August 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT. For more event details, please visit or follow them on social media. They are located at 14233 Inwood Road in Dallas.

To ensure both feline and human attendees have an enjoyable time, The Cat Connection asks that no outside animals be brought to the event. Children are allowed under an adult guardian’s supervision. A complete set of guidelines can be accessed at The Cat Connection's website:

About The Cat Connection: The Cat Connection is a women-owned business founded in 1985. The shop prides itself as being the premiere DFW resource for everything cat. from boarding and grooming to all-natural organic foods and hard-to-find toys and supplies.

About Sauerkraut Kitty: Sauerkraut is a special needs rescue kitty from Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Rising to internet fame due to her adorable scowl and struggles with Feline Hyperesthesia, Sauerkraut now serves as an ambassador for shelter cats nation-wide.

About Operation Kindness: Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas, saving more than 75,000 cats and dogs over almost 40 years. The organization cares for approximately 300 cats and dogs on a daily basis, with another 100 in foster homes.

For further information, contact:
Errin West

Thursday, July 30, 2015

spice kittens

Well, the meds are sorta working, but the kittens are eating and feeling pretty feisty, so that's all good. Mom swears if they were healthy, the boys would be big enough to be neutered.


Tumeric (tabby) and Tamarind (snowshoe)


They desperately want out to run around, but that isn't going to happen until we are sure what is going on with them.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

new tower

Mom bought the playpen several years ago and it certainly served a great purpose. However, it is an odd shape, takes up a serious amount of space and it kind of hard to clean. So mom decided it was time to upgrade. She found a 2 story tower (and bought it using Amazon Smile so part of the money goes back to the rescue too...heehee) and decided to bite the bullet. It wasn't cheap, but for the amount of use it will get, mom decided the cost was worth it. Of course, once it was delivered, she had to get it UP the stairs....

Topeka is the assembly inspector

It took mom probably longer than normal to get it together. Due to the construction, it would have gone together much easier with two people - you stand up a wall, connect the front and back and the hope nothing comes undone. It did - a couple of times before mom managed to get it to stay together long enough to get up the second wall.  :) The shelves were included and so was the puffy bed.

Mom bought the hammock separate. Right now it is attached to the ceiling of the tower, but she is thinking about moving it a little lower. You can't see the doors, but there are double doors at the top and the bottom making it much easier to get in to clean and everything else. Tim has discovered he can stick his paw in to steal food, so mom is going to try to devise a way to block the sides of the tower so he can't get access.

Daiquiri has discovered she can get up on top. Mom says she may consider getting a flat bed or something to put up there to keep toes from going through the bars.

Mom was looking at the tower and realized that the kittens may not be able to get all the way up. After seeing baskets attached to the cage over at The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, mom decided to borrow the idea. We haven't seen the kittens in the baskets yet, but it gives them an added step. She got the baskets cheap and they are just zip tied to the back of the tower.

It has been a hit. The kittens have figured it out. Yesterday morning mom got up to find Topeka sleeping on the shelf with the bed, so they can get all the way up there.