Friday, November 16, 2018

Random Fridays

Balashi sees what you did there

this was mostly just a fuzzy picture of Kilkenny
until mom realized who lurked in the background (Marzen)

no idea why Guinness always looks so concerned

ok - maybe not ALWAYS

the bigger boys - Kilkenny and Marzen

Well, the kittens will be here for a little while longer. Marzen and Kilkenny are both available for adoption and on the website. However...everyone has a cold. It started with runny eyes and now everyone is sneezing and on meds. We caught it early enough that there isn't much snot and everyone is still eating like heathens, but they can't be neutered or go back to the adoption center in this state.

Goldfish continues to make some progress - even if it is baby steps. She was up on the bed a couple of times this week while mom was reading. Of course, she was all lovey one night and then the next morning gave mom the airplanes ears of annoyance. She hasn't gotten back on mom's lap since that first time, but she did park herself on the blanket on the floor last weekend when mom was watching TV.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Goldfish and Chanel

no idea how that is comfortable Miss Goldfish

It is a joy to watch Chanel and Goldfish interact. It is like Chanel got her own mini-me. They are having a blast. The other nice thing is that Goldfish seems to be taking more of her cues from Chanel now and is a little less jumpy - sometimes. haha

Chanel certainly does love that kitten:

Fortunately for everyone else here, these two having such a good relationship means that they tend to leave the older girls alone. Chanel still will try to be all lovey with Daiquiri - who puts up with it for a short period of time and then tells Chanel to take a hike. Ivy will put up with the full body rub from either girl and maybe a little laying next to each other. But thankfully with them being so close in age, they tend to keep each other busy.

Oh - and Goldfish found Chanel's peep toy the other day too:

Monday, November 12, 2018

weekend report

Guess who got adopted and went home on Saturday??



Well, the first of our boys were adopted. Once Kilkenny and Sapporo were neutered, mom got them up on the website (which loads out to several different adoption sites) to let people know they were available. Considering how sick they had been, mom was reluctant to send them right back to the adoption center.

An application came through online and mom met a couple on Saturday and sent Sapporo home with them. They have our information, so hopefully we will get updates.

Marzen is doing very well after his neuter. The nice part about young males is that they really have no idea anything had been done to them and recover very quickly.

Next step is to take them up to the adoption center. Marzen is online but they really will get adopted faster if people can see them in person.

Also, November is Adopt A Senior Pet month. Mom wanted to do something to bring attention to it when people came into the adoption center so with the help of a friend, she had a banner made for the front window:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Random Fridays

Balashi is going for the cute award...and OMG is his fur soft

the tiny mighty Peroni

poor Marzen....he always looks so concerned
(also, he was neutered yesterday, so he is ready to go)

Guinness wants mom to STOP with the pictures

OMG - there are BIRDS outside the window!!!
Goldfish on top, Chanel in the middle, Junior on the table

tails - best cat toy ever
Peroni is playing with Guinness' tail while Sapporo is playing with hers
the picture must also be a weird angle cause Sapporo is MUCH bigger than Peroni

OK - so mom thought she fixed the Nest camera. Only....not so much. She thinks maybe it is a link thingie....but she has tried erasing the code and replacing it and that doesn't work either. Surprise, surprise, mom is in over her head. Sorry about that.....

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Comfort Zone [sponsored]

Mom had a chance to meet the makers of Comfort Zone when she was at Blog Paws in Kansas City. They actually sponsored a breakfast to talk about their product and mom took Chanel. After the food was served, a marketing person started to talk and suddenly Chanel decided she needed to be ON the table expressing her opinion about everything. 

We've never tried a diffuser like this in the house before, though we have certainly heard about them and actually seen them in other cat houses as well as at vet offices. Mom has been interested to give them a try but never actually did anything about it. So when Comfort Zone offered to send us some to try and review, mom was on board.
           **disclaimer: we got the diffusers at no charge to us in exchange for a free review. While we didn't pay for anything, receiving the product in no way affected our opinions. Everything here is our own opinion of the product (well ok - mom's opinion).

We put two of them up in the house. One of them in the kitten room (you can see it below behind Saporro) and the other in a main corner of the house. At that corner, the tile is the kitchen and the hall behind Ivy leads back to the bedrooms. The main space you see is the living room. The back bedroom is where the cat stuff is located and the water dishes are in the kitchen. This makes for a major traffic area.

As we have said before, Ivy and Junior have a rather tense relationship - he stalks her and she hates him with a passion. Mom is hoping the diffuser at the corner will help with anyone being stuck there.

The one in the foster room was mainly for Goldfish. The minute we got the box (about a month ago), mom put one in the foster room with her. As most of you know, Goldfish has been a work in progress. Mom would be able to touch her, but then have to do something (like medicate her or grab her to take her to get spayed) and all that trust would go out the window.

The nice part with two of them up now is that Goldfish still gets the exposure while leaving one in with the kittens to help with any stress there.

Mom knows this isn't a miracle product, but after a month, she will say that she is seeing Ivy be a little calmer, Junior be a little less jumpy...and Goldfish getting more relaxed. All things considered, we will count that as a success.

Thanks to Comfort Zone for allowing us to try their product. They make the calming formula and have now branched out to a multi-cat formula as well.

Monday, November 5, 2018

kittens at play

Everything is a toy....

That box is very popular. Balashi likes to hide in it, but he isn't the only one. 

 Kilkenny has found it too. The expression on Marzen's face is hilarious - like he just can't believe that idiot he has to claim as his brother.

 Kilkenny realized he could go trick or treating as a box of canned food, unfortunately it is past the holiday. Sorry buddy.

 Mom has learned to leave her phone face down when she is in the kitten room to avoid anyone waking it up and placing weird phone calls. However, she has a ring on the back of her phone and the kittens discovered it over the weekend. Marzen even tried to pick it up by the ring and carry it away.

Sapporo was leaning against mom's leg.
It made mom laugh as this is how Chanel sits too.

This our box lady - go away.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Random Fridays

**quick note - there is something goofy going on with the web cameras at the moment. Mom hasn't had a chance to mess with them so hopefully she will figure it out this weekend (wish her luck)

Dear Marzen:
you are big enough - time to get neutered

Dear Saporro:
time to head to the adoption center

Dear Kilkenny:
please stop sneezing on people so you can go to the adoption center

Balashi - he is so funny. doesn't mind being held and will PURR, 
but he makes you catch him first

Guinness - the kitten with no sense of anyone else's personal space

well huh - no pictures of Peroni. Of course, it is as hard to get a picture of her as it is to get one of Guinness. Both of them want to be VERY_CLOSE to mom when she is in the foster room.

Goldfish has a magic trick: she likes to go into the foster room when mom goes in. Mom of course is either socializing kittens or doing stuff. Goldfish goes in looking for canned food. Anyhow, Monday morning she ran into the room. Mom tried to coax her back out, but of course Goldfish would have to walk BY mom to get out the door - and if mom holds the door open too long, other kittens escape. After a couple of tries, mom gave up and left Goldfish to spend the day with the kittens.

Only....when mom got home Monday night, Goldfish was in the living room sitting on the back of the chair.

Wait a minute....    Yep - she is climbing the screen door to get out. Mom caught her in the act on Wednesday night. Mom isn't really happy about Goldfish climbing the screens. We are going to have to give this some thought. Mom may have to break down and feed us and that kitten some canned food each time she goes into the kitten room. Hey - it's a win/win!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

that one sibling

What? We not doing anything....

Guinness putting the bitey on Saporro

Peroni putting the bitey on Guinness

Balashi getting the bitey from Kilkenny

and he is SO over it

Some household have the one annoying sibling that likes to poke everyone else for attention. We happened to currently have several. For Peroni, we are pretty sure that the phrase "what goes around comes around" certainly applies. For as much as she get pounced on, she has been caught doing just the same to everyone else.

Guinness is still learning how to cat so he is more than happy to chew on anyone that passes by his personal space.

Balashi was just passing through and enjoying the box when Kilkenny decided to chew on him.

As for Chanel and Goldfish, those two are a riot. Mom is pretty sure that Daiquiri is getting the last laugh in those whole situation...though we aren't very sure that Chanel gets the joke. In any event, the tuxedo girls are having a good time with each other. Every once in a while Goldfish will chase Daiquiri - who will put up with it for a short period of time and then resorts to some HBO words to try to get Goldfish to back off. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

weekend adoption event

Part of rescue is getting out to adoption events. This past weekend a local Subaru dealer sponsored a #More2Love event with several groups coming into their dealership. The weather was miserable but thankfully there was space inside for us to set up since we brought kittens.

At most of these events, we don't do adoptions. We will take applications, but since we check several things we generally don't send them home same day anyhow. Mom says these events are mostly to get our name out there and raise awareness.

Mom took Kilkenny and Sapporo since they are the two that are neutered. She took along Peroni since - let's be honest - she knows how to bring the cute. (BTW - mom weighed her on Sunday and Peroni weighed 1 pound 15 3 months old)

The kittens weren't very impressed, but then again, kittens are generally impressed by being stuck in a carrier and then into a crate at a strange location with loud noises.

This is Doug. He is about 6 months old and another volunteer picked him up from one of our partner stores and brought him over. He is super sweet and did great out on a leash and harness. He loves to snuggle and didn't even mind when a dog decided to clean his ears. Doug has been at the store for 2 months now and we have NO idea why he hasn't been adopted yet.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Random Fridays

We mentioned on Monday that mom was gone last weekend. She took 4 days and spent some time with some friends out west. They had a wonderful time together - sightseeing, shopping, eating and talking.

Rumor has it she may have kissed this cat....

Goldfish has been loose in the house now since Monday. She is doing very well with Chanel. Ivy ignores her and Daiquiri hisses at her - so about normal around here. Mom does think that Daiquiri may be enjoying Chanel getting run over by Goldfish however....something about karma.

Wednesday afternoon something very interesting happened. Mom wasn't feeling good so she stayed home from work. She had noticed a few times that Goldfish seems to like to nap in the chair that mom uses when she is home. was sitting there with a blanket on her lap (it is chilly here) and the next thing she knew, Goldfish jumped up and sat on her lap. Mom didn't even breathe. And then....Goldfish curled up and snoozed. Mom did pet her a few times...very slowly. No idea how long it would have lasted, but a truck in the parking lot made a big noise and Goldfish got startled and took off for a safe space.

And unless you think she is "cured" - mom accidentally cornered her in the kitchen later that day and Goldfish bounced off the cabinets and ran out of the room like she was on fire. Oh is willing to take whatever progress she can get from that kitten. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Release the beast

We really have no idea why mom makes plans. Things rarely work out like she plans.

She was out of town last weekend and wanted to wait to release Goldfish into the house until this coming weekend so she would be around. However, Goldfish had other ideas and kept launching herself at the doors blocking off the foster kitten room. Finally by Monday night mom decided it wasn't worth waiting. She fed the little kittens and moved the door enough to let Goldfish run into the living room.

Chanel was pretty interested in this new tuxedo cat. Goldfish ran around the living room trying to figure everything out. She went around a few times....then got distracted by a toy. Mom actually felt better when Goldfish stopped to play as she knew that Goldfish wasn't just frantically running around.

Junior hasn't had much contact with Goldfish yet. The other girls seems to not be quite sure what to do with her. Chanel is pretty fascinated and the two of them seem to be having a good time running around the condo. Hopefully Goldfish can use Chanel as an example of how things work around here and will get her to warm up to mom.

Monday, October 22, 2018

weekend report

Ivy has no shame
Also, we think she may do this just to tease the other cats since no one else has mastered this particular maneuver.

a girl and her spring toy

We were abandoned. Have no fear though - mom got home yesterday and the nice ladies from the pet sitting service come over a couple of times per day to make sure we are taken care of with food and water. We would say with attention too, but Daiquiri and Junior both hide and Ivy sits several feet away from them and just glares. Thank goodness for Chanel and the kittens or those ladies wouldn't get ANY kitty love here.