Monday, August 20, 2018

relaxed weekend

 Ivy loves to walk into the living room with mom and fall over and roll around. Partly while taking a bath and partly just being goofy. Mom will rub the belly - but you get about 5 seconds before the pointy parts make an appearance.

We are doing WHAT today??

Chanel is due for her annual check up and vaccines today. We didn't get out this weekend. Mom ran some errands on Saturday but otherwise we just took it easy. It is still pretty warm during the day which limits where mom can take Chanel. They could have hit a pet store but mom ended up meeting someone on Sunday interested in one of the rescue's store cats, so she didn't take Chanel.

Friday, August 17, 2018

random Fridays

I weigh how much???
That said, the little monkey weighs about 2 pounds 3 ounces at last check. Mom needs to get him scheduled for his neuter surgery. She is going to get him retest on Monday just so we have that paperwork...and hey, maybe something will have changed. Either way, he needs to be neutered and then the rescue can move forward with the next step.

He's still back there isn't he?
Soda is still being a nice boy, but not as helpful as mom keeps hoping for. So the interview continues.

Goldfish is doing better. She is still pretty hissy, but she has never been aggressive, so that is good. She is big enough to be spayed, but mom isn't sure how cooperative she would be with that idea. It is hard since she would be more adoptable while she is little, but she is so darn hissy that no one would want her.

For now both kittens will be sticking around here. Adoptions have been slow anyhow, but at least one they both have surgery we can get them on the website.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

give us the foods [sponsored]

We met the representative of Weruva at Blog Paws this spring. We have sampled some of their other canned and pouched foods and were interested to find out that they had a new product coming out that was a pate in pouches. We signed up to try some out and recently got a box in the mail. We would show you the whole thing but it was raining like mad when it was delivered and the box did not make it...thankfully the pouches survived!!

The box had pouches along with information and....a couple of toys!! Goldfish and Annatto have been having fun with the toys.

The pouches we have tried before weren't our favorite delivery system. The pouches have an indent (for lack of a better term) on the bottom so they can stand up. The problem is that chunks of food get stuck in those and it can be a pain to get them out.

That said, the pate really does slide right out. Mom says she wishes they would just make a flat pouch with no indent on the bottom, but at least with the pate variety everything comes out for easy serving.

They have enjoyed the food as well. We do know that some cat owners have concerns about fish. That said, all but 2 varieties have fish in them. Annatto and Goldfish loved the food and ate almost all of the 2.8 ounce pouch. There was much banging from the other side of the door hoping for leftovers (sorry guys).

post dinner clean up

clean up crew - Soda was happy to help out

We like the idea of pouches as they certainly take up less space than cans. And this new version with the pate comes right out and is easy to use. Plus...the cats and kittens loved it. We are going to add these to the rotation of food for the fosters.

Thanks Weruva for letting us test out the new Slide N' Serve Pate formulas.

This is what Weruva has to say:

Paté Done Right

What does it mean to make a paté the Weruva way?
  • What you see is what you get - Because we purée simple and wholesome ingredients, you literally see the difference in each recipe!
  • Puréed foods - Just like using your kitchen mixer at home, we purée real ingredients to purrrfection, making sure those quality proteins taste delicious. 
  • No Bad Stuff - Free of BPA, Grain, Gluten, Carrageenan, Artificial Flavors or Colors, and MSG.
  • Protein Options - Fish free, chicken free, or mixed protein recipes!
  • Paté in a pouch - Slide N' Serve Patés are the first paté in a pouch in the industry. We’re making it easier to feed without the mess.
**disclosure: we got the food for review at no charge. This did not affect our opinions or this review. All opinions expressed here are our own.

Monday, August 13, 2018

weekend report

We hope you all had a great weekend. A friend of mom who volunteers with the same rescue is fostering a momma cat that had kittens on Saturday morning....

There was a fundraiser auction for Paws 2 People, Bridges to Cure earlier this year and mom had to bid on this poster. Now she just has to get it up on the wall.

For whatever reason, she loves to sleep on top of the Sheer Fun toy. She will sometimes get excited and slide around but it is a favored napping spot. 

Mom did chores on Saturday and then was done for the weekend.

Chive and Caraway haven't been adopted yet. It seems to be a little slower right now at the rescue - maybe with families getting their kids ready to go back to school. Hopefully things will pick up while the kittens available are still little.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Random Fridays

Hey look - it's Sparta - now known as Elliott.

Cute right?? His new family adores him and he constantly makes them laugh.

Mom rigged the lock on the foster door, but Soda is still managing to pull the door open.

Not enough that HE can get out, but when mom got up Wednesday morning, Chanel was half under a side table. Mom went and looked and saw a pair of eyes looking back. Quick check in the foster room and it had to be Goldfish. No way did mom have time to chase her around the house, so she was out for the day.

Mom worked all day and had a shift at the rescue after work, so it was about 7:30 pm before she got home - dreading having to chase Goldfish around the house. She is already scared and this manuever wouldn't do anything to help her like mom more. it a miracle, but mom glanced in the foster room when she got home and both kittens were in there. Soda must have pulled the door open (again) and she decided it was better in there than in the house. Mom is now blocking the door and has bought a new hook and eye lock that she hopes works better.

Annatto continues to do well. He is still little...tiny but mighty. He and Goldfish are getting along well though there seems to be an astounding amount of rude words used in there between them.
surprised seems to be his default expression

Everyone else is doing well here. Still hot fall coming soon???

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

new mom needed

Part of mom's parents' backyard

We post on Friday that we are going to be posting 3 days per week and then mom goes on vacation and COMPLETELY forgets to schedule something for Monday. It may be time to start looking for a replacement....

Mom did figure out that Soda was opening the foster room himself (he must have some serious biceps in that kitty body). In an attempt to outsmart him, mom went looking for a way to lock the door. The local small hardware store was out of hook and eye locks, but mom saw this lock and though it would work:

Now, keep in mind that mom was at the adoption center for the rescue until 7pm on Friday. Then she stopped to grab something to eat and then came home. All this knowing she was leaving early on Saturday to spend 3 days out of town with her family. Well, she went to install the lock and could NOT get it to screw to the screen door. There just was no leverage with the door standing up. Let it now be said, however, that mom cannot MacGyver a solution with the best of them. She and grandpa agree that very little can't be fixed with WD-40, duct tape or cable ties. In this case, cable ties....

Unfortunately, since mom was leaving early Saturday, the lock didn't get a very good test. From notes from the pet sitters, turns out the door was staying closed enough to keep Soda inside, but open enough that both kittens were getting out. Both Sunday and Monday, Annatto and Goldfish had to be tracked down. At least Goldfish came right back both times, so she is learning people aren't all bad.

Mom has since put another cable tie in the middle of the lock acting as a stop. It may not be a perfect solution, but for under $3 you can't beat it.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Random Fridays

Mom had been kind of on the lookout for a friend for Annatto. Soda is a nice guy and all, but he isn't quite too....playful shall we say.

Turns out the director of the rescue was fostering this little girl who needs some social skills. She was trapped and then taken to another shelter who said she was too feral and to put her down. Word finally got back to our rescue and the response was "give us the *beep* kitten".

She is very scared and hissy, but she will get over it pretty quickly we suspect. She and Annatto were fine Wednesday night and then mom heard them Thursday morning calling each other names. We suspect the new girl just hasn't quite figured out how to communicate....and it doesn't help she is talking to Annatto who's grasp of "cat" is fuzzy at best.

who me??

Mom was reading a book last weekend and one of the main characters rescued a pair of kittens and his niece named them Peanut and Goldfish. That made mom laugh, so our little tuxedo girl shall henceforth be known as Goldfish.

In other news, Soda got out of the foster room on Wednesday night (followed of course by Annatto - thankfully Goldfish stayed in the room). Mom thinks he made have had outside help as the door shoves toward him. Either way, he got out twice and mom wasn't too happy. Both times Daiquiri got fairly bent out of shape, though she restricted herself to hissing. Poor Soda just did his best to stay out of her way. Mom put another barrier in front of the door and as she is typing this, she checked the cameras and everyone is still where they are supposed to be for now.

Oh - you may have noticed this week that we only posted Monday-Wednesday-Friday. We are going to give that a try for a while and see what happens. If something interesting pops up, we may post the other days, but this format allows mom to tell more stories and less seeming to throw something together for the sake of getting something posted. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

kitten raiser

Tim was our kitten raiser from the time we took in a litter of feral kittens - one of whom was VERY sure that she hated mom VERY much. After some research, mom found an article from Alley Cat Allies about using an older neutered male cat to socialize kittens. Despite some doubts, it worked. Tim became christened "Uncle" Tim and helped raise many kittens until he passed away in March 2016.

Since that time, we have been without a kitten raiser. Tommy and Mozart were not interested in kittens at all. None of the girls care much either. Mom had some hopes pinned on Chanel, but she has been in to visit kittens since she joined us, but has never expressed any interest in them.

Well, with Annatto currently on premises and no other kittens currently available to keep him company (there are kittens at the rescue but mom won't take sick ones right now to put in with him), mom decided it was time to start actually looking. She has been thinking about it for a while and had been looking for a good candidate at the rescue, but hadn't made the jump to actually bringing any cat to the house.

Until Saturday.....
Yes ladies - there is a cat in that carrier.

Meet Soda
About 2 years old and FIV+
(and about 15 pounds of lovey mancat)

There were a few deciding factors:
1. Annatto HATES being by himself. Due to his size, mom doesn't want him running loose around the house. Due to his FIV+ status, mom didn't want to bring home sick kittens and expose him to anything either.

2. Mom has posted before about advocating for FIV+ cats. She knew it was probably time to put up or shut up, so our new candidate would be out of the FIV room at the rescue.

3. As mom started talking about this, a couple of different volunteers suggested Soda. One even showed mom pictures of him grooming a younger cat in the FIV room.

4. Mom was going to be home all weekend to supervise.

Mom got permission and cat-napped Soda on Saturday morning. He went right in to the carrier and didn't make a sound on the way home or even when the girls were sniffing him in the carrier. He came right out and checked out the foster room. Annatto isn't sure what to think about him, but Soda has been very patient with the kitten currently nicknamed "Catzilla". MOL There was some whapping on Monday night, but Annatto had jumped on Soda's tail for about the 4th time before Soda decided to put Annatto in his place.

Soda hasn't met everyone else here yet and if he stays that probably won't happen for a couple of weeks. Mom suspects it should go pretty smoothly. Though she did get a laugh when late Sunday night Daiquiri was over by the doors to the foster room and hissed....not sure why it took her about 36 hours to realize that mancat was in there.

No definitive decision yet, but he seems to be aceing the interview process so far. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

lazy weekend

snoozing away the weekend
Junior is doing well after his dental so hopefully
we won't have to worry about him for a while

keeping it clean

lazy cat...though there were several
rounds of fetch over the weekend

found a good spot for a nap

The weather here was nice on Saturday so mom opened the windows, but it was warmer on Sunday so they are closed again. Since it is July, we are just happy to get open windows once in a while.Mom did laundry and got groceries but otherwise just hung out with us and played with Annatto.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Random Fridays

Did you see the post mom wrote for Cats Going Places about her and Chanel and a fundraiser?

he says: Relax and Chive on

unless you want his spring toy....
then you are in trouble

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

glamour shots




The tuxedo boys are up on Petfinder so we are hoping they will get some attention that way until there is space at the adoption center - probably end of the week. They are pretty hilarious and adorable, so paws crossed they get snapped up quick.

Annatto continues to do well, though he seems to be developing a "cranky old man" attitude about certain things. He MAY have told mom where to go the other night....though it is hard to be scary and grumpy when you weigh less than 2 pounds. Not entirely sure what we are going to do to continue he socialization once the tuxedo boys are gone though.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

weekend review

Just lazing around on Caturday....under the you do. 

A front blew through and the temperature dropped quite a bit and the windows were opened!! It was nice to have a fresh cool breeze blow through the house for a couple of days.

The boys continue to do well. The plan was to take the tuxedo boys up to the adoption center this weekend, but the kitten cages were all full. Fortunately, mom is able to get them up online so they can be seen and hopefully that will generate some interest. However, we know that kittens get adopted faster if they are seen in person, so as soon as there is space they will head out. We can't require people to adopt them as a pair, but considering how well they get along, we hope that they will get adopted together.

Annatto is doing well. He is a tiny bug, but he gives as good as he gets. Once the tuxedo boys go back to the adoption center, mom will be on the lookout for companion kittens for him to make sure he stays social.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Random Fridays

Annatto is checking out the Kitty Kasa in the foster room. A local store had them on sale. There is one in our living room too but mom has yet to catch anyone in it (and as she typed that sentence, Daiquiri walked in....).

Chive and Caraway came through their neuter surgeries with no problems. They are ready to go and will head up to the adoption center this weekend. Paws crossed they go together....they are a great pair.

Annatto will of course then be alone, so we have asked the rescue to let us know when a healthy kitten that just needs to gain weight comes in needing foster. Since he is FIV+, we don't want to take snotty kittens and expose him to a cold.

Mom gave the boys a new toy.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

he thinks he is tough

Annatto, Chive and Caraway and getting along pretty well. We have discovered that Annatto is a bit of a drama queen - if he decides to pick a fight with the other boys, he turns into a screamer. MOL

Fortunately the tuxedo boys are pretty tolerant of Annatto. While he came in to the vet with siblings that passed away, he has been by himself for a couple of weeks so he is having to relearn some kitten skills. Mom grabbed him the other day and he actually purred for her. He is going to be a nice addition to a family.

Monday, July 16, 2018

weekend report


Also this:
What the???

Who the???

Meet Annatto

He was left at a vet's office. They had him for a couple of weeks, but when he tested FIV+, they said he had to go to rescue. So now he is safe with our rescue. Mom saw him on Saturday morning and kitten-napped him. He is maybe 7 weeks old, so he will hang around here for a while and we will have him retested (not that it matters - if the 2nd test comes back positive he will still be available for adoption).