Friday, March 30, 2018

Random Fridays

So how do you plan to spend YOUR weekend???

This half wall sits at the top of the stairs and seems to be Chanel's new favorite spot. Which would be fine except the drop to the floor (to her left) would be about 10 feet and her balance isn't all that. We suggest mom start looking into good pet insurance.

The kittens continue to do well. Delphi is great with them though spending some time off the heated bed. Everyone eyes are open - for the most part anyhow. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Food review #ChewyInfluencer [sponsored]

 Thanks to for the free food. Getting it does not impact our opinions and everything you read here is our own thoughts about the product. 

This month we decided to try Stella and Chewy's Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels. They are freeze dried raw food that mom thought we should try (again - last time the freeze dried food [a different brand though] was not a hit with anyone). The description says it is 98% poultry with 100% organic fruits and veggies....though mom read the ingredient list and there are no fruits or veggies listed. Just chicken....chicken....chicken....and some added vitamins and minerals.

The food comes in these nugget shapes and you add warm water to reconstitute them.

Well looky there - we have a 3 cat approval. That darned Ivy refuses to cooperate with these reviews.

Honestly, mom wasn't sure what was going to happen with this. She had tried freeze dried raw in the past with some sick kittens. (not this brand) The kittens wouldn't touch it and neither would Tim, Tom or Mo. However, mom has been thinking about switching us to raw or something close and wanted to give this a trial run. Ivy may be a hard case, but it is nice to know that everyone else seems to be on board with this option. Mom hasn't done the "per meal pricing" but this is a little expensive compared to what we are eating now. But certainly a good option and the fact that it is freeze dried means it doesn't take up space in the fridge or freezer.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

HAPPY Birthday

Can you believe it has been a year??

Mom sent an email to the families that adopted the boys. We got an email from from Versace's family. He is now called Sunny and has grown into a big handsome boy. He loves their window seat and has his own kid and sleeps with her every night. No comment on whether he has retained his ownership of the #ouchdammit title or not. haha

Formerly Dior, she now lives with the head peep, the man peep and 3 other cats and can be found at Cats Herd You and Cats Going Places (but you already knew that...right?).

And here is our baby....while it wasn't intended from the beginning, it all seemed to work out.

Chanel got a peep for her birthday.

HAPPY Birthday design kittens....

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


One of the fun things at Best Friends is that some of the cats can go on walks - either on a harness and leash or in a stroller.

Winchester from CalMar (so he is Feline Leukemia positive) loves to go on walks. Though in all honesty, those walks should be called "wanders". He is a big guy but loved to go out and hang.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Kitten report

The kittens continue to do well. Mom Delphi is still a little skittish, but we had company over on Saturday to meet her and the kittens and after a couple of minutes she relaxed and even let Miss Z trim a couple of her nails.

She is attentive but not overly so which is good. Everyone is gaining weight and doing well. No eyeballs as of Sunday.

Friday, March 23, 2018

300 kittens

Mom was updating the foster list earlier this month and discovered that the next group that we fostered would include number 300!! How cool is that???

In honor of that, she got thinking....what could we do that would be different? The first thing that popped into her head was the movie "300" about Sparta. Actor names didn't strike her, character names didn't do it either. What about Greek cities? That was interesting. So she started a list and then expanded it with the help of a volunteer (who is Greek) with the other group where mom helps.

Mom is Delphi
She is very sweet but a little shy and jumpy. Mom turned on
a light in the kitten room the other day and Delphi tried to hide.

itty bitty dilute tortie girl

all black boy

gray girl and buff/white boy
(they refused to cooperate for pictures)
Olympia and Sparta


They will be a week old on Saturday. Right now it is all just about feeding mom and admiring the cute. Couple of weeks though they will be getting around more and then the fun really begins.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Best Friends Day 3 and 4

Wednesday morning was back to CalMar at Cat World. If you want to do a sleepover, you need to volunteer in that section, so we did that first.

The kid wanted to volunteer with puppies, but there weren't any up there this time. So she and mom headed over to Old Friends. Each dog section is set up with 2 octagons with indoor and outdoor runs. Old Friends is mainly older dogs, but some with special needs (there are a pair of huskys there now with cerebellar hypoplasia that are about 1 year old). The kid had heard about Azalea so taking her out for a walk was first on their agenda.

Azalea looks like a Great Pyrenees, but she is actually a turkish breed 
of dog (that mom can't remember the name of right now). She is SUPER
sweet and recovering from ACL surgery, so it was a short walk but lots of 
love at the end of the walk.

This is Ludo. Mom and the kid were cleaning his kennel when 
he decided to see if he could "win" the new person game. Mom 
ignored his antics (he grabbed his blanket and shook it all over) 
and the caregiver finally came into his run and took him outside
for a quick training session while they cleaned. He is a very nice boy.

Marble was rescued by a staff member after she was found running
as a stray. She is VERY shy so the caregivers asked if the kid
would be willing to hand feed her and work on her people skills.
Marble came right up and was very accepting of everything going on around her.

This is Connie. She was their overnight guest on Wednesday. She
loved being in the hotel room - especially looking out the window.
She is from the CalMar house and is FeLV postitive.

Thursday morning, mom and the kid moved on to piggy paradise. They learned a lot of about the myth of teacup or mini pigs (there really is no such thing). They got to help prepare breakfast and take it out to the enclosures. Every pig is spayed or neutered and they all live in groups as they are very social animals. And then....they got to go for a walk. The pigs have learned the routine, and volunteers carry containers of treats (in this case almonds) to encourage the pigs to keep moving or get out of traffic.

And finally it was time to head home. They traveled back to Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon and got to have dinner with Miss Trish. Friday was a LONG travel day but they made it back home safely.

If you EVER get the chance to go visit, mom encourages it. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Best Friends - day 2

Tuesday was cats all day long. CalMar in the am (their Feline Leukemia house) and Quincy's in the afternoon. Quincy's has their FIV+ rooms along with some special needs cats.
Most of the cat rooms have these cubes attached to the support columns.
This is Mesa in CalMar supervising while they did some cleaning.

What has everyone's attention??
There were a pair of doves building a nest in that tree.

The kid has skills - she charmed Gus too.

Bo is one of the kid's favorite cats. When mom and the kid were 
out there 2 years ago, Bo and his brother Barney loved on her.
Barney passed away in October 2016, but Bo is still there and 
doing well. However, he doesn't do sleepovers, so the kid had
to love on him while they were volunteering.

This is T-Rex. He is an FIV+ boy who decided the kid was HIS!
He wasn't sharing either - he dug into her jeans and swatted
any other cat that happened to pass by.

This is Viggy. He is very sweet and was our overnight guest
on Tuesday. He LOVES people, though he could learn a thing 
about not head butting them in the middle of the night. :)
Viggy is FeLV positive and is about 3 years old.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Best Friends - day 1

This is the third time that mom has taken the kid to visit Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah. They have been going every other year since the kid was 10 years old. She loves going so mom makes an effort to make the trip. Travel isn't easy, but being there is an amazing experience.

Monday was bunnies and cats.
Did you know that bunnies can be meezers too? Mom had no idea. The caregiver said it is the same principle that creates the color points in cats. Not only can you work and socialize, but you learn something too.

They did some cleaning and then got bags of cilantro to give treats to the bunnies and do some socializing. The meezer bunny brothers were very friendly and loved the snacks.

After lunch it was over to cats. Jingles proved that that kid still retains her title of cat whisperer.
Maisey took mom and the kid for a walk.

They sat and did some socializing as well. It took mom a few minutes to figure out why she was being ignored. Then she got it - she was being stood up for the space heater.

No sleepover on Monday as the animal can't be left in the room alone and mom and the kid were meeting friends for dinner.

Monday, March 19, 2018

stay tuned

Mom was on vay-kay-shon last week....
pictures and stories starting tomorrow.

However, she stopped at the rescue yesterday to borrow a trap.... 
Someone just 2 hours before brought in this:

No names yet, but this group included our 300th foster, so there will be some special things. Mom is friendly but very nervous. Kittens were born 3/17/18.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Meet and Greet - Chanel

Mom thought she would take time this week to talk about each of us for those who are new to the blog.

Chanel was born to with her 4 siblings to a mom being cared for in a neighborhood last spring. Fortunately a lady grabbed her up and contacted the rescue. We took the family and they grew up here. 

 Mom didn't intend to add to the family however, circumstances changed and Chanel ended up joining the family last fall.

all three girls

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Meet and Greet - Daiquiri

Mom thought she would take time this week to talk about each of us for those who are new to the blog.

Daiquiri was part of a mismatched litter of kittens. Stoli and Sangria were found first and matched with a nursing mom who's kittens were already weaned. Then Kahlua was found and then Daiquiri. Daiquiri actually ended up tested positive for Feline Leukemia and was sequestered here while she was retested several times and eventually tested negative.