Monday, April 6, 2020

Wand toy fun

The kittens are all doing well. Tillman is just over 2 pounds with Winston and Langford around 2.4 pounds. The struggle right now for rescues is not having access to spay/neuter clinics so they will be here a little while.

Mom broke out the wand toy and Langford was a fan. It took Winston and Tillman a little bit to get into it but once they did, it was game on.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Family time

It's been interesting have mom home fore over a week now. Lucky for us she's pretty quiet....except the occasional HBO words. MOL

We've been just doing our normal thing, though mom caught us sleeping in close quarters yesterday.

The boys are doing well. Mom got Tillman to purr the other day though she still has to grab him to love on him. In the meantime they are playing and being boys.
(Sorry...bad video from the web cam)

Monday, March 30, 2020

A new to them toy

Mom broke out a few new toys for the kitten boys. The felt circle was apparently scary....but only at first.

Then Langford decided it was HIS

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Kitten on

These are trying times. We all know that. Mom is now working from home for at least 2 weeks. We know this to keep her and everyone safe. We do suspect this may screw up our naps. So far so good though.

Please know we are thinking of you. Watch the webcams....the boys are nuts and fun to watch - awake or asleep. These times are scary...we know that and don't take it lightly. We are sending you all furry love. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Guess what we got

Well, the time has come....the foster room has new residents....kitten season is here.

These three boys came in to the rescue on Saturday after being found dumped in a trailer park. No idea where mom might be any more. That for us is always very sad.

They are a little concerned about being handled and mom being in the room. But mom got a purr out of the gray one on Sunday morning so we bet they are begging for attention in no time.

As you know if you follow us, mom loves a good naming theme. She is also a big fan of Michigan State University. With all the scary Covid-19 stuff going on, basketball was cancelled for the end of the season. In honor of that, she decided to name these boys after Spartans.

After Cassius Winston the MSU point guard

After Xavier Tillman Sr the outstanding guard

After Joshua Langford. He was a senior this
year and a captain though he wasn't able to 
play due to an ongoing injury. 

These boys are about 7 weeks old - Tillman's eyes are just a little blue around the edges. Probably here for a couple of weeks. Although if the local spay/neuter clinic closes under orders from the governor, it could be longer than that....

Be sure to check out the web cams (links at the top) to watch them during the day.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

teach your children

**a post from the mom

Over the weekend, a cat that was adopted 3 years ago was returned. They got a new puppy and the cat "wasn't adjusting" so he was brought back. After 3 years....and being declawed.

While this is enough to frustrate me by itself, I went back and looked at his paperwork. At the time he was adopted, they listed a kid age of 10 years. Which means the kid is now 13 years old.

And it got me thinking...what kind of lesson are they teaching her??

When kids come in to the rescue to donate stuff or volunteer, I try to make sure they know they are appreciated. They are the future of rescue. Their knowledge and compassion will lead us forward.

I do the same thing with my niece (aka the kid). She has been going with me to volunteer since she was probably about 4 years old (we would put her in a room with all the kittens and let them wear each other out). She and I go on vacation every other year and volunteer at Best Friends in Utah. She has gone to vet appointments with me with foster kittens.

I hope that kid grows up and learns better.

In the mean time - I know I'm at least making a difference with the kid in my life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Chanel and Goldfish

Mom was relaxing on Sunday and smelled something from the foster room. Turns out Chanel was in there and used the litter box - with no litter in it. Mom cleaned up and then shut the door to the foster room.

Chanel then parked herself in the Sleepypod and stayed there for a while. Mom was a little concerned and was contemplating a vet visit for the girl. Well mom was putting the Kindle back in the kitchen after reading and Chanel stretched and wandered by the door. seems she may have just been pouting about the closed door (she is fine this morning too).

However, it got a little funnier. Mom wanted to check later that night. Of course the interior of the Sleepypod is black. Mom stuck her hand in and scared the daylights out of a different tuxedo:

Monday, March 2, 2020

We love updates...

Do those faces look familiar? Top picture is Jovie (formerly Gargoyle) and then Buddy (formerly Selkie).

Mom got a text from their mom asking if the rescue could use towels. It seems a certain cat dad turned all the good towels like green when he washed them with a beach towel. MOL

The kittens are doing well. Jovie is smart and curious. Buddy seems to be a few fries short but is super sweet. His favorite game is bopping his older sister Zeta to make her growl. She doesn't do anything else, so we are pretty sure he now just does it for fun.
Zeta did decide the kittens were hogging all,the lap space however, so she just sat on Benny when he wouldn't move. Good job girl!!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Exciting news....

We had 2 cats still at the rescue that were our former fosters. Chester (formerly Kyan of the gemstone kittens) and Bissell (momma cat to the vacuum kittens).

Well....exciting news: Bissell was adopted and went home on Thursday and Chester went home on Saturday.

We are always excited when our momma cats get adopted. Concats Bissell.

But Chester came back to the rescue about 18 months ago when his family moved to Hawaii. They knew he would not do well in the required quarantine and decided to return him. He has waited a very long time. His new family is just a couple of adults and no kids. Mom sent them a text and he is already doing great. He hid for a couple of hours but is now out and snuggling and playing. Concats Chester.

This is our boy in his new home (Thanks for the picture L)

Monday, February 17, 2020

Weekend report

Mom took a sweet kitty to an adoption event on Saturday. Vulpix had been with the rescue since 5/19. No interest but Vulpix was charming the public.
Imagine mom's surprise when she got the list of cats adopted on Saturday and... Vulpix had been adopted!!
No kittens here yet. But....

Tails from the Foster Kittens is taming a pair of adorable kittens.

As the World Purrs has a mom and kittens named in honor of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Love and Hisses has a mom with kittens just a week old.

While mom can't love on those kittens but she gets cute kitten pictures.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Mom got an update from the family that adopted Sparta now Elliott. As a reminder, he was a birthday gift for their daughter. She is 9 years old now and Elliott is her buddy. They sleep together every night. He waits for her bus to get her home after school. And this past Saturday she was making a movie that required him to wear some business attire.

Mom also ran into Dragon's new mom last week. She is doing well....and discovered their piano. She isn't very good and won't be getting much practice since they are remembering to leave the top down now. She discovered it about 11:30pm one night and danced around on the keyboard.

No kittens yet. Could be a while....but stay tuned.

Monday, February 10, 2020

It takes a village

Last week mom got an email from the director of the rescue asking if mom could figure out how to get a cat back from TN. Mom ran with it, reaching out to her favorite bloodhound people for help and posting on social media. Within 4 days We had drivers lined up and a plan in place. Mom's sister-in-law along with her niece (aka the kid) would pick Roxy up and start the chain. laid plans and all that. It started to snow on Saturday. Traffic sucked. But Abby and the kid were on the road. It was decided they would get Roxy and keep her overnight but call off the transport and try again on Sunday.

After several hours they got to the a sign that were closed due to weather. After banging on the door they found a person, tracked down the cat and paperwork and everyone got back on the road.

Roxy spent the night with mom's family and everyone got on the road on Sunday.

She made it back to the rescue safe. Now we start the process to find her a new forever home.

Thank you to everyone who stepped up: Abby and Lanah, Jacquelyn (sorry Saturday didn't work out), Roberta, and Amanda. Chris for getting us organized and Karen with our local cocker rescue for reaching out to their KY adopters to help us fill the run.
In honor of a new start, the kid voted she keep the name she was given in TN. Welcome home Linley.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Kitten Bowl...local style

For the past few years a volunteer and her fiancee have done our own kitten bowl thing live on Facebook.

This year was no exception and mom went over to help out.

 The field was laid out and catnip and treats brought the players to the field.

 We tried to provide streamers but Matilda decided they all belonged to her.

We do this as a fundraiser and as mom was typing last night it raised over $1,000 dollars plus a $250 sponsorship donation from a local business the Grandfather Clock Company (who have an office cat).

Sombrero was supposed to sub in on the defensive line but got sidetracked:

We did get some promotional stuff at the rescue and mom has 2 packs of trading cards she is giving away. She will assign a number to every comment and let us pick the winners.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Pet Blogger Challenge

When did you begin your blog? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.
  August 2009. Holy Heck....over 10 years!! We talk about us, foster kittens, rescue, cat issues, and did we mention kittens.

Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2019, that made you most proud.
  I always love teaching someone something or helping educate. I've posted more "teachable" moments this year.

Which of your 2019 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)
  I posted an interview with my pet sitter about how they handle emergencies.

What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2019, and how did you tackle it?
  Time. I had to change jobs and lost a good deal of "free" time to post. I haven't solved the problem but I'm trying to be more consistent.

One goal that we all seem to share is we want to reach more people. What is your #1 tip for bringing more traffic to your blog?
  I have yet to figure this out.

Do you do sponsored posts/reviews? If so, what do you find works best and how do you determine what to charge for a blog post, social media shares, etc.? If not, is this something you’d like to do more of? What hurdle is getting in your way?
   I used to but don't anymore. It wasn't drawing any traffic and honestly I felt like it was distracting from other things.

Looking forward to 2020, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is?
   I'd like to increase followers. I'd also like to post a few more educational posts.

The blogging landscape is constantly changing. What changes in blogging do you see coming in 2020 and beyond? What plans do you have to evolve?
   Honestly, I'm not sure. I've seen a decrease in interest and I'm not sure how to turn that around.

If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

Monday, January 27, 2020

sleeping arrangements

Like a lot of cat homes, we have LOTS of bed and other options to sleep on around here. We are also allowed to sleep on the bed with mom at night.

The spot on the bed that gets the most attention is up next to mom's pillow. It tends to be occupied by the eldest cat of the family. It was Maestro's spot. When he passed away, Tim took over. When Tim passed away, Mozart took it over. Now that Mo has been gone, Ivy took over the spot.

Mom woke up one morning and Ivy had company. Daiquiri had wedged herself between Ivy and the headboard of the bed. It doesn't happen every night, but Daiq will squish herself in there every once in a while. Mom isn't sure if Ivy doesn't care or just refuses to move.

Mom did get to witness it in action one night - Daiquiri walked into the space between Ivy and the headboard. There was no where NEAR enough space for her to lay down. She slowly lowered herself to the bed and squished herself into the space. Ivy didn't move but there must have been just enough room. It didn't appear to be too comfortable, but the girls don't seem to mind it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Quick trip

Recognize that cat??
What about this guy?

Or this? took a vacation. She and Aunt Dee went to visit the Head Peep and the Cat Dad from Cats Herd You. They spent a day at Disney.
And they visited a cat cafe.

The weather was lovely and they even spent a couple of mornings at Starbucks with Cupcake and her crew. Mom said it was nice to get away but nice to come home...except it is VERY cold here.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Still here

They were spayed/neutered the beginning of the month. Mom went on a quick vacation, so the plan was they would go back this week. There was an adoption event on Saturday so mom kept them around for that. Dragon seems to have stopped sneezing (yay) but Wyvern has some....digestive issues. Since mom doesn't want him here alone, they will be here for a few more days. They are available and on the website though.

While mom was gone, Wyvern discovered the webcams. He grabbed one and pulled it down to face the wall. So helpful that boy.

Monday, January 6, 2020

2019 year in review part 2

Mom gave a review of how life is going with Goldfish.
There was a report on the single kittens and mom's weekend in Chicago at Meow Meetup. We still had the single kittens and mom got a new fountain....and it died.

We celebrated Ivy's 11th birthday. As the single kittens got older they starting getting into some trouble.

Mom wrote another post about FIV cats and the bug kittens came to join us.

Unfortunately, the single kittens went in for spay/neuter and Mopar was euthanized due to FIP (we hate that disease).

Lane and Fate were introduced to the bug kittens but weren't together for long as they were ready for adoption and moved to a partner store to find their forever homes. However, we also got a text that the couple that adopted Puzzle, renamed Anubis, was euthanized for FIP as well. The bug kittens sort of held still for a family picture.

We got a surprise additional kitten in September that we named Firefly when he joined the bug kittens.
Lane and Fate came back for an overnight. Unfortunately Firefly wasn't with us very long as mom found him one morning after he passed away overnight. It is the hardest part of rescue. We all had some treats. Mom had been leaving the foster room door open with the gate up to create a breeze in the house, but the kittens figured out how to get over the gate. We also posted about Remember Me Thursday. And Fate came back to us with a cold.

October brought us another jail break.
The rescue teamed up with another local non-profit that promotes lost pet posts and did a microchip clinic. There was a new kitten: Gargoyle
The bug kittens were spayed/neutered and headed up to our adoption center to find their forever homes. We brought home some new kitten friends for Gargoyle. The new kittens were named Gryphon and Dragon but unfortunately Gryphon wasn't well from the start and passed away. Goldfish wasn't happy with Fate being back here and mom posted about how she was doing.

November of course is that time of year when single kittens "mysteriously" appear at the rescue, so mom took another pair who were named Selkie and Wyvern. Mom bought one of those Christmas campers and set up a village of cat houses.

Mom wrote a post about having an emergency plan in place with your pet sitter. There was an update on the mythical kittens and mom wrote about our annual vet visits (for most of us anyhow). Mom got a new job, Cipher was adopted, and Gargoyle and Selkie were spayed/neutered.

Mom took Wyvern and Dragon with her over Thanksgiving and the kid got to spend some time with them. Roomba was adopted, Selkie went up to the rescue (and came back) and Gargoyle met her new family who was also interested in Selkie turns out. Gargoyle and Chanel met Santa.

All of our fosters from last year have been adopted except for Bissell, Wyvern and Dragon.