Master Aki shares a sad story but it has a happy ending

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Master Aki shares a sad story but one that does have a happy ending. He begged me to share it with y’all. This is his story!

I will never forget that fateful day just a few weeks ago; when I “misplaced” my favorite toy.  It was a little plastic ring covered with layers of pastel colored, neatly designed crochet work. She had purchased it at a cat show many years ago, but none of the other cats in our house liked it. But I fell in love with it the minute I saw it, and I batted it all over, proudly carrying it in my mouth throughout the house. So I was totally bereft without it. I had been very careful to stash it away in my secret hiding places so I would never lose it. But it was indeed a dark and dismal day when it went missing.

I searched everywhere to no avail. I even hopped into the fridge when Mamma Cat opened it. I gotta tell you she was not happy with me when I was scrounging through the left-overs. But alas, it wasn’t there. I was so upset, (although I was slightly tempted), that I didn’t even grab a bite of the juicy roast beef she so carefully stores so my big brother, Sir Hubble Pinkerton, is easier to give sub-Q fluids to help his kidneys. In fact, Mamma Cat sings to him his favorite song- “It’s roast beef day” whenever the two legged ones are getting ready to give him a treatment. But I digress.

Mamma Cat also searched the house, pulling off the sofa cushions, and checking in every nook and cranny but she couldn’t find it either. I started crying! I was so frustrated, and I wasn’t interested in any of the other toys she offered me.

So Mamma Cat logged onto Facebook to ask her dear friend Rosie Raddaz, a very talented kitty toy maker if she could be of help.  When Mamma Cat showed her a photo of my missing toy, she immediately recommended her dear friend, Linda Shipes who also makes toys.  She told Mamma Cat that Linda did wonderful crochet work and she might possibly be able to replicate it.

Mamma Cat contacted Linda and sent her a photo of the toy.  Linda checked it out and told Mamma Cat that she could definitely make them, so Mamma Cat placed an order.  About a week later, a package arrived at the door that seemed to be a gazillion of little rings covered in a wide assortment of different textures and pastel colors. I loved the pink ones and the purple ones and the different combinations of colors proving that cats are not color-blind. With this array of toys I never will have to be without one. In fact there are many little colored rings all over the house, so when I am in the mood to play with one. 13282082_970846933031570_2108782678_n

Mamma Cat and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Rosie and Linda for making this possible. I am once again a happy little kitty who will never have to go without my favorite toy! You can contact Linda Shipes on Facebook if you wish to get some for your beloved fur-kids.

Hello Again! Catch up Mews from Edgar Allen Poe, Aki and Sir Hubble Pinkerton

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We haven’t been writing for a while lately, ‘cause Mamma Cat was under the weather trying to pass some wicked kidney stones. She is slowly recovering from surgery to help get rid of them nasty, painful pebbles. But they weren’t exactly pebbles; one was a gigantic 8 mm boulder.  But enough about Mamma Cat’s medical issues; she is feeling a lot better today so decided it was time to get back to the business of letting us get back to communicating with y’all.

We were quite upset about how Mamma Cat was suffering. We spent a lot of time hanging out with her, purring loudly to help ease her pain, and taking long naps on the couch to be as close to her as possible. She really did appreciate all our efforts and told us that she didn’t know what she would have done without all the help she got from us and Poppa Cat.

This said, during our unfortunate absence, Aki also was under the weather for a while. But with our pretty lady doctor’s tender loving care he has made a remarkable recovery and is totally back to normal. We are all very happy to announce that Sir Hubble Pinkerton is doing extremely well and is once again eating like a little piggy.  The pretty lady doctor is giving him acupuncture treatments and some Chinese herbs to make his tummy feel better. He has even started showing interest in playing with toys! This made Mamma and Daddy Cat very happy, and this has definitely helped her to get better faster.

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This morning Mamma Cat was feeling so chipper that she actually was able to trim all our nails. I was, for the very first time an extremely good boy and I didn’t attempt to bite her or to kill the nail clipper. In the past I was very uncooperative with the vet techs when they trimmed my nails when they visited us so they could help Mamma Cat and Daddy Cat hydrate Sir Hubble Pinkerton with sub-Q fluids.  This morning I was so extraordinarily brave and well behaved that Mamma Cat and Daddy Cat showered me with the most delicious treats. I guess it really ain’t that bad since Daddy Cat sure appreciates it when my talons are no longer lethal weapons!  I like keeping him happy!

The other good news is that Mamma Cat and Daddy Cat finally found the purrfect recipe so they can hydrate Sir Hubble Pinkerton without his fighting them- making it almost impossible to peacefully give him his every other day treatment.  Sir Hubble Pinkerton is in stage 3 kidney failure and hydrating him helps to keep him feeling better and improves his appetite! They discovered that while he is being treated, by plying him with a plate of deli roast beef, by the time he finishes eating the treatment is done!  Everyone is now more relaxed and less anxious about the whole procedure since it only takes three minutes! The acupuncture treatments the pretty lady doctor gives him, and the Chinese herbal medicine he receives also helps him feel better! He loves his pretty lady doctor and she adores him too!

We are all very happy that we are back here sharing what is going on in our lives and we look forward to checking in more frequently.  We hope that all you kitties and your pawrents are also doing well! Thanks for visiting us! We look forward to hearing about what is going on in your lives!

Edgar Allen Poe’s warning, “Don’t eat Frog’s Legs”

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My dear feline friends!  Please heed my warning. I don’t want you to have to go through what I did this past weekend!

The other day I discovered a little green frog hopping around our living room.  I don’t know how it got there! But it certainly caught my interest.  Being the skillful hunter that you know me to be, I immediately pounced on it, captured it and killed it with dispatch. Its little legs that I quickly  devoured  were extremely yummy!

However, all I was able to eat were its legs, because Poppa Cat saw it lying in the middle of the room and he took it away from me right away.  He was kinda shocked that it was a frog since at first he thought it was just a piece of dried up wood.

Unfortunately the next morning I woke up with a major belly ache. I was throwing up all over and not at all interested in eating my breakfast. Mamma and Poppa cat started getting worried when I kept vomiting and running to the litter box.

Since I wasn’t feeling any better the following morning, without any warning, the two legged fur-less ones  grabbed me up and loaded me into a little box thingie and put me into the car and off we all went to what they called a “veterinary hospital”. I cried as loudly as possible, but no one paid any attention to my protestations.

When we arrived at the hospital a vet tech took me out of the carrier. The first thing she did was to take my temperature. It was the very first time anyone did that to me!  Do you have any idea how embarrassing that was for me to have a thermometer stuck up my butt? The next thing she did – of all unthinkable things- was to trim the sharp tips off my beautiful long pointy claws.  Oh the indignities with which a cat must put up !

But to make matters even worse, she stuck me with a needle and took blood out of my leg. Of course I fought hard with her and was generally uncooperative, but a big tall two legged hairless doctor came into the room and helped to hold me down so they could finish the job.

After they both were done with all their poking and prodding, they left the room, leaving me sitting on the cold metal table. I overheard the vet tech telling Mamma Cat that a pretty lady doctor would be soon coming in to examine me and give her the “blood work” results.

A few minutes later, a pretty lady doctor came into the room.  I must admit that she was very nice and petted me gently the entire time she was talking to Mamma and Poppa Cat. She told them that she believed that my snack of frog legs was the reason I was feeling so lousy. It seems that frogs have toxic juice on their backs!   She gave me shot of medicine to make my tummy feel better, and it worked in a few minutes. So I beg you-  please don’t play with frogs or eat them!!

I am feeling a lot better today! I guess I am sorta glad that Mamma and Poppa Cat took me to the veterinary hospital after all. But I ain’t gonna tell them! Let’s keep it our secret.

We Three Kitties must Endure Such Indignities As Revealed by Edgar Allen Poe

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Oh the indignities that we kitties must endure to keep Momma and Poppa Cat in high spirits!  While we simply adore Momma and Poppa Cat, sometimes we think that what they sometimes force upon us are totally unacceptable. I mean really!

Momma Cat spent a long time searching for us this morning. Momma Cat never gives up when she’s  on a mission! But she ultimately found us all hanging out together in Poppa Cat’s office. We were just minding our own business playing with some really cool toys, jumping around, chasing each other; having a simply marvelous time. We had just finished our breakfast and were contented. with full bellies. We were definitely in the mood to  start wreaking some havoc!

However, Momma cat had other plans for us. She approached us rather sneakily with that certain  glint in her eyes- a look that warned us that something was up and that “something”, (whatever it turned out to be), would not be at all pleasing to us.

When she gets that look on her face it generally means that whatever is on her mind is something in which we would rather not be involved. It could mean having to have a bath, or being forced to swallow some nasty tasting Omega 3 fish oil that she totally believes is very good for us!  If she was really cared about how we feel, she would have first tasted that stuff so she would understood and appreciate the sacrifices we make in order to make her happy.

Now we don’t mind it a bit when she brushes our teeth. We must give credit however because before she introduced us to this important kitty chore she thoroughly explained to us why it is necessary since it helps keep our “pearly whites” healthy. We don’t mind it a bit when she grooms us; in fact we think it is rather nifty since when she grooms us, it gets rid of all that loose fur and it helps prevents us from hacking up those yucky hair balls that she often steps in late at night.

But this morning was quite another story.  As she was walking toward me I saw the nail clipper she was trying to hide in her hand. I wasn’t fooled  ’cause I  spotted the handles.  I hate having my claws trimmed. I love my little daggers! They are very helpful in dealing with any kind of emergency that might arise .

Momma Cat has often attempted to trim my nails. But I learned that a few growls and a couple of hisses, and biting at the clippers is enough to make beat a hasty retreat. However,today she had Poppa Cat there to help her. He held me tightly so I couldn’t escape and the growls and hisses fell on deaf ears. Now my daggers are dulled… and I am furious.

At least I wasn’t the only one to have to put up with this indignity. She also clipped off Aki’s and Sir Hubble Pinkerton’s daggers. Unfortunately, I guess we now can look forward to regular nail trims since Momma and Poppa Cat learned that teamwork pays off.

What types of indignities do your pawrents subject you to and how do you deal with them? Please tell us in a comment so we can change our strategies.

March 29 is Declaw Awareness Day

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Edgar Allen Poe speaks out today on a very important subject!

As spokescat for my  two brothers, Sir Hubble Pinkerton and Master Aki I am  broaching a topic that some of the two-legged furless ones think is controversial. But having kittehs declawed is a subject about which the three of us are passionate. For the life of us we just don’t understand why there are so many two-legged furless ones decide to have their kittehs declawed because they think that it’s no big deal!  Boy, are they ever misinformed.

As far as we are concerned declawing kittehs is never a wise solution. There really isn’t ever a need for any kitteh to have to undergo this cruel and unnecessary “procedure”.  We wonder if these two-legged furless ones realize that declawing is not a fancy manicure just having the nails removed. Instead, there are so many amazing alternatives to having the first joint of their kittehs’ toes amputated. By the way, we wonder if they realize that their kittehs walk on their tippy toes. So how can they walk correctly if they are declawed?  It makes us sad to think that when they made that appointment for the surgery with their veterinarians, no one bothered to educate them.

Instead of  causing their kittehs a lot of pain, they could learn to trim their nails, patiently training their cats to use their scratching posts and cat trees is all that is needed to preserve the two legged-furless one’s “precious” furniture and belongings.  That is the main reason these two-legged furless ones consider declawing their kittehs in the first place. SIGH!!

Some veterinarians insist that declawing kittehs will preserve homes. But since their little paws ache so badly when they are declawed, many kittehs stop using their litter boxes and instead pee on the floor. We have heard that some cats even started biting their two-legged furless ones. We have also heard that since so many kittehs start behaving “badly” after they are declawed that they are given to shelters; and it is very hard for these kittehs to get new permanent homes. Many of these healthy kittehs end up being “put to sleep” for no good reason.  We cry a lot when we hear about these very unfortunate cats.

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Fellow kittehs! We must find a way to have declawing outlawed in the USA and Canada. There are over 37 countries around the world that have banned this unnecessary and inhumane practice because they consider it animal cruelty. Several cities in California have already banned this procedure by their humane and politically courageous steps to protect their cats.

We think that banning declawing cats is so important that we needed to let all our fabulous kitty friends and their pawrents that some amazing two-legged furless ones have arranged a special event to celebrate Declaw Awareness Day

This event will be taking place tomorrow on Facebook on Tuesday, March 29 from 12: AM to 11:59 PM. And anybody who is on Facebook; is passionate about cats and who abhors the practice of declawing is more than welcome to attend. Tell all your kitteh friends to be sure to have their two-legged furless ones spread the word also!

We hope we will see you there tomorrow. Check out the special Facebook page in advance so you can give directions to all your friends!

What are your feelings about declawing? Do share them with a comment.

Our New Friends: Christine and Oliver

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Sir Hubble wants to know: Doesn’t Oliver look like me?

I have to confess that I am jealous of the time Mamma Cat spends on the Internet. Purrsonally I think that she wastes too much time hanging out online doing  lots of research, writing stories, and “chatting” with kitty lovers; many of whom she will never meet in her entire lifetime!

But I really began to understand why she gets so friendly with these folks.  Yesterday afternoon we all got to meet Christine; one of her friends she met online.  This very pretty two-legged furless lady is for sure an avid kitty lover. Mamma Cat found her on “Facebook”. She really flipped out when she saw a photo of Oliver, one of Christine’s cats.   In fact, apparently Oliver and I look so much alike that we could be brothers! Poppa Cat was also amazed when he got to see Oliver’s photo; but when Mamma Cat showed it to me, I felt I was gazing at my reflection.

Christine showed us more of her kitty photos, including one of Owen- a little chocolate point Siamese kitten who was very lucky to have found her. He isn’t old enough yet to become part of her family, and she can hardly wait until May when she can take him home! I know that I  will be talking more about him in the near future!

Speaking of reflection- I would like to reflect on yesterday’s visit. Christine is a special lady who simply adores cats.  From the minute she saw Aki, my little brother, she fell in love with him. She also thought that Edgar Allen Poe was a handsome devil. I loved the way she talked to me about Oliver.

I just wish that Aki wasn’t so skitterish around strangers- especially if they happen to be ardent felinophiles.  I mean, I could totally understand it if they hated cats. We are so sensitive to those of that ilk!!

I kinda felt sorry for Christine since Aki was too scared to snuggle up in her lap. It would have been fun for her to be able to hear rumbling purr.  Aki needs to get used to company so he can show off for folks he hasn’t yet met.  I think it would be helpful if Mamma and Poppa Cat socializes more with the two-legged furless ones! I’m going to suggest this to them as soon as I am feeling better. Since I am the elder kitty around here, they always heed my advice.

However, unfortunately I’m  not feeling very well at all this morning!  Mamma Cat got worried and called one of the Pretty Lady Doctors who told her to bring me to the hospital right away! Poppa Cat is taking me there and we all  hope that she can quickly make me feel better. But I am sure that Mamma Cat will keep y’all posted.

This said,   while y’all waiting, I do have a question for my fellow kitties.  Do you get skitterish when new people visit your home?  Tell me in a comment.

Mamma Cat is Close to learning our Secret: Cat food that’s stolen is tastier!

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Attention fellow kitties! I am afraid I there might be some bad MEWS on the horizon!

I can’t begin to count the hoops that Mamma Cat must have jumped through to try to unravel the ultimate feline secret that we have sworn to protect since beginning of time.It’s a secret that Bastet, the goddess of cats still  guards with her life. In fact, all kitties around the world have taken a solemn vow to prevent the two-legged furless ones from discovering it.

So you can only imagine my shock and horror that that Mamma Cat might be close to unlocking this secret,  and if she does, I am afraid that if she dares to share it with her species, our goose will be forever cooked.

I realize  that y’all  have at one time or another turned up your noses to any paltry food offerings your two-legged furless servants have set before you. They haven’t quite got it yet that it’s boring to be served up with the same hum-drum flavors they believe is to our liking.

Of course it was delectable the first few times they offered it and we eagerly ate it.  But heck, it gets tiresome when they feed it to us over and over.  Variety seems to be the spice of life for the two-legged furless ones. They change their menus constantly to make their meal-times more interesting! So why can’t they do the same thing for us? I don’t understand the reasons they think we are any different.

It’s no secret that I am a slow and picky eater. When Mamma Cat finds something to my liking, (which, I may add, is once in a blue moon), she does a “happy dance” and breathes a sigh of relief. But good grief, why does she assume that if I chow down on it for several days that it is the only food I would deign to eat?

One day she accidently discovered that I really enjoy Aki’s special diet. It was prescribed for him by the pretty lady doctor and Mamma Cat was to feed it to Aki until his tummy was all better. Aki thinks it’s the bees’ knees, but he will eat anything! So when I stuffed my nose into his food dish and gobbled up half of his lunch- she figured it would be perfect for me.

I am just like any cat who might enjoy eating something different once in a while. But after she served it to me repeatedly, I got “fed up” with it (no pun intended), I went on strike!  Since cats must eat, Mamma Cat got desperate and opened three cans of different cat food; none of which had any appeal to my highly developed pallet.

But here is where it got interesting. I started getting concerned that Mamma Cat would learn our treasured secret.  When she was feeding my brother Edgar Allen Poe I snuck into the room to check out what he was eating, I pushed him aside and finished off his meal. Mamma Cat was absolutely stunned!

Yes, we all know that stolen food is much more appealing! But if she puts two and two together and then tries to feed me this way- I think my brothers will resent me a lot!  I sure wish she hadn’t witnessed me in the act of stealing his food, since this could lead to serious feeding squabbles. It’s a set up which doesn’t seem fair.

Fellow cats, I need your help! How do you think I should handle this situation? Please leave me a comment with some helpful suggestions.