Getting a Kitty? The Feline Perspective of What you need to know.

The saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” attributed to both Buddha Siddhartha Gautama Shakyamuni and the Theosophists could not be more appropriate as a preface to this article.

I say this because the other day while I was looking for some odd feline-related info while surfing the internet, I “accidentally” ran across an extremely humorous, well-written article, “What I wish I had known before getting Cats”  published on Medium by Zulie Rane.

After I finished reading it, I felt compelled to share it with our two highly intelligent cats, Mr. Aki Pataki-Baracki and Mr. Edgar Allen Poe. I wish you could have seen the expression on their faces as they were listening to me trying to read it to them. I was chuckling so loudly that I could hardly get the words out.

But what really shocked me was their immediate reaction to the story. The first thing they both agreed on was Zane’s unparalleled, sage advice for new cat owners, cautioning them that the most important thing to remember when they adopt a kitty,  is that they are not “getting a cat”; that the cats are “getting them. “

Although this rule is one of the most important things that new owners must learn, both cats felt while the article certainly has merit, they were driven to “tell it like it really is” from a feline purrspective.

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The first thing Edgar Allen piped in was,  “While trampling onto a soggy trichobezoar (hairball) could be highly shocking and disgusting, to annoy their hoomans cats prefurr to  make loud, purrturbing noises and jump all over them at two AM insisting they are hungry.” He added, “It really takes a motivated and patient hooman who, in the middle of the night will say “no” to their apparently “starving” kitty and place a pillow over their head, turn over and go back to sleep. You see, with purrsistence, hoomans will ultimately put an end to this behavior- darn it.”

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Mr. Aki couldn’t resist putting in his two cents as well. He said,  “Hoomans must learn that felines crave attention, and if we don’t get enough of it, the only way we can convey our feelings is to jump into the middle of your newspaper, step all over your computer keyboard, and find other creative ways to interrupt whatever you’re doing. It’s not being naughty as some hoomans  might interpret our behavior; it is the only way we can communicate our needs.”

However, both cats highly agreed with Ms. Zulie’s article which humorously describes hoomans who choose to and open up to be owned by kitties. They will surrender into a very special and unique relationship that entails falling in love with them, cherishing and caring for them, and even spoiling them because that is what all cats truly deserve.

So if you are thinking about “getting a cat”, you now have a preview of the amazingly powerful journey upon which you will embark upon. This journey is never long enough so you must enjoy every moment.

Still gonna “get a kitty” or do you already have one or more? Tell us a little about your journey into the world of cats.

The Grinch who Stole Thanksgiving: No Thanksgiving fixings for us!

Sharing Thanksgiving bounty with friends has been an annual ritual at our house. The tantalizing aroma of turkey roasting in the oven, coupled with the scent of the candied sweet potatoes baking, and the extra stuffing along with scrumptious apple pie is something to which we look forward at this time of the year.  Apparently, however, “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” decided that Thanksgiving was the time to pay us an unexpected visit and he stole ourThanksgiving right from under our anticipatory noses.

Not only did he dishearten my husband and me, but by doing his dirty work, the Grinch did a super job of disappointing both our kitties. Aki and Edgar Allen Poe were both counting on enjoying their special treats: pieces of luscious, juicy turkey, and to indulge their favorite treat; gnawing on a delightful chunk of raw turkey neck.

A few days ago we suspected that something within our refrigerator was amiss.  The carefully wrapped items in the fridge stored in containers or wrapped up tightly began to feel warmer than they should have. Additionally, the frozen food in the freezer section began to feel softer than normal, warning us that things were starting to thaw. We quickly lowered the refrigerator and freezer temperatures; but alas to no avail.  All the contents in our big, beautiful refrigerator were slowly turning into a soggy mush. 

We phoned our repair company immediately, but the Grinch had already foiled a timely technician service call.  It wouldn’t be available for five more days. Making it even worse was when the technician finally did arrive he only gave the sleeping refrigerator a perfunctory exam. Thanks to the Grinch, the technician was unable to assure us that the parts were even in stock which was necessary to get the darned thing awakened.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aki gazed up at me, and with a quizzical expression on his face asked, “Is it true that Thanksgiving is passing us by this year?” Trying to console him, I explained that we had to wait for the parts. Aki retorted, “He mustn’t really give a darn, ‘cause he woulda had them already and brought them back to replace the broken piece. When he returns, I might just bite his ankle,  and if I find the Grinch, he better watch out!  I guess cats just ain’t that important.” He then uttered a huge sigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what broke my heart into pieces was when I found Edgar Allen Poe crouched down on the coffee table, sobbing. He first mewed at me very softly and then, choking back his tears, he uttered, “I am so sorry about this mommy Cat.  If it helps, I will gladly give you and Daddy Cat a can of my turkey cat food.”   Poe’s generous offer touched me deeply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though the Grinch stole our Thanksgiving, we feel so blessed with two loving kitties that we adore and who greatly return our feelings. Although there will be no roast turkey on our dining table this year, we have much to be thankful for.  

Aki, Edgar Allen Poe, Marty and I wish you and your kitties a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Aki and Iset announce their wedding intentions

The astounding number of online dating sites makes it easier to make friends, find romance and true love over the Ethernet. Additionally, meeting people with common interests in the wide variety of groups on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, along with the plethora of topical email gatherings; finding a beloved virtual soulmate can be at our fingertips

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Several months ago, Aki- our three-year-old blue-ticked tabby was looking over my shoulder while I was enjoying a delightful chat about cats with my dear friend Sarah. We started sharing photos of our kitties and Aki instantly fell head –over- heels with Iset, Sarah’s tabby-point Siamese female.

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Aki, smitten with this gorgeous female kitty who is the same age- born in the same month no less-  but at the same time, he felt timid and shy.  He was concerned that his love for her might be unrequited. Iset was also a bit reserved for the very same reason; wondering if a younger chap would remain interested. However, after spending some time chatting, they finally realized that their feelings would last forever.  Within a few weeks, Aki proposed to Iset again.  Following her joyful acceptance, Sarah and I began planning for the upcoming wedding ceremony.

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photos of Iset courtesy of Sarah

Naturally, this stellar event would have to be highly publicized; with invitations to their nuptials and the reception going out to all of their cat-loving friends. Sarah and I were so excited we started making plans. However, much to our dismay, Aki suddenly became very ill  and everything had to be put on hold. Aki and Iset were both devastated and incredibly disappointed.

After a few months of tender veterinary care given him by his beautiful loving lady doctor, Aki fully recovered.  Iset was over the moon thrilled about how Aki’s good health, and once again the two love “birds” started asking Sarah and me to begin planning the big event. Both Aki and Iset are ecstatic by their upcoming celebration and are contributing some great ideas about time logistics, since Aki lives in the USA in Florida while Iset resides in London, England.

The fantastic mews is flying or ocean travel is of no concern since the Internet is where the loving couple met and their ceremony will be one of the hottest virtual weddings in the history of feline romances. So do follow us  to remain current by all further announcements concerning this enchanting, rapturous and awe-inspiring event that will  join Aki and Iset in matrimony.

Please conCATulate the happy pair on their upcoming nuptials with a comment. They would truly appreciate them.

Aki and Edgar Allen Poe’s message: Get out and Vote tomorrow!

 

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I am aware that some folks may not think that writing about politics on a blog devoted to cats may not be appropriate. Even so, because Aki and Edgar Allen Poe are extremely worried about this mid-term election, they pleaded with me to share their feelings, therefore I was compelled to honor their request.

Aki and Poe are very worried that the folks who didn’t vote early or hadn’t voted with a mail-in ballot may just decide not show up at the polls. What they are most concerned about are the humans who have become totally disgusted with all the nasty bickering, the hatred, and the outrageous lies, making them believe that their vote won’t make a difference; so why bother voting in the first place!  Aki and Edgar Allen Poe are simply doing their civic duty by reminding those skeptics that EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

It made me very sad when I overheard Aki and Poe saying that they wished they could vote,; especially since they are old enough to vote based on human years. Additionally, because they are highly intelligent and fully cognizant of all the critical issues this Country is facing the feel they should be eligible. They have also been sufficiently educated by all the factual information they get while hanging out with my husband and me while watching our favorite news programs on CNN and MSNBC. Sadly, cats are not permitted to vote. But WE can and WE must.

 

Aki especially made this little sign to inspire you all,  because they both feel strongly that tomorrow’s vote is the most important one you will ever make. To do their part in getting the word out, they implored me to share their concerns and above all, to remind everyone to get out and vote. They urge you to cast a ballot that is aimed to help bring our Country together. You can make that happen . . .  but only IF you vote.

 

Letting cats be cats: That’s my mission!

Much to my chagrin the other day,  I was suddenly besieged with a nagging thought rattling my brain; one that troubled me immensely. This disturbing realization hit me like a ton of bricks and got me wondering if I might be somehow be upsetting our kitties.

Just like any other passionate kitty lover, I adore hanging out with our cats. I get an inordinate amount of pleasure watching them as they eagerly devour their food and spending time playing with them; marveling at their silly antics. But at the same time, it’s possible that I  often tend to overly worry about them. I can’t even begin fathoming what life would be like without having a couple of highly intelligent, curious felines to love and dote upon.

Now please don’t take me wrong.  Aki and Poe are both very happy with the attention I give them. But at the same time, it feels to me that recently they have been giving me signs that give me a feeling that there are times when they just want to be left alone do their “cat things: (whatever that means). And since I don’t want them to think that I am imposing on them, I felt compelled to ask them how I could be more sensitive to their needs.

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Poe looked up at me compassionately, reminding me that although he has been living with us for over three years, that he still considers himself “feral”. Purring very softly he said, “Although I enjoy your company, there are times when hanging out in the cat tree to just observe my surroundings and get away from that bratty Aki is just what I need. So whenever you see me hanging out high in my safe and secure tunnel, just know I am happy and content.”  I promised that I would do my best to honor his request.

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I assume that Aki was eavesdropping on my conversation with Poe because he suddenly chimed in, whispering, “Playing with you is so much fun, and I adore snuggling with you. But since my curiosity is unquenchable, when something suddenly captures my attention, whatever caught my eye must immediately be investigated. Get it? “

Letting cats do their “cat things” is so crucial for our felines. It is what makes them so special and allows them to be who they truly are.

While I know this feline “rule” in my heart, nevertheless I am extremely curious if I am alone with my concern?  Has anyone else ever wondered if they have inadvertently upset their kitties?  If you have ever shared my concern, please leave me a reassuring comment.

Searching for meaning on Halloween

I don’t quite understand why our cats could actually be “searching for meaning”. Yet when we started this blog so long ago,  all three kitties were quite adamant about its theme: since they were in agreement that all life has meaning and every sentient being has a purpose.

Being able to exist in harmony with the universe is a lofty goal; especially today.   Presently, we are living in a very stressful and chaotic period of time. Cats are extremely sensitive to their surroundings and our moods which greatly affect them.  So perhaps my questioning is actually naive about why they were so insistent about its theme. Maybe it’s possible that they are really curious about why and how we react to certain things that they are compelled to understand.

To be perfectly honest (and I don’t want to offend anyone), celebrating Halloween is not on my top-ten hit parade. I find having to offer children candy in order to avoid a “trick” is both blackmail and quite annoying.  It is very disturbing to me to either have to confine the cats in a room, or compelled to watch them like a hawk every time the doorbell rings in order to prevent them from escaping out the door and into the street.

And having to find creative ways to hide the candy that the children demand we dole out to them to prevent the cats from trying to steal sweet alluring “shiny objects” actually gives me the willies.  At least I was comforted by Aki’s reaction to the onslaught of petite goblins and ghouls.

Aki actually concurred with my  Halloween aversion even though he couldn’t completely grasp what this “holiday” was all about. Last night as we were snuggling under a blanket in between knocks on the door, he was quite perturbed. He said, “It bothers me when you constantly get up to greet those little brats. It is very disturbing. I should be the center of attention here; after all, I gave up hunting for bugs to keep you warm.”  Akiface

So was this his search for the meaning of love by “sacrificing “something he preferred, out of his love?

Even Edgar Allen Poe was disgruntled. Since the evening was passing by rapidly and feeding time was delayed, he turned to me, looking up at me with his piercing eyes and loudly uttered, “Feed me, or else I will surely starve, and quickly turn into just skin and bones.”  I wonder what the meaning Edgar Allen Poe might have been exploring. Hopefully, more will be revealed in the near future.IMG_0787

Are your cats searching for “meaning”? Or are our cats in the minority?  And if not, do you really care?  Please share your thoughts since they will be helpful for the three of us.

We are back! Aki, Poe and Mamma Cat

We’ve been idle for over two years.  So we feel compelled to share the reasons that some folks might consider unforgivable but to be purrfectly honest so many things occurred, with Mamma Cat taking care of our brother, Sir Hubble Pinkerton, who was so very ill, tending to his needs, spending time with him, writing blogs and articles whenever she was given assignments to help pay for his amazing veterinary care; oh and there was also an awful Hurricane named Irma who disrupted all of our lives, and so many things in real life that distracted her from helping us communicate with Y’all! We are crossing our paws that we will once again be able to share what’s going on with us more regularly.

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As Y’all know, about a year ago, shortly after he celebrated his 17th birthday, Sir Hubble told Aki and me, (Edgar Allen Poe speaking ) “Mamma Cat, Daddy Cat, and the pretty lady doctor, who loved him so much that it was time for her to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge.  Mamma Cat and Daddy Cat, and the pretty lady doctor are still very sad and miss him terribly. Sir Hubble flew away peacefully; surrounded by those who loved and treasured him so deeply.

“Life has been very hectic. Aki got sick a few times, and I ate a toad and had a huge belly ache. Mamma Cat had to take ME to see the pretty lady doctor too”, says Poe. “Aki had his teeth cleaned, and Mamma Cat had to learn how to brush our teeth. I don’t like that very much, but Aki doesn’t seem to mind too much. And Mamma Cat couldn’t trim my nails because I was hissing at her and growling and even tried to bite her a few times, so she had to get Auntie Melissa to come over to help her. She still does too,’ cause I won’t let her come within an inch of my claws with those nasty nail-trimmers. IMG_0661

“Last week Aki got sick, so of course Mamma Cat was very worried about him. The lady doctor told her that Aki had to go to the hospital to get better. Aki had to stay in the hospital overnight, but in all fairness, I gotta tell you that Mamma Cat played with me and gave me lots of attention. She knew that I was worried too. I sorta like the little bratty kitty, but I will never tell him because sometimes he picks on me.”

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“I miss Sir Hubble chewing on my ears”, chimed in Aki .”Well, Y’all know how much I loved how tender he was.  And since I got so sick last week, sometimes Mamma Cat keeps following me around the house to give me yucky medicine UGH. But I am glad that we can share our lives with y’all again and we will be reminding Mamma Cat to keep our promise to those folks who followed us so long ago, and we hope that others will be looking forward to more of our stories as well!  Please stay tuned”

We are so happy and relieved to once again be back and are so excited that Aki and Edgar Allen Poe are getting creative again! We hope that reading our first come- back post was informative and entertaining. We would be ever so delighted and feel encouraged by some comments on this post welcoming us back!  Thanks so much!

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.

Aki says: “Mamma Cat Played a Nasty Trick on me!”

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Yesterday Mamma Cat played another nasty trick on me! Why does she do this to me?

But before I tell you about it,please bear with me.  I need to share a little history about how my day began.

It started  just like any other day; nothing strange about it in the least.  After I finished my breakfast, I sat around deciding what to do first.  I was deep in thought when my brother, Edgar Allen Poe strolled into the kitchen. I could tell that he too was looking for mischief. So I chased him around the house for a while. That made him happy!

Much to my joy, while I was chasing him, I finally found my favorite toy. It had been missing  forever. I love my amazing Rosie the Rat  toy. But just when I started tossing it around, that knucklehead, Mr. EAP came out of nowhere and stole Rosie from me. That got me so darned mad.   To let him know that I don’t take any crap and that he had just made a serious error in judgement, I slapped him upside his head a few times.

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That musta taught him a lesson! He dropped Rosie right away with such an apologetic look on his face.   I scurried away with Rosie in my mouth and found a secret hiding place to hide it. Mr. EAP  ain’t never going to find it!

I was a little tired after doing battle with EAP and stashing away my Rosie. So I curled up on the window seat with my big brother, Sir Hubble Pinkerton.  Of course he chewed on my ears and then washed them . I like to make him happy! We both settled in for a long, peaceful nap, snoozing in the sun.

But when the doorbell rang , my day suddenly went south. Mamma Cat opened the door and then I heard a familiar sound. Oh no- it was the pretty lady doctor’s voice!  I immediately jumped out of the window box and tried to  disappear;  but it was too late! Mamma Cat snatched me up and the next thing I knew Shannon, the pretty lady doctor’s vet tech was holding me tightly.

Then pretty lady doctor started sticking needles into me. I tried to struggle out of Shannon’s arms but she had a firm grip on me . No way could I escape. Oh the indignities of being forced to be  poked, prodded and on top of that  having needles stuck into me! It was almost too much for me to bear.

I kept wondering why Mamma Cat didn’t let me know that the pretty lady doctor was coming to the house to check me out. I guess she thought that if she did I would have disappeared where no one would ever find me. But Mamma Cat is too darned smart to give me advance warning about such things.  Thank goodness the “tormenting- du -jour” ended quickly.   Before they left, Shannon and the pretty lady doctor gave me lotsa kisses, then packed up their needles and their tubes and off they went. Mamma Cat was left waiting for what she called  “the results”.

The news must have been to her liking, because Mamma Cat did a little happy dance when the pretty lady doctor texted her the good news. All the tests came out perfectly so I should get  an “A+”. But I would much prefer some rare roast beef to be purrfectly honest!

I think it’s party time! Do you agree?  Let me know-I am all ears!