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!

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!

Sir Hubble Pinkerton says, “Baby Bro Aki is Cramazing!!

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There’s a time in every  elder cat’s life when we must insist that we are treated with respect. I mean after all, what does a 15 ½ year old cat have to do to  finally get his wishes across strongly enough to get them understood? I have learned that according to the rules in the world of the two-legged furless ones, respecting elders is to be expected. But it seems that the two kittens who have recently moved into my domain don’t yet have the brains or the good judgement to figure out that an elderly cat deserves to be treated with both esteem and admiration.

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It’s was hard enough to have to deal with the first interloper- Edgar Allen Poe- my first younger brother. If I could have had my way I would have had Momma Cat change his name to “Nudnick”. His rowdy behavior and bossy attitude simply drove me up the wall. This inconsiderate brat-cat  was overly fond of sneaking up on me when I wasn’t looking, jump on top of my back, wrap his paws around my neck and knock me over.  Good grief! I am much too old and fragile to deal with those kinds of shenanigans. His rough and tumble activities  were certainly not at all appreciated.

But fortunately, things around here are slowly starting to improve. I am so relieved that Momma and Daddy Cat found out about an Oriental Shorthair kitten who needed a home and decided to add this young’un into our household. Their act of kindness made it possible for Nudnick to blow off steam and behave better after playing with him. I am just over the moon happy that Aki is now part of our family because he still is young and foolish enough to get off on Nudnick’s outrageous, ludicrous behavior.

The two “kids”spend hours chasing each other around the house, playing hide-and-seek. They have so much fun hanging out together on the cat tree, and bop each other in the head to entertain each other. But I must admit that I get a kick out of watching them as long as they leave me alone. Their tomfoolery gives me a chance to climb onto the window box and bask in the sun, napping away contentedly- with no interruptions.

Unfortunately the two rascal hellions recently discovered that the window box is the perfect place for watching birds and checking out the lizards and squirrels. It seems that exactly the moment I curl up to catch a catnap they  will suddenly appear and try to usurp my favorite spot in the sun. These two pushy kittens give me no respect at all.

Although at times having to put up with the kittens’ behavior can be very stressful for me at least there is something about Aki which has started to endear him to me and the reason I  think of him as Cramazing!  While some cats may have the opinion that I am nuts because I have an ear fetish; don’t knock it until you try it! There is hardly anything more pleasurable to me than chewing on  kitties’ ears. They taste SO good!!

When my brother Hush Puppy was alive I used to chew on his ears whenever we were curled up together.  I am beginning to suspect that it may be an Oriental Shorthair thing because Aki purrs away in contentment when I am chewing on his ears and Nudnick won’t even consider letting me near his ears!  I will bet anything that Hush Puppy has a smile on his face since this also makes Momma Cat very happy too.