Thursday, August 31, 2006

Unhappy kitty

Have you seen this kitty video of Burger yet? Uncle Doug shared this video. He said he heard Burger made a pitbull run away. I know I wouldn't mess with him. Maybe we need to send him to Luna's vet to teach that guy a lesson about cats.

So much sad news

Since I was away with the move I missed so much. I can't believe that Luna's vet let her slip out like that and now she's lost in the woods. How horrible and irresponsible. Mom and Dad's biggest fear is just that, that somehow we will slip out unnoticed and get lost and scared and wet and alone. It makes me so sad for her. I just hope she finds her way home safely. Maybe some nice person will find her and hopefully she has tags (I hate tags, but they serve a purpose) and she'll come home. How sad...

And poor Trixie's passing. I'm sad for her family, but happy that she is with her brothers. She had a good long life at 18 years.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I'm back!

I'm back among the blogging. The room that will be the office has no phone jack (Bellsouth comes out next week to install one...) so Dad put the computer in the bonus room, but that phone jack goes to a "second line" that we don't have, so Dad had to move the computer into the bedroom temporarily. But we're connected again.

The house is slowly starting to feel like a home to us. Maggie was doing a catwalk along the top of the stand-up shower stall. Mom's afraid we might jump down in there and get stuck, but we'll handle that when it happens, I guess. Maggie still prefers the master bedroom more than anywhere else. Josie is starting to get more comfortable and, once the boxes are gone, should be back to her old self. Huggy Bear is enjoying lounging on the stairs and he and I will prowl together.

The previous owners had dogs and although the house isn't "doggy" we are still aware and are putting our stink everywhere we can by rubbing our faces and pawing at the floors.

I did have a "what am I thinking" moment last night as Dad carried some groceries in from the garage. Huggy Bear and I have been very curious about that door and I started to make a break for it, not realizing that the big outside garage door was open. Dad ushered me back with his foot and then instituted an "air lock" system of the doors just in case. He has carried me around in the garage, but right now there is a ton of storage in there and he knows if I get to playing in there I may never want to leave.

OK ... back to exploring. Pictures soon...

Monday, August 28, 2006

A message from Dad

Jasper's Dad here. Jasper wanted me to let you all know that we are all in the new house, although the computer is not set up yet. Jasper also wanted me to let you all know that it is my fault the computer is not set up yet. The transition is going smoothly, if not slowly, but Jasper, Josie, Huggy Bear and Maggie are all getting acclimated in their own ways. Jasper will return to posting soon.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

We'll be right back ...

Dad's about to break the computer down for the move, so this will be my last post for a couple days while we get settled. Mom and Dad close on our new house tomorrow and we'll either head over tomorrow night or first thing Saturday morning for a day in the master bathroom (much bigger than the bathrooms here, I'm told). Everyone pray for nice weather for our move. I'll be back up and posting soon...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Midnight Decision

We had a family meeting to discuss Midnight, what we want, and what is best for him.

When it comes to bringing him with us there is, of course, the joy of having Midnight as a member of the family, albeit an outside member of the family. (We have to remember that he is a feral cat, no matter how friendly he acts.) There is the security of having Mom and Dad to look out for him, a fenced back yard to play in, no roaming fox to threaten him, and a constant food source.

On the downside, we would be transplanting a feral cat away from his established territory where he has already established himself as an alpha cat (even fending off the roaming fox, which our neighbor says he saw, and which is why he had the neck injury from last spring). Also, he would have to re-establish himself in the new neighborhood, and deal with the numerous dogs and fences. Mom and Dad also fear he may try to return to his old stomping grounds only about five miles away, which would have him crossing two major roads and an interstate.

In the end, after many tears were shed, we admitted that it is in Midnight's best interest that he stay here when we move. Dad has talked to the neighbor upstairs who also feeds Midnight to ensure that he will be looked after (a very nice man who even treats Midnight with stinky goodness every now and then...). Midnight is among what Mom and Dad refer to as The Four -- four cats who have seemingly been here since we moved in. Midnight is well established in the apartment complex with woods to roam, cars to sleep under or on, and many neighbors to treat him. There are pros and cons with either situation, but when weighing it all out, this is best.

I hope you can all empathize with how difficult this call was for us to make, and I hope no one is disappointed with our decision. Unfortunately, the right decision isn't always the decision you want to make.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Huggy Bear's mice

Huggy Bear laid claim to the little mice ... and the catnip mouse ... and the tissue it was wrapped in ... and ... we're still working on sharing new toys. Posted by Picasa

Secret Paws box is here!

We all gathered around the box of gifts from Yaffa and Sebastian. They really outdid themselves with the Secret Paws. Thanks so much! Posted by Picasa

Josie's mouse

Josie made it clear she's not sharing this mouse from the Secret Paws package. Posted by Picasa

Our Secret Paws goes out...

Josie helped pack up our Secret Paws gift to go out. And by help, I mean she tried to take the stuff back out. In the end, she decided to share. I hope they like their gifts! Posted by Picasa

Move update

Well it looks like the moving plans are coming along very well. Mom and Dad (but really more Mom) have been packing like fiends. We're down to a few cabinets and some odds and ends. Huggy Bear has enjoyed finding new empty cabinets to explore. I keep finding taller stacks of boxes to sleep on. Every once in a while Mom or Dad will go to move a box and find one of us sleeping in it but so far none of us has been packed up with anything. Friday is the big day and we're all getting excited!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Weekend Cat Blogging

I just learned about the Weekend Cat Blogging event taking place at Heather's Space.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Something's getting a toothy death

I've been good, patient, almost Zen-like. But enough is enough. Something's getting a toothy death.

First, there's all the chaos with the upcoming move (eight days away). Boxes (sure, the boxes are OK), and Mom all stressed and just general disruption. Second, the Mitzi invasion that took Mom away from us for a full day. Finally, and truly the final straw, the meds yesterday. They made us each take some pills, but since Huggy Bear and I are bigger, we had to take two (Maggie only one, Josie one and a half.) They got me with the first one, but the second one I was ready. I did the thrusting tongue, bob-and-weave head moves, pushing with my front paws. It must have taken them a good five minutes to get me to swallow the last one. I even got the mouth foam going. (Mom said, "He'll eat bugs, but foams up at this...")

So enough is enough. I'm not saying when, or where, but trust me, a toothy death is coming.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cute little face

She's very cute with a face you just have to fall in love with. Mom says she thinks she'll grow to be big, despite how small she is now. She has big paws like I did when I was little. And a good apetite -- she ate almost half a small can of wet food Tuesday morning. Posted by Picasa

Mitzi's new mom

Here's Mitzi with Kathryn. She got to meet Katrina today, Kathryn's eight-year-old daughter. Mitzi is a complete surprise for her, so we all can't wait to hear how excited she was. Posted by Picasa

After her bath

This is little Mitzi in the bathroom after her flea bath. She's all cleaned up and fluffy and soft. She chased crinkle ball all around the bathroom and explored the door (since Maggie kept investigating from the other side). She's so tiny. Posted by Picasa

Her name is Mitzi

The little kitten went to her new home. She is named Mitzi and slept with Kathryn last night. She is a little purr machine and will meet Kathryn's eight-year-old daughter today. Mom got very attached very quickly to this little one, so we're glad she found a home quickly. It's crazy... there were two other people who asked about this kitten, so you know she is special. (Picture coming soon!)

The Mitzi Situation delayed our Secret Paws package just a little -- but Mom and Dad are going to the post office today so let's hope it goes out tonight!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Little baby kitten

It looks like one of the ladies from Dad's work is going to give this kitten a home. Mom and Dad will pick up some more mother's milk for her when they take her to Kathryn's house. Kathryn was going to adopt a kitten from the Humane Society, but the only kitten they had was adopted out before she could get there, so she has everything except a kitten.

Mom brought the kitten into the bathroom today so she'll be calmer. She's been crying a bit when left alone, but Mom has been giving her some loving attention. Josie and Maggie hissed at her some, but that's what girls do. The kitten will get a flea bath tonight and then she'll go to her new home! We're very excited for her.

I see a pattern emerging

When Huggy Bear and Josie (and Curly and Frisky) showed up, Mom had been out of town for the week.

When Maggie's party of 10 arrived, Mom had gone out of town, Dad went to pick her up.

So last week, Aunt Tiff visited, then took Mom to Big Canoe outside Atlanta on Wednesday. Dad went up Friday for the weekend and they came home last night. You might be able to see where this is going...

Dad went out to pick up dinner and two neighbors are out talking about this lone kitten, about four weeks old, who seems to have been separated from her mom. Dad calls Mom to investigate. Seems this little kitten showed up Saturday night and was upstairs crying around. Last night, she was crying some more. The neighbors thought they had seen her with other kittens and a mom by the dumpster, so when Dad returned, he and Mom walked the kitten to the dumpster, but there was no mom to be found. They brought her back and set her in the bushes with some milk since she couldn't keep solid food down. After dinner she was still in the bushes. Mom and Dad took the trash down and, midway there, they heard this "meep" and looked behind them and here's the little girl following them. So she goes with them and plays in the bushes some like she belongs there, but there's still no mom, so Mom and Dad bring her back. At this point, they realize she's in no state to be alone. Mom and Dad ran to the store and got some mother's milk and a bottle and a stuffed animal for her and put her in the big carrier for the night.

When Mom gave her the milk last night, she immediately chewed the nipple off and drank the milk from the opening. She is very sweet, and licked milk from Mom's finger and out of a small saucer this morning. She's been crying a little, but aside from the calico kittens, she hasn't had visitors. Mom did let her wander some this morning and she had a blast getting a tree and exploring some tall grass.

We'll hopefully be able to find a good home for her pretty quickly. Mom's checking with Pets Inc. (our no-kill shelter) today. If we weren't moving in two weeks she might be joining us because she's so darned cute. But we've settled on a family of four cats (four bedroom house, four cats -- good balance if you ask me). Just keep your paws crossed that this little bit stays healthy while we find her a good home.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Vacuuming Patty

Dad has a patient who works with a lady with 35 cats. Yes, you heard that right -- 35! Now I'm not big on sharing my space with three other some days, so I couldn't imagine 34 others with me. Needless to say, she has to vacuum quite a bit. One of her cats, Patty, actually LOVES the vacuum cleaner and likes to be vacuumed. This is not made up ... I have video proof!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Maggie has been tagged...

Maggie was tagged for the 5 weird things/habits by Mrs. B. Fitting that, of the four of us, it is Maggie who is tagged...

Her 5 weird things/habits:
1. Despite being the smallest of the four, she feels the need to "throw down" with us often.
2. She has one eye (not picking on her about this ... it's just who she is)
3. She nuzzles her big orange blanket with her nose before going to sleep on it.
4. Maggie quickly transforms from "I love you and want to lick you" to "I want to attack you and eat you" in a flat 2.1 seconds.
5. Maggie likes to knock Dad's loose change into the garbage disposal when he's not careful about where he puts it. I guess you could call this Kittie Golf.

I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg and once I wake from my nap I could probably expound on this list for hours, but these are the five of the moment. We're supposed to tag someone else, but I know how quickly these tags circulate and I don't want to double-tag anyone, so if you haven't been tagged and want to play, follow the instructions below.
  1. The player of this game starts with "5 weird things / habits about yourself".
  2. In the end you need to choose 5 people to be tagged and list their names.
  3. The people who get tagged need to write a blog about their 5 weird things/habits, as well as state this rule clearly, then tag 5 more victims.
  4. Don't forget to leave your victim a comment that says "you're tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Helping in the kitchen

It is important to pitch in, especially with our move coming up. Maggie was being a big helper the other day by assisting with the dishes. If only she'd unload the dishwasher, Mom would be soooo happy. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Secret Paws

Mom and Dad finally went to Target and stocked up on our secret paws items. They had to lock them up so we wouldn't play with them. Hopefully they'll get mailed this week.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Kitten patrol

I talked about kittens ... well here's Maggie watching one walk by. They're so cute and little and those two words together spell trouble. Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 04, 2006

Our own doormat

Dad's boss brought him this welcome mat back from the Mall of America and Maggie claimed it right away. You can't read it because she's lying on it, but it says, "This is not a joke. If you ever want to see these people again bring me 5 lbs. of fresh tuna in a plain brown bag The cat." This is our first housewarming gift and it's for US! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Should he stay or should he go?

In discussing moving Midnight, Max brings to light a good point, and one that has been weighing on Dad, too. Since Midnight is so familiar with the territory where he is, and he'll only be a few miles from there once he moves, will he try to go back to his usual turf? It's a fear that Dad has that Midnight will try and either get lost or hurt. Other neighbors do feed him and care for him also, so he won't be left uncared for. Is it selfish of us to move him, even though we have his best interests at heart?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Moving Midnight

Mom and Dad are working on the plan to move Midnight but are open to suggestions and feedback from people who have had success with ferals before. He is very friendly to the extent that he will walk along with Mom and Dad up the sidewalk and nudge them as they pour the food, but standoffish in the way that he doesn't like to be touched often.

The plan right now is to move all our stuff to the house, then when they come to clean the apartment, Mom and Dad will bribe Midnight to get into the large carrier and take him to get fixed and a vet checkup, then bring him into the fenced backyard with the kid's log cabin and the deck and trees. In the next few weeks leading up to the move, they plan to take some time just being around him so he can get a little more comfortable with their presence. We are all hopeful this will work.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New litter

OK ... to show that I am a fair cat, I am writing a follow-up to a previous post. Last month, I complained about the failure of my Tidy Cats litter. Mom and Dad brought home another tub of the red lid and it has the new Tidy Lock Technology and I have to say that the Purina people must have been reading my blog, because everything I complained about is 100 times better now! So, since I complained, and they changed, I must now compliment them for their good work. Thanks, Tidy Cats, for making my litter box a place I don't mind visiting.

Kittens kittens everywhere

Mom and Dad saw these two cute little calico kittens the other day, mostly white with black/gray and orange. They were with a young tuxedo they had befriended and were exploring and found some food our upstairs neighbor had put out for the neighborhood cats. They are very skittish and ran quickly (very quickly). Well, the other day, Dad saw a third, this one gray tabby. Then last night, a fourth, resembling the first two, and the mother, a mostly white with a gray tabby-ish back. They live in the woods back behind our apartment. Mom and Dad tried to get some pictures that I'll get up soon. But I heard Mom say, "We're moving to a bigger house, do we need four kittens?" But then she laughed and we all breathed a little easier.