Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for being able to take care of two new cats (and a dog!)

So this is a part introduction/thankful thursday.

Meet Harley. He’s a 12 year old service dog – he specializes in seizure alerts. He’s a lab and takes his job very seriously but when he is at home he is mostly cat as he loves to lay in sunspots.

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Meet Miss Aura. She’s 6 and just got up to date on her shots as of last week. She’s believed to be a Siamese/tabby mix. She’s very talkative and when she first came to the house she hissed at everything. Now she’s coming up on the bed wanting pets. She is front declawed (which I am highly against).

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Meet Buttercup (aka Butters). She’s also 6 and just got up to day on her shots and received a “spa” treatment due to some mats in her beautiful long fur. She is very timid cat and I’ve just recently had the wonderful experience of her coming to me for pets. She is also front declawed.

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Now to my thankfulness, I am very thankful to have them under my watchful eyes as many of you know I simply adore my cats and they are more family than just pet. So I’ve spend plenty of time reassuring them that they are safe with me (there’s been some abuse in their past simply for being cat/dog) and will never go without care/love/food/shelter.

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I will be keeping a close eye on the girls since they are front declawed, I’ve never had a declawed cat under my care before but I will be watching for limping or favoring their paws. Apparently the surgery was done when they were young and have had no complications since, but believe me it made me cringe to not only say it to the vets twice (they went to different vets as one could do the grooming and the other couldn’t) but to even think about what these poor girls went through during it.

 

I was of course worried about them holding their own against my cats, who have all their claws, but they seem to be doing well.

 

I am also thankful that having these additional pets under my care brought to light another issues I’m passionate about and that’s the anti-declawing campaign.

Declawing is a cruel and inhumane way to spare the cat owner’s furniture and to leave them defenseless if they ever get out of the house.

If you are interested in learning more about the cruelty of declawing please visit The Paw Project also please visit City the Kitty he’s a wonderful spokescat for anti-declawing.

 

Happy Tails: Meet Tink and Stewart & the kittizens extraordinaire

Tink, what exactly is a Lynx Point Meezer?
A lynx point Meezer is a type of Siamese (the best type! *giggles*) that has a lot of tabby type markings. When I first came to live with my family no one realized I was a Meezer. Our friend Mr. Peabody’s mommy is the one that told us. None of us had ever heard of it!

Tink the Meezer
Tink the Meezer

How did you come to find your forever home?
I came to my forever home as a foster. A friend of my mommy’s posted on FB that they needed to find a new place for me ASAP. Mommy couldn’t bear the thought any of the options that were suggested so she called her friend and told him she was coming to get me that very night. Once my Boy and I met, well, it was love at first sight and there was never any mention about fostering again. You’ve heard of that saying about a boy and his dog? We are a Boy and his Meezer.

Onslow, where did your name come from?
Hi! My unique name actually comes from a TV show. Have mew ever heard of Keeping Up Appearances? It is a British show and so funny. The family loves it especially the Onslow character. Nip addict? Who, me? I don’t know where these rumors are coming from! I do however like a little here and there but I don’t think I need a nip program. Do you?

Onslow the handsome
Onslow the handsome

Is it true you are a nip addict?
Nip addict? Who, me? I don’t know where these rumors are coming from!
Will you have to go to nip anon this year?
I do however like a little here and there but I don’t think I need a nip program. Do you?

Sammy, do you think you have what it takes to be a Champion Lap Cat?
Oh yes, I think I do have what it takes to become a Champion Lap Cat!

Sammy is getting a breath check by Tink
Sammy is getting a breath check by Tink

What are you doing to train for this honor?
I work out daily. I particularly like to lap lounge when I know it is time for someone to go to work, school or out for whatever reason. Priorities, you know?

Mr. Sinatra, can you share your story with us?

Mr. Sinatra is very shy about his life before he was adopted
Mr. Sinatra is very shy about his life before he was adopted

I don’t really like to talk much about my life before now but a very kind lady rescued me. I had been abandoned to the world and out on my own for a long time. I was very cold, hungry and ready to just pack it all in. The kind lady tried to find out about me but no one ever came looking. The week before Turkey Day she asked my Mommy if she would keep me while they were away on vacation. I was still so painfully thin and scared and she didn’t want to leave me with just anyone. Well, the rest is as they say history! After a week together Mommy knew that she couldn’t part with me. She talked to the kind lady and she was thrilled with the idea. Now I am warm, happy and always have plenty to eat. I’m actually getting a little tubby in the tum! Ha-ha. Life is good!

Who did you make friends with first?

I made friends with Onslow first because he is such a mellow and easy going guy. We are all comfortable with one another now and that makes me happy. I really love being part of a family.

What would you or your mommy like to say about Angel Stewart?

Angel Stewart
Angel Stewart

Stewart was the best and sweetest companion to our Mommy and the best big brother, ever. When she found him under her car in a parking lot he was so tiny Mommy had to bottle feed him. They were together 16 years. He was a faithful friend and comfort during many hard times and a loving soul. He was also a good guardian to our Girl and loved her from the very moment she came home from the hospital. He was awarded his angel’s wings last July and left mighty big paw prints on our hearts. I miss him but our time together was full of love and fun and I’ll never forget him. Sometimes we see a bit of white fluff floating in the air and we know it is our Stewart visiting from the Rainbow Bridge. ~ Tink

Do any of you have New Years Resolutions that you would like to share?
Our NY Resolution will be to continue our mission to promote love, peace and kindness to all. We try to always be happy, have fun and be a safe place to visit. Oh, and to continue to swing and croon to the Rat Pack!

The real secret to cat's softness (don't worry it wasn't on, it was open and Tink climbed in)
The real secret to cat’s softness (don’t worry it wasn’t on, it was open and Tink climbed in)

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Tink & the kittizens extraordinaire for letting me asking interview questions and sharing Stewart with us. Pictures were used with permission. You can find them on Facebook sharing pictures, stories of their daily lives, love & laughter.

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Happy Tails: Meet the Furbombers

One half of the fur-bombers

Can you tell me how you became a dog and cat household?


Well, I grew up with animals of all kinds, but no matter what animals we had we always had at least one dog and few cats, my husband Kevin also grew up a cat and a dog. His mom restricted the number of pets they were allowed to have, where as my mom pretty much let us go nuts and try a little of everything.

How well does everyone get along?



By and large very well. Simply due to the number of pets, there are the occasional disagreements or offense taken to personal space being invaded. The biggest squabblers are Belle and Memphis, who are litter-mates, usually over the inability to share my lap.

May I ask where did you come up with the names for everyone?



*laughs* Oh, you just had to open up a can of worms didn’t you? I’ll start with the simplest ones:

Hank
Hank


Hank (Sheltie) came with his name, he was a rescue of sorts, his original owner didn’t want him anymore, his second owner couldn’t handle him, and us being friends with the second owner offered to take him.

Pete
Pete


Pete (Tabby) was named after one of Kevin’s previous dogs, he has a tendency to name cats after past dogs, which stops with Pete.

Chloe
Chloe


Chloe (GSD) also came with her name, my mom was the one who named her and couldn’t seem to come up with anything else, I think it fits, Kevin not so much.

Willow
Willow


Willow (Husky/Collie mix) took me three days to name, I was running all the names I could think of by her, and one day after watching the movie “Willow” I was discussing the movie with her and she kept perking up when I said Willow. So she basically chose her own name.

Belle
Belle


Memphis and Belle (fluffy white cats) were named after the famous Memphis Belle bomber in WWII I have a blog post with the story (Whats with the name?)

Putt-Putt
Putt-Putt (Mal/Aussie mix) also has a story behind his name, suffice it to say that all the parts to his name started out as nicknames that just stuck. (Putt-Putt the Fluffy-Butt Sasquatch Coyote-Dog)

Is Q.B. 2.5 short for something?

Q.B. 2.5
Q.B. 2.5



Yes, and no. Q.B. 2.5 is an interesting story, its starts with his mother’s namesake Cue Ball, a white GSD mix Kevin had that is one of those ‘Once in a lifetime’ type of dog. Our whole town knew Cue Ball! After she had passed Kevin came into possession of a white female cat, and he named her Q.B. 2 after Cue Ball. Well, she had kittens and one of the kittens was the spitting image of her and being a kitten and not an adult got the name Q.B. 2.5

Does he have cauliflower ears of were they removed?

They were removed. He rapidly developed skin cancer on his ears pinna and they had to be removed.

I read on the about page Memphis has HOCM, can you explain what that is?

HOCM, is Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is typically when the heart is enlarged by the thickening of the heart walls. In his case it goes one step further and starts obstructing proper heart function, the walls of his heart are not only thicker, but are also starting to cause the valves not to close properly. Which in turn causes the heart to work harder and less efficiently. The first sign of this disorder is usually a heart murmur. He was diagnosed when he was 2 years old, he doesn’t need medication at this point in time since the progression is barely measurable. His cardiologist is happy with leaving him to live his life as is, but we do go in twice a year for an ultrasound to make sure it doesn’t suddenly get worse.

Enjoying the view
Enjoying the view



Since Memphis was born deaf, how do the others treat him different?

I don’t really think they treat him differently. They know something is different, but I don’t think they know exactly what. All the dogs pretty much ignore him since he is never phased when they start getting rowdy. The other cats tolerate him. He’s a very playful guy, and always wants to play and snuggle with them, but most of the time they don’t reciprocate, so when they give the vocal cues to back off, he can’t hear them and thinks they are playing with him. That being said when my husband and I merged households, Pete and Q.B 2.5 took to Memphis much better than Belle.

What tips/tricks do you have for people who are trying to manage a dog and cat household?

Regardless of who came first, the cats will need a ‘safe zone’ away from the dogs while they get used to each other. Cats won’t relax or sleep if they feel the dogs can get to them during the integration process, we also recommend fenced yards for everyones safety, and last but not least, make sure the dogs get plenty of exercise and attention and not just during the adjustment period. The dogs will be more focused on all the attention and going places over causing mischief with the cats.


Author’s Note: I was on the BlogPaws chat on Tuesday night and saw the name and immediately started a conversation. Many many thanks to Miss Victoria & her husband for answering the questions. Please go visit them on their blog Meet the Fur-Bombers, or their facebook page  Meet the Fur-Bombers (catchy, isn’t it?)or catch them on Twitter @Furbombers.

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Meet Zoe Blue

Meet Zoe Blue

Zoe when she was little..

How old are you?

I turned a year old on July 23rd. I am no longer a kitten, now I am a CAT!

Where did the name Zoe come from?

It is a name my mama liked and she thought it would be a good cat name. She has a list of good cat names for the future in case she needs them. When mama went to the Wisconsin Humane Society she knew she wanted to adopt a girl kitten and name her Zoe. It is two syllables, so it is pronounced ZO-ee. I was eleven weeks old the day mama adopted me, and my name at the Wisconsin Humane Society was Allie. So I went from A to Z! MOL!

Are you a true blue Russian?

I am not a Russian Blue, but cats that are grey in color are often called ‘blue’. I took the name Zoe Blue for my Facebook page, but I have a secret. My real name is Zoe Chickapea! I thought if I used my real name on Facebook everyone would think I wasn’t spelling chickpea correctly, but it does have the extra ‘a’ in the middle. Mama used to hear it on a podcast she listens to. The man would call the listeners Chickapeas and she liked it.

What do you really think of having a big brother like Jerry?

I love my big brother and he loves me! When I was a kitten Jerry would cuddle me and wash me. He was like my second mama! MOL! When Jerry drinks from the water bowl in the kitchen, I try to get a drink at the same time but the bowl isn’t big enough!

Zoe sneaking in some cuddles with her brother Jerry’s stuffed rat

Is your brother upset you have a boyfriend?

He doesn’t mind. He’s kind of sweet on Ziggy’s older sister Tilly. Jerry likes all the ladycats! He likes to dance with them at parties!

Are there any pictures of you and your boyfriend that I can share?

We don’t have any photos of the two of us together, yet!

What are some of your favorite things to do?

My mama puts peanuts outside on the ledge of the big picture window and the squirrels come to eat them and they are inches away from me! I get so excited! But there is glass between us and the squirrels. I have toys I like to play with, especially anything with catnip.

Is it true you like to be covered in blankets?

My favorite thing is when mama changes the sheets on the bed! I love it when she throws a pillowcase or a sheet over me! It is so much fun! She pokes at me through the sheet and I purr loudly and try to get her finger and mama laughs! Mama has two blouses hanging on the doorknob of the linen closet in the bathroom and I love to pull them down so they land on top of me! She leaves them there just for me because I like to play in them. One time I was under the blouses and my big brother Jerry walked past and I attacked him! He didn’t know I was there because I was under the blouses! It was so funny!

Zoe playing in her mom’s blouse

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself?

I really like to help other kitties. I had a photo contest on my page this past summer and part of the prizes was to make donations to Chip-Ins that the winners of the contest chose. It was fun to let others chose where the money went! I also had a scavenger hunt on my page recently, and I will be having more of them in the future. The people or pets who want to enter have to pay an entry fee to a chip-in, then they get to play. They are a lot of fun! The winner gets a few small prizes. My friends Jake and Elwood of the Royal Ruskies came up with the idea. They had a scavenger hunt to raise some money for an animal sanctuary, and guess what! I won! I also help my mama make things to donate to auctions to help Kitties In Need.

PS: Miss Zoe Blue wanted to add that she is going to have a scavenger hunt on her page on the 24th.  For rules on how it works check out the note on her facebook page.

If you would like to visit her facebook page and say hello please go to:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoe-Blue/271779576178728

Author’s Note: I did an article on her brother Jerry, check out the article here. Many thanks to their mom for letting me interview Miss Zoe.

Meet Lola the Rescued

Meet Lola the Rescued

Lola hogging the computer

How old are you?

I’m two years old. My vet told Mommy he thinks I was born in June 2010 so that’s when we celebrate my birthday.

Where did the name Lola come from?

When I was in the shelter a volunteer gave me the name Lola. I tried to tell her that wasn’t my name, but she didn’t understand what I was meowing. She was nice to me and gave me a name she thought suited me, so I didn’t mind. I like the name Lola.

How did you come into your mom’s life?

Now this is an interesting story. Mommy had a kitty at home that she wanted to find a partner for. There was a stray cat around our building that Mommy wanted to try to catch and maybe keep. She was on Facebook looking for someone to help her, and one page lead to the next and she found the page for On All Fours Cat Sitting located in Queens. She needed a cat sitter so she started to look at the page and found this picture of me:

(Photo taken by Janice Rossel please visit her at https://www.facebook.com/janice.rossel)

She was so sad to read that I was thrown into a dumpster, and a few days later she came to the hospital where I was “just to support me” and spread the word about me (yeah, right, who was she kidding?). Even though I was a bag of bones and fur only weighing 3.4 pounds, couldn’t meow, and had a face full of mucus, she fell in love with me. She didn’t even mind when I wiped my runny nose on her. She decided right then and there that she wanted to be my Mommy and give me a home full of love. I’m still a sneezy cat and Mommy has to clean up my “sneeze accidents” around the house, but she doesn’t mind. (The stray kitty stopped coming around, so Mommy couldn’t catch him).

Did it take you a long time to start trusting people again?

I never stopped trusting people and everyone thought that was amazing. In the shelter I was so friendly and loveable, and then when I was rescued I couldn’t give humans enough love. I was so grateful people were being nice to me.

Lola enjoying some Sunday morning scritches.

Why are you promoting people to adopt/rescue dogs/cats from a shelter?

If I wasn’t rescued by my Aunt Leslie Kaufman, I would have been on Death Row and maybe wouldn’t be here to tell my story. I was given a second chance at life and all animals deserve the same chance. Rescued pets are so grateful for a good home and we show so much love to our humans. I wish I could save every animal on the streets and in shelters. Even if people want a certain breed, there are breed specific rescues. Don’t buy, adopt!

Are there any websites that you would like to share where people can look at adoptable pets?

www.petharbor.com. Some of those animals may end up on Death Row if they’re not adopted.

Where can someone send fan mail?

LolaRescuedCat@aol.com. I love mail.

Lola curled up and napping

Do you have any other four-legged family members you live with?

I live with my sister, Lexy. She’s a black and white kitty that came from a no kill shelter. She lived there almost a year before Mommy adopted her. She likes to lick my head and chase me around the house. We make a good team when it comes to hunting bugs. She taught me how to open the cabinets where the treats are kept.

Are there any shelters/rescue groups that you support?

We support Bobbie and the Strays, and Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, Inc., Tabby’s Place and For Animals, Inc. They are local shelters that we donate to, or spread the word about pets who need a home. We support lots of animals in need on Facebook, too.

How did you mom get involved with animals or did she always like them?

Mommy always had kitties growing up and adored them. For a while she lived in places that wouldn’t allow pets, so she couldn’t have a kitty. Then one day she saw Lexy at an adoption event and fell in love with her. She asked her landlord if she could have a pet and the rest is history! Lexy paved the way for me living here.

Lola at a much healthier weight (8 lbs) and in her furever home

Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?

I want to thank all my Facebook friends who have followed my story even before Mommy knew about me (they shared my picture so I could be saved and find a forever home), and all the friends I’ve made along the way.  And I want to thank all the people who work so hard to save animals or do TNR to help give them a better life.  Save a life, adopt a rescued pet!

Links:

Check out my Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/lolatherescuedcat

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Miss Lola and her mommy for letting me interview them and sharing links. Photos were used with permission. 

Meet Lola the Rescued

Meet Lola the Rescued

Lola hogging the computer

How old are you?

I’m two years old. My vet told Mommy he thinks I was born in June 2010 so that’s when we celebrate my birthday.

Where did the name Lola come from?

When I was in the shelter a volunteer gave me the name Lola. I tried to tell her that wasn’t my name, but she didn’t understand what I was meowing. She was nice to me and gave me a name she thought suited me, so I didn’t mind. I like the name Lola.

How did you come into your mom’s life?

Now this is an interesting story. Mommy had a kitty at home that she wanted to find a partner for. There was a stray cat around our building that Mommy wanted to try to catch and maybe keep. She was on Facebook looking for someone to help her, and one page lead to the next and she found the page for On All Fours Cat Sitting located in Queens. She needed a cat sitter so she started to look at the page and found this picture of me:

(Photo taken by Janice Rossel please visit her at https://www.facebook.com/janice.rossel)

She was so sad to read that I was thrown into a dumpster, and a few days later she came to the hospital where I was “just to support me” and spread the word about me (yeah, right, who was she kidding?). Even though I was a bag of bones and fur only weighing 3.4 pounds, couldn’t meow, and had a face full of mucus, she fell in love with me. She didn’t even mind when I wiped my runny nose on her. She decided right then and there that she wanted to be my Mommy and give me a home full of love. I’m still a sneezy cat and Mommy has to clean up my “sneeze accidents” around the house, but she doesn’t mind. (The stray kitty stopped coming around, so Mommy couldn’t catch him).

Did it take you a long time to start trusting people again?

I never stopped trusting people and everyone thought that was amazing. In the shelter I was so friendly and loveable, and then when I was rescued I couldn’t give humans enough love. I was so grateful people were being nice to me.

Lola enjoying some Sunday morning scritches.

Why are you promoting people to adopt/rescue dogs/cats from a shelter?

If I wasn’t rescued by my Aunt Leslie Kaufman, I would have been on Death Row and maybe wouldn’t be here to tell my story. I was given a second chance at life and all animals deserve the same chance. Rescued pets are so grateful for a good home and we show so much love to our humans. I wish I could save every animal on the streets and in shelters. Even if people want a certain breed, there are breed specific rescues. Don’t buy, adopt!

Are there any websites that you would like to share where people can look at adoptable pets?

www.petharbor.com. Some of those animals may end up on Death Row if they’re not adopted.

Where can someone send fan mail?

LolaRescuedCat@aol.com. I love mail.

Lola curled up and napping

Do you have any other four-legged family members you live with?

I live with my sister, Lexy. She’s a black and white kitty that came from a no kill shelter. She lived there almost a year before Mommy adopted her. She likes to lick my head and chase me around the house. We make a good team when it comes to hunting bugs. She taught me how to open the cabinets where the treats are kept.

Are there any shelters/rescue groups that you support?

We support Bobbie and the Strays, and Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, Inc., Tabby’s Place and For Animals, Inc. They are local shelters that we donate to, or spread the word about pets who need a home. We support lots of animals in need on Facebook, too.

How did you mom get involved with animals or did she always like them?

Mommy always had kitties growing up and adored them. For a while she lived in places that wouldn’t allow pets, so she couldn’t have a kitty. Then one day she saw Lexy at an adoption event and fell in love with her. She asked her landlord if she could have a pet and the rest is history! Lexy paved the way for me living here.

Lola at a much healthier weight (8 lbs) and in her furever home

Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?

I want to thank all my Facebook friends who have followed my story even before Mommy knew about me (they shared my picture so I could be saved and find a forever home), and all the friends I’ve made along the way.  And I want to thank all the people who work so hard to save animals or do TNR to help give them a better life.  Save a life, adopt a rescued pet!

Links:

Check out my Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/lolatherescuedcat

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Miss Lola and her mommy for letting me interview them and sharing links. Photos were used with permission.