Pets that Blog: Meet Bella from According to Bella

Author’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Bella’s mom Trista at Barkworld back in November.

 

How did According to Bella start?
My husband and I have always been dog people. We both had dogs growing up and adopted a Golden and a Rescue mix a year or so into our marriage. When they passed at 17 years old, I thought I would never have another dog in my life. I had a lot of healing over the next 2 years and my husband and I had started talking about talking about rescuing. On our trip to VA for Thanksgiving (a year ago this week!) I was scrolling through Facebook on my phone and this awesome dog with the coolest coloring pops up. Would you judge me if I told you I welled up at the sight of her? My heart knew she was mine before my brain did.

Where did Bella come from?
Bella was rescued from a kill shelter in NC by Crate Escape. They placed her in foster care where she lived, learned, acclimated for about 6 weeks until she was adopted.

How did she get her name?
When she is happy she prances and dances so her foster family named her Belle for Bellerina. We tweaked it to Bella when we adopted her.

Do you know what breed she is?
She was listed as a German Short Haired Pointer mix but the Vet says she is an Australian Cattle Dog. This breed is called a Heeler b/c they bite at the heels of cattle when herding them. There are RED Heelers and BLUE Heelers. Bella is a rare mix of both, referred to as a Purple Heeler.

What inspired you to write in her voice?
Her HUGE personality! She is the most opinionated dog I have ever met. And really good at communicating her feelings too. We spend a lot of time together so I have gotten good at understanding her.

What has been your favorite post so far?
Her first. “Prepare Your Pup for Winter – From a Clothes Averse Heeler Mix” This was the moment when her voice finally came out and it was loud and clear. I decided to write about winter prep and the kinds of things your dog needs to be happy and healthy for the cold winter months. As I wrote it remembered how much Bella hated to be in coats last year. I felt so torn as I prepared to write the post, because I knew Bella would never stand for most of what I was recommending based on research and things I had picked up since we adopted a short-haired breed. I realized Bella wasn’t the only short-haired dog that hates wearing clothes. And that point of view would probably be really helpful for owners of these types of dogs. So I decided Bella should be the one to talk about it first and then I added a section from me with advice about how to compromise between hating to be clothed and needed to be protected from the elements. I’m really proud of it.
Here’s a link: http://bit.ly/firstpost-whiskers

What has been the most rewarding thing about having a blog?
I love giving Bella a voice and helping others with the information I am learning. I’m not an expert, a trainer, a specialist. I’m just a dog owner learning how to deal with a dog that is much smarter and energetic than I bargained for. So many dogs in these categories (working dogs, herding dogs, etc.) are “returned” after adoption because the family can’t handle the responsibility of these breeds. I hope I can help these families so they and their new pup can be happy ever after together.

Does she do Periscopes as well ?
Yes! She does =) We have scopes of her playing with sticks, chasing bouncing balls and learning tricks. She also does pet product reviews.

Is there anything you wanted to add about her, yourself of the blog that people should know?
Through our experience with adopting Bella I have also learned the importance of Fostering. There is much education needed for successful fostering experiences and so that’s another big part of our blog and website. We hope that by helping increase foster education more dogs can be rescued and saved.

May I borrow pictures of her for the article? I will state they were used with permission and share the social media links.

Pets that Blog: Meet Random Felines

Author’s Note: I met the wonderful woman (Jeanne Kudich) behind Random Felines at Barkworld last month and below is the email interview I did with her. What a pleasure to catch up with her again and pester her with questions about her blog, fostering and adopting. Thank you so much Jeanne! Pictures were used with permission. 


 

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How did you get inspired to blog?
I wanted a “journal” of sorts to keep track of the cats. I was fostering as well and it made for a good way to keep memories of the kittens.

What has been your favorite post(s) so far?
There have been so many….I think for me it is about having an impact on others. I posted about how hard fostering can be, how applications work for rescues, and probably announcing when my special needs foster Bourbon was adopted.

 

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What have you learned since you started your blog?
About blogging? That I know just enough to keep from blowing up my computer. 🙂 Seriously though, becoming part of a community has been a wonderful thing. I kind of stumbled into it and then discovered there are so many more bloggers out there. The opportunity to share things back and forth and support each other is the best thing.

What advice do you have to other pet bloggers?
Find a voice and go with it. I started out talking as “myself” and eventually changed over to a group cat voice. I didn’t want to pick one cat to be the voice of the blog – what happens when that cat passes away? Though there are times when one cat will take over for a day. And I will post as myself if it is something that the cats wouldn’t talk about or is personal. Skip the “cat speak” – it is just too hard to read and I think it turns people off. And talk about something you love. You don’t have to post every day, but be consistent.

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How many pictures do you take on average to get a “perfect” picture for your blog?
I don’t know if I have ever gotten the perfect picture. 🙂 That would be the one thing I would like to improve but I think it would require an upgrade to a much better camera and that isn’t in the budget right now. I will say that like most bloggers, I take WAY more than I actually use. For me it is about catching the cats and kittens doing natural things. And sometimes I get lucky and get a really great shot (or video).

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How did you get started fostering?
It was totally by accident. A pair of adult male cats came into the humane society where I was volunteering at the time. It’s a long complicated story (http://www.random-felines.com/2009/11/tim-tom.html ) but the short version is they needed a foster home and I suggested our special adoptables program. I showed up to a meeting and my friend in charge of the program said “sign here you can pick them up Saturday”. It went smoothly and that spring I got an email asking for kitten fosters since they needed help. I took my first litter of kittens, it worked out well with my cats and that was it.

What has been the most reward thing about fostering?
Seeing sick kittens get better and seeing some special needs kittens get homes. (http://www.random-felines.com/2013/01/bourbon-and-moonshine.html) And of course getting kittens and their moms adopted.

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What is the hardest thing about fostering?
Some people say sending them back to the rescue to be adopted out. And while that can be harder with some kittens than others, for me it is taking kittens into my home and then having them get sick and die. That loss is heartbreaking every time. And it never gets easier….I know that it happens but after putting so much love and work into these kittens, it is just so hard.

What should people know about fostering that they may not think about?
You can’t keep them all. Know your limits. Ask questions. Know what the rescue expects of you when it comes supplies, time commitment, adoption events, and emergency contacts. Keep in mind too that you don’t need a huge space. A separate bedroom or bathroom is fine. I like using my bathroom since the floor is tile and easy to clean (and I can joke that I haven’t showered alone in several years).

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What supplies do you recommend people to have to get them started fostering?
Most rescues will have food and litter available. Since our rescue is small, I just buy my own (keep track of your expenses – if you volunteer for a 501(c)3, your expenses may be tax deductible). You will need a separate space for kittens and cats to adjust (if your rescue allows your to co-mingle your fosters with your resident animals – some do, some don’t). Bowls, litter box, toys, and towels/blankets. Especially with kittens – you are going to be doing laundry. I also have a couple of pens I can set up for restricted play time and finally bought a cat tower.

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Do you have any tips to share about fostering that my help others?
Start slow (small litter of kittens that only need a couple of weeks to gain weight). Again – ask questions. See what system the rescue you are with has in place. Talk to other fosters with the rescue and other fosters online – we are all happy to answer questions. Be aware that while it is fun to have kittens, it IS work and requires a time commitment. And it isn’t all fun and games all of the time. It can be hard…but it is rewarding no matter what.

Who was your first foster?
Technically it was Tim and Tom who are now permanent residents. My first litter of foster kittens was a group of 3 that I took in that needed a couple of weeks to get big enough for surgery.

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Is there anything else you would like to add that I may have missed?
Be prepared to fall in love. But again, know your limits. I tell people that most of my fosters aren’t screwed up enough to stay. 🙂 Know that there are no dumb questions – we have all been there from time to time. Have a good resource that you can go to….I’m lucky that several friends within the rescue also foster plus I have met some great online friends who foster as well.


 

To follow the adventures of the permanent and temporary felines, visit: Random Felines or check them out on Facebook they are also on Instagram & Twitter and most importantly they are on YouTube because cat videos the best way to waste time. 🙂

 

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Pets that Blog: Meet Tabby of Furry Tails of PDX Pride

Miss Tabby, may I ask how old you are?
Tabby:  I am 8 1/2 years old.  I’ll be 9 in June.
Where did your name come from?
Daddy had helped a friend of his choose two cats from a shelter a few years before Carbon and I were born, and we looked just like them so we were named after them.  My full name is Tabitha, and the cat I was named after went by both Tabby and Tabitha as well.
How did you find your forever home?
Carbon and I were born in Clatskanie, Oregon, which is Daddy’s hometown.  Mommy and Daddy were on their way to the beach when Mommy saw a sign on the feed store that said they had free kittens.  All the way to the beach, and all the way back from the beach, Daddy kept on telling Mommy to remind him to stop so he could look at the kittens.  It was one of the hottest days of the year, mid-July, and I was only four weeks old.  Carbon was five weeks old (from another litter), and we were out on the porch in a wire cage!  Daddy picked up Carbon and Mommy picked me up, and the rest is history!
When did you or your human “mom” realize you would be a good therapy cat?
As soon as I got in the truck, actually!  I wanted out of the cardboard box right away, and spent the whole car ride watching out the window with my paws on the window sill.  Well, either that or trying to climb on Daddy when he was driving so I could look out his window, but Mommy kept me out of his way!  I was definitely a people-cat right from the start!  The real beginning of my therapy cat work, though, was the day that Grandma had a visit from a therapy dog in her cancer support group.  She realized that I could probably do the same work as that dog, since I was so calm, so she told Daddy and Mommy about it and gave them some information that she’d gotten from the dog’s person.
What has been the best reaction while on a visit?
Ooh, that’s a tough one!  There have been so many great reactions to me while visiting!  Probably the lady with the broken arm who could only move her fingers, so I lay right against her arm.  She moved her fingertips in my fur and smiled.  Either that, or the lady who was in hospice and wasn’t reacting to anything, but her breathing changed when I snuggled with her.  Mommy told her a cat was there to visit, and she held her breath for a second and then went back to breathing normally.
If I may ask, what places do you visit?
I visit nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and retirement facilities.  I also visit hospitals on request.
How long are you visits?
It depends.  I normally spend about 5-10 minutes per person.  At first, I spent a total of an hour at a time at the facility, but now I can spend up to two hours.  It just depends on how many people want to see me and how much energy I have on any given day.
I read that you do modeling, what is your secret?
My modeling secret is wearing clothing with armholes.  The ones with armholes feel like a blanket!  If an outfit has shoulder straps, it feels weird to me so I try to get out of it.
When did the blog start?
Our family started blogging when we were members of Catster, so we actually started in 2007.  However, the blog at http://pdxpride.blogspot.comdidn’t start until January 2009.
What has been your favorite post?
Well, that’s another tough one!  You know, I really can’t choose!  Maybe my modeling one, or the one where we announced the adoption of Freya & Heimdall, or moving into our new house.  With 634 published posts, there are so many good ones to choose from!
What do you like most about blogging?
We love that we can share day-to-day life with others in the cat blogosphere and keep up with what’s going on in their lives, too.  The feeling of community is wonderful!
What advice do you have for other bloggers?
Blog about whatever you want, but be consistent.  If you are going to post on a certain day, your audience will come to expect that.  That doesn’t mean you can’t deviate from your blogging routine, topic, etc., but consistency is the main thing.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or the blog?
The PDX pride, my family, consists of 11 cats right now.  Some of us are forever family, some are ferals or semi-ferals, and some are fosters.  We all love blogging about our life together!
May I borrow pictures for the article? I will state they were used with permission.
Yes, you may, from our blog and/or my facebook page.  Please credit “Trace Elements Art”, because that’s Mommy’s business name.  Thank you!
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Tabby and her mom for letting me ask questions . Pictures were used with permission. You can find Tabby on the blog – Furry Tails of PDX Pride.

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Pets that Blog: Meet Zorro of Swiss Cat Blog

 

How old are you?

I’m almost 2 years old (in August)

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Where did your name come from?

My name is Zorro because I’m black (except a mini tie) and because Dad loved the TV series !

How did you find your forever home?

I’m born in a farm, 40 km far from here. I arrived home middle of February 2013. I lived with an old lady since 2 months when it happened that she couldn’t take care of me any more. A friend of her daughter launched a SOS on a Facebook’s cat lovers group, Claire and Momo saw it, and decided to adopt me because I was tooooo cuuuuuute !

How did the blog start?

The blog started in April, 2012. It is Angel Loupi who began to publish messages from time to time. It was very occasional at the beginning, reason why Claire and he completely spent next to the first anniversary of the blog.
After my arrival, the publications were more frequent, and we had more cat friends which visited us. It’s a pity whom Loupi is not any more there: he can be proud of his blog! Good thing I was able to learn a little with him to be able to continue; I also hope that I shall not be alone too long!

What has been you favorite post?

My absolutely favorite post is the one when we decided with Loupi to have a multilingual blog : Switzerland is a tiny little multilingual country (3 official languages : French, German, Italian), so The Swiss Cats had to be multilingual kitties too. We added English because most of our furriends speak English. All translations are our own translations.

 

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

I luv luv luv Glogirly ! I like blogs that post short stories, not only pictures. I try to follow 100 blogs with Feedly and comment at least once a week. There are so many nice blogs !

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Do you have sneak peek of any upcoming posts?

Hmmm…. OK, for you, I can : I’ll try not to miss the Blog The Change Day, and our Blogoversary !

 

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What is something you would like to share with other bloggers out there?

Have fun with blogging ! Mum is trying to « increase » the Swiss Cat Blog, with social media stuff and more regular posts (twice a week), but I totally agree with her : the most important is to have fun sharing nice stories or advices or product reviews.
Dedication:

This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Angel Loupi. Fly free little one, know you will always be loved.

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Author’s Note: Many thanks to Zorro & his mom for letting me ask questions. Pictures were used with permission. You can follow Zorro’s adventures on the Swiss Cat Blog.

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Pets that Blog: Meet Curlz & Swirlz

Can you tell me a bit about Cornish Rexes and the difference between them and Syphnx cats?
The Cornish Rex breed began in 1950, when a barn cat in Cornwall England gave birth to five kittens and one had wavy fur. In the beginning, they were outcrossed with breeds such as Siamese and even Persians! They are called ‘The Greyhound of the Cat World’ as they are built like a Greyhound. Here is a link to my Furrydance Cornish Rex Cattery page which describes them very well: furrydancecattery.blogspot.com/p/about-cornish-rex-breed.htmlThe Sphynx breed was discovered in 1966 in Canada and the genetics and looks of the Sphynx breed is quite different than the Cornish Rex. They are not long and racy, but have sturdy boning, are muscular and a bit of a firm belly as if they just had a full meal. They have also been outcrossed with various breeds, including American Shorthairs.There can be some very naked Cornish Rex, and some very furry Sphynx but if a Cornish Rex and a Sphynx were bred together, the kittens would all have normal fur like a domestic shorthair cat.
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How old is everyone?
I used to breed and show Cornish Rex and Brighton and Coco were born in my house. I retired from breeding in 2011 but will always share my life with these special cats! Brighton was born April 23, 2006. Coco was born September 29, 2005. Disco was born December 29, 2004 and Sammy was born June 13, 2001.. Sammy used to be a stud cat and is Brighton’s father.
Where did everyone’s names come from?
I named all my Cornish Rex after places in Cornwall, England. Brighton is a town there. His registered name is Furrydance Brighton and his nicknames are Bright One and Brighty. Coco is also named after a place in Cornwall, Colours Cove, and her registered name is Furrydance Colours Cove. Her nicknames are Coco and Coco Puff. Disco came to me already named, though I so wish I could claim coming up with it! His registered name is Majikmoon Disco NoFurNo and his nicknames are Diskers, PissKo (for obvious reasons… he spray marks sometimes). And Sammy’s registered name is Angelwaves Undeniably Sentimental and he has always been Sammy to me. His nickname is Sam the Man!How did the blog start?
I started my ‘human’ blog first, in July 2008, as a way to keep in touch with family and friends. In December 2008, I started Curlz and Swirlz, Life with Cornish Rex Cats and a Sphynx named Disco NoFurNo with a post about a cute kitten I was showing. It grew into the day to day life with them as well as some posts focusing on behavior, health and nutrition as well as our fashionista bent, too.
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What has been the most popular post so far?
I’m not very adept at tracking stats, but the most popular posts have been either on breed info or product reviews, but also news about my cats garners attention, too.A post with an info graphic on cat breeds got 15,953 views.
http://furrydancecats.blogspot.com/2011/12/cat-breed-comparison-chart.html
A silly Toesies Tuesday post got 6724 views.
http://furrydancecats.blogspot.com/2010/04/toesies-tuesday.htmlWhen I won a Kindle Fire from PetMoz and posted about that, it got 4177 views.
http://furrydancecats.blogspot.com/2013/02/thank-you-pet-moz.html

And when I posted about my cats, feral cats and making a feral cat house, that post got 2076 views.
http://furrydancecats.blogspot.com/2010/09/time-to-catch-up-thursday.html

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What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
I love to learn about cats especially from a veterinary perspective, and I love art that has to do with cats, so I would say most of the blogs I follow regularly have to do with that, but some of my favorites are just plain ‘wish I was there’ kind of dreaming. Here’s a very short list of my favorites…as my friends will tell you, I have been very lax about visiting this past year, with all the changes going on in my life, but I hope to turn a new leaf now that things are settling down!

Housecat Confidential
Our Life by Eric and Flynn
The Creative Cat
Paws and Effect
Brian’s Home
Sparkle the Designer Cat
The Cat on my Head
The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey
CatTipper
The Cat Post Intelligencer

 

Do you have sneak peek of any upcoming posts?
Well, Coco and I will be traveling to Las Vegas to attend our 5th BlogPaws Pet Blogger Conference and we are going to be involved in a session about Creative Fundraising for Rescues. That is a direction I would like to take with Coco and her Coco, the Couture Cat blog…to have her help cats in need by fundraising. So we will be blogging about our adventure at BlogPaws!

What is something you would like to share with other bloggers out there?
Try to stick to a schedule, whether it be every day or three times a week. Your followers will know when to stop by if you only post on M-W-F and they will miss you if you skip too many! Also, it’s wise to keep an editorial calendar if you post frequently, so you aren’t repeating yourself and you have a plan for the month. And make plans to go to BlogPaws! I always come away with nuggets of useable information and it’s the most fun a blogger can have being surrounded by true animal lovers who want to be part of ‘Be the Change for Animals!”. And take advantage of the BlogPaws Community and the forums and the great tutorial videos they have on YouTube!

May I borrow pictures of you and the furry family for the article? Certainly!


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Teri for letting me ask questions about her cats and the blog. Pictures were used with permission. You can learn more about  her cats (and their fabulous wardobe!)  on their blog – Curlz & Swirlz.

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Pets that Blog: Random Felines

First of all, can you please introduce yourselves?

Maestro: age 19, (fly free sweetie, RIP 5/1/2014)

I am the mighty Maestro ~ Maestro

Tim & Tom: brothers, age 10,

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We’re here ~ Tim & Tommy

Mozart: age 7,

I am a holy terror at the v-e-t. ~ Mo

Ivy: age 5,

I was called a watermelon the other day, not sure why ~ Ivy

Spud: age 5,

Lasers on full power ~ Spud

Junior: age 3
Plus we have a momma cat Jade and five kitten being fostered here right now.

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What? ~ Junior
Momma Cat Jade & her five beautiful babies
Who is the outspoken one of the group?

It depends on the situation. The blog is kind of written from a group perspective, but some of us will speak up individually from time to time. Junior and Spud are pretty shy though.

Where did everyone’s names come from?

Maestro was the first kitten mom ever adopted. She likes music and it just kind of came to her. Tim & Tom had their names when they came to us as fosters and mom didn’t want to change them. Mozart was a foster and since we do themes, it was an art thing (his brother was Picasso). Ivy was also a foster and she and her sisters were named after flowers (Rose, Iris, Daffodil & Lily). Spud just kind of happened – mom needed a name at the vet’s office to get him tested and he kind of looked like a little round brown ball. Junior was named on the fly as well….he was live trapped as a  kitten and mom wasn’t sure if he was staying so didn’t put too much thought into it but needed something for the clinic form to get him neutered.

Does everyone get along or are there a few hisses now and then?

Maestro doesn’t seem to care one way or the other. Tim & Tom have the brotherly love thing going on. Mozart is pretty laid back as well. The three younger ones don’t get along too much – Junior has weird social cat skills and annoys Spud and Ivy. Spud is jumpy but also sometimes stalks Ivy. And we think Ivy just finds the boys annoying.

A few questions for mom: Why did you start fostering?

It actually started with Tim & Tom. They were brought in as a pair and due to circumstances were going to be separated. Mom suggested putting them in a special program at the humane society and putting them in foster. Next thing she knew they were here. After four months mom knew they weren’t going back and adopted them. From there is was on to kittens as we only have limited space (and have found out over the years the Tommy isn’t so good with new adult males in the house).

What has the been the most rewarding thing you’ve experienced so far while fostering?

Most recently had to be Licorice. Normally we get kittens from our rescue, but this girl was in front of mom’s office one day last summer. She weighed 4 pounds. It took lots of time and love and work but she got healthy and then it took some more time, but she was just recently adopted.

Whose idea was it to start blogging?

Mom actually. If you read some of the first posts, she is writing them – just kind of as a diary to keep track of us and the fosters. From there we took over.

Does everyone take turns putting in their two cents?

Sometimes, but mostly it is a group effort

What has been your favorite post?

There have been lots, but we love introducing new kittens and telling about happy adoption stories. Not everything we post is good news as fostering isn’t always easy, but we want to keep it real.

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

we love other foster blogs….it helps to see how others are doing it. mostly pet blogs since that is what interests us most

Do you have sneak peek of any upcoming posts?

well with new kittens, the next couple of months will be an adventure watching them grow….

What is something you would like to share with other bloggers out there?
Keep at it. mom says that she loves reading comments and everything, but also enjoys going back and reading some of our own posts as a reminder.
Dedication:
This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Butterscotch & Tigger & Maestro
Please know you will always be loved & missed
Butterscotch is in the middle. Fly free sweet angel
Sweet Tigger, you left us too soon

 


 

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Jeanne for letting me ask questions about her cats and the blog. Pictures were used with permission. You can follow them on their Facebook page – Random Felines or on their blog – Random Felines

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Pets that Blog: Carmine, Jewel & Milita of Fur Everywhere

This IS my happy face ~ jewel
Jewel, can you tell us a bit about your medical condition?
Jewel:  I have what they call chronic renal failure (CRF).  I have my good days and I have my bad days, and I know I worry the Mom when I am not doing well.  I am still quite bossy and social despite my illness, though, and that seems to make the Mom happy.
How did you come to live with your forever mom?
Jewel: The Mom tells me that I came to live with her when I got sick because my dad (the Mom’s friend) could no longer take care of me.  It took me some time, but I am starting to trust and love the Mom like I did with my dad.
Carmine, how long did it take for Milita to warm up to you?
Carmine: When I came to live here, I was just an adorable kitten.  Milita did NOT like me at all, but all I wanted to do is play, play, play!  It took her about a year to get used to such an energetic kitten running through *her* space.
See, I told you I was adorable ~ Carmine
Milita, if you had to choose only one toy, would it be catnip mouse or a laser pointer?
Milita: Me thinks me would like my laser pointer best.  The red dot cannot be caught, but it sure is fun to try!
For the record it took a long time for me to decided between the laser pointer or catnip mouse ~ Milita
How did the blog start?
I started the blog as a way to share information with other kitty parents and to share my experiences with my own furry children.
What has been your favorite post?
Hmmm….we don’t really has a favorite post, but we really like when we get to celebrate our birthdays with all of our wonderful friends.
What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
We love The Island Cats, The Cat in the Fridge, Playful Kitty, Animal Shelter Volunteer Life, Brian’s Home, Hannah and Lucy, Glogirly…there are sooo many great blogs that we could spend ages naming them all!
I think I will get my beauty rest in now before the party ~ Carmine
Do you have sneak peek of any upcoming posts?
Carmine’s Gotcha Day is coming up in June.  Jewel has a birthday in June, too, and Milita has a birthday in July.  Lots of celebrating coming up.
What is something you would like to share with other bloggers out there? 
Connect with other bloggers.  The best thing we’ve gotten from our blog is all the amazing friends we’ve made.  I never expected to find such a wonderful community when I started blogging.  We love all of our friends dearly.
Oh, and just so you know…Carmine is our handsome mancat 🙂
Purrs,
Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Carmine, Jewel & Milita for letting me ask questions about them. Pictures were used with permission. You can learn more about them on their Facebook page – Fur Everywhere or on their blog – Fur Everywhere and you can find them on Twitter, their handle is @FurEverywhere.

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Pets that Blog: Meet Bad Cat Chris

First of all, is Chris really such a bad cat?
He is a bad cat by human standards but I think much of what he does is normal cat behavior. I think he has just embraced his “wild side” more than most domesticated cats.
How did he come into your life?
I was volunteering at a shelter near Myrtle Beach, SC and cleaning cages one morning at Petsmart. I let all the cats out of the top row and began cleaning them when Chris jumped from the floor to my back and scaled me like a rock climber. He then started licking and biting my ear and nose. I eventually convinced Rose that we should adopt him.
Our cats Chris and Puck napping.
Puck and Chris before Frankie
Where did Puck’s name come from?
My sister-in-law raised Puck as an infant and named him Chow man because he loved to eat. Rose and I didn’t like the name so we called him Puck because he was black and shot around the room as fast as a hockey puck. He was also into food like Wolfgang Puck.Do you have any tips to share about taking pictures of black cats?
That’s tough. I think you need to have even lighting. If the background is too bright, the black cat will lose all detail. In those situations a flash would help. 

Chris, Puck & Frankie eating together

How long has it taken for Frankie to finally settle into his new home?
It took about three weeks but Chris still fights with him sometimes. Frankie will sometimes even whack Chris first because he must feel that the best defense is a good offence.

Our cat Frankie is relaxing on the chair.
Frankie is quite comfortable in his new home

What kind of camera do you use for your pictures?
I have a canon Rebel T1i. I got it for Christmas in 2009, which make it ancient by today’s technology standards, but I think it takes excellent pictures so I am in no hurry to change it.

How did the blog about Chris start?
I read a couple of books about cats; one was Dewey which I bought for my wife and then I read it. The second was Homer’s Odyssey. I realized that stories about cats could be interesting and I knew Chris was a very interesting and funny cat.

Bad Cat Chris and Puck outside.
Chris & Puck outside together

I saw you have other blogs, do you get people who view your personal blog and the blog about Chris?
I think the only people that read more than one blog are my Facebook friends. To be honest, my time is very limited and I bit off more than I can chew with so many blogs. I try to make sure I get two or three posts a week on Bad Cat Chris and my other blogs take a back seat. I have ideas for more blogs but need to wait until I can somehow acquire more time.

What has been you favorite post?
I wrote one called “Are Gold Cats Friendlier,” which I liked because of the response I got. I think my favorite story about Chris was called “The Great Escape.” It was about how he escaped from our screened third floor balcony when he was still young.

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
There are so many good ones. I would hate to name some and leave others off the list. I do like the ones that are humorous but I also like to be informed about pet issues.

Do you have sneak peek of any upcoming posts?
Hmm… Would it stink if I talk about litter boxes?

Puck rolling in litter box
Puck takes a dust bath

What is something you would like to share with other bloggers out there?
I would like to say that I appreciate the feeling of belonging to a family that other bloggers give to me and other bloggers. I feel like if I was in the neighborhood, you and most other bloggers would invite me into their homes.

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or the boys?
I’m not good at talking about myself but I will say that everyone here is happy and healthy and I wish the same for everyone out there.

 


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Charles for letting me ask questions his cats and the blog. Pictures were used with permission. You can learn more about Chris, Puck & Frankie their Facebook page – Bad Cat Chris or follow the blog – Bad Cat Chris

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Pets that Blog: Meet Chey of The Cat Post Intelligencer

The one, the only Chey the beautiful
May I ask how old you are?
I am 11 years old
Where did your name come from?
The woman got me when I was two and a half years old from a breeder who was petting me out. The breeder was a major
fantasy/SF fan. She clearly loved the books by Jennifer Roberson which had a series title of The Chronicles of the Cheysuli. It was a series about a race that had many feline characteristics.
Even more beautiful in this photo than the last
How did you come to live with “the woman”?As I said, I had been a breeder queen (I had three litters before being petted out) and the breeder didn’t want to breed me again. The Woman had just lost her first Siamese, a lovely lilac point that had turned up needing a home at the vet where she worked. She really wanted another Siamese because she adored the Siamese who came before (named Simone) and had been looking around. She liked the idea of not purchasing a kitten but getting a purebred Siamese because she really wanted certain personality traits that are common in the breed.
Alas I have few of them but she adores me anyway. She drove all the way down to Klamath Falls, OR (she lived in Vancouver, WA at the time) and picked me up and drove me to the new home. I did not talk to her for six months. Well I talked a little but not much. I really missed my old home.

Do you live with any other fursiblings?

I live with Gemini a found brown tabby whose story will soon be in the upcoming anthology by Sparkle’s person and Ichiro, the brat cat.
When I was adopted, before Ichiro, we had a calico cat named Georgia who adopted the woman and I adored her.

Who came up with the idea to blog?

My human started blogging as Gemini way back on blogspot. Then she decided to blog as me to try and drive traffic to her affiliate site, My Siamese which had everything for you and your meezer. Then affiliates sort of dropped off and she met so many great cat folks that she kept up blogging just because.

Not an ounce of fat on me, not bad for having several litters in my younger days.

What has been your favorite post?

Back when I was running for president in 2008, I wrote this campaign post that got a lot of laughs. It’s one that really stands out for us. One of our blogging friends commented on there that it made them laugh. They had recently lost their beloved cat and so we loved that we cheered them in that difficult time.

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
(you can share topics if you don’t want to name certain blogs)
We love our friends at Glogirly, of course and the Sweet Purrfections. We always read Manx Mnews because Ping is Gemini’s boyfriend cat! We read a lot of others that we no longer comment on all the time. We did comment on all posts in our reader for about two years and I think the Woman became sick of trying to do that.

Do visit my blog, I have lots of great pictures

Do you have sneak peek of any upcoming posts?
We just sort of wing it so that’s a tough one. You’ll probably see more of the garden as it’s coming up on summer and well the Woman is taking her camera on a trip with her to BlogPaws in Nevada (by way of Salt Lake City. Then she and the Male will travel to Philadelphia later on and probably hit up Buffalo and Niagra Falls. So those who follow Find Chey Friday now have hints…

What is something you would like to share with other bloggers out there?

Don’t stop having fun! When it becomes less than fun, pull back. And of course, just enjoy your audience. It’s not always about the numbers.

Here is a wonderful post about Compassion Fatigue that Chey and the woman wrote that I really enjoyed reading.


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Bonnie & Chey for letting me ask questions about her cats and the blog. Pictures were used with permission. You can learn more about  Chey on his facebook page – The Cat Post Intelligencer , follow them on Twitter or follow the blog- The Cat Post Intelligencer.

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Pets that Blog: Meet Cats of Wildcat Woods

 

Ivy, Woody & Tabitha getting ready for supper
I have to ask, how long did it take to move all the feral cats to your new home?
We knew we were moving so had brought them inside our old house up to a year before the move.  On moving day, a friend too 10 cats in the carriers in her car and I had the other 10 in mine for the 1 1/2 hour drive to the new place.
How long did it take to convert the workshop & carport into a sanctuary for the ferals?
We bought the new property 2 years before we moved to it so it was a  process to get the new house ready for us and the cat house ready for them. The workshop had electricyt but was not insulated which we did with foam board and wall panels to cover  the insulation.  We aded water, put down a vapor barrier and a gravel floor to the carport section and framed out the sides installing hog wire and then screen over that.  We have bears in our area so the hog wire was for protection from them – keeping the bears out and the cats in.  So far it has worked well.
How many cats are there at the Wildcat Woods now?
We currently have 18 cats.  We lost Joey in 2012 and Chica and Yoko in 2013 bringing us down to 17 but found Calllie where I work in Nov of 2013 and adopted her.
Darby napping
Do you have any cats that have special needs that live with you, if so who and what additional care do they need?
Albert is deaf being a white with blue eyes – it is genetic.  He was taught by us since a kitten to respond to visual signals rather than sound to come, etc.  Ivy, age 16 and Sweetpea and Minnie both 15 have early CRF and get herbal and nutritional supplements in their food morning and night.
Albert enjoying the new carpet
What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had with them?
Every day is a rewarding experience with them – they make me laugh, smile and forget about my cares with their silly antics and personalities.  Most would not be alive today if we had not stepped in to care for them.  To see them live long lives with love and care is very rewarding.
How did you start blogging?
I lurked at other blogs for a while reading about cats and dogs. It looked like a fun way to meet new people so I decided to write a natural health care blog for pets initially but then branched out to my cat blog.
Two Spot showing Pop how to use the treadmill correctly
What has been you favorite post?
I love to take photos of the cats so I try to incorporate special days in the year with them as the focus for my posts.  I featured a shot of Tabitha for National Grouch Day a few years back and still get emails about her grumpy photo!
What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
I love to read about other cat people who have lots of pets or people who lie overseas and have pets.  I found I have learned a lot about pet health and behavior issues just reading their blogs as well as made good friends along the way.
Do you have sneak peek of any upcoming posts?
I don’t have any particular posts planned – I just go with whatever has happened that day or week – which changes all the time.
Callie knows the best spot is on front of the monitor heater when it’s cold
What is something you would like to share with other blogger out there?
If you love taking photos of your pets there is not better way to meet like minded people than blogging.  It does take up a bit of time to post and then return comments so be prepared to spend some time at this.

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Cheri for letting me ask questions about her cats and the blog. Pictures were used with permission. You can learn more about the cats of Wildcat Woods on their Facebook page- Cats of Wildcat Woods or follow their blog – Cats of Wildcat Woods.

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