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Three Cats Tuesday


Left to Right: Amber, Amy, Precious

While Miss Amy has crossed the bridge, I thought I’d share these photos of her, her sister Amber and mother, Precious. These were taken about a year ago.


Precious (front), Amber and Amy in back.

That was a chair full of snuggly love!


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ManCat Monday–Thomas T.


Nine years ago I was dropped out in the neighborhood by my first owners. I was about 1 or 2 years old. I wandered the neighborhood for several weeks. I started hanging around Miss Judy’s a lot because she was always home. She fed me, so I didn’t get run down and sick.

Miss Judy had 10 cats she had taken in. She was like our Mommy and couldn’t tell a kitty “no” when it needed a home.

Miss Judy’s husband, David, had told her that 10 cats were enough! She couldn’t have any more. So when I was hanging around she told him that I belonged to Mommy.


One day our Daddy was walking Jay Jay (he was just a puppy) and stopped to talk to Miss Judy. I was winding around their legs, meowing and being cute. Miss Judy told Daddy that I was a stray, but that she had told David I was one of Mommy’s cats. She said David had put his foot down: no more cats!.

When they were done talking about stuff, my Daddy turned to leave and said to me, “come on Tom, lets go home”. So, like a good tomcat, I walked beside him all the way to the cottage. When Mommy got home I was on the porch. Daddy told her she had another cat, and that I answered to “Tom”.

I was young and the other Shady Hollow Cats at the time were lots older than me. I liked to run and play and tease the older cats. That’s where the “T” in my name comes from. It stands for“Trouble”.


I still try to boss the other cats, but they don’t take me seriously.

My favorite thing to do is sit and stare at Daddy. It drives him nuts trying to figure out what I want. I just want him to know how much I love him. I think he knows that.

My other favorite thing is to be in Mommy’s lap. I’m in it now, even though she says it makes it hard to take dictation and type when I’m in the way.

Thanks for taking time to read about me on Mancat Monday. I think I’ll go and stare at Daddy awhile. He looks bored.

Purrs ~ Thomas T. Tomcat


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Happy Gotcha Day, Mama Cat


Four years ago I received a call from my sister-in-law saying that her friend wanted to go see her mother for Thanksgiving and needed someone to cat-sit her cat until Monday. If she couldn’t find a sitter she was just going to take the cat to the animal shelter (a kill shelter).

I asked a few questions and learned the cat was ten years old and not friendly with other cats. Hmmm. I didn’t want to do it, but decided to set up the kennel and keep her. I knew a ten year old cat would not be adopted and would end up another sad statistic if left at the shelter.


They arrived with the cat, a pure white beauty named “Mama”. I was told she had never been spayed due to a heart murmur. I asked if she had had kittens (due to her name) and was told no. She had always been an inside cat, said her owner.

The owner had brought a litter box, food and water dishes, and a big container of cat food. I thought that was nice, to not make me provide all the necessities while Mama was visiting. She even brought some cat litter.

When time came to take Mama from the carrier, she attacked her owner. The woman promptly slapped her and grabbed her roughly by the scruff of the neck. Pulling Mama from the carrier, she gave Mama a good shake and another hard slap in the face before tossing her into the kennel.

My sister-in-law and her friend left soon after Mama was in the kennel.

I never saw the woman again. Monday came and went with no word. I called my sister-in-law and questioned when her friend was going to return for her cat. Finally the woman called and told me she had moved across country and if I didn’t want Mama I could take her to the animal shelter.


By then Mama had been here several weeks. I let her out of the kennel and learned quickly she had issues. Sudden movements, especially toward her face would elicit an immediate defense attack. She was fearful of everyone and every animal. The poor kitty was a nervous wreck.

It took over a year before I could safely pet her. To this day, four years later, I am the only one who can handle her without serious injury. Even now, there are times she reverts back into fear and paranoia and I have to be careful.

She roams the downstairs, lurking around the woodshop and craft room, climbing on shelves and watching chipmunks from the windows. She has made friends with Maggie Mae. Maggie loves the downstairs rooms too, and spends much of each day with Mama.

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the fourth year Mama has been at Shady Hollow. She is our “problem child” and our sweet baby all in one. Mama will live out her life here. She has her forever home.

Happy Gotcha Day, Mama. Finally, when all is said and done, you are loved.

~ The Kitties Mommy


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Thankful at the Cathouse

By Amber

We kitties want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Mommy says it’s a day set aside to thank God for all the things He has blessed us with. That made us all stop to think. Sometimes we forget how our lives were before we came to Shady Hollow to live in the cottage with Mommy and Daddy.

Lisa would probably have been took to the animal shelter if Mommy hadn’t said she would take both Lisa and Lucy all those years ago. Their family couldn’t keep all of them and nobody wanted kittens. Nobody but Mommy.

Thomas T was set out to fend for himself. Miss Judy and Mommy knew he was a “drop-out”. Judy’s husband had said she couldn’t have anymore cats. She already had taken in ten strays. When she told Daddy that, he told Thomas to come on home to Shady Hollow.

Mama Cat belonged to an abusive person who just didn’t want her anymore. She asked our Mommy to cat-sit and never came back. Mommy has taken care of Mama Cat ever since. That was four years ago. Mama is glad to be here.

Precious was abandoned behind where our Mommy works. She has a crippled foot and couldn’t make it on her own. Mommy saw her and fed her for months before she trusted Mommy enough to come to Shady Hollow. She was pregnant when she finally came to Mommy. Our Mommy could have had her spayed then and not given us a chance, but she didn’t spay Precious till we were born and weaned.  We kittens wouldn’t have had a chance if Mommy had not brought our Mama Precious home and let us live.

Tigger, Mikey, Maggie Mae and me – Amber – are very thankful to be alive and to have been born at Shady Hollow. Our sister, Amy, crossed the Rainbow Bridge last month, but she ruled the roost and lived a good life until her heart just gave out. She was glad to live here, too.

Tennyson was abandoned about this time last year and lived on what he could catch and scraps people threw out for months. He had been a house cat and life was rough for him. He was sick and starving when he got up the nerve to come ask Mommy and Daddy for help. After medicine and lots of love he got better and is very thankful to be a house cat again.

Sugar and Spicy were only four or five weeks old last summer when someone set them out. They hid under a bush until Spicy got up the nerve to find help. She saw Mommy walking Jay Jay and made her move, running down the hot road meowing her heart out. Mommy found her and then looked to see if there were more abandoned kitties. She found Sugar and brought her home too.

We kitties have a lot to be thankful for. Mommy and Daddy say they do too, and that being able to take care of us kitties is just one of many things they thank God for each day.

We wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season in the days to come.

Purrs ~ Amber and The Shady Hollow Cats

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Just For Fun: Happy Caturday

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Waiting On The Weekend


Precious enjoys bird watching from her favorite window.

But today, she’s just waiting for the weekend.


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Sharing The Sunshine

At this time of year the sun shines through the front door of the cottage. Battles have been fought over the spot of sunshine. But ever so often, they share:


Thomas T and Jay Jay

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