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What to Do On A Icy Day

We know what to do – pile up on mommy’s bed. To make it even better she has the good soft cover on it!

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Lisa really liked snuggling up in the covers.

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Look how much little Angel has grown!

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My brother’s, Mikey (gray) and Tigger (ginger) enjoyed a sleepy day on the bed, too.

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As for me, Amber, I had my very own pillow and kept an eye on the rest of the gang.

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Purrs ~ Amber

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The Kitchen is Done!

by Amber

We were sad that Mommy was so upset by the kitchen floor be squishy. It had little humps in it and smelled funny, too. We noticed the smell especially because, well, we are closer to the floor.

For 9 whole days we had our day interrupted because Mommy’s son, Chris, came up here with a friend of his and beat and banged and tore stuff out and made all kinds of noise with hammers and saws. It was terrible. We stayed hid as best we could from the minute Chris drove down the driveway until he left at night.

Then we came out and checked out what had been accomplished. Most of the time it was still a mess.

Our entire daily routine was blown to kitty hell! We were not happy felines. Hiss!!!

At long last it was over and we could explore the finished product of our human brother’s hard work. It is cat-tabulous!

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Tigger was glad Mommy put a chair so he could check out the counter.

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Nothing wrong here….

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This is nice…

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Can I reach the ceiling fan from here?

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Maggie Mae and Spicy also had to give their approval.

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Me, Amber, checking it out as well. (I don’t get on the counters…. I have manners)

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The table meets with Spicy’s approval. It also makes a good spot to watch birdies on the deck when Mommy feeds them crumbs.

Purrs ~ Amber

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Caught in the Act

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Mommy caught us nibbling the house plants.

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Fifth Birthday for the Wrecking Crew

Amber, Mikey, Maggie Mae, and Tigger celebrated their 5th birthday on March 2, 2012. It doesn’t seem like 5 years to me, their human Mommy. The litter consisted of 5 kittens. Miss Amy passed away from a heart ailment at age three.

Through the last 5 years these cats have been been our source of joy. Their personalities cover the spectrum from timid and shy to in-you-face friendliness. Their antics have given us laughter when it was needed most. Even as “mature adults” they continue to be clowns and as we began calling them as youngsters: The Wrecking Crew. They were so called because they destroyed everything  in the path of their mad dashes and games of tag.

They are definitely big boys and girls now: Maggie Mae, the “smallest” is nearly 14 pounds.

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Amber

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Tigger

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Mikey

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Happy Birthday Baby Kittens. . . Mommy and Daddy love you very much!

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A Cathouse Thanksgiving

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We did, although we didn’t think so at first. You see, Mommy had stayed up after she got home the night before cooking and making things that were put away instead of being eaten. That was confusing.

Everything seemed normal Thanksgiving morning… Mommy and Daddy got up and had coffee and talked. Just like normal. Then Mommy put all the food and goodies she had made into a box and put it in the car. She and Daddy said they would be back later. . . and they LEFT!!! Both of them! At the same time. We were ALONE!!!

Jay Jay Dog started barking and howling and crying for Mommy and Daddy as soon as the car left the yard. The noise was horrendous! He can sure make a lot of noise for a little dog!

We kitties were mad. . . at being left alone with a howling dog and for being left alone in general. Mommy and Daddy just don’t do that. How could they!!!

We were forewarned. . . they had been talking about going to their granddaughter’s house for Thanksgiving dinner for weeks. We, however, didn’t believe they could actually do such a thing.

At first we discussed our revenge. Thomas T. was planning on throwing up just inside the front door; Maggie was going to pee somewhere inappropriate; Precious promised a hairball on the bed. Yes, we had our plan about worked out.

Then we got to thinking about what Thanksgiving is all about and the things we were thankful for.

Precious said she was thankful Mommy had brought her food and water when she was living under the dumpster and then brought her home as soon as she gained her trust.

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Thomas was thankful Mommy and Daddy had taken him in the  winter he showed up, many years ago now, homeless and lost.

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Smudge was thankful Mommy had taken him in this fall and thankful that she is willing and able to feed him all he can eat whenever he wants it.

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Tigger said he was thankful Mommy had made sure he got his surgeries and always takes him to the vet when he shows the smallest sign of being sick.

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Mama Cat was thankful for being taken in and for the love she has received and the medical care. She is glad she gets her medicine every day, not matter how big a fit she throws, cause she feels better when she gets her medicine.

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I, Amber, am thankful Mommy knew what to watch for and got me to the vet when my heart started acting up. Maybe I will get to live a bit longer due to her diligence. I want to, I love being alive.

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Lisa is thankful she has had a home with Mommy and Daddy for over 15 years. She is glad Mommy got her on life-saving meds in time to.

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Mikey is thankful to be here with Mommy and Daddy. They spoil him and he knows it.

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Maggie Mae is also thankful to be here. Her temperamental “watch this!”pee sessions would not be tolerated by many “regular” people.

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Sugar and Spicy are thankful Mommy took time to pick them up where they had been set out on the roadside to starve. They are thankful that they went from almost crossing the Bridge to having a home with us.

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Jay Jay Dog stopped howling long enough to say he was thankful to be here too. His illnesses are being treated and as the only dog, he is “King” of the castle.

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We told him he was spoiled rotten and it was a cottage, not a castle and he wasn’t king. He started barking and howling again. You can’t have a calm discussion with a dog. . . unless you’re a human.

Mommy and Daddy were gone about all day. They got home before dark, all tired from the trip and sleepy from the good food.

They said they were thankful for their human children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and that they got to spend time with them.

Then they told us that they were thankful that we were all here, waiting to greet them when they opened the door.

That made our wait worth every minute.

Purrs ~ Amber and the gang~

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Keeping an Eye on Things

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Mikey here. I’ve been keeping an eye on things this week. My brother, Tigger, had to go to the vet last Friday along with Thomas T. and Smudge.

Mommy wrote about Smudge’s visit in the last post. She didn’t mention Thomas.

Thomas has always been healthy and had never seen Dr. Kevin.  First the scale: Thomas weighed in at 13 pounds. Not bad. He’s all muscle. During the exam everything checked out great except his heart. We learned Thomas has a Class 4 murmur. The highest of any of us. Or I should say, the most severe.

It seems we Shady Hollow Cats are plagued with heart murmurs. It has Dr. Kevin and Mommy bewildered. We expected it in my litter mates (I’m the only one out of five siblings that does NOT have a murmur). An enlarged heart and its failure was what sent my sister Amy to the Bridge last year.

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Mikey and Tigger

 

My brother Tigger went on this visit to get his bottom shaved and so Dr. Kevin could check his catheter. He has had the indwelling catheter for almost a year and has only had one bladder infection. It was due to damp fur and bacteria; so now he gets a trim about every 6 weeks.

It is real humiliating for him. He has lots of pride and he is terribly shy. Having a vet tech shaving his behind makes him very unhappy. Well, until he and Mommy start home. He doesn’t even meow on the way home.

Tigger got weighed while at Dr. Kevin’s. He weighed 17 pounds. He and I are big boys. I weighed 16 pounds at my last visit. We are both very loving and demand attention. Mommy calls us her “snuggle bugs”.

I’ll keep and eye on things and if Amber gets too busy on Face Book to write a post, I’ll take care of it. I have to look out for my sister, you know.

Purrs, Mikey

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Mommy’s Thoughts… 9/8/2011

Life can get interesting when you have 12 pets and a husband.

Of the 11 cats, 4 are senior kitties with health problems to match their age. The lone dog in the mix, also a senior, has developed his own health problems.

The husband, with his own health issues and also a senior, is remarkably patient and understanding of me and the pets. He loves us all.

The 7 younger cats, ranging in age from 5 to 1 year are going through dominance issues with some resulting bad behavior. It can range from screaming at each other to inappropriate urination. The pee-cat has been checked: no bladder infection, just a feline with passive-aggressive tendencies.

The sick kitties…. who you have learned about if you read the blog regularly, are Lisa (intestinal lymphoma), Tigger (chronic collapsing urethra and permanent catheter), Mama Cat (high blood pressure and mammary tumor), Tennyson (weight loss and inflamed gums), and Jay-Dog (low thyroid). All of the above are on daily medications.

Hubby and I also have daily medications. Lucky for me, he in in charge of his. I take mine and administer the pet-meds each day. Believe me, the calendar is full of names and check marks. I have my phone set to remind me to take mine.

To update on the last and upcoming vet visits: Tennyson went for a follow up yesterday and was given a 3 day round of antibiotics. He goes for a check up next week. It will be a two-cat trip, as Mama Cat is going for a check of the tumor, which I think has started to grow and spread down the line.

The prognoses for Mama Cat isn’t good. Her age (14), heart issues and high blood pressure make surgery a scary proposition.

Tennyson’s appetite had improved by late yesterday (I haven’t fed them this morning) and made me feel hopeful that we can get him up to par soon. I hope so. He is a precious kitty.

Speaking of feeding the kitties: they are gathered round me with demanding looks, so I better go open those cans.

~ Kitty Mommy

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