"Mews Nooz" with "The Boys" and Karen McGreevey
Published Weekly for Cats, Cat Lovers and More

Vol 2, Issue #4 Week 4 - January 29, 2011

"The Boys" say, 


We've definitely been in the middle of winter--what with 23 degrees below zero last week and snow on top of snow. The good news is, we're having a "heat wave" as a couple of days this week, we've had 21 and 23 degrees above zero.

Slowly, But Surely...Changes are Coming

If you haven't been by Kittens 'n Things lately, you've missed the "changes" I've begun to make on some of the pages. Specifically, "Who Meow Are" and our "mini-mini "Itty Bitty Shoppe for Kitty".

In the summer, "when I wasn't looking", somehow some of the script I used to add graphics for Amazon products disappeared. I'm thinking the company who let me have it as a beta test, unbeknownst to me, decided to not use it any more--or something. At any rate, what happened was that I, embarrassingly, ended up with partially blank pages except for some text I had added to describe what I had intended to have on the page(s).

I've finally had a chance to begin to add new Amazon code and graphics for the products. It is (and will be for some time) a work in progress, however you can see the beginnings here...and here.

Yours in furriendship,

Karen and  "The Boys"    

Karen McGreevey
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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  The Joys of Coming Home
  • Taking Care of Kitty: Danger In the Skies
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  Catty Stacks 
  • It's Your Turn:  Floppy Cats, Trigg and Charlie
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys" 
  • Manage Your Subscription: You Coming or Going?

Days of Our Meows

The Joys of Coming Home

One of the neatest things about coming home is walking in the door and seeing at least one of "The Boys" waiting at the door for you.

I'll bet you experience the fun of it with yours, too.

Sometimes, though, we don't know if they're at the door because they really are glad to see us, or if it's because they want to "take a quick look" on the porch.

Or if it's because they think one of the neighbor cats came over to play while the door was closed!

Many years ago when we still had Snowflake, she would sit in the window and watch for us.

She knew our car because as soon as we pulled into the driveway, she would jump fron the window sill ledge and be at the door by the time we got out of the car and
opened the front door.

When she wasn't in the window, Snowflake would watch TV. A lot! She was deaf so she would sit close so she could read lips...or so Chuck said!

Photo: Snowflake


Taking Care of Kitty

Danger In the Skies

And in this instance, I don't mean "people danger".

I was readong at a blog just the other day about a heart-breaking incident a kitty owner experienced with her brand new kitty...one she had purchased from a cat breeder many states away from where she lived.

The lady wrote that she family had purchased, I believe it was,. an 11-week old kitty. And made transportation arrangements for the kitty to be flown from the breeder's state to where the new owner and her family lived.

As is common with transporting animals, the ktty was flown in a cat carrier in the cargo area of the plane. Animals fly like that quite often--the cargo area is maintained and air pressurized.

Unfortuantely, the flight took place in the winter, and when the plane landed the "adoptive family" was not able to get to the kitty right away--waiting for deplaning, luggage pick-up of other passengers, etc.,

When it was finally their turn to get the kitty, kitty had already waited about 2 hours in the depressurized plane. And it was cold in the cargo hold. In addition, the kitty was a kitty that had no fur.

Needless to say, the sad ending is that kitty was barely alive when the family got the kitty! And by the time they were able to get it to the emergency vet, it was too late.

The family was heartbroken, and the lady who posted did so to help to make us all aware of such incidents that can happen.

As I read the story, I couldn't help but think about Pet Airways, or Pet Express, airlines' specifically created for transporting animals.

I have not used either airlines

What's New Pussy Cat?

Catty Stacks 

"The Boys," our "Cat Seen Investigators" (CSI), like nosing around the Internet for really cool toys and all kinds of stuff that might catch the eye of any discerning kitty. This week, they want to present the Catty Stacks.

We found Catty Stacks when we were visiting Floppy Cats.com. If you haven't been over there yet, you might want to take a quick look. They've got some really neat stuff there. Although we haven't yet purchased these stacks, as I'm not sure where I'd put them, I am providing the following information, in part, which I found at the web site for Catty Stacks.

"Catty Stacks, by Cat House System LLC, were created with the notion that there must exist a durable, eco-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing alternative to the bulky, expensive, carpet covered climbers which are often eye-sores and difficult to keep clean.

Note from Karen: We've also found that sometimes the regular carpet-covered type climbers do not sit evenly on our carpet--and would topple over on occasion when our "kids" would get a bit rambunctious!

Catty Stacks offer a unique, modern design and are available in a variety of colors. ...

It’s clear to see why cats love Catty Stacks. 

STRONG - Catty Stacks are not your ordinary cardboard boxes. They are made from super-strong, heavy-weight, double-walled cardboard similar in strength to the boxes that huge, flat-screen TVs are shipped in. Boxes clip together and can be moved as a single structure and are strong and stable enough for multiple cats.

ECONOMICAL - Catty Stacks are less expensive than most traditional cat houses. 

Catty Stacks fit any budget and style. They fit perfectly along walls or in corners."

"The Boys" absolutely love the thought of Catty Stacks, and give them        paws up!

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art
Photo source Catty Stacks

It's Your Turn

Floppycats, Trigg and Charlie

Since "The Boys" and I have been "cattin' around the web" looking at all the really neat kitty blogs and cat sites, we're meeting a lot of amazing kitties and their "bean" families that we never knew befire. So we've decided to feature some of our new-found furriends in this spot.

Just this week, we "met" Trigg and Charlie, at Floppycats.com.  Here are their stories; I love the way their mom put this together:

Hi!  My name is Trigg.  I am a blue lynx mitted Ragdoll cat.  I am a year old and was born on August 19, 2009. My mom writes a blog called Floppycats.com - I am one of two official product testers for the site and often appear in videos and what not.  I am a relative of a cat, (Rags), that my mom had for 19.5 years (and who she grew up with).  

When Rags died, my mom looked for descendants of Rags and found my parents on Soulmate Ragdolls' website.  So she watched it regularly to see when my mom would have kittens.  This, of course, was after Rags had passed.

Nicknames:  Chiggy Wiggy Woo Woo, Chigger
Likes:  Watching the squirrels and birds out the front window and having the crazies in the morning.
Dislikes:  I come to you, not the other way around.  I am much like Rags in this way.
Favorite Food:  I love all food!!!
Favorite Bed:  Alpha Pooch Siesta Cat Bed
Favorite Scratcher:  Imperial Cat Zen Lounger or TopCat Products Sisal Scratching Post
Favorite Toy:  Bottle caps from Mountain Valley Spring Water and Neko Flies Interactive Cat Toys!


What up!  My name is Charlie.   I am a seal mitted Ragdoll cat with an hourglass blaze.  I am a year old and was born on July 23, 2009.

I’m often featured on Floppycats.com - I am one of two official product testers for the site and am more of a poser than my roommate brother (we’re not blood related) Trigg, so I am often the one in the photos with the products.

My mom found me on Soulmate Ragdolls website in August 2009 and told me that she nearly jumped up from her computer in excitement because she knew she had to have me the second she saw me. 

Of course, she wasn’t looking for me, but rather to see if Trigg’s mom had had a litter – but I came first.

Nicknames:  Charlemagne, Charlemagnzers, Sharlie, Bubie (don’t ask – my mom is weird!)
Likes:  DRY FOOD, going outside for 1 hour every day and Neko Flies!!
Dislikes:  Wet food and combs!
Favorite Food:  I love all dry food!!!  The more the better!
Favorite Scratcher: Imperial Cat Zen Lounger  or TopCat Products Sisal Scratching Post 
Favorite Bed:  Brawny Cat Big Baby
Favorite Toy:  Neko Flies Large Kittenator!

Yay for our new found furrriends, Trigg and Charlie. They must have a lot of fun at their house. They've got those cat stacks.

Who We Meow Are

The McGreeveys 

I'm Karen McGreevey, "keeper of 'the kids.'" "The Boys" at our house include:

Jonny Cat, II - named for Jonny Cat, who was in our "first family", and for a sack of cat litter. He'll have to tell you the story one of these days.
Michael Anthony (Mikey or Mikki - depending upon whether I spell his name or Chuck, my husband spells it). Mikey is named after an expensive line of jewelry--because he's "mighty fine"!
Daniel Boone - Although Daniel's no longer with us. We called him "Daniel" for short. And he and Mikey were "true brothers" because they were from the same litter.
Wild "Bill" Hicock" - Who is really just "Billy"
Buffalo Bill "Cody" - Unfortunately, is also "gone". He left us a little too young.
Jim "Bowie" - We cfall him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the "baby" he could easily be called the "brat" but that wouldn't be nice!
Chuck - Daddy of "The Boys," and husband of Karen.

All six were/are Purebred Persians, with babydoll faces. (Their faces are sprinkled throughout this ezine, on the l left side of each topic page.) They do not have the really smashed  nose, which is a characteristic of some Persians.

Except  Jonny; he's close - "by a nose!"

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