"Mews Nooz" with "The Boys" and Karen McGreevey
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Vol 2, Issue #6 Week 6 - February 12, 2011

"The Boys" say, 


Happy Catventine's Day

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What a week's it's been.

I've had a bit of "hacker take over" of my main computer so while that issue's being resolved, I am using my "stand-by" computer to produce this week's ezine.

I'm also running a "repeat" of "It's Your Turn" because it's fun to "dig out" the old stories and photos. And then since some of you are new to Mews Nooz, I thought you might like to see some of the past features.

Yours in furriendship,

Karen and "The Boys"     

Karen McGreevey
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In this Issue
  • Days of Our Meows:  Mikey May Be Leaving Home
  • Taking Care of Kitty:  Do You Know Where Your Kitty Is?
  • What's New Pussy Cat?  "Brooklyn" Cat Tree
  • It's Your Turn:  Calle, Halle and Sukki
  • Who Meow Are:  "The Boys"  
  • Manage Your Subscription: You Coming Or Going?

Days of Our Meows

Mikey May Be Leaving Home

If you see a little white/Chinchilla Persian boy kitty with his bags packed and scooting down the street, just holler "Mikey", and he'll probably come running.

And send him home - please!

I did him wrong Thursday as I accidentally left him on the front porch after I had gone outside to get the recycle bin from the driveway.

It happened like this; he thought he had to go outside, like he usually does, when the door is opened. Unfortunately, after I put the recycle bin on the porch, I neglected to "count noses" to see that he had gone back inside from the porch.

He had not...but I didn't know it until I went to leave the house on an errand. I think that was about two hours later.

Woe is me.

It's been really cold here; in fact, it was 11 degrees above zero that morning. Although on the closed-in front porch it was about 10 degrees warmer.

But still! And, of course, I felt about one inch high for not realizing sooner that he was out there.

I had a long talk about this with Mikey and I really don't think he's going to report me for neglect.

Photo: Mikey, front left; Billy, back right


Taking Care of Kitty

Do You Know Where Your Kitty Is?

After the incident of having left Mikey on the front porch (see "Days of our Meows", above ^^^), I'm reminded that as a general rule we need to be really mindful of our kitties whereabouts at all times.

In some ways, our four are worse than kids; one or the other of them ge
ts something in his mouth that you have to grab before he swallows it; or one will get on the desk where you have your computer keyboard and leave all kinds of strange "messages" to you.

And Snowflake had a habit or two about wanting to check out the wastebasket on more than one occasion! >>>

Mikey can be such a "fast little guy," too--although in this instance, I did know he went out when I did. I just didn't check on his whereabouts when I went back into the house.

We even left Scooter outside on the porch overnight many years ago. Fortunately, that was a summer night so although she was probably upset for not getting to spend the night in her own bed, she was at least in the warm summer air.

And I know of two other instances where "a kitty got away" from his regular digs"; both times, involved our Jonny I.

Years ago, I was living in Arizona and wanted a kitty to keep Muffy company. So I started watching the Want Ads. A lady had found "Jonny" wandering the streets, took him home but could not keep him because she had a dog and a cat and none of them could get along with "Jonny". So it was my good fortune to get a purebred Persian cat - FREE!

We called him our "Indoor-Outdoor" cat and about a week later, one Sunday morning when I opened the door to get the newspaper off the step, out of the corner of my eye I "thought" I saw something scoot past me. Sure enough, a little later when I was looking for Jonny, I discovered he had indeed streaked outside.

After some serious searching, I finally found him in the bushes of the apartment building, and was able to get him back into my apartment.

And so just like the old saying, "do you know where your kids are"? goes, it can also be true of your kitties, "do you know where your kitties are?"

There's just so much trouble they can get into--anytime of year, actually. Of course, the winter is harsher and may be harder on them. On the other hand, if it's 90 degrees and humid and/or just hot, and they're in a locked up car or outside with no water, etc. ...there really is no "good side" to the trouble they could run up against. And this doesn't take into consideration what they might eat or drink, or fights for territory.

We are their keepers, and those we keep inside, especially, rely on us for their needs. 

I certainly learned a good lesson, and know I just need to be mindful when Mikey's around.

 What's New Pussy Cat?

"Brooklyn" Cat Tree

"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
k, they present the ...

"Brooklyn" Cat Tree

According to Amazon, "This cat tree has seven scratching posts, four platforms and six punching bags!
Your kitties can also lounge on the hammock after a day of hard playing.

While "The Boys" do not have this specific Cat Tree like the one pictured, they do have a cat tree and a hammock. The cat tree has pretty much been sent off to the storage room for now as, except for our rambunctious Mikey (and sometimes Billy), "The Boys" are pretty much in to spending their days snoozing.

Having said that, I especially like this cat tree for the "hammock" part of the playground. And besides, in its design, this cat tree, isn't like your usual cat tree.

Since "The Boys", especially Mikey and Jonny, love hammocks, they're thrilled to give the "Brooklyn" Cat Tree     paws up!

"Paws" art compliments of Cat Clip Art

It's Your Turn

Calle, Halle and Sukki

As you know, "The Boys" and I "travel around the web," looking at all of the really neat kitty blogs that we can feature here in "It's Your turn."

Last summer, we fell in love with and presented the Story of Daddy
Cat and Mommy Cat, as told by Jacqueline at Jacqueline's Cathouse. Since I'm "catching some of you up" on past kitties featured, I'm sharing Jacqueline's story about Calle, Halle and Sukki.

Jacqueline writes:

"After the death of my first baby, Nikki (1984 - 2004), (see photo below right) I wanted to find 2 Seal Point Siamese girls and contacted Siam-Moon, an Arizona cattery that is run from a home, 
where the kittens roam freely, to put down a deposit on 2 girls from an October 2004 litter..

A few months later, I was informed one of my girls was a Balinese (a genetic mutation--a Siamese with long hair) and I could decline and wait for another litter if I wanted; I had no idea what a Balinese was, but checked it out and called back that day to say I wanted them, no matter what...I had surgery in January 2005 so my Dad drove to Dallas, TX (about 3 hours away) to pick up Calle/Halle from the airport; they were 3 months old and so tiny=1.8 and 2.2 lbs!!...

Calle, my Balinese, is named for Calista, which is Greek for "most beautiful" and Halle, my Siamese, is named for Halle Berry, the Beautiful Catwoman!...I became email friends with
 Stephanie, the woman who owns the Arizona cattery and in April 2008, she wrote to me about needing to place some kitties and she wanted me to take Suki, a Balinese; I turned her down because 2 kitties in my house was plenty after living with just 1 for 20 years and I had Mommy Cat and Daddy Cat outside as well!...

Steph said Suki was a special 1 year old who recently had her first litter of kittens but was not a good mother because she was a kitten at heart herself; Suki needed someone who would give her lots of attention and loving...I thought about it for a few days and told Steph if she couldn't find anyone else, I would take Suki; she told me she knew in her heart Suki belonged with me so I listened "to the universe", let go of my hesitations and I went to Dallas in June 2008 with my parents to pick her up from the airport (it took a few months because she had to nurse her babies)...

Within minutes of picking Suki up, she reminded me so much of my Nikki--she was extremely loving and immediately felt like MY baby, she curled up in my lap, purring for the drive home!...On the drive home from the airport, after lookng at her registered papers, I realized Suki is a full biological sister to Calle and Halle!...Her name is Suki, but I added the extra K to make her name 5 letters with double consenants like my other girls (even Nikki!)...Mommy/Daddy too!)...

Sukki follows me everywhere and is the most lovable, social cat I have ever had--she is such a wonderful gift and I can't imagine my home without her!...and somehow, I think my Nik brought her to me."

Thank you, Jacqueline, for sharing your beautiful story about how Calle, Halle and Sukki got you.
Photos: Nikki (above right), Calle, Halle and Sukki in their stroller in photo, above left

ho 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. I'll have to tell you that 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" as they were from the same litter. 
Wild "Bill" Hickok - Who is really just "Billy".
Buffalo Bill "Cody" - Unfortunately, is also "gone". He left us way too young.
Jim "Bowie" - We call him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the "baby" he could easily be called the "brat" but that wouldn't be nice! 
Chuck - The 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 left-side of each topic section.) 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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