of Our Meows
Mikey May Be Leaving Home
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.
send him home - please!
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
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
Woe is me.
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
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
report me for neglect.
Mikey, front left; Billy, back right
Care of Kitty
Do You Know Where Your Kitty
the incident of having left Mikey on the front porch (see "Days of our
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 gets
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.
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.
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.
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
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
are their keepers, and those we keep inside, especially, rely on us for
certainly learned a good lesson, and know I just need to be mindful
when Mikey's around.
New Pussy Cat?
"Brooklyn" Cat Tree
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
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.
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
rambunctious Mikey (and sometimes Billy), "The Boys" are pretty much in
to spending their
said that, I especially like this cat tree for the "hammock" part
the playground. And besides, in its design, this cat tree, isn't like
your usual cat tree.
Since "The Boys",
Mikey and Jonny, love hammocks, they're thrilled
to give the "Brooklyn"
Halle and Sukki
As you know, "The Boys"
and I "travel
around the web," looking at all of the really neat
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
I'm "catching some of you up" on past kitties featured, I'm sharing
Jacqueline's story about Calle,
Halle and Sukki.
"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
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!!...
my Balinese, is named for Calista, which is Greek for "most beautiful"
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
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
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
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
(above right), Calle, Halle and Sukki in their stroller in photo, above
We Meow Are
McGreevey, "keeper of the kids." "The Boys" at our house
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.
(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
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.
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.
Jonny; he's close - "by a nose"!
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