of Our Meows
used to be that when it was
time to eat around here, Jonny would be first in line,
and then he'd make sure he "spoke up the loudest" so
he could get the mostest!
not so much!
He sleeps through mealtime a lot.
But when he does finally mosey down to eat, he makes up for lost
time--or food--as he goes around from plate to plate.
And to make doubly sure he gets every last morsel,
Jonny will put one front paw on the plate to hold it down (we use paper
plates), so it doesn't get away from him until he's ready to let it go!
Here he is in the dining room ^^^
really waiting for a handout!! But see how he's not looking at front
and center? That's because he's trying to fake you out. He doesn't want
you to know what he really has in mind.
Luckily for us, though, Mikey is the only one of our four who will even
try to get on the kitchen counter--although Billy and Mikey will both
get on the dining room table if we aren't watching.
sometimes they will even if we are watching!
Care of Kitty
Is Your Cat a Burglar? Or a
you seen the story on the news and on the Internet about the kitty that
is a bit of a
burglar? Some even describe him as a "klepto-cat"!
it's quite funny--to hear the story--but then when you think about it
and what all could happen because of his wanderlust, it becomes not so
funny pretty fast.
Dusty, who appears to be a Siamese/Snowshoe, gives a whole new meaning
the term "bringing
home the bacon",
as seen in this video at Fox
News Channel. (Using Google,
numerous other, similar videos
can be found around the Internet.)
News learned of
Dusty's wanderlust from the Animal
Planet. The story goes that
Dusty's owners eventually used a night vision camera (to track
his where-abouts), which
catches him "red-pawed"
as the footage clearly shows
wandering about the neighborhood, then
heading home with his loot!
cat lives in California with his "human family", and over at least
3-1/2 years he's reported to have burgled close to
items. Which range from a bikini top to a bikini bottom
separate nights), to
child's doll, shoes, cleaning sponges, 35 articles of
pink purse, to large (as in basketball) balls, a child's
an alligator toy (shown in the photo >>>
the like that were eventually found in
Dusty's owner's backyard.
In fairness to Dusty and to his "cat race", he has also been known to
come home with a mouse or two--but that is not his "normal"!
While at first hearing of klepto
and seeing the video, it's funny to see and to comment about his
night-wanderings. However, the story is a bit unsettling as well for
Dusty/kitty goes out at night.
His "parents" say in one of the videos that they rescued him from an
animal shelter. And he was an indoor-outdoor cat; used to being outsde.
So far so good....but,
Cats that go about their thing outside
at all hours, can run the risk of physical harm from numerous
things...neighbors that may not like a cat that takes off with personal
belongings. Or neighbors or even strangers who do not like animals -
period. So those very people may be intent on causing harm to kitties
that are left outside, unsttended, to do what kitties do.
While Dusty has the good fortune to
live in California, there are other areas of the country when kitties,
if left outside, are more susceptible to Nature's elements; snow,
sleet, ice in winter; rain, and heat in summer, spring and fall.
Garbage, trash, recyclables
are often left by the wayside of ditches, residential streets, garbage
cans - all of which may carry disease and sickness to a cat.
Kitties outside, unattended, are
at the mercy of other (large or small) animals and
birds, vehicles, as well. Not to mention grown ups (or kids
who also carouse at all hours).
For his own safety and their peace of mind, Dusty's owners may just
have to see whether they can retrain him to leave "his paws" off
the neighbors' goods, especially since, by their account, some of the
neighbors are not happy with Dusty and his nightly burgle runs.
Dusty, the Cat Burglar, steals
New Pussy Cat?
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 are showing off "Molly
Meow" for their
kitty furriends, and if you're reading this, you're a
We found an
email in our Inbox from Molly
Meow, one day last spring, and featured Molly Meow at that
They make eco-friendly
cat duvets and beds, and according to their marketing
campaign, "Molly Meow
is a line of durable yet easy
to wash cat bed duvets and kits that just launched - a new approach to
keeping textiles out of our landfills.
Meow's revolutionary duvet and "stuff sack" make
maintaining a stylish, comfortable and
clean pet bed easier - and much
more environmentally-friendly and less costly - than ever
Meow products, cat owners can simply re-cover their pet's
favorite bed with our stylish yet easy-to-wash duvets. Additionally,
with our mesh stuff sack, Molly
Meow made it as simple as filling the
sacks with old clothes and bedding laying around the house.
Meow duvets and stuff sacks are available in either a
round or square
bed and come with a matching "cat nip bag", a small zippered bag that
matches the patterns of the duvet."
"The Boys" are really loving these
duvets, enough so they want them on their birthday list. And, if you
know some little "furball" who might find these duvets and beds of
interest, feel free to send them here for a look!
Boys", are "thrilled"
to give Molly
I did feature Molly Meow
last year, and am doing so now because
we've had new subscribers join us who may not be aware of this fun
Our links to Molly Meow are
not affiliate links.
Caren at Cat Chat
and I "travel
around the web," looking at
all of the really neat
blogs that we can feature here in "It's Your Turn."
This week, we're
featuring Cody at
Cat Chat, one of our "kitty readers" and his mommy, Caren.
recently shared her "Cody gotcha" story...
day I adopted Cody I actually wanted to adopt his sister or his brother
but not Cody (yes, I am ashamed that this is true!) Wasn't meant to be.
His sister and brother didn't like me at all!
is an incredibly friendly
cat. He has to greet whomever
enters our home and he
always walks right
up to them to be petted (or ideally
also quite brave. When someone he doesn't know visits our
Sheltie-brother, Dakota, stands BEHIND Cody waiting for Cody's approval
of said visitor.
can eat his food
in less than 30 SECONDS. (Not good!)
is an incredibly good brother to Dakota. They play
together and kiss each other every day.
doesn't like to sleep with my husband and I at night (he
different than most cats in
that way). He prefers to sleep in the
living room with Dakota.
helped begin the healing of my aching
heart after Bobo had crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. I adopted Cody
two weeks after Bobo had passed. I couldn't bear to live without a
cat, and I am convinced that Bobo sent my loving and cuddly Cody to me
to help easy my pain.
of Cody in "hiding" the day the new carpet came...
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Mom, (Caren Gittleman) is a
freelance writer who loves all of us kitties. Her blog is a labor
love, with posts written from the heart (when SHE writes them and with
fun/humor when I write them) that are dedicated to the memory of her
first cat (my Grandpa Bobo) who lived until the age of 18. Now me and
my Sheltie brother and Dad live with my Mama.
If you want to contact
either me or my Mom to just say hi or for product reviews or book
reviews, we may be reached by email at: email@example.com
CHAT" Banner was designed by Micael Chadwick,
visit him at Magic
reading/following Cat Chat!
Love, Cody and Mom!
of Cody and Caren on adoption day!
McGreevey, "keeper of the kids." "The Boys" at our house
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"!
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
"Bill" Hickok -
Who is really just "Billy".
Bill "Cody" -
Unfortunately, is also "gone". He left us way too young.
We call him "Bowie" (Booie), although as the "baby" he could easily be
called the "brat" but that wouldn't be nice!
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.
he's close - "by a nose"!
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you have questions about Kittens 'n
Things, or our little store, Itty
Bitty Shoppe for Kitty, or if you'd like to see something in
in our ezine some week, feel free to contact me.
publish each week on Saturdays.