No sign of my birthday present yet, but…

When mom ordered my purportedly amazing birthday present from the Amazon forest, she also ordered herself some cozy mystery books (with cats, of course). I have yet to receive my present, but her books arrived yesterday. At least they came in a box that I found to my liking.

Raven in small boxSmall but cozy.  Sheesh mom, tilt the flash to the ceiling please! That flashy thing bothers my eyes.

Raven in small box

That’s better. Thanks. I’ll wait here until my present arrives.

Raven in small box

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Felix’s sunbeam is eclipsed by Eddie Bear

While I wait patiently for my supposedly amazing birthday present to arrive I asked mom to dig into the archive and show me some photos of the kitties who came before me. These photos are from 2003.

Felix was enjoying a peaceful snooze in a sunbeam —

— until Eddie Bear came to say hi (and squeeze in on the sunpuddle?). Eddie Bear was a floofy 15-pound boy, so he cast a big shadow on Felix.
Felix in a sunbeam

Mom told me that Felix loved his kitty brother and didn’t get upset that Eddie Bear was stealing his sun. And Eddie Bear wasn’t trying to make Felix leave, he was just coming by to say hi. Once he realized the sunpuddle wasn’t big enough for both of them, he left and Felix continued his nap.

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Monday Mischief: Lorchen – a kitty who needs a helping paw

Hi everyone. Today I’m going to share an inspiring story about a cat sanctuary and one of the kitties there named Lorchen.

Angel’s Cat Sanctuary is a one-woman sanctuary in Arizona. Hannelore took it upon herself to rescue and provide sanctuary to 25 stray and feral cats from a trailer park that was being dismantled. She spent several months building a shelter in her yard, then trapping and spaying/neutering the cats from the trailer park and bringing them to their new home.  Many of you know I’m trying to keep Squatty the Stray – just one cat – safe and well cared for. When I read about Hannelore’s dedication and the lengths she’s gone to in providing a sanctuary for these cats, it touched my heart. I thought it the least I could do to share her story.

Lorchen at Angel's Cat SanctuaryLorchen is a one of the kitties at the sanctuary. Lorchen is beautiful, but unfortunately, her teeth are not so pretty. She has a bad case of stomatitis, which is a very painful condition that causes severe inflammation and other damage in the mouth. Lorchen requires surgery by a veterinary dentist to remove all of her teeth, and that’s going to be expensive! So Angel’s Cat Sanctuary has set up a fund raiser to help pay for Lorchen’s medical bills.

Three other kitties from this colony have needed this surgery, so you can imagine the vet bills have drained her resources. The good news is that after surgery, all three kitties are healthy and doing well, and Lorchen’s future should be the same.

We’ve put a little bit of our money where Lorchen’s mouth is. :-) If Lorchen’s situation resonates with you and you would like to donate to her medical care, you can use the PetCaring widget below or donate via PayPal on their Angel’s Cat Sanctuary website. If you donate via PayPal you may want to note that it is for Lorchen’s surgery.

If you aren’t able to donate, maybe you could visit Angel’s Cat Sanctuary on Facebook and offer your support to Hannelore. I know caring for one or two pets with health issues is stressful, and I can’t imagine the emotional ups and downs of caring for 36 cats and 4 dogs, some of which have medical issues that need dealing with! Or maybe you can share a link to the fundraiser on your social media to help spread the word about Lorchen and the sanctuary.

You might be wondering how this relates to Monday Mischief.

Here’s a recent photo of Lorchen being mischievous and not allowing her kitty friend Rosie to go potty in private. You can barely see Rosie’s tail in the bottom left, but Lorchen is right there supervising! Imagine how much mischief Lorchen will get into when her mouth is healthy and she’s feeling better!

Lorchen supervising Rosie going potty

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Sunday Sort-of-Selfie: Progress with my Health

Last month mom shared an embarrassing photo of me and my naked belly. It was naked because my poops weren’t moving along, which made my tummy hurt, so I was trying to soothe my tummy by licking and I ended up licking all my furs off.

Mom’s been watching for my tummy furs to grow back and she wanted to show you the progress I’ve made in making my tummy floofy again.

Admittedly these are not “selfies” because dad was holding my paws and I couldn’t work the camera. But they are pictures of me.

This was my tummy 4 weeks ago. You can see all my pink tummy skin.

Raven's naked tummy

And this is my tummy now. You can still see a little pinkness, but there’s a covering of half-inch long light gray furs. Wouldn’t it be funny if I had a big light-gray patch on my tummy?When mom looks up close the furs appear to get darker as they get longer, so I should eventually have a black floofy tummy.  I’ll have to wait to see what happens.

Raven's tummy growing fur

What’s most important is that my growing furs tells mom the medicine I’ve been taking is working. My tummy is feeling better so I’m not licking my furs off anymore.

Besides having pretty pictures, a good reasons to take selfies (or for your humans to take photos of you) is to keep track of what’s going on with your health. These photos show my tummy furs growing back, but you can take photos of wounds healing, runny eyes, lumps & bumps on your skin, or even non-photogenic things like what your poop or vomit looks like so you can show the vet. The photos and their date stamps can be useful for your owner and vet to keep track of important health issues.

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Caturday Art: Wishing Squatty the Stray could be “Safe in the Arms of Love”

If the audio player doesn’t let you click play (it may not work in IE), click this link to hear Martina McBride’s Safe in the Arms of Love

I thought today would be a good day to use Squatty the Stray as my inspiration for Caturday Art.

October 16 was National Feral Cat day and many pet bloggers shared information about Alley Cat Allies establishing this awareness and action campaign to humanely reduce the number of stray & feral cats by promoting Trap-Neuter-Return programs.

After reading information on the Alley Cat Website about behaviors that help you tell the difference between feral and stray cats, I couldn’t determine which category Squatty falls into.

Behaviors suggesting Squatty is a stray:

  • He‘s often on our porch or laying on our walkway, but he hides in the bushes when he feels threatened.
  • He will make eye contact with me.
  • He’s always out morning and evening. Sometimes he’s in our yard at lunchtime or in the afternoon. He has a good hiding spot at night because we never see him.
  • He’s very hissy, but not aggressive.

Behaviors suggesting he’s feral:

  • Won’t meow, beg, or purr.
  • He is not neutered. :-(

It doesn’t really matter how Squatty might be labeled. He’ll always be our “Squatty the Stray” and we’ll continue to try to make his life as easy and safe as possible. When I’m sitting on the porch while he eats I just want to cup the back of his head in my hand and let him know that he’s safe and we love him.  Hopefully he can sense that he’s “Safe in the Arms of Love”, even if he’ll never actually be in our arms.  Dang it! now my eyes are getting leaky and I must go snuggle Raven.

The art photo of Squatty was created using FotoFlexer by applying a heart sticker and doing a few minor touch-ups.

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