Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Date Dilemma for My Cat

Halloween is here, and Saffy can't decide which of her suitors will be her date for the evening. It's so hard to be a cat.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Unimpressed With Centerfold

I just received the newest copy of Cat Fancy and Phoebe was clearly unimpressed with the centerfold.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Keep on Cat-Huffin'

Sometimes cat-huffing results in an angry kitty, but we keep on huffin' while the huffin' is good.

Keep on huffin', friends.

Also, Cosmo looks like my hair extension.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Little Meeping-Kitty

Phoebe blissing out in my lap: not funny, but incredibly sweet. I take that back: It is funny when I touch her and she makes little "meeeep" noises. That's funny. Sometimes I do it just to hear the noise. She loves that. Not really.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Loafed Cat-Minions

From the tower of my desk, Phoebe oversees her kingdom ... which includes loafed minions like Cosmo.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reading With Cat

Trying to read a book with a cat in your lap is always interesting. The other day I was reading in bed and Cosmo was plastered against me. This means that instead of him curling up and sleeping, he rubs his face all over my book, jostling it so I can read a single word. Then I end up holding it higher, out of his reach of his busy snout.

He is the "scenter" of my world, even when I'm reading.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Should You Adopt Two Cats Instead of One? #AdoptaShelterPet

We've almost always shared our home with at least two cats, and it's worked out pretty well for us. After Fritz crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we adopted Cosmo as a companion for Saffy. A few years later we adopted Phoebe to round out the trio. Cosmo gets along swimmingly with both of the girls, but Saffy and Phoebe don't hang together very often. Whatever the case, someone always has someone else with which to socialize, play and nap.

Saffy, Phoebe and Cosmo

I believe there are definite benefits to adopting two cats instead of one, if your situation is well-suited for more than one kitty. Here are some things to think about when considering bringing two cats into your home:

1. Companionship

Two cats usually entertain each other, providing social and mental interaction, exercise and additional grooming. Cats don't crave packs like dogs do, but they do tend to live in colonies in the wild, so the multi-cat household can be an easy and comfortable environment for two cats.

2. Space

Do you have enough space for multiple cats? Although cats can enjoy interaction, they also need space to be alone, hide and find height. Even a small home can be "catified" to create extra space with cat towers, shelves and other above-ground spaces for cats to inhabit. If you're looking for ideas, be sure to grab a copy of Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin's new book, Catification -- it just came out this week, and includes some fun and practical solutions.

Also remember that you'll need space for as many litter boxes as you have cats, plus one.

Saffy and Cosmo

3. Cats or kittens? 

Adopting kittens from the same litter can be a benefit because they've already been socialized together. A kitten and an experienced cat can be a great choice as well -- that's what we've done in the past. It's important to make sure the adult cat with a history of living alone. When adopting an older cat, always access the history, if possible. Some cats specifically don't like children or other animals -- we need to respect those pieces of information. Sometimes adult cats were surrendered together, are close buddies, and it's a good idea to keep them together, if possible -- or at least not split them apart.

Cosmo and Phoebe share the vent (sort of)

4. Time and finances

In my experience, it's been a positive experience to have more than one cat, but there are definitely a few considerations regarding time and finances. Do you have the time to correctly socialize the new cat/s with any existing pets? This is critical and sets the tone for life with the new feline family members/s.

Multiple cats means multiple vet bills, jugs of litter and food. Truly examine those needs against your budget before making the adoption decision.

Do you share your home with multiple cats? Did you adopt more than one cat at the same time? What's been your experience?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'm a Cat Toy

I work from home, and more often than not there's a cat in my lap. Phoebe's been the lap hog lately, and I adore having a purring cat as my writing muse. I have learned something, though: Wearing hooded sweatshirts means you automatically become a cat toy.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Obviously-Invisible Cat is Mad

Cats often think they're invisible when they're obviously in plain sight. Of course I play along and pretend I don't see my kitties when they think they're cloaked. I think Phoebe was mad because I wasn't playing along, and decided to take a photo instead.

Clearly invisible!

Friday, October 10, 2014


Phoebe isn't impressed with the feline impostor we pulled out of the Halloween decoration tub. In fact, I've seen this sparkly cat knocked to the floor on more than one occasion over the last few days.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunny Tails

Sometimes your tail wants to feel just a little toastier than the rest of your body. At least that's what Phoebe thinks.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Spaceships in the Living Room

We just hauled the Halloween decoration tubs out of the garage, a favorite time of the year for the cats -- second only to the hauling of the Christmas decorations. Everyone with whiskers had to come over and check out the contents of the tubs, acting as if spaceships had just landed in our living room.

I suppose some of those fake cats look a little like aliens.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Cat Feet

I love some cat feet, especially Phoebe's little mitts. Here's an end-of-the-week serving of some Phoebe feet, just for you.

I love the top pic because it shows her luxurious chest fur. Look at it! Luxury!

And here's a closer look of the footsies. Do you see the soft belly fur behind her legs? Luxury!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stink Outside the Litter Box: It's a Book Giveaway!

Cats think they know everything, right? So why wouldn't they write an advice book? Well, they have. Well, Jeremy Greenberg has ... in the voices of many wise cats who are ready to dole out wisdom suitable for cats and humans alike. You may know Greenberg from Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty), among other fun books and projects.

Stink Outside the Box: Life Advice from Kitty is the Greenberg's newest cat-humor creation, we're giving away three copies! That's one copy for each winner -- one winner doesn't get three copies. If you want three copies, you can buy more here.

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The photos are just as fun as the feline advice -- there's a smile on every page, and I'm not just being cheesy. I especially like the kitten named Cuty Patooty, who is certain she and the vacuum cleaner are in rival gangs, because she's put in solitary confinement every time he's transported through the house. Along with some sage advice, the kitty counselor tells Cuty "It wasn't until being locked up that I realized our feline existence is just one big cage."

Phoebe: "I've got some advice for you."

Want to win your own copy? I'm sure you do, and it's easy! Enter via the widget below, and type your name, email address and mailing address on the same line. If you have trouble entering, please comment and I'll manually enter your information.

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